Product Review: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Murad Oil Control Lotion


Product Name: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Product Description: Oil-Control Mattifier reduces shine on contact and is clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts. It immediately mattifies, regulating oil throughout the day, and prevents sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection.

Murad Oil Control Review

Packaging: Comes in a squeeze tube bottle

Application: I usually apply this product all over my face in the morning after washing and allowing a few minutes for any serum that I may have used to soak in. The product is thick since it has SPF so it has to be worked into the skin. I notice when I first apply it, it can appear white/ashy but once it soaks in, your skin looks normal again.

Scent/Fragrance: This product has no noticeable fragrance which I actually love. Sometimes I can be particular about the fragrances I put on my face so I’d rather have none at all than one that’s overwhelming.

Price: $39.50 a little pricey but comparable in price to other similar products.

Results:​ This is the best oil control lotion I’ve used hands down. The additional mattfying properties make all the difference between this product and other oil control lotions I’ve previously tried. I really like the fact that it also contains SPF, which can be hard to find in a face lotion. I noticed that I don’t need an additional mattfying primer anymore with this product for under my makeup. This lotion on its own actually does the trick. I would not recommend combining any additional mattfying product with this (unless your skin is very oily) because it could make your face appear dry.

Final Rating: 4 stars. So far no complaints except for the price which is a bit hefty for the amount given. Hopefully my satisfaction doesn’t change after longer use and hotter weather.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

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What To Wear On A Spring Date

Going on a date can be pretty nerve racking, but also exciting. Finding the perfect outfit can make everything 10 times more stressful. From daytime dates, to night dates, to dates right after work, each deserves the perfect outfit!

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Daytime dates can be less pressure and a bit more casual. The perfect clean blue jeans with a bodysuit and a duster coat, paired pumps and chic handbag and accessories to bring the look together, is an appropriate option for a daytime date.

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Dates at night are usually more on the fancy side. Leather is always a good go to choice. Leather pants and a stylish striped peplum top, paired with lace-up shoes, a simple clutch, earrings and cuff bracelet to complete the outfit, is a great nighttime date idea!

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After a long day at work, thinking of an outfit to wear to a date later that night can be tough. If a date is planned for after work, try to wear an outfit you can change little details right before the date. Toss the blazer and trade the flats for heels for an easy and quick, but still very fashionable date outfit.

Comment below and let us know what your go to date night outfit is?!



Beauty News: Tat’z Nail’z Image System at Ricky’s


Tat’z Nail’z image system is the newest technology trend in the nail industry and is now available for use in Ricky’s Beauty Supply. In just seconds, Tat’z Nail’z can print any image, design, or logo on any artificial or natural fingernail. Accompanied by preparation and top coat application, a set of Tat’z Nail’z can be fully completed within fifteen minutes. Each Tat’z Nail’z System is pre-programmed with 300 designs and each design has 10 color options for a total of 3,000 pre-installed  prints, patterns, and colors. Each Tat’z Nail’z image system is also installed with a built-in camera so that users can capture moments and transfer them into wearable art. Tat’z Nail’z allows consumers to print their own digital images on their nails, for personalized style that can keep up with the trends.

The process of using Tat’z Nail’z™ is simple and takes just a few steps, beginning with the application of a base coat and pre-print lacquer available from Tat’z Nail’z™ in order to protect the nail’s surface. Next, one finger is placed inside the machine, a design is chosen and printed and a top coat of your choice applied. (more…)



Now before you go running to clean out your entire fridge, remember that every skin type is different and we each have our own individuality. We all have different triggers when it comes to how our skin is affected by what we consume but there are some foods that are very common no matter your bio makeup.

Dairy: Dairy is not only filled with hormones, but sugar too (that is if you’re drinking low fat or no-fat milk). In a cup of fat/no-fat milk, there is a mammoth 12 grams of sugar. Yes, milk does have essential vitamins such as A and D but without the fats to balance it out, you’re left with a sugary mess that could leave your skin in a not so fun place.

Sugar: If you looked up acne in the dictionary, the word refined sugar should come right up next to it. Refined sugar is one of acne’s major triggers as it causes the insulin level in your body to rise which leads to inflammation in your system. Let’s take chocolate for an example. I’m sure you’ve heard someone moan and groan about how they can’t eat chocolate because they’ll break out (maybe that’s you?) but regardless, it’s true. It’s not all bad news, though! If you can’t kick your chocolate obsession to the curb, make it dark! Dark chocolate has lower sugar and is higher in antioxidants. I guess you can have your chocolate and eat it too!

Peanuts: Uh-Oh..this one’s a killer for me! In this sneaky little legume, there is a hormone by the name of androgen that irritates your skin follicles by increasing sebum production which then causes breakouts. Ugh, right?! I know. Peanut oil can also become a nightmare for your acne prone skin. Potato chips are a breeding ground for peanut oil, so beware!

For acne to form, it takes around one to three months to finally appear so try cutting something out of your diet for a month and notice the change! Happy eating and be sure to drink lots of water!



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What’s In Her Makeup Bag: Michelle of Mademoisellmichelle

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As much as I love sharing my favorite beauty products, I enjoy learning about other people’s favorites just as much! So with that in mind I started a series called “What’s in Her Makeup Bag”, interviewing real woman and the products they use the most. This week we have blogger Michelle of “Mademoisellmichelle” to see what products she keeps with her on the go.

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.)
I use a Cynthia Rowley makeup bag that I received at a birchbox event as my cosmetics bag.

If you had to guesstimate, how many items are currently in your makeup bag?
I would say there are about 6 items in my makeup bag most of the time.

What are these items?

How often does it change?
I usually change or switch products every season or when they run out. I tend to wear darker lipstick in the fall/winter and brighter lipsticks in the spring/summer so my lipsticks definitely get swapped as the seasons change.

What’s your biggest “splurge” item?
I used to always buy Nars orgasm blush even though I felt it was a bit pricey! It’s a great blush but I eventually found less expensive blushes. I love drugstore makeup and I know what works well on me so I never have to spend too much money on makeup. As a blogger, I receive both expensive and inexpensive products which allows me to get the best of both worlds without having to actually spend a lot of my own money trying out high-end makeup.

What’s your best “fancy frugal” item?
My best fancy frugal item is Wet n Wild Mega Liner liquid eyeliner in black! It’s only 3 dollars and is the best liquid liner I’ve ever tried!

God forbid your makeup bag was lost or stolen; which item would you be most upset about losing?
If my makeup bag was stolen I would be really upset if I lost my Maybelline age rewind concealer because this is the product I use the most and it covers my under eye circles! I wouldn’t be too bummed though since I can just run to Rite Aid and buy another one! Lol

If you’re running late and don’t have time to do your typical makeup routine, what item do you quickly put on before running out the door?
When I’m in a rush and need to look presentable, I apply concealer and lipstick! These are the two main products I usually wear on an average day since they wake up and brighten my entire face.
What if anything do you think your makeup bag says about you?
My makeup bag would say I’m really digging the all natural and simple look right now. I’ve been keeping my makeup routine really short lately unless of course I feel like glamming it up for special events or special occasions!

Where else can people find you around the web? I can be found on instagram @mademoisellmichelle and on my blog http://www.mademoisellemichelle.netimage5

Comment below and let me know what you think about her makeup favs?!

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How to Make Your Lipstick Last


Alright, honesty time people. One of my biggest frustrations with my makeup routine is when I spend lots of time applying lipstick, only to look in the mirror a few hours later and realize that is has faded, feathered or just doesn’t look perfect anymore. After months of being fed up with this issue, I decided to do some research and of course ran to Sephora in search of a remedy to my problem. Thankfully I found some amazing tips that are simple and can easily be added to your daily makeup routine. Keep reading to learn my tips and tricks to make your lipstick last through dinner, drinks and everything else in between!

  1. Start with smooth, supple lips. Anytime you start your lipstick routine you want to make sure there is no dead skin hanging around or that your lips are cracked or chapped. Start off by applying a lip primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime to get lips in perfect condition. Another odd but simple trick to remedy this is to take a soft bristle toothbrush and gentle buff off any dead skin you may have. After your lips are buffed and beautiful, apply a light layer of your favorite moisturizing lip balm.
  2. Concealer, for your lips? No need for a double take, I said concealer and I definitely swear by this step. I recommend applying a thin layer of cream concealer to your lips. The concealer will act as a primer and also cancels out the natural color of your lips so the true color of your lipstick can shine through. Allow the concealer a moment to set and then you’re ready for all the ever-important lip liner.
  3. Lining your lips. The next step is to apply your lip liner. Choose a shade that pairs well with your lipstick of choice and line your little hearts out! Now, if you’re a little out of practice with lip liner like I am, try a colorless clear liner like Sephora’s Universal Lip Liner. The universal lip liner is a clear wax pencil you apply just like any other lip liner, but since it goes on clear you don’t have to worry if you make mistakes! My mouth literally dropped after the makeup artist at Sephora introduced me to this product.
  4. Add color and blot. The last step is to apply your lipstick of choice and then simply take a tissue and blot to remove any excess color. If you really want to see long lasting color from your lipstick, splurge a little and invest in a quality brand known for long lasting lipstick like Stila’s Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick.


