Instead of doing a monthly favorites, I want to try out a new monthly feature. Beauty Newbs is about completing a monthly round up of new products that were released this month. If I have tried them, I’ll give a mini review and if not I’ll try to inform you as much as I can about the product and share some reviews I have found.

For January I am going to start with the well awaited, Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks. According to TrendMood, there are going to be 30 shades in total! They are taking a full leap into this line, no holds bar. These 22 matte and 8 metallized shades became available on the Urban Decay website January 19th.

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Tarte Cosmetics has expanded their shade range in the Rainforest in the Sea foundation. I swatched this foundation before and really liked the consistency but none of the shades really matched so I passed it up. I hope I can find a shade match in this expanded collection to try this product out and make it worth it. I am on the hunt for a more nourishing since my skin is a bit more dry in the colder months.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills has launched their Lip Palette on the 10th of this month and I have seen it all over beauty community. I don’t know if I would spend the money on it for my self because I am so simple when it comes to lips, but if that is your go-to or you are a professional artist it is perfect for you. The versatility is amazing and the possibilities are literally endless.

 

I have yet to own a product from Milk Makeup but I am in love with the brand. The aesthetic of their online presence and the innovative nature of their products sets them apart. On the 9th, they launched their Blur Stick. Sephora’s website states the it is “A colorless, oil-free primer to blur the look of imperfections on all skintones.” I am interested to see if it can live up to those claims!

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The Maybelline Big Shot Mascara has also hit the shelves this month with a big social media campaign. Influencers MakeupShayla and MannyMUA! I love trying new mascaras and I am excited to go pick this one up later this week. This mascara claims to be volumizing, giving you lashes #LikeABoss.

These are just some of the products that have been on my radar this month. If you have seen anything that you placed on your mental wishlist, be sure to comment below!

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When it comes to “Instagram Makeup” it is about the sharpest uber-winged liner, the most defined of cut creases, highlighter for days, and the boldest of brows. I love these types of looks because they are artistic and fun to admire while getting lost in those transformation videos. However, it seems like these heavy looks are taking over but are they practical for everyone or beauty enthusiast, I don’t think so. Here are some of the things I think are going to fade a little bit and have quickly become too overdone.

Crazy brows have got to go! A great, bold brow is everything but there is a line between bold and too much to handle. I am not talking about the fun glitter or colored brows, or a day where we just were a little heavy with the brow powder, I am talking about sharpie-like brows. Your brows help to frame your face and draw attention to your eyes, they should not be the only thing people look at. Desi Perkins did a video not to long ago on creating a bold brow if your natural hairs are sparse that could be helpful! If you have crazy eyebrows with a mind of their own like me – just fill in the sparse spaces with a light hand.

With highlighting we need to remember the ‘less is more’ principle. The super glittery and sparkly highlights that are over-applied aren’t all that great, especially for photos. You also want to avoid accentuating the texture of your skin with too much highlight. Don’t be fooled by all of those insta photos because most of them are Face Tuned and edited to smooth out the skin. The subtle natural glow is definitely does more to flatter your skin rather than a golden mask of glitter. I am obsessed with this look by Rachael Brook, it looks effortless and draws the right attention to the right places. She has a video walking you through the steps of this look if you are interested!

What is with all the oils?! I was first introduced to oils and serums as something you put on at night to nourish your skin but all of a sudden they are all over these videos as something that goes under your makeup. I personally do not think this is effective for a full face day because with my already oily skin, I would look like a greased chicken by the end of the day. Not a good look.

Unconventional makeup tools arise on my feed everyday and I just wonder, is using an expensive silicon bra insert really worth it. I mean, its weird and when it comes down to it, your hands are the best DIY makeup tool. The warmth of your hands melts face products into the skin, blends really well, and packs eyeshadow on like no other. These extra “tools” are not really all that necessary.

When it comes to makeup, I believe in people feeling comfortable in their own skin and enhancing their features. Softer looks are timeless and are making there way into the spotlight inspired by artists, like Patrickta and Rachel Brooks, and influencers.

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Switched foundations and have a stock full of those you don’t love as much as you used to? Is it too light, too dark, too dry, too oily? I have some hacks for you that can help you to get your money’s worth out of those products.

If your foundation is too light for your skin, you can achieve some highlighting and contouring pretty easily. Using foundations is great because they melt into your skin and looks the most natural. This is even a recommended method for those with medium to dark skin tones. It is good to use the light shade in your t-zone (the high points of your face) and the shade that matches your neck everywhere else.

If you have a foundation that is too dark for your skin tone you can use that under the cheekbones, on your neck, on your temples, and down the sides of your nose. I also like to use a little bit mixed into my foundation to make it a little bronzy.

I tend to switch up my foundation depending on the months. I tend to go for heavier, mattifying foundations in the summer and more moisturizing foundations in the colder months. More full coverage, matte foundations tend to exaggerate my dry patches when the air is more dry. When my skin is more dry I like to mix it with my moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer. It gives me a little bit of coverage and nourishes my skin at the same time!

If your favorite foundation is turning a bit oily on your t-zone make sure you use a powder in those spots. Focus that foundation on your cheek bones to help give you that J.Lo glow without all that crazy powder highlight everyone is obsessed with on Insta. I mean, I love a dramatic look but it isn’t for the every day.

I hope these tips were helpful. Below you’ll find some of my favorite foundations I’ve tried:

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Yes girls can get hair on their face and yes there is a way to get rid of it EASILY. It can be pretty annoying and slightly embarrassing, especially if it is pretty dark. Here is the way I get rid of my unwanted peach fuzz and exfoliate my skin at the same time.

The tool I like to use has a few different names. Some brands call it an eyebrow shaper, others call it a face razor, but they are all the same. They are not like the razors you use to get rid of your leg hair. They are smaller and easier to maneuver on your upper lip and around your brows.

They are also great because it gets rid of any dry skin you may have. Mine is most prevalent around my nose on on my chin. I start off with a clean face and then pull my skin a little taught and use the shave against the way my hair naturally grows. Depending on the state of the area you are using it you’ll need to wipe the residue onto a tissue between strokes. Afterwards, my skin feels so soft and I make sure to nourish my skin really well. I don’t recommend doing this every day because it can irritate your skin if you overdue it. I just kind of do it when it becomes a little noticeable.

You can find these shavers almost anywhere. I ordered my first set on Amazon but I have also found them in CVS before. Below a few different ones are linked to make your search a little bit easier! Learning this trick made me more comfortable on clean faced days and makeup application is much smoother.

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I am on a mission this year to take better care of my skin by changing my diet and creating a solid skin care routine. In high school breakouts were inevitable especially when I had to wear those awful field hockey goggles. My forehead was a mess of sweat induced pimples and zits. I am now starting my sixth semester in college and it is time to start #adulting a bit more and taking better precautions to maintaining clear skin. In this series, I am not talking about those hormonal PMS breakouts that are essentially out of our control, thanks Mother Nature. This is more about those flair ups that happen here and there from maybe a new product your trying, being lazy about washing your face at night, or a diet overloaded with oils and fats.

I want to start by implementing the little things that can make a difference. Mostly because I want to be realistic with myself. I know I will not stick with an extreme diet change for more than a few hours and definitely will not keep up with an extensive nighttime routine. Be honest with yourself and make slight changes that will be challenging at first but you know you can expand upon later.

 

Drink more water! This is super important for your skin care and overall health. I am guilty of always opting for soda or juice (anything sweet) instead of water like I should. Some like to do the gallon a day thing but my bladder just cannot hold that type of stress, I need to build up to that. I am starting by holding myself accountable to at least 3 full glasses per day. If you can push yourself to do more, even better!

 

Experimenting with different products to add to my skincare routine is important to the development of something you can stick with day and night. I have slowly been investing in new moisturizers, cleansers, and mask to see how my skin responds. My most recent purchase is the GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer. I have only been using it for a few days so I will do a full review after about a month.

I am also going to try decreasing my intake of junk foods. More specifically salt and fried foods. I notice a big change in my skin with the changes in my diet and less healthy foods. Now I am definitely not looking to cut those things out of my diet completely, but they can be reduced. Moderation is key!

I am initiating these things this week and am looking forward to healthier skin! What will you incorporate into your life?! If you have any tips comment down below.

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