Makeup By Amy Perrone

Just having fun with makeup!

Skincare Sunday: Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller — April 22, 2018

Skincare Sunday: Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller


Micro-rolling. I know. It’s scary thinking about rolling needles all over your face. But I promise you, even the wimpiest of people can do it. One of my sisters, Megan has the lowest pain tolerance. Trust me. I’ve gotten tattoos and piercings with this girl. She’s kind of a wimp. But even she said micro-rolling wasn’t bad.

Anyway, the one I use is Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller.

It comes with its own handy little case, which we will get into later.

This retails for $30. You will need to replace it monthly, so you’re looking at a $360 a year investment. I have to say, it’s worth it. I’ve seen an improvement in my skin, and had other people comment on it, and to me, that’s priceless.

The needles on this are stainless steel. They are .2mm in length. What you’d get at the dermatologist’s office is much longer needles usually. This is made to be safe for the everyday person to be able to use safely and easily at home.

Basically, here’s what all the things micro-rolling does for you.

It micro exfoliates. It takes small bits of dead skin off. Who wants to walk around with dead skin on their face? It’s not flattering. It makes makeup look less flattering, your skin look dryer. Just no.

It’s helps create smoother, plumper, firmer skin. I know, I know. This sounds like one of those infomercial claims. But it’s true. It sort in creates micro injuries into the skin, which forces the skin into repair mode. This means your natural healing response kick in. It also means more collagen production. This helps soften and refine fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with dark spots.

It also creates sort of tunnels for your products. Whatever you use after, will be able to enter the skin easier. Who doesn’t want improved efficacy from their skin care products?

So let’s jump in on how to properly use it.

Prep your skin with a hydrating serum. I love to use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. You’ll want to choose serums that have active, but not irritating ingredients. The would include peptides, growth factors, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. You’ll want to avoid things like vitamin c and retinol. If your skin isn’t too sensitive, you can apply things like this after rolling.

You start by running the micro-roller vertically along your cheek, forehead, other cheek, and lips and chin. You’ll be able to feel the right pressure for you. You’ll want to avoid your eyelids and nose. Then you’ll repeat the areas horizontally and diagonally.

The directions are to use the micro-roller 3-5 times per week. I do use mine more than that, and I’ve seen great results, but I’d start with 3 times a week and work your way up. You’ll also want to follow the rest of your skin routine. I like to apply a serum (I rotate between a few), and then my moisturizer.

After using the micro-roller, you’ll need to clean it. You can do this by soaking it in 91% alcohol or boiled water for 5 minutes. Then allow it to dry completely, and return it to its case to keep it sanitary.

There’s also some important things you should know. Do not roll over any inflamed skin, irritated skin, active acne, or eczema.

Some good advice is to avoid sunscreen, tanning lotion and makeup for 24 hours after. I almost never have time to avoid makeup for 24 hours after, and haven’t had any issues however.

And that’s it! So give it a try.

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. Some of the items may have also been purchased using an affiliate or employee discount. This in no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

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Face of the Day Friday — April 20, 2018

Face of the Day Friday


Hey everyone! This I’ve brought you a super simple look. Really it’s just because I’ve been wanting to rock this highlighter, and I wanted that to be the main focus today.

I woke my under eye area up with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC. This stuff works wonders! I ran some Grande Lash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum along my lash line. I applied some Pure Par Paw Ointment in Strawberry to hydrate my lips while I work on my face. I also used a disposable spoolie to put some of my homemade lash serum (really just some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and some Vitamin E Oil).

I primed and protected my skin with The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer. To even out my skin tone a bit, I dotted on some Inglot YSM Cream Foundationin 43, and used a dampened Beauty Blender to blend like my life depended on it.

For a nice cream contour, I applied some LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Toast to the usual areas and used another dampened Beauty Blender to soften the look.

To highlight and hide my mask of sleep even more (caffeine can only do so much!), I used some Palladio Under Eyes Disguise Full Coverage Concealer in Vanilla Latte and Lemonade. Then guess what! That’s right. I used another dampened Beauty Blender. You get the picture.

I set all that hard work with my Japonesque Go To Brush and some RCMA No Color Powder.

