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Semi-Smokey
Being a college student, I usually have some form of dark circles/puffy bags under my eyes so I like to avoid drawing attention to them. One tactic is to not wear eyeliner on my bottom lid— or minimal. However, I always admire pictures of models and celebrities and their ability to pull off a “smokey” look.
Instead of going full on smokey, I tried wearing eye shadow instead of eyeliner on the bottom. I loved it! It gave a hint of smokiness without being over-the-top. 
I used my angled, flat eyeliner brush from Sephora and dipped it in water. Then, I dipped the brush into the darkest shadow in this palette from The Body Shop and drew a line right on top of my lashes.
So easy! I’m going to try this again soon with bronze shadow for summer.

Semi-Smokey

Being a college student, I usually have some form of dark circles/puffy bags under my eyes so I like to avoid drawing attention to them. One tactic is to not wear eyeliner on my bottom lid— or minimal. However, I always admire pictures of models and celebrities and their ability to pull off a “smokey” look.

Instead of going full on smokey, I tried wearing eye shadow instead of eyeliner on the bottom. I loved it! It gave a hint of smokiness without being over-the-top. 

I used my angled, flat eyeliner brush from Sephora and dipped it in water. Then, I dipped the brush into the darkest shadow in this palette from The Body Shop and drew a line right on top of my lashes.

So easy! I’m going to try this again soon with bronze shadow for summer.

Study Break
I’ve had this Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop for a while now, but always seem to busy to actually use it. With finals being sufficiently stressful, I thought, what’s a better time to break out that mask! 
It’s warming so that you can get “deeper cleansing” with more open pores, so I wanted to use it before I applied my retin-A for the night. I applied it to a clean, wet face (per instructions) and left it on for a few minutes then washed it off. It felt nice and warm, but I don’t think I’ll feel fully relaxed until finals are over ;)

Happy studying!

Study Break

I’ve had this Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop for a while now, but always seem to busy to actually use it. With finals being sufficiently stressful, I thought, what’s a better time to break out that mask! 

It’s warming so that you can get “deeper cleansing” with more open pores, so I wanted to use it before I applied my retin-A for the night. I applied it to a clean, wet face (per instructions) and left it on for a few minutes then washed it off. It felt nice and warm, but I don’t think I’ll feel fully relaxed until finals are over ;)

Happy studying!

Let’s Give ‘em Something to Chalk About
I have been DYING (no pun intended) to dye my hair a streak of a color for a while now. I haven’t done it because colored dyes are so foreign to me and I knew I would completely mess up. Much to my surprise, The Body Shop is developing a hair chalk and asked me to try it out! It won’t be released until next year, but  there are many hair chalk options already out there.

Here’s how I got my color:
1. I picked a section of my hair, dipped my fingers in water and coated the strands until they were damp. 
2. Then, I pressed my pointer finger forcefully into the pot of chalk (most chalks are in stick form) and pressed it onto my hair by squeezing my pointer and thumb fingers together.
3. As I went down the section of hair, I twisted it to ensure that the color applied evenly.
4. The colors I have are hot pink and bright blue, so to create the purple streak I applied blue first then pink.

I. Am. Obsessed. I want to do this to my hair…every day. It’s so fun and a great way to amp up your look! Plus, it only lasts until your next shower. (cough cough, commitment-phobes!)

Are you daring enough to try hair chalking, or go all the way and use colored dye?

Let’s Give ‘em Something to Chalk About

I have been DYING (no pun intended) to dye my hair a streak of a color for a while now. I haven’t done it because colored dyes are so foreign to me and I knew I would completely mess up. Much to my surprise, The Body Shop is developing a hair chalk and asked me to try it out! It won’t be released until next year, but  there are many hair chalk options already out there.

Here’s how I got my color:

1. I picked a section of my hair, dipped my fingers in water and coated the strands until they were damp. 

2. Then, I pressed my pointer finger forcefully into the pot of chalk (most chalks are in stick form) and pressed it onto my hair by squeezing my pointer and thumb fingers together.

