Recent Amazon purchase for beach vacay || + some travel essentials
I know majority of everyone looooves Amazon!! It is literally the best thing since sliced bread LOL. I recently put in an order for my upcoming trip this Friday and found some really good pieces!! I really love the makeup cases because I have had my old ones for over 10 PLUS years and definitely needed some new ones, So I cant wait to use those. I also got the cutest lil passport cover that comes in a few other colors and I am seriously OBSESSED😍 In addition I got a cute bathing suit, some house slippers and…. well you’ll see haha! 👇🏾
Happy new week!! I cant tell you how excited I am to try some of these products this month!! I looove serums and I just had to try the new Tarte hydroflex serum infused foundation and the new olaplex bond intense moisture mask!!! So I will be sure to give my honest thoughts and opinions on those and everything else!!! Lets get into this haul…
Ahhh. I love Natasha Denona! Her products are LEGIT a d she doesn’t disappoint with this palette. I found myself repeatedly wearing the warm browns and oranges because it paired so well with my skin tone. This will definitely be added to My Holy Grail: Makeup Edition
Ok can we talk about this concealer! Its so good. It is super full coverage and can me used to bot only conceal but to contour as well. Its also a very hydrating formula so it wont dry you out under your eyes or get cakey. This will be my main concealer for that very reason.
I love a natural nude lip look. I saw this on another blogger whose has the same skin tone as me and knew immediately I was going to love it. The formula is very creamy so it isn’t a matte lipstick more so a shiny one and definitely wont leave your lips dry.
6 ingredients you have at home that can be used as a facial to promote healthy skin.
I want to start off by saying Self-care is NOT selfish! I know personally as a mom I need to be the best for my family. Whether you are a mom, wife, girlfriend or significant other. That role requires so much of you as a person to fulfill. Often times our wanting to fill this role successfully and be the best leaves us feeling burnt out and tired. You can really lose yourself if you dont be careful and take time for you.
Think of this as your new motto!! You cant give your best without feeling your best! It starts with YOU! So make sure you do something today that makes you happy💕 I know personally I love giving myself mini facials at home. Regular upkeep of the face promotes healthy blood flow to the skin which keeps your face looking healthy, plump, moisturized and youthful skin. I usually combine my mini facial with a loooong bubble bath and a can of my fave Hey mama wines. Now whether its for 10 min or 35 min (sometimes there really isnt time) I take it and do so regularly for me.. just to sit in quiet and reflect and enjoy.
I cant stress enough how important it is to set aside time for yourself. Self care is not selfish and you can start with a at home facial with ingredients found in your home:
•use coconut oil to take away any makeup, dirt or buildup then wipe away
•use sugar & tea tree oil to exfoliate any dead skin
•use avocado & honey as a facial mask and let sit for 15-30 min (this is where you pour you a glass of wine😉 and relax)
•after rinsing apply olive oil as a moisturizer…..
I dont know about where you are right now. But the weather in California has been sooo gloomy and cold. Booooo! Its so crazy to think I need shorts and a sweater at the same time lol. For the past few days the weather has been so whomp whomp, so I thought it would be fun to style a cute and comfy gloomy cold day outfit!! Its comfy enough to run all my errands and cozy enough to keep out the chill! What is the weather like where you are??
5 things you need to prevent your under eye concealer from creasing
#1. GOOD EYE CREAM
Skincare always comes FIRST before makeup! Remember that! You would never apply foundation without applying moisturizer and the same applies to your under eyes. So make sure you hydrate with a really good under eye cream.
I love This eye enhancer and use it daily. It has a triple blend of peptides which promotes healthier skin from within. It also has a comprehensive botanical complex of rose, aloe, kiwi, lily, ginseng, geranium, primrose and lavender all to help soothe the skin and keep the area from getting dry.
#2. GOOD FORMULATED CONCEALER
There are a ton of concealers out there. One thing I discuss with a bunch of you like myself Ive experienced the caking, drying or even creasing under my eyes and my eye bags do not help with that. Ive learnt that it is extremely important to choose & use products that compliment your skin type. If you use a concealer that is too thin, to thick, to dry or too moisturizing it will crease. Keep in mind too for those of us that have more mature skin, a more hydrating formula is required. I have also found that when you lightly stretch the under eye area a tiny bit it creates a more fat and even surface. Therefore creating a more successful makeup application.
In order to keep the makeup from moving around under your eye area, Setting it with a translucent powder is a must! You need to Set everything really good like your life depends on it. Again the product used for setting the concealer will be based on your skin type. Some skin needs a tiny bit and others need to let the powder sit & bake. I personally have found that Actual baking and letting it sit for a while has contributed to that area being extremely dry for me. I look like an evil wicked Witch 😂😂 for real. This is because my skin is already so dry in that area.
I highly recommend This or This setting powder. I have been using the first one for over 5 years and the second I recently found and really love!
#4. GOOD SETTING SPRAY
The same rules that apply for your entire face when setting it also apply to your under eyes when setting. You need a good finishing spray to help hydrate the skin to keep it from flaking or looking cakey. It also holds all your makeup firmly in place. So make sure you spray those under eyes too!!
I am OBSESSED with This flawless finish setting spray. Its sooo so good.
