Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: Lancome Hypnose Drama

Hello Lovelies!
I have found my holy grail mascara! If you haven't tried Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara, I highly suggest doing so.

Before receiving this mascara, I was so fed up with everything I was using. EVERYTHING FLAKED.  Even the mascaras I used a thousand times before started to! So with high hopes (the price tag on this baby made them even higher :P) I tried out Lancome's...and to say the least, fell in love! It doesn't flake on me at all, which I was very pleased with, and it gives me lots of volume without having to curl my lashes. I still do curl them though.

Here's some basic info on the mascara:
- Super black
-"S" shaped brush
- Available in waterproof (mine was not)
-Retails for $27.00
- 0.22 oz
- Available at Sephora, Lancome counters or online. 
Again, I highly suggest trying out this mascara if you want great volume and no flaking! If the price is steering you away, try getting your hands on a sample size first, but I really believe that it's worth the money.
-Sami xx

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lancome Color Design Palette: Taupe Craze

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this palette is?! Lancome knows how to do it right! I just received this palette in the mail an hour or so ago and had to blog about it right away!

The palette I have is in Taupe Craze 100. Lancome has 18 different palettes (that I know of, maybe there's more?) in the Color Design range. I have never owned anything from Lancome before so when I came home to find this in my mail box, you can imagine how excited I was. That being said, as far as first impressions go, these eye shadows get an A+!

The pigmentation is amazing and the shadows are so soft! I would have taken pictures of the swatches but I ran out of good natural lighting, we can save those for a later post. I haven't got the chance to apply these on my actual lids, so I can't judge staying power just yet. But, I've heard great things and am excited to actually put them on! You get one those plastic films over the shadows that tell you the best place to use them and in what order. They all seem spot on to me expect for the preferred highlight shade, which is the one with the Lancome rose on it. That is way too shimmery to be using on my brow bone! :P Some people may like that way though, I'm not judging! Anyway, along with the eye shadows you get two applicators (which personally I wont use), your average sponge applicator and another that's shaped more like a cone.

This palette retails for $49.00 and you can get them at or

Expect an eye look sometime soon using this palette, and possibly some other Lancome goodies I've got my hands on ;)

This palette was gifted to me for helping out with a survey for a very exciting new makeup line by Michelle Phan. I am in no way affiliated with Lancome or Michelle. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tutorial: Plum Smokes

Hello Everyone!
Long time no blog! I've been super lazy this past month or so when came to working on my blog. I thought I would get back into the swing of things with a tutorial! Well...."tutorial". Since I don't have a decent quality camera to record with, this is just pictures of the finished look with step by step instructions on what I did. Hope you enjoy!

(Please excuse my brows, I've been growing them out)
-To being, as my base/primer I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in 30 Pomegranate Punk all over the lid.

-On top of my base, I packed on Raisin Berry by Coastal Scents. I took this shade slightly through the crease as well.

-In my crease I have Busted from the UD Naked 2 palette, along with Blackout on the outer half of my crease. (also from Naked 2).

-I used all the shades mentioned previously to create an ombre effect on my lower lash line.

-As an inner corner highlight I applied NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, topped with Salty Cosmetics Loose Luxury Mineral Eye Shadow in Glama-ZOID.

- My brow bone highlight is Foxy from UD Naked 2. 

-Then apply eyeliner and mascara as you normally would.

Feel free to leave any requests in the comment section below! 
-Sami <3

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September MyGlam (Ipsy) Bag!

Here's a look at the September MyGlam (now Ipsy) Bag!

The first item in this months bag was, yet another, Circus by Andreas Choice Nail Polish. This time I received a purple/magenta color called Tightrope. (To know more about these polishes and the company owner go here! )

Next up was an eyeshadow from Marbella, in the color Semiformal. This shade is a somewhat coppery bronze. Very neutral and gorgeous.

The next item I pulled out of the bag was the Monoi Repairing Split End Sealer. I haven't used this product yet, but once I do, expect I full review of it! This product is supposed to bind together (temporarily) your frayed/split ends.
  This next product I'm unfortunately not a fan of. It's a Jane Sparkle Gloss. To me this lip gloss is just too sticky, and although very pretty, it just does not work well for my skin tone. Too hot pink for me!
Lastly is the item that wasn't in the bag (it was too big). I received a SOHO smudge brush. I actually really like this brush, although I don't use it for it's main intention. I use it to blend in my concealer! I did try it for eyeshadow once and it does work wonderfully, But I found that I like to blend in my under eye concealer with it more.The only downfall of this brush, that I've found, is that it's not made quite well. I noticed that brush makes cracking noises towards the top every time I use it. I almost sounds like it's going to snap off! Other than that, it really is a nice brush.

That's it for September! Leave your opinions of this bag down below! :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige

The fall season has arrived! And so has the new fall line for Maybelline. Recently Maybelline released their new limited edition collection of Color Tattoo Eyeshadows called "Scene on the Runway" for fall 2012. There are four new eyeshadow shades, each of which are earthy and fall appropriate tones. Out of all four I managed to get my hands on the lightest shade, "Barely Beige".

Barely Beige is a shimmery champagne color.  I find it very similar to Urban Decay's eyeshadows Virgin and Sin if they are blended together. It's truly a gorgeous shade.

(worlds worst swatch :P)

 Because these are limited edition for this fall season, I suggest you get your butt out there to snatch them up ASAP! I found it very hard to find this collection in the stores around my area, they seem to be selling out rather fast. I wish this particular shade was in the permanent line, i would definitely repurchase it when I run out. I may just go grab a back up soon . 
What do you think of "Scene on the Runway"?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
-Sami xx

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY Bedroom Sign!

Hello everyone! I thought I would share with you a little DIY project I've been working on for the last two days. At the moment I have family visiting from North Carolina and my cousin asked me if I could make a sign for her sons' bedroom. Here's what we came up with!

Sadly the colors aren't picking up well since this picture was taken on my iPod. It was a really simple project, it only took me about maybe 4 hours. Most of that time was just letting the paint dry.  The words "Dream Big" are a mixture of navy blue, hunter green, crimson red, and white. Also, I found the font on Google. Then the background is varying shades of brown. Originally the background was supposed to look like coffee stains but somehow it turned out looking like wood! Even though it looks a bit differently then planned, we are still very satisfied with the way it turned out :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August MyGlam Bag!

I've been subscribed to MyGlam from its' very start, and now that I have a blog I will be making monthly posts about each bag. For those of you who do not know what MyGlam is, it's basically a beauty subscription service where every month you receive a makeup bag filled with about 5 (sometimes more or less) beauty related samples or full sized products to test out. The bag is only ten dollars a month. So without further adieu, here's August!

Here is an overall view of the bag:
Now here's the products!:
(please excuse the beat up looking window sill they're on, it's the best lighting I could find :P )

1. Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
Sample Size: .25 Fl 0z
Full Size: 2.0 Fl 0z
This anti-aging cream claims to tighten sagging skin and postponed wrinkles by revitalizing your own skins stem cells. It's unlikely that I'll see any results from this product seeing as I'm only 18, so I'm no where near getting wrinkles! But it's always nice to start early and try products like these out :)

2. Eclos Cellular Activator Facial Serum
Sample Size: 0.5 Fl 0z
Full Size: 1.7 Fl 0z
Another anti-aging product from Eclos. This serum is meant to give you a more youthful complexion by visibly reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging. 
3. Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil
Full size: 0.29 Fl 0z
(There are multiple sizes for this product, the bag included the full size for the roll on)
This was one of MyGlams "or" products. You either received the clean skin scent (like I did) or a dragon fruit scent. I was hoping I would get the dragon fruit scent, as I'm not one for this kind, but the clean skin is very nice. I'm not that great with describing scents, but I can say that this one has somewhat of a baby powder smell. It's not my cup of tea, but it's not terrible.

4. S.A.L.T.Y. Cosmetics Glama-ZOID Eye Shadow

Sample Size: 1gram
Large Size: 2.5 grams
Small Size: 1.25 grams
This mineral eyeshadow was created as a exclusive MyGlam shade! I really like this eyeshadow. At first glance it looks just like your typical white or subtle light pick shadow, but a closer look reveals that it actually has a hot pink duo-chrome effect! It reminds me a lot of the Naked Cosmetics stacked pigments. It can definitely see myself using this as an inner corner or brow brown highlight!

5. Circus by Andreas Choice Nailcolor
If you are subscribed to MyGlam and received last months bag, this should be your second Circus nail polish! This brand was created my AndreasChoice, here's a link to her Youtube channel . This time we had the option of either a bright neon orange polish named Spectacle (which you see above) or a neon hot pink named Ringmaster. My camera definitly doesn't do this polish justice, it had a hard time picking up the color. In person this nail polish is insanely bright orange, i love it! This line of nail polish is not available to purchase at the moment, the only way to receive one is to be subscribed to MyGlam. They will however be available in the fall, so it wont be long now! If you would like to read more about the company or see other colors, here's the website:

6. MyGlam exclusive Glam Gloss

 There was an extra 6th item in this months bag! An exclusive MyGlam Glam Gloss. There is no information about this gloss on the MyGlam website so I have no idea if it's full size (I'm assuming it is) or if there are other colors. The color I received was in 01. It's a light bubble gum pink and it actually smells like bubble gum! The pigmentation is great so it could definitely be worn alone.

That's it for this months bag! Overall I really liked this month. My favorite item is definitely the nail polish. It's so bright, I love it! If you're interested in subscribing to MyGlam I'll have the website linked below, although I'm not sure if they are taking new subscribers at the moment. Also, if you use a beauty subscription service leave the name in the comments below! I'd love to see what other ones are out there. I may be subscribing to Birchbox next!

MyGlam website: