Favorite Mascaras

Mascara is probably my favorite piece of makeup, I can be wearing absolutely no makeup on my face and I put a little mascara on and boom- looking alive and female hahahha

I have probably tried every mascara on the market, both drug store brand and high end, everything from Dior, Chanel, Smashbox, Maybelline, Loreal, Rimmel etc. etc. the list goes on and on (I have a slight obsession with makeup, can you tell? ;) )

Here are my current favorites are as follows

Drug Store

L’Oréal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara in Carbon Black

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This formula builds and thickens voluptuous lashes while conditioning them, so they remain supple and healthy. It has a plush brush that is designed to glide on just the right amount of mascara without clumping or flaking. It is a non-irritating, fragrance-free formula that is safe for sensitive eyes and contact wearers.

 

High End

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara

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This mascara conditions, treats, and protects lashes. Clinically proven to increase lash volume. Dermatologist tested. Ophthalmologist tested. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten.

 

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara

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A lengthening mascara that curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes. The specially designed brush features staggered bristles that grab close to the root, boosting length and volume. It has a custom-domed tip uses precision bristles to lift, define, and curl. A glossy, jet-black, long-wearing formula that lasts all day without clumping (which is acutally my favorite part about this particular mascara it legit does not clump)

 

Valentines, Galentines, and Palentines Day

I can say I honestly would never get sick of getting any type of beauty product as a gift. To be quite honest I would rather receive a beauty item for Valentine’s day over flowers anyday!

I work at a beauty store (today was actually my first day, my legs and feet are killin, heels and standing/walking around for 5 hours do not mix for me—I need to build up some leg muscles… eek!) and I wanted to take note of what people typically purchase for valentine’s day for their significant others.

Here’s what I found:

Perfume/ Cologne: seriously you can’t wrong with fragrance, I feel like a smell can invoke a certain feeling or bring back a certain fond memory, and that is always a sentimental and lovely way to remind someone just how much you love and care for them.

Here are 2 or my personal favorite perfumes:

Michael Kors Sexy Sunset (side note: my first interaction with a costumer today was selling this perfume, she was so kind and so sweet- it absolutely set the tone for my day:) ) it smells delicious with notes of blackcurrant, peony and vanilla. The fondest memories of summer and warmth flood my memories when I smell this perfume.

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Thierry Mugler Alien : I have never received as many compliments on my perfume as I do when I am wearing Alien. Notes of Indian jasmine, woods, and white amber. It’s one of the most seductive and enticing scents I have ever smelt, I feel an overwhelming sense of calm when I wear this perfume (which is amazing because I tend to have bouts of anxiety and when I smell Alien I can bring myself down from anxiousness) Also can we please point out the utter beauty of this bottle, it looks magical!

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Here are 2 of my personal favorite colognes:

Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue Pour Homme: This is a cologne with a lot of depth and complexity with notes of juniper, bergamot, grapefruit, Sicilian mandarin, Sichuan pepper, rosemary, rosewood, incense, musk wood, and oak.

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Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme: This is literally the cleanest smelling cologne I have ever smelt, and seriously who doesn’t love the smell of clean! With notes of marine, mandarin, bergamot, neroli, persimmon, rosemary, nasturtium, jasmine, amber, patchouli, and cistus. You can not go wrong with Acqua Di Gio, I could sniff it all day lol

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What have you purchased for your significant other, or better yet yourself ;) (treat yo’self!!! -if you get that Parks and Rec reference- I love you lol)  this Valentine’s Day?

 

On trend

Bombre (aka Baylayage and Ombre had a baby lol) : a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect into a natural ombre

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Oval Acrylics:

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Coffin Nails: a cross between stiletto and square

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Greige Lipstick:  a beige gray (my personal favorite is Invasion by Gerard Cosmetics is literally the best greige lipstick I have ever found)

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These are a few of the trendy beauty related things that I am currently obsessed with! What are some of the trends you are obsessing over?

If you were trapped on an island…

*sigh* the age old question, So if you were trapped on an island with a really smokin hot dude and could only bring one beauty item, what would it be and why?

Me, I would bring the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

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For one, everyone looks better with mascara. Secondly, this particular mascara is amazing- it is a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes.

It is described as a “push up bra for your lashes” (lol) and that is exactly what it is!

I have a serious obsession with this mascara, and I totally bought it on accident, but I sure am glad I made that mistake because I will never look back, this is my go to mascara!

So what would you bring? Remember- smokin hot guy inhabits this island ;)

Clinque Beyond Perfecting

Holy heavens of mercy- the hype is real…Clinque’s Beyond Perfecting foundation and concealer is legit. I loved it so much the next day I purchased another bottle, but alas will it compare to my ultimate go to favorite foundation Estee Lauder Double Wear?

It most definitely compares! I can confidently say I will use both interchangeably. The consistency and finish is completely different from one another.

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Beyond perfecting is lightweight yet full coverage, and is much more moisturizing than the double wear. Yet it does tend to crease a little easier than the double wear.

I can see myself using Beyond Perfecting more often in the winter when my skin is much drier. But I’m not too sure how it will hold up in the humidity ad heat. So again I will absolutely use both products, and can confidently say that I love both equally

Have you tried Beyond Perfecting? How does it compare to your current favorite foundation?

 

 

The hype: Micellar Cleansing Water

We have all been privy to the hype that is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, in fact when I first visited my local CVS they were completely out of stock.

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What is Micellar Cleansing water you may ask? Embarrassingly enough I have never even heard of it before, although many companies such as Caudalie, Simple, and Bioderma have had this type of cleansing water for years.

Garnier describes it as an all-in-1 cleanser that is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying.

So I gave it a go. Full face of makeup worn throughout the day, and rather than removing it with my go to favorite makeup remover (Lancôme Bi-Facial) I used the micellar water as directed to remove my makeup as directed per the instructions.

I was surprised with the results as it did in fact remove all of my makeup. Although it was not as easy as described it did what it had said, with zero oils to boot.

All in all, I liked the product. You do have to completely saturate a cotton pad, where as with an oil based makeup remover I tend to find that you only need a small amount to remove an entire face of makeup. I would continue to use it, but it won’t replace my go to makeup remover. I can see myself using it on days where I’m not wearing too much makeup or in the summertime for a refreshing quick cleanse.

So what do you think? Have you jumped on the micellar band wagon?

 

Facial hair- the bane of my existence

Ugh, even the word just irks me, but lets get real- I have facial hair. As a female- this sucks, I absolutely hate it and literally as soon as I can afford laser hair removal I will be at the dermatologists like HAYYYYY GURL! time to get this shit off my face. Anyway, I have  decided to share what I do to combat female facial hairs and body hair in general.

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I am of Mediterranean descent (Greek and Italian to be specific)  usually (not always)women of my specific genetic disposition (from the areas of Greece and Italy I come from) tend to have some type of facial hair, or arm hair or a lil extra leg hair (etc etc) i tend to suffer from not just one- but all of these lovely things hahahha. I will not complain too much though because I do have super stong, thick dark hair (on my head lol) that I love.

This is what I do to combat these things:

I actually shave my arms, the hair on my arms isn’t super coarse so it doesn’t come in any thicker or darker–in fact lets debunk that myth right now- if you shave something it doesn’t actually come back thicker, faster, or darker. The razor cuts the hair at a flat angle so it appears to be thick when in reality the hair just has a flat top. So I shave my arms once a week with a regular razor and shaving cream then I moisturize like crazy because my skin tends to be extra dry after I shave.

Rather then shaving my legs, because lets get real I don’t have the patience to shave my legs every single day, I use  Veet dipiltory cream on them. Veet is not for everyone, if you have really sensitive skin a chemical cream will just irritate it. Also if you have just shaved DO NOT use a chemical dipiltory! I made that mistake- and I would never do it again- I feel like my legs were on fire. But I find that since using Veet the hair on my legs tend to grow a lot slower than with shaving. I’m not going to get all technical (because really who cares what thioglycolate and disulfide bonds are if it gets the hair off lol) but basically the cream breaks down the bonds of your hair shaft making it easy to wipe away. In my particular case the hair grows a lot slower. I only need to use it once a week and I stay pretty good, although in the summer time when my pasty skin shows itself, I do tend to use a combination of Veet and shaving (but again, NEVER EVER use Veet right after you shave your legs lol)

Now onto my least favorite of hairs….facial hair (eek)

I have parts of my face where the hair is super fine and barely noticeable but other parts of my face the hair is coarse and dark (which is the absolute worst) for example my upper lips and chin area  tend to have darker hairs. For the areas of my face where the hair grows darker and thicker, I use a facial diplitory cream, the Sally Hansen is my favorite (and the conditioning cream smells like rosemary :) which I loveeee). After that I shave the parts of my face that are really fine and light- this helps my makeup go on smoother and more flawlessly. I know this is taboo, but honestly I shave the fine hairs with a regular disposable razor, I’ve tried the eyebrow razors (such as the Tinkle razor) and I kind of hated it, it was rough and felt terrible against my skin- the directions were to shave dry and that just resulted in a rash on my face that lasted two days. So I use the same EOS shaving cream that I use for my legs and use a regular razor. I do this AFTER I use the dipilitory cream, and I DO NOT go over the areas where I used the dipilitory cream.

I really hate having facial hair, it is something I am very self conscious about, and something that I feel like everyone notices (even if I remove it) If you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to worry about this I envy you lol!

So what do you do for the annoying hair on your body?