Favorite 100% Pure Products

Lately I have been trying to take more of a healthier approach when it comes to what makeup products I use. I wear makeup every day and sometimes the ingredients in some beloved products aren’t the healthiest. You may have heard of 100% Pure, this brand was created locally in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. They have grown tremendously with over 200+ employees and 12 retail stores throughout the US.

In recent years, we have become more health conscious with the type of produce we purchase. Making sure we are eating organic products because it is a healthier option. Just like the food we are consuming, I think it’s also important to know what ingredients make up our favorite foundation, concealer, etc. As an avid makeup enthusiast, I am wearing makeup every single day, and I think it’s important to understand what goes into the products. I have been transitioning to cruelty-free and more natural products, and 100% Pure is a great place to start. I’m not telling you to throw away all your old makeup, but I urge you to try different brands and products when you are in need of replenishment.

I will be sharing some products that I have recently purchased from 100% Pure! These have quickly grown to be some of my absolute favorites and have been using religiously!

 

I have finally found another primer that is just as great as the Hourglass Mineral Veil! This Mattifying Primer feels absolutely amazing on the skin! I have combination skin and found that I get very oily on my t-zone, but this product has helped minimize my shine! I originally got a sample of this product, but after 2 uses, I knew I needed to go back and get the full size. You honestly don’t need a lot of product, a pea size is enough for your whole face. This product is silicone-free and closely resembles the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This product retails for $48 which is a little pricey, but it’s all natural ingredients.

 

 

 

 

This Fruit Pigmented 2nd Skin Concealer is created from fruit and contains hydrating olive squalane. Olive squalane is a light and stable version of olive oil. It is extremely hydrating and found naturally in the sebum of human skin. This product is a build-able medium to full coverage concealer that looks gorgeous on the skin. I am in the shade 3, and it matches perfectly. It covers my redness and imperfections and feels very comfortable on the skin. I recommend working fast because this product does dry a little quick. This product retails for $29 for 0.17 fl oz, but you honestly don’t need to use that much product.

 

 

 

 

This powder is hands down the best purchase I have made. The Bamboo Blur Powder is unlike any other powder on the market. I purchased the translucent powder and the powder is so fine and feels silky soft. You really don’t need that much powder for your whole face, and once you set your base, it’s incredible! It really does minimize your pores and makes your face look silky. They recently launched three new shades of this powder (light, medium, tan) but the store associates recommended I try the original one. It is retailed for $40 which is a little pricier than other powders, but I highly recommend it!

 

 


For those of you who have not tried/smelled this eye cream, I HIGHLY recommend you going to the store and getting a sample! The Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream smells absolutely delicious and helps de-puff and brighten dark circles. There was a 4 week independent study done with this eye cream, and 83% saw immediate reduction in puffiness and 73% saw immediate reduction of dark circles! The eye cream is very light and absorbs very well in the skin. This product is $26 which is very affordable compared to some other brands. You really don’t need that much product, a pea size amount is more than enough for both eyes.

 

 

 

 

Mangosteens are probably one of my favorite tropical fruits! I don’t remember the actual fruit having a scent, but the taste is so sweet and delicious! This Mangosteen Nourishing Body Cream smells amazing! The scent is light and not overpowering, but when applied, it blends very well and it doesn’t feel greasy at all. The next day when I woke up, my skin immediately felt softer! I’m the type of person who never lotions after showering, but now I look forward to using this body cream every night! This product is $20 but it is 8 fl oz. This will definitely last you for a couple months!

 

 

 

All these products can be purchased in-stores or online! If there isn’t a retailer near you, you can definitely order online and they offer free shipping with orders over $50! Another great thing about ordering from their website is you can purchase the items through their payment plan!

I hope you found this information helpful, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

 

xx
Michelle

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Sephora – Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Must Haves

Who else is excited for Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event?! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to share some products I purchased!

Rouge | August 24th – 20% off use code: YESROUGE
VIB | August 30th – 15% off use code: YESVIB
Beauty Insider | August 30th – 10% off use code: YESINSIDER

The sale ends on September 3rd, so make sure you get everything before the sale ends! ALSO, just a little reminder that you can only use the online code ONCE! It is unlimited times in-store though. Some items are online only, so make sure you put everything in your cart before checking out!

 

Some top items I picked up are:

  1. The Beauty Blender – Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation! This item is new and I have seen so many positive reviews that I wanted to try it myself! This foundation is full coverage and has a matte finish.
  2. The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation because I have heard so many of my friends rave about this foundation. It is a full coverage foundation that gives a radiant finish. It says it is great for combination and oily skin, so this is something I’m super excited to try!
  3. The Laura Mercier – Tightline Cake Eye Liner is a powder eyeliner, but once you add some water it creates a thicker consistency. I have eyelash extensions, so this is great alternative to liquid or gel eyeliner. I had this product about two years ago and loved it! I got it in the color Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown.
  4. The Hourglass – Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow is so pretty! All the shades are so beautiful and they feel so buttery. I am so excited for this product because I think they’ll look great on all skin tones!
  5. I finally got the Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. Not only is the packaging stunning, but the bronzer looks very flattering on! This is definitely a splurge item, but I think it’s totally worth it!
  6. I have heard so many great things about the Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask that I definitely want to try this for myself. I recently cut my hair, so I want to make sure that my ends stay healthy.
  7. The beloved Naked Palette is being discontinued, so I definitely wanted to pick this up! My very first Naked palette was the Naked 2, but the original Naked Palette has been everyone’s favorite. Although this product is currently out of stock on Sephora’s website, check to see if they have them in stores! Not only is it $27, but you can also get a little extra discount on it if you purchase it during the sale.
  8. We have now jumped into skincare! I believe getting skincare sets are such a great value! It’s already slightly discounted, but you get to try more products! This Belief – Aqua Playland Set is the perfect set if you want to try Belief products. It comes with a mini Moisturizing Eye Bomb and Hungarian Water Essence. This set is $38 and it is well worth it! If you just purchase The True Cream Aqua Bomb, it is already $38, so why not get the set to try two more products!
  9. I am so excited for this Tatcha – Smooth, Poreless Skin Obento Box! It comes with a mini The Deep Cleanse and The Silk Canvas! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the products in this kit are some of my favorites! This kit retails for $79, and it’s a steal! If you were just going to purchase The Water Cream alone, it would be $68, so you’re paying $11 more to try out two of their bestselling products.

This is definitely a lengthy post, but these Sephora sales rarely happen! Let me know what products you plan on purchasing!

xx
Michelle

 

 

 

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Skincare Favorites

AM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb
  • Cōtz Tinted Sunscreen

PM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Curology
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Belief’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb is an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that can be used day and night. This product is an oil-free gel that instantly hydrates and cools the skin. I have combination to oily skin, and I found this moisturizer is very hydrating without being oily or adding shine. The scent is very light and the gel absorbs quickly into the skin. Awesome product for the price point! Highly recommend trying if you’re looking for a new moisturizer! Sephora is also selling the Belief Aqua Playland Set and it is only $38 for a full size moisturizer, mini eye cream, and a mini water essence!

The CōTZ sunscreen is a newer product that I recently got from Generation Beauty SF. I got a small travel size in the gift bag, and I am in LOVE! The one in the picture is tinted so it has a little color, but there are different ones you can pick up from Ulta! It blends very well into the skin leaving it silky and not greasy (It almost feels like wearing the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer)! It is a mineral sunscreen so there are no harmful chemicals. This is crucial to wear sunscreen everyday! I learned that UVA rays are always around 365 days whether it be sunny or cloudy. These are the rays that causes wrinkles. UVB rays are the ones that causes sunburns! It’s relatively inexpensive and feels amazing on the skin! You can also double it up as a primer!

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster serum booster that helps with uneven skin tone, and refines the appearance of pore size, skin texture, and fine lines. I apply this product before my moisturizer but after my toner. It is very light and melts right into the skin. It feels a little tacky right after you apply the product on your face, but then melts right in and feels smooth. There is no scent and great for all skin types! I use this product morning and night, and have seen my complexion improve. If you do use this during the AM, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 30 or more!

I have heard so many positive reviews about Curology! This is a new product that is simple and actually works! No more trips to the store trying to find new products to test out! This product is custom made to your skin concerns. All you have to do is take some pictures and fill out questions, and a dermatologist creates a cream based on your skin concerns. Super easy to use and it ships right to your door! I use this product at night, and it has helped me tremendously! I was breaking out around my hair line, cheeks, in neck, and etc. and I found this product not only cleared my acne but also helped with my acne scars! I am so impressed with this product and have been using it for months now. The one thing I don’t really like about this product is the texture and scent of the cream. It initially smells a little weird and doesn’t feel like a smooth cream, but once you apply it, it blends right in and you can’t smell the scent anymore. Another concern people may have is that one of their main ingredient is Clindamycin, which is an antibiotic. I have not found any issues with this ingredient and there are only small amounts.

