WOW, where have I been?

Hey my beauties, okay it has been a loooong 5 months away from this blog. I am so sorry that I have fallen off once again, my resolution for this year is to stay consistent in anything that I do and I would like to get back into the groove of readings your guys’ posts, talking to you guys and getting back to posting regularly.  I have about 12 drafts and I want to get a fresh start with blog ideas, so PLEASE let me know what you would love to see on my blog. My first post that I am working on is skin care related.

 

So anyways, if you care (which you probably dont lol), in September of last year I got so caught up in my school work and working more hours due to the Holiday season. As this year began, I took some time for myself to work, do my class work and relax a bit. I may or may not have been buying products to review for you guys haha.

 

Anyway, thanks for reading and I’ll see you in my next post! XO

Fenty Beauty – My thoughts and opinions

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Hi ladies I am back again, school is still kicking my butt into shape and when I am not studying, I am working of course. Lately when I am using my computer, I am doing my online course work not anything fun usually so I’m happy to be doing something fun again!

If you live under a rock, you might now know that Rihanna released her own makeup line on the 8th of this month – called Fenty Beauty. So because of where I work, I knew about this release for a month prior but cast members were not allowed to take any photos or talk about the products with anyone because of Rihannas wishes to keep the launch on the low. I think this worked out well because without product leaking, it really builds the hype around the brand and products.

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So yeah she launched her brand in over 17 countries all on the same day which is unheard of. Another thing unheard of is releasing 40 shades of foundations for her first launch! Yes I think this is the best thing about this, she wanted her brands and products to be all inclusive and I think she nailed it. So she released foundation, primer, beauty sponge, brushes, blotting powder, contour / highlight / concealer sticks, powder highlights and a universal lip gloss. So because I am a Sephora cast member we get gratis but I wasn’t expecting to get a Fenty gratis because there wasn’t a foundation shade sheet – well they did it super sneaky haha. They gave us the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation & a Killawatt Highlighter.

I ended up receiving the foundation in the shade 260, which I think was a good match. As for the highlight, I got the duo in Mean Money / Hu$tla Baby – which I was so glad becasue this one is the most wearable and the one that I liked out of all of the duos.

Okay so here we go (let me just apologize now since I dont have photos of everything!):

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

So I had 260, and my coworker actually ended up giving me her shade 270 and then I wanted to purchase a lighter shade to mix with so I picked up 230. They all mix well. This foundation contains 32 mL, which is more than standard and costs $34. Now I want to note a few things:

This Foundation dries to a darker color, and that does NOT mean it oxidizes. 

For a foundation to oxidize, it means that it turns into a orangey or green tone the longer you wear it. This foundation is quite watery so you as the foundation is drying down, the water is evaporating and then you get your true color. With that being said, you might want to get matched in store so that you get the right match.

This foundation sets itself.

With that being said, Fenty does not have a setting powder because the foundation sets itself. Any overuse of powder will make you look dry. Also I would work in sections on your face as well because this foundation dries rather quickly.

Before you use it, shake well.

The foundation is watery so you want the foundation to be evenly mixed okay so don’t forget to give it a good shake.

This foundation is targeted toward combination / combination oily.

Okay, so yes the soft matte finish is targeted toward oily combo skin. With that being said, if you are normal skin you can still use this foundation, but you MUST prep your skin. You need to use a good moisturizer to get your skin ready for the matte finish.

This foundation is a medium coverage.

Okay so to keep it natural she made this foundation a medium coverage so that it still looks like skin. You can alter the coverage with your tools. Of course a damp sponge will sheer the coverage whereas a brush gives you fuller color and pigment. With this, I prefer a densely packed brush (I use the brush Fenty makes) because it spreads the product evenly and gives me fuller coverage.

Not all primers are going to work with this foundation.

Because of the soft matte finish formula, this foundation will NOT work with a super mattifying gel primer. It will break up your foundation so just keep that in mind.

Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

This primer is made exactly for the foundation. It smoothes the skin and blurs it for a blank canvas. It is a white tone but when you work it into your skin it soaks into your skin without color. It feels more like a lotion going into your skin than a primer which is great. It contains 32 mL as well and retails for $32.

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Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters

Her highlighers come in Duos and Singles. Like I said before I got the Mean Money / Hu$tla Baby duo in my gratis but I had to purchase the Trophy Wife Highlighter than everyone is losing their minds over! I love these highlighters. I love how the duos have one subtle color and one blinding one. I get multi use because I use the more subtle one as an eyeshadow! These retail for $34.

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Trophy Wife is extremely pigmented and glittery.

Okay this highlight is so beautiful but you have to work a bit with it. If you use it on the eyes (like I have) use setting spray and a glitter glue or else you’re gonna have hella fall out. For the cheeks, use a denser brush so distribute the product instead of a fluffy one because that will kick up glitter and it will go everywhere.

 

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Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow

This gloss comes in one universal shade and it makes your lips looks so luscious and juicy without the stickiness of a gloss and is very long wearing. Not only that, the doefoot is huge and covers a lot of surface area. I love this gloss and that says a lot in itself because I usually despise glosses. The Gloss retails for $18.

Full Bodied Foundation Brush #110

Okay so I know this isn’t completely necessary but this brush just called for me. First of all love the color and the bristles felt really dense and soft. The reason why I got this brush is so that the foundation is higher coverage. This brush applies my foundation without brush marks and it allows me to get in between my brows, under eyes and around my nose with ease. It is synthetic bristles and retails for $34.

 

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Invisimatte Blotting Powder

Okay so this is a great item because my nose and t zone get oily and I hate looking shiny. Riri uses this on the red carpet to stay matte and it does not cake up or give you flashback. Fun fact, the travel brush for the powder is magnetic hence the shape of the compact. You don’t need to use a lot of product and it retails for $32. However I need to say one thing:

This is not a setting powder!!!

Im sorry but all of the videos I have seen, people are using this to set their foundation and I just cringe. That is not how you use it!

Okay so those are all of the things that I purchased. I only purchased these because they are items I was very interested in. I was thinking about purchasing a Matchstix Trio for contouring but we will see!

Packaging: I love the simple frosted glass of the primer and foundations and it also comes with a pump. As for the compacts – highlighters come in an octagon shape and the blotting comes in a square but they have a lavender duo chrome shift in the light so pretty! Love the details. The whole line is super cohesive and makes sense.

Pricing: I think the price points are fair, with the exception of the brushes. I mean don’t get me wrong the brush was worth it but I feel like it should still cost less than the foundation not the same. Riri took inspiration from the Georgia Armani foundation when she created her foundation so I think that $34 is fair because I thought she was going to charge more (because she is a celebrity).

Final Thoughts: Everything that I have I love so much. The foundation is being used everyday and I get a lot of compliments on my complexion or my “fenty face”. I think that if you use the products correctly you will love them!! She is going to be expanding her line so I can’t wait to see what she releases!

Here is my Fenty Face:

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Have you guys tried anything from her line? Would you be interested in trying anything? Let me know if you have any more questions since I was trained on this brand!!!

xo

Too Faced Sweetie Pie Bronzer

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Okay so the Peaches and Cream collection finally released in Sephora stores after a long week of online teasers! I was so excited about the mattifying setting spray and the powder but guess what I ended up getting? The bronzer! LOL

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For some reason I am really loving bronzers lately. I never used to be into bronzing like this before but now its like the step in my makeup that I love doing! Something about bringing warmth to the face haha. This bronzer claims to be a “radiant matte bronzer” which just seems so weird to me because how can something be matte and radiant at the same time? What really caught my attention was the packaging, the pie design of the product and of course the smell. It smells like peaches and cream and I love smelling it. I kept smelling it at work like a weirdo. It swatched very nicely, very warm and no noticeable shimmers. I have never owned a bronzer that had a blush / highlight shade inside like this one does and I wanted something different.

So before I ended up purchasing it, I applied it in store and I loved the way I looked. I mean I already had some bronzer on but it gave my face a slight sheen / radiance without being overly glittery because I like my complexion matte.  I could also smell the product going and I mean I’m pretty sure someone shouldn’t be so obsessed with the way something smells but I cant help it. I was swirling all the colors are to make my own combination but when I took it home, I didn’t want to mess it up. I do have to note that the gold shimmer is a spray on because once you get past that level its not going to be super shimmery which is a good thing. I find that this bronzer did give my face a matte radiant finish, again I know how can that be?

What it is:  A radiance-boosting bronzer for a soft and flawless-looking complexion. 

What it does: This must-have bronzer features four beautiful shades—Candied Peach (pink), Caramelized Peach (light brown), Golden Peach (medium brown), and Bronzed Peach (dark brown)—that effortlessly blend together to define and highlight skin for a soft, luminous look.

Claims:

✔ Delivers the perfect blend of blush, bronzer, and highlighter
✔ Creates universal warmth
✔ Gives blendable, intense color payoff

I do agree with the claims of this collection and I am slowly falling into this Peaches and Cream business. But yeah you guys have you seen the new Peaches and Cream collection by Too Faced? I heard it’s going to be permanent and exclusive to Sephora! Would you guys like to see me incorporate this bronzer into a look? Let me know!

Also, I picked up a lipstick and the eye shadow palette would you guys like to see a review or swatches?

xo

Free makeup from work!!!

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Its about that time again, a plastic bag full of products that had my name on it and a sign that said “take me home”. I took mine home a little earlier than expected because there were 2 products that I wanted to take home ASAP to save my skin. If you didn’t know already, Sephora gives out gratis to their cast which is free product. There are a few different ways to get product and those are:

  • All Cast Gratis (brand gives everyone that works there the same product)
  • Training with Brand Rep
  • Winning a Contest
  • Selling Products (With Brand Rep)

I love getting gratis because I can give clients my own experience with the product and I actually know what I’m talking about so its an easier sell. But I also love getting it because I mean who doesn’t want free products? Its saving me money because I don’t have to go out and purchase new makeup or skin care.

All cast gratis

  • Philosophy Purity Cleanser
  • Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower gel
  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big
  • Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask
  • Marc Jacobs Noir Mascara

These were all extras from last months gratis from Philosophy, which I’m not complaining about because I love Purity and Amazing Grace! I also received the Marc Jacobs mascara before as well but I actually liked that mascara but the packaging is so big and bulky.

Training with Reps

  • Stellar Brilliance Primer
  • Smashbox Always On liquid lipstick in Stepping Out
  • Makeup Forever Artist Liquid Matte in 105
  • Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet
  • Makeup Forever Starlit Liquid in Arctic White

I am so excited for all of this! I tried the Stellar primer and it gives my skin a glow! My makeup lasted all day when I wore that primer. The other thing I tried was the Makeup Forever Liquid Matte and at first it felt nice and lightweight but toward the end of the day my lipstick was so drying and it disappeared completely. As for the Smashbox liquid lip, I already own it in that color and I love their formula and the applicator!

Update: The Makeup Forever Liquid lip went on nicely it felt light weight but after about an hour it started to crumble, fade and feel heavy on the lips!

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Selling Products

  • Fresh Sugar Face Polish
  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask
  • Fresh Lip Caramel Lip Balm

So off the bat, I LOVE my Caramel lip balm. It smells amazing and keeps my lips hydrated all day. As for the Umbrian Clay, one of my new favorite masks. But, it can be used as a mask, cleanser and a spot treatment which I love and my skin has cleared up from using this mask!

 

I would love to give you guys my reviews on the other products as I get a good feel for them! Have you tried any of these?

 

xo

 

Battle of the contour: ABH vs. KVD

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So if you didn’t know, Sephora will be having weekly specials, every Thursday they will have certain products up to 50% off of the retail price for a week in store and online while supplies last. I think this is amazing because they are kind of like Ulta with their specials and daily deals. This is the first week of the deals and they have Stila eyeshadow palettes, Anastasia Powder and Cream Contour Kits and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighter palettes for half off! When I saw Trendmood1’s Instagram post I immediately went to the Sephora App and low and behold the Anastasia Contour Kits were on sale for $20 USD! That is such a great value because the Sephora Collection Contour palette is $28 so they are equal competitors. I fell back asleep and all of the contour kits ended up selling out online but I was going to the mall anyway so I ended up purchasing the Light to Medium kit because the Medium to Tan had too dark of shades for my face. I was so stoked to get this because with my employee discount this palette was $16!!! Thats the same price if I were to buy an ABH liquid lipstick!

I decided to pass on the cream contour kit because I actually already had the Light Cream Contour Kit but I ended up giving it to my best friend because she was so excited that the palettes were half off and I didn’t really use my cream contour kit anymore. The only other palette that I have to compare my powder ABH contour kit is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette.

 

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Pros:

Kat Von D (old packaging):

  • Has a large, high quality mirror
  • Generous pan sizes: .16 oz contour shades, and .08 oz in highlight shades
  • Very Sturdy cardboard
  • Magnetic closure
  • A little goes a long way
  • All matte
  • Comes in a box
  • I can only use 2 highlight shades and 2 contour shades
  • Comes with instructions on how to contour and highlight

 

Anastasia:

  • Retails for $40 USD
  • Has 3 different shades for their palettes
  • Refillable pans
  • Magnetic closure
  • Has a shimmer highlight shade
  • Comes in a sleeve
  • Thick sturdy cardboard
  • Has warm, bronzey and an ashy contour shade which I can use all
  • Writing engraved into palette
  • Easy to use, buildable and super blendable
  • Smooth and not chalky
  • Compact and travel friendly

 

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Cons:

Kat Von D (old packaging):

  • Pans are not refillable
  • Retails for $49 USD
  • Print on cardboard rubs off easily, the whole front has been rubbed off
  • Sometimes this product is so pigmented that you have to sit and blend for awhile
  • Only comes one standard shade
  • Highlight pans are less than contour shades
  • Goes on a bit more powdery and chalky
  • Large and a bit bulky

 

Anastasia:

  • No mirror
  • Each pan contains .11 oz of product

 

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As you can see in the swatches, I have the Anastasia Palette on top and the Kat Von D on the bottom. In my opinion the ABH swatched a bit nicer there wasn’t even powder fall out and went on nice and creamy. The contour shades in that palette are very wearable and a bit warm which I love and the shimmer highlight is gorgeous. As for the KVD there is a nice range of contour, one ideal for each skin tone but that can potentially be wasteful because not all shades are tailored for you skin tone like the ABH one.

Honestly I have been opting out contouring for bronzing but I feel that I will be getting so much use out of the ABH palette because I can chuck it in my bag and get ready I can contour and bronze all in one.

 

Did you pick up the ABH palette during the Sephora Weekly Special? Have you tried any of these palettes? What’s your favorite palette to contour with?

 

xo

The Balm Liquid Lipsticks

Me and my mom ended up going shopping on base and I had no idea that the PX sold The Balm cosmetics, because the last time I went there they only had a few cosmetic brands that I liked. I saw a little lip kit with two of their Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid Lipsticks. I was really excited when I seen this because I have never tried their liquid lipstick formula before, I just never was interested in ordering them online and taking the risk of not liking what I receive.

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The two colors that were in this duo are Committed and Devoted, and they are both full sized! I really like how they put two different colors together because if it were up to me I would only stick to nudes and wouldn’t want to try out a red! Their lipsticks claim to be long lasting, with a comfortable matte finish. Individually these liquid lipsticks retail for $17 USD for 7.4 mL of product, which is a healthy amount of product. When I saw that this duo was $16.80 ( plus no tax) I grabbed it and put it into my basket!

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Unfortunately, they do not give color descriptions on their websites so I will try my best to describe these colors haha. Committed is a pinky nude that is very vibrant and Devoted is blue toned red. They are very opaque upon first swipe, however I did notice Committed was a bit more patchier on the hand swatch but I am sure that lip primer and a lip liner will help out application. The packaging to these lipsticks are very different, which a black and white picture of a couple sharing a milkshake and the color of the lipstick on the tube. These have a scent to them, they smell like mint which I personally really love because everything else tends to smell like vanilla cupcakes or straight up chemicals. I really also like the shade names to their lipsticks, they’re all relationship related. I only wore them on my hands to test them out and I noticed a few things right off the bat.

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  1. These take awhile to dry down to their matte finish
  2. I noticed a bit of lipstick transfer when touching the swatch
  3. These stayed on through me washing my hands, and normal activity
  4. They have really good staying power, I had to scrub it off of my hand with a cotton pad and micellar water
  5. They stayed very soft, did not accentuate the lines on my hands and did not crack, separate or crumble
  6. Devoted left a slight stain after removing the swatch

 

I am so excited to finally try these on my lips because my bestfriend said she really likes these lipsticks and recommended them to me. I am actually going to throw Committed into my “everyday lipstick bag”, which I plan on posting about soon. Everything in that bag is pretty much my “go to” products that ill just randomly pull out and chuck it into my purse and be good to go. And YES its full of nude lipsticks, sue me haha. I do plan on wearing Devotion to work because it matches our uniforms and I mean smokey eye and classic red lips are great!

Have you guys tried their lipsticks? What are your thoughts? If you have any suggestions on what I should try from this brand please let me know!

 

xo

 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

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I finally got my hands on this ever so popular mask- the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. My store is always going in and out of stock on this mask and I have so many clients coming in asking for it! Its so popular that there isn’t even a tester because people love to try and sample it in store. I happened to go to another location and luckily they got about 3 in their shipment. They didn’t have a tester either so she opened one up and let me try it out and I just put it in my basket because I was so curious on trying this popular mask.

On Sephora.com, this mask has 4 1/2 stars with about 100 reviews which I think is pretty good. It is currently in stock on the website as well.

What is it? 

A skin-smoothing, radiance boosting, sleeping mask with hyaluronic acid for post facial results in one jar.

Claims:

This luxuriously bouncy, breathable sleeping mask refreshingly hydrates, smooths, and perfects skin overnight with a revolutionary pillow-proof, transfer-proof formula. The oil-free, lightweight, glow-boosting hybrid is formulated with ultra-soothing watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs that work while you sleep to tone and clarify roughened, dull complexions. AHAs smooth the surface of the skin by banishing dead, rough surface cells, clearing the path for ultra-effective, lasting hydration, while hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin for an incredibly nourished complexion. Skin is baby-soft and bright in the morning, effortlessly.

How to use:

  • To use as a sleeping mask: use two scoops or a generous layer on skin as the final step of the evening routine. For drier skin types, layer an additional dime sized amount onto the skin. Pat gently until absorbed and wash thoroughly in the morning.
  • To use as a wash-off mask (ideal for sensitive or stressed skin): use the spatula to scoop the face mask and spread a thick layer gently across the face from forehead to chin. Rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.

Pricing:

This mask is $45 USD for 80 mL, which I guess the price if fair for the amount of product that you get but I will see how much I need for one application and how far you can stretch this jar.

A little more about the brand:

Glow Recipe features the best of Korean beauty, founded by beauty industry experts Sarah Lee and Christine Chang. Over the years, Sarah and Christine met with thousands of customers, and again and again in these conversations, found women whose skincare needs were not met and whose lives simply didn’t mesh with complicated, fussy routines. They tasked themselves with creating hybrid skincare that would simplify these needs while bringing to life everything they love about Korean skincare: innovation, excitement, and sensoriality. Glow Recipe skincare pairs the best Korean technologies with the results-forward backbone of Western beauty. The needs and know-how of two vastly different beauty cultures are at work in these products, creating a Korean-inspired routine that’s perfectly distilled.

 

First Impression:

When I tried it out in store, I really liked the way it smells its a sweet, subtle watermelon scent it really reminds me of Aqua Fresca (fruit water). I really also like the glass jar, the shade is unique and the glass is very heavy and sturdy. The outside of the box is white with minimal writing but the inside of the box is full of watermelons, so cute! It also comes with a little plastic spatula which is great because it keeps everything sanitary. The cast member scooped a little and put some on the back of my hand and that small amount went a very long way- but like it said it might be different on the face. I left it on for awhile and washed it off and my hand was pretty soft and refreshed.

I really purchased it because it is popular but when I started to read the claims and benefits I got suckered into it. I really do like hyaluronic acid in my skin care because it plumps my skin and keeps me looking youthful. I also like AHA because it helps with dull skin and helps exfoliate (I have been SOOO into exfoliating right now) and I’m wanting to add some good masks to my collection.

 

Have you tried this mask or heard of it? Let me know! Thanks for reading!

 

xo

Skin Care Routine

Now that it is summer time, my skin always decides to act up. It loves to get really oily, red and breakout for no reason! I definitely have been busy buying and trying new things and I think I finally have a regimen that really works for me! If you are wanting to try new products based on your skin issues, here is my current skin care routine that I do everyday (or at least try to).

 

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Cleanse

My two favorites are the Kate Somerville Eradikate Daily Cleanser with Acne Treatment & the Korres Greek Yoghurt. I really just cycle between these two because I enjoy both. Right now I have little bumps on my forehead so I have been opting for the Kate one because of the Sulfur in it to help fight my blemishes. The Kate one helps with my pores too I have seen an improvement. As for the Korres, I love it because it makes my skin feel super soft, supple and squeaky clean. Its a cream to foam consistency and it smells faintly of cherries. I also want to note the the Korres wash is mostly natural ingredient and no harsh soaps. The Kate Somerville retails for $38 USD and the Korres is $26 USD.

Tone

I have been using my Thayers Witch Hazel with Lavender Toner lately because witch hazel is great for treating / preventing blemishes and to just further get the impurities out of the skin. I love how it smells like lavender and it does not have any alcohol in it so it doesn’t over dry or irritate the skin. It comes in a few different scents but I enjoy this one. It retails for $9.99 USD at Target.

Serums

Ole Henriksen takes the cake when it comes to my AM / PM serums. In the morning I go in with the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, which is packed with Vitamin C and collagen. It really has been brightening my skin. As a matter of fact I had some acne scars and dark spots because I love picking at zits but I have been using this religiously and they are gone. It also helps to tighten and plump your skin and keep you looking youthful! As for the PM, I use the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel, which is full of AHA which helps even out skin tone and treat my skin. I love these two together because it really did improve my skin. Both of these retail for $48 USD for the 30mL bottle. This also comes in a set with both serums and a moisturizer for $72 USD if you want to try it out and see what you like.

Moisturizer

This one is obviously going to be my Tatcha Water Cream. This item is a splurge but definitely worth it. It helps with my pores and control my oils while hydrating my normal areas and my foundation looks ten times better when it goes over my water cream. I love it so much I am being really tight on it because it’s always in and out of stock and I don’t want to run out anytime soon. This retails for $68 USD.

Acne Treatment

I recently tried out the Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Oil because my coworker recommended it to me because of my breakouts. It also prevents and manages black heads, which I have some on my nose. It’s very effective because of the 1.5% Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree oil to help clear skin. I have been using this and I notice a difference, like my pimples don’t stay long like they did before and they don’t get as big so thats a good thing. I think its cool because the oil itself is green and smells citrusy. The smaller sized bottle is $40 USD, I stocked up and got 3 deluxe sample sizes as rewards so that I can try before I buy haha.

Spot Treatment

To go even further with preventing pimples or wanting them gone over night I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I love this because when I wake up in the morning the pimple is dried up and the bumps are gone. I use this a lot on the chest acne and my back and shoulders (I know its gross but its life) because I suffer with acne there. The only thing that annoys me about this is that the sediment and the liquid have to be separated, it doesn’t work if you accidentally shake it up. The drying lotion retails for $18.

 

What are some products in your skin care routine? Please feel free to leave links down below I would love to read them!

 

xo