Liese Bubble Hair Dye: Raspberry Brown

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Hello Lovelies!

To my fellow readers that dye your hair you know how annoying roots can be. Unfortunately that is something we need to endure and take care of on a regular basis if we want our hair to look well kept. I haven’t dyed my own hair since these bubble hair dye came out so its been a couple years! I don’t have the time and money right now to go and get a $100+ coloring treatment done to my hair so I’m just going to do it myself while testing out these new (to me) innovation.

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The prep direction is pretty self explanatory but the application process got me a little weary. The tutorial on youtube from the company did not help me at all because when I tried to do it the way they showed it wasn’t applying evenly on my hair ( I have thick long hair). I would see clumps on the interior that did not get covered with hair dye. It might also be because I didn’t apply enough on my hair initially before moving onto the next step.

So my suggestion to you would be … IF you are following the YT tutorial then apply a VERY generous amount on your hair initially before moving onto pulling your hair up. OR A more full proof and safe way to do it would be to section off your hair in layers and work it one layer at a time.

The application process is definitely a lot easier than mixing traditional dye in a bowl compared to brushing it on with a brush.

Before

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After

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I know the Before and after pics are terrible T.T but here is a more true to color in person picture of how the color looks. If you buy this in stores and there is a hair swatch for you to compare, the color is pretty accurate on the hair swatch. Not so much on the box though because the color on the box looks a lot more red.

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Final verdict, I will be repurchasing this in the future if I want to dye my own hair again!

Until next time,
<3 Jess

 

Jan ’15 Loves

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Oh my.. 1/12 of the year has passed already. Before we know it 2016 is going to be right around the corner! Thats too crazy to think about so today I will be sharing with you today my January favorites. Surprisingly I have quite a bit of makeup product because I normally only have about one or two.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Brightening Concealer (Ivory) – I’ve had this product for awhile now but have never really cared for it because I didn’t it did much. One random no make up day this month I decided that my under eye area needed some brightening just to make me a little bit more awake so I applied this under my eyes and parallel down my nose. It made such a big difference.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Light2 Vanilla) – As much as I don’t want to like this concealer because of its price, it really is an amazing concealer. The color matches my skin perfectly and it blends out nicely without it creasing or caking up. I would say that this is a medium to full coverage because it just depends on how much product you apply on.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (nude) – I have waited so long to finally try this and I absolutely LOVE it. It feels like a liquid to powder finish and it leaves your skin shine free without it being way too matte. Throughout the day it controls my oil without me looking like a shiny mess and its light weight and natural looking. Recommend this to everyone!

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder (Universal) – Super fine translucent powder that sets your makeup flawlessly. It mattifies your skin without it looking really powdery like how some setting powders can make you look.

Covergirl Lip Perfection (307 Seduce) – Favorite lip color of December and January. This to me is the perfect red when it comes to the tone (warm or cool) and vibrancy. If I want a regular red lip then I can apply this on its own or I can layer on a more brown lip color to deepen it into a more sultry red. It can be long lasting if your lips are nice a prep before application but once you eat or drink it will come off. I also don’t find this overly drying.

Ren Omega  3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil – Great addition to my skincare routine because it really helps to replenish my skin by adding a ton of moisture. Does not leave my skin greasy or oily.

NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel – I have a lot of hyper pigmentation from acne scars and every time I break out, a scar will form without a doubt. I was recommend this by my family doctor and I have seen a difference of my scars lightening a lot faster than usual. I’m still experimenting and documenting the progress so I can write a in depth review of this product.

One Line A Day – I’m sure a lot of people have heard of this book but if you have not then its a 5 year memory book. Basically you write a mini blurb about your day in this book for 5 years. You can write about anything you want. New friends you made, new experiences, what you’re thankful for, Goals, anything interesting you learned, etc. I have found that its a really great way to sit back, relax and really reflect on your day. We are all trying to get through one day after the next so quickly that it doesn’t give us time to just stop and think how was my day today? What did I do that made today such a great day or not so great day?

How did you start off your new year?

