Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Top 5 Reasons To Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges

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Some of us have a large amount of makeup brushes, and some have a small amount of makeup brushes. No matter the amount of makeup brushes you have, the important thing about having them is keeping them clean.

Makeup Buildup

Makeup brushes get used for all different types of makeup; from eyeshadow to liquid foundations. Overtime, that makeup builds up and collects and cakes up in the bristles, making it difficult to work with blending in makeup the next time you use them.


Gross, bacteria! Yes, bacteria thrives in your makeup brushes after each use of them! Leading to acne, uneven makeup and possible skin infections. Just imagine that on your skin!

Sponges Hoard Bacteria

Beauty Blenders and makeup beauty sponges all hoard lots of bacteria. They are a sponge, so they soak up whatever liquid you put on them, and they collect whatever bacteria that's on your face and give it the opportunity to thrive and grow. Be sure to wash them thoroughly at least once a week.

Bristle Health

Keeping your makeup brushes ensures the health of the bristles of your makeup brushes. Makeup build up collecting in the bristles over time can damaged the bristles, especially with liquid foundation, bronzers, blushes, contouring, etc.

Proper Cleaning

A lot of people who use makeup brushes and sponges are unaware of which cleanser to use. They're are so many on the market these days! I have one cleanser that I love and trust with cleaning my makeup brushes and it is inexpensive!

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Real Techniques Makeup Brush Cleansing Gel ($9.99)

I've used this cleansing get for YEARS on my brushes. It's lightly scented which doesn't bother my face or eyes, it's a gel formula, so it doesn't run all over the place, easy to work with, gets the job done, it's expensive, and it's sold at many stores such as: Target, Walmart, Ulta, CVS, and Walgreens.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Blogging Essentials

We all use different essentials to improve, keep create content, and maintain any type of blog, whether it be about food or mine of course, beauty! I have a few set essentials I like to use when it comes to creating content, keeping track of new and current blog post ideas, improving and maintaining my blog here. 

I use an assortment of programs, websites and equipment all for doing just that!

This model is no longer manufacture by Canon, but it's somewhat available through Amazon and Ebay, if you're able to find this specific model. It was my first Digital SLS camera and still being used to take photos of products I share here in my blog post and in my videos over on my YouTube channel. Canon makes great quality cameras, some with multiple features and some that are basic point and shoots to get the job done. You don't need to have the most expensive camera on the market, but if I'd recommend a camera, start looking at Canon cameras while you're out looking. Looking for one that gives you macro function (as well as other photo taking specifications, interchangeable lens, rechargeable battery (or non-rechargeable batteries), SD card availability are just some of the features that you should for when on the hunt for a camera for blogging.

Unless you have a white box or photo box that you use, an OttLite is a great suggestion to have when taking photos of products for a beauty blog. It brightens up the area around the product, making editing adjustments of white balance easier if needed.

I'm not saying you have to go out a buy the biggest SD card out there. Some are in high capacity for professionals who take hundreds of photos a day, but for blogging, 16GB to 32GB is more than enough space for photos. I use the 16GB mostly for photos I'm taking on my Canon and my 64GB for videos I'm filming for my YouTube channel.

I use Evernote for more than just my blogging. I've been using their system for over 5 years now for personal things, managing different lists, inventory for my die cutting shop, Couture Paper Designs, to creating lists of new ideas of blog posts. Evernote is completely free, letting you use it on two different devices (Computer, Tablet/iPad, or Phone), but if you need to use on more than 2 devices, you have to upgrade to one of their premium plans. I have a student plan, since I'm currently attending college and also use it for school purposes as well. 

Photoshop is apart of Adobe and is through their Creative Cloud system. I use Photoshop mainly for making the banners I use for my YouTube channel, Twitter, Facebook, and on my blog sometimes. I also use for adjusting white balance in photos I take. It is a paid subscription to use. If you are a student, you also get a discount through them as well to use if you're a student of the arts!

Fotor is completely free! And I use it to adjust white balance in photos, crop photos and make collages of my photos for my blog posts.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Review! Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo & Conditioner!

It's time for another product review! I've been a loooong time fan and user of products by Pacifica Beauty and their brand has never failed on me. Their brand claims to be 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free and the majority of their products are sulfate-free, formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS or mineral oil. A plus for those who are vegan, cruelty-free and/or looking for products excluding those typical ingredients found in beauty and hair products.

I recently stumbled across their hair products and found: Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner because for years, due to having Hypothyroidism, I suffer from bothersome scalp; itchy, dry, flaky or as in this products definition: congested. 

I've gone from Head & Shoulders to deep conditioning shampoos and conditioners, and then back to Head Shoulders all to get the same results; itchy, itchy, itchy! Much to my surprise, after using these two combined, I've seen a whole change in not only my scalp, but my hair itself!

Just after one use, I noticed a decrease in flaking and the itching had subsided. It breaks through all the build up from my hair products, general oil in my scalp, flakes and makes it feel clean and refreshed afterwards! The smell is amazing! I'm a lover of the smell of mint. My hair overall feels softer overall as well.

Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo

Clear to read ingredients, product claims, company claims, and where it was made
Lightweight feeling
Mint scent
Tingling feeling to scalp
Leaves my scalp feeling "airy" clean and refreshed

It can sometimes to be hard to lather up
Rosemary scent is very faint

Rosemary Purify Invigorating Conditioner

Clear to read ingredients, product claims, company claims, and where it was made
Lightweight feeling
Mint scent

Rosemary scent is very faint

All opinions are honest and done by myself. I am not being paid to review this product.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Top Favorite Skin Care Products

Face & Neck Care

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash ($10.00)
I've been a fan of this face wash for a number or years now. In fact, I'm a complete fan of the Pacficia brand themselves. I was using Cliniques Liquid Face Soap Mild until I discovered this your a YouTube channel. It has been a game changer in my facial cleansing routine. It not only cleans my face, it removes excess oil, dirt, and impurities, removes excess makeup my makeup remover didn't get and tones my skin. My skin has never broken out with this product, ever!

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head ($14.50 - $24.50)
I've used the normal brush head for years with my Clarisonic Mia 2, until I no longer could find it anywhere in stores or online. I ended up thinking, what's the worst that will happen? NOTHING. Nothing negative happened. In fact, positive things happened! Not only does it clean my face and neck, it makes it feel incredibly smooth and somewhat tightened and my pores are visibly smaller. The brush head itself is weird looking, almost like it has soft plastic pieces on the outside that you would think would hurt your face, but nope! It's so soft to the touch!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion ($14.45)
I can't stress enough to people about toning their face! It's the part where it balances the pH of your skin and without a proper pH balance, who knows what will happen! I've been using this since I was a teenager and it is the key to keeping my skin from breaking out and having severe problems! I can change my facial cleanser all I want, but this is the key right here!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($28.00)
This is another issue I can't stress enough about! Moisturize your face! Just because you have an oily face doesn't mean it doesn't need to be moisturized. It does! Moisturizing keeps the moisture level balanced and from becoming haywire.

Clinique All About Eyes ($33.00 - $54.50)
When it comes to eye creams, you're allowed to be picky. I know I am! I need an eye cream that handle dark circles and puffiness because let's be honest, not all of us get a full 8 to 9 hours of sleep, haha. This helps with that A LOT. It dramatically reduces them instantly and overtime of using the product, it's a lightweight formula, non-greasy and quick absorbing. Perfect for me to use morning and night!

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($12.00 - $54.00)
I have combination/oily skin and when I say oily, I mean oil slick! It's absolutely ridiculous how much oil a persons face can accumulate on it. But, there are times when my skin dries out for some odd reason and it needs some oil and moisture put back into it, this does the trick. Or if I've been out in the heat too long, I'll pop this jar in the fridge, let it cool down, and apply it to my face. It's like iced water in a jar!

Lip Care

This is a long time favorite of mine. No other lip scrub compares to it, none! It's a little pricey, but you get a lot in this little jar and a little bit goes a long way. I use this once or twice a week to remove any excess dead skin cells on my lips and it makes them feel very smooth and makes lipstick and chapstick applications wonderful!

I recently discovered this while shopping in Bath & Body Works for hand sanitizers and other things I enjoy from their store. An associate recommended it to me and let me tell you; BEST. LIP BALM. EVER. I ended up buying two; one for my purse and another for my bedside table to use before going to sleep. It keeps my lips moisturizes for hours without drying them out. It is a little on the sticky side if you apply too much, so a little goes a long way!

Hand & Body Care

I've always suffered from dry, itchy skin on my hands and legs, ALWAYS! I can't remember when I didn't suffer from it. Especially on my hands. After so many different types of lotions and hand creams, I've found the holy grail of them all. This makes me hands so smooth, it even lasts into the next day through washing them and it has significantly changed the texture of my hands as well. They don't seem to have that dry, rough texture to them after using this a few times. It's light scented, not greasy and absorbs rather quickly, which is a plus in my book, since fragrances in products tend to irritate my skin.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

June 2020 Favorites

June is coming to a close real fast, and with all the crazy stuff going on, even faster. I thought I'd share my favorites for the month again with you all.

Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo
For almost over a year I've suffered from a itchy shampoo from buildup, dry scalp and mostly from autoimmune disease Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). I've tried A LOT of shampoos and conditioners from moisturizing all the way up to Head & Shoulders. I've used the Pacifica brands face wash and haven't turned back from using it since first using it, so I figured why not? This stuff is amazing! Not only does it clean all the junk out of the top and bottom of my scalp, but the minty and tingle feeling makes my scalp feel clean and fresh. I noticed the mint scent more in the shampoo, which I love!

Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Conditioner
For almost over a year I've suffered from a itchy shampoo from buildup, dry scalp and mostly from autoimmune disease Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). I've tried A LOT of shampoos and conditioners from moisturizing all the way up to Head & Shoulders. I've used the Pacifica brands face wash and haven't turned back from using it since first using it, so I figured why not? This stuff is amazing! Not only does it clean all the junk out of the top and bottom of my scalp, but the minty and tingle feeling makes my scalp feel clean and fresh. I noticed the rosemary scent more in this conditioner than the shampoo that goes with it, which I love!

Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Hold Me Tight
For the longest time I've been using the Extra Firm Hold hairspray by Tresseme and it was favorite for holding my hair in place, especially my side bangs when I put them back for a pony tail, but I didn't like the sticky and hard feeling in my hard it left, but I dealt with it. My mom actually gave this to me to try, and I love it! It holds well and no sticky or hard feeling in my hair.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo (Original)
I've been trying to go back into nothing by "cruelty-free, vegan and/or no animal testing" products in my life. I really enjoy them more, to be honest.

Urban Decan Naked Cherry Palette
I've actually been using this a lot before June. Probably ever since January when I purchased it, because I've been a fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes ever since I was introduced to their Naked 2 palette. This palette gives such a smooth cranberry look. Perfectly blends, beautiful colors ranging from neutrals to smoke for any eye look. I've been using it to due neutral, everyday kind of looks.

Tree Hut Charcoal Black Sugar Scrub
This sugar sugar is literally blackish brown colored! It smells almost like licorice to me. But it works very nicely on my legs, thighs, arms, hands, elbows and under my feet. Makes them very soft and the smell is delicious.

Morphe Oval Shadow Brush (M167)
This brush has been a game changer in how I pack on eyeshadow to my eyelid. It packs the pigment on so well, with no fallout at all! The handle is of good size so I have great handling as well.

Morphe Flat Liner Definer Brush (M432)
Where has still brush been all my life! It has also been a game changer in my makeup routine for my eyebrows. For years I was using a flat liner brush by e.l.f cosmetics and it was barely sculpting them properly. But this... WOW. I have complete control of where the brush is going when I'm sculpting my eyebrows and I don't have to use much of the product I was using before.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Current Favorites

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I'll be sharing a few of my current favorites that I've been obsessing over the last two weeks or so.

Morphe M554 Under Eye Setting Brush
I am so happy I was introduced to this brush. I was at Ulta awhile after Christmas and discovered they were carrying Morphe! I've always wanted to try their products and never got around to it except a few palettes I have which I love to pieces. This brush is amazing at setting my under eye power when I do my under eye concealer. It sets it smoothly and it doesn't crease at all during the length of time I wear my makeup. The bristles are soft and the handle is a good size to hold and handle when using it which is plus for me.

Morphe 213 Smudger Brush & Morphe 408 Chisel Shader Brush
I use these both in combination for doing and smudging out my under eyeshadow. They are small and precise and they don't drop a lot of fallout which I love. Soft bristles, good sized handle to use, and great performance out of these two brushes for one thing.

Moprhe Nature Glow Palette

I love this palette. It's been my go to everyday palette ever since I got it. I switch between this, another Morphe palette and the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette for everyday looks. These are such great shadows; they blend easily, are easy to work with, don't fade, don't have lots of fall out and have great outcome for everyday looks.

Shadows I've been using everyday are; Upfront, Popular, Clear, Newest, Creams, Bake, Wannabe, Choco, Riches, Glow Girl

Clarisonic Mia 2
I never knew I'd be so obsessed with this thing one day. I used to this daily, morning and night for when I washed my face and then all of a sudden I stopped using it and went back to being lazy and washing my face with my hands and my face started having terrible breakouts everywhere. I started using it again lately to help out! This keeps them all in check. It keeps my acne down, helps with the redness on my face to a degree, keeps my face feeling smooth and helps with the excess oil my face produces as well.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-off Formula
I love this for a facial scrub. It has never done me wrong on my face. I've started using it again in my regular face routine to keep my acne in check. I use it about two to three times a week (along with my charcoal mask once a week).

Pacfica Rose Water Sleek & Shiny Shampoo & Conditioner
My hair has gotten really long since I haven't had the time to make an appointment to get it trimmed. It's become harder to manage with and keep it from becoming damaged by the environment. This has really been helping it looks nice and shiny and sleek during the day and it smells amazing! The only thing I don't like about the shampoo is that it doesn't lather up well.

Au Lait Hand Lotion
I can't remember how I obtained this hand lotion, but I love it! It makes my hands feel so soft in the morning. It's now heavily scented either so it doesn't bother my skin.

Victoria's Secret PINK Rosy Quartz Scented Mist
I got this during a sale they were having and it's a nice scent; very light and girly.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Product I Want to Try

It's been a loooong time since I've posted a blog or a video over on my channel and I'm now coming back after a long break from both. I had a lot going in life and everything was getting crazy and I just couldn't keep up with everything. So today, you are all in for a treat! I'll be sharing my recent products I'm wanting to try!

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette
Since I love cherry eyeshadow colors, I wanted to try this palette out.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
Another palette I would like to try; It has neutrals and mauve colors!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette
This was a biiiig seller when it first came out and I kept debating on buying because I was a high addict and lover of using the Anastasia contour palette and the contour palette from NYX, but now that I keep seeing it in Sephora, the more I want to try it. And it's a refillable one as well.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This one will go along with the all night liquid foundation I'm about to talk about. They state: "up to 16 hours - without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Tested formula is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place - even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions." The temperature control technology sounds interesting.

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
I'm always wanting to try foundations that quote the "long lasting" effect. This one claims to last up to 16 hours without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. But, what I'm looking for is; Is it good for oily skin? High humidity? Is it sweatproof?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette
This palette has a mixture of colors I enjoy using; purples, neutrals, browns. I would love to try this one as well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
I would consider this palette great for everyday use. Hence the name "soft glam".

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
I saw this in Ulta about a few months after it was released and really wanted to buy it, but waited and now I want to try it. It's the shades that I like using for more everyday with an edge look. Orange and rust colors.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette
I've actually been wanting to try this ever since it came out, but have yet to actually purchase it. I use an oven mit with their cleaner to clean my brushes which does a great job so far, but what not try this? It's had good reviews on it and everyone seems to love it.

Kat Von D - Lolita Eyeshadow Palette
Since I love cherry eyeshadow colors, I wanted to try this palette out as well.