Life Changing $10 Amazon Face Mask

Hi friends! I know we all use a face mask every once in awhile, they are so good for deep cleaning and exfoliating the skin. I know that they can get pretty spendy (umm Glamglow??) I’ve used masks from every price range, and I think, for a deep pore cleansing, you can’t get any better than this one from Amazon.

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

This has over 15,000 five star reviews on Amazon. Whoa. It retails for $9.99, and comes in a ONE POUND container. There’s enough in here to last you a lifetime.

This mask claims to be the world’s most powerful facial, and is supposed to deep clean pores. It doesn’t contain any fragrance, harsh chemicals, and it’s not tested on animals.

So, this isn’t exactly a mask, yet. It’s a powder.

You mix equal parts of powder and water (or it says ACV, but I’ve never tried that). I usually do a 1/2 tsp and it’s plenty.

It’s a goopy mess, so that’s what we want! It is a light green color, and pretty chunky.

Time to apply!

Am I pretty yet… and did I actually post this picture on the internet?

So, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it gets really tight…then you rinse it off with warm water.

BOOM, poreless face. It makes your skin feel so clean, so smooth, and just, perfect.

Have you tried this?

Thanks for reading!

xx

Top 5 | Lip Glosses

Are you a lipstick girl or a gloss girl? I feel like I’m both…! I love a matte lip, but also a glossy shiny lip! Today I am sharing my 5 favorite lip glosses. These are all non-sticky, too. I cannot stand a sticky lip gloss!

First off, my FAVORITE one of all-time. The Dior Lip Maximizer. This is not only a lip gloss, but a plumper too. When I first started using this a few years ago, it only came in this color, but now it comes in a bunch! The color I have is just Pink, and it’s a very light pastel pink, and smells like vanilla. It doesn’t add much color, but it is oh so shiny and it tingles a bit when applied. It plumps the lips ever so subtly, and is just the perfect lip gloss. It’s Sarah Jessica Parker’s fave, too.

My second favorite lip gloss formula is the Nars Lip Gloss. Like Dior, it is smooth and non-sticky. The color I have is Love Me Do, which is a bright hot pink. I love this for summer, it is so so pretty on the lips. This lip gloss doesn’t really have a smell.

The next one is the Winky Lux Disco Lip Gloss. I have tried all of the different colors of this gloss, and they are STUNNING. When first applied, they come off as clear, but then they change into a pretty pink color, and they are chock full of shimmer. They also smell like vanilla, and I LOVE THEM. This color is Hustle, but all of the colors are pretty.

This Fenty Beauty Gloss in Fenty Glow was the original color of this gloss. This is a more neutral color, a rosy mauve color with some golden shimmer. This gloss smells just like Hawaiian Punch and I love the big applicator. This is just a go-with-anything type of gloss.

Lastly is technically a balm…but it is just as shiny and shimmery as a gloss so I wanted to throw it in here. This is the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com. The smell of this, you guys. The smell. It smells like a Funfetti cake, but in a REAL way. It is clear, but chock full of glitter. It is so so pretty and really hydrating. I love this stuff. It comes in a bunch of different colors/flavors, but I LOVE this one. Love the holo packaging, too.

Here are the swatches…they don’t really do them justice at all though, especially the shimmery ones.

From left to right – Dior, Winky Lux, NARS, Fenty, and Glossier.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx Amy

Everyday Makeup | 10 Minutes and Natural

Happy Friday! Today is a beauty post, which are still my favorite types of posts to create! I am talking all about makeup today; sharing my every day routine!

I wear makeup every day, and this is what I do most days. It only takes 10 minutes, and makes me feel more put together, more awake, and just all-around better.

A little bit about my skin – I have normal to dry skin, no breakouts, and my skin is very fair and freckled. I do not use liquid foundation because it makes me feel like I have a mask on, and covering my freckles looks weird to me. I use a powder foundation that allows my freckles to show through while still evening out my skin tone.

THE GOODS.

Lets start off with face makeup.

