Happy day lovelies! How are you doing? 🎀

I have so many beauty favorites and a love for makeup that I have been wanting to share with you all. I wear makeup occasionally throughout the year and I makes me feel good knowing that I can do it myself. I put this together to highlight my current beauty favorites that are giving me so much life.

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  1. Glow Kit – Anastasia Beverly Hills 
    • I have been on a hunt for a good highlighter and I must say that this is a great choice. Do not let the price fool you, it is worth every penny. Besides, within this kit you get four different highlight shades that you can bounce from. I love it and I highly recommend it for those who are beginners with makeup.

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  1. Contour Cream Kit – Anastasia Beverly Hills
    • This contour kit is also really good! It is easy to use and not so heavy on your face. I was a little nervous about the cream kit vs. the powder kit but its not so bad. Also, you can use this contour kit as a highlighter for your eyebrows or color corrector for some or maybe even as a concealer. There are different ways to have fun with makeup, so do not be afraid to be creative!

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  1. Sleek MakeUP – Storm Palette 
    • While I was in London shopping for makeup in Boots, I discovered Sleek MakeUp. Which is a brand that has pigmented eye shadow pallets. But there’s good news! Sleek MakeUp has partnered up with Walgreens, which is good news for those of you that live in the U.S because you can visit one locally for this eye shadow palette. In my opinion, its better and cheaper than most of the upscale brands.

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Have you tried any of these products? What is your beauty favorite? 💋

 

Much love,

deyla

“Turns out, my Pantene contains a chemical linked to cancer and lots of products in my bathroom from sunscreen to lipstick and even baby shampoo; also linked to cancer or other problems such as learning disabilities, asthma and even male fertility (damaged sperm.” – The Story of Cosmetics (Short Youtube Video)

It is no secret that we do not know for sure what goes into our foods but how about our beauty products? Although there is a list of things unsaid, it is our job to be mindful and educated in these areas. Just because it taste good, does not necessarily mean that it is good for you to consume, right? Same goes for beauty products, just because it smells good or look pretty, this does not mean that it is safe for us to use.

”The average woman in the U.S uses about twelve personal care products daily. The average man uses about six. Each product containing a dozen or more chemicals.” – The Story of Cosmetics (Short Youtube Video)

If you look closely, you will learn that some of products contain deadly chemicals and some are not even approved by the FDA! Chemicals that are banned in many countries, are legal in America and freely swimming in our daily products. Anyone can understand that some ingredients used for our products are not safe for humans to consume but it is allowed on the market, for us to buy and consume!! (I don’t know about you but that is insane to even think about, please take a few minutes to let this information marinate)

The bottom line is; we all want to enjoy a fruitful life without devoting half our lives to the healthcare industry paying medical bills.

Using some graphics from Safe Cosmetics, here are some ingredients to look out for and why:

Parabens

Butylated Compounds

Ethanolamine Compounds

Now that you know about a few ingredients to look out for, pick a beauty product and search for these ingredients.

This is what I got rid of, after learning about the ugly ingredients:

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If you feel like you need help identifying the ingredients, you can use these websites/app that will tell you exactly what is in your product. My top favorite ones are Safe Cosmetics, Think Dirty App and Good Guide.

Beautycon Festival here in New York City was an adventure of its own. I learned about different beauty companies that I never knew of before. However, the highlight of the festival for me was Gabrielle Union! Shes more flawless in person!! Anyways, she shared some inspirational tips, talked about her book; “We’re going to need more wine” and her new hair product line; Flawless Hair.

People come to these types of festivals for different reasons. Since I am fairly new in the blogging community I wanted to meet bloggers like myself and learn about different beauty companies. Mission accomplished! Below you will find a list of freebies that I got!

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Free Macaroons for everyone! They were so yummy

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Pretty and yummy

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Flower mascara tower

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List of freebies:

  1. New Cantu Cleanse Root Rinse (Sample Packet)
  2. New Cantu Color Protecting Shampoo (Sample Packet)
  3. Soap & Glory; Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk (Sample Packet)
  4. Soap & Glory: Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumpling Lip Gloss; Colors Spun Sugar, Plumsup &Nudestar (Sample Size)
  5. Colorpop Lippie Stix; Color Dusty Pink (Full Size)
  6. Milk Makeup Lip Color; Color Blue (Full Size)
  7. New L’oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise (Full Size)

Thank you for stopping by!

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I am superrrr excited about the Beautycon festival!!! The main purpose of this event is to celebrate beauty with celebrities, bloggers and popular beauty brands. Not only do they host this beauty festival here in NYC but they also host it in LA and London. Check out their website for more information.

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Are you attending Beautycon NYC? If you are, let me know! I’d love to meet and chat with you. If not, have you heard of this festival before?

 

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Just like clothes, makeup changes along with the season! And sometimes we hold on to them a little longer than we should, without even noticing. As I shared with you guys in my post Blooming Flowers and April Goals, spring cleaning is one of my goals for this month. As I was cleaning, I thought it will be very useful to put together a makeup cleaning cheat sheet, to help you get rid of unnecessary makeup clutter. It is time to finally get rid of all the products that you do not need and treat yourself with new ones. When you are putting on your makeup, you want to know where everything is and know what you have.

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Does this look familiar to you? If so, its time for a spring clean.


Step 1 – Divide makeup

Divide your makeup products by sections, it is up to you to divide the products how ever you please. What I like to do is divide them by face, lips and eyes. This way you can tackle them one by one, by groups.


Step 2 – Get rid of old/expired makeup

Although it is cute and you got it on sale somewhere in France, if its expired it has to go! Holding on to expired makeup, will cost you your beautiful skin!! The last thing you want or need is spending more money on getting your skin back to normal because you were too stubborn to let go.

Spring makeup cleaning guide:

Age

Products

3-4 Months

Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner

1 Year

Liquid Makeup, Cream Shadow

2 Years

Powder, Pencil Lip/Eyeliner, Lipstick, Lip gloss

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For the sake of my beautiful skin, they had to go!


Step 3 – Wipe down products and organizers

After getting rid of all the unwanted products, you want to clean each product before storing them away. I like to use Invisible glass, because I can use it in different ways. We all know that some makeup products stain really bad and sometimes difficult to clean, however Invisible glass wipes it all off. I use it to wipe down my makeup mirror, makeup station and each product individually with a simple “spray and wipe” process! Usually, I will have to switch cleaning products depending on what I am cleaning but invisible glass does it all.

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One more thing, Invisible glass also has sunglasses wipes that you can use to wipe down your cute shades and electronics!! Once again, using one product to clean multiple things. Its small, so its easy to pop in your bag on your way out the door!

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Step 4 – Store makeup in clear organizers

Oprah magazine’s amazing creative director Adam Glassman, suggests that this important so that you know what you have at all times. If you are like me and buy things simply because you cant find it, then you need to invest in some clear organizers. You will be saving money and space at the same time.

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After a marvelous spring cleaning project.

Thank you for reading, I hope that this motivates you to do some spring cleaning of your own! ♥♥