The No Makeup Challenge

One night, a few weeks ago, I stayed up way past my bedtime binge-watching The Good Place (Netflix, if you see this we’re ready for 3rd season already!). Needless to say, the next morning I was not ready to wake up when my alarm went off. Late nights have never treated me well, I feel out of sorts the next day if I don’t get an adequate amount of sleep. Some people are able to get by on 4 hours of sleep and function at a normal pace. I am most definitely not one of those people.

Every morning when I wake up, before I start getting ready I have a cup of coffee and check my phone to catch up on current events. That’s my pre-morning preparation break and it’s mandatory if you expect me to function at work for the day. 
So that particular morning I was not up for moving. I had my coffee and sat there thinking “nope, not in the mood today.” That was the morning I made the decision to skip out on my usual makeup routine and sit back with an extra cup of java.
The following day I woke up feeling extra hungry. I mean I could have eaten an entire order of pizza and garlic bread to myself style hungry. So that day I decided to skip out on my makeup routine and make myself a big hearty breakfast instead. I sat down, ate my breakfast and caught up on some reading. It felt really good to do that and not feel rushed. This is when I came up with an idea. I decided at that moment I was going to do a 2 Week No Makeup Challenge.
Yes, that’s right. Two whole weeks- no mascara, no highlighter and NO…no purple lipstick. Oh the horror! I can picture Kylie Jenner going into cardiac arrest at the idea of this challenge. 
The rules of this challenge are simple. I go bare face everyday and jot down how this experiment affects my lifestyle. 
Why?
You might be wondering why I decided to do this challenge. I love cosmetics, there’s something about that black line across my eyelid and the extra shimmer on my cheekbones that makes me feel glamorous. I know it’s the obvious Basic Betty’s resoning, but I feel good when I look good. 
I really wanted to get down to the bottom of why I thought that way though. To be fair I am beyond bored of “pretty” being the first word that comes to mind when someone is thinking of something positive to say about me. If you really think about it a face is just something you are born with, it’s not something you have achieved. I would much rather be known for who I am than what I look like. Intelligent, witty, creative, kind…these are just some of the words I find more important to be known as than “looking good”. 
My First Thoughts on the Challenge
Honestly I didn’t think I would last. I really hate my natural eyebrows (or lack of them) and thought nobody would recognize me without them coloured in. My skin is flawed and blotchy so I wasn’t sure if this was how I wanted to present myself to the world. In all fairness I usually only left the house makeup free if I were sick or incredibly late. My bare face was usually a sign to people that I wasn’t ready for what the day was about to throw my way. 
Makeup vs No Makeup
One thing I definitely did not do was take many pictures. I am not much of a photographer. I tend to live in the moment and forget to capture it. I felt like maybe I took less pictures with a bare face because I put no effort into it. When I wear makeup I usually spend a good 30-45 minutes on my routine. That right there is probably why I took more pictures, because why put in all that work if I can’t show the face off. (Yes, I cringed at how shallow that sounded in case you were wondering. I had to be honest though.) Here are a couple pictures just to show you the difference. 
In this picture I am full face with my signature purple lipstick. 
Here I am makeup free, looking a little paler but spending some quality time with my cuddle buddy.
How Did This Challenge Affect:
My Mood
While doing this challenge I originally expected that I would feel very insecure about myself. The results ended up being the opposite. I had extra time every morning before work. I felt less rushed which ultimately put me in a better mood for the rest of the day. 
My Job
I work in an office so it is important that I come to work prepared and presentable. If you are wondering how this experiment affected my job let me tell you this, it didn’t. Literally nobody that I worked with noticed or cared. Turns out that I was the only person who cared if I left the house with or without makeup on. Not a single person treated me any differently than they did when I wear makeup. Despite not wearing my usual look, I still felt confident with in my performance at work. I always thought looking my best and feeling confident went together but this experiment proved I was wrong on that theory. I didn’t feel any hesitation on presenting an idea or meeting new clients. 
My Relationship
Here’s a shocker. It didn’t! It didn’t phase my partner at all. It could be because he’s more into me than my face. Simple as that. 

