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I’m a 20 year old student at University of Vermont studying psychology and film. I’ve had my own beauty blog, Makeupmusicbooks, for about 5 months but I’ve loved makeup for much longer than that. I love The Beatles, sweets, and corgis.


An almost twenty university student studying human biology! I love long distance running, design and chocolate ice cream! Follow me on tumblr.


20. An Aspiring Beauty Hoarder, Skincare Fanatic and Travel Addict. If I have travelled the world before I die then I have lived my life to the fullest. I try to stay positive and happy each and welcome new beginnings. Follow me on twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin!

Acne-Prone Skincare Routine featuring SpectroGel

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Hello friends. I have been dealing with acne for most of my life. I am at a stage now, where I do get the occasional breakouts that I have to deal with. I still have to deal with acne. And I think a good skincare routine is essential to prevent breakouts and get rid of acne faster. I am going to share you my morning/night time routine. Just a heads up my skin is combination and acne-prone.

Morning: I wake up, and wash my face with Spectro AcneCare Wash for acne prone skin. I than pat my face dry with a wash cloth. I than apply my Vichy aqualia thermal serum, and vichy nurtilogie baume. I than apply my makeup and head out the door!
Evening: I take all my makeup off with Nuxe Paris, Lait Demaqullant Confort, Comforting Cleansing Milk. I than wash my face with Spectro AcneCare Wash. I moisturize my face with the Vichy products.

All the other products are mainly used to ensure I have nice moisturized skin. However the Spectro AcneCare is really important for preventing acne and breakouts. A lot of doctors prescribe benzyl peroxide to get rid of acne, but benzyl peroxide is extremely harsh and will dry your skin out and cause redness. Spectro AcneCare has 4% Benzyl peroxide, which is enough to get rid of acne without drying your skin out and causing redness.  Moreover, the formula creates a gentle foam that is very soothing.

I definitely recommend to check out Spectro AcneCare.  All products mentioned was purchased by me. I did receive Spectro AcneCare to review, however before this product I previously used SpectroGel for Dry Skin that was recommend to me by my dermatologist. I am a huge fan of this company and have been using their products for 3+ years now. 

Leave me a comment below, letting me know how you prevent and deal with your acne and the products you use! 

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Best Budget Eyeshadow Buys

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Hi friends! This is my first guest post on Ella's blog so I'm very excited that she's given me this opportunity. If you like this post, you should check out my own blog (makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com) for more! You can also follow me on twitter and instagram at rpolansky77.

I love a good eyeshadow quad/palette more than anything but certain ones can be very expensive. Here are a few ones from the drugstores (all less than $10!) that perform really well.

1. Rimmel Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow. I know these have been available in the UK and Canada for a while, but I've seen them slowly making their way into US drugstores. First of all, I love how you get five different shades so you can create a variety of looks. The sets usually include mostly shimmer shades, but there's very little fallout. They can be used wet or dry, although I'm not a big fan of doing wet shadows. They claim to last up to 8 hours and I've found it to be pretty consistent with minimal wear throughout the day.
2. Wet n Wild Color Icon Shadow Trio. If you're looking for a super affordable option that doesn't disappoint, look no further. I know sometimes people think the cheaper an item is, the cheaper it will perform but these babies prove that theory wrong. Each shade is super pigmented, creamy, and lasts for a long time. The packaging is a bit flimsy but at literally $3 it's hard to complain. I also have a couple of the bigger, 5 shade shadows and those are more hit-and-miss.
3. Almay Intense I-Color. Although these are supposed to correspond to specific eye colors, I find that the shades are so gorgeous they can work with any eye color. Again, these are more shimmery but they blend together so well to create a nice look. I love the packaging because it lays out exactly where you should put each shade and the plastic is a bit stiffer.

If you're looking to keep these super affordable, you can certainly use the plastic sponge applicators they come with. I personally don't like these and throw them out--instead I love using my MAC 217 Brush

What drugstore eyeshadows do you love?

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Perfect Lips for $5 dollars and under: Glamour Dolls

Saturday, 1 November 2014

I am honestly such a huge lip-stick fan! Its amazing what a bit of colour can do to brighten up your day in this entrance to rather dull weather (winter here we come...).  I recently received some lipsticks from this new makeup company called Glamour Dolls. All these lipsticks featured on this blog post are under $5 dollars and are fabulous.


The lipsticks are creamy in texture, go over lips perfectly, and have a rich sold colour. However, I personally have dry lips and apply a layer of vaseline to my lips before applying this lipstick. My favourite thing about the lipsticks is the rich pigmented colour and the colour selection! I received two colours "Nude" and "Deep Plum".

I love this colour. I have dark hair and eyes, and this just looks perfect with my complexion.

This colour was the "Nude" and was defiantly more dramatic looking. I feel like I am pulling out my inner Kardashian when I put this on. A definitely bold lipstick that matches the nude trend.

This is my favourite lipbalm. its like a lipstick but it actually makes your lips really creamy. It provides the perfect amount of moisture to my dry winter lips while adding some pigmentation and life!  This colour is also a "Dark Plum" which I love! I actually cary this in my makeup bag everywhere I go.


This lipgloss is amazing. I have the colours wildflower, superficial, and naked banana (from left to right). I love the wild flower, it is a perfect red colour.

Gloss Snob is the colour Plastic Heart is probably the most unique gloss I've ever owned. It is a makeup artist favourite product. The pigmentation is fantastic, and it really makes your lips look more supple and shiny. Though FYI a little of this product goes a long way!

Glamour Girls is a new beauty company that is offering amazing beauty products on a major discount! All these lipsticks/lipglosses are under $5.00. They have a great colour range, and are perfect for a fun and/or natural look depending on what you are looking for!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Review

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hey everyone. I am going to apologize beforehand for being MIA for such a long time. As a lot of you know, I have dry skin, and finding a foundation routine that suits my skin is a very hard task. But I recently have been wearing the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and Naked Foundation by Urban Decay. So I am going to review those, and what it is like wearing them as a combo. Also, sorry for the bad photo quality, I live in an apartment and don't have a lot of lightening and my camera went out of battery annoyingly. I def need to figure a way around that.

Urban Decay Naked Skin

So this foundation was recommended to me by the Sephora staff. Apparently it is very popular, and claims to be be an ultra light weight foundation, that illuminates and brightens skin, while creating a flawless demi-matte finish. And some more stuff about diffusing spheres which I think is nonsense.

This foundation retails for $39 CAD at Sephora. I got the shade 3.0, and for reference I am a MAC NC25.  I also have been using this foundation for over 2 months now.

Pros: It definitely feels like I am wearing nothing on my face. It makes my skin look pretty flawless after application. Colour matches me perfectly. Really easy to apply with my beauty blender.

Cons: Really liquid. It has a strong powder smell and feel on the skin. If you have dry skin, it can accentuate dry patches on the face and can make skin look cake-face if you don't use proper moisturizing and primer application beforehand. Also it is pricey.

To be honest I did not really like this foundation. It was okay, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

This BB cream claims to do 5 things: prime, perfect, protect, hydrate, and help remove excess surface oil in one step to create a flawless face in a flash.

This foundation also retails for $39 CAD at Sephora. I got the shade Fair/Light. Ignore the 5 shades photo above, because they recently extended the shade line because of the popularity.

Prime: This BB cream works really well as a primer. When going out, i just mosturize and put this baby on w/o the primer step.

Perfect: It doesn't do this... Unless you already have perfect skin, don't expect a lot of coverage. It has very light coverage if anything. Either wear this with a foundation over it, or you probably will need some form of concealer.

Protect: Has SPF 35 which is awesome!

Hydrate: It does hydrate, and works really well with dry skin but let me emphasize this is not a substitute for a moisturizer. You will need to moisturize your face before applying this.

Help: I don't even know how to like evaluate this.

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. This is the best Canadian bb cream I've tried so far. The colour matches me perfectly, and it works perfectly with my dry skin. The only thing I did not like, is the light-coverage. So I usually will add a bit of my MAC select coverup on casual days, and when I want fuller coverage I will put a layer of my Urban Decay Naked Foundation.

So basically I only use my Urban Decay in conjunction with this bb cream. Because this bb cream is like the perfect base. This duo makes my skin look flawless, no jokes. So if you have similar skin problems as me, definitely check out this duo protect combo. And if you have other BB cream recommendations please, please let me know in the comments below!

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One Lovely Blog Award

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Thank you Tina from Tinajs and Lux from Luxveritatis for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much for nominating me!  Both of your blogs are beautiful and inspirational! I recommend everyone to head over and check out their blogs!

Here’s the rules for this award:
  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award. 
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself. 
  4. You must nominate 10 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Random Facts About Me:
  1. I currently use Urban Decay Naked Foundation. I will probably post a review about it soon.
  2. I am a university student.
  3. I am not very good at cooking. 
  4. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones!
  5. My dream vacay would be to visit London, England!
  6. I enjoy graphic designing and web developing in my free time
  7. I am a huge animal lover!
People who I nominate:
  1. NueYork
  2. Every day in Grace
  3. Daisy Drops
  4. My So Called Life
  5. Modern Beauty Gal
  6. Gabby Sandhar
  7. Exquisite Glow
  8. The Rawrdrobe
  9. She who is short
  10. A Blonde Moment
Also check out my Amie Skincare giveaway. I am giving away a gift pack for your morning skincare routine! Also I kind of redid the one lovely blog award photo because the other one's pixel resolution was really bad! So hope you all don't mind! :)

Amie Skincare Giveaway!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hello friends! As promised on my twitter account I will be having a sweet giveaway! I giving away the Amie Perfect Beauty Gift Set. This is a great set that will help achieve healthy, clear skin! Products are made of natural ingredients too!


Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer: award-winning mattifying oil-free moisturizer with bilberry and rosehip that keeps shine and oil under control all day.

Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make Up Remover: this oil-free formula contains cornflower and cucumber and sweeps away eye make-up without irritating the delicate eye area.
New Leaf Skin Exfoliating Polish: gorgeous mango seed butter exfoliating wash that gently, yet effectively, cleanses pores whilst smoothing away dulling dead skin cells.
Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash: best-selling raspberry and orange blossom creamy facial wash that effortlessly cleanses delicate facial skin to lift away dirt, oil and make-up while leaving skin soft and moisturized.
I actually reviewed some of these products. You can check out my review here.

To enter please use the rafflecopter widget below! This contest will be running from September 14th-September 28th. Good luck!
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College Fall Fashion Inspiration

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Hello friends! I am really excited fall is here, because it is a time for new beginnings! A lot of you are now back at school/university/college and ready to study hard (and of course have fun). I am just going to share a couple of photos from my fall/winter 2014 Pinterest board to help inspire some fun fall outfits.

Casual Jeans + Tee

I love this look, because it is very chic/preppy and easy to do. I think you can exchange the super high heeled boots for knee-high leather riding boots, or some lower heel ankle booties. I also love the scarf. I am definitely going to be heading out and purchasing some scarves in this rich brown colour. The bun is also super easy to do. I might post a tutorial for this later!

Cardigan and Collar

I am not sure what the original source of this image is, but if you know please contact me. Anyway I love the thin cardigan paired with the the plaid shirt and some leggings. I feel it is very studious, professional and effortless look. I also love the gold jewellery.

Oversized Knit Sweater

I really love the oversized knit sweater look. The key is to splurge a little bit and buy a good quality wool/cotton/cashmere sweater. They are warm, and cozy and perfect for that cool fall weather.

Leather Skirt

I def think the heels are a bit too much for school. But i love the mustard top paired with the leather skirt. Black tights make this look great for cold weather. I think the shoes should be changed a pair of low-heel ankle wedges though.

 Oh and I know i've been a bit AWOL for a while. It is because I have been moving back to university, than setting up my apartment and everything! It is all very exciting! I am def going to get really busy with the school year starting but my goal is to post at least once a week!

So let me know if you will wear any of these outfits to school in the comments below!

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