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This isn't necessarily a "beauty blog" in that all it does is focus on makeup and hair. It's more of a beauty, style, and health blog, and it focuses on living beautifully and happily.

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24 March 14

Adventures in Curly Girl Land

So, as many of you may have discovered if you have anything resembling curly or wavy hair, one of the worst things you can do for your hair is using sulfates and silicones.

Why is that?

For starters, sulfates are extremely stripping. Most of the reason people that have very oily hair have hair so oily is because of sulfates. If you look on your shampoos, chances are one of the first ingredients is sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate. If you look at your dish soap, it’s probably also one of the first ingredients there as well. Which is frightening in and of itself, because certainly anything that cans strip dirt, grime, and oil from your pots and pans is too damaging for your precious, fragile hair. Sulfates are used to strip the oils from your hair to make your hair appear squeaky clean, and so in response afterwards your scalp goes into overdrive manufacturing and pumping out  more oils, which leads to more hair washing and more problems. So using a sulfate free shampoo can make your hair both less dry and less oily.

As for silicones, they make your hair heavy. There are a few silicones that are water soluble, however for the most part if you’re buying a conditioner meant to smooth, give volume to, or moisturize dry your hair, chances are there is at least one, if not more, silicones in it. The one you see most frequently is dimethicone, but other silicones can end in -one, -xane, -conol. Something else you should avoid if you have curly hair are waxes.

Now, the Curly Girl method is very popular. It’s commonly used by women of colour who have kinky, coily hair, but can be used by virtually all wavy and curly girls. You can find hundreds upon hundreds of blogs dedicated to it, and find how-to videos on YouTube galore. What is this method and why is it so stinkin’ popular?

First, you eliminate all sulfates and silicones from your hair’s beauty routine. You use only water-soluble gels to style, and eliminate shampoo completely.

Yes. Completely.

What does this do? It eliminates the build-up caused my use of silicones and eliminates the need for harsh sulfates that are typically necessary to clean those our of your hair. It also leaves your hair less dry, less oily, and less damaged.

So you may be thinking: “How do I clean my hair?”

FANTASTIC QUESTION!

You use conditioner. This is called cowashing. Typically, you cowash, use a rinse-out (another conditioner), and a leave in (another conditioner, but typically people use their rinse out for this). To actually wash your hair, you use a conditioner and scrub your scalp. Rub, rub, rub until your fingers get tired, and then rinse.

I know, it sounds frightening, and it can be. Most people find there is a two to six week transition time in which your hair can appear oily and nasty, but a lot of people never have this problem and the benefits completely outweigh the chance of bad hair.

The number one thing that curly girls need is moisture. All of it. The more the better, and what better way to accumulate moisture for your curls than only using conditioner? By using conditioners that lack sulfates and silicones, you eliminate the stripping and drying process, and your hair has the chance to repair and get back to it’s natural glory.

I’ve been using this method for two months because I have relatively dry, wavy hair, and I thought that I could resurrect my original curls through this.

Now, for me, it did not do much. It helped a little, but not as much as I was expecting (most likely because my cowash had too much protein in it, but that’s a completely different blog topic). So, I’ve abandoned it and am now in the process of trying out different natural, sulfate, pthalate, silicone free products and also trying to eliminate surfactants (another completely different, but related blog topic).

BUT! Just because it didn’t resurrect my curls doesn’t mean that it didn’t do amazing things for my hair. For starters, it eliminates the need to wash your hair more than once or twice a week. I know, it sounds disgusting, but I can go four to five days without washing and my hair still looks beautiful and non-oily. Don’t be scared! It’s wonderful and time saving.

Even if it didn’t magically mend my hair, I highly and vehemently recommend this hair washing method to anyone with curly, kinky, coily, wavy or even dry hair!

If you’re interested, I will give you this website as a starting point. It has a lot of lovely information concerning the CG method.

There is a lot that I haven’t mentioned in this blog, including sprays for second-day hair, the plopping method, making your own cowash and conditioner, but if you’re interested, I’m sure you can find out lovely information on your own.

Good luck, and may your curls be ever in your favour!

(Source: thecomelyfix)

6 February 14

The ultimate question is, do I order everything I want at once from NYX, or do I buy part of it at ULTA and hoard them until I get my next paycheck?

5 February 14
Does anyone else use these blackhead removing strips? I rarely do, because they seem to never work on me, but every once in a while I pull one out just for fun. 

What’s an important part of your nightly skincare routine?

Does anyone else use these blackhead removing strips? I rarely do, because they seem to never work on me, but every once in a while I pull one out just for fun.

What’s an important part of your nightly skincare routine?

Posted: 11:12 AM
thelostcontinent:

So I accidentally found a dupe for UD Sin in the Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio. I’ve had both forever ad never noticed because they look completely different in pan, slightly different on swatch, and basically identical on the eye (which blows since I was going to use both). 

thelostcontinent:

So I accidentally found a dupe for UD Sin in the Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio. I’ve had both forever ad never noticed because they look completely different in pan, slightly different on swatch, and basically identical on the eye (which blows since I was going to use both). 

Reblogged: thelostcontinent

2 February 14

I’m back!

Sort of.

I fell off of my makeup game around the same time I fell off of my workout game. But I’m back! I’m trying new products! And I’m here for you guys!

(:

27 January 13
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation SPF 15 - $42.00 at Sephora and TarteCosmetics.com
[This is a positive review, despite my experience. I just want to state that before, because this review is part review, part warning.]
This foundation comes in ten shades, ranging from Fair (slightly pink) to Deep (which is a light-medium brown), and is infused with maracuja oil (which, in the packaging Tarte talks about like it’s from a special snowflake fruit oil via the Amazon, but in reality it is just passion fruit oil). It contains broad spectrum SPF 15, so it is meant to protect and hydrate your skin. Tarte boasts this foundation is “perfect for all skin types and ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, dry or aging skin,” feels silky, and has all-day staying power.
I write this review with great disdain. Honestly, when I picked this up after returning the MAC Matchmaster, I was really hoping it would be my holy grail.
Contrary to the pictures of the shades of this foundation, you should expect it to be one to two shades darker than your skin tone. I was matched at Sephora by some woman (who I’m guessing was the store owner). The next day I put it on and my heart broke. It was orange. It was dark. The shade I bought was ivory, but I am probably more of a Fair shade. Considering Ivory is only one shade darker than Fair and was around two and a half shades too dark for me, I suspect Fair would not work either.
I cannot attest to wear-time on this, however I have heard and red that it lasts around 4-5 hours.
This is, however, the best feeling foundation I have ever used. I would never recommend this for oily or oily combination skin because it is thick in consistency, dewy, and fantastically moisturizing. Though it is thick, it does not feel heavy. It does feel quite silky, and it sets well on the skin.
Because I put this foundation on, looked at it for five minutes in horror, and then washed it all off, this is a short review.
THAT BEING SAID - if you have exremely dry, dry, dry combination, or normal skin try this. If you have problems with most foundations drying you out, try this. Just do not buy it off of a website because it is imperative that you match this to your tone because these tones are very yellow and darker than pictured. 
Also, I’m not sure how much I trust Sephora employees with colour matching considering how terrible the lighting in all of their stores are. I would try to get a sample of two shades you think you’re close to and trying them at home, because at the end of the day YOU know your skin tone and colour the best and only YOU can match yourself perfectly.
If Tarte developed more shades and tones of this foundation, I would definitely purchase it again. 

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation SPF 15 - $42.00 at Sephora and TarteCosmetics.com

[This is a positive review, despite my experience. I just want to state that before, because this review is part review, part warning.]

This foundation comes in ten shades, ranging from Fair (slightly pink) to Deep (which is a light-medium brown), and is infused with maracuja oil (which, in the packaging Tarte talks about like it’s from a special snowflake fruit oil via the Amazon, but in reality it is just passion fruit oil). It contains broad spectrum SPF 15, so it is meant to protect and hydrate your skin. Tarte boasts this foundation is “perfect for all skin types and ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, dry or aging skin,” feels silky, and has all-day staying power.

I write this review with great disdain. Honestly, when I picked this up after returning the MAC Matchmaster, I was really hoping it would be my holy grail.

Contrary to the pictures of the shades of this foundation, you should expect it to be one to two shades darker than your skin tone. I was matched at Sephora by some woman (who I’m guessing was the store owner). The next day I put it on and my heart broke. It was orange. It was dark. The shade I bought was ivory, but I am probably more of a Fair shade. Considering Ivory is only one shade darker than Fair and was around two and a half shades too dark for me, I suspect Fair would not work either.

I cannot attest to wear-time on this, however I have heard and red that it lasts around 4-5 hours.

This is, however, the best feeling foundation I have ever used. I would never recommend this for oily or oily combination skin because it is thick in consistency, dewy, and fantastically moisturizing. Though it is thick, it does not feel heavy. It does feel quite silky, and it sets well on the skin.

Because I put this foundation on, looked at it for five minutes in horror, and then washed it all off, this is a short review.

THAT BEING SAID - if you have exremely dry, dry, dry combination, or normal skin try this. If you have problems with most foundations drying you out, try this. Just do not buy it off of a website because it is imperative that you match this to your tone because these tones are very yellow and darker than pictured. 

Also, I’m not sure how much I trust Sephora employees with colour matching considering how terrible the lighting in all of their stores are. I would try to get a sample of two shades you think you’re close to and trying them at home, because at the end of the day YOU know your skin tone and colour the best and only YOU can match yourself perfectly.

