My Night Time Routine

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Why You Should Have A Night Time Routine

I’m the type of person who takes a long time to unwind and even a longer time falling asleep. It’s like my body doesn’t know when to shut down. I finally decided to create a night-time routine that helps me get a jump start on my day. Don’t you hate when you fall asleep on top of your laptop with mascara and lipstick smeared across your face? I know there aren’t enough hours in a day, but there’s no excuse for you not to take an hour to relax and prepare for the next day. It’s a good to wake up in the mornings knowing I have an agenda and goals to meet. So, if you don’t have an evening ritual, I hope this inspires you to start one!

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7 Tips For A Great Night Time Routine

Make Sure The House Is Clean

Although I like to do housework during the day, sometimes it’s good to take a few minutes to look around. Add the last few dishes in the sink to the dishwasher, fold a load of towels, or give the dogs fresh water before you go to bed. This always saves me time in the morning to get ready.

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Make A Cup Of Tea

Once I realize my day is coming to an end, I put on a pot of boiling water. There’s something comforting and relaxing about a cup of hot tea. This is an indicator that I need to shut off my brain as I browse Instagram & Twitter one last time.

Skincare

My skin is very pale and dry, so I make sure it’s a priority every day and night. I have a pretty simple routine, but it gets the job done. The foundation I’m using now is pretty waterproof, so I like to use a makeup wipe to start with a clean canvas. Then, I wash my face with my daily cleanser to remove dirt and oil. Sometimes I make DIY facial sugar scrubs to exfoliate my skin. A lot of store-bought facial scrubs are too harsh, so I prefer the homemade alternative. The moisturizer I use is awesome for dry, combination or sensitive skin types. And last but not least, I coat my lips with a little chapstick to protect them while I sleep.

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Makeup Remover: I usually have stubborn makeup left on my face even after I cleanse. Now, makeup remover wipes are my best friend.

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Facial Cleanser: I’ve been using this Aveeno ultra-calming foaming cleanser.. It does a great job at keeping my skin breakout free. It’s gentle enough to use a few pumps in the morning and at night. I’ve also been using this little facial massager, which helps to get even deeper into my pores. 

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Exfoliant: Sometimes I get fancy and make a diy facial scrub. But most of the time, I use traditional white sugar. After I wash my face I gently scrub raw sugar in my skin.

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Moisturizer: While my skin is still a little wet, I rub a small amount of face lotion in my skin. Yes, I bought the matching cleanser and moisturizer. The formula goes on smooth underneath my makeup and doesn’t make my skin oily. It’s definitely worth it.

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Lip Balm: My lips are always thirsty, so I just coat my lips a few times with my chapstick for overnight protection. 

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Teeth

My teeth have been an important part of my morning and night time routine. I like to floss right after dinner and use my water pic for a few minutes before brushing. Recently, I have been trying coconut oil pulling. I can’t wait to show you my results!

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Review and Plan To Do List

I toss and turn thinking about what I need to do the next day. What blog posts I need to write or what photography I want to add on my Instagram. I highly recommend a planner or notebook -anywhere you can keep your task list close. I feel more organized the next day knowing I have a list of things to do. This helps me focus on what is important and prevents me from procrastinating.

Lay Out Clothes For The Next Day

This is one less choice I have to make in the morning and saves me time. I love being able to throw on an outfit I planned the night before. Sometimes I like to lay out my outfits for a few days for Instagram or blog photos as well.

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Turn Off Technology

I pretty much mean my phone. I like to watch a movie or a few episodes of my favorite shows. My laptop is always the last thing I shut off. You never know when a sudden Pinterest spurt might happen.

What’s your bedtime routine?

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4 Heatless Curls For Frizzy Hair

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Heatless Curls For Girls With Frizzy Hair

Throughout my young adult life, I have overprocessed my hair by heat, styling tools, and dyes. It got to the point where my locks only looked good straight and even then, my ends were fried. I couldn’t stop killing my hair until enough was enough. I started to let my hair do whatever it wanted to do. But my hair is way too frizzy and poofy to rock the natural look (hello afro woman). So, I spend hours on YouTube and surfing the web to study heatless curls. Today, I wanted to share with you guys the way I usually style my hair.

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2 Buns

Step 1: Brush damp hair until the tangles are gone
Step 2: Part your hair as normal
Step 3: Split your hair into 2 sections
Step 4: Twist each section of hair around each other until you form 2 buns
Step 5: Secure your hair with elastics or bobby pins
Step 6: Wait 6-8 hours to dry

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Twist Braid

Step 1: Comb damp hair until smooth
Step 2: Split hair into 2 sections
Step 3: Start at the front of your hair and twist 2 small sections of hair over each other
Step 4: Continue this pattern all the way down your head, while adding a little more hair every twist
Step 5: Secure the ends with clear elastics
Step 6: Wait until completely dried to unravel

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Pin Curls

Step 1: Start with brushed, damp hair
Step 2: Take 1-3 inch sections of hair
Step 3: Wrap the section of hair around itself until it makes a mini bun
Step 4: Do this all around your head and secure the buns with elastics
Step 5: Wait until your hair is dry to take down

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Headband Curls

Step 1: Start with damp hair and brush out all the tangles
Step 2: Place a headband over the top of your head
Step 3: Take a small section of your bangs and twist it under the headband
Step 4: Continue doing this while adding bigger sections of hair all the way down
Step 5: Wait at least 8 hours until you carefully remove the headband

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Easy Natural Makeup Tutorial

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My Everyday Natural Makeup How To

Hey, you guys! I’m Heather. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you how I do my everyday, natural makeup. This look takes me not even 10 minutes to do. You could even consider this a “no makeup” look. If you like it and want to see more posts like this let me know in the comments below. My posts will get better and better, especially with your support! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the post.

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Foundation

I always moisturize at least 15 minutes before I put on any makeup. I am currently using Revlon’s Color Stay foundation. Every beauty blogger and their sister have reviewed and recommended this product. I decided to see what the hype was all about and I understand! I dab a small amount on my hand and use a brush to apply. Then, I buff this into my skin for a flawless finish. It does a perfect job at covering any imperfections and smoothes out my complexion.

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Concealer

For concealer, I always use Maybelline’s Age Rewind. I’ve also reviewed this amazing product in a previous post. I drag the concealer under my eyes and form an upside down triangle. I also use it a little on the outside of my eyes and the center of my forehead.This draws in the light toward the center of my face for a glowing effect and covers up blemishes.

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Eyebrows

As you can see, I have VERY light eyebrows. If I don’t wear makeup at all, I at least paint my brows on. First, I tame them with an eyebrow comb the hairs to tame them. Then, I mix the angled side of the brush with the wax and powder and trace the outside of my eyebrows. And I fill them in! I try to make sure I blend it out because they can look a bit too dark.

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Bronzer

I like to give my pale skin a little color and definition by adding a little bronzer. Since I have a big forehead, (like most 90s babies) I use a very small amount of bronzer across my forehead and along my cheekbones. This bronzer by Bare Minerals has lasted me for like 6 months and I haven’t even used half of it. A little goes a very long way.

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Mascara

The last thing I do to finish off with a few coats of mascara. I apply one coat at a time, waiting a few seconds in between.

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Hazardous Chemicals To Avoid In Body Scrubs

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How To Know Which Chemicals To Avoid

Advertisers have done a great job at convincing us that our bodies are disgusting. They have been for years, which is why we buy up the beauty shelves. But if you read the labels on these products, you’ll discover they are doing more harm than good. As a consumer, you should be aware that you may be putting hazardous chemicals into your body.

Exfoliation has probably been a part of your beauty routine for many years, but how do you exfoliate? Sure, you might not feel the difference in your skin at first, but the chemicals in department store body scrubs can cause serious harm and accelerate the skin’s aging process over time.

Not only are they harmful, but beauty products that department stores and spas sell often cost hundreds of dollars and only cost pennies to make. The good news is that you can make beauty products at home using 100% organic ingredients. Learn why you need to read labels on your beauty products.

Dangerous Ingredients in Body Scrubs

Fragrances

Like most beauty products, body scrubs contain fragrances. Artificial fragrances have been associated with allergies, breathing problems, and even effects on the reproductive system.

Parabens 

Body scrubs also contain preservatives called parabens. Parabens are often used as preservatives because they are effective in preventing the growth of bacteria. These synthetic agents have been linked to the increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive issues in women.

Sodium lauryl sulfate

You can also find this synthetic chemical in car washes because it is so harsh. Your skin feels so clean because this chemical is literally stripping your skin of its natural oils. Sodium lauryl sulfate is also known for irritating the skin, eyes and respiratory system. If combined with other chemicals, the result could mean kidney or lung damage.

Microbeads

Not only do these tiny beads cause harm to our bodies, but they also do a number to our environment. Once the product washes down the drain, it ends up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Next, the fish swallow the microbeads after they have absorbs all the toxins in their path. Unfortunately, the microbeads end their journey on our dinner table. Therefore, stay away from products that contain polyethylene and polypropylene.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my post. I hope you guys enjoyed! If you want to check out simple body scrub recipes that you can make at home, click here. If you guys want to include any other toxic chemicals, let me know in the comments below.

 

Sources:

http://greatist.com/connect/microbeads-harmful-to-environment-human-health

http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/958101/dangerous-skin-care-ingredients-to-avoid

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Curly Hair Care Tips & Tricks

Everyone wants what they can’t have. I often dreamt of having long sleek straight hair but I’ve come to terms with my mane. The more I try to make my hair straight, the more I’m frying it.  It can seem daunting to take care of curly hair. It’s frizzy, unmanageable and dry. Because of its shape, curly hair requires a lot of moisture, but your scalp can still get oily.

There are countless drugstore and professional products that cater to women with curly hair. A lot of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments contain chemicals that are doing more damage to your hair than you think. In fact, you may not be taking proper care of your hair and not even realize it. I’ve compiled a list of tips and natural alternative remedies for ladies that have curly hair.

Curly Hair Tips:

1. Don’t brush your hair when it is dry. This can damage your hair’s natural curl pattern. Instead, on wet and conditioned hair, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to separate the strands.

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2. Avoid using shampoos that contain detergents like sulfates and parabens. These ingredients are very drying and damaging to the hair.

3. Cold water closes the hair shaft and seals in moisture, so make sure you only use cold water to rinse your hair.

4. Avoid products that contain silicones. Silicones in conditioners are especially bad because it acts as a barrier and prevents moisture from getting to your hair.

5. Sleep on a smooth silk or satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases tend to break the hair when you toss and turn at night.

6. Do NOT use styling tools on your hair. The less heat the better for your curly or wavy hair. Skip the blow dryer and use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dab your hair gently. 

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7. Leave a deep conditioner or a coconut oil treatment in your hair overnight. Wash the product out in the morning and style as usual.

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8. Since the sun is so drying to the hair, protect your locks by wearing a hat. You can also add a little shea butter to your hair as a mild protectant.

9. Before swimming at the lake, beach or pool, rinse your hair with water and condition the ends. Curly hair can be porous, so creating a barrier can prevent damage.

10. Read the labels on all hair products and stay away from gels that have alcohol. Gels that have “extra hold” often contain high amounts of alcohol.

11. Protect your hair at night by wrapping it up in a scarf or “pineapple” your hair.

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Curly Hair DIY Recipes

Rinse

Chamomile Tea Rinse

Ingredients:

chamomile tea bag
organic honey
apple cider vinegar
Spray bottle

Directions:

Steep one teabag of chamomile for 30-45 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Let this mixture cool and then pour into a spray bottle.

Clarification/ Shampoo

Rosemary Clarifying Shampoo

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup liquid castille soap
15-25 drops of rosemary essential oils
2/3 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

In an empty shampoo bottle, combine all the ingredients.  Shake well until mixed and before each use.

Deep Conditioner

Deep Conditioner To Define Curls

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

Directions:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until mixed.

Detangler

Rosemary Lavender Detangler

Ingredients:

small spray bottle
2 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
filtered water

Directions:

In a small spray bottle, combine the oils and add filtered water until the bottle is filled. Shake well to mix. Spray on damp hair.

Conditioner

Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Conditioner

Ingredients:

3 tablepoons raw shea butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, combine the shea butter and coconut oil. After it’s melted, removed from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir until blended well and move the mixture to an empty bottle.  Store this up to one week in the fridge.

Hairspray

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Boil the water and dissolve sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let it cool until room temperature. Add essential oils. Transfer to spray bottle and shake well.

Serum

Jasmine Hair Oil

Ingredients:

1/4 cup jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops of jasmine essential oil
2 tablespoons avocado oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients in an empty bottle and shake to mix.

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October Drugstore Product Reviews For Frizzy Hair

Hey, gorgeous! I know how it feels to have unmanageable, frizzy hair. My kinky locks are so frizzy and fried, I look like I have an afro in the morning. I have put my hair through so much by overprocessing it with bleach and styling tools. This month, I wanted to share with you guys what I do to tame my mane. I have made it my goal to eliminate heat from my hair care routine. By the way, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I’d love to find out what products work for your hair. Let me know what you think in the comments, where all the great conversation starts.

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Herbal EssencesBlowout Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

First of all, this shampoo and conditioner has a heavenly floral scent. I would wear a perfume that smelled like this all day long. Even though the product claims to sustain hotter temperatures, I would still use a heat protectant if you are planning to use a blow dryer or straightener. This has been my go-to shampoo and conditioner for the past month. I do notice my hair feels softer as soon as I rinse out the conditioner. It helps to reduce the frizz and static in my hair for a sleeker, yet still voluminous look.

 

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioner

I did a previous blog post about this awesome leave in conditioner. I’ve used it almost every time I got out of the shower last month. The consistency of the formula is thick and creamy, so a little goes a long way. It makes my hair soft and easier to style. I highly recommend this for ladies with frizzy or curly hair.

 

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Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk

Since I’m trying my best to go “heat-less” for the rest of the year, I’ve been trying to find creams and leave-ins to put in my hair and air dry. I’m actually almost out of this smoothing milk. It controls flyaways and is lightweight, however, I wish this came in a bigger size. The downside is I have to use a lot because I have thick, coarse hair. This smoothing milk does a pretty good job at locking humidity out and sealing moisture in.

 

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L’Oreal Total Repair Extraordinary Oil

You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. I squeeze a few pumps and rub it between the palms of my hands to warm it up. Then, I put it in my ends and throughout the shaft of my hair (once while it’s damp and again when it dies). It does a great job at calming any lingering frizzies or flyaways that my leave-in condition doesn’t get. It keeps my hair moisturized and never feels greasy. This extraordinary oil is perfect for dry and brittle hair.

 

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Tresemme Tres Mousse

I have been using this lightweight mousse for like 3 months. It gives me a strong hold that lasts all day without making my locks feel heavy. It’s a little drying, so I recommend using extra hair oil if you have dry hair. I just squeeze a handful of mousse in my hair and scrunch it upwards. The result is soft, natural curls. I also like to put some in my hair before I throw it in a braid or bun. The next morning when I take my hair down I get beautiful waves.

 

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Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

I bought this texturizing spray on a whim, but I’m glad I did. I have never used a spray like this before, so I guess it’s great for beginners. Days when I don’t want to wash my hair, I just wet it with a water bottle and then spritz this bad boy on. It doesn’t make my hair feel hard or weighed down. This texturizing salt spray also has a clean scent and makes your hair look like you just walked off the beach. The best part is that it does not contain alcohol, which can be very drying to the hair. I’d buy this again for sure.

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Tresemme Tres Hair Spray

Finally, for the hairspray. This can is ridiculously large and I don’t use this product often, so it’s lasted  for 6 months (or more). If I need a little extra help taming the beast, I simply spray a tiny bit of hairspray in. It helps calm down frizz and doesn’t make my hair crunchy. It also rinses out a lot easier than most hairsprays I’ve used.

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How To Make Relaxing Bath Salts

Hey, guys! In today’s post, I’m going to tell you how to make relaxing bath salts. I wanted to get your creative and relaxing senses tingling. This project only takes a few minutes of your time and a few items in your kitchen.

