August Ipsy Glam Bag Overview

Hi all! โค I just received my Ipsy glam bag for the month of August and decided to do a review of what I got ๐Ÿ™‚ I subscribed to Ipsy back when it first started and stopped because I wasn’t satisfied with what I got. I just recently resubscribed to Ipsy because I saw their Gudetama bag and was hoping to receive that one ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Sadly, that did not happen but I was excited to restart my monthly subscription and see what products would be on my way in that magical pink bag.

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August Ipsy Bag

For the month of August there were three type of bags with a good vibes only theme. There was the one from above, “Peace Love Lipstick”, “Wild & Free”, and “Good Vibes Only” all in different ombre color. So like every bag, each individual will receive 5 deluxe sized products with at least one being a full-sized item. I live in California so I paid around $10+tax and I believe if you live in the US shipping is free. So in all, you get a pretty good deal with what you pay for because the full-sized item is usually more than $10.

What I received:

  1. Seraphine Botanicals – FULL SIZED Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner $22 retail value (top left)
  2. sundays – FULL SIZED Nail Polish in No. 28 $18 retail value (middle left)
  3. Paula Dorf Cosmetics – Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe $? (middle right)
  4. Promise Organic – Nourishing Coconut Milk Face Lotion w/Hibiscus ~$4 (far right)
  5. theBalm Cosmetics – theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 in Kuwakaribisha ~$3 value (bottom right)
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The products inside

With this bag I received two full-sized products that came out to $40 on its own. So I must say I’m extremely happy because I really do like both products. The black eyeliner is supposed to be waterproof but I washed it off pretty easily (maybe because I left it on for like two seconds on my hand hehe). Now the nail polish, ahhh it is such a pretty color. I could easily wear this color everyday and not get tired of it because it just goes with everything.

Moving on to the brow pencil, the taupe color is actually a nice medium brown color that will probably go with anyone who has darker hair. It ran across my hand pretty smoothly and I look forward to seeing it on my brows. The Kuwakaribisha highlighter was a nice addition to my collection since it added a nice yellow shimmer to my skin. And lastly, the coconut milk face lotion nicely soften my hand and would soften my face with ease. However, I am not a huge fan of coconut and this product has a strong scent so if you’re not into the coconuts, this is not a good product for you. What type of scents do you dislike most? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

If you are looking to try out products before splurging your money, I would try out Ipsy and see what type of products you get. If you received an Ipsy bag, were you satisfied with everything? I certainly was and I look forward to the next one! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all have a great day! โญ

โค liz

Late Summer Outfits

Hi all โค Summer break is coming to a near end, but it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying the last couple weeks of sleeping in and having a good time. In this post I’ll go over three outfits that I feel is good for those final days out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here in SoCal our temperatures range from 70ยบF-100ยบF+ in the summer. The first look is for the day that gets a bit more chilly in the evening. Hence the polka dot jacket ๐Ÿ™‚ I got this jacket in the kids section in Target a while back for $20! I remember I kept walking past this jacket and one day I was like, “I need this, where else will I get this??!” For the price it was well worth it, and like all denim jackets, it just goes with everything! ๐Ÿ˜€ The light gray bottom up top was a gift from my mom and the brand is called Cloth & Stone and she got it from TJ Maxx. The navy shorts are from J.Crew and the cute sandals are Steve Madden and I got them at Nordstrom during their sale (score!!).

To complete the look, I wore Stephane Christian sunglasses in the model Shadow Cat. This is a popular Korean brand and I got these in Koreatown at Eyeholics. This outfit is a great for a nice day at the beach since it is often 10 degrees cooler than the city. But if it’s still too hot to wear a jacket, you can always just take it off ๐Ÿ˜‰

This second look is for a more sunny day. The baby blue top is from Marshall’s and it is a Franco Star piece. The shirt is extremely comfortable to wear and fits true to size. If you are out with friends and decided to have AYCE kbbq, this outfit has a more flowy look to hide away your food baby hehe ^^’ I wear it like a regular shirt but you can also wear it as a off the shoulder top since the collar can be easily stretched out. The white bottoms are from Zara. I remember getting these when I was a freshman in college and they were the shorts or shall I say skort, that I wore everyday because it just went with everything. This is another look for a warm day outside and the baby blue and white combination will always work out!

