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My All-Time Favorite Face Masks

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Hey, babes! Let’s talk skincare. I think doing a mask at least 2-3x a week is important for your skin. Masks are able to do everything that cleansers and exfoliators can’t. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, but I wanted to make sure that I finalized my list of favorites. So, here we go…

From least to most expensive

  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($4) is the best and most effective drugstore mask that I’ve ever used. It helps clear your skin and minimize pores. I definitely recommend it to anyone on a budget! Try mixing  it with tea tree oil = amazing.
  • Boscia’s Black Luminizing Mask ($34) is a peel-off mask that helps brighten your complexion. It doesn’t do much for acne but it helps with dullness and pores.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque ($40) is my all time favorite for spot treatment and full-face usage. This baby is magic and made me fall in love with PTR products because he grew up with cystic acne. So, he clearly knows what he’s doing when it comes to making an acne effective product. This baby will flatten your pimples overnight. LITERALLY.
  • GlamGlow Supermud ($69) is a pretty penny but definitely effective. You feel it working and SEE the pores being vacuumed of gunk. It’s kind of fascinating yet gross to see the bacteria that’s in your face. This works just like the PTR Sulfur Masque.

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At Home Pampering 101

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Hey, all. We are in December, which means 2015 is coming to a close! This year feels like it’s gone by super fast. Anyway, Nicole Guerriero inspired this post because she recently uploaded a pampering video on her channel. When most people think pampering, they think about the spa. Unfortunately, spas can get costly. Even Groupon prices can be a little pricey. So, I wanted to share with you affordable ways to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home.

  • Bath bombs and bubbles What is more luxurious than a warm bath? Bath bombs and bubbles just add even more to the luxury and ambiance. I love buying bath items at LUSH! They have so many options.
  • Candles I love candles, especially in the colder months. Aromatherapy is important when it comes to relaxation. The best scented candles are from Bath & Body works, hands down!
  • Face masks You have to take care of that complexion! I love wearing masks when I have some downtime. The best masks can be found at Sephora. I love GlamGlow and Sephora Collection face masks. LUSH has some great face masks, too.
  • Body scrubs are the best way to exfoliate your body. You can find body scrubs in Sephora, The Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, LUSH, etc. You can even make some at home. There are plenty of DIY body scrub recipes.
  • Body butters I find that body butters are so much more moisturizing than lotions. My favorite place to get body butters are The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works.

Using all of these combined will give you a relaxing, spa-like experience at home.

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MUA Spotlight On: Jackie Avila

Jackie is 22 years old, born and raised in Houston TX. She aspires to live in NYC ad LA one day to chase her dreams as an M.U.A. She discovered makeup when she was 4 years old but her mom truly introduced her at age 12. Her mom is a diva who believes in all things girly! She was afraid Jackie would be a full on tomboy so she forced it on her! Since then, Jackie fell in love with all things beauty and have been doing makeup professionally for 2 years now.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

I would have to say NARS, I cant say anything bad about the brand!

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Really? 3! That’s impossible! I at least carry 10 products with me!

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I love all drugstore brands! That’s what I started with – but I’ll go with L’oreal, Covergirl, & NYX.

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

Lipsticks and lip balms!! I’m obsessed! I should try and get help!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

“Brows on fleek” when they’re really not and the over done contours!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I try to keep a budget but sometimes as an mua you just have to do a huge haul and spend way more than you expected!

What’s your favorite lipstick?

Being that I have a lipstick addiction, I don’t have one favorite! I love them all!

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Effortless, she works hard and is tired BUT she’s arrived and ready to slay the day!

What’s your favorite mascara?

BETTER THAN SEX! by Too Faced. Yes lord!

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

Kim K and Demi Lovato! It’s the perfect mix of GLAM AND EDGE!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Yesss so many! Crystalmakeup (my instructor and personal friend), Boomkackmua (also my friend who I look up to) Nicole Guerriero, Manny Mua, Jaclyn Hill, Kandee Johnson, & Lustrelux!

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Just one!!!! No way! Can’t do it!

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Not really, I’m open to them all.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

Haul!!!

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

I’m loving the Laura Mercier, Philosophy and GlamGlow.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

Beauty blender or a duo fiber blending brush! Why?? If you’re the type to only wear foundation or bb, cc creams, having the right tool to blend them makes a difference!!! Using one of those two will make your skin look flawless!

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

A really good cleanser!!! Having a flawless face of make up starts with skin care! You want a flawless look? Then you need flawless skin! Take care of that first and you’ll see the difference when you apply your makeup

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Blush! All I need is bronzer!

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

Ugh! Omg! The wrong foundation shade and over highlighted brows!!!

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

I’ll share a few… 1. if you mess up winged liner use a flat brush and concealer to clean it up and make that wing sharp. 2. you can make a $1 shadow look high end if you use a eyeshadow base. 3.when matching foundation make sure it matches your neck not the back of your hand! 4. if your having trouble blending foundation add argan oil to thin the product!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

My email- Jackie_avila11@yahoo.com/ or DM on my IG @msdollfacemua

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MUA Spotlight On: Lauren Quiambao

Hey all! I’m finally getting things back on track with this series! So, let me introduce you guys to this beauty!

Lauren is a 22 year old Make Up Artist from Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up in Las Vegas, fashion, art, and city life has always been a part of her lifestyle. Make up came to her at a young age. Maturing through high school, watching Youtube tutorials and practicing on herself – she became known at her high school for being rather good at make up. From doing friends make up at sleepovers, to friends hiring her to do their make up for homecoming and prom dances, it has always been something she loved to do. Come college, she branched out for awhile into art programs such as painting & photography. When finally there was a job posting online for Sephora. This is where it all turned for the better. After studying, taking a test in front of a Sephora Corporate Beauty Educator and finally earning her certification, she realized that this is what she wants to do. This is her passion.

What is your favorite high-end brand?

One of my absolute favorite brands is Make Up Forever. Their foundations are flawless, from sheer coverage to full coverage foundation. There is a product suited for everyone. Their lip liners are a must for any look, waterproof & smudge proof. It’s my go to lip product.

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Eyebrows are a must for me, so my Anastasia Brow Powder in “Granite” is an every day must have. Also, my black winged liner is an every day essential for me. my favorite liner being Kat Von D’s tattoo liner. My favorite everyday lip would be Make Up Forever’s lip liner in “14c

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore brand has to be Eyes Lips Face, also known as E.L.F. It has great products at an amazingly reasonable price. Their lashes are only $1 and perfect for everyday wear!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

My translucent powder from Bare Minerals is probably what I go through the most. I get rather oily in my T-Zone and that powder keeps me nice and matte all day long!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Some of the most common faux pas that I see are two of my biggest pet peeves. Clients that want a foundation 5 times darker than their skin color & clients that coat so much mascara on that they start to resemble spider legs.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I try to limit myself to “must haves” or specific looks for clients, but sometimes a new product comes out that I just HAVE to try. 😉

What’s your favorite lipstick?

That’s a tough one. I’d say I have 2 favorite lipsticks. Both from Nars being their Audacious collection in “Anna” & their Matte Lip Pencil in “Train Bleu.”

Describe your everyday makeup look.

You’ll never catch me without my contour or eyebrows! That’s a must. I used to be an everyday smokey eye type of girl, but now I limit myself to just a winged liner with a nice medium brown in the crease of my eye.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Currently my favorite mascara obsession would be from the Buxom “Mascara Bar” & I just so happen to use the leopard print one!

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

I would have to say Kylie Jenner. She always looks flawless, while looking as if it took minimal effort. Also, we all know her lip controversy, but she’s been my inspiration for my overdrawn top lip. It really evens out my lips and makes them look much fuller!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Of course I do! Two of my favorites, just happened to recently release two amazing lip collections to their lines! Jeffree Star has been an inspiration to me since MySpace was a “thing”. The colors and boldness that he incorporates into his look are just amazing. Another of my favorites would have to be Anastasia Beverly Hill’s account, her eyebrow products are what first got me attached, but her new lip line is simply gorgeous!

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

It would be a hard battle between lashes & drawing on my brows, since I’m naturally pretty minimal in both. I would have to lean more towards my Anastasia brow powder, since brows are really what enhance and shape the face.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Growing up, Bare Minerals was always a brand I wasn’t found of. I have fallen madly for their eyeshadows though! The pigments are absolutely beautiful.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

Honestly? Depends on the bank account! If I’ve got a bit extra to spend, you better believe it’ll be a make up haul! Typically I just go for whatever needs refilled in my collection though.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

No doubt about it, GlamGlow, is my all time favorite skincare brand. They have a mud mask for all skin types & they newly just released a cleanser collection which I of course am a HUGE fan of! If you haven’t tried it, take it from me. You’ll fall in love with the brand!

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

A Beauty Blender, hands down. I was always sketchy of the product, that is until I bought one for myself. It flawlessly blends all types of foundations on my skin, and I can’t live without it!

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

One beauty product I would recommend anyone to try would have to be a Becca highlighter. This brand has an amazing variety of highlighters for all skintones and they gorgeously brighten up anyone’s face!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Probably blush, I don’t wear it too often, I mainly just stick to a highlight & contour.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

As mentioned before, my absolute pet peeve is when a client wants a foundation shade 5 times darker than their skintone. PLEASE, if you want to be darker, St. Tropez self tanner is your friend people. Then you can go for that darker shade.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

My favorite & clients’ favorite trick is to make the lips look fuller, especially if the top lip is thin while the bottom lip is nice and full. Take your favorite lip liner and line just outside of the top lip to the desired shape, while filling in the bottom lip as normal. And ta da! A Magically evened out full set of lips!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

The best way to reach me is through my cell phone whether it be a call, text, or email. It’s always on me!

Lauren.Quiambao@me.com

(724)513-8446

IG: @LaurenQuiambao

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Hit or Miss: GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

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I know I missed last week’s Hit or Miss Monday, but I was so busy with work and HELLLOOO IT WAS NY MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK! Nevertheless, I totally forgot about putting up a review for you guys. Sorry! Moving on… let’s talk skincare!

After I tried the GlamGlow SUPERMUD treatment, I was in love! So, I wanted to give another mask a shot! I went out and got a sample of the GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD, free of course! The actual product cost $69, like the rest of the masks. According to Sephora, “It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Dewdration™ boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result while HydraPack™ leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.” Lately, I’ve been obsessed with hydrating my skin because what I found is that the more you hydrate, the less oil your skin will produce because it’s already hydrated. BAM! I mean I still have oily skin but it’s subdued.

Anyway, I used the sample for a week and I LOVE IT! First off, it smells like cocoa butter which is my utmost favorite scent on my skin! I can’t get enough. A little goes a long way. I used it every night and honestly, I may just like it a tad bit more than the Josie Maran Argan Milk because my skin does feel softer in the morning than it does with the Josie Maran Argan Milk. But don’t get me wrong, I still like the Josie Maran Argan Milk! However, this product just stole my heart and you can use it morning or night. In the morning, you can apply it and then rinse it off in 15 mins. At night, you can just leave it on overnight. I definitely think this is perfect for anyone and especially since the cooler months are soon to come. Obviously, a HIT in my book.

Hit or Miss: GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

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Hey beauties! It’s time for another review on Hit or Miss Monday and we’re gonna talk skincare! I’m always on the hunt for products that will help my oily skin out, especially during the summer months. I’ve been eying GlamGlow products for a while and have heard a lot of great things about it. The only issue was that I didn’t want to dish $70 and end up being disappointed. Therefore, on my recent trip to Sephora I grabbed a sample of the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment.  Keep in mind that there are 4 GlamGlow masks, I got the clearing treatment one. There is also an exfoliating one, a hydrating one, and a dualcleanse one.

According to Sephora, this specific treatment is supposed to heal your skin, prevent breakouts, and visibly draw out all the gunk from your face. It’s also supposed to minimize your pores, soften and brighten your skin. Now, the sample actually lasted me a good 4 days because this product is very thick. I use a flat foundation brush to apply it all over my face because I feel like if I use my fingers, I’ll be wasting more product. I ended up using it 2x per week. The question is did I see any difference in my skin? The answer is YES.

As you can see in the picture, the mask goes on a dark charcoal color and then dries up into a light gray color. I keep the mask on for about 20 minutes. As the mask is drying, you’ll literally see the dirt and oil being sucked out of your face. EXCUSE MY HUGE PORES but as you can see the pores around my nose are MASSIVE. Also, those dark spots around my face are the oils and dirt being sucked out. Crazy and gross, right? Keep in mind this was AFTER I washed my face with my Clarisonic. It’s like your face can never get clean enough! Anyway, after I rinsed my face with warm water my skin felt soooo clean! The pores were visibility smaller on my nose too. So needless to say this product is a HIT & I will be picking it up from Sephora ASAP.

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