(Top 3 are Lush Fresh Face Masks)
Ayesha: One of my favorites, will definitely repurchase.
Catastrophe Cosmetic: Smelt a little too strongly of calamine, don’t think it did much for my skin but I don’t have a lot of redness and sensitivity.
Cosmetic Warrior: The smell of this was HORRID! I don’t think I could ever purchase this again, no matter how good it was. The chunks of garlic and the smell of dirt and grass was intense and it lingered.
Rimmel Volume Flash Max Mascara: This mascara didn’t do much for me. I tried applying one coat alone, two coats alone, and layering with other formulas. Nothing seemed to do the trick so I got rid of it before it was even done.
Maybelline Great Lash Lots O’ Lashes Mascara: This will always be one of my favorite mascaras. I usually always use it for a base to a more voluminous mascara or just one coat on a lazy day. This is also amazing for lower lashes because of the unique brush, instead of splurging on the Clinique version.
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara: I’m still partial to Lancome’s Doll Eyes mascara and wasn’t as impressed with this formula. But, if I had never tried Doll Eyes, I would have liked this one a lot more.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara: This wand did nothing for me. If anything it just irritated my eyes. It’s so stiff and sharp that it kinda hurt to wiggle the wand near the lash line.
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara: I was so excited to get a sample of the most talked about mascara! To be honest, I didn’t really like it! I did like the idea of the brush with the ball on the end but it wasn’t my favorite formula.
St.Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion: I bought this for my recent trip to Hawaii and I loved it! Being able to just spray it on and rub it in makes one thing so much quicker. I bought the coconut & orchid scent which smells divine. I’ve already bought a new bottle. (side note: If you have seriously dry skin, this won’t do the trick. Definitely more of a summer lotion)
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner: Kiehl’s will always be one of my favorite skin care brands. This toner was amazing for when I went through a dry stage with my skin, it really quenched those areas allowing my makeup to go on more smoothly. I will most likely purchase this again when we get closer to next winter.
Tresemme Split Remedy Leave In Conditioner: LOVE THIS! Super lightweight, but makes your hair feel so soft. I am definitely going to purchase this again but I might buy a few other brands versions as well to compare.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer: I was really into this moisturizer in the summer months but I’ve now recently switched. I’m going to finish off the few I have as of right now and then I will most likely go back.
The Oscars were last night and my house was lucky enough to keep power long enough to watch the whole thing. The wind and snow were intense last night; breakers were blowing and branches were breaking all over the neighborhood. Recent awards ceremonies I haven’t been too excited on many outfits but last night I loved a lot of the looks but I narrowed it down to my top 5!
1. Jennifer Lawrence
2. Kate Hudson
She is my favorite actress and every red carpet she seems to kill it! This Versace dressed looked flawless on her and it got even better when she removed the cape like draping when she presented an award.
3. Olivia Wilde (& Jason Sudeikis)
4. Sandra Bullock
Could Gravity have won any more awards?! I was never drawn to seeing that movie but now after the Oscars, I feel like I need to! I loved this deep navy Alexander McQueen gown on her with her side swept curls. Elegance at its best.
5. Angelina Jolie ( & Brad Pitt)
Another duo, I know! But the guys looked just as great that evening. Angelina Jolie is never one of my favorites, I’m not sure why. This long sleeve, beaded Elie Saab dress was perfection on her. She was glowing and looked super feminine.
Another few honorable mentions of my other favorites were:
- Kerry Washington: Uhhh hello gorgeous pregnant lady in purple!
- Lupito Nyong’o: Nirobi Blue. Enough said.
- Jennifer Garner: That fringe was gorgeous but her hair was my favorite.
- Anne Hathaway: Someone I’m not usually a fan of looked gorgeous in Gucci.
- Emma Watson: This metallic Vera Wang top & skirt was everything to me.
Waxing is not an option in my world, it’s necessary! If I stuck to shaving, I swear I would have to do it every third day just to keep away stubble. I previously used only the microwaveable pots of wax by Andrea (which I still love). The pot became a bit of a hassle because it was messy and I was constantly running up and down the stairs to reheat the wax.
I always saw wax strips in the drugstore but never trusted their “removing power”. I finally decided to buy them and I am so glad I did! It works just as well as the pot, if not better. There is absolutely no mess and dare I say, no pain. Also the strips are very long, cutting your leg waxing time in half. The only thing is that certain areas, I would prefer to still use the pot for precision application (ex. eyebrows & bikini).
The box comes with either 20 or 40 strips. You will only have half the amount because you’ll be warming them up between your hands and pulling them apart creating two strips. You also receive four “Perfect Finish Wipes”. These are used once your done waxing to soothe the skin and prevent irritation.
I am a huge LUSH addict. I love splurging on their bath bombs, melts, and bubble bars. I’ve also really loved their fresh face masks. After hearing about the Mask Of Magnaminty on Jacyln Hill and Nicole Guerriro’s YouTube channels (If you don’t watch them already, you need to), I knew this would be my next purchase. The thing I love about this mask more than the fresh face versions, is that it doesn’t need to stay in the fridge and it won’t expire as quickly. If you’ve bought the “Fresh Face Masks” you know that the ingredients are all perishable, so they have about a week and a half of use.
Mask of Magnaminty is a face and body mask. It has peppermint oil in it (hence the name) and it makes your skin feel instantly cool and tingly, which I love. Kaolin and peppermint oil is going to deep clean your pores to pull out debris. Vanilla absolute is going to calm your redness and honey is going to soothe your skin. They have Aduki Beans in the mask to “exfoliate” but there isn’t much exfoliation happening. I would still recommend an exfoliating toner in combination with your skincare.
I will definitely be buying the bigger version of this mask, when I run out of this one! Any product recommendations from Lush would be much appreciated, I want to start branching out!