Pros and Cons: Eyelash Extensions

 

I’ve always known about eyelash extensions for reading various beauty blogs. However, the decision to give them a try was made by reading about them in probably the most random place. Six weeks ago I got married and we honeymooned in Jamaica. After we booked our honeymoon, we found a closed Facebook group dedicated to the resort we would be staying at.

While reading over this group for hints and tricks for our honeymoon, I found a posting from a girl asking what type of mascara is best for the humidity. I was intrigued. I feel like I’ve used a ton of different mascaras but never really found what that I absolutely loved. To my surprise, at least a dozen ladies responded to the post saying to get eyelash extensions. I have naturally long eyelashes. However, they are straight as can be no matter what I do to them. After a little research on my own, I decided to give it a try.

I found a place close to my work that offered natural eyelash extensions that would last 4-6 weeks for $40. I set up an appointment 5 days before my wedding day. I figured if I did not like them, I had time to have them removed before the big day!

The process was easy…I removed my eye makeup, sat back and let the girl apply them. Within about 30 minutes, I was finished. They looked perfect…they had a great curl to them and looked like I had found the world’s best mascara.

Unfortunately, I did not take my own before and after pictures…which I really am wishing I did! I found this picture on Google (credit bellospa.com) and I feel like this really paints a picture of how you will look.

Let me list out the pros and cons for you.

Pros:

  • No need for mascara or really any eye make-up for that matter. I do my brows and a little mascara on the lower lashes and I am good to go for the day!
  • They look natural. Most people noticed that something was different with my eyes, but just assumed that I had found an awesome mascara.
  • Easy and painless to have put on as well as have removed.
  • Filling them in every couple of weeks is pretty inexpensive and is a great way to extend the life of your lashes.
  • No need to worry about mascara running while you are working out.

 

Cons:

  • They are more expensive than just buying a tube of mascara.
  • They do require maintenance.
  • I sometimes find myself with eye shadow in my lashes when I use it!
  • If one falls out, you may find yourself looking a little goofy until you can get an appointment to get them filled. However, a drugstore lash glue can easily re-attach the lash until you get in for an appointment…this is assuming you can find the lash!
  • If you have sensitive eyes, the glue may irritate them.

 

For me, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The look is a complete confidence builder. My morning routine is much quicker and I always feel somewhat put together even if I’m not actually. For me, I’d take eyelash extensions over a mani/pedi any day!

My advise to anyone who wants to try eyelash extensions is to give it a go! You can always have them removed. Use Groupon to find a deal in your area and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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Easy DIY Makeup/Makeup Brush Holders

I don’t know about you guys, but I love having the makeup, skincare and other products that are use on a regular basis easily accessible to me. When I say easily accessible, I mean I love having this products on top of my bathroom sink. Sure it’s convenient, but a times it can look like I dumped a bag from Sephora on top of my sink and did not bother to clean it up. Here’s my simple solution, for pretty and practical, makeup and brush storage. This product is extremely budget-friendly. It only cost me $5 to make both.

What You’ll Need:

  • Glass containers (I opted to purchase glass containers from Dollar Tree.)
  • Glass pebbles (Again, Dollar Tree)
  • Washi tape (I found a 4 pack of tape in Marshall’s for just a couple dollars, it’s nice to have variety when completing this project!)
  • Scissors.

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What You Do:

  • Simply, create a pattern using the washi tape.
  • Carefully, place the washi tape on your glass containers. Make sure to hold the tape with a steady hand to ensure the tape remains in a straight line.
  • Use scissors to cut the end of the tape neatly.
  • Drop glass pebbles into the bottom of your jar — this is ideal if you are making a makeup brush holder…it helps to keep them separated.
  • Place your must-have products in and enjoy!

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Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Let me start buy saying, I am a huge fan of  Benefit Porefessional. What I am not a fan of is the rather large price tag for such a small item that comes along with purchasing the Porefessional. To me, $30 is a huge price tag for such a little bottle. While on a random trip to Ulta (what can I say, the 20 percent off entire purchase coupon at Ulta drew me in!), I noticed the Maybelline products were buy 1 get 1 50 percent off. I’ve been wanting to pick up a baby lips and that’s when I noticed the baby skin. I’ve seen it on a YouTube beauty guru’s blog and was intrigued, but still had some Porefessional to finish up as well as another random primer. I figured with the discounts, this was the perfect opportunity to pick it up and try it out. The Maybelline Baby Skin was 6.99 and the Baby Lips were 4.99 (but I got this item 50 percent off) plus an additional 20 percent off my entire purchase. It I didn’t like it, I wasn’t losing too much money!

The next morning, I decided to give it a try. It was immediately apparent that this product was not going to be an exact dupe for Porefessional, but I was definitely willing to give it a try. The first thing you’ll notice is that Baby Skin is clear while Porefessional is a nude color. Baby Skin is a little more greasy than Porefessional. I went light with application and was very please with what I saw. It definitely blurred by pores. I also found it to be a great make-up primer. My make-up went on smooth and lasted all day.

Overall, I am very pleased with this product. It’s at a great price and works well. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who is on a budget and looking for a pore eraser. I have fairly normal to sometimes dry skin. I’m not sure how it would work for those with oily skin. But at this price, I’d highly recommend giving it a try!

Mini Lush Haul

A few weeks ago I went into Lush for the first time. During that trip I picked up only one item – a fresh face mask called Cupcake which is designed to help with oily skin. I instantly fell in love with the product. It was fresh, smelt great…had cocoa in it it has to smell great! I immediately jumped on my computer and on to YouTube to check out what others were saying about various Lush products. Personally, the first time I went into the store I found it overwhelming and didn’t know what to look at first. (although the sales associates are extremely helpful especially if you go at a time when the mall tends to be quieter — not on the weekend!)

Yesterday, I headed to Macy’s (some Macy’s have a Lush in them). It’s comparable in size to the regular store and carries all of the same products. This store is pretty close to my work and I had some time to kill before happy hour.

Here’s what I got:

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Pink Bath Bomb. This item smells amazing. It smells like vanilla and candy and is so girly! I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I understand this item can be broken into 3s or 4s and used for multiple baths.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub. I saw this item in a YouTube video and knew I had to have it. It’s a lip scrub that tastes like bubble gum. You simply lick your lips, use a finger to scrub on some of the lip scrub and lick it off. Edible, yummy and makes your lips so soft!

Colour Supplement in Jackie Oates. Lately, I have been all about organic and natural face products. I’ve gotten into a great skin routine and i’m really hoping to stick with it.  This provides not quite the coverage of a foundation but is not as sheer as a tinted moisturizer. For me, it’s all the coverage I need aside from some concealer (Lush should try making concealer in my opinion). It feels great and looks unbelievably natural.

I Love Juicy Shampoo. This shampoo smells great and leaves your hair soft, not oily and volumized. I’ve only used it once, but am loving it so far!

The other really cool thing about Lush is that the sales associates are so helpful and are more than willing to give you some samples. In fact, they offered to provide me samples of products that work great with the shampoo I purchased. Here’s what I got as far as samples:

Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner. This conditioner is light weight and worked great with the I Love Juicy shampoo I purchased. Will definitely consider buying this!

Roots Hair Treatment. The guy who helped me at Lush asked what kind of hair I had. My answer was damaged and I’m trying to grow the bleach out. He instantly reached for this product and told me it would help with breakage. I haven’ t tried it yet, but am very excited to give it a try.

 

What are your favorite Lush products? What products do you want to try?

 

Things I’m Loving! Beauty on a Budget

Happy Sunday! Did anyone in Pittsburgh see the giant duck? I didn’t think it was possible to get so much enjoyment out of a giant duck but I did!

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Any ways, here are some things I’m loving! I have majorly overhauled my beauty routine to include much more reasonable products, here’s what I’ve found:

Hard Candy Nobody’s Perfect Concealer Palette. I really like the variety of colors perfect for tanned and untanned skin (sometimes I feel like I need multiple concealers to match my ever changing skin color).

NYC Sunny Bronzer…I’m finding this to be a great dupe for Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which I love. However, I’ll take $2.99 over $20-something any day!

ELF High Definition Powder. This stuff is amazing for $6. Perfect for setting make-up!

Freeman Masks for $3.99 each I feel like they all do an amazing job it clearing and minimizing pores and eliminating blackheads, my skin feels super soft and looks flawless.
 

Wet N WIld Heather Silk Blush. I got this for $2.99 at CVS ( I feel like it may be cheaper in a big box store) but it’s a beautiful color and very pigmented!

 And I not so cheap thing I’ve recently fell in love with:
These products are amazing!

Things I’m Loving

Happy Monday! What better way to start out a Monday than by sharing things I’m loving!

Tazo Chocolate Chai Latte

Tazo Chocolate Chai Tea Latte. Mix this with milk and it’s the same exact product you get when you order a Chocolate Chai Tea Latter at Starbucks for 1/3 the cost, I’m loving it!
Cover Girl Smoochies. I only have two but I want them all. A hint of color and very moisturizing.
African Black Soap. I got a sample in a Klutch Club Box, I think, and have finally gotten around to using it and I’m loving it. It’s minty, refreshing and seriously makes my skin feel so soft!
This book came from my Popsugar Must-Have box and I seriously cannot wait to start making all the things in it..such great ideas!
Marc Jacobs DOT. Smells SO good and the roller bar is perfect for travel or your purse!
What are you currently loving?

Battle of the Subscription Boxes: Ipsy vs. Birchbox September 2013

I love trying new make-up and I love trying new make-up without having to shell out a small fortune to do so.  That’s why subscription boxes are so great!

This month I tested two different boxes out: Ipsy (formerly known as glam bag) and Birchbox (which I have subscribed too for the past three months). Month subscription services are $10 per month including shipping and handling.

Let’s start with Ipsy:

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Starlooks Eyeliner in Obsidian

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Rose Romance

It’s So Big Mascara in Black by Elizabeth Mott

Chella Highlighting Pencil in Ivory Lace

NYX eye shadow in Fantasy

Plus the black and blue make-up bag.

Overall, I am very pleased with my first month subscription to Ipsy. I love the colors of everything and feel like I could through this bag in my purse and take my day look to a night look with minimal effort. Minus face products, there is enough make-up in this bag to provide you with a complete look. The colors are exactly the type of colors I go for. I’ve never tried any of these brands but so far I am loving them especially the Chella highlighting pencil…I’ve been wanting to buy a highlighting pencil but haven’t gotten around to it. For $10, this is an excellent value of products I will most definitely use and likely purchase them later on down the road. Everything appears to be full-sized except for the mascara.

If Ipsy interests you, click here to get on the waiting list (I was only on the list for about 3 week, not bad at all)

Next up, Birchbox. Similarly to Ipsy, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that provides you with sample, deluxe sized samples and full sized products from high-end cosmetic brands.

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Amika Blow Out Spray

Dr Jart BB Cream

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Ruffian Nail Laquer in Hedge Fund

Overall, this was my best Birchbox to date. The products are all very useful. However, I feel like they could be a little bit bigger sample sized. It’s kinda hard to tell if you like a product if you only have enough product to last a few uses. However, I am very excited not to get any samples in foil packets! That is something I really don’t like.

If you’d like to check Birchbox out for yourself, click here (wait time is about 4 weeks).

 

Overall, I have to give it to Ipsy. These are products, I will 100 percent use. I can’t wait for next month!

 

What subscription services have you tried?

Are you an Ipsy or Birchbox fan?