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Be Your Best Self Kit with bareMinerals

11:04:00 AM

Be Your Best Self Kit with BareMinerals

Hi lovelies! 

Hope everyone's having a great day! Just wanted to share a wonderful set I picked up at bareMinerals about a month ago. Yeah I know a month is kinda late but I wanted to make sure I liked it before I shared it with you!  I also stopped by my local bareMinerals to purchase mine and even though it's sold out on their website, you can still get at Sephora and bareMinerals stores. 

This is a limited edition collection created by YouTube vlogger Ingrid Nilsen I took a look at her channel and it's cute...she's a little more on the natural side than me but it's good for some basic ideas. Here's what came in the set for $50...

1. A cute gray makeup bag with the words " Be Your Best Self." I love that beautiful message and it's so true!! The makeup bag is perfect for throwing in your handbag and taking your makeup on the go. It's about medium size so you can fit a lot of goodies in there! It's also a good material that you can wipe down with a damp cloth or wipe.

Be Your Best Self Kit with BareMinerals

2. Original Powder Foundation: I used to use this product yearssss ago when I first started wearing makeup. It's super light and natural looking. I actually wear this on weekends. A little bit goes a long way and remember to keep buffering into the skin. The more you buff, the more creamier the powder becomes! Your skin won't look dry or tired. Honestly it's not my #1 foundation because sometimes it can get messy especially when I'm in a rush during the work week. You also have to swirl it around the cap for 15 seconds in order to "activate" the powder. It's a great product that I'll probably always keep in my beauty bag as my makeup. It's also only made with 5 ingredients and so good for your skin that you can even sleep with it...I highly recommend this.

Be Your Best Self Kit with BareMinerals

3. Powder Foundation Brush: this brush is one of my favorites and it just perfect for buffing any powder into your skin. The handle is amazing and provides the perfect grip. You have total control over the brush and application. The bristles are soft and just all around perfect for providing a nice even coverage. This brush is a yes for me. I also use it to "blend" my makeup look after I finish the final application.

Be Your Best Self Kit with BareMinerals

4. Invisible Glow Highlighter: This is a limited edition highlighter specially created by Ingrid. It creates the perfect glow and reminds me a lot of Hourglass' Ambiance powders for a fraction of the price. I highly recommend it and it creates the perfect highlight. It's super natural though and isn't really buildable so don't expect intensity if you're partying with this. It's more for natural everyday wear.  

Have you tried anything from bareMinerals? Have you purchased this set? 

Thanks for stopping by!!

21 Days of Beauty at Ulta!

10:56:00 AM


Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Hi darlings!!

Just wanted to give you a quick news update even though I am a few days late to the party! Ulta is now hosting their 21 Days of Beauty! Of course I pick the most difficult time of year to give up all beauty purchases....everyone seems to be having sales on makeup that very rarely happens!! Ugh! But whatevs, even though I can't enjoy (read why here), I am happy you all get to enjoy!

I usually always shop Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty and score some major deals! It's happening from March 19th to April 8th! I still have these Stila eyeliners that I purchased last year!

What will you be picking up?

Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

11:18:00 AM

Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I love me some eyeshadow! I wear at least 4 different shades in order to create my perfect everyday look! Since I've purchased the Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette from Tarte, I have been receiving soooo many compliments! My Mom actually picked up this palette for me because she saw it at Sephora and thought it was beyond gorgeous. Honestly, for my mom to fall in love with any makeup, it's a pretty big deal. Every single shade is so useable and absolutely beautiful. 

Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I love shimmery eyeshadows. I use a matte color as my base but I need some shimmer in my life. I use MAC's matte as my base and then create he rest of my loom with Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette. I use a combo of cove and reef in my crease, a combo of reef and abyss is my outer corner, sand in my brow bone and a combo of mermaid and starfish in the inner corner. So far I haven't used seashell and wave but I'm sure I will at some point. Seriously every single shade in the palette is useable which is rare! 

The palette is $32 which I think is an amazing deal. I love Tarte beauty products and definitely think this is a must have for the classic beauty look with a little flair. 

What's your eyeshadow routine?

Beauty Goodies Used Up In February

10:21:00 AM

Beauty Goodies Used Up In February

Hey darlings! 

Hope everyone's having a great weekend! I know I'm super late with this but whatevs! Here are my February empties! 

1. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: The packaging is super luxe and pretty. Pink is my fave color so you know I'm going to love it. The tube feels like metal and it's kinda heavy which I love because it makes me feel like I'm getting something good quality. I also love love love the wand applicator. It's big and puffy and gets every little hair. There's only one issue....I frickin hate this mascara so much as an actual mascara!!! I seriously can't believe all of the hype. This mascara for me sucked sooooo badly! Nothing but raccoon eyes by midday and me cleaning up dark black smudges from under my eyes. Since everyone brags about how good this is, I thought I would give it a go. I absolutely positively will NOT be repurchasing this. Nope! Never! I tried it so many different ways too. With a mascara primer, without a primer, with this eyeliner, without eyeliner, with Chanel eye products, with drugstore eye products. It didn't matter how I used it or what I used it with....it sucks. 

2. Avon's Makeup Removing Wipes: I've been using these wipes for over a year now so for me to be using a product for so long, you know I love it. It's the first step of my skincare routine and how I remove the first layer of my makeup. I also use it to clean brushes after every use. (deep makeup brush cleaning happens every Sunday) These wipes are so moist, cheap, and fab. I will absolutely continue to purchase. 

3. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue: I love this tinted moisturizer and it's super light and great for summer. I'm a fan of this brand and highly recommend it. It's great for the price point. I mostly just use Chanel beauty products now so I probably won't be repurchasing this anytime soon. Great product but I like more coverage. 

4. Oil of Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System: Omg, I have to share a separate blog product about this gem. I absolutely am obsessed with this exfoliating scrub. My Mom has been using it for years and got me hooked on it. I highly highly highly recommend it. I use it 2x per week and my skin hasn't looked better. It gets rid of every last bit of dead skin. Your face will thank you. 

5. Bumble & Bumble Curl Style Pre-Style Spray: This is my 2nd bottle of this and I already purchased a 3rd. Sometimes this is the only product I use in my hair. It leaves my locks smooth, sleek, and super soft. I'm obsessed and don't see myself getting over it anytime soon. It also works well for me because it contains no parabens or sulfates which my keratin-treated hair appreciates. 

6. Tula Urban Defense Hydrating Mist: Yes!!!!! Love!!! This product has helped my skin soooo much. After all of my acne meds, my skin was dehydrated and looking flaky. I don't know if it's actually helping me fight against NYC pollution but I spray Tula's hydrating mist after I complete my nighttime skincare routine and it's so moisturizing. It has really improved my skin. I already repurchased! Tula is such an awesome brand and I highly recommend the skincare line. Stay tuned because I'll be sharing a lot more about the brand. 

7. Tula's Hydrating Day & Night Cream: Again, another gem from Tula! I can't get enough of their skincare products. The whole line will really improve your skin and balance everything out. My face is almost back to normal after using so many harsh acne meds. This moisturizer is amazing to use at night and under your makeup when applied in the morning. It's hydrating without being heavy or greasy. I will 100% be reordering this product. 

Watch this space in another two weeks when I share beauty goodies I've used up in March! I'm trying to use up products before I buy more! What products have you used up?

Thanks for reading! 

Lent & Makeup Status

10:59:00 AM


Hi loves!! 

So sorry it has been over two weeks and it's been silent! Honestly it comes down to one thing: exhaustion. After an entire year of trying to cover acne, fight acne, and heal acne, I have used soooo many new products, researched, returned what I didn't like then tried more next products and continued this cycle month after month. I'm done! I still have some product reviews up my sleeve but for the most part, I'm good with my current makeup and skincare routine. All of this has been so much! Anyone out there with acne, I feel for you!! 

Despite loving beauty still, I decided to give up all new purchases for Lent. So from last Wednesday to April 16th...no new beauty purchases! No makeup, skincare, haircare, or nail polish polishes. Nada. This little passion of mine became a full blown obsession and honestly my wallet can't afford it anymore. 

This blog will still focus on beauty but I have other things up my sleeve. I'll share with you my current fave beauty products, what's worth the splurge and what's not, and how to buy makeup on a budge. There's more to come but I just needed a little break. 

Thank you as always for reading this little baby of mine! Let's see how much money I can save during Lent...

I love you all!

xoxo

Josie Maran's Argan Oil Face Butter & 100% Pure Argan Oil

10:37:00 AM

Josie Maran's Argan Oil Face Butter & 100% Pure Argan Oil

Hi darlings!!!! Hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! 

I've been a little quiet lately because yet again...I'm still trying to find the perfect skincare routine that works for me. (Outside of using my acne meds) I went to the dermatologist yesterday and after this week, I'm officially off my oral pills and I'll be using the topical creams every other day. I am super nervous because I don't want the terrible acne to come back. I have one blemish on my cheek but hoping that's due to having my period and it's not anything major about to happen...

Anyways! Due to all the harsh meds, my skin goes from super dry and cracking to extremely oily! My skin needs to balance itself out! When it's super super dry, I've been using a power duo...Josie Maran's Argan Oil and Face Butter. These two products are unbelievable. 

So about two week ago, I saw a TSV on QVC for the most amazing Josie Maran set. I blogged about it here. I purchased the Juicy Peach scent and omg it's heaven. Let's start breaking this down...

Josie Maran is well known for her 100% Pure Argan Oil. It's probably her best selling products and it's how she started as a brand. The argan nuts are harvested in morocco and are pretty much miracle workers. It takes 14 years to harvest and they can be used for cooking, healing medicines, but mostly for cosmetics. Yes, they can even heal burns! I actually use Josie's argan oil for both my face and hair. At night, I use about 6 drops of argan oil for my face. It's super moisturizing without being greasy. It absorbs into my skin pretty much as soon as I apply it. When using argan oil in my hair, I use about 5 to 10 drops on freshly washed and damp hair. When you wash your hair, towel dry for a bit, brush, add a few drop of argan oil to palm of hand, rub together to warm oil up, and then run through your hair. I focus on the bottom parts of my hair more since that's where I'm most dry. Once your hair dries, it's less frizzy and just looks beautiful. I truly like it better than Moroccan oil which tends to get greasy on me and can sometimes feel heavy and weigh down my hair. Even if I add too many drops of Josie's oil, my hair feels moisturized and not greasy. It's hands down my fave hair product lately. Plus who doesn't like a product that you can use for two things! 

Omg omg omg! Josie Maran's Face Butter! Holy crap this stuff is a dream. Since my skin can sometimes get so dry that I crack and bleed, I've tried so many different products including $125 serums and moisturizers from Chanel. I bought two different Chanel products and neither one worked for me. I tried Josie's Face Butter since one of my fave YouTubers swears by it and I couldn't be more in love with it. Within 3 days of using it day and night right after I apply my argan oil, my skin just plumped out. I swear it was like applying to a raisin and now I'm a grape! My skin is so hydrated and glowing. Sometimes it's actually too hydrated! Hahahaha. I'm not 100% sure if I'll use this over the Summer because it maybe too moisturizing but we shall see. 

This 2 part combo has truly saved my skin over the last week and I can't believe how quickly it all happened. It just goes to show that sometimes department stores are trying to see you the most expensive things just so you can buy. I have no problems spending money...if the product will work! This QVC Josie Maran TSV set was hands down the BEST money I've spent in a VERY long time. And the smell of juicy peach? Omg so yummy! 

How are you keeping your skin hydrated during these Winter months?

Beauty Products I'm Skipping

10:13:00 AM

Beauty Products I'm Skipping

Hello darlings!!! Everyone in NY enjoy the snow? Whoa it was crazy! 

So I've been trying to simplify my makeup routine lately. Ever since my acne disaster, I'm trying to acknowledge two things: I no longer have acne to cover so I don't need that much makeup and clogging my pores so much with makeup also contributed to my acne. 

Keep in mind that I do love the products below but they aren't 100% necessary to use every single day. Since I'm also trying to save money, I need to only use products that are an absolute necessity. Here's what I'm keeping out on...

Eye Shadow Primer: I just discovered a new trick about two weeks ago...use concealer! I was away over the weekend and forgot to pack my eyeshadow primer. I was devastated. I used my concealer instead and of course set it with my powder and I looked exactly the same! Exactly the same! 

Mascara Primer: I love mascara primers. Truly do! It's just too many of an extra step for me in the morning. I'll use for special occasions but I can't use a primer everyday anymore. 

Setting Spray: I know people will fight me on this one but I pretty much have normal skin now. I can skip this step. If you have oily skin, you may keep the spray in your makeup bag. 

Eyelash Curler: I always forget this step anyway. I know they make your eyelashes look longer but to me it's not worth the extra effort. 

Leave-In Conditioner: I never notice a difference with my hair. Skip!! 

Lip Primer: My stupidest purchase. It's supposed to make my lips smoother and my lipstick last longer but that was a lie. 

Shaving Cream: I never use anymore! Just use body wash. Same thing! 

Eye Makeup Remover: I have yet to find an eye makeup remover that I'm truly forever in love with. Not sure if it's because I've switched mascaras but no eye makeup remover seems to be working anymore. They all leave residue on my pillow  and leave me with raccoon eyes in the morning. I just purchase this baby shampoo to clean my eye makeup. It's cheaper but let's see how it does. 

Makeup Removing Wipes: I'm just using baby wipes from now on. Much cheaper!! My Avon wipes are super moist because since I double cleanse anyway, I don't need such expensive wipes. Also, sometimes I only use them the clean my makeup brushes after every use. No more! 

Lip Scrubs: There's definitely a way you can DIY this. No need to spend $10 on a scrub. 

What beauty products are your must-haves and what can you skip out on?