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What Dry Shampoo Should I Buy??

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I have collaborated with Reviews.com to share their take on dry shampoos. I was excited when they reached out to me, and asked me if I could write up my thoughts on their article. Of course I jumped on the idea because I'm an opinionated beauty junkie. I also strongly felt like this article was helpful and informative. I would love for this article to help you out when shopping for yourself. For starters we all know dry shampoo has become such a beauty essential for people on the go. We're so busy we can't even wash our own hair daily! Honestly there is not enough time in a day to have full on wash and blow dry routine. Many of us have come to rely on some type of dry shampoo every day. We definitely can count on dry shampoo to give you that clean and fresh just washed look. Not only is it a lifesaver when it comes to time, it is also recommended as one of the best ways to maintain a sleek salon styled look.


After 6 weeks of research, the Reviews.com research team recently released their findings after analyzing 54 top contenders. Did you hear that? 54 top contenders! When finding the best dry shampoo for you there are a few factors to keep in mind. They eliminated formula's that left behind a chalky residue that was visible on the hair. They also avoided those with a strong odor, as people have allergies or are sensitive to scents. Budget and durability of the product also factored in, because a long-lasting dry shampoo is key to maintaining clean hair.


High-quality dry shampoos need to perform several jobs, here’s a peek at the most important ones to consider:
Go Ahead please check out this amazing guide by Reviews.com! If you're shopping for a dry shampoo this will help you factor everything that you need, and are looking for. You will find various formula's that were top picks, and those that didn't make the cut. Happy Dry Shampoo Shopping Dolls!

SKINCARE UNDER $20?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017



All of us want vibrant healthy skin especially as we continue to age. Our whole well being becomes more of an importance to us. Not only do we recognize that, but we know the reality of expenses. I know I've looked at skincare items, and it says all of these enticing things. "It'll reduce wrinkles! reduce dark spots! brighten your skin! and you'll have that JLO glow in no time!!" In my mind I'm thinking YES YES I WANT ALL OF THAT! Then you look down at the price tag saying.... "and it'll only cost you a small amount of $100!" (😨 $100??) No Way! I tell myself I do not like to spend $100+ on skincare, even $50 is quite a stretch for me. I know I'm not the only one that has felt that way, and looks for more affordable options. Not that you don't care about your skin, but not everyone has $60 laying around.

Though your skincare is an investment you can do it wisely and save your money! A brand named The Ordinary by Deciem launched August 30th, 2016 (why I took so long to buy it idk I'm skeptical person) This brand is nothing short of Extra-Ordinary it is cruelty-free,vegan, sulphate, and paraben free. It is a science-driven brand that uses clinically proven effective ingredients. They also use protective packaging for preservation on all of their items. The packaging comes in an innovative dropper form which helps prevent contamination and longevity.You might be wondering how can this actually be so cheap? Since they're formulated and production is done in-house they cut off retail markups! It sounds unbelievable but it's true! The items I have purchased vary from $6-$10. Yup! you heard that correctly $6-$10! no wonder beauty lovers are going crazy for this stuff. Here are listed items I've purchased tailored to my own skin type. Have in mind that my skin is oily, if you have another skin type The Ordinary helps you choose a treatment. Each skincare item also comes with stickers, and a regimen guide to help you apply them correctly.

Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG ($6.70) 


Personally, I do suffer from dark circles, and like many of us I do not get enough sleep ( I'm seriously running on Americanos daily ☕) I have puffy under eyes, I felt like my morning eye cream was not doing enough for me. This solution is like a coffee serum shot for my eyes! It really does depuff and brighten my under eyes. I always apply this underneath my eye cream, and I can see the difference. For those wondering what EGCG stands for it's (Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside) Which is just a fancy word for a compound found in green tea leaves. Yay for caffeine and antioxidants! it's also a water-based serum which is exactly what I've been looking for in eye products since there isn't many. Since retailers make serums for your face why haven't many brands made serum for your eyes?! ( A big thank you The Ordinary for saving my crusty eyes) 



