Mascara Monday: Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Milani Grandissimo Incredible Volume mascara

Ya’ll know I love Milani. Like adore. A lot. Their mascaras have always just been okay though. Not good but not terrible either. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while so when it landed in my mailbox I got excited and wished for the best. Let’s see how we did…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Price: $5.49 at drugstores and at
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Bigger is better! The mega volume brush creates a false lash effect. Dramatically enhances and thickens even the littlest lashes. Long-lasting, smear-proof, and non-clumping formula. Paraben-free. ” (source)

The Truth: Wowsers…this is definitely one of their better mascaras!

What I Loved About It: It’s got nice volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It has a large wand and may clump on you…

Overall: I first saw the wand on this mascara and just knew that she would be able to work some magic. And she didn’t let me down. Look at this baby…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara wand

Not too shabby, uh? When you see a wand like this, you should realize 2 things. (1) A good amount of volume is coming your way and (2) so are clumps. It is almost inevitable. You just can’t avoid the clumps when you’ve got wands like these. To minimize them you can only apply one coat of mascara but if your goal is crazy awesome lashes, you’ll want to apply more mascara. That said, I REALLY dug this mascara. It’s average as far its appearance and she doesn’t tote any ah-mazing claims but it’s a fantastic mascara nonetheless. The wand is large but if you’ve got patience, you’ll find that it’s easy to breeze through the lashes.

The formula is great too. I didn’t find it to be too thick and it applied nicely to the lashes. I only applied 2 coats to my lashes and got a good amount of length and volume. It’s dark mascara so it’s perfect for a dramatic look. It does well with holding up throughout the day and I only found clumping to be a problem when trying to apply more than 2 coats. Way to go, Milani!  

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats


Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s cheap and it works well.


Ooooh Milani lovers, have you tried this one?

Josie Maran Adds Shimmer!

Welllll, we all know how much I love Josie Maran. Yes, I’m still on her adoring bandwagon. I recently got some new products of hers to review and while I’ve featured them before, these are different because Josie has added some shimmer to her products!

Josie Maran Radiance

Now I’m not gonna lie…I’m no fan of sparklin’. Especially when said sparkle is overwhelming. But the added shimmer in these JM products are subtle. Yay! I knew Josie would get it right. I’m still a fan of her original products because they are fragrance free but these are fun if you’re looking to try something different.

The Body Butter has a nice “natural” fragrance to it…

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance

And it is just beauuuuutiful to look at.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance jar

I find that the shimmer is very apparent on my skin so I’m not a fan of wearing it daily. It really POPS.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance on skin

The hair serum smells as good as the original hair serum and the shimmer isn’t as proponent.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance

And if you haven’t tried JM’s Hair Serum, hop to it because it smells divine and is great at keeping the hair slicked down. Of couse everyone’s hair type is different but I like how it worked on my afro.

The Argan Oil is different than the original because it contains honey lavender and chamomile.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance on skin

I really do like the original better. I just find it to be, I don’t know…pure. But these limited edition products are great for shimmer lovin’ guys and gals.

Beauty Stats:

Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance – $65 on Ebay.
Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance – $30 at
Pure Argan Oil with Radiance – $48 at

Steep prices? Well, yeah…but that’s typical for Josie Maran’s products. I’m excited to see her stepping outside of the box a bit with these but I think I’m a sucker for her simple products more. Whatcha think? Shimmer or no shimmer?

Join me for a Eucerin Twitter Party. Prizes included!


Hey girl hey! Gonna be online sometime during tomorrow? Crazy question, right? I mean if you’re reading this chances are you are somewhat of a techie and love reading about beauty happenings. Tomorrow I’m going to be one of the co-hosts of Eucerin’s #NoFryFriday Twitter chat. It’s going to be a day long Twitter chat with hour-long chats with different hosts. Yours truly will be hosting the 1pm-2pm EST hour and I’d love for you to join in.


So WHY is the brand doing this? According to Eucerin, “Memorial Day is widely considered to be the unofficial start to the summer. Many people flock to the beaches but may not practice safe sun exposure. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declared that the Friday before Memorial Day be called ‘Don’t Fry Day’. Its goal: promote sun safety awareness and encourage people to practice safe sun while outdoors.”

Makes sense to me. Especially since I’m a beach babe! The party will be be funnnnn. Each hour Eucerin will be giving away one Sun-Safe grand prize pack each hour, filled with a wide brimmed hat, water bottle, Sunglass Hut gift card, Eucerin products and more. *squeals* Tweet me and let me know if you plan on making it. See you then!


Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 collection

Zoya does it again! But they always do it, don’t they? This is 1 of 2 of their gorgeous summer collections. This collection is full of vibrant cremes that are nice and wearable and nice additions of their already stellar profile. I got these for review and I’ve been struggling to figure out which one is my fave…

Zoya Stunning nail polish collection

See what I mean?

Zoya Yana

Yana is a geranium pink and for someone who has never been thrilled by pink nail polishes, I just beyond in love with this one. It’s pink, yes, but there’s something special about this one. Who knows. Maybe I love it this much because I have an awesome gal pal named Yana. *shrugs*

Zoya Thandie

Thandie is a citrus orange. I’ll never get sick of orange nail polishes. Especially ones that remind me of orange sherbet. Yumzzzzz.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a serene blue. I think Zoya has done quite a bit of these so Rocky is pretty but she isn’t anything spectacular.

Zoya Micky

Micky is a gorgeous coral and I’m finally 100% really into corals these days. So I LOVE Micky. I really think corals like amazing on everyone.

Zoya Josie

Josie is a grassy green cream. She’s a pretty mint green. Not insanely unique but how can you really dislike a dusty green?

Zoya Darcy

Darcy is a sunny yellow and really has more of a richer and butter-y yellow hue to her. If that makes any sense. Like all yellows, she was tough to apply but stunning nonetheless.


The Beauty Basics

Price: $8/bottle or $48 for the collection
Availability: At
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Yana, Thandie, Micky 

I love this collection. But of course! I’m a lover of creme nail polishes. I found that 3 coats worked for these as 2 coats made them a bit streaky. They are stunning nonetheless and perfect for summer.

3 More Reasons To Love Urban Decay…their brushes!

First of all, why am I just now discovering that Urban Decay has amazing brushes? I feel like it’s a little known secret. Do people know how great these brushes are? I mean, my goodness…I feel like shouting it from the rooftops! But I’ll settle for shouting it on my blog instead. 😎 I got these for review and can’t stop rolling them over my face.

Urban Decay brushes

They are just so wooooonderful and soft and just…I mean, whoa! What’s to review? Why can’t I just say: “These are awesome. Buy them.”? And leave it at that?

Urban Decay Good Karma brushes in hand

I guess I COULD do that. But y’all would hate me for it, uh? Welp. Okay then…let’s do a quick review of each brush. And let’s start with that Good Karma Blush Brush.

Urban Decay Good Karma blush brush

Cost: $32 from Urban
Intended uses: To be used for applying blush, powders, bronzers and highlighters.
Is it effective?: Absolutely! What a wonderful brush to use daily. It feels incredibly soft and allows for great distribution right up under or on those cheekbones. And did I mention that she feels realllllly soft?

Good Karma Shading Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma shading brush

Cost: $26 at
Intended Uses: To assist with contouring and applying eyeshadow on the crease.
Is it effective?: This is the perfect brush to use for really blending out that crease. Even if you don’t have much of a crease or have to fake one. Ahem, like I do. I love that the brush is stiff enough to really GET in the crease but it’s soft enough to eyeshadow a nice airbrushed look.

Good Karma Shadow Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow brush

Cost: $26 at
Intended Uses: To apply eyeshadow of course, silly!
Is it effective?: Yep! But I like this more for applying powder/loose eyeshadows. This brush dipped in whatever you use to make your loose shadows creamy and then applied to the lid is glorious. It’s a stiffer brush so I didn’t find it as useful when applying pan eyeshadows.

Reasons #493, #494 and #495 to love Urban Decay. That is all.

Have you tried any UD brushes?

China Glaze Hologlam collection

This is a massive nail polish collection. I typically put collections this large in 2 posts but nope, I’m going to go ahead and give you the whole enchilada, baby. I got these for a review awhile back and they were such a pleasure to apply. I’m a holo lover like the next nail polish lover and while these weren’t as blingy as I thought they would be, they were still nice and fun to use.

