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Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Review and Swatch

Makeup, Product Reviews, Beauty Product ReviewsAnnisa DavilaComment
 Nars Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm, Photography by Jeff Delacruz for Kitsune Beauty 

Nars Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm, Photography by Jeff Delacruz for Kitsune Beauty 

Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm 

If you're as big a NARS fan as I am than you have probably been patiently awaiting the release of the Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm for months. They teased the new product back in early March along with some other special edition products from the cult favorite Orgasm range.  All the products looked super intriguing but being the lipstick addict that I am I couldn't resist the Afterglow balm. I picked it up the day it was released for $28 (US) AT Sephora. 

Now that its in my collection my honest opinion is that I should have probably saved my coins for the upcoming release of the Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer because The Afterglow balm is pretty much nothing. Before I go on about what I didn't like let me quickly cover what I did. First off the packaging is super luxe and gorgeous. I mean the rose gold tube is half of the reason I bought it, what can I say I'm a sucker for packaging. The only other thing I liked about the product was that when on the lips the formula felt very nice and buttery.

Now on to why I think I should have skipped this product. As you will see in the swatch below this product has an extremely sheer payoff. Even after 5/6 coats the color did not build significantly. My lips are naturally berry pigmented so this product had close to no color payoff while on the lips. However I can say that my lips did look quite pouty and hydrated on. 

While my lips looked hydrated they didn't actually feel very hydrated. Like I said before the texture feels very lovely but it doesn't feel like it helping treat my lips in anyway. In fact once it wears off I find my lips to be a bit flaky. With that said I my lips are typically pretty dry so if your lips are normal this might be a great lip balm for you. A super sheer very expensive lip balm.

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Orgasm Afterglow lip balm swatch

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm : Rating 2/5 


  • Gorgeous Packaging
  • Light texture, not sticky 


  • Sheer Coverage 
  • No build up 
  • Very Expensive
  • Not very hydrating 

An Intro To Japanese Drugstore Mascara

Asian Beauty, Makeup, Product ReviewsAnnisa DavilaComment
 R to L: d.j.v Fiber Wig Mascara, d.j.v Little Sniper, KOJI Dolly Wink Long Mascara, ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

R to L: d.j.v Fiber Wig Mascara, d.j.v Little Sniper, KOJI Dolly Wink Long Mascara, ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

An Intro To Japanese 'Film-Type' Mascara

For years before I even had a proper beauty routine I always I lived by only one rule, Never leave the house without mascara. Even on days that I couldn't be bothered with wearing any other makeup. Just a few stroked on the lashes and I instantly felt more empowered to take on the day. Now that my beauty routine has diversified I still make up sure my lashes are fully coated before I step outside. I like for my lashes to be full and long but never clumpy. To achieve this look I typically go for a volume mascara.  I have tried several over the years but I tend to always go back to the Voluminous line by L'oreal. 

While a part of  me will probably always stay devoted to L'oreal I decided  it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and try something new. After hearing amazing things about the drugstore mascaras from Japan I thought I'd see how they stack up against there U.S counterparts. 



 DollyWink Long Mascara 

DollyWink Long Mascara 


DollyWink Long Mascara


  • Long Lashes
  • Removes with Hot Water
  • Doesn't Smudge
  • Long Wearing 


  • Clumpy 
  • Terrible Brush 

The Dolly Wink Long mascara has a lot of good qualities. Its gives you long but natural looking lashes. If you are someone with greasy lids or water eyes you don't have to worry about this mascara running or smudging. This stuff stays put all day!    

The problem I have with this mascara is the brush applicator. Its a very thin spooly that when used alone applies a clumpy wet coat. When using this mascara I very lightly coat my lashes with a few strokes then go over my lashes again with a fuller spooly to separate and remove clumps. 

While I'm not a fan of the brush I do love the formula and the results. This is one of two mascara on the list that I would consider repurchasing. However I think next time I will go for the 'Volume' variation. 

