My Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

Hello foxes! I know I’m not the only one, but I have battled with my skin for years! I finally found a skincare routine that has been working for me and products that don’t work against my skin. Keep in mind that we all have different skin texture and issues. What works for me might break your skin out. I am a 26 year old ladies, so wrinkles and fine lines have already made their debut. However, I also have sensitive skin, so retinol isn’t my jam. As soon as I started buying more natural beauty products, I noticed an improvement in my skin. I assumed my skin was more on the dry side because I live in the desert. But turns out my skin is oily, which explains all those breakouts. I wanted to mention that the health of your skin not only reflects your skincare routine, but also your sleep, stress levels, and nutrition. 


Step 1: Cleanser | Skin Co Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream

I have been using Truffle Therapy Whipped Cream Cleanser for my face wash for over 2 months now. I was hesitant at first because my skin doesn’t do well with cream cleansers. But it says it’s for all skin types, so I was convinced to try it in the end. Skin Co is an animal cruelty free brand and they use quality ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised that it made my skin feel really soft the first time I used it. The cream also didn’t break me out or irritate my skin. It doesn’t really smell like anything and a little goes a long way. I like to scrub it in and let the product sit on my face for a minute. I go through phases where I wear makeup everyday and then I stop for a while. I’m in the natural face phase, so I don’t really use this cleanser to remove makeup. But I have once or twice and it did a good job. 


Step 2: Acne Scrub | Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Face Wash & Scrub 

I love that the formula is strong for an animal cruelty free scrub. It contains salicylic acid, which helps fight acne. It leaves my skin fresh and clean without feeling tight. It’s a great combination of cleansing and exfoliating without it being too rough. I’ve noticed a huge improvement on my oiliness and breakouts. And the best part is that it doesn’t irritate my skin. 

Step 3: Toner | Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Toner 

I know I said my skin feels clean, but it feels extra clean after using this clarifying toner. I just spritz a little product on a cotton ball and swipe it in an upward motion. Adding a toner to my skincare routine has been a game changer. I’ve noticed that it helps fight existing breakouts while preventing new ones. I’ve been using it twice a day and it doesn’t dry out my skin. Like I mentioned, I have sensitive skin, but the aloe made it really soothing! 


Step 4: Face Mask | Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask

I like to use face masks after I tone because it acts as the perfect primer. I’ve been using this mask twice a week and it’s definitely not your typical face mask. The product isn’t full coverage like most face masks and goes on almost opaque. But you only need a thin layer of this appropriately named veggie mask. It’s full of vitamins and minerals from wheatgrass, kale, avocado, and chia seeds. My skin feels so soft and hydrated after I rinse it off. 


Step 5: Primer | Touch In Sol No Pore Blem Prime Essence 

I definitely used this wrong the first time. I put my foundation on immediately after I applied the primer and my makeup was sliding off my face. Luckily, I gave it another shot and fell in love. The serum is watery and glides over your skin. It helps to absorb in your other skincare products. I still apply a makeup primer, but I use the No Pore Blem even when I’m not wearing makeup. 


Step 6: Face Oil | Wander Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil 

Another product I was skeptical about because I didn’t think oily skin and face oils made sense together. But it’s definitely not oily and it absorbed quickly right into my skin. It has vegan, animal cruelty free ingredients like castor oil and black currant seed oil, which helps balance moisture and plump up the skin. I haven’t noticed any reduction in fine lines, but my skin is very glowy afterwards. It’s super lightweight and doesn’t break me out. A little goes a long way, so be careful. 


Step 7: Moisturizer | Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

This is the only non animal cruelty free product in my routine. For as much alcohol is listed in the ingredients it doesn’t dry out or burn my skin. It does contain soybean extract, which has long term benefits and helps brighten skin. I also like the fact that it contains a 15 SPF, which doesn’t leave a white cast on your face. The non greasy formula prevents streaky makeup, which I really appreciate. I do prefer Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion, but it was out of stock. Finding natural moisturizers with SPF is a challenge, so I had to settle this time. 


