Beauty Products with Cute Packaging That Suck Volume 1: Mascara

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A couple of months ago I purchased Covergirl’s Total Tease Waterproof mascara in “very black”. To my knowledge it is a fairly new product and I’ve always purchased Covergirl mascaras in the past due to its affordability. I’m not a huge fan of high-end mascaras, drugstore usually gets the job done. This may sound a little weird to some of you but what initially drew me to this product was the handle of the wand, it kind of reminds of a unicorn’s horn and it’s pink so, hello. However, when I tried it out for the first time I was not impressed.

Keep in mind, I have very long lashes that NEVER CURL. They have a mind of their own and always stick straight out, so I’m used to finding “fail” mascaras. What I’m trying to say is that I was low-key expecting my upper lashes to be clumpy and look like spider legs, but this mascara’s brush has bristles on each side, with one specifically for the lower lashes. What turned me off completely from Covergirl’s Total Tease mascara is that when I applied the product to my lower lashes it was very messy and got everywhere, even when I just used the regular side of the brush. Lastly, throughout the day it was running and smearing, even when I set my under eyes with concealer and powder.

Doll Kel Kel’s Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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My Holy Grail Hair Products on a Budget

1. Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner FullSizeRender (3)

2. Garnier Whole Blends Color Care Mask Argan Oil & Cranberry FullSizeRender (5)

3. Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray FullSizeRender (4)

4. Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum FullSizeRender (2)

My Top 4 Winter Lipsticks

1.) L’Oréal’s “Fairest Nude”

2.) Maybelline’s “On The Mauve”

3.) MAC’s “Heroine”

4.) Revlon’s “Black Cherry”

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It’s all about the lips this season, especially after the Kylie Jenner trend in 2015. These are some of my favs for this winter! I hope you babydolls enjoyed ❤

XO,

-Kelly A.

“No Makeup” Look

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I’m the type of girl that always has to wear a full face of makeup when I am out and about. Not because I need it to feel beautiful, but because I genuinely enjoy experimenting with makeup and it overall makes me feel more put together. However, when I am running errands or even going to the gym I like to go with a more natural look.

No Makeup LookHere is what you will need to achieve this fresh and quick “no makeup” look.

FACE:

  • BB Cream
    • I use Maybelline’s “Dream Pure” and it helps clear up blemishes (I prefer to use a setting powder after for fuller coverage but it is optional).
  • Under Eye Concealer
    • If you have dark circles like me I highly recommend using Maybelline’s “Instant Age Rewind” to erase and brighten up that area.

EYES:

  • Brows
    • Always fill in your brows, it makes such a difference and if you do not have a lot of time just throw on an eyebrow gel or mascara. An inexpensive one is NYX’s “Tinted Brow Mascara”.
  • Lashes
    • Black mascara, need I say more and CURL your lashes before applying. This look is all about the lashes!

LIPS:

  • Lip Gloss
    • Any light pink or nude lip product will work. EOS lip balm is an awesome alternative as well if you just need some hydration.

XO,

-Kelly A.

Marilyn Monroe

 

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It’s been so long since I last sat down to write a blog post! Not to make up excuses, but I have been so busy with school and stressed out from finals. However, I am now on winter break, so I will have a lot more free time to write some cool posts for you guys!

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Lately, I have been very inspired by Marilyn Monroe and old Hollywood glam. I know Marilyn has the reputation of a “dumb blonde”, but I think that there was much more to her than just a pretty face. What I love about her is that she had a public persona or “alter ego” if you will that she created and also was a fairly successful actress, playing a “character within a character” on screen. Which I think just represents how talented she truly was, there definitely was a sense of genius behind her madness. Underneath it all I believe that she was a damaged soul, or even a bit lost and the world of Hollywood was her escape from her troubling reality. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so relatable about her to me. Maybe it’s the pain she experienced or the fantasy celebrity life she led that we all secretly dream of, which is why she may still be exceptionally relevant today.

