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!

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Today I have a haul for you all! I haven’t purchased anything beauty related in a while so I’m long overdue for a post like this. After my no buy I learned a lot about my spending habits. I have a tendency to purchase a million things at once, instead of building overtime.  I still buy quite a few things, but I’m certainly more rational with my spending. So with that said let’s dive into the haul shall we!?

Makeup

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Real Techniques Beauty Blender: I love my beauty blender but I’ve always wanted a more affordable option. I’m looking forward to using the flat side of this to help set my makeup!

Zote Laundry Detergent:  I didn’t want to pay for the actual BB cleaner so I shopped for a cheaper option. I saw a video using detergent and was plea surly surprised since other home remedies haven’t been working. Hopefully it makes my beauty blender as good as new.

Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleaner

I wanted a daily cleaner as well so I could use the brush multiple times in one sitting. I normally pick up the one from Sephora but I wanted to try something different.

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Urban Decay De-slick Oil Control

I have the urban decay all nighter spray but wasnt very impressed.  I’m hoping this version will help keep my makeup on but also prevent oiliness.

ABH Brow Definer

I’m not a huge fan of doing my brows, butttt ever since I switched from glasses to contacts I’ve wanted to give my brows a little extra attention. One of the reasons why I never liked the brow wiz is because the pencil was so thin and I had to really push to apply the product. The brow definer is significantly thicker so I’m hoping that makes a difference.

Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder

I’ve heard a million and one things about this on youtube and I’ve honestly been putting off buying it for no valid reason other than laziness. I hate ordering beauty products online, I prefer to look at the product, touch and sample it first before I make the commitment to buying it. This will have be my 6th setting powder so I’m hoping it turns out to be my holy grail!

Samples

What’s a Sephora trip without samples!?

Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base: I’m typically not a fan of super high-end makeup brands like Dior, but the lady recommended it because it applies like lotion instead of a thick paste (like most mattifying primers do). The $50 price tag makes me have high expectations so we shall see!

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

I normally don’t like using mattifying primers but I wanted to purchase one for my t-zone.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops (Hydration & Radiance): I have the Cover FX custom drops that are pure pigment which I mix with lotion to make foundation. I will have a full review of the foundation later, but I wanted to try mixing it with the infusion dropsI’m not sure what the real difference is between the hydration and radiance version are but I’ll be sure to come back and let you know!

Tarteist Gel Liner: I swear by my Stila waterproof eyeliner, but I’ve been on the hunt for something different. I wanted to give this a shot and I’ve been loving all my Tarte eye products so far so I hope this isn’t any different.

I was going to add all my skincare and hair products to this haul but I figured it would be a little overwhelming. I’ll be having uploading part two on Wednesday!

Have any of you tried the above products? Tweet me about them!

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I’m glad I waited such a long time to do this review because I feel like now that the excitement and hype have subsided and I can really give you all a fair assessment. I got the apple watch back in September as a birthday gift, and I’ve had it attached to my wrist ever since. I’ve never been the type to buy something simply because it’s the latest and greatest, especially when it comes to technology, but the apple watch offered some really intriguing features.

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Let me start off by saying I was not an apple fan. I typically like to root fo the underdog (Toshiba is my favourite) but since I have an iPhone it only makes sense that all my other devices are compatible. It may sound crazy that i don’t like apple considering I own 4 of their products (iPhone, two iPads, and now the apple watch) but at this point it just makes sense that all the devices are connected, especially for blogging.

The watch wasn’t a blog must-have but more of a business necessity. My new position at work requires me to be in a lot of meetings and I’m constantly running all over the building. I work with several different teams during the day and sometimes my mind can get a little scattered. I wanted something that could help keep me on track, almost like a new rendition of a beeper but on your wrist. I have the watch connected to my work email and calendar, and it sends me reminders for meetings and any upcoming activities. For blogging, I’ve been using it to send me a reminder to post something on Instagram (when working a full-time job you don’t have time for social media), or remind me to participate in a twitter chat when I can (I try to get in at least one during lunch). So reason number one why I love the apple watch: It helps me keep track of my time (no pun intended)

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Reason number two: it’s stylish!. When I first saw the apple watch I thought it looked extremely masculine. The chrome and highlighter rubber bands had me completely turned off. But they recently came out with a rose gold color and newer stylish bands that made it more appealing, not to mention hat it matches my rose gold iPhone 6s plus.

