Hey beauties, it’s funny how these past few posts were quite negative.. Anti Haul, Product Flops.. I came on here to share things I genuinely would like to try out and want as a gift or I will purchase it for myself later on in life.
FAB – Coconut Water Cream
This is currently on sale at Sephora for 21 Canadian Dollars. I was quite intrigued by this product when I first came across it. I’m actually quite surprised how affordable it is now. I may consider getting it but I’m also quite unsure at the same time only because water, gel based creams are more effective for me to use during the summer time. I would need something waaay thicker for the fall and winter season to keep me hydrated and plump. During the colder seasons, my skin often looks very dehydrated and dull.
KIEHL’S Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
I am an avid makeup user and sometimes I need a skincare pick me up. I am a huge believer in Good skin = good makeup so skincare will always be my top priority before makeup. This essence marketed to be able to remove rough textures on the skin’s surface and smooths out everything, creating a visibly improved skin appearance. Currently, it retails for 57 Canadian Dollars, I am patiently waiting for Sephora’s upcoming Fall VIB Rouge sale.
Fenty Beauty – Diamond Bomb Highlighter
I am what you call an amateur highlighter hoarder. I own quite a few but I don’t own as much as beauty gurus or influencers. I went to Sephora with my friend and she kept nagging me to swatch this highlighter. Initially, I didn’t want to but when I swatched it.. I was kinda turned off how glittery it was but as I looked at even more and layered it on, I noticed that it sort of mocks the appearance of “wet skin”. The shimmers are very fine but I’m still able to visibly see them. I don’t own anything like this and I do believe it would be a great addition to my current highlighter collection.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
Everyone seems to be all excited for the watermelon mask but I’m all about this. This looks a moisturizer I can use under makeup, as an a skincare routine idea and all around a nice product to have on the go as well.. The waves-like glass bottle makes it look so luxurious and is so aesthetically pleasing for the eyes.
That’s it for now, friends. I wonder what else I will end up wanting or buying… Stay Tuned!
Skinfood Gummy Bear Hand Cream – Cherry Chocolate (45ml)
Good afternoon ladies and gents, I hope we all are having a wonderful Thursday. Don’t worry, Friday is right by the corner. Today, I’m here to share my thoughts on this hand cream I got recently in the mail. It’s pretty adorable, huh? I do recall seeing this hand cream available in multiple different scents about 1-2 years ago? I thought these were completely sold out but I was lucky enough to stumble across an eBay seller who sold these. They weren’t cheap, I do recall paying about 12 Canadian dollars for it. These range from 8 Canadian dollars to 12 Canadian dollars. It really depends on where you decide to purchase these.
The scent reminds me of a Milky, Cherry creamsicle, I don’t really smell the chocolate/cocoa notes. As you can see in the photo, my hand is outrageously dry, doesn’t matter whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer, my hands will always somehow be dry. I have been really neglecting my hand care so I should really get back into habit using hand creams when needed.
The first thing I noticed for texture was that this it’s not watery, thin nor is it too thick. It has a perfect combination of the two making it extremely easy to massage into the skin. You don’t need a lot of it to moisturize your hands and you most definitely can layer it if needed. It doesn’t give you that thick white cast on your hands when you apply too much which is nice because, at times, I tend to accidentally dispense out more hand cream than needed.
Texture: 5/5 – This is my ideal texture I would like in hand cream. A hybrid between lightweight but not watery and not thick where it’s difficult to spread.
Price: 3/5 – A bit on the pricey side for a standard hand cream but at least the packaging is adorbs.
Packaging: 5/5 – Super adorable, compact and iconic! Who doesn’t know or love gummy bears?
Moisturizing: 3/5 – I think this is a standard hand cream, it’s most definitely not heavy duty enough for dry, cracky winter hands
Scent: 3/5 – This scent could be better, I wish it smelled more like cherry chocolate because it really reminds of a cherry milkshake, cherry creamsicle or even creme savers hard candy!
I would probably recommend this anyone who collects cosmetics and loves cute packaging. It’s definitely something you can do without but great for those who collect these sorts of things.
Thanks for dropping by to check out my review~ Til next time, friends.
Hey hey, this is probably the most active I have been on my blog and I really just wanted to stretch this series because there are quite a few products where I just did not like and I really wanted to share with you all my thoughts and opinions on them.
Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products.
The first bb cream I have ever tried!!
At the age of 17, I started getting more familiar with makeup and experimenting with different brands and products. Bb creams were a huge deal back then because they weren’t just for post surgery folks but they are the future of foundation because they are multi-function and provide anti-aging, whitening and buildable/high coverage. Bb creams may vary in texture and coverage but this one was very thick and has medium coverage. I loved this bb cream for my early stages of practicing with makeup. This bb cream had literally ONE shade and it’s most comparable to the Missha M Perfect Cover Bb cream in shade #21 but it has a really heavy grey undertone to it. I didn’t appreciate that it clung onto my dry patches and made my skin look aged especially around my smile lines and forehead. Maybe this bb cream is meant for oily skin users? Not sure but this was a flop for me and I don’t know why I repurchased this thing 3-4 times.
INC.redible You Glow Girl in Cosmic Blur
This product came out before the Colourpop Jelly shadows and I thought this idea was brilliant but at the same time, it was too good to be true. Anyone who has followed me on Instagram long enough would know that I am all about that holographic, duo-chrome, unicorn look. This is gorgeous when you first apply it and you can layer it pretty well. My issue with this is that if you accidentally wipe or touch your face, the highlight is GONE. I highly doubt this is going to be blendable with other shadows because it’s consistency alone. The concept is great, the formula definitely could be revamped and improved on. Overall, it is a fun product to play around with to take some cool photos with but it’s not meant for long wear use.
Shiseido Light Bulb Foundation in 774 Light Beige
I had extremely high hopes for this foundation but it just did not work out in the end. The shade match was quite accurate because this was only available online to purchase so I kind of just eyeballed my shade and hoped for the best. The one thing I appreciated about this foundation was that it never oxidized on me. This foundation has such a DENSE, thick and oily texture to it. Not something I would like in a foundation. It really weighed my face down and I felt extremely uncomfortable with it on. It’s the exact feeling I get when my skin is congested from a hot, humid day. The odd thing was my face didn’t oily regardless the fact my face felt weighed down.. it looked quite dewy and healthy but I just did not like it’s heavy texture. If they had a lighter formula for this, I would have loved it.
Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Palette
I honestly purchased this palette for the blue-lavender shade aka “arctic glow” but it just didn’t work out. It looked really bad on my skin and it looked like a giant blue strip on my cheek even if I gradually layered it and took my time to blend it. Winter Rose and Northern Lights were okay but I was hoping they would be more buildable. Frosted Kiss (peachy shade) was a cream formula. I personally don’t really like cream highlighters because they don’t apply well and you have to work really hard to blend it in the skin. I prefer pressed powder highlighters because they’re not as messy and difficult to work with.
That’s it for this chapter, friends. Tune until next time for chapter 3 on Product Flops!
Have a good night~
I’m pretty sure many of you find this amusing that I’m making a post like this but I figured it would be something helpful and hopefully gives some of you motivation to save money. I’m one of those girls who loves retail therapy and I will spend for the most stupidest reasons. Two examples I do at-least once a week is: 1) I don’t like what I’m having for lunch and I want fresh, hot food so I will order out. 2) I am sad/stressed/upset and I need to buy something to cheer myself up. Do these examples apply to you or you can relate? Let a girl know.
I think what is important is to not restrict ourselves because that will create more resistance and temptation later on. There should be a focus on an objective of some sort, whether it’s a handbag you wanted for so long, a property, vacation or etc. You should start off with an objective and it should be something you are passionate about, not something you want for temporary because we tend to lose track of the goal if it is.
I always put my loose change, 5 dollar bills and lucky pocket money in my piggy bank. I got my piggy bank last year and he’s become very heavy now. I was tempted to open him up quite a handful of times but I quickly stopped myself because my objective is to fill him so full, that I can no longer put anything more in him then I will open him up and cash him at the bank. You will notice a significant difference how much a piggy bank can change your saving game. Cashing in hundreds, maybe even thousands of bucks?! How rewarding does that sound?
Wake up earlier in the morning and prepare yourself some coffee. Buying coffee every morning before work does add up. Think about it…
Let’s say you get 1 large cup of coffee every morning on a weekday…
$5 x 5 days = $25
For 1 month (30 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 22 days = $110
For 1 year (365 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 283 = $1415
That’s A LOT of money!
Currently minimum wage in Ontario is $14-$15
$14 x 80 work hours = $1120
$15 x 80 work hours = $1200
^ These are BEFORE deductions. Usually when you hit the 1k mark, you get deducted about 200 dollars per pay cheque.
We don’t realize the damage we are doing to our wallets when we buy little things here and there. I am an avid coffee drinker, I feel a significant difference in my overall behavior and awareness with and without it. I am gradually teaching myself to build tolerance to live without coffee. Some days I will give in and buy but I came from buying coffee every single day to drinking coffee maybe.. once or a twice a week?
Again, going back to what I said about restricting yourself. Never restrict yourself but make sure to budget your money out wisely.
