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Some people obsess over skin care products, hair products, but my personal fave is lipstick products. I was born with great skin (thanks, mama) so lucky for me that’s never been a problem area, but as nice as it is its bone dry! My skin is dry, hair is dry, and my lips are no exception. To top it all off my favorite type of lipstick is matte, so I have to work extra hard to keep my lips looking moisturized and healthy, which we all know is difficult during the colder months.

Step One

I’m always on the hunt for a new lip moisturizer/exfoliant so I decided to try the Lush sugar lip exfoliant. I know some people believe it’s just plain sugar, and for all of that I could have done this at home but I’ve never tried lush brand before, the exfoliant was affordable so I wanted to give it a go. It works—ish. It definitely exfoliates but its very uncomfortable. Its’ like rubbing your skin with thinly milled rocks or something. I know that its sugar, and it should have some grit (otherwise, how could you get the dead skin off) but it’s so rough you have to use it gently. I’ve made myself bleed a few times by applying on dry lips so to help with the texture I take a quick swipe of Eos lip balm and then use the lush sugar scrub.

Step Two

After I have exfoliated my lips I use the Bite lip mask to moisturize. This lip mask is ahmazinggggggg. I once tried the bite lip exfoliant and was not a fan (shockingly for the polar opposite reason of why I don’t like the lush scrub). I found that the bite lip scrub wasn’t rough enough and wasn’t as exfoliating as I needed it to be. Now I use it in concordance with my lush scrub and its the perfect combo for days when my lips need an extra oomph.

Step Three

The bite lip mask has extremely thick consistency (almost like vaseline but thicker) so a little goes a long way. It doesn’t have much of a scent (I got the original flavor, but it comes in strawberry and coconut). It’s a mask so it’s not really meant to be worn underneath other lipsticks because the texture is too thick. I personally use it at night before I go to bed so it has a full 8 hours to moisturize but on days, I forget I use it first thing in the morning after brushing my teeth. I also use the mask for my no makeup days, so my lips get as much moisture as possible.
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When I first started doing my makeup I had no interest in using concealer. I didn’t have any big bags under my eyes or bad acne scars on my face that needed concealing, so It was a step I skipped. However recently I switched from wearing glasses to contacts and that has completely changed my routine! I’m starting to realize my glasses hid a lot of little imperfections in my face that now I use concealer to hide. I know it may sound ridiculous to have a concealer collection, but they all serve a different purpose!

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Maybelline fit me in Cafe: This was my first concealer I ever bought and it is my tried and true! It has the best consistency, and it matches my skin tone perfectly. I use this to conceal when I’ve had a rough nights sleep or in my most recent instance scaring around the bridges of my nose from my longtime wear of glasses. If you wanted to use this as a highlight you could buy it in a lighter shade.

Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in Caramel: I bought this concealer based on its raving reviews on youtube but to be honest it’s probably my least favorite in my collection. I have really dry skin and the consistency of this concealer is exactly that, dry and pasty. If you have oily skin this might be a great match for you but me personally I don’t like the texture. It sat in my drawer for the longest time being unused until recently I started using it as a part of my eyebrow routine. Since the color is so light and yellow base I also use it to reverse contour on days I want a sculpted look.

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Urban Decay Naked in Dark Neutral: The newest baby to my collection and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I sampled this before I purchased it (since I was so disappointed in my Nars concealer I didn’t want to risk wasting more money). It is exactly what my skin needs, easy to blend and has a lot of moisture! It’s a little more watery than most concealers but I personally like that. I have freckles right under my eyes and on days I want a natural look I like to use this concealer since I can blend it out to be really sheer. The shade that I bought is great to be worn by itself but when I want more highlight I blend it with my Nars.

Anastasia Beverly Hills in Warm Coral: This isn’t your typical concealer, but it did come in my ABH contour kit. I use this deep orange shade to help cover my dark spots. I have these scars on the bridge of my nose, that won’t go away no matter how much foundation I apply. I apply this concealer first, blend it out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush and then apply any of the concealers I have listed above. You can see its a little beat up because I use it alot!

What are some of your favorite concealers?

Kierra Lee

 

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Ten years ago I was a junior in high school prepping for the biggest game of the year; powderpuff football game against the seniors. We lost..as all juniors do, and it wasn’t a fair game, as all juniors say, but nonetheless I was extremely excited. I was a part of the starting team and I was really excited to have such an important role but there was one minor hiccup; my glasses. I’m blind without glasses and football requires too much contact to wear them so I had to find another option.

In comes my first experience with contacts….

I struggled so hard my mom had to put them in for me. I had to lay on the bed and have her drop them in my eye. Needless to say, I was scared and I’ve never wanted to try contacts again, until recently. All, this time, I have been telling myself that I hated contacts when in fact I haven’t tried contacts in ten years. So this go around I thought what the heck, give it another go andddd I absolutely love them!!! I’ve been wanting some versatility with my look for quite some time and contacts give me all the options that glasses never could. Some of my favorite things are

Playing with makeup: Eyeshadow was never my forte mainly because I didn’t see the benefit in applying eyeshadow only for my glasses to completely cover it up. Contacts have opened the door for me to play in makeup in ways I’ve never been able too.

Sunglasses on the go: When you wear prescription glasses your sunglasses typically have to be prescription too. I’ve always envied people who can walk into a target and buy a pair of sunglasses on the go without having to give a second thought to the fact that they arent prescription.

Bangs, Bangs and more Bangs: I love a good bang. I rarely wear my hair parted down the middle so I’m usually in a side bang or a front bang. My side bangs had to be a certain length and curled the right way so that they didn’t cover my lenses. The China bangs are my favorite during winter because they offer some type of warmth to my forehead in the blistering cold. I even like the option to wear hats. Normally fedoras or baseball caps couldn’t sit too low because they clashed with my glasses.

All in all my experience with contacts has been great. I do wake up 10-15 minutes earlier than my normal scheduled time so that I can make sure I put them in. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in first grade so my eyes are extremely sensative and are definitely not used to being touched every day. I use a magnification mirror (5x) so that I can see right into my pupil when I apply them, but I’ve also taught myself how to apply them using a regular mirror (for days that im traveling). My suggestion is to find a routine that works best for you and then stick with it. Your eyes will eventually become adjusted to your routine and it will be natural for them to open easily and for the contacts to sit right. It almost works like muscle memory.

If your thinking about getting contacts and have some questions let me know!

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One of my favorite things about black Friday is the bath and body works sale. Every year I look forward to going in and getting great deals on the soaps, smell goods and my favorite of all candles. Normally their candles are $33 for the large candles so when they have a sale you rack up as much as possibly can. Only this time, I went in, fully prepared to spend whatever amount, and had the most disappointing experience ever! I have never smelled such undesirable scents. Candle after candle smelled terrible! I scoured the whole store looking for something that was worth the deal and none of them smelled good. It’s so disappointing when you go in looking to buy, ready to buy, and there is nothing worth actually buying!

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I continued my search and stumbled upon Anthropologie, which I’ve always admired for its amazing home decor. I’m just going to take a second and let the fashion major side of me come out for a little bit  and say that I was so impressed with how well the store was merchandised I wanted to buy something just for its effortless and shoppable decor. I went straight to the candle section because after a long day of shopping I still hadn’t found any candles. Every single candle smelled like heaven in a can. My boyfriend and I smelled so many we couldn’t even choose which ones we wanted to buy. Do we buy the pomegranate scent? the bigger version or the smaller version? The one with the purple print or the orange print? I mean the options were endlesssssss! I decided on buying four, and my favorite one I bought in the bigger version (burning it now as we speak)

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To top it all off when I got to the register they gave you a holiday popper and inside were gumdrops!. Such an adorable festive addition. As a first time shopper at Anthropologie, it really made my experience memorable and I will definitely shop there again!

kierra again

 

 

 

 

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I hate the cliche “new year new me”, but I have to admit that there is something about a new year that is so refreshing. January is the month to get organized and think forward on what you want your year to look like. For me, I personally like monthly goals as opposed to yearly ones, because I find that things get lost in the way but this year I have some defined things that I want to do.

Travel

My first plane ride was when I was 2 months old, so it’s safe to say that traveling is in my bones. I absolutely love it! I’ve been fortunate enough to have a family that loves to travel and thus I have been able to tag along to places all over the world, but this year I plan on making my own adventures. I have Tahoe booked for February and Europe for October. So excited to see what else this year will bring!

Confidence

I ended the year 2015 on a fairly high note. I was finally in the gym and challenging myself in ways I had never physically done before. It really helped with my overall confidence and feelings about my look (the way I dressed etc) I also started to hone in on my minimalist wardrobe concept, my day to day beauty routine, hairstyles that I liked and could afford to do regularly. All in all spending a lot of time on my appearance. This year I want to continue that but on a bigger level. I want to actually reach my target weight, I want to feel confident enough to take outfit and beauty photos for the blog and overall feel comfortable enough to put myself out there.

Blog

I know every blogger talks about ways the want to improve the blog itself, but I feel like for me this blog is always a reflection of where I’m at in life. If I’m super busy, then things are late with the blog, or maybe even dare I say sloppy? If I have a lot of time on my hands then my posts are more detailed, If I don’t feel confident then I don’t want to post any pictures of myself, here or on social media……..and the list goes on and on. My goal is that as I spend more time focusing on the goals above that I will be inspired to share and hence grow and invest more in my blog. I really think that this could be something special and I plan on nurturing it so that it can grow to its fullest potential!

Discipline

Last year was a big chaotic for me, I had just moved back to the Bay Area, I had no job for the first three months, and when I finally found one it was a freelance gig. Nothing felt very secure and I was constantly working to get myself in a more stable position. Now that I’m in a better place I want to be more intentional and disciplined with my goals, especially the ones I have listed above. I spent all last year thinking about what I would do when I finally got settled and now that I have I want to work hard to accomplish things.

What are some of your goals for 2016?

kierra again

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