Skin Tip: Consistency is Key to Great Skin!

Stephie Estie

It‚Äôs Friday readers which means my weekly skin tip. ūüôā

Once you find the right products for your skin, you’re half-way to achieving healthy skin.  However, you need to establish a consistent routine to maintain your results.  Think of it in terms of a workout routine -sticking to it long term will yield results.

See you next week,


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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color Review!

Vivid Matte Liquid

Happy Thursday everyone! ¬†I was at Target the other day and was thrilled to find the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors on the shelves. Here’s my review on it.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in Nude Flush 

Described as, “bold, vivid color [that] glides easily onto lips for a velvety matte finish. Formula is comfortable and creamy with a smooth feel upon application.”


Budget friendly

Good pigmentation

Good color selection



Made my lips feel numb

Not matte

Fragrance might be bothersome to some

Easily transfers/comes off when eating

Overall:¬†Unfortunately, this didn’t work at all for me as I think I had an allergic reaction to it. ¬†As soon as I applied it, my lips felt very numb. ¬†At first I thought my reaction was similar to what I get when I apply lip plumping glosses but the numbness never faded away. ¬†The second day I tried it, again my lips felt numb and this time they really started to hurt so I immediately wiped it off. ¬†This applied like a gloss and isn’t really sticky but it never dried down to a matte finish. ¬†About 2 hours into wearing them, I could still rub my lips together and get a glossy feel. Upon drinking and eating, the lipstick wore off completely, so this product doesn’t last long. ¬†Even if I didn’t have a reaction to this, I would still return this as the name is misleading, and, in my opinion, you’re better off sticking to the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Colors.

Nude Flush Swatch

Maybelline Nude Flush

A swatch of the shade Nude Flush.  These are nicely pigmented as I only swiped it once across my arm to get this color.

Maybelline Matte Liquid

Have you tried these ones? ¬†What’s your opinion on them?¬†


January 2016 Favorites!

January Favorites

Happy Tuesday everyone! ¬†How was your weekend? ¬†It’s been super windy over here but other than that, everything is good. ¬†It’s time again for my monthly favorites so let’s get started!

Renee Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 17%

I have a very textured forehead and even though I exfoliate on a regular basis, it doesn’t help much. ¬†I’ve found that exfoliating serums though make a major difference in the appearance of my skin and this glycolic acid based one works great. ¬†After cleansing and toning my skin, I pat on a thin layer before applying my moisturizer on top. It tingles a little but isn’t uncomfortable. ¬†I use it for three nights straight and then discontinue it for three nights straight and I’m mindful of not spending too much time in the sun when using this.

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate 

I have a sample of this bronzer and I’ve been reaching for this pretty much everyday. ¬†As the name implies, there is no shimmer here which is great and it blends in effortlessly while looking natural. There is a slight chocolate scent but it quickly dissipates once you apply it.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens

I’ve reviewed this lip cream here so I won’t say much other than the scent to this one is addicting and the color is natural and gorgeous.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Peanut Brittle

I’ve been stalking the NYX store to purchase the shade Tres Leches and since they are always out of stock, I picked up the shade Peanut Brittle. ¬†Peanut Brittle is part of the NYX Spring 2016 collection and believe me when I saw this lipgloss is highly pigmented. ¬†The swatch below was just one swipe. ¬†I wear this alone and I get a glossy nude lip that’s divine.

Athen and Peanut Brittle

Top to Bottom: NYX Athens and Peanut Brittle

Chloe Love Story

Jen from In the Beauty Box¬†(give her a follow!)¬†sent me a bag filled with gifts and this one was one of them. ¬†With notes of¬†Neroli (Orange Blossom Oil), Stephanotis Jasmine, Physalis and Cedarwood, I’m really liking this scent. ¬†It’s not overly overpowering and somehow I get a whiff of rose which is nice. ¬†It doesn’t last long though which is about the only downside I see.

January Favorites End

What were your January favorites?