2016 Skincare Routine

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Current skincare favorites 

When I was younger, I use to take my skin for granted as I never had any big skin problems. I had the usual breakout during puberty but other than that my skin remained pretty clear. My skin type would be categorized as dry, so in the past my skin care routine consisted of moisturizer and that was pretty much it. It was not until I got older and realized the importance of skin care, so I have been trying to find a routine that works for me and I have been using these sets of products for about a couple of months now and I really like how my skin is looking and feeling.

  1. Makeup Removing Wipes: If I had to pick only one step in this routine that I would follow, it would be to remove my makeup. I love makeup remover wipes because I can easily wipe off my makeup and I do not need to worry about getting cotton pads/cotton balls. My favorite ones are the Simple (Pictured) and the Neutrogena wipes
  2. Purity Made Simple: I do find that makeup remover wipes do not fully remove my makeup; no matter how long I wipe there will always be left over mascara or eyeliner somewhere near my eye. Therefore, I began going in with the Purity One Step Facial Cleanser to really remove all the dirt on my face. I have heard from some people that Purity is enough to remove all their makeup, however I found that was not the case for me. When I used Purity alone there was always leftover makeup residue on my face but combing it with makeup remover sheets really gets my face clean.
  3. Toner: I have been loving the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. Toner is most likely the newest item in my skincare routine; in the past I did not understand the point of toner. But after I began using it, it makes my skin feel so much better. My skin feels a lot softer and smoother with the help of toner.
  4. Eye Cream: Another new addition into my skincare routine ever since I realized that I am only going to get older and need to prevent wrinkles, especially near the eye area. I have been using the Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone eye cream. I cannot say that there is an amazing difference between using the eye cream and not using the eye cream, but I hope that in the future I will be able to say there is a difference. Anyways, better to prevent the wrinkles before they come!
  5. Moisturizer: My skin has always been dry and moisturizer is another must have in my skincare routine. I have been loving the Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel as it does my skin amazingly smooth and it does not break me out.

I have been using these products since summer and still loving the combination. I may change things up once winter comes along but currently these are my go-to products.

E.L.F Cosmetics Contour Kit Review

Been a bit obsessed with contour kits lately and when I saw that ELF Cosmetics’ was having free shipping; I figured it was time that I picked up their contour kit. I have been eying this kit for a while but has always been on the fence on getting it due to the mix reviews that I have read online, but I decided to try it out for myself. The contour kit is $6 and it comes with two highlighting shades and two contour shades. You can also “pop” the shades out and swap them out with the blush palette or the brightening palette to create something that works for you. I love that idea since I personally love palettes for traveling and this will allow me to mix and match my favorite products without me having to carrying a bunch of products.

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I absolutely loved the sleek black and white packaging. However, I have to admit that when I opened up I was not sold on this palette. The shades looked chalky to me and did not look smooth at all. The highlighting shades did not speak out to me either and I did not find the shades particularly appealing to me.

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None of the shades were particularly super pigmented expect for the darkest contour shade. I had to go over each shade multiple times in order to get the pigmentation that you see on my arm above. The shades themselves were not soft and smooth the way I expected them to be. They felt a bit chalky and I was not feeling hopeful after the swatches.

I decided to actually try to use them on my face before completely giving up on them and I am so glad I did. Amazingly they blended out really nicely and created a nice subtly contour on my face that is perfect for everyday wear. The colors are definitely buildable if you wanted a strong contour. I have only used the darkest contour shade as well as the two highlighting shade so not sure how the other contour shade would look, but I am excited to continue using this product. It is a pretty good product for an everyday wear and especially if you are a beginner. The light pigmentation actually helps if you are a beginner and it is only $6 so there is not much to lose.

TooFaced Cocoa Contour Review

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Ever since I began contouring I have been on the hunt for the perfect contour kit, my wish has always to have a drug store and a high end contour kit. I had been on the fence between the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Kit, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and the TooFaced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection. After much research I decided to go with the TooFaced Cocoa Contour in light medium which retails for $40 and you get two contour shades and two highlighting shades.

The packing itself is amazing and so beautiful (I am a huge sucker for nice packaging). The contour kit also smells like chocolate and the packaging looks like it as well (my mom actually thought I brought chocolate when I showed her the kit). It also comes with a brush that you can use to apply the makeup as well as a guide to show you different looks that you can achieve with this kit.

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The kit comes with a guide with three different looks that can be achieved with the colors.

The contour shades and the highlighting shades were absolutely beautiful. I almost did not even want to touch it since they looked so perfect. There was three matte shades and one of the highlights called Pop of Light had sparkles in it.

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All the shades were matte expect for Pop of Light which had sparkles in it.

The brush itself was super soft as well so I am excited to try applying the product using the given brush. The shades itself were all super creamy expect for Pop of Light, that one was not really creamy which I would attribute to all the sparkles that are present in the product.

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From top to bottom: Light Cocoa, Medium Cocoa, Dark Cocoa, Pop of Light

I did have a fear that the light medium palette might be too light on me, but after swatching I think that it gives a beautiful subtle contour if I use Medium Cocoa. I can definitely achieve a more defined contour if I use the shade dark cocoa. I found that Light Cocoa and Medium Cocoa was not as pigmented as I expected, I had to swipe the color a couple of times before achieving the color that is on my arm. Dark Cocoa and Pop of Light were extremely pigmented and on my arm that is one swipe. Since it is not crazy pigmented at first swipe for Light Cocoa and Medium Cocoa, I think that they would be very forgiving for beginnings and that you can slowly build up to the look at you would like to achieve. I do find that I do not reach for Pop of Light that much compared to the other three shades since I am not a huge fan of the sparkles and it is just not as soft and creamy as the other three shades.

Overall, I am super happy with this purchase and I think that it is a great product and definitely worth the money. I am super excited to play around more with this kit.

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2016

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The Walmart Beauty Box is a quarterly beauty subscription box that is $5. I have gotten both sample and full size items along with a bunch of coupons. They have different boxes depending upon your age group, I always get the Trendsetters Box since I am in my early twenties. Here are the items that I got from my Fall 2016 box, this time around it was mostly sample size items.

  • Eco-Tools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths: There is one cloth and it is suppose to be a simple way to remove oils and makeup daily so your brushes stay fresh and clean. I have actually never heard of this product so I am pretty excited to try it out since washing my brushes is such a pain. It is also cruelty free and 100% vegan, which is a plus (even though I do not just use cruelty free makeup).
  • Biore Charcoal Pore Strips: These are nose stripes which you put on for about 10-15 minutes and once you peel it off it is suppose to remove all your blackheads. This is actually an item that I have been meaning to try but have not gotten around to it. Safe to say that it does live up to its hype, my nose felt so smooth and clean after I used it.
  • Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails GummiesYou get 2 strawberry flavored gummies and these are suppose to help support beautiful hair, skin and nails. Not really a fan of getting vitamins because taking just a few is not going to help me see a difference, the taste is meh as well. 
  • Clean & Clear Deep Action 60 second Shower Mask: This sample size item is suppose to gently exfoliate your skin. Personally, I am unlikely to include this in my skin care routine but I do like these for when I go on vacation since it is so easy to travel with.
  • Dove Purely Pampering, Nourishing Body Wash: I am a huge fan of Dove body wash and I love these sample sized items for traveling (saves me from buying sample size items).
  • Hello Pure Mint Toothpaste: Another item that I tend to travel with rather than using at home, nothing too exciting but very practical.
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for the Body: This item is not super exciting since it is so TINY and it’s suppose to be a moisturizer for the body, I feel like I would finish the body just using it on my hands.
  • Village Naturals Therapy, Aches + Pain Muscle Relief Bath Soak: This item was very surprising since it was something that I have never seen in a Walmart Beauty Box. I am not a fan of bath soaks especially since I never take baths, also there was such a heavy scent to this that my whole box smelled like it. I am not a fan.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: This is easily my favorite item in the box and it is not even a new item. I have been using this for ages and love this product so much. I am obsessed with dry shampoo and Batiste is one of my favorite dry shampoo brands, super excited to have another bottle (just in case I run out.)

Overall, the Walmart Beauty Box tends to be very practical and nothing too exciting. I feel like the boxes are pretty worth it for $5, especially since it is quarterly so it’s not too bad. I have tons of travel size items from them and is always prepared whenever I go anywhere with friends or family.  I think I am going to continue to stick with it but maybe eventually cancel it since it is not all too exciting, it is the longest subscription box that I have kept with though.