Beauty Products I Regret Purchasing


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Hi there! It seems like it has been forever since my last post. I am terribly sorry. 😦 I am not going to lie, the reason I have been M.I.A. is because I’ve been indulging reading Fifty Shades of Grey. 😳 Once I start reading a book, my OCD won’t let me do anything else until I’ve finished reading it. So you can imagine how my OCD feels about trilogies. I’ve managed to control it and I’m posting this in between the second and third book (I’m so proud of myself). Now on to the main topic.

We have all been there. We’ve purchased a beauty product only to realize it didn’t work out as expected. I seem to have trouble throwing things away, so the things I regret purchasing are lying all over my apartment inspiring me to write this post.

*Disclaimer* These products didn’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t work at all. In fact, I initially purchased them because of their positive reviews. This is solely my honest opinion and how they worked for me.

  • Sally Hansen Naturally Bare Honey Wax Kit (aprox $11) – For a person who’s never waxed before, I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. It hurts like a mother flower. But the reason I really regretted purchasing it was because it didn’t work. If it pulled five hairs off my leg in one strip that’s an over-statement. The clear plastic strips it comes with simply don’t work. I saw on YouTube that some women substituted the bad clear strips for regular paper and surprisingly this does work better but still not good enough to remove all hairs in one single painful swipe.

  • Organix Shampoos (aprox $8) – I’ve specifically tried two different ones: Renewing Moroccan & Repairing Awapuhi Ginger. These are meant to be comparable to the higher end shampoos with similar names. I’ve had the chance to compare the real Awapuhi Ginger shampoo with the Organix one and they are in no way alike. The Organix shampoos don’t even make bubbles. They don’t foam up. You need half the bottle and killer biceps to get some foam cleansing sensation out of these. The conditioners, however, I found that they weren’t that bad.

  • Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows (aprox $7) – Specifically in the colors Audacious Asphalt (shimmery grey) & Pomegranate Punk (shimmery deep mauve purple color). These are two gorgeous colors in the packaging but the color payoff is terrible. It takes having to apply a lot of product on to the eyelid so that it can look remotely like it does in the packaging but then the more you put on the more they crease, which is exactly what they are marketed NOT to do. I have the color Bad to the Bronze and this is one happens to be one of my favorites. The pigmentation is great and the color is blendable and easy to work with.

  • Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream (aprox $12) – First of all, this product is only available in two shades. What was Garnier thinking? You cannot sum up the beautiful colors of women around the world in two simples shades. Surprisingly the light, medium color matched well with my tan-colored skin which means that it would not work on women with fair skin color. The main reason why I regret purchasing this product is because you also can’t sum up all skin types in one “miracle” product. This BB cream made my skin oily, very oily, with monstrous breakouts with only three uses. It also has very, very poor coverage. I got better coverage results wearing sunscreen and a translucent face powder on top. I have no use for this product at all, but it was so expensive (for what it is) that it hurts to have to throw it away.

  • Olay Professional Pro X Clear Acne Protocol (Acne Clearing Kit) (aprox $40) – This one really hurt the most, literally. I suffer from the usual adult acne (thankfully right now it is under control) and a while ago decided to purchase this product. It is meant to target precisely adult acne without drying out your skin. It’s a three step system that includes a Pore Clarifying Cleanser, a Skin Clearing Treatment, and a Complexion Renewing Lotion Sheer, so that would be one cleanser and two moisturizers. I used it for a while, I’d say about a month or two. I didn’t really see any improvement in my acne, the only change I noticed was that my skin seemed to always be extremely hydrated, but not in a comfortable way. The moisture was too much for my personal liking. And one day I applied step two, the Skin Clearing Treatment, as I normally would, and all of sudden the side of my lip started itching. I thought nothing of it, maybe just a sudden reaction so I washed the area with soap and water and then went to bed. The next day the area that was itching was full of blisters! I went to the doctor and she told me that the product had actually burned my skin! Needless to say, I haven’t used this since and found the will power to throw it away.

