The Good, The Bad…And The Clumpy!

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!!

My goal in 2020 was to get back into it and and then….well, we all now what happened! On the up side, I had extra time to test out lots of skincare and beauty products, so there are more posts to come! I especially focused on eye makeup since face coverings made it pointless to wear lipstick (I must confess I still wore it under mine sometimes…)

Since makeup has been all about eyes this year, I thought a list of best and worst mascaras could be helpful, just based on the ones I’ve tried. I’m counting backwards from 10 to 1; starting with the bad and ending with the fabulous! Enjoy!

10. Gold Waves Mascara by Kiko Milano. I’ll start with the positive and say that the packaging is beautiful, and I loved the gold tube! I had very high hopes for this beauty brand from Italy! Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. While it was lengthening, the brush was too big and the formula was very wet. It gave me raccoon eyes!

9. L’Oreal Volumizing Mascara.

I read great reviews about this one as well and since there was a sale on Amazon, I gave it a try! The pros are that it does add volume to your lashes (if that’s what your looking for) and it’s less expensive. However, it was very wet, and it just smudged onto my eyelids and under-eye area. Not ideal for applying in a rush before going to work! For a drug store mascara it’s decent, but not as earth-shattering for me as some of the reviews claimed. Retails for $5.99 on Amazon .

8. Buxom Mascara, full size is $22 at Sephora. This was “meh” for me. Not impressed. I tried the sample size and am happy I didn’t spend money on the full size. If you like a more natural look, this might work for you. I didn’t get much product from the tube and had to apply several coats to get some volume. Overall it also did not last that long, the tube dried up quickly. Not worth the price if you ask me!

7. it! Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1.

This one was also a sample size, and, as with the Buxom, I didn’t not like it enough to buy the full size. Overall, it was very clumpy and flaky. Since it!Cosmetics was acquired by L’Oreal in 2016, it is possible that the formula has changed. So many customers raved about it when it first came out that I had high expectations, but was unfortunately disappointed by the quality of this product. $25 on the it!Cosmetics website!

6. Tarte Big Lash Mascara.

Hello raccoon eyes! Another fail for me- sigh! Retails at Ulta for $23 full size, $15 for the mini. (I received my mini as a sample, I think perhaps in one of my Ipsy bags?)

Now the Top 5! (with 5 being the lowest rating and 1 the highest)

5. Physicians Formula Organic Wear at Duane Reade/Walgreens.

This is one of my go-to drugstore mascaras. It can get flaky after a few hours, but I like that’s it’s organic, gives volume, and it’s only $9.49! You can find it at Walgreens/Duane Reade.

4. Marc Jacobs.

If you need a mascara that won’t come off, this is it!! This will stay on no matter what: rain, sweat, cold winter air, bring it on!! In addition to that, it is lengthening and easy to apply! Retails for $27 at Sephora. (You can get a mini size for $14 to try it out!)

3. Hourglass Mascara.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Applies evenly, it’s lengthening, no smudging, stays on all day. Need I say more? Mini retails for $14, full size $29 at Sephora

2. Benefit Roller Lashes. Retails for $26, mini for $13 Sephora. If your looking for a curving and lifting mascara, this is a good one! The wand is shaped so that it helps curb your lashes, it’s not clumping and doesn’t bleed. Overall, good quality for the price!

1. Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara. $26 at Sephora. Also winner of the Allure Beauty Award! This is my current favorite!!

I received this mascara from my Fab Fit Fun box, and I’m obsessed!! It’s lengthening, volumizing, water-resistant, and it doesn’t clump! I also love that it dries quickly so it doesn’t “bleed” into the under eye area. When I cleanse, it just flakes and doesn’t run down my face! I now understand why it won the Allure Best of Beauty Award! I will definitely purchase this one when I run out! I received mine in my Fab Fit Fun Box, but you can find at Sephora for $26.

Honorable Mention:

L’Oréal Primer in Millenial Pink. Retails for about $9 at Duane Reade/Walgreens or Amazon. Do I really need this? No. However it’s fun and it adds extra volume when I want a more dramatic effect. Also it’s pink!

That’s it for now! Stay Chic!

St. Ives Mixing Bar

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

St. Ives

Curious about this neon sign? Well, this summer I made a discovery: St. Ives opened a pop-up mixing bar in downtown Manhattan! (Soho to be exact). I’ve always liked St. Ives products, but I kind of forgot about them for a while and this motivated be to give them another try. (Side note: the pop is only open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 30th, so get there while you can!)

When walking into the shop, right away you see the neon sign, the shop is very bright and everything is white, green and apricot-the St. Ives colors! One of the sales associates sent me to an area with sinks to try the products, she also gave me a form to fill out with my preferences. I could choose between a customized body lotion or face scrub- I went with the face scrub (you can also get both). Since I have sensitive skin, I choose the Avocado Honey Scrub, which hydrates and nourishes the skin and is a moderate exfoliant (I would have gone with the mild scrub, but it was sold out).

As I was standing online to hand in the form, I noticed these fun shelves decorated with different fruits that represent the St. Ives ingredients. You can see the watermelon and avocado display below.



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DERMA E is back: Same Amazing Formula, Brand New Look!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are 100% my own.


Hi everyone! If you are looking at the picture above thinking “Gosh I wish it was still summer!”- well, so do I!!! One of the reasons summer is my favorite season-other than I love going to the beach- is because my skin is happiest in the summer! As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I have dry skin, and as the weather cools down, my skin begins to get dry and itchy-insert sad face here.  Fortunately, DERMA·E is always here to save the day- now with a brand new packaging design! DERMA·E will be rolling out the new packaging until 2017. Their skincare line is available in many of your favorite retailers and pharmacies, including Whole Foods, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Ulta, to name a few.


DERMA·E has been one of my favorite skincare brands since I discovered it last year when I was selected to review the Hydrating Day Cream (for more information read my review here: ). Here is some information about the company:

Ethical Beauty

Since 1984, our passion for health, wellness and
environmental sustainability has grown strong.
We have high ethical standards and never
compromise on skin health and safety. Our
100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not
contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,
petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten,
soy or GMOs. Now that’s honest-to-goodness
skin care.

Purchases support global communities and the

One of my favorite  DERMA·E products is the Hydrating Night Cream – it’s the only night cream I use now during the Fall/Winter months. Here it is below, with the new packaging design.


I love the new design! Compared to the old one (see picture below), the new packaging has a lighter feel to it. In my opinion it is also more elegant and gives the product a top of the line appearance, which is what you will get with any DERMA·E skincare product. The lotus represents beauty and efficacy, a stamp of commitment to eco-ethical quality. The font is also easier to read, so can quickly identify which product you is best for your skin type.

To learn more about the brand, and to receive information about sales and special offers, go to

Additional Product Information

DERMA·E is 100%:

  • Paraben-Free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-Free
  • Dye-Fre
  • GMO-free
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable
  • Wind Energy Certificate

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New Skincare Product by Valentia: Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer!

Disclaimer:  While I received this product complimentary for testing purposes, my opinions are 100% my own.

Hello lovelies and Happy Fall! Well, at least  it is officially Fall here on the East Coast. September has been such a busy month for me, with work, testing new products and planning new  reviews. However, I’ve been very excited about the new beauty and skincare products I’ve tried so far. I’m  also happy I finally get to share this particular one with you today – the Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.

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Here is the description from the  Valentia website:

“Packed with brightening power, this moisturizer helps to lighten pigmentation marks and enhance the radiance of your overall complexion. With energizing antioxidants like Ginseng and Kojic Acid to control melanin production, dark spots are faded and collagen production is enhanced, revealing firmer more even skin. Skin moisture is replenished and protected with Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Safflower and Shea Butter. Tired and dull looking skin is restored to unveil a healthier, more vibrant glow!”

This is my favorite Valentia skincare product to date! The Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer lives up to its name.

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