Monday, January 26, 2015

Makeup Monday: Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover Comparison Review

     Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to do a comparison review on two makeup removers: the Maybelline Expert Eyes Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover and the Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover.



     
     First of all, how do I feel about both of these makeup removers? I actually like both of them; they both take off eye makeup well and don't irritate my eyes. I have sensitive eyes so trying out anything new in the eye area is always a bit nervewracking for me. So what are their differences?



     
     This makeup remover was the first one I tried from Maybelline and I believe I used it throughout high school. I also recently repurchased this after I went home for Christmas break because I didn't bring my other eye makeup remover home and couldn't find it in stores. It claims to condition and moisturize the eye area. It seems to be a more oil-based makeup remover and leaves an oily residue afterwards. I don't mind that personally because I always rinse my face with a cleanser afterwards. I usually apply this on my eyes with a cotton ball and let the product sit on my eyes for about ten seconds before gently rubbing my eye to take off the makeup. I feel like this takes off the product a little faster than the other makeup remover since it is oily and it's taking off waterproof makeup. On my eyes, I usually wear a cream pencil eyeliner (Neutrogena) and waterproof mascara (Maybelline). A downside to this product though is that there's a small amount of makeup remover for the price; the Clean Express has 1.7 more fluid ounces and is a dollar cheaper. But overall, I do like using this product.


Pros

Takes off makeup easily
Doesn't irritate eyes
Removes waterproof makeup

Cons

Leaves an oily residue
Only 2.3 fl. oz but costs a dollar more than the Clean Express




     


     I bought this makeup remover my freshman year of college when I ran out of the Expert Eyes and couldn't find it at my local Target. To be honest, I was pretty scared of trying this out because I was afraid it would irritate my eyes and give me an allergic reaction because I had never switched eye makeup removers. However, nothing happened. No stinging, no other irritations. When I compare it to the Expert Eyes, this takes a little longer to take off my makeup, but only by a few seconds. This also takes off all my eye makeup; it just requires a little more time to get it all off. In addition, it has 4 fluid ounces and is cheaper than the Expert Eyes. I apply this to my eyes the same way I do with the Expert Eyes; the only difference is that you do have to shake this because it has "quick break technology" and has a formula where the ingredients are separated so you have to shake it up to use the product. It is oil-free though, so you won't be left with an oily residue.

 Pros

Removes waterproof makeup
Doesn't irritate eyes
Removes makeup easily
Cheaper than the Expert Eyes with more product
Doesn't leave an oily residue

Cons

Takes a little longer to remove eye makeup
Have to shake it up to use product
Not ideal for those who are always in a rush or are impatient


     In conclusion, I like both of these eye makeup removers but if you want a slightly more effective eye makeup remover, I would recommend using the Expert Eyes eye makeup remover. If you want to spend a little less money for a makeup remover that works almost just as well and has more product, I would recommend the Clean Express. In the end through, they're both similar products in that they both work effectively and do what they say, so I don't think you could go wrong with either product. I hoped you enjoyed this comparison review post; let me know of any other products you'd like me to review and I'll try my best to try out the product and review it. Thanks for reading and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Friday: Style Inspiration I

     Hello lovelies! Sorry there was no post yesterday; I wasn't satisfied with the post I wrote so I ended up not publishing it. I always want to make good content and not post just because I feel like I have to. Today I wanted to share with you my current inspiration for my style. I love going on fashion websites and looking through blogs and magazines to find inspiration on what to wear next or what to add to my wardrobe and I especially love the freedom we have when it comes to expressing our style. I know that for me, I could probably go from wearing a dress at the beginning of the week to something sporty midweek to throwing on a hoodie/sweatshirt with leggings and sneakers at the end of the week since I'll get lazy or tired. But I want to make more of an effort to put together outfits instead of just pulling out my well-loved sweatshirts time after time again. Granted, there are those lazy days, days where we wake up late, and midnight adventures that don't require dressing up, but I want to try to be more creative with my closet and utilize everything that I own. So here are some photos of outfits that are currently inspiring me.

source: lookbook.nu

     I really like how this outfit is put together. It's basically all grays with a hint of purple from the dark purple bottoms. I think the coat looks more unique because of the military style and cutouts.

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     Black and white is one of my favorite color combinations. The plaid/checkered/tartan pattern is also popular again and I love this scarf.


source: lookbook.nu

     And if all else fails, all black is the way to go. I think one of the best tricks for making an all-black outfit work is to make sure you use different textures and fabrics so it doesn't look boring. I love this   dress and the fact that it looks less dressy and more street casual because of the leather jacket, beanie, and backpack.

     So that's my style inspiration for this week! I might start doing this every Friday so we'll see. Thanks for reading and I'll see you lovelies next week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: The Perfect Ankle Boot

     Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you what's on my wishlist this week: the perfect ankle boot. Ankle boots are great; they can be worn with practically any outfit. You can dress them up with a dress or dress them down with jeans. I don't own a pair of ankle boots yet, but I really want some! I'm really picky about what I buy these days because I want to purchase things I know I'm going to wear all the time. When it comes to shoes, especially boots, they have to be perfect-looking. (Example: a few years ago, I bought this pair of boots that I fell in love with at first sight, but I had to wait 3 months before I could buy them. They were perfect. They were knee-high boots that had the perfect buckling details and were in the perfect rusty brown color. I've loved them so much that I've worn them for the last 5 years and they just finally broke the other week, which makes me so sad because now that means I have to look for the next perfect pair of knee-high boots, haha.)

     Anyways, I found 3 pairs of ankle boots that I really like and decided to put on my wishlist for this week.

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     This first pair of boots is from ASOS. I really like these ones because of the detail on the sides and how they look more casual. I think these would be good to pair with all my favorite casual outfits.


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     This pair of boots is from Lord & Taylor. I love the buckles on these boots and the neutral brown color, as well as the wooden heel. I think brown is a color that can make any outfit more casual. It makes things look more rustic and raw in my opinion. I think it's because we associate brown with nature and trees/wood.

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     These boots are from Neiman Marcus and I really like these because of the buckle detail. It's not too over the top and they're a neutral color, just like the other two pairs of boots. I love these types of boots because you can wear them with casual outfits like a t-shirt, cardigan, and jeans, but also dress them up by pairing them with a dress or a dressed up outfit such as a satin/chiffon tank and leather leggings.


     So that's what's on my wishlist this week! Thanks for reading and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Skin Deep: My Current Skincare Routine

     Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you my current skin care routine! It's actually pretty short and that's exactly how I like it. I don't think skin care routines should be long and tedious; the less products, the better. I'm currently searching for other products to try out, preferably natural ones, so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Day Cleanser

     In the mornings, I like to use the Burt's Bees Natural Face Essentials Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile. It's 100% natural and I love using it. I probably started using this face wash a couple years ago and it was the first product that cleared up my face for the first time, if only for a while (what I mean by that is that I was still breaking out no matter what, but this definitely helped my skin). My face does still go through bad breakouts from time to time, but I think this helps keep it under control, I use this just about every morning and it always leaves my face feeling soft, clean, and refreshed. The longer I wash my face with it, the better it feels. I wouldn't call it a deep cleansing cream because I don't think it's strong enough to take off makeup, but it is good to use to get your face feeling extra clean in the morning. I personally would recommend it as a daily face cleanser since it's 100% natural.



   
Night Cleanser

     At nighttime, I like to use the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. Now this isn't a natural product, but I have been surprised by how well it works with my skin. It has 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, which I find more compatible with my skin than other chemicals such as salicylic acid, which is also found in many face washes. I use this only at night because I found that it didn't really work in the daytime. Whenever I use this at night, I find that any breakouts I have shrink by at least half the next day. At first, I thought this was a coincidence, but I've also been using this for the last couple of years and I get the same results over and over again. Yes, this doesn't keep my face completely clear, but I don't necessarily think that there's going to be a miracle product for my skin. I personally believe that acne is controlled by factors such as your diet, being hydrated, hormones, and what you put on your face. I'm technically still a teenager and I know my body is still going to go through many changes as I get older. I don't know if my face will ever completely clear up, but these two products definitely help keep my face as clear as I can possibly make it, especially this one.

     I also use this as a mask when I feel like my skin needs that extra deep clean. I definitely feel like it sucks out all the dirt in my pores and clears up my skin even more. If I do a mask, I always do it at night because I know your face gets more sensitive from face masks and scrubs so it's best to avoid the sun after doing these things or to wear sunscreen. Using this as a mask does leave my skin a little dry afterwards, so I also always moisturize so my skin doesn't produce extra oil and create breakouts.




Exfoliating Scrub

     This scrub is also something I've been using on my skin for years now, although I don't really think it's that great for my skin anymore. However, it doesn't break me out and it's perfect for those days when I need to deep clean my skin. This is the Clinique exfoliating scrub and I usually use this scrub once a week. It does contain a small amount of salicylic acid, but it doesn't really affect my skin. When I do use this, my skin feels really clean and soft; it would be great to use beforehand for those special occasions when you need your makeup to go on smoothly. I'm currently on the market for a new scrub though; I really want a natural one so I'll be looking for a more natural scrub when I finish using this one.




Moisturizer

     I can't remember how long I've been using this moisturizer but I'm going to guess a couple years as well. (I really need to keep track of when I start using things, haha). I absolutely love this moisturizer. It sinks into my skin really well without making it oily or shiny, it keeps it hydrated, it works well under makeup, and it also has SPF in it! Some people may say there's particles of glitter in it and I agree; however, I think that's part of the "positively radiant" aspect of the moisturizer. I don't find that it makes me look radiant but the glitter in this product doesn't show up much and won't clog up your pores or anything like that, so I wouldn't worry about it. This is also something I would recommend using, especially if you have oily skin.



     So that's it for my current skincare routine! I know it's only four products long, but I think that's really good. The more products you have, the more likely they are to be lost in translation on your skin. If you're piling on a ton of products onto your face daily, the chances of them all working will probably decrease since it might be too much for your skin to absorb. As we get older, there are creams and serums we will probably add to our routines to look more youthful, but I think a good rule of thumb is that less is more. Let your skin breathe. Besides, the less products I have mean I'm also saving money, which is always a good thing. Sometimes I wish I had a toner that I like to use or that I had other products to try out, but I'm pretty satisfied with the ones I have now so I'll probably stick with these until I find something better. Thanks so much for reading and let me know in the comments below what your favorite skincare products are. I'll see you tomorrow lovelies!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Makeup Monday: My New Favorite Eyeshadow!

     Hello lovelies, this week on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my new favorite eyeshadow with you all! It's a shadow I've had in my makeup collection for a while but never really used until now.

     I usually do the occasional smokey eye for special events or nights out, but I've found that since I have bangs now, I have to define my eyes more with eyeliner or darker eyeshadows. It really helps to bring my eyes out more since bangs tend to draw more attention to them. On a day to day basis, I like to just use a black eyeliner and mascara, but I've been getting more into the habit of using this shadow to add something more to my eye makeup look.

     It's called Hazy from Clinique and it's a taupey brown hue with slight purple tones that adds the perfect amount of smokiness, in my opinion, to an eye look without going overboard, which makes it perfect for daytime wear. It's easy to apply and has a good pigment to it. It also wears pretty well. I like to wear it alone, applying it to just the lid area and then blending it out so it doesn't look uneven or harsh. If I wanted to put even more effort in, I would probably highlight the inner corners and define my crease with a slightly darker brown color. I got this in one of Cinique's gift sets that you receive when you spend $25 or more and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to try these shadows out.




     I can't wait to wear this more often; since I've been on winter break, I haven't gone out much or been to any places where I had to dress up and do my makeup nicely. It's mostly been sweatshirts and lazy 5 minute makeup, haha. But school is starting tomorrow for me, so I should be wearing this shadow more often as well as just playing around with makeup in general. Life is too short for just one makeup look!

     So that's it for today's post! I would definitely recommend checking this eyeshadow out if you're looking for a nice taupe color for your eyeshadow collection. Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!


P.S: This is my 100th post! Yay!