Not So Much A Change…

Hello Beauties! Today’s post will not be my usual beauty type post. Instead it is a kind of introduction to the new content and topics that will be displayed and talked about on this blog.

Before it was Beauty In Vain my blog was ironically titled ” Currently Untitled”. I wrote about more than just beauty and fashion. In the coming weeks you will see me getting back to that. The name Beauty In Vain is not as one dimensional as it may seem and as you see more from me you will begin to understand the name and the meaning behind it.

I will still be doing beauty and fashion because I absolutely love both but I’ll also be writing on more things that affect my personal life. All this means is that I will be providing my reader with more content, more often. I cant wait to share what I’ve been working on with all of my readers.

Stay Tuned Beauties!

First Impression Friday: Maui Moisture

Hello  Beauties and Happy Friday! First Impression Fridays are back!

Today I want to talk about Maui Moisture, a vegan hair care line that I spotted while at Ulta. I wasnt sure about this product for natural hair but it was on sale so I decided to give it a try. I picked up the Heal & Hydrate+ Shea Butter line  for dry and damaged hair whose main ingredients include Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Macadamia Oil. Maui Moisture is made with 100% Aloe Juice and Coconut Water and is silicone free. I purchase the whole Heal & Hydrate line which includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Detangler Leave-In, and a Raw Oil.

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So here’s the big question: Do I like this hair care line?

I have used the shampoo and conditioner for my last two wash days so that I could give an honest “first impression” of the products. First of all I absolutely LOVE the packaging. Its so cute and reminds me of a natural fruit and veggie drink. The smell isn’t too strong like some products but it’s pleasant smell still. I like that the hair mask can be used as a deep conditioner or a leave-in. The biggest issue I have with this line is that it has NO slip. I like to detangle in the shower with a conditioner and this is really not a good product for that. The shampoo feels “dry” during washing, it doesn’t feel like its moisturizing my hair at all. The conditioner feels the same. The deep conditioning mask is a little better when it comes to slip but it still wouldn’t make it in my top 5. The detangler leave in is great as a leave in but not so great as a detangler. I suggest detangling before using these products. I use it as a daily moisturizer and it seems to be working well for that purpose. The Raw Oil is just like any other oil, nothing to get excited about. I use it to seal after moisturizing . Maui Moisture products don’t leave a lot of build up which is a plus for those who wash less often.

Would I recommend this line to other naturalistas?

I’d say give it a try and see how you like it. Its $8.99 per item and I snagged them when they were on sale buy one get one half off. Its not a huge loss if you don’t really like it. The one item that I would recommend is the Hair Mask. I do love it as a leave in and my curls did seem to have more definition after using it.

I’m going to finish the products that I have but i probably won’t repurchase anything but the hair mask.

Have you tried the Maui Moisture line? How did it work for you?

Color Correcting: A Review on NYX Color Correcting Liquid Primer

Hello Beauties! Today I am going to talk about my experience with the NYX Color Correcting Liquid Primer. I purchased this correcting primer because I thought it would help with some of my larger areas of discoloration. My first issue with this product was the consistency. Its so runny! Yes I know its liquid but I wish it were a bit thicker for easier application. It also doesn’t blend well. I saw no difference in the look of my makeup when using this primer. Honestly I feel like its just colored liquid and has no real function when it comes to priming or correcting. I did not like this product at all and would not recommend it.

I know this was a pretty short review but there’s really not much to say about a product that just doesn’t work. Maybe others have had better luck with the NYX Color Correcting Primer but for me it was just a total miss.wp-1489241631760.png

Bookworm: My 2017 Reading List

Hello beauties! In conjunction with makeup and fashion, reading is one of my all time favorite pastimes is reading. I have loved reading since I was a little girl. While others were playing with dolls I was reading Babysitters Club and Goosebumps, they had a doll collection and I had a desk piled high with books. Over the years I’ve noticed that I dont read as much as I used to. Now that Im a Mom and an entrepreneur I’ve traded in leisure reading for checking homework, cooking meals, and trying to brand myself. I promised myself that this year I would get back into reading. I may have to cut out some TV and videogaming time but hey, it’ll be worth it. A recent trip to the annual book sale in my town has given me more of a reason to get back into reading.  Here’s what I plan to read this year:

Nonfiction 

  • I Still Want It  by Derrick Jaxn
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
  • When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks by Joan Morgan
  • How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • Nectar by Upile Chisala
  • The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women by Michael Porter
  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris Perry

Fiction

  • The Madmans Tale by John Katzenbach
  • Blow Out by Catherine Coulter
  • Intensity by Dean Koontz
  • The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Double Cross by James Patterson
  • Nemesis by Catherine Coulter

My list will probably grow as I see other books that interest me but for now these are the main picks. I dont have a lot of new fiction books on the list but Im making myself read whats on my shelf before I make another book purchase.

Whats on your reading list for this year?

 

This Could Be The One: Juice Beauty Skincare Line

Good Morning Beauties! As you may know I have been on the hunt for a product to save my dreadful skin. Previously on my post Skincare: A New Routine, I talked about a line called Juice Beauty. Juice Beauty is a skincare and makeup line that uses organic ingredients to bring out the beauty in your skin. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and USDA Certified.

I have been using 4 of the Juice Beauty products to achieve softer, more clear skin.

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  • Blemish Clearing Cleanser
  • Blemish Clearing Serum
  • Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Green Apple Peel Full Strength

I use this line of products 5 days a week in hopes to reduce my breakouts and clear up old scars and even my skin tone. You will understand why I only use it 5 out of 7 days in a later post. This is my fourth week using the Juice Beauty line and I have seen that I have less breakouts, smoother, softer skin and I do see a more even skin tone on the side of my face that doesn’t have severe dark spots. I will continue to use these products until they are gone. I hope to see even better results as I continue my skincare routine with these Juice Beauty products.

Ulta Junkie: Anastasia Beverly Hills Haul

Hello Beauties! I had to come bye and tell you all about the awesome Ulta purchase I made last week. I just discovered the greatness of Ulta this year and I quickly fell in love with shopping there. This time I decided to really splurge and get a few items from the Anastasia Beverly Hills line that Ive had my eye on for a really long time. Take a look at what I got!

First on the list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette Vol 1. I love this palette so much and there are so many different shades you can make by mixing the shades already provided. The lipsticks are creamy but have a beautiful matte finish. Its worth the $48 I spent on it.

Next on the list is the Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. The 14 colors in this palette are so pigmented and velvety! Its a great mix of mattes and shimmers and all the colors work and blend well together. Lets not forget the packaging for this palette. Its a wonderful soft pink color with a velvet texture. It feels as good as it looks.

 

The next item on the list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped. These four highlight shades are soft, pigmented, and HUGE. I’m just really getting into the highlight game but I know that I like a blinding glow, these highlights will do it for you. A little will give you a great glow and if you wet them…wow. I’m so happy with this purchase.

Last on the list of Anastasia Beverly Hills goodies is the Contour Cream Kit. This is another thing that I am new to and trying to get a hang of. I got the darkest palette and I am not disappointed with the pigment. Its takes some getting used to because it can be hard to blend the cream but after its blended it looks awesome!

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I will be using these palettes in future looks that I will be posting so keep and eye out for those. Also follow my Instagram for daily posts, updates, and info on future hauls, reviews, and coming very soon GIVEAWAYS!

Skincare: A New Routine

Good Morning Beauties! Today I am going to share with you my new skincare routine.

Clean, healthy skin is something we all strive for especially those of us who enjoy wearing makeup. I have been on the hunt for the perfect product for my face. I tend to break out a lot on my cheeks and forehead and i have a hard time keeping my hands off my face during a breakout. I end up picking at my face and the end result is dark spot and scars. I was using a 30% Glycolic Acid Peel but the results…or lack thereof had me looking for other options.

One day while browsing the Ulta website for new beauty products a brand called Juice Beauty caught my eye. I spotted their Green Apple Peel and grew curious as to whether or not this would be something that would be beneficial to me. After reading up on the product I learned that it was indeed something that could possibly clear up some of the imperfections on my face. After reading review after review I was sold. I purchased the full strength Green Apple Peel, the Blemish Clearing Cleanser, the Blemish Clearing Serum, and the Oil Free Moisturizer. These products are a bit pricey but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.wp-1488931964335.jpg

I have been using the products for the past week. I use the cleanser, serum and moisturizer twice a day everyday and I use the peel twice a week. This being only the first week I didn’t think I’d have any results to write about. I was wrong. In just a week I have noticed that my skin is softer and smoother. I will be doing a more in-depth review of these products as  continue to use them.

The next addition to my skincare kit is a SkinFun spinning facial cleansing brush. I grabbed this brush on Amazon for a cool $22 as a cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic. The brush comes with 3 exfoliating heads and has 3 different speed setting. I use the softest brush to wash my face in the morning and the next one up in the evenings to wash away anything left behind after I clean off my makeup using my Thayers Witch Hazel which was also purchased from Amazon.

The last addition to my new skincare routine is my Personal Microdermabrasion tool aka the PMD. I first saw this item  used by one of my favorite Youtubers, HeyParis. I trust her reviews enough that I was willing to spend $159 on this tool. I am currently only using the PMD once a week but as I get more comfortable with the tool I will bump it up to twice a week. I will be doing a more in-depth review of the PMD after I have been able to fully experience it.wp-1489232516540.jpg

I am hoping that with a healthier diet, exercise, and some stick-to-it-ive-ness I can reach the goals that I have set for my skin.

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Total Control Drop Foundation

Hello Beauties! I’m sure you’ve already  heard about the fairly new NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. This foundation comes in 24 different shades so there’s a shade of almost everyone. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation comes in a super cute little frosted glass bottle and the dispenser is, as the name implies a dropper. You get 0.43 fl. oz of foundation for $13. I’m used to getting at least an once so for me this was a con.

Applying this foundation can be a bit bothersome because of the consistency. The foundation is extremely runny so it can be messy. There is a brush that is sold separately for an additional $13 that was made for this foundation. After looking at a few reviews of the brush and foundation together I decided that buying the brush would be a waste of money. I wouldn’t recommend applying the foundation directly to a brush or beauty blender because it will be soaked up. The most effective way of applying the foundation that I found was to apply the drops directly to my skin then use my brush to blend. the consistency of the product may makes this messy if you aren’t careful. You may want to throw on an old t-shirt just in case a drop gets away from you.

This foundation claims to deliver sheer-to-full coverage with just a few drops and give a matte finish. Below is a picture of how to achieve the desired coverage.

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I like full coverage so I started with four drops. That gave me medium coverage on ONE cheek. I had to double that to get the coverage that I wanted. For my entire face I had to use about 20 drops to get full coverage. The only person who could get full coverage from four drops of this foundation is someone with skin that is already almost flawless. I like the look that it gives after application. It is matte and it stays in place.

I really want to like this foundation but I feel like with the amount that I have to use to get the coverage I want I would go through a bottle extremely fast. At $13 that’s not really such a bad thing though, Ive spent more on other foundations and ended up hating them.Would I recommend this foundation?  Yes. Its a nice foundation. It has its faults but once you get the hang of it it does do what it claims.

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