Skincare Products Haul

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Hello Beauties! I am so excited for today’s post. I recently bought some new products that I am excited to share with you all. Whenever I buy new products, I always do research on them to make sure it is the right product for me. I also do research so I do not waste my money and time going back to the store and returning the item. I have been using these products for a little over a month now and have already noticed a difference within my skin and I can tell the longer I continue to use the products, the better my skin will be. Keep reading to see some new beauty products I am trying!

 

 

Witch Hazel– This is currently my second bottle of Witch Hazel. I am a huge fan of witch hazel and this product has become a holy grail for me. I was super hesitant about using witch hazel directly on my face since the product contains very strong chemicals. After doing my research and looking up reviews, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise the toner was very gentle on my skin. I did not break out once nor did not feel any burning sensation. I use witch hazel as an overall face toner. I use morning and nigh after I have applied my cleanser. To use, I take a cotton round and squirt some of the product onto the cotton round and wipe all over my face. I do not think I will ever stop using this product. I would recommend to anyone, just make sure to test out a small piece of your skin first since witch hazel has very strong chemicals.

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 10.10.50 AM.pngLemon Aura Cacia Essential Oil– After doing some research I wanted to try a lemon oil on my face. While I was picking up these products, I was in a bit of a rush. Without thinking I picked up an Lemon Essential Oil. I am disappointed because this was a product I was really hoping to try out. However, I will use the essential oil with my diffuser. I have not used this product so I can’t give an honest review.

 

Vitamin C with Rosehip Pill– I have been wanting to try an everyday vitamin pill for the longest. From researching which vitamin (A,B,C,D,E), I found vitamin C to be best for me. Vitamin c provides benefits for your immune system, healing, and hydrating your skin. While doing research for products that are good for your skin, I came across Rosehip Seed/Oil. Rosehip is great for evening out skin tone, brightening skin, fading scars, and much more. Lucky I was able to find a product that had these two ingredients. The pill itself is a dietary supplement however, that is not the reason I am taking it. I having been taking these pills for a little less than a month and I can feel and see a difference. Before I fully give my opinion, I want to try the pills out for maybe two more months. My only con I have is the size of the pill. The pill is similar to the size of a dime.

 

Derma E Even Tone Brightening Night Cream– I have a current skincare routine that I have been constantly using for a couple of months now. I think the current skincare routine I have is working very well. I was a little hesitant to introduce a new product. However, after a lot of research and talking to a consultant at the store, I decided to go ahead and try this night cream out. The cream comes in two different bottles (a morning cream and a night cream). I decided to try out the night cream. The cream is designed to be “a skin-brightening and antioxidant nighttime formula to help reduce the look of discoloration and age damage.” I was super excited to try this product out because it is 100% vegan, cruelty free, gmo free, and gluten free. This product seems very natural and is what stuck out to me and made me want to try. I have never spent this much on a skincare product before. I use drugstore skincare products, however, I splurged a little and spent $30 on the moisturizer. Thus far, the product seems to be working very well. I have noticed a huge difference in my dark spots. Although, my dark spots are not completely gone, they have lighten up. I believe if I continue to use the moisturizer for a couple of more months, I will see a better difference in the fading of my dark spots.

 

As you can tell in the original picture, I picked up Spring Valley Hair, Skin, & Nails pills. I noticed these were not the pills I wanted to take so I return and picked up the Spring Valley Biotin pills. I have been taking these pills consecutively since February. I will say I noticed a big difference! I have so much to say about these Biotin Pills therefore, I will be dedicating an entire post! Be on the lookout 🙂

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Mini Sephora Haul

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This past weekend I went to do a little retail therapy. Of course I had to stop in Sephora and pick up some beauty products that I did not need, but I wanted. You can never go wrong with some new beauty products in your life, especially when you get them for a good price. Keep reading to see the couple of products I recently picked up from Sephora!

Original Beauty Blender– I am very shocked at myself for writing these next few sentences. I never imagined I would ever buy myself the Original Beauty Blender. I never really used a Beauty blender, so spending $20 on this product was definitely a NO for me. However, about 6 months ago I was very interested in seeing the hype about this product so I decided to try. When I tell you I fell in love, I fell hard! This is a very hyped about beauty product that I have found to be very good and true to its purpose. I will say this is worth it.! If you have never tried the Original Beauty Blender, I say buy it and give it a try for yourself. After a couple of months of using my first beauty blender, I decided to buy another. With any beauty blender you use, you should be changing them out every 3 months. These accessories hold so much bacteria. Although you can clean them, there is still bacteria remaining. Even though I will have to buy this product every couple of months, I will say it is very worth it.

