Things I learned after beauty school...

“It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.”


Hi loves!!

I receive a lot of questions about going to beauty school so I wanted to start implementing a few posts answering common questions, sharing my experiences, etc.

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A little bit of a backstory, I graduated from the Esthetics program at a local academy in June 2012.

It is a 600 hour program - each state varies slightly in their requirements so do your research to find out what your state requires! (Cosmetology and nail programs vary in hour requirements as well.) I passed the state board exams and received my Esthetics license shortly thereafter. Once I was licensed, I focused mainly on makeup for the next few years before I started as the Esthetics educator at the school I graduated from. I taught the Esthetics program as well as the eyelash extension courses, the Makeup Designory courses and weekend workshops for 2 years before I made the move to work for myself. I'm now in my 2nd year of owning my business and have definitely had many highs and lows along the way.


Here are just a few things I've learned since graduating…


❀ 1. Make the best out of every situation. ❀

This goes for everything in life. But when it comes to school, we all go into it with certain expectations. I can just about guarantee that your time in school won’t go the way you imagine it will. That’s a pretty broad statement to make, I know, but trust me on this. Chances are, your career will end up being different than you picture it as well! Be open to everything. Learn as much as you can, soak up all the knowledge being thrown at you. Take the highs and lows as an opportunity to grow. Even when you have the chance to learn something you aren't particularly interested in, try it anyways. If you hate it, you never have to do it again because in this industry you have so many options... But you never know, you may find a new love you didn't even expect!



❀ 2. Graduation is just the beginning. ❀

Beauty school is to prep you to pass the state boards. Period.

You learn the basics - whether it is esthetics, cos or nails - if there are extra courses within your program (a makeup course, for example) consider that a bonus.

You learn a lot while in school… So much that your head will spin and you'll cringe every time you start a new chapter or have to take a test but you will be astounded at the amount you learn once you graduate. You think you've got facials down, you can do them in your sleep…. And then you'll start your first job at a spa and they will teach you an entirely different way to do them. You've memorized the product line at your school and could sell that charcoal detox mask to an 80 year old man but welcome to your new job - here's a big ol binder of an entirely new brand's products that you have to learn now.

The learning NEVER ends in this industry. There is always a new product, a new technique, a new machine.

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Our graduation cake… This post is such a trip down memory lane! :)





❀ 3. Your vision will probably grow/evolve over the years. ❀

You may have started the program with visions of becoming a celebrity makeup artist: you follow over 200 beauty "gurus" and can slay your makeup to the Gods…. And then you learn waxing and realize… Holy shit, this is fun. I could totally inflict smallish amounts of pain on people every day (haha)

Or maybe you have the dream of starting your own business and having employees… But later on realize that you are totally not cut out to be the boss of anyone and prefer being able to leave work at work.

Whatever your vision is and whatever your vision becomes - is okay.

I think almost everyone starts off in this industry with the goal of working for themselves. It seems glamorous, but the truth is… It's not. It is balancing 50 plates at once. It's being the boss, employee, janitor, bookkeeper, salesperson, receptionist and customer service all in one. It's hard and it’s not for everyone. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an employee rather than a business owner. You'll find your place in this industry; there are sooooooo many different things you can do!



❀ 4. Some jobs will be really shitty. ❀

I hated my first job. My boss was terrible. I cried every single morning before work. It was really rough and it tested my love for this industry. For a solid year or so, I really wondered if this was what I was meant to do. Don't let a crappy job make you doubt yourself!

Insert rule #1 here…. You've gotta make the best out of it. Pick everyone's brain that you work with, learn as much as you can, practice as much as you can, build relationships with your clients and grow! Push yourself to succeed and plan for the future. This job may not be what is best for you but it will prepare you for the right one.



❀ 5. Find your tribe. ❀

A support system is key. Family/friends/significant other/mentor - you will need people in your life that you can talk to, share your ideas with, vent to when you've had a bad day, cry and laugh with. Starting a new career is draining and exhilarating all at once and having good people by your side, cheering you on, makes the ride a little bit easier. The friends I have made in this industry keep me sane. The love & support from my family and boyfriend have helped me through the darkest times and motivated me to start my business. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the help.

I'd also highly recommend finding a mentor when you are first starting out, it's one thing I still wish I had to this day. A mentor is someone experienced in the industry that can answer any questions you have, give advice/suggestions and guide you on your path. They are an invaluable friend to have!

 


These are just a few things I've learned over the years but there is plenty more! Please leave a comment below with any suggestions for these beauty school posts! Anything you'd like to see or have answered!

xoxo.

I'm back!!! Current Makeup Favorites:

“Sometimes the greatest miracle is being able to face exactly where you’re at and say: This is where I am. No running, no hiding. There’s gold for me here and I intend to find it, no matter what.”

Hello my loves!!! It has been a while. After taking an entire year off from blogging, and honestly thinking I wouldn’t come back… I’ve realized how much I missed it. I wanted to apologize for my absence to those of you who genuinely loved this blog.

I’ve done a lot of soul searching.

A lot has changed in my life. And I realized just how much I was doing certain things because other people thought I should be doing them rather than because I genuinely wanted to. If any of you have found yourself in a similar place you know that simply ends up with you being miserable.

Creating a life the way YOU dream & envision it is so very important.

Fast forward to now ↬ I am in a much better place mentally. My business has grown, my relationship is incredible, and my family and I are healthy. Not much more you can ask for, right? I am focused once again and excited to be back to reviewing products - back to my roots. I’ve missed you all and thank you to those of you who stay in contact with me via my Instagram. You guys are truly the best.

So enough rambling! Here are a couple of my current favorite makeup products. Short but sweet; I haven’t been able to put these down!!


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Call it a quarter-life crisis, I’ve barely worn makeup for the past couple months. I fell out of love with makeup for a while there.

Although this product is not new, I fell in love with MAC’s Studio Fix pressed powder (Shade NC15). I love applying it with my Real Techniques Brush Crush brush (say that 5 times fast) 301 - it’s a flat, dense brush and I either buff the powder in for a lighter coverage or dab/press it on for maximum coverage.

This powder is intense. It can become a full coverage powder real quick. But I love how versatile it is! I have been wearing this - and only this - as my base (and concealer) for the past month or so. It’s easy. When I’m lazy, I slap this on and it covers what I need it to cover but I can keep it lightweight in other areas that don’t need the coverage.

I’d recommend a primer underneath, either a mattifying/oil control or a hydrating primer depending on your skin type to help with longevity. I definitely wouldn’t wear this for a full 12 hour day, it breaks down too much on my skin. But for most days, this does the trick.


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theBalm’s Take Home the Bronze bronzer in Oskar…. As you can see, he’s very loved, and dirty. I’m so close to hitting pan!

** These bronzers have been renamed! This shade is now Oliver **

I’m pretty pale. So it’s hard for me to find bronzers that aren’t too orange or dark. This one is perfect. It contours and bronzes, not too warm and not too cool. I try to use others in my collection and always, always end up adding some of this over top because nothing compares! It blends beautifully, builds up well and lasts all day.

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In this photo, I am wearing theBalm’s bronzer as well as one of the blushes that I’ll talk about next!


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bareMinerals Gen Nude blushes in That Peach Tho and You Had Me At Merlot.

I love these blushes. I found them at TJMaxx, girrrrrl!!! That was a good shopping day!

I can’t say enough about these. They are gorgeous, pigmented, sooo creamy and blendable, they last all day. They are just so good. The Merlot shade is the blush I am wearing in the photo above. It’s definitely made for much darker skin tones than I have, and I have to use the lightest hand ever, but it was such a pretty shade! I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll be picking up more shades, that is for sure.


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I love Buxom’s glosses. I’ve said this countless of times but they are truly my favorite. This shade is impossible to photograph and I wish I could post a little boomerang video here to show you just how multidimensional this shade truly is… But you’ll just have to take my word for it. Buxom’s Holographic Full-On Lip Polish in Savannah is my absolute favorite lip topper ever right now. It is holographic, without a doubt. It shifts from the shade above to a gorgeous pink that I could not get to photograph for the life of me. It leaves the lips looking so juicy.

If you are unfamiliar with Buxom’s glosses, they do have a “plumping” formula that feels very cooling on the lips that some people may dislike but I enjoy (my boyfriend hates it lol) and it does have a slight scent. I definitely haven’t ever noticed plumping from any of Buxom’s products but I love them nonetheless. They just make good lippies. That’s all I can say!


That’s it for my current favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed and I hope that you’re as excited as I am that the blog is officially back!!! Please leave your favorites down in the comments below and leave any post recommendations that you’d like to see as well!

Love you all to the moon and back! xoxo.


Some of these products were sent to me by the company in PR. I am not being paid to talk about any of these products. Some links are affiliate links.

July Beauty Favorites - 2017:

 

"If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires."

- Horace Traubel

 

 

 

Hello darlings!

Here are my July beauty favorites! These are the makeup and skincare products I have been loving lately.

 

I struggled a lot with my skin the past few months so I didn't wear makeup as much as I usually do; I've found a few skincare products that saved my skin so let's talk about those first:

 

Drunk Elephant is a brand that I've quickly fallen in love with these past few months. They pride themselves on minimal, non-toxic ingredients and are said to be safe for even the most sensitive of skin. Their bright packaging is what first caught my eye when I found them in Sephora and their story is what made me try them. I'm so glad I did because I've been loving quite a few of their products! They are pricey so I'm slowly adding to my collection.

The C-Firma Day Serum ($80) is a Vitamin C serum made to brighten and firm as well as help with signs of photoaging. I tried this because I'm starting to see more and more sun damage pop up on my skin and I'd like to fade those spots as much as possible! This is a light-weight serum that absorbs quickly into the skin. It does have a funny little smell (not chemically) but that doesn't bother me much. It goes away once you've massaged it into the skin.

Although I haven't been using this long enough to say that I've seen amazing changes or anything... I've been enjoying it! I will update you guys as I continue using it.


Next up are two products from Dr. Jart. These were sent to me by the company (for PR unboxings follow my snapchat: @themakeupaffair) and they must have gotten the Bat Signal letting them know I needed them because I was recovering from yet another allergic reaction when these arrived and within two days, my skin was no longer dry, flaky and irritated! I was instantly hooked.

I am in NO WAY shape or form being paid to say that! I truly mean it.

Dr Jart Ultimate Hydro Gel review

Ultimate Hydro Gel ($39) is a gel moisturizer that is said to brighten and deliver long-lasting moisture. I can't agree with this more! I layered this on the areas that I had flaking, dry skin and let it just sit and soak in... As soon as it did soak in, I added another layer. This made such a huge difference! It's the only moisturizer right now that is helping calm that irritation down. Thank Goodness!

Dr Jart favorites

It has a seal to help keep the product contained as well as a little spatula so you don't have to stick your fingers in the product. It helps to keep it sanitary!

Dr Jart Ultimate Hydro Gel

You can probably tell that I've already put quite a dent in this! It's a gel based moisturizer so a little bit goes a long way and it absorbs quickly into the skin.

My other favorite from Dr Jart is the eye gel that is also part of this Hydro Gel line:

Dr Jart Hydro Soothe Eye Gel review

The Hydro Soothe eye gel ($42) became a quick favorite because of that gel formula! I'm very prone to milia on my eyes and cheeks and this is one of the only eye creams I've been able to use that doesn't cause them!

Hallelujah!!!

Dr Jart Hydro Soothe Eye gel

This also absorbs really quickly! If you have super dry under-eyes, this may not be enough moisture for you as it is super lightweight and not one of those thicker, more emollient eye creams you may be used to.


On to the makeup! :)

 

Benefit Brow product favorites

Benefit's brow products..... HOW have I never tried these before?!? I am obsessed!!! I will forever grab these before Anastasia's brow products from now on. They are that good. I'm trying out a few of their other brow products as well but these four are my current obsessions.

3D Browtones ($24) - This is an interesting product. It's a brow gel but it is meant to highlight areas of your brows. You want to pick up the shade that is slightly lighter than your brows and it will soften the look of darker brows or enhance lighter brows by adding dimension. I've been loving using this in the inner portion of my brows to keep that feathery, lighter look and to keep the inner portion from looking too harsh.

Ka-Brow ($24) - If you've ever used Anastasia's Dip Brow, this is pretty much Benefit's version of that... But in my opinion, it's better and easier to use. They describe it as a cream-gel and I think that's a perfect description. That stem coming out from the top of the jar is a small angled brush, I don't use it but it's actually pretty good quality! If you'd tried Dip Brow and struggled with it or completely hated it, try this! It's SO easy to use.

Gimme Brow ($24) - This has been a staple in my routine for years. It is a brow gel with microfibers that helps to add not only color to your brows but the fibers fill in sparser areas. It's just perfection. I love to use this on full-glam days all the way to no-makeup days. This helps to add texture back to your brows after filling them in. And on days when I wear no makeup, I like to throw this on to quickly fill my brows in without them looking too made up!

Precisely, My Brow Pencil ($24) - This is your Brow Wiz dupe! Dual ended, product on one side and spoolie on the other. This formula is incredible! It's not too dry, not too creamy. It lasts all day! It's the perfect brow pencil.


Next up are a few products from bareMinerals. I will start by saying that I haven't had the best experience with their products. Most were fails for me in the past but these are some new products they've recently released and oh my goodness, I am in love! These are phenomenal!!

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bareMinerals Combo Control Primer ($26) - I haven't been able to find a primer I've loved in a while. I've been testing out a few and they've just been okay. So when I first tried this, I wasn't expecting much... After trying for the past few weeks, I love it!! I tried it with foundations that have been breaking down quickly on me and I've seen a huge difference in how long they wear now. It controls my oils but doesn't accentuate dry patches like some combo primers have done to me in the past. It's a milky formula but feels almost like a moisturizer once you apply it and it absorbs really quickly.

bareMinerals Bare Pro Full Coverage Foundation review

Barepro Liquid Foundation ($34) - This foundation.... Man, was this a pleasant surprise. I absolutely hated the Pure Brightening Serum foundation so I was nervous to try this... But I love it! There are 30 shades available with varying undertones (THANK YOU BAREMINERALS!!!!). These two shades are Dawn and Champagne, both yellow undertones. I mix both for a perfect match because I am almost never one shade!

The claims:

  • Full coverage
  • Papaya Enzymes improves the appearance of skin texture over time.
  • 24-hour breathable coverage
  • MineralLock Technology that blends mineral pigments with natural lipids in the skin to lock in transfer-resistant coverage
  • Bamboo Stem extract for naturally matte, soft focus finish
  • Heat, humidity, water and sweat resistant
  • SPF 20

This foundation reminds me of MAC Pro Longwear concealer... If you're familiar with the texture of that concealer, it's super similar to this. It's full coverage, apply a very light layer to start with because it's very easy to go overboard and turn into a total cake face! The finish is matte but I can see why they say it has a soft focus finish because it's not totally flat. I will be testing it more to see if it transfers or not but so far, I'm loving it! It wears all day so I've been choosing this one for work quite often.

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It comes with a pump that locks; awwwww yeah!!!!

 

bareMinerals Contour Palette review

Barepro Contour Face-Shaping Powder Trio ($34) - Another product I was pleasantly surprised by! These powders are super creamy and blendable. I've not only been using them to contour but I've also loved using them as eyeshadows!

bareMinerals Contour Palette Tan to Dark

This is the Tan to Dark palette. For contouring, I can pretty much only use the darkest shade. The middle one is too orange for my skin tone and the highlight shade is too dark so those two I use for eyeshadows.

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These are so easily blendable! I'll be picking up the lighter palette next.


Those are my favorites from July! Let us know your current favorites in the comments below!!

 

xoxo.

 

 

FTC: Some of these products were sent to me by the company. All opinions are my own.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection - Review & Swatches:

 

"You cannot use someone else's fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it."

- Audre Lorde

 

 

Lengthy post warning!!!! Grab a snack! :)

 

Estée Lauder.... What comes to mind when you hear those words? I think..... Elegance. This is a company that has stood the test of time and has stayed true to their "look". From product to packaging, Estée is simply beautiful and elegant.

Double Wear has been one of my favorite foundations for many years. I also love quite a bit of their skincare but when it comes to their other makeup products, I haven't tried much; mainly because Estée is more high end and it has always been a huge splurge item for me.

When I received an email from the company asking to send me their new Pure Color Love lipstick collection, I screamed.... Literally, out loud, screamed!... I must have stared at that email, reading it over and over again for a good 5 minutes. Total shock!! I immediately told my mom and before I could even finish the sentence, I burst into tears.

I've been blessed to be contacted by a lot of companies, but this was by far the biggest. Not only because it is a behemoth brand but because I've loved and treasured their products for so many years. I've saved for months just to be able to afford one foundation.... And they want to send me an entire lipstick collection? It's an honor.

 

Before I begin, I will say that although these were sent to me, I am not being paid for this post - it is in no way sponsored. I will be 100% honest and let you know the pros and cons of these lipsticks.

There are 30 shades in the Pure Color Love line and they are $22 each. They come in a wide varity of shades and finishes; mattes, shimmers, chromes and cremes. The chromes are meant to be toppers and I will mention which they are as we go along with the shades.

But first.... Packaging!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection

Okay yeah, this is only the PR packaging but.... WOW. I had to include it in this post. I opened this, sat on my floor and CRIED. haha


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Estee Lauder Pure Color Love

The packaging is a gorgeous mirrored gold. Estée Lauder is etched into one side and each lipstick color is labeled nicely on the bottom with the color so it's easy to see which is which.

The lipsticks itself have a very unique shape.... Not my favorite. The hard edge makes it very difficult to get a clean application and I've been grabbing for lip brushes to apply rather than applying straight from the tubes, especially with the more dramatic/bright shades. I wish it was just a regular lipstick shape!


Here are the swatches - the left is with one swipe and the right is built up for full pigmentation.

Estee Lauder Blase Buff (100) swatch

Blasé Buff (100) is a peachy pink nude. It's not as orangey in person as it looks in this photo. As you can see, it's quite pigmented with just one swipe. It's matte but not drying at all!

 

Estee Lauder Raw Sugar (110) swatch

Raw Sugar (110) is a matte brown-toned nude. I grab for this a lot on days when I need a more neutral nude lipstick. It's a perfect shade to keep in your purse!

 

Estee Lauder Rose Xcess (120) swatch
Estee Lauder makeup look Rose Xcess

 

 

 

 

Rose Xcess (130) is a stunning matte berry shade. I'd recommend pairing this with a lip liner in a similar shade because it is slightly patchy on the lips.

Estee Lauder Strapless (130) swatch

Strapless (130) is a pretty mauve with a lot of shine. This is one of the creme formulas; they are a little bit more on the sheer side and feel extremely comfortable on the lips.

 

Estee Lauder Naked City (140) swatch

Naked City (140) is a creamy peach shade.

 

Estee Lauder Proven Innocent (200) swatch

Proven Innocent (200) is a pretty pale matte pink.

Estee Lauder Naughty-Nice (210) swatch

Naughty-Nice (210) is another matte pink, it's brighter than it looks in the tube but it's still very wearable.

 

Estee Lauder Shock & Awe (220) swatch

Shock & Awe (220) is a bright fuchsia pink. It's gorgeous!!!

 

Estee Lauder Juiced Up (230) swatch

Juiced Up (230) is a stunning matte berry/wine shade.

 

Estee Lauder Pret-A-Party (240)

Pret-A-Party (240) is a barbie pink.

 

Estee Lauder Radical Chic (250) swatch

Radical Chic (250) is a pinky coral. I don't wear pinks very often but this shade, I love!

 

Estee Lauder Sky High (260) swatch

Sky High (260) is a bright pink. It takes a little bit of building up and it's slightly streaky unless you wear a lip liner underneath.

 

Estee Lauder Haute & Cold (270) swatch

Haute & Cold (270) is another bright pink that I was surprised by! It's quite bright but I think it would look amazing on just about anyone!

 

Estee Lauder Hot Streak (300) swatch

Hot Streak (300)... Oh, I LOVE this shade!!! It's a bright blood-orange. It is matte, crazy pigmented. This is one of those shades that you'd wear with just brows and lashes. It steals the show, without a doubt.

 

Estee Lauder Bar Red (310) swatch

Bar Red (310) is a matte cherry red. So beautiful!!

 

Estee Lauder Burning Love (320) swatch

Burning Love (320) is your perfect matte red.

Estee Lauder Wild Poppy (330) swatch

Wild Poppy (330) is a unique shade to my collection. It's a rose/pink/peach... Ya'll know I suck at describing colors LOL

 

Estee Lauder Hot Rumor (340) swatch

Hot Rumor (340) is a bright, vibrant orange.

 

Estee Lauder Sly Wink (350) swatch

Sly Wink (350) is a pale peachy orange.

 

Estee Lauders Flash Chill (360) swatch

Flash Chill (360) is a sheer watermelon. I think this would be a great color for the summer!

 

Estee Lauder Pocket Venus (370) swatch

Pocket Venus (370) is one of the chrome toppers! It's a gorgeous wine shade with metallic shimmers.

 

Estee Lauder Rebel Glam (400) swatch

Rebel Glam (400) is a crazy bright and vibrant matte pink. This shade is so pretty and insanely pigmented!

 

Estee Lauder Love Object (410) swatch

Love Object (410) is similar to Rose Xcess and Juiced Up and falls right between the two with a slightly more purple hint to it.

 

Estee Lauder Up Beet (420) swatch

Up Beet (420) is a pretty matte deep purple. It's patchy when worn alone.

 

Estee Lauder Crazy Beautiful (430) swatch

Crazy Beautiful (430) is a "my lips but better" shade. Another one to keep in your purse!

 

Estee Lauder Hi-Voltage (440) swatch

Hi-Voltage (440) is a toned down, "wearable" purple. If you've been wanting to try a purple but are intimidated by them, I'd say start here.

 

Estee Lauder Orchid Infinity (450) swatch

Orchid Infinity (450) is a medium purple. It's pulling more berry in the photo than in person.

 

Estee Lauder Ripped Raisin (460) swatch

Ripped Raisin (460) is a sheer mauve with a high shine.

 

Estee Lauder Moon Rock (470) swatch

Moon Rock (470) is a chrome topper. SO unique! It has a blue/purple duochrome to it. It reminds me of Makeup Geek's Insomnia pigment.

 

Estee Lauder Nova Noir (480) swatch

Nova Noir (480) is a metallic purple.


Woo! Are you still with me?! Kudos if you are! All 30 shades of the Pure Color Love collection. If you are looking for full pigment, go with the mattes. Throw-on-and-go shades, the cremes. And for the fun, those chromes!

I'm a matte girl, all day. So those are definitely my favorite but I've enjoyed every shade so far. There isn't one I dislike!! The ones that don't go well with my skin-tone will be added to my makeup kit! The shade selection is on point and very thorough, I don't think there is any shade lacking here and the packaging is perfection. My only complaint is the shape of the lipstick!

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What are your favorite shades? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Thank you again Margaret & Estée Lauder for this incredible gift!

 

xoxo.

Drugstore Foundation Review - Wet n Wild Beauty Photo Focus:


"Just for the record darling, not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning."

- S.C. Lourie

 

Hey loves! I love drugstore foundations. They just keep getting better and better! I picked up the new Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation from CVS and I've been testing it out for a few weeks now.... Here is what I think!

It is $5.99 at the drugstore.

The packaging:

It's beautiful! It is glass and the top clicks shut. The applicator is a spatula.

The packaging is beautiful. It is glass and the top clicks shut.

The shade selection leaves something to be desired... Fairly typical for the drugstore.

Wet N Wild Beauty Photo Focus foundation range

I've been mixing two shades for a better mix - Soft Beige and Soft Ivory.

Here are the claims on the website, "Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.

  • Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos

  • Tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash"

 

This foundation has a chemically smell so if you are very sensitive to smells, you may not like it!

The coverage is medium to full. It's easy to go overboard and get cakey so be careful when applying! It's matte but not completely flat; there is a bit of luminosity to it to keep it looking more like skin. I like to apply it with a brush and then blend out with a Beauty Blender. A brush by itself leaves it looking too streaky/patchy so the sponge helps to even everything out and melt it into the skin.

It passes the flash photography test with flying colors! It looks GORGEOUS in photos. I'd have to say this foundation looks... Dare I say the best in photos? Better than any other foundation I've tried!

I don't know where they got magical unicorn tears to put in here but it works. The skin looks flawless! Both photos were taken with a flash.

Here is a little video of me applying the foundation as well as the other steps I take for a full face of makeup!

I have combination skin, acne prone and textured. I've been testing out this foundation for a few weeks and here's what I think so far....

It lasts for about 5 hours before it starts getting really dewy and breaking down on me. It looks AMAZING for those first few hours but after that, it looks terrible. But, in the foundation's defense - I've been only using one primer - MAC's Prep & Prime. I definitely need to start testing it with other primers to see if the longevity gets better.

I will also say that this is a foundation that seems to stay sticky/tacky on the face. No amount of setting powder changes that and it does transfer when you hug someone.

God, don't you just hate that?! Looking at them after you hug and seeing a smudge on their shirt? The worst!!!

 

So far, this is a foundation I will put on for photos or if I know I'll only be out for a few ours. I wore it for 12 the other day and by the end of the night, I look like a hot mess.

Despite the negatives, I love this foundation. The way it looks in photos.... You just can't beat that for $6!

I do wish it wore longer on me - so I will be testing it with new primers for the next couple weeks - I will keep you guys updated on my Snapchat (themakeupaffair)!

 

If there are any foundations you'd like me to review, leave a comment and let me know!

 

xoxo.

Juvia's Place Review & Swatches:


 

"When you look at your life and feel at peace because of changes you've made, that's recovery."

 

Hey gorgeous!

Juvia's Place is an indie-makeup brand - gone viral - known for their incredibly bright, pigmented and affordable eyeshadow palettes. They have awesome deals almost constantly! After seeing hundreds of posts on both Instagram and YouTube of rave (and some not-so great) reviews, I had to give them a try! I'm late on the bandwagon but... Better late than never! 

I purchased the bundle of three palettes - the Nubian, Nubian 2 and the Masquerade palettes. I don't believe this bundle is available right now but keep your eyes open and don't ever pay full price! They have different deals daily!

 

I will start by addressing some of the negative reviews I've seen about broken palettes and bad customer service. Although I can't attest to the customer service, as I thankfully did not need to contact them.. I will say that each palette was individually wrapped in bubble wrap and the entire package was also wrapped in it so they were very secure and safe! The palettes also shipped incredibly quickly and arrived in three days.

 

Each palette is a thin, bright cardboard packaging. They do not have a mirror.

 

Nubian Palette ($28):

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This is a small neutrals palette with a mixture of mattes and shimmers.

First Row:

The first shade is an iridescent yellow-toned shade, it's quite unique and I don't think I have anything else like it. It takes a little bit of building up.

The two middle shades in the top row are your transition & blending shades. They feel a little more on the dry side, as do most mattes from Juvia's but they are pretty pigmented and build up well.

The last shadow is a metallic champagne. It's insanely pigmented and almost feels like a cream eyeshadow to the touch.

Second Row:

This row was a surprise. In the palette it doesn't look as pretty as when it's swatched! Each shade is more on the metallic side and they are all very creamy and pigmented.

Row Three:

The last row are your darker browns. They are all quite pigmented! The last shade blends out incredibly well for such a dark shade.

 

Overall, this is a nice palette. I can't say it beats out my Makeup Geek shadows but they are a nice quality for the price and I've found myself grabbing for it often. There really isn't a shade here that I dislike or that doesn't perform well. They are all pigmented, blendable and long wearing.

Nubian 2 ($30):

Here's where Juvia's palettes start to get fun! You start to see those fun pops of color that Juvia's is known for.

Morocco is a matte orange. It takes a little bit of building up but I prefer shades like this to need to be built up so you don't go overboard too quickly. Although this shade is a crazy bright orange and may be intimidating to most, it's absolutely gorgeous!

Madagascar is like.... a poopy/puke brown. MY FAVORITE! haha if you've followed my IG for a while, you'd know I absolutely love colors like this!

Sheba is a bronze shade, crazy pigmented!

Yaa is.... SO PRETTY!!!! Oh my goodness, It's so metallic and pigmented.

Jezebel is a berry shade. I wish it was more pigmented! It's very dry and takes a lot of building up.

Zuri is a beautiful highlight for the inner corner/brow bone. It's creamy and pigmented. 

Cleopatra is a deep metallic blue. I don't wear blue shades very often but this is beautiful!

Nefertiti is a orange-gold. It's really unique!

Nairobi is a bright metallic yellow with a hint of gold.

Leyla is a very deep purple with some shimmers.

Kenya is a medium brown. It takes some building up to get full pigment.

Egypt surprised me with how pigmented it was. It's SO pretty!

 

 

I love this palette. Although the few mattes in here are a little underwhelming, pigment wise (when swatching), they wear surprisingly well on the eyes. Every shade is beautiful!

 

Masquerade ($35):

This is the most popular palette Juvia's sells. It's crazy bright, fun and colorful and was created with festival makeup in mind!

Now before I get into the eyeshadows, this does come in a small size. These pans are huge and you'd never go through them in a lifetime so if you want to save a little bit of money, the smaller size palette would be a good option! The large palette is $35 and the mini is $28.