Here is an example:
Say you make 3K a month and live away from your parents…
You spend (every month)…
$200 on groceries
$60 on phone bill
$80 for utilities
$50 internet bill
$150 for bus fare/gas
$200 on misc lunch/dinner occasions
$1200 for rent
What you have left…
Varying how big your objective is and how close you want to get to close to it. The remaining money you have left per month, you should at-least try to save 50%-60% of it. Have a Tax-Free Saving Account and just continuously save each month and you will start to notice the numbers growing bigger and bigger.
That is all for today, friends.
If you’re interested in more tips, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in these kinds of posts.
Hey, hey friends!
I am starting a new blog series called “Product flops” aka Products that did not work for me. I posted on instagram asking if anyone was interested in hearing my thoughts on products that just didn’t work out for me and I recieved a positive feedback on my comments along with dm’s.
Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products..
I no longer own many of these products because I tend to declutter and give away products that did not work for me to my family members and close friends. For consistency, I will be posting a photo of these products I found online with the description and experience I had with it below.
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Fluide Foundation in 02N
A couple of months ago, I was on the hunt for a new foundation to try out and I wanted one that had medium coverage and felt weightless on the skin. I saw quite a few bloggers post about this particular foundation and I quickly went to grab it at my local Sephora. The weird thing was, I swatched this foundation at the store on my hand it somehow turned orange within 10 minutes so I thought maybe the tester went bad and went ahead to grab it anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can just return it, right? I went home to test this foundation out and to my surprise, I turned into an oompa loompa. Even wiping this foundation off with a makeup remover cloth, you can visibly see that it is full blown orange. Thank god I did not go out looking like that because I’m sure many people would find it amusing. It also has a really bad floral scent to it. I am not even sensitive to scents and I didn’t find the scent pleasant at all. Out of all foundations I own whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, I have never seen any of them oxidize the way how this oxidized on my skin.
Colourpop Amber Crystal Collection – 3 pc – mist, lip balm and liquid highlighter
Something I quickly learned about Sephora “sale” items are that they USUALLY are on sale for a reason. This was when Sephora had Colourpop for a month and then took them off the shelves for some reason. The highlighter was a fail and was just an oil with shimmers in it. It would constantly seperate with the shimmers at the bottom while the oil fluid ontop. It wasn’t even buildable and was a fail for me. The mist smelled horrendous, it smelled like a bitter herbal scent. The only thing that I enjoyed from the scent was the lip balm for it’s beautiful red orange tint, sweet and soft mango butter scent and performance for lasting throughout a long day. I normally love colourpop products but the liquid highlighter and mist was a total fail for me. I’ll stick to their fantastic super shock eyeshadows, pressed shadow palettes/singles and concealers!
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Ivory
*FYI – I purchased this foundation when the shade range was much more smaller back then.
This was my very first high-end foundation and was also the only foundation I swore by working at my first job. It has a medium to full coverage.
The consistency was perfect for me since it wasn’t too thick in formula nor was it too watery but how it performed on my face was a different story. As I played around with more makeup, I started to realize that this foundation does not work for me for various reasons. It oxidized into a Simpsons yellow on my face, it clung to all my dry patches and emphasized my pores and has a very odd paint scent to it just like the UD Naked skin foundation and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has. Luckily it did not break me out but I definitely would not repurchase this foundation even in another shade.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 2
This was either the 2nd or 3rd foundation I tried when I got into makeup and it was awful. Urban Decay was reputable for their fantastic naked palettes, perversion mascara and the OG 24 hour glide on pencil eyeliners but this foundation was terrible for me. So terrible that I threw it out and did not think twice to give it to pass it on to someone else. First of all, it had a horrendously strong chemical scent between a spray paint x accetone and it had a strange thin, watery consistency and everytime I dispensed it out from the container, the product would have air bubbles in it. When I applied it on my skin, it dried up pretty fast but within an hour my face started to look extremely dehydrated. I’m not sure what was in this foundation but was bad news for my skin… I broke out on my forehead, cheeks and chin and if any of you know me, I don’t break out unless my skin reacts negatively to a product, hormonal or too much sodium in my diet.
Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Gray Brown
I’m sure quite a few of you are shocked by why this product did not work out for me considering the fact this is raved and loved by many influencers and was featured on social media for quite a long time. This product is effective however it has a bad side to it. It has a very odd chemical scent to it. I’m not sure how people found it pleasant. I have repurchased this product over 4 times in different shades and my feelings about it have not changed about it. I always thought maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I’m using it wrong. My brows are tinted beautifully after every application, my problem is that I can’t use any face masks or wash my face because the tint will easily come off. The shade I have been using more frequently is Gray Brown but after a few days, the tint on my eyebrows turn into this strange forest green colour… If any of you are on the hunt for a good brow tint, I strongly suggest you to try the clio duo brow pen.
Alright, that is all for today. There are more products I wanted to share but we’ll leave that for another time. Til’ next time, friends.