8 Tips to Help your Hair Grow Long and Healthy

As some of you may know from watching my Instagram stories, (cough if you don’t follow me, you should cough cough- @shanialexis #shamelessplug) I am doing a no heat/no dye challenge. I haven’t dyed or used heat on my hair, since springtime and even then it was sparingly. I’m doing this because my hair was super dry and damaged from being on a face medicine drug called accutane for a whole year. I’ve been researching the best ways to bring my hair back to life and help it grow long and strong. Here are some tips I’ve been using along the way. I’m already seeing progress and I hope this inspires you to be patient with your hair.

1.  Products Are Important


Since starting this hair care journey, I only use Fanola products. Their products are made in Italy and Italy uses some of the best ingredients. Their Free No Yellow Shampoo and conditioner is amazing. It keeps my hair toned, since I’m not dying it. It’s free of sulfate, silicone, and paraben, so it’s not harsh like many other purple shampoos. Their Nutri Care system has really helped replenish my hair. I like to rotate between the No Yellow and Nutri Care system.

2. Hair Growth from Within


A lot of stunted hair growth and hair thinness is caused by hormones and stress. I wanted to do everything I can to provide my body what it needs to grow my hair long and strong. There are a lot of hair vitamins on the market that aren’t so good.. I did deep research and found that Nutrafol was exactly what I was looking for! It was hard to find one vitamin that had all the important nutrients for hair growth, but they’ve got it all covered! To name a few very important nutrients, collagen, ashwagandha, and saw palmetto.

3. Eating Nutritious Vitamin Rich Foods


I eat a fat, fiber, protein and nutrient rich smoothie every day with things like collagen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, kale, and blue berries. Check my Instagram posts for bi-weekly smoothie recipes.

4. Staying Active


Science shows that hair growth actually happens more when your scalp is stimulated and when there is greater blood flow in your body. I do 10 min of HIIT three times a week on my lunch break. It sucks at first, but by the end my whole body feels better because it gets my blood pumping.

4. Hair Care Routine


Something I’ve been a lot better at is brushing through my hair more gently. I’ve always been way to rough with my brushing. This Wet Brush really helps! Although, I try not to brush my hair when it is actually wet though. As I said, I no longer use heat, so I’m wearing my hair up a lot. I do it loosely and use scrunchies. They are so much better on your hair than a traditional hair tie. I try to keep my hair from getting too dry by applying Fanola’s Oro Therapy 24k a couple times a day. If you think of your hair like a sweater, it will help you better take care of it. If you over wash a sweater and don’t use a fabric softener. It will get tough and possibly even holes in it from the over washing. The ends of your hair are dead, so you have to take care of them.

5. Limit Washing, but Don’t Go Too Crazy with Dry Shampoo


Which brings me to my next point, I only wash my hair once or twice a week. This keeps it from being in its most fragile state, aka being wet. This is when your hair is most likely to get damaged. Try to only use dry shampoo once or twice a week, and don’t use too much. It can clog your scalp pores, which will keep your hair from growing.

6. Scalp Care


Scalp care is important. I swear by using baking soda to exfoliate my scalp. You can feel a huge difference. It’s like your scalp can finally breathe afterwards. This will help get rid of any product or oil build up on your scalp. Also, another little tip I have found online is to bend over, so that blood is rushing to your head and use a brush to rub all around your scalp like you are exfoliating your scalp with the brush. This helps remove dead skin cells and stimulate your scalp. It feels really good!

7. Sleep with a Silk/Satin Pillow Case or Hair Cap


I’ve had this silk pillow case forever and I love it. It’s hard for me to remember to sleep with a hair cap, but that’s even better! If you think about, you are sleeping for 1/3 of your life, so hair care why you sleep is important!

8. Don’t Use Heat or Dye Your Hair, Instead If You’re Brave Invest in a Great Wig


This is probably the best tip I have for you. This saved my hair. I no longer had to use extensions that can damage your hair or heat on my hair every time I was doing a photo-shoot. Dinner on a Friday night, I just throw on my already styled wig. If you’re going to go this route, you can get comfortable with a cheap synthetic wig. However, if you’re going to want to wear it out in public often you’ll want to invest in a real human hair wig. They can be pretty expensive, especially if you get a very realistic looking one like mine. Try to get one with darker roots, they tend to look more natural. I got mine at Freedom Couture. Nicki Minaj wore one of their wigs once, so they are the real deal if you want something luxe. There are definitely more affordable options out there though.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Good luck with your hair care journey. xoxox

The Best Electric Toothbrush

I’ve never gotten a cavity because I love brushing my teeth. I thoroughly enjoy that fresh mouth feeling right after you brush. With my love for brushing and my love for technology, of course I recommend everyone to use an electric toothbrush. I remember when I got my first electric toothbrush. I was in first grade and asked for one for Christmas. LOL I was a strange child. My dentist could actually notice a difference when I started using an electric toothbrush; my my mouth was healthier than ever. From all the electric toothbrushes I’ve had through the years, I can honestly say Smile Brilliant’s cariPro Electric Toothbrush is my favorite!

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What makes this toothbrush different from any I’ve tried before are its five brushing modes. I love that I can target different areas of my mouth differently and with all these modes to choose from, I never get bored while brushing. This toothbrush also lets you know when to switch from each quadrant by buzzing when 30 seconds is up. It will also shut off when brushing time is over at 2 minutes. With it’s 40,000 vibrations per minute, your teeth will be healthier and whiter than ever!

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The cariPRO comes with a wireless charging dock, but I don’t have to charge my toothbrush often because it has a battery life of 30 days. The cariPro also comes with a replacement toothbrush head. Their replacement brush heads are really affordable for the quality you’re getting. Other premier toothbrush heads can run over $10 for one toothbrush head, but Smile Brilliant offers a 2-pack for $13. Another upside is that Smile Brilliant generously offers a 2 year warranty, which gave me peace of mind.


What I loved most about the Smile Brilliant’s cariPro Electric Toothbrush is that I can mindlessly brush without having to put a bunch of work in. I’m usually a zombie before I have my coffee in the morning, so it makes my morning routine more effortless. I think we can all appreciate an easier morning routine.


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Happy brushing!

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home


I’ve always worked hard to keep my teeth looking clean and white. I’m a compulsive brusher, brushing my teeth at least three times a day. Throughout my life, I’ve used a lot of different whitening products on the market. This time I wanted the power of a professional whitening method, but I didn’t want to have to make a trip to the dentist. My days are really busy, that’s why Smile Brilliant Whitening Trays were the perfect whitening choice for me. I was super excited that they wanted to collaborate and send me the system to try and review!

Whitening Treatment at Home

Smile Brilliant sends you impression material, so that you can make impressions of your teeth at home, send them back, and receive custom-fitted whitening trays, just like your dentist would make. Custom-fitted trays get your teeth looking whiter than ever because it allows the whitening gel to cover every single tooth and reach all the nooks and crannies of your unique smile. Smile Brilliant’s whitening gel is dentist strength, 22% Carbamide Peroxide in 3ml syringes.

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My T3 Sensitive System came with 3 whitening gel syringes. Each syringe has enough gel for 3 applications, so I did  9 different whitening sessions. The kit also comes with 3 desensitizing syringes, so I desensitized after the treatment each time. A common myth floating around is that teeth whitening can damage your teeth, but that’s actually not true. Professional teeth whitening is incredibly safe. Teeth sensitivity is normal when whitening, but it can be annoying, so that’s why I love that Smile Brilliant offers desensitizing gel to help with the discomfort.

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Custom fitted whitening trays from your dentist can cost over $500. Smile Brilliant’s system is just under $150 and you can use it in the comfort of your own home. I hate having to take a day off of work to go to the dentist. Smile Brilliant makes the experience simple with their easy-to-follow directions, great customer service, and free postage.

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It was so easy to stay in my normal routine with Smile Brilliant’s custom trays. They fit perfectly on your teeth, so I didn’t have to worry about them falling off when playing with the dogs or being uncomfortable when I’m trying to relax and read. You actually forget that you have them on! I had to make sure I set an alarm, so that I wouldn’t leave the whitening treatment on too long. Before.png

As, you can see my teeth weren’t extremely stained in the before because I always use drug store whitening products and I don’t drink a lot of soda and coffee, but I could still tell a huge difference. I had a lot of other people noticing my pearly whites too! The great thing is Smile Brilliant customizes your whitening system kit to your sensitivity and your level of stains. I don’t have the most perfect straight smile, so sometimes I get self conscious of my teeth. When my teeth look gleaming white and clean, it really gives me an extra boost of confidence.

Great news!! Smile Brilliant wants me to give one of you a chance to have a kit for yourself for free! For a chance to win a  T3 Sensitive Kit for yourself or a friend, you can enter here: ” www.smilebrilliant.com/g/shanialexis“.

If you’re excited to try Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening custom trays and don’t want to wait, you can use my coupon code: “shanialexis15” and shop the best kit for you here: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/product/teeth-whitening-trays.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my whitening process. I’m here to help! 🙂

The Best Purple Shampoo

So it seems like all my life I have been searching for the best purple shampoo. I never really noticed a huge difference when I used them. I wanted one that really helped me get the ashy grey undertones that some call “icy blonde”. I naturally have dirty blonde hair and when I get it highlighted, it often pulls brassy gold undertones. I even had to use purple shampoos when I dyed my hair brown in high school because purple shampoos help get rid of brassiness for brunettes as well.


Last winter, my friend started using Fanola’s No Yellow Shampoo and she couldn’t stop raving about it. Her hair was so ashy and amazing! It was like she got it freshly dyed, but it was just her shampoo! I reached out to Fanola and asked if they would send me some to try and I also fell in love.


I try to go as long as I can without getting my hair highlighted to be better on my hair. Sometimes I go over 6 months and this shampoo helps keep my hair looking good while I wait it out. The great thing is I only have to use it once every two to three weeks because it works so well. Most purple shampoos are more harsh than regular shampoos, so you really don’t want to be using them more than once every couple weeks. You’ll want to be careful not to leave it on too long because it can give your hair a purple tint. One time, I left the No Yellow Mask on my hair for like 30 minutes in the bath tub and I had major purple tint for a couple days, but it actually looked pretty cute, so I didn’t complain.


I wasn’t paid to write this post. I genuinely just love the product I was sent and wanted to share it with ya’ll looking for that staple purple shampoo. It is on the more pricey side, but I have had mine since this winter and still have plenty left! It’s a very quality shampoo, so a little goes a long way. Fanola carries many other great products. I’m still trying out all of the other products in their hair care package.

Is Your Foundation Breaking You Out?

Recently, I had a tragic experience with a foundation I was using.

Let me fill you in on my struggle with acne. (Skip this paragraph if you don’t care) I started getting acne before I ever wore makeup. My parents made me go to the dermatologist in only sixth grade because they saw that I was already getting moderate acne at such a young age and they didn’t want it to get worse and cause scarring. At the time I was super nervous to go to the doctor and embarrassed about the whole situation. I am now very grateful that my parents made me go to the doctor back then because I’ve been able to keep my acne primarily in check. Although it has been a constant battle. I have been on the high risk acne medicine, Isotretinoin (Previously known as Accutane) two different occasions. Most people can use this acne medicine for 4- 6 months and never have acne again. I was part of the 2% that was not so lucky, although it has helped me more than any other medicine. My skin was clear for about a year after using it. I will probably have to go on the medicine for a third time because over the past year I have started slowly getting my oily skin back and my familiar breakouts.

I have had some of my worst breakouts in my life this past year. Horrible cystic acne, on and off. I realized one of the big culprits.


