I’m Bald

I chopped off all of my hair. All of it. Why you may ask? I’m not sure. I said I wanted something different, I said I wanted a release, I said I was tired of having to “deal” with my hair. Each one of these may be true, and none of them might. I might be going through something, but whatever. It’s gone, I’m bald.

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Guest Post| 3 Winter Habits that Will Put Your Healthy Skin at Risk

3 Winter Habits that Will Put Your Healthy Skin at Risk by Lisa Haiden

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Winter is a great period to finally relax and spend some time with friends and family. With all of the things going on, it can be easy to neglect your skin. Taking care of your skin during the winter is very important because the weather becomes very dry. The freezing cold and the loss of humidity would encourage your skin to crack and this can cause long term damage.

There are a few habits that can put your skin at risk during the winter. In this article, we will be going over 3 most important winter routines that can cause bad skin during the cold season.

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1. Sticking to One Skin Care Product – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

“If it works, stick with it”. While this is one rule that works lots of cases, during the winter is not a good practice. As the weather changes it is very important for you to change your skin care routine accordingly. The regimen you use during the summer will definitely not work during the winter. As the weather gets colder, you will need products that can supply your skin with more moisture than ever. This means that your lotions and exfoliating creams should be especially dedicated to the winter weather. Remember: even if you are using one of the top face creams on the market, it may not work great on your skin when cold days arrive!

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2. Taking Long Hot Showers or Baths – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

Very few things feel better than warm water on your skin in the winter. Even though it may feel very good, you may be doing your skin a lot more harm than good. Hot water is good for giving the body a jolt of energy in the morning, but taking longer than normal showers in the bathroom can do damage on your skin. It rids your skin of its natural oil, and makes it extremely dehydrated. Try to take shorter showers, and make use of hydrating bath gels and facial oils in order to bring moisture. You should also apply proper lotion on your skin immediately afterwards and this is when your skin absorbs it the most.

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3. Overloading Your Skin with Petroleum Jelly – Bad Winter Skincare Routine

Heaping on the Vaseline during the winter seems like everyone’s go to when the weather is cold. It feels like good relief when the weather is bad, but you just may be doing your skin more harm than good. Applying a lot of gel on your skin can dry it out so it is better to make use of creamy moisturizers in the winter. They will protect your skin much better than petroleum jelly because they aren’t so harsh.


Thank you so much Lisa for reaching out to share this post! If you want to keep up with Lisa’s work, you can check out www.naturalskincaresolution.com!

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Guest Post| Little Black Book of the Beauty Queens’ Secrets by Elise Morgan

Hey there everyone. I know it’s been a little bit, but college is back in session (and it’s senior year at that). I’m going to be honest with you – blogging is a hobby. I love it, but it is something I do when I have time, and when I find inspiration. With that being said….I have not had the time to come on here and work on any of my drafts or anything. I’m hoping to get some thins up and running soon, but until then….

Anyway though, I have a wonderful read for you written by Elise Morgan, whose bio you can find at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy 🙂


Little Black Book Of The Beauty Queens’ Secrets:

Immaculate skin, gracious posture, beautiful hairstyles, and overall stunning looks – these are the things we think about when watching beauty pageants (just remember the casting for the future Miss Universe 2016 in June) or when we try to comprehend that glamorous beauty when seeing the Old Hollywood queens on screen. In addition to incredible luck when it comes to genetics, these women have another thing in common: commitment to beauty routines and a confident diva-like attitude. While we might be envious of their looks, it’s widely a matter of savvy usage of makeup, proper care and grooming. Here are the best of their beauty secrets revealed!

Pumping up the lip volume

Voluminous lips are not a new beauty trend: even Old Hollywood beauties knew how to pucker up. The timeless sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe had a praise-worthy trick for making her lips look fuller using the power of an optical illusion. She had her makeup artist use five different lipstick shades and a glossy finish to create dimension. Apply the darker shades to the corner of your lip, while the lighter shades should be brushed in the middle section. Today, we have a modern adaptation of this clever trick called the ombre lips. An additional tip from Miss Kenya, Gaylyne Ayugi: use Vaseline on your teeth – it will make them appear whiter while preventing lipstick stick to them.

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Minding the seasonal changes

With the change of the seasons, your skin suffers through a lot of stress under the influence of changed weather conditions. This means you have to be aware of your skin type and the level of sensibility in order to rotate the beauty products the right way and provide it with what it needs. Kari Christensen, (Miss Oregon 2007) recommends rebooting your skin with the upcoming of a new season by getting a facial. It will ensure your skin gets optimally prepared for the new weather factors, be it the decreased air humidity during the colder months that dries out the skin, or excessive sunshine during summer.

Tiara-worthy skincare routine

Proper skin cleansing and hydration is everything! Learn a thing or two from Alejandra Argudo, Miss Ecuador. She’s really rigorous with her beauty routine: before going to bed, she likes to wash her face three times. To lock in the moist, she applies a serum, cream, or an emollient moisturizer. Try using quality products like the skinstitut moisturizers for dry skin that are enriched with natural ingredients such as the green tea extract, olive oil, and oat extract. Keep your skin hydrated from the inside, too: make sure your water intake is optimal.

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The miracles of the coconut oil

Coconut oil is extremely popular these days due to its incredible properties. According to Ashley Bendiksen (Miss New Bedford 2009), it’s also a perfect makeup removal. Simply take a small amount, melt it with your fingers, close your eyes, and apply it by massaging it all over your face. No need to use water since it will dry out your skin: simply remove the remaining oil with wipes. In addition to helping you get rid of every trace of makeup and face impurities, coconut oil will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. No wonder Mae West used it as a substitute to a moisturizer: it soothes your skin while providing it with a healthy, dewy look.

Make your eyes pop

We were all amazed with the incredible grace of Audrey Hepburn. Her style, the calmness of her character, and the gorgeous posture made her one of the biggest fashion icons in history. Besides her balanced looks and lovely face features, she managed to stand out in the crowd with her big, Bambi eyes. Curling lashes and applying a couple of coats of mascara are mandatory, but how did she achieve that seductive look? Namely, Hepburn used a pin to separate each lash, making them look a lot longer and fuller. With this trick, your eyes will seem naturally big. You can actually use different ways of applying your mascara to achieve various looks. If you want, you can draw a simple black line to the upper lid, but no additional makeup is needed.

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Beauty has nothing to do with spending great amounts of money on cosmetic treatments or covering up your face with tons of makeup. The key to beauty lies in the beautifully cared skin, being disciplined and committing to a routine.

Bio: Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. After all, she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general. Follow her on Twitter!

New Wet n Wild Vegan Brushes First Impression + General Review

Wet N Wild Brushes Review

I’d be lying if I said I needed these brushes (I feel like I say this for everything), but you can never have enough in my opinion so it doesn’t matter. After all, a whole set for under $20? Who’s complaining?

I was doing people’s makeup over the weekend of August 5th, and realized that despite the fact that I thought I had enough brushes for this sort of thing – I don’t. I have enough for my varying makeup needs, but figured it was about time I add a couple missing items to my collection.

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Chatty GRWM 8/25/16| I’ll Be Bald By The End of the Semester

Chatty GRWM I'll Be Bald By The End Of The Semester

Trying this new thing out where I vlog, but I’ll still have the gist of the video in the blog. Sometimes with certain content I feel videos are better (makeup application), but other times I get annoyed clicking a blog post thinking I’ll see text and it’s just a video. You can’t always watch a video due to location (etc…), and sometimes you don’t feel like reading. I wanna marry the two here!

Also forgive me for having a weird posting schedule, I have posts scheduled, but sometimes things come up (like this). You will see a post on here every Monday, but sometimes you’ll still see another post here during the week if anything else cool happens/I have something to talk about.

Soon, basically in the video below I go through my usual summer routine and talk about my worries for my capping class this semester. If you want to see the products I use to get the look, they’ll be posted below the video!

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LA Girl Flat Finish Matte Pigment Gloss in Rebel + Swatches 

LA Girl Flat Finish Matte Pigment Gloss in Rebel

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you know that I am quite the connoisseur of beauty supply store cosmetics. For the most part (as there are always exceptions), the quality is good, the shade ranges are plentiful, and most importantly: the prices are fantastic. Today, I come to you to share one of my all-time favourite lip products…..

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E.L.F. Cosmetics x Jackie Aina J.Glow Palette| Swatch and Review 

E.L.F. Cosmetics x Jackie Aina J. Glow Palette + Swatches

Hello hello everyone. I just wanted to write a little something showing the colours in the beautiful J.Glow Clay Eyeshadow by Jackie Aina. As I said in this post here, I was lucky enough to snag this palette before it sold out. I admire Jackie, and I’m happy to support this collaboration. It speaks volumes to me that she says in her video about it (see end of post) that other opportunities have come up, but she chose to partner with them because she likes the brand (of course), and she wanted to go with a brand that was very accessible and affordable.

I appreciate beauty vloggers and gurus who don’t forget that a majority of their viewers don’t have $70 to drop on one makeup item every other day, and are able to mix up the use of high-end and low-end products on their channels. I think that this was both a thoughtful and smart move on her end.

Anyway, with all of that being said, keep reading if you’re interested in seeing swatches!

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June/July Empties


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I basically use the same makeup products in my routine, so there isn’t usually too much that gets finished that hasn’t been discussed on here before. That might change, so I figured I would start this as a mini series since I do make slight changes for things like mascara and face powder. 

With that being said, onto the empties!

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