Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

Hey guys!  It's that time of year again... the mad rush for holiday gift purchasing will begin soon... two weeks before the holidays!  Check out my new video below for some great holiday gifts for those family and friends who are avid beauty lovers.  Usually the best-valued gift sets are out now around this time and there are some great deals to pick up for last minute gifts!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and Foundation Stick Review!

I was recently received the Make Up For Ever #UltraHDGeneration Vox Box from Influenster to test out the new Ultra HD foundation stick as well as the Ultra HD foundation that's been around for a while now.  I've been wanting to try the foundation for a long time now, but haven't really gotten around to purchasing it, so was super excited when this came in the mail!

I received the Ultra HD Foundation in the shade 127 (Y335), which is the perfect shade for me.  This foundation is supposed to be light-weight and long-lasting, and boy, does it hold up to those claims!  I wore the foundation for a good 10 hours and it didn't break down, get oily or fade.  I do need to throw in that I primed my face with the Make Up For Ever mattifying primer, which probably helped, since I do get oily in the T-zone a lot.  However, that being said, I normally do prime my face with this primer anyway, and still get oily at the end of the day.

It really did feel as if nothing was on my skin for the entire day.  I really enjoyed the liquid foundation!

Now... onto the new Ultra HD Stick Foundation!  The one Influenster sent me was actually pretty dark for my skin tone (I'm not sure why it didn't match the liquid foundation?), in the shade 128 (Y415). Nevertheless, it is a good foundation.

My favorite thing about the stick foundation is how easily it applies and how fast your makeup routine is by using this.  All you do is glide the stick over your face with a few strokes, and then blend it in with your foundation brush (you can also use your sponge or Beauty Blender).  Easy peasy and then conceal and powder.  It seriously cut my foundation application time by half.

The Ultra HD foundation stick, unfortunately, is not as long lasting as the regular Ultra HD liquid foundation.  I felt like half way through my day, my face got really oily (I also used the same Make Up For Ever mattifying primer), and by the end of the day, the foundation was almost non-existent.  The texture of the foundation stick is definitely a more oily than the liquid.  I guess it being a solid, it needs to be smoother in texture in order for it to glide on your face, so naturally, it's going to be a bit more slick.

Though I like the ease of application of the stick foundation, I felt that the good ol' liquid foundation still did a better job overall and held up to it's claims.

Check out my vlog below and see how the liquid foundation wears throughout the day.

**Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you Make Up For Ever for the Ultra HD to try!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bobbi Brown 25th Anniversary Lipstick Collection!

If you love lipstick, you will love this collection!  For Bobbi Brown's 25th anniversary, she's come out with a collection of her original ten lipstick colors.  These lipsticks are a creme-matte formula and is smooth and easy to wear.  It is also hydrating when worn without a lip balm.  The ten shades are supposed to be universally flattering to all skin tones, and after trying on all ten, I think I agree with that!  You can definitely make all the shades work, even if it's not the perfect color for you.

Check out my video below to see the colors on me.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Goodbye Stitch Fix... Why I Decided to Stop Getting Fixes

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was a good run for me and Stitch Fix.  I had a year full for surprises and great outfits.  A lot of you must be wondering why I haven't really posted any Stitch Fix videos in the last few months.  That is because the last five fixes I've received have been hugely disappointing.  The last video I posted on YouTube was my April fix, in which I kept nothing.  You can watch the video here:

I tried another fix in May, where I kept one black denim jacket by Liverpool Jeans because I've been asking my stylist for a denim jacket for the past six months, and this was the first one I got.  The jacket itself was nice, though I wish it was a dark denim versus black.  Nevertheless, it was comfortable and stretchy, and fit well on me.  Everything else in that fix, however, looked like versions of things that I've received in past fixes.  They even sent me a top that was something I've purchased before but in a different color and a maxi dress that was the same exact style of a shorter dress I had purchased from them last year... it was just longer.

