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Weird eyebrow trick I’ve been doing lately

Guys this is so short & random, but I want to talk about it. I love eyebrows — they’re my favorite thing to do on my face. Weird phrasing, but you get the idea. If I’m leaving the house there’s a 95% chance that my eyebrows are brushed, tweaked, filled and ready to go. I’ve recently been trying to “grow them out”. I’m not exactly sure what I mean by that because my brow hairs are always long, wiry, and ready to be trimmed. But I decided to see what happened if I just let them loose!

Random eyebrow trick | Moddie BlogThis is still a work in progress and not plucking the strays at the bottom has been oddly freeing. Am I the only one in the world whose kind of into the bushy eyebrow? No, probably not. But I probably am the only one whose not plucking at ALL. It’s the best. Goes perfectly with the minimal makeup routine I’ve been doing lately.

Random eyebrow trick | Moddie Blog Random eyebrow trick | Moddie BlogAnyways, back to my weird beauty tip. A while back I was brushing out my brows, as you do, and was frustrated because they were looking so flat & unoriginal. Dumb brows, get it together. So I brushed them backwards. You know how when you want crazy 80s volume in your hair & you backcomb it and then get a little terrified that your hair can possibly look that way? That’s what I did to my brows, but it was amazing! I brushed them backwards and then upwards with my brush, and then ran them through with my boy brow from Glossier in blonde (get 20% off here). They end up looking full, natural, and very bushy chic. I’m super into it.

Random eyebrow trick | Moddie Blog Random eyebrow trick | Moddie BlogHave any tips for your brows? Let me know, I’m always down for some insider beauty knowledge. 😉 Hope you enjoyed this eyebrow trick, and follow me on instagram & facebook for more!

 

Trying The Ordinary Skincare | Moddie Blog
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My first time trying The Ordinary | Skincare & Beauty

Hi friends! We’re back with more skincare cause it’s one of my favorite things. So remember how I tried out Glossier for the first time (PS get 20% off glossier here)? Now I’m trying out the cult skincare line, The Ordinary.

I’ve been seeing Deciem’s The Ordinary around instagram for QUITE some time as I am a skincare afficionado (well I’d like to be at least). After I did a bit of research and realized how cheap it was (we’re talkin 5-15$), I knew I had to try it out. Not to mention their packaging is something to drool over – minimalistic and chemistry-esque. But first, let me give you some context & knowledge about Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company.

My first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogDeciem is a Toronto-based company that was founded in 2013 by Brandon Truaxe. Starting out with just two skincare lines, they now run over 10! These lines range from all types of skincare (including men’s skincare) to hair products to protein supplements and a lot of it is pretty affordable! MakeUp was also just launched, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Truaxe comes across as a skincare magician, hiring only chemists and people outside the make-up and skincare industry to produce his concoctions. The goal is to appeal to the newcomer to skincare as well as capturing the die-hard skincare gurus. Apparently it’s working. We have a store here in Houston carrying The Ordinary and I bet more are coming!

The Ordinary line is a basic skin care line featuring minimal ingredients (nothing scent-y or extra) and all of the line comes at prices lower than skincare you’d find at CVS or Walgreens. This is impressive and made me skeptical, but the reviews were gloooowing. So, I bought some.

Going through the website was a little bit stressful because there are SO many items to look at. That being said there were a lot of helpful guides on what to get for your skin type. Here is a handy guide I used that told me what the products did and how to apply them. I ended up buying just two products to start (lord help me next time I go to order something it might be more like 10 products). I went with the AHA 30% + BHA 20% Peeling Solution and the Advanced Retinoid 2%.

I saw a girl using the AHA 30% + BHA 20% Peeling Solution on instagram, and that’s actually what persuaded me to get it in the first place. This is a 10 minute facial peel that you put on after cleaning and completely drying your face. I put a few drops onto my fingertips and then evenly smooth across my face. I terrified the boyf after stepping out of the bathroom and telling him I was haivng a horrible skin reaction. JOKES. There is some mild stinging, but not too noticeable. Here’s what it does (from the website) – this peel “offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.”. Here it is on my face before & after below. Did I mention this is $7.20?

Trying The Ordinary Skincare | Moddie BlogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogMy first time trying The Ordinary skincare line | moddie blogI also got the retinoid because Caroline Hirons always recommends a retinol and I’ve never used one UNTIL NOW! This is a milky white formula that is for use at night after cleanin’ yo face. I put two drops on my fingertips and pat onto my face. Retinol increases cell-turnover and is great for anti-aging. If you’ve never used retinol, they do also have a 1% that may be a better starting point. My skin isn’t very sensitive, so I thought I’d just go for the 2%. This stuff comes at $9.80 a bottle, and I can see it lasting a good while.

So far I am loving this stuff for my skin. I can see some acne scarring fading and not many new blemishes appearing! Although I’m going to give it a little while before I fully decide if this is to die for.

Have you bought anything from The Ordinary??? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂

xoxo

Makeup + Skincare I packed for Scotland | Moddie Blog
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Travel makeup and skincare | Scotland

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here on the blog, but I’m going to Scotland SO soon. Like I’m knee deep in laundry soon. It’s going to be the best, and I haven’t been to that side of the world since I was 16 years old — a LOT has changed since then! So get excited for some Scotland photos, but until then get excited for some good ol’ travel makeup and skincare.

First thing of note is this awesome travel bag from Sephora by the brand Bouffants and Broken Hearts. Obsessed with it. I have a makeup pouch, but not nearly as efficient as this thing which has labels on each section for brushes, makeup, jewelry, and skincare. Ayayay I love me some organization.

Travel makeup and skincare for Scotland | Moddie BlogTravel makeup and skincare for Scotland | Moddie BlogAs you can see I’m packing pretty light — I’m a simple girl when it comes to makeup! I got my basics — foundation, concealer, my Glossier cloud paint and boy brow (get 20% off your Glossier orders here), some bronzer and mascara. I also threw in a lipstick because you never know! Topping it off I brought some to-go face masks for day after and day before the plane. That shit’s bad for yo skin! Gonna extra moisturize to prep!

My skincare routine is a little bit bigger, but thanks to this Pixi Double Cleanser I think that’s going to cover me for the most part! I’ve also got my #1 moisturizer — the ultra repair cream from First Aid Beauty. I couldn’t go a day without this stuff. I am still figuring out a way to get my toner in. I may just toss my Pixi Glow Peel Pads in my bag since the container is too big for my toiletry bag.

Travel makeup and skincare for Scotland | Moddie Blog Travel makeup and skincare for Scotland | Moddie BlogFor my hair I’m bringing Dove Shampoo + Conditioner in my lil gotoobs. I’m also bringing my Young Again oil by Kevin Murphy which is the biggest godsend for my hair. I squeeze a tiny bit into my palms and work them through my hair after getting out of the shower. It protects your hair from heat and the elements, while also making it look nice and shiny with no frizz! After drying my hair I use a smaller amount to tame fly-aways and to get my hair to stick together as opposed to being a frizz ball. It is amazing. Not leaving the USA without it.

And that is one part of my packing covered! Here I come, Scotland!

xoxo