2.23.2017

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE | MAKEUP FOR BEGINNERS


Today I'm sharing with you a quick  trick to help you DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE.  Knowing your skin type is the first step to selecting the best skincare and makeup products for you.  That's why I think every makeup beginner should know what skin type they have.  But, whether you are a beginner or not, if you want to learn how you can easily DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE you've come to the right place!

2.21.2017

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON MAKEUP ( 20 EASY MONEY SAVING TIPS! )

You don't need to break the bank to look fabulous!  

Today's video is all about How to Save Money on Makeup.  
Trust me, it's a lot easier than you think!
Whether you're struggling right now, aiming at looking fabulous on a budget or simply refuse to spend a lot of money on makeup, here are 20 very easy tips that will get you a lot more for your hard earned buck!

2.20.2017

RIDE OR DIE TAG + MAKEUP LOOK

From foundation, blush, mascara to lip products, if you could only take ONE from each category to a desert island, which would you choose?

Today's video is the RIDE OR DIE TAG that I believe was originally created by Jacklyn Hill (scroll down for link).  It's basically picking your favourite makeup products ( or ride or dies ) for each category. 

I tag you all to make this video, or share your ride or dies with me in the comments below. 

2.17.2017

HOW TO CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES AND BEAUTY BLENDERS | MAKEUP FOR BEGINNERS


Today I'm sharing with you HOW I CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES AND BEAUTY BLENDERS without ruining them.  This was a topic of concern when I first started out with makeup, so even though it is suitable for all eyeballs I created this video with makeup beginners in mind.  

2.15.2017

MAYBELLINE FIT ME FOUNDATION FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW + VALENTINES DAY VLOG


Today I'm sharing with you my First Impressions on the MAYBELLINE FIT ME FOUNDATION. 
 In particular de DEWY + SMOOTH one.  
I realize it has been around for a long time, but this is still new to me. 
As always, I'm documenting on video the very first time testing out the FIT ME foundation and sharing with you my initial reactions as I go about a typical day in my life.
As a bonus I filmed this on Valentines Day, so you get to follow me around and join us during our celebration to show you how well (or bad) this drugstore foundation works.  Will I like it better than my beloved Revlon Age Defying Foundation???  
Patience, my friend... you will find out soon.

2.14.2017

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DISPARITIES IN BREAST CANCER SCREENING? *


According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 231,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed amongst women in the Unites States during 2015. 

The best way to beat this disease is with early detection,
and mammography screenings are a critical tool in detecting breast cancer at an early stage.

It’s no surprise that some women are less likely than others to get mammography screening.

There are specific reasons for disparities in breast cancer screenings in the U.S., which may explain some of the disparities in mammography screening rates among certain populations of women, such as women from different racial and ethnic groups.

2.13.2017

HOW TO MAKE LASHES LOOK DRAMATICALLY LONGER AND THICKER WITH MASCARA

Happy Monday!
I hope whatever you're planning to do this week, makes you truly happy.

I know it's the era of falsies.  But really, who can wear false lashes every single day?  
Today I'm sharing with you HOW I MAKE MY LASHES LOOK DRAMATICALLY LONGER AND THICKER WITH MASCARA.  
This video is definitely NOT for the falsies lovers, but for those who are looking for RESULTS with MASCARA.  

2.09.2017

3 LOOKS, 1 PALETTE : ANASTASIA MODERN RENAISSANCE MAKEUP TUTORIAL

Hello my InsideOut Beauties!

Today I'm sharing with you another video of my 3 Looks 1 Palette series featuring the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.  A 14 shade eyeshadow collection of neutrals and berries, and - most importantly - the very first and only permanent Anastasia Beverly Hills palette.  If you own it, here are 3 different looks to get inspired!  If you're on the fence about it, maybe still figuring out whether to buy it or not, this video will help you understand what you could achieve with it.  And if you're just here for the love of makeup, enjoy these 3 tutorials and replicate these looks with whatever similar palette you already own.

2.07.2017

KRISTALS COSMETICS DIAMONDS ANTI GRAVITY SKINCARE LINE REVIEW


This has been quite a crazy Tuesday!
Still catching up with all my editing and filming for this week, after loosing footage for 2 of my new videos.  I won't hide the pain.  I am very sad, because I spent so much time working on those.  :(  
These things happen.  And I'm hoping to get reorganized soon.
But, no worries.    New videos every day, as promised!

