Neewwww Stuuuffff

Neewwww Stuuuffff

new b 4

Hey!

Sorry it has been a hot minute haha…

I’ve been busy/ maybe somewhat depressed… Lets not open THAT can.

 

Ok, so I have picked up a few new products and have been testing them out for a couple of weeks. The first one I may have written about before, but I’m gonna do it again.

  1. Pacifica Pineapple Flower mist -$10Β  This claims to fight oils and nourish the skin. It smells great! And it makes the face feel refreshed and like the oils are gone…however I have not found that it significantly helps me. I am not saying it doesn’t work though, I just think my skin might be a touch too oily OR I am not using it enough throughout the day. The truth is I use it as a setting spray and only re-apply if I am home.
  2. Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash – $9 Claims: Removes makeup, cleanses the skin, fights acne/ oil, and tones. First off… it smells like you’re washing your face with a green juice haha But the cleanser is clear. I’m not sure I’ve used it long enough to see a lot of results, but I think its a good face wash. My acne didn’t get too crazy with my period this month and my skin has felt pretty good. I do not use this to remove eye makeup, I still use Neutrogena eye makeup remover, because I’m a little gun shy about soap on the eyes. The Fourth Ray cleanser I used would slip into my eyes every time I washed my face and burned the crap out of them. I can say this one hasn’t done that yet. new b 5
  3. ColourPop So Juicy in Big Slice $7Β  Claims: Plumps the lips while giving you a shiny finish. I have been wanting to try the So Juicy lip glosses for a while and when their 5th Birthday bash kicked off I didn’t need a better excuse. This comes in a lovely watermelon red shade and gives the lips just enough color with a whole lotta shine. Does it plump? Not really, but it tingles.
  4. ColourPop So Juicy in Princess Cut $7Β  Claims: Same as above. This is a perfectly clear gloss and it looks great alone or over your favorite color.
  5. ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grunge $6 (Sale for $4.20)Β  Claim: Smooth matte lipstick. I am obsessed with these. Seriously the price is incredible for such an amazing lipstick. They’re smooth AF, great pigment, doesn’t fade or smear quickly, wont dry out the lips. I was nervous about Grunge because it looks so dark, but it’s actually an AMAZING color! It is a nice red-brown color and I think it really compliments my skin tone. So 90’s too haha
  6. ColourPop Lippie Stix in I Heart This Lippie $6 (sale $4.20) This has the same benefits as above, but in a lovely bright pink.
  7. ColourPop Lippie Primer $6 (sale $4.20) This is supposed to keep the lipstick in place and I think it does a decent job. I’m not disappointed with this, but I don’t think you HAVE to HAVE this in order to wear the lippie stix.
  8. ColourPop Super Shock Blush in Aphrodisiac $8 Claims: “weightless, healthy flush.” Uhhhhhh I LOVE THIS AND I AM NEVER GOING BACK! The texture is so weird and amazing.. it is super light and creamy, but not creamy creamy. It goes on smooth, builds up well, and in this awesome shade – gives the perfect flush. I was worried about a brownish blush, but DAMN it’s perfect. I was getting tired of pinks that make me look like I’m having a heat stroke or like I got hit with a child’s makeup blush. I highly recommend their super shock products and particularly this color.
  9. ColourPop By The Bushel lippie prep kit $14 (sale $12) This includes a lovely strawberry flavored lip balm and a sugar lip scrub. I love both of them! The lip balm is the best I’ve used haha It’s not gunky or waxy or whatever. It goes on so smooth and stays smooth. I feel like I’m getting real hydration.
  10. ColourPop All Star Primer $10 Claims: matte finish and minimizes pores. So, I have mixed emotions about this one. It goes on nicely and feels very smooth. BUT it doesn’t keep my makeup in place. I’m not gonna say it doesn’t work at all, but I think it doesn’t work for me. It’s about the same cost as an e.l.f. primer so give it a go and see what you think.
  11. Fourth Ray Beauty Watermelon Face Milk $10 Claims: hydration and balance skin (whatever that means) I actually really like this one. I am not sure it’s the right thing for my skin, but I do not think its bad for it either. I put it in the fridge and chill it before use which is Heavenly. It has a nice scent and feels really refreshing on the skin. I use this instead of a moisturizing lotion.
  12. ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Treat $0.00 (this was a free gift as part of their birthday promotion) I wish they sold this! It’s a nice light reddish color and perfect for summer. Also the formula is amazing just like the blush.
  13. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara $13 (I thought I paid $7 but the website says $12.99) Claims: Smudge and flake proof and false lash impersonating. I actually like this mascara and I think it is worth a try. It kind of smells like honey to me haha The formula is thicker than the e.l.f. ones I’ve been using which was a nice change, but I don’t like the applicator as much. The application isn’t as great, but the quality might actually be better. I get a pretty dramatic lash out of this and it boarders on clumpy if I’m not careful. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and I’ll probably pick it up again – I might give their other one a try too at some point. I did not have high hopes, but once again Physicians Formula has proven as a contender in the drugstore market.
  14. e.l.f. Cosmetics Shape and Stay Brow Pencil $2 Claims: Colorless wax holds brows in shape. This does do what it says, but as I wear it throughout the day the wax looses hold. I still like it for the price and since I’m not ready to jump into filling my eyebrows in again.
  15. e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyeliner Pen $2 This is a pretty run of the mill eyeliner, I’m not floored nor am I disappointed. I am terrible with eyeliner so this was the right price for a practice tube haha

 

https://www.target.com/p/e-l-f-eyeliner-pen-05-fl-oz/-/A-51168122?preselect=14653404#lnk=sametab

https://www.target.com/p/e-l-f-shape-stay-brow-pencil-04oz/-/A-51246996

https://www.target.com/p/physicians-formula-organic-wear-fake-out-mascara-black-0-26oz/-/A-14514755

https://www.target.com/p/pacifica-kale-detox-deep-cleansing-face-wash-5-fl-oz/-/A-49133048

https://www.target.com/p/pacifica-pineapple-flower-oil-free-matte-mist-4-fl-oz/-/A-53461203

Watermelon

All Star Primer

By the Bushel

Big Slice

Aphrodisiac

Princess Cut

Grunge

I Heart This Lippie

Lippie Primer

Paid to Play

Paid to Play

Hey y’all!!!

I’ve been looking for a second job and it’s been a little..scary haha. We know how long it took to get the one I have now so I was worried. I’ve been applying like crazy and either getting flat out rejections or hearing nothing back.

I applied to Target and got an email saying they had nothing to offer me so I was bummed, but moved along. Well I got a call about a week or so later and they were telling me they had a temporary position open. I said I would think about it and a two weeks later they called again and said there were two permanent openings as well as the temp. I was then invited to come interview for the ones I wanted… One of them being a beauty section attendant. HOLY COW, YES!! THAT IS MY JAM!!!

I went in to interview today and they hired me on the spot! GOD IS SO GOOD! I am waiting on the background check – I’ll pass- But I’m in starting in June!

 

I’m so excited! I get to be in my favorite section and help people with something I actually know about!

Target has a pretty dang good selection so this is gonna be great for experiments!

I have an impulse order of ColourPop on the way….yeah… shopping therapy from the other day. I’m excited to check it out- two of the pieces are from their summer Birthday line.

 

NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

Hey guys!

So Facebook suggested an event for me a few weeks ago and all I did was click “interested” and move on. The closer it came to time the more I saw it pop up: The NorCal Beauty Expo at the Win- River Casino. Lucky for me that is only a few miles down the road! And it was free to enter and walk around. Also air conditioning.. its so hot here and my apartment gets pretty toasty.

I debated going this morning because I was feeling pretty lazy, but one of my girlfriends encouraged me to get out.

I’m glad I did. It was an enjoyable experience. The venue was small and there weren’t a million vendors, but it was plenty busy and lots to see. There were classes you could attend if you were a professional and a hair show. The only expo I have been to is the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim and its HUGE. (if you get a chance to attend…DO IT, it is amazing and like Disneyland for health…plus BAGS of samples) Its in the same place they hold NAMM. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. In reality it was similar just tiny in comparison. I got a swag bag as I entered (a reusable bag with the casino spa logo and a magazine and flyer) and I picked up cards and samples as I wandered. Mostly it was local business repping the brands they sell or services they offer. It was a great way to meet people and see who is who in the local salons. I’m new to town so I have no idea where to go for hair and nails.

 

I tried Bang energy for the first time at the vitamin booth… Unicorn whatever tastes gross, but I’m on board with energy that isn’t full of garbage. Well the woman said its not, but I’ll have to do more research. I played in some cheap jewelry and spoke with a woman about eyelash extensions. I found a hair care line I would like to try when money isn’t so tight, (I say this and I totally ended up buying something at another booth *insert eyeroll). The line is called Monat and Stephanie who was telling me about it was just lovely. They aren’t made with a lot of garbage ingredients and they have different things to fulfill all the different needs. Fingers crossed I win the giveaway haha

If anyone has tried it or uses it let me know! I would love to hear what you think.

I stumbled upon a local small business started by a mom and daughter called Siren. Everything is made with organic ingredients, its vegan, and food grade. The line is small with only four products, but they’re pretty awesome. There are three different scrubs and one bath salt. Y’all… they not only smell amazing, but the scrub works. She did one had and used a rose to wipe the scrub off (YES IT WAS A GODDESS EXPERIENCE THANK YOU MA’AM) which left my hand visibly brighter and healthier feeling and looking. I was sold. I’m a weak human. Anyways they had a pretty good deal running for the expo so I picked up the Rise scrub and the Restore salts. http://www.sirenscrub.com

They all smelled amazing, but I decided with summer coming I wanted the invigorating peppermint.

expo purchase

I picked up some sampled from the Rodan + Fields girl.. these people made Proactive. They have since sold that line and are now pursuing new skincare lines. I don’t really have an opinion on them since I haven’t used them yet nor am I up whats in them. But I’m here to try it out!

proactive people

Glowing seemed to be a theme because I picked up another skincare sample set with a similar name haha

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I know nothing about this one and I also have no opinion. They are having a nice Mother’s Day facial special so…maybe I’ll treat my stepmom haha

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I’ll let y’all know what I think of the samples soon!

I had a really fun time and I look forward to popping in next year.

 

 

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I need a beauty fix

I need a beauty fix

Heeeyyyy guys

So I’m on an extreme budget now. Like I don’t know how I’m gonna make it budget.

I don’t say this to be a downer haha I know it’ll work out, but I’m not able to really purchase new products at the moment. I NEED MY BEAUTY FIX *insert crying face*

I did give in and buy another bottle of Elf foundation – I’m out and need to cover my now acne covered face…I also need to lay off the dairy. Plus I’m sweating and wearing a lot of sunscreen so….my skin is pissed.

But that’s only $6 so I guess it’s not too bad. I also splurged and grabbed a $1.97 que bella, peel off, face mask. It’s currently drying on my face. I like their masks even if they aren’t the best things in the world I could be putting on my face.

I ran out of my Fourth Ray clear skin toner stuff so I took my giant bottle of witch hazel that my step-mom “gifted” me. And dumped it and some essential oils into a the old Fourth Ray bottle. Gotta do what ya gotta do.

I’m rationing my face oil too.

Ok now real question! What face wash do y’all recommend? I am almost out and I will need to replace it soonish. I need one that will wash makeup off and be gentle and cruelty free! I’m open to suggestions! Pleeeeeaaassseeee

Check out my reaction to the face mask on my instagram story! @katiedidit26

There will be peeling off sounds! haha

Mini Update

Mini Update

HEEEELLLOOOOOOO!!!!

Sorry I’ve been neglectful. I finally got a job offer and am now scrambling to get a place to live since it requires moving. I’m super excited, but also terrified hahaha

OK, so I’ll be a little in and out here because of this, but I’ll try not to fall off the face of the earth.

I went ahead and tried to apply the ELF foundation, I purchased previously, with a foundation brush. I have not had great luck in the past with using a brush – Kat Von D was really hard for me to get in with a brush and the Fenty I think I was too afraid to go for it with one. Don’t yell at me about Kat Von D…..I had no idea there was so much BS flying around her. AND her products have seemed pretty solid *insert shrug here* I actually never go into the companies and back stories of makeup before…I just took joy in trying new stuff. Of course now that I am older I actually try and pay attention.

The ELF foundation applied SO well with a brush. I used a BH Cosmetics foundation brush I’ve had for some time. I was wary cause the brush seemed small, but no problem at all. So that is another plus in the ELF bank. It is a little sheer though BUT that could also be because I don’t use a ton and I might have a shade too light/pink. I’m 26 and STILL trying to figure out how to pick a foundation shade haha

ALSO! Thank you all so much for reading πŸ™‚

 

Kora Organics

Kora Organics

IMG_4504What is in a glow?

Well, for me, it is a mix of: Staying hydrated, eating clean, avoiding dairy and sugar, trying to get enough sleep, with hazel, and last but NOT least – Kora Organics Noni Glow oil.

I’ve struggled with loving my skin for a long time. My stepmom always told me I had good skin, but as a pimple covered, overweight, young teen, I did not believe her. With my hormones raging, never washing my face, not drinking enough water,and drinking whole milk, I had a pimple or six all the time. Of course looking back I know why I did and I know that my pimples were nothing compared to those of my friends. Oh well haha

I def had a subscription to ProActive…that stuff works! If you use it and don’t eat dairy…. hahaha I’m afraid of what might actually be in it now – the smell was so strong and it burned. I don’t think I would use it now.

At twenty-six I’ve embraced my skin and I just shake it off when a stray blemish or two pops up. I know dang well I ate that cheese! Or it is my time of the month- coming off years of birth control I am seeing a few more than I normally would. I feel it is worth it though, I feel better in general now.

I began to start seeing it differently when I was around twenty-two. At that point in my life I was sticking to the Blood Type Diet (I recommend it!). My skin cleared up, my brain cleared up, I slimmed up and put muscle on in my weight training class. It was great. I have been converting back to this diet after going off it for a couple years – I became very depressed when my mother passed away and I let my diet and health go.

I can tell you that through trial and error the best thing I have found for skin is simply: watch your diet – dairy is a killer – drink lots of water, skip makeup when you can, exercise, wash your face at least once a day with a gentle cleanser, and find something to replenish the surface with.

Now as a wanna be sophisticated woman I use Kora Organic’s Noni Face oil.

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This can be purchased at Sephora for $68. It is not cheap. This is not a budget item.

I use this before bed after I cleanse and tone my face. I often wake up with a nice plump healthy completion. I first got a hold of this product through a trial size and I found that I really enjoyed the feel of it. The smell is not overwhelming and it pleasant. The oil is not too heavy and absorbs fairly quickly. This would work under makeup for a plump dewy look! I personally only use it at night or first thing in the morning though.

The claim is that it is for all skin types- I think it is probably safe enough, but I would use less if you are oily like me. I of course still use too much… the instructions say to warm a few drop in the palms and apply. I use a dropper full and put it all over my face, neck, and the upper chest.

They claim this is for uneven texture, dullness, and uneven skin. I cannot personally say this does all of that, but I would guess it does improve the skin. I can say my face is bright and moisturized. Sometimes to pamper myself I apply it with a cooled jade roller or gua sha tool. I use this to massage and de-puff my face.

The oil is made up of: noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil. All of these are known for their skin enhancing properties. This is also cruelty free! and certified organic πŸ™‚

My bottle is emptying quickly and I do not look forward to having to spend another $68. I do like this product, I would use it again, I think the lovely reviews that this product and Miranda Kerr’s other products have merit. I will however be trying out some cheaper alternatives.. Experiment time!

IMG_4527If you want to give your skin a boujee pick-me-up then this is your oil. I really think this oil has given my skin a healthy glow and keep it hydrated. I have a hard time with topical hydration and I’m sure this will be an ever evolving journey. I look forward to trying new thing and revisiting old favorites.

fun note! I am not using any filters in the selfie – just good old glow oil and great lighting haha! My picture will not be as polished as the paid bloggers because.. well…I’m not. I’m not being asked to tell y’all about this and I probably never will. I’m just here to tell you my experiences and hope y’all can relate πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think!

ColourPop .2

ColourPop .2

Hey!

SO I finally got around to trying out the Brown Sugar palette and the After Shock lippie.

LURV THEM!

The lippie is super soft and has a really light texture while delivering vibrant color. It is also fairly long lasting. After Shock is a mauvy pink only bright. I think mauvy is the word…. Anyways I cannot wait to try other colors! This color is great and works with my day to day look and a night time look.

As for the eyeshadow – I think the formula is smooth and well pigmented. I use the Fenty Pro Filt’r eye primer and let me just say… that shit STICKS. I have to dab and smooth it out with my fingers, let it dry, and then blend fast. My Urban Decay Naked Basics was really hard to blend out with this primer for some reason, but the colourpop one blends so nicely. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER BITCH haha

Brown Sugar has replaced my Naked Basics old and very used self.

I put the primer, eyeshadow, and my crazy $4 elf fake lashes, to the test.

I was playing with the palette and testing my skills with applying lashes when my friend called and invited me out. The following picture is me with only my eyes done so don’t judge me haha

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OHKAYYY you can judge me a little πŸ˜› I think it looks pretty decent haha

The lashes are SO DRAMA. I love / hate them. Everyone had a pretty good laugh over them, but I also received positive feedback. I will attempt more…I did manage to lose this pair though. I glued them on with the Sonia Kashuk eyelash glue from Target and it held well. I peeled them off around 7:30 this morning. I do not know where I left them… someone might run into a spider looking creature soon… For $4 I recommend getting them and having some fun! They do look cheap, but the price is right for learning or costume wear.

I fell down on the job and did not get a pic with full makeup on, but thats ok because the main focus is the eyes. I went on about my business and woke up this morning with full eye makeup. Fenty makes a dang good primer y’all.

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It’s a little faded, but it can pass as light day makeup haha

I nabbed a $3 elf mascara at the grocery this morning on the way homeΒ  – Mineral Infused Black Mascara. I put it on in place of the falsies. I think I like the other elf mascara better, but this is pretty dang good for such a price. Of course that is the lovely After Shock lipstick finishing off my next day makeup look.

Overall I’m really impressed with all of these products. The only expensive one is the Fenty, but its a decent amount and a little goes a long way. I highly recommend y’all give these a try! Or try different colors and palettes and let me know what you think!

 

The skincare line I’m trying with ColourPop is working out pretty well still and I think I would purchase a few of them in their normal sizes.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love hearing your thoughts πŸ™‚ this is a really fun project for me and I hope you get some joy out of it too.