  • Make UP For Ever HD Microfinish Silica Powder (aprox $30) – I purchased this for one reason, to have a flawless look one camera for possible makeup looks for my blog. Now here’s the problem: silica powder comes off extremely white in flash photography. I didn’t know this until I saw how white my face would look after taking a photo with it on. Initially I thought I purchased the wong color foundation, until I saw this video by Goss the Makeup Artist (I love his videos. What a man!) and realized what it was. It makes me feel better to know that celebrities made the same mistake also. Nonetheless, this is still a great product (in small amounts), just don’t use it for flash photography, but sadly that is what I purchased it for.


Have you tried any of these? Did they work for you? What beauty products do you regret purchasing?

Ok, now back to fantasizing reading about Mr. Grey… 😆


May Glam Bag Review


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I received my Glam Bag in the mail a couple of days ago, making this my second glam bag. The Glam Bag is a monthly subscription service where you receive beauty, hair, nail, among other samples delivered to you for $10 a month. You can read more about it in my previous post HERE.

This month’s theme is “Love is in the Air“. Here’s what I got in my glam bag.

  • Blue Kisses Cosmetic Bag – Each month has a different bag. Personally, I don’t really like this one. It looks like a bag that will have little girl makeup and fake press on nails in it. When I think of the theme “Love is in the Air”, I think romance, not bright blue and flashy lips.
  • Philosophy “Love Sweet Love” Fragrance Sample – (Full size retails for $42) This smells so sweet and romantic. I really liked the scent and would consider purchasing a full size in the future.
  • Studio Gear Lipstick in the color Redwood Full Size – (Retails for $15) I was really excited to receive a full size lipstick in this month’s glam bag. At first I saw the color and was a little disappointed. It’s very hard to find a color red that matches every skin tone and this one looked very dark in the tube. I decided to test it out anyway and I ended up loving it. The color is beautiful. It’s a rich red, but not too dark, with subtle hints of gold shimmer. I’ve always been very afraid to try red lipsticks and I have purchased a couple of them in the past but I never liked how any of them looked on me. I will definitely wear this one and possibly repurchase. In my opinion this is the lipstick unicorn – the one red lipstick that will look good on any skin tone.
  • Miss Beauty Nail Bling – (Unable to find a retail price) These are 3D nail stickers, 20 in total varying in sizes. I wasn’t too crazy about these either. I tend to like my manicure simple. These are really bright and shiny with pinks hearts on all of them. Nonetheless, I gave them a try for the sake of the review and placed one on each of my ring fingers and painted the rest of my nails a light pink color. The lasting power of these is quote good. They are also very easy to put on, just peel and apply. I do feel like I look like a 12-year-old with bling and hearts on my nails, though so I don’t really think I’ll be using these again.
  • My Glam Concealer Brush – (Retails for $8) OK, here I got a little upset. We were supposed to receive a concealer brush and an eyeliner brush but instead I received two concealer brushes and no eyeliner brush. I was really looking forward to the eyeliner brush. I really hope they don’t make this into a habit. The concealer brush is really good though, great quality bristles and smooth application.

To be quite honest, I’m considering unsubscribing from My Glam and subscribing to Birchbox instead. Birchbox is another $10 monthly subscription service. The double concealer brush and the idea of a growing collection of makeup bags are my main reasons to consider unsubscribing. From what I’ve read about Birchbox, the products come in a box and both the full and sample size products they send seem to be brands that are a bit more recognizable (you could definitely find a retail price for all of the items they send, unlike this months nail stickers and last month’s eyelashes). I believe they even had a Gossip Girl theme this month and a Teen Vogue theme a couple of months earlier. I’m going to give My Glam one more time to impress me with next month’s bag and will let you know if it’s a keeper or if it’s goodbye glam bag for me.

How To Make Crème Brûlée at Home in 10 Easy Steps (with Pictures)


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When I signed up for culinary art classes it was for two reasons: sushi & crème brûlée. I already learned how to make sushi but unfortunately I was absent the day they showed us how to make crème brûlée. But, my little persistent self didn’t give up and I took to the internet and YouTube to teach me. And believe it or not, after a couple of attempts (ok a lot of attempts), I combined several recipes and added a couple of other ingredients here and there perfecting it into my very own recipe. I hope you like it!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)

Makes aprox 4 servings in 8 oz size ramekins.


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Combine the salt, confectioner sugar and egg yolks in a mixing bowl and whisk.
  • Heat the heavy cream on medium to high heat on the stove until you see tiny bubbles form around the edges (aprox 10 minutes). At the same time, put the 4 cups of water to boil.
  • Slowly combine the hot heavy cream into the egg yolk mixture and whisk. After the cream is combined, taste the mixture for sweetness. If you like a sweeter crème brûlée like I do, add the brown sugar until you reach the desired sweetness and whisk again.
  • Strain the mixture through a sifter or a sieve into another bowl. Afterwards, add the vanilla extract and whisk some more.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins. Pour the boiling water into a baking pan. Carefully place the ramekins inside the baking pan filled with the hot water. The baking pan should be deep enough so that the water reaches close to half of the side of the ramekins. Place into the oven. 
  • The time in the oven depends on how many ramekins of crème brûlée you are making and how deep they are. My ramekins are very deep and took me a little over an hour to cook. I would recommend setting the timer initially to 30 minutes and check the crème brûlée every 10 minutes after that until done. You will know when it’s done when the top has slightly changed into a darker, gold color (as in the below photo) and the consistency is no longer liquid but still somewhat jiggles. The top might also be bubbling a little bit. The best way to tell if they’re done is by sticking a knife or a fork into it and if it comes out mostly clean then you’re done. If they are still not done after an hour, raise the temperature of the oven to 350°F.
  • Remove from the oven very, very carefully and let sit for around 15 minutes or until the ramekins are still hot but cool enough to touch them with your bare hand without getting burned. Spread the white sugar evenly on top of the crème brûlée with a spoon to make the top hard shell layer of sugar. You can tip the ramekin slightly to the sides to spread the sugar if you accidentally get too much on one side.
  • Turn on your oven or toaster oven on broiler mode and place the ramekin as close to the top heating lamp as possible. You can add an upside down pan like I did so that the ramekin is as close as possible without touching the heat directly. Make sure that the ramekin is placed in such a way that the heating broiler lamp is centered towards the middle of the ramekin so that the sugar melts evenly. Remove from the heat once the sugar starts to get bubbly and before it starts to get dark (like it did for me on one of them). The sugar will get harder as it cools until it is completely hard. Let the ramekins cool again until they are warm to the touch.
  • Refrigerate overnight but if you can’t wait that long, 3 hours should be long enough. Serve and enjoy!

If you have any questions at all, let me know in the comments below or at my Facebook page. Also, if you try it out, feel free to share the photo on my Facebook page

Spring Haul!


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Hi there! It’s been so long since I went shopping. I had a look at my closet the other day and realized it lacked color. It was filled with black, brown and white. The only bright color I owned was pink, and the last pink item I purchased was probably back when I was in college (a long, long time ago). So I decided to add some color to my wardrobe, my shoes and some accessories. (Yes that is my shower curtain in the background of most of the photos. And I recently lost the battery charger for my new camera so all photos were taken from my iPhone, so please excuse the quality.) So, here’s what I got:


Coral chiffon top. $15 Store: 5.7.9.

Colorful top $10 Store: 5.7.9.

Chiffon blouse $13 Store: Forever XXI

Open Back Blue Chiffon Cami $23 Store: Pacsun (left = front, right = back)

Here’s the same top as above displayed on the model from This photo better displays the colors and the open back detail of the top.

Open Back Orange Chiffon Cami $23 Store: Pacsun (same as above but in orange floral print)


White shorts (included belt) $20 Store: 5.7.9.  – Black shorts (also included belt) $11 Store: K-mart.


Left: Crisscross dress $25 Store: Pacsun (it looks sooo pretty when it’s on) Right: Lace, striped dress $12!! Store: Forever XXI  – I am in looove with this dress. It is very form-fitting and short and sexy. And the price was amazing. It was the last one in my size and I accidentally snagged it on my ring trying it on. I tried looking for it online to purchase a backup dress (that’s how much I loved it) but I couldn’t find it. So if anyone knows how to fix a snag on lace, let me know.


Turquoise flat sandals $15 Store: K-Mart (These are Steve Madden knock-offs! I saw the Steve Madden pair in Marshall’s for $30 and you couldn’t tell the difference).

Floral print flat sandals $15 Store: Pacsun

Floral print sneakers $12 Store: La Defensa. I shared these on Pinterest and they got over ninety repins. Apparently a lot of people loved them. I believe the store I purchased them at is only located in Puerto Rico but you can try Traffic Shoe Stores in the US.


Blue Ruffle Polka Dot Bikini $30 total (buy top get bottom 50% off) Store: Pacsun – Photo is from (I posted the photo from the website to spare you from seeing me in a bikini.)


Floral print flower earrings $5 Store: Forever XXI

Silver feather earrings $3 Store: Exentrix

Upper left: Feather Owl Necklace $5 Store: 5.7.9. –  Lower left: Owl Necklace $8 Store: Claire’s (I am obsessed with wearing owls lately. I think it’s because they remind me of my little sister who loves owls) – Right: Long Necklace $5 Store: Exentrix

How would you style any of the items? Would you wear any of them together?

I think I’ve done enough shopping to last me till the end of summer… maybe ♥

WOTM: Spring Edition


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Hi there! Time for another “What’s on the Mannequin”! This time we’re talking about Spring. 😀 As I mentioned in the previous Fall WOTM, I get my fashion inspiration mainly from the mannequins in store displays. It’s easier for me to imagine an outfit when seeing it on a mannequin than on a hanger. Plus, unlike runway shows, you can see what is trendy now and not next season. If you’re wondering why I didn’t do a Winter WOTM, well on a tropical island, there really isn’t much of a weather transition between Fall and Winter so it’s basically the same season and wardrobe for us.

This spring (as you’ll see in the photos) there’s a lot of bright colors, specifically pinks, corals and shades of blue. I also saw a lot of lace, in the form shorts, shirts and dresses. Floral prints are still around but not as much as we saw in Fall and the colors are brighter. My favorite of all displays had to be Zara’s mannequins. The mint color matched with white lace is just beautiful.


Charlotte Russe


Guess by Marciano



Old Navy

Victoria’s Secret

Wet Seal


 Which spring trend is taking over your closet? 

April Glam Bag Review


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Last month I was finally able to subscribe to My Glam receiving my first Glam Bag in April. For those of you who don’t know what My Glam is, it’s a $10 monthly subscription service that mails you each month a makeup bag filled with either trial or full size makeup, nail, and/or hair care products. The shipping is free and for now they only ship to the US and its territories.

On their website you can have a look at what was included in previous month’s glam bags and I have to say, some of the items were pretty awesome, so I was excited to finally be a subscriber. I had been on their waiting list for months, so when I got the email that subscriptions were open, I jumped on it. The subscription is purchased with my own money and I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by My Glam. I just think it’s kinda awesome to receive a hot pink bubble wrapped package in the mail each month with surprise stuff in it. 🙂

Here’s what I got in my April Glam Bag:

First of all, it comes in this bright, hot, fluorescent, pink, bubble, foil envelope thingy. (I can imagine this is what adult toys are packaged in when ordered on Ebay.) Personally, not a fan. Kudos for the idea, though. But unfortunately, it made the guy who attended me at the post office look at me weird.

When you open it, you have the contents card and the glam bag. This month’s glam bag theme was Girls Night Out.

The contents of April’s Glam bag were:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner Pencil – (Trial Size – full size retails for $19) As soon as I saw this I could tell that it was a dupe for Milani’s Liquifeye Eyeliner Pencils that I previously reviewed.
  • My Glam Eye Shadow & Eyeliner Brushes – (I couldn’t find the retail price) These are good quality brushes. I could definitely see myself using these on a daily basis.
  • All-Belle Eyelashes – (I couldn’t find the retail price) Personally these seem a bit cheap to me. They aren’t natural looking at all. And I can’t read the Chinese on the packaging.
  • Dermstore Lip Quench Moisture Lip Treatment – (Full Size, retails for $12) I’m excited to try this out. So far it’s seems to super moisturize the lips. I’m not such a big fan of the pinkish shine it has though.

Easy DIY Wall Art


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I recently saw a DIY wall art pin going around on Pinterest (original link here) and thought I’d take a spin at it. I had this huge bare wall in my apartment and needed something to tie together my green walls with the black accents in my kitchen.  Honestly, the results were much better than I expected. It consists basically of covered pieces of styrofoam. It is super easy, inexpensive and looks amazing. The original post covered the foam with scrapbook paper but complained that the glue created a ripple effect on the paper so I thought I’d give it a try with fabric to give it that “canvas” style look.

