Did you hear the news?!

Friends,

To say I am excited is an understatement…

Palmetto Couture was featured in one of my local area newspapers last week!

I am so thankful for the exposure and the interest in my blog by the Loris Times!

Since beginning my blog back in November, I have had several opportunities available to me that have been so awesome and allowed me to connect with some very sweet people. I hope to grow my blog and continue to create content that you all enjoy!

Special thank you to Jen Boyd, author of the articles, for reaching out and believing in me. You are awesome!

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Beauty Review: Younique Mascara

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During: Left (bare) Right (two coats)

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After: Two coats of Younique on top lashes

 

My Review: 3 out of 5 Stars

I heard of Younique and their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara a while back but never tried it. A friend of mine was recently selling it, and I decided to give it a go!

In case you are not familiar, this mascara requires users to first coat lashes with its transplanting gel. While still wet, you must use the second tube of product that contains fibers to lengthen and thicken your original lashes. Then you must seal in the fibers with the transplanting gel. Repeat if necessary. (I did two coats.)

For me, personally, I could tell a difference in the thickness of my lashes immediately. In regards to length, I could never achieve the beautiful lashes I saw in the many success stories. While this could partially be user error, I think results are definitely varied depending on the lashes of each individual person.

My lashes are fairly short and there’s really not a lot of them! You can see in the pictures that there is a difference, but I believe I can achieve a similar look with products that I currently use. And being a slightly pricey mascara at $29, I was hoping to be a little more pleased with the outcome.

As for the ease of application, it was a more time consuming than tradition mascara, but the instructions were easy to follow.

The overall wear of the mascara was good but not excellent in my opinion. After several hours of wearing, some of the fibers fell on my cheeks and under/in my eyes.

While there are pros and cons to this mascara, I still give it a 3 out of 5 stars!

I think for girls with a little more lashes, you can probably create a very glamorous look with the fiber mascara. I love the idea of using a mascara as opposed to false lashes too because those can be a pain and the glue can tear out lashes if not removed properly.

It was relatively easy to use, and I will continue to play with the mascara to see if I can work on the length of mine. I don’t know that I would use this as an every day mascara, but with the holidays coming up, I look forward to trying again and adding a little something special to my look with the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Mascara!

Comment below and tell me what is the best mascara you’ve found!

 

 

The Ultimate Sunday Beauty Routine!

Hi friends!

The weekend is almost here, and I’m ready to relax! For me, no matter what my weekend consists of, Sunday is the day to catch up on my beauty routine! I like to take a few extra steps that I might skip during the week so that I can start my Monday fresh and put together. Below are 5 ways to relax and get yourself prepped for the week ahead.

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1. Set the Mood

I love when everything is neat, clean, and looks like a picture! Before I start my beauty routine, I make sure my bathroom is set up to make me feel relaxed. I light a candle, lay out my towels, and if I’m really feeling fancy, I’ll set up a vase of fresh flowers.

2. Bubbles

After my bathroom is set up how I like, I run a bath and will read a chapter or two from a book I am reading. And of course, my bath has bubbles. How can a girl relax without bubbles?!

3. Exfoliate…everything!

Before I become a wrinkled prune, I exfoliate my body using a scrub you can pick up from your local drugstore. I use St. Ive’s Body Scrub, and it makes my skin feel so soft and new. If you get dry skin or just want to rejuvenate your skin, exfoliating will seriously help!

I also exfoliate my face before I continue with my typical skincare routine but be sure to use a face scrub and not a body scrub! A body scrub is much too hard for the sensitive skin on your face.

4. Mask-querade

This next step might be my favorite part of the Sunday beauty routine! After I am out of the bath, I use a mask on my face to get all the impurities out! Everyone’s skin is different, but for my oily skin, I use Clinique’s Oil-Control Cleansing Mask. It really works to help with shine-control!

Not only is using a mask once or twice a week great for your skin, there is just something special and fun about using one!

5. Moisturize

After I’ve completed my skincare, I make sure to moisturize my face and neck! These areas age much more quickly than other areas of the body so it is important to keep them hydrated. And especially after exfoliating your body, you will want to use a lotion or cream to soothe your skin during a prime time to lock in moisture!

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All of these things are very typical of what I do every Sunday. They make me feel fresh, new, and like I really have my life together! 🙂

Each person’s skincare and beauty routines will be different based on your skin type but overall you can utilize these five steps to work for your own Ultimate Sunday Beauty Rituals. I love hearing about new products, so please feel free to comment below and tell me your beauty must-haves! Have a great weekend!

XOXO, Holly