Influenster Revlon Voxbox – Mega Multiplier Mascara

Whenever I have to buy a new mascara, I drag my feet. It’s just not FUN to buy mascara, you know? I’d rather buy a 30th purple lipstick that I will use 3 times in a year instead of invest in a nice mascara that I will use literally every single day.

I also have a very hard time spending more than 10$ on a mascara. Any high-end ones I’ve tried have been samples or have come in gift sets. I have yet to find a high-end mascara that is so life-changing that it has been worth the price tag.

Luckily, just as one of my favourite mascaras (CoverGirl LashBlast Fushion) ran out, Influenster and Revlon were kind enough to include me in their latest voxbox and sent me the new Mega Multiplier Mascara complimentary for review.

The Mega Multiplier claims to be flake and smudge free, water resistant, but easily removable, and gives an oversized ‘mega multiplied lash look’.

I find that what you want from a mascara really varies from person to person. I like a mascara that is very black, has a plastic applicator rather than a natural bristle one, and lengthens and separates. I don’t like when my lashes get clumpy or heavy, and I don’t enjoy when a mascara is too hard to get off. I have been using the Benefit Roller Lash for the last few months since I got it in a holiday set, and I find it’s a little too clumpy and it stays on for a week. The latter part might be my fault because I am v lazy.

The mascara that was sent to me was ‘blackened brown’ which I was slightly disappointed (but not that disappointed because I got it for free, you know) that it didn’t come in black or blackest black, because I find that gives a more dramatic appearance.

I wore this mascara for about two weeks straight, and I really like it. It maybe doesn’t lengthen and volumize as much as I might want, but it makes for the perfect every day mascara for me personally. I don’t wear mascara on my lower lashes, but I think it would work very well for that. I do find it easy to remove – just dampen with warm water and you can more or less kind of pull the mascara off your lashes because it’s one of those tubular ones (don’t worry, you won’t pull off your lashes in the process.)

Overall I liked it, and I would probably rebuy this, but probably in a darker colour.

Thanks to Influenster and Revlon for sending this to me. If you want to see my reviews on the other voxboxes I got, click here, and if you want to join Influenster and get some awesome free stuff to, click here.

My Favourite Things – The Rest of the Face

Welcome to my favourite things. I figured I would take you through all of my favourite skin, hair, and make-up products. We’ve gone through Hair & Skincare, Lip Products, and Eye Products – here is everything else.

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1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Flushed in Native – I love this face palette. The bronzer is too warm to contour with, but it gives a nice warmth to my face. I love the blush colour, and the highlighter is nice. It’s perfect for travel.
2. Colourpop Pearlized Highlighter in Smoke N Whistles – This is a gorgeous creamy highlighter, but I recommend applying it with your fingers for the most impact.
3. Benefit Hoola Bronzer – Oh how original, Haley. No one has ever recommended this before. I know, I don’t care. I love it!
4. NYX Mineral Stick Foundation in 03 – I had been jonesing to try this for ages and I finally got it and was not disappointed. It’s not as stiff as I was expecting and the coverage is great.
5. NYX Ultra HD Concealer in 03 – I have been through so many tubes of this. It’s a great concealer, and I have the tendency to use it more or less as a foundation on low-key make-up days.
6. NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray – I am greasy. I have come to accept it. This setting spray makes it so that my makeup doesn’t slide off my face.

My Favourite Things – All About the Eyes

Welcome to my favourite things. I figured I would take you through all of my favourite skin, hair, and lip products. Now onto the eyes.

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1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette – This is the best eyeshadow palette hmm probably ever. The colours are stunning and unique. The shadows are pigmented, yet buttery and basically blend themselves. If you can get your hands on this palette, get it.
2. Benefit Gimme Brow in 3 – I don’t think I look good with bold brows, but a quick swipe of this really completes a look for me.
3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – This is my holy grail eyeliner. It lasts pretty well on my greasy eyelids and the product itself lasts me forever. The product formula has been changed since my original purchase, but for the better.
4. CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Very Black – I haven’t been able to find a high-end mascara I like better than the LashBlast ones. I love the plastic brush, and it gives volume and length without being spidery or heavy.
5. ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in No Shame – I couldn’t find the exact one, but that colour is pretty close. I love this dark purple liner, it’s not as harsh as black. This formula is creamy and pigmented.
6. Tarte Tease Eyeshadow Palette – This is the perfect lil palette. At first, I felt bad spending $25 on this little thing (and now it’s $30!), but once I started using it the regret melted away. Tarte has really great shadow formulas. This palette is perfect for travelling, or every day. It may be tiny but it packs a punch.

Sephora Haul

I’ve gotten a few things from Sephora since the beginning of the year so I will share with you what I got and whether it worked for me. So here we go!

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  1. Hourglass Ambient Light Primer in Mood light – I’m on the hunt for a solid primer that does everything I need – increasing wear time on foundation, oil control, pore filling, helps me win the lottery, the usual. I’d have to win the lottery to justifying buying a full-size of this product, but I enjoyed using the sample.
  2. Tarte Scrub Clean Cleansing Set – I loved the idea of this little set. I’ve been wanting to try some of the Tarte skincare line, but I have a hard time spending money on skincare products when I’m satisfied with more reasonable priced drugstore products. I thought this set was a great deal. It includes
      • cleansing cutie scrubber
      • deluxe deep dive cleansing gel
      • travel frxxxtion stick 3-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

    I loved the little scrubber and will continue to use it. I like the cleanser and exfoliation stick but wouldn’t purchase a full-size of either.

  3. Sephora Collection Illuminate Palette – I’ve been wanting a highlighter palette, but didn’t want to splurge on the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits. I saw this one on Sephora and loved the idea of it. I didn’t pick it up right away and it went out of stock, so I got a notification sent when it was back and bought it within seconds. I reeeeally like this palette. It has a variety of colours and I don’t find the formula too glittery, and it’s easily buildable.
  4. Benefit Gimme Brow in 3 – I have a travel size of this and love it, and thought I could use a sample size for travelling! I don’t do a lot with my brows, but this really just helps to clean them up and even them out.
  5. Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation – This is another sample I chose. I tried it out in 020 light, but there are two other colours in the sample. I loved this foundation and I’d consider buying a full-size of this product.
  6. Smashbox Lid Primer in Light – I have the world’s greasiest eyelids and am constantly looking for something that will keep my eyeshadow in place. I saw this in the 100 point perks and thought I would give it a try. I like it so far but needs some more testing.
  7. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Pastille – If you haven’t heard from me here, here, here, and here – I love Bite Beauty lipsticks, and when I saw this in the 100 point perks I had to pick it up in this gorgeous dusty mauve colour. It’s still great. This colour is amazing. Just get one.
  8. Benefit They’re Real Double the Lipstick in Lusty Rose – I find the whole They’re Real line from Benefit a little gimmicky. I love the mascara, but the eyeliner is hard to work with, the eyeshadows are pretty odd and are pricey at that, and the lipsticks seemed a little odd. I picked this up with a promo code because I love testing out new lipsticks. The ‘draw’ with it is that it is supposed to work as a lipliner and lipstick. It has a tear drop shape to act as the liner. The formula is creamy, but I don’t know if the gimmick is really worth it. The colour is nice, but the floral fragrance is a little overwhelming for me.
  9. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Lipstick in Nude Pink Luster – I tried out this formula in store and was really impressed with it, I got Nude Pink Luster because it was on sale (yay!). I love this! The colour is perfect for spring and the formula is comfortable and creamy.
  10. Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil in Pure Peach – I got this as another 100 point perk. I’m not into spending a lot of money on lip glosses, but there’s been so much hype around the peach line and I wanted to try it out. I didn’t like it at first, I thought the colour was too light and the formula was patchy. It’s grown on me since then. The peach scent was nice, but could be overbearing if you have issues with scents. I don’t think I’d purchase a full size, but I’ll enjoy the sample while it lasts.

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Eulogising Nick as The Bachelor

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Another season of The Bachelor has come and gone, and Nick has himself a fiance. He chose Vanessa as his one, which wasn’t a shock to me.

I’ve appreciated their chemistry from early on, and she’s exactly what we’ve come to learn as Nick’s type. I liked Vanessa and I think they make a good pair.

I’ve seen a lot of people’s affections for Vanessa fall, while rising for the other finalist Raven. I get this! I totally do! Raven is awesome! Vanessa seemed to not be interested in this whole situation! But here’s the thing, it’s possible that editing gave Vanessa a lot of those moments so it wouldn’t be so obvious that he picks her.

There’s also been ‘drama’ surrounding Vanessa that she has an IMDB page  and the girls might not love her! Do we actually care that Vanessa has an IMDB page? Come on guys, all of these people wanted to be on TV. Whatever.

I don’t know if this is going to all work out for them, but I wish them the best.

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I have enjoyed this season a lot. As much as Nick could come off as disingenuous at times, it also meant that he had a good understanding how TV works and it made for a compelling season.

The best part of this season was the women. God, this was such a great cast of girls. They were interesting, independent, smart and fun. Any of them would have made a good Bachelorette, and I’m looking forward to seeing a slew of them on Bachelor in Paradise.

I’m looking forward to seeing Rachel as The Bachelorette, but I am hoping they found some better guys than who we saw on After the Final Rose.

Catch of my finale thoughts on the latest episode of The Bachelor Rhap Up. Until next season, follow me on Twitter, @hstrong_.

My Favourite Things – Lippies

Welcome to my favourite things. I figured I would take you through all of my favourite skin, hair, and make-up products. Next up – my favourite lip products. I looove lipstick. I have a hard time going into drugstores and not picking up some sort of new lip thang. Here are my favs.
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  1. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey – I got this lipstick in an Influenster box and I fell in love immediately. BITE does a great effing lipstick. Creamy and pigmented, it is perfect.
  2. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV – This was my first ever high-end lipstick purchase. I was dying for a purple lipstick, and I knew this one would last all day. This formula is drying, but it doesn’t bother me.
  3. NYX Wonder Pencil in Light – I have no time for lip liners, I use this instead. I can use it with any lipstick I have.
  4. ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ouija –  I can’t find this exact colour on the website, but it’s a gorgeous pinky-orange. Not everyone loves this formula from Colourpop, but I love a lipstick that I can put on and know it will stay all day. I’ve even worn this for a day at the beach with no budging or smudging. I’d say be aware when purchasing these that the colour on the website isn’t always an exact match to the product you get.
  5. Burt’s Bees Natural Chapstick – I always put on a chapstick before lipstick and this is my favourite one.
  6. Essence Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Peach Party – I saw these on sale at the drugstore one day, and then I liked them so much I went back and bought more. I have 4 all together. They were so cheap but also amazing. Peach Party is my favourite colour that I got.
  7. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen – The Soft Matte Lip Creams are my FAVOURITE lip products. Great colour payoff, awesome selection, astounding price. I’ve convinced all of my friends to get one.
  8. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner – My lips can get a little bit worse for wear after a day of drying lip colours. I got this as a Sephora sample and use it when my lips are feeling extra dry. I wake up in the morning and my lips are soft AF. Too bad it’s pricey and I probably will never buy the full version. Probably.

Survivor: Game Changers – The Cast

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The new season of Survivor is coming soon (yes that show is still on), so that means they have released the new cast! This season’s theme is ‘Game Changers’, and is a term used, uhhh loosely, for some of these cast members. These are players who have made a real impact on how the game has evolved and Sierra Thomas. So here is who I’m excited about, meh about, and eye rolling at.

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Sandra – Say what you will about her actual game play and strategy, but she is the QUEEN and a pantheon-level character.

Aubry – She is great, and I’m excited to see her get another chance to play. She’s smart, a good player, and gives great sound bites, what more could you want?

Cirie – She’s my all-time fav. I can’t wait to see her play again.

Tony – Love him or hate him, he played one of the most exciting games in the history of Survivor. If he can bring even a fraction of that fun to Game Changers, it should be great.

Jeff – He came out of the gate hard in Second Chances, but third time could be the charm for Jeff. It seems he’s learned from his past mistakes.

Malcolm – Malcolm is my favourite version of ‘cool bro manbun dude’ and I’m looking forward to seeing him again.

Michaela – We were ROBBED that Michaela got voted out so early last season.

Zeke – I`ve seen a lot of people coming in low on Zeke, but it might be a benefit that no one has seen him play.

I mean, okay why not.

Andrea – Don`t get me wrong, I like Andrea quite a bit. I just wasn`t clamouring to see her back.

JT – He’s fine and all, but I would have preferred some other winners over JT.

Ciera – She’s definitely the preferably Ciera/Sierra on this season, but I don’t know if she TRULY understands the game, nor do I think she will be able to build trust.

Hali – She’s one of the one’s we’re asking ‘why are they here’ about, but what I like about Hali is that she is asking that about herself too.

Sarah – Sarah is fine. But I think it says a lot that I had forgotten about her and had already moved onto the next section.

Ugh, really?

Caleb – I didn’t like him on Big Brother. He was only redeemable in Koh Rong because they can’t give a guy a bad edit who nearly died. Right?

Troyzan & Brad – I can say the same thing about both guys. WHY bring back people who the audience clearly didn’t want to see based on the Second Chances voting???????

Debbie – Her pre-season interviews are shady with no reasoning. Also, she sucks.

Ozzy – We’ve seen his schtick.

Sierra – It’s truly difficult to fit her into the ‘Game Changer’ title. The most upsetting part is who we could have seen instead – like Natalie, Sophie, or even Chelsea would have been an improvement.

Instead of following my heart for my winner pick, I’m going to follow my head. I think that Hali is going to win this season because of course she will. She’s the type of person who always wins these returnee seasons.

I am really looking forward to this season. All-star seasons are always fun for me because I can see all of my favs interact. Follow me on Twitter all season long for live-tweets every Wednesday. Or maybe Thursday if I find myself with plans on a Wednesday.