Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Current MAC Favorites

MAC Eye Shadow Palette x 9: Purple • M·A·C Hands down all the most flattering purple/plum shades I've ever seen. You can go light or dramatic. Purple will make your eye color pop like crazy! 
MAC Eye Shadow Palette x 9: Burgundy • M·A·C I have been using this every day lately - it's all the most beautiful reddish brown/nudes ever.
MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil • M·A·C I love lip liner, but hate having to take the time to reapply it. Usually it wears off and I'm reapplying just my lipstick. This really stays on so I don't have to touch up! I have been using the color 'Nice n' Spicy'.
MAC Matchmaster Concealer • M·A·C MAC use to have a very similar concealer in a stick and I would buy the darkest one and use it as a contour stick. I'm so excited they have come out with these! I am using 7.5 right now. They make the best contour sticks! 
MAC Paints • M·A·C I have been using 'Bare Canvas' nonstop as an eyeshadow base. I was using Benefit Stay Don't Stray religiously until they changed the formula! Boo! Now this is my go to. 
MAC Mineralize Charged Water • M·A·C This is just so refreshing and feels so good on my skin. I spray it all over before I start my makeup. It's just heavenly. 
MAC Strobe Cream • M·A·C I've been mixing a bit of this is my foundation for an extra glow and WOW what a difference. It really gives my dull, winter skin such a pick me up. You will be so in love with this stuff after one use! 
MAC Powder Blush • M·A·C I saw the color 'Melba' was the #1 selling blush on the MAC website so I decided to give it a try. I absolutely love it. A great natural, neutral shade - I've been wearing it nonstop!
MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil • M·A·C I have been using the color "Spontaneous" as my every day lip color. It's a nice plum and just gives me a teeny pop of color. I am not a huge color person (I like my nudes and light pinks), but this I love for a little color! The color "Kittenish" is one shade lighter with the same tones and I like it just as well!

Monday, November 23, 2015

La Mer The Concentrate

IJust a quick post simply because I'm loving this product right now. La Mer is known for their "Miracle Broth" and this is the highly concentrated form of the broth. If you are thinking of dishing out the money for La Mer, I would really recommend this one simply because you are going to get the "Miracle Broth" in it's most potent form. This is one of my favorite serums to use in the winter. It goes on like silk and makes my face feel incredible. It even helps heal breakouts and chapped winter skin. I always use a Retinol or Retin-A in the winter when I'm not out in the sun, and this is the only way I can tolerate it. This helps heal my skin and keeps me from getting those dreaded Retinoid symptoms (peeling, redness, burning, etc.). Also, if I get chemical peels this is a must use for me - I swear it cuts the downtime in half. It just feels amazing on winter skin, no matter what other products you are using! 

More about the "Miracle Broth":

After years of meticulous experimentation, Dr. Huber combined nutrient- rich sea kelp and other natural ingredients, infusing them with energies of light and sound to intensify their activity until they became potent, renewing Miracle Broth. After twelve years and 6000 experiments, a miracle was born. Even the driest complexions are healed in the ultimate ritual of renewal. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Your Beauty Problems Solved

You would be surprised at how many of us have all the same issues with makeup and skincare. Here are some of the most common problems SOLVED with some of my favorite products.

1. Problem: You can't cover your dark circles. You've tried every concealer under the sun, you've gone 500 shades lighter, there is just no hope. 
Solution: Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector You need to take your concealer to the next level! This product is a pre concealer, concealer! I was AMAZED by how bright and youthful my eyes appeared after using this. A little goes a long way - just apply before your concealer. One time and you will be hooked!! Tip: apply this product and your concealer in an upside down triangle shape under your eye for a lifted appearance.

2. Problem: You really suck at winged eyeliner. You've done your entire face of makeup for the's time for're going to be brave and try a have to wipe all of your makeup want to cry.
Solution: Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool Even the most unsteady hands can create the perfect winged liner with ease. This creates the most perfect, sharp edge imaginable. Wing on!

