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Current Beauty Favorites

Current Beauty Faves | MomentswithMillie

Current Beauty Faves | MomentswithMillie

If you know me, then you know that I love beauty products. I also love discovering products that actually work. So, here I am sharing my current fave beauty products with you. Cause you know, sharing is caring. What are your current favorites?

  1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash– I have oily acne-prone skin therefore I never thought I would find a drugstore product that would work for my skin type. Although this is not new I discovered it after spending the night at my sister’s house.  I didn’t bring my toiletry bag with me so I had to use whatever she had. I knew it would work for me after just one use. I  like to use it 1-2 times a week as a light exfoliator.
  2. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort– I heard great things about this lip oil. And being the beauty product junkie that I am I really wanted to give it a try. However I was not interested in paying $26 for a lip oil. I thought I would just purchase the Milani version. As fate would have it Sephora was offering free deluxe size samples a few months ago. And after one application I was hooked. It really provides my lips with moisture that lasts longer than any other product that I have used in the past.
  3. Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner I tried a sample size of this leave in conditioner a while ago however I don’t recall loving it as much as I do. I had a hard time finding a leave in conditioner that really repairs and moisturizes my hair. But hallelujah! my search is over! I love how the product penetrates my hair shaft and leaves my hair buttery soft.
  4. TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask- I have also been searching high and low for a deep conditioner that moisturizes, detangles, and strengthens my hair. And I think I found the one. I love this stuff. A little goes a long way which is great because “natural hair products” are crazy expensive. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the TGIN line.
  5. As I Am Double Butter Cream (Daily Moisturizer) This product isn’t new to me but it definitely is a favorite. I have dry hair. Always have. I have to be diligent about moisturizing my hair or my curls will be a dry, frizzy mess. It is important that I use products that are hydrating without weighing my hair down. And this my friends is a winner.
  6. Carols Daughter Almond Cookie Body Butter– I am really enjoying this body butter. It doesn’t have the same consistency of typical body butters. It is closer to a pomade. It smells great and layers well over body lotions.

 

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Five Favorites

Five Favorites | Moments With Millie

While I was away, I discovered (and rediscovered) so many wonderful items. Although it’s been a few months, I wanted to share some of those items with you. I will be doing a separate post on my  favorite beauty items. If you know me, then you know I can talk about beauty for days. So I will spare you the really long post. 🙂 Have you rediscovered any oldies but goodies lately?

  1. Denim JacketDenim jackets are a wardrobe staple. They have been around for many years but seem to have been trending in the past few years. Can you believe that I haven’t owned one since I was a kid? I found this one at Forever 21 and I am so happy to be reacquainted with an old friend.
  2. Graphic T-Shirts– I used to have a love-hate relationship with graphic tees. Although I could see their appeal, I thought many of the slogans were cheesy. I found a few simple ones . And now that I have found my preference I just can’t stop wearing them.
  3. Faux Leather Leggings I purchased these leggings years ago however I was really shy to wear them. I traveled quite a bit in the spring and summer months and these leggings were really handy. They did not take up a lot space in my luggage, dressed up any outfit and were very comfortable.
  4. Nike Roshe One- These shoes aren’t new to me or the market but I have been loving them as of late. I have worn them during my recent travels, on casual days, etc. I haven’t been a sneaker wearer since middle school. It’s also nice to be reacquainted with this old friend. I love that I was able to customize my colorway on the Nike site.
  5. Chewing Gum– I know what you are thinking….. chewing gum? Let me explain, I love Chewing Gum- the show. It is a British sitcom available on Netflix. I learned about it in Paris  however I didn’t check it out until EvelynFromTheInternets mentioned it in one of her videos. The show is  about a quirky, restricted young lady living in London. The show follows her life of mishaps, funny interactions and life lessons. I love the show but I wouldn’t recommended if you are offended by the sight of bodily fluids.
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My In-Flight Skincare Essentials

Good skincare habits don’t stop because you are on vacation. To be honest, I find that I have to work extra hard to keep my skin clear while I am away. We all know what the dry, recycled airplane air can do to our skin. To make matters worse, I tend to break all of the skin care rules while vacationing. I eat terribly, stress out, don’t sleep, forget sunscreen, etc.

I have really been enjoying Caudalie products since trying out their micellar water. You can read my thoughts about it here. I noticed that Sephora has a Favorites Set and thought I would give it a try since I was going on a few trips and all of the products were travel friendly. I must say, this kit is now an essential in my travel bag. Below are my in-flight skin care essentials/routine for long flights.

  1. Wash hands. If not possible, I use hand sanitizer.
  2. Remove contacts.
  3. Brush teeth.
  4. Use Micellar Water all over face to remove makeup and grime.
  5. Return to seat and place sheet mask. Remove after 10-15 minutes. Rub in access product to face and neck.
  6. Spray face with Beauty Elixir. Warning- this product has a strong perfume scent.
  7. Apply Moisturizing Sorbet.
  8. Apply eye cream.
  9. Apply Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.
  10. Apply hand lotion and drink water.My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

By this time, my seat mates are completely perplexed or annoyed. Either way, I try to smile as much as possible to help alleviate any inconveniences. Initially, I felt a little ridiculous following all of these steps however I don’t think I will stop anytime soon. I find that this routine hel

ps me to relax while combating the airplane’s dry/germy air. When we are nearing the end of the flight, I return to the bathroom to put in contacts, check my appearance, spray perfume, and reapply lip gloss.

My In-Flight Skincare Essentials | Moments With Millie

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Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

Rapid Review: Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear | Moments With Millie

I am back with another Rapid Review. I hope you enjoy this format for reviewing products. This time I am reviewing the Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear Cleansing Brush. There are many different face cleaning brushes on the market ( from manual to battery operated). With so many available options, it can be a little difficult to make an informed decision. Below are my thoughts on the Michael Todd brush. I hope this helps.

  1. Price– I purchased the Soniclear Petite Deluxe from Hautelook for $50. It currently sells for $99 on the Michael Todd site. The set comes with a travel case, a cleansing milk, the brush, a drying cradle, a brush head and a charger.
  2. Use(s)– Deeply cleanses pores while exfoliating the skin.
  3. Product Claims (from Michael Todd site)–  Power Control Handle. Produces up to 300 sonic movements per second for 6x better cleansing than with hands alone.
    Antimicrobial Daily Cleanse Brush. Gentle, effective daily cleansing brush. Brush bristles are sized and uniquely rounded at the tip for gentle, effective daily cleansing. Antimicrobial for stain and odor causing bacteria protection.
    Multiple Speeds. 3 sonic speeds for a customizable cleansing experience for your specific skin type and skin concerns.
    Cleansing Timer. Built in automatic timer beeps to remind you to move to next cleansing area.
    Cordless and Rechargeable. Provides up to 2+ Hours of continuous use on a single charge.
    Waterproof. Fully waterproof for use in the shower and bath.
    Drying Stand. Upright cradle for drying and charging
    Antimicrobial Product Protection for Brush. Safe, effective and long lasting LIFE Antimicrobial Product Protection is built into the brush head to protect against stain and odor causing bacteria so brushes stay cleaner, fresher for longer. Won’t wash out or wear off for the life of the brush.
    Warranty. The Soniclear Petite has an industry leading 3 year limited warranty against defects
  4. My Thoughts– I really like this brush. I initially wanted the Clarisonic however I decided to purchase the Soniclear when I learned how hygienic it is. The brush heads are anti-microbial. This is a double bonus because it means that I don’t have to constantly purchase replacement heads. I like how portable the brush is (great for traveling). Lastly, I love that it deep cleans my skin without stripping it.

Do you use a facial cleansing brush? If so, what do you think about them? Feel free to review my previous Rapid Review posts here and here.

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How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Makeup with Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

I once cleaned my makeup brushes with antibacterial dish soap and olive oil. I thought I had all of my bases covered. The antibacterial agent would sanitize the brushes (and help keep breakouts at bay) while the olive oil would help preserve the bristles.  Although I have continued to use olive oil for its conditioning properties, I no longer use dish soap for multiple reasons. Firstly, the FDA has recently banned the sale of certain antibacterial chemicals due to lack of proof that they were safe for use over the long term. Secondly, it has not been proven to be more effective than using ordinary soap and water. Lastly, I have been seeking more natural health and beauty alternatives.

I’ve always had an interest in Dr. Bronner products however I was a little intimidated by them.  I decided to try out a few travel size products since they were on sale at Target. Since they are said to be very versatile I figured I could always find a use for them. I really enjoyed the unscented version  as a body wash however I did not feel the same about the citrus one. It has citrus oils- which is great for waking up in the morning however not so great for certain parts of the body. If you get my drift.

Determined to make it work, I decided to use the citrus version to clean my makeup brushes. Coupled with the olive oil and a silicone brush cleaning mat, I have found my new process. My brushes are not only clean but they smell great as well. How do you clean your makeup brushes?

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

 

 

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What's In My Makeup Bag | Moments With Millie

I have the pleasure of being married to a very spontaneous person. I on the other hand am very practical. Everyday with him is an adventure. And I love it. He balances me out and pushes me to explore things outside of my comfort zone. I just had to learn that I have to be ready for anything. There have been numerous occasions in which we’ve decided to “run errands” to only end up at a nice restaurant. I often found myself saying “I wasn’t ready” (in my Kevin Hart voice). Lol! So I have learned to stock a few basics in my makeup bag. That way I would be semi-prepared for what the day may bring. Do you have any must have items that you carry in your makeup bag? Let me know what I may be missing.

  1. Compact Mirror
  2. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  3. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder
  4. Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm
  5. Elf Retractable Kabuki Brush
  6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  7. Benefit Porefessional Primer
  8. Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Rollerball  and random perfume sample
  9. Jordana Lip Liner 
  10. Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss (Bare Secret )
  11. Revlon ColorBurst LipButter (Pink Truffle)
  12. Elf Lip Balm Tint (Berry)
  13. Hair Pins/Ties

 

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My Staple Hair Products (Drugstore Edition)

MY STAPLE DRUGSTORE HAIR PRODUCTS| Moments with Millie

Finding quality yet affordable hair care products can be quite a feat. Products geared towards us natural (coily/kinky) hair girls can be very expensive. I’ve tried my share of products and have found so many gems in the drugstore. Below is a list of some of my favorites. What are your favorite drugstore hair products?

  1. ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
  2. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  3. Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner
  4. Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
  5. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner
  6. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN1 Renewal System Conditioner
  7. ORS Replenishing Conditioner
  8. Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner
  9. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
  10. Camille Rose Curlaide Moisture Butter
  11. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler
  12. ORS (Curls Unleashed) Curl Defining Creme
  13. Eco Styler Gel
  14. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  15. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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