Natural 3D Mink Lashes Review + Tips For Applying False Lashes

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

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This summer is unlike any summer vacation I’ve ever had before, because for the past month, I’ve been attending beauty events, meeting beauty writers from different magazines, and interning at a really well-known fashion and beauty site. So, naturally, I want to make sure that I look professional and very well-put together and, well, like I belong at a beauty magazine! Not gonna lie, it can feel kind of intimidating being surrounded by so many people who have mastered the art of winged liner, ultra matte lips, and fleeky eyebrows. And while the dress code at my internship is pretty chill, I still try to look as nice as possible.

Typically, I do foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and my favorite liquid lipstick. But sometimes I want to add a little extra flair to my everyday look. While I do have naturally long, curled eyelashes, I love kicking things up a notch by applying mascara to make my lashes look extra long and volumized. And while I like to think that I’m a pro at getting eyelashes so long they rub against my glasses, I always fall in love with the way false lashes look.

I recently tried the Private Label Extensions Natural 3D Mink Lashes in the styles “Milan” and “Bangkok” to really amp up my look, and, well, let’s just say I can’t stop loving them.

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

In the past, I’ve purchased lashes that ended up being the same length as my natural eyelashes or shorter (ugh!). Obviously, there’s no real point to wearing them in that case, but as you can see, “Milan” (top) and “Bangkok” (bottom) are both very full-looking, so I had very high expectations for these lashes. By the way, these lashes are SUPER SOFT to the touch. It felt like I was holding feathers in my hand, which I liked because I felt like these lashes wouldn’t weigh down my eyelid the way lashes I’ve tried in the past have.

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

I applied “Milan” one morning for my internship and was blown away by how long and pretty they were. I definitely understand why spending a little money on really good false eyelashes is a good investment, especially because these lashes can be reused many times. While trying these lashes, I did reuse them both and I noticed that the band remained strong and didn’t get gross or weak after I removed them, which is really good since a destroyed band will prevent you from using false lashes. A definite win there.

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

I was extra excited for “Bangkok” because I wore these babies to the red carpet world premiere of the movie Good Fortune this week (I’ll have a post all about my experience up soon!) and I have four words to describe them: LARGE, AND IN CHARGE. I felt like such a movie star when I put them on! “Bangkok” is clearly the more dramatic one of the two and certainly fit the occasion. Unfortunately, my photos from the movie premiere are very dark and you can’t see them too well, so I reapplied “Bangkok” the following day and took much better photos. I was shocked (in a good way!) at how dramatic they were when they were on my eyes. If you’re looking for a show-stopping look then I think “Bangkok” is literally the ultimate false eyelash for truly head-turning makeup.

Private Extensions Lab Natural 3D Mink Lashes

I know a lot of people have trouble with applying false eyelashes (been there!) so I wanted to throw in some of my tips for applying them. Of course, what works for me may not work for everyone, but I still wanted to fill y’all in in case you were interested in trying them out for yourselves (you know ya girl wouldn’t leave you hanging!)

1. INVEST IN REALLY GOOD EYELASH GLUE. 

Honestly, I have used really crappy eyelash glue, and I have used really great eyelash glue. It makes a huge difference! I try to avoid the squeezy tube ones because I feel like I always squeeze as hard as I can and either nothing comes out or I get too much out. I used eyelash glue from Kiss when applying these lashes and it worked really great. But talking about eyelash glue brings me to my next point…

2. MOVE QUICKLY, BUT CAREFULLY. 

Because, well, it’s glue. It will dry before you get the chance to apply the lashes and then they’ll just fall right off. This definitely takes practice — you likely won’t perfectly apply false lashes on the first try (and if you do, you must share this sorcery with the world). Just stay calm and make sure there are no distractions around you when you apply them.

3. DON’T USE TWEEZERS. 

I know, SHOCKER! Contrary to what my other makeup loving friends and YouTube beauty gurus have taught me, I actually found that simply applying false lashes with my bare hands works best for me. I find that I work faster and surprisingly more precisely when I do this, so I’m just going to stick with it. Tweezers make me nervous anyway, so it’s okay. But if using tweezers works for you, then by all means, stick with it.

Pro tip: If you already have long eyelashes insert the false lashes at an angle. My natural lashes sometimes get in the way when I apply fake eyelashes, so I have found that slightly angling my wrist when I go in with the false lashes helps me get them as close to my lash line as possible without making mistakes.

4. WASH YOUR HANDS IMMEDIATELY IF YOU GET GLUE ON THEM.

Those sticky fingers will make it extremely difficult to apply lashes to the other eye! Do yourself a favor and wash off with soap and water if you happen to get glue on your hands before handling the lashes (trust me on this one!)

5. APPLY THE LASHES TO MIDDLE OF YOUR LIDS FIRST, THEN SMOOTH OUT THE EDGES.  

This tip from beauty gurus definitely works. It’s much easier than trying to go from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. Whether you choose to go in with tweezers or be brave and use just your hands, this tip is golden.

What’s your favorite way to add a little extra glamour to your look? 

Related: 10 College Beauty Essentials 

Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer + Tips For Moisturized Skin

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I'm more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you're worried about people judging your dry skin. Let's be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day. I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn't ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don't moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin! But because dry skin won't resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn't teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what's more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there's nothing scary about it! It's super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they're lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks. I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn't help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn't as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn't greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time. I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I'll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips. 1. Avoid scrubbing dry patches of skin. I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you'll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It's fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin. 2. Pay extra attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows. 3. Drink lots of water. As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won't deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle. 4.  Moisturize your lips.  I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don't have a favorite, find one. How do you combat dry skin in the summer? If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle.  Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EndYourDrySkin #WetSkinIsBestSkin #CollectiveBias

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I'm more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you're worried about people judging your dry skin. Let's be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day. I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn't ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don't moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin! But because dry skin won't resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn't teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what's more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there's nothing scary about it! It's super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they're lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks. I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn't help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn't as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn't greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time. I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I'll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips. 1. Avoid scrubbing dry patches of skin. I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you'll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It's fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin. 2. Pay extra attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows. 3. Drink lots of water. As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won't deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle. 4.  Moisturize your lips.  I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don't have a favorite, find one. How do you combat dry skin in the summer? If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle.  Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

Summer has never really been my favorite season (I’m more of a fall kind of girl). Some days are too hot to do anything fun outside, I always get the most uneven tans, and my shirt is literally plastered to my back after walking two blocks. Too many times I have found myself pacing in front of my closet wondering what to wear to work or to a hangout with friends only to pick up my signature pair of black leggings and a flannel top, because showing a little leg is a bit tough when you’re worried about people judging your dry skin. Let’s be real here, if you were also blessed with parched skin like me, you probably know the feeling of eyes boring holes into your dry patches. And you probably also know the feeling of layering on all the best ~ultra moisturizing~ lotions you can get your hands on only to be left with your arms feeling greasy and heavy, and extra gross after sweating all day.

I know most people think that dry skin is a problem associated with the cold winter season but the truth is that you can experience dry skin at any time of the year, and you shouldn’t ignore it. My mom used to tell me that if I don’t moisturize my skin properly, excessive dryness can lead to cracking and breaks in the skin, which sounds really painful. Definitely be aware of this if you have really dry skin!

But because dry skin won’t resolve itself, a solution that I found is the Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. According to the directions, you shower as per usual and apply the moisturizer while your skin is still wet, then you towel dry as you normally would. I know, the idea of applying lotion to wet skin sounds really strange, but hear me out (and get ready to take notes on this super quick science lesson!) Your skin is like a sponge after you shower, so the skin cells expand to allow moisture to better penetrate into just-showered skin. They certainly didn’t teach me that in my freshman year health science classes. And what’s more is that Curél® Hydra Therapy is formulated with an Advanced Ceramide Complex. This either sounds really scary or really fancy, but I promise there’s nothing scary about it! It’s super good for your skin because ceramides are naturally present in the skin and when they’re lost, your skin gets dry. So, this lotion works to replenish those moisture-rich building blocks.

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

I showered as per usual, but instead of towel drying immediately, I reached for the Curél® Hydra Therapy. First off, holy WOW, it glided right on! I couldn’t help but be in awe because I had never tried a moisturizer that has to be applied to wet skin. Most lotions give you a sticky feeling right off the bat, but this one made my skin instantly smooth and soft after just one use. Second, toweling your skin afterwards isn’t as weird-feeling as you might think. And because the Curél® Hydra Therapy isn’t greasy, putting my clothes on afterward was really easy (another pet peeve of mine when using other lotions is the fact that greasy, sticky skin makes putting your clothes on WAY harder than it needs to be!) I got instant dryness relief in no time.

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

I even applied this to my extra dry areas like the backs of my elbows, and they felt MUCH softer after the first use. My skin was nice and hydrated and healthy-looking all day long, and I think I found a new summer favorite. Keeping it right next to my bathtub is also an excellent reminder to use it everyday, so I’ll be sure to keep it in my dorm bathroom when I return to college in the fall. And because I want to make sure you really treat your skin right this summer, here are some of my favorite skin moisturizing tips.

1.  AVOID SCRUBBING DRY PATCHES OF SKIN.

I know you think that exfoliating and scrubbing helps lift the dry, dead skin cells to promote healthier ones, but instead you’ll be left with red, irritated skin, and your healing time will be lengthened. It’s fine to use a very light exfoliator once a month or so, but anything harsh will damage your skin.

2. PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO YOUR ELBOWS AND KNEES. 

These areas are often neglected (guilty as charged) and get super parched, especially during the summer time. This can lead to really rough, ashy elbows.

3. DRINK LOTS OF WATER.

As with most things dealing with the skin, you often have to start healing from within to really put yourself in a healthier position. Drinking water helps your body get rid of excess toxins. And while drinking eight glasses a day for three days straight won’t deliver you a speedy radiant glow, it sets crucial building blocks for an overall healthier lifestyle.

4. MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS.

I wanted to throw this one in there because people forget about taking care of their lips so often, and it can lead to painful consequences. Moisturize your lips daily with your favorite lip balm. And if you don’t have a favorite, find one.

How do you combat dry skin in the summer?

If you want to try the ~magic~ of Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself, pick up a bottle at your local Walmart in the lotions isle. 

Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin This Summer

Related: 12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

 

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

Thank you Hask for sponsoring this post and sending me products. As usual, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Macarons & Mascara possible! 

The summer months are probably what every college kid has been dreaming of since, well, the first day of the semester. While I love learning and taking classes that advance my skills, the summertime has always been an important time for me to completely unwind from the tension of the school year and rejuvenate. I know a lot of people mainly look forward to the summer to exercise and get toned arms and legs, but a lot of people forget that maintaining healthy is as important as maintaining a healthy body. It can be so easy to forget to treat your hair right when you’re so busy, and the hot summer weather makes it more annoying to manage your mane (especially if your hair is long and thick!) Personally, frizzy hair has been a struggle for me since I started combing it myself in middle school. You wouldn’t believe the number of YouTube tutorials I’ve watched, product research I’ve done, and half empty bottles I’ve tossed out in a disappointed manner. Over the years, I’ve found what works for me for keeping my hair healthy and free from frizz. Here are my tips for making sure you keep your hair as healthy as you can.

1. Keep the heat styling to a minimum. 

While I’m a frequent user of flat irons, I usually try to wear my natural curls during the summertime to give it a break from all the hot tools because heat styling can damage your hair by causing split ends and weakening the hair shaft. I’ve also gotten into the habit of letting my hair air dry after I wash it instead of blow drying it — would you believe that I haven’t used a blow dryer in almost three years?!

2. Massage your scalp regularly. 

You don’t need to pay money at beauty salons for a scalp massage — you can do it by yourself at home! Massaging your scalp increases blood flow to your hair follicles and strengthens your roots. In the long run, it can even prevent excessive hair loss. I don’t have much time at all during the school year to massage my scalp, so the summer months are the perfect time for me to get back in the habit. I used my fingers to work the Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening SHINE® Oil into my scalp and roots. I also applied a little to the rest of my hair for some extra shine. Applying oil to the hair is a good way to reduce frizz and increase shine — a little goes a long way, especially since bamboo oil is thick and full of natural vitamins for strengthening the hair.

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

One thing I learned from my mom is to turn the massage into an oil treatment. After working the oil into your scalp, grab a plastic bag from grocery shopping and cover your head with it. If you have a shower cap you don’t mind getting oily, this also works perfectly. This traps any produced heat and opens up the pores, and doing these makeshift “steam cap” treatments can improve the elasticity of your hair. I just keep the bag on my head for about an hour before I wash it off. It still makes it easy for me to move about and sit at my laptop blogging. You can also keep it on overnight for better results.

3. Concentrate the shampoo into your scalp. 

Sulfates help free your hair from oil and grease but too much can strip your hair and dry it out. A few years ago, I got into the habit of really concentrating my shampoo lather on my roots, which were greasiest. I applied very little to the rest of my hair, and even sometimes just let the lather run down my hair. I know that doesn’t sound ideal, but it has helped ensure that my hair isn’t too dry. If you want to stay away from sulfates altogether, try the Hask Greek Yogurt Repairing Shampoo with Blueberry and Acai and the Hask Greek Yogurt Repairing Conditioner with Blueberry and Acai. I have one word for this duo: HEAVENLY.

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

A Greek yogurt formula is swirled with a fruit extract formula to add protein and moisture to the hair. Blueberries are not only great for eating; the antioxidants in them make them great for repairing damaged hair. My first thought after shampooing with this for the first time was I need to apply another handful! I didn’t want the shampooing to end because it smells so good and felt so rich. A lot of shampoos I’ve used in the past left my hair feeling stringy and sometimes even a little crunchy, but this worked so well and left my hair feeling soft. The conditioner was also like a dream — super thick and creamy, and my hair smelled wonderful after using it. If you’ve ever had a smoothie bowl with blueberries, that’s literally what this smells like!

4. Avoid color treating your hair. 

I am an avid lover of hair dye and self-expression through hair color. I’ve dyed my hair pink, blue, silver/gray, blonde (accidentally), red, and copper, and I was always fully aware that color treatment is damaging. Let’s just clear this up once and for all, people. If you lighten or dye your hair with bleach, ammonia, peroxide, ammonia-free boxed dyes, and other chemicals, your hair WILL take on some sort of damage. You could experience some hair fallout, split ends, or overall extremely dry hair. You CAN work to minimize the damage and repair the hair through proper care. For the last eight months, I’ve been working on simply giving my hair a break from dye and color. I notice a lot fewer split ends and my hair has become far less dry. If you have an event coming up that you really want to dye your hair for, take steps to do it safely and work to start taking care of it immediately after.

5. Deep condition your hair regularly. 

Deep conditioning is one of the ways you can care for your hair after dyeing it. Deep conditioners are more moisture rich than regular conditioners, and you’re meant to leave them in longer before washing them out. The Hask Greek Yogurt with Fig & Honey is a great one to use, especially because it leaves your hair packed with gorgeous natural shine. I applied it to my hair after using their conditioner and left it on for 10 minutes. I think their Greek Yogurt collection is perfect for anyone who really likes hair care products that emphasize the benefits of fruit. And if you want to get on this charcoal beauty trend that everyone makes videos about, try out the Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Deep Conditioner to absorb any impurities from the hair. You don’t have to deep condition your hair daily or even every other day; once per week is just enough to give your hair a healthy shine while repairing any damage.

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

6. De-tangle your hair from the tips to the roots. 

It literally hurts to see people yanking at their hair with a comb. It hurts even more to see them pull out a clump of knotted hair bigger than my breakouts during that time of the month. Always comb through your hair starting from the tips and work your way up to your roots. You’ll de-tangle your locks much quicker and easier this way, especially if you work in sections. If you comb through your hair while it’s still wet, be extra careful because your hair is more fragile when it’s wet.

7. Avoid washing your hair every single day. 

Your hair produces its own natural oil to moisturize your strands. So while you want to wash your hair to get rid of excess oil and buildup, washing your hair daily will completely strip it from the oil and dry your hair out. This is especially important to note of curly hair, which craves moisture in order to stay frizz-free. For this reason, I only wash my hair once a week. It helps me maintain my hair’s natural moisture while still ensuring that it’s clean. Try it out! If you think you might need something to keep any greasy strands at bay, try the Hask Monoi Coconut Dry Shampoo. This is unique from other dry shampoos I’ve tried because it also uses light coconut oil to keep your hair looking vibrant and bouncy. Just quickly spritz some into your hair before styling. By the way, it also leaves your hair with a luscious coconut-y smell!

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

8. Don’t straighten your hair while it’s wet. 

I used to be super guilty of this without realizing how bad it is for my hair! Okay, my hair wasn’t soaked when I did it, but some strands were still slightly damp. Either way, you’re hurting your hair if you straighten it while it’s wet. The sizzling sound you hear when you do it is scary enough, but to make things worse, you’re increasing the likelihood of hair breakage by weakening your shaft. Always let your hair completely dry before using any hot tools.

8 Tips For Healthy, Frizz-Free Hair This Summer

What are your secrets for maintaining healthy hair? 

Related: The Collegiate’s Ultimate Guide To Skincare, 10 College Beauty Essentials

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box Review

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box

Thank you Seventeen for sending me free products. As usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

Tens of thousands of you have been loyal readers who put up with my quirkiness, unforgiving sass, and totally annoying and uncalled-for puns. So, you’re probably already familiar with my undying love for magazines and the magazine industry. Seventeen has been one of my favorites since I was in middle school and I almost never miss an issue. I used to huddle over the magazine with my friends at lunchtime, careful not to get any gross middle school mac and cheese on any of the pages, and we’d bookmark beauty tips and cute looks for dress-down days. Now, fast-forward almost 10 years and I’m a member of the Seventeen Social Club!!! I was so excited when I received news on my acceptance, and I’m even more excited to get to tell you all about awesome events and products, which brings me back to the point of this post…

I recently received two great goodies that I’m going to share with you: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo and Schick Quattro YOU™ Disposable Razors, which both happen to be perfect additions to your summer beauty bag this year. First off, let me say that in the past I have had great experiences with products from both of these brands, so I already had pretty high expectations for both products, and they didn’t disappoint!

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box Review

The Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil in your hair so you don’t have to squeeze in the time to wash your hair if you’re already running late for something. This semester, I found myself barely having enough time to myself because of my course load. Washing my hair often meant waiting several hours for it to air dry before I can style it, which then takes another two hours. When you’re running around trying to interview people and cover events for articles, time to yourself is never really guaranteed. I had the regular Clean Freak Dry Shampoo from before, and that has saved my hair from greasy days more times than I can count. The Tapioca Dry Shampoo is the exact same way, except it’s made from tapioca starch, which is natural.

Like with any dry shampoo, there’s no water necessary, and there’s no dry time to wait out. Just shake the can well and hold it a couple of inches away from your hair while you spray it. My roots always get greasy so quickly, especially since I exercise daily at the gym, so all that sweat makes my hair extra slick. I like focusing the spray on that part of my hair, and I usually comb through it, or use my hands to rub it in further to really create volume.

I don’t have any cons about this product, so I’m basically just going to tell you that first off, the smell is WOW. The scent is warm sugar and my hair literally smells like a sugar cookie after I spray this in. I was so pleasantly shocked by the scent when I first used the product because the other dry shampoo I had been using had no scent. I love when my hair has a yummy scent, and I don’t get that often because I feel like the scent from my conditioner disappears after I style my hair with heat, so the scent is definitely a plus for me. It’s very quick and easy to use and can fit into your gym bag for use after a workout session this summer. Obviously, you shouldn’t use dry shampoo as a total substitute for washing your hair, but this product is perfect for getting rid of those shiny spots until you’re able to wash your hair.

Seventeen Social Club May Beauty Box Review

Summer time is basically razor shopping season because everyone is planning trips to the beach, wearing dresses and skirts to the office, and donning shorts to the gym or a trip to the city. During the winter, I could get away with not shaving because, trust me, I wasn’t planning on heading out in waist-deep snow in a pencil skirt, but something tells me it may not be as easy to do that in mid-July. Like I said, I have used shaving products from Schick in the past and have always had pleasant experiences with them. My favorite one was definitely the Schick Intuition razors with replaceable soap cartridges, which gave me really long lasting shaves, so I was excited to try these ones. They came in a pack of four (yay!) and should offer a really close shave.

The pool at my college recently opened up after years of renovation, so I thought this would be the perfect time to test out the razors. I don’t usually use shaving creams because I often find that body wash and even my hair conditioner are more moisturizing and better at keeping my skin soft, so I just used the body wash I’m currently using. I lathered it onto my legs, wet the razor a bit and then began shaving. I got a smooth shave — no nicks or bumps — and it lasted almost to the end of the week for me.

I gotta say, I’ll be keeping these razors close by this summer. Especially because it already seems like it’s going to be a hot one and it’s not even June yet (I spent two days home from college and they have both had me sweating!) I really loved these products and I hope you’ll give them a shot this summer as well.

Have you tried these products before? What are your thoughts? 

8 Travel Makeup Tips + Beauty Essentials For Travel

8 makeup travel tips + beauty essentials for travel
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product link, I may receive compensation. This compensation comes at no additional cost to you. As always, I only recommend products that I genuinely trust!

 

If you’re as obsessed with beauty as I am, you probably wouldn’t be caught dead without mascara, sharp eyeliner, and powerful af liquid lipstick that doesn’t budge for anything. Bringing all that to another country or even another city can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you have enough makeup to feed a small town, if they ate makeup. When I embarked upon my trip to Ireland, it really took me some time to figure out what I was going to take and what was going to stay, and how I should organize things. I wanted to pack all my essentials so I wouldn’t have to worry about trying to purchase them abroad, but at the same time I didn’t want to feel like I was hoarding things into my carry on that didn’t need to be brought along. If you’re planning a trip and this totally sounds like something you’d fight yourself on, here are my tips for packing makeup. Oh, and by the way, I’m also sharing a short list of all the beauty essentials that are legit essentials that everyone should pack for a trip — whether you’re a makeup maven or a once-in-a-blue-mooner. It definitely helps to have these items, and some of them are things that people FORGET to pack!

1. Bring just three shades of lip color.

Can’t decide which of your 100 tubes of lipstick to bring along? A good rule of thumb that I like to follow is to always bring just three shades of any lip color: one natural; one “fun” color; one “sexy” color. The natural color is great for everyday wear and professional settings. The “fun” color is great for day trips and excursions, and going on best friend dates and other fun activities. It’s sometimes that color that your mom looks at you weird for wearing. And your “sexy” color is great for dinner at restaurants and just going out at night. This is NOT the time to bring that shade you never, ever wear even though it stares at you from your makeup bag. If you don’t wear it at home, you probably won’t wear it somewhere else. Save yourself the space.

Related: 7 Matte Lipsticks Under $8

2. Invest in makeup remover wipes.

These are AMAZING! They’re so great for quickly removing makeup after a long day of hiking, walking, running, and flying. My personal favorites are Elf makeup remover wipes ($3 at most stores) and the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes ($6.99 at some stores). I wear stubborn foundation that’s literally meant for 24-hour wear and these products actually manage to get it off. If you won’t be away for very long, purchase a mini pack of wipes. Makeup wipes aren’t something that you want to purchase in another country because they can be quite expensive, so make sure you pack a little more than what you think you’ll need. Q-tips are also a great thing to pack.

3. Read the TSA’s rules for traveling with liquids.

When I was preparing to travel to Ireland this winter, I read and re-read and then re-re-read these rules online because THEY TREAT CERTAIN MAKEUP PRODUCTS AS LIQUIDS and you need to be aware of this if you’re flying. Essentially, liquids must be kept in 3oz containers and all the containers need to be able to fit in a quart-sized resealable bag in your carry on. If you plan to carry more than 3oz of liquid, it MUST go in your suitcase. Don’t put yourself in a position where you have to leave behind a beloved product! The rules are very strict so make sure you pay attention to what you have. Items that count as liquids are: mascara, liquid or gel eyeliner, liquid lipsticks and lip gloss, liquid foundation and concealer, and primer. Basically, if you have to squeeze it, pump it, or stick a wand applicator in it, it counts as a liquid.

4. Don’t bring anything you’re afraid to lose.

I would probably lose my shit if I lost my Naked 2 eyeshadow palette because those do not come cheap! Plus, the palette is quite large, so of course I didn’t pack it. If you’re worried about losing a product you paid a lot of money for, then that’s probably your gut telling you to pack something else. I did pack an eyeshadow palette that I paid like $3.99 for and the shades were all super perfect.

5. Pack products that do more than one thing.

Instead of packing foundation AND moisturizer, pack a tinted BB or CC Cream. If you usually use several products to build up coverage, invest in one product that’s meant for full coverage so you aren’t packing extra bottles and adding extra weight.

6. Pack minis. 

Minis are such great space-savers! Plus, you won’t have to worry about losing your full-sized product because it’ll be safe and sound at home. I know some products may be hard to come by in mini form, but if you can find them, they’re definitely worth purchasing, especially if your trip isn’t going to be for more than one month.

7. Invest in a brush roll. 

This is probably the one thing I didn’t do when I travelled to Ireland and I definitely wish that I had. Brush rolls are great for organizing and storing your brushes. They’re the fancy cases that you see a lot of makeup artists sporting. I never realized how gross it can be to just toss your brushes in the same bag as your cosmetics. You run the risk of having them collect more germs this way. I’m definitely going to invest in one for my next trip.

8. Pack products that are already favorites. 

This is NOT the time to try out a new brand of foundation or a primer you’ve never used before. Stick to the things that you know already work great for you, because if while you’re away you find that the new product isn’t what you wanted it to be, you might end up spending extra money looking for something else to use in the meantime.

Essentials:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Bobby pins + hair ties
  • Sunscreen + face wash
  • Lip balm
  • Coconut oil (if you can)
  • Q-tips
  • Nail file

What are your makeup travel tips and beauty essentials? 

Related: 10 College Beauty Essentials, How To Be Money Smart While Studying Abroad

Holiday Makeup Look + GIVEAWAY!

Thank you Essence for sending me products for this post and giveaway. All opinions and words are mine alone. Thanks for supporting brands that make Macarons & Mascara possible!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is looking at all the pretty holiday makeup looks that surface Instagram, YouTube, and makeup blogs. They’re always so pretty and so holiday-ready! I know sometimes people get intimidated to try the looks they see from their favorite makeup gurus because they think that the looks are too hard to achieve, or they “can never do that.” I’m no genius with makeup (though, I like to think my eyeliner wings speak for themselves) but I do have a look I’d like to share that’s so perfect for holiday gatherings, ringing in the new year, and celebrating with friends. And the best part is you can kick it up a notch or keep it toned down depending on the event or what you’re feeling that day!

holiday makeup look

To start off, I did my usual foundation routine, which consists of my Revlon Photoready foundation in the shade “Medium Beige,” my Colorstay concealer (also from Revlon) in “Medium,” and my Colorstay pressed powder in “Medium.” I like a full coverage because my breakouts just ~love~ leaving me little scars and marks to remember them by. Sheesh, so clingy! 

