Review: it Cosmetics-Confidence in a cleanser

Funny I was just writing about going back to it cosmetics cc+ cream. I haven’t owned or sampled an item from the brand I did not like and the cleanser was something I was super excited to see being offered by Sephora as a big sample.

Here’s what I thought of the product:


-no strong scent

-thin texture

-lots of good ingredients

-rinses off quick

-no dry feeling very mild on skin



-doesn’t feel as gel like or foaming like I prefer but that’s really not a deal breaker


I’m rating this item a 9/10 because my skin looks better after each use. Very generous, Sephora! 5oz for $28 on a top selling brand? Not bad at all.



Full Coverage Might Be My Next Move.

Currently looking around for full coverage foundation. The sunspots I had have become darker and more obvious and I’d like to cover it. So maybe i’ll do the illuminating primer+full coverage matte foundation to see how it looks together. Its sad to think I’m running from the sunny window like I’m Dracula and yet I’m still burning. If you read this and know of a good foundation, I am all ears! I’ve decided to pull out my itcosmetics cc cream out today. Its been a while but when I read the line full coverage cream I was like I HOPE SO BECAUSE I NEED IT.

Review: fresh SUGAR cream lip treatment

This was a review I wanted to write for some time now. I am a big fan of the sugar lip treatments. I have owned the rose, the white version which has no tint and the original one and I loved all of them. Something about the fresh lip products always make me happy. At one point I owned that pump type serum too…but back to the sugar cream treatment I bought it in the shade “baby”. Here are my thoughts.


– lemon and brown sugar like scent are there but not as strong

-color is beautiful. it is a cherry blossom like pink with shimmer

-not too sticky

-the tube is like a soft aluminum type and its very easy to use


-maybe that you will have to reapply when you drink something but not that big of a con for me.

I’ll give this one a 9/10 because I’d buy it again.

Illuminating Primers.

I just want to say I love Meghan Markle and after hearing she was using the Laura Mercier foundation primer radiance I bought it. I was like SOLD! I’ve been very happy about that decision. Originally I was eyeing the bronzing primer but I’ve always loved that subtle glow and the color in there is not over the top and beautiful.

I’m also using the Stila one step illuminate underneath my sunscreen and it does wonders. I had to share it with people because its great.  Both items are fantastic. I did use primers at one point on a daily but there wasn’t that wow about it and I quit using primers. These items you just need a drop or two you can blend it in your moisturizer, under your sunscreen it is so easy and for someone as dry and sensitve skinned as I am (im still told im combination for moisturizers but still..)I will take any blurring effect I can get.

Thank you Meghan Markle for looking so good. Your hair and make up inspire me and now I’m growing out my hair and I even blow dry it to smooth it out now!

January 2018 Empties

-Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm

-Garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water

-Dermalogica skin smoothing cream 1.7oz

-Living proof. restore conditioner 1oz

-pur eye polish in “silk”

sampled: Klorane mango shampoo, Kate Somerville Exfolikate(hadn’t used the exfoliator in a while and I must say it was good..but its still pricier than my PTR one…the debate continues.)


How I Cook My Toast.

Sometimes we have nothing in the fridge but there’s one item to make everything work. I like to fix my toast in a certain way. I guess its some of the habits I learned working at a sandwich shop but I add a couple steps. I’ll fix two thin sliced bread put it in a microwavable bag(those bags in your turkey are great too)I microwave it for 20 seconds or less then I pull the bread out put a thin spread of olive oil and sea salt butter on it then I sprinkle both the minced garlic and a little bit of sea salt then I top it with a little bit of cheese generally anything shredded. My final step toasting it for a couple minutes on 345-360 degrees in the toaster. Sometimes i’ll add sautéed mushrooms on the side, an egg ham but we’re out of everything so its just my favorite toast and something hot possibly green tea.


Review: tarte chrome paint-martini

Now that my pur cushion eye shadow is empty and they officially discontinued my favorite metallic cream shadows I had reasons to purchase something to replace them. I was in Sephora doing some online surfing reading about new items and I come across this gem from tarte. If there’s one thing I really love using its soft, creamy shadows. I use powder shadows but with my hooded lid issues the quicker and more shimmery or smoky the better. I generally use copper, taupe or bronze shadows. The chrome paints come in such flattering colors I wanted all but I bought two. My favorite one is martini so I’m going to write about it since its all I use right now.


-creamy mousse like texture

-a little goes a long way

-no scent no irritation on eyes.

-color is a metallic taupe shade. Universally flattering.

-stays on even with me occasionally rubbing eyes (habit of mine I suppose and the dry eye issue)


Depending on how you drop it, it will crumble to powdery mess its not as creamy as other cream shadows its like a mousse-y powder not exactly cream shadow.

I love it but so do others when they see me using it. Its very eye catching its perfect for daily use if you use very little but it will even work when you wear it to events like parties.


The One Item I’ve Used for 10 Years.

I’ve had a couple hair stylists in my lifetime but I had two favorites. One was older lady that would cut my naturally thick, wavy hair into the most amazing pixie ever. I loved her cuts to much I’d go there to get it touched up every few months.  Then I had to move so it was very sad.

After relocating I had to find new hair stylists and I never found one I liked as much as I did “J” so I had to just have random people cut it/highlight it.

Then I moved again..and my neighbor’s daughter at the time and her mother had the most amazing hairdos overnight and I had to ask them about their salon. I go there with a friend of mine and our mind is blown. It is so cool, the owners are so nice and hip I was like I just died and went to heaven and we both decided on the nicest lady there. The lady was so smart, so talented we get our hair cut and both of us are like this is the best lady to give us layers! So originally I had gone in and had a shorter really nice look but I grew it out and the stylist is like(I wont say her name out of privacy and respect and she’s moved on to another salon) you know your hair is what I want thick, wavy and I’m like what?she goes if my hair was like this I’d grow it and test the waters of what you can do with it. She goes I will give you the layers, layer your bangs and we’ll take it from there and she styles it with  Bumble and bumble’s Brilliantine. It really does something for my hair whether its dry and frizzy, other days when I want movement I scrunch it in with my fingers. It gives it shine and the scent is like no other. I can just throw it in my bag and travel with it too. Thanks to her I have two things I never gave up modernized bangs, brilliantine.

Looks Like Everyone Loves Muji!

It was about a year and a couple months ago I left for Japan and the first thing I had on my mind was stopping by a Muji and a shoe store. Once I got to Muji, it was like someone had sent me to heaven it was so amazing. I don’t know if I even wrote about it in my post yet and it took an Emily Ferber writing about it for me to go “I forgot to write about Muji.” So what happened was after really going to every aisle/section there was I was like I know what I’m getting and this is what I got.

-a clear zippable makeup bag flat but not too flat

-travel sized band aids in a hip clear sealable thingy

-lip gloss and blush

-metallic hair ties that came in 3

Now if there was a way for me to order and ship the furniture I saw I would’ve. I ended up buying friends makeup there too. I really love that clear makeup bag I bought and I would definitely go there once I visit again. My cousin and I were seriously eyeing the skincare and now after reading Emily’s glossier article I’m tempted to get someone to get that for me if I don’t go back soon.haha. To end this great topic, I read that was it Singapore or Hong Kong or somewhere hip like that they are opening a hotel that uses all or most Muji items I’m guessing it’s bedding, toiletries things like that I was very intrigued by the thought of that. I always joke that if the toiletries at a hotel are good I would be willing to fork out the $ because it means the hotel may carry that brand on one of the floors/or have a spa in their hotel that uses it either way I’m “in”

A Recap of The Weekend.

Great weekend. Officially decided on what to invest in and what color I will be dying my hair next(I’ll talk about that on my next post in depth)and did some catching up with my favorite people. Someone wrote me a positive comment(thank you for that I appreciate it) and I was thinking about what it was that people read about the most it is official: foundation and haircare. I am hoping by autumn I will upgrade my status here. I always wonder how that will work so we’ll just have to see. I really enjoy reading about products through other people too. Sometimes I’ll go back in time and think about the time I had the beauty subscriptions and miss it so I love when people post about products they tried/got through the subscription! I loved that Jaclyn Hill selected box I read on a magazine because she chose the Becca highlighter and the Oribe matte waves! I wanted that but I was like no-no-not now downsizing maybe a couple items in spring but until then…more downsizing.

p.s. I wanted to share how wonderful TJMAXX and Marshall’s selections have become. They carry some stuff I would’ve never imagined would be sold for discount. Save your money ladies and gents…