Autumn Home Haul

I recently went to Target and picked up a few bits and pieces of fall decorations for around the house.  Most of the items I picked up were under $20 and all of it was affordable. Let me know if you have any other fun decoration ideas.

Products Mentioned:

Target Sunflower Wreath: http://bit.ly/2wYLJJ5

Leaf Bunting: http://bit.ly/2zbcB9D

Autumn Sign: Sorry I couldn’t find this!

Snickers: http://bit.ly/2gmiixT

Felted Pumpkins: hhttp://bit.ly/2gkBBaJ

Pumpkin Bowl: http://bit.ly/2yqmtPv

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Ceramic Pumpkins: Oops couldn’t find those either…

Favorite Face Masks

Face masks are some of the most luxurious and pampering products. I love treating myself to a face mask, a glass of wine, and a good book. I own six different face masks that I interchangeably use when I feel that my skin needs something (like hydration or pore filling). I briefly touched on how face masks are part of my skin care routine in another blog post and video!

I love all the masks that I use and would re-purchase all of them. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to give a review of each of the face masks I own and link to them so you can buy them if it appeals to you!

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The first mask I bought was the Origins Clear Improvement mask. This is an “active charcoal mask to clear pores.” This mask is $27 and I purchased mine at Sephora. I like to use this mask when I have break-outs, which are usually hormonal. This mask is very drying, though, so I don’t use it more than once a week. This is the only Origins product I have used, but I am tempted to buy more because I love this mask so much!

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After buying that mask, I pretty much became obsessed with masks. L’Oreal came out with 3 different masks and I bought the Purify and Mattify Pure-Clay mask. This is the green mask that they released. This mask is $12.99 and I bought mine at Target, although I have seen this in most drugstores that sell L’Oreal. Like the Origins mask I use this when my skin is breaking out or when my face just feels dirty. Again, I only use this once a week as it can be quite drying.

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Another drugstore mask that I love is the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask. E.l.f. released an entire skincare line dedicated to hydration. I bought mine for $14 at Target. This mask is so fun because once you put it on, it starts foaming and bubbling on your face. It actually tickles a lot! I love the feeling of my skin after using this mask, and since it is hydrating, you could use it as often as you want.

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On the more expensive side, I have 3 Glam Glow masks. I didn’t buy these for myself, my wonderful boyfriend got them for me for Valentine’s day. This mask in the blue bottle is the Thirstymud Hydration Treatment. I love leaving this on for a long time. The longer I leave it on, the softer my skin feels. I have also used this as an over-night mask. It retails for $69, as do the rest of the Glam Glow masks.

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The green mask from Glam Glow is probably my favorite of all of my masks! This is the Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment. I love how Glam Glow just throws all their words together and makes new words! This is a thick mask that has granules that exfoliate when you rub it off. I use this when my skin needs clearing.

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The last mask I have is the Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment from Glam Glow. This is the harshest mask I own. This almost hurts while you have it on, but it really does make your skin feel firmer. It is a very thick formula and has chunks (of something?) in it.

For the most part, I like to apply my face masks with a flat foundation brush that I clean after each use. It makes the coverage more even and I don’t get any face mask product under my fingernails.

What face masks do you use and love? Obviously, I love them and would love more recommendations!

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July Beauty Favorites

July was a pretty low-maintenance makeup month. I did, however find a few favorites to include for this month. Enjoy!

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The first product that I have been loving is a primer. This is the NYX Angel Veil Primer. I know, I’m late to the hype on this one. I usually prefer pore-reducing primers, but this one minimizes pores while also smoothing out the rest of the face. I notice that my makeup sticks nicely to this as well.

I also found myself having to buy a new foundation this month because I ran out. This never happens, I just usually find another foundation I like better before I finish one. So, of course, I had to go foundation shopping. I ended up loving what I picked out. I have the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. I use the shade 20 warm ivory. Not only is this foundation supposed to look good when you wear it, it’s also supposed to improve your skin over time. I actually have noticed this! When I use this every day (along with my skin care routine) my skin looks better at the end of the week. Try this out and let me know if you think so too!

I’ve been loving this palette from Lorac that I got myself as a treat when I had an Ulta gift card. This is the California Dreaming Palette and the packaging and colors are so pretty! I love creating both a muted summery look as well as a darker more intense look with this palette. I feel like the colors are different from any other palette that I own.

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The lip color that I’ve been wearing a lot this month is the Wet n Wild megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick. I think the drugstores are finally getting the hang of matte liquid lipsticks! I’ve been wearing the shade Nudist Peach and at first I really did not this shade on my lips. However, now that I have a tan, I feel like this shade complements my skin nicely. I bought another shade and can’t wait to try that one out too!

Last in the makeup department, I’ve been loving the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Hers and Rosewater. I’ve used this as a primer before makeup, a setting spray, and a spray to freshen up throughout the day. It smells delicious and since it’s made of all-natural ingredients, I don’t feel bad really dousing my skin in this. I only have a travel bottle for now, but I will definitely be getting the full size soon.

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I was on the hunt for some really dark sunglasses to wear while I was on vacation in Florida. I found these completely black ones at a Gap Factory store for super cheap. I bought them and haven’t put them down since! I have a small head, but these fit my face pretty well and I love how dark they are!

That’s it for my favorites for the month of July! Leave a comment about what you have been loving this month so I can check it out!

Current Skincare Routine

Let me preface by saying that I am not the type of person who spends an hour on their skincare routine everyday. I don’t have the patience, and frankly I don’t think my skin needs that much upkeep. That being said, I love putting on makeup, so I have to have a good base on which to put my makeup. This is what I have figured out works for my skin and lifestyle!

I have pretty normal skin, not too oily, not too dry. When I wake up in the morning my skin is a bit oily, but nothing that doesn’t come off when I wash it. I get a little oily throughout the day (especially if I’m working or if it is hot) but a little powder clears that up.

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This picture shows every single product (face masks excluded) that I use to take care of my skin everyday. It might seem like a lot to some, but to others this could be very minimal. It’s all personal choice!

In the morning I only use two products. I wash my face with the TopCare skin cleanser. As it says on the packaging, it is comparable to the Cetaphil daily cleanser. I have tried that as well and the only differences are the packaging and price. Cetaphil is more expensive and has a pump top. The TopCare cleanser has a pour top. I prefer the pour top for traveling. I just pour about a quarter-sized amount on my hand, rub it into my skin, and rinse with my hands.

Everyone should use an SPF in the morning! If you take nothing else from this post, please just remember that you should be using an SPF moisturizer on your face every morning. Even if you are not out in the sun, it is better to be safe than sorry.  I use the Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30. It is light and not greasy and is perfect to use before applying makeup.

My nighttime routine is more involved, but still only takes me about 10 minutes. I start by using the PIXI + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. I take out some of the solid oil first and really work it into my skin. This is also safe to use around your eyes, and I have found it effective at removing most of my eye makeup. Then I rinse off the oil with a washcloth. Most makeup will be removed during this step, so make sure to rinse well. Then I use the cream side as a second cleanse. I work it in and rinse it off just like I do with the solid oil.

If for some reason not all my makeup is removed during these two steps, then I will use the Mario Badescu Eye Makeup Remover around my eyes. This has the same consistency as Vaseline and will remove anything else you might have left behind. I might also use the Simple Micellar Water to remove makeup, but I prefer the Mario Badescu.

Then, I apply toner with a cotton ball. I pour a little amount of the Mario Badescu Aloe Lotion onto it and rub it all over my face and neck. Sometimes a little foundation will still come off on the cotton ball, but that is what this step is good for.

For moisturizer I use the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream. This stuff is green and thick (appealing right)! I love it for a nighttime moisturizer because my skin gets extra hydration throughout the night when I use this.

The last step is using the Cerave Eye Repair Cream underneath my eyes. The skin is very delicate here so make sure not to pull it too hard while you are applying the eye cream.

Like I said, this routine is pretty simple and doesn’t take too long! What is your current skincare routine? I’d love to know in the comments, especially if you have a similar skin type as me! I also made a video on this for my YouTube channel which goes into more detail about each of the products. Make sure you check it out!