Review: Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips

Who doesn’t love going out for a date night?  I know I love spending time with my husband and I’m always down for an excuse to get made up. However, my husband hates when I wear lipstick. Sure it looks beautiful, but who wants to kiss someone when they are going to end up with lipstick smeared all over? Well, I’ve found the answer to all our woes: Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips.


Now, we all know about liquid lipsticks. It can be argued that they are the biggest trend of the last year along with highlighting. I first came across Beauty Bakerie when looking for the perfect lipstick for my wedding. I knew I wanted to wear something beautiful, but it had to be comfortable and could not transfer. After a lot of googling, I found my way to their site.


Their whole asthetic spoke to me and as soon as I saw their infamous video of the lip whips not washing off, I was sold. I now have 8 different colors: Swiss Mocha Frappe, French Toast, Fortune Cookie, Louvre Palace, Versailles, Ginger Snap, S’mores D’oeuvres, and Royal Tea


Pictured above is all the Lip Whips that I own. The left is in natural light and the right is with a flash. Each color was swatched with just one layer of the product. The only exception is the last two swatches. They are both swatches of Royal Tea except the top is only layer and the bottom is two layers.


Before applying the lip whips (or any liquid lipstick) I always exfoliate and moisturize. Then, apply with thin even layers. Of all of the colors I own, the only ones I am not the biggest fan of are Swiss Mocha Frappe and French Toast. However, I do like them with a glosss on top. My absolute favorites are Louvre Palace, Versailles and Ginger Snap.


Overall, these are amazing! I find them to be comfortable and extremely long lasting. The only thing that will get these to budge is oil. I just use olive oil to remove mine and it works great. Though they are a little expensive, the brand itself is wonderful and I love supporting great indie brands.

I can’t wait to pick up some fun colors for spring/summer and I’m dying to try the EnchantMint Gelato. I highly recommend checking out this brand, you won’t be disappointed! Not to mention, if you are scared to shop online, they will have a store front opening in April 2017.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Xoxo Sammie 

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DIY: Chocolate Mousse Body Butter

My husband has the worlds biggest sweet tooth. If he could, he would have cake everyday. In fact, there has been multiple times where he has said that the only thing he loves more than chocolate and coconut is me. So, I thought why not make something that combines his two favorite things?


Though it does take a little long than most of the recipes I share, there is only three ingredients.


1 cup Shea Butter

1/2 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup 100% Cocoa Powder 


First, you want to melt your coconut oil and shea butter together. You can either do this on low heat using your stove top, or in 30 second intervals in the microwave. It is important that they melt together and that there are no clumps of shea butter left.


After everything is melted, leave the mixture on the counter to cool for about 20 minutes. After that, place in the fridge for another 10-20 minutes to help it firm up.


Take the mix from the fridge. If it is too firm, let it sit out for a few minutes. You want about the consistency of the room temp coconut oil to get the best whip.


Whip the mixture for 2 minutes. Now, add in your cocoa powder and whip until it is uniformly mixed. You want your body butter to look like fresh chocolate mousse.


And that’s it! Keep in an air tight container at room temp. The mix does not contain water, so it should easily keep for a few months.

Though it may take about an hour to make, it is well worth it. The shea butter and coconut oil are deeply nourishing. They can be a little heavy on the skin, but they will do wonders. The chocolate is detoxifying and makes this mix smell heavenly. This always  leaves my skin soft with a sweet scent, but with out feeling artificial.

Will you be giving this diy a try? What would you like to see next?

Have a great week!

Sammie

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March Boxycharm Unboxing

For those who are unfamiliar, Boxycharm is a makeup monthly subscription box. For just $21 a month, you get 5 full sized products to play with. It’s a great way to experiment with new brands and products you may not normal purchase, all for a fraction of the retail price. The boxes usually ship out between the 5th and the 13th of each month. However, they were quite delayed this month due to the winter storms. But it’s finally here!


So I’m just going to go item to item and give you a little mini review.


The first item in this month’s box is the Photo Finish Primer ($16) by Smashbox. I have never tried this product, but it is a cult favorite. At first, it had a strange texture, kind of slippy. However, it sunk into my skin and helped my foundation to glide on. It claims to blur fine lines and pores, and I definitely think it delivered on that.



The next product is the Urban Rustic Palette ($40) by Naked Cosmetics. This is a trio of shimmer shadows in purple, orange and green. Though I wouldn’t use all three colors together, they are stunning! I really love using the green or orange all over my lid. The purple is stunning on the outer corner or on the lid with a highlight shade in the middle. The only downside is there is a lot of fallout, so I would apply these before foundation. Also, for a beautiful metallic look, apply wet.


The third product is the SS023 Deluxe Fan Brush ($19) by Crown Brush. I always love getting brushes in subscription boxes because I rarely buy them myself. This brush is super soft and very pretty. I would not use this for highlight unless you want an all over glow. My favorite way to use this brush is to contour. I get the pretty contour without being too dark or too harsh. Really, its a great addition to my brush collection.


The final two products are lip products from RealHer. The first is a lip liner in I Am Unstoppable ($12.50). It is a beautiful peachy nude color. I really enjoyed the formula. It glides on smoothly and is very comfortable to wear. It is also fairly long lasting. I has the swatch on my hand, got in the shower, and when I got out it was still there! My favorite way to wear this is to fill in my lips and top with a similarly colored gloss.


The final product from RealHer is their Matte Liquid Lipstick ($15) in I Am Fearless. The formula is very light weight and feels like very oily. It dries down very quickly and the color that I got was a beautiful berry shade. However, I found this formula to be too drying for me. Also, this particular color really stains. I don’t think I will be trying this product again, but I did enjoy the packaging.


Even though this month’s box arrived late, I really enjoyed it! Overall, I liked 4 out of the five products. That means, for me, this box has a total value of $87.48! Not too bad what to whole box was only $21.

Have you tried any of these products before?

Happy Friday!

Sammie

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Review: KVD Pastel Goth Palette

Guys, it finally happened. A few days ago, I got the notification I’d been waiting for: the KVD Pastel Goth Palette was in stock again. Thank God for smartphones and the Sephora app. Sometimes, I can’t remember my life without my phone by my side. Being thankful for the notification, I quickly purchased the palette before it disappeared again. 

A couple weeks ago I reviewed the Lorac Pro I Love Brunch Palette. I was so excited for the pastel colors but I found them to be poorly pigmented and it took far too much effort to get each shade to work. So, unfortunately, I decided to return it. However, I couldn’t let go of my desire for spring and pastel colors. 

Fast forward to today and I am happy to say I’ve found another palette to satisfy my lust for pastels.


The Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette is something new for the brand, and I’m loving the change. The artwork is in Kat’s signature style with matte black packaging and tattoo inspired artwork.


There are eight shades included. I was a little nervous when I opened the palette because I don’t know about you, but those colors do not look pastel.


However, the colors swatch beautifully. They are pigmented and smooth. Most importantly, they give the pastel vibe I have been searching for. Just for comparison, here are swatches from the Lorac palette and the KVD palette side by side. Both of these swatches were done without primer. What a difference in pigmentation, right?


Now, although this palette is beautiful, it is not really a stand alone palette. That being said, you can create some beautiful looks.

I really loved this soft, sunset inspired look. I used meow in the crease, clementine on the outer third of my eye, star on the lid and skull as my brow bone highlight. 

I think this palette is really great and a lot of fun! I highly recommend it if you are looking for some fun new colors for spring. It is great for creating soft looks, fun winged liner or adding a pop of color on the lid or lower lash line. Overall, I am so much happier with this palette than the Lorac one. The color, quality and packaging are all superb.

Hope your hump day is going well! Until Friday,

Xoxo Sammie
Update: I would just like to touch on the controversy that happened earlier this week with Kat and KVD Beauty. If you’ve been on social media, you will probably have seen this picture posted by Kat. Unfortunately, she seems to have gotten a lot of backlash for posting the picture. People have been saying that it’s just a dupe and she shouldn’t be upset etc. Before getting upset, I highly recommend watching this video from Kat. I don’t want to get into specifics, but I will say that I love KVD Beauty. I highly respect her and her line and I think that the work she does is amazing. I think we all should try to open our minds before jumping to conclusion or attacking others. 

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Review: Ulta Beauty Cosmetics

What’s better than buying new makeup products? Getting them for free, of course. While doing some returns at Ulta last weekend, I decided to pick up a couple of the Ulta Beauty Cosmetics eye liners. Imagine my surprise when I get to the register and find out I get a free gift with purchase. I ended up with a little makeup bag full of Ulta Beauty Cosmetics. So, I figured why not do a review of the brand?


I decided to start with the eyes. This is always a good idea when testing new shadows in case there is a lot of fallout. That way you will not ruin your makeup.


