Daily Makeup Essentials

On my work days I keep it to a minimal where as non work days I might use a bit more products or do more with my eyes and face, like eyeliner, contour and highlight.  I won’t be talking about eyeshadow or fake lashes today because I don’t were them daily. I do go through phases where I like to wear lashes for a week then I don’t for a few weeks.  Most of the products  are from ulta or amazon, there are a few that I received from boxycharm.  I try to keep affordable items in my makeup bag but I like trying the more “expensive” items form boxycharm.

Work days

BB cream

I use Physicians Formula Super BB Cream or Burt’s Bees BB Cream. I love how these both apply and look. Burt’s Bees is a tab more oiler than physicians formula but a little powder helps.

Concealer

On the days were I just feel like I need to cover a few areas I will just use my Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer from Makeup Revolution.

Eyebrows

For eyebrows I like to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade or Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Gel Nether one are waxy, which I don’t like. Both are easy and stay pretty well a day.

Mascara

I have been really liking my Tarte Big Ego Mascara. It doesn’t flake and makes a difference in my lashes verses I mascara. Also the Better than Sex by Too Faced is nice too. Both mascara’s  I received from boxycharm.

Non work days

Foundation

I reach for my Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation. I like how sits on my skin, not cakey or dry. I prefer using a makeup sponge when applying.

Eyeliner

The Roller Liner by Benefit Cosmetics is a great liner. The felt tip makes it very easy to go from thin to thick lines and doesn’t smudge. I also like Nyx Epic Ink Liner only this one is a bit more wet when you apply.

Contour/Highlight/Blush

A few months back in a boxycharm I received the Tarte Tarteist™ PRO glow cheek palette V3, it has two blushes, contour and highlights. It’s perfect for traveling and compact and saves space in my makeup bag.

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Nightly Skin Care Routine

It’s been a while since I wrote about my skin care routine. Which you can read My More Consistent Skincare Routine. My routine is much simpler now and easier than it was in the past. I find that this is working much better now for me. I try to keep it to 5 products and stuck to products that work and are affordable, but there is always that one product thats more and loved. Most of the items that I use and buy are under $20. Expect for the $39 moisturizer that came in my boxy charm box one month.

I use makeup wipes every night to wipe off any makeup. I really like any of the wipes from Yes To. I think the cucumber and grapefruit are my favorites. After I get all of the makeup off I use the Pacifica Beauty Sea Foam Complete Face Wash to wash my face with a Eco Tools Portable Facial Cleansing Brush, the brush sits so nicely in my hand and is perfect for traveling. For a toner I use the Thayers Rose Water Witch Hazel Toner and then after that dries I spray my face with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater, I love how both of these smell and make my face feel. You can also use it to set your makeup, which i like doing. For the last step I have been using the It Cosmetics Confidence In A Jar, I got this in my boxy charm box and I love it, just not the price. I believe I received it in my March box and I have hardly made a dent, a little goes a very long way. I think after I’m done with this jar, I might purchase. Since you only need a very small amount to cover your face, even through it is a lot more than I normally spend on a moisturizer.

For breakouts I will ether add to my nightly routine as needed the Mario Badescu Buffing Lotion for cysts acne and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for normal whitehead acne. Lately I haven’t really had to reach for these since my skin has been behaving well, which I’m glad for. Also through out the week I do use other mud masks and peels that I have depending on what my skin is doing at that moment. 

I have started taking Evening Primrose every night since April and I have noticed a difference in my skin since starting. I have even less breakouts and the scarring from past breakouts have also faded a bit. I have also increased my water intake throughout the day.

4 Tips on washing your hair less

I use to be someone that had to wash my hair almost everyday, especially when I had long hair down to the middle of my back. Now for the past 5 years I have had short pixie like hair, which at the moment, is now a jawline length bob. I only wash my hair 2 times a week max. Normally during the weekend and some time in the of the week. It was pretty easy for me to go longer in between washes since it was so short when I first started. If you have longer hair it might take a little longer to transition to fewer washes but is doable.

START EXTENDING WASHES

If your someone who washes your hair every day, try to make the switch to every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will slowly produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural oils your scalp produces. Wash your hair less and you’ll notice that you will be able to extend even longer between washes.

