The Ace Edit - August 2018

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We are officially halfway through Summer and the real heat has yet to hIt New York City. I’ve recently had to make some beauty/lifestyle changes to adjust to these dog days of summer. 

MAKE PLAY

We all know I’ve been barefaced most of the summer, slathering nothing but SPF on my face. Just because I’ve been minimal doesn’t mean I’m boring. I do like to play. What I live for is a good base. Lately Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation has been supreme. just a few dots here and there and blended well. I even use foundations as a tinted moisturizer. The shade 240 just matches my skin perfectly and that is rare. I just want to enhance my natural glow honey. Once you find the perfect base everything else falls into place. For eyes , the Natasha Denona “Camel” palette is an everyday dream, no one’s shadow formula can compete with hers. For fun colors and shimmers I do live for Colourpop, I’m like an OG fan since the days of “Bae” and “Rex”. I’m not really wild with bold color yet I still like to play around with it. With Colourpop I’m not spending major coin but the quality of product is superb! 

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Curls Curls Curls Curls… Curls I Do Adore

I unexpectedly went natural. I didn’t plan on it, it just happened during a dark time last year. Stress and Depression made my hair falling out in little clumps. I went into hiding for 7 months, just coming out here and there. Since I wasn’t going anywhere except work, I didn’t feel the need to do my hair anymore. I had stopped putting high heat and/or chemicals on my hair and just washing, rinsing and using hair oils and a hair gel that is free of shitty chemicals to slick my hair back and lay down my baby hurrs.  I also started cutting it more often which has been aiding in my hair growth. You know how they say you have to fall in order to rise up. Taking those months and having time to myself allowed my hair to be repaired and for the texture to improve and for my strands to become thicker and my curls... well,  actually becoming curls again. For The first time ever, I can say that I unapologetically love my hair. 

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SILKY AF

The struggling battle with my Keratosis Pilaris is ongoing and I’m looking for new products everyday to get it under control. Currently it has been super uncomfortable in this heat. Frank Body came all the way through with their Coconut Body Balm. My Skin Soaks it all up while leaving me with a silky gleam. 

The skin on my face has been silky smooth thanks to Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. Smoothing out my texture and renewing my skin leaving me with a pretty perfect radiance. I use Glossier’s Solution for daily exfoliation, while using this treatment once a week or bi weekly. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU ALWAYS FOLLOW UP ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING AHA/BHA WITH SUNSCREEN!

 

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Vital Beauty 

A good night’s sleep can actually set you up for a much more positive day. It all begins with preparations like investing in the right sheets (Find out if you’re a hot or cold sleeper… it has helped me out in finding the perfect material for me to snooze in). I’m a hot sleeper so cotton percale sheets from Parachute and Brooklinen have been amazing. Plus, the less that I sweat at night, the less breakouts I wake up with. I prefer my sheets in a calming shade and/or clean, uncomplicated prints. 

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Setting up the perfect nighttime routine, from using a soothing lavender body wash, a dreamy bath bomb, a drop of Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil to a relaxing cup of té de manzanilla. 

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Clean, sleek PJs make me so excited for bed. I love bralettes  and sleep shorts from Aerie, They are affordable and make me so excited to get ready for bed. Preparing for bed makes me look forward to getting some rest and waking up more positive, motivated and ready to take on the day. 

 

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GOALS

I Love Starting fresh. It makes me feel like I can achieve anything. I’m entering a new chapter with a new job and with it I want to just start fresh from the inside out. TRACKING MY WATER INTAKE BECAUSE DEHYDRATION IS REAL EATING CLEAN AND HEALTHY. COMPLETELY CLEANSING MY BODY AND FILLING IT WITH NUTRIENTS. Taking my daily vitamins, being active, even if its the bare minimum. Let me clarify, This isn’t about size. Slender, Pudgy, Plus… You can actually be healthy at any size. You don’t have to be skinny to be considered healthy (Have you seen Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, Jessamyn Stanley?) Just being pro active in your life regardless of the number on the scale or on your jeans. Taking action and making healthier choices that are perfect for YOU, so that YOU can be the best and healthiest that you can be and most importantly… HAPPY.

#Letstalkaboutitthursday Steaming The Lady Parts!

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RULES:  Drop a line relative to the topic below! If you've tried it share your experience, thoughts or comments. 


V steaming has been a hidden secret women have been partaking in for centuries. V steaming is an ancient Korean practice. There are also V steam baths used in modern day Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Suriname. There are several Korean spa's that currently offer this service. Although there are mixed feelings about the process there are several benefits from practicing this method.  After reading several articles about the health benefits. This would be a perfect a topic! #talkaboutittuesday Vaginal health is a big part of your personal care.  Have you tried steaming ? What was the process like ? Would you do it again ? Join in on the conversation Comment below

Basic Things To Know: 

 Chrissy Teigen 

Chrissy Teigen 

 

 

Benefits of Vaginal Steaming:

 

  • Reducing menstrual symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, exhaustion, and heavy bleeding
  • boosting fertility
  • promoting healing after childbirth
  • reducing stress
  • treating hemorrhoids
  • increasing energy and reducing fatigue
  • treating headaches
  • reduces infections 
  • Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
  • Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odor

Herbs Used for Steaming:

 

  • Mugswort 
  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Oregano
  • Marshmallow root
  • Wormwood
  • Rosemary

How does it work ?

According to Dr. Arvigo, the tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Things to be aware of:

Headache: If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids. 

Less menstral fluid: Cycle maybe shortened by 1 to 2 days ( if not more )

Sensation to Urinate: Sometimes steaming causes sensation to urinate during treatment. The bladder is right next to the vagina. The sensation tends to leave after minutes. 


Everyone who wants to try a vaginal steam should be aware of the effects of bringing on more fluid. The menstrual cycle does change afterward. It looks strange and different because its part of the healing process. Cleansing can sometimes be untidy. Ultimately, though, there will be less menstrual fluid passed. 

