Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I’ve made a list of goals just like everyone else in this world, and I’ve been purchasing more and more things lately related to that goal.
The goal is to switch over to green beauty products in 2017.
The #1 reason I want to switch to green beauty products is because when I switched to cruelty free makeup I was introduced to green beauty products. I never knew that those products existed without chemicals, and at first I wasn’t interested at all. But then around September 2016 I then realized that my skin didn’t feel the same, and my skin felt itchy and irritated by the products I was putting on it. That’s when I was introduced to Laura’s Natural Life on YouTube, and The Organic Bunny blog. I am really interested in making my skin feel good again, and that’s why I want to switch some of my products to green beauty.
The 2nd thing that I want to bring up is that while I will be switching a lot of my products to green beauty, it won’t all be at once. I want to continue using the eyeshadows that I have, because honestly I only wear them for certain occasions and I don’t want to throw them out just yet. But from now on, if I do need to buy certain makeup products because I’m out of it then I will buy green beauty products.
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At this time last year I was researching makeup brands, and finding out which were cruelty free. Here are five things that I learned about going cruelty free.
- The first thing I learned was that it was difficult to find my holy grail cruelty free products. Mascara was one of the most difficult things to find, since I was obsessed with Covergirl’s orange lash blast mascara. I eventually found my holy grail which is Pacifica’s Dream Big mascara. I guess what I want to say is that it is a lot of trial error in switching to cruelty free makeup products.
- Shop at TJMaxx for cruelty free brands. I bought Crystal deodorant, and Jason shampoo for a reasonable price at TJMaxx. I also found this gem (pictured) at TJMaxx, I only wish it was a larger container, since it made me feel like I traveled to Hawaii.
- The brand E.L.F became my best friend. I really liked the eyeliner, and HD translucent powder (pictured). I also love E.L.F brushes. They are soft and affordable, I think the most expensive one is $3. Like are you kidding!
- Buy samples or travel size makeup products. I bought the Vapour sample kit which was about $17 with shipping, but I got a $10 promo code, and I figured out which product I wanted to buy full size. You should definitely switch to cruelty free products slowly, and I think buying samples or travel size makes it easy because you can decide which product you like the most.
- I became more aware of the ingredients in the products. I started watching Laura’s Natural Life on YouTube, and she made me aware of more green products that I should be using. Towards the end of the year I found out about The Organic Bunny, and I absolutely love her blog. For the new year I will be switching to more green makeup products. I will upload a blog post about why I am switching to green products later.
Please tell me what you think, and let me know what your experience has been since switching to cruelty free makeup products.
Cheers! The end of 2016 is near. I’ve been wanting to write a post about Silk Naturals since I purchased some products a couple months ago. So here’s my review.
HD Cream Highlighter in limoncello– You must try this highlighter, and I think it was in my November Favorites. The great thing about this highlighter is that you can apply multiple layers and you will look flawless. It stays put and you will glow all night long. It is vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free. The best part is that it is $4.50 on their website.
Sheer Blush in Lovelace ($6.50)- It is a medium shimmery peach blush, and on the website they compare it to NARS deepthroat blush. It is amazing, and cheap too. I love this blush, but I wish it wasn’t a loose formula.
Sheer Bronzer in Tahiti Sweetie ($6.50)- I honestly don’t know if it is my brush, or what, but this bronzer is sort of patchy on me. It does have good pigmentation, and I would suggest an easy hand when applying. I don’t use bronzer in the winter often, but maybe in the summer I will use this more. Personally for the winter I don’t really like this bronzer, and it isn’t creamy on me either. I would get a sample before you purchase it.
Brightening Concealer in #3 ($6.50)- I really should have bought #2, because #3 is a little dark for my under eyes. I do like this concealer though, and it is loose in a small jar. I think this concealer is good, but not my favorite.
Velvet Matte Lipstick in Bustier and Vice ($5.99)- I think these are mostly like lip balms. They feel thin on the lips, and I think these are good if you need a quick color on your lip, but I would apply a lip gloss over these colors.
My top products that I would recommend are the highlighter and the blush. Please let me know what you think or if you will be purchasing any of these products.
As part of the Christmas Challenge I wanted to show you a gift guide. I always give my friends and family members these type of gifts. Personally I love giving gifts that others will use in their life, rather than material items. Please keep reading if you want to learn what items make the best gifts.
- Today we can easily send a picture or post it on Instagram, but personally I love printing out my favorite picture of the person that I want to give a gift to.
- This idea is super thoughtful. In fact, one year my friend gifted me this picture frame, and I gave her the exact same thing. Aw! 🙂 True friendship!
- It’s super easy. Go to CVS photography or WalMart and you can print and edit a picture of your friend or family member. You can also create a collage on the kiosks, which is what I did.
- Then, buy a picture frame at The Dollar Store, GoodWill, or Target/Walmart.
- Next, wrap it up and give it to your loved one.
- I think this is a great idea, because a picture frame is a great decoration item for the home.
- I am a huge book warm. I think you should gift your loved one either your favorite book, or a book that you think would make a difference in their life.
- Books are a great idea, because well knowledge is power right!
- I think a book is a personal, because then they can share what they thought of the book. I think books can also be life changing, because they have the power to make us think about things in a new way
- Currently I’m reading You are a Badass How to stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. It is a self help book, and I would recommend it for the person in your life who you know is great, but they might need a little push.
- Of course I was going to suggest a makeup product, I mean this is a makeup blog!
- If you know your loved one is dying to get a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette, then this is the perfect time to gift it for them. Personally I love makeup, and while fuzzy socks are great too, makeup gifts are a sweet spot for me.
- If you don’t know what makeup product they want, then buy them a Visa Prepaid card that way they can buy whatever makeup product they like.
- Check out my November Makeup Favorites for any recommendation
I hope this gift guide helps you out. If you are reading this thank you for taking the time out of your day to read it, and I truly hope it inspires you to give thoughtful gifts. I hope you have a great Christmas, and please cherish the moments with your loved ones.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This month went by faster than hot pepperoni pizza at a party. lol I’ve been thinking about pizza all day, sorry about the basic girl analogy. I think this month was super great for me personally! Anyway these are my top five makeup products for November 2016.
E.L.F Perfect Finish HD Powder ($6)
- As you can tell from my previous posts, I love spending the least amount possible. I love how decently priced this setting powder is. I mean a girls got to have a pizza budget every month!
- It’s translucent and it comes with a mirror which is a huge plus in my book.
- It is compact, and it is pressed translucent powder. I hate having to deal with loose powders that are messy.
- I think this is a great product for the price. I think it works great, and it holds my makeup very well. I do have to touch up a couple hours later, but I don’t mind.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario ($49)
- I can’t believe this is the first product that I’ve ever purchased by ABH. The eyeshadows are super pigmented, soft, and creamy.
- My favorite colors are 5th Ave, Lula, Isabel, Violeta, Kim, Muse, and Hollywood.
- The colors are mostly neutral, which are great because I use those colors frequently.
Silk Naturals HD Cream Blush in Limoncello ( $4.50)
- Again, for the price you can’t go wrong with this highlighter. I always get compliments on my highlight when I wear this.
- It is a gorgeous golden color, and it is very flattering on my light medium skin color.
- It comes in a stick formula. The way I apply it is by putting it on my finger, and then tapping it on my cheekbone.
Wet n’ Wild Eyeshadow Primer ($4.50)
- I was running low on my Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer, and I saw this one at Target. After using it twice, I can definitely say that this primer works.
- It does it’s job by keeping the eyeshadow in place.
- It comes in a tube which makes it easy to use.
E.L.F Intense Ink Eyeliner ($3)
- OMG this eyeliner is great!!! I can’t emphasize this enough. I was thoroughly impressed by this eyeliner.
- It has a fine point, which is easy to use.
- It lasts all day long! Seriously-it lasts all day long. I think for the price this is amazing! I would definitely buy this eyeliner again and again. It easily beats the Milani eyeliner that I reviewed in my last post.
- I was surprised that this eyeliner was any good, especially because the tube is sort of short and thick.
These five products definitely impressed me this month, and I had to write about them. I felt super passionate about these products this month!
Finding a cruelty free eyeliner this year was difficult. I used to swear by the Loreal gel eyeliner, and that was truly the only one I used all the time. Since going cruelty free though, I have had to experiment with many different types of eyeliner. A cruelty free gel eyeliner that I like is the Wet N’ Wild’s On Edge Creme Eyeliner, but in this post I will be reviewing a felt tip eyeliner. I paid about $10 for the Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner. I tried using it multiple ways before writing a review for it. I’ve had it for about three weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, which you should, I used the Milani eyeliner for the lines on my mouth for my skeleton makeup on Halloween. Below are the pros and cons of the Milani eyeliner.
- It has a pointy tip which makes it great for making a winged eyeliner.
- It it super soft and it didn’t irritate my eyes at all.
- The black color was intense.
- The price isn’t too shabby considering the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner is $20.
- It lasted throughout the day with a classic eyeliner look.
- It claims that it is waterproof, and I didn’t test it, but it didn’t smudge really throughout the day.
- It is thin, and lightweight. It has a grip handle, which makes it easy to use.
- After applying this eyeliner on top of eye shadow I still didn’t feel like it was pigmented enough.
- When I used it to for a wing eye look, I noticed the edges wiped away throughout the day.
- I didn’t try it, but this eyeliner if definitely for the top of the eyelids. I only use pencil eyeliners for the waterline.
This is a great eyeliner for the price.
If you have any recommendations please let me know.
I wanted to take a quick minute, and address that I changed my blog name from Roses and Amor to Modest Makeup Drawer. I don’t want to go into too much details as too why I changed the name, but if you have questions by all means ask them.
Hey everyone! I’ve been wanting to do a review on these two Juice Beauty products for awhile. I have been using them for about three months. These were the first two products I ever purchased from Juice Beauty.
First off, I didn’t really have an immediate impression about these products, which is why I didn’t review them sooner. I’ll start with the primer. I like that it doesn’t feel rough on my skin. I was using the NYX Poreless primer, and it made my skin feel irritated. I like that the Juice Beauty primer felt nice, and clean on my skin. My makeup did smudge throughout the day with the Juice Beauty primer, especially on my t-zone, which is where I am oily the most. To be completely honest I don’t think I would repurchase this product.
Next, time to review the Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. I have been using this to remove my makeup, and it does the job. I did notice however, that I had to rub coconut oil on my eyelids if I wanted to get my eye makeup off. I think the cleansing milk is good to take off face makeup, but not eye makeup. I don’t think this is the best cleansing remover, but it did make my skin soft. It did irritate my eyes, which is why I would rather use coconut oil.
What are your opinions on these products?
Okay when you first opened this post you probably had a dirty thought, but I’m really talking about lipsticks, I just thought I should clear the air. Anyway these are some of the pinky nude lipsticks I always reach for. I am absolutely am obsessed with them, and I thought I would post them because I always get compliments and questions on what lipstick I’m wearing. The problem is that I reach for so many pinky nudes, and I’m really looking forward to expand my lipstick collection. I am in the market for reds, and dark lippies for fall. Any suggestions?
NYX Intense Butter Gloss- Peanut Brittle (less pink nude)
NYX Intense Butter Gloss- Cookie Butter (very nude)
NYX Intense Butter Gloss- Tres Leches (pinky nude)
Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick-Vice (pinky nude)
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips- Rose Crush (pink nude) FYI I like to put this under the nude NYX glosses.
Colourpop Matte Lipstick- Bianca (Light pink nude) I don’t really like this formula, but I like using a gloss over it to make my lips feel more comfortable.
Colourpop Sheer Lipstick- Echo Park (my favorite sheer pinky nude)
Colourpop Lippie- Aquarius (dark nude and my favorite formula and color)
Colourpop Lippie- Oh Snap (matte nude) I also own the lipstick pencils for the colourpop lippies, I just didn’t picture them.
For the last year I’ve been trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle. The reason why I choose to live a more minimalist lifestyle is because I was tired of buying things that I don’t use, I was tired of living up to expectations. I had a lot of clutter in my room, and then I wondered why am I buying so many things. I was inspired to be more minimalist after watching Sarah Nourse, and Jenny Mustard on YouTube. Now the question that I will answer, is how do I live a minimalist lifestyle. Well I chose not to buy a lot of things that I don’t need. If I don’t need something, then I throw it away. I only buy things that I absolutely need like food, clothing, and what I love most makeup. I go shopping at thrift stores a lot, and one of the weird things that I have noticed, is that I use the clothing items that I bought from the thrift store, more so than the new items I used to purchase at the mall. I don’t understand why, or maybe it’s because someone else has already broken in the clothes. Anyway the only new items that I purchase are undergarments, bras, panties, socks, shoes, and white tee shorts or basic shirts. At the thrift store I look for blouses, jeans, jackets, and dresses.
Also when I buy makeup or clothes that I absolutely need I try to shop when there is a sale. For instance if I know I need more makeup, I will try and see if they have is a sale, and if I still need it I’ll just buy it, but I will look around the store to see if they have any sale items. For instance, two weeks ago I put it on my to-do list to buy new bras since I needed some. Then last week I bought some from American Eagle because the bras were on sale, which is a score really in my opinion. To me minimalist means only living within your means, and not accumulating lots of unnecessary items. Minimalism also means that I should only purchase things that make me happy like flowers, and making a commitment to not buy objects that will clutter my life. The one thing that I have a hard time with being minimalist is when other people buy me gifts. My mom has is one of those people that if she sees a napkin with my name on it she will buy it for me. I love her, but that’s the only thing I have a hard time with. It is difficult when people buy me items that remind them of me, and then they give it to me, and I’m thinking to myself “wow I really don’t need this in my life.” This is the hardest thing I’ve encountered about being minimalist. With that I will leave it, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Besos!