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I have a bad problem with dry chapped lips. How do I exfoliate them so I can apply lip balm and lipstick and make them last throughout the day? Also do you have DIY exfoliation tips? Thanks!

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I normally use a tooth brush! It can be a bit harsh though so don’t scrub too hard or too long. But I think it works really well :)

To make your own lip scrub you can mix sugar and olive oil, sugar and water, sugar and vaseline & sugar and coconut oil. You can make a super small batch to use once or make a larger batch and store it in a small air tight container and keep it for a week or two. I normally like to use twice the amount of sugar to any liquid I combine with it so a 2:1 ratio so it’s fairly chunky.

I like to exfoliate every other night and apply lip balm right after so when I wake up my lips will be super smooth and plump and ready for lipstick. I find when I do it at night the lip balm like sinks in so my lips look bigger the next morning! :)

forgive me for my clumsiness but... whats the difference between a lip, brow, and eye pencil? why can't i use one pencil for all three (tho that may or may not work depending on colours lol)? i know they have brow and eye pencil duos, soooo...?

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Well the main difference between brow pencils and eyeliner pencils is the texture. Brow pencils will dry to more of a powder finish while eyeliner pencils are more creamy and intense. You can use an eyeliner for brows but it might look too harsh and fade off easier because it’s too creamy. 

Lip liners are usually really creamy as well and normally can’t be used as brow or eye pencils cause well they are pink or lipstick colored! lol

But thats totally normal to question why they cant be used for both. Just know for brows you want more of a waxy, powder like pencil thats not super pigmented so it looks more natural instead of a super creamy, pigmented pencil for the waterline. :)

What are your favorite drugstore products?

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Check out my Best of the Best Drugstore post here :)

It’s under the Makeup Tips link on the top of my page where you can find many more how to’s and makeup tips!

Do you have any tips for taking off your eye makeup? I try to be gentle but then I have a hard time removing all of my makeup completely and when I apply more pressure I end up losing eyelashes (and I don't have very many to begin with).

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Get a cotton ball or cotton pad and get it pretty wet with eye makeup remover and place the cotton pad/ball over one eye and just let hold it there applying light pressure for about 20 - 30 seconds. The makeup remover will help break down the eye makeup without tugging or pulling. After about 30 seconds you’ll only have to wipe a few times to remove the product left behind!

Another tip is to wipe gently down, not up or side to side.

Of course a great eye makeup remover makes it easier. Some of my favs are Sonia Kashuk’s Eye Makeup Remover (sold at Target), Clinique Take The Day Off, Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover & Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover :)

Hey! do you know or a dupe for mac craving? Ibelieve thats what its called

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Milani Plum Rose and Maybelline Bit of Berry are both SUPER similar to MAC Craving :)

I have really weird skin. My nose and chin are always kinda dry and flaky. my forehead is always really oily and so are my cheeks. I am really pale as well I like wearing foundation but I hate being able to really tell that I am wearing foundation. I want a foundation that won't make me look oily and won't bring out my dry spots. plus I want it to look natural. do you have any recommendations? is there something I could do to my skin to make it not look so cakey? (I don't put much makeup on)

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For combination skin I always recommend what I do, which is have a skin care routine catered to more dry skin and a makeup routine thats catered more towards oily skin. So have a good thick, intense moisturizer to use at night, avoid using dry skin care opt for a more gentle face wash and toner and such & exfoliate weekly to get rid of dry flakes. This way your skin won’t be dry so you can still use a long wearing foundation and you won’t have any dry spots to worry about! This method works best for my combination skin. 

Your makeup can look cakey even if youre not wearing much and sometimes your skin is to blame for that. Dry patches will make it obvious youre wearing makeup so putting makeup ontop of dry skin will usually look cakey. It could also be the foundation so try different foundations as well.

To fix this you make sure you treat your dry skin like I mentioned above by using a good moisturizer, exfoliate weekly and use gentle skin care.

Check out my post all about how to not look cakey here :)