August 19, 2017

Is Tweezerman worth the money or kind of scam-y? || smilingrid

In light of Huda Beauty's collaboration with Tweezerman, I decided to try their classic slanted tip tweezers. I found them at TJ Maxx for a whopping $12! Worth it or nah? Watch to find out!

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August 14, 2017

Enjoying an AcneFree Summer! Reviewing the 24 Hour Acne Clearing System and Maximum Strength Terminator 10 Spot Treatment

Disclosure: This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree. All opinions are mine alone. #AcneFreeSummer #AcneFreeLife #CollectiveBias

As I'm sure you know by now, I definitely struggle with acne-prone skin, especially when it comes to shifts in my hormone and/or stress levels. It almost feels like my skin will get used to whatever was keeping pimples and zits at bay and I'll need to get on to the next thing! Luckily, at my local Walgreens, they have a full array of AcneFree products. Like, a FULL array. I can't see my skin getting used to that many new options and I am so excited to play around with all this brand has to offer!

If you want to try AcneFree out along with me, you can hover over the above image to shop for their products online!

Back to school season is right around the corner, which means back to stress amiright?! In addition to the BTS nerves nipping at my heels a little early and messing with my clear skin, I've just started my first full-time to which I commute on a bike. That's a lot of changes! In order to put my best face forward, I picked this 24 hour Acne Clearing System and Maximum Strength Terminator 10 spot treatment up. Luckily for me, the kit can start to clear up breakouts in as little as three days- something I was definitely happy about as I walked through the doors to my dream job with clear skin and a HUGE smile!

"But how does it all work?," you may be asking. Let's get into it!

First, the kit! The AcneFree 24 Hour Acne Clearing System is an easy-peasy, daily skincare regimen with three steps: an Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser, a Renewing Toner, and a Repair Toner. AcneFree is the only brand that makes acne clearing systems formulated with Advanced Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide, which is designed to work faster and dig deeper into pores. Something I love about this kit is that it specifically notes that it can be used on the chest and back to help fight acne all over!

Step 1 is obviously the Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser with Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide! I apply and massage a small amount on my damp face with my hands, twice a day. This awesomely sudsy cleanser is both gentle and intense in its removal of pore-clogging dirt, excess oil, and acne bacteria! There's also the acne-fighting sidekick of Benzoyl peroxide (2.5%), which gets deep down into pores to fight and prevent breakouts, even after rinsing. 

Next up is Step 2 using the Renewing Toner! This bad boy has skin enriching vitamins, Witch Hazel, Chamomile, and Aloe to help refine pores, help with controlling oil, AND balance skintone! What a multi-tasker! I apply this using a cotton pad, and honestly my skin feels so refreshed and soft afterwards.

The third and final step is the lovely Repair Lotion! This contains the superstar Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide, which offers 24 hour continuous clearing! It's easily absorbed into pores, fighting acne bacteria and helping to stop new breakouts before they even think about starting. This is also applied with clean hands and smooths right in!

So easy, right? Got to love a well-outlined plan! I really like that the steps are defined like this- it makes it so easy to give into muscle memory as I wash my face as my morning coffee percolates. Plus, I can save SO much time every morning as this kit makes quick work of my breakouts- no painstaking cover-up of blemishes needed!

Sometimes even the best of routines needs a little extra firepower! That's where the Maximum Strength Terminator 10 comes in for me. This strongest spot-treatment available without a prescription works to eliminate 99% of acne-causing bacteria right where it's most needed- can you say whaaaaat? But don't worry, all that strength is tempered by the added Chamomile, Ginger, and Sea Whip Extracts which soothe skin and reduce redness and irritation.

And what can I say? Happy skin, happy me! All these changes coming my way are so much easier to face (and rock!) when I can put my best and clearest face forward. 

Want to join in on the clear skin? Find out how below!

Participate in the #AcneFreeLife Sweepstakes – See Visible Results in As Few As 3 Days!
  • AcneFree is launching a 4-week sweepstakes on August 14th, 2017. 3 Grand Prize Winners will win $1,000 spending money and AcneFree Supplies for a year. Additionally, AcneFree will give away 10 AcneFree® 24 Hour Acne Clearing Systems every week for 4 weeks.
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I hope you're having an amazing AcneFree summer!

August 09, 2017

wet n wild liquid catsuit matte lipsticks in Coral Corruption, Missy and Fierce, & Berry Recognize review and swatches

If you watch as many makeup YouTube videos as I do, you've definitely been swimming in the hype for all of wet n wild's new launches (you can watchmy thoughts on their cult favorite photofocus foundation here). Seriously, they are slaying the drugstore game. While I could (and, actually that's a good idea) do an entire post on my faves from wet n wild and other drugstore offerings, today I thought I'd chat specifically about these new(ish) catsuit liquid lipsticks. Because dang.

I'm not going to keep you guessing until the end of the post for my opinion. These are amazing. Boom. Post over? Not quite. I purchased these off of the recommendation form Tati at theGlamLifeGuru on YouTube. I wish I had enough moolah to purchase errything she falls in love with... but alas. Luckily, these are a whopping $5 each, so they didn't break the bank the way her WTF series would!

These are amazing even when compared to my more expensive liquid lipsticks, but if you'd like a drugstore off, you can watch and compare them to the Amore Matte Lip Creams from Milani! Obviously, personal opinions on makeup are going to vary based on a HUGE number of factors, so whether you love both, either, or none of them, it's all good.

Unlike the Milani Amores, the wet n wild liquid catsuits apply exactly like the color of their tube! They are super vibrant and apply in a thin, comfortable layer that dries down matte quickly. They're definitely somewhat drying (thus is the life of a liquid lipstick lover), but I found that the dryness was a minor factor and that they were as comfortable as my fave high-end liquid lipsticks! OH and the long wearing factor! DUDE! These don't budge! I purchased three of these and immediately popped the purple on my lips... within minutes people were complimenting my choice.

As you might be able to see in the  swatches (which are a little less well-lit than I'd like- the actual lipstick colors are deeper than they appear in the tube but not quite so dark as the swatches!), the deeper shades are actually more velvety and even. The more coral-y nude needs a bit of work to make it flawless: it can definitely be done, but the red and PURPLE (I nearly wept in joy, I feel like I've been searching for this lipstick my whole life) are much better in that regard.

What do you think? Have you tried any drugstore liquid lipsticks - the good, the bad, and/or the ugly? Let me know down in the comments!