What you’ll need:

  • Pieces of styrofoam. (I purchased three 1′ x 3′ rectangular sized foam and cut it into nine 1′ x 1′ squares.)
  • Fabric. (I purchased two 60″ x 3′ style fabrics of the same pattern but with inverted colors.)
  • Glue. (I used a total of 3 UHU Glue tubes.)
  • Scissors.
  • Ruler or measuring tape.
  • Thin cardboard.
  • Double sided mounting squares.

Step by step:

  1. Measure and cut the foam into the desired shape. I chose to cut it into squares. Tip: I would recommend purchasing the white solid foam. The one I purchased was the clear, “plasticky” one and and unfortunately would soaked up the glue like a sponge.
  2. Cut the cardboard pieces into the same shape as the foam and glue it onto what will be the backside of your wall display. Tip: I used office folders that I had lying around the house and cut them down the middle and as you can see, they’re not the same size as the foam. This didn’t help much in step #4 since the foam soaks up the glue from the fabric so I would recommend that the cardboard be the same size as the foam. Trust me.
  3. Measure your fabric so that you have enough to completely cover the front and sides of the foam but leaving an opening in the backside. Since I had a total of nine foam squares, I cut 5 squares of one fabric and 4 of the other to create a checkerboard effect.
  4. Glue the fabric onto the foam squares leaving the cardboard side exposed. Let dry for 24 hours. Tip: Fold the fabric as if you were wrapping a gift and glue the ends and the corners where you would apply tape if you were wrapping a gift.
  5. Apply the mounting squares to the back of your display. Hang on the wall and your done!

In total I spent $40 to create the display ($20 foam, $16 fabric, and $4 glue; the rest I had lying around the house). I purchased the table at Walmart for $50. If you try it please feel free to share a photo on my facebook page. I’d love to see it. ♥

Cooking Class Update


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I feel so guilty for not updating my blog as frequently as I’d like to lately. I can’t say that I’ve been super busy but I’ve been using most of my time practicing what I’ve learned in the culinary art class I enrolled in and I’ve been spending most of my money on (1) attempting to upgrade my kitchen and (2) paying for the culinary art class. So I haven’t done much makeup or clothes shopping in a while. I haven’t gotten dressed up in a while either (unless an apron counts). And the only makeup I’ve been wearing is waterproof mascara since I’ve discovered the mighty power of onions. But I promise to get this back to a “fashion-on-a-dime” blog as soon as I can.

I am now halfway through the classes and I have learned a lot. My skills so far have gone from hot dog in the microwave to bacon and mushroom risotto. And my food is not only edible now but it actually tastes pretty darn good. Our first class was culinary art history, then portions and cutting techniques, then follows rice, sauces, garnish styles, and we are now onto the international cuisine part and we’ve learned Caribbean and Spanish (specifically Spain) cuisines. Upcoming classes include: French, Italian, Oriental, Mexican, Vegetarian, etc.

Now that I’m getting a hang of the kitchen, it was obvious that my $20 toaster oven and my rusty pot and pans set weren’t going to cut it so I had to make some improvements. Here are a couple of things I’ve purchased recently for my kitchen:

Mainstays Non-stick Aluminum Cookware Set ($48 – Walmart)

I love these. Nothing sticks to them. I’ve even burned rice in one of the pots and it came right out. I highly recommend them for anyone starting out and doesn’t have to cook for a lot of people. And the price?!? Just awesome.

Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven &  Rotisserie ($115 – Kmart)

I can fit two cupcake pans, two cookie sheets, two cake pans, or two pizzas at a time in this oven and it also comes with a rotisserie feature that will twirl a chicken while it roasts. And it isn’t that big so it fits comfortable in my limited space apartment.

Corelle Pure White Square Dinnerware Set ($50 – Kmart)

I searched everywhere for simple square dishes only to find them at Kmart. And to top them off they are Corelle, which if you didn’t know are supposed to be unbreakable dishes. They even come with a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty if they break, crack or chip. And they are so classy, they can make a hot dog look gourmet. 😉

I promise to do a Spring “What’s on the mannequin”, hauls, and makeup looks soon. Oh and also a new DIY project is next, hopefully (preview on my Facebook page). If there’s anything else you’d like me to rant, I mean talk about, let me know. 