And today's video is about my thoughts on the KRISTALS COSMETICS DIAMONDS ANTI GRAVITY SKINCARE LINE.  Specifically the KRISTALS COSMETICS DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Gentle Foaming Milk and the KRISTALS COSMETICS DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Firming Serum. 

Personally, I was very intrigued about using a serum with diamonds in it.  I couldn't resist the temptation of trying these products out.  

2.06.2017

SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMERS: ICONIC VS HYDRATING | COMPARISON REVIEW


Happy Monday!  
Hope you had some time to relax this weekend.
I am very sorry this video went up a little later than usual today, but I had some technical difficulties. 
 [ It's a one woman show here :) ]
I am sure you will understand! 

 Anyways, today I'm sharing with you a comparison review on the Smashbox Photo Finish Primers.  I've purchased the Original and Iconic Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and I've also tried out the Hydrating Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. 
 I will tell you all about my experience using these two foundation primers. 
Pros and cons of each one.  Which one performed best?  Which one works better on different skin types?  Any differences in texture and results?  
All those questions will be answered in today's video.

2.03.2017

BEST LIP PLUMPERS

Alright, I'll confess:
 I've always wanted to have a sexy pout.
( I'm not self conscious or insecure about my lips, I just wish they were a bit fuller).
  Fact:  I do have very thin lips and as the years go by - let's face it - they're not getting any fuller.
Quite the opposite.

But, I have some good news for those of you out there looking for the best lip plumpers!
   I've made it my mission to try several different lip plumpers throughout the years.  Today I'm sharing with you my top 3 and absolute favorite ones. Literally, the most effective plumpers I've ran into after a very long search and feeling stuck in a purchase-disappointment cycle.  

So if you're curious to learn which lip plumpers are the best ones - in my opinion - how I use them, and pros and cons for each one... then this is the video for you :)   

(I promise you, these actually did something for my lips).   

2.02.2017

MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW

Hello my InsideOut Beauties!

Another day, another video.
This ultra hd foundation has gotten a lot of attention here on the Youtube Beauty Community. It was created by Makeup Forever - a french makeup brand - for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and tv industries.    
This medium coverage foundation promises an "invisible formula on 4K camera and to the naked eye" and to leave your skin looking "flawless and moisturized".

With so many promises, I just couldn't resist 
the urge to test it out and see for myself if these are true or not.  

2.01.2017

3 LOOKS 1 PALETTE | TOO FACED STARDUST PALETTE BY VEGAS NAY


We love collecting makeup...
.... but do we actually use everything that's cluttered up in our makeup collection? 

I guess we sometimes need some inspiration to go back to palettes we once purchased.
 Or  - often times - we really need to see a palette's full potential before making up our minds about purchasing it or not. 

That's why I thought I'd start a new series: 3 LOOKS 1 PALETTE.

Every week, I will feature a new palette and show you 3 different looks that can be achieved with it.
Today I'm sharing with you 3 looks using the TOO FACED STARDUST PALETTE BY VEGAS NAY.   Even if you don't have this palette, feel free to use these videos as quick makeup tutorials or just inspiration.

1.31.2017

NARS LIP PENCILS & LARGER THAN LIFE LONG WEAR EYELINER | FIRST IMPRESSIONS


Today I'm sharing with you my first impressions on 3 NARS products: 2 NARS LIP PENCILS & the NARS LARGER THAN LIFE LONG WEAR EYELINER in Via Veneto.
If you're curious about their finish, how long wearing, waterproof, pigmented, hydrating and precise these NARS LIP PENCILS are, then be sure to watch today's video all the way through the end.  We're seriously putting these NARS LIP PENCILS to the test!

1.30.2017

TOP 6 SPF PRODUCTS FOR REDNESS, ROSACEA AND SENSITIVE SKIN


Come on!  Mondays are not THAT bad!
They're a new opportunity to bring you a step closer to all those amazing things that will happen to you this week :)  Let me cheer you up with some beauty chit chat, that will get your week started on the right foot. 

Today I'm sharing with you my TOP 6 SPF PRODUCTS FOR REDNESS, ROSACEA AND SENSITIVE SKIN.  If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, or redness finding the right spf product or sunscreen that will not irritate your skin further can be truly challenging.  

1.27.2017

$30 LIPSTICK ??! MARC JACOBS LE MARC LIP CRÉME IN SO ROUGE | FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Happy Friday my InsideOut Beauties!
Today I bring you another first impressions video.  This time, it's all going to be about Lipstick.
But not ANY type of lipstick, this is a high end luxury $30 USD lipstick from the Marc Jacobs brand.
With all the lipsticks available at the drugstore... it makes you wonder:

What could possibly be inside a lipstick formulation that would justify that high of a price tag?

1.26.2017

SKINCARE | JOSIE MARAN 100% PURE ARGAN OIL REVIEW



No way!  Thursday is already here???!  
This week is going faster than usual for me! Before you know it, we'll all be enjoying the weekend.

In today's video, I'm sharing with you my personal experience with JOSIE MARAN 100% PURE ARGAN OIL.  A lot has been said over the years about Argan oil:  
Is it a passing trend or is it worth the hype?  
Can it be used as a hair heat protector?  
Does it help reduce frizz?  
Does it vanish stretch marks and acne scars?  
Is it good for your nails & cuticles?

1.25.2017

HAIR | BEST DRY SHAMPOO ALLURE WINNER: KLORANE REVIEW


This Wednesday I'm sharing with you my personal thoughts on Allure's 2016 Best Dry Shampoo Winner: Klorane.    
Is it really THE BEST or is it HYPED UP?

1.24.2017

MAKEUP | THE FALSIES PUSH UP DRAMA MASCARA BY MAYBELLINE REVIEW

Another day, another video.

Ever wondered if Maybelline's The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara could really leave your lashes looking like Gigi Hadid's ?

When in doubt, try it out!
And I did for a few months... but for a very strange reason - that I'll be sharing with you in today's video - I couldn't really make up my mind about it.  Only recently, I learned that there was an alternative waterproof formula of this same mascara, and I will also be trying it out on camera for the very first time while I share with you my first impressions and compare it to the classic version.

1.23.2017

SKINCARE | FRESH SUGAR LIP SERUM ADVANCED THERAPY REVIEW


Happy Monday!
Can the passing of time in your lips be rewinded?
Based on personal experience, taking good care of your lips, and including, lip balms, lip scrubs, lip serums and lip masks in your daily skincare routine can make a huge difference.

Today I bring you a review on a lip product: the FRESH SUGAR LIP SERUM ADVANCED THERAPY.  An anti-aging skincare lip treatment for your lips and lip contour area that I've been using for the past 2 or 3 years.

1.20.2017

KRISTALS COSMETICS EXTRA FIRMING NECK & CHEST PEARL CREAM REVIEW*

Happy Friday !
Welcome back to another first impressions.  
In today's episode I'm trying out, for the very first time, the Kristals Cosmetics Extra Firming Neck & Chest Pearl Cream.

You may remember I reviewed Kristal's Diamond Magnetic Mask. Gemstones, such as Pearl and Diamond, are believed to have beautifying and healing properties.   Kristals Cosmetics is known for their gemstone infused skincare.  This not only makes it stand out from the rest, but its expensive ingredients make it an extremely luxurious skincare brand... pretty unattainable for many of us.

(Keep reading for more pictures and scroll down for video).

1.19.2017

MAKEUP | BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION FIRST IMPRESSIONS ( MUST WATCH BEFORE PURCHASING)



An oil free foundation with undetectable medium to full coverage?
Coconut oil, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid??
I "woke up like this" perfection???
If it sounds too good to be true, and you're still on the fence about this famous Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, you may want to stick around... or better yet, scroll down for my First Impressions video.  

1.18.2017

5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING


Buyers remorse?  You bet!

More often than not us - beauty bloggers - focus on reviewing products that we love.   Guilty as charged, there were times when I was so excited about new beauty products I was trying out, that most of my blog posts and videos seemed to be shoutouts about all these to amazing products. 
I was so grateful and in love of these.  So, you know, love is a powerful force that inspires us to share :)
However, with time, I found negative reviews extremely helpful when I'm about to spend my hard earned money on a new product.  So today, I'm sharing with your my current top 5 product regrets, in the hopes that you don't make the same mistakes that I did.  


