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. -.-;;;;

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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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My Indifferent Experience with RoseRoseShop + Haul

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RoseRoseShop is an e-commerce website where you can purchase Korean make up and skin care products directly from Korea. Honestly, this site kind of sucks. Keywords here being “kind of”. Okay, I’m starting off to a very negative start but hear me out–it’s not all pessimistic! I know I said I’m indifferent in the title, but made the shipping itself just made me so frustrated. Maybe, I’m just hella impatient. But, comparing my experience with MemeBox and WishTrendRoseRoseShop pales in comparison. I heard Jolse is better, so I think I’ll try them out next. So, why am I so frustrated with this site? First of all, they had an item on their site that was out of stock, yet it looks like it isn’t. When I emailed them about it, they said they didn’t have the resources to fix the issue. Or at least I think that’s what they said. Their English wasn’t the best. I can’t really blame them for that, but I wish they had someone that did know English fluently. I haven’t even placed an order and I’m already having issues. I should of taken that as a sign for the worst. In the end, I did order about 11 items from them. So, today I thought I’d share my experience with RoseRoseShop.

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Nicely packaged in bubble wrap. Only a couple of boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Site/Accessibility: Not the prettiest. Yet, simple and straightforward. However, I did come across an oddity. As I had mentioned in my introduction, there were items being featured on the site that were not actually in stock, hence not intended for purchase. If there’s an item that is indeed out of stock then it shouldn’t be listed on the site at all. I’m sorry but that is just ridiculous. Other than that, I didn’t have too much of a problem navigating the site. Keep in mind, there are wholesale items to purchase on RoseRoseShop. So if you are wondering why a product is $100+ it’s probably because you aren’t purchasing just one unit of that product, but at least 10+ units of that product. Simple fix to not encounter such listings is to change the filter to Price: Low to High.

Price: It seems pretty cheap, but with shipping prices it kind of balances out to be around the same price as other sites. But, I compared prices between MemeBox and WishTrend and it was cheaper to purchase everything at RoseRoseShop. Ultimately, RoseRoseShop was the best price-wise.

Shipping: H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E. I realize I opted for the cheapest shipping, which can take up to 20 days. But, if I’m spending $12 for shipping, I expect it to be a little faster than that. It took 22 days for my order to get to me. It was nerve-racking watching the tracking of my package. According to RoseRoseShop, my package had shipped. But, the USPS tracking site stayed on Pre-Shipment for several days before showing any progression. I’ve never encountered that before so I was very worried. Especially, after reading the several bad reviews I found on the blogosphere. Most the reviews said they had missing items from their packages because those items were suddenly no longer in stock. Thus, the items were removed from their order without any prior notice until after the packaged was shipped out. After reading all that, you can’t blame me that much for being worried. Thankfully, my order was complete and nothing was missing from my order. The products were all wrapped in bubble wrap. Though some of the boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Overall: 7/10 I am not amused. I am however, relieved. I am extremely hesitant to order again from this site. Even though my items were all accounted for and nothing was damaged, I’m still feeling pretty indifferent (lol) about this site. That said, I think they have potential to grow and become much better. I may revisit in the upcoming future. Hopefully, by then, they would of worked out all of the kinks. I am not saying this site is bad. My experience was just unfortunate. But, I hope by reading this post you’ll be able to become more aware about what this site has to offer and feel less anxious about ordering from RoseRoseShop. I feel as though I let myself be overly influenced by other peoples’ experiences. I forgot that just because their experience wasn’t good, doesn’t mean mine will be the same.

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Despite my complaining, the products themselves are wonderful. Onward, to the haul portion! (I will do a review on some of the products I really am enjoying!)

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The haul. Gotta love Asian packaging.

(1) [NATURE REPUBLIC] Collagen Dream Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser – 150ml 

“Nature Republic Collagen Dream Vita C Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser contains tiny vitamin capsules that burst during the massaging process to provide active vitamin ingredients directly to the skin. Vitamin C boosts your skin’s elasticity and provides for a brighter and clearer skin tone. It also contains collagen to maintain a moist and elastic skin post-cleansing. This product is a foam cleanser that only requires a small amount that can be whipped up into a soft, creamy, and rich lather.” (momomango.com)

(2) [COSRX] Acne Pimple Master Patch – 1pack (24pcs)

These patches when placed on your pimples will reduce them in size overnight.

(3) [Neulii] Assorted Samples

Assorted samples from RoseRoseShop’s own skincare line, Neulii.

(4) [SKINFOOD_Sample] Black Raspberry Eye Cream Samples – 10pcs

“This herbal medicinal anti-wrinkle eye cream contains black raspberry extract, and jayangboeumdan (滋養補陰丹) and cheongyeondan (淸連丹) extracted from 12 kinds of oriental medicinal herbs that have traditionally been used by women to treat rough, dry skin. It provides deep moisturization to skin in eye areas. Anti-wrinkle adenosine adds resilience to skin, keeping it healthy-looking.” (eng.theskinfood.com)

(5) [Ciracle] Anti Blemish Aqua Cream – 50ml

A light gel moisturizer with acne healing properties. Key ingredients include aloe vera.

(6) [Ciracle] Red Spot Cream – 30ml

This product heals and soothes pimples and reduces hyper-pigmentation caused by acne.

(7) [Mizon] UV Mild Sun Block – 50ml (SPF35 PA++)

This physical sunblock is perfect with those with sensitive skin.

(8) [WELCOS MERIT] Killing Me Zombie CC Cream – 40ml (SPF30 PA++)

A CC cream will adjust to your skin tone, evening out your complexion while also providing wrinkle care, whitening and UV protection,  with SPF 50+ PA+++.

(9) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (Intensive) Samples – 10pcs

“This essence improves fine lines and skin tone. The miracle water hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(10) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution Immortal Youth Moisturizer Samples – 10pcs

“Immortal Youth Skin Rebooter is a 2-in-1 treatment of skin + lotion for firm, healthy skin. It contains 90% ferment essential ingredient to recharge and care for complex skin concerns due to skin aging. Helps brighten and protect skin, and improve skin damages.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(11) [Holika Holika] Petit BB in Moisturizing – 30ml

This bb cream has hyaluronic acid and makes drier skin types rejoice with it’s moisturizing formula. Also, has 30 SPF PA++.

 

Thank you for reading! Please look forward to more content in the future!

– Marissa

iKateHouse: Mini Haul – First Impressions Quickie

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Disclaimer: I bought these products with my own money, this is not a sponsored post.

Marissa, here! I wanted to do a quick first impressions on a website that I’ve purchased off just recently, called iKateHouse. I have to say, I’m super impressed! First off, their website is really easy to navigate and is appealing to the eyes with it’s green color scheme. Secondly, their prices are quite fair, that’s including shipping. Standard shipping is $3.95 with orders less than $39! But, if you purchase more than that, shipping would be free. Keep in mind, taxes varies based on where you live, so if you live in SoCal like myself, I’m sorry–lol. FYI, they do offer internationally shipping! A little bit more expensive, than if you live in the States, but unfortunately that’s expected. Thirdly, shipping is super quick!! I ordered on Tuesday and received my package on Friday. Granted, I paid a little extra, about $2, for expedited shipping. But, that’s because processing time can take up to 1-3 days and regular shipping takes up to 5-10 days. I was worried I wouldn’t get my order in time for a wedding I’m attending. Yes, another wedding, lol.

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Packing peanuts!!!! How considerate!

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My products came in pristine condition! I love their attention to detail!
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These are the three products I bought. Two L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Glosses, in Secret and Backstage & one L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in Pure Beige.

The best part of this site, is that they put so much detail into their packaging! Mine came in a standard packet lined with bubble wrap. They even sprayed perfume onto the packaging. Interesting touch, even though I don’t care for perfume. I have sensitive skin so fragrances are kind of a no-no for me. Anyway, the products were wrapped in bright green tissue paper; a strip of paper, embellished with a sticker–their logo, held everything together. After removing that, it was wrapped in more bubble wrap, surrounded by packing peanuts and a couple of their business cards were also included. I was absolutely floored by how much care was taken into consideration. Everything was in pristine condition, with the products’ original plastic still intact. What more, could I ask for?! Super happy with iKateHouse, I’m glad I gave them a chance. I hope if you try them out, they treat you just as well!

