WHAT "SULFATE & PARABEN FREE" ACTUALLY MEANS

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So at this point you should already know that I’m quickly becoming a “clean beauty” freak. That doesn’t mean I’m about to trash half my beauty cabinet, but I like to educate myself on several terms.

Most of us see shampoo labeled “Free of Sulfate and Paraben” but fail to acknowledge what that even means. Myself included. I seriously had no idea what the hell those two meant until now.

I did the research so you won’t have to.

Sulfates are aggressive detergents made of sulfur-containing mineral salts that make a product’s consistency thick.

What it does:

They are surfactants, meaning they attract both water and oil. One end of the molecule clings to oily dirt while the other clings to water. basically: they lift grease/oil from hair or skin and dissolve into a consistency rinsed down the drain.

Why Sulfate is bad:

I’m not about to bore you with scientist-y terms so here’s the tea:

Sulfate drys your scalp, causes frizz , leads to flyaways, causes irritation, makes your hair take longer to dry, thins out your hair and can lead to hair loss.

The “oil lifting” is just too aggressive. It removes protective oils that your scalp needs. Without these substances, our scalps are stripped from moisture leading to complete dryness. Not to mention, dry scalps are more exposed to allergens, infection and other stuff.

Now, Parabens.

What it does:

It prevents growth of bacteria and fungus in shampoos — preserving shelf life.

Why Parabens are bad:

This sounds crazy but, Parabens can disrupt hormone function. I say crazy because before researching, I would have never guessed that my shampoo and hormones could somehow correlate.

Also want to mention that Parabens can be related to breast cancer. Honestly freaking out as I type this. All this information is coming from other sources and it’s not like I woke up knowing about these terms. I’m not saying that if you use shampoos with Parabens it’ll lead to cancer. I mean, who am I to say that? But if something is toxic, it’s toxic.

Parabens have also been linked to several skin conditions such as rosacea, dermatitis, and can cause allergic reactions.

It’s safe to say I’ll think twice about what hair care products I’m incorporating on the reg. Like I’ve said before, everything ends up in your bloodstream.

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HOW I GOT CLEAR + HEALTHY SKIN

This isn’t your typical “drink lots of water and you’ll have flawless skin” kind of post.

This is a 10 month long journey where I experimented a variety of products through research, brand collaborations and my very own purchases.

I seriously believe your skin needs all kinds of things and there is no product that has it all. Hence why I use multiple products within the week.

This isn’t me telling you that you need to break the bank to have good skin. But it doesn’t hurt to spend a little extra on something that will certainly benefit you longtime. I mean.. who wants to age faster anyway?

I can’t remember the last time I had a blemish, blackhead or dry patch as a result of using these clean beauty products.

So here it is!

Are you washing/cleansing your skin properly?

This is a little contradicting for me because I’ll do anything to avoid getting my face under a sink. I have eyelash extensions and washing my face is a total pain in the ass. But thankfully, I’ve found a way around it. I use Farmacy’s Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup every night. The consistency is pretty similar to coconut oil and removes every single speck of makeup. After applying the product in circular motion, I use multiple makeup wipes to fully remove everything. I find this method way more effective than getting my face under a sink, honestly.

After makeup removal, I use Pixi Beauty’s Peel and Polish scrub twice a week. It smells amazing btw! here’s what it does:

  • The natural fruit enzymes loosen dead skins cells

  • The lactic acid gently exfoliates

  • The cellulose peels anything clogging your pores

  • And the sugar extracts polishes + lifts away dullness to reveal brighter skin

Going back to the the topic of clogged pores, I use the Glow Mud Mask twice a month. This product is so insane. I struggled with black heads on my nose for years & had “beauty experts” tell me I needed an “intense facial” to get rid of them. Wrong. I literally used this product twice and my blackheads completely disappeared. If you don’t believe me, research some other reviews and you’ll see how bomb this mask actually is.

The last step in my cleansing + clearing routine is the Pixi Glow Tonic. A lot of people skip the toner step which totally surprises me because it is what truly purifies your skin. The Glycolic Acid in the product gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter + glowing complexion while also exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. The Glow Tonic is completely alcohol-free and won’t dry you out (AKA safe to use multiple times a week). In short: toner remove excess dirt, traces of oil and makeup .

Daytime Hydration

Since I started using it 10 months ago, The Herbivore Orchid Oil is the product that completely transformed my skin. I started getting so many compliments about how healthy and clean my bare skin looked and it is the result of this product. I mean…what more could you want?

