I love beauty products and will try anything at least once as long as it has good reviews. Good reviews are always my weakness. If you get enough people to like it, than that means I am trying it! There has been plenty of times where I’ve tried things that just weren’t meant for me, but in contrary, I have also discovered a lot of great products with this system I have going for myself. Everyone has their own preferences, so I say “try” purposefully because just because it worked for you, doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for the next person. We all have different skin types and certain shades of make up look better depending on skin tone. In my opinion, it doesn’t hurt to try. I like to know that I can eliminate certain products from my wish-lists!
For the month of
September, I have picked my
top 7 beauty products!
I have faithfully used these 7 products for months now and plan on keeping them until of course I discover my next favorite. I give these products nothing less than 4.5 stars out of a 5 star scale. I wouldn’t call them perfection but pretty damn close.
The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Star Palette is a palette with 18 shades. With this palette , it easily creates gorgeous eye looks. It includes four Crystal Eyeshadows, nine Creamy Mattes, three Metallic, and two Duo-Chromes with silky-soft textures. These shadows are long-lasting and extremely buildable and blendable. The palette is on the pricey side, BUT, the pigmentation of each shade is to die for.
Natasha Deanna’s Sculpt and Glow is the perfect touch for any makeup look. It is a six-piece, highlighting and contouring palette to sweep on subtle contours. The highlighting and contouring creams are formulated with properties that support anti-aging, are high in antioxidants, and contain sunflower seed and jojoba to hydrate skin. Designed to subtly contour and highlight facial features without making them appear too sharp or subtle, this palette leaves your complexion with a natural looking glow.
The Kat Von D Lock It Foundation is my daily go to lately. It has a nice finish and blends quickly. It is high-pigmented, provides full-coverage with a matte finish. Did I mention that it lasts 24-hours. With my experience with it, I usually touch up one time throughout the day because I tend to get oily in my T zone. In addition, for those who are interested in the ingredients, this foundation has ZERO: paragons, sulfates, and phthalates.
My Lash Boost that I purchased a few months ago has been heaven sent. It is a nightly eyelash conditioning serum that improves the appearance of lash volume and length within weeks. To anyone trying to grow out their lashes, this baby is amazing. My bottom lashes were basically nonexistent. Three weeks after using this product, I actually could see my bottom lashes. (be sure to check back to see my results from this lash serum).
Fiori by Vince Camuto is one of my daily wears lately. I fell in love with bottle first. Thank god it smelled great. This fragrance is a summer scent. Fiori, means “Flowers” in Italian and because it’s a fresh, light and feminine scent, it’s name is perfect. It smells like it sounds. It has top notes of luscious pink grapefruit and ripened white nectarine which provides a beautiful, purifying backdrop for base notes of rich sandalwood and creamy blonde cedar wood.
Face masks mean everything to me. Recently, I purchased Sand & Sky and this will be added to my skin regiment. It is an Australian botanical infused pink clay mask that that instantly detoxes, tightens pores, invigorates dull complexions and instantly boost radiance. The instructions say to use 2-3 times a week if you have oily to combination skin, or 1-2 times weekly if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Becca’s collaboration palette with Chrissy Teigen has become my everyday wear. If you are trying to achieve a great summer glow, this palette is for you! Although summer is almost over, I will probably still use it into part of the fall, until I start craving my plum like colors. This palette help you create that effortless, natural, authentic beauty look. It is a highlighter, blush, and bronzer, all in one! One stop shop 🙂
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The lack of self-love is an epidemic that continues to run through the adolescents and adult women population. The question that needs to be asked is: why would you want to hurt yourself? Why wouldn’t you want the best for yourself? Don’t you want to be great? It is hard for me to relate because it is something I have never had to deal with, but to know people feel like that saddens my soul. I was blessed. My mom always ensured me that I was special and my joy was important. She also made sure that I knew, being kind to others could only add to my own joy and blessings.
I come from a blended family. My mom and dad were divorced in my early years of life. Other than the usual emotions and void that comes with the cliché of having divorced parents, I can honestly say that I never felt unloved. I was never left without. I had everything I could ever had wished for. Additionally, Not having to share your parents with siblings allows you to get to know them more. I watched them grow while they helped me grow. They were my parents but I considered them my friends. Being the only child, I learned to cherish my parents company. If I wasn’t close to them, especially my mom, I would have really been alone. My mom was my roommate and when I visited my dad, I was just visiting my old roommate. The common lesson was that they both always told me I was great and to never let anyone tell me different. Even through my years of being bullied, it of course dented in my feelings but I never felt less than anyone. I knew I was worthy no matter what anyone else thought of me.
Self-Love is NOT A SELFISH ACT, it is A NECESSARY ACT
The first step in building self-worth is to stop comparing yourself to others and evaluating your every move. On psychalive.org they mention that you need to challenge your critical inner voice. The critical inner voice is like a nasty coach in our heads that constantly nags us with destructive thoughts towards others or ourselves. This internalized dialogue of critical thoughts or “inner voices” undermines our sense of self-worth and even leads to self-destructive or maladaptive behaviors leadings us to feel worse about ourselves. Being able to understand why we do certain things is essential. You have to know yourself. You have to love yourself. You have to empower yourself. You have to motivate yourself. You should be your biggest fan. Have you ever heard of the saying, “you must love yourself before others can love you”…. well every bit of that saying is true.
Dear Self, Today you will shine!
With my journey of self-love, I am learning not to second-guess myself. I am learning to remain poise even when I feel defeated. I am learning to celebrate all my milestones without guilt. I am learning that not everyone is on my team. I am learning that my kindness is mine to give and I shouldn’t change that because certain people might take it for granted. I am learning that showing my emotions are essential. I am learning that patience is key to no matter what I am doing. I am learning that I must communicate. I am learning my spiritual strength impacts my sanity. As people, learning is never over. With growth, change occurs and at times you may have to renovate yourself and tweak the process. I am learning that, that is ok. You just have to always remember to do it with poise.
When you accept yourself
You will be freed from
the burden of needing
someone to accept you…