BTS: How I Shoot My Makeup Series Looks

Photography can feel daunting, but it can be fun too! And we all know how crucial it is to blogger/IG life.  When I first started my blog over a year ago, I had never used a DSLR before. My photography know-how was ZERO. Nilch. Nada. Zip. Non-existent. But with practice, patience and good ole’ Google, I’ve made some strides. Utilizing online platforms like lynda.com and youtube also helped guide me, but I am still figuring it all out as I go along just like you. The key is to play around with it, have fun, and listen to your inner…
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Rituel De Fille Ash & Ember Eye Soot Review + Makeup Looks

Product: Rituel De Fille Ash & Ember Eye Soot Why you’ll love them: I’ve said it time and again – I can’t be bothered with makeup: I need easy, foolproof, lazy-girl makeup. In my world, that means fingertip application and easy blendability, please. My eyeshadow brushes have collected a lot of dust, which is why these eyeshadows from nontoxic brand, Rituel de Fille, are perfect for me! They blend smooth with fingertips and allow for buildable depth. They don’t contain any waxes, so the shadows will never melt with the warmth of your skin, crease or fold!  The colors are…
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Celebrity Makeup Artist Julie Hewett’s Perfect Red Lipsticks

After interviewing celebrity makeup artist, Julie Hewett, about her panache for red lips, classic old Hollywood glamour, and tips for how to pick the best red lipstick –  I of course had to put her gorgeous red lipsticks – Belle, Femme, Rouge and Coco – to the test. Pros: Each lipstick is made with fast absorbing camellia oil that offers nourishment, hydration and produces a creamy texture. And Julie created each shade variant to fit each skin tone. I love how easy to apply the lipsticks are which I attribute to a) their easy glide and b) the perfect pointed shape.…
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The Best Skin Care Routine After Laser Treatment

As you may have seen on my IG, I recently had my second IPL (intense pulsed light) + Microneedling + PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment done last week. A full review of the collagen stimulating, acne scar repairing treatment will be up soon, but I wanted to talk about the gentle products I have been turning to during the healing process: Dr. Jart’s gentle micellar water cleanser, Susanne Kaufmann’s anti-inflammatory hyaluronic acid serum, and two scar prevention, wound healing moisturizers – one from Avene and the other from UK brand Pommade Divine. Read below for my review of all four…
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This Scalp Tonic Got Rid Of My Dandruff (happy dance!*)

Dandruff is an on-again off-agin issue for me. I’ve written about it in the past and found temporary relief switching from Costco shampoo/conditioner (what was I thinking ?! shudders*) to better quality salon haircare – though at the expense of my skin; my hairline became irritated to the sodium laurel sulfates and synthetic preservatives in the salon products I started using resulting in small, red itchy bumps to appear. I switched again, but this time to green haircare products and I noticed serious improvements in my scalp and dandruff. I’ve been using consistently the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner (full…
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