Once I finished my face, I got started on the eyes. I know some people like to do their eye makeup before doing their foundation because it’ll prevent any eyeshadow dust from ruining the foundation, but I just prefer moving on to the eyes afterward. You can do whatever you’re most comfortable with. If you’re wearing this look out to a party or event, prime your lids so everything stays put. I use $1 eyelid primer from Elf and it works great. I used white eyeshadow from my L.A. Colors Matte palette as sort of a “base” for the rest of the eyeshadow. I’ve come to love doing this because I find that it helps the other shades I put on top stand out more. For my transition shade, which I used in my crease, I used a warm, brownish shade from the same palette. I know the holidays are meant for going a little wild, but I like to play it safe by using a soft shade in my crease rather than a more dramatic one. This way, if I screw up the look it won’t be too noticeable!

I wanted to give my brow bone a little highlight, so I used the shade “Coral Me Maybe…” from Essence’s The Velvets line. It’s a gorgeous soft pink shade that feels super smooth. This shade is also super perfect for the inner corners of your eyes if you want to add an extra brightness. Even if you party all night, you’ll still look wide awake!

Holiday Makeup Look

For my lids, I used the Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow in “Chocolate Jewelry” (yummy!). This is a GORGEOUS shade that must make an appearance at every holiday event. I love that the tone is very warm and earthy, but it’s also really jazzed up with a metallic texture — definitely gives new meaning to the term sparkly-eyed. You can add as little or as much of this as you want to really glam things up, either way, it’ll be show-stopping!

holiday makeup look

holiday makeup look

Ah, I love these two shades together!

Next, I just did my usual, everyday winged eyeliner. I know lots of people use liquid eyeliner for a winged look, but liquid eyeliner just doesn’t seem to get along with me very well, so I use cream/gel eyeliner instead. The one I use is from Elf and I’ve been using it for nearly two years now. I always get questions about what it’s like using gel eyeliner and, honestly, it takes some getting used to because you have to play around with the brush, find a technique that works for you, make sure you don’t have too much or too little product on the brush, and whatnot. But practice does make perfect (or at least selfie-worthy) — I’ve been practicing with gel eyeliner since I was a sophomore in high school and I’m now a junior in college!

After that, I applied my mascara for a really flared out look for extra ~glam~. I use Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. Then it was time for me to do my lips. Since I really wanted to look Christmas-y, I opted for a bright, red lip. I lined my lips using Essence Longlasting Lipliner in “Ready For Red.” I don’t use lipliners, like, ever but this one seriously has me questioning that choice — it’s SO great! The tip allows you to make really precise strokes, and it literally GLIDES on. The formula is so smooth and so non-drying. I couldn’t stop at just using this product to line my lips, so I decided to fill them in with the lipliner, too and it was so pretty!

holiday makeup look

If you want a glossier pout, add some lip gloss over your lipliner. I used the Essence Beauty Balm lip gloss in “Heartbreaker” — really great name because I felt so ~badass~ wearing it! This gloss is the definition of red hot. It contains shea butter, so it nourishes your lips and keeps them hydrated even while you mingle with the friends you haven’t seen for six months, or eat too much holiday chicken. I also really love that it’s not heavy on the lips and not sticky, either.

If bright, red lips aren’t your thing, opt for a softer lip. The Essence Liquid Lipstick in “Make A Statement” is a perfect subtle pinky rose. It definitely goes so great with this look, too. The liquid lipstick is really pigmented and gives non-sticky shine so you can look dazzling without feeling like your lips are doused in cooking oil. This is definitely one of the prettiest liquid lipsticks I’ve ever tried.

Another great lippie for this look would be the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in “Coral Calling.” This really is a gorgeous coral color that has some pretty pink hues in it. Just like the other lip products, this one is super pigmented and goes on so smoothly. I kept it on for about six hours and it still looked great, so that’s a definite plus! Here are swatches of each of the lip products I just talked about.

holiday makeup look

holiday makeup look

holiday makeup look

Voila! An easy-to-do makeup look for the holidays! Now, let’s get to the giveaway…

holiday makeup look

Macarons & Mascara is turning one in FIVE DAYS, and I’m pretty darn excited about it! So to celebrate the blog reaching its big milestone, I’ve partnered with Essence for this fabulous holiday giveaway. You can win ALL of the Essence makeup products used in this holiday look as well as the liquid lipstick and longlasting lipstick! Entering is super easy.

  1. Head over to Instagram and “like” this photo.
  2. Make sure you’re following me (@xoitzjazz) and Essence (@essencemakeup) on Instagram.
  3. Last, tag a friend in the comments section of the photo.

The giveaway will close on Thursday (12/22) at 11:59pm. I will randomly pick a winner and announce then name on Instagram the following morning. Good luck!

Which of these products is your favorite? 

 

My First Colourpop Order: Swatches & Review

ColourPop Swatches & Review

OMG. I’m insanely excited because after many weeks of adding things to my cart and never clicking ‘checkout’, I finally ordered products from ColourPop! I’ve heard such great things about this brand and I just drool over the lipstick shades every time I visit the website.

I think I’ve become a huge fan of liquid lipsticks because of their super matte quality, and because I feel like the doe foot applicator gives me more control than a lipstick does when I’m trying to get a clean, precise application. So, of course, I ordered their ultra matte liquid lipsticks! But I have also been dying for some fall-esque eyeshadows and since their eyeshadows are only $5 each, I decided to peruse their selection as well. As you can imagine, I was brought to tears by how beautiful every single shade looked! I ended up opting for a set of four perfect fall eyeshadows.

Colourpop Swatches & Review

First off, I had to just admire the packaging of everything — so pretty! It took me a while to finally decide to, you know, remove the packaging so I can actually use the lipsticks. But eventually, I toughed it up and marveled at the lippies inside the boxes.

Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks…

I purchased three shades: More Better, Are & Be, and Bad Habit. My goal was really to purchase shades that I don’t already own because personally, I dislike having 50 different tubes of literally the same exact shade; I love completely using up the product before moving onto another shade that’s very similar. I looked up some swatch videos on YouTube to figure out which colors would look best with my skin tone and eventually settled on these three (after days of YouTube swatches!).

Colourpop Swatches & Review

More Better is the most PERFECT cranberry lipstick I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely perfect for fall, which is what really drew me to it. I definitely think this is a shade that would look great on pretty much any skin tone, too. I think this shade is perfect for a night out — date, party, hang out with friends, formal event — because it’s such a sophisticated looking color.

So, I’ve probably made a *bad habit* out of taking pictures of these lipsticks any chance I get, but can you blame me? Terrible pun aside, Bad Habit is a much more pink color. When I was looking at the tubes, I got a little nervous at first because I thought that Bad Habit looked too similar to More Better and, like I said, accidentally buying two very similar things really irks me. It’s different from More Better because it’s more of a mauve-pink, which I think is great if I want to tone down my look just a bit for the day.

Are & Be slays on SO many levels! It’s a mauve-plum color and it really just speaks to my inner vampire. I can definitely see myself wearing this shade on days when I want a distinct lip color but also want to match dark, rainy days (my favorite!).

I purchased these lipsticks for $6 each and I definitely think they’re fantastic for the price. The ultra matte truly is an ultra matte — it’s very shiny when you initially apply it but then it turns matte like magic. Seriously, forget Hogwarts, this lipstick is sorcery. But of course, the real matte lipstick test comes when you’re eating…These lipsticks passed with flying colors! I have put these lipsticks through macaroni & cheese, chicken fingers, bagels, sandwiches, and multiple drinks from Starbucks and my lips still look great. Yep, it’s pretty darn matte.

I love that despite this, the product does not leave my lips feeling parched. This is super important for me because the one thing I hate more than buying similar products is buying a liquid lipstick that dries out my lips majorly. My one caveat is just that plain water and a rag will NOT remove these lipsticks. I end up using makeup wipes to remove it, which works well. If you have found another way to remove the color from your lips, definitely share your method in the comments!

Will I buy more liquid lipsticks from ColourPop? You bet your Hogwarts acceptance letter.

Eyeshadow…

I bought an eyeshadow set of four because, let’s face it, it would’ve taken me forever to pick just four singles on my own. The set I got is called Zingara on the website (how mystical sounding!) and my first thought when I saw this set was: AUTUMN. The season was a huge factor in the decisions I made when purchasing, clearly.

Colourpop Swatches & Review

I apologize for the weird lighting in my picture! The sun was setting when I took this and I thought it looked fine on my camera but I didn’t notice the difference until I was looking at it on my computer screen. Photography woes aside, Elixir is a sort of a toned down terracotta, which is super pretty (hopefully you can see the prettiness from the picture!). Like I said, this is perfect for fall because it’s so earthy and warm! The shade had a bit of shimmer in it but not a lot.

Jinxie is the lightest shade in the set and holy mother of shimmer, it is SHIMMERY. You probably can’t tell from the photo but, take my word for it if you’d much rather a matte shade. I find this shade very pleasing because it works hand-in-hand with the other shades in the set and it makes for a great inner corner shade!

Seeker is gorgeous because it’s a reddish brown shade with a gorgeous matte finish. When I look at this shade I think of pumpkin spice. My first day wearing these eyeshadows, I used this shade in my crease and it really gave my look dimension, so I was really happy with that.

Paradox is probably my favorite in the set. It’s a burgundy shade and the finish is more of a satin than a shimmer. It gives your eyelids a fantastic pop of color that really draws attention to your eyes.

The Zingara set was only $18, so that’s a real steal considering if you had purchased these four separately, you’d pay $20. These shades are very pigmented, so a little goes a long way! I recommend starting out with a little on your brush and working in more color as you see fit. It lasted on my lids all day long and at the end of the day looked just as flawless as it did when I first applied it! Love, love, LOVE this eyeshadow set!

Have you tried ColourPop products yet? Which ones are your favorites? 

Related posts: 7 Matte Lipsticks Under $8, 10 College Beauty Essentials

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The Collegiate’s Ultimate Guide To Skincare

The Ultimate Guide To Skincare

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Macarons & Mascara possible! 

I’m not going to lie, it’s really hard to take care of yourself when you’re on your own in college. It’s our own responsibility to make sure we get adequate sleep, feed ourselves properly, and still work hard in school, just to name a few (seriously, the list of responsibilities can go on and on). With all that to balance, I sometimes forget to take care of my skin regularly — despite wearing a full face makeup every single day!!!

Every skincare sin you can imagine, I’ve probably committed! Yep, I’m not proud of it but I’ve really up’d my skincare game in the last few weeks, and it has made the quality of my skin so much better. If you’ve put skincare on the backburner of college life, here are some tips for getting back on track to healthier skin.

1. Wash your makeup brushes regularly.

It takes me literally three months before the idea to finally wash my makeup brush even crosses my mind. I tell myself how unhealthy it is for me to use unclean brushes on my face, but alas my laziness always wins me over. I know some people wash their makeup brushes every single day, but cleaning your brushes once per week is fantastic progress from NEVER cleaning them!

2. Invest in makeup remover wipes.

Makeup remover wipes are Godsent. I use them to remove the day’s sweat, liquid foundation, and more sweat. I do this before I wash my face so that I can remove most of my makeup and make washing my face easier. Be sure to check out my post on college beauty essentials for other must-have beauty items!

3. Wash your face twice daily.

This is literally the easiest, and one of the best, things you can do to take care of your skin. Of course, sometimes just splashing water on your face won’t help remove the dirt and grime from the day. I used the Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2 device for two weeks and I’m in so much love! It really helps to remove every trace of makeup that my makeup remover wipes don’t get, and it feels so soft and gentle on my skin. This is especially important for me because my skin can be a little sensitive sometimes and harsh products can dry it out super quickly. But I’m extremely happy to say that I haven’t experienced any parched skin or anything negative after using the Clarisonic!

The Ultimate Guide To Skincare

Before I tell you about my actual results, let me tell you about everything the Mia 2 device comes with as well as its features. The device itself comes in a really cute plastic case that makes it easy to store your device (mine was blue, which totally matches my aesthetic!!). I also received a charger for the device, the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, and a Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask. I used the deep cleaning facial wash and it was so great. A little goes a long way so I always place a dime-sized amount on the wet brush head. I also like to dampen my face first by splashing a little water on it.

The Ultimate Guide To Skincare

The fab thing about this Clarisonic device that literally made my jaw drop is that when you press the ‘on’ button the brush starts cleansing your skin for exactly one minute and shuts off automatically. You should spend 10 seconds on each cheek, 20 seconds on your forehead area and 20 seconds around your chin area. But how might you keep track of exactly how long you’ve been cleaning those areas?????? Oh wait, the Mia 2 device tells you! It beeps softly after each time interval to let you know that it’s time to move on to the next area of your face so you don’t brush for too long. I’m in absolute love with this feature! Plus, using the Clarisonic is a way more fun way to clean your face daily.

So, here’s what happened to my skin after using this device…first off, my skin felt so much smoother and softer. Because of that, my makeup goes on smoother and looks better. I find it so hard to stop touching my face after I clean it with the Mia 2 device because it feels so supple and I don’t want to take my hand away! My skin also looks so much brighter because of all the deep cleaning the device does. I have also noticed that my skin looks and feels less oily than it usually is, which has been a definite plus while living in those super hot, stuffy college dorm rooms. If you want to invest in a Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2 set of your own or give one as a gift, use the code HERCAMPUS on their site for 15% off your order! I’m seriously super excited for you!!! 

The Ultimate Guide To Skincare

4. Get a facial cleanser that suits your skin type.

If your skin is oily, get a cleanser that reduces oil without drying out your skin too much. If your skin needs a little more moisture, be sure to do some digging to find a facial wash that will give you what you need rather than dry your skin out. I actually really love the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser from Clarisonic because it isn’t harsh and drying, it works great with the device to remove impurities, and I like the light, refreshing scent.

5. Wash your face an hour before your planned bedtime.

I have found in the past that when I wait until I’m super sleepy to wash my face, I don’t even have the energy to walk halfway to the bathroom! Wash your face ahead of time so if you end up crashing amidst your laptop, lecture notes, and several textbooks, at least you can do so knowing that your face is clean and free of makeup. *thumbs up emoji*

6. Clean your glasses regularly.

I actually recently got glasses (that’s what happens when your life is literally on a computer) and I have started noticing that my foundation gets on my frame when I take my glasses off. Bacteria can build off of that if you don’t run a cloth along it, and that bacteria will get on your face every time you put your glasses back on. This also goes for your phone!

7. Always have on hand: medicated acne cream

With all the stress, hormones, and forgetting to take care of our skin because we’re drowning in other obligations, breakouts can make their way into your life and annoy the hell out of you. Treat them fast, and if you think you might need to see a dermatologist, schedule a visit.

8. Always have on hand: facial moisturizer

You don’t need overly dry skin to keep moisturizer near you at all times. Any skin type can get dry — even super oily skin has its moments. To combat dry skin quickly, always have your favorite brand of moisturizer on hand so that you can apply it to the affected areas and get some relief. Bonus points if your moisturizer has sunscreen in it!

9. Always have on hand: Cocoa Butter

I grew up with an abundance of Cocoa Butter at home because it’s the perfect remedy for dry skin, cracked skin, dark spots, and just when you want smoother, softer skin. There are different formulas for your face but you can use Cocoa Butter everywhere and it works so well! I highly recommend it as a nighttime moisturizer for your skin, and a little does go a long way. Shea Butter is also a great alternative.

What’s your college skincare routine? 

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7 Matte Lipsticks Under $8

7 matte lipsticks under $8

Beauty confession: I’m in absolute love with matte lipstick. To be fair, I prefer a matte finish to basically everything — eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner????????? — so I really love the look of perfectly mattified pouts. While I do splurge from time to time and buy a more expensive lipstick so long as it’s the right shade and the consistency and finish are amazing, I’m also cheap AF and like to keep the costs down so I turn to drugstore lip products.

But to be honest, I used to absolutely hate lipstick! Yep, I was a lip-balm-goes-with-everything kinda girl (which is still pretty true for me because if you’ve read my post on college essentials you’d know that I hoard lip balm like it’s my job. But anyway, I started experimenting with lipstick about a year ago when I dyed my hair blue because I just really wanted to travel outside of my comfort zone and try something new to see if I’d like it. Well, I certainly fell in love with lipstick and I wear some pretty much everyday! Over the span of that year, I have found a few really awesome lipsticks that my life wouldn’t be complete without (okay, I’m being dramatic here). But nevertheless, If you haven’t already tried these products, give them a go!

1. NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Teddy’

Let me start off by saying I love products from NYX and always run straight for them because they’re affordable and of really great quality, and there’s always a large selection of everything. Second, I adore a nice, brown lip. Brown lipstick is one of my favorite shades, especially on dark, gloomy days when I want to look a little edgy without going for a full blown black or dark purple lip. Brown lipstick also just goes so great with my tan skin and silvery hair! ‘Teddy’ is a fairly dark brown (think of the fur color of one of your favorite teddy bears!) so those who aren’t used to wearing browns may be a bight shocked to see that it’s really pigmented and dark. The liquid lipstick dries very quickly, but I have never felt that it was too drying on my lips. I hate super dry matte lipsticks that leave your lips feeling parched, so this is just perfect for me! $6.99 is very affordable for a matte lipstick of this quality, and I actually decided to purchase this because my Urban Decay matte lipstick in ‘1993’ (a much lighter brown than ‘Teddy’) wasn’t matte enough for me.

2. NYX Liquid Suede Liquid Lipstick in ‘Sway’

Like I said, I adore products from NYX! I also really seem to love liquid lipsticks, too, maybe because I feel like applying lip products with a wand applicator gives me much more control and allows me to apply it more precisely to my lips. But anyway, let’s get to the good part about why ‘Sway’ is too damn perfect to ignore: IT’S PURPLE. But not like a dark, vampy, plum-y purple; IT’S LAVENDER. I thought that having lavender lips would look really cool and be really fun at the same time, and it has taken me a lot of trial and error before I finally found the perfect lavender shade to go with my skin tone, but this is finally it. The Liquid Suede line is extremely matte and dries very quickly, and at $6.99 a pop, you really can’t not fall in love! The line is also pretty big and has other pretty shades that you should try — I also mention a few others here as well!

3. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in ‘Cherry Skies’

Like ‘Sway’, ‘Cherry Skies’ costs $6.99 and is, again, ultra matte. The one thing that can be a tad bit off-putting about this particular shade is that it’s a bit more drying than the others I have. But ‘Cherry Skies’ is such a gorgeous, deep red and I love it so much that I’m willing to tolerate it! To combat it, though, I just apply a very generous layer of lip balm (again with my lip balm obsession!!!!) and the liquid lipstick glides right on. The lip balm doesn’t affect the application of the lipstick in any way, nor does it affect the pigmentation — another thing I LOVE about this lipstick is that everything is extremely pigmented, so there’s no need to layer on excessively (unless you like to). This shade is a fab fall lipstick because it’s really dark and pretty sexy, so needless to say, it’s going to be my go-to for any fun, fall events at my school!

4. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in ‘Soft Spoken’

I promise, this is my LAST NYX product on this list!!!!!! I think you definitely believe that I’m in love with these products by now! I have a lot of very show-stopping lipsticks in my collection, which is why I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave for college without buying just one more toned down lip color. ‘Soft Spoken’ is a pink-brown that looks more natural against my skin, though, it still provides really nice pigment. It’s my new favorite for those days when I’m not exactly sure which lipstick to apply, or when I’m really rushing to leave my room but want to apply something quickly. Just bear in mind that, like I said, this looks a little natural against my tan skin, so if you have lighter skin, this may come off a bit more brown than you might expect and if you have darker skin, this may seem a bit more pink. Guess how much it costs — $6.99!!!

5. Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in ‘Maroon Meow’

This is the first Katy Kat Matte lipstick I’ve ever tried and I’m really excited about it!!!!! This line just seemed so beautiful and cute and I just needed to grab even just one, so I chose ‘Maroon Meow’ which is a bit of a plum-y shade — a significantly darker purple than ‘Sway’ from NYX. I love purples so I really enjoyed this color. The one thing that was unimpressive about this lipstick is that it claims to be matte but I didn’t really experience that here. As weird as this is going to sound, I wish that it was a little less slick and moist looking because what really caught me was the ‘matte’ element I expected to find. Maybe we can call this more of a moisturizing matte?????? It’s still a very pretty color and if you actually aren’t sure about diving into the wonderful world of matte lipstick, this would be a really good sort of “test” line that doesn’t give you straight up matte your very first time using it because sometimes you have to get used to the feeling of matte lipstick. I got this at Walgreens for $6.99.

6. ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in ‘Sparkle’

This lip crayon costs around $8 at ULTA but I actually received this for free in a swag bag from Her Conference back in July and I was so excited to try it out! ‘Sparkle’ is a really pretty pink shade that’s actually matte, which I was a bit surprised by because lip crayons I have used in the past were a little more slick than I had expected them to be, so this was a very pleasant realization. ‘Sparkle’ was a bit less pigmented than I would have liked, and even though it’s a medium pink, it was just a bit too light for my skin tone, however, it looks perfect on my mom’s lighter skin!

7. Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lip Color in ‘Don’t Blink Pink’

Wet n’ Wild holds a special place in my heart because it was the first makeup brand I turned to when I started using makeup in high school. I remember the first product I ever bought from them was a waterproof mascara and it became my go-to! Wet n’ Wild is a super affordable brand (these lipsticks only cost $1.99!!!!!) and they have some really great quality products. ‘Don’t Blink Pink’ is a really hot pink — like really hot! Surprisingly, it’s one of the most daring shades I’ve ever purchased (yes, more so than lavender colored lipstick) because this lipstick just screams “LOOK AT ME AND MY FAB LIPS.” The lipstick itself is really creamy and is, in fact, matte and even when I rub it off after a long day, the tint still remains on my lips, so props for staying power!

I hope you decide to try out some of the lipsticks on my list (because they are the bomb dot com!!!!!). And if you love this type of post, definitely let me know in the comments what makeup products I should round up next because I feel like I own and have tried a lot of different products that I can definitely talk a lot about with you!

What’s your favorite matte lipstick? 

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10 College Beauty Essentials

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I love talking about beauty, and I also love talking about college. And that’s how this post came about! In all seriousness, the stress of packing for college can make us do some crazy things…including forgetting to pack some really essential beauty items. Now, I love my lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara, but I’m not going to tell you what lipstick shades you need for the fall, or everything you need to pack in order to do full-face makeup because not everyone enjoys diving into makeup and I don’t want to assume that we all do. Plus, it’s not exactly ‘essential’ if we can do without it without giving it a second thought (my dear red lipstick, I’m deeply in love with you but I can, in fact survive college without you).

So for the sake of short and sweet intros, let’s talk beauty essentials…

1. A really good facial wash.

I can’t stress enough how important washing your face daily is, but it’s just as important that you remember to use a wash that has everything your skin needs. When you’re in college, you’ll find that you don’t have as much time to run to the pharmacy and grab skin products. In fact, when you’re on campus the nearest pharmacy might be a 15-20 minute drive away in the car that you don’t have on campus! Pack a face wash that suits your skin type and any skin concerns you may have, and use it day and night to keep your face clean.

Also, in case you’re interested, I also have a post on important ways we can pay more attention to our skin.

2. Sunscreen!

Listen to all those skincare articles and the fabulous beauty bloggers who tell you to keep sunscreen as your beauty bag staple. It’s still bright and sunny when you first start college in August — even in September — so make sure you protect your skin from damage caused by the sun. You never think that it’ll be your skin that gets damaged until it actually happens to you.

3. Nail clippers.

Everyone clips their nails — even lovers of long nails and the nail polish obsessed (like me!). But sometimes people forget to pack their nail clippers and it’s sometimes hell to find someone who’s willing to lend a pair. I’d also say that you shouldn’t forget to bring a nail file because your nail might break (annoying!) and you’d want to file it down asap. There’s nothing more annoying than having jagged nails!

4. Lip balm.

I. Live. For. Lip. Balm. If you aren’t a lipstick kinda girl, you should definitely at least carry around lip balm. The colder it gets, the drier your lips will get and you NEVER want to lick your lips because that actually dries them out even more! Lip balm is overall great for keeping the skin on your lips healthy and moisturized, and there are so many good ones to choose from. Bonus points if you get a lip balm with SPF, and if you take it up a notch and get a gentle lip exfoliator.

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5. Makeup remover wipes.

Even if you don’t wear makeup you can still benefit from use makeup remover wipes. They’re great for taking with you to the gym so you could give your face a quick swipe after a rigorous workout. They’re also fantastic for just making your face feel refreshed after a long, hard day in class or a study session. My favorite two brands for makeup remover wipes are Neutrogena and ELF (believe me, I’ve tried so many wipes and many of them don’t cut the mustard!!!). 

6. Dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo can be a major time-saver, especially as a busy college student. I’m going to be honest here and say that sometimes I really want to wash my hair but my schedule has me put it off for a day or two. I know, you might be turning up your nose at that, but guilty as charged! When my hair is a little too greasy for my liking, I spritz some dry shampoo into it and it works really well to absorb some of the extra oil. Just remember that you shouldn’t use dry shampoo as the ultimate substitute for washing your hair because it’s not meant to work like that. You also don’t need to stock up on it; one can of dry shampoo is more than enough for the entire school year!

7. Hair ties.

As college students, we’re never short of tea and iced coffee (God bless), but for some reason our hair tie game needs work. Major work. We all know the struggle of not having a hair tie to pull back our hair on an extremely windy day, or to keep our hair from being plastered to the back of our neck when we sweat at the gym. Bring many hair ties and keep them all organized in one place so you don’t lose half of them! 

8. Q-tips and cotton pads.

These are perhaps one of the most forgotten beauty essentials, yet one of the most important. Aside from using them to clean your ears, you can use Q-tips to clean up any makeup smudges quickly and precisely. Psst, they’re also great for cleaning and applying ointment to cuts and scrapes, but that’s a story for another time! They’re also awesome for cleaning up excess nail polish you might’ve gotten on your skin after doing your nails. 

9. Nail polish.

Now, I know not everyone wears nail polish on the reg. but hear me out. You can actually use this nail candy in some non-beauty related ways. When I was younger and had to wear a school uniform (ugh, those were the days), sometimes my stockings would begin to rip, so to prevent further damage my mom would apply some clear nail polish to the source of the rip. Worked like a charm! Got too many keys to count hanging on your keychain? Use nail polish to color them so you’ll always remember what’s for what. Do you know any other awesome uses for nail polish? Comment below! 

10. Eyeliner.

I know I said I wouldn’t focus on actual makeup, but in all honesty, almost every college girl will use eyeliner at least once in college if they haven’t already, so you might as well come prepared. You might apply a quick swipe of eyeliner for a night out or a job interview, and you don’t need to buy $20 eyeliner; a simple eye pencil will definitely suffice. Eye pencils are also very inexpensive and won’t take up a lot of space when you pack for college. If there’s just one makeup product every girl should bring to college it would probably be this. 

So I hope that you really consider packing these beauty essentials for college because, believe me, they’re super worth the buy and the attention! Don’t overlook these items because whether you wear makeup daily or not, these are items that will greatly benefit your college beauty bag. 

What are your college beauty essentials? 

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5 Summer Nail Polishes Under $5

5 summer nail polishes under $5

One of my favorite things about season changes is being able to buy new shades of nail polish that go with the season. In my opinion, any time is a good time for buying nail polish, but new seasons make it even more exciting because I can’t wait to see what shades brands put out. The one thing I love more than pretty nail polish is affordable pretty nail polish, and I know I’m not the only one who gets a little stingy when it comes to spending money! So I have found some really pretty nail polishes that are super summer-worthy and cost less than $5.

1. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in ‘Hot Tamale’ – $2.99

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Wow, this is the most flavorful red-orange I’ve ever seen. The only time I ever wear orange nail polish is for Halloween, and I usually don’t like red-orange as a color at all, but this nail polish was just so appealing because it reminded me of all the colorful fruit pictures I’ve been seeing on Instagram for the summer. If this nail polish were a fruit, it’d definitely be something citrus-y and refreshing!

2. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in ‘Coral Reef’ – $2.99

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This color kind of reminds me of Patrick from Spongebob! It’s a really pretty pink that’s perfect for a playful day at the beach because it isn’t too light and it’s also not a hot pink (for some reason I don’t find hot pinks too appealing). Like all other Sally Hansen Hard As Nails products I’ve tried, the quality of this one is really good — not thin and watered down, but not thick and globby.

3. Wet n Wild Wild Shine in ‘Lavender Creme’ — $0.99

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I like nail polishes from the Wild Shine collection because I find that the quality of the polish is pretty good for just a buck! The shades are all really pigmented, so I really only use two thin coats of polish. Plus, as the name suggests, it has a nice glossy finish, so I never feel the need to put on a top coat for shine. The color of the bottle isn’t exactly true to the color you get on your nails (the bottle color is just a teeny bit darker and prettier in my opinion), but nevertheless this is definitely a hot color for a summer party!

4. Jesse’s Girl in ‘Jasmine’ – $3.99

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First thing’s first, I had no idea that I shared a name with this shade until I just checked the name on the bottle! Anyway, I honestly have never heard of Jesse’s Girl brand cosmetics before (I found it at my local Rite Aid) and I was just so taken with this light, minty color that I had to buy it! This cool color will definitely keep you cool for the summer because it’s just so chill and casual and wearable at literally any event — party; barbeque, outing with friends.

5.  Salon Perfect in ‘Gone Sailing’ – $3.99 

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‘Gone Sailing’ is seriously the perfect name for this shade because it truly makes me feel like I have the sea at my fingertips. Okay, maybe not the entire sea, maybe just my own underwater kingdom. The color is gorgeous and so mermaid-like (and why wouldn’t you want to channel your inner mermaid for the summer?). Unlike the other polishes on this list, this one actually has no type of shiny finish whatsoever; it’s completely matte!

So these are some great summer colors if you’re on a budget, and they’re definitely my favorites this season! If I had to pick just one to crown my absolute favorite of the summer, it would definitely be ‘Jasmine’ because the mint color is so refreshing!

If you want to see more of my favorites, check out this list of products I totally fell head over heels for in May!

What’s your favorite summer nail color? 

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May Kiss List — Products I Absolutely Love

So back in May I bought a couple of products that I really needed/wanted and let me tell you, they’re pretty damn awesome. Like these products literally give me life. Okay, well they don’t exactly give me life, but I do get really excited when using them. So I decided to write a post about their awesomeness! Alas, my May Kiss List was born. Maybe you’ve read my January Kiss List and loved it so much that you’re excited to see what products I’ve listed this time. So without further ado, I give you the best of my May purchases.

1. Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in ‘Lady Balls’ — $21

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I love red lipsticks, and I had been using this fantastic red lip creme from Tarte for many months, but then I ran out and really needed a new red lipstick (that particular shade was limited edition). So I went looking around at Sephora for my new red lipstick and I swatched ‘Lady Balls’ and fell in love!

It’s literally a bright, cherry red color — perfect for getting dressed up or if you just want to make a bold statement (which I pretty much always want to do). This is from the Melted matte collection, which is great because matte is my favorite lip finish. I also love that it goes on soft and really smooth — no yucky, sticky feeling at all! I have worn this lip color for more than 12 hours and haven’t experienced fading, creasing, or dry lips (which can sometimes be an issue with a lot of matte lipsticks). The applicator tip gives me ample control when I’m trying to get every application perfect (or as close to perfect as I can get it!) Bottom line, I hope this lipstick never gets discontinued ever, because I have literally found my red lipstick match made in heaven!

2. ELF Face Primer — $3

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Cosmetics from ELF are one of my favorite finds because they’re great quality and super inexpensive — just ask the gel eyeliner from ELF that I use basically every day. Anyway, I picked this up at CVS Pharmacy one day because I really wanted to start using primer again. I’m actually really picky when it comes to making primer purchases because I have oily skin and wear medium coverage foundation, so I hate using primers that make my face and foundation noticeably oily. It was really cheap so I went for it and I was NOT disappointed.

When applying this primer, you get a sort of silky feel that gets worked into your skin really quickly. Two pumps is usually enough for my entire face and I don’t wait for this dry because I never feel like I need to. I have worn this under foundation for 13-14 hours at a time and I have rarely felt the need to blot or reapply my makeup. A definite favorite!

3. ELF Eyeshadow Primer — $1

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I love doing fun eyeshadow looks but sometimes my eyeshadow fades throughout the day. Despite this I’ve never felt the need to purchase eyeshadow primer, but since this was only $1 I decided to go for it. I love that the product is actually white because when I rub it on my eyelids it leaves a light, white base, so if I want to do an extremely bright and vivid look all the colors show up nicely. My eyelids don’t feel oily and I haven’t experienced any creasing so far. I definitely think that this eyeshadow primer is great if you’re looking for something extremely affordable or if you’re an eyeshadow beginner.

4. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara — $21

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OH. EM. GOD. Mascara is probably the makeup product I’d never leave home without, so I’m really picky about which ones I purchase. My eyelashes are naturally long and curled, so I hate mascaras that make them look clumpy and spidery. I do love getting a “fake eyelashes” look, but without too much drama. I started off by buying a sample sized mascara and I loved it so much that I bought the full-sized one.

Perversion from UD doesn’t clump my eyelashes together and it also doesn’t cause any flaking. Plus, removal is pretty easy — I just gently wipe it off with makeup remover wipes so that I can start again fresh the next day. I also really love the wand itself because I hate wands that are so small and sparse that you could literally count the number of bristles on the wand. This is definitely a fantastic mascara!

5. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardener — $3.99

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It’s weird how I pay attention to my nails every single week, but I don’t actually pay attention to them. Basically, I’m a huge fan of nail art so I paint my nails all sorts of designs, but I don’t usually think twice about caring for them the way that I should. I use a base coat and that’s about as careful as I am. But I was at Rite-Aid one day and my eyes glanced over this nail hardener. It was only $3.99 so I decided to go for it. It promises to strengthen your nails and reduce chipping and breaking, which sounded like a great idea to me. In the past my nails have broken much more easily when they got really long, and so far I haven’t experienced any breaking or chipping since using this.

Be warned, however, this product does NOT promise to grow your nails faster, so don’t expect it to!

I would totally repurchase every single product on this list because, well, they’re great!

What are some of your favorite makeup products from May? 

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The Perfect Beauty Guide

The pursuit of beauty is as old as the human race itself, or at least as long as proper society has existed. Some of the most advanced beauty products that we use today are just better versions of the natural products that were used by our ancestors. For example, olea/Olive extracts have been used in beauty products as far back as the Ancient Egyptian times. Ornaments made for beautification have been found in all the ancient civilization including the oldest of them all: The Ancient Mesopotamian Civilization.

However, the fast paced times that we live in, juggling our career and family lives, leave us with little time to take care of ourselves. As with all things in life, this has consequences and most of them are not good. If care is not taken, not only will aging effects kick in earlier, but chances are that improper care can lead to a lot of skin diseases. We have always believed in the pursuit of both inner and outward beauty. Ironically, both take a long time to achieve, if you lose them along the way.

The best way to go about having the latter is to have a set routine. Break your efforts down to daily, weekly, fortnightly, and monthly schedules. To accentuate our point, let us elaborate a few points related to a daily routine. Start with the most basic things. If you consume a lot of caffeine based products cut down on them. If you lack in oral hygiene take up your game by applying oral health best principles. Make a habit of moisturizing within three minutes of washing your skin. You can buy most of the stuff via these coupons from Groupon. But, perhaps the most important part of your daily routine is a proper night’s sleep. Depending on your age and genetics, you may require 6-9 hours of sleep.

We have prepared an infographic which depicts some major hacks when it comes to beauty. Just read through it to find out about them.

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12 Skin Goals That Will Change Your Life

Your skin is the largest organ, so make sure you treat it right! Over the years I’ve definitely had my share of skin struggles, like many others, but those struggles did open me up to a world of skincare that I (honestly) probably wouldn’t have known existed if my troubles didn’t force me to pay attention. Some people have great skin without even paying much attention to it, while others treat their skin like its gold and get great results. And I’m not just talking about the skin on your face, either. Here are some #skingoals that we should all strive for no matter what our skin condition is.

1. Wash your face at least twice a day. 

Most people wash their faces in the morning when they wake up, but after a long, exhausting day at work, school, and home, it can be easy to just throw yourself in bed and not give a care in the world about washing your face; you just want to sleep and that’s understandbale. But not removing the dirt and grime of the day from your skin can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to skin problems. Even if you aren’t acne prone, you should still aim to cleanse your face at least twice a day — it’s so refreshing!

2. Never sleep with makeup on. 

This paster year in college, I was so guilty of falling asleep with makeup on. It was an accident because I didn’t remove my makeup early enough so I’d fall asleep surrounded by papers and books with perfectly winged eyeliner, mascara, and full foundation. This is a one-way ticket to clogged pores and unhealthy skin! Remove everything from your face before you sleep. I like to use Neutrogena makeup wipes on my entire face, and then go wash my face completely with my face wash to make sure I really get everything out.

3. If a product irritates your skin, stop using it. 

No one likes to spend money on a product that they end up not being able to use, but if your lotion is causing a rash on your arm or making you break out, stop using it immediately. Prolonged use will only make it worse. If you don’t want it to go to waste, give it to a friend or family member; maybe they’ll have better luck with it than you did.

4. Seek professional help if needed.

Don’t punish yourself for years and years because you’re too stubborn or too embarassed to see a dermatologist. Even if you think next year will be the year you conquer your skin issue by yourself, chances are things will get worse. Dermatologists aren’t just for treating facial issues; they can give you a full body exam if you want, and help you treat skin conditions before they become really serious.

5. Drink lots of water.

Water keeps your skin hydrated, and some experts say that it can influence the elasticity of your skin, thereby making it less likely to crack (cracks in the skin are fantastic for irritations!) This doesn’t mean you should drink yourself sick with water, but aim to stay hydrated by consuming water regualrly.

6. FYI, DIY isn’t always best.

One time on Facebook, I saw a video of a DIY charcoal pore strip using non-toxic glue. It looked cool so I shared the video to my timeline, and I even thought about trying it myself (because some pore strips are pretty expensive). But I got a wake-up call from a friend who said that that’s actually dangerous to put glue on your face, and it can cause my skin to become immensely irritated. Beware of some DIY facials, because (depending on your skin) some of them might actually cause more harm than good.

7. Don’t be overly aggressive with your skin.

Save your aggression for the soccer field; you need to be rather gentle with all types of skin. Scrubbing the shit out of your face and arms will cause redness, and can even break the skin. You’re not scrubbing an apple, so be nice!

8. Be consistent with your skincare regimen.

You’re not going to see results overnight; you’re not going to use a lotion on your legs for two days and wake up on the third day with super smooth, glowing model legs. You need to stick to a regimen for many, many months (sometimes a year or so) before you decide that it doesn’t improve the quality of your skin. Plus, being hasty and changing products like you change your answers on a multiple choice test can further aggitate your skin.

9. Shave carefully!

You’re not sheering a sheep (though if you were you’d probably still be careful because sheep are adorable!) You could accidentally nick your skin and cause it to bleed. You can also get annoying razor bumps! Try to find a good razor that can at least meet you halfway. I like using Schick Hydro Silk razors because they give me a close, clean and smooth finish without the need for aggression.

10. Use lip balm religiously.

Your lips are still part of your skin, so they require care as well. Overly chapped or dry lips can lead to very painful peeling. Avoid this by moisturizing your lips on the regular with your favorite lip balm. I apply lip balm to my lips multiple times throughout the day because I can’t stand the way my lips feel when they’re even remotely dry! You’ll have soft, supple lips in the long run!

11. Actually test products before using them.

Before using a new product, my mom always made me test it out for 24 hours on a small patch of skin on my arm, much to my dismay because I couldn’t wait to use a new product. This serves its purpose very well. It’s very possible that a product won’t agree with your skin. Fun fact: I actually can’t use EOS lip balms because the first one I ever used dried out my lips insanely and left me with a strane looking dark mark on my lip, which took many months to heal.

12. Have patience!

Like I said, nothing is going to change in the blink of an eye. There is no such thing as a miracle product. Haste makes waste, so treat your skin gently and with patience — it’s one of the best things you can do for your skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I was able to offer some skin advice that’s *life changing* for you. Please note that I am not a doctor of any kind and I do not claim to be. These were just some eye-opening things that I have realized over the years when it comes to skincare.

What are your tips for healthy skin? 

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7 Tips For Perfect Eyelashes

Mascara is probably the one makeup product I’ll never leave home without applying. It was actually a struggle for me when I just started wearing it back in high school, because my eyelashes are naturally long and curled, so I didn’t want a product that would make them look like long, clumpy spider legs! And that feeling when your eyelashes touch your eyebrows and leave a mark…So I’ve had quite a journey with mascaras, trying everything from drugstore to higher end products. Alas, here I am, a 20-year-old with what I like to think of as a perfect routine for getting perfect eyelashes. My routine eliminates clumping while giving me just enough length and volume in such a way that people actually wonder if I’m wearing false eyelashes (spoiler alert, they’re completely real). And in some weird way, they still have a natural-looking texture, too. So here are a few useful tips and tricks for getting unforgettable eyelashes.

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  1. Get naked. Whoa, I mean your eyelashes! I wear mascara every single day, so at night I make sure I remove as much of it as possible, if not all of it. In case you were wondering, yes, I have left mascara on overnight before, and the next morning when I tried to apply more on top of it, it just didn’t look as good as I thought it would. The next thing I knew, I just had these clumps of product weighing down my eyelashes, and it was even more difficult to remove. So make sure you’re removing all of the previously applied product from your lashes before you do anything else.
  2. Get rid of all the extra. I love seeing a lot of product on my wand, but if you’re not careful all that extra product can clump your eyelashes together, then you’ll be left with spider legs on your eyelids (but if that’s your thing then more power to you!)
  3. Get to the ROOT of your problem. Haha, do you get it? I like to brush the wand through my lashes starting from the roots (a.k.a.the areas closest to my eyelids and unfortunately my eyeballs). If you aren’t used to putting wands and things near your eyeball, this may sound terrifying to you (and with good reason). But here’s a subtip to remedy any eyeball-poking that may occur: take your time! You don’t need to spend five minutes on each eye, but going slowly and really paying attention to what you’re doing and how your eyelashes look so far can really make a difference. You might think that normally it takes three coats for you to get them perfect, but if they look pretty perfect after the second coat, then maybe you should just leave well enough alone.
  4. Don’t let it dry in between coats. I never let my mascara dry in between my coats. Maybe that has stemmed from me not having enough time in the morning to do that, but I have found that I get an overall better look when I don’t let them dry. In the past when I did let my eyelashes dry in between coats, I have found that it was harder to ‘move’ my eyelashes to the position I wanted them in, or that it was just difficult to see much of a difference with an added coat.
  5. Wiggle slightly to de-clump. If you happen to run into the issue of having clumpy eyelashes, one thing that I have done to separate them is simply wiggling the wand through the clumped area. This should be a slow, gentle wiggle because otherwise you could risk doing more harm than good if you act too hastily. Another thing that works is going in with a Q-tip to move the clumped sections apart from each other, but make sure you’re doing this before the product is dry!
  6. Don’t forget the lashes toward the inner corner! I never really used to pay attention to the baby eyelashes toward my inner eye, but now I do and it has made a more obvious difference.  Remembering to brush through the baby lashes makes my eyelashes look more fanned out and defined, which I really love! I want that full, fluttery effect and this is, in my opinion, the easiest way to get it.
  7. Swipe right (and left). I never used to apply mascara to my lower lashes because I never failed to accidentally get product on the skin under my lower lashes. I used to brush them the way I brushed the wand through my upper lashes, but now I have found that quickly, but gently, swiping left and right through them gets adequate product on them without getting any product on my skin. My lower eyelashes are enhanced greatly and add a sort of roundness to my eyes overall, and really opens them up!

So there you have it — that’s exactly how I get my version of perfect eyelashes all day everyday! What’s your favorite mascara? Tag me in a picture on Instagram @xoitzjazz and use the #macaronsandmascara to let me know!

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