Peony Planner

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I live for planners.  If you check out my last planner post, you would know I LOVE The Happiness Planner. After using this planner for a year, I had to get the Peony Planner

The Peony Planner is as if you meshed together the most luxurious binder with planner essentials, plus more. It features a magnetic closure and it's made from vegan leather. It's a six ring binder that has a 3 internal pockets, plus stickers! Who doesn't love sticker sheets?


The planner comes in a beautiful box, matching the shade of the planner that you chose. The color options include Black and black interior with rose gold details, Peach and peach interior with gold details and Blue and blue interior and silver details.  

You can either buy the dated or undated planner. I chose to buy the dated 2018 planner. The little details of the planner are well thought out and it adds a sense of relaxation when it comes to planning your day/month. 

The gold detail is probably my favorite part of the planner. The inserts came without the month stickers, which I put on myself. It was fun and crafty that made me feel like I had a part in creating my own planner. I also put together the planner as well.

 The only downside to the planner, is if you put the whole year into the binder, it won't close properly. However, to solve that, you can keep your box and store half of the year in the box and keep the other half in the planner until it's time to switch it. That way, you don't mess up your pages and you'll already have the other half of the year together and it will be easy to switch out. 

As with the original Happiness Planner, the Peony Planner also features your yearly and monthly overview and daily dated pages with daily quotes. It includes monthly goal settings for your work and personal life and positive self talk for yourself. You can reflect on the end of the month as well, reflecting on how you felt and what you worked on/need to work on. 

The planner also includes stickers and printables where you can reflect on your goals and other various things. This planner is to help you to be more mindful and grateful in your day to day life, thus making it the "Happiness Planner". 

This was a great planner to get as you can buy the inserts every year, instead of buying a new planner. I truly believe in positive self talk and mindfulness so I believe this is a great essential item. It really helps to keep you focused on your life and to help manage/plan your daily duties and schedules. What's your favorite planner? Let me know in the comments down below!! 

How to: Banish Kit

Friday, December 8, 2017

We all have trouble in a way with acne scars and blemishes. What if I told you there was a way that you can lighten these up and get ride of them? Today I'm going to show you how to use Banish - Banish Kit.

This kit comes with the Banisher Roller, a Cleaning Container, a Storage bag, and the Banish Oil. The Banish Oil is equipped with Vitamin C, E, and Ferulic Acid oil, also known as Vitamin C serum. Retailing at $75, this kit is meant to reduce acne scars and blemishes over a period of time. Patience is key! 

The Banisher Roller is has titanium bristles that create micro channels to revitalize the skin! You want to use this once every two weeks and results CAN be seen within 4-8 weeks of use. You also want to make sure to replace your Banisher Roller every 3-4 times you use it to prevent any bacteria from building up on it. 

Now I bet you're wondering how to use this thing right? Well I'm going to show you right now! Keep on reading if you want to learn more. 

The first thing you want to do is use the container they provide to disinfect your roller. You want to put alcohol in it and let it soak for 5 minutes. Even if it's brand new, you want to make sure it's completely free from anything. Turning the roller on it's back side will help it to stay put in the container without you having to hold it. 

Now I suggest before you use this product, if you have sensitive skin, take an ibuprofen 1 hour before use.  This will greatly help with any pain or discomfort you might feel while rolling your skin. Now on to the fun part! 

You want to begin rolling your face, don't put too much pressure. A light hand goes a long way. You want to start with your problem areas first. You don't have to do your entire face unless you want to get the most out of the product. For me, I have discolouring on my cheeks especially. 

When you do start to roll, roll in the same area for 4-5 times. After that, you want to switch it up and repeat this process but in the opposite direction. You will be able to feel the needles slightly but not too much to the point where it's unbearable. Trust me, that ibuprofen helps... a lot. Don't let it scare you either! After you do the first couple of rolls, you will feel more confident in using it. 

