My Skincare Routine

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So in the morning, I basically just wash my face and prime my skin, so I don’t really do anything fancy with my skincare. Before I go to bed at night is when I do my full skin care routine. Before this, I would just wash my face with soap, not even bothering to properly remove my makeup. A few months ago, I started a proper skincare routine. Here are all of the products that I use to keep my face healthy.

Step 1: I remove my makeup either with my Estee Lauder Makeup Remover Lotion, or with makeup removing wipes when I’m feeling lazy.  I love the ED lotion because it is moisturizing and dissolves stubborn makeup.  This is just a sample size, and when I’m finished I probably won’t be repurchasing it as it is expensive. If anyone knows of a similar product they love that is affordable, I would love to hear it!

Step 2: Wash Face. I wash my face after I remove my makeup with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. I bought this recently, and I love it. It is a gentle cleanser so it doesn’t strip moisture away from my skin, but leaves it feeling clean and refreshed. I also love it’s fresh lemony scent.

Step 3:  Tone Skin. Lately I have been getting into spritzing rose water on my skin. I was reading that is a great natural skin softener and that is has calming properties. . You can buy it at any health food store. I keep mine in a spritz bottle and a sometimes reapply it throughout the day. It is very refreshing in the summer.  Next, On a cotton round, I apply Lancome Tonique Confort all over my skin. This is a moisturizing toner with a milky texture, and it smells AMAZING. It calms my skin and it feels so moisturizing. I haven’t found another toner like this one.

Step 4: Serum. I wanted to start using an anti aging product in my regimen because even though I am 20, I noticed that I was getting some fine lines under my eyes and on my forehead. Olay Micro Sculpting serum feels so amazing. It has a really silky texture, a great scent, and makes my skin firmer and softer. I am fresh out of this bottle and am planning on buying another.

Step 5: Moisturize. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is my all time favorite moisturizer. I have been using it for a few years on and off and I always go back to this one. I like it because it is super moisturizing but very light feeling when applied. It is also so good for your skin because it has ceramides and is fragrance free. To finish moisturizing I dab on Clinique All About Eyes, which has a cooling sensation that makes my eyes feel refreshed.

Thanks for reading! Tell me about your skincare routine in the comments!

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Berry Eyes: An Easy Makeup Look

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I have been very into the look of deep, cranberry eyes recently, and was inspired by a NYX baked eyeshadow I picked up in the shade Mademoiselle to create a full eye look.  I used a few shades from my Naked 3 Palette, which has pink toned shadows to compliment the main shadow in the look.

What I used:

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Step One: Prime Eyes. I primed my eyes with Elf Shadow lock eye shadow primer. I set the primer with Wet N’ Wild Eye Shadow in Brulee. When I do this, my shadow lasts all day long.

Step 2: I applied nooner from the Naked3 into my crease with a blending brush.

Step 3: Apply NYX Mademoiselle all over my lid ending just before the crease. Since this is a baked shadow, I applied it with a damp brush. Make sure to pack the color on in several layers for the best payoff.

Step 4: Allow the shadow several moments to dry. Mix Nooner and Limit from Naked 3 to blend out harsh lines from the NYX shadow. Take Nooner and Limit and smudge on the lower lashline.

Step 5: Pack Blackheart onto the outer 4th of eye, then blend so it looks more natural. Repeat this step several times to get the desired amount of pigmentation from the shadow.

Step 6: Create a thin to medium line using a black eye liner. I used Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner. I also added a black eyeliner to the lower waterline to make my eyes pop. I then added several layers of mascara, and the look was complete!

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Wet N’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette Review

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I finally caved and bought the Wet N’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette. It wasn’t really hard seeing has it only cost $5. I had heard its praises sung on the internet for ages now, and I finally decided that it was time I add it to my own collection. I am glad that I did. It is a beautiful palette of silky, pigmented eye-shadows, and it has some truly unique shades. Here is a breakdown of the palette:

Color Selection– This palette has some really pretty neutral colors in it, that are completely wearable for everyday. The entire first row and the first shadow in the second column are all beautiful neutrals that give higher end palette neutrals a run for their money. The last three shadows are more green based. There is a light, pea green and a dark brown forest green. The last shade in the palette is a complete stand out for me. It is a brown shade with blue and green flecks in it. When it is swatched it is so beautiful and has a duo-chrome like finish. It reminds me a lot of Mac’s Blue Brown Pigment. So cool.

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Finishes– Every shade in this palette is metallic, meaning they all have shimmer in them. The dark shades tend to have larger glitter particles in them than the lighter shades. I would have liked if the palette had one matte shade, but I find that they still work well for crease and transition colors. Because they are shimmery, every color in the palette would make a pretty all-over lid color.

Pigmentation– Like most Wet N’ Wild eye shadows I have tried, this has great pigmentation. Lightly touching your brush to each shade is enough to cover most of your lids, and you can pack more on depending on the amount of coverage you are looking for.

Fallout- This palette has some light fallout on several of the shades, but this is to be expected with even high end eye shadows. It is nothing that is not manageable, and can be swept away easily with a clean brush.

So far, I am really happy with this palette. It is a great value at only $5, and you get a lot of product for your money. I like that this palette has some safe neutral colors for every day, but some fun green shades for when you feel like experimenting. I can see myself using this palette a lot, as it is a good product that I would definitely recommend to my readers.

FullSizeRender (17)A look I came up with while playing around today

If you have this palette, what do you think about it? Tell me in the comments!

July Beauty Favorites

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So, July is gone, and I am already mentally preparing myself for back to college at the end of August. Here are all of the makeup items that I loved last month.

1.) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes– I have finally tried this product and I realize why everyone loves it so much. The formula is really comfortable as far as a matte liquid lipstick goes, and Cannes is the ultimate your-lips-but-better shade. I have already picked this up in another color, Istanbul, and I plan to get more.

2.) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation– I have found it. I have found the foundation I have been looking for. Earlier in the month I decided that I wanted something with sheer coverage. I was thinking about buying Nars Sheer Glow, but then a friend told me that this was a dupe for it.. Now I can’t speak to that, since I have never tried SG, but I don’t plan on bothering with it since this is amazing and WAY cheaper. It has a really natural finish and the perfect amount of coverage. It is my new favorite, and I don’t think I will be buying any new foundations in the near future since I am so happy with this.

3.) MAC Blush in Blush All Day– I know, this is the dumbest name for a blush, but it is my go to shade for days when I am wearing natural makeup. It is a light, peachy blush with a slight shimmer to it. It pairs really well with bronzer as it shares some of the same deeper tan tones, so it is the perfect summer blush.

4.) Tarte Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess–  This was one of the rare instances where I got something I had really been wanting in my Ipsy bag.  In this month’s bag I received a deluxe sample of this popular Tarte Bronzer, and this is actually the first Tarte product I have ever owned. I like this bronzer because it is ideal for people like me who are very fair, as it just adds a light wash of color. The staying power is also fantastic.

5.) Lorac Pro Palette– I saved the best for last. I have been wanting this palette for MONTHS and I finally decided it was time to get it. I am so glad I did. I knew before I bought it that I would love this palette. It is seriously the ultimate neutral eye shadow palette EVER. It has all the neutral shades you could ask for. I love that there is a matte row and a row of shimmery shadows. The colors are SO pigmented and SO blendeable. If you have not tried Lorac eye shadows, you need to. They just have the softest, most blendeable formulas ever. This was such a great purchase, as it just has every neutral staple you need to build your collection. And just look at those colors!

IMG_0194[1]What have you been loving this month?