Rating 4/5


 D.J.V FiberWig

D.J.V FiberWig

D.J.V FiberWig 


  • Long lashes 


  • Flaky 
  • Stracthes eyeballs 
  • Smudges 
  • Hard to fully remove 

This Mascara was the biggest disappointment of the batch. I had heard about this FiberWig mascara a few years ago when they were making there American Launch. They claim that this is Japanese top selling mascara and that a tube is sold every 20 seconds.  After using this Mascara everyday for a week I honestly have no idea how that can be possible. 

I don't know if I maybe got a bad batch or something but I found this formula to be quite dry and flaky. The tiny fiber particles kept falling into my eyeballs throughout the day making them itch like crazy. Even though this product kept falling into my eyes all day ironically I also found this stuff was close to impossible to remove! I tried hot water and many different types of eye makeup removers but it wouldn't budge. 

Overall I hated this stuff and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I gave it a rating of 2 because I liked the brush and it does give you long lashes. 

Rating 2/5


 D.J.V Tiny Sniper

D.J.V Tiny Sniper

D.J.V Tiny Sniper 


  • Small Brush 


  • Smudges 
  • Itchy 

The Tiny Sniper seems like the perfect addition to anyones mascara arsenal. Its small brush is the perfect size to get into those hard to reach areas like the lower lash line or the corners of the eye.  As someone who usually just avoids those areas all together in fear of smearing, I thought picking this mascara up would solve that problem. However its cons are very similar to its partner the Fiberwig mascara. I found that the fibers were getting caught in my eyeball throughout the day an itched like hell. I also noticed that after a few hours the product smudged a gave me raccoon eyes. 

Rating 3/5


 ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

ISEHAN Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara 


  • Long Lashes 
  • No Smudging 
  • No flaking 
  • Removes with Cleansing Oil 


  • Brush 


The Heroine Make mascara is another super popular product in Japan and I would say its for good reason. This stuff lived up to all the hype, it made my lashes look super long without looking clumpy or piece-y. The product didn't smudge underneath my eyes or flake into them which was a lovely treat after the dreaded fiberwig. I also found that while it was a bit hard to remove it wasn't nearly as difficult as other fiber mascaras. I would recommend removing this with a cleansing oil or balm. 

The only thing I didn't like about this mascara was the wand. If it wasn't obvious by now a fluffy or full wand is important to me. It might in someways be more important to me than formula. The brush of the Heroine Make is fluffy at the base but then gets skinnier at the end to form a point. I found that excess product would just gather at the point and would make my lashes clumpy if I didn't remember to clean the off the excess with a napkin before using. 

Aside from the wand concerns which is a total personal preference I think this is a great mascara. I think next time I might go with the Long variation next time. 

Rating 4/5


If You're Over Matte Lips, Try Juicy Lips

Asian Beauty, Makeup, Product ReviewsAnnisa DavilaComment
Missha Glam Fever, Hollika Hollika Volip tint,Secret key tint glow

Missha Glam Fever Oil Tint - Rating 4/5

This was the first oil tint I ever used so I tried to keep my expectations to a minimum.  However, after testing these out at home when they first arrived I knew they would become a summer staple for me.  

First up lets talk texture, the oil tint glides on the lips easily leaving behind a shiny wash of color.  As someone with dry lips I found the formula to be extremely hydrating and light.  I've also found that after the tint wears off, my lips are left soft, smooth and flake free.

Second is color, As you can tell from the photos above the color pay off it not exactly bold.  It's really just a slight tint that adds a major shine. I find it to be the perfect amount of color for daytime wear. 

The reason these babies don't get a perfect rating is because unfortunately I find they don't last on the lips very long. You have a solid 20 minutes before you will need to reapply. Another issue I have is that when both shades dry up they leave behind a bright pink stain. However, this is a typical problem I come across with most Asian Beauty tint/stain.



Hollika Hollika Enamel Volip Tint - Rating 4/5

After falling in love with the Missha Glam Fever I decided I needed more oil tints in my life. For some reason when I came across the Hollika Holikka Enamel Volip Tint I was under the impression that they were also oil tints.  I can't remember why exactly I came to that assumption, but after using both its safe to say this is not an oil tint.  

The texture is a bit more sticky and thicker then Missha but definitely not as heavy as a traditional gloss. Hollika Hollika is calling it a 'melting gel formula'. Not as weightless or moisturizing as the Missha but it has an overall nice consistency on the lips.  

As you can see in the photos above these tints are incredibly pigmented. If you are looking for bright, shiny, juicy lips this is the tint you want. You have the ability to go for a gradient look or work your way up to a bold more opaque shade. In the photos above I have built the color up with two coats. Also please note that Citrine Pitch reads more orange in person. Both shades also stain the lips bright pink after the shine fades.



Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow - Rating 4/5

I purchased these in the hopes of finding a dupe for the Dior Addicts Glow tint.  While the packaging is an obvious copy thats where the comparisons of the two end. The texture of the Sweet Glam is thicker and the color pay off is more opaque than the Dior. 

Initially I was disappointed in the creamy texture and quickly tossed them aside.  However, after a few weeks of ignoring them, I tried them out again and started to see them in a new light.  

Of the three brands compared today, these are the only tints that leave a stain true to their color (Mishha and Hollika Hollika stain bright pink). The Chic Burgundy shade looks especially gorgeous after the satin shine wears off. It leaves a berry stain that looks natural and is long lasting.  

While I do have a new found respect for them these tints are not as fool proof as the others. You must make sure your lips are in great shape before applying. Use a scrub and add a thin layer of balm because these formula will certainly enhance any dry or rough patches on your lips. 



I like them all for different reason. One of them has amazing pigmentation one of them is long lasting but which would I choose if I could only have one? I would go with the one that feels best on the lipS which would have to be the Missha Glam Fever Oil Tints. I just love the amazing oil tint texture. I can easily apply these to even the most dry and chapped of lips and they will hydrate them while adding shine and slight color. Perfect for low  maintenance everyday use. 

Are any of you lip tint fans? Leave a comment below with your favorite brands and shades!

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My Experience with the Honest Beauty bundle subscription

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When it comes to purchasing new beauty products, I'm a complete sucker for chic packaging. It's one of my greatest flaws. I can't help myself. I must collect cute things! My lack of self-control is how I ended up with so many products from Glossier. Yeah, sure, the products never produced great results for my skin, but the adorable powder pink and white packaging displayed in my bathroom made the money spent well worth it. So, it probably goes without saying that I knew I wanted to try Honest Beauty at first glance. The sophisticated minimalist packaging seemed to be calling to me.

I was also intrigued because while promoting the new brand, Jessica Alba mentioned that part of her reason for creating the line of cosmetics was because she found it hard to find makeup that matched her skin tone. It's a problem that has plagued me for years, so I appreciated the fact that Honest Beauty made it a point to celebrate diversity by offering a wide shade range.  

The average price of one product is around $25, but you can also choose to make it a bundle and save up to 50% off the retail price. If you choose to go the bundle route, you get three products of your choice sent to your door for $50. Never being able to resist a good deal, I decided to go with the bundle and picked the products I wanted. 

Please note that if you choose to purchase the bundle, you are also agreeing to opt into their subscription service. The bundle subscription will ship automatically every four weeks with three items of your choice. However, you do have the ability to change the ship dates easily on the Honest Beauty App. You can also easily cancel your bundle subscription with a quick phone call if you decide.   

The entire collection consists of 83 pieces ranging from skincare products to makeup. With so many different items to choose from, I was certain that I would keep the bundle subscription for a while. However, after receiving my first bundle, I quickly began to wish I had paid closer attention to the organic and cruelty-free claims. 

The fact that this collection is considered "all-natural" or "green," quite frankly, went in one ear and out the other. But, please, if you only take one thing away from this chat, let it be that those phrases do actually mean something. While this line is great for people who are specifically looking for a green approach to beauty, overall, I found the texture and consistency of these "natural" products to be very different from mainstream products. 

Keep reading for insights on individual products. 


Honest Beauty Everything Primer Review

The Everything Primer, in my opinion, is the shining star of the collection. This primer is packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera to keep skin plump and hydrated. I have used this product as a base for my foundation but have found that I prefer to use this product alone, on my good skin days. The Mica in this primer adds a subtle, luminous glow. 

I only have two gripes with this primer. The first is that it has a strange smell, but it dissipates over time. The other problem I have is that it comes in such a small tube. While I do like this product, I'm still on the fence about re-buying. 



Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer .jpg

I picked this product because I was looking for a summer alternative to foundation. Hoping to find something with sheer coverage and solid SPF, I thought choosing this item was a no-brainer. After using the Everything Tinted Moisturizer for a few weeks, all I can say is that this stuff is THICK. The consistency of this tinted moisturizer is very dense and is best applied with your fingers. The coverage is medium-to-full. Depending on what your needs are this might be a good thing, but since I was looking for something more sheer and build-able I was not pleased. This stuff just felt like a mask on the face. 



Honest Beauty Truly kissable lip crayon
 Truly Kissable Crayon, Coral Kiss

Truly Kissable Crayon, Coral Kiss

Being a lipstick addict, this was the item that I was most excited to try. I chose the color Coral Kiss because it looked like the perfect color for everyday summer wear. This product, however, was a letdown for the same reason as the tinted moisturizer. The thick consistency of the crayon did not sit well on my lips. However, I will say that the crayon had a great color payoff and was not sheer at all. 


Before I go I should say that even though I did not love the products I received from Honest Beauty I hope it does not stop you from trying them out. Everyone is looking for different things in there beauty purchases and just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean someone else won't love it. Have you tried Honest Beauty? Comment below with your favorite or least favorite products. 

Review: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

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When I first heard about cleansing balms, I immediately knew I had to try one. Not because I necessarily needed a new cleanser, but because I'm a sucker for new and unusual skin care products. Seriously, the more foreign the product sounds, the more I want it. In the wee hours of the night, I've convinced myself that I needed a Korean essence, packed with bee venom and snail secretions. I had never even used an essence before, but I had to have it! I've also spent countless hours in search of peel away lip stains (Ouch!) and Derma Rollers (Double ouch!). While my lack of self-control for all things obtuse has sometimes been in vain, I have also found some amazing Holy Grail products like Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

Just like the rest of you ladies, after a long day at work and especially after a night out, I'm tempted to just hop into bed without taking off my makeup. A few years ago when cleansing wipes were all the rage, they seemed like an easy and fast option to clean skin. Maybe I just never found the right brand or variation, but the cleansing wipes always required a lot of work on my part while delivering mediocre results. I always needed multiple wipes to remove all of my makeup and even still, I knew there was stuff left behind. (Let's not forget about the trauma of removing eye makeup.) So, when more and more brands started to release cleansing balms, I decided to do my research and see what all the fuss was about. After a few long nights of intensive research (insomnia is real), I decided to pull the trigger and purchase the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Coming in at $29, I thought it was a reasonable price from a trustworthy brand.



When it first arrived, I will admit I wasn't completely sure how to use it. The product comes in a plastic jar with a metal twist-on lid. The product itself is completely solid until it comes into contact with body heat. The first night, I tried to swirl a cotton ball around to pick up some product, but it wasn’t a great result. I was hesitant to put my fingers straight into the jar for hygienic reasons, and because I wanted to spare myself the probable mess.

After a bit more review-trolling, I finally came across the best piece of advice on how to apply it: use a knife (or spoon) to scoop out the desired amount of product. If you’re a complete germaphobe like myself, you can use a new, disposable knife every night.

Once you get the product out, you have to begin warming it up by rubbing your hands together. The heat from your hands turns the balm into a rich oil. I usually spend 30 seconds or so massaging it into my dry skin in a circular motion. I even rub it gently around my eye area. After 30 seconds, I take a clean washcloth, wet it under the faucet, and then begin to wipe my face in sections. When the balm comes into contact with water, it emulsifies and turns into a milky white substance that dissolving along with every last bit of your makeup.  


The cleansing balm is extremely gentle on the skin. It’s a true godsend for me in the winter because it never leaves my skin dry or tight. Even stubborn eye makeup comes off without a struggle or sting. For that reason alone, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm will always have a place on my skincare shelf. Yes, there are a few more steps than using a cleansing wipe; but in the long run, the cleansing balm removes makeup more thoroughly and with such ease, you’ll never want to use anything else to remove your makeup again!

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Verdict:


  • Dissolves all makeup including eyeliner and mascara
  • No fragrances
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Good for sensitive skin


  • Unhygienic jar

Rating: 5/5

This cleansing balm gets a perfect rating because of its amazing ability to dissolve makeup—including stubborn eye makeup—with ease. It’s gentle enough to use year ‘round. Do you have any experience with cleansing balms? Leave me a comment with your favorites! 

How to grow stronger fuller lashes in 4 weeks with RapidLash Eyelash and Eyebrow Growth Serum!

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The Incident

Last year, I had a traumatic experience involving an eyelash curler—and before you click out and stop reading—I promise to spare you all the horrid details. Instead, I will just tell you about the devastating aftermath and the frenzy I was in to try to repair and minimize the damage. My first thoughts quickly traveled to those Claire Danes’ Latisse commercials I had seen for so many years. So, I began my research with how to get my hands on a bottle. After learning almost immediately that you had to have a prescription for Latisse, and that one bottle would set me back at least a hundo, I decided to set my lashes on a product more attainable.

Eyelashes prior to the "Curling Fiasco of 2015" had never been a problem for me before. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a huge market dedicated to eyelash and eyebrow growth that I had never been exposed to. I found trusted reviews on a number of products ranging from $8 to over $100. I didn't want to be a complete cheapskate when choosing a product, but I also had to be realistic and not get myself into trouble by starting an expensive habit I would never be able to keep up. The obvious choice quickly became RapidLash at $28 a tube. I knew I wouldn't be completely heartbroken if it didn't produce the results I was looking for, but I also knew that if it did work I had the means to repurchase easily. You can find RapidLash at CVS or Walgreens, but I have always had luck purchasing mine safely on Amazon where I can find it for a few bucks cheaper.

The Results

As soon as my first bottle of RapidLash arrived I quickly incorporated it into my nightly skincare ritual making sure that I was diligent about applying it every night. The serum itself has a very thin, water-like consistency that you apply to the top lashes the way you would eyeliner. I never tried it, but you can also use this on your lower lash line as well as your eyebrows.

After a few weeks of consistent use, I finally had the answer to the question that has brought you to this blog post, which is: Yes! RapidLash eyelash and eyebrow enhancing serum really does work. I can't say that it has made my lashes any longer. However, after four weeks of use, I began to see lashes transform from long and sparse into a set of strong and full lashes with no signs of damage. Once you get the results you are looking for its easy to just stop using the serum, but be aware that if you do, the lashes RapidLash helped you grow will fall out. That is also the way you can tell that you need a bottle; the liquid won't run out, you will just begin to notice your lashes thinning out. I hope that doesn't come across too dramatic—it won’t hurt or anything, and it won't leave you patchy.    

Since using RapidLash for over a year now, I have gotten compliments on my lashes from friends and complete strangers. I have also had professional makeup artists rave about how lucky I am to have such full and long lashes. I always laugh off the compliments with a “they’re all natural, wink-wink” joke before I spill my secret weapon.

rapidlash review

RapidLash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum Verdict


·       See results in as early as two weeks

·       Easy to apply

·       Doesn't darken eyelids

·       Doesn't interfere with eye creams/serums/moisturizers

·       Tube lasts for several months

·       Easy to find at drugstores or on Amazon

·       Reasonable price


·       If you stop using the product your new lashes will fall out

 Rating: 4/5

RapidLash doesn't get a perfect score because if you stop using this product the lashes grown with it will fall out. It’s not painful or anything, but it would be nice to find a product that could grow permanent lashes. I have, and will continue to recommend this product to friends looking for fuller lashes at a moderate price.

