The Ordinary

Happy Sunday! I’m excited about today’s post! Today we’re talking about The Ordinary.

I first learned about The Ordinary when it came to Sephora online. I was excited it was really affordable skincare with concentrated ingredients! Of course it sold out quickly and everytime I was ready to purchase it was sold out.

I was visiting a friend one day and she’s an esthetician, we got to talking about the brand and she told me to just order from their website! Duh Kim.

So I did! I bought a few products and I’ve been using them for a while and I want to share my thoughts.

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I purchased:

  • The Buffet
  • Caffeine Solution 5%
  • Hyaluranic Acid 2%
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
  • Serum Foundation

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The Buffet is a multi-technology peptide serum that targets multiple signs of aging at once. The peptides are based in 11 amino acids. The formula is not greasy and extremely hydrating.

The Caffeine Solution 5% is a light textured formula with a high concentration of caffeine to combat dark circles and puffiness in the eye contours. I have seen physical differences in my skin since using this product! I don’t deal with puffiness too much but dark circles have become a problem and I’ve seen a significant difference!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% is a hydration support formula with ultra pure vegan hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can carry up to 1000 times its weight. This is a non-greasy formula that is extremely moisturizing and it penetrates the skin very well.

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The High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is a spreadability enhancing lightweight surface smoother and primer with high flexibility silicones. This primer is non-oily and helps foundation go on smoothly and evenly. It feels great and gives a great finish.

The Serum Foundation is a lightweight pigment suspension system with moderate coverage. They have a range of 21 shades, that are lightweight for a natural finish with sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.

Best part is the price!

  • The Buffet $14.80
  • Caffeine Solution 5% $6.70
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% $6.80
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer $7.90
  • Serum Foundation $6.70

I am extremely happy with the product quality, the results I’m seeing, the prices, and over all brand integrity. The Ordinary has propriety technology and cutting edge technics that make their products some of the best on the market.

Long story short try them!  They have an amazing range of products something for just about everything. And the prices are amazing!

What do you think?

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Foundation

Let’s talk about foundation! I get questions all the time about what type of foundation is best for whatever type or skin or skin condition. So let’s dish!

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Typically I use a medium coverage foundation, I always try for a matte finish because I have combination skin, and I always color match for undertones. This is very important!

You have to know your skin in order to truly find the best foundation.

Dry skin needs moisture so try to stay away from matte finishes.

Oily skin produces its own moisture so you want to stay away from dewy finishes.

Skin prone to breakouts or active acne needs a light to medium coverage so your skin can breathe but look put together still.

If you are trying to cover scars, acne marks, or even skin tone a medium to full coverage is what you want.

There are foundations designed specifically for acne or sensitive skin so that is worth a try for those conditions. Some “healthy” skin foundation brands include Physicians Formula, Neutragena, Bare Minerals, Dr. Jart, or Perricone MD. Most of these have SPF too! Which is great and the mark of true healthy skin makeup.

For any skin type, tone, or condition you want to color match to your neck or chest and always remember your undertones.

Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral. You can have pink undertones, red undertones, yellow undertones,  etc. There are many ways to determine your undertones as well. Like in the sun do you burn or tan? If you burn you’re cool if you tan you’re warm. Do you look better in silver or gold. If silver you’re cool if gold you’re warm. Look at your veins if they appear blue your cool,  if they appear green you’re warm, and if you can’t tell you’re neutral.

Undertones play a big part in the type of cosmetics you should wear not just foundation!

Then you can always choose bb/cc creams or powder foundations. With the beauty industry the choices really are endless!

If you still need help that’s ok! Visit Ulta or Sephora and get color matched but be sure to step outside in the natural light for confirmation and shopping with a trusted friend is always a good idea!

Ready to try some new foundation?

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Top 5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

Happy Sunday! Today we’re talking must have, can’t live without, holy grail beauty products.

My top 5:

  1. NYX eyebrow pencil with spooly- I love to keep this on hand for when I want a quick brow that’s still on point! Great dupe for ABH Brow Wiz at half the price.
  2. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- Hands down the best mascara I have ever used. I have tried and will continue to try other mascaras but I always go back to perversion. It’s length and volume, what more can you ask for?
  3. Chapstick: need I say more?
  4. Real Techniques Foundation Brush- If I’m not using this brush I’m using a beauty blender. This brush blends flawlessly and doesn’t soak up a lot of product.
  5. Rice Brightening makeup remover wipes- My first holy grail makeup remover wipes were discontinued so it took me a while to find another. These wipes are gentle but effective and they are large! Which is great for a full face take off.

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You can find all these products at Ulta.

What are your holy grail products?

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Coffee Table Books

My favorite piece of functional and fashionable décor, the coffee table book! They come in all different sizes, colors, and subjects.

You can style coffee table books a number of ways: you can stack them, prop them up, stagger them, heck they don’t even have to go on your coffee table.

I think the reason I love them so much is because you can get coffee table books in subjects you like! They not only look good as décor but you can read them as well!

I have coffee table books on travel, fashion, makeup, designers, etc. I’ve found them in a couple of different places as well. Some I ordered from Amazon but I found lot of them at a local used book store! Prices vary but I think coffee table books are timeless and chic!

 

Mid- Week Haul

Happy Wednesday everybody! Coming to you today with a little haulage. I took my sissy out for her birthday and we did a little shopping. Here ‘s what I got:

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I haven’t really tried anything out yet but I’m extremely excited about the Morphe fan brush and the Milani brushes (brushes are have fav!). Also excited about the Makeup Revolution banana powder! Who wants a review?

Items purchased from Ulta and Walmart.

Have a good rest of your week!

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Brand Spotlight: GlamGlow

Happy Wednesday and Valentine’s day! Today we are highlighting GlamGlow! I have been ride or die for this company and their products for a long time. They have amazing range which means you can always find something to fit your needs.

GlamGlow has really expanded over the last few years. They started out with face masks and have ventured into moisturizers, face mists, and even lip products.

They are super fun as well! Their packaging is majorly cute and one of their latest products has glitter in it! Need I say more?

I have tried quite a few products from GlamGlow including: the Supermud clearing treatment, the Youthmud tingling and exfoliating treatment, the Powermud dualcleanse treatment, the Thirstymud hydrating treatment, the Flashmud brightening treatment, Brightmud eye treatment, the Poutmud fizzy lip exfoliating treatment, and the Glowsetter makeup setting spray. Just to name a few.

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All items purchased at Sephora.

Have you tried anything by GlamGlow?

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Current Beauty Game Changers

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Happy Hump Day! I’m sharing my current beauty game changers. These are five products that I have been using pretty consistently and they are amazing!

  1. The Herbiarie Collagen + Retinol Daily Face Serum
  2. Fenty Beauty Match Stick in shade mocha
  3. Tarte Chrome Paint in shade fire dancer
  4. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  5. Miss Spa Hydrogel Lip Treatment

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My Thoughts:

My skin is more supple and soft thanks to the collagen + retinol serum which I do use daily. Also Skyn Island products are amazing for stressed skin PERIOD! The hydro cooling gels work wonders on tired eyes! The Tarte chrome paints are seriously pigmented and give any look life! The Miss spa hydrogel lip treatment leaves my lips feeling moisturized and smooth. Last but not least my brand new baby Fenty match stick one word… BOMB. Stay tuned for a whole post dedicated to my love for Fenty Beauty!

Items were purchased at Ulta, Sephora, and Marshalls.

What are your current beauty game changers?

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