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Pick of the Week…The Body Shop Seaweed Scrub

Body Shop Pore Cleansing Seaweed Facial Exfoliator
Ingredients from the ocean are my favorite for face and body. They brighten, clarify, add radiance, and minimize pores. My pick this week is the Body Shop Seaweed Scrub ($14.50). This facial exfoliator is for normal/combination to oily skin. My skin gets oily in the summer, so I have to keep a close eye on my oil balance. Just a little excess oil can cause a breakout. The main purpose of the Seaweed Scrub is to minimize pores by sloughing away excess oils, dirt and dead skin before you cleanse your face. Here is my video review and demo of The Body Shop Seaweed Scrub:

Pick of the Week…Best Drug Store Mascara

I really didn’t want to hop on the “Lash Blast” Bandwagon, but I decided to give it a try (mostly beacause it was orange). I had returned every drug store mascara I purchased because they were all pretty horrible, but this one’s a keeper! It wasn’t clumpy, flaky or dry. It separated, volumized dramatically and lengthened my lashes. This will definitely be the mascara in my makeup artist kit. LOVES IT!!! Watch my tutorial below that shows my very first time using Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara.

List of products (all purchased at Target):
Cover Girl “Tropical Fusion” shadow quad -avg. msrp, $4.50
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara “Black Brown” -avg. msrp, $6
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain “Cherry Pop” -avg. msrp, $6
Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss “Peach Sorbet” -avg. msrp, $5
Sonya Kashuk tapered blending brush -$10.99
Sonya Kashuk blending brush -$7.99

Marissa’s Pick of the Week – NYX Pigments

NYX Loose Pearl Powders are sold as eye shadows, but work like pigments, and for only $2.50 a pop, why spend up to $20 more on department store brands? The highly concentrated powder can be used on your eyes, face, lips, and eyelashes. You can find NYX products at, Ulta stores, and Ulta’s website.
Here’s a rundown of my NYX Loose Pearl Powder look:


All Over – Yellow Pearl

Outer corner, fanned out from the top of my cheek bone to the temple – Orange Zest Pearl

Under eyeliner and lashes – Jade Pearl


Apples of cheeks & bridge of nose- Very Pink Pearl


no lip liner- Orange Zest Pearl on top of Make Up For Ever Lipstick #201

Marissa’s Pick of the Week – Glitter!!!

1. I like glitter.
2. I like inexpensive, quality makeup
3. I LOVE NYX Glitter Cream Palette!

The website says it’s 6.00 USD, but I purchased my pallet in “Sureal” for only 4.00 at a beauty supply shop (probably because “palette” was spelled wrong). I like using this formula with powders because it intensifies the pigments while adding a glittery effect. After experimenting with this cream shadow, I learned a couple things. It does not play well with other cream formulas, and it’s a must that you pat it on, not stroke or rub. I like using a foam tip eyeshadow applicator or a concealer brush. It can be a little frustrating to get the hang of it at first, but once you figure out how to apply it, you will love it.

Here are the shades on my bare skin:
With a black base:
With a white base:
You can see how the glitter is subtle so that it’s fun and pretty, not strippery.

Beauty on a Budget Tip #2 -Vaseline

Vaseline should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet, diaper bag and purse. Here are some uses for this wonder jelly:

Don’t waste money buying those expensive glove treatments for hands and feet. Slather on the Vaseline, slip on some socks and gloves, then wake up to baby soft skin.
Vaseline smoothes rough patches, knees and elbows better than any body butter I’ve ever tried.
Vaseline is also a great lip balm. Mix in some colored mica and sweet almond oil and you’ve got a tinted lip gloss!
If you have dry skin, Vaseline is great for removing makeup. I don’t, however, recommend keeping petroleum jelly on your face over night.
Apply Vaseline around your hair line before coloring your hair. This will prevent the dye from staining your skin.
Mix dark eye shadows with Vaseline and apply to eyes with your finger. This gives that Old Hollywood glamour look.
Got anymore ideas? I’d love to hear them!