Beauty: My Beauty Diary Citrus Firming Mask

I’ve been a bit busy that my skincare routine has taken a bit of a hit, in between school, my internship, trying to make time for friends, getting the house in order, and now preparing my the Mother in Laws visit I have been doing the minimum in skincare. I am changing that now since I’ve noticed my skin is needed a little work. 

I’m getting older and I can just let this go to the wayside. Digging through my many sheet masks I noticed this little thing and new it was what I needed. My Beauty Diary Citrus Firming Aroma Mask promotes firming, circulation, Moisturizing as well as oil control and skin softening. Plus the aroma is supposed to help relieve stress, it is exactly what I needed. 

I will say that why it did smell citrusy I did get the aroma part of the mask, maybe it worked though since I was relaxed. I just couldn’t tell what caused it. The sheet was drenched in essence and it fit over my face pretty nicely

Sorry about the weird face…

My face did feel smooth and refreshed. I could tell that it worked to heal some of the damage ignoring my skincare had done. 

What is in my purse?*


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I’ve actually never done a post like this but it has been done by bloggers for a long time so I decided ‘why not?’, since it looks like a lot of fun and gives some details into my life.

In the spring and summer I like using small bright purses (as well as tote bags) to carry around my things. This is mostly because I am a lot more mobile during these times, especially since the weather is awesome.

Using a small purse also helps me carry a lighter load and filter out the trash and products that I don’t need at the moment. I am currently using this cute pink purse (which you can purchase here). I purchased it on discount and I love it. The straps are long enough to use it like a cross body but I love the size and look. There is a small zipper pocket inside which carries the necessities. I like the minimalist design, since it only has a small crown on it, I picked pink because I don’t have many purses this shade, but it is super cute. I wasn’t worried about it looking like a child’s purse either since it is big enough to be different. Either way I love it! It also comes in a couple different colors if pink isn’t your favorite.

Got this wallet for only $10. Love the cute pineapple print and it matches the brightness of my purse!

Of course I have to have my sunglasses, considering that Independence day is in July I like to use these babies.

 Hand lotion is a must in my purse especially since I am constantly using it through out the day, currently I am using Nivea soft hands moisturizer. I don’t like the twist off top but it is great travel size. For my lips I am using Vasoline creme brulee lip therapy and when I want to add I little color I use elf lip balm tint in a pretty rose color.

These are the necessities that have to have in every purse, tampons, advil and a hairtie! What do you have in your purse?

e.l.f Mattifying Mask

I love masks, as almost everyone I know does. Not only do they help your skin, but they are fun to use. I recently purchased this e.l.f Mattifying Mask and I really wasted no time in using it. I really love clay masks but they can break the bank, seeing that e.l.f Cosmetics has this beauty for only $8 you know I had to get it. Apparently it has French Green clay, which is a little weird since the mask isn’t green, but It is what it is. This mask deep cleans your skin while minimizing the appearance of pores, which I recently have been having a problem with. Plus with summer my face tends to look shiny so I hoped this would help. Plus it’s vegan and cruelty free so Hello? a win-win all around.

The mask was easy to spread across my face and was smooth in texture. Plus I realized early on that a little actually goes a long way, which is great. It makes me optimistic that this mask would last me a while. It took around 10 mins for it to dry completely, which is fast as most clay masks take at least 15. my face was not shiny at all and I noticed a different with my pores. My skin was also very smooth, and not dry at all like most other masks. This would be a great morning mask to use on those light make up days. When I am out I am most certainly repurchasing!

Beauty: Magnetic Eyelashes*


I am not a huge lash wearer, mostly because I don’t have to the time to shape the lashes, apply the glue, and place them on my lid. My hand-eye coordinate is not great btw. When I magnetic lashes floating around I was super curious. So, when I had a chance to try some, I jumped at the chance!

First of all, no glue. That means I won’t get my lid all sticky because I over glued my lashes. My kids won’t stick together, and my lid won’t feel as heavy. Second of all, this should be easy to put on and take off without pulling out your real lashes. Third, I want booming glam lashes!

The lashes are soft, long and a little fragile, so when don’t pull too hard when you remove them from the case. There are 4 lashes because you need 2 for each eye, because hello, magnets! How else are they suppose to stick? Due to the placements of the magnets, you can’t really cut them to fit your eye size, so you just have to adjust them so they don’t stick out too far. The length was okay for my eye though so no complains, however, if my lashes were just a little smaller the lashes may have been too long. Not sure how it would have looked.

The lashes were a bit hard to put on, mostly because I could not keep the top lash steady enough to put the bottom lash on. Using two hands was really difficult and my face felt crowded. I was also very worried I was going to pinch my lids. Ultimately I finally got it. A couple of tricks are first putting a light coat of mascara to keep the top lash in place, which will make it easier to place. Then snap each magnet one at a time. If you need to take the lashes off, do not pull rather rub the lashes between your fingers and they come right off.

It does take a little getting used to, as they are actually not on your lid at all but rather on your lashes. Eventually, you do get used to them which is great! If you would like to try these lashes out, you can purchase them HERE

Beauty: Yadah – Pomegranate Vitalizing Mask Pack

So I took last week off, mostly because I was busy with the house. I have been moving stuff around and just doing a deep spring clean. My allergies have also been off the charts, and my sinuses have just been completely unpleasant. Plus, I also think that bloggers have to realize that it is okay to take some time off we don’t always need to be there. However, just because I wasn’t blogging, does not mean that I wasn’t pampering myself with face masks.

