Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Bijou girl, tagging along for the photo shoot

I always like to change up what is in my makeup bag when the seasons change. There's something exciting about purchasing a new product for a new season, or going through your stash to find a product that suits the time of year.

Mac Fix Plus is a great staple to have year round, but I think it really shines in the summer months. It's great to use under makeup, and as a finishing spray to give you a hydrating mist. I like using a lighter base when spring rolls around, and the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is perfect. The coverage is buildable, and leaves a satin finish. A light wash of shimmer shadow helps my eyes pop in the springtime, and the Vera Mona eyeshadow in this peachy shade is pretty and light. 

A luminous flush to the cheeks gives you a bright, natural look, and Milani's Luminoso is one of my favorite blushes. A bright lip color really brings a spring look together, and while I don't like wearing bold, bright colors, this lipstick from Urban Decay in Streak is perfect for me. It is a sheer formula, so you just get a wash of bright color. Plus, these lipsticks are half price at Ulta and Sephora right now - go grab one if you need something to change up your makeup for Spring!

What products to you bring out of your makeup collection at this time of year?



Sunday, April 24, 2016

I was never one to use pore purifying strips. I tried the original Biore pore strips (you know, the white ones) when I was in high school, but I didn't feel that they made much of a difference. 

For at least the last year and a half, I have been wearing a liquid foundation almost every single day. While I have never been one to suffer from breakouts (for which I am very thankful) I do feel that my skin could use some extra care from all of the makeup I wear.

I know that Boscia is a well known skincare brand, and heard itsJudytime talking about them, saying they are her favorite pore strips. At the same time, I was in Ulta and saw that Biore came out with a new Charcoal line of pore strips and skincare items. Why not put them both to the test?

The instructions for using both of these brands are the same: cleanse your skin, thoroughly wet your nose and apply the strip, making sure that the entire strip comes in contact with your skin. Wait 10-15 minutes for the strip to dry, then slowly peel it off.

So, did I notice a difference? The Boscia strips give you a cooling feeling while they are drying, and I didn't find that same sensation with the Biore strips. I don't know about you, but I want to feel like my skincare products are doing something when they're on my skin, and I really enjoyed the cooling sensation from the Boscia strips. Also, Boscia focuses on the fact that their strips are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates, and triclosan. d Biore doesn't mention anything about what their strips are made without, so it does make me question if their strips contain any harmful ingredients.

Both of the strips left my skin feeling very soft, but I feel that I noticed a bit more of a difference with the Boscia strips...they just seemed to pick up a bit more dirt from my pores.

So, which is better? The Boscia strips focus more on absorbing dirt and oil, while the Biore strips really focus more on absorbing oil. My skin isn't particularly oily, so I prefer what the Boscia strips have to offer over the Biore ones.

You can find the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips at Ulta, a pack of 6 strips for $6.99, while the Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips come in a pack of 12 strips at Sephora for $28.

Do you use pore purifying strips? What brand is your favorite?



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's time to go through my IPSY Glam Bag! You know the drill: $10 a month, 5 deluxe samples, delivered to your door in a cute little bag. Let's see what I got this month...

Moroccan Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Serum by Nth Degree - I always apply an oil or serum to my hair before I blow dry, so I was happy to get this in my bag. Full-size products like this can be a pain to travel with, so this mini-bottle is perfect. This left my hair feeling soft, but not weighed down.

Jelly Pong Pong Blush & Contour - A peachy blush and a cool-toned contour? Sign me up. This is a very small compact, which makes it difficult to use with larger brushes, but you can manage if you're careful. These are bit more powdery than I'd like, but they apply and blend beautifully. And I know, that blush looks like nothing in the swatch above, but it is surprisingly pigmented.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in Wonder - I love Tarte. This is a lip creme with a satin finish, infused with maracuja oil for moisture. I don't wear colors like this on a regular basis, but this will definitely come in handy for special occasions - and I'll be thrilled to apply this rather than a drying liquid lipstick.

Exfoliating Treatment Mask by TULA - YES! I love a good mask. Here's what I care about when I use a mask: how it feels (and smells) when I apply it, and how my skin feels and looks afterwards. This mask has small exfoliating particles in it, so you're supposed to apply it in circular motions to scrub away dead skin. Plus, it smells like a spa, has a slight cooling sensation, and left my skin feeling refreshed and feeling so soft. It also contains probiotics to help decrease redness - and we all know I could use that! This is the stand out product of my bag this month.

Probelle Nail Lacquer in In or Out - This shade just isn't me, but I could probably make it work on my toes. I'll probably end up gifting this to a friend who would appreciate the color a lot more.

What was your favorite product from your IPSY Glam bag this month?



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Girl, spring is coming! I love the changing of the seasons, because it always makes me reach for lighter, fresher-feeling makeup products. This look uses a mixture of drugstore and high-end products, and creates a light, luminous finish to the skin. 

Products Used:

What products do you like to use during Spring?



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Here we are again! I've been saving up the products I've gone through the past few months and want to share them with you today. Plus, you'll get a mini-review of each item!

Products mentioned in this video:

Kenra Volume 25 Hairspray
NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Ash Brown
Beauty Blender Cleanser 
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil
Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo 
Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water 
Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo
NYX HD Concealer
Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-in-1

What products have you gone through recently?



Sunday, April 03, 2016


Ah, that moment at the end of the day when you remove your makeup, isn't that the best? My favorite way to remove all of my makeup, including waterproof eyeliner and mascara, is with a cleansing oil. The best way to use a cleansing oil is to apply a few pumps to your dry face and massage it into your skin, including your eyes, to break down and dissolve your makeup. 

I usually use a cleansing oil by Clinique, but I was in a Sephora in JC Penney recently and they don't carry Clinique, so I had to try something else. I've heard good things about Boscia and their cleansing oil - so that's what I picked up.

Boscia's Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil is just as effective as the one by Clinique, but the thing I noticed right away is that this one has a slight cooling sensation, and noticeable fragrance. I was happy to learn that it does not contain any artificial fragrances, and is scented with Geranium and Eucalyptus. It's also made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, preservatives, artificial color, gluten, and ethanol alcohol. This product has been dermatologist tested - so it's safe for sensitive skin.

Would I pick it up again? In a pinch - I absolutely would. However, Boscia's cleansing oil ($30) contains 150ml while Clinique's contains 200ml ($28), so Clinique is really a better buy. However, both brands do offer a small travel size (50ml) of these and Boscia's is $10 vs Clinique's $14, so if you were going to try one out or just get one for travel, Boscia might be the better way to go.

Click here to see the next step in my skincare routine.

What do you use to take off your makeup at the end of the day?