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Loreal Pure Clay Face Masks

Hey guys! I thought I would drop in and talk about this new face mask I tried out! I had previously tried L’Oreal’s Pure-Clay Mask in Black Charcoal and really liked it, but ran out. When I went to the drugstore to pick up a new one I decided to try this one this time.

This mask is made from red algae and is supposed to exfoliate and smooth your skin while reducing pores. Sounded like a win to me.

First impression was that it went on a lot differently than the black charcoal one and as it dried it didn’t feel as tight to my skin. It actually felt pretty nice on and has exfloliants in it that you can feel as you rub it in.

While I was waiting for the mask to dry I made myself my lemon and warm water drink that I try to start my day with. This lemon juice is organic, from Italy, and tastes fantastic if you’re looking to do the same. I would recommend lemon and water every morning on an empty stomach because it debloats you, levels out your level of acidity, and is really good for your digestion.

Anyhow! I sat with the mask on, drinking my lemon water for about 10ish minutes and then rinsed of the mask. It came off no problem with a little water and a face cloth (I’ve had others that have been horrible to get off). My skin felt so soft afterwards and I applied a moisturizer to help that as well.

I would highly recommend this mask if you are looking for something to sooth your skin and make it feel really smooth! Let me know if you decide to try it!

xoxo

Sarah

 

**PS this is not sponsored or affiliated with L’Oreal in anyway!**

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5 Great Drug Store Makeup Finds

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You know when you seem to run out of all your makeup at once? Then you’re digging through scraps trying to find something that works to get you through the next day or so until you can go restock? That happened to me last week and I felt like I had to buy so much! I always feel like it’s a lot of pressure to go pick out a new foundation or mascara, but I managed to find a few jems that I love in case you’re on the hunt for something new!

1. Elf Primer – Poreless

The original Elf Primer is great, but the poreless version is my favourite. It really does a great job of smoothing the skin and minimizing pores. I have found my pores have been bugging me a lot lately so this is an area I was looking to improve. If you are fine with your pores as usual you are probably good just sticking with the original. I find the poreless version has a bit of a tea tree oil smell to it. It isn’t unpleasant or overpowering at all however. This primer really makes me feel like my foundation just glides on my skin and helps it last a lot longer.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Matte and Poreless

Once again I’m going with a poreless look at the moment. I’ve used the regular version of this foundation before and I liked it, but there is something so nice about the matte finish of this one. I find this foundation covers well without being too cakey or heavy on the skin. You can also build it up if you need more coverage and it lasts a long time. I also would like to try the dewy version of this foundation as I’m sure it would give a nice finish as well.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

This is a tried and true classic for me. When I was first getting into makeup I bought this all the time and decided to pick it up again after all this time. I’m always so pleased at how well this product blends and how it covers my dark (and I mean dark) circles.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I didn’t realize how many Maybelline products I bought until right now! Haha! This is hands down my favourite drug store mascara however. I pretty much only use this one and have since my makeup artist for my wedding introduced me to it during my makeup trial. I find it makes my eyelashes look a lot longer and thicker and the wand gets all my little lashes as well.

5. NYX Liquid Eyeliner

I love this eyeliner. It goes on true black and makes wings easy. There’s not much to say about this one other than it does the job!

So these are the products I’ve been using lately. Do you guys have any you’d recommend? What should I try?

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Bronzed: Pros and Cons of Top Sunless Tanners

I’m a huge fan of sunless tanners. I have a drawer full because I’m constantly picking up new ones to try. It’s pretty stressful sometimes to choose which brand to go with because there’s so many options and no one wants to look streaky or orange.

Sunless tanner is so effective in achieving that healthy summer glow without having to worry about sun damage or skin cancer. I know so many people that used to bake in the sun or go to tanning beds and they’ve now switched to sunless tanning as well. Not only is it healthier but it helps prevent wrinkles later on in life! Win win right?

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Lip Tattoo Review

Ok…so I have been seeing these lipstick masks/tattoos everywhere online. I’ve been so so curious so when I saw them while doing some running around I had to pick them up. This set comes with a bunch of different colours so I was super interested.

My first attempt at using this was not great. I didn’t expect the gel like substance to be so runny so it dripped all down the tube and when put on my lips spread onto my teeth. It stains your teeth really quickly and takes a lot of toothpaste and scrubbing to get it off.

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What I’m Loving This Week

I decided to compile a list of the things I am using a lot of this week. It’s very green themed, which is hilarious to me. I didn’t mean for it to work out that well and didn’t even notice until after I shot the photo!

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Tape In Hair Extensions: Why I’ll Never Do It Again

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I just want to start by saying this is just my opinion. I’m sure other people have different experiences with tape-in extensions. My experience however was not great.

The girl that did my extensions was wonderful, the quality of the extensions were great, I just didn’t love them. When they were installed they still had a thin coat on them that made them smooth and shiny. The colour and cut matched wonderfully and I loved them.

When I showered a couple times the coating came off (like she told me it would) and I found I didn’t like the texture quite as much and the colour was now slightly different than the rest of my hair colour.

I only had them installed to have longer, fuller hair for my wedding and it certainly did it’s job. But after that I started to get frustrated with the upkeep. Every night after I showered (with special sulfate-free shampoo) I had to completely blow dry my hair (which takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r with this amount of hair), and braid it loosly to keep it from tangling. And oh the tangling! I found the extensions tangled with my natural hair during my day to day and caused me to have to spend a lot of time detangling it at night.

While honeymooning in Mexico I actually pulled an extension out trying to gently detangle my hair. You aren’t supposed to get the bonds wet because if water gets in between them they will separate. That’s very hard while on vacation and I came out of the pool with one of the pieces of tape sticking out. In Mexico I had begun getting frustrated with them because every time I got out of the pool I’d have to run back to the room to try and blow dry my hair. If I showered after we were done in the pool for the day I’d have to blow dry it again. The sun also lightened my natural hair so the extensions were starting to become very noticeable.

When I got home from Mexico I decided I didn’t want to pay a salon to take the extensions out because at this point three were already and a couple of them were hanging on by threads. I googled a few options and saw Moroccon oil would break the bonds. It took about half an hour but I managed to get them all out. There was a ton of glue residue in my hair afterwards however. I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought something that was supposed to remove the glue. It did help a little but didn’t take it out like I hoped it would. I had these giant mats of glue and hair in my scalp that were so awful and impossible to get out.

It’s been about a month since then and I still have a little residue in my hair. It’s pretty much all gone now though. I don’t think I would get tape in extensions again. Clip-ins just make so much more sense for my lifestyle (read: I’m lazy) because they come out at night, can be washed separately and don’t have to be constantly blow dried. So it may work for some of you, if you’re okay with all the upkeep, but I just thought I’d make you aware of how much work they really are!

 

xoxo

Sarah

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5 Drug Store Hair Products

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Hey guys! People have been asking me how I’ve been managing to grow my hair so much in the last little while. I honestly believe it’s because of the products I’ve been using! These are just from the local drugs store, which is awesome because they’re so affordable!

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

This is one of my favourite dry shampoos because a little goes a long way. You only need to spray in the smallest amount and brush it through and you can get away with not washing your hair that day. I’ve been trying to not wash my hair every day, but with an oily scalp it’s difficult. This product has been a life saver!

Tangler Teeezer

This brush is amazing! You can use it on wet hair and it gets out any pesky knots. It’s really gentle and doesn’t rip out my hair like other brushes tend to do!

Pantene Smooth Heat Protection Spray

The most important thing for your hair is to protect it against the heat. I’ve been trying not to use as much heat on it, but those days I need to I always put this in first. It makes your hair super smooth and stops the heat from frying the ends. I notice my hairs a lot less dry when I use it as well!

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco

This stuff is a miracle! I put it in the ends of my hair every day to smooth flyaways and get rid of the dryness. The ends of my hair are always so dry and this helps more than anything. Just make sure you only use a little bit and stay away from your roots or it will get too oily!

Pantene Dry Defy Hydrating Hair Treatment

This is another product I love putting in the ends of my hair. I’m not joking when I say I have the driest hair of all time. I put this in right after I shower and I notice a huge different when I let my hair air dry. It’s a lot smoother and shinier!

 

Anyway those are my favourite products at the moment and what I use in my routine! Let me know if you want to try any of these or have any miracle products of your own!

xoxo Sarah

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Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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Last weekend I stopped by Sephora armed with a gift card from Christmas I had been saving. It’s no secret I read a lot of make up reviews and tutorials so I had a few products in mind I wanted to try. Number one on my list was Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick because I have heard so many good things about it.

I was slightly disappointed by the selection my local Sephora had on hand because Stila has so many colours and I only had four to choose from. I decided on “Amalfi” which is a bright coral pink. The colour is a little intimidating in the tube because it’s super vibrant. I’m not usually a vibrant lipstick kind of person, but with spring coming I wanted to give it a try!

So I’m not going to lie, it took me a couple tried to figure out how to apply this product properly. The first time I slathered it on and smudged it as it was drying. This made it hard to get off my actual face and the lipstick looked uneven.

The best way to apply it is to put on a lip balm first (I like EOS), give it a couple seconds to sink in and then apply a small amount of lipstick to the center of your bottom lip and rub them together. This should distribute the product evenly though you will likely have to blend from the center outwards to the corners of your lips. I also found applying a lipliner after the lipstick really cleans up the overall look.

I’ve tested this lipstick for a few days now while I’m at work for 8 hours. Stila claims it will last for 6 hours and I would agree with that. It holds up fairly well against eating and drinking (which is super impressive), but by the end of the day I usually have a sort of ombre thing going on in which it’s faded from where my lips meet but still looks okay towards the edge of my lips. I’m not upset about this as a quick swipe of moisturizer blends it and allows you to look normal until you can reapply or remove it. I’d say this is an amazing lipstick for going out as you’ll be sure to look great all night.

Overall this is the most impressed I’ve been with a lipstick that claims to “stay all day” most of them only last a couple hours at most. If you’re looking into this I’d suggest ordering online if you don’t see a colour you like in store.

Thanks for reading,

xoxo, Sarah

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Review: Biore Voxbox

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Hey guys! So I’m jumping around a little here. Moving from mostly travel posts to a beauty one!

I was lucky enough to receive a voxbox in the mail curiosity of Influenser for me to try and review. This box featured the new baking soda cleanser and exfoliant from Biore!

I have been using the cleanser every day in the shower as part of my evening routine and the exfoliant once a week. The cleanser exfoliants very gently because of the baking soda and it dissolves quickly. This is much better than a cleanser with microbeads that don’t dissolve for a long time and are rough on the skin.

The exfoliant is also very gentle and my skin felt super soft and clean after every use. This is for sure a product I would incorporate into my routine and will be buying again! Thanks Biore!

And thank you for reading!

xoxo,

Sarah

 

Disclaimer: these products were given to me free of charge to test and review. I promise this is my honest opinion.