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To rock a more modernized and everyday wearable version of the classic Marilyn Monroe look you will need a neutral smokey eye with minimal liner, mascara is key. Also, the most important part, which I’m sure you already guessed is the red lip. I would suggest to first apply a red lip liner, I use NYX’s in “Hot Red” but any affordable one will do. If you want to go the MAC route their matte lipstick “Ruby Woo” would be the perfect choice for this look, and it is supposedly Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera’s go to. However, it is very drying and even though it is a beautiful color I don’t think that it is worth the money. It is very difficult to apply, so a more inexpensive option is Maybelline’s “Red Revival” (this lipstick is not matte). Lastly, to finish off the Monroe look add some loose waves and make sure to curl your hair away from your face.

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I hope you enjoyed!

XO,

-Kelly A.

My Rant, Dying Your Hair at Home, and Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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I don’t know about you but I am fed up with going to the hair salon to get my hair colored. It is way out of my budget and I am never satisfied with the finished results, not to mention it is extremely damaging especially if you are planning on bleaching your hair of any sorts. My natural hair color is a very dark brown but recently over this past year I have been experimenting with balayage highlights. Every time that I went to get my highlights touched up they would come out horrible and brassy. Yes, I am aware that dark and chemically processed hair is very difficult to lift but I was determined to get my desired color. Two months ago I finally just had enough and I have come to terms with the fact that light hair is just not a cute look on me (even though I feel like I was a blonde in another life, but brunettes are sexy too don’t get it twisted). Also, I felt like my former hair dresser was ripping me off. I didn’t have the balls to tackle that mess myself, so I found a more affordable salon in my price range to cover my orange balayage highlights. This hair stylist did a decent color job but she didn’t even style my hair, she just blew dried the shit out of it and with my course and wavy hair texture that was a big no no. Since my hair is so thick and I have a lot of it with it only being just medium length, they needed to use more hair dye than for the average person to obviously completely color my entire head of hair, which increased the price even more but to be fair the receptionist did mention this to me ahead of time when I called into schedule my appointment. Within a couple of weeks my “chocolate brown” hair color immensely faded, so this time I decided to take matters into my own hands and color my hair at home myself.

My Dying Your Hair at Home Essentials:

1.) An old shirt that you no longer care about

2.) An old towel to put around your neck to eliminate getting hair dye all over you

3.) 2 to 3 hair clips, one to securely hold the old towel around your neck in place and the remaining clips to hold your hair up while sectioning it off when coloring

4.) Vaseline is a must to avoid dye stains on your skin, put a pretty thick layer around your face, ears, and the back of your neck

5.) A plastic bag or shower cap to put on your head after you have finished coloring your hair to lock in the heat to ensure an even coverage (also you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting dye everywhere while you wait)

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Since I can’t show you exactly how I colored my hair step by step, here is Kandee Johnson’s video. I always use this method! However, if you are covering up balayage highlights or an ombre concentrate the dye on your ends or wherever there is bleach, rather than the roots.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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Obviously hair color or bleach of any kind is damaging, especially if it is drugstore but if you are on a budget and your hair needs a quick fix sometimes box dye is your only option. I always enjoyed using the Garnier hair color line in the past and decided to give the Olia permanent color a try after hearing some positive reviews. As I mentioned I have a lot of hair, so I ended up purchasing two boxes and had just enough to cover my entire head. So if your hair is longer than medium length and it is pretty thick, I would suggest getting 3 to 4 boxes of color.

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Inside, the Garnier Olia hair color comes with two professional looking black gloves (which I was impressed with), a unique bottle applicator that did not contain the developer, a separate tube of developer, colorant, and after color conditioner.

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I know this is a review, but I actually prefer to use a brush and mixing bowl from Sally Beauty Supply instead of the bottle applicator to apply my hair color. However, this is totally optional and is not necessary to achieve the perfect look.

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Pros:

  • Professional black gloves that are just the right size
  • Does not have an overwhelming smell
  • Creamy formula that sticks to hair, reducing mess and clean-up
  • Stains on the skin where fairly easy to remove

Cons:

  • Not enough product
  • The color results are a little bit darker than what is shown on the box
  • My scalp was slightly itchy after application

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After

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Whala! Even though the color was darker than expected, I overall was very pleased with the results and would repurchase the Garnier Olia hair color again.

XO,

-Kelly A.

Lazy Summer Night Spa Routine

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We all have experienced one of those hot and sticky summer nights where we have absolutely nothing to do, and our ass seems to be glued to the couch while watching some psycho Lifetime movie. But instead of wasting a perfectly good night away, why don’t you put the Hot Cheetos down and pamper yourself.  Girl, you deserve it! With that being said, here are some of favorite beauty essentials and tips to turn your home into a mini DIY spa for the night.

Step One: Take A Shower

I don’t know about you but when I want to feel better about my pathetic life I like to wash away way sorrows by taking a nice hot shower, and what better way to start it off than by treating your hair with a deep conditioning mask. I usually prefer the Biolage hair care line, specifically the Hydrasource Mask but I am a poor college student on a budget, and the Loreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is just as good when it comes to revamping dry and damaged chemically processed hair.

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Tip: Always apply your deep conditioner throughout the ends of your hair at the beginning of your shower so your hair has plenty of time to soak up the moisture, and if you have a lot of hair like I do make sure to keep a clip on hand in the shower so you can keep all of your hair out of your face while continuing with your “spa esque” shower routine.

Another great way to feel relaxed while pampering yourself in the shower is by using an exfoliating body scrub. My absolute favorite is the Bath and Body Works Stress Relief eucalyptus spearmint sugar scrub. The only con is that this product is a little pricey and I know, I just said that I was a poor college student but this is by far hands down one of my holy grail products and it does last quite a while if you use it sparingly. However, if you want a more affordable option Target or should I say Tarjay has some really great body scrubs as well. One that I really enjoy and smells great (this would be perfect for the fall and wintertime, it has a nutty warm vanilla scent) is the Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA in relaxing almond.

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Tip: Always apply your body scrub right before shaving, you will notice such a difference and your legs will feel silky as fuck. You will actually want your man to touch you (well if you have one lol).

Step Two: Don’t Be Ashy Girl

Immediately after your shower follow up with a hydrating body lotion. This is a very important step, especially after exfoliating your skin with a body scrub. I like to use the Bath and Body Works Stress Relief eucalyptus spearmint body lotion on pamper nights to obviously go along with the sugar scrub. Just like the scrub it smells fantastic and all your troubles just melt away.

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Step Three: Clear Up Them Zits

I have extremely sensitive skin and have suffered from acne since I was about sixteen. So I only use a face mask 1 to 2 times a month, one that I have been loving and have not had any problems with so far is the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask.

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Step Four: My Shiny Teeth and Me

Whitening my teeth is also something that I like to do every couple of months and I honestly just use the cheapest Crest Whitestrips from my local drugstore. After just one use I actually notice a slight difference and I think that a brighter smile will make anyone feel more put together.

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Tip: Use your facial mask and whitening strips at the same time to “kill two birds with one stone”, it’s such a time saver!

Step Five: Mani and Pedi

This last and final step to achieve the perfect lazy summer night spa routine is pretty self-explanatory, but I highly suggest using a cuticle oil before applying your polish and the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat if you are an impatient bitch like me.  It will change your life and you will actually look forward to painting your nails.

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Here are some of my favorite summer nail polishes:

1.) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac 270

2.) Essie Peach Daiquiri 560

3.) Sinful Colors Boom Boom 851

4.) Sinful Colors Innocent 944

5.) Essie Turquoise & Caicos 752

6.) Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf 170

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I hope you enjoyed!

XO,

-Kelly A.