Lush Cosmetics: Twilight Review 

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my blog, I’m writing my first draft (which is what you’ll probably see) in my bath tub because I’m reviewing this bath bomb, this is my first impression! 

I got this bath bomb, ‘twilight’ and I really thought it would be super cool, which it is. It started off baby pink, but soon it turned a dark purple, and the finished water doesn’t end the same as usual Lush bath products, you can still see through the water, usually the color is so rich you don’t even see through it. 

It does take a long time to get the bomb to fully dissolve too, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some bath bombs dissolve after five minutes, this took like 20 minutes to dissolve. The bath bomb does smell really good, but this is definitely unique for lush as it differs significantly from lush’s other bath bombs. 
Overall, I have mixed feelings. Maybe I just got the weaker one of the batch. Or maybe it’s just something I have to expect when using other bath bombs I have never used before. I do recommend though, despite my expectations and experiences. 

If any of you have used this product before and you’ve had other opinions or experiences, feel free to comment them, to give fellow readers other insight of what this product can be!

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I am typing this on my phone so the format is a lot different. 
Thank you for reading, 

– The Complicated Fashion 

P.s. I decided to add this in after I got out of the bath and looked at my feet and bath tub and there is a ton of glitter, I didn’t know there was any until I got out, so if you don’t like glitter residue on your body or tub, don’t use this product!

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Why blending makeup is important!

Hi everyone,

Today I was struggling with a topic to write about then I remembered this incident. This incident occurred yesterday at school. Beforehand I did my nice matte makeup and felt so beautiful and felt so confident then my boyfriend pointed out that I didn’t blend it all in on the side of my face.

It wasn’t wet, but my skin tones were very uneven yesterday. I decided this was a good topic because I wanted to be somewhat educational for you guys, instead of doing the normal product reviews and tutorials. Of course I find this incident super funny because I probably have been doing this ever since I started makeup I just never noticed it! But shout out to my boyfriend (who does read these posts) for letting me know!

But to the point: Before you leave your house for work or school or your other daily activities, always make sure to fully blend everything in all the way, and make sure to put makeup on all of your face or else you will look like I did yesterday XD.

I am sorry for this post to be so short, but I hope you guys liked this story time.

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Ingrown Toenail Hacks That Work and Don’t Work

Hello everyone,

I know this is kind of an odd page because I usually write about beauty and fashion, But this is a fashion and lifestyle blog and I feel like I do need to cover this because a lot of people (myself included) struggle with Ingrown toenails.

For those of you who don’t know, an ingrown toenail is where the toenail grows into the skin, it’s a normal problem that a lot of people get by either wearing shoes that are too small, too tight of socks or cut their toenails incorrectly.

I get ingrown toenails only on my right big toe, and I’ve had some that are mild and some that are super painful. So I decided to share some tricks I have figured out myself as well as found on the internet. So here we go…

1.) Soak the foot/feet in warm water

This one might sound obvious, but it does help extremely. Make sure the water isn’t scolding, but make sure that the water is warm, this will soften the skin around the toe which will make it easier to push the skin back to cut the nail out. It also helps to put epsom salt in the bath with it.

You can buy epsom salt literally everywhere, even at the Dollar Store.

2.) The Cotton Trick

Because of my ingrown toenails getting severe, I personally have tried the trick and it is too painful for my liking. This is what you would do after you cut the nail out. You take a cotton ball and you rip it into somewhat smaller pieces, then you would put this behind the toenail that is still left, this would help the nail grow correctly.

3.) Tooth Pick/Floss

This is a helpful hack. Get either a toothpick or a flosser, but make sure the floss is the kind that is on a stick, and use the very tip of the floss or the tooth pick and gently stick it down the side of the toe that you had the ingrown toenail. This trick doesn’t do anything painful but it lets you know if you have nail far deep into the skin. (If this is the case, make sure to see your doctor or go to Urgent Care so you can get it professionally cut out.)

4.) Tea Tree Oil/Coconut Oil

After you cut the nail out, what I like to do and what helps the most for me is to put either Tea Tree Oil or Coconut Oil on the open part of the skin that the nail came out of. These oils help disinfect if you were to have an infection and it also takes the pain away.

So those are the 4 hacks that I have for you guys, I hope this post was helpful. If you do have an ingrown toenail and if it is inflamed, puffy or puss is coming out, make sure to go right away to a doctor or Urgent Care so you can get it professionally cut out, those are the signs that you might have an infection in your toe. My sister had an infection one time and went to the doctor and they sprayed cold spray to numb it and they just cut it out with like a pair of nail clippers, so it isn’t super bad.

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My Skin Care Routine!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s post! Today I decided to write about my skin care routine because mine is pretty unique compared to others out there. This blog post also is not sponsored by any of the following brands, I just am a fan of these products. So, let’s get into the blog post, shall we?

Usually I do most of my skin care at night when I shower. In the mornings however, I do use Clean and Clear’s “continuous control” face wash on an Up and Up (Target brand) facial exfoliating pad.

After I use this face wash I apply Up and Up’s benzoyl peroxide gel on my face and when that dries, I use coconut oil on my face to help moisturize and fade some acne scars.

At night when I am in the shower I use Clean and Clear’s foaming facial cleanser to help remove some makeup I forgot to wash off beforehand, I leave this facial cleanser on my face to let it soak into my face before I rinse it off. I usually leave it on for about four minutes tops.

Next is when I get out of the shower and I put the benzoyl peroxide gel on again. This helps way more than Proactive, however it does dry my face out. So after this gel soaks in and my face is dry, I put proactive on all over my face and I wait for it to dry. After it dries I once again put coconut oil on to moisturize and fade scars.

That is my face routine, I do like to describe what I do every day so you guys can understand it better. The products are listed below in case you want to try any of these products, I definitely recommend all of these products because they make my face feel really great.

  1. Clean and Clear Continuous Control facial wash
  2. Up and Up (Target Brand) Exfoliating Pads
  3. Up and Up Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser
  6. Proactive

I still do get breakouts, these products don’t necessarily stop the breakouts from happening but they do a good job at cleaning my face and if any of you guys have questions about my routine or any of these products, make sure to comment them below and I will answer them!

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Thank you for reading,

~The Complicated Fashion

 

Senior Portraits Help!

Almost that time of year where people will need to take senior portraits. I have been trying to find good advice for you guys who will be seniors this coming school year. Being a part of the yearbook staff, I have seen really good portraits and some that could’ve been better. Not trying to be super judgemental.

This is my own advice, so here we go!

