July 14, 2013

Summer-Proof Makeup & Hair Tips

Hey Beauties!

       Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend and are ready to start a new week! My weekend was super dramatic as my car caught fire on the highway yesterday as I was on the way to the beach. Super maddening, saddening and so cry worthy it's not even funny. But as Liz Taylor would put it, "Pour yourself a drink, Put on some Lipstick, and Pull Yourself Together'. That is precisely what I plan on doing this week. I will be busing it for a while, which means I'm going to be standing in the hot sun waiting for my wheels to work. Ick! So, what I need is a summer hair and makeup survival guide but since no such thing exists I compiled a few things that may help myself, and my beautiful readers, not to melt like a Popsicle when you hit the summer air. I am going to start with some of my favorite sweat-proof makeup items and then move on the hair. Keep in mind that some of these products may not be budget friendly but they get the job done! I am a heavy face sweater and I need products that can handle the job. So, let's get started...

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer
Let's start with a primer. The reason primers are good in the summer is because they create a barrier between your skin and your foundation. It also creates an adhesive that helps our your makeup stick better and helps it not to move out of place. So far my favorite primer is the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer. The product is described as a makeup magnet. It creates a tacky surface to help your makeup to adhere and helps keep it from moving. This product really does stand up to the job. Although it would not personally say it lasts a whole 15-hours. But that is another story, for another time. I plan on writing a full review shortly.

Covergirl Stay Fabulous Foundation
Next up is a long-wearing foundation. I have oily skin so I need a product that wont slide off
when my face gets slick. I also need something light-weight that has good coverage. I have alot of hyper-pigmentation and acne scaring and I need something that will cover that so I don't need alot of heavy concealer. The more you have on the hotter you will get. When summer comes and the humidity gets to your skin you want as little as possible on your face. My favorite foundation is the Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. This product as gotten rave reviews from beauty experts everywhere including myself! I cover amazingly and the wear time is incredible. It is also a matte foundation with is not only excellent for oily skin but for the summer in general! The dewier the foundation the sweatier you look. I recommend this foundation for anyone and everyone and it's cheap. Around $12!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Setting Spray is a must! I never realize how amazing these hidden gems can be. They help to set everything quickly so that when you hit the heat, nothing moves. Everything stays put and stays fresh. Urban Decay has a fabulous line of setting sprays. There are three different ones and the one I have tried and LOVED, is the All-Nighter Spray. The cool thing about this product is that when your skin temperature rises, it cools your makeup to avoid it from moving all over the place. It's like a thermostat for your skin!

E.L.F Tone Correcting Powder (Sorry about the broken part
If setting spray is out of your budget or you deem it unnecessary, then you want to set with a powder instead. It works as a blotting sheet, keeping the skin matte and absorbing oils as the heat rises. My favorite is the e.l.f Tone Correcting Powder. The has 4 shades that you mix together to combat redness, dark spots, etc. And it runs for about $3 which
is a steal!!!!

Essence Gel Liner and Femme Couture Liner
If you need you full-on eye makeup, I suggest a gel eyeliner for both eyes and eyebrows, yes I said eyebrows. Let me explain, gel eyeliner is usually waterproof, sweat proof and smudge proof! That means when the mercury rises, you can count on fabulous eyebrows. The trick with this is to get a brown gel liner and use it with a brow brush. Start application from the middle of the brow and work the product through. Don't re-dip, a little goes a long way. This a great way to make your brows last all day. My favorite on for brows is the Femme Couture Gel Liner in Brown. This formula is a bit dry which makes it ideal for getting the brows right. It helps avoid a application overload. My favorite for eyes is Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris. The formula is creamy and it wears all day, even through the sweat! This is one of my favorites and I use it everyday!
Maybelline Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara

I am a mascara junkie, Que Youtube video called "I am a makeup junkie!" and I never leave my home without it! But when the heat starts, so does the meltdown. That's when I use waterproof mascara. I personally only use it on the bottom lashes because my sweat usually accumulates down under my eyes. I use the Maybelline Mega Plush in Black-Brown.

OCC Lip Tar
Finally, keep those lips luscious with they help of a stain. Stains really give the lips the color they need without being too preachy. And they usually last a good couple hours. I love the OCC Lip Tar in Divine. I did a few review of these last week so check it out for details.
Refresh Dry Shampoo

Now come the hair. The worst thing is a hot, oily, greasy mess of hair. For the oily hair i suggest a dry shampoo. These bad boys don't replace washing but they can help your hair look cleaner when you are in a jam. They spray out a powder that helps absorb all the oils and help the hair look fresh!

De-frizz Wand
For the frizz i suggest a freeze zapper like the One 'n' Only Brazilian Tech Frizz Wand. This has a mascara wand that will help take the frizziest strands. Keep it in your purse for those frazzled moments.

Well, That's it! I hope these tips will help keep you looking fresh and sexy for the rest of the summer! Do you have any summer tips to share? Comment Below!

Have a fantastic week Loves!

Sarah XXO

July 07, 2013

OCC Lip Tars - Review

Hey everyone.

     Welcome to Monday! Ick! Monday...the beginning again and we now have a whole 5 days to go again until we have another weekend. But anyways, did you all see my new Youtube video about my states side shopping trip? If you did, you would have seen that I purchased my second Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar. In light of my new purchase I have decided to do a review on the product just for you guys! So, if you want to know how I feel about these tiny tubes, then keep reading.


Like I said, these are tiny little .33 oz tubes that will fit anywhere. They have bold fun lettering and they come in a plastic zip back with a tiny lip brush for application.

The Product

The product is very liquid and fluid. I usually pour out way more than I need to cover my lips. The brush it comes with is flexible and not stiff and helps make application way easier. They come in a whopping 42 shades (many can only be ordered online) and are Paraben free. Oh, they are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Which is awesome! :)
Divine- A Corally Pink


Like I said, I usually pour out way more than I need. With this product, a little goes a long way. I EOS, first to help the product glide on better. The product can be build by applying more after the first coat sets. 
usually get more than enough by just applying a tiny dot on my hand. This product does have a dryness about it so I recommend using a non-greasy lip balm, like the brand


The lip tars are long wearing but that can depend on what you are doing through out the day. If you drink 45 cups of coffee through out the day, the color may not last as long as you want. I usually get it to last for a good 4-5 hours. The line does offer a clear primer that can be purchased separately that claims to help the longevity of the product. I am unsure on whether or not it works though.

Pretty Boy- A super hot fushia
Final Word

Overall, I really enjoy these products! The color is good, the staying power is good and I like how little is needed to get the job done. They cost about $18 CAD in Sephora but considering how little you need, I feel like it's worth the money. This is defiantly a splurge but I will buy it again!

I want to know, have you tried these little guys? And if so, how do you feel about them? Do you have the primer and does it make a difference? Should I invest in it?

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Love you all and have a fantastic week!!! :D


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July 02, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoos- Review

Been a long time, I know and I am sorry to all my loyal readers but I have just been uber crazy busy lately and haven't had time to sit down and write a post in a while. I have done a ton of videos over the last little while and if your interested in seeing them, visit my youtube channel, The Pretty Pauper on Youtube.

Anywho, I'm here to give you an honest-to-goodness review of some of my new favorite products, the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows. These bad-boys come in a variety of colors and the claim to last for 24 hours. But do they? Well, keep reading to find out.

35- Tough As Taupe
These cream shadows come in about 10 or so different shades. I had heard good things and was looking for an everyday shadow that would give me that 'I tried' look for work. The first one I picked up was the shade 35-Tough as Taupe. The color is some what of a browny-purple shade and looks great with a black gel liner layered on top.

20- Painted Purple
This next color I purchased what more so of a trend buy. I first saw it on Leighton Meester on gossip girl. It was a vibrant purple shadow with no liner and big lashes. I loved this look and decided that this would be the shadow to do it! The shade is 20-Painted Purple. 

55-Inked in Pink
The next shade is a pretty metallic shade that looks great with an intense black liner. The shade is 55-Inked in Pink.

 The final and most recent color I have purchased is 50-Pomegranate Punk. This shade a dark lightly frosted brick color.
50- Pomegranate Punk

The color pay off for this guys are not bad, some better than others. Out of all four the best pay off comes from shade 35-Tough as Taupe. The color makes a great everyday shadow. These also blend really well. I usually apply using a flat shadow brush to my lids and use a fluffy crease brush to blend out. This is usually super easy and I apply all four in this manner.

These can range from $6-$8 depending on where you go. I picked them up at Walmart for $6.49.

Worth the Hype
Heck Yes!!! I am so in love with these guys. They are super easy to apply and they help my makeup stick better. They also prevent that horrible gel eyeliner lid line. I wouldn't say they last for 24 hours but they defiantly last my whole work day. They are creamy, vibrant and are easy to apply.

All in all, I give these guys an A+!!! Go out and get them.

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Love You all!!!

XXO Sarah

Note: I am not sponsored or Paid for this review. These are my opinions and not that of the manufacture.