My Self Tanning Routine

Hey babes! I have been getting so many questions about my tanning routine so I wanted to get a blog post up regarding the products that I use, when I apply it, how I apply it, etc. I go back and fourth between three tanning products but I have been loving these Isle of Paradise Drops. Just from talking to people at my local Sephora, they can’t keep these drops on the shelves. Because of that, I wanted to try them out when they were finally available to purchase and I am so happy that I did! After I shower and shave, I put a few drops into  my moisturizer and rub it into my skin. I love that the drops do not have a “self tanner smell” and how they do not leave me streaky or feeling sticky like most other tanners do. I have been using these for a few months now and honestly have been absolutely obsessed! I also occasionally use the Jergens Natural Glow Lotion and St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse. The Jergens lotion is old school but works pretty well when I am in a rush or just want a little bit of color where as the St. Tropez has more of a smell, is a little sticky, and takes more time to apply. I do like the St. Tropez though because it works fast and leaves me with a natural looking tan.

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

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First, I use the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer and put one pump on my finger and rub it all over my face. This primer is a little on the expensive side but it is the only one that I could find that actually works and doesn’t break me out. It will lasts you for a long long time so in my opinion, it is worth it.

Second, I use the Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation and use my foundation brush to apply it all over my face. I have tried so many foundations and always end up coming back to this one. It never breaks me out, has full coverage, and is very matte. Not to mention, it is very reasonably priced.Edit

Third, I use the Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder Foundation and apply it using the sponge over my t zone. I have been using this product for over a year now and if I could pick anything out of these products to purchase, it would be this. I am not sure why it has no hype but for me I am completely addicted. It has such great coverage all while feeling like it isn’t even on my face!

Fourth, I use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and apply it under my eyes using a beauty blender. It is light weight and full coverage. It also never flashbacks in pictures.

Fifth, I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder to set my under eye concealer. I apply it using my beauty blender as well. It also never leaves a flashback in photos if applied right.

Sixth, I use the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer. This is my all time favorite bronzer and honestly works for most skin complexions. I have never had an issue with this product and forever recommend it.

Seventh, I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. This is another product that I keep going back to. It lasts for hours and also doesn’t have a chalky consistency as some other blushes have.

Eighth, I use the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter and apply it to my cheek bones, brow bones, nose, and cupids bow.

Ninth, I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadows and or the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette. Both are really good.

Tenth, I fill in my brows using the Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Precise Micro Pencil. I used to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz but after finding this product, I became obsessed and it is cheaper!

Eleventh, I use the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara which is my go-to when it comes to mascaras. I have been using this for a little over a month now and I love that it doesn’t clump or leave my eyelashes looking like spider legs. I also really liked the Lancome mascara but after repurchasing it so many times, I started noticing that it was drying out quicker than usual.  I am not sure if they changed the formula or what was going on but I switched to this one and love it!

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Krisitin Ess Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Kristin Ess Shampoo & Conditioner

Kristin Ess is a new hair care/accessory brand that offers affordable-luxury hair products and accessories for every hair type. I discovered this brand at Target and decided to give the shampoo and conditioner a try first. If I am being honest, the packaging caught my eye instantly but after doing some research on things, I found out that this brand is cruelty free and most things had good reviews! The first two things that I noticed while using the shampoo was that it smelled absolutely amazing and secondly that I needed to use a decent amount to get a good lather going. That is normal though for sulfate free products. After drying and straightening my hair, I noticed that it was not as frizzy and looked more smooth. Not to mention my hair smelled bomb! If you’re looking for a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t break the bank, I would definitely give this brand a try!

