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Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick Review + Swatches

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Kaja Air Heart Lipstick

 

I’ve got another lipstick review for y’all. I have always wanted to review these lipsticks because they are just so pretty inside and out. But your aunt has been extremely busy lately solving puzzles and getting distracted with gardening, lol. I do miss you all, so very very much, like really really for real much, haha! Please do check my Insta for some impromptu updates, lol.

 

Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick review

 

So, without any fuss, let us talk about the Kaja Air Heart Lipsticks. If you are a longtime reader of this blog, then ya know I am a big fan of Kaja Beauty and their really cute products. The latest of my faves from them are their heart-shaped lipsticks because of several reasons:

 

Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick sprung, ride or die, boo

 

  • They have a very soft melt-on-your-lips texture
  • Have a natural finish
  • Almost all the shades are so wearable
  • The packaging and the product itself are so cute (heart-shaped)
  • Good lasting power
  • Currently on sale

 

Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick

 

I am usually a big fan of matte lipsticks, but I will take a natural lipstick like these in a heartbeat, lol. The biggest surprise for me with these is the fact that even though these are some of the softest lipsticks I have ever tried, I am amazed by the lasting power of these (3-4 hours). The medium shades tend to leave a lovely stain which lasts for about a day. Also, these lipsticks have no strong scents at all. Impressive! Almost all the shades suit my skintone very very well. If you ask what my favorite shades are, I can tell you that all of them are my faves, but I am so in love with the colors: Ride or Die, Sprung, and Boo.

 

See the swatches below

 

Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick lip swatches 03 ride or die, 05 sprung, 06 boo, 07 lover, 02 bby girl

 

Kaja Beauty Air Heart Lipstick swatches

So, if you are a fan of natural finish lipsticks (not too drying, not too shiny), I definitely recommend these. Also, if you are a fan of rose and mauve tones in lipsticks like yours truly, I bet you will love these a lot.

 

Bye for now, darlings

 

xoxo

L

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stain Review + Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stains

 

Hello gorgeous! I am back from a two-week hiatus. Been so busy lately that I lost track of time. Time for me goes by so fast, like the speed of light. My days are mostly spent writing, thinking, and trying to solve puzzles (insert Coldplay — The Scientist, lol). Oh, I miss them Pre-Covid days. Those glam days of endless eyeliners on fleek and sharply contoured cheeks! I still wear lipsticks nowadays, but I stay away from glosses. I wear mattes or lip stains most of the time, and I’ve been testing these very intriguing lip stain from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

 

Anastasia Lip Stain review

 

These lips stains are so interesting because they are what I would call as great dupes for the Dior Lip Tattoo (swatched HERE). I love that Dior lip product so much, even though some folks had mixed feelings about it. These Anastasia Lip Stains, on the other hand, are almost similar to the Dior Lip Tattoo in a lot of aspects. The consistency and the brush applicator, for example, are reminiscent of the Dior Lip Tattoo. Both have fluid consistencies and both have angled brush applicators. In fact, both even have the same matte packaging, except for the Dior one looking a little bit fancier.

 

However, there are some subtle differences that I noticed between the two. The Anastasia Lip Stains give a slightly sticky feel a few minutes after application. They also seem to be somewhat streaky, and the shades tend to pile up instead of blending seamlessly on the lips. Also, each shade of the tube does not really match the shade of the product inside or when applied. The true shades tend to pull twice or even three times darker than the shade of the tubes. So, I have to be very light-handed with my application. These lip stains are SOOO staining that I had a hard time getting rid of them from my lips. A one light swipe on the lips will pretty much be enough

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills lip stain swatch

 

Dusty Rose – more of a plum rosewood

 

Rosewood – more like a medium copper rose

 

Black Cherry – wine-red stain

 

anastasia lip stain lip swatches black cherry, rosewood, dusty rose

These lip stains are lightweight, but you will feel that slight stickiness. They won’t dry your lips, but they somewhat emphasize the lip lines. The colors may be so vivid and so pigmented, but you will have a hard time removing them. They will not transfer on your mask, but if you make a mistake of applying more than two coats of these, don’t plan to get out of the house (lol), or else you will scare the neighborhood pets away :D. Kk?

