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My morning skincare routine + WTF I’m doing to my face
 
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If you’re unsure of what I’m talking about go look at my latest IGTV!

So, I feel like skincare is a little confusing to people. I mean it’s also confusing to me too. There are so many products out there that it’s pretty impossible to even know what to put on your face. The products I’ve listed below are the ones that have been working pretty well for my skin. I still switch it up a little, but some are main staples (I’ll get to that later).

The real hero of the show are all the weird hand movements I’m making in this video. And it’s called facial massage! The Skinny Confidential can explain it waaaay better in her video here. Basically what you need to know is you are helping your lymphatic system drain it’s self better which reduces the puffiness of your face. The result is a slimmer and tighter face, who doesn’t want that?!

Also take a detailed notice at the way I do this to my eyes. I push the fluid toward my tear duct which drains all the puffiness out of your eyes. Seriously this is the only thing that has gotten rid of my under eye puffiness, which I used to have a lot of.

Try it out for yourself, all you need is an oil or moisturizer.


Easy Nighttime Beauty Routine
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I feel like people are afraid of a beauty routine/skincare routine because there are SO many products and it’s so hard to choose which products are right for you. Plus a lot of beauty bloggers make it seem SO intimidating with their 10+ step routine.

It definitely doesn’t need to be that hard, and I don’t always use the same products, but I follow the same steps. I want to make it easy for you all to make your own beauty/skincare routine, so I’m going to breakdown my nighttime beauty routine! Video is on my IGTV.

Nighttime Beauty Routine

***Always wash face before skincare - I use Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser***

  1. Gisou Honey Hair Oil // You can’t forget about the hair!! I did a review on this hair oil awhile back and I am still loving it. It moisturizes my hair so much, smells amazing, and a little goes a long way. You want to moisturize your hair in some way after washing it so it doesn’t get too dry.

  2. Summer Friday’s Overtime Mask // A physical exfoliate is my first skincare step. This means that there are actual small chunks of sugar or a mineral that you rub on your face. If you have dry skin like me, you always want to be exfoliating the dead skin cells (ew!) off of your face so the skin stay smooth. I wouldn’t recommend using this mask everyday, but sticking to it 1-3 times a week. You can use any exfoliator, I also love this one from the drug store!

  3. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Serum // So after exfoliating, I like to use this resurfacing serum. I use this almost everyday because I find that it makes your pores smaller and your skin SO soft. I can really tell a difference in how smooth my skin is when I use this serum. I also did a review on this here!

  4. Ole Hendricks Eye Cream // Next I always do an eye cream BEFORE my moisturizer. If you watch the video you see that I make circles around my eyes. Watch me carefully in my IGTV video because if you do it the same as me it will drain the under eyes to make them less puffy (learned this from Lauren over at The Skinny Confidential)

  5. Universal Emulsion // Last thing for your face is a moisturizer! I just use this to lock everything in. I love this one because it’s pretty light, but is really moisturizing. And whatever is left on my hands I like to use as hand lotion!

  6. Honest Chapstick // Last I love to use a good chapstick. My lips are always chapped, so I switch mine up on a regular basis!

There you go! It’s basically a 3 step skincare routine with a 4th step thrown in there. I swear by exfoliating my face, it’s what keeps it so clean and fresh looking. Plus drinking lots of water!


My Sephora Sale Picks & How to Purchase Smart
 
 

Sephora is having their sale right now! I want to share the mindset you should have about this sale (i.e. don’t buy just to buy), what I’m going to buy, and more of my favorite products!!

First what is the Sephora sale?

If you are a beauty insider, you can get 10% off your purchase! It’s free to sign up and doesn’t cost you anything, except your email address. If you already are a beauty insider, and are either Rogue or VIB, you get (respectively) 20% and 15% off!

Why is this sale so hyped?

Because usually beauty products NEVER go on sale. Or at leas the one’s that you want to go one sale never do. At least I think that’s why ever blogger ever talks about this sale.

BUT, if I were you, I wouldn’t go out and spend your life savings on a whole bunch of beauty product just because they are on sale & let me explain why...

You don’t want to buy just because something is on sale. It’s easy to start thinking “oh I need this, it’s $5 cheaper” or “but what if I want this later, I should just get it now, it’s on sale!”. Nope, that is just the marketing tactics working. It’s crazy right? They get you without you even realizing it!! Happens to me all the time and I’m not gonna let it happen this time.

The Sephora sale happens twice a year (so no need to get in a panic) and my purchasing philosophy is that you should get what you need & what you were about to go out and already purchase at full price.

Take for instance what I’m purchasing at the sale today.

First, a new moisturizer from Philosophy. I’ve been needing a new one for awhile but didn’t want to spend an absurd amount. I got this one in the Sephora play box in August & fell in love. AND extra bonus it’s only $25 for 4oz (which usually products come in 1oz containers)

I am also purchasing a new foundation, the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. I have used this so many times, but have never taken the plunge because it’s $40. And that’s a lot for me. But my foundation is about to run out at the same time as the sale is happening, so I’m going to have to buy a new foundation anyway, might as well get it on sale.

But, I’m not going to buy a million other things just because {wish I could thought, believe me}. I hope that it gives you a little guidance on how I navigate the sale!!

Some of my other favorite products I’ll list below if you want to give them a try. These are the makeup/skincare items that I use EVERYDAY of my life. I truly love & believe in them.

What I already own & love {makeup}:

What I already own & love {skincare}:


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Gisou Honey Hair Oil Review
 
 

Idk what’s gotten into me, but I’ve been very into taking care of my hair recently.

I changed my shampoo/conditioner to the Briogeo Superfoods Hair pack (review here) and I also started using the Gisou honey hair oil.

Am oh my gosh I’m in love <3


Why I like it

It’s such a thick, luxurious, beautiful smelling hair oil. I love how it makes me feel everytime I use the product {is that crazy?} It reminds me to follow my dreams and make something I am proud of like Negin!

I also love that it isn’t sticky and doesn’t make you hair feel oily at all. It just adds so much more moisture to my hair that I haven’t had since before I started heat treating my hair. The ends of the my hair are now so soft and I have 0 split ends. I also love that it makes your hair SO shiny. You know the girls in Pantene commercials? That’s how this product makes your hair look {lol}

How I use it

On days that I shower – I wash/shampoo my hair like normal, let it air dry until it is damp, then apply to the ends first then work to the middle then whats left I put on my scalp {blow dry after this}

On days I don’t shower – I apply this to my dry hair in the morning, but mostly keep it to the ends of my hair and a little on the middle

Days I curl my hair – I curl my hair, then after it cools, I like to just take a little bit to make my curls shiny and make fly aways go away

Extra Bonus

Fir a design girl, this packaging is a dream. I love how thick the glass of the bottle is and how it makes the product glisten in the light. I also love how classic the black and white sticker is with the gold detailing on the eye dropper.

Clearly, I can’t get enough of this product & highly recommend <3 hope you guys give it a try.

xoxo,

Sarah

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Briogeo Superfoods Hair Pack Review
 
 

Wanted to give you all a review of my new shampoo/conditioner!

I’ve really been loyal to my current shampoo/conditioner from Herbal Essences in a coconut scent. BUT, I know you’re supposed to change them from time to time, so when I saw something navy use this one, I decided to try out Briogieo.

I’ve heard such amazing things about their products and it’s safe to say this one is no exception.

First off, the smell is amazing. It’s a fresh apple scent and it smells like summer. And the smell stays with your hair for a day which I also really like. You also don’t need to use a lot for your hair (and I have a lot of it) which is really nice!

As for how my hair looks, it feels so much more hydrated and back to how it felt before I used to use hot styling tools on my hair. It’s bouncier and waaay shinier. I never thought shampoo or conditioner was important, but recently my hair had felt so flat and dead, and this has seriously fixed all of that.

I would highly recommend trying out these products if you are feeling like your hair needs a little pick-me-up.

xoxo,

Sarah

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New Body wash / Aesop dupe
 
 

Hey y’all! This week has been CRAZY. I’ve probably had too much to do & as a result and soooo drained and tired. I’m excited for this weekend though to hang with my best friends and go home for a little bit!!

And today I’m bring you a product I’m so excited about & I know you will be too J When I moved apartments, I had around 3 weeks b/t when my old lease ended and my new one started, so I stayed with Mike for a little! Which mean I when I moved to my new apt, I needed new shower products.

I took that as an opportunity to explore some new products that I had been wanting to try/look for new things (more to come on that). In my search, I came across the body wash above & I’m so excited about it.

Aesop dupe, body wash best

I found it on Amazon for $9 and took a risk on purchasing it (‘d never heard of the brand before, but it is a Unilever product, so it’s not a random brand) or smelled it in real life. BUT it’s amazing. It makes you feel like you’re at a spa and you are putting this luxorious body wash all over you (lol). It also smells so nice like lavender and freshness and is thick and lathers well.

I had always stuck with the Dove body wash bc it always leaves your skin moisturized & without that weird squeaky feeling & I do have to say this one does do that but it’s such a small amount that I don’t even notice it. And I hate that feeling more than anything in the world. Haha.

I thought it was a similar look to the Aesop products & I’ve used their hand wash which is obviously AMAZING and this isn’t exactly like that, but gives you the same feeling for much less $$$.

If you’re looking to try a new body wash product, I would recommend trying this one out for an at home spa experience!

Xoxo

Sarah


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Your Go-To Summer Foundation // Sunday Riley The Influencer
 
 

This has been my go-to foundation for around 2 months now, and it’s safe to day I looove it. & had to write a review about it in-case you were thinking of buying this! I also think it’s the perfect foundation for summer! You’ll see why below J

I was first drawn to this foundation because I know Sunday Riley is such a great clean skincare brand. When they came out with a foundation, I was definitely sold on the idea of having a foundation that worked to better my skin, not just cover it up.

As per usual, I went to Sephora to get a free sample. Was obsessed with the texture/finish/coverage, so I bought it! But, let’s just get right into it, shall we?! I’ll start with descriptions, then go into why I LOVE this <33

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Coverage:

The coverage I would say is around light-medium. It promises online to be more than that, but it really is a pretty natural foundation. If you apply this with just your hands, you are going to get a light coverage to even out your skin tone and to brighten your under-eyes/and pimples. But, you will get a decent amount of your skin peaking through. If you want to use a beauty blender, you can get a more decent amount of coverage closer to the medium side. This is better for photos/when you need more to cover up.

Texture:

The texture is just like any other foundation, it’s watery enough to slowly drip down your finger, but solid enough that you aren’t splattering it everywhere. It’s also easy to blend into your skin.

Finish:

I know this says a matte finish, but on my skin it really is more of a glowy finish. I have pretty dry skin, so I stay FAR away from anything magnifying or full coverage because it always ends up drying my skin out. But this foundation is very glowy and dewy when you apply it to your face. It also is pretty sticky at first on your face, so if you like a matte finish, you should definitely use powder afterward!

Wear:

This foundation I would say wears until about 3pm everyday. I put it on at 8am and at around 3pm there is still definitely foundation on my face, but it isn’t as full coverage as before. BUT, it isn’t ever patchy on my skin & definitely does not dry it out at all.

Why I like this foundation:

I was always using the L’oreal Lumi foundation (like seriously for 3 years) and I really wanted to switch up my foundation. I had the IT Cosmetics CC cream for a couple months & loved it, but really didn’t like the smell {is that just me?} This foundation is veeerrry similar to the CC cream, but a little less dewy & smells like nothing, which is perfect!! I love to wear this in the summer when I have a tan and don’t want a lot of makeup on to clog up my pores. And like I said above, I absolutely love knowing that I am not putting harsh chemicals and bad things on my face. After all, everyone is obsessed with clean skincare products, but what about clean foundation?? You put just as much of that on your face as moisturizer!!

I hope this helps you figure out if you want to purchase this foundation!! I hope they come out with a mini version too, it would be so nice for trying!

Xoxo

Sarah


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Why I Wear Body Oil In The Summer // Kora Body Oil Review
 
 

I know, right? It sounds weird. Whyy would I use a body oil in the summer? It seems like it would be greasy or clog your pores. BUT for all you dry skinned ladies out there, this will change ya life. Also, stay tuned for a less expensive verision!!

Why do I love body oil in the summer?

Well this answer has two facets... one being that I'm lazy in the body moisturization department. I almost never put on body lotion because for some reason it's so annoying to me. And with lotion, I found myself having to put it on everyday to keep the moisture.

With body oil I put it on 1-3 times a week and my skin is ALWAYS glowing. Plus, it takes literally five seconds to put on your body and if theres a little water still on my skin it doesn't really matter.

My second reason

I specifically love this Kora Organics Noni Glow Body oil. It's 100% certified organic ingredients and contains antioxidents from the noni fruit. I think particularly for my body, I liked the Kora Organics one because whatever you put on your skin, goes into your body and I never knew what was in regular lotion. Plus, It leaves your skin seriously GLOWING. 

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But let me get into the specifics. 

It's a light and very liquidy oil (see Instagram TV video for a close-up of the texture). Once you put it on the skin it is easy to rub around your skin to help soak it up. It's not one of those really thick oils that is hard to move around or is SO thick that it just sits on the skin.

This actually does take a little time to seep into the skin, but after around 5 minutes you can put your clothes on and not worry about it transferring to them. 

And I know you are all wondering what it smells like. And I feel like I can't describe it. It's not a particularly fragrant smell at all. It almost has a spa like scent, but it almost has no scent at all. My only problem with the oil is that the bottle leaks. Which honestly is SO annoying and makes it realllly hard to travel with. So make sure you put it in a plastic bag by itself when traveling.

Now I know this is a little pricey...

And while writing this, I thought of the best dupe, coconut oil!! I used to use this all the time throughout college because it smells delicious and gets rid of all of your dry skin. So, I highly recommend that as an alternative!! 

Okay, gotta go! Time to pack for my trip to MD then CA!! 

xoxo,

Sarah



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Jet Lag Mask / The New Step In Your Skincare Routine
 
 

To be honest, I didn’t purchase this beauty product for awhile. I was extremely skeptical of it because it was solely backed by influencers. When I mentioned it to my friends, none of them even knew what I was talking about. Which made me think it wasn’t as good as the Insta hype.

But I obviously couldn’t resist & took the plunge and bought the product myself. Want to know what a real person thinks about this mask? Keep on reading!!

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The product you never knew you needed

So, does it work? The short answer is, yes, it does work!!! 

It’s kind of like an eraser for your skin. It plumps and exfoliates your skin, so it looks and feels smooth and even toned. And even though it does have a light exfoliant, it doesn’t leave your skin dry at ALL. It actually is very moisturizing. 

I don’t have any extreme problems with my skin, but I am never letting this product go. It’s the only mask I ever use anymore because it brightens, tightens, moisturizes, and smooths my skin all in ONE MASK!!! It’s crazy, you have to go try it.

The texture is also really nice and creamy and it is cooling on the face when you apply it.

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Clean is in!

The company also is a “clean” company which is the same as other brands like Drunk Elephant, so this pairs really well with their products. I have definitely seen a major turn in my skin since changing to almost all “clean” skincare! 

There are also awesome ingredients such as chestnut extract, vitamin c, niacinamidea, and green tea. These all help to exfoliate, brighten, even tone, and reduce puffiness. And with out other ingredients like paragons, sulfate, or synthetic dyes you are getting a more potent version of these ingredients!

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Integrate into your routine

At first I was mildly confused how to integrate this into my skin routine (even though SF tries to explain it really well), but once I used the product and understood what it did, I use it almost daily. 

Here are the ways that I currently use this product

Face mask while traveling - you can put on a thinner layer of this mask and it turns clear, so no-one will even know that you are wearing it! You will get off the plane/train with GLOWING skin

Everyday mask - I will try to use this around 2-3 times a week after I get out of the shower. It seriously makes my skin glowy and makes it so I barely have to wear makeup to work! You can leave it on for literally as LONG as you want and then wipe off

*You can also use this as an overnight mask, but please people, let me know how you sleep with this on??? I cannot for the life of me sleep on my back, so that’s my bad. 

Makeup Primer - Okay, this one confused me for a second, but then I figured out that you have to wipe the mask off (lol) then put your makeup on. I apply and let sit for 10 minutes then wipe off with a wet warm towel. Then you can add your makeup right on top! I only really do this option though when I’m going somewhere special and want my makeup to look extra good!

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Have you tried Jet Lag Mask? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments below!!

xoxo,

Sarah

 


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Glossier Products Worth Buying Again
 
 

I would say that I'm pretty over the Glossier hype. I think they are a really great brand and make some amazing products (we will get to those!), but I'm not gonna buy everything they come out with anymore, ya know?

So, I'm here to give you my honest opinion on what products I have purchase that I think are really worth it. As a disclaimer, I want to say that I haven't tried all of their products, but I will list out what I have tried, so you can compare!

What I've tried:

  • Balm.com Coconut

  • Balm.com Birthday Cake

  • Milky Jelly Cleanser

  • Concealer

  • Moisturizing Primer

  • 3 Serums

  • Lip Gloss

  • Nail Polish

  • Eyeliner

  • Sunscreen

  • Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

  • Haloscope - Moonstone

  • Boy Brow

  • Generation G - Crush

Glossier Products Worth Buying Again

Glossier product review

# 1: Milky Jelly Cleanser

I honestly never thought I would be the person to spend $18 on a face wash, but I've purchased this face wash 5 times now... And I honestly have tried other face washes and haven't found one that compares at all to the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I'll explain (in detail) below:

  • IT DOESN'T HURT MY EYES - I swear, even when a face wash is "gentle" it still hurts my eyes when I try to get my mascara off and it's so uncomfortable that I hate it and don't wash my face

  • It does take off all your make-up. Unlike other gentel cleansers (cough cough, Cetaphil), this is gentle but strong. I apply the cleanser to a dry face and rub it around and over my mascara for 20 seconds, then add a little water and all the make-up melts off

  • It changes the texture of your face to be firmer in a way. I'm not sure if it's because it firms your skin or cleans it so well, but I love it!

  • It doesn't dry out your skin or give you that weird tightened feeling

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Glossier product review

#2 Balm.com - Coconut

OH man, I love this stuff. I just finished my first tube of it last week and re-ordered it again. I've had that first tube for 2 YEARS!!! Longer than I've been dating my boyfriend (ha!)

Keeping track of that little tube for 2 years, shows how much I love the product. Details are below:

  • Extra extra extra moisutre

  • Smells like a summer day

  • Is thick enough that you don't need to constantly re-apply, but isn't sticky

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Glossier product review

#3: Invisible Shield Sunscreen

I just got this product, but I can already tell it is going to be a summer staple! I mean I never thought I would have high expectations for a sunscreen until now. I apply this product after my Vitamin C serum and face moisturizer in the morning. Then apply makeup! Why do I love it? See below:

  • It's completely invisible, so you can't even tell that it's on.

  • It's useful for when you have a foundation that doesn't have SPF

  • Smells amazing

  • Not oily

  • Overall, you can't tell that you even put it on, so that is a win in my book!

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What are your favorite Glossier products?

Comment below

xoxo

Sarah

 


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How To: Get More For Your Money At Sephora
 
 

Ahhh, Sephora. Potentially on Target's level of places I love and hate at the same time.

The problem with Sephora is I want everything, so it's hard to choose ONE thing. Unless you want to spend hundreds dollars. You know what I mean? 

Although, I have learned a few tips/tricks and hacks I like to use to spend less or get more for the money you are spending, so stay tuned for how I get more for my money at Sephora.

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Tip 1: Be a Beauty Insider

First, this takes around 3 seconds to sign up for. You just need to give them your email and you can start earning points! Second, it’s like most rewards programs where you earn points based off of how much you spend. And there are 3 levels of benefits based on how much you spend a year. Now, I’ll break the the benefits for y’all so you can see for yourself!

  1. Twice a year they have sales. You’ll get either 10-15% based off of what level you are of a beauty insider. However, I wouldn’t encourage you to just buy things because they are on sale (that’s when Sephora wins), but to buy things only if you know you need them For example, if your favorite foundation is running out, you’re gonna buy it anyway, so might as well get it on sale!

  2. When you reach different levels you get different benefits. The VIB level is pretty easy to hit in my opinion and you can get a free birthday gift and pay $20 for year round 2-day free shipping. That totally saves on shipping costs and gives you a free gift!

  3. What do the points give you? Well, you can get free sample size products with your points. Not like the samples in the little flat packaging, but real samples that have a decent amount of product. I’ve gotten a Becca highlighter, taste highlighter drops, etc. (I’ll include a screen shot of the current 100 pt ones). If you save up your points, then you can go for the 500 pt bundles which are so good.

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Tip #2: Free Gifts With Purchase

I use this website https://www.retailmenot.com/view/sephora.com and they always have EVERY code you could ever apply to your order. And there are some pretty good ones! Never order something on Sephora without checking this place first cause you can get more free stuff with your oder.

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Tip #3: Ask For Free Samples

Now these aren’t as good as the 100pt samples that you can get from points, but if you go in the store you can ask them for a sample of pretty much anything. They put it in a little plastic container and table it, so you remember what you brought home. 

I’ve done this with Drunk Elephant’s eye serum and it’s lasted me weeks! Also it’s useful if you want to try out a new foundation to make sure it matches you.

Sephora Hacks
get more for your money at sephora

Tip #4: The Mini Isle

Now, there are two sides to this subject, but in my opinion, I think mini sizes are a good thing. Yes, you care paying more per ounce technically, but in the long run you may be saving money. Just don't impulse buy them at check out, and you're good!

If you try a mini size and end up not liking a $60 moisturizer, then you are effectively saving $45 dollars because you didn’t spend money on something you didn’t like

Also, for things like highlighters where I know I won’t use the entire pan, I like to get from the mini section. I have a Becca highlighter from the mini section that I’ve used so much, but have barely made a dent. Why spend so much more when I’ll never use it all?

 

Hope this helps you be a savvy Sephora shopper! 

xoxo

Sarah


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