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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Favorites 2013


It's that time of the month again!

No, not that time of the month.

It's favorites time!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix - http://bit.ly/1dqE1se
B. Vitalised Eye Cream - http://bit.ly/HsOhp9
Collection 2000 Concealer Lasting Perfection - http://bit.ly/16VtXbe
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush - http://bit.ly/17YcwS3
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial - http://bit.ly/1cEjJgW
Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 5 - http://bit.ly/1atGGyn
Barry M Nail Polish in Raspberry - http://bit.ly/15tMNTV

ON ME:
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free in Natural - http://bit.ly/1adIu0t
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 6 - http://bit.ly/17HokIe
Collection 2000 Concealer Lasting Perfection - http://bit.ly/16VtXbe
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown - http://bit.ly/18I8LUn
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen - http://bit.ly/1adJUYX
UD Naked Palette (Gunmetal on the inner lid, Creep on the outer lid) - http://bit.ly/HfzhtX
L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner - http://bit.ly/1icj985
Benefit They're Real! Mascara - http://bit.ly/15Rsznu
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
MAC Mineralize Blush (Warm Soul) - http://bit.ly/1eXesBY
Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighter in Spotlight - http://bit.ly/Hgr7Bf
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial - http://bit.ly/1cEjJgW

Sigma Brushes:
Click here http://bit.ly/1h6swsn and use code FALL2013 to get 10% OFF your order through October!


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion


I'm certain I've said this a million times already on both my blog and my channel but I'll say it again, my skin is seriously freaking out. I have bumps along my forehead and have been breaking out in my T-zone. I'm not sure what caused my skin to go haywire but I've slowly been trying to fix it and get it back to being smooth and blemish-free.

I started off by using Lush's Ultrabland Facial Cleanser to reset my skin and now here I am with a brand new skincare routine that will hopefully solve all my problems. This Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion (£2.99) was the first new product I incorporated into my routine. I had done some research and found that I should incorporate Salicylic Acid into my routine. One of the first active ingredients listed on the back of this bottle was Salicylic Acid so I thought why not give it a try?

I like to use this product after I've removed my makeup and washed my face. I pour a little bit onto a cotton pad and gently wipe it across my face and neck. It works to remove any remaining traces of makeup and I can feel my pores tightening. However, I can't seem to get over the strong chemical smell of the product. I know that most toners do have an intense alcohol scent but this one was just overwhelming.

I've almost used up the entire bottle by now in a little under a month and I can say with certainty that while I didn't notice any more bumps or breakouts, it didn't do much in fixing the problem areas I already had. I will not be repurchasing this in the future because in my opinion I could probably find a better product for around the same price. I'm thinking of trying the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner (£3.59) or the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control 3-in-1 Daily Cleansing Lotion (£3.99). If any of you have used these products before, I'd love to know what you'd think of them or if you have any other products to recommend!


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial


I searched for these bad boys everywhere back in the States but no matter where I went they could not be found. That's why the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers ($10.68) were at the top of my shopping list for when I came to London. I bought mine in the shade Celestial, which is a mauvey pink, but I'm certain I'll be adding more to my collection the next time I visit Superdrug.

To start off, the packaging is very drugstore. It doesn't try to pose as a higher end product and if you are very judgmental on packaging as I am, it looks flat out cheap. The product comes in a standard tube, like that you'd find lip gloss in, with the only unique property being that it has an irregularly shaped top. I'm assuming it's meant to represent a constellation of some sort since all the names of the shades have to do with outer space.



Once you open up the product you can see that it comes with a hollowed-out doe-foot applicator, which I've never seen before. I'm not sure if the design serves a particular purpose but I'm very impressed by the application. The product glides on smooth and is highly pigmented. I only need two coats for full opacity and to cover any areas I may have missed in my first coat.

On me, the lip stain lasted for approximately 6 hours with eating and drinking before it began to fade. I wanted to test its limits so I didn't reapply it and while the color was quite subtle, the product was still on my lips come the end of my 12 hour day. Never once did my lips feel dry and the color faded evenly across my lips, unlike the L'Oreal Lip Lacquers, which tends to fade in patches. Quite impressive if you ask me since I've never found a drugstore lip stain to last that long.



I'm incredibly impressed by the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers and there's no doubt in my mind that I'll be purchasing more shades. I'd highly recommend this product if you're looking for an affordable, long-lasting lip stain. I currently have my eye on Stellar, Nova, Galaxy and Apocaliptic. It's possible that by the end of my time here I'm going to have accumulated all the shades!


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TAG: I Heart Fall 2013


 Fall Tag!

QUESTIONS:
1. Favorite Fall Lip Product?
2. Favorite Fall Nail Polish?
3. Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?
4. Favorite Fall Candle?
5. Favorite Fall Scarf or Accessory?
6. Haunted House, Haunted Hay Ride, or Haunted Corn Maze?
7. Favorite Halloween Movie?
8. Favorite Candy to eat on Halloween?
9. What are you Dressing Up as for Halloween?!
10. What is your Favorite thing about Fall?

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve - http://bit.ly/H0LFxL
Essie Nail Polish in Bahama Mama - http://bit.ly/H0LN0h
Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Leaves - http://bit.ly/Hgq5oS
Primark Infinity Scarf

ON ME:
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free in Natural - http://bit.ly/1adIu0t
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 6 - http://bit.ly/17HokIe
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light - http://bit.ly/1fTTqoa
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown - http://bit.ly/18I8LUn
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen - http://bit.ly/1adJUYX
UD Naked 2 Palette (Snakebite on the outer lid, Suspect on the inner lid) - http://bit.ly/179qF2j
L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner - http://bit.ly/1icj985
Benefit They're Real! Mascara - http://bit.ly/15Rsznu
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Lace (Guipure) - http://bit.ly/165pEEh
Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighter in Spotlight - http://bit.ly/Hgr7Bf
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve - http://bit.ly/H0LFxL

Sigma Brushes:
Click here http://bit.ly/1h6swsn and use code FALL2013 to get 10% OFF your order through October!


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes


I first mentioned this product in my Boots & Superdrug Haul not too long ago and if you watched it then you'll know what I'm going to say next. This Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes (£1.50) is absolute rubbish. I only bough them because I was jet lagged wandering around Boots trying to pick up whatever I desperately needed in as little time as possible and it happened to be on a 3 for £3 sale.

While I got the product for only £1, in essence you are paying £1.50 for 25 wipes. I believe this is the standard amount of wipes you would typically get in one of these packets but I feel like I use them up so quickly because sometimes I'll need two to effectively rid my face of all my makeup. This is because the wipes are so dry. When you take them out of the packet you feel almost no moisture and even when I got down to the bottom of my last pack the sheets were still not damp.

I feel like I'm rubbing my face with a paper towel when I'm using this product. I'm the type of person who likes wipes that are heavily saturated so clearly this product gets a big thumbs down from me. I believe the only up side to these wipes are that they are not heavily scented and I haven't had any problems with irritation from the formula.

I ended up buying two of these Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes and one Boots Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Gel for a total of £3. While it certainly was a bargain, I would have much rather paid more money for products that actually work. If you read my review on the Boots Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Gel then you'll know that it sounded exactly like this one. After my experience with these two products from the Boots Essentials line, I can decidedly say that I am never buying a product from this line again.


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Friday, October 18, 2013

What's Your Skintone? | House of Fraser

Today I bring to you yet another exciting post! I have been working with House of Fraser, a department store with locations in both the UK & Ireland, to put together a post on how to find your skintone. This is the first time I've ever been featured as a guest blogger and it would mean the world to me if you ladies (and gentlemen) could check out the post on the House of Fraser blog.

In it you can learn about the different skintones, how to find out which one is yours, and what makeup will suit you the best. I have a warm skintone so if you're interested you can head on over to the House of Fraser blog and read what I had to say about working with a warm skintone. Along with my own advice, you can read what several other beauty bloggers have to say about their own skintones and the great tips they have to share.

What's your skintone? And what advice would you have to give when it comes to choosing makeup for your skintone?


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I'd like to extend a warm thank-you to House of Fraser for allowing me the opportunity to work with them on this post. It's been a pleasure!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

PacSun Coupons (45% Off!)


This Summer Clothing Haul has been my most viewed video to date since I've started my YouTube channel. It's also thanks to this video that PacSun's Golden State of Mind blog team contacted me to let me know about an awesome new site that features PacSun coupons. I know a lot of my viewers and followers out there are big PacSun fans so I thought it'd be cool to share this with all of you in case you're interested!

Their current offer is up to 45% off your order of $100+. There's also a contest on the webpage to win a $500 gift card on PacSun.com, enter soon as there's only 19 days left! If you're interested, hop on over here to TeenScreen.


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Disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way to share this offer.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Camden Town


Two weeks ago I shared with you all my trip to Milan in my Travel Tuesdays: Milan, Italy post. This week I'm going to be sharing with you photos from an afternoon trip I made to a neighborhood in London with my friends.

It's been a rather dreary week here in London. I swear I haven't seen sunlight in days. But that didn't deter me and my friends from exploring Camden Town in West London on a rainy Friday afternoon. Camden is widely known for its street markets: Camden Lock Market, Stables Market, Camden Lock Village and more.

To be honest, Camden Town isn't really my type of place as I'm not a huge fan of markets. Most of the time what they're selling is a total rip off; imitation goods or jewelry made in China sold for a huge markup. But Camden was really quite a sight to see; it was as if Canal Street and Williamsburg fused together. There were multiple markets filled with stalls selling clothes, jewelry and food and a neighborhood vibe that reminded me of hipsters.






The Regents Canal was beautiful, even on this cloudy rainy day. I imagine it must be quite nice to live right by the water and within walking distance of so many of Camden's delicious food stands.



From bookstores to markets inside tunnels, Camden Town was really an eclectic mix of people and shops. I was so tempted to stop and try all the food but the rain made it impossible to find a nice place to sit and eat. Bummer, since I hadn't had good Chinese food in a really long time.

Overall, my afternoon trip to Camden Town was really quite satisfying. Minus the fact that I couldn't eat all the food! It really was a sight I had never seen before, nothing in NYC comes close to this neighborhood.

Well that's it for my Travel Tuesday post this week. Be sure to follow my blog and other social platforms (listed below) to keep up with me while I travel around Europe!


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Models Own Velvet Goth (Sardonyx)


Models Own is a UK based beauty brand that has yet to make its way to the States, as far as I know. I first mentioned this product in my Boots & Superdrug Haul on YouTube, so if you haven't watched it already be sure to check it out to see my initial impression of the polish. It turns out that this polish isn't all too different from what I imagined it would be when I first picked it up and bought it.

This Models Own Nail Polish in the shade Sardonyx (£5.00) is part of their limited edition Velvet Goth collection. Velvet Goth features 5 different polish shades: Obsidian (black), Valerian (midnight blue), Amethyst (dark purple), Sardonyx (ruby red) and Absinthe (bluish green). Of the 5 shades, I picked up Sardonyx because it looked to be the most wearable for my skin tone and style.


All the Velvet Goth polishes have a matte base with chunks of micro glitter. Sardonyx happens to have a matte dark red base with ruby red and black micro glitter. In the photo the polish doesn't look like anything special but in real life I guarantee you it looks much better.

It also turns out that the polish is scented. I can't quite place a finger on it but it's definitely a berry scent, possibly strawberry. I thought it'd be cool to have a scented polish but now I'm getting kind of annoyed at smelling artificial berries every time I pass my hand by my face. I really hope the smell goes away in a day or two.

Overall, this polish is pretty much what I had expected it to be, the only twist is that it's scented. I must have missed the note about it being scented somewhere on the display. I'm pretty happy with this polish as it's really quite unlike anything I have in my collection but I'm certain that I won't be buying another shade from this collection. I think one of these polishes is enough for me as I can tell that I probably won't be wearing this too often.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Boots & Superdrug Haul!



I really apologize for this video being two days late. I had filmed this haul on Monday but when I went in to edit it I was really unhappy with the lighting and the quality. So I decided to re-film and re-edit the entire video. I'm still working out the kinks in my filming situation here at my dorm so bear with me while I try to get everything perfect.

☺LETS BE FRIENDS!☺
Blog: http://bit.ly/1dtpXi7
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1843L8z
Instagram: http://bit.ly/14jRzTF

★PRODUCTS MENTIONED★

BOOTS:
Soap & Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash
http://bit.ly/19EPyPE

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion
http://bit.ly/1855RsC

Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Make-Up Remover Gel
http://bit.ly/1bM91pc
Review: http://bit.ly/GPwiZh

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes
http://bit.ly/16BwVPV

Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion
http://bit.ly/16VsSQS

Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover
http://bit.ly/165oada

Boots 6 Way File and Bufffer
http://bit.ly/19pX4zO

Models Own Iced Neon Nail Polish in Bubblegum
http://bit.ly/19EQsvt

Models Own Velvet Goth in Sardonyx
http://bit.ly/19EQEL8

SUPERDRUG:
Head & Shoulders Shampoo in Menthol
http://bit.ly/165oVD7

Head & Shoulders Conditioner Smooth & Silky
http://bit.ly/1edYNeB

Barry M. Nail Polish Raspberry
http://bit.ly/15tMNTV

Barry M. Gelly Hi-Shine Dragon Fruit
http://bit.ly/1bjkg48

Collection 2000 Concealer Lasting Perfection Light
http://bit.ly/16VtXbe

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick Shade 5
http://bit.ly/1atGGyn

Rimmel Apoaclips Lip Lacquer Celestial
http://bit.ly/1cEjJgW

Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara Black
http://bit.ly/GJEpq4

Sleek Blush By 3 Lace
http://bit.ly/165pEEh

♥WHAT I'M WEARING♥
Madewell V-Neck Pocket Tee White
http://bit.ly/15tNCfp

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick Shade 5
http://bit.ly/1atGGyn

DISCLAIMER: This video is not sponsored. Some of the links above are affiliate links.



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Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer


I've always been a sucker for Lush. There's something about the simplistic packaging and company values that draw me in to their products. If you saw my Lush, Sephora & Barneys Beauty Haul, you'll know that I stopped off at Lush before I came to London to stock up. Which in hindsight was pretty silly since Lush was founded here in England, so the prices on some of their items is actually lower.

One of the products that I picked up during my visit was this Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer ($24.95). If you read my Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser review that I posted up two weeks ago on my blog, you'll know that I was looking for a skincare routine to help treat my acne-prone and oily skin. The wonderful sales associate at Lush in Soho recommended I use the Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser with this Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer in order to "reset" my skin.

I had been using Lush's Imperialis Facial Moisturizer ($24.95) before this and noticed that it wasn't hydrating my skin enough, so I asked for something more moisturizing this time around. The sales associate at Lush recommended I try the Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer because it's formulated for dry and sensitive skin so it's moisturizing while at the same time it's not too thick that it'll irritate or clog my pores. It sounded like good enough logic to me so I picked it up and have been using it for a little over a month now.

The product is made of almond milk and cocoa butter so it pretty much smells like a milkshake for your face. Beware though for it is heavily scented, so if you don't think you can stand the smell of almond milk then I'd suggest you opt for a different moisturizer. If you can get past the scent, or actually enjoy it like I do, you'll notice that the product has a very light and milky consistency. It's not a thick cream but it's not watery like some light facial moisturizers are. It's in that in between state so it feels decadent when applying it and your skin drinks it up quickly since it's still quite light.

Since I've started using the Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer I've noticed that my skin hasn't been as dry. When I was using the Lush Imperialis Facial Moisturizer, the area of my forehead in between my brows would always be dry and flaky no matter how much moisturizer I applied. Now the flakiness is gone and the rest of my skin isn't too overly hydrated. I've been really enjoying this product since I've bought it and if it weren't for my need to try every possible facial moisturizer I can that piques my interest, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: Boots Essentials Eye Make-Up Remover Gel


One of the first things I did when I moved into my dorm a little over 2 weeks ago was take a trip to Westfield Stratford Center to pick up toiletries that I either couldn't, or had forgotten, to bring with me from home. My first stop was Boots, which I suppose could be compared to an Ulta back home in the States. Suffering from jet lag and a lack of sleep, I didn't want to think too much about what I was buying so I grabbed things on a whim.

One of those things was this Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Make-Up Remover Gel (£1.50). I'd heard decent things about Boots' brand of skincare and couldn't be bothered to scour the aisles for a different one so I dropped it in my basket and headed for the checkout line. In hindsight, I probably should've looked a little harder for a better makeup remover because I really wish I didn't buy this one.

Straight off the bat, the product looks like complete rubbish. The packaging is cheap and totally generic. It comes in a cheap plastic bottle with nothing but the name of the product printed on the front. I really should've been more judgmental of this product, because if I had I never would've picked it up.

The product itself is as much crap as the packaging is. It's a thick gooey gel formula that you pretty much smoosh onto your eyes with a cotton round to attempt to take your makeup off. With the first swipe you end up with panda eyes and with every swipe after that you slowly start to remove your makeup. I find that I have to use a lot of product and sometimes go in a second time with another cotton pad or makeup removing towelette in order to really get off all my makeup.

Needless to say, this is a terrible product that hopefully I can return. If any of my readers knows the Boots in-store return policy, please let me know what it is because I feel like I just wasted £1.50.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Favorites 2013


It's that time of the month again ladies (and gents), time for my monthly favorites. Watch my video after the jump to see what products I've been loving during the month of September. Also, keep in mind that this is the first video I've ever filmed in my dorm room here in London, so the lighting is a bit dodgy and I look incredibly tired due to jet lag and lack of sleep.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Travel Tuesdays: Milan, Italy

To kick off my Travel Tuesdays series I have my weekend trip to Milan, Italy. I went to visit my aunt who was there for work and I got the chance to do some sightseeing. We decided to do a self-guided walking tour called 'Milan Highlights Tour,' courtesy of the TripAdvisor Offline City Guides App on my iPhone. It took us from the Duomo di Milano to the Castello Sforzesco with stops at landmarks along the way.

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Post Series: Travel Tuesdays

To celebrate and memorialize my time in London studying abroad, I've come up with an idea for a new series on my blog. This series will revolve around my adventures here in Europe, showcasing various places I've visited, from famous landmarks to delicious meals. Posts from this series will make an appearance on my blog every Tuesday after a weekend of traveling.

The title of this series will be Travel Tuesdays, with the hashtags #traveltuesdays and #travelwithelle on Twitter and Instagram. I may attempt to vlog at times so those videos will show up on my YouTube.

Be sure to follow me on all my platforms (listed below) in order to keep up with my journey around Europe!


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Review: Soap & Glory Hand Food


Come the colder months I tend to develop an obsession with keeping my hands moisturized as I can't stand to see them dry and flaky. Thus, I have tried numerous hand creams from high-end to drugstore. Some were good and others were bad, but this Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream ($5.00 for 1.7 oz) has made it to the top of my list.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser


If you've been following me for some time now, you'll know that I've been struggling a lot with my skin as of late. I've been breaking out around my T-zone, especially in the area between my brows and around my hairline. I tried numerous different products, tools and regimens hoping that I'd find a cure. However, all I was doing was using harsher and harsher products that were causing me to break out even more.

I decided to make a trip to Lush because I know that their staff is generally very knowledgable and their products are all natural with no harsh chemicals that could irritate my skin any further. The sales associate at the Lush store in Soho was brilliant and turned me on to what is known as the Ultrabland ($16.95 for 1.5 oz.) diet.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lush, Sephora & Barneys Haul


Did some last minute shopping at Lush, Sephora and Barneys before I made my journey to London! Check out the products I got!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2


I made a trip a few weeks ago to Sephora and bought a bunch of stuff before I went abroad and somehow this pricey brush made its way into my bag. This Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2 ($58) was definitely not worth the money. Don't get me wrong, the brush is of very high quality, however for the price tag it just didn't cut it for me.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Empties (Products I've Used Up)

Greetings from London! My sincerest apologies for not posting in over a week, I haven't had the chance to sit down in my room since I got here. I filmed this video back at home before I left and had meant to post it the Wednesday before my flight but per usual, life got in the way. Please keep watching to see what products I used up in the month of September and whether I'd repurchase them or not.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow in Bronze


I've never been a huge fan of mineral eyeshadows, I always found them too messy to work with. Often times, if I just dampen my brush and use a pressed shadow I can achieve the same high shine and intensely pigmented look. However, if you watched my August Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing video on YouTube you would've seen how excited I was after swatching this Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow ($14.95) in Bronze.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August Favorites 2013 + ANNOUNCEMENT!


It's that time of the month again. Check out my favorites and see what big announcement I have in store for you guys after the jump!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Pixi Lash Booster Mascara


I'm always looking to try new mascaras because I have yet to find one that could be considered my holy grail. I have straight and thin Asian lashes so I need something that can hold my curl and give me both volume and length. So when I received this Pixi Lash Booster Mascara ($17) as part of my August Ipsy Glam Bag, I was excited to try it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray


I've always envied girls with voluminous beachy waves and the only time I've ever gotten close to that look was when I actually spent an entire day at the beach. Now here's the catch, I hate going to the beach. The beaches in the city are disgustingly filled with cigarette butts, broken glass and other trash. On top of that, I seem to be spilling sand everywhere I go for at least two days afterwards and it drives me nuts. So my next best option is finding a beach spray to attain that beautiful surfer girl hair.

I've searched and searched and when this Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray ($16.25) from my Ipsy July Glam Bag, I thought this was a sign. I hoped I'd found the hair product I'd been so desperately searching for and to be honest while it's a lot better than the other beach sprays I've found it's not my holy grail.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon (Rose Romance)


I hope everybody had a very restful weekend because honestly mine went by in the blink of an eye. I have a pretty messed up sleep schedule now but I'm determined to get it back on track before Electric Zoo this weekend. Anyways, this review is long overdue since this product came in my July Ipsy Glam Bag. If you want to see the other products that came in my July bag, you can hop on over here and watch my 'July 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag' unboxing video.

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Beauty Empties 2013 (Michael Todd, Maybelline, Philosophy + More!)


I have a real treat for all my followers today! I decided to make up for not posting a video in two weeks by posting up two videos in one week. I know it's not the same as a video every week but this is my way of saying sorry and also embracing the fact that I am done with my internship and school. So here is my first ever beauty empties/products I've used up video!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Unboxing: August 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag


Yay! It's that time of the month again where I get to unbox whatever's inside my monthly Ipsy Glam Bag. This month's bag was a lot more exciting than last month's bag so watch my video after the jump if you'd like to see more.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Essie Smooth Trick

I am so incredibly sorry that I haven't posted in over a week. Both my summer classes and internship were coming to a close so I was swamped with work during that time. But now I'm back and I won't be going back to class for a month so be prepared for a whole lot of activity on this blog. Now with that out of the way lets get on to the actual post.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: OPI Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener


I'm going to keep this review short and sweet because I'm in the second to last week of both my internship and my summer classes so I have tons of work piling up that I need to get to ASAP! I've recently gotten really into nail care since I've noticed that my nails have been peeling and my cuticles have been drier than they usually are. I bought the OPI Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener ($8.29) after watching videos of MakeupByTiffanyD and Elleandish talking about how they use the same line of polish to strengthen their nails.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles


For real though...what is up with the drugstore these days?! I went from being a total drugstore hater to a drugstore junkie. I think I've said this in my past like 5 posts but the drugstore has really been killing it lately! I swear that almost everything I've tried from the drugstore in the past few months has been a hit and this Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles ($7.99) is no exception.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Favorites 2013!


