Eminence Bright Skin Cleanser

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What Eminence says: “Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.”

I have been using this cleanser for the last few months along with Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and my skin has never looked better. They mean it when they say bright skin, because that it exactly what you are getting!

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Summer skin favorites with Alba

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Alba Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 30

What Alba says: “This very emollient and botanically moisturizing sunscreen provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as defined by the FDA. Made with preferred sunscreen ingredients, this light facial lotion is hypo-allergenic, very water resistant (80 minutes), paraben free and won’t clog pores. Powerful antioxidant rich Green Tea, Grape Seed and Vitamin E nourish skin while Aloe Vera and Chamomile moisturize and smooth. Hypo-allergenic. Biodegradable and gluten free formula.”

Going through esthetics school has made me realize even more how important sun protection truly is and what a difference it makes when you use it. I used to be quite bad about applying it during the day and was always convinced it was going to clog my pores and cause even more breakouts on my face. My fears were for nothing though, there are truly some great sunscreens on the market nowadays that cater towards acneic skin like mine and this is one of them. Continue reading

Hey baby, hey baby, hey!

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll

What Sephora says: “Baby Doll creates a full open-eye effect by lifting and separating lashes. The patented formula creates long-lasting volume and intense color that is evenly dispersed with no flakes, clumps, or smudges for up to 24 hours. Reach every lash, including the baby ones for a full fringe effect. The brush has duo-length bristles that adapt to all lash types, separating, coating, and multiplying lashes for defined volume.”

Stop what you’re doing right now and head to your nearest Sephora to pick up this 100 point perk because this mascara is killer. I ended up getting two of them because I love it so much and I plan on probably getting two more (hey, I’ve got points so I’m going to use them!) and I don’t want to be without this. If you’re a fan of lashes that are sky high without clumps, you will love this.  Continue reading

Last call for spring

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Schools out for summer! Well, not really. I still have summer classes. But I’m sure as hell not letting that keep me from enjoying my summer. I’m heading out with my ladies tonight and I wanted my look to be as sizzling as the temperature outside. I hope you’re all enjoying your night as well! I am still loving the Vice Palette by Urban Decay, it’s absolutely perfect for summer! You can bet I’ll be showcasing it many times this summer. Here are the products that I used! Continue reading

Sometimes I don’t hate taupe

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If you have been following me long enough, I’m sure you know that I barely ever reach for taupes. But every now and then, my mind switches up on me and I dip my brush into the very few taupes I own and have some fun. I absolutely love taupe and purple, they play so well together! If you have yet to try this combination, you are missing out! Also, please excuse my extra wide/long septum ring. I have to flip it up my nose now for work, so it needed to be big enough for me to do so. Not a huge fan but come summer when I don’t have to worry I am switching it out to something gorgeous. So don’t mind for now! Continue reading

Who says neutral has to be boring?

Today I have a natural daytime spring look for you! I love using neutrals, it’s an all day, everyday kind of thing for me. They add so much to your look without going overboard and I think they get looked over a lot. It’s my first time doing a collage/picture tutorial so bear with me. The lighting was also super frustrating today and my camera wasn’t cooperating either, but practice makes perfect, right? Robin, my roommate was kind enough to be my model for the day and she has seriously gorgeous blue eyes. I loved every second working with her! Expect to see more of these in the future! Onto the tutorial! Continue reading

Face Mask Friday-LUSH Mask of Magnaminty!

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What LUSH says: “Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition.”

I love, love, love that I am finally back on almost all LUSH products again. I’ve been searching around for new brands this past year but somehow going back to LUSH is like going back home. I got all of my old favorites like Dark Angels and Herbalism and Mask of Magnaminty. My skin absolutely loves this mask and yours will too. I mean it’s LUSH, what’s not to love? Continue reading

Face Mask Friday–LUSH Cosmetic Warrior!

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What LUSH says: “Spots! Oily areas! Blackheads! The frustration of having breakout prone skin can incite aggressive, ‘industrial’ type cleaning. Unfortunately, breakout prone skin is often very sensitive, so using harsh cleansers can actually make the problem worse. Don’t over attack your skin; lead it firmly down the path to salvation with Cosmetic Warrior. Cosmetic Warrior is kind to problem-laden faces thanks to moisturizing egg whites and honey, which smooth and tighten the pores, and cleansing garlic and tea tree oil for a fresh, clear, happy face.”

Hey lovelies! I’m sorry that I have been absent on the blog recently, I’ve been spending my birthday week in Chicago with my best friend of fourteen years! It’s been absolutely amazing and crazy, I have barely had enough time for makeup, let alone blogging! You know me, I can’t resist anything made by LUSH, especially their face masks, so I stopped by one here and grabbed up a few more. This one happens to be my favorite LUSH makes, and is absolutely a must have for acne prone skin. If you don’t read any more, read this. You need it.  Continue reading

Face Mask Friday! LUSH Brazened Honey

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What LUSH says, “Brazened Honey was inspired by traditional Indian Ayurvedic principles, which put emphasis on balance as the foundation to health. Fresh free-range eggs and honey soften, lime oil brightens, spices warm the skin and ground almonds exfoliate. Kaolin clay reaches deep down into pores to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving your skin noticeably brighter and fresher. Our deepest cleansing mask, Brazened Honey is the perfect way to revive sluggish or congested skin.”

I’m in a love/hate relationship with Brazened Honey, and while it may not be a LUSH favorite of mine, it certainly is still a mask to check out if your face is oily and congested. Here’s why.  Continue reading