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HELLO, SUMMER! MY GO-TO PRODUCTS FOR THE SEASON

Hi everyone! In this post, I’m going to talk about some of my go-to products that I will be using all summer. Besides work, I don’t really plan on doing a full glam look every day this summer. However, if I’m going to the pool or doing something casual, these are the products I have already been using/ plan on using this season. I live in Arizona, and it gets hot as HELL here so these products will protect your skin/be sweat-proof and waterproof to last all day. Without further ado, here they are!

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So I am going to in order on how you would apply these products starting with primer:

heartToo Faced Hangover Face Primer– $32. This primer is B O M B. It is coconut water infused- so it is SUPER hydrating for the skin, but it’s not greasy-hydrating like some primers can be. I’m oily, and I actually love and can use this primer. It has a lovely scent to it too and it just feels so refreshing to pat it into the skin. This primer also has probiotics and skin revivers to help wake up and refresh your skin- especially if you are feeling dull and tired. This can actually double as a moisturizer too- so if you’re someone who doesn’t like to layer too many products on your skin before makeup, this would be perfect for you. Plus, glycerin as an ingredient also helps to really adhere makeup to your skin and keep it on all day.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream with SPF 50+– $38. So this product has been popular for quite some time now and I’ve always heard great things about it. A few months ago when Sephora finally got IT Cosmetics in, I purchased one to see what the hype was about. Honestly it’s amazing… this product is so versatile. You can use a pump with your fingertips and get a nice even coverage if you’re going to the pool, or going to run some errands. OR you can use a sponge or a brush to get a super FULL coverage for a night out. The best part about this foundation is that its soo good for your skin. It is full of hydration, its anti-aging, and it has vitamins A, B, C, and E that address many skin concerns. And the SPF is amazing! Its rare to find a product with SPF 50! The hype is real and worth it on this one for sure.

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heartBenefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush– $29. Soooo ever since I got this blush, at the end of April, I haven’t used anything else. It’s honestly the perfect summer shade! It goes with every kind of look too and I think that’s why I’m constantly picking it up. It is described as a “bright pink with shimmering gold”, which gives overall a peachy appearance. What’s nice about peachy tones, is that they look good on literally every skin tone. Also what’s lovely about this blush is that it has a pink grapefruit and vanilla scent! It smells like you’re on vacation! Perfect summer blush if you have been looking for one.

heartToo Faced – Dark Chocolate Soleil Deep/Tan Matte Bronzer– $30. I’ve been a fan of the Too Faced bronzers for years now, they will always be my go-to. In the Chocolate Soleil franchise, it comes in three shades, basically a light, medium, and dark. All of them are matte (no shimmer) and with a very neutral undertone. I’m currently using the Dark Chocolate one for my contour and I love how buttery it glides on the skin, and how natural it looks. You can use these to contour, or you can dust it all over to warm up your skin and give a natural faux-tan kind of look! Perfect if you self-tan or have a natural tan and you need your face to match your body. It is infused with cocoa powder, so it is very hydrating for the skin. Also, yes, it has a heavenly chocolate scent (and technically taste too if you happen to get some flecks on your lips/tongue) 🙂

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heartHourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner– $34. Ahhhh. Last month I mentioned a liquid liner that I loved, because I am a liquid liner girl. I recently started using this one and I fell in love! Felt tips are awesome and super easy to use, and Hourglass recently launched this one. It makes creating wings so easy and seamless, the brush just glides on. What I love about this one too is how long-wearing and waterproof it is. My left eye is constantly watering, and I usually have to re-apply my liner in the corner because it will come off from the watering. I was with a friend recently out and of course my eye was watering. I kept asking him, “is my wing messed up?!” and he kept saying yes but I thought for sure he was lying because I had kept wiping it. I looked in my phone front-camera- and sure enough it was still there! That’s when I knew this liner was the real deal.

heartToo Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara– $23. Let me start off by saying in the past, I never liked the Better Than Sex Mascara. I don’t know why really, but I also don’t really remember the last time I tried it. I gave the waterproof version a try recently and I forgot why I hated it! The hourglass shaped brush gives the most insane volume with only a couple of strokes. It gives that awesome false lash look we all want in a mascara. I did give it the true test too, I went swimming with it on and it did not budge. I even rubbed my eyes and no smearing! It’s perfect for the summer and water activities if you still want to wear mascara. And yes, as long as you have a good eye makeup remover (I recommend an oil based)- it will come off easily.

heartTarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist– $25. Last but not least, setting spray! Any kind is really a must have for the summer to set and refresh your skin, but I like this one because it really has a ton of skincare benefits. The four things it can do is act as a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist, and a skin refresher. I’ve been using it before applying my skin care as almost a booster for the products that I apply after. I also use it as a setting spray, and a refresher if I’m out at the pool and I need a pick me up. It has soooo many ingredients that are great for your skin to help soothe, hydrate and refresh the skin. The scent is beautiful as well, I could bathe in this stuff!

 

Well that’s it for my summer go-tos, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! I would love to hear what you think of these if you already have them, or if you go and purchase them! What are YOUR summer go-to products?! I wanna know!

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SPRING CLEANING: EMPTIES

Hi everyone! Happy Spring. (Even though in Phoenix it’s already hot as hell) ugh. Anyways, I’ve been collecting some empties for a while in this big bag, so I thought I’d share with you all my reviews on them, then finally toss them out! So here it goes:

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heartU.F.O Ultra- Clarifying Face Oil by Sunday Riley 0.5oz for $40– I’m going to start off by saying that I’ve tried quite of few of products now from this line, and it has definitely become one of my favorite brands. This is a medicated dry oil to help clear congested pores and breakouts. I wore this as my night time moisturizer- because I’m on the oilier side, this was enough moisture for me to wear by itself. If you are dry, I would layer a moisturizer on top. A lot of oily people like myself don’t realize that facial oils are actually amazing for oily skin, because oil balances out oil. When I used this every night, I saw a huge improvement in my skin, it was over all not as oily- and it did clear up quite a bit. I definitely would recommend this for any type of breakout/acne prone skin. The main ingredients in this are: 1.5% salicylic acid (clears congested pores and treats breakouts), tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil (help to purify and keep skin clear), licorice root and hexylresorcinol (brighten and fade acne scarring/discoloration on the skin).

heartMartian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner by Sunday Riley for $80 (full size)– So I actually very recently in the last few days just finished my little trial size of this toner. In the past, I really never incorporated a toner into my routine and I’m not really sure why. I had gotten this one in gratis along with the mini UFO oil- and had used it maybe once and steered away because I didn’t like the smell. One of my co-workers had told me how much they loved it and how it helped keep their skin extra clean and balanced, so I decided to give it a try again. I feel like I had been missing that toner step for so long and now I can’t go without using a toner. After I cleansed- I would pump this onto a cotton pad and sweep my whole face with it then toss it. I would then follow with my serum and moisturizer. Lately my skin has been a lot more clear than normal and I have added and taken away some products and this was one of them I added and I truly felt it made a difference. The main ingredients in this one are: bentonite clay (pulls out pore-clogging dirt and excess oil from the skin), marshmallow extract (soothes redness and irritation), cucumber, green tea, and witch hazel extract (tone + tighten the skin), and manuka (purifying + clarifying).

heartÉnergie de Vie The Refreshing & Refining Light Lotion-In Gel by Lancôme for $50– Soooo I actually think this product is being discontinued because it’s sold out online and I haven’t seen it in stores in a while. I actually think it was replaced by this item, which I have also used- but stopped using cause something better came along. Honestly, I do LOVE how light these products are, but I don’t feel like it did much for my skin. I also feel like when I was using them my skin wasn’t the best when I was using it and I think it might have something to do with all the fragrance in the product. I mean it smells awesome, but I feel like fragrance breaks my skin out sometimes so I try to not use stuff that has too much in it. This product is supposed to “wake your skin up” and I do admit I felt refreshed after putting this on in the morning, but my skin is doing better without it.

heartIntensive Pore Minimizer by Perricone MD 4 oz for $60– Omg. I loved this product SOOO much. I would use it on a cotton pad after I cleansed in the evening any time I had any sort of breakout, or breakout forming. This stuff would clear it up almost overnight.It has little chunks of magnesium in it (you have to shake the bottle before each use), which goes in and really clears out the pores and soothes any sort of inflamed breakout. What I also liked about this, is that it didn’t dry my skin out at all. My skin really felt clean and refreshed after using this product, and I also noticed a size change in my pores. Would definitely recommend for any sort of problem skin. The main ingredients in this are: DMAE (tightens the skin), alpha lipoic acid (gently exfoliates), and salicylic acid (treats breakouts).

Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion by Urban Decay for $22– If you want that wing-so-sharp-to-cut-someone type of winged liner, this is the product for you honey. If you know me, you know how much I love my winged liner and I’m seriously obsessed with this liner AND this formula. I’ve repurchased it a couple of times, because no other liner I’ve used has this thin of a tip to get that super sharp and precise line. I also really never noticed how truly black and matte the formula is until I started getting compliments at work all the time from clients. I love this liner so much! I also dries super fast and stays all day so you don’t have to worry about smudging or flaking. This liner also comes in a ton of different colors, I have the white one as well I love to use to create some fun graphic liner looks. You need this!!!

 

Okay that’s all I have for this round of empties- I honestly have soo many others I need to talk about but I’m going to split it up into multiple posts. As always, any feedback or take-aways you got from this are much appreciated it! Thank you soo much for reading and I hope you loved this post. Until next time,

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REVIEW: K-BEAUTY FACE MASKS

Hi guys! Welcome back to my page, I know it’s been a while. With the holidays and work, I’ve been super busy and haven’t taken the time to write and do a review! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. One thing I was really excited to get for Christmas was my new camera! So I’m really going to focus on improving my content and pictures and will take any feedback you guys have for me. Anyway, I wanted to start the new year by reviewing some pretty cool inexpensive k-beauty masks that my best friend had sent to me from Amazon. (Thanks Emily I love you, you da best.) By the way, k-beauty stands for “Korean beauty” which has been a huge trend in the US in the last year or so. Sephora started carrying a ton of awesome k-beauty brands recently, but some you can only get online. I love k-beauty because they have the craziest names and packaging, and most of all a lot of them are effective and at a great price point. So today I’m going to be talking about two masks-they are called the Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask, and the Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. They are both from a brand called Elizavecca.

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Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask- Purchase it here for $11.20. This mask is a peel-off mask which is really fun, and intended to help un-clog the pores and remove impurities. You apply a thick-opaque layer to clean, dry skin and wait until it has completely dried down then peel off. This mask is very comparable- if not BETTER than the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and for a fraction of the price. I will say- try to avoid your eyebrows and hair line. It will be slightly painful when you go and to peel it off and its stuck to your hair. If you get the application right and nice and opaque, peeling it off will be super easy. I really loved this mask. It was kind of painful to peel off, but it really did pull EVERYTHING out. My skin looked and felt smoother, and my black heads on my nose were almost completely gone! I loved this mask, and for the price it made it even better. I definitely recommend if you feel like your pores are clogged, or have noticeable black heads.

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask- Purchase it here for $11.14. Ok so this one was interesting. I’ve tried other bubble masks from Sephora but this bubbles up more than any of those I have tried. This mask is supposed to cleanse, exfoliate, and un-clog pores. How it works is you apply it with the spatula it comes with all over, and you leave it on and watch it foam up. I will say- start with less and try and not go even close to the eye area because it foams up A LOT and will get into your eyes. The foaming sensation was extremely itchy and uncomfortable and I couldn’t wait to take it off.  After I rinsed, my skin looked the same. I really don’t feel like this mask did much for me. Over all it was messy, uncomfortable, and didn’t show me any results. I honestly probably won’t use this one again. But I’ve also read a lot of great reviews from people who loved it, so I guess to each their own. It was a pretty fun experience though, and you literally look like a monster when its fully bubbled up haha.

If you want to try both of them, there is a bundle on Amazon here for a cheaper then buying them individually.

That’s it for this review, I hope you guys found it helpful and I hope you get to try one of these masks, and please let me know what you think when you do! Also, if you know of any other cool k-beauty must-haves, share with me. Thank you SO much for reading!

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NOVEMBER ’16 FAVORITES

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I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of the year. I would say for the most part, I had a pretty great year! I got to spend it with amazing people, went on some vacations and had nothing but great times. I am looking forward to the holiday season though, and to spend it with my family. I’m hoping next year will start off positive and I can create even more fun memories. Anyway, I’m just going to talk about a few of my favorite products I’ve really been enjoying throughout the month of November.

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition $65- Let me first apologize for how dirty my palette looks in the picture, my makeup doesn’t stay clean and pretty for too long (oops.) I am SOO glad I got my hands on one of these palettes. I saw pictures of it floating around on Instagram for awhile and was droooooling over it. It finally launched on sephora.com after what seemed like forever I was wanting it and I placed my order instantly! I’m obsessed with the glitter shades, they are almost foiled in a sense. They are sooo creamy that they almost feel wet to the touch. I will say, the best way to apply the glitter shades is with your fingers, they will not pick up on a brush. The matte shades are also super creamy and blendable! I think it’s an awesome fall/winter palette and is definitely a must have in your collection. It’s been sold out with Sephora for awhile, but I believe is still in stock on their website, which is linked in the title. I hope you can snag one, it’s worth it! Below are swatches of the glitter shades left to right in order as seen in the palette:

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heartKate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift $95- Okay, so I’ve used this stuff on and off throughout the years, but never really knew exactly what it did and usually would give the bottles I acquired away. I got my hands on one recently, and started incorporating it into my night time skincare routine as my serum- so the step before moisturizer. What it does is it helps to combat uneven skin tone, sagging in the skin, and dryness. I’m not super worried about the anti-aging aspect, although it is good for prevention. I like it more for evening my skin tone due to acne scarring, and adding hydration. Because I do use some products to help with breakouts, sometimes those products can get drying. I feel like this really helps to replenish that hydration at night time and is very light-weight. You basically spray that funky nozzle thing directly on the face- I do my forehead, across my cheeks and nose, and chin. It feels refreshing and I just massage it into my skin and follow with my nighttime hydration oil or creme. I love this product!

Diorskin Airflash $62- Sooo I’ve been wanting this foundation for 3+ years now. Ever since I started working for Sephora and discovered it- I’ve been dying for it! I don’t know why I never just splurged and purchased it, probably because the price is a little higher. Anyways, I finally caved and purchased it. I’ve come into work early and have used it before and I knew I already loved it and it lasted awesomely on my skin throughout the day as well- which is hard for me to find in a foundation. I also purchased this brush to apply it with, which I feel is the best kind of brush for this foundation. The best way to apply it is to spray on the brush, then stipple on the face. I’ve been loving it as a medium coverage topper on top of another liquid foundation such as my Double Wear. This is such a beautiful foundation. In store I use it on almost every one of my special event clients who are going out, or when I freelance it’s amazing on brides. Really anyone getting pictures taken. It just looks so flawless and airbbrushed!

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy Cane $21- First of all, the formula on these liquid lipsticks are BOMB. They don’t get all flaky and dry throughout the day and feel like nothing is on your lips, but they stay on all day even through eating and drinking. This shade is a limited edition color for the holidays, and it’s like a super deep almost red pink. It’s adorable. I feel like it’s one of those shades that look good on every skin tone. Click here to see a picture on my Instagram of me wearing it. And guess what. It also smells AND tastes like peppermint mocha! I’m allll about it this holiday season.

heartYves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume $68 (1 oz)- Oh my gosh. This has been one of my favorite scents since it launched. It’s so warm and sweet, but slightly floral. I get compliments on it every time I wear it out. I have a all time favorite “night out” perfume, and this one is kind of one of my other night time fragrances I like to wear. But I feel like this one worn during the day is still appropriate, because it has those floral notes still. It’s just so yummy, you HAVE to smell it!

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold $33- Holy shit. This might be one of the most beautiful highlighters I’ve ever seen. All the new ones in this collection are unreal. I’ve been into a super chunky/glittery highlighter lately and these are just stunning. It’s a beautiful peach tone that breaks pink in the right light. I want to collect all of the other highlighters in the collection now! I apply it first dry, then wet for a maximum glow. Here’s a swatch of it below: the left swatch is dry, right is wet.

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I hope you guys liked this post! It was fun to do for sure, and I’m going to try from now on to do monthly favorites and more fun posts 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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