I feel like I’m a legit lipstick blogger lol. I have acquired so many kinds over the past decade and even repurchased a few this month. Not to mention, I feel like I post about lipsticks a lot more than anything else. I’m planning on reorganizing my lip collection soon because I have so many that I don’t use or even want. My style has changed, and I know myself now more than ever before – so a carefully curated lip collection is necessary.
October brought me many first-time pleasures:
Translucent Setting Powder – first timer
Invisible Lip Liner – first timer to this brand, but not clear lip liners. I love them! It’s a must-have item in a lip arsenal.
Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood and Quite Natural – first timer
Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45 – repurchase. I use it to define my eyebrows here and here.
Angle Brush #266 – repurchase. I needed another angle brush for doing gel eyeliner because I found myself using the same brush for my eyebrows. I really like using this brush for gel eyeliner because it’s sturdy and already has an angle tip to help guide my “flicks.”
Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it’s still applicable to my entire being.
Lipglass in Explicit – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it still has relevance.
Lingerie in Teddy and Beauty Mark – first timer
Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Copenhagen – first timer to these shades. I love this line. It’s not long lasting at all, and I’m a bit skeptical about the “matte” claims, especially with these two shades. However, I like the creaminess of the products and the fact that it’s not overly drying. I swear by the shade “Abu Dhabi.” It’s hands down my favorite nudish matte. I’m wearing it in the photos here and here.
Winter is coming! Cooler temperatures have arrived and guess what that means? Dry skin, indoor heaters and less moisture in the air. Hide your skin, hide your lips! Lol.
It’s important to prep your lips for lipgloss or lipstick application in order to prevent chapped lips. Exfoliation is key and helps eliminate dead skin cells, leaving lips soft and supple. Use a lip scrub followed by a rich lip balm.
Cinnamon Lip Scrub recipe:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
Combine ingredients in a small container/jar with a lid. For use, gently scrub away dry, dead skin on your lips using your fingertips. Remove scrub with warm water and a washcloth. So simple, so good. This small batch will stay fresh for 1-2 months. Enjoy!
This past summer, I rediscovered an old love. Eyelash strips. I had a thing for them when I was in college; I used Ardell for a bit, and I even had a pair from M.A.C. I’ve tried eyelash extensions twice, maybe thrice. The only thing I don’t like about extensions is the fall out. In my experience, once a bunch have fallen out, a few are left and won’t come off. So, I walk around looking crazy. I understand you’re supposed to get them filled every two weeks or professionally removed, but back then I didn’t have fill or pro removal money. Now that I’m fake ballin’, I can exercise these options, but I think strips are much easier to deal with even though they can be a b*^%! to apply. Anyway, summer ’16 happened, and I became obsessed.
Enter Lena Lashes. I was watching YouTuber Peakmill’s (obsessed with her, too) hair/makeup tutorial one day this past summer, and she mentioned using the brand. After I found the brand on Instagram, I quickly familiarized myself with its eyelash products. I purchased Naomi a few weeks later, and I’m here to tell you that Naomi is the truth. So bomb. In fact, it has yet to tell me a lie, so I purchased five more strips from Lena Lashes lol. It’s the perfect length and has the perfect amount of separation and fluff. Naomi complements my eye shape perfectly and I always get compliments when I’m wearing it.
Ciara is similar, but a bit too long, so I don’t wear it often. Jackie is nice. It’s more subtle and flared at the end, so it enhances the shape of my eyes. I haven’t worn Monroe, Dimma or Gigi, yet.
As for mascara, I have two favorites. I’m really into mascaras that lengthen and separate. I’m not too crazy about volume in regards to mascara. When I want volume, I tend to wear lash strips, and that’s usually for nightlife. Any other time, I have on either Benefit Cosmetics They’reReal Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara or Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara. These two get the job done when it comes to length and separation, especially Lash Discovery. It does a great job at making me look more awake because it really opens my lashes. It doesn’t clump, either. The Benefit one is great at length, separation and volume. I redeemed my points at Sephora and got this one in the sample size. I’m glad I chose it! I’ll be getting the full size soon. The only downside is that it clumps. This can be easily avoided if you don’t pile on too much at one time, though. When it comes to mascara, I believe it’s the brush that achieves results and not the formula. Both of these mascaras have great wands, so I get great results.
These are my go-to lash products. I’m open to trying other lash brands, so if anyone has favorites, please share!
I live a simple life when it comes to many things, and my skincare routine is one of those things. I use Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel to wash my face and depending on my skin’s mood or if I remember, I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to deep clean. Sometimes, I use my Clarisonic in the evenings. As a face cream, I’ve been looking to Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 – Unscented. It moisturizes and provides sun protection, so duh. On special occasions when I feel my under eye area is unusually dry, I’ll dab on a bit of Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Treatment with my ring finger. I typically only use eye cream in the evenings, though (eye cream deets to come in my nighttime routine post). The end. This is my morning skincare routine. Very basic.
I don’t use a toner. I used to use the toner in the blue bottle from Neutrogena as a preteen and throughout college. I stopped using it after my dermatologist told me a toner wasn’t necessary, especially since I lived in the suburbs at that time. I never questioned her. I believe I stopped using a toner for nearly a decade. Then, 2016 rolled around, K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) became a huge thing and FOMO happened to me – so I caved in and purchased Be The Skin Botanical Pore Toner and serum (serum deets to come in my nighttime routine post). It is supposedly great for controlling excess sebum production, and that’s why I was so pressed to buy it. Consistency is half the bottle, so I ended up using the entire bottle of toner in about three months, and I ordered two more because I thought I cared that much. Seven months later, I still haven’t finished the second bottle because I definitely do not care at all. It’s performance was truly lackluster. I didn’t see a difference in my skin when I used the toner compared to all the years when I did not use a toner. I still have an unopened third bottle that I will probably giveaway at some point.
Crazy enough, though – I would like to try Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner because it’s said to specifically absorb excess oil. I guess I didn’t learn my lesson after Be The Skin lol. I’m intrigued by Fresh’s product because of the clay ingredient. I love clay in skincare, especially since it’s known to draw out dirt. It’s especially great for those with oily skin. More of clay to come in my nighttime routine.
Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel – I’ve been using this French brand since August, and I like it. It seems to be a great cleanser for my oily skin in the warmer months. It’s a bit drying, but not overly drying and it does a great job of getting rid of impurities. In the mornings, I don’t use much because I go hard in the evenings lol.
Clarisonic Mia 2 – I love my Clarisonic. When I first bought it in 2014, I used it religiously. These days, I use it about one to two times a week. I use the brush head for sensitive skin and set it at the “delicate” speed level. The other level is “universal,” but I’ve never used it. The Clarisonic is great at removing dirt and smoothing out my textured skin. A bonus is the pulsing timer feature that alerts the user on when to move to another area of her/his face. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and comes with a protective travel case.
Coola’s Classic Face SPF 30 – Unscented – This is my go-to sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and made with certified organic ingredients. I’ve used it all summer, and I don’t have any complaints. It’s really just a simple, no-fuss moisturizer. Even though the tube is only 1.7 oz., there’s still product left inside. It’s been five months, and I’m not complaining since it costs north of $30.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – This brand was recommended to me by my dermatologist and might be the reason for why I didn’t need a toner. Cetaphil does not offer toners as part of its product line. It only carries cleansers and moisturizers. This face wash is also great at removing impurities and makeup. I find it to be a bit drying, though, especially in the wintertime. I complained about it to my dermatologist and she recommended CeraVe.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – This product is marketed to people with dry to normal skin. It’s not soapy and looks like a cleansing moisturizer/gel hybrid. My skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped when I use this cleanser; it’s very gentle. At the same time, my face also doesn’t feel squeaky clean like it does when I use Cetaphil or Avene. This is why I like to use this in the mornings in the wintertime.
Coconut Oil – No introduction needed. It’s 2016 and we’re all hip to the benefits of coconut oil. Coco is everywhere, and you can’t escape it. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and has worked great for my face and skin in both the summer and winter months. It’s light, but a bit greasy – so I don’t put much on my face. It keeps me glowing all year round, too.
All of these products can be found in a drugstore except for the Clarisonic, Coola and Be The Skin. These are sold at various department stores, Sephora or online. The coconut oil I usually use is at Trader Joe’s, but most grocery stores have it, too. Just make sure it’s organic, virgin and unrefined.
Thanks for checking out my morning skincare post! Let me know if you have any questions.