Skincare: Breakdown

Say it with me: skincare is important. Skincare is the only way to healthy good looking skin. If you don’t take away anything but one thing from this post take this: there are no shortcuts to skincare and you have to be committed to a regimen.

Skincare encompasses a myriad a things and not everything is for everybody. There’s cleansers, masks, serums, creams, essences, moisturizers, oils, toners, sprays, gels, exfoliators, lotions, foams, balms, the list can get pretty long.


Depending on what your skin type is and what skin issues you are trying to combat will tell you what your regimen should consist of.

For me? I have combination skin and I like mattifying products that brighten and even skin tone.

My p.m. regimen consists of a cream cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. In that order. I have a schedule for exfoliating and masking as well. My a.m. regimen is a bit different.

Skincare is no joke and definitely a commitment. Say it with me: skincare is important.

What’s your regimen?

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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.


All items purchased at Sephora.

Have you tried anything by GlamGlow?

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Review: Play! By Sephora

Hello hello! Sephora, (my heaven) has a beauty subscription box called Play! By Sephora. I’ve been a subscriber for five months now and I thought I would give you all my thoughts.

The box is $10 a month or $10.80 with tax to be exact. Here’s what you get:

  • A cute draw string bag
  • 5 deluxe skincare, makeup, or haircare samples with a fragrance bonus
  • Play! Book. Which gives you info and tips on the products you just received
  • Play! Pass to redeem for 50 beauty insider points
  • Play! Date for you and a friend to learn how to apply the products in the box
  • Free Shipping!

How Cute! Themed!

Each month has a different theme and the product range is pretty impressive. I have received items from Cover FX, IT Cosmetics, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Too Faced, Makeup Forever, and Smashbox just to name a few. The samples are indeed deluxe, some of the samples I have received I will use quite a while before I need to run to Sephora for a full size!


A few products I’ve gotten

The Play Box is in high demand so subscriptions are not available all the time; you can sign up for Sephora to notify you when a subscription is available.

My thoughts: for 10 bucks a month it’s a way to try new brands and also add variety to your beauty routine. I have been introduced to new brands that I now love and I’ve tried new products from brands I’ve loved and used for a while. I have enjoyed my box each month I’ve gotten it and I don’t see me cancelling anytime soon. What sets it apart from other beauty subscription boxes is that it’s from a brand (Sephora) I trust and love!

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Mini Mascaras

I think mini mascaras are the best thing that ever happened to the world! Ok a little dramatic but they are pretty awesome.


  • Try it first! For more expensive mascaras it is really nice to be able to purchase a mini size for less and try it out to see if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Travel– Duh.
  • For those of us who don’t go through a tube of mascara in a month the mini size is perfect so you aren’t tossing half a tube of mascara at the three month mark.
  • If you don’t like it you didn’t waste 20 bucks or more on a full size.
  • Cuteness!!!!


  • Really? After those pros how could you have cons?

Makeup chains like Sephora and Ulta are getting really awesome about selling “to go” mini products or offering deluxe samples as a part of a gift with purchase or rewards program.


Try some today!

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I Have to Have it: Josie Maran

I have been in love with Josie Maran products since the first day I discovered them! Josie Maran Cosmetics uses the tag line “Luxury with a Conscience”. I think that sums up this brand perfectly!

High points:

  • Natural, eco-friendly skin care
  • Organic
  • Great packaging
  • Healthy
  • Gives results


  • Hydrating
  • Skin/Complexion

The main ingredient and possibly the best way to identify Josie Maran cosmetics and skincare is everything has 100% pure Argan Oil in it. Argan oil is an all encompassing oil that gives healthy, natural, amazing results. Argan oil can be used for everything: hair, nails, face, body, you name it!


  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Original and Light formulas
  • Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
  • Pure Argan Milk: Intensive Hydrating Treatment (Latest/Newest product)


All the products mentioned are amazing. With Argan oil in every product you are guaranteed moisture and a healthy glow about your skin. (For more information on beauty oils refer to my previous post: On Trend: Beauty Oils) All the products are natural and don’t have harmful chemicals or ingredients. I like to think of Josie Maran products and cosmetics as healthy makeup. Your skin feels good and you feel good about taking care of yourself!

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I Have to Have it: Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics started out as The Face Place a makeup shop in San Fran CA, opened by twins Jean and Jane Ford.

The most amazing thing about Benefit as a company is that it’s not terribly serious! Some makeup companies seem so serious and straight-laced but with benefit they promote a culture of laughter and glamour! Read their mission I Love it!

The Benefesto

We believe in whistling while you work it… and faking it ’til you make it. We believe in fast and fabulous beauty solutions… and that glamour is grabbing life by the giggles and not letting go. We believe if at first you don’t succeed, apply more lipstick… that sexy gets you everywhere… and if you can’t be good, be gorgeous. We believe… Laughter is the best cosmetic!

Benefit is the best of both worlds they have an amazing culture of laughter and fun but at the same time their products are amazing! They have funny sayings and uber cute packaging but the product inside will blow you away!

Benefit’s blushes are a cult favorite. I think the first Benefit product I ever got was one of their blushes! Some of their amazing products in my collection include:


  • Blushes: Hervana, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur
  • Hoola Bronzer
  • Watt’s Up highlighter
  • Stay Don’t Stray eye primer
  • High Brow eye highlighter
  • They’re Real Mascara

The Blushes are amazingly pigmented and smell great!

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The Hoola bronzer has won awards for being a universally amazing bronzing powder. Any skin tone can wear it!

The Watt’s Up highlighter is my favorite! It is a champagne colored cream highlighter that makes you look amazing every time!

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The Stay Don’t Stray eye primer is my second fav! It is hands down the best eyelid primer I have come across. The eyeshadows stay put, don’t crease, and look amazing all day with this primer.

They’re Real Mascara is on another planet! This mascara is a best-selling mascara. It takes your lashes from here to the sky! It lengthens, separates, and darkens your lashes like no other. My go to mascara hands down.

Benefit has also mastered appealing amazingly cute packaging! You don’t even want to throw it away!

There are so many other wonderful things to say about the company and many other products to mention but this post would be a mile long. In short Benefit is well worth it! Try it today!

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On Trend: Beauty Oils

I went to Sephora yesterday and I was talking with my dad last night about different products and whatnot and we started talking about skin. He and I have the same type of skin, we are very oily and whenever I come across something that is amazing for me I always let him know (So we use a lot of the same products lol).

That led me to beauty oils, I said dad you should really use these they are great for your skin! He says yeah like I need any more oil on my skin.

BOOM myth number one! Beauty oils are amazing for that fact alone. In putting oil on your face you are actually tricking your skin into thinking it already created that oil so in turn you become less oily. Amazing right?

Anyone no matter your skin type can use beauty oils and reap the benefits! For those with dry skin you get the moisture you need and for those with oily skin you get less oil production.

Beauty oils come in all shapes and sizes meaning there are different kinds. There are the straight up oils that you can use any and everywhere (hair, skin, nails, etc.) then there are cleansing oils for face and body. Beauty oils are all-encompassing and treat/solve so many beauty problems.

A few beauty oils I would like to recommend include:

  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil both the original and the light formulas
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
  • Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

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So have no fear when it comes to beauty oils. All of these products have a bunch of amazing ingredients in them to make you your most beautiful self! Run don’t walk to check out beauty oils TODAY!

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