For the last outfit, I wanted to go for a berry look. I got this top from & Other Stories at the Americana in Glendale for 50% off. I really liked the color and liked that I can tie the bottom to give it a hip look to it. This shirt is a great casual shirt to wear in the hot weather as it is a crop top but since I am short it fits like a regular top xD These shorts are also from J.Crew and I got them a long while back at their outlet store in Camarillo. For shoes, I wore these yellow sandals that I got from DSW. I picked these yellow sandals because it gave the outfit a different color and what other color pops more than yellow.

Now for accessories, I used a cute pink pair of sunglasses and my go-to red backpack from Fjallraven. The sunglasses I got are also from Eyeholics and they are Carin Sunglasses in the model Loist C2. (Btw if you live in LA make sure to visit this sunglasses store! They are super friendly and have cool shades) I remember seeing these sunglasses in a Korean drama and was drawn by the pink color on the actress. After researching on where to get these glasses, I walked in at Eyeholics and saw them in their display. I was so stoked that I found these glasses and of course I needed them in my life ๐Ÿ˜Ž To keep me cool, I tied my hair into two braids for a playful finish. You can easily wear this look to go to the mall or to an art museum. I ended up going to the infamous Paul Mitchell pink wall to take pictures hehe~

What did you think of these three outfits? Which were your favorite? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a happy Monday! โญ

โค liz

Hipster Stylin’: How I Wear Plaid

Hi all! โค So this is my first style post and I’m excited to share this simple and effortless hipster look! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still new to creating these type of posts so bare with me~ I will get better (fingers crossed!)

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So the look that I am wearing above is pretty easy to do. This shirt is from Old Navy and it is actually a men’s flannel that I stole from my younger brother ๐Ÿ˜€ So anyone with an oversized plaid flannel shirt can easily make it into a dress. Whenever I think of plaid, I immediately think of hipster, which makes me think of Taylor Swift, which leads me singing to “22” (sorry for being so random ^^’) I’m usually a small but this shirt is men’s large so it covers all the key areas. But just to make sure everything is PG, I wear shorts underneath.

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Flannel shirt from Old Navy

To make the flannel less baggy, I rolled up both sleeves. By rolling them up, not only do I stay cooler, but it just gives it a cooler vibe. Being from SoCal, Summers range from 75-100ยฐF and one day can be drastically hotter or cooler than the prior day. To keep my face protected from sun, I wore this blue hat to match the color scheme. A hat like this instantly adds that artsy hipster look so all I really have left is to add some accessories ๐Ÿ˜Ž

To accessorize the look, I wore these glasses from Urban Outfitters. I saw them while shopping around and had to get themย glasses because they are pink and have a cute cat-eye shape at the edge. I normally wear glasses so it was a bit weird buying glasses without a prescription, but they were too cute to pass up. I sported the red Fjallraven Kanken backpack as my bag because it’s easy to carry everything in it. For shoes, I opted for these black wedge platforms that I got from Marshall’s. These shoes are extremely comfortable and were reasonably affordable.

This was a fun shoot and I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’ll keep trying to do my best to post up more content in the upcoming weeks so I hope you all have a great day and if you’re from the states I hope you all have a great 4th of July holiday ๐Ÿ™‚ โญ

 

โค liz

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Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Outfit Details:

Top: Old Navy (Men’s)

Bottoms: J.Crew (invisible in picture but they are there)

Shoes: MIA (Marshall’s)

Accessories: Urban Outfitters (glasses); San Diego Hat Company (hat); Fjallraven Kanken (backpack)

Perverse Sunglasses Mystery Box Unveiled

Hi all! โค

It’s been a while since I have last posted here. This past month I have been lazy and away in Canada so I took a break to just enjoy my free time. In this post I will be talking about my review on Perverse Sunglasses Mystery Box for Her.

