Happy first favorites of 2017! I had a great month with some all-new products (not to the world, just me), so let’s dive in:

Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash: This face wash is phenomenal. My skin has been breakout prone lately and I really think this has helped. It makes your skin feel super clean without drying the skin. When I use this in the shower, I let it sit on my skin as a mask.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: This stuff is NO JOKE! It makes your skin smell like a day at the beach and has a beautiful finish on the skin. It is a pretty neutral bronzer, a slight warmth if anything, and so far has played well with my foundations and moisturizers.

Nars Blush – Goulue: Like Orgasm, this blush has a lot of shimmer, but it feels a bit more refined. Goulue reminds me of Orgam’s rosier, slightly classier older sister.

Green People Quinoa & Prebiotics Deodorant: I’ve been wanting to use a natural deodorant for awhile now but have been very skeptical as to how effective they are. I was sent this one to test out and I was certainly proved wrong. Keep in mind, this is not an anti-perspirant, so if you normally perspire, this won’t help. I like the rollerball a lot, plus it’s lightweight and fast drying. I love the scent, it’s very fresh and somewhat herbal. While it does cost more than my normal deodorant, I’m super happy with this product and will continue to repurchase, while trying out some of their other scents. Side note: I also am using the shower gel, which I like, but wouldn’t repurchase because I don’t see the value as much in an organic shower gel.

e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush: If you smoke out your lower lash line, you NEED this brush. The tip does a perfect job at placing the color and the bristles are nice and soft for really blending out the color. Big win.

Excuse my dirty brush…it gets used every morning.

NIP+FAB No Needle Fix – Eye: This eye serum/gel has worked wonders on my under-eye area. Over the last year I’ve started to develop my first deep-set wrinkle under my eyes. I honestly think it’s from years of not being gentle enough while putting in my contacts, so I’m trying to get better at that. Anyway, I started using this product for a few weeks and then stopped to switch over to a sample eye cream I wanted to finish. By the second day, I noticed a difference under my eyes and realized it was because this product was missing.

Now that I’ve hyped this up, the problem is that I can’t find a link to this product anywhere. I’ve contacted NIP+FAB and am working on it. In the meantime, there is a face serum in this line so if you want you can give that a whirl!

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I’m currently in major cleanup mode trying to use what’s in my “extras” drawer in my beauty chest. I haven’t done one of these since April, so you can check out my last one HERE.

p.s. – whenever you see a product name, make sure you hover over it to check if there’s a link 🙂

Clinique Foaming Sonic Face Soap: This was a nice face wash but isn’t anything that I’d spend $20 on. I think a great drugstore version is the Basis Gel Face Wash.

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint: The color of this sample was way too dark for me so I was looking extra tan the day I tried this out. This foundation is very thin and lightweight. It wore pretty well on my skin and lasted through a long day outside shopping. I’m not sure if it’s worth $56 but if you get the chance to try this out, I think its definitely worth it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I went through a phase where I wasn’t wearing primer and when I used this one I felt transformed. This primer has a cult following for good reason. I didn’t like the Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer as much for some reason, so I’d go with the original formula.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream: Fresh’s skincare is gorgeous. This and the Black Tea line are my favorites, but the Lotus line is much more affordable. The 1.6 oz. jar is $45, which isn’t too terrible for high-end skincare. Definitely ask for a sample of some Fresh skincare next time you are in Sephora.

Egg Mellow Body Butter: I’m trying to come up with a way to describe this other than, “IT SMELLS LIKE TAKING A HEAVENLY NAP ON A CLOUD,” but that just about sums it up.

Perricone MD Re:Firm: This product is described as a “surface recovery complex,” which I treated as a serum in my routine. I really enjoyed this product but right now I don’t think it’s necessary for my skincare routine.

Supergoop City Sunscreen: This sunscreen was nice, but I don’t think it was $42 nice. I was considering purchasing this for my trip to Florida but after some research I think I’m going to try the Clinique Pep-Start Sunscreen instead. This one is only SPF 30 versus the Clinique’s 50.

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Today I’m bringing you a quick review on the Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray ($5). Tati from GlamLifeGuru recommended this, so I thought I’d give it a whirl when I ran out of my Urban Decay All Nighter.

I used the whole bottle, quite reluctantly, so I’ll keep this short – this one is a pass. It has a grape scent, almost like grape medicine, so that was an automatic no. The mist is not as fine as the Urban Decay so I found that if I neglected to hold the bottle far enough away from my face, there would be visible wet spots. This setting spray didn’t do anything as far as keeping my makeup matte. If anything I felt like it added a glow.

After two days of using this, I immediately ordered the All Nighter ($31). Side note: have you seen the new packaging? Click HERE to check it out!

If you do want something from the drugstore, go for the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Mist & Fix Spray ($14). I’ve used 2-3 bottles of this stuff and it’s great. Click HERE to grab the L’Oréal.

Hope this is helpful when you’re shopping for a setting spray at the drugstore!

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My skin tone comes in two colors: snow white or lobster. If I do get a tan, it takes about two weeks of vacation and a lot of patience. I’ll have to reapply SPF 50 religiously to start, then slowly work my way down to 30 and then 15. At this point, my tan will last for about 5 days after I stop tanning, and then I’m back to my original self.

I know some people who can walk to the mailbox and come inside with a golden tan. I am not that person. Caribbean Tan kindly reached out and asked if I wanted to try their self tanner, which I was quite nervous about. I didn’t want it to look too fake or dark, but I am wildly impressed with how it turned out.

I used the Tanning Spritzer Instant Tan in Medium. While I technically should have been fair, the Medium worked out well. It’s currently on sale HERE for only $10 since they are new to the US!

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  1. Morning: I showered, shaved and exfoliated, then applied a light layer of body butter to prep my skin.
  2. Evening: The directions said to wait a few hours after you shower. I worked in sections, each getting a few spritzes.
  3. Example: My lower legs got three, upper legs got four, a few on my stomach, ect.
  4. Bedtime: Before bed a few hours later, I applied another light layer of body butter to hydrate and seal the tan. There was a slight bit of the “fake tanner” smell, but it wasn’t as strong as the Jergens lotion if you’ve used that. It did not stain my clothes or sheets, but I sat in my bath robe for a little before I put clothes on.

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This is my arm before I tanned and a day after. You can see my veins look a lot softer after I’ve tanned.

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Please note: I have no clue how to take these pictures without looking ridiculous. Instagram makes it look so easy. Anyway, I think the arm picture really does a great job of showing where the tan ends along my wrist. I ended up blending it a little more the next day.

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The mitt did a really great job of rubbing in the product so you don’t end up with orange hands. I think I definitely could’ve done two layers without it looking like too much. My tan only lasted for a week, but the process was easy enough that it didn’t feel like a waste of time.

If you have any self-tanning tips, please leave them in the comments below! Thank you again to Caribbean Tan for letting my try this out and welcome to the US!

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Today I am bringing you a very timely review on some haircare products from DermOrganic. I recently got my hair colored, so I was very excited to try out the Color Care line I was kindly sent. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I hate, I mean hate, washing my hair. If you want a big throwback blog post, you can check read this post HERE talking about how infrequently I wash my hair and why.

Each of the Color Care products are $18 each and can be purchased at Ulta. You can click HERE to shop the line. Price wise, I think this is very reasonable, especially considering you are getting a product that is 70% organic, vegan, sulfate-free and gluten-free.

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I’ve tried a few organic shampoos now since my first one in 2014 and this one is my favorite, with the exception of the smell. It smells like a medicine you take as a kid, but luckily it doesn’t linger once your hair is dry.

The shampoo really does a nice job of getting your hair clean, but it doesn’t feel like your normal shampoo. It doesn’t get as sudsy as a typical shampoo, which can make you feel like your hair isn’t getting clean. I think the biggest hurdle you have to get over with organic shampoos is mental – because your hair doesn’t get stripped of all of the oil, you feel like your hair is still dirty, but it’s not. Remember, you want some oil in your hair so it doesn’t dry out. The conditioner leaves your hair nice and soft, but I think I’d still need to mask once a week.

Overall, this is a very nice organic line. I think I will be using it most by mixing half of this shampoo and half purple shampoo that I recently purchased for my new color. I’m trying to keep my color nice and cool, so I bought a purple shampoo that’s so concentrated it’s almost black. It was a pricey product, so I think I’m going to mix just half and half every few washes with this Color Care line to keep my hair from drying out, while still preserving the color.

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