 

Review: bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation in Clearly Pearl 02

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Xmas is just right around the corner, how crazy is that!? I’ll say Happy New Years to you all in advance! I hope to see you in the new year! 🙂

Alrighty, backstory time! Debbie shared her Sephora VIB 20% off friends and family discount with me, so I just had to get something (though not really). I initially wanted to purchase the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, because everyone raves about it and I thought it would be great for my eczema. But, when I smelled it in-store, I absolutely hated it and I wasn’t going to spend $25 on a product I didn’t like the smell of–doesn’t matter how amazing it is! I’ve been wanting a higher-end foundation and when we were browsing around the bareMinerals area we both found something that interested us. Debbie found the bareMinerals Jumbo Size Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Collector’s Edition and I found the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation! I remember BubzBeauty from YouTube was using this product in one of her vlogs, so I just had to have it–I just love her recommendations! I had no idea it was a new-ish product; so today, I thought I’d share my experiences!

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When you first open the lid you’ll find this little protective tab. Do you ever check your product if it’s been tampered with, before you purchase the product? I tend to do that with beauty products. I once went home with a nail polish that someone opened and swatched because all of the nail polish was all over the rim. -._.-

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I’m in love with this packaging! It’s so pretty and shiny! I’m a sucker for anything shiny.

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This little stopper makes sure your foundation doesn’t go all over the place! Perfect for my clumsy self.

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This mesh filter keeps the foundation in place! This packaging is really clumsy-proof!

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Here’s another shot of the foundation, with its lid. It’s seems like not much product (6g/0.21oz) but a little goes a long way.

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This is before application! My skin as been doing pretty well these days, but I still suffer from acne every once in a while as you can see on my chin. As well as redness around my nose, chin and cheeks. Please, excuse my Hello Kitty attire! It’s very cold in my household! ^^

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This is my face with a few layers of the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation. As you can see, my redness is gone and my complexion is evened out. My blemishes are nearly gone, but not completely concealed.  (Gosh, my lips are a little chapped, ignore that too! Can you see my inspiration board behind me!? lol.)

Product Info: Comes in 12 shades, pretty varied from light to dark skin tones, with even variations of cool, warm, golden and neutral skin tones. Which is great, because I have a neutral skin-tone with golden undertones. The shade I use is Clearly Pearl 02, which is for skin-types with light skin with neutral tones. You’d think the shade, Clearly Cream 03for light skin with golden tones would fit my skin type better, be it’s actually too dark, almost orange on my skin. Thank goodness, for shade matching at Sephora! This is my number one qualm with drugstore foundations–I can’t try the product before purchasing! I hate guessing what shade would be best or buying more than one foundations of the same type, just in case the other shade(s) don’t work out. But, I digress. This foundation is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic, treats blemishes, reduces the appearance of redness and pores, and helps to prevent new blemishes from forming. Contains salicylic acid–it’s lightweight, non-drying formula creates a natural-looking coverage that you can feel comfortable wearing all day, everyday.

Price: $27 USD, without tax. But, with the 20% off it was about $23 USD with tax. Even at full price, that’s not too bad for a higher-end foundation. You get 6g/0.21oz of product! Granted, a little goes a long way.

Packaging: Genius! It comes in a reflective circular pot (makes it easy to find!), with a twist off lid. The lid has a stopper that prevents any product from leaking all over the place. Which I’m super happy about, since I can be clumsy with powdery makeup. The mesh filter contains the powder foundation. Just swish your brush against the mesh filter, tap off excess and apply! To be honest, I think I like this packaging because it’s shiny. I like shiny things! Don’t judge! 😛 Plus, I kind of feel the reflective packaging makes it a little more glamorous! Just me? No? Lol.

