Drugstore Mascara Alert!

 As someone who has had eye ulcers in the past (literally – ulcers in my EYE) I understand the importance of replacing mascaras on a regular basis.  The general rule is every 3-6 months depending on how often you use them.   While I do love expensive mascara (i.e., Le Volume De Chanel) it does seem a bit ridiculous to constantly be shelling out $30+.  I’m always on the lookout of a good drugstore mascara, and there are LOTS of them.  However, my  new current fave is. . .wait for it. . .

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer by Lashblast


It promises 400 TIMES VOLUME. . .well, I don’t know about that, but it’s a really good mascara.

And for $6.99, it’s definitely worth a try.  The formula is not too watery, there are no clumps and the wand is skinny enough to get in there and really grab onto every lash.


I’ve been posting a lot of pics on Instagram lately, and I’ve (mostly) been using this mascara. I love it.  And if you’re not following me, you should.  However, if you’re not into pictures of my face, I get it.  No offense taken.  LOL.  Hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  Happy Shopping! xo


Dirty hair. . .

I hate washing my hair.  I know, I’m weird.  I love how it feels after it’s freshly washed and clean, but I cannot stand drippy wet hair. It makes me uncomfortable.  Also, I hate how long it takes to blow dry, style, curl and/or straighten and make yourself presentable.  I’d rather be sleeping.  Dry shampoo = my best friend.  However, like everything else,  not all dry shampoos are created equal. Over the years, I’ve tried many (many) brands and formulas.  Some work okay, but smell like a musty old grandma (you know exactly what I’m talking about) and others just make it look like you’ve dumped a bottle of baby powder on your head. Not cute.

The best one I’ve used so far:

Living Proof: Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo


This. Stuff. Is. Amazing.  There’s a whole science behind it (yeah, no idea how it works) but it absorbs sweat AND oil, and leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh.  Let’s be honest, nothing can replace a good ole fashion shampooing, but if you’re lazy (like me) and don’t want to look like a greasy drowned rat, this might be your jam.  Shake it up, hold 6 inches or so from your head and spray in the roots. Wait a few seconds and lightly massage your scalp with your fingers (or brush) and – VOILA.  You’re good to go.  It is white at first, but disappears right away and does not leave a gray residue.

I got the small bottle to try ($12) and plan on getting the full size when it runs out.  Note: I’m not a huge fan of the scent.  It’s bearable, and definitely not offensive – but something to be aware of if you’re hypersensitive to fragrance.


Cut to the bitchy resting face.  Today is Monday.  I got my hair/roots colored and washed on Friday.  2.5 days of using dry shampoo.  Pretty good, right?  And yes – I shower everyday.  Please.  And yes – I’m wearing a cat necklace.

Happy Monday! xo



Best in Beauty. . . Vol. I

I’ll be the first to admit, I have an abnormal obsession with all things beauty related.  Since I try and use so many different products, I know what’s good, great and BAD.  I figured I would share some things that you probably didn’t even know existed, but need in your life. You’re welcome.



Nope.  It’s not a cream that you use when you’re having some sort of female issue.  (Just me that thought that? Okay, moving on. . .) Vanicream, is in fact an amazing lotion for dry skin.  It was developed by a team of dermatologists at the Mayo Clinic specifically for problem skin.   I have been using the “Lite” version for sensitive skin.  It’s just a plain ole, unscented lotion. They have a whole line of products (soap, sunblock, etc) for dry and sensitive skin. If you have itchy skin issues, try it.  It’s amazing.  I’ve seen it at my local CVS, but you can find it on Amazon.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water


I have no idea what the heck is in this stuff, but it’s awesome. Mist it on your face before you apply your makeup, and your foundation goes on smoother and lasts longer.  It doesn’t fill in pores or lines, so don’t get TOO excited.  But if you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up before you apply your makeup, use this.  It just makes your face look better.  Note: It is kinda expensive, ($32! EEK!) but you can get the small one ($16) to try and see if it works for you.  :)

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask


Another holy grail product.  Slather this baby all over your face, leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.  You’ll look like Jim Carrey in the MASK, but it’s worth it.  After you remove it, your skin feels smooth and AMAZING.  The charcoal helps draw out impurities so it’s especially good if you are acne prone or have blackheads.  However, it’s good for all skin types.  Use it once a week – try not to scare your significant other – and you’ll really notice a difference in your face.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara

TIP: Use this as a mascara solely for your bottom lashes. What? Yep, bottom lashes ONLY.  The brush is small and skinny so it’s perfect for getting right in there.  You know exactly what I’m talking about.   The formula does not smudge or budge.  If you’re prone to looking like a panda by the end of the day, this might be for you.  It might seem a little high maintenance to have a mascara for only your bottom lashes but. . . Okay, there’s no excuse.  It’s ridiculous.  Do it.


Cococare Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I’m actually not a huge fan of lip balm (um, why wear lip balm when you can wear lipstick??) but this is the best. It’s awesome.  Just trust me on this one.  No more flakey lips.  You’ll never go back to regular Chapstick.  Guys like it too, cause it’s not girlie or fruity scented.  Pure cocoa butter heaven.

That’s all I have for now.  If you try any of these, and LOVE them (or hate them). . .let me know! xo

Happy Friday Eve!


Random favorites. . .

Happy Tuesday! I had to write about 2 products that are current staples in my makeup routine. One is an eyeliner and the other is. . .men’s aftershave.  Wait.  What?

Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm (Sensitive)

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a 1000 times – I have the greasiest face on the planet.  So.  Gross. I was perusing Nikki Tutorial’s blog, and saw that she uses this as a foundation primer.  I actually love using men’s products (my fave is men’s deodorant – don’t ask), and for $7.99, it was worth a shot.  AHHHH! This stuff is so so amazing.  It makes your makeup last all day and looks flawless! It has a faint man smell, but it doesn’t last long and is not overpowering.  It has bit of a watery consistency, and hasn’t made me break out.  Remember: There are no rules with makeup/beauty.  If it works for you, and you like it – DO it.  Who cares if it says it’s for men? If you’re looking for a new  primer, it’s worth a try.


My vanity, much like my life, has a lot going on. . .

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper

As a general rule, I hate liquid eyeliner.  It’s wet, goopy and just a mess.  Also, because of the shape of my eyes (hooded) if I blink while I’m applying, it inevitably ends up transferring to the upper part of my eyelid.  Not cute.  Howevvvvver, after reading countless reviews and raves, I gave in and decided to try this. I mean, EVERYONE couldn’t be wrong, right? The verdict: This stuff is awesome.  The tip is not too hard or soft (am I the only one who gets uncomfortable talking about the hardness of eyeliner tips? Just me? Okay, moving on. . .) and makes for the perfect winged liner application.  The formula dries quickly and does not budge, smudge or transfer.


 Yes, I realize this is not the most flattering angle, (or picture)  but I had just exercised for the first time in a long time.  I survived.  Barely.  My eyeliner was still perfectly in place.  And yes, I was super sweaty.  LOVE it.

Just for fun, I had to throw in a cat picture.  This is what it looks like when I sit on the couch and work on my laptop.  He just doesn’t get the meaning of personal space.




Fall Bronze. . .

Annd, it’s Fall.  Where I live we don’t really have seasons – yep, it’s currently about 99 degrees – but in my mind (and in Minnesota) this is what fall looks like:


Regardless of the weather, you can still wear fall makeup.  Duh.  Bronze eyes and vampy lips.  I’m all about it.  I recently bought a few bronze shadows and I’m LOVING them.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Burnished Bronze

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to buy this.  BUT, the makeup artist at the counter was so sweet and working so hard I just had to buy something from her.  Yep.  HAD to.  Of course after she went through the big production of putting it on me and convincing me I needed it in my life, she discovered they were was out of stock. (Ack!)  I was about to just say “forget it” but the girl was so sweet and offered to ship it to me for free.  Okay.  Fine. Sold. A few days later it arrived on my doorstep.  Gorgeous! I love this so so much.  It’s ideal for green or hazel eyes, but would honestly look good on all eye colors.  It’s creamy, long lasting and easy to apply.  I recently wore it to work and got a ton of compliments.


MAC Extra Dimension Shadow in Amorous Alloy

So, this is essentially the same color as the Laura Mercier stick, but SHINIER.  OMG, this is so so pretty.  I layer it over the shadow stick and HELLO, BEAUTIFUL.  I love the formulation of these shadows. They are creamy and just magical. Yep.  I said it.  MAGICAL.  One caveat : $20 is a lot to spend on a single eyeshadow (::sigh::) but if you’re gonna do it, this is one to splurge on.


