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Sunday, December 29, 2013

REVIEW: MAC Spiked Eyebrow Pencil

Hi there flawless!

Today, I wanted to do a review on my all time favorite eyebrow pencil. And by all time, I mean this stuff is the bomb digity dooh dah of eyebrow products. I discovered this while watching a few youtube videos and I realized that a ton of my favorite youtube gurus own this product! So, evidently, I decided I should pick up this product that everyone was raving about. What is this eyebrow product of the Heavens you ask? It is the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in the shade "Spiked". It is available at most Department stores that carry MAC products as well as maccosmetics.com.

As a disclaimer, everyone's eyebrows are their own unique shade. Spike so happens to be the perfect color for my eyebrow hairs that appear most natural. MAC carries a wide variety of shades to choose from so make sure you ask one of their professional makeup artists to distinguish which shade fits you most!


Ingredients:


Size of pencil and swatch color of "Spiked"


This pencil cost $16.00+sales tax. I have a dark brown hair so the shade "Spiked" suited me best. I love how pigmented MAC products are. Since spiked is more of a deep brown shade, I don't have to use so much force to create the perfect brow, hence not wasting the product. The makeup artist at MAC told me that it is a wax product so it is long lasting and waterproof. It is also only twist up. This product does not twist back down so fair warning. I love how a light feathery hand can create a natural beautiful brow that doesn't look fake or strange.


I hope you all enjoyed this review, let me know if there are any other products you want a review on!

Until next time,
xoxo
Vanessa


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Recipe: Gluten Free Brownies! (Black Bean Brownies)

Hi everyone!

This year, I've become more aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I used to devour chips and processed junk that tasted delicious, but was toxic for my body. Over the summer, I developed healthy eating habits and a consistent workout "routine". Now, I control my portions, eat (mostly) vegan, gluten-free, and as raw as possible. In other words, I try to eat as clean as I can. Alongside with being more active and putting on my running shoes, I've lost a total of 20 pounds since the summer time. I am proud of my accomplishments and motivated to continue live a healthy lifestyle. If you want more information on my weight loss, or anything alongside my "diet" and nutrition or working out, let me know and I'll be happy to share it with you!

Anyways, today I wanted to share a recipe that I saw on MeghanRosette's youtube channel, which is recipe for Black Bean Brownies! Now, I know the name is scary, but trust me, if you're someone who is eating clean and staying away from processed chocolates and fatty foods full of refined sugar and butter, then these brownies are perfect for you!

Ingredients:

I can of Black Beans
-1/4 Cup Coco Powder
-10-12 Tablespoons or 3/4 of a cup Stevia (or any other sweetener)
-1/2 Cup of Apple Sauce
-3 Eggs (or 9 egg whites) 
-1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract 
-Pinch of Salt
-Chocolate Chips
Directions:

1.) Preheat ove to 350 degrees
2.) Drain Black Beans
3.) Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (besides for chocolate chips)
4.) Place into a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, check every 5 minutes
5.) Cool for 15 minutes and serve!

I hope you all enjoyed this healthy recipe, let me know how yours turned out! Please note, even though these brownies are way more healthy than typical brownies, they are only healthy in moderation!

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa


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BB Goes Body! Review: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Hello beautiful!

I received an email from Jergens letting me know about their new BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream! It's BB Cream for your body! This innovative new product is hitting Target stores on December 29th, 2013! I believe they will be in other drugstores such as Walmart, CVS, etc. in 2014. They will be sold for $11.99+sales tax (Target). I'm super excited to purchase this lotion because I'm obsessed with anything "BB" related!

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream will be available in 2 "shades". If you have a lighter skin tone opt for the "All Light Skin Tones", if you fall between medium-deep skin tone then choose the "All Medium-Deep Skin Tones". This product isn't a self tanner like their Natural Glow products, but it provides a sheer "coverage", if you will. They claim to immediately hydrate and illuminate, and overtime even, firm, and correct your skin.

Each type of shade (All Light Skin Tones and All Medium-Deep Skin Tones) is specifically designed to target problematic areas that arise in various skin tones, so choose what fits you best!

