Brand Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals

Hello Everyone!

I’m finally back to blogging for my final semester at OU. I can’t believe I’m nearing the end, however I am pretty excited to be out in the real world … especially since I will be interning in NYC again this coming summer (seriously, can it be June already!?).

Anyways, let’s talk makeup.

Over winter break, I worked at Sephora again and I was able to test out and experiment with an array of  up-and-coming beauty brands. One in particular that I fell in love with was Herbivore. Herbivore uses only natural and plant-based ingredients, ensuring that nothing toxic or artificial will be used on your skin. The brand focuses on skincare by offering a variety of facial oils, creams, and masks. I want to share with you my personal experience with the products and why I love them so much.

Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment

To start off, the simple packaging, name, and lavender color of the formula instantly caught my eye while wandering the aisles of Sephora. I instantly sampled the formula on my skin, noticing the delicate texture and non-greasy feel that instantly absorbed into my skin with a massaging motion. I then smelled the product, to discover a calming yet unique scent of lavender and sweet orange.

After sampling the product for a week, I had to buy it. I read the description of the ingredients inside the box and was even more obsessed with it. To start off, the treatment contains Hyaluronic acid. This is a powerfully-hydrating substance which can hold up to 6 liters of water per gram (uhmmm wow). I get patches of dry skin around my eyes and mouth in the winter, and this product totally eliminated every sign of dry patches … which is usually hard to treat.

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The superfruits in the treatment, which include Goji berry and raspberry seed, help to repair your skin against signs of aging and stress while you sleep. Shea butter and Kokum butters also contribute to hydrating the skin. In addition to the hyaluronic acid, you are guaranteed a supple and hydrated complexion with this blend of super ingredients.

The Moon Fruit formula also includes fruit enzymes, which help to exfoliate the skin to leave it glowing and smooth. Such enzymes include papaya, lemon, and orange.

Coco Rose Lip Conditioner

OK, so I saw this lip balm online, and I had to have it. The main reason behind my desire for it was the scent. Coconut and rose are two of my favorite scents, but put them together … seriously life changing.

When I first tried the balm, I noticed the formula was very difficult to use. However, the more you rub your finger into the balm, the softer the formula will get, making it easier to apply. My lips have remained very conditioned since first using this product, and the scent never gets old. Herbivore also makes a coconut rose lip polish that works like a scrub to exfoliate your lips. I have yet to try it, but I must say it’s on my to-do list.

By going to the brand’s official website, www.herbivorebotanicals.com, you will find a variety of other natural beauty and skincare products. Ranging from bath salts and scrubs, to facial oils and masks, Herbivore has everything you need to create an ideal skincare regimen for natural and organic beauty lovers.

Until next time,

Alex

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My Favorite Gift Ideas

Ah yes, it is officially December and the holiday season is now upon us. I don’t know about you, but finals and classes have been consuming the majority of my time, leaving little time to think about holiday gifts.

Lately I have been thinking about gifts for my family and friends, and what better choice than to give the gift of beauty! Beauty products, which include skincare and haircare, can be fitting for anyone, even if they are not big makeup lovers.

I have found a few gift ideas this season that I think are absolutely perfect for anyone at any age.

Here are my favorites:

Function of Beauty

Do you find yourself struggling to find the perfect shampoo and conditioner that caters to your exact haircare needs? That is no longer an issue with Function of Beauty. This new personallized haircare brand allows you to customize your shampoo and conditioner down to the tee. From haircare goals which would include (but not limited to) volume, shine, anti-aging, strengthen, hydrate, and so on.

Besides the goals, you can also customize the color, scent — and how strong you want the scent — and the name. Seriously, this brand has thought of everything. I bought one set for myself, as well as some for others as well. My sister also customized a set for one of her friends as a gift. Bottom line: everyone needs shampoo and conditioner, so why not give someone the shampoo and conditioner that they never even knew they needed!

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Farmacy Honey Potion Mask

Looking for a new face mask? Look no further. This warming honey mask caters to skincare needs that most people can relate to: hydrationradiance, and a clear complexion. This mask brings the spa to your home: to apply, you take the cute little spatula, and lather the honey mask onto your face.

As you rub the mask in, you will feel a warming sensation as the substance turns from a thick-honey colored mask, to a creamy white mask. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, wash off, and show off your brand new revitalized complexion! I also want to add that the packaging is seriously so cute and unique, making it a perfect gift for just about anyone.

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High-Quality Mascara

So, I don’t know about you, but I rarely purchase mascara from a prestige makeup brand. I usually just stick to my Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara year-round because it’s cheap, and I go through mascara like water.

However, sometimes I will splurge on a designer brand when I feel like making my lashes look extra fab. A great mascara is a perfect gift for essentially any of your girlfriends, because even for the minimalistic girl, mascara is always a necessity.

Here are my top picks:

  • Dior It-Lash: Gives you dramatic volume. The brush is the highlight of this mascara. There are bristles on the tip, so you can get those small, hard-to-reach lashes in the corner of your eye. I also love the stiffness of the brush. Personally, I’m not too fond of flimsy brushes and bristles. This has been my go-to luxury mascara for years.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara: Just bought this mascara for the second time. Definitely a great option if you like a buildable formula that separates, lengthens, and gives volume. Giorgio Armani Beauty creates some phenomenal products (check out their Eye Tint, it has a great, long-lasting formula for those who prefer cream shadows).

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These were just a couple of products that I am currently obsessed with, but there are tons more options available! Sephora has more gift options available for every type of beauty fanatic. From under $10, $25, and $50, you are sure to find the perfect gift for your BFF or mom 🙂

Happy Holidays and talk to you next semester!

Alex

Brand Spotlight: Klorane

I am all for finding new and cool beauty brands. These days, I have been especially interested in organic and natural beauty. With natural products, I feel like the products may not work as well as expected sometimes.

As organic and natural beauty products are becoming more popular, I have noticed the formulas becoming more and more effective, especially the haircare brand Klorane.

Klorane is a natural beauty brand that uses primarily plant-based ingredients to create exceptional hair and skincare products. I am going to share with you the products that I love and why they are a great choice for your natural haircare needs.

Leave-in Cream with Papyrus Milk

This product has been a part of my daily haircare regimen for a while now. It basically does everything you would want in a leave-in cream. It controls frizz, smoothes and softens hair, creates shine, and smells amazing. The fragrance is very light, yet earthy and refreshing at the same time.

After I take a shower, I put less than a pea-sized amount of product on my ends, and wherever else needs a little moisture. A little goes a long way with this one! This haircare product is great for finishing off your look by creating smooth, shiny, healthy-looking hair.

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Conditioner with Pomegranate

I feel like I do not usually notice a major difference when I change up my shampoo and conditioner, but that was simply not the case with this product. Klorane’s Conditioner with Pomegranate delivers supreme smoothness with just a small amount of product.

After using this conditioner for the first time, I noticed my hair was extremely soft, and I was able to run my fingers through it without encountering any tangles, which is very rare for me. I also noticed the AMAZING scent and how long that scent lasted, which is also rare for me … My hair looked more radiant and healthy than it had in while, and I owe it all to Klorane.

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3 Makeup Brushes You Need Now

Hello again!

My major tools for success when it comes to makeup application would definitely have to be brushes. The right brush can make all the difference, no matter what type of product you use. There are so many types of brushes to choose from, and I am going to tell you about the brushes I use to create a flawless makeup look.

Large, Fluffy Brush

Everyone needs to own a large, fluffy makeup brush. Whether it’s applying translucent powder, foundation powder, or bronzer, this brush is vital for proper application. I have used the Mie Kabuki Brush by Nars for years now, and I hope to use it for years to come. The large teardrop shape makes it ideal for full coverage, while being precise at the same time. I always use this brush to apply my bronzer, and the narrow tip allows me to create a precise contour.

Small Face Brush

Sometimes you need a smaller, more dense brush to create a more detailed contour or highlight, as well as to apply a more concentrated product. Another one of my favorite brushes is the Classic Mini Mulitasker Brush by Sephora. I use this if I want the product to appear more dramatic, and if I want to be more precise.

This brush is great for anything: highlight, contour, blush, you name it. The Mini Multitasker Brush has got you covered!

Smudge Eyeshadow Brush

I am obsessed with smudge eyeshadow brushes. They help to create a perfect eye look. I like to use Sephora’s Classic Must-Have Smudge Brush. This is great for lining the top and bottom lash line, or to create more definition in the eye-crease. This product is great for a smoky eye, but using light and neutral shadows makes it a great tool for an everyday eye look too!

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I have many more brushes in my collection, but these three are definitely the tools that I can’t live without! They have been a part of my daily makeup routine forever, and will continue to be in the future. I strongly suggest going makeup brush shopping to truly perfect every one of your makeup looks!

Until next time,

Alex

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Tips for Amazing Lashes

Besides a nice, defined brow, I would say that creating perfect lashes is something that I always try to achieve in my makeup ventures. Besides mascara, there are a few other small tricks you can use to help create your best lashes yet. I’m going to list some of the steps that I take to achieve long, defined, and voluminous lashes.

Curl

If you don’t curl your eyelashes already, you definitely need to start right now! Creating a curled lash can make shorter lashes appear longer, and longer lashes appear more voluminous. I have tried a few eyelash curlers myself, and drug store curlers work just as well as the high-end versions. It really doesn’t matter which brand curler you have, just as long as you have one!

When using an eyelash curler, I suggest holding the curler down on your lashes for about 5-10 seconds. If you want your lashes to be extra curly, I suggest blowing your hairdryer on your curler for a few seconds before you curl. It’s kind of a weird trick, but whenever I do this, it creates a more dramatic curl that lasts longer when compared to not heating up the eyelash curler. It’s definitely not a must for every day, but for special occasions, it adds something a little extra to your lashes!

Prime

I am a firm believer in priming just about anything, and the answer is yes… there are even primers for your eyelashes! I have tried a primer from both Lancome and Dior, and found that my lashes are more voluminous and defined when compared to only using mascara. I do not use primer every day either, only for special occasions. I recently purchased a clear Brow & Lash Gel from The Body Shop, and was experimenting with it as a primer. I found that when I applied the gel before my mascara, my lashes were more separated and appeared to be longer. The best part is that I got this product for around 10 bucks! Seriously a steal.

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Mascara

Now it’s time for what makes the lashes… the mascara, of course. Personally, I use Covergirl Clump Crusher on a daily basis, and it works like a charm. I always get compliments on my lashes, and it’s all thanks to Covergirl. This mascara separates my lashes and offers volume, while giving me little to no clumps. When I feel like splurging however, I always pick up Dior It Lash. The brush is seriously amazing, and my eyelashes always look their absolute best with this mascara.

As far as application goes, I typically apply two coats.. maybe three if I feel like having a super dramatic look. The key to achieving dark lashes is to first apply the mascara on top of the lashes, then on the bottom. This will make both sides of your lashes look dark, instead of just the bottom side. I also recommend using the tip of the mascara wand on the inner and outer corners of your lashes, and also to apply the mascara as close to your lash-line as possible. Seriously, when you start using the tip of the mascara wand for those hard to reach lashes, it makes all the difference!

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Hope these tips help with achieving your ultimate lash look!

Until next week,

Alex