Best Spot Treatment for Acne Prone Skin

I’ve been on the hunt for a spot treatment for my adult acne prone skin for awhile now. Everyone I try is either too drying or I feel like doesn’t do much. Earlier in the month, Mario Badescu was 50% off at Ulta so I decided to check out his products. The only thing I had tried before from him were both the facial sprays – yes, anything that can be easily spritzed onto the face has me sold. I saw the Drying Lotion had amazing reviews and was on the cheaper side at $17 but after the 50% off this was under $10.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion –

In a 1 ounce bottle, this is a little smaller than your average skin care item. With that being said you need the smallest amount of this so I think this bottle will last me a very long time. The ingredients in the bottle separate but the bottle warns you not to shake the solution. You dip a contain swab into the pink part, that sinks to the bottom, and place the product onto blemishes you have on your skin. I use this as the last part of my night time routine and then sleep with the solution on. This helps dry out blemishes to remove them from the skin but isn’t overly drying on the rest of your skin. Since this product is made with alcohol it does have a strong alcohol scent. This fades after a couple of minutes of having the product on though. I’m a huge fan of this and think it’s great for anyone who has acne prone skin. It’s a great targeted solution for troubled skin. This is a quick step to add to the end of anyone’s skin care routine.

Ingredients:

Isopropyl Alcohol, Water, Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Zinc, Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

This product is cruelty-free and paraben free

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5 Cheap Ways To Brighten Up Your Apartment For Spring

I know we’ve all heard of the term spring cleaning before but what about spring redecorating. After the dreary winter, I always feel like every aspect of my life needs a little sprucing up, my makeup routine, wardrobe and even my apartment. I don’t know about you but my budget right now doesn’t allow for large furniture purchases or a complete makeover of my apartment. So these are my five quick and cheap tips to add some life back into your apartment for spring.

#1 – Easy to take care of plants

As much as I’d love to have a large colorful garden, my living space would not allow it. I don’t have a balcony or backyard but I do have lots of natural light. I picked up these glass vases, soil, rocks and plants from home depot and decided to make my own terrariums. They turned out just as good as the premade ones in my opinion! These were so much cheaper than some I’ve seen already put together to purchase and were fun to put together. Small cactuses and succulents are beyond easy to take care of and bring that spring look to your apartment. I love the small cactus because it does have that pink flower on it but doesn’t require the amount of upkeep.

#2 – Bright kitchen accessories

Besides my bedroom, my kitchen is probably my most used room so I thought it was important to brighten it up this spring. I picked up these cute Cooking Utensils off Amazon and love how they look. These were pretty cheap but are such great quality. Another great idea to add a pick me up in your kitchen is new floral kitchen dish towels. I love these ones also from Amazon.

#3 – Spring candles

Another easy way to freshen up your apartment is to switch out your candles with bright floral scents. I don’t think you can beat Bath & Body Works candles but of course, there are cheaper alternatives out there. I’m a sucker for a good floral scent and right now this Lilac Blossom candle is one of my favorites. I also have Fresh Cut Lilacs in my living room (yes I know they sell other scents). I think this is a great way to brighten up your apartment – scent wise. Candles always make me feel warmer and at home, finding scents you love is really the key.

#4 – Fresh picture frames

What’s an apartment without the personalized touch of adding pictures you love? I’m a sucker for a good photo and annoy everyone by wanting to take pictures everywhere. Cute, cheap picture frames are definitely the way to go. I bought these at Ikea and plan to paint the bottom portion of them a bright blue or green for spring. The hardest part for me is selecting which photos I want to put in them!

#5 – Girls night out spring paintings

Where I live those ‘paint and sip’ nights are all over the places and I’m always finding Groupons for them. It’s where you go with a group of friends, your boyfriend or by yourself (hey! I love doing activities solo and then no one’s there to make fun of your lack of artistic abilities) and attempt to copy a painting with the help of an instructor. There’s usually wine served as well which could either work for or against you. Right now most places are offering a variety of spring paintings like these cherry blossoms (this could also be because I live so close to DC). You feel great at the end because you painted something all on your own and get to choose where to hang it in your apartment.

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YouTube Made Me Buy It

I’ve seen these type of videos floating around YouTube and even in the blogging community. Going through my makeup collection, I figured half my products would be items that I was influenced to buy through YouTube but to my surprise, it was a lot less than assumed. Now don’t get me wrong I do have a plethora of products I was influenced in some degree to purchase through vloggers I follow.

Eyeshadow:

  1. Makeup Geek – This is a brand I would never have even heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. After hearing how great their shadows were time and time again I finally jumped on the bandwagon. During Christmas time they had a sale for 9 shadows and their travel magnetic palette so I decided to take the plunge. Now I can say these single shadows do live up to the hype and are a great investment. The travel palette as well is my favorite that I’ve tried. It’s super sturdy and has a huge mirror.
  2. Natasha Denona – Another eyeshadow formulation I’ve heard vloggers rave about is Natasha Denona. As much as I would love to purchase her larger palettes, my wallet would not appreciate it right now. I picked up one of her five shadow palettes and can say it’s phenomenal. I don’t know if I believe it’s worth the price tag but these are beautiful shadows. She’s coming out with new products for the summer and I’m excited to see what that eyeshadow palette looks like.

Face Products:

  1. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops – These I knew I needed the second I saw Jaclyn Hill rave about them on her snapchat. They are beyond gorgeous but a little pricey. Since these came out, other brands have developed similar products which seem to compare that might be worth it to check out first. You need the smallest amount of these which is great because I’m sure I’ll have these forever.
  2. Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – I don’t think I can name a vlogger that didn’t rave about this at one time or another. For me, it’s really a hit and a miss. I like this on some days but then others I can’t stand it. I would recommend only using it if you have dry skin and for lighter makeup days. When I have a heavier look going on I find this really makes the product cake up.
  3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer – I was on the hunt for a product that would help my makeup stay matte all day and when I heard about this one, I knew I needed to check it out. I would agree this is a great primer for oily skin. It’s a little heavier feeling so I only use it around my nose and pores, where I tend to get oily. I have such a great things about all the primers in this range.
  4. Mac Fix+ – So man vloggers used this product and I did not understand the hype. I loved my Urban Decay All Nighter and didn’t see how this product could top that. I love this for wetting my brushes to foil shadows. On my face, I spray this to get rid of that powdery makeup look but not necessarily to ‘set’ my makeup.
  5. RCMA No Color Translucent Powder – This is another product I would never have heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. Baking was a concept I never got until I started using this product because it seemed like such a waste of product and always made me look crepey. This is such a cheap powder and you get so much of it. The only real negative is the packaging makes it tough to use.
  6. The Balm Mary Lou Luminizer – This was the first highlighter I really heard people rave about anywhere. It took me awhile to purchase it but when I did it did not disappoint. Now there are so many highlighters available to chose from but this is still one of my go-to’s.
  7. Sonia Kashuk Satin Matte Foundation – This product I heard Casey Holmes talk about in so many videos and I usually love the foundations she recommends but this one was a huge miss for me. I don’t think it has that great of coverage and really don’t think it should have the word matte in its name. For me, this was a huge disappointment.

ColourPop:

This is another brand I would’ve never heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. I put off purchasing from them for so long but after realizing how cheap their products were I stocked my cart up and now have made several purchases from them. I’m in love with their super shock shadows and their pressed shadows. Their highlighters are excellent too. I have multiple of their lip products and would agree that they can really be hit or miss.

Lip Products:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner and Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K. W. – I purchased these both after hearing various YouTubers mention them. That has quickly become my go-to nude lip combo. I also secretly love Kim Kardashian so that made me immediately intrigued by this lipstick. I probably won’t be repurchasing another lipstick from this line because they are a little pricey and not all that pigmented.
  2. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – These are the perfect lip for someone who wants the lasting power of a liquid lipstick but not the matte drying feeling. Although they aren’t transfer proof they do last all day on your lips. I wish I could purchase these in every color but my wallet would never forgive me.
  3. Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick – This was a pretty obvious one for me. Jeffree Star is a beauty vlogger with a cosmetics company so that’s where I believe I first heard of his products. I’ve heard such great things about his liquid lipsticks and thought this color was super unique. I do love the formula but since this color is a little out there it isn’t something I grab for all that often.
  4. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – These were the first liquid lipsticks I really heard about. I first tried out the nude pink one and immediately wanted to purchase more. I still love these but since there are more liquid lipsticks available now these aren’t my all time favorite formula.
  5. Jouer Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick – I heard about these metallic liquid lipsticks through multiple vloggers and thought they looked so cool and unique. Unfortunately, they don’t look that great on the lips. They’re a little streaky and patchy. I’ve heard though the darker colors work a little easier so I might need to try those because these are beautiful. I do love these though to add a little shimmer in the middle of my lips over top a matte lipstick.
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What’s Inside My Bag? Dagne Dover Edition

I was on the hunt for the perfect ‘work bag’ to carry around my planner, laptop, coffee mug/water bottle or anything else I needed for the day. I thought I had some high expectations for a bag but somehow found a bag that met all of them and more when I stumbled across Dagne Dover. Since purchasing my bag back in January they have largely expanded their collections. I chose to go with the 13-inch classic tote from their signature collection. They have this same bag in a 15-inch size, 11-inch and even an 8-inch size making it easy to select which is best for your lifestyle.

