The 5 Best Face Masks

Happy Sunday! Yes, I just said that…I know most people would agree that Sundays consist of hangovers, football, and the Sunday scaries, but I’d like you to add one more thing to your schedule. Do your skin a favor, and pencil in your weekly face mask!

I typically choose Sunday nights to treat my skin and pay attention to what it needs. At least for me, I use Sundays to recharge for the week, so why not start it off right, and pamper yourself a little bit?!

Because I am all things beauty obsessed, your skin goes along with that. To have flawless makeup, skin care must come first. Besides your daily face serum and moisturizer, a weekly mask is just what the doctor would order for the perfect combination to great skin.

Here are my top 5 favorite face masks to get your week started:

Karuna HYDRATING+ FACE MASK

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  • Clinically proven to increase hydration by 39% after one use!*
  • Promotes elasticity
  • Replenishes skin’s moisture

L’Oreal Paris PURE-CLAY Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser

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  • Removes everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying
  • Daily cleanses to exfoliate, unclog and minimize pores
  • Skin feels smoother and looks healthier with refined texture
  • Skin’s overall quality is improved and pores are tightened

Fresh ROSE FACE MASK

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  • Hydrates and tones complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types
  • Unique, cooling gel formula is infused with real rose petals that melt into the skin

Whish Renewing Mud Mask

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  • Improves texture
  • Renews and purifies
  • Deeply cleans and minimizes pores
  • Exfoliates and removes dead skin evenly
  • Gentle all natural retinal replacement

Que Bella Beauty Deep Cleansing Aloe Vera Cream Mask

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  • Target problem areas of oily, normal and T-Zone skin.
  • Cleanse acne-prone skin
  • Helping to moisturize, nourish and rejuvenate

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you for your support and let me know if you would like to see more posts like this one down below by leaving some love in the comments! Xo

Amanda Rae

Fall Fragrances

Who isn’t obsessed with finding “their scent” or just a scent that doesn’t wear off after 10 minutes…. me, me, me!!!

WELL… I received an awesome sneak peek into the newest fall 2017 designer fragrances, thanks to Sephora!

I thought I’d share the inside scoop into the perfume world with ya. So far, I am really into the Tory Burch Bel Azur. So fab!!

Check out the few samples I got in my Sephora Play! September bag (also includes descriptions):



Best part? Sephora will give you sample tubes of perfumes…. so what are you waiting for?? Get in your car and go girl, go!

What’s your favorite fall fragrance?! Leave some love and like/comment down below. Let me know if you liked this short and sweet little blog post 🙂

Until next time ❤

Amanda Rae

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Rae’s Beauty Favs: Summer 2017

Where do I even begin?!!

I’ve been a little extra obsessed with beauty products this summer. Not sure if it’s because I’ve been following more beauty bloggers or watching makeup tutorials before falling asleep every night… all I know is I wake up wanting to try a new product. A very fun but expensive hobby, I have gradually encountered this hobby the past three months, without realizing just how addicting it is.

Whether it’s the newest makeup product released, or a new face serum, I want to try it all, read all the reviews, and find the best product for each category of beauty. I have become one of those people who not only benefit from those reward programs at Sephora and Ulta, but now get a coupon almost every week because of my weekly visits to one or the other. They just keep adding to my obsession and it’s getting a little bit crazy how many sample size products I now have in my bathroom…

On a better note, I have probably purchased just about every #favorite beauty product from this summer so I thought why shouldn’t I share 🙂

Let’s start with skin care since that comes before your makeup routine!

Because I’ve ranked up on points at Sephora, I chose to use my points towards one of the kits they usually have displayed at the registers. Totally take advantage of this to try new products!!! The kit I chose was of the brand Fresh. In the kit was the Soy Face Cleanser, the Rose Floral Toner, and the Rose Face Mask. So far, I’ve been using the face cleanser and the toner and LOVE them! I’m afraid though, due to the fact that the regular size products are not the cheapest things, that I’ll want them after I run out of the samples, but the quality is just so good! I’ve found that my skin is in better condition then the beginning of the summer and I’ve really been focusing on finding those products to invest in. (If you haven’t already, check out my post on skin care here). If your skin is not in the best condition, your makeup will not apply to the fullest or look as good as it can look! Skin comes first and once you master that, your makeup will look flawless without caking it on everyday, I promise!

Another product that I wanted to find was a serum that wouldn’t break the bank but was still good quality. I decided to go to Ulta for this with my roommate (shout out to Sabs!). We both were looking for a good serum to minimize pores, hydrate the skin, and overall heal any imperfections such as blemishes, redness, and dryness. We asked one of the specialists to help guide us in the right direction and she was more than willing to show us products of all price ranges, and even supply samples of some (even the expensive ones)!!

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I’ve been experimenting with two samples, both of which I really like, not finding a huge difference in the two, other than the price, and I plan on buying the regular size bottle after I finish the sample (since writing this post, I already went out and bought it)! Between the Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum and the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, I prefer Clinique’s only because of the price difference, much more affordable!

Now we are ready to talk makeup! This is where I’ve done the most research, to find the perfect product, for that specific need.

2513749My most recent love is the Two Faced Hangover 3-In-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray. It’s a coconut water-infused mist that primes, sets and refreshes makeup while it helps keep skin hydrated, what’s better than that?! It really does help keeps my makeup in place all day.

Then I’ve been using the classic Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill, in the color 4 medium. This was actually not what I used to use because I didn’t intiallty like it a few years ago.  I then found that I was using the wrong color all along and that is why it didn’t look good! Easy fix. Brows are a new art form and if you’re using the wrong color it can do wonders…. find your shade and stick with it!

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Next, of course a brow gel to get those eyebrows staying fabulous all day long! I’ve been loving the brow gel that was in the FabfitFun Fall 2016 box called The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel by Tonya Crooks. It acts almost as a hairspray for your brows.

POREfessional Face PrimerOnto primer! Recently I purchased some great Benefit products, including their POREfessional Face Primer. Let’s just talk about the smell… it’s amazing. I’m into scents so I appreciate a good scented makeup product! It’s a translucent primer to set your makeup and minimize the appearance of your pores. So far, I’ve been liking this one.

Foundation – creates an even, uniform color to the complexion, and to cover flaws. You better find the best one for your skin people! Take the actual name of this type of makeup, FOUNDATION – an underlying basis or principle for something, such as the rest of your makeup. Along with the setting spray and primer, this sets your face up to look flawless! I’ve tried many, MANY versions, powder, liquid, cream, and I find what works for my skin type the best is a liquid foundation. I have a combination of both dry and oily skin, depending on the time of year, and I find that regardless, a powder version just dries me out and makes my face look cakey. The nice part about using a liquid is that you create a dewy look and sometimes that may look oily, but then you can layer it with the right bronzer powder to create a more subtle dewy, yet pressed finish. So for my newest find, I went drugstore brand. I know a lot of people would disagree with me and say to invest your money in a more expensive foundation, but for summer, I find that when I am tan, I don’t use the same shade all year round, therefore, why spend the money for three months, vs. another shade I would use for the other seven? That’s a better investment in my mind.

fabfitfun-fall-2016-13This summer, my newest fav is the L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation. It’s a medium to full coverage liquid foundation, 40% pure water for all day hydration. Antioxidants vitamins C and E to improve clarity and skin tone. Love it!!

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I then use a sponge to blend. This summer though, I heard that EcoTools came out with a duo-pack called the Perfecting Blender Duo, including a normal size blender and a smaller one, for under-the-eyes and detail work. Love these because they have a straight edge to get into those creases or tight corners around your nose and hair-line.

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Onto the concealer of the year…. Tart Shape Tape to the rescue! This concealer has been used in every beauty bloggers makeup tutorial within the last 6 months on YouTube. Full coverage, lasts all day, and a million shades to choose from. An exclusive, only at Ulta!Tart Shape Tape

Next, I use a translucent setting powder. I love this stuff. Not sure what I was doing before this, but I can expect ZERO shine, (unless of course I create it using a highlighter). The one I’ve been using and loving is actually a drug store find as well. NYX is my new-found love. Seeing bloggers brag about their translucent powder, I just had to try it!Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish

The NYX Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish is great for “baking” under the eyes and around the t-zone areas. You don’t need to “bake” though when using this product. It’s light enough to loosely use all over the face if you wanted to!

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Speaking of all over the face, I sort of have a heavy hand, so using a translucent  loose powder all over scares me… So I found another great find, a translucent compact powder by It Cosmetics called Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder.

Personally, I am a bronzer gal, and I love having that natural, warm summer glow all year round. This is probably the one product that I am always buying more of only because sometimes I want shimmer, while other days I want a more matte finish. Right now, the two bronzers that I’ve been loving are the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer which has a shimmer undertone and the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, which is matte. I sometimes use both, and use the Hoola bronzer all over the face and then if I’m feeling a little bit of contouring, I’ll use the Sunlit bronzer for a slightly darker shade and shimmer look!

I’ve actually been using the same blush for a couple of years now. The Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush. Yes, drugstore, but I wasn’t that big into the blush factor until recently. I think because I have naturally rosy cheeks, I never wanted to wear blush. But I have come to realize that if you don’t include some color other than a brown, you will look like a sun 🙂Argan Wear Blush

I have found a new love though in the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette and have been using the blush in that as well! I also use this for highlighter too, when I want a more natural, everyday glow. This is actually my first ever contour palette I’ve ever purchased, which was in the beginning of June, so I’m pretty far behind in terms of my palettes, but hey, at least I got one! I only recently started getting into contouring, mainly because I didn’t know how. YouTube is amazing, let’s just say that!s1937846-main-Lhero

When I am going out on the weekends or to a special occasion, I like using the palette, but mixing it with the original, and first highlighter I’ve ever purchased, the Two Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo. I love this one because it is a little more pigmented than the palette, which allows for a more intense glow-look!Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo

I go back and forth on wearing eyeliner for an everyday look, but when I choose to, I always go for a blue liner. I have dark brown features, so using a black or even a dark brown makes my eyes look small and heavier. Blue is a color known to compliment brown feature. I was using the Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil for literally forever! Then my mom recommended a new, and lighter blue liner to try, which got some great reviews due to its easy-to-wear application! The Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner is the perfect, soft pencil, that lasts all day long and doesn’t smudge or run! Love this so much 🙂

My next favorite and would never leave the house without it… MASCARA! Probably my favorite product in makeup to wear. And the most difficult to find, might I add. I did find a great one that I still would use, but I found it’s long lost (younger) sister, which works just as good! I used to use the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which is AMAZING, don’t get me wrong. But I recently found some bloggers comparing it to the newest L’ORÉAL Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. At a $13 difference, this new mascara looks and feels just like the Two Faced one, lucky me!

Depending on my day, a typical eye look will consist of a little liner, mascara, and then some eye primer and a light shadow color. Nothing too intense, especially for my day time look.Sin Eyeshadow Primer Potion.jpg

The eye primer is an oldie but a goodie. I think I’ve had the same one since high school… but that shows you that a little goes a long way. The Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a shimmer primer that can either act as a shadow on its own or keeps eye shadow from creasing during the day. Some days I use the primer as is or I use the Urban Decay Naked Basics. A great combination of everyday matte colors, this little palette includes all the basics you’d ever need!

My lip gloss would be poppin’ if I wore lip gloss, but I’m more of a lipstick kind of girl! My favorite lipsticks are hydrating ones, which believe it or not, are hard to find. I have found that the company Bite Beauty has high-impact lipsticks with extreme moisture, soft texture, and a creamy wear. It’s called the Amuse Bouche Lipstick.Bite-Beauty-Amuse-Bouche-Lipstick

I also enjoy using just a hydrating colored lip balm like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. I got this in a gift set early June and love it!Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

I really have enjoyed using all these products the last couple of months. I have found a new love for makeup and just like searching for that perfect ballet flat, finding the perfect beauty product is just as challenging yet rewarding! I have recently found so much pleasure in learning more and more about the application process and following beauty bloggers that I decided to take on my own “beauty journey” and signed myself up for two awesome beauty subscriptions.ipsy

The first is by the company Ipsy, which you receive a Glam Bag every month for only $10 and with that, you get five new products to try, in all different categories of beauty/skin care, and the best part? The glam bag is a different cosmetic bag every month, to carry all your new products in! Such a great concept!

The second is Play! by Sephora. Also a monthly subscription for only $10, this one is guaranteed five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) all in a collectible bag!september-2016-Sephora-Play-review-and-unboxing-3-of-3

For an investment of $20, I get these two shipments monthly, full of beauty samples to try! This is a great way to test out new products, along with maybe trying something you’d never consider on your own. Good sizes for traveling, and also a perfect gift to sign up someone else to get!

But wait, that’s not all…. I also am still subscribed for the seasonal FabFitFun boxes! This subscription is ultimately my favorite due to the pure fact that everything comes in full-size bottles and there’s always something I can’t live without, go figure?! fabfitfun-box-spoilers

All of these subscription are great with their personal touches. Each website has thorough beauty/lifestyle quizzes for your personal preferences and taste. This makes you feel that you are going to receive the best choices for your personal lifestyle. I love that about these.

So that’s my rant on this summer’s favs! Keep a look out for more of Rae’s Favs, a monthly blog post consisting of whatever I’m feeling like writing about that month!

Like always, please leave any comments and/or questions and I will gladly respond within 24 hours! I love hearing from you all and sharing my personal favs!

Stay beautiful! XOXO Rae

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Cleanse, Exfoliate, Treat, Moisturize!

The definition of regimen, ever look it up?

Regimen; a prescribed course of medical treatment, way of life, or diet for the promotion or restoration of health.

THESE are the four daily regimens to live by. At least in skincare that is.

10067982TravelLoofahAsstd_600Swear on my loofah that if you do these four steps each day and night, you will see changes! I really believe that if you take care of your skin, only good things will come your way. You will look good, feel good, and it will show! Now I know that everyone has all different types of skin, different textures, skin pigmentation, oily, dry, and other variations of things, BUT taking care of your skin is essential for everybody and every type of skin.
Maybe the products will vary or additional steps will be needed, but if you really want to get serious about skin care and treat your skin the right way, there is a formula to do so, you just have to follow the steps!

For us women, makeup is a HUGE part of our daily lives. Some of us use makeup every day and some only when they go out. But the reality is, after a certain age, makeup can play a major role when getting older and we tend to use more and more to cover up those dark circles from lack of sleep, using those thick concealers for all sorts of nonsense on our faces. Now I want you to really think about all those makeup products used on your face each day… now what do you do before bed? Do you just go to sleep? Or take it off the next morning to refresh for another face of makeup? What do you do?? This is a pretty important question…The worst thing you could do is go to bed with any kind of makeup left on that poor face of yours that just needs some time to breathe!!!

This is the utmost important thing to take away from this blog post; do not EVER go to sleep with makeup still on! Even if you are just using a makeup wipe, just take it off!! Those pores of yours can’t handle all that!

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“One night of sleeping in your makeup is unlikely to cause long-lasting damage to your skin,” says Dr. Schweiger, a well-renowned dermatologist from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “However, each night you sleep in your makeup, your pores become more clogged. Eventually, this can result in the formation of a microcomedone, which attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores.” BOOM. Who wants acne?? NOBODY!

So now that I‘ve yelled at you for sleeping with your makeup on, here comes your needed regime that will forever change your skin!

First off, makeup removers… what are you using? I absolutely love wipes. Depending on the kind you like, they can either be great or not so great. I LOVE the No 7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes, which you can always find at Target! These are larger, softer, and thicker than any of the other ones I’ve used. But I would still recommend: Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, and Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes. All great.

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So now let’s start with our first step: CLEANSE.

First things first: Why use cleansers? Well… it’s an essential when you wake up and go to bed. Cleansers unclog pores, remove dirt and oil and have extra benefits such as acne prone, softer skin, etc. It’s called getting fresh from all the “extras” such as makeup, moisture, and sweat from the day and/or night and removing all the bad stuff!

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What types of cleansers are there? There are oil cleansers, foaming cleansers, skin smoothing cleansers, cleansing gels, wipes, and pads that will all do the trick. My favorite though are the lotion cleansers which I use every day in the shower, (First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Cleanser). BUT I also use a liquid toner the days that I don’t want to shower until the following day so I wash my face instead and use the toner in addition to a cleanser (Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner). Some cleansers I recommend are: Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser, Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser which can all be found at Target (my favorite store obviously).

Next step: EXFOLIANTS.

Pep up your skin and exfoliate 2-3 times every week. This will rejuvenate your skin by removing dead skin cells, revealing the healthy ones underneath.

You might be thinking who has the time for that? But you’ll be thanking yourself when your skin starts to feel oh so soft and oh so silky just from two times exfoliating in one week! Oh, and forget about getting acne (at least for that week).

There are a ton of different types of exfoliates, so just make sure you are reading the ingredients of these and if you don’t know what something is, chances are, like food, you probably shouldn’t use it…. And not eat it, lol.

*Remember* your body, inside and out, is your holy temple, why would you want to insert or put anything bad near or in it…think about that!? “Through exfoliation, dulling skin cells are effectively removed and newer cells are revealed for a fresher, healthier appearance.” My suggestion is to use a very light type like Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes twice a week just to keep your skin cells from dulling!

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Next Step: TREATMENTS

Before you moisturize, do an extra-personal step a day. Using treatments that address specific needs truly are useful and can help with results if used correctly. Dried skin, acne, dark circles, puffiness, anti-aging, firming, etc. are all examples of taking care of your own personal skincare. Face, eyes, and lips are the top three factors when taking care of specifics and all have excellent regimens within themselves that can overall help your own personal concerns. For your face, try using serums, which are lightweight formulas that sink in deep to tackle specific skin concerns and can smooth/firm, reduce discoloration, plump skin, minimize wrinkles, and quench dryness. All very important things to tackle!

I recently found out that serums can help with dryness on your face and after a week of using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I was amazed with the results. NO MORE DRY SKIN! Once I ran out of that though, I bought No 7 Protect Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, found at, you know it, Target, duh! I also have been using the night serum Skin Laundry California Restoring Night Serum, which brightens dark spots, evens your skin tone and texture, as well as tightens and boosts collagen. This serum contains a powerful combination of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and natural extracts that work together to help protect, repair and resurface skin. The perfect night combo! Side note: This was actually in the FabFitFun Fall 2016 box and I LOVE how it makes my face feel in the mornings!

As for your eye treatment… this one’s a biggie for me. I suffer from major dark circles under my eyes. Lack of sleep? Probably, but I have always had them and use concealer like it’s going out of style. I’m always looking for a brightener or anti-dark circles solution so when I saw Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream in an InStyle Magazine ad, I just had to try it. Believe it or not I have seen some minor changes, but what I think really works for me is the Clinique All About Eyes Reduces Puffs Circles Cream. Between using the pep-start cream every morning and then using the anti-puffiness cream combined has decreased my dark circles than anything else I’ve tried.

Lastly, your lips… If you happen to have constant chapped lips (especially during the winter) you should NOT be using anything BUT a hydrating lip moisturizer. I fell for the Chapstick Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip care balm, full of moisture and scents! But if you are also like me and need a daily lipstick go-to, I highly recommend using only hydrated lip stick brands such as BITE Beauty. The specific one I use is called Amuse Bouche Lipstick. This line of lipstick has hydrating formulas that are infused with food-grade ingredients, making them taste not so bad either!

 

Last Step: MOISTURIZE

Always, always, ALWAYS moisturize!!! A must-do, day and night after cleansing and treating your skin concerns. This will keep your skin from drying out and that your skin cells stay healthy, which is the most important. There are many types of moisturizers, but stick to a specific face one, which will have a more concentrated formula of ingredients because it has been made specifically to be put onto your face, which is a sensitive part of the body. Once you figure out a face moisturizer, there will then be many options in terms of treatments. This may not be the ultimate goal if you already have specific treatment creams. You may just want a moisturizer to keep from drying out your face!

I use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, which is super hydrating and allows my face to feel moist and fresh both day and night. Some other face moisturizers I recommend are: Pond’s Dry Skin Cream Facial Moisturizer if you are suffering from dried skin like I do in the colder months, and also Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream to keep it moist all day/night long. Some moisturizers are for oily skin, dry skin, or a combination/all types of skin. This, I highly recommend: Neutrogena oil-free Facial Moisturizer and offering different types depending on your skin type. I do NOT recommend using any body butters or scented lotions on your face. There are many ingredients that can create even more dryness, sensitivity, and reactions, causing bumps, rashes, and irritation which you do not want.

For the rest of my body, I am very conflicted when it comes to this… I feel like I’ve tried every type of body butter, lotion, moisturizer, you name it, I’ve used it. But every year, after visiting the dermatologist, they stress how important it is to keep your skin protected and healthy. No scent will ever be worth damage to your skin. So, being a good girl, I have found a great lotion that is lightweight and has an amazing, long lasting feel to your skin! Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion lasts up to 48 hours and is good for all skin types.

 

So there you have it! The four regimens to now live by if you aren’t already! The products I have listed are ones I have all personally tried and currently use. I would never recommend something if I have never tried it. I really enjoy skincare and think that it is one of the most important things a person can control. Like I’ve said before though, everyone’s skin differs and some people are just prone to certain things genetically, while others are blessed and can wear their makeup every single night to sleep and never experience any skin issues. But if you are neither or just want to make a healthy change for your skins sake, try these products, and see if you see a change. I can promise that at least one of these products will improve your skin!

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You should always research for the best products out there for your specific needs. You don’t know how many times I’ve stood in the moisturizing aisle at Target googling the best ______ at a drug store. I’m telling you, do the research! Find out what is the best thing for your buck and try it.

Please comment with any questions you may have regarding skincare! I am always happy to hear and share skin remedies and tips on what to do for certain situations.

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Thanks for reading 🙂 Make sure to let me know if you liked this type of post, by showing some love ❤

Until next time, xoxo Rae

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And…We’re Back!

I’m back fashion lovers:0 Missed y’all<3

I don’t know how else to express my excitement! I admit, I sort of left everyone in the dark, but I had my reasons! I am back with a great new job, a fabulous new apartment, and a whole lot of fresh ideas for my fashionistas out there!

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I’ve been contemplating on how to re-approach my blog, my brand, and how I want to portray to the blogging world again. I have gone through many ideas, but honestly… I just want to be…. me. I want to share things I am passionate about, not abide by “the rules of blogging.” This was never to become a job or an assignment, but to be able to have an outlet to express my identity, my fashion identity. It’s who I am, and always will be.

Everyone’s got their quirks, and I am no different. That’s why I decided, who cares what all the other bloggers out there are doing?? Why should I have to follow them? I want to enforce what I believe in, what I think works for people like me, and be REAL. That’s who I am. I am a REAL woman, with REAL problems, just living the life of a 24 year old, working in NYC, and trying to make it on my own in this world as myself.

So that’s exactly what I am going to do. I am going to blog about the things I care about. I am going to share stories, and maybe write a few memoirs, but I really just want to put what I’ve got out there, and if there is a following for it, so be it!

I know I share many common goals and dreams with people like myself, why not believe that that’s good enough to talk about and write about?! It’s about time to read something REAL.

With that being said…. no more of the long blog posts, or schedules, or social media buzz words. I’m going to do it how I think it should go!

On that note… let’s talk about nails!!!!

Yay, my most favorite part of being a woman, is getting a fresh mani/pedi. I know what you are thinking… I just said I am a 24 year old, trying to make it in this world, who do I think I am, thinking I can afford this “luxury?” You’re damn right I can’t! It’s probably the last thing on my priorities list (right at the moment) but what can I say? I can dream… or I can tell you that I have found what is worth getting at these nail salons, worth the $12.00. YES, only $12.00 and it was at a good and clean nail salon, imagine that!

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Ever hear of Gel Couture? Me neither, until I looked up what exactly this polish is. Essie, the nail company, produced this new and improved nail gel that actually doesn’t ruin your nails! Unlike those gel nail polishes that Essie does make and others, such as O.P.I., this requires NO UV lights, and pretty much does last up to 14 days. This is a regular manicure, with a $2.00 up-charge for being a “special” polish. At last, something not breaking the bank, but good enough for the phalanges, lol.

I have to say, I have been impressed… so if you didn’t know, now you know!

Most salons I have been do (which have been many) are now carrying these polishes. It’s just really simple and cheaper than the UV Gel polishes. I still look like I have a fresh mani and I got my nails done almost a week and a half ago!

My favorite color so far has been the Beauty Marked shade, which is like an apple/berry red on the nail. Loving it!!

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This polish is two-steps, like any other regular manicure, but the secret is the top coat that goes along with this specific polish. It acts as a gel top coat, and seals the polish down, just like the UV gel, but with no light!

The polish can last up to 14 days with an instant gel-like shine 🙂 This Gel Couture is available in 54 nail polish shades as of right now, So what are you waiting for?!

 

I am so excited to get back into writing and sharing with y’all my passions, goals, advise, and opinions. I want to thank my sister for reminding me what’s important to me and to never stop doing what makes us whole!

Remember, my closet’s always open, so feel free to browse 🙂

 

Comment, share, and like this post so I know you want to see more posts like this one!

Until next time, xoxo – Rae

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FabFitFun: Winter 2016 EDITION

THIS IS MY YEAR

“2017. It’s yours. Go on an adventure. Discover new things. Live your wildest dreams. You have nothing to lose but yourself. Say it with us: This is your year.” – FabFitFun

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m not referring to the holiday season, especially since it has passed already, but really, I mean it when THIS is the best time of the year. I think this is the best time to focus on yourself. Yes, it is the beginning of a new year, and most do stop and reflect, BUT I truly believe that the start of January allows for a fresh start or outlook on a specific thing or situation. First off, its bitter cold here on the east coast so what else are you doing the month of January?! Second, this allows you to have a time frame of lets say a “deadline” or a “goal” for the full 12 months of the year.

Now, receiving the FabFitFun Winter 2016 Edition box just happened to come at a PERFECT time because they really included some amazing products in this box!! I am so happy with what was given and I really do use everything which is even better news.

I just wanted to point out before giving my full review on each product… I love the little magazine provided in the box! They are awesome little reads that I’m sure take a while to create, produce, and print, and most probably ignore once the box is opened but I enjoy reading it. This box, the Winter 2016 Edition, included, like always, an Editors Note, a fully detailed list of what is in the actual box, what charity they are supporting this season, 100 New Year’s Resolutions (You Can Actually Keep), a DIY wrapping paper picture tutorial, Your New Year’s Eve Survival Kit, a Q & A article of the brand Moleskine Founder Maria Sebregondi, and ideas on how to photograph your box like a PRO. I mean come on… That is A LOT of thought put into this and I feel like it does not get enough credit, so I am giving it just that!!!

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Okay on to the reviews 🙂

Below you will see the list of all the fabulous products from this seasons box! The best part is the amount of money the box is worth and knowing what you paid… insane!

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D.L. & CO CANDLE Bergamot Woods In Silver: What was amazing about this particular box which I forgot to add above is the detail that went into their customer service. The company reached out to me via e-mail about two weeks prior to receiving my box to ask which scent I’d prefer to receive. Between the two options, I didn’t have a preference so I chose the option “Surprise Me!” I received the Bergamot Wood scent and I kid you not, it is lit and burning down as I type this blog post!! It is heavenly and I absolutely love the wood scent. It is not too strong but gives the whole room a clean, refreshing smell. I LOVE candles and really enjoy burning them down (a little too quickly) but I always have a candle ready to go in my bedroom. Not only is it in a pretty glass holder, but it’s a nice size candle that will most likely last a while for most, not for me of course, but I’ll just have to get another one soon! I may even use their tip and reuse the holder afterwards.

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GORGJANA NECKLACE Taner Toggle Lariat In Gold: A great accessory to give your outfit the last detail for the day or night. This fragile gold toggle necklace is a great piece I wore a few weeks ago with a low-cut black top out to dinner. I love the toggle style so that you can change the length and look of the necklace. It can be worn long and look like a choker (which is how I wore it) or you can leave it in the middle and have it hang like a longer necklace and even add other necklaces with it for a layering effect. I think this is a great gift to give someone because it is so basic yet beautiful! Again, this was another item that was e-mailed to me prior to receiving the box to ask which one I’d prefer and again, I chose “Surprise Me!”

