Product Review | No.7 Lift & Luminate Foundation

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

This was way overdue! I mentioned this in my last Favorites and I've been using this foundation almost (because I don't wear makeup on the daily) every day for the past 2 months or so? And it's very rare for me to be this consistent with a foundation...I usually have an array of them and use different ones for different things, you know? 

I wasn't even looking for a new foundation, but I was at Target and talking to the Boots brand representative. Girlfriend knew her shit! (I don't remember her name...but hey girl hey!) and we were rambling like giddy little girls. POINT IS, her skin was a glowing and beautiful and I wanted that. She told me it was all thanks to the star of this article ; No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15
a picture of No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15
a picture of No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15

November 2015 Favorites

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Monthly favorites that is, we all know the Holidays can be a little hectic so let's not start stressing about for a tiny while longer...

As I have mentioned, we moved this past month, so I had a very specific stash to play with and had no problem reaching for the same things everyday. Quite a few loves this month, so let's just jump right into it!
a picture of November Favorites ; Anastasia Self-Made Palette, Juice Beauty Refining Powder, Boots No.7 Lift & Luminate Foundation, Wet n Wild Highlighter Hollywood Boulevard, Lush Rosy Cheeks Mask, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, Sephora Lip Cream Stain Blackberry Sorbet

Product Review + Makeup Look (Holiday Glam) | Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hey guys! As you might have seen in my latest haul, I got this lovely palette and it's all I've been using since then. So yes, spoiler, I LOVE it!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette offers a nice variety of 14 shadows and it retails for only $35 (in comparison to other high end palettes, it's a real steal).
a picture of Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette
a picture of Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette

Product Review | Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hey guys! It's been a minute...

We packed up and moved to a new place, so things are a bit all over the place right now. But, we are settled in nicely all things considered. I had made sure to keep a few things accessible so they wouldn't get lost in boxes, because I wanted to get back on track ASAP!

First on the list the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. These have been out for a little while, but it's still kind of hard to find a whole display, meaning ; if you want more than one shade, it could take some time to collect them all. I hit the jackpot at my local Target.

This collection offers 8 different shades, but as far as I was concerned only 3 of them are wearable and/or not the exact same hue as a million other products I already own. Then again, color preference is a very personal thing, so you do you boo!
a picture of Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ; Seduction, Devotion, Addiction
Seduction - A lovely nude shade
Devotion - A gorgeous rose shade
Addiction - A fun berry shade
a picture of Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ; Seduction, Devotion, Addiction (arm swatch)
From the wrist down ; Seduction, Devotion, Addiction 

Haul | Sephora VIB Sale

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I took advantage of the holiday 20% off sale at Sephora. Hopefully, if you are a VIB Rouge member you also spoiled yourself or got a kick start on your Christmas shopping. For VIB members, I believe this is still ongoing...Anyhoot, I decided to share my little loot with you and maybe this will still inspire you regardless for future Sephora purchases...Or this can also double as a great Holiday gift ideas list :)
a picture of VIB Rouge Sale Haul ; Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Gift Set, Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette, Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, Clarisonic Smart Replacement Brush Head, Sephora Collection Rose Mask

Makeup Look | Halloween 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hello lovelies,

So again, I've been MIA... In a way I guess I'm still recovering from Halloween? haha No but seriously I woke up with a huge bug bite on my face the next day (it's fine now) which was the first of a series of misadventures (got a cold which I'm still dealing with, so the energy level has been at an all time low, got a huge bump/bruise on my nose from playing with the dogs and a pretty bad burn from accidentally elbowing the hot crock pot...)

