Glam Glow masks, although expensive, are really highly regarded by a lot of people, including myself. So when i saw their eye treatment i had to try it.
It comes with 12 “chromecells”, each with a measured amount of product for each eye. I found that you can actually get two uses out of each chromecell by splitting each eye into two since there is a LOT of product in them. 
You pat it around your eye and leave it on for only three minutes. I had some doubts as to how much it could do in that time but i was pleasantly surprised.
The skin under my eyes seemed tighter and less darkly pigmented. It was as if the skin wasn’t as thin and delicate and seemed really hydrated and healthy.
Definitely something worth putting on your wishlist in my opinion. Not necessarily something you’ll keep up long term due to the heavy price tag but for some much-needed TLC around the eyes for special occasions- this is great!

Glam Glow masks, although expensive, are really highly regarded by a lot of people, including myself. So when i saw their eye treatment i had to try it.

It comes with 12 “chromecells”, each with a measured amount of product for each eye. I found that you can actually get two uses out of each chromecell by splitting each eye into two since there is a LOT of product in them. 

You pat it around your eye and leave it on for only three minutes. I had some doubts as to how much it could do in that time but i was pleasantly surprised.

The skin under my eyes seemed tighter and less darkly pigmented. It was as if the skin wasn’t as thin and delicate and seemed really hydrated and healthy.

Definitely something worth putting on your wishlist in my opinion. Not necessarily something you’ll keep up long term due to the heavy price tag but for some much-needed TLC around the eyes for special occasions- this is great!

My top cruelty free brushes for contouring!

I’ve had a busy few weeks so haven’t made a proper post in a while and thought i’d rectify that and kick it off with my favorite cruelty free brushes for contouring!

Illamasqua Blush Up Brush- $40

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This beautifully crafted synthetic brush from Illamasqua is super soft, yet dense; offering an easy, precise application with powders and creams. It runs at $40 but if you’re someone who likes to contour daily then this is definitely worth it!



Sephora Pro-Visionary Face Blender Brush- $32

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Similarly to the Illamasqua brush, this also has short, dense bristles that can create really dramatic contouring. I like to line under my cheek bones with the brush horizontally then tilt is 90 degrees to a vertical position to buff it out.



Everyday Minerals Itahake Brush- $15.99

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This brush is a dead ringer for the NARS Ita brush only this one is synthetic. This is great for those who like to lightly contour in their daily makeup routine. The synthetic hairs are less dense but still make for easy contouring! 



Furless Pro Pointed Contour Brush- $12.95

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Although this synthetic brush from Furless has a rounded shape, its still flat, making for easy contouring. The rounded shape just creates a softer effect and allows you to use it for blush, too!

Gel nail polish.

So I’ve tried sephora and CND brand gel colors but I want some new ones… Glitter ones too maybe.

Have any of you tried any other brands?

Thanks! JM argan oil is believed to help with acne? What are your thoughts on that?
Anonymous

I’ve no idea; i’ve never had acne :/

Read reviews on Sephora or youtube and see what you find.

How I clean my brushes with antibacterial dish soap & olive oil. 1⃣I use about 1 part olive oil to 2 parts dish soap on a plate. 2⃣Swirl dirty brush through both. 3⃣Lather and comb through brush with little scrubby pad from sephora. 4⃣Rinse in warm water until the water runs clear and there are no more bubbles. (Repeat 2-4 if necessary) 5⃣Remove all excess water. 6⃣Lay flat on towel with handle slightly elevated to prevent water running back into the ferrule. 💟 If I’m cleaning lots of brushes I lay them all to one side after step 3 and then rinse them all. I also put my brushes in brush guards to dry after they’ve air-dried for an hour or so. Your brushes will be clean, conditioned & happy! #beauty

How I clean my brushes with antibacterial dish soap & olive oil. 1⃣I use about 1 part olive oil to 2 parts dish soap on a plate. 2⃣Swirl dirty brush through both. 3⃣Lather and comb through brush with little scrubby pad from sephora. 4⃣Rinse in warm water until the water runs clear and there are no more bubbles. (Repeat 2-4 if necessary) 5⃣Remove all excess water. 6⃣Lay flat on towel with handle slightly elevated to prevent water running back into the ferrule. 💟 If I’m cleaning lots of brushes I lay them all to one side after step 3 and then rinse them all. I also put my brushes in brush guards to dry after they’ve air-dried for an hour or so. Your brushes will be clean, conditioned & happy! #beauty

I bought this a few weeks ago from a Sephora in Portland and had been saving it for a rainy day. 

That rainy day is here!

It’s a mask specifically to replenish the skin after travel; a bio cellulose sheet made from coconuts. 

Most masks like this fall off easily but this guy stays in place so well. You can tell its gonna be super hydrating because it feels really thick and juicy. 

I have it on right now and it feels so soothing and cooling. Lets just see what it feels like after.

I bought this a few weeks ago from a Sephora in Portland and had been saving it for a rainy day.

That rainy day is here!

It’s a mask specifically to replenish the skin after travel; a bio cellulose sheet made from coconuts.

Most masks like this fall off easily but this guy stays in place so well. You can tell its gonna be super hydrating because it feels really thick and juicy.

I have it on right now and it feels so soothing and cooling. Lets just see what it feels like after.

This might be the only time I’ve ever washed my brushes and extensions while traveling. I was in extra need of some girl-time. Also… Sephora haul video to make tomorrow 😁💅💄💋 #beauty #sephora #makeup #cosmetics #hair

This might be the only time I’ve ever washed my brushes and extensions while traveling. I was in extra need of some girl-time. Also… Sephora haul video to make tomorrow 😁💅💄💋 #beauty #sephora #makeup #cosmetics #hair

DevaCurl?

Have any of you tried this curly brand i found on Sephora?

I’m drawn to them if only for the fact that they have a product called No-Poo.

I’ve always loved the brush displays in Sephora and finally did a little research into what those little nuggets are- bean bag filler!

Not the polystyrene kind but little hard plastic ones like these pellets.

The 16oz bag filled three little vases.

They’re perfect for makeup brushes but would be cute for paint brushes, pens/pencils, nail art tools, (fake) flowers or even candy canes at Xmas or suckers. Love it!

As if the weekend never happened 💄 #beauty #makeup #sigma #mac #realtechniques #sephora

As if the weekend never happened 💄 #beauty #makeup #sigma #mac #realtechniques #sephora

Urban Decay Naked Basics.

Want one of the Naked palettes but can’t decide which or think you won’t use all the colors?

Check out their new basics palette on Sephora for $27

Sephora X Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a lot of you know, its breast cancer awareness month so what better way to help the cause than by treating yourself to some new sephora goodies? 

  

 

 

My guide to: reviving damaged hair.

I’ve had a lot of questions lately on how to revive damaged hair after coloring or extensions or just thicken up naturally thin hair so heres everything i know! Try one or try them all..

-Hair ties

A lot of drug store hair ties now have some kind of rubber on them to improve the grip, while this will keep your pony tail in place, every time you remove it you’re dragging against your hair and most likely damaging it.

I definitely noticed a different in how healthy my bangs seemed after switching to softer ties.

Although they probably will let your pony sag, i really like the soft ribbon ties from sephora. They barely leave a kink in your hair.. its the next best thing to a scrunchy. Never thought i’d say that.

-Combing

If you have to comb through your hair wet, definitely use a wide tooth comb. If your hair is extremely damaged from bleaching, i would recommend not combing your hair wet at all but, if you must: thoroughly detangle your hair with moroccan oil or a leave in conditioner.

Here are a couple of great wide tooth comb options but you can also pick them up at any drug store/walmart for cheap! The moroccan oil comb is infused with the oil, i’ve never tried it but it sounds pretty damn awesome.

-Hair brush

Particularly for people with extensions i’d recommend a soft, bristle brush to prevent snagging. I can really be as rough as i want when brushing through my extensions with my fekkai brush and it never snags or pulls.

I like Denman or sephora for paddle brushes.

Amazon has a great selection of Monroe round brushes that are great for blow outs. Their shape means you can get closer to the scalp when drying.

-Shampoo/conditioner

After coloring, extension damage or even if you just have very dry brittle hair: a non-lathering, conditioning shampoo could be your new best friend!

My sister had mentioned to me that she’d bought a l’occitane shampoo to try in hopes of helping dry scalp which got me thinking about the infamous sulphates in traditional, lathering shampoos.

Sulphates in your shampoos are said to strip color, dry your hair and scalp and wreak havoc with curly hair. Since i’m not a chemist, i can’t say whether this is totally true or not but i am definitely a sulphate-free convert.

Initially i tried Macadamia Flawless after taking out my extensions and feeling like my hair needed a boost and i was so impressed! It left my scalp feeling clean and gave me the perfect day-old hair. You put it in dry hair and rinse it off in the shower and you’re done.

Since then Rachael gave me a Wen set that she’d been given and i think i might prefer it slightly. I only tried the shampoo, not the other styling products but my hair has felt great!

I rinsed my hair in the shower and applied the product to my roots and really massaged it in then pulled it through the ends with my fingers. The bottle tells you to use some ludicrous amount of product every shampoo but don’t listen to it, you don’t need a lot and you can always add another pump if needed. I leave it in a while then rinse it out. If my hair is feeling particularly crappy i run a second helping through the ends and let it sit for as long as i can, finishing with a rinse of cool water to close the follicle. 

