MAD CHIPMUNK

ANTI-AGING BEAUTY REVIEWS & VINTAGE STYLING TIPS

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Glossary of Skincare Ingredients & Terms

Your glossary of skincare-related terms and ingredients to help better decode all the ingredients listed on the back of beauty products and understand their uses. A ACNE The root of all acne is a pore clogged with dirt, dead skin cells, and sebum. Beyond that, there are many ways acne may manifest, such as whiteheads (also called closed comedones), blackheads (also called open comedones), and cystic acne (occurring deeper in

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Eyeshadow Palette Q&A

I’ve been watching the eyeshadow palette tag videos created by Samantha March and Allie Glines and felt inspired to audit my own stash. At the beginning of 2019, I embarked on a low-buy year purchasing replacements only of bath and beauty products as a means of using up the product inventory I had on hand. When in came to makeup, I bought items once I ran out such as mascara

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20 Black-Owned Beauty Brands To Support Today And Always

Twenty black-owned beauty brands in the skincare, haircare, and makeup space you should know, keep on your radar and support. The things we have witnessed over the past two weeks have left most citizens of the world overwrought with raw emotions. Sadness, anger, despair come in waves. We are at a tipping point yet I feel hopeful when I see these powerful images of peaceful protests, a surge in activism,

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Hall of Fame: Best Eyeliners

The best eyeliners in liquid, gel, and pencil formulations that will last the longest and best color selection for you to choose from. My favorite eyeliner formulations and shades must meet my criteria: be creamy and richly pigmented, apply very smoothly, don’t tug on the eyes, and last all day. Best Color Selection Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils – I love these pencils and have the purple, green, blue, and

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Spring Makeup Favorites – May 2020

Some of the things I love in my current spring makeup routine including some very old favorites as well as a couple of new discoveries. My spring makeup declutter continues. I have tossed dried up eyeliners, lipsticks in shades that I will never wear, and a couple of eyeshadow palettes that were well past their expiration dates. My makeup drawer is looking clean and organized, and I rediscovered a few

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5 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums Under $35

Hyaluronic Acid is a clear substance that works to keep skin hydrated, visibly plump, and fights fine lines and wrinkles when used routinely. It is naturally found in the body and absorbs water like a sponge leaving skin fuller, plumper, and glowing. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x its weight in water helping skin to retain moisture. Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate) serums come in six different molecular weights which penetrate the skin

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5 Excellent Cleansing Balms

Cleansing balms break down and remove makeup, dirt, oil, and pollution at the end of the day and leave skin feeling hydrated and nourished. Once you’ve adopted a cleansing balm into your cleansing routine, they will likely always have a place in your regimen. I prefer to use a cleansing balm as a second cleanse. After I remove eye makeup and make one pass over my face with micellar water

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8 Best Vitamin C Serums

Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter and firmer with a more even skin tone. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens the skin and boosts the production of collagen.  It fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.   I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for nearly

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5 Best Eye Shadow Primers

Does your eye shadow crease by the time you walk into school or work? Keep your eye makeup locked in place with one of these five eye shadow primers. Using a primer under eye shadow will help your eye makeup last all day or night ensuring that your makeup looks more polished and professional. Top 5 Eye Shadow Primers Urban Decay Primer Potion – A long time favorite, creamy and

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Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – April 2020

My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routines include a few new discoveries and old favorites packed with active ingredients. Morning Skincare Routine Step 1: Cleanse Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask – My morning begins with exfoliation. If I’m headed out the door first thing, I may reach for a physical scrub but during quarantine, I’ve been starting my day with an exfoliating mask. This is a favorite that brightens

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