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Glossier Gal

The first time I bought a product from Glossier was about two years ago. I was growing out my naturally bushy brows and I came across the Boy Brow. I wanted a product that kept my big brows in place, but also help them look natural. The Boy Brow did just that. From then on, I was hooked on Glossier. I am the proud owner of almost every Glossier product there is. From the Boy Brow to the Skin Tint to their terry cloth headband, I am addicted.

As I do struggle with acne prone skin and constant break outs, Glossier’s products help my skin, especially the Perfecting Skin Tint (which also improves my constant hyper pigmentation). Glossier is 100% cruelty free. And if that is not enough to sell you on the brand, their products are also great for your skin. They put “skin first,” which really aligns with my own view of beauty. I love Glossier because it really celebrates self-love. The brand’s mission is to help their customers see that their own beauty is the most beautiful thing there is. Their products have really transformed how I see beauty products, and even my own beauty.

Each order comes in a cute Glossier Pink pouch, which would not be complete without their cute little stickers. If you babes want to test some Glossier products, here’s a link that will get you 20% off your first order (at checkout): http://bff.glossier.com/ekJPl

Xo,

Alicia

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Teeny Little Beauty Buys

I have never been one to cave in and splurge on beauty products. Clothing and shoes? Yeah, I cave all the time. I have always bought drugstore makeup and drugstore skincare. But I have begun to cave… on a lot of products.

I am going to be explicitly honest right now. I have had awful acne since I was 11. I knew it was not strictly hormonal, considering it was a constant. They were red, they were deep, and they never went away. I tried so many different remedies, from antibiotics to natural homeopathic acne treatments. And to no avail. Nothing that I was doing really worked. However, just within the last year, my doctor recommended going on the pill for my acne. At this point, I wanted my acne gone. I was 19 and in college. So, I went on the pill. I was amazed. It cleared up my skin almost immediately. So, even though I do not struggle with cystic acne like I once did, I still get those pesky breakouts! My growth from drugstore skincare to splurging was very gradual. I used to buy Neutrogena skin care products religiously, and I still have a few favorites. Then I started solely purchasing skincare from Burt’s Bees. Both brands are available at most drugstores, and range anywhere from $6 to $16.

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Mario Badescu Skincare

I often heard about Mario Badescu products from beauty blogs. A few months ago, I saw it at Ulta. I splurged. I really splurged. I have become so addicted to this brand that I have every single product. I wish I was kidding about how obsessed I am. Mario Badescu skincare products are not the destroyers of cystic acne, but they truly do help in subsiding the amount of new acne coming in. If you struggle with cystic acne like I did, the one product I really recommend is the drying lotion. It is honestly a life saver. Whenever I had a really big under-the-skin pimple (which was all the time), the drying lotion helped it disappear the next day. These products range from $7 to $30, but it is so worth it. Your skin feels so clean and refreshed after using each product.

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Perfume from UO

I generally am not too obsessed with fragrances. I like smelling good, obviously. But I do not usually buy perfume too often. I have had the same perfume for a really long time, and I received it as a gift. I bought this Macaron Rosé Parfum from Urban Outfitters for $20.  Which is not too bad for a perfume. It smells really good. The name allures the idea that it smells really sweet-maybe even sickly so. But it is actually very subtle and warm. I wear it almost everyday!

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Glossier Balm Dotcom and Boy Brow

Alright, I am quite obsessed with Glossier. From the packaging to the products, it is the best beauty brand. I used the Balm Dotcom (12 dollars) for all around moisturizing. Whether that be lips or skin. It is so universal and so skin friendly. The Boy Brow is beyond amazing. And for $16… it should be. It comes in three shades: blond, brown, and black. I bought myself and my sister a Boy Brow because we both have naturally thick brows that do not necessarily need a full brow pomade every single day. The Boy Brow is a customer favorite, and for good reason. It keeps your brows in place throughout the day, and helps you achieve a natural brow. It is also good for your brows! It has collagen that helps thicken and strengthen hair fibers.

I do not splurge on all my beauty products. I think there are drugstore products that are of equal or better quality to high end products. I still shop at Target (way too often), and I still use mostly drugstore brand beauty products. Very rarely do I splurge on high end products because the drugstore equivalent is just as good, plus it is probably cheaper. It is important to try, and experiment, with different products until you find what you really love!

Xo,

Alicia

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Oh, the Colors!

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I love makeup. I used to be a foundation, blush, and mascara only kinda gal. But recently I have really explored the artistry that is makeup. With the help of some of the best (and underrated) beauty bloggers, an addiction has officially set in.

Surprising to some, most my favorite beauty products happen to be drugstore brands. I actually think some drugstore brands are better than the more expensive brands (not to say that I don’t love my Anastasia Beverly Hills contour and glow kit).

I purchased the e.l.f. Essential Little Black Beauty Book in the Warm Edition. Oh, and it was only 10 dollars. I used it today to highlight my eyes. The shadow colors are not as pigmented as my Morphe palette, but these shadows are definitely a good starter if you are not too eyeshadow savy.

The palette also comes with two brushes. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these brushes because they are so soft and pick up product really well.

Xo,

Alicia

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