Review: Ben Nye Final Seal

Ben Nye FY Final Seal

I bought this thing after searching high and low online for a good price with decent shipping costs. After waiting couple of extra days because it was on back order, I got this semi-transparent blue liquid. The sealer is meant to mattify the skin after makeup is applied and I’d heard from some bloggers that it keeps oil at bay for an extended period. The first time I sprayed it on, on top of my makeup, it STUNG! Maybe I sprayed too much but I was ready for a tingle but for it to burn? Naw. It worked; I was shine-free for longer than normal but “the oilies” did appear about mid-way through the day.

My thought was that the benefits were not worth that initial shock my skin got. I was also thinking that with more use, it would become more effective. While flinching, I trusted in the second thought and used the product again. This time, I had no major burning but there was stinging which I would classify as just more than a tingle. I also found that my skin responded a little better and I wasn’t as oily at the end of the day. This could be owing to the fact that I sprayed less on my face the second time around.

I have to admit that I’ve only used this twice. I honestly just forget it about it. And what I’m doing lately doesn’t particularly require the most flawless face, so I’m not much concerned with being oily. I decided I might revisit this as the weather is significantly warmer and it may minimize my sweating off my makeup.

Final Thoughts: I don’t regret my purchase. Is it an essential part of your everyday routine? Not so much, but it is nice to have. 

My Rating: B

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Quickie Review: Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

I tried this at-home hair removal kit after reading another blog’s review (go figure). As a novice, the instructions seemed simple enough: heat in microwave at 30-second intervals, clean area to be waxed, apply pre-/post- wax oil, dab excess, apply wax, remove, apply cleanser and oil. I got through the experience ok. I neglected to press the wax down firmly enough when I applied it so I had to wax the same area twice. Don’t make the wasteful mistake I did and cause yourself any extra pain. It wasn’t pain-free but it was nowhere near as bad as I had expected. The kit is messy but what wax product isn’t? I don’t recall the wax having a scent which is better than it having some noxious smell, though I would not mind a pleasant fragrance. I got mine for $45 from Sephora. Have you tried this kit? Would you?

Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit

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Free Zoya Polish!

Limited time only – Get Zoya Dove and Zoya Caitlin FREE with ANY** purchase on!

Just enter the code ZB52 when you check out! Ends midnight on 5/23

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Pretty Please: MUFE Aqua Eyes 23L Review

Here’s a reader requested review:

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R&R Cosmetics Sale on Hautelook

@Hautelook is doing it again! It seems like Rock and Republic Beauty has come back around. If you haven’t grabbed something, I’m not sure what you’re waiting on. Need an invite? I’ve got you. Sale starts at 11 am EST.  Happy Shopping!

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FOTD: Blues and Greens

Today’s look features- MAC: arena, saddle, humid, sweet and punchy (limited edition), smut eyeshadows, viva glam V lipstick, cajun magical cooling powder; Tarte: lights, camera, lashes mascara; Wet & Wild: idol eyes pencil #134 distress; Urban Decay: adore deluxe shadow, 24/7 zero pencil; Nars: eyeshadow base; Kryolan: (green) rio palette

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Pretty Prizes: Addicted 2 Etsy/Thief and Bandit Turban Headband

It’s no secret I win contests and giveaways. There was one unfortunate incident where I never received the prize I won. Thanks to good blogger relations, Addicted 2 Etsy blog editor, Cynthia offered me the opportunity to select any Etsy item I want priced no more than the value of the prize I was supposed to get. Here’s what I chose:

I got this beautiful turban headband from Etsy shop Thief and Bandit (check out their store!) and it retails for $38. I wore my headband last week on Cinco de Mayo. Here’s one of their photos of it being worn:

Hand Printed Turban Headband in Black&Blue 'Byzantine' Print

Check out Cyn’s blog this week because she’ll be giving away an item from the makers of this headband. 

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This look features: Nars eyeshadow base, NYX jumbo pencil in milk, MAC dear cupcake shadow (limited edition), MAC bright future shadow (limited edition), MAC arena shadow, MAC louder, please shadow (limited edition), MAC dazzle lash mascara, MAC smut shadow (brows), and R&R scortch shadow.

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Hey! Just wanted to post really quick to say I’M BALD!

Today’s look features: Coastal Scents 88 palette, MUFE Flash palette, MUFE AquaEyes in 23L (a favorite for the tear duct), MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, MAC Currant liner, MAC blacktrack fluidline, and UD pocket rocket lip gloss in James. Hope you enjoy!

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Review: Tea and Honey Blends Tea Tree Conditioner

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Have you heard? Let me put you on to Tea and Honey Blends, a natural product line created by Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash and Dr. Tashni Dubroy. These ladies shared a common vision to create a product line that would assist women, with varying hair textures, to enhance their natural beauty without the use of harsh chemicals. The Tea and Honey Blends line includes Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner, a Curl Definer and Sparkle Mist, which contain UV protectants and are designed to prevent heat damage and leave hair looking and feeling healthy. The line has been featured in: The Huffington Post, The Atlanta Post, and Style and Substance Magazine.

Shampoo and Conditioner

I was offered a sample for review here on the blog. Here are my thoughts:

The conditioner had a white, semi-opaque appearance. It applied like a serum to my hair; it was not too heavy. I would have been comfortable with this being a leave-in because it was not as watery as a spritz but not as heavy as some cream conditioners. My hair felt softer than my already moisturizing shampoo had left it. I loved how clean my scalp felt before and after I rinsed, likely due to the inclusion of eucalyptus and peppermint. The beauty buzz ingredients that everyone seems to be a fan of are present: jojoba, rosemary, tea tree oils, shea butter, and aloe.

What are your thoughts? Would you try out this new brand?

For more information on the brand, please visit

* A sample was provided from PR for review. View full disclosure statement

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