We have seen absolutely astounding and universal results from vaginal steaming. The results are clear. It’s right there! It really does a lot to relieve menstrual pain, and it doesn’t really matter what the problem is with the uterus, the vaginal steam is the classical Central American treatment. If anybody complains about any problem with the uterus, everybody says, “have you done your vaginal steam?” just like we would say, “are you drinking enough water?”  Source: 

Locations to try: https://vspotmedispa.com/vaginal-steaming-v-steam-detoxify-increase-labido/

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IRL Makeup Test: Lip Palette

@bufferingbetty

Testing form over function

An IRL Makeup Test means taking beauty products, makeup trends, routines, etc. off of social media and bringing it into your real life.
 
Related: WTF is Happening on Instagram
 
Ya'll I'm a Virgo and practicality is the name of the game. There are a few beauty products on the market that seem like great ideas but lack all form of function -like loose powders of any type. I’m sorry, but you know having to hold your breath during application so it does not blow all over your vanity and clothes while praying you don't drop the jar causes stress-induced gray hair. Just press the powder.


The one type of product that seems totally non-functional to me is a lip palette. Of course, lip palettes are perfect for traveling makeup artists but what about for a traveling Danyelle? In using a lip palette, am I expected to concoct a color and then travel with the whole palette in my bag all day while trying to remember which 4 colors and their respective ratios I mixed to then blend together all over again so I can re-apply the color after devouring brunch. AND PACK A BRUSH TO APPLY IT. Nah. It just seems ridiculous. Sure, I could just wear one color but who does that.

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My test subject is the BH Cosmetics’ lipstick palette, Nude Lips To Go, which, incidentally, is exactly what I am seeking to know: will this palette actually be ‘to go.’ The palette includes 6 shades of a rosey, plummy, and peachy tones of lipsticks that could work as a nude for a wide range of skin tones. There is a creme finish to these pigmented panned lipsticks. The shades don’t have a ton of longevity but wear down to a stunning stain on the lips. It’s actually my favorite thing about these colors. 

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The palette comes with lip brush that sits right inside the palette to get you out the door. Or so it wanted to be. The brush is tragic. Brushes that are included in a palette have a reputation for being of low quality and probably just a way to increase the price tag of a product. In the case of the BH Cosmetics Nude Lips To Go palette, it is a pretty spot on summation. All it did was leave my lipstick patchy and streaky. It isn’t the formula of the lipstick or my amateur application because when I used my lip brush, which also happens to be from BH Cosmetics, the lipstick went on like butter. Oh and the best part - it left little hairs coated in lipstick standing in spikes all over my lips. It was gross

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I chose to wear the darkest shade in the palette. It isn’t nude on me but I just LOVED the color. Look at me feeling myself in this blurry selfie putting my dark circles on display asking for a nap. Yes, girl!

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The lip palette is small. It fit in my makeup bag with no problem. It’s takes up no more space than a compact mirror. Since this product is ‘to go,’ I think that it should have come with a mirror. I would have preferred a mirror than the hot mess of a brush it came with. The packaging doesn’t close very tightly so I kept my fingers crossed that It wouldn’t pop open and make a mess of my bag. It didn’t!

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It took the palette with me to a self love brunch where we had some of our merch for sale! 
 
Meetpepperb Shop
 

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This is a picture of how the lipstick looked after about 3hrs and a mimosa. It rubbed off on the center of my lips so I reapplied the lipstick. 

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The little gold lip brush is not the lip brush that came with this palette but I was not going to use the one that did ever again. After the first time I reapplied the lipstick, I noticed how messy this whole experience was gong to be. Even when I cleaned off the excess product from the brush before putting it back in the palette, there was still just smears of lipstick everywhere. 

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After brunch, it was time to reapply again. Shout out to me for yet another blurry selfie featuring a dirty mirror. I have way more confidence using a lip brush when I’m in the controlled environment of my vanity with my magnified, lighted mirror than I do in a single stall, poorly lit bathroom. I really didn’t like how messy the palette was getting. I was the only one using it but the smears of lipstick and the sticky brush just made me think of all the bacteria that could be collecting in the pans. I found myself wishing that this lipstick was just in a tube. 

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I cleaned most of the lipstick off with a tissue but it if you’ve ever gotten lipstick on anything, you know how lipstick just clings to everything it touches.  

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I am just an average biscuit who loves makeup. I’ve taken the palette out a few times after this event to see if I needed to get past the ease of just retouching lipstick from a tube. But I didn’t. Each time I had this palette out in the real world with me, all I wanted was the lipstick to come in a tube and call it a day. It is just too messy. 

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What other products lack function?

Beauty Horoscope: Leo 2018

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, your ambition is devastatingly beautiful. You’ve been brought into this life to lead and you did it with style. The oil spill makeup showcases all the quintessential Leo traits. Bold, creative, and alluring, the colorful darkness wraps your canvas in slick filth only a boss could pull together.

Top Beauty Picks For Leo

The Look: Oil Spill

Skincare

  L’Occitane  Almond Exfoliating And Smoothing Delicious Paste

L’Occitane
Almond Exfoliating And Smoothing Delicious Paste

   SJÄL    Saphir Concentrate

SJÄL
Saphir Concentrate

   Verso Skincare   Lip Serum
   Lilfox   Mystic Awkening Toner

Lilfox
Mystic Awkening Toner

  Elemis   Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

   Herbivore   Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Herbivore
Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Fragrance

  Tom Ford  Vert Bohème

Tom Ford
Vert Bohème

Beauty

  Sleek Makeup   Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

Sleek Makeup
Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

  Kevyn Auccion  Molten Liquid Lipstick

Kevyn Auccion
Molten Liquid Lipstick

   Fenty Beauty   Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty
Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

   Sephora Collection   PRO Featherweight Blending Brush #93

Sephora Collection
PRO Featherweight Blending Brush #93

   Besame Cosmetics   Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics
Classic Color Lipstick

   Stila   One Step Prime

Stila
One Step Prime

Nails: Pop of Neon

Art For Leo

 Leo by Jimena   De la O

Leo by Jimena De la O

 // Leo // by   L.T.B Art

// Leo // by L.T.B Art

 Forest Fire by   Fluid Dynamics

Forest Fire by Fluid Dynamics

Happy Birthday, Pepper!!!

