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