My Recent Beauty/Make-Up Product Fails

I’m having such bad luck with beauty and make-up products lately. I just don’t know why all these products failed on me. But, fortunately for all my readers you get to learn from my not-so-fun experiences. Haha. ^^;;;;

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

I really wanted to love this foundation. It has such a nice finish on the skin! This is made for oily skin-types, which is right up my alley. But, even though I have oily skin, I do have dry patches here and there. This foundation just does not to anything for dry patches on the skin. It’s gross, it piles upon them making them extremely obvious. I also found blending very difficult at times. You must work in sections while applying because it sets from liquid to powder quite quickly. I’m really awful at blending so I end up having patches of skin with no foundation. That’s really my fault but I need a foundation that can be more forgiving. In the end, I had to return this product back to Sephora. Though, I don’t regret it at all. I don’t think it is worth the $56 price tag.

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

Another product I wanted to love. I thought I really liked it when I tried it in-store. But, after using it for a few weeks, I realize it wasn’t really doing anything for my blemishes. If anything, instead of concealing them, it made them stand out. This foundation also wasn’t very good on dry patches. The formula is quite thick and it was hard to blend. The finish is quite nice, matte but not too matte as to look like a mask. Also, I don’t think it was a very good shade for me. I have a neutral skin tone, varying from yellowish to reddish. I know, I have a weird skin tone, but this shade, St. Mortiz was too orange on me. Unfortunately, I also returned this product to Sephora.

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Etude House Dear Darling Water Lip Tint in #1

While I was overseas, I couldn’t help stopping by a local Etude House–there was one right near my hotel! Very dangerous indeed. Fortunately, I had enough will power to only buy a couple of items. Weirdly, enough some of the products were much more cheaper if I just bought them online. But, it was nice to try the products in real life. (Just, FYI, the bb creams are sooo light!) Anyways, back to the point, I really love the color of this lip tint. It’s a nice berry color. But, it’s lasting power is pretty awful. It’s gone within the hour and you’ll have to reapply. If you are eating with this tint on, it will disappear completely afterwards. Also, it doesn’t taste that great. (Yea, I know you’re not suppose to taste it, but cmon you do! lol.) If you want a better lip tint stick with the Dear Darling Tint and skip the water tint version.

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See the difference from the first swatch versus the next three swatches? I must of gotten a bad batch of lippies.  Swatches top to bottom: Are & Be, Donut, Bumble and Ouiji

This photo was taken a few minutes after the photo above. Do you see how even more cracked and crumbly the last three swatches look now? I can only wear the purple one which is called Are & Be. So I basically wasted my money on three lippies, since Colour Pop does not accept returns. -.-;;;;

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip

Okay, you’re probably going to think I’m crazy because I know everyone loves these. But, I find that these do not work for me at all. I don’t know if I got old ones because all of them cracked when applied and dried, except for one of them. When I tried to reapply, I noticed the second application did not match the hue of the first application. I was walking around with two different shades of lipsticks, when in actuality it was just one!!! I felt ridiculous and had to rush to the bathroom to get rid of the mess it made. I know matte lippies tend to be drying but ouch these are painfully dry on the lips. If my tongue grazes my lips it’s like licking sandpaper. There’s nothing redeeming about this lippy! I don’t even think the colors are nice! I’m soooo disappointed because these look amazing on all the beauty gurus I’ve seen them on. I really wish it worked for me. I guess I’m sticking to their eyeshadows, which I love!

Well, those are my recent beauty fails! I hope that these products work for someone out there, but for me, these were a let down. Talk to you guys soon!

 

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Clear Care Contact Solution a Brief Overview

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I’ve been a contact user since I was in middle school, at the age of thirteen. I’m now already in my late twenties. (I feel old. T.T)  So, I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it came to using different contact solution(s). When I first started using contacts, my eyes were much more moist than as they are now, really dry and sensitive. Who knows what happened over the years, but wearing contacts for long periods of time really became uncomfortable. Dirty contacts, equals painful and itchy eyes. They’d be so painful, I’d have to take off my contacts and switch over to my trusty glasses. Hence, my contact solution became very important step in my use of my contacts.

I’ve used Renu, Opti-Free and Bausch & Lomb Biotrue in the past. They didn’t quite get the job done, but they at least made my contacts somewhat wearable. If you are a contact user, than you know the somewhat tedious process it is to clean your contacts. Most contact solutions claim to be rub free. But, I feel like you need to clean your contacts by rubbing them down. It’s a very tedious and time-consuming step, but, extremely necessary unless you like random particles agitating you eyes throughout the day.

Biotrue was probably the best contact solution I’ve used until I discovered Clear Care. It cleans your contacts fairly well, but there were times my contacts still had random dust particles attached to them. That single particle of dust makes all the difference!!! I wouldn’t be able to wear by contacts all day!

I thought I’d had to just deal with the subpar results for the rest of my living days. Then, one day, I was watching one of Jen’s (clothesencounters) monthly favorite videos on Youtube where she was talking about a unique product called Clear Care. Clear Care cleans your contacts with a low percentage of hydrogen peroxide by using a special contact container, which then neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide leaving your contacts blissfully clean. The container is cylindrical tube with a screw off lid. Attached are two mini baskets, this holds your contacts in place along with a black gear looking piece, which is responsible for neutralizing the hydrogen peroxide. That piece is very important since it neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide, making it possible for you to wear your contacts safely. (Sorry, I’m not the best at explaining! Good thing for visual aids!) Again, this contact solution uses a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide–it’s what cleans your contacts of dust, dirt, and any proteins that can get stuck on your lens. However, hydrogen peroxide without being neutralized can burn the heck out of eyes. There’s plenty of warnings plastered all over the packaging! Please make sure you read the directions throughly. It takes about six hours to fully neutralize the solution. Which isn’t too bad, if you let them soak overnight while you’re sleeping.

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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Look at that chemical reaction!

So, besides the container what is so special about this contact solution?  First of all, this stuff cleans your contacts immaculately! It feels as if you are putting fresh contacts each and every time. Also, since it cleans it so well, you can wear your contacts ALL DAY long! I don’t have to bring a pair of glasses with me or a contact case and solution just because my contacts have become way too uncomfortable to wear. Trust me, I am on the computer 24/7 and I can wear my contacts without any strain on my eyeballs. It’s just amazing! I don’t know how I lived my life without this contact solution! Definitely, a holy grain product!

I urge you to make the switch today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! No more rubbing your contacts down and no more fussing with the typical contact cases! I’m so glad I’ve discovered a way to wear my contacts all day long without the discomfort. I’m never looking back!

Recommend to a Friend: Definitely. You need to try this product!

Battle Of The Natural Deodorants – New Series

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When Debbie and I first started this blog, one of the first ideas was to pin products against each other in a battle to see which product is the best. Hence, the Battle Of series is born! The first post of this series is all about natural deodorants. Ever since I heard aluminum, which is commonly found in most deodorants can possibly cause breast cancer (FYI, I’m high risk for breast cancer!), I decided to find a natural way to stay sweat and odor free! The contenders today are: Tom’s of Maine, Kiss My Face and The Honest Company!
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Tom’s of Maine Natural 24 Odor Protection Long Lasting Deodorant in Soothing Calendula 2/10

Price: $3-$4.50

Smell & Effectiveness: The first natural deodorant I’ve ever tried and is probably the worst deodorant I’ve ever used in my entire life. Stay away from this product, unless you want to smell so bad that no one wants to be near you. Believe me, I’m trying to save you from the embarrassment!! It just doesn’t work, you’ll smell good for maybe a few hours and then you’ll start smelling awful. It does not help with body odor or help decrease sweating. I’ve only gave it 2 points because the smell. When you initially apply the deodorant, it is actually smells quite nice. It has an herbal flowery smell, I can’t exactly figure it out, but if I could explain in my own words, it reminds me of rosemary/thyme mixed with lavender. Even though the label clearly says Soothing Calendula–I’m not sure what a calendula flower would smell like. Such a disappointment! I would say the best thing about this product other than maybe the smell, is it’s price point.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, save your money and try something else.


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Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea 5/10

Price: $4-$7

Smell & Effectiveness: I really wanted to love this deodorant because it’s smells wonderful. It reminds me of Cucumber Melon from Bath & Body Works, back in the old days. You can really smell both the green tea and cucumber! A super fresh and clean scent, not heavy at all. However, it doesn’t work that much better than the Tom’s of Maine deodorant. While, it does to a better job with body odor it only lasts for maybe a quarter of the day, about six hours before you start smelling a little gross. Maybe, if you are willing to reapply throughout the day, you’d be fine using this deodorant. But I think for most people, including myself, would rather apply their deodorant once in the morning (and or once at night) and be done with it, not having to worry about smelling funky for the rest of the day. It’s not an awful product but it isn’t the best either, pretty mediocre. Though, considering the price, depending on where you purchase it, this product might not be worth your time.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, at least not by itself. Or only if you are willing to reapply every six hours.


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The Honesty Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage 8/10

Price: $8-$9

Smell & Effectiveness: One of the better natural deodorants I’ve tried. I was starting to become dishearten because the natural deodorants I’ve tried thus far just didn’t work for me. This deodorant is much different because it’s in a spray bottle versus the typical stick deodorant. Can’t say I love the idea of using a liquid deodorant, I feel like it wouldn’t last as long as a stick deodorant. Also, I have problems with the spray nozzle, sometimes I would spray it elsewhere than my armpits. That’s more of a personal thing I’m sure, since I’m rather clumsy. That said, I really love the smell! However, if you don’t like herbal scents, this deodorant also comes in Vanilla Lavender and Vetiver (a grass, which has an earthy & woody aroma). But, if you’re like me, who loves earl grey tea (btw, bergamot is in earl grey! But, you knew that! ^. ~)) and the smell of fresh herbs, this deodorant is a great fit for you! I have to say this deodorant lasts the longest, I usually stay odor free for half of the day, about 12 hours. Though keep in mind, if you sniff your pits by end of the day, you’ll smell just a little, faintly funky, but I don’t think anyone will notice unless they are straight up trying to smell your pits. It does work, but it still isn’t anything like your typical deodorant with aluminum in it. But, I’m still quite happy with it’s performance compared to the other two natural deodorants I’ve tried.

Bottom Line: Yes, I recommend this deodorant! It’s a worth a shot!


Overall: Seems like the more expensive the deodorant is, the better it performs. I guess, you get what you pay for, as they say! While it’s not always the case, there is some truth to it. Since, I still have plenty of the Kiss My Face Green Tea Cucumber deodorant left, I use it in conjunction with The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage. I don’t know if it really does anything to boost the effectiveness, but it seems to work, so I can’t complain. While I haven’t found a deodorant that can beat one that contains aluminum, I think The Honest Company did a great job! I know that there was controversy over their sunscreen products lately, but I seeing how this was the first product I’ve ever used by them and it works, I feel I can’t judge them too harshly. I feel like with every product there is a chance it doesn’t work for you while it may work for someone else. But, I do feel for those who put their trust into this company and were rewarded with adverse reactions. I guess, that’s all the reason to do lots of research before purchasing, but that’s not always possible. It’s unfortunate that it’s a trial and error kind of process but hey, that’s kind of just life, isn’t it?

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The Winner: The Honest Company in Bergamot Sage!

They Say, We Say – An Illustrated Excerpts Series

While I know this blog is primarily about beauty and lifestyle, I’ve always wanted to also document certain moments from my life in a fun, non-sensical kind-of-way. Which is why I decided to start this illustrated series based off quotes that were said by friends, family, strangers even random sayings I’ve happened to stumble upon.

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This particular quote was from my good friend, Esther Narae Rusch. She saw it during her vacation in Korea and we both thought it was pretty silly. Engrish can be pretty much seen everywhere and it usually yields a lot of laughs. Honestly, we aren’t even sure what they actually meant. ^^;;;

I hope you look forward to more from this series! I have another one already in the works!

– Marissa

NOTD – Cherry Blossoms: Wet n Wild Megalast & Maybelline Color Show Jewels

After long days of gloomy weather in SoCal, the sun has finally come out! It has inspired me to create this simple gradient look and since winter is coming to a close and Spring is just around the corner, I feel it’s very appropriate. 🙂 The base is Wet n Wild Megalast in 203B 2% Milk with Maybelline Color Show Jewels in 600 Precious Pearl on top. I kind of feel like a princess wearing these nail polishes. I seem to gravitate to this style a lot! Remember the Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradient Nail Kit?! Lol. I like pink! Though I don’t prefer wearing pink clothing, accessories and everything else is too cute not to love. To each their own, right? Anyway, even though this mani is so cute, it didn’t really last that long. But, I’m not surprised considering how much I paid for these two polishes, which was less than $5. lol. You pay for what you get for, as they say! Well, good thing I get bored of my manicures quite easily! Haha.

Onwards to the pictures!

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