It's that time of the month again! Time for me to share with you all what I've been loving for the entire month of July. Check out my video after the jump and be sure to support and subscribe. Thanks~

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation


I'd always been curious about drugstore foundations but I was always hesitant because of my bad experiences with drugstore products in the past. But as you can see from my recent string of posts, I've been having more and more good experiences with the drugstore so I finally caved in and bought myself a drugstore foundation. I ended up purchasing the L'Oreal True Match Lumi ($9.89) because I prefer a demi-matte complexion with medium coverage, which I had heard were characteristics of this foundation.

I've been using this foundation for around 2 weeks now and I'm so glad that this was my first drugstore foundation. It's definitely made a good impression on me on behalf of all the most raved about drugstore foundations out there, and for good reason. While the packaging is pretty lame, everything else about the product makes up for that. The foundation has light to medium coverage with a demi-matte finish, meaning it hides your imperfections and keeps your skin looking natural and healthy. One thing that I've noticed though, is that you definitely need to thoroughly shake this foundation before applying it, otherwise it tends to streak.


I like to use my beautyblender to apply the foundation to my face and I always set it with my bareMinerals Touch Up Veil. The foundation lasts all day and I'm always out from 9 AM to 8 PM on the weekdays, so that says a lot! It also stands up to the humid weather and sweaty summer days, which makes me love it even more. I do have to use a blotting sheet halfway through the day to take off excess shine, but I generally have to do that no matter what foundation or powder I'm using.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is in the market for an affordable yet high quality foundation with dry to normal skin. I wouldn't suggest it for those with oilier skin because of the demi-matte finish, which could possibly make you too shiny. Otherwise, it's got a great finish, intense staying power and is excellent for those on a budget.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deal Alert: 20% Off Sigma Beauty


I have super exciting news for you all! For one week only you can get 20% off your entire purchase at Sigma Beauty. Just enter in the code SBAP20 at checkout. For those who don't know, Sigma is a very popular site for affordable high quality makeup brushes. A majority of the brushes that I own and use daily are from Sigma so I can personally say that I love them. This discount code is a great opportunity to try out Sigma brushes if you never have before and if you already have some, then you probably are itching to try more! In order to give you guys ideas on what you might like to try and buy, I'd like to share some of my favorite brushes/brush kits and some brushes that I have my eye on.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Unboxing: July 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag


I'm so excited for today's post! I recently signed up for Ipsy, which is a subscription service by Michelle Phan, and I got my first shipment a few days ago. I always love watching people's unboxing videos of Ipsy, Birchbox, Glossybox, etc. so I really wanted to do my own. So hop on over to my video and check out what products I got from this month's Ipsy Glam Bag!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner in Nude


I would like to sincerely apologize for my absence this past week. Over the weekend I broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years and really needed to take a week to focus on myself. I hope you all can understand that I really just couldn't bring myself to write a blog post or film a video. But now I'm back in the groove and will be posting regularly again, blog posts on Mondays and Fridays and a video on Wednesday.

Now that all that's out of the way let's get on with the real reason for this post, and that is to review a product that everyone and their mother has been raving about; Rimmel's Scandaleyes in Nude ($4.49). I feel like I've literally heard every YT guru and beauty blogger on the planet talking about this product and how amazing it is, so naturally, I had to try it out for myself.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Clothing Haul (Brandy Melville, Forever 21, Pacsun + More!)


I did some shopping over the past few months and I wanted to share what I got with you all. Hauls are some of my favorite videos to watch because they give me ideas on what stores to hit up the next time I go shopping. Hopefully this video gives you all some ideas of where to buy some summer clothes!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Manicure Monday: Chevron Nails


Can you believe I've never done Chevron nail art before? It's probably one of the simplest nail designs to do but it has always eluded me. So this week I finally decided to give it a try and I wanted to put a spin on it by adding in an ombre look. I used Essie Blanc for the white, Essie Off the Shoulder for the hot pink at the base and Sephora by OPI I'm Wired for the Coral stripe. I'm thinking about filming nail tutorials as I practice my nail art!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Lip Lacquer in Rose On and On


I've been on a serious drugstore product review kick lately, but as I mentioned in my Maybelline Color Whisper review, the drugstore has really been killing it lately! Today's product is the L'Oreal Lip Lacquer ($7.99) in the shade Rose On and On and these Lip Lacquers are supposed to be dupes of the YSL Glossy Stains. Unfortunately, I've never tried a YSL Glossy Stain so I can't really compare it but I can imagine how this product is supposed to work and whether it's a good product in general.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Colors of the Rainbow Tag!


