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Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar Review

The power of charcoal is all the latest rage in the beauty world these days, and of course I had to give in and test out a few of these fun new products! There are numerous products containing charcoal available today, there are beauty masks, pore strips and facial scrubs. But out of all these products (and after having a ton of fun testing them out with my roomies!) the best product, in my opinion, is the Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar.

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The main reason that this product is the one to purchase is because this one bar is a facial scrub, pore strip and beauty mask all in one. It contains minerals that give the bar a graininess and helps buff away dead skin and other impurities and has an uplifting peppermint scent which is great for any shower experience. And most importantly it draws out excess oil that leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh, while others can leave your face feeling tight. It is perfect for those with acne prone skin and is a safe and cheap alternative to other expensive products.

This beauty bar is insanely simple to use, all you have to do is bring the bar to a light lather and scrub gently over your skin in the shower. Rinse well and enjoy fabulously soft and rejuvenated skin. One quick tip about this product: do not use more than 3 or 4 times a week. While this product is great for stripping your face of excess oil, you do not want to overuse this product and leave your skin without the oils it needs to be healthy. This is definitely a product that I will be re-purchasing and keeping in my shower for a while!

This product retails for about $7 at Ulta Beauty or your local drug store.

If plan on trying out this product or have tried it before, then leave a comment below and let us know how well it worked for you! Happy cleansing!




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Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know For Graduation Day

GraddGraduation day. It’s the day that you’ve been counting down for weeks, months, or hey…maybe even years. Tears will be shed, smiles will be shared, and pictures will be snapped. I’ve come up with a few tips every gal graduate should know for the big…(and ridiculously slow during the ceremony) day. If you’re the graduate or even the parent of a graduate, keep reading!

1) Uncomfortable Shoes– Do not, I repeat, do not try to flaunt those brand spanking new sexy black pumps on graduation day. Most likely, you will be standing for hours before you get to sit down during the ceremony and you will be sorry! Plus, I don’t know about you…but I can’t imagine dreaming about falling down the stage as I receive my diploma. If you need to buy a new pair of shoes, I suggest a boatload of band-aids and wedges with straps! The more straps, the more support. Plus, wedges are super cute and much easier to walk in.

2) No Sunscreen In Foundation/Moisturizer– Avoid wearing a foundation or moisturizer with sunscreen in it. SPF reflects light, so when you take pictures at graduation, the flash will wash your face out and you’ll turn out very ghostly.

3)Waterproof, Waterproof!- It’s almost a given to wear waterproof eyeliner/mascara when you’re planning on getting a little emotional. You don’t want a total makeup-meltdown when you realize you’ll never see that cute boy in the hallway you’ve seen everyday for the past four years, ha!

4) Classic Look– Graduation means pictures, and pictures being taken mean being able to look back at them in 15 years. You’ll regret wearing that super over-the-top makeup trend so I suggest going for a classic look. A smokey eye and pink/red lips are perfect. On this note, don’t overdo your makeup! If your graduation is outside, you’ll be sweating your face off.

5)Set, No Bump, No Spike!- To avoid a complete mess on your face and others faces, I recommend a setting spray. Pssst… listen closely, lightly spraying your face with hairspray works great for a temporary setting spray.

I went to social media to find out if fellow graduates had beauty tips for the big day too and here’s what I discovered!

“Make sure you’re showered and clean before graduation” – Katelyn

“If you have graduation outside, you will be out for a really long time in the heat, avoid overdoing makeup or it will come off by the end” -Shree

“Less is better. Something light, big lashes with natural contouring looks the best. Don’t wanna take away from the cap & gown!” -Sarah

“Pin your cap to your hair with bobby pins!! & put your name on the inside” -Taylor

Definitely a good ice facial – best for all skin types! -@Complexionme


Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips of your own and to the soon-to-be graduates, enjoy the time you have left and good luck!



Shea Moisture Cosmetics Review

Shea Moisture Cosmetics


Shea Moisture is a beauty company with a green approach to creating products. Known for their effective yet natural products, they are one of the most popular natural hair care companies in the US. I’ve been using Shea Moisture since I first went natural a few years ago so I was really excited when I heard that they came out with a cosmetics line. Shea Moisture Cosmetics boasts having healthy ingredients with no preservatives or parabens. I recently got the chance to receive some of the products to test out and review. Keep reading to see my thoughts, swatches, and first impressions on some of their new cosmetic collection.


What’s In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie of ItsSteephh

…And we’re back with the series “What’s in her makeup“! Who doesn’t just LOVE to learn about products other real woman are using? This week, I got in touch with Stephanie Duran, of Youtube “ItsSteephh”, and dug a little deep with her..literally (deep into her makeup bag)!


What type of “bag” actually makes up your makeup bag (I.e cosmetics bag, ziploc bag, items floating around the bottom of you’re purse, etc.)
To be completely honest, I usually just stuff all of my makeup into my purse that I use everyday. I’m always surprised to see how much of it actually fits!
If you had to guesstimate, how many items are currently in your makeup bag?
I’m not one to keep it simple, I’ve got around 15 products in there!

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How to Choose the Perfect Eyebrow Products for You

Eyebrow Products

For those of you obsessing over Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, like I’ve been, you’ve probably been looking for products to help you achieve the perfect eyebrows. While there are many eyebrow products out there, the right one for you will depend on your makeup skill level and time you are willing to commit to your beauty routine. Here are a few simple tips to help you choose your perfect brow products and get some #browsonfleek.


Product Review: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette


kat-von-d-eye-paletteThe Kat Von D brand has been around for a while but I actually just got hip to it not that long ago (slipping I know). I have the Kat Von D tattoo liner so I was super excited to try the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette when it was given to me by the good people at The Makeup Show.

The product is described as an eye contouring palette. The idea of “contouring your eyes” may sound a little strange, but it’s basically the same thing you probably already do with your eyeshadow. It just refers to adding depth to your eye by placing a darker color, usually on the crease and outer corner of your eye area. When it comes to my eyeshadow look I actually always put a darker color on my crease and outer corner of my eye because I find it makes my almond shaped eyes look bigger.


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Product Review: Budget Friendly Glycolic Acid Pads


CVS Gylcolic peel pads vs FAB Radiance pads

As much as I love makeup I love skincare just as much. It’s important to me for me skin to be on point because I don’t want to feel like I have to hide behind makeup. With that being said I recently got on a glycolic acid kick. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that has potent power for the skin because it has a small molecular structure. This allows it to penetrate the skin better than other AHAs like lactic or citric acids. Glycolic acid is a popular beauty ingredient that’s been around for quite some time. You may have heard it mentioned as part of a chemical peel at a dermatologist but there are many lesser strength at home variations as well.

The main beauty purpose of Glycolic Acid is as an exfoliate. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, allowing fresh new skin to show. This makes it great for brightening dark spots, anti-aging prevention and helpful for those with acne-prone skin.




Okay, so who doesn’t want breathless, amazing skin? No one. So when I was fortunate enough to try out some Palmetto Derma products, (Retinol & Peptide Infused Lifting Eye Cream, Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum, Intensive Hydration & Firming System), I was super stoked! Lets face it, when we look good, we feel great.


Save or Splurge: L’Oreal Brow Stylist vs Anastasia Beverly Hills brow Pencil

Loreal brow pencilI’m a product junkie makeup enthusiast and I enjoy buying new products as often as possible. To feed my addiction without killing my wallet l look out for any opportunity to save on products without sacrificing on quality.IMG_6414

Like many beauty enthusiast, I’ve tried and loved some Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, but I’m not so in love with their price. So I set out to see if I could find a dupe (less expensive but equal in quality) for their eyebrow pencil. Although traditional manual sharpen eyebrow pencils are NOT my typical brow product of choice, its good to have at least one on deck. They are super handy for when you are doing your makeup on the go (imagine trying to slay with some brow powder on a crowed moving train in the morning, NOT happening). So when I came across the L’Oreal brow stylist pencil I immediately knew I had to try it. Like the Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil, it comes with a spooly on one end (crucial to preventing Nike check Instagram eyebrows) and in three shades to match different hair colors.


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