Hello….Long time no blogging…

Hello my loves! It’s been a long time since I blogged about anything and I have been pretty busy graduating and getting my bachelors degree in Communications Marketing. I also have a 1-year-old daughter and I have been looking for a job! I haven’t found a job yet but I am not giving up hope. Anyway, on to some beauty news!!! If, you remember from my last few posts about shopping my stash, that is exactly what I’ve been doing. I bought some new things here and there but nothing major. I will post a “hiatus haul” in a few days. I have tons of new things to post about. I used up a few things and discovered a new-found love in a Chanel palette I bought about 6 years ago!!! I know, I know that’s a long time but there is more where that came from but, I will be sure to keep you updated.

My Makeup Inspiration!

I LOVE RIHANNA. I love her fashion and makeup. When I look for makeup looks I tend to get my inspiration from what Rihanna is wearing. This picture is about two years old but I just found it and I love it. I’m not a wearer of eyeshadow but she makes me want to wear some just for this look. For an everyday look I would wear a navy blue eyeliner to take the place of the blue shadow.  Who is your makeup inspiration?

Get To Know Me!!

SKINCARE
-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice daily. Morning and Night.
-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
I have dry, combination skin.
-What is your current facial wash?
Ambi Complexion Cleasning Bar.
-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, 3 times a week. I love to exfoliate.
-What brand do you use?
Queen Helene Raspberry and Pomergrante Scrub.
-What moisturizer do you use?
Neutrogena Daily Moisturerizer with Helioplex SPF 45
-Do you have freckles?
No, I do not.
-Do you use eye cream?
Yes, All About Eyes by Clinique.
-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Not, really.
Only around that time of the month.
-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
 I never had to use it but, I used it and it made my skin very, very, very dry and sensitive. I will never, never, never use it again!!!!
MAKE-UP
-What foundation do you use?
MakeUp Forever Face and body
How about concealer?
MAC Studio Finish 
-Do you know your undertone color?
Yes, I have a yellow undertone.
-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them. I just don’t wear them.
-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?
I know. I will always smell my mascara before I put it on. No matter if it’s new or getting old.
-What brand of mascara do you use?
Different brands My favorite right now is YSL Radical Noir. Loreal’s Carbon Black is a dupe.
-Sephora or MAC?
 Both.
-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Yes.
-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
I like to use brushes and sponges.
-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
No, I do not. I don’t wear much eyeshadow. 
-For the face?
 Nope.
-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
 I do not have one.
-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I like both.
-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Never. Knock on wood. I poked myself in the eye with a mascara wand though.
-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I like them. I just don’t wear them.
-Do you use mineral makeup?
Yes, Bare Escentuals.
-What is your favorite lipstick?
MAC Jubilee
-How about lipgloss?
MAC C-Thru
-What is your favorite blush to use?
MAC My Highland Honey (Limited Edition)
-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Umm. NO!!!!
-Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes, I do!
-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets)
I do but, not a lot.
-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yes, I did. I wanted to go to MUD. The Make –Up Desinory.
-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Sometimes I’ll poke myself in the eye with the mascara wand. -Name a makeup crime that you hate?
I hate it when people match their eye shadow to their shirt.
-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Most of the time I like to wear neutrals. If I want to wear color it depends on my mood.
-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Rihanna. I love her make-up!
-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use? Blistex!
-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
 Yes, I do it all the time!
-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
 I sure do!
-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
 I do not have a favorite make-up line. I think the brand that caters to most or all skin tones, great coverage, blendable and affordable are the best lines.
-What do you think of Makeup??
I think Make up is fun!!  It makes me creative when I want to be!
 
This was a TAG but I figured I will post it to let my readers get to know what I like. You can copy and paste if you like as TAG for your readers!!! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me! Well makeup related anyway! 

Product Rave!! Garnier Dark Spot Corrector!!!

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I’ve always been a fan of Garnier’s hair shampoos and conditioners. I though why not give their skincare a try. I jump for joy and scream YES!!! This product really works!!! I finally found something that is not a waste of money. I’ve been going through a rough battle with dark spots (acne marks) on my cheeks. I had a purge period after using a retinol treatment. I just could not take it anymore. I was breaking out left and right, up and down. I never had bad skin to begin with I just wanted better skin. You know the saying “If ain’t broke don’t fix it. I should have took heed to that saying. Anyway, my rant about retinol will be in another post…..

Company Claims: “Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by aging, repeated environmental exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and even past acne damage. Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is powered by pure, potent Vitamin C to break up dark spots and lift them away”. www.garnierusa.com

Using the Dark Spot Corrector, I saw improvement after about a week and I use it once a day. I use the corrector every morning along with my moisturizer with SPF 15. The corrector can be used as a regular moisturizer but, I have dry, combination skin and this alone just don’t cut it. I’ve been using the Dark Spot Corrector for about a month now and the past two weeks I’ve been using it morning and night. I’ve seen a better improvement of my skin. I have a glow and the spots are getting much lighter. I will give the credit to the natural Vitamin C it has. If you are having some trouble with getting rid of your pesky acne marks give this a try!!! Have you tried this? How did it work for you? Post a comment and let me know what you think?

Cost: $14.99 ( That is how much it cost me) Prices differ at different drugstores.

It’s on sale right now @ Target for $12.74

Product Rave: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM- <<<<<<<(Click to buy)


I love this stuff. For a long time I had these tiny, tiny bumps on my forehead. You could not see them unless you were really looking but I could see them and they were on my face!! I used every scrub I could think of to get rid of these annoying things. From St. Ives scrub to the Clarisonic and none of them work for me. I purchased the retinol fusion from Sephora. This baby costs a pretty penny!!


Cost: $65


The company claims: This technologically advanced combination of encapsulated retinol, and vitamins C and E, encourages the skin’s renewal process with prime efficacy. It helps improve skin tone and texture, assists in collagen production, and reduces lines and wrinkles to create a vibrantly youthful and healthy complexion. A dose of moisture minimizes redness and irritation, and mitigates the retinol’s drying effects”.


After, I read the reviews I decided to give it a try. I had nothing to lose, if it didn’t work I could simply take it back to the store and get my money back. After, two nights of using this I could tell a difference in my skin. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and I can’t say that I’ve seen a difference on my wrinkles because I do not have any HA!!! I’m only 27. Although, I do see a difference in my skin. My skin tone is more even and brighter and most importantly the reason why I wanted to try this in the first place the tiny bumps on my forehead is going away. I see a difference everyday after I use it. It’s not harsh on the skin even with the 1.5% of retinol in it. The vitamin E and C balances it out. The serum feels like an oil but it absorbs quickly. I do not use it with a moisturizer but you can if you want to. I decided not to use a moisturizer because I want to see how it works on its own. It works pretty well, and it keeps my skin in check! 


If you try it let me know how it works for you!!

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