Suave Professionals Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo

Hair, Product reviews
I've taken a bit of a break recently. I'm planning on making a "catch-up" video soon, and I'm getting back on my planning game for more blog posts and videos to come. I'm noticing a sort of cadence in my posting frequency, and I want to try and always stay ahead of the inevitable breaks that need to happen due to my job and personal life. Anyway, I'll leave the rest of that to my next video! Today, I want to share a dry shampoo with you. I have an intense affair with dry shampoos because I always forget to shower at a time that works for my hair. I shower at night, but if I don't leave enough time for my hair to air-dry, I end up with a very itchy and flaky…
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TMI Review: Baby Foot Molts my Feet

Product reviews, Skin
I think this is my grossest review yet. Somewhere in the depths of the Internet, I heard about this amazing foot mask that basically makes your feet molt over the span of a week. I walk to and from work every day, so my feet were getting gnarly. I was even starting to feel physical pain as my dry, calloused skin rubbed the bottoms of my shoes. It was time for a MAJOR pedicure. I was ready to peel off all my skin and start over... I purchased my Baby Foot mask for about $15 on Amazon, and it's on Prime, so I got it in a couple days. As I waited for it to arrive, I read a ton of reviews and saw so many reviewer photos of their feet completely peeling off.…
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Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
I'M LOVING THIS WEIRD LIPSTICK TREND. Also, I love starting all my blog posts with all caps... Lots of brands are coming out with bold, crazy lipsticks. Now it's easy to get them from the drugstore, too! I grabbed a few shades of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds collection, and some new shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection. I also had Stone Fox from their original shades too. Here are the Maybelline shades I got... Left to right: Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige, Wickedly White, Chocoholic, Violet Vixen, and Sapphire Siren Gone Greige is a beautiful nude-but-not-boring shade. It's a true matte and goes on really pigmented and smooth. It will definitely be my most-used of the bunch. I've been looking for a "greige" lipstick and this one is excellent (and…
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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Makeup from Sephora Paris

Makeup from Sephora Paris

Beauty hauls
Hello! I'm really excited about today's post because I've been holding onto these items since I got back from my trip to Paris last month. I got to go to Paris for work so I could meet some of my team members I (obviously) hadn't had the chance to meet in the year since I've been at my job. But despite needing to clock in at the office, I got to spend a weekend and the evenings there for exploring. After that, I went over to Berlin to meet up with some family and learn about my grandfather's childhood there during WWII. It was a fantastic trip (until I got my phone stolen, but that's a different story...). Anyway, while in Paris, I made sure to visit Sephora's flagship store on…
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MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection

Beauty hauls, Face, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer, Videos
Hi all! I purchased a few items from the MAC x Chris Chang collection a few weeks back when it first came out. And now I finally have a video trying it all on! Here's what I got: Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Lipstick in Cloud Gait (Lustre) Lipstick in Plum Princess (Matte) Lipstick in Vermillion Vee (Matte) https://youtu.be/OER5zbUP-kg I had so much fun trying on these bright colors! As of this posting, the collection is still available at MAC's website. Did you try any of these bold shades? Anyone brave enough for that yellow?
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NEW(ish): liner.designer by beautyblender

NEW(ish): liner.designer by beautyblender

Eyes, First impressions, Product reviews, Tools, Videos
Hi all, During the spring VIB/VIB Rouge 15% off sale, I thought I'd pick up something different. I ended up getting this new liner.designer by beautyblender to see if it could actually help me put eyeliner on quickly and flawlessly (or, at least with fewer mistakes!). The liner.designer is made of silicone so it can adapt to lay flat on your face. It's also that signature beautyblender pink! The case has a 5x magnifying mirror and a suction attachment so you can attach it to a wall or bathroom mirror. The mirror is helpful because it gives you a good view of what you're doing, but as you'll see in the demo, I ended up with slightly strange wings. I feel like this was because being so zoomed in made me lose the context…
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NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup"

Eyes, Product reviews
Hi all, It's been a while since I've done a straight-up, old-fashioned review. I've had this NYX Love in Paris palette in "Merci Beaucoup" for a long time and finally decided to commit to using it for a couple weeks and get some notes down. I was always on the fence about this palette, and after this, I've definitely seen some awesome qualities and some not-so-great qualities. This palette comes with 9 shades and a small sponge-tip applicator. There's no mirror, but the clear window lets you see what in it at a glance, which I like for when I'm shuffling through a bunch of stuff! I noticed after taking these photos that the back of the palette lists the numbered shades with the palette laying sideways... Oops! I took photos…
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Morphe Eyeshadows, Blushes, and Brushes

Morphe Eyeshadows, Blushes, and Brushes

Beauty hauls, Eyes, Face, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Tools, Videos
Hello! I saw Morphe on Hautelook recently and decided to try out a few of their products. I got a brush set, a blush palette, and an eyeshadow palette. You can see me use these products for the first time in my video. https://youtu.be/V2kL7whjtes As you just saw, the brushes were just not what I expected. The bristles are much less dense than my other brushes, and the blending brush was shedding on me in the first use! The smaller eye brushes seem to be fine in terms of shedding, but those are a lot harder to get wrong. I still haven't tried the stippling brushes... I'm scared. I do like the variety of brushes in this set, though, and I think it could be a good starter kit for…
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Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Trying on 4 New Drugstore Products

Beauty hauls, Eyes, First impressions, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi all, I grabbed a few new things and thought I'd do a combo first impressions and try-on video. I got Wet 'n Wild's eyeshadow palette in Coming in Latte, Illumi-naughty concealer pen in Posing Nude, Velvet Matte Lip Color in Hickory Smoked, and Maybelline's Color Tattoo Crayon in Barely Beige. Check out my first impressions and wear for day 1: https://youtu.be/gTVDQYWayhw I wore a couple of these products on the second day, just to see if I felt differently about anything. The concealer looked better, but I still prefer the tried-and-true Maybelline version. I think if you're on a budget and aren't too picky, this is a great option, though. I wore the Color Tattoo Crayon alone without a primer, and by the end of the day it was clumped up…
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B4B Needs YOUR Feedback!

B4B Needs YOUR Feedback!

Musings
Hey guys, I wanted to reach out to you all because I need your help. I also wanted to have a bit of a heart-to-heart with you because there have been a lot of changes to my blog recently, and I haven't checked in for a while. You can probably tell that I was having trouble with time management as I started graduate school last month. It's a constant work in progress, but I really appreciate how supportive you all have been, and how patient you've been with me when I've let a week or two go by without posting. You guys make me want to be better, to keep going when I'm feeling swamped. And that's a pretty amazing thing! You've also probably noticed that I've been focused on…
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CVS Haul | June 2014

CVS Haul | June 2014

Beauty hauls, Videos
Hi, guys! Very exciting times--I made a video to show what I got at CVS yesterday. I know it's not perfect, and in fact I'm super nervous posting it knowing that there are obvious flaws, but we've all gotta start somewhere, right? Please watch, enjoy, and let me know what you think! I definitely want to keep at it and get better, so suggestions are welcomed. First thing on my list for next time is to fix the lighting... Next is to find some better video editing software while I'm away from home this summer (I'm rocking iMovie 2010 here after getting used to Adobe Premiere Pro). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU2algRRKM0?rel=0&w=560&h=315] In my haul: Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic (wearing in the video) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Candied Toffees…
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