An outlet for my makeup obsession

Category: Skincare

My Matte Skin MUST Haves

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Happy Friday Eve! Did you guys watch the Bachelorette? Cannot wait to find out who our next Bachelor will be, and Bach in Paradise starts next week. Please don’t unfollow me for loving trash TV…. ❤  These are all the products I use when I’m going to be sweating, exposed to the outdoors, in heavy clothing or any shoe with a heel that makes me exert myself a little more than usual, a social situation where I can’t touch up, or anytime I’ll be wearing a full face of makeup for a long time.  Something about my face just wants to produce that oil that melts off makeup. I have found some awesome stuff that doesn’t let that happen.

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Shower Stuff | Gym Bag Edition

I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into some of the body products I use every morning. I talk about makeup often, but sadly I don’t really wear it to work which is where I live a good majority of my life. Reasons for that being that I’m at work early, spend the day with a group of people that don’t care how I look, and a bare face keeps my skin nicer.  The body products are really what I should talk about more often because they’re what get used every single day and I repurchase them the most.

My weekday morning routine goes like this- wake up, put on gym clothes picked out from the night before, grab my lunch & gym bag which has my shower stuff & work clothes, drive to 24 Hour Fitness, sweat, shower there, and head to work. The following products are what I use in the shower.

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Face Masks for Oily Skin

I try to do a mask once or twice a week at least. I have found a few that I absolutely love and aren’t overpriced. I can confidently recommend all of these for oily acne prone skin.


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July 2017 Favorites

IMG_0500July being over means it is one step closer to fall!  I’m already burning Bath & Body Works candles (Warm Vanilla Sugar at the moment) and ready to stop jacking up my electricity bill with the AC blasting. I’ll start with the beauty products I’ve been loving this month.

nudestix whisper mystic

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The Coffee Addict’s Guide to Affordable Teeth Whitening



As someone who enjoys frequently staining my teeth with coffee, tea, beer, wine, etc., I definitely have to keep up on maintenance for whitening my teeth. Today I wanted to talk about all the methods I have tried throughout the years.

My first whitening experience was with one of those brush on pens that immediately wash away after you apply them- pointless. I moved on to Crest White Strips which is probably the most popular to most people. I started using them in high school and I was psycho enough about wanting white teeth as a teenager to SLEEP WITH THEM IN ALL NIGHT. My teeth were very sensitive but I thought I was invincible so that didn’t stop me.  I used them throughout the years but wasn’t crazy about spending $45+ on a box every few months so I switched to Plus White. If you haven’t tried white strips, they definitely work. They get gooey and full of drool as you wear them but it’s not a dealbreaker.  The 3D white ones are my favorites.

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Foundation Fave| Summer BB Cream Combo

Any time I find a great foundation combination I am so excited to share it. This one is probably my favorite to date and I feel like it will be a routine I stick to for awhile. I’ll break it down product by product.


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June 2017 Favorites

It’s about to be July which means I’m currently in the process of prepping for my bday. That means I’m in full “pamper” mode- face masks, fresh red hair dye, applying self tanner nonstop, cleaning my apartment, and buying too many outfit options for going out. I can’t wait to do my birthday makeup post once I figure out what look to do! Here’s everything I’ve been loving at the moment-

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Nyx Control Freak Brow Gel / This is the most important favorite of the month for me. Adding Nyx Control Freak over mascara after it’s about 90% dry makes it not smudge. More on that here.

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2017 Birthday Beauty Wishlist Vol.2

Had to do another wish list because my friends and family are starting to ask me what I want- my 26th birthday is this Sunday July 2nd.  I can’t wait to celebrate and do makeup together with my friends this Saturday!  I actually did another one of these already for this year that you can read here.

bday wishlist

Glossier Balm Dot Com Birthday edition / I’m halfway through my mint version of this amazing lip balm and the idea of a bday edition is adorable. It even smells like cake!

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Tinted (Medium) / Skincare + makeup in one step!

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Current Skincare Routine


Low Maintenance Morning 

Cleanse / I’ll wake up and splash water on my face because I don’t apply anything before the gym. If it feels like I have product build up on my face, I’ll go in with a little bit of Philosophy cleanser to freshen up before I head out of my apartment.  A little goes a long way and I always grab a backup of this moisturizing cleanser when the Sephora sale comes around.

After I workout I use NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash in the shower. It gives a light exfoliating scrub and lasts FOREVER because it’s one of those that come in dry powder form and becomes a cleanser once you have water on your hands.

Treat / Nip + Fab Glycolic acid pads are a miracle product and I always grossly find that there is stuff on the pad after I’m certain my skin is clean! These are crucial to keeping away acne and clearing my pores.

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Makeup on my mind |Powders per oz, Sunset palettes, & Sunday Riley

For today’s post I wanted to just talk about makeup.  I think about makeup a lot… so I thought it would be fun to hang out here and write it all down.   Hope you’re having a great hump day and the rest of your week flies by!

I recently did a Sephora order that showed as delivered… but wasn’t.  I was a little freaked out and contacted customer service.  To my surprise they immediately reshipped it out to me! I was not expecting that kind of a quick response and it made my day.

setting powder

I had ordered the new Urban Decay Velvetizer powder and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Filtered Light Setting Powder. I plan on using the Velvetizer as a last step over my blush, bronzer, and t-zone to lock everything in and take away shine. It is meant for mixing in with foundations but the texture looks amazing as a SUPER- mattifying powder. I will report back on how well it works both ways.

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