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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Skincare Review – Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel

Overall: Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel is a Glycolic Acid treatment that is ever so gentle but so effective. This gel has clean ingredients, no alcohol or fragrance and it contains soothing ingredients such as aloe vera juice and chamomile! I really love the effect this has on my skin the morning after. It creates a smooth surface and gets rid of any rough texture or dry patches. It’s exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. The…

This gel has clean ingredients, no alcohol or fragrance and it contains soothing ingredients such as aloe vera juice and chamomile! I really love the effect this has on my skin the morning after.

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Skincare Review – Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

Overall: Within the past year C-Firma by Drunk Elephant quickly became a cult favorite for many skincare addicts. This vitamin c serum claims a highly stabilized form of L-Ascorbic Acid accompanied by lovely “clean” ingredients such as Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E, Chronocyclin, Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Pomegranate Enzyme, and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer. C-Firma has become a sought-out vitamin c product around the world, but is it worth the hype? I didn’t think so at first. I thought it wasn’t doing much for…

I thought it wasn’t doing much for my skin, until I stopped using it for about a month while I went on vacation and skipped on bringing it with me. I saw how much more dull, lackluster, flat, and inflamed my skin could get without the use of a vitamin c serum.

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Skincare Review – Youth to the People Age Prevention Moisture Cream

Overall: The Age Prevention Moisture Cream is a moisturizer that I think I cannot live without. It has the perfect consistency for my very oily skin and it leaves my skin so soft and supple looking. It’s extremely lightweight but definitely packed with beautiful ingredients such as Vitamins A, B5, C and E, as well as spinach, kale, green tea, aloe vera and of course hyaluronic acid. Powerful antioxidants and definitely hydrating, this light cream can easily…

The Age Prevention Moisture Cream is a moisturizer that I think I cannot live without.

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Skincare Review – Farmacy Honey Potion

Overall: The Honey Potion mask by Farmacy is a unique mask based on the look and feel of honey. The star ingredient is the staple in every farmacy product, the echinacea green envy honey! Others that get an A+ are honey, propolis, royal jelly, and essential B vitamins! This comes with a spatula that stays connected to the magnetic screw top when not in use. It leaves the skin supple and very smooth. The more I’ve used…

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Skincare Review – Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Overall: The T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is a powerful chemical exfoliant aka at home peel aka magic in a bottle! This has consistently smoothed the appearance of my texture as well as made my skin surface feel so soft. The main ingredients are AHAs, alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, tartaric, lactic, and citric acid. As well as beta hydroxy acid otherwise known as salicylic acid. This also contains some other star ingredients to soothe and calm your…

This has consistently smoothed the appearance of my texture as well as made my skin surface feel so soft.

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Skincare Review – Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser

Overall: Beste Jelly Cleanser is my best friend for sure! I am so in love with the formulation of this product. It is so gentle yet so effective at cleansing the skin and leaving it with a suppleness and dewiness. I can’t say enought good things about this formula. The pH is low, between 5-6. The ingredients are stellar, to name my favorites: marula oil, cantaloupe fruit extract, and aloe. It’s a very clean, short list! The…

Beste Jelly Cleanser is my best friend for sure!

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Skincare Review – Glossier Priming Moisturizer

Overall: This moisturizer at first glance seems very lightweight, with a gel like consistency and with a bit of a slip when you apply. Looking closer at the ingredients there is shea butter, beeswax, honey extracts and quite a few flower extracts. There is a peculiar scent that I can’t pin point it, but it is not enjoyable. However this is fragrance-free! I did not enjoy using this since it immediately created a cluster of closed comedones…

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Skincare Review – Bioderma Sensibio H20

Overall: This micellar cleanser is my go to. I am never without it. What I use everyday is the 500ml bottle with the pump. I also have the travel-size version (pictured) for traveling (obviously). I don’t think I could live without this (?!). How: In the AM this is my first cleanse and only cleanse. I use a few pumps on my Shiseido cotton pads and wipe down the debris on my face that’s accumulated overnight. In the PM…

This micellar cleanser is my go to. I am never without it. What I use everyday is the 500ml bottle with the pump. I also have the travel-size version (pictured) for traveling (obviously). I don’t think I could live without this (?!).

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