3. As I went down the section of hair, I twisted it to ensure that the color applied evenly.

4. The colors I have are hot pink and bright blue, so to create the purple streak I applied blue first then pink.

I. Am. Obsessed. I want to do this to my hair…every day. It’s so fun and a great way to amp up your look! Plus, it only lasts until your next shower. (cough cough, commitment-phobes!)

Are you daring enough to try hair chalking, or go all the way and use colored dye?

Happy Earth Day!
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would also honor my Earth Lovers Shower Gel from The Body Shop. I’m down to the last drop, which is sad because the line has been discontinued and this is one of my favorite body washes. It smells clean and refreshing, and has a thinner consistency than most shower gels which is great because I never feel like I leave the shower with a soapy residue on my skin. If Earth Lovers ever comes back, I’ll be the first in line!

Every day is Earth Day at The Body Shop because their values are important, so regardless of when you shop or if you care about the environment you’re making a difference. Isn’t that lovely?

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would also honor my Earth Lovers Shower Gel from The Body Shop. I’m down to the last drop, which is sad because the line has been discontinued and this is one of my favorite body washes. It smells clean and refreshing, and has a thinner consistency than most shower gels which is great because I never feel like I leave the shower with a soapy residue on my skin. If Earth Lovers ever comes back, I’ll be the first in line!

Every day is Earth Day at The Body Shop because their values are important, so regardless of when you shop or if you care about the environment you’re making a difference. Isn’t that lovely?

The Secret to Blushing
Ever find your blush slowly disappearing off your face throughout the day? I have oily skin, so this happens to me often. If I’m going for a “no makeup” look, like every day just going to class, I’ll wear the Gel Cheek & Lip Stain by itself, but at night I like my blush to look more vibrant! I always apply the stain per usual, then layer powder blush on top. This makes your blush look brighter and natural, plus helps it last throughout the day (or night!).

What are your tricks to making your makeup last?

The Secret to Blushing

Ever find your blush slowly disappearing off your face throughout the day? I have oily skin, so this happens to me often. If I’m going for a “no makeup” look, like every day just going to class, I’ll wear the Gel Cheek & Lip Stain by itself, but at night I like my blush to look more vibrant! I always apply the stain per usual, then layer powder blush on top. This makes your blush look brighter and natural, plus helps it last throughout the day (or night!).

What are your tricks to making your makeup last?

Exclusive Sneak Peek! Leona Lewis for The Body Shop

I am completely IN LOVE with our new Leona Lewis Cruelty Free Limited Edition Collection. She is our new Brand Activist and designed these new products - coming to stores April 15! Not only is the packaging super cute, but the products themselves are versatile and give you a pretty, girly glow. 

White Musk Libertine EDT- I’m going to keep this bottle on my dresser even after it’s all gone simply because it’s so pretty! Even though I’m pretty loyal to my perfume, I really like this twist on our classic White Musk Fragrance. It combines notes of musk with the sweet notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream - it’s light and is perfect for daytime because it’s subtle, but still sweet.


Blusher Brush- simply put, this brush is awesome. It has the same incredible softness of the other Body Shop brushes, but with hot pink and black flower shaped bristles (how cool is that!). Plus, it features Leona Lewis’s adorable deer design at the base. It looks cool on my desk and has cruelty-free synthetic bristles so they won’t shed or get mucky as quickly as real animal hair.


Oh Deer! Bronze and Blush Shimmer Palettes- I’m not usually one for wearing shimmer on my face, but I like these because they’re not overly sparkly so the glow is very subtle. I like to wear the pink blended together and apply right on top of my cheek bones, and the bronze blended together on my temples, nose, chin and cheeks. I also tried the bronze colors individually as eyeshadow, and really liked the copper look with a bronzed face! 


Deerlicious Lip Gloss- My personal favorite! I like these so much because of the pigment. Usually pigmented lip glosses don’t provide a ton of color but these do without being too bright. I love the fuchsia shade (4th from left) because you can wear a fun lip color without the commitment of a lipstick. P.S. they’re minty flavored :)
The new, wild cruelty-free collection will be available for all customers online and in-stores on April 15th, but I’m giving you an exclusive SNEAK PEEK now when you click through the product links in this post. Enjoy!

Exclusive Sneak Peek! Leona Lewis for The Body Shop

I am completely IN LOVE with our new Leona Lewis Cruelty Free Limited Edition Collection. She is our new Brand Activist and designed these new products - coming to stores April 15! Not only is the packaging super cute, but the products themselves are versatile and give you a pretty, girly glow. 

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White Musk Libertine EDT- I’m going to keep this bottle on my dresser even after it’s all gone simply because it’s so pretty! Even though I’m pretty loyal to my perfume, I really like this twist on our classic White Musk Fragrance. It combines notes of musk with the sweet notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream - it’s light and is perfect for daytime because it’s subtle, but still sweet.

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Blusher Brush- simply put, this brush is awesome. It has the same incredible softness of the other Body Shop brushes, but with hot pink and black flower shaped bristles (how cool is that!). Plus, it features Leona Lewis’s adorable deer design at the base. It looks cool on my desk and has cruelty-free synthetic bristles so they won’t shed or get mucky as quickly as real animal hair.

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Oh Deer! Bronze and Blush Shimmer Palettes- I’m not usually one for wearing shimmer on my face, but I like these because they’re not overly sparkly so the glow is very subtle. I like to wear the pink blended together and apply right on top of my cheek bones, and the bronze blended together on my temples, nose, chin and cheeks. I also tried the bronze colors individually as eyeshadow, and really liked the copper look with a bronzed face! 

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Deerlicious Lip Gloss- My personal favorite! I like these so much because of the pigment. Usually pigmented lip glosses don’t provide a ton of color but these do without being too bright. I love the fuchsia shade (4th from left) because you can wear a fun lip color without the commitment of a lipstick. P.S. they’re minty flavored :)

The new, wild cruelty-free collection will be available for all customers online and in-stores on April 15th, but I’m giving you an exclusive SNEAK PEEK now when you click through the product links in this post. Enjoy!

BB Cream: Before and After

I am new to the world of BB cream…and LOVING it so far!
I tried The Body Shop’s BB Cream in Shade 02 first thing this morning (bed head still in tact). I didn’t apply any other makeup until after because I wanted to see the difference from just the BB cream - and was so impressed! The cream goes on white, then adjusts color to compliment your skin tone as you rub it in. I used my hands to rub it in because the heat from my fingertips helped it go on more smoothly, but if you prefer to use a foundation brush that works too! It took maybe 10 seconds to apply and rub in, and doesn’t feel greasy or watery on your skin.
Bottom line: the BB cream evened out my skin tone, warmed up my face, helped cover blemishes and redness and even gave me a little glow. I like how it hides imperfections, but the coverage is light enough where my freckles still sneak though. Plus, it’s so light and silky you don’t feel like you’re wearing any makeup on your face at all! BB cream provides perfect, lightweight coverage and looks completely natural - like your skin but better. I’m definitely going to replace my tinted moisturizer with BB cream for my “day face” when I don’t want a lot of coverage but still need a little something!

Have you tried BB cream? What do you think of it?

BB Cream: Before and After

I am new to the world of BB cream…and LOVING it so far!

I tried The Body Shop’s BB Cream in Shade 02 first thing this morning (bed head still in tact). I didn’t apply any other makeup until after because I wanted to see the difference from just the BB cream - and was so impressed! The cream goes on white, then adjusts color to compliment your skin tone as you rub it in. I used my hands to rub it in because the heat from my fingertips helped it go on more smoothly, but if you prefer to use a foundation brush that works too! It took maybe 10 seconds to apply and rub in, and doesn’t feel greasy or watery on your skin.

Bottom line: the BB cream evened out my skin tone, warmed up my face, helped cover blemishes and redness and even gave me a little glow. I like how it hides imperfections, but the coverage is light enough where my freckles still sneak though. Plus, it’s so light and silky you don’t feel like you’re wearing any makeup on your face at all! BB cream provides perfect, lightweight coverage and looks completely natural - like your skin but better. I’m definitely going to replace my tinted moisturizer with BB cream for my “day face” when I don’t want a lot of coverage but still need a little something!

Have you tried BB cream? What do you think of it?

New Goodies

I’ve been dying to try the BB cream and Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream from The Body Shop, so I was ecstatic when I got them for my birthday!
I have combination skin that is oily in some areas and normal in others, so I always struggle to find a moisturizer that balances my skin. When I used the mini-sized version of the Seaweed Cream over spring break, my skin felt perfect! It wasn’t too moisturizing and greasy, or too thin and drying. It also made my makeup look and feel smoother when I applied it on top (major +++). 
I have been hesitant to try BB Creams in the past because I always thought I would need more coverage, but I tried The Body Shop’s BB Cream at the store once and it felt silky and actually gave me enough coverage. I can’t wait to use it this week!
Stay tuned for pictures!

Have you ever tried BB Cream or used the Seaweed moisturizer?

New Goodies

I’ve been dying to try the BB cream and Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream from The Body Shop, so I was ecstatic when I got them for my birthday!

I have combination skin that is oily in some areas and normal in others, so I always struggle to find a moisturizer that balances my skin. When I used the mini-sized version of the Seaweed Cream over spring break, my skin felt perfect! It wasn’t too moisturizing and greasy, or too thin and drying. It also made my makeup look and feel smoother when I applied it on top (major +++). 

I have been hesitant to try BB Creams in the past because I always thought I would need more coverage, but I tried The Body Shop’s BB Cream at the store once and it felt silky and actually gave me enough coverage. I can’t wait to use it this week!

Stay tuned for pictures!

Have you ever tried BB Cream or used the Seaweed moisturizer?

My skin is peeling- now what?
Do you ever peel after being in the sun, or just have really dry skin?
Even though we all know to apply sunscreen every minute we’re outside, sometimes peeling after being in the sun for the first time in months is inevitable. It happens to the best of us. AKA (post-spring break and didn’t apply enough sunscreen) me.
Resist the urge to peel, itch and rub! Moisturizing is key.
Since I have to wear a sundress tomorrow (gasp!) I needed to get rid of the peeling-evidence A.S.A.P.


Step 1: Using your favorite body wash and Loofah, gently rub the dry area(s) for a minute. You don’t want to use an exfoliating scrub if the peeling is bad because it might make it worse!

Step 2: Pat skin dry right when you get out of the shower. Apply Beautifying oil  and rub in while skin is still damp so as much moisture as possible can sink in. 


Step 3: Rub your favorite Body Butter on skin over the rubbed in oil. Apply as much as you want - moisture is your friend!
Repeat this process 1-2 times a day until signs of peeling/drying are gone.

What’s your tactic to fight dry, flaky skin and avoid peeling?

My skin is peeling- now what?

Do you ever peel after being in the sun, or just have really dry skin?

Even though we all know to apply sunscreen every minute we’re outside, sometimes peeling after being in the sun for the first time in months is inevitable. It happens to the best of us. AKA (post-spring break and didn’t apply enough sunscreen) me.

Resist the urge to peel, itch and rub! Moisturizing is key.

Since I have to wear a sundress tomorrow (gasp!) I needed to get rid of the peeling-evidence A.S.A.P.

Step 1: Using your favorite body wash and Loofah, gently rub the dry area(s) for a minute. You don’t want to use an exfoliating scrub if the peeling is bad because it might make it worse!

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Step 2: Pat skin dry right when you get out of the shower. Apply Beautifying oil  and rub in while skin is still damp so as much moisture as possible can sink in. 

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Step 3: Rub your favorite Body Butter on skin over the rubbed in oil. Apply as much as you want - moisture is your friend!

Repeat this process 1-2 times a day until signs of peeling/drying are gone.

What’s your tactic to fight dry, flaky skin and avoid peeling?