Needless to say, this is going up later than planned BUT I wanted to do a Halloween post. Thing is, I am so upset with myself, because I worked so hard on my costume (well, makeup) and I didn't even manage to get good photos of it...FAIL. I think I was too caught up in the excitement. I did get a few iPhone shots though, so we WILL still talk about it okay? Okay! ;
a picture of Lady Beetlejuice Makeup

October 2015 Favorites

Friday, October 30, 2015

Okay, I hate when people say this, but man did this month flash by! I swear I was just gathering last month's favorites yesterday. Anywho, clearly time has passed because I have quite a few things to share with you today! Here's what I've been absolutely loving this month ;
a picture of Sephora Purifying & Mattifying Mud Mask, Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm, Pixi Glow Tonic, Pixi Makeup Fixing Spray

Skin Treats | GLAMGLOW Dupe?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My skin has not been on point lately. Could be the weather, the stress, the new prescription, the all over life hygiene but as I've mentioned, I've been breaking out more than usual lately.

For someone who has struggled with really bad acne in the past, any breakout, feels just as traumatic. I know I have to be patient and gentle with my skin but sometimes it's hard!! Must. Resist. Temptation. Don't irritate, don't over dry, DON'T PICK.

Whilst I kept my skincare routine relatively unchanged to not distress my skin furthermore, I did want to incorporate something that was targeted to my current issue. Something more powerful, well efficient, you know? 

I heard through the grapevine that the Sephora Collection Purifying & Mattifying Mud Mask was a decent dupe for the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Mask. For a $50 price difference, I decided to give it a try! 
a picture of Sephora Collection Purifying & Mattifying Mud Mask

Product Review | Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I was randomly browsing the Sephora website (Super dangerous! Never casually browse, know what you came there to get, or they will get all your money!), and I fell upon these, while experiencing a random breakout of unknown cause.

I usually get hormonal breakouts or reaction to products, which I know how to deal with ; gentle skin care routine and benzoyl peroxide or honey treatments.  But this breakout was different, my guess is seasonal weather changes and consequently, allergies. Anyways, all this to say, my usual treatments just weren't as effective and I was ready to try something new.

The Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots come in packs of 24 ($12) or 72 ($30). Though the bigger pack is better value, I opted for the 24 dots as I just wanted to test them out. The pack contains 2 sets of 12 transparent adhesive patches that come in two sizes (as you can see bellow). Packed with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid they help reduce and heal blemishes and clarify the skin with out causing dryness or irritation.
a picture of Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

Product Review | Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oh man...

If you follow the blog's Facebook page (click and like!) you may have seen that I posted a sorta sad little "first impressions" on this foundation. I wasn't planning on it, but I flipped my camera to take a selfie (don't judge me) and I was just horrified by what I saw haha 

The Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation is one that has gotten a lot of mixed reviews since it's release. I was convinced it would work for me and decided to give it a try. It's marketed as this super awesome foundation that "improves skin's appearance every minute you’re in it. With the antioxidant power of Actyl-C, a more durable form of vitamin C." Sounds great right? Well it's not...

The shade selection was a bit of a puzzle, they all seem to run a little yellow, but I picked up shade Classic Ivory 20, which matched fairly decently, but not perfectly.
a picture of Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

Fall Makeup Look | Burgundy Grunge

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Today's post is pretty straight forward! Posted this look on Instagram (again, if you don't follow, click here!) and the response was great so I figured I'd share it with you guys. Better quality and all the deets so you can recreate this look or maybe just use it as inspiration for your own thang. You do you boo!

I was inspired by all the pretty fall colors and the 90's trend so I'll just call this look "Burgundy Grunge" (all the details are listed below) :
a picture of Burgundy Grunge Fall Makeup Look (ColourPop & Too Faced Star Dust Vegas Nay)
a picture of Burgundy Grunge Fall Makeup Look (ColourPop & Too Faced Star Dust Vegas Nay)
a picture of Burgundy Grunge Fall Makeup Look (ColourPop & Too Faced Star Dust Vegas Nay)

Champagne or Beer? | Benefit Erase Paste vs. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ouh I love whenever I can bring new contenders to the ring!

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, you should, click and follow!), you may have seen I picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer a few weeks back. 

Aaaand if you've been following this blog for a while you might also know that I have listed the Benefit Erase Paste as one of my most repurchased products and I looove that stuff.

Now, I was particularly excited to see if the NYX concealer could possibly stand up to my Benefit fav
a picture of Benefit Erase Paste vs. NYX Dark Circle Concealer
a picture of Benefit Erase Paste vs. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Product Review | theBalm theManizer Sisters Palette

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Do you want to fake beautiful, healthy, glowing skin? This magical trio is for you!

theBalm's Betty-Lou Manizer has been a long time favorite bronzer of mine. Even though I usually reach for matte bronzers, this has such a beautiful subtle sheen that doesn't emphasize and texture or pores. It's not really something you'd use for contouring but more so to warm up the skin.

My latest obsession with highlighters left me longing for the Mary-Lou Manizer and that's when I fell upon theManizer Sisters Palette. HOLY TOLEDO! Talk about great value.
a picture of theBalm The Manizer Sisters palette
a picture of theBalm The Manizer Sisters palette

September 2015 Favorites

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello October! We are finally in fall prime time, which for me means (somewhat) cooler weather, the best fashion, and the best dramatic lips! Here are some of my favorites since this past month;
a picture of Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle, E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal - I owned forever ago, and it was this incredible, deep sangria, vampy shade that somehow suited everyone. It was real love. Then my dog ate it and pooped purple for days. I was devasted and needed to grieve. When I felt that cool breeze hit the air, and the smell of pumpkin spice everything, I knew it was time to give love a chance and re-order this bad boy. An all time favorite.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle -  I know I mentioned this last month as well but I just can't get enough! This dusty mauve burgundy is the perfect "90s shade" for fall. I've been loving it especially for times when I don't really feel like going all out with the makeup. This lip and some mascara ; my face looks alive, made up and polished and I am good to go! I do feel it would be even better with some winged liner...but you know...Ain't nobody got time for that. OK! I'm lazy...I'll TRY to make time for it. (Click here for swatches and review of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips)

Product Review | Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I've raved many a time about Maybelline mascaras. I've always been a fan, and beyond the classic pink tube of "Great Lash", I've never really been disappointed. Right now, the Lash Sensational is still in my top favorite mascaras, high end included.

To no surprise, when I saw the latest release, The Falsies Push Up Drama, I was excited to try it out. 
a picture of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
I don't think it's in any shape or form similar to the original Falsies Mascara? (which I love) but, it has pretty packaging and an interesting brush. The hopes were high.
a picture of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara (brush close up)
Of course they use fancy marketing sentences and claim pioneering technology ; "push the limits with the first ever cup-shaped bristles that lift your lashes to dramatic heights". And I ate it right up man! Usually, all it needs to translate to is ; bigger bolder lashes. Which as far as I understood, such results were to be expected.

Skincare Haul | TheFaceShop

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hey lovelies, coming at you today with another long overdue post!
While in Montreal, I took a trip to The Faceshop (we have them in Los Angeles but it's not as accessible to me).

I first fell in love with the Real Nature Honey Sheet Mask when I had a skin freakout a couple months back. It's really soothing and hydrating, and helps calm down skin issues and brighten the skin, pretty much everything you would want in a mask... So I knew I needed to get more and decided to try get two other ones as well :
a picture of The FaceShop Real Nature Mung Bean Sheet Mask, Honey Sheet Mask, Lemon Sheet Mask
Real Nature Mung Bean Mask - As you can see I already tried that one. It's supposed to clarify and purify the skin. Maybe with regular use? But with these sheet masks I expect to notice a difference right away in my skin (which has always been my experience in the past) and besides feeling soothing and refreshing, I mean I didn't really do much. Still not bad, you get that pampering effect which is always nice...Plus for 2$ a pop, I didn't really "waste" money.

