Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Review

If you follow me on Instagram you are probably sick of hearing me talk about this product! The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation has been one of the most coveted foundations. The Japanese brand was founded in 1986 by Japanese actress Ai Saotome. Ai began working on a foundation designed to deliver radiant skin on and off screen, as she was tired of using heavy, mask-like makeup bases. She first created the Moisture Foundation in the red…

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Skincare Review – Bioderma Atoderm Line

When referring to skincare, we often forget to include our bodies. I have made a significant effort this past year to invest more time in caring for my body. I still haven’t managed to successfully moisturize all areas of the body daily, but I am doing my best! I did get the chance to test every single of the aforementioned products from Bioderma’s Atoderm line. Bioderma is a brand that I hold close to my…

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Skincare Review – Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Tried and tested, the Summer Fridays jet lag mask. This thing you’ve been seeing all around instagram and the internet in general. I caved in a couple of weeks ago and ordered it. I didn’t want to believe in the hype, and I was almost positive I was going to hate it because of these last few ingredients on the list: corn mint, peppermint, and orange peel oil. But then I tried it for the…

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Beauty Park x Beauté Défilé Beauty Box

I have worked with Beauty Park to put together a unique selection of products for you! These are some of my everyday staples and if you follow my instagram you’ve seen them again and again or heard me talk about them on stories. I absolutely love shopping at beautypark.com because of their amazing discounts on luxury skincare and beauty. They asked me to curate a box just for my audience, and of course I said yes!…

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Skincare Review – Oumere No. 9 Daily Chemical Exfoliant

If you’ve been on my Instagram feed you know I’m an avid chemical exfoliant fan! I’ve tried so many, and I love the effect they have on my skin. It’s difficult to say which acid I prefer because I’ve found that acid ‘cocktails’ is what actually works best for me. When Oumere reached out to me to introduce me to their chemical exfoliant No. 9 I was more than impressed with their approach to skincare.…

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Skincare Review – Jordan Samuel The After Show Balm Cleanser

What is it? This beautiful balm cleanser is made of olive oil, squalane and cucumber extract. Free of fragrance, alcohol, and doesn’t really have any surfactants. Amazingly gentle, very effective in breaking down makeup, but definitely needs a second cleanse. How do you use it? I use this only as a first cleanse to remove makeup and it has never irritated, congested or dried my skin. I use a small spatula to grab the product.…

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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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