My Top 4 Products Of 2017

Happy New Year everyone! To start off the New Year here are my top 4 products of 2017

Radiance Drops – Tarte Cosmetics
I wanted to start doing more simple makeup this year I wanted to start doing more dewy looks instead of matte so I went to looking for something to use to achieve that look, I went to Sephora and one of the makeup artist recommended the Radiance Drops so I bought it, this is hands down my favorite product of 2017 It comes in a good size bottle with a lot of product I did get what I paid for so that’s good the product itself gave me that simple dewy glow I was looking for, it smells amazing not too strong and it doesn’t linger either the best part is it’s hypoallergenic. My makeup looks flawless all day when using this

Golden State of Mind Shadow Palette- Color Pop Cosmetics
If you love glitter as much as I do I highly recommend you getting this palette this is a glitter lover’s dream. This palette is super pigmented and easy to apply I do suggest using your fingers to apply instead of a brush to limit the fallout plus I find it’s easier to apply to the lid. I had incorporated into my everyday makeup routine since it isn’t as harsh as other glitter palette can be, the colors are all different to each other which is something I do love in a palette there isn’t one color that looks the same. Another thing I love with this palette it can also be used as a highlighter and the glow is real. The formula is completely different so it isn’t like any other Color Pop shadows and they did go all out with this palette. last all day without having any creasing though out the day.

Night Cream & Moisturizer Cream- Marcelle Cosmetics
During the winter, my skin gets very dry the only thing that would work with my skin is coconut oil but I was on the search for an actual moisturizer that I wasn’t allergic to and will keep my skin hydrated I wouldn’t usually buy Marcelle I used the powder once and it did dry my skin up a lot but I was intrigued since it said on the box it was hypoallergenic the box came with both night cream and moisture cream also a little thing of makeup remover however I’m pretty sure since Christmas is over they won’t come in a duo anymore but I’ll continue to purchase them. The change in my skin after using is huge I haven’t had any dry skin at all this winter. During my holiday break, I did get allergic reaction to a new foundation I tried usually my face would become super dry and it’ll take me at least 2 weeks to get my back to a normal state since I been using these creams it helped so much my skin felt better after three days. I highly recommend these to anyone who is having trouble with dry skin also anyone who just wants a little bit if a glow but not having to wear makeup if I go out with no makeup I’ll put the night cream on so it can give me some highlight. I tried the Radiance Drops and the night cream together a few weeks bad and I had gotten so many compliments on my skin I was living for it.

Olaplex No. 3
This is a new product for me I never heard of it until a few months ago I finally bought it in the beginning of December since I did just dye my hair and it wasn’t looking or feeling the best, I wanted something that would fix that fast. this was another product that was recommended to me so I decided to try it I ended up on YouTube and some other websites and did some of my own research and to what I read it seemed like a good product turns out it’s a curl savior. I left it in my hair for about thirty minutes some people do sleep with it in overnight or they leave it in for a few hours, I did read that it stops working after thirty minutes so that’s when I washed it out. With just one uses my curls were so soft and hydrated I was amazed compared to what my hair felt before and how my hair feels now is a huge difference. Usually after using harsh chemicals it would take me a lot of deep treatments to get it back to what it should be I was impressed how much it helped and healed my curls since that was only one treatment. I have used this about three times (once a week) my curls are looking better than ever.

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EyeBuyDirect Review

Have you ever bought glasses online? Recently I ordered a new pair of glasses online when my other pair broke, I was in need of a new pair as soon as possible someone had mention about buying glasses online for cheaper instead of paying 200-300$ I did some researched myself and found a website called  EyeBuyDirect  they have many different styles to choose from plus most of the frames were under 100$ which intreaged me after debating with myself if i should order a pair or not I finally decided and picked a pair called Hijacks (size large) in the color cinnamon it also comes in white and pink.


After I picked out my glasses and put in my prescription I have the option of what lens type I wanted these were the types,

  • Clear: Traditional, transparent lenses perfect for everyday use (10$-45$)
  • Digital Screen Protection: Help protect your eyes while using devices such as phones, computers, and tablets (27$-140$)
  • Sun: Tint or coat your lenses and turn regular frames into sunglasses (7$-70$)
  • Light adjustment Polarized lenses: reduce glare and haze so your eyes are more comfortable and you can see better (60$-140$)

I ended up just picking the clear lens but I will be trying the digital screen protection next time after the lens type I get to chose what lens options I wanted and the options were,

  • Basic: Quality 1.5 index lenses with anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings. 9.95 $
  • Most popular lenses: Quality 1.59 index lenses with UV-protective, anti-scratch, anti-reflective coatings. 26.95$
  • Advance Lensed: Quality 1.6 index lenses with UV-protective, anti-scratch, anti-reflective coatings. 43.90$
  • Or you can customize Select your preferred lens index and coatings.

Again, I just choose the basic lens, possibly the next time I order I’ll go for a better lens options but for now I didn’t want to throw a bunch of money on something that could be a hit or miss. My order came up to 50.90$ (Shipping was 9$) I was excited and a little nervous to get them hoping they wouldn’t be some cheap plastic but for 50$ I wasn’t expecting them to be high-end or anything. I ordered the glasses on Thursday July 20th and received them on the Friday July 28th I was happy with the fact that i got them in about a week glasses came in a small white box with a case and a mini screw driver as well, the glasses itself are very light the frame doesn’t feel cheap, they’re comfortable on my face and overall a great pair of glasses.

I do recommend this website to anyone who is interested in ordering glasses online than in store. I’ll share some quick information about EyeBuyDirect they donated Over 250,000 pairs of eyeglasses have since of 2015 to the charity Feed the Children and The Lions Club that’s pretty amazing!

Here’s what the glasses look like on me (I look pretty darn cute)
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My 3B Curly Hair Routine

Directions

Step one:
I start off my routine with using ApHogee Two Minute Intensive Keratin Reconstructor I use this product for the ends of my curls then followed by TREsemme keratin smooth conditioner I use about a generous amount and I’ll lather it though my hair and leave in for about 5 minutes or longer while the conditioner is in my hair I start to detangle I either use my fingers or sometimes a Shower Detangler Comb , after I detangle I rinse out my hair.

Step Two:
 When I’m done conditioning my hair I then use my heaven-in-hair by Deva Curl i apply it and leave it in for 10-15 minutes then I rinse.

Step Three:
After I rinse I scrunch my hair a few times to take the extra water out then I wrap my hair in a t-shirt or microfiber towel. I prefer t-shirts.

Step Five:
While my hair is still damp I start by putting in Renpure Leave in conditioner all though my hair which leaves my curls very hydrated during the day, then add Shea Moisturizer transitioning milk I’ll take at least a quarter size of the product and scrunch it though my hair starting from the bottom then working my way up, after I apply that I I’ll use Deva Curl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam especially on humid days I’ll also scrunch this into my hair working from the bottom up, the last product I use to top it all off is Renpure Coconut Jelly for that extra hold I’ll apply this thought out my hair as well. After I’ll take a tee-shirt or a micro towel and again I’ll scrunch my hair with it a few times. Pretty much this whole routine it’s all scrunching!

Step six:
I usually air dry my air but will sometimes defuse, I do find that when using the defuser my hair becomes fuzzier than usual so I do prefer to air dry, when my hair is 80% dried I add a little more Curl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam, After my hair is all dried I’ll pick out my hair while scrunching it which gives me amazing volume and bounce to my curls.

Now I’m all done and ready to take on the day!
Thank you for reading! leave a like and a comment telling me what would you like to read next, Links for the products I used are down below. 

Products I use

Renpure Review

Happy Wednesday Beauties!
I been using Renpure products for quite a while now and I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on some of their products. Prices are below

Coconut Whipped Crème Leave-in Conditioner $10.99 CND: My hair tends to be super dry and becomes really frizzy so I needed something to help me tame it, since I found this leave in conditioner it became my holy grail!! The whole day your hair will feel moisturized and soft, it’s also very affordable considering you’re getting a pretty big bottle for the product.

Renpure Coconut Crème Curling Jelly Styling Gel $10.99 CND: first impression of this gel was it was very slimy and wet, naturally I didn’t expect it to work but this must be one of the best gels I have used, before I would usually use a thicker crème to style my hair so again I didn’t expect this to be my favorite go to gel. This product made my curls have more definition, keeps it very shinny and gives me amazing day 2 curls.


(This is my hair using the Coconut Whipped Crème Leave-in Conditioner , the Coconut Crème Curling Jelly & Coconut oil renewing dry oil)

Coconut oil renewing dry oil $7.99 CND: I use this product mostly at night rather than in the day, after I take my shower I use it so before I go to sleep my hair feels clean and moisturized I love using this product especially when my hair gets damaged after dying or using the blow dryer too much, this just restores and hydrates my curls back.

Coconut Water Replenishing Treatment Mist $10.99 CND: I used this so far only a handful of times but I do really like this product, I use it when I’m in a rush on day 2 curls I will spry this a couple of times and it shines, refreshes and hydrates.

So, I do recommend these products, and you guys can check out their website https://www.renpure.com/  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/renpure/

*Unfortunately, if you live in a smaller city in Canada like me it’ll probably be harder to find these products THANKFULLY the Winners and Marshalls carries the products I reviewed. If you do live in Canada that has an Ultra beauty or Walgreens in your city you might find the brand there.

 

My Hair Journey

I always had my hair in a ponytail for most of my childhood it wasn’t until high school when I started to straight my hair every day basically from grade 9 to 11th grade I straightened my hair I loved it, it was easy to control. I was so naive thinking that there is no possible way my curls could go away, after years of straightening my hair my 3b curls became 2b curls. When I first looked at the damaged I caused and how the curls that I hated were gone I cried. I also learned that you don’t know what you have until its gone.

I had 3 choices (1) just keep straighten my hair and I just won’t have curly hair anymore (2) Shave all my hair off and start over and hope that my hair will grow fast. (3) do anything I can to heal and restore my curls if it’s even possible which I ended up doing. I first went to a hair dresser to see if they can give me any kind of advice the first thing she told me was to just cut it all off but I was very determined to do ANYTHING then to shave my hair.

So, I continued to do my own research found products to use (I’ll post all the products I used at the bottom) I continued to treated It every day and after a year my curls were slowly coming back to life it took about 3 years for my curls to fully restore. It took me so many years to realize that I should have just loved my curls and not be ashamed of what I had. Same goes to so many of you love your natural hair and love yourself.


First picture is 2013 after the heat damaged I caused Second picture is July 13th 2017

Products used:
The best thing to use was Coconut oil every night while I sleep (any kind of coconut oil is good),
ApHogee Two Minute Intensive Keratin Reconstructor
ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer
ApHogee Pro Vitamin Leave in Conditioner
(You can buy these at Sallys Beauty)
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Envy Perfect Curl Styling Cream
Marc Anthony Cosmetics Repairing Macadamia Oil Treatment
(You can buy these at Sallys Beauty)

April Favorites.

Hello Beauties! To get this new month started these are a few of my April favorites!

Maybelline fit me hydration foundation 8.99$

Description: Ideal for normal to dry skin, this foundation hydrates and smoothest skin texture and leaves a naturally luminous finish. Protects with SPF 18. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance-free.

I never used any Maybelline foundation since most of the products have fragrances in the product but I read that this foundation is fragrance free so I needed to try it and this 8.00$ foundation is better than most of my expensive brands foundations. This foundation is recommended for all skin types, from very oily to very dry. Usually I don’t go for products that are recommended for all skin types, since most foundations I used in the past never lived up to that I find people with very sensitive skin needs other products then people with oily skin needs but the foundations has everyone with all different skin types loving this product including me. My face is hydrated though out the day, my complexion looks so smooth, this is just an overall great foundation.

NYX dewy setting spry 18.00$

Description: Demand Perfection! For that fresh make up look that lasts NYX Makeup Setting Sprays are lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put.

I bought this product a couple days ago and I am loving it, it hydrates my face also it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling like other setting spry I have used in the past, the bottle I find is small but I only need one or two sprays for my whole face so it will last awhile. My favorite spring/summer makeup is a light dewy look, it was always kind of hard to find the right products, this setting spry does it for me, I can achieve that dewy look with just a few sprays, my makeup stays on all day using this product. This setting spry is great especially the days I wear makeup from 7am-7pm. I will continue to use this product, and repurchase it when it runs out.

SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment: 15.99$

Description: Pamper your dry, damaged hair with SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque! Infused with the goodness of raw Shea butter, this intensive treatment masque helps restore health, shine and vitality to over-processed hair.

Since I bleached my hair to I needed something to fix my curls fast, I was considering doing a big chop but then I was recommended to try this before I do anything too drastic. I used this product about three or four times in a week and OH MY GOD this healed my curls right back to life! I have used SheaMoisture’s products before but I haven’t used this treatment my hair is now soft and moisturized, and it left my hair smelling AMAZING! I was shocked and amazed how one treatment did so much for my curls.

Jamaica lime Castor oil 8.00$

Description: Jamaican Mango and Lime Black Castor Oil is a natural, deep penetrating, all-purpose healing oil formulated to moisturize and heal dry skin, hair and nails. The blend is infused with organic herbs and nourishing ingredients for the ultimate moisturizing and aromatic experience. This is a powerful all-purpose, soothing oil roasted and grounded from the Jamaican black castor oil bean then boiled to produce 100% pure castor oil. These pure and unrefined oils retain their nutritive properties, making them great for skin softening, moisturizing massage oils or hot oil treatments for dry, damaged hair.

OKAY so I always wanted to use castor oil but every time I went to sally’s beauty supply I would forget to pick up a bottle and UGGH I should have used castor oil YEARS ago! This is far the best hair and skin product ever! I get super dry skin especially during then spring/ summer time so I left castor oil on my nose that had a bad dry patch and my cheeks for a few hours and my face has never felt this soft before. This is my new holy grail for my skin, my dry patch was gone I was amazed and excited that all my dry skin problems are going to be solved! Now for my hair I did a hot oil treatment for my scalp cleaned my scalp so well, my scalp felt so clean I did add it into a detox mask for my hair as well which worked amazing too!

In The Glow Smoothing Serum 14.99$

Description: The Beyond Belief in The Glow Smoothing Serum is a multi-benefit serum and makeup primer-in-one. The smooth-as-silk formula with Soy Proteins and Rosemary Extract is the secret to achieving flawless looking skin. This serum creates a perfect canvas for immaculate makeup application.

I picked this serum a few weeks ago because Sally Beauty supply is having this buy two get one free so why not seems like a good deal I bought the serum, face peel mask, and a perfecting cream which I am going to do a review on the whole collection I just need to purchases two more from the line, but I’m adding the smoothing serum to my April favorites because I have been using this nonstop and I noticed a huge difference with my foundation while using the serum. The texture is so smooth I find it is for people who have dry skin, I do find it to be oily so if you do have oily skin I suggest you not to use the serum but for people like me with dry skin this is amazing to use before applying makeup, when using this product, my makeup feels so lightweight as if I’m not even wearing makeup. This is such a good product I highly recommend it!

Thanks for reading!!
Callie xox

Top 5 Favorite Makeup Products

Hello Beauties Too get this week started off these are 5 top favorite makeup products that I use every day.

