Being x Sanctuary at Ulta

*This post is sponsored by Being and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Just A Little Glow possible!*

Hey everyone! So is it just me or are people really leaning more into body care lately? With all of the latest trends of glowing skin, it’s only right that we start with freshly, exfoliated skin. Some time ago, I went into Ulta & came across a brand called “Being.” It’s packaging is what caught my eye off hand! I’m a sucker for cute, quirky packaging. I’ve now collaborated with the brand to bring you a review on some products I received.

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Where Have I Been?

Hello everyone! Is it too late to say “Happy New Year?” I know I’ve abandoned my website ๐Ÿ™ & while I have no clear explanation as to why, I’ve really been feeling so discouraged since the New Year started. Also so down. I think a lot about my brother. In my last post, I went into a little detail that my brother passed in the beginning of December. & I think of him so much. I know if he were alive, he wouldn’t want me to be sad. He’d want me to rejoice, & make lemonade out of lemons basically lol! Continue reading

Birthday Wishlist 2017: It’s My Birthday!

Hey everyone! I don’t know where to begin. I haven’t been around much. Beginning of December was already crazy enough. My brother passed away on the 5th & I’ve just been feeling a little somber. I’m still dealing with it all, ya know? Christmas was just here 3 days ago. I was texting & calling everyone. & I thought of him & was like “oh I need to text him…” & then realized that I couldn’t. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide + Ideas For Her

Hey y’all! Can’t believe it’s near the end of the November! This month literally flew by & i’m not sure if I should love it or hate it. Next month is my birthday! I’ll be 28 on the 28th! Just after Christmas but before the New Year ends. I’m not sure what to do but I have a feeling I’ll be in NYC. Going to NYC during the holidays can be a nightmare! So many tourists & the streets are overflowing with people! But I love NYC during the holiday season. It’s so magical. I have to go & see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center this year! Continue reading

DefineMe Fragrance: First Impressions + Review

Has anyone else been on a hunt for perfumes lately? Or is it just me? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚ Iโ€™m a huge fragrance lover actually. But once I like a certain perfume, I just keep it for all year long. I’ve yet to really find a signature scent. My go-to for the fall/winter months will more than likely be YSL’s Black Opium perfume. During the other months, I never really know what to wear. I just wear whatever I find that reminds me of Spring/Summer.

I must admit, I am that girl that goes into Sephora, sampling all of the perfumes. Until I finally walk out with either none or a sample of a perfume I just will not purchase lol! Iโ€™m a cheapskate. & for a long time, I would only wear & purchase Bath & Body Works fragrance mists. Theyโ€™re inexpensive but I know they donโ€™t last long & usually the scents all smell similar. To me anyway lol! It wasnโ€™t until I joined Octoly last year, that I received my first real fragrance. Which was YSLโ€™s Black Opium. I wore it everyday, all day! People would stop, men & women alike. Majority of the men would stop to ask me what Iโ€™m wearing so they can buy it for their girlfriends ๐Ÿ˜‚

As most of you know I went to Gen Beauty last month! & if you didnโ€™t, that’s okay ๐Ÿ˜€ While there, I went to a lot of booths. Mostly to the smaller brands. But I came across this one brand called โ€œDefineMe.โ€ Now I thought it was an up & coming makeup brand. I never heard of them before & I was somehow pulled in (actually, my curiosity was up & I wanted to be nosey lol) to checkout their booth. As I am waiting on line, I look further to notice they are a fragrance line. I was pretty stoked to say the least (although I am super frugal when it comes to buying perfume lol!)!

DefineMe Fragrance is a small company. They produce vegan + cruelty free fragrance mists + oils, hair mists, & on-the-go mists. All of their fragrances can be mixed together to create your own unique scent. The founder, Jennifer McKay Newton, wanted to create scents people would love after running a successful candle line of her own. Her fragrance line is geared towards the “It Girls” of the world! The fragrances inspire those who are inspired by this new generation of leading women & to give a reminder of one’s own confidence. For those who need to be reminded they are fearless, bold, empowering & passionate as well! I for one find these perfumes to be very youthful but not teeny bop youthful. Also, their scents are made with coconut oil. They can be worn by everyone. I’ll leave a list of the available fragrances & their notes below.

All scents are reasonably priced as well. Don’t expect to pay like $90 or $100 for them. The fragrances retail from $21 to $68 before taxes. They have a mini sample set of their fragrance oils. You can purchase it to try out their scents before diving in & purchasing a full sized bottle. The set retails for $21. They also have 3 duo sets. Where they combine two fragrances that are the opposite of each other but you may seem to like together. The duo set retails for $58.50 each.

Overall I find these to be super ideal! Especially for my girls that are strictly cruelty free & need more variety in the fragrance world. They have a fragrance quiz you can also take to find your match! You can find all of these scents over on their website, at your nearest Ulta Beauty store or Ulta Beauty online. For every full sized purchase, a $1 is donated to She’s The First. An organization that provides scholarships to girls living in low-income countries.

The Notes:

Audry: Is empowered by love + believes it is always the answer. – Notes of jasmine, peony, rose + sandalwood

Clara: Lives life with gratitude + grace. – Notes of lily, lilac, violet, hibiscus + soft musk

Delphine: Is an artistic, creative soul who radiates an effortless elegance. – notes of lilac, freesia, ylang ylang, coconut + rosewood

Harper: Walks through life fearlessly blazing her own path. – Notes of grapefruit, bergamot, honeysuckle + amber

Payton: Exemplifies strength + passion by living her dreams to the fullest. – Notes of orange blossom, mimosa, clove buds + musk (a tomboy scent)

Sofia Isabel: Is a free-spirit who embraces life with confidence. – Notes of mandarin, black currant, jasmine + sugar

*Thanks to DefineMe Fragrance for sending me this package in exchange for a review!*

Top 5 Fall Beauty Favorites + Must Haves

Happy Fall & Happy October everyone! I’ll be bringing you what are some beauty must haves + favorites for this fall! I can’t believe Fall is here already! It’s one of my favorite seasons. The layering of different clothing articles. Chunky sweaters & Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Speaking of Pumpkin Spice, I’ve been on such an obsessive crave to have the iced latte drink. Like it’s so good! I haven’t tried the one from Starbucks as yet. The one from Dunkin Donuts is pretty good! I’m even working on making some pumpkin spice oatmeal as well ๐Ÿ‘€ I guess I am apart of the 1% that is obsessed with Pumpkin Spice lol!

One other thing I am obsessed with is the beauty aspect of fall. Dark, vampy lips. Warm toned shadow looks. & of course, Halloween looks! I live for fall. If I lived in a place that had fall weather all year round, I’d be the happiest person lol!

But without further ado, here are the my choices for fall makeup you need for this season!

1. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Although it released over the summer, the shades from this palette is so fall! All of the red-ish, browns & orange tones will make for a great fall look!

2. Morphe Brushes 36O Palette

Morphe’s coveted palette will always be a tall favorite of mine! Although I no longer have it (& I greatly regret that), it’s truly a must have in your collection. If there’s one palette you need for this whole entire season, it’s this one!

3. Mac Cosmetics Nightmoth Lip Pencil

This lip liner will give nearly any lipstick, a very vampy look. Pair it with a purple lipstick to deepen the color. Even looks amazing with a red lipstick as well! Please, give it a try!

4. Colourpop’s LAX Liquid Lipstick

 

This is probably one of the very few red lipsticks I tend to grab. It’s a very deep brick shade with brown undertones. Simply perfect for this season! I suggest exfoliating & moisturizing your lips beforehand. The formula can be really drying.

5. Estรฉe Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Creme

Skincare is so imperative to the fall/colder months! Although, I care for my skin all year round. During the colder months I make sure to reach for thicker moisturizers & serums. I want my skin to feel nourished & not look so flaky. This moisturizer is amazing!!!! I love how thick it feels & how it absorbs into my skin. If you need a moisturizer, this is the one to get! โค๏ธ

It’s a small list but this is so far the items I have reached far for fall! I’ll be sure to update really soon on a second list โค๏ธ

21 Days of Beauty w/ Ulta Beauty

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Maven X & Ulta Beauty! All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Just a Little Glow possible!

Hi loves! I’ve come back with another Ulta Beauty blog post! Ulta Beauty has definitely grown on me. I say that because there isn’t any Ulta relatively in proximity of me. I need a car to get to either store & if I Uber it, it’s about $15 one way just to the one a few towns over :/ So I browse the website every now & again. Ulta Beauty is the only site that carries Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. It took me forever but I finally got my hands on it! I’m so excited to try it out!

With their 21 Days of Beauty already here, what are you all trying to pick up? I saw Benefits Ka-Brow gel brow product at 50% & also, Mac Cosmetics Velvet Teddy & Russian Red will be at $8.75!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Velvet Teddy is one of my fave nude lipsticks from Mac!

I did splurge recently at Ulta Beauty & picked up some things. I’m really excited to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid. I got mine in the shade Deep Peach. That will be available in this sale as well for $14.50! I tried it out the other day & it’s so creamy. A little goes a long way because it’s super pigmented. Which is great for me. I dislike using color correctors that I need to apply a ton of product just to conceal my problem areas. I mostly have the problem area around my mouth. That’s where the discoloration usually shows.

I purchased 2 lip products along with the corrector. First up is new from Nars. Which is their Powermatte liquid lipstick. I purchased London Calling. It’s a very muted greyed toned purple. I saw Jackie Aina’s swatch review on these & I was too excited! I wanted them all ๐Ÿ˜‚ But my pockets said otherwise lol!

I also purchased Mac Cosmetics Ruby Woo! So I initially thought this was in the sale & said “this is their coveted shade at $8.75!?” But I was really wrong lol! I haven’t had Ruby Woo in years. I mean I have Riri Woo but I don’t think they’re the same. I think Riri Woo is a tinge brighter than Ruby Woo. Every girl needs Ruby Woo in their makeup collection. Even if you don’t wear much makeup. Ruby Woo is a must have.

Last but certainly not least, I finally got my hands on Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealer. & when I tell you, I am too stoked to try this baby out! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ A friend of mine on Instagram, Priyanka, told me the corrector & this concealer are match made in makeup heaven! Or as she put it “is LIFE!!!!” ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’ve heard a ton of amazing things about this concealer. I have to see how it holds up to my Too Faced Born This Way concealer, Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer & Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage concealer. Swatching the Tarte concealer, it felt so creamy & it dried down pretty nicely. Didn’t feel at all cakey. It’s pretty lightweight as well. I never thought I would be that person that had more than one concealer. Now I’m obsessed & want to buy more๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Checkout what else I have in mind to grab while this sale still going on over at my Maven X board โค๏ธ

BioClarity Clear Skin System Review

This is a sponsored post in partnership with BioClarity! All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Just a Little Glow possible!

It’s only Monday & I already feel like I’ve been hit by a truck & a NYC train all at once y’all. I had a very good weekend. On Saturday I worked but on Sunday I had the day off. The beau & I decided why not go to the city for the day & enjoy ourselves? I had a really great time! We strolled around the city. I went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park/Dumbo for first the time in my life. I have never been there.

I know you’re probably thinking “that’s strange. Aren’t you from NYC? Brooklyn to be exact?” Indeed I am. But growing up in the city, monuments like the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, in my opinion, are not created for the people of NYC to go & just visit. They’re tourist attractions honestly. But that’s neither here nor there. I was very much so happy to have seen the Statue of Liberty from afar (which I actually did visit once on a school trip when I was doing my EMT program back in 2010). & the new Freedom Tower just across. It was breathe taking & never in my 27 years of living, did I think I would be there. I just didn’t get to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. That will happen next time for sure!

In the midst of all of that, it was very hot! It wasn’t very humid but the sun was bright, shining & beating on my back. & yes, I had on makeup. & yes, I felt like my face was melting off as well lol! Which is crazy because I did set my makeup. But with NYC’s heatwave & the grime & dirt in the air, my skin always feels like it’s crawling once I leave & come back home to Connecticut. I immediately have to shower all of the city’s pollution from my skin ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also cleanse my skin thoroughly too.

I recently received some products from a company called BioClarity. They’re a monthly subscription box with plant based, cruelty free, vegan, all natural skincare line. It’s a brand targeted to teens & young adults with skin types prone to getting acne. But it is workable for anyone & everyone. Although I have normal to dry skin, my skin is prone to getting tiny bumps here & again. Also a pimple or two. Either from stress or just not eating right that week.

