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My No-Makeup Makeup Look Using Make Up For Ever’s Matte Velvet Skin Foundation

You guys know I love a good beat, and as much as I love to flex my makeup artist friends’ skills, I can never remake the lessons they teach me. As a result, I usually end up flossing an everyday no-makeup look with a popping lip and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Having dry skin has always been my struggle, so I need the extra boost of moisture before wearing a long-lasting foundation that takes me through the day. That’s why before I do anything,I apply my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster serum from Sephora inside JCPenney

After that, I prime. Ladies, you need primer to make sure you have a solid and even canvas to apply your makeup. My choice of primer is the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, also found atSephora inside JCPenney. Apply a small dime-sized amount to your skin, spreading evenly until you feel nourished and covered. Let this set for a few minutes before you apply your foundation.

A quick tip: Your foundation looks so much better when you use a foundation brush! Make Up ForEver has an amazing foundation brush, the Artisan Brush #108, that is my go-to for applying my foundation.

Using this foundation brush not only helps me apply my makeup smoothly,but also helps me stretch my foundation, so that I don’t have to over apply … because nothing’s worse than a cake face (wearing too much foundation).

Now let’s talk about the foundation: The Matte Velvet Skin Foundation, which is a 24-hour full coverage foundation might I add!

I’ve always been afraid of full-coverage makeup, I always thought that it would be too heavy on my skin. That is, until I tried this foundation from Sephora inside JCPenney. This foundation is one-of-a-kind. It has a Flex-Fit Complex that allows the foundation to breath and bend with your skin … aka, no makeup creases, no flaking, or no fading! The best part is, it’s available in 40 shades,which means that I was able to find the perfect match to my melanin poppin’ skin! This foundation is perfect for ladies on the go because it is long-lasting and has a 24-hour holding power; but it’s still nourishing enough to not dry out your skin.

Guess what girls … I’m giving away a MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Brush and Primer to one lucky winner! Head over to Instagram Page (linked here) to enter the giveaway.

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #NewGenerationMatte

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts with Sephora inside JCPenney

Christmas is just two days away, people! With all of my wedding planning going on, I’ve completely lost focus and have fallen behind on Christmas shopping. The other day I was in JCPenney grabbing a few last-minute things and wandered right into Sephora inside JCPenney … talk about convenient. While stocking up on some of my favorite beauty items, I noticed they had super affordable last minute gifts that came in handy for some of the beauty lovers on my shopping list!

Triece, my sister, is a huge fan of fragrance and she never buys it for herself. This means that she waits ‘til Christmas and expects for someone to gift her a new perfume every year. Sephora inside JCPenney happen to have the new Dior “Miss Dior The New Eau de Parfum” … and I can’t wait to surprise her with it. The scent is so fresh and airy, perfect for every day wear! 

Next on my list was MYSELF. Haha, yes, it’s okay to gift yourself for Christmas. Call me selfish but, with my wedding being a few days away, my skin needed an emergency treatment. Which is why I scooped First Aid Beauty’s Mask Diaries. This gift set includes the hydrator Ultra Repair Cream, a redness reducing Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, brightening Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, and the 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask. Realistically … this gift could have easily gone to someone else but, I couldn’t resist treating myself this holiday season!

If you’re anything like me, then you understand I’m probably an over achiever. This means anytime I holiday shop I like to buy a gift that anyone can use. Ole Henriksen’s Glow Away With Me is one of those perfect “extra” gifts that anyone can be gifted and can use. So, it’s perfect for that house guest who pops up when you were least expecting company. The cleaning cloths really come in handy for the beauty maven on the go. Plus it’s rich moisturizer is compact and cute making rich skin possible even on the go! So, honey this is a must on your last-minute shopping list, and it’s only $12!

 

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt

4 SUMMERTIME HAIR & BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

It’s summer, summer, summer time! While everyone is excited about this amazing weather and the glorious long summer days I’ve been busy getting my summer beauty game up! Quite frankly, you can’t have the same beauty and hair routine for winter and summer. …

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Modere: My New Skincare Regimen

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 5.13.52 PMI’m really one of those people who keeps trying things until they find that one thing I love. Especially if I’m looking for a certain thing. Let’s just say, I’ve found my skincare soulmate. Just so you know, I only believe in sharing products that I truly believe, have used, and have seen work. I started using Modere at the beginning of March after experiencing a series of rough days with my skin. I typically have very normal and balanced skin, but after winter’s harsh weather –I was very dry in some places (like my forehead) and oily in my t-zone. A few weeks ago I even suffered from a small breakout. I needed to change my skin care regimen and I needed to adjust it fast.

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Skin Care: Reviva Labs Review!

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.14.32 PMHey Lifestylers! Long time no blog! I’m just getting settled from all the events I had going on and wanted to make sure I updated you guys on my new skincare regimen! I’m sure if you follow my Instagram, you saw my post about a month ago. My friends at Reviva Labs sent me a few of their new products and I must say my skin is in love! I received the Vitamin E Oil  Stick, Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate, Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty Mask, and the Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream.

I was kind of nervous to try a new regimen, because I’m one of those “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it,” people. I’ve always been very satisfied with my old skin care regimen and I didn’t know I actually needed improvements, until I tried something new and I felt the difference!tumblr_m5zt634IQh1qkz7sk

I’ll start with the Vitamin E Oil Stick … It is a game changer! I live by vitamin e oil, and for the longest I’ve been dealing with the messy tube oil version, or even worst, breaking into capsules to retrieve the oil for use. Not anymore! Reviva Labs Vitamin E Oil Stick is conveniently in a lipstick tube, which means it’s mess free! I use it as a lip balm and I also use it around my eyes at night to diminish dark circles. This baby is the best, I mean it. I will never go back to the oil version, I’m sticking with Reviva Labs’ Stick version forever; it’s convenience sold me.

Reviva Labs Pomegranate  Lactic Acid Exfoliant Review 02I believe the secret to having flawless skin is in exfoliating. You have to remove dead skin cells in order for new skin cells to resurface. I began using the Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate at the beginning of July, and it’s part of the reason I waited so long to give my full review. I wanted to be open and honest about the products I’ve tried; and I needed to get the full experience of using the product. So instead of me giving the review right away I used the product for nearly 2 months before my review. The Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliate did wonders for my skin! I’ve always had an uneven skin tone, and I’m sure everyone has this. However it evened out my skin tone tremendously! I noticed a lot of the black heads that were in my t-zone faded away, because my pores were unclogged. Overall it just felt like a breath of fresh air! Using this all natural exfoliant twice a week really did the job of brightening my skin tone while detoxing my skin.Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.16.03 AM

When I felt like pampering my skin I used the Hawaiian Seaweed Beauty Mask. One thing that’s for sure, I try not to over use my products, because too much of anything can be bad. You can use this mask up to twice a week, but I chose once a week because I was exfoliating twice a week. What I love about this product, is that it was very gentle and mild and restored the moisture balance in my skin. When you use an exfoliator you have to make sure you leave moisture, and this mask soothes your skin while retaining moisture and revitalizing your complexion.

087992111235And last but not least, my all time favorite, the Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream! This is a game changer!!! The very first time I used this, I instantly felt the difference between this product and my overly expensive BareEssentials (Oops, didn’t mean to step on anyone’s toes!) I still love BareEssentials, and I even wear their makeup and use the facial soap, but the day cream from Reviva Labs has completely swept me off my feet! My skin practically drank this day cream; it absorbed so well in my skin, and left my face feeling like baby skin! Not only did it nourish it with moisture, it made my primer and makeup foundation go on so smoothly. You must try! It’s great for all skin types.

Thank you Reviva Labs for sending me all of these goodies, my skin thanks you, and I’m officially hooked! If you want to try some of Reviva Labs products, you can find them on their website at www.revivalabs.com and their products are also sold in Ulta! Here are a few pictures from my Reviva Lab journey! photo-2Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.35.40 AMIn my favorite house kaftan and the Pomegranate exfoliant! 10513515_10202427054170244_2650602551664722007_n

 

 

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