China Glaze Hologram

Here we goooo…

China Glaze Astro-Hot nail polish

Astro-Hot is a soft baby pink. Softer holographic nail polishes never really seem to do it for me but I surprisingly liked this one. And I loved that the pink still shows well even though it’s pretty…soft.

China Glaze Take A Trek nail polish

Take A Trek is a cool denim blue. Ugh, blue holographic polishes are the best and this one isn’t any exception. This one applied beautifully and really does look like denim.

China Glaze Galatic Gray nail polish

Galatic Gray is a stunning silver metal and I really didn’t expect for the holo bits to be as apparent in this one. But they definitely are!

China Glaze Not In This Galaxy nail polish

Not In This Galaxy is a bright warm coral and it’s the perfect holo for those who want to take baby steps into wearing holographic polishes. And she’s totally work appropriate too!

China Glaze OMG A UFO nail polish

OMG A UFO is a warm moss green. It’s everything I could ever want in a green holo. Well, a light green holo. I much prefer darker ones but this one isn’t too bad.

China Glaze Sci-Fly By nail polish

Sci-Fly By is a silver blue. This one didn’t look so holographic to me. Not too much of a loss because it is a gorgeous blue by itself.

China Glaze Get Outta My Space nail polish

Get Outta My Space is a powdered violet. She’s sweet and dainty.

China Glaze Strap On Your Moonboots nail polish

Strap On Your Moonboots is a midnight sky blue has a subtle holographic effect but it is still so gorgeous.

China Glaze When Stars Collide nail polish

When Stars Collide is a warm maroon. I didn’t think I’d like this one as much but it’s surprisingly interesting.

China Glaze Cosmic Dust nail polish

Cosmic Dust is a silver metal that has a nice amount of holographic shimmer but I’ve seen better silver holographics.

China Glaze Infa-Red nail polish

Infa-Red is my favorite of the bunch. This warm magenta pink has the most holographic shimmer. It is perfect!

China Glaze Don't Be A Luna-tic nail polish

Don’t Be a Luna-tic is a turquoise aqua. She isn’t as gorgeous as the other blues though.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $14/bottle – pricer b/c of the holographic particles.
Availability: At e-tailers and Sally Beauty Supply. Maybe Ulta? 
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Galatic Gray, Strap On Your Moonboots, When Stars Collide,  Infa-Red

I didn’t expect to love this collection as much as I did. I mean, of course I knew I’d love them because they ARE holographic polishes but they really aren’t as holographic as I would have liked. Still… they are super easy to apply (after you make sure to shake the bottle a bit), wear for quite some time and look stunning on the nails. If you have polishes with more of a holographic shimmer these may not excite you too much. But if you are looking to spruce up your holographic nail polish collection, these may work. But are they as awesome at the OMG collection? Not really.

Are you a fan of holographic polishes. What do you think about these?

Simple Skincare is just so…simple. And awesome!

Yay!! New skincare products. Okay, not really new. Simple has been out for awhile but this is my first time trying them. I got a few of the products to review and after giving them about a month to work some magic, I am finally ready to review ’em.

Simple Skincare products

First things first…you can grab these products and more at practically all drugstores and at places like Target and Walmart. This brand is SO up my alley because for one thing, it’s practically fragrance-free. Aaaanad, all of their products omit parabens, sulfates and phthalates. This hypoallergenic line has products for those of all skin types – normal,oily, dry and combination. The line carries everything from cleaners, moisturizers (with and without SPF), facial scrubs, toners make-up removers and eye creams. I’m going to do mini reviews of the products that I used…

Foaming Facial Cleanser ($6.99)

Simple Skincare Foaming Facial Cleanser

Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser in hand

This cleanser promises to not only refresh and moisturize the skin, but it also promises to get rid of remaining traces of make-up. It has such a nice fresh scent and I think that’s due to the chamomile. The glycerin in it helps with hydration and I love how my skin didn’t feel streaky clean when I used it. It does a darn good job at thoroughly cleansing the skin and yep, I felt like it removed my excess traces of makeup. The price point is a great too and I love that even though it’s a foam, it will last well over a month. Maybe even two months.

Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF ($11.99)

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15

It’s been forever since I’ve tried a new moisturizer. I looooove this one. It’s just so…simple. No frills, no outrageous promises, it’s just a lightweight facial moisturizer. It’s perfect for this hot and humid areas and I appreciate not smelling the SPF that’s dumped in it. It isn’t greasy and is a great follow-u to the facial cleanser.

Radiance Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 25 wipes)

Simple Radiance Cleansing wipes

Simple Radiance Cleansing wipes in hand

Too lazy to splash some water on your face each night? Um yeah…me too. Which is why I LOVE facial wipes. They aren’t exactly eco-friendly but they work beautifully in a pinch. I currently have these stashed in my travel bag because I’m finding it great for cleaning my face and neck while on the go. I think these are best suited for those with extremely dry skin because they left a bit of a film behind. It wasn’t unpleasant but it may drive those with oiler skin crazy. I didn’t try ’em long enough to see if they brightened and evened my skin tone but with those claims, if I wasn’t a beauty blogger, I would definitely be into using this long term.

 Oil Balancing Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing wipes

Similar to the Radiance wipes, these can be used in place of a traditional cleanser. It has promises to refresh skin and help control shine. It feels just as good as the Radiance wipes but I’d rather use those because of their promises to help even skin tone. Both wipes are alcohol-free. Yesssss!

Eye Make-Up Remover Pads ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads in hand

This are cute, uh? They promise to remove waterproof mascara but nope, my waterproof mascara was holding on tightly and wasn’t easily removed by the pad. *le sigh* I’d rather stick with my regular eye makeup remover and use the facial wipes for all over cleanup.

OVERALL: I’m a huge fan of this brand. There is a definite need for a line like this on the drugstore level. I have only worn preservative-free skincare products for years (due to my sensitive skin) so I am loving me some Simple.

Have you tried any of their products?

Mascara Monday: Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

I am so in love with Josie Maran’s cosmetics. She rules. In fact, she rules so much I can’t even watch QVC because if she’s on I WILL buy something. There is no “if” about it. So yeah. I run far away from the TV if I know that she’s going to be on. I’ve finally gotten around to trying out her mascara. I got this one for review so let’s see if it was as good as everything else she’s got…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara tube

Price: $22 from Sephora and
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s patented Triple V Brush delivery system coats lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, long-wearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. The rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. This natural and exclusive formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. An infusion of nourishing, protein-rich Argan Oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I liked it! I really liked it!

What I Loved About It: I got a nice amount of volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a bit flaky. Pretty common for natural mascaras though.

Overall: I truly stan for Josie Maran products. And I’ve been doing so since I tried my first oil from her. It’s a stellar brand. Especially for my fellow natural lovin’ guys and girls out there. Natural mascaras are tough to love, though. Sure they omit the nasties but they aren’t so hot on the longevity tip. And let’s face it, I don’t care what your mascara preferences are, you definitely want it to last on the eyes for as long as possible. Natural mascaras aren’t so good in that department.

But first things first, the wand…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush

It’s a typical wand that is great for volumizing. It is large and plush and may be a bit intimidating to those who aren’t so used to larger wands. There wasn’t much of a stopper in the tube so when I pulled out the wand each time I endured a ton of mascara on the wand.

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush and tube

Yes, I hate when this happens. It isn’t much to remove it but it’s still an extra step that I don’t always like to take. However, this mascara is kinda worth the trouble. I really like the volumizing action I got from this baby. Using only 2 coats I got a really nice set of lashes. With very little effort. My lashes were lush, dark and fabulous, darling. The downfall of course is the flakiness I ended up getting hours after application. And by hours I mean, only a good 4-5 hours of wear. This isn’t the kind of mascara you can rock through out the night. Nope, she just won’t last on you. And it’s sad because it really is a great mascara. Like I mentioned, it’s a common issue with natural mascaras. But regardless, I love the effect that this mascara gave me. It’s definitely a mascara I’d hold on to for short term dramatic wear.


Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats


Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! Especially if you’re a Josie Maran fan who doesn’t need a mascara to last hours at a time.


Where are my JM guys and girls at? Have you tried this mascara? Am I the only one that notices that natural mascaras don’t last as long throughout the day?