The Claims:

A total body breakthrough

Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream delivers flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days. This revolutionary body lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly, and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use.
INSTANTLY: HYDRATES - ILLUMINATES
IN 5 DAYS: EVENS - FIRMS - CORRECTS

What Can BB Do for Your Skin?

BB Body Cream delivers varying benefits depending on your skin tone. It goes on sheer and then adjusts differently to a range of shades.
See the chart below for the 5 beautifying benefits of BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream to choose the best BB for your skin.
Jergens® BB Body Benefits Chart
Source: Jergens.com

Ingredients List:

Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Specially Designed to Enhance all Light Skin Tones
WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), GLYCERIN, PETROLATUM, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, TAPIOCA STARCH, CETEARETH-20, STEARETH-2, STEARIC ACID, CETYL ESTERS, MINERAL OIL, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIHYDROXYACETONE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, FRAGRANCE, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, METHYLPARABEN, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, DIMETHICONOL, PROPYLPARABEN, ERYTHRULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSORBATE 60, CITRIC ACID, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, ETHYLPARABEN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, PANTHENOL, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA ROOT EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED ELASTIN, FUCUS VESICULOSUS EXTRACT, YELLOW 5, ORANGE 4, RED 33, BLUE 1.
Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Specially Designed to Enhance all Medium-Deep Skin Tones
WATER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, PETROLATUM, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, CETEARETH-20, TAPIOCA STARCH, STEARETH-2, CETYL ESTERS, STEARIC ACID, MINERAL OIL, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIHYDROXYACETONE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, FRAGRANCE, METHYLPARABEN, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, DIMETHICONOL, PROPYLPARABEN, ERYTHRULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSORBATE 60, CITRIC ACID, ETHYLPARABEN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED ELASTIN, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, FUCUS VESICULOSUS EXTRACT, YELLOW 5, RED 33, ORANGE 4, BLUE 1.
Source: Jergens.com


I believe that this product will win my heart because I love all their other products, especially the Natural Glow self tanners!

If you purchase this product, let me know how it works for you and if it's worth the $12.00!

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette!

Hello pretty ladies!

I know it's been a while since my last post, but let me tell you. THIS SCHOOL YEAR IS HECTIC! I've been working hard to perform my best and undertaking a lot of extra circulars, and volunteer positions. Anywhos, I was browsing through the wonderful internet, and I saw the most glorious thing every. The URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 PALETTE! It features 12 new and never-seen-before shades in this beautiful metallic-faced palette.
Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

It's currently available only on urbandecay.com for $52.00 (USD); just like the other Naked palettes.

About the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette:
It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)

Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability. 

Naked3 includes a NEW double-ended shadow/blending brush AND an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer! 

Our art-school-inspired tin case is a gorgeous rose-gold color (a subtle hint at the shades inside). Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, it’s sure to inspire lots of jealous stares. 

Fill Weight: 12 x 1.3 g / 12 x 0.05 oz


Source: Urban Decay


The color shades available in this palette are:

  • Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin)
  • Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/ iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Burnout (light pinky-peach satin)
  • Limit (light dusty rose matte)
  • Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/ silver micro-glitter)
  • Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/ tonal micro-sparkle)
  • Nooner (metallic pinky-brown mate)
  • Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer)
  • Factory (pinky-brown satin)
  • Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/ slight pink shift)
  • Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin)
  • Blackheart (smoky black matte w/ rosy red micro-sparkle)

I feel like this palette is unlike the other 2 Naked palettes. This new Naked 3 has a lot of pinky-metallicy shades. I personally like the Naked 2 palette better just because the color selection fits my personal taste.

Top: Naked Palette
Middle: Naked 2 Palette
Bottom: Naked 3 Palette

It's a new era of "naked" makeup palettes!!
Who's excited?

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall 2013 Trend Color: Cobalt Blue

Hello pretty!

I absolutely love the fall season, not just because my birthday's in October, but because of cider mills, chilly breezes, color changing leaves, haunted houses, and of course...sweater weather. I've been buying and wearing sweaters like crazy, literally! I can't get enough of the ever-so-cute sweater+leggings+ugg/emu boots combination! I put together an outfit I wore the other day and hopefully it inspires you for fall outfits! Cobalt is the trending color for Fall 2013, so make sure to stock up on a lot of this vibrant hue!

