Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: High End Liquid Foundations

My most expensive vice (besides lip products) are base products. I'm obsessed with getting the most flawless face, and the end result is me eyeing foundations and trying to figure out the foundation that will make me look flawless, yet natural. So far, the closest foundation that has gotten me to where I want is the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Review). Of course, because there are always new products out on the market, I have been eyeing a few high end liquid foundations. Hunting for a good drugstore foundation that is yellow toned is hard, making me usually gravitate towards the more pricey foundation. As a result, today I am sharing with you the foundations that I am probably going to buy next and feel free to share with me a good liquid medium to full coverage foundation for oily skin. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Effortless Back to School Makeup Neccessities

Hello friends! Today is my first day of my last year in college (FINALLY!) and as such, I decided it was only appropriate to share with you the products that will be essential to me looking human and not a zombie. As this is my last year, the classes will be harder than before and plus I will be writing my senior thesis this year (and then there is something called grad school applications) so I probably won't be caking my face too much with makeup. The products I am going to talk you through today are products that I would wear on a day where I need to quickly get ready and look somewhat presentable to the public. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Toronto Adventures (plus a small haul)

Pics Taken at the Toronto Zoo!

Hello friends! Today I am sharing with you some pictures of my adventures when I was in Canada. The majority of these pictures were taken by my phone so the quality isn't always the best...but I hope you guys enjoyed it regardless. I didn't end up getting to go sight seeing as much as I would like, but nevertheless it was a blast :) Used the subway for the first time by myself #adultstatus amongst the many food adventures (I mean, can't you tell with how many food pictures on my Instagram? I feel like it's more food then makeup these days lol). 

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Starting Over Tag

Hello friends! I am now back from Toronto, so I finally am getting around to posting the blog posts I have been been diligently writing while I was on the plane (I totally was blogging on my phone at around midnight on my flight there). So I was tagged awhile back by the lovely Iqra over at The Blushing Giraffe to do the Starting Over Tag. The essential point of this tag is to discuss what products you would purchase again if you lost all your makeup! So in this post you will see a lot of old favorites as well as some newer products that have made the cut!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

GRWM 9: Summertime Glow

Hello friends! Today I am sharing with you a relatively quick and easy Get Ready With Me Video, featuring a rather glowly face. The main inspiration out of this look today was the fact that I actually ran to Walmart to grab the Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki (the highlighter everyone loves) because I wasn't willing to fork out the $38 for Jaclyn Hill's Becca Collab Champagne Pop. I'm also using a lot of drugstore products here (minus the brows and the face primer...and someone help me find a good drugstore face primer please). Unlike the majority of my makeup looks, this one offers light to medium coverage and isn't long wearing. I hope you guys enjoy the video!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Travel Makeup Bag to Canada - Summer 2015 Edition

As the title implies, YES I AM GOING BACK TO MY MOTHERLAND (yes I do consider Canada my motherland). Words cannot describe how pumped I am to have Tim Hortons multiple times a day when I am visiting along with (hopefully) being able to meet up with my lovely friend Vanessa over at Citron and Guavaberry. A lot of these products are products I'm trying to finish up and are products that are trustworthy. On my last trip to Canada, I made the mistake of bringing out products that haven't been truely tested before...and as a result I was an oily mess the majority of the time I was there. However, we learn from our mistakes and move on! I won't be gone for more than a week, but nevertheless I wanted to share with you the products I will be bringing with me onto my trip across the border! If you are interested in seeing what makeup brushes I'm bringing, the brushes in last years Travel Makeup Bag to Canada is basically the same as the ones I'm bringing. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hits or Misses: It Cosmetics for Ulta Airbush Essentials Collection Brushes

Hello friends! Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on these four It Cosmetics for Ulta Brushes from the Airbrush Essentials Collection. These are currently the majority of my high end brush collection (minus the Mac 217 and two Anastasia brow brushes). I have been buying them slowly, usually waiting on a 20% coupon  from Ulta on prestige brands before I bought them. I have not regretted any of the brush purchases I have made, these four are soft and don't shed when you wash them. Also, another benefit of these brushes is that they are all synthetic!So for those of you who were wondering how these brushes were, hope you find my thoughts here useful!

