5 Steps to Get The Skin You Need! Think you’ve tried it all? Think again.

Blackheads Be Gone!

Finding the perfect skincare routine is hard, trust me I know! Especially when you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for high end beauty products. It’s literally a scavenger hunt to find the right products that work for your skin, but when you do… HALLELUJAH!

Think you’ve tried it all? Think again!

Brush away the bad skin!

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Using products such as this in replacement for your hands has become pretty popular lately. Simply because they do work! You don’t have to get an expensive Clarisonic brush, but do your research and find one that will work for you! (I bought a brush from Five and Below once, and I loved it!) Always remember to clean it after each use. You’ll love the results of having smooth, clear skin!

Don’t be afraid to get muddy!

Charcoal face masks and skin care in general has also become more serious in the beauty world! For my ladies, it’s always important to use face masks and scrubs because it’ll even prep your skin for the layers of makeup we all apply. If you hate the fact that your pores seep through your foundation, or your face looks oily/greasy by the middle of the day – keep a few masks around and you’ll see a change!

Here are a few that I use: Garner Blackhead Eliminating Scrub, Health & Beauty Indian Healing Clay, and just about ANY Facemark from Freeman’s.

Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse! 

I have used ALL of these products before and they have saved my life. Anything from the Yes To Tomatoes line is extraordinary. First, I was my face with the Oxy’s face wash for sensitive skin. Then, I go in with my Yes To Tomatoes face bar! I haven’t had any acne or skin irritation in the longest. This duo is perfect!

Stay Hydrated!

After using products on your skin, especially ones that are supposed to help clear up your acne, it’s common for your skin to feel and look dry. No worries! Use a moisturizer and face spray a while after and help your skin bounce back. I use the Pond’s cream because not only does it last forever, but a little goes a long way and it doesn’t clog my pores! The Mario Badescu spray works wonders for an amazing price, smells amazing, and really helps your skin get it’s glow!

Pack on the pore strips!

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I found out about this little gem not too long ago while I was wandering the aisles, and although I don’t have a lot of blackheads, my friends that do have seen amazing results! This is the final key to getting rid of your blackheads. Not only do they have nose strips, but they have ones to apply for your forehead and your chin area as well. I love them! I usually apply the pore strip on my nose, and use a face mask for the remainder of my skin.

BONUS: Steam Facial!

All you need is a bowl, water, and a microwave! Do this right before your normal skincare routine before bed or even on a relaxing Sunday morning. Warm up some water in the microwave. (I usually go for a few minutes – you want to make sure there’s steam coming from the container!) Grab a towel and have a seat somewhere in the house. Put the towel over your face and learn over the bowl. I usually do this for about 10-20 minutes+.

When you’re done, you’ll feel like a brand new person! Wash your face with COLD water as soon as your done. (Closes your pores back up) and proceed with your normal skincare routine.


 

Okay, that’s it! Those are the majority of my skincare secrets.

Now go out in the world and use what I taught you!

-Aa

New Years Makeup Look ALL From the Drugstore!

The last few moments of the New Year are approaching us! This is exactly what my makeup routine will consist of, and I hope you take something away from this post as you get ready to celebrate. I want you to look as flawless as possible – so let’s make that makeup last even after the ball drops at midnight!

Primer

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The base of your look tonight is the most important! Even if you don’t use the Milani Pore Perfecting Primer, try to use something that will give your skin a smooth  and matte finish so you can party the night away!

Foundation 

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The L’oreal Infallible Foundation is a MUST to help bring in the New Year! This foundation does not budge, and will literally last 24 hours.

Concealer

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Just to make sure you look stunning in every photo, swipe on my favorite concealer of all time: the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer! It’s hydrating and creamy, and it doesn’t have flashback so you will love it. You can buy this online, or even at a local Beauty Supply Store! (Did I mention it’s like $2?)

Setting Powder

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Before you go out, put your face in the oven. (Yes, I said it.) This can be picked up at Walgreens! It’s about $5 with so much product inside, and it is a great steal. Set this under your eyes, on your forehead, and your t-zone. If you notice your foundation cracks around your mouth/smile lines, place powder there as well! I’m sure after all of the laughing, chatter, and celebration, you’ll thank me later.

Banana Powder/Contour

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Wipe away your baking powder (above) with the Wet N’ Wild Contour Kit! Also at Walgreens, this product stole my heart. It’s only $5, and you get two pans for brightening the under eye, and contour!

Highlight

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Would it be Aa’s New Year Look without Colourpop? (If you said no, you are the bomb.com) Grab whatever you have that is sparkly and golden, and slap it on your face until the product hits pan. Shine brighter than The Ball in NYC!

Eyes

Morphe 350 Palette

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A little bit of shimmer will go a long way! For New Years, add a pop of sparkle to your lid. I love using my Morphe 35O for any occasion. Even if you don’t have it, all you need is glitter, and neutrals in your crease – smoke out your look if you want!

Elf Eyeliner

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I’ve lived for this product since middle school – ride or die! This Elf liner is easy to use, and is SO dark and black. Use any liquid or gel liner you have and try to wing out your eyeliner for a more dramatic effect. If you need a little help ask a girlfriend for help, or check it out on Youtube!

Luxe Eyelashes

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Even if you’ve never been a big fan of falsies, these are some of the best I’ve ever tried! They’re mink lashes, meaning that you can reuse them until they start to lose hope. I picked up mine at Ulta, but you could even find other false lashes at your local drugstore! If not, get that mascara game on point for New Year’s Night!


 

Happy New Years to all of my beauties! I hope you have a fun, and safe night.

Don’t forget yo set your face with setting spray!

Until 2017,

Aa

Let’s Talk Lippies | (Another) Colourpop Haul

As you all know, I have a slight (extreme) obsession with Colourpop! I recently purchased a few lipsticks and I was so excited to get back into my room and start having a mini fashion show. From mattes, to glosses, and even satin lips! Check it out.

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I bought 6 Ultra-Matte/Satin/Glosses, and two lippie sticks. They’re all so beautiful, and unique. The formula of all of the products are beyond amazing. I could live off of Colourpop – I’m insane I know.

Colourpop’s Ultra Satin/Matte/Glossy/Metallic Lips run for $6. Their Lippi Stix are $5.

If you haven’t seen my previous post on Colourpop Lippies, check it out! I promise one day I’ll have a colourpop haul full of products other than lippies.

Swatch Party!

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Colors Top Down: Notion (matte) – deep  raspberry shade

Time Square (matte) – pink nude , Bestie (gloss) -light soft pink  , Lychee Me (gloss) – perfect nude/shade to put on top of others , Wolfie (gloss) – rosy pink with flash of gold

Mess Around (satin) – mid tone brown/grey , Cami – bright cool toned pink, and Pillow Talk – mid tone brown


Anytime someone asks me for makeup tips and it involves lipsticks, the first thing to fly out of my mouth is Colourpop! You get so many great products for a great price.

Thanks for reading!

-Aa

5 Good Reasons Why You NEED Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Highlight

Beauty Guru Jaclyn Hill has to be one of the most well known faces on Youtube! Whenever I think of highlight, she’s the first person that comes to my mind. If you haven’t heard of her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, where have you been?!   Becca X Jaclyn Hilll is a bright, luminous group of products that work for everyone. Check out my 5 reasons why you NEED (yes… I said need) the Champagne Pop Highlight.

  1. Uhh, Hello…  How can you resist Jaclyn?!

    To me, Jaclyn is loving, bubbly, and extremely spunky. She’s always honest and she truly puts her personality into everything she does. You can see that she puts so much hard work into her youtube videos, and whatever she sets her mind to she gets in done! On her Youtube Channel she is always on trend with any product, and if you’re commenting or recommending that she try out a new product or do a tutorial on something, she will most likely do it!


  2. The Packaging

    The packaging is absolutely beautiful! It’s gold and reflective meaning that no matter what part of Sephora you’re in, you’re going to see this bad boy staring you down. The actual product itself is sturdy, and great for traveling. It also comes with a mirror inside!


  3. The Pigment/Color Payoff

    LOOK AT THIS! (Left: no flash | Right: with flash)  It’s such a beautiful champagne rose color that is.to.die.for. It doesn’t take a lot of this product to achieve the look that you want! With just a few swipes I feel like I’m channeling the Sun. Because it’s so pigmented, I always know to  1) spray my brush with water 2) dip into the product 3) GO CRAZY. A little bit goes a long way with the slightest amount, so this product should last you a long time.


  4. Works for all skin tones cpop_formulas_all                     (The last swatch on the bottom is Champagne Pop) One of the best things I loved about this product is that it will give everyone a beautiful glow. I use this product on all of my friends and I love the way it looks every time! If you’re still  little hesitant if this shade will work for your skin tone, Becca has other highlights that are just as beautiful! Just head over to your local Sephora and have a swatch party

  5. If you’re a highlight fanatic like me, this  simply is a staple pieceimg_5206                                                    I have wanted this highlight for a very long time but I was always hesitant! (I live off of the Colourpop Highlights, because they’re the first ones I’ve ever used.) But, if you’re trying to build up your collection, or want to find a reason to treat yourself or try something new, I’m sure you would love this!

    Thanks for reading, beautiful!

– Aa

Updated Foundation Routine | Everything that I use!

With fall coming, I wanted to buy a new foundation for the season. (Perfect reason to spend a bunch of money, right?) With a few new products to mix into my foundation routine, I’ve found the perfect look for the weekends/everyday night looks that will look flawless, and last all day! I always get compliments on my foundation. How it looks, the application, and everything in-between. Here’s how to get it!

Primer

 

I remember when people first started raving about this product! Nivea’s Post Shave Balm works wonders. It will keep your makeup on all day, and it’s only $5! Make sure to keep rubbing it into the skin until it gets sticky, and tacky. You’ll love it!

The Smashbox Photo Finish primer is no stranger to anyone in the beauty/cosmetic world. This primer smooths out my skin, fills in my pores, and makes the application process easy for my foundation!

Illuminator/Foundation

I think the first person I watched on Youtube to mix an illuminator with their foundation was Jaclyn Hill. (I forgot, it’s been so long since then!) Mixing your foundation with any type of dewy/a highly does wonders. Try it out! My favorite illuminator would have to be the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator. They have a full range of colors so if you have pale skin, or a deep skin tone, there’s one that will work just fine for you. The Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation lives up to it’s name! I did a review on this foundation not too long ago. (Check it out here!)  I love this foundation combo together.

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To apply my foundation, I use the Morphe M439 brush,which is my absolute FAVORITE brush for a smooth, flawless finish. I know I’ve said this before in a few of my other beauty related posts, but there’s nothing better than this brush, I’m telling you. It won’t disappoint!

Concealer

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For concealer, I can confidently say that I put on 80 loads of this stuff and it never looks cakey! The L.A. Girl Pro conceal is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s less than $3, can you believe that? It’s creamy, full coverage, and never let’s me down. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has been with me through it all: Aka the middle school days when I thought I was a real life beauty guru.

Setting Powder/Contour

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To set my concealer, and contour I use the Wet N’ Wild Contour Kit! One of my other favorite Beauty Gurus, Casey Holmes did a haul with new products and she did not stop talking about this product! It’s only $5, and let me tell you… The banana shade is SO brightening! It works better (for me) than the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

I also showed you guys the brushes I use when using this palette. I use this fluffy angled Elf contouring brush (HOLY GRAIL AHH IT IS SO GOOD!) Also, the real techniques powder brush for my under eye.

Highlight

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For highlight, my most prized possession is Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop! It’s so beautiful and I’m sure blinds just about every other person wherever I go. This highlight is a little pricey, but there’s a lot of product and nothing compares to it’s glow. I use a fan brush to apply my highlight. (Spray it with water for an intense highlight!)

Setting Spray

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Once I’m done with all of the glitz and glam, I make sure to take away any excess powder and set my face with my Smashbox primer water.


I hope you guys enjoyed reading up on my new and improved foundation routine! I’m sure it’ll change soon. I can never make up my mind! If you have a holy grail product you want to recommend, please let me know! I need more reasons to max out my credit cards. Stay beautiful!

-Aa

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Hair: Wash your way to perfect hair! | Aussie Mega Moist

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose been through bottles, and bottles of different hair products! I recently had a few empties and needed to restock on a new Shampoo and Conditioner. Now that I’m on a college budget, I was walking down the aisle at Walgreens and spotted these two beautiful purple bottles with a “SALE” tag on them! I got both  bottles for $5. I couldn’t resist, and now I’m in love!

Click this to buy me at Walgreens! 

(Can be found at other stores such as Target, Walmart, and other drugstores!) 

Claims according to Aussie

  • Accented with Australian Aloe and Jojoba seed oil gives you moisturized locks
  • Perfect for dry hair in need of hydration. It’s also great for all hair types.• Moisturize
    • Strengthen
    • Soften

I hate when my hair is dry, crunchy, or even just dull. I noticed immediately when washing and lathering my hair how soft and moisturized it felt. I did two rounds of shampoo, and then I also did two rounds of conditioner! When I use the conditioner, I like to grab a wide tooth comb and take it through my hair. After that, I will wrap a towel around my head for about 30 minutes to an hour, and then let it air dry from there! If you don’t have time to towel dry, thats fine too! You can always use a blow dryer or even just walk out of the door and start your day.

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I’ve had this product for about two weeks now, and the softness last me throughout the whole week! I can’t keep my hands out of my hair. It’s soft, bouncy, and full. Even after I straighten my hair a million times, it bounces right back. This is totally worth every penny! I’ll probably buy the bigger bottles next time. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my hair I’ve ever gotten from using other products! It truly does hydrate your hair and give it a sense of revival. Try it out, and tell me how you like it!

Stay hydrated babes, and always love your locks!

  • Aa

Prime your way to perfection: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer

Girls just wanna stay matte! With fall finally coming out, that means matte skin is in! From your foundation, to lipstick, and nails: everyone wants that smooth look. Here’s how I get a look that lasts all day with the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer!

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A little goes a long way with this primer! I got the travel size version, only because I couldn’t see myself spending $40 for a primer. This one is about $15, so it was more with it!

When I ried this primer and applied my foundation, I initially noticed the smooth and refined look I had. This primer really sets with my foundation without making it look too dry, cakey, or heavy. According to Sephora this primer claims to…

  • Target oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day.
  •  Control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores.
  • Be a great aid throughout the day to touch up areas of concern.
  • Eliminate excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. (Up to 12 hours!)

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I first tried this primer at a football game to test how matte and sweat proof my skin would appear to be under the florida sun: and it worked! I looked the same and didn’t even have to touch up once. I didn’t have to redo my makeup later that evening either when going out again with friends.  The Becca Ever-Matte Primer is sweat proof, and humidity-resistant (perfect for us girls down south!)  It is also free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance.


If you want to try this primer, but don’t want to drop any cash yet that’s okay! Remember when you visit a local Sephora store near you, they always have samples. Just ask for one and try it out.

Thanks for reading beauties! Stay matte.

-Aa