Friday, January 24, 2020

Tarte Shape Tape Review

Happy Friday and hope you all had a great week! I wanted to share my new favorite concealer! It’s so funny because this concealer has been around for ages and everyone’s obsessed with it. I’m just the absolute last person to try it. It’s Tarte’s Shape Tape! I heard for years how amazing it is and people weren’t lying!

I have tried YSL, Chanel and Charlotte Tilbury concealers which I absolutely love...but are super pricey. The Charlotte Tilbury concealer only lasted for two months! (I’m writing a separate post on that!) $48 for two months?! It’s just crazy. 

After the CT incident, I knew I had to buy something a little more wallet friendly. 

I purchased Shape Tape over the holidays when it was 30% off. It was around $25 which was great. A little bit def goes a very long way. You only need a tiny dot underneath each eye and I blend it out with a beauty blender. I wear shade 35S medium sand and it’s the perfect match. 

It’s vegan. It’s cruelty free and it’s perfect. I wouldn’t be surprised if one tube lasts me an entire year. 

Do I recommend it? YES! Will I repurchase? Hell yeah! 

Have a great weekend! 


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Young Living Dental Care Review

Hello darlings!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!! I swear I’m still in beach mode and can’t believe Christmas has passed and the New Year is almost here. 

I’m making a lot of changes in 2020 and they are mostly directed towards my health. My migraines are still in full swing and I’m willing to do anything to stop them. Next week I finally see a holistic doctor so hopefully she can help me change things around. 

In the meantime, I’m researching essential oils and how they can improve your health. I ordered a few products from Young Living based on a friend’s recommendation and I’m so glad I did.  

I ordered their mouthwash and brightening toothpaste. Right off the bat, I’m so in love with the toothpaste and I will definitely be repurchasing. It’s not heavily scented and doesn’t have a strong Tate when your brushing your teeth. I hate when anything is so strong it makes my mouth burn or super tingle! 

The mouthwash is taking some time. I read a few articles and a lot of people have said to dilute Young Living products since the essential oils can be strong. Well I can vouch for this! I will be watering this baby down! When I first took a cap full...whoa my mouth couldn’t handle it! I took my empty mouthwash bottle and filled it up half way and used water for the other half. It totally changed my mind around about this product. 

I highly recommend the toothpaste but I’m not 100% convinced about the mouth wash. I may go back to my original organic one. 

Overall, I’m impressed by Young Living and can’t wait to try more products! 

Happy New Year! 


Monday, December 2, 2019

2020 New Years’ Resolutions

Hello darlings! 

It’s nice and snowy here in NYC. 

I’ve been thinking of some New Year’s Resolutions and I thought I would share…here we go:

  1. I will get better about saving money! I know I say this every year but now I really mean it. Hahaha. I want to save up for a house so it’s time I get serious about my finances. 
  2. I will only purchase cruelty free beauty products from now on. I really have been tossing and turning about this one. After finishing Accutane, my skin has been perfect and I am so afraid of messing it up. I want my skin to stay the same but I also have to follow my heart with this one. I have been going back and forth for years now about clean beauty. After suffering from migraines for so many years, I really need to look into every product I use more and start cleaning out the toxins. I know people go back and forth and say there’s nothing to worry about BUT I do notice a change in myself. I used the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and wham…migraine out of nowhere. When I looked at the ingredients…BHT is known to trigger migraines in some people. Parabens have been said to mimic hormones. I know people have their own opinions but if I can be healthier…why not? We’ll see how this clean journey goes...
  3. Migraines…they have been really bad this year. I need to keep better track of my diet and really get my stuff together. I know there’s no guarantee and no one really knows what causes migraines but at this point…I really need to true. I can’t keep going through the pain and leaving work and missing out on life. 
  4. Relax more! It’s time for less stress, more vacations, and great people in my life. 
  5. Balance! I can be a pretty extreme person which gets me into trouble…I need to be more in the gray area and not so black and white!

I still can’t believe it’s almost 2020! Insane! I’m still in July mode!


Friday, November 8, 2019

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello darlings!!!

I thought it would be the perfect time for a makeup routine update! When I was on Accutane (and throughout all my acne years), it was easier for me to learn what products I DID NOT like. And boy were there many!!! 

My skin is just super sensitive and it funny because the products they tell me will break me out don’t and the “natural” products…do. I’ll chat more about that later. 

My makeup routine pretty much stays the same with the exception of a few new things here and there. I always want to try new products and then end up hating them and going back to my original. I’m not wasting any more money! So here we go..

  1. Sunscreen: I wear sunscreen everyday no matter what. I needed to when I was on Accutane but it’s also so important for both health and aging reasons! I wear Elta MD Clear Sunscreen
  2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #6.5 or Chanel oil-free foundation #BD41 or #BR42. I use a few different Chanel foundations and they all pretty much work for me as long as they are oil-free. I prefer Armani because I feel like their shades are more natural looking on me. Chanel is getting better than they were a few years ago but still…they can still do more work on their shades.  
  3. Charlotte Tilbury shade #3 concealer or YSL Touche Eclat concealer #3. I like the CT concealer and will repurchase but I had to play around with different setting powders for this one. I was using the CT Flawless Finish powder but it was making my eyes tear and my concealer was melting off by noon. I use my trusty Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to set my under eyes. 
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder in shade #2 medium to set my entire face. I get so many compliments because of this stuff. 
  5. Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Powder in shade #30 for my bronzer. I think it’s a little too light in the shade but it does give a natural look. I look a little warmer without looking like Kim K. 
  6. Giorgio Armani blush but it has been discontinued. I will go back to my Chanel blush in shade #80 Jersey. 
  7. Eyeshadow changes around a bit. I use Nars cream shadow sticks in Goddess and then go with Chanel palette #226 Tisse Rivoli. In the New Year I will probably simplify my eye makeup routine a bit. 
  8. I use Hourglass mascara at the moment because it was a free sample but I am not loyal to any. I think I will go back to drugstore. I do prefer dark brown mascaras! 
  9. I use Stila and Urban Decay eyeliners to line upper and lower lids. I am really liking the dark brown shades. They look a bit more natural. 
  10. Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder highlighter in Modern Mercury: I have been using this for at least 3 years. It’s a limited edition but not going anywhere. I am obsessed. 
  11. I use Drybar hairspray on a toothbrush for my brows. I used to use expensive eyebrow gels but this is way cheaper. 

