My name's Nicole - a Toronto-based makeup addict. Welcome to my corner of the web where I share my love & experiences with all kinds of beauty, makeup & skincare products. Head on over to my About Page to learn more about me.



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas: Gift Sets

Christmas Gift Ideas: Gift Sets ft. Fresh, Burt's Bees, NYX, OPI, Melanie Mills Hollywood || The Glam Surge
The holidays have me so busy this year. Actually... work has me extremely busy. For the past few weeks it's been wake up, eat, work, sleep, repeat. I haven't had any time to blog, which explains why this gift idea post is coming a bit too close to Christmas. It's even affected my Christmas shopping as I'm usually super early with it, but this year I've turned into one of those frantic last minute shoppers.   Nonetheless, I'm sure these sets are still available in stores, so let's get into it!
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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Controversial Palette | Anastasia Beverly Hills' Subculture Palette

The Controversial Palette | Anastasia Beverly Hills' Subculture Palette First Impressions and Swatches || The Glam Surge
I finally cracked this baby open.. I feel like only beauty bloggers can relate when I say I can't use a new palette until I've taken photos of it in it's freshest state. I bought this last month and I only had the chance to use it for the first time last Friday, oops
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas: Subscription Boxes

Christmas Gift Ideas: Subscription Boxes | ft. Julep, Monthly Watch Club, MunchPak, AdoreMe, GlossyBox || The Glam Surge
There are only a few weeks left to get all your loved ones some presents! If you're not much of a shopper and have trouble picking out that one perfect gift for someone, subscription boxes will be your best friend. Most subscription services give you the option to gift a box to someone and I think that's a genius idea. I mean, who doesn't love a box filled with goodies? Here are a few of my favourite subscription services and some that I'd be interested in trying: 
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | November 2017

The Beauty Rundown | November 2017 ft. Maybelline Brow Line
Everyone who's been reading my blog for a while now knows that when it comes to makeup, brow products have to be my favourite. I mean, there's such a huge difference that they make, even if you just slap on a tinted brow gel. Especially if you're someone who has very fine, thin brow hairs like me; eyebrow pencils, powder, etc, are your life. A while ago, I received three new brow products from Maybelline's Brow line and I'm ready to share my thoughts on the bunch! 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas: Jewelry

Christmas Gift Ideas: Jewelry ft. Soufeel Jewelry || The Glam Surge
!! PSA: Black Friday is next week !!
Guys, the days are going by so quick and before we know it, it'll be Christmas. Have y'all done any holiday shopping yet? Yup, me neither. Well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are creeping up on us and it's pretty much the perfect time to get all your shopping done and maybe get a little something something for yourself too! In the weeks leading up to Santa Claus' return, I'll be sharing a few gift ideas to help anyone struggling with what to get their loved ones.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Smallest Sephora VIB Sale Haul

The Smallest Sephora VIB Sale Haul ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills, Tatcha, Lancome, Urban Decay || The Glam Surge
As most of you all know, Sephora just had their VIB Sale. Today (November 15th) is the last day for us Canadians, so if you've been wanting to pick something up, now is your chance! In the past, I tended to go a bit overboard during the sale (see this post and this post), but this time around, I was a bit more behaved.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Get Ready With Me | Autumn Makeup & Avoiding Flashback

Get Ready With Me | Autumn Makeup & Avoiding Flashback with an Illuminated Phone Case || The Glam Surge
Last weekend, the clocks turned back an hour. And to me, that's the indefinite sign that winter is coming. Although I appreciate that the brighter mornings, I can't stand that it gets dark so early in the evening. Then with the weather is dropping lower and lower each day; it's just a bad time for me all around. We've barely made a dent into Autumn, but I'm already wishing and dreaming for Summer. End of rant.
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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Introducing Mary Kay's Gel Semi-Shine Lipsticks + Swatches

Introducing Mary Kay's Gel Semi-Shine Lipsticks & Swatches || The Glam Surge
Just when I thought I was just a bit more closer to having an appropriately sized lipstick collection, Mary Kay had to be so generous and send me their whole new Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick Collection*. On the outside and just for a split second, I was rolling my eyes. However the lipstick junkie inside of me could not keep in the excitement and I was pretty much over the moon about them. I immediately took some photos and got to swatching! 
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Monday, November 06, 2017