Friday, July 24, 2015

How To: Natural Interview Makeup

Hey guys! Today I am sharing you the makeup I would wear to an interview (be it a job or grad school interview). It's currently the time of year where many of my classmates are job hunting or waiting to hear back from grad schools for their interviews. As a result, I wanted to share with you the makeup I would wear to an interview. It's a bit on the safer side, so definitely not appropriate for someone who is planning on going to an interview with a makeup brand, but this look is very easy, quick, and not stressful. I often wear this type of makeup when my eyes are irritated (without mascara of course) or when I have an important meeting or presentation. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy watching this video and reading a few of my tips. For some reason the volume is a little bit on the weaker side for the second half of the video, but you can always crank up the computer volume if you can't hear me :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Beauty Essentials

Hello friends! Today I am sharing with you my summer beauty essentials! While it is pretty much summer year round in Florida, it definitely gets significantly more humid during summer. Between the consistent monsoon rain and ridiculous heat, I have to be extra careful in protecting my skin when I am out and about. Plus, there are certain things that I like to use more during the summer than any other season. Hope you enjoy me talking about beauty products that I adore during the Summer.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Products I'm Testing #2

Top Row: BareMinerals Original Prime Time Foundation Primer, Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Medium, Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Light, Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 in Medium, Elf Studio Retractable Kabuki Brush
Bottom Row: Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Island Dreams, Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette #02, Elf Studio Tinted Moisturizer in Beige, Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation SPF 18 in O40, Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 202

Hello friends, so today I am sharing another batch of products I am testing out. I've pretty much made up my mind with all the products I tested out initially (here), so of course, I have another batch of products that you can expect to hear my thoughts on. In this post you will get my initial for the majority of the products in this post. Hope you guys enjoy me previewing my future reviews for the blog!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Product Smackdown: Blush Brushes!

Blushes Shown: Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (Review), Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose, Sleek Blush by 3 in Pumpkin, Benefit Box Blush in Rockateur, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush in Exposed, Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blush in Pearlescent Pink, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, The Balm Blush in Hot Mama

Hey guys, so today I will be introducing a new series to my blog! Today, I will be sharing a Product Smackdown: Blush Brushes Edition.

I don't know how you guys feel about blushes, but I love them. The picture above is just showcases a fraction of the blushes I own. However, my application of blushes isn't always the best. As such, I felt like sharing which blush brushes I own gives me the best blush application. In this post, I will be discussing EcoTools, Elf, It Cosmetics, and Real Techniques blush brushes and letting you know what I think is the best out of the ones I have tried (PSA: I returned my Mac 109 brush that I used to use because the bristles were WAY too harsh).  Keep reading on to find out what brushes I like and what I don't like so much.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FOTD: Dramatic Eid Makeup

Hello friends! Welcome to my 200th post on my blog! Today I am sharing with you another Eid look, this time a bit more dramatic featuring the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. If you don't like a dramatic look, I recommend you checking my previous post here where I did a Natural Eid Makeup. This is the type of makeup I would typically wear for any special events that I go to. I love wearing a dark vampy lipstick and smoked out eyes.

Today was the first day that I tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit that I purchased on Wednesday when Macy's was selling it for $25. I have avoided contour kits in the past because a) the steep price and b) let's be real, do I really need more contours and highlights? But the deal was too good to pass up, so I impulsively picked it up. I'm not sure what I think about it yet, but I will definitely let you know with a review.

Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends! I hope you all have a wonderful Eid and I hope you enjoy this look :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

FOTD: Natural Eid Makeup

Hello friends! Today I will be sharing with you an Eid Makeup Look! Since I have many Muslim friends, I wanted to share with you a couple of looks that can be worn with the upcoming Eid al-Fitr. I will be creating the makeup looks using the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette that I will be borrowing from my sister. Since this is more of a special events makeup, the products I have chosen are products that should last for 10+ hours in a hot climate! This makeup look today is very natural and wearable look. Hope you guys enjoy this makeup look and if you are reading this when Eid has occurred, Eid Mubarak!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil

Claims: This exotic precious blend of Moroccan argan oil penetrates, moisturizes, renews and creates softness and strength while protecting your hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage as it gives you smooth, sexy tresses.
Price: $6-8
Size: 3.3 fl oz/100 mL
Where to Buy: Publix, Target. Ulta, Walgreens. Walmart

Hello friends! Today I will be sharing with you a review of the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil. I have been trialing this over a month now and I think I have developed a solid opinion on how this products works. I am a big fan of argan oil, ever since I initially tried the Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil (Review) I've been addicted to how smooth, silky, and moisturized my hair feels after using it for a prolonged period of time. As a result, today I am sharing with you my review on this affordable drugstore alternative.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

May and June 2015 Beauty Favorites and Unfavorites!

Hello friends! Today I will be sharing with you my May and June Favorites (and Unfavorites). A lot of products here I am sharing with you are brand spankin' new to me, so I have formed some opinions on them, but not enough opinions to review. Nevertheless, you have some handy impressions on what I think of these products and I will churn out reviews as fast as I can (Spoiler Alert: I freaking love the new Elf brushes I bought and I just want to buy more brushes from them even though I will barely use them). 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 Hour Cream

Claims: Effectively pre-empts moisture loss at its source by helping to bind moisture deep within the skin's surface layers. Helps skin maintain its own ideal moisture level so it feels soft, smooth and balanced day after day.
Price: $10-15 at a CCO
Size: 1.7 oz/4.9g/50 mL
Where to Buy: Amazon, Elizabeth Arden Outlets and TJ Maxx (discontinued in the US unfortunately)

Hello friends! Today I will be sharing with you a favorite of mine, the Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 Hour Cream. I have been a long time of the Elizabeth Arden Good Night Sleep Moisturizer for awhile, so I knew I had to try this one out. I picked this one up at TJ Maxx awhile back for 10-15 dollars, roughly half the price of the retail value. This is a wonderful nighttime moisturizer that I enjoyed thoroughly during the winter months (and whenever I need an extra boost of hydration).

Saturday, July 4, 2015

FOTD: Summer Turquoise Drugstore Makeup, Inspired by FacadesandNuances

Hello friends! Hope you are having an AMAZING Fourth of July Weekend (for friends in the US) and hope that my friends in Canada had a FANTASTIC Canada Day! :) Today I am sharing with you how I created this beautiful makeup look. I was inspired by my friend's gift for me, the lovely earrings I am wearing! I have been friends for her for almost four years now (met her my freshman year of college) and man, does time move by quickly. She has a blog over at Facadesandnuances where she blogs about travel, diy, and other nifty things.

This makeup look is a bit out of my comfort zone because I'm working with blue eyeshadow. However, I really do like the end result and I feel it is extremely wearable because this shade of turquoise is a bit more muted. Hopefully you guys will enjoy this makeup look as well!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Claims: Enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.
Price: $45
Shades: 19
Size: 1 fl oz/30 mL
Where can I purchase?: Nars. com, Nordstron, Sephora

Hey guys! So today I will be reviewing the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab for you guys! I uploaded a youtube review of this awhile ago (here) and I just got around to typing up a blog post review on it. I picked this bad boy Sephora gave me twenty off of a fifty purchase in December and now that I have tried this foundation for some time now, I am ready to review this product for you.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

March & April 2015 Favorites

Hey guys! This is my March & April 2015 Favorites that I never got around to posting on my blog in time (go figure Pauline, being a bad blogger as per usual). Regardless of the lateness of this video, it gives a very good indication of what products I have been loving relatively recently (some products in here are old favorites, others are relatively new so you get to hear my thoughts on them). 

On a side note, I have noticed I have been buying more high end then normal (totally accidentally, didn't even realize it until recently). As a result, I've made it more of a goal to accumulate more drugstore products to review and own. I guess I gravitate more towards high end products more than drugstore products...which is something I am am going to change.  

New content for blog and youtube channel should come soon, I'm almost done with editing my latest makeup once that's done and processed I'll have it uploaded on both outlets as soon as I can. I've been MIA a lot this year, much more than I anticipated. Took my exam in the beginning of June, so I will find out the results soon... wish me luck pretty please? Also been helping my friend out studying for her grad school entrance I've been busy the past month. As a result of all this, a lot of damage has been done (makeup shopping wise), so you'll be seeing plenty of reviews coming upish.

For those of you who have stuck around, thank you for doing so! I really do appreciate it, I know I don't post anywhere close to a relatively frequent basis, but I don't plan on stopping anytime soon :)

Makeup Products Mentioned:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - Review
Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium - Review
Milani Shadow Eyes in Royal Purple and Sand Dunes
Nars Sheer Glow in Punjab - Review
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

Claims: This creamy, full-coverage lip color provides intense moisture with bold, long-lasting pigment to stay in place for up to six hours of continuous wear. The comfortable texture feels weightless on lips and its color-rich formula does not bleed or transfer. Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick hydrates and softens lips so they look and feel beautiful.
Price: $22
Shades: 10
Size: .10 oz
Where Can I Buy?: Sephora,, Ulta

Hey guys! So today I wanted to review the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. As I have previously mentioned in my Products I'm Testing post, I got interested in trying this lipstick out as a result of WhatWouldLizzyDo on Youtube. Liquid lipsticks are all the rage now in the beauty community, so I knew that I had to give this one a try sooner or later. Today, after many days of testing this lip product out, I am finally ready to give a review of this product to you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

January & February 2015 Favorites and Unfavorite

Hey guys! Long time no post and videos...I know. School got the best of me and I have been busy with that. I decided to make my latest video to be a combined January and February favorites (and there is also an unfavorite for the month as well). Hope you guys enjoyed this video and get a quick update on what products I have been enjoying for the past two months!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer

Claims: An ultra long-lasting, matte finish, oil-free, waterproof, full coverage concealer. Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body.
Price: $32
Shade Range: 12
Size: .5 oz
Where To Buy: Makeup Forever (online), Sephora

Hey guys! So today I will be sharing with you my review on the Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer! I picked this up a couple of weeks back during the Sephora VIB sale and I have not stopped putting this bad boy down since I grabbed it! I am in the shade 5, Vanilla (although I could probably pick up 6, Ivory and get away with it as well). I've been wanting this product for awhile now, but I never got around to biting the bullet to get it. However, I finally did this during this recent VIB sale and now I cannot get over how wonderful of a product it is! Where has it been all my life?!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup Look (from Blank Space)

Hey guys! Hope you are having a wonderful day! Today I will be sharing with you my Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup Look (focusing mainly on her look in the Blank Space music video). I've been wanting to create a look based off the music video ever since it first came out, but I didn't get a chance to do so until this week (so I hope I wasn't too late on the bandwagon!). Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed the look and let me know what you guys think. Please also let me know if you have any requests for any looks and I will be happy to do them!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Overheated Phone + Factory Reset = Disaster

Hello guys! So today I wanted to share with you the unfortunate death of my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. Bit of a sad story (but I think there is a bit of humor in this), so I figured I'd share with you guys! Starting the new year trying to share a little more personal tidbits, so you guys can get to know me a little more.... and unfortunately this is a sad one.

So first things first, I would like to share with you guys some personal background. My first cell phone was in 7th grade (or 13 years old) so that my parents could keep in touch with me on the I stayed late for afterschool activity (Mu Alpha Theta, Student Government...etc). Funny enough, days I did not get texting and data until my junior year of college (at this time I was 21). So... needless to say I was kind of late on the whole texting/internet bandwagon that the majority of my peers (and plenty of people older and younger) had joined.

But back to the actual story. So on Sunday (January 4, 2015) my phone overheated. Now, this wasn't the first time my phone got hot but it was the first time where there was a warning pop up saying something along the lines of "phone is overheating, only applications that can be used is phone and contacts".

Alarming? Yes. But I didn't think much about it until the next message - "turning off phone to cool down phone"

That was when I freaked out.

After a couple of hours, I decided to turn my phone back on... and the same two messages came in succession to one another within five minutes of turning my phone on. And the process repeated itself a couple of times... and that was when I came to a conclusion that my phone has died. Right before I started typing this blog post out, I tried turning on the phone again and the same two messages popped up once more.

So little old me decided that I should pop over to Best Buy and speak to the Samsung expert there. He initially thought that my phone needed to have an update pushed through and then it would be fine. However, the same two messages came up and my phone did not work. That was when I suggested a factory reset (which basically means that my phone is wiped 100% clean).

This smart cookie over here did not back up any of her data on her phone before doing a factory reset. Partly because all I cared about was instant results and having a functioning phone back. Partly because I thought my photos were backed up on dropbox. Turns out that after the factory reset, my phone STILL doesn't work and my photos never synced onto dropbox.

So currently, I do not a phone. All the pictures I had of the nice trip I had at Busch Gardens recently is composed of just a single instagram collage (I was so excited on sharing pictures to you guys as well D: ). But, most sadly, is that I do not have any blackmail on my friends to embarrass them at their weddings (that won't happen for ages, but it doesn't hurt to stock up and all).

So...that was my minor breakdown of my Sunday. Thankfully, my phone is still under warranty so I'm getting a new one (free of charge!) any day now. But... kind of mad that my phone only lasted two months before it decided to die. Hopefully the next one won't be that way.

Hope you guys are doing well! Let me know how your week is going in the comment section below!

Monday, January 5, 2015

December 2014 Empties

Hey guys! So today I will be sharing with you my December 2014 Empties! I used up a lot of products in December, so be sure to check out the video and find out my thoughts are on these products! Who knows, maybe you'll find something new to try or something to avoid! :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Beauty Essentials

Hello loves! Today I will be sharing with you my Winter Beauty Essentials. During the winter, my typical oily skin gets dryer and needs extra hydration! As such, I figured that I should share with you the products that I have been enjoying that have helped my skin retain some moisture.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Five Blogging Goals for 2015

Disclaimer: Stock photo from So-ghislaine on Deviantart

Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful New Years! Today I will be sharing with you my blogging goals for 2015. I did a similar post back for 2014, so I figured I'd share with you what has changed (and what hasn't) :B.

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