“a woman should invest in 4 things: a good foundation, a real leather jacket, pyjamas by Chanel.... and her dreams”-Foley
Week 1 Nail Report
Well I’ve went and done it... Peeled off my gel polish manicure one too many times and caused my nails quite a bit of damage. As a professionally trained nail technician, I should know better, but I ran out of acetone to soak them off safely and so I had no other choice what with so many gorgeous colours! You may think that another gel polish manicure is the worst thing to do in a case like this, but ironically enough, applying more gel polish and committing to not peeling it off is what will do best! Let me explain. Many people comment that when they get anything from a regular nail polish manicure, all the way up to a set of enhancements, that they notice their nails grow faster and longer and stronger. The reason being that the coating on the nail plate cures to the nail underneath, allowing it to grow faster than when bare, as the nail then has more exposure and can be a tad bit “softer”. I also learned in school that nails tend to grow faster in the spring and summer, as opposed to fall and winter, so a gel polish mani during this time of year is prime if you’re looking to gain more strength and length! Gel polish seemed to be the safest way for me to go at a time like this; my nails are not only quite short as of currently, but also very thin, as when I peeled off the gel polish, it also stripped away layers of my nail plate. The less nail that a product has to adhere onto, the more of a chance there is of breakage or peeling off. I am committed to having beautiful nails that don’t require an enhancement, and so I trimmed my free edge (the part of the nail you trim with nail clippers) down past where I can peel of gel polish, pushing back my cuticles, and applying one last final manicure.... well until it grows out of course! Without using any nail aids (except coconut oil on my cuticles) I am going to keep track of how fast my nails grow by the week! I’m excited to have healthy nails again 😇 Colours by Gelish Polish “Ocean Wave” and “Radiance is My Middle Name” on the ring finger! See y’all next week!
First EVER MAC products!
Well everyone! I’ve went and did it, and have finally got me a couple MAC products in my collection that my friend has sold to me! I’ve tried *almost* all of these products just tonight so my thoughts are definitely still fresh! MAC - Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer I’ve heard people talk about this stuff for YEARS and said they loved it and now I know why! The colour is PERFECT for highlighting, and I love the smell! I imagine it blends PERFECTLY with a sponge, but alas I’m stuck with brushes for now :/ MAC - Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base Going to be able to give this a more honest review in the morning! I used a bit too much and it didn’t blend right, and also made my lashes clump together However removing my eye makeup was definitely tricky tonight that’s for sure! MAC - Brushstroke Liner This eyeliner is EASILY the best one I’ve used! The super-fine point made wings a dream, and detailing cut creases even better! It stayed black even after drying down and barely transferred! MAC - Iridescent Loose Powder ANOTHER 5 star rating? This powder is GORGEOUS as a highlighter, AND on the lid and I’m excited to see what other uses I can find over time! MAC - Studio Fix Sculpt & Shape Contour Palette I was on my tried and trusted ELF contour pallette for awhile now but this one may steal my heart! The ELF Pallete had a highlighter, but not a matte powder for under the eyes to brighten which disappointed me slightly, but the MAC Pallette had great pay-off and blended nicely, and there appeared to even be a bronzer shade in there for me! #MAC - MAC Pro Refillable Pallette[products]#[FiveStars] I love this idea! While I did not pick the colours myself, ALL the shades are super pigmented and beautiful, and blend like butter, I can’t wait to see what I can create with a palette of mostly shimmers! MAC - Amplified Lipstick While St. Germain is SOOO not my shade, it feels VERY comfortable on the lips! No transferring or bleeding from what I can tell either! MAC - MAC Matte Lipstick Lady Danger is a TOUCH closer to my shade, but still a bit too warm, super comfy on the lip and again NO transfer. Overall I’m SUPER impressed with all these products and may become a fully dedicated MAC girl 💁🏻♀️ See you in the next one!
The one body lotion I actually use daily!
Now I think everyone is with me when I say that getting into a beauty regimen is HARD!!! Especially when it can be so time consuming after a shower and you want to just get right into doing some makeup!! I’m here to tell you, applying this over your whole body after a shower takes 3-5 minutes, and those 3-5 minutes are going to make your skin glow and feel soft for life! I urge EVERYONE to try this lotion!! You can even use it on your face!! 😍
ST. Ives-Body Lotion, Renewing, Collagen & Elastin
“Simplicity is key” is not a cliche
I’m a chemistry graduate weening her way into the personal care sciences to make effective skincare and makeup that has a long lasting effect on the way your skin treats you. I have a deep passion to help people around me understand what the hell is going on with their skin. More often than not, the issue is... we be doin too much. I don’t have problematic skin per say but she is sensitive, picky, and temperamental. For a while I fell down the 10 step skin care routine rabbit hole. I put a toner on my face, a serum, another serum, aloe Vera gel, and two heavy moisturizers. I thought that would make me glowy. Wrong. Instead what happened was my skin started growing bacteria. Fungal acne, my new worst enemy. There was too much going on. I had little spots on my forehead I couldn’t get rid of. So like any other skin care junkie I decided to combat it with even MORE products. When that didn’t work, I thought about how my skin was in high school. A single pimple during my time of the month and that was it. Why wasn’t my skin fussy back then? It’s cuz I didn’t do much back then. I scaled back. I used simple skin care with simple ingredients. I used skin care from the same brand to see if the way they work together benefitted me. Low and behold, my fungal acne was defeated. But then came eczema. As I’ve gotten older, my seasonal allergies have taken over my life. Not only do I have to go out of my way to keep itchy eyes and sneezes at bay, but eczema so graciously decides to find a home under my eyes. Insert eye creams. Insert... two eye creams. Truly a dynamic duo. All the products tagged here are my holy grail items. I’m loyal to them and will die for them. They continually fix my skin when she’s acting up and give her a pat on the back when she’s behaving. I’m back on my cycle of getting one blemish per month and I keep that at bay with DifferinGel & acne patches. Sometimes when we cut back, our skin will thank you. Tips: Don’t wet your face before putting this cleanser on. Weird. I know. But don’t. Let your dry skin drink this in first. Then add water to foam it up after it’s completely rubbed in. Your skin will feel 10 times more moisturized after cleansing this way. Don’t towel dry your face. Let it air dry. Pat the water in. Use a hand fan. A sopping wet face? Yeah. That’s what we want. Letting your face air dry allows your face to drink that water! The Hyaluronic acid serum retains water from the air and the water already on your skin. Youre giving your serum a boost if you let your face air dry. That’s where the moisture will be retained from.
CeraVe-Eye Repair Cream
Top Primers Since Forever!
MAKE UP FOR EVER - Step 1 Skin Equalizer Redness Correcting Primer Not only one of the first primers (and makeup products!) I ever tried but also one of my FAVOURITES!! Even when my skill set wasn’t so wide, I could literally FEEL this product gripping my foundation and it has a true matte finish! MAYBELLINE - Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Another one for the books! This silicone-based primer actually made my pores all but dissappear, however I do need to say that I also look for an increase in longevity in my primer, and also for it to do more than coat my skin, but actively work to protect and prep it! NYX - Honey Dew Me Up Primer Ever since I’ve been on this dewy finish kick (No longer will I be the matte girl!), I’ve been on the hunt for a good dewy primer after discovering the Nyx Dewy Finish Setting Spray, but I wanted to have a good product right from the beginning and I found it here!! It made my skin super shiny even alone under makeup and it’s tingly feel actually wakes you up in the morning! e.l.f. - Hydrating Face Primer Super moisturizing and leaves skin feeling supple, although when baking, foundation tends to flake off, but still works alright to hydrate if you use a stronger primer and happen to run out of moisturizer!
MAYBELLINE-Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
The best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used!
The Beauty Counter Dew Skin tinted moisturizer is the perfect product if you want a nice dewy finish and not a heavy makeup look. It’s so easy to apply, I just use my fingers! And a 1.35 fl oz. size runs about $45. It’s currently on sale on their website by the way! It’s very light coverage but I find it to do a good job of concealing light pigmentation and just make your face look more awake. I apply it right after I cleanse and apply my eye cream and serum. You can just use it as a replacement for your moisturizer during the day. I’ve been using it for about 3 months now and would definitely purchase it again! I’m almost out of my container anyways since I use it daily. It doesn’t have a harsh smell and is very blendable. I use about 2 pumps for the whole face. I find makeup to stay on over it pretty well and it does last almost all day, even in humid conditions. Hope this reviews helps if you’ve been on the market for a good tinted moisturizer! xx #Beauty Counter - Dew Skin[products]#[FiveStars]
Product Empties! 2020 Repurchase ❤️
🌾 Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion🌾 Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion About me 🤗 and the product 🌾 Skin type/skin tone I have combination skin. My t-zone is in the range of normal to oily skin and I have dry skin on my cheeks. My skin tone is warm ivory with a slight reddish discoloration in my cheeks 🧐I also have some freckles across my cheeks and my nose bridge. My skin type for the rest of my body is dry. 🌾Product function The product claims to provide dry skin with moisture within 1 day of usage. It also says that the skin will become healthy looking and will be soft and smooth. 🌾Texture/consistency The consistency is lightweight and smooth. It is also fragrance-free! 👃 🌾Packaging The packaging is a 20 fl oz. standard plastic pump bottle. The pump on the top can be twisted to lock in place when not using. Beauty story 📖 🌾Overall experience When I was small I used to live in a dry and non humid area and with my dry skin type for my body, I constantly had dry patches and was constantly itchy 😫. However, I have sensitive along with dry skin so I couldn’t just use random products. My mom finally found this lotion and I’ve used it since. It’s been almost 1️⃣5️⃣ years since I’ve been using this product!! It’s a new year and of course with an empty bottle comes a repurchase. I use this lotion everyday after I take a shower and it has been a must in my skincare routine. 🌾Verdict❤️❤️ I love this product! I have dry and sensitive skin and the product is for dry skin and is also dermatologist recommended 👩🏻⚕️ since it includes active naturals such as soothing oats🌾. After using it for so many years, my skin has became not dry anymore. My skin is smooth and soft and has no dry spots at all. If I stop using the lotion for a bit for example when I go out of town and forget to bring it with me I start getting itchy again. So I cannot live without it 🤤. 🌾Recommend? 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻I highly recommend this product for all skin types! Even though it states that it’s for dry skin, my sister has oily skin and acne prone skin. She has been using the product as well and has not seen any breakouts because of this product🧴. 🌾Worth it?💰 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Yes! It’s not overpriced and can be found in almost all stores. It is totally worth your time ⏰ because it really alleviates dry skin and does not feel suffocate the skin nor does it leave the skin feeling sticky.
Aveeno-Daily Moisturizing Lotion
8 Surprising Ways to Use Aloe Vera on Your Hair, Skin, and Body
Did your mom ever put aloe vera on your sunburn as a kid? While soothing burnt skin after a day at the beach may have been aloe vera’s claim to fame, the wonder plant is actually one of the most versatile, health-promoting plants on the planet. Aloe vera is rich in essential vitamins like B12, B1, B2, B6, and vitamin A, E, and C, along with niacin and folic acid. Getting plenty of these vitamins is essential for optimal skin, hair, and overall well being. Learn how one of the oldest plants known to man helps soothe skin, moisturize, relieve irritation, and even promotes better health.
Cut crease when at home 🙌🏻
Doing my makeup with a random color generator for ideas has been fun ❤️ Shadows: yellow and inner corner green are pigments from Beauty defiance the outer and under blues/greens are from the Jaclynhill x Morphe brushes Jaclyn hill palette Glitter: BenNye makeup in Opal Lips: NYX cosmetics lingerie liquid lip in the shade Exotic Foundation: Loreal lumi fondation Lashes: Amorus USA faux mink lashes
NYX-Lip Lingerie Matte Lipstick