While I have definitely used a lot of awesome makeup in my life, there are also a few products scattered here and there that I was not impressed by. Today I’d like to share with you some of the most disappointing makeup products I’ve ever used, from skincare to eyeshadow. It is important to note, however, that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Everybody has different needs and preferences when it comes to makeup!

Acure | 100% Plant Squalane | $9.99

This product is a perfect example of something that doesn’t work for me, but may very well work for someone else. I’m not exactly sure what squalane is, but I can tell you this- it made my skin VERY shiny and oily. As someone who already has oily skin, this product truly just didn’t mesh well with me and left my skin feeling like I’d just rubbed olive oil all over it (not an exaggeration.) However, if you deal with exceptionally dry skin, this could be the perfect product for you! I have to say, I’m not giving up on Acure yet because I’ve heard great things about the brand, so I’ll let you guys know what I think of their other products.

Yuni | Yunicorn Celestial Jelly Daily Mask Cleanser | $9.99

This was another product I picked up on the same trip as the Acure serum, so in retrospect, not a great shopping day for me. I genuinely like the idea of this product, but I found the application to be somewhat nonsensical. You’re supposed to apply this product onto dry skin with dry fingertips, and then wet your fingers and spread the product around, but I always found that doing so wouldn’t allow the product to get bubbly or wet enough. It was a miss for me, but hey, maybe someone else out there will love this. 

Urban Decay | Eyeshadow Primer Potion | $13

You know, I genuinely wish this product worked out for me. It has great reviews, it’s loved by many, and by now it’s essentially considered a staple in the makeup community. However, I have to be allergic to something in this product because the last few times I used it in the past, my eyes developed a puffy, itchy rash. Obviously not everyone is going to have the same experience as me, but until I know exactly what ingredient in this product was harmful to my eyes, I definitely won’t be picking this one up again. I prefer to use a concealer as an eyeshadow base anyhow, as I personally feel like that is a better method for keeping your shadow looking pigmented and long-lasting.

POPBeauty |  Lightshow Eyeshadow Fire Fit | $14

I know I previously mentioned in another post that I was looking forward to using this product, but now that I’ve been looking at the swatches and thinking about it harder, I actually think this product was a miss for me. It would be one thing if this was a $5 eyeshadow palette, but for $14, I would have expected a little bit better color payoff and overall performance. I’m definitely going to try to keep using it, but in general, I really feel like the mattes in this palette were so chalky and underwhelming. 

That’s going to be it for today! I know this was a bit of a shorter article, but I suppose that’s a good thing, because it means the majority of the products I’ve tried have been a success. Have you guys tried any of these products yourself and had similar results? Let me know down below!

Since living in Boston and working almost full-time, my makeup routine and budget for makeup has certainly changed a bit! For one thing, I hardly wear any makeup at work, so a lot of the products I do pick out are more so designed to enhance my features a little bit and make me look awake, rather than a full-coverage glam beat. It’s noteworthy to add that while I wish all of these products were cruelty free (it’s an ideal I strive for,) L’oreél and Maybelline are unfortunately not cruelty free at this current point in time. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy reading about some of the makeup I’ve been using lately from the drugstore! 

Lightshow Palette Fire Fit | POPBeauty | $12

I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadow palettes because I just don’t think they hold up to the more expensive ones (nor do I find the color stories interesting,) but this one just looked too beautiful for me not to try. I’d never heard of POPBeauty before, but since the price was decent and the entire collection of products looked adorable and clean, I decided to give it a go. As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of warm browns and oranges, and that’s exactly what this palette has to offer! The colors are gorgeous and the shimmers are especially stunning, but the mattes were not quite as pigmented as I had hope. Nonetheless, I’m definitely going to keep using it this fall and I’m glad to add it to my eyeshadow collection! 

Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in “Matte-Traction” and “Matte-ly in Love” | L’oréal | $11 each

I definitely don’t need another red lipstick in my makeup bin, but oh well, I really loved the look of these two colors. I think $11 for a lipstick is super reasonable, particularly since they all perform relatively the same and look all alike once applied on the lips. I was expecting these lipsticks to be a bit more matte, considering the names, but they still looked very flattering despite being a more cream-based formula. I also really like the packaging on these lipsticks: for a drugstore item, I actually think they look quite sleek and expensive. 

