Travel Skincare Kit

It’s all about the MCM, and I’m not talking about your Man Crush Monday! I recently ended my spring break during which, I was separated from my full skincare lineup. For traveling, I think it’s important to keep things simple! Break your routine down into a few components. For me, it goes a little bit like this: Mask, Cleanse, & Moisturize.

Mask

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Face masks are my life. Level up your break with some self created spa action! Plus, my face always has wild reactions to huge geographical changes, which can lead to an unexpected breakout. I say, pack your “all in one” mask so that you can win any battle your face wages against you.

Cleanse

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Just because you’re on a vacation, doesn’t mean you should go lax on having clean skin. Dirt is everywhere, and I can promise you that no makeup remover wipe has the strength to truly wash your face quite like water and a cleanser. I use this Tony Moly banana cleanser because it smells good and doesn’t spill inside my bags.

Moisturize

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Happy, healthy, and hydrated skin is for everyone, which is why moisturizer is a key part of my travel skincare kit. Plus, changing geography can result in moving in altitude, moisture in the air, and wind strength. Stay prepared so that you can keep up with anything!

Now feel free to MCM (Mask, Cleanse, & Moisturize), with your MCM (Man-Crush Monday) and enjoy happy skin on the go!

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Banana Facials: Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Cream Foam Cleanser – Review

I am currently in the middle of a Korean skincare kick and was so blessed to come across this banana infused cleanser from Tony Moly. Banana’s are my favorite fruit, and any claim that they have magical properties is one that I will cling to! So of course, when I saw this, I immediately added it to my cart, forked over my $12-$14 and was on my way! I’ve been using it for the past 4 months and finally feel secure in sharing my opinions on it!

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Here the product’s claims on Ulta:

Fresh food and magical effects! The moist Banana Cream Bubble Foam Cleanser with banana and honey delivers gloss-full nutrition. (Contains 10,000 ppm of Banana extracts. Nutritive sticky cream bubbles that contain delicious and soft banana extracts to remove skin wastes by touching the skin gently. Honey ingredients inside banana cream provides moisturizing effects when washing the face. Honey extracts leave the skin healthy and moisturized.

Nutrive Sticky Cream Bubbles: Check! I use about a pea sized amount whenever I wash my face. The cleanser is very thick, so a little goes a long way and creates a whole lot of lather. It clears away all of my leftover makeup residue, and I’ve even successfully washed off a full face of makeup with it a couple of times. It also smells like banana cream pie!

Moisturizing Effects: Not on this face! I always have to follow up with a moisturizer with this product. While it leaves my skin incredibly smooth to the touch, if I look into a mirror 5 minutes after its use all I can see is the Sahara Desert because my face is so dry. My skin always feels baby soft, but I’m definitely left pretty ashy.

Healthy Skin: Check! I have acne prone oily/combination skin, and my face has been a lot clearer since I began using this product. Right after I use it my skin feels very soft and looks radiant and healthy. Of course, I always have to follow up with toner and moisturizer to fight that post-cleansing ash, but if it works, it works!

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Monday Motivation: Accomplishing Life’s Unconquerable Tasks

In my head, my fairly boring life is wildly stressful. There are large concerns floating in the back of my mind (e.g. my crazy-expensive tuition) that slowly become wrapped up in all of my smaller life issues (e.g. Riverdale is on a 3 week break, I have 20 pages of essay due tomorrow, and I need to start a job hunt). I’m constantly weighed down by all of these concerns and commitments, but the irony is that I often spend more time thinking than actually doing.

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Typically, when I’m given a task all I can think is, “That’s way too much! Maybe other people can do that, but I’m not other people.” I’ll wake up every morning and stew and mourn over the loss of my life success to this unconquerable task. In fact, I’ll spend so much time stewing and mourning that my window of opportunity for doing the task will pass, and once again, I’m left discouraged. The truth is, I am afraid of the uncertainty of outcomes – the murky waters; they’re dark, they’re deep, and I’m terribly afraid of drowning. There’s no way to drown if you don’t dip in. Unfortunately, you can’t pass through waters you refuse to cross.

This Monday I challenge myself and all of you ignited with the fear of these murky waters to do two things: test the waters and be ready to forgive. You don’t have to dive head first into a specific task, but make a move toward it. Submerging one foot into those liquid depths puts you on the right path for a full body swim. More importantly, be ready to forgive yourself. We call them challenging tasks because, for one reason or another, they aren’t easy. Mishaps are to be expected, but should not be granted the power to banish all of your potential greatness. Move forward and move with kindness for yourself.

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Riverdale Inspired Makeup: Josie

It’s been about 72 hours and I’ve transformed from an average gal into a major Riverdale stan! Surprisingly, it’s the perfect show for makeup fanatics, because they seem to have a booming relationship with Covergirl. There’s literally makeup product placement in every single episode, and they have tons of commercials that explain how the characters’ makeup relates to their identity within the show. Rad!

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In that spirit, I decided to do a look inspired by the series! Episode 6 is super musical and the audience is blessed with a great performance from Josie & the Pussycats where Josie wears this ultra-fun blue eye.

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♥Products Used:♥
Elf Poreless Face Primer
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
NYX “Set It & Don’t Fret It” Mineral Finishing Powder
NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan
LA Colors Matte Eyeliner – Brown (for Brows)
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Lorac PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette
LA Girl Gel Glide Pencil in Mermaid Blue
Elf Cream Eyeliner in Black
LA Girl Gel Glide Pencil in Very Black
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Courageous (for Blush)
Elf Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach
NYX Lip Pencil in Cappuccino
Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Tinder

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Charcoal Goals: Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

One surefire way to improve your week: try a new face mask! These past few months I’ve been trying out the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing mask. It’s a dual action exfoliating and purifying mask that retails for $4.29 on Ulta. Essentially, it’s a two-for-one deal for under $5. Sign me up!

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So here are the claims for this mask via Ulta:

Polution, debris, it’s a wonder skin can breathe! This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.

Detox + Purify: Apparently, charcoal has absorbent properties that allows it to clean out your skin.For that reason, I’m willing to believe in the purifying effects of this mask, especially since it can be a huge boost following my sub par facial cleansing routine.

Not Over-Drying: Most of my masks that help absorb oil are pretty moisture stripping, which I’m usually fine dealing with. This definitely is more forgiving in that respect and has never left me ashy. I still follow up with a moisturizer, but that’s just my post-mask policy.

Exfoliation: I have combination skin which can be pretty irritating, since my skin gets dry patches and oil buildup at the same time. It’s all around a gross feeling, but this has definitely helped buff these skin troubles away. I also appreciate the use of the sugar as the exfoliant, because it dissolves in water. I don’t have to worry about the product staying in the environment forever, and it’s a little more gentle on the skin, because you don’t actually exfoliate with it until you’ve exposed it to warm water and softened the grain!

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Extras: This is my second charcoal mask (my first was a bubble clay one), and once again it graced my face with some interesting feelings! You put it on, and it’s actually not that spreadable, so you’re never getting a thick layer on your face. Then, about 30 seconds into wear time, your face feels a little warm. It’s like you’re wrapped in a nice sugary and pleasantly scented blanket.

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Ultimately, this is a great mask for under $5. It hasn’t been life changing, but it does live up to it’s claims (primarily because it doesn’t make that many). Plus, its super quick to use. You only leave it on for about 5 minutes. Slap it on your face, chill with a short YouTube video, and then exfoliate away!

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Pores No More!: Elf Poreless Face Primer Review

If you’ve seen my life-changing foundation routine for oily skin (#oilyroyalty), then you’ve already seen this product in action. I typically go for pore filling primers because, to my knowledge, the sheen of oily skin reflects more light which causes pores to look bigger because there’s more attention brought to them. As a result, I’m always on the hunt for some pore filling magic.

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The Elf Poreless Face Primer is from Elf Cosmetic’s relatively new primer line. They all retail for $6, and in addition to the pore filling one, they have options for blemish control, hydration, and color correction. This particular primer comes in a pastel pink frosted packaging with a fancy looking plastic pump. It’s very pretty but its downfall is that you won’t know you’re out of the primer until you really need it and nothing comes out the bottle (RIP, my primer loving heart).

The actual product is creamy white with a silicone texture that blends out clear. While it is light weight, it visually blurs away a lot of my skin’s texture as if I’m a walking Snapchat filter. It does a really good job of minimizing my pores in the fact of my most exposing foundations. It also creates a barrier between the skin and the foundation, so I get a smoother application. My face is literally feels super soft to the the touch after using it, like what I imagine a dolphin might feel like – minus the wetness.

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Personally, I am a huge fan of this product and just purchased my second bottle of it. It’s inexpensive and gets the job done. While I’m fairly sure there are some better and more expensive primers out there, this one is definitely a must-try if you’re balling on a budget like I am!

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Winter Empties

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My name is Liv and I love to cake my face with a whole lot of makeup products! I own way too much makeup and will probably continue to own way too much for the rest of my life. The problem is, when you own loads of mascaras, lipsticks, and eyeshadows it becomes wildly difficult to actually run through them. Fortunately, I am a trooper and a believer and I’ve done it. So here is my glorious beauty trashcan!

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1. St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub: It smells great and helped me through many dull skin days and left my face feeling very smooth. The downside is that it was incredibly difficult to get the exfoliating bits off of my face, so I could only use it in the shower. Plus, I always got way too close to those beads getting in my eye. I liked it well enough, but probably won’t repurchase.

2. NYX Pore Filler Primer: If you aren’t a fan of primers with that silicone texture, you’ll hate this. Fortunately, I’m all about it! It’s great to use under my most exposing foundations. The only downside is that it’s so thick that it crumbles while coming out of the tube and smears into my black denim.

3. Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray: I did a review on this product and, upon finishing it, I still think that it’s kind of blah. It didn’t extend the life of my makeup, though it did melt it together so I looked a lot less dry and crusty than usual when wearing it!

4. Elf Makeup Mist & Set: I enjoyed this product! Instead of just using it as a setting spray, I would also use it as a primer! It leaves the skin hydrated and a bit tacky. You just spray, add your foundation on top, and you’re good to go!

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5. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo: I am a terrible naturalista. Hair masks? I’ve never heard of her. Oil treatments? I don’t know her. As a result, my hair is often fairly dry. I wouldn’t say this shampoo moisturized my hair, but it definitely didn’t dry it out like others have. It also left my hair and scalp squeaky clean!

6. Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara: This used to be my all time favorite mascara. Though it claims to volumize, I love that it still allowed for length and never clumped my lashes together!

7. Eyelure Definition No. 121 Lashes: These are some of my favorite lashes and I’m so sad to throw them out. They have are nicely balanced because they grow slightly longer and denser as they fan out. They’re also great at holding their shape which allows for easy application and multiple uses. If a thin band is your thing, you might want to skip over these bad boys.

8. Eyelure Exaggerate No. 145 Lashes: The downside of online purchases is that cameras provide no size reference. These lashes are relatively full, but not as dense as I had imagined. Even worse, they’re so long that they hit my brow bone when I open my eyes fully. If you like a lash that encourages a sultry and heavy-lidded gaze, these may be your friend. For me, they were definitely a hard pass.

9. Revlon ColorStay Foundation: This is the best foundation I’ve ever tried. It’s long wearing, they have a huge color selection, they have different formulas for different skin types, and it gives medium to full coverage. This is my second bottle and I’m currently 2/3 through my third.

10. NYX HD Photogenic Concealing Wand: My number one beef with this concealer  is that there isn’t enough of it in the tube! I loved this product and ran out so quickly. It leaves the skin looking healthy and hydrated, although it does crease. It blends like a dream and has left me wanting to throw all my LA Girl concealers in the trash.

11. Elf Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths: Are these the best cloths? Definitely not. Are they the best cloths I’ve ever tried at $3? Believe it! They aren’t very thick, but as long as I commit to rubbing my skin and lids in circular motions, I can take a full face of makeup off with one cloth in about 2-3 minutes. So while I can admit I’ve tried better, the price definitely keeps me coming back to these!

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