Thursday, February 1, 2018

Stonegirl Silicone Makeup Sponge Review & Giveaway

Did somebody say... giveaway??

Hey everyone! I'm really excited about today's post because I've been dying to do a giveaway for you guys and now I am finally able to do so! Stonegirl Beauty was kind enough to send me two sets of their new premium silicone makeup sponges, one for me to try out and one to give away to one of you! Now I would never send you guys something that I do not approve of, or would not personally use myself. I've tested these silicone sponges several times and can say that I am really impressed with the quality of the Stonegirl Beauty products. Please note that although these products were sent to me, all opinions are 100% my own. That being said, onto the review we go!

First things first, I'm really big on packaging. I like when companies show effort through their packaging because let's be real, it makes a much greater impression that receiving something in a plain cardboard box. The Stonegirl Beauty team had my sponges shipped out in a cute metallic pink bubble mailer that I felt really captured the overall aesthetic of the brand itself.

I have always used beauty blenders in the past, so using these silicone sponges was a completely new experience for me. What I love about these sponges is the fact that they are super easy to use. I'll be honest with you, I had no idea what I was even doing, yet my foundation came out looking seamless. Brushes can sometimes leave streaks on your face if not blended correctly, but I did not have that problem with these sponges. Another big plus for me is that they are really easy to clean and don't require too much maintenance. Just run the sponge under some water, maybe pass some makeup remover over it if needed, let it dry and you're good to go. Unlike a beauty blender or other makeup tools, these silicone sponges don't really collect or hide any dirt, so you're less likely to breakout from using them.

Now on to the giveaway!

Here are the rules: (Don't worry, they're harmless.. and yes, I'll be checking to see if you've followed them all correctly!)

1. Must be following me on Instagram @ohsnapitzlizzie
2. Must be following Stonegirl Beauty @stonegirl_beauty
3. Enter the official giveaway here: (So I know how to contact you if you've won!)
4. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Bonus entries:
Enter Stonegirl's Giveaway *This is a separate giveaway from mine, but entering theirs just increases your odds of winning*

Winner will be chosen February 14th!

xo, Lisette

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

What is love?

Valentine's Day is much more than just getting something for your significant other. You don't have to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to celebrate Valentine's Day. As corny as it may sound, it is a day of love and that goes for just about anyone in your life. From friends to family members, or even your pets, there's nothing wrong with gifting your loved ones. Today I decided to put together a quick gift guide to help you get in the "holiday" spirit, without having to break your bank.

For You (Yes, you can gift yourself too)

I feel like lingerie is one of those things that can be both for yourself and your boo. I received this super cute velvet two-piece set from NaNika Lingerie and I'm in love with it. Aside from it being comfortable and stretchy, it is of great quality in general. It also came in a chic black and white box tied in a ribbon and if you know me, then you know that I'm a sucker for cute packaging. Lingerie can be a great way to boost up your confidence, even if you're the only one who ever sees it. Interested in treating yourself? NaNika is offering 20% off their lingerie AND free shipping up until February 14th. You can shop NaNika here!

For Him (Dad, Boyfriend, Brother, Uncle, etc.)

I've been seeing these Tile commercials everywhere and after doing some research, I think it would be a perfect gift for that guy in your life who always seems to be misplacing things. The Tile can be attached to your keys, wallet, suitcase, etc. and if something does in fact go missing, you can easily track it down via the Tile app. Bless technology! The Tile Mate retails at $25, while a pack of 4 Tile Mates would cost you $50. 
Is the guy in your life not so technology-savvy? No worries, cologne, tickets to a sports game or concert, or a nice quality watch also make additional gift options.

For Her (Mom, Sister, Cousin, Girlfriend, etc.)

While giving flowers is a traditional gesture, I wanted to go a little bit out of the norm for this gift guide. I definitely recommend gifting some skin care products. While makeup is great, it is also a good idea to take care of your skin underneath it! Skin care products are also suitable for just about any age, which is a plus in my book. I'm a big fan of natural and handmade products. That being said, I think Buttercup Essentials would be a great small business to shop from as they have products for skin, hair, etc. Stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and even your local drug stores carry nail polish and shower sets that would also be a great, affordable gift option. Since some might consider floral bouquets to be overrated, why not get someone a bouquet of fruit? I've been gifted Edible Arrangements a few times and loved them. They satisfied my sweet tooth without making me feel guilty afterwards.

Did you find this gift guide helpful? Do you already have some gift ideas in mind that you'd like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Saturday, December 2, 2017

One More Light

Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do.

Today's post is a little bit different from what I usually write about, but this topic has been on my mind for a while now. As some of you might already know, a few months ago Chester Bennington of Linkin Park committed suicide. I grew up listening to Linkin Park and played their music religiously, so when I heard the news I was in complete shock. I know its common to hear the passing of a celebrity however, his death has left a huge impact on me. Not a day has gone by since his passing that I haven't thought about him, which at first felt really strange to me. Now I believe the reason why his story touched me is because of the fact that I've had some people close to me try to commit suicide. Growing up I didn't really have a lot of friends and I cannot be thankful enough for the amazing friends I have now. Just the thought of possibly losing them made me an emotional wreck, and me not knowing what to do about the situation just made me feel that much worse. If I were to lose them my life would be completely different right now. The saddest part about the whole thing is that depression really has no face. Someone can appear to be happy on the outside, but can be beating themselves up inside. This is why I can't stress enough how important it is to check up on even your "strongest" friends, because at the end of the day you really have no idea what they are going through. How do I know? Because I'm one of them.

For years I've been stuck in a battle with myself and I'm still not sure what to do, or how to handle it 'til this day. Whenever I open up to my friends about how I feel or what I've been through, most of their responses are usually "wow, I had no idea." I've always had a big heart and want the best for people. That being said, I am always trying to encourage my friends to follow their dreams and stay positive, when in reality, I struggle with that myself. Although I've been told I have very positive aura, I still find myself feeling down every now and then without any particular reason.

After doing so much research and trying to figure out what the hell is going on with me, I believe that I might be suffering from moderate depression. So far all the signs have been pointing to yes. The thing is, "might" is not good enough. The word depressed gets thrown around like nothing and I do not want to self-diagnose myself. I want answers, but I'm not sure how to even explain the way I'm feeling. My breakdowns have always been so random and while the uncontrollable tears roll down my face, I search for answers why and constantly fail to find an explanation. I've never bothered telling people about these breakdowns because I don't want anyone to feel the need to pity me. I always felt that if I told somebody I was feeling down, but didn't know the reason why then they'd think I'm just looking for attention - and if anyone truly knows me, then they'd know the last thing I want from anyone is attention. I don't have enough fingers to count the times I've pretended to be asleep and silently cried in my room to avoid my parents from asking me what's wrong. All these years have gone by and they still don't have a single clue. 

So what is the point of me sharing all of this on the internet? Well, writing is the best way for me to express myself at the moment. With this post, I'm hoping to touch someone who might be going through a similar situation. You are not alone and you will never be alone. I've created the habit of bottling up all of my emotions until I reach my breaking point and I'm asking you to not be like me. Depression is not a joke. Mental illness is very much real. Self care is so important and like any other significant change you want to make in your life, it needs to come from within. Don't be afraid to speak up.

xo, Lisette
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