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!

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Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

I actually bought this palette quite a few weeks ago (if not a month or two ago), but I had so many other reviews to punch out first, this is my first chance to cover this palette! Honestly, though, I think it was almost better for me to wait so that I could have ample time to try out as many of the colors as possible. Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my thoughts about this palette, from the performance of the pigments to the longevity of wear. 

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First of all, it’s important to establish that this is not really a Jeffree Star palette; it’s a Morphe palette in collaboration with Jeffree. Morphe is usually not as pricey or luxury as the Jeffree Star brand, but the quality of the products is still really impressive and high-grade. The only thing I’m not a fan of regarding Morphe is their recent formula change- their Jaclyn Hill palette recently became NON vegan after being vegan for about three years, and they didn’t think to notify their customers about the change in formula. So I definitely thought that was a little shady.

Anyway, let’s talk about the palette. I bought mine at Ulta for $35, along with the new pink Morphe setting spray for $18. It’s definitely not cheap makeup, but like I said, the quality is consistently amazing and I also really loved the color range. I like that you can create plenty of neutral looks using shimmers and browns, but you also have the ability to create some more creative, colorful eye looks, such as the one I’m wearing below.

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For the eyeshadow look I’m wearing in the picture, I actually used a combination of the Jawbreaker palette and the Artistry palette. The formulas were definitely a tad different (Jawbreaker is a bit dustier,) but altogether, all the shades were highly pigmented, easily blendable, and absolutely gorgeous on the eyes. Purples are especially hard to work with, but I didn’t have any problems using these two palettes. There was quite a bit of fallout in the pan, but honestly, that doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people. I would rather my eyeshadow be pigmented and have fallout than not have an fallout and barely any color payoff, if that makes sense.

The only other negative I feel about this palette pertains to the lighter, shimmery shades. I have to say, even though the mattes were very brightly pigmented, these light shimmers were NOT cutting it for me. In fact, I even have drugstore shimmer shades that perform better than these Morphe shimmers. I was a bit shocked that they were so lackluster, considering Jeffree Star is all about the glitz and the shine, but I don’t know if that’s so much his fault as much as it is Morphe’s. I will also say that the shades that didn’t perform very well were pressed MUCH harder into the pans than the other shades, so maybe it was just a manufacturing error that made them perform so poorly. Nonetheless, I probably won’t be reaching for those lighter, glittery shades too much, unless I want to wear a really subtle highlight. 

I liked the setting spray as well; I’ve used Morphe setting sprays before in the past and I’ve always loved them. I wasn’t crazy about the strawberry scent, it was a bit too artificial for me, but I think the pink packaging is absolutely adorable. 

Anyway, my final thoughts about this palette is that it’s pretty good, but it’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever reached for in my life. That being said, I am very happy I decided to buy it, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with it more in the future. What do you guys think about these colors? Have you tried the palette yourself? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was in middle school, and since then, I’d say I’ve picked up a fair amount of tips and tricks. I’ve certainly also gotten much better at makeup over the years, just due to the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time familiarizing myself with my face and what makeup looks best on me. That being said, what works for me may not work for you. Always do what feels the most natural and fitting for your own face, no matter what the makeup “experts” say.

Anyway, today I want to share some tips with you about how I elongate my eyes and make them look a bit bigger. I LOVE wearing eyeshadow, so of course I want it to be visible despite having hooded eyes. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to some capacity!

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This is a pretty standard makeup tip, but it’s especially helpful to us folks with hooded eyes. Every time I apply my eyeshadow, I follow the same basic pattern of applying a light shimmer in the inner corner, a medium transition shade in the center, and a darker shade in the outer corner. This trick works because it makes your eyes look wider, brighter, and generally more elongated (obviously, if you did the colors in the reverse order, it would have the opposite effect. Also, you’d look like a raccoon.) I prefer to use a cream or white-colored shimmer rather than a matte, because I personally think it makes my eyes look even brighter. I also drag the eyeshadow all the way up to my brow bone, because otherwise, all the work you did on your shadow is going to be covered by the lid!

The next thing I do to make my eyes look even more elongated and cat-like is apply a very long, thick winged eyeliner. The trick with this is to start in the middle of your eye, rather than right in the inner corner, as doing the latter will make your eyes look even smaller. I know doing a wing may seem complicated or scary to some, but once you find a tip that works for you and you practice regularly, you’ll be a pro at liquid eyeliner in no time! Similarly to the illusion of the eyeshadow, winging out your eyeliner in a cat-eye shape will elongate your eyes and make them look even bigger and doe-like. 

When I was in middle school and high school, I always wore a thick bottom eyeliner in my entire eyeliner. As you can see…this was not my look.

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Anyway, I realized about halfway through college that the most I can get away with is a little bit of eyeliner and mascara in the outer corner, but not much more than that. As you can see, going completely bare on my lower lash line and using a light concealer on my under-eye area really elongates my face and creates the illusion that my eyes are bigger than they actually are. If you do decide to use some color or eyeliner on your lower lash line, try applying it directly below your waterline and putting a white eyeliner in the lash line instead. 

Lastly, on the topic of elongating your eyes and making them more shapely, I would suggest opting for wispier lashes instead of a thicker, more dramatic pair, so that they don’t cover up all the hard work you just did on your eyeshadow! Additionally, something that works for me is to cut them and just apply them just on the outer corner, rather than across my entire upper lash line. Not only are they much easier to apply this way, you’re basically doubling the amount of eyelashes you have for free! It’s a no-brainer. 

Those are my top four tips for how I make my hooded eyes look bigger! Obviously, I’m not a beauty guru and you should do whatever feels right for your face, but this is just what works for me. I hope you found this article helpful, and I’d love to know if any of these tips helped you. 

Normally, I don’t like to spend too much money on my makeup products (especially right now, since I don’t have any disposable income, I have to be very careful what I choose to drop my money on). That being said, there are a handful of higher-end products that I absolutely cannot shake. No matter how broke I am, I will save for months to be able to afford these goodies. I hope this article is helpful for you in your own makeup endeavors!


True Velvet Lipstick – Velvet Ribbon | Lisa Eldridge | £26.00

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Should I realistically have spent £26.00 on another red lipstick? Probably not. But damn, I seriously couldn’t help myself when I watched John Maclean’s review of the Lisa Eldridge True Velvet lipsticks. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lisa Eldridge, she is a highly successful English makeup artist, business woman, author, and YouTuber, and her high-end lipsticks are constantly sold out. With that being said, I was so excited when I checked her website over winter break and saw that her True Velvet lipsticks were back in stock, so I did go ahead and order one on the spot! This lipstick is amazing because it has an actual velvet texture, and it has an absolutely gorgeous finish on the lips. Furthermore, it lasts all day when I wear it, so I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. If you’re looking for a new red lipstick, I highly recommend this one. 


Insta-Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33.00

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog for a while, you probably know that I am a die-hard fan of the e.l.f facial primers. However, since my skin has been especially oily lately and I had some extra cash to spare over winter break, I decided to try out this super mattifying primer by Dermablend instead. Needless to say, I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve never used a product that had such a sticky, gooey texture before, but once you apply it to your face, the foundation sticks like a wonder. Of course, $33 for a face primer is kind of pricey, but if you also have extremely oily skin, I would say this product is totally worth it. 


Stay All Day Eyeliner | Stila | $22.00

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I have been using this eyeliner since I first started wearing makeup in 8th grade, and to this day, it’s one of my favorites. If you struggle with making your eyeliner precise, I would highly recommend this product for its precise, pointy felt tip. It’s also very opaque, so a little bit of product goes a very long way (something I appreciate when buying expensive makeup). I’ve been going strong with the same tube of eyeliner since August, so for $22, there isn’t really much for me to complain about. 


Brush Bath | IT Cosmetics | $20.00

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This is a product I received for Christmas a few years ago, and since I started using it, I have NOT been able to stop buying it. To be honest, before I tried this product, I probably never would have gone out of my way to buy it, but it really is phenomenal. To use this product, all you have to do is spray it into your brushes and wipe off the excess shadow with a towel. That’s it! It works amazingly and quickly, and it helps me ensure that all of my brushes are as clean as they can be. Even better, one bottle can usually last up to a full year, so it’s a great investment for me. 


Full Coverage Foundation| Becca Cosmetics | $44.00

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Lastly but certainly not least, this was my die hard favorite foundation for about two full years. Unfortunately, I had to stop buying it for now because it’s so ridiculously expensive, but it’s extremely high-quality and it applies like a dream. If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation that will last all day and keep you looking snatched and popping, this is the foundation for you. Of course, it does come with a hefty price tag, and if I’m being totally honest, the bottle does not last as long as I would like it to (then again, I did use it every single day). Nonetheless, it’s a solidly great foundation with a great shade range, so if you have the money to spend, I highly recommend Becca Cosmetics.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a makeup hoarder. And in case you didn’t know, Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m obsessed with buying makeup!

Now, my makeup consumption has been much more frugal lately, because I don’t have an income at the moment and I can barely even afford to buy toothpaste. The last makeup purchase I made was over winter break, and as you may have guessed, it was the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation and the Magic Mini palette. I have been consistently blown away by Juvia’s Place in the past, so I was super excited to get my hands on these two items. Additionally, they were both relatively affordable. The foundation is only $20, and the palette was only $25. Considering the amazing quality, I consider $20-25 to be a pretty fair price range.

I’d been meaning to try this foundation for forever now, because I’d heard that it’s extremely high-coverage and great for evening out the skin. As someone who deals with sensitivity, occasional cystic acne, and redness all over my face, I knew this could definitely become my new holy grail. Some other important info to know about Juvia’s Place is that they are 100% cruelty-free and most of their products are vegan as well.

Now, I know this bottle may look small, but trust me when I say a little bit of product goes a long way. Because the product is so thick and full-coverage, you really only need a couple drops to cover your entire face seamlessly. The shade I am wearing is “Maricao,” which is for very light skin with peachy undertones. I’d say this shade is a pretty close match to my skin tone, if not just a little bit too warm, but I still think it’s a fairly good match. There are 42 shades in this foundation collection, so trust me when I say you are guaranteed to find the perfect color for you!

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with this foundation. Like I said, it’s very thick, but that’s something I appreciate and look for in my face products. It’s definitely very matte, so if you deal with dry skin, you may want to pair this foundation with a very moisturizing primer. Because my skin tends to be on the oily side (I start to get shiny after the four hour mark), I paired it with my mattifying Dermablend sticky primer. I definitely still have to powder my face throughout the day, but at least there isn’t any creasing or patches of red skin poking through. Overall, I’d give this foundation an 8/10, and I think I’ll definitely purchase it again.

Now, let’s talk about the Magic Mini eyeshadow palette, which retails for $25. I first came across this palette after watching a NikkieTutorials review a few years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the colors (especially that gorgeous orangey-brown shade, Nana). As you can see, the color range in this palette is extremely colorful and diverse, but it’s still possible to create “normal,” neutral eye looks. My personal favorite colors to wear on my eyes are copper-toned warm smokey oranges and browns, usually with a shimmer in the inner corner. With that being said, I’ve definitely been reaching for this palette 2-3 times per week. Not only do I love that medium brown shade, Nana, I’m also obsessed with the light pink shimmer shade, Osun. Together, they look absolutely stunning on the eyes.

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Just like any other Juvia’s Place palette, these colors are extremely creamy and highly pigmented. Because the colors contain so much rich pigment, it’s not uncommon for the red-toned shades to stain the eyelids after wearing them. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I like to put that out there for people who aren’t super familiar with pressed pigments and how the dyes react with the skin. Nonetheless, it’s totally harmless, and it’s fairly common to notice some staining on the lids. 

Ultimately, I’m really happy with these two purchases. The foundation especially has been a lifesaver for me these past few weeks, because it covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. And, although the bottle is quite small, it’s fairly inexpensive and a little goes a long way. I’m also really enjoying the eyeshadow palette, and I can’t wait to make even more fun looks with it in the future. Maybe I’ll even branch out into the greens and blues, if I’m really feeling crazy! 

I’m a little tight on money at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get around to buying more makeup closer to summertime. What would you like me to review next? Let me know in the comments!

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Most of you know by now that I’m a pretty open book about my medication and supplement intake. I think it’s great, from a mental health activist’s perspective, to be transparent about what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. Maybe a reader will be able to find relatability through me, or maybe I’ll inspire someone to get in touch with their own doctor about their own options for medications and supplements.

With that being said, I want to put out a disclaimer and say I am not trying to inform anybody about making medical decisions or sway anyone to act a certain way. I’m not a doctor – this is just what has worked for me personally, so that I can feel my very best and put my best foot forward. You should do what feels best for you as well, regardless of what other people say. Don’t let me sway you into changing your entire health regime! With that out of the way, let’s get into it.


Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc | CVS | Bone & Immune Health

Out of everything on this list, I’ve definitely been taking this supplement for the longest. I started taking it because I was waking up in the middle of the night with terrible muscle spasms, also known as a “Charley horse,” and my mom recommended I take this to stop them from happening. Needless to say, it worked, and I’ve been taking it ever since! The reason this combination works is because the calcium helps your body to bind proteins, meaning you’ll endure less spasms and cramps. It’s certainly working well for me, and I also haven’t broken a bone yet, so I’m feeling good about my calcium intake.


