Skin Deep: Beauty and Self Esteem Feature

Get a glimpse into what I think about beauty and self esteem

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“The mission of my blog and my life really, is to showcase the complexity and creativity that is an inherent part of being a woman. Through my writing and through featuring other creative women, I hope to awaken something in my readers who are lacking meaning and purpose in their lives. Further, I strive to provide a place for storytelling, for women to share their inside out beauty, what they’ve learned about themselves through adversity and what makes them feel beautiful.” GG from All the Many Layers


Hey guys!

So I know this is the first post by me of its kind, but I assure you it is the first of many.  I know I spend a lot of time talking about outer beauty and how to enhance it, but I truly do believe that all the outer beauty in the world is secondary to a truly beautiful mind and spirit.  When GG asked me to do this feature, I was honored and overjoyed! I am so happy to be able to share with you how I have come to be confident and self-reliant when it comes to valuing myself and my appearance.

I am really excited to start to open up about everything I have learned in my life about being a woman who has always felt different, and learning to come to terms with and accept that.  I can’t wait to begin to share how I have grown to be confident in my skills and passions as I work towards achieving my goals!

I hop you enjoy the feature, there will be more content like this coming soon.



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Fall Drugstore Makeup Haul

fall drugstore beauty finds Ok guys, so I am trying my hand at a HAUL! I have never really done one before and I am super excited to get his one up.  I hope you all will enjoy it! I always love seeing what people buy to get inspiration from them, so I hope you get some haulspiration from this post. I decided to do a drugstore hall to really kick off my fall makeup collection, and I am pretty happy with what I found.  I got my first Wet’n’Wild eyeshadow palette and I am really enjoying it, particularly the last “Definer” color.  I also picked up some false lashes, some Maybelline color tattoo shadow bases, and some loose cosmetic glitter.

Wet’n’Wild Palette, “Comfort Zone”

drugstore makeup haul


I am sorry to say I slept on these palettes for a long time.  I decided to finally try it in the spirit of fall because I have heard so many positive things about it!


Let’s start with the “Comfort Zone” palette, the bigger one on the right.  

Some of the colors have surprisingly good payoff, while others are a little disappointing.  My favorite color in the palette, and one of my favorite colors of all time is the last Definer color.  You can probably tell from the photo that it’s gotten the most use!  It is a gorgeous duo chrome color, a brown with teal shimmer that looks absolutely incredible in any light.  This color is extremely silky and pigmented and goes on the lid like a dream!  In my opinion, this color alone is well worth the cost of the palette.

The smaller palette on the left is called “I Dream of Greenie.”  It has gorgeous greens and teals that are highly pigmented.  My one complaint is that the lime green eyelid color is too chalky and leaves a lot of fall out.  Otherwise, it’s a worthwhile palette for brighter looks!

Wet’n’Wild Megasparkle Confetti 

Glittery eyes are in this season, if NYFW Fall 2013 was any indication, and so I decided to experiment with Wet’n’Wild! The glitter is beautiful, but it gets really itchy so that I can never really manage to wear it for long.  It may work for you and at such an affordable price, it’s worth trying!


Everything else…

Ardell makes my favorite lashes, so I was happy to pick these up! They are pricier compared to online prices, but I needed these in a rush so I am happy they can be found in local drugstores.  I picked up an “Edgy” pair for the first time, and though they are very pretty they don’t really work for me.  They don’t adhere well, and are more frustrating to put on than I am often willing to endure.  Everyone knows that the Maybelline Color Tattoos are a dream come true, so I picked up two more to add to the arsenal!  I also picked up two Wet’n’Wild eye pencils, the blue and white swatched on my hand in the upper left photo.  They work well, and i was particularly impressed with the white one which is very pigmented.  The white pencil does not make a good base though, so keep that in mind.


That’s it! I love trolling for drugstore makeup, and this time was no exception.  I am pretty happy with my finds, and I am always looking to hear what other people are trying out!

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DIY Cold Cream

Full proof DIY Cold Cream recipe for hassle free waterproof eye makeup removal!

Hey guys! So I know makeup wipes are all the rage, but at upwards of 7-8$ for 25 wipes? That’s less than a month worth of wipes, and I’d rather have Netflix with that fee. So, while I was a student in college, I discovered that Cold Cream and baby wipes work just as well if not better and I have been using them ever since!

DIY Cold cream

Cold Cream cuts right through the toughest waterproof mascara formulas for tug free makeup removal in the blink of an eye (pun intended).  The baby wipes—the unscented kind for sensitive skin—are much more affordable, and work really well to wipe away the cold cream and product.  This duo has become a central part of my regimen and I highly recommend it to anyone who has trouble with waterproof eye makeup removal!  The skin around your eyes is super sensitive, and tug and pull only accelerates the natural aging process.  Since I’m a DIY kind of girl, I started looking into a possible DIY Cold Cream recipe I could try, and I finally found one that I really enjoy.


1 TBS Jojoba oil (carrier) 7 TBS pure vegetable shortening (not lard) 10 drops lavender oil (you could also use chamomile, but I prefer lavender for its soothing properties)


in a small saucepan, over low heat (or in a double boiler if you have one), warm the shortening and Jojoba oils together until both have completely melted.  Remove from heat, and allow too cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Then add your lavender or chamomile oils, stirring slowly until the mixture thickens and turns opaque.  When you have finished, pour the mixtures in a jar and close.  A jar is ideal because it keeps out the air, thus preserving the mixture.  While you do not need to refrigerate the mixture if you use a jar, you should try to finish the product within a 6-12 month period.   Depending on the room temperature of where you are mixing your cold cream, the amount of time you spend may differ.  To speed up the thickening process, you may stick the mixture into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or less depending.  Prep and mix time should take no more than 2 hours!

How To Use

Take a little bit of cold cream and rub it on you eye, being sure to work it into your lashes to remove waterproof mascara or wherever you need to.  Then, when you can feel the cosmetic product loosening, use your baby wipe to clean away excess.  Follow with your regular face cleansing regimen.  This cold cream recipe and baby wipe method is  sure to impress!

I hope you enjoyed! I know it’s been a while since I posted a DIY entry so I really wanted to get this up.


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Autumn Tag

It’s Autumn guys, and that means…AUTUMN TAG

autumn tag

Autumn timeee! I am more than exciting for a couple more months of the Pumpkin Spice latte, vampy lipstick, and big sweaters. Not to mention all the beautiful colors of fall.  I wasn’t tagged for this, but I honestly couldn’t resist so I decided to post it and tag a couple people.  I hope you enjoy!

1.  Favorite thing about it?

DEFINITELY the makeup and fashion! I love the nude lips, the vampy lips, and the jewel toned eye palettes.  Fall fashion is also just way better.  I love the layering and booties, and I just always feel I can be more creative when I don’t have to dress for the heat.

2.  Favorite drink?

I know i should say the pumpkin spice latte, but I have to go with the chai latte.  I LOVE a chai latte any time of year, but during the fall I can have it warm and that’s just the best.

3.  Favorite scent/candle?

Apple cinnamon!  Hands down.

4.  Best lipstick?

I love my favorite true nude, which is MAC Double Shot!  It is a rosy brown nude color that I can wear everyday, without a lipliner.  Wet’n’Wild has a really great dupe in the Megalast lipstick line, called “Mochalicious.”  Another favorite of mine is a liquid lipstick by Stila, called Amore.  It is a beautiful plum color that is matte and intense, and works beautifully for a wide range of skin tones.  My drugstore faves, for the vampy trend, are both Wet’n’Wild: Vamp It Up and Cherry Bomb.  For the red lip that’s all the rage this season, I turn to Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet.

5.  Go to moisturiser?

Now that the weather is much cooler, I can go back to using a normal moisturizer!  (I primarily use Aloe Vera Gel during the summer months as a moisturizer).  I have recently been alternating between the Neutrogena Tone Repair moisturizer and the Body Shop Tea Tree moisturizer.  Love them both!

7.  Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?

Hmmm…I don’t think I have a favorite artist for fall, but I love my country and alternatives this time of year: from Andrew Belle, The Great Fiction, and Sara Bareilles to Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Eli Young Band.

8.  Favorite outfit to wear (i.e. boots & a scarf combo)?

Oversized sweaters!!  These are definitely a staple.  I especially love to pair it with a mini skirt, tights, and boots or booties.  That is my staple fall look.

9.  Autumn treat (i.e. a new scarf or bag you have your eye on)?

Scarves, scarves, and more scarves! I also find I splurge more on lipstick during the fall.

10.  Favorite place to be?

During the fall I love to be in a park, or just walking around taking photographs.  I love taking photos and fall is an especially beautiful time of year.  I can’t wait to start posting some of my photos on my blog for you all to see!

That’s it for my Autumn tag! I hope you guys enjoyed.  Let me know what some of your favorites are!

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Ben Nye Banana Powder Review

Ben Nye Banana Powder for highlight and contour



I was first introduced to the Banana powder through YouTube! It was around the time Kim Kardashian’s highlight contour routine was blowing up and I fell in love with it.  I heard it was super versatile, and worked well on a wide range of skintones so I decided to give it a go depite the fact that Kim is more than a few shades lighter than I am.  It has become a staple in my beauty and makeup routine, and I find that I can comfortably use it all year round when I adjust the amount I use and how I apply it.  If you watch any of my makeup tutorials on YouTube, you can see this super powder in action.


ben nye banana powder


The Trick is to

…make sure you find the amount that works for you.  Too much powder will leave ou with a ghostly look, but too little will be ineffective.  The right amount gives a beautiful glowing highlight that’s bright without flashback and adds gorgeous dimension to your face!

Also make sure you use the right tools! Some people like to use a sponge to press it into the skin, let it set and then brush away the excess.  This doesn’t work too well for me so I had to play around with it to find the best way for me!  The most important thing to remember is to blend, blend, blend.  This will ensure an even coverage that is essential to a natural finish.


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