One For The Sheet Mask Addicts

One For The Sheet Mask Addicts | FaceTory || The Glam Surge
Oh sheet masks. I feel like they're one of my favourite things when it comes to skincare, but unfortunately I don't get to wear them much...probably due to laziness. My love for sheet masks sparked only this year with Naruko's sheet masks stealing my heart. After that, I went on a rampage and now have quite a few in my stash waiting to be used.
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Friday, November 03, 2017

Product Empties #6

Product Empties #6 - Beauty, Makeup, Skincare, Haircare || The Glam Surge
It's time for another product empties haul! I feel like these bits have been sitting in a box for the longest time and I'm so glad to finally be getting rid of them all. In fact, as soon as I took the photo above, I tossed them right in the trash. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting through so many bits this time around as a bunch of them were pretty big! Let's get into it..'cause it's gonna be a long one.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | October 2017

The Beauty Rundown | October 2017 ft. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range || The Glam Surge
First off, Happy Halloween everyone! As I'm sure you've all been enjoying everyone's halloween blog posts today, how about we take a breather and talk about something not so spooky: haircare! So just a bit of a back story on my hair: before I got pregnant (over 4 years ago), my hair was long, luscious and healthy. After giving birth, my hair started to fall out, which is pretty common, and I went into a panic. A few years later I've tried different shampoos and conditioners to help me get back to where my hair was, but I had no luck. It wasn't until this year that I started taking it seriously and really exploring my hair care options besides shampoos and conditioners. Which brings us to the now.. Viviscal has been a brand on my radar for a while as I always saw ads of it in flyers. So when they got in contact with me to try their stuff, I jumped at it. Let's see if the wait was worth it, shall we?
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

New In | Nouveau Lashes + First Impressions

New In | Nouveau Lashes Haul and First Impressions || The Glam Surge
Nouveau Lashes is one of those brands I've heard of through blogging. I'd mostly hear of them from beauty bloggers that I followed over in the UK, but even then I was intrigued by the brand. Now imagine how shocked I was when I got a notification on Instagram saying that they followed me. I'm pretty sure it was only as recent as this year that Nouveau Lashes started catering to their Canadian fans. 
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Minnavi Takes K-Beauty Up A Notch | Customizable Skincare

Minnavi Takes Korean Beauty Up A Notch | Customizable Skincare || The Glam Surge
I'm sure I've said this a hundred times before, but I'm going to say it again.. As a beauty blogger, I am so fortunate to discover new brands that I probably wouldn't of heard of if I wasn't one. The newest brand on my radar is Minnavi. First off, I just want to start off by saying that this is a K-Beauty brand. Did I catch your attention yet? (I know it's all the rage right now) If you haven't heard of them, well you're going to want to keep reading because the concept behind the brand is pretty darn amazing. 
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Easy Halloween Nails + Giveaway!

Once upon a time, I loved doing my nails. I used to paint them every week and do the whole design bit.... and then I had a child. Now I never have time to do my nails and I'm stuck to just getting them done every once in a while. However, when Nail Polish Canada got in contact with me and sent me the Whats Up Nails Graveyard Nail Vinyls*, I finally had the chance (and motivation to do my nails). 
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keeping Your Sun-Kissed Glow After Summer

Keeping Your Sun-Kissed Glow After Summer With Melanie Mills Hollywood Body Radiance
One of the most saddest things about the seasons changing is losing your sun-kissed glow and the colour that only the summer sun can give your skin. I especially hate seeing the tan-ness of my legs starting to disappear. I much prefer when there's a bit of colour to my legs. I know a lot of people like to cheat the system and go to tanning beds, but to my understanding, those are extremely bad for your skin/health. The easiest way (and safest way) to get around it, in my opinion, would be self-tanners and tinted body creams.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Only Lipsticks I'll Be Rocking This Season + Mini Haul