BrowFast Sculpt | Maybelline | $6

I’ve been meaning to buy a brow mascara for forever now, because I’ve finally grown my brows back in and I think they look much more natural when I use a mascara wand as opposed to a brush or a pencil. Although I really love this product a LOT and I think it’s so simple to use, I wish I had gotten a lighter color! My natural hair color is quite a warm brown, and the brow mascara shade I picked out is quite an ashy, dark brown. Nonetheless, for $6, I’m super impressed and I’m definitely going to keep using it because I love the formula. 

Matte Lip Stain in “Empower” | L’oréal | $12

Right behind a classic red, my second favorite lip color is a nudey pink. This time, I decided to opt for a lip stain formula and go with this one, also by L’oréal. I love this formula because it’s not too drying- something I pay attention to as the weather starts to get colder. There’s nothing worse (makeup-wise) than putting a drying lip stain onto your cracked lips! Because this lip stain is so soft and smooth, I think it could also double nicely as a cream blush. What do you guys think? 

MasterCamo Crayon Corrector | Maybelline | $10

I’ve always had very red, uneven skin, and since I’ve had luck with green concealers in the past, I decided to buy a new one. One of my biggest reasons for wearing such a heavy foundation in the past was because I wanted to erase my redness, but now that my makeup is on the softer side these days, I’ve found it looks more natural for me to just counteract the redness and then put a BB cream on top. I really like the spongy design of the brush, and I think it’s been doing a pretty good job so far! This is definitely going to become an everyday item for me. 

Lip Liner in “Brandy Wine” | wet n wild | $4

Last but certainly not least, I decided to pick out a dark lip liner that I could wear with my nude-colored lipsticks. I think that adding more emphasis to your lower lip and cupid’s bow can make them look more defined and rounded, which is why I decided to pick a color that may mimic a shadow of my natural lip color. I’m pretty happy with the color, and for $4 there isn’t much I can complain about. What do you guys think?

Note: I apologize if the formatting on this is a little wonky; WordPress just rolled out a new layout and I’m still getting used to it! 

Now that I have a job and a regular income, I’m so excited to start trying tons of new products again- from makeup and beauty to skincare and vitamins! These are all of the products I’ve been loving lately that have now reached the end of their life. You’ll probably notice a lot of familiar names, because I’ve mentioned several of these products before on the site. I hope you guys find this informative and helpful for your future summer picks!

Damage Remedy Hair Repair Serum | AVEDA

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me raving about this hair serum before. Because my hair has been bleached and color-treated so many times, I really have to rely on highly nourishing products to keep it looking healthy and bouncy. I received this product in a Fab Fit Fun box a couple of seasons ago, and needless to say, I’m sorry to see it go. My hair always felt like I had just visited a salon after I used this serum, and it didn’t feel too thick or sticky, either. I may very well go out and buy this product at retail price on my next Ulta trip. 

Vitamin C Face Wash | Soap & Glory

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It’s no surprise I ran out of this face wash quickly, because what I essentially bought was the sample size of this product. I have to say, even though I really love the idea of Soap & Glory and I think their aesthetic is adorable, I’m not sure if I would purchase from them again. I’ve noticed that a lot of their products are highly fragranced and packed with ingredients, and when you have sensitive skin like I do, that’s not always a great combo. However, like I said, I really think the brand itself is super cute, and I do think their products would be perfect for someone out there- just not someone with my skin type.

Brush Bath | It Cosmetics

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I feel like I mention this product every time I post a Product Empties article, and that’s because I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s a brush cleaning solution that works easily, quickly, and doesn’t leave my brushes feeling damp or stripped. Because I love to use so many different, vibrant shades on my eyes, I essentially have to clean my brushes every time I use them. This product allows me to do that in seconds, so cleaning my brushes doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The Brush Bath also has an extremely unique smell- citrus, perhaps, and it’s absolutely invigorating. This product is a must if you find yourself wearing a lot of eye products and constantly cleaning your brushes.

Setting Spray | Morphe

Morphe Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist | Ulta Beauty

The Morphe setting spray is another “regular” product I purchase every few months or so. Because my skin is so naturally oily, my foundation starts to look really slick on my skin if I don’t use a good setting spray. Wet skin can sometimes look very flattering, but trust me, not in this case. I normally purchase the regular setting spray, but the one that I’ve used up this time is actually the pink setting spray from the Jeffree Star collab with Morphe. It worked just as well as the original, but I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artificial strawberry smell. I will be purchasing this product again, but this time, I’ll be sure to buy the original. 

Prep Rally | Drybar

Hair Detangler Spray - Prep Rally | Drybar

Last but not least, I have reached the end of the glorious Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This is normally not a product I would have bought for myself, but I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box (per usual with my hair care) and I absolutely love it. It’s no wonder Drybar has such a high, professional reputation- this stuff made my hair both look and feel fantastic. If Fab Fit Fun gives me the option to choose this product again in an upcoming box, I’m definitely going to take them up on that. I also work right next to an actual Drybar salon, which could be very dangerous for my wallet.

Anyway, those are all my product empties for the summer! I’ll be sure to update you guys on what else I’ve used up towards the end of the fall. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before, and what your thoughts were!

I look forward to writing these Monthly Favorite articles every month, and I love to read other bloggers’ favorite things as well! It’s a great way to find some new hobbies, interests, and inspirations. Here’s everything I’ve been loving so far this summer. 

Lifestyle | Tie-Dying Literally Everything 

I talked about tie dye in my June Monthly Favorites, and guess what? I’m still obsessed with it. For one thing, doing your own tie-dye crafts is so easy and fun. A few weeks ago, I went totally nuts and essentially tie-dyed every white thing in my room, including two shirts and two pillowcases. I love the semi-pastel hues that they turned out, and considering I’d never actually tie-dyed before, I think the pattern came out decently as well. In regards to other tie-dye clothes I’m wearing, I also really love this dress I ordered online. Great for both sleeping and dragging myself to Starbucks in 90 degree weather for a midday coffee!

TV & Movies | 100% Hotter

5 Star returns to 100% Hotter - News - Naked

There’s nothing I love more than watching absolute trash on TV when I get home from work. The last few months, my comfort fix has been 100% Hotter, a cheesy makeunder show that you can find on Netflix. I think that transformation reality shows are an iffy concept in general, because why should someone change the way they look if it makes them happy, but this show is especially cringe and cookie-cutter. The best part is, 80% of the time, the contestants look better before their makeover rather than after. The makeup part of the makeover is usually pretty good, but the hair and the clothing styling is always SO hit or miss. Anyway, I highly recommend watching this show if you need some new entertainment. 

Fashion | Biker Shorts

If I had a larger disposable income, I just need you to know that I would buy dozens of pairs of biker shorts. I simply just love them enormously and find them so functional, comfortable, and stylish for the warmer months. Do you want to get a workout done and still feel comfortable while you run errands later, all at the same time? Buy yourself a pair of biker shorts. I currently only have one pair in black, but like I said, I would really love to expand my collection. They’re also really easy to find both online and in stores like Target, Old Navy, etc!

Entertainment | Bailey Sarian

🌙 Getting Scammed... again - GRWM + Mauve Makeup Pageant Girl ...

I was scrolling through Facebook one fine morning when a clip of Bailey Sarian appeared in my feed, and since then, I’ve just been totally hooked on her content. She makes beauty/makeup content on YouTube (thus making her a beautuber, of course,) but her spin on it is that she also talks about a true crime story while she does it. It’s a fun time, it’s interesting, and you get to learn about makeup all at the same time. I love putting on her videos and listening along while I do my own makeup; it feels like Bailey is my friend and we’re sitting down together to have gal time while we get ready. I recently found out that my mom and stepdad also watch Bailey, which I think is absolutely adorable. 

Health & Beauty | Wigs

While I’m waiting for my extremely damaged and gross-colored hair to grow out, I’ve been having a ton of fun playing around with wigs this summer! Right now I currently own two wigs, a curly ombre one and a straight black one, but I’d love to purchase a dusty pink one as well. It’s just such an easy way to switch up your look without worrying about damaging your own hair, and the possibilities for styling them are endless. The only thing I’m struggling with is learning how to keep them untangled and clean, so if you guys have any suggestions, drop them down below!

Music | Grimes

TEST SPIN | Grimes — 'Miss Anthropocene' | The Cornell Daily Sun

Okay, I know Grimes is “socially problematic” and a lot of people hate her. You don’t have to remind me. But there’s just something about her that I find so endearing and refreshing. She reminds me a lot of myself, for example, with her simultaneously deep-thinking ways and cute, quirky external personality. Every time I watch a video of Grimes talking about her life and her thoughts, I think to myself, “Wow, this human is literally me.” I really love her music as well, of course, including some of the tracks off her newest album, Miss Anthropocene. In particular, my go-to song right now is “IDORU;” it’s so fresh, light, and full of sweet emotions. And no, I am not a fan of Elon Musk in any way, but I like to dissociate him from Grimes’ art and music and try to appreciate her singularly for what (and who) she is. 

Anyway, those are all my monthly favorites for July! Sorry this was a bit behind, I’m going to schedule it so that the date appears on the day it was supposed to be published. Let me know if we share any favorites this month!

Admittedly, my collection of clean makeup is not as large as my collection of “regular” makeup, so I’m hoping that writing this article will boost my inspiration to explore even more new brands. Be sure to drop your suggestions for me down below as well!


Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty Lip Crayons Go Viral After Fans Discover They Have a ...
Source: Allure

Bite Beauty is a cosmetic company founded in 2011 by Susanne Langmuir. I received a small Bite Beauty lipstick as a birthday gift from Sephora, which makes sense because Bite is exclusively sold at Sephora. Their products are a little bit on the pricier side, but it’s surprisingly outrageous (usually unheard of for Sephora.) My mom tried the lipstick as well, and she was so impressed by the color payoff and the creaminess, she decided to go buy some of their makeup for herself! Bite Beauty more or less specializes in lip products, so if you’re looking for a new shade to rock on your pout, I highly suggest checking out Bite Beauty. You can also order from their website, if you’re not near a Sephora (and really, who needs to go to the mall in a pandemic?)


Lawless

Lawless Beauty Launch | POPSUGAR Beauty
Source: Popsugar

Lawless is another brand I came across while browsing Sephora a few months ago, so apparently, Sephora is a new hot spot for clean beauty brands! According to the website, Lawless beauty products are always free from potential carcinogens (cancer-causing bad stuff,) health-damaging ingredients, and their products are always cruelty free and vegan! I own one of their soft matte liquid lipsticks, and it’s genuinely one of my favorite liquid lipsticks I’ve ever used. It’s soft and luscious, and it smells amazing, like fresh berries and juice. That being said, their selection is not just limited to lip products: you can shop bronzers, blushes, eyeshadows and more! Their products are a little pricier than Bite Beauty, but it makes sense, considering you’re buying such a high-quality product. 


Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant Has Been Purchased by Shiseido for $845 Million ...
Source: Allure

According to their website, Drunk Elephant prides itself on creating “biocompatible” products. Basically, their hair care and skincare products are natural, fragrance-free, and avoid all toxins commonly found in other makeup brands. I own a small pot of their Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, which promises to strengthen and moisturize your skin. It’s a five-star product to both me and the general public, and I would highly recommend it if you’re okay with dropping a lot of money on skincare. One full-sized pot costs $68 (gasp), which is way, WAY out of my budget. I must have gotten this little pot as another free gift from Sephora or the like, because I know for a fact I wouldn’t spend $68 on a singular makeup item. Nonetheless, it’s a totally gorgeous moisturizer, and it works wonders for my skin.


Love Beauty and Planet

New personal care brand, packaging fit Unilever's sustainable ...
Source: PlasticsToday

Definitely the most inexpensive of the bunch, I’ve been really loving Love Beauty and Planet lately. This company creates cruelty-free hair care and skin care products, and you can find them in grocery stores and drug stores everywhere! All of their products are naturally derived, making them a safe and healthy alternative for your hair. Particularly since my hair is color-treated, I rely on their shampoo to keep my locks looking as fresh and vibrant as possible. I use the coconut-scented shampoo, and it smells absolutely amazing once I scrub it into my hair. Not only are the products cruelty-free and vegan, they are also great for the planet, hence the name! All of the products are packed in recycled bottles, and their fragrances are ethically sourced.


I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative! Let me know if you’ve tried these brands before and what you think about them, too. You can also leave me recommendations for other clean beauty brands you think I’d love to try! Stay safe and healthy out there.

Summer is here, and so are my monthly favorites for June! I haven’t been really leaving my house much this month, because I sadly don’t have a job *yet,* so most of these favorites are things I’ve been using to improve my lifestyle at home. I hope you guys find this list helpful and interesting!


Health & Beauty | Love Beauty and Planet

Coconut Water Sulfate-Free Shampoo| Love Beauty and Planet

As some of you have probably noticed, I recently dyed my hair a very intense, dark red. I really love the way red looks on me, but the only downside is that red washes out so easily and quickly! That being said, it’s really important to me that I use a shampoo that is gentle and safe for color-treated hair. I’ve been really loving this shampoo because it is both of those things, and it’s also vegan and cruelty-free! I came across this bottle at Star Market on sale for about six dollars, so of course, I knew it was a no-brainer to give it a try. It smells absolutely delicious, and like I said, it’s not too strenuous or damaging on my hair color. I’ll definitely be buying this brand again in the future.


Apps | Boston T

Boston T Map - MBTA subway map | App Price Drops

It’s amazing to me that I’ve been riding the T for almost four years, and I had no idea that this app even existed. Because I don’t have a car, I have to rely on public transportation to get everywhere, and that can be really stressful when you’re a woman living on your own. I like this app because it helps me to have a better understanding of where the T is at all times, and that makes me feel so much safer when I’m traveling on my own. I imagine that every major city with a public light rail probably has a version of this app, so if you live near the city, I think having a public transit app is extremely useful and worth the space on your phone.


TV & Movies | Lenox Hill

Lenox Hill (TV Series 2020) - IMDb

I actually don’t really lean towards medical shows or movies, but when my housemate put this on in our living room, I actually got immediately sucked into it and heavily invested in it. Lenox Hill is an extremely popular hospital in New York City, and this particular docu-series focuses on three departments of the hospital: neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. It was so emotional and intimate at times- following the lives of select patients and doctors- and it was also extremely interesting from a scientific standpoint. If you’re looking for a new show to devour on Netflix, I really loved watching Lenox Hill and I was so sad when it ended. I hope they decide to produce a second season!


TV & Movies | Queer Eye

Queer Eye - Rotten Tomatoes

Speaking of shows to devour on Netflix, who else has been tearing through the newest season of Queer Eye? I love feel-good movies and television, so Queer Eye has been my go-to for the past few weeks. I like to watch this show while I’m working on my journal making process- it makes the tedious book binding go by so much faster when I have something to watch while I do it. My favorite episode thus far is when the Fab Five visits Marcos, the kind-hearted, hard-working Mexican immigrant who’s trying to launch his seafood restaurant. I seriously cried like a baby after his daughter came back to help him open the restaurant- anyone else?


Style | Tie-dye

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Like many of the other young folks right now, I’ve been really into the tie dye design and style right now. I recently bought a gnarly Grateful Dead-themed tie dye at my favorite thrift store, which I’ve talked about before, but I’ve also been really into bleach tie-dying clothes myself. In the summertime, it’s more important for me to stay comfortable than it is to stay stylish, so most days, I’ll just throw on a tie-dye t-shirt and be done with it. I’d also love to invest in some other tie-dye things, such as pajama sets, tank tops, etc. 


Health & Beauty | Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer | Ulta ...

Considering I’m such a heavily-invested makeup lover, it might come as a surprise to many of you that I’ve never tried the famous Butter Bronzer before now. I think part of the reason why is because I always loved to look as pale as possible when I got into makeup- particularly when I was going through my weird goth phase. However, even though I still do enjoy looking pale, I’ve found that bronzer does help to sculpt out my face a bit and make me look somewhat more alive and beachy in the summertime. It also smells absolutely amazing, as I’m sure most of you already know! I can’t get enough of this bronzer, and I’ve started recommending it to everybody.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and found some inspiration from my monthly favorites! Have you been trying out any of these trends? Let me know in the comments.

Considering that we’re living in such strange times, it probably comes as no surprise that the contents of my bag have changed as well. I also relocated to a new city about a month and a half ago, so that has also really influenced the contents of my bag.

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Let’s start with the bag itself. This lovely over-the-shoulder bag was actually a gift from my mother, as I didn’t previously own a bag that zipped and she was worried about me losing my wallet or having something stolen. It was a very lovely gesture, so thank you, mom! I love the soft, pastel color, and I also really like the material. It feels strong and durable, unlike the canvas tote I was using before this bag. You can’t see it in this picture, but I have a silver key chain on my bag handle that is actually a panic button. If I am ever in an emergency or if I feel unsafe, I just have to press it a couple of times and 911 will immediately be called. It also would send a text notification to my mom, my roommates, and Nathaniel. I thankfully haven’t had to use it yet, but when you live in a city and you’re a girl, you can never be too careful. 

The two smaller bags, the blue and pink zip ones, are actually sets of bamboo utensils and reusable straws. You never know when you’ll be in a situation that requires a set of utensils, so I like to keep two sets on hand: one for me, and one for Nathaniel. Now that I’m writing this, I’m realizing I should probably wash those. Nathaniel’s two year-old cousin took quite a liking to them the last time I visited, and I’m pretty sure he was gnawing on the fork at one point. 

I have two sets of headphones in my bag, but one of them is enclosed in a container so they don’t get tangled up. My headphones ALWAYS get tangled in my lanyard, by the way. I haven’t been able to figure out a good way to stop that from happening yet. Speaking of my lanyard, it’s nothing fancy. Now that I have finally graduated from Lasell University, I can safely publicly reveal that yes, that is where I went to school! I don’t have a car yet, so the only keys on my Lasell lanyard are my apartment keys and my mailbox key.

I have my pandemic supplies on hand as well: two cloth masks, just to be safe, a pack of tissues, and two mini bottles of hand sanitizer. I try not to go too overboard with everything, but since I do take public transit quite a bit, I feel like you can never have enough hand sanitizer. Actually, you can. Remember that guy who bought 18,000 bottles of it? Don’t be like that guy. 

I’ve had the same wallet for years, hence why it’s looking pretty beat-up and dirty. I don’t have anything fancy in my wallet- certainly no money at the moment! However, it does have my driver’s permit and my state ID, which are two very important things I need right now. Interestingly, I don’t carry any change in my purse because loose coins actually gross me out. My friends and family think I’m crazy, but I would literally rather refuse change than have to hold it and put it in my purse. I think it has to do with the dirty smell and the notion that change itself is very dirty that bothers me the most.

Don’t be fooled by the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses case- it’s just dollar tree sunglasses in there. I’ve never really been a huge fan of sunglasses, probably because I wore glasses for so long, but these ones are actually very cute and functional.

The rest of the stuff is mostly miscellaneous. I have Advil and allergy medicine, because the pollen this time of year is horrid, and it’s definitely something I need to be prepared for at all times. I have a couple of pens in my bag as well, because I seem to always need them, and a small bottle of lotion from Bath and Body Works called “Cactus Blossom.” Lastly, and probably most randomly, I have a contact case from Dollar Tree that I exclusively use for holding false eyelashes. I mean, it makes sense to me; if your lashes are bothering you and you need a place to take them off and put them, a contact case is the perfect place. It keeps them nice and clean, and you can just pop them back on whenever you want!

Anyway, those are the very random and chaotic contents of my bag. I actually feel like I have a very “normal” set of things in my bag, minus the contact case hack and the copious bamboo utensils. What do you guys think- do we carry any of the same things? Let me know in the comments!

In general, I’d say I’m a pretty all-or-nothing person. I’d rather wear a full face of makeup and do the whole shebang or nothing at all, but sometimes, I just don’t have an hour to spare painting my face. Particularly in the humid summer heat, when I’m with my boyfriend, or when I’m simply just lounging around, there doesn’t seem to be any point in loading on the foundation and powder. I already have quite oily, sensitive skin, so putting on tons of makeup on a daily basis isn’t exactly prime for my skin, either. 

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Anyway, today I’m going to guide you through how I personally do my makeup in around ten minutes. It doesn’t feel (or look) as glamorous as a full face beat, but it gets the job done for me!

No matter what day it is, even if I decide not to wear any makeup, I will always apply moisturizer in the morning and evening. I used to think it was silly to do so, since my skin is already so shiny and oily, but I actually feel like constantly moisturizing has helped to combat my acne a lot. Right now, I’m using a couple of moisturizers by Soap & Glory. I use the ‘For Daily Youth’ moisturizer in the morning, and ‘The Fab Pore’ in the evening. If you are also interested in using those two products, keep in mind they are fragranced and may not be ideal for all skin types!

The next step for me is to prime my face. Priming only takes two seconds, and doing so will prevent the minimal makeup I’m wearing from sliding around or wearing off throughout the day. The primer I’m using right now is the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer, and I’m really impressed with how it works. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I’ll probably buy it again because I think a good primer is a reasonable investment. I just coat my face with a thin layer of this primer, and that’s all I need to keep my face looking fresh all day.

When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of foundation, I’ll usually opt for spot concealing instead. My face does have a few acne scars after years of cystic acne, so I like to even out my skin tone by using a bit of concealer in those areas. The current concealers I use right now range from tarte Shape Tape, a classic, to cheaper alternatives, like the Covergirl TruBlend concealer. I should probably use a color corrector as well to combat some of the overall redness, but I haven’t found a brand that I’m satisfied with yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

Brows are one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine, and I also think it’s the step that really cements everything. Because my brows are so short and sparse, it really makes my face feel clean and pulled together to throw on a couple of good brows. Right now, I’m using a reddish colored eyeshadow to fill them in, and that’s it. I don’t really go in and conceal them unless I’m planning on doing eyeshadow and face makeup as well, so I can skip that step for now.

Sometimes I’ll go in with a little liquid liner and give myself a little wing, but other times, I’ll just use some brown eyeshadow and apply that to the other corner. I don’t like to add a lot of liner to my eyes unless I’m wearing shadows as well, because I think eyeliner alone makes my eyes look tiny, so I try not to go too ham with the pen. Today, as you can see, I went a little bit over the top. Of course, I also follow that up with a couple of quick coats of mascara. In particular, my go-to is the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara, because I’ve been using it for years and I really appreciate the intensity of the color. 

