Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Conair True Glow Review

     Hello, gorgeous! I picked up a fabulous new gem a few days ago; the Conair True Glow. I'm sure you have heard of the Clarisonic, right? In case you haven't the Clarisonic is the leading brand for electronic skin cleansing systems...and yes, it'll take a chunk out of your wallet. I've heard fantastic reviews about the Clarisonic but I didn't want to dish out $240 on the system and brush heads. What about other brands of cleansing systems? Well I hadn't put much thought into it until I saw the Conair True Glow on clearance while I was shopping. Regular price is $99 and I got it for $29.99 (what a steal). I just had to give it a try.

     The system comes in a beautiful pastel pink color, which I happen to love. There are three speed settings (low, medium, and high).

     To add to the package you get one facial brush head and one brush head for body cleansing (don't worry, it's waterproof, duh). You also don't need to worry about batteries since all you need to do to recharge it is set it in the charging stand. 

     I've been using the True Glow for a couple days now and my skin already looks significantly better! My skin feels more refreshed after cleansing, acne breakouts have cleared up, and my skin feels much smoother. The gentle vibration of the brush head feels fantastic on my skin, too. Would I pay the full $99 for this? Definitely! 

Daily tidbits:

  • Anyone want some snow? I have plenty... 

  • I went to the store today and there were some jewelry boxes on clearance. $50 regular price and $5 was the new clearance price. I bought one of each for myself and a third one to give away. The little old lady at the register was talking about how pretty they were and how she wished she had the extra money for one. So after I left the store I decided to go back inside and buy one for her. When I went up to her I said, "I hope you'll accept this as a gift" She was so happy and even gave me a hug, aw. :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Interview With Ashleigh Beauty

     Hello there, lovelies! Today I have an interview with the lovely Ashleigh from Ashleigh Beauty for you. Haven't been to her blog yet? Well you should pay her a visit. Just click here and you'll be directed to her blog (but don't forget to read the interview first before you get to distracted by all her amazing posts). 

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: Just wanted to say first of all thank you for doing this, you're so lovely wanting to interview me, quite new to this!

Well I'm Ashleigh! From England, Manchester. I am 21 years old, throughout my years, I have always been known as the talkative, bubbly character, through school reports and even in the job I am in now! I think the word bubbly will stick with me for the rest of my life haha! I love talking and sometimes I never shut up. I am a qualified beauty therapist and complementary therapist (massage) also I have a certificate in anatomy and physiology! My friends say I have secret skills and knowledge. I would say I am your ordinary girl that went to school, college and then I got my first job for Clinique when I was 18 and was there for two years. Then worked for Stila Cosmetics for a month or two, went back to Clinique for Christmas then this year went to Estee Lauder for six months! Lovely companies to work for. Been a makeup addict for a good couple of years now. I'll stop waffling now haha!

Q: Why did you decide to start a blog?
A: I have always wanted to write a blog but I just didn't know where to start, how to edit, and I even wondered "why would people follow or read my blog? It's only Ashleigh!" Well I thought one day, "you know what I am going to make a blog and share how passionate I am about makeup and beauty!" I love talking to new people and blogging has given me that experience! I love to write about the things I enjoy most and letting everyone know why I love this or that product! That's when the reviews started and the positive feedback I got from it made me think "wow these people actually like my blog!" I will always love blogging and I'm so happy I got the courage to do it in the end. Met some amazing people through my journey!

Q: Your reviews are fantastic and all your photos are so beautiful! What is your favorite product that you've reviewed?
A: Oh wow thank you! & I love your blog too. My favourite? I honestly don't think I could pick one, am I allowed to pick two? Well I loved the Chanel Inimitable Mascara. A girl needs a good mascara, right? This gave the perfect long lashes! I loved reviewing the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer, too. It really helps my skin when it is at its driest and I loved letting everyone know who had dry sensitive skin like me to use this life saving product!

Q: What is your go-to skin care product that never lets you down? 
A: Cliniques Moisture Surge range has never disappointed me! I love taking the Moisture Surge spray with me when I am out and about because it really does give that hydration when it's needed! Moisturizer in a spray that you spray over makeup, what can't you love about that? Also, the Moisture Surge overnight mask has always worked its magic overnight. My skin is fully hydrated and moisturized by the morning! These are delicious products!

Q: Can you share one of your best beauty tips with us?
A: People have always said "wow your skin is so clear and smooth, what do you do?" I drink a lot of water when I can and I think that definitely keeps it plump! I make sure I moisturize day and night with a moisturizer that I think my skin needs. I definitely can tell when I fall asleep without applying moisturizer! Also make sure you eat your vegetables and 5+ fruit a day, I am forever eating fruit so I think that helps with beautiful skin!

     Hmm, eat fruit and veggies? Drink lots of water? I can do that! Thank you so much, Ashleigh, for giving us your time. It was a pleasure. Rester belle

Monday, September 23, 2013

Making Positive Changes In My Life

     Hello, lovelies! Long time, no blog post, huh? Did you miss me? I apologize for my long absence. I promise I had a good reason for neglecting my beauty blog. I'm sure I mentioned my diagnosis with CREST Syndrome. That diagnosis was changed to just a positive ANA test with esophageal dysmotility. For months I couldn't eat solid foods. At the beginning of September I started seeing a woman who has been helping effectively treat my problem. Yay! I've been working more and more solid foods into my diet (typically having to be swallowed with water). I'm sure I'll keep seeing improvement now. I should be posting a lot more from now on. 

     In other news, I've recently gotten my hair colored! Let me know what you all think? 


Friday, July 19, 2013

R.I.P Talia Joy Castellano

     Many of you may already know that the beautiful, honorary Covergirl and Youtube beauty guru, Talia Joy Castellano, lost her fight to cancer on Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013 at the young age of 13.

     If you don't know who Talia is, she was a beautiful young girl, who touched the hearts of millions of people around the world with her bubbly, upbeat personality, despite the great challenges in life she faced. You can check out her amazing Youtube channel as well as her website

     She had amazing talent in the world of makeup and beauty. I was a subscriber and fan ever since she first found Youtube. She also had an incredible gift to stay strong and fight the odds. My heart and thoughts go out to her family and friends, and to any one else in the world who is fighting cancer or is facing any other struggles in their life. I hope that you can all feel inspired by the mark that this amazingly strong girl has left on this world.
 “Having cancer has been an amazing yet horrible journey,” she said. “Yet every journey has an end.”

Talia revealed in a video last year that she declined a potentially life-saving bone-marrow transplant, instead opting to “just live the time I have remaining.”

Monday, July 8, 2013

Get The Look: Leighton Meester

      If you haven't already guessed from reading my 'Get The Look: Blake Lively' post...I'm a Gossip Girl fan. Blair Waldorf is hands down my favorite Gossip Girl character. She's witty, bold, and she knows what she wants and how to get it. It just so happens that Leighton Meester not only plays my favorite TV character but she is also my favorite actress. Not only is she gorgeous but she is a genuinely happy person. She once said that she didn't have a 'favorite role' because she 'liked to be challenged'. Having watched her in various movies such as The Roomate and Country Strong after her long time role as Blair proves that she is a very versatile actress. 

      On top of that I've seen Leighton pull of some very unique outfits and I happen to love her style. I decided I wanted to go on a hunt for a casual Leighton Meester look and see where I could get that look for less. Here's what I found:

      Leighton pulls off this look like a pro. She is wearing a casual boyfriend fit v-neck shirt and draw string shorts.

6pm: $18.00 (Reg. $45.00

      I found a look-a-like shirt on 6pm on sale right now for $18.00 (regular price $45). 

6pm: $24.99 Reg. $59.50
      Also at 6pm I came across a very similar pair of draw-string shorts on sale for $24.99 (regular price $59.50).

      Kind of makes you want to treat yourself to a new outfit, doesn't it? Can't beat sales. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Interview With Maryam Maquillage

     Today I have a lovely surprise for all of you: An interview with none other than Maryam Maquillage. I'm sure you've been to her beauty blog, and if you haven't you've surely seen photos of her makeup looks and nail art floating around the internet (you don't live under a rock, right?). Maryam is easily one of the most creative and talented beauty bloggers out there, so I'm very honored to have been given the chance to bring you this interview. 

Q: I've been a huge fan of yours for a long time. Can you tell everyone a little about yourself?
A: Thank you so much, it means the world to me and you are far too kind! Sending you lots of virtual hugs and kisses!!

Hi everyone, my name is Maryam and I am a beauty blogger atwww.MaryamMaquillage.com where I share near-daily posts featuring makeup looks, nail art, tutorials, reviews, hair stories, occasional fashion and other beauty related news. I recently launched a YouTube channel and happen to spend a lot of my time beauty blogging on Instagram & Facebook :)
Let's see, I was born in Russia and came to the US with my family when I was 10 years old. With both of my parents being artists, I grew up drawing, singing, painting, etc. and that continued on into high school -- NYC's famous LaGuardia Performing Arts HS -- which I attended as an art major. At the same time, I started to experiment with different makeup styles, going from goth to glam to ghetto-fabulous within the same week, eventually becoming the "go-to" makeup girl in school, especially for picture day. Little by little, makeup became my "art" of choice and as I transitioned into adulthood, my face became my canvas and makeup became my medium. 

Q: I noticed in your FAQ that you've never used a nail stamper. It must take a steady hand (and a whole lot of patience) to do all of those designs. Which nail design would you say was the hardest for you to do?
A: I won't lie, I am often told that I should've been a surgeon lol... with that said, I also have to admit that nail art is probably one of my top 3 favorite things to do in life, so for me, it doesn't require an ounce of patience. I am obsessed with tiny details and love to work on a small scale. It may sound funny, but I find it so relaxing and soothing to my brain -- I sometimes get anxious when I'm done. Some of my designs do take a long time to complete, so I'd say my "Miniature Artworks" nail art was one of the most intricate. I also did a "Sugar Skulls" design which wasn't as complicated, but it involved a lot of different tools as well as rhinestones, so it was probably one of my lengthiest in terms of application. One of the hardest designs was actually my Balmain-inspired nail art -- although it wasn't technically difficult, it also wasn't an original idea, so it required a lot more concentration than I usually put in. 

'Miniature Artworks' by Maryam Maquillage 

Q: What sparked your decision to start beauty blogging?
A: I've always wanted to start a blog, but for years I couldn't decide on a topic. I had contemplated a travel blog, an ethnography blog, even a blog about musical theater (I'm obsessed with musicals!). One day, after posting a facebook picture of myself wearing makeup, I received nearly 100 questions from friends asking about the products and techniques I used to achieve the look. Right then and there, I decided the topic of my blog and asked my friends if they thought a makeup blog was a good idea. Their response was positive and the rest was history :)

Maryam Maquillage creates looks ranging from simple...

...all the way to bold and creative.

Q: Could you share with us your daily makeup and skin care routine? 
A: People who meet me are sometimes surprised that I don't wear nearly as much makeup in person as I do on my blog. For every day, I like to keep it fairly simple: a sleek cat eye and glossy or red lips. I always define my brows and that's the one thing that keeps consistent throughout my makeup styles.
As far as skin care, it's gets a bit more complicated. I start in the evening by washing my face with Dermatologica's Precleanse to remove any traces of makeup and follow with one of my serums / gels that I like to rotate every few days. I love Ole Henriksen Collagen Boosting Truth Serum, L'Occitane Serum Imortelle and AmorePacific Hydra Gel. Once a week, I use Missha Cell Renew Sleep Mask (I am obsessed with Missha's Cell Renew Snail Line) and I also love the Snail Hydro Masks for special occasions, when I want my skin to look its best. In the morning, I use either a toner or a mist like Mario Badescu Rosewater spray to lightly freshen my skin. If I'm feeling extra generous and/or if my skin needs some extra love, I'll pop a Vitivia Pro:Vitamin skin capsule and apply it all over my face, neck and chest. Then, I'll complete my morning routine with a moisturizer like Avene Hydratant or Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum for the oily days. I also don't shy away from eye creams / gels and I am big on products for acne-prone skin. My skin breaks out once a month and I heavily rely on my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and Clearasil 10% benzoil peroxide for spots.
Q: What products are you totally loving right now? What products have you tried lately that were a complete miss?
A: Makeup-wise, I am currently obsessed with Dinair's Orange Highlighter for the under-eye circles. It is one of the best concealers out there, plus it comes in a tube, so you don't need a compressor to apply it. I also love AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact - it's somewhere between a moisturizer, a bb cream and a foundation and is the quickest way to even out the complexion. This product is perfect for your travel carry-on!
If you follow my blog, you know I am obsessed with Lime Crime makeup -- the lipsticks, the eyeshadow palettes, the liners -- everything is just magical and I honestly couldn't live without this brand. The colors bring me joy and the fun packaging makes it so easy to apply in public -- everyone starts to smile!
As a beauty blogger, I am fortunate to receive a lot of products to test out and while the ones I talk about may work for me, they may not necessarily work for someone else. I have encountered lots of "misses", but I as the saying goes: "One man's trash is another man's treasure"... Just recently, I got a lipstick from a brand that I generally like and was bummed because it just didn't work out for me. I thought it smelled like an old lady and washed out my skin tone. A few days later, my friend came over, tried it and fell in love -- she thought the color made her skin glow and that all lipsticks should smell "traditional" like this one... Now, she wears it all the time! Go figure :)
Q: You've received a ton of press and have had loads of success as a beauty blogger. When you first started your blog up was there ever a time when you felt discouraged?
A: Blogging can be extremely discouraging if the purpose of your blog is anything other than sharing your passion. I don't think anyone should go into blogging as a means to receiving free stuff, getting "famous" and/or making money. It just doesn't work that way and your audience will see right through. If your blogging intentions are true, then your discouraging days will be limited -- that's not to say that you won't get frustrated or even furious when technology changes and/or the template you spent weeks designing suddenly looks like a 5-yr old put it together and you can't figure out why. Also, putting yourself out there brings in a lot of judgement and criticism, which can be very hurtful, so you MUST have thick skin and let it roll off your shoulder. Instead of letting the negativity discourage you, you should use it as fuel to continue driving forward and spreading the love through your passion.

