1 Minute Videos: Herbivore Botanicals Exfoliating Floral Pink Clay Mask

I am a huge fan of clay masks and use them about once a week before my weekly hair wash session. I am also a huge fan of pink things, so when I saw this Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Floral Mask at Anthropologie I had to pick it up. 

It comes in a powder form and you mix it yourself, so that seemed like a fun thing to do on a Friday night. Check out my 1 Minute Video below!

Couple of things, I don't know if I made my mix too thick or this is just the formula, it was a little more difficult to wash off my face than an average clay mask, so I had to keep a wet face towel on it for a little longer to actually get it off. I'll have to try another time with a thinner consistency to see if that helps. I was also hoping that this mask would be actually pink, but it's more of a pinky brown color, like, I duno, mud. 

 
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I used a silicone mask brush to apply the mask, and I love these because it doesn't waste as much product as a normal hair brush. I got mine in a two pack from amazon here for like $5, and gave one to my sister in law. 

 
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I got this mask from Anthropologie for $22 (THEY HAVE BEAUTY STUFF?) but the mask is also available on amazon for $26 right now, scoop it up if that's something you're into!  

Here's the info about the Pink Clay Mask from Amazon.

French Pink Clay 
Filled with minerals, this clay gently detoxifies and cleanses, leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished. 

Rose Petals 
Gentle and soothing to skin, rose petals assist in regenerating cells, reducing fine lines, clarifying skin tone and protecting against free radicals. 

Chamomile 
Anti-inflammatory that promotes circulation and is used as a treatment for inflammation and irritation of the skin. Organic Chamomile is excellent for healing, tissue regeneration and prevention of moisture loss. 

Rosehip Seed Oil 
Comes from the fruit of the wild rose plant, naturally rich in essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9. Regenerates skin cells and repairs damaged tissue, reduces scarring, repairs damaged skin cells, minimizes wrinkles and helps maintain healthy collagen.

Formulated WITHOUT
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Animal Testing
- GMOs 

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette New Years Giveaway

New Year New Giveaway!

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette Slumber Party Beauty Giveaway

Kicking off 2018 with a giveaway of not one, but TWO Yes Please Eyeshadow Palettes from Colourpop.

Here are the details:
1. Follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/slumberpartybeauty
2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here or follow slumberpartybeauty on Facebook here.
3. Tag 2 of your friends in the comments of this instagram post -> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdil3EIDfJA
That’s it! TWO winners will be chosen at random on Thursday 1/11 and contacted via DM on instagram. 



Disclaimer: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to instagram's terms of use.

Happy New Year and Good Luck!

New Years Eve Party Glam Makeup Look with the Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette

I did a quick New Years Eve Glam Makeup Look for all New Years parties you'll no doubt be attending using my brand new Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette 5 I received as a Christmas gift! I looove the red shades and the glitter eyeshadow pigments!

Makeup Details
Primer
: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer
Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Nude
Concealer: Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer in Light Sand
Brows: NYX Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in Charcoal and eyebrow cake powder in Black/Gray
Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette 5
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day liner in Intense Black
Mascara: Healthy Volume® Mascara in Carbon Black
Contour: Shams Step By Step Contour Stick
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Bazzar in Skillful
Highlight: Laura Geller Beauty Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Lips: Colourpop #iluvsarahiixcolourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Arriba and #mylittleponyxcolourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Flutter Valley
Finishing Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Setting Spray: ELF Makeup Mist and Set
Lash Extensions by @lashesbyelyse

This year has been super busy with a lot of new things in my life. I wrote a LOT, started this beauty blog, and got to work with some amazing people at a kid's show! 

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for both Slumber Party Beauty and my personal life, and I'm putting it out into the universe that 2018 is going to be my year! 

Hope you have a safe and fun New Years Eve, and I'll see you next year!

Top 10 Tips and Tricks To Make Bus and Road Trips a Breeze

For the holidays parents, my brother, and his wife are traveling here to LA from Michigan and the Bay Area, and THEN we're all getting on a bus run by a Korean travel tour company and going to Vegas and the Grand Canyon. 

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My dad, mom, brother, sister in law, me, and my hubby. <3

That's right, me, my man, my brother and his wife, and like 30 Korean senior citizens are goin' on a trip. It is going to be hilarious, I have no doubt about this.

As I'm preparing for my trip, I wanted to share my top ten tips and tricks for making road trips or bus trips easy and fun!

Packing for Short Trips Tips and Tricks

1. Make A List! (Check it twice)

This is an obvious one, probably, but I don't always remember or make time to make lists because I think I'm too smart and that I'll remember everything. Without fail, every time I try to pack without making a list I will forget something. To avoid forgetting stuff, use your notes app or reminder app on your phone or get out a good ol' pen and paper and make a list- plus you'll feel like you accomplished something each time you check something off the list!

2. Stock Up On Healthy Snacks Ahead of Time

My go to road trip snacks used to be Funyons and Diet Rockstars until my doctor told me to stop being a garbage can. (Paraphrased) These days I've attempted to make my snacks a bit healthier, and I find that I feel much less sluggish on long trips and have more room in my belly for awesome restaurants we discover. Prepare things like nuts, fruits like bananas and grapes, and easy to pack veggies like carrots ahead of time so that you don't get hungry at a gas station and buy 3 packs of different flavored Cheetos and regret it after you eat them all in one sitting. (All hypothetical of course)

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3. Charge All Your Devices and Bring Portable Chargers

I'm straight up addicted to my phone, and wouldn't make it through a long day on a bus without a portable charger. They come in a wide range of price ranges and styles, so pick the one that suits your needs the best. If you have a phone with a removable battery, consider buying an extra battery to easily switch out when you are running low on juice. I take this MyCharge portable battery charger ($89) with me everywhere and it can get you from red to a full charge multiple times and is compatible with iPhones and most Android phones. You can sign up for their e-mail list to get a 30% discount off your first purchase, but if this out of your price range, there are tons of more affordable options on Amazon and at other stores like this cute $40 one pictured from Asos

4. Download Audio Books and Music Beforehand

You never know when you're going to go through a no service zone when you're driving through the country, so make sure to download the audio books, music, or movies that will be keeping you entertained before you leave. I use Spotify Premium to download my road trip playlists that may or may not include a lot of Celine Dion. I also utilize my public library's app to download books on tape, which is FREE. It's crazy to me that there are things in life that are still free. 

5. Get Noise Cancelling Head Phones or Ear Plugs

My brother got me a pair of nice noise cancelling head phones a couple years ago and they have been CRUCIAL to plane rides and road trips. Crying babies? No problem. Loud people in the row in front of you? Easy breezy. Obviously don't wear them if you're driving, but they go a long way to making you feel less like you're on a bus with 45 strangers. If you don't have the budget for fancy headphones, the little foam ear plugs do almost as well in a pinch, and you can get those cheap from amazon or most drug stores.  

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6. Travel Size Beauty

I don't know about you, but I am militant about my beauty regimen. No matter how tired I am, or where I am, I have to at least wash my face, tone, and moisturize my mug. Lugging around tons of products is neither fun nor practical, so I take travel size toiletries with me. You can either buy small travel friendly containers or wash and re-use old samples or hotel goodies and fill them with your favorite skin care products. I keep my makeup minimal when traveling, so I'll bring a multi-purpose lip and cheek stain instead of a full size blush, boy brow instead of a full pomade eyebrow, and tinted moisturizer in lieu of full foundation. Kit pictured is from Mochi Things.

7. Water Water Water

If you're driving, your first instinct might be to try not to drink much water so you don't have to pull over to use the restroom, but that is the opposite of what you should do! Traveling is hard work, and you should make sure to drink enough water so that you avoid fatigue and don't get dehydrated.

8. Prepare for the Weather in Each State

If you'll be passing through multiple states or locations, make sure you check what the weather will be like! In the US, weather varies VASTLY from state to state, and often times visitors to my home city here in Los Angeles will be unprepared for chilly nights because they assume California is hot all the time!

