What’s in my handbag?

Today’s post is a fun little diversion from the review blog posts I usually do. I’m going to tell you all about what I managed to fit in my tiny little shoulder bag that I used while out and about on vacation recently! Also, if you stick around, you’ll read about my trips to Chicago and Cedar Point, and the tv shows I’m currently obsessing over.

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I have my own domain name!

So, I have some news…

You guys!!! I have my own domain name!

This blog is now officially



I am so happy to finally come around to having my own domain! The name used to be thegirllovesmakeup.wordpress.com, ICYMI. Any link under that URL will now be redirected to here, so it’s the same blog, just the name has changed.

I want to take a minute and thank everyone and anyone who follows my Instagram and reads my blog, anyone who has ever written to/told me they like my blog, my posts, anyone who has told me to keep it all up; thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me. 💕


Yes, I am obsessed with Real Housewives GIFs lately. They have a reaction for everything! 

DIY Beauty: Sweet Scented Cocoa & Vanilla Dry Shampoo 

My Experience

I love this dry shampoo. It smells wonderful, and it actually does make my hair look voluminous and fresh. The best part is, most of the ingredients can be found in one’s pantry.

The author of the book mentioned using a sugar shaker, and I use a pepper one instead which kind of dispenses less product than I would like to work with. Hence, a sugar shaker really is best.


Click here to check out the book!


In Other News

So remember how I was freaking out over my beloved Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 being discontinued?

I emailed the company and they said the product IS NOT BEING DISCONTINUED ☺️☺️☺️ They are just phasing out a few shades, that’s all. PHEW!!! 😅😅😅

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I am so happy about this! 🙂🙃🙂🙃🙂🙃

That foundation is one of the best I have come across, and you can find it mentioned in my review here. Thank God they’re keeping it in production; I hope my shade Creamy Vanilla stays around.

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Also I just started watching Downton Abbey (I know, I’m way late), and Violet Crawley is my spirit animal.


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Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss – Review & Swatches

The Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss is a plumping lip gloss available in 4 shades. The website says:

What it is:
A high-shine gloss that makes lips look fuller and plumper upon application.

What does:
Enriched with sunflower seed oil, ginger root oil, and peppermint oil, this high-shine lip gloss hydrates and plumps lips upon application.

You get 5 ml for $12

Does it really work?

YES!!! Now, listen. I hate lip glosses. And I have never really used a plumper because I always believed they were useless. But this baby was for $12 and had great reviews on Sephora.com so I thought, why not? 

The reviews said shade 01 made everyone’s lips darker so I decided to go with 02 instead, which is supposed to be a nude shade.

The shade itself is kind of a milky nude and on my lips it looks very sheer, but can still be pulled off with a natural or smokey look.

The gloss itself feels a bit cool when applied, not painfully tingly at all, and nothing uncomfortable. It takes a while to work, around 10 – 20 minutes to fully show its effects, and trust me, it makes my thin lips look significantly bigger. I normally do a bit of a duck face in pictures, but with this, it is unnecessary. 🦆 

This gloss can be kept on, but I usually wipe it off after a while, and my lips stay soft and smooth and plump. I believe pillowy is the word I’m looking for. 

The best part about this is that it makes my liquid lipsticks glide over my lips with such ease. They do not flake, they don’t dry up my lips, and my lip lines don’t show nearly as much with the Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Lip Gloss used underneath as a base.

My lipsticks also stay on longer if I use this prior to application. Even with meals, they rarely come off! Even more, this effect lasts from application of the lip gloss to the end of the day!

I really wanted to try taking a before and after picture of my lips but my shots were really crappy. Follow me on my Instagram where I might just be able to post a clear shot which shows the difference with and without this product.

The packaging is beautiful and it looks and feels like a $20 product instead of a $12 one.

I don’t like…

…the fact that it is a bit sticky. This is why I don’t keep it on for long, but luckily it has worked its lasting magic before I wipe it off after around 20 minutes.

There’s a bit of a smell but it doesn’t bother me, really. It is almost minty/pepperminty. (?!)


