August 22, 2017

Dupe?: Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara vs. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Hi hi. My apologies for being gone for so long, for August has been a chaotic month and not enough coffee in between the days. But with some free time I have right now, I figured I finally give you my opinion on whether this Loreal mascara is the drugstore dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.



I was really excited when I first saw this launched because I do love the Too Faced mascara a lot but I also love me a good drugstore dupe (I mean who doesn't?). Especially when it comes to mascaras, I almost never justify buying a high end mascara when mascara expires in 3 months. Unless it's in one of these favorite sets, then it's definitely worth it. 

So to the review. The Too Faced mascara almost gives a false eyelash look and provides great volume to my lashes. I always loved the effect it gave. However, I can sometimes find this to be clumpy and it doesn't separate the lashes as well. So let's break down the comparisons. 

PACKAGING

Of course, I do love the pink color on both tubes but the Too Faced tube definitely carries a bit more weight to it whereas the Loreal has a light plastic feel to it. As far as the wands go, I do like that the Too Faced one is a little bit longer but I've also always preferred longer wands on my mascaras. The brushes is when you can notice a little bit of a difference between the two products. The Too Faced hourglass shape is more defined where as the Loreal you can see a slight curve to the hourglass shape. The brush hairs are also a bit longer on Too Faced than Loreal. The Loreal looks more as it will perform by providing soft, fluffy volume to the lashes whereas the Too Faced will have more product on each bristle.


FORMULA:
I find the Loreal formula is a lot lighter feeling on the lashes than the Too Faced one. Both formulas though provide great pigmentation and are midnight black on the lashes. 

PERFORMANCE:

I'm very happy to say though that the Loreal mascara performs just as well or even a little bit better than the Too Faced mascara. Both products provide the length and volume that they claim to give. The wear over time was also great with both. No smearing and no flakes throughout the day. Anyway, you can check out the results for yourself and get close and personal with my eyeballs. Each product was applied with two coats.

Left: Too Face Better Than Sex Mascara
Right: Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara


FINAL THOUGHTS:

I will still keep using the Too Faced Mascara just to purely use it up, but I'm really happy to say that I do enjoy the Loreal mascara just as well. I might even like it just a little bit more because 1) it's a drugstore price 2) the formula doesn't feel heavy on the eyes but still provides a great effect and outcome. I still want to experiment with the Loreal one with my Covergirl supersizer to see the effect it would give. 

Well I hope some of this was informative and will help you save a bit of money. I would love to keep doing dupe reviews like this one so if you have any suggestions definitely feel free to shout them out. Stay well dears. 


July 9, 2017

Review: Sephora Pro Warm Tone Palette

Happy Sunday! This is a review I've been really excited to do because I definitely believe it's going to be a palette that's going to sell out this Fall season especially that it's limited edition. I did purchase this on my own. It was definitely something that I wasn't planning on purchasing it but after swatching it in the store, I was in awe. I've been wanting an all warm tone palette (or as I like to call it, "pumpkin spice" palette) for quite sometime now.



                                Sephora PRO Warm Eyeshadow Palette

I really want to get into the packaging for starters. It's a nice sturdy feel and the mirror is big and clear. You also get 1.2 grams of shadow for each one which I think is a great amount considering how nice and pigmented they are.

The colors. Lets talk about these colors. They are amazing. If you are a warm tone lover, you're going to enjoy this palette. I find that all of the shadows blend beautifully (minus two shades that I will mention in a bit). What really impressed me about this palette though are the mattes. They are so creamy and pigmented but still blendable. I find them very similar to the Kat Von D matte eye shadows which could be difficult to achieve sometimes. With a good primer, these shadows stay all they and don't get muddy or mix into one another. The only downside is that the shadows can kick up some powder but I think it's something that can be looked past.


First row going from top to bottom: Canvas, Oat, Biscotti, Camel, Ochre, Saddle, Auburn

 The first row is great for all of your basic matte shadows for a base and great transition crease shades. Personally I LOVE the ochre yellow shade as an all over color on the lid.

