Test Kitchen: Sephora Hand & Lip Masks

What’s cooking, good looking? I saw these new masks at Sephora and couldn’t resist, because Sephora knows the way to my heart and wallet. The lip mask ($3) is available in Rose and Shea Butter, I went with rose (obvi). And the hand mask ($6) is available in Argan, Aloe, and Avocado. I went with aloe, because I’m an idiot and didn’t notice avocado was an option until just now. So let’s open  up the Fleek Week Test Kitchen and see what we’ve got, shall we?

 

Lip Mask – $3

Hand Mask – $6

 

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Above is my before lip pic, no major chapping or dryness, just kind of lackluster.

Total disclosure, I got confused and almost applied the paper cover instead of the actual mask. But I figured it out, the mask was tucked between two sheets of paper. I was afraid of a weird smell or taste, but it was totally fine. The roughest part is having to shut up while you leave it on for 15 minutes.

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The hand masks come labeled separately and are much neater than I expected. There are two layers of glove, so the gel doesn’t spill out and your hands stay nice and clean/dry while you have them on.

I happily discovered that you can still use your phone/touch screen while wearing the gloves. So that made my silent 15 minutes go by that much faster.

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There was even enough time to do some interpretive dance and mime.

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… Fast forward 15 minutes and I removed the gloves, like with regular sheet masks, rubbed in the leftover product. My hands definitely felt much softer and more moisturized. Some of that smoothness wore off as I went about my day and washed my hands, but the did stay noticeably softer even with the day’s wear.

It’s a little hard to notice in the photo, but my lips were also softer and not as dry.

Here I am, wondering when Sephora will come up with a full body mask suit.

Beauty School Drop out: Katy’s thoughts on her April Birch Box!

Obviously, it’s May. While I wait patiently for my NEW Birchbox to arrive, I wanted to give my feedback and thoughts on my April box! All in all I’ve been loving this Birchbox experience. Granted, it was a birthday gift from my sister, so it’s literally FREE things every month but,  I would consider paying for it. It’s a little treasure trove of goodies brought right to your door! I should probably text her and tell her how much I love it.

Can you even handle this box!? 🌸 

So onto April: This April box was all about hair and I’ve been OBSESSED about mine lately. I feel like around 25 my hair started to change, DRASTICALLY. All of a sudden, I had WAY more pronounced wave and volume and…FRIZZ to my hair. It was dry and just bumming me out. So needless to say, I was pumped to see so many hair products in the April box!  


Not going to lie I still haven’t tried the “super goop” 

Viva México! 


Yesterday was Cindo de Mayo, but we’re still in full celebration of México mode here at Fleek Week headquarters. We just want to share some of our favorite inspirations from the world art, beauty, food, and culture from Mexico.


Frida Kahlo

Going beyond the strong brow game, Frida is a vision of color and a celebration of individuality. She was girl power before there was girl power! An artist in her own right, she remains an inspiration to this day. When you feel like coloring outside the lines (in terms of life, fashion, art, etc.) channel your inner Frida and let your beautiful freak flag fly.


Tostilocos

This is nacho basic Mexican snack. (I couldn’t resist) You may not be as familiar with this snack as other treats from Mexico, but tostilocos are amazing. They come to us from the imaginative mind of street vendors and are tortilla or corn chips on Mexican steroids. You take your plain old chips and add: cueritos (pickled pig rinds), cucumbers, jicama, Japanese peanuts, lime juice, Valentina hot sauce, Chamoy, and Tajín chile powder. Mix in as much of each ingredient as you can handle and enjoy.


Dia de los Muertos

Day of the dead imagery is really popular, pretty much everyone is familiar with the colorful sugar skulls that symbolize the holiday. Dia de los muertos begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd, and it’s not “Mexican Halloween”. Yes, there are costumes, skeletons, and graveyards, but it’s a celebration of loved ones who have passed away. Friends and family build altars (ofrendas) filled with sugar skulls, marigolds, photos, and the favorite food of loved ones. It’s a holiday that expresses the unique outlook on death of the Mexican culture.


Color

Colorful food, clothes, personalities… even as a sullen goth teen in black, I couldn’t deny my love for the vibrant color that permeates Mexican culture. You see it everywhere – art, beauty products, clothing, home decor, food, etc.

There’s so much beauty and inspiration found in all cultures, thanks for indulging me in celebrating mine this week, Fleekers.

Hey, Cheapskate! – Beauty products under $10 that are actually worth your money!

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The statement “you get what you pay for” usually does ring true. Sometimes, when you’re trying to save money, you’ll buy cheap product after cheap product in desperation to find something that actually works. Only to find you’ve spent MORE money than if you had simple purchased a $50 dollar contour pallet at Sephora, that’s far too stressful.

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Do not fear my babies, there is hope. There are products out there for the frugal and fabulous. Inexpensive doesn’t always mean sacrificing on quality. Here are few Drugstore beauty items that are as kind to your look as they are to your wallet.

NYXX Wonder Pencil (and oh what a wonder it is!)

I purchased this on a whim when I was walking through Target and unhappy with the concealer I was currently using. I had the BEST kind of reverse sticker shock ya’ll, it’s $4.50….you heard me. $4.50 cents. I use this to cover blemishes, highlight under my eyebrows, line my lips and or brighten along my waterline. It blends beautifully, goes on smoothly, it’s soft and gentle on your face. I can’t overhype this enough. Plus it’s lasting a long time!

E.L.F. High Definition Finish Powder

11588_83331_900px_NEW_deptImg.jpg._deptImg.pngThis is an everyday for me. It really does hide wrinkles and imperfections for a flawless finish. I’ve been complimented on having “amazing skin” with FULL blown major hormonal, lady time break outs happening on my skin. It’s only 6.00 guys. 6 dollars! Plus, they just came out with color correcting and shimmer versions too!

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

Beauty really does start with skin. This face wash has been the only face wash that doesn’t dry out my skin, break me out or irritate my face. I’ve tried to switch it up countless times but, I have been consistently coming back to this product for a fresh face with less break outs AND it doesn’t break my bank. 6.49 roughly.

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 Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil

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This was another product I picked up on a whim. I was looking for a pencil to better define my eyebrow game and stumbled on this 1.99 pencil at the end of the beauty aisle. This works beautifully, lasts a long time and the brush on the end of the pencil is compact and seriously useful.

Hask Hair Oils

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These are liquid gold. I know Vanessa has posted about these hair oils already but I can’t help but chime in as well! I use these on days when I haven’t washed my hair but, have applied dry shampoo. They work wonders on the dry ends, giving the ends of my hair moisture and life. I also apply a bit of oil after I have straightened my hair to help nourish the ends. They are only about 3.00 and they last FOREVER.

There you have it!

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As I wrap things up I’m starting to feel as if I just took you down a very specific episode of the Price is Right. I wish I could have given you a list of 50 products but, I only wanted to share products I could confidently stand behind. I’ve used each of these products myself, in fact most are staples in my daily regime. I hope you find as much success with them as I have and that your bank accounts thanks you for it!

 

Goodnight Sweet Prince. 

Yesterday we lost an artist, a legend, a transcendent work of art. The whole world is stunned at the loss of Prince, making us at a loss for words.  

  

So today we will be brief. We will be wearing our raspberry berets, driving our little red corvettes and if it rains, when it rains, we know it’ll be purple. 

Rest in peace, power and all that you are Prince. 💜

Lipstick Marathon: Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick

 

This past week Jeffree Star made some lipstick waves after he publicly called out Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit brushes as being “unacceptable” (something I actually heard/read about from a few other sources as well). Jeffree Star should know what he’s talking about, having his own popular line of lipsticks. So I thought, let’s have some fun and put his to the test.

Right off the bat, I have to admit my bias for Jeffree Star’s lipsticks ($18). The names alone are enough to win anyone over: Redrum, Drug Lord, Dirty Money, and Masochist just to name a few. I mean…

 

I’m trying out Unicorn Blood, because of course I am.

With objectivity thrown out the window (my research methods professors just died a little inside), I will be faithful in documenting how well the lipstick does all day WITHOUT REAPPLYING. Do you know how crazy that is for someone with lipstick OCD?!

   Okay, taking some deep breaths and just going to dive in lips first.

This is immediately after applying at about 7:30 a.m., I did apply a lip primer, but other than that no extra tricks or wizardry. Please don’t judge my mustache, Frida Kahlo rocked it and so can I (and my waxing appointment isn’t until later this week).

 

I never thought Jeffree Star was throwing shade at Kylie, it seemed more like a legitimate “WTF, girl?” critique about the quality of the product she’s putting out there. Point to Jeffree, because his brush is one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s not a brush, but rather a soft plush applicator, which makes more sense for a liquid lipstick. Those stray brush bristles are going to make application sloppy (in my opinion). It’s difficult to see in the photo above, but there’s also a slight curve to the applicator and that makes all the difference in the world. It let’s you apply the lipstick in one even swoop on your lips instead of dabbing or going back over it repeatedly.

  
Fast forward about an hour to 8:30, when I arrived early (aka on time) for work and decided to take more selfies because the lighting was so good. Lipstick still looks flawless, as not a crumb or drop of food or drink has made it past my lips.

 
At this point I realized I could use Snapchat to time stamp these photos so I can keep track of their order. By this time I’d chugged a protein shake and had a granola bar, which is basically like a candy bar but whatever.

Finally some signs of wear, after a string cheese snack, quite a few sips of water, and endless work phone calls. The area that seems to have taken the biggest hit is the inside bottom lip, but otherwise that lipstick is holding on like Wilson Phillips.

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Post lunch, my lipstick anxiety is setting in. I am desperate to reapply, but I’m holding out for 5pm. The lipstick actually looks okay, especially if I keep my mouth closed. But the fact that I can see it fading and bare lip in some areas is sending me into high blinkies overdrive.

 

Final check-in of the day, I’m excited to see the results but also dying to freshen it up – no matter what it looks like.

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I did it! Made it through the entire work day without reapplying! Color me impressed, Jeffree Star. I cannot believe this lipstick lasted an entire day, that has never happened, and I’ve been around the liquid lipstick block. The colors might be a little edgier than what you’d normally go for, but if you’re looking to add some razzle dazzle to your lipstick routine, these are in it for the long haul and are definitely worth the $18 price.

Kimmy & The Gang Are Baaaaack!

The wait is finally over, at loooooong last we finally have a new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! Let’s crack open a bottle of Pinot by Tituss and have a gif partaay!

All those months of uncertainty, when no one would confirm the date for season two, we tried to console ourselves as best we could.

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We distracted ourselves with travel and culture.

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We kept our eyes and ears open for any bit of information.

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We were at our wit’s end!

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Netflix finally announced that April 15th would be THE DAY…

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OUR TITUS IS BACK!

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Omg we missed you too, Lillian!

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If you need to reach us this weekend, we’ll be binge watching Kimmy & Co. and drinking ourselves into a pinot noir oblivion.

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Netflix and take a chill pill, we’ll see you next week!