Tuesday, March 24, 2015

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara: Pics + Review


I could write paragraphs about my excitement on receiving the most coveted Influenster Vox Box yet, but we just don't have the time and basically, we all know you're here to get the goods on this iconic mascara. To sum it up, the makeup geek within passed out, died, and went to voluminous lash heaven when I got the email and when I got the package I had to clutch my heart and ask myself "Is this real?"

Okay! Now that I've got my cosmetic fangirling out, let's get to the review!

The mascara retails for $32.00 and comes in 6 colors (High Density Black, Extreme Blue, Burgundy, Rich Brown, Fascinating Violet, Deep Night)

I got mine in High Density Black, and thank goodness for that because that's basically the only color mascara I wear! 

The mascara wand itself is long with tightly bunched nylon fibers of the same length distributed evenly throughout the brush, tapering in size near the tip.

The formula has been reformulated to not dry out + includes B5 Pro-Vitamin to strengthen and protect lashes.

Upon opening the mascara I was pleased to see they didn't skimp on packaging. The lighter gold tube looks so sleek and frankly, expensive, sitting on my makeup desk. I'm sure to rotate it to the YSL insignia so everyone will know exactly who made this gem. They get a solid A for packaging!

When It came to applying the mascara for the first time, I was a little disheartened by the smell. As soon as I twisted the wand out of it's tube, a strong hair dye scent wafted up to my face. I mean it smells EXACTLY like hair dye! That did freak me out at first and I wasn't sure I wanted it on my lashes because sometimes I'm a bit sensitive to certain ingredients but everything worked out fine. While it was wet, it continued to smell like hair dye but once it dried, the scent faded This was honestly the only real complaint I had about the product so I thought I'd get it out of the way first.

Now onto the goodies! Check out these Before & After shots!

Top Row: No Makeup or Mascara, Middle Row: Left Eye No Mascara, Right Eye Mascara, Bottom Row: Both Eyes Mascara.

The pictures speak for themselves. My lashes have never looked more voluminous or long. I felt like I applied false lashes, except I didn't have to go through all of the fuss. All I did was curl them, apply one layer of mascara and BAM, full on false lash effect (exactly like the name suggests). The curl stayed over 12 hours and when It was time to remove it, the mascara didn't give me much fuss.

I feel confident in saying this is the best mascara I've used. Ever. 

So is it worth the $32 price tag? Yes, yes it is. If you are fully invested in buying the best of the best, don't settle for anything other than YSL's Effet Faux Cils. These blow my previous favorites out of the water (one of which is a prestige brand, the other a drugstore brand). 

Just look at those "Bedroom Eyes", I feel so sexy with this mascara on. Thank you Influenster and Yves Saint Laurent for providing me with a full sized mascara to try + review, I really appreciate it!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, March 2, 2015

NutriBullet Review + High Fiber Juice Recipe

For months I have been debating between getting either the Nutribullet or Ninja blending system. I've watched Youtube reviews, asked friends and family and compared the devices on amazon but in the end the Nutribullet won out. Why? Because I spotted it for $10 cheaper than the asking price at Wegmans. Cheap always wins! 

So Saturday I brought it home and this afternoon, I took it out of it's box to inspect what I've purchased. Frankly, I was still nervous I picked the wrong device, especially since I own the original Magic Bullet and was VERY disappointed by it's weak motor and over heating problems, but I'm choosing to forgive. Forgiveness is important, right?

The contents of the Nutribullet

-$89.99 retail (I paid $79.99)
-1 extractor blade
-1 milling blade
-3 cups (2 medium size & 1 large)
-2 lids
-2 lip covers with handles
-1 Nutribullet base
-Recipe Book/Instructions

It took my a while to pick a combination of ingredients to blend. I would've used a recipe but I seem to always be missing one of the components! I ended up using a carton of blueberries, 1 banana, a handful of spinach, 1/2 cup of ice, a couple splashes of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of flax seed. 

Unfortunately, It turns out I am very inexperienced with making smoothies & juices and I had to alter that recipe...I'll get to that in a bit!

This is my first juice or smoothie with a vegetable that I've tried, so I was very hesitant about adding the spinach, but everyone else jumped on the train, I may as well get a ticket!

Before I could test my taste buds, I had to prepare the flax seed. To digest them better, I need them to be in powder form so I put them in the medium cup with the milling blade to pulverize the seeds.

As you can tell, It did a really great job reducing the flax seeds into a powder. It only took about 4 seconds total to achieve this. Overall, I am very impressed with the milling blade. Next I'd like to try cashews to see how well it'll grind larger and harder nuts.

Before & After blending with the extractor blade.
I put the ingredients in the large cup, the fruits went in first followed by the spinach & ice with the almond milk and flax seed poured over top, and secured it to the base. It took me maybe 8 seconds before it looked blended, so I removed it and give it a little shake like the instructions told me to do and returned it to the base for another 8 seconds. I touched the sides of the base to determine if it was overheating like the Magic Bullet tends to do, but it was cool to the touch. I twisted the cup out of the locked position and tried the juice, if you could call it that. The result was a semi-liquid, clumping....pudding?

Before you think this is a testament to the quality of the product, I'm going to stop you and admit I'm fully to blame. I didn't add nearly enough liquid and ate some of the portion with a spoon before adding about 1/2 cup of water and blending that for another 8 seconds. The result was a creamy juice....no spoon required!

I was surprised to find the spinach wasn't even remotely noticeable. I'll definitely be looking up more vegetable based recipes!

High Fiber (12+ grams) Blueberry Banana Juice Recipe:
1 Carton of Blueberries
1 Banana 
1 Handful Spinach
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Water
Abt. 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
NOTE: I added Ice to mine, but it had no affect. Omit it.

1. Gather and measure ingredients. Set aside. Cut the Banana in 4 sections.
2. Pour the Flax Seeds into a medium cup and attach the milling blade. Twist to the "on" setting or hold down for 4 seconds.
3. In the large cup, add the Blueberries, then the Banana, and on top the Spinach. Pour the liquids and Flax Seed on top. Attach the extractor blade.
4. Twist to the "on" setting or hold down for 12 seconds, remove the cup and shake for a few seconds before reattaching to the base and blending for 12 more seconds.
5. Remove the extractor blade, attach the lip with the handle and enjoy!

Overall, I am very relieved that this product works! I was totally freaked that I may have spent a lot of money on a dud, which it's predecessor definitely was. I have a lot to learn about how to portion ingredients but I am happy with my purchase and will be using this product almost daily!