Wednesday Reviews: Drawing the Line

Tic-tac-toe three in a row! So this is the third week in a row of my reviews. I’m pretty excited that I have maintained this!

As a reminder, these are products I bought and use. If you purchase form a link, I get a small commission, but all opinions are my own.

This week, I have decided to talk about some eyeliners. I have quite the collection so I figured I would go with these three brands in eight colors.

First, the eyeliner I use the most is the Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil. I have four of this eyeliner and use three of them pretty much every week. The colors from the top down are Halo, Indigo, Penny and Silver Dust. These literally glide onto my eyelid. It is a very smooth application and it lasts all day. It is a bit tough to get off with a face wipe at the end of the day, but I think it’s worth it.I don’t use the halo color that much, mostly because it doesn’t show up too much and tends to just turn the pencil colors from the eye shadow.

I do love the sparkle and the pigmentation of these pencils. All but the halo really show up well against my eye shadow colors.

The top two colors in this swatch picture are both Julep Gel Eye Glider in Smoky Plum and Navy Smoke. These are really old and they don’t make them anymore, but these are their new similar formula. Once again, these are gel so they go on very smoothly. I prefer the Ulta ones because they are shiny and sparkly. I just really love to have sparkle on my eyes. These are more matte than sparkly.

The next one down is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag. So this is my very favorite eyeliner as evidenced by how small it is. This is the eye liner that goes on the smoothest, stays on all day and comes off pretty easily with a make-up wipe. This color is a matte one, but I have been wanting to get more in pretty sparkly colors.

The last eyeliner is Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner. Can you tell I am obsessed with gel eyeliners. So I got this sample as a gift, and while it works as a black eyeliner, it is not my favorite. I find that it skips more than the others. I also am not a fan of the fact that it does not sharpen. Once the end gets dull, there is no way to get sharp again. I like it enough to not buy one to replace it, but not something I would buy.

What are some of your favorite gel liners? Do you have some non gel liners that go on very smoothly?

Let me know!

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March 2017 Small Goals

It’s March! I am pretty excited about this month. This is Michael’s birthday month and my friend’s wedding month. I have some big stuff coming up and I’m pretty happy about it.

February was pretty productive. I was very mindful of my goals and it lead to some good results as shown below.

  1. Make Quiet Time a Priority: I am very proud of accomplishing this. I have been getting ready for bed early and turning on some worship music to do my quiet time before bed. It has helped me feel more relaxed before bed. I think it has also helped me sleep better.
  2. Post At Least Once a Week: So I skipped a week in there of posting. I did not plan out the posts well so that is something that I am trying to do better with this month.
  3. Use My Planner More: So having a consistent quiet time has really helped with my planner. I have used my planner for Scripture journaling and for planning. Now to remember to put it all on my Google calendar as well so that Michael is aware.
  4. Work-Out Once A Week: So since I am being honest, I skipped a week of working out as well as blogging. I do feel that I made up for that week by working out three times in the last week. I am following one of the programs from Nike Training Club. I used NTC in high school and it seems to be even better now.
  5. Drink More Water: I have accomplished this pretty well. I reach for water instead of other things between meals. I drink a lot of water at work, although I still do have an afternoon coffee.

So now for my March goals. I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to put as goals for this month. It will be a busy month and I don’t want to overload myself.

  1. Post At Least Once a Week: This is a carry over and I have a plan in place to accomplish this so that’s a start.
  2. Interact with Other Blogs: I have been wanting to interact more with other blogs. I have been following other blogs for a while, but without saying much. I am wanting to assert myself more.
  3. Finish my Real Estate Finance Class: This class has been dragging for me. It’s not hard, but it’s extremely boring and hard to get through. I am going to do it this month though.
  4. Finish my NTC Plan and Start a New One: I have gotten half way through this plan and I am all set to finish it. I am also planning on starting a new 6 week plan when I’m done.
  5. Plan Michael’s Birthday: Michael’s birthday is at the end of the month and while I am not planning anything big (at his request), I do want to do something nice for him. I am going to make him the Tres Leches cake I made him from the Pioneer Woman last year, but I am hoping to do something a little extra.

So there you go! I have March all ready to go.

As usual, I am linking up with Nicole over at Writes Like A Girl for my monthly small goals.

What are your goals for this month? Do you have any big plans for March?

Wednesday Reviews: Mane Attraction

Happy Humpday and first day of March! I’m excited for a new month and for the continuation of my Wednesday Reviews.

Just to recap, Wednesday Reviews is a weekly series in which I will review products. Right now, these are products I buy and choose to share with you, my wonderful readers. While purchasing something from a link may mean a small commission for me, all opinions are my own.

So this week, I was trying to figure out what to review when someone complemented me on my hair. This is not the first time that someone has asked me what I do to my hair to keep it so full and soft looking (it feels soft too, but e the list of people who feel my hair is quite short). So I decided that I would review some of my hair products here.

turbo-dryer

First, I use this Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray on my damp hair. This spray truly has cut down my drying time. I don’t typically dry my hair on an everyday basis because it takes 10-15 minutes just to dry my hair. I have long thick hair that likes to stay wet. I use this spray even if I choose to air dry my hair. In my opinion, my hair dries faster either way with this spray.It also helps my hair be less frizzy after drying.

hot-tools-hair-dryer

So on the days I choose to dry my hair, I use Hot Tool’s The Gold Touch Turbo Ionic Dryer. I bought this dryer after I received my first bonus. It was taking me so long to dry my hair and I knew that getting a better quality dryer would cost me some money. I read reviews and shopped around and ended up with this one. The part I liked the most was the price, but once I started to use it, I fell in love with it. It cut down my drying time by 5-7 minutes. I like the sleek look and the back comes off easily so I can clean out the lint. I have had this dryer for three years now and it still works great. I am not going to claim that it is the best hair dryer, but at this price point it is pretty good.

Even with my hair being not as frizzy as before after a blow dry, I still feel the need to straighten it. I typically use Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector beforehand. I don’t have much attachment to this spray, but it’s cheap and seems to keep my hair from frying when I use my Solia Professional Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. This one is 6-7 years old so it is no longer sold, but Folica sells a very similar one here. I like this flat iron because it heats up quickly. AS you can probably tell, I hate spending a bunch of time doing my hair in the morning. I used a different flat iron for about year before coming back to this one because the other just took longer to get the end result. I can pass this through strands one time and it will be straight. I also like that the edges are rounded so I can curl my hair with it too if I want to take the time.

living-proof-no-frizz

The last product I use is my very favorite.I got the Living Proof ‘No Frizz’ Humidity Shield in a sample from Sephora. I had never used Living Proof but heard good things that were soon confirmed. I used to spray hair spray on my brush and use it to tame my frizz, but it always left my hair feel sort of crinkly. Now, I spray some of this stuff on my brush and pass it through my hair after I straighten it and my hair looks and feels awesome. My hair feels softer and looks shinier after using this spray. Not only does it do good things for my hair cosmetically, but it also provides UV protection.

So I just realized that I started and ended with the two products I am most likely to buy again. The tools I hope to one day upgrade and the flat iron protector I choose because it’s cheap.

What are some of your favorite hair products? Are you ever surprised by complements you get?