One of the biggest reasons I selected this tote bag was because of how organized the inside was. As a messier person, my bags tend to begin to clutter up easily. This bag has so many sections and pockets that are specifically designed for certain items. There’s a laptop sleeve, a phone sleeve and even a section for a water bottle or travel coffee mug. Their website makes it easy to see how big these sections are in each of the tote’s offered so you’ll be sure your laptop or tablet will fit. They show how the bags can be organized and used for your everyday life.

This is canvas bag making it easy to clean if anything gets on it. The straps also feel super secure so I’m not scared of overloading this bag and having them start tearing. The zipper also feels super high quality and the bag include a couple key clips which are great for your keys or cute keychains to personalize the bag.

When signing up to purchase this bag, they offer a $25 off code to share with friends.

What’s Inside My Bag?

Since I do carry around a smaller bag that includes my wallet and things I’d want for a quick trip to the mall or going out with friends, this bag is more of my work bag. I use it for carrying things back and forth from my job, my apartment, my boyfriend’s house and anywhere I decided to do my blogging, like a local coffee shop. What I carry inside:

  1. My keys – obviously an essential. These usually transfer back and forth between my bags. On my keys I have, what I think is one of my coolest purchases, a tassel key chain that actually has a USB cord hidden to charge on iPhone with. I found a similar one from Express but I’ve also seen some of these DIY’d.
  2. Next, I carry around some felt tip markers for writing in my planner. I like these colored ones to help organize and personalize things in my planner.
  3. This is my planner I purchased from Me and My Big Ideas. I’m obsessed with this planner and how easy it is to personalize, which is the main things I was looking for in a planner. They have other sizes, this is the larger version.
  4. And then, of course, my laptop and charger. Like I mentioned earlier, on their website they clearly state which sized MacBooks and iPads fit into which one of their bags. I purposely selected this bag as it fit my MacBook in it perfectly. It has a separate sleeve for a laptop or tablet which is actually padded, making me feel confident it won’t be damaged when my bag accidentally bangs into things.
  5. I like to carry around a water bottle so that I remember to drink water throughout the day. This is a smaller one from Athleta.
  6. In the circular sleeve, I usually carry around a travel coffee mug. This has to be one of my favorite mugs from HiLine Coffee. They have great coffee and also offer it in K-Cups for Keurig’s which is what I purchase for mine. Occasionally they have promos where if your order their coffee you also get a free travel mug which is when I received mine!
  7. And lastly, another one of my prized possession (in my opinion) is this portable charger by Thinium. I love this because it’s so compact and fits right into the phone sleeve, along with my iPhone. It’s charged by plugging it directly into a wall outlet making it super easy to recharge on the go.

Makeup:

There’s a perfect pocket in this bag that I keep some makeup in for touch ups throughout the day:

  1. I like to carry around nude lipsticks in my bags as they can easily be put on with any eye and face look. One of my all time favorites is the Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Safe Word. It’s their comfort matte formula and that’s the best way I can think to describe it. This is a cool toned nude lipstick which I love and don’t feel like you see much. I also have L’Oreals Infallible Lip Paint in Spicy Blush. This is the perfect pinky nude for any look and I love the formula when my lips are feelings drier.
  2. My favorite powder to carry around for quick touch ups during the day is another L’Oreal product, their True Match powder.
  3. I hate the sponge applicator that comes in powder products, so I carry around this brush as well. It’s a great all over powder brush that I purchased for I think around $3 at Target. Unfortunately, there isn’t a name or brand on this brush so I have no idea who makes it!
  4. For mascara, I usually throw in a sample mascara I’ve received from Sephora or Ulta. To be honest I think I like sample sized mascaras better than regular sized. They don’t dry out as quickly and are great to carry around. Right now I’ve been using Tarte’s Tarteist mascara.
  5. Next, I have one of my go-to lip products, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. This is the best lip balm product I have ever used and constantly have to steal it back from my boyfriend.
  6. Lastly, a setting/refreshing mist is a must for me! Right now I’m loving the rose scented Fix+ by Mac. This is from their newer Work It Out collection. They have three travel sized scented Fix+ sprays and since I love the original so much I actually purchased all three.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Products

As I was walking through the aisles in the target beauty section I tend to skip over e.l.f. cosmetics. Now don’t get me wrong, they do have some great products that I love (especially their brushes). But I haven’t seen anything new out that really caught my eye from them in some time. Once I saw this line, which I think some or these products have been out for some time now, I picked out some of the products to try out. Unfortunately they were out of the liquid eye shadow which I will have to pick up on a different trip. There are some other products in this line as well including a mousse foundation and an expanding skin care line.

The three products I did pick up were the Aqua Primer Mist, a Radiant Gel Lip Stain, and a Blush and Bronzer Duo. I’ve been testing these out for a couple months now and have experimented enough that I feel confident in my opinions of these products.

Aqua Beauty Blush and Bronzer | $6.00

First lets start out with saying that $6 for a full-sized blush and bronzer duo is just out of this world. I was praying to love this product just for the price point. I was really expecting this to be more of a powder product that has a very creamy ‘wet’ kind of feel. It’s definitely a cream product which I’m not the huge fan of, so I tried to put that aside for this review. The product itself blends wonderfully on the skin and on top of makeup. I purchased this in the color bronzed pink beige which is perfect for the summer months. The bronzer is very warm toned and the blush is a more pinky coral. It reminds me a lot of NARs cactus flower without the shimmer. These both are matte but since they are creams they add a nice hydrated glow to the skin. Overall I’m not the biggest fan since I don’t care for cream blushes and bronzers but if you’re in the market for this kind of product, this is a great option at an evener greater price point.

Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain | $4.00

Again with the price point, you can’t ask for it much lower. This product mostly intrigued me by the name. What is a gel lip stain? Well in this case it’s very similar to a traditional lip stain product. It comes in 6 colors but at the store there were only two for me to pick from. I chose Dewy Berry because I love a good berry lip. On the lips this product feels very light and wet but does dry down with a sticky feeling. It wasn’t as pigmented as I was hoping, even after a couple of layers on the lip. It was hard to build up as it started to get streaky. I’m really wondering how the nude shade would look on the lips because this one seemed like every other lip stain product I’ve used. It gave my lips the look you get after finishing a cherry popsicle. I definitely won’t be purchasing more of these and don’t see myself grabbing for this very often, just because the lip stain look is a little dated now and there are so many better products out there.

Aqua Beauty Primer Mist | $8.00

This is marketed as a product to prime, refresh and set makeup. I would highly not recommend spraying this over top makeup as it is not a fine mist and comes out very fast onto the face. As a primer though this products is alcohol and silicone free. It contains cucumber, vitamin E and B which helps hydrate and soothe the skin. I like to use this as kind a ‘pre-primer’ step – yes I’m that extra. I really like the added skin care benefits, especially when my skins feeling dry but for a primer I’m looking for something that’ll cover my pores and smooth my skin out. All together though, I do like this product. I don’t think I’ll be jumping to repurchase it, as I have other mists that do the same thing but the mister is much better for refreshing throughout the day.

From L-R: Bronzed Pink Beige Blush and Bronzer, Dewy Berry Lip Stain

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Transitioning my Makeup from Winter to Spring: What’s in and what’s out?

I don’t think I’m the only one who can say they get excited as soon as the warm weather hits. It really inspires me to switch up most things in my life. Most recently I dyed my hair a deep auburn that shines bright red in the sunlight. Besides my hair I also feel inspired with changing up my wardrobe and make-up routine. This really inspired me to create a What’s In and What’s Out post about my make-up routine switch ups for the spring and summer months. Obviously I’m just speaking for myself and my usual make-up transitions during the hotter months so if you do the complete opposite transitions there’s no harm! There are no rules in make-up!

Cool Toned Mattes Vs. Warm Shimmers

During the winter months I tend to gravitate towards more matte shades of eyeshadow, in particular cool toned mattes. My go-to palette this winter was The Balms Meet Matt(e) Nude palette. I love this one because of how versatile it is. You can easily create an everyday look or a more smokey night time look. I also love how cute these palettes are and all the shades names. For the spring summer months I really like to add more shimmery warm browns to my looks. My favorites are my Natasha Denona 5 color eyeshadow palette in #4 and two Make Up Geek shades in Magic Act and Legend. All these shadows are so rich and pigmented. When foiled with some Fix+ they really just pop on the eyelid.

Dewy Setting Spray Vs. Matte Setting Spray

I know this one can really depend on your skin type but since I have such combination skin I can luckily pull off the dewy skin look and matte skin as well. During the winter months my skin is so dry that I do enjoy a more luminous look. This Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist does break the bank but all you need is a spritz or two. During the summer though I’m putting this away for a more matte look. I really want my make-up to stay on and look fresh throughout the heat from the summer days. Two of my favorite matte setting sprays that really SET my make-up are Urban Decay’s De-slick setting spray and Boscia’s White Charcoal Mattifying Setting Spray.

Stark White Highlight Vs. Bronze Glow

My first in your face highlight I ever purchased was Becca Pearl. I have very fair skin so in the winter I’m as white as can be and this highlighter really pops on my skin. When I have a slight tan it’s a little too stark for me and I tend to go for my of all over bronzy look. I love the Jeffree Star Skin Frost in King Tut. He offers so many bronzey shades that there is definitely one for all skin tones. This one really warms up my face and adds the prefect glow on top of my cheek bones.