MAYBELLINE Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

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I started using this foundation because I wanted a more affordable everyday foundation than what I normally used which is Estee Lauder Double Wear. I had heard really great things about this foundation in the beauty community and I liked the coverage and matte finish it gave me. Right when I started using it I noticed worse than normal breakouts. I figured it was a coincidence or my skin needed to get used to the makeup. After I ran out of the foundation my skin cleared up. I again thought it was a coincidence and was because I wasn’t as stressed, so I decided to repurchase. A couple weeks into using it, I had the worst breakout of my life. Cystic, painful acne all around my mouth. I decided to look up reviews about this makeup. What I found was horrifying… Tons of stories of people that never had acne until they used this product. Check out some of those reviews here: https://bit.ly/2GmyquJ. I felt like I immediately needed to warn people about this foundation on my Instagram story. I received over 20 messages from girls that also had a similar experience. (Does this mean it will break you out? Maybe not, but if you are someone with sensitive skin, I would be careful using it.) I then was on the journey to look for a new drugstore foundation that wouldn’t break me out. I started looking into what pore clogging ingredients to stay away from. This foundation has several PEG ingredients, which can clog pores. When doing my research about other ingredients, looking for a new foundation became very overwhelming. (List of ingredients to stay away from is at the bottom of this blog) Most of the great coverage foundations recommended in the beauty community were full of pore clogging ingredients. I decided to do a lot of research to find the best foundations for your skin that are also known for great coverage in the beauty community because most people with acne prone skin don’t want to give up the great coverage of a foundation.

Here are some tips for makeup application when you have acne prone skin:


Look for a foundation with water as the main ingredient. Water is obviously not going to break you out, so if you find a foundation that makes your skin look great and water is the main ingredient then you’ve found a winner!


Find a foundation with a pump. A pump foundation keep your foundation from being exposed to the air, which can cause bacteria and change the formula of the foundation.


Some people are sensitive to SPF foundations because of an ingredient called oxybenzone. If you find you are allergic to oxybenzone, find a sun protectant that uses zinc oxide or or octinoxate instead.


Clean your beauty blenders, brushes and sponges!


Be careful of silicones, talc, and sulfate ingredients. Some people’s skin does not react well with those ingredients. Test things out and see what works best for your skin.

The Five Best Drugstore Foundations for Acne Prone Skin

#1 Almay Truly Lasting Color Foundation 

It’s been awhile since I’ve used this foundation, but I remember really liking it because it’s non-comedogenic. I used it for a long time. Contains vitamin E which can help fight acne. If you’re sensitive to makeup with SPF then I would not advise using.

#2 Neutrogena® Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup

I have personally used this foundation as well and liked it. It has Salicylic Acid to help fight acne, so I would only use this product if you have oily skin. Non-comedogenic and oil-free.

#3 Revlon Color Stay Foundation

I recently started using this foundation after finding out about Maybelline Fit Me. My acne has cleared up a bit. It definitely doesn’t last as long as my Estee Lauder Double Wear, but I am liking the formula.

#4 Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

I haven’t used this foundation yet, but I had a couple friends who have acne-prone skin recommend it to me and it has great reviews.

#5 Loreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation 

I also have not tried this foundation and was recommended it. Dimethicone is the second ingredient listed, so be careful if you are sensitive to silicones.

The Five Best High End Foundations for Acne Prone Skin

#1 Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 

This foundation has a lot of street cred. Two acne-prone Youtubers said this foundation is a holy grail for them. I personally think it is a little too oily for my skin and some do say it breaks them out because of their skin is sensitive to coconut water. If you love coconut-infused products, you will probably love this foundation and it’s vegan!

#2 Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

This is my holy grail foundation. Many full coverage foundations make people break out, but this one has great ingredients.

#3 Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation 

A little pricey, but Koh Gen Do always uses great products for your skin.

#4 Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free

This vegan foundation is known for it’s amazing ingredients and with helping with breakouts.

#5 Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation 

If you want a glowy foundation, this one may be for you. It’s very hydrating and is also vegan.

The primary causes of acne are

  • Excess oil production
  • Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)

So most likely, your foundation is not the only reason you have acne, but some foundation ingredients can make your skin breakout worse. Everyone’s skin is different. A foundation that works great for one person may break someone else out, so keep this in mind when testing out my recommended foundations. The list of ingredients to be careful using is below. I hope this blog helps! I wish you all clear skin. 🙂

High- higher chance of clogging pores. Medium- medium chance of clogging pores. Mainly be aware of the top five ingredients in your foundation.

High Acetylated Lanolin
High Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
High Algae Extract
High Algin
Medium Almond Oil
Medium Apricot Kernel Oil
Medium Arachidic Acid
Medium Ascorbyl Palmitate
Medium Avocado Oil
Medium Azulene
Medium Behenic acid
Medium Benzaldehyde
Medium Benzoic Acid
Medium BHA
High Bismuth oxychloride may cause cystic acne
High Butyl Stearate
Medium Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Medium Cajeput Oil
Medium Camphor
Medium Capric Acid
Medium Caprylic acid
High Carrageenans
Medium Cetearyl Alcohol
High Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Medium Cetyl Alcohol
Medium Chamomile
High Coal tar
High Cocoa Butter
High Coconut Butter
High Coconut Oil
High Colloidal Sulfur
High Corn Oil
High Cotton Aws Oil
High Cotton Seed Oil
High Crisco
High D & C Red # 17
Medium D & C Red # 19
High D & C Red # 21
High D & C Red # 3
High D & C Red # 30
High D & C Red # 36
Medium D & C Red #27
Medium D & C Red #40
High Decyl Oleate
High Dioctyl Succinate
High Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
High Ethoxylated Lanolin
High Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Medium Evening Primrose Oil
High Glyceryl Stearate SE -MUST have SE after the stearate
High Glyceryl-3-Disostearate-(MUST have a “3” with it)
Medium Grape Seed Oil (extract is OK)
High Hexadecyl Alcohol
Medium Hexylene Glycol
High Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
High Isocetyl Stearate
High Isodecyl Oleate
High isoproply linoleate
High Isopropyl Isosterate
High Isopropyl lanolate
High Isopropyl Myristate
High Isopropyl Palmitate
High isostearic acid
High isostearyl acid
High Isostearyl Isostearate
High Isostearyl Neopentanoate
High lanolic acid
High Laureth 23
High Laureth 4
High Lauric Acid
High Linseed oil
High Mink Oil
High Myreth 3 myrstate
High Myristic Acid
High Myristyl Lactate
High Myristyl Myristate
High Octyl Palmitate
High Octyl Stearate
Medium Octyldodecanol
High Oleic Acid
Medium Oleth-10
High Oleth-3
High Oleyl Alcohol
Medium Olive Oil (but Olive Oil Extract is OK)
Medium Palmitic Acid
Medium Peach Kernel Oil
Medium Peanut Oil
Medium PEG 100 Distearate
Medium PEG 150 Distearate
High PEG 16 Lanolin
High PEG 200 Dilaurate
Medium Peg 75 lanolin
High PEG 8 Stearate
Medium Pentarythrital Tetra Isostearate
Medium PG Dipelargonate
Medium PG Dipelargonate
High PG Monostearate
High Polyglyceryl-3-Disostearate (the “3” must be present)
High Potassium Chloride
High PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
High Propylene Glycol Monostearate
High Red Algae
Medium Sandalwood Seed Oil
Medium Sesame Oil
High Shark Liver Oil
High Salt – Table Salt or Sodium Chloride
High Sodium Laureth Sulfate
High Sodium Lauryl Sulfate-leaves a film on skin-clogs pores
High Solulan 16
High Sorbitan Oleate
High Sorbitan Sesquinoleate
High Soybean Oil
High Steareth 10
Medium Steareth 2
Medium Steareth 20
Medium Stearic Acid
High Stearic Acid Tea
Medium Stearyl Alcohol
High Stearyl Heptanoate
High Sulfated Castor Oil
High Sulfated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba beads are OK)
High Syearyl Heptanoate
Medium Tocopherol (Tocopherol Acetate is OK)
Medium Triethanolamine
Medium Vitamin A Palmitate-(ONLY this form of Vitamin A)
High Wheat Germ Glyceride
High Wheat Germ Oil
High Xylene


6 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I wanted to share with you the six beauty products I find myself always using before I leave the house. Don’t wear a lot of makeup? I use these each of these products when I do a more natural look like the look below.


1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation


This foundation is heaven sent!! I have combination skin. My skin is naturally oily, but I use drying acne products. I have so much trouble getting foundation to stay on, but this is the most long wearing foundation I have found yet and the best coverage!! This foundation looks a little cakey by itself, but once I put on my powder, it looks perfect. Beauty gurus all rave over this baby. It retails for $42.00. It is a steep price, but a little goes a long way and because it lasts all day, you won’t waste product reapplying. You can always save it for special occasions and use a cheaper foundation for everyday use. I use the color 2N1 Desert Beige.