My Mascara Addiction/Collection


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I have a total of 21 mascaras (19 pictured above). I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted to mascara. It is impossible for me to walk into a drugstore or makeup store and not want to walk out with a new mascara. Since I have so many, I’ve been trying really hard to cut back, but it’s not easy. If I keep up this rate I will be forced to create Mascara-holics Anonymous Support Group.

Here’s my complete mascara collection list (in random order) and a mini review of each one based on my personal opinion. To give you some insight I have very thin, short, basically non existing eyelashes. If you’d like before and after photos of any of the mascaras listed below just let me know in the comments section.

  1. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara + Lash Primer Plus  – Great mascara and primer, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it ($21). I got this one at one of those bonus offers at the Estee Lauder counter at Sears.
  2. Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black – This mascara is loved by oh so many ladies. However for me, it is not my favorite. It clumps too easily in my opinion.
  3. Avon Wash-off Waterproof – My favorite waterproof mascara because it is a full waterproof mascara but yet washes off easily with soap and water. I don’t know about you, but I tend to not use waterproof mascara because I hate how hard it is to wash off. This one is just heaven-sent. It also gives nice length and volume.
  4. Clinique High Impact – Very similar to Loreal’s Carbon Black, but it clumps much less. At $14 I’d say it’s worth the price. But I’d recommend snatching it when it’s Clinique Bonus time like I did. It’s full size! 😉
  5. Loreal Telescopic Explosion – Absolutely amazing for bottom lashes. But it takes forever to get the top ones done. But if you have the time to dedicate to putting on your mascara, the payoff is quite nice because you get fully separated, fanned out lashes.
  6. Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof – To be honest, I rarely use it because it is a pain to get off of the lashes because of the waterproof formula. And the brush is just too huge. I get mascara everywhere when I’m trying to put this on.
  7. Revlon Growluscious Plumping – Bleh, not much to say here. The growing part didn’t happen for me but then again I only used it consistently for a week.
  8. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes – This was my favorite for a while, but then I got bored.
  9. Avon Super Magnify – This is a great lengthening mascara. It has a super thin bush that allows you to coat the lashes all the way to the tip. Also great for bottom lashes.
  10. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume – I love how it has bristles even on the tip of the brush. This is my newest purchase so I’m still in test mode.
  11. Rimmel The Max Volume Flash – Ok mascara, nothing to write home about.
  12. Wet n Wild Waterproof Mega Plump – I don’t even remember the results of this one so… next!
  13. Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes – Another ok mascara. I wasn’t a big fan of the heart-shaped brush, which made it kind of hard to work on the inner corners.
  14. Avon Extra-lasting – My second to recent purchase. Also still in testing mode.
  15. Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Flared – My current favorite. It really does give you a false lash effect. It takes my lashes to zero to bow-chicka-wow-wow. Tip: the instructions of this mascara says not to wait until completely dry to apply several coats, instead apply while still wet. This really works for this mascara.
  16. Clinique Lash Doubling – Great lengthening mascara. Also got it in a Clinique Bonus.
  17. Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Black Drama – Same as the Flared version but with slightly less volume but more of an intense black.
  18. Maybelline Great Lash Clear – Don’t even waste your time putting this on your lashes. It will disappear in 5 minutes. This is better for setting your eyebrows.
  19. Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night – The “day” brush doesn’t give enough length and the “night” brush is way too clumpy. I still haven’t figured this one out.
  20. Mary Kay Ultimate – Pretty good mascara.
  21. Avon Super Shock Max – Ok mascara. The brush is kind of big and weird but it’s still pretty good. Kudos if you can get it on your bottom lashes.

What’s your favorite mascara? 

Makeup: To Splurge Or Not To Splurge?


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So lately I’ve been hearing a lot of talk in articles and on YouTube about when to splurge and when not to splurge on makeup. I believe the talk comes from drug store products stepping up their game lately and becoming direct competition for high-end and professional brands, and in some cases becoming duplicates. So I thought I’d weigh in and share my take on when I would recommend splurging on high-end makeup or when I think it’s best to stick to the drugstore favs.

Foundation: Splurge. Not that drugstore foundations aren’t good enough. Revlon Colorstay Foundation, for example, has been recognized by makeup artists and beauty gurus alike. But how many bottles do you have to buy before getting your exact color? Some drugstores will let you return makeup if you don’t like it but not all of them. It is so much easier to go to a makeup store and just try on the color that best suits your skin tone. And high-end foundations offer more variety when it comes to your specific skin type and needs (oily, dry, matte finish, satin finish, etc etc).

Concealer: Splurge. I purchased so many concealers at the drug store before finally giving up and purchasing a high-end concealer.  I use concealer not so much to cover up my dark circles, but more because I have several dark veins around my mouth area that aren’t very flattering. So I prefer a heavy-duty concealer. And for this I use Kat Von D’s Tattoo Concealer which is amazing. It provides a flawless coverage that lasts all day and works well covering dark eye circles too.

Face Primer: Splurge. Drugstores don’t really offer much to choose from when it comes to face primers. So for now, until they do, I say splurge.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder

Face Powders: Don’t splurge. My favorite go-to face powder is Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder. It offers great coverage, lasts all day, plus contains .5% salicylic acid which treats acne. It does all this for around $12. Well-known drugstore brands such as Covergirl, Almay, Revlon, Maybelline, & Loreal offer a wide variety face powders that are also tailored for a variety of skin types.

Eyeshadow: Don’t splurge. (Both of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes are giving me the evil eye right now.) As much as I love my Naked Palettes, truth is you can get similar colors if not dupes at the drugstore. Drugstores have really stepped up their game when it comes to eyeshadows by improving their color payoff and pigmentation. And we are now seeing a lot of longer lasting eye shadows coming to the drug store, such as Loreal’s Infallible Eyeshadows and Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eyeshadow Base/Primers: Splurge. Two products: Urban Decay’s Primer Potion & Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Enough said. These will make your eyeshadow last until tomorrow. Drugstores don’t have much to choose from on the range of eyeshadow primers but since I haven’t been able to restock on Primer Potion, I am currently using NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base, which is good but not as good as these high-end eyeshadow primers.


Eyeliners: Don’t splurge. Eyeliners are meant to be disposed of after six months because they can develop bacteria that can be harmful to the eyes. Drugstores offer a wide range of eyeliners to choose from. There’s liquid eyeliner pens, gel eyeliners, waterproof eyeliners, pencil eyeliners. You name it. And with such great eyeliners like Milani’s Liquif’eye Eyeliners (read product review here), there really is no need to buy anything better.

Mascara: Don’t splurge. I have tried a couple of expensive mascaras (post on my mascara collection coming soon) and I always keep coming back to my Maybelline Falsies Mascara. It is awesome. Just as eyeliners, mascaras are “supposed” to be disposed of after six months of its initial use because it can develop bacteria that can harm your eyes. So spending a ton of money on mascara every six months isn’t really practical, especially with so many great drugstore mascaras to choose from.

Lipsticks / Lipglosses: Don’t splurge. There are so many different lipsticks in the drugstore to choose from. There’s a variety of color ranges, textures, lasting power, etc etc. I admit that being able to try it on before you buy it at a makeup store is great, but if you’re like me and don’t wear the same color everyday, then the price of a lipstick outweighs the benefit of being able to try it. I’d rather pay less than $10 for a lipstick and bear the slight risk of not liking it than paying more than $10 and only use it every once in a while. Plus, quick tip: if you’re not sure if you’re going to like a specific lip color on yourself, purchase the same or similar color from a cheaper brand first. This way you avoid spending too much on a lipstick you didn’t like.

Blush: Don’t splurge. Well sometimes. Personally I have a hard time finding the right blush at the drugstore. Since I have a naturally tanned colored skin tone it is harder for me to find a blush with enough pigmentation to show up on my skin. I have, however found a couple and plan to stick to them. But, with worldwide famous blush (drumroll please) Nars Orgasm, it is impossible not to splurge on it. It is simply amazing and beautiful on all skin tones. It is a must have in my makeup collection. Covergirl has a similar blush in their Cheekers line called Rose Silk but it has silver-toned shimmer in it instead of the gold-toned shimmer that Orgasm has.

Bronzers: Splurge. I choose bronzers very, very carefully. The have the potential to be orange looking on certain skin tones. And for this matter I would rather try it on first. Especially since I use it mainly for contouring. If not careful when selecting the right bronzer you can end up looking like the latest cast member of the Jersey Shore.

Do you have any drugstore or high-end makeup favs? I’d love to hear about them.