Skincare Regime

Check out how I keep my skin breakout free! [youtube]


Oil of Olay 2 in 1 daily facial cloths

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner (check out my review here)

Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer

St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

*Everything purchased by me

Avoid Chapped Winter Lips

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

$3.99 by Maybelline at Ulta


Ok so winter is here and one of the most common things we struggle with during this time is avoiding chapped lips! They say chapped lips is also a sign of dehydration so make sure you are drinking plenty water first of all (im guilty of not drinking enough). Next, before you go to bed moisturize your lips and when you wake up in the morning you will definitely notice the difference. Another beauty tip is to exfoliate your lips. Just like your face, your lips have dead skin as well so exfoliating them and then moisturizing them will improve their appearance. For lip exfoliation you can buy a lip scrub or make your own, or you can simply wet your toothbrush and scrub the dead skin off.

Here are some of my picks for lip moisture:

Maybelline Baby Lips balm (drugstore)

Mary Kay Satin lips

Korres Lip Butter

Aquaphor (drugstore)

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Good 'ole vaseline (drugstore)

Elf Palette vs Mac Palette


So if you have been following my youtube videos for awhile then you know I'm a huge fan of elf products.  Why? Because they have great price points and most of the products are great quality! In my makeup kit I have several of their brushes and products I use on my makeup gigs. I love how they have been getting innovative and constantly creating products to stay in the competition with the higher end brands.  For instance, although this compact has been out for awhile I only recently got the idea to compare it to the mac palette. The mac quad palette itsself retails for $7.  If you buy the eyeshadows in palette for they are $11 each or if you bought the regular price eyeshadows and depotted them then you're looking at $14.50 a pop.  Elf's palette is $1 and each of elf's individual eyeshadows are a $1 each and elf always has a sale so sometimes you can get them half off or buy one get one half off. So lets break down the numbers:

Mac: 7$ palette + $11 eyeshadows in palette form (4)= $51 or $7 palette + $14.50 eyeshadows, regular (4)= $65

ELF: $1 palette + $1 eyeshadows (4)= $5

There you have it folks! The #'s don't lie.  As I stated in the video, elf's color range for their palette eyeshadows are limited so even if you wanted to add your mac eyeshadows in there you're still saving yourself $7! I don't know about you but I love saving money. I could buy more makeup with that $7 I'm saving! Also I know inglot has eyeshadows in circular palette form as well but the inglot ones I own are square but I would think their eyshadow can fit in the elf one as well. On elf site you can customize the palette with blush and lipgloss as well as eyeshadow. Basically elf definitely needs to come out with larger palette because I will be all over it!

Order here: ELF

Sedona Lace Zippered Brush Belt Review



Instead of heading outside of my house with the crazies for Black Friday I stayed in my jammies and ordered online.  I basically ordered with makeup companies who I felt had the best deal. Sedona Lace was offering 25% off your order plus they had insane discounted prices on their site.  For instance, the zippered brush belt which normally retails at $19.95 was marked down to $8.95 plus with your order you received a free brush from the Vortex collection which was designed by youtube guru makeupbyrenren! I just HAD to buy SOMETHING! I definitely needed the brush belt because the elf one I had, my brushes were falling all over the place!

If you're a freelance makeup artist I definitely think this belt is a must have!  Even though I only played $8.95 for mine I would have definitely paid full price for it.  The one I had previously was from elf and costed about $15 (elf is always having sales so you may be able to get it cheaper) but the plastic material although great for cleaning purposes made the belt very stiff.  Not to mention there was no way to protect your brushes when they were not in use.  The soft faux leather material of the sedona one makes it more desirable.  I also feel like it is the perfect size.  It's big enough to hold a ton of brushes but small enough so it doesn't take up a lot of room in your makeup kit.  I highly reccommend it and now I am even considering buying the Vortex brush collection that goes with it which is also designed by makeupbyrenren.

Order here: Zippered Brush Belt