Dr. Bronner’s Orange Lavender Organic Hand & Body Lotion

I was on the hunt for a natural everyday moisturizer-I usually use a moisturizer every morning under my makeup as a moisturizer/primer and every night. I was looking for something natural with very little ingredients, while still being affordable and I found it!

 Product: These family-owned face and body lotions come in a bottle form with a pump and 8 oz. of product for ($9.99/Target). There are 4 scents and all have a strong essential oil scent to them, that when applied isn’t nearly as strong. They are also all organic, non-gmo, vegan, and cruelty free.

Drbronner.com: Nourish and hydrate skin with good ingredients: organic jojoba oil to heal and soothe, organic coconut oil to moisturize, organic hemp and avocado oil to keep skin smooth and supple. Good for most skin types, sensitive-dry-rough-or combination. We use only organic essential oils for fragrance- breathe deeply!


Application: A little goes a long way with this lotion. I find that 1 pump gives the perfect amount to cover my whole face and under eye area. It is slightly thin/watery feeling at first but as you apply to the face it moisturizes and sinks in  within a minute and leaves a very soft surface. There is no heavy or greasy feeling left on the skin afterwards, although I did see this in the palm of my hands, this doesn’t happen when you apply it anywhere else. This actually wears really nice underneath makeup and has done a great job at hydrating my combination skin!

June Ipsy ‘Rebel Rebel’ | Subscription Box Review 

This month’s theme is Rebel Rebel and I’m loving this graffiti themed bag with all the pops of color. It’s very unique and very different from any other Ipsy bags. I also loved the items I received there’s a good mix of brands and products I’ve never tried before!


▫️Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer ‘Light($10, 0.13 oz/4 mL; $20, 0.34 oz/10 mL)

Ipsy has given this concealer out a couple of times and I finally got one! This concealer promises great coverage for skin imperfections while containing ingredients known to promote healing such as chamomile, aloe, green tea, tea tree oil, and vitamin E. This concealer had a medium consistency, blended very well and had good coverage. While it did set, it didn’t dry out the area underneath my eyes at all nor crease. I’m really loving this concealer so far.

▫️Urban Decay Eyeshadow ‘Lounge’ ($19, for full size)

This shade in Lounge is described as a brick red with green shift. The color reminds me of that brown/green/red color in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette and Mac’s Blue Brown pigment. This shade was very smooth and has a very pretty blue shift. In the swatches below, the one on the left is without any primer and the one on the right was applied wet.


▫️Liptini Satin Lip Color ‘Pink Tini’ ($12, for full size)
This is a vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free lip velvet lip color + cheek color. The formula is creamy, matte, and the color I received is a cool-toned light pink. It feels very comfortable on the lips and has a fruity scent to it. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging as you’d have to use either your finger or a lip brush to apply.


▫️Doucce Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara ($24, for full size)

I love getting mascaras in my Ipsy bags! They’re always from higher priced brands, and even though it’s mostly deluxe-sized samples (though sometimes full-sized), I actually like the smaller mascaras. This mascara claims to coat and volumize even the smallest lashes due to the very thin wand. I have to wait to try this one out because I have a lot of unopened mascaras I have to get to first! 

(From doucce.com)

▫️Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub ($14.95, for full size)

This is a coffee scrub, along with other natural ingredients that is supposed to scrub away dry, flaky skin and target skin conditions such as cellulite, psoriasis, stretch marks, and eczema. A product like this would have to be used over a course of a couple of months I believe to see any real results, but it’s a cool thing to try out!

Graftobian Corrector/Neutralizer Wheel| review & swatches 



I purchased this color corrector wheel from Camerareadycosmetics.com months ago but have been using color correction for quite some time now. It is a technique that uses counteracting colors from the color wheel to correct problem areas including discoloration, acne, undereye circles, tattoo cover-ups, etc. I learned how to use color correcting in beauty school and it’s very important to know how to use it correctly.

To not make this post too long, the key things to remember is using a little bit at a time, blending it very well, and not everybody needs it-or at least not every single color at once. Color correcting can be such a helpful tool for special occasions or everyday skin problems if used properly.

Product: The Graftobian Corrector/Neutralizer Wheel             ($20.99; 1 oz/28 gm) comes in two shades ‘Light Corrector Wheel’ and ‘Dark Corrector Wheel’. There are 6 shades in each and come housed in good quality plastic packaging with a screw-off lid.to create two of the most essential neautralizing and correcting color wheels! And as the website explains, “These two wheels contain 10% more pigment than Graftobian’s Hi-DefCremes to effectively color correct hyperpigmentation, redness, dark circles and blemishes to create an even, workable canvas on your client.”


Shades described as…

Soft Orange: Neutralizes bluish undertones.

Extra Hi-Lite: Light highlight (satin-y finish)

Yellow Hi-Lite: Conceals deep red and purple

Muted Green: Redness remover

Orange Neutral: Neutralizes blue

Pink Hi-Lite: Brightens grey or brown


Application: All shades have a very creamy, not too thick-not too thin consistency and they wear under concealers/foundation very well. They blend really well into the skin and can be blended together as well. I’ve mainly used the Pink Hi-Lite underneath my eyes and it definitely brightened and counteracted the gray shades I get. The Soft Orange, is also one I used for my undereye circles and this covers up the blue tones without too much of a brightening effect that the Pink Hi-Lite gives. I occasionally get blemishes and just a bit of the Muted Green helps cover them up completely. 

Using Pink Hi-Lite underneath eyes and Muted Green on blemish, as well as It cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer.

✖️This is a great product to have in your collection or makeup kit as you know you are getting high-quality, professional makeup. Whether for everyday use or special occasion this is a color corrector palette that will work.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks |Review & Swatches

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks in ’10. Nude Flush’ & ’35 Rebel Red’ ($7.99)


Details

  • True liquid lipstick (not over drying)
  • Creamy texture
  • 10 shades
  • Purfume-like scent

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. However, these are my own true opinions! 💋

Maybelline says: A collection of vivid colors that prove subtle just doesn’t cut it. This creamy formula is incredibly comfortable and glided easily onto lips for a smooth feel upon application and a velvety finish once dry. The result is full color coverage and an intense, rich lip look in a range of colors from nudes and reds to deep plums.

Product: This liquid lipstick comes in a small plastic tube with a pretty long and skinny wand. But it does pick up and good amount of product and the size is just right to get into the cupid’s bow without going outside of the lip line. 

Application: This applies very smooth, creamy, and pigmented. 1-2 layers gives an even and opaque application-although I had more trouble with Rebel Red, it went on a bit patchy at first. This lipstick won’t dry down fully like other liquid lipsticks, however with a thin layer at least,  it’s not like a gloss either-it’s formula is like a regular creamy/satin lipstick with a matte finish. There is a purfume-y smell to these, however it’s not too strong once on the lips. After applying, kissing your lips to a napkin will help it “dry” faster and last longer.

Nude Flush, is a muted, dusty pink color.

Rebel Red, is a bright true red color.

Overall I really like these new liquid lipsticks, I can see myself using Nude Flush a lot over this summer and these are a nice break from all the over-drying liquid lipsticks!


May Favorites

These are several items (beauty, lifestyle, hair) that I have been using a lot this month  with mini reviews on why I love them-These  are tried and true recommendations!

✖️Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen ($19)
A friend gave me this eyeliner pen and luckily I love it! It reminds me of my Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner pen ($6.99, but only sold online) which was the easiest calligraphy style liner to use. Similarly, this eyeliner has a soft brush which glides very smoothly and makes it very easy to create a winged line. Others I’ve tried either have a very hard brush which actually hurt to apply, ran out, or dried up quickly-so this has been great to use lately.

✖️E.L.F Waterproof Eyeliner Pen ‘Coffee’ ($2)

I was in need of a brown eyeliner-I love using brown for everyday use; and I’ve been searching for a brown liquid eyeliner pen for awhile. I tried this on a whim, not really sure if it would even work and was very surprised! The felt tip liner is very soft, but the line is precise and makes it very easy to create a clean line. The color is also pigmented and dries quickly. It’s long lasting and the only wearing off I’ve noticed is the wings of my eyeliner-but this is from me rubbing my eyes (which I really should stop doing!). I now use this eyeliner everyday!


✖️Wet n Wild Coverall Creme Foundation ($3.99)

This foundation came out a couple of years ago and I think surprised everyone with its quality. It’s a cream foundation and so thicker and medium-full coverage. I’ve recently picked this up again and was reminded of how much I love this foundation. Unfortunately, the shade range is very small (6 shades) going from Fair-Medium/Tan. 


✖️E.L.F Eyelash Curlers ($3)

An eyelash curler is an essential tool for me as my lashes grow straight and curled lashes+mascara can change your whole face. I believe the curler with the black handles is an older version and the all silver is the new one. Both work really great and hold a curl for a long time. It can be a little tricker to carry around the older one as the handles stay open but both are great and affordable.


✖️Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipstick Echo Park ($6)

These Ultra Satin Lipsticks are everything…long-lasting, matte formula, not at all drying. They apply just like the Ultra Matte Lipsticks, but once they dry down into their matte finish, it’s the most comfortable liquid lipstick. Echo Park is a dusty pink, and very similar to my own lip color-perfect for daytime. These are not transfer-proof at first but at least with Echo Park, it stops transferring after a couple of dabs with a napkin.