I use the applicator to swipe it on, wait about 20 minutes, and wipe it off with a tissue. If you like glosses you can def keep it on.

Do I recommend this?

YES! If it can work for my lips, it can work for yours! I will get shade 01 next as 02 is a bit too light for me.




In Other News

I AM STILL LOW-KEY FREAKING OUT OVER MY BELOVED Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup BEING DISCONTINUED!!! 😭😭😭😩😩😩😢😢😢



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Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint – Review & Swatches

My friends. I have a new love. It is the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint!!!

This baby is available in 5 shades on Sephora, where it is described as:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A whipped water-gel makeup and skincare hybrid with broad-spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This skincare and makeup hybrid combines the sensorial texture and all-day hydration of skincare with the buildable coverage of makeup. It’s infused with a rare Asian fruit extract, whu zu yu, to provide a healthy-looking, shine-free glow.

Research results:
In clinical tests:
– 93% of women showed an instant increase in moisture

You get 30 ml of product for $39.

The shades

The shades for this are totally bizarre. They are 3.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, and 9.5. I got 5.5 Beige for my light-medium skin tone. The shade suits my NC20/C2 skin tone quite well, but oxidizes on me a bit which makes me think I should have gotten 3.5 instead. Oh well. Next time. Coupled with a highlighting concealer, this shade is quite suitable. Plus, most foundations oxidize on my skin, so.

The yay

  • Now listen. Your girl is all about full coverage and flawlessness and all. And this is a skin tint which means it is supposed to be lightweight, which it is. Despite being lightweight, this tint has beautiful medium coverage! It sinks like a veil into the skin and covers a lot of minor blemishes while still making the skin look naturally glowy and healthy.
  • It has a lovely silk-like texture, and application is smooth and creamy and dreamy.
  • It does not accentuate dry areas and is actually very moisturizing on my dry/sensitive skin.
  • It is perfect for days when you want to let your skin breathe but still look polished.
  • 30 ml for $39 is a bit pricey but not bad, as the product really does perform well for something that is supposed to be lightweight.
  • SPF 20

The meh

  • Packaging is really crappy. Like it is housed in a cheap little plastic jar and when you open it, most of the product sticks to the inner lid (that thing between the lid and the jar that most beauty products in a jar have).
  • Shade range is bizarre and limited.
  • This product may not do well on oily complexions.


I use a Morphe M439 (BEST FOUNDATION BRUSH EVER) to buff this into the skin using light, round motions.

Ignore the red splotch on my arm; I burned myself frying some food. 

Do I recommend this?

For breathable, medium coverage that looks dewy and healthy, yes. I do.



In Other News




I really hope they don’t go through with this. *sob* 😢😢😢😢


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Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan Highlighter – Review & Swatches


Allow me to introduce you to one of the three current loves of my life (more on the other two in upcoming posts):

Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan Highlighter in the shade Glimmers Of BS.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A highlighting powder with ultra-reflective shine.

What it does:
Capture the light with Shimmering Swan Highlighter, a unique, velvety smooth highlighter. Infused with light-reflecting and pearlescent pigments, this radiant powder will leave your skin looking bright and lustrous.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

You get 5.7 g of product for $32.

Can I just say, I am obsessed with this highlighter. The texture, the shade, the packaging, everything is swoon-worthy.

The shade

This shade is a very unique pink-beige, in my opinion. My pictures below have all been taken in daylight at varying times. When it is hot outside, you can see it is a warm, almost nude beige that literally becomes one with my skin upon application. When the lighting is dim, or it is cool outside, the highlighter becomes a pearly pinkish beige sheen which can be strobed, or a light glow, with honestly zero visible shimmer.

