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Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Okay, I’m going to preface this post with an amusing little tale from this weekend. So, Friday night I was doing a little (or a lot of) celebrating my being dunz-o with test week, and decided to go out with my girlfriends. Due to all of this excitement, at some point in the night, my friend and I took off in a  full sprint towards our bar of choice…… and then took a pretty nasty tumble in front of like 4903544835 people. Seriously ate shit like a bunch of idiots.

Anyways, things were all well and good until we got up (initially laughing at our klutz-o status) and realized that my eyebrow was profusely bleeding. Turns out, the fall re-opened a previous, accidental cheerleading injury.

So there I was trying to have a nice time with my bloody eyebrow and scratched up face. The point of this? Well, the next day, I used my Paula Dorf eyebrow filler and, seriously, you couldn’t even tell I had eaten shit onto my face. I’m serious… never been more thankful for a beauty product in my life. Covered all of that lovely crusted blood! Omg, sick. I know.

So, anyways: back to my Eminence obsession. Hi, I’m Payton and I’m addicted to Eminence Organics. I did a post about this amazing brand way back when, but I have some additions to the collection that I am DYING to show y’all. I’ll save you guys my spiel about organic skincare products, because I covered that in my last post on this subject. but just know: its the way to freaking go. The only way to go.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Also, I invested in a Clarisonic and I need need need to share how amazing this little tool is. I’m not sponsored by Eminence or Clarisonic, so ya know the love is the real kind. I know I’m a little late in the Clarisonic game, and some of y’all are like ‘k duh it rocks,’ but I got here eventually, right? I use the Mia 2 every night (with a delicate/sensitive skin brush thing, because my skin is some kinda-out-of-this-world sensitive) to deep-clean my pores and polish my skin. Its a charmer and a must-have for a dreamy, dewy complexion.

Some of my favorite Eminence Products are detailed in this post… buuuut I’m here to talk about some new faves. I’ve added some products to my all-star lineup and all of you need to go grab them online right now. It’s important.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Okay my favorite ‘favorite’ is this Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream. First and foremost, this stuff smells absolutely incredible.  I seriously cannot get enough of it. If I could jump into a pool filled with this stuff & live in it… I would. Weird?

Once you get your nose out of this wonder-cream, you realize how freakin’ moisturizing it is. Okay, that should be obvious for a moisturizer, but this stuff takes it to the next level. Its penetrating and softening without being all gross and oily. I HATE heavy creams… I always feel like my pores are being suffocated. No thanks.

Also, I’ve started using this Citrus + Kale Masque. I’m not big on the way this one smells, but I am big on what it does for my skin. This stuff is superfood for your face, so in conjunction with the Eight Greens Serum.. its dynamite. The Eminence Website describes  this masque calling it “A cocktail of citrus, rhubarb extract, leafy greens and avocado oil forms helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles.”

Another little skincare tip (that I recently covered here) is using Vitamin E Oil as makeup remover! I absolutely luuuurve finding a natural, cheaper replacement for those annoying-ass makeup remover pads/ oils. S’gross. Thought this leetle tippidy-tip would be a great addition to my organic/natural skincare routine post. Read more about how bomb vitamin E oil is for you skin here.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic So there ya go. All the goods. What do y’all think about organic skincare? Essential or excess?

and sidenote: does anyone else absolutely love when all your makeup/beauty products match and are perfectly accumulated on your counter like a magazine ad? Am I a crazed maniac, oorrrrr?

Later loves.

xx

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I Love You, Paula Dorf. And My Brows Do Too.

Paula Dorf: Brows for Every Hair Color Happy Wednesday… here’s a huge, up-close picture of my FACE!  I apologize for being all up in your biz, but the closeness was necessary to show y’all one of my new fav products:

Paula Dorf’s 2 + 1 for Brows

The story of my eyebrow maturity journey is pretty pitiful. Honestly, I didn’t really start paying attention to the brows until college (<< embarrassed to admit). My eyebrows are pretty sparse, so I never really had to wax them. Hitting them with some pluck-age every so often was good enough for me. Now, when I look at pictures from high school, I think.. “yikes”. Yeah, they didn’t need all that much thinning, BUT some filler would’ve been nice (<< thanks friends for NEVER telling me!).

