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uses for lemon

The super fruit lemon does wonders for your health. But it is also a miracle worker when it comes to skin care! These are my favorite 4 uses for lemon in Beauty and Health!  Follow the links to find out more detailed information about each topic!


1. DIY Sugar ScrubSugar Scrub Title

Two cups of regular sugar, one cup of any oil, and the juice of one lemon! That is all you need for the perfect facial sugar scrub that will leave your skin glowing, and fade away dark spots over time! Make sure to check out the 4 DIY Sugar Scrub recipes for more ideas for this delectable DIY!

2. DIY Aspirin Acne Maskuses for lemon

Dissolve five Aspirin in lemon juice, just enough to make it into a paste. Apply to your problem areas on your face and leave on for 1o minutes. Rinse and say goodbye to nasty breakouts. You can find more details at DIY Aspirin Acne Mask.

3. Teeth Whitening 

uses for lemon

Do you have a big outing, but don’t have the money to spend on a professional whitening? Take lemon juice and baking soda, apply to teeth and leave on for a minute! Rinse your mouth with salt water after and you are done.  This Dr. Oz teeth whitening DIY is an ultimate perfect solution!

4. Warm Lemon Wateruses for lemon

Start you day with a cup of warm lemon water, and be blown away by the changes you will notice in your health and mental state! Not convinced? Go ahead and read Warm Lemon Water Benefits, I am sure that you will be intrigued to give this a try!


Are you using lemon in your daily health and skin care routine already? If not, you might want to reconsider, it can change your lifestyle and appearance!Uses for Lemon PIN


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November 9, 2015 4 comments
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halloween makeup

Here are my picks on Halloween Makeup Looks that I would do if I had a once of talent of a Makeup Artist! But hey, I do have the smokey eye look down pat!

Follow the links to the original sites to see the tutorials on these creepy masterpieces!


Halloween Makeup

Harley Quinn by Julia Graf

Halloween makeup by Julia Graf

by Julia Graf

I am starting off with my favorite of the bunch! The Harley Quinn makeup look by Julia Graf! And honestly I am probably going to attempt this, even so I know I am destined for an epic fail. But I am simply in love with this look! Check out her YouTube video for a full tutorial!

Skull Halloween Makeup by fashionisers.com

halloween makeup by fashioisers.com

by fashioisers.com

How cool is this skull makeup? Honestly, this is waaaay out of my league. I love the shades of shadows on the neck and collarbone. Visit the website for very detailed instructions on how to archive this look

Sewn Lips by hisprincesaa

halloween makeup sewn lips by hisprincesaa

Halloween makeup sewed lips by hisprincesaa

This is quite easy, and I am sure I could pull this off. But me thinks this might be a bit impractical when going to a Halloween party. Still, the look is awesome. Check out hisprincesaa YouTube video for a tutorial. Skip to minute 3:50 to see how to create the lips. She starts the video with her eye makeup!

Pop Art Comic book by Emma Pickles

halloween makeup popart comic by Emma Pickles

Halloween makeup pop art comic by Emma Pickles

This has so much win; I can’t even! And I already decided to use my daughter as a guinea-pig to give this comic book Halloween makeup a try. I am already dreaded painting all those dots. But oh well, no pain no gain! Emma Pickles has an excellent YouTube video on this look. Check it out!

Doll Face Makeup by Cheap Frills and Thrills

halloween makeup popart comic by Emma Pickles

Halloween Makeup Doll Face by Cheap Frills and Thrills

Watching the video tutorial, I had to do a double-take at the beginning! I had no idea about using a glue stick on eyebrows to make them disappear! I love the look, and it is so creepy, perfect for Halloween! I wish she would talk and explain the steps a bit in the video!


The Harley Quinn and Comic Book Halloween Makeup look are on my list to try! Which one would you give a shot?


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October 17, 2015 7 comments
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Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

Temperatures are dropping, and the leaves are falling. Now is the perfect time to take a look at Fall 2015 Beauty Trends! And let me tell you, there is something for everyone! From the classic colors to the bold look. And if you are in a glitter whore like me, then now is your time to bust those sparkle flecks out and spark like a diamond! Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

Fall 2015 Beauty Trend: MakeupFall 2015 Beauty Trends

Fall is always the time to dust off your berry and orange lipsticks and rock them like there is no tomorrow! Too boring and run of the mill for you? Go all out and paint your lips black, because that is all the rage for the perfect pout this season. Take it a step further and try a gray/black ombre to make sure that no one is stealing your lip thunder!

When it comes to the eyes, glitter it up to your heart’s content! Not your thing? The hazy gray smokey eye is also (as always) high in trend! Or for the brave souls among us, do a graphic eyeliner (you know the double wing) and draw one of the wings with a bright colored eyeliner to make it pop.

Fall 2015 Beauty Trends: Nails
Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

Again, Glitter junkies rejoice! Even so it is a pain to remove glitter polish from your nails, disco nails are what it is all about this Fall season. Not a fan of glitter? With any metallic shade, you will still ride the wave of this trend. And of course, the Reds are now once again a big hit!

