Mini Haul! | Benefit Benebalm and Lollitint Review
Goodness, long time no post! Even though it’s summer time I’ve still been pretty busy with grad school, but now that I’m back in Vegas* and (somewhat) settled in again, let’s get on with the review!
There are four new Benefit tinted lip balms ($18 each) in Benefit’s line corresponding with the lip and cheek stains of the same colors. I have the shade BeneBalm which is the sister to the Benefit BeneTint stain.
Skin Care | Emergency!
It’s not everyday that your skin decides to take a turn for the worse; but when it does, it always seems to be right before a big day! If you have a special occasion coming up or just need to get clear skin ASAP, this is my routine that never fails to clear my skin in less than a week.
Haul | Sephora Birthday Goodies
With Sephora’s recent VIB sale and my April birthday, I figured it was time to treat myself and try a slew of high-end makeup and skin care products. These were all highly recommended and had been on my wish-list for quite some time, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been very happy with every product I purchased!
Review | Bésame Cosmetics Cake Mascara in ‘Black’
Hello friends! Alina here, long time no post! Today I’m talking about something very pertinent to my interest in vintage makeup products.
Beauty | Current Favorites
With my first installment of a monthly beauty/lifestyle favorites post, I thought it’d be a nice idea to include a few items that I plan on using more often with the upcoming spring weather. What’s most exciting is that most of these products are relatively new and quite affordable.
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.