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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

3 Beauty Products I Don’t Like


Happy New Year darlings!!! Hope everyone had a great holiday! 

Over the holidays I tried three popular products and I DID NOT alike them. In my opinion, they were not worth the money at all even though they have loads of positive reviews.

Here are my thoughts....

1. Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray: I loved this spray when I first started using it but after a few days, I started to break out. I do have extremely sensitive and acne prone skin so many things make me breakout. I used this facial spray to set my makeup and the results were beautiful. My makeup blended together beautifully and I especially loved the look of my foundation...dewy, plump and healthy! I don’t think the smell was strong and went away quickly. My only issue were the bumps they came a few days after use...I tried to finish up the spray by using it for my hair but it turned out not to be worth it. I dumped the little bit I had and recycled my bottle. I’ll pass on this next time. Thank goodness I bought the smaller bottle! 

2. French Girl Rose Lip Polish: I maybe the only person in the world to not like this but it was a complete waste of time for me! My lips started bleeding a few weeks ago due to the NYC cold weather and my strong acne meds. The combo is always brutal this time of year! So I bought this scrub thinking it would help get rid of my chapped, cracked and flaking lips...wrong! It was a complete waste of time for me and did absolutely nothing! The only think that helped was shea butter I bought at Wholefoods! It was the best thing for my lips! I reapply all day long as soon as it wears off. Within a day I noticed a HUGE difference. I swear by it now and have been telling everyone. Shea butter is my new go to and I’ll never be without it again! I’ll be using it all year long. I’ll also be using it all over my body. I love it! I am giving this scrub to a friend and I’ll never buy again. 

3. Pai Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: I’m trying to get into the clean beauty trend. It has been a hit and miss for me. I ordered a little gift set from Follain and this cleanser was included. Thank goodness it’s a small tube. It smelled absolutely wonderful and the scent didn’t make me sick! (Certain smells trigger my migraines) It’s a hydrating cleanser and even though I normally have oily skin, due to Winter, my skin has been dry lately. I absolutely hated this cleanser and will never repurchase. It felt like I was putting hand lotion on my face. My face totally didn’t feel clean! It was hydrating and my skin felt super soft and definitely not stripped of its natural oils but I left like there was residue on my face after using this. I had to go back in with my CereVe flaming cleanser to really feel clean. I just wasn’t a fan at all. Even if I had dry skin, no thanks to the feeling of washing my face with hand lotion. Thank you, next. 

What popular products have you tried and ended up hating? 

Have an amazing week! 

xx
Mel

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Hi loves! Hope everyone had a great holiday. I’m still on vacation so enjoying every minute of it! I already wrote my 2019 beauty resolutions so I figured I would add to it. I’m on a mission. Take a look at my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Lose weight 

2. Start working out 3x per week

3. Eat healthy 90% of the time- only cheating on weekends 

4. Blow out my hair at least 1x per week

5. Save $5k and put in my savings account- and keep it there!

6. Stay away from toxic people

7. Take one vacation- by plane! 

8. Get rid of things and don’t build up clutter! 

My main takeaway from my beauty resolutions was... don’t buy unless I need it and it’s on sale AND only buy things I have tried before! 

As a heads up...I’m trying to transition into cleaner living and that includes my beauty products. Next year you’ll see more beauty reviews...but it’ll be a mix of clean and conventional beauty products....I’m trying BUT I don’t want to break out and waste money trying new things. 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  

xx
Mel

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Hi Darlings, 

Hope everyone’s enjoying the Holiday season! I am! I do need to get better about eating and drinking…but I am trying. It’s just so hard with all the parties and get togethers!!!! 

As a makeup addict, I am sharing my New Year’s Resolutions with you all 😊
  1. No purchasing makeup unless I have used before
  2. Only buy makeup if it’s on sale
  3. No buying makeup unless I need to restock the product
  4. No visiting makeup stores
  5. No visiting counters unless for special event (wedding)

There’s nothing else I love more than getting my makeup done! I can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars) at beauty counters in one sitting. I am obsessed. In an effort to save money in 2019 and travel more…I am ending some of my bad habits! No more innocent browse through Sephora and Ulta. No more just asking for a few samples of new beauty products which will lead to a purchase…no more! I want to go to Italy, South Carolina and Mexico next year and that requires cash! Cheers to 2019 and making it the best year yet!

xx
Mel

Monday, November 5, 2018

6 Skincare Products on Repeat

Happy Monday loves!!

As a beauty lover, I am always look at the next new product launch and always looking for my next Holy Grail product. There are some items though that I always always always repurchase before I even run out. They are my staples and I can’t see myself stopping from repurchasing anytime soon. 

Here they are:

These are all absolutely the best of the best. I can't even tell you how many times I have repurchased. Are any of these your favorite?

Have a great week!!
xx
Mel

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My Acne Skincare Routine

Hi darlings, 

I have blogged before about my regular everyday skincare routine but I do have to add additional products when my skin is acting up...I have been suffering with acne now for 3 years and it doesn’t seem to want to go away. I have found products that work for me and now know what I should stay away from. 

Here are some tips:

1. Especially during the warmer months, I try not to wear foundation and if I do, it has to be very light. My pores clog very easily so full coverage foundations no longer work for my skin. (I miss you so much Estée Lauder Double Wear!!!I wear shades Tawny and Cashew as reference) Water-based foundations are the ones for me. This one by Chanel is my fave. (I mix shades 30 and 40) 

2. I try not to wear any makeup on weekends! Again, sometimes I have to for events or work but if I’m just relaxing...no makeup! Every little bit helps and my skin and wallet thank me for it. 

3. I can’t wear primer anymore. It’s so weird because I always used to wear primer!! I have very oily skin so primer is a must right? For me, I can’t wear it at all. There’s not one season that I can wear primer...no matter what brand or type or time of year...I get whiteheads and bumps instantly. 

4. Do go for allergy testing! It’s worth it. I was trying to go completely clean or organic with my skincare and makeup and it turns out I’m allergic to plants. So every product that was plant based was making me breakout and I had no idea why. It’s worth seeing a specialist just to see if you acne is really an allergy to ingredients used in products. 

Here’s my full morning acne routine:

1. Sulfur Cleanser- I use Avar (doctor prescribed)
2. Bioderma Sensibio H2O- I go through bottles and bottles of this stuff. Super gentle on the skin 
3. Clindamycin (doctor prescribed)
4. Makeup with SPF- I use Chanel Les Beiges in shade medium. It is a bit oily/dewy for me but I rather be extra glowy than extra broken out.  
5. Separate spf on my neck- I use Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen with SPF 40

Here’s my full night time routine:

1. Purity cleanser to remove makeup (I buy the 64 oz once a year from QVC)
2. CeraVe or Bioderma to remove any leftover makeup- I do this because I want to make sure the sulfur cleanser really gets into my skin and it’s not blocked by leftover makeup residue. 
3. Sulfur cleanser- Avar- same as Morning (doctor prescribed) 
4. Bioderma- same as Morning 
5. Retin-A on face, neck and chest- this is doctor prescribed 
6. IT Cosmetics Confidence Eye Cream- most importantly this hydrated and doesn’t make me break out! 

Ugh I wish acne didn’t exist! Thank goodness I have found this routine to work for me. The trick is to use a routine consistently. No changing every 3 weeks like I used to. I know it’s difficult if you’re a makeup or skincare junkie but it’s a must to keep everything the same so if you do introduce a new product and have a reaction...you know what doesn’t work for you. 

Thank you for reading!
xx
Mel

Monday, October 22, 2018

My Current Skincare Routine

Happy Monday loves! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Just wanted to share my skincare routine staples. Quick and easy!

1. Makeup Removing Wipes to start! I layer on products and living in a major city, there's loads of pollution. 

2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser: I order the 64oz bottle from QVC when they offer it once per year. This is the best! 

3. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser: Again, I am on my 6th to 8th bottle. I lost count. Most importantly...it doesn't have a fragrance and it also clears my skin because it's good at cleaning out my pores. 


5. Retin-A 6%: this is from my dermatologist and it helps my skin SOOOO much!!

6. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion: No scent and won't clog your pores!! 

7. IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream: I've been using this for almost a year now and it keeps my eyes looking good and doesn't break me out. 

2x or 3x Weekly: 

1. I'm obsessed with this Juice Beauty Apple Peel mask. Obsessed! It's a strong one so be careful you sensitive skin girls. 

2. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Mask : not my favorite favorite like the Juice Beauty mask but it gets the job done. 

3. I have been using this Olay scrub for over 5 years. I have tried so many others and I keep coming back to this one. Nothing else can beat it. My Mom got me hooked on it! It can burn a bit so be careful. 

That's it! I do make a few product tweaks but I usually come back to these. They are must haves. 

What products do you love?
xx

Mel

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2019 Beauty New Years’ Resolutions

So I know this may seem a bit weird…but yes, I make New Years’ Resolutions and for the first time ever…I am going to make Beauty ones too.

I am admittedly beauty obsessed. I am an addict. I have makeup brushes stored away from years ago, I have 6 foundations that are brand new, I have multiple blushes from Armani and Chanel that have barely been touched, I keep order QVC beauty TSVs, etc. etc. etc. The makeup will probably expire before I even get to use them. This is only makeup…don’t let me get started on skincare! Scrubs, masks, cleansers and blah blah blah are all over the place. I need to start saving money and actually stick to a budget.

I want to do two things in 2019: travel more and start saving for a house. I can't do it if I am wasting money!

Here are my Resolutions:

1. No buying makeup unless it's on sale

2. No buying makeup until I am out of a product

3. No returning makeup

4. Only allowed to purchase products I have already tried. No trying new products. This is mostly due to my acne and I break out by a lot of problems. Only using known to work for me products will save me money and save me from breakouts.

5. I must stick to my budget. I have set a number to spend in 2019 and I must stick to it. $6k is my budget. I know this is an extremely high number. Trust me I know BUT it includes everything from makeup, haircuts, to shaving cream. Everything involving my personal care is in this budget.

Do you think I can do it? I'm a little nervous but I know once I set my mind to something, I can do it!

xx
Mel