We recently said goodbye to another year, and to celebrate I wanted to share some of my favorite drugstore beauty products of 2013.  I currently wear 1.) Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream everyday because it’s so light and natural.  It also doesn’t break my acne prone skin out.  2.) Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray is an awesome sea salt spray.  When I want to be lazy with my hair this is my go-to!  You may have seen 3.) Queen Helen Mud Pack Masque in my skin care post.  The clay in this product works amazing to unclog pores.    When I do wear foundation, 4.) Almay Truly Lasting Color Makeup has been my favorite for years.  I really like how it doesn’t cake on my skin.    I highly recommend 5.) Maybelline’s Cover Stick if you are looking for something high-coverage under your eyes.  However, if you breakout frequently I would not use it to cover blemishes, as it tends to have an oily consistency.  Applying my 6.) eos lip balm in the flavor, “Strawberry Sorbet” is an obsession right now.  This product is not only all-natural and mostly organic (which I love), but it’s way too much fun to put on due to that adorable egg shape.  I like 7.) Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil because it comes with a small comb on the end of the brow liner and the color goes on very smooth making it look less harsh  than other brow liners.  8.) Revlon’s PhotoReady Powder really does it’s name justice.  I always think my skin looks a little more fresh when I wear this in pictures.  I can’t say enough about 9.) CeraVe Moisturizing lotion.  I go to sleep at night with this on and when I wakeup in the morning I can still feel it on my skin, (but without that sticky/wet feeling). It is such a must-buy if you have sensitive skin!  I use 10.) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle instead of conditioner once a week and it makes my hair so soft and removes a lot of those annoying knots.  I don’t think I go a day without wearing Revlon Just Bitten in “Smitten”.  It’s like a lip stain, but way less drying.

Let me know what your favorites of 2013 were (: !

DIY: Music Sheet Art

This project is incredibly easy and so versatile.  I put my Cinderella sheet in a frame and hung it on my wall, but these pictures could also make really cute gifts for family and friends.  I picked a Disney theme for my project, but this idea will work with anything.  Consider using: animals, movies, characters, flowers, symbols, or quotes (just some ideas).

To make this project is very simple!  1.) Go to google, search for a “printable music sheet”, and print it out.  Next google search the “silhouette” of the character, flower, etc., and print that out.  I searched for “Disney Character Silhouettes”.  2.)  Carefully cut the silhouette out, and place it over the music sheet.  Trace the figure onto the music sheet and cut it out.  3.) Glue the new music sheet silhouette onto any color paper you like and “wha-la” done (: .

Need to Start Eating Healthy?

The Inspiration Closet has you covered!  A juicer is a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Although this is a drink made entirely out of fruit, I find that a juicer helps me to eat vegetables I normally don’t like by disguising them with the sweetness of other ingredients.  Cut all of the above items up in pieces small enough to fit in your juicer and juice each fruit one by one.  Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, mix thoroughly, and store in the fridge.  Enjoy! (:

Skin Type: Combination (Oily+Dry+Sensitive)

These Products May Not Work for All Skin Types and I am not Claiming to be a Professional, but they Definitely Work for Me!

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What I Avoid Eating:  Fast Food, Dairy, and Oils:  Between the chemicals, grease, and fried nature of the products, fast food is something I try to avoid as much as possible when striving for clear skin.  Dairy has been shown to promote breakouts so I try to limit this as well.  I love cheese and ice-cream so this is something that I have trouble cutting down on.  As far as consuming anything oily, or greasy goes, I make sure to wash my hands as soon as I am done eating before I touch my face in order to prevent the grease from attacking my pores.

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Vitamins I Take Daily:  Vitamins are such an important part of achieving clear skin.  Vitamin D3 has been shown to promote clear skin and I definitely see a difference in my skin when I take it.  Vitamin C and Vitamin E help me as well.

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Cleansing Products:  Clean & Clear’s, “Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Cleanser” is the only face wash I can use that doesn’t break me out.  It doesn’t have benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which is better for my sensitive skin.  It is supposedly infused with oxygen and antioxidants inside the small beads and I think they work well to unclog pores.  Before I wash my face I use face wipes to get all the makeup off.  I personally think any brand of makeup wipes will work just as well as the next.

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Topical Products:  Okay, so the following products are really what has improved my skin the most.  To start, a clay mud mask such as one from the brand, Queen Helene does wonders for acne prone skin.  The clay gets into pores and dries the oil out.  Leave it on for ten minutes and then wash off.  Next, go to you’re local Whole Foods and pick up alwadi orange blossom water.  It works better than rose water as an amazing toner.  Apply with a cotton ball after cleansing face and applying the mud mask.  Now, as strange as it may sound, take pin and puncture a vitamin E capsule.  Squeeze out the oil and combine with CeraVe Moisturizer (an excellent moisturizer for acne prone skin).  Rub it on the face, neck, or any other problem areas of the body.  This routine has cleared my skin like nothing i’ve ever tried.  Oil is a magnet for other oil, so by topically applying an oil like Vitamin E that doesn’t clog pores, you are actually pulling the pore clogging oil out of your skin!

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Hope This Helps You and Good Luck ! (:

For the past month I have been using Maybelline’s, “Rocket Volum’ Mascara” and I have to say, I am very happy with it.  I chose to make it this week’s, “Beauty Product of the Week” for a few reasons.  This mascara takes my lashes to extreme lengths, more so than I have found with any other mascara. This includes Benefit’s, “They’re Real” featured in my “Products Worth the Price” post.  The product honestly make your lashes look as if they are false because they become so long, and the volume is fantastic as well.  I recently used a pair of false lashes and without applying any mascara to them, they were smaller than this mascara made my lashes by itself.  I do have one issue with this product.  This formula is high clump because this mascara makes layers very easy to build upon.  While the build-ability is part of what makes the item so successful, the clumps are an issue.  A quick fix for this is to take your finger and place it underneath all of your lashes.  After doing so, gently move your finger from side to side pushing upward lightly.  While you will get a little mascara on your fingers, you can wash it off and it effectively will have separated the majority of your clumped lashes.  If you prefer not to use your finger, take a cotton swab and place the stick horizontally under the lashes, applying the same motion.