HONEST Review of “simple micellar water” | Worth The Hype??

I have seen so many people RAVING about this product to take off their makeup and cleanse their skin, but does it really work? I have tested this out for a few months now to make sure my review was 100% truthful.


IMG_8715Product claims:

  • “Thoroughly cleanses: Removing make-up, dirt, impurities and unclogging pores.
  • Instantly hydrates skin: Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients and multi-vitamins, instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%!
  • No residue: Applied with a cotton round, Simple Micellar Cleanser Water leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, no rinsing required!”

Simple also claims that this product “is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date. It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin.”


Great.. right? Yeah, you would think. So what’s the real tea?

I did NOT like this at all. I don’t think it does a very good job at getting off your makeup. Whether you are wearing waterproof or non-waterproof mascara, it doesn’t take it off. I felt like I had to really scrub my eyes raw to get off all of my eye makeup. It makes me think if it doesn’t take off my eye makeup, how much more makeup is it leaving behind? Talk about clogging pores!

Also, I noticed that if you get this in your eyes, it stings like a b****! (probably because the second ingredient is a type of alcohol…) However, it’s kinda hard to NOT get it in your eyes if you are trying to get off your eye makeup.

Being someone with sensitive skin, it dried out my skin and was not moisturizing at all like it claims. I guess I just really don’t understand all the hype that it has been getting. IMO, it’s just not effective whatsoever. It’s safe to say that Youtube made me buy this because everyone on Youtube was hyping this up so much. I wish I saved my money and just bought my regular makeup remover.


What do you think? Do you like this product? Let me know what you thought about it.

Peace,

Tori

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Must-Have Songs for the Perfect Shower Playlist

I am a night showerer so at night I like to wind down. I usually don’t listen to crazy upbeat songs when I shower. I, more or less, like to listen to soul, R&B, etc. These types of songs are perfect for singing to while in the shower so grab your speaker and sing along to my playlist!!

  1. No one by Alicia Keys
  2. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
  3. Someone Like You by Adele
  4. Hello by Adele
  5. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
  6. Turning Tables by Adele
  7. Chasing Pavements by Adele
  8. Skinny Love by Birdy
  9. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
  10. Take A Bow by Rihanna
  11. Let Her Go by Passenger
  12. Let It Go by James Bay
  13. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Bay
  14. Stay by Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
  15. Halo by Beyonce
  16. Fallin’ by Alicia Keys
  17. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
  18. Lay Me Down by Sam Smith, John Legend
  19. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
  20. Almost Is Never Enough by Ariana Grande, Nathan Sykes

Skin Care Routine

“Good skin is always in.”

This is how I get my skin clean, clear, smooth, and glowing! I have used these products for a minute and I can count on them to keep my skin in tip top shape.

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In the morning:

  1. First, I will use my charcoal facial detox bar with my vibrating facial cleanser and cold water.
  2. After, I use Proactiv revitalizing toner on a cotton round and wipe down my face to make sure there is no more oil, dirt, makeup, etc from the night before.
  3. A few minutes later, I go in with my daily moisturizer. I use the Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin.

At night:

  1. I will remove all of my makeup with baby oil. I find this is the easiest way to get off all my makeup without hurting my face.
  2. If I wore a lot of makeup that day, I will go in with the Proactiv deep cleaning wash for face & body.
    • Also, depending on the day of the week, I will use a buff-puff to wash my face to exfoliate.
  3. If I kept it pretty simple for my makeup that day, I will just use my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. 
  4. Depending on the day, sometimes I will do a face mask at night. I love reaching for the Origins charcoal mask just to pull out impurities in my skin and keep my skin glowing.
  5. Then, I will go in with the Proactiv toner.
  6. If I have any breakouts, I will use the Clearasil vanishing acne cream.
  7. Lastly, if my face is super dry (like in the winter months), I might go in with a vitamin E oil/serum or Aquaphor just for added moisture in my face.

Stay glowing,

Tori

My Hair Care Routine

A few days ago, I published an article with all my amazing hair care products I use. You can see those products in the article, here. But how do I use those products? I will be going through my entire hair care routine!