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9. Map Out Your Route

Though GPS and smart phones have made paper maps all but obsolete, you should always plan for the unexpected. Technology often fails us, and you don't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere if it does. Take a moment to look at what route you'll be taking and look at a map of where you're going before you start on your adventure, so that if for some reason your phone or GPS poops out you'll know relatively whether you should be going south or west on what freeway.

10. Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Be prepared for anything! If your car breaks down, you'll want to make sure you have your insurance info or AAA membership on hand. Pack a small makeup bag with pain medication, allergy pills, band aids, and whatever you think may be important if you get into a situation. Use your smart phones Emergency Contact feature to plug in any medical information like allergies or diseases and fill in your bestie's info. You probably won't need to use any of this, but if you do, you'll be glad you prepared for it ahead of time!

Hopefully you find these tips and tricks helpful, and if you have any other great tips to making a road/bus trip great, let me know in the comments! I will definitely be documenting my trip via my instagram, so be sure to follow me @slumberpartybeauty if you are interested in following along!

Whether you are traveling or staying cozy at home, I hope you have a happy holiday season spent with people you love.  

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review and Video

My journey with white teeth has been fraught with many speedbumps. When I was young I had my teeth professionally whitened after getting my braces off, and I'm convinced it made my enamel weak and my teeth sensitive ever since. I drink a lot of coffee, so I've pretty much undone any good the professional whitening did, and crest white strips are too painful for me to use due to my sad weak enamel. 

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Enter activated charcoal. I've heard a lot about charcoal teeth whitening products but hadn't had a chance to check it out, when I got a message from Carbon Coco asking if I'd like to try their product out. Check out my review of it below!

Overall, loved the product. It didn't taste weird, was fun to scare my man with, and didn't hurt my weak little teeth at all. All their products are also vegan and cruelty free, which I can't say about most of the big toothpaste companies. I'll have to continue to use this over time to determine if it whitens my teeth significantly, but so far so good!

You can check out Carbon Coco here on their website. As of right now it looks like they're still running a Cyber Monday promotion, so get on that if you want to try this stuff out. 

Have you tried any charcoal teeth whitening products? Let me know in the comments what some of your faves are!

**Note: This product was sent to me in exchange for a review, but I have not received any monetary compensation for saying nice things about the company nor was I asked to give a favorable review. I'd never lie to you guys on this blog!**

Colourpop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Colourpop is killin' it with their eyeshadow palette game lately. The citrus colored palette Yes Please, the pretty pink She Palette, and one of their latest palettes, the I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette. I reviewed and swatched the Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette in another post you can check out here if you want to.

 
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This eyeshadow palette is made up of 12 shades of neutral and warm toned glitter and matte shades. I LOVE the glitter shades. They're super pigmented, and especially with a glitter primer they really pop. The matte shades, I gotta be honest, not too impressed by. There is SO MUCH FALL OUT.

 
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The lighting on this photo is super weird, but you can see the intense fall out happening under my eye from using the black shade, "Let's Do It."

There's no great way to prevent the fall out from happening, but you can skip the under eye concealer part of your makeup routine until after you finish your eyeshadow to prevent having to re-do it. 

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Fall out aside, I did like the looks I was able to create with the shades. I feel like it was missing one or two shades. I would have liked a shade between Belair and My Type, or a darker shade between My Type and "Let's Do It." The highlight shades are a high point and really pop in contrast to the darker shades.

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I also found the shades very similar to Urban Decay's Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, which was probably not a coincidence. 

 
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Overall, I found the ITILY palette decent, but it is my least favorite of Colourpop's eyeshadow palettes so far. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette is $54, and the Colourpop I Think I Love You palette is only $16, which makes it a great alternative to the UD one if you're on a budget. If you already have one of them, I don't think you need the other. 

You can buy the I Think I Love You palette on the Colourpop site here, make sure to sign up for a coupon if you're a first time buyer!

Do you have this palette? What do you think about it? If you have some tricks for avoiding eyeshadow from getting all over your face with looser formulas let me know in the comments! Don't forget to follow Slumber Party Beauty on Instagram to find out first about giveaways and updates! 

