The Skinny on Detox Tea

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted ūüė¶ I’ve been so busy with college and being a student. Please read about my first time ever trying detox tea. Details are intense, but you’ll appreciate getting the real. I wrote this article on Her Campus. Enjoy ūüôāAll the girls promoting this tea were gorgeous and skinny, none of them ever explained how the tea works but always gave it credit when referring to their figures. I mean, if all I had to do was drink tea to be skinny, then I wanted in

Source: The Skinny on Detox Tea

New Product Update: M.A.C Vamplify Collection

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Photo from: popsugar.com

Earlier today M.A.C released the Vamplify Lipgloss collection and OMG I’m in love. The collection is only available online but will be in stores from Sept.3- Oct.15, 2015 according to Lipstickjunkieforever’s Instagram page (if you don’t follow her, drop everything and follow her). ¬†The new collection includes 17 amazing colors. What I love about this collection is that there’s a color for EVERYONE. If you love nudes, there’s nudes. If you love purples and pinks, there’s purples and pinks (do you see where I’m going with this?). The glosses ¬†are $20.00 a pop.

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Photo from: Lipstickjunkieforever’s Instagram

Can we just take a moment to admire how pigmented those glosses are? I mean look at how pretty the olors are! Seriously, M.A.C you can just take all of my money now.

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Y’all I am loving the packaging as well, It’s just so cute!

So because I was drooling over this and wasn’t able to get my funds together in time, I only ordered one of the glosses (the college struggle). I will definitely be posting my thoughts about M.A.C’s Vamplify Lip Glosses once I receive my gloss in the mail. I am hoping these wear as good as they look.

Style Guide: Fall Edition

Guys, my favorite season is approaching…FALL. Are you ready for the cozy sweaters, booties, leather jackets, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and of course Black Friday? Well, I am definitely ready. However, before we transition into fall there are four essential trends that need to be incorporated into your fall look.

1. Oxblood and Olive Green

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Photos from: A. Slice.Ca                                                        B. Lulus

The hottest colors for fall right now are oxblood and olive green. In every store’s new fall collection there are oxblood and olive green pieces. These colors are HOT! It honestly doesn’t matter what you have in these colors, as long as you have SOMETHING in these colors. How cute would oxblood jeans be with black or beige booties? Even olive green jeans with a neutral brown drapey jacket? Ya’ll whatever you decide to get just make sure you get something in these colors. I’ve been drooling over any and everything I see in these colors.

2. Peep Toe Booties

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Photos from:  A. polyvore.com  B. miashoesfashionblog.com

C. shopstyle.com   D. polyvore.com

Peep toe booties are a must this fall. The great thing about the beginning of ¬†fall is it isn’t too hot nor too cold (Minnesota weather, that is). Almost like peep toe booties, your feet won’t be hot because of the opening in the front of the booties nor will they be cold because everything will be covered except the toes. You can dress almost any outfit up with a pair of cute booties. Going to a movie? Throw on some skinnies with booties. Night out with the girls? Perfect, throw on some black or oxblood colored pants (cough, cough) with some booties. Do I really need to go on about how booties can make styling easy?

3. Fringe

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Photos from: A. Express.com                 B. Revolveclothing.com

Ok, so the same rules for oxblood and olive green apply to fringe: It doesn’t matter what you get with fringe as long as you get SOMETHING with fringe. I LOVE fringe and anything with fringe catches my eye. Honey, I could be standing miles away and spot someone out with a fringe purse. I think the best fringe pieces to get are jackets or purses. A fringe jacket can make any outfit and that is exactly why fringe is perfect for fall. Since, the beginning of fall isn’t super hot (again, Minnesotan over here) you could get away with jeans, a tank top and a fringe jacket. Everyone will think your outfit is so cute, meanwhile you put little effort into it (BAM, that is a double win for you). Also, you can definitely get into fringe boots as well (cough, cough look at the peep toe boot section again. I got ya covered). What’s better then a super cute pair of fringe booties?

4. Bold Lips

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Photos from:  A. ABH Twitter   B. Pinterest.com   C. Pinterest.com

You can never go wrong with bold lips in the fall. Dark red lips and deep purples can spice up any outfit. What’s great about having a bold lip is that you don’t have to over do your makeup. You can pull bold lips off with winged eyes and call it a day. ¬†I love how a bold lip looks in the fall with cute booties and a leather jacket (YASSS).The colors shown here are: Trust Issues by Anastasia Beverly Hills, Cyber by MAC and Runner by MAC.