Coverage: Light-Medium. I’ve noticed this is the reason a lot people really didn’t care for this foundation, because it just didn’t give people enough coverage. While, it’s definitely not full coverage, I couldn’t disagree with them more. This foundation is buildable and looks natural on the skin! It has almost an satin finish on the skin. It’s doesn’t cake on you, but it will accentuate dry patches, so I don’t recommend this for dry-skinned folks. What I love is that it evens out my complexion, getting rid of most of my redness and blemishes. The coverage reminds me of a BB or CC cream. Which I love, because I don’t like my foundation being overly done, to the point where it looks like a mask. Don’t get me wrong, I like full coverage foundations for special occasions or when taking photos, but it’s a bit too much for everyday. Bottom line: This foundation makes it look like your skin but better!

Effectiveness (of Acne-Clearing): Most reviews said it didn’t do anything for their blemishes, but it also didn’t make their skin any worse. I have to say, it works for me! I don’t know what it is, but salicylic acid does wonders for my skin! I had a few pimples that shrunk in size after I used this foundation. I was ecstatic! Who doesn’t love killing two birds with one stone? Debbie is actually sensitive to salicylic acid, yet ‎benzoyl peroxide works for her. I’m the complete opposite! So, make sure you know what works for your skin or not! That’s a common rule with trying out any new products! Remember to test out any new product on your wrist first! Apply, wait for a few minutes. If there no irritation, then you’re good to go.

Overall: 9/10 I absolutely love this foundation! It’s the nearly perfect everyday foundation. Nowadays, I’ve been reaching for my bareMinerals Blemish Remedy over my bb creams and my heavy-coverage foundations. Granted, I’d probably won’t not use this for special occasions, unless my I’m having a really good skin day. But, it’s great for everyday or for those no-makeup-makeup-kind-of-days. It’s definitely natural looking. It’s your skin but better! For $27 I think it does a very good job. The packaging is really cool looking, all silver and reflective. Though I have to say, it is prone to thumbprints. That may annoy you, but for me, I just buff them off with a micro-fiber cloth–no biggie. This is not a full coverage foundation, so if you were looking for that, I suggest you continue looking. It wears more like a BB cream or CC cream. It’s very natural looking, as it evens out your skin tone, it also gives your skin a satin finish. Does not cake and is very buidable but it will accentuate any dry patches, so dry-skinned girls beware! As for the acne-clearing properties, it works on my blemishes and pimples because salicylic acid is quite beneficial for my skin type. But, I’m not you! You know what works for your skin and what doesn’t. I will say though, this foundation definitely won’t make your skin any worse. I haven’t broken out using this product, even when I accidentally slept with it on. (Please, don’t follow my bad habits!) For reference, I have oily/combination, sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you are looking for an everyday, no-fuss, natural looking powder foundation with acne-healing properties, I suggest you try out the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy! I hope it treats you well, as it has for me!

As always, thank you for reading and I hope you look forward to more from us soon!

PS. I’m re-branding the blog! The logo is a WIP! But, enjoy the new bigger images!

– Marissa

J’adore Influenster Vbox – First Impressions

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Disclaimer: All products received are for complimentary testing purposes from Influenster.

Back with another Impressions post! I hope you enjoy it!

I first heard of Influenster on (Danielle) LePooke’s youtube channel, she’s a beauty guru that also does a lot of un-boxing videos on several kinds of different subscriptions services. She’s really informative, go and give here a visit! Tell her, Mar from HereForThePretty send you! Even though I saw LePooke do several un-boxings on Influenster, I didn’t really take notice of it until much recently. I don’t why! It’s quite fun!! I’m glad I was introduced to it, I’m having a blast!

Today, (technically, not today, considering it takes me time to do most of my posts! Lol.) I just received my very first Influenster Box and I am very pleasantly pleased! All these yummy goodies to use! I feel like a kid on Christmas day. I totally squealed in glee when I saw everything nicely packaged in this gorgeous pink box. They really do have great attention to detail, you got to love that. ^^

These are the items you can receive in the J’adore Influenster Vbox (I received 5 products in total):

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask: $9.39

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates: $5.29

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray: 9.99

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes: 3.99

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas: 4.49 for carton of 20 tea bags

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion 7.99 for 6.5oz can (I didn’t receive this one, considering I don’t have a boyfriend. ^^;;;)

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I don’t really know where to begin, I guess I can explain Influenster a little bit. Influenster is a free subscription service, where you can try several different samples. How is it free you ask? You must provide information to Influenster. You can do this is many ways. Provide reviews to different products or services or connect your social media sites to Influenster, etc. I know this sounds fishy, giving out information like this. but they won’t provide any of your private information to third-parties without your permission, so don’t worry! It’s a great way to try out products that you’ve always wanted to try or heard of but never had the chance to (try).

I haven’t tried everything just yet! It was almost overwhelming seeing all these products once I opened it, because I didn’t even touch my box until a few days ago.

I recently tried the Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea, in flavor, Creme Caramel and it was okay. I was prompt to try it out after watching Shiley Wu’s video on her J’adore Influenster Vbox on YouTube. She seemed to really enjoy it so I’d thought I’d give it a go. I added vanilla almond milk to make more of a latte. I really did enjoy the flavor it’s just I wanted it to be stronger. I like my tea strong!! This tea was described as being decadent and indulgent without the calories and I think they accomplished that. It was very light though so I kind of wish it was deeper in those flavors of creme and caramel. I’ll try and steep it even longer next time around even though it said to steep for 3-5 minutes. The other flavor I was given to try was, Lemon Chiffon. That’s really exciting because I love the flavor of citruses and chiffon cake is so nice, light, fluffy and not too sweet. It’s a such a delicate flavor that I really think I would find it interesting. At least I hope so! I’m going into this with such a big expectation!

Okay, so who hasn’t tried Hershey’s chocolate?! Of course it’s good lol. I prefer the Hershey’s Kisses because they are the perfect size for a mini pick up during those unfortunate times of fatigue or as a snack or for a little treat or because you want chocolate or because they come in pretty colors of silver, pink and red. You get where I’m going here? LOL. Funny though, I remember Bubz from Bubzbeauty saying (in a vlog) she was eating Hershey’s chocolate and that the aftertaste reminded her of vomit. Now I can’t eat or think about Hershey’s chocolate without thinking about that. I just don’t taste it!!! BTW, who knows if she’d ever see this, but congrats on the tiny peanut that’s coming into this world, in the near future! ❤

I’d use the Frizz Ease Straight Flat Iron Spray if my hair wasn’t already naturally straight. But, if I ever feel like having pin straight hair I’ll definitely give this a go. I’ve tried Frizz Ease products in the past and I did enjoy them.

The Kiss Looks Natural Lashes are sooo pretty yet look natural!! I’m very tempted to use this during my friend’s wedding in June. I hardly ever wear false lashes because I think it’s too much work to do daily. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!” So, I usually only use them for special occasions.

The Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask! ^_^ I was super excited about this product because I love the Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay. While they are different, they are within the same realm. BTW, this uses Natural Oceanic Clay instead. Whatever that means…this is why we have Google! lol. I still remember the days of going to the library, if you needed information on something. I miss those days, to be honest! Anyway, this clay mask claims to pull impurities from your skin, leaving your skin feeling clearer, smoother, softer and shine-free. I used this mask before bed and when I woke up the next day, I was quite surprised of how good my skin looked and felt. It wasn’t anything drastic but my skin looked and felt a tad better. I don’t know about my skin being any clearer but I’ve only this mask once so we’ll see how it treats me after a few weeks. But, I think my skin is definitely smoother, softer and pretty much shine-free. I’ll definitely continue to use this product! Oh, good to note: For some reason, my sample was slightly runny, it wasn’t a thick paste, more like a gooey liquid-solid. Kind of like cornstarch with a little water added to it. It’s a solid if you clump it up but then turns into a liquid if you let it go. An amorphous solid, I think it’s called. It’s a bit messy but I didn’t mind it much.

So, what do you think? Will you give Influenster a try? ^. ~

Until next time,

Marissa