Tag: makeup

Wet&Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks Review

makeup September 11, 2018

Hi, my loves!

Today I thought I’d do a review on a product I’ve been using for a while now, almost every day. This is the Wet and Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick.

There are two particular colors I am drawn to. The first one, being “Give Me Mocha“, which is a more neutral, almost 90s mocha/brick color. This color mimics quite closely the natural lip color I already have so it’s perfect for every day wear. The next color, is a more vibrant color, which is “Berry Recognize“, a very bold pink-berry shade.

I really like this liquid lipstick, like a lot. At first, I thought the applicator was slightly difficult to use but over time I’ve gotten used to it. It applies evenly and distributes the color wonderfully. You literally need only one coat of this lipstick unless you really want to build up the pigmentation. The lipstick is a little drying, but I like it because it means it actually does dry down to a true matte lipstick. You can eat oil-based foods with this lipstick and you don’t need to touch up.

This product is cruelty-free and vegan! It also retails for around $5 USD. I have seen these at both Walgreens and Target for those who are wondering! There’s a decent shade range, and there are always new colors coming out for the holidays. Also, they do carry a metallic range of this formula and they are so beautiful to apply alone or on top of another lipstick.

If you are looking to expand your cruelty-free makeup collection, Wet and Wild has always been a favorite of mine. I also recommend their contour palette, highlighters, and their lip pencils.

If you have any shades you like from this range, please let me know in the comments because I am always keen to pick new ones up! I hope you are all having a lovely week so far!

Love,

Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

blog, skincare April 27, 2018

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

Minimalism: My Journey Thus Far

Uncategorized November 8, 2017

Hi Darlings,

It may sound completely ridiculous that I have a beauty blog but I have the mindset of a minimalist. If you looked at my bedroom you probably wouldn’t believe I have a minimalist mindset either but over the last year, I have tremendously decreased the amount of “stuff” I buy and have been decluttering what I own almost every other week.

I believe minimalism truly is a mindset and a lifestyle and I have the mindset down, I am working on the lifestyle part still. I wouldn’t say I ever had a hoarding issue or a stockpiling issue, but rather just hold onto things I never used such as clothes and even knick-knacks for my apartment. I love shopping, and I specifically love thrift store shopping because you can get almost anything you want for a minimal price but it ended up making my wardrobe expand into something I didn’t ever expect it to. I was buying designer clothes just because they were inexpensive and I was barely looking at the item or if it would even be worn once after I brought it home. Similarly, with makeup, I would go to Ulta all the time and buy heaps of makeup with the intention of wearing it every day but I ended up with overwhelming amounts of products and not enough face to wear them. It took a big step for me to decide to change but I have and I’m going to briefly talk about what I have done and how to maintain it.

If I’m going, to be honest with you, it was Youtube videos and blog posts about minimalism that truly inspired me to change my ways. I was watching a few videos that explained what minimalism was and how each person went through a process of decluttering. I knew almost immediately this was something I needed to do. I never grew an emotional attachment to any of my clothes, makeup, jewelry, etc, so it wasn’t that hard to do so. I know some people may think they need to keep something because they spent so much money on something but at the end of the day if it isn’t making you completely happy or being used often, it doesn’t need to be in your house.

I did end up decluttering my items, and it felt amazing, and I took a vow to not purchase what I didn’t need after I did this. I also decided at the time I would only purchase cruelty-free makeup products or vegan makeup products. This lasted probably a few weeks before I splurged again on makeup, and a month or so went by before I was back to using some non-cruelty-free products. I’m saying this because I want to be honest because this process to minimalism is not easy. However, I have the best intentions when it comes to what I own and I have managed to keep my makeup collection down, my clothing in order and at a minimum, and I no longer buy endless amounts of things for no reason. I am human, and I enjoy shopping but I try to shop with a purpose now. I also take a few moments a few times a month to go through my things and ask myself if I’m actually using it or if I should purge it from my collection/wardrobe/etc.

Another substantial part of minimalism is your thoughts and actions. It is important to keep your mind in a happy place and it is hard to do that when you are constantly thinking about a thousand things at once. The way I have combated this behavior is by writing things down and making lists or keeping organized. I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling right now.

Minimalism, I have learned, is something you need to keep up with and I am not a minimalist by any means compared to some people but I have truly decided to have less in my life has given me more time to focus on my life instead of my possessions.

I do hope I can challenge myself to go through more areas of my life and remove extra clutter and I will certainly update you in the future when I do.

If you are looking for more information on minimalism, I recommend Pinterest or searching it on YouTube!

Have a lovely night,

  • Julie

 

The No-Makeup-Makeup-Look

Uncategorized November 4, 2017

Hello, my loves! Happy Saturday!

In accordance with the weekend, I thought I’d discuss my typical makeup look that I wear during the weekend (and some of the week). I try to be a more minimalistic beauty person, I tend to go for more simple makeup looks that are natural and can be worn on an everyday basis. However, there are still times when I do a full face of makeup! So, the look I’m going to talk about today is basically when I want to wear makeup but not look like I am wearing any — or at least not much.

I have four products which make up my no-makeup look.

Base: BB Cream, which stands for BEAUTY BALM, and is known to have more skin benefits, but typically less coverage, these often have an SPF in the formula. I’ve used several different BB creams, and a few of my favorites are the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, Tarte BB Cream, and Maybelline Dream BB. Another great product for these days is a skin tint, which is basically a small amount of coverage that evens out your natural skin tone. I recommend Rimmel’s Skin Tint or Glossier skin tint.

Blush: I typically do not like to use a powder blush on these days but rather use a cream formula, or even a creamy lipstick to bring color back into my face. My favorite cream blush is from Wet & Wild, which is their Photofocus blush range, they come in a stick form, and all their colors are absolutely wonderful and easy to apply and inexpensive! I’d also recommend the Glossier Cloud Paints which come in the colors Dusk, Beam, Puff, and Haze which are all natural, buildable colors which look like you were born with glow and color.

Brows: Brows are such an important part of your daily makeup routine whether it is a full face of makeup or just a few key items. Brows frame your face and can make you look a lot more youthful if done correctly, so make sure the items you use on your brows works with what you need them to do. Personally, I only need one item for my brows because they are definitely more on the full side but I like to fill in some sparse areas so I use a wax brow pencil by ELF. I highly recommend looking at ELF brow products because they are so inexpensive and have the ability to transform your brows and they last for months!

Balm: On days when I wear less makeup I really don’t see the need to wear a bold lip or even a lipstick at all. Instead, I choose a lip balm, and my favorite is the cherry chapstick. I honestly cannot get enough of the feeling of a nice balm on my lips, and the cherry chapstick also provides a bit of color to my lips. If you need something a little richer, try something like a vaseline or even a gloss can sometimes provide extra hydration.

Obviously, this look can be modified depending on the season or whatever your preferences are, so have fun with it!

There’s a quote by Rosie Huntington Whitely which I really enjoy and it says “makeup is meant to enhance, not hide” and I strongly believe in this when it comes to my own makeup.

Have a lovely day,

Julie

 

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation Review [cruelty free]

Uncategorized October 21, 2017

Hello, my dears!

So, today I thought I would do a review of the Wet N Wild Photofocus foundation[retails for $6]. I am choosing to review this product because I have now used two shades of this foundation, have applied it many different ways and feel like I can give an honest review.

Alright, so to start off I will say I have combination skin. I have oily skin and dry skin present on different areas of my face and I do believe this foundation would work for either dry or oily skin. To me, this foundation has a natural finish but it leans on the side of matte and definitely controls oil. The coverage is about medium coverage but can be built up to almost full coverage if that coverage is desired. The applicator for this product is in spatula form and it is an excellent way to make sure too much product does not get wasted. I’ve also noticed you do not need a lot of this product to get even coverage, which is a plus!

The color selection for this range of foundation is pretty good, even though I think it depends on what store you visit. I personally am in the shade “Nude Ivory” and it is almost perfect for my skin, but in my opinion, this product oxidizes and can easily become too dark if you don’t take this into consideration.

As far as application goes, honestly I enjoy the application with a sponge or a stippling brush. There are many other brushes I have used though, and they all seem to apply wonderfully.

The foundation also lasts for a good 8 hours without showing much difference, and in my opinion, it does not need to be set.  This foundation also sets very quickly.

There is no flashback either! Hence the name!

I chose this foundation not only because it is inexpensive but also because it is cruelty-free and vegan. I strongly believe that if a company can price their products this low and make the quality as high as it is, we need to ask ourselves why other companies won’t.

Overall,  I ADORE this foundation, with all the aspects mentioned above being taken into consideration. It is perfect for me and I will continue to use it.

4.9/5.0 [the smell does kind of smell like paint]