And when it comes to nail art, I have some great news! The dry brush stroke nail art is what the nail artists of this world are sporting on their nails! Why is that good news? It is one of the easiest nail art to create. Check out this tutorial to see for yourself!

Fall 2015 Beauty Trends: Hair
Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

When it comes to hair accessories, it is quite simple: Go big and bold or go home! And if it sparkles, even better! The sleek ponytail and the wet look are the must-wear trends when it comes to hairstyles! So bye-bye rainbow-colored, you are too expensive to maintain anyway!

I love how all the trends are very achievable (aka wearable) without much effort or skill! Also, they leave enough play room with each other that the possibilities are endless!

I know I will be rocking the glitter trend all season! Which one of the Fall 2015 Beauty Trends got you all excited?


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October 5, 2015 10 comments
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Product Review- Quick Take on these 5 goodies

Review Disclosure: Products have been purchased by me. No compensation has been given to me for this review.

The article may contain affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission (through no extra costs to you) if you decide to purchase anything through links. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands. Thank you for supporting my website!  


Here are five beauty products I tried recently and my quick review of them! Read on to find out what to skip and what you need to get your hands on asap!

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ReviewBare Minerals Complexion Rescue review

What it is

This product is a combination of the best from BB, CC, and tinted moisturizer. Its coverage is sheer to medium and has a dewy finish. Complexion Rescue is best for people with dry skin. Over time, it will improve the hydration of the skin.

The specs

Complexion Rescue comes in 10 shades with an SPF 30. The size is 1.82 oz. With a price of $23.00 (Amazon affiliated) and $29.00 on sephora.com 

Yay or Nay

A big fat YAY! A perfect product for the colder month. It leaves you skin feeling moisturized all day, and the dewy finish is just gorgeous! The coverage is very light, so you might have to follow-up with concealer/foundation to cover any significant breakouts!

Urban Decay Brow Beater Review urban Decay brow beater review

What it is

Brow Beater is a waterproof brow pencil with a small tip for perfect and exact application. The other end of the pencil has a brush for blending the color and grooming.

The specs

Urban Decay Brow Beater comes in four shades and is a retractable pencil, so no need for a sharpener. The price is $20.00 on sephora.com

Yay or Nay

Unfortunately, it is a big NAY for this. It does what it is supposed to. I own a few drugstore brow pencils (for a quarter of the price) that just work as well. Brow Beater is nothing spectacular and not a must have! Still love you UD!

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Reviewgivenchy Dahlia divin review

“I created a delicate and delightful scent, balancing colored and juicy notes, slightly reminiscent of childhood. Then I gave the fragrance more of a solar quality, to create a trail worthy of this radiant, remarkable muse.”— François Demachy, Master Perfumer

What it is

Dahlia Divin has notes of Mirabelle Plum, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Patchouli!

The Specs

Dahlia Divin Eau de Perfume 2.5 oz. $80.80 (Amazon affiliated) and $110.00 (Sephora). Make sure to get the charity edition, as portion of the proceeds will go to Alicia Key’s Child Alive Charity

Yay or Nay 

My vote is YAY. I got a sample with my last Sephora order, and the scent blew me away. I normally stick to my trusty Armani Code, but Dahlia Divin converted me, and I will splurge on a bottle of this! Next time you are in a department store, have a sniff! It is seriously Divin 😉

Octavio La Playa Salt Spray ReviewOctavio La Playa Salt Spray review

What it is

A hair product infused with Algae Extract to give your hair texture and volume! Beach Waves, anyone?

The Specs

 A 4 FL oz. Bottle costs $15.50 on octaviomolinahair.com 

Yay or Nay

Another NAY, but with a little bit of YAY sprinkled in. The reason it is a no is that it did make my hair super dry. My hair is already naturally dry because of my curls, so any and all salt products is a no go for me.

But besides the dryness, it did give my curls a beautiful texture, almost bounce like! So I do recommend this to anyone that does not have dry hair!

It Works Exfoliating Peel ReviewIt works Exfoliating Peel review

What it does

A face peel to get rid of dead skin cells, excessive oils, and such, to leave behind a soft glowing skin.

The Specs

It Works Exfoliating Peel retails at $34.99 (Amazon affiliated) and comes in a bottle with dropper. You use it twice a week on clean skin.

Yay or Nay

OMG NAY, NOPE, MY POOR FACE! Holy Breakouts, Batman! I tried this for a few weeks, and after the first try I broke out like in my best teenage days! But an initial breakout can be normal, especially because the product brings all the impurities to the surface.

Who had the glorious idea to us a dropper to get to the peel? Maybe mine was a defect but I pumped and squeezed about five times before I had enough product to use.

I used it twice a week, as recommended. And after a couple of days my breakouts were healing. Come around exfoliating peel day, we start the whole circle again. After week three I tossed it, and there is no way I will recommend this to anyone (no matter the skin type) with a price tag as steep as this! My recommendation is if you are keen to try, get a sample first, to make sure that you do not have such a severe reaction than I did!


Spill it! Did you try any of these products yet? What is your take? And which one of these would you like to give a spin?


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Wende's Contraband

Wende’s Contraband Disclosure: Product has been purchased by me. No compensation has been given to me for this review.


What is Wende’s Contraband all about

Wende’s Contraband collection is a travel-friendly sized pallet with six eyeshadow (0.03 oz each) that were handpicked by Urban Decay’s founder Wende Zomir as her favorites. It also includes (no shocker here) travel sized 24/7 eyeliner in the shade ZeroWende's Contraband

The packing is awesome. A sleek and smokey look (as you can see in the picture on top of the post). But overall I have to say, it is too much packaging for a very little product!

As this is a collection of Wende’s favorites, I can’t hold it against Urban Decay that they included yet again Zero as an eyeliner (as this is her favorite)! I have collected – involuntary – that many travel/sample sized Zeros that I now give them out like candy to friends.

The Eyeshadow of Wende’s Contraband

Now on to the important part! The eyeshadow themselves! There are six shades, but no new colors! But out of the six I only own two already (Smog, Reign)! On the other hand, I do own shadows from Urban Decay that are very similar to the other four (I mean twin same) Wende's Contraband

Here is a swatch of the 3 top shades Trick, Smog, and Reign. You can tell that Wende’s Contraband is more on the shimmer site! Also, I am a little bummed that none of the neutral shades are a transition color nor a good highlighting color!

So if you take this with you on vacation, don’t forget to pack a blending and a highlighting color also! Especially the blending color will come in handy if you use the brighter shades of the bottom three.Wende's Contraband lower colors

Final Verdict on Wende’s Contraband

I like the collection of the colors, and they are all in the range of shades I use every time I do my eye makeup. But the missing highlighting and transition shadow, is what makes me not want to stick to this for travel!

I also noticed that the texture is different to the other Urban Decay shadows. The Contraband shadows are more powdery compared to the creamy texture of their UD shadow sisters.

[infobox style=”alert-info”] My recommendation is: You can skip it!

For the selling price, you can get a more complete (with brush and shadows I mentioned earlier) travel palette for the same or even better quality! [/infobox]

Wende’s Contraband is exclusively available at Sephora.com for $34.00 for VIB/VIB Rouge right now. Rumor has it that when it gets closer to Fall, Sephora will make this palette available to everyone. Wende's Contraband Pin


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Dr Jart+ BB Mate Contouring Feat

Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring Disclosure: No compensation has been given to me for this review.
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Dr Jart+ BB Mate ContouringWhat is Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring

Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring Kit comes in three shades, to give your face a naturally sculpted look with all the skincare benefits of a BB Cream and an SPF 40!

This Kit is for people with fair to light medium skin and natural undertones! There is no color range in the product. But maybe they will introduce more colors to this line if it hits off!

The kit is available at:

Sephora $ 45.00

Sephora $ 45.00

How to use it

Only use a small amount of product and blend everything out before you continue with your next step. The application follows the basic countering guidelines.

Start with your regular BB cream as a base. Dap the highlight under your eyes, on the T-Zone, the bridge of your nose, and on the chin.

Using the Neutralize shade, gently pat it onto lines to diminish their appearance.

Finally, apply Bronze along the hairline, under your cheekbone, the side of your nose, and under your jaw line.

My Opinion of Dr Jart  BB Mate Contouring

Dr Jart BB Mate ContouringI followed the above instructions for application. As I only had a sample, I used a concealer brush to apply and a beauty blender to blend everything out! Application and blending it into the skin was very smooth! The formula of this product is a dream to work with!

I am in love with the highlight color! It looks stunning! I was a bit vary of the contour, as it looked very dark, and nothing close to what I usually use! But blended into the skin, it gave the perfect illusion of natural shadow!

I used the natural shade as a concealer for my breakouts, and it covered them nicely. Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring

In the above picture (taking in front of a window in natural light), you can see how my cheekbones and sides of the nose are defined. Also, my face has a natural glow to it!

I have been using the Clinique Chubby Sticks for contour and highlight and loved them. But Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring Kit is the winner in the comparison! It feels like nothing on your skin, and lasts well into the day! On the other hand, the Clinique sticks seem rather heavy on your face (especially the highlight), and you can feel it clogging up your pores!

Now, mind you, I am very lucky that the colors are a perfect match for my skin tone! The kit only comes in these shades! And this is the reason I am not recommending you to drop what you are doing and get your hands on this asap! Especially with the price tag it comes in.

But if your skin tone is light/medium and you have combination skin (on the drier side) then try to score a sample, and fall in love with the Dr Jart BB Mate Contouring Kit just like I did!


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November 11, 2015 3 comments
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