Influenster Kat Von D VoxBox – Saint and Sinner Perfumes

I’ve never been much of a perfume gal. I always forget about it, and a lot of the times it gives me a headache. BUT when I heard about the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner perfumes, I was dying to try them. I’m a sucker for great packaging.

Imagine my surprise when I come home to the Saint and Sinner VoxBox that Influenster sent me complimentary for review. Booooooy was I excited for these. I opened the box immediately.

Saint is described as “soft, alluring, and dreamy, this gourmand fragrance sweetens a bouquet of jasmine and tiaré flower with notes of mandarin, caramel, and sparkling Mirabelle plum. Vanilla, sandalwood, and creamy musk build to the romance of the perfume”

Sinner is described as “dark, sultry, and empowering, this enticing fragrance sweetens a bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom with notes of vanilla, mandarin, and Mirabelle plum. Spicy cinnamon envelops white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while base notes of vetiver, patchouli, and wood form the deeper, darker nuances.”

I definitely gravitate more towards Saint. I find it lighter and less overwhelming, but don’t get me wrong, I really like Sinner too.

I think I found my signature scent in Saint!

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Eulogising Rachel as The Bachelorette

Well the season finished up 3 weeks ago, so this is totally relevant, right? Right. I figured my delayed hot takes would be a welcome break to the Bachelor in Paradise dramaaaaa, so here we go.

This day was a dream come true! Bryan you have shown me a love that I've never had before. You've challenged me in ways I could have never imagined. This road was not easy but you have been my rock and still are my rock through it all. We found love in such a public way but the depths of our love is something that only we will know and will have between each other forever. I would do it all over again if it led me back to you. You are my better half and thank you for being just who you are and never changing for anyone. Thank you for always taking the high road and thank you for loving me unconditionally. I love you with all of me @thebryanabasolo and more than I could ever define to you! I am so excited to spend forever with you.

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I loved Rachel as The Bachelorette. I’ve been covering this show on my podcast for years now, and I’ve been watching the show even longer, and Rachel has been one of my favourite leads ever. She is the first person of colour to be the lead in this franchise, which on its own adds an incredibly compelling dynamic to the season that we’ve never seen before. On top of that, Rachel is smart, beautiful, accomplished and goes for what she wants. She was a great lead.

But was it a great season? Ehhhhhh not really. The cast of guys left a lot to be desired. Like, a lot a lot. There were maybe 6 quality guys. Maybe there were a few more, but we barely saw them. There was 2 guys in the final six whose names we couldn’t remember!!!

The ending wasn’t really what any of us wanted, probably including Bryan’s mom. Bryan was never the fan favourite, and the fact that Rachel accepted a proposal from Bryan after a heartbreaking (and confusing) goodbye to Peter made it all the more unsatisfying.

Oh yeah, and there was a racist on the season which really put a damper on things.

In some of Rachel’s post-season interviews, she said she knew it was Bryan all along, and that she wouldn’t have accepted a proposal from Peter, which seems like a little bit of revisionist history to me, but why would you say you would have in front of your new fiance so I get it. Believe me, I am super happy that Rachel is happy, etc. etc. etc. but the way it was presented on television didn’t feel complete to me.

Was it the worst season ever? No of course not, but Rachel deserved better.

PS. ERIC FOR BACHELOR

 

Influenster BITE Beauty VoxBox – The Liquified Lip

Influenster and BITE Beauty were once again, kind enough to send me the latest BITE VoxBox complimentary for review. This time it was for their new Liquified Lipsticks.

They sent Flambe, a gorgeous orange red, Demi-Glace, a purpleish-beigey-kind of thing, and Eclair, a classic pink.

These lipsticks are completely different than anything BITE has launched before. They also aren’t like your typical liquid lipstick. They don’t dry down completely matte, they have more of a demi-glaze finish. They look more like a suuuper pigmented lipgloss, and they definitely aren’t transfer proof.

I think these lipsticks are what super-drying-hater-lipstick-lovers are looking for. They are comfortable AF to wear, but you don’t lose the colour impact. Here’s my thing – it’s just not my jam. Don’t get me wrong, I like these, I will continue to wear these, I will recommend these if this is what someone is looking for, I just probably wouldn’t actively seek these out myself.

Flambe is my favourite colour out of the three, and will definitely wear it again and again. I was disappointed by Eclair, it’s just kind of boring.

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The Bachelorette – Final 3 Power Rankings

So, we weren’t able to release an episode of the podcast this week. That’s not to say one wasn’t recorded, because it WAS. Unfortunately, due to tech issues on both mine and Amy’s ends, the episode was lost. Neither of us had availability to re-record the episode. To make up for it, I thought it would be fun to bring my friend Matt Liguori over here to do some power rankings.

Matt has been doing power rankings for this Big Brother season every week – I even joined him last week! Without further ado, here they are.

First

Haley – Bryan – it feels like a given at this point. The only problem is that Bryan SUCKS. I haven’t bought his schtick all season long and I’m still not buying it now. Even Rachel thought he was a douche when she first met him, unfortunately somewhere along the line she stopped thinking of him as a douche. They have the most undeniable chemistry out of the three remaining guys, but that kind of chemistry doesn’t always extend into a long-lasting relationship, as demonstrated by 85% of the couples fro, this franchise. Even Rachel’s family was sketched out by him, and I don’t totally believe he completely won them over in the end. Bryan’s win seems undeniable, but we’ll see how long it lasts.

Matt – Bryan – In preparation for the home stretch, I went back and re-watched the season premiere. Turns out, Bryan and Rachel had tons of sparks right off the bat. Bryan not only got the first impression rose, but he was also the first guy to kiss Rachel. If you believe in “love at first sight” or at least “liking each other a lot at first sight”, you saw it between these two lovebirds. What surprised me is that it took so long for Rachel to take Bryan on a one-on-one date. If I’m trying to get into her head, I’d say maybe she knew she really liked Bryan, and knew she’d eventually get to his one-on-one, but wanted to give some of her other top picks a chance before she went on one with her top choice.

Bryan’s a polarizing guy. The reaction from those I’ve heard from either love him or hate his guts. He has no shortage of confidence and that comes across poorly to a lot of viewers, and seemingly a little bit to Rachel’s family. All throughout Bryan meeting her family, however, Rachel stood up for Bryan and her family took note. You can tell how much she cares about him.

They say nice guys finish last, so for those of you who are anti-Bryan because Peter and Eric are so sweet and Bryan sucks… just remember that. If I recall correctly, Jordan has a similar reaction amongst Bachelorette fans last year on Jojo’s season.

Second

Haley – Peter – Rachel would love to pick Peter, but she’s just not sure if he’s ready to propose, which is really her main goal here. Their main disagreement stems over the fact that he feels proposal is the step before marriage whereas Rachel just feels like it’s a continuation of dating. Uhhhhhh what Rachel? Sorry I’m on team Peter here. I mean, we make fun of these couples for breaking up because of course they do when they’ve been together for 6 weeks, but then we get disappointed when people on this show act rational. Peter is definitely trying to act rationally here. If he doesn’t get chosen in the end, he seems to be the most likely candidate to be the next bachelor. He’s a little bland to be the lead IMO, but he’s definitely the fan fav here. If he’s not the one to win this, it’s because his apprehension to propose to Rachel at the end.

Matt – Peter I’m anticipating a worldwide heartbreak in under two weeks, as we watch Rachel send home the guy America has fallen in love with. Well.. the guy they’ve fallen in love with the second-most. (Hey Dean!)

Peter and Rachel’s relationship has always had red flags, as much as we all want to ignore them. The problem is, Peter is a normal and rational guy who understands the complications of “falling in love” over such a short time period and ending up engaged to somebody you didn’t know when the calendar year started. This show isn’t made for rational people who think that way.

There’s no denying Peter and Rachel have some genuine feelings for one another. Peter was given the first one-on-one date, so you know Rachel has had her eyes on him from the start. Their relationship just hasn’t seemed to take that final step. He couldn’t even ask her mother for permission to marry Rachel, because he wasn’t fully comfortable with it yet. That’s totally cool and fine, but for a woman who has to make up her mind on which man she wants to propose to her for the finale of one of the most popular reality shows on television… it may not work out so well. The battle of Dean vs. Peter for the next bachelor should be interesting, unless one of the Bachelor in Paradise guys rolls through and steals the spotlight again.

Third

Haley –  Eric – it makes me so sad to put him in third here. He has become my favourite in the last few weeks. Him and Rachel are so fun together and he’s not a total skeeze like Bryan is. I also think he would make a better lead than Peter. He’s just a more dynamic guy that would provide for a very different and interesting season. I’m keeping my hopes up that Eric will pull a Catherine Giuduci and be the surprise winner at the end.

Matt – Eric – What would a final three be without an underdog? Eric has been hanging by a thread all season long. He’s got a connection with Rachel, but I really don’t see it as a romantic one. Eric and Rachel seem destined to be “really good friends”.

It was a little sad to see him finally break down that barrier and drop an “I love you” when we’re getting the idea that Rachel’s feelings for the other two guys are much stronger. Eric’s inexperience is hurting him severely here. He’s trying, and nobody can say he isn’t, but this all is coming a lot less natural to him than it is to Peter or Bryan.

Clearly Matt and I are on the same page when it comes to Rachel and her men. Which kind of shows how transparently they are broadcasting the winner here. Don’t worry, Amy and I will be back this week to cover last week’s episode, plus the men tell all. Until then, follow me and Matt on Twitter. Special thanks to Matt for joining me!

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.

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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.