Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water / Review

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water / Review

I’ve been eyeing the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water for a verrrry long time now. I’ve been so attached to my Laneige Makeup Remover for so long now that I haven’t really ventured into different micellar waters…the only other one I’ve used before was the Simple Micellar water from last year. I really enjoyed that one but did have some issues with waterproof mascara and for some reason it left a slight residue on my face that I was not digging. Still loved it by no means, just wasn’t crazy about it.

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Price

There is a slight price difference-I got the Garnier water from Target for around $6.99 for 13.5 fl. oz. and the Simple one for $8.99 at 13.5 fl. oz. as well. The only reason why I’m comparing the two is so you can see that the Garnier one is cheaper. Plus, the one that I purchased removes waterproof makeup as well. The Simple brand is known for being extremely good for sensitive skins as a lot of their products are advertised as “skin-loving” with no harsh chemicals and there are some multi-vitamins infused so that’s probably why the price is a little higher. I didn’t see much information about the Garnier one except that it’s a powerful, yet gentle cleanser that gets the job done.

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Is it any good?

Ayyy I really love the Garnier one. It is definitely something that I will be repurchasing a few more times. The most important thing that I noticed about the Garnier water was how my skin felt after using it. It leaves absolutely no residue on the skin and it really feels like you just washed it. It doesn’t dry out my skin and easily removes waterproof makeup. No tugging or rubbing involved. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I am still amazed at how clean my skin feels after each use. I use around 2 or 3 soaked cotton rounds for my entire face and eyes and then go in with my Cetaphil cleanser to make sure my face has zero makeup. I even use this cleansing water on non-makeup days as well-just to wipe away any dirt or oil in my pores before going in with moisturizer. Again, I just love how refreshed my skin feels!

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As you can tell, I pretty much am sold with this product. There’s nothing much more to say…haha. If you love the Simple Micellar Water, I would give the Garnier one a shot. You will be saving a few bucks and you might just like it even more like how I did. Tell me what ya think!

 

paige x

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current fav lippies

current fav lippies

I have a few current favorite lipsticks that I have been obsessed with-some for months and some that were more recent finds. I wanted to share these amazing products with my lovely readers. Maybe we share some favorites? Or maybe you’ll find something new!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick / Lolita

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I’ve had this baby for a good few months and it might be my all time favorite formula/shade STILL. The formula is really what stands out-pigmented, glides smoothly on the lips, comfortable, not drying, and lasts for hours. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry the lips and this one is so easy on the lips. The shade is described as a “chestnut rose” on the Kat Von D website-it’s a gorgeous color. This lipstick retails for $20 and is 0.22 fl. Oz. A pricey lipstick but worth every dolla!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick / Rum Raisin

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An oldie but a goodie! Love this comfortable, creamy lipstick so much-it might be the longest favorite lippie that I own. The shade is a gorgeous reddish-brown. It’s a unique color and lovely on the lips. The soft formula glides on like butter on the lips and is moisturizing as well.  This is not as long lasting so it does need reapplication a few times throughout day-it has never bothered me though. I bought mine from Walmart for around $8 and it is .15 fl. Oz.

Colourpop’s Blotted Lips / On a Stick

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Oooh this a new one and I did a more detailed review on the ColourPop’s Blotted Lips line. I have been going for this bright coral lippie almost every time I put on makeup. It complements a natural, glowy look so well. I usually don’t do bright shades on my lips but the great thing about this blotted lip range is how much control you have over pigmentation. You can make it as bright as you want or as subtle like a tint. It’s very weightless on the lips and lasts all day for me! This is 5 bucks a pop and is 0.035 oz.

Colourpop’s Lippie Stix / Lumiere Matte

Another Colourpop fav-I got this when it first came out and I believe this is my 3rd one…This is a mauve pink shade that looks good for any occasion. It’s so simple to apply and leaves a non-drying matte finish.  All of Colourpop’s Lippie Stix have amazing formulas and shades but this is one of the few that I have repurchased multiple times. I get this for $5 and has 0.035 oz. of product.

Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner / Perfect Spice

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My favorite lip liner shade of all time! It’s a neutral nude that looks great all over the lips and on its own. I actually use this on its own most of the time. It is a bit drying but some chapstick underneath or a gloss over will solve that! It also plumps up my lips a little and gives the illusion of fuller lips. These lip liners glide effortlessly and are rich in color-they have a berry shade that I really want as well. I bought mine at Sephora for around $15 and comes with 0.10 fl. Oz.

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As you can tell, I love me some nudes and berry-toned lippies. What are your current favorite lipsticks?

paige xx

may favs / 2017

may favs / 2017

another Month has whizzed by and I actually have some favorites this month! I don’t buy new products very often because I use the crap out of things that I find and love. So ya know that when I do a monthly favorites, I REALLY love them.

Aveeno SPF 30 Day Moisturizer

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I stopped using an SPF day moisturizer for some reason-I think it’s because I ran out of my previous one and totally forgot to repurchase one. But this month, I was super into slathering SPF on my face every day-especially after getting charbroiled  from Coachella. I like the SPF 30 and I also like how it’s not too sticky. It does take some time to dry on the skin but it doesn’t bother me. I have been using this every single morning and have been really loving it.

Real Techniques Dense Blending Brush

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An oldie but a goodie! I stopped using my Real Techniques blending sponge because I found out how nicely this brush blends in my concealer! For some reason the sponge was just absorbing too much product (maybe I just need a new one lol) and this brush doesn’t pick up as much. I’ve tried using this brush with multiple concealers including the Urban Decay Skin concealer, the Tarte Shape Tape, and drugstore ones like the Rimmel Perfection concealer. They all give me such a concentrated beautiful finish when I use this brush. The coverage difference is very noticeable and leaves my skin looking flawless!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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I actually had this for a few months but started using this more frequently this month. I ditched my usual eyeliner look and started doing mascara-only days. The tiny bristles on this mascara is perfect to really get into those baby bottom lashes. I also really enjoy the formula-definitely lengthens my stubby lashes. I even pop this on my upper lashes as well because of how precise the bristle is!

“Note to Self” Single Shadow from ColourPop

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Like I mentioned above, I have been going eyeliner-less lately and really only using one single shadow all over the lid and this baby is da one. It is a perfect transition or blending shade but I love it on it’s own. It gives a very neutral, soft, depth to the eyes and really compliments my monolids. The formula is amazing- I did a more comprehensive review on Colourpop’s single pressed eyeshadows if ya feel like taking a peek.

 Micron Pens for Bullet Journaling

Woo wee I found some amazing pens. The Micron Pens are a match made in heaven for people who love to doodle, journal, write, sketch, etc…These pens come in different sizes, dry fast, use archival ink, are smooth as butter, and are super reliable for those who are picky with their pens (aka me). I purchased mine from Michael’s for a decent price and have been using them religiously with my bullet journal. I don’t think I can ever go back to using generic pens…

Dainty Chokers / Necklaces

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I rarely wear jewelry but after purchasing some neckwear for Coachella, I decided to utilize them in my day-to-day life. I love the thin, effortless look of dainty necklaces-they can really pull together an outfit that didn’t look so pulled together before. My sister got me the gold one with the solid rectangle (Urban Outfitters) and it is my most worn one. I like the length and simplicity. The others are chokers that I like to wear alone or layered. They are all so easy to wear and can be mix and matched-they also go with literally every outfit.

Silicone Face Cleanser

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Found this little cutie at Daiso for around $2 and I have been using it almost daily to wash the oil and grime off my face during the evening. I love this because it is made of silicone so bacteria cannot grow or linger on it-it is also super gentle on the skin so it gives a light exfoliation yet a deeper cleanse than what you would get using your hands. This particular one has a hole for your finger to slide in and maneuver along the face easily. Highly recommend!

I hope you enjoyed this monthly post. If anyone is trying anything amazing this month, please share below!

paige xx

Etude House: Brow Tint Review

Etude House: Brow Tint Review

I have no eyebrows. So I either have full drawn-in brows or none at all and it is time-consuming and just annoying to have to draw them in every single morning. Monday-Friday I am brow-less but it would be nice  to have a little bit of filling so there is some shape to them. I was seeing this brow tint from Etude House floating in the beauty world and decided to purchase it on Amazon and try it out!IMG_3180_Fotor.jpg

What exactly does it do?

It is a brow. tint. Haha. So it essentially tints the bare areas on on your eyebrow so it gives the illusion of being fuller without having to actually pencil them in. It reminds me of henna, but for the brows.

Does it work?

Yes! It actually does. It also depends on how long you leave the tint on your eyebrows. The packaging suggests for it to be on the brows for at least 2 hours but I sleep with mine over night. It ALSO depends on what you use to cleanse your face with. They suggest not using any cleansers or anything abrasive on the brows for the first 24 hours so the tint can really sink in I guess. On my first try, I accidentally used an oil-based makeup remover all over my face and over my brows and that took off 80% of it.

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Price/Consistency

 I purchased mine on Amazon for around $7 for 0.5 fl oz. It is not a lot of product but I consider it a decent price for something that you only use once or twice a week. One of the most talked about aspect about this product is the consistency. It is a very thick, viscous liquid that you spread onto your brows. It takes a minute to understand how to work with it but it’s extremely manageable, especially because if you make a mistake, you can simply wipe off with a tissue or Q-tip. No biggie.

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How long does it last?

Again, it depends. If you are constantly rubbing your eyebrows and using makeup remover or a strong facial cleanser on them, it’s going to wear off faster. I’ve heard the average person usually can keep the stain for about a week. I plan on doing mine every Sunday evening so I have fresh ones for work. The first few days are great-I barely fill them in and if I do, it takes half the time I usually spend. As it fades, I fill them in more but it still does not take nearly as much time to draw them in from scratch.

Can it pull your hairs off?

For me, no. Unfortunately, I did read some reviews about people hairs coming off when removing the tint. I found this really odd because after sleeping with the tint overnight, mine peeled off very gently from my skin. The directions on the packaging specifically say to peel GENTLY from the inner brow to the outer brow. You do not just rip it off like a band-aid.

What shade should I get?

They have a variety of shades on the Etude House website but I purchased #3 Grey Brown- I believe this is the darkest tint they have. Don’t be surprised if the color of the tint is almost black. You’re eyebrows WILL NOT be that dark. Remember, it is only a tint so it is just staining you’re brows.

Is it worth it? Will I keep using it?

Yes and Yes! This is a product that people should at least try if they suffer from naked/sparse brows. It really is a time-saver and it’s also kind of fun to put on. For just $7 a pop, it’s something worth trying!

If you have tried any other brow tints, please let me know! I would love to test out other brands that carry brow tints.

xx, paige

Blotted Lips | Colourpop Cosmetics First Impressions

Blotted Lips | Colourpop Cosmetics First Impressions

oooh I bought some of Colourpop’s new Blotted Lips and I was so excited when I got them in the mail the other day! Don’t get me wrong, I love their lippies and ultra satin’s but these new Blotted Lip products looked extremely wearable, comfortable, and long-lasting. I also appreciated how these reminded me of Korean lip products where they focus more on a “just-bitten”, gradient-like effect on the lips.

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packaging

So cute! They are smaller than the usual Lippie Stix and the liquid lips, but I actually like how cute and compact it is. The only con is that they are a tad difficult to completely close-the cap never seems to click as easily as their lippie stix. It is not something that bothers me but thought it was worth mentioning.

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formula

As you can see, these are not your typical lippies. They are a lot less creamy to give you that stained look on your lips. Applying is not the easiest because of this creamy consistency-this new line seems to be made to give the lips a tinted, stained look. The swatches above were 2 layers. I do like how you don’t have to be perfect with outlining your lip shape since this isn’t a liquid or lipstick formula. It’s best to apply like a chapstick all over the lips or to dab the product on. I found myself focusing only on the inner areas of the lips to create a gradient effect.

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wear

 For me, it holds up quite nicely. It is super comfortable because it’s not liquid or creamy, it really just feels like you have nothing on your lips. Does anyone else hate how dry and uncomfortable some lipsticks can get? I wore mine for a good 5-6 hours and decided to reapply after eating and drinking.

