Spring 2019 Causebox Unboxing

Beauty hauls, First impressions, Seasonal, Spring, Videos
I'm a bit late on this post and video, so let's not waste any more time ;) This season's Causebox is strong in skincare but still has enough variety to stay interesting. I was able to choose the color or style for the clutch, bracelet, and silky scarf. Check out my first impressions as I go through the box. More info about each item is below. https://youtu.be/RwKHr3owkug The Megan Portfolio Clutch - Glass Ladder & Co. This clutch is large enough to hold a tablet and has a bunch of inner pockets and slots to hold anything you'd need. It's intended to be a business-casual bag, but I could easily see myself using this when I'm going out with friends. The bag is made of vegan leather. I was thrilled…
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Winter Causebox Unboxing

Winter Causebox Unboxing

First impressions, Product reviews, Seasonal, Style, Style hauls, Videos, Winter
Back in December, I received my winter 2018 Causebox right before I was set to leave town for the holidays. I was sick, but I decided to film something anyway and give myself a little editing work to do on my trip. As you can probably guess by today's date, I didn't edit on my trip. But I did get to come back to some hilarious DayQuil-induced footage. And an appearance from my pup Maya! https://youtu.be/u8WaAXMCSe0 Now that I've had these items for a while, I thought I'd give a little update for you here. The Poncho I said in the video that I likely wouldn't wear the poncho outside because "I'm scared," but it's really cute! It's not super practical as it's so open, but it's cute layered over…
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Karity Liquid Lipsticks: Try-On and Review

Karity Liquid Lipsticks: Try-On and Review

Lips, Product reviews, Videos
It's been too long since I've posted a review! Today, I'll be sharing a liquid lipstick set from Karity that I've been loving since I got it back in May.  About Karity Karity is 100% cruelty-free and many of their products are vegan and clearly marked as such on their website. They also donate a meal to an animal in need (via the SPCA) for every palette purchased. They donate to other organizations, too, which they discuss on their website. Once I do a palette cleanout, I'll definitely be checking out their eyeshadow palettes, because I'd love to help them make some animals happy. A key feature about the brand is that they keep their price point low, like drugstore-level low. The price for these lipsticks is incredible—only $6 per…
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Fall Causebox Unboxing

Fall Causebox Unboxing

Beauty hauls, Fall, First impressions, Product reviews, Seasonal, Style, Style hauls, Videos
As soon as I filmed and edited my Causebox in my Ads Made Me Buy It video, my fall Causebox arrived!  Let's take a look at what's inside. https://youtu.be/hwUsCZUHM78 So far, I've been consistently impressed by the value and variety in these boxes. I've never been interested in subscription boxes, but this one provides useful items that give back.  I know I keep saying this in my videos, too, but the items in these boxes are so nice that any items you don't want would make a great gift for someone else. Everything is full size and good quality. I'm already looking forward to my winter box. If you want to see it, comment below or like the video to let me know!
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Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Tutorials and Tips, Videos
I've gotten quite a few questions about the gear I use to film and edit videos, so today I'm taking you backstage. In this video, I show you the gear I use most to produce high-quality videos and blog photos.  Disclaimers: I'm not posting this to brag or show off what I have. I've collected these items over the past few years and poured hours of research into each purchase. These are the items that work for me. I can't guarantee that these will all work for you. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something using my link, I get a small kickback at no cost to you.Please only buy gear that you think you'll use. If you're just starting out, I…
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Project Pan: THE RESULTS!!

Project Pan: THE RESULTS!!

Empties and purges, Product reviews, Videos
I'm finally back to report my results of the project pan I started back in March. Are you ready to see how it went? https://youtu.be/TnGZM2WeYh0 The Results Not many of these products had a very dramatic change, but I've learned in this process that it's really all about the details. I myself didn't even see some of the changes until I had the images side-by-side in my video editor. IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation in Light - I started with quite a bit of pan showing, and now it's pretty significant. I was expecting more progress on this one, but partway through I figured out that this powder breaks me out! Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - This blush is domed, so it's super hard to see, but I've been…
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Mixing My Liquid Lipsticks

Mixing My Liquid Lipsticks

Tags, Videos
Long time no see! I was going through my footage recently and I found something I filmed a couple of months ago. I'm not totally sure how that happened, but every once in a while I find something I started to make and then forgot about. /shrug I've been in a purging mood lately, and I'm working on a series of decluttering videos to cover all that. I haven't totally finished my makeup declutter, so you've got some time to prepare for some good ol' organization porn. In this video, I decided to take stock of my liquid lipstick collection while joining the trend of mixing a type of makeup together and wearing it. Yeah, I know, that trend is super old now, but I was excited to do it…
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Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Lifestyle, Organization, Videos
It's been a month since I started this project pan, so I thought it was about time to check in and see if there's any visible progress. In my video, I reflect on some of the positive and negative aspects of this project so far, and I compare the product photos live. https://youtu.be/w3T7LB0dqr8 In case it was hard to see in the video, here are the photos side-by-side. IT Cosmetics Foundation Milani Blushes Too Faced Bronzer NYX Eyeliner Bobbi Brown Eyeliner Naked Palette There's been a little progress! It's so satisfying to look at the photos and see tiny differences I would never have noticed had I not gotten the evidence. If you do a project pan, whether you have a blog or not, I highly recommend taking photos so…
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Life Update: Starting my LLC

Musings, Videos
Life's been tough but exciting lately. Instead of a regular video, I decided to sit down sans makeup this week and talk about everything that's been going on in my life. I'm working on being nicer to myself and being fully present to experience this fun time in my life, even though it's very stressful and full of paperwork. Video: Exciting and Hectic Life Update! https://youtu.be/aJQJMpECJ0k Until next time,
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My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

Product reviews, Skin, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
OK, no more safety talk. I hope that if you choose to experiment in skincare, you’ll do your own research and find what seems realistic for your skin and lifestyle. I’ve found that there’s a lot of experimentation involved, sometimes at the expense of your wallet. Here’s an overview of my routine now. https://youtu.be/J2h36yQgKLQ Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry Vitamin C serum (Optional) Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser Retinol - wait 30-40 minutes Hydrating serum Moisturizer Eye cream (Optional) Spot treatment Tuesday/Thursday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry BHA - at least wait for it to dry, but aim for a 15-25 minute wait Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser AHA…
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