Copy of Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment aka The Magical Elixir of Youth

Listen. I am as susceptible to hype as the next average consumer, and my goal here is to always give honest reviews and opinions on everything I test and use.  

Ok, that said, I got a sample size of the Glam aglow Supermud Clearing Treatment from Sephora with my VIB points and I'm pretty sure I am 5 years younger now. That's how it works, right?  I already tell people I'm 16, and now I can really look it. 

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So I have tried my share of mud masks and they're great at for pulling impurities out of your face and give you soft skin, but this stuff is next level. It tingles a little when you put it on, which kind of makes it feel like it's working hard at whatever it's doing. Hang out and let it dry for 15-20 minutes or whenever it's dry to the touch and then remove it with a warm washcloth. 

I watched a funny YouTube video while it dried which was difficult because I was trying not to laugh bc it was cracking the mud, so I turned it off and just sat and waited.  

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I took it off and felt my face for like 30 minutes because I couldn't believe how soft my face was. I don't exactly go around feeling babies butts, but this is exactly how I imagine they would feel. I'm not even exaggerating I was super impressed with how soft my skin was. I don't have a drop of makeup on in this picture, and my face was so bright and clear.  

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This mask is NOT cheap. If you can sell some part of your soul for this I highly recommend it though. Or if you just have 100 Sephora points you can get it too. Which is probably easier and better for you in the long run.  

Put this stuff on your holiday wish lists or buy it with your independent woman money, just GET THIS.  

It's $69 (ayeeeee) for 1.7 oz at Sephora, and I'm not sure but you can ask if they accept first born children as well. 

Have you tried this? What are you favorite mud masks? Got any cheap dupes I need to know about? LET ME KNOW!

Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Filt'r Foundation and Instant Retouch Primer Makeup Review

FENTY BEAUTY. You guys. If you haven't heard about Rihanna's new cosmetic line of incredibly inclusive shades than you have been hiding under a rock. 

I'll break it down for you if you haven't heard. Rihanna, the unburnt, the flawless, the snatcher of edges, mother of umbrellas, the first of her name, has a beauty line called Fenty Beauty that has 40 shades of foundation designed particularly with dark skinned beauties in mind that probably can't find their shade in other brands.

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This is kind of a big deal. If you're white or fair skinned, you might not know this, but most cosmetic brands do NOT carry shades dark enough for many black people. If they do, it's likely that they don't have them in stock at stores and you have to go online to buy them. Can you imagine how that must feel? 

There are other brands that carry a lot of different shades like CoverFX and Mac, but the difference here is that this line is marketed specifically to women who may have trouble finding their color, whereas other brands seem to add more colors as an afterthought.

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So Queen Rihanna, being the benevolent leader that she is, took it upon herself to create this amazing line of shades. LOOK AT THEM. 

Ok, so clearly I'm obsessed with Rihanna, so this review is a little biased in that I believe she is a perfect baby angel sent from above, but I did try the foundation out for myself so I could let you know what's up.

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I'm not normally a matte foundation gyal as I usually prefer dewey looks and bb creams, but I tried Fenty for ya. I didn't want to buy a full bottle because I wasn't sure I'd like it, so I got a sample with a routine Sephora purchase. I looked at the website to see what my shade was, and I guessed I'd be shade 180, but the sample that came was shade 150 and actually worked really well for me. If you are interested in buying this, I'd suggest testing swatches in person at your nearest Sephora if you can to make sure you find a true match. 

I used the Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer that came with the sample pack before putting on the foundation. Then I put on the Soft Matte Filt'r Foundation with a beauty blender and I actually really like the formula. It's not too thick, and it's buildable so you can chose your level of coverage and just build onto spots that need a little more coverage. 

 
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I wore it all day and night and even went dancing and it stayed put. I didn't do any retouches during the day and was pretty impressed with its staying power. My face looked flawless, and I think this is a great foundation for days you know you'll be in a lot of photos. 

As it's a matte formula, I would recommend wearing moisturizer before you put foundation on and making sure to moisturize after, but you should be doing that always anyway.

Overall, I loved it. I'd love to hear more from any babes with darker skin to see if you felt like it was easy to find a color match.

A full size primer is $32 and the full size foundation is $34, which is a pretty affordable price for a high quality foundation.  

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If you are also hesitant to pull the trigger and want to try the formula before you buy it, you can use the coupon code FENTYFACE with any online Sephora purchase to get the same little sample pack I did. 

Here's a link to Fenty Beauty stuff on Sephora so you can check out what other products they have too, my next item I want to check out is the Kilowatt Freestyle Highlighter that everyone has been going on about.

Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? Do you normally have trouble finding your shade in most brands? Let me know what's up in the comments below. <3 <3 #rihannaforever

 

Holy Grail Must Haves: Current Favorite Products I Can't Live Without

Back in ye olden times or whatever, knights ran around and killed a bunch of people looking for some fabled cup Jesus drank out of. I bet if they had access to some of these beauty products they'd have been like, yeah I'm good, the cup prob doesn't even exist lol.

Anyway, these are MY Holy Grail items, the makeup products I simply can't live without. I go through multiples of these in a year, and they are the products I buy over and over again. 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Good makeup starts with good skin, and this Pixi Glow Tonic does wonders for mine. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid, which sounds scary, but is just a fancy word for a chemical exfoliant that helps to shed your dead stuff on your face. I use this every night on a cotton pad and you can get it from Target or from the Pixi website directly. They range from $6-$29 depending on the size you get it in.

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I cry a lot so I need a truly waterproof eyeliner. It's just the truth, it's ok, I'm ok with being a crybaby. This Stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner really does stay all day and even all night, tears and rain be damned. It also comes in all these fun colors. It's a bit pricier than the average eyeliner for $22 but this is one product where the price is worth it. You can get it from Sephora and Ulta stores or the Stila website.

Look at all these colors!

Look at all these colors!

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I have very straight, thin, Asian eyelashes that are stubborn for most highly praised mascaras. I need a waterproof mascara that will simultaneously withstand all my crying and hold a curl. I read about this weird mascara awhile ago in some Buzzfeed listicle of Amazon beauty buys and so I took a chance and bought it. It. Is. Amazing. I have no idea what this stuff is made of or how it works so well, but I love it. It's $25 on Amazon right now, but the price fluctuates and you can also find it for cheaper in Japanese or Korean cosmetic stores if there are any around you. 

Here's a very close weird picture where you can see one eye with the mascara and one naked lash eye.  

Here's a very close weird picture where you can see one eye with the mascara and one naked lash eye.  

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Guys. This NYX eyebrow pencil is my jam. I have black hair, and black eyebrows look too scary and brown eyebrows look too fake. Enter the gray eyebrow. I honestly don't know why more brands don't make a gray, but at $4.75 a pencil, I don't really think I need anything else. The pencil lasts surprisingly long and can create a thin or fat line depending on the look you're going for. I use this paired with the NYX eyebrow powder for a finished, natural look. They have a bunch of other colors for your brows, including some pretty redish shades for red-heads. You can buy this at Ulta, Target, most drugstores, NYX stores and their website, or online at Amazon. Here's a link to the product on the NYX website

Other eyebrow pencil colors ^^

Other eyebrow pencil colors ^^

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What Holy Grail list would be complete without the Beauty Blender? It's like, just a sponge, right? WRONG. It's so much more than a sponge. Have you ever tried putting makeup on your face with a regular sponge? Don't do it, that's weird. But seriously, I don't know why or how this sponge is so great for putting on face makeup like foundation, concealer, or contour products but it just is. It's a bit expensive for a little sponge at $20 a pop, but if you clean it regularly and take good care not to let it get moldy or gross it will last a really long time. You can get these at pretty much every major makeup store or on Amazon or the Beauty Blender website

So there you have it! These are a few of my favorite products I regularly use up and will re-buy over and over. My list is ever changing though, so let me know what YOUR Holy Grail products are in the comments!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid or compensated in any way by these companies for this post, (not that I wouldn't- I just don't have that kind of life yet) and these are products that I personally like and that work for me. They might not work for you, and hey that's ok we're all different people!

