Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Review

I've never ever used any kind of "eyeshadow" product other than pressed pigmented ones that come in pans. NYX, one of my favorite brands, have these eyeshadow products called Jumbo Eye Pencil. Now these have been out for years and I didn't really get my hands on these till recently. It took me so long because I was unsure of how to use them. About a month or so ago Ulta had a small sale on some NYX products and I decided to buy two Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk and Cashmere. (I love NYX's cashmere color)

I got to say is that these are really pigmented (as you will be able to tell on my swatches picture down below). I really love how rich the colors are. Milk really comes out white and I don't think any regular white eyeshadow would ever come out like this. Also Cashmere comes out this beautiful shimmery color that I adore even though I think its more gold color than Cashmere but I don't mind it I still love the color :).

I used Milk as a base for my eyeshadows that doesn't seem to appear as much on my eyelids, like those nude skin-like colors. Milk helps eyeshadows show more of their true color which I like. I think a lot of people use Milk for this purpose. As for Cashmere I don't use it as a base like I do with milk, I just put it in my inner corner of my eyelids to give my eyes a little pop or I put it in the middle of my eyelids when I feel like doing a shimmery gold like look.

The down side of these is that they don't quite blend as well as I would like them too. Maybe I'm just use to using eyeshadows but these seem to stick to the skin more so its harder to blend. From experience these are easier to blend with your fingers cause of the warmth from your fingers. Using a brush will sometimes make them look smudgy and even if you try to put eyeshadow on top of these it does not look as good. It has to be smooth out pretty well which is sometimes a challenge.

swatches on my hand: Cashmere / Milk

Overall I would give this product a 4 out of 5 because I think this is a well made product and I love the packaging of these. There was only one downfall and I can honestly live with it. Also it is inexpensive which is one of the reason why I love NYX cause they are cheap and at the same time such good quality products! If you are interested NYX has beautiful color ranges for the Jumbo Eye Pencil that are so lovely you should check them out if you are into really vibrant colors.

To get the product:
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49)

(background for these photo was taken on one the pages of the magazine AFAR)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gifts For Her Guide

Hello! Today I'm going to do a different post from my usual product reviews. Thanksgiving is coming quickly then Christmas and that means shopping for your loved ones. I made a list of beauty products that your loved ones might like, doesn't have to be a significant other it can be a friend, mother, sister, or whoever. Down below I've compiled 12 things that people might love that doesn't involve thinking of if they'll like it cause of the colors. These are products, in my opinion that can go well with anyone, though you may have to snoop around a bit to see if they have these or not. Here are my top picks for beauty products:

1. Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($65.00)
2. Jo Malone London - Nectarine Blossom & Honey ($60.00)
3. Tarte - Chic to Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set ($35.00)
4. Urban Decay - Vice 3 ($60.00)
5. LORAC - PRO Palette 2 ($42.00)
6. Buxom - Lip Gloss Roulette ($59.00)

7. Urban Decay - Naked 3 ($59.00)
8. Urban Decay - Naked 2 Basics ($29.00)
9. Fresh - Sugar Cravings Kissing Trio ($28.00)
10. Nars - The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00)
11. Clarisonic - Mia 2 Pure Glow Holiday Gift Set ($149.00)
12. Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00)

Please you do not have to choose these specifically, do look around the websites and see what you think she might like. A gift should be thoughtful. If you see something that reminds you of that person then get it :)

Of course not all ladies in our lives are interest in beauty product as much as others. So try to think of what she likes. I think knowing what a person likes and getting them something that relates to their interest shows a lot of sincerity. Or you don't want to get them beauty products because you know they already have too much. So I've also made a list of general things that she might like:

If she likes Fall/Winter weather then I suggest giving her scarves. Now a days the trend for scarves are big huge scarves so may I suggest scarves from Zara and Aritzia. I honestly think they have beautiful scarves. Another one are boots, can never go wrong with boots! Unless you picked the wrong size but that doesn't matter cause as long you keep the receipt you can always trade in for the right size. I feel like you can't give a girl any kind of boots and call it good. You got to know her personality and style so you can find the right boots for her. Look around on Nordstrom I think they have the best varieties of shoes and DSW.

An awesome idea to give as a gift is a trip to somewhere! You can never go wrong with a get-away to somewhere :) It can be a family get-away, or a group of friends, or a couple get-away. Another idea is a gift to a cruise trip! I think that would be an awesome gift!

Overall whatever gift you give her it should come from the heart. If you can't think of anything to give her maybe think about her favorite products or maybe if a product is being discontinue then gift her that discontinue product so she can have backups of her favorite product. If you need help thinking of an idea then do not be afraid to ask :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

review: Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Here with another lip product review! Yea I know theres been a lot of me doing them but I can't help it. This time it is the Burt's Bees Lip Crayon. I really like these lip crayons cause they're really pigmented and so easy to apply. They're not like some lip sticks where it looks chappy when applied. The colors that I would be reviewing are Niagara Overlook and Redwood Forest.

What I love about these is that they're matte. I love matte products and I choose these colors because I feel like they're not too extreme of a color I feel like they're they perfect shade to rock on a every day basis. I think these lip crayons are the perfect introductory to lipsticks cause they glide on so perfectly. Also they last very well throughout the day the only time you would have to reapply is after you eat as they do come off a bit when eating. Also you don't have to apply a lip liner underneath which means one less step in your routine.

