Posts Tagged ‘sephora’

Monday Madness

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A couple of weeks ago I was shopping at Sephora when I decided to use my points for a sample of Benefit’s Bella Bamba blush.  It was the best use of my points because ever since I used the sample, I haven’t touched any of my other blushes.  The color is suppose to be watermelon with gold shimmer.  I would say the color is a mix between pink and coral, so pretty.  The shimmer and the color are both very subtle so I can wear it to work but it can also be layered a little more for night time.  I don’t need to use a highlighter with this blush, it’s two in one!!  I am definitely going to get the full size blush when I run out of the sample, which I am sure will be very soon.  So, go get yourself one too and perk up that pretty face with some Bamba!!!

Retailers:

Benefit Cosmetics
Sephora
Ulta

Photo: benefitcosmetics.com

Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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This week’s topic is on my must have makeup product – EYELINER.  I must, must wear my cat eyes or winged eyeliner every time I put on make up; without it I feel naked.  My personal favorite is liquid version for everyday and gel if I am going to a party, I wore gel for my wedding because its drier and more matte so it doesn’t budge easily (in case I cried but I didn’t).  I always mess up the pencil one by rubbing my eye and it runs a little because my eyelids gets oily.  Below are my recommendation for pencil, liquid and gel in both low and high price.  Happy shopping and TGIF!!

Pencil
BH Cosmetics – Waterproof Eyeliner in Onyx

At $2.37 it’s the most affordable liner I have ever used but the quality is great. It’s creamy and pigmented so it glides on the lid and you can easily blend it for a smokey look; but it does run a little if you have oily skin, so have to use a primer first.  It’s easily removable by soap or makeup remover.

 

M.A.C Cosmetics Technakohl Liner in Graphblack


$15 but I have the retractable one so no sharpener needed.  The texture is creamy for smooth, no tug application.  It’s color is rich and easily blendable.  But its hard to take off with just soap, you must use makeup remover and then soap to get it completely off.  Even with everyday use, it’ll last a while.

 

 

Liquid
L’Oreal Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$10 and you can get it at any drugstore.  It has felt tip so it’s easy to apply and the color is intense and matte.  But since it’s liquid, it’s not ideal for smudging but it dries fast and easily removable with water.  So, if you make a mistake, just dip Q-Tip into water or makeup remover to clean up that also means it can get smudgy if you cry or get wet in the rain/snow.  I have been using this since I was 14 and I have no complaints so far.

 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$15 but it’s like a marker so it’s much easier to apply than the felt tip version.  If you are new to liquid eyeliner, then I recommend this one for you; it’s like coloring your upper eyelid, super easy.  The color is great though I find the L’Oreal one a little bit more darker and it’s last all day without any smudging if you don’t shed any tears.  It’s easily removable with soap or makeup remover so you don’t have to stress about making mistakes.

 

 

Gel
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

$10 and can be found at any drugstore.  The pot is small, so is most gel liner pots, but it comes with an eyeliner brush.  I don’t really like the brush; I apply it using my Sonia Kashuk brush.  The gel is very pigmented and matte once it dries so it stays put even through tears!  It’s soft and creamy so easy to apply but dries really fast so be sure to fix any mistakes quickly.  Easily removable with soap or makeup remover; I would say it’s ideal for parties or long days/nights in the heat cause it won’t smudge.

 

Bobbie Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

$22 can be bought at any department stores carrying the line or Sephora
The pigmentation is great, smooth application and dries fast, but not as fast as Maybelline so you don’t need to rush to get it perfect.  It’s very matte once dry but the color still looks very rich and dark (kind of like liquid eyeliner).  It comes in a small pot without any brushes so you have to buy a separate liner brush.  It stays put through heat and oiliness; ideal for hot summer days or nights.  Overall it’s a great eyeliner and definitely Splurge Approved!

 

 

Many of you might not know how to put on liquid or gel liners yet so below is a great YouTube video to show you how and also links to where you can purchase all the liners in this post.

How to apply eyeliner:

Retailers:

BH Cosmetics
M.A.C
L’Oreal
Eyeko
Maybelline
Bobbie Brown

Photos: BH Cosmetics, M.A.C Cosmetics, Ulta, Sephora (all online stores)

Friday Fab Finds

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Anti-Aging skin care regime

Yes, I will go there because now that I am nearing 30s, I am definitely seeing lines on my face that I swear wasn’t there couple of years ago. I wake up everyday and study my face to make sure there isn’t a new line, can you say paranoid, lol! I started using anti-aging creams and serums when I first saw the lines around my mouth. I tried the extremely overpriced ones and also the drugstore ones but none worked better than the Ole Henriksen.

I bought the seven skincare sensation package to try for $55 after I heard good things about his products. I have been using the products for two months and noticed how soft my skin feels, the dark spots are diminishing, skin looks bright and no new lines!!

You may think $55 for skin care is not a fab find but you get seven of his most popular products in mini version with an instruction on daily routine. Though the packaging is small but by no means do you get small amount of products. There is enough to last for months because you don’t need to use a lot, so it lasts; I have been using my first purchase for two months and still have lots left to go. I also like the TSA friendly packaging that means I don’t have to worry too much about how to carry my creams, just throw it in my purse and go. So, if you are looking for s great anti-aging routine, then try out the Ole Henriksen Seven Skincare Sensation and finally end the wrinkle inducing stress of searching.

This set contains:
- 1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
- 0.25 oz Ultimate Lift™ Eye Gel
- 0.5 oz Truth Revealed™ Super Crème SPF 15
- 0.5 oz Truth Serum™ Collagen Booster
- 0.5 oz Sheer Transformation™
- 0.5 oz Invigorating Night Gel™
- 0.5 oz Walnut Complexion Scrub

Retailers:
Sephora
Amazon

Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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This week’s splurge vs. steal will be about deep conditioner.  I have very fine and frizzy hair which is a victim of breakage and split ends.  Over the years I have tried various deep conditioners from both drugstores and department stores until finally I found one that works and I love!!  So, now my routine is to put coconut oil every time I shampoo and once a week I do deep conditioning resulting in less split ends and frizz; my hair is more manageable and since the split ends are less, I can grow it longer, yay!

Below are my recommendation and opinion on the drugstore brand and department store brand.

Drugstore brand:

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

  • about $6 and can be purchased at any drugstore
  • the package is fairly big, a lot of product comes in that tub
  • I like the packaging because you can see how much is left and get every last bit out
  • only need to use a little bit so product lasts a while
  • has light and fresh smell, I liked it
  • I used it once a week but instead of leaving for 3 to 5 minutes, I left it on about 15 minutes
  • my hair felt soft and after straightening, it looked very glossy
  • but when I air dried it, my hair look frizzy and was flat
  • after using it for a month and a half, I didn’t notice any change in the amount of split ends I was getting and my hair was still frizzy
  • didn’t notice any dramatic difference in the length of my hair, it grew but very little

Final thoughts:

Although, I liked the packaging as well as fragrance of the conditioner plus my hair did feel soft and looked shiny, I still got the same amount of frizz and split ends along with flatness as I did before I started using this conditioner.  My hair wasn’t more manageable and it didn’t grow that much.  Even though the price is great, it’s not worth the $6.

Department store brand:

Ojon Dry Recovery Intensive Hydrating 2-Minute Hair Mask

  • $29.50 and can be purchased at Sephora or any department stores that carries Ojon
  • the packing is fairly big and a lot of products comes in the tub
  • again, I like the packing because you see how much product is left and use every last bit
  • only need to use little bit so it lasts a while
  • it has a light scent, but I don’t really like it
  • I use it once a week and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes
  • my hair feels soft and looks glossy
  • even after I air dried it, my hair had noticeably less frizz but was flat
  • after a month of use, I noticed that my hair is less frizzy and I had very, very few split ends
  • it’s helping my hair grow longer faster

Final thoughts:

Although, I don’t like the way my hair smells and it makes my hair flat plus the price is high, it is helping my hair grow long and soft with less frizz.  My hair looks and feels much healthier so I feel like the $29.50 is worth it because it does what it promises.  It’s a great conditioner, $30 for an at home treatment like this is way better than hundreds and hundreds dollars you will spend going to salon for treatments.

Let me know, in the comments below, what you think about these conditioners if you have used them or any other ones that you think I should try.

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