Tuesday, September 24, 2013


One thing I am not quite experienced with is picking out new hair care products.  I have a thing for trying out new brands when it comes to picking out any shampoo or conditioner.  However, there are so many brands out there that it kind of becomes overwhelming.  So when Ulta was having their 1 liter bottle sale a few weeks ago I kind of went a little crazy trying to pick out which one to buy.

Ultimately I went with the Kenra line, which I have never tried or really even heard about.  The description of the products sounded right for my hair type and with the deal Ulta was offering (about $15 per liter bottle) it was definitely a nice way to try it out for a steal.

I have fine hair with a little bit of a natural wave to it, and it has been lightened.  So the type of shampoo and conditioner I usually go for are the more lightweight types that is volumizing.  Anything that will give my hair some body and lift.

Both of the Kenra Shampoo and Conditioner work amazingly well for me.  I was quite surprised because I didn't think it'll actually give my hair the added volume.  After a nice shower with the two products, my hair feels soft and looks incredibly healthy.  I don't even have to give it a blowdry for any volume (which really cuts down on heat damage).  The formula is quite moisturizing, leaving my hair smooth even through the second day.

The products are incredibly lightweight, and just lather wonderfully.  The only thing that bothers me about the product is that both the shampoo and conditioner smells like sweet candy.  This may not be a problem for most people though, I am just sensitive to sweeter smells.  Otherwise, I am definitely happy with the risk I took picking up full liter bottles of these at such a great price.  They'll definitely go a long way.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

L'Oreal, The Old and The New

It's been a while since I've wandered around the drugstore beauty aisles, so I've definitely fallen behind on what's new these days.  However, when I found myself in need of a replacement liquid eyeliner I knew I couldn't put it off any longer.

Of course I wanted to pick up my old favorte, the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner as my replacement liner.  I've been using the L'Oreal liquid eyeliner for years now and I cannot see myself loving anything else.  Nothing's more intense in color, and the felt tip applicator cannot be any easier to use.  A great liquid liner for beginners and makeup experts.

And, as I was picking up my liner, I came across the display for the new L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation.  I recognized the bottle from a few reviews and blog posts I've come across online, and because I remembered hearing a few good comments about the foundation I decided to give it a go.  But I cannot lie, the cute packaging was also another bonus about picking up the foundation.

It's definitely been a long while, a little over a year, since I've given a drugstore foundation a try.  They've usually not worked out so well for me.  However, because L'Oreal has been a trusted drugstore brand for me that I don't think much can go wrong.

Keep an eye out for a more comprehensive review on the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation in the next week.



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!

Now that we're breaking into the Fall season, the cooler, crisp air has be excited to wear more layers and richer colors.  One of my favorite parts of Fall are all of the darker nail polish shades.  I find deep shades of polishes to be very chic and classic, and with that I decided to start off the season with OPI's Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!, which was released in the OPI Germany collection.

OPI has such a great selection of deeper hues, and all of my favorite shades in their permanent collection always that black undertone color.

Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! is a simply shade of dark grey with a bit of black.  However, when you're in different lighting you can somewhat see a tad of a forest green, which makes this specific shade quite unique in my collection.  

I've worn this shade for about 2 and a half weeks straight now and I am just loving everything about it (please excuse my dry cuticles in the swatch, the weather is really getting to my skin).  Of course OPI does not disappoint when it comes to the wear of their polishes.  And with the color being so dark you can get away with two thin coats, or one thicker coat, for an opaque application.

I'll be breaking into all of my other darker polishes as the weeks go on, so keep an eye out!



Monday, September 16, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

I've definitely been slacking off when it comes to blogging, but I am definitely getting back into the game.  And with that I decided to start off with a post about the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line, which was released on September 15th (yesterday) morning.

I'll start off with my experience that morning as I prepared myself for an early morning and a big crowd.  I woke up at 6am and found myself online making a few handbag purchases before hitting up the actual store.  I was surprised that the server wasn't crashing since a few of the products were already made available online (I guess not everyone is a morning person).  I was quite happy with the selection that was made available online, it made it quite convenient for me.  I was able to purchase everything I wanted from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Collection on Target.com, everything except for the Mini Satchel.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Mini Satchel was definitely the most coveted handbag from the entire collection since it was one of the few products in the center of their ad for the collection.  Target had not made this item available for online purchase, so I knew I had to brace myself for a trip to Target.

Because this collection was so well advertised, and anyone into the fashion industry dreams of owning Phillip Lim products, I knew there was going to be a large crowd to overcome once I arrived at Target.  Luckily, I arrived at my nearest Target 10 minutes before they had planned on opening and found myself maybe the 25th or so person in line.  As they opened there doors the crowd literally rushed up the stairs and headed for the huge signs pointing toward the collection.  There were people grabbing hangers off the racks left and right (not even checking for appropriate sizes) and just a sea of red shopping carts all along the aisle.

Because I only had my eyes on one product, I just calmly made my way toward the handbags and snatched up the Mini Satchel in a dark taupe color.  Of course I wanted the bag in black, but because it was all sold out I thought taupe would be a great option for the Fall season.

I was quite impressed with the quality of the handbags that were made available for the collection.  The 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Satchel was priced at a reasonable $34.99.  The mini satchel is small, but definitely makes as big of an impact as a statement bag.  It's structure is beautifully designed with the zipper accents (bringing a little edge to a formal looking bag), and the deep bag does hold quite a lot for being a mini.  I am in love with the quality of the faux leather, and the added top handles and removable straps are just two of the best features.

For being the more affordable collection from such a high end designer, Phillip Lim lived up to the quality of his work with the attention of detail put into every design.

I am definitely excited to have one of his pieces in my handbag collection, and cannot wait until I receive the rest of my Target.com order from the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection.