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My Favorite DIY- Canvas Pictures

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Hello my lovelies!!

I wanted to share one of my favorite DIY that I learned from a good friend of mine. And honestly if you go on Pinterest or Google it, you would be able to find this DIY everywhere. It is a really easy and cheap alternative to the very popular canvas portraits that everyone loves to have displayed in their homes. So I figured, why not share my favorite DIY on this, in case there are those who are interested in doing this and had no idea how easy it was to make themselves.

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Supplies needed:

Canvas of your desired size ( I tend to buy the canvas for my 5×7 and 8×10 photos)

Matte Mod Podge (or glossy, it is your preference, mine is matte)

paint or foam brushes (I prefer the foam)

Scissors or exacto knife

Your printed photos

Now when it comes to my canvas, I like to paint the edges black. But you are ok with leaving it the white or painting it another color. It’s totally up to you and what you are wanting to create.

Now let’s get to DIYing!

First

If you are wanting to paint the edges of your canvas, that will be the first thing you do. Once it is dry, then move onto the next step below.

Second

Using your brush, dip into your mod podge and spread the glue on the top of the canvas, covering the whole surface.

Third

Once your done with that, take your photo and line it up to the canvas and place the picture on top of the glue. You will notice that there will be some extra photo hanging off the sides of the canvas. Don’t worry, that is when you would take your scissors or exacto knife and trim off the edges to fit the canvas.

Fourth

Once you have trimmed the edges, take your brush and dip into your mod podge. This is when you will cover the top of the photo with the mod podge to give it some extra protection and a matte finish if you desire that. You also don’t have to use the matte version, you can use glossy if that’s the look you are wanting. You really can cater it to your taste. I have made some with photos of my son at the beach and glued shells on the bottom corners. So you can really personalize it!

Last

Once dry, hang it up in your home to display!! Done! It really is that simple and easy to make these photo canvas. I love doing these as gifts as well for family.

My project that I really use this for is my son’s yearly photos I have done when he turns a year older. I do one 5×7 and one 8×10. I just recently printed my son’s 5 year photos and will be working on this DIY this weekend.

I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY post on one of my favorite projects to do. This is something that you can find all over the internet. This was something I did not know about until my friend told me several years ago. If you have any questions, leave it in the comments!

Till next time!

~Mandy

 

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Take the time to learn something new

Taking time for something new

As I have gotten older, I managed to start a family and get married. What I have learned over the last 5 years during those big changes in my life is that it is very easy to lose yourself in your daily responsibilities. I became mom and wife, losing my sense of who I was and what I loved doing. I have always been one to enjoy new things and learn something new. Growing up, I enjoyed studying and learning. I had passions that eventually took a backseat. Yet don’t get me wrong or misunderstand. I LOVE being a mother and wife. My family means the world to me. But as a mother, I started to notice that I stopped doing things that made me happy on a personal level.

I am one of those people who always makes sure that everyone around me is happy and doing what they love, quick to disregard myself and my happiness. Not only that, but also with the struggles of life and trying to live, work and support our family, it can burn you out and cause unhappiness. If all you do is work, support, clean, cook, etc. then you will begin to lose sight of living. I realized last year that I needed to make changes. I needed to include an activity for myself into our lives. I needed to do this for a way to keep myself active but to also help destress. I had to first realize and understand that there is different kinds of happiness that you can have within your life, and I shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to be happy with myself, on a personal and developmental level. I cannot be the best wife and mother if I am not taking care of myself. So this is what I decided to do.

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The first step for me was to reflect and see what I had an interest for. I had decided to sign up for a once a week language class that is nearby. I happen to stumble across it and decided it was time. Now, I am Korean American, went to school in Korea when I was young, but I lost most of my Korean over the years. I have a good elementary knowledge – read, write, understand and speak some. So I signed up for Korean language class to help better understand and grow my practice. Let’s just say, my mother said “about time”.

excercise

Another thing I fully committed my time to was going to the gym. I made it a habit several months ago to go at least 3 times a week while my son is in PreK for 3 hours. I won’t lie, most days I am exhausted from working nights until 7am, going home for a quick nap, waking up with my son and starting our day. But at this point, I enjoy and look forward to my 2 and a half hours at the gym when he is in school.

getting organized

I went and bought a nice new planner and pens (I love these kinds of things, they make me happy) and have really buckled down on budgeting for my family and getting organized in that sense. It was something I always wanted to do but never got around to it since I always was so busy and tired. We have plans for our family and we want to make sure we budget accordingly to accommodated what we want to do.

Slowly, over the last couple of months, I have started to make changes. My goals for this year was to really focus on my health and happiness, hitting the target of – my mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing. I have seen a huge improvement in those areas. I am much happier, I have more energy, my body isn’t as achy, and I am exercising my mind. By growing myself, and finding ways to destress, it has really helped me to work on so many deep aspects within myself.

try a new sport

My next goal is to start taking beginners archery class that is offered near where I live. This is something that I have wanted to do since I was young. I used to keep telling myself that I was too old now to do something like this, learn a new sport.

But honestly, you never are and don’t let such an excuse stop you from trying something new.

I will give an update in a few months on my progress and what I have been up to.

I would recommend that you always keep in mind to do something for yourself. Whether it is to go to the gym, take a class to learn something new, going out in nature or just putting time aside for something you enjoy, do it! Life goes by so fast, it would be a shame to have it pass by without enjoying it to the fullest. We have bills to pay, things we take care of, but amidst all of that, we take the time to spend with friends, family and doing the things that make us happy. It helps us to keep going through life, and it also helps us to build a happy and health relationship with each other in our family. I hope that makes sense.

Let me know your thoughts on this. What do you do for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time

~Mandy

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Taking the time to relax

Taking the time to relax

Hello lovelies!

I wanted to just take a moment to talk about finding and taking that little bit of time to relax amidst this crazy thing called life. I know for me, life as a working mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend etc. can make life very hectic. We all wear multiple hats in our daily life and interactions. While eating healthy, exercise, hobbies, playtime and whatnot are very important, I find that despite all that, I have to take the time to truly just relax and do nothing ( and sometimes that means being bored).

For me, that is taking the time to run a hot bath, and just simply pampering my self. I do a leave in treatment for my hair, do extra skincare steps and of course doing FACE MASKS! When I go to relax, I always do a face mask of some sort. I am able to just lay there, do nothing, and just enjoy my quiet time. And I don’t always do this in the bath. A lot of times, I simply just lay in bed with my headphones on listening to soothing music.

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Don’t get me wrong, I do sometimes drink a little wine, read a book or listen to one of my favorite podcasts or current audiobook. It is taking the time to take your mind off of your daily stress, activity, LIFE even and letting your mind and body relax and escape for a moment.

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I know it is so easy to forget in the midst of things that we need to let our mind and body unwind. And when I don’t take the time for myself, I feel my stress levels rise. So remember to take the time for yourself to relax and escape for a moment. Take in the pleasure of a nice bath bomb, or essential oil infused Epsom salt bath. You will feel so much better when you do!

And please, leave a comment on what you like to do to relax your mind and body. I would love to hear about it!

Take care

~Mandy

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Colourpop Cosmetics: Overall Impressions

 

Colourpop Cosmetics

Hello my lovelies!

About 2 months ago, December 2018, I ‘discovered’ Colourpop Cosmetics. What I mean by ‘discovered’ is that while I knew about the company, I had never tried their products or known the affordable price. I know that I did receive their brow boss in one of my subscription boxes but didn’t even try it until about a month ago.

Honestly, the reason I even bought any of their products was because they had launched their Disney Designer Collection and I am a HUGE Disney Princesses fan. And when I discovered their affordable and cheap price, I was hooked and knew I had to buy it and try! I did end up doing a blog post on the 3 products I bought from their Disney Designer collection. You can check it out HERE!

If you are interested in checking out this brand, follow this link to their webpage.

NOTE: EVERYTHING LISTED HERE WAS BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY. Also to keep in mind that I have oily combo skin as well as slightly sensitive skin.

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First up is their Lux Lipsticks. I am a HUGE fan of their Lux lipsticks and I have in the last month, ordered not enough! I have 2 of their Disney Designer ones, plus 6 from their Blur line, and 1 regular. I have also ordered 4 of their Ultra Gloss and Ultra Blotted and of course LOVE them! I really enjoy their lip products. They are very pigmented and also feel extremely comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t feel drying and honestly lasts for most of the day while I am at work. And for around $7 per tube, you really can’t beat that price for such great quality lipsticks. Also if I could recommend a product of theirs to try in their lip products, I would say to check out their Ultra Blotted Lips!!!

colourpop no filter setting powder

They also sell their No Filter Complexion line which consists of foundation, concealer, powder, and loose setting powder. I ordered the foundation, concealer, and loose setting powder. I really enjoy the loose setting powder. It makes my makeup look smooth and flawless. The only issue I really had, and honestly it was not an issue at first, so I am thinking it could have been the new skincare products I had been trying out, but my under eyes had been appearing very dry looking, and I noticed that dryness seems so much more noticeable. But like I said, it could have been the new skincare products I had been trying out. It is not so much an issue anymore, so I would put it out there that if you are experiencing very dry skin, or dry looking, then this might not work out for you.

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The concealer has amazing color and coverage! I love the way it looks under my eyes and it covers any blemishes as needed. The only thing I came across , issue wise, is that is creases into my lines under my eyes. I am still working out different ways to see if I can solve that issue. I will let you all know my results. But other then that, I do use it to cover spot treat and it works amazing! Warning though, just like with the powder though, if you are experiencing dry patchy skin, it might make that very noticeable.

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The foundation is probably the first product from this company that is a big no go for me. I really wanted to love this foundation so much! It is an oil free, matte foundation, that is buildable to full coverage. Unfortunately this foundation with my oily skin just did not go well together. It looks amazing for all of 2 hours at most before it just starts to melt and break apart around my cheeks, nose, and chin area. I have tried this foundation with different lotions, primers, no primer, different setting powders, different setting sprays, I mean I really tried everything I could think of to try and make this foundation work. The end result was always the same. So this product was a fail for me. I know my best friend who has dry to combo skin loves this foundation. The only issue she had was that it would occasionally settle into her lines on her forehead.

colourpop all star setting spray

This is their matte face setting spray that costs $10. I really enjoy this spray’s overall performance as well as price. The smell is pleasant, it doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin. It does set the makeup really well and helps my makeup to last longer against my oily skin. The one big issue I have with this spray is that the spray bottle or nozzle could be a lot better. After I was using it for a while, I started to notice that the nozzle would get stuck when I would push it down. This made it very difficult to use. I am not sure if a got a faulty nozzle. But that is something to keep in mind as a possible issue.

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As I stated above earlier, I did do a review on some of their products, so definitely check that out. I freaking LOVE their eyeshadow palettes! I now have 4 of their palettes and I cannot get enough of them! They blend very well, not blotchy, very pigmented and just look stunning on the eyes! Keep in mind, what I noticed was that there is a bit of fallout with some of these shadows. I know for me, that is not a big issue for me. I have not yet personally tried out their super shock shadows or their jelly shadows, but that is on my list to eventually buy along with their newly released colored liquid liners.

brow boss

This is Colourpop’s Brow Boss. If you use their brow boss you will notice this is older since their new packaging has a clear cap on one end. Now I have to say that I am a huge fan of Maybelline’s Tattoo Studio eyebrow product since I discovered it last year. You will even see it featured in some of my post and Instagram as well. Now that one takes time for me to apply but it is well worth it. When I want something quick and easy, I will use a brow pencil.

I mentioned earlier that I did have this in my collection from a bag but never tried it yet. Well once I started trying out Colourpop, I remembered I had this. It did not disappoint. I used it up so quick that I actually recently reordered more of it! That is how much I really enjoy this brow pencil! And the fact that it has the brush on the other end of course is a big deal. I would recommend this. It glides on easy, blends out nicely, color matches well, pigmented, easy to hold, over perfect for everyday look. The only problem is that there isn’t enough product to really last as long as I would like.

NOTE: I hope they fixed this issue but the end with the brush after a few uses came off. Check the picture below. I know this was an issue with a lot of others stating they had the same problem. While annoying, it is manageable to deal with. I have ordered new ones and I will keep you  all updated if they fixed that problem with their new packaging.

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Alright well there you have it. Those are my thoughts on some of their products. Overall, I would highly recommend this company! This company is defiantly as they state “wallet friendly and bunny approved”. If you haven’t tried them out yet, I say go for it! You will never know till you try it out. Let me know what you think in the comments!

I have ordered more of their products. So keep an eye on my Instagram for my thoughts on those!!

Till next time,

Mandy

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Becoming Confident with Lipsticks

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Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing? We are approaching mid January which means it is getting closer to my birthday! Another year came and went so quickly. I wanted to do a post on how I gained confidence with wearing lipsticks.

So some background here, before I had my son almost 5 years ago, I hardly wore lipsticks. The most I would wear were lip products like tinted lip balms. And when I say tinted, I mean it was barely tinted. I had always felt that I did not look good with color on my lips, that I looked weird. I honestly thought I was just one of those girls who just couldn’t pull off lipsticks in general. Yet I always had this fascination, love, appreciation for lipsticks and for those who could pull it off.

After having my son, my time away from my son and husband, my ‘me time’ was spent at Ulta. Even if I didn’t buy anything, I loved to just take my time and browse all the beautiful makeup and skincare. During one of these visits, there was a worker who came to ask if I needed any help and that is when I started to talk to her about my love for lipsticks but that I never bought any and never wore them since I really didn’t think they looked good on me. She then told me something that was simple yet something that never crossed my mind.

Wearing lipstick was something I was not used to seeing on my face, and that I just needed to wear it everyday or often and that in time, I would grow and become accustomed to lipstick for my face.

That was how I was going to get the confidence to wear not only lipstick but also brighter and bolder colors. And that from there I would learn what type of lipsticks and colors I preferred. She helped me to pick out some lovely nude type lipsticks. I ended up buying Too Faced Spice Spice Baby La Creme Lipstick. And my journey with lipsticks began!

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The next lipstick I bought was Too Faced Melted in Chihuahua. This one took me a while to get used to. This was a lot more color.

I believe the next one I bought was Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Exposed. This was the next one I bought which became an absolute favorite in regards to matte type lipsticks. And it was just the right amount of color to still get used to seeing and using lipsticks. Around this time is when I started to really try and buy lipsticks.

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I have to say that I am glad I had talked to that one Ulta worker on that day. Something so simple that honestly makes sense yet I never even thought about.

To gain the confidence to wear lipsticks, you have to simply just start wearing them and getting used to seeing your face with color on your lips. 

I wanted to share this with you, the you who might still be unsure about lipsticks. The you who might love lipsticks like I did but never felt you could pull it off. It took me a long while to get used to wearing nude type lipsticks. From there I started to get used to seeing it on my lips. Then I started to buy a bit more bolder, brighter colors. Again it took some time to get used to it. And now, I hardly ever leave the house without some type of lipstick on my lips.

While I do tend to wear the same types of lipstick colors, or group of colors, it is because I am still working my way to wearing the many different shades of colors. Like your blue, bright reds, bright pinks, purples, etc.