Here are a few tips that can help with the transition for washing less.

TIP #1: DRY SHAMPOO

Dry shampoo is great for days in between washes. You can also spray your roots before going to bed. Adding some dry shampoo to your hair at night before bed will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping, which is when your scalp produces the most oil.

TIP #2 APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your roots and rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s PH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.

TIP #3 DISTRIBUTING OIL

Gently brush through your hair with a real boar-bristle brush which will distribute the natural oils from your scalp through the length of your hair. Start at the roots and use fluid strokes to help the oil travel down the shaft of your hair. This is helpful before going to bed too. This will make your morning easier (less bedhead and knots), but it will also prevent the buildup of oil on the scalp overnight. The oil will wash away from the roots when you shower, it will prevent the buildup that can cause you to need to wash more frequently, and it will naturally conditioned

TIP #4 SHAMPOO

Stick to a gentle shampoo, that’s free of silicones, sulfate and paraben’s. Also don’t forget to brush before lathering up.

The first few weeks of training your hair may take some getting used to.

9 Holy Grail Skin Care Favorites Of 2018

I wanted to make a list of items that I really enjoyed and repurchased thought out 2018. I feel that I have a good skin care routine now and I have my cystic acne under control with the help of this supplement. All of these products work really well for me and my skin. Also none of them break the bank.

Alba Acnedote Deep Pore Wash I really like using this to deep clean my face once a week when I use the exfoliating brush head on my facial brush. I bought the spin brush during black Friday sale.

Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes These do a great job of taking off any makeup that i might have on and they leave your face feeling clean. Honestly any of their wipes work well, but the cucumber wipes are my favorite scent.

Yes To Cucumber Micellar Water I like to use this for heavy eye makeup, eyeshadow, eyeliner or lash glue that I might have on. It does a good job of removing everything and cleaning my eyes. Again any of their Micellar water works, I just love the cucumber scent.

Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay I like to use this once a week to really get in the pores of my skin. As the clay dries it sucks all of the nasty junk out of your pores, think of it as a vacuum. Just make sure to moisturize after really well since it can be very drying.

MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater I love this spray. I”ll admit i went through the first bottle a little too quickly because I keep spring myself with it. I like to use this after washing my face and right before applying my moisturizer. The smell is divine.

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask This mask is my last step in my skin care routine. I have been using this since fall now and it does a great job with the couple of dry patches that I have on my face. It’s very hydrating and smells amazing.

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash I use this wash daily. It has coconut water which is a natural toner, skin balancer and cleanser. The sea algae extract, helps with moisture content and brightness. 

Pacifica Beauty Kale Lux Oil-Free Multi Cream I use this every night after washing my face and using the rosewater spray. Not a lot of people like the smell of it but honestly I like the smell. It is great for acne. After i run out i will most likely keep using it even though I seem to have my cystic acne under control by using this supplement.

FORMULA 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Mask I use this mask whenever I have a breakout. Which consists of maybe one or two very tiny zits that appear around the time of my period. This mask will help with redness and shrink the zits.

Pacifica Haul | Natural Makeup

I was really interested in giving Pacifica a try, since they are more natural in the makeup department. They have so many products from skincare to makeup to perfume. I have bought a few of the skin care products and really enjoy them. The Wakeup Beautiful Over Night mask that they have is great for dry skin. Anyways I was browsing on ulta during Cyber Monday for some sales and stumbled across these items. None of the items I bought were part of any deal or sales at the time, I didn’t find anything I really wanted besides the Urban decay Naked Heat Palette for 50% off. Which I did buy, really like.


Anyways here are what I picked up from Pacifica

Crystal Blur Illuminating Foundation
Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation
Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer
Crystal Primer Powered Up
Crystal Dew Setting Spray

A illuminating foundation is not something I have yet to try.
I’ve also another item I have never tried a CC Cream before so I was curious about this type of product and how it will work for me. They also label it as a foundation, so that’s interesting too. I haven’t been able to find a BB Cream that I like, that isn’t too heavy or cakey, so I’m hoping this one will be it. I heard that the matte primer is really good and lots of people like it. I thought that both the crystal primer and setting spray were interesting since they claim to have crushed rose quartz crystal powder.