Hot Buns Sock Bun Maker

The sock bun – the easy, lazy way of pretending you’re a put-together person on days where you roll out of bed twenty minutes late. Or even when you get up on time and don’t want your hair in your face and don’t want to wear a ponytail and can’t do a french twist and…

For being a lazy fix and something that is trendy, I actually think sock buns are cute. Sky, falling, etc. So before I go ahead, I want to make it clear that I’ve never tried the As Seen on TV Product, “Hot Buns.” I have, however, tried a sock bun helper just like it by a different company.

Sock BunSock Bun Maker

My hair does not naturally come into a nice bun – I had some stupid layers that I was not fond of for a while. Even when my hair is a uniform length, I just can’t create a neat bun on my own. I tried to do a sock bun with an actual sock and failed spectacularly. I sought help, but…not too hard. I can’t for the life of me recall what brand this one is, but I can tell you I picked it up at on a whim TJ Maxx for all of $2. Yeah, not a typo, two dollars. I figured it could either be an excellent $2 investment–or, if not, I paid what a vending machine at work charges for an energy drink for it and it could entertain my cats.

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May 2014 Favorites

I did a Favorites post last month, but it seems like it has been a while! May 2014 Favorites:

May 2014 FavoritesMay 2014 Favorites
1. China Glaze – I’m With the Lifeguard, $5 / 2. Lip Smacker – Dr Pepper, $2
3. Etude House Drawing Eye Brow, $2-7 / 4. Marc Jacobs Dot Rollerball, $22

China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard – When the weather gets warm, I like to resort to unreasonably bright and ridiculous nail polish colors. Don’t worry, I use them when it isn’t warm, too – but I use them more often when it is toasty. This awesome, bright, shimmery neon green is what I’m wearing on my toes (with peep-toe shoes…at the office). If your polish collection is bereft of ridiculosity, please consider investing for your own amusement. I bought mine from Sally Beauty, but you can also get it on Amazon.

Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers lip gloss – Not just for kids, dangit. I maintain that this is the best product Lip Smackers has ever released. I just bought a new one, judgment be damned.  Realistically, it doesn’t do much for chapped lips – but that’s fine. It was never really meant to, despite having a chap-stick-esque format. You can buy this directly from Lip Smackers, on, or in stores at Wal-Mart.

Etude House Drawing Eye Brow – Korean cosmetics companies have done some pretty cool stuff. BB creams, cute lotions, lip gloss with adorable bunny-shaped caps…and these brow pencils. Capped at both ends, this guy has a spoolie (with soft, friendly bristles, not the ridiculous Brillo that some included spoolies are) and an angled, chisel-tip twist-up pencil. Some western brands have products that I can only assume were inspired by this design (Hourglass brow products, Bite lip products) because it is awesome. I’m sure this can be found elsewhere online, but I always buy from Amazon.

Marc Jacobs Dot Rollerball – Lately, I’m of the opinion that buying a whole bottle of perfume is pointless. I got this as part of a coffret I purchased around the holidays and have been wearing it more often lately; I’ve barely made a dent. Very season-appropriate. It is currently available at Sephora, but there’s a spray pen variety at Nordstrom, Ulta, and Macys.


By the way, have you entered my L’Oreal Infalliable Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H giveaway, yet? If not, go for it – there are only two days left! All you have to do is comment on that post and you’re entered. Who doesn’t want free liner?


Disclosure: Hey! Some of the links in this May 2014 Favorites post are affiliate links (not all of them, of course) – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I only recommend products I’ve tried and verified as awesome, which is kind of the point of a favorites post. Ethical blogging FTW.

PSA: Too Faced Primed and Poreless only $15 at Ulta

Too Faced Primed and PorelessToo Faced Primed and Poreless

Just heard about this and wanted to share – today, the original Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer is currently 50% off, making it only $15 at Ulta. This deal is Online Only, and is only good for today or until they run out.

I have not tried Too Faced Primed and Poreless face primer, but if you love it, are curious, or just want to try something difference this would be a good time to snag a full sized tube without the price commitment. I am happy with their Shadow Insurance and Shadow Insurance Candlelight eye primers, however – so if those products’ performance is any indicator of how this should behave, I imagine it is at least decent. I did a little homework and the original Too Faced Primed and Poreless appears to be a nude-toned primer instead of the clear, powdery-silicone-gels (if you care). They do make one of those, but it isn’t on sale at the moment.



Want to win a free L’Oreal Infalliable Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H? Of course, we all like free things, and we all like winning. All you have to do is comment on the linked post and you’re entered – make sure to do it by June 6, 2014!

First Look: Elma and Sana Argan Oil

I bought a bottle of Elma and Sana Argan Oil a couple months ago to compare with my more expensive bottle. I wrote a few posts about Argan Oil products (you can find them here and here) in the past and though I am pretty happy with my Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, I wanted to explore less costly alternatives. A 0.5 fl oz. bottle has lasted me six months so far (and I still have a good bit left!) but I wanted to see if shelling out $14-16 per bottle made sense.

I already knew, from my use of the Josie Maran product, that I enjoyed using argan oil for my face (especially my cheeks and under-eye area). This is not going to be a full-blown review because I do not feel that I have used it long enough to be able to fully speak to the product, but I did want to give you a look at what I’ve gotten and tried recently. I purchased this 2 fl oz bottle of 100% Pure, Organic, Cold-Pressed Elma and Sana Argan Oil from for around $10 (I think it was just under when I purchased; it was on sale). I received it without issue – it was packed securely and safely. Here’s the outer packaging:

Elma and Sana Argan OilElma and Sana Argan Oil

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CLOSED: L’Oreal Infalliable Lacquer Liner Giveaway!

I discussed the L’Oreal Infalliable Lacquer liner in my Drugstore Gel Liner Comparison post where I compared it to its sister product Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner. I’ve actually abbreviated this L’Oreal product’s name because it is a mouthful: L’Oreal Infalliable Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H. Wow!

L'Oreal Infalliable Lacquer LinerL’Oreal Infalliable Lacquer Liner

Now that I have had time to play with L’Oreal’s gel liner offering, I am pretty happy to report that it is a winner. Though I haven’t had any silly mishaps where I negligently DID wear it for 24+ hours unlike its Maybelline sister product, I can say for sure that it does last for at least sixteen hours without any issue, even in the heat.

Update 5/31 @ 10:03PM – this stands up to tears and Ponds makeup wipes pretty dang well. I was able to remove it with the Ponds wipe, but an oil-based cleanser (or straight up EVOO, Almond, or Argan would be great too) would make it easiest. This stuff is not budging in rain and is wedding-or-funeral friendly (crying).

In my observations from the comparison post, I noticed that the Blackbest Black L’Oreal Infalliable Lacquer Liner looked to be pretty glossy (in the pot) which makes sense given its name. This glossier consistency lends to a smooth, gliding application. I happen to prefer a bit more control and precision – but this does not make the product inferior. In addition to a smooth-glide application, this product delivers a nice, high-opacity glossy black line. I often tone this down by using a small brush to pat black shadow on over top – but again, that is a matter of preference.

I’m not a fan of the included brush (though I haven’t been, yet), so I’d recommend applying with a stiff angled-bristle brush. That said, I would definitely purchase it over prestige liners for the value, and I will definitely repurchase when I run out or when I carelessly let it dry out.

So because sharing is caring, because I like this product, and because for the love of cats May is now over – here’s a giveaway for one L’Oreal Infalliable Lacquer Liner in the perennially appropriate Blackest Black, hosted by Beauty Skeptic.

To enter, check out this nice widget from Rafflecopter! No purchase is necessary, it is hosted by me, and your information is kept private because I also don’t appreciate jerks giving out info. The only requirement is that you leave a comment and tick the Rafflecopter thingy below – you can earn extra entries by, “Liking,” Beauty Skeptic on Facebook, following Beauty Skeptic on Twitter, and tweeting a message.

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I will contact the winner on June 7 (so I can get your prize shipped to you!) as well as announce it here on the blog. Good luck!