Skincare Review – Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream

What is it? An intensive hand cream infused with Persian Rose, Tamanu Oil, Argan extract, and Vitamin A. I purchased this from The Stell, about a year ago and I fell in love with the scent, the finish, the packaging, the brand, everything. It smells earthy, woodsy, and like a true red rose cut from the garden! I love how it leaves no greasy feeling behind and it absorbs immediately. What are the results? Supple, soft,…

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The Wishlist Edit

Do you ever feel like you want so many things that if you don’t jot them down or add them to your cart you’re going to forget you ever wanted them in the first place? Well, that’s me! I wanted to make a wishlist of all the beauty related items I’m currently coveting in the hopes that some of you might have tried them and loved them or even better hated them and save me…

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Skincare Review – Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

I’d like to introduce to you, my new love affair: Lotion P50. You might be unfamiliar with the brand Biologique Recherche (BR). The brand is based in France and it’s a cult status skincare line that is only sold through spas that offer specific BR facials and other dermis related procedures. You can, however, purchase the products online via the spas that have online stores, like Rescue Spa, Paul Labreque, and a few others in…

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Best of: Moisturizers

Moisturizers used to be something that I absolutely hated! They would either make my skin sting or make me feel greasy and oily. The stinging was because I was using tretinoin, epiduo and prescription benzoyl peroxide. But I had to, cause the doctor told me to. Can you imagine how damaged my skin barrier must have been? No wonder I got giant hurtful red bumps that would stay on my face for months. The doctor never…

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Best of: Exfoliators

Who doesn’t want glowy, fresh, plump looking skin? A product that can reduce the appearance of pores, help with balancing out the production of oil, and get rid of any flaky dry skin? Yes, please! Let’s round these babies up! From Deciem to Paula’s Choice to Biologique Recherche, they’re all here. I’m going to list these AHAs and BHAs from least favorite to most favorite for your ease. Pixi Glow Tonic This is a good AHA…

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This Killer Ingredient Ages Skin Like No Other

A lot of you ask me why I choose alcohol-free skincare and makeup products. I wanted to write this blog post to explain why I gave away luxury skincare and makeup in order to reverse the effects of alcohol on my skin. Let’s start by defining what type of alcohol I am referring to. These alcohols are labeled as alcohol denat. (denaturated alcohol), alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol. Fragrance or perfume also means alcohol. These alcohols…

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Growing out an awkward lob

In April 2016 I decided to get my hair cut into a bob. I think it was heavily influenced by all the YouTube beauty gurus around that time as everyone and their mom had a long bob (lob, ugh!). I cut my hair in an A-line shape which means it was shorter in the back of my neck and longer in the front of my face. Although I looked cute and I really liked how…

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All the Candles You Didn’t Know You Wanted – A Holiday Gift Guide

My-oh-my do I love candles! I am the weird candle lady at the office, that’s for sure. The thing is, candles make the perfect gift for the holidays, or anytime really, so I wanted to put together a gift-guide with all my favorite candles. Gifting is optional, I would keep all these for myself. For your Mom / Byredo – Rose Water   For your boyfriend’s Mom / Diptyque – Cypress For your sister /…

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Tips on Starting a Beauty Instagram and How I Photograph My Routines

I have received hundreds of requests on tips and tricks for starting a beauty instagram account, questions on what equipment do I use, as well as what apps I use to edit everything. I’ve compiled my tips and created a walkthrough with suggestions on everything including my favorite props, lighting, and tools! This post is accompanied with a YouTube video (my first one, yay!). I hope you all find all my little secrets useful and…

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Skincare Review – Linné Botanicals Refresh Face Mist

Let me get something straight, I am a mist addict. I love face mists more than anything! They are the most enjoyable part of any routine, and I love how they leave my skin feeling soft and supple. Unless they don’t. I came across a lot of those, and it was mostly because they would contain fragrance, alcohol, or essential oils. I had given up hope until one day I was browsing The Stell like…

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Lip Treatments and Top Lipsticks

Lips have been a hot topic for a minute now. I’m glad the world is moving away from the overly matte, crusty lips, and we’re seeing more and more hydrated, supple lips that are more moisturized and glowy. I haven’t always been a fan of lip color. It makes a significant difference in my appearance though! It can definitely set the tone for a look. Assuming lip care and lip color is equally important to…

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Skincare Review – Vitabrid C12

When Barneys reached out to me to introduce this innovation, I was excited! Upon first use, I fell in love with the simplicity of the packaging, consistency and efficacy. I started using this in late August, and I can confidently say that it has checked all of the boxes for me and surpassed any expectations I had for a vitamin c product. What is it? Vitabric C12 is a Korean beauty innovator. They focus all…

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Sephora Beauty Insider Event Wishlist

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is in two weeks, and all the brands are hammering on the holiday gift guides. Sephora is having their holiday bonus sale for Beauty Insiders, VIBs and VIB rouge, click here for the codes. Well I searched through my heart’s desires, and I’ve gathered all the things I wish for from Sephora. Some I’ve tried before and just would like to repurchase, some just look so beautiful and…

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My Skin Journey

Beauté Défilé is my personal beauty runway. Before my passion for beauty and skincare, I was obsessed with fashion and runway shows. I would spend hours upon hours studying the silhouettes of all the designers, upcoming and legendary. In my early 20s, my adult acne took over my life, and I slowly began exploring the beauty and skincare world. My obsession began with beauty because my immediate reaction was to “cover-up” my acne in the…

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Skincare Review – Deciem Advanced Retinoid 2%

Overall: Deciem’s Advanced Retinoid 2% is an emulsion that is now renamed and marketed as the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion due to the fact that the brand has expanded their retinoid and retinol range of products. This watery textured liquid has a milky feel and a pale yellow hue. I’ve tried retinoids before and they’ve worked ok for me but this one has been an absolute joy to use! It’s simple, easy and the best part is…

I don’t really have wrinkles to address anymore, but I do have acne scars and active acne. Cysts, to be more accurate. The advanced retinoid has helped with the improvement and healing of my acne scarring as well as with the texture of my skin.

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