My Hair Journey: College (2012 to 2016)

Taking a break from the usual product reviews this week because I’ve been reflecting on my hair lately. It’s changed a lot over the last four years and I think now’s the perfect time to take a little trip…

I didn’t start dyeing my hair until college. Okay, except for that one time I had my mother put red highlights in my hair during the sixth grade (temporary hair color that washes out in 20 washes, LIES). I’m taking you back in time to little ole me😀 —>

Freshmen Year (August 2012), age, 18:

Ah, freshmen me. So excited about college and dorm living. Talk about long hair, don’t care, right?! Wish, I had truly appreciated my hair back then. I’d say my hair was about to the middle of my back. My hair is super straight, except for the back section, which has this bizarre wave to it. If I could go back to my hair then, I would in a heartbeat. Also, I have no idea how it was so smooth back then.

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The Micellar Water Hype & Garnier® SKINACTIVE™ Micellar Cleansing Water Review!

This past Spring I heard beauty bloggers everywhere raving about micellar water. I heard it removed waterproof makeup and made your skin feel less oily and super clean.

Typically, I would use a separate eye makeup remover for my stubborn eye makeup and then wash with my regular face wash. I bought the Garnier® SKINACTIVE™ Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser that claims to remove waterproof mascara (talk about a mouthful of a name)! I bought mine at Target for $6.99, but you can buy it at various drug stores and larger department stores. I would keep an eye out for coupons in the Sunday paper too because Garnier often gives $2 off coupons that make this micellar water one of the more affordable makeup remover and cleansers on the market.

Garnier Micellar Cleaning Water, Target; Alex & Ani December Bracelet, Artsy Abode; Cotton Balls, Target; Glass Container, T.J. Maxx

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My Current Skincare Routine

My skin regime is pretty basic: cleanse, treat and moisturize. Since my skin is combination, and truly domination, it’s difficult for me to find products that will meet my skin’s needs. I’m so excited to have finally found a great set of products that have improved my face’s complexion.

Headband, T.J. Maxx; Beautycounter Nourishing Eye Cream, Target; Coalion Pore Blackhead 02 Sparkling Soap, Sephora; Boots Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream, Target; Boots Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15, Target; Beautycounter Nourishing Night Cream, Target

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Play! By Sephora

Play! by Sephora September 2016 Box Unveiling & Impressions

Subscription boxes are all the rage, and I’ve been behind on jumping on the bandwagon, but now I’m off Play! by Sephora’s waitlist! For $10.70, which includes shipping and tax, the products I’ve recieved are well worth the money. My first box arrived this week and I can’t wait to show you guys😀

The September 2016 Box’s theme is “THE UNBASIC BASICS.”

A breakdown of the goods:

  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector
  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation (face moisturizer)
  • Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell
  • Atelier Cologne Sud Magnolia
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (YAS)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel (PRAISE)

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Face|Skin · First Impressions · Hair

First Impressions From Mini Sephora Haul Feat. Boscia, Caolion and Drybar

I recently went to Sephora to pick up some OUAI goodies for my mom and also to get myself something new to try. Drybar is coming to Jax later this fall and I’m super pumped, so to get in the spirit of its opening, I bought Drybar’s cult-favorite Triple Sec. Many beauty bloggers and hair stylists swear by this product and I’ve been dying to test it out for myself. I was also in the market for some new skincare products, namely cleansing products to help combat my large pores and blackheads on my nose. Also, from now until Sept. 17, 2016, Sephora is giving Beauty Insiders 2x, VIB (me!) 3x, and VIB Rouge 4x points.

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Sephora, $26

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1

It has a very powerful spray nozzle, so I was a bit surprised when I first used it. I do like the scent, though it’s not as flowery as OUAI, but definitely along the lines of a high-end perfume. I think it gives my hair a nice boost of volume, but I haven’t had an occasion to really try it out in terms of holding up a hairstyle or anything. I’ll keep you guys posted!

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Sephora, $16 for full-sized, $5 for trial size (located in the checkout line)

Caolion Pore Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap

Korean beauty products are all the range as of late, and I’ve yet to try any face care products. I saw this little face bar in the checkout area and for $5, and thought, why not? It claims to help reduce pore size and blackheads. The first time I used it, my face immediately dried out and it felt stiff. I was worried it had ruined my skin, but I decided to try it out a few more times. I’ve been using this for the past few days in the morning and at night, and my face feels and looks better. My smaller blackheads  between my eyes and nose are slowly diminishing and my complexion has improved overall. For $5, I think this is a great little soap. I probably won’t repurchase just because bar soaps are too drying for my skin, but it was nice to change my routine up and try my first Korean face product. 
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Sephora, $15, $12

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Complexion Clearing Clay

The skincare specialist at Sephora recommended this little guy to me and I figured I’d give it a try. I only use my hands to wash my face, since I stopped using my Clarisonic Mia 2 months ago. Half too lazy to buy new brush heads and half unmotivated to use it since it didn’t really help my skin. I love this little guy! I use him whenever I was my face in the shower, and I combine it with my CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, and man, it takes off all my makeup, even liquid eyeliner, all in one wash. The sponge softens up once it’s wet and it feels so soft on my skin. It’s a gentle enough exfoliator that my face gets a good, deep clean without feeling irritated. It comes with a little string to hang it up to dry in between uses. I know you’re supposed to hang it in a dry area, but I don’t really have a good dry area in the bathroom, so I hang it on one of the pegs on my over the shower organizer. 
That’s all for my mini Sephora haul! Thank you guys for reading my blog😀 Be sure to follow via email! New posts up every Tuesday and Thursday! Let you know if you guys have any skincare products that you love or don’t love. I’m always interested in trying out new products.

Review & Swatches of Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London The Smouldering Eye Palette

I am so excited to swatch and review this limited edition palette for you guys! I received this in the mail on Friday and have been dying to open it. I resisted because I wanted to open it and swatch it for the blog before I used them right away.

As I was browsing through Sephora’s end of summer sale, I came across this collaboration Palermo did with Ciaté London. It was on sale from $39 to $19.50, and I knew I had to have it.

For those who don’t know who the gorgeous Olivia Palmero is, she’s a New York socialite with impeccable style. She is the definition of poise and sophistication.

Along with her eye palette, I wanted to review and swatch two new lip products I recently received. My roommate gave me a sample size of the Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick she received as a free gift from Ulta, and since it was this bright magenta shade, she thought the color was too bright for her (and the color is also too bright for me, but c’est la vie). I also made my very first BH Cosmetics purchase, since I heard good things about them being a cruelty-free makeup company with great prices.

This is my first time trying out a makeup product by Ciaté, and I have good feelings from the reviews on Sephora. I bought a little ornament duo set of nail polishes by Ciaté last year on Black Friday and while I liked the colors, one was a glitter plum and the other was a shiny dark yellow/gold, both require quite a few coats for the color to show up.

Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London The Smouldering Eye Palette, $19.50 at
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in It’s Happening, $21 at
BH Cosmetics Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Devotion, $5.50 at


Left to Right: Butler, Blondie, Double Denim, Penny Jar, Pisces, Mulberry, London, Amaretto, Camo, Devotion and It’s Happening

Silly me—I swatched the colors via the quadrants instead of how the packaging lists them across the two rows. Also, the palette is deceivingly small. It’s 4 3/4 inches x 2 1/2 inches in size, which is much smaller than the standard palettes I’ve used before, but it’s worth the $19.50 I spent, so I’m quite happy. Plus, it’ll be the perfect palette for traveling and on the go.

The pigmentation is good and my gosh are these the most velvety shadows I’ve ever touched. It did take me about two finger swipes to get enough pigment onto my arm, but overall I’m impressed. I love the mix of shimmery and matte shades and the neutral yet fall tones. Just from the initial swatching, I’m most looking forward to using Amaretto and Mulberry since those are two rose gold and cranberry tones, which have been my newest color obsession. I’m very excited to use these shadows now that I’ve opened the palette!

Onto the lipsticks! Hands down, Devotion is the best lipstick I’ve ever used. I’m not even a lipstick kind of girl because I find them too be too bold on my lips for an everyday look, and I just feel like they’re not as easy to apply like my Baby Lips and Nars Velvet Lip Pencil. But man, this lipstick literally glides on and colors my lips with just one coat. I’m amazed.

No filters, no enhancements. The perfect shade for my skin tone and for all year around.

It’s Happening. It’s certainly bright. I love how this lipstick doesn’t budge at all and will only be removed with makeup remover, but I don’t know that I could wear this particular shade all the time. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of bright colors. However, I would love to try other shades in this Too Faced collection, but for now, I’ll stick with Devotion😀

I auto-enhanced the picture in the photos app on my iPhone because the lighting was too dark.

Thank you so much for reading my opinions on my new makeup goodies! Let me know what your favorite matte or glossy lipstick is or if there are any brands you’re curious about. I’d love you hear from you guys!


Face|Skin · Makeup

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer & Powder Review

I’ve been wanting to try Stay Matte products out partly because I’ve heard great things about them from beauty sites and partly because I was able to receive $3 back in my Ibotta account (more on Ibotta in a future post).

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer 003: 3.5/5 Stars

It’s a bit stiff to work with. I tried blending it into my skin with just my fingers and found out it was much easier to blend using a beauty sponge. I use my little Sephora brand sponge when applying it over my moisturizer. You can find similar ones at Sephora. I know, I know I should invest in a Beauty Blender, and trust me it’s on my shopping list for Christmas this year. The primer doesn’t really have that much of an odor, if anything it smells like your typical store brand face lotion, not pleasant per se, but not unpleasant either.

My makeup does stay on all day with this as my foundation’s base, which is exactly what it’s meant to do. For days when I want a more matte finish as opposed to a dewy finish, I definitely reach for this primer.

I bought mine at Walmart, but you can buy them at any drugstore or major retailer.

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Walmart, $6.47*

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 
001 Transparent: 4/5 Stars

This is my first time working with a pressed powder as my finishing powder, but I’m impressed. I use my fluffy face brush from Beauty 360 6-Piece Bamboo Brush Set*, and I find the fluffier the brush, the better the product covers and applies to my skin. I use it especially when I’m wearing my glasses, as it helps reduce sweat that manages to appear on my nose.

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Walmart, $3.97**

The online photos don’t do this powder justice because the Rimmel London crown is imprinted into the powder, which I think adds a cute touch to the product and helps you remember Rimmel as a brand. The only downside is, I can see there is powder on my face, even though it’s transparent. This could be because I’m not blending in the product enough, or I’m using too much product. If you’re looking for a great alternative to setting sprays or you just want to dry out a pressed powder to set your makeup, I’d try this one out.


Thank you so much for checking out this review! I post new reviews every Thursday, so be sure to subscribe and follow me on my socials. If you guys have tried out these product or have more Rimmel products that you’re curious about, let me know in the comments, and maybe they’ll be featured one day!

much love, xx

*Edit: Previous edition of this post mentioned Ecotools, when the brand of brushes I use is actually Beauty 360 from CVS.
**Prices vary by store; for example, Target sells the products for $6.49 and $3.99, respectively.