beauty, makeup

MOTD

Hey, hope you’re well! I’ve been doing the same basic minimal makeup lately so I was in the mood to try something a little different. If you’ve been around for a while now, you know I barely venture out with color so don’t be surprised this is another neutral, natural look haha! I wanted to show you anyway, so let’s get started…

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Oh and if you’re curious, my shirt is from Fashion Nova and my earrings are from SHEIN

On to the products~

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My makeup is V dirty sorry about that. I’m just going to quickly overview everything I used since this isn’t a tutorial- I don’t want to bore you with unnecessary details. The stars of the show are these two Morphe palettes.

I marked which shadows I used on each palette. The left is the 350 and on the right is the Bronzed Mocha 25B. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about Morphe palettes by now, especially the 350. These are a dream for a neutral/warm toned lover like me.

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On my face I have my usual Maybelline Fit Me concealer in “Light”, set with their loose powder in “fair” (obsessed with this powder).  I contour with the Lorac PRO Contour Palette (this palette is on its last leg I am milking every last speck of powder LOL). Highlight is an Elf Baked Highlighter and I finish off the look at the end with the Wet N’ Wild Natural Finish Setting Spray. I actually just got this in the mail today so it was my very first time trying it out. I’ll let you know what I think soon!

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous topped with Wet N’ Wild Mega Length

Lips: Revlon Matte lipstick in 002 “Pink Pout” topped with Victoria’s Secret gloss (both are old so I don’t even know if they make it anymore)

Brows: COL-LAB Shape & Shade Ultra-Fine Brow Pencil in “Ash Brown”

And that’s it boos! Hope you enjoyed it. I’ll see you soon and as always, thanks for reading.

Much love xo.

beauty, hair

Updated Curly Hair Routine

Hey, everyone! New name, who dis? I know, I’m the worst. I’ve been so inconsistent so I apologize. But anyway, I’m here now and I want to talk all about curly hair. I thought it would be nice to update you on my current hair routine. I’ve been pretty rough on my hair lately but my curls have remained relatively resilient, and I owe that to a lot of these awesome products. Let’s get started!

curly hair

FYI, I bough all of these products at Sally’s and/or Target!

Washing

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Conditioner: Zotos All About Curls Daily Cream Conditioner / Shampoo: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt / Masque: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque

 

Unlike most curly haired girls out there, I actually wash my hair pretty often. Not because it gets greasy, but to get rid of product build up. I can’t live that day 3 or 4 day hair life, unfortunately. My hair is on the thinner side so if I keep adding product on top of product, it gets easily weighed down and I can physically feel the product in my hair when I touch it- which I hate. So, I wash it about every 2 days and condition daily (usually).  After the shower I detangle my hair with a wide-toothed comb.

I’m kind of in an in-between phase with shampoo and conditioner. I’m on the hunt for the perfect match for my hair, so for right now I’m using Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt shampoo and the Zotos All About Curl’s conditioner. I have been a huge fan of Shea Moisture for a while now so I have no complaints on the shampoo so far. The Zotos conditioner is from their new curly hair line. It’s like a dupe of Diva Curl. I’m still on the fence about it. It smells great but hasn’t been the most moisturizing conditioner I’ve ever used. I’ll probably try something new when I’m finished.

The Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength & Restore Treatment Masque has been a life saver! As I briefly mentioned before, I haven’t been too kind to my curls lately. I straightened my hair for almost an entire year. Considering, my curls are still pretty healthy and lively and I think this product has a lot to do with that. About once or twice a week I use this masque in place of conditioner. It leaves my hair so soft and my curls always come out a bit bouncier and defined every time I use it. Every once in a while I’ll use it out of the shower and let it soak in my hair for about an hour or longer, and it gives my hair an extra boost of hydration.

(I’ve linked all of the products for you under each photo!)

Styling

Leave-in Conditioners

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Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave-in Treatment / Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-in Conditioner

I always always always use a leave-in conditioner first before putting any styling product in my hair. It adds moisture which helps to reduce frizz and give my curls more definition. I go back and forth between these two products. As you know, Shea Moisture for me is always reliable and my go-to, especially this particular line. But I also have been loving this Garnier Fructis leave-in. Both work great! (I think they’re changing the Garnier packaging to the green one I have linked because I cannot find the orange one anywhere anymore!)

Curl Creams

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Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream / Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

 

This may be the most important part. After the leave-in I add a curling cream. I find that creams work the best with my hair. I also recently started sectioning my hair to apply product (with the leave-in as well) to ensure that I’m applying everywhere evenly. Before sectioning, some days I would put too much or too little product which would greatly influence how my hair would come out.

Cantu works really well but it’s a bit too thick for my hair so I have to apply very little. That of course would change for you if your hair is thick. I use this product every once in a while but my absolute go to is Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. Now, I’m not going to lie- this product is pretty expensive ($22), but it works AMAZING! It’s not too thick and it gives my hair the perfect amount of hold and definition while staying so soft and bouncy. If your hair is thin-normal, I would definitely recommend!

And that’s pretty much it! If I have the time, I’ll let my hair air dry as much as I can, or at least half way before I go ahead and diffuse.

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My hair is not perfect- I still have a long way to go before my curls are 100% healthy but I think they’re on the right path. If you have any questions, don’ hesitate to ask! And let me know if there is anything you want to see from me.

As always, thanks for reading.

Much love xo.

beauty

FOTD

Hey,hey! Why not come back with a “face of the day” like the good ol’ days? I used to do these all the time. Being back at home on break, I have been extremely lazy… so I haven’t been wearing makeup much but today I felt like having fun with it. Here’s what I came up with.

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For the eyes, I mainly used my (super old) Coastal Scents palette and a little bit of the Tartelette palette in the crease.

