Girl, Clean Your Brushes.

373E41F5-50C1-4596-AF88-DB449A6C349AHeyyy gorgeous! How are you today? I had a lovely 3-day weekend and ended up spending the majority of my time cleaning. While I was cleaning the house,  I also  finally cleaned all my make-up brushes and giiirrrrllll were they nasty!!! So I have decided to share my all time favorite make-up brush cleaner with y’all! Girl your mind is about to be blown away!

Truly I think we all have that dirty little secret that we don’t dare to admit! Yes even I’m guilty of not cleaning my makeup brushes enough! I know, how dare I commit this crime, but I mean who has the time to sit in the bathroom all day cleaning them?! Kudos to you if you have the time to do that, I commend you! For me, I am always headed somewhere, to do something, with someone. Or maybe something along those lines! I knew I needed to clean my brushes when the application of my makeup was not as “clean” as it typically is! So it was time again to bust out my all time favorite makeup brush cleaner. Are you ready?! Here we go! *Insert heart eyes*

|Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner | MSRP $42 |

“This professional-quality brush cleaner is a makeup industry cult-favorite that can be used on both natural and synthetic fibers, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue. It cleans, conditions, and deodorizes brushes in one step.”

This baby is a cult favorite for a reason, its amazing! If you don’t have this, you need it. Trust me if your mom/boyfriend/aunt/grandma asks, it was definitely a need not a want. If you’ve been searching for a makeup brush cleaner that is not only affordable but also effective then oooooooh girl, this is going to be your jam! You can clean your brushes and immediately begin using them again after about 30 seconds of them drying all from the comfort of your bed! Crazy girl, I know! I was in shock too! Also,I love the vanilla scent to this cleaner but I will say it can be a little overpowering if you have a sensitive nose!

Well loves, this is my holy grail makeup brush cleaner and hopefully it becomes yours as well! I’ll talk to you girls soon!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

Night-time Routine

Heyyyy girl! How’s it going today? I hope it is going fan-flipping-tastic! If you are new here, welcome and if you aren’t new, welcome back! Today I am sharing my night-time routine with you! I just started getting back into the swing of  having a night-time routine and I can already tell a difference!4d78ff0e-2d37-4646-88c1-be1c015d6f31

Without further ado, grab your pink drink and let’s get started!

Step 1

I start my taking my make-up off with a make-up remover wipe. My all time favorite are from Target and they are only $2.49. Let me say it louder for the people in the back… THEY ARE ONLY $2.49. I know I seriously can’t believe it either! I love these because they are also the ‘calming’ towelettes.

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Step 2

Once I have the majority of my make-up  wiped off, I reach for my Clarisonic. I have the Clarisonic Mia2 (linked is the newest version) and I absolutely love it! When I am using my Clarisonic, my skin looks flawless. I don’t struggle with texture on the skin or dry patches when I am regularly using my Clarisonic.

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Step 3

Add in your favorite facial cleanser. Personally I have been using the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cleanser. This product really helps my dry skin come back to life and leaves it as soft as a baby’s bum.

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Step 4

After cleansing my face I take a quarter size amount of my FIRMx Peeling Gel Exfoliant. This is also from Peter Thomas Roth. This is my favorite exfoliant because it is not abrasive, it is so gentle on the skin. This has been the only exfoliant I am able to use daily.

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Step 5

Take a clean cotton pad and splash a little bit of the Fresh Rose Deep-Hydration Facial Toner on it. Rub across your face to help hydrate and soften your skin. This helps to really cleanse your skin of impurities like blackheads and pores. Love this brand for more sensitive skin.

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Step 6

My skin has been more dry than normal this Winter so I have been packing on the moisture. I have been finishing up my night-time routine with my Josie Maran Argan Oil Light. I specifically chose the Light over the regular because of how much faster it absorbs into the skin. Perfect before bed time!

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After I finish with my argan oil light I head to bed. I don’t know about you, but this girl needs her beauty sleep! I hope you enjoyed reading about my night-time routine. I will try to update this as the seasons change. Also if you would like to see my morning routine let me know!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

Sephora Haul

876632dc-2c3a-4676-9433-a7d57293e70eHello love and welcome back to my blog! My name is Chloé Danielle in case you are new here, and I am so excited that you’ve decided to join me today. Now, it is no secret that I absolutely love make-up! I just think it is so much fun to just sit down and play with all the make-up I own. Sometimes I look like a kindergartener did my make-up and other times I look like I am ready to shoot the cover of Vogue. I mean, a girl can dream right? Looking back on all of my blog posts I couldn’t believe that I have never done a “Sephora Haul”! I mean I could live at Sephora I know where everything is located inside my local store! It is finally time to sit down and share my recent purchases with all of you! *Insert heart eyes*

I recently shared my ride-or-die make-up products with you, well forget about that post today! *Insert eye roll* I know, I am going against my favorite makeup products, but make-up is all about trying new things out, right? So I purchased 3 new foundations, a new setting powder, and even new mascara among other things of course!! Also don’t worry, not all of these were purchased at the same time! (a girl can wish though)

Foundations

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation $47

3925fac2-9ea1-4c62-bee3-3b8ddaa0d34dA foundation with buildable coverage for a finish that enhances the look of skin, without masking the natural complexion.”

Coverage/Finish: Medium/Natural

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

This has been my weekend foundation that I put on before volleyball practice/tournaments. I just love that natural look that still has some nice coverage!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation $43

e73f565d-b778-4de7-8aa9-33ac17a47835A foundation stick with long-lasting, invisible coverage for touch-ups and contouring, plus all the benefits of award-winning Ultra HD Liquid Foundation.”

Coverage/Finish: Full / Natural

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

I have worn this twice since purchasing and I can definitely say it’s a win for me!

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid $45

073cc760-aefb-4013-910c-f36aaf59d739“A revolutionary medium-to-full coverage skin care foundation fluid powered by 100 percent pure argan oil and nutrient-rich pigments for vibrant, glowing skin.”

“The breathable, lightweight, medium-to-full coverage formula features a powerful blend of moisture-enhancing ingredients that help soothe, smooth, and restore skin’s luminosity.”

“This product is dermatologist tested and clinically proven to hydrate and smooth even the most sensitive skin.”

This has been my go to recently, because of how dry my skin has been! It’s amazing how radiant and luminous my skin looks when I’m wearing this foundation!

Setting Powder

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder $35

c22572ec-ee7f-4ad3-a4e3-fd057a44a431“An ultra-translucent, loose powder that sets makeup for all-day wear while imparting a soft-focus, airbrushed finish.”

I have been LOVING this setting powder simply because it is TALC free and it’s not matte! *Insert Heart Eyes*

Lippies

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip balm $28

 “A hydrating lip balm with a subtle hint of color and a radiant finish in the universally flattering Orgasm shade.”

I love the Sheerness of this lip balm and how moisturizing it actually is! I would definitely recommend this!f5a85ae0-b0b5-498b-96a3-498e4b846d79

NARS Lip gloss

“A moisturizing lip gloss for subtle, everyday glamour, enriched with nourishing ingredients for long-lasting, comfortable wear and a luminous shine.”

I love the formula of NARS lip gloss because it isn’t sticky! I haven’t been able to put this down since purchasing it! *Insert heart eyes*. If you love the “Orgasm” blush you are going to LOVE their “Orgasm” lipgloss!

BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

98ecc3a0-9850-4c84-84eb-594e46679208“A collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.”

Ladies the formula of this lipstick is AMAZING. I could rave about it all day long! I have so many different shades. My recent pick up included the shade “Verbena” which is a rosy terracotta shade.

Well I am sad to say this, but that is all for my Sephora Haul today! I have been super pleased with my purchases so far! I usually have one item I don’t LOVE but this time around I have been loving everything! I also never knew how much I loved foundation! haha

I’ll catch you in the next blog post girly!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

 

Ride-Or-Die Make-up Products

Hey sugar, Welcome back to the blog! Now if you know me, you probably know how much I LOVE make-up! I am pretty much obsessed and can be talked into “needing” just about anything. I truly don’t think there is one product I love more than the other. I always start my make-up routine saying “today will be a natural day”, and then I just have to add bronzer. Now since I put bronzer on I might as well add some blush. Well now I have to put highlighter on to bring it all together! You see where I am going? Before I even realize it, I am pretty much full glam with a full face of make-up! Today I thought it would be fun to walk you through a typical “full-face” of make-up with my ride-or-die products! So let me stop rambling, and let’s get started!!Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way $39

Look if James Charles and Auntie Jackie Aina are using this foundation, count me in! James and Jackie are two of my favorite make-up gurus and once I found out they were both using this foundation…. well I just had to have it. I love that this foundation is medium to full coverage because not everyone wants full coverage. Now this is also a matte foundation, with that being said I still love it!! I just have to make sure that my skin is moisturized before applying.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer $29

Man-oh-man was that a mouthful! Alright ladies and gents I know that this is pricey for a concealer. Trust me I was hesitant too, but it will last you soooo much longer! Seriously I am still on my first one that I purchased and getting ready to buy another one! I went through my foundation before needing more of this bad boy! I truly believe its the best bang for your buck! Plus it’s full coverage!Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Setting Powder: Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder: $33

I am not going to tell you to run out and buy this right now, because I am so-so on it. To be honest I already have my sights set on another setting powder! In no way am I saying this setting powder is horrible because it’s not, it just doesn’t work the best with my dry skin. I prefer this over the Laura Mercier Setting Powder because it is more fine, so for me it doesn’t stick to my dry spots. If you have dry skin like me I would recommend the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder, ($35) because it is Talc-free. Talcum as a powder helps to absorb moisture like oil. So when you don’t have oily skin it tends to make you look bone dry!

Contour: KatVonD Shade & Light Face Contour Palette $49

James Charles did again, he got me hooked on an amazing contour palette. Since I purchased this palette I have yet to use another for contouring. It just has the perfect shades in it for my (and many others) skin tone! Honestly this is an amazing buy, especially since you can now buy the refill shades for it!Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Blush: Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten $28

I remember I first purchased her blush when ULTA Beauty had their 21 days of Beauty event. I have the shade Peach Delight (vibrant pink flecked w/ peach shimmer) and that slight shimmer made me fall in love! This is perfect for those girls that want a little bit of glow without having to put on highlighter. OR if you are like me…. it makes the  shimmer base before applying your highlight. I truly don’t think anyone could be disappointed when purchasing this blush! I know I wasn’t.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

This is my holy grail! Seriously since I started doing my eyebrows in 2014 I haven’t used any other product! I could probably write an entire book on why I love this product so much! I will say it’s not for everyone, and I never recommend this to beginners (wish someone told me when I started) because you can tend to look like a clown. For me now, I love it! Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Bronzer: Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter and Matte Bronzer Duo $33

I love this bronzer! Truly it mixes so well with my contour and blush! Unfortunately I could do without the highlighter. Just the smallest amount of this bronzer does the trick which means more bang for your buck!

Eyelashes: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Ooohhh baby is this mascara amazing! It’s hands down my favorite formula with the most amazing brush! I do try other mascaras when I get them in subscription boxes, but this is still my tried-and-true!Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

As for highlighters I can’t choose just one! I have so many favorites it’s ridiculous! More recently I have been loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amerezy Highlighter though!

Well my loves, those are my ride-or-die make-up products that I use daily. What are some of your favorite make-up products?!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

 

Top 5 Favorite Highlighters!!!

Hello gorgeous and welcome back to Polka Dots and Peonies: The Blog! I’m so thankful you have decided to join me today because today’s post is one many of you have been requesting, my favorite highlighters! No, I’m not talking about the highlighters you used for taking notes in school, but rather the ones that you apply to your cheek bones in hopes to blind someone (not literally)! By applying highlighter we are trying to achieve the look of a glowing goddess and my top picks will help you achieve just that! Below I have listed my Top 5 highlighters based on their quality for the price!

If your favorite highlighter isn’t mentioned, chances are I haven’t tried it yet! Also let me know what your favorites are in the comment section down below!!! Alright lovelies let’s dive right in!

5. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

I bought this highlighter last year around Christmas time because it was on sale and I was picking one up for my friend as a gift. I had heard so many good things about these highlighters, and how so many people loved. Sadly I just didn’t fall in love with this like I was hoping to. I don’t know if the shade I picked is the reason why but it just doesn’t give me that blinding highlight that I want, and at $38 for a full size and $19 for a mini I just truly don’t think it is worth the money.

4. Mac Extra Dimension Skin finish Highlighter & Mac Mineralize Skin finish Highlighter

Mac was the first brand of highlighter I purchased back in 2015. I remember going to the Mac counter and trying to decide which one to purchase, (at this time they only had 2 to choose from) and I decided to go with the Mac Mineralize Skin finish Highlighter in Gold Deposit! I remember spending my first $50 at the Mac counter (I also purchased a lipstick.) The Mac highlighters are $34 and I think you get the bang for your buck, these will make you glow, but these are a little more expensive!

3. Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter

This is most beauty goers drug store holy grail for highlighter! It imitates the high-end brand quality and performs sometimes better than those at Sephora and all for a fraction of the price! You can find this beauty ranging from $7.50-$10.00! The down side? Unfortunately there are only 4 colors, and this is always in such high demand it can make it harder to find! So if you come across one, GRAB IT AND RUN!!!! This baby will having you looking like a glazed donut in no time!

2. MORPHExBRETMAN Babe In Paradise Highlighter Pallet

OH MY GOSH I’M IN LOVE!!!! If you don’t have any highlighter and you’re looking to invest in some but don’t want to spend the $40-$50 for a palette, girl this was made for you! I remember the first day this launched in store at Ulta Beauty I was there when the doors opened to buy this!! (I’m unsure if they still sell this in store, I recommend calling before you go.) This is such an amazing bang for your buck ladies! This palette is $29 AND it also comes with a fan brush to apply the highlighter. Here’s how I look at it: each highlighter is $4 and then you are “buying” the brush for $5, I truly think that is such an amazing deal loves!!! Also they’ll be able to see you from mars wearing these highlighters!

1.Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighters

You can truly buy any of their highlighters and they just don’t disappoint! This is hands down my favorite highlighter, I mean I do own 4 of their highlighting palettes! OOPS! I have 2 of the more neutral palettes they have come out with (That Glow and Gleam) and then 2 of their more colorful palettes (Moonchild and Aurora). If you are looking to “splurge” a little go for these! If you break it down and buy a 4 piece highlighting palette (retails for $40) then you are spending $10 on each highlighter which is equivalent to 1 of the Maybelline highlighters. If you move on and buy one of the $45 palettes that have 6 highlighters you are spending $7.50 a highlighter! Not bad at all you guys! Anastasia also has 2 individual highlighters the Riviera (rose gold) and the Amerzy (gold) that both retail for $28. Personally I have not purchased them only because I feel I get more “bang for my buck” buying one of the palettes, but I have heard amazing things about them both!! Any of these highlighters will have you glowing to the Gods!

Alright my lovelies those are my Top 5 favorite highlighters. I hope you all find on that you love from this list and give it a try! If I had to pick one from the list that you should purchase it would have to be the MORPHExBRETMAN Babe In Paradise Palette, this truly is where you will get the most for your money! The only reason it’s not number one on my list is because of how much I personally like the Anastasia Palettes and don’t mind spending the extra money on them! Also if you decide to purchase the MORPHE Palette many influencers including Bretman Rock have a coupon code that allows you to save 10% off at check out!

Stay Golden Sunshine! I’ll talk to you next time!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

P.S. I am so sorry I don’t have pictures for the MORPHExBRETMAN palette, I can’t find it at the moment. I don’t believe in taking others photos and using them in my blog! Definitely google this palette though she’s GORGEOUS!

Botanics!

 

Hey Sunshine, welcome back to Polka Dots and Peonies: The Blog! Thank you so much for being here with me today! I’m not going to keep you here for a while but rather a shorter time than normal! I have been using a new brand of skin care products faithfully for a week and wanted to do a little update! Sooo… let’s dive right in loves!!

WHAT?! That’s right my lovelies I put all of my holy grails aside to put these products to the test! I wanted to give them the best chance possible to see how they would work with my skin! My routine has been upside down for a week now, and I haven’t used my clarisonic, facial oils, toner, or moisturizer AT ALL! In all honestly I was super nervous to put these 2 products to the test. All I dwelled on was “What if they make my skin break out?” or “What if I use these products and they don’t work out and it takes me forever to get my skin healthy again?”

Last Friday I finally said the heck with it, I went to my local Ulta Beauty store, went to the “Drugstore” side and looked for the brand Botanics (located in the skin care isle) and looked at almost every item my local store had. While they did not have every item in the Botanics skin care line, they had a pretty generous amount of items to choose from (again at my local store.) What is Botanics and who are they? Botanics is an UK-based brand that focuses on plant-based products. By using Botanics products  “you are using a brand that takes care of your skin as it takes care of Mother Nature.” They use the best quality of natural ingredients that they can find, including beeswax, hibiscus, clary sage and more!! Their products are also paraben free and the best part they don’t test on animals!

Botanics essentially has 5 different skin care lines; Organic, brightening, dehydrated and sensitive skin, first signs of ageing, and mature skin so everyone is able to find the perfect product! I purchased 2 items from Botanics, their ‘All Bright Refreshing eye roll-on’ and their ‘Hydration Burst Hydrating Day Cream’ and to say I have been loving these two products is an understatement! I truly feel like these two products alone have improved my skin drastically! I’ve even been brave enough to go out in public without make-up on because its made me feel so confident!

 

Alright my loves, that’s it for today’s blog post! Just a little update on my skin care process lately! I love you all so so much and I’ll see you in the next post or on my Instagram page!!

Love always, Chloé Danielle

Botanics Website: https://www.botanics.co.uk

Botanics at Ulta: https://www.ulta.com/brand/botanics

Please Note: This blog is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Botanics. These are my personal opinions, and I personally wanted to share them with you.