Treat Yo’ Self: Friday Night Pamper Session 17

Treat Yo' Self:  Friday Night Pamper Session // Being Leanna

Treat Yo’ Self: Friday Night Pamper Session

Every Friday evening I like to teat my skin to a little extra pampering. I’ll do my normal evening skincare routine and with a couple extra steps to make the night extra special. I love doing this because it’s such a relaxing way to end a long week at work. Today, I thought i’d share the special products I add to my nightly routine to add in a bit of extra pamper to my normal routine. 

Let me just start by saying that my skin has been a nightmare lately. Winter always is harsh on your skin but this year it’s been unbearable. My skin is dry and dull and i’m trying everything to fix it. 

Treat Yo' Self:  Friday Night Pamper Session // Being Leanna

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

I start my routine with my usual makeup wipes and then I head into the bathroom to cleanse my skin with my favorite hydrating cleanser. The First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser is my favorite gentile cleanser. Every teeny tiny speck of dirt, every fleck of leftover mascara and even a lip stain comes off with this stuff. The creamy formula feels extra lush on your skin and it’ll leave no residue. The best part? Your skin stays nice and plump, no dehydration at all, talk about pampering.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask

Bubble masks have been all the  rage lately and while I was curious, I never really thought that they would be effective. Turns out, I was way wrong. I’ve got the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask and it has worked wonders on my dull, dry skin. The formula contains Vitamins C&E, aloe, and soy protein which work in conjunction to whisk away the old cells and make room for the new, deeply hydrated ones. Use between 3-5 pumps and massage evenly into your skin. You’ll notice the orange gel turn into a thin white film on your skin. Don’t worry, it’ll soon start to tingle and expand on your face. It feels like thousands of tiny pop rocks are going off on your skin. Leave this on for 5 minutes or for all of the bubbles to dissipate and then rinse it off. You’ll notice instantly brighter and plumper skin with just one use.

Lush Lip Scrub- Bubblegum

This has been my go to lip treatment for years and years now. After using a mask and before moisturizer I like to slather this all over my lips. Only a small amount is needed and the pot will last you forever. Scrub the sugar into your lips and either rinse or lick it off. Your lips will be left feeling plump and free of any dead skin cells. Toss on your favorite lip balm (mine is anything from Nivea) and get ready for extra super duper luscious lips in the AM. After your lips are taken care of it’s time to go back to the rest of your face.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask

I love me a hydrating mask always but especially in the winter. I purchased this overnight mask for the first time over a year ago when I was flying to Europe. Airplanes are known for drying out your skin so I picked this baby up to combat that. Boy did it ever work. Now, I use this once a week in the winter to keep my skin plump and happy. I apply about a dime sized amount all over my face (except my eye area) and bring down any excess to my neck. This absorbs pretty quickly and it continues to hydrate your skin as you sleep. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you’ll remember me raving about it multiple times. Like here, here and even here.

VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

If you’re wondering why I said I avoided my eye area when applying that First Aid Beauty mask this would be why. I’ve been trying out these eye masks and have become obsessed with them. They’ll be getting their own post in a few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that. Here’s a little sneak peek though, they work well! I was happy that I found an eye mask that didn’t just slide right off of my face. Does that happen to you guys, or just me? Usually eye masks are so gooey that they just slip right down my face. That’s not the case with these.

That is my Friday evening pamper routine. I just add those 5 products to my normal evening routine and it feels extra special. Let me know what products you use when you’re looking to pamper yourself!

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The Best Makeup of 2016 6

The Best Makeup of 2016 // Being Leanna
Hey everyone! On Monday I posted my top skincare and hair favorites of 2016 and today i’m back with the best makeup of 2016! I’ve included everything from foundation to brows and everything in between. If you’re on the hunt for some new goodies to spend those holiday gift cards on, this is the post for you!
Favorite makeup of 2016


The Best Makeup of 2016

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Everyone under the sun went crazy for this earlier in the year when it was released and admittedly, I was skeptical. It’s fantastic. This bronzer basically melts into your skin and stays put all day. The huge annoyance though is the strong coconut scent which i’m sure most people love. It’s still a good enough bronzer though where I still use it every day.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream- Antwerp

I bought this on a whim a couple months ago and wore it to my friends wedding. Wowza is the formula of these great. They are matte without drying out your lips and it stays on forever. There are 34 shades so there’s definitely something for everyone. I can’t wait to pick up more.

