Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara

Hey there, How’s it going? I am doing as good as can be at the moment. I was recently sent the Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara Gel to try, and to review. This is not a sponsored post, this mascara was sent out of no obligation and with “no strings attached.” All opinions of products sent to me or otherwise, are honest, and my own. Okay, now that we got that part out of the way, let’s get on with the review…

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The link that I was given for this mascara is linked to Amazon. I had never heard of Mia Adora Beauty, but they do sell some other products as well. The packaging is black, simple, and the design of the wand makes it easy to hold onto. The brush is bigger and the bristles look shorter in the photo above, but in person they’re not that short. I just think they’re placed closer together, which really helps with separating your lashes. Their description claims that this mascara has a new and improved formula. They claim it’s clump free, smudge proof, water resistant, and Paraben & SLS free. It’s supposed to have a special formulation that adds “incredible length, volume, and curl.”

Here is a picture with the left eye coated with the mascara and the right eye without…
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A picture with both eyes done…
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I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this mascara, but I was quite pleasantly surprised!  ALL of the claims do seem to be true! I had found myself in a little bit of a mascara slump lately, until I tried this one. My natural lashes are very light, short, and sparse. They usually won’t hold much of a curl and will stick out straight. I found this mascara to be very lengthening, volumizing without being overly clumpy, and the wand did a great job of separating my lashes as well.

In the pictures above, I only really used one coat of mascara on each eye. It didn’t seem to take forever to coat my lashes. Normally, I just loathe the process of applying mascara because it seems to take forever! Another claim is that this mascara is supposed to be made for all day wear, I didn’t experience any flaking, and this mascara is listed on the Amazon link as being cruelty-free. I didn’t have much of problem removing this mascara either. It can be removed with gently wiping your eye with eye makeup remover or warm water with your usual cleanser.

If you’re interested and would like to purchase this mascara, you can click here to check it out. This mascara retails for $9.97 on Amazon. I was given a discount code as well. You can get 25% off using the code MIA25NOW. I don’t get paid if you use it or anything, it’s just a discount code they gave to me to give to my followers.

Well that’s it for this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great week and take care! ❤

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September Boxycharm: Featuring the PÜR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there, how’s it going? I’m finally getting this post up! I realize it’s October already, and I’m just now posting about a September box. Though this post might be helpful to you if you’ve been considering purchasing the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. I will also be talking about the other items in this box as well. I have tried everything, except for the MAC brow liner. I don’t use brow liners anymore really, and stick to my Milani Brow Fix Kit. I do have a picture of a swatch of the MAC brow liner, and can try to tell you what my first impression is from that alone. The theme for the September Boxycharm box was Boxy Baddie.

For those of you that don’t know about Boxycharm, this is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $21/month, but you receive 5 (or in this box’s case 6) items a month. The items are usually a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, or even a nail polish. These are usually  full-sized items. There might be a rare deluxe size, but I can’t recall that happening. September’s box contained $141 worth of products! That is a great deal for only $21/month. There is usually a waiting list that can last a few weeks or up to a month or so. 

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First, we’ll take a look at the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. It’s definitely the star of September’s Boxycharm.  This palette retails for $34. It contains 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and 4 shimmer shades.

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This palette is a good mix of neutral, copper, and bronze shades. I read that you can use the colors in the vertical rows, from top to bottom, to create different looks. That does make it easier if you’re not sure what colors you want to put together. The pictures down below are pictures of each row with pictures of their swatches underneath. These are all finger swatches done without primer.

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Most of these shadows are very pigmented. When I say most, I’m talking about the first 2 rows. The bottom row of shimmers do look pigmented in the finger swatches. However, I had a hard time using a brush to apply the shimmer shades. I had to use my finger, but it was still a little difficult to build up the color on my lids. I felt like I had to really dig in there. I am not fond of whatever formula they used for the shimmer shades. I really like the other shades. They blend well and I had no trouble with applying those. I will still keep playing around with it, It’s a nice neutral palette to have.

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The next item, is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This size retails for $20. I really like this one a lot. After shampooing, you just apply this to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. I like this a lot because it’s not too heavy. I have a lot of hair, but it’s more fine. This mask doesn’t weigh down my hair and it’s just the right amount of conditioning if you deal with oily roots. It won’t make your hair feel greasy at all. I liked it so much, that I bought another online from the Briogeo website for a backup for when this one runs out.

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This is the bareMinerals Face Perfecting brush, it retails for $28. It was meant to be used with the bareSkin liquid foundation. It has a “fluid reservoir” that is designed to hold your liquid foundation…

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This brush contains synthetic fibers and is very soft. I was really excited to get this brush. It’s really convenient to be able to pump your foundation on this brush and I think it works well. It’s not my most favorite face brush to use. I would rather use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead. I feel like that one works better when it comes to buffing out my foundation. This brush was more difficult to clean. The foundation would get caught deep down in the middle, and you really have to get down in there to get it cleaned properly. If you received a different variation of September’s box, don’t feel too bad. The other variation contained some eye brushes I believe.