Honestly, face oils are a bit of a trial and error process. I used Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics Noni Oil (which was also super pricey, btw!) and it made me break out. It was horrible. And I had no idea what was going on with my skin until I realized that this product from hell was causing tiny bumps everywhere.

So anyway, the Orchid Oil was a bit of a risk taker for me because the last thing I wanted was another product with the same end result. I did enough research to find that the product is not one where people have negative side effects.

Every morning I use either the Orchid Oil or Farmacy’s Honey Grail Face Oil because they both appear really light weight. Neither leave a greasy finish and work great for morning hydration and pre-makeup application.

The Honey Grail is a little bit thicker than the Orchid Oil and leaves a dewy finish after foundation application. Not to mention it can also be used on hair! but let’s stick to skincare for now.

Evening Hydration

My nighttime hydration routine is consisted of three to four different products.

I use the Farmacy Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer almost every night but won’t go into much into detail since I already have a full review on the product. But overall, the moisturizer’s anti-inflammatory CBD properties work great for under eye bags. If you want a really clean and natural moisturizer…this one’s it.

 

My night time face oil (because clearly, two wasn’t enough) is the Pixi Rose Oil Blend. It’s hard for me to put into words how much I actually love this product. It is perfect for dry or dehydrated skin because it locks in moisture and intensely hydrates while using Vitamin E.

Vitamin E’s youth-preserving properties tend to prevent and get rid of already existing wrinkles, so regardless of your age or skin type, you definitely need this.

The product does leave an oily finish so I tend to use it at night before bed only.

note: you can use the oil alone or after a moisturizer

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and finally.. when i’m not using the Rose Oil Blend at night, I’m using the pHenomenal Gel. This product works great for anyone who isn’t ready to try a face oil just yet. It’s recommended for those with oily skin because of its gel and non-oily formula.

And that’s a wrap! did I mention enough products?

I think the #1 advice I’d give to anyone looking to improve their skincare regimen is to practice clean beauty.

Just like the foods we put into our bodies shows on the outside, the products we put on our skin can make their way into our bloodstream. It really comes down to our health sometimes so why wouldn’t you want to use products that are actually clean?

 

TOP 3 WORST FOUNDATIONS

Finding the right foundation can be tricky and maybe even a little cakey sometimes. I think a lot of foundations are really special and each have their own purpose. example: good for travel, for glowy skin, SPF, full-coverage, etc. etc.

I’ve used over 20 foundations. Excessive, I know. But I seriously love trying different formulas and it’s basically a hobby at this point. Plus, there’s no way I’m sticking to just one.

I’ve raved about the Stila All Day Foundation for the past 6 months but that doesn’t mean I’m not using other products. Makes sense?

The first crappy foundation I want to talk about is one that REALLY had me disappointed. Not so much by the brand, but by the “beauty guru” who posted a YouTube video about how great the product would be. (no, not James Charles).

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Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Everlasting Wear Pore-Refining Effect

two words: blotchy mess.

The product applies just fine but oxidizes over time. In a span of only a few hours, the formula transforms two shades darker and leaves a blotchy hot mess express. I figured I picked up the wrong shade and went back to get a lighter shade and found I still had the same problem.

and yes, I use primer. always do.

The only positive thing about the product is the luxurious scent. But I would 10/10 not recommend this NON cruelty-free product.

Thank u, next.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

You may or may not remember that I used to love this product and even did an entire review on it because it worked great……for a few months. After some time, the formula just wasn’t the same and kept leaving my face with dark patches. Even my bf at the time noticed the discoloration. A guy noticed. that’s how bad it was. Fenty foundation has a huge oxidizing and blotchy-ness problem just like Dior. Sorry Riri! but seriously, don’t bother wasting your money on this product.

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Tarte Shape Tape (Matte) Foundation

Writing something negative about Tarte breaks my heart because I seriously love the brand so much. Usually, Tarte has the best formula when it comes to foundation + concealer but the Shape Tape Foundation (Matte) is just so damn dry. I won’t go into too much detail because I’ve already written a lengthy review on this. But I will say that this product really brings out your wrinkles. I’m only 23 and this foundation brings out my minor under eye wrinkles and smile lines. I can’t imagine what someone over 40 would look like if they used this product. Dry & patchy is not the look i’m going for; however, the Shape Tape Concealer is a completely different story and is life changing. so there’s that.

What are some of the worst makeup products you’ve tried?

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I USED A CBD INFUSED BEAUTY PRODUCT AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

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There’s been quite the revolution in the beauty industry these days and brands are straying away from using harsh chemicals and are more likely to use Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.

So let’s get this out of the way first. I was completely turned off by anything CBD infused because I hadn’t properly researched and assumed it was closely related to THC (the compound that causes the “high”). I have never and will never take an interest in anything mind-altering or addicting. CBD is a totally safe & non-addictive substance known for its pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties and therapeutic profile. No harm in that.

Farmacy’s Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer is the product that piqued my interest in cannabis-based beauty. The product is labeled as rich in hydration with omega-6 + omega-3 acids, hemp seed oil, stress-fighting adaptogens and CBD oil to help soothe, calm the skin and reduce redness.

I’ve been using Better Daze Ahead for about three weeks and my skin is absolutely loving it. What I like about this product is that it has no fragrance and just feels natural. There are a lot of moisturizers I’ve used (take Cetaphil for example) where you actually feel the harsh toxins seeping into your pores. The first time I used Cetaphil, I rubbed my eyes after applying their face cream and ohmygosh was that a painful experience for my eyes. Clearly, not a natural product.

I suffer from major under eye bags/puffy eyes if I don’t get enough sleep and found that CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits help reduce the effects by gently tightening and reducing puffiness in the delicate area without causing any irritation. CBD can soothe a variety of skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Cool, right?

The moisturizer is so versatile because it can be used in the morning + the evening and what’s great is that its non-greasy formula can be used before applying makeup. At night, I tend to use a little bit more of the product because if you rub it in enough, it almost works as a mask (you’ll know what I mean if you try the product).

Overall, my skin has been loving CBD and I’m so happy to have found a product that targets my under eye imperfections. I can’t wait to incorporate more of it into my everyday skincare routine and see what other benefits it brings. What are some of your favorite CBD infused products?

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MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP ROUTINE

Hi Honeys!

It’s my first post of the year and I’m so excited to share my makeup routine with you guys. In previous posts I’ve mentioned how my routine is constantly changing so there is no specific one. But I’ve been loving these products lately and have been using the same ones for the past couple of months.

When thinking about products to use on a daily basis, I can’t stress how important it is to wear the amount you are truly comfortable with. Whether it’d be a natural look or full face, it all depends on your lifestyle and preference.

I go for a full face because my usual days are pretty long and I need my look to last from morning to night.

Note: I don’t use eye products on a regular basis because my lash extensions are enough

*Click the name of each product for a direct link*

 

TOP DRUGSTORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Hi beauty lovers! It feels like forever since I’ve done a blog post (10 days & counting!) But I’m back and I’m so excited to share this post with you guys.

The difference between drugstore and high-end makeup can be HUGE. But there are some drugstore products that are seriously incredible.

I rarely go out of my way to find makeup at the drugstore because I typically prefer high-end. Once you’ve tried the better stuff you definitely won’t want to go back. Sorry!

But anyway, for this post I wanted to list some products that work just like those we find at Sephora. And more importantly, are cruelty-free!

*All products will be linked at the end*

Jordana — Best Lash Extreme Mascara

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This mascara is one of the best drugstore products I’ve ever used and is only $2.99! Before I got eyelash extensions I reached for the Best Lash Extreme all the time.

Note: It’s a little watery so be careful when applying

Milani — Baked Blush 05 Luminoso

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I feel like Milani is just one of the nicer drug store brands. The baked blush in the shade Luminoso is seriously to die for. It is crazy pigmented and leaves a beautiful, rosy finish.

Pixie Beauty - Glow Cake

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First of all, can we talk about the brand’s packaging? Pixi Beauty has the best drug store makeup packaging by far. If you’re not familiar with the brand you seriously need to take a trip to Target right away. For years I had been dying to try some of these products but never really did until now… and I’m in love. I’ve been using the Glow Cake in the Shade Pink Champagne Glow every single day and I’m truly obsessed. I don’t typically use it as a highlighter/illuminator but rather a blush intensifier. It just takes your entire makeup look to the next level.

E.L.F. — Liquid Liner

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I’ve been using E.L.F’s liquid eyeliner for years and don’t plan on switching to another brand anytime soon. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day/night, doesn’t smudge and did I mention it’s only $2?

MILANI — XL Bronzer

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The best thing about this bronzer is the XL size! Not even kidding when I say I still have mine from 5 years ago. This works great for an all over bronzed look (don’t confuse “all over bronzers” with contouring products. it’s not the same).

Makeup Revolution — Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant

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This product looks just like the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, but I actually like this one better! Finding a good drugstore highlight is almost impossible but I am so impressed with this one. I love using the last 3 colors on the brick for a really dark glow.

Makeup Revolution —  Ultra Blush Palette Hot Spice

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I’m a sucker for face palettes! Especially if they’re as pigmented as these colors.

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer

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It’s not my usual Shape Tape concealer but it will do! It’s super creamy and crease-resistant.

And that sums it up! I will say that I’m a little disappointed with how little cruelty-free options there are. Brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline have amazing products but still continue to test on animals. So maybe..paying for high-end brands is worth it in the end (they have a lot more cruelty-free options)

What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup products? I’d love to try them out!

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WHAT I THINK ABOUT MONAT "INSTAGRAM HAIR PRODUCTS"

Major disclaimer that this is an opinionated post not meant to hurt or offend anyone but rather inform those who are curious about the brand. This post is based on thorough research and sources who will be kept anonymous.

I have never tried these products.

*Monat users/ambassadors are suddenly shocked and upset that I have the audacity to speak about such a brand without trying the products beforehand*

Well I did my research, and lots of it. The kind that the average person wouldn’t bother to do. Before I share some of my research, let’s start with the company’s marketing/selling tactic. Monat is the epitome of the “Herbal Life” trend on Instagram. It’s everywhere and it won’t stop.

The amount of DM’s I receive is just ridiculous on another level. Without having tried the product, the constant messages made me turn away from the brand because it is the same message over and over again.

When I say ridiculous…I mean ridiculous. Every single message from these ambassadors is the SAME. They compliment me/my page and then state that they’d love to share what they do for $$ or want to offer me an amazing opportunity; however, these ambassadors fail to mention that you need to pay $299 worth of products firsthand. Don’t waste my time.

When I first began receiving these messages, I thought it’d be a fun collaboration in which I ended up being totally wrong. If you are doing a collaboration you should not be paying for the products. I was immediately turned away by the fact that these people seriously expect us to be okay with paying so much money for a beauty brand that is not only unheard of, but not sold in stores.

mood: ?????????

Anyway, here are a few messages I’ve received:

Those who have messaged me have been nothing but kind and I really have nothing against anyone who sells or uses Monat. My issue is that it is extremely obnoxious to the point where I no longer want to open direct messages. Again this is an opinionated post, but the company seriously has to think of a better way to market and sell its products because it’s been done before. Does Avon or Mary Kay ring a bell?

Let’s move on to the products. Here’s Monat’s mission statement word for word:

“It is our mission to help people everywhere enjoy beautiful, healthy, fulfilling lives through our exceptional, naturally based products, a fun and rewarding business opportunity, and a culture of family, service, and gratitude.”

“Healthy” but certainly not FDA approved. Products include ingredients associated with contact allergy— Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Benzyl Alcohol. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters, which are more severe symptoms than the symptoms of irritation.

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Now what kills me the most is the before and after pictures.

Are you kidding me? The fact that the brand goes out of its way to insult our intelligence is beyond me. It is OBVIOUS that the hair in the “after” photos has heat applied to it and the “before” photos do not. Does the brand expect us to believe that the women’s hair looks like that without heat application? Noted.

*photos above were taken from the Monat Website*

The reviews I’ve read are extremely mixed. I’m not totally bashing on the company and will say that a lot of people have truly had an amazing experience. I’ll even share some positive messages that were sent my way.

Now some of the negative comments have been either hair loss (WTF) or no difference in hair at all.

The brand’s “detox” phase is one in which many (but not all) experience symptoms such as hair loss or greasiness. Basically: it has to get worse before it gets better.

There are no warning labels on these products.

Again being opinion based, I completely disagree with this concept. If products are really “natural” and “healthy” the outcome should not be hair loss. How is this even okay? Sure not everyone experiences negative symptoms, but if there is even the slight chance I may experience possible balding……count me out!

Where I’m getting at with this post is that our generation truly sucks. Millennials (myself included) are hypnotized through social media and hop on any bandwagon just to be “on trend.”

For those who have truly had an amazing experience with these products, my goal is not to be a bully or hurt your sales, but rather showcase that the brand is just a risk I am not willing to take.

note: women have been sued for sharing their thoughts on Monat which only makes me dislike the brand even more. Has this company forgotten what freedom of speech means?

