Layer It On! My Mascara Routine

Mascara Routine edited

So anyone who’s had a beauty-related discussion with me pretty much knows that I am eyelash obsessed.

Honestly, my lashes kinda suck. They’re thin, pretty short, and super straight. Bleh.

Consequently, I’ve been on a hunt – kinda like my HG Lip Balm Quest – to find the ultimate mascara. I want it to define, separate, thicken, lengthen, and hold a curl…but I don’t want it to be too hard to remove.

So far, I haven’t found one that does all these things all in one. Solution? Layer three different mascaras that do three different things!

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Curly Hair Chronicles: Pre-Wash, Wash, and Condition (& some surprisingly calm Supernatural thoughts)

All Three Products

So, I’ve got curly hair.

Proof. Curls.
Proof. Curls.

I’m a ‘mixed’ girl: between my mom and dad’s families, there’s loose curls, tight curls, and pin-straight hair. I ended up with a happy medium, with mid-sized curls. In terms of pattern, I’m a 3B in the curl world.

This past spring, I was browsing the beauty book section in my local bookstore when I stumbled across Lorraine Massey’s Curly Girl: The Handbook. I read that thing cover to cover – I love this kind of thing, so for me, it was a super interesting read.

The weirdest and most intriguing tip in this book is central to the Curly Girl Method, the method that Massey recommends to get healthy, frizzless curls: ditch shampoo.

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DIY Ribbon Hair Ties

DIY Ribbon Hair Ties

Ribbon hair ties hit the market bigtime a year or two ago. They were touted as being gentle on hair (because of the soft elastic and no metal closure) and super cute on the wrist.

When I went to the mall to try to get in on the trend, though, I found that they retail for more than a dollar each. For hair ties I’m probs gonna lose by next week? Ouch.

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Review: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm (& omg The Walking Dead)

Creme de Rose Box

So I feel like I should preface and justify this purchase. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the hunt for the ultimate, Holy-Grail-status lip balm. I’m big into lip balm and always have been, and gradually that search took me out of the drugstore and into the realm of higher end balms.

Dior Crème de Rose has been, in my mind, the crème de la crème of luxe lip balms, and with a $29 price tag, I was expecting big things. I had saved for this lip balm for a bit and then, on top of that, I used my Sephora VIB Sale discount to get 20% off – not a ton, but better than nothing, and knowing that I got a bit of a deal helps to ease the sting a bit.

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My Neutral MAC Palette (& an American Horror Story: Coven ramble)

It's taken me years to build this beauty up to 12 shadows that I love.
It’s taken me years to build this baby up to 12 shadows that I love.

My MAC palette is a staple in my makeup collection, and actually holds some of my favourite shadows of all-time.

The palette itself costs $10, while the divider to hold the pans costs $2. Each shadow in just a pan costs $12. It’s nice because you get to save a bit as opposed to buying shadows in the little plastic pot, although of course you can do that and depot the shadows to put in your pro palette.

Here’s a breakdown of my thoughts on each shadow:

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Review: Formula X for Sephora (& comments on last week’s The Walking Dead)

Formula X for Sephora in "Curiosity"

(Note: The Walking Dead spoilers are at the end of this post)

This new polish line has been hyped like crazy in the beauty blogging community. There was hype around it even before it came out, when Sephora put all their Sephora by OPI polishes on clearance and replaced their displays with teasers that something new was coming. And I got excited. I was never all that crazy for the Sephora by OPI polishes – I found they chipped quickly. Not so with the new ones.

Enter Formula X. It comes in an overwhelming array of colours, including some really unique glitters and topcoats. (Srsly. I spent a good ten minutes circling the display like a crazy before I settled on this one.) Each regular polish retails for $13, while glitters, topcoats and duochromes are $15. Some treatments, sprays, and nail strengtheners sell for $17. It’s a whole line of nailcare. Serious business.

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