I’ve been on a journey — a powerful one that I fully believe is my purpose. I wanted to come here to write an update to you guys on what to expect going forward.
First, I want to say this blog has been the most empowering thing I have ever started and done. It showed me that whatever you want to do, whatever goal you have — the first step is just to start. I started this blog not knowing anything about the online space, all the technicalities of starting a blog and how much work actually goes into building all of this.
I wanted to say this has been so much fun and I’ve learned and grown so much along the way…
So much that, I decided to go on a different path at ozzybalkanli.com. Although make up will always hold a special place in my heart, I am moving toward self love, self care and development. Of course, here and there make up and skin care will be talked about as it relates to everything, but I will no longer reviewing products often as I did here.
You can read my full story on the about me page and why I’ve decided to change paths. I fully believe helping others with their struggles is my purpose and I am so excited to be getting started!
If you want to follow me, then head on over to my site and download the free super hero meditation! We can email each other that way as well.
That’s all I wanted to say and thank you so much for supporting me.
Juvias Place is a brand I recently started getting into and have quickly become obsessed.
Not only are they affordable, but their products are also great quality.
I wanted to share a look I created for you guys with the Zulu palette, which is a go-to look for me.
When you first look at the palette, you might be taken back or not willing to try it since it has some crazy shades, but trust me they are totally easy to work with!
I’ve created two looks with this palette so far, but I’m excited to try even more looks. That’s the beauty of this palette, its versatile and although, the colors may not be what you’re used to working with, it is still an easy palette to create everyday looks with!
Here’s a swatch of all the colors to show you what they look like on the skin:
They are so pigmented, yet so easy to blend! I had no trouble working with them. What I love is that it’s not crazy pigmented to a point where it’s too hard to work with. Of course, as it is bright colors, do be careful to make sure you are applying a little at a time. But even if you are not too careful, I still think it’s easy to not mess up.
Looking at the swatches now, I’m excited to create a look with the bright green color. It is catching my eye!
My best friend initially bought this palette after I introduced her to Juvias Place, which we then ended up trying it out at the same time! Being both makeup fanatics, we both quickly fell in love with this palette and the brand. I am excited to try their other palettes, such as their masquerade one.
What’s exciting about this brand is that they are affordable and they tend to have sales somewhat frequently.
The Zulu palette is on sale for $17.50, which is so affordable. The Masquerade palette is a little more, priced at $25, but it looks like it’s worth it. I love that the Masquerade palette has more browns and more shades with it. I’m definitely eyeing that one for my next purchase.
Make Up Look Using The Zulu Palette:
The first look I created with this palate kind of resembles a sunset (at least, I think so).
I used the orange shade as my transition shade and then used the purple shade for the eyelid space. The purple wasn’t exactly the purple I wanted, so I used a darker purple from a different palette.
This look is so simple that I think anyone can do it. 🙂 If you’re feeling up to it, I think it looks beautiful with a winged eyeliner as well!
I realized I didn’t take a picture of the second look I created with this, but that one was also simple. I used the orange again for transition, then put the pink shimmery on my lid space and the bright pink on my lower lash line. It might sound crazy, but it looked so girly and cute! 🙂
I don’t know about you guys, but I love building up my “Make up” board on Pinterest, so if you’re like me, then pin this for later below!
Anyways, that’s all. Have you guys tried Juvias Place? What do you guys think of them?
Happy Mother’s Day to all my strong, courageous, confident, kind mothers out there! You are truly all amazing and I don’t know how you do half of the things you do! So much love and appreciation to you all. 🙂
I believe a mother is the shaping and molding of a kid, and our stepping stone to this thing called life. And although a mother plays an integral part in your future, if you didn’t have the opportunity to have that role model in your life, sometimes in other ways you can be shaped into becoming even a stronger person, once you realize your potential.
I wanted to share with you guys 5 things my mother has taught me as I believe all mother like figures teach us things that shape us in becoming who we are, positive or not. My mother was a tough one. She was one that you’d be scared to mess with. Growing up, my sister was terrified of my mom and since I was a bit more of a daredevil, I wasn’t as much, to an extent, scared of her. My mom was a “clean freak” and wanted things in her particular ways. To make this short, the sound of a vacuum on a Saturday morning still haunts me to this day….
Then, you get to an age and realize….. your mom was right about everything! (Ugh!) You start to do the things she does and you realize she had a lot of truth in what she was saying, but you were just being a brat and didn’t want to listen. Nowadays, I’m somewhat of a clean freak as well, but to a healthy extend. In my moms definition of it, I’m no where close, but I think that’s perfect for me! 🙂
Since, I am at that age where I realize my moms molding and shaping of me was such an integral step in becoming who I am, I wanted share some of the things my mom has taught me. She’s one of the strongest people I know and everyday I think about how I can be tough like her. She is also compassionate and loving, like most mothers are. And I am so happy to celebrate a day that is dedicated to the woman who sacrifices so much for our lives!