That’s it! That’s my everyday makeup routine. I do not wear makeup if I am not going to work. I let my skin breathe and give it a break. I will be removing some things come new year or as I finish up products. I am trying to simplify!!! 

Happy Friday and my skincare routine will be coming up next!

Enjoy your weekend!! 


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Final Accutane Update

Hello darlings!!!

I am SUPER excited to say that I completed my 6 month course of Accutane! Looking back, it went by quickly BUT throughout the process, it has been super slow. The last two months were extremely mentally difficult for me. In the beginning, I had minor side effects such as extremely dry lips. That’s pretty much all I had for the first 4 months. Once I entered into month 5…oh dear! 

I experienced…

  • Dry eyes causing tearing. I had to stop wearing eye makeup. 
  • Joint pain and extreme back pain. It would take me a few moments to get up from the sofa. 
  • Blurred vision which caused me to fall down a flight of stairs
  • Skin peeling (especially my ears) 
  • Mental side effects such as anger, irritable, depression, anxiety, and feeling of being overwhelmed. This started to cause major issues in my personal life. 
  • Severe sun sensitivity
  • Skin rashes and sensitives

My dermatologist was great but he told me the only side effect would be dry lips. FALSE. I was traveling to Disney when I was finishing the last of my pills. I had a few extra days’ worth as an emergency stash but I started getting headaches. I just threw them away. 2 extra days wasn’t going to make a difference. I couldn’t take it anymore. During the last week, as soon as I would take a pill, I would instantly feel the difference with myself. 

Do I have any regrets about taking Accutane? No. I get compliments on my skin daily. Would I do it again? 100% NOT. I also would tell anyone to speak with their doctor before starting this treatment. It is also an exhausting process between all the bloodwork and doctor visits. 

I have never felt this happy with my skin before and I firmly believe this was my only option….BUT it was majorly difficult on my body and mental health. 

I am sooo happy with my skin and I am even more happier it’s over….

I did it. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Week 26 Accutane Update 

Hello darlings, 

Long time no chat. Today marks 26 weeks since I’ve been on Accutane. I have 9 days to go and I cannot wait. These last two months should have been smooth sailing but it certainly has been not. It is starting to take a mental toll on me and I wasn’t expecting that.

I have no regrets but recently I have noticed I have been more emotional and depressed. My skin is absolutely flawless. Every single day I get compliments on my face. People always ask me what I am doing because my skin is the best they have ever seen from anyone. It’s so rewarding after going through so many years of cystic acne that made me insecure and paranoid about my looks. Part of me is actually fearful of finishing my course of Accutane because I do not want the breakouts to come back. But the other part of me knows IT IS time. 

This week has been the worst yet. A minor situation occurred and I spent my evening crying, paranoid and having panic attacks. I was totally acting irrational and have no way of controlling it. 

I do experience breakouts still if I put something new on my face and my skin isn’t liking it. I am still SUPER sensitive. For example: I went to Charlotte Tilbury to buy a new concealer. The saleslady applied Wonder Glow Primer on my face beforehand and by the end of the night…I had small bumps. 

The last two nights, I have also been getting small bumps on my face…almost like clogged pores. I am not sure if I am going too heavy on my makeup and maybe my skin isn’t liking something. The foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finishing Powder are the only two things I have changed. After I finish everything I have…I am going back to my mix of Armani and Chanel and calling it a day.

I will write updated posts on makeup and skincare I am currently using. Nothing has really changed by much. I am keeping my routine as simple and consistent as possible. It’s important. 

After this long and difficult Accutane journey, I have absolutely no desire to go through this all again. I can’t. 

It doesn’t seem like a lot but monthly bloodwork, monthly dermatologist visits, monthly pharmacy pickups, and taking pills twice per day as completely taken its toll on me. 

Next Saturday morning, I will be more than happy to be saying goodbye to my list Accutane pill. 



Monday, September 30, 2019

Week 22 Accutane Update

Hello darlings! 

Long time no chat! I have enjoyed every single second of summer. September was so amazing for me! I went to South Carolina and spent my time at the beach and Charleston. Charleston is a wonderful much beauty and history!!! It was the perfect way to end summer. The cherry on top! 

On another note, I’m down to my last month of accutane!!!! Wooooo hoooo! I can’t believe it’s almost over. I decided to do a six month course. It’s usually 5 months but the first month my insurance only covered the generic version so I wanted to do 5 full months of the name brand version. 

I’m so excited to almost be done. Some side effects? My lips are swollen and no matter what I do...they are peeling big time!!!! Also, I’m peeling all over my body and especially my legs. Not sure if it’s due to dryness or the sun from South Carolina. 

My skin has also become a lot more sensitive. I’m having a lot more skin reactions. I used a goat milk soap and I got rashes. I used Nars Sheer Glow foundation and I got breakouts. I’ll be sticking to Armani and Chanel from now on. 

I’ll be doing a beauty/skincare product rundown soon! 

I can’t believe it’s almost October! Crazy!!