5 of My Holy Grail Beauty Products

There are a few different products that I always go back to or use religiously. I wanted to share a few of them and why I go back to them every time. To check out my beauty wish list click HERE

What are a few of your go-to beauty products?

This Scar Gel just got added to my list as I just began to try it out. I used to use Neosporin when I thought I was starting to form an acne scar, but when I tried this it took it away in a day! I always catch them before they turn into scars so that may make a difference too when using the product.

I am honestly skeptical when it comes to nail and hair enhancers. I just try to be as natural as possible and I do not take supplements for this, but when I got this serum my friend told me I had to try and let me tell you, my lashes have never been longer.

Lash primer just sounds like an extra coat of mascara, right? Wrong. This one makes a huge difference no matter what mascara I layer it with. It always adds length and volume.

This Sephora liquid eyeliner is the best! I hate the felt tip liquid liners, but this one has a brush tip which makes it super easy to have a sharp wing. I tried another brand before and it just did not compare in my book.

This setting spray has gotten me through very long nights and unlike others that I have tried, it does not bring out the creases in my makeup when it settles. Definitely a steal.

Friday Faves

In remembrance of 9/11 and in acknowledgment of all of the chaos that is currently in the world, I wanted to do a Friday Faves that is uplifting and allows for spreading the good. I recommend that you also do one kind thing for another person today and try to make it a goal to do so daily.

Habits for a Happier Life

30 Charities to Donate to Now

How to Honor 9/11

Vogue Commissioned two Black artists for the cover of their September Issue.. the biggest issue of the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Teigen Helps Teacher’s Across America

Compilation of Laughing Baby Videos

134 Acts of Kindness

Health + Wellness Tips from your Favorite Influencers

I have really been into health + wellness recently and I have been enjoying listening to podcasts because you get to hear a bit about what works for someone else that might work for you. That gave me an idea to reach out to a few of my friends to ask what they do for their health + wellness routine in general. I did not give any guidelines because I know that looks different for everyone. I love the range of answers that came about and I thought it might be helpful for you too.

Esther from @itsestherlane

“Wellness starts with loving yourself. When you love yourself you choose what will work for you best in all aspects of life!”

Kristina from @laughloveandhippie

“Drink a lot of water, have good sex and get your beauty sleep.”

Gina from @gigitrends

Establish a solid, healthy morning routine. “Having a healthy morning routine that I follow every day has really changed my life. Finding what gets me motivated and stress-free to start my day on a good note. So I read The Daily Stoic every day, journal my thoughts, drink lots of water, and do a meditation. Just a few things that get my mind ready to tackle on the day.”

Shelly from @shellycakess

“Be kind to yourself and your body. Fuel it with healthy Whole Foods & you will see a change in your overall health & skin.”

Genesis from @genesiskubilis

“Prioritize my mental health whether it’s getting extra sleep, drinking water, or journaling. My mental health comes first.”

Alexis from @lexialcala

“When it comes to health and wellness for me it’s all about a balance. But some things I don’t skip out on are my Vitamin C pull every morning and adding Ashwagandha to my smoothie. I also have incorporated 15 minutes of meditation yoga, depending on my day I’ll do this first thing in the morning or end my day with it. I don’t like to follow along to a video because that can be a little distracting for me, so instead, I set my 15-minute alarm, turn on my music and just start stretching/moving. Food-wise, I keep it strict 4 days out of the week meaning no bread, very little sugar, and adding greens/veggies into all my meals. The other days I’ll keep 2 meals healthy and maybe splurge for one of the meals because I’m a foodie and food makes me happy.”

Vanessa from @whatvanessawears

“I love my morning juices to start off my day. Green juice in the morning and later in the day I’ll have a carrot juice to take my sweet tooth away. And lots of water and a good 7-8 hour sleep.”

Diana from @ootd.diana

“So my #1 tip for mental health is always putting at least 10 minutes a day for self-care. With an extremely busy schedule, it’s easy to forget about the little things and become overwhelmed and stressed. But it is always good to know how to slow down and unwind. Even if it is something as simple as doing yoga for 5-10 minutes before you start your day, journaling, watching your favorite blogger on Youtube, or putting on a face mask before bed. Do it for you.

Gina from @teeniegeniestyle

“At least 8 hours of sleep and drink at least a gallon of water a day. It will improve your skin, mood, energy, and the best part it’s free.

Genesse from @stylewithgen

Daily tips that she lives by

  • Drink lots of water (I shoot for 64 oz daily) I add lemon to make it more fun
  • Try to eliminate all processed sugars
  • Read the ingredients label on everything to make sure you’re eating clean
  • Never sleep with your makeup on. I do my skincare routine EVERY NIGHT (& morning too)

“Also I’ve come to realize that it’s ok if I only have time for 15 min workout because some movement is better than nothing. I used to beat myself up if I couldn’t get a full hour-long workout in but not I’ve been loving short daily workouts!”

Debby from @trynfinddebby

“I would say one of my favorite tips is to listen to your body. Your body is different from everyone else’s and it’s important to know what works for you and what doesn’t

Wellness Wednesday

I recently listened to an IG LIVE with Lauryn Evarts-Bosstick from The Skinny Confidential and Mona Vand on wellness. Now, these two are probably the queens of wellness. I wanted to share a few of their tips from the talk and touch on a few wellness points of my own that I have tried to incorporate in my routine.

I think what works for one person of course isn’t going to work for everyone, but there are a few things that do help a majority of people. As Lauryn said, “you’re your own guinea pig”. I think that really resonated with me especially when I form my skincare/workout/eating routine. I try to find that perfect combination that works for me.

Another point that Mona mentioned that stuck out to me was that one of her biggest wellness tips was to eat real food. I have actually read something on this a while back and if you think about it, it makes SO much sense. Cutting out processed foods and foods that come in boxes and packages just don’t seem as healthy as fresh fruits and veggies. Try limiting your intake of food that comes from a package and shop fresher options. You will probably eat more but feel better.

More recommendations

Rose Nectar : add a drop in your water for or use as a toner for soothing skin redness and irritation

Hemp Seeds : Add a little to your morning breakfast for some amazing benefits

Dates : Another wellness and beauty favorite that has a slow sugar release

 

Disclaimer : None of these pictures are my own

Friday Faves

I have to start off my Friday Faves with the new Fenty Skin collection. I am a big fan of the makeup line and Rihana’s attention to diversity and detail. I listened to a podcast by The Fat Mascara and I trust their judgment; I also really want to try the SPF moisturizer because I was just thinking the other day that I need a new one that acts as a good primer. Also, a Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum? YES PLEASE. You had me at the name, sign me up.


Eucalyptus in the Shower and its Benefits – An oldie but a goodie

Do you think the voting age should be lowered?

Apparently, Basics know no age gap

It takes 2 minutes to read how you can make the planet a little cleaner

Use code ‘BRIANA18’ for 18% off your purchase at Zaful.com

Movement to Clean Beauty

I just watched a fireside talk from Create and Cultivate on Clean Beauty and was inspired. I definitely have heard a lot about these points before, but I liked hearing about the specific reasons that clean beauty is so important. The term “clean beauty” refers to the non-toxic ingredients that are used in beauty products. This includes being sustainably sourced and more eco-friendly for the environment. Many household brand names are not in the clean beauty category, however, there are many that are at least taking the right steps toward that change.

The Create and Cultivate panel included Steph Shep, co-founder of Future Earth; Katie Matthews, Chief Scientist at Oceana; and Catherine Gore, President of Biossance.

“The Climate Crisis has the worst PR” -Steph Shep

One fact that stood out to me was that the United States only bans about 30 harmful ingredients in our products while other countries ban over 100.

“You have to be that much more focused and evaluate ingredient labels” -Catherine Gore, President of Biossance

You can still have amazing skin and be clean. I think that a huge step is to not buy these products in hopes that enough people will join and switch up their buying habits. But we also need to voice the opinion and vote to change the ingredients allowed in our products. Lastly, we need to encourage younger generations to be interested in learning how to create cleaner options in the first place.

I have also been on my stories lately sharing different tidbits about my new skin routine such as using a liquid exfoliant and applying sunscreen daily. Here is a list of some clean beauty products to try next time you are out shopping. All of these brands can actually be purchased at Sephora. I am a big supporter of Sephora because they have amazing brands, are dedicated to clean beauty, and also show their support for the BLM movement.

Loungewear Round-Up

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have never bought so much loungewear in my life as I have recently! I usually just wear a big shirt to sleep but I have changed up my content to reflect the time. Click on the product images for a direct link to where to buy.

