March 31, 2017

Monthly Favorites | March 2017


I can't believe March is almost over. This year is going so fast, but I am very excited for April! My blog's second birthday is April 12th! I can't believe it has been almost 2 years already.

To celebrate my blog's birthday I am going to upload everyday in April! Or at least try. Blogging everyday can be a challenge but I'm going to try to make it happen.

I have a fun April planned nonetheless, so get ready for a month of awesome posts! I can't wait. But before we get the April uploads we need to talk about my favorites from March.


March 29, 2017

My Month In Lipstick | March 2017


I'm so excited to do one of these posts. I've seen them all over Instagram and Twitter. I love lippies so the idea of a recap of the lippies I've been rocking this month is really exciting!

So today I want to share the lipsticks I have been wearing in March.



March 27, 2017

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation | Review


Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

"Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup, mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish."

"Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish."

Snippets from Maybelline product description


"Fit Me! Matte + Poreless from Maybelline goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only Maybelline's pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish."

- Snippet from Ulta product description


Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is oil free, dermatologist and allergy tested and is promised to not to clog pores.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is available for $7.99 at Ulta and on Maybelline.com. It is also available for $5.99 at Target and $5.94 at Walmart. It is also available for £5.99 at Superdrug.

Here is my experience with the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation.


March 25, 2017

Are we the ones being Duped? | Let's Talk About Dupes



Everyone has been talking about dupes lately. I really love reading people's sides on this debate and I wanted to share my thoughts.

A lot of you are probably tired of hearing about this and you are probably ready for this topic to die. But for those of you that are still interested or are new to the debate let's talk about the future of dupes and if companies are taking it too far.


March 23, 2017

My Kind of Video Games


I love video games. They are my favorite past time. When I have free time I always go to video games or reading books.

I've been playing video game for as long as I can remember. We had a Nintendo 64 in our living room and I remember playing Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64.

Today I want to talk about what kind of videos I like to play.

March 21, 2017

My Favorite Cruelty Free Brands


I love makeup but I love it even more when it's cruelty free! If you are new to makeup or maybe just never heard the term, cruelty free means the products are not test on animals at any point, whether that means the ingredients in the products before production, or test of the product during or after production.

Brands that the considered cruelty free are brands that never test their products on animals in anyway. There are brands who do not test on animals themselves but sell their products in countries like China. China requires animal testing by law so if a company sells their products in China they must submit products for testing. So these brands are not considered cruelty free.

A lot of people in the cruelty free beauty community consider cruelty free brands that are owned by non-cruelty free brands to not be cruelty free. A few brands in this post are owned by non-cruelty free brands. I will mention if a company has a parent company that is not cruelty free.

March 19, 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella | Review + Swatch


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

"Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product."

-Snippet from NARS product description
 

"What it does: The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil provides seamless color that lasts for hours in a convenient applicator. It’s formulated with unique silicones to ensure long-lasting color while emollients and vitamin E leave a creamy feel that will not dry out your lips. Its smooth, comfortable texture keeps the matte finish looking fresh all day."


-Snippet Sephora's product description


"Virtually every color can work on everyone. Paired with a soft eye, even the darkest or brightest shade of lip color can create a striking makeup look on its own. With lips more than any other features, I follow a no rules approach."
-François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics via Sephora Product description
   

On the NARS site they promise "Convenient, easy application." This is credited to "the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design." Se[hora says that"its jumbo size provides the application of a lipstick with the convenience of a pencil." 

NARS says that this pencil is enriched with Vitamin E. That could give it a more lipstick feel.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is available for $27 at Sephora, Ulta and narscosmetics.com and for £20 at Selfridges.

Here is my experience with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. 

March 17, 2017

Lion fish and Tiger Sharks and Stingrays, Oh My! | Oh the Places You Will Go | The Newport Aquarium


So I actually went to the Newport Aquarium last summer. But I never shared my photos from my trip on my blog. My sister is a pass holder and I got to go with her last weekend for free for Pass Holders Weekend. 

I decided to take my photos from both trips and make a post for you guys. The first time we went was the first time I had ever been to an aquarium. I love it so much! I was so excited to go back again! It was so beautiful!

March 15, 2017

My Drugstore Products Wishlist


I realized today that when I did My Beauty Product Wish List in February it was mostly high-end products. Today I decided to make a little list of drugstore products I want to try. I love drugstore makeup and I didn't realize how much it got left out of my wish list post.

Drugstore makeup is great. It is very affordable and had gotten exponentially better in quality over the last few years. Drugstore makeup used to feel really cheep but now I'd say some DS brands give high-end brands a run for their money.

I just did an anti-haul/anti-wishlist on Monday so doing this right after might not be the best timing. The idea of that post was to get away from the buy buy buy mentality beauty bloggers can give off so following it with a list of products I want to buy probably isn't the best idea.

But I thought what the hell, I want to share this list. So here are some drugstore products I want to try.



March 13, 2017

The Anti-Haul | Beauty Products I'll Never Buy


You might have seen this trend floating around the internet recently. If you haven't the basis is simple. Instead of doing a haul of products I just bought I give you a list of products I would never buy.

From the blog posts I've seen the idea of these posts came from the idea that blogs constantly taking about products they want or just bought or really love and it can feel like blogs are always saying buy, buy, buy, buy. 

So the idea of this post is to get away from that and tell you some of the products that would never make it into our collections. The products that just scream no to us.

I really loved the idea and decided to jump on board. There are a few products I just don't understand the hype of and why people would want them and some products that aren't necessarily hyped but that I just don't understand why they exist.

So today I thought I'd take you though some of the products I'd never by in a million years.

March 11, 2017

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara | Review + Lash Swatches


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

"Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic."

-Snippet from Too Faced Product Page


The details on Too Faced website says this mascara has a "film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear" and contains "Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place" and "unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible."

Too Faced also says that in a consumer study "100% saw longer lashes, 100% saw dramatic volume, and 93% saw base-to-tip curl." And Too Faced says in a clinical study this mascara gave "1,944% more volume."

So Too Faced promises this mascara will make lashes appear longer, thinker, fuller and have more volume. With a base-to-tip locked in curl that will wear all day without smudging. And that over time use of this mascara could help lashes grow longer and thicker.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available for $23 at Ulta, Sephora and the Too Faced website. It is also available for £19 at Selfridges if you are from the UK.

Here is my experience with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

March 9, 2017

Blogs I'm Loving At The Moment


I have been discovering so many new blogs recently. I've also been enjoying some old favorites. Today I wanted to share with you all some of the blogs that I can't get enough of recently!

March 7, 2017

Origins RitualiTea Mind Over Maté Invigorating Cleansing Body Mask | First Impressions


Origins RitualiTea Mind Over Maté Invigorating Cleansing Body Mask

First off I want to say a big thank you to Origins for sending me this body scrub. I haven't marked this as a press sample because they did not send it for me to review or write a post on. I tweeted that I really wanted to try their brand and they sent over a few samples for me to try.

I still wanted to write a little post for you guys to tell you my thoughts. I was originally going to do a review but I feel like you can't review a skincare product until you have used it for a few months, so I decided to do a first impressions for you guys.

I have been using this scrub for a month. I switched it out for my current scrub and use it once a week/bi-weekly in the shower.

March 5, 2017

Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask | First Impressions


Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask

First off I want to say a big thank you to Origins for sending me this cleanser. I haven't marked this as a press sample because they did not send it for me to review or write a post on. I tweeted that I really wanted to try their brand and they sent over a few samples for me to try.

I still wanted to write a little post for you guys to tell you my thoughts. I was originally going to do a review but I feel like you can't review a skincare product until you have used it for a few months, so I decided to do a first impressions for you guys.

I have been using this cleanser for a month. I will say I didn't use it as advised because I suck at keeping up with a skincare routine but here is what I think of this face cleaner after a month.

March 3, 2017

Real Techniques Sculpting Set | Review


Real Techniques Sculpting Set

These brushes were originally released as limited edition but because of how popular they became Real Techniques made them a full time product! I got these we they were limited edition and now that they are full time I'm so excited to review these for you guys!

On the Real Techniques website they promise that these brushes are ultra soft, easy to clean and are long lasting. They also say that there will be no product build up in the brushes and that they apply makeup with no streaks and leave a flawless finish.

These brushes have 100% synthetic bristles so these brushes are 100% cruelty free. The brush handles are made of aluminum and are color coded, gold for face, pink for cheeks, and purple for eyes. The Handles also have the brush names on the back.

This set is available for $19 at Ulta and Target and on the Real Techniques website. I could not find it on the Boots site for UK people. You can still get it on the RT site.

Here is my experience with the Real Techniques Sculpting Set.

March 1, 2017

The Gamer TAG


I am every nerdy and geeky. I love all things sci-fi and video games. Today I thought I could do a tag about video games. I searched around and didn't really find a real tag to so just collected questions from the internet and made up some of my own. I thought The Gamer Tag was a cute name. 

This tag is a collection of 20 video game themed questions. I search the internet and my brain and these are my favorite 20 I came up with!

Just a little warring there maybe be spoilers in this post for The Last of Us, Outlast and Undertale.