As much as I wish I could pull off the whole Cara Delevingne, super-hot, super-thick brow… I just can’t. I look like a freakshow, really. More power to ya ( & I’m super jeal ) if you can channel Cara’s badass brow look.  [ Paula Dorf: the best brow filler! ] Aaaaand this why I love Paula Dorf’s brow product situation & why I was SO pumped to join their 2+1 for Brows campaign. They have 4 different options when it comes to shades (I got the neutral), and you can customize the color even further by mixing the two powder colors in the compact as you see fit. Hi, I’m a control freak and I need to be able to decide EXACTLY what shade I want.

As far as application goes, just mix your powders to your perfect shade with the brow brush, dip the brush in the wax, and go to town outlining those brows. Because of the wax, the color stays forever, but is easy to take off with a little soap action.

I just DIE for the way a well-filled brow outlines my face. It just looks so much… better. I’m not completely heinous without a nice brow fill, but I’d much rather hit the babes with some Paula Dorf before heading out into the general public.  [ Paula Dorf: the best brow filler! ] [ Paula Dorf: the best brow filler! ] You can find this amaze product here. Wanna know whats real cool? PD was badass enough to extend a little promo to my readers! You can get a free, perfectly-sized brow brush with your Paula Dorf 2+1 for Brows purchase using the code:

BROWBRUSH

Pretty rad, if you ask me. You can only find this product in the link I have provided, as it isn’t for sale at any retailers right meow.

Also, read a funny little tale about my emergency experience with this brow filler….. I’m embarrassed to admit…

Again, sorry for posting my face so huge on your screen ( ha ). K, Bi.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, as I am a part of the Paula Dorf 2+1 for Brows campaign. However, all opinions I post are my own.. I wouldn’t join a campaign that I didn’t 100% adore! 

 



Look Like a Super Model: Bronzed Bombshell

Look Like A Super Model: Bronzed Beauty

Soooo, who wants to look like a super model? ‹raising hand› K, cool.

I’ve gone through (probably) millions of pictures of that dewy, bronzed, Victoria’s Secret model-look on Pinterest. Aand… I figured it out! The secret to this brazilian-goddess, glowing complexion thing is to forgo using blush, and use a liquid/oily bronzer in its place. Should be obvious, right??

I have always worn blush because… well.. idk.. Isn’t that what you learn when you’re a wee-leetle beebus watching your Mom put on makeup? I’ve always considered it a staple. WELP, I stopped using the rosy stuff, and Viola, bronzed-goddess (sans actual ‘super model’ appeal). I don’t usually use pictures that aren’t my own on my posts, but these are perf examples:

Look Like a Super Model: Bronzed Goddess Here’s the brownie-glow routine:

  1. Use this BB cream all over yo face.
  2. For concealer, use this magic potion under your eyes and on your blemishes (<< chyessss dual-power, beeeeb).
  3. Contour in the dent-y part of your cheek (lolz, ‘dent-y’) with this matte bronzer.
  4. Here’s the change: throw some bronzing oil on your cheeks in place of your usual blush.
  5. Stick to brown/golden shades for your eye shadow & liner (<< a like dark brown). You can even use the bronzing oil on your lids in place of eye shadow. Dual purpose that shit.
  6. Throw on you a little mascara (but don’t go overboard… clumpy eyelashes will kill your supermodel vibe. Plus, they’re just ugly. Too harsh?)
  7. Don’t forget to fill in your brows! I love this brow filler (more detailed post coming soon) to darken my brows, and frame my face.
  8. Then, use a dull pink/mauve color on your lips.

And, there ya go. You’re Gisele Bündchen.

Thoughts? What’s your favorite, super-model-y beauty tip?

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All photos taken from Pinterest.



The Benefits of Wheatgrass

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Over the weekend, I took a little trip to Annapolis, Maryland ( check out some instas from ze trip here ) to visit my boi, Paul, who super-inconveniently goes to the Naval Academy, half-way across the country from me. It was reaaally nice to get some cold, crisp, real-deal Fall weather for once, though I can’t really complain too much about the Cailfornia-ish temperatures we’ve been having in TX lately.

Anyways, while I was getting lunch on my last day in Annapolis, I insisted that I take a wheatgrass shot with my yum-o wrap from this really good health-food lunch-spot. Much to Paul’s dismay, it cost almost $3… and trust me, I heard ALL ABOUT the dismay part. Keep in mind: This is coming from a guy who got some nasty-ass, massive pizza pocket thing, a Philly cheesesteak, and a Protein shake for lunch ( luckily, he’s a college athlete so thats kind of acceptable ), so no wonder he doesn’t understand the wheatgrass craze. I’m pretty sure the nickname “wheatgrass” was added to my list of misnomers after the ordeal.

When I tried to defend my healthy honor by articulating all the reasons why I simply neeeeded a wheatgrass shot, I couldn’t really put my finger on the exact benefits of this little magic potion. So, naturally, I did some research. This is what I found:

Major Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

∇ This nutrient-filled shot is linked to preventing over-eating by suppressing your appetite.

∇ Increases oxygen in the blood, which stimulates circulation. You can also apply wheatgrass directly to your face with a cotton ball to allow for better circulation at the surface of your skin.

∇ The amino acids, Vitamin B, and enzymes found in wheatgrass aid in digestion.

∇ The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fights inflammation, which, in turn, prevents arthritis.

∇ That chlorophyll also oxygenates the blood, reducing symptoms of fatigue.

∇ Gargling wheatgrass can help remove toxins from your mouth and re-mineralize teeth. It’s basically a more gentle form of mouthwash.

Cleanses the liver: wheatgrass is a detoxifying-powerhouse.

Stabilizes blood sugar levels by improving glucose and lipid levels.

Clears sinuses by pulling out toxins and breaking up mucus ( << oh, yum ).

∇ WG’s ability to regenerate skin cells makes it helpful to your complexion.

∇ Keeps the blood clean, oxygenated, & keeps the red blood cell count high, which is linked to preventing cancer.

∇ Wheatgrass is said to boost immunity by keeping your mind and body strong… ( << good for the coming winter months ).

*discover more benefits of wheatgrass here*

So, get your wheatgrass: Daily, weekly, in your smoothie, in shot-form, on your face, whatever. It can’t hurt, right? Also, it feels all clean & trendy, so, why not? This elixir keeps you healthy, pretty, energized, and feeeeelin’ good!

Have a happy Monday, y’all ( or, as happy of a Monday as Mondays can be… )

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram & Twitter, k thanks.

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Redken Color Rebel at Austin City Limits ( Talk About A Perfect Pair !! )

Redken Color Rebel

Redken Color Rebel Have you ever had one of those days where everything ( I mean, everything ) just goes absolutely wrong? Well, that’s been my life since Sunday… and now its Tuesday and it just needs to STOP.

Yesterday, I was planning on putting this post up, and I woke up all excited about sharing my ACL experience & fun, colored hair with y’all. I went to open my computer… and…. it is completely dead. Like, wont-charge-or-turn-on dead. As a college student (and blogger, obviously), this is my worst nightmare coming to life. So, my poor little computer is being checked out by technicians for the next week.

This morning, so far, I have stepped in dog poop, spilled my green juice all over my kitchen / self, missed a class because my alarm was set for 9 PM, not AM… and I’ve only been awake for like an hour. Luckily, the school computer lab came in clutch this morning ( and Starbucks helped a little ).

Alright, I’ll shut up and get down to biz.

I spent my weekend jammin’ out at the Austin City Limits Festival. Eating, drinking, listening to some coooool tunes. Not too shabby. Here’s the low-down on ACL, through my eyes:

Pros:

∇ The Food: GoodPop Hibiscus Mint Popsicles are everything

∇ The Drank: There are five million bar areas ( + Juice places !! )

∇ Eminem, Lana, Jhené Aiko, Iggy, Calvin Harris, Zedd, etc. Are you serious with this lineup ( btw: Jhené Aiko is my new obsession… she is the most legit flower-child I’ve ever seen & her body is rockin’. Total Babe.)

