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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-SAM

 

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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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-Sam

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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-SAM

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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-Sam

 

 

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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-Sam

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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-Sam

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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The Leibster Award!

Hello! I hope you are well.  I was graciously nominated for The Leibster Award by the lovely Hudapervez.

Huda is such a beauty and her blog is one I always look forward to reading. Huda’s blog content has a bit for everyone! Beauty, lifestyle, fashion, haircare, you name it! Go see for yourself! You will love her blog as much as I do.  

Here are my answers to Huda’s questions: 

  • What was the last book you read that you loved? What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. I’ve already started reading it again!
  • If you could be another person for an entire day, who would you be and why? Audrey Hepburn. She was my very first fashion and beauty icon so I would love to go through her beauty and fashion routine. She was also such a deep soul so I would love to see the places and people she touched in her life. 
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of? So far, I am proud of my strength to move away from home to pursue my a higher education and later to be able to give back to them.
  • What is your top skincare tip?  Having good skin for me, starts with taking your makeup off every single night. I cannot go a night without taking my makeup off. If I don’t, I will be breaking out for the next few weeks.
  • What is your favorite physical attribute about yourself? My eyes.
  • What is your top tip for staying positive? Having a gratitude journal. 
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert and how does being that affect your life? Definitely an introvert. It affects my life in a way where I have to push myself out of my head so much  to stop caring about what people think about me.
  • What are your current blog goals? To do all I can to be consistent and work on my photography skills. I have loved photography for the longest time and want to do all I can to be the best I can be at taking photos. 
  • What is your perfect pizza? Veggie pizza with pineapples (yeah, I am a lover of pineapple on pizza), black olives, spinach, mushrooms, the whole shabang.
  • Do you get along with your family? Why or why not? Yes, my family is everything to me. I cannot imagine life without them. My siblings are my best friends.
  • What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? I woke up late and thought “It’s already 10 am?!”

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you

Nominate 11 other bloggers

Ask 11 new questions for them to answer

Here are my nominees:

Savannah Loomis

Everything Beauty

Daniela Soriano

Out N’ About

TwentySomething Style

The Veggie Expat

Life According to Jade

Dii Blogs

From Vanity to Sanity

Holly’s Beauty Blog

Bloom & Co.  

Each one of your blogs have inspired me to try something new, whether it be makeup or a new way of thinking. Thank you for the beautiful content you have created.  Check them all out. These bloggers are beautiful and taltented with such lovely content. Here are my 11 questions for you ladies:

  1. What is your favorite movie?
  2. Coffee or tea?
  3. What is your favorite step in your makeup routine? 
  4. What made you create your blog?
  5. Your spirit animal and why.
  6. All time favorite band/singer?
  7. Any quotes that keep you motivated/happy?
  8. Last movie/show you saw on Netflix?
  9. What is your favorite summer trend?
  10. Favorite makeup brand?
  11. Who is your style icon?

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-Sam

Face Masks!

Hello! I hope you are well.  What is your favorite step in your skincare routine? Face masks are something I always love doing. I instantly feel like I am fully relaxing when I have taken all my makeup off, am in the comfiest of clothes and am sitting on my couch watching Chelsea on a Friday night. I tend to use the same two but I love incorporating a few others into my facial mask family. Let’s talk about them!

The first is one I use about 3 times a week. However, one of those time is as a full facial mask. The other times I use them are for spot treatment. Indian Healing Clay Mask is 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay. I talk about this mask way too much but since I’ve now made a post all about masks, I think I can lay it to rest and try not to mention it anymore. This mask is it in powder form that will be activated with either apple cider vinegar or water if you have sensitive skin. This facial mask is the most effective one I have ever used. I feel is get deep into my pores and remove all the dirt and oil that has built up throughout the day. It will bubble a bit but that just means it’s working away! I loved removing the mask and seeing that my face is a bit rosy. That is because it has pumped blood to my face. This will go away after about 5 minutes. What is left is super clean and plump skin.indianmask.jpg

Sleeping masks are such heaven. I know it’s working away at giving me a boost of hydration.  This one from Freeman Beauty is their Beauty Infusion Brightening Overnight Mask with Hibiscus and Vitamin C. This was a bit of an iffy product for me at first. The first time I used this, my skin felt like it was on fire. I stopped using it because I thought my face was too sensitive for it, but I noticed it only felt that way when I exfoliated my skin. So when I use this mask, I skip the exfoliation. It has a lovely floral scent and a gel cream consistency.sleepmask.jpg

Peel-Off masks are such a favorite of mine. This one from Soo Ae is a Purifying Brightening Peeling mask. I love a good peel off mask. It removes dead skin, leaving a smooth, hydrated canvas and peeling it off is oddly satisfying. (Side note: recently used this and it is not a peel off mask. It is just an exfoliating peeling gel. My bad. Still a good product though!)peelingmask.jpg

I have been on the hunt for a bubble mask that I can simply get one use out of it. These packets from Soo Ae are amazing because they come in so many types of masks and are only 2.50 at Walmart. This one if their Charcoal Clay Bubble Mask. Like the description for these say, “it is like giving your face a bubble bath!” I have yet to use them but will get back to you as soon as I do to review this mask.bubblemask.jpg

Face masks are the highlight of my skincare time. It’s always fun for me to have a green face and have my boyfriend look at me like I am the Lockeness Monster and for my pups to sniff my face and wonder what happened to their mom. I love that my face is being taken care of while I make food, paint my nails or while I watch Netflix! I can’t get enough face masks. I have yet to try any paper masks, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

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-Sam