What’s In My Bag (Spring Edition) feat. Quip!

Spring is finally starting to rear its head, which means uncontrollable pollen allergies and wasps galore. But most importantly, it means fresh, dewy looks and an opportunity to do some aesthetic spring cleaning.

I was looking through my bag the other day and got the idea to do a Spring Edition of the famous “What’s In My Bag” tag. Some of these things are actually in my bag and some are just some of my spring favorites that I use on the daily this season.

Here’s what’s in my bag for this Spring:

Fizz and Bubble Lip Scrub

1. Fizz and Bubble Mint Mojito Lip Scrub

This is one of my favorite lip scrubs in the world. I found this absolutely by chance when I was at Ulta one day. It was a new display at the store near me and I found a BOGO coupon. I’ve been in love with it ever since. This lip scrub is FILLED with gentle exfoliating sugar, Vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. It leaves your lips feeling super soft and helps prime before matte/ semi matte lipsticks and lip glosses.

Lilly Pulitzer Golden Pineapples Agenda

2. Lilly Pulitzer Medium Golden Pineapple Agenda

I picked up this planner at the beginning of the fall semester (my last semester in college) and have used it religiously ever since. I love how easy it is to navigate the planner with all of the labeled tabs, and it gives you plenty of writing room. There are tons of special blank pages to write in, like a yearly calendar, dates to remember, travel itineraries, addresses and tons of notes pages. Also, it comes with TWO pages of stickers! I’ll definitely be buying another one at the end of this year.

3. Apple iPad Pro 9.7 inch + Apple Pencil

I can say, with confidence, that I am not a Mac person after buying my first (and only) Macbook Pro 13 inch laptop. However, I would never ever give up my iPad Pro! I think Apple did a really good job with this one, and for me it’s almost my primary device to work on when I’m writing or need to send emails. I also love using the Apple Pencil for drawing and coloring when I want some downtime. Netflix is super bingeable on it, too.

Burts Bees Facial Towels

4. Burt’s Bees White Tea Facial Wipes

These are the best smelling facial wipes that I’ve ever used. I used them on my Easter road trip to Memphis at the beginning of the month and have been in love ever since. They’re infused with white tea and cucumber extracts and are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested! They work like magic to get rid of all your makeup and make you smell like a fresh flower afterwards.

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5. Quip Toothbrush

I received a toothbrush in a PR package from Quip and I have to say it is hands down the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever used. The bristles are soft, but tough enough to get your teeth super clean. When you turn on the brush, it indicates a 30-second timer for each quadrant of your mouth. It also comes with a nifty built-in tongue scraper, too. Using the toothbrush and the Quip toothpaste together has made my routine super simple and a whole lot cleaner. You can get your Quip brush sets starting at $25 from www.getquip.com.*

6. Juicee “Britney in ’07” Liner and “Diamond Drip” Lip Gloss

I have fallen madly in love with two of Juicee’s products. Their Britney in ’07 liner and the Diamond Drip lip gloss have become some of my go-to products in the past few weeks. Their eyeliner, in my opinion, is comparable to that of Too Faced’s Sketch Liner. The Diamond Drip gloss is a fantastic topper or clear gloss to wear alone. They just launched their new Spring Collection featuring brand-spanking new lines of Lush Garden liquid lipsticks in three beautiful colors, along with seven new Vibrant Venus eyeshadows, new Stacy’s Mom foundations sticks in four shades, Buns and Roses lip glosses in three shades and a waterproof version of their Money Maker mascara! Holy product drop! You can find all of these products at http://www.meetjuicee.com and get 10% off with my code ALLIETAYLOR10*.

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7. Indoor Succulent Plants

Obviously these are not just sitting in my purse on the daily, but I do have some hanging out on my windowsill and they are the perfect edition to your workspace. It gives me a little pick-me-up whenever I look over at them and every few days I give them a little spray of water to keep the soil moist. They’re the perfect edition to any space and work perfectly both indoors or out (just make sure you keep an eye on them and re-pot them if they’re getting too big)!