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My Favorite Skincare Products

Hello skincare babes! I finally am giving you what you all have been asking for…..a blog post about all of my favorite skincare products! I have struggled with acne my entire life especially in my sophomore and junior year of high school. I was visiting numerous dermatologists, trying many different prescription medications, nothing had worked. It was so bad that I ended up being put on Accutane for a few months. I didn’t like all of the upkeep that went along with it, so after a few months, I stopped taking it and decided to just take the L and walk away. I would say roughly a year passed, and it all magically went away on its own. I personally think it was more of hormonal type of acne that just needed to work its way through my body. Regardless, it is gone and ya girl couldn’t be happier. I remember being so embarrassed about it thinking people thought I was some gross slob, but honestly, I washed my face like it was my damn job. I never missed a day/night. But it happened and it is over with so now I treat my skin like gold. Sh*t, with the money I spend on products, they might as well be gold at this point. My all-time favorite moisturizer is from Drunk Elephant called Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer. This stuff is the bomb dot com. I hate how other creams leave my skin feeling sticky and oily and this does everything but that. It leaves my skin feeling like a babies bum! If I plan on self tanning my face, I put a few drops of this Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops in medium into my moisturizer and wake up looking bronze af! I love this self tanner because it doesn’t make you orange and it also doesn’t leave you looking blotchy. It also doesn’t make me break out! Woooo! Sometimes when I have had a long day or if I just want some me time, I will throw some of these Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Eye Pads under my eyes. They help with puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. Absolutely love the way they feel on my skin! When it comes to washing my face, I love all Fresh products but this Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is my all time favorite and it smells so dang good! Another Fresh product that I love is their Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. It also smells absolutely amazing and helps with hydrating your skin and gets rid of uneven texture. Lastly, as for my lips, I recently started really taking care of them. I never focused on them but the older I get, the more I want to preserve my skin so it will look better in the long run. All I am going to say is Laneige Sleeping Mask, go buy it. I got so many people hooked on this stuff because it is just that good. Better than any chapstick that I have ever used!

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Eyelash Extensions + Deka Lash

I went to Deka Lash last week to get lash extensions and loved the final look. I went to the one in McMurray, PA and the lady that did them did such a great job. Last time I went, they did not stay on very well but this time I had a much better turn out. I told her my concerns and she took the time to add in more lashes than usual. I absolutely love how I don’t have to wear mascara but still get the look as if I have makeup on. It is so nice waking up and not having to get fully ready. The usual upkeep with having lash extensions is pretty basic. You should not use makeup remover on them and should always brush them after waking up and after getting them wet whether that be when you get out of the shower or after washing your face. They say to get a fill every two weeks but I seem to need one before then which almost make it not worth it for me because they are not cheap. But I do love having them nonetheless. I got them done Tuesday the 18th so this upcoming Tuesday the 2nd would just hit the two week mark. I lost a decent amount on my right eye so I wouldn’t be able to make it until Tuesday.  Some people can make them last even longer than two weeks it just depends on how quick your natural lashes shed. Most people that I know that have them absolutely love them and have no issues!

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Loreal Ever Pure Purple Shampoo + Conditioner Review

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I had this shampoo and conditioner sent to me to try out and I am officially hooked. Having blonde hair can sometimes suck when it comes to keeping the gold out but this shampoo does wonders. I use it once a week and it takes the brassy tones right out and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and looking smooth. The bottles are decently sized so it will definitely last you a while. 10/10 recomend!

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Tape In Extensions + Dallas Beauty Lounge

I have honestly been in a love-hate relationship with extensions for over the past five years that this post was long overdue. I stopped getting extensions a few years back, and traded them in for more of a short blunt cut. I recently went more blonde and chopped even more hair off, so I was really starting to notice all of the breakage around my face. Because of that, I decided to get a few extensions put in around my face to blend in my bangs. I got them done by Amber at Dallas Beauty Lounge and it was such a quick and easy process. Amber is very knowledgeable and gave me the exact look that I was going for. If you’re wondering what tape in extensions are all about, here you go! In my opinion, they are the easiest. I just make sure I don’t brush rough and I always make sure I blow dry the part where the tape is. You do not want your tape to air dry. I usually get them moved up every 4-6 weeks depending on how fast my hair grows. We only put around 8 pieces in, so it is much easier than getting a full head of them. If you have any questions comment below or feel free to email me and I can try to get you the proper answer!

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