Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Haul + Mini Review | Freeman Beauty Face Masks

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. A beauty fanatic's job never ends. Ha! My life is tough, eh? Well, thank goodness for sales because otherwise, I'd be facing a mountain of debt. Thankfully, strategic shopping keeps my fanatical obsession with beauty products from putting me in the poor house. In fact, I'm a smart gal, I stash money away every month in savings because: beauty and brains people. I can't actually live inside Sephora and ULTA shipping boxes. And planning for the future is important and stuff. But enough financial lessons, there are plenty of blogs out there dedicated to that topic. 

Speaking of smart shopping (although in my case still mildly exaggerated), I was watching a Youtube video over at Minimeeshie21's channel when the urge to buy everything hit. Isn't that the way it always goes? Youtube made me do it. I should probably limit my Youtube watching just to avoid temptation.

What am I saying?! You know I won't.

Anyway, she was talking face masks, which got me thinking that the only ones I have are my three mini GlamGlow masks. I've long since run out of my Queen Helene drugstore standbys and it was high time I tried out some Freeman Beauty masks since they get such great reviews. Plus, they have so many options. And they're cheeeeaaaaap. Add to that Mini Meeshie's BOGO coupon (Buy 3 Get 3) and it was like the shopping stars aligned in my favor. By the way, if you want that code, there's a link in my video that'll help you out. But you have to watch. How's that for incentive?

Check out which masks I bought and what I thought of the ones I've tried out so far. And don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe because you know it makes my day.

Items purchased: 
All masks purchased retailed for $4.29. If you spend $25 you get free shipping.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Haul: Sephora, ULTA + CVS

I went, I saw, I conquered!

Ok, maybe that's a bit over the top. Really, I just did a little beauty shopping before and after IMATS and I'm sharing what I got with all of you.

Check it out below and let me know what you think.

Product List: 

Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeup Bag -$24
Too Faced Melt Your Heart Set - $25
Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy - $25
Glamglow Power Mud Dualcleanse Treatment (Travel Size) $19
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Antiaging (Travel Size) $13
Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water $32
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot (1 oz) $32
Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head $30
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz (Soft Brown) $21
L'Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Powder (200 Natural Beige) $12.99
Milani Baked Powder Blush (Luminoso) $8.49

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eyebrow Tutorial | How to Fill & Shape Brows with Tinted Brow Gel ft. Serenity + Scott

In case you haven't noticed, your eyebrows play a prominent role on your face. They frame your features and lend expression to your face. Don't believe me? Imagine what you would look like without your brows. Kinda strange, right? 

That's why it's important to get them right. And I'm not about to act like it's easy. It definitely takes a lot of practice. But the longer I play with makeup, the more I realize that ignoring your brows is just not an option.

Now don't get me wrong. I was once squarely in your corner. Brows intimidated the life out of me. I'd seen far too many people out there sporting some unflattering brows and I was deathly afraid of walking around with caterpillar brows or the dreaded sharpie look. So instead of trying to learn how to do it, I simply chose to pretend the issue didn't exist.

You see, I have pretty decent brows on their own. Not too sparse. Decent shape. I always thought that all I needed to do was get them shaped up every few weeks by a professional. Boy was I wrong.  I came fact to face with reality when I saw my brows on camera. I could no longer ignore the truth. I needed to learn to fill my brows.

It's been a long road. And sometimes I still stumble. But I like to think that for the most part (let's say a totally unscientific 92% of the time), I get it right. And by that I mean, I manage to give my brows a similar shape without making them too dark or thick or completely drawn on.

With that in mind, I figured it was high time I shared how I do it. So I've decided to film a few video how-tos showcasing how I fill and shape my brows using a variety of eyebrow products. Today we're sharing one of the easier approaches: Using tinted brow gel (and a little assistance from a handy brow pencil).  Tinted brow gels are great because you can add fullness and color while simultaneously taming stray hairs. It's a great approach for those of you who don't have to do too much brow rehab.

If you've plucked a lot of your brows away, or simply have very thin brows to begin with, a brow gel can still help you out. But you'll definitely want to use a brow gel that delivers decent pigmentation like Serenity + Scott's Brow Gel ($16), which I demo in this video.  You'll also want to supplement your brow routine with a pencil (like I demo) or shadow to help add extra definition.

I hope you found this demonstration helpful. And remember, even though brows are challenging, you can't get discouraged! The more you practice, the better you'll get. Good brows can transform your face. It's totally worth the journey and the effort!