Aug 7, 2014

DIY: Hair mask with Avocado and Olive Oil

After months of absence, we are back! What better start than with a DIY, easy and cheap hair mask!

Since the sun does a number on the hair, this particular mask does wonders as it gives soft, shiny hair. Let me tell you, it works!
Here’s why:
  • Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which help to make your hair shiny.
  • The high-fat content of avocados makes hair less dry and prone to breakage.
  • Olive oil contains vitamin E and provides a nourishing base for the hair mask.
Oh yeah, did I mention this hair mask was under $5 and with the ingredients you already have at home?
Ideal for tresses after your next pool day!

1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon olive oil

Have you ever tried avocado for your haircare routine ?

Nov 21, 2013

Quicky: Benefit Erase Paste

I've been looking for a good concealer for a really long time. This season's Sephora sale brought me near Benefit's Erase Paste. Let me tell you how I feel about it. I posted on Instagram this photo when I first purchased it.

Packaging :
  • Cute hot pink, screw lid, glass-like jar.
  • Easy to have in your makeup bag.
  • Not super sanitary as you have to dig in the jar.
  • Comes with tiny spoon- applicator (not really useful to me)
Consistency :

  • Very thick, creamy...almost wax-like formula (it feels like cream foundation).
  • Medium Coverage
  • Brightening - Fantastic for under eye circles.
  • A little goes an insanely long way.
  • Incredibly moisturising (Ideal for under the eyes or dry spots).
  • Doesn't really set on the skin (I always powder over concealer and still after powder the concealed skin feels like it's been moisturised right before).
  • Not great if you gave very oily skin as it might slide off the area you want to conceal (I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with Oily to very oily skin).
  • Creases if applied heavily (Personally I don't mind that as I've never found a concealer that doesn't crease, even high-end labeled as "crease proof" crease. Not a big deal for me.
Colour Range 

I bought the shade 1 Fair, which is the lightest of the 3 shades available (Fair/Medium/Dark). I find the range ridiculously limited. The shade Fair is not really that fair. It also runs a bit on the pink - salmon side of concealers. Not the best for covering red and irritated spots (I do love it for under the eyes though). I do use a different concealer for spots and blemishes but when all I have in my travel makeup bag is Erase Paste I use it. It just requires a bit more blending. I apply it with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush.

This consistency but with a different undertone would be phenomenal for red, flaky pimples or even hormonal and cystic acne. It covers beautifully. 

Price & Cost/Value :
Erase Paste retails from 26 to 28 euros. Quite pricey for 4.4g net weight. The good thing is that you need the tiniest possible amount. I've been using it for 2 1/2 weeks and every day I use less (as I've been using way more than what I needed). I would recommend buying it during sales season. I got it for 19 euro which is a good deal for Benefit cosmetics.

You can find it at Sephora.

Score 8/10 

Have you tried Erase Paste or any other Benefit products ?

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