November Empties (+An Anniversary Giveaway!)

Welcome back, guys! I finished my first final today! Just a few days closer to my end of year vacation!!! Of course, you’re all here for my 4 Year Anniversary giveaway, and that’s at the bottom of the page! Before we get to that though, let’s do a quick run-through of all the products I emptied this month!

Glossier Invisible Shield

I already did a full post on my initial thoughts about the product, but continued use has proven what I felt. I started using this consistently after I ran out of my Missha sunscreen, and it was gone in less than a month. Before, I had only used it about 3-4 times, so for daily use to completely deplete it in less than a month is unacceptable for $35. I think it’s good that Glossier has reignited a discussion around sunscreen protection and made it “Instagram Cool”, and I’m glad it is a black girl friendly product, but it’s just not good for a budget beauty babe like myself.

Garnier Clean Plus Daily Exfoliating Scrub

This is the second bottle of this I’ve ever finished, and I love it just as much as when I first started using it 4 years ago! It’s a good drugstore facial scrub, it doesn’t irritate my skin, and it smells divine! I highly recommend it, and I’ll probably pick up another bottle soon.

Caudalie Facial Moisturizer

I got this in my Sephora birthday gift this year (along with a moisturizing serum that I also finished 2 days into December), and I used it as a replacement for my Priming Moisturizer before I got my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel. Neither this moisturizer nor its accompanying serum was super special, and they had a very earthy smell, which I’m not a huge fan of. I was glad to have finished it so I can continue using that Neutrogena gel!

Covergirl Oh Sugar Lipbalm

Ahhh this lip balm has been such a love/hate relationship for me! I got it last year in my first Influenster Voxbox and I initially didn’t like it. However, it grew on me like crazy, especially the subtle pink stain it managed to leave on my deep-toned lips. On Black Friday this year, I went to reup on this color and another one in red and found out they’re being discontinued because they were taken from Ulta’s website and they were on sale for $3.50 in store, so I’m def gonna go instore and snatch some more up.

Glossier Body Hero Cream

I went through this bottle in about a month and a half. Unlike the Glossier sunscreen though, there was a LOT of cream in this bottle, I just used a crap ton especially with the changing of seasons and weather fluctuations down here! I loved the subtle pink shimmer it left on my skin and the smell! Just read my whole review because I could go on an on about this stuff. I’ve already got a new one coming in the mail tomorrow!

Giveaway Time!

November Emoties (+A Giveaway!)

I can’t believe my baby of a blog is turning 4 this year! This year is my biggest giveaway yet because I wanted to give my followers the biggest thank you for sticking with me for this long, for supporting me, and just bein awesome people! This year you guys are entering for the chance to win ALL of the following!

  • A Glossier Skin Is In Tote (for all the swag you’re gonna get!)
  • A Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash (Full Size)
  • Two Glossier Cloud Paints of your choice!
  • A Glossier G Lapel Pin
  • A Glossier You Perfume Sample
  • An Alba Botanica Face and Body Scrub (Full Size)
  • A Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser (Full Size)
  • Deluxe Size Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary
  • Deluxe Size Butter London Double Decker Lashes Mascara
  • Deluxe Size NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer
  • Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette
  • Essence Lipstick in 09 Wear Berries (Full Size)
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (Full Size)
  • Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 33 Wild White Ways
  • Essence Eyeshadow Brush
  • PLUS, A Full Bag of Assorted Makeup & Skincare samples from Ulta!

Sounds like something you wanna win? The time to enter is now! The contest will run from today until January 1st, 2018! I’ll pick the winner that day, and announce them later that week! Share with your friends, and you have an even greater chance to win! US entrants 13 years or older only please! IF you’re a minor make sure to get a parent’s permission before entering. None of the brands above are sponsoring this contest. Also, but sure to keep an eye on my Facebook for extra chances to win, plus other holiday festivities I have planned! Have an awesome weekend guys!

The Chic Machine’s 4th Anniversary Giveaway!

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Makeup Gift Guide $20 and Under

Long time, so see yall! I’ve been really busy with school, but I’m back with another gift guide to make up for the lack of posting! Plus, as a bonus, there will be a THIRD gift guide with home goods posted tomorrow. This way, you guys will have a full list of gift shopping this weekend for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

This post contains some affiliate links through which I earn a small commission dedicated to the upkeep of this blog.

Makeup holiday gift guide
  1. Target Advent Calendar: This advent calendar also includes some hair and skin items, but the makeup items included are pretty great, and the whole shebang is only $15!
  2. Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette: This is my favorite drugstore palette out of the bunch. The colors are a perfect blend of mattes and shimmers all in sweet blushes and browns. It’s a great dupe for the Naked 3 palette, but the formula is quite good for a drugstore palette! Plus, Maybelline products are BOGO 50% at Ulta right now, with a bonus 6% cash back on Ebates! Read the full review here!
  3. Glossier Cloud Paints: These liquid blushes are buildable and easy to use! Just be cautious about which color you pick, as they are not all POC friendly (looking at you Dusk). Read the full review here!
  4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: While these aren’t the greatest in terms of wear time, I am 100% in LOVE with the formula and how it feels on my lips. Never chapped or dry like other liquid lippies can do. Plus, the pigmentation is to DIE for. They’re only $13.20 at Ulta right now, full size, so I’d pick up one (or 3).
  5. L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: My drugstore mascara of choice! It’s great for lengthening, but not necessarily for curling, so it’s perfect for those of you with naturally curled lashes!
  6. Glossier Boy Brow: Y’all already know how I feel about this stuff. It’s the only brow product for me! Read the full review here!
  7. Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream: Not the greatest color selection for WOC (I’m the darkest and even then it’s a bit warm) but the actual matte formula is flawless!

A small selection, but certainly the cream of the crop, and each one is under $20! What are some of your favorite under $20 picks? I’ve gotta put together my own shopping list! 😉 Check back tomorrow for a gift guide with the best beauty tools out there!

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Product Review: Glossier You

Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m super excited to share my costume with you all over on my Instagram (@thechicmachine) later today (and I’m 6 followers from 700 so help a gal out!) but before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about Glossier’s new fragrance, Glossier You. Now, you guys know I strive to bring my most honest thoughts about any product, but especially those I receive for free because I don’t want to compromise my integrity just for free stuff. That said, scent is an extremely personal thing. What works for one person may not be the same for another, and I really want y’all to take that in account with my review. So, let’s get started!

Product Review: Glossier You

What is Glossier You?

Glossier You is the latest product in the Phase 3 body line that Glossier has put out this year. It comes in a glass pink ombre bottle with a red cap, and it almost looks like a play on the Glossier G (in an artsy way). I wasn’t a fan of the bottle when I first saw it, and I’m still not compared to some other bottles. That said, the packaging overall with very cute, and it currently lives in there.

The perfume contains base notes of ambrette, ambrox, and musk along with top notes of iris root and pink pepper. Considering I don’t know what 2 out of the 3 base notes are, I’d call this a “grown-up scent”. I’m partial to florals like Marc Jacobs Daisy, Dot, or Honey (I just really like MJ perfumes okay?). Glossier You was not this. I described my sample on Instagram as a very earthy, almost dirty scent (of which I was correct because it has the iris root in it) before the actual notes were ever released, and I actually caught some flack from other reps that no one should be describing it as “dirty” because then they may not want to buy it and it makes it look bad. Again, honesty is my policy, and no one is going to tell me how I should or should not describe a product. Like, it’s my nose and my words. But also, it’s not like I dislike it.

Product Review: Glossier You

It was certainly very powerful to my nose at first, but the more I wore it, the more it sunk it into my skin. It was a very long-wearing scent, and stayed on me well past 8 hours, but did fade a bit after that. Overall, if you like more “expensive” scents that are a bit more woodsy or unisex, Glossier You will probably resonate very strongly with you.

At $60 a bottle, it’s certainly above what Glossier normally charges for products, but unlike their sunscreen, you’re getting a lot for your money, and it’s still relatively low-priced compared to other high-end fragrances. If you’re hesitant to pull the trigger (and I would be considering it’s perfume), I believe they are still sending out samples with any order. You can always get 20% off using my link if you’re a first-time shopper, and if you’re not, if you’d consider still shopping through my link, I’d be grateful! <3

Make sure you hop over to my IG later today to see my full Halloween costume! It’s to die for! Have an awesome day!

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Clarisonic & My Fall Routine (Sponsored)

Clarisonic & My Fall Routine (Sponsored)

Fall has finally reached Atlanta (sorta)! It’s really cold in the mornings and at night, occasionally dipping into the 40s which I am NOT here for. But it’s also in the 70s during midday! Honestly, this Georgia weather is insane. With the change in weather has come a change in skincare routine. I’m starting to move towards my heavier creams, and generally anything that will keep my skin from drying out. One of the new tools I’ve incorporated into my routine is my Clarisonic Mia 1!

A Clarisonic has been on my wishlist for the longest, and I was going to bite the bullet this holiday season when I was given the awesome opportunity from Her Campus’ InfluenceHer Collective! They partnered with Clarisonic to gift not only the Clarisonic Mia 1 with the original Radiance Brush Head ($129), but also the Acne Brush Head($27), the Deep Pore Brush Head($27), and the Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser($27). Full disclosure, I did not utilize the Gel Cleanser as it contained 2% salicylic acid which my skin is allergic to.

These items were gifted to me for in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

How does Clarisonic work?

I love the compact size of the Mia 1! It’s fun sized and purple, which is my favorite color, which makes it very photogenic, and while that isn’t my number 1 concern, it’s always a bonus! A common misconception about the Clarisonic is that it exfoliates. IT DOES NOT! It actually sonic cleanses. This means that the brush head moves back and forth really quickly which flexes the skin and pushes up water and cleanser deeper into pores. I thought that meant it would be really rough on the skin, but it actually just felt like getting a twice daily massage!

The original Radiance Brush head felt really soft on my skin as opposed to the washcloth I was using previously and it made me feel clean after using it, but not in that obnoxious squeaky clean way (is that just me?). However, the real winner was the Deep Pore Brush Head. My skin is combo oily, so the Deep Pore Brush Head was a bit more dense and really got in there. On the days that I used it, I felt like I was less oily midday through the day than I was previously, and what little texture I had bugging out on my forehead, disappeared after a few days of use, and has stayed smooth since.

My Fall/Winter Skin Routine + Clarisonic

The Clarisonic fits perfectly into my new fall routine, especially at night! I use it with my Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser instead of my regular washcloth. I follow up with my Pixi Glow Tonic, Glossier Supers, the Oridinary Retinol, and finish up with my Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich. Now, PM Rich is not my favorite night cream (that would be my Julep Night Shift Sleeping Mask), but in the name of my no buy, I’ve been working my way through the jar, so I’m not wasting it. I’m about 3/4 done, and then I go back to my tried and true!

Why Should I Believe You?

One of the biggest things I strive for in this blog is complete and total honesty. I’m not going to lie about something just for money or free product. It goes against the spirit of everything I started this blog for. So I’m going to show you real results! Below is a before and after pic of my skin after a month of using the Clarisonic. Both were taken in front of the same window (albeit it was raining in the before pic), with no skin makeup on.

Clarisonic & My Fall Routine (sponsored)

The best part is, Clarisonic is totally college student budget friendly! I know you’re thinking, dude that thing retails for $129. I’ll save it for my holiday wishlist. However, they actually have payment plans for the Clarisonic (upon credit approval) for as little as 63 cents a day! And if that’s not enough for you, Her Campus is also offering 15% off all devices featured here using the code HERCAMPUS.

Got anymore questions about the Clarisonic? Shoot me a message on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment down below. We’re also coming up on The Chic Machine’s 4th Blogiversary, which is totally crazy, and I thank all of you guys for helping me get collabs like this one! What kinds of gifts/giveaways would you like to see for this year’s anniversary? You can also leave those comments, and I’ll see ya soon!

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How To Remove Glitter Makeup In 4 Steps

Hey all! Welcome back to another wonderful how-to from yours truly, the glitter queen! I love a good glitter look, and I especially love loose glitter because it gives off the greatest sparkles! However, taking it off at the end of the night can be the biggest pain in the neck. However, after multiple trial and errors, I believe I’ve found the best routine to taking off intense glitter makeup. The best part is, it only takes 4 steps! Are you ready? Let’s get started!

1.Scotch Tape

So this is the crucial step that many people miss when taking off makeup. You gotta use a little bit of scotch tape. I recommend dollar store scotch tape because it’s not very sticky to begin with, and after you de-stick it some more with your fingertips, it shouldn’t tug on your skin as much. Take the tape and tap it on the areas with the heaviest amount of glitter. Most of it should come right up. Once you’ve done as much as you think you’re going to get up with the tape, then move to step 2!

2. Micellar Water

I’m not sure how micellar water does its magic, but it’s like a magnet for dirt and makeup on my face and practically obliterates the remaining amount of glitter. I use the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Water in the pink bottle for normal skin on a cotton pad to gently swipe over the affected areas. After these first two steps, most of the glitter should be gone, but there will always be a few pesky leftovers hanging out which is where the 3rd step comes in.

