My Nightly Beauty Routine!

Usually, I do this same infamous routine every night. It consists of fully removing all makeup, prepping my skin, cleansing, and moisturization. Some nights I may add a natural face mask or a gentle teeth whitener. This process does not include my shower though. I like to fill my evenings with relaxing music and good products. Let’s begin!

To begin, I take off both my eye makeup and face makeup with Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes. They are oil-free and do a great job of fully removing all makeup. I don’t typically use liquid makeup remover unless I have a lot of eye makeup, for example liquid eyeliner. If I have lipstick, I will make sure to remove all of it fully so that it doesn’t stain my lips overnight.

For my face I use the Dermalogica Oil/Normal Skin Care Kit. It can be purchased at Ulta and Sephora and comes in various sets according to your skin type. Within the stores there are skin-matchers who test your skin for free to find the perfect kit for you. Within it comes a Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, Skin Prep Scrub, Active Moist, and Total Eye Care. First, I scrub the Skin Prep Scrub with clean hands all over my face to remove any excess dirt or makeup from the day. I wash it off with a warm wash cloth and use my facial brush the gently apply the Special Cleansing Gel. I use a Face Secrets facial brush that I got from Sally’s Beauty Supply for less than $3.00. I rinse that off with the same warm rag and spritz my face with the Multi-Active Toner. While that dries I brush my teeth and then apply the Active Moist moisturizer.

Next, I apply Vaseline on my lips and eyelashes, Massaging Vaseline helps my eyelashes to grow longer and thicker. Every other night I will apply a hair mask to my hair. Lately, I haven’t found the perfect hair mask so if you have any recommendations comment down below.

Before bed, I usually french braid my hair down. In the morning when I undo the braid I will have big voluminous curls that were heat-free. If I want to wear my hair straight tomorrow, I will straighten it in the evening so that I don’t have to waste time in the morning straightening it. This process saves me tons of time in the morning.

After all of these facial steps, I lay in bed and apply Organix Coconut Milk & Hibiscus lotion. This lotion smells like the Carribean with a gentle scent of coconuts. I also like the Organix lotion with Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. I apply this to my arms, legs, feet, and hands. This product isn’t greasy and dries quickly. I prefer lotions that dry quickly because they don’t leave my hands slippery.

And after a long day, I like to unwind with Tazo Calm Tea and either a good book or some good TV. With my doggies by my side, I know it will be a relaxing night!

Step By Step Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows are the fur of the face that many people have yet to master. The key of eyebrows is that the hair color and thickness matches with your face shape and correlates with your hair color. Unfortunately, not everyone is graced with perfect natural eyebrows, thus we shade them in. This tutorial will show you how to prep, prime, and create the perfect brows. Let’s begin!

First, you must find out what your correct brow shape is. Your shape depends on the shape of your face and eyes. The peak of your brow should be vertical to the middle of your pupil. The brow should start where your tear ducts begin.

The products used in this are tweezers, a short angled brush, a razor, matching matte eye shadow, a highlight, possibly scissors or brow gel. A brow pencil was also used in this tutorial, but isn’t mandatory for every one. All of the maintenance products are from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You should go for a matte shadow or it wouldn’t be natural.

To begin, tweeze any stray hairs that don’t correlate with your natural shape or the shape that matches your face. Using a brow razor after will get those minuscule hairs that you can’t see. If your brows are really thick, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie and trim them with scissors.

Underlining the brow with pencil on the bottom will create an outline of where to shade and make it look more precise. Take the angled brush and start lightly shading in the brow.

If you make a mistake, then just take concealer after and blend it out. Go slowly at first so you don’t put too much on and keep checking if you need to make it longer.

I like to do my eyebrows before I apply eye shadow because it sets the construction of the face.

 

Products I Regret Buying In Spring!

It’s sitting there on the store shelf, starring into your soul. You take a look and fall into the captivating product. It promises so much! Yet once used, it merely sits there. Now it sits in the dark corner of the bathroom pantry, collecting dust. Yes, I am dramatically talking about the products I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on. Now these products are based on my experience and to warn other beauties that this isn’t as great as it looks. It does not dictate whether or not it will work for you. I will be explaining my hair, makeup, and facial products that never worked for me. Let’s begin!

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First I will start with hair products. To begin, I bought these spiral hair rollers from Sally’s Beauty Supply awhile ago and have tried them hundreds of times and not once did they work. They’re by HairArt and I only bought these because the Conair Spiral Rollers were out of stock and I was in a hurry. They come in packs of 10 and so I bought two packs because it usually takes about 15-20 regular rollers for my hair. One pack costs $6.59. I opened one, watched the videos, read the instructions, and yet it still wouldn’t stay in my hair. I tried clipping it, trying with wet and dry hair, applied product to try and hold it, nothing worked. My hair would get caught in the little white circles, and when I took them out it would rip my hair out. Definitely regret buying this. I returned the other bag, but the opened one is never used.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths shampoo + conditioner are also products I wish I hadn’t bought. I really like the idea of this product because they are donating hair to cancer victims because I had donated inches and inches to Locks of Love in the past, but focusing on the product it just didn’t do anything. I have used Pantene Medium-Thick shampoo + conditioner and I really liked that, but the conditioner wasn’t even moisturizing my hair and made it feel heavy. Each bottle costs $4.99.

 

Now onto makeup! The next product isn’t necessarily a regret because I still used it, but I do think I waste money on it: the Physicians Formula Twins Concealer. With this product it has two different types, one that has facial and under-eye concealer, and this one that has facial and the extra green cover-up. The directions said to apply the green and then the facial concealer side, but the process just made completing my makeup twice as long. The green never blended well either, but on the positive side the facial concealer was great. I never used the green side, so it just was a waste until I used up the facial one. I now use the double skin tone concealer for under-eyes and facial and it’s marvelous. It costs $7.99.

The Wet’N’Wild H2O Proof Pencil Liner is the next regretful product. I bought this not necessarily for the proof, but I thought the color was a gorgeous royal blue. It literally took me 10 minutes to open it, maybe mine was defected but I had to cut off the top and sharp plastic went every where. Once I tried to use it, the product wouldn’t even rub on my eye. I sharpened it, used a lighter, and tried smudging it. Still nothing worked. ┬áThe pencil eventually split down the side so now it can’t even be salvaged. It costs $1.49.

This product is a lot like the concealer where I didn’t like it, but I just used it to use it up. That would be the Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder. I used 210 Classic Ivory. This powder was alright, decent coverage, but after a few weeks of using it the powder starting to smell weird. It smelled like something was wrong with the mixture, and it wasn’t my home because I keep all makeup products clean. The mirror on the inside eventually broke off so I would use them as separates. It costs $5.94.

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My next product is the Covergirl Shadow Blast. With this eye-set, you are supposed to easily be able to sweep these across your eye lids and it would blend together for that sultry look. Well, I never experienced this. The product was just really heavy and greasy on my lids. I do use the silver separately, but never the dark purple. For this one stick, it costs $6.94.

 

For my facial products, these can vary from skin type, but these are the ones I truly regret. The first is the Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub. It’s not that this product caused facial damage, it just didn’t do a single thing. I liked how it was a cleanser and a scrub, so it would lather and scrub my face. The scrub didn’t clean anything out, and after weeks of usage I never saw a change. It costs $6.09 and won’t be repurchased.

The next facial product is the Keep Me Clean Facial Wipes, and I would use these to help get my foundation and eye makeup off at the end of the day. These wipes smelled really good and I love the Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask, but this literally didn’t take anything off. A normal makeup wipe would take 1-2 wipes for full eye makeup and foundation, this took probably 3-5 per day. This was because I would have to keep scrubbing to get it off with the wipe. One pack is $5.99.

This final product is one that I truly regret ever using it. This is the Clean & Clear Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste. I have always loved Clean & Clear and use them daily, but this actually caused my face to break-out more due to the spreading of blemish bacteria. My skin reacted so harshly to this product that I had to go to the doctor and get it under control. My forehead looked like it had been set on fire, which is never common for my skin. This product is probably the one I regret buying the most. It costs $7.79.

I hope this helped shed a light on that beauty aisle. I will try and do this after a season ends!

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