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    Everyone wants their skin to look flawless, and there some more than others that are willing to try anything to get it. Oftentimes, we tend to search among the products in our stores when Mother Nature has provided the essentials at our fingertips. Here are some of the beneficial oils for your skin’s health:

COCONUT OIL

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    While in recent studies, coconut oil is believed to introduce bad LDL cholesterol levels and slightly increasing the chances of heart disease (Willet, W,. MD, Harvard Health Publishing 2011), there are benefits. Coconut oil is good for the skin, leaving a smooth, radiant finish and more subtle feel after a short time of use. Many women have admitted to using coconut oil as a nightly moisturizer instead of expensive brand products. 

ROSEHIP

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Rosehip oil is widely known for long-term treatment of minor discolorations from acne, age spots and wrinkles. It is high in antioxidants and vitamin A and those wonderful fats acids that assist in your skin’s texture and even tone. 

ARGON

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Its seen in just about every beauty store you can think of – argon oil. This oil is widely used in damp hair to moisturize or even dry hair to minimize frizz as a ‘quick fix’. Its been known to be used at the early signs of stretch marks and as a nighttime hydrating serum. 

JOJOBA

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Can’t manage to get all of your makeup off and ran out of your favorite makeup remover? Jojoba oil will work just fine. While known as an anti-imflammatory, jojoba oil can also be used at the first signs for acne to assist in making them go away faster. Yes, I know it is an ‘oil’ technically, but jojoba is also known to be work well on skin that is prone to be quite oily. 

HEMP SEED

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    Affectionately known as a ‘super oil’, hemp seed oil is packed with vitamins such as omega 3, omega 6, potassiumphosphorus, zinc, magnesium, calcium, an other goodies. Its also known to improve your entire cardiovascular system’s health and even reverse the aging process on your skin. 

OLIVE OIL

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You know so years so, I heard a rumor that one of the ways in which Whitney Houston kept her youthful appearance and radiant skin was by taking baths that included olive oil. According to Dr. Mercola’s website, here are some of the many benefits to olive oil:

  • Moisturizing skin
  • Improving skin elasticity and its regenerative properties
  • Providing antioxidants and good fats to fight free radicals and facilitate skin healing
  • Reducing under-eye wrinkles
  • Massaging dry, flakey scalp or dandruff
  • Massaging frizzy hair or split ends (lightly warmed olive oil)

ALMOND OIL

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Deep cleaning is one of many things that almond oil is used for in its organic form.  Moisturizing the skin, relieving the irritation of eczema and psoriasis, treating rashes and reduces wrinkles are some of many of almond oil.

LAVENDER

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     While not widely known, lavender is actually an anti-inflammatory, which means it can be used to treat irritated or itchy skin if no other treatment is readily available. As widely used for aromatherapy, lavender oil can also be used to treat acne, and scars from acne, and eczema, This oil is also known to treat hair loss and even promote hair growth.

TEA TREE OIL

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     Extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, tea tree is a known solvent that absorbs oil, assists to treat and prevent acne. Tea tree has been credited to smooth the skin and provide that fresh, open-pore feeling after use. A downside to using tea tree is the odor, if  you are sensitive to smell. Another issue is for people with somewhat oily skin. Because tea tree IS an oil, it may not be in your best interest to use on a daily basis. All in all, tea tree oil gives your skin that ‘deep clean’ feeling.

 

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So, have you come across your favorite beauty products and then stumble across others that may seem to be better than the ones you love???? Just shocking! Here are some of my favorites and some I just happened to find on the Internet.

SIGMA BEAUTY

 
One of my shockers I stumbled across. Sigma Beauty is a company not carried by Ulta or Sephora so in the United States, its pretty tricky to get them without going to the official website. Their Sigma Holographic Lipgloss is show stopper!!!!! The colors are vibrant, luscious, and made to come for the children 😱 🦄

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With this gorgeous color shifting beauty, I feel like Bare Minerals overheard the beauty community talking about how their colors are all so very neutral but keep putting out new palettes and lipsticks. Like honey……thank you for the switch because I am LIVING for this color!