I received an Ulta Nude Matte eyeshadow primer as well as a small palette with 6 Ulta Beauty eyeshadows: three matte and three shimmer. I really enjoyed these! The base kept my eyeshadow crease free and in place all day. Recently, I wore lace as a base and brow bone shade, charm in the crease and nostalgia on the lid. I will say, the mattes were a little powdery and there was some kickup when using a brush. Also. The shimmers apply best with your finger. Overall, I liked these a lot and will purchase in the future.


Next, there was a double sided eyeliner pencil, a pencil sharpener, and eye makeup remover pads. Overall, I like the pencil. The colors are something different than what I usually wear and the pigmentation is good. Personally, I am not really a fan of pencil liners. I much prefer automatic or gel, but these worked well. The eye makeup remover pads work amazingly well! They take off all of my makeup with very minimal effort.


After shadow, I do my brows. Included in the gift bag was an Ulta brow tint in medium. Originally, I thought this was going to be too light for my dark brows and I didn’t think the little wand would work out. However, I really love this product. The little wand is amazing at really getting in there without making a mess. This product also held my brows in place all day without making them hard and crunchy or overly shiny. The color ended up working out as well. I will definitely be purchasing this in the future.


The last eye product is the Ulta Amped Lash Mascara. Overall, I liked this mascara. It lifted my lashes and stayed all day without flaking. It also went on without clumping and I felt the wand really grabbed my lashes well. The only thing I dislike it that it felt flimsy. I am worried that the brush part will break off of the wand one day. Other than that, I did like it.


For the cheeks, there was a blush and highlight duo. Now, Ulta has two different blushes on their website: Ulta Mineral Blush and the Ulta Velvet Blush. The one included in the palette is in the shade Nude Pink, but I’m positive on which type it is. Either way, I enjoyed it. The pigmentation is good but buildable, which I personally prefer. The highlighter is in the shade Fresh Glow. I found the Ulta Illiminator online but, again, I am unsure if the one I received is the same. I was surprised to find this was light enough on my skin tone. It has very fine glitter and the color is buildable. It was good, but I do not think I would purchase. There was also an Ulta Blush Brush included, but I was not a fan of it.


The final products included were the Ulta Beauty Matte Lipstick in Petal and a Ulta Lip Gloss Stain in Treason. I found that the matte lipstick was not only a beautiful color, but very creamy and comfortable to wear. I would wear this with a lip liner for best application. As for the gloss, at first I really liked it. It was not sticky and felt like a moisturizing oil. However, it did not look cute after 3 hours of wear. The gloss feathered terribly at my lip line. Also, although it felt like an oil, it actually dried my lips out. Ultimately, it was not worth the hassel.

Overall, I did find a few items from Ulta Beauty Cosmetics that I really loved. My favorite items were the brow tint, shimmer shadows, eye makeup remover pads and the matte lipstick. The only products that I really did not like were the gloss stain and the blush brush. It seems that the brand has more hits than misses and I am excited to try out more from them in the future.

Have you tried any of the Ulta Beauty Cosmetics? What’s your favorite?

Have a great weekend!

Sammie

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3 Steps To Naturally Long, Strong Nails

I have always loved painting my nails. In high school I would often spend Sunday night creating fun nail art for the coming school week. I absolutely loved it, except I could never get my nails to grow out long and strong. My nails would chip, crack and flake. It was terrible! Even worse, I would spend hours creating nail artwork just to have it be ruined when my nails broke a couple days later. Eventually, I stopped painting my nails altogether.


Fast forward a few years into college and I started alternating between acrylic and gel manicures. I loved having long beautiful nails. That is, until it was time to take the manicures off. Acrylic and gel manicures left my nails weak, thin and brittle.


After many years of searching, I finally found the secret to achieving naturally long strong nails. The best part? It is a quick, easy and inexpensive.

First, we all know this, but you should drink lots of water. Now, you don’t have to drink a gallon a day, but you should really push yourself to drink a minimum of 8 glasses (64 ounces) a day. It will not only help your nails but also your skin and hair. Overall, it’s just a really good habit to get into.

Second, you need some good ole fashion vitamins. I always use to think that vitamins were kind of pointless. I mean how can something make such a big difference? The truth, it has completely changed my nails. All you need is a hair, skin and nails vitamin. I am currently using this one from Sam’s Club, but any brand will do.


My third, and final, step I use to achieve naturally long, strong nails is the CND Rescue Rxx Treatment. Guys, this stuff is amazing! I found this while looking for a product to save my nails after the last time I had acrylics. I really love it because I know about most of the ingrediants in it: Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Water, Alcohol, Keratin and Perfume. The only ingredient I was not familiar with was Sorbitan Oleate. A quick look at EWG.org informed me it is a low risk product that helps to mix the oils and water together.


I like to paint this on my nails once or twice a week when I think about it, or just as needed. All you have to do it paint it on and let it sit while watching an episode of Scandal. I definitely noticed a difference after only a week of use. I can’t recommend this product enough.

Thanks to these three products, my nails have never been better! I no longer have to spend tons of money at the nail salon and my nails stay almost effortlessly long and strong. I’ve also noticed that when my nails are healthy, nail polish lasts longer.


Other tips to keep your nails happy are to use a good moisturizer daily. I really enjoy First Aid Beauty and Cetaphil lotions. Also, use a nail file to shorten your nails instead of just cutting them. Make sure to file lightly and only in one direction instead of back and forth. Finally, be gentle. When typing, use the pads of your fingers instead of the tips. This will help from putting excessive pressure on the nail tip.

That’s all for today lovelies! I hope you find this helpful! Are there any nail products or polishes that you are loving right now?

See you Friday!

Sammie

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DIY Coconut Shaving Cream

When the weekend comes, it’s time for my husband and I to just relax. We love going out and exploring all that is going on in our college town. However, this weekend that was not the case. He is so busy preparing to defend his PHD thesis and I had mountains of work to do. So when I went to take a shower on Saturday and realized I had no more shaving cream, I was frazzled. I didn’t want to put on clothes and run to the store, so instead I wrapped myself in a towel and headed to the kitchen.
Lucky for me, I always have a large container of coconut oil. If you remember my post from last Monday, I was able to whip some up and add sugar to create a scrub. That got me thinking, couldn’t that be used to create a shaving cream as well? The answer is yes. The best part is it took only 5 minutes to makes.


What you need:
Bowl
Coconut Oil

Mixer

Essential Oil (optional)

The process is the same as the Whipped Sugar Scrub.


I put about 1 cup of coconut oil with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into my bowl. I decided to use eucalyptus because it is soothing and sometimes my legs can be rather sensitive.


Then, you just mix it on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes. I mixed this one longer than the sugar scrub because I wanted it to be extra whipped and creamy.


And that’s it! So quick, simple and inexpensive! And let me tell you, my skin loves it. I thought the Whipped Sugar Scrub helped my arms and legs, but this is even better! I swear my skin has never been softer. 


I only have two quick notes. First, you will want a wash cloth to clean your razor off on to get the best shave. Second, I would not use this on your face because coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4. This means it is likely to make a lot of people breakout. While this oil is great for some people, be aware it came make some breakout. That is why I don’t use it on my face. For my body it seems to be fine.

Will you be giving this DIY shaving cream a try?

Hope you had a great weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

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Top 20 Products to Control Oil and Hide Blemishes

I remember all throughout high school, I had fairly good skin. I felt comfortable with using a light mineral powder foundation and rarely broke out. Fast forward 6 years and I have the skin of a teenager. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been considering starting Accutaine (more on that later).

Although my skin has been driving me crazy, I’ve nailed down a bunch of products to help conceal my acne and control my oils. So here it is, my Top 20 Products to Control Oil and Hide Blemishes.


Just as a disclaimer, these are all products that have worked for me personally. Remember makeup and skincare are very personal items and may work differently for everyone.

So I’m going to start my list with how I apply everything. So first step would be skin care.

These 4 items have worked miraculously for me.

1) Bosica Detoxifying Black Cleanser: this works great for detoxing my skin. I find that it really helps keep my oils and breakouts at bay without overly drying my skin.

2) Clarisonic Mia Fit: now this little brush is expensive and honestly I never considered buying one until I found a promo code. That being said, it had made such a difference. It has really helped clean out my pores and minimize the texture on my cheeks and forehead. I would discuss with a dermatologist first if you are unsure just because this may not be great for all skin types. I also prefer to use this every other day or any day that I wear makeup.

3) Boscia Deep Pore Exfoliating Peel: this is a newer product to me, but it has quickly become a staple in my beauty routine. It is a chemical peel and exfoliant and it works miracles! I only use it once or twice a week and it leaves my skin so soft and smooth. I especially like doing this the night before a special event. Just make sure not to use the clarisonic or other exfoliant the same day.

4) Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel: so I actually use this, the eye gel and the one for extra dry skin. I love this because it moisturizes my skin without making it oily or shiny. It’s also light enough to wear under makeup. I like to use the water gel in the morning and the one for extra dry skin at night.

Next we have primers:

5) ELF Blemish Control Primer: I like to use this primer on the perimeter of my face where I break out the most. I find that is just helps to control my breakouts when wearing makeup. It is not 100% necessary, but I find that it helps my skin.

6) Rimmel Stay Matte: this is the primer that I use on the majority of my face. I find it is one of the best at controlling my oils throughout the day. I apply this over my forehead, nose and chin. It keeps my skin matte and also helps my makeup to stay all day.

7) Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: for me, this primer is a must. I use it mostly on my nose and cheek area to help fill and minimize large pores. It works best for pores if you press it in instead of rubbing it in. I also like to use this on dry patches or blemishes to help smooth them out before applying foundation. Just make sure to use sparingly as a little goes a long way.

8) L’Oréal Infallible Color Correcting Kit: this is my final step before foundation. Again, it may not be necessary for everyone but I find it helps immensely when it comes to concealing breakouts. I use the green color and apply to where ever I have breakouts or redness. The biggest thing it to make sure you blend it well. It does not take a lot to really even out your skin tone.

Next, I apply foundation and concealer.

9) Artis Oval 7: I know that this is a brush and not a product, but it has done miracles for my foundation game. This brush helps me to achieve the most full coverage look with a lot of my foundations. It really helps cover up my blemishes the most without making my makeup look cakey.

10) Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation: this stuff is amazing! It is full coverage to the max. I love using this for special occasions or when I will be taking pictures. The only downside it that it can look cakey if not applied properly. For best application, I recommend using either an Artis brush or a beauty sponge.

11) It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact: I like this foundation for everyday where. It feels light on the skin and has buildable coverage. The best part is that this product has high SPF, skin benefits and doesn’t get overly oily throughout the day. Check out my full review here.

12) Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: after apply my foundation, I go back and spot conceal. This particular product is highly pigmented. Most of the beauty gurus like to use this under their eyes. While it is great for that, I really like to use it to further conceal blemishes.

After foundation and concealer, I would apply powders unless I am using a liquid highlighter. I find liquid highlighters do not emphasis texture as much as powers. My favorite liquid highlights are:

13) Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid: when I have a lot of texture on my skin, I prefer liquid highlights. I love this one because it is so strong, but beautiful. It looks great under powder or foundation and blends beautifully.

14) Milk Makeup Highlighter: this is similar to the Maybelline highlighter, except it is in a stick form. I like this one for a more natural highlight as it is not as metallic as the Maybelline. The best way to apply is to take some on your fingers and blend in.

After using my liquid highlight, I start applying my powder products.

15) Covergirl Outlast Finishing Powder: this is one of my favorite powers to use. I like to use the buffing technique with this powder. It sets all of my makeup, adds a little more coverage and helps mattify and control oils.

16) Kat Von D Lock-It Powder: I like to use this powder to set my whole face. I think it works best with a big, fluffy powder brush. It is also great for baking under the eyes. It helps to lock in my makeup all day.

17) Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder: although this is a foundation face powder, I like to use the shade Cocoa as a bronzer. I really like this powder because it does not emphasize any of the texture I have.

18) Tony Moly Cats Wink Powder: this powder is great to carry in your purse. It is similar to a blotting powder so it can be used throughout the day. My favorite way to apply is to first use blotting papers or a paper towel to get rid of excess oils. Then, I use either the included puff applicator or a powder brush to apply to my oily areas. It helps to remattify my face and keep the oil at bay throughout the day.

My final step is to seal my makeup in with a good setting spray.

19) Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray: this is my favorite spray. It is perfect for people who prefer a more matte finish. It sets in my makeup and helps to further control my oils. I like using this spray when I am going to have a busy day and be running around a lot.

20) Milani Make It Last Setting Spray: this spray is perfect for people who want a more natural finish. It is not overly dewy and does not make me look shiny; it just does not mattify the skin. What it does do is help all my makeup to melt into my skin and to get rid any powderiness I may have. I prefer using this if I am going to be inside all day.

So that’s it, my top 20 products to help control oil and hide blemishes. I hope you find this helpful!

Do you any products that you swear by? Leave them in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!

Sammie

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Review: Moda Prismatic Oval Brushes

One thing you will learn pretty soon after meeting me is that I love mermaids. In fact, I’m positive that I secretly am one. Besides being a mermaid, another fact people learn about me soon after we meet is that I love a good deal. I love a bargain so much, sometimes it makes it hard to splurge on more expensive things. 

I ran into this problem a few months ago when I was looking into purchasing a Artis Oval 7 brush. I couldn’t believe people actually paid $62 for one brush. How could it possibly be worth it? Well, I managed to find a sale and a coupon code that brought it down to about $45, which seemed reasonable compared to the original $62. And you know what? That brush is most definitely worth it. I fell in love the first day I tried it and never once regretted my purchase. Though, I’ve since wondered if it would be possible to find a good dupe. Then, one day, I found these beauties.


I picked up the Moda Prismatic Oval Brushes at my local Walmart for just under $20. My first though was that even if they were terrible, they gave me georgous mermaid vibes and I loved them.

The brushes are 100% vegan and came in four different sizes. They are labeled using numbers 801 (the largest) through 804 (the smallest).

The first brush is the 801 full face brush. This is the one that I find is the most similar to my Artis Oval 7. This brush is actually larger than my oval 7.


Now, I really liked this brush. It applies my foundation smoothly and evenly with minimal tugging. I personally think it is prettier that my Artis brush. It does seem to soak up more product and cause more tugging on my skin.

The 801 is the only brush I can truly compare to Artis. So my opinions on the other brushes are based strictly on how they performed and not how they compare.


The next brush would be the 802, which is the second largest oval brush. I thought this would be prefect for concealer. However, it worked horribly. It would pick up the product and redeposit it. I was left with terribly patchy and streaking under eyes. That being said, it worked great for applying powder under my eyes. It also worked well for color correcting larger areas.

The 803 is the smaller of the oval brushes. I liked this brush for applying my eye primer. It is also great for getting into smaller areas.

The smallest brush is the 801 round. This is a very small brush and if perfect for precision work. I like to use it to cleanup my lips and brows, precision color correcting and for blending in the sides on my nose which is usually hard to reach. It would also be great for nose contouring and applying lip product.


Overall, I was impressed. I really enjoyed the large 801 brush and the smallest 804 brush. The two middle brushes were ok, but I don’t think they are essential. My only complaints are that the handles are fairly flexible, so be gentle, and the brushes are hard to clean. I find it is easiest to spot clean and to use a foam cleanser such as the Artis Brush Cleansing Foam. You can clean them like a regular brush, but they take forever to dry since they are so dense.

Bottom line: are these exact dupes for the Artis brushes? No, they are not. However, they are soft, beautiful and work very well. I think these are a quality option and definitely worth the price!

Have you tried the Artis brushes or other oval brushes? Let my know in the comments below.

See you Friday!

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY: Whipped Sugar Scrub

Though I may be in love with spring, there is just one thing I dislike: my skin. It is still dry from winter, and now I have to start wearing dresses and shorts again. Ugh, so not appealing. But, I have found an answer that is not only quick and easy but leaves my skin so soft, smooth and moisturized. I came up with a Sugar Scrub that will buff away all the dry skin while moisturizing it for a beautiful glow. The best part? You only need a few ingredients and it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

What you’ll need: 

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Sugar 

Mixing bowl and Mixer

Jar to hold the finished product

Optional: Essential Oil and Food Coloring


First, measure out your coconut oil and place in mixing bowl. If you want to add essential oils, now is the time. For 1/2 cup of oil, I added 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil. 


Now you are going to beat the coconut oil until it takes on a light, whipped consistency. What this will do is make the coconut oil easier to use as well as prevent it from creating clumps as it sits in the container.


After a couple of minutes you should have something that looks like this.


Now you want to add in the Sugar and any food coloring. I used 1/2 sugar and one drop of food coloring to make it look pretty.


Now you just fold on the sugar and coloring and you are done! This diy is so simple and fun. 


I keep mine in a plastic ice cream cup from talenti (don’t judge) because I get nervous about keeping glass in my shower. I just use this on my arms and legs before I get out of the shower. The sugar will exfoliate while the coconut oil will moisturize. The best part? No need to slather on lotion when you get out of the shower. 

Side note: the coconut oil will leave a slight oily feeling when you first get out of the shower, but sinks in within a couple minutes.

What do you think? Will you be trying this out?

Have a happy Monday!

Sammie

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