You can see here how long and healthy my hair is. My hair is not damaged, dry, or brittle. I have been using these products and tips and tricks to help keep my hair in tip-top shape.

So first off, I would like to put on the record that I do not color my hair. I have never colored my hair and probably never will so this is my natural hair color. I do know that coloring your hair constantly can have really damaging effects on your hair so if you dye your hair, deep conditioning products or hair masks might really benefit you. For me, I tend to use hair masks once a month because I just feel like my hair doesn’t necessarily need it all the time.

As far as my routine, I usually wash my hair with my shampoo and conditioner about twice a week. I can go a while without washing my hair and I do not like to wash it every day because my scalp will get very dry (especially in the winter). If it happens to get oily before I can wash it again, I will use my favorite dry shampoo and spray the roots. Sometimes I will let the dry shampoo sit overnight and brush it out in the morning if I am too lazy to wash my hair.

Once I get out of the shower, I will towel dry my hair a little bit and then I’ll go in with my comb and get all the tangles out. Then, I will go in with my fav hair oil and ONLY apply to the ends of my hair. I use the “pony tail” trick. The hair where your low pony tail would start is where I stop putting the oil. I start at the ends of my hair and work my way up to this point. You don’t want to put to put this oil any higher than where that low pony tail would start because it will make your hair look greasy.

After that, I will usually let it dry overnight but if it’s under different circumstances, I will blow dry it until it’s mostly dry. If I do blow dry it, I will go in with some extra hair oil at the bottom.

Lastly, once a month, if I need a hair mask, I will go in with a coconut oil mask and lather it up all in my hair. I leave it in for about 45 minutes, then wash it out.

Sending love,

Tori

 

Your Ultimate Get-Ready Playlist

When I get ready, I really love blasting music to wake me up and get me in a great mood!! I have made a playlist that consists of tons of upbeat songs that are perfect for getting ready whether you are getting ready in the morning, for a night out on the town, or for an event. I love singing along at the top of my lungs in my favorite microphone ( ie my makeup brush) and have a little dance party for one.

  1. Feeling Myself by Nicki Minaj, Beyonce
  2. MILF $ by Fergie
  3. Work from Home by Fifth Harmony
  4. Work by Rihanna
  5. That’s What I like by Bruno Mars
  6. Diva by Beyonce
  7. Don’t Cha by The Pussycat Dolls
  8. Bad Girls by M.I.A.
  9. Birthday Cake by Rihanna
  10. Milkshake by Kelis
  11. Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson
  12. L.A. Love (La La) by Fergie
  13. Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
  14. Obsessed by Mariah Carey
  15. Faded by Cierra Rameriez
  16. Body Say by Demi Lovato
  17. Pour It Up by Rihanna
  18. Hey Daddy by Usher
  19. Dance (A$$) Remix by Big Sean, Nicki Minaj
  20. Say It by Flume, Tove Lo
  21. Loca by Shakira
  22. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
  23. Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber (I had to. I love dancing to it)
  24. Side to Side by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  25. BO$$ by Fifth Harmony

Cheers,

Tori

August Favorites! | Makeup & Skin Care

Goodbye August! Hello September! Looking back on the LAST MONTH OF SUMMER ( *sad face*), I had really been loving a lot of new things. August was the month I really stepped out of my comfort zone and started trying new products. (Warning: This favorites post is probably going to be the most random combination.)

  1. The first thing I had really been loving is the Proactiv toner. I tried this years ago with the whole kit they give you (with the face washes, mask, zit cream, etc) and I didn’t like it as much. I still had this in my drawer and I thought that I would give it another try. I actually really like it! I truly think I see a difference in my skin since I have been using it. It smooths out my skin and diminished the break outs I had at the time.
  2. The second thing that comes to mind that I had been loving is… (wait for it) THE JACLYNXMORPHE PALETTE! Oh my goodness. It is so good. Pigmentation is on point; the blendability is out of this world. I think this product should be in all of my monthly favorites because it is just that good. IMG_6904.JPG
  3. Speaking of Morphe, I had been loving their brushes. I was expecting their brushes to be less quality given how cheap they are but they’re great. These brushes are probably some of the best brushes I had ever owned. So soft. Such high quality. So affordable.
  4. Velour lashes. I really don’t think this favorite needs explanation. But, for real.These lashes are soooooo good. I thought people were kidding when they raved about these lashes but they are seriously so good. I really love their lash band a lot. I know that’s a weird thing to say but it’s hard to find lashes with a lash band that’s so nice to apply. They are so soft and they top off any look!IMG_8710.JPG
  5. Another favorite of mine is Vaseline intensive care essential healing lotion. I usually stray away from using new lotions because my skin is so sensitive but I really love this one. It makes my skin so soft and it smells heavenly.
  6. Last but certainly not least is definitely a favorite of the month. However, it is not a makeup or a skin product. It is Spotify. I know what you’re thinking.. “why is she putting Spotify in her monthly favorites?” Well, because I get ready to my playlists every day. I shower, put my makeup on, do my hair, and get dressed all to music. It helps put me in a good mood and it is so fun to get ready to in the morning. After all, what’s better than a huge jam sesh in the morning before conquering the day?

What are your favorites of the month? Anything I should try out for September? Let me know!!

Hugs

Tori

Bomb Hair Products that are WORTH It!

I have pretty much mastered the hair products I need to keep my hair smooth, silky, and looking beautiful all the time. I have really, reallllllly long hair and I have been using these products ever since I can remember. I sometimes switch out my products depending on the season. For example, if my scalp is dry, I’ll switch out my shampoo for the Head & Shoulders shampoo.

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  1. Shampoo– Pantene Pro-V NatureFusion Smoothing Shampoo (it’s the bottle with the avocado on it LOL) or Head & Shoulders dry scalp care with Almond Oil
  2. Conditioner – Either I use the Pantene Pro-V NatureFusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner or  Pantene Smooth and Sleek Conditioner
  3. Hair Oil– Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Marvelous Oil or Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anit-Frizz Serum with Argan Oil from Morrocco & Apricot
  4. Hairspray– Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anit-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray
  5. Mousse– Garnier Fructis Sky-hi Volume Mousse (jeez, this is starting to sound like a Garnier Fructis ad….)
  6. Dry Shampoo– Batiste Dry Shampoo (my fav is the cherry one. It smells so YUMMY) or Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
  7. Hair Mask– Any Coconut oil

These are the products that I use daily/weekly and they have never let me down since I have started using them. Also, all of the products listed above smell AMAZING which is another huge plus for me.

Have a good (hair) day!

Tori

Essential Nail Polishes You Need In Your Life!!

Calling all nail polish lovers… I have tried and tested different nail polishes from many different brands. I have tried the cheapest nail polishes to more expensive ones. I’ve finally figured out which is the best nail polish, most long wearing, most vibrant, fastest drying, smoothing, etc.

The award for all around “Best Nail Polish” is (drum roll please…) Este Lauder. I have a few shades from them and they are all amazing. They do take a few coats to reach full opacity but once you build them up, the color pay off is AMAZING. This nail polish does dry pretty quickly and stays on for a really long time (2 weeks… maybe more with extra care).

Next, the longest wearing nail polish is Essie. I have noticed that if I wear this nail polish, it’ll stay on for a good 2 weeks. The brand just came out with new nail polishes called Gel Coutures. Both formulas, whether it’s the new polishes or the regular polishes, they both stay on a long time.

The brand with the most vibrant nail polishes is OPI. I love their brand so much. There are cool tones, warm tones, bright colors, subdued colors, neon colors, etc. They also come out with different collections pretty often. The latest nail polish collection is Iceland/Fall Winter collection which includes blues, greys, purples, and deeper fall colors. During summer, they had a collection full of very vibrant pinks, oranges, reds, and nudes.

The fastest drying nail polish is obviously Sally Hansen Insta-dri. A thin coat of this nail polish takes on average 8-10 minutes to fully dry (for me). Two coats are usually all that is needed (if that) for this nail polish. They are very opaque! The brand also makes Insta-dri top coats which makes life so much easier!!

The smoothest nail polish is made by the brand Sally Hansen again. The “complete salon manicure” nail polishes are sooooo smooth. They apply very smooth and they dry down very smooth (no air bubbles) They don’t enhance the lines and bumps in your nails; they glide right over.

The coolest/most interesting nail polishes are the magnetic line from Sally Hansen (Jeez, Sally Hansen is killing it). These nail polishes are so fascinating and I think it’s so fun to use! It comes with the nail polish and a magnet on the lid to give your nails a unique looking design.

The brand with the nicest nail polish brushes/applicators is Revlon. I don’t know why I like the brush so much but I do. It’s narrow to get a precise application and carries the right amount of product for your nails. It is long but it isn’t too round so it’s just the right fit for any nail shape/size.

The best gel nail polishes come from Sally Hansen; it’s their “salon gel polish.” It’s been the best gel nail polishes I have ever tried. They require a UV light which makes them dry instantly and helps them stay so smooth. They also have a GREAT gel top coat.

The all around cheapest (but still good quality) nail polishes are by Wet n Wild. I think their brand is sooooo underrated and they make some of the best products. Some of these nail polishes you can snatch for only $1 depending on where you look for them.  PSA: Walmart sells them for .98/.99 cents.

“Life’s too short to have plain nails.” Go grab some of the nail polishes listed above. I truly love all of the brands and count on them for making really amazing polishes. Trust me, you need these in your life. You will NOT be disappointed.

Tori

Top 5 Fav Beauty Youtubers

There is no doubt there is amazing talent on the internet, especially on YouTube. I have narrowed down my top 5 favorite beauty gurus on YouTube. These gurus are people that I look up to and inspire me every single day.

  1. Jaclyn Hill – I love her so much. She is hands down my most favorite YouTuber. I love her energy and what she stands for. She is so inspirational and I look up to her so much. She has come from a very hard past and I think it makes her very relatable.
  2. Many Mua – I love his honesty and his facial expressions. He keeps it real 24/7 and gives amazing reviews. He is also such an inspiration for broadening the “boundaries” of makeup. He’s a guy who wears makeup and slays all day.
  3. Jeffree Star – I also love his honesty when giving first impressions or reviews. He prides himself on being totally honest for his followers. The one thing that drew me in about him is his humor. He can make me laugh until my belly hurts.
  4. Kathleen Lights – She is sooo cute and I love her. I love her style that she embraces and that she is so down to earth.
  5. Shaaanxo – Her tutorials are bomb. She slays any makeup look and has such good ideas for eyeshadow looks. I love how she can be totally real on camera and let her followers into her personal life.

If you haven’t heard of these gurus or seen them, I highly recommend you subscribe to their channels and follow their makeup journey. Every beauty guru I have added stands for much more than just makeup, as well, and I just love that.

Happy watching!!

Tori

Definitions for Beauty Slang Terms

If you are into makeup and you say these terms, sometimes people don’t know what the heck you’re saying (which can be so annoying sometimes!). Use this cheat sheet to send to whoever doesn’t understand your lingo!!

  • I’m shook/ shook to the core – I’m shocked/ really shocked
  • Sickening- Super cool/pretty/amazing
  • On fleek- really well/ really good. Usually used to describe eyebrows or eyeliner.
  • Beat or the beatdown- just the act of putting makeup on
  • Beat to capacity- the makeup you have applied couldn’t look any better
  • Snatched- looking good/ looking fierce
  • Slay/slaying- killing it
  • Giving life- it’s so good it is giving your life something more
  • Haul- a big shopping spree where you buy a lot of products at one time
  • Swatch- dip your brush/finger in a product and swipe it onto your skin to assess pigment/shade/etc
  • Strobing- highlighting your face
  • Glamming- getting ready/putting on makeup

Now everyone and their mother can catch up on their makeup terms! LOL! If I missed anything, comment down below and I’ll be sure to add it!

Stay Snatched.

Tori