I really hate pictures of just my face.  I’m also not really loving my foundation in this pic either.  I do however, really love my eye makeup using these shadows. 😛

What are your favorite fall colors?



Highlight of the week. . .

Champagne Pop.  The newest addition to my collection.  For those who aren’t familiar with Becca Cosmetics, they make a variety of different products but are most well known for their beautiful highlighters.  Becca recently did a collaboration with Youtube sensation, Jaclyn Hill.  I totally have a girl crush on Jaclyn. She just seems so sweet and genuine. She is also a huge fan of highlighters, hence the collaboration with Becca. I’ve actually had this for awhile but have totally been slacking on the blog… :( Moving on…

The result: A beautiful champagne colored (duh) highlighter.



Highlighters are meant to give you that “glowing from within” look without looking like you have glitter all over your face. This 100% does that.  I still can’t get on board with the whole “highlight on fleek” (heh?), but I do love a good highlighter.  Sweep this on your cheekbones and it adds a whole new dimension to your makeup look.  It will look good on a variety of skin tones.  It can also be used as an eyeshadow.  There are TONS of highlighters on the market and it’s a bit of a trial and error to find one that’s perfect for you.  At $38, it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s like having an Instagram filter in a compact.  Hello, gorgeous. Which brings me to my next subject.

Filters and photoshop.  I love a good filter as much as the next person.   I mean, I get it.  I do. Everyone has flaws they want to blur out.   But it’s just not real life. Obviously. I’m all for it… Just not when it makes me feel bad for not actually looking like the pictures.  Just me? I can’t be the only one.  Maybe I should start following more people who post pics of cute animals.


Exhibit A. I took this picture to capture the beauty that is Champagne Pop.  Pretty, right? (The highlighter, not my face. . .) I used a beauty app to enhance the picture on the right.  My skin is smoother and bye bye under eye bags.  Kinda crazy.

So in conclusion, Champagne Pop is gorgeous.  If you need a new highlighter this is one to consider.  I’m not gonna say you need it, because who really needs makeup?  Okay, I lied. Everyone could use more makeup in their life. Oh and not everything you see on the internet is real life. But you already knew that. 😜

Who’s tried this? What’s your favorite highlighter? Thoughts?



Welcome to the family, Bobbi. . .

Bobbi Brown.  For some reason, her makeup has never really been on my radar.  Until now.  I recently picked up a few things from my local counter annnnd, cue the angels singing. . .


Art Stick in Bright Raspberry ~ It’s like a giant crayon.  Literally.  These are just so so fun.  The color is beautiful, bright and pigmented.  Every time I wear this, I get lots of compliments.  It’s not super long wearing, but I don’t particularly like long lasting lipsticks as they tend to suck all the moisture out of my lips. Bonus: it comes with a sharpener.

Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl ~ I’ve been using this as a finishing powder over my foundation.  Its gives my skin an all over healthy glow. It can be used as a highlighter and you can even use it as eyeshadow in a pinch. Greasy face = must use powder.

Creamy Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory ~ This is really helpful if you have dark under eye circles.  TIP: Peachy/salmon color concealers help cancel out the blue/purple under the eyes.  I really like this concealer.  What I really love is that it comes with a finishing powder as well.  It’s the perfect duo for traveling.

Her products are on the pricier side, (hooray for bday gift cards!) so I’m not sure I’ll be venturing over to her counter again anytime soon.  That being said, I’m extremely happy with the purchases I made.  Each one of these products has found a happy home in my (large) collection.

In other news. . .


Yay for new glasses!

What are your fave Bobbi Brown products?! I want to know!

Happy Hump Day! xo


Hapa Haole. . .

According to Urban Dictionary, hapa haole means “anything hybrid, a mixture of western and Hawaiian influence.”  Growing up, my sister and I had t-shirts that said “hapa haole brat.” Being half Japanese, I’m definitely a hapa haole.  I’m also definitely a brat.   Not sure what this has to do with makeup, but it’s a cute story.  No? Anyway. . .

I have recently become obsessed with Daiso, the local Japanese dollar store.  Actually, everything is a $1.50.  Chopsticks. Ramen bowls. Colorful pens.  You name it, Daiso has it.  They even have makeup! Woo! Normally, dollar store makeup would scare me but being that it’s Japanese, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.


This. Stuff. Is. Awesome.  I got 4 things for $6, and I love every single item.  LOVE.  The details:

-Powder Foundation (beige)

I swear, this stuff is the same exact thing as my Shiseido power that cost last least 20x’s more.  It’s creamy, smooth and beautiful.

