Saturday, October 19, 2019

My Customized Stoney Clover Lane Makeup Bags!

Hello Everyone!


Disclaimer: Stoney Clover Lane sent these products for review purposes. I want to thank Stoney Clover Lane for these products. All opinions are 100% my own. For more information visit https://www.stoneycloverlane.com

Being that I'm someone that loves makeup if you assumed that I've accumulated a lot of makeup bags over the years, you would be right. What can I say, I love makeup bags!


Stoney Clover Lane is brand that has so many beautiful customizable bags, pouches etc. When I given an opportunity to receive one of their makeup I was pretty excited! Especially when I found out I was sent 3 bags :) How thoughtful and kind! 


Greetings from Kendall & Libby


A handwritten note :)


Let's talk about this beautiful packaging! I absolutely love it! As you can see in the photos, SCL packaged the makeup bags into this bag with the drawstrings. The see through bag has so many cute designs, and the sticker and keychain are cute as well!


This makeup bag is huge! You can fit so many products in this bag. Even if you're not into makeup, you can use this bag to store so many different items. I don't have any travel plans, but this makeup bag would be great for traveling.


This bag is what dream makeup bags are made of!

I wanted an all white makeup bag, so I choose the white pebbled bag with the glitter and pink P letter stitching.  I think that this bag looks so classy and elegant. As I mentioned you can customize these bags and there is a large selection of bags and patching on the Stoney Clover Lane site.


How adorable is this small pouch with the customized  P! I was so surprised to find this pouch as I opened the package! 


I'll probably use this nylon pouch for makeup as well :) This pouch is a beautiful pink color. The customized white and glitter P goes perfectly on the pouch!


Since the holidays are coming up these items would make great gifts for someone, or you can gift a bag to yourself!  These bags make great gifts anytime of year! Visit Stoney Clover Lane for more products and information!


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Clean Beauty at CVS

Hello Everyone!


I've partnered with CVS Beauty for this post for review purposes. I want to thank CVS for sending over these products. All opinions are 100% my own

This month CVS is focusing on clean beauty products. Clean beauty can be described as beauty products that are free of harmful or toxic ingredients. I love that CVS has decided to only sell clean beauty products. I was sent numerous products from CVS's 360 Beauty Line. I've used several 360 Beauty Products in the past and I like the quality of the products I've used.


Beauty 360 Deep Cleaning Pore Strips For Nose, 8CT

Beauty 360 Dual Ended Mask Tool

Pop-arazzi Peel Off Polish, Royal Blue

Can you believe that I have never tried charcoal pore strips before? Sometimes I get small blackheads on my nose which annoys me! Since these are deep cleaning pore strips, I hoping for a reduction in blackheads on my nose. I'm one of these people that love to have skincare accessories especially for my facial masks. Dual ended ended mask tools just make life easier to apply face masks. I'm unsure if Pop-arazzi is a Beauty 360 brand, but I like the quality of these polishes. I have a few in my Collection, but the peel off polish is new to me. Look at that gorgeous blue hue!


Beauty 360 Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Plumping Tissue Facial Mask

Beauty 360 Purifying Grapefruit & Charcoal Holographic Sheet Mask

Beauty 360 Brighten & Soothe Peel-Off Face Mask with 24K Gold & Honey, 3.52 OZ

When I started using different facials masks, I never looked back lol. I've heard that masks containg honey are good for the skin. 


Beauty 360 Exfoliating Lemon Facial Scrub

I've mentioned numerous times that this past Summer I started noticing fine bumps on my face. I try to exfoliate at least once or twice a week. I'm looking forward to trying this Lemon Facial Scrub. Hopefully this scrub will also help with brightening the hyperpigmentation that I get on my cheeks.


Beauty 360 On-The-Go Blender

I've seen beauty sponges at CVS, but I had no idea about this on the go blender! I'm so glad this blender comes with a travel case! 


What are some of your favorite clean beauty products?  Check out your local CVS or cvs.com for these Beauty 360 products.


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Hair Washing Day Feat. Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Biotin Hair Products




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hair Washing Day Feat. Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Biotin Hair Products

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This post contains PR Samples provided by Palmer's  for review purposes. I would like to thank Palmer's  for sending these products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information, courtesy of palmers.com


This past Summer heat and humidity left my hair dry and frizzy...more than usual. I recently tried a few new products from Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Biotin hair care. I love cocoa butter and biotin is supposed to be good for your hair. Let's see if these products worked for my hair!

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Shampoo

Benefits:

Keeps hair and scalp moisturized in order to achieve optimum length retentionHas color protection & length retention benefitsAddresses breakage, damage, and split endsSulfate & Silicone Free shampoo

Gently moisturize and cleanse with Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Shampoo. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. Biotin supports healthy hair growth, and Quinoa Protein protects the hair shaft from heat damage that can cause breakage. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

Color Safe For All Hair Colors, Curl Patterns and Textures.