As of lately, using all natural skincare has been important for me & my skin. Although I do not have oily or sensitive skin type, I am getting older as well. I do not have that youthful, pretty, clear skin I once had like 10 years ago.

I probably do my makeup like 6 times a year. I’m not really allowed to wear makeup at work so that’s one reason. I seldom go out. My days off are very minimal. I stay home & rest. Very, very seldom do my boyfriend & I go out. Work schedules are pretty conflicting. But I do find at times I get little breakouts here & there on my forehead & on my cheeks. Whether I do my makeup or not. Since trying out Frank Body’s skincare line, I’ve noticed a difference in my skin for sure.

Step 1: Cleanse

The cleanser is probably one of my fave cleansers I’ve ever put on my face. It lathers up so nicely! I put some on my Clarisonic & I go to town ๐Ÿ˜‚ it’s really refreshing & my skin doesn’t feel tight or dried out after using it either. I do feel like it works deep into my skin without giving off this weird tingly, burning sensation that some other cleansers may do. Like charcoal cleansers. Enhanced with cucumber, green tea & chamomile, I find this cleanser to be more calming on the skin. Doesn’t feel harsh & doesn’t feel like you need a lot or need to do a lot for it to work as well.

The cucumber extract soothes & calms the skin. While the green tea is packed with antioxidants to detoxify the skin. & the chamomile extracts dirt and oil from your pores, while at the same time soothing the skin.

Step 2: Treat

I’ve tried treatment gels in the pass & a lot of them actually dried my skin out so bad. & they would work but the problem would still persist. I use to have bangs & the oils from my hair & the products I used, would clog up my forehead so bad! With this treatment you apply morning & night. & you dab over your problem areas. Mine are my cheeks & my forehead. It’s curated with oat kernels to help with hydration. But also with salicylic acid to help combat blemishes, decrease inflammation & shrink your pores. It’s only my second day using this product. But I can say it hasn’t dried out my skin much at all. Allow it to dry before moving onto step 3.

Step 3: Restore

The last step in this system & probably one of my favorites. This is BioClarity’s prestigious product. It’s created with Floralux which is a compound derived from Chlorophyll (the green stuff in plants). Its mission is to reduce redness & irritation. Jam packed with vitamins, it leaves this refreshed, cool feel over the skin. Thanks to the invigorating Licorice Root made into the gel as well. I found that my skin looked noticeably awake & it had a beautiful glow. Not once using this system did my face dry out terribly or feel dry after using either.

A few people have asked me if this line is scented. & it is not at all scented. I found no fragrance nor chemical smells either. Which is fine with me. Since I am sensitive to certain smells (due to the dyes & synthetics that some brands use in their ingredients) & some chemicals seem to give a reaction to my skin. For these products to be vegan & natural, it’s a win! There aren’t too many natural skincare products out there. Let alone plant based, vegan &/or cruelty free.

If you give this system a try, compare it to other skincare products you use now or have used in the past. Right now BioClarity has a promotion. You can get all 3 products for $14.95 instead of $30 for one month! Happy cleansing!

***DISCLAIMER*** Although everyone’s skin is different & this is an honest review on my part, please be sure to consult with your dermatologist for any skin concerns, product inquiries & questions.

LottaBody Hair Products Review + First Impressions

Hey, everyone! So lately I’ve been on a huge hair care product binge & have finally decided to take my natural hair journey more seriously. I really want my natural hair to truly flourish & be great come next year. I was using up products in the last few months that I thought worked for my hair, & it just didn’t. Not until I came across LottaBody hair products.

I recently cut a lot of my ends off. Although I cut off about 90% of the damaged ends in my hair, I still had a few strands. & I noticed my hair was always tangled or more dry towards the ends. I’ve also cut out using heat on my hair. I was one to always use heat. It’s been 6 months since I put any heat on to my hair. That’s helped tremendously with hair growth.

