Mascara Monday: Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD

–Instant XXL volume
–Clump-free lashes that appear thicker and multiplied
–Enriched with Vitamin B and cotton extract to strengthen and protect alshes
–Gently styled, separated lashes
–Squeeze the tube to soften the formula and coat the brush

Sephora, Dior, Nordstrom

Shade Range

–Innovative packaging
–Shade range
–No flaking or smudging
–Lashes held a curl

–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
If you don’t like plastic, spikey wands this is not the mascara for you. I liked this, but you can get the same look with other, cheaper mascaras. I don’t have much to say on it, honestly. It did everything I want a mascara to do, but it’s THIRTY freaking dollars. If I’m spending that much on mascara, I want to be wowed. It’s good and if you feel like treating yourself, go for it!





Used with LOreal Lash Primer



Splurge or Save? Volume II


**I’m not saying these products are dupes as I have not tested all of them. These are such similar products at a cheaper price point. I love finding these similar products! **

  1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette, $42
    CoverGirl Peach Punch Highlighter Palette, $9.98
  2. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $32
    Wet n Wild Photo Focus Primer Water Spray, $4.99
  3. Lorac Pro Hi-Res Lip & Cheek Powder, $19
    NYX Powder Puff Lippie, $8.49
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio, $30
    Morphe Blushing Babes, $12
  5. Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer, $39
    Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner, $6.99
  6. MAC Strobe Cream, $33
    NYX Away We Glow Strobing Cream, $15.99
  7. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24
    Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper, $11
  8. Farsali Jelly Highlighter, $40
    Makeup Revolution Jelly Highlighter, $9
  9. Urban Decay The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium, $34
    elf Make Me Matte! Foundation Adjuster, $8
  10. Guerlain L’Or Radiance Primer, $74
    Physicians Formula 24 Karat Gold Collagen Serum, $14.95
  11. Milk Makeup Eye Pigment, $24
    Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow, $7.99
  12. Ciate London Glitter Flip, $19
    Hard Candy Glitteratzi Press + Play Lip, $6

Total Splurge: $410
Total Save: $115.38
Difference: $294.62

Volume I

June Favorites


Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette + Essence All I Need
I don’t wear eye shadow very often, but once I saw Jade share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow, I had to have it. I am in love with the shade! Since it’s a pretty penny, I want to be sure and use it and get my moneys worth. You could wear it alone, but I always put a powder shadow over a cream. $35 cream with a $2 powder, it’s called balance, friends.

Chanel Rouge Allure 91 Seduisante Lipstick
I went to NYC the last weekend in May for my BFFs wedding. I decided to pick this up at the airport to commemorate my trip. I love the idea of a memory being tied to a certain lipstick. For the past few years, I’ve bought myself a high end/luxury lipstick for my birthday. Each time I reach for that shade, I remember my birthday and different events from that year. Now, every time I reach for this GORGEOUS Chanel shade, I’ll remember my best friend’s wedding.


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
I got a sample of this at Target and fell in love with the scent. I don’t like the feeling of lotion because so many are so greasy and just sit on my skin rather than sink in. Fortunately, this one doesn’t do that. It absorbs quickly, hydrates, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, and it smells so. dang. good.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
I got this in my Target Beauty Box in May and even though I haven’t used it up yet, I already bought a back up. There was a gift set on sale that came with the scrub and the body butter and I couldn’t resist.

LOreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair & Protect Balm + Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
I only wash my hair once a week, usually on Sunday. I don’t use dry shampoo till about Thursday and if I have weekend plans, I will wash it on Friday or Saturday. I always get asked how I only wash my hair once a week. I’m very lucky and my hair just doesn’t get oily easily. The other trick is the aforementioned combo. I use this conditioning mask and leave it on about 20 minutes. I rinse it out and then use the Neutrogena shampoo. The mask/balm hydrates my hair and makes it soft and shiny and the Neutrogena gets any residue left behind from the mask and other hair products. Another bonus, they’re both at the drugstore and super affordable.

Splurge or Save? Volume I

I haven’t tried any of these products so I am not saying they are dupes. I’m just showing some affordable options for more expensive products.


MAC Rollerwheel Liner $22 // Revlon Color Stay Exactify Liquid Liner $11.99

Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots (72) $30 // Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Overnight Patches (18) $6.89

Cover Fx Customer Blot Drops $42 // Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Drops $8.25

NARS Ita Brush $55 // Black Radiance Sculpting Brush $4.99

Forero Luna 2 Facial Cleansing Brush $169 // elf Massaging Facial Cleanser $20

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer $20 // Physicians Formula InstaReady Concealer $10.99

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil $42 // NYX Hydra Touch Oil Primer $13.99 //
elf Hydrating Booster Drops $10


Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm $29.50 // Equate Wipe Away the Day $4.99
*Elle Sees did a post on this, check it out!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $23 // LOreal Lash Paradise Mascara $9.99

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer $50 // Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Powder $28

Milk Makeup Blur Stick $36 // elf Prep & Blur Stick $8

Ciate Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm $26 // NYX Dose of Dew Face Gloss $9

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate $39 // Neutrogena Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster $19.99

Anastasia Brow Definer $23 // Loreal Brow Stylist Shade & Fill $10.99


Kat Von D Lock It Brightening Powder $25 // elf Correct & Set Undereye Powder $4

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette $32 // Ulta Collection Holographic Eye & Cheek Palette $16

MAC Strobe Cream $33 // LOreal True Match Lumi Glotion $14.99

MAC Paint Pot $22 // BH Cosmetics Smooth Canvas Shadow Primer $6.99

Guerlain L’Or Radiance Primer $74 // Pop Beauty 24K Face Base $16

Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Setting Spray $34 // elf Beauty Shield Daily Defense Makeup Mist $8

Total Splurge: $825.50
Total Save: $230.05
Difference: $596.45

If I Were A Rich Girl…

If I were fancy and had lots of dollars to spend on luxury makeup, these are the products I would buy.

The most I have ever spent on a makeup products was $90 for the Louboutin lipstick and I did it without batting a lash because Loubs are life and I needed it.

However, I don’t drop major monies on products on a regular basis. I do treat myself to a more expensive lipstick for my birthday each year, but other than that, you can catch me me in the drugstore section of Ulta.


  • Chanel Soleil Tan by Chanel
    • Everyone on YouTube raves about this cream bronzer. I’ve never been interested in it because I’ve always assumed it was too dark for my skin tone. However, I’ve seen some more fair skinned gals using it so I think it would work for me. I need to know if it lives it up to the hype.
  • Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Berry
    • I have a similar product from elf and I LOVE it. I’d love to try the OG to see if the elf is really as good as I think it is. Plus, Dior lipsticks are just so dang pretty.
  • YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip StainΒ 
    • Y’all know I love a good liquid lip and the color No 22 Coral Anti Mainstream is what attracted me to this products. It’s such a gorgeous, unique shade.Β 
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
    • This another YouTube hyped product and I’ve always had oily skin so I knew it would not be a good look for me. Since my skin is more dry now, I would love to see if it is really THAT good.
  • Tatcha Water Cream
    • I love gel based moisturizers and I’ve never tried a Tatcha product, but it’s top shelf skincare.
    • I recently got a 100 point perk of this from Sephora but I haven’t tried it yet.
  • Tata Harper Clarifying Mask
    • This is a highly rated product at Sephora and I’ve seen it in several magazines. I’m all for any masks that aims to help with acne and clear up your skin.
  • Sunday Riley UFO Face Oil
    • I don’t know who Sunday Riley is, but he/she thinks A LOT of their products. This is another acne, clear skin, life changing product.
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
    • The actual primer looks really similar to my beloved First Aid Beauty primer which is a fraction of the cost. I’d like to put the two head to head and see who wins.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Highlighter Powder Pearls
    • These are just plain pretty

Truth be told, the only product I would potentially buy from this list is the Chanel Bronzer. The rest, I will just get a sample at Sephora.

Here’s the thing about luxury products, you are paying for the name only. Nine times out of ten, the product is nothing special. They entice with the well known name and the pretty packaging and take your money. However, I do think it’s nice to #treatyoself every now and then.

And, there’s my two cents on luxury beauty. Carry on.