Beautycon NYC Experience

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Beautycon NYC was so amazing! The beauty conference was yesterday October 17, 2015. There were so many different cosmetic brands there selling and giving out free products! Also a lot of Youtubers were there. It was Youtube beauty guru heaven. There were music performances one being Jojo. I also really liked taking selfies at all the selfie stations. I live beauty and I am so happy I had a chance to go to Beautycon!

Did you go to Beautycon this year? How’d you like it?

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E.L.F Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation Deep

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Wearing the E.L.F Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation Deep ($12.49)

I could fry chicken for a whole village with my oily skin. Yes, I just said that. I don’t know what it is but I get so oily year round with or without makeup or a fancy oil controlling primer. I have learned to live with my oily skin but lately for everyday makeup I have been wearing powder foundation. I find that I don’t get as oily with powder foundation and let’s be honest, sometimes I just do not feel like blending out liquid foundation especially if it was #armday at the gym the day before #strengthtraining #whyamiusinghashtagsinmypostrightnow #anywaaaay….

I usually use Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NW 50 ($27) but I recently picked up the E.L.F Mineral Powder Foundation in Deep just because I like buying makeup even if I already have something similar to it.That’s just how I roll.

E.L.F says it’s:

  • long-lasting
  • lightweight coverage
  • hydrating
  • creates silky smooth texture
  • blendable
  • for everyday wear
  • helps to nourish skill for revitalized feel

 elf pressed powder foundation deep swatch on dark skin

Don’t be scared by the color! I was too when I first saw it and swatched the color. It definitely blends into the skin. I will admit it isn’t the best color for my summer time tan but this color will be a winner when I have my winter color back!

I apply 2-4 layers of the this powder foundation with the E.L.F Powder Brush. After I spray my face with the E.L.F Makeup Mist & Set to get rid of the powder look so it gives a natural skin like finish.

Unfortunately, this foundation has been discontinued on the E.L.F website but it’s available on my Amazon store! Shop Sunlight Beauty Amazon Store. It’s only $12.49 at my Amazon store! Go and try it!

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No makeup

simple everyday makeup look dark skin

E.L.F Powder Foundation with filled in eyebrows,mascara and lip gloss!

My thoughts!

I just love affordable base makeup for deep skin. It is really hard to find especially this foundation since it’s discontinued. But don’t forget you can get the powder foundation at my Amazon store  Shop Sunlight Beauty Amazon Store! I also love the finish of the powder foundation. It looks smooth and polished and it looks great in photos! It feels lightweight on the skin and because of that I could totally see myself wearing this everyday. Since I have very oily skin nothing is really long-lasting on my skin but if I use a good primer underneath and blot throughout the day it holds up okay! All in all this powder foundation is worth a try. Get it while it’s still available on my store!!

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Ambi CC Cream

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A few months ago I stumbled upon the Ambi CC Cream at a Walgreens near me. There was a small display in one of the beauty aisles and I was so excited I immediately put it in my basket. “Just throw it in the bag!”  Anyway… haha. I actually haven’t seen a drugstore cc cream for people with darker skin so I am so happy that I found this one! If you are confused about what a cc cream is let me break it down for you!

What is the difference between foundation, tinted moisturizer, bb cream, cc cream and dd cream?

Foundation: base makeup used to even skintone and cover blemishes

Tinted Moisturizer: has a little bit of color while providing moisture

BB Cream: provides coverage and has skin care like SPF, more coverage than tinted moisturizer less coverage than foundation

CC Cream: has lighter coverage than a bb cream and color correcting properties

DD Cream: stands for dynamic do all and or daily defense, basically it is a bb and cc cream with anti-aging properties

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Swatch of Ambi CC Cream Medium/Dark

Ambi CC Cream

Specially formulated to match the rich tones of women of color, NEW! AMBI® EVEN & CLEAR CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield contains argan oil, shea butter, and antioxidants to moisturize the skin. This multitasking CC+ Cream features broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen protection from UV sun rays without a gray or ashy look.

AMBI® CC+ Cream is designed to even skin tone instantly with soft focus technology, while helping to shield your skin from environmental elements that may cause uneven skin tone, dry out the skin, and accelerate fine lines and wrinkles.

-Information from Ambi Website

ambi cc cream swatch

Swatch of Ambi CC Cream Medium/Dark

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Apply generously and blend over face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure; reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water-resistant sunscreen when swimming or sweating.

SHADES: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark

RETAIL PRICE: $8.99 USD (1.7 oz tube) You can get the ambi cc cream at my Sunlight Beauty Amazon Store for only $4.80!

-Information from Ambi Website

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Blended Swatch of Ambi CC Cream Medium/Dark

ambi cc cream before

Me without makeup

ambi cc cream blending

Applying the CC Cream

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Ambi CC Cream (1 layer)

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Ambi CC Cream ( 2 layers)

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Ambi CC Cream (3 layers)

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Ambi CC Cream with makeup on top

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Ambi CC Cream with other makeup on top

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Ambi CC Cream with other makeup and glasses!

My thoughts!

I wore the Ambi CC Cream in the way I would wear foundation so I didn’t reapply the cc cream every two hours. I applied it with the ELF Powder Brush which really did a good job of blending the cc cream into my skin. The cc cream feels really light on my skin. It almost feels like nothing is on my face. It doesn’t feel overly moisturizing or greasy I think it provides a bit of moisture but not too much which is perfect for my oily skin. The Ambi CC Cream has a skin like finish to me. It was not dewy or matte, it just looked like skin. I have oily skin so I would set the cc cream but if you have normal to dry  skin you might be able to get away with just setting your tzone or not even setting it at all. It has a sheer coverage but is build-able to light/medium coverage. I personally like light to medium coverage but if you prefer full coverage you can use concealer and or a powder foundation on top. After just one layer of the cc cream my skin tone was pretty much even. The 2nd and 3rd layers started to cover more of my dark spots. Usually I use a color corrector around my mouth to color correct my hyper-pigmentation but with this Ambi CC Cream I did not color correct before hand and it came out good. I don’t really need to color correct with this cc cream which is great since cc creams are suppose to color correct for you in theory. The shade is not a perfect match. I am currently a Mac NW50 or a little darker since its summer and I have a tan. I feel like in the winter this color will suit me better. The medium/dark shade blends very nicely with only one layer on my skin but it looks a little yellow and a tad bit off when I add the 2nd and 3rd layers. I hope Ambi comes out with a dark/deep shade that is a little richer and redder. I feel like when I put on all my other makeup the cc cream seemed to look like a better match. All in all I like this cc cream. It didn’t break me out, it feels light, it’s blendable and buildable! Get the ambi cc cream here on sale for $4.80!

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$25 weekly grocery budget!

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Healthy eating seems to get a bad rep for being very expensive. I will admit as a single person some of my Whole Foods weekly trips can rack up to $100! But that is mainly because I am either overbuying or getting all the bells and whistles. Personally, as a clean eater and single person I spend $50-$75 weekly on groceries. I shop at Whole Foods and sometimes at Trader Joe’s, Starmarket and Stop & Shop (local grocery chains in New England). However, a couple weeks ago as an experiment I decided that I would go to Trader Joes & Star Market and try my best to spend only  $25.

cheap clean eating

So here is what I got, my tips and meal prep for this haul!

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My Grocery List!

25 weekly grocery list

My Quick Tips!

  • Eat the healthy food you already have at home (duh! haha)
  • Buy the bare minimum that you need at affordable grocery stores
  • Be creative!
  • Look for sales and generic items
  • Plan ahead, set a budget and stick to it!

25 week grocery list

My Meal Prep!

Monday- Wednesday

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Berry Medley Protein Smoothie & Whole Wheat Toast w/ Almond Butter
  • Snack: Baked Grapefruit
  • Lunch: Stir-fry, Couscous, Frozen Veggies
  • Dinner: Stir-fry, Couscous, Frozen Veggies

Friday – Sunday

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Keep in mind I had a few groceries at home and I assume you are not going grocery shopping with an empty kitchen! Your list will range depending on what you already have at home. This technique can work for a range of people but will really be helpful for healthy eaters who have bits and bobs of healthy food in their kitchen! Also you can switch up the order of the meals. I personally do not mind eating the same meal for 1 to 3 days. Good Luck meal prepping!

What money-saving tips, meal prep or menu ideas do you have up your sleeve?

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Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

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Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

The Claims: 

Oil-free anti-aging cleanser with Glycolic Acid 3% (AHA), Pro Vitamin B5 and Allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin.A fabulous, oil-free, all-purpose anti-aging exfoliating cleanser containing a gentle form of Glycolic Acid. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Helps clarify the skin and smooth out rough texture.

Participants in a four week consumer efficacy study reported*: 

• 88% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles • 88% agreed their skin felt exfoliated • 88% agreed their skin felt softer • 84% agreed their skin appeared clarified • 84% agreed their skin felt smoother • 76% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of signs of aging *A total of 25 female subjects, ranging in age from 35 to 65.

peter thomas roth facial wash gycolic acid

How to Use: Combination, oily, and acne prone skin, use once or twice daily. Normal, dry, and sun damaged skin, use two to three times a week at first, increasing usage if well-tolerated. Apply a small amount of cleansing gel over moistened skin with the fingertips. Work into a rich, foamy lather and massage gently for one minute. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with PTR treatment product, moisturizer, and/or sun protection. Not recommended for very sensitive skin, eczema, seborrhea, rosacea, or Retin-A® users. Precautions: Sunburn alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

peter thomas roth facial wash gylcolic acid

Ingredients: 3% Glycolic Acid (AHA): Helps exfoliate dead surface skin cells and support natural cellular turnover. Allantoin: Helps soothe and calm the skin. Pro Vitamin B5: Helps moisturize, nourish, and clarify. Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Arginine, Methylparaben, Quaternium-15.

Price: $38 Buy it on Amazon!

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How I use the cleanser:

I only use this cleanser at night because it has gylcolic acid in it which is sensitive to sunlight. At night I remove my makeup with a makeup wipe and Vaseline. Then I use a Biore cleanser with my Olay facial brushe to remove any remaining makeup. After that I apply the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash to wet skin and I massage it in. I personally leave the cleanser on my skin for 3-5 minutes so the glycolic acid can really get into my skin. I then take my Olay Facial Brush and work up a lather on my face. Then I will rinse off my face with lukewarm water.

My thoughts:

I love this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling clean and it is a great exfoliator. I have very textured skin and this is the only product that helps minimize my texture. Normally I would have to go get a facial to get rid of bumps on my face but this product helps minimize bumps. It has helped to even my skin tone and lighten dark spots. I swear (even though I’m only in my twenties) my skin looks more young and fresh! I feel like my skin looks healthier! This product is $38 it is a little pricey but it’s 8.5 fl oz so you get a decent amount of product and a little goes a long way. The packaging is so sleek and modern. I also really like the cap because you can squeeze out the amount of product you want so you won’t waste any product! The cleanser is for all skin types and it worked really well with my oily skin. It’s a gel consistency but foams when water is added to it. The cleanser creates a great lather when used with water and a facial brush. I have to say I truly love this cleanser. At night I use this cleanser and I follow up with Peter Thomas Roth serums and moisturizers and I wake up to bright smoother skin. Just remember to use a sunscreen when you are in the sun when using this product! All in all I love this cleanser and I highly recommend it! Buy it on Amazon!

Have you tried this cleanser? What are your thoughts on it?

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