With more time on my hands now, I’m hoping to start up Glitz and Glitter in full force and get back into the swing of things! In the past month, my face has been so confused and I have been getting breakouts like crazy! It is frustrating because I am embarrassed of my acne and I can’t cover them with makeup because it makes my skin break out even more so I have been looking for different solutions to help maintain my skin or at least limit my skin breaking out.
After a lot of looking, I think I have finally found the answer!
I have three products that I use to help with my acne: Acne Free oil free acne cleanser, Proactiv refining mask, and Neutrogena blackhead eliminating cleanser/mask. These three products have saved my face and they are worth the investment!
I found the Acne Free cleanser at Walmart a few weeks ago and I am already able to tell the difference in my skin. Right now there are only two pimples on my face and they are there because I wore makeup all day for two consecutive days. My skin hates makeup so there was no stopping the breakout! The cleanser is fragrance free, it treats acne, and helps prevent new acne breakouts. This product contains micronized benzoyl peroxide to treat in fighting acne. My skin feels so refreshed after using the cleanser and it doesn’t leave a residue like other washes I have used. I paid $2 at Walmart for the Acne Free cleanser in the clearance section but it typically retails for under $10, so it is really affordable!
Once I cleanse my face, I go in with Neutrogena’s blackhead eliminating cleanser on my chin and nose. I also use it as a mask a few times a week and that alone helps get rid of my blackheads rapidly. With the Microclear technology in the cleanser, my blackheads have stayed away and don’t come back for a few days. My skin looks best when I use the cleanser every day, but sometimes I skip this step and just use the Acne Free cleanser. I found the Neutrogena cleanser/mask at Ross for $5.
The Proactiv refining mask is a bit pricey but well worth it! It’s a sulfur treatment that I pop right onto my zits for 10 minutes and then wash off. My pimples always look better and less “angry” after I use the mask and it has become a routine part of my week when I have breakouts. I used to use the mask overnight on really bad breakouts and that worked fine for me, too. The mask retails for $38 dollars on the Proactiv website.
Makeup, dirt, oils, and hormones all factor into my acne and my skin breaking out but these three products are my life savers! Links for these products are below!
One of the subscription boxes/bags that I have wanted to try for the longest time (literally years!) is ipsy. If you don’t know what ipsy is, it is a monthly subscription service that sends its subscribers a hot pink bag that contains 4 to 5 mini beauty and/or skincare items. Each bag is $10 and you truly get awesome items.
I got this bag free because one of my lovely blogger ladies had a free bag to give away. Just to be clear, this is in no way a sponsored post! All opinions are my own.
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Truthfully, when I saw in the email that I was getting a dry shampoo, I was pretty disappointed. I’m not really a fan of dry shampoo because it makes my scalp feel really clogged up and overall a lot more dirty than before I used it. However, this dry shampoo from Klorane is great! It has oat milk so it doesn’t dry out your scalp. It took a bit of brushing out to get the white powder to simmer down and not look like I had bride of Frankenstein hair going on! I used it yesterday and it has been three days since I washed my hair. My hair feels great!
While this mask looks great, I haven’t tried it yet. I don’t typically do a full face of makeup and when I do, I forget that I have this mask. The mask claims to work as a primer to prep your face and then you put on your makeup for a flawless look. It is gluten free, paraben free, and non GMO, plus it has tea tree oil and rosehip extract with a bit of vitamin C, so your face is sure to feel fresh. I did do a full face today (Tuesday) but I totally forgot to try the mask and it is still sitting on my desk. Once I try it, I’ll probably do a mini review on my Instagram stories. (Follow here!)
The third product in my ipsy bag is a vibrant purple makeup brush from F.A.R.A.H. I received the large angled contour brush (30F) and let me tell you, it is so nice! The bristles are super soft and it is perfect to chisel out your cheeks or bronze up your face. The brush bristles are also vegan! It is said to work on dry or liquid products, but I only use it on dry products.
