Friday, May 30, 2014

e.l.f Cosmetics [Lip Exfoliator]

Today I'm coming at you with something SUPER cheap and extremely effective!

I've always had a problem with really dry lips and it's a hassle to have to use multiple products at night/in the morning when I'm washing my face.  I'm lazy when it comes to things like that so, even though they were dry and I couldn't wear lipstick without them looking gross, I never remembered to scrub my lips until after I had already used my moisturizer and by then, it was too late.

THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING.

The scrub looks like a lipstick and it's very abrasive. You apply it just like you would a lipstick except you go in circles way more and just...scrub.  It's something super simple that I DON'T have to wash off, it doesn't make a mess and because it's in a lipstick tube, it's very portable.  This means that I can scrub at night, scrub in the morning and scrub before I put on a lip color just to make sure there's no dry flaky bits that are going to stick out once the color is on there and there's no going back.

This was sent to me by a friend but it's only $3 from e.l.f and worth every penny.  No fuss, super fast and effective lip scrub!  If you've been looking for something that's 100% hassle free and something that you can use any time, any place then buy it.  Immediately!  






Have you used this?  What are your thoughts?  If you want to purchase, I'll leave the link below!







Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Influenster Box: Venus Snap with Embrace

So, I signed up to be a part of the latest Influenster box, which was all about shaving.  I took the survey and I qualified for the box and it arrived at my house about a week later.  The Venus Snap with Embrace is the smallest razor I've ever seen in my life.  It's cute, it's adorable, I want to carry it in my purse just to show people!

So, let's start with the packaging.  The razor comes in a tiny clamshell carrying case that has a snap-in holder for the razor and a vented bottom that allows for super fast drying and it's a plus because your razor isn't sitting it water getting gross and full of bacteria.  This is made with disposable razor heads so, you keep the handle and the carrying case when you need to replace the blade.  You take the blade off and replace it in the exact same way that you do with the full size version.  I really like that it comes with the Embrace razor head because I have super sensitive skin and dry skin and these heads really make for a smooth shave.

I was really worried about the razor being hard to use or me using too much pressure when shaving.  When the handle is longer, it's easier for me to shave faster without worrying about cuts.  It's not the easiest thing to work with because the handle is so small.  I felt like I was going to slip and cut myself because with the handle being so small and it being wet and my hands being wet, I couldn't get a very good grip on it and what I was doing.  I kept finding myself also touching up against the blade release which had me scared that I was going to pop it off.  By the end of the second leg, I was getting more used to the way I needed to hold it and everything but it was still kind of awkward.  The blade was nice though, Venus blades always are, imo.  All in all, close clean shave with no nicks or cuts, I just wish I would have felt more stable with it in my hand.



All in all, I really like it.  If you travel a lot or live in a dorm or you have a roommate situation going on where you like to keep things like your razor away from other people (blades are expensive) oooor If you just have a super small shower and want to save on space, then I would recommend it.  I personally don't travel a lot and I always shave my legs in my own shower and my boyfriend never bothers my razor so, I have no real NEED for it.  The price is around $10 depending on where you go and the replacement blades can get a little expensive, some even around $15-$20.  Are the blades worth it?  Imo, yes.  I like them and they make for a smooth and easy shave.






Friday, April 11, 2014

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for FAIR TO MEDIUM skin tones.

I'm going on VACATION in a week and I live in Washington and I'm headed to visit family and friends in Mississippi and Florida.  We have a problem because I look pretty pale.  I'm pretty much see-through.  I don't tan and I don't trust anyone to airbrush me because they tend to not pay attention to color ratios and I don't want to end up orange.  So, I decided to get a gradual self tanner and I saw this particular one and thought that it would be a good match for me.  I've never really come across a self tanner that included fair skin tones so I've always worried about being orange and streaky.  To show you guys how this one works, I'll be updating this blog post daily with the color progression and any notes that I might have on the way it's working/feeling/smelling/etc.  This lotion claims to NOT have a self tanner smell and be streak free and hassle free.  So, we shall see Jergens, we shall see.

