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If you are into all natural, affordable, multi-use products then  Radha Beauty 100% pure fractionated Coconut Oil is a must have for you! The Radha Beauty coconut oil is odorless, colorless, non-greasy, and stainless. Their coconut oil is a cruelty-free product, with a variety of uses, but is meant explicitly for external use. Coconut oil generally comes in a solid state and melts into a liquid when exposed to any heat such as your own body temperature.

 

Fractioned Coconut Oil

I tried this product in a few different ways. First, I used it to shave with in the shower which worked extremely well and left my skin feeling moisturized. I also tried it as a lotion which left my skin feeling amazing. As a makeup remover, it worked pretty well but it took a little extra effort to remove my mascara.

It works amazingly as a massage oil, my boyfriend has sciatic nerve pain and I massage him daily to help reduce the pain. It works well as a tanning oil, I particularly like it to tan, because it’s more of a dry oil and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and oiled up. I know many people use it as a facial moisturizer, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people with oily skin like me as it may add to the oil issue and break you out as it did with me after a few days of use. One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil is to create body scrubs with it, these are great for exfoliating the skin (I’ll be posting my personal recipe for yall soon!)

I also used it as a hair mask, I have very long hair and I’m always looking for ways to keep it moisturized. One helpful tip I do have for anyone who uses it this way is to make sure you distribute it evenly throughout your hair and to rinse it well afterward or your hair can seem oily after. It also works as a hair oil after you shower.  I would suggest doing this while your hair is still wet. Putting it in a spray bottle may be helpful for this to help even distribution. It leaves your hair so silky and shiny.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has so many uses it would be hard to make an argument against buying it. It can replace many items in your beauty stash and many others around the house as well. This makes it extremely cost-effective. You can even use it on your pet to give them a silky shiny coat. Coconut oils are used for everything from cooking to oil pulling.  There are some uses I have yet to try like aromatherapy, making soaps, lotions, ointments, and as an antiseptic/disinfectant. There are literally over a hundred uses for coconut oil, whats your favorite?

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Dry Shampoo Tips & Tricks

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Happy Friday, beauties!  I’m a busy mother, student, blogger, and full-time worker and what that means is, yes, I do not wash my hair every day!  Thanks to a beautiful invention called dry shampoo, I am able to skip a day or two.  Not only does it absorb the oil, it adds a clean fresh smell, but it also adds life back to those locks with a little bit of volume.

My Favorite Dry Shampoo

The dry shampoo I always reach for and keep on hand is Batiste.  You can find it at about any drugstore from Target to Walgreens.  Another location I have found it at is Marshalls and TJ Maxx.  It’s reasonably priced at $5.99 at most locations and the best thing about it are the different fragrances and colors.  Yes, colors!  I don’t think it has much powder residue, but I love that you can match it to your hair color if needed.

The best way that I have found to use dry shampoo is to apply it to your hair before bed.  Do not distribute the product by brushing it out or running your fingers through your hair.  I spray the product right before bed, leaving the product untouched–yes, you will look a little goofy going to sleep, so warn your spouse!  While asleep the tossing and turning you do will distribute the product for you.  Bam!!  You can literally say, “I woke up like this!”, when you told how amazing your hair looks! 


Extra Uses
  • In a pinch and need an odor boost- use your dry shampoo as a replacement for deodorant.
  • Deodorizer for shoes
  • Use dry shampoo to take care of oil stains.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed these tios & tricks using dry shampoo.

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#Onebrandmotd: Marc Jacobs Beauty

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week’s brand is Marc Jacobs beauty.  Last weeks drugstore brand was Nyx cosmetics.  I am a bit behind on doing my look this week.  My kids left for two weeks to go to Korea, Guam, and the Philippines.  I am so not used them leaving for that long and overseas, so I have been a complete wreck, lol.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks, so be sure to check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

We all know the famous fashion designer, Marc Jacobs.  Marc Jacobs created his beauty line back in 2014.  Since the creation of his beauty line, there have been some amazing products made.  Starting with his foundations, high liners, and palettes to say the least.  His line is the epitome of luxury, but with a little bit of shopping around, you can find his products are places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx or take advantage of sales at Sephora.  If you are to try anything, I would suggest trying his high liner gel liners.  They are my absolute favorite!

Now, let’s get on with the look.  The pictures above show the products I used to create my look.  I know, I know.  It doesn’t look like much, but you can do a lot with what you have.

Blush, bronzer, highlight using Object of Desire palette
Eyes- about that night eyeshadow palette
Marc Jacobs gel high liner in cocoa
Highliner lip liner all over the lips

I love how this look turned out.  I loved it so much that I created it this morning for work!  It doesn’t take too much time to apply and very little product.  The highlight in the Object of Desire palette provides just the right amount of glow- think office appropriate.  The shadows are very pigmented, buttery, and easy to blend.  I also found it to be the same for the shadows in the Object of Desire as well.  I am putting all this makeup to the test to see how well it lasts.  Check back this weekend for a second #onebrandmotd featuring Marc Jacobs and for my final thoughts on the products.

 

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Nyx Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Nyx Cosmetics.  Last weeks high-end brand was Too faced cosmetics.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get my blog post up because of some travel mishaps during my trip Generation Beauty.  That trip is a whole other blog post, so be on the look out for that.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks.  Check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Nyx Cosmetics

Nyx cosmetics was started by Tina Ko back in 1999.  She wanted to a create a great product at an affordable price point.  It became just that.  The ever growing brand started out by just making lip pencils and eyeliners, with the Nyx jumbo eyeliner in Milk being a cult favorite.

My task was to create a simple look with a little bit of color.  I was still able to keep my look very minimal and natural looking.

Deets
  • Total Control Drop Foundation– I’ve been wanting to test out this foundation.  Luckily, I received some samples in a ULTA gift with purchase.  I found applying the foundation with a beauty blender was best.  I tested it out with a kabuki flat top, but it left streaks.  It is a medium to full coverage, with build-able capabilities.

  • Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette– I received this palette for free at Generation Beauty San Francisco and let me tell you, it was a pleasant surprise.  The colors are very pigmented and blend very well.  I was able to create a nice neutral look and do my browns using the dark brown matte color in the palette. I love multi-use products!  It’s all about being creative.

  • Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter– I received this from Generation beauty as well, but to be honest…I didn’t get much highlights from this product at all.  It was applied to my cheekbones and to my cupids bow.   I can see why they were giving it away for free and why it’s on clearance on the website for $4.90.

  • Mega Shine Lip Gloss– These glosses are an oldie but a goodie.  I love the smell, the application, and the just right amount of color.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review and quick #onebrandmotd using Nyx Cosmetics.  Check back this weekend for a night time look using NYX.

 

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10 Tips & Tricks for Attending Generation Beauty

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Hey, beauties!  Can you believe that Generation beauty San Francisco is over?  I definitely can’t.  Tia and I have attended Generation beauty the past four years and have accumulated some pretty helpful tips for your visit to the next Generation Beauty.

What is Generation Beauty?

For those of you who do not know what Generation Beauty is, it’s a beauty event created by Michelle Phan.  She wanted a place where brands, You tubers, bloggers, makeup artists, and makeup lovers come together to enjoy something we all love.  The swag isn’t half bad either.  I personally love meeting with brands and learning about the new products or current faves.

10 Tips & Tricks for Generation Beauty
  1.  Early Registration.  Generation beauty is always on Saturday and Sunday, but they always have an early registration.  This happens on Friday before the event between 5-7pm.  This gives you a sneak peek of the venue and you get your admission badges early.
  2. Prior to the event, check out the brand’s page on the Gen beauty website.  Follow and like all the brands on social media.  Believe me, this simple step will save you a lot of time.  This is also a great time to prioritize what brands you want to visit with first.  Create your plan of action.
  3. Eat breakfast!
  4.  Arrive early.  The lines fill up quickly.  IPSY has an early entry admission that can be added on to your ticket.  Kind of like Disney’s magical hour.  You pay an extra fee of $39.95 for an extra hour to spend with the brands.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes.  You won’t believe how many girls come fully glam in 9″ heels.
  6. Do not carry a huge bag/purse.  Believe me, you will receive so many bags through out the day that you won’t need them.  A wrist-let or cross body bag will suffice.
  7. If you are a blogger or Vlogger- have your business cards and elevator pitch ready.
  8. Necessities- phone, portable charger,  water, and a snack.  They do have food trucks outside of the venue to grab some lunch or drinks.
  9. Bring cash and card to purchase goodies at a discounted price.  Brands like Benefit and Tarte sell their products at a discount.
  10. If you are not local to the event, bring a big luggage or an extra bag to carry onto the plane.  You will need it!

Final Thoughts

This is was by far the most organized Generation Beauty that we have attended.  All the lines went by smoothly and we were actually able to visit all the booths this time around.  Which is something we were not able to do in the past?  Another change is swag bags.  Instead of getting a swag bag each day, you are given one big swag bag, whenever you decide to pick it up.  Have you attended Generation beauty?  How was your experience?  Tell us in the comments.

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Rimmel

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for about the past month, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Rimmel London.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some cheaper options. Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Rimmel London

Rimmel London is a drugstore brand made famous by Kate Moss.  With cult favorite lippies and the ever so popular it Rimmel Stay Matte matter. This brand really deserves a lot more praise.  A personal favorite of mine is the bb creams and contour palette.

I needed to create a look that was quick and easy, after all, I do wake up at 3:30 am and do not have the mental compacity to do a full face in the morning.  It also needed it to be interview appropriate since I had one later in the morning.

I was able to create a super simple, sun-kissed glow, summer look that worked very well for my interview and also helped me look alive during the day.  The #Instaflawless Skin Tint has been my go-to foundation because it provides just enough coverage and still looks very natural.

Face Deets

 

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to follow up with us next week where we will be featuring Too Faced Cosmetics.

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#One brand motd: NARS Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for about the past month, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Nars Cosmetics.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some cheaper options. Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Nars Cosmetics

Nars is another cult favorite brand.  Mainly known for the famous blush ‘Orgasm’, and for good reason.  Orgasm is absolutely beautiful!  Unfortunately, I am not using the blush color in my look today, but I worked in the lipgloss.