IT Cosmetics Concealer
I was very happy to see that the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in my ipsy bag was in the shade Light! Most of the time, concealers and foundations are too dark for my skin and this one is a great color for me. I haven’t tried this concealer yet (just swatched it) but it feels very full coverage and I’ve heard decent things about it. The package said that it can be worn as a foundation, too, so I may try that. Again, I’ll post a mini review on the product on my Insta stories! I tend to stick to my main products and I have a concealer I really like, but next time I do my makeup, I’ll try this out!
I did not expect to find a purple highlighter when I opened up the makeup box! The Estate Dew Me “After Glow” purple highlighter is so gorgeous and I love it! If you got this highlighter and it intimidates you, try using it as an eyeshadow. I think this highlighter would make any look instantly pop!
I got five mini items in my February bag and I love them. The bag is super cute also and I will be using this all the time! Did you like your February ipsy bag? Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!
Out of all of the shopping apps on my phone, Etsy is my favorite. I love being able to look at small businesses and unique shops while being in the comfort of my own home. There are thousands of different products to look at and you can look at the shop’s customer reviews, find other similar products, ask the seller questions, and have a great shopping experience. From candles to hand bags, there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list. Here is a round up of some of my favorite products for your holiday shopping guide!
Quick disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the products or brands sponsored. I simply love Etsy and the shops mentioned and I want to share them with you!
I love patches and pins! All you need is a plain jean jacket that you want to give some pizazz and you have a brand new jacket! I have so many patches saved to my wish list on Etsy that it is close to being categorized as an obsession.
This “Happy Camper” pin from aweedmark is one of my favorites! They have a lot of pins and patches in retro designs for your nature lover. They have “Save the Bees” stickers, cool bumper stickers, and wooden gifts that are affordable for your shopping. Aweedmark is owned by Amanda Weedmark and based in Canada, but they have international shipping. How cool is that! And if it couldn’t get any better, aweedmark has 119 reviews and a total rating of 5 golden stars!
IronpatchTH is a really neat patch shop that is based in Bangkok and they sell really awesome patches! You can find patches for sports teams, college teams, and other items, but I am in love with their sunflower patch.
The world needs a little more kindness and niceness so express that with a patch! VictoriaKristine sells patches, pins, and t-shirts on Etsy and there are so many different things to look at! The “Be Nice” patch is simple and very cute and only $6! VictoriaKristine is based in the US, so if you are a fellow American, you can feel great because you are buying from a US shop!
Crystals have come on trend in the past year, both for healing and decor, and I have to admit that I am with that trend! I love all things crystals and I adore the purple amethyst quartz pin from notmagicshop. This shop also has other pins that look like crystals, so if someone you know would like something like this, go check out their shop!
For someone you loves minimalistic accessories, take a peek at this lovely hair clip from AnnieLesperance! It’s simple yet elegant style will bring a smile to your gift recipient! AnnieLesperance also sells golden bee earrings and other fashion accessories at good prices that won’t break the bank!
A really awesome shop that I just recently came across is tinylumber. One of my favorite products from them is the Tiny Lumber wood stud earrings. They are hypoallergenic and there are great reviews for them! The earrings are $15 but for these earrings, I would pay that price! They have a titanium stud and the rounds are made from bamboo wood and painted with acrylic paint. There are a lot of different styles of the bamboo earrings, so look around the shop on Etsy!
Photos owned by MaBrownMercantile
For $40, getting a small crossbody bag that monogrammed is amazing! MaBrownMercantile sells gorgeous bags for decent prices and they will make any fashonista happy. The bags are made from faux leather and you can have you pick of colored thread.
Photos owned by FreshRagsCincy
For your movie buff, take a look at this shirt! I am obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and when I saw this shirt, I might have shrieked a little bit. You can buy your “Save Ferris” shirt in multiple different shades from FreshRagsCincy, a shop based in (you guessed it!) Cincinnati! They also have a Burt Macklin FBI shirt from Parks and Recreation!
I love candles! If you hand me a candle that is sandalwood or cologne scented, I will run off in search of a candle or lighter. If you take me to Bath and Body Works, I am going to go sniff the Black Tie candle and wish there was a hunky man next to me that I could hug and never let go. Basically, I love woodsy and musky candles.
BrandIron in Vancouver sells non GMO wax candles that are amazing and Insta-perfect. Oak & Moss is a candle that has “notes of earthy green moss balanced with subtle notes of soft woods.” How great does that sound? For $20, you get a 9 oz. candle with a 40 hour burn time. Just imagine how great your house (or rather, the gift recipient’s house) will smell!
Photos owned by EWARTWOODS
If you have someone in your life who is always carrying around a memory stick or who simply wants to keep photos with them but doesn’t have storage, check out this really cool USB memory drive that is made out of wood! The memory drive is encased in a regular sized case and you can choose which type of wood you want the case to be made out of. EWARTWOODS, the shop that makes these, is based in Latvia, which I think is really cool! I love the way these look and they will make a great gift for the techno-wiz in your family!
Chunky knit blankets have seemed to pop up as of late and I see them everywhere on Instagram. Everyone has a really neat knit blanket that is its own fashion. PuffyWoolDecor has a lot of different colors to choose from and the blankets look insanely soft! A note on this shop, though: they only ship to select countries, so if you order from them, make sure they ship to your country! If they don’t, there are a lot of other amazing shops on Etsy that sell the blankets!
I love home decor and simple signs can make any space look chic. Wire wall art, especially in gold or rose gold, is very elegant but easy to make if you are a crafty person. If you are like me, it is easier to buy one than make one because you weren’t terribly gifted in the arts department! MCWonderland from Italy makes a lot of wire crafts and signs that will spruce up your space effortlessly. This cute “Hello” sign is affordable and your gift recipient will love it.
Last in home decor is something that I want to buy immediately and will cherish forever. RedwoodStoneworks out of California makes Rocket and Groot planters! Rocket and Groot are two of my favorite characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I want these planters in my home pronto! You can buy the planters individually or as a duo! RedwoodStoneworks has a lot of cool planters in Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter designs, as well as a lot more! Everything is so affordable and your giftee will love their present. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, go to your local home improvement or garden store and pick up a baby succulent!
That is all for this Christmas Gift Guide! I send out updates on my Instagram and Twitter accounts so go hit the follow buttons!
I will see you next week with a special collaboration with Phy!
Note: ¹ I do not own any of the product images used. I took screenshots on my phone and cut them down. The owners are credited and ownership claimed in the descriptions of all photos. ² I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/shops mentioned, including Etsy. These are products that I would buy myself and for other people. Thanks for reading!
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Today’s review should have been up a while ago, but Blogtober called and then things in my life blew up, so the schedule was thrown out of whack. A while back, a lovely gal named Laila sent me two sample packs of Jamberry nail wraps to try out and review and I can’t wait to tell you about them. You have probably seen nail wraps before (they are also called nail stickers) in your local shop, but if you haven’t here is a picture of them!
Nail wraps are nail stickers that apply to your nail and seal with heat (I used my hair dryer). They last for a while and they don’t chip like nail polish does! There is no drying time spent worrying about accidentally denting a nail and redoing anything; just apply, heat, press, and voila! I heated the wraps multiple times while they were on my nails and while I shaped them so I would get the best seal I could. I did have problems with the wraps lifting, but that was my own fault. I am a novice at applying the wraps so they definitely weren’t perfect. There were creases at the sides and I picked at them throughout the week (I know: BAD. Piece of advice: don’t pick at them, no matter how tempting it is!) so that did factor into the short wear time.
The nail wraps are great and I still have some left over! The next time I use them, I am certainly going to have a nail station with everything prepared in front of me so I won’t be scrambling for anything!
I stupidly forgot to take photos of when I wore the wraps, so I don’t have a picture of me wearing them. I do plan on trying the nail wraps again and hopefully perfecting them, so when I do, I’ll be adding the images on this post!
Thank you so much, Laila, for sending me the nail wraps and for being so understanding about my late posting! I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!
Laila’s links will be down below, so make sure to check them out!
I hope you have a fabulous week and don’t forget to smile and listen to amazing music!
Hi, babes! Welcome back to my crazy corner of the internet!
This is the first monthly favorites post that I have posted and I am so excited to share a few new products with you guys!
Lately I have been using the Tea Tree facial cleansing wipes from Morgan Miller when I wake up in the morning, when I go to bed, and whenever I am getting ready to do my makeup. I’m super lazy and I think my face has actually looked a lot better since I started using the wipes! They are really affordable and I love them! I found them at Ross (my holy grail store!) for $4 and I am so happy that I found them!
The Wet N Wild Au Naturel eyeshadow palette in “Nude Awakening” has been my go-to eyeshadow palette lately! I’m currently working with another blogger for a fall collaboration coming out this month and I picked up this palette specifically for fall makeup looks to try out. It is very affordable (around $5), cruelty-free, and it is a drugstore brand. Wet N Wild does have some vegan products, but I don’t know if this palette is vegan or not. The colors in this palette are very pigmented and they range from creme vanilla shades (in both matte and shimmer) to dark gray and black. There are 5 shimmer shades and 5 matte shades, so you get a total of 10 different shades. It is a great buy and I love it!
If you have read some of my previous posts, you probably know that I am a face mask fanatic, especially when it comes to sheet masks! I can’t get enough of them. While I was at Ross, I picked up three different sheet mask packs: Morgan Miller vitamin C & Ginseng masks, Epielle Collagen 3-Step complete facial kit, and the Live Green natural olive masks. The Morgan Miller pack and the Live Green pack both have 5 sheet masks, while the Epielle kit contained two different masks, both had the bubble oxygen cleanser and the moisturizer serum included. I have tried both of those two masks and I love both of them! The Vitamin C and Ginseng mask makes my face feel refreshed and pampered in 2o minutes, which is fantastic for a little pick me up before going out again in the evening! The Epielle mask kit is absolutely amazing! The cleanser gets so bubbly and foamy and the moisturizer serum really makes my skin feel hydrated and fresh again. Then you go in with the mask for 20 minutes and that makes all the difference in the world! I love these two products!
Today I purchased the Mama Mia soundtrack (so technically it isn’t something I bought in August, but oh well!) and I am so obsessed! I had to listen to it on Spotify and I always used up all of my skips trying to get to my favorite songs. After a while of putting up with that, I just said “Forget it!” and was dead set on buying it. Today I went to a great bookstore and found a special edition of the soundtrack for $5! My hour and fifteen minute drives to college are going to be so much better now! Mama Mia, anyone?
I also purchased a Himalayan salt block that has three spots for tea light candles (from Ross..eheehee) and I set in my bathroom to give it a better look. I have gone through two sets of candles since I bought it. I am so obsessed with it! It’s so pretty! Do any of you guys have a salt lamp or candle holder?
That’s all I have for my August Favorites! Hopefully there will be even more finds in September! Fall is right around the corner and I can’t wait for all of the fall things!
Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to show off your fabulous smile!
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Last week I was sent a package of samples from Perfectly Posh and I took the week to try them out! The absolutely lovely Brandy from Perfectly Posh sent me the products and she has been an absolute dream to work with! All of her links will be below and there are a few deals for you guys, too! Stick around to the end to see them!
I was so excited to try out these products that I took pictures of them right after I opened the package! When I took a shower a few hours later, I tried out using the Chunk Dive In bath bar. It has been a week later and I am still using it! I love this soap bar so much and I feel super clean after using it in the shower. The product description says “This sea spray and musky amber bath bar moisturizes skin with argan oil and algae extract, while kaolin gives you a deep clean.” Dive In is definitely one of my favorite products from the bundle of samples that I was sent!
After I got out of the shower, I washed my face and tried out the Pineapple Pick Me Up face mask and the Night & Day Natural Facial Moisturizer. The mask is packed with pineapple scent and made me feel like I should have been sitting on the patio of a paradise resort! Ten minutes later, I washed off the mask and applied the Night & Day moisturizer. The moisturizer smells amazing and reminds me of something medicinal in a natural way, if that makes any sense. The moisturizer has organic olive oil, lavender, and aloe vera, and I love the way they combine. Both of the products I adored and I will certainly use again!
I used the Rio scrub and the Snarky Butter products together and my hands have never been so soft! This product combo will be absolutely amazing in the winter time to keep your hands super soft and supple!
Honey Honey lotion smells so good! I just put some on, actually. Honey Honey reminds me of two things: lemon (yellow) Starbursts and Chuck from Pushing Daisies. It is sweet, citrusy, and the best summer scent! It is staying on my desk until I run out of it!
Apricots Overnight….what can I say about this product other than it is my favorite and I am so heartbroken that I used up almost all of it! Apricots Overnight smells so good and I can’t get enough of it! I truly think that my skin has improved after using this product, too, so that is a major plus! You are supposed to apply Apricots Overnight and let the moisturizing mask do its work so you will wake up with soft skin, and it works! I love this product and I plan on buying the full size product soon!
The Bare It All micellar tonic was the first micellar water type product that I had ever used. What I loved the most about this product is that I could just apply it to a cotton ball and swipe it over my face to cleanse and remove makeup, and that was it! No washing or extra cleanser required! If you are a busy and on-the-go kind of person, this product is great for you!
Gender Bender is another one of my favorites! I have used this for the past two days in the shower and I can’t get enough of it! “Detoxing charcoal gives you a deep clean. Plus palm oil and shea butter leave your skin soft with a citrus and woodsy amber scent.” Gender Bender is great for guys or gals. The woodsy scent is masculine but the citrus scent adds hints of femininity, creating the perfect blend. I have always loved cologne and other masculine directed body washes, so Gender Bender quickly became one of my favorites!
Field Better Soon is a lovely lavender soap that I have actually been using to wash my face in the morning and at night. It’s light and summery scent is great for my face and it isn’t drying, so I have had no problems with using it as a face wash. I do recommend using a moisturizer afterward so your skin is perfectly soft!
Rico Guave is a tropical beach party in a bar of soap! It’s fun and summertime scent is absolutely glorious and I can’t get enough of it! The collection of Chunk Bath Bars I was sent are all amazing and I hope you give them a try!
I can’t wait for the fall/winter collection to arrive! Perfectly Posh is a great company and with friendly representatives like Brandy, you won’t want to stay away from their products!
Are you ready for some awesome deals?
Anyone who orders more than $50 will get a free lip balm!
Orders more than $75 will get a free hand cream!
Orders of $99 or more who either sign up to be a kit-napper or join my team will get a 6 pack fizi bath bomb (limited edition) and a free face mask!
Your first order ships for FREE! How cool is that?!
If you live in the US, Brandy will ship you some samples for free!
Brandy has been a joy to work with and I am so happy to be working with her! Perfectly Posh is a great brand that has affordable yet high-quality products that are all NATURAL, free of parabens, paraffins, sulfates, and fillers, and they are cruelty-free! Woohoo! Perfectly Posh products are all made in the USA and I am always happy to support an American business!
You can find Brandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Perfectly Posh! Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org so feel free to email her if you have any questions! I know you will love her just as much as I do and I am so excited to purchase from her in the future!
I hope you have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out Perfectly Posh!
One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!
There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!
Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!
The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.
The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.
For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!
Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!
Onto the eyes and eyebrows!
The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!
For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.
Next up: Brushes!
Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!
The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).
The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.
I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.
The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!
Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).
I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!
I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!
There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!