Living Proof (PhD) Night Cap Review | The Overnight Hair Treatment Miracle

Product Reviews, Hair CareAnnisa DavilaComment
Living proof perfect hair day Night Cap


I was born a slave to my hair. Frizzy, fuzzy, unruly were all words that could be used to describe my unkempt mane. As a child, my parents nicknamed me the Lion King. I lost hours of my life dedicated to flat ironing out any texture that I had, making sure every section of my head was completely straight. Of course, if there was ever any humidity in the air then it really was all in vain. My silky indoor locks would quickly turn to frizzy waves at the first signs of moisture in the air. All my hard work undone on the short walk from my apartment to the 'El' stop. A horror that is all too familiar in the spring and summer months where it seems like it rains every day.


That was until I came across the Living Proof Night Cap, which is a part of the Perfect Hair Day (PHD) collection. I half haphazardly received a sample of it with my rewards points from Sephora and after the first use, I knew that this stuff had to be some kind of miracle from the heavens. When it comes to hair care products, I typically keep to a drugstore budget. I’ve probably never spent more $15 on any hair care item before. After using the Night Cap for a week, I was back in Sephora purchasing the full-size bottle. At $28, it was a little steep for me, but with the results I got I would probably pay double for a bottle of this phenomenal goodness. With its multiple uses and immediate results, it has made its way to Holy Grail status in my eyes.


One of the many ways to use the Night Cap is to apply a dime size amount to dry hair before bed and to rinse it out with a shower in the morning. This application also works great if you blow-dry your hair; it keeps your roots frizz-free as you work, and results last for up to three days.
If you don't like to use heat on your hair, you can use the Night Cap as the last phase in a beach wave’s routine. There are hundreds of different ways to air-dry hair but for the purpose of this article, I will share the routine that works best for me.
Step 1) After the shower coat wet hair with a leave-in conditioner focusing on the ends. The one I use is by Amika.

Step 2) Generously spritz hair with a sea salt spray or curl enhancer. I use a combination of two John Frieda products, Dream Curls, and Beach Blonde Sea Waves.

Step 3) Run a comb through your hair to distribute products evenly.

The last step in the beach-y wave’s routine of times past would be to braid my hair and call it a night. While this routine did produce the waves I was looking for, it also made my hair very crunchy and stiff. Now I follow the same process, but I lock it all in with 2-3 pumps of Night Cap from roots to ends and then put in two braids. In the morning, I now wake up to soft-to-the-touch, shiny, frizz-free waves. All I do is add a little texture via powder or spray, and I'm out the door!

Another way to use the Night Cap is to use it on a 2-3 day-old hairstyle that you would like to get a little more life out of. The texture of the cream is very lightweight so your hair will never feel weighed down by the additional product.

 Before I started using the Night Cap, blow-drying my hair was a complete nightmare! The minute the hot air made contact with my hair, the frizz would come on strong. Even getting my hair blown out at a salon would produce the same embarrassing results. The way I knew the product was doing its job was when I went for a haircut after using the Night Cap for a few weeks. When the hairstylist began to rough dry my roots, she mentioned how manageable and frizz-less my hair was without any product in it. Maybe she was just talking aloud, but in my eyes, that was a full-blown compliment.  

Living Proof (PHD) Night Cap Verdict


  • Makes hair more manageable while you sleep
  • Results after one use
  • Great smell
  • Weightless texture
  • Quick absorbency, will not leave residue on sheets
  • Makes hair soft and smooth
  • De-frizzes
  • Works well with other products


  • Price

 Rating 5/5

Overall, I would, and have, recommended this product to everyone I know. Yes, $28 is on the pricey side, but it delivers big time lasting results. The product is not meant for daily use so the 4 oz. bottle will last for several months.