The yay

  • DAT GLOW. You guys. This is just glow. That’s all it is. It is so finely milled, that there is no visible shimmer in this. Don’t believe me? Check my swatches below.
  • Soft as buttah. This is supposed to be a powder, but it is more like a pillow of glow (side note: need to bring out my own highlight called Pillow Of Glow™©®). This highlighter is incredibly soft and smooth to the touch. And best of all, despite how finely-milled and smooth it is, it does not have a lot of fallout from the pan, or when applied.
  • Lit-from-within, or strobed for days: it is your choice. This is so versatile and easy to work with. A small amount is enough for a visibly intense highlight, so you really need to pick which brush and amount of product you want to work with.
  • IT LASTS. Let me tell you, you need to be quick with blending. I like to sweep it on, then pat it into my skin with my Sigma High Cheekbone Highlighter brush (best brush everrrr) quickly, because this is a powder that sets and does not budge. I felt my glow fade along the 8 hour mark, but there had been no fall-out or stray shimmer on my face.
  • Great for light, light-medium, olive, and tan skin tones.
  • Packaging is lovely. Best out of all the highlighters I own. (And I own a lot of highlighters.)

The meh

  • I think it may look a little ashy on deeper skinned beauties. Try it for yourself at a Sephora counter, though.
  • I think it is a bit expensive. For 5.7 g, it should be priced at like $28 or $30 max, not $32.


Like I said, I like to sweep it on, then pat it into my skin with my Sigma High Cheekbone Highlighter brush with quick motions because this sets quickly and glows into tomorrow. I prefer the High Cheekbone Highlighter brush for a strobed glow, and the Sigma fan brush for a light one. Side note: I ❤️ Sigma brushes. Gonna do a post on that, hopefully soon.

The swatch pictures below have all been taken in daylight at various times.

Sigma Brushes, Pretty Vulgar Highlighter

Do I recommend this?

YES. Am I repurchasing it? I plan to. It has quickly become a favorite for the amazing formula, the shade, and the packaging. I would give this a 5/5.



In Other News

I twisted my ankle. 😦

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Zoeva Cosmetics Strobe Gels in Halo and Corona – Review & Swatches


I want to come right out and say it: I LOVE ZOEVA COSMETICS. Fantastic quality, beautifully packaged products, and affordable prices. What’s not to love?!

Their strobe gels in the shades Halo and Corona are two of the most beautiful highlighters I have ever tried. And I’ve tried a lot of highlighters.

The shades

Halo is a beautiful pearl which shifts cool or warm depending on the light, and looks positively ethereal on my NC20 skin.

Corona is a golden peach which makes me look like I’ve been sunning myself on the shores of Bora Bora since the past two weeks.

The yay

  • Where do I begin??? These highlighters look like they were spun out of actual, real fairy dust. There is no shimmer, there is just GLOW. Pure glow. Pure, unadulterated, dewy radiance.
  • The formula is a beautiful gel formula which, if you touch and leave a dent in it, literally falls back into place as if it had never been touched to begin with. It is one of the most unique formulas I have come across, and I adore it.
  • These do not budge once applied. They have lasted on me for 5 hours without fading before I had to take my makeup off for the day.
  • The application is smooth, and they don’t dry too quickly, so they are easy to work with; however you must be deft with application.
  • Another thing I love about them is that they look beautiful and smooth and poreless atop foundation OR powder, as the formula is such that it settles down to a creme-powder finish.
  • You can layer these for full on strobed glow or dab a little bit on to your high points to look like you are Tinkerbelle from Pixie Hollow herself.
  • There is a darker shade than these two, called Aureole, so there is something for all skin tones.
  • The packaging is beautifully and heavy and luxurious, and it looks like a $60 product instead of $15.80 one.
  • You get a generous 15 ml for $15.80. I feel like the people at Zoeva know my heart. ❤️ 

The meh

  • I feel so bad even thinking up a “meh”, as this product is SO good, but the packaging is quite shiny and glossy that it is bound to attract dirt.
  • I dip my finger into the pot to apply the product which is a hygiene no-no. You can use a brush though. A round concealer buffer brush would be great with this.
  • Only available online, and there is a $9 shipping fee. It is a flat rate.


I use my fingers or a round concealer buffer to apply this onto my cheekbones, and then I flutter and glide and dance through the rest of my day. (Click on the images below, then right click “Open Image In New Tab” to zoom.)

Do I recommend this?


*takes a minute to compose herself* 

This is a brilliant product and I suggest looking up other Zoeva products so you can place a bulk order to justify the flat rate shipping fee. I want to get their rose gold brush set next!



