Teami 30 Day Detox Review

The holidays did me dirty. 

So many tamales. So much wine. All the carbs. 

After the new year I was desperate to jump back on the wagon but felt so sluggish and fatigued I couldn’t motivate myself to get my shit together. 

Enter the Teatox. 

  
I have to admit I have always scoffed at the women who promote tea detoxes on social media and silently judged them for promoting something that likely didn’t work just to make a quick buck. 

I am not a fitness model. Clearly. I’m not even into fitness. My favorite part of going to the gym is leaving. I’m a mom. I work a full-time, high stress job. I have an affinity for candy and simple carbohydrates. I’ve been curvaceous my entire life but as most curvy women can attest, you constantly have to tow the line between sexy thick and sloppy thick – and the difference between the two is usually a couple good months of no holds barred eating and too many nights parked in front of a Real Housewives marathon. The struggle is all too real. 

So after getting desperate for a kick in the ass and doing some heavy Amazon research I was convinced, and placed an order for a Teami 30 Day Detox. 

The detox is made up of two different teas. One is the “Skinny Tea” and the other is the “Colon Cleanse”. 

The Skinny Tea is a loose tea you drink first thing every morning. I purchased the cute Tumbler they sell with a built-in strainer so I could take my tea on the go but a $2.99 tea ball from Wal-Mart would work just as well. You can drink as much as you’d like throughout the day to curb cravings. I enjoy my tea black and though it has great flavor on its own but you can add lemon or sweetener to taste. The tea does curb appetite and help to reduce bloating. I actually was able to wean myself off coffee completely in the process. 

  
The Colon Cleanse comes in a tea bag that you steep for 1-3 minutes and drink before bed every other night while you’re on the cleanse. The longer you steep the teabag, the stronger the effect will be. The name says it all – it will certainly clean you out the next day – but it’s not uncomfortable and you won’t be running to the bathroom all day. For anyone who has an impossibly sluggish digestive system like me, this stuff is a lifesaver. I found that after a couple weeks the I was getting used to the tea and the effect wasn’t as strong so I started steeping the tea for 5 minutes instead of 3 and that did the trick. 

Combined with calorie and food tracking (I limit myself to 1320 calories per day – but I do let myself cheat a bit on the weekends) I was able to lose an incredible amount of bloat with this cleanse. I dropped inches and lost 5lbs in 30 days – but what really impressed me was how I looked. My body just looked slimmer and less bloated. I had energy, didn’t feel sluggish or fatigued and was fitting into my clothes better. 

 

Weeks 1-4
 
All in all I was incredibly impressed with the Teami Detox and will definitely make it apart of my lifestyle moving forward! 

You can purchase the 30 Day Detox here.  Use code 10MEGAN at checkout for 10% off! 

(L) Day 1 (R) Day 26
 

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Serum Foundation 101

  
Just when we think we have amassed a makeup collection that covers all the bases – some brand new product hits the market that we simply cannot live without.

For me, that product is serum foundation.

Thanks to the overwhelming influence of Korean beauty trends, these light, fluid foundations are popping up on the shelves from basically every relevant brand in existence.

What is a serum foundation?

The name is pretty self-explanatory but basically it’s an extremely fluid and lightweight foundation (similar to the texture of a traditional skin serum) that has a natural, skin-like finish while also offering coverage. Obviously you’re not going to be getting the same type of coverage from a serum foundation as you would from a full coverage liquid but it’s definitely enough to even skin tone and balance texture.

Why do I need this?

Although the heavy-duty foundation definitely has a place in your makeup bag, a lighter, more user-friendly everyday foundation is something that has been a bit of a unicorn for me. BB Creams are light but not buildable. Foundations with non-matte finishes melt of by the end of the day. So because this type of foundation is light and thin, you are able to customize the amount of coverage you get. Use 1-2 drops for a sheer, natural finish. Use 3-5 drops for more coverage with a matte finish. Let’s not forget that many also come with broad spectrum sunscreen up to SPF 30 – which eliminates an extra skincare step in the AM.

How to apply:

For light, sheer coverage: Dispense a couple drops onto a round end of a damp BeautyBlender and apply directly to the skin by bouncing the sponge up and down.

For fuller coverage: Dispense 3-5 drops onto the back of your hand and buff onto the skin in circular motions using a synthetic foundation brush such as this one (steal!) or this one (splurge!).

Try these:

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This multitasking BB water with SPF 30 is an ultra-hydrating and oil-free formula that creates a sheer, radiant finish that lasts all day. It delivers a demi-matte complexion that’s never flat, creating a natural-looking canvas, and it minimizes the look of fine lines, pores, and blemishes. This unique BB water allows you to build coverage and does not cause any drying, cracking, or caking during wear.

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, $60 – No Foundation Foundation Serum instantly softens imperfections and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and pores with neuropeptides without settling into fine lines. A luxurious fluid texture ensures a semi-matte suede finish with a breathable second skin effect.

Sephora Teint Infusion Etherial Natural Finish Foundation, $24 – The ultra-fluid texture of this formula flawlessly melts onto skin for buildable light-to-medium coverage and the feeling of wearing no foundation at all. The formula glides on for foolproof application and moisturizes to create visibly smoother skin.

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation$33 – Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel- serum formula. With a virtually weightless feel, this formula is extraordinarily comfortable, lasting for hours. With stay-true colour and sheer medium buildable coverage, it softly blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines, while also controlling oil. The addition of Moisture-Fusion Complex provides immediate and all-day hydration, leaving skin feeling quenched and silky to the touch. The unique dropper provides you with a drop of perfection.

…or make your own!

Take a medium to full coverage foundation that you already have (I’m using Revlon ColorStay in Fresh Beige)…

  
and dispense a nickel sized amount to an artist’s palette or, in my case, a blank CD…

  
Grab your favorite skincare serum (mine is KAPLAN MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate)

  
Dispense 1-2 drops directly into the foundation.

  
Add more serum or foundation until you get the consistency you like.

Mix.

  
Voila! Your own serum foundation.

  

Rose Gold

Prep: 

Cleanser: Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

*This item came in my September Ipsy bag! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE

Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic

Moisturizer: KAPLAN MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate

Face: 

Primer: Too Faced HangoveRX and Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser in the T-Zone

Foundation: L’oreal Infallibe Pro-Matte Foundation in 103 & MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20 (Mixed)

Concealer: Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer in Light and MAC Pro Longwear in NW25 (Mixed)

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Contour: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate

Blush: Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Shimmering Lotus

Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal and Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

Brows:

NYX Eyebrow Shaper

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil in Base 2

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in Soft Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius

Eyes: 

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Shadows:  Morphe 35O Palette (currently Sold Out. Follow @morphebrushes on Instagram for re-stock details)

Liner: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Closeup Lash Liner in Black (waterline) & Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Liner in Black

Lashes: Eyelure by Vegas Nay in Grand Glamour

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara in Black

Lips:

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Pencil in BFF and MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipstick in Shy Girl

Laura Geller Beauty

October Favorites

November Favorites

  1. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild, $7.99

I have been hearing nothing but good things about this surprisingly affordable dry shampoo so I picked one up and it certainly did not disappoint. It makes my second and even third day hair look fresh, soft and bouncy while leaving the most beautiful scent. My main issue with a lot of dry shampoos is that they do not absorb well, so you get this white, dusty look after using – but this guy absorbed all excess grease and then disappeared without a  trace. I will definitely be repurchasing!

2. Sonia Kashuk Color Crazed 10pc. Brush Set$36.99

I picked this brush set up at my happy place (Target) because I loved the dark-teal color of the brush hairs. I mean, how gorgeous are they? Fortunately their quality is equally amazing so these babies are here to stay. They are all great and multi-functional brushes but the crown jewel is this little baby right here. It’s a contour brush with dense bristles that picks up the perfect amount of bronzer and carves out your cheekbones while perfectly following the natural curves of your face. Seriously, it makes contouring a snap, even if you’re not as experienced with makeup. In my opinion, this guy is worth the $36 price tag by itself, and the other 9 brushes are a bonus. This is a limited edition brush set that is currently available at Target in limited quantities, so I would grab them now if you’re interested.

3. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer$32

I was on the fence about purchasing this primer but I’m so glad I did. This is an ultra-hydrating primer infused with Coconut Water to brighten up the skin while also smoothing the surface. It is so hydrating and lightweight I am tempted to use it as a moisturizer (don’t do that, I’ll let you know why in another post). Makeup glides right over it and blends to perfection. Did I mention it smells amazing? Like an island vacation? Well, it does. My only suggestion would be that if you have a very oily t-zone (as I do), layer a more mattifying primer to those areas only to control excess oil.

4. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, $26

I don’t think there is a beauty guru on the planet who has not tried this highlighter and come back to sing its praises. I am no exception. This beautiful illuminator gives me the most gorgeous, golden glow. If your goal is to attain a cheekbone highlight that can be seen from space – this is your guy.

5. Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in Light

I had a hard time justifying the price of this concealer with how little product you actually get but once I used it it all made sense. This full-coverage concealer literally covers everything with one, tiny drop. It is a very thick consistency but still blends flawlessly. It’s perfect for highlighting as well as covering undereye bags and dark circles. Set it with a translucent powder for zero creasing and all-day staying power.

6. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Berry & Melted Fig, $21

I originally bough this lip color for the novelty, I mean, it’s a lipstick melted down into a liquid. That’s pretty cool. Once I used it, however, I was officially hooked. This lip color is bold, vibrant, creamy, blendable and very long lasting. You’re getting all the color payoff and staying power of a matte to demi-matte lipstick in a very easy to use format. I love how smooth they glide on and how easy they are to apply. My two favorites for this season are without a doubt the Berry and Fig. The Berry is a gorgeous cranberry color that can be deepened with liner and the Fig is a soft, plum-mauve that can be dramatic or subtle depending on how you do the rest of your makeup. Either way, they’re both extremely versatile and flattering.

Melted Nov Favorites

7. Glamglow Powermud DualCleanse Treatment$19

I purchased the smaller sized version of this mask so I could see how it worked for me and it looks like I’ll need to be ponying up for the full size soon. I have long been loyal to my Glamglow Powermud Clearing Treatment but this is an amazing mask to alternate with. It leaves my skin soft, clean, and super-bright plus it smells AMAZING. I have zero complaints about Glamglow’s entire product line (that I’ve tried) – their treatments and cleansers always do exactly as they promise.

8. Apple iPhone 6S Plus$749

I took the plunge on the new iPhone 6S Plus and am not disappointed. I’m sure it does all sorts of awesome techie stuff but really, it’s all about the camera on this one guys. I typically use my Sony A5100 for blogging but I am reaching for my iPhone more and more. Not to mention the front-facing flash…it’s like they heard my prayers. I also love the new Live photo feature which captures three seconds of video along with every still image so when you press on it, it appears like an animated GIF. It’s not so much functional as it is just, cool. Take all my money, Apple, per usual.

Let’s Look Inside – Ipsy October 2015

It has arrived!

Let’s take a look inside this month’s Ipsy bag.

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Ipsy Oct 15

Aurora Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Inky Dinky

The Claim:

Wish you had a nail polish that had all the pros of gel polish and regular polish? Say hello to GEL EFFECT nail polish! It’s easy and convenient to use, dries super fast without a UV lamp, is extra shiny and durable, and will last up to two weeks. It can also be easily removed with polish remover! Talk about the best of both worlds.

  • Dries without a UV lamp
  • Leaves a durable, shiny finish
  • Easy to remove

Love:

It’s a pretty royal purple hue. I can definitely picture it slaying on some stiletto tips.

Meh:

I haven’t painted my own nails in two decades so nail polish doesn’t thrill me. I prefer more muted tones on my own nails so this isn’t a shade I would ever pick for myself.

Would I Buy Full Size?

No.

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed by The Balm

The Claim:

theBalm introduces a truly loyal long-lasting liquid lipstick—Meet Matt(e) Hughes. This long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. This matte vanilla mint liquid lipstick is stuck on you without feeling clingy!

Love:

This is a gorgeous liquid lipstick formula that goes on creamy and dries to a true matte finish. It held up wonderfully throughout the day and the shade was a perfect nude. Did I mention it tastes like those mint chocolates they give you at Olive Garden? It does.

Meh:

There are other liquid lipsticks on the market that are highly comparable to this one at a much lower price point and with a larger shade range.

Would I Buy Full Size?

Even though I really liked this, I remain loyal to my ColourPop Ultra Mattes – so no.

microdermabrasion by Dr. Brandt Skincare

The Claim:

dr. brandt microdermabrasion is a revolutionary formula designed to mimic the transformative brightening, smoothing effects of the popular in-office microdermabrasion treatment, at home.

  • Enables better absorption of skincare products
  • An at home alternative to professional, clinical treatments
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and skin discolorations

Love:

This exfoliant truly met all expectations. The abrasives were gentle, yet effective and my skin was SO soft and radiant after using it.

Meh:

I really have zero complaints.

Would I Buy Full Size?

Absolutely. I’m already dying to use it again!

Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion by Beauty Without Cruelty

The Claim:

This lotion moisturizes, softens, and protects your skin. Shea butter, jojoba and kukui nut oil combined with aloe vera soothe and replenish your skin to keep it looking youthful & vibrant.

  • Paraben-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% Vegan-Vegetarian

Love:

I think a brand that stands for something is amazing – and this brand’s commitment to being safe and cruelty-free is admirable.

Meh:

I am not a fan of unscented lotion. To me there was nothing special about this and I’m not really subscribing for hand lotion.

Would I Buy Full Size?

Nope.

Professional Slant Tweezer by Emite Makeup

The Claim:

This is a professional angled tweezer in quality steel. It applies the perfect amount of tension and maximum precision.

Love:

They’re pink! Plus they come in a handy little tube that is perfect for throwing in your purse or makeup bag.

Meh:

They don’t work as well as my Tweezermans. They’ll get the job done but I’m not impressed enough to switch.

Would I Buy Full Size?

No.

Overall:

I was pretty unimpressed with my bag this month. Although I loved the Dr. Brandt’s microdermabrasion and liquid lipstick from The Balm – the body lotion and nail polish were less than thrilling.

Glam Bag Grade for October 2015: D

Grunge Glam

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Prep: 

Cleanser: Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

*This item came in my September Ipsy bag! Subscribe to Ipsy HERE

Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic

Moisturizer: KAPLAN MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate

Face: 

Primer: Too Faced HangoveRX and Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser in the T-Zone

Foundation: L’oreal Infallibe Pro-Matte Foundation in 103 & MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20 (Mixed)

Concealer: Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer in Light and MAC Pro Longwear in NW25 (Mixed)

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Contour: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate

Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal and Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

Brows:

NYX Eyebrow Shaper

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil in Base 2

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in Soft Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius

Eyes: 

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Shadows:  Morphe 35W Palette

Liner: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Closeup Lash Liner in Black

Lashes: Eyelure by Vegas Nay in Grand Glamour

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara in Black

Lips:

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

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Laura Geller Beauty

Natural Hair Tut

Sometimes you just want to run a brush through your hair and go.

Some people are lucky enough to have that privilege.

I, unfortunately, am not one of them.

Luckily, there are some great products that help me achieve that tousled, natural look without too much effort.

  1. OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner, $7.99

The key to keeping waves wavy is to make sure you aren’t weighing them down with your products. You want to start with fresh, clean hair that is hydrated but not heavy. On days I am going to heat-style my hair I definitely reach for something with heavy-duty moisturizers but this is a heat-free style so this hydrating, yet lightweight duo does the trick. Finish by dabbing (NEVER RUBBING) wet hair with a soft, microfiber towel to remove excess water.

2. OGX Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil, $7.99

Natural styles tend to dry out quickly, especially since the strands aren’t being smoothed by hot tools and oil can’t distribute as well throughout the hair. To keep your hair soft, you want to add a leave-in treatment to make sure your locks don’t dehydrate. Because traditional leave-in conditioners tend to weigh hair down, this lightweight oil works perfectly to keep hair both soft and bouncy. Bonus: it smells like heaven.

3. Tangle Teaser$15

To distribute the product throughout the hair without snagging delicate, wet strands – you’ll want to use a comb designed for wet hair. The Tangle Teaser is handheld so you get excellent control, plus it detangles in a snap without causing breakage.