If Tarte developed more shades and tones of this foundation, I would definitely purchase it again. 

21 January 13
MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 - $33 at MACcosmetics.com or any MAC store/counter
(Photo taken from Temptalia.com. I believe it was the promo photo for the foundation.)
MAC’s website describes this foundation as having “new foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your skin’s own undertone." They claim that Matchmaster Foundation has a "moisturizing demi-matte finish with line-reducing soft-focus powders.”
First of all, this foundation technology is not new. This foundation was released Fall 2011. I’d say they’re about three years late on the “adjusts to your skin’s undertone” technology. In reality, this foundation does not adjust to your skin’s undertone. It is simply neutral. The MUA at the counter I went to told me it should turn pink to help even out my red undertones, but really it’s just beige. It’s not yellow, not pink, just between. Which is really, what I’ve understood, is what MAC was going for when introducing this foundation.
But be warned, if you’re looking for a foundation that will miraculously make you look like you have naturally flawless skin, this is not it. I didn’t have a problem with this being neutral and not actually adjusting to my skin’s undertone. I don’t really believe that line anyway, to be honest.
My biggest problem is that I was given this and told that it would be good for my dry skin. The website says that it is moisturizing, which is the biggest lie that I have ever run across in a foundation I have ever tried.
THIS IS NOT A MOISTURIZING FOUNDATION. By any means, it is not. It left my skin dry and flaky. My skin is dry, but it is not flaky dry. I only get flaky, dry patches when I have a cold and am wiping my nose with a tissue all the time. It’s actually been relatively mild and humid lately, so my skin should not feel like the Sahara Desert. I had to use a combination of moisturizer and Vaseline last night to keep some sort of moisture in, and when I woke up this morning my chin, nose, upper lip, and cheeks were still so dry.
After giving this two test runs, I will say: If you have dry skin, DO NOT USE THIS. No matter what review you see on YouTube that claims that this foundation gets “shiny” after a few hours, RUN FROM IT. It does not get shiny. I suspect it would only appear shiny if you have oily or oily/combination skin.
It does not disguise any lines. In fact, it settles into lines and emphasizes them more.
The finish is alright. It’s matte, not “demi-matte.” 
Another problem I had with this foundation, that I’ve read that a lot of people do, is that it breaks me out. I’m not about to stick with a foundation that breaks me out. Nope. Sorry. I went through seven years of acne, I’m not doing that again.
The smell is a faint chemical smell, nothing super overwhelming. If you’re sensitive to smells, though, you won’t like it.
Overall, I’d suggest this for oily or normal skin skin. Don’t use it if you have sensitive or dry skin. 
This was a disappointment for me. Back to MAC it goes.

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 - $33 at MACcosmetics.com or any MAC store/counter

(Photo taken from Temptalia.com. I believe it was the promo photo for the foundation.)

MAC’s website describes this foundation as having “new foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your skin’s own undertone." They claim that Matchmaster Foundation has a "moisturizing demi-matte finish with line-reducing soft-focus powders.”

First of all, this foundation technology is not new. This foundation was released Fall 2011. I’d say they’re about three years late on the “adjusts to your skin’s undertone” technology. In reality, this foundation does not adjust to your skin’s undertone. It is simply neutral. The MUA at the counter I went to told me it should turn pink to help even out my red undertones, but really it’s just beige. It’s not yellow, not pink, just between. Which is really, what I’ve understood, is what MAC was going for when introducing this foundation.

But be warned, if you’re looking for a foundation that will miraculously make you look like you have naturally flawless skin, this is not it. I didn’t have a problem with this being neutral and not actually adjusting to my skin’s undertone. I don’t really believe that line anyway, to be honest.

My biggest problem is that I was given this and told that it would be good for my dry skin. The website says that it is moisturizing, which is the biggest lie that I have ever run across in a foundation I have ever tried.

THIS IS NOT A MOISTURIZING FOUNDATION. By any means, it is not. It left my skin dry and flaky. My skin is dry, but it is not flaky dry. I only get flaky, dry patches when I have a cold and am wiping my nose with a tissue all the time. It’s actually been relatively mild and humid lately, so my skin should not feel like the Sahara Desert. I had to use a combination of moisturizer and Vaseline last night to keep some sort of moisture in, and when I woke up this morning my chin, nose, upper lip, and cheeks were still so dry.

After giving this two test runs, I will say: If you have dry skin, DO NOT USE THIS. No matter what review you see on YouTube that claims that this foundation gets “shiny” after a few hours, RUN FROM IT. It does not get shiny. I suspect it would only appear shiny if you have oily or oily/combination skin.

It does not disguise any lines. In fact, it settles into lines and emphasizes them more.

The finish is alright. It’s matte, not “demi-matte.” 