I decided to give Stitch Fix one more try in the month of June.  I even updated my Pinterest board and pinned different styles I liked to the board to give my stylist inspiration.  I also requested summer sandals that I can wear casually, since Stitch Fix started offering shoes as of April.

What came in the box was nothing that fit me properly or looked good on me.  I think Stitch Fix felt that I had a good run with striped tops and decided to send me a black and white striped top with neon orange cuffs.  WTF!  I also received a dress that looked horrendous on me, pants that didn't fit, a tank that was okay (but not worth $58), and of course, my shoes that I requested.

Don't get me wrong.  I think the shoes they sent were very pretty.  They were the BCBGeneration Ronny Strappy Lace-Up Sandals:

Very pretty, but they are not casual and not for summer.  I was hoping for something that would be flat, less complicated to put on, and easy to walk in with less straps and tassels.  Maybe I wasn't clear in my request.  I considered keeping these shoes as not to lose out on my $20 styling fee, because I could wear these for nights out or parties, but was upset with the overall fix and decided to send everything back.

Where did this all go wrong?  I had a very good run with one stylist last year and all of the sudden she stopped styling me.  Maybe she left the company or they decided to switch things up, but after I switched stylists, everything kept going down hill.  Every month I would get a new stylist, and the items that came kept getting worse.  I think it's time for Stitch Fix and I to part ways and for me to do my own shopping again.  I think it was a good run while it lasted, but alas, we now have to say goodbye.  Thank you for styling me for a year, Stitch Fix.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Results!

After using the L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler line of products for more than 4 weeks, I'm seeing a bit of results.  My skin definitely feels more supple and moisturized.  I still can't speak to whether or not these products fill in fine lines or revitalizes sunken under eye areas since I didn't really have problems in these two areas prior to using the products.

One thing I can definitely say is that regardless if you have issues with volume in your skin, this line (eye cream, serum, daily moisturizer, night cream), are great daily skincare products that gives your skin a lot of moisture.  Can you see any differences in my skin after 4 weeks (excuse my messy hair in both pics!)

Before                                                            After

I honestly can't see much of a difference... I do have foundation on in the after photo, but in terms of skin volume, it's a very subtle difference.  I think the bags under my eyes are a bit better and looks a bit more "lifted."  Again, I'm lucky to not have any issues with volume, but my skin does feel more supple, which is nice.  I would be happy to continue using the L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler line!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 8, 2016

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare Line!

The new L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler skincare line is honestly the first real "drugstore" line of products that I've used for skincare.  Yes, yes, I've been spoiled and ever since I was 15, my mom has given me high end skin care products to use because she felt that it was important to take care of your skin from a young age.

The very first products I used as a teenager were from Clinique and honestly, they were really harsh on my acne prone skin at the time, and my mom switched me over to using Shiseido.  I've used Shiseido for a very long time all the way through college.  I now try out different things, since my skin is no longer so sensitive, and more recently I've been really loving skincare items from French pharmacies.

When I first got the L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler line of products, I was a bit scared to try it out, since I've never used anything from the drugstore before as skincare, but I honestly have to say, that I'm truly impressed.  The name "Volume Filler" actually sounds a bit scary, but they're actually very gentle products.  This line of products contain Hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture and reduce the appearance of sagging and hollowing skin.  I received the Daily Volumizing Moisturizer, Volume Filler Night Cream, Daily Volumizing Concentrated Serum and Volume Filler Eye Treatment, all at $24.99 each.  All four of these are very light-weight and goes on your skin smoothly.  They all absorb quickly into the skin so it's easy to layer on other products.

The name Volume Filler is a bit deceiving as well because it really doesn't plump up your skin.  I (luckily) don't have a lot of fine lines, so I can't really tell if it fills in any fine lines, but I can say that these products give your skin a nice radiant, fresh glow to it.  They are all incredibly hydrating and the moisture lasts all day.

Would I continue to use these products?  Yes, of course!  I think this is a great skin care line and compared to some of the more high end stuff I've used, these items are quite comparable to things that cost double the price of the L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler line!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

NEW Blush Palettes! Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani vs. NARS Studio Cheek Palette

This is going to be a blush palette showdown!  In January, both Urban Decay and NARS launched blush palettes.  The NARS palette that I have is actually the Steven Klein collaboration from the 2015 holiday collection; however, it is ALMOST the same as the new NARS NARSissist Studio Cheek Palette that launched in January.  The only difference are the differences in shades of blush color, which I will explain.  The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration blush palette also launched at the end of January.

As you can see, both come in really nice sturdy packaging.  The Urban Decay palette is slightly larger and bulkier.

The NARS palette is $65.00 USD and comes with four blushes, a bronzer, and two other shades for highlight and contour.  The Urban Decay palette comes in cheaper at $45, but has blushes, two highlights and two contour shades.  So with NARS, you get a total of 8 shades and with Urban Decay, you get a total of 6.

NARS Palette

The Steven Klein Studio Cheek Palette comes with the following shades show above from top left to right are Paloma (highlight and contour), Laguna (bronzer), and four blush shades on the bottom from left to right: Robotic, Blasphemy, Luster and Dolce Vita.

The difference between the Steven Klein palette and the current NARSissist Studio Cheek Palette are the four blush shades, which are Icy Lilac, Sausalito Sunset, Shimmering Rose Peach, and Fleshy Pink.

None of these blush colors, with the exception of Dolce Vita and Luster, are part of NARS's regular collection.  Therefore, in my opinion, it's better to get the new NARSissist Studio Cheek palettes if you want to have the limited edition colors!  As for the colors themselves in both these palettes, though the names are different, the colors are very much the same. From left to right, both palettes have a soft pink, muted light-medium pink, golden apricot and dusty rose.

It's also good to note that you get a fair amount of product in this palette with the blushes coming in at 0.12 oz (regular has 0.16 oz), and 0.29 oz of the Laguna bronzer (regular has 0.28 oz.!) and 0.12 oz of the Paloma contour blush (regular has 0.28 oz.).

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

It's good to start off by noting that Urban Decay calls this a blush palette, but if you read the back of the box, it actually says that these are Gwen Stefani's favorite blushers, highlights and bronzers, so they are not all blushes.  However, it being powders, you can use them however way you want!

The top row has the more pink toned colors starting with Cherry (soft pink), Easy (shimmering dusty rose), and Angel (champagne nude).  The bottom row has your more brown tones with Lo-Fi (soft bronze matte), Hush (shimmering medium pink), and OC (soft pink with peach shift).  Lo-Fi is the official bronzer and OC is the official highlight.

These blushers are highly pigmented, especially Cherry and Easy.  A little bit goes a long way.  I made the mistake of dabbing too much on my brush the first time I used this, and holy smokes, was it bright!  You get 0.09 oz. of product in this palette per color.

What is a better value?

So if you're wondering what the better value is, it is obviously the NARS palette since it comes with a total of 1.01 oz. of product and the Urban Decay palette has a total of 0.54 oz.  At $65 you get double the amount of product in the NARS palette than the Urban Decay palette at $45.  For the same amount of product, the Urban Decay palette would actually cost you around $90.  

I also feel that you get more of a selection with the NARS palette.  The blush tones are pretty similar in both palettes, but I like that the NARS palette has the extra contour shade so you're not using a bronzer to contour, as I like using cool tones to contour versus warmer shades.

Have you tried either of these palettes?  Let me know what your thoughts are on these!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year, New Stitch Fix! January Stitch Fix Unboxing!

So... Stitch Fix and I are not starting off on the right foot for 2016.  We went from an amazing December fix to almost a dud for the new year.  Most of the pieces were actually good from a style perspective, but just didn't fit properly or weren't really worth the money.  Check out my unboxing video!