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.

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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!

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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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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 🙂

 

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 😛 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 home  – 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 🙂 this is a really fun project for me and I hope you get some joy out of it too.

 

ColourPop .1

ColourPop .1

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So, I have heard of the makeup line ColourPop, they are owned by SEED Beauty which also owns Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty. ColourPop is LA Based, carried in Ulta, and affordable. I have heard some people RAVE about them, but I never felt the compelled to actually try them out.

Until now….

I’m on the search to break my Sephora habit and broaden my knowledge. This has lead me to get out of my comfort box haha

I hopped onto Colourpop.com about a week ago and started poking around. First of all: I was floored by the prices. Second: The range of products. I actually thought they only made eyeshadow! What rock have I been living under!? You can do a full face with them!

Then I stumbled upon their sister site Fourth Ray. This is a “clean” line of skincare. Perfect because I just ran out of my Caudalie foaming cleanser (p.s. I am sad to see they lost their cruelty free stamp)

ColourPop is cruelty free!

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I snapped up the travel kit that includes: Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic, AM to the PM Gel Cleanser, BFD Cleansing Oil, & The Lightweight Hydrator. Plus a cute bag! Total – $20.00

They all smell pleasant and so far seem really gentle on my skin. I haven’t used the oil to clean makeup off yet, but I do not see why it would not work.

The gel is effective, but so far unremarkable. That is A-ok with me 🙂 I don’t need anything fancy to cleanse my face.

The tonic smells like tea tree oil which explains the “clarifying” claims. Now I use Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner normally, but I do like this one because I feel like it might actually help me control my oil and blemishes a little better. Too soon to know for sure though.

I’ll keep y’all updated on the cleansing oil – But I liked it when I tried it. It is not super messy and I thought it felt nice on my skin.

The hydrator is odd. BUT I like it. It is very light and not a cream. Its a milky liquid that gushes out of the tube so be careful haha There is no grease or oil either. It coated my skin nicely, but I feel almost a tacky feeling after. I have not felt my skin rage and produce a wave of oil after applying it either. My skin needs hydration, but rebels against it most of the time.

SOOOO I have to say I will probably give some of these full size products a go!

The other things I grabbed: Lippie Stix in After Shock $5.50 

An eye palette – Karrueche X ColourPop in Brown Sugar $12.00 

Will update on the makeup products later 🙂

(sneak peek – the lippie feeeeelllllsssss  ssssooooo sssoooofffttt)

 

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That pink box is my new Function of Beauty – trying a new formula AND the limited Black shampoo color. It came way early so it’ll be a while before I can update on the change in formula.

Impulse Buys

Impulse Buys

So after a job interview I decided to wander around Target last night. Of course I found myself on the make-up aisle and made a couple of impulse purchases haha.

  1. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Snow (fair with pink undertones) $6
  2. e.l.f Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in Fair/ Light $6
  3. e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose $3
  4. Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl $12

I’m pretty satisfied with my picks. The e.l.f. products are things on my “to-try” list, but the Physicians Formula was a complete “as I walked past” grab. It was so shiny and pretty that I just had to! Also it was the last one and this Target needed to get on with re-stocking ASAP.

 

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The foundation smells really good! I was so surprised, but I had heard Jeffree Star gush about the smell in this video    –  https://youtu.be/2reryH40uqM

I found it to go one easily and it does have this odd almost cooling feel as it goes on. The coverage is by no means full and it is pretty light weight. I put the powder over the liquid foundation and it helped add a little more umph. It also helped even out the tone because the color I picked is probably too light. I’m still on the fence with the shade – The Fenty I’ve been using seems a touch too dark now and I’ve always struggled with finding a match I felt confident with. I do not know how the foundation holds up all day yet, but I have a feeling it will do well enough. I’ll update on that later. This is not supposed to contain oil which I’m hoping will help me because I have oily skin.

I trust Jeffree’s review so def give it a look. I’ll go out on a limb and recommend this foundation. The shade choices aren’t bad and they even have the tone descriptions on the bottles, the smell is great, the texture is smooth and cool, and the price is great!

 

The finishing powder is pretty handy! It comes in a pretty silver compact complete with mirror and little sponge. I applied this with a brush, but the sponge is good for touch ups. I wore this powder in combo with the other powder I purchased all day it had a nice soft effect on my skin. It also soaks up my oils when I touch up during the day.

This can be worn alone or over the top of foundation as a finisher.

The smell is not unpleasant, but it is also not as mind blowing as the liquid. I totally reccomend it!

 

Ok, now the lipstick was odd. The texture is fine and smells like plastic. THE COLOR. OH MY GOD THE COLOR HAHAHAHAAHAH Ok I’m sorry..Its not that bad, but it is not great either. I was under the impression that “Tea Rose” was a mauvish color. It is really more of a purple mauve combo.

I laughed because the first time I put it on was in the poor lighting of a hotel room without a stitch of makeup to add color to my pale complexion. It was a bold, bold purply dead looking lip. I looked dead. It absolutely is not flattering alone and it still is almost ghostly when paired with full face. I can probably wear it if I’m intentional and it seems like they were trying for a 90’s throwback shade. I personally can see it being used as zombie makeup, but I’m being dramatic.

 

And the fun one! SHINY YAY! The Mineral Glow Pearls starts out with this pretty silvery shine and comes in a little plastic compact with a mirror and terrible brush. The smell is minimal and your run of the mill makeup smell. The top coating of the compact came off really shiny and silvery, but beneath is a nude color that gives a nice glow when applied. I wore this over my plain powder and it made my face a little shiny. Later I put on everything and this just gave my face a lovely glow and subtle highlight. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who needs a healthy glow boost alone or with makeup. My fair skin needs all the evening out and glowing help I can get right now because I’ve been off my normal diet and my skin is suffering for it.

 

 

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The Mineral Pearls gave my face some glow and the pic is in poor lighting, but you can still see the little bit on my nose! haha

All in all I’m really happy with the purchases and the best part is – they didn’t break the bank.

Any tips or opinions welcome!!

 

 

Cruelty Freeeeee

Cruelty Freeeeee

Hey y’all! I stumbled upon this article from BH Cosmetics last night and I thought I would share it.

Cruelty Free is a growing trend in makeup and a lot of brands just haven’t caught up which is a real shame. I personally stopped using MAC years ago because they are not cruelty free and I never LOVED their products to begin with. If they step out of the stone-age I might give them another try.

The article lists some companies like MAC that have not stepped up yet and it also lists the companies that have like e.l.f. Cosmetics.

I know it seems trendy to be on the vegan and cruelty free train, but truth be told I think this is only the tip of the iceberg on questioning our products and the ethics of companies.

Here’s the deal: I personally think that if we have to test on people then we start to look at better ingredients ( NOT TO MENTION NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE GUYSSSSSS!!!!)  Maybe more people will start to question the quality and what are they putting on their skin; the largest organ of the body that absorbs everything. Hey I know most of you already get this so I wont preach a whole lot. I still have a lot to learn about it anyways.

I also hope that on this path they will continue to move towards sustainability and environmentally friendly packaging.

Anyways I hope you enjoy the article! https://www.bhcosmetics.com/blogs/bh-blog/cruelty-free-makeup-the-next-major-beauty-trend?fbclid=IwAR2XC1SAq-Z4qwZeMpNsC1uxln1UhFFrMEaCmFNUdh1JpBDD5KbVKPE4YBo