One of my personal favorites by Maryam Maquillage.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Beauty Blogger Spotlight: Interview With ChrissyAi

       Beauty blogger Christa, aka ChrissyAi, is young, beautiful, and incredibly talented! She reminds me a lot of myself when I started off with makeup- starting off as just a thing, but then gradually developing into an obsession (in my case it can be a not-so-healthy one at times). This girl has tons of amazing tutorials, including detailed nail art and gorgeous eye makeup looks. It doesn't stop there though, she even does product reviews. You can check out her fantastic and creative blog if you click here.

Q: Can you tell me a little about yourself?
A: My name is Christa, I'm seventeen, I live in Florida, and I am (of course) a beauty blogger.

Q: I see you have a ton of nail polish tutorials, swatches, and reviews. Is that your biggest beauty obsession? What is your go-to nail polish brand and why?
A: Oddly enough, it is! I only say oddly because when I started my blog my focus was on make up, looks, and product reviews. I started to get inspired by nail bloggers such as drinkcitra to start nail art, my obsession has only grown since then. My go-to nail polish brand is definitely LVX. They're on the pricey side but you get what you pay for, the quality is great! I've loved every color in every collection they've released. :)

Q: What inspired you to start your own beauty blog?
A: I was inspired by beauty vloggers on YouTube but I knew I'd never get in front of a camera and talk to myself for other people to see. I made a blog about six months before I started using it and it was actually my boyfriend who had encouraged me to start posting. Talking to myself on my unknown little blog wasn't something that came easily at first but with every new follower I got I became more confident and even more excited!

Q: You mention on your blog that you started off watching beauty gurus on Youtube. Who was the first guru you ever watched? Who is your favorite now?
A: The first ever was rosebud143, I was looking up hair curling tutorials. I'd have to say my favorite is either JLovesMac1 or Hollyannaeree. They're both completely different but I love their styles. Jarmaine is hilarious and random and Holly is organized and collected. (Qualities I like to think I have in myself, haha)

Q: You have amazing talent with makeup. Your nail tutorials and eye make-up looks are gorgeous. Have you ever considered beauty school and building a career around your talent? 
A: First off, that's so sweet, thank you! I don't believe I really have a talent, I play around and sometimes it's a complete mess but going into the "second round" I have a clear idea and it comes out better. I have considered cosmetology school but a big part of me really loves graphic design as well. As of now I'm playing with both and just seeing where things go.

Q: If you could only have five cosmetic products what would they be and why?
A: Honestly, I'm pretty simple and could live with only two. However, if I got to choose five I would choose foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and two eyeshadow palettes. Specifically, Make Up Forever Mat Velvet foundation, Almay Dial Up Mascara, Physician's Formula 2-in-1 Eye Booster eyeliner, Coastal Scents 88 Matte palette (Or BHCosmetics), and the Naked 2 palette.