Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

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Hey there!

As you guys might have seen, I do have a video on my channel of my skincare routine. Yet there are so many other products I use on a daily basis, that cater to sensitive skin like mine. If you also suffer from sensitive skin, this post might save you time during your trial and error phase of products.

Starting with bath products, I’ve had the best experience using the original Dial Soap Bars for my entire life. I find that the Dial body wash breaks me out, whereas the scentless soap bar has never failed me. Since some body washes tend to not contain anti-bacterial qualities, I always use the soap bar first, and then grab my Aveeno body wash. I usually interchange between the Skin Relief one and the original one. They both work great on me, and Aveeno is a wonderful brand for those who have sensitive skin like myself.

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After my showers, I’ll grab my preferred body lotion by Eucerin, which is probably the only body lotion that has worked on my skin for a long time. I’ve tried many brand name lotions such as Bath & Body Works, Gold Bond, and others that have only left my body itching and full of new rashes after application. I swear by the Eucerin Skin Calming Cream, because it actually works.

To prep my face for my moisturizer, I use Thayer’s Scentless Aloe-Vera Formula Toner, which is extremely gentle on the skin. I ordered mine on drugstore.com after I read several reviews on it. I originally used an alcohol based toner, which isn’t necessarily bad for you, but I was tired of my face burning all of the time. With the Thayer’s Toner, you’ll feel like you’re applying chemical-free water on your face, with no harsh skin reactions to show for it.

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Finally, some awesome facial cleansers that I’ve interchanged between for some time now, are the Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. The Soy Face Cleanser has a hint of cucumber scent to it, and feels like a milky lotion once you apply it. It doesn’t foam up, but it leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth after a wash. My go-to and favorite cleanser though, is the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It feels wonderful on the skin, and is scentless.

Makeup from the day instantly melts off, and your face is left feeling squeaky clean. If you’re willing to splurge a little bit on a cleanser, then you can grab the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at Sephora. Yet if you want to save a few pennies, and want the same results (if not better), then picking up the Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser at your local drugstore will work too!

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If you guys have any sensitive skin product suggestions as well, just comment below with them. I’m always up for testing out new products that will only leave my skin feeling healthy and taken care of, minus the blemishes.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and thanks for stopping by!

Products Mentioned

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Soap Bars

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Favorite Instagram Accounts I Follow

19 Sep Blog Logo

Hey guys!

In addition to The Gift of Gab, I also have an IG account that’s dedicated to my lifestyle. At times you’ll find me promoting my blog posts, YouTube videos, and products that I’m loving at the moment. If you don’t follow my Instagram, be sure to at @classysassg.

I have wonderful followers, but I’m also happy to state I follow accounts that serve different purposes, but I feel have the best content out there. It’s not often I grow to love an IG account, so you’ll discover the ones I discuss in this post, are a few that are worth the follow.

Humor

thingsbitchessay

@thingsbitchessay is a parody account, dedicated to all memes meant to empower or expose the “HBIC”. A lot of the time, I can relate to this account’s posts, and I know a lot of girls would. It’s all in good fun, and the best part? It never portrays a woman as “weak” or a “damsel”. I often find that IG accounts dedicated to memes can be sexist in that it only shows the “man’s side” of things. Who doesn’t love an account like @thingsbitchessay that basically screams “I am woman, hear me roar.”

Travel

tipsyontravel

@tipsyontravel is an IG account based on blogger Leanne’s life. She records all of her travel adventures through stunning visual photography, along with detailed descriptions. I only follow travel and lifestyle IG accounts when their content is high quality, because who doesn’t get drawn in by sight? Also, photo’s that make you feel you are there in the moment, are the ones that transcend meaning most to me.

olivia.lines

@olivia.lines will take you into her world, through her eyes. The contrast and saturation of her photographs, really make for a unique IG quality that not many accounts strive for because they don’t know that’s exactly what their viewers want to see. To be able to view a day in the life, whether it’s traveling to a foreign country, sitting and having your meal, or taking a photograph of street lights, this IG account’s authenticity makes it extremely fascinating!

Food

wineandfoodblog

@wineandfoodblog IG account is based off of the blog, Wine, Food and Friends, which is based around different recipes, that are categorized by each meal course. The IG account and blog owner, Lindsay, captures the essence of her recipes in her IG photographs, and usually focus on one item per photo. I find this technique appeals most to me because simplicity in staging is often all you need to reel your audience in for more.

themiamimenu

@themiamimenu is an IG account dedicated to photographs of delicious foods, whether it’s homemade or from a restaurant in the Miami area. I live in South Florida, so whenever I see accounts dedicated to promoting foods in the area, I’m all for the follow. I also love to drool over amazing food photographs, especially if they are fattening just to get my visual fix. Then I pinch myself, and back on my diet I am again. No harm done, but I also get an idea of what I can indulge in come my cheat meal night.

oliviathevegan

@oliviathevegan is dedicated to veganism and the foods that the account owner, Olivia, eats on a daily basis. Her vegan bowl pictures always have me dreaming about eating them. I’m personally not a vegan, but I’m always on the hunt for new healthy recipes to incorporate into my diet, and she has the best ideas for just that! She makes veganism look easy, flawless and most importantly – delicious.

Beauty

beautybykat____

@beautybykat____ showcases her work of looks created on her YouTube makeup channel, along with product breakdowns of these looks on her IG account. I love how creative Kat gets, and is always coming up with amazing cut-crease eye makeup looks. She’s a natural artist, and her IG account expresses that point across to her audience. Plus, she’s a total sweetheart!

christinaschiccorner

@christinaschiccorner is a beauty blogger who like me, promotes her blog posts often on her IG account. Christina has the best posts based all around beauty and lifestyle. From hair, to makeup, to skincare, she’s got it down to a science. She takes awesome photographs, and has a nice clean theme for her IG account. Plus, she’s on top of her posting game. Consistency is something I admire, because it reminds me so much of my philosophy when it comes to blogging.

maquillajeitup

@maquillageitup IG can help you to discover new beauty products! She does IG reviews, and goes in-depth on her descriptions. Not to mention, the makeup meme’s she makes are hilarious. Demo videos are also available on her account, which makes it a convenient way to preview the hottest makeup available on today’s market, before making that purchase!

Lifestyle

inspire_me_home_decor

@inspire_me_home_decor Interior Design Content Creator, Farah Merhi, outdid herself with this IG account. I’m obsessed with this one, because it inspires the interior designer in you. You’ll want to switch things around in your home, or day dream about a future décor style in the future for it. This IG account features home decors from many different other interior design accounts, which helps other decorators gain exposure. It’s definitely an account you’ll be scrolling through for over 30 minutes, and wonder where the time has gone.

ayeshacurry

@ayeshacurry is the famous GSW Steph Curry’s wife, but she doesn’t stop there. She engages in blogging, vlogging, and even has a cookbook out. Ayesha even has a new home food delivery service called Gather, where ingredients are sent to your door each week, and you can create meals according to her own recipes for your family. She’s got a lot of things going on, and her IG account shows that. She posts about everything lifestyle, and she’s got herself together, which I’ve always admired.

oliviapearson

@oliviapearson is on the show WAGS on the E Channel, but long before she was a reality star, she was just “IG famous”. I’ll admit, this is one of my guilty pleasure follows, but the good thing about Liv, is that she runs a blog and YouTube channel with her cousin Natalie. They both create content catered to high-end products, and have great video and photography skills. Not sure how much of the content on Liv’s IG is her own, but it’s an entertaining account to follow, none the less.

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow? Check these out when you have the time, and enjoy your time scrolling!

Thanks for reading, and hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette Makeup Tutorial

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Hey guys!
You might be asking yourselves, why is she making a video about a sold out palette? Turns out, about two months ago, ULTA exclusively brought back to life this limited edition palette from the fall of 2015, for around two weeks or so. The Self-Made palette is no longer on the market, so I made sure to grab a chance at purchasing this one.
I decided not to get the new Modern Renaissance Palette, because I already have so many shades similar to that one. So here’s a look I created using just the Self-Made Palette shadows!
I hope you enjoy this makeup tutorial, and if you subscribe to my channel, you’ll see many more looks coming up in the future!

Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

12 Sep Honey Mustard Chicken Logo

Hey there!

Lately I’ve been cooking this recipe during my meal prep routine week. I haven’t posted one of these healthy recipes in a while, so I figured I’d give you all a yummy treat!

Cooking chicken in a crock pot can save you time, all while being able to stomach plain chicken breast, due to an Asian cuisine inspired sauce that I create. I freeze these meals once I finish cooking them, unless I plan on eating them that very same day, so please keep that in mind.

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What You’ll Need

  • Crock pot
  • Defrosted chicken breast (however many you want)
  • Chicken broth
  • Seasoned salt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Sesame oil (Optional)
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce (Optional)

First, you’re going to want to create your sauce. Take a small bowl and fill it up half with Dijon mustard, and the other half with honey. Then you add a spoonful of hoisin sauce, and just a capful of soy sauce, and sesame sauce. Take your spoon, and mix well.

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Once your mixture has been created, you can fill the crock pot with some chicken broth, but make sure it isn’t too much. You can always go back once the chicken has been placed inside of it, and measure that way. I like to do it beforehand, because after I place the chicken (salted lightly), into the crock pot with the chicken broth already in, I also pour my sauce all over on top of the chicken. I mix slightly, so that the flavors are nice and spread out evenly on the chicken.

Unlike myself, you’re going to want to use a crock pot with a timer. If you’re home and have no timer on yours, then we’re on the same boat. If you don’t want the chicken to fall apart easily, then I suggest putting it on HIGH for just two hours.

I set my own timer at around 4.5 hours on HIGH, only because I want my chicken to shred easily. Shredded chicken is so much more delicious left over that one intact, because the juices stay on each strand much easier once frozen.

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After time is up, you’re then able to enjoy your deliciously flavored chicken. Check out this healthy combination I created, with some sweet potato fries as a side. This recipe is extremely simple, but can benefit both the same day cooker, along with the week-long meal prepper.

Have any of you guys found tricks to make your chicken taste better, longer? I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe post!

My Everyday Makeup Routine

9 Sep Blog Logo
Hey everyone!
Although I love filming fun and colorful makeup routines that take much time and effort, I also don’t do these looks every day of the week. I have certain products I gravitate to on a daily basis. Whether I am going out during the day time, or want to have a fresh face without neglecting my concealer at least, I have a signature look I like to recreate.
Here’s a tutorial on how I achieve my everyday look, along with information on the products I use. Many of these items are affordable, and easy to find in stores. I’ve also talked about a few in my Holy Grail Product blog post. So make sure you check the description box in the video, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Thank you for watching!

Miami Spice Review: La Mar

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Hey everyone!

Living in South Florida has many perks, but it can get pricey when dining out in the city. Luckily, I was able to experience a Miami Spice 3 course meal priced at just $23 per person, at La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Downtown Miami. Miami Spice is a once a year dining experience, in which top restaurants in Miami participate in from August 1st – September 30th.

It’s around this time of the year, that tourists (and locals like myself), take advantage of ordering from a curated discounted menu at these restaurants. The Mandarin is a very popular hotel down here, and being able to enjoy this lovely view, was also a real treat for me!

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La Mar is a Peruvian cuisine restaurant, and is ran by the famous chef, Gaston Acurio. I grew up eating Peruvian food all of my life, so anywhere I go to eat it, I always judge a little bit harder. My family members are able to cook the most exquisite Peruvian cuisine right from their homes, so that’s where my biases kick in.

Taking a look at the Miami Spice menu at La Mar, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to enjoy not one, but three appetizers brought out to you automatically, along with a main course, dessert, and the choice of a bottle of wine. My only complaint on the beverage selection, was that you weren’t allowed to order just one glass of wine. That would be a bummer for someone dining out for a quick lunch, but not so much so for a couple or group of people.

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The appetizers included small bites of a causa salad, cebiche chifa, and chicken anticucho in separate bowls. The causa salad consisted of sunchokes, crushed beets and asparagus, topped with a bit of avocado and huancaina sauce. Causa can be eaten warm or cold, and this causa was warm. I thought it was just right, and the flavors were a nice cleanser between the other two appetizers, which packed a punch in taste.

The cebiche chifa included a mixture of ginger-sesame sauce along with a soft piece of salmon, wonton strips and leche de tigre (lime juice) with cilantro to top it off. This was by far my favorite appetizer that I got to try. I was left intrigued with mystery, as to how the chefs cooked the salmon, where it literally melted in your mouth, and felt like jelly at the same time. It was absolutely delicious, and the citrus sauces brought out the flavors so much more! The appetizer I felt was just okay in my book, was the chicken anticucho.

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Containing chicken thigh, confit potatoes, choclo (giant corn), and ocopa sauce, I felt the chicken was a bit on the burnt side. I think this was meant to add diversity to the flavors, but I just didn’t see the point of it to be honest. It felt like the “odd man out”. If it was cooked to a more medium level, then I probably wouldn’t have noticed how it didn’t fit in for me.

With not having ordered a $50 bottle of wine, I decided to have a non-Miami Spice drink, which was the Pisco Sour for $15. Pisco Sour is Peru’s national drink, and the one at La Mar consisted of a blend of barsol quebranta pisco, lime, egg white, and angostura bitters. I thought the drink was amazing. Not many restaurants make their pisco “easy to swallow”, as most are made to be bitter tasting. If you like a lighter tasting cocktail, that easily packs a punch at the end of one glass, this is the drink to order at La Mar. The fact that one glass is $15 was kind of lame, but it also left me not needing to order another one at the same time.

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For the main course, you’re only allowed to choose one, and I chose the carapulcra. Carapulcra is technically a dry potato stew, with a side of white rice, red beans, and pork belly made to a crisp. This was such an amazing meal, and I feel that if you like the stew type of dishes, picking the carapulcra (anywhere you go) is your safest bet. I do want to comment, that the crispy pork belly was crispy on the outside, but once you tore into it, was completely soft on the inside.

This is something you find rarely with hispanic dishes, as pork chunks are usually crispy from the inside and out. I thought the way it was cooked, was very impressive. My only critique was that it could have used a little more salt. Nothing major, and none the less I would order this dish again, and again!

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To top the experience off, I chose to eat the Peruvian dark chocolate cake. This savory pastry bite was made of lucuma mousse and orange caramel. It was so yummy, and for the first time I realized how well citrus fruits such as orange or tangerines, go well with dark chocolate. It truly brings out the flavors of each combination, and every bite was like heaven in your mouth.

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All in all, this Miami Spice dining experience at La Mar was a success! If I had to rate everything from 1-5, I’d give it a good 4.8. I was impressed by the curated cuisines, but not impressed with the lack of deals on the drinks.

I’m happy I was able to go, and if you’re ever at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, this is one restaurant you do not want to pass up! Until next time, have a great week!

My Blow Dry Routine

2 Sep Blog Post Logo
Hey there!
This will be my third hair tutorial video on my channel and blog! I always get asked what products I use to style my hair once it’s blow dried, so I’ve featured an in-depth description on what each does for my hair, and why it works so well!
The tools I also use, as well as the techniques featured in this video, will only help you achieve a blow out within a shorter time span, and give you beautiful voluminous hair for around two days or so after your blow dry session!
Make sure you subscribe to my channel, and let me know what you want to see next!

August Monthly Favorites

29 Aug August Monthly Logo

Hey everyone!

August has come and gone, but I’m excited for this month’s favorites because they’re all new, and I’ve been obsessed with them! Starting with some awesome new skincare products I’ve been testing out, I was able to get my hands on the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick. It’s purposely made to help concentrate on specific target blemish areas, in a roll on liquid formula.

The blemish stick contains 10 natural herbal ingredients, such as calendula, Tea tree and juniper oils along with willow bark. So far, whenever I had a blemish, I apply this stick on it, and the next day it’s calmed down or completely disappeared. I find this has worked out better for me than any tooth paste trick, or market pimple cream I’ve tried before.

Burts Herbal Stick Garnier Micellar

I received the Garnier Micellar Water from an order purchase at ULTA for free, so I figured I’d give it a go. I find that this product works best to use AFTER a makeup wipe application to the face, because the micellar water isn’t as potent as its water-proof version is. I love how gentle it is on my face, and it does remove any residue that the wipes didn’t pick up. Then I continue with my regular cleansing routine after that. If I had known about this product beforehand, I would have used it in my skincare routine video. Yet with the way it performs, I must say this is the micellar water I’ve been in search of for a long time now.

L'Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray September

A product I’m extremely impressed by, but was not expecting to be, was the new L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray. Blow drying my hair is such a pain because I have so much of it. It usually takes me around 30 minutes to brow dry my hair fully, but with this spray, it took me about 10 minutes. If you’re ever in the drugstore section of any store, please do yourself a favor and pick this gem up. I got this product at ULTA on sale for around $4, but I know at Walmart is only around $3. I’ll will repurchase after my first trial of it. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle!

I got an Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude, which was super affordable, and glides on the lips easily, unlike many cheap lip liners. The Volumizing Lip Booster by Catrice does feel tingly, as it’s supposed to plump the lips up, but I feel it only plumps your lips slightly, and that’s not always a bad thing. The shade #010 is a beautiful sheer pink, which I feel would go great with any skin tone, as it accentuates your natural lip color with a tint. It was on sale for only $3, and I’ve been swapping my liquid lipsticks for lip gloss as of late any ways.

Volumizing Lip Booster Lipliner in Nude

Finally, I accumulated enough points that had been sitting in my ULTA account for some time. Then suddenly, Anastasia Beverly Hills temporarily restocks their Self Made Palette (only available last fall), at ULTA and I immediately jumped the gun to own it. While this palette is no longer available after it sold out, I do plan on doing a tutorial on my channel by creating a look with it. So those of you who own this palette, you’re in for a treat. The Modern Renaissance Palette just had too many shades I already own. I have no regrets about getting the Self Made Palette, and that’s why it’s on this month’s favorite’s list!

Self Made Palette

That’s it for my August favorites. Have you guys made any recent product discoveries yourselves that you’re adoring? Let me know, and until next month’s favorite’s, I hope you all have a wonderful beginning of September!

Products Mentioned

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

ABH Self Made Palette (Limited Edition)

L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster in #010

Essence Lip Liner in #11 In The Nude

August Ipsy Glam Bag Review

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Hey guys!

The August Ipsy Glam Bag was quite different this month, although I haven’t tried most of these items as of yet. I have a new busy schedule, but I still wanted to let you guys know what I got, along with personal thoughts on these items, as I will be reviewing some.

The theme was “Sugar Highness”, which shows all of the Ipsy girls in colorful wigs, and dreamy settings. The bag was illustrated by Michelle Phan herself, and I absolutely love it. It’s one of my favorite bags in a long time, because it’s so original!

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I haven’t received a hair care product in a long time from Ipsy, not since my Garnier Primer spray which was such a generous full-size, and I quite enjoyed it while it lasted. This time, I received a product that I thought would be a dupe for It’s A 10 Leave-In Treatment Spray. Even the brand/product name were closely similar. The It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment, claims to achieve 12 tasks while it does work on your hair.