Perverse Sunglasses is LA based and started coming out with glasses last year. Their goal was to have stylish and trendy glasses for an affordable price. When Coachella posts were popping up everywhere on Instagram, I noticed this brand on different YouTube stars like Jenn Im. I looked into the brand and was quite shocked at how cheap the prices were compared to higher end sunglasses like Prada, Gentle Monster, etc. At this point in time, I was pretty boujee about my glasses and only wanted glasses that were $150+ (I am a poor college student, but I enjoy glasses with better quality ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Nothing has really changed since then, I’m still broke but I kept seeing the brand and went for their Mystery Box which was $15 but came out to $22 with tax and shipping.

Now this $22 box comes with three random pairs of sunnies and there are no returns on any of the glasses, so think of it like a final sale. I ordered mine on a Tuesday afternoon and received the box Thursday morning. Being a sunglasses fan, I was stoked to get three additional pairs to my collection but unsure of what I would exactly get. When I opened the box, I was delighted to see a cute image on the box with a pair of sunglasses that looked like a cat that can shoot fire (what do you guys think?? lol xD). Other than that, I saw three pairs of sunglasses in their own drawstring bag. The mystery was finally over!

The first pair I opened was their Rodeo Drive sunglasses in purple. Now at first impression, I thought they were a bit cheap looking. I felt like I could easily find these pair in Downtown LA for $10. When wearing them, I was a bit let down. The frame on my face was okay but it wasn’t a color that I really enjoyed. I looked up the style on their website and saw that they only have this in a black color and I would of probably enjoyed it more if it was in that color. This style retails on their site for $48 so just on this pair alone, I saved like $25. Although the first pair were a bit of a miss, I had two more to go.

The second pair that I opened was their Taehler sunglasses in a black and white striped frame with blue reflective lenses. This was my favorite out of the three I received since it was the only pair that really matched my style. This pair has a nice cat eye shape to the frame which I really love and the blue lenses were really cool too ๐Ÿ˜Ž On their website they also do not carry this particular color (so I’m assuming these are older models that they are trying to get rid of??).  But they do carry the same frame in a really cute pink, bright blue, and nude color for $45. If I were to add the savings together from the last pair, I saved $70. Woot woot!! โญ

Lastly, the final pair were their Slay glasses in an aquamarine color with dark gray on the sides. My first impression was, “Okay, these are okay”. After trying them on, I wasn’t really feeling like I was slaying in these, they were just okay .-. These not so slaying glasses on their site was the most expensive out of the three at $50, but again this color isn’t available but there is a beige and transparent one!

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All three sunnies received

Being a mystery box, I do not have much complaints. I saved in total around $120 and was able to see what Perverse sunglasses were all about. I was pleased that I liked at least one pair so it makes the box worth it. Getting to try new styles is great and if you are a huge sunglasses fan, this is a fun way to try out a new brand and try out some different styles/colors. Let me know what you think! Until next time! โค

โค liz

Class of 2017! My Reflections on My College Experience

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CSUF Class of 2017!

Hi all! โค

School is ending soon for most and as each one of us gets closer and closer to the finish line, I am proud to say that I have finally made it. This past semester marked the last and final semester of my undergraduate year and I must say that I am excited to finally be done but I am hella scared to enter this time period of not knowing what is going to happen next. In this post, I will talking about my overall experiences with college and what I look forward to post-graduation ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I have always been a studious student and have received good grades throughout my school career. As I got into college, I got super lazy and just didn’t put the same level of effort into it as I did before. Now that I have just graduated, I realized that I should have just put the extra effort into studying. I guess I was just so tired of putting effort into everything and not getting exact results that I gave up and just was okay with a C because it was still passing. But if there’s one thing I regret, it is getting the grades I got. I mean you’re paying for this tuition, so might as well get the most out of it.

With all the people I have met, there were only so many I actually stayed in contact with. I always wanted to join a sorority, but I ended up wanting to do it when I was the busiest. Although I wished to have joined and be a part of something, I did meet some cool people and got to network with many students in my field of study. College is the place to meet everyone and do everything you can. If you want to study abroad, do it. If you want to join a club, do it. If you don’t reach out for what you want, you’re most likely not going to get it. And that’s something I have realized after all these years in school. Only you can control what you want to do. I am happy to say that even though I didn’t do everything I wanted, I know that only I can control how I want my life to be.

Overall, I enjoyed my experiences at all my schools. Whether it was elementary, middle, high school, or college, I got to meet a lot of people and it truly helped shaped me into the person I am today. I hope that I will be able to land a job in my field but I am not too stressed out about it. I’m thinking of going back for grad school as well or just start my studies for the CPA exam. But I really want to take the time to invest in myself and use this time to be selfish and do what I want like traveling, before it is too late to do so. I have already made plans to go to Vancouver so I am really excited about that ๐Ÿ˜€ If anyone out there has suggestions on places to eat or visit, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ I will only be there for a week so I want to pack as much activities as I can!

Like I said earlier, I am scared of what will happen next, but I feel that I will be able to tackle on whatever life throws at me โญ

To my parents: thank you for everything you have done for me in all my life, if it wasn’t for you encouraging me to do well, I would have never finished school and I am super happy that I got to walk the stage to make you both proud ๐Ÿ™‚ te amo mucho โค โค โค

Outfit: Ted Baker (this dress was on the pricey side but worth it for a special day)

Shoes: Coach (Nordstrom Rack)

Sunglasses (below): Carin; I got mine in LA from Eyeholics

And congratulations to the Class of 2017!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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My mom โค

 

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My dad and I โค
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The boyfriend โค

โค liz

My Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in the 626

Hi all! โค

In this post, I’ll be writing about my favorite places to eat in my hometown. Now for those of you who do not know, the 626 is merely an area code for the general area of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV). The SGV include cities like Arcadia, San Gabriel, El Monte, and many other cities. I grew up most of my life in Rosemead and recently moved to Alhambra, so I’m pretty familiar with all of the 626. Like I said before, these are my top 3 personal favorites. There are so many more places to try and so many other places I wish I can include on this list, but if I were to give my suggestions to someone who could only have 3, the following will be on my list:

#3 Boiling Point

If you know the 626, you probably have heard this place before. Boiling Point is one of the most popular Taiwanese hot pot restaurants in the SGV. If you arrive at busy hours, be ready to wait at least 30-60 minutes. In the SGV, there are like 5 or 6 BP restaurants and all are different sizes. Once you’re seated, you’ll have an option of 10 hot pots. My personal favorite is the #4 which is their beef soup. They have other options like the House Special, Korean Bean Paste, and their most popular, Taiwanese Spicy. Unlike other hot pot restaurants, this place cooks the meat and veggies inside the bowl for you so you won’t have to worry about it. They place a coal-like object underneath the bowl and light it up to create a fire that keeps your soup warm.

Not only are they popular with their hot pot items, they also have tea to drink down with your meal. Hokkaido milk tea is a popular item but my boyfriend and I enjoy their Fresh Milk tea and their regular green tea.

Overall, this is a great place to eat if it’s cold out or you’re just craving some hot soup. I always suggest this place if I’m out with friends because the prices are reasonable. Each hot pot would cost around $15/ person and if you want to add more meat or add any other additional toppings, it will cost you $1-$5 per item ordered. The teas are priced like any tea house at under $5 with toppings being extra. You can easily walk out of this place spending $20 (including tip) if you don’t order extra toppings or tea. Come in before 3PM for their lunch special and that $15 plate will include a green or black tea.

#4 Beef Soup

#2 Yama Sushi

I love sushi. And really, it is so hard to not include this in one of my favorite places to eat. Now this place is not really a restaurant but more like a take-out sushi place. When you enter, you’ll find refrigerators with sushi including california rolls, unagi rolls, salmon nigiri, and other sushi options packaged for you to pick up and go. If you can’t find the fish you’re looking for, you can head to the fish cutting area. Now this may or may not take a long time, it really depends what time you arrive. Once you get to the front, you can pick what fish you want to cut or just buy the fish and cut it later. If you’re looking for a great selection of different fishes, this may not be the right place for you. But if you like salmon, yellow tail, tuna, scallop and octopus, you’re in the right spot.

Once you pay for everything, be ready to enjoy super delicious fresh sushi. I typically don’t have time to wait and get my fish cut so I always hope that they have what I like packaged for me to pick up. My favorite items are the unagi rolls ($6/12pieces) and the salmon nigiri ($7/5pieces). I love salmon and can legit eat it everyday. And Yama Sushi has fresh salmon every week. Another thing I like to pick up is their seaweed salad. At Yama you’ll find this and other little side items like fish cake that are less than $3.

I typically spend $20 on myself whenever I eat here. And I am never disappointed with spoiling myself. If you are in the SGV and want to pick up food to bring home or take to go picnic, this is a must-try!

Unagi rolls (bottom left), salmon nigiri (top left), tuna rolls (right), and seaweed salad (bottom right)

#1 Green Zone

Yaaaaassssss!! It is finally down to my number one place! It was really hard picking between this place and Yama Sushi but Green Zone slightly won due to the variety of items available. Green Zone serves Organic Asian Cuisine and its main location is in San Gabriel. Green Zone is expanding their restaurants and also serves Pasadena, Temple City, and Diamond Bar. Let me just say, the food is just really bomb. They have appetizers that range from dumplings to egg rolls and entrees that range from rice dishes, salads, to pasta dishes. I tend to come to this restaurant with my best friend who introduced me (thank you Yvonne!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and we order at least 5 items whenever we come. Because this is my top place, I have a good number of favorite items here.

The Hainan chicken is one of their most popular items and is simply delicious. It’s not too heavy and I enjoy the three sauces (sweet soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, and a ginger scallion paste) that you may add on when eating. Their grilled pork chop is also another great item and can easily be shared and it is served with rice and a sweet salad. I can go on with many of their main entrees but these two have been my go-to plates. If we’re going to talk about appetizers, you can never go wrong ordering the salmon triangles (I told you the love for salmon was real XD ). They serve this dish with a magical dipping sauce that they call honey mustard with a hint of wasabi. If salmon is not your thang, their pan fried dumplings and their murasaki fries are pretty good.

Overall, Green Zone is just one of those places I wish I can always eat at but don’t have the money to always eat at haha ๐Ÿ˜ฅ A plate can range from $10-20 depending on what you order. Their most expensive item is their pasta dish that cost close to $20 so be prepared to spend a little more here. The cheapest dishes are their appetizers and they range from $5-$10. Although it may seem super pricey, this place is really nice to share with a friend or significant other. Either myself or the other person I go with will order a safe item and then we try out another dish. So far, there is nothing I haven’t liked and I tried a good amount of their items ๐Ÿ˜€

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Hainan chicken and salmon triangles

If you are in the SGV, try out some of these places! I know I mainly picked Asian food but this is what is expected in a heavily Asian area.ย  Although I feel out of place in some places, I feel comfortable at these three restaurants. I may not be Asian and may not know the language much, but having lived in this area all my life, I would have never picked another place to be and love.

Thank you for reading and I hope you all get to try these places! โค

โค liz

Others who didn’t make my list:

  • Mama Lu’s – Monterey Park
  • Din Tai Fung – Arcadia
  • Young Dong Tofu House – San Gabriel
  • A Ri Rang Tofu House – San Gabriel
  • Saigon Eden – San Gabriel
  • Summer Rolls – Rosemead
  • Golden Palace Mongolian BBQ – Pasadena
  • Sushi Kuni – Monrovia

 

Review on Tarte’s Tarteist Treats Eye & Lip Set

Hi all! โค

So in this post I’ll be talking about Tarte’s Tarteist Treats Eye & Lip set. I’m a sucker for bundles and getting the most out of your dollar. I’m not a big user of eye shadows and didn’t want to invest in a $40-60 eye shadow palette, so I wanted to opt for something smaller and not too expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the high-end palettes like the Naked palette, but I don’t see myself using it all up and would probably have it sit out for the majority of the time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ While browsing through the Sephora app, I stumbled across this particular eye shadow set. The kit cost $25 and included a mini lip gloss and mini mascara. The palette by itself would have cost $23 so for $2 more, I got two more items ๐Ÿ˜€ I ordered through my phone and was patiently waiting for the day of arrival.

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My package has arrived! ๐Ÿ˜€
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Yay!~ ๐Ÿ™‚ A new kit to play with!

As you can see from above, the kit comes in a cute box which contains all three products mentioned before. I was super happy to come home to this box after a long day at work and was immediately ready to test it out. The first thing I wanted to put on was the lip gloss. Now, the lip gloss is part of their Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint collection and it’s in the color WCW which is a really nice berry color. When applying it, it seemed like it was going to be a dark plum color. However, I spread out the color across the lips and the plum color turned into a nice berry almost like a rasberry color that I absolutely love! โค ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like this color would be great to put on if you wanted that pop of color but wanted something more than the ordinary red. My skin is pretty fair so this color went really well with my face and it wasn’t too sticky on my lips.

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Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW

Now moving onto the eye shadow palette. The palette is a great size to travel around with and have when you want that natural but dazzling look. The colors that were included in this kit were: Drive (nude), Boss (bronze), Stylin (brown), Hype (gold), Crisp (chestnut), and Dominate (shimmering rasberry). I did a swatch of all the colors on my arm to show how the colors would bounce off my skin. My favorite from just looking at the swatches was Hype and Dominate. I love glittery eyelids and feel like these colors would be great additions to my everyday look ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Swatch of: Dominate, Boss, Crisp, Stylin, Hype, and Drive (left to right)

Lastly, Tarte’s kit include their mini Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara in black. I’m not a big fan of mascaras (been using Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara for forever) but if I just wanted that extra length for my lashes, this was a great item to try out. When opening the product, it felt like I was trying to suck something out of the tube. It was weird because I never used a mascara like this and when I was trying to discard some of the product back into the tube, I ended up making a little mess ๐Ÿ˜ This was the only downfall for me in this kit. The mascara did make my eyelashes very beautiful and thick and lengthen them, but it was a bit too much of product that went on and made little clumps on my eyelashes. Because I rarely use mascara, this won’t bother me too much but for those who regularly do wear it, be aware~

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Before
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Ater – lighting makes a total difference lol

Overall, I enjoyed this little bundle of goodies. I can’t wait to try out different looks with the eye shadow palette and see the different combinations I can create. This was a great value for your dollar and if you want to look into the product, I have provided a link to the Sephora website โญ

On a side note, I’m trying my best to post up a blog every week but I’m pretty sure most know how school goes ๐Ÿ˜Ž I think these types of posts are something I’ll try to keep doing but let me know what other topics I should branch out to. I’m thinking of doing some fashion and food posts, and with summer coming up, I’m hoping to get some posts about traveling. Any who, I do hope you all enjoyed this review! Have a great rest of your day and smile big!~~~ ๐Ÿ™‚

Pros: Inexpensive, good for travel, colors are vibrant and long-lasting

Cons: Mascara is hard to control the amount you want to apply = messy

Overall: 9/10

โค liz