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Winter Essentials

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Winter Essentials

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Preparing for winter is a serious undertaking; there are new additions to be made to the wardrobe, skincare choices to reconsider and of course, the cherry on your winter sundae – the accessories that will complete the circle. Unlike the transitional seasons, which can be difficult to navigate, winter is pretty clear-cut. Therefore, let us just dive in and see what are some of the must-haves this season, and believe us, you truly must have all of this for a radiant and stylish winter.

 

 

Warm it up

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No, not the milkshake, your wardrobe. Jokes aside, it’s time to warm up and cozy up but still remain cool and stylish. Some of the items you might already own, so either check them off your list or add a couple more to be on the safe side. After all, no such thing as too much clothes. Kick things off with a stylish coat. You probably have a couple waiting from the previous season, but to stay on trend and keep things versatile you simply must on a plaid or a red one, as these are the official print/color of the season. Choose the cut according to your body type for it to be the most flattering. A cashmere crewneck sweater will be your go-to item, so stock up on as a many in different neutral shades as well as popping red and mustard yellow.

While in the knit department, a knitted jumper dress is just what the season ordered. It’s a great way to show some leg while staying warm and toasty. Skinny jeans are still holding the reins, but make sure you get the high-rise dark wash pair as these look the most expensive. If you’re wardrobe is short of a leather jacket, fix that immediately. Even when it’s too cold to rock it alone, this season’s major trend is the double-jacket one, so you can always throw your coat on top, or make the look even more interesting with a large blanket wrap scarf.

 

 

Love me, love me, say that you love me

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This is what your skin is singing to you. During these harsh months, the skin truly needs some extra love and devotion, so show the love with five easy steps. As winter is fertile soil for dryness, blackheads and clogged pores, special attention must be paid to skincare. Exfoliate gently, twice a week (no more than that) and use a blackhead removal mask that both sets you free from those pesky spots and leaves the skin smooth and purified. Take things up a notch in the cleansing game and switch your micellar water for something creamier and more nourishing. Add a serum into your routine, as it helps add and retain extra moisture thanks to its powerful active ingredients. Seal the deal with a heavier (but not greasy) moisturizer, such as the Rose Day Cream by Dr. Hauschka. The nights are for Kiehl’s iconic Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and as long as you keep a good lip balm with shea butter in every purse, you are all set.

 

 

Never let me go

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Of course, this is what your accessories are telling you to do before you leave the house. The fedora is sadly out, but luckily, there are gorgeous winter hats that are trending this season, so take your pick. There’s the leather beret, faux-fur hats that will have you looking like a royal, as well as the newsboy hat that is totally back in style. In terms of bags and purses, everything goes as long as you stick to structured and solid bags, although when speaking of essentials, a big solid burgundy bag is something you should own. As for boots, keep it in the thigh-high or ankle family – no middle ground this season. Leather gloves are the chicest route to take, so don’t forget these. Finally, when speaking of accessories, keep the minimal – silver and gold, geometric shapes and subtlety are still the guiding stars for winter.

 

winter essentialsMia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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5 Beauty Essentials You Need In Your Gym Bag

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5 Beauty Essentials You Need In Your Gym Bag

Article by: Amy Mia Goldsmith

Amy Mia is a healthy lifestyle and fitness enthusiast in love with beauty and style. Her mission is to inform the world of all her passions and make blogging friends along the way. You can find Amy Mia on Facebook and Twitter.

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Make the most out of your busy schedule by preparing and organizing yourself in advance. This doesn’t only work for your job and appointments, but your other activities such as going to the gym as well. Taking the time to exercise regularly is very important for your health, looks and happiness. So, why not make this experience even more beneficial and fulfilling by preparing your gym bag beauty essentials in advance? Of course, it may be hard to keep track of everything you’d need all the time, which is why the obvious answer to this is – just don’t! Take a look at the following gym bag beauty essentials that will come in handy in various situations so that you don’t have to worry about this bit of your day at all.

