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Glamglow Gravitymud Mask – I Tried It For You

Did You Know?  In Mauritania, Africa – Obesity has long been the ideal of beauty, signaling a family’s wealth in a land repeatedly wracked by drought. Nomadic people struggling to survive the harsh desert came to prize fatness as a sign of health.

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I’ve been reading beauty blogs & watching beauty YouTubers for a few years now.  They suck me in & before you know it I’m 10 videos deep with a long list of new products I NEED.  Then, I get to the store & notice the first item on my long list is .5oz of face cream that’s $90… and I have no money left for anything else.  Story of my life.

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I’ve gotten better at prioritizing.  What’s worth the money & what isn’t.  There are bloggers/YouTubers that I’ve learned not to trust & others that I have to rush out & buy their product suggestions immediately!

Face Masks are always a big deal for me.  1 – they’re all super expensive, so experimenting isn’t very easy.   2 – They’re ideal because taking good care of my skin helps with my no makeup routine.

I noticed this silver Glamglow face mask all over the place & finally thought, fuck it.  I’ll spend the money, try it for a month, then tell you what I think.  Are the expensive face products that everyone flaunts worth it??  I’m determined to find out & this mask was the first one off the picking block.

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I went to Sephora & bought the Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment Mask.  It comes in a large package but a very small jar.   Already kind of annoying considering it’s $70, but I’m committed.

The box says: “Firm, Lift, Tighten, Tone, Sexy Contours” and it’s supposed to be a solution for fine lines & wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of firmness & elasticity.

I brought it home & immediately tried it.  There’s a small brush inside the box that’s super helpful with the application process, which I loved.  Once it was on my face I let it sit for 30 minutes, then proceeded to “peel” it off.

This is the part that annoys me about the mask.  Everyone is so pumped up about the mask peeling off, but it doesn’t.  I mean sure it kind of peels off if you use a super thick layer of product & carefully spend your time trying to successfully peel off as much as you can, followed by rinsing off the rest.  I’d just as well wash the whole damn thing off.  Weird for me, the “peeling” part.  Maybe the same people that enjoy popping zits would enjoy attempting to peel off a mask? Doesn’t get me going.  So, that part of the mask for me is a major fail & a dumb reason to spend money.

GlamGlow-Face-Mask

I continued to use the mask 3x a week for an entire month. Sometimes before bed, other times before applying makeup, and also in the mornings on days where I wouldn’t wear makeup. I should mention, the little jar of product does last awhile & it’s a more comfortable mask to wear with a yummy sent.

Once I took the mask off, my skin felt fresh & a little gummy.  In a good way, almost like a dewy primer.  That part I liked.

Overall, I think this mask is good when you have somewhere to go.  Keep in your drawer for the days you have an event to go to or you’re traveling & need a wake up for your face.  After a month, I didn’t notice any super noticeable differences in fine lines or firmness.  Unless I used the mask that day or night before, my face doesn’t look or feel any different than before I bought the little jar.  You know what I mean?  It was nice to have for the day, but it’s not a miracle worker long term.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.  I can see where it’s nice to have in the rotation of your face products but I don’t see what the rage is about the mask.  I wish I could rage about it.  I’m going to try a few other Glamglow masks that also have positive reviews & see if there’s one that really makes me a believer.  I’d be happy to report back.

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For now, you’re not alone if you don’t buy the magic, silver peel off mask. The mask is ok.  But it’s not the fountain of youth.

Does anyone have mask recommendations? I have a few that I actually do love, but am always looking for more!

Have a great day today & be thoughtful,

Xx

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My Easy, Everyday Makeup (free) Routine & 5 Reasons You Should Get On Board

Did You Know? The thinnest skin is found on your precious eyelids measuring at .02mm thick.  The thickest skin is found on your feet measuring at 1.4mm thick. ( v i a )

 


I never thought I’d see the day where I wouldn’t want to wear makeup all day, during work, but here we are.  For the past 2 months I’ve abstained from MOST of my makeup at work.

 

My Daily Makeup Routine

I used to think makeup was important at work because it helps you look awake, alert, professional, clean, put together, on time – but I’ve had a shift in mentality recently.  I don’t want to put shit on my face when my computer screen & a few people are the only ones reaping the benefits.  Most of the time I don’t even look in a mirror so I’m not even able to marvel at my artwork.

I’ll admit, I’ve never been the person that’s afraid to go outside of the house without makeup, or in my sweatpants (sometimes pajamas).  So going without makeup wasn’t necessarily fearful for me, as I think some people that wear makeup every day can end up feeling.

I decided to ditch the bronzer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, highlight, or whatever else I was using every day.

I think the first week was a little shocking for the other employees.  Like maybe I had an illness or was SUPER hungover or Wafiq & I were breaking up.  In my defense, I don’t think I looked like an ailing ghost, I think it was different from what they were used to seeing.  ESPECIALLY in the mornings when my eyes are puffy and usually red because of allergies + without makeup my freckles & sun spots are visible.  I definitely don’t have the smoothness & dimension that foundation & bronzer bring to the table.

After a week or so went by I perfected the moisturizer, concealer, and mascara routine to a point where I still felt put together, but free.  I think all makeup wearing people, including lovers of makeup, can admit there’s nothing like a fresh, bare, clean face.  YUM.

 My Daily Makeup Routine

My Routine:

  1. Clean Face: Stick to your normal face wash routine.  Full disclosure, I skip this step most mornings. I like the oil that my face accumulated overnight & prefer not to wash it away.

  2. Moisturize: As you know, I’ve been using this Tepez Cream, but am always looking for a stellar moisturizer (tell me!!)

  3. Oil: I like an oily face.  Lately, I’ve been trying Avocado Oil.  I put a thin layer all over, including my neck.  Even Wafiq does this step now 🙂

  4. Conceal:  Use any concealer under your eyes to brighten your entire face with little effort. Lately, I’ve been using this one, but I switch all the time.  Make a huge triangle under your eyes & the spots you want to cover << for me, it’s always around my chin.

  5. Blend:  Wet a beauty blender, I love this one, then start dabbing the blender all over the concealer until it’s blended out & looking smooth.

  6. Powder:  Unless it’s really hot outside, I can skip this step.  Otherwise, I put a translucent powder or a nude eye shadow from this pallet under my eyes to keep the concealer in place all day.

  7. Curl Lashes:  I have stick straight lashes, so curling is a must!

  8. Mascara:  I’ve used this one since I was 16.  I noticed doing both the top & bottom eyelashes helps A LOT.  Sometimes I’ll do the top only & when I look in the mirror, I get scared.

  9. Chapstick: Don’t forget to moisturize your lips!  This finishes it all perfectly!

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That’s my new every day, work “look”.

I’m feeling a bit empowered, when I look at my gorgeous coworker’s fully contoured & looking like a hard 10 face – I still find myself happy that my face is clean & nearly makeup free. Confident that I can wear my oily, moisturized face with a dab of concealer & way less product.

So much less to think about, right?!

 My Daily Makeup Routine

5 Benefits of Less Makeup During Workdays:

  • Save money on expensive makeup products

  • Easy & fast – meaning less time getting ready in the morning & more time sleeping

  • Focus on the health of your actual skin – moisturizing & clarifying the skin that you have

  • Enjoy weekend makeup again – you’ll be creative & energized when you get to do a full face of makeup with all your products on a well-rested face

  • Boost of confidence – You’ll feel proud & confident to rock the carefree make up look at the office! Trust me 🙂

My Daily Makeup Routine

I throw on layers of makeup on the weekends or a night out or anytime I’m bored.  Bring on the blush, glitter, bronzer with a glow, fake lashes, red lipstick, and whatever else I can find –  but as far as day to day, super minimal is my new routine!

I totally understand this sounds silly to a lot of makeup-free people but once you get used to wearing makeup it’s kind of weird to walk away from it…  For anyone that sits behind a desk the majority of the day & doesn’t see the point in spending $$$ on an expensive, gorgeous, high glow, foundation to wear all day at work.  Skip it! Save it for the weekends & weeknight outings.

My Daily Makeup Routine

To make my life even easier, I roll my hair up into a clip before bed & let it down the next day for a super relaxed curl.  That’s it.  My morning routine is 10 minutes max.

Anyone else started wearing less makeup during the day when you’re staring at the computer for hours? Let me know! I need a support group.

