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I Swapped My Moisturizer for Maracuja Oil for A Week

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I recently received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil with purchase at Sephora. Maracuja oil is derived from the maracuja fruit, and contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to moisturize and heal acne-prone skin. I decided to replace my usual moisturizer with maracuja oil for a week to find out how it would react with my dry, acne-prone skin.

How I used the maracuja oil 

I applied the maracuja oil each morning after cleansing my skin. Instead of applying my usual moisturizer, I let a few drops of maracuja oil dry into my skin. I applied the oil for seven days without using other moisturizing products in my skincare routine to determine the performance of the product.

The Results

After testing Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, I have mixed feelings. The oil felt soft and smooth on my skin. On days when the weather was warmer, the oil left a slight sheen on my skin – it absorbed, but not fully. About halfway through my moisturizer switch I noticed that my skin began to breakout. My skin is typically acne-prone, and while maracuja oil is helpful to heal acne, I believe that it added too much oil to my skin. Overall, if you have dry skin, I would recommend trying maracuja oil. For those of you with dry, acne-prone skin I would recommend testing the oil for 1-2 days to observe whether the oil may contribute to further breakouts. While I was excited to try an oil in my skincare routine, this challenge did not agree with my skin.

Have you ever tried a maracuja oil? What were your results? 

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3 Reasons Why You Should Start Listening to Podcasts and My Top Recommendations

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I recently began listening to podcasts and it’s truly been a life-changing experience. With a range of topics and hosts, podcasts offer a window into education, information, and passion. I’ll highlight a few of the podcasts I’ve listened to lately below, but here are my top three reasons why you should start listening to podcasts!

Reason 1 – Get Inspired: What inspires you? What motivates you? Chances are, there is a podcast out there that relates to your interests or hobbies. Finding a podcast that you enjoy listening to can inspire you to find new ideas, find information on new topics, and inspire you to become creative.

Reason 2 – Find a Creative Outlet: I enjoy listening to podcasts while I blog for the entertainment value and to spark my creativity. Listening to podcasts is a way to enhance your creativity and explore new ideas.

Reason 3 – Optimize Your Time: Listening to a podcast during your daily commute or while you’re waiting for something is a great way to pass time. Listening to podcasts while engaging in other activities will help your day, commute, or daily tasks fly by!

My Recommendations 

Approachable by Samantha Ravandahl and Alyssa Anderson 

If you’re a makeup lover like me, you’ve likely heard of Samantha Ravandahl. Sam is a is a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber who posts makeup product reviews, creates unique tutorials, and is one of the most unbiased, open vloggers in the industry. She recently launched a podcast with Alyssa Anderson, titled Approachable that discusses relevant topics including anxiety, alcohol abuse and millennials.

Dare I Say by Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar launched the podcast Dare I Say, hosted by Olivia Wilde (need I say more?) This podcast features a female celebrity guest each week with topics that include body positivity, activism, and diversity in the fashion/beauty industry.

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3 Products I Use Weekly to Remove Makeup

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Removing my makeup is an essential step in my daily skincare routine. I rotate between specific products that dissolve makeup while gently cleansing my skin. Here are three products I use weekly!

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique’s Cleansing Oil is a staple in my skincare routine. The oil immediately dissolves my makeup while leaving my skin soft and clean. I like to use this product as my daily makeup remover because it is gentle on my skin. My eye makeup and lipstick do not rinse easily, but this oil breaks down the product effectively!

Sephora Collection Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve used this eye makeup remover for the past five years and it never fails to disappoint. I like to supplement my cleansing oil with this eye makeup remover to dissolve my mascara, eye liner, and eyeshadow. This eye makeup remover has a unique formula – it removes eye makeup without water but it also contains a lash-strengthening complex that is gentle on the eye area.

Makeup Eraser Makeup Removing Cloth

I recently discovered this makeup removing cloth from the brand Makeup Eraser and it is a unique, innovative product. This makeup remover is actually a soft, reusable cloth  that removes makeup with a splash of water! I love that the product is reusable and it is ideal to travel with.

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3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

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Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.

Maintaining social media can be tiring

It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!

Be passionate

Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.

Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful 

I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.

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4 Essential Beauty Products to Travel With This Season

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The inspiration for this post came while I was sorting through my makeup collection. With summer approaching, I began to consider which items in my collection are travel-friendly and compact. Here’s a list of my favourite beauty products to travel with this season!

1. Tarte Cosmetics Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

I typically travel with separate blush, contour and highlight compacts. This set is ideal for travel as it contains all three makeup products in a single compact. It is lightweight and small enough to place in my handbag.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Full-sized eyeshadow palettes can be difficult to travel with. Huda Beauty’s new Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes contain 9 pans of shadow, and a mirror for travel. I love that these eyeshadow compacts are versatile and lightweight.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Mini

I love packing mini mascara tubes in my makeup bag when I travel. I’ve used mini tubes of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a few months now and they are quick and easy to apply.

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini

Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder usually comes in a heavy jar. I was delighted to find a travel-sized jar during my latest Sephora trip. This mini version of the powder is small in size, and lighter than the full-sized jar. This is a perfect travel-friendly setting powder if you don’t like travelling with full-sized jars of loose product.

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3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Moisturizer

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Moisturizing is one skincare step that is easy to follow. However, there are many ways that you can go wrong when using this product. An incorrectly chosen formula and careless application can lead to breakouts, sagging skin, and dullness. Here are three steps you didn’t know you were making – and how to fix them!

Mistake #1: Pulling on the skin

Vigorously rubbing moisturizer into the skin can wreak havoc on your complexion. Pulling on the skin in a downward motion can contribute to premature wrinkles. To prevent this, apply your moisturizer in upward, circular motions. Gently tap moisturizer into your eye area to prevent redness or wrinkles.

Mistake #2: You don’t apply moisturizer regularly

It seems logical to stop applying moisturizer once your skin is hydrated, right? Wrong! If your skin is already dry, it’s likely that there’s a layer of dead skin on the surface that will make it harder for the product to reach your skin’s moisture barrier. Aim to moisturize 1-2 times per day (depending on your skin type) to maintain supple skin.

Mistake #3: You don’t switch your moisturizer

I’m guilty of using the same moisturizer year-round. The fact is, the same moisturizer you use in the summertime may not be hydrating enough in the winter months. The effectiveness of your moisturizer can plateau if your skin becomes used to the ingredients, if the weather changes drastically, or if your skin type changes. It’s important to switch moisturizers with different active ingredients to maintain effectiveness. I apply a cream-based, thicker moisturizer in the winter months, but switch to a light, water-based formula in the summertime.

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Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Sale Haul

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Sephora’s annual spring sale took place recently. I always tell myself that I don’t need to buy any new products, but I needed to stock up on my beloved Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Along with the mask, I decided to test out new skincare products and quickly filled my cart. Here’s a peek into my spring Sephora VIB Sale haul!

Laneige Good Night Kit

I repurchased this kit for the second time because Laneige’s masks are an integral component of my daily skincare routine. This kit contains samples of the brand’s Water Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Mask. My skin and lips have felt incredibly dry lately due to the cold, drier weather and both masks have helped hydrate my skin like nothing else I’ve tried.

Sephora Collection Brightening Eye Creme

After testing a sample of Olehenriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Creme, I loved how soft, smooth, and hydrated my under eye area became. I usually never wear eye cream, it quickly became another step in my skincare routine. This mask contains caffeine to depute the eyes, hyaluronic acid to increase moisture retention, and mudar plant bark extract to reduce aging. I’m excited to try the gel-cream formula in comparison to the Banana Bright Eye creme.

Huda Beauty Kay Ali Elixir Sample

I enjoy trying new fragrances and quickly added this sample of Huda Beauty’s Kay Ali Elixir to my cart. I’ve never tested a fragrance from Huda Beauty, but am a devoted fan of the brand’s eyeshadows, lipsticks, and concealer. According to Sephora, this fragrance boasts warm, sweet floral notes with hints of jasmine and rose.

Pat MacGrath Labs Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Set

I’m eager to try a product from Pat McGrath Labs! I never say no to a gorgeous red lipstick, and this adorable mini set contains three lipsticks in various shades of red. This set contains the shades Elson, Obsessed!, and Full Panic. Each lipstick appears to be matte, long-wearing and pigmented but stay tuned for a full review.

 

 

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