Review: Bumble and Bumble’s BB. Thickening Hairspray

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What is it: When I came across this product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A setting spray that adds volume to your hair instantly? Count me in! This hairspray, for all hair types, lifts and holds your hairstyle. According to its makers, it can be used for blow-drying, setting, protecting from heat, adding volume, controlling, and finishing any style! You can use it on its own or you can pair it up with different hair products.

How I use it: After I get out of the shower, I leave my hair in a towel for about 20 minutes…to dry off any excess water. Then I use spray this evenly throughout my hair (while damp) making sure I get it on my roots more because obviously that’s where I want my hair to lift (lol). Once I’ve done that, I use a round brush and blow dry my hair. Once I’m done, I lightly spray this to set everything.

The Good: OKAY. DO YOU WANT MANAGEABLE THICK HAIR? THEN THIS IS IT. Honestly, my hair gets thicker whenever I use this product. The volume I get with this product is insane! This is my go-to for whenever I need extra volume for big-ticket events in my life. This has NEVER failed me. I can literally feel my hair expanding (if that’s even a thing) when I’m blow drying it. I love that this mist is light and can be paired up with any other hair product. It doesn’t feel heavy and the fragrance isn’t over powering. You can pick this up at Sephora for $33 (CDN) and I guarantee you it’s worth it. Every single claim this makes is true. It’s not sticky and doesn’t make your hair crunchy. Your hair remains soft to touch. Seriously, I can’t imagine doing my hair without using this product.

The Bad: N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

Rating: 10/10

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Review: NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment (02), Ruffle Trim (04), & Exotic (12)

fullsizeoutput_606 (From Top to Bottom: Exotic, Embellishment, Ruffle Trim)

NYX is slowly starting to become my go-to brand for my everyday makeup looks. Not only is the brand ridiculously affordable, it also offers a diverse range of products, colours and finishes (which is a plus point for every makeup junkie). When I went into the store and swatched some of the colours from the NYX Lip Lingerie line I was stunned at the quality of product for its price! To me, this range of lippies are all nude shades that can suit any and every skintone (woohoo!).

What is it: NYX’s Lip Lingerie line are a range of matte liquid lipsticks that have incredible colour pay off while moisturizing your lips. It’s long-lasting and the shades range from super light nudes to super dark nudes. I picked up three shades called Exotic, Embellishment and Ruffle Trim. Although, I wanted to pick up more…I realized that these three shades were super unique compared to what I had already owned. Exotic is a pretty flesh-tone pink nude. Embellishment is a purpley mauve and Ruffle Trim is a light dusty rose (so pretty). The packaging is cute and pretty average as well as the applicator is a flatter blush.

(From Top to Bottom: Ruffle Trip, Embellishment, Exotic)

The Good: OH. EM. G. I am in love. And I know if you’re an avid reader of this blog (thank you!), you know that liquid lipsticks are literally my domain. I’ve tried most of them out there and every time I’m either extremely impressed or extremely disappointed. And this particular range extremely impressed me. These shades are probably my most used liquid lipsticks to right now. This is mainly because not only can you rock these during your dolled up days but you can also rock these on its own on a no makeup day and still look great while remaining sublte! The formula of these liquid lippies are amazing. It feels creamy/moussey when you first apply but it dries super quick to a matte finish. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t leave your lips looking flakey at all. The colour pay off is incredible. You can wear these alone or pair them with other lipsticks to create unique to you shades (bonus!). It’s not greasy despite being creamy and I love how nice it looked on my lips. The longevity of this product is good. During a full work day, I had to reapply it only once…which is not bad at all! The highlight of this product is its incredibly affordable price. At $9(CDN), you are getting MORE than your money’s worth and I’m totally happy with that!

The Bad: Nothing. Nothing at all.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Makeup Haul

Here’s a collective makeup haul from the past few months! Enjoy! x

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  1. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Video Star, Girlfriend, & Material Girl (You already know how obsessed I am with these, so adding more to my collection was a must!)
  2. Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Trendsetter (This is an Instagram staple!)
  3. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Psycho & Big Bang (I loved how it swatches on my arms!)
  4. NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick in Miami Nights (OBSESSING.)
  5. NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye in Heartbreaker (One of my favourite stains.)
  6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Paris (I’m loving bright pinks this summer & this is a must have!)
  7. NYX Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary (Can’t have enough red lippies!)
  8. Bumble and Bumble All Style Blow Dry (My hair cannot survive without this!)
  9. Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette (OMG. Review soon.)
  10. Sephora Collection Eyeconic Eye Brush Set (Couldn’t resist the price!)
  11. Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette (Fuego. literally!)
  12. Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium/Dark (My need to look like Kim K is so real sometimes,)
  13. MACxTarajiPHenson Viva Glam (I try to purchase majority of these because it’s such an amazing cause!)
  14. NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic (So gorgeous!)

xo,

S

Life Diaries: Shopping 101

Yes, I’ve been MIA for what seems like forever. I can give a thousand legitimate excuses why (believe me, they really are legit) but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve been slacking on blogging! But starting today, I’m back to the consistent posts. Also, if you aren’t already following me on my various social media accounts, then do so (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest). 

Here are 5 very important tricks/tips that I keep in mind before I go on a shopping spree:

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  1. Sign up for Email/Mail Newsletters: This was my best discovery! Most stores will ask for an email or an address when you are making a purchase…take advantage of this! If they don’t, then visit the store’s website directly and sign up for their email subscription. It’s free and totally worth it because they will contact you when there are special sales and such. By doing this, I’ve always gotten updates on when certain stores have sales or have been mailed coupons for a certain percentage off a whole purchase (who doesn’t love a good sale?).
  2. Set a budget: I cannot stress how much this tip has changed my life! I like to think I’m a smart shopaholic. I do buy things in excess, I kid you not…but I buy based on needs…mostly. Before any shopping trip I try to set a maximum amount I want to spend (it varies depending on mood and the season) and I try to stick to it (most times it works, but there are those days…). The point of this is to mentally believe that you don’t have more money to spend on one go, so try to budget within that amount.
  3. Online Shopping: Who doesn’t love to shop in their PJs in the comfort of their home? Online shopping can be tricky and confusing the first few times around, but after that it’s easy and the best way to shop if you’re not into waiting in lines to pay for an item. Take advantage of free shipping and handling (you will know this when you do #1 on this list). Also, when online shopping make sure that you use a credit card with the lowest allowance amount (which is what I do because I’m paranoid of identity theft). This allows you to stay within budget. Most online stores are reliable and have great return policies so don’t be afraid to do some research before buying (that is exactly what I did).
  4. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy it: This was the hardest habit for me to budge. I used to be that girl who would buy stuff on sale and then years later I found myself donating everything I bought because I didn’t even wear them once! I tend to make a list at the beginning of each season of what I want to buy. When a sale arises, I cross check with my list to see if the items match..then I buy based on that. Although, I do break this rule time and time again…I’ve learned that I really don’t need to purchase things just because it’s 70% (usually it’s because shops want to get rid of old inventory). If you do buy something on sale, make sure to check the item for damages because most sale items are final sale! Also, make sure it’s an item you will wear more than twice a month, this way you aren’t unnecessarily buying things you don’t need.
  5. Invest in classic pieces that won’t ever go out of style: A trench coat, a jean jacket, a white T-shirt, amongst others will never go out of style. Sometimes, they can be very expensive, depending on the brand and make. Invest, invest, invest! Having classic pieces in your wardrobe allows you not to buy random outfits you will only wear once. It’s better to buy something you know you will wear numerous times for $100 vs something that is $5 and will go through the wear and tear process quicker. The whole point is to have an item last longer in your closet. Also, be practical…for example you don’t need 5 trench coats…you only need one.

Happy Shopping Dolls! x