For size reference, you can see here just how HUGE the Masquerade Palette is. The mini is similar to the other two in size.

Helloooooo mermaid!!!!! This row is insane!!!! All are metallic.

Chi is a deep ocean blue.

Mali is a light sea-green.

Dalia is a gorgeous blue-turquoise.

Zola is a turquoise, the most metallic out of this row.

 

Makeda is a bright metallic purple.

Zobo is a cranberry matte. You've need to work with this one.

Calabar is a metallic reddish cranberry.

Bori is a bright pink with gold flecks of glitter. It's a lot more pigmented than I thought it would be!

Giza is a shimmery cream color. I love this for the inner corner!

Burkina is a warm medium brown matte. Amazing for the crease! This one is really nice in pigmentation. Probably the best out of all the matte shades.

Cairo is an orange with a hint of red and gold flecks of glitter.

Ada is a warm red brown matte.

Dahia is a pale gold metallic.

Zulu is a matte warm brown with hints of orange.

Casablanca is a warm bronze and that looks and feels like a pressed pigment. It is insanely pigmented and its really creamy to the touch.

Fulani is a medium matte brown.

There is a reason this is Juvia's most popular palette. It is amazing!!! I absolutely love the bright colors. There isn't a bad shade in the palette. I've created so many different looks with this single palette. It's so worth the price!

 


 

I love all three of these palettes. I've been using them almost daily! My next purchase will the the Saharan palette, for sure! Although the mattes aren't the best matte eyeshadows I've ever used, they aren't bad by any means. And the metallic shades are insane. They are SO pigmented and so creamy!

Here is one makeup look I did using all three of these palettes:

Head over to my Instagram to see a video tutorial of this look!


Have you tried anything from Juvia's Place yet? If so, let us know your opinions in the comments below!

xoxo.

Update: Where I've been & I'M BACK!

 

"They will insult you, hurt you, defeat you, betray you, injure you, set you aflame and watch you burn.

But they will not, shall not, cannot destroy you.

Because you, like Rome, were built on ashes, and you, like a phoenix know how to rise and resurrect."

- Nikita Gil

 

 

 

 

Hey guys! I can't remember the last time I posted consistently on this blog. Life has been so up and down; around and around... And each time I think things will settle down, the Universe laughs at me and throws another curve-ball. But now I think, I hope, that I will be back to posting regularly. And on that note, I wanted to update you on what's been happening in my life and what's been holding so much of my time and attention..

In my last favorites post I mentioned that I would be renting a room in a local salon, starting my own business.... It took about a month or so to get that up and running... And within about another month or two, it all came crashing down. My entire business was packed up in boxes and moved to my basement... Put on hold. I posted a video about what happened on my facebook page; I will link that here if you'd like to watch it. Unfortunately, things fell apart. It wasn't the right place for me.

Long story short, I was back to square one... Figuring out where to go and what to do.

Thankfully, this post is to show what I've been doing all this time. My new project. My new space. I'm quite happy with how it is turning out and I am thankful to say that it is not only a space to take clients once again, but it's also a space where I can film and blog. It is bright and airy, cozy and perfect for what I need right now.

Here are some before and after photos:

This is the back porch of my home. I was not crazy about taking clients at the house but it's just another step in my long journey. A little backstory on this space, both of my parents smoke. And instead of smoking in the house, this is where they would. It smelled strongly of it and literally everything was covered in dust and a film from all of the smoke over the years.

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Nasty....

to say the least.

It took me two weeks to deep clean this room once it was completely empty. I washed the walls, ceiling and floors with dish soap and vinegar - twice. After deep cleaning, I primed the walls, baseboards, ceiling and doors with Killz Primer (also, twice)... This 100% got rid of the smoke smell, thank God!

 

 

 

Priming took another week or two because the walls are this weird textured wood. So wherever the primer didn't fill, it turned an offwhite-ish color. It was a nightmare!

After priming, I painted the walls and ceiling white; the doors a grey color.

I should also add that I did almost all of this by myself. My boyfriend helped with the first layer of primer and then at the end with hanging fabric, which I'll show in a second... So this is also why it took so long. I was so incredibly sick of painting at the end of this!!!

 

So the fabric... I had this vision of flowy white sheer fabric all over the walls and ceiling. Maybe lights hanging behind, but that is still a little undecided. So I went with Tulle (Thank you Sarah for your help!) and my boyfriend and I went to Home Depot to get everything we'd need to hang it all. PVC pipes and flanges to attach to the wall. This part I didn't document because frankly, I was so over it.. I just wanted the room finished!

 

 

Here is the after! The ceiling isn't finished... I was very wrong on the amount of fabric I needed. I originally thought I'd need maybe 50 yards... HA! It has taken around 120.... I was way off! So that extra fabric is on it's way. I will post photos of the ceiling once it's done! I also ordered some lights to possibly hang on the walls or maybe the ceiling.

But anyways, here she is!!!

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I still have a bit of organizing to do but this is it so far! I'm very happy with how it turned out and I'm so glad to be back!!!

 

She's officially open and ready for business! If you're in Buffalo and would like to book an appointment, click that menu bar and head over to the - book an appointment - page! I have my menu as well as multiple ways to contact me!

 

I've missed you guys very much. I'm sorry for so many delays but I promise that my heart is still in it.... I'm back :)

If you've stuck around, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you!

New posts coming soon!

xoxo.

Current Favorites - March 2017:

 

"In life you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare amazing people who remind you why it's worth it."

 

 

Hey guys! How long has it been since I've done a favorites post?! Forever, it feels like. And surprisingly, I don't have a ton of products to share.

As many of you who follow my Instagram know, I've begun on the path of starting my own business and that has taken up much of my time - and money... So the makeup splurges are quite few and far between as of late. But these products are ones that I've been really loving so I wanted to share them!

If you are interested in more info on what exactly my business is, I plan to write a blog post all about it soon but in short, I will be back to taking clients! I'm renting a room in a salon and will be doing makeup, eyelash extensions and a bit of waxing. I will put a post up with photos as soon as I get the room 100% finished!

On to the favorites!

If you follow my Instagram, you know that I've been quite into bright eyeshadows lately... So of course it's fitting that I mention Sugarpill. They are the powerhouse of BRIGHT eyeshadows!

The swatches from left to right: Buttercupcake, Love +, Flamepoint, Acidberry, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Kitten Parade, and Candycrush.

 

I wanted to post a close-up of the two shimmer shades because I feel like the crazy bright mattes are what Sugarpill is known for... And the metallics don't get as much love as they probably should. They are SO FREAKING PRETTY! Kitten Parade is absolutely incredible as a lid shade.

I couldn't say enough about Sugarpill's eyeshadows. The pans are huge, they are crazy pigmented and bright. They blend easily, which can be difficult to find in such bright colors. They are just perfect.

Head over to my Instagram to see my latest posts using these eyeshadows!


Next up is Maybelline's Better Skin pressed powder. I've seen a bunch of positive reviews about it so after shattering yet another Rimmel Stay Matte powder (does that happen to anyone else? EVERY SINGLE ONE!)... I thought it was about time to try a new brand.

The mirror is HUGE! I also like that they include a sponge versus a powder puff.... I never use it but hey, it's nice to have just in case.

I can't even really tell you why I love this powder.... It just works. Nicely. My skin looks more flawless after I use this. And who doesn't want that?! It lasts pretty well over foundation. I do need to touch up at my usual times so I can't say that it holds oils any longer than typical but it's a beautiful powder!

I use the shade 10 - Porcelain.


MAC Pro Longwear Concealer..... I won't talk about this much because it's been a favorite of mine for many years but I purchased a new one a month or so ago and fell right back in love with it.

Tarte's Shape Tape is phenomenal and I wanted to include that one as well but I find it very drying under my eyes.... And MAC's concealer has the closest amount of pigmentation but is a bit more hydrating so I've actually been grabbing for it more than my Tarte concealer!

I use the shade NC15.

... It's just one of those oldie but goodies that I will forever love.


Next up is.... Soap brows!!!! Have you tried this yet?!

There are tons of videos using this technique now but I will link the originator - Pixiwoo!

Essentially, you are wetting your spoolie with either water or fix plus and working some soap into the brush and then combing through your brows. Whether before applying product or after, it works both ways. I also love using this on days when I'm not wearing any makeup to get my brows in the shape that I want them. They stay put all day and I love using soap more so than any brow gel!

I know it sounds weird, but give it a try! The soap I use is from Amazon - the trick is finding a soap that is totally clear and doesn't leave a film over your brows. These from Amazon don't and they come in a three pack.


Anastasia's Liquid Lipsticks..... Another favorite I've mentioned before but I just can't get enough of them. I literally want to own every single shade. They are one of my favorite formulas. And I know that liquid lip formulas are so individualized and everyone has preferences but these are wonderful, in my opinion.

They are super pigmented, they don't dry my lips out too much or feel uncomfortable. They wear remarkably well and.... I just love them!

From left to right: Pure Hollywood, Naked, Catnip, Vamp and Requiem.


A little bonus random favorite... My Erin Condren Life Planner. I know... I know. I didn't ever want to get on the planner bandwagon but this planner is so freaking good. It's perfect for what I need!

I will include my referral link here - you will get $10 off your purchase. These are pricey planners but she ALWAYS has deals and coupons so don't ever pay full price! If you'd like a post more dedicated to planning, let me know in the comments below!

I didn't think I would enjoy using a planner this much but my memory is terrible and it has helped me to remember things so much better! The physical act of taking the time to write things down is definitely a game changer for me.


So those are my current favorites! What are some things you are loving?! Let us know in the comments below!

 

xoxo.

Suva Beauty Hydra Liners - Review & Swatches:

"Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone things."

- Christina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

Hey darlings! I'm finally back with a review and this one has been a long time coming!

Suva Beauty is a newer brand to the industry but man, did it hit HARD! It seemed like they became an overnight sensation on instagram and it's for good reason... They are incredible! From eyeshadows and cream bases to these Hydra Liners, they kick ass.

To test out the Hydra Liners, I only picked up a few shades and after using them for months... I can tell you that I will soon own every single shade... And probably an extra of each shade for my makeup kit!

These are $11 each and come in a few different "finishes" - UV, Chrome and Matte. The UV's are neon BRIGHT! The Chromes are metallics and the mattes... Well, those speak for themselves.

I picked up 5 shades, three UV and two mattes:

They come in clear jars. I love the packaging, it's simple and easy to see which shade you are grabbing.


Sea Nymph is one of my favorites. It's a matte - so gorgeous and pigmented!

Fanny Pack is one of the UV shades. It's a fun bright neon green!

Dance Party is a UV yellow... This one and the next are hard to photograph because they are SO neon! My camera struggled focusing on them.

Acid Trip is a UV orange. It's so bright and gorgeous! I've loved creating looks with this one.

Cherry Bomb is a matte blood red.


Here are the swatches! Aren't they stunning?!!


I will say there is a definite learning curve when it comes to using these. They are unlike most products. You need to add water or a setting spray to activate the product and turn it into liquid liner. It's easy to use too much (or too little) so it just takes some practice. I prefer to use a setting spray or MAC Fix + rather than water because I find that it lasts much longer! They wear all day long and don't smudge. I love them!!!

Here are some photos of looks I've done using these:


Here is a video of each shade swatched!

 

I highly recommend these liners. They are so beautiful and you can create some amazing creative looks with them! I plan to do some water color looks soon.

Love you guys!

xoxo.

 

Showing some Etsy love - JazzyGlitter:

Your importance is endless.

 

Hello my darlings! Today I wanted to bring focus to a store on Etsy that I bumped into (while spending entirely too much time browsing) and fell in love with.

 

 

JazzyGlitter is a shop with countless festival gems and glitters of all different varieties from color to shape/size. What really pulled me in was that these were different. Not the typical craft store glitter you find on most websites. I purchased  13 glitters and it took a lot of self control not to pick up the rest!

 

Midnight - black glitters in a few different sizes with a holographic shine, they pull green, red, yellow, blue - any color - you name it. This glitter is SO much more than a basic black! 

Twilight - a pretty multidimensional blue/purple glitter.

Barbie - exactly what you'd picture it to be! A vibrant pink glitter with beautiful iridescence.

Mermaid Mist - One of my favorites, I love the chunkier glitters and this one is SO stunning!! Mainly blue but with an insane iridescence.

Snow angel - a pretty white glitter with purple, red, pink and an almost green shine. This one is super unique!

Sorcery - This shade is insane! It doesn't look like much in the packaging until you start to move it around and see all it has to offer. Gold and blues but then green, turquoise, orange, gold, red... It's crazy beautiful.

Autumn Haze - This is another that doesn't look like much in the jar but it's very pretty. More subtle than the other glitters but nonetheless beautiful.

Cleopatra Gold - a very yellow gold, reflects of orange and red and green. I love this one for smokey eyes or even a basic neutral eye. On the inner corner, it's to die for!

Enchanted Elf - another chunky glitter! A base of green but with turquoise, white and blue hints.

Epiphany - a beautiful coral with pinks and golds.

Heavenly - another fitting name. A clear/white chunky glitter with holographic and iridescence. This would be perfect for a cool, snowy look!

Princess - a purple/pink glitter.

Unicorn Tears - this glitter is.... amazing! Ya'll already know I'm planning a crazy warm orange/red eye with this one! 


I love these glitters! Not only are they beautiful and unique but the price is right. Ranging from $3 to $5, you can also purchase sets of multiples! They shipped and arrived quickly despite coming from the UK.

Here are some looks I've done with these glitters so far:

 

 

 

 

 

Cleopatra Gold.


 

 

 

 

 

Enchanted Elf.


 

 

Check out JazzyGlitter! They are phenomenal! 

What are your favorite glitters? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

Coloured Raine - Matte Lip Paints - Review & Swatches:

"I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention and one day I decided I had better things to do."

- Brian Andreas

Hey all! Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite makeup products. I wear them 99% of the time that I have makeup on and I almost never wear regular lipstick anymore. I've tried countless formulas from tons of brands and although everyone does have a preference when it comes to them, I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't.

With that being said, I will begin by saying this is a negative review. We all have our preferences so if you enjoy these liquid lipsticks, please do not take offense. I tried these every single way possible and they were terrible each time - for me. Before I get into the formula and why I dislike them so much, let's take a look at each shade...

Coloured Raine is a brand I discovered on Instagram after seeing tons of influencers wearing their liquid lipsticks... Every shade is, without a doubt, beautiful and unique; I swooned over nearly every color so when they had a Black Friday sale, I jumped at the chance to pick some up. I ordered 5 shades:

The left swatches are built up for more opacity while the small right swatch is one swipe of the applicator.

 

Frances:

On the website, "Metallic champagne liquid lip paint that dries matte leaving your lips vibrant for hours. Won't budge a bit unless oil based product is used for removal."

I've been searching for a metallic shade like this so it was the first shade I tried on when I received these... First impression, the fragrance is strong-ish and my lips tingled a little - I'm extremely sensitive so right off the bat, I knew I probably wouldn't be able to wear this often. It is the only shade I purchased with a scent.

I applied a very thin layer and after a few minutes, rubbed my lips together to see how it felt and immediately it started flaking off on itself. The entire center of my lips was flaked off and removed. I tried again, waiting until it was fully dry before moving my lips at all and it continued to flake.

 

 

Raine Fever:

 

"Dark amethyst with purple undertones."

This shade is patchy, uncomfortable and wears off quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Roulette:

"Dark rouge with purple undertones."

 

This shade looks near identical to Raine Fever. On the website they look different. The formula is close to Raine Fever in that it's pretty streaky  and wears off quickly but I'd say that this one takes more layering for opaque coverage.

 

 

As you can see, they are quite similar and on the lips you can't really tell the difference.

 

 

Speechless:

 

 

This shade is gorgeous but feels chalky and flakes off in the center within an hour or so of wear.

 

 

 

 

Tootise:

"Dark chocolate with subtle cherry tones."

 

This is my most liked shade out of the bunch, however it feels very uncomfortable on the lips and needs some layering for full opacity. It wears off the center of the lips within a few hours whether you eat/drink or not.

 


 

 

Here is a photo of Tootsie after two hours of wear. There is a shine to my lips because I had just started adding vaseline to remove it before I remembered I needed to take a photo. Some of you who follow my snapchat (themakeupaffair) may have seen it while I ranted about how it broke down on my lips super quickly. I was not eating nor drinking, simply taking photos for a makeup look and it was flaking and crumbling off after an hour.


The formula...

Trouble shooting - Trial and error, in an attempt to get a better application and wear.. No balm underneath, adding a balm underneath, lip liner, no lip liner, thin layers, thicker layers - I have tried literally every way possible and they all ended with the same result.

It definitely varies depending on the shade, as does the packaging which was a red flag for me from the beginning. It seems each shade is from a totally different batch!

As I've said, liquid lipsticks are my favorite so I don't think that I'm in any way, shape or form very picky when it comes to formulas. Sure, I have my favorites but I'm not one to be easily put off by texture/dryness, etc.... These are bad. And for $17..... Absolutely not!

 

 

My other complaint is the return policy is only 7 days... So by the time you receive them and are able to test them, you no longer have the time to return them for a refund.

 

I wanted to badly to love these... I'm extremely disappointed!! My only guess is that all the rave reviews on Instagram that introduced me to this line were bloggers and artists who have had these sent to them. 

I really, really dislike giving negative reviews but you guys know I will always be totally honest with you. I'll be trying to utilize them as eyeliners or otherwise give them to a friend.


Have you tried these lippies from Coloured Raine? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

xoxo.

Glowing Skin For Textured/Acne Prone Skin:

"Find what you're afraid of most and go live there."

- Chuck Palahniuk

Hey loves!

Today's focus is a quick how-to on creating a glow to the skin without using highlighters!

 

We've all seen the dramatically highlighted women on Instagram. Glowing to the Gods. Love it or hate it, a "glow" can be absolutely beautiful and make you look more awake and youthful. But many of us don't want to go that dramatic - and more importantly for this blog post, most of us can't.

Highlighters can accentuate any texture on your skin like crazy and for those of us with texture, acne, and/or fine lines, we don't want ANY of that accentuated.

The trick? ......... Beauty oils! 

The oils I use the most often are Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil or just plain Jojoba Oil (more affordable option) but there are hundreds to choose from on the market.

There are three ways I add oils into my makeup routine - During my skincare routine, before applying makeup, mixed in with my foundation as well as after applying all creams/liquids (before any powders).


Mixing with foundation:

 

I prefer liquid foundations and I always mix it on the back of my hand prior to applying. I find that this warms up the product a bit and helps give you a smooth application. Mix two to three drops of your oil to the foundation before applying.

This gives a luminous glow to the foundation. Dependent on the foundation and oil, it may lessen the coverage slightly so I always like to try different brands to see which mix is my favorite.

 

 

Not only does this give you a glow but if you are oily to combination, it may help improve the longevity of your foundation! When you add oil to the skin, it doesn't feel the need to produce as it normally would throughout the day so I typically find that my foundation doesn't break up as quickly as it usually would!


My favorite way to get an added glow is applying the oil over top of my foundation and concealer. This technique doesn't work with every foundation, some do get broken down by the oil and you'll find spaces that almost lift off of your skin but when you find one that works? Ohhhh, it is beautiful!

I apply about two or three drops to my damp Real Technique Sponge (beauty blender, drugstore sponge, whatever you want to use!) and dab the oil into the areas of my face that I want an extra glow.


Using an oil will give your skin a natural looking glow instead of using glittery/shimmer highlighters that will enhance the look of texture on the skin! Truly, I love doing this!

If you are nervous about using oils, check out my previous blog post! Never fear! Oils are your friend. :) 

Give it a try and tell me what you think in the comments below!

xoxo.

Oil Cleansing and why you need to do it:

"Commit to loving yourself completely. It's the most radical thing you will do in your lifetime."

- Andrea Gibson

Oil cleansing. Chances are you've heard about it... Oils are huge in the skincare industry right now - and for good reason! They are amazing for preserving and maintaining the health of your skin. Whether you are as dry as a desert, you'd compare your face to an oil slick, or you fall somewhere in-between, oils are your friend. Let me explain why... 

For starters, oils preserve your youth! They help to prevent/prolong fine lines/aging and they also protect your skin from free radicals as well as trapping and holding moisture in the deep layers of your skin. 

All skin types can benefit from using oils! Dry skin needs as much moisture as possible so oils are usually a no-brainer but my oily skin beauties usually cringe at the thought of putting even MORE oil on their skin.

But listen, hear me out.... Oil attracts oil! The more hydrated and nourished your skin feels, the less it needs to produce oil. That doesn't necessarily mean you will go from an oily skin type to combination skin - skin types are (typically) genetic - however, it can help drastically when your skin is off balance and over-producing oils.

......... Someone count how many times I say oil in this post.


There are so many different kinds of oils now. Cleansing oils, moisturizers, beauty oils, serums... Oh, marketing. Today we'll keep to cleansing oils but if you'd like to hear more about any others, let me know in the comments below!


The main difference in each cleansing oil is the base oil that is used. Each are good for certain skin types/concerns so it's important to know what your skin type is before purchasing!

Essentially, you have good and bad oils. The "good" oil, your cleansing oils, will grab onto the bad oils (sebum, dirt, makeup, etc.) and when you rinse, it will take those bad oils with it. If you are very oily/acne prone, I do recommend doing a double-cleanse and following the oil with your typical cleanser. This will ensure that your skin is 100% clean!

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These cleansing oils not only include specific "good" oils but they can also include antioxidants, anti-aging ingredients or acne-fighting ingredients for added benefits.

The best cleansing oils for your skin type:

Dry Skin:

  • Macadamia 
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sweet Almond 
  • Argan Oil

Oily Skin:

  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba
  • Safflower 
  • Evening Primrose
  • Hemp Oil

Combination Skin:

  • Coconut
  • Rosehip
  • Almond 
  • Apricot
  • Sesame

Sensitive Skin:

  • Grapeseed
  • Calendula 
  • Jojoba
  • Sunflower
  • Coconut

How to use:

You'll want to apply your cleansing oil with dry hands, on dry skin. Work it in really well throughout your face, massaging it in and focus on your most congested areas. It removes eye-makeup like a dream! After you are done massaging the oil into your skin, add some water to your hands and this will emulsify and break down the oils on your face. Rinse a few times. If you feel that there is still some oil residue left on your skin, double cleanse with your typical cleanser.


I have very acne-prone combination to oily skin. I have seen a huge difference when incorporating oils into my daily skincare routine. Not only for cleansing but also moisturizing and even in my foundation to give a glow and believe it or not, to make my foundation last longer!

Here are some of my favorite cleansing oils - 

Excuse the chips of paint missing from my desk - these Ikea desks don't last for very long!!!

From left to right:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil ($32) - This oil is more on the pricey side but I absolutely love Juice Beauty and this is one product I need to repurchase. It's part of their anti-aging line and is suitable for all skin types. The main ingredients are: Malic Acid, Aloe Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil and Borage Oil to name a few.

Dermalogica Precleanse ($10-$40 depending on size) - We use Dermalogica at the beauty school I teach at and I have grown to love and adore Precleanse so much. It removes makeup beautifully and I've seen beautiful changes in our guests skin when they incorporate this into their routine. Ingredients: Borage Seed Oil, Kukui & Apricot Oils, Rice Bran and Vitamin E Oils.

Jojoba Oil (the Vitamin Shoppe brand - $9.99) - A staple in my household, I love Jojoba Oil and mainly use it for topically applying essential oils but this has quickly become a go-to for thoroughly removing my makeup. I love saturating a makeup wipe with Jojoba Oil to take off as much makeup as possible before cleansing with my regular skin care routine.

 

With all of these oils, you want to make sure to apply with dry hands to a dry face. Massage it in really well for a few minutes and apply water when you are ready to remove the product.


Have you used cleansing oils before? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

Melt Cosmetics - Dark Matter & Rust Eyeshadow Stacks:

 

"Just don't give up on me, on people, on yourself. I know people fill your holes with disappointments, but there's so much hope left to go around. Please do not throw yourself to the wild and let the wolves hunt you down. You were born a creature to be feared, to be valued, to be loved; not to be thrown away as if your parents raised you to be disposable. Trust me, you weren't brought to this planet to leave empty handed. You were meant to touch, to love, and to fight; to bring walls down, to repair your armor, and build your own castle. Life didn't teach you how to survive just so you can give up when it gets a little harder."

- Ming D. Liu, Stories I'll tell one day #81

 

Hello my darlings! Today's review is very exciting for me. Melt Cosmetics has been a brand that I've swooned over for a while now but never let myself splurge... After hearing one of my students (Hey Carla!!!) rave about the Dark Matter stack, I knew I had to get it. I've had it for months now and when they released the Rust stack, it was over. Another hole in my heart until I had it in my hands. These palettes - color wise - are so ME! Saying that I love warm, rusty tones would be an understatement. So I figured I'd include both in this review! Grab a drink and snack because it's going to be a long one!! I hope you all enjoy :)


For those of you unfamiliar with Melt Cosmetics, these eyeshadow palettes are magnetic circles that stack together. I absolutely love the packaging and find it so fun and creative. They don't take up a lot of room and easily fit in my vanity drawers so I appreciate that so much.

Another huge plus is that the eyeshadow pans are HUGE! With the Dark Matter stack, you get 3.57g of product total and Rust, 2.96 g... It bums me out a bit that you get less in one but I'm assuming it's because you are getting an extra eyeshadow in the Rust Stack.

 

Let's start with Dark Matter first:

My reviews on this stack are a bit mixed. You will see the swatch differences between this stack and the Rust shadows... I found that these eyeshadows were more on the dry side. Enigma (the red shade) more than all of the others. With that being said, I still very much love these shadows and find that they are very pigmented and blendable.

This stack comes with 4 eyeshadows - all matte - and retails for $48:

 

 

Blurr is the first and lightest shade. It's the perfect transition shade. Think - Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie - it's very similar to that! 

 


 

Unseen is the second and is sort of like a step deeper and warmer than Blurr. Unseen is an amazing shade for the crease. I love using this to warm up any eyeshadow looks while bringing a little bit of depth.

 


Enigma is the next shade and the one that I was the most excited about in this stack. As I've said it feels very dry to the touch and doesn't give that smooth, creamy feel that many loved eyeshadows do. I'm not sure if I just got an off formula or if they are all dry like this - if you own it, please leave a comment below and let me know how yours is! But I still really love this eyeshadow. It takes some building up for full pigment but overall, it's gorgeous.


 

The last eyeshadow is Dark Matter, a deep black. It's also a little dry but beautiful and very pigmented.

 

 


You'll see a big difference between these swatches and the Rust stack. I think the dryness comes through on these swatches. They are good but I do wish they were smooth and creamier.

 

Alright, the star of the show is the Rust Stack. Truly. This became my favorite eyeshadow palette within the first use. It is absolute perfection. From shades to formula, pigmentation to blend-ability. It. Is. Perfect!!!!

This stack comes with 5 eyeshadows - all matte - and retails for $58.

The first eyeshadow is Classic. A warm-ish yellow. I love using this as a base, to set my eyeshadow primer/base, and as a highlight shade. I usually prefer shimmer highlight shades for my inner corner and brow bone, even for the lid, but this gives a subtle highlight and it's really nice.

 


 

 

Next is Antique, a beautiful peach. Amazing for a transition shade!!! 

 


 

Rubbish... This shade may scare some, it's a mustardy brown. I'm obsessed! It reminds me so much of Bobbi Brown's Camel, another one of my favorites. I love those weird yellow/brown/dirty-ish looking eyeshadows! 

 


Rust is the next shade and when I first got this, I thought that Rubbish would be my favorite but the second I applied this to my eyes... I think I squealed out loud. If you guys had seen me apply this stack for the first time you would have either thought I was hilarious or crazy.... Maybe both... It's warm and buttery, it blends like a DREAM. I have no words for how beautiful this shade is!!! 


 

The last shade is Rott, a deep brown. It doesn't look like much in the pan but it totally completes this stack! Pigmentation is insane and it also blends super easily.

 

 


These eyeshadows are amazing. This is what I was expecting from a Melt Cosmetics stack. Buttery, creamy, pigmented and honestly, this stack made blending easy. You always hear people say that about eyeshadows but this is truly the first eyeshadows that I can say that with. Obsessed isn't a strong enough word for how I feel about this palette. I love it so much.

 

I love both of these palettes. It easy to see which is my favorite out of the two but I plan to purchase every other Melt stack, that's for sure. 

Here are a few makeup looks I've done using Dark Matter and Rust:

 

 

Dark Matter


Rust

 

I hope you all found this review helpful! Have you tried any products from Melt? Let us know in the comments below! What are your favorites? Any hate-its?!

xoxo.

Sephora Haul 2016:

“I used to have faith in fate, believed it would some day be us if I played the cards right, or if I tried hard enough to be someone worth searching for.

Then one afternoon, I sat there alone with a pen in my hand and bleakness in my heart, and the thoughts of you stopped providing comfort.

"You weren't elixir, but the plague I tried to avoid,” I said.“

I wish I could speak to myself a few years ago. I’d tell her to stop wishing on every 11:11 for a love so futile, to let go of someone who made her lose sight of her constellations and allowed her to see herself as a city night without stars.

I’d tell her that she was the universe he would never be a part of, and that will be one of the best things she’ll ever have."

- Ming D. Liu, Stories I'll never tell #135

Hello beauties! I placed an order to Sephora a few weeks ago and have been testing out all of the products I purchased so I thought it would be fun to do a haul and include little mini reviews of each.

I'll skip over the Caudalie Beauty Elixir because I've already done a review on that! Check it out here.

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Next I picked up the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer ($45): I've loved this brand for years and have mentioned other products in previous posts.

I was curious to try this because my skin usually reacts well to glycolic acid, and well.... This brand just always pulls me in. I haven't been using it daily because it's pretty strong so I try to use it every other day. I can't say whether I like this or not yet... I'm not sure. I'll need to use it for a few months to really come up with a for sure answer.

 

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The other skincare product I picked up.... 

Sunday Riley's Power Couple Duo ($85):

I've been absolutely dying to try both of these products from Sunday Riley and when I saw they had both in a nice sized kit, I just had to snag it! It contains the Luna Oil and Good Genes. Both are great sizes for a kit. Luna and Good Genes are 1 oz in the full size and in the kit, both are .5oz.. That may not sound like a lot but these will easily last you a few months! I'm so glad they made them large enough to really get a feel for them. Skincare products need to be used for at least a few months before you can really start to see changes (most of the time) so this is awesome! These both cost $105 for the full size so the price is on point too!

The Luna Oil is for use only at night and I've kept my Good Genes uses to night only as well. Apply Luna first and let that sit for about 5 minutes before applying Good Genes.... Let me tell you, I saw a difference in my skin within the first week of using these. I don't know if they put baby unicorn tears in here or what but I'm obsessed! My skin has been glowing. I've noticed so many more "good skin days" since adding this to my regimen and although they are both extremely expensive, I definitely plan on buying the full size of both.

This kit is an incredible deal!! 

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I picked up the travel size of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light ($24):

I wasn't sure if this would look good on my skin tone or not so I thought the travel size was a much better option than dropping $50 on something I may dislike. It's .5oz of product and would probably last a very long time - I wish all companies sold travel sizes like this!

 

They have one other shade in this range and this is the lightest. It has definitely specks of glitter and it's quite warm. It's not a shade you'd want to use for contouring but it gives you quite the bronze. It's so much more pigmented than it seems! 

  

 

 

I'm a little too pale for this right now so I'll be saving this for when I get a bit more of a tan. It's beautiful though and adds a natural looking bronzy glow to the skin. It lasts all day and didn't fade after 7 hours of wear. 

 


Lastly, I went a little crazy in the Anastasia section of Sephora.. I already own the liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and love it so I was anxious to try a few other shades. I also picked up two of the lip glosses. I want to get the Modern Renaissance palette but it has been sold out so that will be the next purchase hopefully!

I picked up three shades of liquid lipsticks ($20):

From left to right: Naked, Catnip & Vamp.

I absolutely LOVE all three shades. They are super pigmented and long wearing. I'm not very picky when it comes to liquid lipsticks, I love almost every one I try but this formula is one of the best in my opinion.

 

 

Naked is a great nude shade for my pale beauties, especially those with yellow/olive undertones who have a hard time finding pale nudes that look "natural" on them. Sorry, the only photo I have wearing this one so far is a crappy Snapchat picture. I love doing a slight ombre with a darker lip liner.

 

 


 

 

Catnip is a bright, vibrant pink and although I don't wear pink lip colors very often, I grab for this one a lot!

My only complaint with this one, an error in packaging: the sifter is not working properly and way too much product comes out with each application. I could have sent it back for a replacement but I hate doing that so I just try to scrape the product back into the tube before application.


 

 

 

Vamp is hands down one of my favorite lipsticks I own. It pulls very dark on me once it dries completely and looks more brown than red but it's so unique and it's incredible for fall! 

 

 


Last but not least, the lip glosses! Unfortunately I don't have photos wearing these yet but let me know if you'd like to see them on! ($16):

Undressed is on the left and Gilded on the right.

Undressed is a beautiful peachy nude and Gilded is a gorgeous gold metallic!

These are the most pigmented glosses I've ever used! They are slightly sticky but not too bad and pretty long-wearing for a gloss. I plan to purchase more shades for sure! 

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So there's my haul! I hope you enjoyed it!

I recently placed an order to Forever 21 for some clothes so if you'd like to see that haul as well, let me know! As always, leave any post requests you'd like to see in the comments below!

Love you all.

xoxo.

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

"You are not a simple work of art. You are the entire museum."

- Ming D. Liu

 

Hey lovers!

Today’s review is of Milani’s new(ish) Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation. They say this has both foundation and concealer in one.

The other claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Lightweight & oil-free
  • Longwearing
  • Water resistant
  • Sweat-proof

I’m using the shade 01 Creamy Vanilla. This shade is the lightest in the range and I can tell you right now that the shade range sucks. I don’t know when these companies will realize that there are SO many more skin tones and undertones in the world. Needless to say, I almost always have to mix foundations and this one is no exception.

 

Alright so let’s start with the packaging, it’s nice. I like the ombre black to glass packaging and it has a pump so I’m all smiles on that one. You get 1 ounce of product which is pretty typical for liquid foundations.

My other complaint/confusion other than the shade selection is that on the site it says that this shade is for fair skin with cool undertones…. I’m sure you will see in the swatch below that it is VERY yellow…. Which should mean it’s targeted more for warm tones…. So this will definitely confuse most while shopping online for the correct shade. It looks very pink in the photo on the website. So I’m not sure what’s going on there. (I purchased mine at my local CVS.)

 

This foundation is $9.99 in most stores and varies in price online.

I’ve been absolutely loving this foundation. As I’ve said, I have to mix it with others to get a better match so that’s where things with my review go a little bit sideways.

 

The foundation itself is on the thicker side of a liquid foundation, it’s not very runny. The coverage is great, I agree with the claims of medium to full. It layers very well so if it doesn’t cover things initially, let that first layer dry and apply more in the areas you need it and it builds up beautifully.

My skin type is normal to combination and with just this foundation by itself, I can wear it for maybe 5 hours before it starts breaking down on my skin and looking not so cute. 

 

However, what I have been doing is mixing it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear for a better match and to improve the longevity and the two together are the dream team! The finish is stunning. Full coverage for sure, ya’ll know I go big or go home when it comes to coverage. I’m not a light coverage person. Either I’m wearing full coverage or I’m going bare-faced. 

Flawless foundation routine

My routine for the past two weeks has been mixing this and Double Wear on the back of my hand, letting it warm up a bit and applying with a Real Techniques Sponge (it also applies nicely with a brush). I apply one thin layer, letting it dry. Spritzing my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (see review here), letting that dry and then applying the second layer. I spray my face at the very end of applying all makeup to finish it off and it looks absolutely perfect. I’m obsessed with this combination! 

So anyways, I’ve really been enjoying this. I've noticed many more "good" skin days since I have been wearing this. I definitely prefer the mix more so than the foundation on it’s own but either way, I’d say give it a try.

I’m not sure how this would be for dry skin types; I could see it clinging to dry patches considering the formula so maybe try it and keep your receipt to return if it doesn’t work for you. Most stores are fantastic with makeup returns. 

If you don’t want something full coverage, it also mixes nicely with oils or moisturizers to thin out the coverage. Moral of the story is…. She plays well with others. Which is a win in my book. I’m the queen of mixing products, I swear. I need to just start my own damn makeup line! :)

 

Have you tried this foundation yet?! What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

 

 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

"No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell."

- Carl Jung

Hey loves! Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a product that has been the topic of some conversation lately in the beauty community and after hearing so many good reviews (and some bad), I had to try it for myself.

This is a toning mist made for all skin types - except dry. The claims:

  • Sets makeup
  • Provides an instant boost of radiance
  • Tightens the appearance of pores
  • Solution for: Dullness/uneven texture, pores and dryness

 

On Sephora’s website,Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary's famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. 

 

Beloved by celebrities and makeup artists worldwide, the Beauty Elixir is the ideal priming base and setting spray between layers of makeup for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Perfect as an aftershave for men, the formula contains essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. The therapeutic scent is invigorating throughout the day and can be used mid-day at the office for an instant pick-me-up and in the evening to refresh your makeup so that it looks like you had just applied it.”

 

Man, do they know how to talk up a product! I’m sure you can see now why I was so curious :) 

 

As always, we’ll start with the packaging:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Review

Beautiful! I love the frosted glass, it has a nice feel to it. Heavy and sturdy. 

The mist is absolutely perfect. Not too much, not too little. It doesn't leave splatter of product on your freshly applied makeup, which I am so appreciative of.

One complaint, the scent is strong. More so than I expected and I’ve never been one to be put off by fragrance in products. It’s not terrible, very spa-like but super intense. So if you aren’t a fan of strong scents in your products, this may be one that you want to avoid. Or try it in store to see if you’d like it.

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The claims? Some I agree with, others not so much. But let’s talk about the ingredients first because that will tie in with some of my opinion.

  • Water - The most abundant ingredient in this product. Pretty typical for toners like this.
  • Alcohol - Ahhh, why must companies do this! Alcohol on your skin is extremely drying and overall just BAD.
  • Bitter Orange Flower Water - An ingredient commonly used in skincare, soaps, shampoos, etc. Used as a skin-conditioning agent as well as for fragrance. The methanol content can make this irritating to the skin.
  • Fragrance - Another additive that I wish companies would omit. As I’ve said, the fragrance is extremely strong in this product. And fragrance is a known irritant for many skin types.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil - Antioxidant and antimicrobial. Also used for fragrance.
  • Potassium Alum - An astringent used for tightening or tingling sensation.

These are only some of the ingredients, overall I can’t say that this is a product that would improve your skin over time at all but can provide some of those claims above, but also beware of the alcohol and fragrance that could cause irritation for more sensitive skin types.

My routine, as mentioned in the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation review (coming soon!) - I like to apply a thin layer of foundation and let it dry, follow with misting my face with this Elixir and once that dries, applying one more thin layer of foundation for extra coverage where needed. At the end of my makeup, I finalize with another mist of this product.

 

I’ve been enjoying this. I wasn’t expecting much; I try to go into every review with a clean slate and no expectations, regardless of what reviews I’ve heard. I definitely have been loving my makeup more than I usually do. I agree that it sets makeup well - does it provide any additional longevity? Nah. I wouldn’t say that. But it does leave a beautiful finish and can be used the same way you’d use a Mac Fix+ type product. It tones down any powderiness and gives a more natural glow to the skin. Which leads me to also agree that it gives a boost of radiance. Absolutely.

Does it tighten pores? Nope. I don’t feel or see any tightening whatsoever but I’d say that with just about any product with a claim like that. Most don't.

I also don’t agree to it being a solution for texture… It’s the esthetician in me when I say texture is texture and no makeup product on the planet can tone that down. But it does help with dullness, again due to the radiance it gives.

 

Overall, I’ve been loving this. Do I think it’s worth the hefty $49 price tag? No. Would I repurchase…..…… Okay, maybe. :)

Have you tried this yet? If so, leave your opinions in the comments below and leave any recommendations for other finishing sprays you love!

xoxo.

Apple Cider Vinegar and why you need to use it.

"I have always wished my body was a forest rather than flesh and bones. I would rather a wildfire burn me to the ground than the hands of a man who does not love me. At least the version of me that grows from the ashes will be more beautiful than the wreckage he will leave of my soul."

- Nikita Gil

Here's the deal. Apple cider vinegar stinks. The smell is horrendous and the taste is no better.... So why am I saying that you need it in your life?

Hair, skin and overall health! Some call this a beauty elixir and I couldn't agree more.

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First things first, make sure you are using Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). You want it to contain the "mother"which contains enzymes and "gut" friendly bacteria. The ACV that I use is Braggs and I highly recommend it. I usually get it on Amazon or at the Vitamin Shoppe.

** Ingesting & topical - I recommend a tablespoon or two added to a glass of water and drinking on an empty stomach. Some just take a shot of ACV but it's so acidic that most people can't handle it! Aside from the taste, I worry that it's too harsh so I always dilute it before drinking it. Same with topically, if you are applying to the face - dilute it!

Health benefits:

  • Diabetes - Studies have shown a correlation with taking ACV daily and lower blood sugar levels.
  • Lowers cholesterol - Pectin helps to regulate blood pressure levels
  • Reduces bloating - the acidity helps with digestion.
  • Kills bad breath - antibacterial properties can help to kill any nasties!
  • Suppresses appetite - drinking a glass before a meal will help you to feel full much faster!
  • Soothe a sore throat - gargle a tablespoon with water every hour or so. The antibacterial properties and acidity helps to destroy bacteria
  • Colds - the potassium thins mucus.
  • Heartburn and acid reflux - acidity helps to level out the acid levels in your stomach
  • Soothes sunburns - natural astringent soothes pain and speeds up healing process

There are many more benefits but these are to name a few!

I try to always drink it first thing in the morning; a glass of water with two tablespoons of ACV. If you can't handle the taste, you can try making a tea and adding honey as well to sweeten a little.

Hair:

  • Shine - an after-shampoo rinse of a tablespoon or two with cold water once or twice a week.
  • Dandruff - there can be many causes of dandruff. Whether it is yeast, imbalances or deficiencies - using an ACV rinse (half and half dilution), leaving it on for 15 mins and then washing it out, will help with all of these issues!
  • Lice/fleas - Repels those nasties!!
  • Cleansing & Clarifying - removes excess product buildup
  • De-frizz and prevent split ends - smoothes the cuticles

Skin:

  • Fights acne - antibacterial and anti-fungal helps keep blemishes away
  • Balancing skin - balances pH levels and oil production
  • Exfoliates - contains malic and alpha hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells
  • Eases psoriasis - used with caution, make sure to dilute it enough so it does not cause irritation
  • Calms irritations and inflammation

For the skin, I love using ACV as a toner. I usually make a batch of half ACV, half distilled water. Apply with a cotton round and proceed with your serums and moisturizers after. It smells very strongly at first but it dissipates after a few minutes.

Do you use Apple Cider vinegar for health or beauty benefits? Any I haven't mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Lipsticks - Review & Swatches:

"Why are you holding back? What are you saving for - for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now."

- George Balanchine

Hey beauties!

The NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks have been a favorite of mine for quite a while now. Recently, a bunch of new shades were released so I picked up a few and wanted to go over each of them with you and let you know which are worth the money and which, in my opinion, are not.

The Liquid Suedes are $6.99 and there are currently 24 shades available.

NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipsticks - review and swatches
NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipsticks - review and swatches

I have 7 shades.

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Alright, let's talk about each of these separately:

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Soft Spoken
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Soft Spoken

Soft-Spoken is the first shade I purchased. It's a brown-toned mauvey pinky nude, you know one of those typical shades that have been super popular the past year or so. It's very pigmented, one dip of the applicator is easily enough for your lips and you don't need to layer it for full coverage. This shade is what made me fall in love with the line so you already know, the review for this one? All good. I love it!

The rest of the shades, I ordered from Ulta in one shot.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Amethyst
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Amethyst

Amethyst, another love. It's a beautiful neon pastel(ish) purple. Very pigmented, applies really smoothly and if you want to layer it for more opaque coverage, it layers very well. It's long wearing and I don't have trouble with it flaking off or anything like that.

Jet-Set is the next shade, a beautiful bright blue. Same as the previous two, it's very pigmented. That liquid suede formula I love! It layers well and lasts for hours without needing to touch up. Of course, as with all liquid lips, if you eat anything oily/greasy, it will break the product down but without eating or drinking much, I can wear it all day easy.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Subversive Socialite
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Subversive Socialite

Subversive Socialite... The shade I was the most excited about... It's so beautiful! But unfortunately, it's a disappointing review. It's very streaky and unlike the previous three, it does not layer well. It balls up in the corners and inside of your mouth and feels extremely uncomfortable.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Foul Mouth
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Foul Mouth

Foul Mouth is another that I was disappointed in. Same with Subversive Socialite, it doesn't layer well. Although it is much more pigmented and opaque, it doesn't necessarily require any additional layering. But, even with one layer I found that this was very uncomfortable. Also... It faded on the inner parts of my lips within one hour and NO eating or drinking... You know those liquid lips that break down in the center just from rubbing your lips together? That's what this does. ARGGG!!!!

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Stone Fox
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Stone Fox

Oh, Stone Fox.... She redeems the group. Such a unique, beautiful shade. Very pigmented and back to that beautiful formula of the shades that I enjoy. Creamy, easy to apply, comfortable to wear and fairly long-wearing.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Alien
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Alien

Lastly, Alien. This looks black here but it does have a hint of a blue/purple/green underneath, in person. It's hard to describe. The formula on this one feels better, much more comfortable and it's extremely pigmented but it did wear down within an hour of no eating or drinking. So frustrating!!!

Here are full makeup looks with some of these shades if you were interested in seeing them on:

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Amethyst.

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Jet-Set

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Subversive Socialite. Layered and I was DYING to get it off while taking photos, it was so uncomfortable.

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Alien. This had more of a greenish tone to it while wearing it so I packed on a little black eyeshadow because with this look, I wanted a total black matte lip. But at least you can get an idea on the pigmentation. This is one that wore down in the center very quickly.

So, overall you can see how up and down this review has gone. Some shades are incredible while the others fall very short. I hope this review was helpful if you'd been looking into these!

Have you tried any shades? Loved or hated them? Let us know in the comments below!

FTC: These products were purchased with my own money. All product reviews/opinions are - and always will be - my own.

Thank you for reading! xoxo.

Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette - Review & Swatches:

"Thank you for loving me when I still tasted of heartache and war."

  • Nikita Gill

Oh my lawd.... Hello! It has been so very long. Too long. And I've missed you all more than I could possibly say.

On a positive note, being away for so long means I have been trying a crapload of products so... I'll be doing a favorites for sure soon and all kinds of thangs. As always, leave me recommendations on products you'd like reviews or looks on!

Sedona Lace was gracious enough to send me their Mermaids Palette when it was first released and I've been playing with it for months!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette

Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette

The shades are SO beautiful!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 1

Here is the first row:

Nixie is a beautiful peach shade with a slight sheen to it.

Sybil is a gorgeous midtoned pink. It's more on the satin side than a matte.

Beatrice is a satin pink.

Azalea is a matte red. You know I'm all about this shade! It's so rich.

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 2

Pearl is a really beautiful pastel blueish almost purple. It's very unique to my collection. Also more on the satin side.

Mishell looks much darker in the pan than it does swatched. A purple satin.

Melody is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Lola is a deep purple that looks more navy on my skin tone.

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 3

Madison is a pastel green.

Diana is a matte ocean blue.

Ariel is a matte green.

Zale is a beautiful turquoise. Definitely one of my favorites in the palette!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette 4

Meryl is a satin white shade with a beautiful sheen, perfect for highlighting the inner corner or brow bone.

Sedna... Oh how beautiful is this one?! Quite possibly the prettiest in the palette. A turquoise packed with pigment. Matte!

Andrina is a matte rich blue.

Oona is a classic matte black. It takes a bit of building up to get it richly black.

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This palette is a stunner. The shades are all consistent throughout. Some can be slightly powdery but that's expected for the pigment.

I love this palette and I find myself reaching for it often. If I'm looking for a specific random shade that isn't in any of my other palettes, I can almost always find it in here. Whether it's a natural look using Nixie (a recent favorite lately - all over the lid?! Gorgeous.) or a dramatic look using the blues and greens, it always comes out beautiful.

The Mermaids Palette is $29.95 and be sure to use the coupon code: themakeupaffair for a few dollars off!

This palette was sent to me by the company but I receive no other compensation and you guys know you will always get my honest opinion on all products.

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If you'd like a look using this palette, let me know!

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