1.17.2017

ADORE COSMETICS 24K TECHNO-DERMIS FACIAL MASK REVIEW*



The beauty community seems to be raving about one thing and one thing only lately:  gold infused skincare.
Beauty gurus and youtubers, such as jefreestars, swear by it.
I must confess all the buzz about this luxury gold mask just left me wondering:  is it worth the splurge or would we be better off skipping it?
What happens when you use gold infused skincare?
Well, today we're about to learn more about all of this, as I try this gold mask on myself and in camera for the very first time. 

1.16.2017

GET READY WITH ME: DATE NIGHT



Wow, what a whirlwind the past few months have been! 
After 7 months I finished remodeling (finally), moved into my new home and was out during the holidays!  Although there's still tons to be done as far as home decor, I am beyond grateful and excited about this new stage in my life.

As part of what looks like a very positive new era, I'd like to announce that I'm also going to be posting / uploading new videos MON-FRI 9AM PT.... starting today!  It is - for sure - a big challenge for me, but I think I finally got myself organized to be able to push myself and get it done.    Every morning I feel the luckiest woman to wake up to do what I love most: content creation.  And I've reached a point where I am ready and confident that I can take it to the next level.

So, without further ado, scroll down and join me in today's video: get ready with me!

12.13.2016

MAKEUP | SMASHBOX LA LIGHTS BLENDABLE CHEEK AND LIP STICKS - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I've had the Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Cheek and Lip Sticks set aside for a while.  When it comes to makeup, you guys know that - when possible - I love to try it out in camera, so that you get to experience the thrill of the unknown outcome of my purchase with me.  
(...And hopefully not make the same mistakes I do).

So today, I finally did it!  



12.07.2016

MAKEUP | IT COSMETICS LIVE BEAUTY FULLY BRUSHES FIRST IMPRESSIONS



You only get one chance to make a good first impression... or so they say.  And although sometimes first impressions can be deceiving, when it comes to makeup, it's the difference between top drawer products and don't-care-if-its-even-reachable ones.  You guys know exactly what I mean.  

Today, I tried out the  IT Cosmetics  Live Beauty Fully brushes for ULTA Collection for the very first time.  I filmed it so that I could share with you my first impressions on the video below.  But, first things first, here is an introduction and pictures of each of the brushes I'll be putting to the test. 

12.02.2016

HAIR | BATTLE OF THE HAIR OILS: DOVE DRY OIL HAIR CARE vs ELVIVE EXTRAORDINARY OIL


The last few months have been quite intense for me, for multiple reasons. 
( I promise I will eventually make a chit chat video for you guys going into all the details).  
But the most exhausting - and yet super exhausting - project my husband and I have been involved in recently is remodeling our new apartment.  

In other words, long hours managing contractors, buying construction supplies and having my hair and skin exposed to tons and tons of dust.  You get the picture.  Quite a bittersweet ordeal indeed for any human being, and a bit of a nightmare for a self-proclaimed beauty blogger ;)
(Don't get me wrong - all jokes aside - I'm beyond grateful that we got this new place).

So, you may be wondering:  how on earth is this connected to beauty? 

9.13.2016

SKINCARE | KRISTALS COSMETICS DIAMOND MAGNETIC MASK REVIEW



Beauty is not about PERFECTION.  It simply can't be, or nobody would be considered beautiful.
But if there's a certain quality all beautiful people share is that they all have this passion to try to make the best of what mother nature has given them.  

A great example would be skincare.  Taking good care of your skin by understanding its type and main challenges will translate into a more radiant even looking skin we all cherish.

In a nutshell... Want to look great?  You better work girl ;)

8.29.2016

SKINCARE | Adore Cosmetics Oxygen Booster Kit Review *


Yup!
There's a skincare line designed to restore oxygen to your skin cells promising a renewed and more glowing complexion.  Who would have thought!   But does it REALLY work THAT well to justify the splurge?!  We're about to find out...

8.27.2016

SKINCARE | $200 SUPER HYALURONIC ACID SKINCARE SYSTEM !?? - SHIAWASEDO REVIEW *


My blog has been attracting quite a few luxury skincare products lately. So I will be making a series of blog posts and videos reviewing different high end skincare brands, as I try them out and come to a conclusion about them. Ahhh... The perks of being a beauty blogger / vlogger really get to their highest point when I get the chance to give these a go!  It's not that high end necessarily equals high quality... But, there's something about an item's price point that's instantly intriguing!  Does it REALLY work THAT well, we always wonder.  

7.01.2016

BEAUTY | Diamonds for your Skincare?! Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Review *

As a beauty blogger, you sometimes have the illusion that you've seen and tried it all... But diamonds on my skincare??!  That sure was new for me and certainly felt too intriguing of a challenge to resist.    So, as you can see, I quickly embraced this once in a lifetime opportunity to try out this luxurious skincare line, containing such a unique ingredient.   

Here's how my little beauty experiment went:  through a 2 week period ALL that touched my face was Kristals Diamond skincare line.  Sounds so fancy, huh?  And to make it as accurate as possible, I went makeup-free during these 2 weeks, so that no other factors could alter my results.

Miracle or Hype?  
Patience ladies and keep on reading :)

3.26.2016

SKINCARE | Adore CellMax Kit Review and Giveaway* [CLOSED]


My main goal this year on my blog is that you guys get to experience ONE of the perks of Beauty Blogging TOO: trying some of the most amazing beauty products out there for FREE!  And that's why at the beginning of this year I announced MONTHLY giveaways , some will be sponsored and some have already come out of the hard earned pennies of Yours Truly, but ALL of the above will be announced on my Youtube Channel and exclusive to all my subscribers... so you CAN'T miss what's coming.

That brings me to today's video!  There's so many reasons you will want to watch it, that I honestly almost don't know where to begin.    If for some reason you've been hidden under a rock and you haven't heard of Adore Organic Innovation, let me give you a quick hint:  Think of skincare... but not ANY type of skincare.  Think high end, luxury, OMG, celebrity-level skincare.   

You've probably already read my review on the Adore CellMax Kit.  And since that post went very popular very fast, I thought I'd make a video to show you some footage on the Adore CellMax Kit in more detail and share an update on my personal experience using this kit.  

AND as a BONUS, I am making a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT:  Thank to this collaboration with Adore Cosmetics you have a chance to WIN an Adore CellMax Kit yourself worth over $2,000 USD!  And there's 4 more prizes!  So keep on reading.

1.20.2016

BEAUTY | WHAT'S IN MY TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG 2016




Go far, travel light.
Easier said than done of course.
But my goal today is to help you out a bit, and show you my current makeup essentials that I find super practical to take with me on a vacation.
Pretty convenient, since I'm currently on a a mini break myself!

1.13.2016

BEAUTY | TANGLE TEEZER REVIEW & DEMO


So I finally gave this famous Tangle Teezer Brush a go!
I purchased it not so long ago, you may have watched my Sephora haul video, not too long ago, where I showed it for the first time.
I must admit I was intrigued, so saving it for a First Impressions video where I try it out for the very first time in front of you guys, was a difficult task!

I'm still shocked by what happened, but see it for yourselves...

12.26.2015

GIVEAWAYS | WIN 5 $20 USD ULTA GIFT CARDS !




2016 hasn't even started yet and I'm already loving it!
I have a feeling this is going to be a great year for all of us.
This is why I've decided to celebrate it with some great news.

Starting January I'm going to be hosting MONTHLY giveaways.
Yes, EVERY single month of 2016, you will get a chance to WIN some goodies for your makeup collection.

ALL you need to do to secure a PERMANENT ENTRY on ALL 12 giveaways throughout 2016 is: 

12.19.2015

BEAUTY| BEST SKINCARE FOR REDNESS, ROSACEA & SENSITIVE SKIN OF 2015



How do I get rid of Redness?

If you are a chronic redness sufferer, chances are you've asked yourself this question multiple times.
And, yes I'm one of you!

I have the most sensitive skin I've ever known and through the process of managing redness, I've tested out EVERYTHING from home remedies to millions of drugstore and high end products in the hopes of finding the right one which would soothe my skin.

In today's video, I review 19 skincare products.  Some have worked better than others.
Some are specific for rosacea, others for allergic skin, and some for redness connected to dryness.  I'm sharing all I've learned this far.
Whatever the reasons behind your redness, I am positive that my personal experience with all these alternatives will help you out in some way. 

12.08.2015

BEAUTY | Christmas Hair & Makeup Look - Featuring Smashbox Full Exposure Palette



Happy  Ho-Ho-Holidays ;)
It is that time of the year... where you just need to believe in the magic of the season.

What will you be wearing?
Here's my Hair and Makeup Look video tutorial for this Christmas, that will hopefully inspire you!

12.04.2015

REVIEW | Benefit Highbeam OR Sunbeam... THAT is the question!


Benefit Cosmetics Highbeam OR Sunbeam - which one wins???
In today's post I'll try to help you answer this.


If you're into the strobbed or dewy look, you're probably out shopping for some awesome highlighters, and Benefit Cosmetics has 2 liquid luminiscent complexion enhancers that I happen to own!   I will compare both these products for you on today's video and help you solve the mystery!

11.26.2015

BEAUTY | HOLIDAY INSPIRED LOOK with Sephora Happy Holiday Glitter Brush Set


Happy Thanksgiving!

There is always something to be grateful for.
Even in the most challenging times, we can say thank you for so many things that we usually take for granted, don't you think?

Personally I'm grateful and humbled by the increasing support I've received on my Blog and Channel.
Over 100 THOUSAND people have given this little place in the internet their support this year...  And you have no idea how much gratitude I have in my heart.  
As a blogger, it's hard to say this, but I am indeed out of words to describe it.

So, a HUGE THANK YOU to you ALL!

That's said, here's more Beauty & Makeup for you all in today's post... that's why you're here in the first place, isn't it?  And I have a very special Holiday Makeup Look Tutorial for you. AND a demo of my current Favorite Brush Set:  the Sephora Happy Holiday Glitter Brush Set... Yes!  2 in 1 :)

Scroll down for pictures and much more !

11.21.2015

BEAUTY | HUGEEE SEPHORA HAUL !



Let me show you my latest splurges on my first Haul!
Today's video is a sneak peak at what's coming on my channel.
Some of these products will be reviews, others first impressions, part of makeup tutorials and finally some will be Regrets!

But today, I'm excited about ALL of them.
And on this HUGE HAUL, I will share with you the reasons behind my purchases.

11.18.2015

REVIEWS | Benefit 10, Hoola & Sugarbomb Review & Tutorial [ PICS & VIDEO ]

Big Hair, don't care.

Let's get one thing out of the way before you mention it.
Yes, I'm wearing clips all over my hair.  And no, I haven't lost it ;P

Here's my excuse:  
I was in the middle of getting ready for a dinner party I had that same night and trying this new tip I heard about that if you let your curls cool down in its own shape they will last longer... so I just HAD to give it a go!  You know I'm all about curls lately :)

Now that that's settled, I feel you're psychologically prepared to watch today's video!
True, REAL life backstage of me getting ready + more...

I will FINALLY be reviewing and demoing, as highly requested by you guys, the Benefit Cosmetics Box-O-Powders.  I own 3 of them:  Benefit Hoola, Benefit 10 and Benefit Sugarbomb.

11.17.2015

REVIEWS | L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara First Impressions and Comparison with Miss Manga






"You'll never get a second chance...
to create a really good first impression"
~Will Rogers


Granted, first impressions can be mistaken, but they are really important.
When it comes to makeup, a bad first impression can put a product on my bottom shelf for years.
Top drawer is for reliable products that I wouldn't hesitate to use on the every day life, when I have very little time to get ready.

That said, this is my first FIRST IMPRESSIONS video.
And I chose a very highly requested product for this: L'Oreal VOLUMINOUS BUTTERFLY Mascara.

I also documented the product performance and comparisson with an oldie but goodie Miss Manga mascara in pictures, for my lovely readers.  So scroll down for more!

11.07.2015

BEAUTY | BOLD FALL WINTER MAKEUP LOOK [ PICS + VIDEO]

Your wishes are my command my friends ;)
I am reading all your requests on my blog posts and video comments.
After my CASUAL FALL LOOK TUTORIAL, you guys kept asking me to go bolder and more dramatic for this fall.  And so I finally this week I filmed today's tutorial.

Scroll down for video!

11.04.2015

BEAUTY REVIEW | HOT OR NOT? MACY'S GET THE PULSE 8 PC BRUSH-SET [PICS + VIDEO]


Shopping for new brushes soon?  
Here's an honest review you may find helpful, before you spend your money!


I got the Macy's Get the Pulse 8pc Brush Set as a present from my parent's last trip to Miami, Florida.  It was about a year and a half ago, and I swear it looked so pretty when I first saw the set - maybe because I've never owned a complete brush-set back then - that I literally didn't dare even use it for a few months!  But did it live up to my expectations? 
Hmmm...  Keep reading!

10.28.2015

BEAUTY | ESCAPE TO RIO LOOK ! BRAZIL INSPIRED MAKEUP LOOK




Braziiiil  La La La La La La La Laaaa

Not sure where that came from.
Maybe it's the end of Spring here in the Southern hemisphere that woke it up.  But as long as we're still longing for the summer, and it won't hurt my readers in the north either, I came up with a gorgeous colorful and bold look.  
My inspiration came from the colors of the flag of a neighboring country where I've spent so many unforgettable summers: Brazil.

You may not know WHEN your escape to Rio de Janeiro will happen.  BUT when it DOES you will certainly know which makeup look you'll be wearing thank to today's video tutorial!

And if you never do, at least we stepped out of our nudes comfort zone for a bit, to see how we can play around with color and get away with it!

10.27.2015

BEAUTY | WHAT'S IN MY BACKUPS CASE?


You know that feeling.
You find the right foundation, mascara or bronzer.  You never thought you could run into that perfect shade that's oh so flattering for you.  You walk around feeling like a million dollars and your friends shower you with compliments. It feels SOOO good.
 And then a shiver goes down your spine when you wonder: "What if it gets discontinued???".

I've been there myself.  And that's why I came up with my "Backups Case".  
A makeup case where I store extras of my current most precious holy grail items.

Let me show you my treasures and guilty pleasures on this video!

10.22.2015

BEAUTY | HOWTO - LIP CONTOURING & HIGHLIGHTING



Lip definition is highly underestimated if you ask me.
Once you master the basics of lip contouring and highlighting you can benefit from its universally flattering effects.
Granted, it may be just a bit time consuming for your everyday makeup look, but a special night out may be worth the trouble.

Scroll down for my video tutorial, products used and more to get you started right away!

10.20.2015

BEAUTY | How I Curl My Hair


I've always felt cautious about things that look too simple.
They VERY rarely are.  Getting those dream Victoria Secret curls, is one of those.
You're not using a curling wand, you're dealing with a WEAPON here!
You face the risk of burning yourself or someone else, damaging your hair or setting something on fire.  And it sounds dramatic and hilarious I know, but I could tell you loads of friend's anecdotes that prove this actually does happen more often than NOT.

Enough said, we need to have a chat about this.
This curling wand CAN most certainly become your MAGIC wand, with a few quick tips!

10.15.2015

BEAUTY | PINK OUT! Breast Cancer Awareness Video Tutorial


The month of October is about more than just raising awareness of breast cancer, it’s about taking action.    

You may think you're too small to make a difference.  We can all help by spreading the importance of annual mamograms. But be sure that, just by reminding your friends and loved ones, you will be helping someone.  And, most importantly, take a little time for yourself and schedule that appointment.  I know... who's got time, right?  

The fact is, we all have time... if we catch it early.

  The Youtube Beauty Community has posted several videos, to help raise awareness.  And this PINK OUT Makeup Look and Tutorial is my tiny contribution.

10.13.2015

BEAUTY | L'Oreal Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara Review - IS IT WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY?




I am not a BIG FAN of fake lashes.  
Granted, I DO wear them occasionally.  But I just find them terribly uncomfortable.  
Maybe I haven't found my 'other half' yet when it comes to them, but in any case, there's nothing more suitable for me than a GREAT mascara that delivers what it promises, without breaking the bank.

While the search for the PERRRRFECT product continues, I have encountered a few drugstore alternatives worth considering, AND a few other HUGE dissapointments. Today I decided to finally upload a video reviewing and demonstrating L'Oreal Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara.

In this video I discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.  Scroll down to watch and find out my final "verdict" before you purchase it.  And, while we're at it, I'll throw in a beauty hack to extend the life of ALL your mascaras and save you some money!

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