Deep Purple Vs. Vibrant Bright Plum

During the colder months my go-to going out look is a deep purple lipstick (or a deep red but we’ll get into that later). I love a dark liquid lipstick that you can put on and forget about, especially when you’re drinking throughout the night. My favorites are Huda Beauty Material Girl and ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Panda. During the warmer months I love to try out brighter more vibrant lip colors. Maybelline Vivids in Hot Plum has been a staple for me for years now. It’s such a fun color and a comfortable formula.

Wine Blush Vs. Bronzey Cheeks

I think this is a very popular switch that most make-up lovers make. During the winter months when I’m pale I love a natural eye and face look with a deep wine blush on my cheeks. I think it just really amps up a plain every day look. My two favorites are Milani Red Vino and NARS Goulue which is the Sephora VIB Blush NARS made. During the summer I like to simplify my makeup routine a sometimes combine my whole bronzer, blush and highlight. This is a great product for that. NYX Ombre Blush in Nude To Me adds the perfect bronze look to any cheekbones.

Deep Red Lips Vs. Bright Red Lips

Like I mentioned above during the winter months I love a deep lips. Whether it’s  purple or a deep wine lipstick I love have sultry these colors look in the winter. For my winter red lips I switch between Hourglass in Icon and Maybelline Divine Wine. During the summer though I love a true blue toned red lip. This is such a classic look that you can never go wrong with. I think every brand makes a red like this but my favorite formulas are Urban Decays Vice Lipstick in 714 and Mac’s Ruby Woo.

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Dry Shampoo Foam: Does It Work?

The second I saw people talking about OUAI’s Dry Shampoo Foam I immediately threw it in my Sephora cart. I’m a dry shampoo junkie! My hair is currently dyed a dark auburn and if anyone knows anything about dyed red hair, it’s that red fades unbelievably fast. Because of this I try to wash my hair as little as possible, which makes dry shampoo my best friend. The two things I really look for in a dry shampoo is it leaving NO white residue (that’s a tough one, which anyone with dark hair I’m sure knows the struggle) and it actually working. So many dry shampoos don’t actually make me feel like my hair looks any cleaner. They just leave it stiff full of product and I’m forced to throw it into a bun for the day. I’ve been able to find many drugstore dry shampoo products that work for me, so shelling out a high-end price for something I know I can find for cheaper is hard for me.

OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam | $28

This is the first and only product I’ve tried from this brand so I can’t compare this product to others or there regular dry shampoo. Their normal spray dry shampoo runs for $24 for 4.5 oz where the foam is $28 for 5.3 oz. This for me is a large price to pay for dry shampoo. As an avid user I usually go through a bottle in about a mouth or two so for me to repurchase this product that often it would really have to blow me away.

This products promises to:

  • Refresh hair in between washes
  • Gently cleanses
  • Detangles
  • Quick drying, waterless foam
  • Removes oil, product excess and buildup
  • Leaves hair conditioned, cleansed and ready to be restyled

How it Performs:

Now that’s a lot of claims for this product, but for the price it would be awesome if those claims were true. Unfortunately I have not been able to fall in love with this product like I hoped. It comes out just like a normal foam/mousse product does. They recommend to use a palmful, which seemed like a lot for me but I followed the directions. I’ve this product around ten times now and each time I’m disappointed. This goes into your hair making it feel wet, which is weird at first. You then work it in your scalp and it dries in a couple of minutes. This whole process is different from your regular dry shampoo experience which makes it uncomfortable the first couple of times using it.

Even after the product dries I still feel like my hair looks wet and even greasy. Every time I’ve used this I’ve ended up putting my hair into a bun or even adding a headband to hide the oil. I do think it looks okay immediately after but within a couple of hours my hair looks like it did when I woke up, if not worse. With normal dry shampoo I feel the powder stays in your hair, making it continuously hide oil throughout the day.

The perks of this product though is that it does create a massive amount of volume. I think this is great if you add dry shampoo to even clean hair just for the volumizing effect it has. Another huge perk is that since it’s a foam and not a powder spray there is absolutely no white residue to worry about!

Overview:

Over all this product is a huge pass for me. The price tag alone makes it hard to justify when my go-to dry shampoos are around $5 at CVS. This product really did nothing for my hair and somedays I feel like it even made it look worse as the day went on. Unfortunately I would not recommend this product to anyone. The only real perks I could see was the lack of residue and how much volume it adds to your hair. This could be used as a volumizing foam on clean hair which may be how I continue to use this product. So sadly this was a miss.

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HUM Nutrition: Is it worth it?