Product Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and more

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Do I even have to give a review on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette? We all know the Naked Palettes are done to perfection… However, if you are still on the fence about the newest Naked Palette then please keep reading and then go buy one! Aside from the new Naked Palette, I also tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (travel size) and bought a new sparkly Macbook case (yes, I know this is not beauty but couldn’t resist sharing).

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Let me just start off by saying, I love this palette. I adore all the colors, but the brown color “Whisky” has got to be my favorite (talk about the perfect chocolate smokey eye). I’m also in love with this palette because it is brown skin friendly (YASSSS). A lot of times I stay away from cooler toned eyeshadows because such colors make women with darker skin look ashy, but this is not the case with these eyeshadows. The colors are super rich and pigmented which is perfect for divas with darker skin. The palette is prefect for women who are always on the go because it can fit right in your purse.

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Look how beautiful these colors are! ¬†There’s so many looks you can come up with. I would highly recommend purchasing this palette if you haven’t. The colors stay on and they don’t smudge which is awesome. I also love the brushes that come with the Naked Palettes. Here is the brush that came with this one:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

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I must admit, I was a little nervous to try this product. As mentioned before in my post about skincare, I have really sensitive and oily skin which means my face is prone to break outs. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find no break outs from this product. Now, there are a couple ways to use this product according to the reviews I’ve read. One way to use this product is to apply it before applying makeup. Another way is spraying the primer water after applying makeup. Lastly, some apply the primer water before AND after applying makeup. However, I like to apply the product after I finish my makeup. What I really like about the Primer Water is that it’s a spray and it leaves my makeup looking clean and flawless, it’s the piece that pulls all of your makeup together.This product is perfect for people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t have any oil, silicone or alcohol. The travel size bottle is the one shown in the picture and it retails for $16.00. If ¬†you are skeptical about trying this, I would purchase the travel size bottle before making the $32.00 commitment to the full size bottle.

 Embrishop Glitter Macbook Case

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I couldn’t resist reviewing this Macbook case I got from the Embrishop on Etsy.com. This isn’t a beauty item but it is something that every fashion/beauty blogger needs to have for their Macbook! These cases are so beautiful and fun. The cases come in a variety of different colors and are $47.00. There are two pieces included, the top glitter case and the bottom clear case. These cases are handmade and are great quality. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this case and you can see the sparkles from miles away.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award by OliveaOlive. If you ever need tips on skincare and beauty, you should definitely check out her blog. Thanks again, for the nomination girl!

The rules to this award are simple:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate five blogs.

Questions asked:

1. What is your favorite post you have written?

My favorite post I’ve written is my latest one about skincare. I really like this post because it contains great information about products that work for people with sensitive skin. I’ve had skin issues for a long time and I’m finally starting to see results. I am hoping that my skincare post can help anyone else struggling with acne scars and sensitive skin. Link to post here.

2. What did you want to do when you were younger and did you keep that dream?

Ohhh my gooddddnness, when I was younger I wanted to be so many things. I wanted to be a dancer, tennis player and a long list of other things. However, the dream I stuck with the longest was being a lawyer and that dream sailed away when I took some law classes in high school and hated it. In my senior year of high school, I took some AP psychology classes and decided I wanted to be a psychologist. Let’s just say, it got super real in my first year of college and I decided that wasn’t for me. Now, I am majoring in PR and minoring in Marketing.

3. What do you do to de-stress?

OK, so I would definitely say I stress a lot. I can get over whelmed pretty easily, but one thing I love to do when I’m stressed is blast my music (weird). Honestly, I will turn the music up super high and just relax on my bed. Sometimes, I even dance a little in the mirror. The only way to combat stress is with fun.

4.  Tell me three things about the place you live.

Well, I live in two places currently. In the summer I stay in the cities, but August-May I live in my apartment on campus. I’ll tell you guys about where I stay on campus.

1. Loud. My school is a bit of a party school so there is always something going down.

2. Small. Only one mall, the bar and the club downtown are connected and everyone knows literally everyone.

3. Carefree. Honestly, no one down there gives a (bleep).  YOLO is the motto down there.

5. What is your favorite decade of fashion?

I don’t have one….. I love pieces of fashion from every decade.

6. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

Ya’ll I am not one to do anything crazy, seriously. The scariest thing I can think of doing is giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.

7. Do you have any unique skills?

I do not have any unique skills. I am not creative with my hands, but creative with my mind (if that makes sense). However, something unique about me is that I was born with one of my legs bigger than the other.

8. What do you plan for the future of your blog?

I have a lot of things planned for my blog. I have so many ideas that I want to incorporate on here. One thing that I am going to start doing is posting makeup looks. I just am trying to learn how to take better pictures with my camera and learn how to manipulate the camera to make things look good.

9. What is your favorite type of exercise?

HAHAHA…. Exercise? Like, what is that? Well, I occasionally get into the gym…. haha I think I’ll just leave this question be. Ya’ll can see where I’m going with this.

10. Would you rather holiday in the forest, mountain or in the city?

I would rather holiday in the city! It’s always crazy in the city.

I’m nominating:

1. Miriam Carey
2. Hillary
3. V
4. Caydet
5. Andreasimunic

Questions I am asking you:

1. Favorite youtube beauty guru?

2. Most embarrassing moment?

3. Reasons for starting a blog?

4. Lipgloss, lipstick or liquid lipstick?

5. Favorite foundation?

6.  Age you started wearing makeup?

7. Best concert you’ve been to?

8. Dream job?

9. Dream place to live?

10. Best advice you could give yourself 3 years ago?

Have fun ya’ll ūüôā

Skin Solutions: Conquering Dark Spots and Acne

If you’re like me and struggle with acne and dark spots, then you know how hard it is to find products that work. It’s bad enough that we struggle with acne and dark spots, but what can really complicate things is when you have sensitive skin. Yes, I am guilty of that too. The struggle has been too real for me ever since I was in junior high….. I’m 21. I have spent THOUSANDS on products that claim to reduce acne and lighten dark spots. At the age of 17 ¬†half of my skin issues were solved when I realized I was allergic to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (hmmmm…..could that be the reason Proactiv sent me to the ER in hives on my face?). Congrats Kionna, you’re allergic to the most common ingredients in acne medication (cue the balloons).

Now, here I am at 21 with fewer acne and scars than I’ve ever had since junior high. How? Well, it took lots of patience, but I’ve finally found a skin regimen that works for me and leaves my skin looking clearer and clearer each day.

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All the products shown in the picture are products I use on the daily basis.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

This is something I use in combination with the Clarisonic. However, even before I purchased the Clarisonic I used this face wash and noticed results. This face wash works well for me because it’s all natural. No salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. This is great for those of us with sensitive skin because we are still getting our faces clean without ingredients that could be harmful to our skin.I use this product once at night before bed and once in the morning.

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After visiting a dermatologist 3 months ago, it was suggested that I use a Clarisonic. I will be honest… when the dermatologist suggested the Clarisonic all I could do was laugh. I walked out that appointment tickled pink because I WAS NOT spending $100 more (after dropping $200 that day) ¬†for a device to clean my face. However, when I went home and looked in the mirror I knew something had to give. Long story short, I bought the damn Clarisonic. I am not lying when I say it was the best $100 spent. If you’re struggling with dark spots this is it for you. The Clarisonic gets all the dead skin cells out of your pores and deep cleans your face. I had noticed a tremendous differences in 2 weeks, I kid you not. My face looked so much clearer. I use the Clarisonic in combination with the Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. If you have a face wash that you love already, that’s perfectly fine too. I use the Clarisonic every morning and every night.

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Obagi Blender and Obagi Tretinoin Cream

Remember how I mentioned dropping $200 the day I visited the dermatologist? Well, ladies and gentlemen the $200 was split evenly between the Obagi Blender and Obagi Tretinoin Cream. Both these medicines are for lightening dark spots and when I say they work, THEY WORK. ¬†When the medicines were prescribed to me by my dermatologist I was told to use the Blender every night and the Tretinoin once every three days. Tretinoin is very strong which is why I didn’t provide a link for either products, these products should be prescribed by a dermatologist. I would suggest going to see a dermatologist and asking about these products if you have severe scaring like I did. ¬†I gradually increased my usage of Tretinoin to once a night. ¬†However, after a couple of weeks I had to stop because my whole face was lightening. I use the Tretinoin twice a week now.

