Unboxing April 2014 Birchbox

Watch me open my April 2014 Birchbox! What did you get in your Birchbox this month if you’re a subscriber?

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Bigger than BB? Big Easy.

The latest new BB cream on the market is from Benefit, Big Easy. BB creams are bit lighter than a foundation, but meant to equally perfect your skin tone. According to Benefit, the product claims to:

- Balances moisture & controls oil
- Self adjusts on skin
- Perfects & evens with liquid-to-powder finish
- Protects with broad spectrum SPF 35 to help prevent aging

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Overall, I like the “Big Easy” – but I don’t love it. I tend to think BB creams over promise on their claims. This product clearly states it’s a light to medium coverage, but I would say it’s definitely on the light side. It’s not as moisturizing as I would have hoped either, and when I purchased the product the salesperson even recommended wearing a moisturizer underneath or the formula would be too drying.

My favorite part about the product is the color range and blend-ability. I have the 02 light color and it’s perfect for me after blended, which is hard to find! I think the wide color range is nice and all the options blend very well into your skin tone. I like this product to wear casually to work or when you’re out and about, but it’s definitely not a full coverage/flawless type of look. The SPF is great and the product makes my skin still look like my skin, just a “better version.” It retails for $38, which is also a bit expensive in my opinion. What are your thoughts on this BB cream if you own it?

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MTV Movie Award’s Red Carpet

This weekend I was lucky enough to grace the MTV Movie Award’s red carpet with my presence! It was such an awesome experience. I was able to get tickets through one of my favorite websites 1iota, which you all should check out. I’ve been to other shows they’ve organized the audience for as well.

Overall, going to any sort of live event is a long, but fun day. If I have any advice – wear comfortable shoes and eat before you come! Usually in red carpets or studio audiences there isn’t any time to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. So plan accordingly and know how long you’ll have to be there for.

The pictures below will help you “experience” the red carpet with me. Enjoy all the celebrity shots – my favorite was definitely the Backstreet Boys (I will always be a fan)!

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The Backstreet Boys!

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AJ from BSB :) and me!

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What I’m Packing for Coachella: Beauty

Below is what I plan to pack for Coachella this weekend (or items that are very similar!)

Overall, I’m keep my makeup simple – tinted moisturizer, mascara, liner, brows, and bronzer. I know I will probably end up sweating most of it off – so what I am packing is long-lasting! I’ll also be finishing my makeup off with my setting spray from Urban Decay.

I plan to pack lots of sunscreen, baby wipes, chapstick, medicine, kleenex, hand sanitizer, and toiletry essentials. I’ll be packing curly hair products that will tame against the heat along with some UV protectant spray to shield my highlights and coloring from the sun. I’m packing a small first aid kit (because I like to be over prepared), hair elastics, and ear plugs just in case my sensitive ears can’t take the craziness that is Coachella. I’ve heard if you have contacts, eye drops are a must with the sand storms in the desert as well. Happy packing fellow festival goers ;)

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What I’m Packing for Coachella: Fashion

Below is what I plan to pack for Coachella this weekend (or items that are very similar!)

Overall, I’m going with a very practical yet stylish look. I plan to style some unique jewelry into my look along with some hats, which isn’t usually my style. For footwear, I’m being very comfortable and have heard sandals are a terrible option in the desert. Most of my clothing items feature high-waisted shorts, crop tops, bandeaus, and flowy shirts. I plan to take a cute backpack each day as well. I’m also taking some sort of jacket as the nights get cold I’ve heard as well.

Stay tuned for “What I’m Packing for Coachella: Beauty”! I’m counting down the days until the festival for Weekend 2! I will be sure to have a detailed post after Coachella describing what I wore and my experience.
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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes often is essential! Bacteria can quickly build up on your brushes, and you don’t want to use dirty brushes on your face. I recommend cleaning all your brushes (eye and face) at least once a week. It will be will worth it and help prevent acne breakouts.

After you’ve gathered up all your dirty brushes, you’ll need a brush cleanser. I find the best soap is just your basic antibacterial version from Dawn, other speciality “brush cleaners” are overpriced in my opinion. Multiple beauty gurus have recommended this product, and I couldn’t agree more! Getting the antibacterial version is most important.

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Pour a little bit of the soap onto a flat plate or bowl. Then, you’ll need to wet your brush – always keeping the brush facing down! Never hold the brush upright during the entire cleaning process.

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Next, swirl the brush in your soap – making sure to completely cover the entire brush head.

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Swirl the brush head in your CLEAN HANDS to clean out any makeup residue. You can combine a little water to make the brush more soapy. Be sure to get every angle of the brush ensuring it’s thoroughly cleansed.

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Next, rinse the brush under running water – during this whole process you’ll want to keep the water at a lukewarm temperature. Be sure that all the soap is rinsed out.

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With a dry towel squeeze out as much of the excess water as you can. You want to keep as much water away from where the brush hairs connect to the brush handle. Otherwise, you’ll break the glue bond. That’s why keeping the brush face down is so important while cleaning your brushes.

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Lastly, dry your brushes by hanging them over the counter on top of a dry towel. This will ensure that your brushes dry evenly and be ready for use. You never want to dry your brushes right side up as the glue bond will eventually break down, ruining your brushes.

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What’s in My Lucky FABB Gift Bag?

See what’s inside my Lucky FABB gift bag from the conference in LA this past week! Everything featured in this video was a part of the gift bag given to me by Lucky Magazine and its sponsors.