Sephora Foot Mask– I have previously tried these foot mask before and I can say I love them! I tried the Lavender foot mask and had to buy again. When I went in store I saw they had the Almond foot mask as well, so I wanted to try this scent out as well. The foot masks claims to nourish, relax, and address foot concerns. The lavender is designated to alleviate fatigue and aching feet while also providing a soothing and relaxing effect. The almond mask is designed to comfort and nourish feet while softening the roughen areas. The lavender mask I did try, I can say it does what it says! I was shocked by the results. These mask do wonders. Plus each mask is $5, which is so worth it for the quality the mask provides!

Sephora Face Mask– Going along with mask trend, I decided to try out the Sephora Collection face mask. I have tried the Sephora Collection Sleeping mask before and liked them a little, but I could easily live without them. Trying face mask can sometimes be hesitant in which, face mask have different ingredients then an everyday skincare product would have. Plus face mask have ingredients that shouldn’t be used on a daily basis but are good for your skin here and there. To my surprised this was a good face mask. I will say it did not break me out. Also this is not my favorite face mask,  it is not the worse. I know some people who swear by these mask. Sephora offers a variety of face mask to choose from and for only $6, it’s not a bad price.

This was a very short Sephora Haul, compared to my others. I just wanted to share some recent beauty products I picked up.

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Burt’s Bees Haul

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I have yet another haul today! I have many Burt’s Bees Hauls on my blog. If I am buying new skincare products, I tend to buy a lot all at once instead of being sporadic and purchasing here and there. I love the brand Burt’s Bees and I have been using their products for years. I have never had a problem with their skincare products and I love how natural their ingredients are. Keep reading to see the recent Burt’s Bees skincare goodies I picked up.

Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water-I am a huge fan of micellar water. I use micellar water to rid of any makeup, bacteria, or dirt. I first started using micellar water instead of makeup wipes. Since using, I have not touched a makeup wipe. Micellar water is an alternative to a makeup wipe. Both essentially perform the same task, however, they are just in different forms. The only micellar water I have ever used is the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Water. The bottle usually last me a long time and I have repurchased twice. I have nothing but positive reviews on that particular micellar water. I had no plans to purchase outside of that brand, however, I love the brand Burt’s Bees and decided to try out their product to see which I preferred.

Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes-As I have previously stated before, I do not use makeup wipes. I always noticed that makeup wipes dried my skin out and never really got rid of all my makeup. I switched over to micellar water and have not used a makeup wipe since. I was really hesitant about trying out another brand of makeup wipes. What stood out to me and made these towelettes different than any I have tried before, is that they are part of the micellar brand. Also the towelettes contains the ingredients Cypress oil and honey extract. These wipes are also for ‘All Skin Types’ so you should be able to use with any concern and not worry about the wipes not working out for you. I have not tried this out just yet, but I hope to soon. I think I will take them with me when I go on vacation so I do not have to travel with the big bottle of micellar water.

Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions Target Spot Treatment– I have used this product so many times and have actually repurchased 5 times. Although I have used and bought this product so many times before, I don’t think I have actually featured it on my blog. I’m not sure why because as you can tell I love this product! Let me start off by saying this product works well if you have dark spots and you want to get rid of them. However, depending on the condition of the dark spot, this product can work right away or take some time to actually get rid of the spot. But it does work!

Burt’s Bees Skin Brightening Perfecting Serum-This is a product I have not tried out before. I bought a tube of the bottle a couple of months ago and have not used it just yet. However, when I went to go pick up these recent products, I decided I would go ahead and pick up another brightening serum. So now I have two unused tubes of this serum. I did this to motivate me to start using the product because I really want to give it a try. The only thing stopping me, is the fact that I have so many products already in my skincare routine. Once my last bottle of the acne solutions spot treatment runs out, I will replace it with this product. This serum is designed to diminish dark spots and even out skin tones.I am excited about giving this product a try and will update once I see results!

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Skincare Routine

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Good Evening Loves! Every year during the spring time I have previously done a skincare routine post explaining and sharing my current skincare products. This past year I have updated the products that I use in my routine. I have struggled with acne for a long time. During the past two years I finally found products to help me get rid of acne. Now I am in the stage where I am maintaining my acne free face. Unlike previous years where I used products specifically for acne, these new products are not related to just acne but improving and maintaining the skin in general.

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I have heard nothing but good things concerning the brand Cetaphil. My sister uses it and swears by it. Plus the reviews online are incredible. Before I buy any product I do countless research to make sure it fits my needs. I wanted a cleanser and moisturizer that would prevent me from acne and breakouts while also maintaining my oily skin. Cetaphil is brand where anyone can use. They cater to any skin tone or any skin type. You can get any of their products for normal, combination, or oily skin. They also have a selection of products for ‘All skin types’ which is the product line I decided to try out.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser– To start off, this product is very gentle on the skin. When I was using products for acne purposes, at times I would feel a burning sensation. I have yet to experience that with this cleanser. The cleanser is a clear gel base that can be use on the face & body. I’m going to say this is an overall great product for anyone. For me, it was not what I was really expecting. I have been using skincare products designed for acne, so naturally I could see a fast differences in my face  because I saw my acne dimensioning over time. With this product, it is very hard for me to see any difference at all. Now I am using this product to help maintain my skin in general. I’m sure the product is working, its just hard to see a difference. I wish I did not get the line that is for ‘All skin types’ but instead I wish I got the one for ‘oily skin’ because this has no effect good or bad for my oily skin.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizing Lotion– Unlike the cleanser, this has a lotion base to it. Just like the cleanser it is very gentle and not thick at all. One thing I love about the brand is that the products are fragrance free. Similar to the cleanser, it is for all skin types and is for everyday use. The moisturizing lotion really does feel like lotion, just a lot thiner. Before I was just using a normal moisturizer, but I do like the concept of the lotion. The lotion is grease free, however, since I have very oily skin, my face is still oily after using. At night I apply my african black soap and not my cleanser, however, even if I am not using the matching cleanser, I will still use this moisturizer.

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Witch Hazel-We all know about witch hazel. It works wonders and can be used for a lot of things. I honestly never imagined I would be using it on my face in my skincare routine. I honestly can not go a day without using this product! I recently saw a lot of people on Twitter & Instagram talking about the benefits of witch hazel. Now I took their word for it and did not do any more research afterwards. I was very surprised to find that I would enjoy it as much as I do. Although witch hazel has very strong ingredients, it has been very gentle on my skin. Everyone can react to these strong ingredients differently, so be cautious. This product is for all skin types and can literally be bought anywhere.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap-This skincare product was on my list last year. At the time I really did not like this product. I used for a few weeks and decided to stop using all together. However, recently after doing some more research on the soap, I have added back into my skincare routine. First off I want to say this product sells amazing. One of the reasons why I use it is for the smell. Usually I hate smells in beauty products however, this is a smell that is not too much but noticeable at the same time. Black soap has many benefits including: relieves acne, clears blemishes, and normalizes oily skin. These are the main reason why I use african black soap. To my surprise I have noticed a difference in all of these areas. Only con to this soap is that although it helps to reduce oil, I have not seen a significant difference with my shine. I only use this product at night because after using it my face can tend to be a bit oily.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water–I no longer use makeup wipes thanks to this product. For the longest I hated using makeup wipes. I did not like the way they felt on my skin and at times I felt like my makeup wasn’t completely removed. The Micellar Water can be used for many ways. The #1 way I use is to remove my makeup. This helps to get rid of all the makeup on my skin. I also use it as a toner or even if I don’t wear makeup, it gets rid of the excess oil I have on my face throughout the day.

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment– About a year and a half ago my skincare routine consisted of all Burt’s Bees products. At the time I did not use this product, however I wish I did. I have already gone through 3 bottles of this product and have recently bought 2 more. Getting rid of dark spots is very tough and finding solutions is tougher. I haven’t tried many dark spot products before because I have not read any reviews on a product that has encouraged me to try. I will say this product is amazing in diminishing dark spots! Only con is that it takes a while to really see a difference. Maybe its because I have dark spots all over my skin and this is a skin concern I have dealt with for a while. This is a strong product that may not work for everyone, but overall is it a good working product.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray– After I have cleansed, moisturized, and use my other skincare products, I finish my face off with this spray. I have been using this product for less than a year and have already gone through 2 of these bottles. This is a hyped about product that is definitely worth it! I feel refreshed after every use. I use the spray morning and night after my skincare routine as an overall face mist. I do not think the product has a smell to it at all, however, some may think it does. Most of the beauty products I own in general are specifically for oily skin. This product is for all skin types. At first I was hesistant because I don’t use products that are not for oily skin. This product shocked me. It is truly for every skin type as it says. It actually works for all needs and that is what I like most. If you have been on the edge about trying this product I would definitely recommend.

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Sephora Haul

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Starting off the New Year, I wanted to get some makeup products that I’ve been wanting to try and to repurchase some of my favorites. This haul includes a lot of goodies that I am so excited to try out. I normally wait to splurge on makeup until the end of the year and the beginning of a new year. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or if you want to try them out!!

