Archive | May, 2013

Product Review: DUO Eyelash Adhesive

29 May



Today I want to tell you guys about the best eyelash glue that I have ever stumbled across. Well, not stumbled, since this glue is practically everywhere and used by make-up artists all around the world, but you get my drift. The DUO Eyelash Adhesive (in clear-white) is so great because:

1. It keeps my eyelashes put until I take them off. 

2. It’s waterproof.

3. It comes off easily. I literally just peel my lash strip off, and it’s like I’ve lightly glued it even though it is firmly stuck on.

4. It squeezes out in a tube so there’s so mess. Brushes annoy me because the brush starts to become unruly after some uses, and I have trouble twisting the bottle closed. 

5. They don’t make my eyes itchy before or after.

But my favorite part? A lot of lash glues don’t stay on too long, and if they do, they’re impossible to scrape off. Well, the DUO eyelash glue somehow manages to come off easily, which is great because that preserves the eyelashes for more uses. I’ve destroyed many lashes by trying to peel them off my eyes. This glue is definitely a winner!

The DUO eyelash adhesive can be found at all drugstores, Sephora, and Amazon.  


Product Review: Vaseline Vitalizing Body Gel Oil

25 May


With summer (kind of) on its way, I am desperately trying to get my legs skirt-ready, and decided to resort to drastic measures. That for me means using Vaseline, as it is very greasy and will fix any dry-skin issue. I decided to use a quick drugstore find: Vaseline’s Total Moisture Vitalizing Body Gel Oil in Cocoa Radiant. After showering, I quickly toweled off and slathered the gel oil all over my body. The results? Mixed feelings.

It did work as promised, as it was so greasy that my skin remained moisturized, but that was the problem as well. It was really greasy! It would somehow end up on my fingers even though I had washed my hands a couple times. I’m the type of person who hates sleeping in a greasy puddle, and this was a bit too oily for me. But the product worked like a charm.

Wanna try for yourself? The Vaseline Vitalizing Body Gel Oil can be found at Target for $6.50.

Sinful Shine is Here!

19 May


So remember my recent post about Sinful Colors and how amazing the polish was for the price? Well, today I was at Walgreens and spotted a sleek-looking display with shiny bottles sticking out sideways. It caught my eye so much that I had to get a close-up, as something usually has to be amazing to get my attention. Sure enough, it was. On the bottom of the display it said “Sinful Shine With Gel Tech…5X more glossy than a patent leather shoe”. I thought it was a great marketing technique to compare nail polish to a shiny shoe. The first shades that caught my eye were definitely the pink and the teal polishes, as I don’t have a teal yet. The pink looks like another great shade to add to my collection, as I’m always searching for the perfect pink. Is it the next Sally Hansen for me? I wonder. Although I didn’t see a price tag anywhere, I did some research online and I found that they were $2.99 each, which is a pretty good price for its quality. I didn’t have time to really look at all of them or make any purchases, but I am definitely going back and choosing my favorites. Hopefully I won’t damage my wallet too much!

Product Review: Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Emulsion

17 May


Today I am going to share with you my other secret for removing my liquid foundation: The Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Emulsion! This creamy product works great because it is very soft on your face and only requires one tissue. To use, I dot the cream all over my face, work it around, then tissue it off. Like a miracle, the tissue sweeps up all the foundation, leaving you with a clean face! I am so glad I discovered this product, as it is a total time-saver and takes off heavy makeup easily. I have no idea how I lived so long without it.

The Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Emulsion can be found at Shiseido stores/department stores for around $45, or at Amazon for a lower price.

For those of you looking for a thorough skincare routine, here is what I do when I want to take off a full face of makeup- lashes and all:

First, I gently remove my false eyelashes. Then, using a cotton ball, I dip it into the Victoria’s Secret Pro Clean FX Instant Makeup Remover and glide the cotton ball over my lids, and under them. Once all my eye makeup is removed, I apply the Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Emulsion all over my face. After tissuing it off, I wash my face, then use the VS Pro Clean FX remover with a cotton ball again- this time, over my entire face. I do this to ensure that all makeup is removed, especially around the edges of my nose or brow bone. After that, I wash my face for a second time, then apply my moisturizers and creams. And then you’re all set!

Sure, it may be a lot of work to wash your face twice, but there’s really no better feeling than going to bed with a squeaky clean face!

Product Review: Victoria’s Secret Pro Clean FX Instant Makeup Remover

17 May


So I know you all love makeup products and applying it on, but what do you use to take it off? Today I want to share what I use to remove my makeup (as that is VERY important for good skincare), and that is the Victoria’s Secret Pro Clean FX Instant Makeup Remover. This makeup remover is so easy to use- you simply shake the bottle then pour onto a cotton ball and work it in circles onto your face. The makeup will come off like magic. It also makes your face feel so soft afterwards. I’ve heard people compare it to Chanel’s makeup remover, and this is for a reasonable price.

The VS Pro Clean FX Instant Makeup Remover can be found at Victoria’s Secret stores for $13.00. I currently have about 6 or 7 bottles in my own home, it’s that good.

Check in tomorrow for a review on my other makeup remover (yes, I use two different kinds) and my special skincare routine on how to properly remove your makeup!

Makeup: When to Toss

15 May


So if a lot of you are makeup junkies like I am, you probably have a ton of makeup products, with half of them being unused or somewhat-used. Today I urge you to clean out your makeup closet, as probably a good portion of those products are no longer safe to use. Old products can contain lots of bacteria, which can be harmful to your health and skin.

The following list reviews major product categories with shelf life times. I have done extensive research and compiled all the information I found to create this list:

Mascara: 3 Months

Mascara is an ideal environment for bacteria, which can easily be transferred to your eyes. Throw out your mascara every three months to avoid eye infections.

Liquid Eyeliner: 3 Months

Liquid eyeliner is moist, which makes it prime territory for bacteria that can transfer to your eyes.

Pencil Eyeliner: 3 Years

Powder Eyeliner: 2 years

Powder eyeliner will last longer than cream or liquid liner because it doesn’t dry out, but you should always use a clean brush to avoid contaminating it with bacteria. If they’re in stick form, sharpening them regularly prevents bacteria growth. If the color changes or it becomes hard to apply, throw it out.

Powder Eye Shadow: 2 Years

Powder eye shadow lasts as long as powder eyeliner if you always use a clean brush and avoid using it while you have an eye infection.

Liquid Eyeshadow: 1 Year

Moisturizer: 1 Year

Some of the essential oils or natural components break down quickly, so moisturizer that’s more than a year old may not be as effective.

Nail Polish: 1 Year (but also depends on brand)

The chemicals start to break down after about a year, which could cause the color to change. You’ll also notice that the polish doesn’t hold together well or apply smoothly.

Oil-Free Foundation: 1 Year

These foundations tend to dry out faster than cream or powder foundations. The oils on your fingers can also introduce bacteria into the liquid. Use a sponge or brush to preserve it. Storing it in the fridge can also extend its life. When the color changes, it’s past its prime.

Concealer: 12-18 Months

Stick concealer lasts longer than liquid concealer, but both become lumpy after 12-18 months. Lumpy concealer won’t cover as well, and may contain bacteria from your blemishes. You may also notice color changes.

Cream Blush: 12-18 Months

Cream blush will dry out after about a year. It may also start to change color or not go on as smoothly.

Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 Months

Like all other cream products, it dries out over time. It may also harbor bacteria. Never use it while you have an eye infection to avoid contamination. You should apply it with a clean brush to extend its life.

Cream Foundation: 18 Months

Cream foundation will dry out after about a year and a half. It may also start to change color or not go on as smoothly. If you apply it with your fingers, the oils on your skin could also introduce bacteria into it.

Lip Gloss: 18-24 Months

Lip gloss dries out fairly quickly because it’s thinner and contains less fat than lipstick. If it becomes clumpy, dry, or changes color, throw it out.

Blush and Bronzer: 2 years

Powders last longer, but the oils in your skin will alter the texture and make it more difficult to apply after a couple years. You may also notice changes in color.

Lipstick: 2 years

After two years, the fats in the lipstick will start to break down, which will make it dry, crumbly, and probably change the color. To make it last longer, apply it with a clean brush. Never use lipstick when you have a cold sore or share it with someone else.

Lip Liner: 2 years

Lip liner can last up to two years if you sharpen it regularly to prevent bacteria build-up and avoid using it when you have a cold sore.

Powder: 2 years

Powder tends to get clumpy after more than a couple years because it mixes with the oils in your skin over time. If you take excellent care of it, it can last up to three years.

Perfume: 3 Years 

Cheaper perfumes and eau de toilettes may only last two years, but good perfumes should last up to three years. You can extend the life slightly by storing them in the fridge. If the color or scent changes, throw it out. If you’re not sure how old it is, check the stamp on the bottom. The number at the end is the year it was bottled, for example, a number ending in 6 means it was bottled in 2006.

Anti-Aging and Acne Products: 1 Year

Shampoo and Conditioner: 3 Years

Body Lotion: 2-3 Years

Sunscreen: 1-2 Years

If you’re not sure how old your makeup is, check the consistency. If in doubt, throw it out and start fresh. Mark the date on the label with a Sharpie so that you always know how old your makeup is. Another great tell-tale sign? Some products directly tell you, and have a jar symbol on the back or bottom of the product. Here’s an example on my Sinful Colors nail polish, which lets me know that it has a 24 month shelf life:


After seeing this list, I too tossed out a bunch of my half-used, opened products from many years ago. It’s hard to say goodbye, but on the bright side, you have an excuse to buy a brand new product. Happy cleaning!

Product Review: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Nail Polish

13 May


Today I can’t wait to bring to you a really great nail polish I found- the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nail polish in Hard-core Party #160. This is the best polish because it’s not too opaque or transparent; it’s just the right amount of, well, everything. I found that applying 2-3 coats looks best, with 3 coats reaching its maximum color potential.


I’ve gotten lots of compliments on the color, as it’s such an attractive pink. It’s natural enough for daytime, but is still noticeable at night. If you love pink nails like I do, you definitely have to give this shade a try!

The Sally Hansen Hard As Nails polish can be found in most drugstores for $1.99 (yup, a cheap polish with amazing color and quality, I’ve done it again).