Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dream Lumi Concealer Review

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude - $7.99
Although this is supposed to be a concealer, I don't feel it really works on me like an actual concealer.  I get dark circles under my eyes and it doesn't cover them at all but it does brighten my eyes a little bit.  It works as a great highlighter around the eye area but I wouldn't recommend buying it as a concealer if you get super dark circles under your eyes like I do.  I got this one in the shade Nude which sometimes seems waaaay too light for me but there are 6 different shades to choose from!  I like how this product comes out of the little brush at the top, I find it makes the application that much easier.  It also isn't too expensive!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Favorite Perfumes

I wear perfume everyday so I like to switch it up every now and then.  I have three main favorites, one of which I've had since I was little and just rediscovered it for the summer!!  The problem with these is that they're a tad pricey but then again what perfume doesn't have a ridiculous price?!  Oh well, here we go.....

Clinique Happy - approximately $50
I only have a sample of this one because my mom got it in one of those Clinique packages so it's definitely great for me to put in my purse when I'm heading out the door but I'm running low and I would love to purchase an actual sized bottle!  It has a very sweet, classic scent, it isn't too strong and the weird thing is that this scent actually makes me happy!!  There's just something about it that makes me happy but yea I would definitely recommend this one!!!

Mary-Kate and Ashley Coast to Coast in Beach Honeysuckle
Unfortunately I got this one a long long time ago so I don't know the exact price but the online price is between $15-$20 which is a pretty great price!  When I got this perfume it came with a hand cream that smells the same so sometimes I'll just substitute the perfume for that.  I really like this perfume for the summer time.  It has a really soft, beachy scent that of course reminds me of being on the beach!  And again, this one isn't too strong either which is great.  I don't think I'd really wear this one during any other season but for the summer it's definitely my go to perfume!!

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck - $60
I got this one as a gift so again I'm not 100% sure about the price, it probably varies, but I've been told that the 50ml bottle (the size I have) is $60 so I'm gonna stick with that one.  This perfume is my all time favorite, I've had it for a year and I wear this one the most out of all my perfumes (basically everyday other than in the summer).  I find it has a much stronger scent than the other two which I don't usually like but it seems to last a little longer so maybe that's why it's so strong?  Not sure ahah.  It sort of has a sugary sweet scent and the packaging is such an eye catcher!  The little gold charms around the top are so cute and the fact that the bottle is purple (my favorite color) makes it that much better.  It's also really cool because when it catches the light it has a sort of rainbow look to it.  It's just super pretty and smells great and I love it and I absolutely 100% recommend EVERYONE go pick this up because it's just so lovely!!!!

What other perfumes should I try and what's your favorite?!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions

Let me just begin by saying that my sister and I both LOVE Burt's Bees products, especially the lip products (Josee has OVER 20).  A couple months ago I had heard good things about the Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions line so I decided to try the cleanser, the moisturizer and the spot treatment.  The best part about these products is that they're all made with NATURAL ingredients.  These are products that I was happy with, but not 100%.  Here's why....

Purifying Daily Cleanser with Willow Bark - $14.99
I did find that this cleanser works to keep the skin clean but it doesn't help too much with blemishes that are already visible.  This cleanser is probably better for someone who doesn't have many blemishes (acne) to begin with.  The part that I absolutely hated about this cleanser is that it comes out in an oil type form and doesn't really lather, it feels like you're rubbing watered down oil on your face.

Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Willow Bark - $24.99
This is the one product I did not like from this line whatsoever.  It smells really bad and it's VERY sticky, unpleasant to apply to the face.  I don't find it fulfills the duty of a moisturizer at all.

Targeted Spot Treatment with Willow Bark - $14.99
I was most pleased with this product, it does reduce the size of blemishes and makes them less noticeable.  It doesn't work insanely fast like some other products, but it does work and it's all natural so you know it's good for your skin!  It's a tad liquidy and has an incredibly strong smell but it's definitely the best part of this line (out of the products that I've tried).

SIDE NOTE:  I do have acne prone skin so this may just not work on me, I don't know how it will affect other peoples skin.
*Also, this is not a post just to bash on Burt's Bees because I really do LOVE they're products!!!!!

If you've tried these products or other Burt's Bees products let me know what you thought of them in a comment below!!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lip obsessed!!!

My sister and I went to Walmart a few days ago and got a couple of different products.  Today we'll be focusing on the lip products that we picked up!  My sister and I each got a Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick.  I also got two different lip stains, the first is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Honey 001 and the second is Hard Candy All Glossed Up hydrating lip stain in Chic.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Candy 002 and Pink Blush 006 - $4.98 each
Candy is more of a frosty/shiny light pink whereas Pink Blush is more of a matte bright pink.  These two lipsticks are absolutely beautiful colors!  The downside is that they don't last long AT ALL.  The application isn't the greatest either, it makes your lips feel a tad dry therefore I don't see myself purchasing another lipstick from this line anytime soon.  I also find that they smell really bad and I don't want to be smelling that during the day but my sister seems to think they taste good once it's been applied on your lips so if you like lipsticks that "taste good" then try it out! (Although I find MAC lipsticks taste much better)  I think the best part about this lipstick is that it's very inexpensive so if you desperately need a cheap lipstick then this is probably the way to go.  This one comes in 18 different colors.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Honey 001 - $8.46
This lip product has been raved about all over the internet so when I saw it I decided that I had to try it out and see if what everyone says about it is true.  I tried this one last night and I'm already loving it!!  This color would normally be a little too dark for my liking but it's actually a very pretty nude/dark pinkish color.  It's super hydrating, it goes on so smoothly and it LASTS!!!!  It didn't fade whatsoever when I wore it and I love that because I hate having to reapply lipstick all the time.  Also it smells really minty and fresh so that's definitely a plus!!  I recommend everyone go out and buy this product, it's totally worth it.  This one comes in 12 different colors.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up hydrating lip stain in Chic - $4.98
I have yet to try this one out but if it's anything like the Revlon lip stain I know I'll love it!  I tried the color our on my hand and it looks to be more of a nude pink shade with a hint of orange in it.  It's super pretty but I don't know how I'm going to feel about it on me so we'll see about that one.  It definitely seems to glide on smoothly so hopefully that means it will be hydrating as well!  I'm super excited to try this one out to see if it lasts and how the color actually looks.  This one comes in 8 different colors.

Let us know what other lip products we should try!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Newest addition!!

Seeing as my sister was the one who got me to do this, we decided that she should make some beauty posts every now and then of her own!  Her name is Josee, she's 21 and she's recently been getting more and more into makeup!  We've both been looking online at a bunch of different makeup and she recently ordered some products from Sephora so be sure to keep a look out for her reviews on those once they come in!!  In case you haven't read my about me page, I'll inform you that most of our products will be DRUGSTORE (Shoppers Drug Mart or Walmart) products.  Some times we may have more high end products such as Sephora or MAC products, but for the most part it will be totally affordable drugstore stuff!!  So remember, keep a look out for posts by Josee!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Favorite lips

When it comes to lip butters and lipsticks, I like to have a very neutral or more pink shade.  I'm definitely not a big fan of bright and fun colors on my own lips but I do find some girls can wear bright colors, such as red, very very well!  Seeing as I'm probably not the only girl who feels like this, I decided to fill you in on what MY favorite lip products are right now!
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy 045 - $7.50
I am absolutely in love with this lip butter.  Often when I'm at Shoppers Drug Mart or Walmart and I'm testing different lip butter colors on my hand, I find that the color never really comes out the way it seems like it would.  When I tried this one, the color came out very well!  It isn't too pigmented but you can definitely build the color which I like!  It's also super hydrating which is always a good thing!  This is definitely a very pink color so for those of you who are like me, this is a great color!  For those of you who like a brighter color, this lip butter comes in 20 different shades!!!

Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer - $5.39
First of all, the greatest part about this lip balm is that it has SPF 15 so for those of you who are more sensitive to the sun, this would be a great purchase!!  Neutrogena is always a great brand for moisturizing products and that definitely goes into their lip balms as well!  This is an absolute must have all year round.

MAC Glaze Lipstick in Hue AA2 - $17.50
Although MAC isn't all that affordable when you're a high school student, it's definitely one of the best brands for lipstick (I find).  My all time favorite is in the shade Hue which is kind of a nude pink color.  I find it's pretty pigmented and to add a bit of shine to it I'll add any nude/pink subtle lip gloss over top just to bring it all together!

Let me know what your favorite lip products are in the comments below!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DIY: Lighten your hair

Seeing as it's the summer time, the sun tends to lighten hair.  So instead of going to dye my hair lighter once again, I as a blonde, like to help the sun out a little bit in order to get my hair even lighter in a much quicker and very easy way!  All you need is half a lemon, a lemon strainer and, if you'd like, a cooking brush.

Start off by cutting a lemon in half and using your lemon strainer to get all of the juice out.
Next you'll need to get your hair wet. (This step is easiest if you have a pool, just jump on in!  If you don't have a pool, using a hose or even the kitchen sink will work just fine!)
Now it's time to put the juice in your hair!  I find it easiest to apply by using a cooking brush in order to get the juice right onto my roots.  Afterwards, I'll pour the left over juice all over my head and tussle my hair around to make sure it hits every spot! (You can always skip the brush and go straight to pouring, it's completely up to you!)
After you apply all the lemon juice to your hair, sit out in the sun and let it work its magic! (Make sure to wear sunscreen during this step.)

Another great thing about putting lemon in your hair is that once you shower and rinse it all out, your hair will feel incredibly soft!!!
**Unfortunately I don't know how this will work/if this will work on brunettes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

I can't live without....

I absolutely cannot live without mascara!  I've recently fallen in love with Maybelline Falsies Volume Express in very black.  It's the one thing I won't leave the house without putting on.  Although some people don't like this product, I find that it really does give the effect of wearing fake lashes without the pain of actually wearing fake lashes!  If you've tried this product before and didn't like it, what I sometimes do is layer this with Cover Girl Lash Blast 24hr in blue black.  I find this adds a ton of volume to the length that Maybelline Falsies gives and overall makes the perfect eyelash look!  This product is definitely a must have!!!

What can't YOU live without??
Comment below and let me know what product you can't live without!

Hey hey!

Well I've never really done this before so here goes nothing!  My name's Melanie but everybody calls me Mel, I'm 17 and I live in Canada!  No one's probably reading this yet but I'll just go for it anyways.  Ever since I was a little girl I've loved everything there is to do with fashion.  This has always been something that I do for myself but my sister came to me today and told me that I should start my own beauty blog so HERE IT IS, Mel's Beauty Blog will be a place that I can review different makeup, fashion styles and help anyone who's ever had any questions about beauty (hopefully), of course I'll also be able to fill you all in (well one day) on what's going on in my life!  This seems like it's going to be a fun journey and I hope that some day I'll have some readers that will join me on this beauty journey!!!