Face mask mini reviews*

Hi friends! For today’s post, I wanted to do a quick review and comparison of sorts for two masks I received in exchange of an honest review. I’ve tried them both twice to make sure that I could actually form a well-rounded opinion before making this post, and here I am now!

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The masks I’ll be talking about today are the WhiteDerm Resurface Enzyme Fading Mask and the Azteca Gold Healing Clay mask. I received both of these for free through the website Tomoson, in case anyone was wondering!

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First up, we’ll talk about the WhiteDerm mask. This mask claims to “remove blackheads and whiteheads naturally, unclog, minimize and reduce pores for a more even skin, and peel away pigmentation problems, like dark spots, melasma, freckles and blemishes.” I’ve used this mask three times now and I feel like it does live up to its claim pretty well!

The first thing that struck me was that it smells pretty good and I wasn’t expecting that at all. It’s not supposed to be a peel-off mask, but when I used it the first time, I was able to peel everything off quickly and with little residue, rather than having to wash it off. And considering that my biggest issue is blackheads and oily skin, I think this mask worked very well with my skin and I noticed it feeling refreshed and soft after using it!

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And now for our second contender, the Azteca Gold Healing Clay mask. I had high hopes for this mask as I’ve tried a few different clay masks before and liked them, but unfortunately, this was a big disappointment. The mask itself isn’t bad — you mix the powder with some water, let it sit for 10 minutes, then apply all over. It dries and leaves your face feeling tight and starts to crumble, which can be kind of messy if you’re not careful, but honestly, I don’t even care about that.

My issue was that as soon as I removed the mask, my face got noticeably and uncomfortably hot! I ended up going to bed with an ice pack to cool my face down and was honestly expecting to have my face break out in hives or something in the morning, but thankfully, my skin was alright. So I figured I’d give it another shot and I tried it again earlier this week, and the same thing happened again — even worse, I woke up the next morning which a terrible headache that I think was set off by using the mask and my face getting hot.

So needless to say, this mask did not agree with my skin! I don’t know what it was about it and I’m going to see if any of my friends wanna try it and if it goes any better for them.

That’s all I got for you today! Thanks for reading!

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Shop My Stash: eyeshadow palettes + blog update

Hi friends! How’s everyone doing on this lovely Thursday afternoon? I’m gearing myself up for my second to last Halloween Horror Nights shift tonight… 5:30 to 2:30 am, oy. But this weekend will be great so not even two nights of HHN can put a damper on my excitement!

It’s not really a blog update per se as much as it is a bit of an announcement, but I’m anxiously awaiting hitting 200 followers so I can do a giveaway! When I’m closer to 200, I’ll post a bit of a sneak peek, but know that there are already two boxes full of goodies for someone to win!

For today’s edition of Shop My Stash, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite babies and the pride and joy of my makeup collection — eyeshadow palettes! I’ve collected quite a few of these bundles of joy and I wanted to share them with you guys. Let’s get on with it!

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For the sake of this post, I defined palettes as anything with more than five shades in it, which excludes one or two trios and quads that I have. That being said, here are all my palettes! Isn’t this just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

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Up first is my holy grail of eyeshadow palettes, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I got this one a few months ago as a present for my girlfriend, but before I could get it to them, they broke up with me, so I obviously kept the palette, and boy, am I glad I did! With 16 shades (six matte, four shimmer, and five metallic), this palette is perfect for neutral lovers but with a bit of a kick. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, smooth and easy to apply, and very long lasting and I love them more than I can say. Plus, it smells like chocolate!

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Ah, Naked 3. My first high end eyeshadow palette, the rose gold apple of my eye… I could say so much about this palette and never stop. While I’ve been debating between which other Naked palette to get, I can’t deny that I’m obsessed with Naked 3 and my love for it will never run out! This palette comes with 12 shades in total (three matte, the rest are all shimmer/satin/glitter/metallic/I don’t know how to classify them) and is perfect for a neutral eye with a hint of rose gold. The only downside to this palette is that it’s a bit lacking in matte shades, but it’s pretty great otherwise.

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Stila’s in the light palette is one of my newest babies and honestly a palette I would repurchase were it not discontinued. Sad. This palette comes with ten shades (four matte, three shimmer, three metallic) and some of the best neutral eyeshadows I’ve ever tried (I’m looking at you, kitten and bubbly) but it’s also got a beautiful blue shade as well as a matte black shade. I love this palette and can’t get enough of it!

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Two of my newest babies are theBalm Nude ‘Tude and Nude Dude palettes. So new I haven’t even done a haul for them yet! I got these on HauteLook right before I started my birthday no buy, and while I haven’t had much chance to try them yet, I’m so glad I got them! I’ve been wanting these for ages now, so when I saw them on sale and realized I could get both of them for the price of one, I couldn’t resist! Each palette comes with 12 shades: they each have four matte and eight shimmer/metallic shades. Maybe I’ll do a first impressions post once I’ve had my chance to try them out some more?

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Now, I will admit I haven’t used this palette at all since I got it, but the range of colors intimidates me a bit! Coastal Scents’ Revealed 3 palette has 20 shades (five matte and 15 shimmer/metallic) and while it does have some great neutral shades, it has a lot of shades that look beautiful but are just a tad outside my comfort zone. I need to work my way up to this!

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Another fairly recent purchase is Sephora’s Moonshadow baked palette. This has ten baked shadows in a beautiful range of colors going from neutral to a beautiful purple that I’m dying to try! This was a bit cast aside as I got it at the same time as the stila one I mentioned above and I kind of forgot about it. Note to self: use this palette more.

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We’re almost through guys! Almost there! This beauty here is the Spring Break palette from Make Up Academy. A friend of mine got it for me when she was in the UK a few months ago and I asked her for a few MUA things and I knew I needed this palette. It’s a good mix of neutral tones but with a few colors that are just a tad out of my comfort zone, but I’d probably still be willing to try. It has 12 shades with one matte and the rest are all shimmers.

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Last but not least is the All About the Eyes palette from Little Mix for Collection. I got a few things sent to me from another friend from the UK and this was one of the things I definitely wanted to try out and I’m glad I did! It’s small compared to the rest of the palettes I talked about in this post with only six shades, but there’s enough variety in them to be able to do plenty of different looks! The only matte shade is the black shade on the right and the rest are all shimmers.

So that’s every single one of my palettes! Whew! Did everyone make it to the end okay? If you did, thanks for reading and be sure to tell me in the comments what you thought! What’s your holy grail palette? Which one of these have you tried? Which one would you steal if you could?

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Mini reviews: Arvazallia hair products and Body Merry skin products*

Hello beauties! Today’s post brings you two mini reviews for products I’ve received in exchange of an honest review on my blog. I received these products through Tomoson and BrandBacker, and these brands were kind enough to choose me to send free products to for me to try and let you all know how I felt! So let’s get on with it, yes?

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First, let me start with the Body Merry products I received. I got these through BrandBacker, in case anyone is wondering! I received their eye gel, cellulite defense gel cream, and their stretch marks and scars defense cream. Of these three, I used the eye gel and the cellulite defense most, since I don’t have any stretch marks or scars I needed to heal!

The eye gel contains vitamin C, matrixyl 3000, hyaluronic acid, MSM, peptides, plant stem cells, silk proteins, and vitam E. Wow, that’s a mouthful! It claims to battle the signs of aging and fatigue and give a lasting, well-rested and youthful twinkle to your eyes. I used this regularly at night to get a feel for how I felt about it and while I liked the product enough, I couldn’t see it making a noticeable difference. The texture is of somewhat thick consistency, but when applied to my eye area, it left my skin feeling sticky and like it didn’t actually absorb into my skin.

