Daily Makeup Routine + Sephora VIB 15% Off

 

Happy Monday beautiful people!

 I have been lovingggg my daily makeup routine lately. I thought I could share with you all the products I’ve been using and loving for the past half a year and maybe provide recommendation to you! P.S. if you are a Sephora VIB, the 15% off VIB sale is going on until midnight tonight, 5/6!

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 – Color Light – $39 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I have always struggled with oily skin so I try to use oil free products that won’t add additional oil to my face so I decided to try out this It Cosmetics Oil-Free CC Cream. I love that it color corrects my uneven skin tone, as well as leaves my skin glowing. It is a bit pricey but it lasts a very long time since it has the push dispenser which limits the amount of product that comes out.

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Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer  – Color Sand – $6.99 at your local drug store

The Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer is one of the best concealers I’ve used, it is my absolute favorite  because it has great coverage, is light weight, and matches my skin tone perfectly.

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – Color Suntan –  $5.99 at your local drug store

I previously used the Laura Mercier setting powder but it was just so pricey and I couldn’t convince myself to keep spending that much on setting powder. I feel like this setting powder is very comparable to the Laura Mercier  powder but for a cheaper price and more product overall. It also provides a nice matte finish.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer – Color Medium Brown – $23 + 15% VIB Discount

Brows are very important to me. I had heard so many great things about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and had seen so may people using it so I decided to try it out. I mostly use the eyebrow brush the most, to brush out and shape my eyebrows but I use the product to color in those areas that maybe don’t get as colored in and need a little extra color.

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Lime Crime Bushy Brow Precision Pen – Color Brownie – $20 at Lime Crime, Urban Outfitters, Ulta

I got sent this Lime Crime Bushy Brow Precision Pen through Influencer and absolutely fell in love with it! I use this product to outline my eyebrows both on the top and bottom, to define the shape. I then brush the product out with the Anastasia brow brush  above. This product has lasted me so long and I love the sharp point it offers for precision. This product is basically like a liquid eyeliner but specific for your brows.

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Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel – Color 3 Medium (Neutral Light Brown) – $24 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

The Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Gel is my biggest necessity for my brows, this is the product I use to really tint and shade in my brows to add extra color. I love the texture it gives my brows because it is a brush like texture which appears as hair like strokes and looks very natural.

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Milk Makeup Kush Brow Gel – Color Clear – $18 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I am a huge fan of Milk Makeup’s products and had heard so many great things about their Kush Brow Gel. Every time I went to get my hands on it, my closets Sephora store was always sold out. I finally was able to find the clear brow gel and have been using that one instead of the tinted one. It keeps my brows place but doesn’t feel too heavy like its holding my brows down. I apply this at the end of my brow routine and it keeps my brows looking fresh and clean!
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Milani Baked Bronzer – Color Dulce – $8.99 at your local drug store

One day I ran out of bronzer and stopped at my local Walgreens and found this Milani Baked Bronzer. I had heard many good things about Milani so figured I would give it a try. I love the color of this bronzer and like that there are specs of gold mixed into it. It has pigment and provides a bronze tone with the first application.

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E.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlight and Bronzer Duo – Color Bronze Glow – $4 at your local drug store

I received the Elf Cosmetics Bronzer and Highlight duo in an Elf Influencer box. I truly felt like it gave me a bronze glow just as the name says. Although I use my own separate highlighters, this product adds a great natural glow to my skin before I apply the other highlighters. If I am just going for a natural look I will only use this product as bronzer/ highlight instead of adding on other highlights for a less dramatic glow.

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Morphe Blush Trio – Color Pop of Blush – $12 at Ulta or Morphe

I am a huge fan of Morphe and all its products! When I went to Dallas around Christmas time, I stopped at one of the malls in Dallas that had a Morphe store there, so of course I had to shop around. I found this Morphe Blush Trio and got so excited because I was looking for a new blush. The Pop of Blush trio set is amazing and provides a peachy shade, a cherry blossom pink shade, and a grapefruit shade. They have 6 different other trio sets to accommodate everyone’s skin tone and blush preferences. The Pop of Blush trio is my absolute favorite though because its not too pink or too orange.

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Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara – $12 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

Yet another Milk Makeup product I love is the Kush High Volume Mascara. This mascara only comes in one shade – Black and I love how dark and pigmented it is! It not only adds volume to my lashes but also adds depth. I have the mini  size of the mascara and I love it because it is the perfect size to carry anywhere in any size purse/bag. There is also a full size available as well for $24.

 

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – Color Super Black – $24 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I am obviously a fan of It Cosmetics products, as seen above. During the holiday season, Ulta was having a sale for black Friday and I found the Superhero Mascara for only $10. This is a steal because the mascara is regular $24, so you save $14! I absolutely love this mascara because it provides volume and length with the Elastic Stretch Technology. The mascara brush provided with it helps define and lengthen each individual lash leaving your lashes looking flawless!

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight – $42 + 15% Sephora VIB Discount

The Cover | FX enhancer drops were included in the Glow For It – Sephora Favorite Highlight Sampler set I purchased during the holidays and I absolutely love the glow of it! I got it in the shade Moonlight which has a silver glow. I normally probably wouldn’t buy the full size of this product because it is so pricey but it is such a great product! I love that the highlight is in the form of drops, instead of powder. I usually place 2 or 3 drops on each of my cheek bones and then spread the product with my finger. You immediately see the glow and pigment 😍

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Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati – $27+ 15% Sephora VIB Discount

I had never heard too much of the brand Artist Couture their Diamond Glow Powder was also included in the Glow For It – Sephora Favorite Highlight Sampler set in the color Illuminati. The shade Illuminati is a iridescent silver and champagne powder and leaves a gorgeous glow! I usually add the Cover | FX enhancer drops and then will apply the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder after with an eyeshadow brush.

Pro Tip: I also love to apply this product to my eyelids to add a little glow and shimmer to my lids and it looks gorg!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit – $40+ 15% Sephora VIB Discount

Lastly, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit is by far my favorite glow kit shades because they are all bronzy tones. I have been obsessed with this kit since it came out. I used my 15% VIB discount from a previous year to purchase this since it is so pricey.  Since it comes with 4 highlights, it really only comes out to $10 each highlight so it’s not too bad but $40 just sounds like a lot. Depending on what mood I’m in that day, I will either use 2 or all of the highlights to add just a little pop to my daily looks. Plus I love looking like a glazed doughnut ✨

All of the items I just included are products I use daily for my makeup routine, a lot of the items I got from Sephora and Ulta, but some of the products you can find at your local drug store. If I use makeup products that are pricey, I usually will try to find a deal around them. Such as the Sephora VIB sale. I don’t believe in breaking the bank for beauty products, and most of the time you can find similar products at the drug store for half of the price, so always do your research! I love that Ulta and Sephora also provide trial size offers of different brands and beauty products so that you can test the products out before deciding if you really want to pay full price on it. I would not put these products out on my platform if they weren’t something I truly loved or felt were amazing!

If you are a VIB with Sephora, be sure to shop the 15% off sale before it ends tonight, 5/6 at midnight or go into your local store to shop!

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If you are not apart of the Rewards Program with Sephora, you can sign up for free online or in store. For each item you purchase, you get points on your account that you can use towards free items! You also get seasonal savings, such as the 15% off and many other benefits!

As always, be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily life and insta-stories!

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

 

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit : For the On The Go Lifestyle

I’m in the beginning of my career and still adjusting to being a full time adult, working 8-10 hour days in the office. Working in the entertainment industry can be exhausting but I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. I am basically  fueled off of coffee now – it has become a necessity to get through the day/week. As much as I love coffee, one thing that I knew I would eventually have to worry about were coffee stains, who doesn’t love that… I knew I wanted to try and start preventing stains before they started but I didn’t know exactly how.

As easy as it would be to go get my teeth whitened professionally, that was just not something that I could afford financially or could dedicate an hour and a half to 2 hours for the procedure time. I knew I could turn to teeth whitening strips, but that was never something that worked for me or that I saw results from. Needless to say, when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collaborate in a partnership, I was thrilled! It is never too early to start your teeth whitening journey, and I felt like Smile Brilliant truly contacted me at the right moment. I had heard of Smile Brilliant before, through some of my blogger friends and heard many good things about it, but I needed to do my research and see if they fit my lifestyle.

About Smile Brilliant

Here are the things I learned about Smile Brilliant just by looking at their website:

  • Smile Brilliant is based in the United States
  • They are an At-Home Teeth Whitening kit company
  • The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with 30+ years of teeth whitening experience
  • Their teeth whitening trays are custom and fitted for each individual person – both for your bottom and top teeth
  • They are Vegan and Cruelty free

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Creating the Impressions

Once I accepted the partnership with Smile Brilliant, I received my at home kit to mold my custom teeth whitening trays – this process was a little difficult for me because I am such an over thinker and somehow ended up doing it wrong my first try. I had to get more of the base and catalyst in order to do my impressions over again. The second time was a lot easier and my impressions were less droopy. Once I sent in my impressions, it took about a week in a half to receive my custom fitted trays.

Whitening Process

The whitening part was of course, the part I looked forward to the most and honestly was the easiest part of this whole process. When I had gotten my teeth whitened before at my previous job at skincare studio, I experienced a lot of sensitivity and discomfort, even with the sensitive specific formula. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous about how my teeth would react to Smile Brilliants formula.

The teeth whitening preparation process was so fast and effortless, once you coated the trays with the whitening gel you just had to put the trays on your teeth and it was smooth sailing from there. The whitening trays were so comfortable and fit my teeth/mouth so well, that I forgot I even had them in my mouth. I noticed a little bit of discomfort after the first time I whitened, but after that initial one, the rest of them were a breeze. I started off with short whitening sessions, just 45 minutes each. Once I got comfortable with whitening, I would leave the trays in for about 2 hours. That may soundlike a long time but when you are able to do other things while whitening, like read or doing stuff around the house, the time goes by so fast!

I loved that I was I was able to whiten on my own time! As I mentioned, I work in the entertainment industry so my schedule is pretty hectic and non traditional. That is probably my favorite thing about whitening with Smile Brilliant – it is convenient and effortless!
The whitening kit came with 4 syringes of the whitening gel and 4 syringes of the desensitizing gel. I was able to get about 5 uses from one syringe of both whitening gel and desensitizing gel for both my top and bottom teeth.

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Results

I saw results right away! I was so surprised and impressed by this product and formula. Each time I whitened, the whiter my teeth got, visibly white after each session. That is what made me want to keep continuing whitening because I was excited to see how much whiter my teeth would get after every session. Even though my whitening trial is over with Smile Brilliant, I know I will continue to use the whitening syringes often because I know for a fact I’m going to continue to drink coffee and need to keep trying to prevent those coffee stains.

Guess what?! Now one of you get to try Smile Brilliant too! All you have to do is click this link to enter my giveaway, and if you absolutely can’t wait to purchase then use this code to get 15% off the entire store using this code, “itsxoxoloriallison15”. I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant’s whitening process for a busy on the go lifestyle, but I truly feel like it would fit everyone’s lifestyle!

Please let me know if you have any questions from me about Smile Brilliant or my experience! As always, you can follow along with me on my Instagram.

Xoxo, Lori Allison

Mask Monday: Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask

Happy Mask Monday friends!

Today’s face mask was dedicated to hydrating your skin. I tried out the Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask. This mask is said to moisturize and brighten the face using natural Rose extracts. The mask is to be worn for 15 minutes and is said to plump the skin and leave your face with an immediate radiance boost.(#YouGlowGirl)

I have only purchased two items from the Sephora Collection, one was a mascara and the other a lipstick. Although I was not a big fan of the lipstick (it dried up my lips), I did like the mascara. I feel that because Sephora sells so many makeup and skin care brands, that the Sephora Collection always goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I do feel, however that the masks are a good place to start when shopping with that collection. Right now Sephora has 8 different sheet masks in different scents and skin care goals.

When I took the mask out of the packaging, it had an immediate rose scent to it – which smelt so good! This sheet mask was a little different because once you unfolded the mask, you then had to pill off the pink film and then fit the mask to your face. The sheet mask really hugged my face and felt so comfortable,  I honestly forgot the sheet was even on my face! It felt like it had melted onto my face and quickly absorbed into my pores. I liked that the mask’s rose smell wasn’t too overbearing and enjoyed the cool/calming sensation while it was on my face! Another thing I liked is that once you took off the mask you didn’t have to wash the remaining product off with water, just had to massage it into your face. Because my skin felt so hydrated, I didn’t even feel the need to put moisturizer on right after!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this mask a 7 out of 10. Although my face does not need much hydration because I am naturally oily, I felt like it was the perfect amount of hydration. Towards the end of the 15 minutes, I was not a huge fan of the Rose smell, just because it gave me a little bit of a headache after. Once I removed the mask looked in the mirror, however, I noticed my skin was glowing! The post effects of the mask were amazing, they left my skin feeling super hydrated and soft. My boyfriend got me this mask for free with his cologne purchase back in the summer time, but the rose mask can be found at Sephora and normally sells for $6, very affordable! Right now, Sephora is selling a limited edition Super Mask set of 4 sheet masks for $18 and is linked here, if you are interested in trying out The Sephora Collection mask set, it is online only! These masks make great gifts and stocking stuffers, I recommend you check them out at your local Sephora store.

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Thanks for tuning into another Mask Monday! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m doing. I’ll see you next Monday 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison

Mask Monday: Mefactory Cement Peel Off Pack

Happy Mask Monday!

This Monday I decided to do a Korean beauty (k-beauty) mask from the company Mefactory. Todays mask was dedicated to clearing up blackheads and pores. I feel like I don’t pay as much attention to blackheads as I should and feel like you cant see blackheads unless you look really close up in the mirror. This mask is a cement mask and is good for clearing out the blackheads throughout your whole face. The t-zone is a very common place to get blackheads but I decided to apply it to my whole face.

For a while I was struggling with getting blackheads around my chin area on both sides of my face, I went to my local Riley Rose and was suggested to try this mask. I am a fairly new shopper to Riley Rose so I wasn’t knowledgeable about all the skincare products they offered. I love that they offer k-beauty products because that is not something I have ever used or had experience with since I have never traveled anywhere near Korea. I was originally looking for a Charcoal mask because I heard those were great for blackhead removal but the sales associate suggested this so I went ahead and took a chance on it since I’ve heard some pretty good buzz about k-beauty.

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This is the first peel off mask I’ve used to I was a little clueless but definitely expected some kind of pain when it came to taking it off. I applied the mask with one of the silicone applicators I got from Riley Rose because I felt like it was going to be a lot smoother of an application process than just using my fingers. The mask was very thin and smelt a little bit like plastic so I was thrown off by it. The packaging had me very confused though because there was very little writing and it was all Korean. I kept the mask on for about 15-20 minutes, once it was completely dry it was so hard to even open my mouth because of how hard and solid it was. The mask said to peel it off once it was completely dry – and it tbh was a little bit painful to peel off. One thing I dislike about peel off masks is definitely the pain. The mask said to avoid your hair and eyebrows and you definitely should because I was tugging my hair so hard trying to make the mask off. Also it is not as easy as a sheet mask to remove because the mask comes off little by little in pieces and isn’t one smooth motion to take it off.

All around I give this mask a 4 out of 10. When I took off the mask I didn’t see any blackheads pulled off like I had expected to see, which sounds kind of nasty but that’s how you know a mask really works lol. My face did feel really soft once I removed the mask completely but it took me sooo long to peel the mask completely off since the mask came off in pieces. I was a little discouraged with this k-beauty mask but I will not give up on other brands from k-beauty and will definitely try out more masks from Riley Rose! The Mefactory Cement mask was $12ish (not too sure on the price since it was during the summer) However, I looked on the Riley Rose website and didn’t find the product there anymore but was able to locate it on Amazon for $17.99. Although I was not a big fan of this mask, I do hope that y’all may have better luck with it – if you choose to try it out.

Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your week! As always, feel free to follow me on Instagram @ xoxoloriallison and I will see you next Monday!

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