Lastly, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream is a product that was introduced to me by Influenster. Thank you so much to Influenster for sending me this complimentary eye cream! I have never been someone who uses eye cream, but recently I have been looking for an eye cream that helps with fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. I am hitting my mid-twenties, and I believe it is better to start preventing these concerns earlier than later. This eye cream has a very light scent and thick gel consistency. I thought it would feel too tacky, but that is not the case. A little product goes a long way and it melts right into the skin. I have been using this product morning and night for the last 3 weeks and have already seen improvements! It is a little more on the pricy side, but I think you can find cheaper alternatives that also provides the same results.

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NorCal Night Market

This past weekend was the first ever NorCal Night Market. From the creators of 626 and OC Night Market (from LA), it was a 3 day event which lasted until 11PM each day! It was held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Parking is $10 per car, and entrance fee is $5 per person. Lots of local vendors, such as artists, food trucks, and clothing companies, had a space to showcase their craft.

Some examples of food vendors were:

•A takoyaki truck (very long line! my boyfriend’s boss said it is just like Japan)

•Many different kinds of pearl milk tea

•A Hong Kong food truck

•Ramen

•Egg waffle with ice cream

Some examples of other vendors were:

•LED lined clear balloons ($10+ a pop but very cute)

•Local artists selling prints, shirts, and pins

•Stussy & UNDFTD sale section (although it just seemed like overstock from their warehouses)

 

       

 

We got there at around 7PM on the final day (Sunday), and were surprised to see that the crowd was nowhere near as large as Facebook had warned. We spent about 30 minutes perusing and weighing our options before settling on taiyaki ice cream from Uji Time. I got the classic Matcha and my boyfriend got the Black Sesame.

Although the scale is nowhere near how enormous I imagine 626 Night Market to be, I thought that the turnout was pretty decent for the first time. Like many others, I felt that the ground was uneven and dusty, which could both be considered hazardous. I also felt like the vendors could be a little more varied, as more than half were dessert or milk tea.

Either way, the first NorCal Night Market was a good time and I’m excited to watch it become bigger and better. They’ve already made huge adjustments for the next iteration of the event a month (September 28-30) from now.

*Some tips for those planning to attend!*
p.s. This post is dedicated to Martin 😛

  • Eat a little before going, the lines can get pretty long and could take up to 2 hours.
  • Bring cash! While most of the vendors may accept card, both parking and entry are cash only. They do have an ATM, but who wants to pay that transaction fee?
  • Wear comfortable shoes, the fairgrounds are spread out and you’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.
  • If you’re planning to attend towards the end of the night, bring a jacket! It gets pretty cold after sundown.
  • Bring an external battery pack if you plan on being there more than a few hours.
  • Although signs say dogs are NOT allowed, I saw a lot of people bringing their pups without any problems!
  • Most importantly, have fun! 🙂

 

Hope to see you there!


Thanks for reading!
Michelle & Brendan

 

 

 

 

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At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

 

Smiling because of how white my teeth are! I drink a decent amount of coffee and tea, so my teeth were a bit stained. Thanks to Smile Brilliant, I can now smile confidently! To learn more about how you get pearly white teeth, keep reading! 🙂

 

 

 

 

I’ve always wanted to professionally whiten my teeth, but was always held back because of the high price tag. Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening company that provides dentist grade whitening services. The kit is extremely easy to use, and you can whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom fitted trays normally cost $500+ from a dentist’s office. For under $200, Smile Brilliant sent me custom trays as well as whitening gels and desensitizing gels. I was sent the T3 Sensitive System for light stains.

The whole process was simple and straightforward. As a preliminary step, I answered a few questions about my dental history, and within a week or so, I received my Smile Brilliant package. With the paste included, I made my teeth molds and sent them back to Smile Brilliant with the envelope they provided. About a week later, I received my custom whitening trays and immediately started whitening. And while the following may seem like a lot of steps, the kit provides a step by step instruction pamphlet that is super easy to follow.