The holidays are just around the corner and you know that means? Headaches, traffic jams, and long lines, what more could you ever want? Listen, I know you are busy trying to make everyone happy, but you need to slow down and give yourself some love. After all the pumpkins pies and sugar cookies have been baked, light a few candles and relax.

The beautiful thing is that you don’t need to leave the house or spend all your money at a spa. All you need to do is grab Epsom Salt and a few drops of essential oils. The benefits of homemade bath salts go beyond skin deep. Besides improving circulation and clearing acne, bath salts can also help relieve muscle tension and arthritis. 

If I’ve convinced you to give this diy a try, here is a simple guide you can use to create your relaxing bath experience. What kind of homemade products do you use? Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more posts. I would also love it if you shared this post on social media. I put a lot of time and effort into this baby blog, so feel free to share!

What You’ll Need:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil)
10-20 drops of essential oil
dried herbs (optional)
glass bowl
wooden spoon
airtight container

How To Make Bath Salts?

Step 1: 

Combine the sea salt, Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl. 

Step 2:

Add the carrier oil.

Step 3:

Add essential oils and dried herbs of your choice.

Step 4:

Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon and store in an airtight container. 

Recipes To Try 

Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon avocado oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
11 drops of grapefruit essential oil
9 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour avocado oil and vitamin E oil. Add grapefruit and ylang-ylang essential oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Vanilla Honey Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon of raw honey
8 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Add the vanilla essential oil and honey. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Rosemary Tea Tree Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
2 tablespoon dried rosemary
5 drops of rosemary essential oil
15 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Add jojoba oil and dried rosemary. Pour essential oils and stir with a wooden spoon until blended well.

Eucalyptus and Rosemary Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops of rosemary essential oil

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Add eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

 

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Drugstore Makeup Favorites

Hey, it’s Heather and I wanted to share with you guys my drugstore makeup favorites. These are some cosmetics I’ve been using on a daily basis for the past month or so. I have hit pan on a few items, but will be repurchasing them this month.

The best part about this list is that the products are affordable drugstore cosmetics. You can find them at Wal-mart, Target, CVS, and online for between $2-$8. Disclaimer: This post does contain affiliate links.

 

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 Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer-

This is by far the only concealer I ever use. I’m about to buy my 4th tube in a row. I had heard so much about this product from other reviews and my roommate actually started using it before I did. Needless to say, I took the plunge myself and I haven’t looked back. This concealer doesn’t crease or look cakey on top of my foundation, which is a rarity. The formula doesn’t set in my pores or the scars on my forehead. It blends smooth instead of clumpy and is great for covering acne and around the eyes.

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Elf Eyebrows

I have the hardest time trying to find a great brow product. The lightest color is usual still too dark and the waxes are hard to work with. But, this is my current favorite eyebrow makeup. Wow. I buy this in the color light for like $3 at Walmart. The brush is actually the perfect size for my eyebrows so I can get a sharp look. I apply this by mixing the wax and powder together on the angled side of the brush. I do have to reapply every 4-5 hours, but you should expect this with an e.l.f. product. Fortunately, it’s compact enough I just bring it with me when I need a touch-up.

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Elf Volumizing and Defining Mascara

The first thing I noticed was how big the tube was. You really get a lot for a $2 tube. I was surprised at how lightweight and smooth the liquid felt. It didn’t feel crunchy or heavy at all. I noticed it defined and lengthened my lashes but didn’t really make them appear fuller. Sometimes I have a problem with clumping, but this mascara was completely smooth going on. Although the wand of the brush felt flimsy, the bristles separated each of my lashes perfectly. I did have to apply a few coats and touch it up throughout the day. The formula is gentle and light for ladies with sensitive skin.

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NYC HD Eyeshadow

As a 23-year-old woman, I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know how to properly apply eyeshadow. Part of my 2016 resolution was to learn, so I bought this cheap little trio. The color is very sheer, which as a beginner I don’t mind. As long as you are careful to use separate brushes, the colors don’t get muddy or run together. The colors blend well and last for a few hours.

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Rimmel Match Perfection

This foundation gives you a light coverage but is buildable. The formula isn’t drying, which was perfect for the hotter months. The finish is very dewy so I usually apply a little powder for a more matte look. I honestly will be trying a different foundation soon because I wasn’t overly impressed. It never broke me out or anything, I was just looking for a fuller coverage. I have very pink undertones in my skin and needed something to correct the color. I would recommend this foundation to you if you have combination or dry skin and want a lighter coverage.

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Elf Eye Liner

If I don’t bother to put on eyeshadow, I try to add a simple line on the top of my lid. I love the old Hollywood glam look. Mascara, red lips and eyeliner. I saw this little guy was like $1 or $2, so I decided to take him home. I’ve used it off and on and it’s lasted me well over a month. It lasts for several hours and is easy to apply. The formula hasn’t dried out like how cheap liquid eye liners typically do. It’s still smooth and will be buying this again to keep in my purse.

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Wet N Wild Blush

I don’t wear a ton of blush, but with this, you definitely don’t need a lot. I am so impressed with the pigmentation. When I say a little goes a long way, listen to me. Not that I’m complaining. I have super pale skin so a pop of this blush and I don’t even need bronzer. It’s also very blendable and gives you a soft look. I am nowhere to hitting pan yet, so I will probably be buying this again if I even run out.

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Beauty Habits You Should Start In Your 20s

Hey, it’s Heather! I wanted to tell you guys what beauty habits I have started to incorporate into my daily routine. You can enhance your beauty by painting your face with makeup every morning or just take better care of your skin. You can develop beauty habits that can keep your skin youthful longer. When you feel good and take care of yourself, you look more attractive on the inside. I know that being 23 years old is not old, however, I have started to notice lines, spots and dry patches on my skin that weren’t there before. My beautiful imperfections inspired me to share my top beauty habits you should start in your 20s. Of course, age is inevitable, but you have slow down the signs of aging with these simple tips. What do you guys do to battle early fine lines and wrinkles?

I know that being 23 years old is not old, however, I have started to notice lines, spots and dry patches on my skin that weren’t there before. My beautiful imperfections inspired me to share my top beauty habits you should start in your 20s. Of course, age is inevitable, but you have slow down the signs of aging with these simple tips. What do you guys do to battle early fine lines and wrinkles?

Limit Shampooing

Everyone except my hair colorist looks at me crazy when I say I only wash my hair 3 times a day. The truth is, the longer you can go without shampooing, the better. You are stripping the hair of its natural oils when you wash too often. This ends up making your hair brittle and frizzy.

Get Outside More

Just because you are not a kid anymore doesn’t mean that your skin doesn’t need to see the sun. It might be hard to escape from the walls of your job, school, and home. But getting outside a few minutes a day can have a dramatic effect on your mood and health. Your skin absorbs the vitamin D from the sun like a sponge, which helps keep us healthy. Find a few minutes every day to appreciate the fresh air.

Drink Lemon Water

Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning can do wonders for your metabolism and energy levels. Even if you are a caffeine drinker at least have a glass before your cup of coffee. Lemon water can also improve your digestive system and even make drinking your coffee easier. Lemons also alkaline-balance the body, which can strengthen your immune system and prevent cancer.

Don’t Fall Asleep With Makeup On

The worse thing you can do for your skin is to sleep in your makeup. Make it your goal in your 20s to develop a solid, yet simple nightly routine. Even if you have to stash makeup wipes in your nightstand. When you don’t take your makeup off, your pillow collects oil and bacteria, which cycle back into your skin. Gross. Have a nightly game plan ladies. This also helps to tell your body that you are transitioning into rest mode.

Exfoliate Often

A lot of women with dry skin simply aren’t exfoliating enough. Of course, you don’t want to be too rough on your skin, but you need to clean out the oil and dirt trapped in your pores. There are a lot of different ways to exfoliate. Dry brushing is excellent for exfoliating and increasing your blood circulation. I love using body scrubs a few times a week to slough off the dead skin.

Take Cold Showers

I know this sounds crazy, but taking a cold shower in the morning can raise your energy and set a healthy tone for the rest of the day. You don’t even have to take a full 20-minute freezing shower. At least spend the last 5 minutes with the bone-chilling water keeping you company. Studies have actually found a lot of health benefits linked to cold showers. I wrote a whole blog post on this topic you can find right here.

Moisturize Your Skin

Your daily moisturizer does more than you think. Not only does it keep your skin hydrated, but it also protects you from bacteria by acting as a barrier. Moisturize at least once a day to keep your skin looking fresh. I always apply my moisturizers right after I get out of the shower. I pat myself until I’m not soaking wet and then lather on the lotion. Don’t forget to slather it on your neck and use a moisturizer with a good SPF.

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Even if you aren’t destroying your hair with heat or dyes, your locks go through a lot on the daily. Cigarettes, pollution, the sun, and weather can all have a major effect on your hair. An easy weekly treatment can bring volume and shine back into your hair. Take however much coconut oil you need and warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds. Saturate the oil throughout your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight. After you wash out the coconut oil, your hair will be soft and easier to manage.

Clean Up Your Diet

Last year I had to finally tell myself “You’re not 15 anymore, which means you can’t eat whatever you want”. This is so true. If you are like me and struggle to health perfectly green and healthy all the time, don’t worry. At least try to incorporate greens, fruit and plenty of water in your diet every day for glowing skin and hair.

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Sephora Haul & Review: Kat Von D, Benefit, Urban Decay & Makeup Forever

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Hey, beautiful! Guess who went to Sephora? So, I haven’t exactly written a makeup haul and review yet, but I think it’s time. I don’t normally spend a lot of cash on makeup because I go through it so quickly. But I recently had a little extra doe, so I went to Sephora and decided to splurge on myself. Overall, I am very content with my purchases. I wanted to share my haul and review with you guys just in case you wanted to try it and need a second opinion. As a disclaimer, this post does contain affiliate links. My blog is just like any other business and requires some kind of income to stay on the web. I hope you enjoy the haul!

 

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Contour Palette

I was hesitant about buying products to contour my face. I usually give myself a pop of color with a little bronzer, but I wanted to see what the fuzz was all about. My favorite part about this palette is that it comes with different shades of bronzer and highlighters. I have a natural pale complexion, but I tan on occasions. With this this palette, I don’t have to buy a shade darker than what I normally use. I would recommend this to anyone who is learning how to contour. Although the powders are pigmented, it’s easy to create a subtle look. The formula is smooth and very blendable. You can also layer the product to achieve a more contoured look. This product is also made without parabens and sulfates.

Retails for $46 – [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Brow Zings by Benefit

I have nearly non-existent eyebrows. They are very thin and blonde, so I have tried many different products for brows. I like that this kit is compact and comes with a small pair of tweezers. I use the tweezers and mirror more than the actual product. For me, even the light shade is too dark for my blonde brows. The brush is not my favorite, but I use the angled brush. I could see how this kit could work on women with naturally darker eyebrows. The good news is that the color stays on all day.

Retails for $32- [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Urban Decay Sheer revolution Lipstick & Liner

I have thin white girl lips, so lipsticks and liners are my best friends. I bought the Urban Decay Sheer Revoluion Lipstick and liner in the shade Sheer Obsessed. The formula of the lipstick is creamy like a balmy texture. It’s also very hydrating with the combination of Shea butter and moisturizing oils. I also thought the pigment was going to be too sheer, but I was pleasantly surprised. The color stays on my lips for 2-3 hours. They also don’t contain any fragrances, which is great for dry or sensitive lips. The liner is just as pigmented and creates a beautiful fuller look. It glides smoothly so I can outline my lips flawlessly. I also was able to buy them on sale for half off. I give this pair a 9 out of 10 stars.

Retails at $22 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Roller Lash By Benefit

I usually have to apply several coats with other mascara, but with Roller Lash by Benefit I only need 2 or 3 swipes for full lashes.The formula is smooth and doesn’t clump.This mascara’s brush is literally made for separating eyelashes while lengthening and defining for a voluminous look. I bought the mini size and I would absolutely go back for the full size. This little guy is just cute and convenient.The curling wand also gives your lashes a natural looking curl.

Retails at $12 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

I have combination skin, so certain types of foundation work for me. When my skin tends to be oily, this foundation minimizes shine. I have very pink undertones in my skin and I noticed right away that this foundation has a great coverage you can build. This product evens out my complexion for a polished finish.

Retails at $39 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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