Second Row Top to Bottom: Sand, Brass, Clay, Copper, Bronze, Adobe, Sandstone



Third Row Top to Bottom: Hazelnut, Khaki, Peach, Brick, Terracotta, Burnt Umber, Chestnut



Top to Bottom: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sepia, Coconut Shell, Cocoa, Cedar, Obsidian

The only shades that I found some patchiness with and wasn't as smooth as the others was "peach" and "brown sugar". "Peach" can definitely be worked in a eye look with fix plus or anything similar to that to enhance the pigmentation. Also, do you see that matte black. DO YOU SEE IT? I was blown away. 

Other personal shades that I love from this palette include Chestnut, which is actually a brown but has a plum undertone. Brick is another beautiful shade that I like to consider a ruby slipper red. Of course, I'm in love with the pumpkin colored shades such as Terracotta and Clay. 

It's been a while since I've been absolutely in love with a palette but I'm glad I did a "treat yo self" purchase for this. The price is up there especially for Sephora Collection but this palette doesn't disappoint. I think they did such a great job this year with this and really focused on the simplicity but focused on high quality towards the packaging and the formula of the shadows. I really hope they continue to make palettes like this or maybe even make small ones for a travel friendly version. This is going to be well loved addition to my makeup collection.


July 5, 2017

June Favorites 2017 (the minis, the book and the tunes)

It is pouring outside, but I do enjoy a good summer rain. Maybe one of the few things I actually do enjoy about summer. June was a really great month for me as far as focusing on a positive perspective and moving forward. All about self growth and I plan on keeping that momentum going throughout the rest of this year. As far as beauty products this month, I have been testing out some new stuff but they are either samples or mini sizes (which are always super adorable). I also have a lot of random favorites as well this month so ch-ch-ch-ch-check it (sorry, spontaneous beastie boys song just stuck in my head)




BEAUTY 

I'll probably just start with my absolute favorite product from this month. In general, I just love wearing cream blushes for the spring and summer months just because it looks so natural on the cheeks. These are amazing for that purpose. Again, I apologize that these samples look like paint instead of blushes. A little bit of this stuff goes a LONG way. It transforms to a powder finish and the color stays on for the majority of the day. I personally love applying these on the back of my hand with a stippling brush. You could use your fingers, but the brush will help with create a more natural blend to the cheeks. Definitely a summer staple for the easy summer makeup routine.




Bare Minerals Statement Matte Lip Color in Juicy:
If you've read from previous posts, you know how much I LOVE these matte lip colors and that they are definitely my favorite liquid lipstick formulation. So I was really happy to see that they came out with new fun shades for the summer. I was really drawn to this color though. They describe it as a "poppy red" but some of the color pulls off some watermelon pinkish-red. It's a great bold shade for someone who wants to gradually get into wearing bold lip colors. I've been gravitating towards these colors so much this season especially the corals. I think it brings so much youthfulness and light to the face. And of course, Bare Minerals kept that wonderful pudding smell from their original shades





I don't know where I've been for the past several years with the beauty community, but I finally got to try out this incredible powder. I've been using this as my main setting powder and I've especially been loving it for baking under the eyes. It's very finely milled and adds the slightest bit of brightness but also the slightest bit of coverage even though it's a translucent powder. I find that almost perfects the skin giving it a soft focus look. This powder is magical and I don't know how or why. I could imagine that the full size will last you a while so I would say it's definitely worth the price. Also, how cute is the mini size of this??



This has been a rediscovered favorite for me. I've always love the original black color of this liner, but I prefer the brown for these months just because it's not as harsh as the black shade. Gives the eye a softer look which kinda goes hand in hand with the light makeup routine during this season.




Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream:
If you want to smell like a someone who goes on vacation frequently and has their life together then this is the good stuff, let me tell you. In general, I love body creams and this is great for providing moisture but doesn't feel heavy on the skin so it's really excellent for the summer. This claims to tighten the skin (especially the, dare I say it, your bum bum). Unfortunately I can't really verify those results BUT I have been enjoying the formulation of this and the smell is incredible. There's a bit of sweetness to it and it's a really scrumptious scent. Yes. I said the word scrumptious. I clearly always relate my beauty products back to food somehow.

Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10:
Unfortunately, they do not make this brush anymore since it was on sale but they do make other fantastic crease brushes. The hairs on these Sephora brushes are so soft. This has been my go-to crease brush whether it's cleaning up by the brow bone area or applying a transition shade. Also, I just love the long sturdy handle. This has also been great for a applying highlighter which I was surprised by. It has enough density with the brush hairs to apply the color pigmentation but still soft enough to be blend it out.

And then sometimes I just truly enjoy the feel of this brush just as a form of therapy. Is that weird? It probably is..

 

BOOKS 

Milk and Honey:
barnesandnoble.com 
This was a wonderful read for me this month. It was a quick book based off of short poems, but definitely worth every word. I actually went to Strand Bookstore, got myself a coffee and read this whole book there in 2 hours. I really connected with the character and her stages (the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing) that she went through from a previous events of her life to help become her best self. She focused on building her personal growth and to find the good around every corner. This book had me in tears at bit at the store. You remember certain feelings, the good and the bad, and I felt I really connected to her story. It's a book where you will be disconnected from the rest of the world and engulfed in her words and how they perfectly describe the emotions we've all had. This is perfect for anyone who needs that push. To know that true love and care comes within you and that you can still achieve that even with any heartache that may come along with it.







MUSIC

Andrew Bird
I've been utterly obsessed with this man. I use to play violin which is still a passion of mine and something I would love to get back into one day. His music is labeled under indie rock, folk rock and  baroque pop which is defined as rock music that combines elements of classical elements. I love the concept of that so much. They way he works to incorporate the violin in multiple ways to provide different and unique sounds captivates me. My favorites have been "Pulaski at Night" "Tables and Chairs" "Roma Fade" and "Why" (Which is a song that is so seductive. Can a violin sound even been seductive??)

Twin Peaks 
Clearly I'm incredibly late into the game, but I've really been loving this show.  I'm only up to season two but I plan to eventually inching up my way to the current season. I wish I could fully explain the show but it's a lot of weirdness (some good and some just really weird), mystery in a murder case, and lots of music with a light tapping on the cymbals for a jazzy effect. Also, every damn donut and pie looks incredibly good. The fashion in it also has a bit of a 1940s and early 80s vibe (not the neon phase of the 80s). I probably didn't explain this well enough but if you're looking for a new show with a decent amount of weirdness but to leave you wanting to watch more, this is a great pick.



Anyway, how was your June? Any other light weight beauty products that should be considered to try? Or any book recommendations? I've been quite the bookworm this summer.






June 13, 2017

Favorite Lip Balms (tinted and non tinted) part 1

Currently indulging in a pb and j sandwich at 10pm on a Tuesday. I know, wild times. I just made a whole post about my favorite matte lip products so now it's time to go to the opposite end and discuss my favorite lip balms. It's a mixture of affordable and some more on the indulgence side. A lot of these are great on there own or just paired with a lip liner. You do you boo.



Also heads up the word "moist" might be used a lot. I mean...it's lip balm guys. Sorry in advance.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey:
All of these are amazing and this is very much a "treat yo lips" product but this shade in particular is the perfect terracotta nude shade. There's enough warmth too it that it doesn't look to pale of a nude on the lips. Of course the comfort of these is so nourishing and the sweet lemon scent is refreshing. Truly everyone should treat themselves to at least one of these. I find it best to buy them during the holiday season when they come in minis and sometimes you can get 2 of them for $22. I did give this product some love back in my March Favorites for 2016.

sephora.com



Sephora Rouge Balm SPF 20:
I'm not going to talk about these too much since I just discussed them in my May Favorites but these provide more pigmentation than the fresh ones and leaves more of a stain even after the balm has faded away. A fantastic balm for color payoff and comfort.



Sephora Lip Balm:
I would assume all of these are amazing but I do have this in almond and I'm obsessed with it. Light weight but creamy and moisturizing lip balm. Of course, as you all may know if you can't tell from previous posts, scent is very important to me these these don't fail. Apparently, all of the different scents provide different benefits. It's similar to the rest of the Sephora skincare line with the scents and how they provide different benefits (maybe a future post on that?) They also have an exfoliator for the lips in a honey scent which I'm definitely curious to try out. In the mean time I'm very content using my $3 e.l.f exfoliator which gets the job done.