Until Next Time,
<3 Jess

Golden Globe Best Dressed

Can we just take a moment and take in how gorgeous this Lanvin custom jumpsuit is? The sparkle on top has the glamour of an evening gown and the suit bottom is sexy, chic, and just so hot. The finishing touch that makes this jumpsuit formal and a tad  bit more feminine is the bow and the train that just drapes from the hips down. Its not like I don’t love Emma Stone already, but her choice of wearing pants instead of dress can give us all the courage to step out of the norm that women has to wear dresses in order to look feminine, elegant, and sexy. I just can not get over how much I love this outfit. I want it. The end.

Until next time,
<3 Jess

Holiday Gift Guide

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This is for those procrastinators out there that still need to do your christmas shopping because I will give you the benefit of the doubt.. you have been a busy bee. The great thing about the holidays are all the gift sets that companies put out and if you are really on a budget then you can always buy any one of these sets and break them up. Pair it with something small and you got a gift that doesn’t look cheap that is still within your budget and  it knocks out a couple people on your list all at once!

Bauble Bar – If you have a friend that loves jewelry then Bauble Bar is the perfect place to get some affordable ones. They have so many different unique styles that you are guaranteed to find something. I got a dupe for the Dior pearl earrings for a fraction of the price for a friend and it looks great.

The Art of Shaving Set – This is for the guys in your life. If you can’t afford a set of The Art of Shaving tools (because who can?) then you can “fake” your wallet budget with this set. They came out with a mini starter set for only $25!

First Aid Beauty Cheers to FAB Skin – If you can still find this then props to you because as I am writing this I tried to find the link to everything but it turns out that this product is nowhere to be found now. Sorry! So instead I will include the link to another First Aid kit and you get 3 products instead of 5 for $28

Ciate Haute House Paint Pot Collection – 5 Ciate nail polishes for $25 is pretty good and they don’t chip easily! Hooray! This is one of those sets that you can break apart and gift them separately or use them as stocking stuffers.

_9759580Marc Jacob Daisy Perfume Roller Ball – $39.60 Perfume roller balls are one of the best presents because you get to sample a variety of perfumes instead of one and if you get this set every single one of the Daisy perfumes smells amazing. Another great set to split into 3 gifts.

 

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Scarfs – I love scarfs and there is nothing better than snuggling up in a warm one. One that I would recommend if you can afford is would be the Burberry Cashmere scarves because they are so warm and snuggly. If not here are not more affordable options.. This is the Ralph Lauren one which is 100% wool for only $43.50. If you are trying to buy scarfs that will actually keep you warm then definitely look at the materials! Just because they are expensive does not mean that the fabric used is good. Look for wool and Cashmere because those will actually help retain heat compare to nylon, polyester, acrylic, rayon, etc. I’m actually very tempted in buying one of these for myself xD … but a cheaper alternative to this is the Topman Wool Knit Scarf for $35.00

 

71pDZvSJe0L._SL1500_Tangle Teezer – $8 – I have talked about this magical comb in past post before. Its just a really great cheap present to get for friends and they will love it! Even dudes will love it. My BF wants one because he said it feels like you’re getting a head massage? So it can be equally love for both genders (:

What other holiday gift ideas do you have?

Until Next Time,

<3 Jess

 

 

NYE Holiday Party Outfit

(Click on the image for my style set)
Holiday Parties are popping up left and right and the big headache is putting together outfits that are appropriate for the occasion and crowd. I have put together a party outfit that would suit any party you go to whether its for the office, family, or friends.
This Blaque Label dress has a open back so it sexy but yet sophisticated and chic. This dress is simple so to add a bit of jazz and festive sparkle to the outfit I decided to pair it with a glitzy blazer. Don’t worry about your outfit being too plain when you remove your jacket because thats why you have your statement necklace. The one I chose has crystals with spikes at the end to make it more edgy which I love. I didn’t want to go too crazy with the rest of the outfit so the rings are simple and dainty and the clutch is a simple and black that can be worn on the shoulder or cross body. To tie the whole outfit together we are going to pair it with red pumps for that pop of color.
 I hope you enjoy this style post so what are your party outfit ideas?

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Happy Holidays !!

Hello Lovelies!