After seeing these vitamins everywhere, in magazines, Instagram, through my favorite vloggers, and even inside Sephora, I was instantly intrigued. Was it the bright packaging, the cute hummingbird logo, or the variety these vitamins come in? Probably a combination of all the above. I can’t necessarily pin point why these grabbed my attention instead of some other vitamins that are constantly pushed on us through social media (I’m looking at you, bright blue gummy bears). After over a month of using these and purchasing a refill of each product, I think I can fully put in my two sense.

Getting Started:

The website itself is super easy to navigate and offers many tools for those new to taking vitamins or skeptical of HUM. They recommend that you first start out by taking their “3 minute quiz” which definitely was much quicker. Through out this quiz you’re asked questions about your lifestyle and what problems you face day-to-day – fatigue, acne, carrying an extra few pounds. You’re then handed personalized recommendations for a combination of their products and a $10 off coupon. You have the option to check out with the products they selected or browse through everything and make your own decisions.

The amount of products they offered and learning what supplements were meant for what was a little overwhelming for me at first. I decided to check out with what was offered for my lifestyle through the quiz. The supplements I purchased:

  • Daily Cleanse – This is the first bottle from this brand that I began seeing everywhere that really sparked my interest. With green algae as the leading ingredient this promises to clear your body and skin from toxins.
  • Uber Energy – Probably the one I was most excited to try out, I’ve self diagnosed myself as having chronic fatigue due to the multiple coffee cups I down a day. This supplement promises to support consistent energy and resist fatigue and tension.
  • Runway Ready – This packet of vitamins combines their Red Carpet and Killer Nails supplements. It’s advertised for ‘glowing skin, glamorous hair and perfect nails’.

How To Fit These Into Your Daily Routine:

This was something I struggled with at first because I’m not used to taking a vitamin daily, let alone multiple at different times. The Daily Cleanse supplement is meant to be taken without food while Uber Energy and Runway Ready are meant to be taken with food. After many days of failing, I finally got into the habit of taking Daily Cleanse right as I woke up. This meant leaving the bottle on my bedside table or in my medicine cabinet so I saw it as I completed my morning grooming. Then I would take Uber Energy and Runway Ready after eating breakfast or lunch. Each of the bottles recommend you take two pills daily while the packets have three pills inside.

This habit was very hard to form considering I don’t have a normal Mon-Fri 9-5 work schedule and I’m in a long-term relationship where we split sleeping at each others apartments. The biggest investment I made that helped me stick to taking these every day, and at the correct time regarding when I’ve ate, was a compact, travel-friendly pill case. I can’t find the exact one I purchase below, but did find these cute Macaron Cases.

Benefits – Outcomes:

Each of the supplements I picked up had different promises and were loaded with a variety of ingredients. All of them though are GMO-Free, Gluten Free, have no animal products (diary, fish, eggs, gelatin), no artificial colors, preservatives, flavors and are free of sugar, salt, yeast, and nuts.

Daily Cleanse contains 15 detoxing herbs (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. Green Algae (Organic Chlorella)
  2. Beetroot (Nutrient Rich Detox)
  3. Red Clover (Skin Cleansing Extract)
  4. Dandelion Root (Powerful Detoxifying Extract)
  5. Oregon Grape Root (Nourishing Root Extract)
  6. Milk Thistle (Restorative Herb Extract)
  7. Alpha Lipoic Acid
  8. Zinc (Metal Detox)
  9. Selenium (Metal Detox)
  10. Copper (Mineral Skin Support)
  11. Manganese (Skin Cleansing Mineral)
  12. Spirulina (Nourishing Green Algae)
  13. Matcha Green Tea (Rich in Antioxidants)

This is the one I was most torn on repurchasing, because it’s the only one I purchased that primarily affects the inside of your body. Making it hard to decide if it was really doing anything. Between finishing my first bottle of this I had about a weeks time before receiving my second bottle. During this time I could really see the difference in my body from not taking the supplements. I felt more bloated and didn’t have that feel-good healthy feeling that’s impossible to describe.

I read online that this caused some people to have digestive problems, which I did notice at first but after getting used to taking this daily that feeling disappears. This supplement really makes your skin and body feel truly cleansed. This acne prone girl had less breakouts and more controllable skin.

Uber Energy contains 12 effective ingredients (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. L-Tyrosine (De-Stressing Amino Acid)
  2. Rhodiola Rosea (Calming Root Extract)
  3. Eleuthero (Rejuvenating Root Extract)
  4. Ashwagandha (Relaxing Root Extract)
  5. Ginger (Energizing Root Extract)
  6. Licorice Root (Adrenal Assisting Extract)
  7. Astragalus Root (Fatigue-Fighting Extract)
  8. Vitamin B6 (Metabolic Wake Up)
  9. Gotu Kola (The “Fountain of Life” Leaf)
  10. Schizandra Berry (Adrenal Adaptogen)
  11. Vitamin C (Energy Flight)
  12. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

This has hands down been my favorite supplement out of the three of them. I still drink my morning cup of coffee, because that truly motivates me to get my day started. But I’ve completely cut out the second and third cups through out my day. I’m the biggest culprit of brewing another pot of coffee when I catch myself yawn, especially since it’s readily available at my job, and then getting that obnoxious jittery feeling you get when you know you’ve drank one too many glasses.

This helped me have enough energy for my entire day and stops that mid afternoon yawn fest. After work I generally take a nap before dinner and I’ve also completely cut that habit out. I have nothing but good things to say about this supplement. If you’re also a self-diagnosed coffee addict and fatigue is your middle name, I highly highly suggest giving this a try.

Runway Ready contains 3 powerful ingredients (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. Black Currant Seed Oil (Perfect Source of ALA & GLA)
  2. Sunflower Seed Oil (Great Source of Vitamin E)
  3. Vegan Biotin (Strengthening Formula)

I know there are cheaper alternatives for adding Biotin into your diet so I was super skeptical about this at first. I can 100% say though this has had a great effect on my hair and nails. My hair is very prone to breakage and it got to a point where I felt as if it wasn’t growing at all. Since taking this I have noticed a significant amount of growth the past month and far far less hair falling out in the shower. My nails have also seen a vase improvement. I tend to keep my nails short for my job, and also secretly because they would break the second they grew a little long. I have to trim my nails much more often now and have also noticed how much stronger they feel. Since beginning to take these, I haven’t had a single nail break.

These do come in a convenient travel pack which is nice, but also not very convenient when you’re taking multiple vitamins. I find the package just seems to be a waste. It would be more helpful if their was a way to get all the vitamins you’re purchasing packaged together in the same way.

Where Can You Find These? And For How Much?

I ordered mine off of www.humnutrition.com but these are also available at Sephora! I’ve seen these available also online at a variety of retailers such as Anthropologie and Lord & Taylor.

As for pricing for these supplements:

The regular bottle, see Daily Cleanse and Uber energy, they run for $25 and contain 60 pills (2 per day)

The box of daily packages, see Runway Ready, are $35 and include 30 packs with 3 pills in each

Coupons and Discounts (HUM Nutrition website only):

  • Free Shipping on orders over $50
  • $10 coupon code for first order when you sign up and take the quiz or with my referral code: 116530
  • 25% off when you purchase 3 products

On their website they do set up an automatic order/delivery. This is great if you love the vitamins and don’t want to have to worry about remembering to purchase them every month when you run out. Right before 30 days after your first order was delivered, you receive an email stating the same products you previously purchased are being shipped out on XX/XX date. You can easily click to their website through the email and change the date to be delivered at a later time, this could even be months later or just cancel the order. You can also easily change the supplements to switch things up or add ons to your order.

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Brighten Up! How to add pops of color to your everyday spring make-up

I don’t know about you but when this time of the year rolls around I immediately want to start wearing brighter colors. This doesn’t have to stop with your wardrobe. There are many easy ways to add pops of color in your make-up routine, even for the neutrals only girl.

Bright Lips:

The easiest way to brighten up any look is a bright coral or plum lip. Keep the eyes and the rest of the face light and pop on your favorite bright lipstick. Finding the right lipstick for your skin can always be a struggle. Testing out drugstore options before making the plunge for a higher end bright lipstick is always a great idea. I love corals much more during the warmer months when I have a tan. Any type of bright lip really just screams spring/summer to me.

Above I have a few of my favorites:

  • Mac Costa Chic – This is my go-to coral lipstick. It’s bright enough to really pop but not too much to wear for an everyday look
  • Maybelline Hot Plum – This is part of their Vivids line so you know this is a bright lipstick. I love this color for me when I really want something out of the box but I highly recommend checking any of their lipsticks out from this line.
  • Hourglass Muse – The first liquid lip I tried and still one of my favorite formulas. This is the perfect lip to throw on and forget about as this formula does not budge!

 

Swatches from L-R: Hourglass, Maybelline, Mac

 

Blue Eyes:

My favorite and go-to way to add color throughout the spring/summer months is lining the lower lash line with a bright blue or turquoise liner. When I really want my eyes to pop I’ll even smoke out my lower lash line with blue shadow as well. If you really want to go out of the box, keep the whole face neutral and add a graphic blue winged liner to the upper lid. One that has shimmer in it is an even brighter touch. If all this is a little much for your spring make-up routine, keep it simple by doing your regular liquid eyeliner and adding a touch of the blue to the top of it.

For liquid liner I recommend:

  • Wet N Wild Megaliner in A Case of Blue – This is such a pretty pale blue liner that could brighten any look. For such a cheap drugstore liner this is so pigmented and easy to apply.
  • Stila Bora Bora – This is one of their sparkle waterproof eyeliners so it has a little shimmer in it and also stays on all day!

Eyeshadow:

  • Nars South Pacific – This is great duo of eyeshadows that allows you to pick the paler shade for day looks or the brighter shade when your really trying to make your lower lash line pop.

Eyeliner:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Radium and Flipside – These are my all time favorite eye liner pencils. They stay on throughout the summer heat and apply so smoothly. Urban Decay bundles multiple of these colored eyeliners together occasionally which I would recommend checking out.

Bright Coral Cheeks:

The perfect way to brighten up any neutral look is to add a bright pop of color on the cheeks. I love a bright shimmery coral blush during the summer. This color looks great on a summer tan. I like shimmery blushes more during the summer because I don’t need to wear a highlight. Adding multiple products to your cheeks can cause them to look cakey and over done, especially during the hot summer days.

Above are my two favorite coral blushes:

  • NYX Ombre Blush in Feel the Heat – This line of blushes has to be one of my all time favorites. They’re perfect because they’re buildable and you also have the option to swirl in the lighter side which is where the shimmer is at.
  • Too Faced Perfect Flush Blush in Sparkling Bellini – This blush also gives you the option to customize the shade you’re looking for. This blush has an all over shimmer in it which gives you that glow from within look instead of straight on sparkles.

These are all my favorite ways to brighten up a neutral look during the warmer months. As someone who was once scared of any sort of colored make-up products, playing around with brighter colors can be fun and exciting! What are your favorite ways to change up your make-up looks in the spring?

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Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette l Swatches and First Impressions

When I saw this collection launch I knew I had to pick up the Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette. I also grabbed the brushes but haven’t had much time to play around with them to really form an opinion. First, I love the name of this collection. I feel like many brands are recently creating product names and packaging that promote a “self love”/”love the skin your in” vibe.

Breakdown:

The palette itself is absolutely stunning from the box it comes in, the outside and inside of the palette, from the sparkling eyeshadows to the large luxurious looking mirror. The four shades on the right immediately grabbed my attention as you can tell they’re packed with glitter whereas the shades on the right are more of a shimmer. This palette includes one matte shade located at the top of the palette called Myth. This shadow is the perfect transition/crease shade to work with all of the high shine shadows in the palette. I was very excited to see that this was included, as many brands create shimmer/glitter only palettes that pretty much require you have to use other eyeshadows or palettes in your collection. The middle shade, which I completely looked over when I first saw pictures of this palette, is considered a pearl highlight for the face and eye.

Swatches:

From Top to Bottom (shade descriptions are taken from Tarte’s website):

  • Myth – matte nude
  • Magic – bronze
  • Wings – copper
  • Marvel – metallic sage
  • Trance – taupe slate

This side of the palette really grabbed my attention first. Wings, Magic and Trance have a gorgeous sparkle to them that are perfect for an all over the lid color. These look even better when used spritz with Fix + and foiled onto the eyelid. The top shade Myth is the only matte shade in the palette. I was super disappointed with how this shade swatched on my hand but on the eyelid it performs much better and is the perfect transition shade. These shades do come with a lot of fallout on the eye but so do many other glitter shadows. I would recommend doing your eye make-up first or using a glitter glue, my favorites is Too Faced Glitter Glue .

From Top to Bottom (shade descriptions are taken from Tarte’s website):

  • Fairy – metallic lavender
  • Mystic – blue pearl
  • Dream – turquoise
  • Crystal – iridescent champagne
  • Pixie – golden pink

Far Right:

  • Believe – pearl highlight

This side of the palette really disappointed me when swatching it. They are pretty shades don’t get me wrong but they were very hard to capture through a camera. These shadows are much more toned down and could easily be worn everyday. I’m excited to use the blues on the my lower lash line during the summer months. Believe, which is a face/eye highlight swatches really patchy and powdery. I was kind of disappointed in this shade because I felt the whole palette was centered around it in a way. It’ s a very wearable highlight and does look beautiful blended on the brow bone or the inner corner. It’s not a high shine, in your face kind of highlight but since most of the shades are that way it works well with them.

Overview:

All together I wouldn’t say this palette blew it out of the water but I was very happy with it. Some of shades weren’t the greatest swatched but on the eyes they did look beautiful. I’m excited to play more around with this palette and see what looks I can come up with. The packaging is sturdy and gorgeous making this product feel very high-end. I’m intrigued with all these brands putting out ‘unicorn’ and ‘fantasy’ inspired products and know I’ll be grabbing a few more in the future. It does seem a little gimmicky but I’m a sucker for cute packaging and anything pastel or holographic.

 

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