The Revolution of Dry Shampoo

When I was little I always remember my grandmother having her annual Saturday morning hair appointment. She rarely missed those appointments. I remember when she would get back from the salon she would have fresh curls and you could tell she felt like a new women. 

Do you know any ladies in your life like that now? Having your hair done once a week professionally or doing it yourself is starting to trend back into style. With the never ending research showing the public shampooing daily is bad for your hair & the cost of a good blowout no wonder the dry shampoo industry is booming. 

For those who don’t know what dry shampoo is it is a form of powder that comes in spray or powder form. The purpose is to be sprinkled or sprayed into  the roots to absorb excess oil. It helps extend your hairstyle or the time in between washes. 

There are several brands on the market, here are a few of my favorites: Batiste any scent, Suave in the citrus scent, and Herbal Essence in the Rose scent. They all cost less then 10 dollars so very budget friendly. They just take the pain out of washing your hair daily. Any recommendations for me to try leave me a comment please! 

P.s. I’m working on my first Vlog! I will be spending the next few days in New York City and want to share it with you. 

 Love always, 

Annalissa 







Judgement Day For Mascaras

Hey beauties!

I have the ever growing mascara collection and I thought I would share with you the ones I can’t live with out and the few I could stand to loose.

Since I have a few I’m not a fan off let’s begin there. Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant, L’oreal Miss Manga, and Covergirl Flamed Out. They all have real bristles but different shaped applicators. Covergirl is hourglass while Makeup Forever is tear dropped shaped. Miss Manga has a super flexible wand but I just seem to splatter mascara every where with it. All of these mascara formulas are super wet. These mascaras make my lashes clumpy and black. No volume and no length.

My in between mascaras are Calvin Klein One Mascara & Scandal Eyes Flex by Rimmel. Both mascaras makes my lashes long. Calvin One has has a cool applicator with a simply twist the rubber bristles grow longer. Scandal eyes is just your typical mascara that fluffy applicator.

My Favorites are Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express waterproof, Benefits they’re Real, & my number one is Lancome Grandiose. Pumped Up Colossal holds the curl in my lashes all day. Probably because it’s a waterproof formula but either way I still love it. Benefits they’re Real makes my lashes long and full and stays all day with no flaking. Now for the mother of all mascara Lancome’s Grandiose! It gives me full, thick, curled, & long lashes. What more can a girl ask for from her mascara? Also it’s super black. It is pricey at 32 dollars a bottle but with the patent pending wand to reach every lash it’s worth it. The way the wand bends help me have curl in my lashes without using and eyelash curler. I’m including a picture using Lancome Grandiose What’s your favorite mascara?

Love always,
Annalissa

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October Favorites!

Hey beauty lovers!

I’m back from my mini vacation from blogging. So sorry it took so long! I’ve finally settled into my new school and work schedule. Plus Halloween and my Fiancé’s birthday week is over. It’s already the first day of November and I just can’t believe it. Time is truly flying by this year.

I’ve been very into gel eyeliner this month. It’s a simple way to define your eyes and to me is less stress then a pencil. It does take some practice but nothing too stressful. I love L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24 hour in 171 Blackest Black. The texture is smooth and does not dry out.

To apply the gel liner I use my Sonia Kashuk angled eyeliner brush. This brush is the perfect size to get deep in the lash line and great to create the perfect cat wing. The bristles are so soft. Mine is from Sonia Kashuk anniversary brush set.

The best drugstore mascara I found is Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express in Blackest black. The handle is flexible so you can reach all out your lashes. The brush on the other hand is super fat and has short compact bristles. This mascara is good for volume and lengthening.

Cream eyeshadow is my go to lately. Maybelline Tattoo cream eyeshadow 24 hour is Simple to use but it looks like you put a lot of effort into your look. I love the shade 25 Bad to the Bronze. It’s a brownish taupe color and has all day staying power. Just warm the product up on your finger and tap it on to your lid.