November and December is definitely my favorite months of the year. The sparkly gold, red, green, and silver decor mixed with the warm smell of nutmeg and cinnamon just fills my inside with happiness and warmth. It has been a couple of crazy months and this past semester has not been an easy one. Lots of emotional ups and down when it comes to decisions and acceptance of what life throws at you. I’m trying to stay positive and move forward with new goals because I believe that everything happens for a reason. So for that I’m sorry for the lack of content and uploads but what I can guarantee is lots of new reviews will be coming because I may or may not have been a little naughty during Cyber Monday. Loads of new products for me to try and experiment with and its about time because I haven’t really purchased many beauty products this whole year! I have literally been trying to use up what I have and it has finally gotten to a point now where I am able to restock on some new products (mostly skincare).

So let me give you a little update on my current obsession. Cinnamon. This addiction started back in October  I think and it is still going strong. I’ve always been indifferent about it but something clicked and now I want it every chance I get. Mexican Mocha. Cinnamon Dulce Latte. Horchata. Cinnamon Rolls. Cinnamon Oatmeal. **Drools** Every winter I look forward to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha because it was my favorite holiday drink but this Cinnamon addiction is so intense that I haven’t had a single cup of Peppermint Mocha this holiday season.. that is CRAZY!

What is your seasonal addiction? I’m sure you have one (;

Until Next Time,
<3 Jess

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Of course I would be sipping on a Cinnamon Dulce Latte while writing this post (:

Back to School Survival Kit

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Hello Lovelies!

To celebrate (not really -_-) back to school I am going to share with you my little survival kit that I carry around with me at school. I don’t retouch my makeup throughout the day so I don’t have makeup in this kit but I do have everything else that will come in handy throughout the day.

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Granola Bar – Having a snack with me is essential because it doesn’t just cure your hunger while you’re in class, it also help wake you up when you are falling asleep in class.

Blotting Paper - The only thing I need to make sure I still look somewhat presentable throughout the day is blotting paper. By just soaking up all the oil my face produces it gives me a more refreshed look without actually applying more makeup. The Clean&Clear one works the best in my opinion.

Hair Brush, Tie, Bobby Pin – Especially when the weather is warmer you never know when you need to put your hair up.

Lotion, Nail Filer - Nothing is more annoying than when your hands are super dry after you wash them or when you have that annoying chip in your nail that will bother you until its fixed (that is if you didn’t already peel it off already). Having lotion and a nail filer with you is super handy and useful.

Chapstick - Although the one I have shown here is not a Chapstick (Shiseido Shimmering Rouge) the main point is to have a lip product that is moisturizing enough that will relieve your chap lip problem. Alongside the lotion and nail flier having a chap lip but no Chapstick can annoy the crap out of me.

Pads, Tampon, and pain reliever – Kind of self explanatory. Even if you don’t need it, its always nice to have one available because you never know which on of your friends will need one. Also I would like to add a side note that I do not have a pain killer drug problem because I lost my small refillable Advil bottle so I had to use my giant bottle for photographing.

Mirror – I wear contacts so when something gets in my eye it hurts like a mother. Unlike non contact wearers where you can just rub your eye hoping that whatever got in it will get rubbed out we can’t do that unless I want to be half blind for the rest of the day. Having a mirror is always useful.

Until Next Time,

<3 Jessica

 

Review: Lioele Be My Skin Twin Cake Compact

IMG_0043Hello Lovelies!

For those that are not familiar with the Lioele brand they are a Korean cosmetic company that has everything in the cutest packaging. Their stores no joke looks like a little princess room.

Lioele Be My Skin Twin Cake Compact SPF27 PA++
Color: Light Beige 21

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Packaging: No doubt about it this is the cutest, prettiest, most girlie packaging ever. The whole compact is made of pretty sturdy plastic so its not going to fall apart on you after a couple months. I especially like that it has the plastic puff holder divider (second cover) on the inside making it that much more sanitary because then your products is only exposed when you are using it. It does come with a puff but I don’t use it because I prefer to use my own brush.

Formulation: This powder is very finely milled and super smooth and silky to the touch. There is SPF 27 with PA++ so that is always good.

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Performance: The finish you get when you first apply it is very matte but will turn into a satin finish after about an hour. This doesn’t perform very well around dry patches because it will cling on to the skin and accentuate it. The staying power of this powder isn’t very good either because it will rub off very easily if you blot throughout. I have to blot about 4 hours after initial application because this powder also doesn’t control my oil very well.