Jewel Eyecolor Eyeshadow

Better than most drugstore eyeshadows.  They are pigmented, bendable and not chalky at all.  AHH! Awesome.

-Princess Duo Cheek Color

The perfect color for spring/summer.  Amazing quality for $1.50.

-Eyebrow Pencil (light brown)

My favorite purchase.  The color is perfect.  The texture is perfect.  For $1.50, it’s perfect.  I have been using it on my brows everyday since I bought it.

Sometimes, you get more than what you paid for.  If there’s a Daiso around you, definitely checkout the makeup aisle and see what gems you can find.  Happy shopping!

Happy almost Friday. . .almost!! xo



Bold Metals. . .

It’s no secret that I have a total girl crush on the Chapman sisters, also known as Pixiwoo.  They’re makeup artists from the UK, and they’re just amazing.  Trust me.  They’re also the nicest people ever.  Life. Complete.


Okay, I’ll stop.  Moving on to makeup brushes. The Real Techniques brushes are awesome.  They’re soft, affordable and made of synthetic hair so they’re cruelty free.  I buy them for all my friends/family.  When Sam & Nic introduced their new luxury line of brushes, Bold Metals  they went to the top of my wish list.


I saw the collection the other day at Kohl’s and had to grab them.  Not to mention, I had a coupon.  It was a no brainer.  I wanted them ALL, but finally decided on the 100 Arched Powder Brush, the 200 Oval Shadow Brush and the 201 Pointed Crease Brush. So. Excited.

These brushes are SO SO soft.  The handles are weighted so they fit perfectly in your hand and make doing your makeup a breeze. I’ve used the powder brush to apply both loose and pressed powder.  It’s great at applying both and picks up just the right amount  of product.  The eye brushes are awesome for creating any eye look and blend the shadow beautifully.  Everyone needs a fluffy eyeshadow brush in their collection.

I have accumulated a lot of brushes over the years, including some not-so-cheap ones (ahem-MAC).  These definitely compare to my more expensive, real/animal hair brushes.  They say they don’t harm animals when retrieving the hair for the brushes, but who really knows? So, if you can have brushes that are just as nice, and work just as well, why not go synthetic?  If only makeup brushes were made of cat hair – I’d be their # 1 supplier.  Gross.

If you’re a makeup artist, or just someone looking to splurge on a new set of luxury brushes, I would definitely give these a try.  If they’re a little too expensive for your taste (they range between $16 – $26 each), stick with the original Real Techniques Brushes.  They’re not quite as luxurious, but still get the job done.   Don’t forget, you can use coupons if you buy them at Kohl’s or Ulta.  I got mine for 20% off. :)

Hope the week is off to a great start! xo





Eyebrows on what?

Fleek.  Yeah, I have no idea what that means.  Pretty sure no one else does either.  Moving on.

Eyebrows are in.  Almost every makeup line has launched various brow products in multiple forms – pencils, pomades, gels, powders, and wax to name a few.  It can get a bit overwhelming.

The queen of brows is Anastasia Beverly Hills.  She has a salon in Beverly Hills (and other locations) and an entire line dedicated to perfect brows.  One of my favorite products of all time is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.  It’s a micro pencil that helps you fill in your brows without making them look like you’ve used sharpie.  It’s kinda magical.  Dramatic. I know.  There’s a reason this is a fan favorite. Trust me.  But at $21, it ain’t cheap.


I’ve been on the hunt for a “dupe” or a comparable product, at a lower price point. I think I’ve found it.  Almost.  Oh hello, NYX Micro Brow Pencil.


I’ve never been a fan of blatant knockoffs.  I mean, really?  But at half the price, I can’t really complain.  The NYX pencil is a little easier on the wallet at $9.99.  Annd, it’s essentially the same thing.  The only major difference is that it’s not as creamy as the Brow Wiz.  I have the color Taupe in both brands and they’re ALMOST identical.  Both have the pencil/color on one end, and the spooley brush on the other to brush your brows.  I wouldn’t say they’re twins, but they’re sisters. :) If $ wasn’t an issue, my pick would be Anastasia, only because it’s a bit easier to work with.  That being said, they’re very similar and I would definitely give the NYX pencil a try if you’re looking for an easy brow product, minus the hefty price tag.

Happy Tuesday! XO