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My Full Face Featuring Only Luxury Makeup
My Full Face Featuring Only Luxury Makeup
I get it; you don’t want to spend your hard-earned dough on over-hyped, pricey makeup that doesn’t even work. Before I buy high-end makeup, I always like to do a little research to see what others think about it! I’ve had my fair share of luxury makeup flops, but I’ve also found some of my “holy grails” that I continue to repurchase. I’m sharing my go-to items for a full face of luxury-only makeup.  My Full-Face:  1. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation $48 This oil-free, 10-hour wear foundation makes my skin look flawless without ever looking cakey. The matte finish is perfect for photos and videos. No other drugstore foundation has compared to this one for me, which is unfortunate because it’s so pricy. It’s so worth it for me, though!  2.  Benefit Roller Lash Mascara $25 This ultra-black mascara lengthens, separates, and defines the lashes. The creamy formula makes it look like you have false lashes on! I must say, this beats any other drugstore mascara I’ve tried. I haven’t found an affordable dupe for this mascara.  My Thoughts on High-End Beauty: I think makeup is all about moderation. For me, I’ve never found a drugstore foundation that works for my skin, so I always splurge on my favorite high-end brands when I’m buying foundation. I do, however, think that drugstore concealers are great! I don’t usually spend more than $7 on my favorite drugstore concealer brands. It’s not the money or price tag that makes a beauty product worthwhile - it’s what works best on your skin. I don’t let the price tag hinder my purchase. I let the products and ingredients speak for themselves.  My favorite high-end beauty brands are Laura Mercier, Fenty Beauty, Kevyn Aucoin, and Marc Jacobs. My least favorites are Too Faced, Kat Von D, and Tarte. 
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3 Most Common Nail Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid &How To Fix Them!
3 Most Common Nail Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid &How To Fix Them!
Since the pandemic started, I’ve had to do my own nails more often. My go-to nail salon has been closed for months. DIY manicures can be a little annoying if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m telling you my mistakes so you can learn from what I did wrong. My Top 3 Nail Mistakes: 1. Only using one coat of polish I’m the first to admit it, I can be pretty lazy, but one coat of nail polish just doesn’t cut it. I know doing two coats takes more effort and adds to the drying time, but it’s so worth it in the end. 2. Not focusing enough on nail care Nail care is a game-changer! You need to buff, file, and cut your nails before applying polish to get the best results. Buffing really helps smooth out any ridges or inconsistencies on the nail bed. 3. Using a bad top & base coat Do you know that glossy top coat you get from at salons that makes your nails look super shiny and perfect? I didn’t use to care about which base or topcoat I used. I would just use the cheapest one available at the drug store. What a mistake! My Must-Try Nail Products: ●     Seche Vite Base & Top Coat - The Sechevete base and top coats give you that salon-worthy shine you want from a DIY mani. Plus, it helps dry the nails super fast so you can get on with your day! ●     Nail Buff - This thing was only $1, and it’s helped transform the way I give myself manicures! ●     A glass nail file - Did you know glass nail filers are supposed to be healthier for your natural nails? The Final Look I did this fun look for the 4th of July! I filed and buffed my nails with the white buffer and topped them with two coats of my favorite nail polishes by Essie!    
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Enamel Nail Polish
essie-Enamel Nail Polish
How to Treat Eye Problems at Home
How to Treat Eye Problems at Home
If you’re anything like me, the pandemic has brought a slew of issues like sleepless nights, stress, and dark undereye circles.  How to Fix Dark Circles: I notice that even when I manage to get in a full 8 hours of sleep, I still have these pesky dark shadows underneath my eyes. They drive me crazy! Dark circles can be caused by lack of sleep, genetics, or in my case, an iron deficiency (anemia). While I take vitamins to help with my iron deficiency, I also use skincare and makeup products to conceal my dark circles.  My Must-Have Eye Products: 1. patchology - FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels These eye patches are made with caffeine, licorice root extract, and green, which help soothe, hydrate, and brighten the undereye area. I love using these eye gels at least once per week. All you have to do is stick them under the eyes and leave them on for five minutes. The only downside to these is that you can only use them once, then you have to throw them away.  2. CLINIQUE - Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer Camouflage + 24-Hour Wear After I use my Patchology gels, I go in with a touch of this high-coverage concealer by Clinique. This is a hydrating concealer, so it keeps the eye-area skin feeling comfortable and looking natural. The shades include an apricot-colored corrector to help tackle dark circles and discolorations. When they say it’s a 24-hour wear, they weren’t kidding. This stuff won’t budge. I usually use one of my waterproof makeup removers at the end of the day to take it off before bed.  How to Avoid Dark Circles: First, it’s always best to try and understand the root cause. Try getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night and see if that helps. If not, you may want to check in with your doctor to see if you lack any vitamins. 
