Summer has arrived and to be honest, I really wasn't ready for the heat. You would think that I'm already used to this weather having lived here all my life, right? Well I'm not, especially since this year has been a bit more gloomy than past years (which I've been loving). My body really doesn't like the heat, so I've really had to dig through my body care collection and pick out some heavy duty products to combat my dry skin. I've also been using very little makeup this past month because I hate the feeling of having a thick layer of makeup on my face when it's 90ºF outside. There's honestly nothing worse than the feeling of your makeup melting away.
Bdellium Tools is a brush company based in Cerritos, California which is not all that far away from San Diego. I'm sure you've heard of Bdellium Tools before if you tend to watch a lot of YouTube videos, especially KathleenLights. Because of the YouTube effect (someone should really trademark that term), I really wanted to try brushes Bdellium Tools and I finally got my chance. When I saw this brush set on Octoly (a free marketplace for content creators), I quickly jumped on it and sent my proposal to the company. Thankfully Bdellium Tools approved of my proposal and I was sent the Green Bambu Smoky Eyes 5pc. Brush Set to try out and review. This brush set contains 5 vegan and cruelty-free brushes to create the perfect smokey eye. So let's cut to the chase, is Bdellium Tools really worth all the YouTube hype?
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks thanks to Influenster. As a thank you for participating in the Amuse Bouche campaign, all the influensters were automatically entered in a giveaway to win these two Bite Beauty products and I was chosen as a winner! I rarely win anything, so this was super exciting for me because both of these products were completely new to me. I know the Agave Lip Mask is one of Bite Beauty's cult favorites, so I was very excited to see what all the hype was about. This little lip care package honestly couldn't have come at a better time because my lips absolutely hate the hot weather. Will these products keep your lips healthy throughout the summer?
ColourPop order over a year ago, I've been hooked on their very affordable Super Shock Shadows. If you've never tried the Super Shock Shadow formula, then you're going to be in for a real treat. These are not your standard powder eyeshadows with messy fall out, and they're also not your standard cream eyeshadow that will dry out quickly. The Super Shock Shadows have a long wearing crème powder formula which applies very pigmented and smoothly on the eyes. These shadows come in a plethora of shades and finishes, so I thought it would be a great idea to share five of my favorite shades in this post. It was very hard to narrow it down to just five shades, but I think there will be something for everyone.
Walmart Beauty Box unboxing. A long time, I know! I didn't cancel the box or anything, what happened was that my spring box never arrived. I never got an email indicating that my box had been shipped out or got money taken away- nothing. I have no idea what happened there but for some reason I just never got a spring box. Unless this is the spring box and it came a whole season late... Who knows, the orchid box is really throwing me off. And this box was perhaps the worst subscription box I've ever received.
MILK MAKEUP is the cool kid on the block in the beauty world and I'm personally super intrigued by their refreshing approach to beauty. What initially attracted me to their brand was their innovative, yet practical packaging. Then I found out that mega babe and one of my favorite singers, Samantha Urbani, was one of the faces of the brand and I knew I had to try something out. With the hot summer months ahead I picked up the Cooling Water which has become a saviour for my puffy under eyes.
Glossier right now. I think they're doing a fantastic job bringing out innovative and exciting beauty products for the everyday woman. Last week after I uploaded my Highlighter Challenge video, Glossier launched their brand new Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter. Being the Glossier/Into The Gloss fangirl that I am, I immediately went on the website to order my own Haloscope highlighter within the first few hours after they had been launched. This is unlike any powder or cream highlight that I own, it's made with hydrating skincare ingredients and crushed up minerals.
3 years since I graduated?? Time sure flies by after you graduate from university!
Nourish Beauty Box which is a monthly subscription box that specializes in natural, cruelty-free, and ingredient conscious beauty products. Unlike most subscription services, Nourish Beauty Box sends out 3 full-sized beauty products and they offer free worldwide shipping. Yes, finally a subscription box that ships worldwide!
Glossier was going to release a rose scented version of their cult favorite Balm Dotcom, let's just say that I freaked out a little bit (ok, maybe I freaked out a lot). Since purchasing this I've pretty much kicked all my daytime lip balms to the curve and have been finding any excuse to apply the Rose Balm Dotcom on my lips.
Birchbox that I've received, so that means that I've been officially subscribed for half a year! I have to be completely honest with you and say that I've been really happy with my Birchbox subscription so far. I have really enjoyed the variety products I've received, the option to choose a sample each month, the boxes themselves, and the Birchbox point system. This month's sample choice was the newly repackaged Benefit Gimme Brow which I've never tried before. And I also received a very exciting item in June's box that I had been wanting to try out for the longest time! Clue: It's perhaps the most hyped about hair product within the blogosphere.
I mentioned that I had made the decision to stop supporting fast fashion retailers, and today I'm going to be explaining my reasoning behind that decision. It's no secret that fast fashion is huge within the blogging community. You will come across bloggers styling pieces from Forever 21, H&M, ASOS, Brandy Melville, and Zara time and time again. And I understand why that is- fast fashion is cheap, trendy, and very accessible. In the past I thought of fast fashion as my only way to build a decent wardrobe, but nowadays I've been caring more about ethics than getting a good deal on a plain white tee. I promise not to make this blog post sound too preachy because that's the last thing I want out of this, but I do want to encourage you to question the practices of fast fashion and come up with your own conclusion.
Maria Medeiros and she suggested the idea of doing a candy swap. I've never done anything like this before on my YouTube channel, so I was totally on board for a little Mexican to Canadian candy exchange.
OGX Coconut Curls range for a few weeks now and I'm going to be reviewing the complete range just for you. Let me tell you, some of the products are absolutely incredible!
Mariya recorded a full face makeup tutorial using nothing but highlighters. And as you can probably imagine, the video quickly went viral thanks to Buzzfeed and social media. Now this isn't exactly an everyday look, but it's so much fun to play around with makeup. Participating in this challenge reminded me of why I fell in love with makeup in the first place. It's very easy to play it safe, but experimenting with new trends or techniques can be a ton of fun. I definitely have Mariya to thank for encouraging the makeup community to have fun and embrace their inner disco ball.
Kylie Lip Kits, a brand that constantly sells out and has killer liquid lipsticks is Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Yes, Jeffree Star from MySpace now has a cosmetic empire and over 1 million subscribers on YouTube. I know I'm basic as hell when compared to Jeffree, but I just adore his over-the-top personality and fierce makeup. I first heard about Jeffree Star Cosmetics over a year ago on YouTube and I had been wanting to buy one of the famous Velour Liquid Lipsticks for the longest time. What held me back was the fact that these sell out quick! But a few months ago I was finally able to get my hands on the cult shade, Celebrity Skin.
Maybelline has a new lipstick collection that features unusual shades such as blue, purple, white, brown, and black lipsticks. Usually drugstore companies play it very safe when it comes to their makeup options and collections, so it's amazing to see a brand like Maybelline doing something new and exciting. Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds have an opaque clay based formula that's supposed to have one-stroke intensity. I honestly got so excited when I saw The Loaded Bolds at my store so I picked up two unusual shades to test out and review for you.
May Favorites, then you heard me rave about this new mascara by Elizabeth Arden. When it comes to high-end brands, I think Elizabeth Arden often gets forgotten about among people my age and I really think it's time to start paying more attention to the iconic brand. Elizabeth Arden is no longer just your mom's or grandmother's favorite brand, now they're pushing the envelope and coming out with very modern and innovative products such as the Grand Entrance Mascara. This mascara features a curved brush with three rows of bristles, as well as a long-wear and water resistant formula that easily washes off at the end of the night.