Testing Out Ouidad’s New Multitasking Mongongo + Giveaway (!)

Hello everyone!

So a few weeks ago, Ouidad reached out and offered to send their new product launch to me as well as one of my readers in exchange for an honest review. What an awesome opportunity! I totally fan-girled, because me, my sister, and my mom have all been long time Ouidad product users. All three of us have different curl types and patterns, but we have all found products in the line that we have been loyal to over the years.

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Week in Review 9/26/16

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This week I reviewed the Bite holiday value set…and the new holiday value sets just keep rolling out! I definitely won’t be mentioning all of them on here, but another one that has caught my interest is the Lorac Mega Pro 3. Definitely not for the casual makeup user, this palette has 32 shadows, appears to be a good mix of warm, and neutral-ish cool tones as well as mattes and shimmers, and is $59 dollars at Ulta releasing October 2nd. In general, the Lorac Pro formula (especially the formula from the Pro 1 + 2 Palettes) are absolutely wonderful– soft, pigmented, and very easy to blend. I will definitely be interested in swatching the one in stores to see how it looks!

Coming up this week (if all goes as planned😏 ) I have two pretty amazing product review posts…including one with a💃🏻 giveaway💃🏻. It will only be open for a short time, so keep checking back!
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Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set

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Every year, it seems like the “holiday season” for shopping gets pushed up earlier and earlier However, in the midst of the marketing frenzy, there are also occasionally some opportunities for a few really great values for beauty lovers. One of them out there is the Bite Beauty “The Perfect Bite” set from Sephora. Continue reading “Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set”

Week(s) in Review 9/18/16

 

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks and so I have been totally absentee on the blogging side of things. I’ve definitely been trying products on the beauty and skincare end, so I will absolutely have some posts coming soon to be back on track 🙂

I was able to get my hands on a few of the beauty and skincare products from my September’s Most Wanted post with my Sephora gift card– the Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation and contour stick and the Marc Jacobs Blush being the highlights. I also tried samples of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose, and Nest Dahlia and Vines. Good Genes was a super bust for me– two days of use left my skin way over-exfoliated with flaking and lots of red bumps 👎. It is a holy grail product for a lot of people but Continue reading “Week(s) in Review 9/18/16”

Questions & Coffee #2

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I’m officially back in action (blogging) and back home from my away rotation. While I was gone, I received two awesome questions that I thought would be perfect to share with you all. But first– how cute is this mug? It is the newest addition to my mug collection! While away, I found myself much closer to an Anthropologie than I usually am and just couldn’t resist a great kitty mug.

Now, onto the questions.

Susan: Do you look at ingredients in beauty products and consider the clinical research, if any, when making purchasing decisions? I just found your blog and am hoping to find a beauty blogger that uses his/her science based knowledge. If you don’t, do you have any suggestions? Continue reading “Questions & Coffee #2”

End-of-Summer Smells + Scentbird Review

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I find the smell of the products that I use to be such an important part of the overall experience. In this transitional time between summer and fall, I love to pull out some of the more uniquely scented products. It is an interesting time because I still want refreshing as we are till in the upper 80s most days in New York, but I am ready to put away the over fruity scents for something a little more complex. Now as ready as I am for fall, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and musk-heavy blends just don’t feel right with the weather. So, for this in-between time, I love my herbal and apothecary type smells– just invigorating enough without being overpowering…plus they tend to be a bit on the unique side, which I always love! Here is what I’ve been loving:

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My Current Skincare Routine

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My skin has been something that I have struggled with quite a bit over the past year. Before that, I had been pretty lucky in the sense that I had fairly normal skin and only ever dealt with the occasional superficial zit or two…even through my teen years. However, when I made a hormonal birth control change about a year ago, my skin completely freaked out. I got cystic acne on my cheeks for the first time in my life like a revolving door– every time one or two of them would settle down, a new painful one would show up and the old one would leave a lovely reddish-purple mark in its place. On top of that, my skin changed from normal to combination-oily. Hitting my mid-twenties, I also started to see my first fine lines around my eyes. At this point, I started to get serious about skincare.

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Week in Review 8/21/16

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First of all, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway to win some free beauty products! The giveaway is hosted through Rafflecopter, so the winner will be selected completely randomly. For more details, head on over to the giveaway post –>don’t worry, it will open up in a new window 🙂

This week on the blog I posted about my new favorite mascara– I mean if you saw the before and after shot it totally speaks for itself. For this upcoming week, I am looking to do so posts about my skincare routine and also some of my favorite “smelly” products for this transitional time of year. I also got to try Scentbird, and am excited to give you all my full thoughts and a review on that subscription service.

In MAJOR new release news, Urban Decay announced that they are releasing an all matte palette called the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics in mid-September. This is one launch that I am actually pretty excited about; I wear matte shades every day for  the hospital and clinic and it looks like it has a row of cooler tones and a row of warmer tones so it will be fairly versatile. Plus…I’ve been hoarding my Ulta points, so maybe this will be the palette that convinces me to “spend” them!

Medicine

 

This week on the blog I answered a few of the questions that some folks had asked through the “Ask Me Anything” tab, including some about pre-med research– keep asking those great questions!

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The Mascara I’m Ditching my High-End Mascaras For

So I feel like when it comes to mascara preferences, we tend to be either predominantly go for volume (a la Too Faced Better Than Sex) or length and definition (like those who prefer Benefit Roller Lash). I am a member of the second group.I really love a curled, fluttery lash look and detest anything verging on “clumpy.” Mascaras also can’t flake or run on me (I have occasionally runny eyes and long hospital days)– I hate the raccoon look. Basically I have pretty steep requirements when it comes to finding the right product.

I’ve been working on a post about good drugstore dupes for high-end mascaras, testing different formulas and such. Then, I came across what might be the holy grail of mascaras (insert choir of angels here) and it needed a post of its own. It isn’t really a dupe for any higher end brand because I haven’t found any other mascara that I really like better. I know I’m talking a big game here, so lets get to the details!

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