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

What I’m Playing Now: Mobile Games

Hello cupcakes and welcome back. Today I want to share with you two games I’m currently addicted with. They help me kill time in between my meetings. 

Stack


So as the title suggests this is pretty much a stacking game. The pieces move back and forth and you have to tap it at the right time to stack it on top of each other. Easy right? Not so easy actually. Whenever you miss stacking it correctly whatever amount or piece that’s hanging over the edge falls off, which now makes your piece smaller. And the higher you get the faster the pieces move back and forth. I’ve only made it to about 47 or so. It’s really entertaining and the color schemes are nice to look at. Every time you start a new game a new color scheme starts. The pieces start off as one color and gradually change. 

Sailor Drops


Of course I’m playing Sailor Drops, how could I not. It’s a puzzle game where you match up lines of jewels (like Candy Crush but jewels instead), in order to score. Different combinations of matching make a special jewel. The levels vary from regular ole beat the score, to timed ones, collect the accessories, and one where you’re up against the villain. Everything is extra fun because of the Sailor Moon theme, well at least to me it is. However there are some downs. Initially it kinda lags a bit to start up, not like crazy but enough to be annoying at times. Also you get interrupted by the characters. Like you’ll be on a roll and all of a sudden whoever you’re playing as will pop up and cheer. While the concept is cute, it becomes annoying. I’ll be in the zone and bam a scout pops up and interrupts my game. It’s by no means a deal breaker. Also if you have like 5 moves left and it doesn’t seem like you’re gonna win your character starts giving you disappointing looks, and gets all down. I find myself telling it, “Hey now you don’t know that I’m gonna loose this board, I could still pull it out somehow.” This game is right up my alley since I’m probably one of the free people that still plays Candy Crush. 
What games are you currently playing on your phone? 


XOXO,

Desiree

On the Big Screen~ Captain America: Civil War

Hello lovelies. I finally made it to the theater this past weekend and got to watch Captain America: Civil War. First off when ever I do my reviews I try not to go too deep into thing, and post spoilers. With that being said it does make it hard to do reviews while trying not to giveaway too much.


Okay so here we go. The acting as always was spot on. I think for the most part we can all agree that acting isn’t a major concern when it comes to these movies. I loved the introduction of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, and am very happy with the the way he executed his part. Another character I was pleasantly surprised with was Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. Look I’ll be honest I’m kinda over Spider-Man with all the movies and reboots, but this take on him was refreshing and spot on. In other words it’s the Spider-Man I always wanted. That’s just me, I’m sure not everyone feels the same way. Kudos to the writers for getting it right.
Story, overall I had a general idea of what to expect going in and was happy with the writing. I wasn’t sure exactly how it was going to be executed, but I think they did a good job with it. The only thing that wasn’t 100% for me was the villain. Like oaky I get why he did what he did, but something about him as the villain just didn’t make me believe it all the way. Not horrible, but I feel like maybe there could’ve been more, or maybe a different villain. Eh let’s move on from that because I’m clearly having a difficult time trying to translate how I feel.

Now on to action. Well I think we all know how that goes. It was full of cool fighting scenes, and explosions of course. I have to say that they didn’t go overboard or add things just to have action going on in the movie. The sequences came together and were well executed. I think fans will walk out happy with the scenes, and all the heroes kicking butt.

Overall I would give the movie a 4 out of 5. It was a great movie, with just the right amount of action. I would definitely go see it again. Now bring on Black Panther!!
Did you watch Civil War? What are your thoughts? 

XOXO,

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales~ In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Hello and welcome to Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales, where I review my latest readings. Today I’ll be reviewing Diane Guerrero’s memoir, “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.” 

Most people may recognize Diane from Orange is the New Black, or Jane the Virgin however, while this is a memoir it does not focus on Diane’s journey to become an actress (there are parts here and there that touch on her pursing acting and how that was her escape). Instead it is about how at the age of 14 her life was turned upside down when her family was deported to Colombia while Diane was left behind.

Let me just start by saying that the minute I heard about this book I knew I just had to read it. With that being said since it came out while school was in session I went back and forth between reading, and the audio version read by Diane. If you can listen to the audio version I really recommend you do. Diane brings her family and story to life with her reading. Also I like to point out that while this book also has slang and textspeak throughout, it isn’t annoying and does not take away from the story. I personally like it, and it shows her personality. 

I’ll tell you right now there were parts of this book that pulled at my heart strings and made it ache a bit. Listening to what happened to her family, and being that I have known people who have gone through similar things hit home. While I am myself a first born here in the US, I did not have to fear that my parents would be deported due to my mom being Puerto Rican, and my dad who is Mexican becoming a US citizen. However my neighbors, some friends, and accuaitances lived this and some are still living this fear everyday. I could not imagine what it would be like to come home at 14 from school and to find out that your parents had been picked up by ICE to be deported. But wait it gets worse, these government officials who took Diane’s parents away then left and did not worry or think about the daughter they were leaving behind. In fact no government agency was there to take care of, or look after the well being of Diane who might I add is a US citizen. How screwed up is that? You come and snatch this kid’s parents up, but nothing was put in place to alert this kid, to take care of her, to ensure her mental health and well being? Yet these things happen every day. Parents leave to work and do not come back home to their kids. 

I praise Diane for  sharing her story and using her platform to bring this reality into media. While this is Diane’s story, and her voice, this is also the story of so many more people. So many people are unaware, or just don’t care about these fellow human beings, these families, lives that are shattered. Diane’s story will at the very least encourage discussions to be had. 

Being that I loved this book so much I have decided to give one of you a copy of your own. Yup that’s right, I want to send a copy of this book to one of you lovely people. To enter just follow the instructions below. Good luck and happy reading!!

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What book are you currently reading? Any suggestions for me to review for upcoming Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales posts?

Blind Box: Gudetama Cafe

Hello! Today I’m happy to share my  unboxing of the Gudetama Cafe blind boxes. These blind boxes are made by Rement, and are a little different than some of the other blind boxes out there. Unlike the Funko blind boxes, these are more of a set of items. Depending on the line it could be food, household items, school supplies, etc. The Gudetama Cafe ones are all food related, which I’m surer you figured out from the name.

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I really enjoyed doing this video and plan on doing more in the future. I like that these are sets of things as oppose to just a figure, because I feel like I can use these to take some cute pictures with my Figmas and Sailor Moon figures. Don’t worry I’m still a fan of the Funko blind boxes, mainly the horror ones, and The Walking Dead line; and I plan on doing unboxing videos of those in the future.

Do you like blind boxes? Which are some of your favorites? 

 

 

XoXo,

Desiree

What I Watched: Creed

Hello cupcakes. Today I want to give a quick review for Creed. During the Thanksgiving break I was able to breakaway from studying for a few hours to catch a flick with the Mr. We decided to watch Creed. I know many people were like yeah that’s what we need another “Rocky” movie when they heard about this. I get it, the last couple bombed. However me being the Rocky fan that I am, I was looking froward to see where this movie would go.

I hate doing reviews because I never want to give away too much, but then sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough. First off can I say it wasn’t another “Rocky” movie per say. Yeah Stallone played Balboa, and it had to do with boxing; but it wasn’t about Rocky. It was about Apollo’s son and his coming into himself. It was kind of like a Rocky spinoff. So I don’t think these are spoilers but just in case here’s some of the details. The movie starts off in a juvenile detention center in California, where we meet a young Adonis Creed; Apollo’s son. A woman shows up which we immediately recognize as being Apollo’s wife, and takes Adonis home. We fast forward to present time, and soon find out that Adonis is following in his father’s footsteps, well somewhat. It isn’t so easy for him to find someone who wants to train him, he’s sorta blacklisted. He then picks up and heads out to Philadelphia, where he seeks out Balboa. However what kind of movie would it be if Rocky just agreed to being his trainer? So they have their back and forth before Rocky finally agrees.

So that’s the overall gist of it. Along the way young Creed finds a love interest, battles some inner conflict, and tried to figure out his place in all this.

