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.
Have you tried Batiste Dry Shampoo?
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.
What do you think?
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?
You all know I drink tons of coffee. So, of course, I am constantly trying to find new ways to whiten my teeth. I saw so many people try charcoal and while at first, I thought it was weird I knew I wanted to eventually try it.
The Activated Charcoal from BeLive is from coconuts and it comes in a really fine powder. They also have 2 free charcoal strips in case you wanted to try those too.
Okay, so this stuff can get everywhere so be very careful when using the powder because it stains! I didn’t have any problems with spilling and made sure to immediately wipe up if I spilled any.
Do not expect this stuff to taste good. It tastes exactly how it looks, and it took me a while to get used to it. I, however, saw results from the very first use. I would not recommend using this as an alternative to toothpaste though. While it did whiten and clean my teeth I still didn’t get that satisfactory cleanliness feel like I did after using toothpaste. I mostly use this at night as I feel that is when it would benefit me the most.
If you would like to purchase this you can do so HERE
I am in love with Story Book Cosmetics designs. It’s everything I ever wanted a beauty product to look like. However what we need to know is that yeah It looks pretty but does it work well? So I got this recently on a sale from their website. I also got free shipping because I bought a couple of things. I know I am technically on a buying ban with the whole house thing but I really needed this!
Before we get to the nitty gritty of this review lets just admire the look of this yea?
First of all it comes in this gorgeous tin as a set and I had to stand and just admire the look when I first opened it.
This brush is gorgeous and extremely soft bristled. It reminded me more of a lip brush than a line brush though. I love that it comes with a base, but I got to make sure that I clean it before putting it away because I don’t want any gunk getting in to the base as it so tiny I think it will be hard to clean.
While I love the look of the ink pot I have to say I was extremely disappointed at the size. This thing is tiny! A lot of people have complained about the lid not staying on, so far I have yet to have any problems with that. I do know that they revamped the top to make it a proper twist top and while not as pretty it apparently works well. Right now the only color they have is black but they are working on different colors and the next model will be able to be refillable. Anyone who purchased the old pot (this one) will get a discount on the refill purchase.
The big question though is how well does it work? My answer, not very well. The brush is way too soft that it cannot be used with the ink pot at all. Plus the formula for this is very dry so it makes it hard to spread on the lids. I had to go over that line a couple of times (with one of my sturdier brushes) for it to even make that line. Do I regret buying it? Absolutely not! I will say though that until they improve the formula this is no where near ready to replace any of my other liners.
What do you think?
I bought this mask for a dollar off List so honestly I was not expecting anything great. This peel off mask is supposed to be super peely (that’s not even a word….) so I was careful only to use it on my nose, chin and forehead, no sensitive places like my cheeks. This black mask is super tough and I was surprised that it actually went down into my pores to get those blackheads and nasty dead skin that blocks my skin.
This does take a very long time to dry and you need to lay it on super thick to make sure that when you peel off it does not hurt. Like I said before it’s definitely a toughie so I wouldn’t use it every day maybe twice a week at the most (for me).