The progression over a week is supposed to be very drastic and the bottle says that if you're not seeing enough progression, use it more than once a day.  So, I think every other day, I'll use it once in the morning and once at night.  I'll make sure to clarify under the heading for the pictures whether or not I used it once or twice.

PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME ORANGE, JERGENS.  DON'T YOU DARE MAKE ME ORANGE.

And it begins...

$$$ Price - $11.99 @ Target

Pre-Lotion pictures  April 11, 2014
Just to be clear for those of you who will read this and still not know, these pictures are BEFORE I put any of the lotion on at all.  This is my starting point.  I will apply the lotion tonight after I shower and EXFOLIATE beforehand.  You don't want any uneven patches or weird flaky dark areas!  Do not exfoliate once you start using the lotion!!  It wont do you any good, you'll take off layers of skin that are being tinted and you'll see little to no progression. 





Night of April 11.  Day one of using lotion.
Ignore my sock marks.
So, one of the most surprising things about this moisturizer was the scent.  It smells AMAZING and I don't know exactly what it is but it smells fruity and tropical.  I love it.  It felt just like a regular lotion going on to my skin, it was a smooth application and was easy to move around and it absorbed quickly so I didn't have to stand around without any clothes on for too long.  When it dried, it wasn't sticky, it didn't make my skin feel tight or unusual in any way.  It was very light on my skin and my skin feels soft and moisturized.  So far, so good!!




Night of April 12.  Day two of using lotion.
So, on day two, I used the lotion twice.  I used it once when I got up before I put my clothes on for work and then I used it again after I took a shower later that night.  I took my shower around 4pm and this is at 7pm.  I can tell a difference and so far, no streaking! Comparison photo below just so you can see the difference.



And a comparison of the day I started and the end of day two after TWO applications.




Night of April 13.  Day three of using lotion.
Today I only used the lotion once.  I wanted to use it twice but I just didn't have time to get an application in before work this morning.  I came home at 3 and took a shower around 4.  I took this photo around 8pm, I wanted to give the color a bit of time to set up on my skin.  ****Also, so far, I'm not noticing ANY orange or yellow tones whatsoever.  The color is looking very natural and I really like the progression that I'm seeing.  Also remember that the color shouldn't go past the highest color on the bottle so, it's good once you reach your desired max level to continue to use it or to mix it with your regular moisturizer to keep up the color****  Aaaaand if you see my leg hairs, I apologize.  It's time for a wax but I want to wax them the day before I leave so they'll be fresh.  haha  Sorry!  :p




Night of April 14.  Day four of using lotion.
So far, so good.  Everything is still looking good!



Night of April 15.  Day five of using lotion.
These last few photos don't look as dark as the ones before but I think it's just the lighting.  All of the others were taken during the day with sunlight and these last two were taken on rainy days.  :(  They're still dark though and they're continuing to deepen in shade!!  Everything's still going great and it's actually making my skin feel really soft and nice.



Night of April 16.  Day six of using lotion.
Coming soon.


Afternoon of April 17.  Day seven of using lotion and the day before I leave for vacation.
Coming soon.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

I Need A Little Sunshine [GIVEAWAY]

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sonia Kashuk "Completely Organized Cosmetic Case" Showing & an UPDATED 'What's in my makeup bag?'

My makeup has been in many different makeup bags over the years but it's been over FOUR years since I actually bought one of them.  I keep getting them passed on to me through friends sending packages and makeup swaps so I've been cramming everything that I use into bag after bag hoping that the next one will be the perfect fit.  Since I have so many, I didn't want to go buy a new one, it didn't make sense.

Now it makes sense.  I'v pretty much had to cram all of my stuff in to one bag with no compartments and no sense of organization and that drives me crazy.  I also only had room for the bare minimum unless I wanted to add more bags to my under the sink arsenal.  

I was browsing around Target today just trying to kill some time and I was walking up and down the makeup isles looking at everything longingly.  I don't know why but this makeup bag caught my eye.  Probably because the word "organized" was paired with "cosmetic" and the bag was on the small/medium size.  So, I picked it up looked at it and decided to buy it.

