STORYTIME | Skincare routine, Topical Accutane & Skin issues | Katrina S

WHAT – IS – UP ??

FYI – first part of this video is me explaining my back story on developing adult acne and how it affected me
3:56 discussion on tretinoin & clindamycin
9:46 full skincare routine

I hope that someone out there can relate to my story and find strength in it being told. It’s definitely emotional to recap as this shit storm happened while simultaneously preparing for my wedding (lol @ life), but I was able to push through and I hope that message spreads to another person needing it.
Lmk if you have any good radiance/brightening serum and gentle (alcohol-free) toner recommendations.

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
*blog post* 4 Week Pixi Glow Tonic Skin Diary – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/pixi-glow-tonic-4-week-diary/
*blog post* 30 Days on Two Topical Gels – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/my-skin-diary-30-days-on-2-prescribed-topical-gels/

TOPICAL GELS:
Tretinoin .025%
Clindamycin 1%

MORNING SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Clindamycin
Neutrogena hydro boost water gel or Alba Botanica green tea moisturizer

NIGHTTIME SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Mario Badescu aloe vera toner
Tretinoin
Neutrogena hydro boost hydrating serum
Tarte maracuja oil or The Ordinary rose hip seed oil

OTHERS MENTIONED:
Purity pore extractor clay mask
Farmacy bright on vitamin c mask
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Mario Badescu rosewater facial mist

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NEW MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY1gWkUUQ1s
DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjvsXwqfgOg&t=117s
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS | Try this instead of that… | Katrina S

New series?! Maybe? Lmk your thoughts and we’ll roll with it. I wanted to make a “disappointing products” video with a spin where I recommend something to take its place. Because complaining without a solution GETS. YOU. NOWHERE. So here we are with a few overhyped products and I’m here to tell you like it is.

As always, thanks for stopping by xoxo

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS:
Makeup Revolution banana loose setting powder
Palladio matte lipstick in ‘refined chianti’
Essence lash princess mascara Crown pro large powder brush (can’t find this on their website anymore – only Boxycharm’s website)
Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer

TRY INSTEAD:
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Elf moisturizing lipsticks
Essence volume stylist 18 hr lash extension mascara
Aesthetica p12 face brush Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Tarte shape tape concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer

FACE Dior
Backstage Face & Body Foundation
Makeup Revolution Define and Conceal Concealer
Covergirl Matte pressed powder
Physician’s Formula butter bronzer
Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics ‘hush blush’

EYES
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe vol. 1 eyeshadow palette

LIPS
Ofra Cosmetics long lasting liquid lipstick in ‘verona’

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHjo…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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Morphe 25B Palette – what’s good?

“You can create several looks using this palette
without reaching for another.”

The 25B Bronzed Mocha eyeshadow palette from Morphe will cost you $18.00 and that means each shade is less than $1/each (there are 25 shades). The value is phenomenal for what Morphe charges and I think it’s fair to say this is worth Image result for clap emoji your Image result for clap emoji money Image result for clap emoji honey.

We’ve got lid shades, transition colors, six shimmer shades, and a handful of deeper browns/purples to create that smokey look for a night out.

With so many colors in the “neutral” range, I will admit they could’ve dropped five shades that look pretty similar to each other. I think it’s slightly pointless to include a double of any eyeshadow color in the same palette – but hey, maybe someone somewhere is using those two shades separately and then what do I know, right?

Back to this palette having enough shades for an entire look – it’s really a one-stop-shop! And for that, I love it. Imagine going away for a weekend and wanting to take just one palette – the Morphe 25B is your guy. You can get several looks ranging from light and fresh to dark and smokey. Their shimmer shades are gorgeous and provide a stunning “pop of shimmer” to the eyelid.

I am thoroughly impressed with this palette and I must admit, it does kind of tempt me to purchase their other palette of this size: the 25A Copper Spice palette. For less than $20 you just cannot beat it and the quality is there! I love Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes and I’ll happily continue to purchase.

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes with One Item from the Drugstore

“Hint: it’s baby soap! *gasp* That’s right, I said it – and I put it to the test.”

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That’s right, people. I washed my makeup brushes with baby soap. And guess what? It’s a flippin miracle. Forget $30 brush wash or spot treatments. You can clean an entire set of brushes in less than $4. MULTIPLE TIMES.

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I really should be able to end this post right here, because I’m sure you’re convinced. I don’t see how you couldn’t be. However, allow me to explain and go through the method of cleaning so that you can also do this at home! Ballin’ on a budget, amirite???

  1. Gather all your dirty brushes – big and small, face and eye brushes, we don’t discriminate here. You can start with bigger brushes first and then we’ll move onto small brushes. My reasoning here is because you will dispense similar amounts of soap depending on the brush size and it would be annoying to go big, small, big, small, etc.

2. Wet the tip of your brush under a slow and lukewarm stream of water from the sink.

3. Dab a dime-size amount of soap into your less dominant palm.

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4. Begin to swirl your brush into the palm of your hand to create a lather. Be as careful as you can with your brush, doing your best to not turn it right side up (with the bristles in the air). We don’t want the water seeping to the base of your brush hairs – this will cause rust and shedding.

5. Run the tip of the brush back under the stream of water just enough to wet it again. Gently squeeze out excess water, this is when you will see the color of foundation and powder on the bottom of your sink.

6. Repeat with the lathering and “rinsing” until your water excess runs clear.

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One of the most important steps: let your brushes air dry against a cloth to absorb excess water or off the side of a counter (as mine are pictured above). You don’t want to ruin these beauties. Lay them bitches out to air dry.

This will probably take overnight – so I’d recommend washing them in the evening.

And that’s it! Easy, simple, and AFFORDABLE. I also have an affordable way to wash your beauty sponges too, if anyone wants a little blog post on that.

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Ride or Die $5 Liquid Lipsticks + SWATCHES

“I’m lookin’ at you, Wet n Wild.”

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Ooookay. I’ve been meaning to dive into these magnificent lippie products for awhile now. Let me just start by saying…

THESE ARE FIVE DOLLARS.

Do I need to say anymore? No, probably not. The Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks are sweeping the drugstore shelves. The color payoff is outstanding, the lasting effects are all day, and the formula is very comfortable. I do not consider these liquid lipsticks tacky to the touch, and they glide on beautifully after one or two coats. It feels like I’m wearing nothing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they dupe the Too Faced melted matte lipsticks, but they come pretty damn close.

The shades I have: Rebel Rose, Nice to Fuchsia, and Berry Recognize.

First up we have Rebel Rose, a deep pinky nude perfectly paired with any makeup look.

Second, we have Nice to Fuchsia, a brighter/bold fuchsia color that adds a pop of color to any neutral eye look.

Lastly, the third color is Berry Recognize, a deeper berry (almost vampy) lip color that adds a bold look.

PROS:

  • incredibly long-wearing
  • intense color to make as bold of a statement as you desire
  • decent shade selection ranging from nude to bold/vampy (13 colors)
  • comfortable formula that lasts through eating, drinking, and a day of errands
    – Can I just say Nice to Fuchsia lasted me through an entire all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch full of mimosas, pancakes, chips and guacamole, and more drinking
  • $5

CONS:

  • I have none, except that I don’t own every color by now!

I think everyone could benefit from buying at least one shade in this range. I hope Wet n Wild keeps these forever and expands the range so we can be blessed with more options to #slay our nights out.

Did you like these? Did you hate them? Are there other drugstore products similar to these for a similar price? Please let me know so I’m not missing out!IMG_20170402_151816

 

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