Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Milani Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment in Reparing Primrose Review

Hello Everyone!


One of my favorite products to use lately has been lip balms and Lip treatments. Since the weather has been been so unpredictable here, my lips have felt a little dry. Today I wanted to share my thoughts this lip treatment product by Milani.

About the Product



Discover a revolution in lip hydration plus a healthy dose of shine with a first-of-its-kind lip oil in 8 addictively scented, kiss quenching shades. All lip oils are formulated with the natural healing power of Jojoba, Avocado and Tsubaki Oil. As an added benefit, each shade is infused with different nutrient-dense oils that treat a specific concern. The soft, extra plush applicator hugs the curves of your lips, locking in moisture.


My Thoughts 



I've been a fan of rose hip oil since it has so many benefits, and this product didn't disappoint me. I really like how the oil in this lip treatment leaves my lips feeling and hydrated for hours. I started using this near the end of Winter last year, but this is definitely a lip treatment worth using all year long. This lip treatment doesn't feel sticky and it glides on smoothly. I was a little surprised by the large applicator, but you can achieve a nice shine with one swipe on each of your lips. The applicator is also really soft. This is probably the best lip treatment that I've ever had and you can also just wear it as a regular lip gloss.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Battle of the Lip Primers: MAC Prep + Prime vs. Colourpop Lippie Stix Primer

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After using Colourpop's Lippie Stix Primer for a few months I thought that I would compare it to one of my favorite lipsticks Primers, MAC Prep + Prime Lip. Before I give my thoughts,  let's get into a little background information about each product. All product information are courtesy of www.maccosmetics.com and www.colourpop.com



1. MAC Prep + Prime Lip 
(net weight 1.7g) 
Price: $5.00




Full Description 

A colour-free base to wear under lipstick.  Adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of applied lip products.

Key Claims and Benefits

Reduces lipstick feathering
Provides long-term hydration
Fragrance-free
Oil-free
Dermatologist tested

Usage 

Apply a thin coating over entire lip area and over lip edges
Follow with lip colour
If desired, line lips

2. Colourpop Lippie Stix Primer 
(net weight: 1.0 g) 
Price: $5.00



Description 

Our Lippie Primer enhances the wear of any lip product and keeps your lips looking and feeling healthy!

Product Info 

Lippie Primer allows for a smoothes application of lipstick and Lip Pencil and will enhance the wear of any lip product. Our primer contains Itty bitty spherical beads that fill in lines making lips instantly smooth and plump! It also contains Mango, avocado, and shea butter for moisture and Vitamin E to soothe your lips

Application Tips

Apply the Lippie Primer onto bare lips. Don't forget the outer edge of the lip life-will prevent featuring! Lips will instantly feel smooth and moisturized, creating a perfect base for any lipstick without diluting the pigmentation of your lip product!


My Thoughts



The winner here is MAC Prep + Prime. If you're looking for a lip primer that provides moisture I would go with MAC. Don't get me wrong the Lippie Primer is alright, but in my opiniion it doesn't provide as much moisture as the Prep + Prime. When choosing a lip primer, I like to put it to the test. I wear it alone to see how the lip primer will last. The MAC Prep + Prime leaves my lips feeling moisturized for at 5 or 6 hours before reapplication unlike Colourpop Lippie Primer last about 3 hours before reapplication.


If you wear Colourpop's UML Liquid Lipstick, you probably have noticed that some of the lipsticks are drier than others. For the really dry liquid lipsticks,  I use MAC Prep + Prime to add extra moisture. One of the claims with the Lippie Primer that I find to be false is the the plumper lips effect. My lips look the same after application.


I know that $17.50 may seem a little pricey to pay for a lip primer, but quality of the product is worth the price.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Lion Brand Yarns: First Impressions

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* Disclaimer: This post includes PR Samples from Lion Brand Yarns. I want to thank Lion Brand Yarns for sending these items. All opinions are 100% my own.

Today I'm excited to share that I recieved a few skeins of yarn from Lion Brand Yarns! I will be doing a collaboration with the brand on an upcoming Spring project! Spring is such a beautiful season, and I can hardly wait to get started!


The skeins of yarn came neatly packaged in this plastic covering.

This is my first time using Lion Brand Yarns. I was given opportunity to choose the type of yarn for my upcoming project and I went with the Pound of Love (16 oz, 100% Premium Acrylic)


Lavender  (144)

This has to be the softest yarn I have ever felt! I absolutely love the texture. I chained a few loops to get a feel of the yarn and so far I really like this skein of yarn! I'm not going to show the chain I crocheted since I want my project to be surprise :)


Antique White (099)

Since this is a Spring project I'll probably start crocheting over the weekend or the beginning of next week to have it done by early Spring. So stay tuned!

For More information about Lion Brand Yarns 

http://www.lionbrand.com


February 2017 Posts 

My Life in January 2017

Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes and Red Lips

My Milani Lipstick Collection 

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

Currently Using 

Inspirational Post: Forgiveness 

Projects with Pilar: Bright Yellow Scarf and Hat Set 

Foundation Tips


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Foundation Tips

Hello Everyone!


Today's post is one that I've been wanting to write for quite some regarding foundation tips. I'm not a certified MUA, but I find these tips have helped me along in my foundation journey.

Before I get started I wanted to talk a little bit about face primers.  Before I add any makeup of my face I use a primer.

Why should you use a primer?


Using a primer before you apply your foundation will make your makeup last longer, limit creasing, and it will also help with your makeup glide smoothly on your face. Using a primer can also help control and or reduce excess oil.

1. What am I looking for?

I think that in order to find the right foundation, you need to have an idea of what you're looking for.

Examples:  Am I looking for a full coverage or medium coverage foundation etc? Do I want to try drugstore foundations, or high end foundations?

2. What is the the best option for my skin type?

I have normal to oily skin. When my skin is feeling oily, I stay clear of foundations that are oil based or that will give a dewy glow.  You have to know your skin type and chose a foundation (s) that will work for skin and personal preference.

3. What are my Foundation options?

Here's a list of the different types of foundations that are available.



1. Liquid (or Cream) Foundation



2. Oil Based Foundation 

3. Sheer Foundation

4. Matte (Oil Free) Foundation




5. Mousse or Whipped Foundation


6. Stick Foundation




7. Powder (Compact) Foundation

 



8. Mineral (Natural Looking) Foundation

9.  Shimmer Foundation 

10. Waterproof Foundation 

I did a little research, so I wouldn't leave out any foundations. You can find the full descriptions for each of the Foundations at http://beauty.about.com/od/foundationsconcealers/a/foundtypes.htm


4. What is my foundation shade?

Over the years of using foundation, my shades can range from Honey, Sun Beige, or Tan.
In my opinion, I think it's best to go in the store and use the foundation testers. If I purchase a foundation online, it's usually a repurchase. When you go into a store you have the opportunity to visually see if the foundation matches your skin. You can ask a beauty representative at the store or at the makeup counter, but please make sure the person matches your shade correctly. Also, please try to match the foundation to your neck as well. This is very important because depending on the shade you choose you may end up looking severely two toned, not to mention the shade difference will likely show up in any photos you take.

5. Mixology



Don't you just hate when you can't find the foundation shade you need, but you really like the brand? Have no fear you can possibly mix foundation to get the shade desired. I don't really recommend this to beginner makeup users. If you're new to makeup it can already be overwhelming to pick out the products you need without having to mix foundations. I typically don't like to mix foundations, but on those rare occasions I will if I have too.

6. Some Foundations double as a Concealer 



Here are some of my favorite foundations that double as a concealer 

Depending on the foundation and coverage, some Foundations work double as a concealer.  I have a few in my makeup collection that I use as a concealer.

7. Foundation Beauty Tools



Foundation Brushes



Buffing Brushes


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I can very picky about the types of tools that I use for applying my foundation. Sometimes I will use my brushes or my makeup sponge. If I use my foundation brushes, I follow up by using a buffing brush to help smooth out my foundation. I absolutely love using my RT Miracle Sponge to apply my foundation. The different angles on the sponge help apply my foundation so well. The brushes that are displayed are my holy grail tools that I typically use.

8. Blend

When you apply your foundation make sure you blend. Blending is important because you don't want to have splotchy, streaky, or cakey foundation due to lack of blending. Not everyone uses foundation on their neck (I know that I typically don't), but if you do, blend the foundation on your neck as well.


I hope that you found my foundation tips helpful! I think that I covered the basics, but please feel free to share any of your tips in the comment section.

February 2017 Posts 

My Life in January 2017

Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes and Red Lips

My Milani Lipstick Collection 

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

Currently Using 

Inspirational Post: Forgiveness 

Projects with Pilar: Bright Yellow Scarf and Hat Set 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Projects with Pilar: Bright Yellow Crocheted Scarf and Hat Set

Hello Everyone!


I'm back with another crocheting project today. You may remember the end of last month I posted my red scarf and hat set, well today I wanted to share with you all my bright yellow scarf and hat set I made on Friday and Saturday of last week. I'm so proud of myself that I finished this project in two days! This probably will be my last set that I'll do for the Winter since the weather has been warming up especially in the afternoon.


As you can tell the yarn is much brighter than this. I guess the lighting was off when I took this picture.


Why did I choose the color yellow for this project?


Yellow is a beautiful color that signifies many positive things such as hope and happiness. I've always liked the color yellow and besides I love wearing bright colors in general.


The length of my scarf


Hello in Yellow lol :)


Dont forget to check out my red hat and scarf set that I made last month. Click on my link below!

Projects with Pilar: Red Crocheted Scarf and Hat Set

February 2017 Posts 

My Life in January 2017

Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes and Red Lips

My Milani Lipstick Collection 

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

Currently Using 

Inspirational Post: Forgiveness 



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Inspirational Post: Forgiveness

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I wanted to start the week off with an inspirational post about forgiveness. When someone hurts your feelings, forgiving the person can be really hard. Over the years I've noticed a lot of things about forgiveness. Sometimes in life you have you to forgive people that never said I apologize. There are so many interpersonal relationships that sadly end because one person of maybe even both people refuse to admit wrong doing, but you have people who genuinely apologize, mean you well, and want to move forward from the hurt.

Throughout it all, ultimately you have the power to forgive. Like I stated at the beginning of my post forgiving someone who has hurt you in some way can be really hard.  Forgiveness may not always come easy, but when you forgive someone you set yourself free. When you think about it, why would you want to go around bitter, anger, and sad for an extended period of time because of someone else's actions and poor behavior? Yes, it's true you are entitled to your feelings of being upset, but try not to ruminate over people that hurt you. Sadly some people don't see the error of their ways and go own with their life while you sit in constant sadness.

Don't let other people's insecurites, and cruelty be a reflection of you. Some situations can be repaired with forgiveness. You truly have to be able to forgive without constant reminders of bringing up the past. Everyone makes mistakes. We're only human. You forgive, and you may not forget, but in time you begin to heal.


February 2017 Posts 

My Life in January 2017

Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup: Soft Smokey Eyes and Red Lips

My Milani Lipstick Collection 

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

Currently Using 



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Currently Using

Hello Everyone!


This post contains *PR Samples

Today I wanted to share a few products that I'm currently using.  Winter can be so harsh on your skin and hair, but these products are helping me maintain healthy hair and skin!


Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash


Dove Body Wash has been one of my long time favorite products to use in the shower. It keeps my body clean and  my skin moisturized. 

* Zest Fruit Boost Revitalizing Shower Gel in Citrus Splash 


When I first recieved this Shower Gel I immediately loved the scent. I love citrus and fruity scented products anyway so this product didn't disappoint me. I use this body wash right after I use my Dove Body Wash. 


* Anderson Lilley Beach Butter Body Cream 


All I can say about this body butters is that it smells like a tangerine dream lol. Body butters are some of my favorite skincare products to use during the Winter to keep my skin hydrated. After using the Zest Citrus Splash Shower Gel, I like to use this body butter. The two paired smells so wonderful!

Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil (refined)


Coconut is one of my go to beauty products.  It has so many benefits! Lately I've been using Coconut Oil to deep condition my hair or to use it as a moisturizer.  The weather has been crazy recently and it's really taken a toll on my hair. I've mentioned before that my hair is very frizzy which can cause it to be dry. Using Coconut oil helps keep my hair moisturized and it also helps control frizz.


* Salon Grafix Professional Freezing Hair Spray


When I washed my hair, I like to use products that will keep my hair looking fresh. Since my hair is natural I find that using this spray keeps my hair in place most of the day and this hair spray also helps control frizz.


No makeup, hair freshly washed, and hair sprayed. It's so important to take care of your skin and hair :)





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recent Manicures ft. Zoya Nail Polish

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* Disclaimer: This post includes PR Samples from Zoya Nail Polish. I want to thank Zoya for sending these products.

I've been really slack about sharing my manicures. It's actually kinda funny to me since I used to painting my nails all the time, especially when I grew my nails long! Back in December Zoya Nail Polish sent me a few nail polishes of my choosing along with a few other things to try. I wrote a review on Zoya Nail Polish last year. To read that review, CLICK HERE

Zoya Naked Manicure Polishes in Naked Base and Glossy Seal 


This is my first time using these polishes, both the base and the glossy seal are fast drying.  I really like the glossy seal polish becuase it keeps my Manicure looking fresh for days.

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish


This has to be one of the best nail polish removers  that I have ever used! This remover gets polish off quickly and it doesn't have an overpowering scent like most nail polish remvoers.

Zoya Nail Polishes 


From Left to Right: Hannah, Veronica, and Eden

Zoya website has so many beautiful shades of nail polishes! These are the three shades that I chose 


Hannah


I wore this polish for Valentine's Day. A perfect bright red.


Veronica 


I really like this color and I think it's a great shade to wear during the Fall and Winter months. Side Note I think between the lighting in my room and the camera gave my hand a glow lol.


Eden


Pretty in Pink! This is a very beautiful soft pink color. This is the manicure that I'm currently wearing.  



Have you tried any nails polishes from Zoya? If so what are favorite shades?


I linked this earlier in the post, but you can check out my first Zoya Nail Polish review on the link below 



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!


February 14th is here once again. I just wanted to write a quick post and I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day. Remember that today isn't just a day for lovers, it's a day to celebrate love in general. So spend today with people you love or take time to pamper and treat yourself :)


A little Valentine's Day Decor. 


Another Valentine's Day Inspired Makeup Look 
To see my first Valentine's Day Look, CLICK HERE



Happy Valentine's Day 


That Glow! I love the Highlighter I used in my Carli Bybel Palette


Makeup Used from my FOTD


A Pre Valentine's Day Manicure. I used Zoya Nail Polish in Hanna.


A Better View of my Manicure



I picked up a Hershey's Kiss for myself. I actually picked up two. Why spoil myself a little with chocolate?! Lol


My mama is so sweet. She usually gets me a teddy bear and Candy for Valentine's Day


All the chocolate for me :)


I hope that everyone enjoys Valentine's Day! Before I end this post, I leave you with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi Where there is love there is life.




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