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Info on leo  from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Last Year B.Scope: Leo

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Previous Zodiac: Cancer

B. Scopes August 2018

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

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Aries

   Go-To   Face Hero

Go-To
Face Hero

   Dr. G   Red-Blemish Clear Cream

Dr. G
Red-Blemish Clear Cream

  Hask   UnWined Red Wine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray

Hask
UnWined Red Wine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray


Taurus

   GLAMGLOW   GLOWPOWDER™ Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette

GLAMGLOW
GLOWPOWDER™ Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette

   Korres   Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette

Korres
Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette

   L'Oreal    Havana x Camila Cabello Eyeshadow

L'Oreal
Havana x Camila Cabello Eyeshadow


Gemini

   PatMcGrath Labs   Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

PatMcGrath Labs
Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

  Black Moon Cosmetics  Orb of Light

Black Moon Cosmetics
Orb of Light

  Colourpop  Super Shock Eyeshadow

Colourpop
Super Shock Eyeshadow


Cancer

   IPKN   Twinkle Color Correcting Blur Pact

IPKN
Twinkle Color Correcting Blur Pact

   Dose Of Colors    Block Party Single Eyeshadow

Dose Of Colors 
Block Party Single Eyeshadow


Leo

   ELEMIS    Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

ELEMIS
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

   SLEEK MAKEUP    Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

SLEEK MAKEUP
Flame Blush by 3 Blush Palette

  BÉSAME COSMETICS  Classic Color Lipstick

BÉSAME COSMETICS
Classic Color Lipstick


Virgo

   O&M   Project Sukuroi™ Golden Smoothing Balm

O&M
Project Sukuroi™ Golden Smoothing Balm

   Masqueology   Color Shine Peel Off Mask

Masqueology
Color Shine Peel Off Mask

   MAC    Eyeshadow X 9 / Aaliyah

MAC
Eyeshadow X 9 / Aaliyah


Libra

   Jack Black   Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Jack Black
Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

   Winky Luxe   Coffee Bronzer

Winky Luxe
Coffee Bronzer

   Crest    3D White Whitestrips with Light - Teeth Whitening Kit

Crest
3D White Whitestrips with Light - Teeth Whitening Kit


Scorpio

   Givenchy   Hot Couture

Givenchy
Hot Couture

   The Face Shop   Finger Cotton Tint

The Face Shop
Finger Cotton Tint

   Smashbox    Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky

Smashbox
Cover Shot Eye Palette Smoky


Sagittarius

   Lapcos   Honey Mask

Lapcos
Honey Mask

   BAREMINERALS   bareMinerals READY™ Blush

BAREMINERALS
bareMinerals READY™ Blush

   E.L.F. COSMETICS    Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturizer

E.L.F. COSMETICS
Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturizer


Capricorn

   CLINIQUE   Cheek Pop

CLINIQUE
Cheek Pop

   EARTH THERAPEUTICS Charcoal   Purifying Foot Scrub

EARTH THERAPEUTICS Charcoal Purifying Foot Scrub

   DA BOMB    Earth Bomb Bath Fizzer

DA BOMB
Earth Bomb Bath Fizzer


Aquarius

  KOPARI  Coconut Deodorant

KOPARI
Coconut Deodorant

   BRIOGEO   Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo  

BRIOGEO
Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
 

   ESSENCE    Believe in Magic Sparkling Body Dus

ESSENCE
Believe in Magic Sparkling Body Dus


PISCES

   FARMACY   Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

FARMACY
Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

   SHEAMOISTURE    Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Bath Salts

SHEAMOISTURE
Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Bath Salts

   SLEEK Makeup   Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette

SLEEK Makeup
Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette

All photos are credited or sourced

MPB Summer Beauty Style Profile! - Meet the writers!

No surprised that we are just posting this with almost one month left until the completion of summer.

We know this summer went by so fast that we blink and the deadline passed us by lol.

Fast summer with no real memories to account for . How was your summer ?

Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know how your summer was and your favorite products .! !

Find out below which products the MPB team can't live without this summer ! !


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THE ACE EDIT

Lipstick: Frank Body Shimmer Lip Gloss

Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

Fragrance: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray. 

Mascara: Glossier Lash Slick

Complexion Product: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

Cocktail Type: A chilled glass of Rosé

Shoe Type: Converse Hi Tops. Obsessed with how the sun reflects my rose gold pair. 

Polish Color: Floss Gloss Intergalosstic 

Earring Style: Gold hoops, any size.

Book: Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life by Cleo Wade

Album: Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack. I'm in love with the film, the novel and the music. It has inspired my summer vibe. 

Skincare: Frank Body Coffee Scrubs! The Shimmer and Coconut for Summer! 

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KAYLA

Lipstick:  Alisha Ashley’s ELF collab nude gloss/ 
Blush: MAC peaches
Fragrance: currently loving VS
Mascara: JLos collab with Inglot
Complexion Product: first aid beauty tinted moisturizer & supergoop unseen sunblock
Cocktail Type: frozé
Shoe Type: espadrilles - Sam Edelman has great funny ones
Polish Color: corals and pinks
Earring Style: my grandma’s gold hoops
Book: right now I’m reading I know why the caged bird sings
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: fresh - sea berry oil

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PEPPER B 

Lipstick:  Boy Trouble or Rebel The Lip Bar
Blush: NBL 06 by Black Up Cosmetics
Fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana 3 L Imperatrice
Mascara: Upward Lash Mac
Complexion Product: Marc Jacob Coconut Primer Life Time Fave
Cocktail Type: Moscow Mule
Shoe Type: Mules
Polish Color: Maliboob Job Floss Gloss
Earring Style: Oversized Hoops or Tassel Earrings
Book: The book of affirmations
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: Cactus gel moisturizer Boscia

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Buffering Betty

Lipstick: This summer I am feeling all shades of red! Especially the Makeup Geek Creme Stain in Flamenco

Blush: Fenty Beauty Chili mango

Fragrance: I'm actually on the prowl for a new fragrance! Anything citrusy with a mixture of a woody smell is exactly what I'm looking for!