2. Maybelline Instant Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer


The best under eye concealer! I use this as a liquid highlighter. It instantly makes me look more awake. Retails for only $7.94 at Walmart. Beauty gurus rave over this one too! Super easy to apply with the sponge top! A great drug store product. I use the lightest shade fair, because I use it to highlight and create dimension.

3. Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder SPF 16


If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to give this one a try! I have repurchased this powder foundation ever since I first tried it in 7th grade! (That was over 10 years ago.)  I originally bought it because I was trying to find a good foundation that didn’t break me out. My dermatologist told me to look for something non-comedogenic and oil-free. This product is both of those things and more! It is also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, dermatologist approved, and cruelty-free. It has a matte finish and helps get rid of my oily shine! I love that it is a powder that has great coverage and that it has SPF 16 to help protect your skin. A more affordable alternative to BareMineral Powder Matte Foundation. It retails for only $10.68 at Walmart. The only downfall is the limited color options. I use the color creamy-natural. It comes with a small brush, but I always use my own large kabuki brush.

4. Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant

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Always have chapped lips?! You need to try this! It is very similar to vaseline, but thicker and works ten times better! I put it on every morning and night before I go to sleep. They do have smaller options than this huge tub that I have. I have tried the Aquaphor Lip Relief and it did not work as well for me as the healing ointment. I once was on a very strong acne medicine called Accutane. (It is a pill that dries your whole body out extremely bad. My lips would crack and bleed.) This was the only thing that would help my lips! Everything else I had to reapply every five minutes to feel any relief. I swear by this stuff! When applying, know that a little goes a long way!

5. Revlon Eyelash Curler


This eyelash curler of mine is ancient! Whenever I buy a new eyelash curler, I always end up going back to this one. I think it’s because I’m so used to it. The technique of using an eyelash curler is more important than which one you are using! It is all about patience. Start at the base, hold for seven seconds, move to the middle of the eyelashes, hold for another 7, and then last to the tips. I have really short, stubby lashes, but I often get compliments that I have nice lashes and it is all because of the curl! If you are doing a quick natural makeup look, don’t skip curling! It’s an underrated step. I know these are scary to use at first! Watch a few YouTube tutorials and practice. Every girl should own one of these babies!

6. LashBlast Fusion Mascara


My favorite mascara!! I’ve tried numerous high end mascaras and I always go back to this affordable drug store mascara. Whenever I use a different mascara, my lashes end up sticking together and it looks like I have five lashes. This gives you volume and length.  The oversized spikey brush, helps give my lashes volume. It it is almost like using a teasing brush on your hair. I never use the waterproof formula. Waterproof formulas are hard to get completely off. It is bad for your lashes to not breathe at night. It dries them out! My lashes became much healthier when I stopped using waterproof mascara. Retails for only $7.68 at Walmart. I use the color very black.

These make great stocking stuffers and small gifts! Girls love trying new beauty products.

Let me know the beauty products, you couldn’t live without in the comments below. 🙂 I’d love to try them!

Does your makeup bag frustrate you?

My makeup bag and my makeup organization drove me nuts. There was never a makeup bag big enough to carry all my products. I have four Naked palettes, so just my eyeshadow alone was hard to fit in any makeup bag. I hated having to empty out my makeup bag every time I did my makeup. It made for a mess and products were scattered everywhere. Plus I could never find what I wanted to use. Doing your makeup is a long enough process without searching for each product you need next. After I won the title of Miss Gem City, I was doing appearances every week, so I knew I needed a better way of organization for my makeup. I decided to buy a train case. I love mine! I purchased it on sale for $75 and it was originally $110. It seems like a steep price to pay for a makeup case, but I searched at every makeup store at the Mall of America to find the best case and the best deal. Mac offered a more lightweight Travel Case for $175, but that was out of my budget and I wanted a case that had shelves. I would rather my case have shelves and be heavy than a giant light weight makeup bag. Online, Sephora has many different options of train cases for $110, but if you want something cheaper, try looking at a Sephora store like I did or Ulta has even cheaper cases!

My train case even came with keys, so I can lock up my expensive makeup when I want to! Check out a 5 sec video of me opening and closing my train case here.