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 Bare Minerals

Never in a million years would I think I would switch my foundation to Bare Minerals. I was always under the impression their foundation didn’t have enough coverage, but boy was I wrong. For years I used MAC Studio Fix, it was my holy grail foundation. However, after a while I developed a love-hate relationship with it. Some days I thought it was too oily and others I thought it was perfect. I wanted to venture out and I tried NARS foundation, Kat Von D Lock it Foundation (broke my skin out terribly) and Lanc√īme foundation. I did all of that in a matter of 6 months and my face went from bad to horrendous. Actually, that’s what drove me to the dermatologist. My dermatologist also suggested trying a mineral foundation. Well, the only mineral foundation I knew of was Bare Minerals. The first day wearing Bare Minerals I hated it, I hated everything about it. However, after playing around with the foundation, concealer and blush I fell in love with it. The foundation is buildable and the concealer covers everything. The blush comes in beautiful colors and is actually really pigmented. My favorite part about Bare Minerals makeup is it isn’t harming your skin. If you have sensitive and acne prone skin, then Bare Minerals is a great alternative for you. It seems as if the breakouts on my skin have come to a halt. I am confident that the switch in makeup has a lot to do with it.

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Dermalogica Matte Moisturizer

Did I mention I have really oily skin as well? This is a product I like to use before applying my makeup. This is the only moisturizer I use on my face because I cannot afford to have any more breakouts. Out of all the matte moisturizers I’ve used this seems to be the only one that doesn’t break me out and truly controls the oil on my face. What’s great about this product is that it has SPF in it. When you have dark spots, SPF better be your BFF when you’re out in the sun. If you don’t use SPF and you’re in the sun your dark spots could darken.

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LA PALETTE NUDE: 1&2

Can we talk about the L’or√©al La Palettes¬†1 and 2? These palettes are great¬†for the price. I purchased them at Ulta, and both were 40% off the original price plus an additional 20% off one of the palettes using an Ulta coupon. These palettes are originally $19.99 and with the 40% off they came to $11.99. One palette ended up being $9.59 with the 20% Ulta coupon. I believe the 40% off ends 07/08/2015. However, if your interested in buying these palettes after that date Ulta always has sales on drugstore brand products. I’m sure there will be another sale for these bad boys if you miss this one.

These palettes are¬†great cheap alternatives for the Naked and Naked¬†3 palettes by Urban Decay.¬†Both L’or√©al palettes have very similar colors to the Naked Urban Decay palettes. I really liked the L’or√©al palettes, but I will be¬†honest when I say nothing beats the Naked palettes. However, if you haven’t purchased the Naked palettes and are skeptical because of¬†the¬†price these L’or√©al palettes will do the trick for you.

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( Top left: Naked. Bottom left: Naked. Top right: L’or√©al 1. Bottom right: L’or√©al 2)

With the L’or√©al palettes there is a tad bit of fall out, but it wasn’t terrible. I went to Valley Fair wearing colors from¬†the L’or√©al¬†La Palette Nude¬†1 and I didn’t have to touch up my makeup at all. It actually stayed put, and¬†I was very impressed.¬† I think the colors are pretty pigmented, but using eye shadow primer wouldn’t hurt to make the colors stand out a bit more. I found the shimmer colors were a lot more pigmented than the matte colors ( in both L’or√©al palettes).

One thing I didn’t like about the palette was the brush it came with. To be frank, the brush sucks. However, I did find use in it for smudging eyeliner. I wasn’t really bummed about the sucky¬†brush because I wasn’t expecting a great quality brush due to how inexpensive the palette was.

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( Ya’ll are gonna have to excuse my nails. I am very aware that I need a fill. Trust me, I am getting that handled TODAY.)

Close up and swatches of La Palette Nude 1:

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( These aren’t the best swatches, forgive me. Plus my camera sucks. The colors wear beautifully. The colors also appear ashy in the first picture, but they are not. They a very rich. My swatch game just isn’t strong)

Close up and swatches of La Palette Nude 2:

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(Flash and no flash)

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(No flash and flash)

Overall, the L’or√©al¬†La Palettes are great.¬†They are awesome for everyday looks. The browns wear so pretty and well throughout the day. If you plan on buying the palettes, try to catch them on sale.