L’Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes - A Review

Mascara is one of my obsessions! New incredible (looking) formulas excite me!

It could be that's because without it my lashes are blonde, aka almost invisible... Perhaps.


Ode to Applying: A photo montage


As a result, I have spent no small amount of time and money attempting to find the best mascara available (within my price range, good lord!) 

A few thing I'll cop to:

Up to this point in my life, I am not in the kind of financial position that allows me to spend more than $10 per tube of mascara. Did I mention I use it...A LOT?! So I generally don't have a ton of experience with pricier offerings, outside of samples (which I freaking love BTW).

My eyes water like CRAZY. Years ago I switched to waterproof mascara. Alas, this was not a solution. At the time, I had been using different types from a particular make up line (not L'Oreal) and when I finally made the leap from that brand it helped my waterworks situation to a huge degree! However, my eyes are still leak prone, so I stick with waterproof mascara anyway.

I have a winner take all ranking system. My method is EASY... I keep trying new mascaras, if one actually performs better than the current champion then I bring that new one up to the big leagues and put the last one on the bench. This has been working over the years, more or less. 


With all that in mind:

I LOVE L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof mascara!

I have been using this mascara faithfully for at least 6 years! Many mascaras have tried to unseat you and have failed...Contenders beware, it's a high bar to clear!

I get thick, long, lush lashes with good application control from the brush and minimal clumpy-ness.



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NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle - A Review

Have you been looking for effortlessly flushed cheeks in a sweet rosy pink? Me too!

Well I'm done looking and so are you! 

I tried out NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle in Pink Cloud and loved the results!

I am a person with fairly pale skin and the light, sheer pink (almost a baby barbie pink) wears well on me. YES!

This formula is packed with color, so it only takes the tiniest dot to get the beautiful rosy glow you're after.  I especially like how a little goes a long way, since it will LAST.    

PLUS, it works double time as an equally gorgeous lip color! 


Take note of this one!

  1. Make up Multi-Tasker
  2. Gorgeous Color 
  3. Easy & Amazing results
  4. Just a dot so it lasts

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Check out this make up test session!



Thank you IPSY for the wonderful products you put in the amazing Glam Bag!

I received this wonderful product in the June 2017 IPSY Glam Bag. I gotta call out the unbelievable deal... This ONE product (A full size to boot!) turns out to be worth almost the entire $10 monthly cost of the bag... and I got 4 other awesome things too!


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I'm finally with it, friends! My Volupties JULY 2017 delivery brought my panti-verse into sync. My booty size and my Volupties size are now ONE.

I couldn't be happier!

I ordered 3 pairs of 3X panties – Pictures, details & Flirt with Flavor Fit Rating below:

1 boy short

·         The pattern and color of the material is beautiful. The lace is soft with a bit of give. This pair fit nicely!

1 hi cut

·         I liked the look of the delicate lace inset over the hip bone area. The remaining material is a semi-silky feeling black knit with a fair amount of stretch. This pair is also a fit.


1 hipster

·         Fabric feels silky, in a print mixing faded grey and pale aquamarine in an antique wallpaper/textile design. These are my favorite of the 3, as the fit was the best and the details are lovely!

JULY 2017 - FWF Fit Rating is 100% - 3 of 3 fit! 

3 of 3 pairs knickers received with this Volupties delivery fit nicely, for a FWF Fit Rating of 100%.  After a few off months (in terms of fit only) I found I had the wrong size chosen in my Volupties no wonder, right? No matter! Volupties made it quick and easy to update the size option and before I knew it, BAM! It's next month and I am once again delighted by this awesome service! Still one of my favs! 

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Pricing ranges from $13.99 for the Monthly Subscription to as little as $13 a month for the 12 Months option. 

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Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls - A Review

Reminder - I have curly hair!

As my Curly Hair Origins tells (in painful, Middle School detail) I wasn’t born with curly hair! When things took a twist, I didn't have a CLUE how to style my curly locks.


LOL, not anymore!