My Skin
This was honestly the best thing I could have done for my skin. I have dry skin and am prone to breakouts. Since I didn’t have a face full of product to clean off everyday I was actually able to cut down on the amount of products I was using to keep my skin fresh. Since it got to the point where I wasn’t using cleanser as frequently my skin was naturally softer and smoother. Even though they make plenty of products to clean the makeup off off your skin doesn’t mean that it is good for your skin to be using them frequently. I think my pores really appreciated the break, it didn’t take long for my blackheads and breakouts to clear up. My skin isn’t perfect but it does feel a million times better. When the challenge was done and I did put on makeup again my face was so much smoother and brighter so the makeup ended up looking 10 times better than it normally did. It encouraged me to take makeup free days more frequently.
What I Learned
Cosmetics can be a lot of fun. Getting dolled up and looking like a movie star can actually feel pretty amazing. What isn’t amazing is being hesitant to be seen without a face full of product. If you are feeling insecure to ever be seen without any makeup on it’s time to sit back and really think about why. 
Striving to be the most attractive person in the room is pointless. At the end of the day people will remember who was the funniest, the bravest, the kindest. They remember who had something interesting to say and who was there for them when they needed a shoulder to cry on. Nobody remembers who was the best looking. So if I run into an old acquaintance while I am out running errands there’s no need to hide my undone face in shame. No makeup doesn’t mean not put together, it means too busy enjoying life to care!

I will still continue to wear makeup but I no longer feel like I rely on it to express myself. Being confident in my own skin will continue to be my number 1 priority. 

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The Frosted Pineapple’s Guide To Luxury Beauty On A Dime

When it comes to cosmetics the majority of the girls I grew up with (including myself) started with those value pack bundles that come out around Christmas time in all the department stores. You know the ones I mean. For $20 you get all the goods. Every colour of eyeshadow, all those blushes, lipsticks and nail polishes. Some even came with those little sponge brushes. When I grew up they were basically every preteen girl’s beauty starter pack.


Those were fun and a great way to learn the basics of make-up dos and don’ts. That being said, the quality was just not there. You couldn’t wear that stuff for everyday makeup because it would wear off after an hour.

The next step up for most of us were the drug store brands. We were introduced to brands like Wet N Wild, Cover Girl, Revelon, Maybelline ect. These are the brands that will do the trick, but the quality just isn’t anything to get excited about. Over the years many of them have came out with certain products that are just as good as their luxury competitors, like Maybelline Fit Me foundation or Cover Girl TruNaked palettes. They’re good and all, but they are still missing that WOW factor.

Unfortunately with most drugstore brands there are more flops than wins. (There is however one beauty of drugstore brand that you guys need to try so keep reading to find out which one that is!)

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I remember the first luxury beauty product I purchased. It was a pale pink Mac lip gloss. I don’t remember the name of the shade, but I remember it smelled so much better than my usual lip products. When I put it on my lips it stayed there and it wasn’t heavy or sticky like most of the glosses I owned. 
First was my Mac lip gloss. My second was a Stila eyeshadow compact with a cream blush. That changed the eyeshadow game for me. Nothing blended like that before. After that it was settled. I won’t be happy unless I have the good stuff.

It is definitely important for our skin care routine to only use good quality cosmetics products, especially as we get older. The only issue is that it can be incredibly hard on the bank account to only shop luxury cosmetics brands. Your finances should be more important than your makeup bag so today I’m going to go over some tips and tricks to help you find the best beauty products and still have enough left over to pay your rent.

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My Personal Favourite:

I’m going to start this post off with one of my favourite makeup brands. Have you heard of Colourpop? They are based in California and were founded by Seed Beauty in 2014. If Seed Beauty rings a bell with you, it’s because that’s the same company that also founded Kylie Cosmetics. 


Similar to Kylie Cosmetics, Colourpop has a large variety of long lasting liquid lipsticks with matching lip liner pencils. I love my Colourpop liquid lipsticks because they are highly pigmented but it feels very light on my lips. It also lasts for a very long time, even in between drinks. Both brands also make buttery smooth eyeshadows in beautiful shades. I am honestly torn when I think of choosing between my Kyshadow and my Coloupop palettes.

Well there is one major difference between the two companies. That is the price. Both companies offer free international shipping after spending $50 and your $50 will go a lot further with Colourpop. New customers also get $5 off. That may not sound like much, but their liquid lipsticks are $6.50 so that’s basically like getting your first one for $1.50. Check out some of my Coloupop favourites below!

The Jeffree Star Approved Drugstore Product:

If you’re familiar with Jeffree Star then you must be aware of how picky Jeffree is with cosmetics and only the best will do. That’s why it should have came as a surprise to me when Jeffree did a full face review of Elf cosmetics and gave it an amazing review. It honestly wasn’t a shock at all to me though. Elf is freaking amazing and probably one of the more afforadable drugstore brands out there. I came across them when I needed setting spray and never looked back. Their setting spray and poreless primer are essentials to my makeup bag. (Oh yeah… $8 primer and $4 setting spray! Can’t go wrong there!) This is a brand you can pick up at Walmart or your local drugstore.


Coastal Scents:

Coastal Scents is another independent US based company with a similar approach as Colourpop. For a very affordable price they deliver high quality makeup in fun bold colours. My favourite thing about brands like this is they make it easy for you to experiment. If you’re unsure of a shade but still really want to try it companies like Coastal Scents and Colourpop make it so you can afford a quality product to experiment with. If the shade wasn’t your cup of tea that’s ok, it didn’t set you back very far.

Coastal Scents will make you forget about those over priced palettes that put your bank account into overdraft. Check out some of the gorgeous shades below to get your makeup bag ready for spring. (Just click buy to be redirected to their website.)

Hot Pot - Violetville Hot Pot – Violetville
A muted purple hue with a matte finish. 


Hot Pot - Spring Fling Hot Pot – Spring Fling
A lively teal hue with a satin finish. 


Hot Pot - Champagne Orange Hot Pot – Champagne Orange
A soft, bubbly orange hue with a satin finish. 


Hot Pot - Reef Coral Hot Pot – Reef Coral
Reef Coral is characterized by a warm wash of luscious coral with a satin finish. 


They make it very affordable to build your own eyeshadow palette so you can create one specifically for your own personal sense of style. Let me just show you a few more fantastic finds from Coastalscents.com before I move on to my next budget beauty tip!

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Brush Affair Collection 12 Brush Set in Minty Green
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Where You Shop Matters:

If you’re looking to save money on your favourite brands then you need to start thinking about where you do your shopping. I came across this blog by the lovely Cynspo called 5 Secrets to Shopping High End Beauty on a Budget and she mentions taking a look in department stores such as Winners. The girl knows what she is talking about. I went last time I was out of town shopping and OMG! The savings on some of my favourite high end brands were outrageous! I mean $6 Two Faced Lip Gloss, $11 Nyx Lipstick bundles, $20 Verb gift set bundles and so much more. 
Department stores are more likely to have sales running than the beauty boutiques. If shopping online is your thing try looking around at sites such as  Perfumania.com because they often have great sales on some of your favourite brand names. 
Buyer Beware:

Ebay and similar sites are fun spots for finding bargains and unique treasures. That being said, if you are looking for a particular cosmetics brand these are the sites you’ll want to avoid. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great discounted products to buy on these pages. I am only talking about the exclusives here. If it’s a brand that can only be purchased through the company’s website then chances are the one on Ebay is most likely a copycat version. These knock off beauty products always use the cheapest ingredients which could lead to an infection. They aren’t safe and also smell really bad. If you do find the real deal on one of these sites than it is either being sold for more money or it’s used. (Yuck!!!)
Other Beauty Saving Tips:
  • Good quality brushes go a long way. They’re gentler on your palettes and use less product than the cheaper versions. Invest in good brushes to save money in the long run. 
  • Add a drop of aloe vera to your foundation. You will use less product and keep your skin from drying out.
  • Keep an eye out for gift set bundles of your favourite brand name products. They are often sold at a special price and save you money on all the products included. 
  • Check Facebook or ask your friends if anyone knows of a local person who sells homemade bath bombs. This is a great way to find a luxurious bath product for a fraction of the price. It also helps support a local business. 
  • Incorporate at least one (two is better though) makeup free day into your week. This gives your skin a chance to breathe and gives your pores a break too. Another benefit is that it helps build your self-confidence to go makeup free. This will also keep your makeup in your bag for longer saving you money in the long run.
  • Stop wasting money on makeup remover wipes. Olive oil on a cotton ball/pad will do the job. It’s safer for your skin and costs a lot less. 
  • Many cosmetics companies are starting to sell rose water. This stuff is amazing for your skin. Before spending $10-$15 on your favourite brand’s rose water, remember your local grocery store sells it for less than $3. 
I hope these tips help you find some great beauty products that fit your budget. What’s your favourite cosmetics brand? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Best Natural Remedy For Cleansing Pores

I can’t deny that I am guilty of quite a few not-so-skin-friendly habits. I love to wear makeup, especially highlighter on my cheekbones (and everywhere else because a girl needs to shine!) and liquid lipsticks (which tend to clog pores around the lips like crazy).

Oh and I also have a horrible habit of touching my face and always seem to fall asleep with my hands on my face.
 Ugh…all that oil is just asking for trouble.

With all of this I still manage to have fairly clear skin and keep my breakouts to a minimal. I have a little mixture that I use before cleansing my face and the main ingredient is something that’s probably sitting in your cupboards right now. (If not you can pick it up at your local super market for under $2)
That’s right. It’s baking soda! This stuff right here is amazing for treating breakouts because of it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Baking soda will open up your pores and eliminate bacteria. This is why I recommend using it as a pre cleanser before applying a face mask, it will be easier for the mask to draw dirt and oil our of your pores. 
What you will need: 
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp water
Mix thoroughly to create a paste. Remember to always do a spot test to make sure this doesn’t irritate your skin. 
If you really want to give your pores a deep cleansing you should start off by dampening a face cloth with warm water and letting it set on your face for a minute or two until the cloth cools down. The steam will help open up your pores giving you a head start.
Now you will want to apply this mixture by thoroughly massaging it onto your face being careful to avoid your eyes and mouth. Give it an extra rub in areas where you have more stubborn blackheads. 
(Important to know: This mixture is for deep cleansing so it is recommended you only use it once or twice a week so you don’t end up stripping your skin of it’s natural oil.)
Once you have applied the mixture to your face use a damp cloth to dab off any mixture that made it’s way onto your lips. That stuff won’t hurt you, but it tastes awful. 
You might notice a tingling sensation, that just means the mixture is working. 
Now let it set for 3-5 minutes or until it’s dry all over. If you have a store bought mask go sit down and have a break for a few minutes. If you’re planning on making a diy face cleansing mask now is the time to mix it up. 
The mask that I am making this time around consist of:
1 tsp green clay powder 
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp rose water 
If you don’t have these ingredients don’t worry. Check the link below about natural ingredients for skincare and find the perfect mixture for what your skin needs.
Once the baking soda mixture has dried wash it off with warm water so you keep those pores open. We want to get all that guck out of them! 
Now apply your face mask of choice and let it set for approximately 15 minutes. 
Once your mask has set wash it off with cool water to tighten those pores. That will make it harder for dirt and bacteria to get back in there. Now follow up with your usual moisturizing routine. 
I start off by rubbing some rosewater on my face (as an all natural toner alternative) and moisturizing with Tarte Maracuja oil. I love this particular oil on makeup free days. It hydrates my skin without clogging my pores. 
Tarte Cosmetics: Maracuja Oil  (it is on the pricier side but it’s amazing and you only need a little bit at a time so it’s really worth the buy in the long run)
I was incredibly happy with my results from this mixture. My skins feels refreshed and has a healthy glow to it. 
Give it a try and let me know in the comments below how it worked out for you! 

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15 Natural Ingredients For Flawless Skin

Home remedies are amazing for two particular reasons:

1. They’re safe and use natural ingredients. 
2. They’re incredibly budget friendly.
Do you ever notice a breakout starting late at night? Or maybe a dry patch of skin first thing in the morning before you get a chance to go out. If you don’t have the beauty products on hand to deal with these situations there’s a good chance you can find something in your kitchen that will do the trick. 
I love kicking back with a face mask and have discovered many items I keep in the kitchen also help with fighting breakouts and nourishing my skin. It has saved me quite a bit of money too.
Today I’m exploring 15 different items from the kitchen that are beneficial for your skin. Although most of these items have several beneficial factors for your overall health, I am just focusing on topical use and skin care benefits. 
If you don’t already have these items at home they’re affordable enough to try out. You may even ditch some of your regular skincare products for these alternatives. 
1. Honey:


Honey is my favourite natural skin care solution. I use it as a base for pretty much every face mask I make at home. Honey has anti-bacterial properties which fight acne and unclog pores. It also soothes and moisturizes the skin bringing out your natural glow. We also can’t forget that it tastes amazing!
2. Rosewater:

Rosewater isn’t a common ingredient for most households, but it’s affordable and wonderful so make sure to add it to your grocery list. 
Seriously, I replaced toner with rosewater for my daily face cleansing routine and I haven’t looked back. My skin feels so softs and smooth, my cheeks have a natural glow, and it smells amazing. 
Rosewater is full of anti-inflammatory properties. It helps fight acne and maintain your skin’s ph balance. I am in love with rosewater. 
3. Olive Oil:


Olive oil is a versatile beauty. It works it’s way into pretty much any dish (I love butter, but olive oil is so much easier on the stomach) and it’s also great for your skin. Dab a bit of olive oil on a cotton ball and use it to remove that built up makeup without worrying about clogging your pores. Olive oil is a naturally intense moisturizer which is great for extra dry skin and soothing rashes. 
4. Turmeric: 
Turmeric is a staple in many curry dishes, but I’m not here to talk about cooking today. This beauty of a spice has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great for fighting breakouts, reducing acne scaring and healing wounds quickly. It’s also full of antioxidants that bring out your natural glow. 
5. Oatmeal: 
Oatmeal is nice and soothing for your skin, but if you want to use this as part of a face mask make sure you put a strainer in your sink before you rinse off. Oatmeal is a great exfoliant that is easy on sensitive skin. It hydrates and nourishes your skin, which is a nessessity during the winter months. I like mixing plain oatmeal with milk and honey to soak my hands in for roughly 15 mins. They feel so soft and hydrated afterwards. I also just dump the oatmeal into the compost bin to avoid clogging the sink. 
6. Yogurt:

Plain yogurt is an excellent base for a face mask. It naturally reduces wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps blemishes fade quicker. If you have any yogurt that’s recently expired don’t toss it, make a face mask instead. 
7. Lemon:    
Lemon is a natural cleaner. It’s anti-bacterial but also gentle on the skin. Lemon is great for killing bacteria and drawing out oil that causes blackheads and breakouts. Test a bit of lemon juice on your skin first just incase you have sensitive skin. If it doesn’t burn apply lemon juice straight on your black heads. If that is too strong for you, mix some lemon juice with either honey or yogurt and apply to affected area. 
8. Garlic: 

This one might be the stinkiest one on the list but if your pores are clogged and you need a strong natural anti-bacterial source to come to your rescue garlic is the one. On top of thoroughly cleaning out your pores, garlic will also reduce swelling and improve blood circulation.
9. Banana:

If you’re reading this and only have one banana left and you’re wondering “Do I eat it or make a beauty product out of it?” You can rest because the inside of the banana peel will do the trick. If the winter weather has your skin feeling dry and flaky banana is perfect for moisturizing dehydrated skin. It is a great exfoliator that removes excess oil and smoothes out dry skin. You can either rub the inside of a banana peel over the affected area or mash up part of a banana and mix it with other ingredients on this list to create a nourishing face mask. 
10: Avocado:


Avocados are hella delicious, and a healthy fat. Eating them can even help out dry skin. If you ever use half and have the other half of one spoil before you got the chance to smash it up on some toast, than put it on your face or any area where you have dull skin. Avocado will hydrate your skin without leaving an oily residue, while also healing dry, flaky, irritated skin. If you never have leftover avocado to spare than avocado oil will do the trick as well. 

11. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is definitely one of my favourite scents. The honey cinnamon face mask mixture is my go to beauty hack because not only does it smell amazing, but it cleanses and nourishes my face just as nicely as a store bought mask. 
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and fights acne causing bacteria. Perfect for cleansing those pores. 
12: Egg Whites: 
The egg white face mask has been a favourite of many because it’s been known to draw out dirt and oil while shrinking and tighten pores. Just mix egg whites with lemon juice, apply to face for approximately 15 mins, and rinse off. 
13. Pumpkin:

For this one I would recommend using canned pure pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is amazing because it penetrates deeply into the skin leaving it smoother and more radiant. It softens and brightens your skin which is perfect for these dull winter days.
14: Mint: 
If you don’t have a mint plant in your garden this is the year to add one. Not only are there several health benefits from mint, but these plants also repel certain insects and rodents.
Mint is great for your skin because it kills acne causing bacteria and tightens your pores. It leaves skin feeling refreshed and toned. Mix some mint leaves with honey for a refreshing face mask. 
You can also use mint to soothe itchy bug bites.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-bacterial source that fights stubborn acne. It is great for exfoliating and toning your skin. Another use for apple cider vinegar is to mix it in bathwater to soothe a sunburn.

Now it’s time to raid your cupboards or update your shopping list so you can treat yourself to a refreshing face mask with all natural ingredients.

What’s your favourite combination for diy face masks? Comment below.

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