The description promises to: Get rid of Frizz; De-tangle; Treats brittle ends; Adds body; Leaves hair shiny; Maintains hair health; Repairs dry hair; Repairs damaged hair; Protects hair; Works on color-treated hair; Protects against heat; Protects against split-ends; Protects against breakage. Whew, that was a mouthful. If a product claims to do so much, I expect a lot from it once I test it out. I have yet to see any results indicating that this treatment is anything spectacular. Though I can say, it made my hair feel soft, and it smells delicious. As a leave-in conditioning treatment, it’s actually decent.

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I got to try a primer, mask, and moisturizer all in one for the first time as well. This Works in-transit camera close-up is pricey in regular size, at $60 a bottle. It’s raved about by magazine brands such like Elle, and celebrities such as a Victoria Beckham. It’s supposed to give your skin a lively look, as it contains caffeine. It also claims to erase signs of fatigue, and it has an SPF of 30. I haven’t used this one yet, but seeing as I easily break out into skin allergies, I might be passing this one along in the end.

OFRA Cosmetics came out with highlighters this year, and I’ve wondered when I should purchase one to try out. Luckily, I received a sample size of the OFRA and @DupeThat collaboration product, “You Glow Girl”! Their highlighters go for around $25, so I was pleased that I didn’t have to spend that much for a full-size. The highlighter is a rosy pink, and claims to be long-lasting. I’m a sucker for highlighters, and this one is gorgeous!

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I always like receiving nail polishes from Ipsy, because they’ve all been of good quality so far. This month, I got to try my first Ciate London Gelology nail polish in Spinning Teacups. Ciate London carries an expensive line, starting at $15 per polish. That’s more than OPI or Essie, so I told myself I wouldn’t invest in a bottle unless it came in a sample. The gel formula is made to last long, but I’ve had my hopes crushed by polishes that claimed the same thing this year (you’ll read about it in an upcoming post).

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You can read the descriptions of polishes all you want, but you’ll never know how it performs, unless you try it out for a few days on yourself. This color, is a bright lilac, and I loved it so much. The brush on this nail polish make for a very easy application. Just check out the result!

Finally, Ipsy sent me a $17 palette sample in my $10 bag, which had me intrigued to try it. I discovered Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics, and their Neapolitan Palette. This is a limited edition palette, that includes hues to enhance the eyes, with a base, highlight, and contour shade included. Check out the pigmentation on these babies. I will probably be grabbing for these colors more often than not during the Fall season.IMG_0523

With everything I was sent this month, quality and price wise, I was pleasantly content. This is why I love Ipsy so much, because you get to try items that might have been costlier on their own, but yet only pay a minimum fee for a few more items included as well. Make sure to check Ipsy out, if you like to save on money, while receiving all new products each month to try out.

Thanks so much for reading, and enjoy the rest of your August!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

It Haircare 12-In-One Amazing Leave-In Treatment

This Works in-transit camera close-up

OFRA Cosmetics x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Ciate London Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair/Spinning Teacups

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Neapolitan Palette

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow vs. Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Demo + Review

22 Aug Blog Logo
Hey there!
This is an interesting video post, because I’ll be comparing and contrasting the original L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, along with the new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.
I’ve worn the original Pro-Matte for almost two years now off and on, and found that I had to mix it with other products in order to achieve the effect I wanted. Meanwhile, the Pro-Glow has total different attributes, and I’ll expose them today.
If you’re someone with oily skin, and wants to try this foundation out because of your love for the matte one, I suggest you watch this video in its entirety, and find out my results. They just may surprise you!
For more reviews such as these, be the first to see them when you subscribe to my channel!

Products Listed

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Creamy Natural

L’Oreal Infallbile Pro-Matte Foundation in Shell Beige

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