Spain Trip Photos

6 Apr

There are too many pictures for me to post here, so if you’d like to view them here is the link to my Flickr

Essence Colour and Go Nail Polish “Hey, Nude” Swatches

6 Apr

~$2  at Ulta, Wallgreens

I got mine for 1,99 € at El Corte Inglés when I was in Spain.

This is one of the “Sparkle Sand” polishes.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the texture, but I actually really like it!  It certainly stays on my nails a lot longer than other polishes.




Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara Review and Swatches

28 Mar

~ $3 at, Walgreens, KMart…

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Tiny Spain Haul

27 Mar

This year I finally was able to do something for spring break!  At least I did something for my senior year, right?

I really had a hard time finding cruelty free makeup over there…the duty free shop in the airport and even the cosmetics floor in El Corte Inglés had brands that you can easily find over here – Dior, L’Occitane, Estee Lauder.  I managed to see a Sephora in Valladolid, but sadly they had no Tarte, Urban Decay, Benefit, etc.

I did manage to find Essence on a separate floor, though!  I guess because it’s a “drugstore” brand.

They have so much more products available in Europe!  It makes sense though, since Essence is a European company.

So here’s what I got

It totaled 10,71 € which is roughly $15

All-in-One BB Cream

Deeply Moisturizing Paper Mask (excited to try this!)

Mattifying Cream

Colour and Go Sparkle Sand Effect Nail Polish in Hey, Nude!

Enkore Makeup Cruelty Free Status

26 Mar

I recently emailed Enkore Makeup about the cruelty free status of their products because I could not find any indication in their ‘About Us’ or ‘FAQ’ section.

Here’s the response!  Another one to add to the list!

Milani HD Advanced Lipcolor Swatches

13 Mar

~$8 at  CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart

I couldn’t find these on the Milani site, so I don’t think they’re in production any longer

I got mine for $1 each at the Dollar Tree.

I purchased the colors Vivacious Fuchsia and Romantic Rose. Romantic Rose is a bit of a misnomer, though.  It’s much more peachy toned.

No flash


imPress Nails “Hottie”

13 Mar

There’s a lady who comes to my campus and sells a lot of makeup for cheap.  She often has the imPress nails and they’re $3 each!

I picked up 2 this time around, “Hottie” and “Dancing Queen”

Hottie is a short length (which is still pretty long) and is a bit deeper purple but it got somewhat washed out by the flash.


Photo Theft Alert

23 Feb

PSA for photo theft!

A few days ago, I saw an Instagram post from Mai at

Another user had stolen her pic of OCC Tarred pencil to advertise for her own product.

I had looked through this person’s posts and found 2 or 3 other pictures stolen.  Since then, coloredkissescosmetics has either deleted their account or made their profile private.


Picture from Mai’s full post here:

Nails of the Week 11/03/13

8 Nov

Tried out a sparkly gradient nail this week after seeing this video.  I used Pure Ice – In the Mood

Luckily it didn’t turn out to be a disaster!

Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Hair Dye Experience

8 Nov

As of last week I have had 2 experiences with Ion Color Brilliance permanent hair dye.  You can buy this dye, as well as developer and other Ion items, at Sally Beauty Supply.  It’s fairly inexpensive, running around $5-6.


The first was in July using Intense Red of the liquid permanent dye.  This was done by my boyfriend’s eldest sister who is a cosmetologist.






The color was a deep cherry red, but faded to a more natural tone after about 1-1 1/2 weeks.


And here we are in early November with my gross colored roots.  My hair was pretty much the same color as the above ‘before’ picture, but a little more copper colored.

This time I colored my hair myself (so proud) with the Creme Permanent dye in Light Copper Blonde.  And it did not come out as expected, though I’m content with the color

My camera couldn’t capture the color properly.  It turned out much darker than I expected, though it has faded down more towards the expected color.

My educated guess (and from some research) is that this color conflicted with the previous one, which makes sense.  I am not disappointed in the end result, but next time I’ll have to treat my hair to remove the residual dye.

As for the lasting quality of the dye, it’s hard to tell.  Red is a tricky color to keep even with good quality dye.  I lost a ton of vibrancy in just 3 1/2 months, but I also hadn’t really taken any precautions against it with serums, etc… for red hair.

I was surprised that this stuff wasn’t strong smelling, I guess I was too used to boxed dye.  It left my hair feeling super soft, too!

Overall a success!



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