Beauty, hair

John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour 

So, I’m going to be completely honest in this post. My hair started going grey when I was only 19. I guess it’s genetic because my mom also started going grey pretty young. So, for years now, I’ve been religiously dying my hair once a month (or every five weeks). I just don’t want to be 25 with streaks of white in my hair. I’ve experimented with lots of different dyes over the years, but for the past two years, my go-to has been the John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour in the shade Dark Cool Espresso Brown.

This product can be purchased from Target or similar stores for about $12. It is truly the easiest hair dye I’ve ever used. It is a foam, which makes it so easy to saturate your hair. The foam can seep into the little nooks and crannies where strands of hair hide, so it really delivers a very even color. It’s almost foolproof! Plus, the foam is thick enough that it does not drip and create a mess everywhere.

The color is very dark and compliments my cool skin tone, but it still has enough dimension to prevent the hair from looking too lifeless or monochromatic. I leave it on a few extra minutes, and it always covers all of my pesky grey hairs. It also comes with a generous amount of conditioner that provides a very deep conditioning treatment, and there’s definitely enough to use it about weekly. By the time you run out, you’re probably ready to dye your hair again anyway.

I will say that this does use a lot of chemicals, so it may leave your hair feeling heavy if you use it too frequently. Still, it is well worth the cost because it really does deliver excellent results and is super easy to use. I would absolutely recommend this product to both beginners as well as hair experts. Finally, the smell isn’t too bad, and it has never caused me to have any skin or eye irritation.

Have you tried this product? What is your go-to hair dye? Please, let me know in the comments section.

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Beauty, Skincare

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I am so excited to be able to share this product with you! If you have ever had dry or chapped lips, get ready to celebrate. I recently purchased the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from Sephora, and it is absolutely amazing! For $20, you get 0.7 oz of this product plus an adorable little pink spatula to help you apply it. A little goes a long way, so this is a great price for how long you’re going to be able to use this container.

So, first, you might be confused about the concept of a Lip Sleeping Mask. Here’s the deal: it’s meant to be applied at night and then kept on all night long. It is very thick, so no need to worry about it fading quickly. It’s not messy at all, so don’t worry about getting it on your pillow. Also, you really don’t have to apply it at night only. Feel free to apply a layer whenever you want more moisture for your lips. It is completely clear and does not smell like anything.

I am loving this product! My lips have never felt softer or looked plumper. I typically do just apply this at night, but my lips look so great and smooth in the morning that I’ve noticed my lipsticks apply way better during the day. My lips have no dry skin flaking off, and I can’t wait to use this during the winter. Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this product. I will be purchasing this over and over and over again.

Have you used this product yet? What’s your favorite lip treatment product? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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Beauty, Makeup

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection

Full disclosure: I love glitter and I am utterly biased towards products that contain glitter. So, when I saw the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection at Sephora, I didn’t blink at the $45 price tag and immediately purchased it!

A lot of beauty bloggers have complained about this palette, so I’d just like to start by addressing their two complaints. First, people have been complaining that the colors aren’t pigmented enough. I love these pigments! They are very buildable and you can use water or the black base to intensify the colors. Second, people complain about glitter fallout. There is some fallout (unless you apply with water – more explanation of that later) but I don’t care because I love glitter. If I see flecks of glitter on my cheeks during the afternoon because of this eyeshadow, I am totally okay with that because it’s just the sparkle and not the color that has been migrating.

So, now I’m going to explain the three different ways that you can apply these:

  1. Apply the glitter eyeshadows by themselves with a brush – this results in a sheer wash of color with lots of sparkle. This is perfect for daytime looks. Yes, there will be some fallout of glitter, but you can just imagine that it’s some extra highlight on your cheeks.
  2. Apply the glitter eyeshadows on top of the white or black bases – this will intensify the colors. The white will brighten up the color and enhance the glitter while the black will intensify the color and make it much darker and more dramatic. I was terrified to do this at first because black is such a harsh color, but it worked so well. First, I applied the white base on my lid from the crease to the brow bone and then covered it with the shade “Fairy Dust.” Then I applied the black on every part of the eyelid below the crease and then put the shade “Glitter Goals” on top. It was so vivid! Yes, there was still some fallout, but I loved my super dramatic evening look.
  3. Apply the glitter eyeshadows with a wet brush – this really intensifies the glitter and color without making it darker. The water (or you can use makeup setting spray instead) fuses with the glitter like a glue and can help to prevent fallout. It also leaves a more crystalline look for maximum glitter impact!

I have absolutely zero regrets about buying this palette! Will I use it every day? No. But I love it for when I want to experiment with more dramatic colors. I highly recommend it for glitter enthusiasts like myself.

Are you interested in trying this palette? If not, what palette are you currently obsessed with? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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Beauty, hair

Tresemmé Heat Tamer 

Do you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair? If so, you should really consider using some sort of heat protection spray. The heat from these types of hair tools can seriously damage hair over time, resulting in split ends, breakage, and frizziness. To combat this, you can spritz a heat protection spray right before you use your blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron. My favorite right now is the Tresemmé Heat Tamer, which you can buy at Target or similar stores for only $4 per 8 oz bottle.

I can definitely tell a difference when I use this product versus when I don’t use it. When I use this spray, my hair looks shinier and healthier after I’ve straightened my hair. When I don’t use it, sometimes my hair looks kind of frizzy and not nearly as shiny. I also love how this spray helps to prevent inevitable split ends. Of course, your ends are going to get split eventually whether you use this or not, but I’ve found that using this product can definitely help me avoid needing a haircut too soon. Finally, this product also smells really nice – just like a hair salon! It smells clean but is not overly perfumed.

What types of products do you use to avoid hair damage? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint 

Get ready to learn about my absolute favorite beauty product: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint! That’s right – of the hundreds of makeup and skincare products that I have used, this is my very favorite one!

This product can be purchased from Sephora. You’ll get 1.7 oz for $48, which is quite expensive for a tinted moisturizer. However, this product has been a complete game changer for me. Not only does it look great, but it also seems to be transforming my skin.

This is a very neutral tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. Now, one unfortunate thing is that it only comes in one shade. I’m very pale, and this works for me, but I think it would also work for people slightly darker than me. However, if you have much darker or tanner skin, this would probably wash you out and make you look ghostly.

I find that this product just really sinks into the skin beautifully. It provides a very light amount of coverage, but it looks so natural and great. Here’s a story to explain: my love Josh was hungry one day and wanted me to hurry up a bit so we could get some takeout, but I wanted to put something with SPF on my face first. I went into the bathroom to apply some makeup, and he followed me in. After I put this on, he remarked, “Wow. It doesn’t look like you put any makeup on at all, but your skin looks so much better.” He then paused and asked if that had been insulting. I laughed and replied, “Nope. That’s what great makeup does.”

Side note: On blemish-heavy days, I typically pick up a product with more coverage because this does not cover large imperfections.

So, besides the natural finish of this product, what I love even more is that this product makes my skin look better over time. A few times, I have applied this at night and left it on overnight (something you’re really not supposed to do with makeup), but each time, my skin has looked so much better the next morning! That’s because this is some serious skincare. It contains ceramides that help moisturize the skin. Ceramides are lipids that actually make up part of your skin – they literally bind skin cells together. Whoever decided to include this in skincare products was a genius! Using this product has really helped my skin over the time I’ve been using it. My skin feels more moisturized but does not appear oily, and I can tell that the ceramides have been helping to smooth my skin long after this product has been washed off.

Now, if you want to experience the joy of ceramides without the tinted compenent, Dr.Jart+ does also make a Ceramidin Cream that is not tinted and contains no SPF. I absolutely plan to buy this once I use up my current moisturizer. I’m hoping that using it at night and using the Day Tint in the day will really make a difference in my skin.

Have you used anything by this great Korean skincare brand? What did you think?

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Beauty, Makeup

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara 

I’ve tried a lot of mascaras in my day, but they still fascinate me. It’s amazing how much of a difference the shape of a brush or the formulation of the mascara can transform lashes. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara from Sephora. The full-sized version of this product can be purchased for $24, which is pretty average for a mascara at Sephora.

I had high hopes for this mascara because I have really enjoyed other products I’ve tried from It Cosmetics, but this one was a disappointment. While I did like how the brush was stiff and seemed to separate my lashes while brushing through them, I just hated the formulation of this product! It took so long to dry and I felt like it smudged a lot both initially and throughout the day. It also did not make my eyelashes look longer or more voluminous – the two primary claims that it says it will do. Overall, this was just a bust for me, although I know that mascara is very personal, so I’m sure this is just fantastic for some people. Personally, I care more about curl than length, and I just can’t deal with mascaras that take too long to dry!

In summary, here’s the pros and cons for this product:

Pros:

  • I liked the brush.
  • My eyelashes did not clump.
  • The color is very dark, which I found flattering.

Cons: 

  • Very wet formulation that took too long to dry.
  • Smudged like crazy!

 

Have you tried this mascara? If so, did it work better for you than it did me? What’s your favorite mascara?

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Beauty, Makeup

Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler

My eyelashes have a lot of natural volume, but they just don’t curl easily. They seem to just jut straight out, and most curlers don’t do much for me. I used to love the Shu Uemura curlers when they were sold at Sephora, but I had to stop using them when they stopped selling in the USA. You can now buy them again in the USA, but something about them is just different. I’ve tried several other eyelash curlers in recent years, and so far the best one I’ve used is the Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

This eyelash curler can be purchased from Sephora for $21. It comes with one replacement pad and it will lasts about 8-12 months before it loses grip and needs to be repurchased. (The grip tightness of an eyelash curler determines how well it actually curls).

I do think that this eyelash curler curls my eyelashes really well, and the curl seems to last longer with this product than with the Shiseido or Sephora brand curlers. It’s easy to get this really close to the root line of the eyelashes without pinching your eyelid, and the grip is really tight. I’ve repurchased it a few times now, and I’ve been pretty happy with it.

I am still open to suggestions if anyone has a great recommendation! What is your favorite eyelash curler?

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Skincare

Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Mask 

I have really grown to love sheet masks! I’ve had so many from Sephora, but there are some great drugstore options too! One of the best from the drugstore is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask which you can get from Target or similar stores for only $2.50.

I have to give a shout out to my friend Katie who first gave me one of these. It’s amazing! This mask really makes my pores look less noticeable and my skin feels much smoother after using this. Now, it does tingle a little bit, but it’s not a painful kind of reaction. I haven’t noticed any skin irritation even with the tingle.

Besides the price point and the skin benefits, I also love how large the eye and mouth holes are. I don’t like putting products too close to my eyes unless they’re meant for eyes, so I appreciate that I don’t have to worry about accidentally getting this product in my eyes or mouth.

I definitely would recommend this to anyone who has acne or large pores. It works really well and can definitely compete with Sephora sheet masks. For under $3, it is definitely worth trying!

Have you tried this product, or do you have another favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know if the comments section.

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Skincare

Origins Super Spot Remover 

I love the Origins skincare brand from Sephora because the products are more natural and plant-based than other brands, and their products never seem to break me out. Recently, I picked up the Origins Super Spot Remover treatment gel from Sephora for $17.

This container is TINY and contains only 0.3 oz of product (but this is the full-size of the product). It contains a concentration of salicylic acid, and can easily be dabbed onto blemishes. I do think that this product worked well. I noticed that my spots definitely healed faster with this product than without this product. However, it was very drying and I had to start using a heavier moisturizer. The small container also didn’t last very long (maybe two months for me).

This is a nice product and it does what it claims to, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. While it helped my acne, the results weren’t astounding. I also didn’t care for the dryness and how little product you get, but I think this would be a great spot treatment for someone who only gets the occasional zit. If you only have a small area to treat, I think this could work really well for you!

What are your favorite acne treatment products?

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Beauty, Makeup

Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipsticks! 

I first read about the Kailijumei Flower Jelly lipsticks in an article that went viral from Cosmo. They are super pretty and clear with flecks of gold and a small flower at the base of the lipstick. I was instantly intrigued and knew I just had to try them!

You can find several sellers on Amazon that stock this product. Depending on the seller, I’ve seen these range from $23 for one tube to $32 for 4 tubes, so if you decide to pick one up, do shop around to find the best price!

These are really pretty to look at, and they come in a neat red chrome tube. I bought the Flame Red, Dream Purple, and Barbie Doll shades. Now, these lipsticks are supposed to adjust to the perfect shade of whichever color you buy, but honestly they all look EXACTLY the same: a medium pink that leaves a sheer stain on the lips. I tried to swatch them on my hand, but it just wouldn’t photograph right. It basically looks like a your-lips-but-better shade of pink that has a great lasting power! Personally, I love this shade of pink, although it’s kind of disappointing that the red and purple also look pink.

The finish on this product is a semi-matte. It’s not drying, but it also will not moisturize the lips at all. The color is more of a tint than an opaque shade, but I think I’m going to really like it for more natural-looking days! I’ve worn it a few times now, and I’m happy with it, but I don’t think this product is for everyone. Those who are looking for something noticeably pigmented (which I think most people look for in a lipstick) will probably be disappointed. The bottom line is that this product is more of a novelty than anything. It’s not great as a lipstick unless you’re looking for something really sheer and you don’t need an added kick of moisture. Ultimately, this was fun to try, and I’m definitely going to keep one of the tubes I bought, but it’s just an okay product.

What do you think? Have you bought any interesting novelty products lately?

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