Almost two months ago I was invited by BzzAgent to try the new L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal collection for free. If you’d more details about the products, pricing as well as my initial thoughts about the skincare line please refer to my First Impressions blog post.
I meant to follow up at the 30-day mark which is when I ran out of the daily Brightening Peel Pads but decided to update the blog whenever the day and night moisturizers ran out instead. However, I didn’t count on the bottles holding so much product because despite using one full pump of the moisturizers each morning and evening for the past 50+ days they’re still going strong and I still haven’t run out of moisturizer. I have no idea if I’m even close to finishing up the bottles because I can’t see inside, so I’m just going to go ahead and share my final thoughts now rather than keep waiting for who knows how long.
Last month I finally got a new phone and I wanted to share my purchase. It’s the Redmi 3S Prime from the Chinese brand Xiaomi that was launched just this past June.
The brand’s rather hard to get stateside but, fortunately for me, my dad knew someone who was traveling in China at the time and had him pick one up for me. From what I’ve read, apparently 1 out of 4 people in China owns a Xiaomi phone placing Xiaomi above Samsung and Huawei as the biggest smartphone vendor in China. That’s huge considering China’s 1.37 billion population. Xiaomi’s also very popular in India because when the Redmi 3S was released there via flash sales in August they kept selling out within the first 10 minutes.
Xiaomi makes lots of phones at different price ranges but the Redmi, which is what I was interested in specifically, is basically their budget smartphone line that offers a great looking phone with good specs at an affordable price. With a $135 price tag you get the Redmi 3S Prime which comes with a full metal body, 5 inch HD display, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front facing camera, fingerprint scanner, 4100 mAH battery with a 2-day battery life, Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 OS, 1.4 Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with Adreno 505 GPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 256 GB with microSD card, an IR blaster so you can control your tv and other home electronics with the phone, and a hybrid dual SIM card slot (that can either be used for two SIM cards or one SIM card/one microSD card).
The phone’s default language is Chinese but I went into Settings and changed it to English easily because I don’t read Chinese. It also comes with a bunch of pre-installed Chinese apps, including a Chinese language browser, Chinese/English keyboard and a Chinese app store. However, there are a bunch of tutorials online on how to install Google Play Store onto the phone and once I got past that hurdle everything else was a breeze. I downloaded and installed Google Chrome and a keyboard app from the Google Play Store and made those my new defaults and now you would never know that this phone originally had Chinese on it.
This is my first Xiaomi phone and I’m really enjoying it so far, so when the Redmi 4 launches which is supposed to be soon I may get that one too. The display and specs are supposed to be even bigger and better but for the same price.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush – Rosé Champagne & Apri-Cot in the Middle
I decided to take a chance and try two of the newer Wet n Wild Color Icon blushes. The last time I owned any Wet n Wild blushes they still came in the silver gray compacts so it’s definitely been awhile. But I’ve been hearing a lot of raves about the new Rosé Champagne shade so when CVS ran a promo on Wet n Wild last week I decided it was time to get some.
The blushes were $3.19 each at CVS.
Milani Bronzer XL – Bronze Glow
The Milani Everyday Eyes palettes that I purchased recently were a resounding success, I felt, and renewed my interest in the brand. One of the Milani items I’ve had on my shopping list for years has been their huge Bronzer XL. YouTuber Emilynoel83 has been using and raving about this bronzer for the longest time although I believe she uses the more neutral/cool Fake Tan shade whereas I was more interested in getting the warmer, more red toned Bronze Glow shade.
Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara isn’t the type of mascara I would ever buy. I’m a huge proponent of “no makeup” makeup and when I select mascaras I prefer ones that give my eyelashes natural looking definition and separation. Length and volume don’t really matter much to me but if I have to choose between the two I would go for a lengthening mascara. Most importantly because I have very watery eyes I always, always go for a waterproof formula.
Better Than Sex is the total opposite of what I look for in a mascara. It promises dramatic volume and length with its non-waterproof formula. And yet I’ve always wanted to try it because of the polarizing reviews. People seem to either really love this mascara or really hate it.
I probably would’ve never tried this mascara on my own but I recently received it as a gift so of course I had to test it just to see what all the hype’s about. I wouldn’t pay for it but for free, why not?