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Today’s makeup + disappointing product

My makeup is always the same look achieved with different products. Excuse me for loving a taupe eye and pink lip.

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From left to right: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in Shade 4.0, LORAC Pro Palette, Smashbox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 5, Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Wet n Wild Eyeliner in Black Black, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, MICA Beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in #6 Fiesta.

I have sensitive acne-prone oily skin, so finding a trustworthy moisturizer is always a battle. I knew I had found it in one Korean product, but decided to give the Josie Maran Light Argan Oil a try. It was recommended as a great combat for my skin type on the Sephora website, and I’ve been bombarded with articles and videos about the use of argan oil on your hair and skin. So, I pulled the $48 price tag bandaid.

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Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light

Big mistake.

Not only did this moisturizer result in a horrible breakout along my neck, it made my pores more visible and my nose looked like a ripe strawberry against a greasy Cici’s pizza. It was awful. I continued to use it on the ends of my hair and on my face for several weeks hoping it took a little while for my skin to adjust, but no. My skin went completely downhill. After two months of use, I’ve returned to my old favorite.

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Holika Holika Water March Moisture Green Full Cream

I found this moisturizer while browsing the adorable site PrettyandCute.com. They sell Asian beauty products that I can’t find in stores and have a large selection of BB creams and skincare products. I had been wanting to try Holika Holika since one of my favorite beauty YouTubers, frmheadtotoe, recommended them. This moisturizer has a fresh scent and a thin film that seals in the witch hazel and Himalayan berry extract. It’s perfect for troubled skin, and will prevent any acne medication from coming off on your pillow at night.

You let me down, Josie Maran. However, I do love the Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment. So, you’re not completely off my radar.

Have you tried using oils on your face? What is your go-to moisturizer?

Today’s Makeup

Today’s work outfit was a blank slate of black and grey so I wore a pink pout with bright cheeks. It worked, trust me.

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From left to right: Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Blush in Beach Please, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Sephora Eyeliner in Flashy Black Purple, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura, Covergirl Lipstick in 380 Dazzle, Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 240 Medium Beige (not pictured), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 012 Buff Beige (not pictured)

I kept my eye neutral using the lighter shade of my favorite NARS Eyeshadow Duo to sweep into my crease and add definition to my eye. I lined my eyes with dark purple liner, which looks beautiful against brown eyes, and painted my lips with one of my favorite Covergirl lipsticks. It has a subtle sheen with small iridescent flecks of lilac and fuchsia.

How do you combat a dull outfit day?

Makeup and glasses

My initial thought before taking these photos was, “Should I take my glasses off for this?”

I rarely see blogs featuring women who wear glasses on a daily basis showcasing their makeup. I often have to search for makeup tutorials on YouTube and other makeup blogs for “makeup for glasses” tips. So, naturally, I decided against it.

2From left to right: Revlon ColorStay in 240 Medium Beige, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Benefit Hervana blush, NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Benefit They’re Real! mascara, Sephora Tiramisu eyeliner, LORAC PRO Palette, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (sample size), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder #012 Buff Beige, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Light Pale, Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown, Rimmel Bronzer #021 Sun Light, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked

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In addition to shamelessly snapping photos of myself, I received a package in the mail today filled with shoes I ordered from Urban Outfitters that are way too cool for my feet. As someone who wears flats on a daily basis, I think I am most in love with my new booties, a shoe type I have never owned before.

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Who can honestly say no to a “take an extra 50% off clearance” sale? Not me, apparently.

I hope you’re having a great Tuesday. Thank you for reading.

Leah