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MARIE MAE COMPANY Thank You Card Set: These are so adorable and festive, I already used some for thank you notes for receiving some birthday presents! They are blank cards that say CHEERS on them, perfect for this time of year. Who doesn’t need pretty thank you notes? And something you’d never think to buy yourself…

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MOLESKINE 2017 Weekly Planner: Of course this is already in my bag with doctors and nail appointments in them… A planner was a brilliant product to put in this box. Can I just say, I love the detail that goes into these boxes and the kinds of products chosen for the specific time of the year. Maybe this is why they are so successful? They meet the consumers needs at the perfect time; just saying! This was yet another and last product they e-mailed about asking for color preference. Guess what I chose?! “Surprise Me!”

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BUTTER LONDON Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara: This mascara might have just met all of my criteria for good mascara…. I mean I have been using it the past two weeks and I use it with my forever favorite mascara, and I will say they do make a great team 😉 I LOVE the brush on this particular wand though. I think this is what makes it so different and awesome. It is one size all the way down until the very tip of the wand. There is a ball at the end that allows you to really lengthen the ends of the lashes for a fuller look! This one mixed with my other one… my lashes have never looked so good!

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O.R.G. SKINCARE Mineral Peel Face: The fact that this is the ONLY product I have yet to use since getting the box, but Jojo Fletcher from ABC’s The Bachelorette, has Snap-chatted this being one of her favorites from this box. This saddens me for not trying it yet, but I plan to soon. I need to do it when I have the time to really try it and see the results the following day. But for now, I will just say that I am excited to try it and knowing that others enjoy it is even more of an incentive!

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ANDERSON LILLEY Beach Butter Body Cream Sicilian Tangerine: I was not given the option of scents for this one but I do love Tangerine so this worked out! This body butter has really made my skin oh so soft and has help A LOT with some dried skin I’ve been suffering with this winter (not cute) but this has made it so much more bearable.

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So that wraps up the Winter 2016 Edition box. For those who have not yet signed up for a FabFitFun subscription, you are missing out on these great, amazing products at an even more amazing deal/price! I am all about saving in any way you can and this totally does that for some great new products received four times a year. For those who got this box, enjoy all of this amazingness!!!

One more thing……

“New Year, new goals! Keeping our New Year’s resolution is harder than pulling away from a good Netflix binge. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 100 resolutions that are so good, you’ll actually want to keep them.” – FabFitFun

In the mini magazine given, the 100 New Year’s Resolutions (You Can Actually Keep) has been floating around in my brain ever since two weeks ago when I first read them all. So I feel the need to share some in hopes of giving y’all some insight and ideas on what maybe you want to achieve, change, improve, etc!

My Top 10 New Year’s Resolution FabFitFun Style

  1. Shop at more small businesses
  2. Avoid fast food restaurants
  3. Start a passion project
  4. Floss. Every. Single. Day
  5. Stick to your personal budget
  6. Do one spontaneous thing a month
  7. Read a new book each month
  8. Go an entire day without checking the time
  9. Learn at least one new thing a day
  10. Fall in love with more things

What are your top resolutions for 2017? Maybe you’re still figuring them out? The point is to figure out what is important to you, and try your best to fulfill whatever you want or need in your life! It’s about you. This year is about you so embrace it, don’t fear it, and just love it!

Thanks for reading! Leave any comments or questions, I love hearing them!

XOXO

Fashion N Rae

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FabFitFun: FALL 2016 EDITION

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#FABFITFUN

Can I just say… a FabFitFun subscription was probably one of the best gifts I was given. Maybe because it was a surprise sent by my man crush… BUT STILL, one of the best gifts I could have received!!

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If you don’t know what FabFitFun is, I’m glad to share this with you then! It’s a very cool, kind of concept; so you all should sign up.. just sayin’…

At first, I recalled this concept kind of like the Birch Box, and if you still don’t know what I’m talking about, than you are not as beauty savvy as you may think!!

PLEASE click the two links above and do some research ladies because you need some beauty subscriptions in your lives!!! I recommend both companies but I am currently subscribed to only the one, so I will be going over the awesome FabFitFun box for the Fall 2016 season!

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FALL 2016 BOX

First, if you are really hesitant about signing up for one of these, then I can at least explain the concept: “Every 3 months, the FabFitFun members receive their new seasonal gift box filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team! With a FabFitFun membership, every season you’ll get a box full of uh-mazing new products for only $49.99 four times a year. Indulge in fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear guaranteed to make you feel like a VIP all year long.” – FabFitFun website

Three Insights:

  • NOT JUST SAMPLES

    Indulge in full-size, premium products in every box.

  • MORE THAN A BEAUTY BOX

    VIP features a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products that help you feel good from the inside out.

  • JOIN THE FFF COMMUNITY

    Don’t just get FabFitFun, BE FabFitFun! Get effective tips and tricks to kick start your happy and get more out of life.

Want to know what’s in the Fall box?? Let’s Go!

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SPONGELLE Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer: The sponge-like loofah is an awesome concept! I’ll let you in on one of my many beauty/skin secrets… I use a loofah every single time I take a shower. I truly believe in them and I think they make your skin oh so soft and really take off all dry skin, especially during the winter months! So this was surprisingly useful. Before this, I would put my body wash on a loofah and use it that way, but with the Spongelle, there’s one less step, and it smells AMAZING! It is a body wash infused buffer that cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and massages all at once! So for those really quick showers you are rushing to take, this will still allow your body to feel silky soft and clean!

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PURE COSMETICS Nude Collection Eye Shadow Palette: When I first opened my box and was quickly looking through all the goodies, I could have sworn that this was a NAKED 2 pallet by Urban Decay. The packaging is almost identical, and the eye shadows are very similar shades. But the names of the shadows differ and the pigmentation is different in terms of intensity and color. Personally, I have tried the Pure Cosmetics and it seems to do the job, but because I own the other pallet, I prefer the Urban Decay version.

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TOESOX Toeless Fitness Socks: At first I was like wait… what? But then I kind of understood the reasoning of the Toesox, or should I say toe-less socks. These bad boys are supposed to be used during a yoga class, or a mat workout. They are to prevent from slipping on a surface used while being active. Your toes act as another form of padding, in addition to the grips on the bottoms of these socks. Pretty cool, and honestly, I will totally be using these when I get pedicures in the dead of winter 🙂

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SKIN LAUNDRY Night Serum: This restoring night serum is a great way to prevent from your skin aging. Particularly used for your nightly routine, this pump bottled serum is full of antioxidants, vitamins and peptides to help reduce any signs of aging. It is recommended to apply to the face and neck areas after cleansing and before moisturizing at night. I love serums and I even think they are better than some moisturizers. This happens to be a really light, soft serum that feels amazing on the skin, right before your beauty sleep!!

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MODCLOTH Loch and Key Scarf: Who doesn’t love a plaid scarf for fall?? Well this one happens to be so comfortable and great quality! FabFitFun actually provides a HOW-TO to wear this scarf, which is so helpful. What makes this scarf awesome is that it feels like you’re wearing a blanket on your neck, and I’m not even being dramatic! It seriously is that comfy and it goes with most of my fall wardrobe so there will never an issue pairing it with anything in my closet.

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MULLEIN & SPARROW Mini French Lavender Body Oil: Amazing stuff if you have dry skin!! For the best results, apply to damp skin, and directly after showering, whether in the morning or night. This can act as a moisturizer before applying the actual moisturizer and also for a self-massage for needed areas. It smells divine if you love lavender and it really is soothing on the skin.

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THE CREATED CO. To-Go Coffee Mug: Another necessity for the fall season. A mug is a mug is a mug… Yes, but this one has… yeah I got nothing. It really is just a mug like any other one you may own for a hot/cold beverage. But this one does have some nice morning motivation and it’s pretty!

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Some extras included in this seasons box:

NATURE COLORING BOOK Illustrate & Meditate + PENCILS OF PROMISE (POP) Colored Pencils: I think the meaning behind these two ‘extras’ was to go along with the theme of the box for this season, “Color Me Inside & Out #FABFITFUN.” These adult coloring books are very trendy these days… and the colored pencils comes from a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. To learn more, visit https://pencilsofpromise.org/ .

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THE BROWGEL By Tonya Crooks: This is one of the best tools for your brow game to be strong, and boy does this gel do justice! Just a tip, make sure you use it after you use your brow pencil!!!

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SECRET OUTLAST Clear Gel Deodorant: This little guy made its way into this seasons box! I have never actually used a gel deodorant so this gave me the excuse to try it. I gotta say, it felt a bit wet once you applied it and closed your arm… not an awesome feeling, but it does the job if need be. Maybe i’ll keep this in my car for ‘oops I forgot to put on deodorant’ days .

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COTTENELLE Flush-able Cleansing Cloths with Cleanripple Texture: Interestingly enough, these are actually for the purpose of being commando at the gym! They will leave you feeling so clean that you wont need to worry about bunched up undies while getting your squat on 🙂 I actually like these for that exact reason. Who would have thought these would come in handy?!!

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THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

Now that you have the exclusive on the Fall box, who’s signing up?? This is a great way to test products you maybe never heard of or would not have bought on your own, but now that you’ve tried them you can either go ahead and continue using them or just enjoy the ones you’ve received. It’s that simple!

I hope this was helpful in any way so feel free to leave a comment, or if you have any questions about the products listed, just give me a shout! Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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