Unisom | CVS | Sleep Aid

I started taking Unisom after I developed severe insomnia this past November. As I’ve said in past articles, Unisom and melatonin have both been extremely crucial in my recovery from the insomnia spell I endured. About an hour after I take this pill, I am immediately hit with a wave of sleepiness. It’s also the good kind of sleepiness- not the kind you feel when you’re lethargic and fatigued. Does “good sleepiness” make sense to any of you or is this just a me thing? Nonetheless, it’s helped me tremendously, and I take this every night with my usual supplements.


Melatonin | Natrol | Sleep Aid

Melatonin is another sleep aid I take on the nightly to ensure I am able to get enough rest. I like this particular brand because the melatonin actually melts in your mouth, so you don’t have to swallow a giant pill or take it with any water. It also tastes like strawberries, which is an added bonus. An important thing to add about melatonin is that it takes time to get into your cycle and could take several days to start working. Once you’ve established the system in your body, however, it starts to work wonders. Now that I’ve established melatonin in my cycle, I average about 8 hours of sleep per night.


Multi For Her (with Omega 3) | Nature Made | Energy Conversion

Because I am a vegetarian, I try to make up for as many vitamins and minerals as possible through the form of supplements. These dietary gummies have loads of healthy benefits, including 60mg of Omega-3. Omega 3 is important for managing heart health, muscles, and maintaining a healthy brain. Additionally, this type of Omega 3 is suitable for plant eaters like me, because the nutrient is derived from nuts and seeds instead of fish. Also, they’re sugar-coated and they taste delicious, so I look forward to taking my multi gummies every night!


THC Oil | Rev Clinics | Sleep Aid & Anxiety Relief

Last but certainly not least, I take .50 ML of THC oil under my tongue every night to help me improve my sleep and anxiety. I’ve never smoked marijuana because it’s just not my thing, but I’ve come around to THC and CBD oil products to help me manage both my physical and mental health. Similarly to melatonin, you may need to build up THC in your system and make it a routine part of your life for it to work, but once it does, it works beautifully. This type of oil doesn’t get you high, but it does help promote relaxation and well-being in your body. Just make sure you’re purchasing it in a legal, safe way, depending on where you live!


Anyway, that’s everything I take for supplements on a nightly basis. I also take escitalopram and birth control, but I didn’t include those in the article since they’re not really nutritional supplements. I always joke that I feel a little bit like Melman from Madagascar with all his different vials and medications. We’re also both hypochondriacs, so it’s a fitting analogy. Like I said before, I don’t want to inform anybody of what medical decisions they should make- this is just what I personally do. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed this article and found it informative!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that I absolutely love makeup. Drugstore, mid-range, high-end; it doesn’t matter to me. I just love to collect makeup products, and I have a particular attraction to eyeshadow palettes. The more colorful, the better!

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This is only a fraction of them. I definitely don’t have a problem.

Ironically, even though I love to buy colorful eyeshadow palettes from brands like Juvia’s Place and Jeffree Star, I usually do very normal, copper-toned warm smokey eyes. I used to love going all out with neons and brights, and creating super crazy looks, but now I prefer a neutral eye with a pop of color, at most. If that sounds like you, or if you’re afraid to branch out into Jeffree Star territory because you don’t think the colors are “wearable,” this is the blog for you.

*Disclaimer: I’m not a professional makeup artist and I’m also not sponsored by any of these brands.*


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Look 1 | Blue Blood Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Of course, we have to start with Jeffree Star’s Blue Blood palette. This was the first Jeffree Star palette I ever bought, and I immediately fell in love with the brand after trying out these gorgeous colors. Yes, there are obviously a lot of intense blues and shimmering greens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together a practical eye look. For this look, I wanted to fully embrace the winter scene and go for something shimmery and classic, while still adding in that pop of color. I used the shades “Priceless” and “Celebrity Skin” on my outer crease, then added a touch of the sky-blue shade, “I’m Cold”, to my tear duct. Alternatively, you could use a shimmery shade like “Entitled” to create an even more dramatic effect. 


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Look 2 | Jawbreaker Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

I also had to include the Jawbreaker palette in this article, because of course, this palette is the definition of drama and color. I will say, this palette is largely a collection of several different bright, rainbow shades, so there aren’t many “transition shade” options to create something basic and neutral. However, I managed to create this copper-toned look using the shades “Cone” and “Tasty” in my crease and “Snack” in my inner corner. You guys, I am OBSESSED with the metallic shimmers in this palette. You could create so many shimmery, elegant looks with these shades, regardless of if you choose to go neutral or colorful. This palette is truly a makeup lover’s dream.


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Look 3 | Stacey Marie Carnival Palette | BPerfect Cosmetics

This palette was actually a gift from my mom for Christmas, so of course I was excited to give these colors a spin. My favorite thing about this palette so far is the pigmentation and the blendability- it’s so easy to blend the transition shades into the crease, and it’s truly a joy to use. My favorite color combo in this palette is “Shuffle”, “Guilty”, and “Liquor.” It’s a classic warm-toned sunset eye, and even though it may sound too colorful for some, it actually looks really flattering and classic. I finished off this eye look with a bit of glitter from a Colourpop palette, because you can never go wrong with glitter. 


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Look 4 | The Jeffree Star Artistry Palette | Morphe 

I just picked this goodie up at Ulta today, so of course, I had to try it out immediately. This is very similar to the Blue Blood look I created: neutral browns in the outer corner with a bright pop in the tear duct. For this eye look, though, I was mostly inspired by Kylie Jenner’s YouTube vlog of her doing her makeup on Travis’ tour. If you watch her video, she does a very similar look with bright pink in the tear duct, and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it’s a bit brave and colorful, but I still think it’s a relatively tame look when you take into consideration the other colors in this palette. Morphe, you never disappoint! Can’t wait to do a full review of this palette down the line.


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Look 5 | The Zulu | Juvia’s Place

Look, I’m sorry, but I had to do another sunset eye. If you’ve never tried the Juvia’s Place formula, I promise you will be blown away by their palettes. These pressed pigments are creamy, pigmented, and easy to blend, and I also love the large pan size. Even though these colors may look wild, you can actually pull together several cohesive, classy looks using this palette. I’m looking forward to purchasing more Juvia’s Place palettes in the future, particularly, the Magic Mini and the Warrior II. By the way, most Juvia’s Place products are 60% off right now, so go treat yourself!

Winter is here, and that means my second Fab Fit Fun box is here and ready to be reviewed! A quick run-down of the box: you receive eight full-sized items, at a $200+ value, for only $40 a month, so it’s really quite a steal. The first box I received from FFF was in September, and since I genuinely liked everything I received in the box, I decided to keep my subscription and try out the winter box as well. I pay for this subscription with my own money, and everything I say is my own thoughts and opinions. Here are my genuine, true impressions about everything I received:


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Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket | UnHide | $65

With every Fab Fit Fun box, subscribers are able to customize some of the items they receive. I knew I wanted to customize my box with this blanket because I love everything the company stands for: it’s cruelty-free, it’s against real fur, and the company donates some of its profits to the Humane Society. AND, it was launched by Ellen DeGeneres! Not only is this blanket vegan and ethical, it’s also extremely comfy and looks fabulous on our couch. As you can tell from our all-white apartment, we love our neutrals. This blanket was definitely a win for me, and I’m glad I picked it for my box’s first customization option. 


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Bluetooth Shower Speaker | ban.do | $35

The second item I customized for my box was this waterproof Bluetooth speaker, originally retailing for $35. I was really excited about this item because I love to listen to music while I shower, but I obviously can’t bring my phone in the water with me. It’s extremely simple to set up, just like any other basic Bluetooth device, and now I can’t stop using it every time I take a shower. I will say that the sound quality isn’t super amazing, but it’s decent enough for me in the shower. Because of the small size, this speaker is great for traveling and using essentially anywhere around the house. I also like to stick it on my fridge when I’m baking and listening to podcasts. 


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Organic Circle Bracelet| Adore by Swarovski | $39

As you’ll read at the bottom, I actually received two boxes due to a shipping malfunction, so I have a duplicate of everything I received. That means my mom and I both get to have these adorable rose-gold bracelets, which are each adorned with a tiny Swarovski crystal. I used to hate wearing jewelry, but lately I’ve been really into anything silver or rose-gold. I love that this bracelet is simplistic and still feminine, and my mom loves her bracelet as well. It’s a dainty, classic piece, and it goes really well with my mostly-neutral closet. I’m really happy I decided to choose this customization!


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Proof is in the Puddin’ Palette | Beauty Bakerie | $38

The rest of the items I received in the box were all chosen by FFF, so they were a complete surprise to me. I was SO excited when I unpacked my box and discovered this eyeshadow palette, because I’m obsessed with all and any makeup (and eyeshadow is my favorite makeup item). This palette is a great staple item because the colors are all very neutral and warm-toned, making it ideal for both beginners and makeup experts. Even though I left a not-so-positive of the Beauty Bakerie lipsticks earlier this year, I have to say, I really like their eyeshadow formula. As you can see, I’ve already used this palette a few times, and I’m excited to continue trying new looks in the future. 


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Original Coffee Scrub | frank body| $17

I’ve used a few coffee scrubs in the past, so I was also very happy to receive this item in my box. I love this particular scrub because it’s cruelty-free (always a must for me), it leaves my skin amazingly soft, and it smells absolutely invigorating. It smells like coffee, of course, but it also has a hint of citrus in it that leaves my skin smelling amazing. It’s also very nourishing for my skin, and after I use it in the shower, I feel like I’ve applied a thick lotion to my arms and legs. The only negative element of this coffee scrub is that it can get very messy- after all, it’s basically straight coffee grinds in a bag. As long as you’re okay with a bit of a mess in your shower, you’ll love this scrub.


CALM + CLEAN Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash | Cuccio Somatology | $40

I’ve actually never heard of the brand Cuccio before, but I’m definitely a fan after trying this body wash. I’m such a huge fan of lavender too, especially since I’m a night-showerer at college and I need something to wind me down rather than wake me up in the shower. You could also use this product as a hand wash, but I prefer using it as a complete body wash to help me get super relaxed and ready for bed. I also gave a bottle of this to my mom, because she tends to have a lot of neck and back pain, and the Epsom salt helps tremendously with that. I’m shocked at the original price point of $40 for a bottle of body wash, so I’m lucky I was able to get it for essentially free in my winter box. 


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Prime & Prep Detangler | Drybar | $23

I’m always happy to receive a hair product in my FFF box, because my hair has been through so much bleaching and dyeing in the past year, it desperately needs the extra love. On top of this nourishing spray, I also use the AVEDA hair repair treatment regularly (another item I received via FFF, might I add). Since using these products together, my hair has become so silky, smooth, and bouncy again. I’ve always had naturally curly hair, and these nourishing hair products really help me to retain those curls through all the bleaching and toning. I’m very happy with the condition of my hair now, even after just using this product 2-3 times. It’s definitely going to become an essential in my hair care routine. 


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MakeUp Eraser | MakeUp Eraser | $20

Lastly but certainly not least, I received this MakeUp eraser cloth in my winter box. I have to say, I was skeptical of this product at first, but I am AMAZED. It takes off all of my heavy liner, full-coverage foundation, and even mascara in one quick swipe. It doesn’t feel like it’s dragging or scrubbing my face at all, so I appreciate the gentle yet thorough nature of this cloth. Additionally, it’s a great low-waste alternative to buying traditional makeup wipes, so you can feel great about using it. This product has four and a half stars on Amazon, so I highly recommend picking one up for yourself if you wear a lot of heavy eye makeup. 

Note: I do want to quickly say that I’ve been experiencing some new, flesh-covered breakouts on my cheekbones and near my eyebrows, but I haven’t been able to figure out what it causing the bumps yet. It does feel a bit rashy, but it very well could be from this new line of skincare products I’m using and not this cloth. I wanted to include that here because some reviews have stated a similar rash, so just be careful and look out for signs! I’ll do some more investigating and let you guys know what I think is causing this rash- it very well could be completely unrelated to the cloth.


As you can see, I was really impressed with this winter box! I feel like I received a lot of practical, long-lasting products, such as the MakeUp Eraser and the bluetooth speaker. I’m looking forward to not only using these products during the winter, but throughout the rest of the year as well. I’m going to keep my subscription for another season, so we’ll see if the Spring box blows me away, too.

Side note: I did have a shipping problem with my winter box, as you may remember hearing if you read my weekly catch-ups. Basically, my winter box was on-route to Virginia for some reason, so the company sent me a replacement box…but then my first box magically appeared at my doorstep? So yes, I did receive two boxes this season, even though I only paid for one! Many of the duplicates I received were re-gifted for Christmas presents, so it ended up being a win-win.

My Fall 2019 Box Review: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/reviewing-the-fall-2019-fab-fit-fun-box-my-honest-thoughts/