Hair Horror Stories (And Old Pictures Of Me!) | Video

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I recently got a hair cut that was not what I wanted or expected, to say the least. My frustration with my hair, something I was so excited to have done, inspired me to talk a bit about my hair history and worst hair cuts I’ve had, since my hair cut story is pretty dang funny, if I do say so myself. You’ll have to watch for yourself, but moral of the story is don’t let someone who doesn’t speak your language cut your hair!

Yeah…that hair cut was just a mess from the beginning. I am glad I can make it work, but looking back at my old horrible hair cuts made me appreciate that my hair right now isn’t *that* bad, or bad at all, really. I’m just a drama queen. I like my new hair when it’s straight, it’s okay curled, but I loathe how it looks naturally (which is how I usually wear it). And when I put it in a ponytail all day and take it out, I look like coconut head. Awesome. Thankfully it grows fast.

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My other worst hair cuts…

These old photos of me make me cringe so hard! But, I am glad my hair doesn’t look like that now. The good ol’ pixie cut was a result of chopping one side of my hair off with scissors, and my mom freaked out! And then, the atrocity on the right, as memorialized by my freshman yearbook (2006-2007), was a Supercuts hack job that I cried about afterwards. I don’t know what it was supposed to be, it was just a mess! I don’t know who that would look flattering on.

What was your worst hair cut like? Share your horror story in the comments!


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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Review (New Packaging)

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask New Packaging Review

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

I’ve heard bloggers and YouTubers buzzing about Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask for the past few months and I was intrigued. I held off on purchasing it for a while, because I never really splurge out on beauty products unless they’re a necessity or something I really want. And, I already found a balm that I love: the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm that I reviewed. But, since I’ll be traveling abroad in September, I figured I should get something a bit more moisturizing for the long flight to Florence.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask


This lip mask is essentially an uber-thick lip balm. It contains lanolin, which comes from sheep’s wool, instead of yucky petroleum. It also has castor oil, agave, and resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine that has antioxidants. It is flavored with vanilla, but it is very light. I only use this at night, because it is super thick and sticky. I wake up in the morning with a layer of the product still on my lips! It has a weird aftertaste that I don’t love, which is why I prefer to wear it while I sleep. I also like to layer it over my Jack Black lip balm at night, because it makes it a little less sticky. I haven’t had a single bout of dry lips since using this. The new packaging seems to be holding up really well, besides some of the dark gray coating rubbing off. I will gladly take that over the perforations and leaking tubes that people were complaining about the old packaging!

After 2 weeks of use, I’ve probably only used up 1/6th of the tube, so it will last you quite a while, so your $26 investment won’t be wasted! I really want to try more Bite Beauty products after trying this, what an innovative brand! (PS sad I don’t live in New York because I want to go to their lip lab and make my own lip color!)

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Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in Light Review

Almay Smart Shade Foundation SPF 15 100 Light Pale Review

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in Light

I have fond memories of Almay Smart Shade Makeup. In high school, I remember being a drugstore makeup junkie and would always try to find the best foundation products, since I had really bad acne. I remember being amazed at the smart shade technology that Almay offered, so naturally, I bought it. Years later, I don’t really remember what my first impressions were, so I was excited to get to try it again, thanks to Almay, who sent it to me!

almay smart shade™ makeup makes it easy to find “the one” with just three skintone-adjusting shades to choose from, not hundreds! it adjusts to the natural tones and nuances of your skin with breakthrough new almay tonemimic™ shade-sensing bead technology which intuitively transforms to your skintone for all day natural looking coverage in your perfect shade.

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup in Light

I’ve been wearing this as the perfect light foundation for my light “no makeup makeup” looks, like the above picture. I like to apply it with my fingers, as the rubbing sensation is what makes the white liquid turn skin-toned. It has a pretty light coverage, so since I have acne I need to use concealer on top. I love that it has SPF 15 for days where I forget to apply a sun screen. I was mostly impressed with the staying power of this baby. I wore it for a good 10 hours one day (and it’s HOT in L.A.), with minimal oiliness around the nose. That was with a primer, but nonetheless, I’m happy! I think the light shade is pretty much a perfect shade for my skin, as you can see it blends really well. The only bummer is that smart shade is only available in 3 colors, so it doesn’t cater to every woman out there.

The Almay Smart Shade Makeup is a cheap trick at only $10.99…try it out!

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Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial (Maybelline, L’Oreal, Inglot) | Video

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Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial

Today I’m showing you one of my most recent eye looks that I’ve liked doing. I normally stick to the same matte neutral eye every day, but I decided to go a bit smokey. I love taupe eyeshadow, so I decided to make this a taupe smokey eye that works in the daytime as well…just darken up the liner and crease and you are perfectly done up for a night on the town!

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Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial- close up

As you can see, this eye look is extremely simple and looks great as well! It’s not too dramatic, making it perfect for day or night. What’s your favorite eyeshadow look to wear every day?

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LUSH Cosmetics New Innovations: Granny Takes A Dip, Zeste, African Paradise, D’Fluff, Mangnificent, & Parsley Porridge Review | Fragrance Friday

6 New LUSH Cosmetics Products July 2014 African Paradise Body Conditioner Zeste Hair Gelly Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Mangnificient Soap Parsley Porridge Soap D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review

New Lush products: Mangnificent & Parsley Porridge Soap, Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb, D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap, Zeste Hair Gelly, African Paradise Body Conditioner

Earlier this month, LUSH unveiled 6 fresh innovations to add to their fabulous line. It includes 2 soaps, a hair gel, a bath bomb, a body conditioner, and a shave soap. I received all of these earlier in the month and have been putting them to the test to share with you all today! Let’s take a peek into the products and see my thoughts:

LUSH Cosmetics Mangnificent Soap Review

Mangnificent Soap

The first of the 2 soaps, Mangnificent ($6.95), is a blend mango (fresh and dried), Sicilian lemon, mandarin, and neroli oils to make a tropical cocktail for your body! I honestly don’t love bar soaps, but this is the nicest one I’ve tried. I love the citrusy smell and it lathers nicely!

LUSH Cosmetics Parsley Porridge Soap Review

Parsley Porridge Soap

The other soap, Parsley Porridge ($6.95), looks scary, but works just the same. This soap features parsley, thyme, and tea tree oil to act as a dirt-buster for your skin. If you can’t handle herbal scents, I wouldn’t recommend it, because it’s a bit potent. But, this one does a better job at exfoliating the skin because it has ground oatmeal. I didn’t love the scent, but since it doesn’t linger on my skin, I can handle it for 5 minutes in the shower!

LUSH Cosmetics Zeste Hair Gelly Review

Zeste Hair Gelly

The Zeste Hair Gelly ($12.95) is the first gel LUSH has come out with. I don’t use hair gel, so I handed it over to my dad, who has gelled his hair since I was probably in diapers. It has orange juice, petitgrain, and neroli oils to give this a very strong citrus scent. My dad didn’t like this gel because of the scent, but his hair looked the same as usual, so I’d say if you don’t mind the scent, go for it!

LUSH Cosmetics African Paradise Body Conditioner Review

African Paradise Body Conditioner

Just like conditioner for your hair, African Paradise Shower Smoothie ($39.95) does the same for your skin. I haven’t tried any product like this, so I was intrigued! You use the body conditioner in the shower, massaging over damp skin. Then, once you’re out of the shower- simply pat dry! You can still feel the product on your skin, it’s very hydrating and leaves legs soft and smooth with no need to apply a lotion after showering. This scent is a combination of carnation, clove, and sandalwood for a spicy floral scent. I honestly didn’t love the scent, but I like the product. LUSH has a few other scents online, so you can pick and choose to your tastes!

LUSH Cosmetics D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review

D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

And here we have, in my honest opinion, the crown jewel of this launch! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap ($16.95) is a little piece of shaving heaven, disguised as strawberry marshmallow fluff. First off, IT’S PINK. Who doesn’t love pink? This whipped soap has fresh strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, and maple syrup to create a scent that smells sweet and does a great job for shaving. I grab a handful the size of a nail polish bottle for each leg, and massage it to create a creamy and milky lather to shave my legs smoothly. Even without applying lotion or a African Paradise Shower Smoothie afterwards, my skin is left touchably smooth. I ran out of this too fast, and I miss it already! You NEED this one. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest store, because it’s sold out online as I type this!

LUSH Cosmetics Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Review

Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb

And last but not least, we have the Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb ($6.95), is a psychadelic looking bath fizz that smells just like the scent of a LUSH store. It includes lemon, ginger, and black pepper and turns bath water a dark purple. It looks so neat whenever you dissolve it. I used it in one bath, although I normally break them up into 2-4 pieces- I just had to see what this one looked like! The outer ring has bits of bubble bar, so you can crumble it to get some foamy suds in your tub. If you’re a bath girl, you must try this for a relaxing bath. It’s been so long since I had used a bath bomb, it was pure bliss!

Overall I was very impressed with these new LUSH additions. I mostly recommend D’Fluff, because it’s my personal favorite and works for everyone. If you’re a bath gal, you can’t go wrong with Granny Takes A Dip. If you prefer to shower, try the African Paradise Shower Smoothie. And you can’t go wrong with either soap if you love LUSH soaps, I’m just not much of a soap girl. The only item I’d say to pass on is Zeste, as my dad was really off-put by the scent. But, I give him props for doing some blog testing for me!

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