On Mondays We Mask

I love to use face masks; they are such a great way to give your skin a little extra TLC. I usually mask 3-4 times a week but I try to never miss a Monday. It’s a great way to recharge and get back into my weekday schedule. Here are the masks I’m currently using:

If you want a quick mask:

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Peter Thomas Roth- Brightening Bubbling Mask: One of the downsides to traditional masks is that they take time, most take at least five minutes. This one by PTR can be used in as little as 30 seconds which makes it great to use before you apply your makeup. It does make your skin noticeably brighter, feels super good, and adds a little extra moisture.

If you want an inexpensive mask:

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Dr. Jart+- Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay: These clay masks are only $15 each and you get 1.7 ounces, which is cheap in the mask world. Each one works on a different skin concern, I have the one for refreshing and one for moisturizing. They contain a lovely, thick mud and leave your skin feeling smooth and clean after leaving them on for 15 minutes.

If you want a sleeping mask:

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Shiseido- Ibuki Sleeping Mask– This is a gel mask which contains little micro beads of moisture. You simply apply this after cleansing and sleep in it. It is quick absorbing and oil-free so it won’t damage your bedding like other sleeping masks.

If you want a mask you can feel working:

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Peter Thomas Roth- Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: This is my favorite mask because it is very effective, but it’s not for the faint of heart. We all now that pumpkin burns when it is applied to the face (it’s a very common spa treatment) and this mask is no exception. When you first apply it you can certainly feel a burning sensation and you have to rub it to activate the exfoliation and that makes it burn more and then leave it one for 7 minutes. But the results are amazing; after just one use it reduces texture and breakouts and helps with fine lines. It also smells incredible, just like pumpkin pie, and the smell lingers in your bathroom of for a long time which is lovely.

If you want a mask for post-workout:

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Kiehl’s- Calendula & Ale Soothing Hydration Masque: One of the main ways I motivate myself to work out is by treating my post-workout shower like a mini spa. I apply this mask and lay in the hot tub for 15 minutes while it works its magic and then I take an extra long hot shower after and I always leave feeling incredible. This mask is a gel formula with an incredible herbal scent. It is soothing on a hot, sweaty face and makes my skin feel nice and clean without being tight.

If you want an all-around, universally, great mask:

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GLAMGLOW- Gravity Mud Firming Treatment : This has got to be one of the most recognizable masks on the market. This bright silver goo looks just like unicorn blood from Harry Potter. But there might actually be some magic in this jar because this stuff is so great. It helps with texture, dryness, redness, fine lines, ect. I’m fairly certain any person, with any skin type would get a benefit from this mask. If you aren’t sure where to start with masks or skincare this is  great mask to get.

And if you want to be extra:

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Dr. Dennis Gross-Pro Facial Steamer: This is by no means a must have tool. But this tiny steamer produces the most decadent, hydrating steam I’ve ever seen. In my experience using this steamer before any skincare product dramatically helps with product absorption. So in order to get the most benefit from my masks I always steam for about 5-7 minutes before I apply them.

4 Things I Learned about Eyelash Extensions

img_2826I feel like eyelash extensions are a great example of a beauty enhancement that can either look amazing or terrifying (the same goes for fake tanning or hair extensions). I’ve seen so many girls with beautiful, natural looking eyelash extensions but an equal number whose were pointing all different directly and falling out everywhere.

But last week I decided to take the plunge and try them out for myself. So far I have really enjoyed having them. They looks stunning and give me that “my lashes but better” look that I was going for. The picture above is with zero make or curling; I just woke up and brushed them with a spooley. I like them most like this, with no makeup on, because they really stand out and make me look awake and refreshed. I especially like them at the gym because it looks like I have makeup on but I don’t. But there have been some unexpected things I have learned along the way as well. Here are four things I learned about eyelash extensions:

  1. They take about two hours to apply. You will have to lay on a table for two hours with your eyes closed and your lower lashes taped down during this time. You cannot get up or really move at all during this process so if you have a hard time sitting still this wouldn’t work for you.
  2. They have their own set of rules. You cannot get your eyes wet for 24 hours after the application (which can be tough to schedule). And you cannot use any type of oil-based product on your eyes while you have the extensions because it breaks down the glue. So if you are like me and like to use an oil-based beauty balm to remove makeup it will take some adjustment.
  3. Eye makeup becomes a little bit of a challenge. Getting shadows close the your lash line can be difficult and I have found applying eyeliner to be near impossible. You also can’t wear mascara which I really miss because I’m so used to it completing my look and making my lashes a little darker.
  4. Washing your face/lashes is difficult. You can definitely feel the lashes on your eyes when you touch them and they are a little bit delicate so you can’t really wipe your eyes. So I’ve found that when my face gets wet, my lashes get soaked, and I can’t really wipe them off for fear of poking myself in the eye or loosing some lashes so I end up getting a lot of water in my eyes.

Overall I think I would get them again. Eyelash extensions would be perfect for a special occasion, a vacation, or if you don’t wear a lot of eye makeup. I’m just not sure if they are super practical for 24/7 wear.

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My Favorite Kathleen Lights Collabs

img_2809It seems like every day the world of YouTube and Influencers becomes more and more complicated. With these men and women making millions and gaining significant fame. Who can you trust? Are they being paid to say this? Is this product really worth my money? But after you watch someone’s videos long enough you can tell who is really genuine and Kathleen Lights is at the top of that list in my opinion. I feel like I can really trust her options and recommendations. And while she has done sponsored videos, she is always really open and honest about them. So when she has a collaboration I usually always support her. Here are some of my favorites:

Kathleen Lights X Morphe Eyeshadow palette: As far as I can tell from Morphe’s website this palette is no longer available, it was limited edition. But it is a really great palette. You can create so many looks using just these 15 shadows. They have very little fallout and are true to color. The packaging is a little lame because it is made of cardboard and a couple of the shades are a bit dry but for only $15.00 this was a great buy.

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Colour Pop Where the Light is Four Pack: These eyeshadows are some of Colour Pop’s Super Shock Shadows and they have the most unique formula. When you touch them they are creamy but they apply more like a traditional eyeshadow and dry to a powder form. And this cream-like formula makes them extremely pigmented and beautiful. And I love the four colors Kathleen Lights chose, they all compliment each other very well. 

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Colour Pop Lippie Stix and Liner in Lumiere: The Lippie Stix are one of my favorite lip formulas. They are moisturizing and opaque. They are super creamy so are not the most long wearing but they are extremely affordable so I don’t mind reapplying. Lumiere is a beautiful dusty rose color that would look great on any skin tone. 

Who are some of your favorite YouTubers to support? What makes them your favorite?

Best in Beauty 2016!

best-in-beauty-2016-1So many amazing products came out in 2016 and I was introduced to so many great new brands. I compiled a little collection of the best of the best of 2016. These are products that really stood out to me and that I would recommend to a friend.

Face:

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer– This is my favorite everyday bronzer and it’s affordable (only $15)! It is very natural and illuminating. The Butter Bronzer glides on so easily and blends out beautifully.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer– I had the hardest time finding a suitable primer for my dry skin until I found this. Most illuminating primers for dry skin are so greasy that they make you makeup slip off throughout the day. This absorbs into the skin immediately and locks in the moisture. It is expensive but the bottle is huge and glass and has a high quality pump.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer– I haven’t seen a Best in Beauty for 2016 that didn’t contain this product, and with good reason. Tarte totally stole the show with this concealer. It has completely replaced my holy grail Urban Decay concealer. There is an enormous color range, it has a great applicator, doesn’t crease, blends out easily, and is full coverage.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder– This under-eye setting powder is so under-hyped! It is the only powder I’ve found that completely eliminates under-eye creasing and I do notice a brightening effect.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23– This highlighter brush has completely revolutionized my highlighter game. It is the perfect size and is super durable and high quality. Makes applying highlighter so easy.

Mac Pinch Me Blush– Ever since Fall started I have been using this non-stop, I have to practically force myself not to use it everyday. Pinch me is a dark reddish color that matches tons of lip colors. This shade adds that natural flush to the cheeks and is very bendable and easy to apply.

Eyes:

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IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara– I always thought that all mascaras were created equal. They all worked really well for the first few weeks but then completely dried out. The Superhero has lasted me two months so far and is still going strong. It is incredibly volumizing and black.

tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette– My Mom bought me this palette for Valentines day 2016 and it is still my favorite. All the colors are wearable and they are by far the easiest to blend. Plus this palette smells so good, like chocolate!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz– All Anastasia Beverly Hills products are incredible but this is my favorite. It is perfect for sparse or thick brows, comes in a variety of colors, and is easy to apply. It is so perfect and precise; there is literally nothing I would change about this product.

Hair & Body:

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Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Shampoo-I’ve been using this shampoo as my pre-poo for the last couple of months and I can definitely notice a difference in my hair. This shampoo removes the excess product buildup but is still safe for color-treated hair. My hair is left light and with more body and movement.

Stella McCartney Pop– This is such a perfect fragrance! It is not too sweet, which can sometimes smells to young, but also not too musky. Pop is perfect balanced and lasts all day.

My 4 Favorite Lipsticks

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I recently dyed my hair much darker and I am loving it! But because my hair is now dark and my skin is light I feel like I have to have lipstick on every day to complete my look. Luckily there are so many great lipstick options on the market right now. Here are my four favorite lipsticks right now. 

dsc_0210Anastasia Beverly Hills- Liquid Lipstick- Pure Hollywood– The ABH liquid lipsticks are my favorite formula on the market right now. They dry so smooth and last for hours. I love to apply them, let them dry for 30 seconds and then apply a gloss over them. Pure Hollywood is a perfect brownish-nude shade. 

dsc_0208NARS- Velvet Lip Glide- Unlaced– NARS recently came out with this new Velvet Lip Glide formula it is a very unique formula that is a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss. It is not long wearing but is so hydrating and easy to apply. If you are intimidated by highly pigmented matte lip products or are looking for something soft and natural these are a great option. The shade Unlaced is very neutral color that is wonderful for light skin tones. 

dsc_0215MAC- Lipstick- Velvet Teddy– MAC lipsticks are great because they are somewhat inexpensive ($17),  come in a million colors, are creamy, and pigmented. The shade Velvet Teddy is a beautiful reddish-brown. It matches tons of eye looks and during fall/winter I wear this at least once a week.
dsc_0216Kat Von D- Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- Lolita II– Kat Von D products always have the most beautiful packaging and the liquid lipsticks are no exception. I always feel like such a bad a$$ when I take this out of my purse. The shade Lolita II is a vampy, rich, maroon color and it looks beautiful with my new dark hair. These liquid lipsticks are extremely matte and long-wearing but can be somewhat drying.