Budget Beauty: CoverGirl TruBlend

I’m all about Budget Beauty when it comes to skincare. There are some awesome wallet friendly skincare brands and products on the market! Recently, I’m slowly coming around to introducing more budget friendly makeup options, a couple of which are the CoverGirl TruBlend products. I often partner with Influenster when new products come out- so I was super excited when I got a nice little CoverGirl package in the mail! I received four products, I’ll feature two of them today, and two next week.

The first product I tried out was the new TruBlend Base Business Primer. I love a good primer, especially because I have oily skin. & I need a primer to set my makeup up for success through the day. I typically reach for high end primers, thinking that the quality is better than your average drug store brand. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the TruBlend Base Business Primer! I’ve been using it daily before work, after applying my current moisturizer, & I’m loving how my makeup looks after a long day of teaching!

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Clarins Gentle Day Cream

I’m sharing a great moisturizer today that I just recently ran out of, haaaalp!! The Clarins Gentle Day Cream for Sensitive Skin has been my go to night moisturizer for months now. Yes, you read that right, a day cream has been my go to night moisturizer for months now.

Confused as to why a day cream at night? I was too at first! I was shopping in Nordstrom one morning and Clarins had a team of their national makeup artists in store. Naturally, I couldn’t resist a makeup session. I explained to the makeup artist that I struggle with rosacea, and he immediately brought over two products that would help me. The first was a serum, which I’ll share next week. The second was this Gentle Day Cream.

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Dr. Brandt’s needles no more Eye Depuffing Gel

Wow this is a great eye gel. Like really, my eyes feel so great after I apply this in the morning it’s unreal. Dr. Brandt products are super high quality, and while I haven’t used very many in my routines, I’m so happy to have the needles no more NO MORE BAGAGE Eye Depuffing Gel as part of my current eye care routine. This is a FabFitFun product that was in my last box, and I’m so worried about running out soon. HELP.

Similar to all eye creams or gels I use, this product aims to depuff and combat dark circles. If you’re familiar with my under eye talk, I’m very #blessed that I do not have any under eye concerns at this point in my life. I’m super thankful for this but it also means that I’m super extra when it comes to being proactive in preventing any issues from popping up in the future. The under eye area is so delicate and prone to dark circles and pooling, I’m trying to avoid that as long as possible as I inch closer to 30. Using a great product like this Dr. Brandt Depuffing Gel greatly helps.

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Saturday Link Love

September is in full swing, YAY! Here are some recent links I’ve been lovin’…

11 Physical Signs Your Stress is Out of Control

By: Self

Stress is a silent killer, people!! Sometimes we have no idea we’re stressed, it can be happening without us realizing it. I’m a firm believer in meditation and self-care, and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the summer without either of those two things. Pay attention to your body and what you need. If you’re questioning whether or not you’re stressed, read through this article, and if any of it applies to you, research steps on how to minimize stress in your life!

Morning Routine Habits for a Happy + Productive Day

By: Thirteen Thoughts

Last Link Love post I shared how much I love the blog, Thirteen Thoughts. This is another article that I was really drawn to recently & a great follow up to the above article I shared about stress. Having a solid morning routine has helped me eliminate a bulk of stress.

The Chicest Fall Nail Colors That Aren’t Burgundy, Black, or Navy

By: Who, What, Wear

Ok, I admittedly stick to burgundy and navy nail colors for fall- BUT, I’m ready to shake it up for fall 2019. I love the caramel and deep violet colors and I’m excited to incorporate them into my color choices for the fall and winter season! Check out the other suggestions from the trusted Who, What, Wear!

Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday’s Fab Five! Are you ready for fall? I’m so ready for fall. I think I’m too ready for fall. It’s still hot here in D.C. but we’ve seen some glimmer of a cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait. While I patiently wait, here are some of my current end of summer fab faves.

OPI’s My Very First Knockwurst, $10.50

This is my current nail color, and I’m loving the simplicity of it. I thought it was perfect for the back to school mindset & the rosey-nude-ish color is a great transition in this end of summer time.

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Saturday Link Love

It’s Saturdayyyy…ouuuouuuuuu! Love me some 2001 Ludacris, and yes, I actually listened to this song this morning while putting the finishing touches on this post/ cleaning my cloffice.

This is my last summer Saturday, a new school year starts on Monday, and I’m ready to get back into my routine, but not ready for all the work, work, work, that’s about to come my way.

Here are some of the posts & articles I’ve been reading through the week now that I’m back from Europe. I’m super excited to share tons of pics and travel tips in the upcoming weeks from my European adventure, so stay tuned!

The Amazon Rainforest is Ablaze- Here’s How You Can Help

By: Refinery 29

My anger in this issue is through the F’ing roof. The Amazon Rainforest fires are not getting the coverage deserved, and it’s really pissing me off. This is a huge deal for our planet, and we should all be taking time out of our lives to read up on what’s happening, WHY IT’S HAPPENING, and what we can do moving forward to protect Earth. PLEASE, read this article ad understand that you can lend a helping hand without always needing to open your wallet.

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Face Mask Monday: Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask

Face Mask Monday here with a mask I’ve been reaching for pretty often this summer, the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask. I received this in my FabFitFun box, and I was instantly excited and intrigued by the color of this clay mask. A purple face mask just sounded so fun, amirite?! & a clay mask is always on my list when I have a pesky hormonal breakout or just feel super oily and like my pores are clogged.

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Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

Before I start explaining how much I love this product, let me make a slight disclaimer. The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum is an amazing product that will give you fast results, but it’s def not cheap! While I feature a lot of budget buys on my posts, some of my products aren’t the most budget friendly, like this one! Just wanted to throw that out there before you get to the bottom of the post and are thrown off by the price. =)

Okay, now on to the info…

My lovely mother purchased this eye serum for me a little while ago- I was so excited to start using it. I love the Murad brand, it’s one of the reasons I use Massage Envy for my monthly facials, and I know they use only high quality and proven ingredients in their products. This eye serum was new to me, and def not something I’d purchase on my own- although now that I’m out, I might!

The major ingredient in the Youth Renewal Eye Serum would be the retinol, which helps boost collagen and stimulate cell turnover. This is a powerful & essential ingredient for anti-aging skincare routines, but not an ingredient to be played around with. Any and all products containing retinol should only be used in the evening as it causes skin to be more sensitive, and sun exposure is a big no no after use.

In addition to the retinol working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the Youth Renewal Serum also has marine kelp which aids in moisturizing, firming, and brightening up the under eye area.

I’m fortunate in that I don’t experience dark circles or fine lines (yet!), but I wanted to show this picture, from the Murad site, of 4 week results when using this product. I can certainly speak for the brightening and firming benefits of the Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and I rely on the retinol as a preventative measure. If you struggle with fine lines around your eyes, I hope this gives you a better idea of how this product may help you combat that issue.

As I mentioned, Murad is a top brand with great products, and this is def one of my favorites by them. As I also mentioned, it’ll cost you more than your average eye cream, but if you feel that under eyes is a problem area for you, it’s more than worth the splurge. For me, it’s all about preventative maintenance, which is why I will be repurchasing. If you need results quickly, I think this product will absolutely deliver on

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Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Ladies, ladies, ladies. I have almost no words for how much I love this Too Faced Born this Way Concealer. If you’re unfamiliar with the Born this Way line, it came out last summer and has been wildly popular ever since. Part of its popularity is because YouTube Queen Jackie Aina, yes I call her a Queen, was heavily involved in making sure the Born this Way line was inclusive of all skin tones. The beauty industry has been attempting to add more color shades to foundations and concealers, & in my opinion, Too Faced has done an excellent job being skin tone inclusive with 35 shades for this line.

The Too Faced Born this Way Concealer has been my one and only face makeup product this summer. I typically try to wear less makeup during the summer months, but I always find I reach for a tad of foundation, and of course concealer, just to make myself look even and reduce redness. Well, this concealer is so amazing, all I need is the tiniest bit to look even, less red, and glowy.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

DC is hot, hot, hot! No really, it’s been hot af with no rain in sight. Argh. Anyway, here are some of my recent warm weather faves I’ve been reaching for on the reg!

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, $9

It’s pool & beach season, which means we all need to apply, and reapply, the SPF! This is my favorite sunscreen because it’s spray, so it is easy to apply, and 30 is just enough SPF for me to get a decent tan and not burn. I reapply often especially if I’m in the water a lot, but I love that it doesn’t smell weird or give me any sticky feeling. It’s on sale at Ulta right now, so stock up for the summer! They also have Beach Defense in 70 and 100 SPF if you want to block out all signs of the sun!

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