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major volume mascara - I just wish it was waterproof

Complexion: typically just some concealer will do for the summer. The Sephora Bright Furture Gel Concealer has changed my life!

Cocktail Type: jack daniels honey + lemonade with some sort of berry mashed into it. Proceed with caution. 

Shoe Type: I'm the girl who will wear boots year round. I love wearing decorative sneakers in the summer

Polish Color: Clear. This summer is about getting my nails healthy.

Earring Style: Cuffs + studs!

Book: Landwhale by Jes Baker

Album: I just made my Summuh Time playlist of freestyle with everyone from Stevie B to Judy Torres. It is also LITTERED with all things Bad Bunny + Ozuna

Skincare: Saturday Skin's Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

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DEE

 

Lipstick: lipsense glossy gloss

Blush: limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fairy flush

Fragrance: pink sugar

Mascara: better than sex waterproof mascara

Complexion Product: Physicians Formula Super BB Makeup Kit, Beauty Balm, All-in-1, Light/Medium Kit

Cocktail Type: blush wine

Shoe Type: flats (got to be comfortable) 

Polish Color: limoscene 

Earring Style: diamond studs

Book: The 12 week year

Album: Shawn Mendes In My Blood 

Skincare:Caudalie Beauty Elixir Mini

Toners For Dry Skin: you might need more than one!

@bufferingbetty

We're just a little high maintenance in this dehydrated corner.

It's funny how just a year ago I wasn't even sure of what a toner does. More accurately, I was skeptical of toners even serving any skincare benefits and not just a scam to get beauty junkies to buy more of the industry's promises of perfection in a jar. Fast forward to Summer 2018 and your favorite squishy beauty blogger has got a few toners sitting in her cabinet. 

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About my skin: 
I have normal skin that leans dry If i'm not careful. The seasons play a starring role in how my skin behaves. In the winter, my skin needs a wild amount of attention. The heat in the summer makes my skin a little oily but the extra SPF I apply to my skin can dry out certain areas like my forehead and cheeks. In the fall, my skin just -ugh, perfection!!! And in the spring, we cool. 

Having a few toners is more than me just being high maintenance. No, really! My skincare has always been responsive. I look at my skin and focus on how it feels. It tells me what it needs. 

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At our last Meet Pepper B present's Beauty Hour event, we had skincare expert, Niambi, teach us about natural skincare. She is the creator of Pholk Beauty formally known as Bloomsbury Square. Niambi said, "my skincare is a conversation." It was one of the night's major takeaways.  Instead of doing the just same old routine, pay attention to what your skin is asking from you. 

Soothing and Hydrating Toner:

The Esteli Coco Rosa Hydrate Toner Mist has brought some balance to my life. Toners I had been using were too potent to use daily. I like to use this toner on days when I have exfoliated my skin because it feels gentle and hydrating. I spray it on a cotton round apply it to my face to ensure that I'm getting all of the goodness all over my skin. I don't like the smell. It's slightly rosy but has a spicy note to it. I've said in the past how I don't have a great sense of smell. If you blindfolded me and put a plate of strawberries in my face, I probably guess that the scent is coconut. It's just not in my skill set. That said, there is something that is zesty and just off about the scent. But I like how my skin feels when I use this toner, so I look past it. I also use this to remove excess oils from my skin before I use an epillator for my uninvited, unnecessary, ladystache. This product also claims to be makeup setting spray or a skin refresher but I don't agree. Lastly, a tip I picked up at #BeautyHour with Niambi was using a toner before a mask to prep the skin. This toner has come handy for that too!!

And not that it really matters, but I just love the color of the bottle. Deep, jewel tone-ish shades of green bring me so much zen. 

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Retexturizing Toner:

United State Balancing Tonic by Origins has been a part of my life for almost a year and I'm ready to put a ring on it. There were spectacular changes to my skin with this product. On the corners of my jaw, below my ears, I have been getting rough textured skin. It was a build up of dead skin. I didn't want to use a physical exfoliator too often because that tends to break out my skin. This balancing tonic was able to remove the dead skin without damaging my skin. I just have to use it sparingly on my nose because it's more sensitive. I cannot use this toner after sun exposure or using a physical exfoliator because my skin just doesn't like it. This is more of a winter product while the Esteli toner I can use year round. 

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Honorable Mention - The Gram or YT Made Me Buy

Social media doesn't always influence my purchases. I stalk the "new" or "just in" sections of Sephora, Ulta, and Beautylish so much that I am already a quarter of the way through a product when I see my fave vloggers hauling it. Which always prompts me to think "Yuh been sleeping, gurl!" It doesn't happen often, but when it does the product is usually -eh. Hype is just hype. I grabbed the mini version of the Mario Badescu  Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater while standing in the checkout line at Ulta. It's a trap because it was only $5 so I didn't give it too much thought. Plus, I had been wanting to get a toner with rosewater. It gives excellent hydration that doesn't last. I've been using it this summer as a quick hydrater after being in the sun or to freshen up my face after the gym so I don't have to over use my moisturizer. She's not cheap. If you want a product like that, this can fill that need but don't expect sparks to fly when you use it. 

What toners are you using?

The Ace Edit - Summer 2018

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Welcome to the first ever ACE EDIT! Filled with my current obsessions, my top shelf, health and mental guide and goals. A digital seasonal/monthly journey to achieve an outer and inner glow.

Summer is the season when I embrace my most natural state. I put down the blow dryer and opt for a fro or ballerina bun. I’m usually bare faced unless I’m going out on some random evening. I like to go for walks along the river and stop at bench to gather my thoughts and write out my feelings, iced matcha in hand, just taking in the season... and uncomfortable heat. 

 TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.

TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.

