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Product Review: L’Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara

If you’re the type that likes to test out the latest, greatest makeup releases, my guess is that you love to test out new mascaras. If so, I’m right there with you. Mascara is one of those items that brands come out with constantly and trying new ones means you can find some new holy grail options. My personal holy … Read More

Best Face Masks to Get Rid of Maskne

Masks – we’re all wearing them nowadays. As a new norm in our society, we’re all making adjustments and incorporating them into our daily routines. And you might be noticing that your skincare routine needs some adjustments, too, to help prevent unwanted acne. Mask acne (or maskne) is something a lot of us are dealing with and it can feel … Read More

cariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review (& GIVEAWAY!)

Did you know that more people own a cell phone than a toothbrush? There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with that. Dental hygiene is something that has always been a priority for me. From a young age when my mom bugged me to brush and floss daily to when I was a total brace-face in my pre-teen years to now, it’s … Read More

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Serum

If your love for Trader Joe’s goes just as deep as mine does, you’re always going there and spending a crap ton of money on a bunch of fun snacks, new frozen items, and in the beauty aisle. What can I say, I’m a sucker for some affordable beauty products and if it’s from the mecca that is Trader Joe’s, … Read More

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Product Review: L’oreal Summer Belle Blush Please

Blush is debatably the only makeup category that I am the least intrigued with. Don’t get me wrong, i need blush when I do a full face of makeup, but blush launches don’t make me excited to spend my money on makeup. That being said, it’s still a must have in my daily routine. I get in the habit of … Read More

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Product Review: Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition Primer & Powder Foundation

Is it just me or has it been a minute since a bunch of new makeup launches have happened? There hasn’t been many exciting new launches recently, except for the Jaclyn Cosmetics lipstick launch which we all know how that one went. Luckily, some tried-and-true drugstore brands are releasing some new products for Summer, including Covergirl’s new Full Spectrum range. … Read More

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Affordable & Healthy Hair Products I Use On My Blonde Hair

As you might already know, I have had a blonde balayage since early April. Needless to say, I’m loving the blonde life, but I wanted to get my color-treated hair back to health quickly. And I didn’t just want to use any products — I wanted to use affordable hair products that actually had good ingredients. If you’ve ever searched … Read More

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Best Affordable Foundations For Every Skin Type

Foundation is debatably one of my favorite makeup items. It sets the stage for the rest of your makeup look and makes everything else on your face look better. There are a ton of foundations out there that claim to do it all and they range from dirt cheap to whoa that’s my entire paycheck. Although the expensive foundations are … Read More

Best Skincare Finds on Amazon

We all know the drill – you go on Amazon and you spend your entire paycheck on far too many things that you don’t necessarily need but hey, free two-day shipping makes it worth it, right? Amazon is a go-to for any and all things you might need in your daily life and they make it so easy. Too easy. … Read More

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Product Review: L’Oreal Infallible Freshwear Foundation

You all already know I am a sucker for new foundations. Whenever a new one comes on the market, I am always ready to test it, especially with the drugstore brands. Finding a great, everyday drugstore foundation can be a struggle, so I like to try as many as I can so you guys don’t have to! One of the … Read More

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Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial (Video)

IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING! I’m so excited – can you tell? Being on the cusp of Spring and warmer weather, I’ve been getting in the spirit with new fashion and makeup for the new season. With the transition of seasons, your style and look is bound to change up and get a refresh. So far, mine has been … Read More

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Rose Oil Hand Cream

Winter is still here. Bumper, right? Winter can be a total pain and it can also be super drying on the skin. These conditions makes it essential to moisturize and hydrate your skin. This might be total common sense for your face, but our hands are one area that is easy to overlook. Luckily, good ole’ Trader Joe’s has you … Read More

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Product Review: Colourpop No Filter Foundation Stix

I’ve been a Colourpop fan for a few years now. Ever since I first tried their liquid lipsticks, I knew it was a great brand. Since then, I’ve tried and tested out a ton of their products – their brushes, ultra blotted lips, concealers, and almost everything in-between. Colourpop recently released a line of foundation sticks that claim to provide: … Read More

Matte Lipsticks for Winter Under $6

I’ll openly admit that it’s taken me a long time to get comfortable wearing lipstick. I always thought it didn’t look good on me. But now I know what lipsticks work best on my skin tone, with certain outfits, and what finishes I prefer. I have grown to really love matte lipsticks. They are flattering on the lips, last for … Read More

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Product Review: Maybelline City Bronzer and Contour Powder

It’s winter which means having bronzer and contour as part of our makeup routine to make you look more alive is an absolute necessity. I’ve been a tried and true lover of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer for a long time now – it is the perfect amount of warmth, doesn’t have glitter or sheen to it, and lasts forever. … Read More

Purple-Blue Ombre Makeup Tutorial Perfect for New Years Eve

New Years Eve is just a few days away and it’s time to start figuring out what your outfit, hair, and makeup look will be! For us, we don’t have any big plans but this Purple-Blue Ombre Makeup look is perfect for a night out on the town ringing in the New Year. Let me know if you recreate this … Read More

Product Review: Maybelline Snapscara Washable Mascara

Mascara is one of those makeup items that I absolutely love testing out. Luckily, the drugstore has some great options and drugstore brands are always coming out with new mascaras. The latest and greatest mascara to hit drugstore shelves is the new Maybelline Snapscara. With claims to be a clump-free, volumizing mascara that can easily come off at the end … Read More

Rimmel stay matte fix & go setting spray review

Product Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Fix & Go Setting Spray

I used to think setting sprays were unnecessary. I mean let’s be real — it’s a spray that you use before and after your makeup to somehow keep your makeup looking better for longer. Although that sounds nice, it’s kind of a bouche makeup product. All the other makeup products are more important because without them, the need for setting … Read More

Should You Wash Your Face with Sparkling Water?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard of some crazy beauty techniques. I’ve heard of everything from using toothpaste to calm zits (doesn’t work) to using red lipstick under your eyes to color-correct dark circles (definitely can work). It all seems pretty crazy and most strange beauty tactics you hear about will probably not work. I tend to not … Read More

Trader Joe’s Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub Review

After my recent reviews of the Trader Joe’s Sheet Mask and the Trader Joe’s Hair Mask, I figured it only made sense to continue my way down the Trader Joe’s beauty aisle and try out another product you all might be curious about. On a recent TJs trip, the product that caught my eye was the Trader Joe’s Blueberry & … Read More

At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does It Work? (GIVEAWAY!)

Have you ever been in a situation where your outfit was designed to perfection, your makeup was pristine, but there was something missing that would’ve made your whole look 100 times better? I’ve been there and my missing piece was my smile. I always have a big smile on my face, but I always felt self-conscious that my teeth weren’t … Read More

How To Keep Your Makeup Shine-Free All Day + Natural Smokey Eye Tutorial

Have you ever applied your makeup, loved how it looked after you were done, and then 5 hours later it looks like a shiny mess? You’re not alone girl. I LOVE applying my makeup everyday. It’s something I legitimately look forward to. But I found that after a few hours of wear, my t-zone always started to get a little … Read More

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Rich Hydrating Sheet Mask

I know I’m not the only person obsessed with Trader Joe’s. How could someone not love the quirky atmosphere, killer prices, and incredible food?! But Trader Joe’s also has some pretty stellar beauty products, too. Ever since I found their Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask, I knew I would need to try more of their beauty products. On … Read More

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The Best Affordable Face Cream For Oily Skin: Walgreens Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer

Calling all my oily skin ladies and gents — I have found a perfect affordable face moisturizer for you. Run down to your Walgreens and pick up the Walgreens Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer. And I mean run, because this stuff is actually that good. Check out what makes this face cream the perfect option for you oily-skin ladies. Let’s start off … Read More

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Product Review: Love Beauty and Planet Dry Shampoo

Let’s get real for a second…we all suffer from second or third-day hair every once in a while. Maybe even fourth or fifth-day hair, but we don’t need to go into much detail on that one. But it happens to all of us. And luckily dry shampoo was invented to help prevent all of us from looking like a greasy … Read More

Covergirl Trublend matte made foundation review

Product Review: Covergirl Trublend Matte Made Foundation

Is it just me or are there a TON of new foundations coming out at the drugstore? It feels like every brand is releasing the latest and greatest foundation. And don’t get me wrong…I love it. I am all about getting my hands on some new foundations and beauty products to try. So with all of the recent foundation releases, … Read More

Stick Foundation Showdown: L’Oreal Foundation Stick Vs. Maybelline Foundation Stick

Stick foundations have been around for a while, but in recent months they have become much more popular. I remember when Maybelline released their Fit Me Stick foundation and it was the first of its kind in the drugstore. Although I’m personally not a fan of that foundation, it started a trend. We’ve seen high-end brands create amazing stick foundations … Read More

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New In Beauty: Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Foundation

I’m the kind of girl that’s always looking for new products to try, if you couldn’t already tell by how many new in beauty and product review posts I’ve done so far. I just love it. I am always open to finding new, amazing products that hopefully become go-tos for my regime. One product category I am literally ALWAYS trying … Read More

Product Review: L’Oreal Wrinkle Expert Moisturizer

Oh, drugstore skincare. My friend and my foe. I am a firm believer that you can find some holy grail, amazing skincare products at the drugstore; however, I’m also a firm believer that not everything lining that Walgreens or Target skincare aisle is going to be worth your time. It’s a can be a total gamble. It can be even … Read More

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New In Beauty: Walmart Beauty Box Subscription

Subscription beauty boxes have been popular for years now. It’s a great easy way to try out a bunch of different beauty products for a low cost. Most beauty boxes are based on a monthly subscription where you pay a flat fee each month and you receive a box of goodies on your doorstep every month. Since beauty boxes have … Read More

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Product Review: Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

Everyone needs a pep start every once in awhile. Whether it’s a tall glass of cold brew coffee or a high-energy workout first thing in the morning, sometimes adding a little pep to your day can turn things around. How about a little pep start to your skincare? Clinique released a range of “Pep Start” skincare products designed to give your … Read More

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Date Night Makeup: Copper Smokey Eye Tutorial

I’m all about a colorful smokey eye. They have there time and place. That time and place is date night. Using the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette, I created a coppery, sunset-vibes smokey eye look that is bold, yet wearable. Take a look to see how I created this stunning eye look to get inspired for your next date night makeup … Read More

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Best Affordable Face Sunscreens

One of the best parts about summer is being able go outside, enjoy the warmth, and relax in the sun. But there is one important aspect to being able to relax while basking in the sun — you need to apply sunscreen. Without it, you’re bound to do serious damage to your skin. And you shouldn’t just apply it on … Read More

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Product Review: Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash

Ever since my teenage years, my skin has always liked to cause issues. Whether it’s random blemishes or acne scarring, my skin never seems 100% content. My skin’s discontent always leads me to try new skincare products and a few weeks ago, I came across the Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash. Little did I know that this little … Read More

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Product Review: Pantene Micellar Shampoo & Conditioner

We all love micellar water — it easily removes our makeup and leaves our skin feeling refreshed. But what about micellar water for your hair? You may think it’s crazy, but the hair professionals at Pantene thought of it and created one-of-a-kind micellar shampoo and conditioner. To see if micellar shampoo and conditioner was the haircare of the future, I … Read More

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Top Nail Colors for Summer

During Summer, everything gets a little more colorful. This stands true for our nail color choices, as well. Sure — Christmastime is filled with red and glitter manicures and Autumn is filled with dark, vampy nails. But Summer is filled with bright, vibrant colors. For your next mani-pedi, consider one of these top summer nail polishes that are bound to … Read More

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April 2018 Favorites

April showers bring May flowers. April also brings a round of new monthly favorites. Throughout the month of April, I discovered some new goodies and rediscovered pastime favorites. Go ahead and dive on in to find some new favorites for yourself! Morphe 9A Always Golden Palette Morphe has been a go-to brand for me for awhile. They have amazing brushes and … Read More

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Best Face Masks Under $10

I’m a girl who loves a good pamper sesh. Sometimes taking some time to treat yourself well is necessary to relieve everyday stresses and a pamper session does just that. One of my favorite components of a pamper session is giving your skin some much-needed TLC with a face mask. Face masks can be extremely effective and beneficial for your … Read More

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Product Review: Trader Joe’s Hair Mask

On your weekly Trader Joe’s trip, do you ever find yourself wondering what their beauty products are like? If you’re like me, you wonder how well they work and how affordable they are. On a recent Trader Joe’s run, I decided to give in and purchase their Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask. Not only did the adorable packaging … Read More

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Travel Essentials For Your Carry-On & Checked Luggage

With spring and the warmer weather comes vacation season! Whether you enjoy jet-setting to a tropical location or tripping to the mountains for some camping, traveling to new places is a great way to spend the spring and summer months. For a little R&R, sightseeing, and food-indulging, Greer and I are flying to Miami this week. I know not everyone … Read More


Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

The quest for the perfect beachy waves has been time-consuming and strenuous but ladies and gentlemen, I have finally mastered the art of beachy textured waves!  Ever since high school, I’ve been curling my hair on a near-daily basis. I’ve used numerous curling irons and wands, tried out an abundance of hair products claiming to help make your hair more … Read More

Monthly Favorites: March 2018

Peace out, March! Hello April! Every month on O & J, I will be posting a handful of my favorite things from that month. It can be anything from makeup to food to people to places. In March, I found some pretty spectacular items. And I’m excited for what’s to come in April…maybe a little adventure is in order? Stay … Read More


New In Beauty: Botanics Skincare

If you haven’t already figured it out yet, I love skincare. I love putting makeup to the test and creating beautiful makeup looks, but having great, healthy skin makes a huge difference. You’ll never see me go to bed with makeup on or see me skip out on my SPF and you shouldn’t either — your skin is too important … Read More

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Product Review: L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation

When I heard about the new L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I have sensitive, combination skin and the L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation seemed like the answer to my prayers. So, I picked up my shade at my local Ulta and gave it a good test. Let’s do a little … Read More


The Essentials I Keep In My Handbag

I’m a girl that’s always on the go, so I need my handbag full of the essentials and ready to tag along with me 24/7. I’m also the kind of girl who doesn’t love carrying a large purse. I like a small, compact crossbody that I can toss over my shoulder; however, small bags make carrying all of your essentials a … Read More

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Everyday Makeup Routine

Every girl needs a good go-to makeup look. It’s the look that you feel comfortable in every single day. Although I love to play around with makeup, I too have a tried-and-true, everyday makeup look. The products change here and there, but the look remains similar — a nice, light coverage base and a simple eye. It’s a classic. In an attempt … Read More


Best Affordable Highlighters

In the past few years, highlighters have taken over the beauty world. Everyone is obsessed with having that healthy glow and I am no different. I love a good glow, but I’m not about to pay $20+ for it. I’ve been on the hunt for highlighting gems at the drugstore and indie brands that give the perfect amount of glow … Read More

February 2018 Favorites

Another month bites the dust! Wow. That actually fits the melody really well. Well, February 2018 has come and gone. It was a short month, but it was filled with some pretty fabulous things. I made some life-changing decisions, tried out some cool new products, and discovered some new favorites. Although everything below is definitely a favorite of the month, my … Read More

Product Review: St. Ives Cleansing Sticks

When I first saw St. Ives advertising their new Cleansing Sticks, I knew I had to give them a try. I love the concept. It’s an easy-to-use stick cleanser that targets a multitude of different skin issues. To me, that sounds pretty wonderful. But is it actually as wonderful as it sounds? Well, I have to say that they certainly … Read More

Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter has its pros and cons. It’s filled with fun holidays, snow days, and comfort foods, but ’tis the season for dry, parched skin. It is crucial to incorporate some ultra moisturizing products into your skincare routine so you can keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. Here are a few of my favorite winter skincare additions worth adding … Read More

Must-Have Drugstore Makeup Products

If you are like me, you love drugstore makeup. One school of thought is that you have to get high-end products to get high-end results. Well, think again. There are plenty of makeup products at the drugstore and mass retailers that are true gems. Instead of having to try out every product out there (although I do encourage playing with … Read More