Sephora $6 Mask Review

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Thank God it’s finally Friday! It has been such a long week and nothing short of chaotic. I want to sleep in and then sip my coffee while I browse Instagram and Pinterest. There’s isn’t a lot more satisfying than that. Actually, tomorrow I’ll be doing a noon photoshoot for my belated graduation photos, but other than I will spend the day in bed!

One of my favorite things to do on my weekends is go to farmer’s markets to get flowers and then do a bit of pampering when I get home. Usually that entails giving myself a pedicure and then a facial. Sephora is selling $6 face masks and $3 lip masks now and obviously I had to try one!
at home facials Not going to lie here, I wasn’t all that impressed. The pearl mask I tried made my skin oily and I broke out into red pimples. Not cute! However, the lip mask did soften my lips quite a bit! You leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then take it off. The instructions said not to wash your face after but I did dab my face dry because there was so much excess product left over. At least you get your money’s worth!

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the face mask but the lip mask was worth the buy. They have hand and foot masks that I’m probably going to try soon. I’ll let you girls know how those work when I finally try them. Keep in mind that if your skin is dry, the face mask might do wonders for you! Since my skin is naturally oily in most spots, it made the problem worse. Either way, I hope you get some time to just enjoy your weekend and relax!

-liz

 

 

 

Billion Dollar Brow Review

Hello girls! I hope you’re enjoying the start to your summer and soaking up the rays! Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors just enjoying the sun and nature. There’s nothing like taking a walk with a light breeze in your hair. One thing I’m preparing for is the hot summer days in which makeup is just not happening. Foundation is no fun to wear when you’re sweating and eye shadow just melts off my eyelids. My go-to makeup for this humid season is a bold lip, tons of mascara, and a great eyebrow shape.
eyebrow pencilsI’ve been searching for a product that would give me the Gigi Hadid eyebrows I so desperately want. Most are difficult to apply and still don’t give me the look I want. Knowing that the eyebrow struggle is real, Billion Dollar Brows sent me a sample of their new Universal Brow Pencil to try and then share with you guys!

best eyebrow productsThe first thing I noticed about this product (sold at Kohl’s fyi!) is the tip of it. Sounds silly, but I love that it’s soft and easy to work with. Eyebrow pencils are usually rough and need to be sharpened constantly. On the other end of the tool is a convenient eyebrow brush. When I was little, my hair stylist told me I had my dad’s eyebrows (aka long and thick). This tool is the first thing I use in the morning.

gigi hadid eyebrowsSecondly, I haven’t had my eyebrows waxed or shaped in over a month and my brows still look on point! I love the ability the Universal Brow Pencil gives me to fill in the spots that need filling or shaping.

Adding this product to your makeup bag isn’t a bad idea! It makes you look so much more put-together than if you weren’t wearing it.  You can find it in Kohl’s stores and online!

-LIZ

(This post was sponsored; all opinions are my own!)

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Jamberry Nails Review

jamberry_nails_reviewI’m a total nail polish hoarder! I love the stuff and literally change my nail color twice a week. I’m really loving the deep winter colors right now, but I’m slowly transition to light, spring colors. Since I just can’t get enough nail stuff, I thought I’d try something different. I’d heard quite a lot about these new-fangled nail things called Jamberry so I figured I’d give them a shot. My mom ordered me a set of cheetah print nails to try. In my opinion, it was a waste of money and here’s why.

First and foremost, Jamberry nails are expensive. I think my mom paid $15 for the set. Granted, they are pretty! However, at that price I just assume pay a little extra and get someone to do my nails for me at the salon. The price wasn’t the worst part though; the process was! To stick these things on you have to size them to each individual nail, place the print on your nail, take a hair dryer, hold it near your nail, and allow the heat to melt the glue on the print to your nail while pressing down on it so it will stick. Then, you must file down the excess print to the exact size of your nail. This is a long process to repeat for each nail!

After I finally finished my nails, I went to bed for some well-deserved sleep. I woke up in the morning, went along with my usual routine, looked down at my nails, and what do I see? The prints beginning to peel away from my nails. Perfect. Ultimately, these stick-on nails lasted about a week at best. I was not impressed at all.

I wouldn’t buy Jamberry nails again. I think the idea is very clever but the product has to be easier to use and needs to last longer. For now, I’ll stick to my Essie and O.P.I obsession.

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App for Your Event Planning Needs

starbucks_drink It’s hump day and I for one am quite glad. I’m tired, sore from the gym, tired of homework, and just ready for the weekend again. Many of us already have weekend plans and are looking forward to them. I’m hoping to hang out with my gal pal Lindsey or my like-a-sister, McKenna. Weekend plans have a way of becoming really complicated when there’s a million people to text and details to hammer out. Facebook events suck and are more annoying than anything and chain texts are just obnoxious. If any of you “suffer” with these current technologies, then allow me to introduce you to a handy little app called Flashplan.

FlashPlan is brand new and if I’m not mistaken, still in beta testing. I got to talk to the app’s creator, Shravan Rao, a flash_plan_appUniversity of Connecticut graduate, about what the app does and here’s what he said:

“We focused on a few issues that we found with the current process of making plans:

> There isn’t a great mobile solution, which doesn’t make sense, because everyone is always mobile.

> Current tools use social accounts, so you can’t invite people that don’t have the app or don’t have facebook, twitter etc.

> Current tools are inefficient (no one checks facebook events, etc.)

We’ve solved these problems by:

> Making Flashplan truly mobile.  You use a phone number to log in and send invites to people in your contact list, which is your truest social network.

> Flashplan currently only uses phone number to log in, and we’ll eventually maybe add facebook log-in to make the process easier, but that would be only to pull name and other info from facebook.  No events or anything would ever go on facebook and you would never invite through facebook.

> There aren’t any additional ads, no random notifications, etc.

Flashplan is all about helping users spend less time making plans and more time making memories.”

Shravan’s idea is brilliant. I get so many Facebook invites to Tupperware parties, online trunk shows, and Mary Kay sales that I completely ignore invites now. Apps like these get my attention because their only purpose is to make planning an event easier. His idea was sparked by his own experience trying to plan an event.

planning_an_event“In November 2013, I was trying to organize a birthday dinner for a good friend, but it was super inefficient; facebook events, for example- no one sees the invites because they’re getting a ton of other notifications and there are ads everywhere, messages, comments, picture tags, etc.  Flashplan is meant for the person that’s social and on the go and is a mobile solution to the problem of quickly and privately getting a few friends together face to face, instead of interacting behind a screen.”

As a society, I think we have lost quite a bit to social media. It certainly is convenient and even fun to use. However, being together in real time is much better than over the internet. Flashplan is designed to simply plan an event and then execute it. 

My own experience using the app was pretty grand. A few things I really liked were that when you begin to plan an event the app syncs with the contacts in your phone and you can simply invite them by selecting their number regardless of if they have the app or not. Another thing is that if you have multiple events in the works, they are organized into each of their own tabs so you can keep details straight and not get anything confused. It has all of the standard planning necessities such as date, time, location (including a map), and notes.

This app is really impressive and I don’t see anything else on the market like it. Here’s the link to the app on iTunes!

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