My Updated Skincare Routine

Hey, everyone! Now that I’m back in NY, my skin has calmed down so much. Something about the Chicago air just didn’t do it for my skin, I guess. Nevertheless, I’ve recently revamped my entire skincare routine with different products. I’m totally hooked on all of these products so I decided to share my routine with you all! Skincare is super important to me and these products are on the pricier side but my skin is the clearest and brightest it’s been in a while. These products are good for all skin types!

1. Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My most devoted readers probably know that I had a thing for the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, but honestly this one from Neutrogena does the same thing and it’s only half the price. Consider me converted.

2. Cleanser: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

This was an impulse purchase while waiting in line at Sephora but WOW does it work! This cleanser comes out of the pump at a warm temperature and works so much better than the Boscia Cleansing Stick. I have to go back and buy a bigger size; I’m a huge fan of this cleanser.

3. Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

This serum is for brightening your skin- the vitamin C works to make your skin radiant and glowing. I don’t eat a lot of vitamin C (not really a fruit person) so I bought this serum to pick up the slack!

4. Toner: Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

I’m obsessed with stick products- so the packaging of this toner really stood out to me. Matcha green tea is really soothing for the skin (I’ve used the St. Ives Green Tea scrub in the past) so I love finishing off my routine with this toner stick! Glides on so smooth- no need for fingers!

5.Spot treatment: Oxy On-the-Go Acne Stick

Ok, y’all, this spot treatment from Oxy has been described as the Tide to Go Pen of skincare. It’s AMAZING. I love it so much and it totally works to clear and heal breakouts. I put this on twice a day and when I feel a pimple coming on I rub this on like crazy to stop it from getting any worse. This is totally portable and essential I cannot recommend it enough. I bought mine at Target so check the skincare aisle there!

Final thoughts:

I never struggled with acne until I moved to Chicago for college. It takes so long to figure out what works and what doesn’t, but the Boscia cleanser and Oxy spot treatment have done wonders for clearing my breakouts. Moisturizer is also essential for dry/combo skin. The serum and toner are kind of extra, but infusing your skin with vitamins and essential oils is not only important for preventing breakouts but for anti-aging as well. It’s so crucial to establish healthy skin habits and to adapt your habits as your skin changes. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and if you know of any miracle skin products, feel free to share in the comments! Take care xo

Kylie Cosmetics Valentine Collection, Posie Lip Kit, and Burgundy Palette Review

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been eyeing Kylie’s cosmetic line since the day it broke the Internet. Just HOW good are her lip kits, really? Are they worth it? Do her products live up to the hype? Well, lucky for you, my friend Katie and I are here to answer all of those questions for you. Katie and I tested out the Burgundy palette as well as the Valentine and Posie lip kits and we sure had a lot to say.


For her Valentine’s Day launch, I was able to get my hands on Valentine, one of Kylie’s ~limited edition~ lip kits. When I swatched it, I was instantly taken aback by how RED it is! I was expecting it to be similar to colors I already own, but I was surprised at how different it actually is. I swatched it next to other products so you can see what I mean:


From top to bottom: Sephora liquid lip in a discontinued color, NYX soft matte lip creme in Addis Ababa, and Kylie Cosmetics Valentine.


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Overall, this color is super bright and fun! I am a fan. The price, however, will only be worth it if Kylie doesn’t bring this shade back. 4.5/5



Katie tells all…


Katie used Naked for the browbone, Penny in the crease, Burgundy on the lids and Almond and Brick in the crease and outer corners. She is wearing Posie as well!



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Burgundy Palette: I had to really layer and blend the colors on this palette multiple times to achieve the kind of pigmentation I was looking for. However, I thought that the colors did blend together well. I chose to do a more everyday look for this post, but I could see how the range on the palette from browns to reds to pinks and metallics could create a great nighttime look as well. 4/5

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Posie K: On the packaging, Kylie recommends one swipe for full pigmentation, and one swipe really is enough. After researching lip kits online, I chose Posie K, because it seemed to look dramatically different on different skin tones. Therefore, I was curious to see how it would look on me. I love the soft pink tone of Posie on me. As someone who predominantly wears all black everyday, I can see myself adopting Posie K as my everyday lip shade for a little pop of color. 5/5


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Burgundy Palette: I didn’t use primer, and after sitting outside for an hour on a windy Chicago day, this eyeshadow is still going strong. I couldn’t be more impressed with the formula of this product. 5/5

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Posie K: I cannot be more enthusiastic about the lasting power of this lip kit. I’m seriously in awe. Does this formula have magic in it? But seriously, I put this on in the morning, went through my entire day, forgot I even had it on, looked in the mirror after dinner, and it looked like I had just applied it. This liquid lipstick feels so light on your lips, and it’s definitely one of the most comfortable lip products I own. 5/5


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Burgundy Palette: To be honest, this was the first time I’ve attempted using eyeshadow. I’ve always associated eyeshadow with creasing and shading that isn’t as easy to achieve on monolids. However, this eyeshadow was incredibly easy to blend. It was extremely forgiving towards my rookie mistakes. This is a palette that I will be returning to for everyday use and a palette that I’d love to continue experimenting with for other looks. 5/5

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Posie K: The liquid lipstick went on so smoothly.  Matte liquid lipsticks in particular can be too sticky, but Posie K glided on and dried matte within a minute. The liner felt super creamy as I put it on. There wasn’t any pull or drag along my lips. I definitely recommend filling in your lips instead of just lining them, because doing so definitely gave me more lasting power from the product. Regarding the lip kit as a whole, it’s so convenient to have a liner and liquid lipstick match perfectly. 5/5


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Burgundy Palette: We were both hella annoyed that Kylie didn’t label her shadows on the front of the palette. It was annoying af to have to flip over the palette to see the names of the shadows. 4/5

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The lip kits, however, have flawless packaging. Valentine came in the limited edition packaging, which was to die for. 5/5

Now, it’s my turn to dish…


I’m wearing Posie on my lips and a combo of all the shadows (lol) and applied them based on Kylie’s tutorial:



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Burgundy Palette: Holyyyyyy- guys, this shadow came out super pigmented! I barely had to put any on the brush for it to show up. I had to blend it like crazy because the colors were super intense. The shades are super versatile as well- there’s so much room for creativity with this palette. 5/5

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Posie: The color looked drastically different on me than Katie. It’s less of a pink and more of a mauve. It’s also definitely darker on my skin tone. I liked the color, but I’m still probably going to stick to my usual Makeup Forever lipstick as my go-to nude. 4.5/5


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Burgundy Palette: The shadows were pretty blendable and weren’t too cakey or crumbly. 4.5/5

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Posie: I’m not the best at applying liquid lipstick, but it was definitely easier to apply Kylie’s lip kit than other brands. It also smells like candy- yum! 5/5


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Burgundy Palette: I wore primer with my shadow and it stayed all day long, no problem. 5/5

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Posie: So…this stayed on until the next day. I took it off with makeup remover at night, but woke up the next morning with the liner still visible. Now THAT’s staying power! The lip kit is also so lightweight- it barely feels like you’re wearing it. It also doesn’t dry out your lips as much as other brands. Basically, it’s amazing. The hype is REAL. 5/5



After months of deliberation, we’re both glad we finally caved and got ourselves some lip kits and palettes. The palette comes out to $6 per shadow which is totally fair. The lip kits are a bit on the pricer side but they truly are super long lasting, easy to apply, and non-drying. We both loved everything we tried and this was such a fun post to put together! We hope that you find all of this info helpful if you’ve been on the fence about buying Kylie’s stuff. If you’ve tried other Kylie Cosmetics products, feel free to leave links to your posts in the comments! ❤ Stay glam ❤

Get #CHoPsticked: Review of the Lee Stafford Hair CHoPstick Styler

Hey, everyone! I’m finally back (I know, long time no see) with a beauty review post! Today I’m talking hair, which, quite frankly, I haven’t really done much of on here. Anyway, you guys all know what my hair normally looks like (straight/wavy-ish on a good day)- so I had a BLAST experimenting with the CHoPstick Styler from Lee Stafford Hair! The rectangular barrel is super skinny and it’s designed to give you super tight 80s style curls.  Now, I am a n00b when it comes to hair curlers,  and I also have thiqq hair, so this was TRULY an experience.


When you purchase the CHoPstick Styler, you get the Styler and also a handy dandy glove so you don’t burn your hand off (the Styler reaches a whopping 400 degrees or so)! The glove fits either your left or right hand, which is fantastic for all you lefties out there like myself. Once you put the glove on and plug it in, you’re ready to start styling!

To use your styler, wrap a strand of hair around the barrel and hold the barrel vertically. The instruction guide says to leave the hair on there for 3-5 seconds, but this is where room for experimentation comes in. Leaving it on there for longer or shorter periods of time will change the curl. Keep going until all of your hair has been done.



Fluff out the strands for a full-bodied, defined look. DON’T brush it out- your hair will become poofy and disheveled, use your fingers to comb through.





My hair grew to at least 3 times its normal size, and even though I have a lot of practicing and experimenting to do, this made for such a fun afternoon. The styler is very high quality and lives up to its promise.  And, surprise!! For those of you who read all the way to the end, I’ve teamed up with Lee Stafford Hair to host a giveaway of the CHoPstick Styler!!! That’s right, you can win one of your own by entering below! The winner will be announced on February 20th. Click the link below to enter and good luck ❤

Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand #47

*This is a sponsored post by Lee Stafford Hair. All opinions are my own.*

See you guys next week for an outfit post- stay tuned and stay lovely!

Best of Beauty 2016

Hey, everyone! I’m concluding 2016 with a list of my most beloved beauty products! I did a similar beauty essentials post a while back, but this year I did experimented with so many different products that I decided a whole new list was necessary! I’m sooo excited to keep trying and discovering new things in the coming year- big things are in store! What were your most loved products of 2016? Let me know in the comments and have a happy 2017!

  1. Wet n Wild Eyeliner


After L’Oreal changed the formula of my beloved eyeliner from my Beauty Essentials post, I set out to find another drugstore liner that would do the trick. Wet n Wild’s eyeliners are fantastic and dirt cheap! I use the proline felt tip to line my lids and the megaliner to do the flick of my cat eye.

2. Colourpop eyeshadows


Anyone who’s been following my blog this year knows that I fell head over heels for Colourpop’s eyeshadows. They are so affordable and the pigments are so gorgeous. They last a long time, too. Basically, they’re perfect.

3. Missoni perfume


I considered Daisy my signature scent since the 7th grade, but as of late, I’ve really taken to Missoni’s Eau De Parfum. With traces of rosewater, berries, and peonies, this scent is heavenly.

4. Nars lip pencil duo


These are incredible. The pink and the red are SUCH flattering hues. Application is buttery smooth and the pigment is straight fire. I love wearing these when I go out and on special occasions!

5. Benefit highlighter


Ok, so I still haven’t done my post on highlighters (oops), but spoiler alert, this is my fave one that I’ve tried so far. It’s long lasting and really packs a punch in the right light.

6. Bee by G beauty lip balm


I’m a huge fan of homemade products, and these lip balms are made from bees kept by G’s family, so I get the satisfaction of knowing exactly where these balms come from! G works incredibly hard to make her balms as best as they can be and she succeeds because they are divine! Both the vanilla and peppermint do an amazing job of healing my lips. Forget Chapstick, these are where it’s at for this winter.

7. Clinique moisturizer


How did I go so long without using moisturizer, I will never know. This moisturizer is an instant pick-me-up.  Whenever I feel my groggiest (which, let’s be honest, is every morning), I slab some moisturizer on my cheeks and forehead and I feel more energized and awake. It’s totally a crutch of mine these days- I can’t live without it!

8. Make Up Forever lipstick


After years of resisting, I have slowly jumped on the nude/natural-look makeup train.  N9 is my favorite barely-there color- for when I want to feel fancy without looking too extra.

That’s a wrap! I’ll be back soon with more posts in the beauty category (including a sponsored post about a new hair curler and that dang highlighter post finally). Get excited and stay beautiful ❤


Fall Eyeshadow Review

Hey, everyone! I’ve acquired quite a bit of eyeshadow this season, so I decided to review them all for you here on the blog today! I’ve finally hopped on the nude eyes bandwagon after resisting for soooo long, so don’t be surprised if you see me rocking some of these shadows in my everyday life! I’m reviewing shadows from the Mojo Spa (brick-and-mortar location is in Wicker Park), Colourpop, and Urban Decay!


So, the Mojo Spa is a downright adorable establishment, and it’s conveniently located in the heart of the hustle and bustle on N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park! I purchased the “Eyeshadows for: Light Brown Eyes Limited Edition” trio because a) I have light brown eyes and b) I’m a sucker for anything that says limited edition. The folks at the spa MADE these eyeshadows, which is super cool (#DIYtillIdie), and they are free of irritants such as talc and fragrance!


From left to right: Magic Carpet, Tibet, and Seville.

These shadows are designed to be worn together, and the packaging contains instructions as to what part of the eyelid each color is supposed to go. I was skeptical of this, however, because at a glance, it doesn’t seem like silvery blue, brown, and gray-brown would look good together but BOY DO THEY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER.




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These are powder shadows, so application is a tad messy. The extra bits that will inevitably fall all over your face wash off easily, so it’s totally not a big deal.  They are smooth to apply and easily blendable- great if you’re not-so-great at doing makeup!


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Like I said before, I was skeptical of how these pigments would look all together. They look INCREDIBLE! The shadows are pigmented enough to show up but not so much that it overwhelms your look!


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I wore these shadows to a Russian bath house, and yes, I was wearing primer, but even then these shadows stayed on through the hot steam



From left to right: Stereo, Tang, and Sailor.



Wearing Stereo.


Wearing Tang and Sailor together.

I reviewed Colourpop eyeshadows in my Colourpop Review post, so not much has changed this time around. I did note that Stereo did not stay as well as Tang and Sailor did, for whatever reason. But overall, I loved these colors!


I love Urban Decay, and everyone and their mom loves the Naked palette, so I finally caved and bought the Naked Basics palette at Sephora.


The palette comes with six nude shades.



Wearing Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.


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This was super tricky to apply and blend. I had so much trouble getting the pigment to blend correctly across my eyelid, whereas I had no such trouble with the other two brands. After blending and spreading pigment several times with no luck, I gave up and rocked an imperfect look all day. I was disappointed.


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So, half of the shades don’t even show up on my skin..what is the point. The other shades show up but I’m very disappointed that half of these shades virtually do nothing.


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These stayed on ok, but the staying power could be better.  I saw better results from Colourpop and Mojo Spa in terms of staying power, so I was disappointed in this category as well.


Leave it to me to dislike the most hyped-up products (see the Colourpop Review again where I DESTROYED their matte lip stain).  My favorite shadows were by far the Mojo Spa ones, followed by the Colourpop ones. I suggest buying shadows from either for that makeup-obsessed friend in your life for the holidays! I hope you found this review helpful and look out for my annual Broke College Student’s Holiday Gift Guide, due out soon!