Review: Ka-Brow by Benefit

Hello cupcakes. This past Sunday I was invited by Sephora to a VIB Rogue event where I got to preview some items that are not yet on the market. It was nice to see the products, and have the store mostly to ourselves since it was a closed event. While there I asked about a few products and ask for suggestions for eyebrow products. The overly gal recommended Ka-Brow, and eyebrow color gel (cream?) by Benefit. 

 I currently use powder for my brows, and explained to her the issues I had with wiping it away at times, and how I felt it got darker at times. She assured me with this product I wouldn’t have those problems. Once the gel sets it’s on. I was intrigued as she proceeded to show us how to use it. 

It comes in this little silver container, along with a booklet with instructions and tips. At first I thought this won’t do, I’ll probably go through that so fast. You twist the piece and the bottom comes off to reveal a small pot of gel, the top then comes apart and there’s a brush there.


My brows are dark so we went with the shade in the number 6, my friend’s brows are lighter and she was able to find a natural looking match for her too. So you use the gel by dipping the brush into the gel and applying it onto your brows. I warn you though all you need is a dab, a little goes a long way. 


You can fill in your brows for a natural look, and build up from there for a more sculpted look. However you like your brows to be this product can get you there. The staying power is amazing. You have about 2-3 minutes to work with the gel before it sets, allowing you to build it up or dab some away if need be. I’ve used it a few times now and my brows look just as good at the end of the day as they did in the morning. I live in Jersey and it’s been hot and humid these past few days, but that has not made this gel budge. At night it was easy to take off with the makeup remover I use.  


With just a teeny dab I was able to draw out these 3 lines on my hand. All the worries I had of using this product up quickly have been laid to rest. I am positive that this little pot is going to go a long way. 


I’m more than happy to have picked this up. It’s so easy to use and versatile. Whether I’m going for a natural look or a more dramatic one, I can achieve it with this. The sales girl did inform me that Ka-Brow isn’t scheduled to be released until late June, early July. Once it goes on the market you should stop by Sephora, or a Benefit counter and try it out for yourself. Now that summer is upon us the last thing we need to worry about is our brows getting jacked up, Ka-Brow will make sure they don’t. 

What new products are you looking forward to try? What are your fave beauty products? I’m always looking for suggestions and new things to try.


XOXO,

Desiree

Get Ready with Me

Hello Cupakes. I’ve been MIA for a bit due to school. However I’ve had this “Get Ready With Me’ video sitting, and finally had time to edit and upload. School will be done in two weeks and I plan on working on loads of content. Hopefully I can schedule some stuff before the next semester rolls around. In the meantime I’ll leave you with my video. Hope you guys enjoy it. Check back soon, I’m hoping to host a giveaway before Christmas if time allows it.

 

What kind of videos would you like to see? Suggestions are always welcomed.

 

Xoxo,

Desiree

Latina Media Beauty, Hair, and Wellness Expo

Hello Cupcakes.

Today I headed to North Jersey with my friend Katy for the Latina Media: Beauty, Hair and Health Expo. This was the first year for the expo and overall ok. The location was great, right off the main highway, and plenty of parking. Milani cosmetics was there and I enjoyed their exhibit. So many beautiful matte lip colors (which I’m all about right now), but I’ll get into matte lipsticks in a different blog. One thing is for sure the panel I attended was amazing.

The panel was about real Latina beauty and included Massiel “Mankofit” Arias, and Dascha Polanco (Dayanara from OITNB), among others. Even if you’re not a Latina this panel was just full of positivity and self love. I encourage everyone to watch at least of it.  I made a video which is kinda long, but worth watching. Of course I couldn’t record the whole panel or my video would be over a hour long.

All the ladies looked amazing and were just so real and positive. I left there feeling so inspired. I know I’ll be attending next year’s expo and expect it will be bigger and better.
As of right now I don’t have any conventions set except for NYCC in October. If you know of anything coming up in the NJ/NY area let me know. I’m into loads if different things and attend all types of different conventions/expos.
What did you do this weekend? What’s your favorite convention to attend? 

Till next time loves. As always comments are welcomed.
Xoxo

Desiree 

Sephora Bumble and Bumble VIB Event 

Hello dolls. So last week I was contacted by Sephora and invited to a VIB event they were holding for Bumble and Bumble products at a salon. Bumble and Bumble is a line of hair products that I have been curious about so I immediately signed up. They were nice enough to let me bring a friend so I invited Katy.

So on Sunday me and Katy headed out to Moments Salon & Spa in Mount Laurel, NJ for the event. We were greeted by a lovely gal who checked us in and told us to head on in. They had a few stations set up to try out some Smashbox lip and check colors, some of the Bumble and Bumble products and mini facials with Ole Henriksen products. We were given mimosas and began to look around.

We decided to do the mini facials and I’m so happy we did. The products the gentleman used felt so good and refreshing. I will be picking up their wipes along with their Truth Serum. The serum is applied under your moisturizer and is suppose to be a collagen booster.


 We were done just in time for the first raffle. Who could believe Katy was the first winner! She won a complete set of Ole Henriksen products. I was so excited. Then my name was called next! I could t believe it. I won a Smashbox best sellers try it kit, along with a full sized bottle of Smashbox Photo Finish primer which I love.


We were then taken to the back of the salon where we each had a stylist waiting for us. The stylist were lovely gals and very knowledgable. They styled our hair with Bumble and Bumble products and gave us some recommendations. My stylist put some curls in my hair but sadly I forgot to take a picture.

We hung around for a bit longer before leaving, but not without a swag bag. The bag was filled with Bumble and Bumble products, including a full sized bottle of Surf Infusion spray that doesn’t hit shelves till next month sometime. There was also two Smashbox lip samples and a $10 Sephora gift card. The bag itself is pretty cute and I can see myself using it in the future on a shopping trip.


It was a lovely day and I enjoyed the pampering. I haven’t used any of the products yet on my hair but will do so soon. I might write a review about them, let me know if it’s something you would like to read about. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never been to something like this. I have to say they did a great job organizing it and we enjoyed ourselves a lot.
What are your go to hair and face products? 


Xoxo

Desiree

Sephora Haul

Hello cupcakes. Once again I’ve been MIA for awhile. I feel bad but the reality is life has been busy. I will be sitting down tomorrow and finally working out my schedule and my goal is to at the very least have one new post a week, along with keeping up more with the blogs I read. It’s just a little tough because I don’t have a set 9-5 schedule, some days I leave my house at 7:50am and don’t get back till 9pm. But anyways enough of my ongoing scheduling problems and on to the good stuff.

I was able to pick up a few things at Sephora last week and wanted to share my haul with you. So here we go.

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First off I picked up Chloe rollerball perfume. A coworker of mine had this on and I just had to get it. It’s a floral smell (roses), but not overwhelming. I suffer from allergies and can’t tolerate overly floral smells but this I can. I decided to go with the rollerball so I can toss it in my purse. Price at Sephora is $25.

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I then grabbed a tube of Fresh Sugar advanced lip therapy. Winter has gotten pretty bitter and my lips and skin were beginning to really feel it. I’m still not sure if I like this or not. I want to use it a bit more before making a final decision, especially at a $25 price point. I’ll give a better review next month.

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As a lover of the cat eye look I am forever trying out different liners. I’ve tried several brands but always end up back with the Kat Von D tattoo liner. It’s just fabulous. The flow is continuous and the tip is fine giving you a smooth line. I can’t rave enough about this liner. I’m ok with the price, $19 since some of the other high end liners go for about $25+. I do want to find a drug store brand that’s just as good but so far that’s yet to happen. Till then I’ll continue my search.

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I’m sure I’m not the only one that dislikes the tedious task of washing your makeup brushes, but alas it has to get done. I usually use baby shampoo but wanted to try the BeautyBlender cleanser solid bar. I don’t own a BeautyBlender but I figured I could use this on my brushes. I haven’t used it yet but will more than happy to do a review on it if anyone is interested. Sephora has it for $15.95.

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And last but not least are these Sephora face masks. There are different ones that work for different conditions such as moisturizing and brightening, anti aging, and soothing to name a few. I tried green tea one before which is for mattifying and anti blemish and I loved it, so I grabbed it again. I also picked up the rose one: moisturizing and brightening. And lotus: moisturizing and soothing. At $6 each it’s a nice little treat for your face. I use them once a week at night, usually on the weekend to unwind from the week.

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If anyone would like a more in depth review of any of the products I listed I’m more than glad to do one.

What are some of your favorite beauty products? I’m always looking to try new things.

Desiree

Review: Lime Crime Velveteen Red Velvet

Hello cupcakes.
Brr the weather this weekend has been slushy, cold and yucky. On top of that everyone in my house was sick. Oh fun times. Today was the first day all week I was able to do anything, so when my girlfriend asked to meet for lunch I was all for it.

I threw on an outfit and did my makeup. I kept my eyes pretty soft so decided to do a bold red lip. Of course I reached for one of my favorites, Lime Crime’s Velveteen lipstick in Red Velvet. Let me just tell you it’s been love at first sight since the first time I tried it.

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I never thought I would be able to pull off a red lipstick until I found this one. I think a big reason I love it is because it goes on wet but dries to a matte. I’m all about matte lipsticks lately. I can’t say it’s completely stain proof, some will come off here and there but not like regular lipstick. I’ve eaten complete meals with drinks and dessert and not had to touch up my lips. That’s a plus in my books. Sometimes if I don’t want such a bold red I take a dark burgundy lip pencil and fill in my lips with it a bit mixing the colors before it dries. By far this is one of my favorite purchases and I’m going to be buying more from the line.

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As you can see it is bright red but still kinda of flat I guess is the way I would describe it. The perfect pop for those special days out. Hope you all are keeping warm. Till next time.

What’s your go to lip color? Do you prefer lipstick or lipgloss?

Desiree