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Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

I’m always on the hunt for products that brighten my face. I hate when my face looks dull and lifeless. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like looking like I just woke up, you know what I’m saying? I don’t like when people ask me, “Did you get enough sleep, are you ok”? I like looking Fresh! Recently, I discovered something that helps with that. Keep Reading.fullsizeoutput_1930

Again, I was purchasing something from Sephora and they were giving out samples so I saw this Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum sample and I said, “I have to have this!”!. I’ve never heard of this product before but I decided to take a chance and try it out.

I liked that it was creamy but it didn’t make my skin oily. After the first day I noticed that it started working. My skin looked brighter and fresher. I fell in love with it.

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It didn’t clear my spots or anything, but it made me look awake and fresh and  most importantly, it made my face look bright and that’s what I really wanted.

This serum is a little pricey. It retails for $110 on Sephora.com but I think it works better than all those other Vitamin C oils that claim to make your skin brighter.

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Will I purchase this again? I probably will have to save up for it, but I think it’s a good product. It does what it says it will do. Most things that are often good are always expensive.  You can shop it Here

I’ll give this serum a 5/5 stars.

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My Cleansing Routine

I often talk about what foundation I’m wearing, or, some new cosmetic product that I’m trying out, but what about what I use when I’m not wearing makeup? What’s underneath it all? Do I use thousands of products or just water? Hmm….keep reading.

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Before I apply my foundation I always cleanse my face first. I start by using the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleaner. fullsizeoutput_1547

I really like this cleanser. It smells so fresh and clean. It reminds me of fresh cut lemons. I have really bad acne so this helps to calm it down and it makes my face look so fresh and clean. On the back, it says “For oily skin, use 2-3 times per week and rinse off with warm water”. This cleanser is really strong, so I wouldn’t recommend anyone using it too much. You can shop it Here

Next I Exfoliate…..

For this I use St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

I really love this scrub. Every time I know I’m going to be putting on makeup I use this.

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Whenever I use this, my face looks so bright!It’s like I just visited the Dermatologist’s office! And I LOVE  it when my face looks bright. I feel like this just makes my makeup look 10 times better because it makes my face look like its glowing. I use this maybe 3-4 times per week. It’s not harsh on my skin and it smells really nice.You can shop it Here

So there you have it folks, this is how I cleanse my face before makeup. In 2 easy steps. There’s no fuss, there’s no hassle. It’s easy! I’ve been doing this for 2 years now so it’s tried and true.

Disclaimer : This is not a review post, I’m just sharing with you what I use to cleanse my face before makeup. These are all my thoughts, there are no affiliate links in this post.

What cleansers do you use? What new brands do you want to try? Do you use cleansers or just water?

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Why I like Wearing Makeup

 

Have I always been into makeup? No. I was more of a tomboy growing up.Did my mom teach me how to wear lipstick and foundation? No. My mom doesn’t even care about makeup.So how did I get to start like wearing makeup? Keep reading to find out.

I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment when I started to like makeup but it wasn’t at age 8 or 14. At those ages I was more interested in books, more than anything else. I was probably 25, when I bought my first Mac lipstick. My first foundation was Black Opal which I found in a store across the street.

I didn’t know what Sephora or Nyx was until about a year ago, when I started working across the road from the mall. I was in a professional environment so I didn’t want to look like I just woke up out of bed, so that’s when I started getting more into wearing makeup.

My coworkers would talk about different brands that they use and what works and what doesn’t work. It was all so new to me, but so intriguing so I started buying different foundations and really seeing what works  best.

So Why do I like wearing  makeup?

1.I think because I’m a creative person makeup gives me the chance to create. It’s like my face is the blank canvas and I can just paint whatever picture I want people to see. I love that. One day I can be sultry, the next day I can look simple. It’s awesome.

2. It makes me feel confident. Yes, I know we should all be confident without makeup, and I am, but it just makes me feel more confident. It makes me feel like I can just go up to anyone and talk to them without having to worry about how I look. I know you girls can relate.

3. It enhances my best features. I have high cheek bones and wearing makeup, specifically contouring my face, helps show my cheek bones and enhances them. If I want my eyes to pop, putting on mascara helps with that. Makeup is just the bomb.

4. I have dark spots on my face so foundation helps to cover that up. I’m just being real with ya’ll. My skin isn’t perfect but makeup helps it to look good

I love makeup and I’m probably not going to stop wearing it. I also really don’t care if people say I wear too much makeup because people’s opinions don’t really matter to me.

I also don’t wear makeup 90% of the time but when I do, I like to get all up  in it.

I’m also trying to get rid of my dark spots so you know? I’m working on myself.

And to guys who bash girls who wear makeup, “Leave them alone”. It’s not your face, so don’t judge. Some girls like to wear a lot, some don’t wear any at all. Love people for who they are.

If you don’t wear makeup I don’t judge. As I always say ,”Do you”.

Makeup is fun though, you should try it sometime. XOXO

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The Beauty Products that I Own but don’t Use

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I often hear girls talking about the latest beauty products that they have, own, or they’re about to buy. I hear them saying, stuff like, “Omg, I have to get that new Tarte tape shape concealer”, or, “Omg I’m going to sephora to try that new Fenty Beauty highlighter because, girl, I gotta have it”. Can you relate? I certainly can. But, what about the beautyproducts that you don’t use? You know, the lipstick that your Aunt Geraldine bought you 2 years ago but it’s not even close to something that you would wear so it’s sitting on your dresser. Or, that ugly nude tarte lip paint that they give you when you ask for samples at Sephora, do you still keep that, or do you throw it away. Seems familiar?

Well, today I’m going to shine the light on some of the beauty products that I own, but don’t use.

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray

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Look, I’ve tried to give this a chance. I really have. A friend of mine, told me it was good for oily skin, so I hurriedly went online to sephora.com to purchase it, but I was severely disappointed. I’ve tried putting on a little but I still end up draining oil, after 10 mins. I’ve tried putting it on before foundation but still the same results. I’m sorry all nighter setting spray but I wasted money on you. It’s still sitting on top of my dresser and I really don’t know what to do it. Maybe I’ll ask my friends to see if anyone of them want it

  • Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint ( Nude Color) ACS_0027

I received this, the first time I purchased makeup from Sephora for my birthday as a gift and that was like a year and a half ago and I still have it. You’re probably saying, “Oh but that’s so tiny, you should be done with that by now. But no honey, it’s not even my shade. I look horrid when I put it on. It’s still laying on my dresser. Anybody want a nude shade of lipstick? Call or text me.

  • NYX Wonder Stick Highlight and Contour Stick

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Look, I used to believe that these contour highlight sticks were the bomb. No one could tell me that they weren’t the bomb. If you can relate put your hands up! Then I discovered that they weren’t the bomb and it’s like my life shattered into pieces. Haha, I’m kidding, it’s not that serious. But every time I wear this it feels like i just poured a bottle of oil on my face. It doesn’t feel creamy to me at all. It just feels like oil and until I started used the fenty beauty contour, I didn’t realize. I really don’t know what to do with them, so I’m probably going to use them for one of my blog posts and then throw them out when they’re done.

  • Benefit Cosmetics 3D Brow Tones

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I literally have no idea what this is for. I asked for samples at sephora and they gave this to me. The girl said, “We have this, it’s not your shade but you can use it”. Haha, I tried using it but I honestly didn’t know what to do. Do I put it on my eyebrow? Or under my eyebrow? In my eyebrow? See? I’m confused.

I need to find some ways to get rid of these things. Or, maybe I’ll sell them. I don’t know. I’m not going to keep them piling up on my dresser. I could be using that space for the new products I like, you know what i’m saying?.

I don’t want to become a hoarder. My philosophy is always this “Throw out things that you don’t need, or give them away”.

Do you have the same problem as I do? If so, what do you do with unwanted makeup? If you can relate comment below. Let me know what you think

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Matte Spray

Setting sprays aren’t my thing. I usually just bake, brush off and go. I’ve tried setting sprays and I just end up being more oily. Oiliness is not my thing, you know what I’m saying?

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I went into the MAC store on Sunday  to try  out the spray because I had heard  a lot of great stories about it but I wanted to try it before buying it. I mean, who wants to waste $30?

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When I went into the store, I saw the bottle but I was going to try the one that makes your skin glow.  The sales rep then came up to me and asked if I need help. I told her that I have oily skin and then she told me that she too had oily skin and that she uses the Fix + matte. I told her that I wanted to try it first. Haha I had no idea what to do. I was just spraying. She was like “No hun, you have to hold it 20 cm away from your face”. I was laughing at myself.

After I sprayed it on my face I waited for about 5 mins. I didn’t really notice anything but my friend said to me “Wow, your face looks so good”, I said, “Hmm I don’t really see a difference” and she said “Raceen, you know me, I would never lie to you”. So I purchased it.

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On Mac’s website it’s described as “A lightweight mattifying spray that refreshes skin while instantly controlling shine and oil on the surface without disturbing makeup. The innovative formula contains powders, silica and other oil- absorbing agents to help set makeup, rebalance and mattify skin“.