Fenty Beauty Primer– I original bought the Fenty Beauty Foundation alone. I used my Benefit POREfessional primer (my everyday primer) with the foundation. Instantly I could tell that this combination was not going to work. I really love the foundation and I loved the Benefit POREfessional primer, just not together. Although the Benefit POREfessional primer works well with my other foundations, I decided that I would have to find another primer for the FB foundation. I went to my local Sephora the next day and picked up the FB Primer. I was skeptical of the primer because of the formula. It has a thick consistency and remains me of lotion. However, this primer is a moisturizing primer. My skin has been in need of moisture, especially when I wear makeup. It is a matte primer so hopefully the primer controls my oil & shine while also moisturizing.

Fenty Beauty Foundation– I’m going to do an entire detailed post dedicated to this foundation soon! Be on the look out! I will say that I was surprised by the foundation. The shade I am in is 360. I bought 360 & 370. Both colors were very similar, however, 370 had orange undertones to it. Naturally I love the undertones and would automatically choose 370. I tried both shades and to my surprise, 360 was a better option.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow– I was really hesitant at first to try this lip product. I normally only wear lipsticks and hardly wear lip gloss. I am not a fan of the stickiness that a lip gloss has. However, this lip product is a universal product. Meaning it is for everyone: any skin type or any skin tone. Since this is for everyone, I knew it had to be a good product. I decided to try and I love this lip gloss. The lip product is perfect for any occasion and any outfit. I can wear it just to the gym and even wear it to a nice dinner. I would definitely agree that it is very versatile and would look great on anyone!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella– This is my second time repurchasing this lip pencil. I prefer lipsticks as my favorite lip product, however, I am in love with the Nars Lip Pencils. I normally can skip wearing a lip liner with my lip products. This is a product where I am able to do that. The color is a bit more bolder in person, it is the perfect red. The lip pencil glides onto the lips very smoothly & easily. The tip is easy to use to outline the shape of your lip. I can wear this shade for dressing up a simple look or if I am going out.

The Original Beauty Blender-For the longest I could not bring myself to buy this product. The price really got me. I can spend $50+ on an eyeshadow palette, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the Original Beauty Blender. I have two beauty blenders, the real techniques one and another drugstore one. I use both of these occasionally and they work fine. However, I actually do not use either one for applying my foundation. I decided that I wanted to try a beauty blender to apply my foundation so I decided to get the OG Beauty Blender!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette– Also be on the look out for a separate post on this palette! I will say this is my first Anastasia Beverly Hills palette and I am super excited to try. From a glance, the colors are beautiful and I can create so many looks!

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Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray– I have purchased this setting spray 3 times! Wow that is crazy! The last time I bought this product, I bought the full size. This spray can last me a while so I decide to get the travel size.  Overall I love this product a lot! It is not sticky like other setting sprays and it sets onto my face fast. I find that I do 3 squirts onto my face and sometimes an additional one. My makeup seems to last for the 8 hour period that I wear makeup and it could possibly last longer. If oil control is not what you are looking for, Urban Decay has a large variety of other setting sprays.

Urban Decay Highlight in Sin– When I saw this product online I was super hesitant because it is super light. I like for my highlighters to have a bronze color to them. To my surprise I love love love this highlight! I do not wear highlight on a everyday occasion, however, this will become my everyday highlight. It is a very natural color that can be build up to have that glow effect. This is a universal shade that would look great on any skin tone! Highly recommend!

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara-I have repurchased this mascara 3 times!! Woah! I absolutely love this mascara! Honestly, I can not use any other mascara besides this one. The mascara gives me the volume & length I am looking for. Other mascaras do not compare for me.

 

 

Clinique Cherry Pop Lipstick– One day I was thinking that I do not have a color like this, and that I wanted to get soon. I really wasn’t expecting to get it right away. However, as you can see, I got it!! My lip collection includes a bunch of reds & pinks. I do not have a lip color that is a mixture of a red & pink. I have not previously tried any makeup products from Clinique, I have only tried their skincare products. The color is very nice on, however, I did eat with the product on and after I was done you could definitely tell I was eating & drinking. Most of my lip products last while I eat. I would have to reapply the lipstick. Overall, a great color! It looks very red in the picture, however, in person it is more of a red with pink undertones.

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Sephora Foot Mask-I have only ever tried a Sephora face mask before. I have never thought of trying a foot, hand, or eye mask before. My feet could use a mask with some benefits. Taking care of the entire body is essential. Since it is the winter months this foot mask will come in handy, especially since I’ve been really dry lately. I like the Sephora face mask so I am excited to try the foot mask!

Sephora 2017 Birthday Gift-I love Sephora’s Birthday Gifts! Since my birthday is in December, I already know what the gift is and how people feel about it. Overall I love Tarte as a brand and have never tried their lipgloss or blush before. I am super excited because I have heard good things about the blush. Although I rarely wear blush, I hope to get some good use from it. I can see myself wearing the lipgloss on an everyday occasion.

MAC Lipstick in Whirl– Although this product is not from Sephora, I wanted to include because I recently got this lip product when I purchased the other products. Another product I have repurchased twice. This is my everyday lip product. It goes great with every outfit and matches well with any skin tone. The formula is very creamy and slides right on. This lipstick is very  buildable and can be formulated to how you like.I have never gotten so many compliments from one product before. Definitely recommend!

Here are pictures of swatches with the products. The first picture is taken with flash and the second is not. The Fenty Beauty Primer & Foundation are a little bit runny, however, they blend nicely. I didn’t realize I have a lot of lip products in this haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products before, or if you want to try them!!

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Pantene Hair Products 

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I haven’t done a deep, detailed product review in a long time. Most of the products I use, I have been using for a while. I am one to use the same products and repurchase them instead of always trying new items. Recently I decided that I wanted to try out new hair care products. I was using Cantu for a couple of months now and I absolutely love their hair products. There was no reason why I stopped using, I just wanted to try out a different brand. I will continue to use and support Cantu.

I was sent 3 hair care products from Pantene from their new line, “The Gold Series.” I have used Pantene for many years and love the brand. The brand is the only I know that caters and actually works for every hair type. The first 3 items below are the ones I was sent. At the time I was sent these products, I was using a hair salon shampoo & conditioner then I started using Cantu. I do not like to mix my hair care products. I decided I would wait until I finished the Cantu products to use these Pantene products. Little did I know the 3 products were not your usual shampoo & conditioner. I normally just use shampoo & conditioner. As I mentioned, I do not like mixing brands so I decided to go out and buy the Pantene shampoo & conditioner. I also picked up another styling product from the brand.  The Gold Series contains 8 products and it does include a traditional shampoo & conditioner.

The first 3 products are to “help protect hair and empower your personal styling.” Normally I only use shampoo and conditioner but I wanted to try out these styling products. Keep reading to see my thoughts on Pantene hair products .

 

Pantene Hydrating Co-Wash– My first thought of this product was that I would be able to use this as a shampoo & conditioner. In fact this is essentially what the product is for. I am not a fan of co wash products, because I honestly would just rather use shampoo & conditioner. I only use this product when I wear my hair curly and I am not straightening it. Recently I wore my hair curly for 3 weeks and did not straighten it for that period. I did not use shampoo & conditioner but instead used this co-wash a couple of times. First of all this smells so good! I typically do not care about smells but one of the reasons why I love this product, is because of its smell. This is a nice sized product and will last a while! Directions are included on the packing on how to use. I will only use this product if I am not straightening my hair. Overall this is a nice product and I do recommend, however, I can live without it.

Pantene Repairing Hair Mask– I never tried a hair mask before using this product. Although I have never previously tried a mask before, I was actually on the market for one. Hair mask are very strong products that take affect immediately. They’re not to be used often, but here and there to meet your hair needs. I remember using this product a while back and did not notice any difference. However, after using the most recent time, I could see it working! The concept of the mask it to repair your hair. The ingredients go in and work to fix the problems. The formula is amazing! It is similar to a shampoo or conditioner and not hard to use. You leave it on for 5-7 minutes then rinse. Overall its a very easy treatment that anyone can do.

Pantene Leave-On Detangling Milk-This is the one product I did not use as much as the others. There’s no reason why, I just didn’t see a need for it. The concept of the detangling milk is very interesting and I would definitely try. I am going to try and use this product more since it claims to help tame frizz. At times I have really frizzing hair and maybe this product could help.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Deep Conditioner– Out of all the products listed, this has to be my most used product & my favorite one. You can use this product once a week or even every day. For 3 weeks straight, I used every day. Only missing two days. I truly enjoy this product. You apply and leave it on for 3 minutes. I used while I was in the shower, so sometimes it was on for more than 3 minutes. I saw no damage from using it more than 3 minutes. The conditioner is,” for really dry, thirsty hair.” This did help my dry hair become more healthier. The formula is similar to shampoo & conditioner, however, just a little thicker. A little can definitely go a long way.  Although this product has the same packaging as the Gold Series, it is not included. The product is part of the Pro-V Series.

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Pantene Full & Strong Shampoo & Conditioner– The brand has an array of shampoos & conditioners for every type and every hair need. Similar to the 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner, the Full & Strong Shampoo & Conditioner is part of the Pro-V Series. I decided to get the Full & Strong products because it claims to, “protect your strands against damage while achieving a full-looking head of hair.” My first thought of these products were that they would be similar to any other Pantene shampoo & conditioner that I have tried. I was never scared or nervous that they would damage my hair. When I used these products, I could instantly feel my hair getting stronger and I felt the ingredients  were already at work. I typically do not feel this immediate affect in a product. The products claim for a “natural fullness.” After I straightened my hair, my hair was in fact very full and healthy. I would 100% recommend the shampoo & conditioner.

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Mario Badescu Haul

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I recently picked up some Mario Badescu goodies from Ulta! This was not a planned visit at all. I always say I do research on any product before I buy it. Prior, I actually did a good amount of research on these products, but did not plan to buy anytime soon. They have been on my wishlist for forever, and one day I decided to go ahead and try them out.  Keep reading to see how I feel about these top rated skincare products!

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray-I never thought in a million years I would fall for the hype about this spray. EVERYONE! I mean EVERYONE, has talked about this spray. For a while I did not see the purpose or benefits of the spray. I saw some applied it before makeup, as a setting spray, or just as an overall mist for your face. I decided to try it out as an overall mist. The first couple of times I tried this out, I couldn’t really notice anything different. Fast forward a couple of days later, I was packing up some stuff since I was moving to college, and this spray spilled. I was very upset and really mad, I hadn’t even had this product for a week yet.  Okay, fast forward two months later, I’m out with my sister and she wants to buy the spray so I decide to give it another try.  I am so happy that I bought this spray again. It’s the bomb! I use in the morning and at night, after I have completed my skincare routine. I cannot describe this product, but I have definitely noticed a difference with my face. It looks healthier, refreshed, and has a natural glow.

 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion– I remember I was at lunch with a friend who suggested this product to me. She described that it worked wonders and I just had to try. Unlike the spray, this product is not an everyday use product. It has a special purpose. The drying lotion is formulated for problem areas on the skin. The way the product works is that it essentially dries out the blemish and balances oil in the skin. This is a very unique product. The formula is very strong and is only suppose to be used on blemishes, not the entire skin.

IMG_1224To use, you get a q-tip, stick it all the way down and apply on the troubled areas. You do not shake this product!! The pink substances is suppose to stay at the bottom and the liquid is throughout. The smell of this product is strong. You essentially apply this product at night, wake up in the morning and the blemish should have disappeared or reduced. At times I feel this really works, while other times I wake up and the blemish is still the same. Overall, this is a really great product that I hope to try more of.

 

I purchased the spray and the drying lotion from Ulta. I was also given some samples from Mario Badescu to try out. I have yet to try the samples but I wanted to share them.

Colourpop Haul

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I am so excited for this haul! There are some brands where I constantly re-order from all the time. Colourpop has to be one of those brands. I love how the brand is constantly adding new products to their line. Colourpop will soon have an array of different types of makeup products to choose from. I have never had a bad experience with the brand and will continue to support. Continue reading to check out some of the brand new, newly launched products from Colourpop I recently got.

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I first want to start off with the concealers. Colourpop has an array of products to choose from and I love how they are expanding and adding more makeup products. Rumor has it that the brand will soon release foundations and that they released the concealers to see how people would react. If this is true then I am very excited to see a foundation. The shade range for the concealers is nice for the first go round. Hopefully they will add more shades to the line. I bought 4 concealers because looking online I could not determine which shade would be best for me. In fact I was right. I got 4 colors that coordinate with each and are the same shade range. There is no concealer that matches me perfect, so I have to mix these concealers. This sucks, but I knew that this would be the case. That is why I got four. The colors I got are: Tan 50, Deep Tan 55, Deep Golden 60, and Rich Tan 65.

 

When I switched the concealers on my arm, I was really hopeful that these would be perfect shades. My initial thought was that the middle 2 shades would best match my skin color. In actuality, if I mix the first shade (the lighter shade) & the last shade (the darker shade) then that matches my skin color better than the 2 middle shades. The colors look very pigmented and seem to dry fast.  My favorite thing about these concealers is the brush. The brush is like no other brush I’ve seen or used. It is similar to any concealer brush, small in size. But instead of being hard, the brush is soft and very flexible. The concealers do have a smell to them, but they just smell like any other makeup product.

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Okay so now lets talk about the coverage of these concealers. Colourpop claims that these concealers are full coverage. A lot of youtubers  took this claim and tried to use the concealers as a foundation instead of just a concealer. Seeing many youtubers do this prompted me to buy the concealers and use them as a foundation. I am probably the only person that does not like these concealers as foundation. I was really excited and hopeful that these would be great as a foundation. I did not like this product as a foundation because the finish was very matte. I use many matte products, however the concealers made my face look very dry. Since there was no color that matched my shade perfectly, my face either looked to light or too dark. I decided to use the concealers as concealers instead of foundation.  This turned out to work really well for me. The concealer is definitely a full coverage concealer. I do not see using these product as a foundation, but definitely worked well as a concealer. I would recommend this concealer to anyone looking for a full coverage concealer.