Products listed on my Polyvore

Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa Tiffanie

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Maybelline "Big Eyes"?

Hello everyone!

As requested, today on this beautiful afternoon I'm going to sit outside and enjoy a cup of lemon water and talk about the somewhat new Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara which falls under the "falsies" category. Now, when I saw this mascara on blogs and youtube I was so excited because first, I love every Maybelline mascara I own, and one of my all time favorite mascaras is the original Falsies. There's always a point in life where you get disappointed, whether it's with people, school, work, and in my case, mascara. 

I don't really like this mascara.

If you noticed in the above statement, I didn't use the word "hate". I don't hate this mascara. I said I don't really like this mascara. If I were to rate it I'd give it a C. Being generous, I didn't add a minus sign to this letter grade. 

So you're probably wondering why I didn't rate this mascara an A or a B. But before I let you know, I just wanted to make a disclaimer and say that this is just my opinion. You're entitled to you're own opinion, but this is what happened to me when I used this mascara. 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Very Black $7.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

Claims and ingredients. Click to enlarge
If you read the claims, you could probably understand why I was so excited to make this purchase! However, it didn't turn out as well as I was expecting which is probably why I ended up disappointed. The mascara went on somewhat dry and I had to apply multiple layers on my top lashes to achieve the "falsies" look that I would've gotten in 2 strokes with my original falsies. However, keep in mind that my ethnicity is Asian, and I have short, sparse lashes. For the bottom lashes, the small brush didn't collect product at all. I loved the idea of a separate brush for my lower lashes with a smaller brush, but it seemed as though no product at all was being transfered onto my lashes so no color or length was added. 

Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara upper lash brush
Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara lower lash brush
In conclusion, I was mostly upset with this product just because it did not meet my expectations.



Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream Skin Perfector SPF 30 in Light/Medium

Hi beautifuls!

As summer is coming to an end, I wanted to get some new beauty products that I thought would be nice for the upcoming (school) year. I did a LOT of back to school shopping for clothes, school supplies, and...this is my first week with my Mac Book Pro 13" laptop! I am so excited because I am a HUGE fan of Apple products so this laptop is a new addition to my Apple product "collection", if you will.

One of the beauty products I purchased about a week and a half ago was the Revlon Photoready BB Cream in the shade light/medium. I was going to do post this right then and there, but I wanted to give it at least a week of trial to see if I like it or not.

I purchased mine at an Ulta nearby alongside with other drugstore products so I spent a little over $30 in total so I was able to use my $3.50 off $10 purchase coupon they send me via mail, or you can go online to ulta.com to print one out! This BB cream was $10.99 and I purchased this in the shade light/medium as I noted earlier. I already have 3 drugstore BB creams: Maybelline Dream Fresh, L'Oreal Magic BB Cream, and the Cover Girl BB Cream (although this one really classified as a tinted moisturizer under the title "BB Cream"). I have a review on the Cover Girl BB Cream as well as my overview on what a BB Cream is, so if you want to read it click here. 

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light/Medium $10.99
The Claims:

 A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm by Revlon that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen into one step.



  • HYDRATES like moisturizer
  • SMOOTHES like primer
  • COVERS like foundation
  • BLURS FLAWS like concealer
  • PROTECTS with SPF 30 like sunscreen
  • Source: Ulta.com


    To be 100% honest with you, I don't think ANY BB Cream from the U.S is a "BB Cream". I think they are just multifunctional tinted moisturizers. In my opinion, the only "real" BB Creams come from Asia because theirs are true to purpose, to create a flawless complexion with skincare benefits derived from extracts, etc. However, I am glad that the drugstore in the U.S sell "BB Creams" because they are great face products (multifunctional tinted moisturizers).

    With this particular BB Cream, I did find it hydrating it is somewhat heavy. If you have oily skin like I do, this might be a turn off because it makes us Oily skin people feel even oilier. You can definitely feel this product on your skin and unfortunately it doesn't go away. However, I think this would be perfect for the winter time when my skin gets drier. 

    This didn't have a primer texture or consistency, but it did go on smoothly. It may or may not have a built in primer I do not know for sure, but this BB cream does last for a good day or so

    It does not have a foundation level coverage. It has a little more coverage than the Cover Girl tinted moisturizer/BB Cream, but it was not "foundation" coverage. It did even out my skin tone, but the redness around my nose, and some spots on my face were visible. 