On my lips I’m wearing the Ofra Long Lasting liquid lipstick in “Pasadena”

Hope you enjoyed this look!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

personal

Sorry.

Hi, remember me? It’s going to be approaching nearly a year since the last time I’ve posted. I suck, I know. I explained to you that I was returning back to school. (It’s been going great, btw.) So, as it has been clear, being able to post while being away at college is quite hard. However, I am here writing to you now to say that I don’t want to be done with this yet. I don’t know how that is going to look moving forward, but I will figure it out. Thank you for sticking with me. I don’t know what I’m going to be posting exactly, I just know that I want to keep this blog. So let’s see where this takes us! How have you been? I’d love to know what’s new if you feel like tellin’ me. I hope you’re all well.

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

(feels good to write that again)

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Life Update

Hi everyone! So here I go again, apologizing for not posting in a long time. I’m sorry! I wanted to give you guys a little update on what’s been going on. If you’ve been following my posts for a while then you may know I used to go to University- however I had to terminate my enrollment due to financial struggles. Well, I am so excited to share that I will be returning to school in the Fall! I am completely overwhelmed and just so excited and grateful for the opportunity to go back! It’s something I never thought would happen.

 I do plan to continue blogging while at school however I don’t know how that is going to actually turn out. I know I will be cancelling my Boxycharm subscription while I’m gone (unfortunately), so those posts will no longer be happening. And I already know “face of the day” posts are going to be difficult to continue. BUT I will try to post whenever and whatever I can! So feel free to come along for the ride with me. I’d love to continue sharing bits of my life with you. BTW- I’m not leaving until August so none of this will be changing until then!

Thank you so much for the continued support, no matter how small this little ol’ blog is, it means the world to see you reading and commenting.

Again, I’m sorry I haven’t been consistent with posts but I’m still here! I have no plans on going anywhere, either (;

Hope you’re all well. Have an amazing rest of the week!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

beauty

February Boxycharm

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well. I am so excited to share this month’s Boxycharm with you. This theme is “Rush to Relax”. Let’s get started.

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First up are these two:

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First of all the Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask has the cutest packaging. I was really excited to try a mask like this one but I wound up having a little trouble with it. Clumsy me broke it in the process of trying to separate it open. The mask was extremely wet and slimy, which made it hard to peel off. But whatever I had left to scavenge I tried to carefully just lay on my face haha. My skin actually felt really nice afterwards! This retails for $12.00

 

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Next is the Spongellé You Have My Heart On A String. I wasn’t too sure about what this product was at first; but its basically just a body wash. The sponge is infused with olive oil and “energizing and toning extracts”. I don’t see myself trying this to be completely honest, but I think its still cool to receive something different like this in a box! (Retails for $15.00)

Moving on to some makeup!

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This is the Beauty For Real Glow Stick in “Coral Crush” and “Hi Beam” ($24.00). As you can tell, this is a blush and highlight stick. I think these shades would be especially amazing for medium-darker skin tones; however I still use it and I absolutely love it!

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Lastly, we have these three:

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On the left is the Realtree For Her 10ml Travel Size perfume ($12.99). This is perfect to throw in my purse. It has a nice soft and fresh smell which is what I love in perfumes.

In the middle is the Ofra Banana Powder Godet ($12.00). I was super excited to see an Ofra product in the box!! I love their liquid lipsticks but I’ve never tried anything else from them. I haven’t used much of this powder yet but I am so looking forward to it! I have high hopes.

Lastly is the Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($58.00 -and this is full sized! Insane!) For the price, I hope this stuff works! haha. I haven’t tried it yet but I definitely will. I can definitely use a little help with some dark circles so I’ll let you know if this is any good!

That’s everything this month! It hasn’t been my favorite box so far, but still either way Boxycharm always seems to please. Overall everything adds up to about $134.00! If you’re interested in subscribing to Boxycharm, you can learn more about it here.

Sorry I haven’t been able to post as much content lately. I’ve had a family emergency  but I will be trying my best to get up more of a variety of posts and more frequently! Thank you for sticking with me (:

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

 

 

 

 

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Colourpop Haul

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Hey! Hope you’re all well. In this post I wanted to share with you all my recent Colourpop purchases! This is my second time buying from Colourpop and I absolutely LOVE them. The quality of the makeup is incredible and everything is at such an inexpensive price.

I’ll start with the eyeshadows

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(right: KathleenLights / Left: Weenie)

Both of these shades are part of collaborations with YouTuber, Kathleen Lights. As you guys know I love her and am always supporting the makeup products she creates with brands! I went with neutral shades, of course. KathleenLights is a beautiful gold and Weenie is a perfect rose gold color. (One eyeshadow is $5)

 

The quality of these shadows blew me away! Just from the swatches alone I was in awe. They are extremely pigmented and so soft. I instantly fell in love. Cannot wait to create looks with these two!

 

Onto the lips!

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I bought two Lippie Stix and a pack of 5 mini Ultra Matte Lips.

Lippie Stix ($5 each): Lumière and Comtempo

Foxy Mini Kit ($20 // Full sized Ultra Matte Lips are $6 each)

 

Swatches:

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Top to bottom:

Contempo / Lumière / Beeper / Clueless / Tulle / More Better / Creeper

I am so happy with each and every one of these colors! They’re all absolutely gorgeous and I am so excited to wear these all year round!

That wraps up everything! Do you have any Colourpop products? I know I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

Have a great week!

Thanks for reading. Big love,

Briana x

P.S … its been a while since Ive done a Music Monday- so just for the fun of it, check out the song “Same Old, Same Old” by The Civil Wars. I’ve been listening to it non-stop lately. Such a beautiful song!