#5. MINI FAN
Lastly I have found that when you’re putting on your makeup and you are waiting for everything to dry and set after you have sprayed your setting spray. Your concealer can crease in the process, especially if you have fine lines or bags. Use a mini fan to quickly dry that area while making the face you make when you put mascara on. This helps the skin stretch out while drying therefore leaving a flawless finish!
Ive been using This super cute one from Amazon for awhile now. Its also how I dry my lash extensions after washing them.
Happy May loves!! Its almost half of the year which is so crazy to even think of omgggg😯 my wedding anniversary and blogger-versary is all coming up in the next two month and I am super excited!! Anywho I had a pretty chill weekend, got a lot of stuff done and was even able to relax (imagine that😂) hope you are all feeling well rested and ready to conquer a new week. I picked up some pretty good things for this months Sephora haul that I cant wait to try!
I used these for the first time and was blown away at how fast and amazing they work. I rarely get break outs but I have noticed when I do get them its due to wearing a mask. So this spot treatment that is pretty much undetectable was perfect. This was a total HOLY GRAIL of skincare find!!!
I did a full blog post on this brow pen comparing it to the one I have been using for years and actually found that I love using both and incorporate both now in my makeup routine!! You can read my full review HERE.
This cream color gloss is soooo pretty. I love that it gives a great color while still giving total gloss vibes. I prefer a gloss over lipstick any day. I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying more lipsticks just so I can widen my choices.
Are you a lip gloss person or lipstick person? Let me know in the comments below along with your “go-to” lippie of choice!!
I got lash extensions: How I clean them & take my make up off
SURPRISE!! So I recently got lash extensions, now that I have drastically grown out my lashes with my fave Lash growth serum my lashes are strong enough and long enough to hold lash extensions. Now I’ve had them before and loved how easy and fun they are. They make getting ready so much faster! I used to offer them as a service at my salon and was always asked by clients how to clean and keep them up. Which leaves me to believe that many don’t know how to clean them. If you do get lash extensions obvi your lash tech should tell you how to maintain and clean them. But as a beauty professional myself for many years now I know that by simply explaining something is not the same as showing or actually recommending products. So I thought todays post would be great to tell how I clean them and over all how I take my makeup off with lash extensions on.
First things first, the whole reason why there is a certain way lash extensions should be cleaned is because certain products can break down the adhesive that holds the extension in place faster then others. Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient in lash extension adhesives and is considered a polar molecule. Polar molecules are broken down by other polar molecules. So the same can be said about non polar molecules. There are so many cosmetics on the market that contain both but the ones that contain more more polar molecules should be avoided in order to preserve the life of the extension. Makeup that comes in direct contact with your lashes like eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow and makeup removers need to be chosen wisely and most definitely should not contain oil that will break down the lash extension adhesive. And if they should contain a slight amount then you should try to keep it away from the eye area. One of my skincare products contain a type of oil so when I apply at night I make sure not to apply any around my entire eye area.
First I take a BILLIE WONDER WIPE to take off most of the makeup. These wipes are soo amazing they are part of my My Holy Grail: Skincare Edition. It is basically like having an entire skincare routine in one single wipe! They are plant based super thick wipes that come soaked in a gentle blend of cleansers that lift makeup, dirt, oil, glitter and everything else. The wipes are infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serums. Both very important ingredients to use in your skin care regimen on a regular basis.
Second I take the MAELOVE REFRESHER CLEANSER to clean away any left over makeup. This face wash uses a triple blend of AHAs to thoroughly clean and revitalize skin. Its great too because its formulated for even the most sensitive skin and gentle enough to use multiple times a day. It has a nice peppermint and spearmint smell to it also that is just so revitalizing. I rinse with water then wipe clean with a towel. Then I clean around my eyelids and lash line very carefully removing any dirt or built up residue. (For deep cleaning, which I do once a week I use baby shampoo to clean my lashes)
Third I still apply my DIME BEAUTY LASH SERUM. I do this to keep my natural lashes healthy and strong. This serum is so amazing and is the reason I am able to even wear lash extensions. I grew out my natural lashes in 8 weeks and did a full blog post HERE.
Next I continue with my regular skincare routine. FULL details are listed HERE.
I love this routine and have been using it for several months and will contginue to do so. Im very happy with the way it has changed my skin overall. I always say that its not really what you use its how you use it. So even the lower end skincare will get you results as long as you use it regularly!
ITS HERE!! Now everyone can shop the Sephora Spring Savings event!! I made a restock order a few days ago and cant wait to get my hands on it to try some new products as well as to stock up on my absolute fave products. A lot of it was repurchase from My Holy Grail: Skincare Edition and My Holy Grail: Makeup Edition
My Sephora Sale picks || Via my full makeup routine [Video]
Ok so I feel like Ive been talking about the Sephora Spring savings event for a million years now! Lol if you are a VIB member you officially were granted sale access yesterday in stores or online using code:OMGSPRING. Insider members, your turn to shop the sale will begin on the 15th! But don’t worry I will be posting what I restocked on and what I got to try out as well on Fridays blog post!! I get so excited about makeup and this is usually the time I stock up on my faves!! Below is a video of how I use my top Sephora sale picks in order to create my full makeup look along with pics of everything used! You can click each picture for direct links to all products. *I do receive credit when you purchase via my links* (Thank you for your continued support❤️)