I’ve already applied my sunscreen and moisturizer, so first I apply my Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation in 04 Aspen. I use the Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush to apply this; it is a dense angled brush. I buff this all around in circular motions.

The next product I use is the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light. I apply this underneath my eyes to conceal my dark circles and then tap it in with my finger to blend.

To add some color and dimension to my face, I use the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate. I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush in circular motions all along the perimeter of my face and into my cheekbones.

For blush, I use the MAC Sheertone Blush in Springsheen, a peachy pink color with golden shimmer. I apply this with a Morphe M435 angled brush.

Let’s move onto the eyes!

Eyebrows are verrry important, so I use the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo In Dark Brown along with an angled brush to fill in my eyebrows. I kind of just mix the two colors together. This helps keep them looking put together, but still natural.

For shadow, I keep it super simple with this Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I use a shimmery beige color on the lids, and a matte medium brown color in the crease. The brushes are both from Sigma, E25 for laying down the lid color, and E35 for blending.

For liner, I prefer a dark brown pencil, my favorite is Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Demolition; a matte brown color. I apply this to my upper lash line, and smudge it under my lower lash line. This gives definition to my eyes while still looking natural. Black liner tends to look harsh on me.

Lashes make a big difference, so I make sure to curl them, and also use a mascara that adds volume and length, like Benefit Roller Lash. I actually picked up this travel size the other day, because I was at the mall and had forgotten to apply mascara that morning. This is my favorite high-end mascara.

Can’t forget the lips! I used my all-time fave lipstick, MAC Syrup, which is a pinky-purple that has some shine to it. I then topped it off with my Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink, just to add a little bit more shine.

Here’s the before and after!

Can you see my dog Mollie on the chair? 🙂

What does your every day makeup routine look like?

Thanks for reading!

xx

August Beauty Faves

Hello! I am so happy to be doing a beauty faves post today! Summer is almost over, but where I live in Texas we will have summer for another month! It currently says 96 degrees in my car right now as I type this in the parent pickup line. 🙂

Today I am going to be sharing my faves that I have been using nonstop in August. I have everything from hair care to makeup, so let’s get started!

First off, I want to talk about this body cream from Sol De Janeiro. This is a very popular cream called the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I’ll be honest, I only bought this for the smell. It smells amazing. It’s a warm vanilla scent that reminds me of a tropical beach vacation. It is a VERY strong smell, and the smell lingers for me until I wash it off the next day. I wouldn’t use this daily, just because the scent is so strong, but a trip to the pool, beach, or something like that-it’s perfect. It is extremely moisturizing, and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy at all. It is also supposed to firm and smooth the skin over time. I really like this. Just go smell it.

Next, is a perfume. I am not big into perfume, in fact, I only have ONE (gasp) and it’s Chanel Coco De Mademoiselle. I have worn it for years and it’s just been my go-to. I really love floral scents and not much of anything else. I like to just smell like flowers, so this Replica Flower Market is perfect. This smells exactly like when you stick your face into a bouquet of roses to smell them. Exactly. And who doesn’t want to smell like that?! I bought the travel size because I wasn’t going to shell out $126 for the full size when I didn’t even know if I was going to like it. But, I’m definitely going to when this runs out! I also like that it’s an actual spray instead of a rollerball.

I am all about drugstore shampoo and conditioner (to me, it’s the styling products that matter), and I love this Dove Creme Conditioner Concentrated Moisture. This is probably the 6th tube I have used up, and it’s really nice. It’s a thick conditioner that feels like a mask. It smoothes and makes my hair super soft, and Dove hair products always smell really good. I get this at Walmart for like 5 bucks.

I have a few makeup items, first off, the best bronzer of life, my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soieil Matte Bronzer. I would be a ghost without this stuff. I’m on my third compact because I just won’t even try anything else. The milk chocolate color is perfect for my fair skin, it’s matte, not orange-y and it smells like CHOCOLATE. The best.

Next is this ADORABLE Winky Lux lippie. This is the Confetti Balm, and it came in a set with a Mini Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle (which is my fave also) and a cute little kitten pouch. I LOVE Winky Lux. So, this lip balm is clear with glitter inside. It is so pretty and I love the sleek silver packaging. It looks clear, but once you apply it, it changes to a pink shade. It’s kind of like a tinted balm. It smells like vanilla and keeps my lips soft.

I mean, look at it.

Here are the bronzer and lip balm swatched.

My last fave is a nail color, and surprise, surprise, it’s Essie. The color is Go Ginza and it’s a very light lavender.

I’ve just been doing neutrals on my nails lately, and this lavender color is so light, that I consider it to be a neutral. It goes with everything, and just looks chic. It’s a great alternative to white or light pink.

So that’s all the faves for the month!

What beauty products have you been using this month?

Thanks for reading xx

BEST OF BEAUTY | 2018

Hello! Today I am posting my absolute favorite- the BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS of 2018. I have discovered some great ones this year, and I can’t wait to share them! I know that I haven’t blogged much lately, but I hope to change that in 2019. 🙂 Let’s get on to the faves.

Let’s start off with haircare.

I have rediscovered the Organix haircare brand and I love it so. I use the Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo (my husband does as well). We love it because it feels super minty and tingly, and really leaves our hair feeling clean. I also really love the Coconut Milk Conditioner. It is very luxurious and feels so soft on my hair. I usually go with drugstore shampoo and conditioners, and these are really nice for the price.

Skincare

I have used this Ole Henriksen Nurture Me moisturizer all year and I really love it. It smells like a creamsicle, it’s lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy, and it does such a great job of moisturizing. I use this every morning before makeup. It wouldn’t be a best of beauty post if I didn’t mention the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This is a toner spray that is so nice and refreshing. I use this all the time, especially when it is hot outside. It smells like a spa and feels sooo luxurious.

Nails

For nails, I have still been loving the Essie Gel Couture. Matter of Fiction and Last Nightie are my favorite colors. Matter of Fiction is a super almost white pink color that is so perfect with any outfit. Last Nightie is a tan/pink nude shade with a subtle shimmer. These polishes do not budge with the topcoat. Also, this year I have discovered the Nails Inc Duos from Sephora. Great price and BEAUTIFUL colors. I love these, and I want THEM ALL. I have the Holler-graphic Duo, The Unicorn Duo, and the Future is Fairy Duo.

Ok, let’s get on with the makeup.

This is the Bare Minerals Bare PRO. This is a pressed powder foundation that I LOVE, and I wear the color Aspen 04. I started this compact in January of 2018, and it is now December and I’m almost out. I have used this pretty much every single day of the year. It’s lightweight, has buildable coverage, doesn’t break me out, and gives me a luminous look. I will be starting my new compact soon!

For concealer, I literally only have one in my house. It’s the Tarte Shape Tape in the color Light. I use this underneath my eyes, and NOTHING compares. It covers my dark circles, lasts all day, and looks natural. Ride or die right hurr.

For bronzer, I love Too Faced. As you can see, the Milk Chocolate Soleil has been well loved, and a new one for me this year was the Unicorn Bronzer. The Milk Chocolate is matte, and lighter than the Unicorn, while the Unicorn gives a little bit of a sheen and is darker. Love this one for the summer. I’m trying to save the Unicorn though, so I only use the top part. 🙂

For mascara, there’s only one I’ve used this year- the YSL Babydoll mascara. I believe this is my fifth tube I’ve bought just this year. It is just perfect. It’s super black, holds a curl, and doesn’t flake. LOVE.

The life changing lip product that I have used all year is this Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. I know they have come out with a few new shades, but this one is the OG. It is so perfect. Such a pretty rosy gold shade, it’s not sticky, has just the right amount of shimmer, and it smells heavenly and fruity. They call it the “universal lip luminizer” because it supposed to look great on everyone.

So that’s it for the faves! They were good, right? 🙂 Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and thanks for sticking with me!

Here are all of my previous BEST OF BEAUTY posts:

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

xx amy