FORGET WHITE STRIPS!

I got a little carried away at Target over the weekend and bought a whole line of Crest whitening products. All I really needed was a new tube of toothpaste and I ended up with a new toothbrush, mouthwash and a whitening paste.

I have only been using these products for a couple of days and I’m already noticing a difference and all without the pain and sensitivity that comes with using whitening strips. It’s a nice alternative and brushing and swishing are already part of my morning routine so there are no added steps!

Next time you are in the market for a new tube toothpaste or toothbrush, give these a try. Prepare to be wowed!

URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 BASICS

It has been over a year since I purchased my Bloom palette and I have used all that is left are the more dramatic color. I had been looking for a new basics palette and settled on the Naked2 palette by Urban Decay. I had the original Urban Decay Naked Basics pallet before and enjoyed it but wanted to try something new.

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I picked up this palette at Ulta for $29.00 and had $8.00 in rewards that brought it down to $21.00. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I like it better than the original. The tones are softer and I am able to use all of the colors. They are flat in tone so I punch it up with a little sparkle from what is left of my Tartelette palette.

I’M GETTING TIRED OF TITLES

Here we go again…
You always go into Ulta for one thing and come out with more than you intended.
That place is dangerous.

I went in to buy a bottle of base coat and this pale pink/purple caught my eye.

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I picked up this base coat to try by Essie, as intended, and then also bought OPI’s “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around”.

It’s almost a neutral and I am really enjoying it.

SKIN IN THE GAME

My sister recently became engaged and I decided that I would really like for my skin to be sorted out by her wedding.

I have had trouble with my skin for over a decade now and have tried just about everything out there. I used Proactive for a while and my face just about melted of. That terrible experience made me hesitant to try any other comprehensive acne treatments.

A former college classmate posts on Facebook and Instagram regularly about the Rodan+Fields products and seeing the transformation photos online really caught my interest. I decided to give it a try.

It’s a little expensive, but I figured it would be worth it if I saw results. It’s also cheaper than going to a dermatologist for treatments.

I’m about 3 weeks in now and am truly impressed.

My face never became inflamed and I didn’t experience any peeling or dryness. My existing breakouts have disappeared and I have been breakout free for over a week. I even had 2 underground zits (I’m sure there’s a technical term for those) and they disappeared and the soreness went away about 3 days into the new regimen. I usually break out pretty badly when the weather turns warm ad I perspire more, but so far I am clear and my skin tone is even.

Now that I am not breaking out, my skin can begin to heal my most troublesome areas. I’m finally beginning to feel more comfortable in less makeup.

I took a before photo and will take an after photo to post in another week or so.

If you are tired of your skin issues, I highly recommend giving this a try. I was very skeptical at first because it looks like any other skin program, but I am now a big time believer in these products.

THE OH SO POPULAR BLACK MASK

I caved out of curiosity and purchased a black mask product to try.

Right off the bat I found a spelling error on the packaging. That set my expectations pretty low.

I went on and used the product as directed and was pleasantly surprised!

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I am not particularly happy with the size of the pores on my nose. They catch everything and look dirty so I was excited to try this out on my nose. I figured that would be where I would see the best results and I was right. Some of what you see on the mask is hair, the rest is tiny bits of goop that was in my pores. Not bad!

I experienced zero skin irritation or discoloration, which was a huge relief. With cheap and trendy products like these, you never know what you are getting. It didn’t hurt at all either. Not in the least. After using the product on my nose, I used it on my chin. I’ll probably continue to use the product in small areas rather than applying it to my whole face at once.

Overall I’m pretty happy with this product. It was only $12.99 so there was little to lose in giving it a try. As a backup I also purchased Biore Charcoal Nose Strips. I have used these in the past, but can’t find them in stores way out where I live so I had to order more. They work well too if you would prefer a less messy product.

NEW MASCARA FOR THE NEW YEAR

I was using Lancome’s Grandiose and enjoyed it for a long time. Lately it has been irritating my contacts so I decided it was time for a change.

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I have officially switched to Lancome’s Definicils and LOVE it! It’s much lighter, but stills gives excellent definition.

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I have been using the new mascara for about a month now and am still so pleased. I continue to get great coverage and length without eye irritation. There are so many mascaras out there and different products work for different people, but if you are looking to try something new, give Diginicils a whirl.