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
My face did feel smooth and refreshed. I could tell that it worked to heal some of the damage ignoring my skincare had done.
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!
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
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’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.
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.
Honestly I did not think that I would like this Shadow. I thought the color wouldn’t stand out enough, I thought the applicator would be horrible and the fallout would be extreme. I am so happy that I was wrong. There was surprisingly little fallout when I took the small sponge applicator out, the applicator itself it was soft and flexible. The polish is a shimmery Champagne color which showed up well with my light skin-tone. Although I use primer no matter what I shadow I use, due to my oily eyes, the way this shadow feels makes me think it may actually last a good amount of time on. Overall, while I feel that $15 is just a bit too much for a single shadow color, if it ever goes on sale be sure I will snatch one up.
One of things I have to do, but hate to do is clean my brushes. It takes me a long time to clean them and it takes me a long time to dry them. I’ve seen a couple of mechanical make up cleaners on the scene, but honestly they are way past my budget. I spotted this beauty on Amazon and it was in my budget. Now Amazon is usually hit and miss when it comes to certain things.
The mechanical part is not that bad. It looks nice but it’s not ergonomic or anything. After locating 2 AAA batteries (took me a couple of days) I found out that I can only use this in short burst because the vibration of the motor makes my hand really tired.
The little bowl that you add the water and cleaner is nice and big. You actually don’t need that much water to clean so no need to fill it up too much.
The little grips that you put your brushes in fits most (but not all) brushes. I found that it did not fit my real technique brushes at all. Wonder if you can get other attachments. This worked really well on my big and medium size brushes but any small brushes, like a small concealer brush did not clean all that well. Overall, I think it was worth the money I paid for it. If I have to clean one of two brushes on my own it’s no problem as long as this cleans a majority of them.
As you all know I’ve been wanting to try more hair products, but I am telling you right now that I think I found my Holy Grail Hair product. I know crazy right?
I have fine hair, not baby fine, but fine. My hair also tends to fall limp and can lean more towards the oily side. It’s why I’ve been trying volumizers and dry shampoo. I’ve had the Macadamia Weightless Moisture Leave-in Conditioner sitting in my hair care products for a while. No Idea why I’ve never picked it up, but I was a hair product fool! I should have started using it once I got it. I used this after showing when my hair is slightly damp, sometimes I don’t use conditioner and use this instead. Other times when I think my hair needs a pick me up because it looks lifeless and dull. Each time this product does not let me down. It really is weightless and does not feel heavy on my head.
Macadamia boosts that it’s weightless moisture leave-in conditioner; detangles and protects, Hydrates, and prevent breakage and I absolutely fully agree. I think this is the first time I’ve had a product that I absolutely adored and agreed with its claims. Its key ingredients are of course Macadamia oil, which helps nourish the hair in fatty acids. Argan Oil, which is what strengthen and repair. Last but not least, Quinoa extract which Hydrates and provides hair with its necessary nutrients.
If you don’t have fine hair, it’s okay Macadamia makes products for all hair types and their website is sectioned so you can easily find the products that you need. I don’t think $22 is at all pricey for a product I use almost all the time.
I got the Tarteist Lip Paint as my Sephora Birthday Gift, along with a tarte blush as well. I’ve used it a couple of times and I really like it. It has a bit of a peppermint smell and feel that really reminds me of Christmas despite the color not really matching. Tarteist Creamy Lip paint is a vegan full coverage lipstick that stays creamy throughout the day despite creating a matte look. Most matte lipsticks I’ve used dry my lips out to the point that you can see every wrinkle and imperfection, which really is not a flattering look. I didn’t have a problem with this lip paint as it stayed pretty creamy.
I was surprised at how easy it spread across my lips, despite the applicator feeling a bit flimsy ( I thought it was going to fall off if I applied too much pressure). The staying power was nice I only had to reapply after eating so that was great. It does transfer a bit so be careful against clothing and whatnot.
The color is a nice pinkish nude, that is great for any occasion. While it is a bit expensive ($20 per lipstick) I think it is worth the price and I am thinking about getting more colors like ‘So Fetch’ or ‘Lovespell’.
How you used Tareist Creamy Lip Paint? What did you think?