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

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

August BEAUTY Faves

After taking about two months off, I’ve decided to bring back the ol blog and share a favorites post with you all! Hope y’all haven’t given up on me 🙂

Hopefully I will be able to get back to my old MWF schedule (maybe just MF?) now that both of my girls are in school. Allie started 2nd grade last week, and Ashley is starting Pre-K (only two days a week) this week. So, maybe I will have some free time on my hands! 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Let’s talk faves!

Let’s talk about this eyeshadow palette which I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with.

This is the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. Too Faced recently repackaged this, hence the reason I found it at Nordstrom Rack for $13. This is a really nice palette! It has mattes, it has shimmers, and can take you from day to night.

Next up is this MAC blush in Springsheen.

If you are a fan of NARS Orgasm, you will love this! It is a peachy pink with a gold sheen. Pure ROSE GOLD.

Ohhh it’s so pretty. It is a sheertone blush, so it’s buildable, which I like. I don’t like super pigmented blush. This is a really nice one and stays on all day.

Also, something I really hate to love. This YSL Babydoll Mascara. It’s essspensive.

This mascara holds the curl in my lashes better than any mascara out there. Lash Paradise and Roller Lash are close, but this mascara takes the cake. It is super black, and really lifts and lengthens. I have to have this. YOLO.

I have a few lip faves that haven’t left my purse for almost a whole month.

First is this Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. I believe this is the only shade this comes in (they are releasing a pearly one soon though!) and it is just the perfect gloss. Not sticky, smells delish, and has a beautiful color and shimmer. Go look at the reviews! I’m not the only one who loves it. Here it is next to the blush.

The other lip product is the Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm. I had never seen it before but my sister gave it to me for my birthday and I LOVE it. The smell of it is like vanilla mint, and it subtly exfoliates and moisturizes your lips. It’s not as sugary as a lip scrub, but it does have a teeny amount of grit to it. I really like it and it’s perfect for my purse.

I’ve been using a new moisturizer, this Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Moisturizing Creme.

This brand has a bunch of different types in these jars, but I love this pink one. It is a nice thick moisturizing cream that smells like an orange creamsicle. Sometimes I will open my beauty cabinet just to smell it. It feels so smooth and nice on my skin and hasn’t broken me out.

Next, some hair faves. First is the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blow Out Concentrate.

This is a hair serum that you only need a teeny bit of (one pump) and it smoothes the hair and helps to minimize blow dry time. It smells AMAZING (duh, Living Proof) and my hair feels so soft after using it.

Next are these cute little hair ties.

These are the Invisibobble Slim ponytail holders. These are so cute and come in a bunch of colors. They will keep your hair up all day and they don’t make a dent in your hair when you take them out. Love them!

That’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

SEPHORA SALE HAUL

ERHMAGERD SERPHERA SALE!!! You KNOW I had to partake. I can’t pass up a discount there since everything is expensive and hardly ever goes on sale. Anyway, here’s what I picked up.

The first two things were actually gifts for my Mom’s birthday coming up.

The first thing is this Stella Rollerball Fragrance Duo. This has the original Stella fragrance, and the newer Stella Peony scent. My Mom loves perfume, and Stella is one of her favorite scents, so I thought she would like these two little travel sizes.

The other thing is this Loccitane Amande Set. This one is actually sold out now, but there are a bunch of other little sets. My Mom also really loves the Amande line from Loccitane, so this was perfect for her. The bag was really cute too.

Ok, now for me. 🙂

I LOVE Sephora haircare. Living Proof, Amika, Drybar, Bumble & Bumble…they’re my jams. I tend to use drugstore shampoo and conditioner, but for styling products…I go to Sephora!

First up, an old favorite of mine that I’ve mentioned over and over! The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo takes away any oil, adds volume, and smells great. Love it!

Another old favorite of mine is this Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. This is a texturizing sea salt spray that dries down MATTE. Doesn’t look crunchy or greasy, but gives the beachy waves I’m after. It also smells like a salty beach vacation. LOVE.

Lastly for hair is something I’ve been wanting for awhile. I had received a sample of this, and the teeny sample lasted me a month! This is the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate. You only need one tiny pump of this stuff (and I have long thick hair), and it’s like an oil that lowers blow dry time, smoothes, and leaves my hair super shiny. It also smells so good and comes in such a nice pretty glass bottle (my precious). Like I said, one pump is all you need, so this bottle will last forever!

Something a little bit boring I picked up was this Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner. I use this to clean all of my brushes and also my sponges, and gets every little bit of makeup off of them. It’s so easy and quick to use, suds up good, and rinses super squeaky clean. Love this!

Another product I have used before is this Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. I prefer powders to cream products while doing my brows, and this is the best powder out there. It is super pigmented, so a teeny bit goes a loooong way. Like 3 years long way. I use this and then I swipe on the Boy Brow, and I’m good to go all day!

Ok, I saved the best for last!

Go to Sephora.com right now and look at the reviews for this Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. It has like 3500 five star reviews! I haven’t really been interested in this brand until I saw this (sold out) lipgloss in the store. They only had the tester, so I smelled it and looked at it, and I knew I had to order it! It smells like pink starburst! It is also BEAUTIFUL. It’s a rosy color with gold shimmer, it’s not sticky and OMG the packaging. I knew I’d love this.

Next. I’ll admit it, I am a 33 year old Mom, and I’ll tell you what, this Unicorn shiz just CALLS TO ME. It’s like if Lisa Frank made makeup! You should have seen my girls’ faces when i showed them this. This is the Too Faced Unicorn Tears Bronzer. I have been wanting a shimmery bronzer, and I mean, can we talk about the purpley iridescent UNICORN in the middle?! I can’t stop staring at it, and can’t even bring myself to swatch it. Maybe I’ll do a review when I finally decide to use it.

That’s it for the haul! I think I got some good new things to try!

Let me know what you’d like a full review on 🙂

xx