3. Problem: You don't know what blush color is the most flattering for your skin type. You've looked like a clown, you've looked like you have dirt on your cheeks, and now you've sworn off blush forever.
Solution: Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink I've done a lot of makeup on just about every skin tone you can imagine. I haven't met a soul who didn't look amazing in this color. It gives you instant life! It looks super scary and hot pink in the compact, but goes on as the most natural, beautiful flush you've ever seen.

4. Problem: You can't find a mascara that doesn't clump. Move on over Tammy Faye, there's a new sheriff in town!
Solution: Touch In Sol Mascara This mascara will never clump! The wand is perfect in every way. It lengthens and separates like nobody's business. This will be your new favorite!

5. Problem: Can't find a BB cream that lasts all day. You love the idea of a BB cream, but most of them are completely gone by the end of the day, don't cover quite enough of your imperfections, or leave your skin looking dull.
Solution: Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB You've heard me rave about their Double Wear Foundation, meet the daytime version! She will be your new best friend! Stay covered, protected from the sun with SPF 30, all while have a nice glow that never leaves you looking oily.

6. Problem: You have dark spots/uneven tone/Melasma from sun damage or pregnancy. You have tried every dark spot corrector out there, you have peeled and flaked from Retin A, and now you are thinking about serious peels or laser treatment. I am right there with ya! Until I began using this...
Solution: Obagi Clear I got this from my dermatologist and I began to notice ALL my dark spots and Melasma fading in ONE WEEK. After a full month you will be amazed!

7. Problem: You have tried every eye cream out there but those lines under and around your eyes ain't going anywhere! Your concealer creases from those pesky little wrinkles and you are really noticing those crows feet in photographs.
Solution: Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream This is one of the only eye creams that will truly get rid of your eye wrinkles. You will notice such a huge difference if you stick with it every night. I recommend to only use it at night because it is extremely rich and oily. (It can also be used in conjunction with the Obagi Clear without any side effects)

8. Problem: Large pores and blackheads. Never a fun combo. Biore strips and masks may temporarily help, but those suckers will be back!
Solution: Obagi Clenziderm Pore Therapy My dermatologist recommended this and I have really seen an improvement in blackheads, but especially in the actual pore size.

9. Problem: It's officially winter and your skin officially hates you. It's dry, raw, and painful. This is especially true if you are getting back on Retinol or Retin A for the winter.
Solution: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP I moved to Switzerland almost a year ago now- in the dead winter (January 15th to be precise). My skin went into shock! We spent a great deal of time outside, so my skin was constantly chapped, dry, and in pain. I started using several La Roche-Posay moisturizers and this was the one that really saved and healed my skin. A winter life saver!

Hope this helped with some of your beauty woes! Have any other problems/issues you would like for me to address? Feel free to comment below or drop me a note at - I would love to hear from you!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Womanista Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Favorites

I absolutely love contributing for Womanista! Here is my ultimate gift guide for the beauty lover in your life! Happy Holidays my loves!

I may be biased, but I think beauty gifts make the very best gifts! From holiday exclusive gift sets to limited addition products--the holidays are a very exciting time in the world of beauty! Our gift roundup will be sure to make everyone on your list happy, including yourself!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Artis Brush Review

Can't wait to share my thoughts on these brushes with you. They have been making quite the buzz lately with their unique look unlike any makeup brushes out there.

My first impression: The packing is hands down the most high-end, luxurious packaging of any makeup brushes out there. Most brushes are just in plastic wrappers! This feels more like you've received an expensive watch or bracelet. Heck even jewelry boxes don't look this good!

The brush itself is beautiful enough to display in your bathroom! It's sleek look immediately caught my eye, but is this brush worth all the hype?

The Oval 8: The first brush I tried was the Oval 8 (large brush pictured) which will run you $62. The price in my opinion is very fair, and not much more than a large MAC brush. Before even applying makeup I wanted to practice and get a feel for it. You have to hold it completely different than what you are use to with other brushes, which can be a bit awkward at first. That's why I definitely recommend practicing before you go in with actual foundation. The bristles themselves are super soft and feel great on your skin. I like how large the brush is, it covers quite a large area at once. The first time using this brush with foundation was a bit awkward to be honest. I feel like I couldn't buff the foundation in as well as other brushes. I think this is because you just have to get use to the differnt grip, try it a few times, and find a grip that works for you. I didn't want to give up after one time because I knew it would be a totally different feel to begin with. The second time I had the hang of it and was really able to get in there and buff the foundation out much better. I think the key to this brush is just practicing because it really does give a beautiful, airbrush-like finish. I did use this in conjunction with my beauty blender because I'm just addicted to it. I used it at the end just to absorb any extra foundation that might have been sitting on top of the skin. I do this in conjunction with any makeup brush though!