Smash Box 15 hr hydration 45$

Achieve medium-to-full, buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. This foundation blurs the look of imperfections with light-diffusing spheres, and it stays put for 15 hours of wear—no touch ups needed. Lightweight and comfortable, it’s exercise-resistant, sweat-resistant, and transfer-proof, and it works on all skin types.”

This is my holy grail of foundations! It’s medium to full coverage, easily build-able for more coverage it keeps my face hydrated though out the day with little to no touch ups, very lightweight as if I’m not wearing any makeup, it doesn’t come off even when you sweat, I have dry skin and it does makes any dry spots invisible as if they’re not even there. The texture of the foundation is smooth and creamy, having dry sensitive skin foundation is for any type of skins and even looking at some of the reviews people with oily and dry skins or loving this product. the only downfall is that it’s for more yellow skin tones.

Wet n Wild Contour Kit 5$

“This duo of perfectly complementary contouring powders delivers a flawlessly sculpted face in no time flat. The deeper color defines while the lighter color highlights your best features, leaving you at your #nofilter best, whatever the occasion.”    

I find this product is way under rated for how amazing it is, much larger than I thought it would be especially of how cheap it is, it doesn’t get patchy, the shade is spot on with my skin tone, It last all day, is easy to apply and blend with any contouring brush and I really love the highlighter because it doesn’t look like I’m wearing powder. It does have a lot of fallout and it very pigmented so when using don’t forget to tap some off the brush. I find that the formula is silky/smooth and my brush picks up the product easily. which is a good and bad thing about this product the good thing about it is that you won’t need to use a lot of product on your brush, but however the bad thing about this product being very pigmented is if you put on a little too much on it can look very orange

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara 10$

“Flaunt the glamorous wing effect on your newly voluminous lashes with Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara. All it takes is a few strokes for a whole new level of wow.”

I don’t wear lashes I always have a hard time finding mascaras that can give the effect of wearing lashes and this mascara did it, but at first when I first seen the brush I was kind of disappointed thinking it wouldn’t work because of how small it is, I used it and I was wrong the brush separated my lashes and made them curled nicely. Since I have been using this mascara I’ve gotten a lot of “are those fake lashes” which is what everyone wants to hear too be honest so it made me love this mascara even more. It isn’t clumpy nor was it flakey. I have yet found a mascara that didn’t flake until I this one. I’m super impressed with this product. I do find this is a dupe to the mascara Better Than Sex by Too Faced.

Jeffree Star Skin Frost (Ice cold) 29$

“Our highlighting powder is extremely pigmented, so get ready to glow like a lighthouse! (Beauty tip: This product can be used on the face, eyes & body! Apply with a brush of your choice, and let yourself shine. A little goes a long way. This product can be used wet or dry, depending on your desired intensity”

This highlighter is blinding! It can’t compare to any other highlighters that are out there, Jeffree Star won the highlighter game for sure! The pan is huge it’s the size of my whole hand when It came I wasn’t expecting it to be that big I had it for a little over a year I pretty much use It every day, the product does last a long time! At first I use a fan brush and didn’t find it to be very pigmented at all then my friend told me to use a small contour brush and it made a huge difference! So, I recommend using a smaller powder brush instead of a fan brush while applying the glow will be real!

Morphe 35OS 22$

“This palette is everything you love about the super popular 35O palette in all shimmery colors. Filled with warm golden and bronze shades, fiery sunsets, and glowing highlight colors, you’ll be reaching for this palette whenever you want to get your glow on.”

When I first seen the Morphe 35OS Eye Shadow Palette, I was super excited to use all the beautiful shimmers but then I was even more excited to find out how pigmented the eyeshadows are. I find that the texture of the product is creamy but also powdery so there is fall out when using which I don’t have a problem with at all, I had created so many different looks with the 35OS they’re so many verities too choose from. most of the colors are wearable for and everyday look, I love using all the different shadows always trying some new look with this palette.

 

Thanks for reading!!

-Callie xox