Without Further Ado, Here Are 5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me:
1. Be Stronger Than Life
Not sure if this one sounds a little off in English, but in Turkish it makes perfect sense. Let me explain. This is the one that I think about the most. How courageous is it, though? To be tougher than life. Life isn’t easy and we all go through some hard events and get blind sighted by hard events. My mom has always told me to be the most strongest version of myself so when life hits you with tough situation, you are tougher than what is getting thrown at you to handle it. It’s almost like being ready for battle and that life should be scared of you instead of vice versa. I’ve always taken that mindset with everything I have done. Growing up she would always push me out of the limits I’ve had for myself and never allow me to say I can’t do something. She always believed you can do anything with perseverance.
2. Enjoy Your Life & Keep Your Head Held High
My mom has always told me to enjoy your life, and that it’s the most important thing to do because life really is so short. Not only to enjoy your life but do it confidently following your own path. She has taught me to always keep my focus on my own path and not to care what people think of me. She’s taught me to be a free spirit and that to always keep my spirits high because we only have this precious life to live. She has always told me to ask yourself everyday; “What do I want to do today?” and then to do exactly that. She has told me to keep moving forward and do what you have to do for you.
3. Be Immensely Grateful
My mom is the type of women that can be grateful at any situation for the littlest things. She will see a flower and suddenly be immensely grateful for it. She says thank you to every little thing that she believes is made of magic, which seems to be everything in this life. Nature is her thing and she gets such a high from it. Which I think is where I get my love of nature. I think of her each time I practice gratitude and that we really don’t need so much to be extremely grateful for this life we’ve been given. It definitely makes my gratitude practice much easier thinking of how she can be grateful for anything.
4. Dance Your Way Through Life
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a dancer but she has told me to dance through each thing you are doing. To do it in elegance, in a free spirit and to not take things so seriously. What she means when she says is that you should always have a positive attitude with each task you are doing. To flow through life with a smile on your face as much as you can.
5. No One Is Superior Than You
This one has gotten me through my professional years when its necessary to speak to higher up team mates. It’s still something I try to incorporate, but it totally makes sense. No one is superior than you because everyone is special in their own way and have different things to offer. Someone’s accomplishments shouldn’t be the defining point of who they are as a person. At the end of the day we are all human. She has taught me to be confident in what I have to offer and that it is nothing less than my managers.
My mom was a tough cookie, but now I appreciate her so much more for everything she has taught me and strive to be more like her everyday. I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones, and don’t forget to call your mom!! 🙂
Until next time.
“Never apologize for being a powerful women.” – Unknown
Flower beauty officially launched at Ulta a few months back and it’s been all the hype in the beauty world.
If you did not know already, Flower Beauty was created by the lovely Drew Barrymore, which only makes us, makeup junkies that more intrigued. Drew Barrymore’s hit movie “50 First Dates” were the epitome of relationship goals. If you haven’t watched it yet, girl what are you doing, you’re missing out!
Apparently, Flower Beauty has been around since 2012, and just recently launched at Ulta.
To be honest, I only tried this makeup line because of my love for Drew Barrymore. She is such a kind-hearted soul and I had to see how her creation measured up to her success in the media business.
I didn’t really have high hopes for it as I haven’t yet found an affordable brand that I’ve been wildly impressed with. At least definitely not for foundations. But to my surprise, Flower Beauty is absolutely something to talk about….
Flower Beauty is sold at Ulta, like I’ve mentioned above, and has variety of products to achieve a full face look. I only picked up her foundation, concealer and blush, which were all products that were the most hyped about. I’ve been wearing these products for the past month, almost everyday. For me personally, I know if I will like a face product within a few tries, if not the first try. But, for a full in depth review, I wanted to make sure I knew everything about these products before I mentioned it to you guys, which is why I tried it for a month before writing this.
This foundation promises to be luminous and have a nude-skin feel. I can attest that it definitely does have both of those feels to it. The foundation also has spf of 18, which I don’t really get the number, but hey, it’s still something!
I am absolutely so impressed with the foundation. I cannot believe how amazing it is, especially for the price point. It is full coverage and leaves your skin looking like skin. Honestly, if there is any drug-store or affordable brand foundation you want to get, this has to be it. This feels luxurious and works just as well as some of my high-end foundations. It has a dewy finish, but it doesn’t feel oily or heavy. I don’t think any of my oily skin people will have a problem with it. It really feels universal to me as far as having it work for anyone. It’s super creamy and applies smoothly without any patches. I’ve always had a problem with drug-store brands being patchy on my skin, but not with this one! The shade I have been using is warm beige L4.
