The Fabulous World of Skincare Part I

I haven’t posted on skincare since 2015! Since I started work at Sephora (9 months ago) I have received tons on great skin care items in my Gratis. Gratis is just fancy (Italian) for free stuff. This has definitely helped me step up my skin care routine. I definitely do a lot more than I used to but that also comes with the knowledge of how to better care for my super sensitive, oily skin type. I’ve broken this post down into two parts so you don’t strain your eyes reading it all! Hope you enjoy Part I.



Cleansing

In the AM my routine is pretty minimal. Over the years I’ve learned that washing my face with hardcore cleansers in the morning does my skin no favors. So I just take a cotton round and use some micellar water to cleanse away any debris I didn’t catch the night before. I like Garnier most mornings, but my Caudalie water is awesome as well and it was free.99!

Nighttime Pre-Cleanse

I always remove my makeup. To me it’s like a layer of stuff that has be wiped away before cleansing. Most of the time I jump straight into my shower and use a nickel sized amount of It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Makeup Melting  Balm. It is fantastic! It removes hard to get off mascara and/or lash glue. You can read more about its benefits here. On the occasion where I am feeling lazy or need a quick nap I reach for my Simple Skin Care makeup removing wipes. These do not cleanse as deeply as the balm, but they work at getting everything off the surface until you can cleanse your skin.


At night after I am ready to wash my day away I need a bit more help than my hands can give. That’s where my Clarisonic (complements of Sephora) comes in.  I’m currently using Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I had never heard of Skin Laundry before I received this product in my Sephora Gratis; but I am glad I did. This cleanser is amazing! It is gentle but it cleanses my skin after makeup removal perfectly. It never leaves my skin feeling dried out or stripped. Skin Laundry is a niche brand founded by Asia native, Yen Reis.  You can read more about Yen and her brand here

When I need to exfoliate there is nothing like my Ole Henriksen Pore Balance Facial Sauna Scrub. I first heard of this brand before I worked for Sephora. I received a sample in my Sephora Play Box. Ole Henriksen is a Danish Esthetician who launched his skin care line after suffering from Cystic Acne himself. You can read more of Ole’s story here. This brand is amazing enough to give frequently to Sephora employees. I received this scrub about 2 weeks ago so it is relatively new to my routine, but I love it! The beads have the perfect amount of grit and it has a warming sensation as it goes onto your skin. This sensation intensifies (not uncomfortably) and then gradually fades to a cooling sensation.

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Dallas Gets a NYX Store!

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Receiving employment update emails from large cosmetic companies is part of my weekly norm. I have wanted to work for L’Oreal in particular for some time now and I get their updates all the time. Most of them are positions I am not qualified for at this time or in areas I have no desire to relocate to. Imagine my surprise when I open last week’s email and there are some new positions available in Dallas. Specifically at a location near my home with a brand I had no idea was coming to the DFW area. Seriously, I used to think that we never got anything because Houston seemed to always one up us. Apparently things are changing for “Baby New York” as my grandpa used to fondly refer to the big D. I by no means think we are on a New York status but the birth place of Neiman Marcus is on the up-rise.

Dallas’ Northpark Center is one of the largest shopping malls in Dallas proper, and getting bigger all the time. Joining us this Summer is NYX Cosmetics! Their stores have already graced other large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Austin with their presence. My email from L’Oreal advertised management positions with the upcoming store. However, I have no intent to leave Sephora at this time. I’m kind of loyal like that! Although, that isn’t going to stop my makeup addicted self from shopping till I drop. If you live in the Metroplex will you be checking out the new NYX store? Let me know in the comments!

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Lauder Acquires Another Small Brand

cosmetics-1543276_640If you aren’t a web stalker like myself, then you may not know that Estée Lauder has once again purchased a smaller, yet well-known (in partial thanks to Jaclyn Hill) cosmetics brand. The cosmetics giant acquired Becca from Luxury Brand Partners for what is being said is a hefty sum. Forbes touts “[the] search for the flawless face” as EL’s reasoning behind the purchase. My personal take on the matter…in the world of beauty it’s EL’s world and the rest of us just live in it. One of the oldest beauty companies, Lauder has been around since 1946 when screen sirens like Eva Gardner were all the rage. Having started with just four products in their arsenal; the Estee Lauder Companies now own over 30 beauty brands. Needless to say, Mrs. Lauter (may she rest in peace) has certainly earned her keep.

So what is Becca, also known for being a cruelty-free brand, saying about all of this? The official statement can be found on their website under their FAQs. “Our #BECCAbeauties are our guiding light. The past few years have been amazing and we have grown tremendously. We appreciate all of your support and love to help get us where we are today. As we continue on our journey, we are excited to join The Estée Lauder Companies family. With their extra support, we will be able to bring our products and vision to even more #BECCAbeauties worldwide.” Other cruelty-free brands such as Urban Decay and NYX have also joined the EL Companies and maintained their commitment not to test on animals. Will it be the same for Becca? Only time will tell.

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Thermal Highlighting?

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If highlighting is not the most talked about trend in the beauty community right now; I don’t know what is! I’m fully aware that my last post was about colored highlighters, but when I came across this stunning photo and article this afternoon I couldn’t resist giving my thoughts. While some are covering their entire faces in moondust for the full-face highlighter challenge; the more daring are taking on thermal highlighting. I know what you’re thinking…what the??? Thermal highlighting is intended to mimic the same pigments given off during a thermal body scan. Think The Predator circa 1987. Now while I wouldn’t wear this look in public I appreciate the bold statement. I personally am dying to try it. I’ll be sure to post the link to my recreation video when I do!

Original Photo from  MUA, Iry Randrasana’s Instagram  

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Colored Highlighters are a Thing

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It’s been more than a little while since I last posted any content. Honestly, I have been in kind of a rut with the highly saturated Beauty Blogger market. However, I still feel that I have a unique point of view that I want to continue to share so don’t worry this blog isn’t going anywhere! I hope it will only continue to grow and become better.

With the above being said; I want to clue my readers into where they can still purchase one of the most popular products on the Beautygram (Instagram) as I like to call it. Yesterday the talented Jeffree Star released his new Skin Frosts on his website and others that carry his products. Full transparency, these bad boys are SOLD OUT nearly everywhere, but there seems to be one shade available that didn’t race off the shelves as quickly as the others: Mint Condition.

I think the idea of a minty highlighter was a stretch too far in the cosplay direction for some, but I disagree. Industry trends show that multi-colored highlighters are having a moment. Here are links to a few that have been coveted by the masses:

Prism by Bitterlace Beauty: completely rainbow highlight with a 7-8 month long wait list

Solstice palette by Sleek: contains a lavender highlight shade

You Glow Girl by Ofra & Dupethat: this pinky highlight was SOLD OUT when it first launched on Ofra’s website

Fireball by Urban Decay: duo-chrome shade with orangy, gold, and greenish undertones

Mermaid Fantasy by Artist Couture: an iridescent turquoise with a hint lime shifts

Strobe of Genius palette by NYX: the palette contains a wide range of highlighters in different colors including a lavender and a golden pink

If you want to get your hands on Jeffree’s Mint Condition click either of the links below. Happy shopping and you glow girl (or boy)!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Morphe Brushes

Beautylish

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One Brand Tutorial-Maybelline

Don’t forget to check out the video here:

Products:

I have inserted pictures for the palettes so the positions make more sense. They are not my photos nor do I claim any rights to them.

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Maybelline Nudes Palette: 5th shadow in the top row: muted grey brown as a transition shade, 2nd shadow in the bottom row: cool toned brown used in the crease, 3rd shadow in the top row: cream color used on the brow bone, and 1st shadow in the top row: shimmery white used on the inner corner for highlight.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Coral Oasis

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Fourth shadow in the quad: warm chocolate brown used in the outer corner, First shadow in the quad: warm beige shimmery shade used on the lid.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Medium/Deep

Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara

Mayebelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel liner in blackest black

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Life’s a Peach

 

 

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Get Ready with Me: Beautycon Dallas

Just chillin with Amanda ensing!

Don’t forget to check out my latest video here.

Products Used:

Urban Decay: De-slick Setting Spray (Before & After)

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +

Laura Mercier Translucent powder

Colourpop brow pencil in Bangin’ Brunette

MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette: Spread the Love, Peanut Butter, Nuts About U, Jammin’, Extra Creamy (in order of use)

Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Medium to Dark (used highlight and bronzer to contour)

MAC blush in Hipness (LE: Wash & Dry Collection)

Anastasia Glow Kit in Gleam: Mimosa and Starburst (in order of use)

Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Covet

 

 

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Full Drugstore Look

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Don’t forget to check out my latest tutorial on this look! Click here.

Product Information:

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Medium/Deep

Wet N’ Wild eye shadow trio in Silent Treatment

Almay i-Color Intense trio for Brown Eyes (Discontinued colors in video, latest colors under the link)

L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara

NYX Microbrow in Espresso

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown

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Koh Gen Do Update

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I am a Hautelook shopper. It is truly one of my favorite flash sale websites. With that being said, it’s no surprise that I receive email updates on  arriving beauty products. I opened an email this morning stating Hautelook would be featuring Koh Gen Do in the Beauty section of the site this week.

Immediately I thought I would have to discontinue my Hautelook membership as you know I have not been a fan of Koh Gen Do (evident in my last post). However, low and behold something fabulous happened! Hautelook, a subsidiary of Nordstrom, a brand who celebrates diversity; is carrying the Koh Gen Do Moisture foundation in two deeper shades! This is something up until this point I couldn’t even find on the Koh Gen Do home site.

Needless to say I am more than pleased that Hautelook is selling a larger variety of shades! If you feel as though you have been missing out check out the site. The sale ends in 1 day and 23 hours.

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