Reason number three was something I sort of just stumbled on and that was its fitness features. I was always interested in getting a Fitbit, but when the apple watch came out I liked the ability to have both a phone and a fitness tool. Two for one right!? I use the built-in fitness app as well as the activity app to enter my weight height, etc and then my goals for the day. The activity app offers plenty of other great resources (tells you when to stand, how many calories you should burn a day), but I don’t go that in depth with it. I use the app to track my heart rate and burned calories during a workout.

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Last but not least its literally a phone on your wrist. As a commuter, I like to make things as efficient as possible. In the mornings, I’m able to stick my phone in my backpack and I don’t have to worry about checking to see if I missed anything because it will all sync to my watch anyway. This is great for when I’m in meetings too because my phone will be in my pocket or purse and I don’t have to reach down to turn it off as well as see who’s calling and texting. Now that I have the iPhone 6splus (which is a clunker of a phone) it can be annoying to have it on hand all the time so the watch is definitely a convenience. I believe the radius of the watch is roughly 15 feet so you can be in another room and it will still pick up signal annnddd if you are disconnected from your phone the watch will tell you!

I know these reasons may not be stellar to some of you and maybe even a little high maintenance, but for a girl on the go, or a fitness lover I think this a great toy to have. The sport is definitely an affordable option and it has the most variety when it comes to the bands.

If you have any questions leave them below!

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Every year there is one limited edition item that I let slip through the cracks. I’m always a day late or a dollar short. Last year that item was the infamous Bobbi Brown highlighter in bronze glow. Every YouTuber and blogger were raving about this product and I searched high and low for it but couldn’t find it. So imagine my surprise when a few days ago I’m watching a Sephora VIB haul on youtube (one of my guilty pleasures) and the YouTuber name drops this highlighter. I had to sit up in bed and turn up the volume to make sure I heard it right! Bobbi Brown re-released this highlighter and didn’t even tell anybody! (or maybe it was only relevant to me since I missed out on it last year). I rushed to Sephora the next day and picked it up. When I initially swatched it it reminded me of champagne pop (which I don’t have but am considering getting) so I stopped to compare the two. Champagne pop is much lighter and definitely leaves a more prominent glow than the Bobbi Brown highlighter. On my skin tone bronze glow is really light; might I even dare to say natural looking (who would have ever thought a highlighter could be natural!) but it looks really good.

 

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Bronze glow is exactly as its described; a beautiful bronze color that looks great on deeper skin tones. It is not overly glittery which I love and often find a problem when it comes to Becca highlighters. They are so lightly milled that the glitter can get overwhelming and powdery. Bronze glow is more compact and easier to apply and blend. My favorite thing is that it’s extremely buildable. It’s denser than my other highlighters so it takes a few swipes before I can get the glow that I’m looking for. The packaging is different than it was last year, but I was so darn happy to get it that I didn’t even care what the outside looked like. This is my first Bobbi Brown product and I would definitely go back to try another (I’ve been eyeing their foundation sticks to use as contour option).

Currently, I apply it with my finger first and then blend out with my Sonia Kashuk fan brush. It’s the quickest way to get the most product. When I want a more daytime natural look I will either apply to my cheekbones with my RT contour brush (it’s a dense brush and will pick up the product easier than a fan brush), when applying to my cupids bow I use my fan brush so that I don’t use too much.

All in all its a beautiful highlighter that is well worth the hype and it”s a great addition to my collection!

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Hi, everybody! So crazy I’m even writing a post like this because I remember not too long ago I was a ” beginner” myself. I’d like to think I’ve graduated to intermediate, considering all the beauty products I’ve  bought, reviews I’ve read, and youtube tutorials watched, but I know I definitely still have more to learn! Always room for progress right?
Anyways today I wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks that I learned when I was first starting out with makeup. Hopefully, these will help you all save time and your money! Lord knows I wasted plenty of it before I finally figured out what actually worked for my skin type and overall beauty habits. Enjoy!

Start with what you know you like

The first thing that ever sparked my interest in makeup was when I walked into Mac and purchased my first lipstick. I went in for lashes for a vegas trip and came out with foundation (which I hated..read about that here), lashes, Rebel lipstick and Nighmoth liner. I wore that berry lip outttttt and when I finally made it back into town I rushed to go back to the same artist and pick out some more. Lipstick is what started it all for me and my makeup collection is built off of that. I started purchasing items based on which lipsticks it will match with. Now of course over time I’ve expanded into other things but I knew that if my lipstick was on point that the rest of my makeup would fall into place. When you’re a beginner I suggest doing the same thing. If you love eyeshadow then start with purchasing a couple of palette’s. Then branch out and get a nice liner and mascara to go with it. Once you find a particular brand you like, start exploring what other things they offer. You will gradually grow into building a full on look!

Start with Drugstore

You don’t know how many times I purchased something expensive, got home and realized I had no clue what to do with it. If you want to practice something new and take a risk start with a low-end product first, learn how to use it, learn what you like and don’t like about it and thennn venture into high end. For example, I recently started playing around with my brows. Now I know you’re probably thinking “girl you late” but I was blessed with naturally nice shaped eyebrows so I never felt the need to do anything else to them, but of course as the curious beauty blogger I am I had to see what the hype was about. Instead of running to Sephora and dropping 20+ on an Anastasia Beverly Hills item I went to Ulta and bought the NYX micro-brow pencil (a dupe to ABH brow wiz) and some drugstore stencils to help me master my shape. Now that I’ve been using them for a few weeks I’ve discovered some things that I don’t necessarily like and I’m ready to move on and purchase something higher end with hopes that ABH lives up to its name. The point is to start small and then work your way up. That way you don’t go wasting your money!

Don’t buy everything that has good reviews

This was a hard lesson learned for me. I watch youtube like people watch their soap operas, so when I see my favorite gurus raving about a product I’m rushing to Sephora to go check it out. But there is a big no-no in this, because what works on other people and what is reflected on camera is not necessarily how it’s going to appear in the store. A perfect example is when I bought the benefit porefessional primer. I bought the $10 sample (like I said before..start small) just to see if I liked it. It workeddd–ish. It left this white cast if I used too much of it and although it blended out when I applied foundation I still didn’t like the texture of it. After I applied my foundation midway through the day it got flakey. My makeup was literally scaling off! Talk about a panic attack. I went to Sephora that night and asked for a new primer because the one I had wasn’t working. The first thing the clerk said was ” what’s your skin type??”. Million dollar question people! Benefit porefessional is for people with oily skin, it is a mattifying primer. So for my desert dry-naturally scaly skin, it was doing nothing but making my face worse! I just assumed that because it got good reviews that it was the amazing. Needless to say, I got a new primer,-Smashbox hydrating primer (which I sampled first) and I’ve been loving it.

Invest in brushes

The “oh I will just apply it with my fingers” does not work for everything. Trust me. Some products come naturally thick or full coverage and you’re going to want to have different tools to apply them so you can tailor it the way you need. Makeup is 50% product and 50% application. I did extensive research on my brushes before I decided to purchase Real Techniques brushes. They have just about every face brush you could possibly need. When I started makeup I wasn’t into eyeshadow so I wouldn’t recommend their eye brushes, but overall their products are greatly priced and fantastic quality. I would also recommend investing in the beauty blender. I’ve heard varying reviews on the dupes but for $18 bucks I don’t think it’s a ridiculous amount of money to spent when trying an item. It is great for when you want to build your coverage or take a full coverage item and make it sheer. It’s a brilliant product and I’ve been able to try so many different products that I normally wouldn’t have bought because of the versatility of this sponge!
What are some of your favorite beauty tips! Share below!
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