Build Your Own Birchbox at Walgreens

Subscription boxes have become increasingly popular over the last few years.  It seems like there is a subscription box for almost any kind of hobby, niche and lifestyle.  There are boxes specifically for pet owners, at-home chefs, kids, beauty lovers, you name it there is probably a box out there for you to order.  It’s a great concept, you fill out a brief questionnaire and then a curated box of items arrive at your door month after month. You are introduced to new products, foods etc. without ever having leave your home.

Now, to be completely honest I have a love-hate relationship with subscription boxes.  I love trying new products and it’s fun to receive packages in the mail, especially when its  surprise not fully knowing what each package will contain!  Since I predominantly talk about beauty products, it will probably come as no surprise that the few boxes I have subscribed to in the past have been beauty boxes, specifically Ipsy, Birchbox and Sephora Play. Continue reading “Build Your Own Birchbox at Walgreens”

My Nighttime Skin Care Routine

 

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In the last few years as my interest for makeup has grown, so too has my skincare routine. I realized how important it was to have a proper skin care regimen in order to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.  I started out simple, using a makeup remover wipe or generic face wash, and over time have added several products that work well with my skin type.  When I use these products consistently I really notice a difference in the appearance of my skin and the way my makeup applies and wears.  Below are the six steps I take every night in order to keep my skin looking it’s best.

Step 1: Remove Makeup

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I always begin my routine by removing my makeup. I like to use a wipe for this step.  It’s quick and easy.  I’ve tried several brands and variations of cleansing towelettes, but for the most part I stick with the Target brand.

Step 2. Cleanse

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After removing the majority of my makeup, I cleanse my face using a face wash or cleanser.  I’m currently using this L’Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam, however I also like using Cetaphil.  If my skin is looking dull and in need of a little exfoliation, I will use these same products with my Clarisonic, otherwise a wash cloth does the trick!

Step 3: Tone

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Following cleanser, I use a  facial toner.  Toners help restore the pH balance to your skin and ensure that every last trace of your makeup or other dirt and oil are removed.  I’ve gone through several bottles of this Mario Badescu one, but also use Clean and Clear when I’m in a pinch.

Step 4: Serums

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After toning my skin I like to use a serum or any other type of anti-aging product I have. It’s important to complete this step before moisturizing to ensure that the product penetrates the skin and doesn’t just sit on top.  Currently I am using the RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream to help with the texture of my skin.  In the future I would like to try a product with hyaluronic acid.

Step 5: Moisturize 

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Moisturizing is a crucial step in the nighttime skincare routine.  After washing away any natural oil from the face, it should be replaced by a moisturizer or other hydrating product. If you skip this step, your face will be left dry and your skin will want to produce extra oil to compensate, which in turn will lead to clogged pores!  I am currently using the L’Occitane Creme Divine cream and under-eye cream.  I also like to use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, or CeraVe from the drugstore.

Step 6: Refresh

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As my last step I like to use a facial mist to leave my skin feeling nice and refreshed.  This is not a necessary step, but it always makes me feel relaxed and ready for bed.  Plus, I love trying new mists.  Currently, I am trying out the Caudlie Beauty Elixer.  I also really like the Pur Minerals Miracle Mist and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater. 

After these steps my skin is ready for bed!  What is your favorite nighttime skin care product?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

New Month, New Products

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Can you believe it is August already?  Summer always seems to go by so fast!  In my last post I focused on products I had recently used up in the month of July.  Today, I am sharing a few of the items I recently purchased to replace a few of those items.  I had a 20 percent off your entire purchase coupon (including prestige brands) from Ulta and platinum members earned 5 times the rewards, so it seem like a good time to pick up a few items I have been wanting to try.

I had seen several bloggers and YouTube vloggers talking about the new Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation  that recently launched and could not wait to try it out for myself.  It is advertised as a full-coverage, matte finish and long-lasting foundation. Even though I have only been wearing it for a few days, I can already attest to these claims.  Per the advice of many reviews, I chose a shade lighter than normal, as the foundation dries a bit darker than when first applied.  I am the lightest shade 0.5 Fair Porcelain.  There seems to be quite a large shade range, however the lighter shades seem to all run on the warm side.

When I ran out of my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD concealer I knew I need to find another under-eye concealer ASAP-it’s definitely a crucial step in my makeup routine.  I had tried a drugstore product that worked pretty well, but I was looking for higher coverage and something with a shade light enough to give my face a highlighted look.  I decided to go with the recently released Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in the shade Very Fair.  Last year I tried the Born This Way Foundation and was not a fan for my skin type, but so far I’m pretty impressed with the concealer.

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my favorite mascaras was discontinued.  In it’s place I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara.  I’m really enjoying the wand and the consistency of this formula.  I haven’t had too many issues with smudging or smearing around the lash line- a total feat for the summer heat.  I am curious to see if I notice any difference in the color of my lashes, as this product claims it will tint your lashes over time.

While I was at Ulta I totally fell total victim to the travel/sample-size section at the check-out and ended up picking up the First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist .  I thought it would be a good product to replace my empty Mac Prep + Prime Fix +, so into my bag it went.  I’ve been giving it a go for the last few days and it seems to be nice and refreshing both before and after my makeup application.

Overall I’ve been pleased with all the products I purchased and will continue to test them out and share reviews as time goes on.  Did anyone else use the 20 percent off coupon over the weekend?  It’s such a good deal!  Let me know what products you are wanting to try this month in the comments below.  Thanks for reading!

 

July Empties: Products I’ve Used Up

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These products are empty and headed to trash. Read below to see which products I would repurchase. 

Do you ever finish a product and have that bittersweet moment of simultaneously being sad but also proud that you used up an entire item?  If you are a total makeup lover like me, you totally get it.  Now, you are either left without your favorite product and need to restock ASAP, or you are excited because you get to replace it with a new item you’ve been wanting to try.  Either way, it always seems to end up in a trip to the beauty counter.

Today, I will be sharing with you the products that I have finished over the past month. Some of these products I have been using longer than others and some I enjoyed more than others.  Continue reading to see what products were hits, which were misses and what I’m looking forward to purchasing in the future. Continue reading “July Empties: Products I’ve Used Up”

First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer

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While traveling over the recent holiday I ran out of my current concealer (I had been using this), so I quickly headed to the Walgreens to find something that would get me by for the rest of the weekend.  Of course, I can’t walk into any store and solely look for my intended item, so I browsed the beauty aisles to see what was new.  I came upon the Milani display and immediately looked for their newest foundation.  I had been hearing great things about it on YouTube, specifically from Tati of Glam Life Guru, and since Milani products were buy one get one half off, I decided to pick up a bottle.

Now, for the details: the foundation is called Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer.  It is 1 fluid ounce, comes in 14 shades and retails for $9.99 plus tax.  The back of the bottle claims the product is medium to full coverage, has a lightweight, oil free formula, is long-wearing, water-resistant and sweat-proof.  Sounds like all the things I want in a foundation, especially during the summertime. Continue reading “First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer”