Shani Darden Retinol Reform (& Other Things to Know)

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Retinol is probably one of the scariest items on the market. It continues to terrify women and put them off from the advantages of using it. But like everything that seems scary at first, women grow to love it and cherish the results it brings to their skin over time. Shani Darden’s is no exception. It may even be the best one I’ve used. 

The Best Cream Blushes

Saturday, June 4, 2022


Not too many years ago you wouldn't catch me putting cream products anywhere on my face. The thought of cream-based, dewy-finished products on my oily skin? Yeah right. 

Well my tune has changed my friends... I put at least one cream product on my face every day. I've fallen in love with all sorts... blush, contour, bronzer (yes the last two are completely different). Below you'll find my thoughts and reviews mingling together on each product you see above. I hope you enjoy the post and walk away learning something... I learned I own too many blushes for my own good and shouldn't buy another... but never say never, right?

2021 Skincare Favorites

Friday, December 31, 2021

I’ve returned with just enough time to share my favorite products of 2021. Nothing like getting in under the wire, huh? Amongst my favorites in this post, products I would recommend are nestled within as well. Enjoy this post as we say goodbye to another whirlwind year in a panorama and say hello to a better tomorrow in 2022. 

In 2021, I left my job at Sephora after five wonderful & hard working years. Although I’ve moved to Washington D.C., I’ll remain (one of) your go-to sources on all things skincare, makeup, and more as long as you’ll have me. I still have plenty of product to work through myself and share my utterly candid and honest thoughts. 

Since this post focuses on skincare, I wanted to share a disclaimer on how I won’t be getting into the nitty-gritty of ingredients. However, I only used the products below because of their ingredients followed by their effectiveness. 

The Cleansed Review Starter Pack

Friday, June 19, 2020

Every day,  I'm asked what my favorite X, Y, and Z products are. Now, let's think about how anyone can ask me, a girl who loves options, and with a head full of product knowledge, to decide on her ONE favorite product from any category. Making a decision is like picking a favorite child, luckily I have no children and instead fill my heart with skincare (and makeup, duh). So, after Network of Enlightened Women had me as a guest on Instagram Live (see the IGTV here!), I made myself decide on what my favorite products really are. I made my decisions with the perspective of, 'If I didn't work at Sephora, what would I buy independently?' and 'All other products aside, what have I truly loved and can't imagine myself without?' and lastly, 'What has actually WORKED?'

So here you have the results: The Cleansed Review Starter Pack. These carefully selected products are your go to answer for fulfilling holes in your skincare routine or starting from scratch if you're building one for the first time. Not everything made it's way in here because I'd leave you with a twenty step skincare routine, or something ridiculous. But I hope you take this for what it is: my best attempt at cutting down all the other products I own so I can share the ones I truly, truly love and have enjoyed.

Facial Oils

Friday, May 29, 2020

The ones you absolutely need in your life. No questions asked. Thank me later.

However, I also love questions so enjoy reading the following textual Ted Talk about four of my favorite oils of all time that compliment my routine and will be a god send in yours!!

Facial oils are awesome. There's so many skincare benefits inside those little glass bottles like plant oils, nut oils, antioxidants, fatty acids, etc. They're great for all skin types, especially oily skin! Oil can break down excess oil and nourish the skin, resulting in a clearer, less oily complexion. The four I chose are also super makeup friendly, giving you the chance to enjoy them in the AM under your foundation! Go ahead and open up your wallets folks, because you're about to make another purchase.

These oils will probably all seem like the same thing but they're all different. Like in Cheaper by the Dozen, there were 12 kids but they were all different! Those 12 kids shared the same two parents just like all these oils share similar ingredients but their textures and purposes vary.
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