Colourpop Sculpting Stix- Dove

I am not a huge contour person. I love how it looks but for me personally, I think I look best with a bit of bronzer and some highlight. But, then I bought this sculpting stick from Colourpop. It makes contouring so easy and the colors are pretty subtle so even someone like me can do it without over-doing it. If you’re interested in learning to contour and need something inexpensive, pick this up!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip- Baracuda

This is a warm, rosy satin lip color and it looks amazing on my fair skin. If you’ve got lighter skin it’s hard to find a rosy color that isn’t too red on us. This is a tie for my favorite shade and the formula is lovely. The staying power is great for the $6 price tag so there’s no reason not to grab it. 

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

The best CC cream I’ve ever used. I wear it every day and I love it. It stays on all day, evens out my skin tone and covers up redness without being full coverage (it doesn’t even look like i’m wearing makeup!). I’m so in love that I’ve mentioned this quite a few times on the blog so i’m sure you’ve heard everything I could ever say about it. If not, check out my reviews other posts: Finding the Right Foundation for you, Summer Beauty Favorites, and Summer Staples with SPF.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer 

I love bronzer so much, I couldn’t pick one so, here’s the third. This one was my first love. Hoola is perfect in every way. If I had to pick just one forever it would be this one. The matte finish is it’s biggest selling point for me and it’s supposedly the best selling prestige bronzer in the US so i’m sure ya’ll know if it’s greatness. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil- Demolition

I have been buying this eyeliner since the early 2000s and I haven’t strayed. The formula is perfectly creamy and matte and there just isn’t anything better. I use this in my water line every single day and it lasts all day. I’ve got about 5 shades and they are all perfect. If you’ve never tried this than you’re missing out. 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip- Viper

Everyone needs a beautiful dusty rose colored lip in their arsenal and this is the best one going. This shade is one of the few from Colourpop that doesn’t dry out my lips and it literally stays on all day with no touch-ups. Through lunch, coffee and multiple cups of tea this stuff doesn’t budge. 

Fragonard Belle Cherie Perfume

I know this one is hard because everyone has different scents that they love but if you’re a floral person you need this in your life. The Fragonard perfumes are perfection. I got to visit their perfumery in France in 2014 and learned so much about fragrance. This stuff is so good that you can spray it on your skin and still smell it the next day. No joke. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

If you need a lightweight under eye concealer this is the one for you. I’ve got fair skin so every imperfection is especially visible but this concealer covers up even my darkest of circles without creasing. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

It’s the best if you love a rubber applicator. The shape of the brush head really grabs at every teeny tiny lash and the formula is great. I have naturally straight lashes and I can attest to the fact that this mascara truly keeps my lashes curled until the end of the day. Plus, it now comes in brown! I love me a brown mascara. 

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Two words, rose gold. It looks great on anyone and it is so pigmented that it’ll last you forever. This has the right amount of shimmer that’s glow-y and not glittery which is the perfect amount of shimmer for me. 

NARS Blush- Deep Throat

I know you’ve all heard of the cult favorite shade Orgasm, but have you ever tried Deep Throat? It’s my personal favorite, I’ve been buying this since I started wearing makeup. It’s a softer pink with gold shimmer where Orgasm is more of a coral pink. This applies so easily and it feels like it melts right into your skin the powder is so fine. Deep Throat leaves your cheeks with a natural looking flush.

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow- Rosy Taupe

One of the prettiest rose colored shadows I’ve ever seen. The shimmer is beautiful and it’s specially formulated to be used either wet or dry! I often do a base layer all over my lids wet and then go over it again with a dry brush. This would be an especially amazing shade for New Years!

e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil

I know what you’re thinking. An eyebrow pencil from elf is good? Yup. The shade is perfect for my blonde eyebrows. It is such a struggle for us blondes to find a shade that isn’t too dark. The formula is even pretty good! I’m not really into doing my eyebrows but I am into filling in sparse spots and this is just the ticket. 

Phew! We’re all done. Thanks for settling in for that one, I know it was a lot but I couldn’t narrow down my favorite makeup any more! Everything I mentioned is really that good. Now, I want to know, what are your makeup favorites of 2016? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Skincare and Hair products of 2016 15

The Best Skincare and Hair Products of 2016 // Being Leanna

It’s time again for a new year and a recap of all the products I’ve been loving this year! Today I’m showcasing all of the hair and skincare products that have wowed me this year. Some are old standbys that I can’t live without and others are new discoveries this year! Don’t forget to let me know your favorites so I can check out some new products in 2017!




StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

This is the best product to put on top of a moisturizer. It visibly reduces your pores and it locks in hydration. This pore refiner keeps your skin matte and works as an excellent primer with the added anti aging benefits of retinol. It’s expensive but, it’s lasted me a year and become a staple in my skincare routine.

Lush Dark Angels 

Hands down the best face scrub I’ve ever used. It leaves your skin cleansed, smooth and not at all dry! The black carbon coloring is a bit scary to rub into your face but it’s extremely effective and rinses off easily. 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask

I bought this for the first time over a year ago because I heard it was amazing for your skin while flying. Airplanes are known for drying out your skin so I wanted to find the best moisturizer out there. Ever since I’ve been sleeping in this mask about once a week and I’ve noticed a vast improvement in my skins hydration and plumpness from regular usage. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I’ve heard about this product for years and never bought it. Boy was I missing out. If you have a fresh blemish this is the best thing you can put on it. It dries it right out and it will be way less visible by the morning. Pop this on all of your spots after the rest of your skincare routine and let it do it’s thing. 

Yes To Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

I can’t vouch for it’s fine line reducing claims but I can vouch for the amazing hydration this has been providing my under eyes for years. You only need to use the tiniest amount and you’re good to go. This is perfect for day or nice use as it absorbs quickly and your makeup won’t settle into it. 

Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum

I will be the first to admit that i’m not always great at getting into a nighttime routine. Luckily this product is both a toner and a serum in one. It smells like roses (yes please!) and it does double duty work. Perfect for the lazy girl in all of us. While toners usually dry out my skin, this one does the opposite and it’s been great for the dry winter months. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisturizer

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this dozens of times on the blog but this is my all time favorite moisturizer. I’ve been buying this for years and it has yet to disappoint. It hydrates my skin so well and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Unfortunately it no longer has an spf but it’s easy to layer one over the top because it’s so lightweight. 

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser

If you have dry skin this is the cleanser for your. The FAB cleanser is extremely gentile and somehow manages to keep your skin hydrated. It’s magic. This creamy cleanser is also great for sensitive skin. 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

I bought this last year with a Christmas gift card and it’s been the best high end purchase ever. Worth every penny. This is a retinol oil that will make your skin glow with hydration, calm redness and reduce some fine lines. Never has my skin looked better than when I was using this regularly. Luckily, a few small drops go a long way. If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck you should check out their Power Couple Duo which I reviewed here

Shangpree Pore Tightening Mask

This is the best clay mask i’ve used on my skin. Pores are my number one concern, I’m sure they’re only visible to me but they are pretty large on my cheeks and they drive me crazy. Upon washing this perfume scented mask off my pores are left visibly reduced and somehow my skin is not dried out. How a mask can get rid of dead skin, tighten pores and hydrate is beyond me. 


Nume Curling Wand

Any curling wand will do actually. This one has just been a favorite for me because it’s the only one I have. I’ve been obsessed with curling my hair lately and I’ve gotten it down so it rarely takes me more time than straightening my hair. Adding a curl really helps to change up your look.

Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream

If you have frizzy hair this stuff is the bomb . com. It really helps to reduce frizz (or static!) while keeping your hair from looking like a big greasy mess. It’s marketed for medium to thick hair but I’ve got fine hair and it still works amazingly. Just use less!

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray

As I just mentioned I’ve got fine hair. That means anything with the word volume in it becomes my best friend. This is the best hairspray I’ve found for fine hair because it provides hold without being sticky or clumpy or hard. It’s perfect for anything from fly-aways to up-dos.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

I’m sure everyone and their mother has tried this and I’m no exception. It’s a tried and true product that i’ll continue to buy for years because it works. My hair is healthier and shinier because I use this before putting any heat on my hair. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Let me be honest here and say that this only beats out Living Proof’s dry shampoo because of the scent. If you have not smelled an Amika product you haven’t lived. It’s so good they have a room spray. It’s also a pretty great dry shampoo and it does wonders with giving your second or third day hair volume. 

What are your favorite skincare and haircare products of 2016, let me know in the comments below!!

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ColourPop First Impressions & Review 7

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Hello Friends!

I’ve been hearing about ColourPop cosmetics for a long time and had never tried anything out, until now! The temptation became too much and I had to dive in. ColourPop prices are incredibly affordable and I had been hearing so many good things from all the bloggers and YouTubers I watch so, I did some research,found some colors I wanted and placed an order. 

I grabbed 7 items in total: 3 lip colors, a highlight, a contour and two eyes hadows. I’ve had these for about a month now and was trying to think of an original idea for a post and came up with basically zilch. So, to try and be a bit unique instead of just reviewing these products i’m letting you know my first impression and my 3 week impression so you can see how some of my opinions changed drastically. You can’t always fall in love with something on the first try. So today i’m letting you know if it’s worth it to spend your hard earned moolah on ColourPop. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Ultra Matte Lip- Tulle

First impression: Love the application and texture. The formula is not too wet where it feels runny and not too thick where it’s hard to apply evenly. Very impressed for the $6 price tag. The color however? Wow, not for me.  The website description was “Not the douchey kind but a dusty mauve burgundy” and that sounded perfect. The teeny tiny swatch picture looked pretty good too so I took the dive. Didn’t work out. Too dark for my comfort but, i’ll keep it in case I decide to go really vampy one day. It’s a beautiful color just not for super fair skinned people. 

After 3 weeks: I can honestly say I’ve given it the ole college try but, I have yet to wear this out of the house. I’m still loving the formula but the color is not at all for me. This was my main reservation about buying from ColourPop. I don’t like buying makeup without trying it out first and so far I was 0-1. 

Worth it? The formula- heck yes, the color? heck no. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Ultra Matte Lip- Solow

First impression: Same great texture and application as Tulle and a 100% better color for me. Love Love Love. I wore this out of the house immediately after applying it and was pleasantly happy with the staying power.

After 3 weeks: Still rocking this all the time. The matte formula doesn’t dry out my lips too much and I only have to reapply once a day which is great. I’m incredibly impressed with this especially because it’s only $6. This redeemed the matte lip products for me so i’ll definitely be purchasing some more. I’ve got my eyes on a few of their holiday sets. 

Worth it? Heck yes. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Lippie Stix- Lumière

First Impression: Holy cannoli do I love this color. And the texture, and the packaging, and the ease of application (no mirror necessary!), and that all of their products are scentless. Love everything. 

After 3 weeks: Still love this and wear it the most often out of the 3 lip products I purchased. The creamy consistency is fantastic but, it doesn’t ever seem to set which would be fine if I never ate or drank anything. It comes off all over on my mugs and cups. For $5 though that doesn’t really bother me. ColourPop has this same color in a lip pencil that I definitely want to grab to test out that formula. Have you guys tried their lip pencils?

Worth it? Heck yes. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Sculpting Stix- Dove & Venice

First impression: These are going to be funnnnnn. Ohhhh, they are fun. Oh wow, this highlighter seems to not do much. This contour though is fantastic. The consistency in these sculpting stix are great, creamy without being too soft. Plus, they blended out incredibly well. Dove is the perfect contour shade for my fair skin. It’s a darker color but it’s not too brown, it’s got more of a grey undertone which helps to create a shadow instead of looking dirty. 

After 3 weeks: Venice I could do without. I like the consistency but the color is just not a highlight for me. It does look lovely under my eyes as a bit of a brightener but in no way is it a highlight. Dove, the contour shade, is incredible. I’ve used this every day in place of my normal bronzer and i’m obsessed. My contour is far from being on fleek (do the kids still use that term?) but it’s getting exponentially better. For $5 you can’t beat these. Plus, the sculpting stix can be bought in 12 different shades so you’re bound to find one that works for you. 

Worth it? Dove- heck yes. Venice- Heck no. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Eye Shadow- Muse

First impression: Looks like a penny, feels like a cloud. I’ve heard from practically everyone that tries ColourPop that the texture of their shadows is unique and it definitely is. The texture is incredibly lightweight and almost spongy like a mixture between a cream and a regular shadow. I really wanted to test out the longevity of this by itself so I didn’t use any primer and applied this all over my lid. It looks fantastic.

After 3 weeks: I’m liking it but i’m not in love with it. I love a metallic lid in the fall/winter especially this universally flattering copper color but the formula isn’t really my favorite. It looks nice for a couple hours and then disappears completely. I’ve been using Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray primer on my lids and that’s really helped to make this last longer but still not forever. I’ve honestly found that applying this with my fingers works the best but, i’m not convinced this is worth the $5. 

Worth it? Heck no, I want a shadow that lasts all day. 

ColourPop First Impressions & Review // Being Leanna

Eye Shadow- Bill

First Impression: Stupid name, great color. Bill is a sort of purple-y grey and I love it on my eyes. I’ve got green eyes and purple really looks great with them but I’m not a fan of BAM IN YOUR FACE purple eye shadow so this is great. Even if you don’t have green eyes this shade is great. It’s like an amped up neutral. Plus, the texture is so cool.

After 3 weeks: I wear this every day that I don’t wear Muse. I find that the matte shadow lasts way better than the metallic and sometimes I even use this as a base for  Muse. The staying power for the matte shade was so dramatically different from the metallic shade that i’ll be buying some more for sure. Let me know your favorites in the comments below!

Worth it? Heck yes. 

Overall Thoughts:

Depending on what you get I think the price points are definitely worth the trade off for not getting to try things out in person first. If you don’t like a color you’re only out about $6 which isn’t the end of the world. Plus, you can always give away the products you’ll never use. I’d say to do your research before buying for sure though. The swatch pictures on the ColourPop website aren’t that great so do some Googling or Pinterest searching for swatches of the colors you’re interested in. They’ll help greatly. 

Question of the day: How do you feel about ColourPop? 



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Philosophy: Cleanse, Refine & Renew Kit- A Re-discovery

Philosophy: Cleanse, Refine & Renew // Being Leanna

Hello Readers!

I think this may be cheating a bit because i’m updating an old post but my skin has been freaking out lately (yay season changes!) so I went out and grabbed this amazing Philosophy kit again because I had such amazing results the first time. Instead of doing a whole review again I thought i’d just update my old one! 

The kit is definitely an all in one skin regimen. The Cleanse, Refine & Renew kit by Purity promises to do all of that by giving your skin a smoother appearance while also keeping your skin hydrated. Purity is the cleanser that’s included and it basically sells itself, everyone and their mother raves about this product. Renewed Hope In a Jar is the moisturizer and is essentially the pumped up version of their best selling Hope In A Jar. And finally, there’s a two step peel. One jar has crystals and the other has enzymes.

The price of the Philosophy kit is $75 but if you add up the prices of all the items separately it’s well worth it. Purity normally runs at $24, Renewed Hope in a Jar is $47 and the Resurface peel is $72 ($36 if you half that price because the kit only gives you 1 oz of each instead of the 2 oz if you purchase it alone). Let’s take a look at each of them a bit more closely.

Philosophy: Cleanse, Refine & Renew // Being Leanna

Purity Made Simple

This is a cleanser made for any skin type that effectively removes makeup while also hydrating the skin. I personally love this Philosophy cleanser because it doesn’t dry out my skin at all. I find a lot of cleansers leave my skin feeling tight but with Purity i’m left with soft, hydrated skin. Yes, it’s even effective at removing my makeup, even lip stains. Another huge upside to Purity is that it doesn’t have a scent and it’s excellent for sensitive skin. (I was able to use this even when I had sunburn and it didn’t irritate my skin at all) And, this cleanser is relatively cheap for a non-drugstore brand. At only $24, 8 ounces is going to last you forever.

Philosophy: Cleanse, Refine & Renew // Being Leanna

Renewed Hope In A Jar

This moisturizer is basically the updated version of the highly loved, Hope In A Jar. I wasn’t sure how to feel about this moisturizer, but I’m in love. It’s not my favorite moisturizer of all time, but man does it hydrate. The consistency is so lightweight and soft that it really melts into your skin. In better words that I could come up with here’s what Sephora has to say “This groundbreaking formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, three forms of hyaluronate, plus an Asian fruit extract—delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits. It refines skin’s texture while visibly improving pores and fine lines for a youthful appearance. Skin is left with soft, dewy smoothness and a re-energized healthy-looking color and glow.” Since repurchasing Renewed Hope In A Jar I can confidently say that this is definitely in my top 5 moisturizers. 

Philosophy: Cleanse, Refine & Renew // Being Leanna

Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel

I just used this on my skin an hour ago and all I want to do is touch my face… it’s that soft. I’m going to a wedding this weekend and cannot wait for how great my skin is going to look in pictures. I have never had such smooth, plump, and healthy looking skin as I have right after using this peel. The two step process is easy to use and you can feel and see results. Step one is the manual exfoliant that you put all over your face (they suggest 1 tsp) and gently rub it in circles. Trust me, you do not need to super duper rub this into your skin.

Next, take bit of the “activating gel” (lactic/salicylic acid) and gently place that on top of the crystals. You’re going to see a bunch of white foam and feel a bit of heat, but that’s a good thing! You can rub this all in if you want, but I personally go pretty gently. Just rinse it off and look how awesome your skin looks! I use this once a week and I am continuously blown away by how my skin feels afterwards.

Question of the Day: Do you guys use Philosophy products? What do you think of these?

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