I recently did a review on SKIMS which you can see HERE but, this is one of my top places for a sleek look that is super put together. The only issue is that it is usually always sold out.

 

 

Another go-to for cute loungewear has always been Forever 21. If you want a cute pj set with eggs and bacon or come smiling avocados, F21 is your place. But what I have really been wanting for the absolute longest time is terrycloth shorts. These are the typical shorts you have for so long you forgot where you even bought them. I love the color and they even have pockets.

 

 

Lastly, I did a DIY on this set as you can probably tell! I took a plain pair of black joggers from Walmart and bleached them, then cut them up to create shorts and a top that I saw Brittany Xavier create on Tik Tok. It’s a fun and easy DIY.

Skims : Worth the Buy?

Let me start off by staying I have been buying more loungewear than I ever have in my entire life during this quarantine time period. (I’ll be doing a round-up of that ASAP) I wanted to do a quick review of the two pieces that I ordered from SKIMS. First off, can I just say how good that name is?! I definitely am a huge Kardashian fan even though that is a very loaded statement as there are lots of things that I do not particularly agree with. But when it comes to fashion and style and showing face, their stylists, decorators and publicity team got it down.

Back to Skims… I did not have high or low expectations but I knew I would get use out of this set because my first impression is they are cute and easy to just throw on after a post-workout shower because when I put on a matching set, I automatically feel more put together.

I purchased both of these items for a total of $82.27. The bralette was $36 and the boxers were $35 and you have to add in taxes and shipping. I do think that the final cost is a bit pricey, but this collection always sells out FAST! They do restock, so sign up for emails because that is how I got my set.

My opinion is only on this set of course, but based on the quality I really love what I received! The package came in a thick brown envelope and the garments come in a biodegradable package that clearly states that it is NOT plastic. Now thinking back, I am a bit happier to pay for the extra taxes and shipping if the company is making more sustainability efforts. (I’m so glad fashion as a whole is slowly taking an eco-friendly stance.)

I love the quality and I highly recommend. I love how the material is quality and thick, but not too thick to where you feel constrained in any way. It is so comfortable and such a soft material, it truly is the perfect loungewear.

Amazon Finds Under $30

I have been seeing so many random gadgets from Amazon that everyone is discovering during quarantine that make your life just a bit easier. I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds below that I found interesting!

What gadgets have you found or what are you looking out for?

Pulla Hair Straightener and Crimper 4-in-1 $25

Hair Crimping has definitely come back into style and this is an inexpensive must try for that 90’s look

Tinkle Eye Brow Razer Pack $4.50

Your eyebrow lady will thank you when you come back and have kept up with your brows!

Hair Scalp Massager $8

Who doesn’t need this in your life?! This is a must especially when taking a rejuvenating bath

16 oz Amber Glass Bottles $19.98

These are perfect for holding your homemade face and hair mists that you have made during quarantine!

Doughnut-shaped travel humidifier $7.19

How cute is this?! It’s the little things in life that just make the biggest difference and this is one of them.

Throw Pillow Cover Case $9.98

Tiger King amiright? I actually love a good decorative pillow.. and yes I know that is a lion.

Small Macrame Plant Hangers $9

Boho up your space boo xx

 

 

 

What’s in my Beauty Fridge

So I finally got a mini beauty fridge (thanks Easter Bunny)! I did not want to fill it with all of my products as they would not all fit, so I put a few of the ones that I use the most.

Here are the products listed:

  1. Eye Mask : gotta keep these cool so they can work their very best and depuff the area around your skin
  2. Lip Mask : same goes for this one, these keep your lips plump, but I think mostly its just a self-care patch to apply anywhere on your face that needs to depuff
  3. Bye Bye Undereye Cream : This is one of my favorite products since I feel like my dark circles are so prominent
  4. Exfoliating energy facial with enzymes : Youth to the People created this mask that I have been trying a few times a week and I love it! I am still testing it out in my mini-fridge
  5. Jade Roller : I have heard mixed things about jade rollers and recently it’s not very good, but for a quick depuff in the morning it actually works for me
  6. Firming Mask : Kiehl’s ginger left and hibiscus firming mask just feels better when it is cooler and makes my skin feel rejuvenated

What areyour go-to beauty products?