SUMMER SKIN

Lately I just really care about protecting my skin and having it naturally glow. Have you seen Ashley Graham’s skin lately? She has been my inspiration. Clean, gleaming, healthy skin. I like to use a simple daily routine using all Glossier. Starting with Milky Jelly Cleanser, then I exfoliate  with Solution  to balance and even out my skin’s texture as well as preventing and clearing any blemishes. I step in with Priming Moisturizer RICH because I’m a dry ass bish. I finish it off with Invisible Shield. I know, it’s not waterproof but this shit doesn’t break me out which 99.9% of sunscreens do! Plus If you are using any products like Solution that contain AHA, BHA and PHA IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU USE SUNSCREEN.

SCRUBBA DUB DUB

I’m really obsessed with exfoliating my body and scrubbing off the layers of sunscreen and sweat from a long hot day. I love Lush’s Ocean Salt, I also scrub my face with it a couple of times a week to give that clean brightening effect. Lush’s RUB RUB RUB works great too and smells so damn divine. I tend to concentrate on the areas where my keratosis pilaris is apparent af. I do love coffee scrubs from FRANK BODY for those areas affected with KP as well, I just don’t love the way it dirties my tub. but they do WONDERS at exfoliating and healing. 

 

SCENTSATIONAL

Lately my scent has actually been Glossier’s Body Hero Oil Wash . I live for the neroli scent in that product, therefore making me indulge in Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. The scent transports me from sticky, steamy NYC, to Somewhere in Northern Italy. 

 

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MAKEUP MANUAL

Makeup has been kept very light this season. For work I’m barefaced. For the evening, if I get pulled out of my cozy bed for a glass of rosé at Sel Rose, I’d opt for NARS Tinted Moisturizer, and Concealer, FENTY Matte Match Stix to try and lightly contour to slenderize my face a bit, Marc Jacobs Bronzer, NYX Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy Brow, Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint. MAC Stripdown lip pencil paired with any of my many shimmery, clear glosses. I usually end with a wing and/or mascara but if I’m feeling it, I’d throw on some shadow and demi wispies. Of course I add some glow, Colourpop Loose Highlighters are a fave at the moment for a pretty subtle iridescence, I love the way the sun reflects off of it. 

Did you know that choosing a calming color on your nails can help with anxiety when you glance down at your nail? I find this to be accurate. My favorite color is Periwinkle, which as you know is a super calming shade of blue therefore Floss Gloss’s “95% Angel” is my go-to, signature polish. 

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MANE TAME

I don’t straighten my hair unless I’m going to the salon for a trim and  undercut upkeep. It’s WAY too hot and my edges will curl up in .3 seconds. I simply wash the stress flakes away, bless you ORIBE SERENE SCALP Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping my scalp free of Frosted Flakes. I like to go in with a OUAI Trifecta of Rose Hair & Body Oil, Leave-in Conditioner and a few sprays of "Sun of a Beach" to naturally lighten up my strands to look Sunkissed, I also love to use Kristin Ess Weightless Air Dry Creme. I honestly have no patience for my hair in the summertime, so I keep it as minimal as possible. 

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VITAL BEAUTY

I am someone who deals with anxiety and depression. I have my moments and with all that is happening in this country, it's not helping. I try my best to aid myself when the lows hit. I find that I must separate myself in order to RECHARGE and FOCUS on MYSELF. Sometimes we care about people so much and want to be there for them that to the point that we exhaust ourselves, sacrificing our inner peace and happiness in the process. It is absolutely vital for me to be pull myself away and take a break. I must do this because if I don’t it makes me resent people and I don’t have it in me to carry around that type of baggage. It does get lonely, especially if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to confide in and/or fear of being a burden to others. You’re on your own and you figure out ways to aid yourself during this time alone. I like to write my thoughts down and sometimes tear up the paper so I can just release all of that bullshit in my head, Keeping shit internalized is a NO for me. Small things help me out so much. Moments like  the way the sun creeps through my window and hits my sheets in the morning, make me feel good about taking on the day.

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MY SELF CARE TIPS

JOURNALING - Write those thoughts down! Release that negativity lingering in your mind, causing you to overthink.

BULLET JOURNALING - I find that organization and planning calms my anxiety. 

SUMMER READING LIST - Getting lost in a fictional story distracts you from your own, like a tiny escape from reality. 

BINGE ON A SHOW - There's nothing wrong with binging on entertainment once in a while. May I recommend GLOW

MAKE A SOOTHING SUMMER PLAYLIST - Believe it or not, Music has healing powers!

GO FOR A POWER WALK - A physical way to release those lingering thoughts on overdrive. 

AT HOME SPA - Pair a face mask with that journaling, reading or bingeworthy show. 

CALM APP - I recommend this to everyone. I have used mine everyday for the past few years. The sound of rain brings me peace.

LIGHT A CANDLE - I find this to be such a soothing luxury. My favorite candle is ASH from BOY SMELLS

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*Professional Help - Sometimes you reach a point where being there for yourself just isn’t enough and THAT IS OKAY. There is nothing wrong with seeking help from a professional. I’ve done it a few times and I feel so much better afterwards. 

 

 

 

Take care of yourself. Until Next time...

Glossy Skin, Glossy Lips, Glossy Life

Beauty Horoscope: Cancer 2018

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, your eyes reveal your emotions to a fault. As much as you would like to conceal what your heart feels and the clapbacks forming in your head -don’t. When someone looks at you, let them feel all that you do by framing your eyes in unabashed color. Your intuitive nature will come alive and get those around you to open up. Focus the color on the brow line to either play up or manipulate your shape.

Top Beauty Picks For Cancer

The Look: Colorful Brow Bone

Skincare

   Sephora Collection   Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

Sephora Collection
Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

   Robi Luxury Skin Care   Face Mask {mango, coconut & pink clay}

Robi Luxury Skin Care
Face Mask {mango, coconut & pink clay}

   Origins   Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish

Origins
Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish

   Saturday Skin   Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

Saturday Skin
Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

   Supergoop!   But First, Sunscreen Kit  

Supergoop!
But First, Sunscreen Kit
 

   Moonshine Suds   Rainbow Crystal Soaps

Moonshine Suds
Rainbow Crystal Soaps

Fragrance

   Ghost   Deep Night

Ghost
Deep Night

Beauty

   Lancome    Idole Blush Stick

Lancome
Idole Blush Stick

   Missha   M BB Boomer – BB Boosting Cream

Missha
M BB Boomer – BB Boosting Cream

   Too Faced   Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Too Faced
Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

   YSL   Yconic Purple Couture Palette  

YSL
Yconic Purple Couture Palette
 

   Sephora Collection   PRO Fan Shadow Brush #25

Sephora Collection
PRO Fan Shadow Brush #25

   Natasha Denona   Super Glow

Natasha Denona
Super Glow

Nails: Ruby

   Lynnderella    Red Multi Glitter Nail Polish—Ruby Red Ruby

Lynnderella
Red Multi Glitter Nail Polish—Ruby Red Ruby

   Butter LONDON   Nail Lacquer - Ruby Murray

Butter LONDON
Nail Lacquer - Ruby Murray

   OPI    Infinite Shine - Relentless Ruby

OPI
Infinite Shine - Relentless Ruby

Art For Cancer

 Cancer by   Rosa Kammermeier
 Chola Mermaid by   shugmonkey

Chola Mermaid by shugmonkey

 Within Reach by   Kenna Reid

Within Reach by Kenna Reid

Info on cancer  from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Last Year's B.Scope: Cancer

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Previous Zodiac: Gemini

Basic Skincare Guide: Men Summer 2018

@bufferingbetty

Clean up + Glow up

A friend asked for skin care advice focusing on the basics with extra attention paid to protection from sun exposure + and clearing blackheads.

 The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

You: male, normal skin, late 20s, morning shower person, more likely to shop at the drugstore or stores like Target + Walmart
Job: outside most of the day
Concerns: clearing blackheads, sun protection
Skin care Knowledge:slim to none

Will not spend more than 2 minutes on skin care

Since his skin gets a lot of sun exposure, skin care is important for making sure he is comfortable with how his skin looks and feels. 

Key Skin Care Steps:

Exfoliate
Cleanse
Hydrate
Protect
Lip balm 

Brands to check out:

These brands are gentle and great for sensitive skin. Usually no harsh perfumes
-Aveeno (the positively radiant line is my favorite)
-Simple

Exfoliate:

It gets off all the dead skin and helps clear out blocked pores that have whiteheads and blackheads. Try to do it for 5-10 seconds on each part of your face: each cheek, forehead, nose + chin. Exfoliators with a sand like grit work best. Larger particles just sort of scratch your skin and will cause irritation after sun exposure. This should be done twice a week but never more than 3x a in a week. Over exfoliating your skin will cause breakouts.

Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
**don’t use it daily. Ignore the rules. 2x a wk! Or every 3-4 days. 

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Cleanse:  

If there is one thing you do know, it's how to wash your face. If you feel like you have oily skin, use a gel cleanser. Dry skin, use a cream cleanser. If you're skin feels sort of tight + itchy after you’ve washed it, you have dry skin. Because you spend a lot of time in the sun, look for something gentle. Usually cleansing once a day is fine unless you are super sweaty or fell in the dirt. 

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

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Hydrate:

Even if you have a hydrating cleanser, still apply even a light moisturizer. It is your new BFF. We are not teenagers anymore. When you're rounding 30, it's time to start the 'preservation process.' If you've met people who are about your age but you could've sworn they had at least a decade on you, it's because they did not hydrate. Sure, there are hereditary factors to how we age, but we all have hereditary factors. Some of us just manage them a little better. 

Aveeno® Smart Essentials™ Daily Nourishing Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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* Tip with sunblock: SPF, while incredibly necessary, it can be drying for your skin over time. If you are using a sunblock and notice your skin is looking flaky, mix your sunblock with your moisturizer, about half and half, so you get the best of both worlds. 

Protect:

Do. Not. Neglect. This. Step. You will age like milk in the sun. Even if you don’t see a burn, you are burning your skin. Don’t forget your ears, neck, and hands. . 

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion - SPF 50
I use baby stuff all the time, doesn't matter that you're grown

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Lip Balm:

Again, we ain't 22 no more. Your lips will age just as fast as the skin under our eyes. Use anything without petroleum. While it feels good and does work, it also stops your skin’s natural moisture production. Only use it to heal the skin, not for daily use. 

Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

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Avoid:

2-in-1 products: I say this because tons of products marketed toward males have this ‘nifty’ little feature that is good for no one. If you wanted to get a cleanse + exfoliate type of product to just use daily, you would just be doing more harm than good for your skin. Since you get sun everyday + facial hair grooming (however often you do it), treat your skin as if it were sensitive even if you don't see any redness or inflammation. Separate products are better so you can balance how often you are doing each step. 

Pore strips + peeling masks: products like the Biore strips or peeling masks that remove blackheads are good in a situation if you are going to an event and want to style on the crowd with a fresh face. But overuse (daily or even weekly) will just make the pores on your face larger over time. Which will just make blackheads and whiteheads more visible. 

Foaming anything: products that foam have a lot of alcohol so it just dries out the skin overtime. I don't even understand why they're made. 

It's OK to

Ignore some directions: I’m thinking about exfoliators again because people tend to over do it. Even if a product says it is ok for daily use, it is not. It’s too much! Very harsh on your skin especially after the sun. 


You feeling fancy + want to add a night time routine? 

Cleanse - if you cleanse at night, you don't have to cleanse in the morning unless you’re like feeling kinda sweaty. 

Hydrate - same as day time

Eye cream- Again, we ain't 22 no more. You can also mix this with your SPF and wear it during the day. 

Burt's Bees® Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin

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Extra Extra fancy + want to take a product with you during the day in case you feel sweaty + gross?

Cleansing wipes
Any micellar water cleansing wipes are great because you don't have to wash it off. Feels great to remove any sweat and dirt. Most of them are makeup removing wipes. But many people just use them after a work out. 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes

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Hydrate
Put some of your moisturizer in a little travel tube or jar. 

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Final Touches

Hydrate + Soothe

Exactly what your skin needs after sun exposure. You can use hydrating sheet masks multiple times a week. It gives your skin instant results. They aren't lasting results but they do help and don't cause damage over prolonged use.

Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Sheet Mask
Put this in the refridgorator for 15 minutes before use for the ultimate experice. 

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Over night treatment

You got pimples that killing your vibe? These can help and are available at Ulta. If you overuse either of them, your skin will get dry and flaky. 

Mario Badescu Plastic Bottle Drying Lotion
Dont shake it. Take a q-tip and dip it in the sediment and put in on the pimple over night. Dries out the gross stuff so it heals faster

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End of Day Treatment:

Not every day. An end of day treatment can be something that preps the skin for the week ahead.

Origins Travel Size Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 
If you feel a pimple beneath the skin, this mask works to bring it out. It doesn't cause breakouts but it will bring the excess bacteria to the surface and form a pimple. It is good to use a few days before a special event to help make a pimple heal more quickly. It can be used over a specific pimple or all over the face. Use it about once a week on your nose and chin, or where ever you get blackheads and whiteheads, to clear your skin. Put a warm wet  towel over your skin for a few minutes to open up the pores then apply the mask. Once it is dry, use a warm wet towel again to remove it. 

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Now GO + get shmexy

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Looking Good & Doing Good Just Got Easier - With Kayla

Written by @oohkayla

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I think it is safe to say SUMMER IS HERE! Well at least not blistering freezing weather is here. Summer is not only time for fun but also time to protect yourself from head to toe, at this point almost everyone is aware that we need to take care of our skin and possibly go about using more natural products. But what about our hair?

Enter Love Beauty & Planet stage left! According to the brand’s site the company was founded on the idea that “looking good and doing good should go hand in hand.” Each product is made with the mentality of making you and the planet better. Love Beauty & Planet is currently available in drugstores making it very accessible to the average person selling body and hair products.

 

I received the opportunity to try their Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Strength & Shine. The mask comes in a simple 100% recycled material pouch with 1.5oz. I have used the mask multiple times and still have a lot of product left. The directions suggest using after shampooing, leave on for 2 minutes and rinse. You are also advised to avoid your roots- why? Because including your roots could lead to your scalp getting greasy and dirty sooner than it needs to- & nobody got time for that.

 

Personally, I haven’t been able to find a lot of “natural products” that work for my hair. This mask is cruelty free, vegan, no parabens & more- which led me to believe that it wasn’t going to work at all! However, after several uses I do like this hair mask. The subtle rose sent is amazing and although I don’t know a lot about Murumuru Butter I do believe it is helping to hydrate my hair. I am currently in the process of helping my hair get back on track- years of coloring and heat has done some real damage to my strands. 

After using this mask, I do find my hair is drying with less frizz and just overall looks healthier. I have a dry scalp and so most if my shampoos do an excellent job cleaning my scalp but then drying for the rest of it. I would recommend giving this brand a try. 

If you are considering trying natural hair products this is a great place to start, it won’t break the bank and you are still doing good even if you don’t wind up liking the product. I stand behind looking good and doing good at the same time. Having my hair look great while reducing my carbon footprint sounds like a win win to me.

B. Scopes June 2018

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

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Aries

   Soap & Glory   rm-A-Gooden Smoothing Serum

Soap & Glory
rm-A-Gooden Smoothing Serum

   Sephora Collection   Bulls Eye Lash Applicator

Sephora Collection
Bulls Eye Lash Applicator

  PÜR   Chrome Glaze High-Shine Lip Gloss

PÜR
Chrome Glaze High-Shine Lip Gloss


Taurus

   Duke Cannon Supply Co   Travel Size Ice Cold After Shave Balm

Duke Cannon Supply Co
Travel Size Ice Cold After Shave Balm

   MAC    Patrickstarrr Summer Powder

MAC
Patrickstarrr Summer Powder

   Bronx Colors   Matte Lip Tint

Bronx Colors
Matte Lip Tint


Gemini

   I Heart Revolution    Dragons Dare Lipstick

I Heart Revolution
Dragons Dare Lipstick

   Bee Dumpling Cosmetics   Bright Yellow Vegan Matte Eyeshadow

Bee Dumpling Cosmetics
Bright Yellow Vegan Matte Eyeshadow

   Yllo Beauty   Turmeric Facial Mask

Yllo Beauty
Turmeric Facial Mask


Cancer

   MD'S Pi ck  Lux Gold Nutrient Treatment Peel-Off Modeling Mask

MD'S Pick
Lux Gold Nutrient Treatment Peel-Off Modeling Mask

   B. by Banila   Cheer Water Cheek

B. by Banila
Cheer Water Cheek

   SOO AE   Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Water

SOO AE
Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Water


Leo

   Body Merry   Day to Night Eye Gel

Body Merry
Day to Night Eye Gel

   The Balm   Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

The Balm
Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

   Body Merry   Hyaluronic Dew Serum

Body Merry
Hyaluronic Dew Serum


Virgo

   Supergoop!   Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Supergoop!
Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

   Dope Naturally   Beet Bliss

Dope Naturally
Beet Bliss

   Kopari Beauty   Coconut Crush Scrub

Kopari Beauty
Coconut Crush Scrub


Libra

   Leaders   Daily Wonders Breakup With Your Ex-Skin Cells Mask

Leaders
Daily Wonders Breakup With Your Ex-Skin Cells Mask

   Babe Australia   Verbena Gypsy Body Souffle

Babe Australia
Verbena Gypsy Body Souffle


Scorpio

   Danielle Creations   24K Gold Series Anti-Aging Peel Off Mask for Face and Neck

Danielle Creations
24K Gold Series Anti-Aging Peel Off Mask for Face and Neck

   Hero Cosmetics   Mighty Patch

Hero Cosmetics
Mighty Patch

   Schimdt's   Coconut Pineapple Natural Deodorant – Sensitive Skin Formula

Schimdt's
Coconut Pineapple Natural Deodorant – Sensitive Skin Formula


Sagittarius

   Missha   Time Revolution Immortal Youth Blue Essence

Missha
Time Revolution Immortal Youth Blue Essence

   Blue Mer   All-In-One Vital Facial Mask

Blue Mer
All-In-One Vital Facial Mask

   Touch in Sol   Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo

Touch in Sol
Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Shadow Duo


Capricorn

   Lime Crime   Pop On Nails

Lime Crime
Pop On Nails

   Sigma Beauty   Power Stick

Sigma Beauty
Power Stick

   Girlactik   Luminous Face Powder

Girlactik
Luminous Face Powder


Aquarius

   Peripera   Juice Time Strawberry Mask Sheet

Peripera
Juice Time Strawberry Mask Sheet

   Banila Co   Clean It Zero

Banila Co
Clean It Zero

   Sachajaun   Volume Cream

Sachajaun
Volume Cream


PISCES

   Tonymoly   The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Essence

Tonymoly
The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Essence

   Duwop   Lip Venom Plumping Gloss

Duwop
Lip Venom Plumping Gloss

   Honey Belle   Green Tea Cucumber Loofah Soap

Honey Belle
Green Tea Cucumber Loofah Soap

All photos are credited or sourced

Beauty Horoscope: Gemini 2018

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, your element of Air gives you the ability to float into any social group with ease. You radiate a positive energy that lifts the spirits of people all around you. The Gemini twins are known for the imaginative nature. This dotted makeup look is the breezy and creative soundtrack to your Summer. Also, applying such an intricate design will give you the control you desire. 

Top Beauty Picks For 

The Look: Dots

Skincare

   Bloomsbury Square    Balance Face Micro-scrub with Clarifying Matcha

Bloomsbury Square
Balance Face Micro-scrub with Clarifying Matcha

   COSRX   Propolis Light Ampule

COSRX
Propolis Light Ampule

   Yllo Beauty   Turmeric Facial Mask

Yllo Beauty
Turmeric Facial Mask

   Harper + Ari   Exfoliating Sugar Cubes – Rosé

Harper + Ari
Exfoliating Sugar Cubes – Rosé

   Kiel's   Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Kiel's
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

   Oh K!   Gold Foil Sheet Mask

Oh K!
Gold Foil Sheet Mask

Fragrance

   Jo Malone London   Tropical Cherimoya Cologne

Jo Malone London
Tropical Cherimoya Cologne

Beauty

   The Face Shop   Marble Beam Blush

The Face Shop
Marble Beam Blush

   NARS   Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

NARS
Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

   Nudestix   Boho Babes Kit

Nudestix
Boho Babes Kit

   I Heart Revolution    Dragons Dare Lipstick

I Heart Revolution
Dragons Dare Lipstick

   L'Oreal    True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer

L'Oreal 
True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer

   Bee Dumpling Cosmetics   Bright Yellow Vegan Matte Eyeshadow

Bee Dumpling Cosmetics
Bright Yellow Vegan Matte Eyeshadow

Nails: Moonstone

Art For Gemini

 Gemini by   Renáta Bajkó

Gemini by Renáta Bajkó

 A couple as a sign Gemini Ink and aquarelle by   VanyFair

A couple as a sign Gemini Ink and aquarelle by VanyFair

 Battle vs. Acceptance by   Meegan Estelle Arts

Battle vs. Acceptance by Meegan Estelle Arts

Happy Birthday, Kayla!!!

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Info on from
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Last Year's Gemini Horoscope

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Previous Zodiac: Taurus

Sephora Play Round Up: March, April, + May

@bufferingbetty

March. April. May.
It's play time

Sephora Play: March

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Sephora Collection
Matte Perfection Powder Foundation

This is a beautiful powder for those of us with dry skin. It doesn't emphasize dryness. 

Sephora Collection
Triple Action Cleansing Water

Briogeo
Blossom & Bloom™ Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray

Burberry
My Burberry Blush

Hard Pass

Lancome
Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara

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I either love a mascara or I hate a mascara. This is one of my least favorite mascaras ever. The wand has an innovative, curve + hook shape. I might have liked it more if this was a rubber wand. However the bristles are too large for my eyes. The formula is so wet! It's barley thicker than water. Hot mess. No thanks.

Add It To Your Cart

Coola
Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

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Summer skin in a bottle! My skin felt and looked hydrated. Juicy like a peach!

Sephora Play: April

Buxom
Full-On™ Lip Polish

Kiehl's
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

VERB (not pictured)
Hydrating Shampoo + Condistion

Hard Pass

Becca
Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer

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I fear the beauty community is ready with torches and pitch forks about this one. This Becca primer has become a staple for so many beauty bloggers. As excited as i was to try this product, it was a major let down. I just felt like it make my skin look ashy and also like I had been punched in the face with glitter. 

Give It A Second Look

Make Up For Ever
Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation SPF 25

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This itty bitty sample gave me 4 full applications and I liked it! It is the exact light-medium coverage I want to wear all summer long. The shade was a little dark but I was able to make it work. It's a product that I would enjoy having but I'm not running to go but it. 

Sephora Play: May

Victor & Rolf
Flowerbomb

Becca
Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter

Kat Von D
Tattoo Liner

Sephora Collection
Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

Return To Sender

Benefit Cosmetics
The POREfessional Face Primer

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Save it. You can't convince me to give this product another look. I've had this sample a few times. I've excavated every ml of product in search of the tressure that makes Porefessional such a top-rated primer. The last squeeze of each tube left me dry and unsatisfied. I'm swiping left, blocking, and reporting this primer. 

Always Have It On Hand

Bumble and Bumble
Thickening Spray

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From my favorite hair brand, comes my secret weapon to hair so large it too can block the dazzle of a President Obama smile. I've had the full size of this Thickening Spray. Spraying this product on my roots gives the illusion that I am of average height and not a 4 foot 10 inch toasted marshmallow. If you have thin hair, get it. If you have hair so long that it weighs down your roots, get it. It is amazing!!! 

Give me all of the samples!

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