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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Did your New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside? Here’s how to try again.

We’re fast approaching the halfway point of 2019, and often, this can be the time that people realize that they’ve relinquished most of their New Year’s resolutions. However, you shouldn’t be discouraged. It’s not easy to make substantial changes to your lifestyle, and sometimes we run out of motivation when it comes to trying to change a lifetime of habits.


Bring the focus back to the here and now
Ignore your New Year’s resolution – where are you at in your fitness goal now? What have you achieved since the new year? Focusing on what you want to achieve, and what you could realistically do at the moment will help you start again with more conviction. If you’ve figured out the hard way that you can’t make your money back on a gym membership, then maybe ask yourself what you really could find time for. Now we’re approaching the summer months, you may wish to find some sports that are perfect for enjoying in the sunshine.

Pick one at a time
Part of your problem may be that you’re simply putting too much pressure on yourself at any given time. Picking just one resolution and working on it will help you to stay focused. This is partly because it takes time to establish a behavioural pattern. By picking just one resolution, you can allow yourself the time and space to really focus on it. For example, if you goal was to be able to run two to three miles, you can gradually build up your pace on a weekly basis. If you were throwing in the task of being able to bench-press on top of that, you would find the task of setting running milestones all the more overwhelming.

Resolve major ongoing health issues
Failing to meet your New Year’s resolutions is never entirely your fault – life throws obstacles in our way all the time, which can make it a real challenge to keep on top of our goals, no matter how big or small they are. However, a major block to progress can be an unresolved health issue, which can make it feel impossible to stay focused. You owe it to yourself to get this seen to, no matter how serious it may be. For example, if you are struggling with addiction, then it’s wise to seek help before placing too many resolutions on yourself. Finding alcohol addiction treatment will help you go through the process of detoxing with much-needed support.

The most important aspect to picking up your resolutions again is to not be too hard on yourself. There may have been very good reasons for not being able to achieve those resolutions in the first place, no matter how serious or small. This time around, be sure to take your time in figuring out how best to go about that – and indeed, whether you even enjoy your resolutions in the first place. Don’t take on too many tasks at once, and always enjoy each milestone of success.
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Beauty Bakerie Eyelash Icing Waterproof Mascara, Cotton Candy Champagne Blush Highlighter Palette, Cake Pop in Peanut Butterluster & Cinnamon Churro and Hazelnut Swirl Metallic Liquid Lipstick Lip Whip Review, Swatches, Demo and YouTube Video Part Two

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I get commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.

Not Sponsored: I reviewed Beauty Bakerie's base face products yesterday in Part One of this series. Today (in Part Two) I am going to review some of their color face products. For a more in-depth review, check out my YouTube video.


Beauty Bakerie Eyelash Icing Waterproof Mascara - Sweet
I love the name of this mascara! I love the packaging! Beauty Bakerie's Eyelash Icing Waterproof Mascara (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie) is black. It's waterproof. It has an hourglass wand. This mascara comes in a tube. I apply this mascara in my YouTube video. It did a great job separating and coating each lash. It definitely defined them. I would say this is a great EVERYDAY mascara. Its nothing over the top. It provided some lengthening and volume, but your lashes look NATURAL. If you want more dramatic lashes, this mascara will not give you that type of look.


Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Champagne Blush Highlighter Palette - Sweet
I always get a little nervous about shimmer on my cheeks, but I really like Beauty Bakerie's Cotton Candy Blush Highlighter Palette (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie). First, the packaging! I love the bubbly glasses of champagne with pink cotton-candy atop each glass. I love that Beauty Bakerie gives you FOUR options.. The first two are a little too pink for me, but I show them to you in my YouTube video (24h Champagne Diet, Sip Sip Hooray). I think they will look great on lighter skin tones. My favorites for my skin tone are the last two (Stop and Smell the Rose and No Champagne, No Gain). All are swatched on my hand below. These are highly pigmented and have highlighting properties, so use a light hand. In my picture below is a mix of the last two (to see each individually watch my video).


Beauty Bakerie Cake Pop Lipstick in Peanut Butterluster and Cinnamon Churro - Supersweet
I'm LOVING Beauty Bakerie's Cake Pop Lipsticks (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie). These are mini lipsticks housed in cake/pie sliced packaging! The lipsticks have the cutest & most colorful cake pop designs. They have a soft matte formula that is creamy and feels great on the lips. There's nothing drying about them and they are highly pigmented. I only purchased two, but I will definitely purchase more. My favorite was Peanut Butterluster, which is a matte warm brown tan. Cinnamon Churro is a FIESTA RED! It's a matte terracotta. Don't be afraid to get these. There are 15 shade options.


Beauty Bakerie Matte & Metallic Lips Whips + Hazelnut Swirl Metallic Lip Whip - Sweet
I reviewed some of Beauty Bakeries matte (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie) & metallic (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie) lip whips in the past (linked in the first paragraph). Only a few worked out for me and I didn't understand why. Well Cashmere, the CEO of Beauty Bakerie came out with some Do's & Donuts as it relates to her lip whips. I show them to you in my YouTube video. Bottom line, make sure your lips are in good condition (exfoliated, hydrated) and DON'T USE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS ON YOUR LIPS. I love my Sara Happ lip primer & Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base on my lips, but when using these you just can't. It will conflict with these. ALL OF THEM are highly pigmented. Take your time while applying these. ONCE THEY DRY DOWN THEY DO NOT BUDGE! To remove them can be difficult if you don't have the right products. Beauty Bakerie sells a lip whip remover (I've never tried). Clinique take the day off cleansing balm works well. Also good old Vaseline. Below is Hazelnut Swirl on me, but if you want to see the other colors in my collection that are swatched on my hand below then watch my YouTube video.


My Final Thoughts: Beauty Bakerie offers an array of blushes, lip products, and eyeshadow palettes. I'm very pleased with what is in my collection.

If you would like to see these products in action, watch my YouTube video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgtynG6DpuM
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Monday, April 29, 2019

Beauty Bakerie Wake & Bake Face Oil, Blending Eggs Makeup Sponges, Cake Face Concealer in Procaffeinating, Cake Mix Foundation #31 and Flour Translucent Setting Powder Review, Swatches, Demo and YouTube Video Part One

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I get commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I've tried Beauty Bakerie's Matte Lip Whips, Metallic Lip Whips and Neapolitan Eyeshadow Palette in the past. So, I wanted to try some more of their products. I've split this review into two parts. Today, I'll be covering their base products: face oil, makeup sponges, concealer, foundation, and setting powder. For an in-depth look into how these products perform, check out my YouTube video. Wishing you guys a really great week!


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Beauty Bakerie Wake & Bake Face Oil - Bittersweet
I have dry skin. Last year, I fell in love with Smashbox's Primer Oil (review)(ULTA, QVC, Nordstrom, Macys, and Smashbox). It really made a difference in my foundation application. So I am open to trying other face oils. I tried Beauty Bakerie's Face Oil and it has a lovely lavender/chamomile type scent. It's housed in a bottle and has a dropper. The dropper worked great. This oil felt great on my skin. It absorbed quickly. So what was the problem? It didn't provide enough moisture for my skin. The foundation didn't lay as evenly with this face oil. In my YouTube video, I used the Smashbox face oil on one side and the Beauty Bakerie face oil on the other side of my face. The foundation laid much better on the Smashbox side. This oil may work better for other skin types (combination, normal etc.)


Beauty Bakerie Blending Eggs (Makeup Sponges) - Not Sweet
I've watched many reviews on Beauty Bakerie's blending egg makeup sponges. The reoccurring issue is the density of these makeup sponges. I knew I was taking a chance buying these, but I wanted to try them for myself. The packaging is SO CUTE! I mean, sponges in an authentic egg carton. I have this on display in my makeup room. My thoughts on the sponges? I don't like them. You receive 3 pink and 3 blue/green sponges. They are very dense. They are slightly bigger than Beautyblender sponges (as shown below). I wetted them and they don't expand much. I tried using these when applying my concealer and foundation. They were just too hard. They don't feel good against the face. I much prefer my Beautyblender and Real Technique makeup sponges. Do yourself a favor and skip purchasing these!


Beauty Bakerie Cake Face Concealer in Procaffeinating - Bittersweet
Beauty Bakerie's Cake Face Concealer is offered in 8 shades. Beauty Bakerie tells you to purchase a shade lighter than your regular shade. Well, I did! I'm a very fair african-american woman. There are only 2 shades LIGHTER than Procaffeinating. This concealer oxidizes (gets DARKER). Look at my hand swatch! The dot is the color when you first apply it. The line is the color it turns after so many minutes. It starts off great, but it doesn't match my color after it dries. It was dark on me and it had a hint of orange in it. In my YouTube video, you can see all of this happening. I would happily go down a shade, but another problem I have with this concealer is it only provides LIGHT COVERAGE. It didn't hide my under eye circles and dark cheek spots. I applied a second application, but it just kept getting darker on my skin and not good coverage. I much prefer my Tarte Shape Tape concealer (review) (ULTA, Tarte, QVC).


Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi Matte Foundation Shade #31 - Sweet
There is a silver lining in all of this! I LOVE Beauty Bakerie's Cake Mix Foundation. Let's talk packaging! It's like a mini cook book! The front looks so delicious! There's a cute pink bowl filled with cake mix. There's a spoon & fork. The words Cake Mix are irridescent and filled with confetti. There's a cute & comical nutrition side and directions on how to use this foundation. I go into detail in my YouTube video. This has to be THE CREAMIEST foundation! It feels so good on the skin. ONE PROBLEM! Just like the concealer, you want to choose a lighter color. I picked #31 and its too dark for me. I need to go down several colors. So I wouldn't look mix match, I applied foundation to my neck & chest area in my video. You can see in my picture below. But this foundation provides excellent coverage. It gives your skin a nice glow. It adheres to the skin really well. I will purchase the right foundation and give you an UPDATE in the next couple of months or sooner. I wish this foundation was at ULTA where you can test it along with their other products but its not (nor is the concealer). But if you pick the right shade, you're in for a skin treat. It's a really good foundation.


Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder (Translucent Powder) - Bittersweet
Translucent powder can be tricky. I've had my share of bad ones in the past. My favorite is Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder (review)(Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Dillards, Macys, Lord & Taylor) (it blends in well with my makeup). The problem I have with Beauty Bakerie's Flour Setting Powder (ULTA, Beauty Bakerie) is that it is too white for my skin tone. It just lays atop my skin. I much prefer my Laura Mercier. Beauty Bakerie also offers this in pink, yellow & brown. The brown looks too dark for me and I'm not interested in pink or yellow. The packaging is REALLY CUTE! The authentic looking flour bag is absolutely precious. The actual setting powder is in a jar inside the bag. I have this bag in my makeup room as well. It's just cute to look at.


My Final Thoughts: I really love Beauty Bakerie's foundation. I think everyone will! Just make sure you choose a shade lighter than what you think. Same goes for the concealer (choose a shade lighter). Both oxidize. The face oil is great for anyone other than dry skin types like myself. The setting powder options are great for lighter & darker skin types. Medium skin tones may have to find another option for setting powders. Don't buy the makeup sponges! They don't blend concealer or foundation well! They're a waste of money in my opinion. Cute, but not functional.

To see these products in action, check out my YouTube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_wQr2X1fkM
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