July Beauty Favorites

Hello, friends! Oh my goodness, summer is really winding down. This summer is being cut a little short for me, as I go back to school next Tuesday for orientation team! I’m still in the process of packing for school, but I’m more than half way. The goal for this school year to to minimize the junk and keep everything neat!

This past month has been pretty wild, because it has been completely filled with work. Though making the trek to uptown every day is a little overwhelming, I’ve appreciated having a routine. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my favorite beauty products that have become a part of my routine and that have really gotten me through crazy July!

Soap and Glory Vitamin C Face Soap

I have been wanting to try this cleanser for so long and now that I’ve been using it for a few weeks, I love it. First off, the bottle is huge. It’s almost the size of a shampoo bottle, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The actual product is gentle, yet really cleanses your skin. I use it morning and night and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed, but really soft.

Soap and Glory “Scrub of Your Life” Body Scrub

You can’t help but love the cheeky product names that Soap and Glory comes up with. I recently discovered body scrubs this summer, and they have changed my shower game. I like this product, because it’s easy to use, turns into a foam when mixed with water, and washes off really easily.  I use this a couple times a week and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth. It’s especially great to use before shaving your legs, because it makes legs feel softer for a longer period of time. The scent is also really fresh, so it’s a win-win all around.

 

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

This has been my go-to mascara for this entire month! The brush is so soft and really coats my lashes with product. My lashes are left ultra volumized and lengthened–it honestly looks like I am wearing false lashes. I have tried to going back to some of my other mascaras, but I find that they don’t make my lashes look the way this one does. If you are interested in more information about this mascara, I actually did a review a little while ago! I will leave the link here.

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation/Concealer

I really like this foundation/concealer combo, because it evens out my skin tone while mattifying my face. I apply the foundation with a sponge, then apply the slightly lighter concealer under my eyes. It leaves a soft, natural finish while covering up my imperfections. This foundation wears beautifully throughout the day, though I do need to blot after about 5 hours. These two products are super affordable and one of the best face products in the drugstore.

Benefit Porefessional Primer

I love this primer, because it feels really light on the skin, yet helps my foundation go on smoother and last longer. It’s super soft and blends out seamlessly. I also like to use this on days where I don’t wear makeup, because it helps control my shine throughout the day. This has definitely been a staple product for me during this crazy month.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments below–what are some of your favorite products from this month? Have you tried any of the items I mentioned?

Have a great day!

 

-Love Ling

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Review

Hello, friends! I don’t know about you guys, but I find that all of my mascaras tend to do the same thing. They all work “pretty well”, do their job, and finish off my makeup look for the day. I’m not the type to spend a lot of money on a product that simply gives my lashes a little bit of a boost, because I can find one that does a similar job at the drugstore. Despite all of this mascara cynicism, I think I have found a product that is worth raving about.

Today, I’m going to be reviewing the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara–letting you know if it truly is worth all the hype and if you should purchase it or not. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Background

The L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara just recently hit the shelves of drugstores, and I have noticed that it has become quite popular in the beauty community. For good reason, too. A lot of beauty gurus are claiming that this $10 mascara is a dupe for the Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara. I’ve never tried this specific product, but I do know that it costs about $23 and is a favorite of a lot of the makeup loving community. How cool would it be if the drugstore came out with a product that was of the same quality of a product twice its price? Well, L’Oreal is just that cool.

The Basics

 

Claims: This product claims to give voluptuous volume and length with a “soft wavy brush” that contains nearly 200 bristles. It also claims to have a “smooth glide formula”, which allows the product to adequately plump your lashes with just one coat.

Price: $9.99 at most drugstores

I purchased this mascara in “Blackest Black”.

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I really like the packaging for this product! It’s sleek, simple, and pink. What more could you want?

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First of all, the brush is huge! I agree that it is a very soft brush and applies comfortable, unlike some mascaras that can be a bit scratchy. I was surprised at how my lashes looked after just one coat. They were significantly volumized and lengthened! It looked like I had doll lashes! This formula is a little bit wet, so I tried not to bat my eyes too much, lest I smudge mascara all over my face.

Once the mascara dried a bit, I noticed that my lashes felt a little bit heavy. Because this mascara is so volumizing and coats the lashes, this can be expected. However, it did feel a little weird once I put sunglasses on. You know your mascara is working when your lashes touch the lenses of your glasses. Annoying, but slightly satisfying.

I had a hard time applying this product to my lower lashes, due to the larger brush and high impact product. I found that my wee little bottom lashes were no match for its intensity and clumped up. The mascara also got all over my lower lash line. This inconvenience is not a deal breaker for me, but I definitely prefer its effects on my top lashes.

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Wear

Y’all, my lashes looked glamorous and doll-like for the entire day. This mascara did not smudge, wear off, or flake off whatsoever. I was very impressed with the lasting power of this product, because it made my lashes look great for nearly ten hours. I definitely noticed that my lashes were coated with mascara throughout the day, but again, this is due to the intensity of this mascara. It really coats your lashes and delivers on volume and length.

Final Thoughts

I am very impressed with the Lash Paradise Mascara! It makes my lashes full and thick for a long period of time, which is the dream for makeup lovers. This product is also really affordable, which gives it a thumbs up in my book!

The only thing I don’t like about this mascara is that I have to be careful when applying it to my lower lashes and it makes my a lashes feel a bit heavy. This may not be an issue for everyone, but they’re definitely things that I noticed. Despite these little annoyances, I really like this product and think it’s a jewel of the drugstore. Definitely try it out.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day!

-Love Ling

 

 

 

May Favorites

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Hello, friends! Today I’m going to share some of my favorite beauty products that I used in the month of May. For me, May marked the end of the spring semester and the beginning of summer. It was filled with a lot of stress and some hard days, but also granted me opportunities to spend time with my friends and family. It was also the month in which I tried out a lot of new beauty products, some of which I am going to share with you today. I hope you enjoy!

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This body butter is so luxurious-feeling and does a great job moisturizing my skin. It’s got a relatively strong coconut-lime scent that is noticeable throughout the day, so if you don’t like lingering scents, you may not like this product. However, I like that it has a scent and think it’s perfect for summer! This product also has a bit of shimmer to it, so it gives your skin a nice glow.

Victoria’s Secret “Bombshell” Rollerball 

I love this perfume! It’s got a gorgeous, fruity scent that is (again) perfect for the summertime. Victoria’s Secret is known for this perfume and for good reason!

Benefit “The Porefessional” Primer

I am definitely late to the game for this product–it’s been around for a while and I am happy that I’ve finally trying it. It feels light on the skin and makes my face feel super soft. This primer also does a great job of making my foundation look smooth and keeping it on all day. I just have the travel size for right now, but I’m thinking about upgrading to the full size. We shall see!

Wet n Wild Highlighter in “Precious Petals”

I love this highlighter! It’s got a beautiful, peachy-gold shimmer to it and is really soft and pigmented. I add this to the tops of my cheek bones for an extra glow.

Milani Baked Blush in “Coralina”

This has been my go-to blush this month and for the majority of the spring season! It’s a super pigmented coral shade,  gives a fresh look to the face, and lasts all day! I’m always impressed when I check my makeup and see that this blush is still on my face. While this product looks glittery when swatched, it gives a natural glow when I apply it. You don’t even really need a highlighter with this product!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Bronzer in “Sunkissed”

I’m pretty new to using bronzer, but this product is perfect for adding just a touch of color to my face. It’s not too orange-y and is the perfect shade for an all-over bronzed look. It makes you look like you just got out of the sun! I also appreciate that the formula is really smooth and creamy–it feels like a high end product.

Tartest Pro to Go Eyeshadow Palette

I just purchased this palette this month and I love it! The shades are creamy and super pigmented. I also love that they have a nice scent to them; it makes the shadows feel ultra luxurious. This palette is great for creating an everyday bronze look, but also includes shades that can be used to create a smokey look for a night out. It’s color payoff and versatility make it a must have for me this summer.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what some of your summer beauty favorites are in the comments! I can’t wait to see what June holds. Happy summer!

-Love Ling