The last two steps for me are a few coats of lip balm, and a few good spritzes of setting spray. Setting spray will lock my makeup into place and keep it from fading off, and lip balm, of course, will help keep my lips hydrated and shiny throughout the day. I’m using Morphe setting spray right now, but I have to say, I’m not a fan of the pink bottle they released with the Jeffree Star collection. I like that they tried to go for a strawberry scent in theory, but I honestly think it just smells like cough medicine.

Anywho, that’s how I do my makeup in about ten minutes! I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative. Let me know what makeup you’ve been loving lately in the comments below.

My hair and I have been on quite a journey together. When I was little, my hair was actually pin-straight, and it slowly just got curlier and curlier the older I got. I have gone through years of hating my hair, trying to straighten it as much as possible, and even wearing wigs, but now I can happily say that I love my hair and my bouncy, soft curls. Even though my hair has been through a lot of bleaching, I feel like it’s still in pretty decent condition and my curls have held up well. Today I’m going to walk you through how I take care on a daily basis, what products I use, and what I don’t recommend if you want to protect your hair. I also want to point out that my hair type is 2C, which equals a loose, barrel-shaped curl. If you have a tighter curl or a different hair pattern/texture, you may need to do something completely different to take care of your curls, so just keep that in mind! Also, I am not a hair care expert or a stylist- this is just what works for me personally.

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Like many curly girls, it took me years to figure out that you are NOT supposed to brush your curly hair! Doing so can make it extremely frizzy and ‘pyramid shaped’, as I call it. I always used to worry that if I didn’t brush my hair, it would get tangled and look dirty, but the reality is, my hair actually feels much cleaner and manageable now that I rarely brush it. In fact, the only section of my hair I really brush is my bangs. As long as I wash my hair regularly and use products that are designed to smooth-out my hair and keep it tangle-free, I never have to worry about frizz or knots. 

About twice a week, I will use my purple shampoo and a leave-in conditioner in the shower. The brand of purple shampoo I use is by eva-nyc, and so far, I’ve been really impressed by this brand. I love that the shampoo is cruelty-free, affordable, and it also smells absolutely amazing. Most importantly, it makes my hair feel so soft and manageable. The leave-in conditioner I use is by AG hair, and it is yet another high-quality, amazing-smelling product that I look forward to using. My hair tends to lack moisture if I don’t take care of it adequately, so these two products together keep my hair feeling extremely hydrated and salon-smooth. 

I have never been a big fan of blow-drying my hair, which has been really beneficial for both my curl pattern and my overall hair health. I’m actually not sure why towel trying works so well, but from a personal standpoint, I absolutely believe my curls look so much prettier and fuller when I wrap my hair in a towel and let the heat soak up the moisture for a few minutes. After I towel off my hair, I just let it air dry for the rest of the day. The products I use on my hair help it to dry much quicker, so I’m going to be talking about those next. 

If I don’t use my leave-in conditioner that day, I will always ALWAYS use the Aveda damage repair treatment in my hair and the Drybar Prep Rally spray. I’ve talked about these products a lot, because I think they’re very high-quality and I genuinely don’t think my hair has ever looked better. I apply them back-to-back when my hair is still wet, and after that, my hair routine is essentially done! I let my hair air-dry with the products in, and after a couple of hours, my hair is almost completely dry and curly, and it feels so amazing and soft. I am definitely going to repurchase these two products after I run out, so you can expect to see them in my Product Empties article down the line!

Anyway, that’s my very adamant hair care routine for protecting my loose barrel curls. Like I said, I’ve had a pretty rocky hair journey, but I’m really happy with the way it looks now and the quality that I have been able to uphold despite lots of bleaching. I know not everyone is going to be able to go out and buy a bunch of new products for their hair, so whatever your circumstances are, I would say just do the best you can with the resources you have! Remember, you are beautiful no matter what. 

Given the chaotic nature of the world right now, I think we could all use something a little uplifting to read. Lo and behold, my spring Fab Fit Fun box at the perfect time for me to post a review! I can say right off the bat that I enjoyed almost everything I received, and I’m really looking forward to incorporating these items into my routine moving forward. Let’s get into it!


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Ribbed Sweater Coat | DONNI | Retail Price: $99

At $99 for the retail price, it probably goes without saying that this sweater was the real star of the box. I’m a huge fan of neutral staples, and this cardigan is a great transitional piece for the warmer months. I have to say, as much as I love it and have been wearing it every single day, I can’t understand why the original price is a hundred bucks! Like I said, I really love it, but it doesn’t feel like anything particularly special; it’s a simple, cotton sweater. Nonetheless, I’m really loving throwing it on every morning, and I think it’s definitely a piece that will stick with me for years. 


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PRO glow highlight & contour palette | tarte | Retail Price: $21

Y’all know that I love my beauty products, especially from cruelty-free, vegan brands such as tarte. I’ve been really into glowy, blushy, e-girl makeup lately, so I think this palette is really going to come in handy with my future makeup looks. Just from playing around with the palette a couple times already, I can already say I’m very impressed by the pigmentation and the smoothness of the highlights. I’m not too big on contouring because I’m terrible at it, but maybe I can find another use for the cream shades. Eyebrow pomade, maybe?


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Double Coin Necklace | Amber Sceats | Retail Price: $50

This double coin necklace perfectly fits my aesthetic: warm toned and minimalist. It’s also surprisingly heavy, which makes it feel so expensive and luxurious! However, I decided to re-gift this necklace to my mother because I’m already looking at another everyday-wear necklace to purchase for my birthday. That being said, I do think this necklace is absolutely gorgeous, and I know it’s going to look stunning on my mom. I’ll be sure to let you know her thoughts on the necklace after she starts wearing it.  


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Fast Food Leave On Conditioner | AG Hair | Retail Price: $24

Fab Fit Fun has been sending me a lot of hair products, and you know what? I’m not complaining. I absolutely loved the last two hair products they sent me- the AVEDA hair repair treatment and the Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This product comes in a generously large tube, and it smells absolutely amazing, like fruity sorbet. And most importantly, of course, it makes my hair feel super-smooth and soft. Especially since I bleach my hair so frequently, it’s really crucial for me to keep my hair healthy and moisturized. I’m looking forward to using this product when my hair needs a little pick-me-up!


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Imperial Jade Body Oil | Jabonería Marianella | Retail Price: $68

On the trend of luxurious hair and skincare, I was very excited to try out this gorgeous body oil. It doesn’t glide on as smoothly or easily as I would have expected it to, but maybe all body oils are just like that. Nonetheless, I’ve been really enjoying using it on my hands, especially since the weather is still a bit chilly and I’m trying to keep dry skin at bay. The smell is also absolutely invigorating, like fresh lemons, so I think it will be a lovely product to use first thing in the morning as a wake-up-call.


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Deep Sleep Body Cocoon | This Works | Retail Price: $40

Out of everything I received in my spring box, this is definitely one of my ultimate favorites. I wish this bottle was twice as big as it is! Not only does it smell amazing and cozy, it’s also so thick, creamy, and glides smoothly onto the skin. I’ve been really loving putting it on before bed, especially following a warm bath or shower. It’s one of my new favorite components of my bedtime routine, so when this tube runs out, it will be a very sad day. If you’re looking for a new bedtime lotion, I highly recommend this one. It works. 


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Set of 4 Silicone Straws + Brush Cleaner & Case | Chic & Tonic | Retail Price: $15

Per usual, Fab Fit Fun has come in clutch with a useful, low-waste product that I’m sure I will use for years to come. Last season, they sent me a reusable makeup-removing cloth, so I haven’t had to use disposable wipes since! I don’t use straws very much in general, but hopefully these silicone straws will reduce my plastic straw usage altogether. I’ve already used these straws with my smoothies, and I’m very impressed by how easy they are to clean and reuse! And, of course, the cleaning brush and the case are a nice touch. 


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Watermelon Energizing 2 Minute Peel & Polish | Purlisse | Retail Price: $7

This is the final item I received in my box, and even though I liked everything, this would be my least favorite item if I had to pick one. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it; I just wasn’t particularly wowed and don’t feel like it’s doing too much for my skin. I’m also not exactly sure what it’s supposed to be used for: A face wash? A mask? I don’t have a clue. Anyway, despite that, I will admit that it smells delicious and energizing, and I’m definitely going to keep using it (despite not knowing what exactly it’s doing.) 


Anyway, that’s going to be it for today! I hope you guys found this article helpful, and maybe, it has inspired you to sign up for the box as well. I’m not in any way affiliated with/sponsored by Fab Fit Fun, but I do recommend this box to anybody who loves beauty products and home decor. What was your favorite item from this box? Let me know below in the comments!