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 aπŸ’ƒπŸ»Β giveawayπŸ’ƒπŸ». 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ‘Ž. It is a holy grail product for a lot of people but Continue reading “Week(s) in Review 9/18/16”

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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Keeping it Simple: One Shadow Eye Looks

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Simple, yes…but maybe I haven’t quite embraced minimalism yet

As much as I love intricate eyeshadow looks like smoky eyes, halo eyes, and the like, I find that they really only have a place in my life on special occasions because I am always crunched for time (read: medical student + blogger working on her time management skills) and also because of the nature of my “job.” Lets be real: scrubs and a smoky eye don’t exactly go together and probably wouldn’t be appropriate.

However, a quick wash of subtle color on the eyelids and crease is one of the ways I like to elevate my “five-minute face” (concealer, powder, blush, mascara, brow gel, lip balm) to something more put together. When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, I love pairing a neutral one-shadow look with a bold lipstick so I can let the intense lip color shine without feeling like my eyes are clashing.

Its also easy! So its great for eyeshadow novices. Playing around with just one eyeshadow at a time was how I figured out what eyeshadow blending shapes were most flattering for my eyes. Not to mention, its hard to mess up when its early in the morning and your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet– always a plus. So lets get to it, here are my favorite shadows to get these looks and then I will get into a quick tutorial for how I do a one shadow look. Continue reading “Keeping it Simple: One Shadow Eye Looks”

This post will save you $20: Benefit Gimme Brow vs. Essence Make Me Brow

Hello all! So I am not one to make exorbitant claims or offer out money to internet strangers…but I am pretty sure that this post will save you twenty bucks. I have been a long-time user of Benefit Gimme Brow which is a tinted brow gel with a teeny tiny brush that gives your brows some color, hold, and deposits tiny fibers that help to fill them out a bit. I am pretty sure that Benefit makes some pretty bold claims about the product, but for me it has been my go-to “5 minute face” brow product, or what I use to top my brow pencil for a completed brow look.

I had heard some internet rumors that there was a three dollar dupe out there for it, and considering that the product is $24, I figured that it was absolutely worth a shot. Continue reading “This post will save you $20: Benefit Gimme Brow vs. Essence Make Me Brow”