Monday, August 14, 2017

Baby Foot Does the Job

If you're someone who has dry feet or corns, or if you're a runner, this is the perfect product for making your feet look and feel baby soft. You'll need to set aside an hour, so we suggest sitting down to watch your favorite tv show.

You'll slide your feet in the booties, aka bags filled with the miracle gel. And just like that, you sit for an hour and let the lavender scented gel soak into your feet!

In about 5 days, your skin just falls off--no, not all your skin, just the dead skin. So as the dead cells shed, your soft, smooth skin is revealed!

I give this product 5 kisses!



It's available on www.babyfoot.com for $25.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lancome: My Favorite Hello and Hardest Goodbye

I've been buying Lancome Definicils mascara on and off for as long as I can remember because I know this is the mascara I should always use, but I hate paying $27.50 for it (even though it's worth it).

This mascara goes on thin and never flakes. It's been consistent for as long as I've been buying it and makes my lashes look absolutely flawless. I just can't stress that enough. It's the best mascara I've ever used. I always think I'll find something just as good for half the price and I never do.

Plus, it comes in Black, Deep Black, and Deep Brown, so what more could you ask for from a mascara? I'm sure I'll cheat on it again because of its price, but I really do always come back to it.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.lancome-usa.com for $27.50.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Urban Decay: Let's Talk Highlight

I need to rave about Urban Decay's Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in shade Sin because Lord knows we've never seen a better highlighter.

I've had plenty of problems with highlighters being too sparkly, but this champagne highlighter is the perfect mix between sparkle and shimmer. The perfect compliment to my skin, the powder highlighter never feels cakey or looks greasy when applied.

As unnatural as makeup is, it really feels like it provides a natural accent on my cheekbones, giving me the "no makeup" makeup look.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.urbandecay.com for $26.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Beauty Protector: The Secret to Shine

I'm big on styling my hair, which means I'm also big on protecting my hair from damage. Naturally, hair oil is a favorite of mine.

I was stoked when I came across Beauty Protector's Hair oil. Not only does it smell a little like cotton candy, it really does "keep hair healthy, shiny and happy," just like the bottle says.

I first used the product right after I had straightened my hair. It instantly gave my hair shine and revitalized my ends. My hair lost its frizz and my baby hairs were tamed! It doesn't even make my hair greasy. This could be the best hair oil I've used so far.

I give this hair oil 5 kisses.



It's available on www.birchbox.com for $28.

Monday, July 31, 2017

NYX Liquid Suede


I have to rave about another one of my favorite products, NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick. 

Let's start with the packaging. Cute and simple, it does its job and shows how much of the lip color you have left. 

What about the applicator? Perfection in a brush! Angled to ease application, the brush makes it easy to create straight, crisp lines, giving you a glamorous look (for just $8.99!). While it does smudge easily, the cream is soft and hydrating, and dries with a matte finish.

And last, but certainly not least, I have handle of their shades, but my favorite by far is Soft-Spoken, a muted rose.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.nyxcosmetics.com for $7.00, normally, but it's currently on sale for $4.90!

Friday, July 28, 2017

#GRLPWR is a Let Down

For obvious reasons, I was psyched when I got my hands on The Beauty Crop's #GWRPWR Matte Liquid Lipstick. Mixing feminism with matte lipstick? Who wouldn't be won over? And I was a sucker for the shade "Imma Bawse," a dark red wine color.

But my excitement was crushed the minute I cracked open the tube and tried to put on the lipstick. The product itself is strangely thick and doesn't spread well,  so if you rely on rubbing your lips together to even out the color, this product isn't for you.

I put on one layer and then went over it to even out my lines. I had it on for about 5 minutes when it felt like the lipstick was disintegrating off my face. I looked in the mirror to see the color crumbling off my lips. And to top it off, the product was streaky AND dry.

Unfortunately, I was only impressed by the cute name of this lipstick.

I give it 1 kiss.



It's available on thebeautycrop.com for $14.95.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Say Aloha to Beautiful Lips

As if the Hawaiians already didn't have everything we want, they even have the best beauty products.

Luckily, they're sharing.

Hanalei, the beauty company based in Honolulu, knows how to treat chapped and sun dried lips. Their lip treatment is a gift from the gods to women struggling in dry weather, whether it's hot or cold.

Hanalei suggests using their product before bedtime (or throughout the day) so I followed instruction. I was happy to discover that the treatment while hydrating, isn't sticky and thick. It feels just like lip balm, but has the power of a treatment. Is it cheesy to say it feels like a vacation for your lips? But really, who can resist the shine it gives your lips?

Think it can't get better? It can. Because Hanalei makes products 100% from kukui nut oil, the product is unscented and also 100% natural.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available www.hanaleicompany.com for $20.




Friday, July 21, 2017

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder: A Photo Finish Look

I first tested out Neutrogena's SkinClearing Mineral Powder when I was about 16. I wanted a thick powder to cover blemishes and give me a fresh, matte finish and thanks to Neutrogena, I found it.

And I've stuck with it. Naturally, my skin has changed since I was a teenager, but this powder has yet to fail me. The applicator even has two sides: a smooth side for light coverage or touch ups and a textured side for heavy coverage. The powder feels light no matter which applicator you use and always leaves you picture perfect.

The powder even uses micro clear technology to make sure there are no break outs as a result of heavy application. What could be better for 16-year-old me? Nothing. What could be better for me? Nothing!

I give this 5 kisses.


It's available on www.neutrogena.com for $13.99.

Monday, July 17, 2017

NARS is a Girl's Best Friend

I'm big on hiding those pesky blemishes and uneven skin tones, so naturally, I'm big on concealers. Hands down, my favorite concealer is NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer. I use the Honey shade because its peach tones are perfect for my fair to medium complexion.

I've used this product for a long, long time, but I'm reviewing it now because it's still the best I've used. I've strayed a few times from my beloved concealer, but I always come back.

Unlike others, this NARS concealer really covers imperfections. You won't spend 30 minutes applying, dabbing, blending, and rubbing this concealer on to find the perfect balance of coverage. Just a quick dab and blend and your skin is radiant as ever. It takes me less than 2 minutes to cover the circles around my eyes.

And the best part? It's thick and provides even coverage, without looking cakey or feeling heavy on your skin. No grease, no shine, no worries.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.sephora.com for $30.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Minus 417 Brings a Huge Plus!

As I'm always saying, I have the driest skin possible. If there's wind, sun, rain, snow--it doesn't matter. My hands will be dry. So basically, what I'm saying is, I'm always on the hunt for a good moisturizer and I found one with -417! (And how chic is that brand name?)

Besides the earthy fragrance (perfect for the girl who isn't all about flowery, perfume-y scented lotions), this moisturizer really works. You'll want to wait a minute before trying to turn a doorknob or type on your keyboard, but this lotion really does the trick. It's moisturizing and it feels like my hands are protected from weather (and dish soap)!

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.minus417.com for $17.

Monday, July 10, 2017

E.l.f. Brings Christmas, Round 3

I told you I can't rave about e.l.f. enough so here I am, talking about another one of their products.

I may not have disclosed this previous, but my eyebrows are very important to me. I always say they make or break your face, and I'll say it a thousand times.

So I was hesitant about switching brow products, but e.l.f. has never let me down so I gave another one of their products a shot.

I picked up their Lock on Liner & Brow Cream in Espresso, their darkest color, because I like my brows to match my roots, aka the darkest part of my hair. When I got home, I cleaned my angled brush and went to town. I was able to sculpt strong brows and the cream kept my eyebrow hairs in place, which is something I've always had a problem with! Over the course of the day, my brows usually had a few unruly hairs doing whatever they pleased, but with this cream, they were "locked" in place.

I'm in love.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.elfcosmetics.com for $4.

Friday, July 7, 2017

E.l.f Brings Christmas, Round 2

After being fully disappointed by my Jessie's Girl eyeliner, I set out to find a new (and good!) liquid liner that wouldn't hurt my wallet.

And of course, being the drug store makeup guru I try to be, I turned to e.l.f.

I found their Expert Liquid Liner in Jet Black (because who uses brown?) for just $2. Yep, $2.

The best part? It works like a $40 liner. It's thin applicator allows for subtle or bold lines, all dependent on your styling. And unlike Jessie's Girl Cosmetics, this liner is opaque and strong. If you miss a spot, you can just go right back over your eyelid and you won't have to worry about wiping anything off.

I've had the world's perfect cat eye for 3 days now and I don't see myself giving it up any time soon. I can't rave about e.l.f enough.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.elfcosmetics.com for $2.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Real Chemistry: Real Soft or Real Scam?

I was so pumped to try Real Chemistry's Luminous 3-Minute Peel for the Body. I'm exfoliating type of girl. When my skin's clean, my soul feels clean. Dramatic, but when you feel good on the inside, you feel good on the outside.

So I used this peel on my shoulders and chest in the shower. I'm not sure if it was the running water or the product itself, but I was disappointed. The scrub says to massage the peel in a circular motion to exfoliate and it will form solids in 15-20 seconds. So I massaged it into my shoulders. 15 seconds went by, 20 seconds went by. I eventually felt little beads form under my fingertips, but they didn't seem to really be doing anything to my skin. It was very surface level.

There's even a warning on the package that says, "This product is a powerful exfoliant designed to remove dead skin. Do not use on areas where skin is especially thin and test the product on a small area before use to assess sensitivity. After exfoliating, we strongly recommend applying an effective physical sun block..." so I was expecting a DEEP cleanse and I barely got a little scrub.

Sigh.

I give this 1 kiss.



It's available at www.Ulta.com for $34.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kate Moss & Rimmel: Look Over Quality

My least favorite thing about chapstick has always been the packaging. Yes, of course, it's fully functional and does its job, but when comparing lipsticks to chapsticks, lipsticks always have cuter tubes. So when I found the Kate Moss and Rimmel London collaboration, I was ecstatic. With a lipstick tube-like look, I was convinced I'd found my new favorite chapstick.
And as far as the look and glamour appeal goes, I had. But as far as the product goes, I hadn't. Sure, the lip balm gives me a nice shine, but that's pretty much all it does. With very little moisturizing going on, it's safe to say the Kate Lip Conditioning Balm is far from conditioning. I actually felt like my lips might have been drier after I used it. I think I'll stick to my Burt's Bees when winter comes around.

I'll give the lip balm 3 kisses.


It's available on www.ulta.com for $5.49.




Monday, June 26, 2017

I Don't Want Jessie's Girl

There are advantages and disadvantages to every liquid eyeliner, as we all know.

One of my usual quarrels with liquid liner is getting a thin, straight wing, but I can't say that's a problem with Jesse's Girl Liquid Liner. With its felt tip, there's no wing this liner can't master.

That being said however, you better hope you get even coverage the first time you drag it across your lid because if you go over the liner again and again, it wipes itself off. Like most liquid eyeliners, it's like your eyelid is a dry erase board and the liner is a marker. The more you try to fix it, the worse it gets and the less it shows up.

So I'll admit, when I use Jesse's Girl, I usually use a pencil liner to fill in the gray areas. I suppose you  really do get what you pay for.

But I really, really love the lines I get with this felt tip. They're easily the best I've gotten out of any liquid liner so I'll give this product 3 kisses.



It's available on www.JessesGirlCosmetics.com for $6.99.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bobbi Brown Gave Me that Sun-Kissed Glow

Because I don't get out in the sun too much anymore, I've been using the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. But I was worried about using the mousse on my face because I didn't want it to come out too dark or look splotchy so I decided to invest in a bronzer.

I was always hesitant about trying bronzer. I'm not sure why, but my makeup artist-friend always finished off every look with bronzer so I figured it's worth a shot.

So I splurged on Bobbi Brown's Bronzing Powder in Natural and I completely love it. And I got the perfect blend with my BlendSmart brush. Plus, if I ever put too much on, I can dust it off with my brush.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com for $42.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beach Day Revised Thanks to St. Tropez

First things first, it's a self-tanning product, which automatically means it's not the perfect shade for your skin. For me, St. Tropez's Self Tan Bronzing Mousse was too dark, but it did look a lot better after a few days, as was expected.

It's hard to work in the mousse around your knees, elbows, and feet without making them orange so it might be a good idea to keep a damp cloth near you during application to pat away some of the product.

This self-tanning product surprised me with how fast it dried! It didn't get on any of my clothes or sheets, which is definitely a notable aspect for self tanner!

Ultimately, it's great for quick color.

I give it 4 kisses.



It's available on www.jet.com for $41.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bobbi Brown: A Rosy Kiss

I've always found that on my olive skin, some blushes look completely different in different lighting. In other words, I love it in the store, but I hate it when I get home.
So this time at Sephora, I had an associate help me because those individuals know their makeup. We picked out Bobbi Brown's Blush in Sand Pink.

And I absolutely love this color! It works amazing with my BlendSmart brush and looks beautiful on my skin tone. I definitely recommend it for anyone who shares my struggle to find a great blush for olive skin.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.shop.nordstorm.com for $28.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not So Crepe-y Crepe Cream

I usually don't buy anything off of informercials, but as I was lying in bed, this crepe cream called me somehow. And of course, knowing it won't fix crepe-y skin, I bought it anyway.

So my TruFirm Complex Crepe Erase cream comes in the mail and the directions instruct me to use only a pea-sized amount. And I was glad I read the instructions. This cream is incredibly moisturizing, it has a similar consistency to Crisco, which doesn't sound appealing, but this cream is definitely the fix for dry skin!

Naturally, it does nothing for crepe-y skin, but at least it smells like magnolia flowers.

I give it three kisses for false advertisement.



It's available on www.QVC.com for $120.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Simple Human The Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View: A Poorly Lit Reflection

I went into Neiman with a gift certificate from a client. I didn't necessarily need anything, but don't we all need something from Neiman every once in a while? I was ecstatic to find Simple Human's The Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View because it's supposed to adjust to different lighting. So in theory, if I want to look in the mirror and put on my makeup with lighting that reflects dawn, I could.

But in reality, I can't. While the lighting does change, it's not significant enough to justify this product's cost.

It does have some major pros, though, I must add. The light can be controlled with an app on your phone or tablet! Plus, it functions without a plug. It has a rechargeable battery that you just need a USB port to juice up again, but unfortunately, the mirror is heavy, which makes it a little difficult to move. So while the idea is not to have to move it, you might need to to charge it.

And the mirror itself tilts, which is perfect for applying mascara or false lashes!

But yet again, I was disappointed by the magnification in the mirror. I could've used a more significant magnification than the mirror gave me. Not to mention, the side mirrors don't stay angled unless you hold them. When I grow a third hand to hold my BlendSmart brush and the mirror at the same time, putting on makeup will be easier to manage.

But at least it looks gorgeous sitting atop my vanity.

I give it 3 kisses.



It's available on www.neimanmarcus.com for $400.00.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Marc Jacobs: the Right Choice Brought to You by The Informed Choice

I've had my quarrels with Marc Jacobs. I mean, that giant (and neon yellow) cloth tote that everyone had in 2010... Really? But alas, I have dismissed my prejudice and was happy to find his lipstick at a routine Sephora visit.

Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick is his peace offering (after I had to see that neon yellow bag every day of my high school career) or at least, that's how I'll take it. This creamy, hydrating stick is easily a new favorite. I picked up the shade known as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which is a baked rose, and was happy to find there was no running or smudging after application. Of course, there was transfer of color around the top of my beer bottle, but the lines on my lips were crisp and remained so.

So Mr. Jacobs, apology accepted. I give your lipstick 5 kisses.





It's available on www.sephora.com for $30.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Chella's Eyebrow Pencil: A Savior or a Tease?

I love doing my eyebrows, they're probably my favorite part of my makeup ritual so when I came across Chella's Eyebrow Pencil, I was, naturally, over the moon.

I was surprised to learn there were only 3 colors--taupe, ebony, and auburn (sorry blondes!)--none of which seemed to match the dark brown look I was hoping for, but I decided to give the taupe shade a chance.

And somehow, it matched my hair! The mechanical pencil (thank God) is thin enough to give you constant control of your shape. Whether you like your brows thin or extra thick, this pencil can do it all. And of course, let's not forget, if you're going for the most natural look possible, you can always smudge and blend the pigment for a lighter look.

It's fair to say I ended up more than please with Chella's eyebrow pencil.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.chella.com for $18.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Manna Kadar Cosmetics is the Man of the Hour

Looking for a lip color that stays all day? Well, sit back and relax. You and your wallet don't have to do the research because I've done it for you! Manna Kadar's LipLocked Priming Gloss Stain is everything you're looking for.

With 11 fabulous shades, I picked up Rosette, which the brand describes as a poppy pink, an accurate description. When I first opened the tube, the gloss seemed sticky and thick, but first impressions aren't always accurate. This gloss is smooth and hydrating with a color that will last you all day long.

The only flaw I hate to bring up is the gloss' scent. Nothing fruity or sweet, but instead an artificial, processed fragrance that's reminiscent of clay.

But fret not, if you use the brand's replenishing services, you can subscribe to automatic refills every 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or even 6 months and you'll never run out!

I give it 4 kisses.



It's available on www.mannakadarcosmetics.com for $24.

Friday, May 26, 2017

NARS: A Girl's Dream Come True

I have to bring up my foundation. While some women have a love-hate or hate-hate relationship with their foundations, I have a love-love. You'll never hear me say I don't have good coverage or my foundation slides off my face. If you love liquid foundation, I highly suggest you splurge for NARS.

NARS' All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is an amazing product. I use shade Sante Fe (or Medium 2) and with its peachy undertones, it perfectly balances out my skin. And believe me when I say it never looks like the wrong color after application.

For those looking to cover imperfections or even out their skin tones, NARS is a girl's best friend. I promise.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available at www.sephora.com for $52.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Salon Quality Roots!

For the days we don't have time to spend 3 hours in the salon, we turn to drug store hair dye to touch up our roots. And in this case, mine were past overdue. I'm very hesitant about my hair. I don't like going to new salons because I never know how dark or light my hair will be when I walk out. If I'm skeptical about new salons, you can only imagine how nervous I get about selecting hair dye at Target. If you couldn't already tell, my hair is a very important feature to me. Like my eyebrows, I feel like it makes or breaks me. The years where I was blonde, for example, broke me. So I dye my natural light roots to a deep brown.

Revlon's 33 Dark Soft Brown, to be exact. I can't express enough how much time and money Revlon's hair dye saved me.

Well, actually, I can. Instead of the usual $120 salon treatment, I spent $2.84 on hair dye. $2.84. Granted I have plenty of salon experience so I've caught the main gist of how to dye roots (I know to dye my hair piece by piece and comb the color through), but I felt like I walked out of a salon after my hair dried.

The dye kit comes with instructions, gloves, the die and an applicator-type bottle, and of course, conditioner. (And the conditioner smells so good!) It's really everything you need in a box. It's important to note that while I did get dye on my fingers, it was gone after less than 12 hours. And I did get some on my favorite sports bra (learn from my mistake and avoid wearing something you have to pull over your head when you dye your hair), but it came out with immediate attention, and soap and water.

I give Revlon's ColorSilk Beautiful Color 5 kisses.
It's available at www.walmart.com for $2.97.