Friday, January 6, 2017


Most of the time, I take my duty very seriously in regards to testing beauty products I've either purchased myself or have been sent to by a company. I'll use them for at least a few weeks, maybe even months, before I feel comfortable giving you my opinion. New products come out at rapid speed, and it's been ages since I've had the desire to keep up with every whim. Trying out new things is fun of course, but I also enjoy having a small collection of products that I love and use frequently. I feel an obligation to be honest with you guys. If I don't like something, I write it! That's the reason behind blogging, isn't it? I'm not a beauty editor nor makeup artist, just an average consumer.

 Once in awhile, I buy on impulse and when that product happens to be amazing, it's instant gratification. I am compelled to share.

Here are two completely impulsive-I-really-didn't-need-this buys that I've been using daily since stumbling upon them.


While Nate and I were in San Clemente last week, I popped into a local boutique right next to our favorite bar. The clothes were alright, the jewelry was meh, but this perfume oil caught my attention right away. I've heard of it before. If you've ever smelled plumeria, then you know this scent well. This is actually made in Hawaii, and its namesake Kai, means ocean or ocean water, in Hawaiian. Anything that reminds me of my favorite place is a winner in my world. Smelling like Hawaii will cost you though - this little oil was $48 dollars, a small price to pay for a daily reminder of the islands. Cheaper than a plane ticket, but not nearly as cool. Still, I'll take it. I can't go there as often as I'd like, so this will suffice. Talk about a memory trigger. The best part is that the scent lasts a full day. I use the roller ball on my pulse points and behind my ears.


With flash



Without flash

What is it with me and highlighting powders? One, maybe two, should be enough but somehow shiny products that promise to make me look like a glowing newborn babe suck me in. This is part of a collection by M.A.C. but they are permanent. This is an "extra dimension skinfinish" in "soft frost" and my God is it good. Do you know the look of aurora borealis crystals in the light? That's what this reminds me of. It comes across as a golden white at first glance, but when you catch the light, the effect is more like a violet blue. I'm telling you, don't be afraid of these. I've read reviews where people spoke about them being glittery or too unnatural but I don't understand that conclusion. I've worn it in my last three outfit posts and although you can't really tell, I swear it adds the perfect amount of ethereal shine. My goal is to get a good picture of it on my cheeks soon, so stay tuned for that.

Do you ever buy beauty products on impulse? 

10 comments:

  1. This perfume oil sounds so good and I love Hawaii, if only I wasn't trying to spend less. I have a MAC highlighter that I cannot live without.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. MAC makes some of the best products, don't they? And yes, let's go back to Hawaii! I'm happy you had fun there

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  2. I def buy beauty products on an impulse sometimes because the packaging gets me LOL. That perfume oil sounds awesome. That is so weird how that highlighter looks purple with the flash on and then not!

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    1. I know, it's deceiving! But really pretty on the skin. And I'm a sucker for packaging too :)

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  3. Ooh, I will have to smell that perfume on you next time I see you. It sounds fabulous. And I am SOLD on that MAC powder. I need to get that ASAP!!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. It would look perfect on stage :) It catches the light so beautifully. These also come in other shades but I got the most "out there" shade LOL.

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  4. Yes I often fall prey to impulse Beauty buys. I feel like I must have smelled plumeria before but now I want to smell it again.

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    1. You have to smell Kai if you get the chance. I think department stores carry it. Amazing!

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  5. How does one do a highlighter and well, not look like they are a highlighter?? That is the question I am always asking myself!


    The Adored Life

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    1. Great question Alissa! Well for me, it's all about using a light hand. I literally tap my brush once into the product, and then sweep it onto the tops of my cheekbones. I also set it with a translucent powder, so that helps it look more natural. Oh, and a setting spray is a must for dewy skin! Hope that helps :)

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