That’s what is all in my bag/ my faves for this season! I’m sure I’ll be adding more as the months progress, but June is going to be here before you know it and then it’s SUMMER! I can’t wait, but for right now I’ll enjoy all the fun that Spring can offer.

Yours truly,

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What Happened Between Lashify’s Sahara Lotti and Beauty Guru Manny Mua?

*Before you read this, feel free to research everything I talk about in this article for yourself before coming up with your own conclusions. This is just my own hot take on the argument and how I saw things go down. Please don’t leave any hate for either party involved on any of their social media or through any means of contacting them.”

I just happened to be scrolling through Twitter when I saw one of my favorite makeup artists—Manny MUA—post a tweet at 10:50 p.m. with a few photos, reading, “I don’t think the brand liked today[‘s] video…”

I clicked on the photos, allegedly from the Instagram account of a “luxury DIY at-home lash” brand called Lashify:

Both photos were public, where anyone who followed either account (or was just passing through) could see. If you haven’t seen the original review video on Manny’s channel, you can take a look here.

In the YouTube video in question, Manny claims he’s “TRYING THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE LASHES! $125?! WTF” and states that it is a DIY lash extension kit called “The Control Kit.” Now, it is to be noted that he has on a full face of makeup before putting on these lashes—that is important later on in the story. He says explicitly in the video that he’s not reading any instructions because he wants to see how user-friendly the Control Kit he purchased is.

The kit included the fuse control wand (retailed at $45, but not sold separately), a large on-the-go mirror, the whisper light dual-sided black and clear flexible bond with biotin (retailed at $18), the seal and finish clear coat (retailed at $18) and two sets of their “Gossamer” lashes (sets A12 and A14 retailed at $40).

If you add that all up, you get $122. Is it a $125 pair of lashes as the video suggests? Not exactly, but since it’s a necessity to purchase the other products to put the lashes on correctly, it might as well be.

About three minutes into the video, Manny reads the package directing him to start with clean, dry lashes. He states that while his lashes are dry, he does have mascara on and then goes to take it off after debating on whether to keep it on or not.

Throughout the video, Manny gives his thoughts on the process of putting them on stating that it took him five minutes to put one eye on and his lashes are “very sticky.” Manny says in the video that he was looking for a bold, dramatic eye—or, directly quoting, “cunty.”

Manny’s final thoughts: “For me, this was more of a flop situation because I don’t like how they look and it was actually really hard to do… I think that’s the gag is that it’s $125 bucks, I personally think that’s very very expensive for the whole entire little kit.”

Now comes the tea.

Lashify’s founder Sahara Lotti was accused of slamming Manny’s followers, also known as Mannyacs, on an Instagram Live, calling them “idiots” and showing viewers how to “properly” put on the lashes. It was reported by viewers of the IG Live that Sahara took anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes just to put lashes on ONE eye. Seems like such great lengths to go through all because of a bad review.

But wait, there’s more.

In a clip of the video, recorded by Twitter user @mkcourdmua, Sahara throws out an extremely sexist response to their displeasure with Manny’s review, stating, “Honestly, I don’t know what he thought they were. But I have to remember, at the end of the day, he can have all the make up he wants but he’s still a dude, ” Sahara shrugs and laughs, “He’s still a dude, man. Manny, you still a dude, bro.”

Not cool. You can view the clip here.

Manny fired back on Twitter, tweeting out, “What the f*** does this even mean? “Manny you’re still a dude”… so you’re saying I can’t use it cause I’m a dude… okay cool and she’s sexist! I love it! Lashify you’re officially cancelled mamma 😘 good luck!”

Yikes.

At some point when the heat was to a full boil, Lashify posted an “apology” to their IG story (but Manny fans aren’t buying it):

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Lashify has since put their Instagram account on private, possibly their only smart move thus far in this PR nightmare.

Thankfully, Twitter has a sense of humor about it all:

Yours truly,

Allie

Vlog: Get Ready With Me (Skincare & Makeup Routine) + Updates!

Good Morning!

Today I have a very fun video out on my channel; it is my “Get Ready With Me” Skincare and Makeup extended routine simplified for YOU!

I am SO happy with how this video turned out. I felt completely in my zone while I was shooting this (even though we did have a few battery and SD card hiccups throughout the process).

A little blog exclusive behind-the-scenes for you is that I took all the LED bulbs out from around my house and traded them with the icky, warm-yellow lights that were in our bathroom to make the lighting POP! This was the first time I had done a makeup tutorial on my channel and I can promise you it won’t be the last time, either.

Updates:

1. I am officially partnered with Juicee on their route to becoming your go-to beauty app for direct services delivered right to your home.

I’m a brand ambassador for all things on their cosmetics end and I am so excited to work with them! Juicee takes the guesswork out of bad nail jobs, botched hair cuts and sub-par synthetic and human-hair wigs. With their group of certified, talented cosmetologists, Juicee prides themselves on their unparalleled convenience and reliability.

If you are Atlanta, Georgia based, you can begin ordering services beginning this month (March 19th to be exact!) Use my affiliate code “ALLIETAYLOR10” for 10% off of your order of custom wigs or cosmetics in their shop! I am waiting on a box of goodies I ordered, so make sure to keep a look out for a Juicee cosmetics review on the channel soon.

You can find more affiliated brand partners by scrolling down to the footer of the page under “-Affiliated Brands-“!

2. I got my first ever Morphe palettes in the mail a few days ago!

I’m currently waiting on some brushes I got after I purchased the palettes, but I will be doing a fun color-play video to really showcase the pigments and give you my true first impression of this brand! I decided to purchase the James Charles approved 35B palette and the warm-tone 35K palette. I swatched the bright blue on the 35B and I was severely shook! It was like drawing on my skin with a silky marker. Amazed.

If you didn’t know, Morphe teamed up with Bretman Rock for his MorphexBretman Highlighting Palette dropping March 13th! The colors look absolutely DREAMY and have the sassiest names (my personal favorite is the shimmery champagne highlighter “VAYGAYTION”) It’s nearly a steal at $29 and the formula’s are supposed to be super creamy. Count me in.

3. WE BROKE 20 SUBS ON YOUTUBE!

Thank you guys so much for this milestone. I am so beyond thankful for this opportunity to start doing this more than part-time and it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I’ve wanted to create content like the YouTubers I’ve watched since I was 13 for a LONG time now, and you’re making it happen. THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!

With that said, my biggest goal is 650 subscribers on YouTube (that’s enough to change my URL to my brand name!) and I would love to do a GIVEAWAY when we reach that amount. I’m asking a HUGE favor from you; if you have makeup-savvy friends, friends that like funny, conversational videos, friends that love to procrastinate studying by watching hours of YouTube… please go have them SUBSCRIBE to my channel! It would help us reach out goal so much faster if everyone had five friends sub. Just five! I can think of five friends off the top of my head (but they’re already subscribed to my channel haha)

Phew – Updates are over for today! I’ve finally had time to put together a content calendar for y’all and I think you’ll like this layout:

Monday & Wednesday: Updating the Blog

Tuesday & Thursday: Filming Videos for Wednesday and Friday

Saturday/Sunday: Instagram Live (Spicy Sat. or Soul Sun.)

Let me know what you think about this format and if you have any comments or ideas to share, I love hearing from you!

– Allie

Vlog: My All-Time Favorite Beauty Products!

NEW VIDEO IS OUT!

This is my first long-form video and it was definitely a challenge. This was supposed to go out Monday but had to wait until today due to some complications and work overload. Some of the footage is blurry, but I’m working on fixing my DLSR to shoot better vlog-style videos! It just needs a little work and some patience.

In this video, I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty products in my newest video on my YouTube channel. I’m talking premium brands like Too Faced, NYX, Benefit and some new finds in skin and hair care. Take a peek here.

Feel free to drop a comment on what your favorite products are (as well as what you think the drugstore dupe is for one of my favorite Too Faced products!)

Enjoy!

 

Need New Bath and Body Products? Look No Further.

Over the last few weeks, I have accumulated some of the best bath and body products I think I’ve found to date. I wanted to share some of these with you as a sneak peek to some of my all-time favorite beauty and self-care products I will be detailing in my next YouTube video! Let’s get started.

 

img_5713-11. Love Beauty and Planet’s “Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang” Shampoo and Conditioner

I was literally staring at the hair care wall at Walmart for about 20 minutes before I found these new beauties, glowing with the angelic light of promises of fantastic hair days. After browsing their selection of fragrances, I settled on the coconut oil and Ylang Ylang scent. Not only does this smell fantastic, but it helps control damaged hair (ever since bleaching my ends, my hair has never been the same…)

From what I could tell both in-store and online, the bottle is only available in one size (13.5 oz). However, a little goes a looooooong way, especially with their lightweight conditioner. The formula is made in a “less is more” fashion, so you get softer, silkier hair without using half the bottle.

I looked into the company and found some awesome missions and goals that they strive for with all of their products. They are 100% Vegan and NEVER test on animals. This is something that has become really important to me along with ethical resourcing–– and yes, they do that, too. LBP also pledges to release their annual carbon emission reports and tax the carbon they emit. Pretty awesome, right?

 

2. Love Beauty and Planet’s “Murumuru Butter & Rose” 2 Minute Magic Masque

Another LBP product I picked up was this hair mask. The directions say to use this after shampooing to give dull hair some of its life and shine back. It most definitely did. Immediately, I could tell that my hair was stronger, shinier and healthier than when I was using other brands (big plus = no split ends!)

My boyfriend happened to catch a whiff of my hair after I styled it and he really liked the scent. This mask–––paired with the shampoo and conditioner–––blended nicely together since they aren’t heavily perfumed. At just $3 plus tax, I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be purchasing this again whenever I’m in the need for a desperate hair pick-me-up.

 

IMG_57163. Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy Collection in “Focus” (Eucalyptus & Tea)

This is one of my favorite gifts I received from Christmas this year. I am a huge fan of B&BW’s Aromatherapy “Stress Relief” which smells like eucalyptus and spearmint. So, naturally, I fell in love with this scent as well.

I have yet to use the bath soak, but I have used both the bath wash and the lotion and they are wonderful. B&BW has a way with lotions and hand creams, and I will consistently use their products for that reason. Plus, their semi-annual sales always get me (some products farther down on this list were results of binge shopping their 75% off clearance bins. Oops.)

IMG_57174. Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy Collection in “Energy” (Citrus & Ginger)

A recurring scent with any B&BW products that I buy is the “Energy” scent from the Aromatherapy collection. Similarly to the “Focus” scent, I love that this is a staple item in my stash of self-care products.

I love my sugar scrubs, so having a body scrub I can keep in the shower is a plus. The smell immediately jolts me awake and is super invigorating. The body cream absorbs immediately and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy like some lotions do. It’s ultra moisturizing, which is needed during these cold months in Tennessee.

 

IMG_57205. Bath and Body Works’ “White” and “Rose” Scented Cosmic Cream and Fragrance Mist

I picked this duo up at one of B&BW’s semi-annual sales (along with the “Rose” scented variation) when I first moved into my new apartment.

The “White” scent smells absolutely lovely, with a musky base and hints of vetiver and jasmine. It’s an aloe-based lotion, so it leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft.

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Same goes for the “Rose” scent; it’s truly delicious. With a blend of rose absolute, red currant and patchouli, you really can’t go wrong.

Honestly, both of these were definitely impulse buys. However, they are awesome additions to my ever-growing supply of B&BW products. You call it an obsession, I call it true love.

I mean… if you find something good, why not indulge?

 

If you want to see some more products that I can’t get enough of then check out my YouTube video coming out Monday 12 p.m. (EST). Share this with someone you know that is just as obsessed with bath and body products and feel free to drop a like and a comment!

Yours Truly,

Allie