Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lush Lip Scrub Review

Hi Guys!
I hope you all had a good monday! It was so rainy in Jersey; I wish I could've stayed in bed all day but good thing its sunny now! Today, I decided to review LUSH Lip Scrub in sweet lips. This lip scrub is actually taking over the blogging world and after trying it, I understand why! I have had it for about a week now and I could feel the different in my lips the first time I tried it. It comes in a cute little jar and retails for $9.95 at LUSH stores and on their website.

The base ingredient is sugar so it had a coarse grainy feel to it. I think thats what makes it work so well! The sugar just scrubs all of the dead skin off your lips.

I could eat the scrub out of the jar but I won't since that would just be a waste! I am a huge lover of mint chocolate chip ice cream. It is my absolute favorite and the lip scrub tastes exactly like it! After I apply it and rub it into my lips, I can't help and lick it off, it's just so good!

 I put a little bit on my finger and then rubbing into my lips. I found it best to do it over a sink since  some of the sugar grains tend to fall but it's not a big deal. I use it at night before I got to bed and in the morning after I wash my face. I apply a lip balm or a lipstick after. I found that I like it better than lip balm underneath my lipsticks. It just makes my lips feel and look  smooth.

It honestly leaves my lips soft for hours and only takes about two seconds! I'm planning on trying the bubble gum one next :). I am hoping it lasts me a while since ten dollars in a bit much for a lip scrub; I've read people saying it has lasted them up to six months so I am hopeful! 

Thank you Jamie for making this for me :)
Have any of you tried?! If so, in what flavors and what did you think?
Lots of Love,
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

OOTD April 27th 2013

Hi Guys! 
Today I decided to post my makeup and outfit for yesterday! I am in love with peacock feathers. They are absolutely stunning and are the most perfect colors. I love them so much that I actually had a peacock prom dress one year in high school! This outfit had touches of peacock accessories and my make up was peacock inspired.
My Outfit!
Business in the front
Party in the back

I'm wearing:
 Tinter rinse skinny jeans from American Eagle ($44.95)
Alya flowy top from Francesca's ($38.00)
Peacock earrings from Forever 21 ($6.95)
Peacock bracelets from Christmas ( got them as a gift, I'll try and find out where they are from)
G by Guess sandals from TJ Maxx ($19.95)

My Makeup!

I used: 
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer in Soft Honey 103
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude 202
Sephora Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat 01
Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder in Nude Beige 020
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 109
Two Sephora eyeshadows: Marie 14 and Midnight Kiss 34
One Victoria's Secret wet/dry shadow in Glamerald
Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black
Rimmel Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jungle Green
LISI Brow Perfection in Medium Dark 04
Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express in Blackest Black
Let me know if you want to see how I did my make up. Also is there a pattern or print you really like? What is it?! 
Lots of Love
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bad Gal Lash Mascara Review

Hi Guys!

So today I decided to review my new Bad Gal Lash Mascara by Benefit. Let me start of by saying I love Benefit products. I am always drawn to them because they come in the cutest boxes in such bright pretty colors. And let's be real, who doesn't love a pretty colored box?!
I was really apprehensive to try the Bad Gal Lash Mascara, just because I am in love with Benefit's They're Real! Mascara and I didn't want to either be very disappointed in the Bad Gal Lash or to love it more than my They're Real! one. 
Because of that, I decided I wasn't willing to spend 22 dollars on a full tube so I bought the sample one for 10 dollars at Sephora. I love how Sephora sells sample sizes because I am one of those girls who likes trying the product out before buying a full thing of it.

It came in a cute little black and pink box thats says " A Little Bit" Bad Gal Lash, which I thought was really clever since it is a sample size!

The actual tube is a black base with a silver top with white and pink writing on it. 

The wand is natural bristles. I prefer plastic bristles because I feel like they give me more length (aka They're Real!) and when it comes to eye lashes, I am all about length! However, I do use Dior Black Out which is bristles and I love my Black Out so I still had hope for Bad Gal. 
I wore this Mascara a few times now; once to my All Time Low concert, to class one day, and out to lunch. I do like it but I don't love it.  I think it is more of a day time event kind of mascara. It gives me great volume but it doesn't lengthen as much as my They're Real! or Black Out. I would wear this to a lunch date or a class presentation but going out at night I'd prefer one of my other mascaras. Saying this, I don't really think I would ever spend 22 dollars on a day time mascara. It does look better than my drugstore mascara but I still think 22 dollars is a lot of money. I would rather buy another They're Real! or try a different Dior one with that money.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have tried it and what you think of it! Lots of love
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Little Goodies Haul

Hi Guys!
For some reason, I just can not help myself but to pick up things whenever I'm in a store. Here are some of the things I've picked up over the last two weeks!

Two cute little box things from TJ Maxx ($4.99 each)
Five nail polishes from Rimmel: Two Lasting Finish Pro from CVS ($4.59) and Three 60 Seconds from Walmart ($1.50)
 One Revlon foundation brush from Walmart ($5.59)
One sample size Benefit Bad Gal Lashes from Sephora ($10) 
Three Sephora eyeshadows From Sephora in Marie 14, De Luxe Punk 29, Black Flame 05 (on sale $5 each)
One LISI brow perfection from TJ Maxx ($2.99)
Two Maybelline lip whispers from Walmart in 40 and 80 ($7.49)
Two Organix hair oils from CVS (buy one get one half off $8.99)
One Lush lip scrub from LUSH in sweet lips ($9.95)

I am going to be doing individual reviews on the products below but I thought I'd give you a run down on what I've been buying. Also how cute are those little boxes from TJ Maxx?! I saw them and I had to get them! I've been keeping my hair products in the British flag one and my skin care products in the French one.

Have you used any of these products? If so, what do you think?! 
Lots of Love, 

Monday, April 22, 2013

All Time Low Concert

Yesterday, I attended an All Time Low, Mayday Parade and You Me at Six concert with two of my best friends, Alex and Lindsay. Let me start off by saying it was absolutely amazing! We had such a good time.
My beautiful friends!

My make up for the concert!

I used: 
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer in Soft Honey 103
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude 202
Sephora Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat 01
Rimmel Stay Matte Press Powder in Nude Beige 020
Too Faced Lipstick in Cinnamon Kiss
Three Sephora eyeshadows: Marie 14, De Luxe Punk 29, Black Flame 05 
Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black
Benefit Bad Gal Lashes Mascara in Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes in Sparkling Black 
LISI Brow Perfection in Medium Dark 04

My outfit for the concert!

I'm wearing: 
 Black stretch skinny jeans from American Eagle ($44.95)
White Tank top from Forever 21 ($6.95)
Maroon leather jacket from Forever 21 ($39.95)
Light blue cheetah print scarf from Forever 21 ($12.95)
Boots from Victoria's Secret Catalog ($100.00)

Let me know if you want to see a tutorial for the make up! xx Rena

Saturday, April 20, 2013

OOTD April 20th 2013

This is my first ever Outfit of the Day! Hope you like it :)

On me: 
Leggings from H&M ($6.95)
Dress Thing From Forever 21 ($19.80)
Boots From ZARA (I got them last winter in France for 100 Euros)
Bracelet from TJ Maxx ( Got it for Christmas)
Belt from Betsey Johnson ($14.99)

I really love the royal blue and red combination! What's your favorite color combo?!

Curly Hair Problems #1

First thing first, Shampoo and Conditioner:
           I've found that the best type of shampoo and conditioner for curly hair is not the ones "especially" made for curly hair but the ones that specialize in frizz control, shine and hydration. Curly hair splits a lot more than any other hair type so hydration is super important. Also, no one wants frizzy hair but frizz and curls go hand by hand so frizz control is a major plus in shampoo and conditioner. Warning: STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING VOLUMIZING!! Volume shampoo and conditioner tend to create curly hair afros.