3. Oil Based Cleanser

An oil cleanser more effectively removes makeup and due to its thicker consistency, picks up remaining glitter fairly easily. I use Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser to gently massage around the eye area. Be careful to not get any into your eye. Even though cosmetic glitters are safer than craft glitter to use in a facial capacity, you still don’t want that crap in your eye.

4. Water Based Cleanser

At this point, almost all of the glitter should be gone. At this point, just follow up with a water based cleanser like Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser, and you’re all set! Don’t worry about one or two lingering flecks. They just make you look a little more fascinating in the light of day!

I hope this short how-to takes some of the stress out of taking off your glittery makeup! Now go out there and sparkle like you mean it! See you next week!

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September Empties + How I Pick My Favorites

I’m currently on a beauty no buy, so I’ve started blowing through a lot of my skincare products! In September, along with my Pixi Glow Tonic, I finished my Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun, the Glossier Priming Moisturizer (which I mini reviewed inside of my PM Rich Review), and my Julep Night Shift Sleeping Mask. If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ll know I’ve loved all of these products for a while (save the Missha sunblock which I purchased in January of this year), so I’ll link to the full reviews! However, what makes an empty so good that you literally have to finish it? Let me tell you how I pick my favorites.

Beauty is all about choices. I think there's a lot of things that are complicated in a sunscreen and there are a lot of options out there. That said, I don't feel comfy promoting a sunscreen that, in my opinion, is average at best. I don't dislike it, but the price for its size is not budget friendly (and at the high end of a mid-range brand), and other sunscreens do the same things the @glossier Invisible Shield does. Of course there are differences as well, but not enough I think to justify buying it. I don't want the rep program to get a bad name for pushing a product "just for sales" but instead be completely honest about how I feel about ANY product I recieve. Instead, if you'd like a budget and black girl friendly sunscreen, I recommend the @misshaus All Around Safe Block. ☆1.7 oz for $8-$14 (depends where you get it) ☆No white cast ☆Take a minute to fully sink in but once it does, it's not sticky or oily. ☆SPF 45 & Water Resistant • • • • #sunscreen #spf #summer #summer17 #glossier #glossierrep #teenbloggers #blackbloggers #studentbloggers #beautybloggers #bbloggers #instabeauty #instagrambeauty #skin #skincare #skincarejunkie #kbeauty #koreanbeauty #aesthetic #photography #sunshine #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #atlantabloggers #georgiabloggers

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Price

If the price of a product is such that I can repurchase it without feeling like it’s going to leave a dent in my pocket, it’s a good indicator that the product could become a favorite. As a college student, I don’t have a lot of disposable income, so for me, to get a full sized sunscreen that I can wear every day without worrying about it running out AN having it last about 9 months for only $10 is perfect.

Did It Work?

I think in the beauty world especially, we’re always so ready for the next big thing to try that we don’t stick with anything long enough to see if it really works for us. Skincare has always been YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), and what may work for my skin may not work for your skin. This is why patch testing is very important, and just listening to your skin overall. Products that do what they claim in an easy way, often reach my favorites list.

A few other things come into play including accessibility and packaging, but these two things push a product up to the top of my favorites list and subsequently, my empties list, very quickly. I think it’s this type of thinking that helps me get through no buys, and also the reason I REALLY love Beauty Award spreads in magazines, because you really get to see it all laid out in the most beautiful way possible. I may do my own Best in Beauty Awards this year. 😉

What are some of your favorite repeat buys? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next week!

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Product Review: Pixi Glow Tonic

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I’ve got a quick product review lined up for you! This product was recommended to me many times by other Glossier reps, comment threads, and Reddit forums, and a few months ago I finally decided to give Pixi Glow Tonic a chance. Glow Tonic is a 5% Glycolic Acid which claims to tone and chemically exfoliate the skin, leaving a smoother, even base. I’ve only dealt with physical exfoliators up to this point, and I have fairly untemperamental skin, but I wanted to try something new and just see what happened.

This post contains affiliate links, for which I receive a very small amount of money dedicated to the upkeep of this blog. This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own!

Product Review: Pixi Glow Tonic

That Glow Tonic Life

When it first arrived, I thought it smelled weird, but I eventually got used to it. Y’all know scent is a huge factor for me, so it took some time for sure, but now, I can barely detect it, so I guess that’s just personal preference. Also, after using it a few times in the morning and a few times at night I decided to relegate Glow Tonic to my more intense nighttime routine. To use, I dash a couple drops on a cotton round and swipe across the skin after I’ve washed my face but before I’ve started applying any serums. There was definitely a purging period where I had small, minimal breakouts along my cheeks, which are areas where I already get pimples. That’s how I distinguished that it was not an allergic reaction. Over the course of several weeks, I saw a visible difference and how smooth my skin looked and felt.

However, the best part was its unintended qualities in helping with my eczema.My eczema displays itself in the inability for dead skin to properly fall off of my neck and chest. Because Glow Tonic actively exfoliates dead skin, swiping it over my problem areas almost immediately (!!!) showed a lightening of the skin in that area because the dead skin was coming off! It made me really excited because those dark patches are a thing that I really feel insecure about from time to time, so it was nice to get rid of them (temporarily) for sure.

Final Thoughts?

Glow tonic is a great introduction to chemical exfoliants in a skincare routine. However, at $15 for 3.4 fl oz is a bit steep if you go through it as quickly as I did, and I didn’t even use it every day. Pixi does offer large sizes including 250 ml for $29 and occasionally, a 500 ml bottle with a pump, so buy in bulk if you really think you’ll be using this stuff for a while. They also offer Glow Tonic “On-the-Go” which are presoaked pads almost like makeup remover pads for $18 which are great for travel!

Hope you guys enjoyed my review on Pixi Glow Tonic! What other products would you like to try out soon? I’m currently on a no buy while I plot for all of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales next month, so any and all suggestions are welcome! Have an awesome day! <3

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Fenty Beauty First Impressions

I know today seems like any other Tuesday, but in fact, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has blessed the makeup world with her very own makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Now before I get into my first impressions, I want to address a few things. First, I’m not a die-hard Rihanna fan. That said, I find her aesthetic to be beautiful, and I look up to her as a style icon. Secondly, I’m not going to compare it to KKW Beauty. I know a lot of people wanna be shady about the packaging and all that stuff, but the products are what I’m concerned about, and what you should be too frankly. There is enough beauty world drama to go around lol. Let’s get started!

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

So one fun Saturday, I went up to Lenox Square Mall (I LOVE living in Atlanta btw yall, everything is so close) to test out Fenty and redeem my Sephora birthday gift. Because I went alone, I got to spend an hour uninterrupted in the store just swatching and sniffing and just having a good time. The first thing I tried was the foundation, BUT since I was so excited I totally forgot to write down what shades I put on my arm. *cringe* Sorry guys. However, I applied it and let it dry down while I was testing other things so I have some views on the consistency.

The top 2 shades are foundations, the bottom shade is a match stix.

This foundation WILL oxidize. A couple days after my visit, a makeup artist was on Fenty’s IG stories talking about how it doesn’t oxidize, the shade just adjusts a bit as it dries because it loses a bit of water…You mean the definition oxidation sis? All of the shades I applied after drying down were a hair darker than they were originally. This is also a very liquidy formula! When I pressed the pump, I almost missed my arm, and from the looks of the floor around the display, I wasn’t the only one. My last first impression on the foundation was that it is very, very drying. The primer was not on the display, so I couldn’t try it with the primer, but to me it looked and felt dry to the touch. So I worry about how it would look on my actual face.

Fenty Beauty First Impressions

Match Stix

I had some of the same issues with the Match Stix as I did with the foundations. The concealer type sticks that were matte also felt kinda stiff and dry after application. Even when I was applying it to my arm to swatch, my skin was kinda getting dragged behind it instead of it gliding on. The Shimmer Sticks didn’t have that issue, and the colors were very pretty, especially on my deep skin.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

The lip gloss is very nice, in theory. I have two-toned lips, which I love of course, and I usually enjoy lipglosses because they play really well with the different colors of my lips. However, I think my lips almost exactly matched the shading of the gloss because it looked like I was just wearing my clear Glossier gloss! I liked the vanilla scent ad the packaging is cute AF, but I just wouldn’t buy it for myself. On lots of other people testing it, it looked very wearable and universal as claimed.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters

Now to my favorite part, the highlighters!!!! Well, sorta my favorite part. The highlighters were hella pigmented. Like…HELLA. Justttt not on me. I have trouble with powder highlighters, especially ones with pinky/champagne tones. This is why I usually stick with…well stick or cream highlighters. The same pretty much went for most of the highlighter shades with the exception of Ginger Binge, Moscow Mule, and of course the true gold highlighter, Trophy Wife! If I had to pick something buy from the whole collection, it would easily be these two highlighters. They were pigmented in swatches and on my face, and Trophy Wife was what I had my eye on since the promos dropped!

Invisimatte Blotting Papers

Lastly, as an oily girl, I wanted to try the blotting papers and blotting powder (and compare it to Wowder, of course), but the blotting powder also wasn’t on the display (Lenox Sephora, get yaself together!!). The blotting papers didn’t do a thing. It just soaked up what it could from my oily forehead and nose, but I was still incredibly oily after. I wouldn’t want to use a bunch of the paper trying to take oil off, so I wouldn’t bother with it.

Final Fenty Thoughts?

The price points for all of these products are all under $40 (not counting the Match Stix Trio) which is reasonable considering Fenty has been marketed like a high-end makeup brand and could’ve been sold to us as such. Does it fall under a college budget? Not exactly. Is it a great treat/gift for yourself or a friend? Totally. I think you should pick one or two products you really want to try and grab those. This brand is also incredibly Black Girl Friendly! The big thing, of course, being the 40 foundation shades with multiple undertones making it extremely easy for people of all skin tones being able to find their match.

So that’s my Fenty first impressions! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the holiday collection because there are going to be an eyeshadow palette and more lip colors, so I’m excited! What other brands do you want me to do a first impression on? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you on Thursday!

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Glossier’s Body Hero Duo Is Here

Glossier's Body Hero Duo is Here

Welcome back ladies and gents! Yesterday, Glossier began Phase 3 of their product line, Body Hero, which contains the Daily Oil Wash and the Daily Perfecting Cream.I’m super into this duo for two reasons. First, I’m a college kid with no bathtub, and I can’t bask in the wonder that are my Lush bath bombs anymore, so this is making me feel pretty good about showering and relaxing. Secondly, I have eczema and it’s really hard to find products that are moisturizing but don’t smell like a hospital. Glossier really managed to find that perfect mix and I’m in love with it.

Related: Glossier Phase 2 Review

The Daily Perfecting Cream is $22 and the Daily Oil Wash is $18, but together the duo is $35 and ships free! Plus, if you’re new to the Glossier crew, you can use my link for 20% off your first order bringing the total down to $28 (and it still ships free!).

One more thing before I go! Priming Moisturizer is now $22 instead of $25 and the Phase 1 set’s price has been lowered to $40! Now you can start with the brand’s basics without shelling out as much money!

I’ll have a full review up of the duo soon, but until then take it easy!

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The Best Alternatives to Black Eyeliner

Audrey Hepburn. Amy Winehouse. Ariana Grande. These are some of the women who inspired a generation with big, bold, black cat eyeliner. However, in light of the transition from summer to fall, I propose that we slow down on the liner. Yes, it’s a dramatic statement, but I feel like there are many other eye looks that don’t have to rely on the heavy black eyeliner we all know and usually love. I’ve found I like the natural shape of my eye, and I’ve started wearing eyeliner, in general, less and less. However, if you don’t wanna ditch the liner life completely, here are a couple alternatives that you can try.

Brightly Colored Eyeliner

One way to still transform your eye shape with liner without it being so heavy is colored eyeliner! I currently own Colourpop’s liner in the shade Teaspoon,   a NYX pencil liner in the shade Gold Glitter, and two NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in the shades Milk and Purple Velvet. They’re fun, more lighthearted and make my eyes pop!

The Best Alternatives to Black Eyeliner

Just Eyeshadow

I’ve found that with many of my super pigmented eyeshadows, dark thick eyeliner tends to detract from the overall look. So instead, I’ve started just wearing the eyeshadow alone. It lets the colors really pop, and I like it like that. Another idea is to take an angled liner brush and wet it, and then applying the shadow as a liner. Same effect as a colored liner, but you have a bit more control over it. Cream eyeshadows are also really good for this technique, but I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t dry in such a way that it’s terribly hard to get off. If you all have suggestions, let me know.

Brown Eyeliner

This is a trend that I’ve found myself loving the idea of more and more. Brown liner is a softer stance than black liner with the same eye shape changing qualities. For brown girls, however, it can be difficult to find a shade that actually shows up on us, so do a little shopping around to find the best brown for YOUR brown.

What’s your favorite black liner alternative? Do you prefer pencil, gel, or liquid (I’m gel!)? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you Thursday!

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