Now that your lipstick is all set to take on the day, you can rest easy when you pucker up for your selfies that your lipstick is perfectly on pout point.

Leave a comment below and let us know how these tips and tricks worked for you!




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Beauty in the News: Cosmo Mag Uses Woman of Color for RIP Beauty Trends

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I’ve been a fan of Cosmo for sometime and even had the opportunity to go to their offices in NYC last year to meet with some of the editors. So I was pretty shocked when I saw the above image on instagram recently. The picture was referring to an article posted on back in January entitled “21 Beauty Trends that Need to Die in 2015“. The list of trends showed celebrity photos side by side with one having the words “RIP” to indicate that trend needs to die and “Hello Gorgeous” to indicate the new trends in beauty.

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Of the 21 trends discussed, all of the woman of color included in the list were used for “RIP” trends that need to die. The 21 celebrities used for “hello gorgeous” included no woman of color.


What To Wear To A Spring Wedding

Spring is here; with that being said you may have a bunch of wedding invites requesting your attendance. Although weddings may be fun, finding an outfit is the tricky part! Pastels are known for spring, but being fresh and vibrant is also the way to go.

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A chic pastel collar dress with classic pumps is perfect for a semi- formal wedding! Pair it with simple earrings and a bracelet, along with a small clutch to pull the perfect spring wedding outfit together.

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If you are going to a more formal spring wedding a longer fitting pastel dress with stylish heels is perfect. To make your outfit a little more fashionable wear a chunky statement necklace, simple ring, and clutch to match the whole outfit!

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Wearing a dress to a spring wedding does not have to be your only option. Try something completely different! A jumper can be worn to a spring wedding if you dress it up elegantly. Tie the whole look together with a heeled sandal, an embellished clutch, paired with stud earrings and a ring.






Product Description: Inspired by her grandmother, Salma Hayek aimed to create products that are designed to help women enhance their natural nuances that make each and every one of them unique. This Nuance Salma Hayek Color & Correct CC Cream is a multi-purpose cream. It protects your skin with SPF 20 in a sheer coverage while correcting and concealing dark spots and uneven skin tone. The CC Cream is infused with light-reflective pigments that leave you glowing for the whole day.

Packaging: The tube is conveniently small, while still packing in a lot of product, which makes it great to just throw into my purse or makeup bag on the go. I like that it’s incredibly easy to get just the right amount of product and not let anything go to waste with the “tube” packaging.
Experience: I received this product in the mail and was super excited to try this out. I have not had great experiences with other CC cream’s so I had high hopes for this one. I opened the bottle and to my surprise, it smelt incredible. I don’t know if it was my imagine, but oh my, was I in heaven! The product has Tahitian Vanilla Extract in it so hopefully that’s what I was smelling. The first time I tried this, I used it without any powder, which led to my mistake. My never shiny face was super shiny immediately after application! I was heartbroken until I tried it again the next day, with powder, and thankfully, the shiny problem was gone. It definitely is a sheer and lightweight coverage, but it still evens out your skin tone. I’ve never had much trouble with acne but my skin tone has always been uneven so this is a go to product for me now. No matter your skin problems, this is a great product to use – alone or with something else. I can definitely seeing myself slapping this on before a day out in the summer sun the whole summer long!
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Isododecane, Isopentyldiol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alumina, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitrate, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Triethyl Citrate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Chromium Oxide (CI 77288)
Price: $14.99 (get it here)
Rating: 4/5. The only thing holding me back from rating this product higher is the shininess without powder. I have to apply powder every once in a while just so I don’t turn into human glass. Otherwise, this a great product and check it out if you get the chance!

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