To define and set that cream contour, I grabbed my Japonesque Kumadori Blending Brush and my usual Palladio Matte Bronzer in No Tan Lines. I gave that a gentle blend with a Morphe G5.

I set and baked the highlighted areas with some Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Buff. After letting that rest a few minutes, I used a Morphe M500 Brush to dust away the excess powder.

To fake a little bit of a healthy blush, I swept some Jouer Powder Blush in Rose on using a Sigma F15. I blended that like crazy with a Real Techniques Multi Task Brush.

Now on to the eyes. For my brows, I used my trusty Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush 7 and some Inglot AMC Brow Liner Gel in 16 and 20. The lighter color (16) to map of the shape and define, and the darker color (20) to build up the sparser areas.

To clean up the edges a bit (I’m not all about crispy edges so much anymore), I used a Morphe M508 Brush and some Dermablend Cover Creme in Natural Beige. That choice is really because I’m not wearing heavier foundations anymore, and the works wonders like this because it’s so pigmented.

To set my brows, I ran some Model in a Bottle Long Lasting Eyebrow Sealer along them, and then ran a Morphe M115 through.

I also took this time to cross my fingers and douse my face in some Model in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray, hoping nothing will move all day.

I kept the eye makeup more simple today. I used some Frankie Rose Cosmetics Blush in Romantica, with a Morphe E17 in the crease and a Morphe E14 to pat it on the lid.

I threw on a pretty bold wing with an LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner (best felt tip liner everrrr!).

For lips, I used LA Splash Waterproof Liquid Lipstick in Latte Confession.

And now… the glow! Today I really wanted to work with Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Mermaid Fantasy. I used a Sigma E30 near my tear ducts, a Morphe M501 along my cheekbones, and old schooled it with my finger tip down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid’s bow.

I prepped my lashes for falsies with some Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula, and three on some Ardell Wispies with the usual Duo Eyelash Adhesive.

And that’s all for today! I hope you guys like this look!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. They may also have been purchased using an affiliate or employee discount. This in no way affects my opinion. As usual, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

Wine Wednesday: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palette in Sugar High — April 18, 2018

Wine Wednesday: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palette in Sugar High


Hey, everyone! Today I’ll be finishing off my bottle of Kaiken Reserva Malbec during our visit.

I grabbed this Palette recently when it was on sale, so I figured I’d swatch it for you. It’s marketed as a multi finish palette, because it contains mattes, shimmers and metallics. It’s 12 shadows, 3 finishes each of 4 tones.

You can see here what I mean.

This is the far left section, a nice cream shade, in each finish.

This is the next column, some nice nude colors in each finish.

And now we move on to color. I guess you’d call it almost apricot, again in each finish.

And the last column. In real life, this looks more plum. Again in all finishes.

And that’s all guys! See you soon!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. They may also have been purchased using an affiliate or employee discount. This in no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

Face of the Day Friday — April 13, 2018

Face of the Day Friday


Hey guys! Here’s what I created for you today!

I started by waking up my under eye area with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC. Then, because I’ve been working on growing my lashes, I put in some Grande Lash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum. I also used a spoiler to apply some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Vitamin E Oil to my lashes. At last, I threw some Pure Paw Paw Ointment in Strawberry on my lips to hydrate them while I apply my makeup. I also prepped my skin for makeup with some NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Primer.

I sprayed Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Light on my face and blended it in with a Violet Voss “The Perfect Weapon” Silione Gel Applicator. I cream contoured using LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Toast and used that same applicator to blend. I concealed and highlighted under my eyes using LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory and Palladio Under Eyes Disguise Full Coverage Concealer in Lemonade and once again used that applicator to blend.

I grabbed my Japonesque Kumadori Blending Brush and contoured with Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation in Deep Mocha. I set the highlighted areas with Frankie Rose Powder Foundation in Buff and a Morphe E41 Brush. I also added some color to my cheeks with a Sigma f15 and some Palladio Matte Blush in Chic. I blended that out with a Real Techniques Multi Task Brush.

I filled in and shaped my brows with Wunderbrow Brow Gel in Black/Brown. I used a Morphe M508 and some Palladio Under Eyes Disguise Full Coverage Concealer in Vanilla Latte. To create some depth and fill in more sparse areas, I grabbed a Morphe M413 Brush and swept on some NYX Professional Makeup Eyebrow Powder in Dark Brown. I set all that hard work with Model in a Bottle Long Lasting Eyebrow Sealer.

Now for the eyes! I used a Sigma E40 Brush to sweep some NYX Professional Makeup Nude Matte Shadow in Leather & Lace on as a transition shade. I deepened up the crease a wee bit with a Morphe E17 Brush and some NYX Professional Makeup Nude Matte Shadow I’m Get Naked. To brighten up the eyelid, I used a Morphe E14 Brush to pack in some Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow in Creme Brûlée. For liner, today I used a Sigma E65 Brush to apply some Frankie Rose Cosmetics Limitless Waterproof Gel Liner in Naughty.

I said a prayer and doused my face in Model in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray, so hopefully this hard work lasts, especially since the weather is beautifully warmer today.

For a glow, I used a Morphe M501 Brush to sweep some LA Girl Strobelite Strobing Powder in 110 Watt along my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose.

Again, because I’ve been working on growing my lashes, I applied some Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula to my lashes.

I decided to skip falsies today, since my lashes are looking pretty luscious, and finished off the look with Frankie Rose Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Rose All Day.

I’ll see you soon!

Wine Wednesday: March Haul — April 11, 2018

Wine Wednesday: March Haul


Hey! So I’m pouring myself a glass of this Malbec and I’ll be all set to spill for you where my money went this month. So pour yourself a glass and join me!

Pinky Rose Cosmetics Rustic Rose Palete

Pinky Rose Cosmetics Bright Lights Palette

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lipstick in Raven

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Bare

NYX Professional Makeup Micro-Contour Duo Pencil in Light

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Crystalized Metal

Morphe E32 Brush

NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie in Push-Up

NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Fuchsia Fusion

Sugar Bear Hair Hair Vitamins

Inglot Sparkling Dust Face, Eyes, Body in 01

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Blush in Peachy Pink

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lipstick in Bella Rose

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 1.2 YG

Sun Bum Shampoo

Sun Bum Conditioner

Sun Bum Face 50

Denmark New York Brush

Aphogee Pro Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner

NYX Professional Makeup Love You So Mochi Highlighting Palette in Arcade Glam

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Natural

NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Soft-Spoken

NYX Professional Makeup Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo in Taupe/Ivory

NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Kitten Heels

Glov

Wella Color Tango Permanent Masque Haircolor in Chocolate Brown

Wella Color Tango 30 Volume Developer

Model in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray

Masque Bar Silver Foil Sheet Mask

Masque Bar Gold Foil Peel-Off Mask

Masque Bar Rose Gold Foil Peel-Off Mask

NYX Professional Makeup Powder Puff Lippie Powder Lip Cream in Group Love

NYX Professional Makeup Powder Puff Lippie Powder Lip Cream in Teenage Dream

Aphogee Ketatin 2 Minute Reconstructor

The Mani Choice 3-in-1 Revitalize and Refresh Conditioner

NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Subversive Socialite

NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Maison

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24K Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask

Caviar Anti-Aging Bodybuilding Volume Conditioner

NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Shimmer Lip Gloss in Lucid

NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Shimmer Lip Gloss in Booming

NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Shimmer Lip Gloss in Gypsy Dreams

NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Shimmer Lip Gloss in Crushing It

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Pro Contour Palette

Myra’s Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence

Beauty Blending Summer Fling 3 Makeup Sponges Set

And that’s where all my paychecks went! I’ll se you soon!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. Some also may have been purchased using an affiliate or employee discount. This in no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated are solely my own.

Face of the Day Friday — April 6, 2018

Face of the Day Friday



Hey! This week I’ve brought you a glittery purple look. I got a ton of compliments when I showed up to a training in this look, so I figured I’d share with you how I pulled it off.

I started with prepping under my eyes with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. I also ran some GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum along my lash line. I then used a disposable spoolie to apply some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Vitamin E Oil to my lashes.

I primed my face this time with NYX Cosmetics #NoFilter Blurring Primer. I also applied some Smith’s Rosebud Salve to my lips.

To even out my complexion a bit, I put on some NYX Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation in Vanilla with a dampened Beauty Blender.

For a cream contour, I used some LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Toast. I once again used a dampened Beauty Blender to blend the crap out of that.

To conceal and highlight under my eyes, I combined Palladio Under Eyes Disguise Full-Coverage Concealer in Lemonade and some LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory. And guess what! I used my trusty dampened Beauty Blender to blend that in again.

For a natural flush, I used some Perricone MD No Blush Blush. And of course then I used the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter. I put that dampened Beauty Blender to good use again.

To set all that, I used my Japonesque Go To Brush to swirl on some NYX Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Mint Green.

To deepen that bronzer look, I used a Japonesque Kumadori Blending Brush to sweep on some Palladio Matte Bronzer in No Tan Lines. I blended that a bit using a Morphe e56 brush.

Now for baking! I used a disposable cosmetics wedge to pat on some Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Buff. I waited a few moments then swept away the excess with a Morphe m500 brush.

For some color, I applied some Palladio Matte Blush in Chic with a Sigma f15 brush. I blended again with a Real Techniques Multi Task Brush.


I filled in and shaped my brows with a Morphe M413 Brush and some Wunderbrow Brow Gel in Black/Brown. I also used a little of NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown. I cleaned up the edges with a Morphe M508 and some Palladio Under Eyes Disguise Full-Coverage Concealer in Vanilla Latte.

Now for the eyes! I grabbed a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush and swept some Frankie Rose Cosmetics Blush in Romantica on just to get a tiny bit of depth into my crease.

I then used an e.l.f. Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Brush to pat some Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Creme Brûlée onto my eyelids.

To get that pop of purple on the lower lash line, I used a Morphe M508 Brush to smudge some of the purple from the Morphe 12P palette along there.

Glitter, glitter, glitter time!!! I dampened a Sigma e30 with some Mehron Mixing Liquid and used this to apply some Ben Nye Sparklers in Brilliant Purple into my crease. I used a Morphe E17 Brush to sort of move it around a bit and spread it out.

I applied a pretty heavy winged liner using my trusty LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner.

I doused my face in Model in a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray and said a prayer that all this hard work won’t melt off.

I also specifically set my brows with Model in a Bottle Long Lasting Eyebrow Sealer.

Glow, glow, glow! I used my Morphe M501 Brush to add all the glow with some Ben Nye Shimmer Powder in Cameo along my cheekbone and down the bridge of my nose.

I prepped my lashes for falsies with some Grande Mascara Lash Boosting Formula. I then of course used my trusty Duo Eyelash Adhesive to throw on some Red Cherry Lashes in Harley.

I finished off the whole look with Rommel Long Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 08.

And that’s it for today! I’ll see you soon!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. Some may also been purchased with affiliate or employee discounts. This in no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions are solely my own.

Wine Wednesday: Beauty Trash — April 4, 2018

Wine Wednesday: Beauty Trash


It’s that day. The middle of the week. Where you just aren’t sure if you’re going to make it through.

I’m going to get through by having a few glasses of wine. So grab a glass, and join me. Today I’ll be digging through my beauty trash for you, with a couple notes on each product.

Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm: This was okay. I think it did okay at helping hide pores, but as a primer, it had a little too much slip for me. I got it on sale, though, so I’m not too disappointed. I won’t be scrambling to grab another one.

AG Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo: I used this a while ago to help keep my blonde nice and bright, and not brassy. I finished it off recently using it in a different way. I wanted to fade out the navy blue hair dye I had in. And basically I used this to help do that, because it contains a lot of sulfates. It’s great for toning, just makes sure you’re following it with a great hydrating hair mask. I won’t need it for a while hopefully.

Rickys’s NYC Rickycare Spoolies: As good as any, I supposed. Maybe slightly better, because these were pink. I use them to apply my homemade lash serum, so I’ll definitely be grabbing more.

Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: So. This is probably going to ruffle a few feathers. Glam Glow. You’re paying for the name. The product is good. But there’s absolutely no reason for the cost. None of the ingredients call for the price to be the way it is. I have used many other masks that work just as well, if not better, for a much lower price. I won’t be grabbing another one.

Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Buff: I use this pretty much every day. Well, either Buff or Cameo. So I will most definitely be grabbing more.

Palladio Brow Styler Tinted Gel in Medium/Dark: ehhhhh. Probably not. Definitely more for those of you blessed with already amazing brows.

Diane Reusable Latex Gloves: clearly, as much as I dye my hair I will be getting more gloves. I like these because they are thicker, but honestly, I’m super bad at reusing them.

Danielle Erase Your Face Age Defying Cleansing Cloths: okay. I am not a big believer in wipes. I don’t feel like they remove enough if you wear a full face of makeup (which clearly I do). A lot of them also contain a ton of alcohol, which is awful in your skin. But. When you’ve had a glass or two too many of wine, a wipe of a better option than sleeping with your makeup on. These were a little too dry. I’ll keep looking for something better.

L’Oreal Oreor Creme 30 Volume Developer: basically run through so much of this when I’m bleaching my hair. I like the consistency of this one, and it’s pretty much my go to, so I will be getting more.

COSRX One Step Original Clear Kit: This packaging is everything. COSRX is one of my favorite skin care brands. This product doesn’t disappoint. I mean, it’s rare for me to get a break out, but it felt great while using it. I would try it again, maybe when I’m having a hormonal breakout issue.

Clinique Blush Wear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush: this color is soooo flattering. Because I’m oily, sometimes I avoid too many cream products. This didn’t melt away, or make me feel even more oily. I’d definitely give it another go.

MadeCera (Re-turn) Essence Toner: this was nice. Strangely a little more milky/creamy than I’m used to. Might be really good for more dry skin. I’m thinking of buying this to replace the toner I’m using now.

Wunder Brow Brow Gel in Black/Brown: I liked this. I’m constantly trying out new brow products. I’ll probably work my way back around to this eventually.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic: now, this is a toner I enjoyed. A perfect balance for my oily skin, alcohol free, a ton of great ingredients. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe this should be my replacement purchase.

Huroo Huroo 4D Shape Memory Deep Hydrating Mask: this is made to fit your face better than a typical sheet mask. However, I don’t know if it’s because my face is a weird shape or what, I didn’t find it all that much better. It was okay. I won’t be rushing out for another one.

Jean Pierre Forever Young Calming Coconut Sheet Mask: now, I don’t want a sheet mask that’s dripping all over the place, but this one just seemed too dry. Not my favorite.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch: I love, love, love these! I talked about them in my updated night time skin care routine, and I’ve already replaced this pack.

Wish Formula Program Cosmetics C200 Bubble Peeling Pad: this was awesome! It’s different than most skin care items that I’ve used, in that it’s a fluffy pad that you need to put the liquid onto. My skin felt brighter after just one use. I’ll be on the lookout for another one.

Huroo Huroo 4D Shape Memory Anti Trouble Detoxifying Mask: again, the whole kitschy “fits better” thing didn’t work out for me. Won’t be repurchasing.

Jean Pierre Forever Young Fresh Green Tea Sheet Mask: again, too dry for my taste. What good could it possible be doing my skin?

Jean Pierre Forever Young Skin Elasticity Pomegranate Sheet Mask: this one was slightly better, but nothing to write home about.

Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro Roller: I am so obsessed with micro rolling these days. I’ve already replaced this one, as you should, and am using it.

Wella Color Charm Toner in T18: you know when you lighten your hair and it’s gets all orangey and brassy and gross looking? This is what I use to combat that when I bleach my roots. I’m sure if I continue with my crazy pink hair and bleaching, I’ll be stocking up.

NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown: luckily, when this was on clearance, I grabbed a backup. I love this brow powder. While I don’t use it everyday, because I love trying new brow products, I use it pretty frequently.

When Makeup Base Sheet Mask: this left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Definitely plan ahead because this is a 30 minutes one, so if you’re doing a full beat, you’ll need some time.

Joico Color Intensity Eraser: I had navy hair for a bit. The kiddo’s request. It was so dark and moody compared to my usual bright blonde or pink. I used this to get all that dark out and go pink again. It works! Just use a heavy duty hair mask after, because it was pretty drying.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds: pretty boring. But much needed.

Pravana Chroma Silk Vivids Long Lasting Vibrant Direct Dye Hair Color in Wild Orchid: this is currently not my roots. Pravana in general, and this color in particular have been a go to of mine for a while now.

Hairfinity Candlilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins: I’ve already bought another bottle. Still testing them out. We shall see.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer: same as before, but in spray form. Still awesome.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator: keep this in your fridge. Trust me. On a hot day, or when your skin is irritated, or you’ve gotten some sun, nothing feels better than this.

L’Oreal Oreor Creme 20 Volume Developer: again, developer of choice, this time for my toners.

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Tehnology Peptide Serum: this is what I typically use while micro rolling. My skin has never felt or looked better. I’m waiting on my store to restock so I can grab more.

Baxter Clay Mask: yep. You read that right. It’s for men. While I am very against using some men’s skincare products on women’s skin; this one works just fine. I got it forever ago in a Men’s Build Your Own Birchbox, and have put it to good use.

LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner: my go to. I’ve already replaced it. This one is the blackest, most waterproof felt tip liner ever. And the tip is super fine.

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil: I was sad to run out of this. It’s expensive, and I’ve been trying out some other options, but I just may have to go back to it.

Model In A Bottle Makeup Setting Spray: you guys already know how I feel about this. Of course I’ve already replaced it!

Palladio Matte Blush in Chic: I’ll be picking another up. This is the perfect every day no fuss color. Blends beautifully as well.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff: well, I thought I’d give Powder foundation a go. I haven’t in a very long time. It’s not for me. I also tried using this for setting, but it was just too heavy for me.

L’Oreal Quick Blue Extra Strength De-Dusted Ultra Concentrated Bleach: this is my go to bleach. Obviously, since I buy it by the bucket. I’ll definitely be getting more.

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation in 2.0N: this is great. Amazing coverage, but feels like nothing. Didn’t oxidize. Wore well throughout the day. I’m working my way through a ton of foundations in my stash, then I’ll pick more up.

CBD For Life Pure CBD Eye Serum: this was nice. I really enjoyed it when I was using it. I’ve since switched it out with a couple other ones (one for day and one for night), and one of those I’m obsessed with. So, no, I won’t buy this again.

NARS Blush in Orgasm: still one of my all time favorites. I will have to put this in my to-buy list.

NYX Professional Makeup 3-in-1 Brow Pencil in Espresso: this is an absolute dream. All three bore products in one thing? The only nightmare is, it runs out so fast. And who is replacing it that often? Not this girl.

Perricone MD No Blush Blush: Obviously good for a “no makeup” makeup look. Actually beautiful. But looking back it took me a long time to use it up. So I probably won’t buy again.

MAC Sheertone Blush in Spring Sheen: gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Especially when I’m not as pale as a ghost from being stuck inside most of the Winter. I will be picking more up.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder in Translucent: a great budget friendly powder. I’ll probably grab some at some point. Not in too big of a hurry.

Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter: again, great for a “no makeup” makeup look. This one I will probably replace at some point, because I really enjoyed the natural glow.

DUO Eyelash Adhesive: I’ve already replaced this. A girl can’t be without a steady supply of lash glue, can she?

And that’s all my trash!

I’ll see you all soon!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items mentioned may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. Some may have been purchased using an affiliate or employee discount. This is no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated are solely my own.

Mani Monday — April 2, 2018

Mani Monday


Hey there! Happy Mani Monday!

I know this post is a little later than normal, but I’ve been getting ready and packing for a trip. I leave for Florida tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited!!! I get to see my family, spend some time with all three of my amazing nieces, and basically see people that mean the most to me.

Anyway, this is two coats of Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Nip Slip (my favorite go to nude).

The embellishments are done with a nail art brush and some Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Keys to the Mansion.

I’ll see you Friday, friends! Just because I’m away, don’t worry, I’ll still be posting. ☺️

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items may have been sent to me for consideration or given to me as employee gratis. They also may have been purchased with an affiliate or employee discount. This in no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

Skincare Sunday: Updated Nighttime Routine — April 1, 2018

Skincare Sunday: Updated Nighttime Routine


Hey guys! Welcome back! I told you I’d be back and here I am!

So, there are pretty constant changes to my skincare routine. Because I manage a beauty supply store, I am constantly finding new and fun things to try out. Today I’m going to take you through the basics that pretty much stay the same, though, and sprinkle in a few things I rotate in and out.

Let’s get started!

The Basics

I always start with good old coconut oil. At this moment, I’m using Spectrum Essentials Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil, but I’ve been known to use Dr. Bronners and Shea Moisture as well. This breaks down anything on my face, including waterproof eyeliner or mascara. I just rub it around and then remove it with a damp muslin cloth.

Next, I cleanse and remove any of the leftover coconut oil with some Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash. This leaves my skin feeling clean, but not overly dry. I also like that it seems to help smooth out some texture issues and seems to help the dark spots that aren’t my favorite.

Lately, I’ve been using Muddy Glow Skin Perfecting Elixir, but I’ve also been known to use The Ordinary Buffet. I put this all over my face to prep for the next step. I also apply some Stacked Skincare Hydrating Lip Peel to my lips.

This probably looks scary to most of you. But I honestly love my Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller. It seemed crazy to me, too, at first. Rolling tiny needles all over my face? Ridiculous. But I can tell you I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how my skin looks and feels.

Now to regulate the pH of the skin. Did you even know that’s what toner does? Well a lot of them will also offer something else. Like hydration, brightening, pore refining, or whatever. But I find most people either don’t use toner at all, or don’t really know what it’s for. This Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner is what I’m currently using. I kind of have to say. I don’t like it. I feel like it’s kind of harsh. I picked it up because I do have oily skin, but it might be too much for me. I’ll be on the search for something better. Let me know what you’re using.

Now to keep the lips nice and moisturized. I use The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ in Peppermint to slough away any dead skin. I then pop on some lip balm, usually Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm with Vanilla. It smells amazing!!!

Eye cream. If you’re not using it, you should be. Even if you’re not worried about signs of aging, the under eye area is so delicate. You really need to make sure you’re hydrating the area, and not just depend on your regular face moisturizer. Lately, I’ve been using Smack Beauty Bada Bing Age Erase Eye Cream.

Brows. Brows, brows, brows. We all want Brooke Shields, Cara Delevingne, to die for brows. Well, I don’t have them. I’ve been testing this Smack Beauty I Was Framed Enhancing Brow Serum. Can’t say I’ve seen a difference, but then again, it’s only been about four weeks. Not sure that’s long enough.

Same with eyelashes. We all want eyelashes we can flutter and fly away with. This GrandeLash-MD Lash Enhancing Serum is one way I take care of mine.

And this is the other way. Basically I’ve mixed some Jamaican Black Castor Oil and some Vitamin E Oil. I apply this with disposable spoolies.

After all that, gotta get some moisture into the skin. Lately, I’ve been using Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Cream. It smells like a dream, and leaves my skin moisturized and fresh, without that greasy, oily feeling some other products leave you with.

The Not So Basics (Scrubs and Masks)

Now we are jumping into some of the rotating products. I rotate these in and out depending on what’s going on with my skin, or if there’s anything new I’m interested in trying. This one is Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Just a nice exfoliant. Nothing to harsh, which I can appreciate, because I do tend to over exfoliate, so keeping them away from the harsh side works for me.

This one is Plantanicals Charcoal and Black Mud Pore Refining Mask. I’m forever interested in anything detoxing and pore refining, and this tries to give me both.

And here we have Plantanicals Charcoal and Vitamin C Luminizing Peel-Off Mask. Like pretty much the rest of the world, I’m obsessed with peel off masks. While this one isn’t my all time favorite, it’s still nice. For those interested, my all time favorite is still Pilatin Suction Black Mask.

This is essentially just a giant pile of sheet masks I hoard. These rotate in and out, because I’m constantly buying them. We actually had a 10 for $10 sale recently at work, and I completely stocked up.

