My 5 Favorite Makeup Products

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The first time I got makeup I was 13 years old and received it as a Christmas present from my mom. It was your typical makeup starter kit: mascara, blush, eyeliner, and foundation.

I’ve never been really good with makeup and keep my look pretty basic, especially since getting eyelash extensions. (If you haven’t read my post about them yet, you can here!)

I’ve mentioned before that I have sensitive and dry skin so finding makeup that works best for me can be very challenging! Here are my favorite makeup products that I use!

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  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation PrimerI didn’t start using face primer until recently(it was rare that I wore foundation) I tried two different primers and wasn’t satisfied with either. I felt like my makeup didn’t stay on and it left my face extra dry. I was super self conscious about going out and looking like I had a stone face. I wandered around Sephora for a while looking at all the different primers to see what would be best. I came across this one and thought I’d give it a try. It said that it works well with all skin types and was oil-free so I thought I’d give it a go. IT WORKS WONDERS Y’ALL. My skin seriously looks flawless and my makeup stays on the whole day. It doesn’t make my skin dry out and I have only a little bit of dry patches (I’ve only just started using this and it’s winter time. I’m excited to see how it works in the summer!)

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  • Cover | FX Natural Finish Foundation – Shade: P20. I’ve tried so many foundations over the years and just gave up. I couldn’t find the right shade and every foundation dried out my face. I went to Sephora one day, stuffed down my social anxiety, and asked an employee to help me find a good brand and shade. I let her know that my face is sensitive and very dry so I didn’t want something that would make it worse. She and about four other girls were so nice and helpful! They said Cover | FX would be a great brand for me and tried about 4 different shades to make sure I had the best one – they even had me test them in different lighting to make sure it was the right shade #blessed

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  • Morphe 35OM Nature Glow Matte Eye shadow Palette. I got this palette as a gift from one of my friends and I fell in love with it REAL quick. I love natural shades and the colors are extremely pretty. The eye shadow goes on perfectly and it doesn’t run or smudge throughout the day. I’ve fallen asleep with my eye shadow on and it still looks amazing the next day! I like to play around with the colors but there’s a select 4 shades that I use almost every day!

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  • Sephora Collection Dual Coverage Makeup Sponge. Okay, so this is probably common knowledge but make sure you have a quality makeup sponge! I’m pretty sure I purchased some makeup sponges at Forever 21 or something for, like, $5 and just went for it. The. Quality. Matters. I went with the dual coverage sponge just to try it out and I was amazed at how much smoother my foundation went on. I didn’t need to use a lot and the overall coverage looked so much better and more natural!

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  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick. Hands down my favorite lipstick. I have a couple different shades and love every single one! This lipstick goes on so smoothly and doesn’t dry out your lips. It lasts pretty long and I only need to do touch ups after I eat something. I also love that it’s extremely easy to remove at the end of the day! I hate when lipstick clings to your lips and takes so much scrubbing to get off. So this is definitely an added plus for me!

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If you try any of these out let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite makeup products? Share below!

4 Reasons Why I Get Eyelash Extensions

The first time I heard about eyelash extensions I was in my junior year of high school and we had a foreign exchange student from Norway in my class. Another girl had told her that her lashes were so long and that’s when she told us that she had eyelash extensions. Now, keep in my mind, I lived in a very small town in Minnesota. The way of life out there is extremely different. I had no idea that eyelash extensions were even a thing and I thought that it was a crazy thing to do! Fast forward to April 2018 when I decided to finally give them a try and fell in love! In this post I’ll explain why I decided to try them and why I continue to pay for them.

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Let’s start with a quick background about my eyelashes. I was blessed with very long eyelashes. What I wasn’t blessed with? Curl. They are stick straight and a mile long. When I first started wearing makeup at 13 years old, I had just the basics. After wearing mascara for awhile, I was still frustrated that my eyelashes weren’t curling. I brought it up to my mom and she let me know that we could get an eyelash curler for me. Let me tell you I tried every trick in the book for the eyelash curler. Curling my lashes first, putting mascara on and then curling, repeating that same process twice, heating the curler before curling…..I googled until there was nothing left. Eventually I just accepted that my lashes were doomed and stubborn.

-> 2017. My first experience with false eyelashes was when I did a photo shoot. A friend of mine did my makeup for the shoot and I decided to buy some(yolo right?). She put them on me and I felt like one bad-ass woman. I was unstoppable! Fierce! Needless to say, I got hooked and bought myself more lashes.

-> April 2018. I was talking to one of my friends about eyelash extensions. We both were saying that it seemed really cool but we were too scared to try it. We made a pact that I would try them first and if they looked good then she would get extensions too.

The first appointment was amazing. It was so relaxing and the results after were so worth it! I decided to go with a medium length natural style. They looked so beautiful and I felt much more confident! For once in my life it actually looked like I had eyelashes! Since then I haven’t had them taken off. I go every 3 weeks to get them filled and love them every time.

But what about the pricing!? Here’s what I think is super funny about people’s responses when I tell them how much my lashes are: they literally pay the same amount to have their nails or hair done. Quality acrylic nails can be anywhere from $40-$80 depending on where you go and your design – and those get filled every 2 weeks! Women’s hair stylists have always been expensive. My last stylist increased her price to $90 for a haircut. When you first get the extensions it will be in the $110+ range. Fills vary on the style you’re wanting. Note: Pricing also varies on where you go. These prices are for my lashes. I pay anywhere between $60-$80 for my lash fills depending on which style I go with. Generally I stick with the Volume style which is $70. Why do I pay this much every 3 weeks?

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  1. It looks BOMB. I don’t think I need to elaborate.
  2. It’s convenient. Waking up every day and not having to worry about makeup is amazing. It saves me so much time getting ready in the morning(or if I’m running late!)
  3. It saves me money. Yes, you read that correctly! Since getting lash extensions, I have greatly decreased my trips to makeup stores. I feel confident leaving my house with zero makeup on so I’m not wearing makeup every day. This also means I’m not having to spend money on makeup remover wipes either!
  4. “Treat yo self!” I don’t spend a lot of money on myself, especially since I’ve become a minimalist. My haircut is around $45 and I go whenever I feel like I need a touch up. I don’t get my nails done anymore because of how damaged they were from gel and acrylics. I very rarely buy any new clothes anymore. The only reason I’ve bought clothes recently is because I lost some weight. Having my lashes done brings me so much joy and confidence! 

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I’ve been really happy in my decision to continue getting eyelash extensions. It’s an expense I don’t mind and budget for every month. I love the convenience of them so much! If you’re interested in getting them, make sure to do your research! You’re dealing with your eyes and want to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy. Word of mouth and Yelp are really great options in deciding where to go.

HELPFUL TIP: When you go for your first set, start with the natural since it’s the cheapest option. When you go for fills you can choose other styles and pay the fill price instead of a new set! 😉

Homemade Face Mask for Chin Acne

In my previous post I mentioned that I am unable to be on hormonal birth control. If you haven’t, you can read it here as I make a few references! Because of this, I now experience hormonal acne – awesome! The areas I get it are on my forehead and my chin. Since switching to the Aveeno face wash, the acne on my forehead has calmed down quite a bit! It’s still there and obviously starts to get worse when my menstrual cycle starts but it’s manageable. The real tricky one is my chin. When I do get my cycle, my chin breaks out like crazy. I don’t like wearing face makeup but I hate how noticeable all the pimples are! I needed to fix this and fast.

My research began with why I was getting the acne primarily on my chin. All sites pointed to hormones and stress – double awesome. With no hormonal birth control and having a high-stress job, it’s the perfect combination for my chin acne. Now that I knew what the problem was, I needed to find out how to fix it.

I already do as much as I can to keep bacteria away from my face. I use a separate towel to dry my face and wash it weekly, clorox phones I use at work, and tie my hair up when I sleep. What else could I do? I searched online for some treatments. I stumbled upon https://www.facingacne.com/chin-acne/  that was actually very helpful! It explained chin acne, the causes, and also gave great at-home remedies. One of the remedies they included was with tea tree oil. It explained why it’s so good and how it helps with the bacteria near your chin. They did give the warning that it will dry out your skin so if you have dry skin, use caution. I was so happy they included that because I have dry skin and their next remedy was made just for me! The answer was honey. Honey is all around great for your skin and for your chin acne it’s even better. I’ve included the recipe and my experiences below – enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon pure honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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Day One: Face mask

My first try I decided to do a face mask so I could see how I liked it and how it affected my skin. Let me start by telling you that this will be messy so make sure to either wear a tank top or shirt you don’t mind honey and cinnamon getting on.

I mixed the two together and it went on surprisingly very easy and smooth. After applying I relaxed for 15 minutes. About 10 minutes in my face was melting. Little bits started to drip down onto my chest and my face felt super itchy because of it! It was very hard to sit still for another couple minutes. Once my 15 minutes were up I went to wash off. Using lukewarm water, you want to gently “splash” away the mask. It actually comes off pretty well. I thought it would be really sticky because of the honey but it isn’t. What you need to be careful of is the cinnamon. The key is to not scrub and I’ll tell you that you really don’t want to. It could be just me because I have really sensitive skin but my face started to burn as I started washing it away. I patted my face dry afterwards as to not irritate my skin anymore. My face was pretty red after but the results were great! It was very smooth and my pores weren’t so big either. I continued my nighttime skincare routine as normal.

I woke up the next morning and was extremely impressed with the results! My face felt fresher and the acne was not as noticeable as before!

Day Two: Spot Treatment

I waited a few days after doing the mask to try it as a spot treatment. To use as a spot treatment, you’ll cut the recipe in half. Right away I liked this a lot better. I left it on for 15 minutes and it barely started to drip off my face and removing was a lot easier as well. With less cinnamon being used it wasn’t as harsh and my face also didn’t get red afterwards.

The next morning I could once again tell a difference. The acne was not as profound as before and some spots were even starting to clear up!

Final Verdict. I am obsessed! Doing this simple and homemade treatment for skin worked so well! I enjoyed it as a mask but think I would use less cinnamon than recommended since my skin is so sensitive. As a spot treatment it worked very well for my chin acne and I achieved the results I was looking for.