Japanese Beauty Mask Review

I tried out one of the Japanese beauty masks that I bought during our trip to Mitsuwa. Was pretty excited that, not only did I have some time to sit and relax, but I remembered to do a mask while I was at it! I'm currently in love with all things cucumber scented, and this mask smells amazing! It's so cool and refreshing, all I could focus on was the smell. 

Once you open the packaging and unfold the mask, this is what you'll be seeing. Sort of creepy but, hey, unlike clay masks or creamy masks there is no face washing or rinsing involved! Which is the last thing I want to do sometimes.

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder [review]

If one specific make up item deserves an award, it's this product. I'm very excited to even talk about Make Up Forever's High Definition Powder. This powder is meant to be a finishing powder, that is applied on top of your foundation. It's such a very fine powder, it's feels like baby powder, and smells very nice as well. I have combination skin, some days my skin is very oily and shiny then on other days it's very dry and flaky. This powder works with both types of skin and keeps your face looking very fresh and matte all day. 

This smaller 0.17 oz size is sold at Sephora for only $15, I believe. There is also a larger size, more than double of this one, that is about $36. 

I've used this powder after applying BB cream, liquid foundation, on my plain face after moisturizer, or after powder foundation. It works with everything! It also makes your skin look and feel softer because the powder is soo fine, that it literally fills in every pore and evens out your skin tone. 

I highly recommend M.U.F.E.'s HD Microfinish Powder if you find yourself having to blot oily skin a lot, need something to hold your foundation in place, or are looking for a make up that will lessen the look of large pores. The versatility alone makes this product a good thing to keep in your make up bag!

- Happy Make Up Monday!

Sephora Haul - #2

For my birthday this past week, I was gifted with tons of Sephora gift cards, as well as some lovely make up goodies from my friends! So amazing. I was able to get some things I really needed and some things I wanted to try. Sephora also gifted me with a free Benefit birthday gift which I have pictured below.
Here is all of the things I received:

Benefit "They're Real" Mascara & Watt's Up Sheer Champagne Highlighter

I'm really excited about the highlighter because I'm just starting to get into contouring and highlighting. The color looks amazing and I do realize that my makeup looks less flat when I contour and highlight. So hopefully this product will help give my cheeks and face a healthier glow.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argon Oil

I used this argon oil last winter and fell in love with it. I haven't had the chance to buy it since I last ran out, it's not too expensive at only $15. I received this in a gift package for my birthday and am happy I did. I forgot how much I loved this product and with autumn and winter coming up soon I know I'll be using it a lot. It feels really oily and greasy when you apply it to your skin but once it settles in, your skin is left feeling very soft. You can also use it on your hair to help with shinier and less frizzy hair. 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (in Sand Beige)

I wanted to try a more full coverage foundation so I decided to purchase this one. I heard good things about this foundation and it received a lot of positive reviews. It does a great job in covering flaws and blemishes, but I think I bought the wrong color because it doesn't blend very well into my natural skin tone. I might have to purchase a new color. It smells very nice and a little dab goes a long way in covering a large area of skin on your face! I love it so far. And with the application of primer and the setting spray (below) it lasts all day and almost all night!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this spray! It helps keep your make up in place and looking fresh for a long time. Without this spray, I find my make up coming off during the day and then by the end of the day, my face is shiny and oily looking. With this spray on top of my microfinishing powder (last item on my list) my skin looks flawlessly matte and smooth. Highly recommend.

Sephora Ultra-Smoothing Primer

A primer is a must-have if you're often wearing foundation or powder. It helps prep your skin so that it enhances the make up. I have large pores and some acne scars on my face, so this primer smooths everything out so that the foundation doesn't sink into my pores and makes them look even more noticeable.  This product is really cheap considering what it does as well.  

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

Have not tried this product yet but am excited to. Will review soon!

And lastly, Make Up Forever HD Microfinishing Powder

This stuff is magical on my skin. I won't leave the house without it. It's great on top of your makeup but also great on just your regular skin. If you're very prone to oily or shiny skin, or have combination skin like I do, then I think you would benefit from a powder like this. It's such a fine powder, it's like baby powder. It gives you face a matte look but also gives you a luminescent flawless, baby-smooth skin tone.  This is another one that I highly recommend and the smaller container is also at a very good price.

I plan on reviewing each and every one of these products in future in-depth posts! So please subscribe to my  blog if you're interested in these products. Reviews will be up this week! If you don't want to subscribe by blogger, you can subscribe by e-mail on the left sidebar of my blog underneath Most Read Posts where it says "Get Email Updates!" OR just stop by every day =)

Rooftop Birthday Dinner

Yesterday, I celebrated my 23rd birthday. 23 isn't a major deal in my opinion but I suppose it's one year closer to 25, and that means cheaper insurance and regular car rental rates! ;) I decided I wanted an intimate dinner with close friends. Here are some photos of yesterday's festivities. :D

We took lots of photos on the rooftop garden; right outside the french doors to the greenhouse, where our table was set up.

Everyone was able to take their own set of photos in the garden. We all joked that it was like we were a large prom group! Or that we were all taking our senior photos.
I then got to open up my gifts! Not all of the gifts are pictured, unfortunately.

I can always count on finding some totally perverted things in my gift stash! lol!

Afterwards, we all headed to my favorite frozen custard spot for dessert, Leon's! And some awesome group photos. Had a blast and the day turned out better then I expected. :)

- Happy Friday!

Wisconsin State Fair Crazy Grazin' Day (with Photos)

The Wisconsin State Fair is underway, running until the 11th. We scored a free ticket and a discount ticket using a coupon through the fair's website so we went with our friends Lisa and Josh this past Tuesday. The theme of the day was Crazy Grazin' Day where most food vendors offered up their food for discounted prices. So whereas some items usually go for $8, they were $2-$5 today! We literally spent less than $20 on admission and food for two people the whole day. Aww yiss!

Lisa and I went in with a list of food we wanted to try and a food vendor map. We mapped everything out in highlighters and colored pens. We are that crazy about this.

First up, Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick! 

Spaghetti and Meatballs on a stick

I had high hopes for these and they didn't disappoint. Cooked spaghetti noodles were mixed into the meat and formed into meatballs. Then skewered onto a stick and cooked. Not sure if they were fried or not. They were topped with sauce and cheese. We had trouble eating them because they fell off the stick easily and were very messy but they we're so good! We got these at Leadfoot's Bar and Grill for $2.75 (discounted price). 

Afterwards, we headed into the Miller Lite Bar and Grill for a chance to get a brat and we also saw these babies in a display case. BEER DONUTS! I really wanted to try one but didn't want to dig into a donut right away. They had a summer shandy donut with lemon icing, a Miller Lite donut topped with chocolate, and sweet nuts. And a Honey Weiss donut topped with pretzels. Super creative. 

We stopped by the Island Noodles stand for some $5 noodles (regular price $7). They were cooked fresh in a wok and sold in these cute takeout boxes. They were pretty good and gave you a lot for the price. 

We headed into the Wisconsin Products Pavilion next to look for the Honey Producers booth. They sold a variety of honey products including honey candles, soap, candy, food products, etc. We scored a huge cup of Honey Lemonade for $2! Originally $3, so not bad either way. I wish there was a way to buy a whole jug of this stuff. It was so good! I actually like this better than regular lemonade because the honey gives it a natural sweet kick. 

 Lisa and Josh trying out the Wonton Wrapped Mozzarella sticks.

Next up, deep fried sliders at the Budweiser Pavilion!! All of us were excited about these! 
 We paid only $2.50 per slider this day. Awesome! They were served with a nice chipotle-type sauce.
 The pretzel bun made it even more over-the-top and I absolutely loved these things! We each ordered one and they were mini but packed a lot of flavor. I loved them! Best thing we had during the course of this day.

Lakefront Brewery was next where I ordered a FAT ELVIS. This thing is brilliant. A peanut butter cup deep fried in banana batter, sprinkled with bacon bits and chocolate sauce. All of my favorite things on a stick! The first bite of this thing was life-changing. I had to share it with everyone, definitely too dangerous for one to eat by themselves. It was $5, no discount for it sadly. 

Chocolate covered bacon on a stick! Sold at the Machine Shed for $3 or $4, I don't fully remember. They gave me two pieces though, and each piece was fairly large. The first bite, I was impressed. Sweet and Salty. Really good but after the first minute or so, it became too sweet and too salty. Definitely had to share half my piece with Lisa.

At the end of the day we were parched from being in the hot sun and walking around. We headed to the milk shed to buy cups of milk. They had a lot of flavors to choose from, and each cup is only 25 cents! You could buy as many cups as you wanted. We ordered a lot as pictured below. They were served cold and it was so good after all of the sweets we had. I got to sample the Banana flavor, Cherry-Vanilla flavor, Root beer flavor, and classic chocolate milk. Surprisingly the Root beer and Cherry-Vanilla flavor were my favorite! The flavors are really mild, soft, and creamy. The root beer flavor was similar to a root beer float but without the carbonation. The cherry-vanilla reminded me of strawberry milk with a hint of vanilla. For 25 cents, this was the best deal we found all day.  

What was the craziest thing you've tried at your fair this summer? What are your favorite deep fried foods or foods on a stick?

-Happy eating!

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