LabRat Beauty: Givency Lip Gloss

I had been on the search for the perfect everyday lip gloss for months now. All I wanted was something that I can wear everyday, that was natural and had a tint of color to it, suprisingly, this was very hard to find.  I decided to stop by Sephora to see what options they had. An employee at Sephora approached me and asked me what I was looking for, I tend to always have this lost look on my face so I can see why she asked if I needed help. I started to tell her my dilemma then I noticed her lips, that’s when I stopped in my tracks to ask her what she was wearing. She then took me to the Givenchy section, of course it had to be one of the more expensive lip glosses ($26.50), and showed me the one she was wearing. It was perfect!!! The color I purchased was Elegant nude. She had mixed hers with a lip liner which gave it more color. I decided not to buy the lip liner she wore since it was $30, no thank you, so I got a Sephora brand lip liner color called Nano, color Queen Quartz ($5), Score!!!!

Gelée D'Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine

Nano Lip Liner

Gelée D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine Pros:

  • Not sticky! I think this is the best part about the lip gloss
  • Lasts majority of the day, unless you are making out with your coffee cup
  • Has a tint of color for a more natural pinched lip look
  • Contains Cameline oil for continuous moisture
  • Comes in 16 colors

Sephora Lip Liner Pros:

  • CHEAP!
  • Smooth Application
  • Nano version for easy storage


From sugar, to artificial sweetener, to natural sweetener, the end!

After many years of using Splenda, I finally stopped the obcession. I used to put Splenda in everything coffee, tea, greek yogurt, sweet potato, just to name a few. After reading many articles on the dangers of Splenda and Aspartame and started to adapt a clean eating lifestyle thats when I new it was time for a change. I did’t realize how much food and beverages I was eating that contained Splenda, lemonade, diet coke and low fat anything! Here are some of the changes I made

Truvia for Splenda

True Lemon for Crystal Light

STOPPED drinking Diet Coke, that was a hard one!

These little changes tapered my cravings for sweets and I was less bloated during the day, yay!

The Makeup Change Up

Product of The Week: Clarins

A couple weekends ago I embarked off to Macys to find some new make-up products. I was in search for a foundation and powder that would replace my 3 year obsession with Bare Escentual Minerals. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Bare minerals, but I was getting bored. I felt that it made my face flaky, but I later realized it was because I was not using moisturizer (duh!). Any who, I got new makeup from Clarins, a highly recommended brand from my mommy, and was so happy with the outcome!

Products purchased:
Baume Beaute Eclair (Gives you that glowing look)
Instant Sun Light Bronzing Powder
Skin Illusion Foundation
Poudre Stop Brilliance Shine Stopper
Truly Matte Hydra Matte Lotion (Moisturizer)
Gel Contour Gel (puffiness and dark circles)



These are horrible close up pictures of me, however the make-up got the job done. My face looks more even and softer. It is great because the foundation is so close to my natural skin color I don’t feel like Im wearing make up! What do you think?

I decided to stick with my Bare minerals for daily use and anytime I was going out somewhere nice or had a special occasion I would slap on the Clarins!

PS: I still love you Bare Minerals!


What make-up can’t you live without?

Product of the Week: Crystal Light Drink Mix On The Go

Crystal Light has a product called Iced Tea Peach Lemonade On The Go and it is by far one of the best alternatives to Diet Coke. I have always used this product, but I really started to get into it when I was trying to get off of Diet Coke. Diet Coke is great but all the carbonation caused me to bloat  so I needed to find a better alternative. I stopped drinking Diet Coke for awhile, however I started to drink it again, due to a lack of self control. What gave me the idea to post about my new found love of Crystal light  was my co-workers neice. She came in for take your family to work day and I gave her a pack to try, she LOVED it. She is only 7 years old, but I thought this is a great alternative for kids to have and maybe I should try to ditch the Diet Coke again and go for the lemonade.