 

 

 

Whitening Steps:

Step 1: Brush teeth WITHOUT toothpaste. This step is not crucial, but it provides the best results.
Step 2: After brushing teeth briefly, add just enough whitening gel so it only covers your teeth and not your gum.
*Each syringe can be used for 3-4 applications* You honestly don’t need to apply that much.
Step 3: Leave trays on for 45 mins – 3 hours, depending on sensitivity.
Step 4: Brush teeth WITH toothpaste and rinse trays.
Step 5: Add desensitizing gel to trays and leave on for 15-20 mins. After this process you are finished! Rinse your trays and DO NOT rinse or brush teeth after.

 

 

 

Whitening your teeth has never been so easy! Smile Brilliant makes it super simple to do from the comfort of your home. You can now whiten your teeth while working, watching Netflix, or just hanging out with your furbabies.

My experience with Smile Brilliant has been amazing! After just one use, I saw a difference. The very first time I used it, the trays were a little uncomfortable, like it was digging in my gums, but the more I used them, the more comfortable they became. Starting out, I whitened my teeth for about 45 minutes. I was worried about my enamel sensitivity because I have used other whitening products that made my teeth extremely sensitive, so with this product I started with the minimum recommended time. I’d say the entire process takes me less than 2 hours.

For only $149, you get the whole kit, which is a $650+ value if you were to get this done at your dentist’s office. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with Smile Brilliant, it’s super easy to use and has made my smile so much brighter without any kind of pain.

 

 

These are results from whitening after just 6 days. Even after the first use, I saw significant improvements! I’m generally very good about my dental hygiene, but I do drink the occasional coffee and or tea. This kit really helped whiten years of stains, leaving my teeth nice and shiny!

Now for something exciting, I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky winner a teeth whitening kit of their own!

GIVEAWAY: If you would like to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit, click the link below:

Smile Brilliant Giveaway

OR

You can simply go to the Smile Brilliant website and receive 15% off store wide using code: mngx15!

 

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
~Michelle




 

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[REVIEW] Uniqlo Jeans

I am the type of person who always wears jeans. It doesn’t matter how comfortable yoga pants, leggings, or even jeggings are, jeans are essential to my every day outfit.

This past week, Uniqlo caught me by surprise and sent me a pair of their Ultra Stretch Jeans, and they are without a doubt the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. They are super stretchy and fit almost like boyfriend jeans. Mid-rise and ankle length with a nice straight leg. I typically wear high-waisted skinny jeans, but I found myself loving the fit and style of these. They have the right amount of distressing, and look amazing with any outfit. The distressing on the cuff is probably one of my favorite things about these jeans. It adds the perfect touch and makes them look stylish.

I’m usually a US size 25, which is the size they sent me, but I’ve found that they run a little bit larger. I recommend sizing down, because even when I wear a belt, it folds a little weird/might accentuate areas you don’t want to accentuate. Quality is very nice and sturdy! I’ve washed and dried the jeans multiple times, and they’ve kept both their shape and color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer Top: Urban Outfitters (Out of Stock)
Bralette: Free People
Jeans: Uniqlo
Belt: Target
Shoes: Greats

 

Love how this beautiful Topshop windbreaker compliments the outfit!

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Hakone Gardens

After a week of dreary weather, it has been so warm and sunny! Spring is finally here in California, and the flowers are all blooming. This past weekend, I visited Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA to experience the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom. It is such a beautiful garden and it makes you feel like you’re in Japan. I actually have never been to Japan before, and I am so excited that I’ll be visiting early May. Hopefully, there will still be cherry blossoms, but I’m excited to eat good food and experience the culture!Lo

Outfit Details:
Top – Forever 21
Pants – American Eagle
Shoes – Nordstrom Rack

 

 

 

 

 

Look how gorgeous the flowers are!

 

 

 

Can you tell that I’m super excited to take pictures with cherry blossoms? Definitely going to visit the garden again!

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Museum of Ice Cream

 After trying for months, I was finally able to snag some tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream! Your tickets arrive a few days before your visit, and although I was really worried about parking downtown, I noticed at the bottom of the email that they recommend to use a website called ParkWhiz. ParkWhiz is a website/app where you can put in your location and they will find parking in the area for you. Parking in any big metropolitan area is a nightmare, and San Francisco is no different. ParkWhiz was somehow able to give me a parking space in a hotel just blocks from the museum. I live about 1 hour away, so I made sure to give myself enough time just in case there was traffic on the way there. After arriving at the parking spot, we walked over to the museum.

