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Friday, June 20, 2014

Beauty Shit That's Worth the Splurge

First, let's just address how gross sounding the word "splurge" is. (This coming from the girl who says "the C word." Go figure.) It reminds me of how ketchup bottles queef when you get to the end of them.
 
Real conversation that just took place...
 
Me: "How do you spell queef?"
Pete: *shakes head* "I don't know Amanda. Why don't you look it up?"
Me: "I'm scared to."
Pete: "Don't want a Google image?"
 
No. No, I do NOT want a Google image of "queef."
 
(Source)
 
If it's spelled wrong... deal with it.
 
Moving on.
 
Fun fact: before I started Voyage of the MeeMee, I tried my hand at beauty blogging. It lasted 3 days. Literally. 3 days. I'm all about the girly things in life, but, I couldn't stay focused on a singular topic and got bored.
 
Moving on FOR REAL.
 
I wouldn't say I'm a cheap person, but, I don't really care about labels/brands. I think that for the most part, you're generally paying for the name rather than the actual quality of the product, and this bitch ain't gettin' hosed like that.
 
Sometimes though, the quality is reflected in the price and I'm forced to eat crow, open my wallet, step into a parallel universe and pretend to be fancy.
 
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So, what beauty products do I consider worth the... splurge (*cringe*)?
 
 
Philosophy: Hope in a Jar ($42 for 2 Oz.): I actually only bought this after getting a random sample of it in the mail, but, it was love at first use. I have combination skin and it provides just enough moisture to each specific area of my face without feeling greasy or heavy, because it instantly sinks in and does its job. Oh, AND it has a gentle exfoliator in it to boot!
 
Murad: Environmental Shield Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($60 for 1 Oz.): Hyperpigmentation is one rude ass mother fucker. Unfortunately, when you take certain medicines there's no escape (example: birth control... you guys know I don't want kids or an unpredictable period, so, I'm stuck taking it). I've tried tons of things to get rid of my skin discoloration and this is the only stuff that's ever really worked for me - and it works quickly, too! Like, within a few days you can tell a major difference. #fastandfurious
 
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La Roche-Posay: Effaclar DUO ($36.95 for 1.35 Oz.): For some reason, my skin decided to rebel in the last couple of years. I. Tried. ERRYTHANG. You name it: over the counter products, prescriptions creams, prescription pills, facials... literally errythang. I'd read about this on several beauty blogs and finally decided to try it for myself. At first, applying it twice a day dried me out... but, I stuck with it anyway and after a few days the dryness went away AND IT TOOK MY ACNE WITH IT!
 
MAC: Fix+ ($21 for 3.4 Oz.): I like cake, but, not on my face. Just a few spritzes of this and my makeup looks polished and becomes budge-proof and sweat-proof.
 
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional ($31 for 0.75 Oz.): Your face needs a base coat just like your nails do, girls. This will smooth out the look of your pores and fine lines and create a silky canvas to apply your makeup on.
 
Clarisonic: Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System ($149): I tried the cheaper Olay version first and it just doesn't compare. I wouldn't say this necessarily helped to clear my skin, but, it did wonders for the texture of it. It also has a self-timer, so, even if you're feeling lazy (like I often do) you can thoroughly cleanse your face in just a couple of minutes.
 
VersaSpa: Spray Tan ($25): Look, as much as I love flashing/mooning people, I'm not cool with standing buck nekkit and spread eagle in front of a stranger to get a tan. Booth me. Never once have I looked orange after using this. In fact, people have always complimented me on how natural it looked. You're sprayed with 3 different solutions: a prep, a bronzer (which gets sprayed from 4 different positions, rather than just the front and back like the Mystic system does), and a sealer. In between each of those solutions, you're blown dry. VersaSpa units are heated and open... so you're not gonna gag on those particles that float around.
 
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MAC: Eyebrow Pencil ($16): Guess what? My hair isn't naturally black. My brows are pretty full, but, they're much lighter than my hair so if I don't fill them in and define them, they look straight jacked. You don't have to worry about sharpening this... it's a twist-up so it's always good to go. Nothing has ever gone on smoother... no skipping whatsoever.
 
There you have it, ladies... beauty shit that's worth the ______ (please don't make me say it again) to me.
 
Which beauty products are you willing to make it rain for?
What word weirds you out?
 
 
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67 comments:

  1. i swear by the NYX eyebrow pencil. that shit is CHEAP and it works. ummm can you please help me find a good puffy eye cream? homegirl looks old when she's tired..

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  2. How often do you use Murad? I have it, but don't think I'm using it enough.

