Limecrime Unicorn Hair ūüíē

So I love having my hair every color you can imagine, the only downside is how damaging it can be. So damaging that 6 months ago I literally chopped off half of my hair. Everyone’s hair is different, my hair did not like the years of highlights and bleach. Quarantine experiments did not help. Got off track, okay back to unicorn hairy! My favorite part about the unicorn hair is how conditioning they actually are! They also smell like candy, that is a GIANT plus. Since they are vegan they don’t itch. I tend to leave em on for longer than recommended to get some extra long lasting pigmented color. I also like to mix and max the colors for a custom shade. They are semi permanent and last for about 4-6 weeks. Starting off bright and fading into pretty pastel colors. I have tried pink, purple, and blue. I have also done mixes of those colors. I did have my hair prelightened by a professional and added the colors myself. They make my hair feel so soft after! I really love these and would recommend 10/10.

Limecrime Unicorn Hair ūü¶Ą – these are the ones I have tried they also have tints, shampoo and conditioner, and dilution mix. Let me know if you have tried any of the limecrime hair products !

CLAWS

My nails are like an extension of me and my creativity. I feel naked when they are not long and painted.

My lady’s name is Liz. She paints each nail by hand and takes her time to create works of art. All the pictures below are of my nails done by her. Follow my IG and check out my nail highlights for more nail adventures.

IG : itsalwaystephanie

Twitter : stardustfunk

My skincare routine

Skincare 101 : My skin has been glowing lately. So I’m going to share my routine it’s nothing too elaborate. The two most important things: drink water, and always wash your face if you wear makeup!

Step 1: Face wash

I alternate between face washes. I exfoliate once or twice a week. I use the oil cleanser when I wear makeup. I use the glycolic wash in between.

glamglow tropical cleanser

cannasmack hydrating cleansing oil

mario badescu glycolic cleanser

Step 2 : Face mask

I like to use a face mask at least once a week, I find it so relaxing if I could I would use one everyday. I choose my mask depending on how my skin is feeling, either dry or oily. I love sheet masks or clay masks.

glamglow glitter mask 

too face glow job

stardustfunk purple clay face mask

Step 3 : Face serum

I usually use one serum for the morning and one for before I go to bed. I use the starpotion in the mornings, it has a nutty smell to it. I use the vitamin C at night.

glamglow starpotion

mario badescu vitamin c serum

Step 4 : Toner

I usually spritz my face when it’s feeling run down. I also use it on the go as a face cleanser. Super refreshing after a workout!

mario badescu rose water spray

lush toner

 

 

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Coconut Oil: The Miracle Oil

We all have at least heard of coconut oil, it can be used for cooking, for skin and even for hair. Coconut oil is made of copra or dried coconut flesh. It has many benefits for the body both inside and out. This might be because it is made up of healthy fats including caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. Extra Virgin unrefined organic coconut oil has the most benefits.

These benefits include:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • has antioxidants that help smooth the skin
  • helps with burns, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
  • great all natural conditioner, can also help with dandruff
  • reduces inflammation
  • great moisturizer and face cleanser
  • improves digestion by helping absorb vitamins, calcium, and magnesium
  • helps with blood pressure by increasing HDL
  • helps with UTIs by acting as a natural antibiotic and clearing bacteria
  • helps with bruises and speeds up healing process of damaged tissues
  • forms a protective layers over the infected body part from dust, bacteria, fungi, air
  • has a natural SPF of 4
  • filled with vitamin E, vitamin K, and other minerals like iron

In general it is not only filled with fatty acids, 90% saturated fats, but also fatty alcohols. Provides essentials proteins and highly effective in aiding in protein loss. This is one reason why it helps with hair loss and hair re-growth. Excellent massage oil. Effective moisturizer for all skin types, from oily to dry skin.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil:

  • lice and dandruff treatment- massage into scalp and massage into the ends
  • body oil- apply onto wet skin after a shower and pat dry
  • cuticle oil- apply at the base of the nails, will also help your manicure last longer
  • lip balm- natural remedy for chapped lips
  • makeup brush cleaner- use 2 parts antibacterial soap 1 part coconut oil to clean
  • makeup remover- easy to remove makeup, especially waterproof makeup
  • face moisturizer- can be used as a primer under foundation for that smooth skin
  • body moisturizer- leaves skin glow-y not lotion-y
  • under eye cream- dab on under eye bags and fine lines

These are just MY favorite ways to use coconut oil. The possibilities are endless. This oil has so many benefits with very little side effects. The main side effect is allergy may occur if you are allergic to coconuts. Always remember when using on skin to do a patch test before using all over.

 

Sources:

Organic Facts

30 Uses by Allure

Dr. Axe

 

Ugh As If!

So I’m spoiled by my dad. Hence this amazing collaboration came to be. Can you take a guess where my inspiration cane from? Total 90s, clueless, and¬†anime all the way. I just wanted to have a fun and beautiful photoshoot with my dad. I think we were successful but you be the judge ! All photo credit to my dad ! Not only did we take some pictures we enjoyed the food and¬†eveything the youth fair has to offer. I will never complain spending some time and throwing together something with my dad, what can I say I’m a daddy’s girl. I had a blast in general but I definitely enjoyed the food! What is your favorite fair food?

Outfit details:

Dress/Mesh Shirt: Dollskill

Shoes: Target

Earings: Nikki Lipstick

Makeup details:

Foundation: Kat von D Lock it Fountain

Highlight: Ofra Nikki Tutorials Glazed Donut Highlighter

Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil- Light Medium Matte Bronzer

Lips: NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede- Passion Rose / Lime Crime Diamond Crushers- Choke

Eyes: Ulta Long Lasting Eye Liner Pencil- Noir / Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Lushmas Reviews 2k17

With the new Valentines rage just being released I had to review my favorite products from the lush Christmas range 2017. There were some old favorites and some new ones. If you follow my instagram you have seen me trying these babies out. I have had some mixed feelings about products but have come to love most of them!

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Cristingle Body Conditioner- Just thinking about this minty¬†body conditioner gives me chills. I stocked up on this lovely cooling sensation. I can’t get enough. It’s amazing on its own but even better for bath cocktails. Warning this contains menthol so it does make you freezing cold. If you have a cold, suffer from migraines or body aches this is your go to! I cannot live with out this in my bathroom!

Rating: 5/5

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Twilight Shower Gel- I get sleepy just thinking about this amazing shower gel. Another staple in my collection. As someone who suffers from insomnia I cannot live without twilight shower gel, sleepy lotion, twilight solid perfume, twilight body splash… you get the idea! This intoxicating lavender and vanilla will have you falling into dreamland before you know it. I am seriously in love with this purple masterpiece. For us that stay up all night, this will help not only sleep better but make bath time 10000 times better.

Rating: 5/5

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Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream- This shower cream will have you not only wanting to jump into Santa’s sleigh but wanting to chug some vanilla coke. I couldn’t believe how similar they smelled, like a spicy vanilla coke. Since it is a shower cream it leaves the skin more moisturized and is perfect for winter. I was pleasantly surprised by this refreshing new Christmas staple and will be using it even in the summer months.

Rating: 4/5

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel- I could not get the top on this sugary scented sparkly gel fast enough when I first got my hands on it. As you can see I have the 500 ml bottle. So naturally I gave it another try in a bath cocktail and it started to grow on me. So much pink cotton candy scented sparkles in one big bottle ! You can say I have a love hate relationship!

Rating: 3/5

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Snow Fairy Body Conditioner- After falling for the pink sugary shower gel I couldn’t help myself and grab the matching body conditioner. This bad gal holds in so much moisture and the scent lasts so much longer than the shower gel. I thought it was going to be way too sweet of a scent but it really does blend well and makes skin feel sooo soft. Say good-bye to rough spots and hello to cotton candy smooth skin.

Rating: 4/5

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Man on The Moon Bubble Bar- Can you say the most adorable bubble bar ever made? So¬†I am biased towards neroli scents, he was already a winner in my book.¬†This is a bright citruis-neroli blend and is a¬†perfect pick me up¬†for when you are in a funk. I tried him out and I couldn’t help but fall in love! I have about 15 in my lush collection now. The amount of bubbles that come from this one little guy is unbelievable! Not only crazy bubbles but I did feel this bar did soften up my skin.¬†This massive¬†mustache wearing fellow¬†might be my new favorite bubble bar…

Rating: 5/5

 

Now that Christmas has come and gone I can’t wait to try out the new Valentines 2018 products old and new! Did any one try out the Lush Christmas exclusives? What products are you excited to try?

Dew the Dew

NYX is one of my go-to brands when it comes to make up. I mean cruelty free and¬† doesn’t break the bank? Can you really ask for much more than that? I am lucky enough to have a store in my favorite mall, but you can also find NYX products¬†in your local target and Walgreens. You can check out this NYX Cosmetics¬†blog post I did a while back explaining my love for the brand.

Now I have a love hate relationship with my skin because I have combination. This means i either have super oily skin or super dry skin. Finding that balance has been hell. I have tried everything. I have loved some products that have made me break out then hated other products that drained my bank account. Until I found this bad boy…. Honey Dew Me Up Primer.

While it says primer, it works 1000x better as a serum. It goes on sticky like honey but dries smooth. I apply before bed, let it sink into my skin and wake up with a refreshed face. What’s inside is what counts! The botanicals and other ingredients help the skin to absorb and retain moisture, are anti-inflammatory and calming, and¬†increase the smoothness of the skin.

I have been using this product for about two weeks and I can really feel the difference. I can’t wait to see how much my face will continue to improve. My face isn’t as red and I haven’t had as many break outs. Not to mention how smooth my skin feels. One change I would make is I¬†would change the applicator to a pump, but hey still amazing!

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Rating:

Honey Dew Me Up Primer: 5/5

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Betaine, Honey Extract/Mel Extract/Extrait de Miel, Collagen Extract,  Portulaca Oleracea Extract,  Hyaluronic Acid,  Bifida Ferment Lysate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract,  Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract,  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,  Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract,  Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,  Iris Ensata Extract,  Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract,  Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract,  Allantoin,  Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide,  Panthenol, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol,   Fragrance/Parfum, Gold (CI 77480). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

FOMO- don’t be jelly

Lush recently released a brand new line of Jelly products. This includes some jelly bath bombs and some jelly face masks. I have been lucky enough to try them both out. Today I am ranting and raving about FOMO a new jelly face mask they released. Now the major difference in these mask is the shelf life. The old masks had an average shelf life of one week while the jelly masks have a shelf life of about four weeks. To me this is a big difference, since they last longer you tend to get more bang for your buck.

I went into my local Lush and asked a million questions and the lovely lady helped me pick the right mask for me! I usually tend to have red skin so she recommended FOMO to help calm the redness and sooth my skin. For those of you that don’t know FOMO means fear of missing out. Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss out on this face mask. It smells amazing! I could not wait to get home and lather some on.

My question was HOW?! Grab a dime size piece and massage it between your dry hands and BAM ready to apply to your face. The jelly will make your face feel so smooth. FOMO has rose and chamomile making not only smell good but feel just as good. I was worried that it would be hard to wash off, but it was easy to wash off with a wash cloth.  I was so relaxed after this mask. My skin was so smooth, soft, and less red.

Rating:

FOMO 4/5

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) Calamine Powder Glycerine Propylene Glycol Kaolin Talc Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) *Linalool

*Occurs naturally in essential oils

 

Fall Full Moon

 

 

So right before Hurricane Irma hit Florida (where I live, Miami to be exact) we had a beautiful full moon. Now some of my followers know full moons are kinda a big deal for me ! This was the first full moon of fall, my favorite season so needless to say I went all out. I was also worried about the hurricane so this kinda helped relieve some of the stress ! With the hurricane coming I did have to prep, so please forgive me for not getting the best pictures !

I have become slightly obsessed with this brand witch baby soap, now this is not my first post about them, but they do offer a Spell Box. The spell box includes a bath bomb for each full moon (3) and some awesome extras. The fall box was no different ! It includes the bath bombs specific to each full moon, a soap, a body scrub, a hand salve, and a body oil. The boxes include some instructions and some whitchy extras, for example a spell candle.

This month’s bath bomb was a salted caramel latte, and it came in a coffee cup. Can¬†it get any better? Yes you can! Not only did it smell delicious, my skin has never felt softer. I could not stop rubbing my legs. I picked up more of a salty caramel than anything but hey my skin was so soft I was not complaining¬† ! I paired this bathbomb with Lush’s Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. A¬†perfect match.¬†For those of you that don’t know it smells of chocolate and oranges. I am devastated that they are discontinuing it !

Raitings:

September Bath Bomb 4/5

Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream 5/5

Now I do something every full moon a little special, I make Full Moon Water. I make it once a month and add it to my baths, use it to water my plants, simply leave it on my altar when I am not using it, ect.

Here is my recipe and the meaning behind the ingredients:

  • A bowl
  • Drinking water
  • Fresh or dried leaves and/or flowers of:
    • lemon ‚Äď for success
    • mint ‚Äď for money
    • lavender‚Äďpsychic powers
    • rose ‚Äď for love
    • sage ‚Äď for wisdom

First when the moon rises, set up your altar with the bowl, water, herbs and flowers. Cast the circle in you usual way. Then place your bowl where the moonlight will shine into it and¬†put the herbs in the bowl and pour water over them. Here is where you’re witchy side comes out. Hold out your receptive (non dominant) hand palm-up so the moonlight shines on it. Call out to the moon with these or similar words:

‚ÄúMother moon, please share your magic with me. I charge this water, With the power of the full moon, To achieve my dreams. May mint bring me the money To fulfill my goals, And lemon give me success in my endeavors. May lavender amplify my intuition and help me hear the voice of spirit. May rose nourish my heart and help me use my powers with love. May sage clear my mind and help me use my powers with wisdom. With herbs and moonlight This water is charged.‚ÄĚ

Finish your ritual as usual and, if possible, leave the water out to steep in the moonlight over night.

Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win items from the fall spell box from witch baby soap and goodies from stardustfunk !