Products I Regret Buying

Yep, we’re doing it, we’re going there. We’re about to bash some products.

DON’T BUY THESE.

Let’s start with the two hair products I have here.

Ok, so you may remember this first gem from my recent beauty haul post from a few weeks ago. This is the Garnier Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream. So, this product claims to give you frizz control without heat styling. I don’t usually have frizz, so I’m not sure about that, but it did make my hair feel like a greasy sticky mess no matter how much I used. I ran some of this through my hair, let it air dry, and it still FELT WET. NO, Garnier, NO.

Next. WHY OH WHY do I continue to buy hair products made for kids? Why don’t I just stick to Its a Ten for my two girls who both have longer hair than me? This product is the FairyTales Static Free Detangler Spray. This “DETANGLER” sucks! First of all, it reeks, both of the girls said it smelled like their “stinky cheese crayon“. Also, this shiz doesn’t detangle or make hair feel silky AT ALL. If anything, it dries their hair out. Fail. Maybe this is meant for a baby with no hair. I don’t know.

Shall we even talk about this green cream that “transforms to a universal shade”??? No L’Oréal, not everyone is this shade of orange, tysm. This is the L’Oréal Anti Redness BB Cream. First off, to cover redness, the product has to STAY GREEN. This doesn’t, oxidizes, and turns orange.

Not only is it orange, but it is super oily and feels heavy and greasy on my skin. Yuck. HARD PASS, L’Oréal.

This pencil looked so promising! It is the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil, and I thought it would be close to that Estee Edit Pencil Liner that I loved. Unfortunately, it is not. It’s dry, it drags, and it’s not creamy and smooth at all. This has fairly good reviews, so maybe I just got a bad one?

Lastly, a mascara that is super weird. Why did I even think this would be good?

I love to try new mascara, so I thought this one looked pretty and interesting. This is the L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara. Unfortunately, the wand on this makes it so difficult to apply. Most of the wand is bare, but on the top there are some tiny spikes. This mascara is an extremely wet formula, and immediately clumped up on me. It weighed down my lashes and looked so bad. Also, is was VERY hard to remove, and it’s not even waterproof. I think I’ll stick to my Lash Paradise.

Alright, so I hope I helped you from wasting your money on this junk!

Thanks for reading xx

GLOSSIER | First Impressions

Hello! I recently placed an order at Glossier, a makeup/skincare brand that I have been wanting to try for awhile. This brand is known for their “natural” type makeup, and their very instagrammable packaging. I had heard numerous reviews on the Boy Brow and Balm Dot Com, and after seeing my cousin Katie wearing a sheer matte red from them that looked so pretty on her the other night- I knew I had to place my order!

Everything came in this little pink bubble wrap pouch. Super cute. It also came with stickers! Who doesn’t love stickers? I already stuck these onto the inside of my sentence-a-day journal.

Everything came in little boxes. I ordered four products, the Boy Brow, Haloscope Highlight, Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick, and Balm Dot Com. They even sent a sample of the Milky Jelly Cleanser.

First off, I really like the packaging. It’s hip and minimalistic. I also love the holographic on the Balm Dot Com.

Glossier’s #1 bestseller is the Boy Brow. This retails for $16, comes in four shades (clear, blonde, brown, and black), and I picked up the brown one. I have tried products similar to this before (Benefit Gimme Brow, Essence Make Me Brow), and I really like them! When it comes to brows, I like them very natural, so this product is perfect. It’s like a little mascara and you just brush it through your brows. It thickens the brows, adds a little bit of color and holds them in place.

Next up, the Haloscope Dew Effect Highlight Stick. This retails for $22, and comes in three colors, topaz (bronzey), quartz (champagney), and moonstone (opalescent glaze). Topaz looked too dark, Moonstone looked too clear, so I went with Quartz, which is so pretty and pearlescent. I love products in stick form like this, and this one is unique because the product is around a moisturizing core, and is supposed to give a pretty glow without glitter or shimmer.

I purchased the next product because of Katie, it is the Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick. This retails for $18, and comes in 6 different colors. After Katie told me it was a “Sheer Matte” formula, I was like, I HAVE TO HAVE THAT. I picked it up in the color Zip, which is the same color she had on, and it gives the look of a red stain on the lips. I LOVE that it’s matte, and still red, but not an in-your-face red. Sometimes you just want a little red. Like you just ate a cherry popsicle.

You really can’t tell from the swatch, but this is sooo pretty and chock full of iridescent shimmer.

Lastly, a product I’ve really been wanting to try, the Balm Dot Com. This retails for $12 and comes in 6 different colors/flavors. I knew I wanted the Birthday one, because I have heard it smells AMAZING, and is a collaboration with Milk Bar and their famous birthday cake. I love the squeezey tube packaging. The smell of this is just like a birthday cake, and I LOVE IT. It’s not really a fake smell either, it smells just like the real thing. It is very thick, and comes out whitish clear with shimmer. It is really pretty.

I am really happy with this order, and think I will love everything!

Have you tried Glossier?

Thanks for reading! xx

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick Review | 93 Intime

Hello! Today I am reviewing a Chanel lipstick. I haven’t tried a ton of Chanel makeup, but I do love their lipgloss, Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, and a few of their brow products. I have been really loving this lipstick that I received for Christmas, so I thought I’d share it with you!

This lipstick is the Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in 93 Intime. This collection of lipsticks are sheer, shiny and very moisturizing- almost like tinted balms.

These lipsticks retail for $37, which is very high in price, but you know, it’s Chanel.

The packaging is their standard black and gold with the Chanel logo on the top of the cap. It feels and looks luxurious.

The lipstick is a neutral, “my lips but better” type of color. It goes on so smooth and adds a hint of color and a lot of shine to my lips. This is the perfect color for everyday. You don’t have to even use a mirror; just swipe it on like a lip balm. It definitely adds a little something extra.

This really felt nice on my dry lips and I found that the color lasted a few hours! Even after the color wore off, my lips were still smooth and moisturized.

I would definitely recommend this lipstick if you are wanting to treat yourself and splurge a little bit. Yes, you can definitely get this look with a Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm or Maybelline Baby Lips, but I just love keeping this in my purse and using it. It’s very luxurious.

Have you tried any of the Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks?

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx

EAT | Chicken Pot Pie (Everyone’s Favorite)

Hello! Today I am sharing my recipe for chicken pot pie! This dish is the ultimate comfort food – a buttery flaky crust and a creamy gravy like sauce with chicken, carrots and peas. And yes, we are making the crust from scratch; it is THE ONLY WAY, because it comes out sooo much better. It is actually the same crust I make for everything, even dessert pies, as it does not contain sugar.

Before we get started, you might not want to attempt to make this on a Wednesday night, or any other weeknight for that matter. This recipe has about 30 minutes of prep time and 40 minutes of bake time. It’s more like a Sunday dish…you know, when your husband can watch the kids and you can do this by yourself. 🙂

What you’ll need:

CRUST

  • 2 cups flour
  • 10 1/2 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-7 tbsp cold water

FILLING

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup peas and carrots
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 2/3 c milk

First off, we need to make our crust. Add in your flour, cold cubed butter, and salt to your food processor.

Pulse this until it mixes together, and add your 5-7 tbsp water while pulsing. Add a few tbsp at a time and then pulse. Once it starts to pull away from the sides, it’s ready.

Scoop up the crust and divide it into two equal balls. Cover with plastic wrap and place both in the fridge to chill.

Now it’s time to make our filling.

Sauté your chicken in a large pan until browned, and boil your veggies in a small pot until soft.

After those are done, set aside to cool. It’s time to make our sauce.

Melt your butter in a pan and sprinkle in flour while mixing to make our roux.

Add in salt and pepper and whisk until the roux turns a beige color. Continue to simmer.

Add in your chicken broth and simmer.

Add in milk and continue to cook until thickened.

Add your chicken and veggies in, and we are finished with the filling!

Remove one of the pie crusts from the fridge and roll out with a little bit of flour. Place into your pie dish.

Add your filling.

Roll out the remaining pie crust and place on top. Cut vents into the top and press the edge of a fork along the sides to give it the pot pie look.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I like to place a cookie sheet below the pie just in case it drips.

After 20 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

TA-DA! Make sure you let this cool for a little bit, it will be LAVA HOT.

I hope you like it!

xx amy