January 12, 2015

Maybelline Creamy Mattes 'Touch of Spice' and 'Divine Wine' Review/Swatches

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Lipstick in 'Touch of Spice' and 'Divine Wine'

Maybelline has recently launched their collection "Color Sensational Creamy Mattes." I've heard it mentioned a lot on YouTube, but couldn't find them in drugstores till now! I picked up "Touch of Spice" and "Divine Wine" at Walgreens for their Buy One, Get One 50% Off deal. This makes them just about the same price as Walmart/Target.

January 10, 2015

Accutane Survival Products

Accutane Survival Products

I remember searching high and low to find products that would help combat the Accutane side effects. I used to find products people recommend through acne.org and heavily research them to ultimately be discouraged by the price and fact that I had to order it online. Through a lot of trial and error, I found products that worked beautifully and helped me get through it easier. Majority of them are drugstore products that are affordable too!

January 3, 2015

My Experience with Accutane (Isotretinoin)

iPLEDGE booklet
iPLEDGE booklet

My journey with Accutane was  full of dryness, blood work, and doctor visits, but I'd do it again if I had to. I remember what a tiring process it was to constantly be trying out prescription acne creams and antibiotics, all to get your hopes up and have it not work. Of course they say to patiently use it for a long period of time and not expect instant results, but for me, there was no results at all. I finally got a referral to a dermatologist from my primary and went in hopeful. The dermatologist examined my face and back and deemed that I indeed had moderate/ severe acne. We went over my long list of medications that I tried for acne in the past and he suggested Accutane immediately. I had done months of research beforehand and agreed. Of course we talked about side effects and what to expect, but he assured me it would be fine. My father had severe acne and had to take it as a teenager, so I was optimistic that this might be my route as well.

November 10, 2013

Still lusting over the Lorac PRO Palette?

Lorac Rockin' Red Hot Set
Lorac Rockin' Red Hot PRO set

By the slim chance that you didn't hear yet, you can score the Lorac PRO palette for just $39!
Now, it doesn't seem like such a big difference from the regular $42 price tag, but the Lorac Rockin' Red Hot PRO Set comes with the Lorac PRO Palette, Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, AND PRO Liquid Eyeliner. You're basically getting the PRO Liquid Eyeliner for free and saving $3.00.

Whenever I've popped into my local ULTA, it is always out of stock so I suggest ordering it online. It's limited edition so I highly suggest you grab it while you can! Once the holidays is over, it won't be up for grabs anymore! Who doesn't want to save money and get an extra make-up goodie for free? ULTA is also offering free shipping for orders over $25 right now.

February 19, 2013

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer Review

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer
Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer packaging

When looking for a product to contour with, it is recommended to go for a matte bronzer/blush. I generally love Tarte because it doesn't irritate my skin. However, this would be the exception to that statement. I wanted to try to add some definition to my face so, I was immediately searching for a decent matte bronzer on MakeUpAlley. It came down to this and MAC's blush in Blunt. Somehow, my brain was drawn to this (perhaps the nice packaging...) and I was off to Sephora on my next free day. 

I tried to contour with this with my MAC 109 brush. Nothing too off the charts extraordinary, just the simple "E" makeup artists always recommend. Let me just say, it look ALOT of building to even show up on my NC30 skin. I eventually gave up and just let it be so I could be on my way to finishing my eye makeup. 

February 14, 2013

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes Review

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Swatches Blissful Achiote Charisma Natural Beauty simplylinh
(L-R Blissful, Achiote, Charisma, Natural Beauty)

While browsing through the aisles of Sephora, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush display is bound to catch a handful of customer's eyes. While some of the colors are very vibrant and bright, they look beautiful and less frightening once blended out. So, please do not allow the pan color to scare you.  I currently own 4 and I love every single one of them! 

February 10, 2013

Hello everyone!

After alot of contemplating, I've finally decided to start a blog!  Being snowed in by Blizzard Nemo gave me the chance to sit down and start.  I know that I personally love exploring beauty blogs by other bloggers so why not join in!

I'm not going to constrict this blog to just make up. I plan to post about a range of topics that I hope you guys find helpful and interesting. I know that alot of ladies out there struggle with their skin, and you're not alone! My dermatologist classifies me as having moderate/severe acne and I'm about to embark on a 5 month journey of Accutane (isotretinoin). I plan to make a log of symptoms that occur along the way to keep you guys informed incase it potentially helps any of you who are considering the drug. Needless to say, I aim to use products that hide acne while not making it worse.

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