Looking for a concealer brush that blends like a dream? Check out Sonia Kashuk’s brush line. Also from her anniversary kit is my flat tapered concealer brush. It gets into all the tiny spaces to blend your concealer.

Nude lipstick goes with everything but for a funky twist this month I tried Lust for Blush 665 by Maybelline Matte lipstick. I’m sure by now you have heard of the new collection Maybelline launched last month of 10 matte shade of lipsticks. I picked up 8, a post to come on them soon. The color of Lust for Blush is a light pinkish purple shade closer to nude but has a kick to it.

Finally my last favorite of the month is Urban Decay All Nighter setting Spray. It helps keep your makeup on all day and it’s a simple finishing step. I also use it to prep my skin for foundation. The smell isn’t the greatest but once it’s dry you can’t notice it.

I’m going to throw in some pictures of my Halloween makeup and the makeup I did for my friend she pwent as Cleopatra and I did her roommate Nicole eyeshadow. What’s your favorite for the month?

Love always,
Annalissa

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Fresh Faced Friday

Beauty lovers!

I have some super exciting news to share! I have finally started my esthetic program and I love it. I have never been the girl to succeed in school but with this course I feel that could change. I have an amazing teacher who makes me want to pick her brain for all the bits of knowledge you don’t get from a book. I’m sorry for not having the post up sooner but I’m in school from 6 am till 3:30 pm.

I tried the Freeman Dead Sea Mineral Anti- stress mask. It comes in portable packs in the skin care aisle at the drugstore. It smells just like the ocean! This product is super simply to use and goes on smooth. Plus it’s blue so you can see where you have applied the mask.

Like usual to use this mask I cleanse my skin with my Cetaphil and Clarosonic. Next I applied the cream mask to my dry skin. While the mask was drying I could feel my pores shrinking and tingly. After the mask was completely dry I waited ten minutes and used warm water and a towel to wipe the mask off.

This mask was super easy to use and I did notice an improvement in my skin afterwards. My skin is glowing and hydrated a bonus was it really did help me relax and take my stress away. So if your out and see this mask I would recommend picking it up and giving it a go.

Love always,
Annalissa

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Revlon Gel Envy Polish Review

Hey beauties!

Let’s talk about gel nail polish! I hate when I take the time to give myself a mani and hours later it chips. So I’m starting the search for the perfect affordable gel polish system. I’ve never been the girl to paint her nails because my polish chips super fast. I’ve tried a bunch of different top coats and all that ever happens is I end up wasting money & time. Now that gel polish is easily available at the drugstore I decided to give it a go.

I found the prettiest shade for fall in the Revlon section of my drugstore. It’s a hunter green with light green glitter thorough out it. I absolutely love it! The shade is called Rain Forest. Revlon’s website says that this is a simple two step system. First you apply your color which works as a base coat and after that dries you apply the gel envy top coat.

I work at a farm store (strange right?) and my nails get a lot of wear and tear. After two days there was minimum chipping just around the edges. At the four day mark it started chipping to the point where It was super noticeable.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the results. After I removed the polish I noticed my nails were yellow. I know that’s a normal thing to happen when you wear nail polish but this has never happened to me before. Needless to say I’m not a huge fan of this product. I personally would skip Revlon Gel Envy nail polish.

Love always,
Annalissa

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Vice by Urban Decay

Beauty junkies I have the most exciting thing to share with you today!

I’m sharing the Vice palette by Urban Decay with you! My fiancé is the best he surprised me again with the Vice palette after hearing me talk about it non stop.

So of course the packaging is luxurious. It comes in a beautiful box with a beautiful pouch inside. Inside of the pouch is a beautiful case which has the eyeshadows neatly organized by color. Opening the case their is a huge mirror! The mirror is the size of the palette so no squinting to see yourself. It comes with a brush but it’s a let down. The double ended brush is a cheap version of the brush you get in the Naked palettes.

