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Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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Hello!

I was so over the moon excited to try this mascara when I saw it launching because its every stick straight lash girls dream to have a mascara that will miraculously lift your lashes AND hold a curl all on its own. It sounded too good to be true so I did go in trying this mascara with skepticism.

What the mascara claims to do… ” It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls.. while the instant curve setting formula holds for 12 hours.”

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Packaging- Super cute with the retro hair roller concept. The brush handle has that rubbery grip so it feels really nice when you’re holding it.

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Brush – This is a plastic brush that is on the smaller and slimer side. To give you an idea, it is about 1/8 of an inch shorter than the They’re Real brush. It has sharp plastic bristles that grabs on to your lashes. The application from the brush is easy and even without requiring much work.

Formulation- I would say this falls right in the middle. Not dry not wet. Your lashes are not left really hard and crispy like some mascaras do so the finish is a lot more softer. It doesn’t flake off throughout the day but it does smudge on me after a couple short hours unfortunately.

For me… the only thing it does is separates. Which doesn’t impress me that much because there are very few that doesn’t do that. Its kind of how a mascara works.. yeah…

1. It doesn’t lift my lashes
2. I curled my lashes before hand and it doesn’t hold my curls.

These two points I’m not too surprised of because there are VERY VERY few mascara that actually does that for me and I can name them on the top of my head. It is VERY hard for me to be impressed by a mascara. The following points are kind of disappointing though

3. It did not hold for 12 hours. Halfway through the day my lashes felt very limp
4. The mascara started smearing on me after hour 3 or 4? Boo!

Natural Lashes

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Curled
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Curled with mascara
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It would’ve been amazing if this worked for me but at the same time I wasn’t expecting much because it sounded too good to be true. I haven’t had much luck with Benefits Mascaras but it might just be me because there are so many others that love it.

If you have tried this mascara what are your thoughts?

Until next time,
<3 Jess

March Love ’15

Hello!

March literally flew by. I have no idea where it went because I have already lost track of the days even before halfway through. Here is my March favorites!

Target Round Blending Brush – This is probably the best blending, crease, AND outer corner brush. The size is perfect even for me with a smaller crease area. This is super soft and doesn’t shed when washing. The best part, its affordable!

Ren Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum oil – Adding a pea size amount into my morning skincare routine has added that extra moisture my skin needed to prevent my face makeup looking cakey. Face oils has seriously changed my life!

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – Lotion for lazy people. Apply it in the shower and when you get out your skin is left moisturized so you wont need to spend extra time after you get out to apply it. An added bonus would be how amazing this smells. Its the perfect rosey scent thats not overpowering.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye - Aside from this being a nice and fresh eye cream thats sinks into the skin without it being sticky, this is also a very nice base for under eye makeup. Like the rest of my skin, my under eye area has started to look cakey but an added boost of moisture fixed it. Unlike some other eye cream, this won’t cause products that you apply on top of it to slip and slide.

Crochet - I am not a grandma but I kind of feel like one. The art of crocheting is actually therapeutic and fun. I have been experimenting with different looks and feel by using materials besides yarn.

Trader Joes Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Butter Cookies - Sweet sweet deliciously caramely goodness.

Clash of Clans – Heh… Heh… Heh… The addiction with another game has begun. The worse part is.. I have friends that feud this addiction. You build your base strategically to protect yourself and also raise an army to attack others. Let the wars begin!

 

DId your march fly by as quick as mine?

Until next time,
<3 Jess

Last Hoorah For Fall Colors

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Helloo!

Although Spring and Summer are beautiful seasons, my fave is still the cooler weather.I know that spring is actually officially here now but … I’m going to rock fall colors one last time before I switch over to spring. If you are like me then here is a perfect nail idea for you (:

Ciate – Guestlist
China Glaze – Swing Baby
Revlon- No chip top coat (don’t really recommend this one but it was what I had)
Sally Hansen – Continuous Treatment Top and Base Coat
Painter/Duct Tape
Bobby Pin

For future blog posts, should I include picture tutorial as well? Lemme know!

Until next time,
<3 Jess

Winter Skin and Hair Care Empties!

Hello!!

After 3 years I am finally going to make another attempt with YT. I have been filming and editing these past couple of weeks so I can have videos lined up to upload and I forgot how fun it is. Especially after learning some new programs and stuff the quality of my video compared to 3 years ago has improved SOO much! I’m excited to be able to create more content and find different ways to share it with you guys in a creative way (:

So… Here is the list of empties

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Original & Floral and Flirty Blush – you guys know this is the HG of HG.

Dove Refresh + Care Volume Dry Shampoo – I don’t think that this leaves my hair as refreshed as the Batiste one but the biggest put-off for me was the heavy fragrance. I felt like I was going to suffocate or something so I had to hold my breathe while spraying it then walk into another room to rub it in that way I can breathe properly.

Neutrogena Body Clear Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel- I’m sure I have shown this in my past empties already because I’ve been using this for years.

Opal One minute Oil Treatment – Just a reoccurring product thats been a staple for years.

Basics Moist Wipes
Daiso Cleansing Tissue- Definitely reccommend and I have already repurchased 2 extra ones as back up because its something I use on a day to day basis to clean my hands and surface area after my morning routine.

The Body Shop – Honeymania Body Butter – I can’t get enough of this delicious smell! I havent repurchased this yet but when I do buy body butter, this will definitely be the scent that I will be purchasing.

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Oil Toner and Facial Wash – The toner is a bit more harsh compared to others but if you have acne prone skin and need something to really clean your face then I definitely recommend it. I have repurchased this but I did not think the facial wash was as effective as the toner so I have not repurchased that one.

Lush – Lovely Jubblies – If only there was a regular lotion that smells like this. (Please let me know if there is!) I absolutely LOVE the smell of this which was one of the main reasons why I got it. Its moisturizing but I didn’t see much of a firming effect. Maybe its because I’m still young so I won’t notice a big difference but for the price I don’t think I will be repurchasing it.

Lush – Brazened Honey Mask- These are good mask to use just so its something different from your everyday skincare routine. Its a little treat to use something fresh and cooling on you face especially during the summer because these mask needs to be refrigerated. Think twice before you buy it though! Make sure you’ll have time to use it after you purchase it because it is perishable.

Shiseido Urban Environment SPF 30 – Once again a reoccurring staple.

Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover- This is a good eye makeup removed but I have found another one thats even better (The Body Shop Camomile Eye Makeup Remover). Soo… I will  not be repurchasing this.

SKII Treatment Essence – A product that I have heard so much about in the asian community and its like the miracle essence that will change your life. I have to admit that when I first used it, it really did make a difference to my skin. I saw the suppleness and the change in recovery time but after using it for exactly a year now I don’t see the dramatic change but I have repurchased this and is still in my skincare routine.

Jeunesse Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenation Serum – The most effective serum I have used. Leaves my skin so moisturized and it definitely speeds up the recovery of my acne scars. I scar super easily so I am always on the lookout for products that can help my skin recover faster. The only downside would be the hefty price point of $100+. I have not repurchased this yet but I will eventually.

Origins Ginzing Brightening Eye Cream – This is one of those neutral products that you can always fall back to if all else fails.

If you want a indepth review of any of the following products that has not been reviewed yet then comment below and I’ll work on it!

Thank you guys so much for reading/watching

Until Next Time,
<3 Jess

OOTD: industrial gray

Good afternoon!

I just couldn’t wait to wear some of the pieces I recently picked up from H&M so here is the gray jersey with sheer arm panels. 



The weather has been super nice in SoCal so it was warm enough to wear shorts but a light sweater is needed as well because temperature can drop quite a bit when the sun goes down.

Top: H&M

Sweater: H&M knit

Short: Hollister

Shoes: Target

Sunglasses: Rayban aviators 

50 Shades of H&M Haul

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Good Day Everyone!

I think I might need some color in my life.. what do you think? Subconsciously I automatically gravitate towards the white, black, and in between gray. The moment I stepped into the dressing room I noticed that these pieces are not the most vibrant colors but thats pretty much my closet. This was one of those casual shopping trips where you’re not really expecting to buy something but it just happens that everything in the store appeals to you.

I love basic casual wear because we get the most wear out of them AND its the most comfortable.

Striped Shirt – $17.95 Casual legging length shirt are the best!

 

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Jersey Top – $14.95 The sheer panels on the arm are what drew me in. Its the little details that sucker me in.

White Long Shirt – $9.95 White shirts with a collar and pockets are the best to match anything and everything. I need one that is long enough for me to tuck without me worrying that its going to be slipping out throughout the day. I’m not sure if I will be keeping this because it fits a bit weird with the cutting of the shoulder and underarms.

 

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Holy Chic – $9.95 I can lounge around with this at home or wear it as a casual sweater. If I want to look a  bit more put together then I can just layer a collared shirt underneath. All 3 options for only 10 bucks.

Since the title is 50 Shades can I just take a moment to talk about it just for the heck of it. I have not read the books but I do know what it’s about from word of mouth. I did end up watching it with some girlfriends because they wanted to and I have to say that it was a hilarious movie for the stiffness and awkward moments. I am not a fan of the Twilight movies so I have to say that this was even more stiff and awkward than Twilight (which I didn’t know was possible until now). For that, I recommend you to go watch it for you entertainment (:

Until Next Time,
<3 Jess

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