Redwood Forest

Niagara Overlook

Redwood Forest / Niagara Overlook

Overall I would give this product a 5 out of 5. I love lip crayons they're so easy to use and you can never go wrong with them. :)
- Burt's Bees Lip Crayon ~$9

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The perfect fall nail color: Essie's Who Is The Boss

For some reason I've been feeling kind like a blue but not so blue nail polish, something toned down. (Yes, I have color moods).So I went through my tiny little nail polish collection(mostly consists of Essie because I love them!) and I found to happen to stumble across an old nail polish called Who Is the Boss. It was part of Essie's Wedding Collection in 2012 I believe. So I'm sorry to be sharing a color that is no longer available but I just want to share my current obsession. I've tried looking for it online but it isn't anywhere to be found.

I think Who Is The Boss is the perfect fall nail polish color because its not too bright, or too dark, and it has a nice grey tone to it. And I love grey in the colder weathers because I feel it just go well with the coldness hahaha. Yea I'm not sure what I'm saying, it's just hard to describe the feelings. But anyway it's just my current color mood and I'm just loving it people! It's such a beautiful color. I read the description on the Essie website it describe it as a minty green color but for some reason I see blue, am I color blind?

Since Who Is The Boss is no longer being sold I went and look to find something similar and I found Zoya nail polish that has more of a blue color with a hint of grey nail polish: Zoya - Kristen ($9)

What's your favorite nail polish you like to rock this fall?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor - Plum Perfect and Blissful Berry

I've been trying out lipstick products and I just want to rave about these Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolors: Plum Perfect and Blissful Berry. I found these lipsticks very hydrating on my lips and perfect for the fall! Maybelline offers many varieties of colors for their Color Sensational line such as nudes, pinks, reds, and plums. Of course I try out the plum color lipsticks because I'm into dark color lips right now. Also these last a lot longer than I do also they look so vibrant on my lips, which I love. The color on the bullet seems to appear the same color as when applied :) which is a plus! No one likes lipsticks that look a different color than it appears in life :O

The only downside about these is the smell. It is not a like a BIG downside for me but I just want to make a note of it because it does have a scent to them. I think depending who you are you might like it. I'm okay with it, it is not my FAVORITE scent but it doesn't linger so thats a good thing. :) Still though an awesome product you must try if you haven't!

Blissful Berry (its not this red looking its more plum looking it's just my lighting was weird)

Plum Perfect

Swatches on my hand

Overall I would rate this product a 4.5 out of 5 cause I'm just not into the scent but I'm still going to use these cause the product is more amazing then its smell and luckily the smell doesn't last forever so you won't have stinky lips. ;P

- Maybelline Color Sensational Lip color ~$7-8

What are your favorite fall lipstick you guys are loving??

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Angel's Rest Hike

A popular hike but kind of difficult one. This hike is mostly going up and if you're not in shape then this one might take you about two hours but the view is worth it! If your in top shape then this one might take you an hour or so. Angel's rest is part of the Columbia River Gorge hikes and you get a spectacular view at the very top. To get here from Portland just take I-5 N toward Dalles and then I-84 E toward the Dalles then take exit 28, the Bridal Veil(Which is part of the Historic Columbia River Highway). Taking on exit 28 and the first stop you encounter there should be a parking lot on the right and that should be the spot you park your car. Its right there by the exit so you won't have trouble finding it. Or if you're not that great with written directions just GPS it it should be there on the map.

You should see a sign(like the image above) and see how far from the beginning to the top of Angel's Rest is, which isn't so bad. When you start the trail in the beginning you'll meet two paths and take the one to the left or go to the one thats straight to the path that you are on. Then the path should be pretty straight forward from here. :)

I went to Angel's Hike when it was Fall so that explains some trees being naked :x but its still a beautiful place, but I prefer this place in the summer :) I'm going to stop chit chatting now and let you enjoy the rest. I hope I encourage you to go out and explore your own backyard :)

You don't need hiking shoes to hike :) and running shoes will do

Monday, November 3, 2014

Latourell Falls

Before school started I went on a solo hike to the Latourell Falls. It is the first water fall after the Vista House on the Historic Columbia Highway. You can take the Vista House exit or you can take exit 28 on I-84 then turn right. You'll see it on the left side and it is pretty noticeable so you won't miss it. This is a nice place to go to if you are not able to hike far because the Latourell Falls have an lower fall and upper fall, which takes about an mile to get to.

These pictures are in order of the path that I took which I hiked to the upper fall first then I went into a loop to go back to where I started then I went to the lower falls. For the lower fall there is no hike needed, all you have to do is go down a set of stairs and you'll instantly see the fall.

I think the lower fall is the most beautiful one out of the two and you can get more close and personal to the waterfall than the upper fall. There are a lot of people so come early or maybe later in the day. There is a park where you can have picnics which is nice if you go an outing with your family. :)

I just wanted to make this post short because I'm just a little behind studying but I wanted to post this one up so I hope you enjoy it! This is probably one of my favorite falls in the Gorge that is easy access. I hope you guys have a nice day :)