This one is Skyn Iceland Nordic Skin Peel. Skyn Iceland is by far one of my favorite skin care brands. Everything about their products, from ingredients to packaging is chosen to be relaxing. They believe in taking the time to take care of yourself. This item in particular is nice because it’s as quick as rubbing a pad across your face. Perfect for nights when I work late, or maybe had a little too much wine.

Ahhhh! Everyone has been talking about The Ordinary. This is their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. I mean brightening and hydration? I’ll take it any day. Also, the price point in the entire line is basically cheaper than Starbucks. So maybe skip a macchiato one day, and try something out.

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque. I’ve been using this off and on for about two years now. I feel like I can feel it working. It’s super cheap, as well. It definitely takes me back to another era. Almost like middle school sleep over days. And who doesn’t want to relive those good times? (Well, maybe minus the awkward puberty stuff!)

The Not So Basics (Treatments and Serums)

This serum I rotate in and out with the serums and oils below. This is Smack Beauty Full Speed Ahead! Quick Lift Serum with Retinol. I haven’t been using it long enough to see a difference, but it feels very nice when applied.

I also rotate this Smack Beauty Buh Bye Lines Anti-Wrinkle Serum with Beta-Catotene currently. Again, I haven’t been using it too long, but it feels nice when applied.

This is everything! The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% helps detox without drying my skin out. It’s seriously amazing, and again at a terrific price point.

This is The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%. I would say maybe stay away from retinoids in general if you have sensitive skin. Or if you really don’t need them. Also make sure to moisturize well. I started playing with anti-aging products a few years ago. This works super well with my skin, doesn’t irritate it, or dry it out. I’ve also seen a difference with my skin, but that’s probably a combination of this and the micro-rolling.

I know most people don’t understand using facial oils, especially for oily skin. But sometimes it can help. If your skin is dehydrated, it can actually sort of freak out and over produce oil. I’ve found using oils a few nights a week helps with my oily skin problem. This The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is perfect. It feels amazing going on, and doesn’t feel too heavy, like some oils can.

Who doesn’t want a little more radiance? This Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is amazing. It sinks right into the skin, and leaves me feeling nice and glowy.

The Extras

These COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are everything. You place the clear sticky patch on your pimple at night. When you wake up, you remove it. You can literally see the white on the patch where it’s sucked out and oil and other gross stuff. The are amazing!

Alright. I know this Stacked skincare Dermaplaning Tool looks extremely scary to most. Basically, it mimics what’s done in a dermatologists office, but at a level of safety for at home use. It removes cruddy, old dead skin and peach fuzz. I love it. I use this once a week. It’s super important to be mindful that you need to keep the tool sanitary and replace the blades once a month.

We all know I’m constantly messing with my hair. Bleaching, coloring, straightening, curling, you name it. I combat a lot of this with really good shampoos and hair masks. I also take Hairfinity Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins. I’ve been taking them for about two months now. My hair grows fairly fast, so without actually measuring it might be hard to tell you the results. I can tell you my nails have been growing faster and been more resilient to breakage. I haven’t had any break out issues. I know that’s been a problem for some. I also love, love, love the taste of them!

And that’s pretty much it, guys! I’ll see you soon! And it’s great to be back!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of these items may have been sent to me for consideration, given to me as employee gratis, or bought with an affiliate or employee discount. This in now way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

A letter to my readers — March 1, 2018

A letter to my readers


Hey everyone. I know. It’s been a really long time. Honestly, life overwhelmed me, and I let this blog slip away.

I got promoted at work, and we entered our craziest season of the year, and I was unprepared to juggle this also. I let myself forget how important and fun this blog is.

So. Basically I’ve come to a decision. I’m going to dedicate myself all over again to working on this.

My plan is to have everything back up in about a month. I’d like to have a few posts ready for you, and then I’ll see you a few days a week again!

I hope you will rejoin me on my journey!

This is not a sponsored post. Some of the items mentioned above may have been sent to me for consideration or get Ben to me as employee gratis. This is no way affects my opinion. As always, any opinions stated above are solely my own.

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