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    1. Once a day, before bedtime seems to do the trick! I'm not sure if using it more often would help even more... I'm kinda scared to try! haha

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  3. Now I have to spend monies on the damn hope in a jar. My moisturizer got discontinued. But I hate spending that much money on one thing!

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  4. I googled it for you. It's not as bad as you think AT FIRST. Some South Park shit & other random whatever's and then you scroll down a little more... BAM. Videos of girls probably queefing. I didn't click on the link, OBVI. I'm not about that life.

    PS. I'm really glad you talked about this before you started your beauty regime thingy... I didn't really read it, I can't lie. I was too excited about the fact you say cunt too. Also, I hope disgusting google searches don't bring pervs to this post because of the words we've been using. Just don't use the word like 'butt sex' or something.

    What were you saying? It's late. I need to go to bed.

    Penis.

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  5. i couldn't be a singular topic blogger, i feel eventually it would be boring and i would run out of things to talk about

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  6. Murad products are my fav of the fav!! And the clarisonic is the bees knees!! I love that thing!

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  7. Ooohh, great tips! I know nothing about beauty products, and only use the most simple of creams and cleansers. It sounds like we have similar skin (adult acne, wtf?), and I have to give some of these a try!

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  8. A simple tube of mascara costs 20 dollars here so any beauty product I buy is a splurge! The word I can't stand is moist, especially when used to describe food!

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  9. i spend a shit ton of money on my skin products or makeup so if that means i drop $600 to restock, then i will do so without hesitation. however, spending over $15 for a shirt? WTF WHY SO EXPENSIVE?! i need to find me a good spray tan place. the place here charges a lot and i don't trust them!

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  10. I love my clarisonic and the Fix+ and I won't use any other face cream but the L'Oreal revitalift it keep me looking young. ;)

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  11. I don't think I splurge on any beauty product...actually, I consider my $12 blue liquid eyeliner from Sephora pricey....but then, I'm 22, I'm enjoying the years when my skin look pretty okay without any need for the good stuff! :)

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  12. Totally agree that the clairsonic is worth it!!! Also totally agree that you do pay for the name in some cases!! I love the porefessional - and its so silky on your skin!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  13. totally agree with these! i always thought i'd run out of topics on beauty, but i actually have 2 years worth (5 posts/week) of draft ideas. that sounds really weird now that i type it out!! ;)

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  14. I'm sorry; I know you put a lot of work into this post, but really, let's be honest. The best part of this post was your conversation with Pete regarding the spelling of "queef." Hilarious!

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  15. I love my clarisonic!!!! I know people balk at the price, but seriuosly, it's worth the money. The cheapo imitators are just that, imitators. And I agree, my skins isn't necessarily clearer, it's just much softer and even. I also heard, that once we hit 30, it's all about rejuvenating the skin and skin cell turnover, which the Clarisonic does. Totally worth the....splurgeeeeeeeeeeeee! haha

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  16. LOVE my clarisonic, and it looks like some other products that are definitely worth trying out! I think some things you really do have to splurge on!

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  17. your hair post is so interesting!! can't believe you had blonde hair! i'm going to look into the acne treatment. because i can't stand it!!!

    i dont buy really any high end beauty products, so i can't contribute to your question :)

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  18. I've always wanted to try out Hope in a Jar, guess now I will. I splurged on Josie Maran's Argan Oil which is $14 for a travel size, but it lasted me over four months and my skin has never looked fresher or smoother. Absolutely worth it in my opinion.

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  19. HAHAHAH you crack me up! Love that opener! :) YES to spray tans, definitely worth the $!

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  20. Samples will get you every time. I just bought $72 eye cream after trying the sample...but hey I think I see a difference :)

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  21. I will always spend the money on the Urban Decay setting spray. That shit works! I love not looking like Alice Cooper at the end of the day.

    And I'm pretty sure that is the best opening to a post. EVER. You win.



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  22. Not going to lie, I didn't get much farther than the queef...then I watched the gif over & over. For the record though that's how I'd spell it too.

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  23. I've always wanted to try a eyebrow pencil... see if it makes a difference.
    I love my Olay face scrubber. I think its because I haven't tasted the better side of the Clarisonic. I'll see how long I can stick with my cheap ways :)

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  24. Bahaha. I'm sure you would have gotten some interesting image results. Splurge actually doesn't sound gross to me, but now that you made me associate it with queefing I may have to change my mind on that. So, thank you. LOL. Also, I'm glad you didn't stick to just beauty blogging because I probably wouldn't have read your blog. Hah. A girl who spends most of her time in pajamas doesn't worry too much about beauty products. Basically, I'm just lazy. :D

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  25. Murad...what exactly does this do?? Ever since cancer, my skin is so jacked up. I have acne and scar easily. This means any decent sized zit becomes a scar :( aim needing something to diminish my dark scar spots. Fast. Not in 6 months time

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  26. I don't like the words moist, panties, or mucous. Gross. And now I think splurge = splooge. NOT COOL.

