15 Makeup Memes to Get You Through Your Day

Mornings are never easy, but hopefully these makeup memes can take the edge off.

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Thanking the makeup gods for the tool upgrade!

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We all know that eyebrows are sisters and not twins but what they don’t tell you is that she’s your awkward, ugly sister who never passed the 4th grade #tragic

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning | glamrika.com

yasss come through the *more* fabulous me!

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning | glamrika.com

aka my current struggle over the UD Heat Palette…

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15 Makeup Memes for your Morning | glamrika.com

the worst feeling ever.

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15 Makeup Memes for your Morning | glamrika.com

on the flip side thooo…

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parents just don’t understand I guess…

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Take all my money. Just have it all!

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Never too much right…?

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*checks tracking number every 15 minutes for updates*

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uuuggghhh!

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15 Makeup Memes for your Morning | glamrika.com

Let me upgrade ya.

Hopefully this post made you smile a bit. Now walk into your morning and thrive like the queen your are.

xoxo

Happy 4th of July | OOTD

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Romper: Akira | Sandals: Target

I honestly can’t remember the last time I dressed in red, white and blue for the 4th of July. In my household, we never placed an emphasis on the aesthetic of being American, but this year my mama had other plans. At our annual barbecue this year she requested that everyone dress in the festive colors of our country (eye roll). America and I are not on the best of terms right now, but I do love this country and more importantly, I love my mama and I’m going to do whatever she says regardless.

I wanted my independence fit to be adorable yet functional so I opted for a romper since I’ll probably be running around with my nephews and helping out around the house when needed. Hope ya’ll enjoy!

xoxo

Playful Brunch Look

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Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

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Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | glamrika.com

Playful Brunch Look | Glamrika.com

Top: Akira | Skirt: Forever21 | Sandals: Target

The off shoulder, mustard yellow blouse with dramatic ruffles sleeves is a statement piece of its own. The denim skirt and thick wrap around sandals keep things casual while the red lip and hoop earrings keep things fun and playful.

xoxo

Product Review | Tarte Rainforest of the Sea

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I am happy to be back, writing about the things I love and presenting my new discoveries to you all. I took a 3 month break to focus on school, graduation, moving into a new apartment and preparing for the busy summer season at my job. Things are finally starting to simmer down and settle into a routine, which means I can finally get back to my hobbies again (yippie!).

But enough about me – this post is all about the new foundation I have been using and my thoughts on the product. I made the recent switch to the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation after watching iluvsarahii’s foundation tutorial. The coverage looked FLAWLESS on her, so I took to the internet to do some intensive research on this foundation before buying it.

According to tartecosmetics.com, the Rainforest of the Sea foundation line is a water based foundation. Its lightweight, full coverage formula claims to be very hydrating and contains a non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen. On paper, this sounds like the ideal foundation for me. A full coverage foundation for dry skin, with a built in SPF, perfect for summer. At $39USD I felt like it was worth a shot.

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My first application was with a damp beauty sponge (later used a flat top blending brush and I feel like the sponge is my best bet) and I can honestly say I was impressed with the amount of coverage I was able to get from a water based foundation. It dried to a semi matte finish and lasted throughout the day (a particularly hot and humid day eating lunch by the river). Day one was love at first sight but I’m not going to lie every other day of using this foundation tells a different story.

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A picture from day 1.

This is what I’ve noticed about this foundation since day 1.

  • It settles into fine lines even when you bake them and set them with powder
  • It tends to separate throughout the day on oily parts of your face and cling to dry patches
  • It kind of looks chalky when you wear it for a long period of time
  • All in all – I am not really a fan…

I plan on returning this foundation and exchanging it for something else which sucks because the coverage is beautiful and it does photograph well but I’ve had better luck with other foundations in the past when it comes to wear and longevity.

If you have tried this foundation let me know in the comments section how you feel about it because honestly, I am not convinced its worth it.

xoxo

#MOTD | Pink and Monochromatic

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Good morning and happy Monday! I am starting off the week highly organized, but also extremely sleepy. Looks like the only way I am going to get through this busy day is through a couple sips of coffee.

Anywhooo – I have a new makeup look for you all. It is a pink monochromatic look inspired by (and created with) the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. As we head into spring, this has been my go to makeup look lately. Keep reading for all of the details.

BROWS:

Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in “Ebony”. Too clean things up, I used the LA Girl Pro concealer (also makes a great brow bone highlight)

EYES:

Urban Decay primer potion and Loreal True Match foundation in “nut brown c7” were used as my eye shadow base. Using the Sweet Peach palette, I placed the shade “summer yum” in the crease. “Candied peach” is packed on all over the lid and “peaches n; cream” is placed on the prow bone to set the concealer. The inner corner highlight is courtesy of some random Too Faced glitter that I received a while ago.

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I Primed my face using the Too Faced hangover primer (check out my review here). Next I mixed the Urban Decay all nighter foundation in “11.0” with the Loreal foundation used earlier and applied the mixture with a damp beauty sponge. The concealer used to highlight my under eyes, bridge of my nose, cupids bow and chin is the Becca Cosmetics aqua concealer in “warm honey”. I then set all of the concealer with my fav – Laura Mercier translucent powder.  I contoured my face with the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit in “medium – tan”. My highlight is from the Nars unfiltered cheek palette in the shades “watch me” and “me first” and blush is from the Tarte x Makeup Shayla contour palette.

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Lips:

Katvond  liquid lipstick in “Lolita”

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Easily on of my favorite makeup looks because of how simple it is.

xoxo

A Holy Grail Primer For Dry Skin?

Hello to all my flaky faced friends! Nothing ruins makeup more than dry patches and eczema spots. It is so annoy to pile on product after product only to have your face looking caky and dusty. Lately, this has been my reality, so I have been on the hunt trying new products to alleviate the problem.

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Admittedly, the Too Faced Hangover primer was an impulsive purchase, but truthfully I never thought about switching primers until I saw it hanging on the “beauty on the fly” counter before checkout. This product claims to be a replenishing face primer that is formulated to nourish the skin using coconut water, probiotic ingredients and no silicones. Having no silicones in a primer that is meant for dry skin is fantastic because silicones can make your dry patches look caky and textured.

After trying out the Hangover primer for myself, I noticed the creamy consistency of the primer glides unto the skin and dries to a light weight, tacky yet dewy finish. I feel like the tackiness gives your foundation something to grip instead of sinking directly into your skin and settling into the fine lines of your face. My skin does not feel tight once the primer has dried which is very important to me. I want my primer and moisturizer to be teammates not evil twins.

Holy Grail Primer for Dry Skin? | glamrika.com
Now lets clear up some confusion – this product is a primer, not a moisturizer and I would NOT recommend skipping your moisturizer and using this product as a substitute. It is not THAT hydrating. It gets the job done, and it blurs fine lines and pore without all of the cakyness that other primers have to offer.

All in all I would give this product 4/5 stars. The primer lives up to its statements and does not perform poorly, but its not perfect. When I run out there is no guarantee that I will be sprinting to Sephora to grab another batch. It is good enough until something else comes along…. whatever that is.

xoxo

Josie Maran Skin Care Review | For Eczema Prone Skin

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It has been a while since I wrote about skincare. If you have been a avid reader of my blog, you may remember my post about my skincare journey, where I opened up to you all about my severe eczema condition. Since then, I have been 100% on top of my game with treating my skin, but flare ups still happen on occasion. With the ever changing weather in Chicago, and working next to a dry, hot heater in the office, my eczema has been relentless.

Whenever your flare ups are getting worse, even when you have a pretty bomb skincare routine, it usually means its time to switch things up. Originally I was going to head over to Lush Cosmetics on Michigan, but figured it would be easier to head over to Sephora, located down the street from my office (dangerous I know).

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At four products total, the purchase was only two items. The first, being the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter and the second being the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual Kit which comes with a oil cleanser, the argan oil and a sunscreen moisturizer.

The skincare ritual set is designed to hydrate and nourish all skin types, with a special concentration on sensitive skin.

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Step one is to cleanse with the Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil. According to the box, the cleansing oil is self heating and will melt away any dirt and makeup on the skin. You apply it dry, and rub it all over your face, slowly adding water into the mixture until it gets a milky consistency. Continue to message and rinse.

Pros: It gives my face a deep clean without feeling stripped OR super oily. Also, the smell is pretty divine.

Cons: The bottle, I wish it came with a pump. Also, if you are not careful with washing the  oil off of your face you will notice a sticky residue.

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Step two is to nourish your skin with the Josie Maran 100% pure Argan Oil.

Pros: The deep penetration into the skin that the light-weight yet thick oil brings. I notice when I press the oil into the corners of my nose (a eczema problem area) the dry and flaky skin is eliminated.

Cons: None! This is probably my favorite skin oil to date.

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Step 3 is to protect your skin with the Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. Truthfully, I do not know a single thing about SPF or sun screen. For a long time I drank the koolaid and believed that people of color did not need to worry about the harmful effects of sun damage. I now realize I was wrong, and having this sun screen moisturizer in the kit was a big selling point for me.

The main thing I do know about sun screen is that when applied with makeup, it can leave a awful flash-back glow making you look like a ghost. I have yet to test my theory with this moisturizer. Has anyone else had this issue, and if so how do you combat it? Skincare is my priority over makeup and I want to fit this product into my regimen.

Pros: n/a

Cons: n/a

Josie Maran Skin Care Review | Eczema Skin - glamrika.com

Lastly, I slather my face with the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter. For my dry, flaky skin, a whipped buttery consistency is literally what I needed most. The first day using this product I knew it had the juice just by the way my makeup application went. Honey it was soo smooth! Not a single drop of foundation settled into my frown lines nor did my skin feel tight or look cakey throughout the day. As you can tell by my enthusiasm – I am very excited about this product, but nothing is perfect so it has some cons as well.

Cons: This moisturizer does not work well with the 100% argan oil. It is suggested to follow up with the oil after applying the moisturizer, but I notice that when I try that method everything starts pealing off of my face. It is best to apply the oil to your face while its a bit damp and then follow up with the moisturizer right after.

If anything, I can see the oil cleanser potentially becoming a staple product in my skincare regimen. As far as the other products, it is still too soon to tell.

Thanks for reading and please – I would love if someone could give me some feedback on the SPF issue.

xoxo

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