Ballin' On A Budget | Cult Beauty Haul + US Shipping Review


The other week I was innocently browsing Cult Beauty and ended up accidentally placing an order. How can someone accidentally online shop, you may ask. Well it's totally possible if someone is a bit of a dolt and overenthusiastically adds hypothetical shit to her cart and then clicks on over to Paypal to see what the total would be in USD. Nevertheless it happened, I'm rollin' with it and blaming it on kismet.

Since Cult Beauty is an UK retailer, I thought I would share my experience shopping there as an American customer. Overall I am happy with the experience and will order from them in the future!

Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask Review | Yes it's a mouthful but it tastes fabulous


I started writing this post late Sunday night so that's why the title is a bit... odd. But when I woke up the next morning I decided to just roll with it. And if you're wondering: THIS MASK IS NOT EDIBLE. It's a result of my trying too hard to be funny.

Weird titles aside, I love this sleeping mask. It's hands down my favorite sleeping mask in my collection at the moment. On the Cosrx site, they say your skin will be like a chewy mochi after you use this mask. I've never heard this comparison before checking out their site but now I'll never forget it. Every morning I wanna wake up with chewy mochi face!

I received it as a PR gift from Mikaela Beauty (a Canadian based K-beauty retailer) and have been using it nonstop over the past 2.5 months! I would definitely recommend subscribing to their email list because they're always running awesome promotions 😉

Photoshop For Bloggers: Flatlays & Cloning


It seems that I'm starting series left and right these days and damn it, I plan on sticking to them (like I said I would in my blog and beauty resolutions post.)

As the name implies, this series is all about photoshop for bloggers. The other week I asked on Instastories (@sharmtoaster) if anyone would be interested to see how I photoshopped some extra marble into the photo below, and a few people enthusiastically responded yes, they would like to see it! It looks like magic, but it's actually quite a simple process 😎

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To do so, all you really need to do is use photoshop's clone stamp tool! I like to think of it as a fancy, customizable copy and paste option for photos.

I primarily use the clone stamp tool with my flatlays in two instances: 1) when I want to expand the background in my photo and 2) when I want to clean up stains and discolorations in my backgrounds. I'll be sharing a tutorial for instance number 1 but the same tutorial can be used for instance number 2.

What the fudge are occlusives and sleeping packs and masks?


The other day I was sitting down to write my review of the Cosrx ultimate nourishing rice overnight spa mask and realized I can't really write the review without explaining what the heck a sleeping mask is. And if I'm talking about sleeping masks I need to chat about occlusives. In the end I decided to dedicate a whole 'nother post to the two (aka this post.)

I've been toying with the idea of starting as series on skincare basics but wasn't sure if I had the proper... credentials for the job. I'm not a dermatologist or aesthetician, just a girl who likes spending way too much time reading about beauty things on the internet. Then again, this is a blog not a dermatology journal so I can publish whatever the fudge I want. I may not be an expert but I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about the topic to have a solid enough understanding to share it with y'all. Plus, I remembered my high school history teacher who used to say if you have knowledge but decide not to share it, you're being selfish.

Weekend Edit | Material Girl


At first today's post was going to be skincare heavy, but that's been pushed to Sunday/ Monday because I'm in the mood for a lazy day post. I haven't done a weekend edit in a while so here are 7 (mostly material) things currently on my mind this weekend!

1. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial
This was featured in my "On My Radar | Spring '17 Beauty Releases" post the other week and in the post I said I was gonna buy it... but I haven't (yet.) Everyone on Instagram has been raving about this product, giving me some major FOMO. I'm trying to hold off on purchasing it by telling myself I STILL haven't used the other Drunk Elephant product I bought back in November.

Between PR and new releases, my skincare testing schedule is overwhelmed. I wanna try all the shit, but also fear the inevitable freak out from my skin if I introduce too many things too fast. On top of that, I don't really see the point in blogging about most skin care products if I've only used it a handful of times.

But back to the topic on hand-- I wanna know, have you tried the baby facial out? Do you wanna try it out? Have you read any reviews on it yet? Gimme all the deets, please!

2. Diptyque 'Rosa mundi' Candle
A year or two ago I was aghast at people spending over 30 bucks a pop on a single candle, but now I'm one of those people 🙈. It all started when I was at the mall and I happened to stop at the Space.nk  counter to re-stock on something I can't remember at the moment. Thanks to my need for some retail therapy (it was inauguration day 😭), the beautifully packaged 'Rosa mundi' collection, and a genuinely friendly sales girl, I ended up going home with my first diptyque purchase ever.

I had a bit of buyer's remorse at first, but now I'm totally over it! Not only is the candle beautiful to look at, but I've fallen in love with the scent. It's a very strong rose smell that seems to linger 5ever (aka even more than 4ever.)
photo source: the beautylookbook

3. Capture Your Style aka Song of Style's Book
I mentioned this book in the previous post and I finally placed my Amazon order for it last night! Aimee used to be one of my favorite bloggers (and one of the bloggers who inspired me to start blogging) but I stopped following her blog a few years ago after it became too unrelatable to me. Buuut her book looks really promising and seems to be a sort of blogger guidebook according to some 😉. I can't wait to get my hands on it!
photo source: song of style

4. Zara Embroidered Detail Ankle Boots
I dedicated a post to embroidered boots a few months ago and even went ahead and ordered a Topshop pair I featured in the post. Unfortunately they were very uncomfortable and back to the store they went. Then I got swept up in the world of beauty blogging and embroidered boots sort of fell of my radar.

But while browsing the new spring releases on the Zara, my eyes immediately went to these embroidered boots! Thus my love for the trend is back.

5. The Young Pope
I don't understand this show... yet I keep watching it. I couldn't even tell you if I truly like it or not because it confuses me so much. I've been watching it with my mom and the both of us are just so confused. Is anyone else on the same boat?

The one thing I can say for sure is I love the show's soundtrack.

6. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask
Herbivore Botanicals has been on my "to try" list for months. I'm pumped to have finally get my hands on one of their products. Last weekend they had a promotion where 30% of their proceeds were going towards the ACLU and Standing Rock so it was the perfect opportunity to buy their Blue Tansy resurfacing mask. I haven't tried it yet, but isn't it so pretty to look at? I had a mini photoshoot with it and am honestly just looking for an excuse to share some of the photos.

P.s it's currently 20% off at dermstore thanks to their friends & family sale!

7. SNL
In our current political climate all I can think of is that episode of 30 Rock where the fictional Republican Vice Presidential nominee is a total ass-hat and happens to look exactly like Tracy. Liz swears she won't write any lines for him... and she doesn't need to. The governor's actions are so moronic that all Tracy has to do is repeat them and it's comedy gold. If you've never watched 30 Rock, you're probably very confused. To get un-confused, go watch the episode called "Governor Dunston."

Fast forward a few years and we're in the same exact place. First we had Alec Baldwin as Trump, Beck Bennet as Putin, and the Grim Reaper as Bannon. Now we have Melissa McCarthey as Sean Spicer and I think she's my favorite yet. While reality sucks, comedy is at an all time high! I can't wait to see what they come up with on tonight's show!

If you watched it yet, here's the skit from last week where Melissa does the most dead-on Sean Spicer impression ever. And if you have watched it already, watch it again!

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