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

This shampoo is a good cleanser for my hair. I think I used too much shampoo, because it a lot of effort to rinse my hair. I guess that's not always a bad thing. This shampoo lathers well, but it didn't feel that moisturizing.  My hair didn't feel dry, but my hair did look frizzy.

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention 2 Step Hair Mask

Benefits:

Keeps hair & scalp moisturizes in order to achieve optimal length retentionDeep Conditions, Moisturizes & Seals cuticle for incredible shineLong lasting results for dry, damaged, or color treated hair2 Step Mask in a single use SachetSulfate & Silicone Free

Deeply condition and look in lasting moisture with Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention 2 Step Hair Mask. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. Biotin supports healthy hair growth, and Quinoa Protein protects the hair shaft from heat damage that can cause breakage. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

Color Safe For All Hair Colors, Curl Patterns and Textures

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

I'm a curly haired girl and this hair mask is a quick fix instead of what I was looking for. My hair is thick and curly so I need a little more hair mask than what's in these packs. The products per se aren't bad, and my hair felt soft. I wouldn't call this a deep conditioning mask for my hair though. I would like to see the hair mask come in a jar rather than these packets. I feel with a jar you would get more product for the needs of your hair.

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Leave In Conditioner

Benefits:

Addresses breakage, damage, and split endsSulfate & Silicone Free Leave-In ConditionerHas color & length retention benefitsMoisturizing detanglerHeat Protectant

Detangle, moisturize and protect with Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Leave-In Conditioner. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. Biotin supports healthy hair growth, and Quinoa Protein protects the hair shaft from heat damage that can cause breakage. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

Color Safe For All Hair Colors, Curl Patterns and Textures.

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

As I detangled my hair, I noticed that there wasn't a lot of breakage. I'm pretty happy about that. Usually when I wash my hair I have breakage. Detangling my hair wasn't too difficult when I used the leave in conditioner. I'm always looking for a good leave in conditioner that will keep my hair feeling moisturized since my hair is dry, and this product works well.

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Shine Glaze Serum

Benefits:

Deeply nourishes in order to achieve length retentionSulfate & Silicone Free Shine SerumAdds a Shiny Finish to Dry HairLocks in MoistureColor Safe

Lock in moisture and add a shiny finish to dry hair with Cocoa Butter and Biotin Length Retention Shine Glaze Serum. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

I like that my hair does look shiny when I used this shine glaze serum.  My hair didn't feel greasy,  but the serum does give my hair a healthy looking shine. I didn't want to use to much of this serum, because over usage of serums tend to actually dry my hair by the end of the day. Less is more for my curly hair.

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Styling Nectar

Benefits:

Addresses breakage, damage, and split ends to achieve optimal length retentionZero Crunch Weightless Definition GelDefines and provides long lasting holdSilcone Free

Define with lasting hold with Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Styling Nectar, a zero crunch weightless definition gel. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. Biotin supports healthy hair growth, and Quinoa Protein protects the hair shaft from heat damage that can cause breakage. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

Color Safe For All Hair Colors, Curl Patterns and Textures!

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

I'm so glad this styling nectar doesn't leave my hair feeling crunchy! I usually like to use a gel throughout my curls, and I think I found a new go to gel! My hair is frizzy, and this styling nectar also helps with edge control. I can put my hair in an effortless puff without having to worry about my edges looking frizzy. This gel is also long lasting throughout the day.

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Cocoa Butter & Biotin Length Retention Cream Styler

Benefits:

Moisturizes and defines all curly Wash N Go’s, Twist Outs, Braid Outs, Bantu Knots, etc.Addresses breakage, damage, and split endsCreamy Formula for Coil DefinitionSilicone Free Cream Styler

Moisturize and define with Cocoa Butter & Biotin Cream Styler. Address breakage, damage, and split ends by keeping the hair (and scalp!) moisturized, fortified and healthy in order to achieve optimum growth potential. Cocoa Butter has hair softening properties for healthy shine and its rich moisture shields hair from dryness and over-processing. Biotin supports healthy hair growth, and Quinoa Protein protects the hair shaft from heat damage that can cause breakage. This expert blend retains length for beautiful, long, shiny hair!

Color Safe For All Hair Colors, Curl Patterns and Textures!

No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes, Silicones

My Thoughts

I used this after I did a twist out for my hair, and my curls looked so full and healthy. This is definitely a yay for my hair. After combing through my curls, I noticed that there wasn't a lot of breakage. I like that these Palmer's products help reduce my hear breakage.

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Overall I think this is an okay collection. Some products were better than others. If the formula in some of the products were revamped, I feel the products would be better. Two examples of improvement I would like to see include: more moisture in the shampoo, and jar options for the hair mask. I think this is a type of collection that you truly have to base your opinions on your hair type.



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World Mental Health Day

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hello Everyone!


Drawing by me, Pilar

I typically post about Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. I try to create makeup looks and show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year I'm sharing makeup looks that I created in the past two years, and I'm also two of my recent drawings.










Drawing by me, Pilar


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Fall, I Love You Most Of All!

World Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 10, 2019

World Mental Health Day

Hello Everyone!


Drawing by me, Pilar

Did you know that this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week? Today is actually World Mental Health Day. This is something that hits home because many of you know that I struggle with anxiety and depression. I'm currently dealing with my own personal struggles and it's hard. I've been trying to cope with my mental health issues this for months. All I can do is take one day at a time.

Mental illness isn't a personal failure. It took me the longest time to realized that years ago. I used to be so ashamed that I would feel down and I didn't even know why. I used to think I wasn't normal because I would wake up crying and having intense worry and fear. Yes, I have mental health issues, but that doesn't mean I'm broken.


Drawing by me, Pilar

Last year I found myself suffering in silence and I didn't have to. Even now I remind myself when I feel like I'm suffering,  I don't have to cope with this alone. There is help available.

The world can be a very cruel and ugly place. I'm an advocate for showing compassion and kindness. Pick up the phone and call the people you care about. Visit them to see how they are doing. Do something to show that you care. A small gesture of kindess goes a long way. Support is something you truly appreciate when you have mental health issues.


A tree represents hope

I mentioned this before on my blog and I'll mention it again. Be kind to people. You never know what someone is going through behind closed doors.


Drawing by me, Pilar


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall, I Love You Most of All

Hello Everyone!


After a hellacious hot Summer, I'm so happy to see cooler temperatures.


Now I can enjoy going outdoors without feeling all the heat and humidty


Pumpkin and hot cocoa scents


I can actually enjoy wearing makeup again


Did I mention hot cocoa? Happy Fall!


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Sunday, October 6, 2019

What's Causing Your Acne Breakout?

Hello Everyone!


Most of us have had it at some point...acne and breakouts. Usually my skin isn't too acne prone, but lately I've been having frequent breakouts. Thankfully these are just fine bumps on my forehead, but they're still annoying none the less.

1. Dry Skin



Your skin need moisture, especially if you have dry skin. Moisturizing your skin not only keeps it healthy, but it may help reduce acne issues.

2. Oily skin


My favorite setting sprays from Urban Decay. Both setting sprays are oil free

Oily skin can can cause breakouts too. That's my issue. I have normal to oily skin, but when my skin is oily it tends to clog my pores and cause a breakout. I try to use oil free beauty products when my skin is oily.

3. Hormonal Changes



Three letters for me PMS... PMS is typically the only hormonal issue that I have that causes a breakout. The interesting thing is that almost every month I get acne on my cheeks. It's usually not too bad, but hormones can definitely be a factor that causes acne.

4. Keep Your Face Clean


Apparently acne isn't caused by dirt, but Please wash and cleanse your face. I would think that having a dirty face leaves you prone to bacteria and dead skin cells, all the things that can lead to a breakout. While I'm on the subject, you shouldn't be touching your face frequently...hence more bacteria from your fingers.

5. Your Cell Phone



My Screen Saver on my phone

I'm not going to pretend that I keep my cell phone screen clean a lot because I don't. I know that's pretty bad, but I'm working on doing better. People touch their cell phones so much throughout the day which makes your phone prone to bacteria especially if you hold your phone up to the side of your face.

6. Over Stimulating Your Face With Too Many Skincare Products


I learned this a few years ago when I first started using my Clarisonic  I think I was using the the Clarisonic too long during the cleansing of my face. I had this happened a few times. I think my skin had to get use to the brush head on the Clarisinic.  I don't use a face scrub everyday because that causes me to breakout as well.

7. Sleeping on Dirty Pillowcases




I'm starting to notice that the word bacteria is floating around frequently in this post. Sleeping on dirty bacteria filled pillows can also cause your face to breakout. Wash your pillowcases or use clean pillowcases when you cover your pillow(s).

8. Haircare Products


I've had this happen to me a few times when I try a new product on my hair. Sometimes the hair product(s) will work well for my hair, and irritate my face after I wash my face. When this happens I might see a breakout the next day.

9. Stress



I think stress is one of the main factors that has been been causing my recent breakouts. Thank God for Derma E's Acne Prone Skincare Products!

10. Medication


If your taking any medication make sure you read the side effects. Some medication increase the chances of you having acne.

11. Diet


Another factor for my breakouts. I think sugar is one my acne triggers. I noticed that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts caused some of my acne problems over the Summer.

12. Dirty Makeup Brushes



I'm pretty good about cleaning my makeup brushes on a regular basis. Cleaning my brushes, isn't one of my favorite things to do, but dirty makeup brushes harbor a lot of bacteria. Wash your makeup brushes weekly or least every two weeks. I also wash new brushes that I purchase etc.

13. Wearing Makeup During a Breakout



I usually skip wearing makeup altogether during a breakout. When you wear makeup during a breakout you risk making your acne worse.


October 2019 Posts

Surviving Domestic Violence: Two Years Later

Skincare Ingredients

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My Customized Stoney Clover Lane Makeup Bags!

Hello Everyone! Disclaimer: Stoney Clover Lane sent these products for review purposes. I want to thank Stoney Clover Lane for these ...