Here’s a detailed video that inspired me to share my thoughts.

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MY CURRENT FOUNDATION

Holy sh*t is this a TOTAL GAME CHANGER.

I can’t believe more people aren’t raving about this product! I know I talk a lot about foundations, but I think I’ve finally found the one.

If you don’t believe me, just know this lasted all throughout my 8 hour work day + sweaty cycling class. I was “shook” when I saw how good it still looked after my workout (No I don’t plan to wear make up to the gym, I just have it on from earlier in the day. Moving on.)

The formula is full-coverage and matte.

This is the 14th foundation in my beauty drawer and is the one I pick up every single day. The other products just can’t even compare at this point.

The Stila All Day Foundation builds so well and covers any blemish or discoloration.

The applicator looks like this! I hated it at first until I realized how much product you actually save this way. All you do is push down & voila!

The bottle brings a concealer (on the top side) which I’ve never actually used, but maybe one day I’ll give it a try if I run out of my shape tape.

I’ve used this product during long work days, hot outdoors & drunken nights and it seriously has never failed me.

Stila isn’t a brand I normally pick up but this product has completely blown me away. It has me thinking about what other awesome products they may have. Not to mention how much I truly appreciate that the brand is cruelty-free.

I’ve recommended the All Day Foundation to three of my friends and they’ve all been just as obsessed. If you’re looking for a new foundation or just feel like filling up your beauty drawer a little bit more, try this!

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SHOULD YOU GET EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

If you’re contemplating hopping on the lash bandwagon, I’m sure a few questions have already crossed your mind, such as:

-Will my real lashes fall off?

-How long do the lashes last?

-Are the extensions bad for you?

-Will they look too dramatic?

-Does it hurt?

Trust me when I say that I debated getting extensions for the longest time. I felt that I needed an excuse to get them and used my Europe trip to try them out.

Let me just say that they are a TOTAL game changer and I wish I would have gotten some sooner.

The trick is to get them done by a good/real lash technician. There are so many “lash technicians” these days that’s it’s hard to weed out the ones who actually know what they’re doing. So as always, stick with a technician or place recommended by a friend. A decent technician will make sure your natural lashes go unharmed.

a little bit about my experience…

I was totally freaking out before my first appointment and didn’t know what to expect. Little did I know it would be one of the most relaxing experiences ever. For a full hour you’re told to do nothing except close your eyes for a lash nap!

Throughout the process you seriously don’t feel a thing.

My biggest fear was that it’d be too dramatic (yes, even for me!) but my technician went very natural and I almost wish I would have come a little more prepared and shown her exactly what I wanted. I still fell completely in love with the lashes and they lasted a full three weeks.

My second appointment, I came a little more prepared and explained that I wanted a longer, fuller look and even brought pictures.

Overall, the lashes have made my life so much easier. I feel comfortable wearing only face makeup during the weekdays and saving the eye shadow for the weekends. Having extensions is a huge time saver — especially in the mornings.

Now for the maintenance…

If you’re going to get lash extensions… be aware that you can’t touch them and have to be really careful. I won’t even deny that I’m a total freak and barely get my face wet now. I typically use 2-3 makeup wipes and toner for makeup removal & avoid getting my face under a sink. The only time I get near the extensions is when I use a spooly brush or when I lightly rub around the area with a makeup wipe. The one thing to remember is to not rub your eyes. Rubbing your eyes will not only pull on the extensions but damage your natural lashes.

If you take care of the extensions properly, they should last up to 3 weeks!

so finally….should you get eye lash extensions? definitely yes!

If you’re in the Miami area, feel free to check out ilash and Skincare! My lash lady (who is totally bomb!) is in the Pinecrest area and is named Verushka.

There’s a groupon where you pay $53 your first time and $45 for refills which is seriously not a bad price. I know a ton of girls who pay a ridiculous amount of $200. No thanks!

You can call any of their locations (Pinecrest or Coral Gables) to book your appointment and the staff will apply the groupon discount for you automatically if you pay over the phone. Or just buy the groupon here for the Pinecrest location or here for the Coral Gables location.

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MORPHE X JACLYN HILL THE MASTER COLLECTION

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Okay seriously how amazing does Jaclyn look in that photo?

I've been itching for a new brush set and was so excited when Jaclyn/Morphe released this collection. 