Final Verdict: This is a powder for someone that doesn’t require oil control. I don’t have the oiliest skin so I can wear this for a couple hours before I need to blot but if you are someone that turns into a grease ball than I would definitely not recommend this for you. This is a great compact for those that like to reapply throughout the day because the packaging is cute enough to show off and it has a decently sized mirror. I don’t think I will be repurchasing this exact compact after I’m done but I will like to try the formulation for oily skin (color of the package is a shiny magenta). This works better during the colder months in comparison the the warmer weather now.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

 

 

July Loves ’14

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Hello Lovelies!

Another month has passed which means its time to reflect back on this past month and think.. what products have I been really loving and reaching for nonstop?

I am going to start off with something that I have just been OBSESSED with..

Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara:I just reviewed it here and I have not stopped using this since I opened it in the middle of this month. I am not joking that I can’t stop admiring my own lashes as to how awesome it looks because I have finally found a drugstore mascara that will keep my stubborn stick straight lashes curled all day.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF20 – Fair to Medium: I am not an outdoorsy person so when summer comes around and I bust out those shorts my legs can probably blind you from a mile away because they are so pale and white. I have tried Jergens regular moisturizers in the past so when I saw that they had one with SPF I was like SCORE! There is nothing better than finding a multifunctional product that works really well. This is a gradual self natural looking tanner that is a moisturizer with SPF that doesn’t stink or feel sticky. I think thats all I have to say for you to get the overall picture of how awesome this product is.

Moroccan Oil: I normally do a deep repair hair mask about once a week but since I finished the ones I had I haven’t had the chance to repurchase any so I didn’t have any to use this month. To compensate for the lack of extra moisture I usually give my hair I have been using this Moroccan Oil after I wash my hair. It leaves my hair feeling soft and good smelling without it getting greasy. I can’t say that it prevents my hair from getting damaged and split ends because I have a ton to begin with but it is one of the best leave in conditioner/oils I have tried.

Michael Kors Watch: I’ve had this watch for awhile now but it was never my go to watch until this month. I didn’t realize how versatile it was and the leather strap goes great with my casual everyday summer outfits. My other watches are linked watches so it just looks more formal with the metal hardware compared to the leather. Also leather is just more comfortable to wear when it gets hot and sweaty.

Puzzles and Dragons: I have been obsessed with this game! Its a game on you phone that has bejeweled type puzzles that you have to clear to fight monsters. Through the game you get to accumulate different monsters almost like pokemon and you also get to assemble your team to fight the next levels. It’s a lot more fun than a regular puzzle game like candy crush because your progress goes beyond just passing the level. You can add your friends that plays as well so you can assist each other through each stage/battle.

If you could recommend one product that you loved this month what would it be? AND if you play Puzzles and Dragons then we should probably be friends!

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

 

Review: Maybelline the Rocket Volume Mascara

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Hello Lovelies!

I have been on a Mascara Binge lately which would explain why I have so many mascara reviews up. I would like to do this review a little later but I just can’t contain how excited I am to have found this miracle worker in a tube.

Package: Feels just like any of the other Maybelline Mascaras.

 

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Brush: Although I have mentioned that I generally don’t like plastic brushes but I DO like this one. This brush is very similar to the CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara (which is another mascara that I like as well).

 

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Formulation: The most PERFECT consistency. Just the right amount of wet but not overly wet that will make my lashes loose its curl.

 

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Performance: I got this in the waterproof formula (my usual) and I haven’t experience much smudging during a 7+ hour day. Your lashes are properly separated without it clumping up and best of all it holds a curl fantastically!

Final Verdict: Hands down the BEST drugstore mascara I have ever used. The curling power of this is comparable to my beloved Majolica Majorca Mascara which is amazing because I have not found one that is comparable until now. My only complaint would be that I would like this to be a bit more volumizing. I’m not saying that it isn’t volumizing already because it is, but in a very natural way. I like a bit more volume but besides that I Really Really Really do recommend this to those that have trouble finding a mascara that will hold your curls.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica