Body Care Empties

Hi all!

Is it just me or does everyone go through a substantially greater amount of body care products during the summer than any other time of year?

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Product Empties #2

Yay! Another dive into my garbage!

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Why is it so fun to look through what people have used up?! I have no idea, but dang I love watching empty videos and reading posts on what people love. I think it’s because I love hearing about what people love to use- it gives me an insight into what products to purchase, to look into, or just what company’s are good! Lately, I’ve been plowing through hair and skin care products as wintertime has caused my hair and skin to be all dry and gross…all of these products really helped with my winter issues, so I hope you enjoy reading a bit about them!

So without further ado….take a peek into what I’ve used up!

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HAIR

1. Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner: Oh lawd…this shampoo and conditioner is to.die.for. If you have colored hair these are the products for you! They arent heavy or hard on your hair, with use about three times a week I never saw any build-up, my hair stayed cleaner for longer, and the smell was light and fruity. It’s honestly the best shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used. Hands down.

2. S Factor Health Factor Shampoo & Conditioner: I purchased these at a sale at Ulta after reading a great review of them on a blog. What made me impressed was their delightful strawberry scent. I loved how the scent lingered throughout the day and made my hair soft and scented!

3. Batiste Sassy & Daring Wild Dry Shampoo: Okay, I’ll admit, I have become obsessed with dry shampoo. Sometimes we all have days where we just don’t want to wash our hair…and that’s where dry shampoo comes in. Batiste makes an amazing array of scents and types of dry shampoos for all hair types. The first one I have used up was the Sassy and Daring scent. These dry shampoos don’t dye your hair white, they smell great, and honestly made my second and third day hair look fresh and clean!

SKIN

4. The Body Shop Mango Body Butter: Yep. Obsessed again. These body butters are AH-MAZING. I particularly enjoy the mango scent as it is one of their top three most moisturizing (perfect for wintertime) and the fruity scent is sooooo realistic.

5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash: Again, another holy grail product for me. My skin has never looked so clear and clean since I have started using this. After I ran out I began using another type of body wash and immediately saw a dullness in my skin. I switched back to the tea tree wash and my skin almost immediately looked brighter and more refreshed.

6. Yes to Coconut Hand & Cuticle Cream: I have had this hand cream sitting next to my bed to use at night before bed. It has a great coconut scent and doesn’t make my skin feel oily and weighed down. After repeated use it really made my cuticles stronger and had less breakage.

7. Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer: I am completely obsessed with this facial moisturizer! It is such a light and refreshing lotion, perfect for daily use. I love Aveeno as a brand as well because it is so gentle and calm on the skin. I also love this moisturizer because it has 30 SPF as well. I have been trying to take better care of my skin lately so using a high SPF lotion on a daily basis, both with or without makeup, has been very helpful!

8. Soap & Glory Hand Food: If you haven’t tried Soap& Glory’s line of various creams and body butters, you are missing out. They are so intensely nourishing and smell divine. This Hand Food lotion was perfect to pop in my purse and use throughout the day to keep my hands all soft- and boy did it work!

9. Murad: Acne Clearing Solution: I really wish this product wasnt so expensive because I would love a full size product of this. It was perfect to apply after I washed my face, was hydrating and helped to combat future breakouts. I felt that it really helped calm redness and I definitely had less breakouts!

10. Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash: This was a travel size product that I used when I was out of town. I’ve tried the Checks & Balances full size face wash and loved it. It is such a mild wash- perfect if you have sensitive skin.

11. Origins Modern Friction: Another travel size, this wash was more of a scrub with small friction beads. I loved how clean it made my skin feel, however the scent was a little off-putting.

And that’s all folks! Have you tried any of these or will you be trying any?? Let me know below!

-xobrendykins

Makeup to Last All Day: Tutorial

Hey guys!

Have you ever had the problem where you apply your makeup, love how it looks, then you look in the mirror a few hours later and you’re a big sweaty mess?

Oh…is that just me?