The Master Collection retails for $165 but drops to $148 if you use a beauty influencer discount code. (I typically use "jacattack" or "mannymua").

$165 is extremely overpriced but hey, go big or go home right? For my babes on a budget, there's always the option of purchasing the face set alone for $58, eyes set for $42 or the individual brushes; however, the Master Collection features a few brushes that the smaller sets do not include

For this review I'll highlight a few of my favorite and not so favorite brushes from the entire collection. Feel free to click each image for a direct link 

 

 

The JH05/Perfect Contour Brush is literally everything. I've tried dozens of contour brushes and none of them have worked as amazing as this one. The JH05 is the perfect size if you're looking to carve out those cheek bones!

 

I typically use a hard stippling brush and found that the JH03/Ride-or-Die Foundation brush was really fluffy and soaked up a lot of my product. I won’t lie, I totally hated this brush at first. But after giving it a few tries, I realized that it actually works great with foundations that are a little heavier. It prevents a cakey look and leaves a natural finish! I’ve been using this every single day with my current fave foundation — Stila All Day foundation

 

I was immediately turned off by the weird shape of the JH02/Bronzer Brush. But to my surprise, it blends like a dream! It works so well with my MAC Give me Sun bronzer and now I can't think of another brush I'd want to use!

The definition of perfection is the JH08/Anything Creamy Brush. OMG am I obsessed with this. You can forget your beauty blender or average brush because it doesn't get any better than this. It's fluffy enough to blend a good amount of product but not too fluffy that it soaks up all your concealer. 

I've recently gotten into eyelash extensions and I'm suddenly a huge freak when it comes to applying makeup near my eyes. Luckily, I've found the perfect brush that allows me to apply product carefully.

The JH09/Glow Baby Glow Brush is pretty much the same thing as the Morphe M501 -- only a little longer in shape. I've used the M501 for years because it truly picks up highlight so well! I highly recommend getting either brush if you're looking for that blinding kinda glow

If you use any kind of translucent powder the JH07/Under Eye Powder Brush will be your BFF. So amazing.

The prettiest brush in the entire collection! The JH01/Powder Brush is perfect for pressed/face powders. I'll be using this to apply my favorite Bare Minerals Loose Powder foundation.

The Master Collection brings a ton blending eye brushes which I very much appreciate. I won't go into detail because they simply are not that exciting to talk about. However, if you're looking to buy individual eye brushes I recommend the JH34, JH35, JH37 and the JH40 

Final verdict: I would’t recommend the Master Collection for those who are beginners in makeup. The average person will get a little overwhelmed with how many types of brushes the set includes. For the not-so-beginners, I highly suggest splurging on a collection like this. If you typically do a full face and understand how to use different eye brushes, this collection will blow your mind. It literally brings every single brush you could ever need.

Mixed feelings? Check out Jaclyn's video below where she goes in detail and explains each brush & be sure to catch my review on her latest Vault collection here

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR MAKEUP ON ALL NIGHT

What's worse than a heartbreak? looking in the mirror after a long night wondering where your entire makeup look ran off to

Not Cute. Nothing is worse than spending so much time getting ready, only to find that your products didn't make it past 10 p.m. 

Luckily, I've discovered 3 products that work like magic. Serious game changer.

1. ARDELL MAGNETIC LASHES

yes you read that right. magnetic. These have completely changed my entire life! I'm a huge fan of big, bold lashes but can't stand the messy adhesive application.

One pack comes with four lashes -- two for each eye. You clip on both falsies between your real lashes and voila! It's tricky at first but you totally get the hang of it after a few tries. They're extremely comfortable and you can skip worrying about them falling off throughout the night. Best part is.... you can reuse them endlessly

Tip: I cut mine in half to make the application process much easier. I only wear half the lashes!

2. LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT POWDER

You don't want this, you need this. I use this all the time to "bake" under my eyes and I swear I live by it. This works best under your eye (after concealer of course) to set the product down to avoid your concealer moving around throughout the night. Think of a porcelain doll... smooth, soft skin. That's what this does! 

3. BARE MINERALS LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION

After "baking" with Laura Mercier, applying this to the rest of your face will guarantee that everything really sets in. I use this on top of my liquid foundation and although it seems like a lot, I use a light hand to avoid looking like a total cake face. 

And that's it! These 3 extra steps go beyond your typical primer and setting spray action and have completely changed my makeup's lasting power

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