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April 2018

Brand Spotlight: Morphe

Morphe is a brand that has been loved been by many beauty influencers around the world, which is how I discovered this brand. Jaclyn Hill and Manny Mua consistently use this brand in their videos and makeup looks, which always turn out so amazing. I knew I needed to get my hands on some of these products.

Morphe was established in 2008 in Los Angeles by siblings Linda and Chris Tawil. They started off creating affordable and professional makeup brushes, and they have since flourished and rebranded. They now create eyeshadow palettes, lips colors, highlighter palettes and so much more.

By August of 2013, the Tawil’s opened their first retail location and expanded on what Morphe created. Morphe is all about “bending the rules,” which shows in all of the creative palettes they continue to push out and with all the beauty influencers creating stunning looks with their products.

Morphe has changed a lot since they began in 2008, especially with their sleek new style and packaging. Their eyeshadow palettes and the brushes are the shining stars of Morphe. The brushes barely shed and they apply product smoothly. Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes are amazing for the price you pay. They are very creamy and stay on the eyelid well. It does not take too much product either.

Top 3 Morphe products:

  1. The Jaclyn Hill Palette
  2. 35R Ready, Set, Gold Eyeshadow Palette
  3. M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

I have so many products that I want from this company, but I am just waiting to come into a large amount of money to buy them all.

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State Champs Release New Single “Dead and Gone”

At the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, I had the wonderful opportunity of discovering and seeing State Champs play live. I immediately fell in love with them and I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for them to release new music.

Yesterday afternoon, the band released the first single of their upcoming album, “Living Proof,” called “Dead and Gone.”

When I hit play on the song, it was that classic State Champs sound, which makes me extremely happy. A lot of bands are changing their sound nowadays and it’s refreshing to see a band stick to what they know.

The chorus is catchy and the backing instrumentals are pretty strong as well. I am very excited to see the other singles they release and the album itself.

“Living Proof” will be releasing on June 15th of this year. You will also be able to catch State Champs this year at the Vans Warped Tour.

Pre-order their album here. Listen to “Dead and Gone” on Spotify!

Band Spotlight: Survival Kit

At the beginning of March, I received a Facebook message from a band that was informing me they were going to follow The Vans Warped Tour to promote their band and music. It has taken me some time to get there, but I finally got around to checking them out.

Survival Kit is an alternative rock band, pushing that pop punk genre boundary, from Atlanta, Georgia. They formed in 2016 and comprise of Travis Blake and Andrew Lynn.

They released their first single, “Wolf,” in January of 2016. Survival Kit released their first EP, “Hard Work + Dedication,” in October of 2016. The album covers topics such as vulnerability, addiction, loathing and taking a stand. In the summer of 2017, they released their latest single “Stranger Things.”

Their musical influences are The Story So Far, The Used, A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong. Survival Kit’s sound reminds me a lot of Four Year Strong, but obviously they put their own spin on it.

I am truly impressed with this band. When I hit play on spotify, I became speechless. For a band that has only been around for 2 years, they sure do not sound like it. They sound like they have been on the scene for years.

The music is impressive and truly fitting to the pop punk and alternative rock genre. The band, the vocals and the lyrics are amazing. I cannot wait for them to release an LP. I can see them being popular and mainstream in the future. They are just too good not to be.

All of their music can be found on their website and spotify! Check them out!

OPINION: Why I Refuse to Use False Eyelashes

I am an avid makeup lover and I follow many beauty gurus in the industry, but one thing I refuse to do is wear false eyelashes. Putting glue on your eyelids and then ripping them off, at the end of the day, did not really sound like any fun.

Jaclyn Hill stated in one of her videos a long time ago, that if you have not started wearing false eyelashes then don’t. I have lived by statement that ever since. I tried putting on a false eyelash once and immediately gave up.

Yes, my patience is very low and cannot tolerate little things like that. The more I thought about it, I knew putting glue on my eyelid was not the most safest sounding thing in the world. I know people will argue that the glue goes onto the lash, but glue is still coming into contact with your skin.

The skin on your eyelid is delicate and fragile. It is also close to your eye, which is a very sensitive area on your body. Even using an eyelash curler and mascara seems slightly dangerous to me, but it’s better than putting a fake eyelash on.

Click2Houson did a report on the dangers on false eyelashes, as the idea of using eyelash extensions became more popular.

They reported false eyelashes can cause unwanted reactions and spread infections. The glue that is used, is what causes the most harm. Formaldehyde is the most common chemical found in eyelash glue, which allergic reactions to this chemical are becoming more common.

Eyelash extensions come from animal hair. The animal hair and glue are possible allergens that can cause your eyelid to swell, itch, scale and can cause you to lose your eyelashes. The weight of the extensions also weigh heavy on your eyelid, according to Dr. Sherry Ingraham, and can cause damage to you natural lashes.

If you still decide that you want to use false eyelashes, because at the end of the day this is just my opinion, then please be safe. Ask for products that have no formaldehyde or low doses of formaldehyde. Make sure to take your lashes off safely and cleanse properly. Research any product before buying them and using. This goes for any product that you are going to use on your face. Always research!

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