 

1. Dry shampoo and hair ties

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These hair essentials obviously go hand in hand. Keeping your hair up during the workout session is a necessity for most ladies. Therefore, choose hair ties that will have a strong grip but won’t pull your hair. Choose a neutral color for your hair ties so that you can afford to keep the updo during the day if you have to. Moreover, a dry shampoo is a definite must-have. If you don’t fell like bringing the full-size shampoo, opt for a mini one. Just make sure you get a scent you like and a brand that actually works for you. A dry shampoo is a lifesaver for every lady who wants to continue her busy day without worrying about greasy hair.

 

2. Regular wet wipes and makeup remover wipes

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You never know whether you’ll be able to take a shower after you’re done with your workout. Sometimes, you just have to rush. Not to mention that you may not want to go to the gym in the first place later during the day if you don’t feel completely clean. This is where your regular wet wipes for body can come in handy so make sure to always have a pack of them in your gym bag. Of course, let’s not forget about makeup remover wipes. If you can’t stand exercising with makeup on your face, these are a must-have. And they can be really useful after the workout and the shower in case you can’t get that stubborn mascara off completely.

 

3. Deodorant and perfume

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Just like you may not want to take a full-size dry shampoo with you to the gym, you can opt for a mini version of your favorite deodorant and scent. After all, these scented goodies are some of the biggest essentials when it comes to the gym. You can opt for a roll-on, a spray, or both if that makes you feel safer. And if you want to make sure that you have your signature scent on you after the workout session is over as well, don’t forget to bring your favorite perfume. In case you don’t want to bring the whole bottle and can’t find a mini version, you can always get small refillable spray bottles that are specifically made for carrying smaller amounts of perfume around.

 

4. Face and body wash

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Even if your gym has body washes in the shower, you can never be certain when they’ll run out. Not to mention that you simply may not like the body wash there. Therefore, it’s always good to have your own body wash in your gym bag. That way you can enjoy your revitalizing shower completely. With that in mind, don’t forget that your face needs a proper wash as well. So, together with a body wash, remember to pack your face cleanser, too. You want to clean your pores after a workout thoroughly.

 

5. Makeup and skincare

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Once you’re done with your exercise and shower, it’s time to go back to your other responsibilities. However, this doesn’t mean you should neglect your skincare or your makeup routine. If you don’t tend to wear makeup, you don’t need to have a specific makeup bag for your gym bag. Still, either way, you need to have the best skincare products for your skin at hand. With that in mind, don’t forget to pack your moisturizer, sunscreen, toner and even an eye cream that are staples in your daily skincare routine. That way, you will keep your skin happy in more ways than just exercising.

When you have everything ready and packed in your gym bag, you won’t have an excuse of this nature to miss your training sessions. So, not only will you be more organized, but a packed bag with your favorite beauty products as your gym beauty essentials will definitely motivate you as well.

 

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My First ThredUp Haul | ASOS, H&M, Arden B, & Nollie

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ThredUp Haul & Try-On | Dress For Less

Welcome back to my blog! About a month ago I reached out to a company called Thredup. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is basically a huge online thrift store. I absolutely love what they are doing and what they are teaching our generation.

You can find designer secondhand clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, and more. They also have clothes from stores like H&M and Forever 21. But no matter what you come across, you can save up to 90%! They have expert stylists that refurbish the clothing and you can’t even tell that they have been worn once. They also give you the option to sell the clothes that are just sitting in your closet back to the store for cash or store credit.

Long story short, I used to have a lot of dresses when I had my first apartment. But when you are young and dumb, you lose everything in storage. Needless to say, I have been rebuilding my collection the past few years. I recently noticed that not only are my jeans not fitting how they did 3 years ago, but I almost have no dresses.

My goal for this shopping excursion was to order as many dresses that I could find for the credit amount Thredup allotted me ($60). That’s right, I bought 8 dresses for $60 and saved over $160!

Also if you sign up for Thredup and use me as a referral, you get $10 free to shop around and i will get $10. The more people you refer, the more bucks you get to blow! On top of that, I have a 50% off code “FoxyFitness” for the first 50 orders that is valid until the end of this year. Now, enjoy the rest of the post!

 

FOXYFITNESS (50% off first 50 orders valid until 12/31)

 

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Forever Casual Dress – Original Price: $24 | Paid: $6.99

I am not a huge pink fanatic. But on Wednesdays, you know what we wear. I absolutely love the risque deep v cut. I also like how the length hits just above the knees. In my opinion, you can tell it has been worn a few times. However, it is a cheaper dress and it’s made of a pretty thin material. 

 

 

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ASOS Casual Dress – Orginal Price: $48 | Paid: $8.99

Even when I owned a lot of dresses, I didn’t gravitate towards prints or patterns, but something about this dress is fiery. It’s also in really great condition! I love the cut out in the back. I got this in a size 2 and it fits just right.

 

 

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ASOS Casual Dress – Original Price: $48 | Paid: $8.99

The first thing I have to mention is that the size was a little too small. I also didn’t notice that the tag says “petite”, so a size 2 was a little too tight for me. However, you really could mistake this piece for brand new. I love how the A-line cinches your waist and creates that hourglass shape. It does make me feel like I am wearing a more expensive dress. I just wish I could find a way to get out of it. But if I had this in a bigger size, it would be one of my favorite things to wear!

 

 

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Nollie Casual Dress – Original Price: $30 | Paid: $9.99

Personally, I feel like a girl can’t own enough LBDs (as you can tell in this haul). The scoop neckline is very flattering without being too busty. I love just throwing on a tank top dress in the summer and a pair of converses. And then you can change into some heels for a night out with the girls, or yourself. The criss-cross pattern in the back is also just revealing enough.

 

 

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Forever 21 Casual Dress – Original Price: $12 | Paid: $7.99

Sometimes you don’t want to show off the girls and t-shirt dresses are perfect. I love anything easy to throw on and is comfortable to wear. I don’t think I have enough colors in my closet, so this burgundy shade will be a great addition. You can’t go wrong with a simple cotton dress for any occasion.

 

 

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Divided by H&M Casual Dress – Original Price: $12.95 | Paid: $6.99

This charcoal casual dress actually still had the original tags on. I am digging the bodycon effect and the fact that the neckline is just low enough. If you are into accessorizing, I feel like a solid color dress or top is a great place to start. I like to keep things simple and maybe dress it up with a cute clutch and t-strap heels.

 

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Arden B. Casual Dress – Original Price: $36 | Paid: $7.99

This dress is really in excellent condition. The nylon material helps to pronounce your curves. The description says it’s red but it looks coral to me. which I like better anyway. Again, this dress has a cut out in the back. But even though I got it in an XS, there is still a little extra fabric in the waist area. I do like the length. I think it would be really cute with a pair of black thigh high boots and a bold necklace.

 

 

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 Divided by H&M Casual Dress – Original Price: $24 | Paid: $7.99

My last LBD is a really cute black cotton bodycon. I got this in a small, but that’s my fault for trying to squeeze myself in a size 2. (I think we’ve all learned a lesson here). The crew neckline is awesome because it is different than the other dresses I picked out. There is nothing sexier than a little black dress, besides little black workout clothes.

 

 

 

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Loreal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser – Purify & Mattify | Product Review

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Loreal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser 

* This post does contain affiliate links. We all have to make a living and I mean, it’s just a few cents. Come on!

My Skin Type:

 

I have normal to combination skin. It really depends on the time of year (and time of day), but typically I tend to be on the dry side with a pinch of oiliness on my forehead and t-zone area. I also don’t tend to have a lot of breakouts for having slightly oily skin.

 

Loreal Paris Pure Clay

 

My Experience:

 

Let me start off by saying that the term “mattifying” almost scared me away. I thought the formula would be too harsh and dry out my skin. But this is not the case at all. I have been using this cleanser in the mornings for the past few weeks. Although I have not noticed a huge difference in the reduction in pore size or oiliness, it does not dry out your skin. I promise you won’t feel that overly tight and clean sensation after you rinse off the cleanser. 

 

When you put the cleanser on wet skin, it foams up like a creamy mousse and glides smoothly over your skin. It has a strong scent that reminds me of a woodsy, manly deodorant. I can see how this might irritate people with sensitive skin. 

 

The product claims that it will purify and mattify your skin. I feel like the cleanser doesn’t get deep enough in your pores to reduce the oil completely, but it does get deep enough to clean your face. After I rinse the cleanser off, my face feels brighter and refreshed!

 

Loreal Paris Pure Clay

 

I don’t normally have acne breakouts, except when I travel. A lot of the time my pores will get clogged from road trips or plane rides. I took the Loreal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser with me on a week-long trip to California and I didn’t have one pimple make an appearance. But again, keep in mind I don’t have acne-prone skin. 

 

I think this is a great cleanser for all skin types. The formula isn’t overly drying, but it does help dim the shine down a few notches. It might not clear your acne, but it’s definitely gentle enough to use every day. 

 

Loreal Paris Pure Clay

 

What’s In It?

 

Ingredients:

  • WATER
  • KAOLIN
  • GLYCERIN
  • BUTYLENE GLYCOL
  • ZEA MAYS STARCH
  • DECYL GLUCOSIDE
  •  COCO-BETAINE
  • SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE
  • PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE
  • CARRAGEENAN
  • CITRIC ACID
  • CITRONELLOL
  • COUMARIN
  • EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF EXTRACT
  • GERANIOL
  • LINALOOL
  • MONTMORILLONITE
  • MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY
  • PHENOXYETHANOL
  • SALICYLIC ACID
  • SODIUM CHLORIDE
  • TETRASODIUM EDTA
  • XANTHAN GUM
  • ZINC GLUCONATE
  • PARFUM

 

Loreal Paris Pure Clay

Pros

  • Free of parabens and silicones
  • Don’t make skin feel too tight or dry
  • Easy to rinse off skin
  • Brightens complexion
  • Inexpensive
  • Cleans skin
  • Nondrying

 

Cons

  • Unpleasant scent
  • Isn’t 100% matte

 

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4 Tips On How To Wear Full Lace Wigs | Beginner’s Guide To Wigs

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How To Wear Full Lace Wigs For Newbies

I have been experimenting with full lace wigs lately and wanted to share my thoughts and tips on how to wear them. Ultimate Looks actually sent me a full lace wig for free and I have to share my experience.

 

My hair has been through a lot the past 10 years and the damage has been done. What can I say? I love to be blonde and heating tools are my best friends.

 

If I wanted to dye my hair rainbow or white, my hair would unquestionably fall out. Fortunately, lace front wigs exist, which you can wear to change your look every day.

 

The idea is just so expressive and fun to me. I’m looking forward to building my collection and be able to match any outfit. And share with you guys of course. But I digress. Here are 5 tips on how to wear a wig (coming from a beginner).

 

Tip #1

If you are bald, obviously, the wig cap will go smoothly directly over your head. However, if you have short to medium hair you’ll need to tuck your hair back or put it in a low ponytail or bun. The longer your hair is, the more braids or twists you’ll need to do to lay against your head.

 

Tip #2

Place wig cap over your head and pull it behind your ears and around the back of your head. You can leave out a little bit of your natural hair in the front to give it a more natural look. If the wig cap starts to slide down your head, you can also secure it with a few bobby pins. 

 

Tip #3

Your wig might move around, but there are ways to make sure it doesn’t slide. You can choose adhesives from tapes to glue. I have also heard that spirit gum is less harsh on your skin and holds the wig to your scalp all day. Make sure you do a patch test before you apply a bunch of product to your face. You never know if you have an allergic reaction to certain ingredients.

 

Tip #4

Once you get the wig secured, you can go back with foundation or concealer and go over the part to make it look more realistic. You can also tweeze a few hairs to widen the part. If your natural hair is a different color from the wig, you can blend in with a similar shade of eyeshadow. 

 

If you are interested in trying out one of their wigs, feel free to use my coupon code down below for 20% off your first wig!

Discount Code: foxy20 

 

 

 

 

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Everyday Natural Glam Makeup Look

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Everyday Natural Glam Makeup 

Hey, loves. Welcome back! This natural glam makeup look is so easy that anyone can replicate it.

So, I want to start out by mentioning that I am NOT a beauty guru or makeup artist. Although I love fitness, I also have another passion. Since makeup is so much to play with and experience with new looks, I wanted to share with you guys my first makeup video. I mentioned some of these affordable products in my Ulta Haul video.

 

 

 

Products Used:

NYX Photo-Loving Primer

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

NYX Eyebrow Gel in Blonde

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

e.l.f. Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder

Makeup Revolution Ultra Eyeshadows in Affirmation

Kat Von D Shade & Light palette

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Tres Leches

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

 

 

This is just me playing around and seeing what works for me. I hope you enjoy!

 

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Ulta Haul 2017 | NYX, Makeup Revolution, Loreal

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What I Bought At Ulta

 

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Hey, guys! I recently filmed a video all about my Ulta haul (which you can check out down below). But since I’ve tried these products a few more times now, I wanted to write a post a little more about the makeup. I hope you enjoy and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products.

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NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

Honestly, I am new to the makeup game and late to the setting spray train. My makeup would slide off my face halfway through the day before setting spray. I tried the Urban Decay setting spray a few years ago and this is not much different. Of course except for the price. Unless you just like to spend money, I’d grab the NYX setting spray any day. After I have on a full face of makeup, I spritz this spray all over and then dab it out with a beauty blender.

I notice a huge difference in my makeup staying on. After I dab it all out, my face just looks airbrushed and perfectly matte. My foundation, bronzer, eyeshadows, and concealer do not move around. It seems like all the colors, creams, and powders are pretty set in their place. Keep in mind, I have combination skin most of the year. I think when my face is dry, I would go with the dewy finish. 

 

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NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder

I have mixed feelings about this product, but I don’t think I will be purchasing it again. I just dab this underneath my eyes after my foundation and concealer are on. (And around the rest of my face) Starting with the positives, it is very easy to apply and lightweight to wear on the skin. I also feel like it helps control any shine you might get on your T-zone.

Unfortunately, this powder gives you horrible flashback. It’s so white and reflective, that I look like a ghost. Also, by the time I am done applying it, my bathroom counter looks like that scene from Scarface.

 

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NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer

This was another product that I might not buy again. However, I do like this more than the powder. I only really use concealer under my eyes or to clean up my eyeshadow. It is blendable and has great pigmentation. The color “porcelain” seems to fit my pale skin and blended in nicely with my foundation.

I feel like I have to put a lot of product on because it does not have the coverage I like in a concealer. It is a little too runny and liquidy for me as well. However, it doesn’t crease as long as you apply setting powder over the concealer.

 

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Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter

If I’m being honest, I really like the e.l.f. highlighter better and it’s only $3. I just wanted to experiment with a different brand. I bought this in the shade “Ever Glow Lights”. It looks and feels like you will get a nice glow, but it’s a little too faint for a highlight. It’s so powdery and lightweight that your brush will look like it’s not picking up the product. The highlight not only comes up sheen, but doesn’t really last long on the skin. If you are looking for a very subtle highlight. The color might also be a little too light if you have a darker or tanner skin tone.