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For five bucks a pop, I think these are a bargain for people who want to add a quick tint to your lips. They are build able, easy-to-use, compact, and does exactly what they are made to do. Definitely worth a try!

paige x

March 2017 Favs

March 2017 Favs

I actually have some favorites this month! When I find something I truly like, I tend to use it over and over again-which is why it’s difficult for me to compile favorites every month. No make up items this month, but I’ve got neat stuff to share!

1. Soap & Glory Deep Moisture Body Milk

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Target recently started carrying Soap & Glory products and boy was I excited! I’ve always wanted to try their body scrubs, lotions, and washes and this brand does not disappoint. My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with this body lotion. I literally drench and lather my body in this after I shower and it not only smells delicious, but also leaves your skin smooth. Will definitely be trying there other lotions and scrubs!

2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

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This is my first time ever using a Cetaphil product and I absolutely love this face wash. I’m also  obsessed with the smell haha. It’s fresh, clean, and just a satisfying scent. It’s a straightforward cleanser that does the job and doesn’t break me out-I see myself using this product for a long time.

3. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

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Sean actually bought this for himself and I was intrigued because of the charcoal ingredient. Gave it a try and haven’t stopped using it since! This is probably our third bottle but you can really feel the cleanliness after each cleanse. It also smells so good! Can you tell I love product scents? Haha. You also get a slight tingly feeling after and it’s refreshing.

4. Target Peony Petals Soy Candle

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Candles from Target are the best! This one called Peony Petals is my new current obsession and I’ve been burning this one every single night after work. It has a light, floral, and sweet scent that is not overpowering and leaves the room smelling so pleasant.

5. Target Lush Amazon Soy Candle (yes, another candle)

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Yes, ANOTHER Target candle for this month’s favorite because I have been burning this one just as often as the Peony Petals. I recently got back into burning candles. This one is definitely a lot stronger in scent and more floral. I didn’t like this when I sniffed the wax but fell in love when I started burning it.

6. Trader Joe’s Flowers

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I used to buy flowers almost weekly but I stopped once I started realizing how much money I was spending. Luckily, Trader Joe’s has been coming out with some beautiful, petite bouquets for great prices-which means fresh flowers every week for me!

7. Korean Drama: Goblin, The Lonely and Great God

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WOW. If you like Korean Dramas and you want something new, addicting, and amazing-please watch this. And give yourself a good week because you will binge-watch this show. Even if you have never watched a Korean Drama, start with this one. It’s a romantic comedy with a great mythical storyline-a lot of drama, some action, and so addicting. Watch it!

Hope you enjoyed my little roundup for this month!

xx/ paige

A Lil’ Colourpop Haul | Pressed Shadows

A Lil’ Colourpop Haul | Pressed Shadows

Colourpop released individual pressed shadows recently and I purchased a few that looked amazing and were available. Each were $5 which is a great price for the quality of them. I also bought a super shock shadow and stocked up on my favorite brow pencil.

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t o p  n o t c h | matte

A matte terracotta brown shade. I don’t think I have a shade like this in my collection and I absolutely love it! It’s smooth, easy to blend, and very little fall out. A quality eyeshadow for an awesome price indeed.

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c o m e  and  g e t  it | metallic

A rose gold metallic shade. Another shade that I do not own but am so glad I got. It’s not super pigmented which I like so it is beautiful all over the lids or to use in the inner corner of the eyes to brighten.

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n o t e  to  s e l f | matte

A matte warm caramel shade. Definitely can be used as a transition color, on it’s own, or to give some depth to the eyes. Such an easy one to work with-it does have the most fallout as the other two but definitely not a problem.

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k a t h l e e n l i g h t s | super shock

My favorite shadow from the bunch. This is a VERY pigmented, buttery, glitter-intense golden copper shade. I would definitely be wearing this on the lids or the inner corners of my eyes to have them pop!

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(apologies for the horrible swatch pic. Top notch got smeared and I didn’t realize until after I took the picture haha)

b a n g i n brunette | brown pencil

Still my favorite brow pencil-it is soft, pigmented,  and stays on brows all day long. They are only $5 each so I always buy 2 or 3 whenever I purchase from Colourpop. I like these brow pencils more than the coveted (and way more pricey) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

I think this is my 4th post about Colourpop on my blog. Can you tell I love the brand? lol.

xx/ paige