Jun 1, 2014

May Choices

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer |$43| Due to its insane price tag I never wanted to purchase this tinted moisturizer. In my defense, I find tinted moisturizers useless next to my Estee Lauder Doublewear Light. The reason I purchased this was because I was out of my Estee Lauder and the counter didn't have my shade, so I decided to take the plunge and take the oh so famous tinted moisturizer. The hype is right, true and deserving! This product doesn't stay as long as the Estee Lauder Doublewear Light but it covers like a beast, and feels super lightweight! I wouldn't say it is worth the pricetag, because Estee Lauder Doublewear Light is cheaper and stays on longer, but it is super lightweight and is a great tinted moisturizer and has been on my face every day and night!
NYX Buttergloss in Peaches and Cream |$5| Cheap, lovely, and smooth! I will never purchase high end lipglosses ever again, because, well first of all, I hate lipglosses, and this one is the only one that I have liked the wear. It isn't sticky or look goopy on my lips! Love Love Love!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed |$26| Amazing summer blush color. It is not as dark as it looks. It's actually a pink color and goes on incredible! It looks great with a tan and with pale skin. Very versatile shade.
MAC Cremesheen in Peach Blossom |$16| I have been wearing this lipstick everyday since I have gotten it! I dont know why not enough people talk about it, because it is the PERFECT everyday shade. Shy girl move over, there's a new favorite in town! It is peachy enough that it looks natural on tinted lips (like mine). If you have no pigmentation to your lips this will give life to your lips and make the look plump without looking overdone.
Anastasia Brow Pencil in Dark Brown |$23| More expensive than it's other popular friend that isn't in pencil form, I like the pencil form way better. Reason being? It lasts a heck of a lot longer, and doesn't break as easily and in my opinion performs the same longevity and pigmentation wise. The only pain? Sharpening..
Pureology MultiTasking Hair Beautifier |$25| Ever since going lighter with my hair my morrocon oil doesn't give enough moisture to my hair. This stuff claims to have 21 benefits (PRIME:Hair Color Protection, Leave In Conditioner, Hair Detangler Spray, Blow Dry Spray for Quick Drying, Moisturizer for Dry Hair, Low Porosity Hair Care, Weightless Conditioner, Hair Cutting Lotion. PROTECT: Split End Treatment & Prevention, Hair Breakage Treatment from Daily Brushing & Combing, Hair Fiber Product, Repair and Protect Heat Damaged Hair, Shields Hair Against Environmental Damage. PERFECT: Hair Smoothing Treatment, Silky Hair Treatment, Seals Hair Cuticle, Hair Moisturizer Spray for Reduced Dryness, Anti, Frizz Hair Spray, Reduces Hair Static, Hair Refresher Spray for Restyling, Hair Shine Treatment). I can't vouch for it working as a hair fiber product, because I honestly don't know how you measure that but everyone else gets a big fat YES! I love this product and the price tag doesn't even bug me because how much more manageable it has made my hair ever since going blonder!
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma |$6| This shadow is gorgeous and has been on my lids ever since I got a tan. I can't even describe how much glow it brings to your eyes and don't get me started on how buttery smooth it is! Marlena (Makeup Geek) has done an amazing job on all her shadows but this one blows every shadow on the planet out of the water! I love it so much. It is way better than any shimmery MAC Shadow I have purchased, and I will never go back to Shroom or All That Glitters or that other one I can't even name because I don't give it the light of day since Shimma Shimma!

May 20, 2014

BITE Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato

BITE Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato

I love this stuff so much! The color, the pigmentation, the way it lays on my lips. It was definitely love at first sight. I've never felt anything like this before. Usually lipsticks in a liquid formula dry out my lips and look crusty and weird. This stuff gives a matte finish with a slight shine, and does not suck any moisture out.

  -Definitely feels like cashmere-

It is an expensive product with a jaw-dropping (to me) $28. With that said, a little goes a long long way. I am considering purchasing all the colors. I am usually a super frugal person when it comes to lipsticks, because drugstore options compare, or even sometimes are better than high end products. This is one of a kind. The unique thing about BITE products is that they are also natural ingredients, which makes my lippies happy campers. 

Apr 28, 2014

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Review

This has been a long time coming… We’ve all seen it everywhere, used by everyone. It gets raging reviews but when its time to sit down and order, I can never justify the price tag.

During the Sephora VIB Sale, I decided that I really needed to bite the bullet and purchase products that I’ve been wanting for forever and not just buy things that were new.. So I went ahead and purchased the Beauty Blender and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (oil free). I went back and forth between the regular formula vs. the oil free, but since I was purchasing full size and would use it during the summer, I knew oil free was the way to go.

Before I go on a tangent that you might not want to read, just know that I LOVE this product. It covers well, especially considering how light it feels. After I stipple it on my face with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, I completely forget that it is there. I don’t like tinted moisturizer because they offer no coverage, which is why Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is my favorite tinted moisturizer-esque product. The LM Tinted Moisturizer gets rid of redness and evens out your skin tone. It won’t cover any blemishes, but that is why we have concealer. I got the color Caramel ,which is a little too dark but it blends effortlessly and doesn’t look like my face is a different shade, which makes me feel that I could use this while I’m darker during the summer months.

The longevity can definitely be improved by the use of a powder. I finish it off with my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and the result is flawless. I’ve been wearing this day and night (adding on more bronzer and blush during night), and can definitely say that this will be a summer staple.

Don’t let the price tag freak you out, because the tube is HUGE and you do get a lot of product and a little (I use a pea-size amount for my whole face) goes a long way.

So if you are looking for a light-feel, medium coverage product for Spring and Summer and if you are as late as I was, or were on the fence about spending the bucks, I would say take the plunge!

Apr 7, 2014

Spring Lippies

Here is a snippet of my Spring lip favorites. Mostly drugstore :). Full swatches to follow! 

Feb 27, 2014

Empties Vol I

Here goes my first empties post! I really suck at keeping empty bottles to review about them but I finally found a way to have a seperate bag under my sink for all theses bottles. If I dont see them out Im less hesitant to throw them away.

The first item to review is Loreal Total Repair Restoring Conditioner. This conditioner is targeted for "Damaged, Overworked Hair", which is definitely the way I would describe my poor locks. I think this is a great cheap conditioner that does an okay job. I don't put too much hope towards rinse out conditioners because they feel smooth right after but I'm not sure if they have a long-term effect. It definitely takes the tangles out of my hair and makes it easier to brush but I wasn't wooed by it. Then again, rinse out conditioners don't really woo me that often!

Next up is the Philosophy French Vanilla Bean body wash. This 16 oz. bottle goes a long way! I used this up in 5 months... It smells delicious and does the job of cleaning my body, and not leaving it thirsty for moisture. 

The Victoria's Secret Enchanted Nights Ultra Moisturizer |$14 is fantastic! It smells delicious. It is  a thicker lotion and really does a good job of moisturizing. It's not stick, or too greasy where I feel as though my clothes are sticking to me. This product really gained my trust towards the VS body lotion line. 

Kate Spade Twirl I am so sad this fragrance is out! It was the perfect balance between fresh and floral and a little bit of musky. This fragrance could be worn during the day or at night, and that is why I loved the crap out of it and used it up! 

The next three products are products I've already repurchased and have been repurchasing for awhile. 
Sally Hansed Diamond Flash Top Coat has been my ultimate favorite top coat for the past couple of years. It is cheap, leaves a shine like shellac would, and dries instantly. It also doesn't get goopy like Seche Vite.

SoftLips in Vanilla I've been using this chapstick on and off for about 6 years. I always venture out to find different chapsticks but always come back to this. Not only does it smell delicious, but is so cute and tiny that it fits everywhere, and therefore goes everywhere with me. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewing Concealer in Medium. I have already raved about this product on a differeny blog post, but it truly is a great concealer. I haven't seen any effect of it's anti-aging capabalities, but I am only 22. I mainly like this product because it gets rid of my dark circles instantly and stays put all day! 

Feb 22, 2014

Lush Haul and Review

I haven’t stepped foot in Lush in about 3 years! The reason being, every year I move to a new apartment and cant get over the fact that someone else took showers in the same tub, therefore don’t need any bath bombs or anything of that sort.

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz around LUSH products, and not just some bath products. So I took the plunge and purchased a couple of new things, and after trying them out for a month, I am here to report.

The first product I purchased was the Mask of Magnaminty ($24.95). I was purely drawn to this because ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to put on green face masks and scare people. Clearly, this was the first reason to spend 25 dollars and some shipping. Then the craze started where all of YouTube started raving about this mask, and how amazing it felt and smelled. That’s when this gal took the plunge. I can tell you right now, I can not tell a difference on what this mask does, but I’m usually very bad at analyzing the outcome of skincare except for one product; Cetaphil cleanser. I can tell you this much: it smells great, does make your face feel squeaky clean, and it’s GREEN. I would not repurchase just because I didn’t notice a difference.

I’ve been dealing with super chapped lips due to the multiple Polar Vortex’s mother nature has doomed us with. I’ve never invested, or even tried a lip scrub, because I always convinced myself that I would DIY it- that never happened. I purchased the Mint Julep Lip Scrub ($9.95). This lip scrub polishes and plumps your lips and gives them a little bit of color. I love love love this scrub, and utilize everytime I am going to be putting on a dark lip! Little odd fact: You can eat the remaining scrub on your lips and it tastes oober yummy!

Feb 12, 2014

Ulta Haul 2.11.2014

I have been hauling like crazy! So, prepare, for the next couple of posts to be mostly hauls...Sorry....
This particular haul is a combo of high end and low end products. 

The first one should come as no surprise, because I already told you I bought a full size of the Benefit They're Real Mascara | $23. I love this stuff except for the fact that everytime I curl my lashes, the mascara transfers onto my upper lid... If it was waterproof, this stuff would be my bestfriend. It lengthens, seperates and volumizes, which is great for my stubby thin lashes!

Then I went a little nuts with the new NYX Products. I got two of the Butter lipsticks | $7, in the colors Snowcap and Razzle Fiesta. These are smooth and like the name says buttery. They stay on for a couple of hours, but the darker color did tend to stick around longer than Snowcap. I want to buy all the colors, because the color payoff is amazing and the price tag is kind to my bank account.


I love the NYX Jumbo Pencils, so when I saw the NYX Infinite Shadow Stick | $9, I was like "whaaaaaaat?". I bought the colors Silk and Rose Gold. These wear well even without primer, and I have oily lids! I would highly suggest everyone to check these out. 

Then I ventured to the Rimmel section, and bought my first Rimmel products; Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer | $5 in Comet, Luna, Apocaliptic, and Big Bang. First of all, I love that the names are astronomy related- so cute! Secondly, these suckers remind me of Hourglass Lip Stains. They are so damn pigmented that I don't even have to wear lipstick with them! I haven't tested them for longevity, but will in an upcming blog post..so stay tuned!

And that was my haul when I went crazy at Ulta, I know it doesn't seem like much, but it was for me!