Real Nature Lemon Mask - This one is supposed to instantly brighten and I'm really excited to test it out, but I'm saving it for an occasion where I need to look extra "glowy" ;)

Drugstore Haul | Hair care

Monday, September 21, 2015

I've realized, I never really speak about hair stuff on this blog. 
1. I'm pretty much clueless, I swear to you I can't even do a proper pony tail. Lumpy hot mess, always.
2. I've never really cared about proper hair care?

Let's start off with a "short" version of my hair story (I'll probably ramble on so feel free to skip right to the haul haha)

Literally, my high school years consisted of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, because OH EM GEE it smells so delish right? I was also never really good at getting regular trims and doing hair masks/treatments.

Also, since starting the blog, I've pretty much been growing out a bob this whole time, so wasn't really inspired to style and nothing really seemed to help the process. My anxiety and stress and all that fun stuff nearly maybe it impossible for my hair to grow at all.

I did mention in my April 2015 Favorites the Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner and that's really what I feel kick started my hair growth. And I thought "Hmmm maybe there is something to investing in hair care after all". But when it came time to repurchase said shampoo, the $19 price tag (for 8.4 fl oz) still made me cringe. Luckily I hadn't run out of my conditioner yet (I was still using the L'Oréal EverPure Blonde Conditioner), so I waited to get that. Then last month, my hair was finally long enough to get a proper haircut to really shape it. TONS of layers, and making things more lightweight and with more movement and volume . I also got a cool toned toner so there wasn't anymore actual blonde in my hair, and I had finally ran out of conditioner anyways...

I knew a needed a bunch of stuff to keep my hair healthy and pretty and to keep growing, but I wanted to keep it somewhat affordable. So long story short (ha), here's what I picked up at the drugstore :
a picture of OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy Conditioner, Aussie Moist 3 minute miracle

Champagne or Beer? | Taupe Polish (Essie vs. Wet n Wild)

Friday, September 18, 2015

**Spoiler alert**

Holy almost dupe Batman!
Ok, I know I'm starting with a bold statement and pretty much giving my verdict right off the bat (man), but I am too freaking excited! What a perfect way to start the weekend, amirite? 

ALRIGHT! So I'm at the drugstore because I just NEEDED (I have my own definition of need, don't judge me) to get my hands on Essie's Lady Like. I've been wanting the perfect summer to fall transition shade and I knew this was it. And it is. And it's perfection. And you should get it. But today's post is not even about Lady Like. I'm getting carried away! JESUS, EXCITEMENT AND CAFFEINE ARE A DANGEROUS COMBO! To get to the point (sorta), I was browsing through the beauty aisles as I do, and checked out the Wet n Wild Mega Last Nail Color polishes (because you know I love these), searching for some fall colors, and my eyes landed on Wet Cement. I thought to myself : "Holy sh@#t, could this be a dupe?". In the bottle they look almost identical. I'm ecstatic and get both.
a picture of Wet n Wild Mega Last Nail Color vs Essie Lady Like nail polish

My First e.l.f. Cosmetics Haul | First impressions, mini reviews

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hey guys!

I totally forgot I never got around to sharing with you my very FIRST e.l.f Cosmetics purchase! For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, e.l.f. stands for Eyes, Lips, Face, and they offer some ridiculously affordable products ($6 dollars is some of their pricier stuff...). Needless to say, it was easy to get carried away, but even at that, I ended up spending under $50. Now I knew this brand was much talked about but I didn't really know exactly what to expect in terms of overall quality. I'm just going to "haul" this for you guys with a few comments where applicable (as you can tell from the photos, I've been testing most of the stuff pretty hard haha) ;)
a picture of e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, Studio Baked Highlighter in Pink Diamonds, Mineral Eye Brightener in Buff, Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder in Sheer
a picture of e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, Studio Baked Highlighter in Pink Diamonds, Mineral Eye Brightener in Buff, Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder in Sheer
Studio Makeup Mist & Set ($3) - To be quite honest with you, I don't know if my skin has changed, if my current routine holds up better or if this spray is just as good as the L'Oreal one....but I'm pretty sure this is working quite well, and I'm beyond impressed! For $3?? Are you kidding me? If you don't have particularly oily skin, this should work for you! Oh bonus ; it has tons of good stuff for your skin (aloe, green tea, cucumber, vitamins A, C & E)

Too Faced Star Dust By Vegas Nay Collection | Review & Swatches

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Well hello honey bunnies, it's been a minute! And today I am super excited and/or over did it with the coffee but HEY! Happy Hump Day! Let's get to business.

Now, if you didn't know, I'll announce again that Too Faced eyeshadows are my favorite. Ever since I fell in love with the Chocolate Bar Palette, nothing else has ever compared for me (close, but no cigar, you know?). 

It may not seem like it to outsiders, but I DO try to restrain myself to not get every single palette that comes out haha If you actually knew how many things have been in my cart but never made it to checkout, you'd give me a medal or an award of some sort, I swear! I'd like to thank the Academy of Insufficient Funds...Ok, but seriously.

Having gotten the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette fairly recently, and making good use of it, I thought I could hold off till the end of the year in that department. WRONG. When I saw the new Star Dust by Vegas Nay box set, the shadows were whispering sweet nothings in my ear and I couldn't resist. Now, who's Vegas_Nay? Only the biggest Instagram makeup sensation...Did I know that? Absolutely not. I know...HOW?? Anyways, safe to say I wasn't dazzled by the "celebrity" behind it but I totally follow her now, and so should you. 

That being said, the whole packaging thing is a bit of an eye sore. It comes it this bulky box, but includes tons of goodies.
a picture of Too Faced Star Dust Vegas Nay Collectiona picture of Too Faced Star Dust Vegas Nay Collection

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Palette | Review, swatches and comparison

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I was intrigued by this teeny tiny palette while picking up my trusty Annabelle Biggy Bronzer. It was calling my name, but I was also anticipating the disappointment of the Maybelline The Nudes Palette. It definitely looks like it belongs closer to that end of the drugstore palettes spectrum than let's say the pleasantly surprising L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2.

The Annabelle Smokey Nudes Palette offers 10 shades in an itty bitty compact.
a picture of Annabelle Smokey Nudes Palette
a picture of Annabelle Smokey Nudes Palette
a picture of Annabelle Smokey Nudes Palette

August 2015 Favorites

Monday, August 31, 2015

"Blah blah this year is going by so fast blah blah ". But seriously, I cannot believe we're marching into September already! As you may know, this past month has been a bit cray cray for me (as in my first time back in the Motherland after nearly a year), so I was more focused on just living rather than what I looked like? But I still cared a little and I did find new favorites though, so here we go!
a picture of August Favorites (makeup) ; Marcelle BB Cream Matte, Annabelle Biggy Bronzer in Matte Gold, e.l.f. Corrective Concealer, ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle, Rimmel Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Marcelle BB Cream Matte - I just did a full review on this so for the complete 411 click HERE. I use this on the daily for a natural, quick and pulled together look!

Annabelle Biggy Bronzer in Matte Gold - Being a huge fan of the original, I knew I needed to get my hands on the matte version. To no surprise, it is a new favorite.  I use it for a light contouring and to slightly bronze the skin.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle - Tulle is a bit of a "vampy" shade, but still totally wearable. It's the perfect color to easily transition from summer to fall lips! For swatches of this one and other Ultra Matte shades click HERE!

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara - To put it simply, it's the ONLY mascara I've been using for the past almost 2 months now. That's right, I haven't even been reaching for my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara...For a full review and before & after pics, click HERE!

e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer in Neutralize & Conceal - I haven't gotten around to try out every single item from my e.l.f. order yet, but this I traveled with and I love it. I use it under foundation to mainly correct redness (with the green) and brighten under the eye (with the light pink). This thin formula goes on smoothly and doesn't feel greasy.

a picture of August Favorites (skincare) ; TheFaceShop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, Biotherm Biosource Lotion, Biotherm Shower Milk

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip | Review, swatches and comparison

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When the ColorPop Ultra Matte Lip liquid lipsticks were first released, they sold out INSTANTLY and were out of stock for the longest time. As soon as I was able to place an order,  I got more than initially planned...Turns out, they should be here to stay now (a few shades are sold out but I'm sure they'll restock soon) so you don't need to go crazy. BUT at $6 a pop, I wasn't exactly breaking the bank either. The hype was real, and having been thoroughly impressed with the brand so far, I thought they'd be a sure hit!
a picture of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in : Ouiji, Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Avenue, Creeper, Mars, Highball, Drive-In, Lychee
I picked up 10 shades: 
  • Ouiji (bright coral red)
  • Solow (neutral nude pink)
  • Bumble (dusty warm terracotta)
  • Tulle (dusty mauve burgundy)
  • Avenue (deep yellow red)
  • Creeper (classic blue red)
  • Mars (red fuchsia)
  • Highball (hot red- pink)
  • Drive-In (mid-tone bright magenta)
  • Lychee (bright warm violet)

Product Rave | Marcelle BB Cream Matte

Monday, August 24, 2015

I was so excited to hit to drugstore while in Canada to get my hands on a few Annabelle and Marcelle products.

I don't know if it was just the area I was staying in, but they were less accessible then I remembered? Most Jean-Coutu's only carried Marcelle, or very limited Annabelle products...Anyways, that's just a little side note...

The original Marcelle BB Cream is one of my all time favorites and I needed to restock. To my surprise, I discovered they now have a matte version. I figured : "even better!" and grabbed it without hesitating. Obviously, I picked the shade Light to Medium.
a picture of Marcelle BB Cream Matte

Product Review | Simple Micellar Water Make-Up Remover Wipes

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When I found out Simple Skincare was coming out with their new Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes**, I was stoked. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of their Micellar Cleansing Water and their Cleansing Facial Wipes. But now they made sweet sweet love and had a baby?? This spawn is what my dreams are made of!
a picture of Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes
Having ran out of the Cleansing Facial Wipes during my previous travels, my recent trip to Montreal was the perfect time to take these new wipes for a test drive!

Makeup Looks | Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

If you're looking for a review with swatches and all that jazz, Imma stop you right here and tell you to refer to this post right HERE. Because that article was so heavy, I wanted to make a separate one to showcase a few looks I've created with this palette.

Just a little reference snap, so you can have an idea of the colors and refer to the names mentioned in the descriptions for each look!

a picture of Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Left to right : High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Sweet & Simple :
a picture of Sweet & simple makeup look ; Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
a picture of Sweet & simple makeup look ; Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
1. After priming eyelids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, sweep Combust all over the lid all the way to the brow bone to create an even base.
2. Pack on High all over the lid
3. Sweep Dirtysweet along the crease
4. Create a V shape at the outer corner with Radar and using a clean blending brush, blend gently towards the crease to create more depth.
4. Smudge out Radar under your lower lash line
5. Softly line the outer part of your upper lash line with an angled brush using Smolder and then smudge it out for a softer and smokier effect

July 2015 Favorites

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have loved way too many things this past month, so let's jump right into it!
a picture of skincare favorites ; Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent, Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate, Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel-Cream
Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent - Now I know what you're thinking ; no more Magic Potion? An astringent?? Now don't get me wrong, I love and always will love my Magic Potion, but that stuff stinks girl. And I can deal with it, but it was not as fun when it leaked while I traveled...I still wanted something natural and gentle, but that's also designed to help fight breakouts. I was randomly browsing through Whole Foods and found this toner. The word Astringent makes me want to crawl out of my skin, but I was intrigued when right under I read hyaluronic acid (which hydrates and locks in moisture). Confusing right? I looked at the ingredients (witch hazel, sage, rosemary, horsetail, cucumber, sea kelp, peppermint, sulfur, camphor, zinc and hyaluronic acid) and decided to give it a try. Oh it does also have some ACV somewhere down the line. Most importantly, it doesn't contain any alcohol. It's gentle, smells fairly decent, natural, affordable, seems to agree/help with my skin. I'd say I'm quite content with this.

Product Review | Rimmel Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Holy toledo! I don't usually review single mascaras, but this release didn't coincide with anything else for me, and I needed to tell you about it because I have NEVER been this impressed by a Rimmel mascara. Ever.

I actually quite liked the Argan Oil Wonder'Lash one, I mean it was a decent mascara for a more natural look and really lengthening. But I didn't LOVE it, you know? 

But the new Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara I picked up because it piqued my interest. A formula with vitamins & cucumber (like that matters, then again I love gimmicky stuff) for eye-awakening volume & lift. I was "like yeah, alright, I'll try this but it'll probably suck..."
a picture of Rimmel Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara
a picture of Rimmel Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Man was I wrong! I was put off at first by the smell, as it's straight up cucumber, which I usually associate with makeup removers or lotions? But I got used to it, and then kinda liked it. I mean usually mascara smells pretty funky, so I guess that's nice? It's meant to be "energizing". I don't how much the cucumber and vitamins do for your lashes, it must be good for them, but it's too soon to say if it'll make my lashes healthier or anything.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette | Review, Swatches & Comparison

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It's finally here! The long awaited Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. This post is going to be pretty heavy so I'll get straight to the point. Whether you already have the previous Naked Palettes and trying to figure out if this is one is worth getting or if you own none and are trying to figure out which one is best for you, I should have you covered!
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu | Swatches and Makeup Look

Friday, July 17, 2015

So this isn't really a review, because you already know how I feel about the ColourPop eye shadows (and the brand in general) but! I do wanted to showcase this fun little "palette" and share my go to look I've doing lately using it...And I'll try not to harrass you too much with this brand after this, or at least until I get my hands on their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks (they are still sold out). On to business! 
a picture of ColourPop Mondays in Malibu
Mondays in Malibu is part of their summer collection. You get 6 shadows for $30 (again, never a deal to buy them in these collections just a fun way to get colors that can create great looks together).
a picture of ColourPop Mondays in Malibu ; Gecko, Snakebite, Sand Swoon, Prickly Pear, Mirage, Hot Tamale

New Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencils | Review and Swatches

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yes I know, more lippies and again from Maybelline? But you know me, if it's new and shiny, I gotta have it. Enter the Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencils.

Having just gotten new shades of the Creamy Matte Lipsticks, it was very hard to justify more matte lip colors from a same brand. But, oh look it's skinny, and twist up and it has a smudger! Yes, I fell right into the trap (well in my defense, I willingly jumped in).
a picture of  Maybelline Color Blur Lip Pencil in ; I Like To Mauve It, I'm Blushing, My-My Magenta, Berry Misbehaved, Plum Please
These come in 10 shades, they are still a bit hard to find (I believe they are just now starting to slowly get released). 

But again, it's a creamy matte lip color. The smudger is designed to "blur" the lipstick if you wanted to soften things up or create sorta that ombré lip I suppose?

Product Review | Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I had been eyeing the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors for a while, continuously hearing rave reviews about them, but I just never caved in. When I found out the famous YouTuber Jaclyn Hill had collaborated with Becca to create her own shade, I was intrigued. Again, I'm not a fan girl and wouldn't really throw myself on a product just because I liked the person who's name is on it, but it does grab my attention you know? 

At first, I feared it would be too bronzy and dark on me, and therefore not really a highlighter. But this is supposedly designed to work on all skin tones...I saw swatches that didn't really help me determine anything besides the fact that it was indeed stunning. But, since it was limited edition I was like eh, let's just try it and if you don't like it exchange it for Opal (a golden opal pearl) or something!

Well, may I present to you Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop
a picture of Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champagne Pop)
a picture of Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champagne Pop)