This one is also creamy and the tip of it reminds me of the Nars concealer. It works just as beautifully. It may not be as good as Tarte Tape Shape, but it gets pretty darn close. If you are trying to save money and are in need of a good concealer, I would highly recommend you this one. I mean it’s all I’ve been wearing all month long, which to me says a lot. The shade I am using is L3-4 Light.
This blush is everything you need. It gives you the most beautiful finish and color to your face. I always get scared with drug-store brands having too much pigment in their blush, but not this one, it’s the perfect amount. It’s your classic blush. The shade I have is Sweet Pea and it works really well with my skin tone. This is currently the most highly-rated product from her line at Ulta. The foundation comes in second and concealer is fourth.
Her packaging definitely has a hippie vibe as expected. The foundation has a pump, the concealer feels luxurious and resembles a Nars concealer and the blush is packaged simple, but beautifully, with a flower embedded on it.
For me, I think Flower Beauty gets 10/10 for packaging. The fact that the foundation has a pump is always a positive and the concealer being easy to use and resembling a high-end brand is something that most drug-store brands don’t do. The blush is equally beautiful to look at and use.
I’ve used it with a primer and without one and it didn’t make a difference! You can’t say that with most foundations. Typically, with most foundations, you need to use a primer for best results and durability, but not with this one! Of course, definitely use one still if you have a primer, but if you don’t have one you are good to go!
I like that it doesn’t promise you certain number of hours of wear because honestly, I feel like that’s always crazy. Like no foundation should last you 24 hours because you need to let your skin be free at night. This foundation says it’s an all-day wear, which is reasonable. I can also attest that it does last all day. It looks equally as beautiful as when you first applied it. I’m not one to repurchase a drug-store or affordable brand foundations, but this one definitely wins my heart for me to want to do that. The concealer is equally great, but you know my love for Tarte, that it’s hard to confess all my love for this concealer. It’s beautiful nonetheless, it just won’t ever have my full heart – I’m sure you get it…
This is a wallet-friendly brand – with most products being under $15. The foundation is priced at $13.99, blush and concealer are both $9.99. It’s such a steal; seriously, I cannot wait to try out her other products. Currently, her liquid matte color is the third most popular from her brand and I’m already thinking I need those as well! You really cannot beat the price point and the quality of this brand.
I’d say, don’t look anywhere else for affordable makeup, you’ve hit the jackpot with Flower Beauty. I can imagine now that this is at Ulta, other affordable brands will have to step up their game because this brand truly feels luxurious and resembles high-end products. It makes me happy because you can actually get makeup that’s both affordable and fabulous. I wouldn’t rave about it this much if it weren’t true.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of her other products and what you think about them!
Until next time…
“EMBRACE uncertainty. Some of the most BEAUTIFUL chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. – Unknown
This is not sponsored. All opinions are my own, and always will be. For full disclosure of this site, please read this.
I seriously can’t believe it’s May already. I’m really excited and happy that summer’s right around the corner! I have so many little road trips planned on my mind and can’t wait to just drive and be free. 🙂
The other day I was thinking/being mindful of the moment and realized, although I don’t like the winter because it’s cold, sometimes hot weather doesn’t have its great qualities, either. Such as being stuck in a train with all sweaty people and feeling like you can’t breathe from the hot weather (yes, this actually happened to me!).
Boston’s getting pretty hot! But, what I’m trying to say is, I think it’s best to enjoy each moment as it is and not wait for one particular season because you like it the best. Winter has its perks and so does summer. 🙂 It’s all about your focus that allows you to stay positive, so I hope that these songs will help you with that kind of mindset.
This mindset also reminds me of missing someone because you keep thinking about the positive, but in reality the relationship or the person can be just as cold as winter….
Sometimes we put too much focus on one thing, or the future, where all we have to do is stay present in the most precious moment – which is now.
May’s Spotify playlist has been mostly country. I’ve been really getting into Kacey Musgraves. Actually, I have been OBSESSING over all her songs. Her songs make me want to lay down at a park in the grass with my headphones and have the sun shine on me, while relaxing and daydreaming. Doesn’t that sound so relaxing?! Well, Kacey’s voice is powerful to be able to put you in that state of mind. I’ve been listening to all her songs like; “Follow Your Arrow”, “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Butterflies” on repeat, which all have great points about our life. I love her vibe and that all her songs are about following your intuition and heart, forgetting about what society thinks about you or allowing your decisions to be made by them, and to just go with the flow. I love that. I think it’s so important to question things, to question the ‘norm’ and to follow what feels right inside. Just because something has been done a certain way for so long doesn’t mean the method is perfect. And just because society doesn’t approve of something that is not widely known to feel comfortable doing, doesn’t always mean you shouldn’t do it.
That’s all I got for now! Let me know what you’ve been loving, I still want to add a lot more to my list! Also, does anyone else listen to a song about 20 times in a day when they love it? I’ve listened to the number one on the list over 100 times already and its only been a week since I started listening to Kacey! 🙂
My Spotify is ozge18, if you would like to follow me there. And let’s become friends on Instagram! If you follow me, let me know, I’ll follow back. I want to get to know everyone. 🙂
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. – Andy Warhol
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own, and always will be. For full disclosure of this site, please read this.
This month’s favorites are a long one! I tried so many amazing products and I know I will be using them for many months ahead.
I wanted to also give the three products that I think are not worth the money in here as well in case you were thinking of buying them. Let me know if that is something you guys like and I can keep doing the things I didn’t like either!
Okay, I was super hesitant to buy this because it’s expensive. Like $42 for a bronzer…What?! But, I’ve heard amazing things about this product, so I had to know what all the hype was about. And thankfully, it did not disappoint! Guys, seriously this is the BEST bronzer I have ever used. It knocked my Benefit Hoola bronzer out of first place, which is crazy to me. This gives you the most beautiful finish. It seriously looks like a natural bronze you would get from the sun. I feel like I am not even wearing makeup, but that I just came from a vacation. 🙂 The little brush it comes with is also useful and it’s what I’ve been using at the gym to get ready with. It’s made nicely where you can really contour your face with it. The palette is huge, so I’m thinking this will last me a while (hopefully!).
Here’s another product that’s been highly hyped about in the beauty community and I highly think it’s worth it, too. It’s a gold highlighter, but it leaves your skin looking so beautiful and natural. I can definitely see this will be a hit for the summer as it will look great with a tan! If you haven’t gotten into highlighters yet, I would definitely recommend this one or any of Becca’s products.
Makeup Revolution Sophx Highlighter Palette
Okay, now I know why my list for April is so long, it’s because I tried all the highly hyped up products! Here’s another one….The great thing about this highlighter is that it’s affordable! I purchased this one from Ulta and have been loving it. There’s so many different shades that you can use for different looks, which I love. If you are a makeup artist, then you will love this as there’s a shade for almost anyone. I love that there’s also a white shade, which you can use as a crease highlight in your eyes. I’ve been using this palette with the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter above and it’s been a pretty blinding (but beautiful) highlight on my face! 🙂
Believe it or not, this is my first time trying out this primer. This is a oldie, but a goodie product. I think it’s nice to mention this now for anyone that is getting ready for prom or their wedding, this is the primer for you! It photographs beautifully without any flashbacks. I used to be scared to try this because I used to have oily skin and I thought this would work terribly on my oily skin and feel gross, but it definitely doesn’t! It’s not heavy at all and feels your skin feeling moisturized and silky, but all in good ways! It definitely allows for a beautiful foundation application as well. Since this is a silicone base primer, it will tend to do that where the silicone acts as a slate for your face!
This was my first product I tried from Hourglass and it did not disappoint! Wait, I think I tried their primer too, but that was given to me as a gift with my points from Sephora, so that doesn’t count!! 🙂 Anyways, again I understand the hype about this product. This is one of the best foundations I have ever tried. It leaves your skin looking like….skin! It covers everything you want it to and makes you look like you have no makeup on. I’m a seriously full coverage type of gal, so when I am going out, I’ve been mixing this with my Giorgio Armani foundation (which I restocked during the Sephora sale :)!). I think this is a great everyday foundation on its own, but if you want night time glam, you can definitely benefit from mixing it with another foundation! It will give you the most beautiful finish, trust me!
I’ve been using this product for a while now and wasn’t sure if I ever mentioned it. This has quickly become my ride or die product. What I love about it is, if you are running late and want your eyebrows to look presentable or just a little better, you can just apply this without fully doing your eyebrows, and you are good to go! I’ve been wearing this a lot by itself because it’s easy and quick. If you use the hourglass foundation, this gel and mascara, then you got yourself an easy 5 minute makeup look!
Guys, the struggle is real. I picked up amazing nude shades this past month and fell in love with them all, which then thought they deserved their own little category! I know that I will be using all of these all throughout the summer, spring, fall, winter… you catch my drift – all the time!
This one I recently purchased and have been dying to buy months before. This one reminds me of the good ol’ days when lip glosses were much more popular and that’s what almost everyone wore. I love how girly this color makes me feel and that it has a slight minty feel to it. It’s not overpowering and very subtle. The thing that does stink about lip glosses is that they don’t last as long as lip sticks, but that’s ok this one’s worth it. I know this will look absolutely beautiful with a tan in the summer! If you are not willing to spend $28 (which I totally get), then I believe BareMinerals has a similar product here, that you can get for about $9 less.
This lipstick is my first product I’ve tried from Lime Crime and I am so impressed. I’ve heard great things about this brand and I couldn’t wait to try this shade. I think this is probably my favorite nude of all time. Watch out, makeup-for-ever-nude-lipstick-that-I’ve-loved-for-over-a-year-now, this is my new jam! Seriously, the most beautiful nude. It’s a very neutral nude and I think would look amazing with smoky eyes!
Okay, so the Lime Crime lipstick above and this one really were fighting for first place in my crazy-makeup-obsessed brain. And it was tough to choose, and although Lime Crime won, this is another absolutely amazing lip shade. All I’m wondering is where has this shade been all my life?! I am so in love with this, too and I’ve been wearing the two back and forth. I am finally thinking I don’t think I need any other lip stick in my life (we’ll see how long this lasts). This nude has a little bit more of a pink undertone so could be a better pair if you have more colorful look in your eyes!
Lastly, this has been something I’ve been wearing all month long as well. This is one of those lipsticks that you can just apply without even looking in a mirror. It’s more like a tint, but you can definitely notice the color. I love this color in particular and think it gives my face the most beautiful flush of color. I know it will also look amazing with a tan. I’ve been using this lipstick as more like a chapstick, although it doesn’t even have the properties to be a chapstick, but you know the struggles of wanting to look glam!
I have two hair products this month, which I know have officially become my ride-or-die and I have been using them almost everyday! All I’ve been wondering is how did I go through life without these two products! Was that a bit dramatic?…. Well, you can’t stay calm when your hair is on point because of these two products!
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
You guys know Livingproof dry shampoo has been my jam for quite a while now. But then this came into my life and it has changed my life for the better. The thing that was bothering me with Livingproof is that I would run out of it so quickly, it felt so hollow. I feel that I won’t have the same issue with this one. Also, I definitely notice that this one works better than the Livingproof one! I also love the scent to this. It’s a win-win situation. 🙂
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil
I’ve been using this a lot at the gym and have been loving it. It’s great for anyone that travels but also great for anyone who wants to have hair goals! I love this one because it leaves my hair feeling so silky and smooth and I love that it is protecting my hair against heat. I can’t remember if I wrote this in another favorites post, but regardless, you need to hear it again. I love this! It’s 100x better than the “It’s a Ten” junk we all grew up using. Trust me, you gotta upgrade, girlie and you will thank me! 🙂
Okay this is the last one from my favorites list. We are (finally) coming to an end.
I’m not sure if I ever mentioned how much I love the Neutrogena wipes, but I sure do. I use them almost everyday, but it doesn’t quite get all of my mascara. I knew I needed to do something about it instead of waking up with raccoon eyes. This product has been a life saver, also age saver since it allows me to take off all my makeup (wrinkles, go away!). I dip my q-tip in this and take off all of my mascara and residue makeup left on my eyes. I honestly finally feel good about having all my makeup off! I used to use this one before I bought this one and I think it is great to bring with you on the go!
Now, the three products I did not like:
I wanted to mention these products to save you from spending your money. Of course, you may have a different opinion than me and this is just what did not work for me and everyone is different, so please keep that in mind.
So, I don’t hate or love this product. I like it, but don’t love it. I think for its price point it could be better. I know so many people rave about this and love it, but for me I thought it was hard to use. It does kind of resemble the “Better Than Sex” mascara, in my opinion, but it doesn’t leave any residue at the end of the day like “Better Than Sex” does. Which for that reason, I think some people will love this. I just think it doesn’t give me the results I want quickly. I’m a very on-the-go type of gal and need things to be efficient. With this mascara, I feel like I have to apply so many layers until I reach a point where I am content. Don’t get me wrong, once I reach it, it truly is beautiful! Overall, if you love your “Better Than Sex” mascara, then I would say stick with that one. And if you did not like “Better Than Sex” because it has some residue at the end of the day, then try this one out!
I was disappointed to find out this was not as great as the one that comes in the pink package. I just feel like it didn’t give me the volume I wanted and was hard to work with. This one is more on the affordable side, so if you absolutely want to try for yourself, you can, but I don’t think it’s worth it.
Okay, now this is a product that I think no one needs. It’s super hard to work with. It’s very watery and you can mess up your look so quickly. The tip is too long and flimsy. It’s really not good at all. Once the product is on, it does look nice, but again, if you have the time to really work through it and the patience, then you do you, but for those reasons I’m out! (#SharkTankReference).
Okay guys, that is all! This was a long one for sure, but I hope you learned something new and let me know if there is any products that you guys are excited to try!
Until next time….
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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde
This past weekend was the VIB sale at Sephora and of course I had to take advantage of that! For those of you that don’t know about the sale, it happens twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring time. For fall, the sale is 20% and in the spring it is 15% (unfortunately). Nonetheless, it’s a great time for anyone to pick up their favorite makeup products at a discounted price as Sephora tends to not have sales outside of those two times.
I believe today is the last day of the spring sale, so if you are still looking to purchase, you still have a chance!
I’m excited to share with you guys what I’ve purchased because I purchased all the holy-grail items that different beauty guru’s on YouTube have recommended along with mine. I wanted to make sure I was spending my money (somewhat) wisely on products that I would get a good use out of and know that they are the best of the best. Some of the items are ones I am repurchasing and absolutely love. So, if you are still looking to purchase something, this list might be a good place to get some ideas!
This mascara has been raved about so many times and I kept putting off buying it because I wanted to exhaust all my drug-store options first. I was so curious about it yesterday and ended up trying it on my way back from Sephora. From first impressions, I’m honestly kind of shocked at how it works. It looks so natural, but yet gives you crazy volume. It almost looks like they are your natural lashes and that you just wake up with beautiful long lashes! (Insert: I woke up like this comment.) I’m excited to keep trying this on to see how I really like it. If you are a gal or guy that doesn’t like clumping, then you will like this mascara.
This, apparently, is supposed to be one of the best eyeliners out there and I had to give it a try. It’s meant to be really good for the water line, where most liners tend to wipe away after a few hours, while this one lasts longer. Let’s see how this one holds up and as always, a full review will be on my monthly favorites if it ends up working out for me.
This lip gloss has been around for a while now and is highly liked by the beauty community on YouTube. This is one of those holy-grail products that beauty gurus love. Especially the shade Sugar Sugar, which is the one I’ve purchased.
I feel like it’s such a perfect color for the spring/summer and brings me back to the days of wearing lip glosses all the time. I think this is such a cute, girly color and I know I will get a good use out of it. The scent is a bit minty and feels refreshing on your lips. It has a little stopper at the top so you never get excessive amount of product that you don’t need. It is on the pricier side of things, but I think every girl needs one go-to gloss that they can count on!
If you’ve been around my little community here at Memoallure, then you know this is my holy-grail foundation. This is the quickest foundation I’ve ever ran out of from. Usually, foundations last me a while, but I love this one so much that it didn’t even last me 6 months! You will love this if you love a natural, but dewy finish. It’s not matte nor a complete full coverage as matte foundations can be. But, don’t give up on it just because I said it’s not full coverage, it absolutely covers everything you need it to, it’s just not as intense as some foundations are. Trust me, I’m a full coverage type of gal and I love this. Give it a try and I am sure you will love it!
This is not new to me and I am just restocking. Again, another holy-grail product. This is a great setting powder that leaves your skin feeling soft, flawless and allows your foundation/concealer to last much longer. If you are getting ready for prom or wedding season, this is a must! It photographs so beautifully and doesn’t have any flashback! If you are looking to save some money, here’s my little “trick” on affording it; buy the travel size! That’s what I did before I bought this one and its lasted me such a while.
This is probably my 3rd or 4th one of these, so you could say I like this quite a bit. I just ran out of mine and desperately needed this in my life again. I think this is great for around this season as it is getting warmer around here and we all need something that’ll last us through the sweaty days! If you like to wear makeup in the pool or ocean, then again this is a great pick. You really can’t go wrong with this, it’s pretty amazing and super easy to use.
This has been raved about by Jaclyn Hill for so long now, along with so many other YouTubers. It really is so amazing for anyone that has dry/normal skin. I am not sure how it works for oily skin, but if you’re into dewy skin, then you will probably like this! I bought this before and repurchasing because I need it back in my life. Jaclyn shows you exactly how to use it in this video, if you’d like to check it out. She also suggests some AMAZING products in this video, so definitely a good one to check out. I purchased the travel size for this. As I mentioned above, great way to try out products, but also save some money for the moment. I’m sure looking at how much product is in each size, you’d save money buying the full size, but if you don’t want to blow all your money at once, then travel size is the way to go!
This is my third bottle I have purchased of this. It’s one of the easiest exfoliators and leaves your skin feeling so smooth. All you have to do is put it on your skin in the shower, which works great with the steam, and leave it on for about 2 minutes (less if you have sensitive skin) and wipe it off. If you are a busy gal like me, then you will be all for this!
This is my second one from her collection. I was so shocked at how beautiful this is. It says it is a great alternative for a gel manicure and I really think so, too. It, of course, doesn’t last as long as a gel manicure, but it sure does get pretty close. It also does have almost the same appearance as if you got one. I love this because in the long run you can save so much money. This is more expensive than most nail polishes, but trust me, it’s worth it!
That is all from my haul! Did you guys purchase anything from this sale? Is there anything you would like me to try out? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading. 🙂
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Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” – Unknown
I know I’ve been a bit MIA for a little now and just had a lot happen all at once and it’s been tough trying to juggle so much at once. I’m hoping to be a little more consistent going forward and I want to really get to know you guys as well!
The last two weeks have been a bit tough for me and anxiety was at its peak. The things that have gotten me through it is this playlist I am sharing with you today and meditating. I feel a whole lot better and hoping to share more with you guys going forward. 🙂 I think life’s all about learning to rest and to keep going toward your goals every day; even if it’s at small little steps at a time!
I’ve been jamming to these with so much happiness lately and I hope it brings you the same amount of happiness, encouragement and allows you to see how strong and what a badass you are. 🙂
I love listening to these songs at the gym or any moment I need to lift my spirits. It allows me to have a great mindset and brighten my day.
I think it’s important to do what makes you happy each day, no matter how small or big the action is.
Anyways, hope these uplifts your mood and allow your inner badass to shine!
Women Empowerment Spotify Playlist:
Superwoman – Alicia Keys
Stronger – Mandisa
Female – Keith Urban
Power – Little Mix
Bo$$ – Fifth Harmony
Fight Song – Rachel Platten
F**kin Perfect – P!nk
Thunder – Leona Lewis
Wings – Little Mix
Who Says – Selena Gomez
Girl On Fire – Inferno Version – Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj
Salute – Little Mix
Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Warrior – Demi Lovato
Diva – Beyoncé
Let me know what you guys listen to empower yourself. Would love to know 🙂
Until next time,
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“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney
If you haven’t guessed by now, I am really into self-help books. It seems those are the only books I can read until the end. I have so many finance books…that are all half read…
This month’s books were both self-help and both had concepts of spirituality embedded in them. One of them, not as much as the other, and little more on the comical side of things.
I’m sure you guys have heard of Jen Sincero and read her book; You Are a Badass. This month, I read her sequel called I am a Badass at Making Money. If you haven’t read her original one, I highly recommend it. I always go back to it and re-listen to it, whenever I feel like I need a boost of motivation in my life. I also bought this month’s book on audible, which for me is great to re-listen to whenever I am cooking or at work or working on my blog. That’s what I love about audible, you can re-listen to any book whenever you want to ensure the points of the book really get carved in your brain.
The other book I read has officially become one of my favorite books of all time. It’s called Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. It’s fighting for first place with The Alchemist. Both talk about the Universe having your back, well as all of the books I’ve read do, but in different ways.
I read both books at the same time this month as one was an audio book and the other was a hard copy. Which was in a way amazing to be able to embed the whole law of attraction/Universe principles in my brain.
This book is written so beautifully. It’s written different than most books in that it’s almost written like a poem. There are some pages that are motivational sayings or just quotes. I absolutely loved it. I think Rebecca did it on purpose to have it have meaning to you at a point in time that you needed to hear those words. I was a little weary about this book when I first started reading because Rebecca believes in reincarnation and it’s not something I believe in as of now, so I decided to just ignore that or in other words, respect other people’s views. Once I got passed that, I was able to enjoy the book. She doesn’t talk about it too much to make the book un-relatable for someone like me who doesn’t have the same belief. I’ve left so many little sticky notes in this book to be able to go back to and re-read. I’ve also learned so many practices related to mindfulness and meditations.
This book is, in the same breath, a book on self-help, self-confidence and spirituality. The books message is to follow your heart and to do what lights you up. In doing what lights you up, you give a chance to light up the world and allow others to have courage to light themselves up, too. This book is about believing in yourself, to taking out your ego and fear in what you do, and to follow your purpose in this lifetime. It’s about trusting that the Universe has your back, but also to put in the work. It’s also about trusting your gifts and that you have a voice that needs to be heard and have gifts that others are waiting to receive. It’s a beautiful book and has easily become one of my top 5 favorite books.
