I was blessed with great skin. It’s as dry as the Mohave desert but aside from its dullness, it is healthy. I don’t have any scarring, hyperpigmentation, bags or wrinkling around my eye. The worst thing I have is a few freckles and a dimple –which I like to think adds a little character. Even though my skin is naturally healthy I still have to work at making sure it stays that way. I’ve listed a few things that I currently do to keep my skin clear!

DRINK WATER

I’m sure you’ve heard this one a million times but I promise you it works. I actually don’t like water, and I certainly can never get through the necessary “8 glasses” a day, but ever since I’ve started to get in shape I’ve made more of a conscious effort. One of the ways I love staying hydrated is to infuse it with fruit (for cold drinks) or add lemon and honey (for warm drinks). I recently bought a thermos mug and it’s been great for my morning cup of water. I can get in 160z before 10am, not to mention the water that I drink during my morning workout.

HAVE NO MAKEUP DAYS

I love no makeup days. Something just feels wrong about lying around in my sweats with a full face of makeup on. I wear makeup during the work week, but since my weekends are typically spent with close friends and family I like to use that as a time to let my skin have a break. I prefer light makeup as is, but if your someone who likes a full glam face everyday then a break is definitely needed. You also end up cleaning your face even more, stripping it of its natural oils because you’re trying to scrub the heavy makeup off. If you need to exfoliate then by all means do so, but it shouldn’t be because of an overuse of makeup!

STOP SAMPLING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

As beauty bloggers, or just a girl who likes to watch YouTube it can be easy to get sucked into different skincare hypes. I will admit that even I’ve fallen for this a few times (current regret is the glamglow youthmud mask) and it’s ended up causing more damage to my skin than good. My skincare routine is ivory soap. That’s it folks! I wash my face everyday with plain ole ivory soap. Once a week I wear a hydrating mask (another “YouTube made me buy it” product) and it’s been doing wonders during the cold season. But the point is once you find something that works stick with it! My suggestion would be to have one holy grail item for each issue you have and use it as needed. For me during that time of the month I like to use Sephora’s Green Tea Mask to help get rid of the pimples.

Keep anything you put on your face clean

Makeup girls this one is for you! I will openly say that cleaning makeup brushes is something I don’t do as often as I should and my skin has definitely paid the price. I used to keep my brushes out on my desk, my very “prone to getting dust” desk. The dust would settle in my powder brushes and I sometimes would even notice it until after I had used the brush. I now store them in my vanity desk but the point is make sure they stay clean (and that goes for you beauty blenders too). Another good one is changing your pillow cases. Drool, plus old makeup, plus dead hair and whatever else could possibly be on your pillow is a recipe asking for a pimple. Anything that touches your face on a consistent basis should be as clean as possible!

What do you do to keep your skin clear and healthy?

Kierra Lee

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I’m the type of girl who spends hours in Sephora swatching different foundations, only to leave empty handed. Everything I find is either too full coverage, not the right shade- which might I say there are a lot of companies that are not very brown girl friendly, or the foundation simply doesn’t have any wow factor. Either way, I always end up disappointed, or mad at myself for even trying. My current foundation collection is so wimpy I shouldn’t even call it a collection. I have the Nars Tinted Moisturizer and the Luminous All Day Weightless foundation. I’ve had other foundations but none worth keeping. I prefer light coverage and I can never seem to find the right shade and weight to my liking until I discovered the custom cover drops which have seriously been a dream come true.

WHAT IS IT

The Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is a bottle of pure pigment that can be mixed with other oils, lotion, primers etc. Anything that you would normally put on your face to prep and prime can be mixed with the cover drops. They have 4 infusion drops specifically made to blend with the cover drops but they are pricey ($44) and since you can mix it with anything it’s probably better to stick to your normal primer or just plain ole lotion. If you want light coverage the recommended drops are 1-2, Medium to full is 2-3 drops. Essentially the more coverage you want the more drops you should use. The shade range is phenomenal, it’s offered in 25 shades so you have plenty of options. I actually had to sample two different shades since I couldn’t tell which one would match me properly.

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HOW I USE IT

I’ve mixed mine with several different things. The first was the hydration primer by Smashbox. I liked this combination but it made my skin feel overly wet. It was as if I added too much moisture to my face. I have also used it with lotion and got the same result. I decided to try using it with mattifying primers and that was when I got the best results. I have dry skin so I thought using a liquid foundation with a hydrating primer would be exactly what my skin needed but instead, the combination made me look too oily. I tried mixing it with a sample of the Dior everlasting primer which I mention in my haul a few weeks ago, and it was my favorite foundation look! Unfortunately, the primer is almost $50 and I didn’t want to get addicted to a product that was above my normal budget.

I’ve also used it with Makeup Forever Step One Mattifying Primer, and the Custom infusion drops that are meant to go with the cover drops. I liked the MUFE primer although it wasn’t as good as the Dior one, it is a more affordable option. The infusion drops were a total bust for me, I didn’t like the smell of them and they were too oily. But I’m also not into applying oils to my face so if you are then it may be a good choice for you.

PROS

Creating your own coverage: I love to have the freedom to tailor my foundation to my needs. For days when I’m going to work I wear it lightweight, and on days when I’m going out for dinner or dressing up I can make it fuller coverage.

Shade Range: The options are really endless. I can easily find both my winter and summer shade in this line. If you are a makeup artist this would be good to add to your kit.

CONS

Not Travel-Friendly: Since you have to essentially “make your foundation” it can get a bit messy. I mix mine in a small little cup, but this isn’t the most accessible for a girl on the go. You can mix it on your hand but I think that’s messy and you end up wasting the product.

Pure Pigment: The fact that is pure pigment means it doesn’t have a lot of the additives that normally make foundation have some lasting power. The foundation stays very well but only if you have the right mixture. Once you’ve figured out your perfect combination then you’ll love it but it does take some tweaking and trying new things.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall I love it. The versatility I have with this is amazing and exactly what I’ve been looking for. If you are someone who struggles with some of the same things I have then this would be a perfect option for you. If you don’t like the product at first glance then I recommend trying it with a different base. I promise you it makes all the difference!

What’s your favorite foundation right now?

Kierra Lee

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Every girl that does her makeup needs to have an ” I can’t leave my face bare but I don’t have enough time for full glam routine” or in other words something that takes less than 10 minutes to do. I think any good routine starts with great healthy skin. If you want to be able to leave the house in a hurry you need a good base to work with.

When Im in a rush the first step I skip is applying foundation; simply because I’ve taken care of my skin that I dont actually need foundation. I head straight for my fit me concealer since its creamy, blendable and the most natural looking out of my collectionI try to stay away from anything that is too light because it takes more time for me blend out.

Next up are my eyebrows, which I spend all of a half of a second on. I was blessed with great eyebrows, shout-out to my mom for that one, and so I usually only need a quick run through with my spoolie and I’m done. If I had more time I would do my full brow routine but since this is all supposed to be under 10 minutes I like to focus my attention on more pressing things.

The only thing I do with my eyes is apply mascara, two to be exact. I’m still learning how to work with eyeshadow and it’s not something I have time to play with when I’m in a rush. Sometimes I apply eyeliner but for the most part, I stick with just the mascara.

Now comes the easy part, applying blush and highlighting. My favorite everyday blush is raizen by Mac and I reach for it whenever I’m short on time. It looks great on my skin, and it’s extremely buildable so I never have to worry about adding too much and then being stuck with having to fix all the extra blush on my face. My go to highighter is the cream version of Becca Opal. It is such a pretty color and it has the just the right amount of shine to give you a natural glow. I like using the cream because it sets into my skin easily and I dont have to worry about getting powdery glitter all over my face.

To warm up my face a bit I use my mac blush in blunt. I prefer my cream contour kit by ABH but it requres me to use mutiple brushes and takes a while to blend properly. I apply mac blunt on the hollows of my cheeks, my forehead and under my chin. After that I apply a lipstick (my current favorites are the ultra matte lips by colourpop) and I’m all set to go!

Which products do you use for your quick everyday makeup routine?

Kierra Lee

 

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Fall or dare I say the W word….winter… is my favorite time of year. We don’t really get a “W” in SF (although they say we are had an El Nino) but it does get pretty chilly and we get a few drops of rain   despite California’s ridiculously long drought. As beautiful as it is and as cozy as I dress, I realize that rain can often make you smell a little…muggy. I take my showers at night, so in the morning, I usually rely on my signature oils, which I’m now finding out are a more summa time thing. So I wanted to buy a new fragrance, something I could wear in winter that would add freshness, and that could also transition to spring!

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I’m a research fanatic and normally my first line of defense is youtube but since you can’t “smell” a fragrance through the computer I decided to just skip that step and head straight to Sephora. Talk about overwhelming! That wall of fragrance feels endless for a new buyer like me. I had no loyalties to a particular brand, and reviews didn’t really help much so I was flying blind. Luckily the scent section at my local Sephora is usually the least populated and was able to get an associate to help me.

I was finally able to narrow it down, between two marc jacobs fragrances. The sales associate had me spray both fragrances on (one on each arm and then walk around the store for 15 minutes). Since fragrances smell differently based on your body chemistry she wanted to make sure whichever one I got would actually smell good on me, not just out the bottlr. I loved both of them but I wanted something that would look good on my mantel (yep I bought it for the packaging) so I went with Daisy for its pretty white flowers. Despite its adorable packaging it is a very beautiful fragrance. It’s light and airy, with just the right amount of sweet and it is exactly what I need to smell refreshing in the morning.

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I’ll probably have this for a while, but I’m already looking to buy the other Marc Jacobs fragrance. I love the daisy but its light airy scent has very minimal lasting power. I’m realizing that cooler fragrances don’t gel well with my chemistry so I’ve had to start exploring warmer scents.

If you have any suggestions leave them below!

Kierra Lee

 

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I promised you all a part two of my beauty haul so here it is! You can find part one here!

Hair

I have a serious issue with dry itchy scalp and I’ve been doing everything to try to fix it. My skin is deathly dry and my hair is no exception. Thank God my hair is thick and healthy and continually grows but the flaky dry scalp is such a nuisance that something had to be done.

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It’s a 10 Leave in conditioner: My hair needs lots of moisture, so a leave-in conditioner is a must. I spray this in my hair after a wash and in between the week when needed.

Macadamia Conditioning Masque: I bought a small sample of this (which unfortunately I threw away) but so far it’s been working good. A conditioning masque is a lot thicker than a normal conditioner. My goal is to set up a deep conditioning routine but for now, I’m going to wait to see how this masque treats me.

Tresemme Hair Spray: just your typical hair spray, nothing special here other than I don’t have any hair spray and this one came highly requested from one of my favorite Youtubers.

Skincare

Nivea Men’s AfterShave: This was one of those purchases where Youtube made me do it. I’ve heard rave reviews about using this as a primer, so I’m excited to see how it goes. Plus it was only 6 bucks! Score!

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Glamglow Hydrating Mask: This entire brand has been on my radar to try and since the weather has been deathly chilly I figured the hydrating mask was a good place to start. I bought the sample size for a whopping $22, so I’m hoping the results are worth its hefty price tag.

Aveeno Daily Face Scrub: I love the concept of a 3 step facial cleanser (like this clinique system I tried), but I realized a harsh product like that causes me to break out. My skin is extremely dry so when I strip it of its natural oils on a daily basis it creates utter chaos! I wanted to get the glamglow daily cleanser but I didn’t want to jump into an expesnive product when my skin is so sensitve to scrubs/cleasners as is. I figured this would be a good and light enough to use a few days a week and then pair it with my hydrating mask.

Samples

Marc Jacobs came out with a new perfume called Decadence and it comes in the shape of a purse, so naturally I was tempted to sample it. I love my Marc Jacobs daisy but because of its light and airy scent it tends to not stick and wears off with hours. Decadence is a much warmer and stronget scent so I’m hoping this settles into my skin nicely and potentially lasts longer!

Chanel No 5 is such a classic brand and classic fragrance. It’s a more robust scent than what I’m used to but I’m eager to see if it lives up to the hype!

Kierra Lee

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