The next thing you want to do is apply the Banish Oil all over the areas you roll. DO NOT FEAR. You will feel a tingly sensation but that's because you just finished creating tiny holes in your skin. You're skin is going to absorb this oil so well and after a while, the tingling sensation will go away. It's not painful, it just feels like a little discomfort. 

You're done after that! Woo hoo! It wasn't that bad, right? Not at all. Now here's the important part... DO NOT put on any makeup or skin care for at least 8 hours. It's best to do this at night so you will be prepared to do your skin care routine in the morning. 

I will be using this product and keeping track of my results and give updates, so make sure you're following my social media to keep in touch. You can also check out my YouTube Video on how to use the Banish Kit! Have you tried the Banish Kit? Leave a comment down below and let me know. 

Easy to Use Lip Liners

Monday, December 4, 2017

If it's one thing I NEED more of... it's lip liners. You can never have enough good quality ones, that are easy to apply and are long lasting. I think I found my personal Holy Grail Lip Liner.

From the details of the packaging, to the overall quality of products... Kat Von D Beauty has easily become one of my favorite brands of this year. One thing I have been dying to try, is their lip liners. & boy oh boy am I impressed. 

Everlasting Lip Trio - $27

I got a chance to order their 3 piece Everlasting Lip Liner set that comes with the colors: Lolita, Hawkwind, and Homegirl.  Originally $18 a piece, this set comes with three favorite lip liners for the price of $27. 

It's designed to be a 24 hour wear that's water resistant as well. Made for comfort and a weightless feel, these lip liners are matte that come in 30 different shades. Mix and match or pair it along with your favorite KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip. 

As you can see from the pictures above, the detail of the packaging is amazing. The lip liners are even better themselves. 

When first trying out these liners, I was shocked at how creamy and easy to apply they were. Not only that, but the color payoff was very well too. The color is intense and it made my KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick last even longer than expected. 

Usually I find for pinker lipsticks, they tend to wear away faster. However, using the Lolita Liner with the Lolita Liquid Lipstick, really helped with not only the color payoff, but how well the lipstick lasted as well. 

The liners are easily blendable to give you the perfect lip combo when you don't wear to wear the same liner as your lipstick. You can easily create new shades and make your lips look fuller by using a darker toned lip liner than your lipstick.

It will help to make ANY liquid lipstick last longer and it's so easy to use that a beginner with makeup can even try and be successful using this product. 
From top to bottom: Homegirl, Hawkwind, and Lolita

Homegirl is a Black Berry shade. Perfect for that deep, bold look or to even make your lips look fuller pairing it with Lolita.

Lolita is your Chestnut Rose. Perfect for any skin tone in my opinion. 

Hawkwind is a Nude Sienna shade, perfect to make your lips look slightly fuller, but still natural. 

Overall, I'm obsessed with these lip liners and will definitely be purchasing more colors to add to my collection. The pencil is a twist up that doesn't easily break off too. Again, perfect for any makeup savvy person or anyone getting into makeup. It's effortless, easy, and highly pigmented. 

What are your favorite lip liners? Let me know in the comments down below! 

Cult Classic Foundation

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cult Classics... Something pretty much everyone loves. For me, finding the right foundation shade and formula is a big deal. & if I find something I really like, it's going to be one of my favorites instantly. That foundation in Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation

I remember it like it was yesterday... Generation Beauty 2015 in New York. I was able to get a full bottle of this foundation that I got matched with by a professional makeup artist. When I tell you I loved this foundation, I loved it. 

At the time I didn't have the money to buy this product again but when I did, I remembered why I fell in love with it so much. 

Available in 40 shades, this is natural finished and medium coverage foundation that you can build up to your liking. It feels completely light and thin while giving you a flawless finish. I'm in the shade Y455 - Praline. It blends in with my skin tone so well and the formula isn't too thick or liquidy. 