When you first enter, you are put in a group of around 10. They inform you that this is the group you will be exploring the museum with. At first, I was confused, because I was under the impression that it was completely self guided, but it turned out that you were able to go at your own pace through the museum.

Each room has a different (but still ice cream) theme, with some offering tasty treats and others offering souvenirs. The entire museum is beautifully put together, with a vintage ice cream parlor, many art installations, and even a sprinkle pool. I can really see why this is the most popular of the interactive, walk-through art installations, because the vibe is so well curated. I’ve visited both Happy Place (LA) and Color Factory (SF), and I think in terms of content, MOIC is the most interactive. However, I think I had the most fun at Happy Place. I felt like in LA, people who attend this sort of thing are more open to taking your time and enjoying, or waiting patiently until you get the perfect shot.

One of my favorite parts was the unicorn (milk) ice cream. It was so creamy and smooth, really reminded me of my favorite place in LA. And isn’t that what ice cream’s all about? Nostalgia?

 

Other pictures from MOIC!

 

 

 

 

Loved this room! It is themed like a diner and it even has a vintage jukebox, filled with ice cream music puns. They were serving this cherry sorbet that was actually really good. I loved the vibe and the cute pink phone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying some freshly spun cherry cotton candy under some clouds and cherries! This room was really fun to take pictures in. They had a big cherry sculpture that everyone likes to take pictures with, and cherries and clouds hanging all over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This room really brought me back to elementary school. It’s a rock climbing room, in which each wall is filled with climbing rocks. You’re able to climb all over the room! Although it was just for taking pictures, I felt like I got a pretty good workout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sprinkle pool was super cute and fun to play in. One downside of this place is that they let about 10 people in the pool at once. It’s really not big enough to fit that many people. You’re struggling to find a way to take pictures and when you finally find enough space, you have to leave to make room for the next group. It’s shocking to me how many people are able to post pictures of themselves in here – We actually really struggled getting a shot with just me! I guess your mileage may vary.

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Momofuku Milk Bar

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of checking out the Milk Bar pop-up location on Melrose Ave. They set up a little stall in the corner of the boutique and sold a lot of yummy treats! It was inside a boutique called Reformation. They carry a lot of cute pieces that are high quality. Check out their website to see more!

 

Ordered the Crack Pie Latte, this is a new drink that isn’t on their menu yet, but it is surprisingly delicious! It is pretty sweet, so if you don’t really like sweet drinks, I recommend asking for less sugar. It is made with dark brown sugar, corn ganache, espresso, and steamed milk. Definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a new latte to try. Some of the yummy treats they sold were the Birthday Truffles, Chocolate Malt Cake Truffles, Compost Cookie, Confetti Cookie, Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie, and the Crack Pie. I got one of each to try, and my favorite so far has been the Confetti Cookie or the Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie! All the cookies are super soft and chewy. The Crack Pie was crumbly and buttery, and tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before. It is pretty sweet, but I highly recommend trying it!

 

I had such an amazing time visiting their pop-up location and getting to try all their delicious treats! I can’t believe that Momofuku  Milk Bar is finally opening their first CA location in LA on Melrose Ave. I’ve been dying to go to their NY locations, but I’m so excited that they’ll be opening this coming July! Can’t wait until I can finally try their Milk soft serve!

 

 

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Linda Tawil & Jaclyn Hill

Can we just talk about the time I met Linda Tawil and Jaclyn Hill?! Back in November 2017, Linda and Jaclyn came to Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA to visit the Morphe store before the grand opening. I was absolutely starstruck. I had met Jaclyn earlier that month at her Meet and Greet at the Ulta Beauty in West Covina, CA. I drove six hours down and camped out overnight, because I knew I wouldn’t meet her if I didn’t. I waited over 12 hours to ensure a spot to meet her, and it was worth it! It was my first time camping out, and it was an unforgettable experience. When I saw that she was less than 15 mins away from where I live, I had to meet her again. Linda and Jaclyn are so sweet and care so much about their supporters, that they came out of the Morphe store to greet us before having to leave for the airport. This was such an amazing opportunity, and I’m so happy I was able to meet both of them again because they are truly an inspiration. They are such hard working and passionate role models, especially within the beauty industry. Their success shows that you really can achieve you put your mind to!

 

Thanks for reading!
Michelle

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