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3 Drugstore Makeup Products You Need to Try

Hello, lovelies!

I always enjoy shopping at Sephora, but I’ve found myself browsing the makeup aisle of my local drugstores. I’ve tested a handful of drugstore-brand makeup and skincare products and the results have been surprisingly great. Each of the products that I’ll discuss below are quickly becoming dupes for some of the higher-priced products that I adore and may have even replaced in my makeup/skincare collection! Here are four drugstore makeup products that you need to try:

Marcelle Micellar Water

I bought a bottle of Marcelle Micellar Water after I ran out of my beloved Clinique cleansing oil. This micellar water removes my makeup while gently cleansing my skin. It feels cool and refreshing, without leaving any oily residue that I sometimes have on my skin after I apply an oil-based makeup remover. This formula feels watery and refreshing, owing to its glycerin and hyaluronic acid ingredients.

Garnier SkinActive Masks

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that my dry, acne-prone skin is a constant battle. I have a regimented skincare routine, but my skin still has periods of dryness. I decided to try Garnier’s SkinActive Masks upon recommendation, and instantly fell in love (and hydration). The unique sheet mask is saturated with moisturizing serum and hyaluronic acid to refresh dehydrated skin. I’ve tried many of the masks in the SkinActive range, including the Mattifying, Glow-Boosting, and Soothing masks.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink

Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick has the longest-wearing formula that I’ve ever tried. I own five shades of this lipstick, and each one that I’ve tested wears for 12-20 hours without fading. I’ve eaten, drank, and slept in this lipstick without experiencing any fading or flaking! Stay tuned for an in-depth review of this lipstick line.

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REVIEW: Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

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I adore testing new face masks. My skin tends to be dry, acne-prone and dull throughout the winter, so I’m always eager to add a new face mask into my routine to rejuvenate my complexion. I recently bought the Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask from Milk Makeup and the soothing mask balances my skin, reduces oil and clears breakouts!

The Packaging

The packaging of this product is eye-catching and fun. The mask itself is comes in a twistable stick format. I love this unique packaging idea – it is easy to use and not messy when applying the mask to my face. The stick is a gorgeous mint-green shade that bears the Milk Makeup logo.

The Mask

I adore  this mask. The clay mask feels soothing on the skin, non-drying and it is not messy. The mask applies easily to wet or dry skin, and it dries down without feeling tight on the skin. After the mask dries, it rinses quickly with water and leaves no residue. After applying the mask, my skin appeared soft, radiant, and my blemishes were reduced. The clay feels soft and smooth when applied to the skin.

How to use it

This is one of the easiest, quickest face masks I’ve ever used. It can be applied to wet or dry skin. I roll the product onto my skin (I prefer to apply it to slightly damp skin) and let it dry. It takes approximately 10 minutes to dry completely. I then rinse with lukewarm water and the mask disappears in a flash. This product is perfect to apply once or twice per week as part of your regular skincare routine.

If you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss face mask that clears and calms your skin I’d recommend this one from Milk Makeup! Milk Makeup’s Matcha Detofixying Face Mask retails for $29 at Sephora.

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Sweet As Honey: 3 Ways to Use the Ingredient In Your Beauty Routine

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Honey is often used as a sweetener. It is a delicious, sweet addition to recipes. It also has medicinal purposes. Honey is full of healthy antioxidants that are potent when used on the skin, hair, or nails. Today I share a few of the ways to add honey to your beauty routine.

1. Use it as an exfoliator 

Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients that purify and nourish. The moisture in honey hydrates the skin. Create a gentle exfoliator by mixing one tablespoon honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Gently rub the mixture into your skin then rinse with water.

2. Use it to treat acne 

Honey contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These ingredients help fight acne-causing bacteria. Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness in the skin. Apply a dab of raw honey to any blemishes and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.

3. Use it as a hair conditioner 

Raw honey is a great ingredient to add shine and lustre to the hair. The nutrients and enzymes won’t weigh the hair down. Add coconut oil into the mix to condition the hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the bottom of hair strands and work your way up. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse.

 

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July 2019 Makeup and Skincare Empties

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I regularly showcase new products on my blog, but realized that I never show you products that I’ve used up. Writing a post about the makeup and skincare products that I’m decluttering from my collection is a great way to show which ones have been completely used! I recently decluttered my makeup and skincare collection and here’s a glimpse of some of the products that are empties this month.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil

This product is a staple in my skincare collection. I use it almost every day to remove my makeup, and I have yet to find a product that is comparable. (While I write this, the new drugstore skincare products that I just bought are crying in the corner of my ‘yet to be tested‘ product pile). I recently finished the end of a full-sized bottle that I’ve used daily since December.

Repurchase? Yes

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara 

I received a full-sized tube of Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir Mascara earlier this year. I instantly loved the product and it replaced my beloved Benefit Cosmetics mascara. I aim to replace my mascara every 3-4 months, and was delighted to find myself swiping this mascara onto my lashes for the last time after receiving it in March.

Repurchase? Yes

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 

It takes me forever to declutter the primers in my collection. I bought a full-sized tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer last year and only recently finished the entire tube. While I adore this primer, I switched to a sprayable primer from Urban Decay. I will likely repurchase this primer after the humid summer months because it’s a staple in my daily makeup collection.

Repurchase? Very likely, but not right now 

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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

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I recently received a sample of First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream. I was eager to integrate a new moisturizer into my skincare routine to gauge how it helped my dry skin. First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is lightweight, and acts as a moisturizer or primer.

The Packaging

I adore how fun and whimsical this packaging is! The cream comes in a lightweight, travel-friendly jar that features a striped design with pops of pink, silver and white. The jar bears the First Aid Beauty logo and has a bright pink cover.

The Cream

The cream has a lightweight, balmy texture. It absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving any residue, and it is oil-free. The cream is translucent and airy. My skin feels soft, moisturized and refreshed once I apply the product. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is that the cream retains the texture of a primer when it dries into the skin, making it perfect to wear underneath makeup!

How to use it 

First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is ideal to use morning or night as part of your skincare routine. Apply it evenly over clean skin. The moisturizer can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer to introduce into your springtime makeup routine, I’d recommend First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream! The lightweight moisturizer refreshes the skin without feeling heavy or dense. This product is part of Sephora’s Hello FAB Coconut line that also includes a Priming Moisturizer, and Jelly Mask. Each jar retails for $42 at Sephora.

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3 Basic Blog Design Tips for Bloggers

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It’s that time of year again – time for another blog redesign! The appearance of a blog says a lot about its writer and is a great method to showcase their personality. I regularly revamp my blog design to refresh and brighten its appearance. If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of blog themes that are available, here are a few tips to help you design your website!

Select a simple theme

When in doubt, stick to a theme that is user-friendly and easy to navigate whether the reader is using a computer or mobile device. If you’re like me, you regularly read blogs using your phone, and websites that have a fresh, clean design are easier to navigate.

Contrast is key 

Choosing contrasting colours ensures that your blog looks professional and polished. Avoid blocking your background with images – it distracts from the written content on your website. I often select a few contrasting colours to make my writing and images pop.

Select a simple header 

Similarly to selecting a simple theme, selecting a simplistic header gives your homepage a sleek look. Selecting a simple header ensures that readers will focus on your blog’s content and images. I tested numerous headers when I began blogging, but switching it a banner reading ‘Glitter and Mojitos‘ simplified it’s appearance.

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4 Face Masks I Use to Achieve Clear, Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin and a clear complexion are two of my skin care goals. I like to add face masks into my weekly skin care routine to clarify, detoxify, and moisturize my skin. As a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I’ve tried a variety of masks. Today I share the masks that made it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list.

1. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask

This was the first hydrating face mask I’ve ever tried. This product is from GlamGlow, and I’ve used various masks from their collection. I immediately loved how it added extra moisture to my skin without weighing it down. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment  leaves my skin hydrated. glowy and smooth. I typically use this mask 1-2 times a week to supplement with my regular moisturizer.

2. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask 

I adore Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was excited to learn that the brand also has a range of face masks. The Dewy Skin Mask is actually a lightweight sheet mask. Because it does not require rinsing, it is a great skincare option for busy mornings. This mask has the consistency of a serum – perfect for dry skin.

3. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

GlamGlow’s YOUTHMUD mask is unique. You apply the mask like others from the GlamGlow collection, but it works differently. Upon contacting the skin, the mask begins to tingle! This mask is excellent for brightening. I enjoy using this mask to exfoliate and clear any blemishes.

4. Sephora Collection Face Masks 

Sephora Collection offers single-use sheet masks for the face, eyes, lips, hands, and feet. I like to rotate face masks from this collection into my skincare routine for an instant refresh. Each face mask is reminiscent of a flower, and the names of the masks range from Lotus to rose. My favorite mask from the collection is the Rose mask – it moisturizes and brightens my skin while preventing blemishes.

Do you use any face masks as part of your skincare routine?

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