- Argan oil

I probably don’t even need to say more but i love the stuff.

When i have extensions in i run it through the ends every night and put my hair up in a bun, the next morning my hair feels wonderful and keeps my extensions soft for ages.

I also run it through clean, damp hair and let it air dry as often as i can which really seems to help the frizz and pouffiness.

As if this product couldn’t be any more of a beauty essential… it also doubles up as a great skin treatment. If i’m fancying myself some shiny legs on a night out i run a couple pumps down the fronts of my legs and rub it in. So shiny and soft.

Moroccan Oil also make a “light” version for those lucky things with naturally shiny hair.

I also love the brands Josie Maran and Macadamia for argan oil products.

-Sleeping

I find if i get too hot in my sleep, the back of my hair turns into a big curly frizz ball.

To remedy this i rub moroccan oil through my hair and put it up in a loose bun on top of my head. That way my hair is still super soft and sleep in the mornings.

-Scalp energizer

There are all sorts of these and i’m not sure if they work but i’ve heard lots of good things about Phyto scalp stimulants.

-Heat styling

Always use a heat protecting spray when you’re going to use any heat stylers. S Factor make a great one but it can get a little greasy if you use too much, its great for VERY bleach damaged hair though.. you’ll get your shine back!

Oscar blandi is great for every day use and doesn’t leave your hair greasy. You can also apply it before you even blow dry your hair… just to be sure :)

I bought these three products this weekend and LOVE all of them.
-Argan balm. I can’t take a shower without slathering on lotion right after or my skin gets so tight through out the day. I love this argan balm for that purpose and imagine it will be perfect for the dry, winter months.
For a balm its surprisingly light and doesn’t need to be rubbed in too vigorously to get a good coverage. It smells amazing and kept my skin moist and supple all day. Definitely try this out in sephora if you can.
- Bohemian waves argan spray mist. I was intrigued by this as soon as i saw it in sephora and had to try it. I sprayed it on my hair damp and roughly blow dried it. 
It gave me really soft, shiny hold and good volume. Of course it smells delish too.
I imagine this would be great for beach/boat days to just spray on right out of the sea/lake and let it air dry for bouncy beach waves.
- Macadamia flawless. This all-in-one product has great reviews so i couldn’t wait to pick up a can at Ulta.
It boasts that it cleanses, conditions, refines and perfects and honestly i think it fulfills all of those things.
It comes out like a gel-mousse and i applied it to my hair dry, starting at the roots and spreading it through the lengths of my hair. You can add a little water to spread it through your hair but i didn’t find it necessary. I left it on for about 10 minutes then rinsed it out in the shower. Even while me hair was still wet i found it felt so much thicker and didn’t retain as much water when i was squeezing it out.
My hair dried fast and didn’t have the usual fluffy, freshly washed effect that makes it impossible to style.
My hair was clean and conditioned with enough weight to style easily.
(perfect for people trying to avoid lathering shampoos due to their drying effects)

I bought these three products this weekend and LOVE all of them.

-Argan balm. I can’t take a shower without slathering on lotion right after or my skin gets so tight through out the day. I love this argan balm for that purpose and imagine it will be perfect for the dry, winter months.

For a balm its surprisingly light and doesn’t need to be rubbed in too vigorously to get a good coverage. It smells amazing and kept my skin moist and supple all day. Definitely try this out in sephora if you can.

- Bohemian waves argan spray mist. I was intrigued by this as soon as i saw it in sephora and had to try it. I sprayed it on my hair damp and roughly blow dried it. 

It gave me really soft, shiny hold and good volume. Of course it smells delish too.

I imagine this would be great for beach/boat days to just spray on right out of the sea/lake and let it air dry for bouncy beach waves.

- Macadamia flawless. This all-in-one product has great reviews so i couldn’t wait to pick up a can at Ulta.

It boasts that it cleanses, conditions, refines and perfects and honestly i think it fulfills all of those things.

It comes out like a gel-mousse and i applied it to my hair dry, starting at the roots and spreading it through the lengths of my hair. You can add a little water to spread it through your hair but i didn’t find it necessary. I left it on for about 10 minutes then rinsed it out in the shower. Even while me hair was still wet i found it felt so much thicker and didn’t retain as much water when i was squeezing it out.

My hair dried fast and didn’t have the usual fluffy, freshly washed effect that makes it impossible to style.

My hair was clean and conditioned with enough weight to style easily.

(perfect for people trying to avoid lathering shampoos due to their drying effects)