Another problem I had with this foundation, that I’ve read that a lot of people do, is that it breaks me out. I’m not about to stick with a foundation that breaks me out. Nope. Sorry. I went through seven years of acne, I’m not doing that again.

The smell is a faint chemical smell, nothing super overwhelming. If you’re sensitive to smells, though, you won’t like it.

Overall, I’d suggest this for oily or normal skin skin. Don’t use it if you have sensitive or dry skin. 

This was a disappointment for me. Back to MAC it goes.

18 January 13

L’oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Inside for Normal/Dry Skin - $15.00 at Walgreens/ $15.49 at Drugstore.com.

There is evidence to prove how absolutely excited I was for this. Really. Just check my last post.

This foundation line seemed so promising. Very light shades. So light, that I could ue the third in the line: 103 Pale. In the bottle, it was light, it was beautiful, it was pinky-toned. Even when I dotted this around my face in preparation to blend it into my skin, I was excited.

And then, the real foundation came out.

My first con of this foundation is that it so so thick. If you think Revlon ColourStay is thick, multiply that by about four. It felt like putting on heavy sunscreen. You are better off using a concealer all over your face than this foundation. I have used cream foundations better than this.

The second con? As soon as I started blending it it felt sticky and started drying. This is not a foundation that applies evenly, no matter how hard you try. It is not a foundation that gives you room to work with it, there is absolutely no room.

My third con is that it felt and looked awful on my dry skin. It felt heavy, and it enhanced every pore and line on my face. When I smiled, it looked like it was cracking.

My fourth and biggest con about this makeup: It oxidizes. Not regular oxidization where all of the foundation changes into a darker shade, it oxidizes in blotches into a very harsh, disgusting orange colour. It is awful. It makes you look like an oompa loompa. It is fake tan on overdrive. It is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen on my face.

Do not EVER buy this foundation. It is the biggest fail, and it’s going straight back. It is terrible and I will not ever open it again. Usually, if a foundation doesn’t work like I want, I’ll try reusing it on different days and during different weather, because the weather can have an effect on how your skin looks with certain foundations on. Not this one.

This is terrible. It is the biggest waste of money.

17 January 13
WOAH-
Okay, I picked this up after returning the Maybelline Age Rewind foundation because it was WAY too dark.
I’m so excited.
I got the third colour in this line. The third. WHICH MEANS THAT THERE ARE TWO LIGHTER COLOURS. 
THIS IS FOR YOU PALE LADIES.
Unfortunately, this range does not get above a medium colour. There are yellow-toned and pink-toned shades.
I will give this a go tomorrow and let you all know how it worked.

WOAH-

Okay, I picked this up after returning the Maybelline Age Rewind foundation because it was WAY too dark.

I’m so excited.

I got the third colour in this line. The third. WHICH MEANS THAT THERE ARE TWO LIGHTER COLOURS. 

THIS IS FOR YOU PALE LADIES.

Unfortunately, this range does not get above a medium colour. There are yellow-toned and pink-toned shades.

I will give this a go tomorrow and let you all know how it worked.

15 January 13

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Nourishing Shampoo, Strong Lengths - $4.98 at Walmart
&
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Daily Conditioner, Strong Lengths - $4.98 at Walmart

So, I never really planned on trying anything from this line and that was strictly from the commercial. Yes. I’m picky and a sucker for advertising, but you can’t tell me that the commercials with Heidi Klum running fingers through her roots was anywhere near making you want to try this product. 

Then I heard a YouTube beauty guru talk about it (hollyannaeree) in her “My Celebrity Hair Stylist Experience.” This girl was the first beauty guru I ever watched, and her advice on products is always so spot on for me so I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did.

Within the last year my hair has experienced: bleached tips (twice within two weeks), dyed tips, full head of hair dye, colour stripping, all on top of not ever being able to find a good heat protect serum that can stand up to my use of a diffuser with the heat set on high. So it’s safe to say that my hair is damaged, and the ends are terrible.

This stuff is magic. It’s supposed to help your hair in seven washes, but after the first two my hair is soft, bouncy, and healthy looking/feeling. This has dramatically decreased the amount of knots in my hair and the amount of frizz, which I was worried about it not doing. It even seems to make my hair curl better. My only drawback is that it seems to have weighed my hair down, even when I use a clarifying shampoo and cheap conditioner between every wash with this. That could be because of the length of my hair, but I haven’t ever really had that problem before with long hair. It just seems a little wimpy, so I would suggest not washing your hair every day (which shouldn’t be done anyway) and using a clarifying shampoo/conditioner between so that you reduce build-up.

My advice: Try it. It’s cheap, but so worth it and a little of either product goes a long way. The conditioner is thick, so it really sticks to your hair but not so much that you have to use a palm-full of it. You will see fantastic results.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh