DRUNK ELEPHANT: my HONEST opinion — would I actually purchase?

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OK, so a few weeks ago I received a PR package from Drunk Elephant ++ asked you guys if you’d like to see a blog post / review on how I liked the products so, here we are.

The package they sent over contained a collection of their “Littles,” which is basically just sample sized versions of a few of their best selling products. I’ll be honest I used almost ALL of the product in the span of one + a half weeks. So it’s def safe to say that it’s more worth your money to just buy the individual products BUT I will say that this is an amazing way to get to know the products + see which you like / don’t care for.

Overall, I was honestly impressed by their products. I will say, the week I started using them is when I ALSO started being a lil extra crazy with my skincare (lmk if you wanna know what that looks like) so that has a little something to do with my opinion. However, this is more just a first impression I had with the products + telling you guys whether or not I think it’s worth the purchase because DE can def be a little more on the pricey side.

LET’S GET INTO IT

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Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

So the regular size of this Cleanser retails $32 which is a little more on the pricey side when it comes to cleansers. Personally, I am not super picky when it comes to what I wash my face with so it I don’t usually splurge in this department. To be honest, I wasn’t obsessed with this product, I felt like the consistency was a bit sticky + bland.

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C-Firma™ Day Serum

This is their Vitamin C serum and it retails $80 which is super pricey but it is a HUGE bottle + would prob last forever. I used this during the day + I honestly really liked it. I have tried a few other vitamin C serums and I found the actual product pretty comparable. I usually use Le Dew Citrus Sunshine — this product retails ONLY $24, which is wayyyy more in my budget so I prob wouldn’t repurchase this product if I am being honest with you guys. I will link that here for you guys, if you’re interested.

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B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

OK, I promise this post isn’t ALL negative, I actually fell in love with this product + I plan to purchase it. I have pretty normal to dry skin so I am ALWAYS looking for some extra hydration ++ this product does not disappoint. The price point is $52, which is expensive but I honestly don’t know a product quite like this that would compare + once again, it’s a huge bottle. I really felt like this gave my skin a healthy glow + overall kept my skin extra hydrated (like, even overnight). I use this morning + night and I swear my skin just looks a little extra plump because of it (AND my light stim, of course).

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T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Before trying this product, I had never tried out a designated “night” serum ++ I honestly loved it. I would 100% repurchase this product. I applied this nightly ++ I noticed my skin tone looked super even + smooth. This product just glides on your skin + feels so dang good. Honestly if you’re looking to try anything from DE, TRY THEIR SERUMS. You will not be disappointed, trust me.

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Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I know a lot of people are scared of oils but they really are good for your skin, guys. I actually really enjoyed this product. I specifically used it on the more wrinkle prone spots of my face (under-eye, forehead) + it def helped minimize that. This retails $40, so I am not sure if I’d repurchase to be honest just because it doesn’t feel necessary in my skincare routine BUT if you’re into oils—this is def one to try!

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C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

So I quit using eye cream just because it’s pretty pricey + I am not SUPER concerned about all that yet, BUT after trying this, I will say, I  def wanna add eye cream back into my skincare routine. This product retails $64 which is honestly outrageous but it is an amazing product ++ you get a lot for your $$$. I think when it comes to eye cream, what’s most important is just using SOMETHING. So I am going to link a few fairly priced eye-creams below for you guys.

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Umbra Tinte™ Physical Defense SPF 30

OK THIS IS THE ONE PRODUCT FROM DE THAT I AM OBSESSED WITH. I had to put that in all caps because that’s just how much I love it. This is a tinted sunscreen that retails $36 ++ is so worth your $$$. It goes on super smooth, not sticky (like your average sunscreen). More like a BB cream with a really pretty tint. I love wearing this underneath makeup, or just by itself for a pretty-clean look. I 100% will be repurchasing this. Honestly a must-have for summer.

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Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

LASTLY, this is a version of their moisturizer ++ I am not gonna say much about it because I honestly wasn’t a huge fan. I am pretty picky with my moisturizers + this one just didn’t do much for me. I am the type of person who is into smells ++ all that and that’s one thing that kinda put me off to this product — it’s a little too bland for me.

ALRIGHT.. so that’s it for the products I was able to try. Overall, I love Drunk Elephant as a brand +++ plan to test out more of their products. I honestly HIGHLY recommend testing out their “littles” for yourself (we all have different skin ++ needs). I am also going to link below some other options they have for sample versions – a day + night serum set. Which basically has all the products I approved of, win-win. I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post + let me know if I should start doing more reviews like this!

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new year, new obsessions

new year new obsessions 2I haven’t done one of these since November…so needless to say I have a TON of new brands + products to share with you guys that I have been lovin’. With that being said, I am gonna just get into the good stuff because I have a whole lot to say about my January favorites.

One of my new years resolutions is to just get back into my skincare routine everyday—morning + night. You guys know I am a lil crazy about my skin + I’m always testing out new stuff. However, in the past few months I have actually stuck to the same products. The only thing I usually switch up with my skincare routine is moisturizer / cleanser because I’m not super picky / specific about those + like to try out new stuff. I do want to add a little disclaimer that that I have been using these specific products for up to 1 month or more + I plan to repurchase them all. I have received a few of the products from the brands but I just want to put out there that this is not an AD or sponsored blog post, I just genuinely love these products. Anyways, let’s get into it:

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Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub: I exfoliate my skin with this after cleansing about 3-4 times per week ++ it’s really helped even out my skin tone. I def notice a difference when I’m using it regularly. It has all natural ingredients including coffee grounds (yum), rosehip + coconut oil. Basically all the good stuff in one bottle.

GlamGlow Thirsty Mud: I honestly don’t know how I haven’t mentioned this in a blog post before but this is honestly the HOLY GRAIL of moisturizers. I use this product when my skin needs some extra TLC + feels dry. I always say this but I really believe that if you’re not super into skincare you could easily get away with using this one product by itself, it’s just that good.

Glossier Solution: This was my first time ever trying a chemical exfoliator ++ it’s seriously changed the skincare game for me. I use this morning ++ night to get the full effect and it really works. My skin overall looks brighter, clearer +++ feels soooo good. It also helps with acne!! I never have breakouts while using it. I didn’t bring this with me to Colorado and I 100% noticed a difference. Needless to say, I will be repurchasing this stuff for a looong time.

Paula’s Choice BOOSTER: I’ve been using this as a spot treatment for the longest ++ it really works. If you struggle with breakouts / redness, you should def try this product.

LANEIGE sleeping lip mask: If you’re following me on Instagram, you already know I’m obsessed with this product. It’s technically an overnight sleep mask but I wear it ALL the time. You can always find this in my purse or on my bedside table because I can’t live without it now. Makes your lips feel soo dang soft, gives me a pretty pink tint ++ plumps your lips. Did I mention it smells like berries???

Dewycel CICA Plus Balm: I had a Korean skincare brand sent this to me + not gonna lie, I was a bit skeptical because I’d never heard of them BUT after one use, I fell in love with this stuff. Seriously the most hydrating product I’ve ever used +++ my skin has never felt so soft.

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Kylie Lip Kits: I honestly never understood the hype around Kylie Lip Kits but I finally caved and went to ULTA (thank god they carry them now) ++ got me some lip kits. I have shade Koko K (more of a pink) ++ Exposed (orangeyyy tones). The formula is 10/10 + seriously smells like cupcakes. I just love how each liquid lip comes with a matching lip liner. These are the lip products I wear pretty much everyday, I switch between shades.

Too Faced Dew You Foundation: If you follow me on IG you’d know I’ve been struggling to find a good foundation for a while now. My ultimate fav is the Too Faced Peach Perfect so I thought I’d try out their new Dewy line. This stuff is AMAZING. Seriously smells like watermelons (idk why I love good smelling makeup lol). It’s full coverage but it’s meant to give your skin a dewy finish — which it 100% does. I’ve always wondered how girls can wear a full face of makeup and still have such hydrated looking skin +++ I think I found the secret. ( I wear shade Vanilla in all Too Faced products).

Wander Beauty Glotion: Wander beauty is one of my new fav makeup brands. Their “Glotion” is my favorite primer type product to apply before makeup for an extra dewy finish.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer: This is another product I’m behind on trying. I picked this up when I got the foundation + I love it! Smells like chocolate and has a pretty matte finish.

Too Faced Lip Injection Gloss: THIS STUFF. If you want some extra pout without actually get lip filler, I highly recommend trying this stuff out! It actually works.

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Vitruvi Stone Diffuser: I’m soooo in love with this brand. I had a diffuser from Amazon before and I honestly can tell a difference with the quality in so many ways. I have the white stone diffuser + use it every single night + honestly during the day. My favorite blends right now are grapefruit, pacific + boost.

They do carry Vitruvi on Amazon but I actually have a code for you guys if you shop through this specific link you can save 20% off. You can use code vitruviXjamie at checkout for a discount!!

 HUM Collagen Pop: I’ve been trying to get a better intake on my vitamins / supplements ++ one of those vitamins is collagen. Collagen is soooo so good for your skin, hair + nails. It’s actually also rlly helpful for stomach issues + your overall gut health. I honestly do notice a difference with my stomach problems when I intake collagen daily. I prefer these little fizzies because it’s SO easy + reminds me to drink water. The taste isn’t amazing but I don’t mind it!! I did notice that adding lemon helps with the taste. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of taking tons of oral vitamins so this is an easier option if you’re the same way.

Love Hair dry shampoo: OBSESSED WITH THIS STUFF. I definitely prefer the powder form of dry shampoo now that I’ve tried this. I honestly use this everyday, even with my clean hair to add extra volume + texture. It works so well + is in a small enough bottle to throw in your purse — which is my fav.

My 5-Minute Nightly Skincare Routine

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Hello Lovelies!

First off, I just wanted to welcome you guys to the new + improved Faithfulluxe. I decided it was time to upgrade and revamp the site + I’m loving the way it turned out! I noticed I get a lot of questions about how I started a blog + which platform I use so I am planning a post this week where I walk you guys through the whole process, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, I am so excited to share my nightly skincare routine with you guys. It’s been way too long since my last skincare post + that is mostly because I wanted to give myself a reasonable amount of time to make sure I absolutely love the products before I share them with you guys! I know keeping up with a nightly skincare routine can feel a bit tedious but it’s SO important and honestly helps your skin the most, so I tried my best to simplify mine + make it little easier for you guys! Please keep in mind that I am super into skincare so this whole routine might seem a bit intimidating at first, but I promise it takes me around 5 minutes before I go to sleep. Also, I wanted to mention I do have normal-to-dry skin so these products work best for me. If you do have a different skin type and are weary about these products, feel free to DM me because I love skincare and have tried tons of different brands so I can definitely recommend some products to you!

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Here is my step-by-step 5 minute nightly skincare routine:

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Step 1: Remove Makeup + Cleanse

Now this first step really depends on the day. I’ll be honest, I usually only wear makeup 2-3 times per week so if that’s the case I always make sure to remove my makeup with my Olay Daily Facial Wipes. These aren’t pictured but I will be sure to link them down below for you guys because I absolutely love these! I started using them to avoid excess oil for my eyelash extensions (you should stay clear of oil if you have lash extensions) + they work like a charm. I honestly prefer them over any makeup wipes I’ve ever tried because they don’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Once my skin is makeup-free, I always cleanse! My go-to face wash is the Farmacy Clean Bee ultra gentle facial cleanser. I have seriously been obsessed with this product since the first time I tested it out. First of all, it smells like honey and chamomile, which is so relaxing before bedtime. It always leaves my skin feeling super fresh and dewy. I love Farmacy because they are cruelty free + super cautious about what they put into their products. Something I have been trying to pay more attention to when buying anything is the ingredient list. It’s really refreshing to find a brand that focuses on clean beauty so I am excited to share this product with you guys!

Step 2: Apply Serum + Moisturize

Skin Serums are probably the one product most people tend to go without in their skincare routine. Serums are usually used for fine-lines, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone and brightness. It’s definitely not a necessity if you’re on a budget but if those are your main concerns, I highly recommend trying one out because they do work! I started using the Ole Henrickson Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum every night before bed + I have really noticed a difference with my skin tone.

After I quickly apply my serum, I always moisturize. My go-to night-time moisturizer has been the Ole Henrickson Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Creme. This is from the same line as my serum so I think it really helps to use them together. They are both super hydrating and leave your skin feeling so soft. Since they are meant for night-time use they have a lavender scent, which is so relaxing. I actually keep mine in my fridge so it’s chilled when I apply it. This is SO refreshing, I highly recommend.

Now this last product I use one to two times per week in my nightly skincare routine. The Farmacy Honey Savior all-in-one skin repair salve is basically like a heavy duty moisturizer. On days when my skin is feeling extra dry, I apply this on top of my Goodnight Glow for some added hydration. This might sound like a lot but when I first tried this duo, I woke up with such dewy and soft skin. This stuff works amazing + once again, is filled with such clean ingredients.

Step 3: Jade Roller Time

This step is probably going to sound extra to someone who isn’t super into skincare but I had to mention it because I love my jade roller. I keep mine in the fridge (pro-tip) + I always use it after moisturizing.

Overall, the benefits of jade rolling include: reduced puffiness + inflammation and it can also help smooth out fine lines + wrinkles.

Honestly, I just enjoy the way it feels. It makes your regular everyday skincare routine feel a little more glamorous. I think it’s super important to treat yourself and try to make skincare more fun + relaxing, as opposed to a chore. I will link some super affordable one’s for you guys down below so you can try it out yourself!

Step 4: Masking Time

I decided to add this step at the end because it’s not vital to a nightly routine but I love to do a good mask 2-3 times per week. Since it is pumpkin spice season, I had to mention my absolute favorite Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask. This mask is super quick + easy. You don’t have to leave it on for long + you basically rub it into your skin to exfoliate when your done. This leaves your skin feeling SO soft + it smells like pumpkin pie (perfect for this fall szn).  Whenever I add this to my nightly routine, I always use it right before I cleanse just to get that extra dirt out of my pores.

Another Mask I love applying at night is my Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This is such a good leave-on mask to wear overnight because it’s basically like a heavy-duty moisturizer. There is so much hype around Summer Fridays and that is for good reason. This leaves your skin feeling so soft + dewy in the morning. I also use this underneath my makeup sometimes if I am going for an extra dewy look. It works perfectly as a primer!

Check out all the products I mentioned here:

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September Favorites

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So for the month of October, I am going to attempt to put up two blog posts per week (maybe more) so get ready for lot’s of content from me! I thought this would be the perfect intro into the new month with a little recap of products and favorites I was loving in September! img_2909-e1538523397783.png

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I am planning on doing an updated skincare / makeup routine blog post on it’s own so I just wanted to feature some of my ultimate favorites for this.

The first product I want to talk about is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This has been a cult-favorite this year, for good reason. It took me the longest time to try it out (mainly because it was always out of stock) but I finally picked it up and gave it a try. I’ll admit, my first reaction was that it reminded me of toothpaste — it has a minty scent / thick texture. After using it overnight, I was amazed at how soft and moisturized my skin felt! I have fairly normal-to-dry skin so I found this stuff to be super helpful for that. Even though it’s considered a mask, I love using it as my daily moisturizer… it’s just that good!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Next, I wanted to mention a fun little brand I discovered on Instagram. I feel like I’m always seeing ads on my feed for smaller skincare/body brands similar to this so I thought it’d be interesting to give you guys a little insight on how I actually feel about their products. Anese is a skin/body care brand that specializes in booty care. Yes, you read that right. They have a bunch of different scrubs and lotions for your bum. I wanted to mention that + I will link those products below if you’re interested! However, I decided to test out their new skincare SLAY serum for your face! I have been loving this product. I usually apply it under my moisturizer before my makeup! I personally think it’s super important to hydrate your skin before applying a full-face of makeup, because it applies sooo much smoother and lasts way longer.

Anese SLAY serum

Anese Bootycare

If you haven’t already heard of Wander Beauty, get ready for a huge spiel from me because I have been obsessed with their products! They are a cruelty-free beauty brand that carries makeup/skincare. I am planning on featuring a couple different products from them in my makeup routine but for this post I wanted to share their eye masks with you guys! They are so easy to apply, you can seriously do it anywhere! I love these.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks

Lastly, I wanted to mention two primers that I have been loving! Similar to moisturizer, I honestly believe in using primer. I know a lot of people have different opinions on whether or not it actually works but personally my skin needs all the hydration it can get! I notice a difference when I use primer versus when I don’t so that’s why I love it! You guys know I love Smashbox primers so I decided to pick up this Radiance once. It honestly reminds me of my Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, so I am super stoked about that.

Smashbox Radiance Primer

Another product that I am long overdue to test out is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray. This stuff smells so dang good and works amazingly! Personally, I can’t do my highlighter without some sort of primer spray so I really love this! It sets your makeup and leaves it looking super hydrated.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

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This was a hard section to pick for because I feel like I am still transitioning into my fall closet and I want to a do a fall style report so I just decided to go with some accessories that I’ve been loving.

I think these KDB boots might just be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! I am seriously obsessed with this style. White boots are so cute for fall because they bring a lil pop of color to any outfit! I am super excited to style these.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Boots

Similar Style – I love these for everyday wear!

I have been meaning to pick up a mini backpack and I was so excited to find this one at Brandy Melville. This goes with every outfit and it’s SO convenient. I will see if I can find the exact link to this one but I will be sure to link some of my other favorites below.

Brandy Backpack

Similar style + Cheaper

Lastly, I wanted to mention some undergarments that I have been obsessed with. This might sound so weird to feature in a monthly favorites post but these are so comfy + amazing to sleep in! Richer Poorer also has t shirts + socks so I highly recommend checking their stuff out. Their products are super high quality and soft!

Richer Poorer Brand

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I have a few different things for my lifestyle favorites but first I wanna talk about this perfume I’ve been loving from by Rosie Jane. They recently released their new scent Angie, which is a mix of honeysuckle + fig. I am obsessed! It’s the perfect light scent for fall.

Angie by Rosie Jane perfume

I am so excited to announce that I am partnered up with Olly. Olly is a vitamin brand sold at Target that I’ve honestly been using forever! I think my mom originally introduced me to their brand last year + I have been using them every since. They are gummies so they’re super easy to take daily + they have a decent taste to them. As a full-time student, I have been loving their laser focus/ goodbye stress vitamins. These are so helpful and I seriously think they make a difference!

Laser Focus Vitamins

Goodbye Stress Vitamins

Lastly, Califia Farms is my go-to almond milk / creamer brand. I have been using their stuff forever! I will admit I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan but every year around this time I give it another shot because I want to get in to the fall spirit. I picked this one up at my local Von’s and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like that intense pumpkin flavor. It’s a subtle taste, which I love. I highly recommend adding this to your fall morning routine.

August Favorites

img_9540-e1535685831596.pngFirst off, I wanna apologize for being so MIA on here these past couple weeks…I’ve honestly been SO busy! I just got done with my first week of my senior year (eek) + I am finally getting back into the groove of things. I have tons of new blog posts planned, but for now, I thought that sharing some of my latest favorites would be the perfect way to catch you guys up on what I’ve been lovin’ this month! From vegan cream cheese to sneakers, here are my absolute favorites from August:img_9528-e1535685859879.png

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Graphic Tee

Leopard Print Brandy Skirt

Nike Sneakers — these are a MUST have.

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Polka-Dot Romper

Bag

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Daniel Wellington Watch— use my code JAMIELYN for discount!

Black Bodysuit

TLROOM Joggers — seriously my favorite brand ever…these are so soft!

Adidas Slides

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Olive Jumpsuit

Clear Pouch Bag — how fun is this?!

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Jade Roller PRO TIP: keep in freezer…you’ll thank me later!

OLAY Daily Facials — so much better than makeup wipes, I love these!

TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask

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Cover FX drops  — perfect for glowy, tan skin

Vanity Planet Oval Brushes — I have been loving these for my daily makeup + skincare routine! They seriously makes my skin look airbrushed

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Case App Phone Case— use my code JAMIELYN20 for a discount on your own personalized phone case/laptop skin!

Homesick Candles — Love this brand + this KY candle smells amazing

Siete Grain Free Lime Tortilla Chips — These have been my obsession all summer long. Needless to say, you need to go to your local Sprouts and get these RN!

Vegan Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese — this is so, so good + I found it at Target

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Top 10 Must-Have Skin Care Products

If you follow me on IG, you’ve probably noticed from my stories that I’ve been sent tons of different products for review + a majority of those products are s k i n c a r e. Considering I’m a skincare addict…I am seriously stoked + have been working with such lovely brands that have AMAZING products. I have been waiting to do this post for you guys and I am so excited right now because I can finally share these products I’ve been loving!

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I just recently discovered the brand Tula, which is a probiotic infused skincare line, and I am obsessed with their products! This cleanser is in such a decent sized bottle + works amazingly! It leaves your skin feeling so fresh + clean after one use.

I also wanted to mention this exfoliating facial brush from Nion Beauty, which is a new + up and coming K-beauty skincare brand. I’ve always been so intrigued by K-beauty lines so I was super excited to test this product out! I love facial brushes because they truly exfoliate your skin + leave it feeling so smooth. With that being said, I am SO excited to announce that I am doing a GIVEAWAY with Nion Beauty for a range of goodies from their line. Be sure to head over to my Instagram account to enter. Here are the only rules:

You must be following me + Nion Beauty on IG & you must currently reside in the US

I will announce the winner on Sunday (August 4th) <3

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If you don’t already use toner, you need to start! I swear since I started using a toner in my daily skin routine, I have noticed such a difference in the brightness and color of my skin. I have a lot of options here for you guys and I am obsessed with them all!

Okay…I never thought I’d say this, but I think this Rose Water Calming Face Toner by Herbal Dynamics Beauty has Mario Badescu beat. The ingredients in this product are AMAZING + have sooo many benefits! I have seriously been obsessing over this product.

First Aid Beauty has ALWAYS been one of my favorite skincare lines + I am seriously overjoyed to work with them. They have such amazing products + they are decently priced for being a higher-end brand. These Facial Radiance Pads are my recent obsession. They help exfoliate, tone + brighten…I don’t know what more you would need. They’re super easy + I love the way they make my skin feel!

I’ve noticed tons of beauty bloggers rage about vitamin c serums for your skin + I was so excited to try this C15 Booster by Paula’s Choice. Some of the benefits of using vitamin c products for your skin include brighter + more even skin tone! I am super excited to try out this product and will definitely keep you guys updated on it!

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I know I’ve mentioned this Glam Glow Moisturizer in multiple blog posts already but I am still obsessed! It’s honestly a must in my makeup-routine.

There are lots of First Aid Beauty products featured in this post because they are seriously that good. This Coconut Water Cream is one of the most moisturizing lotions I have ever used for my face. Plus it smells amazing.

I have also been on the lookout for a new eye cream and I have been loving this 5 in 1 Eye-Cream they have!

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Okay, if you take away anything from this blog post…it should be this. I am OBSESSED with this Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask. It is seriously so good. I have honestly never loved a mask more in my life. It exfoliates so it leaves your skin feeling so smooth + fresh.

I also had to mention this pretty + pink clay mask by Alya Skin, a vegan + cruelty free skincare co. based out of Australia. This brand has seriously been all over my Instagram feed + I was so curious to see what the rage was about. So, I actually teamed up with Alya Skin to share it with you guys! Overall, I love the mask + it’s seriously so cute!

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Tula Cleanser

Nion Beauty Exfoliating Facial Brush

Herbal Dynamics Beauty Rose Water Toner

Paula’s Choice C15 Booster

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Eye Cream

First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream Moisturizer

Glam Glow Moisturizer in Nude Glow

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask

Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask

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My Go-To Hair Products

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Before I get into my go-to hair products, I wanted to just give you guys a little low-down on my hair. I am naturally very blonde, however, I’ve been getting highlights since around my freshman year of high school. I’ve always preferred my hair to be super light…but, after so many years of bleaching + toning, I have realized the upkeep, and damage it does on your hair is just not worth it in the long run. I still get my hair professionally done, however, I have switched from full-highlights to balayage…which is basically another high-lighting technique where it gives a much more natural effect. I highly recommend balayage just because it’s way less upkeep + much more cost effective! As a college student, I love it because I don’t have the means or time to get my hair done very often…and I’ve noticed with balayage you can grow out your roots for much longer without it looking like a complete disaster. As for growing out long locks…this might sound gross at first, but my number one tip would be to wash your hair only a few times a week. I usually wash mine only twice a week + when I do, I make sure to style it with my favorite products so it lasts! This has helped my hair grow like crazy + it’s much healthier! Since I started growing out my hair in January, I have made an effort to find the absolute best products for my hair + I have been loving these…

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For shampoo + conditioner, I have been loving the brand Kristin Ess. Since I do get my hair done, I like to use a purple shampoo when I wash my hair to reduce brassiness. I have tried tons of different brands, and I love this one! She also has a purple conditioner but to avoid purple-toned hair, I just picked up the regular signature one. I love these products because the packaging + quality is very high-end at an amazing price!

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Once my hair is nice + clean, I always apply my Drybar Prep Rally detangler spray. This stuff works so well + smells amazing! I love it because it keeps my hair nice + smooth, and also works as a heat protectant!

To help detangle, I am obsessed with my Wet brush! If you haven’t already tried a Wet brush, you need to go to the store right now + pick one up. I seriously don’t know what I did before I had mine!

Lastly, I am still loving my OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray. I mentioned this product in a previous post + I just wanted to give a little update. Overall, I find that it definitely gives a slight highlight effect on my ends…I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants the balayage look, on a budget.

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Once my hair is dry, I always try to style it right away. I prefer to curl my hair because I’ve found that it lasts longer than when I leave it untouched. I can add my favorite dry shampoo + re-style it throughout the week and it will still look good! For dry shampoo, I absolutely love Batiste! Overall, this brand is inexpensive and works perfectly.

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Once my hair is curled, my final + favorite step is to add my OUAI Wave Spray. I am honestly obsessed with this product. It adds texture + works as a hair spray to keep my curls in check. This stuff smells so fancy + amazing, it’s by far my favorite hair product I’ve ever tried! It’s perfect for those loose beachy curls.

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Kristen Ess Purple Shampoo

Kristen Ess Signature Conditioner

Wet Brush

OUAI Sun of A Beach Ombré Spray

Dry Bar Prep Rally Detangler Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Batiste Dry Shampoo

IMG_9389I hope you guys enjoyed this post + be sure to follow my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

Life Update – Moving, Beauty + Style

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These past couple weeks have been hectic…in between moving, strep-throat, and lack of WiFi, I haven’t been able to post on here as much as I’d like. With that being said, I want to give you guys an update on what I’ve been up to since we last talked. So here’s what I’d like to call a little round-up of the past few weeks, and some tips + tricks I’ve learned along the way…

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One not so “little” update  for you guys, is that I just recently moved into my own little place and I am beyond grateful + excited about it. Ever since I moved out to California in 2015, I have had at least 5+ roommates every year and some crazy experiences to go along with it. With those experiences, I have learned a lot about life and a whole lot about myself…one of those things being, that I prefer to have my own space. I don’t know if this is normal for a twenty-one year old to say, but I’ve realized I am the type of person who loves a clean, happy environment and that’s kinda what influenced my decision to live alone. Needless to say, I am basically the definition of an introverted-extrovert and I love having my own space but I also love being an out-going twenty-one year old sometimes, so I just felt like this was the perfect way for me to find a healthy balance. I think that’s all that really matters…it can be easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing or what seems to be the “norm” in college, but it’s so important to remember to put your own happiness first.

I am absolutely obsessed with home decor + interior design so you can look forward to loads of posts in the future dedicated to that. As for now, you can enjoy this tiny glimpse of my kitchen because I am a perfectionist and I don’t want to make a post until everything is settled in…sorry I’m crazy I know.

I’d have to say one of my favorite parts about moving so far has been being able to explore my new neighborhood and all the cool eats + drinks in Pacific Beach. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend this little Mexican restaurant, Pueblo. My boyfriend and I both agreed they had the best spicy margarita we’ve ever had and their flatbread was to die for. Not to mention, the restaurant was killer with the aesthetics.

My second favorite thing about my new place is the short, two-minute walk to the bay. It’s only been a week and I’ve already taken advantage of being so close to the beach. I’m making it my goal to go watch the sunset at least twice a week.

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During the summer, I rarely wear makeup and with that I am usually also lacking in the skincare department. Along with the fact that I am pretty much empty on almost all of my products…I am planning on testing out tons of new stuff and I will hopefully have an updated skincare routine for you guys soon. As for now, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite beauty products at the moment.

Since moving closer to the beach, I have been spending way too much time in the sun. For sun protection, I am still loving my Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen for my face/neck for everyday wear.

As for after-sun care, I have been obsessed with the most simple product that you can pretty much find anywhere, Aloe Vera. I keep mine in my fridge and use it religiously on my face/body and I swear it helps my skin so much.

Lastly, I recently picked up this frank + body lip balm from Ulta and I am obsessed. With other lip balms I’ve tried, I  would always find myself continuously re-applying the product throughout the day, but this one seems to do the trick. It lasts forever!

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Am i the only girl who is constantly torn between growing out my hair and suddenly chopping it all off…because I swear I have the debate in my head every single day. I have been growing my hair out since January and I’ve been trying my absolute best to keep it strong and healthy. I am planning to do a blog post all about my hair and my favorite products but for now I thought I’d share the products that have helped my hair grow like no other…

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Recently I’ve seen tons of beauty + health bloggers rage about collagen and the Vital Proteins brand itself, so I decided to try it out for myself. Basically, collagen is amazing for your skin, hair + nails…and overall health. I decided to go with the unflavored collagen peptides so I wouldn’t get tired of the taste. I usually just add a scoop into my water or smoothie in the morning and I have seriously noticed a difference. I started using it at the beginning of summer and my hair has grown like crazy.

The only downside of growing your hair out is taming it…so i have been LOVING this detangler spray from Drybar. It keeps my hair so smooth and also protects it from heat.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I have been LOVING the animal print trend going on right now. The whole trend makes me reminisce on that zebra print, lime green phase my pre-teen self went through. We’ve come a looong way since then and I wanted to share with you guys how I like to style animal prints in my every-day outfits.

I found this cheetah print overall dress on sale from Free People and I’m obsessed. Usually with bold prints, it’s hard to style/re-wear but this has been a staple in my closet. It’s perfect for a quick beach cover-up or if you want to dress-up an outfit. I will link everything below.

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I thought I’d also mention this necklace I have been loving. I’ve teamed up with Gem and Company to share with you guys my code, “JAMIELYN20” for 20% off some jewels. I will link their website here.

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White Body Suit

White Belt

FP Overall Dress

Silky Pink Tank Top

Cheetah Pants

Platform Vans

Doc Martens

Wicker Bag

Adidas Slides

Cheetah Slides

Round Sunglasses

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Gem + Co Necklace

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I just wanted to end this post by saying thank you for all of the sweet, kind messages and support I’ve received since I started my blog. I was a little nervous to put myself out there at first, but I am so happy and overwhelmed with love. Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more to come, xx.

Everyday Makeup Must-Haves

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I’ve been wanting to do this post since I started my blog because I’ve finally found a makeup routine that I absolutely love! Each and every one of these products has been a part of my everyday makeup for at least a few months to a year, so you can trust me when I say these are my favorites! As someone who loves watching makeup/beauty videos a little too much… I can honestly say that I have had my fair share of trying out different brands and products and I can’t seem to stray away from these!

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Before applying any makeup, I always moisturize. I’ve been absolutely loving the Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer underneath my foundation because it gives my skin such a dewy finish.

I don’t always use primer, but if I do I use Smash Box.

Oftentimes, I feel like you can’t tell a difference when it comes to using primers, but this product color-corrects and gives your skin such a soft appearance.

Lastly, the Mario Badescu Rose-Water spray is my go-to product throughout my entire makeup routine. I spray it before I apply my highlight, and after I’m done with my makeup to set my face.

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After I prep and prime, I use my FAVORITE foundation ever: Too Faced Peach Perfect. I’ve been using this product for over a year now, and I am still obsessed. First of all, it smells amazing. It’s the perfect every-day foundation because it has the appearance of any other full-coverage product, but it feels so light on your skin.

Next, my go-to concealer is the Tarte Shape-Tape. Not only does work amazingly, but it also lasts forever!

For contour, I love Benefit’s Hoola cream to powder contour stick. I use their powder bronzer as well, and I love it!

For blush, I’ve been obsessed with this Too Faced Peach Perfect Pinch My Peach! I was hesitant about cream products at first, but this has changed my makeup game. I swear it’s so easy to apply and it’s such a natural-pretty color.

Once I’ve applied all my cream products, I finish the look with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium! After trying out several different translucent powders, I found that this product gave my skin such a glowing finish!

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Now time for finishing touches…

I’ve been using the Anastasia Brow Wiz for as long as I can remember. I like to use the Benefit Gimme Brow for some extra hold.

My absolute favorite part of my makeup routine has to be highlight. I’ve used so many different highlighters and I absolute LOVE precious petals by Wet n Wild. I swear it gives the perfect natural glow and it’s perfect for summer.

As for eye makeup, I usually just add some bronzer to my lid. I have eyelash extensions which is why I don’t wear any mascara! Comment below if you’d like a post all about eyelash extensions…

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Although this isn’t necessarily a part of my “makeup routine”…I’ve been using these products DAILY. I absolutely love this brand and their products.

I use the OUAI Sun of a Beach spray on my damp hair before I blow-dry and it lightens my ends and gives more of an ombre effect. My hair is already very blonde so it’s just a tiny difference but this product is amazing for brunettes who want to lighten up their hair for the summer.

Once my hair is dry, I love using the Wave Spray for some extra texture. It’s the perfect product for beachy curls.

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Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

Smash Box Photo Finish Primer

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Benefit Hoola Creme to Powder Contour Stick

Too Faced Peach Perfect Blush

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Benefit Gimme-Brow

Benefit Hoola Powder Bronzer

Wet N Wild Highlight in Precious Petals

DOSE of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bare With Me

OUAI Sun of a Beach Spray

OUAI Wave Spray

Vanilla Perfume — my absolute favorite!

Thanks for checking out my post & make sure to follow my social media below for daily updates xoxo

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Summer Beauty Favorites

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Untitled-20.jpgOne thing I am really hoping to gain from FaithfulLuxe is the chance to captivate my readers, and find my voice as a writer. Taking that into consideration, I want to use my first couple blog posts to introduce myself. One thing you must know about me is that I am obsessed with skin care…yes, I am that friend. I’m not entirely sure where the obsession stems from, but I will say that spending my free time watching YouTube videos and scrolling through beauty blogs has had a significant impact on the person I am today. However, it wasn’t until the carefree, yet stress-filled college years when I truly realized the real importance of a consistent skin care routine. Don’t get me wrong, I only just turned twenty-one last month and have yet to develop fine lines or wrinkles, my skin care routine is simply preventative.

Before you roll your eyes, check out the products I use below and trust me when I say my skin has definitely improved since using these products ↓↓↓

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One thing I’ve learned about myself while writing this post is that I apparently have a thing for roses. I guess there’s just something so lovely about smelling like a flower.

One brand I absolutely LOVE for skin care is Fresh cosmetics, because their products are all natural and leave your skin feeling…fresh. Their Soy Face Cleanser has been my favorite for a couple of months now, and the product is super long-lasting, I think I’ve had this same bottle for about four months now. Along with that, I’ve been absolutely loving their Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream.

Okay, so now the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is my go-to during my makeup routine. I use it as a setting spray, and sometimes even before my makeup whenever my skin needs some extra hydration. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this product.

Last but not least, two products I’ve been loving are actually from Target. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner has worked wonders for my skin. As well as the Pixi Rose OilBlend, which I use whenever my skin is feeling dry, or before applying makeup for an extra dewy look.

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       One of my absolute favorite brands of all time is Glam Glow, and I was so excited when they recently released the Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer. Having a good moisturizer is so vital to your skin care routine and this product has truly helped my skin. What I love the most about this product is that it leaves a glowing tint to your skin so even on those no-makeup days, you will still feel like you’re wearing something.

I can’t talk about my summer beauty favorites without talking about the product that’s been saving me this summer…literally. It took me the longest time to find a face sunscreen that didn’t cause breakouts. Luckily I came across this product by Drunk Elephant. The Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense is one of the best sunscreens out right now. I usually apply this everyday after I apply moisturizer right before I apply my makeup.

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This wouldn’t be a legitimate post about my beauty favorites if I didn’t include self-tanner. I am blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned girl and it takes quite a bit for me to get a natural tan going. I am also the most impatient human being on this planet and I am all for the get-rich-quick kind of deal, so self-tanner is my best friend. St. Tropez is in my opinion, the best brand out there. I usually apply it at night before bed, and voilà, I wake up tanner than ever. The only downside of St. Tropez is that it can stain your sheets and it only lasts about a week or so, depending on how often you use moisturizer.  However, a couple of months ago, I discovered the brand Tan-Luxe and their amazing product, The Water. It’s a clear, gradual self-tanner that won’t stain your sheets. It also smells amazing.

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I am a huge face mask fanatic. These are two of my favorite masks I’ve been loving recently. Peter Thomas Roth is one of the best in the skin care game. I absolutely love his Cucumber Gel Mask for summer because it’s seriously so cooling and it will make you feel like you’re at the spa. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is another one of my favorites because it smells like pumpkin pie, and it leaves your skin feeling extra revitalized.

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I hope you enjoyed my summer beauty favorites, and I will link all of the products mentioned below, xoxo.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

Another Eye Cream I LOVE

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Face Sunscreen

St. Tropez Self- Tanner

Tan-Luxe The Water

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Set — such a steal!

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