Well, I have finally found a technique that keeps my face lasting longer through the night with these favorite tools:

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First, I start off my prepping my face with the Murad Mattefier- this matte lotion acts as a great primer and also keeps my skin feeling healthy even with makeup on. I follow-up with my foundation by blending the Rimmel Match Perfection in shade 102 and the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in shade Vanille Clair on the back of my hand. By blending these two shades together I get a more true shade to my skin. I use a stippling brush to blend it into my skin- which also helps achieve a more even complexion as well.

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To set my foundation I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder which is basically my holy grail powder.

Next, I like to use the Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer to contour my face and give a light bronze dusting to my skin. I use a fluffy brush for this technique, dusting the color under my cheek bones and blending down my neck. Afterwards, I use the Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighter in Spotlight along my cheek bone. This is one of my absolute favorite highlighters as it really draws attention to your cheekbone and gives such a good shape to the face.

Next, I move on to my eyes! I like to prime my eyelid with the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (obsessed), spreading it all across the lid up to the eyebrow. I have been loving my new Naked2 Basics palette and think it matches perfectly with this look. I like to use the shade Stark all across the lid again to give a clean look. I then add the shade Skimp to the corners of my eye and blend throughout the crease.

Then I realise I forgot about my eyebrows and move on over to those. 🙂 For those, I been loving the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in the shade Soft Brown to give a natural looking but more defined brow. Afterwards I decide to finish my eyes, and I prep my eyelashes with the Urban Decay Subversion primer. I tend to let this dry for a few seconds and then add-on two layers of the Subversion mascara- this mascara is absolutely out of this world incredible. It gives a crazy good false lash effect without the effort of all that glue and sticky-ness. After this has dried, I use the Loreal Super Slim liquid eyeliner to give a slim cat eye. I absolutely love the way that this eyeliner and mascara gives my eyes a dramatic yet classic look- a perfect pairing in my opinion!

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I like to finish off this look by adding a little of the Too Faced Sweetheart blush in shade Peach Beach to the apple of my cheeks. I swipe on a little chapstick and am good to go!

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This is my absolute go-to look if I want my makeup to stay on all day! Anyone else have a technique that works for them?

-xobrendykins

Summer Beauty Haul

Hi loves!

Summertime is full of tanning, swimsuits, barbeques and more. But for us makeup and fashion lovers, summer is also full of re-doing your makeup bag to summertime standards. Through the summer I have been collecting bits and pieces from both Ulta and Sephora to give me that sunkissed look!

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One of my biggest insecurities during the summer is my skin. Less is more with makeup this time of year which means my face breakouts have nowhere to hide. This sent me on a hunt to find a great skincare brand that would honestly help clear acne, brighten and prevent future breakouts. I found all of that and more in Murad. (Comment below if you’re interested in a skincare routine)!

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What comes next in my summer beauty routine? Concealer and foundation. Normally I try to go lighter on the foundation during the summer months to prevent breakouts and to give a more natural look, however I still want coverage. Thank the makeup gods that I stumbled across It Cosmetics and their Illumination Foundation! This foundation is out of this world great. It has such a buildable coverage and lasting power- I would recommend it to anyone!

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Whats next? A lip color of course! Since I am such a fan of deep berry reds and plums I have acquired quite the collection. However I dont have that many choices for summer colors. But upon my last Sephora adventure I stumbled upon the YSL section and fell in absolute love with this gorgeous pink color.

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For the eyes, I am loving Tarte’s Rainforest After Dark palette. The colors are all so convertible from summer to winter, and the palette comes with a blush, highlighter and bronzer as well.

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Finally, since the summer in this part of the country is HOT HOT HOT, every fashionista and beauty guru is in need of a good facial spray. A good face spray is not only cooling but moisturizing as well. Its important to keep your face moisturized during the hot months of summer and this Caudalie Beauty Elixer does just that.

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And those are my beauty treats I have been loving this summer! Have any of you been loving these as well??

 

xobrendykins