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A Vintage Beauty Tool for Doing Lashes – is it a Must-Have?

reflection of lashes in the lash pro mirror

Do you want a beauty tool that makes your routine better? I’m always on the lookout for beauty tools that makes my beauty routine easier. If it can help knock off 15 minutes off my time – even better! While I work from home, I don’t want to spend lots of time doing my skincare and makeup in the morning. I had the opportunity to test out interesting beauty tools and organizers from La Dama to see if they’ll make things better.

About La Dama

If you are a fan of supporting small businesses, check out La Dama, which was first established in 2011 by makeup artist and licensed Esthetician Illiana La Dama, a TNT Agency certified in professional techniques, corrective and dramatic makeup. Her goal is to help teens discover methods that uncover one’s true radiance.  Her beauty tool will have everyone talking!

La Dama Girl Lash Pro Mirror Beauty Tool

The lash pro mirror looks like a vintage beauty tool mixed with something the dentist would use. The La Dama Girl Lash Pro Mirror retails for $25 and is designed for the lash artist. What makes this an ideal product is its size because it allows you to see the complete lash to ensure there are no gaps. You can also check for uniform or texture depending on what your lashing style is.

La Dama Mirrored Side of the lash pro mirror
back of the La Dama lash pro mirror
using the lash pro mirror

La Dama LD Lash Pro Tweezer Stand

I’ve owned and lost multiple pairs of tweezers, and they are not cheap, which is why I want a product to keep them organized. The LD Lash Pro Tweezer Stand ($25) is the ideal organizer! If you don’t have your makeup storage all set up currently, this stand is worth getting. 

Tweezers in the lash pro tweezer stand

Lash Pro Mirror Review

I didn’t get to try this doing lashes since I recently found out that I am allergic to lash glue. However, this works great at doing my liner and mascara. While I wouldn’t do my brows using this, it’s a great tool for quick checkups. With that said, I can see this product being helpful when it comes to doing lashes. There may be a learning curve with the mirror, but it’s well worth it!

Overall Thoughts on These Beauty Tools

The vintage-style lash mirror is an excellent product for lash pros, and the tweezer stand is perfect for anyone looking for affordable ways to store their beauty tools. If you want to try something new, then I highly recommend them. But if I had to choose between the two, I’m enjoying the stand! It’s a product that I would purchase.

Let us know which of these two La Dama products you’d be interested in trying!

*Image credit: La Dama


Clean Skincare That’s Affordable and Travel-Friendly

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Finding skincare that’s both travel-friendly and inexpensive is quite the challenge. However, it’s a challenge I’m ready for. While I’m not traveling anytime soon, I am moving. I have to pack everything up and can only use certain products, so it’s the perfect time to test out some travel-size products from My ALCHEMY Skincare.

About My ALCHEMY Skincare

My ALCHEMY Skincare is a cruelty-free and clean skincare brand that wants you to stay as young as you feel using products with healthy aging ingredients. They learned firsthand “the impact of self-care and nutrition on our bodies, both inside and out.” Inspired by cancer, the mother-daughter team had one goal in mind – “to offer every [BODY] knowledge to empower healthy choices as we strive to help you live your best life toxic-free.” 

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini still in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit in the included pouch
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Products Sent

I was sent and able to test the Travel Mini [$65] kit. Perfect for traveling or when you’re in the middle of a move, and you don’t have a ton of space or everything readily available.

What’s inside the kit:

  • Wildcrafted Cleanser
  • Rose Hydrosol Spritzer
  • Illuminate Face Serum
  • Towelettes
  • Vitamini

The website also shows you how to use each product, which I think comes in handy.

Each product is:

  • Wildcrafted and organic ingredients
  • Free: of toxins, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, talc, artificial fragrance and colors, fillers, synthetic chemicals.
  • Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable & reusable bottles
  • Made in the USA
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Cleanser
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Hydrosol
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Serum
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette Case

Travel Mini Review

I recently decided to go solely cruelty-free and clean. I don’t believe in animal testing, there’s no need for it, and I will not use brands that still do this. This kit is nice. It truly is. I have crazy sensitive skin, so of course, I was a bit nervous to try everything. My skin reacted nicely. They don’t take up a lot of space on my bathroom skink, you don’t need to use a ton of products, and there are no horrible scents.

This kit is an excellent option if you’re looking to try a new brand, you want to go cruelty-free, or you are doing some traveling soon and want travel-friendly products. While I do like these products and didn’t have any issues, I’d recommend testing them out before you travel. It’s always best to know a product works for you before heading out on vacation.

Overall Thoughts

The price might seem high for a travel kit, but the quality is marvelous and well worth it. I’m always looking for great deals and ways to save money, but when it comes to skincare, I’ll spend the money if it’s amazing. And it is.

Exploring New Beauty Products with C’est Moi

We tried the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set and excited to share what we think. Did you know this set can be found at Target!?

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
Beauty Brite Disclosure

When it comes to makeup, I always tell people to do what makes them happy. If you want to go neutral, do it. If you want to wear the boldest shadows, rock it out! Makeup lets us explore who we are and our creativity. However, many people don’t always have the money to expand their collection, especially if they’re unsure whether or not the bold colors will work out. This is where brands like C’est Moi come into play. 

C'EST MOI Fun Advertisement

About the Brand & What was Sent

This clean beauty brand offers a wide variety of products from skincare to color cosmetics. I’ve been called “basic” many times because I always go for the neutral shadows, so when I was given the opportunity to step outside my typical comfort zone, I couldn’t say no. The brand was kind enough to send their Visual Artist Makeup Crayon (set of 6) to try out, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and try something different. The six shades in the set include:

  • Night: Black
  • Ruby: Red
  • Sapphire: Navy Blue
  • Leaf: Green
  • Daffodil: Bright Yellow
  • Dove: White

There are many benefits to using these products, which include:

  • Made for delicate skin types
  • NO – Talc, Fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Mineral oil, or Propylene Glycol
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - The Back of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Side View of Pencils

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon

The shadow pencils glide on nicely and fairly easy to work with. Everyone is different, but sometimes you have to work quickly with cream products to avoid any creasing. My eyelids crease like you wouldn’t believe, so I have to work quickly – other people may not. The colors are fun, bright, and can be used with any bold eye look you’re going for. At the price point $25 for the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set of 6, it’s worth stepping outside your normal looks to try something new.

The white makes a great base to help eye shadows pop more, and the black works as a liner, as long as you set it with a black shadow. If you’re really good and working with cream products and shadows, the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon can also be used to darken up your look a little bit.

Overall Thoughts

While $25 can be a little bit more than what some people may want to spend, but you are getting six shadow sticks in the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set to work with. That’s less than $5 a pencil. I’m enjoying these shadow pencils, and it works out great that they’re a clean brand since I’m moving to only use clean and cruelty-free brands

We Tried 3INA And We’re Stoked

I recently had the opportunity to review a few products from the brand 3INA, and I was shocked – talking Taylor Swift shock face shocked – when the package arrived.

Products from 3INA in the original packaging
Beauty Brite Disclosure

3INA Review: Skincare Products

There were four skincare products: the matte & smooth primer, and three oil drops (defence, detox, and energy). 

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These Must-Have Socks are Game-Changing

One of the many reasons why I hate wearing socks when I go into the city or visit a place where I will be doing a lot of walking is because my socks always tend to fall a little bit. As I walk, the sock will slowly drop down and fall by my ankles, which can get a bit uncomfortable and frustrating. I have some good news! I may have found the product that solves that problem – INVISA SOX

About INVISA SOX

The website states that the “sockless look is in, but the smell is NOT. Protect yourself from being “that girl” and start your day by putting on a pair of INVISASOX, the world’s most over-engineered no show sock (seriously). We’ve created these socks to end annoying problems like nasty odor, sweat, blisters, discomfort, shoe damage, and terrible no show sock experiences.”

