Fall has officially arrived! It's time for leggings, vests, jackets, and sweaters, which calls for shopping. We all do a bit of shopping before a new season begins to prepare ourselves for the climate change, and it is always fun to prepare for the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice.
How to create a Smokey eye that isn’t too dramatic?
A perfect Smokey eye can create a youthful, alluring and sexy look for your eyes.
From cut crease to natural shadows, the smokey eye look is the most alluring masterpiece. Not only is it super easy to create and perfect, this look can be changed and contrasted with tons of color schemes and makeup genres
The time has finally come! It's your senior year of high school and it’s time to start planning and researching photographers for your senior photos!
Not everyone chooses to get senior portraits taken, but for those who do, finding the right photographer can be challenging. Here are ## things that you should look for when choosing a senior photographer!
Who doesn't want clear skin? Acne and breakouts are something a lot of people struggle with. I've never struggled with acne but I've had my share of breakouts over the years. I believe in using natural products on my skin so I wanted to share some of my favorite products that I've recently used.
1. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap
This is probably my favorite product out of all of these listed! Dermatologist suggest not using soap on your face but this isn't your regular soap! This is ALL natural! It's made from Shea butter, palm ash, tamarind extract and plantain peel, used to treat eczema, blemishes, oily skin, psoriasis and other skin problems. So far I've noticed acne scars fading and little to no pimples on my face. I normally wash with this 2 to 3 times a week, using the Vanity Planet brush twice a week to deep clean and exfoliate my face. Find a great moisturizer to use after washing and if you have dry skin I wouldn't use this daily.
2. Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Brush
One product that I love is the Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Set. I've been using this for about 2 months now and it's amazing. There are a lot of skin brushes you can use but the reason I chose this one was because of the reviews I saw on YouTube. YouTube is GOLD for product reviews! So after looking at reviews I compared it to other brushes, like the popular Clarisonic Mia 2, which I also purchased at a HUGE discount. I STILL paid less for the Vanity Planet brush. I actually opened the Clarisonic and followed the instructions to charge it for 24 hours prior to use. It didn't charge, so now I have to get a replacement. Definitely do your own research to find out which product would work best for you, your skin and your budget.
The Vanity Planet set comes with several different brushes. A daily cleansing facial brush that removes the outermost layers of dead skin, a exfoliating facial brush that removes dead, hardened skin cells, a body brush to exfoliate larger areas of the body and a pumice stone for elbows and knees.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is seriously one of my FAVORITE product to use. I use it as a toner for my face; it closes your pores but also restores the proper pH levels to your skin. It clears age spots, acne scars and pimples. It removes toxins from your face, leaving your skin with a youthful glow. I don't recommend using it everyday because it can dry out and irritate the skin. I also make a drink using ACV, lemon juice & honey for when I feel a sore throat coming on.
4. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Mix this with equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar & leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes or until it hardens. (I suggest following the instructions on the container though). Your skin will love you for it! It leaves my face feeling so soft, the first time I used it I couldn't stop touching my face. I also recommend using ACV instead of water, I found it had better results. I've only used it a few times but I can't wait to see how it helps my skin over time.
5. H2O aka WATER!
This is by far the best natural "product" you can use on your face. Drinking the correct amount of water per day can make the biggest difference when it comes to your skin. I know there are a few people who don't like water because it's so plain but I like to drink my water with lemon juice. I also like room temperature water, this allows me to drink more water throughout the day.
Remember everything you eat shows through your skin. So combining these products along with a healthy diet can make a HUGE difference in your skin!
Who doesn't love to save money? When it comes to saving money on products you love, it can be challenging. A perfect example, MAKEUP! According to Mint.com, a finance manage app, women spend a total of $15,000 in their lifetime on beauty products. Here are FIVE ways that you could save when buying makeup throughout the school year and summer!
1. Newsletter Signup
Most makeup sites have a newsletter signup where they offer you a discount on your first purchase. Take advantage of this even if it's only $5 off. Here are a few sites that are currently offering money off when subscribing to their newsletter.
Coupons are a great way to save money when buying makeup products. Always check to see if there are coupons available before purchasing anything. A GREAT source for reliable up-to-date coupons is RetailMeNot. They also have a mobile app: iPhone/Android. If coupons aren't available wait until there is a sale or go for a less expensive brand.
3. Monthly Subscriptions
There are a ton of monthly subscriptions that you can sign up for to receive sample products of makeup brands you'd like to try before you buy. Here is a list of subscriptions that are all UNDER $20!
- Ipsy - $10/month
- Birchbox - $10/month
- Lip Monthly - $10/month
- Target Beauty Box - $7
- Walmart Beauty Box - FREE (Just pay $5 for shipping).
- Beauty Joy Box - $15/month
4. Recycle Programs
Back-to-MAC Program! Mac cosmetics will give you a FREE LIPSTICK OF YOUR CHOICE, if you return 6 empty containers of anything that is plastic or glass.
LUSH 5 Pot Program! Take 5 empty, cleaned black LUSH pots to your local LUSH store to receive a FREE Fresh Face Mask!
Kiehl's Recycle and Be Rewarded Program! Recycle 10 full size containers and receive a FREE travel size product. Kiehl's actually has a card that gets stamped when you bring in an empty container.
5. Loyalty/Reward Programs
There are a ton of discounts and freebies when it comes to makeup brands. The most popular by far is Sephora's Beauty Insider Program! You get points when purchasing products and then you can redeem the points to receive a free item from a list, usually you'll have 2-4 items to choose from. They also give you a free item for your birthday. (If your birthday month has already past, just ask and they will usually honor you free gift). A few other places that constantly has coupons is listed below!
I'm sure there are probably a lot things that I didn't mention so if you have tips of your own please feel free to share yours in the comments below!