This look is a no makeup, makeup look.  I do have days where I go all out, but most can be found very minimal.  That’s my style and what works for me.  Check below for the deets!

Budget Friendly Ways

Let’s talk budget real quick!  Since this brand is a luxury brand, I wanted to touch base on how I get some of my high-end products.  I couldn’t justify spending $29.00 on a single eyeshadow.  I would suggest checking out value sets like the Sephora favorites.  This is how I obtained the dual-intensity eyeshadow and the full-size lipgloss.

You can also join Sephora playbox.  It’s a monthly subscription that gets you five sample, deluxe size samples, or an occasional full-size product for $10.00 a month.   You can sign up here.

My last suggestion would be shopping at Nordstrom!  The NARS counter always has a gift with purchases.  The girls at my counter are super nice and give out great gifts.  I ended up with a gloss, liner, mascara, small blush, and cream blush stick for purchasing one of the cheek palettes. Well worth it!

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to check back next week for our high brand end.  If there is a brand you would like us to do, leave us a comment below!

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#One brand motd: Kat Von D

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd.  You might be thinking what is she talking about?  Well, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.  This week we are doing #One brand motd: Kat Von D.

Brand Challenge

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D is an amazing brand with amazing products, but after looking in my collection, I quickly came to find that I didn’t own much of her products.  Crazy, right?  This motd called for a lot of creativity.

I actually thought I had a blush and some lippies as well, but as you can tell from the picture above- I only own the Shade and Light Contour Palette and a sample of tattoo liner.  The used the contour palette as eyeshadow, brow powder, and my contour/highlight.

 

The palette worked great as an eyeshadow- very blendable and the colors worked perfectly.  I am a nudes girl anyway.   I don’t have to tell you how great it worked as a face palette- that’s what it is made for.  As a brow powder, it did the trick.  It went a little bolder than I like, but a little blending and you are good to go.

I am going to take advantage and utilize this palette more for all over the face.  It takes up less space in my makeup bag and great for travel.  Now off to Sephora to purchase more Kat Von D.  I still can’t believe that these are the only products I own.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks #onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag to show us your look!

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NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

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Let’s talk skincare.  If you are going to spend money on anything, I suggest spending it on skincare items. I am not saying that you can’t find affordable options because there are.  It’s all about testing products and coming up with a regime that works for your skin.  I have been incorporating the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash into my skin routine for the past few weeks.

All About the Brand

Neostrata started in 1988 in Princeton, New Jersey, by two doctors.  They wanted to be able to offer their products to everyone.  They now have NeoStrata®, Exuviance®, and CoverBlend® under their belt and are sold over 80 countries worldwide.

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

A potent, pH-balanced, foaming facial cleanser for experienced Glycolic Acid users who prefer a deep cleansing.

  • High strength, pH-balanced, soap-free face wash
  • 18% Glycolic Acid smoothes skin texture
  • Lactobionic Acid gently enhances cell renewal
  • Recommended for experienced Glycolic Acid users

First, let’s start with the packaging.  A major plus this product has is the pump.  I always appreciate a company who adds this in.

Now, I don’t use this cleanser every day and I do not use it in the morning and in the evening.  I use this once or twice a week for deep cleansing.

This product is something that you have to work into your routine, especially if you have sensitive skin like I do.  If you do have sensitive skin, you can work the product in slowly, like I have.  Then eventually move into just mornings or evenings, when your skin is used to it.  I love that it acts as a mild exfoliant and unclogs the skin.

Final Thoughts

This product is perfect for someone with normal skin.  If you have sensitive skin, then please be careful when using this product.  Like I said, I use it minimally and like it.

Give it a try for yourself!  I’d love to hear what you think about it.  Leave a comment below!

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#One brand motd: Wet-n-Wild

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It’s that time again, brand Challenge time!  You might be thinking what is she talking about?  Well, I am talking about a challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.  This week we are doing #One brand motd: Wet-n-Wild.

Brand Challenge

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Wet-n-Wild

This week’s brand is none other than the drugstore cult favorite, Wet-n-Wild.  Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands, if not the favorite.  They have great products at really affordable prices.  I am even going to say they have the best eyeshadows at the drugstore.  If you do not own the comfort zone palette, getcha some!

Face deets

  1. Photo Focus™ Foundation– Cream Beige
  2. Photo Focus™ Pressed Powder– Warm Beige
  3. MegaGlo Dual-Ended Contour Stick
  4. Color Icon™ Blush (old packaging)- Mellow Wine
  5. MegaGlo™ Highlighting Powder– I actually used their cream highlight that was an LE.  The one provided is an alternative.
  6. Wet N Wild Going in the Wild Palette- Limited Edtion- Going in the Wild (Unfortunately, this palette was from a few years back.  You’re lucky if you can get their hands on it).

Here is my finished look.  I did use one of the new Wet n Wild balms as well but lost it in the deep depths of my purse.  First world problems, I tell you!

What are your favorite Wet n Wild products?  Let us know in the comments below!  Also, share your #onebrandmotd using our hashtag.  We’d love to see what you create!

Have a beautiful day!

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