In Other News…

I have the Zoeva Cosmetics Plaisir Box too, and I can’t wait to review it for you guys! Just so you know, I ❤️ this too! Here’s a sneak peak:


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DIY Beauty: Silky Avocado Eye Cream via Hello Glow!

Disclaimer: This recipe is not mine. It is taken from the book Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber. Here is the link to the Hello Glow blog. 

The Story

Lately I have developed an unhealthy obsession with eye cream, and my favourite one is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which I reviewed HERE..

So when I came across a recipe in the book Hello Glow where an eye cream was created using the main natural ingredients in the Kiehl’s version, I knew I had to try it.

The Eye Cream 👀


1 tablespoon shea butter

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil


30 ml lidded glass jar

Small saucepan

Measuring spoons


  1. Boil 2 inches of water in a small saucepan and reduce the heat, to create a water bath. Place the shea butter into the glass jar, and put this glass jar in your water bath.
  2. Wait for the shea butter to melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the shea butter melts, remove the jar from the water bath and let it cool for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the vitamin E and avocado oils, and stir to mix. Continue stirring as the mixture cools to create a smooth, creamy texture.
  5. Let the mixture cool (I placed it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours), screw on the lid. To use, dab a little around the eyes; do not tug at the skin.

This cream is to be used daily, it is for all skin types, and should be used within 6 months.


My Experience

This cream is quite luxuriant and emollient, so I try to use it at night only, before bed time. I wake up in the morning with firmer, plumper skin around my eyes. The ingredients in this are amazing for keeping the delicate skin around the eyes fresh and youthful-looking.

Sometimes I like to apply this on a bare face for about half an hour or so and then rinse it off for a quick treatment. I also like to apply it on a bare face in the shower. I like to think the steam mixes with the cream and it is magically absorbed into my skin for increased fabulousness.

I also like to use it around my lips for the same benefits it gives the skin around my eyes.

A little goes a long way with this!

I recommend using a 30 ml glass jar for this as the recipe states. I used three 10 ml ones, and that was a slight pain. (But OMG they looked so cute!) Everything you need for this recipe can be found on Amazon.

I like to keep my jars in the fridge, as shea butter melts quickly with the heat of the body, so it is easy to keep the cream in the fridge without fear of it becoming frozen.

Note: This does smell very much like shea butter and that may not be to some people’s liking.

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Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter – Review & Swatches

Benefit Cosmetics’ new Dandelion Twinkle powder highlight is described by Sephora as:

What it is:
A nude-pink, powder highlighter.

What it does:
Get your glow on with Dandelion Twinkle—Benefit’s long-lasting, highlighting and luminizing powder in a perfect, nude-pink shade. It’s formulated with baked technology to impart a sheer, ultra-lightweight texture and delicate radiance—ideal for highlighting and brightening for a luminous girly glow. It features a signature, dandy daydream fragrance with notes of delicate blossom, and the powder comes with a soft-bristle brush.

What else you need to know:
Dandelion Twinkle’s baked technology creates a superfine, whisper-light radiance. A little goes a long way, providing you with the same number of uses as your other Benefit Cosmetics’ Box O’ Powders.

Beauty tip:
Layer watt’s up! under Dandelion Twinkle to boost your glow.

The site describes it as a nude pink powder highlighter and I completely agree.

The yay

  • The shade is beautiful. It really is a gorgeous glow, almost devoid of any color, hence nude-pink would be the closest description.
  • This highlight is more pure radiance than it is an actual shade, so I think it could suit all skin tones. However, on the deepest of skin tones it may look ashy, so try it before you buy it!
  • It lasted about 5 hours on me before fading slightly.
  • Cute packaging, and it has a mirror and brush included.
  • The brush it comes with is actually useful, though I still use my Sigma cheekbone highlighter brush.
  • The description says it has a fragrance but I could not smell any.

The meh

  • THE PRICE TO QUANTITY RATIO IS SO OFF, LIKE WHAT THE TRUCK, BENEFIT?!?! WHY YOU TRYNA PLAY US ALL?! Listen to me. You get three grams of product for twenty nine dollars. Yes. You read that right. On average most companies give around 5 – 6 g of product as far as highlighters go, for around that price. The price of Dandelion Twinkle means you pay almost $10 per gram of product. Take Colourpop’s pressed shadows for instance. Here, you pay $5 for 1.5 g of product. (Granted, Colourpop is not as expensive as Benefit on average but) basically, Benefit is either trying to rob us or their marketing staff may have genuinely overlooked the amount when pricing this product. At this rate, you are better off buying a highlighter from a more high-end company because you will probably at least get some value for your money. (I know you may be wondering “Then why did you buy it?!”, and I will answer that in a while.)
  • It is not a strong highlight, it is more of a built up glow. Like you really have to go over it a couple of times to get a nice radiance on your cheekbones. It is not for people who like a strobed look.
  • It is quite powdery and almost rough to the touch but this does not translate similarly on the face.
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Do I recommend this?

Listen. I went to Ulta to return some things. So I got money back with that. And I was like, ‘I’d already spent that money, so I might as well use it to get something nice.’ So I swatched the shade, which really is beautiful, and I ended up getting this at a very low price (one that actually justifies buying it, SMH). Before that I had decided that I was not going to get it, BECAUSE THREE GRAMS.

I am all about being fair, and I don’t think the pricing here is fair. But this is a lovely glow, not one that I have come across with any other highlighter I own. If that is the case with you, I suggest going to your local Ulta or Sephora and trying it before buying it. If you don’t care about the price-quantity ratio and live for a naturally radiant glow, go for it.


Ulta or Sephora.


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NuMe Classic Curling Wand Review 

I got the NuMe Classic Curling Wand at an Ulta sale a while back.


From Ulta:


NuMe’s exclusive curling wand that forms beautiful, romantic waves in half the time of other styling tools, with an added luxury, a gemstone tourmaline-infused ceramic coated barrel. Tourmaline and ceramic heat hair quickly and evenly, resulting in zero damage and a healthy shine. Negative ions are disbursed through the barrel, conditioning hair from the inside-out and creating manageability necessary for precision styling.

The tourmaline-infused ceramic coated barrel releases negative ions that work to create a healthy and luminous shine. Infrared heat technology heats hair from the inside-out for quick styling and zero damage. This classic wand reaches a perfect styling temperature of 410F in only a few seconds, making styling simple for any hair type. Heat-resistant glove included.

This is a curling wand, not iron, so it does not have that little clip attached which grips the hair in place as it curls. Instead you twist your hair around it, and hold it in place for about 30 seconds or more depending on the tightness and longevity of curl you want.

Look at me, explaining a curling wand to people like no one knows what it is. 

The Yay

  • I love the curls this gives. You can do tighter (but big) ones, or more voluminous curls with this.
  • Instant volume on even the smallest, straightest of strands. (I straightened the sh!t out of my hair before I tried it.)
  • I like the grip of this. My hair does not slide off it.
  • OMG even without hairspray my curls lasted for 2 days before I washed my hair!!
  • With hairspray and hair products you can get glossy, voluminous curls that last for days.
  • This comes in 3 colors.
  • The design is such that you can prop this up on a table with no fear of the wand touching the surface underneath.
  • It is relatively inexpensive compared to some other models, plus NuMe is often on sale at Ulta.
  • It comes in a handy barrel, with a glove.

The Meh

  • I’ve burned my hand with this a couple of times. I wish there was a piece of plastic before the barrel which you could hold to adjust the wand. (I should wear the glove, me thinks…)
  • There is no temperature control, just an on-off button.

In action

In the pictures below, I used no hair products to show you how the wand performs on its own. This is a quick job so I could get on with the rest of my day, but you can see how beautifully it curls and the versatility of the curls you can achieve with this. (I would advise that you always use a heat protectant before using heat styling tools.)

I have a lot of hair, which is starting to inch way below my waist, and it took me around 15 minutes to get it curled so quickly.

My husband also really likes the way my hair looks when I use this wand. 😏

Do I recommend this wand?

Yes I do. I quite like it, for my first curling wand. It gets the job done well, and in little time.




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