Cons:

∇ Tweens. Everywhere.

∇ Ohhh my god, I hate crowds.

∇ Being 20 million miles away from all the performers (see above con)

∇ Probably coming very close to contracting Ebola… like, germ-city.

Redken Color Rebel + ACL The best part of Austin City Limits this year?? Picking out what to wear + my Redken Color Rebel Hair dye ( temporary, of course! ). This stuff is real-deal, easy AF, temporary hair color. I chose this bad-A hot pink for my ends at the festival. Obviously, it screams music festival ( keeping in mind for Coachella. k duh… )

I chose to join the campaign for this wonderful product because 1) I lurve Redken just in general and 2) I lurve changing my hair up with some cool color every so often, but I’m not daring enough to make it a permanent thing.

Redken Color Rebel + ACL

Redken Color Rebel + ACL Here’s the deal with Redken Color Rebel:

• The sponge-tip applicator makes it super easy to glide on to hair
• I had the best experience with coloring my hair when it was clean & dry, and then sealing the color by brushing through my hair & applying a little heat ( with my curling iron … But you could also just hit it with a blow dryer ).
• The color stays true for about two washes, then it’s done-zo.
• Redken makes a bazillion different colors of this stuff ( I have red and pink ), but I liked the pink best this weekend.

Redken Color Rebel + ACL Redken Color Rebel + ACL You can find alllll the details on Redken’s Color Rebel Campaign here. And follow Redken on social media too ::

» Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, & YouTube. «

[ Shop my look? || Ballin’ Tee || Flannel || Shorts || Fun, Festival Top (SOLD OUT), but Similar Here || Arm Cuff (SOLD OUT), but Similar Here ]

Welp, that’s all I have for y’all today! Is anyone else going Her Campus College Fashion Week in San Fran on Oct. 25?? I can’t wait! I need some San Francisco tips, so let my know below what your fav spots in the city are!

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Disclaimer: I am a part of the Redken Color Rebel Campaign because I love their products first and foremost. I do receive benefits (like samples) for being a part of their campaign, but that doesn’t sway my opinion on the product! I joined their campaign because I love the product (not the other way around)!

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Heres Why You Should Be a Vitamin E Oil Fanatic, Like Me!

Heres Why You Should Be a Vitamin E Oil Fanatic, Like Me! // ROAWO

I’m serious, Vitamin E Oil is life-changing.

Okay, so :: I was hanging out with some of my friends not too long ago, & one my super-hottie-biscotti friends started rubbing this oil all over her eyes. Long ( and not super interesting ) story short :: I figured out wtf she was using was Vitamin E oil to remove her makeup.

Being my I-need-everything-right-this-second self, I went to the store & bought some for myself the next day. Let me tell ya, this stuff works magic. Using a cotton ball / Q-tip, your eye make up will come of in a flash. No more scrubbing soap into your eyes, no more nasty chemical-filled drugstore brand removers, & no more horrible rub-skin-raw makeup remover pads.

Then, I decided to do a little research into other uses for Vitamin E Oil & I came across this little helpful article. To sum it up, some other amazetastic uses for this magic oil are:

1. Prevents Wrinkles :: Vit E prevents pesky wrinkles by blocking free-radical damage, boosting collagen production, & supporting new skin-cell growth. Because, who seriously wants wrinkles?

2. Intense Night-time healing :: Vitamin E oil is relatively thick, so you may not want to slather it on all-over your face both day & night, but it is seriously helpful for night-time moisturizing ( & it contains antioxidants for healing of the skin! ). Also, it can be added to skin with Olive Oil for smooth application / more skin benefits ( << I thought that was interesting ).

3. Treating Scars / brown spots :: Like I said before when I was explaining Vit E’s wrinkle prevention powers, this powerful oil penetrates deep into skin to block free radicals, which is super important in treating scars & brown spots ( free-radicals prevent scar tissue from healing ). Also, the antioxidants in Vitamin E are important in the healing of scar tissue. It supports cell regeneration , which is necessary in lightening dark spots.

4. Cuticles :: Vitamin E also soothes dry, nast, gross, cracked cuticles because its super moisturizing!

All these helpful purposes + the makeup remover makes Vitamin E a serious necessity in your beauty routine. AND its cheap & natural, so what could get better than that?

I bought my Vit E Oil at H-E-B, but you can also find it here online as well.

Whats your favorite all-natural / simple beauty tip ? I’d love to know!

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Eminence Organics: The Best Stuff For Your Skin Since Ever

Yo.

Today I have something extremely important to discuss:: Skincare. And not just ANY skincare:: Organic Skincare. Yes, as I have mentioned before, I love to buy all-natural, organic products when possible, and that obviously includes what I scrub-a-dub my face with.

Eminence Organics Skincare

The most amazing skincare line [introduced to me by my mom’s dermatologist] is Eminence Organic Skincare. Eminence not only has a pretty little packaging [I told y’all that gets me], but is lightweight and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. This brand can get quite a bit pricier than drugstore brands, but, to me, its worth it.

Here’s my routine/my favorites:

+ Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: I use this cleanser every morning and night. It is for acne-prone skin, so it combats nasty zit-face while remaining gentle on my skin. Perfecto. A little goes a long way, so only use a nickel- to quarter-sized amount for your whole face. Also, I’ve found that it doesn’t really lather very much so don’t be freaked out if you can’t get it to bubble up like hand soap [which means less drying out of the skin // yay].

+ Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant w/ Lactic Acid: I use this powder exfoliant about twice a week. It has a consistency between flour and sugar [it is completely dry]. You use a very small amount of the powder combined with water and gently [GENTLY] scrub all those dead skin cells far, far away. And if anyone knows what “Dermafoliant” actually means, feel free to leave that explanation in the comment area bee-low.

+ Eminence Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque: This mask is incredible. Its a little pick-me-up twice a week that makes my skin glow like crazy [thank you antioxidant-complex]. I use a little of this this after I’ve cleansed (or cleansed and exfoliated), and leave it on for 2-3 minutes. The Red Current Rapid Infusion Masque is incredibly moisturizing as well. My favorite thing about the mask, however, is how simple and clean it is. It’s not some goopy green monster mask from a 1990s chick flick; its light and thin and takes no time at all! Disclaimer:: There are portions of the currants in the masque, so you will have a few on your face while wearing it.. lolz.

+ Eminence Eight Greens Youth Serum: I’ve just recently added this anti-aging portion to my skincare routine… I want to avoid wrinkles for as long as I can [obviously]. This serum is—yes, you guessed it—light and gentle. I use a teeny tiny amount both morning and night. Like the mask, the serum contains antioxidants to combat aging and to energize your skin. A little goes a long way with this as well. So, if you are in your twenties or so, it’s probably a good idea to add this to your routine [just to be safe].

+ Eminence Eye Cucumber Gel: Like the cleanser and the serum, I use this morning and night. Cucumber cools my puffy eye bags, and this product isn’t too gunky under the eyes, which is just a-okay with me. Eyes get wrinkly REAL quick, so I make it a point to remember this step. Also, I use my ring finger to apply the gel, because this finger is the least-strong.. you don’t want to treat the delicate under-eye area too harshly.

+ Eminence Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer: THE FINAL STEP is this versatile moisturizer. It does NOT contain a sunscreen [because I already have badass Sun Bum sunscreen that I talked about here] but I use this night AND in the morning. It’s a pretty thick cream, so for the morning, I take a small amount and dilute it with a couple water droplets [or you can dilute with a drop of the serum], and it glides on very lightly. At night, if my skin is begging for some moisture, I’ll lay it on thicker… then wake up feeling extra-balla status.

ALSO: Don’t forget to use your facial products on your neck!! This area needs some attention as well. I especially make sure to use the serum/moisturizer combo on my neck area.

So:: If you like all your products to match [like me.. OCD], if you like organics, if you have sensitive skin, if you don’t wanna get wrinkles at 30, or if you are a living, breathing human, give Eminence a try. You’ll probably end up stocked up on all their swag like me. I never leave my facial place [facelogic spa in College Station, TX] without trying out a new product. I’m addicted.

Until l8er <— cool, I know.

xx P