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This is the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. There is no shade name listed, and it’s not listed for sale on the actual Studio Makeup website. The only place I could find to purchase this blush, is on the Boxycharm website or on Amazon. This blush retails for $35. It’s such a beautiful shade! I would normally not be too thrilled to get a loose blush because of the mess, but it’s so worth it! It looks very natural and is long-lasting. I feel like this shade is very flattering for my skin tone, and it’s the perfect shade I’ve been looking for, but I just didn’t know it! Some of the other Boxycharm subscribers received the Studio Makeup Translucent Loose Face Powder.

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Everyone received a Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in various shades. I’m not a fan of the Ultra Matte formula, but I do like the Ultra Satin and Glossy formulas. This retails for $6. I got the “greige” shade Mess Around. When I opened my box and saw this shade, I was kind of excited to try such a different shade. I normally go for nudes, pinks, or peachy shades. I tried it on though and was disappointed. It just did not look how I imagined it. I just don’t think it’s right for my skin tone, and I probably won’t be wearing it again. There are a lot of people that can pull off this shade, but it wasn’t for me…

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Lastly, is the MAC eyebrow pencil in the shade Lingering. This retails for $18. I had heard that we were going to be receiving MAC in our boxes, but I was surprised to see a MAC eyebrow pencil. There were two different shades that you could get in your box. The other shade is Spiked, which is a much darker shade. There are a total of 10 shades on the Mac website. I haven’t used this on my eyebrows because like I said, I have been really happy with just using my Milani Brow Fix kit. I like using powders because they just look more natural on me. I”m not sure if I will ever actually use this pencil. I’ve only swatched it (picture down below), and it feels a little more on the drier/stiffer side. Though that is just my first impression from swatching it.

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Here are a couple of pictures of myself wearing some shades from the PÜR cosmetics palette, and I’m wearing the Studio Makeup blush. I used the shades Mogul, Gala, Twinkle, and Stunner. As you can see, the Twinkle doesn’t really show up on my lids. My lids are not twinkling…

Well that’s it for this post. I really do like Boxycharm and I highly recommend them. You can check out their website here. If you didn’t catch it, you check out my August Boxycharm post here. As much as I do love Boxycharm, I have decided to cancel my subscription for now. I canceled it because I feel like I’m pretty overwhelmed with makeup right now. How can that happen right? I will probably sign up again sometime in the future. The only subscription that I’m getting right now is Ipsy. I can do a post on this month’s Ipsy bag, let me know if that’s something you would like to see and read. Feel free to ask any questions about this post in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Take care! ❤

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***Edit: After seeing a November sneak peek, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm. It happened sooner than I thought!***

Really Extraordinary? L’Oreal’s New Hair Line: Extraordinary Clay

Hello there! How is everyone’s week going? It’s about 4:30 a.m. here, I haven’t been able to get much sleep. I slept for a couple of hours, then I was wide awake at 2 a.m. Since I’m awake, I thought I would finally get this post written and ready. Today I am going to talk about L’Oreal’s new hair line. I will be talking about the Extraordinary Clay pre-shampoo mask, shampoo, and conditioner. There is a dry shampoo with this hair line as well, but I didn’t pick that one up.

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This specific hair line was made for those of us with oily roots and dry ends. I didn’t always have oily roots. It seemed like after starting a different contraceptive medication months ago, my scalp just got really oily. I had never really had this problem before. The first step in this line, is the pre-shampoo mask. On dry hair before shampooing, you apply this mask to your roots all over. Only the roots need to be done and they suggest sectioning hair to do this, to make sure you have all of your roots covered. This mask is then left on for 5 minutes. I suppose you could be shaving your legs or something while you’re waiting. Though I really don’t see this as something anyone would want to use when they’re in a hurry. I do believe that this mask is an important part of the process. The mask absorbs all of the excess oil and impurities. I do feel that using this pre-shampoo mask makes a difference. I recommend buying this with the shampoo & conditioner. I think it does a better job than if you were to just use the shampoo & conditioner alone.

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The mask comes in a tub with a lid that screws off and on. I would just dip my fingers in it and try to cover my roots the best I could. It would be nice if it came in  a squeeze tube at least, something like that. I’m not a big fan of having to dig into tubs like this to get the product out.

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Before you shampoo, you’re supposed to rinse the mask out thoroughly. Then use the shampoo like you would normally. This hair line claims to be suitable for color-treated hair, is silicone free, and it uses 3 different clays to purify oily roots and hydrate dry ends.