Lypsyl Lip Balm:
Have you heard of this lip balm? Yea, me neither up until about a year ago. This is very similar to the Sephora lip balm except I think it's a little bit thicker in moisture. It's apparently the only lip balm made with Swedish beeswax along with coconut oil, chamomile, and honey. Sounds like all the wonderful things I do want to put on my lips. This smells like Andes mint (chocolate mint) candies if anyone is familiar with those. Finally, I love the packaging for the little bumble bee on the side of the lip balm. HOW ADORABLE.

sigh, always weak for cute packaging



Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip Balm
This is another line of lip balms where all the different ones they make are excellent and nourishing but I have the strawberry just for, well you guessed it, the scent. It's like those sweet strawberry candies that used to sometimes be at the doctors office or grandma's house. I used to use this as my overnight balm which works just as well but lately I've been using it as my pre-balm in my morning skin care routine as I do the rest of my makeup. My lips are well nourished and hydrated by the time I'm ready to put a lip color on


BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask:
You didn't really think I was going to make a 'favorite lip balms' post and not add the holy grail of moisture and the ultimate 'treat yo self' for your lips. I've raved about this way too many times that it's obnoxious. The smell of a sweet brown sugar and the nourishment. I never felt something so great for my lips ever. This product is well worth every penny and will last you for at least a good year. Please try a sample of it and you won't be disappointed by it.



So  I hope this post today was at least somewhat informative and gives you an idea of what you would might like to try. This might be a good post to look back on during the Winter months. Hopefully by then I will have a part 2 up because I don't think this collection is ending anytime soon.

Do any of you have lip balms collections? Any of them I should try out? Help ya girl out




(also I'm trying to get better with photo lighting! just a lot of trail and error for now)




June 1, 2017

May Favorites 2017

Hope you all had lovely May! Not much as happened for me this month. Just still keeping a positive vibe for things to come. Here's my round up of my favorites for this month.



BEAUTY

This has been my go to especially with the warmer weather slowly coming up. I tend to get a little bit lazy with my makeup routine when it gets hotter out, which makes sense considering you don't want to wear as much. For a bb cream, it actually provides great medium coverage and balances out skin tone without it being too heavy. It also an spf of 20 which is always ideal. It's a really great product to try if you want to coverage but not the heaviness for the summer months. If you just need a lighter application, I would suggest using a beauty blender or real techniques sponge. 


I wouldn't consider this as a full on makeup setting spray, but more of a spa like refresher for the face. This provides a cooling rose scent which is great to use as a toner or even after makeup. Gives the tiniest glow to the skin and helps keep the face hydrated throughout the day. Again, I don't find this as a necessity, but it is a little refreshing "treat yourself" spray and if you have dry skin you're going to love it. It does have a rose scent so if that's not up your ally, I would steer away from this or maybe even trying their cucumber scent  instead. I could imagine these also being really handy when going to the beach too!


Not going to lie, this is probably my favorite thing I've been enjoying this month. These are wonderful. I originally got the peachy/ coral shade (03 Enchanting Blush) from Sephora gratis and I felt those type of colors were too bright for me. But this spring and summer, I kinda have been leaving my comfort zone and I've been gravitating towards them this season. Lately I've been wearing Enchanting Blush with the Too Faced peach oil in Pure Peach and pair the lips with a plum/ berry blus (right now it's been the balm in pinstripe which I LOVE) I'm not sure what has intrigued me to do this combination but I love the flushed cheeks paired with a peachy lip. The other shade I got was a basic everyday shade 07 Bashful Beige.




To quickly sum it up, these are very comfortable on the lips, smell like a sweet candy and stains the lips and gracefully fades away throughout the day. These remind me a lot of the revlon lip butters which I love for the comfort but not as shiny.  These are a definite product this summer if you're looking for the comfort and color but nothing to fuss about throughout the day. I might do a full on post of some of my favorite lip balms and tinted lip balms in the future with this in mind.

the balm Instain Blush in Pinstripe
Once again, I'm having IMATS regrets and I wish I picked up more of these. These blushes are incredible. They are pigmented, blend beautifully and last all day. I love this shade Pinstripe though. I think it's a color that will look great on all skin tones despite it being a deep plum shade. For me, it looks like a "walked in from the cold" shade which I love. I'll definitely be getting more use out of this shade when the winter months come but for now I really have been loving this paired with a coral lip. I might invest in more of these when they come back on Hautelook for 50% off. Well worth it.





It's not the most pigmented white, but I still enjoy using it and I want to try the other colors in this collection including the mint green and burnt orange. I've been enjoying this white liner so much! Definitely amps up a classic black wing and gives it a little extra to the look. I'm learning other ways in how to experiment with the white liner including polka dots since I'm just big on those for the summer months. Seriously, it's obnoxious the amount of polka dot related things I own sometimes.



I sadly do not own the full size of this. I just  have a sample from Sephora but oh my, this is wonderful. I'm trying more to explore into the world of fragrance even though I would be absolutely terrible at describing it, but there's something about this scent that makes you feel classy and has a vintage scent to it. Some people may complain that it smells too old-fashion but I personally love how feminine and classy this smells for the evening.

Sephora.com

SHOWS

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical 
It's been so long since I've seen a Broadway show and let alone, a great Broadway show. This show goes behind the story of Carol King and her success as a songwriter. I think the big take away here on why I enjoyed it show much, is because her story shows that you can overcome heartache and be successful. That you can get through any struggles that have happen despite missing what use to be. As long as you maintain the confidence in yourself, you can go far. As cliche and cheesy as that sounds, it helped me a lot to put things in perspective for me. I loved Carol King before but I've come to appreciate her, her music the songs she helped composed even more.


So here's to June hoping that all of you have a great month! Keep growing and blossoming!♥

p.s: Bare with me for some of these pictures. Still trying to get the lighting to be a bit better!

May 18, 2017

Favorite Matte Lip Products (part 1)

I'm counting this as part one because let's be honest, you know my collection is going to grow a lot more. These are my top favorite matte lip color formulas from liquid lipsticks and lip crayons. So grab a coffee or and a snack. this is going to be a pretty lengthy post about me raving about these lip products.




Bare Minerals Matte Liquid Lip Color
If I had to pick a favorite liquid lipstick, it would definitely be these. There is no fuss with these and are perfect for everyday. The only one bad thing to say about these is that they do transfer a little but on a plus side, they transfer gracefully and don't leave a lip liner mouth. However, these are incredibly comfortable and light weight but no dryness. Their whole range of colors are also in the nude family and there's a shade to work with every skin tone. I honestly can't stop wearing them and everyone should try at least one. The names aren't my favorite, but I have it in the shades "swank", "xyz' "bo$$" and "swag". Also, these smell like chocolate pudding and it's intoxicating. These will always be a favorite in my collection.

From left to right: Swag, Bo$$, xyz, Swank



Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Mocha
You guys, this is the dupe to Lolita from Kat Von D. I feel like at this point there's a lot of dupes out there but this is extremely similar and a lot more comfortable. The formulation is a little bit thicker on the lips. It dries down matte, doesn't transfer, and the best part is that it doesn't dry out my lips like Lolita does. Unfortunately I only own one color but now I'm hooked on the formula and I'm curious to try out more. On a major plus side, Ulta now carries Ofra so lots of yays! Also there's a more in depth review of this from my May Favorites 2016 if you want to keep reading more about it.



Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick:
I adore these. Definitely similar to the Ofra formulation expect a lot lighter on the lips, no transfer, and fades gracefully just like the Bare Minerals one. I find that the more neutral shades apply much better then the darker shades. As much as I love the red shades, I do find that these apply patchy and unevenly so that would be my only down side to these. I have these in the shades, "committed" "trustworthy" "charming" (all nude-ish shades), "loyal" and "adoring".  Finally, these smell spot on like Girl Scott Thin Mint cookies. Clearly smell is very important to me.

From left to right: Committed, Charming, Trustworthy, Loyal, Adoring


Sephora Lip Cream Stain:
I first fell in love with these when there wasn't too many matte liquid lipsticks out on the market yet, but it was pretty affordable compared to Kat Von D and a lot more comfortable. I had the shade 01 Always Red and it is essentially the perfect, classic matte red. It gives you perfect, velvet soft red lips and it's almost kind of mesmerizing. These are comfortable and transfer proof but I do find drying and flakiness maybe around 7 hours in. I think I find this more with the darker shades as well. I have two of the nude shades in 23 Copper Blush and 41 Vintage Rosewood. They also have bright fun colors in the line to experiment with (personally I'm eyeing down the lavender shades).

From left to right : 23 Copper Blush, 41 Vintage Rosewood,  01 Always Red


Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
I got this in a Sephora Play Box a while back and it has been my favorite items I got from these subscription boxes. I have it in the shade "Driver's Seat" and I love how it's a coral but very subtle and wearable. Besides the colors, it's the formula that I'm blown away about. I had a pasta dish with oil in it one day for lunch and even though it was starting to get a bit drying on lips, it didn't flake off the and color was still on there after eating. I'm hooked on these and I'm really curious to try out more including the metallic line.



LIP CRAYONS
Of course most of these lip crayons are not transfer proof, but they all provide excellent comfort and fade away gracefully.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil:
A little pricey but this is by far one of the most comfortable lip pencils I own. I did receive this as a Sephora birthday gift I believe 2 years ago? I have it in the shade "Cruella" The formula is creamy, matte and has no tugging. This also pairs beautifully as a base before adding the Sephora lip cream stain "01 Always Red" on top. They also make certain shades in this deluxe size as a duo if you're curious but don't want to commit to the whole $27 for one lip pencil. I've also featured this in my Favorite Red Lipsticks if you want to check that cool stuff out.



Inglot Lip Pencil:
I feel like this brand definitely could use more recognition but I haven't heard these about these much throughout the beauty community. These are a bit easier on the budget and are retractable. I have them in the shades 32 and 22.
Right to left: 22, 32



NUDESTIX Lip and Cheek Pencil in Belle:
This was another perk I got from the Sephora Play Box and this is very similar to how creamy the NARS lip pencils are except I like these just a bit more because you can also use these for your cheeks. This blends and applies beautifully on the cheeks and lips, Very easy to work with for everyday, plus I love products that can be used as mutlitaskers. Swatches of this can be seen in my January/ February Favorites post since it's currently hiding in my room somewhere *sad eyes*. 

e.l.f Matte Lip Color
Finally, for something a little bit easier on the wallet but still looking for an easy matte lip, these $3 ones from e.l.f are fantastic. I would suggest using a liner for the darker shades since they aren't the best at cleanly lining the lips. These do have a built in sharpener in the bottom which can help it to a fine tip. These are a little bit more thicker and aren't as creamy as the nars and nudestix, but for $3 it's still providing comfort and that matte look. My favorite, probably top favorite in lip colors of all time is Praline. I can't get enough of that shade especially for the Autumn months.

From right to left: Tea Rose,  Praline, Scarlet Night


HONORABLE MENTION:

Jouer Long- Wear Lip Creame in Paypaye:
I know this product is leading more towards "matte but metallic" products, but I have to mention this because it was a product that I didn't think I was going to be obsessed with. I picked this up at IMATS 2 years ago and it has been one of my most used products. I love to pop this in the middle of my lips on any matte lip and almost ombre it out. It gives it a "fuller lip" effect and I'm blown away at how much I love using this to give an extra bright shimmer.

It also smells spot on vanilla frosting *eyeballs roll to the back of the head*



So you think that was  big enough list? As I mentioned in the beginning of the post I'm sure there will be a part two coming up in the near future but for now I figure I throw out those few favorites. What matte lip colors do you really enjoy using or provide the best comfort? Any suggestions?

May 7, 2017

April Favorites

April hasn't been the easiest of months, but despite life's stresses, I've been trying my best to be thankful for the things I currently have and to take that with me throughout a personal growth for the month of May. However I do have some great products that have been fantastic throughout this month and definitely have become part of my routine.



BEAUTY:

I FINALLY got this product for a discounted price at IMATS this year (I believe for $15?). If you can get your hands on it and use the ulta coupon on top of it, (and ebates for that cash back!) it's well worth it. The concealer blends beautifully underneath the eyes but doesn't look cakey or like makeup. The gigantic wand is a bit much for a product that requires little application since a little goes a long way. The best way I use this is about three dots under the eye, let it sit for about 15-20 seconds, and then blend it out. I find that letting it sit for a bit helps it set and provides better coverage. Overall, excellent concealer and I'm excited for this stuff to last me a while.



For the past couple of months, I've been dealing with some harsh cystic acne around the chin and mouth area. It has been difficult at times as it has brought my self confidence down but I'm trying my best to regain from that. Lately, using retinol at night has been reacting well with my skin (I will give a future post if all things work out!). However, whenever using retinol, you always want to go in with an spf to prevent further harmful damage to the skin especially when using strong skincare products. Since I'm incredibly lazy, this setting spray has been my go to especially with spring and summer coming around the corner. It's not my favorite nozzle as far as "fine mist setting sprays" but I love it because it has spf 50 which makes it great especially for full outdoor days. I currently have the travel size which is great to reapply throughout the day, but it also sets your makeup and refreshes. So essentially you're getting a 3 in 1. The smell of rosemary isn't my favorite but it will do. I'm definitely intrigue in finding other sprays that have spf in it since I find it the easiest way to incorporate it into my routine. But no matter where you are at in your skincare regime, use spf!




Not that I should be encouraging anybody out there to go out and buy a $14 deodorant (come on let's be real, some of the drugstore clinical deodorants are $11-$12) but this deodorant has always been a favorite of mine. Spring and Summer are horrible months for my pits (yup just sharing that to the internet world). I'm sure I'm not the only one, but this it such a great product because it almost has a cooling effect which provides relief but helps tremendously with odor. An added bonus is that it's all natural. So if you want to splurged for your pits, this isn't a bad choice. They have a bunch of different scents that I haven't tried yet, but I have my eyes peeled on the lemon vanilla scent.


SKIN:
Once again, I don't want to get too much into my skin routine for the month of April since I was using a lot of different products in hopes of getting rid of my cystic acne. However, I have been fully removing my makeup every night and I always go in with a double cleanse (or would you say double remove? not sure). THIS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER THOUGH. This is one of the best ones I've tried and it saddens me that its so expensive. It's non-greasy and removes eye makeup in seconds. I hold it down with a cotton pad for 5 seconds and wipe away. Even on days when I go very full out on makeup, it gets rid of it so easily and it's so nice to not fuss with removing eye makeup for once. I'm going to say it, but it makes me look forward to removing my makeup at night. If you can get your hands on a sample of this, I would highly recommend it.





Next in the routine I've been going in with this balm. Essentially, it's similar to coconut oil and you could use that instead to remove your makeup, but I find that coconut oil hasn't been helping with my breakouts and that the residue from the coconut oil doesn't fully go away (which I understand because it's providing moisture back to the face but I'm just not a big fan of it). A little goes a long way with this product. I just warm it up between my hands and rub all over my face (dry! cleansing balms and oils don't work on wet skin since oil and water don't mix), eyes, and remove in circular motions with warm water. Just recently I started using a warm washcloth and cover my face afterwards. A surprisingly quick and easy way to really help you unwind at the end of the day. Getting ahead of myself, but this does the majority of the "removing makeup" process and of course my favorite part is that there is no strange residue afterwards. Finally, can we appreciate the baby size version that was a Sephora 100 point perk? I still save this as my traveling size one but also because it's so stinkin' cute. 