I will get there and so will you!! And I am so excited to add to my collection below! I just received my order from Colourpop of 6 new colors of their Lux Velvet Blur line!!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and was able to take something away from it!!

Till next time!

~Mandy

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Oily Skin VS. Foundation: Products I use to make foundation last longer

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Hello my lovelies! I wanted to share with you all my go to techniques and products that help me to make my favorite foundations last all day.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional of any kind. This is what I have found to work with my very oily skin. Just because this worked for me doesn’t mean it will for you. These are my suggestions if you are looking for a new thing to try out. Ok on to the post!

Alright, so when I say last all day, what I mean for my extremely oily skin is that when I apply my makeup in the morning, I only have to blot once by the late afternoon and can keep rocking it with my foundation still looking like when I put it on in the morning.

Having oily skin is not easy. I have always had a hard time with a lot of makeup melting on my face because of the oil I produce. Over the years, I have tried many different products to find the right ones that work well with my skin type. Which means that I have also perfected my method of foundation application and what products to use. Also finding the right foundation that works for your skin really helps!

My goal here is that in the end, I am able to possibly help another oily skin sufferer with some tips and suggestions that they can try out for themselves. I know for me, that was something I was always looking for. And I was willing to try it if it meant it could work for me.

To start, I think that skincare (along with diet) is probably the most important in helping to find the right makeup products that work really well for your skin type. I am still perfecting my skin care (and diet), plus the fact that I am constantly changing up my skin care products. But taking good care of your skin, and keeping it hydrated and balanced is very important. I plan to do a post eventually on skin care products that I had the best results from. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in reading that!

Onto the products!

PRIMERS

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I am not a big primer type of girl. I don’t find that they really work well with my skin type. So while I love the idea of filling and covering up my big pores, I don’t like how greasy my skin ends up looking later on in the day. I have to give props to this primer though. This is RImmel London Stay Matte Primer and it really does work well to help control the oil. It feels great on the skin, helps to minimize pores, but the biggest is the shine control. I have tried so many different types of primers, from high to low end. This is my go to and for around $5.29, you really can’t beat that price. I guess it was just a matter of finding the right one.

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This is Bare Minerals Combo Control Primer and it retails for $26. I received this as a gift from my mother in law and overall I like it. When I use more heavier coverage foundations or those that aren’t quite ‘oil free’, I like to mix this with my foundation. I discovered that this worked well when I had some foundations that I loved the coverage it gave, but hated how oily my skin got after a couple hours. So since this was sitting in my makeup drawer I had the thought to combine them and see how it would turn out. I did try to use it directly on my skin, and it worked ok. It seemed to work better being mixed into my foundation prior to application.

Foundations

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I think the biggest challenge for oily skin, really any skin is to find the right foundation that really works for your skin and skin type. This is when subscriptions to Sephora’s Playbox and Ipsy came in handy. It also took a lot of research, recommendations, and trial and error to find those right foundations for me.

My NUMBER 1 foundation that I always buy and use the most is Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless. I have been using this since the year they launched it, around 2015 I think. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe they always had the Fit me out, but the Matte and Poreless came out around 2015/2016 and when I saw it, I knew I had to try it simply because it said Matte and Poreless. I am so glad I did, because it handled my oily skin so well! I truly highly recommend this foundation if you are my skin type. I also love the coverage on this, it isn’t too heavy, lightweight, so it gives that natural and even skin tone look which is my go to favorite look.

I also have listed Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation and Bare Minerals barePRO Liquid Foundation. For Maybelline, I had bought this because of the reviews and recommendations, but ended up hating it at first since it just didn’t last long before my oils took over my face. This became my favorite when I discovered how well it worked when I mixed it with the Bare Minerals Combo Primer that I mentioned above. Something about those 2 together on my face works AMAZING! So now it became my go to for more full coverage looks. The Bare Minerals one I had a love/hate relationship with. It seemed to work really well for me when I used it not on a daily basis. I am not sure if that makes much sense, but I figured I would list it here since it is one of my go to foundations to use in between the other 2.

POWDERS

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I have 3 powders that I highly recommend! That is Colourpop No Filter Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Setting Powder, and Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.

I have been using Innisfree No Sebum for a couple of years now, it is a product that I have repurchased several times and still love to this day! Just keep in mind that the Innisfree one is a white mineral powder, but I have not had any issues with it being a white powder and how it sits on my face. There wasn’t any white cast for me. But I figured I would point that out just in case it could be something you don’t prefer or like.

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Laura Mercier powder is also very amazing and works really well in setting the face so I can understand all of the hype. And more recently I had bought Colourpop’s No Filter setting powder to try it out and I was not disappointed at all! It really did give a nice finish.

All 3 of these powder’s work really well with my oily skin type and are always in rotation of use for me.

Setting Sprays

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I feel like when it comes to setting sprays, I was the one crazy girl who just didn’t care for setting sprays. I know how much everyone LOVES Urban Decay’s different setting sprays, but honestly I never really felt that it did much for my overall makeup look or in helping it to last longer. But I never gave up, and I was still very willing to try out different sprays in hopes that maybe I would find one that really blew my mind.

Here comes Colourpop All Star Matte Setting Spray and Drew Barrymore’s Seal the Deal Long Lasting Setting Spray. These 2 so far have been the sprays that I felt and noticed a difference in how my makeup wears and lasts for the day. Plus they also have a pleasant smell to them, which for me I enjoy. Also the micro-spray on both of these are perfect!

A technique that I do differently then most, is that I like to do my eyeshadow, foundation, setting powder, blush and then I do setting spray before I do my liquid liner and mascara. I know for a lot of others, they tend to complete their whole look before setting their face with a spray. For me, I find that helps in regards to my oily lids with those products. I wanted to throw that out there!

SIDENOTE: I am very curious to try out her other products in her line (Flower Beauty). So that might become a post I do later on. Let me know if you are interested in that in the comments!

Alright! There you have it! These are some of the products that I have discovered and tried out. These are my go to products for my oily skin type that work really well in giving me a flawless, controlled look for the whole day. I hope that I was able to give some ideas on my tricks and also share some insight into some products you might not have known about.

Till next time!

~Mandy

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Beauty Skincare Favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018

Hello my lovelies! How is everyone’s new year going so far? I know we are only a few days in, but so far I am really feeling that this is my year and it is going to be great!! I wanted to do a post about a few of my favorite beauty and skincare products that I really enjoyed and liked in the year 2018! While I have tried a lot of new products this past year, I only picked out a few that really stood out to me and became a must have in my routine! So onward to my favorites of 2018!

beauty and planet shampoo, conditioner, body wash

BEAUTY AND PLANET SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, BODY WASH

I absolutely love this brand. It does a really great job on cleaning my hair and conditioning. Plus the fact that their scents are amazing and very pleasant. I really enjoy the coconut water and mimosa flower scent the most, as you can see in the above picture. I posted about this brand on my Instagram over the holidays since Target had gift sets for sale. What I also love is that the company is trying to achieve very little carbon footprint as well as using organic ingredients. Check out Love Beauty and Planet’s website to learn more and if you are interested, Target  I know sells their products.

cherry blossom body lotion

On: The Body Cherry Blossom Nourishing Body Lotion

I received this body lotion during my few months of trying out Beauteque and their monthly subscription boxes. They offer 2 different subscription boxes, one of Korean beauty products and the second one of Korean masks. I did the k-beauty box and had received this lotion. This was back in 2017 I believe that I got it, but in 2018 I really started using it daily till it was all gone, so I included this in my 2018 favorites. The smell is very light and very pleasant! I can’t get enough of it. I really enjoy lotions that blend quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel sticky. You can check it out here!

 

Missha Safe Block, Caudalie, Mamonde

Next up is skincare. I have here Missha Sun Block Caudalie, and Mamonde Korean Skincare. I lumped these together because they fit in the same skincare category. When I decided to get back into skincare, I started to do some research. That is how I came across Caudalie. I love this brand and I really felt and seen a difference for my skin. I also don’t like to keep using the same skincare, so I tend to switch it up. By the end of the year, I by accident came across Mamonde at Ulta while I was shopping for family. I decided to try it even though I had no information on it. Well I am so glad I did. I love it! I highly recommend their oil cleanser! It is very hydrating which is perfect for winter time! I was concerned how it would do with my oily/combo skin, but honestly I didn’t see a different in my skin wearing that and makeup. Maybe I got lucky? And of course, I have reviewed this Korean sun block on my blog before! So check it out HERE!

 

 

Neogen Bio Peel and Skinfood Rice Cleansing Wipes

Next up is my favorite makeup cleansing wipes and peel pads. The Neogen Bio Peel Lemon Pads is a physical and chemical peel in one pad! It includes lactic acid, glycolic acid, lemon, orange, and papaya extracts. It helps to clear clogged pores while helping to fade acne scars with the vitamin c. Plus the pad also helps to get the dead skin off your face. I use this about 1 time per week, sometimes per 2 weeks. I highly recommend this product!! The Skinfood Rice Cleansing Wipes works really well to remove makeup and doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry afterwards. I really enjoy using these on my lazy days. It is very gentle on my skin and also the smell is very light and pleasant! Might I point out that also you get 80 sheets for the price of around $12. Other brands tend to have around 25 sheets for around $8. So even the sheets to dollars is well worth it!!

 

 

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Lipsticks

These are my favorite and most used lipsticks of 2018! They are all different brands and style, but overall what I loved from all of these is the color was very flattering, it wears comfortably and makes for great everyday looks! If you want in depth reviews of my lipsticks, leave a comment!!

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

This is the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I have been using this concealer for a long time, and it will probably always be in my favorites. This is affordable and does an amazing job covering my dark circles. What I really love most though is that is does not crease up in my fine lines or wrinkles. On days that I don’t want to wear foundation, I use this concealer on my imperfections around my face and put a little powder and done! Truly amazing!

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Maybelline Tattoo Studio and Line Stiletto

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brown Gel and Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner are my top favorites for brow product and liquid liner. I have been using this liquid liner for several years. It is my go to because it is easy to apply to the lids and with my oily skin, it does not budge. I don’t have to apply eye primer and can simply just apply. The Tattoo Studio brow gel is bomb! I have tried so many different brow products, and I have to admit I am not the best with it, but this product has proven to be easy to apply, blends out amazingly, and stays put! So for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience doing brows, this has helped me a lot. And honestly the way it sits and looks once I am done makes me so happy!! Maybelline honestly makes so many products that I truly love!

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Maybelline Fit Me and Anastasia Stick Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and Anastasia Stick Foundation. Both foundations work really well with my oily/combo skin. They blend very easily and sit very nicely, doesn’t feel sticky, and doesn’t make my skin look extra greasy. I go between these 2, depending on what I am getting ready for.

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Philosophy Ballet Rose Perfume

I have so many favorite perfumes, so when it came to picking 1, I chose the one that I tend to use the most on a daily basis. And Philosophy Ballet Rose Perfume is the winner! It is, as Philosophy states, ” inspired by the delicate scent of pink rose petals opening at first bloom, and the beautiful femininity of our best-selling amazing grace fragrance. This captivating new scent captures the quiet strength of a ballerina in a heart of delicate rose and peony, layered with sparkling lychee, and finished with woods and sheer ballet pink musk”. Check it out if you haven’t smelt this before.

Alright there you have it! This is my list of favorites for the year 2018. I know I didn’t include all of the categories for makeup or skincare, such as serums, eye creams, liners, etc. The reason for that is simply that I don’t have a favorite for those. I am still on the search to find them.

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~Mandy

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