Beauty, Skincare

Jingle Bomb Bath Fizzer 

Bath bombs are a fun way to jazz up a bath! They usually saturate your tub with fragrant, colorful, sometimes fizzy water. They’re a fun alternative to bubbles and there are some great bath bombs for any price level. I recently tried the Jingle Bomb Bath Fizzer from Da Bomb which can be purchased from Target for $5.

This is a one-time-use type of product, so keep in mind that the $5 will only be for one bath. Still, this definitely puts this bath bomb in the medium price range (there are some other bath bombs you can get at Target and drugstores for about $1-2 per bath bomb but there are also $10-15 bath bombs from places like Lush).

I love that this one is holiday themed. I’m the type of person who celebrates Christmas for all of November and December because I love it so much and I want as much Christmas as I can get! This bath bomb definitely promotes the holiday spirit with its winterberry scent. I’ll be honest – I thought winterberry was something that they made up, but it’s actually a type of holly also known as Ilex Verticillata (and that it definitely what it smells like – holly + a Christmas tree!) The fragrance was so lovely, and it was strong enough that I could smell it easily during the entire bath without it feeling overwhelming.

The bath bomb also made the water in the tub a beautiful shade of evergreen, which I really liked. However, it did not stain the tub afterwards, which was a big plus because I’ve used other bath bombs that left a gross residue in the bathtub! Some bath bombs also tend to dry out or irritate the skin, but that was not the case with this one. After the bath, my skin didn’t feel dry at all and felt a bit more  moisturized actually, so I’m guessing there’s some sort of oil in the bath bomb. Also, it’s gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and vegan (so it’s a nice, gentle product on skin).

Finally, Da Bomb bath bombs always advertise “a surprise inside” which I think is so fun! So, as the bath bomb fizzed and got smaller, it revealed this cute little festive charm:

I haven’t used any other bath bombs from Da Bomb, but I definitely plan to in the future because this was such a fun, relaxing experience. I can’t wait to see what other surprises I get in the other bath bombs! This is one product that I highly recommend!

Have you tried any bath bombs that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments section!

I can’t believe this is the last day of November. That means that Blogmas starts tomorrow, so stay tuned for 24 days of blogging about my Sephora advent calendar (plus, a bonus post because I’m going to my very first FASHION SHOW tomorrow!)

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation 

A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.

Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.

There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.

Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation 

On my quest to find the perfect drugstore foundation that truly can compare to high end products, I picked up a bunch on my way home from work. This first one is a product that I remember using in high school and loving. Of course, a lot of things have changed since them. I’ve been spoiled on Sephora products and my skin has changed significantly. In high school, my skin was much oilier than it is now and I had more acne. Still, I wanted to give it a try to see what my impression would be after years of trying other makeup. This is the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for $8.

The texture, true to its name, is a mousse. This is a much different texture than most foundations – it’s very light but kind of dry and it dries down into a kind of powdery finish. I’ve found that this doesn’t apply well with a brush or beauty blender sponge. It’s much easier to blend with your fingers, and I suspect this is because of the way fingers warm the foundation. This may sound odd, but skin is much warmer than room temperature and the contact seems to almost melt this makeup a little (which provides a better finish). Similarly, after I apply this foundation, it almost always looks weirdly cakey, but after a few minutes, my skin has warmed it up and it suddenly has a very pretty demi-matte finish. So, if you’re trying this one, don’t judge it too much until you’ve worn it for about 15 minutes.

I will say that this is a very medium coverage foundation. It covers redness and dullness and has a lovely finish, but it does not do a good job at covering acne, which makes it hard for me to wear it during certain times of the month. Also, because of the strange texture, I’ve found that it’s hard to layer concealer over the foundation. So, this is a better foundation if you have small flaws to cover that aren’t textural like zits or scars. I’m happy to wear it on “good” skin days, but I need something with fuller coverage and a different texture for “bad” skin days.

As for lasting power, this one does fade surprisingly fast. By lunchtime, I can tell that it’s faded quite a bit. I don’t want to reapply all my face makeup at work. I’ve tried setting powders and finishing sprays with it, and that helps a little but it’s still noticeably faded. Overall, I was disappointed with the lasting power and I wouldn’t suggest this one if you’re going to be in a humid or warm environment for long because it will definitely be gone quickly under those conditions.

I was impressed by this foundation, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I’ve already found at least two better drugstore foundations that I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

What is your favorite drugstore foundation? I’d love to know, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section so I can check them out.

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Beauty, Makeup

L’Oréal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender 

In high school and college, my brows were a little overplucked and thin. Lately, however, I’ve been embracing bold brows and enjoying using different products to fill them out. Recently, I tried the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender. This product can be purchased from Target and similar retailers for about $9.

There are two sides to this product: a flat, dense brush on the one end and a creamy brown crayon for pigmentation. Overall, while I’ve been liking more defined, bold brows, this is just a bit too much for me. The crayon portion adds a lot more pigmentation than I expected. I prefer brow products with a lighter texture that I can build up for my desired look, but this one is just a streak of bold drama that is hard to blend. The blending brush on the other end is kind of awkward to use, but maybe that’s just because I’m so used to brow products having a spooly on the end instead of a flat brush. After a lot of practice, I think I have a handle on this and I can make it work, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing this one. It’s just such a dense product and it’s more noticeable than I prefer. Also, the difficulty with blending knocks it down on my list too. I would only suggest this one to someone who REALLY wants extremely bold brows.

What’s your favorite brow-enhancing product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 

Recently, I’ve been trying more drugstore makeup. A lot has changed at the drugstore since I was in high school. My many years of splurging at Sephora made me think that all drugstore makeup had to be inferior, but this is definitely not true. I’ve found many gems in the drugstore, and that’s been very exciting to share with you! Recently, I tried the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This concealer can be purchased from Target and similar retailers for only $5.50.

I was very impressed with this concealer! Now, it wasn’t as amazing as the Maybelline Instant Rewind Concealer, but it still worked really well for a product that only cost $5.50. This product comes in 15 shades, which an impressive range for a concealer. The texture is a bit dry, although I tend to like that because while dryer concealers can be harder to blend, I find that they stay in place better. This concealer is a liquid and comes with a doe foot applicator that is a pretty average size. I find that this is easiest to blend with a damp beauty blender, although the coverage is very much medium instead of full. This does a good job on redness or zits that are small or healing, but it didn’t quite cover very large zits all the way.

Overall, I was impressed by this concealer. It did not rival my favorites from Sephora, but it was still good and I would still recommend it to people on a budget.

What are some of your favorite budget-friendly concealers? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Almay Pen Eyeliner 

Almay makes some of my very favorite eyeliners. I was really excited to try one of their newer ones: the Almay Pen Eyeliner in Brown. This can be purchased from Target or similar stores for $6.

The Almay eyeliners I love are pencils, but I still had high hopes for this liquid eyeliner. I really wanted to find a great drugstore liquid eyeliner option. Unfortunately, this was not it! The formulation was okay and pigmented, but the applicator itself was atrocious. The tip has no give and is just too stiff. It’s almost painful to pull it across the eyelid, and it was so hard to get it to the edge of the lash line. To make matters worse, the “innovative ballpoint tip” makes it pretty much impossible to make the sharp lines necessary for a winged eye look. After struggling for an unfortunate amount of time to apply this eyeliner, I was also disappointed by it’s staying power. It faded quickly and one eye did get smudged after only an hour or so. Overall, I recommend passing on this product!

Are there any great drugstore liquid eyeliners that you’ve tried? Please, let me know because I’d very much like to try something else!

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water 

Micellar water is a miracle in skincare. It is super gentle on the skin, but it is able to cleanse the skin of makeup and other things. You can even use it on eye makeup. I recently tried the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water.  This can be purchased from Sephora for $28 for 6.7 oz.

This product does smell amazing! It’s a bit fruity. I also love that it doesn’t leave a filmy residue on the skin like some micellar waters do. Overall, this is a great product. It effortlessly removed my makeup and left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. That being said, though, I’ve used micellar waters that worked just as well that were significantly cheaper. My favorite micellar water is from Simple.  You can pick it up from Target or similar stores and get a whopping 13.5 oz bottle for only $9. That’s a pretty significant difference since the products do the same things. Sure, the Caudalie one smells better, but I don’t think that makes up for the price difference.

How do you remove your makeup at night? Do you use a micellar water or some other product?

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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, 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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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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