Why I liked this movie, and you will too: well there are a few reasons. It sticks to the whole sports, overcoming barriers shtick without over doing it. It gives us what we want without making it obvious. I mean after all you came to see Creed, you kinda already know what you’re in store for. Yet it’s so much more than just boxing, even though that plays a big role. It’s also about human connections, and has a way of jabbing you right in the feels here and there (see what I did there? No? ok). It gets a bit corny, and that’s way okay. It’s not overdone, and peppered in nicely. even if you have no clue about boxing you can enjoy this movie. They do a nice job of keeping you in the loop.  Can I just add that the cinematography, which was by Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler), was spot on. Her work behind the lens made it easy to keep up with. And if you do follow boxing you’ll enjoyed the professionals from the boxing world that make cameos in the movie. Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the music selection made. How many times have you been watching a movie and a song starts to play where you’re like um… no. With Creed I felt like all the music fit, and helped get you in the current mood it was going for.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie. The story was sorta expected; but not in a bad way, yet it also threw a curveball. The acting from all of the cast was great. I really enjoy this side of Stallone more than his usual tough guy roles. He’s funny, in his Balboa way. Michael B. Jordan was spot on, and I look forward to seeing more from him in future roles. A plus for me as a frequent visitor of Philadelphia was the scenery, and being able to recognize the locations. Even if you’ve never visited Philadelphia, I think most people are familiar with the famous “Rocky steps”, which of course had to be included. I give this film a 8 out of 10, and recommend it to everyone even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky franchise.

 

Did you watch Creed? What were your thoughts? Have you watched the first Rocky movie? What movies are you looking forward to watching?

I look forward to being able to catch up and reviewing loads of movies, and shows while on winter break. Shoot me some recommendations.

 

XOXO,

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales: The Wicked + The Divine

Hello and welcome back. A few weeks back I tweeted about wanting to get into comics and began to start looking into which ones to read. Over and over The Wicked + The Divine by Image Comics kept popping up, and with good reason. If you recall from my last post I mentioned that I begun to read The Wicked + The Divine. The comic began in June of 2014, and is published monthly, so I didn’t feel like I was too far behind.


Let me try to get into why without giving too much away. The comic revolves around the fact that every 90 years twelve mythical figures are reincarnated as young adults with godlike powers, minus the immortality that is. For 2 years they get to live like gods and then they die, so goes the story. We then meet a regular British gal named Laura that gets caught up with the current 12 Pantheon. While first drawn to this lifestyle, she soon starts to realize things aren’t all she expected it to be.


Why I like it, and you will to:

Well besides the main plot of mortal gods that have 2 years to live it up, there’s representation. I’m not just talking about diversity as far as races, but sexuality, and even when it comes to the gods (they don’t just stick to Greek or Roman, there’s also Norse, Celtic, and many more). Honestly this was one of the big things that really drew me in. I love representation and this comic is chock full of it. It’s refreshing to see people from all walks of life in a role of power. I also like that the characters morality vary also from good, to wicked and everything in between.

  
 

Of course there’s more to it but I don’t want to give away too much. I myself have only gotten up to book 5, but I can tell you they have a loyal reader already. I can’t wait to buy the other issues and catch up with the story. Oh and did I mention there’s talks of adapting it into a TV series? If this pans up I’m all for it!

   

So now we get to the fun part. Since I’m hooked on this comic I want to share my love of it with you. I’m giving you the opportunity to win your very own copy of  Vol 1 which is issues 1-5 of The Wicked + The Divine. All you have to do is follow the instructions on how to enter. Contest runs until September 24, 2015 (which just so happens to be my kid’s birthday).

Good Luck!!!

Desiree

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Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales: The Devil in the White City 

Hello cupcakes. Today I bring to you my review for Erik Larson and Tony Goldwyn’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair Changed That America. I had been wanting to read this book for the past year or so. I hard so many great reviews and well it has a serial killer so you know I was all about it. The book revolves around the Daniel H. Burnham, the architect for Chicago’s 1893 World Fair, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer disguised as a doctor who took advantage of the huge amounts of people flocking to the city.


As I mentioned before I’m all about serial killers and had heard about Holmes and his Murder Castle before so I was excited to dive into this. However once I started reading it my enthusiasm died down. While I knew the book wouldn’t be entirely about Holmes I found it dragged on when it came to the parts dealing with the construction of the fair. At times I found I had to force myself to keep reading just to make progress. It wasn’t like this the whole time, but yeah you may loose interest here and there (or not, my attention span is short). While I enjoyed reading about the fair and the challenges faced by the creators I wish there had been more on Holmes. With that being said the writers did get into some of his murders and how he ultimately got caught. I’m amazed with the scams and lies Holmes pulled off, along with the killings of course but can see how it happened. The writers paint a good picture of life surrounding the fair.

Overall I can say I was a bit disappointed but it wasn’t a total let down. If you’re looking to give it a read go for it, but be warned there might be parts that are drawn out. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
What kind of books do you like to read? Any recommendations? 


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