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Then of course the last step is the conditioner. You’re supposed to leave it on for 1-3 minutes, and it’s supposed to purify oily roots and hydrate your dry ends without weighing your hair down. When I applied it, i just put it on from the ends up to the mid-shaft. I’m sure it’s probably okay to just add it all over, but that’s just what I’ve been doing lately. Using this system, your roots are supposed to stay purified for 48 hours and your ends hydrated for 48 hours. I wash my hair at least every other day, so I do find this claim to be true. Though I have gone an extra day longer without washing my hair, and I really couldn’t push it. My roots were already getting oily.

Overall, I do like this set. I think it’s a good price for those of us on a budget, and we can’t always buy what’s new and expensive in the salon. I bought mine from Target for $3.97 each. The shampoo & conditioner are still listed for $3.97 on the Target website, but the pre-shampoo mask is listed for $5.99 right now.  I would definitely compare prices. Some places are selling it for about 7 or 8 dollars each. Buying 3 things for that price, it definitely adds up!

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The only things that I don’t like about this line, is that it’s a bit time consuming having the extra step to use the pre-shampoo mask. I also feel like my hair feels different or a little weird after. I don’t quite know how to explain it. I usually use this set off and on and switch it out with some other shampoo I have for oily hair. It’s always good to switch up your hair products every now and then.

So if you’re suffering from oily roots and dry ends, I think this line is worth a try. If you need your hair to last longer than the 48 hours, maybe the dry shampoo in this line could help too. I will I have to try it sometime after I use up my current dry shampoo.

Well that’s it for this post. I hope that you enjoyed it, even though it probably wasn’t really too exciting. Nothing can be more exciting than makeup right? Thank you for stopping by and reading! I hope you have a beautiful week! xo

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Beauty Tag: 30 Questions

Hey there! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I’ve just been feeling under the weather a lot lately. My allergies really got to me last week, and having chronic illness/pain kind of limits me from doing very much. So I just haven’t felt up to doing much of anything. I really wanted to post something though, so I thought I would ‘Google’ beauty tags online and came across this one. I do plan on writing another post within a few days hopefully…

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

I really can’t remember a specific item, but I remember when Bath & Body Works had makeup, and buying some of their makeup. I also used Almay a lot too in high school. Though I’m pretty sure that the first item had to be something Wet n’ Wild, in middle school that is.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

Finding the perfect mascara is kind of like trying to find a unicorn. I’d like one that lengthens & volumizes, separates the lashes, has zero clumps, and does not flake off. The closest one that I’ve found to meet those expectations, is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. I’ve tried many different mascaras, but I always go back to that one. Another drugstore favorite of mine is the Covergirl Super Sizer. I still have quite a few mascaras to try out, so I’m hoping to find my holy grail one day soon!

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I prefer a buildable medium coverage. Full coverage is nice as long as it doesn’t feel too heavy. I also don’t care for a matte finish too much. It makes me feel like my face is going to crack and break.

4. Favorite high end brand?

That’s a really tough question. I would have to say it’s either Tarte or Jouer.

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury, Natasha Denona, or Makeup Geek. I cant believe I haven’t tried MUG yet. I have no idea why I haven’t.

6. Favorite drugstore brand?

I love Wet n’ Wild, Nyx cosmetics, and L’Oreal. That’s a hard choice to make!

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Occasionally. If I have time and am not in a rush, I love wearing them!

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?

Well I leave the house a lot without any makeup, so that’s not really an issue for me. I would probably feel a lot better if I could at least put on some concealer, powder, mascara, brows, and lip gloss.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

I’d have to say my eyeshadow palettes. Those can be really expensive! Like the one in the featured image for this post… 😉

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I shop for new makeup way too often. We’ll leave it at that. I always say I need to go on a no buy or at least a low buy.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely? 

I try to be thoughtful with my purchases. Sometimes the hype gets me, you know? Being a beauty blogger, you usually spend any extra money you have on trying new products. I keep saying this to myself, but I need to declutter a lot of old makeup or makeup I just never really used. It’s time to downsize!

12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

Oh yes! I love shopping at Ulta the most. I love their rewards program. They always have coupons, and you can activate their 3x or 5x points offers. The points really add up, and then that’s like actual money you get to spend on products in their store.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

It has to be lipstick, because you can never have too many everyday pinky-nudes, right?

14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?

There really isn’t, though I choose to not buy anything from Jeffree Star. That’s all I will say about that. That is my preference…

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

Not really. I should try to be more aware of the ingredients I put on my face though.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Like I already said, it has to be Ulta! I love their points system, and they have a great variety of products for every budget.

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I just keep with the same skincare products. My routine is very simple. I can’t really try a bunch of new stuff having Rosacea. I really don’t want to anger the beast.

18. Favorite bath and body brand?

I like Bath & Body Works, though I haven’t bought anything from them in a long time. I usually just pick up some body wash from the grocery store. I would say The Body Shop, but I feel like they don’t have much to choose from when it comes to scents lately.

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

Urban Decay, because I know I love their Naked foundation & Concealer, There really isn’t too many things from them that I don’t like.

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?

I love theBalm’s packaging and Tarte’s.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I don’t really pay too much attention to celebrities, but I really like Jennifer Lawrence.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

I’m in a couple of Facebook groups if that counts? I don’t usually post too much, but I like seeing what everyone else posts.

23. Favorite Beauty Gurus

I don’t watch too many bigger channels, but I do like watching emilynoel and thataylaa.

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?

I never really use them. I don’t know why, it’s not like I don’t like them. I just never really think to use them.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

I have my moments. I’ve poked my eye out with a mascara wand quite a few times, stuff like that.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

Yes I do. My favorite eyeshadow primer is the Milani eyeshadow primer. I think that using my Tarte Shape Tape concealer on my lids works pretty well too. It covers up the little veins I have going on.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

Usually none, because 98% of the time I don’t do anything with myself. When I wear my hair straight, I use some hairspray. If I wear it wavy, I use some mousse/gel and hairspray. Though of course I always use shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in detangler.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Foundation first, then concealer.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

I think it would be fun, but I’ve learned a lot from watching videos online.

30. What do you love about makeup?

Makeup is fun. Makeup makes me feel good about myself, it enhances my features. Makeup is art and it’s a way to express myself.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my answers. Feel free to do this tag on your blog if you’d like. I’d love to read your answers, please let me know if you do this tag. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

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Boxycharm August 2017: Beach Please

Hello there beautiful faces! I think I’m on a little roll with this weekly posting thing. That’s my goal, it’s great to set goals. I hope everyone is enjoying their week. Who got to watch the eclipse on Monday? My Mom had purchased the special glasses way ahead of time, so she shared them with me. I got to check it out without burning my eyes. There will be another one in 2024 actually. If I get to travel to Toledo, OH for it, then I would be right in the direct path! So exciting!

In this post, I’m sharing what I received in this month’s Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription service. You get 5 full-sized items! No deluxe or small dinky samples here. Though, deluxe samples can be nice too. This subscription is $21/month. Taxes are applied to Florida and Connecticut residents. The shipping is free in the United States, but it is an additional $5 for each box for Canadian subscribers. Boxycharm only ships within all 48 contiguous states and all provinces/territories in Canada.  They state on their website that they hope to ship internationally in the future. There is a waiting list usually, though I only had to wait a few weeks when I resubscribed this past winter. Occasionally, they do wave the waiting list…it doesn’t happen too often, but it’s great when it does.

I think this subscription is a great deal because you get about $100 worth of product for only $21/month! Sometimes it could be a little over $100, or maybe a little less. Either way, you get to try out some more “high-end” brands such as Tarte, PÜR Cosmetics, Ofra, and even a couple of more affordable brands such as Colourpop. The CEO/Founder announced himself, that a few of the brands that we will see in boxes for the remaining of this year (2017), will be MAC, Becca, Cover FX, and more! There is also supposed to be more Dr. Brandt as well.

This month’s theme is “Beach Please.” The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette (Volume II) is perfect for this theme. The Tarte palette is definitely the “star of the show” in this box. Some people love Tarte eyeshadow palettes, and some not so much. I love them very much, so this palette is such a treat for me. ❤

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Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow palette

This is a limited edition palette, it contains 8 cool-toned shadows. There are volume’s I and III palettes as well. On the Tarte website, it claims that these shadows are a crease-free formula, and a very creamy formula. Since this is a post just about what I have received in this month’s box, these are my first impressions that I get from the finger swatches done without primer…

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Going from top to bottom are the shades: pearl (white shimmer), rip tide (steel blue), breezy (shimmering slate), siren (dark brown), seaside (chestnut), marina (caramel), sunset (yellow gold), and conch (off white). 

Judging from the finger swatches, these shadows look really pigmented, and they did feel creamy to the touch. I’m really excited to add this palette to my collection. I love the cool tones in this palette, even though I tend to gravitate more toward warm tones. I like having something a little different in the mix. This palette retails for $36 on the Tarte Cosmetics website.  However, it is listed for $18 at this moment on the Sephora website. I am not sure how long it will be listed for that price.

I really love mermaids, and I feel like this palette will look really nice with my mermaid beauty decor I’m going to set up. Just look at the packaging of the palette itself in the picture down below…

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I am just loving the sea theme! ❤ Excuse my little quilt as the background. I haven’t gotten to the store to pick up some new white boards for my photos. I really had wanted to have tested these products out for this post, but I have been feeling under the weather this week. It’s been a really rough week for me concerning my health. I just thought I would do a post to talk about Boxycharm the subscription itself, and share what I got this month. You will recognize the feature image from Instagram. I like to reuse those for posts when I can. I am also reusing photos from my instastories/snapchat. I thought why not, I’m not feeling up to retaking new pictures, so these will have to do.

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Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

Next up, is the Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid lipstick in the shade Date Night (rasin brown). Beauty Crop claims that this liquid lip is intensely pigmented and long wearing. It’s also supposed to be comfortable to wear, it contains shea butter and Vitamin E. It’s not supposed to “cake, flake or dry out.” This is such a beautiful shade!

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In the picture above, it’s freshly applied and hasn’t quite dried down matte yet. I think this will be beautiful to wear in the fall, or anytime really! I;m excited to try out the formula and I hope that it lives up to the expectations of being a comfortable matte. This lipstick retails for $14.95 and can be purchased on the Beauty Crop website. ***Edit: Reviews on this liquid lipstick aren’t very good at all. I’m reluctant to even try to apply it. Everyone says it comes off & balls up very quickly, and it’s very drying. Such a bummer!*** 

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Moda Pro 3-piece Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel

You not only get one makeup brush, but a set of 3 makeup brushes! This set contains a pointed blush, chiseled blender, and a crease brush. These brushes are very soft and can be used with both wet and dry products. The Moda Pro brushes, will not be available until this fall on the Royal & Langnickel website. The Boxycharm website lists this brush trio for $26. You may have seen some of the Moda oval brushes at your local Walmart store. I actually have a set, I just haven’t gotten into them yet… #beautybloggerstruggles

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Pro Eyelashes by PÜR The Complexion Authority in Diva

Next, we have the PÜR Pro Eyeslashes in Diva. These are cruelty-free luxe lashes, and these are “handcrafted by the finest luxury silk to provide ultra-lightweight, natural looking, fuller lashes.” Is being made from silk cruelty-free? Or maybe it’s “faux-silk,” does that it exist? I don’t know too much about silk…but these are supposed to be durable, reusable, and safe for contact lens wearers. If anyone has any insight about silk or “faux silk,” let me know in the comments section. These retail for $14 on the PÜR Cosmetics website.

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Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

Last but not least, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel liner in the shade Ebony. Bellapierre claims that this eyeliner is creamy, waterproof, and lasts all day. It’s supposed to glide on smoothly and is “formulated with pure minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants-making them hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types.” This eyeliner comes in 6 different shades on the Bellapierre website, and retails for $15. From the little swatch that I did on my hand, it looks like a typical black or black/brown gel eyeliner. I probably wouldn’t pay $15 for it. It is cruelty-free, so you could factor that in as well.

Well that’s all that came in the box. I hope to use these products soon and post a look with them on social media. I could also come back and do an update post on what I think after actually using these products. I would like to start including what I receive from my monthly subscriptions each month. I would also like to be sure to try out the products ahead of time to give you my opinion on them. I hope that is something that you would like to read about. I always love reading and seeing what everyone gets in their monthly boxes or even what they purchase in their ‘hauls.’ If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm, you can click HERE on my referral link, you don’t have to. I hope that you enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week! 🙂 xxoo

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Jouer Springtime in Paris

Hey there beautiful faces! ❤ How’s your week going? Mine hasn’t been too eventful. My boyfriend and I recently took my Mom out to lunch for her 60th birthday. That’s quite a milestone! It seems like there are a lot of people I know that have their birthdays in August. Anyway, enough with the small talk. We’re here to talk about the Jouer Cosmetics Springtime in Paris Eyeshadow palette. Jouer is a new favorite brand of mine. You might recognize the feature image from my Instagram. I just recently ordered and purchased this palette from the Jouer Cosmetics website. *I am only starting to use it, so as a disclosure, my thoughts in this post are only my initial thoughts.* I also ordered the powder highlighter in Rose Gold and the high pigment lip gloss in the shade “Champs-Élysées.” Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, France by the way. I’m not really THAT sophisticated, I just googled it.

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This palette was inspired by the cherry blossoms lining the streets of Paris. it contains 12 shadows. There are 8 matte shades, 4 metallic shades, and 1 satin shade. I think that’s a pretty nice mix myself. The plastic packing is a light blush pink with a shiny gold design on the cover. This palette seems like it would be very easy to keep clean, which is nice. There is a nice-sized mirror inside the palette, and I think this palette would travel well. A couple of times, when I tried to open it, it was a little bit of a struggle. So, it’s pretty secure!

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The shades in this palette are wearable for any time of the year, and you could get many looks from it. I see myself using the darkest shades more as liner shades. For some reason, I always get a little scared to use dark shades on my lids themselves, maybe this palette will help me overcome that fear.

Here are some watches. These are finger swatches without any primer. That’s how I usually do my swatches.  Here are the top row swatches…

20170816_225031Crème (warm matte creamy vanilla), Petal (cool matte baby pink), Mauve (cool matte mauve), and Aubergine (cool matte deep eggplant).

Middle Row…

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True Gold (warm metallic gold), Camel (warm matte light brown), Midnight (cool metallic navy blue), and Rouge (warm metallic burgundy).

Bottom Row…

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Cinnamon (warm metallic chestnut), Ash Brown (deep matte ash brown), Amethyst (warm satin purple), and Slate (cool matte graphite blue).

I listed the shade names and their finishes according to what the Jouer website lists them as. It seems like some of the mattes still have some traces of fine glitter in them. I’m wondering if that’s just because they are stored with metallic shadows, and it spreads around in the palette? Let me know what your thoughts are on that. The shade Midnight, isn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be when I swatched it. Of course, add some primer or use a wet brush, and it could be just fine on the lid. I did use it as a liner shade on my lower lash line. You will see that in the pictures down below. I probably should have sprayed some setting spray on my brush to get Midnight to pop more on my lower lash line, and maybe even extend the wear time.

Jouer claims these shadows are crease resistant and are long-wearing. Well, I totally screwed up testing that…After I got home from lunch today, I took a nap in the afternoon. I fell asleep for 5 hours! The shadows were still there when I woke up, and still visible on my lids. I did’t notice too much creasing either. However, since I was sleeping, it’s hard to really judge their performance. I’m so so sorry for that! I was really tired!

Tip: If you’re ever having trouble with a shadow’s pigmentation: A) Be sure to use a good eyeshadow primer. My favorite is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. B) Try applying the shadow to your lid using your finger. Not the most ideal way to apply shadow, but it definitely helps in some circumstances! (C) Try wetting your brush, spray your makeup brush with setting spray before application.

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For my eye look: I used Petal as an all over base, Camel as a transition/crease shade, True Gold all over the lid, Ash Brown for the outer corner, Crème as a brow bone & inner corner highlight, and Midnight on my lower lash line.

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I didn’t use any liner on the top lid, I didn’t want it to take away from the eyeshadow.  I used Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my Top lashes, and Tarte’s Maneater mascara on my bottom lashes. The Maneater mascara seems to work great for that, and it’s also great to use for when you’re applying false eyelashes.

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The True Gold shade didn’t show up too well on my lid in this picture. It shows up more like a gold “sheen.” I was just going for a more neutral everyday look, with a pop of color on the lower lash line. On my brows, I used the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light and the Essence Make Me Brow gel in blondy brows.

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For the rest of my makeup…I used the Glossier Moisturizing Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in the shade N0, W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface, Bareminerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder in Glow, and Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my makeup. On my lips, I used the Jouer High Pigmented Gloss in Champs-Élysées, which I love! ❤ The perfect “my lips but 10x better” shade. It’s very smooth, creamy, and pigmented! I love that it’s NOT sticky whatsoever! I completely forgot to use the Jouer highlighter in Rose Gold. It slipped my mind! Maybe I will do a post on highlighters soon.

Overall, I love the Jouer Paris in Springtime palette.  I feel like it was worth it, and am so glad I purchased it! I thought about getting the newest Jouer Shimmer Foils palette, but I’m not quite THAT fancy! Haha! 😀 Maybe I will change my mind about it later…I don’t know. A link to the Jouer Paris in Springtime Palette is HERE. That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week!

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New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Hey there! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful, as usual it seems. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get this post up, because my laptop was being slow, but my boyfriend fixed it. Thank goodness for our significant others that have skills! I am going to be talking about one of my top favorite eyeshadow palettes in this post. My best friend Brooke, the bestest friend in the whole wide world!!! Got me this palette for Christmas, along with a few other nice things…some bare minerals things! I just want to give a shout out to her, and say “Thank you!” again! Brooke is a fellow blogger/youtuber. You can follow her here: Brooke-Leanne ❤ She also has a YouTube channel, which you can find on her blog. I believe her most recent post has a video in it.

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I have been using this palette for quite sometime now, and have used most of the shades in it. I’m sure many of you have read many reviews on this palette already. It’s not exactly brand new, but it’s new to me and maybe it’s something new to you. These gorgeous shades are infused with the sweet smell of peaches! If you are really sensitive to scents, then you might want to forgo this palette. I notice a light scent, nothing overpowering that I can detect. I don’t notice a scent lingering after application either. This palette contains 18 shades, and all of the pans in this palette are the same size. I’ve noticed in other Too Faced palettes, they have a couple of bigger sized pans for certain shades. Down below are pictures of what each shade looks like. These are finger swatches applied without a primer.

The First (Top) Row

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Left to Right: White Peach (matte vanilla cream), Luscious ( pearl peach champagne), Just Peachy (shimmering peachy pink), Bless Her Heart (Golden Moss), Tempting (Bronzed Black), and Charmed I’m Sure (matte medium cool brown).

2nd (Middle) Row

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Left to Right: Nectar (pearly peach cream), Cobbler (peachy pinked bronze), Candied Peach (matte coral with violet shimmer), Bellini (gilded peach), Peach Pit (satin perfect raisin), and Delectable (matte smokey amethyst).

3rd (Bottom) Row

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Left to Right: Peaches n’ Cream (matte milky peach), Georgia (matte peachy pink), Caramelized (dark gilded bronze), Puree (metallic dark bronze), Summer Yum (matte gingerbread), and Talk Derby to Me (shimmering black violet).

Aren’t those shades gorgeous!? Warm peach shades are some of the most flattering shades I can wear (I think so anyway ha!). Just looking at this palette gets me excited for the spring/summer time. These shades are very pigmented, apply beautifully, and blend out nicely. I find myself reaching for this palette A LOT! Not only is this palette beautiful, but the packaging is too cute! It’s set in a sturdy metal/tin type of palette. Though mine does have a little dent on the bottom…I don’t know how that happened, but oh well! I don’t know if it’s supposed to have a magnetic clasp, but mine doesn’t stay shut too well. So that is a downside, and something to think about if you plan on traveling with this palette.

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As you can see in the picture above, there is a mirror with the cute little sweet peach design. I don’t mind that it kind of blocks part of the mirror, I don’t usually use the mirrors too often in my palettes. In the next couple of photos, I am showing you a picture of my eye look that I created, and will have details about my makeup listed below as well.

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Makeup Details

Face Primer – Jouer Anti-blemish and Matte Primer.
Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation in 0.5.
Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.
Powder – Maybelline Better Skin in Porcelain.
Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer.
Blush – Essence Satin Touch in Satin Coral.
Highlighter – Wet n’ Wild mega glo in Precious Petals.
Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light. Essence make me brow gel in blondy brows.
Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Eyeshadow – Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Base – Peaches n’ Cream, Transition/Crease – Puree, Lid – Candied Peach, Outer Corner – Delectable, Patted on the center, Brow bone, Inner corner – Bellini, and Lower Lash Line – Puree toward the outer corner to the middle and Bellini from the middle toward the inner corner.
No eyeliner.
Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Lips – Realher liquid lipstick in Lady Love, and Realher lip pencil in I Am Unstoppable.
Setting Spray – Urban Decay Chill.

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This palette is available at Ulta, Sephora, and of course the Too Faced website for $49. I also have the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting palette, if you’re interested in a post about that. If you have any questions about this palette or any of the makeup I used listed under the ‘makeup details,’ feel free to ask me in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Getting to Know Me: 50 Random Things About Myself

Hello there! How is everyone’s week been going? TGIF! 🙂 If you do know what that means, then you are probably around my age. I meant to get a different post up sooner this week, but I was out of town visiting with family for a couple of days. So, I just thought I would do a post listing 50 random facts about myself. I thought it would be a good way for those of you that don’t know me, to get to know me better, and I thought maybe there might be some things that no one knows. Here we go…

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I live in the southeastern part of Michigan.
  3. Not only do I love all things beauty, I love cats too. I have a cat named Allie.
  4. I am 6 ft. tall.
  5. I have Trypohobia. Google it!
  6. I lived in Las Vegas, NV for 2 years.
  7. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 5 years now.
  8.  I listen to a lot of 90’s music. They don’t seem to make music like they used to.
  9. I hate the heat and am most comfortable in the winter.
  10. My favorite food is grilled cheese.
  11. I feel like I need some form of chocolate at least once a day, everyday.
  12. I love to watch movies in my free time. My favorite movie is 10 Things I Hate About You.
  13. I am double-jointed.
  14. My favorite color is purple.
  15. I would drink a Starbucks Double Shot Vanilla Energy drink every morning if I could.
  16. I am your typical introvert and prefer staying home whenever possible.
  17. I do love shopping, and am so glad that I can do most of it online.
  18. I’m planning on moving to a new apartment very soon!
  19. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to Ireland, where my ancestors are from.
  20. I have 2 brothers, and am the middle child.
  21. I’m not much of a drinker, but I enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while. My favorite is Pink Moscato.
  22. I love mermaids and have a fascination with them. I even have one of those mermaid blankets.
  23. One of the best feelings in the world is putting on a brand new pair of socks.
  24. Only a couple of people know that I have a “lazy eye.” I can control it though, as weird as that sounds.
  25. I am a huge University of Michigan Football fan. Go blue!
  26. One of my favorite television shows, is the American Horror Story series.
  27. A television show that I’m currently watching is Feud: Bette and Joan. It’s written by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who writes for American Horror Story.
  28. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
  29. I am a huge fan of Pusheen the cat.
  30. I was a certified Phlebotomist. I’m not one anymore because of my health issues.
  31. I have chronic illness/pain. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens’ Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and am being monitored for Lupus. Since I’ve shared that, please don’t try to contact me to sell me on some miracle cure…one of my biggest peeves!
  32. Speaking of peeves, I hate when people leave time on the microwave and don’t clear it.
  33. When I was a kid, I was a clogger for a short period of time, which is a form of dance.
  34.  I used to take guitar lessons when I was 14.
  35. I might possibly be going on a road trip this summer with my Mom to Tennessee.
  36. My eyes change from green to blue and vice versa.
  37. The only other country I have been to is Canada.
  38. I wear pajamas a majority of the time. Whenever I am at home, I am in pajamas.
  39. I hate grocery shopping.
  40. I have an interest in photography and love taking pictures.
  41. I love the ocean. I have been to the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  42. I also have a fascination with sharks. I get excited for shark week every year. I also got to go to see sharks at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas…Along with watching the mermaid show at The Silverton.
  43. I have big feet and wear a size 11 shoe.
  44. I am planning on doing a spring/summer giveaway. I think I will host it on Instagram, since most people at least have Instagram. Be sure to follow me on IG here. I’d like for it to be international. If anyone can tell me about their experience with that, it would be so helpful! ❤
  45. I have a bad habit of biting my nails…
  46. My favorite shade of lipstick to wear is a “pink-nude” shade.
  47. I love to bake and cook when I feel up to it.
  48. I am quiet at first until I get to know someone. I have a weird and sometimes twisted sense of humor.
  49. I hate doing dishes.
  50. As you can tell from my featured image, I am on Snapchat. If you’re on there, let me know so we can add each other. I’m on there all the time!

Well that concludes this post. What are some random things about you? Let me know about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading! Be on the lookout for my next post on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! ❤

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L’ORÉAL Paris Pure-Clay Mask: Exfoliating & Refining Treatment

Hello there! I apologize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted…again. Something you should know about me (if you don’t), is that I have chronic illness/pain. I go through periods where I don’t feel well, and they’re very unpredictable. So, because of that, I don’t have a regular posting schedule set. Also, when I say I say that I’m planning a specific post, it doesn’t always happen right away. So again, I apologize! I have missed reading everyone’s posts, and I’ve meant to get on here to do some reading much sooner/more often.

In this post, I am talking about one of the new L’Oréal pure clay masks. L’Oréal has a new line of Pure Clay masks. There are three different types. The type I will be talking about today, is the exfoliating and refinement one. It contains 3 pure clays and Red Algae. It claims to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog/tighten pores. It also claims that, immediately you will see results. Your skin texture “appears refined and smooth,” as well as minimizing your pores.

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The first time I tried this mask, I tried it from a sample foil packet (pictured above). I received this sample from a Target Beauty box. It’s actually one of 3 samples that were connected. I also have samples of the other two masks, I haven’t used those yet. I chose to use this one first, because I felt that it addressed my current skin care problems/concerns. I’ve been having a bit of a rough time with my skin lately. I don’t know if it’s hormonal or Rosacea. I also thought maybe it could be something related to one of my autoimmune diseases. I inserted a picture below, that shows the back of the foil packet. It lists the ingredients and gives the instructions. It also talks about how you can use each of the three masks on different parts of your face to address different concerns.

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The mask itself, is an orange-red color. It actually contains volcanic rock to exfoliate the skin. When you rinse the mask off, you rinse it off with water using circular motions. Like it says in the picture above, you leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and it can be used up to 3 times a week. I do notice a visible difference after using this mask. However, I did use this mask before really figuring out what I think is going on with my skin (I don’t know for sure). I just thought maybe my pores were clogged, because I do tend to sweat a lot from my face. I feel like this mask helped with what it could, and I will continue to use it. I’ve also been adding something else into my skin care regime that is helping my actual problem, but I will talk more about that later in another post. Otherwise, having something like hormonal acne or Rosacea, requires a different fix. I have an appointment with a Dermatologist at the beginning of next month (April), to be further evaluated.

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 I’ve actually been using this mask for about a month now. After using this foil packet, I actually went out and bought the full-size jar. I don’t have a picture of the jar in this post, but it’s a glass jar, which I think is really nice for the price. It costs about $12 or $13, which isn’t too bad at all, especially since it works so well. I bought mine from Rite-Aid when it was 40% off. I think it’s good to check the ads each week for different sales they’re having in the drugstores, you can save quite a bit of money that way. I have an app on my phone, called Shopular. I can quickly access each ad from my local drugstores that way.

In conclusion, I definitely do recommend this face mask. I would like to try the other two soon. If you would like first impression posts on those masks, let me know in the comments down below. The other two masks are the Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask, and the Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. The Detox & Brighten is for “dull and tired-looking skin” which contains charcoal. The Purify & Mattify is for oily and shiny skin, which contains Eucalyptus. My skin is the normal to dry type. I don’t know what “normal” skin really is though. I don’t like that label for skin really because everyone is so different. Though I’m not sure how much of a help I would be, reviewing a product for oily skin. I tend to get a tad oily in my t-zone, only in the hot, humid summer months.

If you have tried any of the L’Oréal Pure Clay masks, please let me know down in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well. Also, feel free to just say hello in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Until next time!

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