My Relationship with Makeup

I love makeup. I love sparkly eyeshadow and dewey foundation and balm that makes my lips shine. I love covering up my chin breakouts and combing my brows into thicker, fluffier versions of themselves. I won’t say that I need makeup– I’m more than happy to leave the house in the morning fresh-faced and moisturized with nothing on my skin but some sunscreen– but I will say that I really, really enjoy it.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Face Toner Review

I have a complicated relationship with toner. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Sometimes it seems necessary, sometimes it seems like a watery waste of money. I’m wishy-washy on this one and still can’t make a decision, using toners on and off whenever they fall into my possession.

If you live by the book on your beauty routine, toners are supposed to be the last step in the cleansing process. They exist to clean any impurities on your skin that weren’t reached by your cleanser, like dust, residue or pollution. A good toner is alcohol-free (duh) and also pH balanced, serving to chill out your skin after a rough cleansing.

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Lip Balm Favorites

Lip balm has been a necessity in my life since before I can remember. One of my nervous habits is to absently pick at my lips, so the only thing that saves me from horrendously chapped lips is my obsession with lip balms. I apply lip balm every night before I go to sleep, every morning when I finish brushing my teeth and then during the day as needed, depending on if I’m wearing a lipstick or lip gloss- even if I am, I usually apply lip balm beneath it to keep my lips moisturized and soft.

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