How much is it?!
The bag retails for $14.99 plus tax and the colors that were available were green and black.  There may be more colors but that's all they had at this Target.

I have photos of the bag empty, of the bag up against the current bag I was using and I show all of my stuff in both bags as a comparison.  The 'What's In My Makeup Bag?" questions will be answered below the coordinating pictures!  I felt it would be easier that way.











*Not pictured here is the Garnier Oil Free BB cream in Light/Medium.  It would not fit in my previous bag and I forgot to take a picture of it.
  • Garnier Oil Free BB Cream - I'm still using this every day in the place of a foundation and I LOVE it.  It's been a little over a year since I started using it and I'm on my second tube.  It lasts a very long time and a little goes a long way.  It gives me great coverage, it's very lightweight and it keeps me from breaking out.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - This is a super cheap pressed powder that I bought to just set the BB cream.  I paid about $4 for it and bought it in the translucent shade so I could just get a soft finish without adding any extra color.
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle - I love MAC's MSF line.  It's a really pretty pearly glow with just a hint of color.  I use it with an angled brush as my highlight.  I've been using it daily since I bought it in September and I'm not even close to hitting pan.  You can also add a touch under your blush to make it a little glowy.
  • MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Barely There - I LOVE this shade.  It really is barely there and it's perfect for just a little flush of color.
  • Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark Contouring Powder - I use this for contouring but if you're not more fair toned, it wont look really good on your skin.  I'm hoping that in the future, there will be more colors to choose from.  I've had this particular one for about 10 months and I just reordered a new jar.  It lasts a long time and it does a fantastic job.




  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow - I use this for my under eye area. Find the review here.
  • Benefit Erase Paste in Medium - I stopped using this under my eyes and use it around my red areas.  It's brightens and perfects and it works well around my nose and to shape my brow line after I apply my powder and gel.


  •  Essense I Heart Punk Jumbo Liner - I LOVE this liner.  One was sent to me by a friend and when that one ran out, I went to Ulta and bought another one.  It's SO super cheap and it's the best liner marker I've ever used.  It never skips and it's bold color until the very end.
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara - The best mascara I've ever owned.  No flaking, no smudging and all day lift.
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer - I bought this when it was on sale at Ulta for $10.  I think it works just the same as any other primer I've ever purchased at a store.
  • Benefit Gimmie Brow in Medium/Deep - I LOVE this.  It's a colored brow gel and the applicator is a tiny spoolie that runs effortlessly through your brows to fill them in, give them shape and keep them in place.  I use a little powder under this and then finish out my brows.
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics - This palette is a must have for the price.  I use one of the shades daily for my brow powder and I use the matte black daily to set and smoke out my liner. 


  •  Every week I change out the indie shadows that I use.  This helps me keep the ball rolling and it helps me to use and try everything that I have.  This week Fyrinnae and Innocent+Twisted Alchemy were in there.  All of these shades are amazing, btw.




  •  I was able to put my NYX JEP in Milk in the front zipper pocket and all of the Color Tattoos that I currently own!  That was a huge plus for me since, if it's not in my makeup bag, I have to store it in my bedroom closet.


I didn't end up using all the space that's available but that's because I haven't gone in my closet to dig through my makeup and add more to it.  The zipper pocket in the inside of the bag is empty right now and I think I'm going to put some lip colors in it.  That's really all that I'm missing and I've had to keep ALL of them in my bedroom and that means that I lot of times, I forget to use them and take them with me.

All in all, I'm really happy with this purchase.  It's functional and it was worth the money.  Everything fits and there's room for more.  This will also be great for traveling since it does have the extra space.  **Also, my BB cream fits now and that makes me happy!

Tell Me More
If there's anything that you have questions about or if you'd like to see a more detailed review on anything in this post, let me know!!  What makeup bag are you using?  Share some pictures with me!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer; 24 Karat Rose [Review & Swatches]

I got a polish order today from a super amazing company called Liquid Sky Lacquer.


**They are currently shut down but they will be back open TODAY (2/22/14) at 2PM pacific time!**

I ordered Head To The Bahamas (a very neutral holo) and 24 Karat Rose (a shimmery thermal).
Today I have a review for you on 24 Karat Rose.  I have never used a thermal before so, that's why it was my first pick out of the two to wear.  If I would have used one before, I would have gone for the neutral holo because it's way too gorgeous for words.  You can google it and then see a review some time next week from me!

I didn't use a base with this color, I never use a base unless I know something is going to stain.  Bases tend to make my nails turn yellow REALLY fast and that grosses me out.  I used three coats of 24 Karat Rose (two would have been just fine) and the 'Speedey' top coat from CND.

When polishing, because the polish is wet, it pretty much goes on as the "warm" color, which is a sheer gold.  I'm not going to lie, the fact that it was BARELY changing colors for me made me a little nervous and I thought that I was going to just end up with this sheer gold color and not much else.  When I applied the top coat, it went crazy changing colors and then after everything dried, I really got the full effect.  So, note for newbies to thermals, don't judge it until it's dry!  The application was very nice, coverage is amazing and the brush is a really nice size, it's not super wide but it's not way skinny like Essie polishes.

First photo is right after I applied just 24 Karat Rose without the top coat.  You can see what I mean as to why I was a little iffy at this point.  



Second photo is after the top coat had been applied and 100% dry.



Third photo is right after I came back inside from being outside!



Tell me, tell me. Do you like this color and have you ever used a thermal before?  What's your favorite, if you have?  Have you ever tried Liquid Sky Lacquer before?  Do you wanna?!

Friday, February 21, 2014

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow [Review & Swatches]

I went to Ulta and picked up a NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow for my under eye circles.  I've heard great things about it from other people and I really wanted to try it because here lately, my under eye circles have been really bad and that's a problem.  I can't be looking this rough, it's just not good for business.

What I've been using
I friend of mine that I went to beauty school with works for Benefit and recommended Erase Paste.  It's supposed to be an under eye concealer that brightens and makes you look amazing.  It's an okay fix, it's not amazing, it's not a miracle in a jar, it's not worth the price (imo).  For a full size jar of Erase Paste you'll shell out $22 + tax.  Luckily, I found a smaller jar that was half the size of the full size jar for $10 on the little racks in the checkout line at Ulta so, I didn't pay an awful lot for it but I still paid more for it than I paid for the concealer from NYX.  Erase Paste comes in three shades - Light, Medium, Dark.  There's really nothing in the concealer to cancel out under eye circles.  Don't get me wrong, it brightens but it also enhances the blue-ish tone that's going on with my under eye area and it settles REALLY bad into the lines under my eyes so, I really needed to find something new!  

Ergo, NYX HD Photogenic Concealer.

Likes
  • It's cheap!
  • It's in a tube and has a doe foot applicator
  • No talc or parabens
  • Doesn't settle into my lines
  • Mineral enriched
Dislikes
  • A big NOTHING.  I kind of love it.

How much is it?!  $$$
This tube of concealer will only set you back $4.99 + tax for 3 grams in a tube with a doe foot applicator; not bad at all.  If you can snag it when Ulta is having a bogo 50% off of NYX, then you can grab a few different colors and try them all for yourself!

The yellow shade is specifically for under eye circles.





Just some pictures from yesterday.  NYX under both eyes just for kicks.  Ignore my hair, we were fighting.





Did you know??
The leading cause of under eye darkness is dehydration.  A lot of people don't even get CLOSE to drinking the amount of water that they should be drinking DAILY.  Just because you drink what you should on one day doesn't mean that you can skip the next week and then put in just one more day.  It doesn't work like that!  Your body needs water, it NEEDS it.  Put down the coffee, grab a bottle of water and add some Mio if you need to but DRINK WATER!!  You'll be really surprised at the changes in your skin!

Tell me more.
Do you have under eye circles and darkness?  What do you use to combat the problem?  Are you interested in trying this concealer?