August Ipsy Glam Bag!

Hello! I hope you are well. A new month means a new glam bag form Ipsy! I also wanted to start including whether or not products in my ipsy bag are vegan and/or cruelty free.I have been really starting to notice that there are many brands that don’t test on animals and I want to support those brands. So let’s jump into it!

The first thing I received is a liner from Serephine Bontanicals. This liquid coal waterproof liner has a rubberflex tip to acheive a perfect cat eye and it is vegan/celiac friendly! I cannot wait to try it out. linerswatch.jpglinerseraphiine.jpg

I love getting new brushed from Ipsy. This one from SLMissGlam is their T35 Precise Blending Brush. The first thing that caught my eye about this brush was the color. My brushes tend to favor the dark side, but this one is super bright and will definitely stand out among my other brushes. Also it is cruelty-free!brushmint.jpgbrushipsy.jpg

I personally love clear brow gel. It helps me put my brow hairs in place and get them ready for some filling in. I just don’t work well with a tinted brow gel. This one from Chella is their Eyebrow Defining Gel. I tried researching to see if this brand is cruelty free, but I have not found a definte answer.chellagel.jpgchellabrow.jpg

This Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay from First Aid Beauty is something I am particularly excited to try this month. I love a good cleanser and am always looking forward to what it does to my skin. As read on the brand’s site: Do you test on animals? At First Aid Beauty, we love animals. That’s why we are committed to being a 100% cruelty free company. We have not, do not and will not conduct any testing of ingredients or finished products on animals. Furthermore, we only work with business partners who certify compliance with our policy.cleanserirstaid

The last product I recevied is from TheBalm. I have not been too excited to try any of the products I have received from this brand, so I will be removing this brand from my makeup preferences. TheBalm is not certified but they claim they do not test on animals. They aren’t vegan however, as some of their products do contain animal by-products.balmwillkommen.jpgbalmpack.jpg

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Skincare Products I Swear By!

Hello! I hope you are well. I want to talk about skincare and the products/habits that have drastically changed my skin for the better. My skin texture was rough, splotchy, acne prone and makeup just would not look right until I started incorporating these products into my skincare routine.

Hyaluronic Acid is a product I have been using for several years and a few weeks into using it everyday, people started complimenting my skin and how smooth it looked. I have seen my skin appear more plump, soft and hydrated. I use this one from Measurable Difference every morning before I start my makeup and I love love it.hyaskin.jpg

Drinking water is a given when it comes to having good skin, but it is so true. It has made my skin break out a lot less and has made my skin look brighter.

SPF is so important to add into your skincare routine. I remember my older sister telling me to put SPF on my face everyday, even if it was cloudy out. It took me a while to finally listen, but I’ve been using it for years now, and no matter the weather, I know my face is protected from the sun. This one from Simple Skincare is a moisturizer and SPF in one which helps a lot. To me, it smells like glue, but once it dries, the smells fades.spfskin.jpg

Vitamin E oil has made my skin look super bright and this one from Jason smells so good. I apply this at night in the palm of my hand and press it into my skin. My face just looks so plump once absorbed and the acne scars seem to fade overnight!jasonoilskin.jpg

A good face mask every week has really helped my skin feel renewed and amazing. I don’t just have one masks that helps me achieve this as every masks helps my skin in some way, whether it be to exfoliate, brighten, peel, or calm. I love this one from Garnier because you can use it as a cleanser and a mask. The smell of this stuff is amazing as well!maskskin.jpg

What product or habit has helped you skin? Let me know below!

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NYX Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well. NYX is a makeup brand I have been finding myself gravitating towards. When I think of which brand I have more makeup from, it’s NYX. So why not talk to you about all of the products that have made an good/bad impression on me?

I have to do my brows with some kinds of brush to get them in the direction I want them to stay in. I got this in a charcoal color to fill in any gaps I have. The shape of the product is in one that helps me create the strokes of hair. The only thing I wish it had was a sharper end to better achieve the look of natural hair. The brush is perfect to blend it all out. For me this product is a 8/10. nyxeyebnyxbrowbrush

Lipstick is something I would wear a lot but these days I tend to only reach for it on special occasions. Lip liners are a must when I want a bold lip. It holds the color longer and shapes my lips. This one in London is the partner to my all time favorite lip product London in NYX soft matte lip creams. When I want it to last throughout the nightt, this lip liner is perfect. 10/10nyxlipliner.jpg

I’m a a sucker for single shadows. When I can’t invest in a palette, I can easily pick up a few of their single shadows and make a lil dupe palette myself. These Hot Single Eyeshadows could use some variety in shades and I have gotten a few that were to chalky to use. I looked past those and have loved them!  8/10nyxmattteshadow.jpg

Highlight for all! To me, this Duo Chromatic Illuminating Highlight is the dream of drugstore highlighters. I have this one in Synthetica and it has a peachy nude shade that gives a summery bronze look. I love the light pop of color it brings to a look. It almost glows like the skin is dewy. So lovely! 10/10nyxhdchrome.jpg

This Stay Matte Not Flat foundation got really feels like a higher end foundation! I loved the coverage it gave. The shade range is very small and I had to mix in some concealer to lighten it up. I hope they add to this collection because I really liked how Matte it kept my skin. I barely had any oils come through. 8/10nyxmattnoflat.jpg

Moisturize, protect and prime! This HD Studio Perfect Anti-Redness primer in green was something I didn’t really care for at first. It felt really slippery and I didn’t see any difference. I recently started using it again and have noticed that it does lighten up those red areas and covers those pores. It also keeps my makeup looking extra Matte as that is another claim of this primer. However, It does feel a bit heavy so I only apply a small dot in my entire face. 7/10nyx green primer.jpg

I love Nude Liners. I found that I can correct liner mistakes, conceal spots and brighten up my eyes. This Wonder Pencil is perfect for all of that. On those days when I need to look a bit more awake, applying this to my waterline is magic. My eyes instantly look brighter and it stays on for hours. I mess my liner up almost everyday and when I do, I can easily cover it up with a swipe of this. As for concealing, I have a shade too light for my skin but have tried it and it does made the spot less visible, but I would not say I solely use this to conceal. I do wish it was creamier. It tends to drag my waterline and eyelids. This wonder pencil comes in a few shades. A wider range of colors and a creamier formula would make this amazing. 8/10nyxwondereye.jpg

Last is the HD Eyeshadow Base. I’ve been using this for a few months and have definitely seen my shadow look brighter and  crease less. I have noticed that when I apply too much, it will make my eyelids look about cakey so I make sure to only apply a small amount. Over than that this is a good eyeshadow primer.9/10nyxeyeprimer.jpg

What are you favorites from Nyx? Tell me in the comments below!

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What’s In My Makep Bag?

Hello!I hope you are well. Let’s dive into my makeup bag and see what I’ve been using lately! I love seeing/reading what’s in my makeup bag posts. Whenever I get a chance to take a peek at my friend’s bags, I am a happy gal. Let’s jump in!flatlaymake.jpg

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I am not going to talk about each and every product and how I like it because I don’t want it to drag on for too long, but I will say that if it makes it into my makeup, it is a good product for me. Definite essentials are an eyelash curler, eyebrow gel, highlight, liner and concealer. Mostly everything that is photographed will be linked below.

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Essence Lash/Eyebrow Gel
Nyx Automatic Eyebrow Pencil
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
Nyx Faux Whites Liner
HD Eyeshadow Base
Nyx Matte Eyeshadow 
Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal 
Tarte Lights, Camera Lases 4-in-1 Mascara
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner

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All Time Fashion Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today I am going to be sharing some of my all-time favorite fashion pieces. These are items that I wear year round and that keep me feeling good and comfy.

The first is my denim jacket from Forever 21. I have always loved the look of denim jackets and have been on the hunt for one that looked a bit more worn and that wasn’t cropped. This one is just right, even down to the button detail and the denim wash.I wear this jacket all the time. In the summer, I bring it along with me to work in case I get cold and it is always matches everything I am wearing.denimjackets2

High waisted jeans are an absolute must for me. Before these were a thing, I was always super uncomfortable wearing jeans that were so low. As soon as the high waist jean trend had all the stores with their own style of this jean, I stocked up on them. I love Forever 21’s stock of high waist jeans and these I found at the thrift store.  I am 5″0 so while I can cut the bottoms a few inches and they fit perfectly!highwaisted.jpg

Basic t-shirts are everything. They can be mixed and matched everything. I love having my basic shirts with the v-neck detail. I tend to have a variety of colors of these from Forever 21 and love how soft they are. Did I mention they are under $10 each?basicts.jpg

A good belt can elevate a simple jean and t-shirt look and I love that these belts can make a dress, romper or just shorts look more western and instantly amazing. This belt is from Rue 21 and I wear it with rompers and jeans. It makes the belt look like the star of the show.belttttt.jpg

A pair of shoes, for me, need to be comfortable, cute and that pair with everything. With that being said, I have too many black shoes. From loafers, to Mary Janes, to oxford shoes, they are all black. Yeah, I do have my share of colorful footwear, but I can’t get enough of my darker soles. They match any outfit and the shade of a darker shoe always looks sleek.shoessssss.jpg

As much as I love my shoes, I love bags. Black bags seem to take over my collection as well. I like cross body bags but I have recently been carrying around a tote type of bag. This one from H&M is like from Mary Poppins. It. Fits.Everything. I have so much crammed in this bag and still, it always looks amazing. This smaller one from Forever 21 (sensing a trend now) is one I take with me when I don’t need to lug around a big bag filled with things I just don’t need at the time.bagtote.jpg

Graphic t-shirts have always been something I am about. I love the laid-back vibe it gives to what could be a simple look. These are one I tend to wear alot I like that they are a bit cropped and aren’t too long or unflattering.graphic

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Everyday Makeup Routine!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today I am super excited to post my everyday makeup routine.  My everyday look is super focused on the eyes with fake lashes, winged liner and orange hued lids so here we go!

I like to prep my skin with lots of moisture and SPF especially in the summer. Next its time to prime. I like using this one from NYX. It wards off any redness I have. Once absorbed, I spray Urban Decay’s All Nighter spray. Next is foundation! This one from Maybelline is amazing. Matte and poreless Fitme is amazing. The color is such a  perfect fit! Next I color correct a bit and conceal with Maybelline’s age rewind concealer. Now it’s time to slightly bake with my Air Spin Transcluent powder. I am so in love with this because it is such a big bang for my 6 bucks.baseeveryday.jpgpowdereveryday .jpg

Eyeshadow here I come! I like doing a slightly subtle eye with a hue of warm toned colors. Winged liner is an absolute must for me. I love this one from Eyeko. I believe I recieved it in one of my Ipsy bags several months back. It is so dark and does not smear.shadoweveryday.jpglinereveryday.jpg

Contour officially makes me look more sculpted and less round and I love the power that a simple  and light contour has. I contour my cheekbones, nose and jawline. I just love seeing what contouring can do. This one from Kat Von D is the Shade and Light palette. It has seen better days but I am determined to use it all up!contourevery.jpg

Then it is to my eyebrows. I have started using this 2 sided Automatic Eyebrow pencil helps me fill in my brows while the Anastasia Brow Pomade brings my eyebrows to their perfect shade. This pomade has lasted me several years and I am just now finishing it! I like using these both to not have them looking too dark or overdone.browevery.jpg

A light coat of mascara from Tarte and it is my falsies. I have been wearing fake lashes since highschool and have never looked back since. I never have to worry if my lashes are falling. I am using these Kiss lashes “Shy” and love how natural they look while also adding depth. They are always ready to make my eyeliner look darker and make my lashes look full and long. Then I like to line my waterline with a nude liner from NYX. I like to alternate between the Faux whites and the Wonder Pencil. Then I add a coat of mascara to my bottom lashes.

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Highlight really brings my look together. Placing it on the high point of the face brings out the contour I worked on earlier. This one from Jeffree Starr is so increibly pigmented. I love how it looks if I spray it with the All Nighter Spray.highlighteveryday.jpgSome days I add a lipstick to my look, other times, I just can’t be bothered with it. Today I thought I would add Shroom from Lime Crime to my lips. I also love London from NYX.lipeveryday .jpg

And we are all set!

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July Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well.  Today is the last day of the month so here are my July Favorites!

This All Nighter setting spray from Urban Decay smells a bit like hairspray but it helps everything stick. I like how my makeup is exactly where I left it several hours later.allnighterspray .jpg

I’ve talked about this product before but It really has made it into my favorites in the little time I have had it. This Velvetine lip, Schroom by Lime Crime is quickly becoming my favorite nude lip product. While I hate the smell of it, once it dries it is perfection. I love the brown tone of this product and how long it stays on! limecrime shroom.jpg

Dry shampoos are something I use about 3-4 times a week and I love that this one from Lush isn’t a aerosol spray. I have had this for almost a year and I haven’t even used 1/4 of it. I love this stuff. It smells citrusy and I love that it doesn’t make my hair feel heavy/gross.dry shampoo.jpg

Hyaluronic Acid is such an amazing product. I use this stuff at night and to blend in my concealer for my undereyes. It plumps my skin and makes it look super smooth and hydrated. hyaacid.jpg

Non-Beauty Favorites. 

Sex and The City– I watched this show when I was in highschool but I didn’t exactly relate to it until I got older. I watched the entire series in 2 1/2 weeks. This show makes me feel more comfortable in my skin as a women in ever sense of the word. It has made me tear up countless of times and has made me laugh out loud while eating breakfast. I have just have a newfound love for this show and the lovely actors in it.

Yoga– I started yoga this month and I am feeling so good. My body feels more flexible, energized and a bit more toned. I can’t wait to roll my mat out and get to doing a downward dog. My pups even sit on the mat and take stretch their lil bods out.

 

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All About Nail Polish!

Hello! I hope you are well. Nail polish is something I have always loved. Onced I learned about all the dangerous chemicals that they had, I quickly stopped using them. I did some research to find ones that were less toxic and/or cruelty-free. I found that I already had many nail polishes that were free from many toxic chemicals like Wet N’ Wild! While Revlon is part of 3rd party animal testing, they are a 5-free formula! And Mineral Fusion has some lovely cruelty-free and 4-free polishes! So let’s jump into these!

Mineral Fusion was in Ulta, but has since been replaced by Pacifica. Mineral Fusion can still be found online and is 100% Vegan and 4-free (Toluene, Camphor,DBP, Formaldehyde Free and of course, cruelty free)I love the color selection they carry. I have this red hot color, Blaze and a base coat. (Base coat and Crimson Clay) mineralfusionpolish.jpg

Wet N’ Wild is 100% cruelty free and their nail polishes are 3-free (No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Phthalates) I love the price and of course the amazing colors and finishes! I have been using Wet N’ Wild for as long as I can remember and never knew they were a cruelty-free/mostly vegan brand! Go Wet N’ Wild! My staple colors is this black and dark red brick color. (Black and Haze of Love )wetnwildpolish (1).jpg

Revlon was considered a cruelty-free brand until is was discovered that they were selling in China, where animal testing was required. They are no longer considered cruelty-free for that reason, but they’re nail polishes are 3-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP free). I am in love with these shades ( Totally Toffee & Serene) revlonpolish.jpg

Last is from Zoya. This polish is 4-free (Formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor  free) They are not officially certified as a cruelty free brand by a third party.  They don’t use any animal/bi products and they don’t test on animals. I love this color  (Sage) It is a pastel minty color. zoyapolish.jpg

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Review: Cleansing Conditioner

Hello! I hope you are doing well. Today is about hair! I think this is my first haircare post. I have been using cleansing conditioner for a few months. I really wanted to test it out and give it enough time so I could see if I liked it or not. So what are cleansing conditioners or poo free cleansers? Well they are conditioners without the sulfate, parabens, etc that shampoos tend to have. From reading up about this “poo free” method, Shampoos tend to cause alot of the hair damage one develops. Cleansing conditioners are conditioners but they balance and cleanse your hair/scalp without stripping you from your natural oils.

The first time I used this cleansing conditioner from Ren Pure Solutions, I was super iffy about it. I felt like my hair was going to be super greasy after. Directions say to apply 10 pumps to your scalp and really massage it in. Let it work it’s magic for about 5 minutes and make sure to rinse it out throughly. My hair tends to get frizzy and rough. But after one use of cleasing conditioner, my hair looked and felt super soft and clean.poofree.jpg

Wen does have cleansing conditioners, but the price is a bit much for me at the moment, They do however, have a dupe for it at Walmart for about 7 bucks. Mine is in the scent mint and lavender. They have a few more scents if you don’t care for this one.directionconditioner.jpg

After using if for a few months, my hair looks and feels so healthy. I love the shine and strength it has gained. The only downside is how long it takes to use cleansing conditioner. 10 minutes have been added to my shower time, but I really like how my hair has been looking since using it.

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New in- Home

Hello. I hope you are well. I have been gathering a few things and I wanted to talk to you about them all.  This is new in, home decor, coffee accessories, plants, etc. So let’s get into it.

I love having coffee or a latte from Dunkin Donuts because it is perfect and frothy. However, at home, my coffee never seems to taste how it does at a coffee place. Until I saw that milk frothers existed. I jumped at the chance to get myself one and am LOVING it. It is so easy to use and easy to clean. You can use it for cold and hot drinks. It is the Matcha DNA Milk Frother from Amazon. My coffee now taste like it’s from a cafe, everyday single morning. milkfrotherlove.jpgIMG_9359.jpg

Next is my little buddha from Ross. I have been becoming more aware of  living more mindful and I wanted to bring some decor in to help remind me to stay that way. I love having this little Buddha man on my table because I feel a bit more at peace when I see him.buddha.jpg

Some little plants I’ve gotten recently are this little cactus. It has grown alot since I got it but I love the small size of this plant. It sits on my side shelf on my bed. So does this little cactus sitting on my side table. These desert plants are quite durable since they don’t need nearly as much water as my other house plants.cactusorange.jpgcactusshelf.jpg

Some coffee table books are this one from Burke’s Outlet. Is is a book about Palmistry, Numerology,etc. I love reading about these things. I have always been fascinated with this. So having this coffee table book is perfect. 

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