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MOTD: Simple, Dewy Makeup

IMG_4890 after photoshopQuick little makeup of the day that I decided to do after taking photos for my upcoming post reviewing the bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation. That post will be up on Monday if you’re interested.

I recently got some new products from Sephora (which I posted here) and decided to make a post where I used them. The new additions to my collection are the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

I wanted to go with a fresh, soft, dewy look today. Since I live in Florida I don’t really experience the insanity of dry skin when it gets cold, but my skin does react a little bit because of the constant change in temperature. To fight against this, I have been going for a glowy, minimal look lately.

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For my foundation, I used the bareMinerals Bare Skin foundation in the shade 01, Bare Porcelain, which is a great match for my fair skin. I don’t want to drone on about this foundation too much because I have an entire post on it coming up soon!

I next covered up my dark circles with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, which is the lightest shade. I set this and my foundation with my Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder. I only added this to my T zone and under eye area to avoid mattifying the dewy effect of the foundation. To finish off the face, I added a bit of my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in the shade Magic to the apples of my cheeks.

On the eyes, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden to prime my eyelids. I just used the sample package that came with my Naked 3 pallete. After priming, I went in with the Naked 3 and blended the color Nooner slightly into the crease. I then went in with Burnout on the inner half of the lid and the smallest amount of Mugshot on the outter corner. I then added a tiny bit of Dust into the inner corner to add some shine to the look.

After the shadows, I created a thin line along my lash line with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This liner makes a super thin line insanely simple. If you want to see my first impression on this liner, click here. I added some of my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara to finish off the eyes.

For my brows (which are in serious need of maintenance, forgive me) I used the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil and gel in Dark Brown. Once I gather all of my thoughts on this, I am thinking about doing an entire review on the product.

I topped the look off with a quick swipe of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in the shade Honey. This lip product adds the perfect amount of tint to my look but feels amazing like a balm.

So that was it! My MOTD for a winter day in Florida. Keeping it simple (as always) and, currently, dewy. Let me know below what your favorite products were for an everyday look in January!

Mini Sephora Haul and First Impressions

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All of these products are ones that are super hyped up on the Internet. Personally, I am one of those people that tends to be skeptical of over-hyped products, but on this trip I went in with the mindset of blogging and seeing if these products were really worth it. I initially set out to get the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to do a Worth the Hype post on it but soon decided to pick up a few more and do a first impressions post instead.

Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

Probably one of the most talked about cleansing oils online recently has been this one from Boscia. On the way out of Sephora, they had a sample portion that was tucked on the little shelves near the register (those things always get me). Since I had been wanting to try this product for a while, I decided I could test it out for $10.00. Since this is just a sample size, it only contains 1.7 fl oz but I felt like that was perfect just in case I didn’t turn out to be a fan. Unfortunately for my wallet, I love it. I was used to using the Garnier Cleansing Oil but I always felt like it left my face just a bit too greasy after using and didn’t fully remove my makeup. With this Boscia product, I do feel the cooling effect and it really feels nice on my skin after a long day. I also can tell a difference with the makeup removal too. On a super lazy day, this doubles as a face cleanser as well. So far I am really enjoying it and am already considering repurchasing.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

If there is one concealer that has so much talk surrounding it, it has to be this one. As I’ve said before, I struggle with covering my super dark circles all the time. I have very fair skin (this concealer is in the lightest shade, Chantilly) which means that I have a really tough time finding shades that are light enough but still provide high coverage. With this product, I think that it covers more than any drugstore concealer I’ve used. It does set pretty quickly so you have to work one eye at a time, but it truly does provide the coverage I need. The shade is actually slightly lighter than my skin so it provides a bit of a highlight which I normally can’t get from a concealer. After setting it, I notice that it doesn’t stray or crease all day long. After putting it on initially, it does seem a bit stark but once it settles, it covers my dark circles fabulously.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

When I went into Sephora, I asked the sales woman to tell me her thoughts on the Kat Von D liner. I knew I was already going to make the purchase but I wanted to see what she would suggest for me and if she felt that this was the best product. After seeing her swatch it on her hand, it came out blacker than black and dried instantly. The finish wasn’t a dry matte, but rather a natural looking line. Once I got it home and tried it out, it creates a super thin and precise line. The brush tip does take a bit of time to get used to but once you do, it creates the perfect cat-eye flick.

So those are all my recent Sephora purchases! While sometimes products that have a ton of hype surrounding them fail, these all were successful purchases.

 

Philosophy Purity Cleanser: Worth the Hype?

IMG_4765Philosophy is one of those brands that you constantly hear about but never really know if the hype is justified or just simply hype.

One of their most popular products, the Purity cleanser, is talked about regularly on blogs and receives nearly 5 stars on most websites in which the product is sold.

For a complete description, I decided to use the one that is found on the Sephora website because they provided more in depth details than the actual Philosophy site.

The Claim

Sephora says:

What it is:
An award-winning, highly effective one-step facial cleanser to tone and hydrate skin.

What it is formulated to do:
Begin with the most basic step of all. Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser is an award-winning cleanser that melts away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced. Formulated for all skin types and gentle enough for the sensitive eye area, it deep cleans pores while natural oil extracts help condition skin.”

 

The Experience

I don’t naturally have problem skin, but I was feeling quite a few breakouts when I decided to buy this product. I purchased it on Black Friday and have been using it nightly ever since. I suffer from mostly hormonal breakouts and redness on my face. I also have a few dark spots around my chin that I normally like to use a toner on just for the added benefit. This product claims to have that affect.

I began with my normal makeup remover (more on that in an upcoming Skin Care Routine post) and then went in with the Philosophy cleanser. I started by massaging it into my face without applying extra water and it felt very creamy and gentle. After adding some water to my hands the product immediately foamed up. While I don’t have dry skin, I do have combination meaning that there are some spots on my face that are naturally drier than the rest. I normally avoid products that foam because these tend to dry the skin out. With this product, though, I didn’t notice any abnormal drying and my skin didn’t feel tight after using it. I liked how little of product I had to use and how clean and refreshing I felt afterward. While I don’t think this product would remove a full face of makeup, it did a great job of getting off what my cleansing oil left behind.

The Verdict

Okay, I am a convert. I was truly skeptical about the quality of the product due to how many people speak about it (yes, I am one of those people).
The next day my hormonal acne was completely cleared. I am not exaggerating a bit. I even applied a small amount to my chest and washed it off in the shower to remove a spot I had and by the next day it was completely gone.

The formula didn’t dry my skin out nor did it irritate my eyes. I have been using this cleanser daily and I have still barely made a dent in the product. I feel as though after I started using this product the spots on my chin are less prominent and that my overall complexion has drastically improved.

I will be repurchasing the product (and in a larger quantity) to use daily. I cannot believe the difference it has made to my skin.

Worth the hype: Yes

The Bob: Emma Stone Inspired Haircut

2014 was arguably the year of the bob. From Ashley Benson to Taylor Swift to Emma Stone (my hair inspiration), the bob was a hit. I had been wanting to make the cut for months but seemed to miss my last three hair appointments. Can you say dead ends?

Anyway, yesterday I snapped this photo of me as a “before” picture. You can see that my hair was slightly longer in the front than in the back from a previous hairstyle, but overall my hair was just a straightforward cut. I had been growing bangs out for a few months now, as you can probably tell in the photo.

IMG_4670 before picture fixSo this was my before! I was so ready to cut off all my hair and I have no regrets now. You can see from my before photo, the length of my hair makes me look pretty young.

And…….

TA-DA

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Here it is! This is my new haircut and I cannot explain how much I love it. I feel like I aged a few years as I lost a few inches. My haircut was inspired by Emma Stone’s Cabaret cut. I opted to go a little bit longer than her initial cut on my first go, but next time I feel like I will probably cut even more off. I also decided to let my bangs finish growing out before I cut them again, so I left that part of Emma’s hair out of my cut as well.

My hairdresser had her concerns when I showed her my idea but once she made the chop she couldn’t get over how much she liked it. She recommends going shorter next time. Let me know what you think below!

I am loving the light, easy look.

 

 

 

Lush Holiday Set: Winter Garden

IMG_4605As part of her Christmas gift to me, my best friend got me one of the Lush Holiday Sets. This one was in Winter Garden which was essentially full of rose scents and a few “Christmas-ey” bits.

The kit contained: Rose Jam Shower Gel, Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, Ultrabalm, and a Snowcake Bar Soap.

I have already used all of these products so that I could offer a full review of the products and how they worked with my skin.

Rose Jam Shower Gel: Personally, I loved this shower gel. The scent didn’t draw me in because the rose scent is super intense. I’m not usually a lover of rose, but once applying it to the skin with a washcloth, the scent dissipated and didn’t linger with the outrageous smell of roses. The gel meshed with my skin and made it feel silky after only one wash. After I washed with this gel multiple times, I noticed my body holding the moisture in throughout the day.

Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder: This product was one of the only ones that I was particularly disappointed with. The concept sounds great: you dust this powder all over your body once you get out of the shower and instantly feel moisturized, but the execution was lacking. The powder didn’t stick to my skin as I hoped. It just fell all over the floor. What did make it on my skin smelled nice but didn’t provide any moisture. I am thinking of trying this product while still in the shower, just once the water is off, in order to avoid a mess and see if it truly does its job. As of now though, I don’t see me using this powder on a daily basis.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner: What a wonderful concept, a conditioner for your body! I really do love this product as it acts as a conditioner for after you use your usual shower gel (or in this case the Rose shower gel). Where as the Rose Jam gel smells very strongly of rose, the conditioner is slightly diluted and that made me love it even more. As someone who isn’t a rose fanatic, I find it hard to resist this scent. The subtleties of the scent make it smell like the perfect winter rose. When applied with the Rose Jam gel, it conditions the body smoothly. It leaves you with a bit of a tack that leaves you feeling moisturized all day long.

Ultrabalm Body Balm: This tiny tube claims that it is a slave for all of your “bits”. Upon reading that, my friends and I had to know more. Was this a universal moisturizer? To what bits were they referring to? Okay…enough with the nonsense. The bits are basically anything. Yep, that’s right. While this salve is perfect for elbows and lips, the package claims that you can even tame flyways with it.  On the lips, there was a bit of texture to the salve that made them feel very fresh in the morning. I can see myself using this before bed on both my lips and elbows.

Snowcake Soap: A concurrent theme in this package is that all of the products are very hydrating, which is perfect for the winter time. This soap lathered up very nicely but didn’t dry my skin at all. This combination really surprised me as bar soaps can generally be a bit more drying than those from the tube. Overall, I prefer the gel body wash that comes in the package more, but this Snowcake Soap really impressed me. The scent is a mild mix that really just pays off as a soft vanilla when applied to the skin. It was very refreshing and hydrating to use.

Those are all of my thoughts on the Lush Winter Garden Holiday Set! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know below!

 

 

Neutral Eyes for the New Year

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For most people, New Years Eve means bold makeup and going out all evening. For me though, I work most of the night on New Year’s Eve this year so my makeup look is going to be a quick and easy look that I can throw on before I go out. My daily look is generally something very similar to this but I just thought I would share my look in case some if you were planning on staying in with friends this year!

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For this look I used the Naked 3 palette which I got for Christmas. I started out by priming the lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Then I applied Mugshot all over the lid. Even though this shade is a bit dark it is the exact shade of bronze that I was looking for. I then blended Nooner into the crease and into the outer corner. I applied Factory into the outer corner and then blended it well into the other shades. I topped the easy look off with Dust all over the lid and Burnout on the inner half of the lid.

So that’s it! This look would be great with a super vampy lip because it is so neutral. Let me know what your New Years plans are in the comments below!

Style Inspiration

For several years, finding my “style” was something I didn’t view as important or was even remotely concerned with. Recently, though, I have been enjoying the world of fashion and beauty. The idea of slipping on a comfortable dress and feeling like a million bucks is something that I really resonate with. I now realize that you don’t have to give up comfort to feel nice and that “style” isn’t what every other girl is wearing, it is what you feel best in. To me, expressing myself through clothing is a method of creativity. Yes, for me this is quite a new idea but I am enjoying it.

I thought I would share how I have learned to appreciate style and how I found my personal style without having to focus on what everyone in my area was wearing. For those of you who are having trouble finding your personal style or even just want to emulate your personality more through your clothing, I hope my tips on how I found my “style” and how I apply it to my every day life helps.

1. Don’t Focus on Being Different or The Same

 If you like something, wear it. Odds are soon enough you will find your style. Style is a representation of who you are, what you feel, and who you want others to view you as. As sad as it sounds, we often attain an idea of people based on their initial looks. Don’t get too caught up in thinking about what people will see you as, just more of how you want to see yourself. If you are in the store and see an outfit you like, that can become a part of your style. Once you realize what you a drawn to, own it.

2. Keep Your Eyes Open

The most important thing I have found when building my style or trying to feel more myself in what I wear is that the best way to find something you like is to see it on someone else. For me, most of my style inspiration is from street style. Street style is basically what people wear as they walk down the street. What other people wear on a daily basis is usually a good judgement for what you might be interested in wearing. This is not to contradict my previous tip, but to coincide with it. Wearing what someone else wore doesn’t mean that you aren’t being yourself. You may find a new way to spice up what someone else had on and make it feel like you.

3. Don’t Give Up What You Love

Being comfortable has always been super important to me so I decided that I would mesh this with any new outfit ideas. Not giving up what makes you happy and what you feel most like yourself in will help you find what your style truly is. In the same respect, just because you like something, doesn’t mean that everybody will. If you find something and are interested in wearing it, do just that. Don’t hold back.

While these tips seem miniscule and basic, I found that keeping these things in mind really helped me when I was deciding to pay more attention to what I was wearing. Don’t be afraid to be bold or basic, just as long as you feel great in whatever you are wearing.

 

 

 

 

 

Does It Work: Pinterest Shaving Hack

IMG_4283The Claim

I saw a pin a few days ago that claimed that shaving with Baby Oil Gel was a lasting alternative to average shaving with a shaving cream.

Here is the original pin that grabbed my attention: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391742867559856263/

The pinner stated that they experienced very smooth skin and had to shave even less. Let me just say, if anything says I have to shave less and I know it is good for my skin, I’m down to try it.

I went to the baby aisle and picked up the gel, which ran for about $4, maybe less. That is roughly the same price I pay for my Skintimate Shave Gel, so in that regards it was not a steal. The pin claimed, though, that this method would result in less shaving, hence less need for the gel and so on and so forth.

I have pretty sensitive skin on my legs, resulting in me having to use sensitive razors and not being able to use cheap shaving creams either. Baby Oil is so hydrating that I knew it would be alright for my razor rash, but I wasn’t too sure how it would hold up to the claim of it providing a long-lasting shave.

The Experience

After I bought the gel, I was so excited to give it a go that I hopped into the shower and went to tame the beasts (my legs). I used my standard Venus Sensitive razor, which is really the only razor I can use.

Initially, I found it tough to shave with the gel being so thick, but once I got the hang of that, the actual shaving process wasn’t difficult. Though this was true, the gel still proved to be a problem. Since the gel has such a sticky consistency, the hair literally clung to the gel and the inside of the razor. My shower and shave time increased by over 5 minutes due to the fact that I had to hold the razor under water to remove the hair build up (gross, right?). I even attempted to swirl the razor in a cup of water to release some of the build up but this was unsuccessful. On top of all of that, once the gel finally came out of the razor, it stuck to the sides of my tub. My bath tub was covered with tiny black hairs that adhered to my tub due to the thickness of the gel.

Aside from the clumping and hairs, the biggest complain I had while using this method was that my razor had roughly half the longevity that it normally did. With traditional shaving methods, I got a few good days, maybe even a week, with the razors I use. With the Baby Oil method, the razor was shot after two uses. The lubricated strip on the razor withered away and the blades became rough and useless.

After my shave, my legs were magnificently soft. Like wow, these babies could stop the world kind of soft. But, when using Baby Oil you have to apply extra sun screen as it allows you to burn more, so that just aided to product waste.

The Verdict

If it is not already obvious at this point, I am not still using the Baby Oil method. I used about 1/4 of the bottle and quit. The cost of replacing my very expensive sensitive razors was not worth the soft skin.

I feel as though my hair maybe didn’t grow as fast, but certainly nothing drastic as the Pinterest post had made it seem. I still found myself shaving every day and taking much longer while doing so because I had to de-clump my razor.

Although Baby Oil provides you with soft legs, the effect it has on your razors, your bath tub, and your wallet is not worth it.

In this case, this Pinterest post was a fail. If you want to follow me on Pinterest to see more of what I am liking, just click here!

 

Everyday Makeup: Full Face Drugstore Look

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Today’s Face of The Day is a simple, all drugstore makeup look that is super simple and quick. For my foundation, I went back to an old-faithful, my L’oreal True Match foundation in the shade N1: Soft Ivory. I blended this in with my Real Techniques Blending Sponge, which isn’t exactly drugstore, but it is drugstore price, so I decided to count it. Next, with my Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in the shade Ultra Light I applied this to the dark circles under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and a bit to my chin and forehead, again using the same sponge. I set all of this my Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 which is a translucent setting powder. I applied this all over with an e.l.f Kabuki Brush. The portion of this look that really tops it off is the eyes. I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to The Bronze. I patted it all over my lid, focusing on the outer corner, with the e.l.f Eyeshadow Brush and blended it towards the crease with an e.l.f Blending Brush. Both of these brushes are $1 and do well with the color tattoos. I topped my eyes off with a ultra thin line of Maybelline Master Precise liner in black and a quick coat of the Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara. For my brows, I used the e.l.f Eyebrow Kit in medium. Using an EOS balm, I moisturized my lips and topped it with my CoverGirl lipslick in demure (which unfortunately isn’t sold anymore). To finish off the look and add a shine to my face I added a touch of the CoverGirl Classic Color Blush in 570: Natural Glow with an Eco Tools Angled Brush.

So that was it! This look took me probably less than ten minutes. It is super affordable and a great everyday look. Plus, the Bad to The Bronze Color Tattoo brings out blue eyes beautifully.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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First things first, we need to get the whole skin tone situation down before we go any further into this… I am fair. I mean, really fair. I jokingly state that I have two shades: my summer shade, “white AF”, and my winter shade, “is that a ghost or a girl?”. Needless to say, finding a foundation that works and looks amazing on such fair skin isn’t an easy task. Generally speaking, pale people tend to have pink undertones with the occasional yellow-toned girl. I find myself to be neutral and can’t use anything that comes off unnaturally yellow or pink.

I have found my holy grail. Yep, I said it. While I haven’t tried every foundation in the world, this one kicks some serious ass. The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundations had so much hype surrounding them that I knew I needed to give it a try and see if I felt as attached to this product as the seemingly rest of the free world did. I picked up the shade “Fair Sand”, which is described as fair skin with yellow undertones. Personally, this foundation blends flawlessly into my skin and doesn’t come across as “too yellow”. The girl in Ulta wanted to shade match me before I made the purchase and she agreed, this foundation was made for my lifelessly pale skin.

Beware: photo of me fresh-faced is now going to be inserted.

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As you can see, my skin is generally clear from acne, although I do suffer from time-of-the-month-mountain-on-face syndrome and I always get small pimples after I get my brows waxed (does this happen to anyone else?).  My biggest concerns are some discoloration around my chin, awful dark circles, and redness.

I have been using my Real Techniques Blending Sponge to apply the product and it seems to do the trick. I put the foundation in small dots around my face and then just stipple it out. After one very thin coat this is what my face looked like:

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When I say thin coat, this is probably a pea-sized amount of product on my face. I don’t believe I have found a foundation that compares in dark circle coverage. This foundation is a perfect match for my skin tone as well. The look, even without primer, is flawless.

The finish is very natural, due to the Amazonian Clay, and leaves my face feeling as if I am not wearing foundation at all.

Website Claims:

“Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.”

Final Opinion:

Okay, I couldn’t save my final opinion for the end. If you are reading this far you know that I love this foundation. The color match is flawless and with the multiple shades they offer, I think anyone would be able to find a match. The coverage is full and flawless. The claim I was worried about was the 12-Hour because I purchased this foundation specifically for my outside graduation in Florida. If you have ever been to Florida in June, you know the humidity is no joke. I wore this and felt that it stayed put throughout the sweat and lasted all evening. I prefer a satin to matte finish anyway, so this foundation was perfect for me. There are also 1.7 fl oz in this foundation which is almost unheard of. I mean seriously, that is a lot of product. As the cheap skate I am, this helped me pull the metaphorical trigger and splurge.

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In this ridiculously close shot of my face you can tell that the spots around my chin are almost completely gone and my pores are less visible. I like my freckles to still be prominent on my face because I feel like they make me feel natural and like myself so this coverage is perfect for me.

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Here is my completed face with some basic every day makeup on (all hail the concealer gods). I love this foundation and would recommend that if you have been thinking about it, as I had for months, go purchase it!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. SPF 15. $38.00 USD.