Rule to Stay Monday!

On Mondays I like to create a new rule, update an old rule, or just state a rule that we all know and is here to stay. This Monday in particular, it’s all about something we already know. Sticking to your word. Some of us may have forgotten how to do this, others might do it religiously. No matter the case, sticking to your word is something everyone should always be doing, not just ladies.

I can’t tell you how many times all I’ve ever wanted was honesty, or just someone to say they’re going to do something and actually follow through. We all know those ‘fair weathered friends’ who come when things are good in your life, and are gone when things are bad. It’s those same friends who swear up and down they’ll help you move, or whatever the case, and when time comes they’re no where to be found. I can’t think of one person who says “I’m really glad someone said they were going to help me and they didn’t show up.” No one says that! Because it’s not true!

Something we’ve all learned growing up is to teach people how you want to be treated. So instead of trying to change others, be the change you want to see. If you’re wishy washy with your plans, or as I like to call it “Better-Plan-Becky”, don’t make plans! For those of you who don’t know “Better-Plan-Becky” is the girl who makes plans with you but forgets them as soon as something better, or more fun for her comes up. You don’t like being ditched or when your plans fall through. You don’t like when someone says they’ll do you a favor but then they don’t. So don’t do it to other people.

If someone tells me they’re going to do something, and they don’t do it, I start questioning my friendship. Don’t get me wrong, once or twice is okay, I understand everyone is human. What I’m saying here is it’s those same people who make promises they break, the same people who break plans, the same people who just don’t stick to their word. Your credibility, especially with me, is severely impacted if you don’t follow through. I’m a big believer in ‘if I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.” The type of people with the same beliefs on this topic are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the people I want in my life. Not the shadows who disappear when things get dark.

The Modern Lady’s Rule to Stay: If a lady says she’s going to do something, she will do it.

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What are your thoughts?

xxx The Modern Lady.

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BOTB: Benefit “Roller Lash” vs. Maybelline “Lash Sensational”

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For the past few weeks I’ve been battling Benefit Cosmetics  “Roller Lash” and Maybelline “Lash Sensational” both of which are the latest mascaras from each company. I was seeing ads for these two mascaras everywhere and I knew I needed to get my hands on them. I was particularly excited for Benefit’s “Roller Lash”.

First, both mascaras applicators are fairly similar. They’re curved and they have fine teeth to grasp lashes. Although, the Maybelline applicator is chubby whereas the Benefit applicator is thinner. At first, I thought these two were similar in the way they made my lashes looked but upon further inspection I realized “Roller Lash” really takes the ‘feather effect’ to a whole new level.

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L:Lash Sensational            R:Roller Lash

As far as application goes… that’s a tough one. Some days “Lash Sensational” was super messy and would flake, other days it would apply beautifully and not flake. “Roller Lash” is tricky, for instance layering. Sometimes when I would try to layer coats of the mascara on my top lashes it would clump all of my lashes together. I’m talking like I had 8 lashes total on each eye. It was terrible. I soon realized it was because I like to put mascara on both the bottom and top of my top lashes… if that makes sense. I quit doing this, and now it’s beautiful every time . “Lash Sensational” can clump when layering, but it wasn’t as drastic as “Roller Lash” in my opinion.

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L:Roller Lash            R:Lash Sensational

“Roller Lash” claims to lift and curl lashes better is spot on. There’s no arguing that. Plus, I noticed with “Lash Sensational” my lashes wouldn’t seem as…. perky after a few hours. “Roller Lash” also claims to make the eyes look bigger and more open and in the side by side photo you can totally tell it’s true.

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L:Roller Lash               R:Lash Sensational

Price point is clear on this one. “Lash Sensational” is cheaper than “Roller Lash”. Obviously. “Roller Lash” retails for $24 and “Lash Sensational” is $8.99 depending where you buy it. I kept going back and forth with the winner of this Battle of the Brands because I honestly liked both mascara’s. It wasn’t until last week when I decided completely which mascara I liked better and which I think is better. That mascara is…….

Benefit Cosmetics “Roller Lash” 

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Honestly, as much as I liked “Lash Sensational” it didn’t seem to do anything that wow’d me. It just felt like a usual mascara I had in my collection already. I was amazed at how different “Roller Lash” was for me. It grabbed small lashes I didn’t even know where there! Not only that, but it really made my lashes look so full and feathery. “Roller Lash” is definitely worth the money.

Have you tried these bad boys yet? Let me know what you think!

xxx The Modern Lady.

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7 Deadly Sins Makeup Tag

I originally saw this post on Dorkchops blog and I was obsessed, this was so fun to do. I’d love to see your answers, so do it!

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1. Greed: What’s your most inexpensive beauty item? What’s your most expensive beauty item?

My most inexpensive beauty item would have to be anything I own from ELF. Everything of theirs is super affordable and works great! My most expensive beauty item is a hard one, besides some perfumes I would say my Naked Palettes by Urban Decay are the most expensive.

2. Wrath: What item do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Dorkchops had a great answer and that was false lashes. Besides that I would say red lipstick because you have to be so precise with it or it can end up looking really messy. Thank God for lipliners and concealers though! Haha.

3. Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?

Easily Benefit Cosmetics. I love almost all of their products, especially their blushes!

4. Sloth: What product do you neglect the most due to laziness?

Probably false lashes. I know they aren’t an everyday thing, but if I could get them on in 3 minutes or less I would definitely wear them daily.

5. Pride: What product gives you the most confidence?

Foundation 100%. I like covering my imperfections and fixing whatever I can.

6. Lust: Which item is at the top of your beauty wishlist?

Number one is definitely Jaclyn Hill’s favorites palette by Morphe Brushes, other than that I want to get some Sigma brushes and some Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks and Lime Crime Velvetine in Cashmere.

7. Envy: Which makeup product looks great on other but not on you?

Bubble gum pink lips. For some reason it never looks good on me, I look like a 3 year old who just stole her moms lipstick. Haha! I’m always so jealous of my sister because she can rock it like no other.

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Skincare 101

I’m trying to get myself into better habits as far as taking care of my skin. I’m honestly the worst and I know better. I rarely wash my face in the morning and all I do at night is use a makeup removing wipe. I’ll use a moisturizer if I notice dry patches and I’ll do a mask occasionally if I feel I have time. Despite all of this, my skin is actually pretty good. I rarely break-out, if I do it’s around when my period is coming or if I’ve been extremely bad on my diet. Still though, I’m getting older and I want to prevent as much as I can.

Since I have past experience in the cosmetic industry, I know the gist of things. You need a gentle face wash, a toner, an exfoliator, spot treatment (acne,eyes,etc.) and a moisturizer. Here’s what I’ve learned and what I know:

Gentle Face Wash:
It’s important to use a gentle face wash, morning and night, because just using water isn’t enough. You need something to remove all the dirt and makeup to help other products you use to work better and look better. For example; applying mascara to completely clean lashes always looks a million times better, and applies a million times better. Not only does it enhance the way products work, but it makes your face cleaner! Duh!

Toner: (to be used after cleansing, before exfoliating)
Another product I need to start using routinely is a toner. Not only does toner help immediately hydrate your skin after cleansing, it makes your skin appear more full of life.  The main reason I need to start using a toner again is I’ve noticed in the past when I use a toner my pores shrink, and my pores are larger than ever right now.

Exfoliator: 
Using an exfoliator is definitely something I need to get into the habit of. What exfoliators do is get rid of all the excess build up on your face. You use this depending on how rough your exfoliator is, and your skin type. Some companies have ones you use once to twice a week, others have some you can use daily. It’s a matter of what you choose. Using an exfoliator routinely helps clear clogged pores, fix uneven skin tone, and takes away any ‘dullness’ in your skin.

Spot Treatment: (to be used before moisturizing)
When I say “spot treatment” I mean things like eye cream or products specifically targeted for ‘problem areas’. I’ll use spot acne treatments if I notice a breakout, but I want to get into the habit of using an eye cream more for a few reasons. One being, I’ve noticed I have dark circles, they aren’t terrible but I want to prevent that from happening. Another reason is fine lines/wrinkles! I don’t have any but I definitely don’t want to get any in the near future!

Moisturizer: (used last, always)
Since I have normal/oily skin, I use moisturizer sparingly when I notice I need it. I usually get dry around my nose and chin. There are a few types of moisturizers though and what you need depends on your skin. Since I’m oily-prone I would never use an extremely hydrating moisturizer daily, it would make me super oily! Instead, I should use a lighter hydrating moisturizer daily to keep my skin in check. Try to look for a daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it to prevent as harm from the sun, like wrinkles!

Now the routine I’m trying to get myself back into is a semi-advanced routine. You don’t need all of these things, but at the least you need a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer. All of which you should use after you wake up and before you go to bed. I have a few skincare lines in mind that I’m going to try out, some for the first time, some repeating history. A personal favorite of mine has always been Benefit Cosmetics skincare line and I know it works for me. My sister is a fan of pür minerals skincare, and we both have been wanting to try some GlamGlow products as well.

What’s your current skincare routine and what are some of your favorite products?

xxx The Modern Lady.

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L’oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Review

As we know I’ve been on the search for a perfect foundation. Something that has everything I like; medium to full coverage, a spot on color match, matte finish, and long lasting. I thought I had found this when I purchased Revlon ColorStay Whipped, but I was wrong. If you didn’t read my review on that, I’ll link it here. I picked up L’oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation as a part of my major haul. I’ve been wearing it for a while now and I am absolutely in love.

Photo from L'oréal website

Photo from L’oréal website

First of all, this color match is perfect for my winter skin. That’s the first thing I love about it. Second, it actually lasts all day, I never see any blemish peek through. I also love the fact that it’s a matte finish but it doesn’t make me look cake-y or dry. My favorite thing about the foundation is that it’s the perfect medium to full coverage for me. You really don’t need to use much product to cover your full face, I use a little more than a pea size amount and blend it with my beauty blender and I’m always happy with the results. I haven’t tried applying it with a brush yet, but I don’t really use brushes to apply my foundation anymore.

I have normal skin, but I have read reviews that this works amazing for people with oily skin. As far as dry skin, I’m not entirely sure. The texture is different it’s like a mix between a mousse and a liquid in my opinion, but I love it. I bought mine at Walgreens and it was $12.99. Judging how little I use, I’m sure this will last me quite sometime. I honestly believe I’ve found my go-to foundation! That doesn’t mean I won’t be trying others, though! Along with the Infallible line came a setting spray which I haven’t tried just yet, but you best believe I’m going to!

One thing I found that I’m not too fond of with this foundation is the appearance of my pores. It could be the primer I’m using, plus the fact my pores are just giving me grief right now. I’m definitely going to try using Benefit’s POREfessional with this and see how that helps!

What are your thoughts on L’oréal Infallible? Have you tried it yet?

xxx The Modern Lady.

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The Modern Lady’s New Rule No. 6

Man this weekend took a toll on me and I have no one to blame but myself. I took a break from drinking for the past three weeks. This weekend was my good friends birthday so obviously we had to celebrate. Friday after work I went out for a glass of wine at a local pub. I had planned on just blogging and having a glass of wine, that turned into everyone and their mothers being at the same pub and I accidentally got drunk. I say accidentally because I totally didn’t mean to, but it happened.

Saturday I woke up, still drunk at my friends house. I did my best to cure my ‘hangover’ and went and got tattooed for three hours. Then, I got ready to go out all over again. All of this, I did on three/four hours of sleep. I know, I know, it’s technically awful for me to be putting my body through all of this, but I’m young, pretty, and sassy. There’s no way I’m stopping myself from doing everything I want to do, whenever I want to do it!

That brings me to the new rule; A lady lives up her life, whenever she wants to. For the longest time we’ve been told when we’re allowed to do what and how we’re allowed to do it. I say ‘screw that!’ I can take breaks from going out and drinking, or I can go ahead and go on a three night party binge. I decide when I want to do what I want to do. If I want to not wash my hair all weekend and lay in bed watching Netflix, I’m doing it. If I want to go out all weekend and not come home until Monday morning and go to work hungover, I guess I’m doing that too! That’s the beauty of being a modern lady, you decide how to live your life.

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The Modern Lady’s New Rule: A lady lives up her life, whenever she wants to.

xxx The Modern Lady.

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Modern Lady’s Must-Have!

I’m sure we all have a favorite brush, I know I do. For some reason I can’t seem to find another exactly like it, I’ve had it forever. I love using it everyday with multiple different colors. Before, I would wipe the brush on a clean towel to switch colors. I noticed it never really got all of the color off the bristles. Now, I use the Vera Mona Color Switch Solo and let’s just say I don’t know how I lived before owning this.

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Pictured is the Color Switch Solo, which is the one I own. There are other options on the website, but for me and my uses this was the best. There’s a Color Switch Duo with a little damp sponge in the middle for applying foiled shadows and whatnot but I’m not into foiled shadows at the moment. What the Color Switch is though, is basically a stippling sponge, in a tin can. So I’m sure that’s the cheaper option, but as far as I know this company is fairly new and I’m always down to support new companies.

All you do is get a brush dirty, when you’re ready to switch colors, swirl the brush against the Color Switch Solo for a few seconds and the brush is clean! This is definitely a must have for me, especially because it’s so quick and easy, AND you can wash the sponge and reuse it. There’s also the option to purchase more refill sponges.

I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone. Whether you just like doing makeup at home, or if you’re a traveling makeup artist. Make this an essential in your kit.

xxx The Modern Lady.

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