  1. Make sure not to use makeup that has SPF protection! Makeup such as foundation or BB cream sometimes have SPF protection in them, which is great for every day wear, but when you go to prom, or do senior portraits where there are a TON of pictures are being taken, they make your skin look oily and shiny, which isn’t the best look.
  2. Minimize the amount of shimmer on your face. Pick if you want shimmer on your eyelids, cheeks or lips, don’t do all three. It will make your face look super shiny (like I said above). Make sure to choose one!
  3. Stick to nude colors for your eyes. If you have nude eyeshadow, stick to those colors, whether it’s super light, your shade, or a little darker, those make your eyes stand out in the picture. Make sure not to use colors such as yellow, red, blue, purple, pink, etc. Gray however IS acceptable.
  4. Use a new mascara tube! If you happen to have a new tube of mascara, use that so it avoids clumps on your eyelids, because the photographer might get in your face and you will see clumps on your lashes. If you want to use false lashes, go ahead, just make sure you glue them good and make sure to have someone look at it to fix it if needed.
  5. NO lip gloss! As I have said in the first two bullet points, avoid lip gloss because of the fact that they make your lips super shiny and the light will reflect on them and you can look awkward in the yearbook.
  6. If you’re going to wax your eyebrows, do it 3-4 days beforehand. If you’re going to wax your eyebrows, make sure to do it before hand so then you don’t have redness on your face.
  7. Bring translucent powder if needed. Never hurts to bring a cosmetic bag full of additional makeup to touch up before the shoot. Make sure to bring a powder brush and translucent powder to touch up your makeup if needed.
  8. Use matte makeup. If you want, use matte products to give your face a smooth effect, your pictures will show it. Not to mention that your face won’t be shiny.
  9. Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows. Again, to avoid redness. Make sure to pluck them, but don’t over-do it!
  10. Don’t wear designed clothing. When you see senior portraits, people don’t wear clothing that has crazy designs on them. Make sure to bring a suitcase full of clothes so the photographer can pick out the clothing. Make sure to wear solid colors, black, red, green, any color.
  11. Make sure you don’t bring clothes that can be distracting. Usually people wear clothes that don’t distract you. Don’t wear anything with ruffles or other kinds of distracted clothing.
  12. Have a friend or family member look at your makeup. This is optional, but make sure to have someone look at your makeup so they can tell you if something doesn’t look right.
  13. Do your makeup near a window or do it outside! Just to get the natural light, because all the lights make you look different.
  14. Make sure to moisturize your lips before hand. Chapped or peeling lips will be noticeable, before you start moisturizing your lips a few days before hand.
  15. Wash your face. This one is self explanatory. Just to cleanse your face and to reduce possible breakouts!
  16. Don’t highlight your brow bone. Again, it can cause a reflection on your brows, if you are going to do it though, keep it subtle.
  17. Use coconut oil a few days before hand. Coconut oil makes your face oily and shiny. Make sure to start moisturizing your face with coconut oil a few days before hand. Coconut oil helps fade pimple scars and to help keep your face and skin moisturized.
  18. Use powder foundation if possible. For me at least, using Bare Minerals’s powder foundation for my school ID picture really helped me, it didn’t give me any reflection but it helped cover some pimples, scars, etc.
  19. Don’t experiment the day of. This is crucial. Don’t wake up early and find the look you want to go for, because if something goes wrong, you might be late. It’s always good to practice several days/weeks beforehand to find the look that is good for you.
  20. Use proactive or other acne fighting creams. These are optional to use, but when you wash your face days before the shoot, make sure to use proactive or other fighting creams to reduce pimples!
  21. Make sure to shave them pits! You might be asked to put your arms up and if you’re wearing a strapless, or sleeveless dress or top, the photographer wouldn’t want to see them armpit hairs, make sure to shave them and make sure there is no stubble growing.
  22. Go to bed early. Make sure to go to bed a little earlier than usual, so you don’t look super tired when you go to take the pictures and to avoid the dark circles under your eyes.
  23. Practice smiling. Make sure to find the smile that is right for you, whether it’s smiling with a closed or open mouth. Think of memories that made you smile to get that genuine smile.
  24. Take selfies! Feel confident before taking your portraits. Taking selfies beforehand will give you an idea of what you’ll look like in the portraits (as far as hair and makeup) and make sure you make yourself feel confident before going to take your photos!

 

That’s all I have, if I missed anything make sure to comment them below and I will add them to this list. While I did my makeup for this current school year, I watched RCLBeauty101’s Picture Day Makeup Tutorial video and adjusted a few things and it really helped. If you want to watch it to get a few extra tips from there and to actually get a tutorial on how to do your makeup, check it out here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Mk6iOcYHk   that video really helps!

Thank you for reading,

The Complicated Fashion

 

Inexpensive Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Hello my readers!

This entry is back to being for any age, the last post was just a shout-out to a small business, if you are over the age of 18 and didn’t read it, just scroll down to the bottom of this page to read that.

It’s two days after Thanksgiving, and the next major holidays are the winter holidays! This post is for stocking stuffers, however you can also use these things as a regular gift instead. These products listed are inexpensive, to stay in your holiday gifting budget.

1.) NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick- $6.99 at Target

Lipstick is great for any occasion, and it comes in so many different colors! Treat yourself or someone else with this velvet lipstick by NYX and catch on with the velvet trend. At Target, this lipstick is available in many tones including; hot pink, dark red and burgundy.

2.) e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer- $1.99 at Target

This primer is a great gift, because it makes eye shadow stay on your eyelid! This primer works amazing and the sheer tone can be put on without any shadow on top. I got this primer as a part of the All About Eyes set.

3.) e.l.f. Powder Brush- $2.99 at Target

Continuing with the amazing makeup company that is e.l.f! Their brushes are so nice and so expensive too. I have used their eyeliner brush and their eye shadow brush and they’re so soft and so inexpensive. This is a great gift idea because a makeup artist can never have too many brushes. They do have a brush set you can buy for $24,

4.) Travel Sized Products- $5.00 at Bath and Body Works

These items are very useful and only 5 bucks, of course unless you mix and match three for $12.50. I bought three of these in the scents of Twisted Peppermint, Ginger bread Latte, and Vanilla Noel and they all smell good and I was surprised at the price as well.

5.) e.l.f. Endless Eyes 100 Color Palette- $15.00 at Target

This is so far the most expensive item on this list. However, for makeup $15 is cheap. This makeup is also a set that includes 100 eyeshadows. Ranging from nude tones to fun bright colors! Eyeshadow is very fun to use and you can never have enough eyeshadow.

6.) e.l.f. Spotlight Ready 50 Color Eye and Face Palette- $15.00 at Target

This palette is similar to number 5 on this list. It costs the same amount, 15 bucks isn’t bad especially for a palette that includes so much! This makeup kit includes Eyeshadow, Highlighter, Blush, Contour, a mirror and more!

 

 

Real Deal VS. Store Brand

Hey guys!

I got this idea earlier this morning when I was in the bathroom when I saw I have real brand products but also I have the store brand version of the product. I decided to write about each of these products and ultimately pick between the two which is the better buy. I hope this gets fun and helps you guys with your next shopping trip! Now, let’s get started!

  1. Head and Shoulders VS. Kroger (Ralph’s) Dandruff Shampoo

I use the head and shoulders because I do get dandruff, and since I do have darker hair it shows up easier. I always use the actual Head and Shoulders brand, but one day when I went to the supermarket, the brand was too expensive. So I gave the Ralph’s brand (Kroger) a try since it was a lot cheaper. The bottles were almost the same. The first time I used this shampoo, it made my hair feel and look greasy and oily the next day. Though I rinsed and rinsed it out, the shampoo stuck to my hair! I eventually got it to rinse out but I am not super patient when it comes to shampoos. If you are patient, it might work for you, but since I am not one of those people, it doesn’t work for me.

The Better Buy: Head and Shoulders- pay the extra money to get a shampoo that works better.

2. Up and Up (Target) Women’s Razors VS. Venus Razors

I love love love my Venus razor, it leaves my skin so soft and it rarely pulls my leg hair and skin when I shave. However, my armpits is a different story. I was going out of town for a few weeks and I wanted to buy new razors to take with me, so I decided on the Target brand’s version of the Venus razors. These razors are purple and white, and they are pretty cool looking and they work. The only problem I had was that it pulled my armpit skin, but that seems to happen with any razor I use.

The Better Buy: Up and Up- save the few extra dollars for a razor that works the same.

3. Yes To Makeup Remover Wipes VS. Kirkland (Costco) Makeup Remover Wipes

I got the Yes To wipes as a gift for the holidays, and they work very well, I used them to take off my mascara, eyeshadow and my face makeup and it worked well. They’re just expensive when you need to get more of them. My grandma who wears a lot of makeup recommended I try the Costco brand because they supposedly work a lot better than name brand wipes. Plus, you get a box full of them. there’s about 30 wipes in a package and there’s a ton of packages in one box. They do work very well, They don’t smear any of the makeup, it just comes right off.

The Better Buy: Kirkland- hands down

4. Proactive VS. Up and Up Benzoyl Peroxide Cream

Proactive of course is a big brand when it comes to skin care, but did you know that Target sells their own brand of cream similar to Proactive? This cream has 8 more percent of Benzoyl Peroxide where Proactive only has 2 percent! The good thing about using the Proactive is it moisturizes your face where the Up and Up dries your face a bit. I like to use Up and Up first and then put Proactive on over it so it blends in but it also keeps my face soft and moisturized.

The Best Buy: Up and Up- in terms of working better and is also a lot cheaper.