10.4.17 PM Skin

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10.4.17 PM Skin

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Neogen Dermalogy  Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

CosRx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold

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Top 5 Podcasts – Brain Candy

Here lies a list of my favorite podcast that teach the most random and interesting things about current events, economics, technology,  business, and absolutely everything in between.

Here lies a list of my favorite podcast that teach the most random and interesting things about current events, economics, technology,  business, and absolutely everything in between.

I spend a shameful amount of time listening to podcasts and I love a wide range of genres from true crime to comedy . I love podcasts that are interesting, entertaining, and educational – I feel slightly more accomplished listening to podcasts that teach me something new about the world.

Stuff You Should KnowStuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know is eclectic podcast that explains literally everything under the sun in an extremely relatable way. The two hosts are experts on the material and yet casual and conversational. Listening to this podcast is like sitting at your local bar eavesdropping on two friends nerding out over their favorite topic du jour at the next table over. Some great episodes are “How the Hyperloop Will Work”, “How Ketchup Works”, “Do Motivational Speakers Motivate People”, and “What is Ghost Fishing.”

Make Me Smart with Kai and MollyMake Me Smart

Make Me Smart is from the makers of Marketplace and covers business, economics, and culture. Kai and Molly have a great banter and really take the time to discuss and explore topics. Most episodes feature an interview with a leader in their field and the final question is always “What’s something you thought you knew, but later found out you were wrong about?” Some of my favorite episodes have been “Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is not Horsing Around” and “Beware the Nurtured Narrative”.

Planet MoneyPlanet Money

Planet Money was birthed from This American Life’s coverage of the housing market collapse and examines economics in a hands-on way. The reporters learn about off shore banking by setting up their own shell company (Unbelizable Inc.) in “We Set Up an Off Shore Company in a Tax Haven”. And they buy 100 barrels of oil and follow it through the process of getting out of the ground and in to a gas tank in a series starting with “We Buy Oil”. The show truly makes learning about economics entertaining.

Freakonomics RadioFreakonomics Radio

Freakonomics is a wonderful combination of storytelling and teaching economic theories and principles – think This American Life meets Econ 101. Some standout episodes are “Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten”, “Do Boycotts Work”, and “Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do”.

Note to Self

Note to Self

Note to Self examines what it is like to thrive in our modern, technology-filled world. It asks tough questions that challenge the role of technology in our lives. I really loved their program Infomagical, a week long project that helps you reflect on your relationship with technology.

Indie Cosmetics Spotlight #2 – Breaking Beauty – Review

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For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on an indie cosmetics brand and exploring their products! I found Breaking Beauty on Etsy and ordered a matte quad in Natural Beauty ($18.00) and a single pressed mineral eye shadow in Ballerina ($6.50). I ordered from the shop on 9/17/2017, my order shipped 9/20/2017, and received the package 9/23/17 via USPS. I paid a flat shipping fee of $4.10. I have been trying out the shadows for the past week and have really liked the looks I’ve been able to create!

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Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty

The matte quad is a good selection of colors, you could get anything from a natural, soft look to a deep and mauve smokey eye. The shadows are dry, difficult to blend, and don’t have great pigmentation, but they are buildable. I found that it took quite a bit of work to get them completely blended in with each other. The first shade that I apply blend out really easily, but when I apply the second shade, it takes quite a bit of time to to blend the two colors together. Even though the shadows take a little extra effort, I really like the looks that I am able to get with the quad.

I love the single shadow Ballerina – it’s a metallic pink/gold like Makeup Geek’s Cosmopolitan  or MAC’s Expensive Pink. It is a beautiful, smooth, pigmented golden pink. It didn’t have any fall out, and lasted all day without fading.

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Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty, Ballerina

I don’t know that I would buy matte shades again from Breaking Beauty (just because there are other matte shadows that are easier to work with), but I will keep using the quad I have. I would definitely recommend their pressed mineral eyeshadows! The shop also has lip products and really unique pressed mineral highlighters – I’m thinking that I might have to try these because I liked Ballerina so much!

10.1.17 AM Skin

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10.1.17 AM Skin

Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cleansing Cream

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

CosRx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

Tamanu Oil + Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

Simple Beauty – Benonite Clay

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!


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Benonite clay is made from volcanic ash and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium and calcium. Benonite clay is very common in face masks, it can also be bought as a plain powder and mixed into a mask by adding water. For the skin, benonite clay can draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, remove dead skin cells, soften the skin, and reduce inflammation. Besides all of the benefits for complexion, benonite clay can be used to sooth burns, bug bites, and rashes. There are also quite a few unique uses of benonite; the clay can be used as a mattifying face powder – it does mattify, but my face looked dull and cakey. You could mix some in with your toothpaste to amp up your oral health – I tried this too, but I didn’t really notice anything amazing. According to the internet, benonite clay can also be ingested for a whole variety of  digestive benefits – I haven’t tried this and I’m not sure I will, let me know if you have!

I really like to use benonite clay as a clarifying face mask once week or two. If my skin is very congested, a benonite mask does a great job of drawing out the gunk on a budget! When my skin is breaking out, I really like to use May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver, but I can’t bring myself to use it too frequently because it’s like liquid gold. The morning after a simple clay mask I have a great skin day – my skin feels softer, my pores look tighter, redness is reduced, and post acne marks smaller – there is noticeable improvement in my skin. Some people mix benonite with apple cider vinegar, but I don’t because ACV is too acidic for my liking. Have you tried one of the more unique uses of benonite clay? Let me know, I might try a benonite hair mask on one of my more adventurous days!

9.29.17 Date Night

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Double date night in town to dinner and a show.

Makeup Forever – Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation in 30 Porcelain

Catrice – Camouflage Cream Wake Up Effect

Tarte – Shape Tape Concealer in Light

Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Glossier – Boy Brow in Black

Makeup Revolution – The Matte Blush in Nude

Catrice – Liquid Longlasting Cream Eyeshadow in California Creamin’

Dose of Colors – Desi x Katy The Girls

L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof

Hourglass dim light

I am pretty fair and have a really difficult time finding bronzers or contours that go well with my skin tone and look natural on me. My favorite contour isn’t even a contour powder, it’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light by Hourglass!

I am pretty fair and have a really difficult time finding bronzers or contours that go well with my skin tone and look natural on me. My favorite contour isn’t even a contour powder, it’s Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light by Hourglass! For my completion, I usually favor a “my face by better” look and that is why I love to contour with Dim Light. You would have to be pretty fair for this trick to work for you since Dim Light is the darkest Ambient Lighting Powder. But if you have similar skin tone to me, it can accentuate cheek bones or reshape the nose so subtlety and naturally. I learned this trick from Mary Greenwell as she went through her pro gab on YouTube.

 

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Glossier – Boy Brow in Black

Too Face – Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation in Snow