The Colors of the Rainbow Tag has been floating around YouTube for quite some time now. Since it's the most current and popular tag at the moment, I decided to give it a shot and I had a lot of fun with it! The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, pink and multicolored and you're supposed to find beauty and fashion products that correspond to those colors.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Beauty Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Tshering over at TiTi's Corner to do the Beauty Blogger tag. She's a fellow beauty blogger with a lot of great content over on her site so be sure to check her out!

The Rules:
1. State who the tag was created by: The Beau Bow
2. Tag five beauty bloggers
3. Title this like I have done to state what the tag is about

1. Name a beauty routine you rarely do:
Yikes. A beauty routine that I rarely do would be using my face masks regularly. I always buy face masks and tell myself that I will work them into my regular routine but I always forget to use them or don't have the time or patience at night to sit there with a face mask on. I really should get into the habit of using one since I generally do see pretty decent results even after one use.

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
Depends on what you consider regularly. I like to spot cleanse my brushes with a Wet Ones wipe after every other use and deep cleanse my brushes with baby shampoo every two to three months. I noticed that as long as I spot cleanse, I don't need to deep cleanse my brushes as often, which also causes the bristles to fall out and deteriorate quicker.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?
That varies. If I'm super busy throughout the week then I probably won't even notice it's chipped, but if I have time to spare then I'll take it off immediately.

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?
I tend to buy replacements almost immediately when it comes to necessary beauty products. If I absolutely cannot live without it, then it's more than likely I already have a backup of it.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
Prepare yourself for it's pretty gross but I really can't help myself when it comes to squeezing out blackheads and pimples. I know it's bad but they're just asking for it!

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.
Cleaning my room. I really don't vacuum or tidy up as much as I should.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or no?
I'm typically good at getting to places on time because I always leave myself an hour and thirty minutes to get ready before I head out. I've gotten my morning routine down to a science and know when to cut out certain parts of my routine to save time, just in case I'm running late.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I don't know! I'm a horrible shopaholic but I've always wanted to try one of those no buy challenges.

9. How organized is your makeup and nail polish collections?
My makeup collection is mostly organized and my nail polish collection is organized by color.

10. What is the longest time you've gone without writing a blog post?
Probably two weeks? I'm not very sure.

I tag: Traci, Jayne, Wanischa, Steph & Denysia!


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach


The drugstore's been killing it lately! I recently raved about the Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon and the Maybelline Masterprecise Liquid Eyeliner, and now I'm going to rave about the Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin-up Peach ($5.94). Maybelline Color Whispers, along with Revlon Lip Butters have been the biggest hit at the drugstore in terms of lip products. I was skeptical at first of the Color Whispers, I figured they'd be just like the Revlon Lip Butters since they were marketed as sheer color with hydration. However, after testing it out and comparing the two they're definitely not the same product.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Favorites 2013 (MAC, Urban Decay, Revlon + More!)


Hey everyone! It's hump day aka Wednesday and to get you over that hump I bring to you my very first video on my new YouTube channel! I deliberately waited until the end of the month to release the first video on my new channel because I wanted it to be a monthly favorites. Monthly favorites and hauls are my favorite videos to watch so I wanted to start off with one of those. Hope you enjoy~

Monday, June 24, 2013

Manicure Monday: Cherry Blossom French Manicure Nails


Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I recently discovered Elleandish's YouTube channel and was inspired to try nail stamping. I had always been interested in it before but I never had enough inspiration or courage to invest my money in a stamper, scraper and plate. Janelle made it seem so easy in her tutorials that I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I followed her Cherry Blossom French Manicure Nail Tutorial step by step and this was the result, not bad for a first time stamper right?
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