Natural Everyday MakeupNatural Everyday Makeup

Natural makeup looks are so refreshing to see. As much as I love artistic and glam looks, they just aren’t practical for everyday wear. If you tend to be a little bit lower maintenance in your beauty routine like me, you probably don’t like to fuss with foundation and false lashes every time you apply makeup. Lucky for us, there are still ways to enhance your features without using a ton of products! Today I’m going to share with you my own natural-looking makeup routine.

  • Step 1: Wet N Wild Coverall Primer
    I always like to start off with applying a bit of primer where I’m going to place my concealer. This helps prevent the concealer from creasing so much and keeps everything in place.
  • Step 2: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
    Next for the red, dark, and “imperfect” areas of my face, I’ll go in with some concealer.  The only places that get concealed are under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin.
  • Step 3: Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
    To set and mattify, I use a powder. This will help the staying power of your concealer and get rid of any excess shine.
  • Step 4: Wet N Wild Blush in “Pearlescent Pink”
    Since I’m so fair-skinned, I like to use blush to bring some color to my face. Otherwise, I tend to look washed-out! I apply this to my cheeks and use whatever product is left on the brush to lightly dust my nose.
  • Step 5: Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Highlighter Duo
    I like to apply highlighter just to give my face a fresh, dewy look. This step is completely optional for this makeup look, but I do like the extra layer of depth a highlight gives. I apply highlight to my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and cupid’s bow. I also apply some to the inner corners of my eye and brow bone after I finish up the eyeshadow step.
  • Step 6: NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade
    To darken and fill my brows, I like to use a brow pomade. The formula of this product also helps keep the hairs in place.
  • Step 7: Milani Eye Primer
    This step is pretty obvious, but keep your eyeshadow from moving by using an eye primer!
  • Step 8: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
    This is one of my go-to palettes, especially when I’m going for a natural or minimal look. I start off by popping the color “Nudie” onto my crease. Then I apply “Cashmere Bunny” in a C-shape on the outer corners. To add some brightness and shimmer, I use the shade “Silk Teddy” on the remainder of my lids. I make sure everything is blended and soft before mixing “Cashmere Bunny” and “Nudie” to apply to my lower lashline. Once that’s done, I use “Sexpresso” on an eyeliner brush and line my upper lashline. And voilà! The eyeshadow is done.
  • Step 9: Maybelline Falsies Mascara
    I like to make my lashes as thick, long, and full as they can be on their own. This mascara does just that! I apply it to both my upper and lower lashes.
  • Step 10: bareMinerals Moxie Lipgloss in “Birthday Babe”
    Some people are very anti-lipgloss, but I LOVE it! I especially like when the shade of the gloss closely matches the natural color of my lips. I think the extra shine makes this minimal makeup look even more fresh.

Natural Everyday Makeup

There you have it! My natural, “everyday” makeup routine. (That’s in quotes because I definitely don’t wear makeup everyday.) What are some of your go-to “everyday” makeup products? Let me know in the comments!

The Ultimate Thrift Shopping Guide

Growing up, my mom used to beg me to shop in the clearance section at stores. I am the youngest sibling in my family, and that means hand-me-downs! The rebellious nature in me always wanted new, new, new, and I kept this mentality for the majority of my life. That was until I discovered thrift shopping and how fun and adventurous it can actually be.

Clothes shopping in a thrift store can be overwhelming. Oftentimes they have racks full of clothes lining the entirety of the store and you may not know where to start. Well, I’m here to help you! Here is how I personally tackle thrift stores, and hopefully you can try out some of these tips!

  1. Make a day out of it.
    If you want a fruitful thrift shopping experience, you really have to set aside the time for it. You will increase your chances of finding clothes you like by going to multiple thrift stores, and that can take a big chunk of your day. I usually spend about an hour to an hour and a half in each store. Some big name thrift shops here in the U.S. include Goodwill and Plato’s Closet, but also be to sure to check out your local thrift shops as well. You will spend a lot of time looking through all of the racks, so mark off a Saturday to do so!
  2. Be patient.
    Some days you get lucky and find tons of cute clothes in your size, and other days you may only scrape by with a couple of items. It’s a game of chance as you never really know what these stores are carrying at the time, so go into it with an open mind.
  3. Figure out how the store is organized.
    Thrift stores organize their clothes by color, size, type of clothing, or a combination of the three. It’s pretty easy to figure out once you get into the store, but it’s good to know so you can navigate the racks more efficiently. For instance, if the store is organized by color, you can flock to the colors you’re most likely to wear. If you never plan on wearing chartreuse green (and I don’t blame you), you can skip over that section!
  4. Location, location, location.
    I haven’t actually tested this one out, but I’m going to go ahead and say location matters. The closer you are to a bigger city, it seems the more selection you’ll have. I live in a decently-sized college town, so that means there’s a good amount of clothes I’d actually wear since the population skews younger. If you happen to live in a location like this, take advantage of it. A few weeks ago I found several barely-worn Banana Republic tops for $6 a pop!
  5. Early bird gets the worm.
    You’re more likely to find good clothes earlier in the day as opposed to right before the store closes. They don’t usually do their stocking at the end of the night!
  6. Go on the weekend.
    Just like you’re more likely to find good stuff earlier in the day, you’ll also increase your luck by choosing to go on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. These places know the weekends are when people are out and about, and they definitely plan for it!
  7. Look through everything.
    And by everything, I mean everything. You never know if the shirt of your dreams is tucked between two ugly Christmas sweaters. Spend time looking through all items on the rack. They rarely have two of the same item, so don’t miss out on anything!
  8. See through the flaws.
    Sometimes you’ll come across a piece of clothing you adore, but you notice it has some flaws. Maybe there’s a small stain or a frayed edge. If it’s an easy fix, go for it! If you’re a creative type and think a little DIY love could turn it around, throw it in your cart! These are obviously used clothes so they won’t always be perfect. If you see the potential, you can turn an otherwise overlooked piece of clothing into something completely your own.
  9. Make sure you really want it.
    Most thrift stores don’t offer returns, exchanges, or store credit so make sure the items you choose are things you’ll actually wear. Just because it’s a bargain doesn’t necessarily mean you need it!
  10. Bring a shopping buddy.
    Let’s face it: two sets of eyes is better than one. Having someone with to tell you HELL NO when you hold up something truly heinous isn’t such a bad idea. They can also help you look for any damages to the garment, find something you accidentally skipped over, and just make the experience a lot more fun overall. There are some pretty laughable items in thrift stores!

These are just a few tips you can follow next time you head out to go thrifting. Happy shopping!

Are you an expert thrift shopper? Do you have any tips not listed here? Let me know in the comments!

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator

All skin types have their pros and cons. I happen to have combination skin, which means I get a lovely mix of very oily areas and very dry areas. I’ve tried multiple exfoliators, but nothing seemed to work on my resilient skin.

In the February Boxycharm, everyone received a Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator. I’m going to be honest here. If I hadn’t received this in my subscription box, there is no way I would have ever bought it on my own. Why? Well it’s simple: this baby retails at $79! It’s very much on the higher end of skincare, and I just don’t prefer to waste that kind of money on a product I haven’t tried before in case it doesn’t work for me.

Well… I lucked out because this product works like a charm!

At first I scoffed at the size of the bottle. It’s only 2 oz, but I soon realized a little goes a long way. I barely use any product and it manages to cover my entire face! This tube will probably last a while, especially since you only need to use it once or twice a week.

I noticed results immediately after the first time I used it. My face felt so smooth and soft! Any rough patches of skin on my cheeks had magically disappeared and it toned down the scaliness on my nose. The texture of my skin looked much better, even with foundation and concealer! It’s very rare that a product works perfectly after one use, so needless to say I was thrilled.

Here’s my step-by-step process for how I use this product:

  1. Wash face as normal.
  2. Make sure face is wet and apply very small amount (less than a dime size) to face.
  3. Massage gently all over face for 2 minutes. I spend extra time on my driest areas.
  4. Rinse off, continuing to be gentle.
  5. Pat dry.
  6. Moisturize!

This product has been a game-changer in my nighttime routine. I just love the way it makes my skin feel. It has a bit of a strange citrusy smell, but I rarely let these types of things be deal-breakers unless they’re unbearable (which this isn’t).

Overall, I’m really happy with this product and glad I was introduced to it. It will more than likely be on my re-purchase list because I’m not sure if I can go back to how my skin was before it!

Have you tried this microdermabrasion before? What did you think of it? Any skincare holy grails you can recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Eyezen Glasses Review

If you work an office job, chances are you’re probably spending a majority of your eight-hour workday in front of computer. Even on your lunch break I’ll bet you take at least a glance at your phone. Point is, we spend a lot of time staring at blue screens whether large or small. I’m completely guilty of it.

Even though I’ve only been working a full-time office job for a little less than two years, I can already feel the negative impact it has been having on my health. I’m a graphic designer for a marketing agency, and that means my eyes are glued to the screen (and my butt glued to the computer chair) for 8+ hours a day. Luckily, doing a little bit of yoga every morning and walking my dog helps the body aches, but it wasn’t helping the massive headaches and eye fatigue I was feeling at the end of each and every day.

I was scrolling through Pinterest one night and saw an ad for digital screen protection glasses. Normally I have a strong distrust of advertising, but I was feeling desperate. Maybe I could finally put an end to those after-work headaches. I decided to click on it and it took me to a site called EyeBuyDirect.

I was a little overwhelmed because they had so many different styles, many of which were surprisingly affordable. I picked up this non-prescription pair in size XS for about $38. (I think they were having a sale. Plus I used a coupon. Always ALWAYS check for coupons!)

The shipping process was a little slow, but they mentioned it could take up to 14 days to ship. It took almost two and a half weeks from the date I ordered to the day they arrived. This was a bummer, but mostly because I couldn’t wait to try them out!

They came beautifully packaged in a brown box and inside a light blue cloth bag. The bag is perfect for storing them on your desk when you’re not using them. At first glance I thought they looked a bit small, almost like kids’ glasses, but they actually fit perfectly! They are a great size for my small and narrow face.

Aside from them looking great, I’m sure you’re wondering if they actually work. The short answer is yes.

If you don’t normally wear glasses (like me), it will be a bit of an adjustment to wear them. The lenses do have a slight magnification to make text easier to read, so I don’t recommend wearing them for any reason other than to look at your screen. It might be slight, but you’ll definitely the notice magnification once you start walking around.

When looking through the lenses, I noticed that everything seemed to have a yellow-ish tint. The yellow helps counter the blue light, but it will make colors look a bit off. Since I’m a designer and color is a very important part of my job, I just take them off whenever I need to fix anything color-related. You will also notice that when light hits the lenses, it gives a purple reflection. Pretty cool!

I’ve been wearing these every day since I got them (10 full days to be exact!), and I’ve really noticed a difference! My eyes don’t feel as tired at the end of my workday, and I haven’t gotten a single headache! I am over the moon about these glasses and what they have done for me. I guess I’ve also discovered that Pinterest advertising works!

I should note that even though I got non-prescription glasses, they do make prescription Eyezen lenses. Regardless of what you’re in the market for, I hope you found this review helpful!

Have you tried Eyezen lenses? What do you think of them? Have they helped you at all? Let me know in the comments!

Eyezen Glasses Review

*P.S. This post is NOT sponsored!

February 2017 Boxycharm Unboxing

The day I receive my Boxycharm is my favorite day of the month! I love getting surprised with new beauty goodies, and the Boxycharm team really knocked it out of the park with this month’s box. S0 without further ado, let’s get into what I got!

  1. Royal & Langnickel Omnia Eye Kit ($29.98) – This beautiful gold and rose gold brush set makes a great addition to my brush collection. The gold is an eyeshadow brush and the rose gold is a smudge brush. The bristles on both are very soft and apply product well. They seem to be great quality!
  2. Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in “Cinderella” and “Concrete Jungle” ($6 each) – It may seem crazy, but I’ve never tried a Makeup Geek eyeshadow before! I was glad Boxycharm included two for me to try. They threw in a pink and a gray, and both of them are very pretty. The gray is unique and probably my favorite of the two, but they work well together!
  3. Small Z Palette ($14) – Evidently there has been some drama swirling around the Z Palette company. Before all that happened, though, they collaborated with Boxycharm to create a Z Palette that looks similar to the box you receive in the mail. Scandal aside, the palette is very cute, and it was meant to house the Makeup Geek shadows we received.
  4. RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick in “Boss” ($18) – The packaging on this lipstick is so chic. Though it is a simple black and white rectangular casing, it is very striking. The color of this lipstick is a beautiful deep maroon, and it feels great on the lips. It’s halfway between a matte and a gloss, so it has a little shine (which I personally like!) The formula is not drying at all, but I can’t speak to the staying power because I haven’t worn it out for extended periods of time yet.
  5. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion ($79) – This was probably the most anticipated item we received in the box this month. Dr. Brandt is a pretty well-known skincare line (and an expensive one at that!), so the fact that each Boxycharmer subscriber got this is pretty cool. I’ve tried it twice since I got it, and I will be doing a full review on it in the near future!

The total value of this month’s box is $152.98. Can we talk about how CRAZY that value is?! I pay $21 a month for the box, and the value always exceeds the amount I pay. February Boxycharm nailed it, and I’m looking forward to the March box!

If you’re interested in seeing these products in action, I’ve tested them out on my YouTube channel. You can have a look here: