My Birchbox Reveal – October 2016

19 Oct



I’m most excited about the Clarins serum!

I’m already a fan of Parlor hair products.

I’m neutral about the mascara.

I’m not sure what the butter is for, body or face.

What did you get?


After a crazy week last week; Olaplex

18 Oct

Last week was a whirlwind in my professional and family life.  So many things going on!  So, as soon as Friday came, I pampered myself with some Olaplex.



Here I am, in a big sweatshirt and no make-up haha. My hair is wet and Olaplex is on my head.

I like to keep my Olaplex on my head for about an hour.  Then I shampoo and conditioner and style my hair as usual.  When done, my hair feels very soft and smooth.

In case you are curious, no Olaplex does not come in a crazy red color.  My stylist puts my hair color in the bottle when we color my hair.  Everything is matchy matchy!

What is your favorite way to unwind after a busy week?

Thanks for reading!


Help me reach 500 Twitter followers!

8 Oct

Hello lovelies!!!

My goal is to reach 500 Twitter followers by the end of the year.


Will you help a girl out???

Follow me and share me🙂

Another hair post – fashion colors

7 Oct

I’ve been making a lot more hair posts than I usually do, but that’s due to my changes in hair routines and hair in general.   In the past year and a half I’ve

a) grown my hair

b) got hair extensions

c) changed hair colors

d) removed extensions

e) cut hair super short

d) changed hair shades again and used different color techniques

Clearly, my head has been busy.

This is all thanks to my bestie and hair master stylist, Elyse. And she does some hair that is like whoa!!  Things I could never do because of a corporate job.  So in this post, I am picking some of my favorite looks that she did on her other clients.


MAC Holiday Collection 2016 – Nutcracker Theme

6 Oct

MAC released their annual Holiday collection and it’s good.

I love the Nutcracker theme.

Here are my faves;

I’m still hoping to get a lipstick from the Selena collection too.

Are you lovelies excited for the Holiday make-up collections this year?


How my hair color is holding up – an update post

5 Oct

It’s been a few weeks now since I changed my hair.  I’ve been using the Gemlites system.

So here is the side by side comparison:

Left is the brand new color – Right is yesterday

These were both taken outside, with natural light.  No filter.

So what do you guys think?  Is the color holding up?

I think it’s faded a bit and it’s less ruby and more red, but that’s okay.

Here is the post that lists the products we used during the coloring process, if you are interested.

Thanks for reading!


Review – Klorane Waterproof eye make-up remover

4 Oct

 Klorane Waterproof eye make-up remover with *bonus* soothing cornflower.


I received this sample in my Birchbox.  You can also get it from Sephora and it retails for $16.00 for a little over 3 fl oz.

What they claim:

What it is:
A bi-phase waterproof eye makeup remover with soothing cornflower.

What it does:
This gentle formula quickly removes all types of long-lasting makeup, even waterproof, and strengthens eyelashes without any oily residue. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, and is enriched with cornflower extract to soothe and decongest.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates

What else you need to know:
This product is also hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, silicone-free, phenoxyethanol-free, and vegan. It is formulated to reduce the risk of allergy.

Since the 12th century, cornflower has been used for its medicinal properties to relieve tired and irritated eyes. Its blue color was considered a token for healthy eyes.

Research results:
In a clinical study on eyelash loss after daily application of Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover for 2 weeks:
– 75% reduction in eyelash loss was measured

My thoughts:

I will just come out and say it; this is probably the best eye make-up remover I’ve ever used.  There is absolutely no eye sting. Zero.   Nada.  Zilch.  My eyes don’t water, burn, itch.  NOTHING.

Does it remove eye make-up?

Yes, as good as any other eye make up remover.  Go over the eyelid a few times, let it soak into the lashes a bit and you are make-up free.

Do you have a reduction in eyelash loss?

Actually, maybe.  I had noticed the other day that I am losing less eyelashes.

Does it stay oily after using?


Will I purchase?

Yes, very much a yes.

Autumn Lush Haul 

3 Oct

Reblogging this because Lush is awesome!!!

Emily Mae

It’s finally October and I’ve finally found my way into my favourite Lush store to check out their newest collection. I wanted to buy everythingbut I decided to pick out a few things that I really wanted to try. There were so many beautiful scents and adorable products, it was so hard to choose!

From the Halloween Collection I purchased:

From the Christmas Collection I purchased:

I think this year’s holiday collection is definitely their best yet. Every product is so carefully thought out with a few new scents too, I’m so excited to get through it all. Here are some snaps I took of the bath display in my…

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Review – Celeb Luxury Gemlites hair care system

1 Oct


Celeb Luxury Gemlites hair care system is a salon brand of hair products.  You can buy this in salons and through authorized retailers.

What they claim:


Maintain brightness and bring out red tones and reflective facets in all bright and deep reds and brown hair


  • Instantly adds rich color while cleansing with hi-conditioning
  • Maintains, corrects, and boosts color brilliance
  • Continuous use after fresh color, adds color and stops visible washout and fade between
    color services
  • Alternate with shinewash® to manage color vibrancy
  • Complete gem lites® system restores hair to healthy, natural feel
  • Superior sulfate-free, paraben-free, ammonia-free, peroxide-free, PPD-free
  • No animal testing, 100% vegan


  • Blend of nourishing panthenol and phytantriol improves moisturization and texture of hair
  • Locks in intense moisture, hydrating hair even in low humidity to help prevent breakage

What it is –

It’s a system of a color deposing shampoo, an in-between shampoo and a conditioner.

Does it deposit color?


My overall impression of this product

I like it.  Biggest benefit is that I don’t have to play chemist in my bathroom to make my own color depositing product.  It works, it’s just a bit of work.  Here is my recipe for that in case you are looking for it.

The conditioner isn’t super moisturizing.  So if you have very dry hair, I’m not sure if this will be enough.  Also, because you are already leaving your shampoo on your head for a while, you are probably spending less time conditioning, like I am.  However, it doesn’t weight my hair down, it doesn’t make it frizzy.

What I really do like, is that the color shampoo makes my hair seem like it has highlights and depth.  Like my hair glitters in certain light.

How do you maintain your hair color?

Thanks for reading!



Milk Makeup Highlighter Review

30 Sep

I tried to post this yesterday from my mobile, but it came out all wonky. So here it is again! I wanted to review this, but I lost it. Because I am awesome.

Queen of the Girl Geeks

I was so excited to get a Milk Makeup sample from Birchbox. I’ve been wanting to try this brand for ages. I just tested out the Milk Makeup Highlighter and I’m super impressed and looking so much brighter.

m2.jpgWhat’s to love?

This shimmery highlighter really packs a punch! I feel like this product is super versatile and effective on older skin like mine.

I did have a hard time doing a swatch because the product is so light and sheer in photos but it looks amazing in person.

The color is a goldish beige called “Lit” and it’s got lots of shimmer and sparkle (but not too much sparkle). It smells a bit like suntan lotion with vanilla and it rolls on super smooth. I feel like I got a very natural glow and that my skin looks so much brighter and younger.

It’s definitely a subtle look but very pretty…

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