I bought this during my trip to IMATS this year and they had a fantastic deal (I believe 2 for $20 plus you got a free mini travel size). Micellar water is of course very big right now and a lot of companies started making their own but I decided to give the original brand a try. Of course, this is great for nights when you can't fuss with the whole "removing makeup routine" and requires no water to rinse off. However, this has been the last step in my skincare regime before going in with a cleanser just to ensure all makeup is remove. I find that this is the best way for the cleanser to work properly and to actually see results (which makes sense because you wouldn't want leftover makeup and dirt to effect these results). I adore this stuff. It's so gentle and great for sensitive skin but I think what I love, is how plump the face feels afterwards. It doesn't feel like it's stripping the skin. I also really love that it's fragrance free and once again, a little goes a long way. I'm still curious to try other micellar waters especially those from the drugstore, but for now this has been a great product and I'm really glad I picked up 2 big bottles.

BOOKS:

You Are A Badass by Jen Sinero
Not finished with the book yet but I can already tell you it's a big favorite of mine. Yes it's a self- help book but no judgement there because to be quiet honest, this book can accommodate to many people. If you're feeling down about the current situation of your life or think that things are "always bad" for you, this book will change your perspective on things. I'm not saying that you're going to be super happy everyday, but it will make you re-evaluate what you should be contributing your energy and time to. To be grateful for what you have and to make the time to always love yourself. I know it sounds pretty straight forward, but there's a good amount of tough love and a little bit of sarcasm that makes me enjoy this book. It reminds me to make the time for myself and the things I enjoy but to also not to take life too seriously. It's definitely helping me to embrace the self-love a lot more and knowing that the only thing that's controlling my happiness is me.

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TV SHOWS:

Great British Baking Show
This month I've been watching a lot of "pure" and non drama related shows. It's British people with accents baking stunning desserts and everyone is actually really nice to each other. Honestly what more could you want? I've also started watching the Masterclass version of the show, where Paul and Mary (the two main judges) show you how to properly make their favorite desserts seen in the show so naturally I want to start making these so I can consume them all for myself. You'll also come to understand why Mary Berry is the cutest human being ever (her last name is berry! what's not to love?)



Bob Ross The Joy of Painting
I remember fully enjoying this show even a kid and as an adult, I love it. I've been watching this whenever I fall asleep and I forgot how relaxing this show can be, Just from the sound of his voice and to the sound of the brush strokes and mixing of the paints. It reminds you to just enjoy the simple things and to not take any of the flaws too seriously.

So yes, April for the most part has been a bit stressful, but I'm still in the progress of growing and bettering myself. Surrounding myself with people who are willing to support that and I feel pretty good seeing where things are heading♥

March 20, 2017

Brand Focus: Tree Hut

Well it's the first day of Spring and I'm still cold. But if you're still bundled up in a blanket binge watching Great British Baking Show (I may or may not have been doing this) then you could probably use some great body care products during your hibernation.

I discovered Tree Hut after watching Emily Noel's video on their body butter and shaving gel. So naturally I did purchase both of those products. This brand is sold at Ulta and is affordable ranging from $5 to $15 and I always wait for the $3.50 off coupon.




Let's just say as far as body care goes, this is becoming one of my favorite brands. The body butters feel comfortable and not sticky while still providing hydration especially during the winter months. But even better are the scents to these body butters. The first one I tried was the "Moroccan Rose" which doesn't smell overly like rose but rather a sweet dessert. It's such a interesting but comforting smell however different from a overly sweet vanilla scent. The second one I have and currently using, is the "Almond and Honey" scent. This smells like delectable almond cookies. Ugh, so good. So if you like smelling like a dessert (which who doesn't?) but you don't want it to be overly sweet, this might be some great butters to try out.

I was kinda skeptical on the Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil to be honest because I was very content just using the drugstore gels that I know get the job done. This is a beautiful product. It's excellent for a close shave without cutting yourself or having any irritation afterwards so really beneficial to those with sensitive skin. The only warning that I would say about this product is that because it's an oil to be careful washing it off so you don't slip in the tub. Other than that, I'm willing to pay the extra money for this since it provides such a close shave while bringing back moisture to the skin.

This is definitely a brand I want to continue to keep my eyes peeled on and I want to try other products from them such as their hand creams and body scrubs.

Have you tried any other products from Tree Hut? Or are there other body products I should consider trying during these last couple of days of cold weather? (fingers crossed)