My Current Favorite Face Masks

Everyone has those products that they just have a bunch of, sometimes it’s stationery (guilty), books (also guilty), or skincare (again, guilty). But something I’ve really been learning to appreciate are face masks. They give my skincare routine an extra boost of cleansing, resurfacing, and treatment. My skin can be problematic, so having a mask that can sit on my skin and get to work can really make all the difference.

Want to know my current favorites face masks for my combination skin? Let’s get into it.

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What to Do With Unwanted Makeup

If you have a makeup collection, the following scenario is probably going to sound pretty familiar.

You’re going through your makeup, probably doing your makeup for the day or just playing around. Everything is everywhere. And then it hits you: “Holy shit I have too much makeup.” So, you set aside some time one day to go through your collection, and you pick out what you want to keep and what you don’t. But once you have your pile of unwanted makeup, there’s a new problem. What do you do with it?

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And it turns out, there’s a lot you can do. Sweet, right?

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What to Do When a Product Isn’t Working For You

You can read every review on the planet, every product summary and every bit of information available on a product. But there’s always a chance that a product won’t work for you. And I get it, it’s absolutely frustrating, especially when it’s a really expensive skincare or makeup product. I’ve been there, combing reviews and making sure that it would be worth my time and money. Sometimes though, the stars just don’t align. And there’s a lot that could cause that! I touched on a couple skincare mistakes in this post, which you might want to check out. Because today is all about makeup.

It can be discouraging to realize a product isn’t working, and to imagine the money going down the toilet. Believe you me, I wouldn’t want to just trash a $40 foundation or a $60 eyeshadow palette, even if it did suck on the first try. So, pop a squat and let’s figure out what may not be working, and how we can try and fix it before we decide to trash it (which, admittedly, can be tempting). These are all really easy things to try, but they’re so easy to forget when a product is frustrating you.

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What’s In My Everyday Makeup Bag

Something everyone who wears makeup asks at some point is, “What do I need in my everyday makeup bag?” There’s a lot of answers to that, and everyone’s got different needs. And a lot of videos and blog posts about it show extensive everyday bags. Which is absolutely fine, people can and should do what they want and what they’re most comfortable with. But a lot of people, myself included, don’t go all out everyday and it’s nice to share that side of things as well. There’s an idea I see seeping through the cracks that if you love makeup, you have to go all out all day everyday. That’s just not true, nor is it practical.

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My Evening Skincare Routine

Disclaimer: this came out waaaaaaay more involved than I intended, but I may have underestimated how extensive my evening skincare routine is. If you make it all the way to the end, you’re my favorite person.

When someone hears “skincare routine”, especially evening skincare routine,  there’s probably some ire or excitement. You either love having a routine, or it’s a chore. Or you’ve probably heard off the infamous 10 step skincare popularized by K-Beauty and your head starts spinning. I used to be in the camp of feeling that it’s a chore, and that the idea of a routine that’s longer than three steps made me nauseated.

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Easy Guide to Color Correcting with Concealer

Color correcting is one of those trends in the makeup community that likely confuses most people. And by most people I mean anyone who isn’t a hard core makeup enthusiast. And I get it. It looks freaking weird and frankly it’s confusing. Where’s the logic in sticking a crazy color on top of another color to make it go away? Seriously how is sticking a random purple shade on your face possibly going to make anything better? And why do makeup gurus always use so much?

But here’s the thing: color correcting is easy as pie. It’s an incredibly simple theory that anyone can use with great results. If you’ve never played around with color correcting before, here is everything you need to know to get started.

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Instagram Made Me Buy It

Ok here’s the thing, I spend a lot of time on social media. Like more than I would care to admit. So part of that is I get exposed to a lot of advertising, both directly from companies and from influencers. This is both good and bad, because there’s some disingenuous advertising, but sometimes you find really cool stuff. Instagram is where I spend most of my browsing time, so I see a bunch of interesting products. And sometimes, I decide to give things a try. Here’s what I bought after seeing an Instagram ad.

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Looxi Beauty Eyeshadow Haul and First Impressions

There are so many amazing companies you can find through social media these days, and one that’s growing on Instagram is Looxi Beauty! I’m in a bit of a rut lately with my makeup collection, usually buying the same kind of shades and feeling a little uninspired. When Looxi had a flash sale of 50% I decided to pick up a few new shadows! I’m such a matte shadow junkie, and I wanted more multidimensional finishes for a change.

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Row 1: Laced, Blondie, Latte, Blow, Nova, Obsessed
Row 2: Foxy Lady, Starboy, Copper Popper, Genesis, Noir, Duperstar

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Deciem ‘The Ordinary’ Haul & First Impressions

Today I have a very exciting post for you! I finally placed my first order through Deciem, the cult hit skincare company that has a brand for anything and everything. One of their most notable sub-brands is The Ordinary, which has remarkably affordable prices with laboratory grade ingredients. Seriously, they had me at all the scientific jargon. (Don’t worry, I won’t torture y’all with that. Today.) I’ve been using them for a couple weeks, so it’s still a bit too early to give a full review. But I did want to share my thoughts on them, so let’s get into it!

Deciem The Ordinary Haul

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Beauty Favorites July 2017

Hey everybody! I have a monthly series I’m starting, beauty favorites! I love these kind of posts, since it’s fun to see what people are loving at the moment. My list is a little short this month, since I’ve been playing more with skincare than with makeup. But I have made a couple makeup purchases recently, so there’ll be tons of makeup posts coming soon!

July 2017 makeup favorites

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Makeup Must-Haves for College

It’s about that time of year again where high school grads are leaving for their first semester of college! This is a fun, if incredibly stressful, process and part of the craziness is trying to figure out what to pack. Thankfully when I left for college, my mom kept me from going nuts and taking everything possible. But one of the things I had the hardest time with was figuring out what makeup to pack, as I’d been collecting makeup for a few years at that point. (A collection I purged at one point and built back up, but that’s a post for another time).

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5 Skincare Mistakes You’re Making (and How to Fix Them)

Skincare is definitely being talked about more and more these days, especially with the boom in K Beauty popularity. We’re drowning in products and recommendations, and as with anything there’s a learning curve! There’s so much to learn, so it can be hard to figure out what to do and what not to do (example: coconut oil, yes or no).

While trying to wade through the sea of serums, essences, creams, treatments, masks, and who knows what else, I’ve found that for every thing I’ve tried that has worked for me, there’s ten more that haven’t. And, after doing some searching and asking, it turns out that there are some common mistakes a lot of us have made, intentionally or not. And if you’re like me, where skin is either an insecurity, priority, or both, it’s important to know what’s going wrong in order to get it right.

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Makeup

To kick off the rebirth of my blog, I wanted to discuss something I’ve really been thinking a lot about lately as I try and redefine my approach to blogging and makeup.

In the makeup-sphere on social media, there’s this truth that people seem to dodge around. And while we all “know it” no one talks about it, and I feel that some people completely forget it all together. Namely, there’s always room for improvement! Even people with hundreds of thousands of followers can still learn something new and can somehow improve their work, even if only they know what they can improve upon.

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