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Mascara VS Mascara

I am definitely a mascara junkie. I am always convinced there is a better one out there than the one I am using. I will dry drug store mascara, I will try department store mascara and anything else in between. In fact I am surprised I haven’t come across a homemade mascara because I would probably try that too.

I am easily unimpressed when it comes to mascara so when I find one I like I stick to it for a long, long time. Right now I am debating between two mascaras: BareMinerals Lash Domination and Lancôme Grandiôse.

The BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara is probably the best volumizing mascara I have ever tried. It is good for layering when you are first putting it on. It does not flake and it makes my lashes look really thick. It does give some length but the length this Lash Domination mascara gives is nothing compared to the length that the Lancôme Grandiôse mascara.

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The Lancôme Grandiôse mascara literally makes my lashes look like they are fake, in a good way. The length literally reaches to my eyebrows. Of course I do use it with the Lancôme Cils Booster XL to give my lashes some added length, but Grandiôse does specialize in length, lift and volume.

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I, however, am not super impressed with the volume aspect of this mascara. It can get clumpy so you have to really watch how much you put on. Some days I really love this mascara and others I am not sure. It depends on how much product is on the brush (less is more) and how delicate I am when putting it on.

The advantage that this mascara does have is its bent neck, or swan neck as they say. This helps you get into those annoying crevices and basically helps you not get mascara on your nose!

If only I could combine both of these formulas!

Why Are Serums So Popular?

Serums seem to be the latest craze in the skincare world, but what is a serum and why is it so cool? Serums are different than moisturizers. A moisturizer will just sit on top of the skin. Basically the molecules that make up the moisturizers are too big to actually penetrate the skin. This doesn’t mean moisturizers don’t work. They definitely do, but serums have the advantage of actually penetrating your skin and going deeper. Moisturizers are a temporary fix while serums can actually have long-term effects. This is because the molecules that make up the serums are smaller and serums are composed of oils.

Now that we know serums aren’t B.S. we can talk about the different kinds of serums. There are a lot of them. Some help with sun spots, some help with aging, some brighten the skin and others help with acne. Picking the right serum depends on knowing what your skin concerns are! figure out what bothers you about your skin and go from there.

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The latest serum that I am obsessed with is the Visionnaire serum from Lancôme. It’s a skin corrector. It is going to help with the texture of your skin. If wrinkles, pores, and scaring from acne are your concern than this is the serum for you. Because it is a serum, you will see results instantly. On top of seeing improvements right away it will also help repair those wrinkles, pores, and texture problems over time.

With one application skin will feel soft and smooth, after three days your pores will be less visible and after 4 weeks you will see some major improvements.

There are three size options: 1.0 oz ($79.00), 1.7 oz ($115.00), and a 2.5 oz ($145.00). It is expensive when you look at the price but a little application goes a long way. Serums are spreadable so it will last!

My Latest Obsession

I love free samples, I mean who doesn’t? It is a great way to try products you have heard about without having to spend the money. There is nothing worse than psyching yourself up for a new product, shelling out some cash, and then being disappointed in it. Free samples get rid of this process.

On top of loving free samples I’ve also been loving Lancôme products lately. The thing is Lancôme is super expensive so getting free samples of Lancôme is a double whammy! I recently got a free sample of the Absolue Precious Oils. The Absolue collection is the most expensive collection, just FYI, and Absolue Precious Oils is a whopping $185.00. That’s like half my paycheck D:

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So this sample is really small BUT the great thing about Absolue Precious Oils is very spreadable so this sample actually lasts a few weeks. You only need 2-3 drops anyway! I just put this stuff on and my skin is already super soft. So, what does it do?

Well, according to the site “Absolue Precious Oil reinforces the skin’s barrier function, helping to maintain moisture. Radiant skin is unveiled, softer and suppler.” After my first application I can guarantee this is true. This product is for people who have damaged or dull skin. It promotes radiance and nutrition. The Absolue Collection is all about moisture. It is probably the most luxurious of this already luxurious brand. I’d say Lancôme as a whole is Beyoncé, but the Absolue Collection is Beyoncé on her privet jet flying to her private island with Blu Ivy and Jay Z. Yeah, its that good.

Don’t think that this product is just for older women. I always say it is never too early to start protecting your skin. Wear the Absolue Precious Oils at night to repair your skin!

I Want My Room to Look Like an Urban Outfitters Catalog

I keep seeing posts on BuzzFeed and Facebook that say “How to make your room more cozy”, “DIY Ways to make your house feel like a home” or whatever it may be and I always get really jealous. I wish I was the interior designer that I want to be, but I am not. No matter how many “tips” I read I can never make anything look like the picture. I am the definition of a Pinterest fail. I just want my house to look like an Urban Outfitters catalog is that too much to ask!?

Even though I will never have my own HGTV show I can still dream. So here are some of my favorite things from the actual Urban Outfitters catalog.

This is a really cute take on the world map.

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This Bianca Green Louis Armstrong Told Us So Art Print  map uses color and pattern to replace the usual cartographic landscape. The description says artist Bianca Green finds inspiration in travel and color. This 13X19 poster costs $26.00 and can be purchased online and in store. You can be extra hipster-y and frame it for a more polished vibe. This is definitely cooler than my cats drinking martinis poster I have above my bed.

On second thought, I think my cats are cool.

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This colorful Kaleidoscope Patchwork Quilt will add a trendy, yet snuggly, touch to any room. It is just the right amount of vibrant. Bedroom or living room this cozy quilt will add just the right touch of cool

But surprise, it is reversible. If you do not want the loud pattern you can flip it over to a more cheery, flower-esque setting. A two in one starting at $149.00 for an XL Twin option and $159.00 for the Full/ Queen option. It is a cottony sensation!

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Always Remove Your Makeup

I love makeup. I love a smokey eye, I love contouring, I love fake eyelashes; I love it all. I spend most of my money on makeup, I am a makeup snob. I only wear brands like Estée Lauder, MAC, Urban Decay and NARS. It’s not that I think I am too good for drugstore makeup it’s that I love my skin and the higher priced makeup is better quality. But, no matter how high the quality of our makeup we must always remember to remove it before we go to bed!

We splurge on our high quality makeup but then when it comes time for bed we are too lazy to wash our face. This is not good. Wearing makeup to bed can clog our pores, make our lashes brittle, and even AGE our skin!

Washing your face without removing your makeup can actually cause more harm. If you do not remove your makeup before washing you will just grind your makeup deep into your skin. You have to remove your makeup before washing your face.

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My nightly routine goes as followed:

  1. I remove my makeup with Maybelline  Clean Express Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes . You can also use Vitamin E Oil if you have sensitive skin. I am always very gentle around my eye area. The eyes are a lot more sensitive than the rest of your face. If you’re really worried about it use an eye makeup remover on top of the facial towelettes.
  2. Then I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash my face. You really do not need anything too fancy, especially if you do not have a problem with acne.
  3. Then I moisturize. I cannot stress moisturizing enough. It is almost more important than removing your makeup! Your face craves moisture. If you have oily skin all that means is that you are not hydrating enough and your skin is trying to compensate. I use CeraVe am/pm moisturizer.