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My Skincare Routine for Oily/Acne Prone Skin and Recommendations From 2017

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Though we're nearly done with January, I wanted to share my skincare favorites from 2017, what my skincare routine is for day/night, and some skincare realizations from the year. I categorized the items into Cleansers, Lotions/Essences/Serums, Actives, and Hydrators/Moisturizers. I also wanted to share if and how many times I've repurchased an item. Though I am acutely aware of how many products I use, I do think that sometimes more is better but don't feel like your skincare routine has to look exactly like mine. 

I modeled my skincare routine by incorporating aspects of the multi-step Korean Skincare Routine, while adding in a ton of American products. If you want more information into what goes into a Korean Skincare Routine, check out Snow White and the Asian Pear.


Skincare Routine for Oily Acne Prone Skin

To show that the proof is in the pudding, here's a photo of my unretouched skin so you can see what I'm working with. My routine is concerned with targeting my oiliness, dehydration, acne, and hyper pigmentation. I've mostly got my acne tackled (except for hormonal acne) and virtually all the red spots you're seeing are hyper pigmentation, not active acne.



If you'd like to know what I use and enjoyed from 2017, keep on reading!

Colourpop All I See is Magic Pressed Powder Shadow Palette: Swatches and Review

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Happy New Year! 

Today I have a review on the Colourpop All I See is Magic Pressed Powder Shadow Palette, a limited edition pressed eyeshadow palette for Holiday 2017. Colourpop are very well known for their economically priced potted cream-powder hybrid eyeshadows and lip products so I wasn't surprised to see them venture into pressed eyeshadow pans and palettes. During one of the many sales they've had this holiday season, I picked up this and the You Had Me at Hello Palette (which I'm still testing out!).

I was really drawn to the palette because it had a mix of mattes, satins, and shimmers in a variety of colors and undertones. I think the palette does balances having cool and warm tones in the palette so it's much more versatile. Because I have a medium skin tone, I appreciated the mixture of midtone shades that I could easily use in the crease.

The palette typically retails $20.00 for 15 x 1.05 gram shadows. The palette is only available on Colourpop.

Colourpop All I See is Magic Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colourpop All I See is Magic Pressed Powder Shadow Palette Open

Click through to read the rest of my review, see swatches, and whether I'd recommend it!

The Bronzer for People Who Don't Use Bronzers: Makeup Geek Bronze Luster in Tawny

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Today I have a review on the Makeup Geek Bronze Luster in TawnyOf all the things I've talked about on the blog, you might have noticed (or not noticed) the fact that I don't talk about bronzer that much. If I'm honest, I think I could count the number of bronzers I've owned in my life on one hand. Makeup Geek had a great Mystery Box deal where you could get a bunch of their products for a great discount so I wanted to give it a try, even knowing the set came with a bronzer. 

The Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Bronzer was released as part of their In the Nude Collection earlier this year; there are three shades available: Sun-Kissed (for light skin tones), Tawny (for medium skin tones), and Burnished (for deeper skin tones). 


Makeup Geek Bronze Luster in Tawny Photo

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Real Techniques Instapop Eye Duo Brushes: Review

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Today I have a review on the Real Techniques Instapop Eye Duo Brushes, a set of eye brushes that were recently launched. I first heard about these brushes when EmilyNoel83 used them as part of a Get Ready with Me video featuring other brushes from the line and thought it was so cool to see her do her eye look with virtually just this brush duo. I'm always into finding eye brushes that work well for my eye shape (small hooded double eyelids) so these looked super interesting.

The brush set is $9.99 and available at Real Techniques and ULTA. The brushes come in a set of two, you won't be able to purchase them individually. 

Real Techniques Instapop Eye Duo Brushes

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