11.21.18 Makeup Diary

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture

Crease: Roxy

Outer Corner: All Start

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Bare Minerals – Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair

Bare Minerals – All-Over Face Color in Faux Tan

L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof

NYX – Tinted Brow Mascara in Black

e.l.f. – Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in Medium Brown

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

RCMA – No Color Powder

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Fuel (limited edition) – DUPE – Tarte Color Splash Lipstick in Colada

Simple Beauty – Apple Cider Vingar

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for beauty both inside and out. ACV is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and balances your body and skins pH. Drinking ACV can support digestion while using it topically can balance your skin. Using diluted ACV as a hair rinse can break down product build up on the scalp and remove yeast/fungus that can cause dandruff. It can also balance the pH of your scalp and regulate oil production. Much like the skin, hair has an acid mantle that can be disrupted making the hair appear duller and frizzier and more likely to break and using and ACV rinse can balance the hair’s pH level. Diluted apple cider vinegar can also be used as a exfoliating toner, antibacterial treatment for acne, balance the production of sebum.

I have tried ACV on my skin as a daily toner- despite my better judgement – and it was just too harsh on my skin. I wouldn’t recommend it because the pH is all wrong, but I know a lot of people use it and love it. I do like to use ACV mixed into benonite clay as a quick mask.

I do love apple cider vinegar for my hair! My hair is a disaster – I have hard water, a crappy water softener, naturally coarse hair, and color treated, damaged and bleached hair. Recently, I had a Malibu Treatment at a salon to have the mineral deposits from our well water removed from my hair. I had great hair for three days… until I washed my hair at home and I was back to square one. After internet some research, I decided to to try an ACV rinse (I’ve heard about this for years, but hadn’t really delved into it). I’ve done four rinsed so far and I have noticed a big improvement in my dandruff and my hair is softer and needs less oils/leave-ins to feel like actually human hair. I wash my hair every 3-4 days and use a co-wash first, then ACV rinse, and finally conditioning mask. I’m honestly shocked it has made an improvement in my scalp and hair health! I will say, it’s not a complete miracle (at least not yet) and it does just temporarily relieve my dandruff and itchy scalp. I am hoping that overtime it can improve my scalp health to the point where I don’t experience the itchy, flaky skin at all.

November 2017 Subscription Box Review – BoxyCharm and Sephora

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BoxyCharm November 2017 – Value $120.00

BoxyCharm x Luxie – Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes
While I wouldn’t really purchase Luxie brushes, I have received a few in different subscription boxes and I do like them. I would have preferred to get full sized brushes, but I can see myself using 1-2 of these regularly. All of Luxie’s brushes are vegan and cruelty free too!

CoverFX – Illuminating Setting Spray
I was really stoked about this because it is one of my best friend’s favorite setting sprays. I had recently visited her, tried it out, and decided to buy it. Then,  two days, later BoxyCharm released a preview of this product! The is glitter in this spray so it may not be for everyone.

KNC Beauty – All-Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – set of 3
I have not tried these out yet, I’m saving them for special occasions. 🙂

Laqa & Co – Cloud Lip – Storm
I really like this formula – it’s like a very pigmented matte balm. It’s really comfortable, wears for a few hours, and fades very evenly. I didn’t like the deep berry color that was in my box, but the formula is spot on.

Winky Lux – Kitten Palette
First of all, this packaging, whoever designed it deserves and A+ because I was sucked right in. All of the shadows are on the drier side, but not unworkable. If you go too hard on the mattes, they can blend away, and the shimmers are nice, but not intense.

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Sephora PLAY! November 2017 – Value $50.00

Caudalie – Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
I’ve been using this as my AM serum for 4-5 days now and I’m not blown away but I also don’t think a serum is something you can really get a good grasp on with a small sample. This a basically grape water and hyaluronic acid, so you might want to check it out if you’re in the market for a new hyaluronic acid!

Marc Jacobs – Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I’ve gotten quite a few samples in the past and it’s is a solid volumizing mascara (but not really worth the price tag).

MoroccanOil – Moroccan Oil Treatment
I love this oil so much EXCEPT it’s filled with silicone and I’ve been weaning those out of my hair routine so I will be passing it along. But it does literally miracles for dry, frizzy hair.

Origins – Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
I have used this mask on and off for years and I really like it. It does a great job of pulling gunk out of the skin so be sure to use it when you don’t have anything special going on because it will pull some clogged pores to a head
This month’s Play! also came with a high pigment Sephora brand gloss (bad color, tasted like vanilla poisoned chemicals) and a Burberry Brit sample, both of which I have thrown out. Bad blogger.

DETOX MARKET – THE Subscription Box for a Skincare Addict

Look. Listen. If you are really into skincare, green beauty, or niche brands (or you really want to be) you need, NEED to check out The Detox Box. They just launched in October of 2017 and the November box is still available. October’s box was a Vitamin C Oil Serum from Odacite that retails for $150.00 *insert Home Alone screaming face*.

Each month, the box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00. The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.”

The Detox Box November 2017 – Value $97.00

Josh Rosebrook – Hydration Accelerator
One of my favorite hydrating fist mists (I was running low on my current bottle, so this was well timed!), it’s packed with aloe juice, nut oils, herbs, and essential oils. This face mist is “a great foundation for the rest of your skin care regime. This light spray of liquid nutrition prepares your skin by lowering the surface tension of your skin cells, lubricating and loosening so that nutrients can penetrate deeper and faster. It naturally fills cells with water to make them plump and firm, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a smooth finish.”

Josh Rosebrook – Advanced Hydration Mask
I have been struggling with re-balancing my skin after a change to colder weather and central heat turning on and this mask did what my other SOS products couldn’t do! I used this mask morning and night two days in a row and it brought my tight, itchy dehydrated skin back to life! Damn, if this box didn’t read my mind! – Well, it is winter, so I’m sure everyone is dry…

11.16.17 AM Skincare

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Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Lilyana Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

11.14.16 Makeup Diary

Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Palette

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Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk

Twilight is the star of this show! It’s a beautiful blue/purple duo chrome that’s looks almost glossy on the lids!

Desert Sand – All over from lashes to lid
Mush – transition
Amethyst – crease/outer third/blended out on lower lash line
Twilight – lid
Saffron – outer V/lower lash line

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Laura Mercier – Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid in Creme

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Bare Minerals – Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair

PUR Cosmetice – HydraGel Lift Eye Primer

L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof

e.l.f. – Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in Medium Brown

Colourpop – Super Shock Cheek in Hippo

Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Milani – Baked Powder Blush in Dolce Pink

Rimmel – Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in East End Snob

Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Liquefied Lipstick in Whip

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L’Oreal – Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Review

Two weeks ago I picked up of the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cowboy and Matador – and have been really putting them to the test!

Two weeks ago I picked up of the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cowboy and Matador – and have been really putting them to the test! While I love the colors, I am really disappoint by the formula. I tried them out about half a dozen different ways because they seemed to be getting really good reviews around the interwebs so I was determined to make them work but I really could not.

I really do like the shades in the line – I wish these liquid lipsticks had worked out for me because I could list off another 3 – 4 shades that I would like to have! These liquid lipsticks are also very comfortable to wear – they dry down completely but do not feel drying at all.

With that being said – the wear on these is garbage. These liquid lipsticks take 15+ minutes to dry down completely and if you can not speak, drink, eat for until they are completely dry then you are golden. BUT, if you so much as close your mouth completely then they wear time is awful. I have tried these both with and with and without balm, with and without exfoliating, and with different applications. I found that the best wear was without any balm and with a very thin layer (which I think is standard) and the wear time was … an hour? or two? other combinations began flaking off within like 15 minutes.

I honestly don’t know how people were able to make these work for them, if you have tried the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipsticks and have had a great experience with them, please let me know! I would love to make these work because I am in love the the shades of this range.

11.12.17 Makeup Diary – Desert Dusk

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I had no intention to by Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk palette . . . until I saw it and it was beautiful. Be prepared to see it taking over my makeup dailies for a hot minute! If you’re on the fence about the Desert Dusk palette, go and see it in person!

I used:
Desert Sands all over
Eden as transition
Blazing in the crease
Amethyst in the outer corner
Nefertiti on the lid

Rest of the face:
Deciem’s The Ordinary  – Serum Foundation in 1.2N
Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Charlotte Tilbury – Swush & Pop Blush in Love Glow
NYX – Tinted Brow Mascara in Black
Bare Minerals – Lash Domination
L’Oreal – Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Moon Lust

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Simple Beauty – Dead Sea Salt

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Dead sea salt is comprised of minerals that can be very beneficial for the skin. Zinc and sulfur can reduce and prevent acne. Potassium can balance water content of the skin by reducing puffiness and water retention. Calcium balances sebum production and encourages skin hydration. Dead sea salt can help sooth eczema, prevent acne, reduce inflammation,reduce the appearance of pores, and treat dandruff.  Dead sea salt is so versatile for hair, body, and skin health! How you want to use it is really up to your level of comfort whether it be a toner, face or body scrub, or cleansing scalp treatment.

This post is a little different because I don’t have a lot of experience with dead sea salt in my skincare. The reason I did the research for this post is because I bought a new face mist (Little Barn Apothecary Coconut and Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist) that had dead sea salt in it and I wanted to learn why the company would include that in their product. I do really like the face mist because it offers something none of my other sprays have, but I don’t find it to be anything life changing.

In looking up information for this post, I found a few recipes for DIY dead sea salt products that really piqued my interest:

Mineral Face Mist – 1 cup of distilled with 1 tablespoon dead sea salt – bring the water to a boil and add in sea salt and store in a glass spray bottle.

BUT that’s only the beginning – I think you could make the spray with an aloe base instead of water, making it a more well rounded face mist and if you don’t have skin sensitivities you could even add in essential oils for more benefits. Oily skins might like geranium, ylang ylang, or tea tree. And lavender, basil, chamomile, and juniper can be good to heal and sooth.

The other DIY that seemed really cool was a Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub – 1 cup of dead sea salt and 1/3 to 1/2 cup carrier oil (I would probably use a thicker oil like camellia or coconut) and essential oils for scent and store in a glass jar.

e.l.f Cosmetics – Hydrating Face Primer – Review

The e.l.f Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer is a silicone based primer that seals hydration in the skin and increases the wear time of foundations.

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In a Few Words
A silicone based primer that seals hydration in the skin and increases the wear time of foundations.

“The e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer boosts your complexion with a drench of hydration, creating a perfect canvas for radiant, younger looking skin. Infused with grape and Vitamins A, C, & E for nourishing and anti-aging benefits. This multipurpose clear skin primer reduces the appearance of fine lines and transforms your face into a flawless and smooth canvas so makeup goes on evenly for a long-lasting finish.” The primer comes on a 1 oz plastic bottle with a pump and sells for $6.00.

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Initially, hated this primer because of its silicone texture. But, I wore it with my Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation and it made such a difference in the wear that I think I will keep it around!
Firstly, looking at the ingredients, this primer doesn’t offer anything other than a silicone base – there is grape seed oil in it but I don’t find it to actually be hydrating. e.l.f uses Vitamins A, E, and C as a selling point for the primer, but they are at the very bottom of the ingredients list AFTER the preservatives soooooo… At $6.00, I don’t really expect this primer to be an awesome skincare product too, but that is how it is marketed and I don’t think you should buy this primer thinking that it will be. After first trying this primer, I wanted to just pass it along because it does have a silicone texture that smooths out the skin and I normally hate putting things like that on my face – I just don’t like the feel of very occlusive products. Since it didn’t break me out, I decided to give it a few more tries and I ended up really enjoyed it with my Maybelline Cushion foundation. This primer didn’t really extend the wear a ton, but what it did do was help the way the foundation wore off. A lot of times, thinner foundations like this will wear away pretty patchy on me – my skin will soak up all the water out of the foundation and just leave speckles of pigment on my face – and with this foundation, the e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer provided a nice barrier on top of my skin that helped the foundation wear away more evenly.

The e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer is a decent, basic primer and would be a choice if you are on a budget.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Parabens

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Fragrance

Possible Irritants:
Silicone

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Dimethicon Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Retinyl Palmitate (Va), Ascorbyl Dipalmate (Vc)