One thing I learned fast, I needed a good gel to keep the frizzies away and define my curls...then I discovered

Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls

What I LOVE about this gel:

  • Good curl definition without stickiness

  • No crunchy curls here, touch ably soft!

  • It doesn’t weigh my hair down 

  • It has a clean, almost nothing scent.

  • Each container lasts 2-3 months 


It’s the MAIN player in my Curly Wet Set routine, without a doubt! Details below!


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Curly Wet Set

After de-tangling, toweling and scrunching my curls,

I apply a dime sized dollop of Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls to the curls on the right side of my head and scrunch it through to lightly coat my wet curls, then repeat with curls on the left.

Next, I insert clips at the crown for volume and proceed to dry via air, heat or a combo of the two until my curls are dry.

When completely dry, I give it all a final, upside down head scrunch to fluff.


Emotional over 'In a Heartbeat'

I recently caught 'In a Heartbeat', the animated short film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo.  I was moved by it's beautiful, emotive music layered with a sweet and unexpected depiction of young love, from crush-ing and anticipation to the fear or rejection (and worse!) 

It really gave me the FEELS (including the tears-streaming-down-my-face's but fortunately I didn't have any makeup on!)

 I hope you enjoy it too!


IPSY - JUNE 2017

The JUNE 2017 ipsy Glam Bag was great! I had a nice spa experience for my face and my cheeks ought to be set for a while with 2 new products for my collection. Check out the 5 make up and skincare products items I received. Pictures and details below:

The Bag

·         This bag is very cute! Envelope shaped with a two tone canvas exterior featuring a smiling set of sexy red lips in an old school comic style. Interior is lined with a slick feeling black material. Finished with a cloud shaped branded bag closure, top zipper and piping around most of the bag, all in black.


NYX Professional Makeup
Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé

·         This product is delightful! I get so excited when something is a MATCH for me! As far as coloring and ease of adapting this into my existing routine, this is! Versatility too, playing well as both cheek and lip color.

·         One thing I’d like to note is that a little goes quite a long way… Which is great really! But I mean that for real, not a joke…the tiniest dot creates a flush of beautiful pink!


Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark

·         In the tube, this facial wash has a marine tinged soapy scent. The soapy smell was strong during the washing as well, but the marine essence had noticeably dissipated.

·         This product left my face feeling stripped of moisture; I was compelled to quickly apply a face cream.


theBalm Cosmetics
Balm Springs Blush

·         The shade of this blush is a nice dusty rose. It wore well in a single try test, so I’ll probably keep it in my “recently used blush” pile and see if I reach for it again.


Hey Honey

·         The scent of the mask during application is pleasant, there’s a subtle essential oil blend going on there, not sure which exactly… The mask is an army green shade and slicks on in a thin, semi-liquid paste…I probably should’ve used a brush to put it on, took a bit to get it out from under my fingernails.

·         Skins feels amazing after removing the mask.  Oddly, it didn’t rinse away as the packaging directed…I started by peeling it (which it did without pulling on my skin) but then I started to rub gently and it rolled up like making snakes with a piece of clay. Very efficient and saved water; the residual effect on my skin was a reduction in redness/inflammation, nice scent (My Beefcake actually noted it) and moisturized skin.


Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

·         I am kind of picky about mascara. Well ok, I’m kind of picky about lots of things, I am downright PARTICULAR about mascara. It’s like my main thing you know? So testing went like this:

Eye #1 - With eyelash curling and a precise, light application, this mascara created long, but not very full lashes.

Eye #2 – Same as above, EXCEPT I tried to add volume to the length I saw on the first eye…but going heavier only cause the mascara to weigh down my lashes, losing the length and overall looking droopy.


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First, you provide your personal beauty like and dislikes, as well as color preferences via a beauty quiz to help Ipsy decide what samples to put in your bag.  Don’t like lipstick or eyeliner, just let them know! And you can retake the quiz to fine tune any time!

Each Month You receive:

5 high quality sample products of high caliber moisturizers/cleansers, hair products and cosmetics

I have received some killer tools as well, such as blending sponges, tweezers and make up brushes. SCORE!

At $10 for all this, the price is right too!


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