one, buy! one, don’t try!

One Buy & One Don’t Try. 

Below are two products I experimented with recently. One I loved and one just didn’t “do it” for me.


SHU UEMERA Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil (camellia oil) 


So, recently I didn’t have access to most of my makeup for about a week. I decided if I couldn’t get cake faced I better make my hair look good, lol! 

Although partly true, Joking aside… Recently I’ve noticed a lot of hair breakage. I think it’s due to a mixture of things. 
1. I wear a lot of tight top knots

2. I have color treated hair

3. I’m a nursing mother

4. I rarely cut my hair

So, for years I’ve bought this Shu Uemura camellia oil and occasionally will put it in the ends of my hair before I go to bed, etc.

I’m never religious with it though. 
Well, yesterday it was Mother’s Day and my husband was taking me out and as I was about to get in the shower I thought… 
“I should do a little mask with this” 
So, I combed about 4 pumps through my hair (middle section to ends) and then put just a tad through the top (where I have a lot of breakage. 

I left it in for about 20 minutes and then showered & washed it out with my regular shampoo and then used Moroccan oil conditioner in the ends of my hair. 
It worked like a dream!! My hair automatically felt silkier and had more sheen. It did not look oily at all, and I have hair that is unfortunately, naturally on the thin/oily side. Thank you, Shu Uemera!
I’m going to start doing this often!

So, for my “don’t try” product… 

Don’t Try:

lights, camera, lashes mascara


I usually use YSL, DIOR, OR CHANEL mascara, but I had my sister grab a mascara at Ulta for me this same day because mascara is one MUST and I didn’t have any with me! I had read good things about this Tarte mascara and I really like some of Tarte’s products, so I decided to try it for fun. It is about $5-10 cheaper than my normal mascara choices which I get at Sephora or Nordstrom and it’s supposed to be good for sensitive eyes. 

It also claims to add length, curl, volume, etc and Tarte’s products are cruelty free and manufactured without a lot of nasty chemicals. 

I was really excited to try, but I did not like this mascara. It did not look natural, it smells like painty mascara and looks like painty mascara. I was so disappointed! 
It did add length and curl after a few coats but it just didn’t look right. It seemed cheap. I’d much rather spend $30 to have a really good higher end mascara or pay way less for a good drugstore mascara. Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of good mascaras in Tartes price point that you can buy, also. I know my sister and a good friend swear by an Urban Decay mascara that is in this price point, I haven’t tried it though. Maybe I’ll have to!
I didn’t like the packaging either. 

It comes in a kind of purple, faux snake skin looking sleeve, which I think appeared cheap. They definitely missed the mark. 
I also didn’t like that the full product was manufactured and assembled in three separate places. I’m sure a lot of people would not mind that, though. 
Anyway, I was so bummed!! 
I love you, Tarte, but I did not love this product. 

I will end this with saying that my lashes looked good enough to wear out. It did lengthen and curl them, but I just don’t think it’s worth the money and although it did what it claims to do… It didn’t do it well.
So, try if you must and leave me a comment if you think I’m way off base! It wasn’t the worst mascara ever, there are just so many better mascaras out there, esp ones with a fairly hefty price tag. 

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