    I'm interested in a few of these, especially the Murad thing. I should get a clarisonic but I feel like I won't use it. Suck.

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    1. with you on those yuck words. Sis, get the clarisonic. LEGIT.

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  27. Girflriend I cannot picture you are a beauty blogger LOL... I like you as a life blogger because you are funny as hell. The VersaSpa really is a good splurge but I just couldn't afford it anymore so I use my good ole rob on tan lotion. $20 a bottle baby.

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  28. My mom swears by Hope in a Jar. It's too heavy for me though, it makes me break out. I use Ben Nye final seal instead of Mac, I feel like it's better and it's cheaper. Might be just me though!

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  29. I could never blog about one thing. I can barely focus on a single thought let alone staying on one topic. I too love Hope In a Jar. and all Philosophy products. I buy the 8 oz big daddy size on QVC for $117... they have great savings!!! I got my MIA there too and I love it. Best price on replacement heads too!

    Splurge... now I just want to say it and think dirty thoughts. Like the next time I hear someone say they are going to splurge I will have to restrain myself from saying "in yo face" bahahahaha.. thanks

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  30. Ok I'm going to have to jump on that Murad wagon! I have so much discoloration from my birth control too. Birth control is such a bitch but it's a million times easier than having kids so I guess you gotta take the good with the bad! And I think I'd die without my Clarisonic! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  31. but i counted Mississippily !!!!!

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  32. Ive never tried any of that but I do want to get the spray tan stuff!

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  33. I agree especially with make up some of the drug store brands don't cut it for me but I love my Clarisonic it is seriously the lazy girl way to a squeaky clean face. Do you have some of these old posts from your makeup blogging days? ;-)

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  34. I don't have a single beauty product I splurge on or can't live without, I'm the least girly of the girls.

    I hate the word workflow, freaking hate it! I an only think of periods when I hear it.

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  35. Hey Amanda!! OMG the ''S'' word!! I never looked at it that way until now lolol!! But oh so true! I myself never ____ because I totally agree you end up paying for the name!! And I love me some good deals lol! There's one word that I hate to even bring up bc is it SUPER gross.. but.. here it goes... shmutz. Ok I just barfed lol! My b/f says it at times and its beyond horrible. I literally want to twist into a pretzel when I hear it lolol!! Have an amazing weekend Amanda and talk soon!! ;D XOXO

    Lisa,xo

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  36. LOL I'm so with you on that word that I refuse to type out myself haha. Right on up there with that are words like moist, erect (just makes me laugh like an idiot), and chunk. *shivers* I just can't handle it!!

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  37. Sometimes, you just have to...wait for it...splurge. I really want the clairsonic. I have a wanna be knock off and I use it every day so I know I would get my moneys worth from it!

    I like Kate Somerville's Anti-Bac Lotion for a spot treatment. I will only by Benefits They're Real Mascara. The trick with that? I buy the $10 sample size from Sephora and it lasts several months...the full size tubes dry up before I can use it all anyways! I also get Urban Decay eye primer.

    Maybe I need to check out Mac Fix?

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  38. Haha on that first GIF.

    I like your beauty stuff. I mostly just use covergirl stuff. I really don't know what I'm doing with makeup.

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  39. I am interested in the Mac Fix+ since I just moved down South. I sweat a lot more and my makeup does streak whereas it rarely ever did in Ohio. I don't use Porefessional, but instead use Baby Skin by Maybelline, which I heard is a good dupe.

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  40. haha splurge is a bad word??? haha I have cringe words too like 'toot'. I have a two toned face so I have got to try that skin spot evener thingy. Also One day I will post a pic of my hair (locks). Its actually really long and almost touches my bum. And I dye it black as well so I use MAC to make sure my barely there eyebrows don't look weird.

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  41. Ahhhh, nothing like a good 7:30am Saturday morning snort to wake up you're hungover husband (insert evil laugh). You fucking crack me up, and my conversations with my husband often look like yours and Petes. I LOVE it!

