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.

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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

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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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

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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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Sephora Play Unboxing!

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The Subscription Box that is NEVER disappointing

I thought I would be over this box by now, but it's just not true! Each month, I am still excited to find that black and white box in the mail! Though, I could do without repeat items. Just saying. 

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The first item in my Sephora Play box (from February but shhhh) was this Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Colour. This was a repeat item that I wasn't too broken up about. It is actually a smooth and creamy shadow stick. 

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The shade was a shimmery, pale rose gold. I'm not much into rose gold on it's own for makeup -I know! It's such a favorite shade for people but it just is too medium of a color for me. I need more POP! The shade of this shadow stick gave a nice back drop to the colors I wanted to use. 

  Laura Mercier  Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier
Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Caviar Stick Eye Colour gives my makeup longevity. I have watery eyes, because I;m a cry baby, so my eye makeup has a pretty short shelf life. The shadow stick also gave some oomph to these not so great eyeshadows.

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Next was the Sephora Collection Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rebel Chic. I was shocked by how pigmented the lipstick was AND by how smooth it went across my lips. Not a skip. Not a tug. My lips felt like velvet. 

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I also felt this color was a reflection of my soul.

   Sephora Collection   Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rebel Chic

Sephora Collection
Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rebel Chic

Finding this skin care item in my  Sephora Play box made me feel like I had won the game of ‘was the box worth it?’ Ugh, such a gem! It’s every beauty box subscriber’s fantasy to open their mail to find a product they’ve been yearning to try. For me, that product has been the Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy. Despite it’s comically long name, the product has been on my Sephora Loves list for ages. I didn’t know if I would love it but that list serves as a “ooo grl, you gotta try this’ list. 

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A full size of this makeup removing balm has already been purchased and added to my cabinet. It melts away makeup like it was never even there. Mascara can be such a  brat. So many makeup removers leave mascara on my lashes. This Farmacy product dissolves it! There is a video of an actress from The Lion King on Broadway removing her stage makeup with this balm. It is the reason I wanted to try this product. It did not disappoint.

   Farmacy   Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

Farmacy
Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

Remaining Products

Out of all of the six samples that were featured in my Sephora Play subscription box (*whispers* from February), the only disappointing product was the Belif Eye Bomb. Firstly, it was a repeat product. Secondly, I didn’t like it the first time I had gotten it. That is the only aspect of the Play box that I would like changed: subscribers can review the items as to potentially adjust what our future boxes could contain.

   Chloe   Chloé Eau de Parfum

Chloe
Chloé Eau de Parfum

   Freash   Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Freash
Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

   Belif   Moisturizing Eye Bomb

Belif
Moisturizing Eye Bomb

The Fresh lip balm is bomb but it is also expensive. So I was glad to have it as a sample. And the perfume was: eh. A little sweet, a little not much to it. Still, I was more than happy with this box and continued my subscription!

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What subscription box should I try next?

Lazy Girl Body-care with Kayla!

Written By Kayla M

 

 

I am lazy! There I said it…. Admitting you have a problem is the first step right? As much as I love lathering my face in every moisturizer and mask I can get my hands on I have a hard time-doing that with the rest of my body. All the lotion commercials make it seem so glamorous and therapeutic to apply lotion after a shower-I however disagree completely.  But then the universe heard my dry skin prayers & I found the perfect lazy girl body product and my world changed. I came to possess the Moroccan Oil Shower Milk and Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.

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The Morroccan Oil Shower Milk appeared, and I thought yass!! However, that feeling was extremely short lived. The product is described as “an argan oil infused milk that gently cleanses and hydrates.” The shower milk is essentially a creamier body wash than what is usually found in store, but it didn’t hydrate to the point where lotion isn’t needed. I truthfully didn’t find it to do much of anything. Although I find 6.7oz of product for $32 reasonable, I can’t justify any amount if the product doesn’t work for me.

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I was disappointed and desperate for a lazy girl remedy. I remembered a sample of a Lush product from a couple of years ago. I was told to rub it on my skin while in the shower and rinse- then the heavens opened, and I cried joyous tears. It wasn’t until recently that I gave in and decided to just purchase the product for myself and I regret not having it in my life sooner. Lush’s Ro’s Argan was the answer, the jar contains 7.9oz of glorious rose scented body conditioner for $35.95. Besides being lazy I am also beyond paranoid about “smelling good” and up until Ro’s Argan appeared I was use to body washes and lotions having a great scent but not a lasting scent and most definitely not a scent that I could personally smell on myself.

