Makeup of the Day

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Primer: Benefit professional

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me in shade 128

Powder: Maybelline Fit Me loose powder in shade 20

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 20

Contour: Benefit Hoola

Blush: Mac Pink Swoon

Highlighter: NYX duo chrome highlight in twilight tint

Eyes: same highlighter

Lashes: mix of lash extensions and benefit bad gal mascara

Lips: Buxom lip gloss in White Russian

A Collection of Mini Reviews

About a month ago I bought myself some new skincare goodies, and after a while of using them, I think it’s about time for some reviews!
I purchased the Peter Thompson Roth Mask Frenzy which includes 6 different mini masks. I already reviewed one in a separate post (go check it out if you haven’t read it!) but I think it will get too repetitive if I create a separate post for each one. So here it is, a collection of mini reviews…
The first one I’ll start off with is the “24K Gold Mask”. This is targeted as an anti-aging mask, and at 22 I don’t think this is really for my skin type, but there’s just something so glam about putting gold on my face so I was pumped to try it out. It looks so pretty in the tub and even more pretty on the face! I felt like a glowing Greek goddess when I had it on. I honesty can’t comment about the anti-aging results, because well, my skin just hasn’t aged that much! So I probably wouldn’t repurchase this just because it’s not catered to my skin type at this point in my life. But I will for sure finish it just because of how pretty it looks!
The next one I want to talk about is the “Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask”. When I opened this it wasn’t really what I was expecting. It was more of a jelly-like texture rather than a clay like I had predicted. It claims to be purifying, detoxing and meant to draw out impurities but I’m not sure if I really saw that! With clay masks, I can actually see the dirt and oil being extracted as it dries, and I didn’t get that result with the jelly like texture. I’m a person who likes instant gratification, I like to see the results right away, and my skin didn’t really look any smoother or different after using this! I would opt for clay based formula for any black masks in the future.
The next one I absolutely LOVE. It’s the “Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask”. WOW what a mouthful. This is meant to nourish and help smooth out the skin to keep it looking younger. Again, this is meant for anti-aging so you would think I wouldn’t see a lot of benefits, but my skin was SO smooth after using this. My boyfriend even used it and he couldn’t stop touching his face after. The texture is strange, it’s like a putty like texture, so you just scoop a tiny bit out and spread it over the face. It’s pretty intense in that you should only keep it on your face for 3 minutes, but it’s so cool because after the wait you use cold water to massage it in, but as you do this, it starts to feel HOT on the face. It’s the weirdest sensation but it’s awesome because it really makes me think that it’s doing something. I take the rest off with a small face towel and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s butt afterwards LOL.
The next two I’m going to lump together because they are very similar. The first is the “Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator”. What is it with PTR and these long ass names :P. This is just meant to be extremely soothing and hydrating. The 2nd one is called “Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask” which is targeting fine lines and wrinkles with brightening benefits. They both have the same clear jelly like texture and both feel super hydrating. However, I have super oily skin and hydration isn’t one of my main focus when looking for a skincare product. Both feel nice and are good for the odd time my skin is feeling parched, but they aren’t really meant for my skin type so I’m not sure if these would be a repurchase!
And finally, we have the Glow Recipe “Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask”. I bought this on a whim. It was in the small goodies section when you’re in the line at Sephora, and I feel like everyone and their mother were talking about this product so I just gave in and quickly grabbed it. But now I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t! It’s a cute product, it’s pink and smells like a jolly rancher, it should be right up my alley. However, I have the same problem with this as the two masks above, it’s a hydrating product and not really for my skin type! Like I said before I’m a person who loves instant gratification, and I’ve used this product nighty for a while and I don’t really see a difference! It would be great for someone with really dry and flaky skin.
So all in all I would say my recent skincare haul was semi successful LOL. I loved about half the things I bought and just felt okay about the others. But I love a good face mask either way so I’m sure all of these will get used up eventually!

Peter Thompson Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – A Review

So I recently bought the Peter Thompson Roth Mask Frenzy, and I thought it would be too long of a post to review all 6 in one. So I decided to separate them and post each over time. The first one I’m starting with is the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.

This is what the Sephora website claims it does:

What it is:
A powerful, triple-action exfoliator that uses aluminum oxide crystals, pumpkin enzymes, and an alpha hydroxy acid to reveal smooth, radiant skin.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– uneven skin tone
– Pores

If you want to know more…
This powerful, triple-action, manual, chemical, and enzymatic exfoliating treatment addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion in three ways: it exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, reveals with alpha hydroxy acid, and polishes with aluminum oxide crystals. It also helps even the appearance of skin tone, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and clarify to reveal skin that looks smoother, younger, radiant, and revitalized.”

And let me tell you, it does just that! When I first put it on my face felt like it was burning off just because it was sloughing away all the dead skin cells. But that feeling went away pretty quickly.

It’s a gritty consistency, like an exfoliator, so when you wash it off you get some good exfoliation in there. Plus it smells amazing, like fall in a mask LOL.

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It goes on pretty thin, it’s not like it’s a clay mask where you can see a thick layer of stuff on your face. Here’s a shot of what it looks like on the face.

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And when I washed it off, my skin was absolutely GLOWING (and super smooth).  I think my skin looks radiant here. I love love love this mask! As for helping with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin, I can’t really comment on that because I haven’t used it enough times. But only time will tell! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

 

My Favourite Essential Oils

Just like any basic girl in the world, I’m obsessed with essential oils. My favourite brand to buy them from is Saje, and lemme tell you it’s expensive but so worth it. I have a silver diffuser from that just goes perfect with my room decor.

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I couldn’t resist buying the remedy bar that they have near the checkout. It just looks so adorable on my bed side table. One is for sleep, one is for energizing, one is to help with stress release, and my favourite of them all, Peppermint Halo, helps with headaches and let me tell you this shit works wonders. It obviously doesn’t remove the headache but the tingly feeling helps it so so much.

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Then I have a set of loose oils that I put into my diffuser. I have lavender which is meant to be relaxing and help as a sleep aid. I have clary sage which just seems to give me a boost of energy whenever I diffuse it. I have Ylang Ylang which I bought because it claims to help with PMS symptoms, but realistically if you get bad PMS no essential oil in the world is gonna help ya girl. And finally, my most recent edition is the orange scent. With the winter grey days ahead I needed something to remind me of summer, and what’s better than a citrusy fruit!

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And that’s my collection so far, but I’m sure it will grow very fast very soon 😉

New Skincare Goodies – Sarah

In the spirit of Christmas, obviously I had to treat myself to a present. I’ve been super into skincare lately and Sephora has a lot of really good value skin sets, so I couldn’t resist LOL.

My first and most favourite think I got was the Peter Thompson Roth mask sampler. These masks are so expensive on their own, and here you get 6 for less than $100! It was too good to pass up.

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And the next item was an impulse buy. I bought the infamous watermelon sleeping mask that everyone has been raving about for a while. I’m interested to see if it’s as good as everyone says it is!

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Keep in mind this is just a haul, but I plan to do reviews on each of these in the future!

My Current Skincare Routine – Sarah

So I can’t say that my skincare routine is all that glamorous at the moment. I used to be so much more into high end products and cool serums but as a working adult now I just don’t seem to have the time! I keep things super simple. So I’ve broken it down into a few categories.

Makeup Removers – Garnier Micellar Water: This is the only thing I will use, no wipe can ever compare to this stuff, it gets off pretty much everything! As you can see I clearly love is as it’s almost gone. However, when I do feel like using a wipe, I have these travel ones from Sephora that do the trick!

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Next category is moisturizers. My skin is so weird, it’s both oily and dry at the same time so I have a weird mixture of moisturizers that I need to use.

The Neutrogena one is for my oily areas, the Dr. Jart cream is for my cheeks because they get super red and this one is supposed to help with redness. The Cetaphil is for when my skin just can’t figure its shit out and is flaking everywhere. It really does help the driest of skin. And finally, I use La Roche Posay eye creme. Yes I know it’s expensive but it’s what my parents have always used and I’m a creature of habit!

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The next category is for acne products, because unfortunately I was cursed with terrible genes. My fave face wash for acne is the the Biore charcoal face wash. I just love the tingly feeling it gives me, it makes me feel like it’s really getting a deep clean. Of course I use the Mario Badescu drying lotion just like every other girl in the world. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a holy grail, but it’s just fun to put on and take silly pictures 😛 Next in line is tea tree oil. This has been an herbal remedy for skin problems for ages, and plus I just love the way it smells and it can’t really do any harm! And finally, my dermatologist has prescribed me Retin-A. It essentially helps cell turnover to help get rid of acne and dark marks quicker when used over a long period of time. I just need to be better at being more consistent with it!

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The next section of my collection is the toners. I love Pixi products, the glow mist smells so good and makes my skin feel so hydrated. The only problem is it’s oil based and I can’t use it all the time because I get eyelash extensions and oil based products make them fall out faster. So in those times I gravitate to the glow tonic or the lush tea tree water. I know tea tree is still oil I just try to cover my eyelids when I use it LOL.

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My favourite part of skincare is the face masks. I’m not made of money (yet) and so I gravitate towards more affordable masks, like the L’oreal Clay masks. But just because they’re inexpensive, does not mean they don’t work. These things work wonders!! I love every single one and each colour helps with a different skin condition. I forget what each does now but it’s all available on the L’oreal website. Confessions of a lazy blogger LOL.

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And that’s what I currently use on my face! I do other treatments like dermarolling and such but I think I want to do a separate post for that. So bye for now 😉

My Christmas Room Tour – Sarah

So I know I said I was going to do a fall to winter transition for my room decor… but life got in the way and that did not happen LOL. But at least I get a chance to show you my Christmas decorations! Plus a mini room tour. (P.S. all these photos were taken pre-DSLR so I know the photos are shitty, but what can ya do).

So this is what you see when you first walk in.

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To the left of the you will see my makeup station and shelving system.

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And here is a closer look at my makeup station, I’ll probably end up doing a more detailed makeup collection later on. (I know it could use some organizing LOL)

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Next is the bedding, which I got from Anthropologie. They have the cutest bedding and housing accessories there I can’t deal.

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The next section of my room might be my favourite of them all, I call it my Zen area. First of all the drawers are amazingly cute (from Pier 1) and this is where I keep all my calming essential oils. My favourite brand to get them is from sage.

 

And here is where all the Christmas Goodies come in.

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Next is the bathroom, this is less exciting and not Christmasy at all, but I may as well show y’all!

 

And I think it’s worth showing you some of my favourite bath bombs and skincare items, but don’t you worry, a more detailed skincare routine is still to come!

 

And that’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed reading 😉

Introduction – Sarah

Hey friends! My name is Sarah and welcome to my blog. I have a passion for beauty, fashion, skincare and I’m out here just trying to live my best life. I’ve always had a passion for writing and creating content, but to be honest, I’ve always been a little insecure about what people would think of me! Now that I’m older and wiser, I just say who effing cares! Follow your dreams and do what you love regardless of what people think, so here I am, starting my journey. I hope to see y’all along for the ride 😉

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