I’m really loving Anastasia products lately, especially because they’ve been sweet enough to send me products to review. Please keep in mind that even though I’m receiving gratis products, I will still give my own, honest opinions. No need to front, right?
A lovely rep sent me a neutral palette that’s great for fall. She Wears It Well has nine graceful shades to give any blah face a pop of glam. So, let me start off by saying that the packaging is divine! I love this leather black case because it’s got cracked, alligator print detailing along with antique gold trim. I’m a sucker for details, and this palette is too cute to keep in my train case! In fact, I’ve been storing it with my makeup on my dresser. Upon opening the palette, you’ll find a mirror, nine fab shadows, and a double ended brush for application. The mirror is also decked out with antique gold trim. Only one of the nine shades has a bigger compartment than the others, and I’m assuming it’s because it’s the most adaptable color.
Everyone has their signature look, and for summer, my look has definitely been pink lips. Not only is it my favorite color, but it suits my skin tone, eyes and personality. I don’t have perfect pearly whites ,so pink glosses and lipsticks had to grow on me. Now that I’ve gotten a little courage and tried out some different shades, I have found a few loves that I don’t want to leave me!
First up is one my all time faves: Fresh Mulberry by Liplicous. You can find a whole line of these glosses at Bath and Body Works, but this one has been discontinued! I was so upset when I found out, mainly because it’s one of the better shades. This sheer pink gives my lips the best pucker; the pink even looks like it’s my natural lip tone. It lines my lips perfectly and gives just enough gloss to make my lips stand out. It’s not overly glossy or sticky.
Hope everyone is enjoying their time with their designated sweethearts! I’m enjoying my time with two special people: my sister and my honey!
Today, I’m keeping my makeup pretty simple with an easy neutral eye with winged liner and just a pop of color on the lips… I’ve been really obsessed with my lips and teeth lately haha… Happy Valentine’s Day!
This is my first time doing any type of special effects makeup, so I decided to share! I was watching YouTube and gathered inspiration from others, so here are the photos:
I used upper lashes for the lower lid… I don’t own any lower ones.
* My lash was falling off a little in the corner
This took me a while because it’s my first special effects look, but it was really fun and not too hard to do. Hope you like the results! I can’t wait to continue experimenting for Halloween !
Going impulse shopping is something that I’ve mastered. There’s almost nothing that can talk me out of shopping for something that I want right at that moment. Today’s buy is something I’ve bought before except it was an earlier version. I owned some hot rollers back in the day, but I threw them out when I moved out of my college dorm. I chose to buy another set because 1. they were on sale (19.99 is a steal!) and 2. I’m trying to avoid using my curling iron. I don’t need any time of harsh heat on my hair while I’m trying to grow it out.
This set comes with twelve jumbo rollers… the diameter is 1 1/2 inches allowing for loose voluminous curls or waves. The base that the rollers come in allow them to heat up without reaching a high temperature. When you apply the rollers, your hair will be against a velvety smooth surface that prevents frizzy tresses. The heat isn’t too much for you to bear, obviously if it was there wouldn’t be such a product. It’s supposed to set curls in five minutes but I’m going to leave mine in for about 30.
I also put just a tad of IC Frizz Buster into my hair before setting the rollers. This will allow for some shine and a little thermal protection. My hair was flatironed a week and a half before doing this style, and because I work outside my straight hair suffered tragic humidity damage .
Now it’s time to get real. When I took the rollers out, I only had big waves with a slight bump at the ends… nothing special… I tried to work with it but the curls combed right out of my hair, literally. They didn’t even last a minute. It made my hair look voluminous at first, but throughout the day it just looked puffy.
Take a look at the results:
And lets rate this product overall:
Did the product live up to it’s name: 1/5
So, in a nutshell, I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone at this point. I am going to give it another try probably sometime this week, and I’ll keep you updated. But right now, this product is a no-go. I should have just invested in the Caruso rollers!
Before I order ANY product, I try to do a little research on it first… I do this mainly with hair products. I’ve been through some drastic things with my hair so I try to take care of it as best as I can. I’ve been eyeing some Jamaican Black Castor Oil for a minute now, and something has been stopping me from getting it UNTIL I ran into OhValerieMonCherie‘s page on Youtube. She makes this stuff that she dubs “potion” and it is supposed to work wonders… well, it does for her at least.
What you’re basically doing is making your own black castor oil… you have to buy the ingredients separately instead of in a bottle manufactured by a company. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the most popular that I’ve seen girls using, but I decided to give this one a shot… simply because this woman is clearly not lying about her results. She’s posted pictures of her hair and trust me, it’s not a weave. This “potion” is legit! I made a small batch for myself so we’ll see how it works out.
You are supposed to use: a jar of castor oil, black tea bags, cayenne pepper, and biotin.
The process for mixing/infusing/straining/bottling is a looooong one so if you ever decide to try this, make sure you have time to spare.
My hair is a little past shoulder length… I’ll keep you posted on the results!
I’ve been really caught up on this whole exfoliating thing lately… mainly because it makes your skin super soft and more touchable.
A simple nudge on the warm always generates a great response… I love it!
In all honesty I can say that there really isn’t a lotion that I use to make my skin soft and plush. Actually, scratch that… baby oil gel works wonders right out of the shower. Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with exfoliating different parts of the body other than the obvious.
First, try exfoliating your LIPS. Your lips always get dry, especially during the winter, and sometimes can leave them looking crusty and unattractive (even with your alleged lip hydrant). Dry skin can sit on the surface, and who wants to kiss that? Mix a little brown sugar and water until it gets to a pastes’ consistency. Slather onto your lips, rub together and rinse for smoother lips.
You can also exfoliate your ARMPITS. I know personally, that scrubbing with a washcloth doesn’t get rid of a darkening pit. My absolute favorite exfoliant is Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Scrub (it’s not discontinued, but any sugar scrub works just fine).
Exfoliating your ELBOWS also helps to cut down on darkening. Same goes for the knees. Sloughing away that dead skin can help to reveal the radiant skin underneath!
Give it a shot, you honestly have nothing to lose. When you exfoliate it’s kind of like shedding skin. A newer you comes out of the shower looking better than ever!
Sephora also has a Sugar Scrub that will be in my bathroom soon! I’m an exfoliating FREAK! If you think I’m crazy, think again. It’s a cheap spa treatment and leaves you skin more supple than a newborns. Try it!