Oval 4 & Circle 1R: These are the 2 smaller brushes. To be honest, I just couldn't make either of these work. I would have liked to try the Oval 6 (a bit smaller than Oval 8) for concealer or contouring/highlighting. The Oval 4 was a bit too small and oddly shaped for concealer and I'm not sure what else it could really work for. The Circle 1R for eyeshadow was just too awkward for me to use on my eyes. I couldn't get the placement and grip right, or buff and blend the shadows. The eyeshadow brushes just aren't for me personally. I think it's a neat concept, but you just can't hold them properly for the eye are.

All in all I think this company should stick to face makeup brushes. I've been using my Oval 8 almost every time I do my foundation if that says anything!

**tip: the Oval 8 is really great for applying your moisturizer before foundation, etc. It feels like heaven!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Change Your Skin, Change Your Life!

Happy Monday! I wanted to chat with you guys a bit more about my ItWorks products and how they have TRULY changed my skin, hair, nails, my energy levels, and just overall well being. I have done a couple posts on some products I really like (I will link below) but I wanted to elaborate a little more about this company and why I'm so in love with not only their products, but what they have done for my life!

How I got started using these products: 

I've never been one to care much for pushy people selling pyramid scheme products. I understand some of these companies make great products, but some of the obnoxious sales tactics people use really turn me off. So when one of my friends, who happens to be absolutely stunning, successful, and knows everything about beauty products, told me she was using ItWorks products I was SHOCKED to say the least. I didn't waste a minute finding a rep and ordering everything she used. I was seriously impressed. The Hair Skin & Nail vitamins were growing my nails, lashes, and hair like crazy. My skin seemed to glow. I was also using their Greens On the Go (drink with 8 servings of veggies) to replace my afternoon coffee. I was feeling great, looking great and recommending it to everyone I knew! I had all my friends hooked on this stuff so I decided I may as well distribute it. I was a customer myself spending over $100 a month on the these products, so I can truly testify how amazing they are! 

Read my previous posts on my 2 must have products:

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Skincare Routine Updated

One of my absolute favorite things to share with you is my skincare routine! I work extremely hard to find the absolute best products that actually work. I was definitely not blessed with perfect skin whatsoever. My skin is dry and oily all at the same time, I have sun spots and fine lines, and I am acne prone. This may seem like a lot of products and a lot of work BUT it's so worth it to feel confident and pretty even without makeup on. You will see lots of my old faithfuls plus a few new ones in the rotation!

Here is my day and night routine:

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser: Wash morning and night. I've used this on and off for years. It's what I happen to be using right now and my face really stays clear when I use it. I also love the Proactiv+ face wash
Microneedle Face Roller System: I use this 2-3x a week after washing and drying my face. Roll in every direction across face and neck (vertical, horizontal, and diagonal)
PMD Personal Microderm Pink Personal Microderm: I use this once a week or every other week. I will link a previous post on this below
Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator: I use this every other day. I just keep it in the shower and use this instead of the Biore
CANE + AUSTIN Miracle Pad: I use this every other night and also directly after I use the needle roller or the PMD for a light peel.
Murad® Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator: I use this as my nighttime moisturizer or under makeup
Murad® Complete Reform: I use this every other night in rotation with the Cane + Austin pads
Murad® Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Every day moisturizer
Murad® Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum: Every day after I wash my face and before I apply my daytime moisturizer. I love the Skinceuticals Phloretin CF as well, but it is super pricey!

Not pictured:
My absolute favorite toner! Cannot and will not ever use anything else! I use it after I wash my face every single day. Find it here!

Click here for my previous post on the PMD Personal Microderm

Click here to for my previous post on the skin supplements I use

***Note: A lot of these products are Murad. I purchase them myself and just truly think they are one of the best skincare lines out there.

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