Advanced Retinoid 2% ($9.80)


I can't even begin to tell you how important retinoids are for your skin! Retinoids reduce the signs of aging, reduces hyperpigmentation, brightens dark spots, and smoothes skins texture. Since I do have pimples from time to time I have texture on my skin. This has been a staple in smoothing and refining it out. The nice thing is that The Ordinary is the only brand I know that has affordable retinoid treatments. Across high end stores brands like Sunday Riley, Peter Thomas Roth, REN, and Murad carry retinoid products. The only problem is that they've marked them up ridiculously high! Why spend $80+ when you can get the same results for $10? When using retinoids make sure to use SPF because it can make your skin sensitive to the UV Rays.


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90)


Since I have oily skin this is perfect for me. It contains Zinc PCA (Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid) It is a mineral that helps control sebum production and soothes the skin. It is high strength, includes vitamins, and is a mineral-based formula to treat blemishes. Niacinamide (long fancy word right?) this nutrient reduces enlarged pores, dullness, and brightens blemishes and congestion. This can be applied both day or night with your daily routine. Make sure you apply this serum before any other oils or moisturizers

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% ($6.79)


This is another treatment that helps to smooth skin texture. It is a high strength exfoliating serum that resurfaces the skin to give you a more supple appearance. This contains Tasmanian Pepperberry which is a botanical extract that reduces irritation. When using this serum make sure to apply it only at night with your routine. Make sure you also apply this before any creams, and allow for it to absorb completely into the skin.


Inconclusion,

I am so thrilled to see The Ordinary's expansion as the brand continues to grow. They have a variety of skincare items tailored to everyone's skin concern which is essential. Right now they are expanding their makeup items besides their primers, and foundation. I heard the brand will be introducing highlighters into their collection which I'm totally on board with. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any new items follow @deciem on instagram for updates. Let me know what items you're curious to pick up.

Happy Budget Friendly Shopping 😘,











7 Tips On How To Get Free Makeup

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


(I received this makeup forever face palette for testing purposes) Hey Guys! I wanted to share my 7 secrets/tips on how to receive free makeup. I know it sounds too good to be true, but seriously no strings attached! I'm linking down a video on how you receive products from a social networking sight called Influenster. Here is also a brief summary of my tips! 
1. Don't Get Discouraged!!! (Vox Boxes will come to you)
2. Stay Engaged (they won't know you if you're not there)
3. Answer All of your Snaps with reviews it'll really help!  
4. REVIEW,REVIEW,REVIEW (I can't stress that enough)
5. Participate in all Vox Boxes so you have chances to win
6. Connect to all social media platforms even if you have a few it'll boost your points 
7. Remember to always properly disclose when reviewing


BoxyCharm July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

 I just love Boxycharm and all the money you save! If you're Beauty junkies like me you need it! There is always high end, and undiscovered brands on here! Check them out it's $21 a month and the value is over $100!

Fem Rosa X Karrueche

Thursday, July 20, 2017

hey guys come check out my review+swatches! & a suprise giveaway! https://youtu.be/ILT7Z6VyYDs

ANTI-HAUL 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017



We are constantly bombarded with things we need to buy! Honestly we don't need to buy into the hype. I'm here to help you save them coins girl! I really love anti-hauls because they are funny, and a dose of reality. A lot of those promoters on social media are getting the product for free or being paid. Remember DON'T DON'T DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! (little Flavor Flav for you lol)

Pamper Yourself On A Budget

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



Honestly we are all women who like to get our nails and toesies done! ( yes I recognize that's not a word lol) but we all deserve to treat ourselves. A lot of us have kids, work full time, and are married. Somehow we're just able to balance it out you know why? because it is just our motherly instincts. Most of us put our families, and secular work ahead of ourselves. Even though we do all of these things on a daily basis we deserve to treat ourselves. Personally I am not as busy as working mothers so I praise them for that. They really have my respect they are such amazing super moms. We all need to get pampered once in awhile, and not feel guilty about it. Even if it's just in our homes and we're on a budget Here's some quick tips on how I treat myself at home.

1. TAKE A BUBBLE BATH

My #1 favorite thing to do is take a bubble bath daily. I know i'm an Adult, but I love relaxing in a warm bubbly bath. I have a casual glass of wine and a nice scented lit candle. It gives me time to unwind from work, and other secular activities. The bath is a place where I can really de-stress from the day. It is a time where I just think about me for the moment, and I enjoy every second of it. I use the Dr. Teals bubble bath line they have various essential oils infused in them. For example there is one for sleeping, sore muscles, nourishing your skin etc. You can buy Dr. Teal's at your local grocery shop. Usually I add bath salts when I soak, my personal favorite is from Graciela's Goodies. She is so talented at making Bath & Body products, and their affordable with cute packaging. Graciela is also a good family friend so go support her handmade goodies! #buylocal (Graciela's Goodies Link)

2. TREAT YOURSELF TO A HAIR MASK

Not all of us can afford to go to a hair salon regularly. To be frank women's haircuts cost a fortune! It makes me jealous of men. Since most of us are on a budget our hair tends to get a bit frayed. My favorite hair mask I've used is the EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. It smells delicious it repairs and strengthens the hair. It really is important to deep condition your hair and give it the nutrients it deserves. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes, masks usually call for 5min, but I want to make sure my hair gets all the vitamins it can. If you're really on a budget I would substitute coconut oil it contains fatty acids to nourish the scalp.

3. GIVE YOURSELF A FACE MASK

For those who are busy my favorite is definitely a sheet mask. I always put on my favorite cute fluffy hair band (as seen on the photo purchased from Forever 21) I love sheet masks not only because they feel luxurious, and make my skin silky. They're also affordable go to your local Target, Ulta, or asian market. If you live in Utah I adore the Asian City in West Jordan. I find sheet masks for as low as $1. Also when I went to target the other day I saw sheet masks by Yes To on sale. Once you're done with the mask do not discard it place the essence on your neck as well! take care of your neck avoid getting a sagging turkey neck as long as you can LOL!

4. APPLY NIGHT CREAM

 IF you're pampering yourself at night. It's very important to put a night treatment before bed. My favorite is the Origins High-Potency since it replenishes, and renews my skin in the morning. This is just my preference, but there are so many night creams out there that work well.

5.  GIVE YOURSELF AN EYE TREATMENT & NEVER SKIP EYE CREAM

 When I pamper myself I usually apply cucumber eye pads. They comfort the skin and relieve puffiness, and dark circles. ( Ulta carries the cucumber eye pads by Earth Therapeutics for $7!) No matter what time of the day it is never skip eye cream! They age our delicate skin on the eyes, and begin to wrinkle, sag, and create dark circles. Eye cream is vital to have an appearance of more youthful eyes. Our eyes need hydration so find the one that is most relevant for your needs.

6.PAINT YOUR NAILS

I love having cute toes and nails, but sometimes I cant afford to get a Mani Pedi. My favorite line right now is the KL Polish. They're long lasting, don't chip, and are great quality. Plus I'm already a Kathleen Lights fan and she is doing well on her nail polish line.

7. WEAR YOUR FAVORITE PAJAMAS

Another one of my favorite things to do is to change in my pajamas. When i change into my favorite cozy clothes it is so liberating. Nothing is better then being in your own comfort so put on those fuzzy pants and socks girl!

8. READ YOUR RECENT BOOK OR WATCH YOUR FAVORITE SHOW

When I am able to watch my favorite show or read a book it is so relaxing. I get to catch up on my beloved show or book and have some more personal time. I love getting lost in the blankets and making a little cocoon for myself. Sometimes I am a real home body, and I need the time to recharge myself from the work week.

9. EAT YOUR FAVORITE TREAT

I am not saying to over indulge here and be a fatty lol! There definitely needs to be a balance for our health. Every now and then it is nice to have your favorite treat. My personal favorite is having a scoop of yummy gelato. It tastes so refreshing, and crisp I just love the creamy texture of it. I think I want some now just thinking about it ( Jk it is not my treat day 😪)

10. GET A MASSAGE

If you can you should definitely get a massage our bodies need it. We carry so much stress on our bodies from day to day life. Massages help with anxiety, headaches, and joint pain. I know I am long overdue for a massage, and need one ASAP If you live in Downtown SLC there is a Massage school named Healing Mountain, they have tons of different deals for as low as $30! Also don't forget to look at Groupon they have tons of local options as well.
















Makeup Drugstore Gems

Monday, May 15, 2017



If you are a product junkie like I am you have probably racked up quite a collection. I started to think to myself after trying so many makeup products what really is my favorite? I started to dig heavily into my hoarded items asking myself a series of questions. Which items do i gravitate to? Why? how many times a week do i use it? Doing a little soul searching brought me to this conclusion of items I really do admire. Not only the price tag but how fantastic the quality of these items are. Of course i had to make a list of makeup gems because I cant only choose one in each category. I have used these products on a daily basis and will continue to do so. I hope you enjoy my list of drugstore gems, and hope you are intrigued to try any of them for yourself.

PRIMERS


L'oreal Magic Lumi Primer ($12-$13)

This is a cult favorite everyone I have encountered enjoys. I love that it smooths the complexion, and boosts the luminosity of my skin. It is often compared to the Becca Back light Priming Filter which retails for $38. I would suggest picking up samples of both and comparing them for yourself.

Covergirl TruBlend Primer for oily skin ($8-$9)

I love that they have several options of this primer. There is one for combo,oily, and dry skin. I enjoy a primer that is not silicone based and is hydrating. This primer makes my skin feel supple and like I'm moisturizing my face. I don't find that it clogs my pores, but helps to minimize shine on my face.


FOUNDATION

L'oreal Pro- Glow & Pro-Matte ($12-$13)

I am sure you have already heard tons of praises about these! If you haven't yet then are you living under a rock? lol but really these foundations are so good! They have amazing coverage, and the price tag for these are a great addition as well. I tend to have oily skin so I usually use the matte one.  Except with summer around the corner I do lean towards a more dewy complexion. I find that even with my skin I can still use the Pro Glow, and set areas where I tend to get oily with a translucent powder.

Maybelline Dream Cushion ($14-$16)

This was my first cushion foundation I've ever purchased i personally felt they weren't for me. I was very curious about giving this foundation a try, and I am so glad i did! This has a very luminous medium to full coverage it can also be built up. My favorite feature about this foundation is that it's compact and travel friendly. If you've always wanted to try a cushion foundation definitely give this one a go.

LA Girl Pro $10

I am a big fan of LA girl for their affordable prices. They absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one! It is full coverage, and gives you flawless looking skin. I have found that it's a good dupe for the Makeup Forever HD Foundation (even the packaging is similar). They also sell a white foundation pigment to lighten your foundation up.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream $8

I really enjoy this BB Cream for those work days where you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. This BB Cream does a good job of covering up imperfections and blemishes. It is very light weight and doesn't cake up on the skin.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus $6

I don't know what they put into this foundation but it is incredible!! I cannot believe how cheap it is, and what a great formula it is. My favorite aspect of this foundation is the applicator. It has a flat wand, and it is perfect to apply the foundation onto the face. A little goes a long way before you know it you'll be camera ready.

CONCEALERS



Wet N Wild Photo Focus Concealer $4

Of course i had to put the matching concealer to the foundation they go hand in hand. This concealer blends away nicely and doesn't leave a white cast underneath the eyes. It also claims to be tested under different photo lighting conditions.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin  $9

I use this concealer to spot treatment all of my blemishes. It contains  Actyl-C which is a more durable form of  Vitamin C. You're basically getting a 2 in 1 by using it, by concealing and getting Vitamin C into the skin.

Maybelline fit me ($7-$8)

A drugstore gem wouldn't be complete without this item. Everyone and their momma has gone out to buy this, and with good reason. It is so light- weight and creamy the formula is very natural as well. This is such a fan favorite to all beauty bloggers. The only thing that i dislike is their shade range!  Maybelline! seriously get more shades so everyone can enjoy this.

Milani Retouch+ Base Light Lifting Concealer $9  

I received this concealer at Gen Beauty LA and i was impressed. It does exactly what it claims. It blurs your dark circles on the eyes, and adds brightness to the face. The only thing i disagree with is that it does crease. Always set your under eyes to avoid any type of creasing.

SETTING POWDER

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder $5

I love love this translucent powder! I took awhile to purchase this item since I have tan skin I was scared it would leave a white cast on my face. To my surprise after testing it several times It was completely transparent. I enjoy pressed powders since it is cleaner, and easier to travel with. If you want to do a touch up throughout the day put this item into your purse.

Eyeshadow Primer-  Essence I Love Stage $3.49

Personally I don't have many drugstore favorite eyeshadow primers. I lean more towards my MAC paint pot or Pro Longwear in my collection. When I picked up this item I wasn't expecting too much, Honestly I just wanted a cheap base so I can conserve my high end ones lol. As soon as I applied this to the eyelids my jaw dropped! it has creamy yet thick consistency, it does not crease at all on the eyes! I will be repurchasing this item again and again because it just work nicely! It reminds me a lot of my MAC Pro Longwear concealer where they are both creamy!

HIGHLIGHTERS


Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss in Peach Kiss $9

This highlighter blew me away! the pan size itself is enormous for a highlight. It gave me an Estee Lauder heat wave vibe. When I swatched it onto my skin I was like oh yes girl this will be my summer glow! It is a finely milled crushed pigment, and they have several options for different skin tones as well.

Wet N Wild Highlighters- Crown Of My Canopy & Precious Petals $5

For the longest time it was difficult for anyone to get their hands on these. They were just constantly sold out everywhere. When I finally got my hands on one I saw what all of the hype was about. If you're a highlight queen but want to save your money while slaying these are perfect!! The finish is incredible and so is the pigmentation. It really is one of the best drugstore highlighters out on the market right now.

BRONZERS

Milani Baked Bronzer in Soleil ($7-$8)

If you have medium- tan skin and you want a beautiful shimmery glow this is for you!  It also has many uses to bronze up your skin. Go ahead put it on your shoulders or collar bones!

Rimmel Natural Bronzer $5

Rimmel has a great variety of bronzers for different skin tones. I find that they don't leave my skin looking muddy at all. Especially for those hot summer days these bronzers are waterproof!

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder In Sunny ($3-$4)

NYC is another line that is very affordable and is a hidden gem. This bronzer is buildable and I find that it is a dupe for the benefit hoola bronzer! 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($14-$15)

This bronzer is such a cult classic! it smells like a tropical paradise and it adds a beautiful radiant cool tone bronze. I hope they expand their shade range more so others can enjoy it as well! Thank You to Kathleen Lights who got us all hooked on this.

BROWS

Colourpop Brow Pencil $5

I love this brow pencil so much!! It has intense color and I do like that it is very velvety. It reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a fraction of the price

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon ($9-10)

This brow crayon is perfect for your on the go errand days. It is so easy to create bold brows, and fill in sparse hairs and be out the door.

Maybelline Precise Fiber Volumizer ($8-10)

Once you apply this onto the brows they will stay put all day! It creates nice volume and gives your brows a boost. I love how  flat and tapered the brush is. It is great for getting right into small areas of the brows. There's also different shade ranges to add a nice tint of color to the eyebrows.

CONTOUR PALETTES


Wet N Wild $5

Here is another product that Wet N Wild delivered on! I love this duo and how it sculpts my face. The lighter color highlights the features like the under eyes as well.

Pixi Glow & Bronze by Maryam Maquillage $20

Maryam Maquillage is another great YouTuber who collaborated with Pixi Cosmetics. This contour palette consists of 3 different bronzers and highlights. I honestly feel it is perfect for all skin tones. It adds a beautiful radiance and warmth to the skin. If you want to see this palette in action look up maryamnyc for videos. This palette is the most expensive contour drugstore palette i own but it is worth every penny.



Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour ($12-13)

If you want in all in product this is the one. I love the idea of this  you get the bronzer,blush, and highlighter. The quality of this item is great and it is also travel friendly.

EYESHADOW PALETTES/ SINGLE SHADOWS 



Makeup Revolution Palettes: Death by Chocolate dupe for (Chocolate Bar Palette) (All $15)
Salted Caramel dupe for ( Semi-sweet Chocolate bar)
Chocolate & Peaches dupe for ( Sweet Peach Palette)

Makeup Revolution is a great u.k. brand that has recently been picked up by Ulta. I use to order their products online from TAM Beauty, so of course I was excited to know they were coming to the U.S.! I would get so antsy waiting for the products to come in the mail. (i know millennial first world problems) Makeup Revolution is widely known for making dupe products from high end brands. I noticed they mainly dupe Too Faced items, but I've also seen Kat Von D, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, and Lorac. Not only do i buy their products for the affordability, but also the great quality. The
palettes I own have all been up to par. The eyeshadows are pigmented, creamy, and blendable. If you're looking to save money gives these a try you'll love them just as much as i do.

Essence Eyeshadow Palette in All About Nudes( $5.49) single shadow in The Grammy goes Glammy ($2-$3)

Essence is a brand that first started in Germany in 2007. It finally made it onto Ulta shelves in 2010, and has had great success in over 50 different countries. Let me just tell you that out of all of the items in my collection I am most impressed with Essence as a whole brand. I had skimmed through the aisles many times at drugstores. I would glance at their products but i always felt like the products would be gimmicky since the price tag is unbelievable. After hearing beauty bloggers rave about their products i just knew i had to give it a try. My first purchase was the All About Nudes eyeshadow palette. As soon as I dipped my brush into the shadow I knew I was sold! Just with how soft the shadows were, and the nice application on the eyes. This has become a staple in my collection for everyday makeup. Also the single shadow in The Grammy Goes Glammy is my favorite. It is perfect for inner corner highlight, the brow bone, even a highlighter if you have fair skin. i have many single shadows from them i promise you that they will impress you.


L'oreal Infalliable Single Shadows ($6-$8)

These eyeshadows are extremely pigmented! As you can see in the swatches they really killed it with these products. They are a little pricey for a single shadow but they're perfect for the lids to make the eyes pop. I love the pressed pot eye shadow packaging as well.


Colourpop Blow Me Away Palette $18


Finally Colourpop has come out with eyeshadow palettes! I was excited since Colourpop is one of my favorite affordable brands. What i appreciate about this palette is being able to remove each shadow into a Z Palette to create your own. I don't love the packaging since the eyeshadow names are not shown on the palette. Other then that this quad is perfect for creating vibrant monochromatic looks. Each pressed shadow is highly pigmented, and is great quality. Make sure to tap off the excess of your brush to avoid over application, and fallout.


Pixi Its Judy Time Palette $24


 Famous YouTuber Judy Travis did a great job creating this eyeshadow palette. It has such a nice selection of 12 different shades. I gravitate towards this palette frequently since I am warm toned eyeshadow lover. Whether you're running some errands or spending a night out on the town you can create beautiful eyeshadow looks with this palette. It is the most expensive drugstore eyeshadow palette i own but it is worth it! The quality of these eyeshadows are silky and definitely worth more then $24!


Liquid catsuit matte lipsticks $5

Wet N Wild slayed this release! they certainly glide right on and transform into a highly pigmented liquid lipstick. This collection definitely gives me Jeffree Star vibes with the packaging and the applicator. They will stay on your lips for a long period of time make sure to try these lipsticks you wont regret it.

Colourpop Lippies ($5-6)


As you can see I absolutely adore Colourpop lipsticks! I have so many I cant even count them up! (I still have more that aren't in this photo lol) From matte to glossy I love all of their lip products. Colourpop delivers on all of their lip products and their also affordable you need to give them a try if you haven't yet!


NYX butter glosses, soft matte lip creams $4-6

If you've watched my YouTube video in the past you would know how much I love these lippies! They are so creamy,lustrous and apply like silk. My favorite feature about the butter glosses is the intense shine, and they are not sticky on the lips. You may need to reapply the lippie since they're not super long lasting. If you want to see more about their products look for my video on NYX in my blog.
EYELINERS


NYC Liquid Liner ($2-$3)

When I was in high school this was my go to liner. Not only is it cheap, but it is packed with pigment and is intensely black. Make sure you are careful when applying this since it is very liquidity.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes gel eyeliner $6

If you love gel liners like I do this one is a definite pick up. It is creamy and intensely black with a matte finish. I would recommend this to someone who has never used eye liner before. Also if you want precision I would throw away the one in the packaging its not a good eyeliner brush.

Jesse's Girl Eyeliner ($6-$7)

I heard about this eyeliner from Kathleen Lights so i knew i needed to try it. This is a waterproof formula and has a fine tipped brush and leaves a satin finish. It is a great dupe for the Kat Von D liner in Trooper. Also I've only been able to find this eyeliner at my local Walgreen's.

As you can see I have a large list of items I really like! These are the gems that have personally worked well for me. Just because something is drugstore doesn't mean the quality is poor. Don't be fooled there is so many hidden gems near you. All of them deliver on quality and have a great price range. (Quick Tip: Ulta constantly has sales on their drugstore items. For example buy one get one free or 50% off! this is another way I save money) If you have any drugstore gems you love please leave me a recommendation in the comments down below!

XOXO,
J.Moore






WHY USE A SKIN ESSENCE IN YOUR ROUTINE?

Thursday, January 5, 2017


WHAT IS AN ESSENCE??


It is a nourishing silky water formula that's meant to penetrate deep into the skin with products to follow and boost their effectiveness. I first heard about an essence at work as one of the K-Beauty favorties. Honestly I had no clue what is was used for. Was it a toner or a Korean moisturizer? What really stood out to me was the beautiful glass bottle packaging. Other than that I never asked about it again. I felt a bit intimidated with not knowing what it was. It soon became out of sight out of mind. One day months later a friend of mine was having skin issues she really wanted to get a solid skincare routine. We both went into Sephora to visit my co-worker Peter (who is absolutely amazing BTW) He really helped treat her concerns and explained everything thoroughly. Soon he brought out the essence in my mind I was like yes! now I'm going to find out what it's used for. I immediately fell in love with it, and knew it was absolutely necessary to add into my skincare routine. I've seen a dramatic difference in my skin. It feels smoother, brighter, and more supple. This essence contains highly effective ingredients such as glycerin, maple tree sap, antioxidants, and fruit and soybean extract to name a few. It immediately absorbs into the skin for an instant boost of hydration. It is able to achieve a healthier glowing complexion and obtain the benefits from any product applied after wards. You will see more results from an essence as a result of it treating skin on a cellular level. It optimizes your skin's natural cell turnover rate (think skin regeneration) With continued use it will undeniably rejuvenate your skin. Beyond it's simple feeling of hydration and opulence there's an anti-aging element to an essence as well. That being said this product isn't a be-all product for someone with overproduction of sebum in there skin.
WHEN DO YOU APPLY IT?after double cleansing, treating, and toning you will apply 3-5 drops onto a damp face and neck in upward patting and pressing motion. Korean women are all about patting/tapping anything on there face. They recommend this style of technique because it amplifies absorption.

WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT?You can buy this at your local Sephora online or in-store. Or www.peachandlily.com the price ranges from $14 for 1.35 oz or $43 for 5.07 oz I have bought two of the small bottles and they have definitely lasted me awhile.
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