Hair

My Haircare Routine for Wavy-Curly Hair

Hey guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today I want to show you guys my updated haircare routine, I did one a little while ago (here) but I’m using a couple of new products that have definitely improved how my curls look and I really want to share them with you guys.

*For reference I have hair type 3a or 3b I think*

1. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Marula Miracle shampoo

So I wash my hair once or twice a week with this shampoo. I love it, it gets all the product buildup off of my scalp and it lathers up really well. My scalp feels super clean but my hair doesn’t feel stripped because this shampoo isn’t very harsh and doesn’t have any sulfates in it. It is the perfect balance of what I need in a shampoo and I definitely recommend it to you guys that have wavy hair because it is my new favorite!

2. SheaMoisture Rehydration Treatment mask

Then I do a hair mask for a few minutes. This is a great one it has a lot of coconut oil/milk ingredients in it and it is super hydrating. This is a lifesaver for me in the winter, and I definitely think you should try this if you have dry hair or hair that is really damaged. It really restores my curls and I definitely notice a difference in my hair if I don’t use it.

3. Mop Hydrating C-system conditioner

Then I rinse out the hair mask and just put this conditioner on my ends. It is really moisturizing and I highly recommend it if you have curls or really dry hair! (I have been through 4 bottles of this, no joke).

4. Giovanni leave in conditioner & Styling Elixir

Right after I get out of the shower I take a good amount of this on my palms and then scrunch my hair to put it in. I think it really helps define my curls and make them spring up.

5. Renpure coconut creme curl defining cream

This is a great curl creme and it is super cheap at marshalls so I definitely recommend it. I just take a little bit of this on my fingers and run it through my hair. This is a super moisturizing product and I find that it really gets rid of frizz and makes my hair shiny. I love layering this and a gel styler because I find that that makes my curls look the best!

This is what my hair usually looks like:

That is it for my haircare routine! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that I could help out any of you who have similar hair types!

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Skincare

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog! Today I want to share with you guys a review on the most famous toner ever, the Pixi Glow Tonic, so let’s get into it:

Overview:

  • Price: $29 for 250 ml (smaller size is $15 for 100 ml)
  • 5% glycolic acid
  • Alcohol free
  • Cruelty free

Promise:

The Pixi Glow Tonic is a highly concentrated, invigorating facial toner that deeply cleans pores by sweeping away excess oil and impurities. (From the pixi website)

So this toner is something that I really really love! It definitely took a couple of weeks of consistent use to see real results but I have noticed a big difference in my skin.

It’s already much brighter and smoother out, as well as more even in tone. I also feel like my pores are much smaller. This seriously unclogs pores and prevents blackheads from forming so I really love that. This toner also really helps hydrate my skin and get rid of any dry patches so I would still recommend it if you have dry skin. It would be good for all skin types I think, except if you have really sensitive skin.

The 5% glycolic acid is definitely not the most gentle on your skin so if you are new to using a toner and you know your skin is really sensitive then only use it a couple times a week at first to see how your skin reacts.

I purchased the $15.00 100 ml size of this to test out and I’m already almost done with it, I will definitely be repurchasing!

*no swatch because it’s just a watery clear liquid*

That’s it for this review, I hope you guys enjoyed it! I loved sharing my experience with this product. Have you tried the pixi glow tonic?

Makeup

5 Products I Will Always Repurchase

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog! Today I want to share my five favorite makeup products that I cannot live without that I think are definitely worth the money and that I’ve repurchased myself multiple times:

1. Becca First Light priming filter

This is a pricy primer, but if you have dry to normal skin and you want an illuminating primer that is not sparkly or glittery this is a great one. It won’t make your skin look fake or that you’re wearing makeup, but it’ll make your skin dewy and a little more moisturized. I wear this every day before I put on foundation and it makes my skin look great!

2. NYX Microbrow pencil in taupe

This is my favorite brow pencil! It is very pigmented, the shade taupe is perfect for my hair and skin tone, the pencil itself is creamy. I also love that it is drugstore price, this is a staple for me and my routine since I cannot bring myself to pay $20 for the Anastasia or any other high end pencil.

3. ITcosmetics Hello Light Creme Highlighter in Radiance

This is my favorite cream highlighter, it is gorgeous, so creamy and blends out easily with your fingers. I always slap this on in the morning and the glow is very pretty and wet look. I have literally already went through one of these and repurchased

4. NYX Control Freak brow gel

This is a lovely brow gel! It definitely keeps my brows in place all day, it is drugstore price, it works well for me and I like that it doesn’t make my brows crunchy. I definitely recommend it and it’s a regular in my routine.

5. Urban Decay vice lipstick in Violate

My favorite lipstick of all time is this one, it is a beautiful mauve-purple-pink! I always pair this with cool toned eye looks and I just love it. It is the perfect nude pink for me and the formula is great and high quality.

That is it for this post guys! I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me in the comments something you have repurchased and can’t live without!

Makeup

Urban decay naked Smokey pallet

Hello my lovlies! I want to apologize for my lack of blogging over the last few months. A life update is soon to come explaining more into why i haven’t been blogging much! I promise though you will see more of me now!

I have been wanting to type up a blog on this makeup pallet for awhile now. Recently i have been getting really into eyeshadows, i really love how you can express yourself through it. I got this Urban Decay Smokey Pallet for Christmas this year and i really loved it! Normally ( espesically during fall and winter) I wear more neutral colors like brown and nude. So this pallet was perfect for me!

The Shades:

As you can see in the picture above, a lot of these shades can be worn for both an everyday look and a night out. For example the browns, pinks, and golds can be used for an every day look, while the blacks, metalics and blues can be used for a night out!

The first three shades i absolutley love! Perfect for a subtle glowing look. I found the pigment pay off to be very good! this is only after one swipe of my finger. I know with more shimmery colors its sometimes a bit dodgey on if it will last or not, but i was pleasantly surprised on it lasting the whole day. As many of you know by now i dont really wear makeup for the whole day, at tops i will wear it for 6-9 hours, so when i say the makeup last the whole day thats what i mean! When it comes to which of these three shades are my favorite, i really cant decide. I have done many looks with these three shades together. First i will use the sweet shade first on my crease, then has a transition shade i use dirtysweet and then on the outer corner of my lids i use the radar shade.

These next shades i have to say i havent tested out very much. These dark metalic blues/grey/blacks never look flattering on me so i never wear them. Just as the shades previous to these ones though, the pigment pay off was wonderful on these ones. I totally loved how creamy all of these shades were, and how easily they applied onto the eyes!

As i stated above, the darker shades like black and greys dont look good on me, so unfortunatley i havent tested out blackmarket or smolder much other than for these swatches. Password though is a more of a brown shade which i really am a fan of. Although this one turned out to look a bit greyish on the swatch, it turned out really well if you put a little bit on the outer corners of your eyelids.

Aside from the first three swatches i showed you, this is definetly another favorite shades. Whiskey and combust are the two that i use the most and i use thirteen on the inner corners of my eyelids to brighten up my eyes. Once again i cannot express how much i love the creaminess of these shades enough. Its so easy to apply, and it last so long!

All in all i give this eyeshadow pallet a 5/5 stars. I didnt really have any issues with this pallet!

tata!

Makeup

Beauty Empties: May and June

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today I am going to share my empties from May and June, so let’s get into it:

Makeup:

I have no makeup empties this month which is a first!

Skincare:

Vapour Beauty Oil Cleanser – This is a lovely oil cleanser! It really does get my makeup off and I enjoy it a lot. Unfortunately, this is kind of expensive and I want to get a cheaper alternative, maybe from Burts Bees, so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Derma-e Hydrating Eye Cream – I really like this eye cream, I definitely enjoy it more than any other eye cream I’ve tried. I feel like it really helps de-puff the area and fill out the skin under my eyes, like plump it up and prevent wrinkles. Already repurchased!

Trillipiderm Rehydration Night Cream sample – I enjoyed this sample, but the full size of this night cream is $43.00! I think my Derma E hydrating night cream is just as hydrating and does even more for my skin, and it is half the price. Wouldn’t purchase this.

Haircare:

Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra Moist Shampoo sample  – I like this shampoo and I used it for a while, but it is a little too harsh for my hair and I prefer my Alba Botanica one! Wouldn’t purchase.

Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra Moist Conditioner sample – This is a lovely conditioner as well, and it is something I definitely would purchase after I go through back ups of my MOP one.

Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Leave in Conditioner and Styling Elixir – This is a product that I love from Giovanni! I notice a big difference in my curls and how much less they curl up if I don’t use it. I’ve already repurchased!

Bodycare:

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime – This brand has the best body scrubs I have ever tried in my life and I absolutely loved this to the last bit. I have another scent right now in my shower (lychee and plum). Repurchased already!

FHF Organics Island Elixir Shea Butter Hand Cream – I enjoyed this hand cream, it was nice, the price isn’t bad, but I prefer other hand creams over this so I wouldn’t repurchase!

Alaffia Coconut Reishi Hand and Body cream in scent Coconut Chai – This is one of the hand creams I enjoy more! It has a lovely warm sweet scent (it is pretty heavily scented) and it is a great, moisturizing lotion. Definitely am repurchasing this!

That was it for my empties this month, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know something that you used up in the comments down below!

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Skincare

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser Review

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog. It is time for another skincare review, on this face wash I have been trying the past couple of months:

Overview:

  • Price: $20
  • For all skin types
  • Not cruelty free! (Unfortunately)

Promise: A foaming cleanser formulated to help remove excess oil, dirt, and debris. Ph balanced and cleanses skin without overstripping. (From the Kiehls website)

This cleanser is a thin gel like consistency and it does lather up when it touches your skin. Personally I prefer cream cleansers since my skin is pretty dry, and this definitely does leave my skin feeling a little bit dry when I use it.

However, it does not irritate my eyes, which is a big bonus because I can get all my eye makeup off, as well as all my face makeup. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean, I definitely think that it works. If you have really dry skin, then it might not be your favorite because it might dry your skin out more than a cream cleanser.

It definitely lives up to its promises for me and I would recommend it if you have sensitive skin, if you have oily to normal skin and only slightly dry skin. If you have very dry skin then I would steer clear of this in favor of a cream cleanser because that will leave your skin more hydrated.

This is what the texture looks like!

Pros: 

  • leaves your skin clean
  • won’t irritate your skin or eyes
  • removes makeup well
  • nice gel texture
  • isn’t super expensive for a cleanser
  • leaves your skin clean but not dry

Cons:

  • not cruelty free

That is it for this review! I hope you guys liked it, face wash is kind of hard to review since it is personal but I wanted to share my thoughts on this product. Let me know what face cleanser you use in your routine in the comments down below!

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Skincare

Supergoop Sunscreen Review

Hey guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today since the weather is finally getting warm and it is almost officially summer I want to share my favorite sunscreen with you guys. Lets get into the review:

Overview: 

  • Everyday sunscreen
  • SPF 50
  • Price: $19.00
  • Cruelty free!
  • Certified clean beauty product by Sephora!

Promise: A fast-absorbing, non-greasy, water- and sweat-resistant broad-spectrum SPF 50 lotion for face and body, ideal for a day of play. (Sephora website)

This is a great sunscreen to wear underneath makeup or even just by itself! I like it because it doesn’t leave a white cast (it is the only SPF 50 sunscreen I have tried that doesn’t leave a white cast all over my face), it feels just like a daily moisturizer, and it is so high in SPF.

It definitely doesn’t smell like sunscreen, but it does kind of feel a little bit like sunscreen or at least like a moisturizer. It absorbs pretty quickly and I can easily lay my primer and foundation on top of it without any problem. It doesn’t clog my pores or anything and I always feel like it washes clean off at the end of the day. If you are looking for a good sunscreen to lay down underneath a full face of makeup, this is a nice one!

As far as water resisting, I haven’t tried that but it definitely does live up to its other claims and I fully enjoy it. I only use this on my face and my neck, it is a little bit pricy if you were to use it on your body frequently as well. I never forget to use my SPF with this product because it doesn’t even feel like a chore, or like I am putting sunscreen on so I highly recommend it to you guys, especially as we move into warmer weather.

What it looks like/Swatch:

Pros: 

  • cruelty free
  • good price
  • moisturizing
  • super high SPF factor
  • certified clean ingredients
  • sits well underneath makeup
  • doesn’t clog pores

Cons: 

  • I’ve got nothing!

That is it for my review! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know your favorite sunscreen down in the comments below!

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Makeup

My Current Makeup Wishlist

hello guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today I want to share with you guys my makeup wishlist, aka all the products I really want to buy and will purchase as soon as I can afford them, so let’s get into it:

Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Dollface 

This is such a gorgeous pink blush, and I really love the color as well as the packaging! These blushes are really highly recommended on youtube and I have always wanted a nice, single blush to use because I have so many in palettes, but it isn’t convenient to bring blush palettes for travel with me for the weekend so I just want one of these tarte blushes!

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB bendy avocado concealer 

I learned about this because Jessica Braun recommended it! I always have a hard time with concealer creasing on me, and this one sounds so promising. I definitely want to try this because I think it would really work for me.

Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation in LC1 

I’ve heard that this is a medium coverage foundation with a beautiful natural finish and I love how it looks when I see it on other people! I definitely want to try it out for myself since I have been looking for a nice medium coverage foundation for a long time.

Too faced Born This Way foundation in Swan 

This is another foundation that I have always wanted to try for the same reasons! This is a huge youtube favorite and it is really hyped up so I really want to try it out for myself.

Coloupop You Had Me At Hello Palette

This I want to try because I have seen so many people use it and the quality seems beautiful. The shades are beautiful and warm toned, purple themed which I have been so into lately and I think those shades work really well with my cool toned skin and brown eyes!

That is it for my beauty wishlist! Of course there are tons more products that I want but I definitely don’t need to add that many more to my collection so I will try to talk myself out of buying them! Let me know what you have on your wishlist in the comments below!

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Skincare

Summer Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Hey guys! Welcome back to our blog! Today I want to share with you my summer skincare routine! Since the weather is now getting warmer, I have to change up my skincare when it gets warmer since my super hydrating products get way too heavy.

Here are some of my favorite products that are hydrating and also really light on the face:

1. Vapor Beauty oil cleanser

I’m almost out of this oil cleanser! I love it, it works really well with me and my skin. This  is what I use to take off my makeup, and I never skip it because I love to oil cleanse and make sure I get all the heavy spf and makeup off my face.

2. Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser

This face wash is so nice and doesn’t strip my skin. I always feel like it leaves my skin really clean and takes all my makeup off, and the oily layer that my oil cleanser left. I definitely like and would recommend this product but unfortunately it isn’t cruelty free.

3. Pixi Glow Tonic

I’m sure you guys have heard about this toner! I really love it, it leaves my face feeling fresh and balanced and glowy, but it isn’t heavy and it feels so refreshing to use! Definitely recommend you guys try it out.

4. Valjean Labs Glow Serum

This is a serum that I love, it is super moisturizing but it feels like a gel and is cooling on your skin instead of being thick, oily and heavy. I love what this serum does for my skin, it feels nice and moisturizing and in the morning my skin feels hydrated.

5. Derma e Hydrating Night Cream

This is a great night cream, it is the one I use in winter as well, it is very moisturizing and I love using it to set in all my serum and other skincare products. It is pretty thick still so I would not recommend it if you don’t have pretty dry skin like I do!

6. Derma e Hydrating Eye Cream

This eye cream is the best one I’ve ever tried! I just pat this into my undereyes and they look so much better in the morning and are way more moisturized. When I don’t use this I definitely notice a difference.

and for daytime, my favorite sunscreen is the Supergoop sunscreen and it goes lovely underneath my makeup.

That’s it for today’s blog post! I hope you enjoyed. Do you change up your skincare routine based on the seasons?

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Makeup

Milani Retouch and Erase Concealer Review

Hello guys! Welcome back to our blog. Today I want to share a review on a concealer that I really love from the drugstore that I haven’t heard anyone talk about in a while. For me this is a drugstore gem and I want to share it:

Overview:

  • $8.99
  • comes in 3 shades
  • cruelty free

Promise: Milani’s Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer is designed to instantly hide dark circles, spots, blemishes and imperfections with a brightening effect. (From Ulta’s website)

So I really love this concealer because it blends out really easily with your fingers, or a sponge. It gives a nice sheer-medium coverage on me and the really yellow tone of the concealer makes it nice for covering my undereye circles. Continue reading “Milani Retouch and Erase Concealer Review”