    I too have a few products I SPLURGE (maybe cause it sounds like Splooge?) on. I have the Mia 2, but I ordered some brush heads from Groupon, and they are NOT the same. SPLURGE on Clarisonic brand brush heads. Mac Fix+ is a vanity staple for me, too. I use La Roche-Posay mineral sunscreen on my face, worth the money. I still haven't tried the PoreFessional, but everyone I know who uses it raves about it.
    <3 Happy First Day of Summer <3

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  42. I think I'm the only person on the planet that doesn't have a clarisonic. I'm adding it to my wish list :)

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  43. First off, I love you for using the word queef in a beauty post. You're truly one of a kind.

    And secondly, I need to get these items, like NOW. I have combination skin and its hard as a muthafucka to find products that don't make me feel greasy by the end of the day. And yeah, I still do break out from time to time (as in almost every other week) so I think I really should try that La Roche product too.

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  44. Ugghhhh hyperpigmentation...so sorry you are a fellow sufferer. I am willing to try just about anything for that one!

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  45. I think I'll try the versa spray! There are actually 2 within 30 mins of my house. Thanks for the link!

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  46. I am still trying to convince myself to spend money on the Clarisonic. Everyone says it is so great!

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  47. OMG queef google images...half of me wants to do it out of terrifying curiosity and half of me doesn't. I am glad I started using primer, cause my pores are huuuge. I have the Smashbox primer, because it was on sale at Ulta for half off (usually 36 bucks, whaaaat). I'm afraid to try any cheaper primer, from the bad reviews I've heard, and I really like this one. Although I may try the Porefessional next.

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  48. Oh I need to get a MAC eyebrow pencil. My brows are blonde. Seriously... I look freakin' weird when I don't pencil them in, but I'm not a huge fan of what I use now. Thanks for the heads up.

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  49. Seriously Amanda, I had to scroll through 49 comments to get to the bottom here. Stop being so popular and writing engaging posts so that everyone wants to comment. ;) . K but seriously, if you wanna talk about words that are gross, how about "engorge." That's a nasty word. But onto the topic of your actual post...I find that with makeup you definitely get what you pay for! I spend extra money on foundation, powder, and concealer and I don't feel guilty cause the quality is there. I've been wanting a Clarisonic for a while but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Gla to see it's worth the price tag!!

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  50. my co-worker and I call each other squif. Is that bad?

    Anyway, love these kinds of posts and learning from the master. Clarisonic changed the straight game over here. I only learned that filling in my brows made everything look rockstar. Duh.

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  51. Just so you know, I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can see your nomination here. :)
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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  52. You tried to be a beauty blogger, I tried to be a fashion blogger. See this is why we're blog buddies. PS I have missed your face. Gonna go out and try that hope in a jar stuff, and the Murad(that you already recommended I get on insta...sigh..why didn't I listen.) I already got my mia and my studio fix, love them both. I think I'll skip the tanner....

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  53. I have no need for beauty products. To quote Bey 'I woke up like dis.' Bwahahaha.

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  54. ew i never thought about the word and now its freaking me out, like moist. also, i braved google for you and the Q word is spelled correctly, and thankfully no images popped up, though i did X out of that bitch faster than paul walker. so yep.
    also, i'm trying to save money after the trip, so i really did not need to see this today. i will bookmark it for a month or so when my husband stops monitoring the bank account like a hawk.

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  55. I've always wondered if the clarisonic is really worth the purchase! Good to know ;)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  56. Loved this post - I so want that Clarasonic! I have heard awesome things!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  57. I was really tempted to google queef, just for the image....is that horrible!?!?!

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  58. Dying laughing, love this! Great products too!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  59. I am the same way when it comes to beauty products. I hate... splurging (you ruined this word for me just so you know. Barf.), but there are some products that you just have to. Philosophy The Present is one of my all time favs, but I only wear it on special occasions when I know a lot of pictures will be taken of me. I just can't do that '$30 a jar' shit all the time.

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  60. Splurge is pretty much my normal behavior on a daily basis. I have no concept sometimes. Ooops! But one thing I have on my want list is the clarisonic!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  61. i need to try that pigment lightener. after i have a blemish, it turns into a dark scar that won't go away for forever. also i neeeed to get a clarisonic soon!

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  62. Totally agree with the MAC Fix+!!! I do find that I tend to spend more on eyeshadows. The prestige brands are more pigmented and last longer. The drugstore brands are ehhh. Trust me, I am not above drug store makeup but that's where I'll spend more moolah.

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  63. Yes yes yes to Pore fessional and Clairisonic!! I can never go back because they are SO worth it!!

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  64. I'mma splurge all over your face with that Mia 2.

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