Product Review

I had the opportunity to test out the no show socks. They are a lightweight, ultra-thin, yet comfortable ankle socks that remain hidden when you have your shoes on. Basically, they look like you’re not wearing any socks. These are so comfortable when you do a lot of walking around and they don’t budge… AT ALL! 

There are five color options available: Grey, Black, White, Beige, and Brown. Each package comes with three pairs and retails for $13.95, which is a great price. 

While you can wear these with any shoes, I prefer to wear them with my Keds or my black or silver Sam Edelman ballet flats. I’m being completely honest, you will not see these socks! It’s amazing! I went to a summer fest at the end of June and INVISA Sox no show socks worked amazingly. 

At the end of the day, you can wash these like you would any other pairs of socks. The material is a little thinner than your average sock, so be a little careful when you wash and dry them. My pairs are still in pristine shape, but it’s still good to keep an eye out. Also, I have super sharp toenails that I now clip regularly after finding holes in many socks where my big toe would be.

Overall Thoughts

I never thought I’d love a pair of socks as I do with these. Anything that makes my day-to-day activities easier, I’m all for. The price is good since you probably won’t wear them on a daily basis, the quality is excellent, and they actually work. I can’t say enough great things about them, and definitely, think they’re worth getting.

A New Cell Phone Accessory That Has Everyone Talking

Keebos Phone Case Main Image

Normally, I’m not a tech person. I don’t buy or review fancy gadgets for my cell phone… mainly because my phone is so old you can’t find any accessories for it. But I wanted to test out this new product that could make a lot of people’s lives easier. The concept is so simple, yet so effective. If you haven’t heard of Keebos, I definitely recommend you keep reading to learn more about why this is the new must-have accessory for the summer.

About Keebos

So what is Keeobos? It’s an iPhone necklace case. Before you start wondering why this is a must-have product, think about a few things. When you go into the city, attend concerts, and festivals, you often have to leave your phone in your pocket or handbag. If you’re like me, you end up spending a good 20 minutes trying to find a large cellphone in a tiny bag. Yes, this is a thing that actually happens!

Well, with this product, you won’t have to do that. Is it super stylish? No, but that’s not the point. This iPhone necklace case makes it convenient for you to have your phone on you and accessible at all times without having to go digging for it or worried that someone can steal it right out of your hands. 

Product Review

I had the opportunity to pick out a necklace, and I chose the shade beach. The other three colors include Abbot Kinney, Venice, and Sunset, and each necklace will retail for $35. The price may be considered high, but considering how easier it makes things for me, I’m more than happy to pay the $35.

The strap adjusts easily, and you can almost turn it into a little crossbody. The back of the case has a sealable credit card holder to store your ID, card, cash, or headphones. 

Overall Thoughts

I can see why people may pass on a product like this, but think about the times you go to places wishing you can have your phone available without actually hanging on to it. Or how many times you’re at a festival digging through your purse because you need to make a call and you’re struggling to find where your phone is. That wouldn’t happen with the Keebos iPhone necklace case. I can understand the price is high for some people, but it’s so worth it.

Summer 2019 Must-Read List

We share our Summer 2019 Reading List!

Now that the kids out for the summer, its nice to relax in the evening with a good book. Tell us what books you enjoy reading!

We share our Summer 2019 Reading List!

Summer is in full spring, and since Chicago has been getting hit with lots of rain, I decided to use the unfortunate weather as a reason to get caught up on reading. Work has been crazy, which means I don’t have as much time as I would like to devote to reading a book. It’s my goal to allow myself at least one hour each to read a book

Because of my schedule, I’m choosing three books to read this summer. So, what’s on my must-have summer reading list?

Summer 2019 Reading List

Crashing the A-List

Crashing the A List by Summer Heacock

To kick off the summer, I always enjoy something light, funny, and easy to read. Summer Heacock’s Crashing the A-List is a perfect choice. It’s a romantic comedy that made me laugh out loud a few times. The story is about Clara Montgomery, a former book editor who has been unemployed for several months. She’s stuck sleeping on her brother’s ugly couch in Queens while trying to find a new editorial job. She has a temporary gig cleaning out abandoned storage units, and she comes across one that was once owned by an escort service. While going through things, she finds the “resume” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, a famous actor. She says his secret is safe, he’s convinced she’s a blackmailer, and the tabloids think she’s his new girlfriend. Like any true rom-com, she’s starting to find charms more irresistible.

DIY Beauty

My goal this summer is to finally revamp my blog and get it back up and running. One of the topics that I want to do more of is DIY Beauty. These are great videos, and I want to create DIY beauty projects. If you aspire to do the same, then get this book! You are getting easy, all-natural recipes based on favorite products from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and Bumble, Laura Mercier, and more. DIY projects include a glimmer body spray, mystic mud masks, and beauty products that are affordable to create and can be done right at home.

Pride & Prejudice

While I was selling a ton of books and movies, I came across an end shelf that had a bunch of Jane Austin books. So, course, I picked up Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. For the summer, I’m going with a classic, and a personal favorite, Pride & Prejudice. If you’re unfamiliar, this is the story the Bennet family and Mrs. Bennet looking to find a good match for all of her five daughters. Set in 1813, the story centers around the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns what can happen when you make rash judgments and later learns appreciates the difference between the superficial and the essential.

Search for more books to read? We share a few books you will love and even adult coloring books to check out!

What books are you reading this summer? What should we add to our Summer 2019 Reading List?

Nanacoco – Affordable Brushes Worth Getting?

Nanacoco Professional Brushes

Affordable brushes that are high quality can be tricky to find. When it comes to beauty products, I can’t resist trying out new brushes. Having a high quality, and affordable brush can really make or break your finished look. I’m always looking for quality brushes that will apply my makeup beautifully and natural looking. I was excited when I was given the opportunity to try out Nanacoco Professional Brushes.

A Little About the Brand

I’ll admit, I don’t know much about this brand, but I love discovering new or new to me brands. They are one of the few makeup brands that have a beauty news blog attached to their website, which I absolutely love. It shows they’re keeping up with what’s going on in the beauty world while creating quality products.

The company continues to evolve and update its cruelty-free products to match the growing and changing beauty trends. They work to create iconic color cosmetics and high-quality, affordable brushes. They want to be a brand that inspires everyone to be the best version of him or herself, starting with a lipstick.

AirFair Brushes Review

I was sent the AirFair Angled Powder Brush and the AirFair Concealer Brush. The look of the brushes is sleek and sophisticated. They feel absolutely amazing. So soft and smooth. You can say they look and feel like luxury brushes, but they’re affordable.

The angled powder brush ($17.99) applies loose and solid powder perfectly. I like that it’s an angled brush because it makes applying the product evenly around the nose area easy for a precise finished look. Personally, I want my brushes to do the work, without making things difficult.

The concealer brush ($10.99) packs on product nicely. For concealer, I like to apply the product to my under eye area with the brush and smooth it out even more with my ring finger.

More about the angled powder brush:

  • 100% Synthetic fiber brush
  • Hand-cut shaped hair
  • Dense and soft hair
  • Cruelty-free
  • Newly innovated technology bristle allows better pigment pickup

Overall Thoughts

If you’re looking for new, affordable brushes to try, then I definitely recommend these. They’re super affordable, high-quality, and helps apply makeup perfectly. I already have a list of other brushes that I want to order and test out. In the past, I would recommend Real Techniques brushes, but I may have a new favorite affordable brush brand!

Who are your favorite brands for makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

Get Plumper Lips with MESOLYFT LIPS

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty skeptical and nervous to try beauty tools that will plump your lips. I have full lips, so a product like this isn’t meant for me. But, that’s okay, I wanted to see if it works. While the brand offers multiple micro-needling products, for this review, I’m testing out a lip plumper tool from the MESOLYFT Line.

About the Product

This particular product is the MESOLYFT Lips, which is a lip plumper that offers hydration and fuller lips for a more youthful appearance. 

Active Ingredients

  • Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate: Skin-conditioning agent and emollient
  • Phenyl Trimethicone: Silicone that makes lips feel silky and soft.
  • Mango Butter Dimer Dilinoleyl Esters/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer: Derived from Mango Butter and Rapeseed oil, this natural ingredient provides outstanding shine and substantive conditioning
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Natural ingredient that moisturizes skin and calms irritation
  • Glycine Soja: Natural ingredient rich in antioxidants preventing damage to collagen and elastin

The PR package came with instructions:

  • Cleanse the area and pat dry
  • Pump serum onto the wheel
  • Press wheel firmly against the skin, but don’t drag it
  • Roll the wheel up and down five to six times
  • Reposition the wheel and roll side to side five to six times
  • Rinse roller with warm water, shake off excess water and let dry without covering
  • For best results use nightly*

To use: Roll over the entire lip and around the lip line. Instantly plumps lips and smoothes fine lines. After three to four weeks of continued use, there’s a noticeable long-term smoothness.

Product Review

I’ll admit, it took me a good week before I started using this. I’ve never used a product like this, nor have I ever plumped up my lips. So of course, there’s a little hesitation. I haven’t been using this for a month, but I have used it enough to form a review.

I’ll admit, it was a little tingly at first, but nothing painful or uncomfortable. I have bad allergies and sensitive skin, so I was relieved that I didn’t have a bad reaction. While my lips didn’t look plump or full, it did an amazing job and smoothing out my lips. I typically suffer from dry lips, and this made them feel soft and smooth. 

Overall Thoughts

While products like this may scare some people, I do think it’s worth trying out if you’re looking to make subtle improvements to your skin. I’m enjoying this so far, and I can’t wait to see how my lips look and feel after the four weeks. 

I’m having great results, that I’m starting to look into the brand’s MESOLYFTEYES since that’s another area that needs work. When it comes to products like this, I definitely recommend speaking with a spa professional, but the results are there. And for me, it was well worth it.

*It’s recommended to start three times a week and increase with tolerance

New Jewelry Brand You Should Be Checking Out

Tuli Jewelry in boxes

I’m always on the hunt for great jewelry pieces. I will be the first to admit that I am quite picky. Not to mention I have a difficult time finding pieces that are not too junky, are so short that I feel like the necklace is trying to kill me, or rings that are either too big or too night. Like Goldilocks, I’m trying to find items that fit just right. I may have found just what I’m looking for with these jewelry pieces from Tuli.

About the Brand

Tuli is a jewelry brand that makes hand beaded jewelry from East Africa. They’re handmade. Recyclable. Life-changing. And, you know what? They are! 

The company’s jewelry fights poverty by creating sustainable jobs in East Africa. For me, I enjoy supporting brands who want to do good things; and are doing it. They’re not just talking the talk, but they’re walking the walk. I recommended learning more about the brand and the extraordinary things they’re doing.

Jewelry Review

I had the opportunity to choose the two jewelry pieces that I wanted to review. Since I don’t have pierced ears, and I’ve had trouble with rings, I chose a bracelet and necklace.

I went with the Zola bracelet ($36). I was either going to pick Zola and Claire, and I chose the Zola bracelet ($36), but I wish I picked the Claire bracelet. This bracelet is a little too bulky for me, but it’s gorgeous. I love how the white, silver and gold look together. You can wear this casually or with a fancy outfit. It’s natural, and the type of bracelet that works with anything. I have slightly chubbier wrists, and this fits perfectly! 

I picked out the Heather necklace ($20). Let me tell you, the photos on the website don’t do it justice. It’s a stunning necklace! The style of clasp might bother some people, but I love it. I do wish the chain was longer because I do feel like it’s choking me a little. I plan on shopping around in hopes of finding a similar chain that’s longer. Currently, this is my favorite necklace. Not to mention it’s super affordable!

Overall Thoughts

I think the Tuli brand is incredible. They’re trying to do great things in East Africa while making high-quality jewelry that’s also affordable. The bracelet may not be something I would wear, but it’s still a beautiful item. I love the necklace. 

I can’t say enough great things about this brand, and I highly recommend checking them out. Let us know your favorite pieces from their website in the comments below!