WABI Skincare Review

The Company

Wabi is a company that specializes in ethical, natural coffee based exfoliants. the company is cruelty-free and based out of London, England. The body scrubs are handcrafted using Acabica beans which is supposed to give it an “intoxicating” scent. The word Wabi, according to the website, is  “a quality of austere and serene beauty expressing a mood of spiritual solitude recognised in Zen Buddhist philosophy.”

The Product

They have two “flavors” available, Mocha Peppermint and Sweet Orange Coffee Body Scrubs. This review will be on the Mocha Peppermint Scrub. 

It contains: Coffee Coffea Arabica (Coffee), Sucrose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

The Packaging

The packaging is minimalistic and easy on the eyes. I really like the aesthetic they create with the packing.

*It also shipped from England to the United States with no issues.

The Application

It says to apply the product wet, I tried once dry and once wet and honestly liked dry better. I let it sit for a couple for minutes, per the website, to let the oils soak into my skin both times. It was easier to wash off when I applied it to myself while dry, and I feel like my skin was softer after. I wouldn’t recommend using this more than once or twice a week because it is an exfoliant and we don’t want to over do it.

The Review

TWO THUMBS WAY UP!

 I would recommend this to all of you. I wouldn’t use it on your face, it seems to be a bit harsh- but for a body exfoliant, this guy is perfect.

Let’s talk about the smell…. HOLY COW! I have never smelt anything like this in my life. My two friends were at my place when I opened the package and we couldn’t believe how wonderfully potent it was! It is the perfect Monday morning pick me up!

My skin felt so soft after just one use, after two I couldn’t believe how silky smooth I was! I may be a Wabi coffee scrub addict.

LASHES: Episode IV Extensions 

The FINAL installment of my LASH Series is here!!! Lash Extensions are the new thing, so I figured I would save the best for last. Before I go on I wanted to let you all know a few things; I do not have eyelash extensions, though I have in the past. I don’t want to speak on my experience because it wasn’t the greatest and I would like to remain unbiased. Also, I do not currently do eyelash extensions. The majority of the information came from my friend Danielle (@daniellenoszka), remember her? She does extensions and has been trained and certified, if you have any in-depth questions feel free to message her!

 

What are Eyelash Extensions?

Lash extensions are made individual synthetic eyelashes curled to look like a natural eyelash. They are individually applied to your natural lashes using a special glue. In short, they’re semi permanent falsies that make you wake up looking fabulous.

What are the risks?

There are no real risks in getting eyelash extensions. However, self-application or getting them done by someone who has not received the proper training, could result in them not lasting as long or worse injury to your eye.

Should anyone not get lash extensions?

Yes and no… If you’re an eye rubber, these probably aren’t for you. With that said, allergies can cause eye itching… you can try a hypoallergenic glue but that doesn’t work for everyone. Also, if you have naturally very long lashes- there are alternatives that are less harsh on your lashes like lash tinting. Those with sensitive skin or take certain medications can also find these a tad uncomfortable. You kind of don’t really know until you try…

How often will I need them refilled?

Refills are recommended every 2-4 weeks depending on how rough you are with them. Make sure the lashes are super clean before your fill, this will help to make sure they adhere properly and that the technician doesn’t have to take time to clean them for you.

What determines how long they last?

How you sleep: 

If you sleep on your stomach or cover your eyes will detached your extensions. Also, if you sleep on your side, you’ll probably see that more will fall out on that side.

What products you use: 

Stay away from anything that has an oil base. It can weaken the bond and cause the lashes to slide off.

If you wear mascara:

mascara may reduce the life of your lashes. If you still feel the need to use mascara with the extensions, make sure it’s water based.

 

Before: How to prepare

1. Remove all eye makeup with an oil-free cleanser prior to your appointment. Eye makeup will interfere with the adhesive bond and shorten the lifespan of your lash extensions, so it’s very important that your lashes are super clean.

2 If you wear contact lens take them out

3 Dress comfortably and make sure you sure the bathroom before they get started.

Helpful* I wouldn’t drink a large coffee or green tea before getting your first set on, especially if you have a small bladder.

During: What to expect

The entire procedure generally takes between 90-150 minutes for a full set and as little as 45-90 minutes for refills.

It won’t hurt, but you won’t be able to open your eyes at all. *If you do feel any burning let the technician know!

Aftercare – What do I do now?

The first 24-48 hours are crucial, the length of time before washing and wearing makeup can be different based on the adhesive that is being used. Talk to you technician about the specifics, but here are some basic rules of thumb…

Keep them dry. Avoid showering, washing your face with hot water or wetting your lashes…

Avoid swimming or exposure to steam, heat or saunas… Swimming is fine once they’re set!

Avoid oil-based creams and lotions on, or around, the eyes.

Do not apply eye or lash makeup.

AFTER THE FIRST DAY OR TWO

Make sure you clean your lashes several times a day

Brush your lashes to keep them debris free

 

I hope you find this helpful in your quest for the perfect LASHES, if you’ve missed installments 1,2 &3 I will link them for you! Please comment and subscribe below…

Episode I

Episode II

Episode III

 

***All Before and After pictures are the property and work of @daniellenoszka

 

My *Everyday* Makeup Must-haves

Let me preface this by saying I definitely do not wear makeup everyday. I believe in giving my skin some TLC and keeping it light unless I have a big event or maybe just feel like getting all dulled up! This product lineup is perfect for an interview or at the office (when you feel like wearing makeup) or a coffee date… quick, easy and low maintenance.

1. Nivea Men’s Aftershave Sensitive Balm

I constantly get asked why this is my vanity… it’s my favorite primer ever. It nourishes your skin and fills in where it needs to while creating a perfect, kind of tacky base for your foundation, BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.

2. The Balm Cosmetics Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer or Smashbox BB Cream

Your choice in product will depend on what level of coverage you want…You can ever use both at the same time (moisturizer first, then BB cream) for more coverage. The tinted moisturizer does just that, give you a nice even tint- while the BB cream does the same thing with a little more coverage. Feel free to step it up to a medium coverage foundation if you feel more comfortable, but again I like to keep it light.

3. TooFaced Born This Way Concealer

My fav concealer. I’ve tried others, this one just spreads and blends so smoothly. It also covers any sort of blemish that you may have. I apply a few small dots under my eyes, a dot on my chin and some weird “flower” shape on my forehead. I use a brush to spread it and a damp sponge to blend it all out. Get a concealer that is a shade or so too light for a highlighting effect, but be cautious you don’t want it to be too light and wash you out!

4. The Balm Cosmetics Photobalm Powder

Power is necessary to set your “foundation” and concealer. This is what keeps it bulletproof and in place all.day.long. However, often times this step is skipped for a “lazy-day” look. Don’t do that… I’m not telling you to “pack it on and *bake* your under eyes for 20 minutes” or something ridiculous. I’m telling you to take big powder brush and quickly apply this to your face. I prefer pressed powders over loose powders because they’re less messy and give you a less “cakey” look in the end. *Pro tip* “baking” is a waste of product unless you’re SERIOUSLY oily and will be out sweating all day. Be wary of strange makeup trends, they could just be a way for companies to sell products quicker.

5. Benefit Hoola Bronzer

We no longer bronze our whole face, THANK THE LORD. *Remember when everyone had the spot of bronzer in the middle of their forehead in the early 2000’s, good times, man.* Under the cheek bones, on the jaw line (blend it into the neck, no one likes a line) and at the top of my forehead. If this is confusing…. remember the number 3. Start at your temples and draw a “3” or an “E” depending on which side you’re working on. The middle line should be under your cheek bone and the bottom on your jaw line! Contoured in 1,2,3… literally.

6. Nude Blush

My favorites here are Papa Don’t Peach by TooFaced and also a few of the, lighter more neutral shades in the BH Cosmetics Nude Blush Palette. Talk about a great palette for a great price. Blends out nice, has shades for everyone.

 

7. Highlight- *The Change Up*

I probably change this out the most in my lineup…sometimes I use Becca’s Moonstone or Champagne Pop, recently I’ve been using Nomad Cosmetics Midnight Sun more…sometimes I skip it all together. I try to select a subtle shade that compliments my skin tone for everyday wear. I don’t really need to be looking like a glazed donut at 1 pm on a Wednesday. For the sake of this post though, highlight your cheek bones, the tip of your nose & your cupid’s bow.

8. NYX Brown Retractable Eyeliner

Just a tiny bit on the top waterline to define my lashes without the harsh “top eyeliner” look, and in the outer corner of my lower lid. I usually smudge the bottom liner out, but make sure you do it right away- once this stuff is in place it doesn’t move.

9. Benefit Rollerlash Masacara

I love this mascara… I will sometimes substitute it with others, but it just gives the perfect subtle lash look. If you’re wondering why this is my choice for everyday life or you want to explore more options, click here.

10. NYX Clear Brow Gel

Since I got my eyebrows tinted *more on that later* I’ve been just “gel-ing” my brows into place and going about my day. Takes two seconds and keeps you from looking like there are caterpillars crawling across your forehead.

11. e.l.f. Setting Spray

Cheap and reliable… could you ask for anything more in an everyday wear product. No kidding this stuff works ALMOST as well as the Urban Decay All Nighter spray that I use for a night out. You can also use the Evian Brumisateur Spray if you’re a fan of that… like me!

BONUS:

I apply bronzer it all over the lower lid and darker in the crease. I then throw my highlighter under eye brow along the bone and on my inner lid to brighten up my eyes! Doing this gives your eye lid dimension and it’s like wearing eyeshadow without having to pull out alllll of the supplies to do an eye look.

 

This whole process will probably take you no longer than 5-8 minutes once you get the hang of that. Think you can handle that?

Any questions or product recommendations… please comment them below!

Would You Rather… Beauty Style

Hi all! Thanks for swinging by… Saw Tarte do a cool little “Would you rather?!” segment on their IG story last week and thought it was pretty rad. I got to thinking and thought that making my own similar little post, kind of to help you all get to know me a little better! I also decided to 

ask my friends Kait (@ktmst9) and Sarah (@forgettingsarahsnyder *if only* jk jk) what they would rather for a fun comparison!

Feel free to comment your answers below, I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get started…

 

 

•Have No Eyelashes or No Eyebrows?

Ashlie: I guess my answer would have to be brows? Although drawing them on is definitely my weakness, you need real lashes for the false ones to adhere to… so I guess I would just have to learn to draw brows or buy one of those weird eyebrow stamps that I saw on Facebook one time.

Kait: No eyebrows because you can always tattoo those suckers on.

Sarah: No eyebrows, although I lack in some serious art skills and would probably rock those sharpie looking brows until I figured it out.

•No Falsies or No Contour?

A: This one is really very hard for me. I love my contour and I love my Ardell’s. UGHHH I guess I would have to invest in a very high end mascara (find a list of favorites here) and keep contouring my life away. I don’t know what it is about applying a little bit of bronzer under my cheekbones, but I can’t live without it.

K: No contour.. eyes are obviously a huge thing for me and I think having your falsies/eyelashes on fleek really draws people in.. it’s the first thing people see *IMHO*.

S: I’m gonna go with no contour, lashes make or break your face, plus I still suck at contouring so this one was easy.

•Go without your Highlight or or your High Heels?

A: Easy, sooo easy. Gimme all the highlighters and sneakers… leave the heels at home. My feet won’t be screaming at me for two days and that’s really all that matters here. Plus… ya girl is about 5’10… who needs heels?

K:  High heels.. I can live with being short. I have for 24 years now, you know?

S: I’d go without highlight, highlighter isn’t gonna make me 4 inches taller and when you’re 5’1 you need all the help you can get!

•Shave your head or NEVER be able to change your hair again?

A: I would shave my head and wear a wig until it grew back… is that an option?! I love love love changing up my hair…I mean I did have long red hair/extensions at the start of 2017. *LOL* I’m not sure I would ever be able to leave my hair the same forever. I wouldn’t survive!

K: This one sucks, but I guess shave my head because a weave is better than a ratchet flow… if I’ve learned anything about beauty it’s to GET YOUR HAIR CUT EVERY 6-8 WEEKS. Trust me!

S: I would probably shave my head, but I would be really nervous I have a weird shaped head so that’s a tough one. Still would probably embrace the baldness.

•Wear winter clothes all summer or summer clothes all winter?

A: Winter clothes alllll summer… because A. I live in Pennsylvania, I would die of hypothermia if I wore summer clothes in the winter, and B. I’m always cold and probably wearing long sleeves in the summer anyway!

K: F**k this one too lmao I just need to be naked always #nudist.

S: Summer clothes all winter. Any chance I get to pretend it’s not winter, I’ll take it. Plus my winter attire is yogas and big sweatshirts, summer is cute and fun *like me*.

•Have dark nails or bright nails for the rest of your life?

A: This one is way too easy for me. My nails are black 99% of the time and have been since I was in about 8th or 9th grade… shout out to Laguna Beach for hooking ya girl on the dark nails way back when.

K: Dark nails because *dark soul*. Ashlie has me hooked on all black everything since her closet looks like a black hole… and because she dresses me 98% of the time.

S: Oooooh super tough for me because I love my extra, basic b**ch highlighter pink but I like a nice dark purple too. I’m going to go against myself here and say dark nails, surprising I know.

 

Ask your friends and see how your answers differ, it’s actually really fun. Have your own beauty related “Would you rather?!” that you’d like me to answer…? Comment below or ask me on Instagram!

LASHES: Episode III Falsies

Hello makeup lovers! We are halfway through our LASH Series, HOW EXCITING! If you missed the first two- Lash Lifts and Mascara, check those out too!

Today we’re taking about fake lashes, both individual and strip… and I’ll also give you some pointers on storing them so you don’t have to buy new strip lashes every week!

 

 

INDIVIDUALS

TO APPLY:

Dip the base of the individual eyelash in the adhesive. You want to let the glue set for about 30 seconds before attaching the lash to your lid, makes the application less messy. Then you can stick the lashes onto sparse spots to fill them in. I typically use tweezers to do this part. Let the glue dry and apply your favorite mascara to blend it allll together.

TRICKS:

For a natural look, I use three or four medium individual lashes on the outside and then one or two small individuals to blend into my natural lashes.

For a cat eye effect, I use a longer  individual lash when it comes to the outer corner of your eyes, shorter as you reach the middle of the eye and the shortest in the inside corners.

BRANDS:

Obviously, I’m a HUGE Ardell girl. I like to keep the medium and the short Knot Free Natural on hand at all times. I use their Lashgrip glue or DUO glue. Both hold so so well.

REMOVAL:

Although you can wear individuals for a few days, I’m not comfortable recommending that. I always try to take my individual lashes off and when I do this I’m very careful about it. I typically will use an oil-wash or makeup remover to loosen the bond of the glue and your lashes. This helps to prevent damage to your natural lashes. Once you take them off your able to store them, if they’re still in good enough condition to be used again. Using tweezers to remove them will help keep them intact as opposed to rubbing them off.

STRIP

TO APPLY:

I use a Q-tip to spread the glue along the strip of the lashes. Again, you want to let the glue set for about 30 seconds, or even longer depending on how thick you put it on there, then attach the lash to your lid, makes the application less messy. I typically use tweezers to apply the strips. I was always taught to place at the end and work around… HOWEVER. I measure and place in the middle of my eye, then place the outer edge, then the inner corner. After this I take the tweezers and squeeze the falsies and my lashes together, be very careful not to poke your eye out! Let the glue dry for a few minutes and then throw on a coat of mascara to keep your lashes and the falsies together.

TRICKS:

For a more subtle/natural look, cut the last 1/3 or 1/4 of the strip off and place it onto the outer corner of the lashes.

You can build more dramatic lashes by using lash glue and placing different types on top of each other. Who knew lashes were customizable?!

BRANDS:

Ardell… again. I love the Demi Wispies, when I wear them I get so so many compliments. The Naturals are awesome for everyday wear. I use the same glues as the individuals, Lashgrip and Duo…. they’re just the best.

REMOVAL:

Use tweezers and gently remove from the outer corner and pulling inward. Pretty mindless.


BONUS TIPS:

Make sure to keep a spare tube of glue, tweezers, and some spare lashes in your makeup bag when you wear falsies, just in case they should fall off.

Clean the adhesive off of the base of the lashes and reuse them to avoiding having to constantly buy new lashes.

Store your used strip lashes in pill containers! It’s super organized and you can save money, while keeping your lashes away from all the dust and other allergens floating around your apartment.

 

Stay tuned for out LAST segment of the series, LASH EXTENSIONS next week! My girl Danielle will be back to help me help you with all of your lash extension questions, so comment those below!