back to the basics

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Above photos by Audree from Simply Audree Kate

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One of the things I rarely ever turn down the chance to try are beauty products. Clothes are something I am very particular about, and though I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how I would incorporate something unique into my wardrobe, it’s hard to find the right fit with brands.

Beauty products on the other hand just have to work. They don’t have to aesthetically meet my particular sense of style, they just have to make me feel or be more beautiful. I know what you’re thinking, those products have their work cut out for them… 😉

Through BrandBacker I try countless products and brands I hadn’t heard of before and often find new products I truly enjoy (i.e. HASK products and all these guys in this post). This time I tried out a Bionic Oxygen Facial from Exuviance and Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. I really enjoyed both products and it got me thinking about what the basis of my beauty routine is and how I need to step back and reevaluate that.

Obviously, I love beauty products and make up. I love to take two hours to get ready- slowly doing my hair and make up before a night out. The problem arises not because I don’t love to look fully made up, but because I despise mornings. WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING. I cannot wake up early so I have these two hours and I cannot rush my full beauty look. Instead, I make cuts here and there to my makeup routine. I try to take out anything that I feel I can somehow live without.

I’ve decided that (for me) the basics are BB cream, concealer and mascara. Often I add bronzer and lipstick for an easy-put-together look. And then beneath it all, it’s just keeping my skin healthy. If your skin is beautiful on it’s own, your make up routine becomes 100X simpler and more effective.

These two products fell perfectly into this basics plan. The facial is incredible. I’ve used it quite a few times since I received it, and it’s really different than other facials I’ve tried. It goes on transparent, turns white, bubbles and disappears all in the span of 5 minutes. Afterwards, your skin truly feels lighter and like it’s breathing much easier. It feels like decongestant for your skin… which sounds disgusting, but feels heavenly!

The Younique 3D fiber mascara surprised the crap out of me. I did not expect it to be what it was (clearly, I did not read enough about it in advance). Essentially, it’s two tubes. 1 is a transparent gel that goes on before and after the other tube, the 3D fibers. You have to apply the fiber (which are little mini fluffily lashes- not the scientific term) as soon as you finish applying the gel. It sticks on and you will see instant growth in your lashes. I’m talking an intense growth. It looked like my eyelashes had grown another pair on top of themselves!

My suggestions for the mascara: really blink your eyelashes when you apply the fibers. Spread them with the gel and be careful of letting them get too clumpy. It’s a little hard to control and can look spidery if you’re not careful. I think it’s a great product for when you’re not doing much else. I wouldn’t try to add mascara to your bottom lashes or tons of eyeliner. You risk it looking too unnatural if you do that.


Thank you to Exuviance and Younique for letting me try your awesome products, and try them out yourselves here:

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial: Ulta; $65

Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes: Younique; $29

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3 thoughts on “back to the basics

  1. I love younique! 🙂 I actually sell the line, it’s awesome. I like to do thin layers of the 3d mascara, and if I’m really wanting a WOW look, I’ll do 2 layers. Building up really helps with not getting the spider looks, although some people are into that look. Glad you like the products! 🙂

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