Now, I don’t think too many people know of LottaBody. I surely didn’t until a friend of mine had made a review on their products. I was very interested since they have a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner. I’ve in the past purchased products because they would advertise “hydrating,” “nourishing,” or “moisturizing,” into their marketing strategies. However, this brand definitely held up to their branding strategy. I really thought the products were expensive. Like As I Am or Camille Rose expensive. But they’re in the low numbers. Like $5 or $6! They feel like expensive, quality hair care products to me. & work amazingly well with my 4B/4C type hair. Their products are curated with Coconut Oil & Shea Butter oils (2 things my hair loves!).

Hydrate Me Moisturizing Shampoo

The shampoo definitely wowed me. I was shocked because it had a creamy feel to it but it lathered up pretty good. Did not at all strip my hair. If anything, it kept it more moisturized. Something I look for in shampoos. Lots of shampoos just dry my hair out terribly. I’ve gone through a ton of shampoos. Especially when I was transitioning. What worked when I transitioned, definitely doesn’t work now! So I am so so happy to have found a shampoo that just works for me.

Hydrate Me Moisturizing Conditioner

Possibly one of the best conditioners hands that I love! It’s creamy, has a very nice texture & has a slip to it that my hair adores! I have trouble finding great conditioners as well. Like for shampoos, I find some conditioners dry out my hair or they don’t apply enough moisture. Some conditioners have this dry feel to it. Hate those. I feel like they don’t penetrate into my hair follicles. But again, this conditioner is a must have for my type 4 girls! I’ve even done a deep conditioner with it as well. Probably unorthodox but the results were satisfying ๐Ÿ˜Š

Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk

Okay y’all. Let me just say I am always on the prowl for curling cremes! I’ve tried A TON! Some did well, while others did okay. I’ve even tried the kid stuff in curling cremes. While that helped for a short time, I think my hair got used to it or it just wasn’t for my hair overall. But this one, hands down is the curling creme I’ve been needing! Although it is a milk, it’s not in liquid form. It’s definitely creamy. It’s not heavy at all & it isn’t super slippery either. However, my hair soaks it up so nicely & doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy after I take down my style. I usually do a twist out every wash day. Or what may be a twist out ๐Ÿ˜‚ I do find it defines my curls for sure. I’ll definitely try a wash & go soon to see how it will hold up.

Shape Me Custard Gelรฉe

I’m not too crazy on custard like gels, to be honest. Or “liquid like” gels. I have one from a brand I recently purchased & I really hate it ๐Ÿ˜ž I don’t hate it but I can’t seem to love it if that makes sense. This one gel product here isn’t like other gels I’ve tried. Although it’s not solid like a regular gel or edge control, it is pretty moisturizing & I feel it seals in my oil & curling creme. When taking down my twist-outs or Bantu knots, I find my hair has a healthy sheen to it. & my curls are actually popped out as well. I really love the way this custard gel works for my hair. Doesn’t leave my hair crunchy at all. & it has a great consistency to where a little bit will go a long way.

Final thoughts

Overall, I find this line to be amazing! Whether natural or relaxed, please try out these products! I hope to try out more products soon. I’ll have to order online since there aren’t any stores near me that sell this brand ๐Ÿ˜• I love the results the next day with my hair. It always feels soft & lush. There’s always this taboo on type 4 hair. Because it is pretty coarse Because assume it’s unmanageable. & while that may be true to some extent, if you create a routine for your hair & stick to it, your hair would probably flourish & be great. & I find that goes for any hair type honestly. I’ll soon have a post on my routine!

Beauty Must Haves feat. Ulta Beauty

This post is a sponsored post in partnership with Ulta Beauty & Her Campus Media! All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Just a Little Glow possible!

Hola loves! It’s been a little minute! I haven’t been able to catch up with blog posting. But I am back! & yet again with another beauty post.ย ๐Ÿ˜ I’ve recently partnered up with Ulta Beauty to give my thoughts on some products that I think we all need on our list!

Lately, I’ve been on this inspiration & empowering high. Two weekends ago I attended Her Campus Her Conference on behalf of Ulta Beauty. & I had a blast!!! Her Conference is an event for collegiate women to attend. Whether you’re in college, going to college or out of college (or may not have attended) you’re able to attend nonetheless. It was amazing seeing so many women in one room. Continue reading