 

Anastasia Lip Stain

 

 

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Kérastase Genesis Review

Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner

 

Aloha, I’m blogging live from a beautiful island here in the middle of the Pacific, sipping piña colada while working on my tan – I wish. I am just kidding y’all. But ya know what I mean. I’m having a vacation state of mind, lol. Aren’t we all? Where will you go post-COVID?

 

I hope today’s review will inspire you to take a vacation somewhere warm and sunny when all this pandemic nightmare is over. But before you take that dream vacay, be sure to have a fabulous strong hair — the type that can withstand fluctuating temperature, humidity, and strong wind.

 

Enter Kérastase Genesis. My favorite haircare line for hair strengthening and reducing hair fall. If your hair is the type that becomes brittle due to extreme temperature such as this Winter, or you simply experience hair fall from brushing, then take a closer look at the promising hair-strengthening products from Kérastase.

 

Kerastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner

 

The Kérastase haircare line fortifies and strengthens hair with different nourishing ingredients. It has ginger root to stimulate hair growth, edelweiss native cells for anti-aging, and arginine as amino acid to strengthen the hair. Additionally, the line has caffeine which also increases hair follicles and stops hair loss.

 

The Kérastase Genesis line comes in lovely pink packaging and opens to a lemon scent as the top note. The dry down is quite musky, which may take some getting used to for some.

 

Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Shampoo

 

Genesis Strengthening Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair – Has a gel consistency that feels very light. It lathers very well and will not dry the hair. It is indeed an ideal shampoo for those whose hair strands tend to get oily quickly.

 

Genesis Strengthening Conditioner – Not too thick and not too watery. It is very creamy and easy to spread. You will only need a bit, and it’s enough to condition the hair.

 

Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner

 

Genesis Strengthening Serum for Hair and Scalp – One of the few hair serums I really like because the product doesn’t only fortify my hair, it also reduces the frizz. Therefore, making my hair even more manageable, even the next day. Tip: apply when your hair is still damp.

 

Genesis Strengthening Hair Mask – Best to use once or twice a week only. The consistency feels like the Genesis conditioner but even thicker and denser. So, you only need a little bit of the product on your hair.

 

Genesis Strengthening Blow Dry Primer – Perfect when you subject your hair to constant heating and styling. Nowadays, since our lives mostly exist in virtual reality, I don’t reach for this often. The Genesis Serum is what I tend to use more.

 

Kérastase Haircare review

 

So, what’s the overall result of the Kérastase Genesis line on my hair? Well, prior to using the products, I’ve had some hair breakage and hair fall, which made my hair look pretty thin. Now, I’m happy to report that there is a significant 50-60% improvement. However, the result will take some time. Probably about a month or a month and a half. My hair does look a lot thicker and stronger than before. Therefore, I recommend the Kérastase Genesis haircare line. Additionally, I have a few tips to reduce hair breakage and hair fall:

 

  • Don’t comb/brush your hair while still wet or damp.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb when brushing. Yeah, I know they’re not the most attractive hair combs in the world, but trust me (your long-lost dearest aunt :D), it’s going to help your hair in the long run.
  • Be gentle to your hair, do not tie it always, unless you’re working out.
  • Be very careful with scrunchies. They can dent your hair strands.
  • Keep your hair nourished with hair strengthening products, such as serums, leave-ons, and hair masks.
  • Go easy on hair coloring and hair strengthening products. Keep it au-naturel.
  • If your hair is long, be careful when you sit on a chair. Don’t rub it at the back of your chair t (if your chair has a backrest). This might cause friction or dent your hair strands.
  • Pull your hair up towards the headboard when you’re sleeping.
  • Do not massage your scalp too much when showering.
  • Take your vitamins (be it hair vitamins), get some sleep, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Lastly, love your hair. Whether curly, straight, thick, thin, oily, or dry. It’s your crowning glory. It’s what makes you unique and beautiful.

 

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