Winter Makeup Change Up

I’ve blogged in the past about how I manage to use my out of control large makeup collection and really cull through the goods to find out what items are just as good as they claim to be, or items that I just can’t live without.  If you’re curious to see what I’ve used in the past, check out my most recent change up post here.

Following a vacation to Mexico, rather busy November & December, as well as a packed social and work schedule, I wasn’t able to do this as early as I’d hoped.  Apologies.  Better late than never, right?  RIGHT?


What Stayed:

I guess you could stay these are my staples, and things I just really love {if it’s not, I’ve indicated below!}

  • Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation {I mix this with whatever moisturizer I’m using}
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
  • L’Oreal Voluminous primer
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Concealer {I was very surprised to see this is still made – it’s just ok.  I’ll finish it up and won’t likely repurchase}edits-kept
  • Chanel Les Beiges powder
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade {Dark Brown slightly sheered out matches me perfectly}
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara {a sample only, still on the fence about this one!}
  • NYX Lip Lingerie
  • Bite Lippies – various shades, but my fave is Meringue
  • Fresh Lip Treatment {trying to use this up.  It’s not bad, but Carmex is better…}
  • Kat Von D Ink Liner in Hemingway
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz

{Incase you’re wondering just what didn’t make the cut this time, here’s a shot!}


What’s New?

I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am to try these new goodies!  All year long, I keep a list of Sephora loves, and I anxiously await the 20% off sale to pick up just what I’ve been dying to try.  Some of these beauties are new acquisitions and I’m giving them a true first try.   It would seem I’m into single shadows this month…a welcome diversion from my palette-heavy rotation!

* You’ve noticed the list below is missing a few bits.  Why, you ask?  It’s simple.  I picked out too many products to try this time around; they’ll have to wait.  I kept the picture just as a little reminder*

  • Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Tan {I’m ashamed to say, this isn’t made anymore.  I’ve had this for a while – for my personal collection only – but I still love it!}
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush  #508
  • Nars The Multiple in Portofino {not sure how I’m going to like cream blush in winter…}
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hnew-face-editedill Champagne Splits
  • Gucci bronzer **
  • Hard Candy eyeshadow in Nude Beach
  • Lorac Blush in Flaunt {linked below – and it’s on sale!}
  • Buxom Full on Lip Polish in Sugar
  • Urban Decay Liners in Sabbath and Smoke
  • Urban Decay Chase shadow  {just got word this has been discontinued.  Seriously UD?  Seriously?}
  • Clinique Black Honey single shadow {this has been discontinued too.  URGH!}

**Before we conclude this blog, can we just have a moment for the untouched Gucci embossing?? Pleaseandthanks**










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Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation |  Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |  L’oreal Mascara Primer  |  MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Chanel Les Beiges |  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick  |   Anastasia Dipbrow |  NYX Lip Lingerie | Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Kat Von D Liner  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz

Dior Palette – similar here  |  Marc Jacobs Blush |  Nars The Multiple in Portofino  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits  |  Gucci Bronzer  |  Lorac Flaunt  |  Buxom Full on Lip Polish  |  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils


The Benefits of {Activated} Charcoal on Yo’ Face

Prompted by a recent purchase and vested interest in improving my own skincare routine {31’s no joke, y’all!}, I did a little research into charcoal and the benefits it can have on the body and, most importantly the skin: the body’s largest organ. {*Disclaimer: this is activated charcoal I’m talkin’ about, not the same as the stuff you use to BBQ…don’t go rubbin’ that on your face…}

Activated charcoal is sometimes administered in hospitals as an emergency treatment for poisoning.  Why?  The reason is simple: as chemicals bind to it, the charcoal can help remove those chemicals from the body.  It can be used internally and externally as an effective method to detox, whether in an effort to remove poison or just to cleanse the body.  Charcoal is inert, so it’s an all-natural, effective way to rid our bodies of what we don’t want.  What’s not to love?

There’s no real scientific studies to back the benefits of charcoal, so I’ll focus solely on how the binding action of charcoal is able to detoxify our bodies in a variety of ways, just as a little intro to show you just why I love it so much:

–          Activated charcoal traps toxins in it’s millions of tiny pores when non-corrosive poisons are present

–          It doesn’t absorb the toxins per se, but rather works through the chemical process of adsorption: the reaction of elements including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream; it’s the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface

–          The naturally porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positively charged toxins and gases to bind with it – those pores I’m referring to are created through a heating process


Ok, enough of the nerd stuff {but I’ll admit, this was fun to research ‘cause I pride myself on my expert level of nerdiness}

Similarly to the processes outlined above, charcoal can remove unwanted toxins from the skin’s surface.  What’s more, is that the natural-base and, thus, natural non-comedogenic nature of the product means it won’t clog pores or activate a breakout.  The charcoal {generally in a mask – this is how I’m referring to it, at least} will bind to the skin and aid in pulling the dirt and excess oil out of your pores.  Dirt in pores = clogged, more visible pores, and we all know what oil means: a shiny complexion and pimples.

I often use my charcoal mask as a spot treatment – it pulls the bad stuff right out of pimples and helps heal them much more quickly – but it can also be used as a deep cleaning treatment if you can find a charcoal-based cleanser {a mask might work for this too, and be sure to buy one designed for your specific skin type}.

A few caveats:

–          Use it sparingly – 1 to 2 times per week – so you don’t over-dry your skin

–          It could be used to treat acne in a light exfoliant soap form if you require the added deep cleaning

I’ve been using charcoal actively for about the last 6 months and let me tell you honestly – my skin has never looked better.  I’m a fan of Beautycounter products for personal reasons {comment below if you want a review!}, and they’ve made my skin do a complete 180.   I love that there’s a natural product at my fingertips that can benefit me in so many ways.   I’ve linked a few goodies below, and though I can only vouch personally for the Beautycounter products, YouTube has a wealth of reviews on the others.

Other uses:

–          Soothe and heal bites and other skin irritations

–          Treat dandruff and other scalp conditions

–          Whitening teeth {though I’m not sure how it tastes}

–          Treat alcohol poisoning and help prevent hangovers {you know I’ll be giving this one a go}

–          Alleviates gas and bloating {not your face, but you know, um…elsewhere…}


You can see why I love this stuff so much and I will absolutely continue to recommend it to my clients and use it on myself.  In case you’re interested, here’s a few links with the info I’ve consolidated above:


Got any questions? Leave ’em below and I’ll do my best to address them!


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Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar  |  Beautycounter Purifying Charcoal Mask  |  Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask  |  GLAMGLOW Super Mud Clearing Treatment