           All Time Favorite: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine 
This stuff works magic! You can actually feel your hair get smoother as you apply it and it smells so nice. It has Argan oil and apricots in it that control the frizz. Side Note: Anything Argan oil is awesome for curly hair! The price is not bad either and it can be found at just about any drug store. I got mine at Wal Mart for $6.97 each and it has lasted me about a month now. I'm expecting at least another 2 weeks out of them. It's also awesome in the summer because it resists humidity. Basically you can not go wrong with this combo! I would recommend this even for people who don't have curly hair. they are just overall amazing.
Try them out and let me know what you think!
xx Rena 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Curly Hair Problems

             I have come to the conclusion that we live in a straight/wavy hair world. This leaves us curly headed girls out on our own.
             Hair dressers only really know how to cut straight or wavy hair and when they cut curly hair, they do so with the assumption that it will be blown out straight everyday. I once had a hair dress suggest giving me bangs straight across my forehead... I can only imagine how funny I would look with them curly and sticking up everywhere.
              Hair products are all designed to either help you straighten your hair or enhance your curls. However, if you have curly hair you don't need a product to enhance your curls, you need it to control them. All enhance curls products are actually meant for people with wavy hair who want their waves to look more curly.
              I, myself, have extremely curly hair. I rarely straighten it because it takes about two hours and only recently have I gotten into a comfortable place with my hair. I no longer choose to pull my hair up because it is crazy, i choose to embrace it because curly hair is amazing.
              Over the years, I have come across products that have turned my hair into an overly shiny poodle and other products that actually have helped control my hair. Since I know I can't be the only curly haired girl out in the world that would've loved to have someone tell me products, styles, and cuts that actually work for curly hair, I've decided to have a series of posts called Curly Hair Problems. In these posts, I will go over products I have used that made my hair look amazing, products I now know to always stay away from and everything else a follow curly hair girl could be looking for! Enjoy xx
my curls have a mind of their own!                      


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Drugstore Haul #1

Over the last week,  I've been to a few drugstores and I couldn't leave without picking up a few make up items so here they are! 

1) Two Maybelline Color Lip Whisper in 15: Some like it Taupe and in 25: Lush for Blush ($7.49 each at CVS). I am really happy with these two lip colors. They are both really good colors for everyday wear. Also they are very moisturizing ; they feel like a lip balm but last a lot longer than one (Top swatch is #15 and bottom is #25). 

2) One Flower Kiss Stick in Sweet Peony ($6.98 at Walmart). I actually never seen the brand Flower before so I decided to give it a chance. It is a very pretty medium pink color that is perfect for spring. It has a nice shine to it but isn't too shiny. However, it does dry your lips out so I had to use a lip balm underneath it and apply a few layers of balm later on. I like it but it is not one of my favorite lipsticks (I have a strong love for Rimmel lipsticks). 

3) One Rimmel London Hide the Blemish Concealer in 103: Soft Honey ($5.19 at Walmart). I am a huge fan of Rimmel products and this one did not disappoint. I am normally not one to buy concealer in a lipstick shape but I really liked the color of this one and it is small and easy to carry in my purse. I have been using it underneath my eyes and on spots; blending it out with a medium sized concealer brush. It does a good job covering up what it needs to cover.

4) One Flower Creme Blush in Win Some/Rouge Some ($7.98 at Walmart). This is another Flower product I bought even though I never heard of the brand. It is a bright pink blush which is very springy. It is extremely pink so I only use a little bit at a time but it blends out very easily. It is not a color I would use for everyday wear but once in a while a pinky cheek is pretty. Overall, I was happy with it and I will probably buy more Flower products in the future. 
5) One Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss (On sale at CVS for $2.50). I adore this lip butter! It smells amazing and is so creamy. It makes your lips feel very soft and is great to have in your purse. 
6) One Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express in J400: Blackest Black ($7.49 at CVS). I am one of those girls who loves high end mascara ( my favorites are Benefit's They're Real and Dior's Blackout). However, I feel bad using my high end ones everyday because they are so expensive so this Maybelline mascara has become my everyday wear one! It is an extreme black which is what I love; I have dark features and skin so black is my color pick for mascara. It does amazing volume but I wish it gave me a little more length. For the price I paid for it, it is a really good quality mascara.