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Guys, I'm so excited I was able to get my paws on this Colourpop Yes Please eyeshadow palette. I feel like warm, hot tones are very in and I'm having a lot of fun spicing up my makeup looks with reds and oranges.

I don't have a ton of experience with Colourpop eyeshadows, as I'm more of their lippie girl, but for $16 and for all the hype, I had to try it out.

I swatched all the colors for you guys to take a look. I'm Asian (duh) with a fierce yellow undertone, so some of these colors will obviously look a little different on you.

First impressions are that the shadows are pretty pigmented, especially the glittery tones, but are a little loose. A little color on your makeup brushes will go a long way, and the darker colors may experience some fallout, so you might want to do your foundation after you've done your eyeshadow. I experienced the most fallout with the darkest shade, French Kiss. 

 
 

The colors blend really well and I love how many different shades there are to play with. Here's a look using the palette and I added an ombré lip using a Coloupop Ultra Matte Lip in First Class and Wet n Wild's Liquid Catsuit in Coral Corruption.

This goes without saying but I'll say it anyway, I bought this on my own, and Colourpop probably doesn't even know who I am. My overall impression is that it's a great deal for $16, especially compared to some of the pricier cult fave palette like Urban Decay's Naked palettes (Which I'm also obsessed with.)

It's currently as of writing this sold out, but if you follow the Colourpop Instagram or Facebook they always let you know when a restock is coming. 

Have you been able to get your mitts on this palette? What are your favorite colors so far? Tag me in your Instagram photos so I can SEEEEE. 

Blog Launch and Giveaway: Polaroid Camera and Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette!

To celebrate launching Slumber Party Beauty I'm doing a giveaway! One lucky follower* will win a Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera AND the hottest eyeshadow palette on the market, the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette! (Over $200 in value!)

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Here's how you enter to win. Follow @slumberpartybeauty on Instagram and tag two friends who love beauty as much as you do. The winner will be determined at random and I will announce the winner next week and contact you via instagram DM. You will have 24 hours to claim your prize or I will draw another winner. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Nightly Skin Care Routine: Wash Your Face and Moisturize Baby

The most common beauty question I get is on Slumber Party Beauty is about my skincare routine. I am considerably older than I look, and though much of it is due to my fly Mom's genetic code, a lot of it also has to do with my skin care regimen and lifestyle.

It's not fun. I don't drink, don't smoke cigarettes, and I stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen every single day. I'm also vegan, though that's a more recent thing, so it probably hasn't had much effect on my skin yet.

I'm not going to lie to you. It's a lot. I spend about 20 minutes each night removing my makeup and slapping creams all over my face. I, personally, love it. I view it as taking time for self care and investing in MYSELF.

Anyway, you probably want to get to the good stuff. So here we go. 

My Nightly Skin Care Routine

Part 1: Wash Your Damn Face

Guys, it should go without saying, but a shocking amount of people I've talked to don't wash all their makeup off every night. I get it. You're tired, maybe you're drunk, whatever, I'm not judging your lifestyle but I AM going to judge your dirty faces. You know what happens when your pores get clogged? They get mad and throw little pimple tantrums. WASH YO FACE!

1. Mascara Remover
I wear waterproof mascara, so I use a mascara remover to take it off. This stuff is from Japan, so it's called Heroine Make, which doesn't make any sense, because Japan. You put it on, let it sit for a couple minutes while you feed your cats their midnight snack, and then gently wipe it off with a tissue. No more scrubbing! It takes forever to ship but it's worth it and it's only $12 [link

2. Micellar Cleansing Water
Next, I take a cotton round and gently wipe the rest of my makeup off with some Micellar Water. I don't really understand what this stuff is made of that it can be so cheap yet so effective, but this really does the trick to get even my most stubborn waterproof eyeliner off. You can get this at any drug store or on [Amazon] for $6.59.

3. Oil Cleanse
I am a huge fan of Korean skin care products, and this Banila Clean it Zero is no exception. It has a waxy gooey kind of consistency and you just take a little dime size scoop of it and massage it into your face, then rinse it off with water. [link] $16.90

4. Foaming Cleanser
Then I use a foaming cleanser to get the rest of the residue from the oil cleanse off and to remove any remaining dirt and makeup. [link] $17.20

Part 2: Tone and Moisturize Baby 

So after you've cleaned your face, you're not done. You gotta lock in all that moisture and do some preventative and restorative care for your little wrinkles and uneven complexion baby.

5. Toner
All toners are not created equal. Some toners restore the pH balance to your face, some exfoliate and prep your skin for moisturizer. I use Pixi's Glow Tonic, which contains 5% Glycolic Acid. It sounds crazy to put acid on your face, but that's just a fancy word for an exfoliant. I can't tell you which kind of toner will work best for you, but this one works wonders for my skin. They sell Pixi at Target or you can get larger sizes on their website [here] from $6-$29.

6. Vitamin C Serum
Ooh baby I love this stuff. What does Vitamin C do? Isn't that the shit that's in oranges? Well, apparently it does a lot. “Vitamin C performs a variety of functions within the skin, including stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from environmental pollutants with its antioxidant properties, helping reduce visible discolorations on the skin and providing enhanced protection against UV exposure,” - Jennifer Linder, M.D., founder of Linder Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. [source] I opted for a serum that uses Asorbic Acid as the active Vitamin C ingredient and I got it on [Amazon] for $14.95. 

7. Eye Cream
Guys, I don't know if this stuff works, I'm gonna be honest. It's one of those things I've done forever, but had no control comparison, so I don't know how much worse the bags under my eyes would be if I'd never used eye cream. What I do know is that the skin under and around your eyes is very sensitive and more prone to wrinkles and discoloration due to sun damage, tugging and rubbing, and allergies. So I'm going to keep using it and hoping that it's doing something. I also don't remember this stuff being so expensive when I bought it, so I'll probably get a cheaper one when I run out. $34 from Sephora.

8. Night Cream
I live in Los Angeles, which is a literal desert with very dry air. I invest in some heavy duty Shiseido night cream which locks all the moisture in and it also feels and smells pretty fancy too. It's the most expensive item I buy regularly, but I have tried a lot of other moisturizers and they simply don't do the trick. My face is bougie. You can get it from Sephora for $60 or at any Shiseido retailer or department store that carries it. Make sure to get your neck too!

Part 3: Optional Stuff

9. Spot Treat
I don't have blemishes that often, but when I do, this little pink drying lotion does the trick. I don't understand what it is, but you just dip a q-tip into the pink stuff and put it on your blemish and by the next morning it's GONE. I mean it probably would take longer to work on cystic acne or really stubborn spots, but for the little annoyance here or there this shit is awesome. Hot Tip- let the pink stuff settle to the bottom so that it's thick before you use it. I got this at Nordstrom Rack ya'll, but they also sell it all over the place so be on the look out for it or get it on [Amazon] for $17. 

10. Clay Mask
About once or twice a week I'll use this exfoliating red clay mask. It's red/brown so it looks like I'm in blackface when I wear it, so maybe just wear it by yourself and not outside to let your dog out. I got it for shooting some promotional videos for Algenist, and it's kind of expensive, but there are all sorts of clay masks that will probably do the trick. You can get it at Sephora for $55. 

11. Moisturizing Face Mask
Less frequently, I'll put on one of these moisturizing face masks. I stocked up on them when I went to Korea and Japan because I meant to give them to my friends but I kept them all for myself. You can get these kind of masks at Sephora or on Amazon or any Korean grocery store. Look, here's a 16 pack for $9.75. 

PHEW. 

That is my NIGHTLY skin care regimen. It's a lot. I know. I do it because I have the time and means to do it, and also because I LOVE it. I realize, though, that this is unrealistic for most people who live busy lives. Also, this is what works for my skin, it may not work for yours! I have found this routine through trying out a ton of different products, and I'm sure if you ask me in a year it will be different. 

At the very least, I recommend that you wash your face every night and moisturize. WASH YOUR FACE. Seriously. Wash your face.

Do you have any holy grail skin care products you swear by? Let me know in the comments, I want ALL the secrets.