I’ve had the Yadah pomegranate vitalizing face mask for a while, and I finally decided to use it. It is meant to minimize the look of fine lines as well as moisturize the face. The mask was thin, which I liked and was covered with essence. There was a faint perfume smell, nothing pomegranate which I thought was a little weird, but it did not bother me. The Sheet covered my face fairly well (except for the nose, they never cover my nose).

The essence feed my skin and soaked up very well leaving my fave soft and feeling great. I do recommend this on those days that your face needs just a slight fix.

I Chopped my Hair!

So Monday I made a very spontaneous decision to cut my hair and I don’t mean just a trim either I mean 5+ inches to lob off. With summer approaching and just the desire to have a low maintenance hair, while also making sure I keep it healthy I decided to cut it off.

As you can see the ends were a lot lighter which is the result of various dye jobs. The ends were also split and because I had some layers it was all uneven. I also kinda just wanted to start fresh, sort of like a blank slate for my hair. My natural hair color is just a mousy brown, which I don’t usually like but while this sort of natural ombre was nice it kept getting tangled.

While the stylish went shorter than I asked and went a bit too liberal on the layers in the back, I’m old enough to know that hair grows back and to not be upset. I actually like it now that I have had a couple of days to really get used to it and make it me. I think I look funny with bed head because my hair literally sticks up everywhere.

What do you all think?

Beauty: BH Cosmetics – Solar Flare Palette

So, I’ve been rediscovering my love for makeup recently and I can’t believe how much I have missed it. Just applying the primer before doing anything brings happiness to my inner soul. I am not even kidding either. I am now remembering why I go gaga and try to spend my entire paycheck at Sephora. If this is a good thing or a bad thing I honestly don’t care because it makes me happy, and my happiness is of the utmost importance.  In shopping through my own makeup I noticed I have quite a few products from Bh Cosmetics, and there is a reason. Their products are affordable, Vegan and Cruelty-free, and gorgeous. That is why when I saw this Solar Flare palette I fell in love.

This palette is gorgeous with 18 brightly pigmented colors. The colors are very warm, which I thin compliment my brown eyes, but also would go well with any color eyes.  The eyeshadows also had very minimal fall out with applied, which I think is due to them being baked. I’ve used other baked eyeshadows from different brands and they do not go on as smooth as the Solar Flare palette does.

Now, I can’t really say how long these last as I always use primer when applying shadows due to having more-than-normal oily lids, but I can say with the primer I used they lasted all day. You can use the shadows wet or dry which is a plus. There is also a little mirror attached to the palette which is cool, but I never use those mirrors.

My favorite colors are Galactic, Fireball and Gamma Ray but all the colors are great. For the price of $18, this palette is a huge steal and a must-have for any shadow lover.

 

Beauty: PureLips – Vegan Tinted Moisturizer

So I wanted to try some new indie brands, while I do love the high name brands out there, I like discovering new things. I stumbled across PureLips on Etsy, an all natural vegan brand. They have loads of different beauty products including sea salt spray for your hair, moisturizers, eye shadows and face oils. I, however, went with the tinted moisturizer in light/medium. I wanted some light coverage for upcoming summer months and I knew that a tinted moisturizer would be right up my alley.

While the lotion was slightly thinner than I would have liked, but the coverage was pretty great. It blended really well too, considering that I just used my hands. The coloring is lighter than I thought light/medium should be but it’s not bad and you can’t really tell it’s too light when applied. I can’t feel it on my face after applied so it is perfect for summer.

Beauty: Batiste Dry Shampoo – Beautiful Brunette

I’ve heard great things about Batiste Dry Shampoo that when I needed to buy more after I ran out, I immediately knew I wanted to try this. When I saw they had a special shampoo just for brunettes like me I almost jumped for joy. Yay, to my hair no longer looking like I accidentally dumped baby powder in it. Well, that happiness did not last after the first use. The spray is brown and it does blend into my hair, but the finger I used to spray the shampoo with turned brown as well. The formula for this is also hard to brush into my hair, it made my hair look dull and feel nasty.

I was so disappointed, running my hairs through my hair I would get what looks like dirt all over my hands and my hair felt so stiff and powdery. I think maybe I should not have gotten the brunette spray. I will give this another try, perhaps just the original one, as I don’t want to completely write this brand off.

Have you tried Batiste Dry Shampoo?

Beauty: Maybelline – The COLOSSAL Volum’ Express Mascara

You all know I am on a never-ending search for the worlds best mascara. Mascara is my product, when I need something quick to brighten my face up or to give myself a pick me up, I will just swipe on some mascara and go. I was kinda excited to get this as a sample on a order I recently purchased. Honestly, It has been a while since I have used a Maybelline product, not because they are a bad company or anything. It’s really just because there are so many brands out there now and I just want to try different ones. Plus, their products just don’t appeal to me like some others that do.

Now, this mascara promises to “achieve colossal lashes with just one coat“, While one coat did not achieve the volume I wanted it does not mean that this mascara is bad. The volume is pretty great, in fact it was better than I thought it would be. I am not sure if it was because I have been lowering my expectations and I am easily impressed now, or if this did give me great volume. Either way I like the mascara. Another thing I can mention is that It has very minimal fallout and the end of the day did not leave me looking like a raccoon. The price isn’t so bad either so that is another plus.