    Again, like I said above, this product doesn't have high coverage, it just evens out my skintone so I wouldn't say it is "like a concealer".

    I love how this product has SPF 30 because it is additional sun protection that you might've forgotten in your skin care routine.


    Swatch, shade: Light/Medium
    The product comes out like a thick moisturizer, but not a cream. On my hand it looks fairly light, but here is how it appears once it's blended out a bit:

    Blended out
    I didn't blend it completely but I did enough so you could see how dewy it looks as well as how it blends with my skintone. I really like this because I can mix it with a darker shade, or use it during those awkward 1/2 slightly tan 1/2 pale days.

    Overall, I do like this product. I wish it was a bit lighter, but I don't mind it so much. I love how it looks on my skin, it evens everything out and makes my skin look flawless. I would purchase it again but it wouldn't be the first item on my list to go shopping for.

    8/10

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

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    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Review: Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Cantaloupe Cream

    Hi beautiful!

    I hope you all had a great week! I'm not ready for summer to be over, I have so much to get done before the school starts! Anywhos, I went to Ulta and finally found the  Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balms. I was super excited when I saw it because I have heard so many great things about this moisturizing lip glosses! I picked up the shade Cantaloupe Cream because I felt like it was a very pretty kind of coral/peachy shade that would be perfect for the summer as well as spring! I wasn't expecting them to be super pigmented like a liquid lipstick so I thought it would be a perfect natural shade.

    I purchased one for $5.99+tax at my local Ulta, but since I purchased other things that totaled more than $10, I was able to use a $3.50 off $10 purch. coupon that they sent me with their catalogue, so make sure you become a member to get sent those great deals! Otherwise, there's always a coupon on their website so you can always go to ulta.com to check that out.

    They state that this product is highly moisturizing and hydrating for your lips because of Vitamin E and oils such as avocado oil. It is also stated that this product will add color and is also in fact gluten-free, and hypoallergenic.

    *On the ulta.com website, the color of "Cantaloupe Cream" is not true to color. The website shows a really vibrant and bright coral shade, but below is a more peachy, almost milky peach/coral color.

    Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Cantaloupe Cream
    The Claims:
    ALMAY color + care liquid lip balm
    • Drenches lips with 2x hydration
    • Sheer shiny color
    • Combines the comfort and care of a balm with the flirty color and shine of a gloss
    • Instantly more than doubles lip hydration so lips feel twice as moisturized after use
    • Nearly triples lip hydration when worn throughout the day
    • Nourishes lips with oils like avocado and vitamin E
    • Available in 10 shades
    Source: Ulta.com 



    #700 in the shade Cantaloupe Cream
    The color swatched on my wrist is a beautiful and fun peachy shade, almost coral. Before blending it out the color pigmentation appears very rich, dense, and creamy. 
    When I blended it it because more sheer and very shiny, especially when worn on the lips. It is still the peachy/corally shade.  

    This is the applicator. It is a soft and basic doe-footed applicator.

    The ingredients list, if this image is hard to see, click to enlarge it. Otherwise, I will post the ingredients list below.

    Ingredients:
    Polybutene, Petrolatum, Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Tribehenin, C10-30 Cholesterol, Lanosterol Esters, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower ) Seed Oil, Cera Alba ((Beeswax) cire d abeille), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Calcium aluminum Borosilicate, Palmitic Acid, Synthetic Wax, Aroma ((Flavor), Benzoic Acid, BHT.

    MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue 1 Lake (CI 47090), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).
    Source: ulta.com 

    Almay is known for having hypoallergenic products, which is a total bonus for me. I didn't have any kind of reaction to this product and I love it! It is super moisturizing, and the color is very sheer and light, but noticeable. The sheer peachy/coral shade really brightens up my face giving me a somewhat "glow". I feel as though this is perfect for school, or just going out since it is more on the natural side. It really is true to what it says, a liquid lip balm. I can't wait to purchase more!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    NEW SIGMA AUGUST 2013 DISCOUNT CODE+SALE

    Hello gorgeous!

    I can't believe it's August! Time has flew by so quickly and soon enough it's time to pack up the books and go back to school. As school supply shopping is coming around the corner, don't forget about beauty shopping! I absolutely love purchasing brushes, and I am in LOVE with my Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush  (review here). If you love saving money, then you'll love this 10% off coupon for sigmabeauty.com which is valid on all purchases!

    The AUGUST 2013 sigmabeauty.com 10% off discount code is: MNSF2013 

    Also, I was looking around the sigmabeauty.com website and found a SALE SECTION! Click here to be directed to their sale page to save even more on some of their products! I believe you can also use the 10% off coupon on sale items!

    To be directed to the SIGMA WEBSITE click here. 

    Happy shopping!(:
    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    *Disclaimer: All opinions were my own, and I was not paid by this company. However, this post contains affiliate links

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Favorite Sigma Brush (F82 Round Kabuki)+Coupon code for June 2013

    Hi beautifuls(:

    If you didn't know, Sigma brushes are on of my favorite brushes ever. Not only is the quality sublime, but the   prices are just right for everyone whether you're a beginner at makeup or expert! Even with the already low prices, I have an amazing coupon code for everyone today, and that is a 10% coupon code for sigmabeauty.com! This coupon is valid on all purchases and will expire after the month of June so whichever products you've been dying to purchase, I suggest you get it now while you have the chance! The coupon code is: SUM2013 

    Now on to my favorite Sigma brush which is the Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush. I absolutely love the density of this brush and also how amazingly it blends my foundation! Not only is this brush famous throughout the blogging and youtube beauty community, but amongst people everywhere!

    Sigma F82 Round Kabuki brush



    You can also purchase this in a set of 5, which includes other synthetic kabuki brushes which are essential for creating the most perfect and flawless face! This kit is $76.00 but the 10% coupon code might do you some good for saving!
    Sigma Synthetic Kabuki Kit 5 Brushes


    Click here to be directed to the SIGMA WEBSITE so you too can purchase my favorite brush!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

    *Disclaimer: All opinions were my own, and I was not paid by this company. However, this post contains affiliate links

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Review: Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara

    Hello beautifuls!

    So, I was requested to do a review on my favorite drugstore mascara, and I was actually super excited to do this post because my favorite drugstore mascara is one of my holy grail beauty products. If you want a post on my favorite high-end mascara, then I'll be sure to do a post on it as well! My favorite drugstore mascara is none other than the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara (Maybelline Falsies for short).

    Maybelline The Falsies Mascara $5.00-$8.00, prices vary by location
    The Claims:
    More visible lashesNew
    • Fills in the gaps
    • Instant volume
    • Spoon brush
    • False lash effect
    • with Pro-Kera + Fibers
    • Ophthalmologist Tested
    • Contact Lens Safe
    Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes.
    Patented Spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly build 5x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look.
    Made in U.S.A.

    I think it's important if you all knew the type of lashes I have. I have short and sparse lashes..."asian" eyelashes, if you will. When it comes to mascara I look for 3 important factors; length, volume, and wear. This mascara has both positive and negative reviews. As you can see, I have 2 more tubes behind my newly purchased one. This just shows how much I'm obsessed with this mascara. Now, if you're someone who piles mascara on like you want to use one tube per lash, then of course this mascara will clump. I apply just 2-3 coats of this mascara and WOW-E does this mascara not only provide great volume, length and since I purchased the waterproof formula it lasts all day even underwater, but if you purchase it in Very Black, then you are settled with a gorgeous dark black color that really makes your eyes pop!



    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa


    *Disclaimer: I purchased everything myself, all opinions are my own

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    BB Cream for hair? Review: Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme

    Hey beautifuls!

    So, I went online recently to one of my favorite websites teenvogue.com and I stumbled upon a post talking about a BB cream for hair. I just wanted to share my opinion, if that's alright!

    So, I knew about BB creams way before I knew much about makeup because my cousin used it and she's from Asia. BB creams have now reached the US and no offense to some of my favorite companies, but some just claim their product is a BB cream and hopped on the bandwagon without actually creating a BB cream but a tinted moisturizer. It's kind of upsetting.

    Anyways, about the Pantene BB cream, it's $5.99 on drugstore.com and it's supposed to be a 10-in-1 miracle hair product.

    Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme $5.99


    The Claims:

    Multi Tasker Repairs, Smoothes, Boosts Shine & More
    10 Solutions for flawlessly healthy hair:
    • Repair for rough hair
    • Strength against damage
    • Silky Softness
    • Brilliant Shine
    • Smoothing
    • Moisture
    • Frizz Control
    • Gentle Cleaning
    • Manageability
    • Detangling
    Since 1945, Pantene has had a commitment to healthy hair.  Our enriched formulas contain Pro-Vitamins.  Hair so healthy it shines.  Multi-tasking formula with Pro-Vitamins.  Inspired by skincare’s multi-tasking BB Cream phenomenon, Ultimate 10 performs multiple actions for healthy hair and a polished look.
    Made in USA

    From: www.drugstore.com

    I feel like the word "BB cream" is getting too misused in the states, but that's just my opinion. I would feel more intrigued with this product if they didn't put "BB" on the label. It seems more as a multi-purpose styling product, which is basically what is is. 

    I haven't purchased it, but I will do a full review if I do!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    Click here to purchase my favorite makeup brushes!

    *Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, all products were purchased by myself. 

    Sigma April 2013 10% Discount Coupon!

    Hello flawless!

    How has everyone's spring break been? Mine has been pretty good so far, except for the fact that I have to study for the AP History Exam coming up, which is a bummer. Anyways, I wanted to let you all aware of a new discount code that Sigma has kindly given out to everyone and anyone! It is 10% off of any of their amazing products from brushes, to skincare tools, to makeup! I just ordered the Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush and I'm super super excited to receive it! I used the 10% discount code on it so instead of $18.00 it became $16.20+shipping! I heard so many great things about this brush, so I'll definitely do a review on it once it arrives!

    Anyways, to get 10% your sigmabeauty.com orders, type in: AAM2013



    Happy Shopping!
    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    *Disclaimer: All opinions were my own, and I was not paid by this company. However, this post contains affiliate links

    Sunday, March 31, 2013

    Elf Cosmetics Haul!



    Hello beautifuls!

    So yesterday, I took a trip to Target and I finally found ELF! I always wanted to purchase something from this brand but I could never find it at any of the Target locations that are nearby me. I purchased 2 products that I really wanted to try out by their brand which is their Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia, as well as their Eyebrow Kit in Medium.



    Left: E.l.f Eyebrow Kit in Medium
    Right: E.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
    Each of these products by E.l.f were $3.00+tax which is really amazing being that the quality is very nice! The packaging reminds me of the NARS products and it's super affordable! I can't wait to use the blush because it's such a beautiful rosy/pink/coral shade all in one with some shimmer which is perfect for the springtime! It really reminds me of NARS Orgasm. 


    Any favorite Elf products? Let me know your favorites in the comments below!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    How I Remove My Makeup & The Products I Use!

    Hey guys!

    I'm so sorry that I haven't posted in a while and it's no one's fault but mine. I've been dealing with a lot. And by a lot, I mean a lot. I'll probably do a separate post on it or maybe a video soon, but for now, I thought I'd post about how I remove my makeup and the products I use!

    Okay, so the first thing I do is address the situation. I know I'm probably making it sound like a life or death situation, but you need to address the situation! If you have a ton of eye makeup on, then you'll need more things to remove it with, capiche?

    I typically remove my makeup right after school so that I don't have my makeup on all day and I can have breathable skin.

    The first thing I use is the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes . These babies remove visible foundation and makeup that isn't crazy crazy waterproof. I take one wipe and remove all the surface makeup. However, it doesn't remove everything deep in your pores.

    So, after I use the remover wipe, then I take my Korres Milk Proteins 3-in-1 Cleansing, Toning, and Eye-Makeup removing Emulsion with a round cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. Literally, this will show you how much makeup is still left in your pores! I love this stuff! Even though I have oily-combo skin, it doesn't make my skin super oily, it actually balances it out and makes it in fact less oily!

    If I have extra eye makeup or coats and coats of waterproof eye makeup, then I would use an eye makeup remover, such as the Lancome Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover or the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover  which are two amazing eye makeup removers!

    After, I use my Olay Pro-X brush with a cleanser that I enjoy. Recently, that cleanser is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Scrub. Holy chicken cannolis. This stuff feels so good on my skin and smells amazing! It really keeps my skin clear I love it!

    So that's my makeup removing routine, I hope it maybe gave you some times or advice on you could remove your makeup!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa



    *Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money, all opinions are my own

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Review: Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser

    Hello gorgeous!

    As mid-winter break comes to an end for me, I was in need of a new cleanser! So, I stopped by my nearest drugstore and picked up the new Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser. It was $7.99 the last time I checked drugstore.com.

    Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser $7.99
     The Claims

    product information
    Add this cleanser to your morning regimen for a fresh and deep clean:

    • Removes 2x more dirt, oil and makeup vs. basic cleansing
    • Kaolin clay lifts away impurities and helps minimize shine
    • Deep cleansing action for a fresher feel
    From fresheffects.com

    *Click on the images to enhance and zoom.
    *The ingredient's list and claims.



    After using it, I feel like this cleanser is suitable for people who have my skin-type, Combination-Oily. If you have Combination skin-Very Oily skin I feel like this cleanser is going to be great for you! Kaolin clay is a very powerful oil absorbing ingredient! I feel really refreshed after using this cleanser. If you have dry-skin I think it'll be too drying for you. As for shine control, I only used this a few times so I wouldn't really know because I've only used it on days when I haven't worn makeup. I'll do an update post soon though!

    *UPDATE*
    THIS CLEANSER IS AN EXACT DUPE FOR THE LANCOME CREAM DE RADIANCE CREAM-FOAM CLEANSER!

    Overall, I feel like this is a great cleanser for those with combination/oily skin type, even normal skin.


    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    *Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money, all opinions are my own

    A Little About Me

    Hello lovely,

    I felt the need to post an about me because I want you all to get to know me more! Okay, so without further adieu, let's get started! 

    1. I am a shoppaholic. It's a disease, it's a problem, it's whatever. If you're a fellow shoppaholic, embrace it and be proud!
    2. My favorite TV show: GREY'S ANATOMY (I am a Grey's Anatomy Fan...it's my addiction). I also like some shows on CW such as The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and Beauty and the Beast as well as Teen Wolf and any show on the Food Network (Cupcake Wars!!)
    3. I love designer. Materialistic or whatever it's called, that's me.
    4. My favorite colors include purple and blue!
    5. I am afraid of dogs, spiders, escalators, clowns, chainsaws, insects, the popping of balloons...yup...a lot of more things but the list would be too long.
    5. My favorite book series is The Vampire Academy
    6. Woman Crush: Megan Fox and Miranda Kerr
    7. Man Crush: Orlando Bloom and Jake Gyllenhaal 

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Sigma Brush Spa Glove+Coupon Code

    Hello beautiful!

    I'm currently writing my updated skincare routine right now, but I was watching one of my favorite youtube guru's, MakeupByTiffanyD, and she made a new video on how she cleans her brushes and it reminded me that I had to clean mine as well. She featured a cool new tool from Sigma, which I received an email about previously, and it is called the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. It is available on sigmabeauty.com for $39.00 and is available in 4 different colors, purple, pink, black, and aqua.

    Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove in Pink, Aqua, Purple and Black. $39.00


    Personally, I feel like cleaning my brushes (I have a lot) is a pain in the butt. It's fun for the first couple brushes, but once you hit 20, you wish you were doing something else, #justspeakingthetruth. This product seems so interesting and cool and can make washing your brushes easier and more efficient. It's $39.00 and  if you'd like to purchase it, I have a 10% off coupon code for you all, which can shave off about $4.00.(:

    To watch a full tutorial on how this product is used, click here.




    Happy Shopping!
    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa


    *Disclaimer: All opinions were my own, and I was not paid by this company. However, this post contains affiliate links

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor

    Hello Beautiful!

    I'm so sorry I haven't posted a blog post or video in a really long time! I promise, I haven't forgotten about any of you!

    Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in:
     Left: Petal Rebel and Right: Pink Possibilities.
    My Purse: Guess Canary Small Satchel


    Recently, I went to Ulta and purchased two (2) of the new Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolors in Pink Possibilities and Petal Rebel. They were $7.49 each and are literally amazing! Personally, I like the shade Pink Possibilities way better than Petal Rebel, just because Petal Rebel looks too washed out on me.
    Left: Petal Rebel and Right: Pink Possibilities

    The Claims:


    Description
    Dare to Whisper. Get truly translucent gel color from Color Whisper by Color Sensational from Maybelline. Pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel deliver sexy, soft, see through color with a touch of shine, without the heavy waxes & oils found in traditional lipcolor.
    From: ulta.com



    They do feel very light on the lips and glide effortlessly. However, I don't feel like they have a gel-like texture and are certainly not translucent on the lips. When I swatched them on my hands, they appeared sheer, but on my lips they produced a decent amount of color.

    Left: Petal Rebel , Right: Pink Possibilites
    In comparison to the Revlon Lip Butters, which I love as well, they are definitely less pigmented and less creamy. Between the two, one isn't better than the other because they're two different types of lip products. I love both of them and will definitely be purchasing both in the future! They are slightly more pigmented than the L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balms.

    Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolors- Petal Rebel

    Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolors- Pink Possibilities

    Hope you enjoyed this post!

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Graze Box Review+Get a FREE Box!


    Hello gorgeous!

    I'm so excited that I finally get to tell you guys about this exciting new service called Graze [box]. If you know what Birchbox is, then you kind of have the idea of what Graze is! It's like Birchbox...but for food! Graze is a company with a mission to send their buyers healthy, delicious, and nutritious snacks all at $5! It's a weekly service and they deliver your exciting new box to your house/work for free (no shipping)! I ordered my box the other day, so unfortunately in my video, which is linked below, I couldn't feature the box I'm receiving. However, I will write a follow up post once I receive it! Also, ALL OF MY READERS/VIEWERS CAN GET A FREE BOX! Keep Reading below to find out how! Coupon expires 1 week from January 31st, 2013. HOWEVER, IF YOU STILL WANT A CODE FOR A FREE BOX AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE, COMMENT BELOW!

    The video is now live on my youtube channel!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy8r2iSXtMw&feature=share&list=UUT3FxR6zSqnHcqv_kc3QKhA


    For more information, visit www.graze.com/us .

    www.graze.com/us


    *****Graze box was so incredibly sweet to offer all of my readers/viewers a FREE box! 
    TO GET YOUR OWN FREE GRAZE BOX USE THE CODE:  5XHT1R9  *******
    There is no shipping fee!(: Try it out, I bet you'll like it! Coupon expires 1 week from January 31st, 2013. HOWEVER, IF YOU STILL WANT A CODE FOR A FREE BOX AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE, COMMENT BELOW!


    Their service has been featured on magazines such as OK!, Bazaar, and Men's Health! This service is so incredibly amazing and unique! I explained everything about this in my video that I just posted to my youtube channel! Don't forget to subscribe, and if you are a subscriber of mine, thank you for helping me reach 200 subbies! I appreciate it, really!

    Some of the snacks on the website I thought looked so delicious:
    Graze Box's Herby Bread Basket

    Graze Box's Pear Tatin

    Graze Box's Billionare's Shortbread
    *All images, except the header, was taken off of www.graze.com/us

    So this year, get fit and healthy with the Graze box service! (Again, I'll explain everything in the video!)


    PLEASE watch my video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy8r2iSXtMw&feature=share&list=UUT3FxR6zSqnHcqv_kc3QKhA ) to learn more about the Graze box service!

    *****Graze box was so incredibly sweet to offer all of my readers/viewers a FREE box! 
    TO GET YOUR OWN FREE GRAZE BOX USE THE CODE:  5XHT1R9  *******
    There is no shipping fee!(: Try it out, I bet you'll like it! Coupon expires 1 week from January 31st, 2013. HOWEVER, IF YOU STILL WANT A CODE FOR A FREE BOX AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE, COMMENT BELOW!


    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa


    *This was not a sponsored post. I was not paid to do a  post about this product. However, Graze was nice to contact me and my readers/viewers a free box as well as a promo-code for a free box.

    ***
    If you are a business and wants me to review your product (PR), please email me at: vanessatiffanie@gmail.com. Business inquires only please.