MOTIVES COSMETICS LIPGLOSS

 
OMG, are you seeing the bling and shine from the lipgloss form Motives Cosmetics??? It looks like a cross between Roman glass and New Year’s Eve. Motives Cosmetics is known for their amazing lip collection, although you can’t just ‘walk’ into your local beauty store in the United States and pick it up, but I assure you, it’s worth the hunt. Girl, you don’t have to hunt, I got the website for you right here 💃🏽

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Okay so this post may be a bit touchy but, whatever, right? Anyone that has been in the makeup world for a while or has had their makeup done by professionals over the years can tell you that the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is the standard. For some magical reason, it seems that no matter how good you are at doing your makeup, this translucent setting powder takes your beauty game to the next level. Even if you did not know what it was, you’ve seen the container. It seems that when you buy this powder, it lasts forever. Here’s a photo of it:

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Yes. There she is  ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑  The magical, unicorn dandruff called Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Sigh…….

Well, what you are also likely to know, or after you take a trip to stores that carry this voodoo in a plastic container, is that its expensive too! Weighing into your purse at a whooping $38.00, it has been often discussed on which products are the valid dupes, saving us poor makeup geeks a few 💸💰  Here are the possibilities out there:

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$27.00 at Ulta.com

Yes, can we stand up and give Dermablend a round of applause please? According to Ulta’s website Here are the results:

PROS

  • Easy to apply (432 reviews)
  • Lightweight (424 reviews)
  • Controls shine (405 reviews)
  • Long-lasting (399 reviews)
  • Blends well (370 reviews)

 

CONS

  • Messy (116 reviews)
  • Settles in creases (54 reviews)
  • Unnatural color (39 reviews)
  • Cakes up (25 reviews)
  • Poor coverage (22 reviews)

 

I have not used Dermablend’s setting powder before but its used quite often by some of my favorite makeup YouTubers. They pray to this stuff ✨

 

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$9.99 at Ulta.com

PROS

  • Lightweight (419 reviews)
  • Easy to apply (404 reviews)
  • Controls shine (395 reviews)
  • Blends well (323 reviews)
  • Covers well (274 reviews)

 

CONS

  • Messy (175 reviews)
  • Unnatural color (74 reviews)
  • Settles in creases (73 reviews)
  • Poor coverage (54 reviews)
  • Cakes up (32 reviews)

With over 81% of its users recommending it, the NYX Matte Setting Powder is a well-known product. But a Laura Mercier dupe? Those are big shoes to fill.

 

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$6.00 (everywhere)

PROS

  • Easy to apply (34 reviews)
  • Lightweight (31 reviews)
  • Controls shine (27 reviews)
  • Long-lasting (27 reviews)
  • Doesn’t settle in creases (26 reviews)

CONS

  • Messy (20 reviews)

While being a well-known and loved product, I am not surprised that people are calling E.L.F. a justified dupe for Laura Mercier’s setting powder. One thing I can agree with the review of this setting powder is that its probably the messiest. 

 

What’s your favorite setting powder dupe to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder? Do you even think there is one, or should we just spend the coin and get the original. Leave a comment and let us know  🙂

 

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When I first saw the Facebook page to Soap & Glory, it gave me instant ‘fun’ vibes. With its white and pink base platform, the website gives off this 1950’s-Betty Page-fun-bubblegum-bad girl vibe and it only makes me want to stroll through the website further. Soap & Glory is a beauty company consisting of makeup, skincare, and beauty products. Here are some:

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Oh my goodness, don’t you just love the pun-play with the words? Its makes to company seem so quirky and vibrant. Created by a group of geniuses in 2006 in the wonderful lands of England, this company has spread all over the world like you would not believe, showing up everywhere right here in the United States. Can’t find their store? Don’t worry about it, they are in Ulta, Target, Walgreens, Sephora, Walmart, Amazon……need I say more? Gurl, you gotta check them out ✨

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    Look, we are NOT trying to spend a ton of money for makeup! There….someone had to say it so….you are welcome, lol. But truly, no one wants to spend tons of money on their makeup products and found out as they age, they need additional ones. For me, I learned that concealer is my new friend for the fine lines that have appeared on my face over the years. Frown lines, smiles lines, dark under-eye circles…..they are all apart of life. NOW….let’s show you quality products for cheap!

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ULTABeauty Full Coverage Liquid Concealer    Price: $9.00

 

 

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    While the fashion community is a bit tensed right now (all over the world, actually) with this …..I’ll call it the ‘Polyvore Scandal’, I want to step away and give you insight into my own experiences that I have been going through in the realm of fashion. 

 If you are following me on other social media platforms (check my social media links under my photo 👈🏽👈🏽), you’ll notice that I’m not only a blogger, but have worn a few hats in my time here on this Earth.  As a military veteran and law enforcement veteran, being a blogger has proven to be challenging in itself. Despite that, I make an over-extended effort to come out of hiding in my office and attend these events so that I can share them with you  😃

I am sure you are wondering where this is coming from and, to be quite frank with my audience, it has been something that I have labored over. When you read my thoughts and opinions on experiences I have bared witness to, please do not lose the fact that I am just like you, an audience to what is around me or that in which I am exposed to. I bring those experiences to you here, in this blog. 

While on the road driving nearly seven hours to Austin, Texas for Fashion Week, my mind kept going back to my first Fashion Week, which took place in New Orleans a few weeks prior. It was as if I was meant to be there, although I knew no one. As a blogger, I had access to the runway just as the other social media and press entities had. Its probably the only reason this Fashion Week was difficult to digest. I know little about being on this side of the camera or how smaller media entities are treated. With that in mind, I will look at each fashion event as a learning lesson. While I was in a bad position and had little opportunity to take good photos to share with you, out of nearly 600 photos, I can bring to you the ones I am sharing in this post.

     I have no information on the designers to credit or link their work so you can further research them, their brand, stores, or their collections directly. Please enjoy what I have brought back to you and I hope that as I become more fluent in the way in which things operate for small social media platforms as mine, I hope to bring you better content references.

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    While I have spent my share hours of my little life in front of a mirror, attempting to do my makeup before a date, important events, or just a day to cover blemishes, one trend that has gotten the masses out to the makeup aisles…..holographic and glitter makeup. Yes, dear reader, I am aware that your favorite YouTube beauty gurus have attempted to kill the holographic/glitter craze of 2017 but the reality is….it just takes some of us normal people time to come around to what the latest trend is. Sometimes the latest trends don’t fit into our lifestyle in which we have transitional time in which we come around to trying new makeup ideas. Other times, new makeup trends cost us not only our time, but extra money. That’s right, it can tend to put a dent in other everyday things that are standard so, buying new makeup can be considered a ‘treat yourself’ moment, let alone a product you have never used before. 

    Yes reader, just like some of you, makeup trends are a luxury to me and I have often passed them up and settled to watching a professional makeup artist use the latest products on their own faces while I observe for free. Now that time has passed and I have taken the initiative to engage some of the new holographic and glitter trends, I’d like to share with you some of my favorites in no particular order:

LOreal Infalliable Galaxy Holographic Highlighter

L’Oreal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Highlighter Stick

 

 

 

 

 

 

While this product is one of those ‘I don’t know’ things until you read all the good reviews or your friends start talking about it, you’ll quickly regret not getting it sooner.  Priced at a reasonable $9.99, L’Oreal’s Infalliable Holographic Highligher stick is highly sought after in the shades Cosmic Pink, Astro Blue, and Galaxy Gold. While still exclusive, don’t get mad at me when you visit your local ULTA store and its likely to be sold out. This is a highly-pigmented, multi-use highlighter that fits wonderfully into your purse, bag, in the armrest of your car….you get what I’m saying girlie? This product can be applied to the brow bone as a highlight, over a matte eyeshadow, cheekbones, cupid’s bow…need I say more? 

Now since L’Oreal has brought the makeup community a definite holographic series winner AND bought another cosmetic corporation for about $1.2 billion…maybe we can finally get those iT Cosmetics foundation shades expanded a little?🤨🤨😁

 

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Wet-n-Wild MegaGlo Liquid Highlighter

 

 

 

 

 

Now before you start, let’s be honest here…Wet-n-Wild has come a long way in the makeup community. While I have been a bit apprehensive about liquid highlighters, this one was something I couldn’t pass up. While available in you local drugstore, this highlighter can be bought just about anywhere. Why is it so amazing? Because its BLINDING!!!! Yes, highlighter overload if you don’t watch it, so a little goes a long way, which is a good thing. While priced at $4.68 on Walmart.com, this highlighter is a great way to start playing with the different way in how this can bring some ‘pop’ to your makeup routine.

 

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Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat

 

 

 

When we talk about low-cost highlighter and fancy glitter lipgloss, one of the names that usually don’t come to mind is Urban Decay. With their impressive lippy-series called Vice, Urban Decay has brought a full spectrum of color to the makeup game. What they also did with the Vice series is provide us with the lip topcoats. These lipgloss-like toppers can be worn alone or over a matte lipstick, giving you that glitzy effect with hints of stunning color. Now….ready for the price? While originally priced at $18.00, these lip-toppers are on sale at your local makeup store (Ulta, Sephora) for $9.00! Gurl….what are you waiting for??? Get to Sephora  💕

 

 

 

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