The cellulite defense cream contains caffeine, retinol and seaweed, and claims to visibly reduce the appearance of unwanted bumps and lumps and leave your skin feeling and looking tighter, younger and smoother. I actually really liked this product and when I remembered to use it twice a day like indicated, it felt like the cellulite did actually diminish a bit. Additionally, the cream leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool and I love how it felt!

The stretch marks and scars cream I didn’t use enough to have much of an opinion on it, but it’s extremely thick in consistency and smells very strongly like cocoa butter. I mainly used it on my arms, and it left them feeling soft and hydrated!

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Through Tomoson, I received the Arvazallia Advanced Color Care System for color-treated hair (which mine very much is, so I was excited to try it out). I received the moisturizing shampoo, restorative conditioner and rejuvenating hair mask, and after a few tries, I got a feel for what it’s like.

The smell is great and the products seem to be great quality. When I used them, my hair felt great afterwards, smooth, soft and looking very healthy! The only problem is that the shampoo is a bit thick and doesn’t lather up when you rub it in your hands, which made it a bit hard to apply all over and make sure it was spreading evenly throughout my hair, so when I washed it, I ended up with the back of my head feeling like it still had product in it, even after it was dry.

I tried it again when my best friend Kira came over to do my hair this week, and they said that it was weird and even when they washed my hair, it still felt like it wasn’t quite rinsed out of my hair completely. Now, Kira is a professional hair stylist, so I would think if anyone knows how to wash hair, it’s them, right? So I don’t know what’s up with the shampoo and why it reacted like that to my hair.

That being said, the combination of the shampoo and the conditioner or the hair mask did leave my hair feeling super soft and shiny in the places it completely did rinse out of. I’ll probably give this shampoo a few more tries and see how it goes and maybe I can figure out the trick to it, but otherwise it looks like I’ll be going back to my old shampoo!

Have you tried any of these products before?

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A Love Letter to Fandom

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By Valentina Bore  

In my 23 years of life, I’ve been in a lot of fandoms. I’ve gone through a lot of obsessions, things that would take up all the space in my brain and often, all the space on my bedroom walls as well. I’ve met people from across the world who shared the love and passion for the same movie, TV show, or celebrity as me. I joined tumblr a long six years ago, on October of 2009, and that introduced me to the camaraderie of following people and making friends when everyone had the same interests, but tumblr was far from my first foray into fandoms.

It all started when I was around 11 and obsessed with the Harry Potter books. I had an older, more experienced cousin who told me all about fanfiction and searching for stories to read and keep myself entertained with while…

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Shop My Stash: my highlighter collection

Hello my friends! Sorry this post comes so late in the day but I was too busy watching Agents of SHIELD all day to get my ass off the couch and write this. So basically, I have no excuses. (Do any of you watch it? I’m about halfway through season two and I am DYING!)

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For my second installment of “Shop My Stash,” I wanted to talk about my newest favorite product: HIGHLIGHTER! I’ve definitely collected a lot of these considering I got my first ever highlighter in my June Boxycharm… consider me addicted! Here is everything in my precious and beautiful highlighter collection, are you guys ready to hear all about them?

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Let’s start with some of my newest babies and what I’d been eagerly waiting to get my hands on, theBalm’s Mary-Lou and Cindy-Lou Manizers! I first found out about the Mary-Lou Manizer from my ex and even though I was quite young and naive and didn’t exactly get highlighters (this was way back when in 2014), I fell in love with this shimmery and shiny compact of beauty (and especially the packaging)! So I caved and bought it on Birchbox using points I’d accumulated and I’ve got to say, I’m extremely glad I did!

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Here we have Cindy-Lou on the bottom and Mary-Lou on the top. As you can probably gather from the swatches, Mary-Lou is much more shimmery than Cindy-Lou, but I love Cindy-Lou nonetheless! Mary-Lou is more of a honey-hued highlight and is quite shiny, whereas Cindy-Lou is a more subtle peachy pink highlight (and blush). What can I say? I love those Manizer sisters! Too bad Betty is way too dark for me or I would have it already.

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Up next is one of the most talked about highlighters of the year: Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with BECCA Cosmetics, AKA Champagne Pop, AKA the most beautiful thing I’ve ever put on my face! I was anxiously awaiting the end of my first ever no buy to get my hands on this baby, and boy, am I glad I did! It’s the softest, most beautiful, most perfect thing I’ve ever touched and I don’t regret those 38 dollars EVER.

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Champagne Pop is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and while it’s beautiful and I absolutely love it, I’m not sure how this would suit anyone who’s extremely pale. Any ghostly pale people out there who have tried it and want to chime in? I tend to be able to get away with stuff that might not be suited for my skin tone because of my freckles so I really can’t say! Regardless, the quality of this is magnificent and if you haven’t tried one of these babies, I would recommend it!

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Up next, we have all the highlighters I’ve received from beauty boxes (coincidentally, none of these are powder. First, we have the So Susan Statement Skin highlighting crayon, The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew highlighting cream, and the too cool for school Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion highlighter in #2 Baby Pink Clam.

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From left to right, we have So Susan, The Beauty Crop, and too cool for school. These are beautiful highlighters but I haven’t had a chance to use them much, especially once I got Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve used the So Susan one a lot and I like how it applies and it’s not hard to bend, but I feel like as far as lasting powers go, it doesn’t have much of that, but then again, I’ve only used it a handful of times and most of those times I was outside in Florida in the summer and naturally quite sweaty.

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And last, we have the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek highlighters in the colors Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. These highlighters are absolutely FANTASTIC and so incredibly pigmented, but they’re all fairly new acquisitions so I haven’t had a chance to try them yet!

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Wisp even looks alarmingly dark next to all the other ColourPop shades next to it, but I tried it on as I was taking these pictures to see if I could actually pull it off and it looks quite nice on! If I get too pale for it during the “winter,” my cousins are more tan than I am, so they’d probably appreciate it too.

So there we have it! My entire highlighter collection. Feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments below and tell me if you’ve tried any of these before or what your holy grail highlighter is!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: October 2015

Is it me or have my beauty box posts been late the last few times I’ve written them? I don’t know why but I feel like I’m receiving the boxes later than I used to (or maybe I’m just getting really impatient). Either way, sorry for the lateness of this post! I received the last of these over the weekend but my cousin was here and I was too busy going to Disney to write a post!

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Let’s start with Boxycharm, shall we? This month, I received:

  • Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask.
  • Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara.
  • Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain.
  • Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner.
  • Cult Cosmetics Nail Polish.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t too psyched about the contents of this box. I can see myself wearing that nail polish but I can’t for work, and I’m frankly exhausted of getting so many mascaras in my beauty boxes! I already set the cheek/lip stain aside for a future giveaway and I kept the eyeliner because I figure it’s an essential, but I’m really only excited about the mask.

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Remember what I was saying about too many mascaras? Yeah… anyway. Thanks, Birchbox. This month, I got:

  • Avene Thermal Spring Water.
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo.
  • stila huge extreme lash mascara.
  • too cool for school Dinoplatz Highlighter.

This was definitely an improvement from my Boxycharm this month. I put the Dr. Jart+ cream in the giveaway pile, but I kept everything else and I’m super excited about the highlighter and the dry shampoo! I’m also very intrigued with the thermal water, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Lastly, my ipsy! This one is packed with goodies I got with my points, so don’t feel as if you missed out on anything. I probably liked my ipsy best out of the three, which is ironic considering that I was thinking about canceling it after this bag. I guess they’ll get another try! This month, I got:

  • MicaBeauty Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze.
  • Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla Deluxe Mini Roller Ball.
  • theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick.
  • Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer.
  • Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum.
  • tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold.
  • Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe.
  • Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush.

I was psyched to get most of these things, except for that face serum, which already went into the giveaway pile. I’m definitely most excited for that liquid lipstick! I own at least three colors like it but I can never own enough nude liquid lipsticks and theBalm’s formula is one I’ve never tried but really want to!

What’d you get in this month’s beauty boxes?

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ColourPop haul + November No Buy

Hi guys! Isn’t that title just wonderful? A little bit contradictory, I know, but bear with me here. The reason I went on a no buy was because of this very same ColourPop haul, which is another prime example of me having no self-control whatsoever. Who’s surprised? Not me.

Same no buy rules as always! No purchasing of any beauty or skincare items other than to restock essentials (which will really only be cotton pads and makeup wipes because I’m stocked up on everything else). This no buy is technically only until November 19, but I started it less than halfway through October, so that should make up for it, right? Why November 19? Because that’s my birthday! And I’ll definitely be getting myself a few goodies for a birthday haul.

Anyway, let’s move on to what you’re really here to see… The haul!

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Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you so happy to look at? Nothing better than a good ol’ ColourPop haul! By now you guys know that I can’t resist giving them all my money and I’m a fervent believer in their makeup. Their lip products rank high on my list of top lip products and I’m a very big fan of their eye shadows and highlighters, too!

All in all, in this haul I got four highlighters, two eye shadows, two lippie stix, and one ultra matte lip. Let’s move on to what I got, shall we?

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Starting with my favorite thing in the world: lipstick! This time around, I got the More Better Ultra Matte Lip, the Bound Lippie Stix, and the Dazed Lippie Stix. Here you can see the swatches from bottom to top. Dazed is a matte finish, while Bound is a glossy finish, which I think you can kinda tell in the photo. More Better is obviously matte, but I was too impatient to wait for it to try (plus it was hot out) so you can’t really tell in the photo.

More Better is described as a deep violet wine and is exactly the kind of color I’ve been craving to get my hands on the last few weeks! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try it on. Bound is described as light nude pink, and you might remember that I purchased the lip pencil a few weeks ago, which is a bit darker than this, but I can’t wait to see how they look together! Lastly, Dazed is described as a berry red, and while I know the last thing I needed is more red lipstick, I couldn’t help myself!

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Up next, we’ve got some beautiful shiny shimmery highlighters! Ooooh I love these SO MUCH! From left to right, we have Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon and Smokin’ Whistles.

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Top to bottom: Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles.

Stole the Show is described as a “light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold.” The first one they sent me had a bumpy ride and showed up broken, so I had to get a replacement, but ColourPop was absolutely fantastic and replaced everything, no questions asked!

Lunch Money is described as a “soft light gold with a reflective golden duo chrome finish.” It looks absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to try it!

Spoon is described as a “light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks.” If you follow the girls from dupethat on instagram, chances are you’ve seen Spoon on their page multiple times. It’s a total case of “blogger made me buy it!”

Lastly, Smokin’ Whistles is described as a “cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights.” Both this one and Spoon remind me a bit of Mary-Lou Manizer, so I’ll be comparing those ASAP to see if they’re a dupe!

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And for the last part of this shebang, we have two beautiful eye shadows. Technically, one of them isn’t actually new. I bought So Quiche (on the right) ages ago when I first ordered ColourPop eye shadows, but it came broken and I never thought to ask for a replacement. When the highlighter came broken in my last order, I asked ColourPop if they’d replace the eye shadow as well, and they did! So nice of them.

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Here we have Boy Band on the top and So Quiche on the bottom. Boy Band is described as an intense red copper and boy, does it live up to the expectations. This color screams fall and I’m so psyched to put it on my eyes! So Quiche is described as a “soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish.” Ain’t that a mouthful? It’s a very unique color and definitely hard to describe!

So that’s it for my haul! That was a long one, wow. Before I leave you, just a quick life update: I know I said just last week I’d be writing posts three times a week, but one of my cousins is coming to visit so I won’t have time for another post till next week! Good news is I’ll have another haul and lots of reviews for you next week, so stay tuned!

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