 

Colourpop Medium Shader Brush– I wanted to get a new brush to use pair with the concealers. At the time Colourpop only had eyeshadow brushes so I decided to get the shader brush. The brush is similar to my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush that I use to apply concealer. I first tried to use the brush to apply the concealer, however, the brush did not work well and was very streaky.  I then tried to use the brush as its main use to apply eyeshadow.  The brush is terrible. The brush sucks. I have never used a brush this bad before. I had high hopes for a Colourpop brush. I plan on buying more brushes, but once I saw the quality of the brush I decided to change my mind. Another con about the brush is its design. The brush is very dual and boring, plus the name of the brush (medium-shader) is not on the actual brush.

 

 

Colourpop High Five Highlighter-I have been wanting to try a Coloupop highlighter for the longest. I have other highlighters from other brands that I love and have never seen the need to get another highlighter. Even though I’ve wanted to try this product for the longest, every time I ordered from Colourpop I always skipped right over the highlighters. However, I have finally gotten my hands on one. I really love the individuality of Colourpop highlighters. I like how they are not sold in palettes but sold individually. Also s the hihglight seems to come with a lot of product within. I normally wear highlighters that have brownish,goldish tones to them. I rarely wear a highlight with pink to it. When I first tried the highlight, I did not realize how pink it is. This instantly turned me off. I also am not a fan of highlighters that are very sparkly and have a lot of sparkles. Of course, this highlighter does. I am very disappointed in this highlighter. However, I am open to trying another Colourpop highlighter that has gold undertones and is not very sparkly.

 

Colourpop Fab Five Lippie Stick- This was a limited edition lippie stick. I was very excited to get this lip product. The color will be perfect for the upcoming fall/winter months. I only have 1 other Colourpop lippie stick compared to 10 liquid lipsticks. I have been wanting another one for the longest. I honestly prefer the lippie sticks over the liquid lipsticks. I love this maroon/burgundy lip color. This lip color would look good on some many skin tones. This is one reason that I love Colourpop. They cater to all skin tones, not just a few. I would definitely recommend trying out this color for the upcoming season change.

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The picture shows swatches of the products I got! I am in love with these colors. I am excited that all of these items will fit in my Fall/Winter Makeup Routine. The lip color, especially is great for the fall months. Even though the highlighter was my least favorite, I can pair it with the lip color to add  a settle, natural look.

Drugstore Skincare Haul

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Hello beauties!! I have been enjoying this nice warm weather and have been relaxing a little bit. A couple of months ago I brought new skincare products that were mostly Burt’s Bees products. I enjoyed those products and have recently ran out. I decided to embark on some new skincare products. Before I buy any skincare or makeup products I always do my research to see which products will work for me. I am very happy with each of skincare products I purchased! Keep reading to see my thoughts on them.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water– I recently did a post about products that were fan favorite products that actually work. This product should have been included. It’s so crazy how many times I have seen this product on social media & even in stores. For the longest I had no idea what this product was. All I can remember was that it had ‘Water’ in the title so it must be a pointless product. However, after doing my research I came to the conclusion that this micellar water is the bomb! I decided to go ahead and try. First thing first, this product is great! It removes the leftover makeup and dirt that you may have thought you already removed. I love how there is no smell with this product. It is perfect because you put it all over the face and having a strong scent can be a turn-off. Also whenever I apply the product around the eye area, it does not irate my eye or cause redness. There is a couple of micellar cleansing waters from the brand to choose from, so do you research to see which is best for you!

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub– I have never tried anything from Garnier before, expect their shampoo & conditer. So I am very surprised that I not only got one item from the brand, but two. One of my favorite youtubers suggested this scrub. Of course I did my research and decided that this would be a great scrub for me to try. My favorite thing about the scrub is that it is designed for oily skin while also meeting concerns for blackheads. The scrub is black with little white beads. The only con I have about this scrub is those little white beads. I love the mask so much. However, when I go and remove the mask off, the little white beads are still left on my face and they are very hard to remove. This is a “SCRUB” so I guess it is expected to have them. This mask works wonders and I truly feel it working. It also leaves the face very smooth and soft afterwards. I use this mask regularly and have noticed that I don’t even get blackheads that often anymore. The brand also has a pore eliminating scrub similar to this one that I hope to try out soon.

Pixi Glow Tonic– I am very indifferent on this product. It has AMAZING reviews and I really want to love it, however, I’m not sure on how I truly feel. First thing first, this product is very expensive for a “drugstore product .” Plus its small as well. This is suppose to be a holy grail product that works wonders and is suppose to cure any skin concerns. The thing about this product is that it is not specially only for one skin concern. You can use it a lot of different ways for a lot of different problems. All of this sounds amazing, so why can’t I feel any of this. Besides the price, what else sucks? The smell. This product smells terrible, absolutely terrible. I normally do not complain about smells, because I don’t really mind them, but this is bad. I can not even describe the smell. This product is designed to be a toner and for all skin types. I have very oily skin, very oily. I find that the toner makes my skin even oily then it is. So I tried only using the product when I am not going out and only at home. Still no difference, I am still very oily. I will continue to try and find a use for this product to work. If you have any suggestions, please please please leave a comment.

Target Basic Cotton Rounds– In addition to these new products, I needed a new way to apply these products. Before, I would use a cotton ball/ swab to apply. After doing research I found that those really do not work well for your skin and that cotton rounds are design for these purposes. I am really happy that I switched over and started using cotton rounds. These are not too harsh and feel perfect on my skin.

Too Faced Haul

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I really can not believe I’m doing this post!! I also can not believe I actually brought these products!! After months of talking myself out of buying, I finally decided to buy some new products!! I have a few Too Faced products that I have only brought from Sephora. I have never directly ordered from the site. I decided to order from the Too Faced site directly so I could use Ebates. Ebates allows you to earn money from shopping online. I can earn money from both Sephora & Too Faced, however, I could earn more from Too Faced (that is why I decided to buy the products from their).  Continue reading to se what products I got & my review on them!!

IMG_1062To start off, the packaging itself was very nice. The outside of the box was very pretty and elegant. The shade of pink was very settling. When you open the box, the top of the box displays a cute little message. “You’re So Too Faced” is the cutest little saying & it goes with the brand. There was so much  pink confetti inside. I actually kept it to use for something else. I love how they used the confetti instead of tissue paper. The products inside were packaged so nicely, that I would never have to worry about buying anything from the site and being nervous that it would arrive damaged.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette– I have never been in the hype about any new eyeshadow palettes from any brand such as: Too Faced, Urban Decay’s Naked palettes, Morphe’s palette, or any other high brand eyeshadow palette.  I could never see myself spending that much for eyeshadow. I use to wear eyeshadow here and there. Recently I’ve been wanting to wear eyeshadow every time I do my makeup. Even if I don’t do a full look, I’ll just add a base color onto my lid. The eyeshadow palette I was using most before I brought this Peach Palette, was the Morphe 35k palette. I love the browns & oranges the palette has and have found that these colors go with any outfits. I decided I wanted my next palette to contain similar colors. Through countless amounts of research, I decided that the Too Faced Peach Palette was best for me!

The palette contains an array of colors. There are some palettes were you would wear most of the colors, but not use every single one. With this palette, I see myself wearing every shade. The color variation is a plus, but having some matte shades and also some shimmery shades attracted me most to the palette. I love how I can use a matte for my crease then add a shimmer color to the lid. From swatching the palette for the first time I was a little disappointed because I felt the shades were not very pigmented. However, when I applied the shadows to my eyelids, I was totally wrong. The colors are very pigmented and a little definitely goes a long way.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara– This is a product that I have repurchased. I first bought the travel size of this mascara to see how I would like it . To my surprise I did. This isn’t my all time favorite mascara, but it is definitely one of my favorites! First of all the packaging of this product is beautiful!! I love the champagne frosted tube. A lot of Too Faced Products have that frosted feel to them that you don’t see too often with makeup products. This makes the product really nice and makes the quality worth the price. Only con I have about this mascara, which is why it is not my all time favorite, is because of the mascara wand. This gives amazing volume and length however, it is very hard to get into the inner lash because the brush is so thick. Whenever I try and get into the inner lash, I end up making a mess and getting mascara on my lid. To avoid this, I just use a different mascara with a thinner wand.

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As you can see in the picture, I compared the full size to the travel size. Whenever I am unsure if I will truly like a product or not, I always start off with the travel size product. There are a few differences among the packaging of the two. The color is different and the writing of the product is also different. I would prefer the packaging to be the exact same so I do not have to question rather this is truly the exact same product. However, the formula seems to be the same and the wand as well.

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Whenever you check out, you can choose 2 sample sized products. In my opinion Too Faced does not have a good sample selection. Firstly the size of the samples are not worth it. I could’ve done without and its hard to really get a good use out of the products. I’m very surprised at this because whenever I order from a beauty/makeup size (Sephora, Ulta, Urban Decay, etc.) the samples are always nice products and nice size. I am really happy to try these samples because I was planning on getting these two. However, I wasn’t really sure how I would actually like them. The Shadow Insurance is an overall great product with a good concept. It is anti-crease and helps your shadow last all day. However, the product is a little bit pricey, especially with alternatives cheaper. The Hangover Primer is a good primer that isn’t too thick to use. I am highly considering ordering the two !