Have a great start to the week & as always, be thoughtful

Xx

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5 Things I Can’t Go A Day Without

Did You Know? 68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not. ( v i a )


I love investigating peoples routines & what they do every single day, meaning they’re obsessed.  For a long time that was Target for me.  Not a product, but a place.  I went to Target all the time & it was the one thing I desperately missed when I was out of the country.  I’ve gotten it together since then.  (*Amazon Prime*)

But of course, there are still products you use every single day that you can’t go without & those are the secret’s I need to know about!

Below are mine…

5 Things I use Every Day

5 Things I Can’t Go A Single Day Without:

1. Coconut Oil:

I’ve recently started experimenting with other oils as moisturizer, which I’ll update on later, but I still use coconut oil every single day in the kitchen.  I love the taste it brings to a dish.  I use it as oil when sautéing, mix it in my oatmeal for breakfast, or give my little doggie a spoonful as a treat.    I prefer cooking fresh meals as often as possible & coconut oil goes right along with that – I use it for everything in the kitchen & I love that it doubles as a use for pretty much anything else.

2. Hair Clips:

I can’t go through an entire day without using a hair clip.  My entire life I’ve had long, thick hair which I’ve loved but have only been able to manage with a tight ponytail.  I started hating the huge line mark that a tight  ponytail was making so I made the brave switch to hair clips & haven’t looked back.  I either: 1. Half dry my hair & twirl it into a bun, securing with a clip 2. Pull half my hair up once wearing it down has had its moment  3. Clip up when I get out of the shower when my hair is still wet.

Keep in mind, hair clips give your hair room to move so you’re less likely to have breakage.  And I should note, I currently do not own a curling iron so the only way I achieve any volume or curl is by wearing my hair in a bun w/a clip all day or overnight.. When I let it down, BOOM – curls.

3. White Shoes:

They’re too easy.  I wear these either letting my dog out in the morning, at work, after work, a quick run to the grocery story, the beach, with a fancy dress for a night out… Shit, I’ll wear them with anything, anywhere.  I buy a new pair OFTEN because they’re so affordable & there’s nothing better than clean, bright white shoes.

4. Moisturizer / Chapstick:

Cannot survive a day without my moisturizer.   I’ve always had super dry skin & I’m pretty much always trying to hold a self tan, so a moisturizer is an absolute MUST.  The past year I’ve been using my oil of choice & this Tepez Cream.   My face is super sensitive & will break out if you look at it incorrectly, so I’ve tried TONS of products that haven’t worked.  Oils & Tepez Cream never let me down – but I’m still looking.  Anyone have a fantastic moisturizer or eye cream that pumps in moisture they swear by?!  I’ll send you a thank you note if you tell me your secrets… Seriously.

And of course I carry chapstick everywhere.  The one place I NEED it daily is next to my bed.  I smear it on before I sleep and it moisturizes my lips all night long so I wake up fresh.  I can’t fall asleep without it.

5. Huge Sunglasses:

Even on a cloudy day I’m wearing sunglasses if I’m outside (or in a bright room?).  I can’t stand the strain on my eyes from squinting.  Once you realize how much huge, dark sunglasses helps your eyes you’ll never be able to go a day without them.   {They also come in handy when you’re super hungover, at the grocery store, buying frozen pizza, and run into your ex boyfriend.}


When I think about the things I can’t go without, these come to mind.  I feel like each of them serves a purpose in my day to day functioning, including my $15 H&M pants I was wearing in my recent Instagram pic.  As long as I have these items, I’m good to go, ready to conquer the world!

What products can’t you live without?

Have a great week & be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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My All Time Favorite Topic: Bronze Skin // Tips & Tricks To Self Tanning

Did You Know? Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. ( v i a )


Likely my favorite thing to talk about is fake tanning & bronze skin.   Needless to say, I’m proud to finely share, promote, & push you towards fake tanning.

Easy Self Tanning

Summer is right around the corner & if you’re in Texas it’s already here.  This means – SKIN.

The sun is an asshole & I have NO CLUE HOW OR WHY PEOPLE IN 2017 SIT IN THE SUN FOR A TAN.  I understand sunshine makes people happy & gives you Vitamin D, but I don’t think either are strong enough arguments to make me believe sitting out & baking in the sun is a good idea.  I didn’t understand it in 2015 & here we are in 2017, still shocked.

Also, the sun is fucking hot & uncomfortable – the shade, with a cool margarita is where it’s at.

Easy Self Tanning

My spray tan story starts with stupid tanning beds.  I hated using them but I hated being white more, so I fake tanned or sat in the sun – both of which my inner self hated, whether I would admit it or not.

Then, my tanning salon brought in the Mystic Tan.

I gave it one try & I was sold.  I looked super orange, missed my feet, was a shade too dark, and had huge contrasting spots all over my hands, but I was fucking excited.  The possibilities were endless. I still remember boasting around with happiness as a friend of mine from a distance was screaming “what happened to your feet!?”

From there, the spray tan machines only got better & I never saw the sun rays again.  I’ll admit, my tan can be patchy at times, orangeish other times, but I passionately don’t care because that’s much better than baking in the sun w/no ozone layer as protection.  Spotty hands?  I’ll take it.

Easy Self Tanning

I even hunted down the one salon in Dubai that owned a spray tan machine & paid all my commissions to use it.  I’m 99% sure I was the only person that ever used the machine & I knew how to work it better than the people that worked there.

Not to mention they were all local Emirates, which I rarely interacted with, so it created a very uncommon friendship as I walked into the salon with my legs & hair barring, no need to stop at the abaya closet to hang my hijab.

There were no men allowed inside & the women didn’t speak English – so one can imagine how those conversations went, being the only white girl asking to spray my skin “dark brown.”

The women all stood around the window when I boasted out the door straight into the car with Wafiq.

Eventually, I started passionately hating the spray tan mist in the machines.  The thought of inhaling any product freaked me out, no matter how long I held my breath or how organic the product.  I imagined my healthy blood-red organs turning…tan.  When they wanted to stay red!

On one of my binge sessions with YouTube I started seeing hard promotion of Loving Tan.  A tanning mousse that you apply yourself.

I’ve tried other self tanning brands before & have been super let down.  Often times they’re patchy, one time I broke out in a horrible rash across my chest, and the end result never compares to the natural look the mist machine gives.  BUT I was fed up with the cost & process of misting so I went out on a limb & ordered Loving Tan.

That’s where I am today – I don’t think I’ll ever change back to the mist.  I’m 100% satisfied with getting my summer glow via tanning mousse vs. the sun or misting machine.

I’ve been doing it this way for over a year & if you’re white like me – you need to get on board.

Easy-Self-Tanning

Self Tan: H E R E // Highlighter: H E R E // Brush: H E R E

Self Tanning Steps:

  1. Shower, Shave & Exfoliate.  But do not apply moisturizer when you finish in the shower, just dry off.

  2. Apply mouse all over the body with a mit.  It’ll look a little patchy, don’t freak out, most of that goes away when you rinse it off. It’s the bronzer guide that shows you what you’ve covered, it comes off.

  3. Ask someone to help with your back, or attempt yourself, but don’t skip it!

  4. Use a fluffy brush to do your face.  For a long time I used a super cheap one from Walmart – now I’m happily using this one: Here.

  5. Use a fluffy brush to get the top of your hands and top of your feet.  Make sure you don’t miss any creases in your fingers.  Anyone who spray tans knows the hands are the hardest part, so be patient figuring this out.

  6. Wait several hours.  Either plan on sleeping or not leaving the house for 6 hours.  I usually sleep in my tan, then shower in the morning.  Loving Tan also offers a 2 hour mousse if you’re not the type to wait around.

  7. Shower & rinse off your tan

  8. Moisturize (SUPER important)

  9. Should last 1 – 2 weeks, then re-apply! Forever!

Easy Self Tanning

Before & after with no edits. Pics from my iphone. //  This is the 2hr Dark Mousse from Loving Tan: H E R E.    //     Full Disclosure: This is not my whitest, I didn’t want to blind the camera, it’s happened before.    //    (Fav Sports Bra: H E R E )

Tips:

Don’t be afraid – I’m not afraid of spray tanning & never have been.  I’m afraid of the fucking sunshine.  But I have a lot of friends who act like the only option spray tan can give – is to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. I’ve NEVER had those horror stories happen to me.  The formulation of the products these days has progressed – they know people don’t want to look orange & work hard to have a formula that doesn’t have that result. ( Very 1999 to think you’ll look super orange.)  Start with a light color & you’ll eventually want to step it up once you see how sexual you become.

Have a spray tan outfit – It does rub off on your clothes & sheets but you’ll be super sexy once you wash it off so is it worth it? Yes.

Don’t give up –  If you missed a spot your first time, who cares?!  Try it again next week.  The more you do it the better you’ll get at making sure you don’t miss a spot.