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

I have seen girls use this eye pencil in the shade “milk” to use as an eyeshadow base. It definitely cancels out any discoloration or veins on your eyelids. The pencil almost goes on creamy and a little goes a long way. Which is good because you can’t sharpen the pencil, so it looks like there is not a lot of product.

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Makeup Revolution Ulta Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this palette in “Affirmation”. You do get 32 shades, however, they do look very similar. I also wish that there were more mattes to work with, but that’s just my preference. I find that they are easy to blend, but the color pay off is not that great. You also don’t get a lot of each shade, which is a downside since you have to use so much of the product. Overall, I wouldn’t buy this again, but it is a nice started palette for beginners to play with the mattes and shimmers.

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NYX Brow Gel

Being a woman with very fair and thin brows, I have tried many eyebrow waxes, powders, pomades, gels. With that being said, the NYX Brow Gel is the best product that I’ve found that works for me. I bought this in the shade “blonde”. However, I do wish it came in a shade lighter, but you can use a light hand. I use a small angled brush and trace over and fill in my eyebrows. I also set my brows with setting powder so they aren’t sliding off my face. And this brow gel is super smooth and easy to apply. My roommate said that my brows were almost like “Instagram brows” when I started wearing this (just to give you an idea of how great this stuff is).

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Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes

I love the wand and bristles on this mascara. This was another product I was super happy with. For some reason when I use Maybelline’s mascaras they seem to dry out my lashes and look clumped together. The Million Lashes works so well to lengthen and define each lash. I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely buy this again. I noticed my lashes were longer and more voluminous. The only downside is that it is a little bit difficult to remove.

 

 

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John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner: An Honest Product Review

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner Review

 

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I have been dying my hair since I was 14, so I constantly have split ends, breakage, and dry strands from overprocessing. My hairstylist Destiny, over at Viva Salon in Las Vegas recommended that I use the Go Blonder collection by John Frieda. (Thanks girl!) So many of us buy the cheapest shampoo and conditioner we can find on the shelves. But, this is a huge no no and eventually will ruin your hair. Most drugstore hair products contain alcohol, which is very drying. 

The product claims that it will lighten your hair up to 2 shades in 10 uses. I read a lot of reviews that said it failed to lighten their hair. But keep in mind, you have to use the shampoo, conditioner, and the lightening spray. You also need to activate the lightening action by heat.

I gave this product a try because I bleach my roots and tone the rest of my hair. I was only hoping to find a better quality shampoo than I’m using now. The shampoo really did leave my scalp feeling clean without overdrying. It smelled like citrus and chamomile.

The only downfall I found is that there is not enough product in the bottles. My hair is very thick and requires lots of product. I ran out of the conditioner within a few times of using it, but that’s just MY hair. I would recommend this to any blondies (natural or dyed) who want to invest in a little bit better quality hair care.

 

john frieda go blonder

The first photo was what I started with and the second photo is 5 uses later. I noticed a small change in color, but the texture of my hair improved!

 

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Product Review: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask

Freemans Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Review

 

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Since I have been so impressed with the Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful collection, I bought a bottle of the Avocado and Oatmeal clay mask. I have used it twice so far, but I loved it right away. This mask spreads on your skin like butter!

 

facial clay mask

 

The summer is creeping upon us and my skin is feeling it. I have been running outside in the heat and tanning already this year. I started having incredibly clogged pores and breakouts until I had enough a few weeks ago. Acne breakouts aren’t normally an issue for me, but the weather change messed with my skin.

 

 

While I searched high and low on the beauty shelves for an answer, I found a $3 tube of Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask. It’s not the best smelling and it does contain artificial dye. But despite these 2 cons, I still give this mask a 4/5 stars,

After rinsing it off, I noticed my skin was brighter and softer. And it reduced the redness in my cheeks as well as the oily spots on my t zone. It was even more gentle than the other Freeman’s facial masks I bought.

 

facial clay mask

 

You really do get so much product for your buck. This mask has already made a permanent spot in my cabinet. I’m looking forward to trying more masks!

 

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