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: Sally Hansen – Instadry Nail Color in Sugar Poppy

It has been a while since I’ve given myself a manicure, much less paint my nails. Recently, however, I wanted to make sure I take better care of my nails, especially with summer rolling around my nails should be at least a little nice. While I did not go get a mani-pedi, I purchased a new nail polish and painted my nails. I actually don’t have very many Sally Hansen nail polishes, but when I saw Sally Hansen instadry Nail color in Sugar Poppy I needed to buy it. The color is such a happy one, that is perfect for spring and summer. Plus insta-dry is good especially since after I paint my nails I find myself having to do 10 million things with my hands.

Unfortunately, color is pretty, the formula was not so much. It was really thick, because they only want you to use one coat, the brush was really wide so I kept getting the polish all over my fingers. The polish did go on smoothly and dried really quickly which is great. I noticed though, that after a day the polish on my right hand did chip, which made me sad.

I did like it though, not sure if I will buy another color or not though.

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.

GreenHarmony Pear Mask Pack

So I’m trying to take care of my skin since I have neglected it for a couple of months. I found this little gem in one of my many beauty boxes so I took it out and decided to use it.

Green Harmony claims this helps improve skin tone, add moisture and balances your skin. You love the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off in lukewarm water. The mask was creamier than I expected and the little pack had a ton of product in it that I wished I had a little tub to store what I didn’t use. It easily spread over my skin so it was easy to use. There was no smell really, like I thought there would be considering it contains pears. This also never really dried so I had to be super careful not to let anything touch my face while I was wearing it.

After washing the product off easily I did notice that my face felt refreshed and smooth. The effect lasted for about a day, so this seems like a quick fix product that should be done multiple times a week rather than something that lasts the whole week. Not a holy grail products but it still was nice to use.

Beauty: Ecotools Makeup Brush Shampoo

I am trying to be better at washing my brushes. I got a bush cleaner and all I needed was Brush Shampoo, however to buy one is so expensive! I couldn’t believe how much they cost, I was about to just use baby shampoo when I found Ecotools Brush Shampoo . It was only $4 and it works really well!

My brushes get really clean and I was actually surprised, but I realized that Ecotools make brushes so they should know exactly how to clean them without ruining them. I recommend trying this out!

Beauty: Yardley Almond Milk Pure Shea Butter Soap

I was at Walgreen and I saw this on sale for $.99. I like to use bath bars when I am taking a bath. It’s easy to use a bar in a bath as opposed to the shower. In the shower the bar gets drenched, there are no places to put the bar to protect it from the water, and it’s just easier to use in the bath. I used a gel cleanser in the shower. This bar intrigued me because it contains almond milk and oil extracts as well as honey extracts. There is also Shea butter as well.

There was not too much of a smell, it was slightly sweet but mostly had a very soft almond smell. The bar was smooth but when you start washing yourself you do feel small almond pieces that exfoliate your skin. It did a good job washing my skin without drying it out like most soap bars do. However, it was not as moisturizing as I would have liked, but compared to other bars did a pretty okay job. I don’t regret buying it at all especially since it was on sale. I will continue using it and may try other bars from Yardley

Beauty: Drugstore Haul!

So I’ve purchased a few new things and I wanted to share with you. Recently my Walgreens have started stocking Soap & Glory as well as No7. So you know I had to try out some products!

Here’s What I got!

Soap & Glory – Hand Food

Soap & Glory – The Rightous Butter

Biore – Nose Strips

Physician’s Formula – Rose All Day Serum

No7 – Intense Volume Mascara in Brown/Black

I cannot wait to try these out and share with you! Have you tried any of these products?