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February 2, 2018

New Year New You: Celebrate Your Skin with MD Complete Skincare!

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This is a sponsored post for MD Complete Skincare. I was given the product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I’ve stated a few times in that past that I am prone to acne. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different products but could never find any that truly worked. I have very sensitive skin and certain cleansers burn my skin, so as I’ve gotten older I’ve been a lot more careful about the products I use on my face.

MD Complete Skincare was nice enough to send me a 60-day trial kit to test out and so far I am in love with the results. In the photo below you can see my problems areas are right on my cheek in a small circular shape. This is the only area where I break out, to this day I haven’t figured out why!

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January 15, 2018

4 Hair Care Tips for Busy Moms

Hair Care Tips For Busy Moms

Life as a single mother is incredibly busy. As a mother, we tend to make a lot of sacrifices-especially when it comes to self-care. Time is of the essence and with only 24 hours in the day, it feels as if even taking, one minute alone to yourself is a complete waste of time. (At least that’s how I feel).

Most of the time when I was my hair, it’s very quick. Even worse, I don’t follow the normal steps like I should–so my hair is constantly suffering.

Totally my fault.

One of my resolutions for the New Year is taking better care of my hair. I’ve been so focused on my body, that I can admit I forget to take care of other parts of myself. For years, my hair has suffered due to my lack of consistent care.

There are a number of products on the market currently that work wonders for African American hair. While I have no preference,  I’ve learned now, that the most important thing to remember is to moisturize!

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October 27, 2017

Mommy Beat: Date Night Looks ft. The Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set

This post originally appeared here on Grits & Grace. 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I can’t believe how fast 2017 is flying by, just like 2016 did.

As parents it can be difficult to get a night out; sometimes we have to resort to creative measures just to get some time alone with one another. Well If you are thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day, and it’s apparent that you won’t be venturing out, try having an in-home date night. Netflix and chill were created for this purpose, right?

Today I am going to bring you a simple soft date night look, using the Vanity Planet palette brush set. Vanity Planet was kind enough to provide me with this amazing brush set to review for you all today!

Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set // www.gritsngrace.com

If you are a beginner or if you are looking for vegan makeup brush set (yes those exist) then this is the perfect palette for you to purchase! The brushes are soft, and I have really enjoyed used them the last few weeks. I have substituted out some of my more expensive brushes, and primarily use this set when I am ready to put on makeup. This set includes the following.

  • 1 Roll-Out Case
  • 15 Brushes:

1. Kabuki Brush – to apply mineral powder
2. Powder/Blush Brush – to apply powder foundation and blush
3. Flat Top Stippling Brush – to apply light powder or creamy products
4. Angled Contour Brush – for blending and contouring
5. Liquid Foundation Brush – to apply liquid foundation
6. Large Fan Brush – to apply blush, blending, highlights, and for brushing off excess powder
7. Concealer Brush – for concealing a concentrated area
8. Medium Blender – for blending
9. Smudging Brush – to smudge specific area of a smoky eye
10.Crease Shader – for controlled application of shadow on eye creases
11. Large Domed Shader – to shade powders and moisturizer-based products
12. Precision Concealer – to apply concealer to small, targeted areas
13. Rounded Liner Brush – for applying cream eyeliner products
14. Angled Lining Brush – for precise eyeliner application
15. Lip Liner Brush with cap – to apply lip liner for a smooth contour

Now on to the look! For this simple look, I used the following products:

Elf Contour Palette // Mariah x Mac Eyelashes // Elf Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW // Benefit Gimme Brow // Mac Foundation

Mommy Beat: Vanity Planet Brush Kit Makeup Tutorial // www.gritsngrace.comMommy Beat: Date Night Looks Featuring Vanity Planet Palette Brush SetDuring this process, my camera battery died (oh joy), but I was able to take a few snapshots with my phone. I loved how I was able to create a soft, subtle look with the Vanity Planet brush kit.

For both looks, I used the same products. I am not one for a dramatic look (and honestly, I tried, but I hated how it looked on me).

My husband loved the soft looks and complimented me by saying he thinks they also make great everyday looks.

If you are looking for amazing quality brushes, I highly recommend the Vanity Planet Palette Brush it. I have been using this set for a few weeks now, I love the quality. I have experienced no shedding with the bristles; which is something I always look out for since I clean my brushes daily.

Great news! If you’re interested in purchasing this brush set, then click here! Be sure to enter the code “gritstograce17” to get 70% off of this brush set!

Have you tried this brush set from Vanity Planet? If so let me know what you think in the comment section below! Be sure to subscribe to our blog for more Mommy Beat looks! Also be sure hop over to our YouTube page where we will start our vlog soon!

Mommy Beat: Date Night Look ft. the Vanity Planet Palette Brush Set // www.gritsngrace.com

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In Beauty on
October 2, 2017

DIY Pore Mask

DIY Gelatin Face Mask

I love experimenting with trying various face mask. Since I have so many ingredients readily available, I love whipping things together on the weekends and trying something new. This gelatin face mask was no exception.

These masks are designed to replicate Biore Pore Strips; it’s fairly easy to make as well.

 

Tools:

  • 1 package Unflavored Gelatin
  •  1 1/2 – 2 TBSP of milk
  •  small plastic cup
  1. Mix gelatin and milk into plastic cup and microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Apply to face carefully (you can use a small applicator brush or craft popsicle stick <—don’t judge me)
  3. Let dry completely, then peel off.

Removing:

Not going to lie, this shit hurt!! Beauty bloggers with flawless skin make this look so easy, but it’s not. It hurt like hell and did not come off in one piece. While that doesn’t stop me from using this monthly, I just needed to point out how uncomfortable this is.

 

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