I love Jen Sincero’s humor with her self-help books. She takes the subject and makes it light for readers. If you haven’t read You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend that first. This book is also, in some way, has spiritual side to it. She talks about Law of attraction, God and believing in a higher power or the Universe, which has your best intentions in this world. She talks about how to change your mindset around money and how many of us don’t think that we deserve it and how we can change that thought. She also puts into perspective why money is important and how it can be easily achievable (with hard work), if you put her concepts into action. She, herself was poor, had bad connotations with money until she was about 40, which is nice to hear because it means we can all still pick ourselves up and live a more meaningful live with the help of money. This is also on my audible app, and I’m excited to listen to it whenever I feel that I need to hear the concepts again. She really makes you think about the concepts by asking you questions and sharing what you can do to really understand why you need money in your life and how it would benefit you. Sometimes all it takes to understand ourselves is to put it in writing.
I love that both books I read this month had spirituality concepts in them and if that’s your thing, too, then definitely give both of these books a try!
Photo Cred: Michelle Tan
Until next time,
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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Unknown
I gave up buying makeup for lent, so when I was finally allowed in Ulta again, I felt like a kid in a candy store, unsupervised. But really I’m happy to have gone so many days without buying makeup, knowing that I can do that again, and not go overboard buying things I really don’t need.
I’m excited to share the products I’ve bought because I know some of them are amazing, and some I’m excited to try out. As always, if I end up loving any of these, you guys will know in my April Favorites post coming at the end of the month!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & Facial Spray
Both of these products are the holy-grail from this skin care line and I think if you’ve never tried this brand, these two products should be the first ones to try out. The drying lotion is for any big pimples that may pop up. You would usually wear it at night as it leaves a pink mark on your skin. It really reduces the pimple a lot faster than it would’ve otherwise. The facial spray is one that I tried a few months ago and quickly fell in love. I had to restock because I went through it so fast! It is made with aloe, herbs and rosewater which to me smell amazing and so refreshing. This is to hydrate and refresh. It’s great for people who travel often as traveling can leave your skin dehydrated. I love this little set I got because you can also bring it to the airport with no problem.
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
A few months ago, I tried St. Tropez for the first time and quickly fell in love. I tried the same product as this one, but the lotion version. I love how naturally tan it makes you look without any streaks and it’s super easy to use! I have the glove, which is the game-changer and highly recommend you use it with the glove. So many people asked me if I went on vacation after using it because my tan looked so natural. I wanted to try the mousse version as well and since this is travel size, I thought it’d be great to bring to the gym. I know many people choose the mousse version vs lotion, but I had no problem with the lotion and plus you get more product out of it!
A couple of months ago, I purchased an essence mascara for the first time and I was super excited about how much I loved it because they are as affordable as drug store can get! I know the mascara will be great, but we’ll see how the eye liner will work. It was buy one get 50% off, so I decided to get this as well. I needed a new liquid eyeliner and if this beats the Stila one I use, then I rather save my money!
L’Oréal Colour Riche Shine in Sparkling Rose 908
I am sooo excited for this one! I’ve already tried it and I’m in love! This is fairly new, a few weeks to be exact, and I was so excited to get my hands on these because the packaging really got to me, but also I was excited that it is something you can wear everyday. This color especially is a wearable color as it is a neutral pinkish/peach color. It feels hydrating and it gives you such a nice color to your face. These lipsticks feel you can wear any shade you want everyday without it looking harsh or too intense!
I’ve been seeing this all over YouTube and thought it was a great brush! It’s two in one, which I think would be great for travelling. One side is for foundation and the other is for concealer. This is great for me because I know I will be getting a good use out of it bringing it to the gym. This brand has some of the most amazing brushes, so I know I won’t be disappointed.
I’ve heard so many great things about this and know that this is a great brand. I recently colored my hair and need protection for my hair, especially since I wash my hair at the gym and need to blow dry it. This product promises to de-frizz, detangle, soften, silken and protects against heat/UV damage.
This is a ride-or-die product to so many people and I thought it was time for me to find out why. I bought a travel size just to try out, and if it’s as magical as everyone says it is then I will definitely repurchase and let you guys know. This product promises to significantly reduce major signs of visible aging. I noticed in the ingredients list that there are some peptide ingredients, which is a good sign as peptides are great for anti-aging.
EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleaning Cloths
Who else hates cleaning their makeup brushes? It is one of my least favorite things to do. I have never tried this, but thought it was a great idea. You can quickly clean your brushes right after you use it. It’s the same thing as a makeup remover cloth but for your brushes. I will keep you guys updated to let you know if actually works in my April favorites.
We have come to an end with my haul! I’m excited to try all of these products, which are mostly all new to me. And as always, anything I love will be fully reviewed at the end of the month!
All the best,
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“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama