Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hello there, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving or a great day off this year! I know it’s Friday and I’m posting off schedule (gasp) but I don’t usually post on holidays where I’m spending time with family. I thought this post would be a great follow up to my last post about shopping mindfully. If you haven’t read about that yet, go ahead and check it out!

Recently, I purchased my first luxury makeup item. In the past, I have used Tom Ford makeup, but I didn’t purchase that myself. Now, this really wasn’t a huge purchase or anything because it’s definitely just a concealer, but it’s a huge step up from what I normally use.

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During Sephora’s yearly VIB sale, I decided it would be a good time to buy the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer. I mean I had to put that 20% off sale to good use right? Concealer is the only makeup item that I haven’t found a holy grail in, so I figured I’d try the Dior out.

fullsizeoutput_41eI’ve always had trouble picking out a concealer in the past because I usually buy the wrong color or I experience some irritation. I know there are a million different concealers out there that I could have chosen from, but honestly, I really wanted to buy a designer/luxury brand this time.

IMG_8950Needless to say, I LOVE this concealer, as I do most of the items that I tend to purchase and blog about on here. The best thing about this concealer, in my opinion, is that the applicator is a wand! This is a huge win for me because I am not a fan of squeeze applicators at all.

Also, the consistency is creamy and you don’t really need a lot at all. I can wear it all day without any creasing and of course, the tube it comes in is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t exactly go into too much detail about a concealer, but I do really like it so far. I’m not sure if it’ll be my holy grail, but we’ll just have to see and experiment with others to find out. IMG_8956

I hope this was a good read for you guys. I am a little foggy due to being in a serious food coma right now, so I hope this post made any kind of sense. Thanks for reading as always,

ChelsiKay

IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream

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Hello hello there! It feels like its been weeks since the last time I posted, but I know its only been about two days if that. Today I’m doing a quick review on a skincare/beauty/makeup product. You guys know how I love to keep it as simple as possible…even when I can go on a rant. Anyway, let’s get started.

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So I’ve been looking for a really good tinted moisturizer/BB cream/CC cream for a WHILE now. Pretty much, I’ve been looking for a foundation with a decent SPF in it. I’ve used Lancome Teint Idole before and I loved it. However, it oxidizes into an orange like color on my skin and I’m not a huge fan of that, to be honest. So I ran across IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream. I went for the illuminating formula because why not? Since I’m reviewing it you already know I like it! Here’s why:

  • Contains SPF 50
  • Has UVA & UVB protection
  • Is Full Coverage
  • Color Corrects (seriously!)
  • Is hydrating
  • Does not oxidize into a crazy color
  • It Glows!

Okay, so when I say it glows…it actually contains glitter or a glitter like substance. I love this because I tend to like satin finishes on my skin versus dewy or completely matte. Also, I’m heavy handed with the highlighter so during the day I don’t have to wear a highlighter now.

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Most foundations or tinted moisturizers with SPF have the tendency to oxidize in a really noticeable way. And if I mix my sunscreen with a foundation, there’s always a strange gray tint and my face gets oily halfway through the day. With this CC Cream, I don’t experience any of those things. I was also pretty shocked when I came home after a full day with this still on my face!

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I hope this CC cream continues to be great because I love it so much right now. It is basically the equivalent of my Becca Ever Matte Foundation but for the daytime. I’m in love. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Post Travel Skin Care Routine

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

My skin has been the worst since I’ve gotten back from my trip. In fact, it was pretty bad during my trip. I mean I did travel to three different provinces within Spain, so that’s three very different climates. It was as if I was a hormonal teenager all over again. My skin went from oily to dry back to oily in just a week.

The funny thing is that I brought sheet masks with me, but every time I had a little bit of downtime from being all touristy…I was entirely too lazy to put on a mask. Even when I returned, I was still way too lazy (and tired) to put on a measly little sheet mask. So yesterday, (I got back last Thursday) I finally decided to do my full skincare routine – mask included.

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By that point, I had to bring out the big guns because my skin was looking really rough. I pulled out my May Lindstrom the Problem Solver, mixed that bad boy up with some water, and lathered the mixture onto my face. I let that sit for about 10 minutes and I could really feel the tingling. I washed that off and my skin really did thank me by being extra smooth and somehow less heavy. The May Lindstrom comes in this giant jar that retails at exactly $100. It comes with enough powder to last years. Honestly, they could make the jar much smaller and retail it at $50 and an even smaller one at $25. Why is this jar so big?

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I also started using Sunday Riley’s facial oils and my face LOVES them so much. My mom let me siphon some of hers so that I didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg on my own. My favorite one so far is the Juno because it really does give your skin a nice glow when it’s dull looking. I like to use the Juno along with the Luna to create a power couple for my skin. The Luna makes my pores appear smaller and the Juno makes my skin glow…what a match right? Of course, after my masks treatment, I put the Juno as the bottom layer, a cream moisturizer, and then finally the Luna as the top layer. The Luna oil contains retinol which can be harsh, so I like a nice thin buffer before adding it on.

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I woke up this morning with a nice clean canvas. I like to save this routine (mainly the May Lindstrom) for when I am in serious need of a deep pore cleansing treatment. I wasn’t too aware that traveling could really do a number on your skin. Seriously…do the mask when you first arrive at your hotel or else your skin will rebel!

Thanks for reading, catch you all on Friday.

ChelsiKay

Fall Cleaning: The Vanity

Beauty, Decorating, diy, jewelry, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t know if you all knew this, but I’m sort of a messy person. I’m not at all a dirty person, but I’m pretty dang disorganized. Somehow, some way I always end up with clutter in places where there should not be…like my vanity. All those cosmetic organizers and it still manages to get cluttered. When this happens, I know it’s time to start over and rethink how I organize.

When it comes to my vanity, I have to start ALL the way over and even change out the drawer liner. I’m even thinking about creating my own storage container for it because it’s just so cluttered all the time. I’m not sure if the JerryBox is working out too well. The brushes always come flying out every time that I turn it to find what I’m looking for.

Anyway, so far I’ve cleared some space by purchasing a corner shelf on Amazon. The main reason I got this was that my perfume and nail polishes were being directly exposed to the sun and I think this affects the formulations…especially the nail polishes.

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The shelf is pretty sturdy and it already fits my room décor. However, it is kind of cheap and not the greatest quality but it works and I really like it. Also, my perfumes and nail polishes now have a nice home away from the direct sunlight.

I typed a lot of this earlier in the day and then made my way to AC Moore to see what I could find to change up my vanity situation. I picked up some construction paper as my drawer liner and tried to look for some sort of container that had drawers.I got home and purged everything I didn’t need and cleaned off everything I did need with baby wipes. Surprisingly, I didn’t dread doing any of this; in fact, I found it pretty cathartic.

I went with the dark orange construction paper because it screams fall and looks great under my acrylic containers. I also found a jewelry box that wasn’t being used and am now using that to store my favorite rollerballs, liquid lipsticks, and lipglosses. The jewelry box is a nice touch because it’s mirrored, I wish I would have thought of this sooner.

I didn’t realize this post was going to end up being all about my vanity so I’m going to have to divide these fall cleaning posts into parts now. So that is all for today you all! Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

 

Smashbox Liquid Lipsticks

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Happy Monday you guys! It’s been kind of a weird day for me…maybe it’s the Monday blues or something. However, I did want to come on here and talk about this amazing lip product I happened upon.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see these swatches of liquid lipsticks from Smashbox. All of the colors were vibrant and they also had a super wide range.

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So, a couple of days later I went to Sephora and swatched some of the colors and was really shocked out how seriously pigmented and non-streaky these liquid lipsticks were. Of course, I only purchased one at first and tried it for the next few days and then went back and bought another color. I’m probably going to back to Sephora and buy another one if it fits in my budget this coming month.

 

IMG_6798The colors I purchased were True Grit, which is this gorgeous deep brown color, and Miss Conduct, that is a beautiful blue-based red. The liquid lipsticks are called Always On Liquid Lipsticks and they really are always on. I have eaten food and drank with these on and I still manage to have color on lips. Of course, if I wipe enough the color does come off, but that’s to be expected.

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Needless to say, I really love these liquid lipsticks and I’m taking them into fall and winter with me. I would like to get a nude color that I can line with Nightmoth or Currant (MAC lipliners.) I really recommend these babies if you’re looking for a nice liquid lipstick for the season! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Shopping at Sephora on a Budget

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Am I the only one who loves Sephora? I think not, in fact…who doesn’t love Sephora?! I think the only thing we might actually hate about Sephora is how much money you can spend when you’re in there. I think we’ve all had that moment where we go shopping for one thing and come out with more stuff than we anticipated.

However, there are ways to come out of Sephora without spending at least $100. Believe it or not, I’ve come out of the beloved store without spending over $25. Trust me, it doesn’t happen often, but it is very possible. I have come up with some tips (some no brainers, some not) that could help so you’re not spending your entire paycheck in one place. I use these tips everywhere I shop, but mainly I use them for Sephora because sometimes self-control goes out the window when makeup and skincare are involved.

  1. Save up

Well duh right? This is at the top of the list simply because it’s a huge no brainer. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell anybody here how to save their money (if they can) so that they can buy what they want guilt free. However, I like to save $5-$10 every week along with putting a quarter of my paycheck into savings.

  1. Go in for samples or travel kits

I never buy a full sized product unless I’ve sampled it or tried a smaller version first. It makes absolutely no sense to buy something full sized only to not like it and return it or toss it out. I personally hate returning things, but if it comes down to it then I will. If you’re especially on a budget, definitely sample it and have no shame going back in a week later to get another sample. The struggle is really real sometimes.

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  1. Shop with a game plan in mind

We all like to waltz into stores to “just look around,” but that doesn’t really work out too well in Sephora. So, before you go into Sephora do your research on the things that you want and go in for that specific product or products. Try your hardest not to look at anything else including the checkout trap and just walk out once you’ve purchased what you wanted. Do this at other stores as well…some of us can get really caught up in that clearance section.

  1. Shop the Sephora line

The Sephora line has really stepped up their game this year. Their masks, highlighter palettes, and liquid lipsticks are pretty amazing. I want to say that everything in the Sephora line (individually) is all under $40. You can pretty much buy your essentials with this line and come out without spending an arm and a leg.

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  1. Shop sparingly

Believe it or not, you actually don’t need every highlighter palette that comes out. Now, if that’s your thing then carry on and do not mind me. This tip goes hand in hand with shopping with a game plan (tip #3.) Find that eyeshadow palette that you’re going to use every color and buy just that one. Really look for your holy grail concealers and foundations and keep repurchasing them. Also, maybe consider buying lipsticks and brushes from somewhere else. I personally love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème’s, MAC Lipsticks, and Real Technique Brushes. I mainly purchase my foundation/concealer and skincare at Sephora and that’s about it. You’ll find that you really only go into Sephora when you need to and not just randomly. You’ll even find that some things really don’t catch your eye like they used to.

Hopefully, these were some good tips because I certainly use these all the time when shopping anywhere. I’ve saved a lot more money over the last year or two following these tips. If you have any questions then just shoot me a comment. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

Creating a Skincare Routine: The Basics

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Happy Friday everyone so today I’m going to be talking about skin care again. This time I’m talking about how one can come up with their own skincare routine. I get asked by my friends all the time how I know which products to choose and what works best for my skin and even why something works for my skin.

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Most of finding out, which products work best, is to simply experiment. I’ve pretty much had acne since I was 13 and have experimented with many face washes and moisturizers since. None of my advice is new whatsoever, but it doesn’t hurt to get back to the basics every once in awhile.

So, first and foremost, you have to figure out what type of skin you have. Are you oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or combination (oily + dry?) Keep in mind that you can have oily skin that’s also sensitive and dry skin that’s sensitive. Personally, I have combination skin that is sensitive and honestly, it sucks! Once you figure this part out you can pretty much shop for products that cater to your skin type.

After figuring out your skin type, shopping for products is probably going to be overwhelming yet addictive. So, try shopping for kits and asking salespeople for samples. I like going the sample route simply because skincare can be pretty expensive and you don’t want to waste your money on something that didn’t work or you didn’t like. Always save your receipts if you can’t get a sample!

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Now for the fun part, narrow your products down to a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. We’ll talk about serums, acids, and oils in a later post. All of those kits and samples you tried…well its time to buy the full size of the ones that worked best for you. So basically you’re going to be looking for your holy grail skincare products that you know you can always fall back on. Of course, these products will probably change because of the seasons, aging or even formula changes.

My routine includes a stick charcoal cleanser, a balancing toner and niacinamide serum and then a probiotic moisturizer. Most days I tend to go without the serum unless I’m breaking out. These products work great for my temperamental skin and are basically my skin care saviors.

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I do have some extra tips that have helped me so much since I’ve gotten really serious about ridding of my acne:

  • You may not need a cleanser in the morning if your skin isn’t crazy oily or dirty.
  • Always try to remove ALL of your makeup and then cleanse and do not forget to tone
  • Be as gentle as possible with your skin – sensitive or not
  • Be consistent. Try not to change up your products too often or else you won’t know what’s truly working. Also, always wash your face at night and get that makeup off before bed.

That’s my post for today. I hope this was helpful for some of you all out there. I’ll be posting a part two (and maybe three) that includes acids, serums, oils, and masks. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit

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Hey, you all! I’m so happy to posting regularly again. I feel like I’m on a whole new vibe since my birthday passed. Today I’m going to briefly be talking about the Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit. And I say briefly because I do feel like my posts can be a little long winded at times and I’d like to practice brevity every now and then.

So let me just start off by saying how gorgeous this palette is! It’s filled with all these astronomical colors that I’m kind of head over heels for. I especially love the purples…which one of them is actually more blue than purple.

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I know these colors look like they are filled with just a bunch of glitter, but surprisingly enough, they are not! In fact, they are shimmery….if that makes sense. It’s more like…when the color catches the light they give off this reflective glow versus just random glitters. I have no idea if that made any sense at all…but let’s go with it.

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The colors are extremely pigmented especially for highlighters in my opinion. Anastasia has always been great at their glow kits, but these are just fun and create a different look in my opinion. I cannot wait to use these in my night time (maybe daytime) looks!!

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So far I do like the palette, but I am trying to figure out how to put the colors on without the color going completely away when I am blending. I may just need a different brush to apply. This is a really great birthday present from my friend and I’m so grateful that I have it now! I really can’t wait to see what kind of “lit” looks I come up with! I’ll be sure to post about them once I figure out how to apply the colors better.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading!

Leave a comment if you have any questions about the GlowKit!

ChelsiKay

A Post About A Super Eventful Weekend

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So, this past weekend was a very eventful one. First, I went out for my birthday, then the next afternoon I participated and celebrated my good friend’s engagement.

Friday, I went to the nail salon with my friend so that she could paint her nails accordingly for the celebration and shortly after we went shopping for dresses to change into after our dances. A few hours later, we went to practice one last time before the big day.

After our last practice, we went out to D.C. and danced the night away…without getting too crazy of course. Obviously, I had to show my little birthday outfit, which turned out to very appropriate because it was SO hot out.

The next day, my friends and I got into the traditional Indian/Bengali outfits called a salwar kameez. It was an extremely long day, but it was all so worth it and so much fun! I can’t wait for the wedding!

We took professional pictures and video, which I’m so excited to see when it’s all put together! The bride to be’s outfit and makeup was so stunning that I had to snap a couple of pictures!

Once the girls and I did our choreographed dances, we changed into our dresses that were almost impossible to find at the mall. We ate dinner and then the dance floor was open to everyone…so you know what that meant.

IMG_6452.JPGFriday and Saturday were incredibly fun, but also incredibly draining. I pretty much slept all throughout Sunday and “reclaimed my time.” Once I finally got out of the bed around 3 PM, I went through all my birthday gifts. I’m so grateful for each and every one of them and can’t wait to talk about them separately in some later posts.

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That was my super eventful weekend and while it was so much fun…I am so glad to be back on a normal routine again so that I can blog and film more consistently. Like every year, it feels nice to be another year older and I hope for many more years! Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

 

Pamper Yo’ Self!

Beauty, diy, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

I’ve finally figured out what I want to talk about more on this here blog. I briefly mentioned it in another post not too long ago, but I figured I would just bring it up again.

Self-pampering is so important and yet we always seem to let it fall by the wayside.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a mask and part of that is because I need to repurchase my Mermaid Sea Mask from Leahlani and I haven’t gotten around to it. Also, the month of July was just a super busy one, especially the last two weeks. I also haven’t gotten my feet done in about a month and I can only change the color of the polish so many times before it just starts to look janky.

Now, self-pampering can be pretty expensive once all of it adds up like facials, massages, manicure, pedicure etc. However, don’t forget that you can “treat yo self” at home too and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all!

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I made a trip to Sephora yesterday and picked up the fun sheet masks that I love so much. I went ahead and got the pearl mask, but also noticed that the Sephora brand also has new clay masks! At first, I was a little confused about the price, but you can get about four uses out of the little bottle it comes in. The Sephora clay masks retail at $8 and the sheet masks retail at $5. How often does one ever come out of Sephora only having spent under $15? It is possible to not spend an arm and a leg at Sephora, but that’s for a separate blog post.

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The other day, I finally ordered my Herbivore Botanicals Balancing Toning Mist from Urban Outfitters and it got here so quick. I don’t like being without this stuff because to me, it really is just that good. This doesn’t have much to do with self-pampering, but since I use it as a pick me up quite often, I figured I’d mention it.

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My feet were just rough so today I took it upon myself to do them myself. Summer is really REALLY hard on feet because you most likely are wearing sandals or flip flops every day or pretty often. I was going to wait to get them done for my birthday, but that’s still three weeks away and I can’t leave the house with messed up feet anymore…I refuse.

I got out my big tub and filled it with hot water and dumped some rolled oats in. I waited for the oats to get mushy and stuck my feet in for about ten minutes. Don’t be like me and just put the oats directly in the water…use a giant tea bag or a sachet bag so the clean up won’t be messy. You can of course use just hot water or even lavender and/or rose petals if you’d like.

Get a pumice stone! You should be able to find most manicure and pedicure kits at your local beauty supply or even on Amazon for a decent price, but definitely, make sure they include a pumice stone.

As I’m typing this up, my feet are nice and moisturized with lotion along with socks on. You can even skip the foot soak and jump straight to the lotion and sock step after a shower. My mom taught me this trick years ago for a quick, cheap and easy pedicure without actually getting/doing a pedicure.

So, this is my self-pampering post! These are just some things that I do at home to make myself feel nice and treated without spending that much money. I hope this was a good post to read and get some ideas from. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay