Balanced Guru Astringent Masque Review

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I love getting to review organic, cruelty-free skincare products! You just feel better knowing that they are wholesome and good for not just your skin, but your entire body. Balanced Guru’s Astringent Masque has been my weekly mask for awhile now and it’s really special because it is made from certified organic ingredients in a powder formula. It took me awhile to put a review for this product up because sometimes reviewing skin products can be really tricky. There are so many products going on my face on any given day, from foundations to powders to blushes, that it can be hard to know what is helping my skin and what is just not working. Every week I have some “me” time and use this mask on my face. This particular mask is made specifically for oily or congested skin, but Balanced Guru has a masque for every skin type. (more…)

My Go-To Moisturizer: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 Review

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I get a lot of questions often about what products I use on my skin. My top priorities for skincare are anti-aging products (I am almost thirty) and SPF for protection against harmful UV rays. The sun can really change the way a person’s entire face looks, depending on repeated unprotected exposure. Besides the obvious aesthetic consequences like wrinkles, you are also at a high risk for skin cancer. What if a product contained both anti-aging properties and SPF? Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 is my main moisturizer right now and my best friend. Not a day goes by where I’m not slathering this product on myself and I’ve been so pleased with the results. I am brave enough to show you my bare face inside with absolutely NO makeup and NO editing, so onto my review! (more…)

A Novel Romance Collection: MAC “Good Kisser” Lipstick Swatches & Review

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The day A Novel Romance launched on MAC’s website, I actually got to the website too late to order any of the lipsticks. They sold out very quickly and Good Kisser was definitely one of the prized pieces from the collection. The whole concept behind A Novel Romance is exactly what it sounds like…a romance novel cover and theme. The promotional pictures are actually really cheeky and I love the idea behind it. Good Kisser is a hot fuchsia that lights up on the lips. You know I adore my bright fuchsia pink shades, so I had to grab this one. I’ve got full swatches and my review inside! (more…)

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Tutorial: Light & Pretty

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I’ve been wanting to purchase some Makeup Geek Eyeshadow’s for quite some time now, and I was really excited when the Starter Kit came back in stock last week. Unfortunately, I hesitated just one day to purchase it and it was out of stock again, so I purchased all the shades in the Starter Kit minus Cocoa Bear (replacing it with “Country Girl” instead), and also added in Peach Smoothie, for a total of ten eyeshadow shades. I was excited to put them to the test since I just got them today. I put together a Light & Pretty eye makeup look for you using 4 of the shades. You can wear this during the daytime and even to the office. It’s not too heavy and you can do it in under five minutes. Full tutorial inside, (more…)

Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak & Wipes Review

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Little known fact about me: I had braces for a long time in my younger years. A really long time. I remember having them on from seventh grade through to just about my senior year. When I got them off, I was more than ecstatic about how straight my teeth were. The most important part about keeping those teeth straight? My retainer. Believe it or not, I still have my retainers to this day and it’s important that I wear them because I have started to notice my teeth shifting slightly here and there. The problem is, cleaning your retainer is a pain and how do you know that water alone is really doing the job? Enter Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak & Wipes. I have a review on both today, which can be used for retainers, mouth-guards, and removable braces. Both are good for different times and places, as well as depending on what your usual daily routine is. (more…)

Champagne Budget, Beer Taste? Bliss Spa Chicago’s Hot Milk & Almond Pedicure Review & Experience

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I must have written this post over and over again in my head hundreds of times before finally sitting down to piece it all together. You see, I’m not really one to complain about beauty products and services. If I don’t like something, I simply don’t promote it. I am someone who would much rather spend my time promoting what I love. In this case, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Chicago last week, and it was a wonderful experience for me. I took to the Windy City very warmly, and I could honestly see myself living there someday. While I was in town, I decided to make myself an appointment at a spa…a spa that I normally can’t access in South Carolina since I don’t live near any major cities (Atlanta is 3 hours away). I chose Bliss Spa because I’ve seen their line in Sephora, used their products before, and heard about their spa treatments in fashion magazines. I booked myself a Hot Milk & Almond Pedicure that was to last a full sixty minutes. Even as our plane descended on the tarmac at O’Hare, I was looking forward to my spa treatment at Bliss, thinking it was going to be one of those really cool experiences I’ll have as a beauty enthusiast and blogger for the rest of my life. Boy, was I wrong. (more…)

CITY Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper in “SUNdiego” & “NUDEyork” Swatches, Review, Before/After

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Every once in awhile, a product comes along that manages to change my entire perspective on that particular type of cosmetic product. Lip plumpers. I’ve tried so many in the past several years, from the extremely tingly to the ones that don’t work at all. I’ve even used ones before that managed to put a massive red rim around my entire lip line, making it look like I got punched in the mouth! CITY Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper has managed to change my entire view on lip plumping products, because not only do they actually plump my lips up like crazy, but they have made my lips look fuller and more attractive over time. These glosses are like magic in a tube and call me obsessed, but there is rarely a day I don’t use these. I have SUNdiego and NUDEyork for you today, and just wait until you see the before and after shots… (more…)

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Poe” Swatches, Review, & Look

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Earlier this afternoon, I decided to play a fun social experiment and post a picture of myself wearing this Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Poe” on my Facebook. You wouldn’t believe some of the reactions I got! You would have thought that I went out and got a Mike Tyson facial tattoo with the way people were acting. This color is bold and it makes a statement, but remember, it’s just lipstick and you can wipe it off whenever you want. I personally love to experiment with bolder, brighter, edgier makeup items because to me, makeup is art. It’s all in good fun and if dark blue lipstick makes you happy, then go for it fearlessly. Poe has been wildly popular from Kat Von D’s new lipstick line, with the shade being sold out in many Sephora locations and even online. I, myself, searched high and low for this shade in the Sephora at the Water Tower in Chicago while I was visiting last week. I ended up purchasing mine for a small mark-up fee on eBay, and ironically the seller was from Chicago! I’ve got full swatches and what I paired this bold lipstick with inside, (more…)

NARS Smokey Eye Compact Kit Swatches, Review, & Makeup Look!

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Words cannot express how on-a-roll NARS Cosmetics has been lately with their newest collections, gifts, palettes, and reformulations. The NARS Smokey Eye Compact Kit is a wonderful set filled with everything you need to recreate a classic, gorgeous smokey eye. Not only is everything conveniently in one kit, but this is the perfect gift for a makeup lover in your life. Imagine receiving this as a gift from someone who knows you love NARS or smokey eye makeup in general! It’s a truly gorgeous set that contains soft, pigmented eyeshadow shades, an intense black eyeliner, and a super soft angled blending brush that can multi-task. I’ve got the full review inside, as well as a makeup look I’ve put together using this kit. (more…)

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