Developed for all skin tones, this foundation was initially developed for TV shows and Movies. It's going to create a natural and flawless finish to the skin while being almost unrecognizable. I like to use this foundation when I want a less glam look but I still want my foundation to sit pretty and last long. 

Now I'm going to show you some camera and iPhone shots of this foundation. 

2015 - iPhone

2017 - Camera

I just think this foundation and shade is perfect for me. Especially when transitioning from the summer months to the winter months. I can still use the foundation and not look crazy... You know what I mean ;) Have you tried this foundation before? Let me know if you think it's a cult classic and what shade you wear! 

Holographic Highlighter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When it comes to makeup the more unconventional, the more I'm going to love it. My favorite holographic highlight is Milk Makeup Supernova. A showstopper highlight to make anyone stare just to see.

This is a lavender holographic stick highlight with a creamy consistency that easily blends. The iridescence of the highlight leaves a soft sheer shine that you can build up and apply anywhere you want. It has coconut oil, mango butter, and avocado oil to give you a dewy look. 

Milk Makeup Supernova - $28

It's also vegan and compliments any skin tone. For a great price, you're getting a lot of product that can last you a while without you using too much. Especially if you don't use it that often as well. The twist on cap helps to keep the stick from drying out. 

I personally like to apply it with a concealer brush and blend it out with my fingers. It leaves the most beautiful glow and is great for tan skin. You can apply it straight to the skin or on top of makeup! 

As you can see from the picture above, it's very pigmented with a beautiful lavender glow. Something you can wear to spice up a look or to give you a fairy like glow. This is has been one of my go-tos when I want a creamy highlight that I can build up and achieve a soft but out of this world look. 

Now I'm going to show you some makeup looks where I used this product. 



Have you tried any Milk Makeup products before? Let me know in the comments down below and show me your pictures!

Foundation Obsession

Monday, November 13, 2017

We all have that one foundation, you know that one you always reach to whenever you do your makeup. Even if you use other brands, this is that special foundation you see yourself constantly using. For me that's KVD Beauty's Lock It  Foundation.

One thing I love about KVD is their packaging! It's so amazing and will always provide you with great quality and exceptional detail. Not only that, but the overall quality of her products are even better. The sleek design of the bottle was also created to help prevent contamination by having an airless chamber to keep the foundation creamy and perfect for each use. 

Lock It Foundation - $35

This is a matte, full coverage foundation developed for all skin types. And when I say this bad boy is matte... it's matte. Designed with a new look, it comes in 30 different shades and has a 24 hour wear. The longevity of this foundation is unbelievable. And it won't look cakey and hardly cracks.

It's a creamy formula that is thick and a little goes a long way. You can use one pump to cover your face or use two to fully cover everything. Believe me when I say you won't need to put concealer on with this foundation, especially if you like a more natural face. And when I say "natural", I mean a not overly done up face. All you need to do is add a little extra under your eyes and BOOM!

You can also purchase KVD Lock It Hydrating primer that will also help with the wear of the foundation. You can also mix it with the foundation to create a dewy and medium coverage formula. The more primer you add, the more sheer and glowing the product is going to look. 

Now I'm going to show you some of the pictures I have with 3 different foundation shades. 

Medium Warm 62

Medium Warm 65

Deep 66

As you can tell my tan fluctuates quite often and I can work with either doing one of the foundations alone or I can mix the foundations to get my perfect shade. Have you tried KVD Beauty Lock It foundation? Let me to know in the comments below and share your pictures!

Shimmering Skin Perfector

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We all have that holy grail product we come across every now and then. I'm super late to the game, but Becca Cosmetics Cream Champagne Pop is my new favorite everyday highlighter.

A soft white gold with pinky/peach undertones, this is the best and natural looking highlight for everyday use. I love my highlight so much and gold colors tend to compliment my skin very well. This has been a big talked about highlight for a while. I was happy when I got it at Sephora on sale and was shocked at the creamy but pigmented intensity is has. I tend to stay away from white based highlights because it can make tanner skin look ashy, but let me tell you. I haven't touched another highlight since I got this one. 

Becca Champagne Pop - $38

The pink and peach undertones definitely give this highlight a great combo of a white based with a colored undertone that can pretty much compliment any skin tone. It gives you a delicate smooth and sophisticated glow that I promise you will get complimented on every time you use it. 

The compact is small enough to carry with you on the daily, if you ever wanted to add more or do a touch a touch up. The softness of the cream highlight gives you a radiant yet natural glow to the skin. Easy to blend and easy to use, Champagne Pop is now my go to highlight. It's also good for dry and mature skin as the low maintenance of the product is easy enough for anyone to use, even a makeup beginner. 

As you can see from the swatch above, the highlight isn't overbearing to the eye and it easily blendable. The formula is so creamy that I was almost shocked at how it applied. I would use a flat foundation brush or maybe even a concealer brush to apply the product and blend it out with my fingers. 

I'm going to show you what Champagne Pop looks on my skin tone with a few different looks. 

As you can see above, the cream highlight gives a nice soft glow to the skin. Nothing too overpowering and you can always add more or less for your personal preference. 

In this picture, you can see the reflect of the glow on my nose. This highlight is perfect for creating your full glam makeup looks as it will bring an added smooth yet bright glow to the skin. Great for that added pop of glow. 

I'm always hesitant when purchasing a makeup product that is "hyped" up, but I'm so glad that I got and fell in love with this highlight! It's literally one of the best cream highlights I ever used that I can't seem to get away from. Do you have Champagne Pop? Leave a comment down of your pictures so I can see your beautiful glow! 

Favorite Cruelty Free/Vegan Skin Care Products

Sunday, October 29, 2017

You already know how much I love Derma E, and I have a both new and old product from them that I'm currently loving. Derma E has been stepping up their game in the Skin Care business and their vamped up packaging is to die for right now. Sleek, white, with a minimal design.

Derma is an $100 vegan and cruelty free brand with amazing products. Their packaging components are also recyclable as well. They also support the environment and global communities with each purchase they make. 

Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil - $17.99 

My favorite Oil makeup remover, well favorite out of all my makeup removers is Derma E's Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil combined with Argan and Jojoba oils. It is a rinse free cleansing oil that removes your makeup giving you a hydrated, moisturized and soft smooth skin with a dewy finish. Not only is it rinsing off your makeup, but it's also nourishing your skin. Now who doesn't want that?

I've used this product so much that I want to purchase so many when I'm out. I haven't touched another makeup remover or makeup wipe since using this products. The simplicity of being able to take off your makeup with oil while not having to fully rinse is great in my opinion. 

It is so easy to use as well. All you have to do is use 2-3 pumps of the oil and rub it all over your face, then wipe it away with a warm wash cloth. This gets everything off, I mean everything. My face always feels amazing after using this and my face doesn't feel oily at all. It feels more hydrated and moisturized than anything. I've tried other oil makeup removers, and they don't compare to this product. 

 Microdermabrasin Scrub - $32.50 

A cult favorite exfoliate from Derma E is definitely their Microdermabrasion Scrub.  True Story,  I used this as a full body scrub when I first got it. My skin felt good and I thought I was using too much for its size and then I realized it's primarily for your face. Although you can use this on your body for your at home salon perfect treatment. 

My skin is sensitive when it comes to exfoliates, so I have to be sure to be as gentle as possible while rubbing in circular motions. It has a finer texture so that the crystal blend doesn't absorb into your skin. It also helps diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. 

Combined with Dead Sea Salt to buff away dead skin cells and other essiantial ingredients not only scrubs away dead skin and roughness, but also nourishes the skin while making it easier for it to absorb products. I love using this when my skin is feeling rough and I need a nice touch up for the week. After doing my skin care routine too, it leaves my face feeling and looking amazing for days. 

What's your favorite cruelty and vegan skin care products? Leave a comment down below and let me know! 

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