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Hit or Miss: Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Hey, darlings! I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack! I know it has been such a long hiatus, but it’s been one hell of a spring & summer. So many changes have been happening so blogging had to take a backseat for a while. However, I have a lot of new content ideas so expect to see me regularly posting.

Now, let’s get back to Hit or Miss! I’ve been using Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream for about 4 months now and I absolutely loveeeeee it. It’s basically a cream that tightens and smooths your skin, OVER TIME. So don’t expect immediate results. However, the smell and the glow it gives your skin is AMAZING! I feel more attractive and luscious when I put this on my body. Some the ingredients include: coconut oil, acai, guarana, and cupuacu butter. Also, the consistency is bit thick so a little goes a long way.

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All of my friends who I’ve recommended this cream to love it! I suggest you guys buy its ASAP. You can get it the 8 oz jar at Sephora for $45. If you wanna try it before you fully commit, the travel size is $20.

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Get That Glow: Personal Microdermabrasion

Hey darlings! Let’s just jump right in to this topic, shall we? Who has hyperpigmentation? *raises hand* Who has dull complexion? *raises hand* Who has large pores? *raises hand* Who suffers from acne? *raises hand* Who suffers from wrinkles? Who suffers from ANY SKIN RELATED PROBLEMS? If you’re like most of the population, let me introduce you to the PMD aka the Personal Microdermabrasion system.

What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a procedure where tiny crystals are used to buff away the dry, dead skin off the surface layer of your skin. It promotes cell renewal and reveals healthier, younger looking skin. Also, since it’s removing the gunk from the outmost layer of your skin, your skincare products will be able to penetrate your skin SO MUCH BETTER. 

I first heard about this product 2 years ago when I was watching Amanda Ensing’s video on it. However, that price tag was intense and I was a broke ass college student. Let’s just keep it real haha. I obviously had to put it on the back burner. Two years later, more and more people on YouTube were talking about it and I finally decided to buy it. Keep in mind, a single treatment of microdermabrasion can be a bit pricy. In NYC, prices range from $50-$150 per session. The PMD is $159 but I was lucky enough get a coupon code from Raschelle aka MsRoshPosh on YT for 15% off. So, I only paid $135.The PMD kit comes with the device itself, 2 caps (1 for body, 1 for face), 1 training disc (the white one), 4 sensitive skin, blue discs (2 for face, 2 for body), 2 normal skin, green discs (1 for face, 1 for body), and of course the plug.

 When I got it, I wanted to use it immediately! I saw so many tutorials on it, so I decided to jump right in. I even skipped the video that came with the package – rebellious, I know. I just tested it on my arm with the white training disc for about 10 seconds and decided I knew how to use it.

The first time I used it, I don’t think I was doing it right because I didn’t notice any difference. The product itself doesn’t claim difference after one use but plenty of reviews that I read were claiming magical things. The only thing I noticed was that was skin was pretty damn soft. The next morning, my skin didn’t seem much different. However, after the second and third treatment, I was floored. The hyperpigmentation on my skin was noticeably fading, especially on my chin which is where I’m prone to scars and acne. I also had a pimple coming in and when I used the PMD, it was flat the next morning – literally. My family has even noticed a difference in my skin to the point that they want me to use it on them. I personally use the device once a week. I know some people who say they do it twice a week but I’m not brave enough to do that. It’s my face we’re talking about here lol. I don’t want to cause any issues I can’t come back from haha.

Here are some tips:

  • Prior to using the PMD, wash your face and make sure it’s 100% dry. Otherwise, it’ll be hard to move the PMD on your skin if it’s clammy or damp.
  • Hold your skin taut when using the device.
  • Make sure the device is always moving NEVER let it hover in one spot. You will burn your skin. I was a millisecond away from doing this. Thankfully nothing happened but just a bit of redness.
  • If your skin does get a bit red after you try it, DON’T BE ALARMED. That’s your blood coming up to the skin’s surface because the device sucks at your skin.
  • Follow up with a toner and moisturizer, of course.
  • Start off with the sensitive disc. When you’re comfortable, move on to the normal discs or you can even buy more abrasive discs if you don’t think the normal discs will do it for you.
  • Make sure you clean the discs and filter after use. I use rubbing alcohol for the discs and warm water for the filter.

I can 100% honestly say that this product has been changing my skin. If you’re consistent, I know you’ll reach the skin that you’ve always desired. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not seeing results after 2 weeks. I’d give it a month because everyone’s skin is different. But I promise you that you’ll get that glow soon enough!

If you want to see a demo, check out MsRoshPosh’s video.

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Colourpop Highlighters: Review & Swatches

Hey all! Today I want to do things a bit different. Let’s talk about highlighters! I never talk about highlighters because I never really fell into the whole trend. I would very rarely apply highlighters during my makeup routine… until now. When I first dabbled into highlighters, I bought NYX’s liquid illuminator because I wasn’t about to splurge on something I didn’t know how I was gonna feel about. So Becca’s highlighters, Bobbi Brown’s shimmer bricks, etc were out of the question! I ended up enjoying it so I decided to dabble in the highlighter trend.

Colourpop came out with highlighters a few months back and they’re super affordable so I picked a few up. Here the shades…

Left to Right: Highly Waisted, Teasecake, Butterfly Beach, Wisp

Sorry if the swatches aren’t picking up very well but that’s the best I could do for now. So let’s discuss the shades from left to right.

Highly Waisted – soft golden peach with pink and gold duo chrome finishes.

Teasecake – pale pink with a gold and pink duo chrome finish

Butterfly Beach – soft peach with highlights of gold and silver

Wisp – golden champagne with highly reflective hues of gold duo chrome finishes

As far as quality goes, I AM IN LOVE! The texture is like butter. They’re so creamy and pigmented. My personal faves are Highly Waisted and Butterfly Beach. Highly Waisted is a gorgeous rose gold color on my skin. Butterfly Beach is comes off like a golden coral on my cheeks. Teasecake is pretty pink so I would probably use that the least since I don’t do many pink looks. Wisp gives me that bronzy J.Lo vibe so I know I’ll be using that one often.

The price point is $8 each! Yes, only $8. To me that’s incredibly reasonable compared to a lot of other highlighters on the market. So if you’re just trying highlighters for the first time or want to add some new affordable ones to your collection, I’d definitely check out Colourpop!

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Hit or Miss: Origins Original Skin™ Renewal Serum

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It’s Hit or Miss Monday time! I have to say I’ve been pretty damn consistent with these posts lately. You’re welcome 🙂

I’ve been looking for a serum to incorporate in my skin care routine because I’ve never used one. Why not? I don’t know. I just find myself always using cleansers, exfoliators, toners, masks, etc. I just never really used serums on my face. So, I asked my friend Ashley, who is also on my MUA Series, which serums she recommends. She told me to pick up this baby. Naturally, I sample things before I buy them because money doesn’t grow on trees and I hate returning products. This product is supposed to de-stress, shrink pores, minimize flaws, delete dullness, and smooth roughness. I used it for about 5 days before the sample ran out and I can honestly say I LOVE IT.

The formula is very lightweight and it works instantly. My skin felt like silk the moment I applied it. My pores were minimized, as well. Also, after 2 days I noticed my skin was glowing and much brighter. Sephora claims that this is great for women transitioning from their twenties to their thirties. I’m 22 and I needed to brighten up this skin cause of this dull NYC weather. I’m sure plenty of you fellow New Yorkers are over this weather. During the winter, my skin feels dead and it also becomes more combo than oily. I can honestly say this serum made a difference in my skin texture and brightness. I recommend it to anyone who’s looking to liven up their skin. Needless to say, it’s a HIT. You can pick it up for $39 at Sephora.

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