Night Time Skincare Routine

Night Time Skincare Routine

Night Time Skincare Routine

Some might believe this to be a arduous task, but there is nothing I love more than a thorough skincare routine. It’s my time to relax and wash the day off both literally and figuratively. Sometimes I’ll be accompanied by a podcast, or maybe even a YouTube tutorial (how meta) but I will always complete every step like it was my religion. Keep scrolling for the full Night Time Skincare Routine video + product listings.

CLEANSE

The first step is cleansing. If I happen to wear makeup, I’ll use Bioderma Sensibio H2O or Vichy Makeup Wipes

Biossance Antioxidant Cleansing Oil*- I love using this on a heavy makeup day – it removes everything!
IMAGE Skincare Max Cell Cleanser* – This cleanser works well with my Clarisonic
Clarisonic with the sensitive brush head*  

TONE 

Even after a double cleanse, I love to do a quick sweep of my face with toner and then add a refreshing spritz just for good measure. 

Wildcraft Clarify Toner in Bergamot & Rose*
Origins A Perfect World White Tea Lotion* – also part of the Clean at Sephora list!

Night Time Skincare Routine

And that’s the ~short~ list of all the products I use on my face in the evening. If anyone has any questions regarding this thorough routine, I am happy to answer them. And thank you for coming to my TED Talk 🙂

 

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Grace be unto you, Urban Decay has launched a new nude palette to replace my beloved NAKED OG. I am counting my lucky stars that it arrived at my door as a complete surprise last week. Of course I couldn’t wait to “dip into it” as the beauty guru’s so like to say. And dip I did do. My first dip I even made a YouTube video of it which you are more than welcome to watch. 🙂 Or continue scrolling for my more in depth review of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette. As well as all the other products I used to achieve this lewk. Happy Neutrals to you! 🥰

NAKED OG vs NAKED RELOADED

While I was rather taken aback when I found out the NAKED OG palette was discontinued, I made peace with it. Mostly because I had an unopened palette that I purchased at a Sephora VIB sale. It was a “just-in-case” purchase but clearly I am clairvoyant. I anticipated this move by Urban Decay. JK I’m just a makeup hoarder and I’m trying to justify my collection. ANYWAY. The NAKED OG was revolutionary when it was released in 2010. I discovered it thanks to Rumi Neely when her blog Fashion Toast was at its peak. It made me develop a deep love for neutrals when previously I had despised them. Love and hate is truly a fine line.

🍒NAKED CHERRY 🍒

My most recent Urban Decay review was of their most recent NAKED launch, the much buzzed about Naked Cherry. For those interested, head on over to my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette goodness.

Locked and Reloaded

During my test out/try on, I ended up using quite a few of the shades. This included: Bribe, Barely Baked, Angel Fire, Retro, Reputation, Burn, End Game, Bucked, and Blur. Basically the whole palette short three shades. That’s pretty impressive! In my experience, the ability to use so many shades in one look isn’t a regular occurance. For whatever reason, the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette has conjured up the right formula for eyeshadow alchemy. I am here for it. I am wearing it. And I cannot wait to continue to delve deep into this palette and create more looks… most likely ones that are on the lighter side.

Still drooling over this blush and highlighter combo 

THE FACE

Here’s a quick list on the products I used on my face:

PRODUCTS
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*MAC COSMETICS Prep + Prime Fix+ (Did you know you can buy MAC at Sephora now?!)
*IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte in Light Medium
*NARS Lasting Radiant Creamy Concealer in Affogato
*STILA Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten
*TARTE Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful

*In case you’re ever wondering, this is my unedited skin*

THE EYES

All of the things I used on my eyeballlzzzzzz

PRODUCTS
*KISS Looks So Natural Eyelashes in Shy
*MAC COSMETICS Paint Pot in Painterly 
*BENEFIT BADgal Lash Mascara in Rich Black
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette (I live for this eyebrow pencil and have bought it for years!)
*TARTE Lashy and Flashy Eyelash Curler
*URBAN DECAY Naked Reloaded Palette
*CHARLOTTE TILBURY Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Eye Cheat
*CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Classic Eye Powder Pencil in Audrey

THE LIPS

Here is the extensive list of products I used on my lips 😉

PRODUCTS

*NUDE BY NATURE Moisture Shine Lipstick in Pale Coral
*TOO FACED Rich and Dazzling High-Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Sunset Crush (Limited Edition!)

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Thanks so much for joining me while I dipped a toe into this new palette. For more beauty and travel videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel here. I would very much appreciate it as I’m s l o w l y growing my little channel. Also, I would love to know what you think about the new Naked Reloaded palette. Will you get it? Have you tried it? Do you miss the OG palette? Leave a comment below! 

Until next time….. Toodles! xo SJ

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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As always anything marked with a * indicates product I have been gifted but are under no obligation to post about. 

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Full Face of Drugstore Makeup 

The lore of good drugstore makeup has been information I have slowly pieced together over the years. I’ve taken product recommendations by word of mouth. My countless attempts at duping higher end items for less over the years. It has been an epic trial and error that comes with many wins but also colossal missteps. Today, I have decided to share one of my testing sessions on new to me drugstore makeup in a beauty tutorial: Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. Join me while I find a few new favourites and duds I wouldn’t bother using again. 

THE EYESHADOW

I first decided to create this video when I received the L’Oreal Paradise Enchanted Collection. I was a little bit hesitant. The eyeshadow palette and blushes are all peach scented. Though I’m not completely sold on the smell, I did find the eyeshadow from the Paradise Enchanted palette to be very blendable and easy to work with. The palette is by no means ground breaking, but it definitely has a place amongst the workable everyday nudey browns palettes. I especially liked how it worked with the Lise Watier Metamorphix – one of my favourite products to make any powder eyeshadow into a cream/liquid. 

THE LINERS

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of drugstore eyeliners these days. It came as such a surprise to me, I’m embarrassed to say. The Super Slim liquid liner especially has the perfect tip for making a precise cateye. There is even a grip that helps with the application. 

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Full Face of Drugstore Makeup

Revisiting the some of the brands that I began my makeup journey with has been both parts nostalgic and fun. There are so many more options available than there was when I was a teenager, it is staggering. With such an abundance of choice I can see how going to the drugstore to pick out something as simple as eyeliner could become overwhelming. I’m so grateful for communities on YouTube that have helped make me a more informed consumer as well as entertained me for hours and hoursssss. If you enjoyed this video and post, head on over and subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more posts like this Full Face of Drugstore Makeup. 

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

The Goop G.Tox Detox

I have had medium success on traditionally detoxes. When they start affecting my everyday life is around the time I decide to quit. The last time was in 2010 when I was 6 days deep into the Wild Rose Cleanse when I realized it wasn’t for me. With that said, I’m more than happy to experiment with other types of body cleanses, that of which are akin to spa treatments. The Goop G.Tox Detox is that exception I can get behind.

5 Salt Bath Soak

Do you know what’s better than a single salt bath soak? Naturally, a 5 Salt Bath Soak with glacial marine clay and activated charcoal, that’s what! A long, hot soak with some Pharmaceutical-grade salts is a great addition to any wintertime skincare routine. The salt soak contains: Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, New Zealand solar salt, and Baking soda. With the mixture of Coriander, Cardamom, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Fennel essential oils, this soak is incredibly fresh smelling. The texture reminds me of brown sugar. It dissolves quickly in the bath which is a plus since I hate stepping into a bath with jagged salt lingering in the depths. One bag is good for three luxurious baths.

Exfoliation

Between the the Ultimate Dry Brush and the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub, I will have the smoothest skin all winter long. If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a dry brush, let 2019 be the year it becomes a habit. It’s a transformative step in a body care routine and I stand by it. Not only does it help to lightly exfoliate your skin before you shower, it also stimulates circulations and lymphatic drainage. It doesn’t sound like much of an added benefit but I assure you it is. When I use the Ultimate Dry Brush all over prior to a shower, I only use the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub sparingly on my issue spots. (back of arms, thighs, etc). The 5 salts are combined with oil so they hydrate skin as they’re exfoliating which is a huge plus.

So Fresh, So Clean

A bathing routine wouldn’t be complete without a body wash and of course Goop goes not disappoint on that front either. The Glacial Marine Body Cleanser is a creamy body wash that leaves me feeling cleansed and nourished. I no longer have to suffer through that tight feeling my skin gets after using regular soap. With a blend of helichrysum, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppermint oils, not only does it work like a dream but also smells like one too.

Scalp Saver

I saved the best for last. This is the hero product from the Goop G.Tox Body Detox line in my opinion. I am a long time sufferer of a dry scalp in the wintertime. And the winter happens to last for an irritatingly long time where I’m from. Often, I describe Alberta as Hoth-like. I digress. Normally when I cleanse my hair, it’s a two step process. First a scalp scrub and rinse followed by an additional cleansing with shampoo and another rinse. Thanks to the G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub, I only have to wash my hair once. It exfoliates my scalp and then begins to foam when I start massaging it in my hair under the water. Of course it smells like an essential oil blend of magic which includes: rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint. It is a potent salt mix so using it once a week is maximum!

The Goop G.Tox Body Detox

Thanks so much for joining me on this bathing journey with the Goop G.Tox Body Detox! So far, my experience with the Goop beauty line has been immensely positive. I’m currently testing out the Goop Enriching Facial Oil which I will be reviewing in the near future. So far, I can report that it smells INCREDIBLE. More on that later! 😁

Photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

As soon as the OG Naked 1 was retired up popped Naked Cherry. While I’ve been a long time lover Urban Decay ever since I came across the brand while on my first trip to Europe. I had never been to a Sephora but stumbled upon one in Paris and thought I had found heaven. I bought one purpley blue eyeshadow and have been a fan ever since. History aside, I was stoked when I received this collection in the mail and couldn’t wait to give it a go. The shadows were quite pigmented and blended easily but rather than reading this I implore you to watch the video below to see my Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial in action. 🙂

The Naked Cherry Collection

Like most people who spend a great deal of their waking hours on the internet for their job, I have been absorbing all the opinions about this launch. This seems to be a very polarizing palette. People are either super stoked on the Naked Cherry or they’re not. Some complaints I read was that it was too similar to the Naked Heat palette, or at least in a similar colour family. There was also the complaint that there is not one classic “cherry” colour (ie BRIGHT RED) in the palette. I’d argue that not all cherries are maraschino and that most regular cherries are, in fact, are reminiscent of this palette. Semantics aside, I think this is a very fun palette that I’m happy to have added to my Naked family.

PRODUCTS USED

FACE
*GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer
*IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer 
*TOM FORD Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow
*MAC COSMETICS Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Trio

EYES
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Palette
*URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
*IT COSMETICS SuperHero Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
STILA Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in White (Discontinued)
*HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Primer
*L’OREAL Lash Paradise Mascara

LIPS
*URBAN DECAY Naked Cherry Vice Lipstick in Juicy / Devilish / Cherry

BRUSHES
*L’OREAL Sponge
*BAREMINERALS Blooming Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush
*IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

* Indicate gifted product*

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Easy Tutorial

My overall review is that the shadows are very pigmented and blend lovely. Overall, it’s a lovely palette however, it is not an every day shadow story I will be turning to. With that in mind, I would recommend it if anyone is in the market for a pinky pop of colour as there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers. If you enjoyed the video, head on over to my YouTube channel and subscribe for more updates like this. And be sure to check out my other posts and reviews in the Beauty Section of my blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Digging deep into the depths of my past to recreate a favourite Punk Makeup look beauty tutorial inspired by my favourite Live Journal – Punk Makeup. I stalked that page so regularly back in 2006. I never applied to be a member but this can be my application 12 years too late. Can we even begin to believe that I used to do my make up like this? Sometimes it even shocks me. What’s more shocking than that is, I kind of like the way it looks? Is Sandy Circa 2005-2006 coming back? I suppose time will only tell! In the meantime, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial and punk storytime re: Punk Makeup A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial. Or keep scrolling for more hilarious photos I took with this outfit that still fit!!!! 🙂

PRODUCTS USED

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow
MAC COSMETICS Eyeshadow in Electric Eel
STILA Eyeshadow in Moonlight
DIORSHOW On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl
MAC COSMETICS Blush in Pink Swoon
YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Blue Mascara
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
JIN SOON Cool Blue Polish

OUTFIT DETAILS

GBH band t shirt – my closet
RAZOR BLADE earrings – somewhere in NYC
WRANGLER vintage shorts – thrifted then DIY’d by me
TIFFANY & CO heart necklace – c/o my mom

Punk Make Up A Live Journal – Beauty Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my walk down memory lane! I would love to know how many other people out there were part of an *alternative* scene which heavily involved makeup? Or even anyone who remembers New City for that matter! If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out My Morning Skincare Routine to see what I do before applying buttloads of make up! JK my makeup is very conservative. If you are amused by my videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. K thx bye 🙂

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