I can smell Ro’s Argan on my skin all day!! But mostly importantly almost immediately after you rinse the product off you can feel how smooth, silky and hydrated your skin feels. The simplicity of the ingredients, the ease of the process and the effectiveness of the product makes me believe in miracles.Lush’s product is truly amazing-. A natural, animal friendly, good smelling, reasonably priced, product that actually works! Who knew that could exist.

 

I recommend anyone and everyone to try this, it is a terrific addition to your skincare routine. Remember your skin is your largest organ, I often find myself thinking it is okay to go H.A.M. with my facial skincare and then ignore the rest of my body’s skincare needs. Lush Cosmetic’s Ro’s Argan body conditioner has allowed me to begin a serious selfcare affair from head to toe.

Easy Hairstyles For Spring 2018 Using A Rotating Curling Iron

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Hair so cute. Air so Breezy. Vibes so Spring.

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Put a little Spring in your hair by adding
bouncy curls to your locks all season long. 

It's time to pack away all of your Winter hats so that your hair can breathe in fresh looks. I'll tell you how I created these four easy Spring hairstyles. Read to the end of this post for a review of the Spinstyle Pro rotating curling iron from Salon Tech. 

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Lazy Blow Out

This one is for all my frizzy-haired-beauties trying to thrive in the humid seasons. It's my saving grace for when I haven't spent time prepping my hair. Or, I've spent too much time on my makeup and left myself only 5 minutes for hair. The heat from the curling iron smooths the frizz while giving my hair some shape and body so I don't look like Rubeus Hagrid. After tying my hair into a high ponytail, working from left to right, I grabbed a section of hair to begin curling it. I made sure that the sections weren't too thin because it would have made the curls too defined giving a completely different look. Once all of the section of my ponytail had been curled, I let down my hair and delicately ran the tips of my fingers through my hair to break up the curls. 

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Video Tutorial Here

As a final touch, I sometimes like to smooth some of the frizziness framing my face. I sprayed a soft touch hairspray on to a comb. Instead of pushing the teeth through my hair, I flipped the comb to face the teeth upward so they would glide down my hair shaft. For some added va-va-volume, you can use dry shampoo or any texture powder to the roots of your hair. 

Essential Tool: Hair Bungee

If you were to use a regular hair tie, you run the risk of ruining the curls you just spent time creating. The hair bungee is better because it just wraps around the base of your ponytail without having to slide down your hair shaft. 

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BinaryABC Ponytail Hooks Holder Bungee Bands

Amped Up Waves

To get these mod-70s  frizzy waves, I began by dividing my hair in two. I pinned up the left side and curled the right in rows working from the nape of my neck to my hairline. Each row consisted of 3-4 curls depending on my hair density in each row. For more volume, I alternated the direction of the curls by row. That’s to say that if the row by my neck was curled to the right, that I would then curl the next row going to the left. That was easy with the Spinstyle Pro because it automatically curls in both directions.

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Video Tutorial Here
 

To allow the curl to set properly, after curling each individual section, I rolled the curl in on itself by following the curl shape while my hair was still warm.  I pinned each warm, rolled curl to my head then covered my hair with a hefty amount of hair spray and let them set for about 15 minutes, After I removed the pins, I gently brushed through my hair to begin styling it. I also teased the roots and some of the waves for volume.Adding funky pins to each wave dip can be a really cute way to make this look feel more fashionable.

Essential Tool: Soft Touch, Lasting Hold Hair Spray

My hair tends to not hold styling very well. Still, I never use a strong hold hairspray because crunchy hair is gross. For my hair to have that fluffy, wavey look, a light hairspray is best. My hair won’t fall flat under the weight of the spray. Plus, you can still run your fingers through my hair -but *sings* ‘don’t touch my hair.’

 

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Amika Touchable Hair Spray

Top Knot

Yup. They’re still in and aren’t leaving any time soon. I first sectioned off the part of my hair that I wanted in the top knot. I have thin hair on top of my head. So my bun isn’t a little bun-lette or oddly wide, I section off hair starting  from my hairline to a little past my crown. Then I curled my hair with the same alternating pattern as I did with the frizzy waves. To keep most of the bounce towards the ends of my hair, I curled the ends slightly tighter than I did the rest of the hair shaft. To do this, just wrap your hair more tightly around the curling iron on the ends, about 4 times. Then more loosely as you get towards the middle of your hair shaft. It adds body without giving a tight curl. This added wide dimension towards the ends. Exactly what I wanted! This made the whole look more interesting rather than just the knot atop of my head.

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Video Tutorial Here

For the top knot itself, once I tied off the ponytail. I sectioned the hair in two, vertically. The right section of my hair was curled to the right. And the left side went left. Rather than just gathering up all the hair into a cute messy bun or a classic sock bun, I wanted the bun to look more styled. I warped the right curl going to the right side beginning behind the base of the ponytail unraveling the curl with each loop around my head without incorporating the left curl at all. After the right curl was pinned in place, I grabbed the left curl and wrapped it going to the left beginning behind the base of the ponytail while unraveling the curl. This created a neat, swirling bun with dimension and volume. 

Essential Tool: Decor

The last touch was my chic diy hair pin. I placed it in a way that it felt like it was peeking out from one of the swirls in the bun. The reflective gold pin was exactly what this look needed. 

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ASOS Pack of 4 Mixed Floral Hair Clips

Deep Side Part + Curls

Edgy. Girly, Attention getting. Check, check, check; sign me up! The most time consuming look but totally worth it. The key to this look is how you section your hair. I began by giving myself a deep side part. So that the hair behind my part could give volume to my crown, I sectioned off the hair framing my face to curl later and pinned the two section of my part. I began curling my hair behind the part working from the back of my head up to the crown. I sprayed each section of my hair with a soft touch hairspray before I curled it. I sectioned my in small parts and tightly wrapped my hair around the barrel of the curling iron as many times as I could. This would make my curls very tight and thin.

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Video Tutorial Here

The smaller section of my part was going to be slicked back above my ear and have cute pins so the curls did not need to be as tight as the rest of them. I curled that hair in the same way that I curled my hair in the top knot: tight on the ends and looser as you went up the shaft. For the hair on the other side of my part, I began by sectioning the hair into much smaller, vertical sections working from my ear to the parting line. This gave me more control of how the curls would frame my face. As the sections got closer to the parting line, the more lax I was with the hair closest to the roots. If the roots of the curls in the center my face on my hairline were as tight as the rest of them, I would have had hair falling in my face all. damn. day. Annoying! 

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Goody Folding Brush & Comb

Essential Tool: Teasing and Sectioning Comb

This hair goes from child star, Shirley Temple, curls to, Broad City star, Ilana Wexler, doesn’t go to prom because of the aggressive amounts of teasing. A dual ended brush + comb is your bow and arrow in the Quarter Quell. You don’t want to waste time looking for this or that brush. 

Once all of my hair was curled, I had a snack because I needed to recharge after all of the curling. I'm so glad the Spinstyle Pro does most of the curling for you otherwise this blog post would be ‘1 Easy Spring Hairstyle.’ Then I ran my fingers through all of the tightly wound curls to break them up. I also individually separated some of the curls to make sure there weren’t any super clumpy ones. I wanted VO-L-UME in my hair so I then teased my crown and fluffed all of the curls to max capacity without destroy in the shape. Finally I add some more diy pins to my hair and felt oh-so-divine!

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Spinstyle Pro Review

My hair is so frizzy that it could take me 10 minutes to locate a bobby pin I might've used in an attempt to tame the mane. Because of the frizz factor, just the idea of testing a rotating curling iron in my hair gave me heart palpitations. What if it snapped my hair? What if it got stuck? Would I then be forced to get a pixie cut? I don't have the head for hair that short!

Related: Smooth n' Shine Hair Polisher Review

The Real Question is: Am I Bald Now?

The obvious pro to the Spinstyle Pro is the rotating barrel. Just slide your hair through the prongs that guide your hair on to curly, swirly, precious-ness. The fact that it spins in both directions amazes me. The temperature settings are easy to see and the on-off-switch isn’t hidden or placed where you might accidentally turn it off mid-curl.

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One con that I immediately noted was that the barrel is kind of short. I felt like I didn’t have enough play space on the barrel to get what I needed.

I don’t believe that the Spinstyle Pro is beginner friendly. I could see, for example, a parent buying this for their child thinking that this could help teach their young one to learn to curl their hair. The kid is going to have curls but the hardest part in learning to do your hair is learning to style your hair. Because of the shape of the barrel and the prongs that guide the hair onto it, what you get with each curl is just a barrel curl. However loose or tight it’s a barrel curl. You can do a million different things with barrel curls but if you’re new to doing your hair, that can be hard to figure out. Barrel curls are also kind of dated so if you don’t know how to manipulated the curls to get what you want, your look might also turn out kind of dated. This may not necessarily be a downside but it will take more practice then I think people will initially realize.

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That being said, I still think that the Spinstyle Pro is a nifty hair gadget. If you know your hair and you know how to style it, this rotating curling iron make doing your hair go faster and easier.

Answer: I still have all of my hair. Plus, I'm extra-extra cute.

B. Scopes May 2018

Taurus (April 20 - May 21)

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FULL  TAURUS B. SCOPES


Gemini

   Jo Malone London   Plum Blossom Cologne

Jo Malone London
Plum Blossom Cologne

   Violet Voss   Like A Boss - PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Violet Voss
Like A Boss - PRO Eyeshadow Palette

   Ralph Lauren   Romance Deodorant

Ralph Lauren
Romance Deodorant


Cancer

   Stila   Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila
Glitter & Glow Highlighter

   Boscia   Tsubaki™ Jelly Ball Cleanser

Boscia
Tsubaki™ Jelly Ball Cleanser

   Amika   Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Conditioner

Amika
Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Conditioner


Leo

   Milk Makeup   Gold Foil Face Gloss

Milk Makeup
Gold Foil Face Gloss

   Wander Beauty   Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

Wander Beauty
Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

   Artist Couture   Artist Couture x Jackie Aina Diamond Glow Powder Highlighter

Artist Couture
Artist Couture x Jackie Aina Diamond Glow Powder Highlighter


Virgo

   Too Faced   Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced
Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

   Ilia   Essential Shadow Palette Luna

Ilia
Essential Shadow Palette Luna

   Farsali   Jelly Beam Illuminator

Farsali
Jelly Beam Illuminator


Libra

   Tom Ford   Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford
Eye Color Quad

   Khiel's   Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Khiel's
Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment


Scorpio

   Dr. Roebuck's   Icebergs Hydrating Mask

Dr. Roebuck's
Icebergs Hydrating Mask

   Dior   Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum

Dior
Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum

   Tarte   H2O Lip Gloss - Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection

Tarte
H2O Lip Gloss - Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection


Sagittarius

   First Aid Beauty   Hello FAB 3 in 1 Superfruit Color Correcting Cushion

First Aid Beauty
Hello FAB 3 in 1 Superfruit Color Correcting Cushion

   Tarte   Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

Tarte
Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

   Deborah Lippmann   Iconic Treatment-enriched Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann
Iconic Treatment-enriched Nail Polish


Capricorn

   Bobbi Brown   Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm

Bobbi Brown
Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm

   Tom Ford   Angled Brow Brush

Tom Ford
Angled Brow Brush

   Kat Von D   Brow Struck Dimension Powder

Kat Von D
Brow Struck Dimension Powder


Aquarius

   Lipstick Queen   Blue By You Metallic Lipstick

Lipstick Queen
Blue By You Metallic Lipstick

   Storybook Cosmetics    Mean Girls Burn Book Storybook Palette

Storybook Cosmetics
Mean Girls Burn Book Storybook Palette

   Urban Decay   Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara

Urban Decay
Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara


Pisces

   MAC    Girls Risk Taker

MAC
Girls Risk Taker

   Scinic   Dual Rubber Soothing Wrapping Mask

Scinic
Dual Rubber Soothing Wrapping Mask

   Algenist   ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum

Algenist
ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum


Aries

   Tom Ford   Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford
Sheer Cheek Duo

   Amika   Vandal Volume Powder Spray

Amika
Vandal Volume Powder Spray

   NYX   The Reds Pro Lip Cream Palette

NYX
The Reds Pro Lip Cream Palette

All photos are credited or sourced

Beauty Horoscope: Taurus 2018

Taurus (April 20 - May 21)

Taurus, you commit yourself to no rules. In fact, you intentionally break them. It is a rebellion that is far from juvenile. With beauty, you have the true understanding that there are no laws that can bind the hands of a beauty enthusiast. You are always visionary.  But you only have the resolve to achieve when you're in the mood to do so. Runway graffiti makeup looks can capture the capricious nature of a Taurean. Cohesive patterns paired with aimless strips and blobs of color suggests a chaotic mind. They confuse chaos with confidence and authentic self awareness.

Top Beauty Picks For 

The Look: De La Graffiti

Skincare

   Uma   Pure Calm Wellness Oil

Uma
Pure Calm Wellness Oil

   Mamonde   Calendula Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask

Mamonde
Calendula Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask

   Ginger Blossom Boutiq (ETSY)   Juicy Rhubarb Lotion Tube

Ginger Blossom Boutiq (ETSY)
Juicy Rhubarb Lotion Tube

   Korres   Pomegranate AHA & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask

Korres
Pomegranate AHA & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask

   Frank Body   Original Coffee Scrub

Frank Body
Original Coffee Scrub

   V76   Beard Oil

V76
Beard Oil

Fragrance

   Prada   Candy Sugar Pop

Prada
Candy Sugar Pop

Beauty

   Hue Noir   True Hues Flawless Matte Foundation

Hue Noir
True Hues Flawless Matte Foundation

   Fenty Beauty   Body Lava Body Luminizer

Fenty Beauty
Body Lava Body Luminizer

   Too Cool For School   Jelly Blusher

Too Cool For School
Jelly Blusher

   Becca   Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter - Dreamsicle

Becca
Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter - Dreamsicle

   Kat Von D   24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

Kat Von D
24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

   Smashbox    Vlada Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer

Smashbox
Vlada Photo Finish Petal Metal Primer

Nails: Mosaics

Art For 

 España by   Eric Boufarhat

España by Eric Boufarhat

 sign ladies by _  MantraPop

sign ladies by _MantraPop

 Taurus by    Stoboelle

Taurus by Stoboelle

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

Last Year's Taurus B. Scope

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Previous Zodiac: Aries

I Tried Oil Pulling For The First Time

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Gross mouthfeel. Sparkling Results?

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Oil pulling is an old healthcare remedy from India where you take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out. It is believed to be useful for things line whitening teeth to helping fix all of your health woes. The practice became trendy a few years ago when some celebs began to swear this 'new' thing had changed their life. There are articles pro and against oil pulling. Some argue it is a waste of time that does no harm or good, while others say it improves overall mouth health thus improving overall health. What I'm here to tell you is my results were!

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Maple Holistics specializes in providing products for those who want to know what exactly what ingredients they are using. Their fractionated coconut oil seemed perfect for trying out oil pulling. Fractionated means that the coconut oil will remain an oil. 

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I brushed my teeth before oil pulling. Ok, let's be real, the thought swishing around oil in my mouth for 20 minutes sounded like it would the most horrible way to start any day. From everything I had found, you should oil pull on an empty stomach. My guess is just in case the mouthfeel really gets to you. Truthfully, it might. There isn't a taste to the oil but it's the texture that'll get ya, Thick and heavy. UGH!!!

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Moving the oil around on my gums was easy to get used to after a few minutes. I always have a dry tongue. I thought that if I swirled *blech* the oil on my tongue *blech* it would help. But the second I felt the oil on my tongue, I was ready to cut the 20 minutes short and move on. 

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The worst part about oil pulling is that as you swish the oil around your mouth, the thicker the oil gets. As the minutes crawl by, you feel a thick and foamy slug forming in your mouth. All you can focus on is not letting the oil get too close to the back of your mouth so you accidentally swallow anything. Ugh, the thought of that makes my whole body clench in disgust. 

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Oh the moment of release. So soothing it was to know that it is finally over. The once clear oil is now a vulgar shade of milky white. I followed up with brushing my teeth. I noticed that my mouth didn't feel as dry as usual that day. I was pleased with that. 

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Would I try oil pulling again? 

Yes, and I have! It took me about a week to give it another try remembering the nauseating slug that formed in my mouth, but I did do it but this time in the shower. If you occupy your mind, you won't focus so much on the feeling in your mouth. I don't know if I would make this a permanent addition to my oral care. When I have oil pulled, maybe it is just in my head, but I feel like the spit in my mouth is super thick and I end up spitting all day. 

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And, of course, there are more satisfying ways to use coconut oil. 

The lipstick I am wearing is from Beauty Bakerie. If you've worn one, you know how hard they are to remove without attacking your lips. This oil broke it down quickly and easily. 

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How do you use natural ingredients in your beauty routine?