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In Beauty, Review on
June 22, 2015

Milani Power Lip Review

Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain Review

I’ve been really into wearing a bolder lip lately, especially since I’ve cut my hair to a little above my shoulders. When I saw the Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain in Publix for $6.49, I knew it would be a fun product to review.

The color I purchased was the #3 Raspberry Tart. It is a berry mauve color, the brand is cruelty-free, and this lip product itself is vegan. What is there not to like?

The Milani Power Lip in #3 Raspberry Tart

Milani’s website lists eight colors available for this product range but I only saw four available at my local Publix. I didn’t find them on Ulta.com but all eight colors are available on Walgreens.com. If you’d like to see swatches of the other colors available, Makeup and Beauty Blog has some great photos in her Milani Power Lip Review.

 

This product is advertised to be a gloss and a stain. Through using it I came to find that it was more of a long wearing lip gloss than a stain. Through my other experiences, I’ve come to see lip stains as products able to last through eating without reapplication. The Milani Power Lip did last through drinking and stayed pigmented for four hours but as soon as I started to eat the color disappeared. Since I’m not willing to go four hours without eating (yum, food) I don’t know how long it would have lasted if I hadn’t eaten.

I had hoped that there would still be some berry color left on my lips after my delicious pizza but all that was left was a subtle pink that honestly looked better on camera than in person.

If you want a long wearing lip gloss that you don’t mind reapplying after meals, it’s a great product. But if you really want a stain, I don’t think the color lasts well enough after the gloss layer disappears.

Do you like bold lips in the Summer?

Stay tuned most Mondays for more cruelty-free reviews.

In Beauty on
February 6, 2015

My Wedding Makeup Rundown and Tutorial

Easy wedding makeup tutorial from Rebecca Kelsey

Hi Kind Friends!

Today is a special day, I finally have for you the rundown of the makeup I wore for my wedding. I’m a simple DIY girl so I did my makeup myself, buying only a few products to compliment the makeup I already owned.

Here is a video tutorial of all the products used, explained in detail. The coloring in the video is a little off so I also provided photos to show you the finished look. This is also the makeup I have in all of my default photos, just in case you wondered.

I hope you enjoy.



All the makeup shown in this video:

For detailed application instructions, watch the video above.


Do you have a particular makeup product that you wear on special occasions? Share it with me!

PS Am I the only person that thinks life needs more special occasions?

In Beauty, Review on
January 14, 2015

The Mascara Diaries: Pixi Lash Booster Mascara Review

pixi lash boosting mascara review and demo

Hi Kind Friends! Today I have for you a mascara review for The Mascara Diaries series. I know I know, it’s been too long! I’m sorry about that. Check out this mascara review video playlist if you are looking for a new mascara this month.

Here I am reviewing for you a natural and cruelty-free mascara from the brand Pixi called the Lash Booster Mascara. Up until I looked up the price online for this post I kept calling it Boosting instead of Booster, oops!

Here is my video review where you can see me applying the mascara:


Photos of wand and packaging:

Is the pixi lash boosting mascara worth the price?

The best all natural mascaras at Target

Details:

This mascara is $15 and available online or at Target locations. It reminds me of the drugstore mascaras Maybelline Full N’ Soft and the Revlon Growluscious. Neither of those brands are natural or cruelty-free but I remember feeling similarly about them a few years ago before I had made the switch to non animal tested products.

The Pixi Lash Booster Mascara gives a good amount of volume and fullness to my lashes but doesn’t add any length. The website says that it does but I didn’t notice that effect. There was no flaking throughout the day and it was actually difficult to take off, despite not being waterproof. Usually I use a cotton ball dipped in coconut oil and rub it gently over my eye area to take off eye makeup. I did that and the next morning I noticed there was still some stickiness to my lashes. The next night I took off the mascara with extra virgin olive oil instead and that did the trick.

Overall this feels like a great mascara that I’m going to love for ages.

I hope you found this review helpful!

What is your current mascara routine? I’d love to know what I should try next!

 

In Beauty on
November 15, 2014

Wedding Week: Bridal Makeup Preview & Longevity Test

rebecca kelsey wessing makeup

Hi Kind Friends!

During our wedding rehearsal I had a secondary goal, to test out my possible bridal makeup. To keep wedding costs down, we decided against hiring a makeup artist and a hair stylist for myself and the bridesmaids.

You guys know me, I don’t like a lot of makeup. So thinking about what amount of makeup to wear for the wedding was a little difficult. I knew I had to wear more than usual and that the products would have to look good for 6 hours, so nothing I owned would work since I owned mostly light-wear products.

nude dude, exclusive to kohls

So I tried out some different makeup palettes and decided to go with the Kohls exclusive theBalm product, Nude Dude (c/o) for the eye makeup. My mascara, is of course the tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes. Since I knew I had to replace basically everything I owned except for mascara, concealer, and eyeshadow, I went for the most inexpensive cruelty-free brand I knew –  elf. They met my expectations and more! The only product I had to really work hard with was their liquid eyeliner, everything else was a dream.

At 4 PM (in front of a window):

long wearing wedding makeup on the cheap

Top: Plato’s Closet Kendall
Necklace: Forever 21

At 1 AM the next day (artificial light):

elf wedding makeup

Overall I am incredibly happy with the results. The only thing that really faded was my concealer and lip stain.

Vlog for buying the elf makeup at Target:

 

I am going to film a tutorial on my wedding makeup and share it with you after the honeymoon so stay tuned for the exact product information. I’ll update this post to add a link as well.

Wedding Week thus far:

In Fashion on
October 24, 2014

Get Ready with Me: Sailor Jupiter Halloween Costume

smc5-sailorjupiter

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m sharing with you a fun Get Ready with Me video for my Sailor Jupiter costume. I was Sailor Jupiter in 2012 and I just had to bring out the costume again since Sailor Moon Crystal premiered this year.

 

Makeup products used:

-Eyeshadows from The Naked Palette by Urban Decay and Meet Matt(e) Nude by theBalm (c/o).
-Nude eyeliner and mascara by tarte cosmetics
-Pink blush (used under the eyes) is the Happy Blush by Physician’s Formula (c/o)
-Blush by mark. cosmetics

I also went with my hair down this year. In 2012 I wore it with my hair up like this:

rebecca kelsey halloween

For a more detailed tutorial on how to be Sailor Jupiter, check out this article I wrote on omghow: How to be Sailor Jupiter for Halloween

[My last video, just in case you missed it: The Tales of Beedle the Bard review]

What is your costume this year?

 

In Beauty, Review on
September 29, 2014

Review: Ageless Derma Camoufleur Concealer

mineral concealer review

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I have a micro review of a cruelty-free mineral concealer that I’ve been using all month. In the above photo I am only wearing the Ageless Derma Camoufleur Concealer (c/o) and the Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiin Smolder.

CamoufleurConcealerBanner

I’m sorry for only having a stock photo available! Look at what just happened as I was writing up this review and taking pictures:

She is just getting more and more mischievous! Let’s hope she doesn’t figure out how to open it.

This concealer is a nice spongy cream consistency. It’s really thick and applies best with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. It has five color ranges: Wheat, Fair, Ivory, Medium, and Deep. I am using Ivory in the above picture. The color does blend into my skin but I had assumed that the color would be lighter. Next time I’ll go with Fair versus Ivory.

I’d recommend going a shade lower than you’d think you’d need.

What is your current favorite concealer? 

Let’s hope I can find mine before the kitty goes crazy with it!

(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

In Beauty, Review on
July 29, 2014

First Impressions Natural Products Haul

yes to coconuts review Hi Kind Friends! Today I have four products to share with you, along with my first impressions. Fun fact, this video was filmed three weeks ago! I wanted to put up a few things first. You’ll hear more of my thoughts on these products after a few weeks of use in my July Favorites, coming soon!

Products shown in video:

  1. Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Peach and Willowbark Scrub
  2. Yes to Coconuts Cleansing Wipes
  3. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon, Hawaiian Smolder
  4. Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Body Lotion Spray
  5. Random: Reader’s Digest World War II (went from $3 to $20!)

For my full impressions on these products, watch the video above! For my last haul, see my Thred Up Honeymoon Try-On Haul.

If you are reading this – leave a comment telling me what you are up to this week!

I’d love to chat with you. I’m heading to a wedding dress fitting right now, I can’t wait to tell you guys how it goes. {Photo: My personal Instagram}