Category Archives: Beauty and Makeup

Being a Benefit Girl

It was a shame that I missed Sephora’s Friends and Family 20% off Sale last week. I had just purchased the items I needed from Sephora the week before. Perusing Sephora during the sale didn’t make me want anything. I don’t need to purchase something just because it’s on sale.

What I normally buy from Sephora is Benefit Cosmetics. This brand is young, chic, and trendy. I love their small lip balm pots but the one item I have been buying from Benefit for over 10 years is their Dandelion Blush.

Here are the Benefit Makeup I currently own, or did own.


1. Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Palette
Amazing palette so you can create that smokey eye look. I like the soft heather gray shadow and the pink shadow is actually the highlighter that goes from mid brow bone to corner brow bone. When you highlight along that brow bone, your eyes just POP.

2. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
This concealer goes on smooth and easy. It doesn’t clump at all. It concealers all – dark circles, lines, acne, pigmentation of your skin etc.

3. Benefit Dandelion Blush
I have been using this blush for over 10 years. I LOVE IT. The pink blush goes on flawlessly. It does not cake on. Dandelion is very popular. It creates this beautiful flush that looks like you just stepped out of a hot shower, or you just had a blast somewhere.

4. Benefit Eye Bright
By lining this from the bottom of your eye along the bone to the outer corner eye bone area, this stick helps cover up dark areas and makes you look awake and alive. Remember to blotted and blend in to your skin. I also put some on the inner corner of my eyes for some impact too.

5. Benefit Dr. Feelgood
It’s been a while since I have used this product. Before I found a great dermatologist, I used Dr. Feelgood to cover up my pores. It was very lightweight and smelled pretty good. I also remembered it soaked up a lot of oil especially on my T Zone area.

6. Benefit Lip Balm with SPF15
I carry this little pot everywhere I go. First, I was looking for a light lip stain with SPF. I never used any lipstick before with SPF. My dermatologist had reminded me to find one for my lips because it could also be affected by UV sun rays. This tint gives like a Just Been Kissed vibe.

7. Benefit Silky-Finish Lipstick in My Treat
Goes on really smooth, no unwanted scent from Lipstick. It was very small and compact too. My Treat is a creamy, virbrant rosey color but it turned out to be a lot darker than what I am used to. I haven’t worn it much because I love the Lip Balm more.

What are your favorite Benefit Cosmetics makeup?

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Simple Short Curly Hair

“The grass is always greener on the other side.”

I always wanted curly hair. But you always want something you can’t have. That is until I found out I can curl my hair with a flat iron. It takes some time to curl my hair though. Okay, 15 minutes to curl. It’s not that bad but I always want to be low maintenance. With kids running around, I’m hyper alert that something BAD is going to happen. (Case in point – My 1 year old decided to spray Colorox into her mouth.)

Tools:
1″ Flat Iron
1 Hair clip to section hair
1 Styling spray for afterwards

I like to curl 1 day of unwashed hair. I clipped my hair up just leaving the bottom third of my hair down to begin curling. Once bottom third is done, I worked through the mid portion and then finally to the crown. Spritz some Styling spray for shine and to hold the curls.

I used Bumble and Bumble Shine On (and On) Finishing Spray. I like it because it adds shine to my hair and it works similar to hairspray by holding the curls in place without the build up of hairspray.

This is how the curls look at the end of the day.

This is how the curls looked the morning after. I also added Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to my hair to add a more beachy look.

Mid-day the curls were all right but not as tight as they were. I decided to pull my hair half up for a change up. By pulling the half the curls up at the crown, this action created a fuller look to the top of my hair.

Hair Up

Any short hair styles you can recommend to me?

Review: Sunless Tanning Lotions

Neutrogena Build a Tan Sunless Lotion

Neutrogena was a cheap sunless tanning lotion. I got it at Target for less than $7.00. It works good for the price, however it does streak. There is no strong smell to it, and the drying time is about 10-15 minutes. I wish it worked a lot better.

Regarding any skin reactions, it was mostly isolated – on my neck and other sensitive parts like my thighs. There were patches of redness that lasted 3 days max.

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

I cracked and went to Sephora. I picked up Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. Why? Because there was a special. Original price of this squeeze bottle is $33.00. It got it for $35.00 with an exfolitating lotion and a liquid bronzer plus a carry case. Yes I got suckered in by the carry case. Who wouldn’t be?

How well did the Instant Gel work? Pretty good. I was really surprised. There was no patchy redness and the scent was really pleasing. That is until my husband asked me “Why are you feet different colors?” I looked down at my feet in ballet flats and noticed that it was streaked tan and my pale skin. I just told him the truth, “I guess I need to practice applying the tanning lotion more.”

Is there a Sunless Tannning Lotion you used with no problems?

Review: Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo

When I was pregnant, I used this shampoo consistently. I loved the smell of it. According to Herbal Essences’ website, it is formulated with passionflower sunrise and pearl. I don’t know what that means. During my pregnancy, it was the only shampoo scent I could stand. It gave me great hair – lots of body and lustruous shine to my hair.

Now post-pregnancy, I think the whole shine shebang, was due to my pregnancy hormones. Some women during pregnancy get the shine, the glow, and all the good stuff. I guess I was one of them. Because after giving birth, and now that my hormones have regulated, this shampoo causes a lot of dandruff. Not the tiny specks but large pencil eraser sized patches of scalp. It is the oddest thing.

It is a shame. My husband recently bought the Sam’s club bulk size of the shampoo.

Updating Short Hair

My husband loves me with long hair. I do like long hair but the upkeep and management of long hair stresses me out. So I tend to have short hair. Short hair takes less time to wash and dry. I can be in and out of the shower in 5-10 minutes. Yet I go through this every time: How to style short hair.

Do I clip it up? – I look too young with any type of clips in my hair.

Do I just flat iron for the Victoria Beckham look? – To straight and skinny for my face.

I tend to just moose, blow dry, and use a round brush to recreate the rounded bob cut. But 2 days ago, I decided to curl my hair using my flat iron. It turned out ok with a bit too much volume. I should have skipped the moose. Today I woke up and YIKES! It was a mess.

Luckily I had my trusty Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. This spray is made of salt water which creates that windblown, wavy hair most women would die for. In my asian hair, I think it does a good job taming the “rolled out of bed” curls from the days before. It gave me the wavy look instead of the more tighter curls previously. And the sticking out, messed up hair became more manageable.

What do you think?

Review: Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

WOW! I tried this liquid eyeliner from Physician’s Formula in Ultra Black today and it did not smudge for the entire day. My eyeliner was still in place when I got home. I have used the ELF liquid eyeliner, Clinique eyeliner, and Sephora eyeliner. My skin is so oily that these eyeliners do not last. They smudge and smear. By midday, I look like a raccoon.

I like that it’s a pen size, easy to hold and control. The ELF liquid liner is a tiny pot. The brush handle is small as a nail polish top.

I purchased it based on Jean’s recommendation on her youtube vblog. It costs only $9.95 at Target. And the kicker is it’s supposed to enhance my lashes making them longer! 2 in 1 deal for a STEAL!

Info from Physician’s Formula site:
High-tech formula enhances the appearance of lashes while providing the instant definition of a liquid eyeliner, in one easy step!
Lash Boosting complex targets the base of lashes where it is most effective.
Innovative and easy to use eyelining tool delivers effortless definition.
High-tech Japanese formula is long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant.
Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Dermatologist approved. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Dry Shampooing

Tresemme Dry Shampoo

I didn’t believe it till I tried it. I really like how this product works. If you haven’t seen the commercials then let me tell you what it does.

Ladies, or gents. We’ve all gone a day or two without shampooing our hair. Alright, I’m a new baby mama, so I’ll admit that I’ve gone as much as 5 days without shampooing. And it feels awful. Your hair is itchy, greasey and limp.

Get this product.

1. Shake it up first.

2. Spray 10 inches away from your head. Spray evenly throughout your hair.

3. Let the solution set for 1-2 minutes.

4. Comb your hair.

Voila! Your hair instantly feels cleaner, has the oomph back into it, and there’s none of that grease.

And it smells great!

4 easy steps to make your life a little less stressed.

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Sun Tan Lotion

Jergens Natural Glow

 

I am currently using Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Fair to Medium. This is an amazing self tanning lotion that you would use like a daily moisturizer. Right after I showered, I applied all over my body. I left the lotion dry before dressing. And it seems like 10 minutes later, I can see a subtle difference in my skin color.

It’s like magic!

I also use the Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer. This helps my face match up with my body tanning color. I didn’t want to be tanned yet my face is still pale. Also within minutes I could see the difference from before and after.

Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion

I went the entire day feeling great about myself. I have a decent looking tan with no streaking and no mess. It cost me probably under $15 for both products.

I do enjoy going out and getting a natural tan but I lack time. I do not get to enjoy the outdoors much and probably won’t be able to do so any time soon.

Something did happened the very next day, that discouraged me from this product. I started to develop a rash. My skin is sensitive to this tanning lotion. The weird thing was the rash only covered my torso – back and front. I thought about it and figured I applied too much on my torso.

I waited 4 days later to reapply a 2nd time. This time I skipped my torso. By the 4th day of no tanning application, I did not that the tan was disappearing. It did leave a slight stain on my knees and elbows.

After the 2nd time I used it, I notice a sensitivity around my collar area, the back of my thighs and calves. Forearms had some irritation but was not bad. If I didn’t give in to the itchiness, the rash would subside.

So even though I want a tan, the rash is making me scared to continue this product. I am hoping that I can slowly build a resistance to the rash with just minimal bi-weekly applications.