Monday, September 19, 2016

Tips & Tricks: How I Use Micellar Waters

Instead of reviews all the time, I figured I would add in a few quickie blog posts here and there about tips and tricks I've found useful over the years. Today's topic: micellar waters. If you're not familiar with them, they're basically gentle cleansers made of water with microspheres of oils floating in it and other nice things that work in tandem to cleanse your face. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation Review



I got an email from Sephora yesterday saying that I was $98 away from becoming a VIB Rouge, which if you don't know, means I spent an embarrassing amount on makeup and skincare products this year. In my mind, this means I have 2 options: a) go into a makeup-spending induced shame spiral or b) start this blog back up again so that I can justify my insanity as a "hobby." Guess which option I picked? Hahahaha... Come to me, VIB Rouge exclusive products... 

To kick off my foray back into makeup blogging, I decided to go with my latest and most pricey attempt at finding my dream summertime foundation because I can't find a lot of decent reviews on it.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Anastasia Lip Gloss Petal


I was excited when Anastasia Beverly Hills released their new lip gloss collection a few months ago. While I wasn't impressed with the ABH liquid lipsticks I tried and the powder contour palette was just decent and not mindblowing, I can't resist that brand. 

Unlike the lipsticks, when the lip glosses were released, it seemed like ABH wasn't really pushing them. I didn't see a buttload of rave reviews all over youtube or countless beauty bloggers going apeshit with swatches, and by that, I mean there wasn't an internet saturation campaign going on where all Norvina's approved devotees got freebies. At the time, I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Did it mean that ABH wasn't particularly proud of this product? Were they not promoting it like crazy because it was cheaper ($16) than most of their other stuff? Or did they think that the product was so solid that it didn't need all the extra effort? 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner Review




Since I've been a fan of every product you get in the Blackbox RestorationSkin set, I decided to branch out and try more of their products. I have either loved or liked everything I've bought from them to date, with the exception of this product: the Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner.

I have combination skin, so I thought that this would be my dream toner. It claims to make skin soft and satiny while reducing pore size. Who doesn't want that? Plus, my t-zone is in need of some serious balancing, so I bought it, expecting to be wowed. I... wasn't.

Monday, June 1, 2015

L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara Review


Best drugstore waterproof mascara 2015


Right before I left for my Punta Cana vacation, I bought L'Oreal's Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara since I liked the original so much. I figured the waterproof version would be pretty much the same as the original, but maybe with less flaking. I didn't think it would blow my mind or anything, because with my little lashes, I'd long since given up on finding the perfect mascara. But that was before I tried this stuff...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Little Secret Weapon Review

Best Eye Creams Blackbox Little Secret Weapon Review


So sorry I've been MIA this month. The first week of the month was spent spazzing over my upcoming Dominican Republic vacation and making sure I had all my ducks in a row. The second week, I was in Punta Cana to celebrate a friends wedding. I was going to start blogging again as soon as I got back, but my work decided to have layoffs and everything has been turmoil ever since. So, without further ado, here's a review on Blackbox Cosmetics' Little Secret Weapon.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and Patina




Product: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Review: These are pretty much my staple liquid lipsticks right now. Beso is a gorgeous red. I think it's neutral? but it might lean more towards warm. Definitely not a blue-based red, that's for sure. Patina is a neutral dusty mauve that is my go-to neutral lipstick when I want something long-lasting and am rocking a smokier eye. Which is most of the time, let's be real.

What I love most about these lipsticks is that they go on creamy and opaque. I never feel the need for a second coat, and I can get them to look great with minimal fuss. They're so easy to apply, I rarely use lip liner or concealer for cleanup. I also love that the formula dries matte but doesn't settle into lines. However, because of this, I usually prefer to smile a bit and use a finger to smooth the product and get it into the major creases in my lips. Using this technique prevents me from applying extra product I don't need. Layer on too much, and it starts feeling tacky, which irritates me.