Put it on your face – I know we’re all afraid of putting any product on our precious faces but you have to tan your face.  I usually put a shade lighter on my face than my body because I notice it sets dark.  BUT you have to do your face because it’s like having permanent makeup.  You really look like you just came out of the sun – no makeup needed.

Buy several colors – Sometimes you don’t want to look super dark. I always buy Dark & Ultra Dark in Loving Tan mousses.  If you’re just starting, try light if you want to be cautious.

Easy Self Tanning

Favorite {ever} Sports Bra: HERE

I’m obsessed.  As a translucent white person I’m incredibly thankful there’s a product that can make me feel like a bronzed goddess WITHOUT sitting in the sun.  Once you try tanning, you’ll start feeling uber sexy with a JLO glow & you’ll understand.

Alright, anyone else an addict of fake tans?  Let me know what you use & what’s working!  If you’re new to fake tans, let me know if you have any questions, I consider myself an expert & LOVE talking to people about it, especially virgins.

Have a great day & be thoughtful…

Xx

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Best of 2016: Beauty

My favorite category, beauty! And while you’re dusting off the glitter & metallics from your New Years parties, make sure your make up collection includes these favorites.

Makeup was my go-to activity while I was living in Dubai, I didn’t have money to do anything else so I watched YouTube & tried to copy looks. Since then, it’s still my favorite activity.  The whole art behind makeup, the feeling of pampering your skin, the smell of moisturizers & lotions – there’s nothing better.

Here are my favorite favorites of 2016:

 

Beauty Favorites

1. Sheet Masks

Too easy not to do, and w my extremely dry skin there’s nothing better than throwing on a sheet mask for 30 minutes to pump in the moister.  I also struggle big w allergies so my eyes get super swollen (so does my entire face) & I’ve noticed putting these sheet masks in the refrigerator, THEN on my face, it is the biggest life saving move yet!  If nothing else, it’s 30 minutes of relief.  And with Amazon Prime, they’re super affordable for anyone.

2. Urban Decay Basics Palette

This is my holy grail of all make up products.  I do everything with it.  Highlight, shadow, contour, setting, smokey eye, conceal – I’ll try to make it happen with this pallet.  I use it almost every single day I put makeup on.

3. Eye Pads

Going with the above… If sheet masks are too much for you, these eyes masks have been the easiest step to add into my routine.  I also throw these in the refrigerator before I plan on using one & the instant cooling is priceless.  I’ve tried A LOT of eye pads this year & these are one of the only ones I’ve liked.

4. Chanel Bronzer

I have to BE bronze.  If I run out of spray tan I can’t leave the house – It’s ridiculous, but reality.  And I struggled finding a bronzer that I liked on my face.  I love this one because 1. It lasts forever 2. It’s buildable 3. Creamy and soft.  If I ever run out, I’ll be buying it for many years to come.

5. Tepez Cream

I can pronounce every word on the ingredient list & I can buy it with Amazon Prime.  Need I say more? Yes?  I can also use it as a face moisturizer without a greasy finish but tons of moisture and a lil pretty fresh scent.

6. Carli Bybel Palette

You already know!  I love this palette so much, it just works w me.  We get each other.  I keep trying other palettes & products but always go back to grabbing this ($13!!) palette. It’s everything to my makeup drawer & me.

7. Coconut Oil

Late to the game here but none the less, deserves a proper shout out.  Moisturizer for my face, acne prevention, shaving cream, body moisturizer, hair mask, dog treats, popcorn, fur mask – I use coconut oil for everything.  E V E R Y T H I N G.

8. Beauty Blender

A lil late to this game too but if you haven’t added some type of beauty blender to your make up application process you’re missing out.  Too easy, you’ll feel guilty.

9. Blue Nails

SUMMER, thank you for bringing me blue nails, it was my go to color last summer. I’m happy I stepped out of my comfort zone because the cool blue was the perfect touch to steamy hot days.

10. Pixi Toner

I’ve gone through bottles of this discovery.  BOTTLES.  I can’t say that about anything else because I’m always trying new products.  I was never a toner person so I was hesitant about this product but since buying it I haven’t strayed away.  I’m to the point where I feel like my face is dirty if I don’t use this toner after I cleanse.

 


What were your best beauty products of 2016??  This is my favorite category to experiment with + I love hearing what works for different people, I’ll try anything & everything.  Even considered a homemade garlic face mask not too long ago.

PS – Dousing the eyes with glitter this weekend cuz it’s my birthday, 0 Fs Given

Have a great start to 2017 and be thoughtful!

Xx

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October Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

October is O.V.E.R.  Time to get a few workouts in before the November thanksgiving meals come rolling through.  If you can keep a consistent workout routine in, you can make it through the holidays like nothing happened!  Stay moving & step away from the cookies!  (Yeah right, my fav food group is cookie… and I’m past the point of denial. )

 missbassmaster-october-favorites

October Favorites:

  1. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: Because I have such dry skin I’ve never pursued matte foundation.  I imagine the foundation getting in every dry skin crack & making my face look sucked of life.  However, I accidentally came across this foundation & have used almost the entire bottle already.  The finish is soft matte w a pretty full coverage & doesn’t squeeze in my wrinkles. I add highlight to a couple spots of my face if I’m still wanting the glow, otherwise matte it is!

  2. Tepezcohuite Cream: You already know!  I love this moisturizer, really.  It’s exactly what I was looking for. Something natural, that I can throw on my face as often as I please.  I still slab on large amounts of coconut oil or other face products here & there, but this is a perfect lightweight, non greasy option I always feel comfortable putting on my freshly washed face.  This product will have a place on my bathroom shelf for a long time.

  3. F21 Choker:  I bought this because I had a couple dollars left to spend on a gift card & I’ve been wearing this choker ever since!  Somehow it’s managing to go with every single wardrobe, including my pajamas.  LOL!  Although it’s super affordable, it hasn’t broken or became a dingy color – good find, had to share.

  4. Chelsea:  My new idol.  Before you turn away, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of her show Chelsea Lately on E!, so don’t disregard this favorite thinking I’m simply a fan of Chelsea anything.  This show is on Netflix & has a late night talk show feel to it, but different.  She tries to teach you shit.  Her interview questions go a step deeper than the typical “tell us about your movie”.  You have to give this show a try, at least 1 full episode!! I LOVE IT & it’s seriously inspired new blog directions to take next year.

  5. Ikea Paring Knives:  I can’t believe I haven’t spoken of these knives yet?!  They. Are. Amazing.  I can NOT stand being in the kitchen, trying to slice a fucking tomato, and it turns into a mashed tomato because no knife remains sharp enough to cut through it!  You’ve been there.  If you want to talk about a torturous cooking experience, bring in the dull knives!  From my deli department days I can also remind you that it’s dangerous to have these dull knives in the kitchen, makes room for accidents.  Some how these Ikea knives WORK.  They can cut through anything (including fingers), so be VERY careful.  I think they’re like $2!!!!!!!!


That’s it for October ladies and gentleman! Anyone have an favorites they’ll share w me?  Always looking!

Have a great week & be thoughtful!

Xx

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Fall Beauty Wish List

I love the seasons because it’s a CHANGE  – if it was summer all the time then I’d be wearing & doing the same thing every single day. Boring.  So happy fall!  What would we do without you?

I did my research (via the 1,000 page Vogue magazine, Hi Kendall Jenner) and I have a few Fall wish list items for my beauty list:

 Fall-beauty-Wish-list

  1. Black Lips: I’m scared but excited about black lipstick.  It has to be on my wish list because.. It’s a wish.  I’m going to tryyyy wearing it & make a F*** It Friday post about how it went.  I’ve noticed in a TON of designer ad’s their going for a very goth look.  Can this be done in real life? We’ll find out soon enough!

  2. Body Jewels: It’s been the gold body tattoos & now I have feeling body jewels are coming in sparkly!  I’m all about trying something new, borderline ridiculous & shiny so of course body jewels are making my wish list.   We have a huge music festival hitting Austin soon, what perfect timing to try out a new look.

  3. Glitter:  I will never say no, except during the summer.  Wearing glitter in the summer is a complete disaster because it runs all over the place.  Sweat + glitter = Hot mess.  But I’m noticing it’s very acceptable this fall.  I’ve had my eye on this Urban Decay glitter eye liner since last holiday season – now’s the time!

  4. Mustard Eye Shadows: Mustard is my favorite color. At least right now it is.  I want mustard clothing, mustard jewelry, mustard shoes, and now mustard eyes.  Something about the pukey brow palette is working right now.  I’ve heard plenty of reviews about these eye shadow palettes & this particular one is on my fall wish list. Yum.

What’s on your Fall wish lists??

Thankfully, I’ll be going to Minnesota this weekend where I’ll get a taste of fall temperatures.  Much needed!

Have a fantasssstic day & be thoughtful 🙂

Xx

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August Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

Mmmmmm nothing like the feeling of Fall right around the corner, but before we leave August I have a couple favorites I’ve been enjoying & want to share. I’ll be carrying these products into the next few months to come.

 MissBassmaster-August-Monthly-Favorites

  1. Under Eye Sheets:  I’ve been trying a lot of eye pads.  Recently, I used some that physically abused my under eye area, nightmare. However, these babies are affordable & hydrating.  I have VERY dry skin so I like cool, moisturizing products & this one does the trick.  They feel wonderful to my under eye area when I’m super tired – I love them.  And they help w/puffiness.

  2. Cravings: Obviously.  All month and prolly a few more to come. Best thing so far – Chrissy’s Mac & Cheese. But for a small Christmas dinner – BTI Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables.

  3. Pixi Glow Tonic:  I’m not a toner fan, I’ve tried several the past few years & I never finish a bottle.  Always one of those items that I end up skipping in the getting ready process, but Pixi has stuck.  I’m on my 2nd bottle & now I can’t imagine my routine without it.  I’m not sure if there’s a major difference in my actual face, that “glow” may or may not be happening, but I do feel much cleaner wiping Pixi over my fresh face.  I feel like it takes off that extra layer missed when washing – in a very gentle way.  The smell is refreshing too, I love it.  (Anyone else tried?  I first bought it because I read crayyyzee reviews…)

  4. NeedtoBreathe: Another obvious one if you have me on Instagram/snapchat – I can’t stop. This music is so freaking good I wish I heard it years & years & years ago.  Straight out the womb playing “Happiness” would have been ideal. Mom? I’m not a huge Rock person but I love this band, and so does Wafiq so it scores major points for long car rides.  Obsessed is understatement.


I tried a lot the past few months & fell in love with a few. Let me know what your summer favorites have been before we quickly get into fall, it’s creeping hard.

The other day we experienced weather in the 80’s and I had a moment of silence for what’s to come.  I think I’m officially over HOT weather…for life.  I need to start planning to relocate before next summer, Antarctica anyone?

I have a month full of exciting posts coming your way – at least I think so 🙂

Have a great September and be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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How Coconut Oil Saved Me From Hormonal Acne

My life w/coconut oil.

 Coconut-Oil-and-Hormonal-Acne

I know there’s lists of 101 ways to use coconut oil, and I doubt very few of them, but there’s ONE thing I use coconut oil for that makes me a believer – face moisturizer for chin acne!

I’ll be the first to say I have major jealousy issues w/girls who have smooth, oily, acne & wrinkle free skin. I doubt I came out the womb w/that type of skin.

One major problem for me has always been acne. In high school = baaaaaaaaaaaad.  I managed to get rid of the acne for awhile in college, while I was taking birth control pills.

Then, I quit taking birth control pills & noticed (how could I miss them) nasty zits on my chin area… & they would NOT go away.

I wasn’t getting acne anywhere else. Just my chin.

I went to the dermatologist and she gave me some crap that was more placebo than anything – didn’t do shit.

I did my own research and tried face masks, methods, ideas, and strategies. BUT NOPE, NASTY LITTLE ZITS KEPT POPPING UP! UGH!

 Coconut-Oil-and-Hormonal-Acne

I finally came to the conclusion that the zits would forever be at home on my chin. Hormonal acne that would never go away. AT LEAST it wasn’t ­­my whole face.

UNTIL.

The time I started experimenting with coconut oil.

I was trying to see how awesome coconut oil was after arriving back in the states and hearing all the rave reviews. I started using coconut oil as shaving cream, tried oil pulling & hair masks. All impressive.

THEN I tried coconut oil as a body moisturizer…. And, to be honest, liked the little shine it gave my freshly spray tanned legs. So there’s that.

And one day thought: my face is as dry as the planet mars, lets throw some coconut oil on it.

I slathered it straight from the jar onto my face before bed & felt amazing. When I woke up my face was super moisturized and that’s what mattered to me. I started doing this every night… for months.

And my chin acne started going away.

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I didn’t even realllllllllllly believe it was from the coconut oil (I thought my hormones just took a turn for the better), UNTIL my trip from hell in New York.

I forgot coconut oil & brought regular face moisturizer.

WOW. My chin had a hay day.

I got back to Austin and my chin was back to it’s worst! FULL ACNE!

I immediately washed my face and SLATHERED coconut oil all over it. The next day my chin felt significantly better & every day after that my chin got better and better.

It was then that I realized coconut oil was fixing my acne.

 Coconut-Oil-and-Hormonal-Acne

I also noticed when I would use certain face masks it would make me break out, so now I keep the masks away from my chin – coconut oil only!

I’ve been doing this for about 7 months & STILL get nervous when I slather oil on my face – thinking I’ll definitely break out in the morning. (Adding oil to acne?!)   But every morning I wake up with a happy chin.

Coconut-Oil-and-Hormonal-Acne

This is what I learned after researching it a bit:

Coconut Oil is anti-inflammatory + anti-bacterial and contains Vitamins E, K and A. ( v i a / v i a )

Which is why I notice any acne I do have reduces in size & swelling so quickly + keeps acne away. Poof!

SO if anyone is struggling w/acne, especially chin or hormonal acne & has dry skin – give coconut oil a try! It sounds crazy & will feel weird but who would’ve thought something so simple could help me so much!?!

I use it all over my face every single night (I even travel w/little packets like this now so I never go a day without) & sometimes use it in the morning if I’m not wearing makeup or don’t mind a shiny face.

I’ve also read some people mix in tree oil? Haven’t tried that yet, but definitely will.

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YAY! I’m excited to share this, hoping it’ll help someone.  Having your face look different than you feel is frustrating.

Let me know if you give it a try (or have any other ideas)!

I’m off to explore San Antonio, took a little getaway South this week & the only thing missing is my Bernice – I’ll post San Antonio pictures soon, for now catch them on Instagram.

Have a positive rest of the week!

 

Xx

 

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My Love For Makeup

I looooooooove love love make up.

If I knew I would be saying this even 5 years ago I would have laughed at myself.

FOR. EV. ERRR I thought makeup was silly. Less-is-more. OR at least people will think that if I walk around with a pile of makeup on.

Well well well, eat your words sister.

Makeup-and-Confidence(3)

When I was in Dubai I was very bored. In the beginning, I didn’t have friends & didn’t have money to do anything. Even walking around felt expensive.

This is where my love for makeup started.

{I’m remembering the severe dark circles that happened too. That probably contributed to my new love. Lez be honest.}

Anyways, I think I was following Emily Maynard’s (from the bachelorette) blog at the time. She recommended Maskara’s Youtube channel…

Whhhhaaaat, make up tutorials?! How completely unnecessary.

Well. When you have nothing to do. No TV. And no money. Unnecessary becomes –> necessary.

I was HOOKED. I watched all the beauty bloggers + their tips, tricks & techniques. What is this world?!

My love for makeup started there… And keeps growing.

Makeup-and-Confidence

WOW all of that, just to say THIS:

I’ve heard people refer to makeup as fake or that people should wear less rather than paint on their face.

And yes, I agree. There’s times when less makeup is more. (Like when you’re sleeping. HA!)

But these days, I have a new makeup vision. It’s not simply about covering up my face. Or trying to be someone else. It’s fun! It’s part of getting ready!

Sometimes, it’s for a confidence boost to feel sexy & strong!

Sometimes, it’s a creative outlet.

I actually love how much your face can change with different products and placement. It’s crazy! And it’s absolutely an art.

Makeup-and-Confidence

I’m on this kick where I’m down for everyone to do whatever makes them happy. Literally whatever. {With makeup/ without makeup.} As long as it isn’t harming anyone else, let’s do it.

So. Some days I have a full face, Grammy Award’s here I come – glitter cat eye w/a sharp wing.

And other days I have stark white eyelashes & eyebrows w/a patchy spray tan walking through Target like I rolled out of the Norwegian tundra. Full circle.

 

Going forward, I hope I can put some of the (many, many hours of YouTube) beauty knowledge in a couple posts for you to try out!

 

Makeup was one of my greatest discoveries & maybe it can be for you too!

 

Fun, confident, different – I have you covered!

Happy Monday!

Xx

 

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