Mar 27 2018

Things I’ve Googled Lately: Instagram Stories & Korean Beauty (Excerpt)

Let’s have a little fun, shall we? This post is all about Things I’ve Googled Lately. Seem pointless? Maybe. The idea came to me while trying to reacquaint myself with Instagram. I hadn’t really been active on my social media accounts for several months and was, without much success, attempting an Instagram story. There was a very simple thing that I couldn’t figure out. At that moment, I truly felt my age. In some ways, 40 is the new 20. And while I am few years away from that number, sometimes I feel like being in my 30’s may as well mean I’m 80 to a millennial. Nothing against 80-year-olds. Or millennials. Anyway, point is – even though Instagram is a young person’s game (generally, speaking), if I’m going to do this blogging thing, I need at least know how to post an Instagram story properly. Right? Probably. Debatable.

As I turned to the doubled edged sword that is google, I was confident I’d find the answers I was looking for. Because, let’s be real. I’m not the first person to find themselves in this predicament. Shaking my head, I wonder at our reliance on the “internet” and the wide range of strange, hilarious, embarrassing, scary, profound, stupid, practical and useless things we plug into our search engines. For a moment, I shuddered at the blind trust we imbue it with…as if it is the keeper of all worthy knowledge. Where are we headed as species when we’d rather ask Google, Alexi, Cortana or Siri a question than another human being? On that note…lemme tell you the things I’ve googled lately…


Things I've Googled


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Mar 15 2018

Green Beauty: How do The Detox Market Samples work?

Before I get into the “meat” of this post, I should probably offer The Detox Market (“TDM”) a little introduction. Have you guys heard of it? For those who haven’t, they are a green beauty company focused on “offering pure, effective and elegant products”. Now, I don’t claim to be a green beauty expert or strictly cruelty-free. Just being real here. Lately, however, I’ve found myself wanting to explore that world in greater depth and decide whether I can commit to a “greener” beauty lifestyle. Also (sorry, if it’s TMI), my husband and I are trying for baby number 2. Like the first time around, while trying to conceive, being pregnant and breastfeeding, I tend to go for beauty products with cleaner ingredients lists.

Going cleaner means substituting certain actives for their natural alternatives as well as ensuring that the products I’m using have decent EWG ratings. (FYI: The Environmental Working Group is a organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.) That’s when TDM came across my radar. Although, the Detox Market is a very recent discovery for me, I kind of fell I the love with the concept right away. In February, I subscribed to the Detox Box (which I’ll be reviewing soon) and shortly thereafter, became hooked on the Detox Market Samples program.


The Detox Market Samples Program Review

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Feb 27 2018

Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 Review and Swatches

Let’s talk about Natasha Denona. When the renowned makeup artist first released her own make-up line, I wasn’t particularly drawn in. Perhaps it was because I knew so little about her (and still don’t really). With many of her products receiving glowing reviews, however, I did toy with the idea of trying some of the eye shadows on more than one occasion. But never actually took the plunge. One day, maybe, I thought. Fast forward to the fact that one of her palettes was included my Beautylish Lucky Bag (in 2017) and I’m not ashamed to admit that was more than a little excited to finally see what all the fuss is about.  Just a bit of a disclaimer, this review of the Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 was actually drafted last year but I’m just getting around to posting it!


Natasha Denona 5 Palette 10 Review Swatches

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Feb 18 2018

Let’s Catch Up: My Latest Posts

Happy Sunday (or whatever day it is), everyone! Just wanted to quickly let you guys know that although you may not see posts from me here on Beauty Isles as often, doesn’t mean I’m not around. Having decided to expand the topics I write about to include more lifestyle and family-oriented themes, I’ve decided to feature those articles on my “mom blog”: My Mommy Years.  Didn’t know I had another blog? Well, I do and I’m having loads of fun with it. These are some of my latest posts…


My Latest Posts


Of course, I’ll still be chatting beauty with you guys here on Beauty Isles. Catch my last skincare haul? There’s more coming. But if you don’t hear from me in a while, know that we can also catch up on my other blog.

Hope you are all having a great day! Hugs and Kisses. xo



Feb 04 2018

February Skincare Haul: A Bunch of New Stuff

I’m calling this post my February skincare haul, even though I really purchased most of the products I’m about to feature in January. For the past several months, my skincare routine has been somewhat erratic. While there are several items that were staples (like the Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil) I found myself using lots of deluxe-sized or travel-sized products in an attempt to clear out my stash. This is definitely a good thing as I made some great discoveries, experienced epic fails and was rewarded with the satisfaction of “finishing stuff up”.

Despite trying so much new skincare, however, I found myself desperate for some skincare inspiration. That’s how this February skincare haul came about. I’ve spent the past month carefully curating a selection of skincare products that I’ve had my eye on for months (years) and now I’m gonna try them all. Maybe not the best move as you’re suppose to “gently” introduce products into your line-up. But, hey, I feel like being a rebel!


February Skincare Haul

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