Review | Maybelline Limited Edition Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection
Left to Right: Blush Burst, Mad for Magenta, Pop of Pink, & Rose Rush
Cute packaging, bright colors, and affordable prices- what more could I ask for? I spotted the new five-piece collection at my local Walgreens and fell in love instantly. With the exception of the absent ‘Very Berry’ shade, I picked up as many of these uber-moisturizing, pink-toned lip balms as I could.
Review | LUSH 9 to 4 Cleansing Lotion
Hello friends, Alina here! Lush is a rare indulgence for me as the only Lush store in my area is a bit out of the way. However, when I do go, I do a loooot of damage.
For those of you new to Lush cosmetics, they’re a cruelty-free and vegan friendly brand that promotes natural handmade products. All of the Lush stores that I’ve been to smell fantastic as well. :P
Lip Service | BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks
Hello friends! Alina here with the first installment of Lip Service, a series of posts concerning some of my favorite go to lip products.
BITE Beauty is a Sephora and (sometimes) QVC exclusive brand that has some AMAZING lipcolors in their arsenal. Not only do they have a broad color range but the texture of these lip products is unbelievable. I have dry lips so the creaminess of BITE lipcolors has even out-hydrated some of my MAC Amplified Creme and Lustre finish lipsticks. Perhaps even more impressive is the pigmentation. The versatility of these shades allows you to start off with a hint of color using a light touch or a full on application directly from the tube.
Review | Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in ‘Meritage’
Hello friends! Alina here. Sooo I’ve been on a BITE beauty kick over the past few days. I’m in LOVE with their lipcolors because they’re so freaking moisturizing and for someone with incredibly dry skin like myself they’re a godsend.
Beauty Bits | Treat Yourself!
Sometimes you’ve just got to treat yourself! Being on a budget can be hard work, but once in a while it’s nice to spend a little extra cash on yourself. So, that’s exactly what I did at my local Sephora and Ulta stores, and had zero buyer’s remorse! Here’s what caught my eye without breaking my wallet.
Take Note | Simple Stationary
If there’s one thing that helps get me through a tough quarter at school, it’s stationary. Just knowing that I have (now) stock-pile of adorable notebooks ready for use is enough motivation for me to take even more notes!
Words of Wisdom | Working in the Beauty Business
Working in the beauty industry is no easy job- sure, you may gets lots of perks like discounts, samples, and product previews, but there are a few pieces of advice I wish I had gotten before working in a small retail beauty shop. If you’re a shop girl or a professional make up artist, I’ve complied a few tips that may just make your work days a tad bit easier.
Review | NARS Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red
Hello all, Alina here! Like I said in my last review, I’ve been super obsessed with NARS products lately. NARS Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red is no exception.
I’ve been wearing this color everyday for the past two weeks. No excuses, I just love it so much. I can’t get over the muted shade of raspberry red! The NARS website describes this shade as a “rich garnet.” Here’s what it looks like on the back of my hand.
Sunday Detox | Weekly Spa Session no. 1
Sunday nights are the perfect opportunity for me to indulge in a bit of beauty bliss. I have more than my fair share of intensive treatments, and I like to switch things up from week to week depending on how my skin is behaving. Here are some of the products I’ve chosen for tonight’s beauty regime.
Wish List | Sephora Skin Bender Vol. 1
Sephora Skin Bender Vol. 1, $48.00
Checking your e-mail always gets a ton more exciting when you see a message from Sephora! Today was no exception, especially when I noticed this relatively new collection set that features ten of the shop’s best-selling skin care products.
Review | NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli
Alina here! Today I’ll be reviewing one of my favorite foundations at the moment. I’ve just recently discovered how awesome NARS products are and this one is no exception.
Review | ItsJudyTime Eyeshadow Palette
Having the chance to meet one of your favorite YouTube beauty gurus in person? Check! I was lucky enough to attend ItsJudyTime's L.A. meetup this past month and scored this beautiful neutral palette signed by Judy herself! Does it live up to the hype and meet her high standards? In my opinion…
It’s the aisle you always pass by in the drugstore, the one place you might visit if you’re planning on going on vacation, but the last place you’d think of when going on a beauty haul- the travel section! This particular area is always stocked with small, trial-sized products that are excellent options if you’re on a budget or just want to try something new without the commitment of buying a full-sized product. Here are some of my current testers:
Sensitive Skin Care Routine
Having sensitive skin definitely decreases my product options at the drugstore! After quite a bit of research (*cough* makeupalley *cough*) I’ve finally found an entire skin care routine that doesn’t break my wallet. Each of these items are priced under $10 at most retailers, and contain ingredients that are natural, organic, and non-synthetic.
Autumn Lip Essentials | Korres Lip Butter + Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Korres Lip Butter ‘Pomegranate’, $12.00
Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6.00
Autumn weather brings about the dryness in skin- to prevent the flaky, dull lips of the season, I’ve found a few essential items that keep my lips soft, hydrated, and flushed with color!