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Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer Camouflage + 24-Hour Wear
CLINIQUE-Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer Camouflage + 24-Hour Wear
Hair Growth Remedies You Need To Know
Hair Growth Remedies You Need To Know
We all crave long luscious locks, right? I know I do. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with Rapunzel-like hair. Hair growth depends on several factors, including diet, environment, and genetic history. However, some remedies can help keep strands healthy, ultimately allowing them to grow long and strong.   I’m sharing my favorite hair growth hacks that I swear by.   About My Hair: I personally have very dry, long, curly hair. I tend to get a lot of breakage because of heat styling and occasional chemical treatments (highlights). My biggest hair concern is keeping my hair and scalp healthy.   My Go-To Hair Growth Products:   Biotin: I take 1 biotin pill every day. While this may not be suitable for all (always ask your doctor first), I did get an OK from my doctor to take them. I do think they really make a difference. I’ve tried a bunch of biotin brands before, and these seem to work best for my hair. Plus, they're pretty inexpensive. You get a 3-month supply for under $20. These are made with coconut oil as well, which helps keep hair hydrated.   Briogeo - Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager Scalp Massager: Healthy hair starts at the scalp! Once I learned that I’ve never looked back. I use my scalp massager by Briogeo around 2-4 times per week to give my scalp some much-needed love! Massaging the scalp helps improve blood and circulation. When you have increased blood flow, the hair follicles are getting more nutrition. This specific massager from Briogeo was just under $20. Every time I use this, my hair and head feel incredible after.   Hair Growth Tips: #1. Don’t use too much heat. Take it from me. I have scorched my hair so many times. #2. Eat a lot of protein. #3. Don’t over brush wet hair. I only use a wide-tooth comb on my hair when it’s wet.
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Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager
Briogeo-Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager
🙅Don't waste your money on these big brands! Least Favorite Nail Polishes ever!
🙅Don't waste your money on these big brands! Least Favorite Nail Polishes ever!
While I love giving myself a DIY manicure, I’ve had some serious “misses” when it comes to picking out the best nail polish. I generally don’t have any nail problems. They grow pretty quick and don’t break easily, so I don’t have to worry about finding products with strengthening formulas. However, I do enjoy playing around with different colors and trying as many brands as I can.  I’m sharing two of my biggest nail polish flops!  1. The Best-Est Polish by Essie: First, I LOVE Essie polishes usually. I get why they are hyped. However, this shade didn’t work for me at all. It’s a pale grey/purple color in the bottle. I don’t have an issue with the color, it’s the formula that drives me crazy. It’s so hard to work with because it’s so streaky! Essie polishes usually cost around $8, depending where you shop. It has the classic ‘nail polish’ smell, which I don’t really mind to be honest. I’m used to it by now!  2. The OPI Top Coat: I have a love/hate relationship with OPI nail products. I have some colors that I absolutely love and some that I threw right in the trash after one use. Their top coat was a miss for me. I don’t know why but this stuff does not last on my nails! It takes so long to dry and my nails chipped within two days after I used it. The funny thing is that the OPI base coat that works with the top coat is great! I’ll continue to use the base coat but I’ll be passing along this polish. This polish costs $9 and actually doesn’t smell that bad!  Both OPI and Essie are known for being “3-free,” meaning they don't contain possibly toxic ingredients. These polishes are far from being all-natural, but at least it’s something! 
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Enamel Nail Polish
essie-Enamel Nail Polish
My Favorite Eco-friendly Makeup Product
My Favorite Eco-friendly Makeup Product
2020 is all about sustainability, zero-waste, and eco-friendly products in virtually every niche, beauty products induced! From paper straws to biodegradable bags, I do try to do my part in reducing waste. I know I’m not perfect, and I still use many plastics, but one beauty product I found that works is eco-friendly, and it’s actually pretty cheap! While it may not be makeup, it’s the best makeup remover!  The Product: The Original MakeUp Radierer Pads  Now, I did buy these overseas (they’re from Germany), but they do sell them in the US as well under the name MakeUp Eraser. This small round pad replaces traditional cotton rounds. The brand caters toward offering customers alternatives to traditional cleaning methods. This cleansing pad doesn’t just eliminate the need for cotton pads, but it removes makeup with just water! No additional cleaning products are needed.  How Does it Feel? MakeUp Radierer Pads are made from super-soft microfiber material. It’s actually much softer than a cotton pad or makeup removing wipes, which are also terrible for the environment by the way. I usually will wash my face with a facial soap after I use this, just like I would if I were using a traditional makeup remover. I love that the small cloth doest scratch or pull on my skin. You don’t have to excessively rub it either to remove foundation and concealer. If you have on waterproof mascara, I recommend going in with another makeup remover as well.  My Thoughts on Going Eco-Friendly: I’m all for doing our part to protect the planet. However, I have not been able to find eco-friendly makeup items that work. I hope to learn about makeup products from other Cherie users to hopefully integrate more “green” makeup items in my collection. For now, I can 100% recommend the Original MakeUp Radierer Pads to remove makeup! 
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