The Only Lipsticks I'll Be Rocking This Season + Mini Haul | ft. NUDESTIX & MAC
So.. I did the unthinkable. After an hour of sorting through my stash and swatching my whole left arm, I actually down-sized my lipstick collection! It was definitely an impulse move on my part. One day I was scrolling through Instagram and a moment of realization just hit me out of no where - why in the f*ck do I have so many lipsticks?! I mean I only rotate a few, so why let the unfortunate few waste away in my drawers? It was hard and I got rid of a lot - and I'm taking high end, drugstore and a TON of MAC *sobs*. The ladies in my family were definitely feasting on more than just turkey this past Thanksgiving weekend! 
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Transitional Foundation Picks | Autumn Edit

Transitional Foundation Picks | Autumn Edit ft. The Ordinary, Too Faced, Nars
There was a time, not too long ago, when I would love a foundation so much, then out of the blue, it would just stop working in my favour. I had no idea why until one day I realized it was due to the change of weather. Just like how you need to switch up your skincare routine with the seasons, the same thing goes for foundation. 
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | September 2017

The Beauty Rundown September 2017 - ColourPop, Ouai, Huda Beauty
And I'm back with another quick rundown about these three bits.. 
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Getting Ready For Fall Fashion

Autumn is here to stay! And with the first day of Autumn just passing us by a week ago, I don't know how much more official it can get. I'm sure by now you all know that I hate the fact that Summer is going, but I definitely can't deny my love for Fall fashion. Every year I look forward to wearing my cosy sweaters, pretty jackets, and cute booties. Here's a few of my favourite Autumn trends that I'll be wearing all season: 
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Friday, September 22, 2017

How To Make An Easy Transition From A Summer to Fall Beauty Routine

Despite what Lana Del Rey says, it’s definitely summertime gladness, and what’s making our hearts sad is the inevitable end of summer, it will certainly be sorely missed. Still, instead of wallowing, we should let fall come to our doorway and welcome it with open arms. Fall has numerous charms; first, there is Indian summer to look forward to, sweater weather and stylish layers, and shopping for some new beauty products. That certainly puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it? Spending some money on new skincare and makeup goodies to reflect the season is always a silver lining. To that end, we have come up with some easy to pull off tips, trick and trends to follow in order to make the summer to fall transition all the more enjoyable, so let’s dive in and see what the golden season has in store for us.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dabbling Into Fenty Beauty | Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

Ah, Fenty Beauty. The brand of the moment. The day the line was released, it was all I saw on social media. Though there's quite a few things in the collection to choose from, I decided to opt for one thing before shelling out wads of cash without reading reviews first on them first. The product that caught my attention and was added to my basket within seconds was Rihanna's Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

6 New Makeup Brushes In My Collection

There's something about new makeup brushes that just makes me so happy. For the longest time, I've been contemplating on buying some new makeup brushes, but held off because I know quality brushes come at a price. However, when I was IMATS a couple of weeks ago (see my haul here), I knew I had to grab some new new. I ended up picking up six beauties and the best part is that they weren't even too expensive. 
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mary Kay's Fall Colour Collection

Mary Kay's Fall Colour Collection - The Glam Surge
Chilly mornings and the sun setting anytime before 8pm is rolling in. Though I'm not a fan of both of those, there is one thing that eases my mind when I think of Autumn - and that is Fall beauty launches! The transition of makeup from Summer to Autumn is always an interesting thing to see. One moment you're wearing light, bright colours, then all of a sudden it's all about finding the perfect berry lipstick. 
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Making Brush Cleaning A Tad Bit Easier ft. The Brush Bar

Makeup is such a wonderful thing. The way it enhances your beauty and the ability you have to create & express yourself through the art is pretty darn amazing. The many products that are available to do just that is endless. However it's all fun and games until you're all done and realize the tools you used to create your work of art are all filthy. Of course I'm talking about cleaning your makeup brushes - a task that nobody seems to be fond of. 
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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Summer Beauty Favourites