 

4. OGX Moroccan Surf Paste, $7.99

This is essentially sea-salt spray in paste form. It offers texture for that beachy, tousled look. Be careful to not use too much or your waves will look sticky and weighed down. Rub a nickel sized amount in the palms of your hands and smooth through damp, freshly combed hair. gently shape waves by twisting 1in. sections with your fingers. Try not to touch the hair at the crown of your head. The less you touch your scalp – the longer your style will last.

Finally, let your hair air dry and go!

  
 

WnW Swatches.ed with text

Navigating the makeup section at the drugstore isn’t easy.

There are limitless options, and no testers to make choosing any easier.

You are left to purchase at your own risk, and traipse back to the store to return if it doesn’t work out.

As a wise woman once said, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

I’m here to help you out.

The Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks are an awesome low-budget option. The shades are matte, pigmented and SO BEAUTIFUL. They glide on smoothly and have a gorgeous finish.

You’re not going to get the long wear you would from a lipstick at a higher price point – but these are some of the best the drugstore has to offer. For $1.99 apiece, you’re scoring an awesome deal here both in terms of quality and value.

My favorite, ulta-flattering shades are:

  • Bare It All – Perfect nude. Dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy.
  • Just Peachy – Warmer nude with slight peach tones.
  • Think Pink – True Pink.
  • 24 Carrot Gold – Gorgeous tangerine!
  • Sugar Plum Fairy – Cool-toned berry. Dupe for MAC’s Rebel.

Buy them here.


 

Best Drugstore Foundations

I have to confess that I have spent years claiming there is no way a foundation from the drugstore can hold a candle to my beloved prestige brands.

After some experimenting, I’m happy to report I was wrong.

Drugstore makeup has come a long way, and our faces (and wallets!) are reaping the benefits.

Here is the breakdown of my all-time favorites:

L’OREAL TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE MAKEUP (SPF 17), $9.99

The name says it all. This foundation glides on flawlessly and is a snap to blend. Their shade selection is unmatched by any other on the market today. The chances of you not finding your exact shade are slim to none. The coverage is full and buildable – I usually find one layer gives me great, everyday coverage. If I was going out I would add an additional layer. The finish is what I would call dewy to demi-matte. If you have a serious oil problem this is going to look greasy, quickly. I have combination skin and find that setting this foundation with a translucent powder works wonders. Or, you can mix it with a more matte-coverage foundation for a custom finish.

My shade: W3 (Nude Beige) or W4 (Natural Beige)

Looks featuring this foundation here.

MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY BETTER SKIN FOUNDATION (SPF 15), $11.99

On days I’m going for a more natural look but need more coverage than a BB cream can offer, this is my go-to. This foundation has a skin-like finish that doesn’t feel heavy. My only complaints are that it doesn’t last as long as the others, I would opt for something more full-coverage if you are going to need something that wears longer. The shade selection is the smallest of all foundations named here and the names are a little tricky – I would recommend going in-store to purchase.

My shade: 25 (Nude Beige)

MAYBELLINE FIT ME! MATTE + PORELESS FOUNDATION, $7.99

I can’t rave enough about this baby. It blends perfectly, has an excellent shade selection and keeps my skin matte and flawless with minimal touch ups. It mixes well with other foundations for custom coverage and builds nicely to obtain the finish you want. It doesn’t wear quite as long as most prestige brands but a bit of setting powder can really extend the life of this foundation.

My shade: 125 (Nude Beige) or 220 (Natural Beige)

Looks featuring this foundation here and here.

L’OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION, $12.99

Here it is, folks. The holy-grail of drugstore foundations. This one stands up to my prestige favorites (MAC Pro Longwear and MAC Studio Fix Fluid) in every category. This foundation does exactly what it says it does. It blends and builds flawlessly for a true full-coverage without looking dry or cakey. It has a decent-sized assortment of shades to match most (if not all) shades and undertones. The best part? It lasts ALL. DAY. LONG. Seriously. They say 24 Hour wear and they mean business. If you have very dry skin, I would make sure to prep with a super-hydrating primer to get the best possible finish. Other than that, this baby is everything.

My shade: 103 (Natural Buff) or 105 (Natural Beige)

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