Eyelash Curlers - Beauty Staples or Unnecessary Hassles?

When I first noticed that the Chanel Eyelash Curlers were popular among beauty bloggers and vloggers, I was slightly confused. Most eyelash curlers follow the classic shape of my Sephora pair that I got when I was in middle school - the back half where fingers are placed looks like it came from a pair of scissors, and the top half where the eyelash curling magic happens looks slightly like a torture device. (Yes, I know that joke has been made quite a few times before, but I just had to acknowledge it here, as it is so true.) The Chanel model doesn't appear to be much different from my eyelash curler, except for the fact that the Chanel logo will show in a mirror when it's used for lash curling. At $34, I couldn't imagine myself thinking that my investment was worth it, even if the act of curling my eyelashes instantly became more fabulous. To be honest, I don't use my eyelash curler that much, and I don't think that even Chanel would be incentive enough to make me pick it up.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Review

Acne, spots, pimples, blemishes - whatever you call those angry red dots that crop up at the most inconvenient times (but then again, what time is a good time to have 'em in the first place?), I'm sure that you don't refer to them lovingly. Like many other girls and boys, I never know exactly what to do when these hormonally induced monsters rear their ugly heads. Do I break out my most drying clay masks in the hopes that they'll make my skin an inhospitable host for my newest squatters? Do I use extra moisturizing products in the hopes that my skin is merely dehydrated and is trying to let me know? Do I par back the skincare to a few basic products that I know won't break me out, or should I add in some extras like face masks and spot creams?

My Lipstick Purchasing Habits + A Dior Dupe

Mac's Lady Danger is one of my favorite lipstick shades. My skin tone is probably more suited to a blue toned red, but I really love fiery orange based reds like the lipsticks shown above. Although they don't have the teeth whitening benefits of their blue based counterparts, there's something about them that livens up my complexion (instead of making my paleness more obvious like some classic reds can do). I also find that they're a whole lot easier to wear - I feel like I'm the focus when I wear a subtle orange toned red like Surrender Dorothy by Marc Jacobs, which is a feeling that I don't have when I'm wearing a blue toned or even neutral red.

Mac Samoa Silk Eyeshadow Review

Mac Samoa Silk Eyeshadow 

It's no secret - I really like Mac shadows. It's a combination of things that contributes to my appreciation of the range. The color selection is spot on, with a large collection of unique neutrals and any vibrant color I could ever want. Their finishes are also very consistent across the board - when I purchase a veluxe pearl eyeshadow, I know that I'm going to get a buttery metallic shade that's easy to blend. On the flip side, I haven't come across a lustre that doesn't have at least a little bit of fallout, so the quality control of each finish is a double edged sword. Overall, Mac has a whole host of eyeshadow options to offer at the (fairly) reasonable price of $15 a pop. Maybe that's why it's so hard for me to pick just one favorite shadow out of the shades that I've collected.

The Best At-Home Facial

When I throw down a title that has 'best' in its name, you know that I'm not joking around. As of right now, this is the most effective combination of products for a pamper night that I've ever discovered. It's very simple - only one face mask (I know! Shock, horror!), one cleanser, and two products for all over moisture. After this acne and dry patch busting foursome, my skin was the softest I've ever felt it, without any fruit acids in sight. Read on for a breakdown of how I use these products!

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara Review

Did any of you ever think that the original Lash Blast formula had clumps? Well, I didn't! Regardless of whether or not Lash Blast needed to be overhauled, I'm glad that it was. I'm definitely not a fan of huge brushes, so this skinnier, more curved brush was a step in the right direction in my book. The shape of the wand makes it easier to get right to the root of the lashes and really pull them up and out - no lash curlers required. I'm rounding out what must be almost 6 months of owning this mascara, and it's just now getting to the point where it's too dry to use. Most high end mascaras don't have formulas that stay wet for that long! Even though I'm not a massive fan of the bright lime green packaging, I'm willing to put up with it for that reason.