Oh how much I love Summer. The sun, the heat, the cute clothes, all the fun activities you could do, no guys get the idea. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. So to bid farewell to sweet ol' summer, I thought I'd share a few products that I've been using non-stop during the season. 
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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Collective Summer Beauty Haul | ft. Glossier, Morphe, Lime Crime, Nyx

Ugh, why can't I ever keep my money in my damn pockets! I feel like I spent way too much money this summer, but ask me if I have any regrets.. nevaaa! This haul is a collective one from the start of summer up until now, so I don't think my spending was too too out of control when it comes to beauty products. A lot of these things are products I've been meaning to try or repurchase for a while now. However, if you asked me about comment
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Friday, September 01, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | August 2017

It's time for another instalment of The Beauty Rundown.. 
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Take It Or Leave It | Juvia's Place Saharan Palette

I finally caved and bought a palette from Juvia's Place. If you haven't heard about the brand..where on Earth have you been? Their eyeshadows are popular among a ton of beauty including the wonderful NikkieTutorials. When I saw a friend of mine swatch her palette on IG stories, I knew I had to try them for myself. So I ended up picking up The Saharan Palette for a pretty good price (some of their palettes are still on sale!). 
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Mascara Worth The Splurge | Givenchy Noir Interdit

I literally gasped when I opened the parcel and saw Givenchy. This has to be one of the best PR gifts I have ever received. Cased in a sturdy, yet stunning tube is the Noir Interdit Mascara*. If you know me or have been around for a while, then you know that I don't get along with most mascaras. Despite me using mascara for years, I haven't actually fallen in love with a mascara up until this year - the Maybelline Lash Sensational. It seemed to be the only mascara that did anything for my lashes. So I was really curious to see if this Givenchy mascara would match up to my expectations. 
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Life Lately | Summer, Blogging, School

Ok, I admit it: I've been a terrible blogger lately. My blog has been a bit quiet as of late. I feel like I haven't posted anything in a while, but it's only been under a week since I last put up any content. So I thought I would do a little life update as to why I've been so absent in the blogosphere. A week may seem like a short time to some people, but for me, it feels like ages. So much that it's been giving me anxiety and it stresses me out every day when I don't post. Which will bring me to my first point: 
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brow Gel Showdown | Glossier Boy Brow vs. Benefit Gimme Brow

When it comes to makeup, brow products have to be my favourite ever. I think my obsession with them comes from the fact that my eyebrows are 'barely there'. Meaning my brow hairs are naturally so thin that they're not that noticeable and don't have any definition to them. So I've come to love brow products as they give me the eyebrows that I've always dreamt of having, even if it is only temporary.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Keeping Skin Youthful & Radiant | Pura Organics

How fortunate are we, bloggers, to be able to learn about new brands and try new products that we possibly wouldn't have heard about if we weren't apart of the blogosphere? The answer is VERY. The newest brand on my radar is Pura Organics. If you haven't heard about the brand, they're the first preventative anti-aging skincare line developed for women in their 20s and 30s, by women in their 20s and 30s. Their products are made from the highest quality of natural ingredients and are also cruelty-free.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Stripes and Greenery | OOTD

Stepping away from beauty for today's post... I haven't done an outfit post in ages. The first and only #ootd I did was a few months after I started blogging and it only consisted of one photo (you can see it over here). I actually really love seeing other bloggers' fashion posts, but when it comes to me creating one, it's more than likely a fail...for two main reasons: I don't have anyone to take good photos of me and I get extremely awkward when it comes to taking pictures in public. 

However, when Tobi got in touch with me for a collaboration, I knew I had to get over myself, combat my shyness, and take some damn outfit photos. So here's a few snaps of how I styled one of their pieces and me attempting to pose with faux confidence: 
Mesh Purse | Zara
Velvet Block Heels | Zara (similar: here/here)
Sunglasses | The Bay (similar: here)
Monogram Necklace* | Soufeel

Products marked with a (*) were sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

What are your tips for posing/taking photos in public places?

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

New Foundation On The Block | The Ordinary Serum Foundation

So if you haven't heard of this foundation yet, are you even in the loop?! The Ordinary Serum Foundation has been making it's rounds throughout the beauty blogosphere for quite some time now. To be completely honest, when it first came out, I had no idea about it. Then everybody started talking (more like raving) about it, so naturally I had to get my hands on it. 
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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Getting The Full Effect of Vitamin C With Mary Kay

Who knew that Vitamin C was so good for you? Ok, I'm sure everyone knew that. But I had no idea just how beneficial it was to incorporate it in your skincare routine. Skincare is a learning process! From what I've gathered, Vitamin C is known to help the skin look more radiant and even-toned, and also supports natural collagen and elastin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to that, Vitamin C is a valuable antioxidant that helps protect against air pollution and other environmental factors. 
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Beauty Rundown | July 2017

It's time for another Beauty Rundown...
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Personalized Jewelry ft. Soufeel

When it comes to jewelry, I've never been obsessed. I don't what it was, but accessorizing was never important to me. Whenever I did shop for jewelry, it was always something simple like little studs, really minimal necklaces, etc. However, one thing that hits my soft spot is personalized jewelry. 
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Five Face Masks To Try

Before becoming a blogger, I was never much into skincare. That all changed within a year and a half, and I've been dabbling into the gigantic world of skincare a whole lot this year. One thing I've not tried much of though are face masks. I think that first time I ever tried one was late last year, so I'm extremely late to the game. Lately, I have been trying to explore more masks, so here are a few masks that I've used up lately and how they worked for me.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This Should Be Your 2017 Makeup Bible

Every new season comes with a new set of rules. While some things stay pretty much the same, others go through quite a transformation, and beauty is no exception. If remained unchanged we would still be wearing a lip liner in a shade that isn’t even close to the one of the lipstick – never forget the nineties. However, this is not about dwelling on the past; it’s about welcoming and embracing the future of fashion. Aside from the trends to follow regarding makeup techniques and looks that are guaranteed to rule this year and perhaps even the next one, there is one other thing highly worth mentioning – the type of makeup.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

This Summer's Hottest Palette | Urban Decay Naked Heat

Introducing the palette of the Summer.... The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette! There was absolutely no way in heck that I was going to pass this one up. I have a crap load of eyeshadow palettes in my collection and prior to this purchase I bought another eye palette, but can anybody really blame me?! I mean this palette is absolutely stunning!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Best Way To Store Your Beauty Sponge

There's no doubt that beauty sponges are my favourite beauty tool to apply foundation, concealer, and even setting powder. The beautyblender in particular is my go-to. But when all the makeup is on and it's time to leave behind all the tools, I always struggle with where to store my sponge. In the past, I would just perch it on top of the cylinder packing it came on, but when I'd get back home, the bottom would still be damp - which for some reason makes me feel like a lot of bacteria can breed on. Like I said, it was always a struggle until Basic Beauty Tools followed me on Instagram and the whole game changed. Basically, they created the perfect product to take care of my beauty sponge storing woes. 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Revlon #ColorStayAll Day Event & Haul

Being a beauty blogger comes with so many benefits and experiences that I'll be forever grateful for. I've had the opportunity to try out brands that I never would have discovered if I didn't start blogging. But one of my favourite things about being a beauty blogger is being invited to special events. 
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

My Week In Lipsticks

Whew! This week is finally over and done with. For the first time in 2017, I feel like time went pretty slow. Nonetheless, I'm happy that it's finally the weekend and I can relax and take time for myself. Today, I'll be recapping my week in lipsticks. I've always seen other beauty bloggers doing this type of post, but I never really had the chance to do it because most of the time I'd be home and would only use a lip balm. This week has been pretty busy and I was able to wear something different every day of the week, so I thought this was the perfect time to finally do my take on this post.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

New In Haircare | Schwarzkopf

When it comes to beauty, haircare comes last on my list. I never really paid attention to hair products and always used whatever was in my shower. That was a few years ago when my hair was long, silky and 'full'. For the past year or so, my neglect towards the hair products that I used really started to show. My hair is now flat, thin, and even shedding a ton. After the realization of how much has changed, I decided to finally start caring more about what I put into or on my hair. 
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