Benefit PORE fessional

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE products. This is the one thing (besides my mascara) that I always keep stocked and ready. It works so well at covering my big pores for a smooth, soft looking face. Its a creamy, lightweight formula that is super easy to cover with foundation or to wear alone for a natural look.

I love Benefit products but this is my favorite by far, I think it is worth every penny and I think it lasts a decent amount of time for the little bit it is. If you have large pores, TRY THIS OUT ASAP!! You will not regret it. 🙂

-Meg

Make Up Forever- Mat Velvet+ Foundation

I’m SO behind on my blog posts, but anyway, here’s one from a while ago.


Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet+ Foundation. It’s a matifying foundation (obv.), oil-free, and water resistant. This foundation wasn’t for me… I don’t know if it was the ingredients or the oils from my skin or a combination of both, but whatever the issue was it did not agree with my skin. It didn’t last NEARLY long enough for a foundation I would use and it would crease and basically melt in some spots.


With that being said, it was a very lightweight foundation and I loved how it looked right after application, which is why I think it was probably just the oil in my skin that didn’t agree with the formula.

It wasn’t extremely outrageous at Sephora, so I’m sure Ulta would probably be an even better price. I would recommend trying a sample if you have oily skin like I do because it might work better with your skin type!

 

Meg

DIY Charcoal Peel off Mask

Okay, if you love face masks like I do, then I KNOW you’ve seen that “miracle” black mask that looks so painful to peel off.  You’re like “how could that NOT pull out these blackheads?!”.  At least that was my thought process. So the mask I saw a video of ( I don’t remember the name now) I found online and it cost around $70USD, I’m all for paying more for products that work, but not when I haven’t sampled them or anything, so that was a little steep for my budget.  So I looked on Pinterest for a DIY charcoal mask… Pinterest never disappoints, even if my attempts fail.

So the easiest DIY I found, was Elmer’s Glue and the powder from activated charcoal capsules. I found my charcoal caps in the isle for gas relief at CVS. I don’t remember how much they were but I want to say like $10? I still have some too, so they last a while too. Elmer’s Glue is of course in the crafts/supplies isle. I bought extra strength original glue and it works the best in my opinion. For the mask, all you do is mix some of the glue with about 1-3 caps of the activated charcoal depending how much of your face you want to cover (until it’s a paste). I applied mine with the spoon I mixed it with, but the video I found used a brush to ‘paint’ it on your face but I didn’t have a paint brush. Also be sure to avoid eyebrows/any hair you don’t want removed. The mask is extremely strong. If you get some in your hair or eyebrows, just take hot water over it before it starts to dry and it’ll come off without removing hair 🙂 *** BE CAREFUL WITH THE CHARCOAL! IT WILL STAIN CLOTHES! *** The paste is really cold, so if there was a way to warm it up some to open your pores, I bet it would work even better, but I’m not sure what would work for that.

supplies needed

Once you have a paste, apply it all over your face or to the area you want. Make sure to connect all of the paste so that it is easier to peel. It dries fairly quick, but you have to be sure not to move the mask or it cracks. You’ll be able to feel once it’s dry and hard/smooth to touch. I’d say it probably took like 10 minutes for my whole face to dry. Once the mask you can begin to peel it off. I think it’s easier to start at the bottom but as long as you are pulling up/out on the mask, I don’t think it would make a huge difference. Most of the mask comes off in one piece or at least a few big pieces but there might be some small spots that you’ll have to wash off with hot water.

Pieces peeled off

Given that this is a DIY and not the $70 mask, I’m sure the homemade mask lacks obvious benefits. However, when I removed my mask, I’ve always been able to see some of the dirt/blackheads it has pulled out. It also leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. I could only imagine how the real mask works, but I don’t think I can convince myself to spend $70 on one product… I only use this mask a couple times a month due to it being SO strong, but I have no basis to stop you from using it as much as you’d like. Give it a try if you’re curious like I was! 🙂

Wet Mask
Mask drying
 

Peeling the mask off
Another view of the peel off mask
 

-Meg

Facebook ‘DIY’

So this post is coming from a curiosity about something I saw on Facebook. It was a home remedies video from a lady and she had a few different DIY’s in the video. The one that caught my eye was she put Pepto Bismol on her nose, I couldn’t tell whether it was for blackheads or pores, but her nose did look clearer in the after shot. i thought that would be awesome if it really worked. I mean, who doesn’t have Pepto sitting around? All she did was ‘paint’ Pepto onto her nose and let it dry, then rinsed.

Before
Before

Well, I decided to try it tonight. I HATE the smell of Pepto, but I figured if it worked then I’d deal with it. I was a little nervous to try it because a few comments I read about the Pepto hack mentioned staining your face and my face is already red enough.

I ran my bottle of Pepto under warm water to warm the Pepto up before I applied it to my face. This is optional but I thought it might help. I applied the Pepto to my nose and cheeks, since I didn’t know if it was intended to get rid of blackheads or shrink pores. My nose is awful for blackheads and my cheeks have really big pores.

Wet pepto

I know everything on Facebook is supposed to be true, but this did nothing for either problems. It did however totally leave my cheeks/nose feeling super soft and tightened. I don’t know if this is something you need to do more than once or what, but after one use it did nothing for my skin. However, it also didn’t stain or leave my skin smelling like pepto bismol (yay!). 

After
After

Where did 2016 go??

I can’t believe it’s 2017… THAT’S CRAZY! Anyway, I’m totally slacking on my posts, but I have tons of posts to write and luckily, I’ll have more time to write them!

So, 2016 kind of sucked for me. I began the year by getting terrible medical news, being more broke than I’ve ever been, losing the one person I thought I’d never lose, and having my world turned upside down.. The break up left me feeling more alone and empty than i have ever felt in my life. I’m sure anyone who has had their heart broken knows the feeling of your heart actually hurting, when you can actually feel it “breaking”.. and maybe you can relate to feeling like a part of you is gone, feeling so empty it hurts… Yeah, that’s the worst feeling.

But like all things, there is a positive side in this situation. Although I had to lose someone I thought was the love of my life, someone that brought out the best in me, and someone that I would have done anything and everything in the world for, I learned a lot. Looking back on my posts when we were fighting or when I just felt so crappy I had to let it all out, I realized I should have never let myself feel like that with someone. Was it his fault? Was it mine? Probably a little of both. Four years is a long time to spend with someone and when it starts in high school, you both have a lot of growing to do. For me, I would have been fine to grow together, learn together and even fight together to make it through the tough times. (I feel like your 20’s are the ‘puberty’ of growing up, you don’t really know what’s going on, everything’s changing.. seems like an accurate comparison.) Anyway, he didn’t want to work it out anymore. We fought a lot, I don’t blame him for giving up. I wanted to give up more times than I should have in a relationship, but I just didn’t want things to change. I hate change. He was my best friend, my boyfriend, my everything and he just left. I was angry, I was upset, I was sad and everything in between. As much as it hurts and sucks, he was a great guy. He’ll make someone a great husband someday (even if he isn’t a handyman) and he’ll make an even better dad. I wish the best for him, especially for him to be happy, even if it isn’t with me because he truly does deserve it.

Now that I’ve had some time to get over it (not completely, I doubt that’ll ever really happen), I’ve realized a lot. I’ve grown as a person and became stronger than I ever thought I was. I still have so much to learn about myself and who I am before I could ever let someone into my life like that again, but hopefully next time it’ll have a different outcome. I have so much to learn and work on with myself and this break up finally gave me the wake up call I needed. As cliché as it sounds, I have to love myself before anyone else can love me, and that’s where I need to start.

For 2017, besides the usual ‘get my ass in shape’ resolution, I’m working on myself… physically, emotionally, mentally. I know the ‘new year, new me’ line is so BS but I hope that’s the outcome for me. I need to figure out so much about myself and I think this is more important than any other resolution I could make. Everyone talks about treating your body like a temple because you only have one but they usually only think physically, and that’s important too, but people forget about mental and emotional ‘temples’ too.

-Meg

NudeStix

This is a different type of lipstick, it can ask be used for cheeks (which I’ve never tested). It’s a pencil instead of a typical stick. 

Nudestix

This is also a brown nude color. I like the way it goes on and the texture of the product, but I’m not huge on the color (for me). I want to love dark lip colors but I just don’t know how to rock them yet. I’m working on that ;). 

NudeStix
my lips were really strange last night…

Maybe it’ll grow on me. 

Color in ‘Whisper’

Laura Mercier Lipstick

Almost done reviewing my last Sephora haul! 

Anyway, this is another lipstick that was included in the nude lips thing I bought from Sephora. I’ve never tried another Laura Mercier product, so this was a decent first experience with the brand. 

(also, ignore my green face mask, didn’t plan on trying lipsticks until after 🙃).

Laura Mercier Lipstick
 
The color is Crème Smooth, since the picture is a little blurry. It’s more of a brown nude color. It is definitely a smooth lipstick, creamy formula and it went on easy. 

Laura Mercier
my lips look awkward in these

I think I would like this lipstick more if the color was matte and not shiny. I just don’t know how to wear brown lipsticks but maybe I’ll figure it out this fall? Hopefully anyway, I love nude colors!