With this palette you get Twenty shades in variety of colors. Five of the shades are matte while the rest are satin finish. The colors are definitely a different mix. You have neutrals, pinks, blues, a green, purples, and greys. The pigmentation is great just one swipe is all you need to pick the color up. The shadows are creamy and smooth. The same quality eyeshadows we love from Urban Decay are in this palette. You can purchase this palette at Sephora and Ulta the price is sixty dollars. It does seem pricy but you get more for your money with this Pete compare to a Naked palette for fifty four dollars. Have any more questions about the palette just ask. Hopefully I can put a tutorial together soon.

Love always,
Annalissa

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Kim Kardashian Tutorial

Hey beauty lovers!

I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning with my Chai tea in hand and an amazing picture of Kim Kardashian ends up in front of me. Yes, everyone is talking about her love her or not. Her makeup is always flawless and of course I needed to recreate the look. My fiancé surprised me with Sonia Kaskuk’s 15 piece brush kit and now I finally get to use them.

Kim’s makeup is always fresh faced and contoured to perfection. You need a great base to start this look. I primed my face with ELF Mineral Face Primer. Pressing it into my skin with clean finger tips. I focus more on my T zone and any left over product I place on the rest of my face. Foundation is next Kim always has glowing dewy skin. The perfect drugstore foundation for glowing skin is the L’oreal True Match Lumi, I’m the shade Warm. I use about two pumps with my new Sonia Kashuk angled kabuki brush and press the foundation into my skin.

To conceal and highlight I’m using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the shade fair under my eyes, around my nose, forehead, and chin using my Sonia Kashuk tapered foundation brush I blend it in. I set my concealer with my Maybelline Fit powder in the shade classic Ivory using a fluffy powder brush. I contour with the contour compact by ELF in Saint Lucia and my new favorite contour brush of all time. It is a short dense kabuki brush, similar to the NARS contour brush except the bristles are more dense. To contour my checks I run a line of bronzer from the top of my ear angled down to the middle of my cheeks. If you bring your contour down too far then you will just end up looking silly. I continue to contour my jaw line, forehead, and the sides of my nose. Using the same brush I blend out any harsh lines.

For the cheeks I’m using NYX baked blush in Chiffon and a blush brush to apply this on the apples of my cheeks. The color is just a perfect rose shade. For my highlighter I chose Estée Lauder’s powder illuminate in Heat Wave. I wanted to place the highlighter in specific spots so I used a fluffy eyeshadow brush. I place the product on the top if my cheek bones, chin, bridge of my nose, and forehead between my eyebrows.

I fill my brows in using Benefits Gimme Brow in the shade light. It uses fibers to fill in the spaces in my brows. After it dries I follow up with Anastasia Blonde Brow Powder Duo and a angle brush. I use the lighter shade on the inner part of my brow and the darker shade on the outer arch.
This step helps set my brows to stay in place.

For my eyes I’m using the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. With a fluffy blending brush I apply Naked in the crease in a windshield wiper motion. I take a pencil brush and apply Creep in the outer corner and in the crease stopping in the middle of the eye. With a clean blending brush blend blend blend any harshness away. Continue to apply and blend Creep till you end up with your desired amount of darkness. Taking a tapered flat eyeshadow brush I apply Toasted from the inner corner of the lid to the middle. Blend Creep and Toasted together along the edges.

A Kohl eyeliner will make this next step super simply. I love Rimmel’s Scandaleyes in black. Apply this to your upper water line for thicker looking lashes. Then apply to the lower lashes and blend out with a pencil brush. Taking Creep on the same pencil brush apply in the bottom lash line and blend for a smoked out line. Line your eyes with a black liner. L’oreal infallible gel liner in blackest black works best for me with a angle eyeliner brush. Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara. My favorite at the moment is Maybelline Mega Plush in black. Kim did use fake lashes which you can add but I’m skipping this step.

I love how her eyes are smoked out to perfection and her lips are subtle with peach gloss. Honeyed by Covergirl is my go to for a neutral lip color topping it with Sephora’s lipgloss in Rose Petal. Finally set your look with a setting spray. Any suggestions for my next tutorial?

Love always,
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Brushes on a budget

Hey beauties!

I love makeup! Who doesn’t? We all know that you have to have the proper brushes to achieve the looks I create but brushes are super expensive. So let’s talk about brushes on a budget.

I’m a big fan of the brand ELF they have two separate lines of cosmetics and brushes. They have the dollar brushes with the grey/ silver handles and then the studio collection which is the black handles. I have some brushes from both collections I truly love. I love being able to purchase good quality brushes ranging from one to three dollars, it’s impressive in my book. If your looking for the perfect fluffy blending brush I suggest using the studio collection contour brush. I love the grey handle smudge brushes for smoking out the lower lash line. Both collections have nice bristles. As you can imagine though the silver handle brushes are a bit more rough feeling on the skin compared to the studio collection. You can find these brushes at Target and of course online. http://www.eyeslipsface.com

The next brand that I can suggest is Sonia Kashuk. My fiancé surprised me with the 15 piece set that everyone is looking for. I completely fell in love with these brushes! My personal favorites are the angled kabuki for my foundation and the contouring brush. The bristles are silky smooth and pick the product easily. For someone who’s looking for great brushes with a nice price tag I highly suggest this kit. The brush kit was 40 dollars but if you break it down I believe you end up paying around 2.99 a brush. Usually if you can purchase a set of brushes it’s less expensive then buying individuals. You can find these brushes at Target and online. http://soniakashuk.com

What are your budget brush must haves?

Love always,
Annalissa

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Fresh Faced Friday

Good morning beauty junkies!

Fresh Faced Friday is here and happening! We’re using Freeman Purifying Paper Mask Star Fruit. It claims to purify and helps control oil. My T zone lately has been out of control with how oily it becomes by mid day.

Simple steps to use this mask, first wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
Pat your skin dry and apply the paper mask. It smells like cantaloupe and I love it personally. Wait ten minutes for this mask to really soak into your skin. Peel the mask off and press the left over serum into your skin.

Usually when I use a new mask I can’t notice too much of a difference right away. This mask though made my skin feel fresh and healthy. After I peeled the mask off, my skin and pores felt tight and slightly burning. My skin was warm and red after taking this mask off. Ten minutes later everything had calmed down and returned to normal. If you have sensitive skin I would suggest trying this mask on a day you can stay home just in case your skin has a bad reaction to this mask. The picture where my face is red is after I removed the mask. hope you enjoyed!

Love always,
Annalissa

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Covergirl & Maybelline Quad Reviews

Hey wonderful people!

How has your week been going? For me it has been non stop with work but thankfully I get to go home and visit my parents soon. I have been shopping lately (shocker) and wanted to give you some quick reviews on two eyeshadow quads.

I have the Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer quad. The colors are amazing for fall. Copper, chocolate brown, burgundy, and a white shimmer are what’s included in this palette. The colors are easy to blend plus the color payoff is amazing. Each shade is labeled how to wear it such as crease, lid, etc. but to keep life interesting I’m breaking those rules. Each shadow does have shimmer in it but nothing that’s too dramatic for a day time eye. There is some fall out but if you start with your eye makeup then apply foundation you should be fine.

A recent launch from Covergirl ended up with me buying a new eyeshadow quad. It’s full of different shades of grey and dark plum color. They are a satin finish but you need to apply more shadow then you regularly would. The color pay off isn’t that great it takes three layers for the pigment to show up. If you have extra time to keep applying shadow then the colors are very pretty. For a quick out the door eye I would skip on this quad. I picked up the shade Smokey Nudes. You can purchases these at your local drugstores for less then ten dollars. The grey shadows at the top of my arm in the picture below is from the Covergirl palette. What are favorite drugstore eyeshadows?

Love always,
Annalissa

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