I must say, I’m really liking this spray. You have to shake the bottle before using it. I’ve used it twice so far and it makes my skin matte for about 4 hours until I have to use it again.

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Review : Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Imagine for a second that lipsticks were never invented. There would be chaos. Girls would be walking around with their lips dry, there would be no color to brighten up your face. Horrid, right? Let’s not imagine that.

Lipsticks are probably my favourite part of makeup. If I don’t have on lipstick I feel really weird. I have really dark lips so wearing  lipstick makes me feel more confident.

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick.

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I bought this lipstick sometime last year, and I must say, I really love it. The color that I purchased was Griselda. I chose this colour because I don’t like bright lipstick. I like when my lipstick looks dark. It’s a kind of dark berry color and it looks great with my red hair.

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On sephora.com the lipstick is  described as “An ultra-slim lipstick with a long- wearing, petal- soft matte finish, created in a rainbow of weightless, color-intense shades designed to flatter all skin tones. The size is 0.06 oz/1.7 g. The cost is $23 Canadian dollars.

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I like the fact that there is a lot of product on the stick. It’s  not like Mac lipsticks where, there is barely anything on the stick. It’s matte, but it doesn’t go on matte like mac lipsticks (Sorry for the constant comparisons mac). It’s very creamy when you apply it then it becomes matte. Genius, right?

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When it dries it’s matte but it’s not dried out matte like Mac matte lipsticks. EVERY TIME I wear mac lipsticks I always have to apply lip gloss over it because it’s so dry!. With this, when its dries it’s not that dry. It’s creamy, you know what I’m saying?

It’s really smooth and it doesn’t clump. I really love the dark colour and they have a wide range of colours. So if you want to go ratchet, there’s a colour for you or, if you want to be girly there’s a color there for you as well

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I also like the shape of the lipstick. The way it’s shaped makes it easier to apply the lipstick to the corners of your lips. I feel like the shape also helps me to keep the lipstick within the correct lines.

Below, are some pictures of me wearing it.

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I’ll give this lipstick a 5/5 stars. It’s not as matte as Fenty Beauty’s Stunna lip paint but I REALLY love the formula and I don’t really love super matte lipsticks anyway. I’ll definitely go back to sephora, to try out some new colours as well. Oh Rihanna please  don’t take all my coins.

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Makeup Organizer

Being organized is hard, for me. If you googled the least organized person, my name would probably come up. You know what they say, “Bad habits die hard”.

I’ve been trying to become more organized recently, and I must say, it makes my life easier.

I recently  moved about 3 months ago and I didn’t really know how to organize my makeup or where to put them. I wondered if I should just leave them on my dresser? Do I put them on my washroom counter? Do I just throw them outside? These are the questions, I asked myself.

Well, I found the solution to my problem. Upon researching on Amazon, I saw these really cool plastic organizers, but I didn’t purchase them. One day, I went into the dollar store to get something and I saw similar plastic organizers, I was so happy! And the best thing is that they were so much cheaper than Amazon! Woohoo! Who doesn’t love cheap things?

Below, are some pictures of the organizers I purchased from my local Dollarama store here in Canada.

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These are little plastic drawers. I use them to store my foundations, concealers, mascaras etc. It makes my life so much easier.I don’t have to be searching all over the place to find my makeup. I have 3 of them but I’m going to purchase more.

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The top drawer is where I put all my concealers and my eyebrow gel. This is where all my Nyx concealears, NARS concealer and Rimmel London eyebrow gel are.

 

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Below my concealers are my Fenty Beauty match stix and shimmers. I have one for concealing, one for contouring and one for my highlighting. For my concealer I use the shade Latte, for my contouring I use the shade espresso and for my highlight I use the shade Sinamon.

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I put my foundations in the other drawers. I use Fenty Beauty, Maybelline and Loreal Infallible foundations. The drawers are clear, so it’s really easy to find everything.

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So where do I put my brushes, beauty blenders, lipsticks  and setting powder? Well, I also found another little treasure in the dollar store. Here’s a picture below.

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This organizer has little pockets where I can put my lipsticks and the bigger pocket is where I put all my 10 brushes. In the middle is where I place my 4 beauty blenders, setting powder and setting spray.

I’ve probably said this a thousand times but this does make my life easier. I don’t have to be searching all over for my makeup. Everything is just there, in front of my face. The drawers are big enough to hold enough products and I love it.

You can find similar ones Here and Here

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