A Guide to Radiant Living - Where Wellness Meets Wonder

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Life Update: Hit the Road

Hello World!

As you already know from my Saturday post, my sister and best friend graduated from college this weekend! So that was the most exciting thing that happened last week. Last week was finals week, so...

Anyway, right now I'm on the road with my father to pick up brother from Lubbock. So that's like an 8 hour drive! So I'll miss the game tonight! :(

Well that's all.

Au Revoir!

Monday, May 15, 2017

#Pink Wednesdays Look

Hello World! So last week, I created this look because #onwednesdayswewearpink! Enjoy!

Steps Done off Camera:

Step 1: Wash and moisturize! I used Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser and Origins GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer. I also used their GinZing Refreshing eye cream for the dark circles under my eyes. I received all the Origins products complimentary and free from Influenster for testing purposes. 

Step 2: Prime! I used e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer.

Step 3: Foundation!  I used Benefit hello flawless! oxygen wow! Liquid foundation in the shade Nutmeg.

Step 4: Concealer!  I applied concealer under my eyes, along the bridge of my nose, to the center of my forehead and on my chin. Then "baked" with a translucent powder.  I used Benefit boi-ing concealer in the shade Medium and the POREfessional: agent zero shine powder. Right now get 25% off all Benefit concealers, including boi-ing!

Step 5: Eyebrows! I used Benefit bigger & bolder brows kit in the shade 5. Benefit is giving FREE deluxe samples of goof proof brow pencil! (Code: HELLOBROWVO) with any $40 purchase!

Step 6: Contour! I used Black Radiance True Complexion Creme Contour Palette in Medium to Deep. Using a contour brush I applied the 'contour' shade to my hairline, along my cheekbones, along the sides of my nose, and to my jawline. 

Products Used On Camera:

Step 8: Blush! Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in the shade Raspberry.

Step 9: Mascara!Benefit They're Real!  New offer: FREE full-size mascara set! ( code: STEAL)

Step 10: Highlight!  Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in the shade LaBronze.

Step 11: Lips! I used the Maybelline Baby Lips in the shade Cherry Me.

Step 12: Selfie! Share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, kerinskorner.com, etc. 

Happy Makeup Monday!

P.S. - If you recreate this look, be sure to tag me so I can see it!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Congratulations EBB!

Hello World!

Today my little big sister graduated from College!!! 

I am so proud of her, and excited to see what's next for her as she heads out into the real world!

So you go girl! Congrats EBB!

Au Revoir

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kerin's Top Ten: Favorite Animals

Hello World! 
Here's my top ten favorite animals of all time!

10. Orcas

9.   Bald Eagles

What are your favorite animals? Comment below?

Au Revoir!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Origins Voxbox Review

Hello World! So a couple of weeks ago, I received my first Voxbox from Influenster filled with Origins goodies, free and complimentary for testing purposes! Here's my review of all the products I got!

High Potency Night-A-Minis Overnight Renewal Cream - 4/5 stars
This cream claims to boost your skin's radiance, and I think it's fairly successful in doing that. When I first applied it, I noticed it was very heavy, which I wasn't sure about because I have oily skin, and heavy creams usually don't work for me. But I guess it's supposed to seep into your skin overnight, so that's why it's so thick. The next day after using it, I noticed my skin did look more radiant and smoother, and I definitely wasn't as shiny as I was when I applied the cream the night before.  They also claim that the relaxing aroma will help you sleep, but I think it smells like pine trees, which isn't very relaxing to me, but to each's own. This product retails for $43, which I think is kinda of ridiculous for what it does. It's a good product, but it's not really anything special. There are cheaper products that perform just as well. So if you got that JD lifestyle, and money ain't a thang, then I would definitely recommend this product. But if you're like me, then I think a cheaper alternative is the Olay Age Defying Classic Night Cream, which retails for $11. 

GinZing Moisturizer Lightweight Oil-Free Moisturizer - 3/5 stars

When I first opened this product, the first thing I noticed was the strong citrus scent! So if you don't like that scent, then beware because it is very potent. This product claims to instantly hydrate and rev up radiance. It also claims that it is oil-free, but to me it felt a little greasy. It is definitely hydrating, and it feels great when I apply to my skin, but it leaves me looking so shiny and oily, I have to use another product with it or only use it at night. I think it works better as a night cream, because it gives  your skin time to soak up all the product. But if you have dry skin, then it'll probably work fine as a daytime moisturizer. This product retails for $28, which it is more reasonable than the night cream, but a cheaper alternative is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination skin, which retails for $11. 

GinZing Eye Cream Refreshing Eye Cream - 5/5 stars

This is easily my favorite product I received in my box! It claims to brighten, depuff, and instantly reduce dark circles. That was INSTANTLY reduce circles!  When I first read that, I was like yeah right - instantly?! But it works! When I first applied it, I noticed it had that same citrus scent of the moisturizer, but it was thicker and creamier. And when I applied it and massaged it into my skin, my eyes did look instantly brighter! I was shook! This product retails for $30, and I couldn't find a cheaper dupe for it, but I think it's worth it, and  I'll probably buy the full-size product. 

Clear Improvement Purifying Charcoal Mask - 2/5 stars

So I had used this product before I received it in from Influenster, and I wasn't impressed, but I was determined to give it another chance. But it let me down again. This product claims to clear pores and dissolve impurities, but it doesn't. After using this product my skin does look refreshed and smoother, but I can still literally see my blackheads. After continued use, my skin does appear a little clearer, but it's not a 'clear improvement'. I would be more lenient if this product was called like 'decent enough', because it'll give you a decent enough improvement. This mask retails for $17, which isn't bad, expect for the fact that it doesn't work. But there are some people who swear by this product. I would recommend the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxfying Charcoal Mud Mask!

Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash - 4/5 stars

The only claim this product has is to gently cleanse all skin types, and I think it's effective it doing that. It supposedly balances combination skin-types, and leaves skin feeling comfortably clean. It has a nice minty smell, and it does leave my face feeling clean. But for me personally, I need a face wash to do more than just wash my face. I need to it be serving so other purpose like clearing acne, mattifying, etc. But that's just me! If you're just looking for a simple face wash, then this product is for you. This product retails for $12. 

Au Revoir!

P.S. - Check out my Influenster profile for more reviews here!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Life Update: Mann's Troubles

Hello World,

So last week was a trying time for my son, Mr. Mann. :( On Tuesday, he had to be rushed to the hospital because he could barely move, and he was gagging and choking, and super bloated. Oh the poor baby was in so much pain. So my sister drove like a mad women to get him to the hospital, and then after awhile the doctor comes out, and says he might have GDV, which is when the stomach gets really bloated and then flips over, thus cutting off blood circulation. And that would be a $3000 surgery!

But fortunately, she went back and got some more x-rays, and Mann was looking better and we were able to bring him home that night, just in time to watch the Warriors game. (He knows what his mother's priorities are!)

But I had to stay up all night to make sure he was okay, but for the most part he just slept, but he would randomly get up in the middle of the night, so I was very tired the next day. Wednesday, he still pretty lethargic, but acting more like himself. He had to be on a special diet of chicken and rice, which he loved.

And he was doing fine until Saturday morning, he started throwing up, and so the vet had to come to see him and luckily they were able to fit him in that afternoon.

His doctor said it was probably allergy medication that was making him nauseous, so I needed to cut down on his dosage and she gave him some special food to eat and it looks like Mann's on the up and up!

In completely other news, the Warriors are 8-0! Going to the Western Conference Finals!!! DubNation!!!

Au Revoir

Monday, May 8, 2017

'Chocolate Brown' Makeup Look

Hello World! Here's a tutorial on how I got this chocolate brown makeup look!

Step 1: Wash and moisturize! I used Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash and Origins GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer. I also used their GinZing Refreshing eye cream for the dark circles under my eyes. I received all these products and more complimentary and free from Influenster for testing purposes. See my review of all the Origins products I got on Thursday!

Step 3: Foundation!  I used Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in the shade 29 Sienna.

Step 4: Concealer!  I applied concealer under my eyes, along the bridge of my nose, to the center of my forehead and on my chin. Then "baked" with a translucent powder.  I used  Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in the shade Biscuit and the Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder.

Step 5: Eyebrows! I unfornately ran out of my Benefit Goof Proof Brow pencil , so I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in the shade Dark Brown, and the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! 24-Hour setting gel to set them. Get Perks! See all active offers at Benefit Cosmetics.

Step 6: Eyes! I used the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. (1)First I blended the color 'Lockout' into my crease as my transition color. (2)Then I blended the color 'Lethal' into my crease as well, focusing on the outer corner. (3)Then I applied the color 'Blackjack' directly into my crease, to create a semi-cut crease look. (4)I then applied the color 'Faith' all over my lid, and (5)the the color 'Pre Game' to my inner corner and brow bone. 

Step 7: Powder.  I dusted off the excess powder from "baking" using the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the shade Medium/Deep.

Step 8: Contour! I used Black Radiance True Complexion Creme Contour Palette in Medium to Deep. (1)Using a contour brush I applied the 'contour' shade to my hairline, along my cheekbones, along the sides of my nose, and to my jawline. (2)Using a smaller face brush, I applied the 'sculpt' shade above my brow bone, to my cheeks, to the bridge of my nose,  and to my cupid's bow. (3)Lastly I applied to 'illuminate' shade to the apples of my cheeks, along the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and to my chin.

Step 9: Blush! I used Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in the shade Raspberry.

Step 10: Highlight!  Using my BECCA Opal Glow on the Go Kit, I applied the Shimmering Skin Perfector right above the apples of my cheeks and along the bridge of my nose, and blended it out using my foundation brush. And then for added shine, I applied the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed powder above the apples of my cheeks, along the bridge of my nose and to the tip of my nose using a fan brush. 

Step 11: Set! I set my face using L'oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender setting spray.

Step 12: Eyeliner and mascara! I used Black Radiance Eye Appeal Blending Pencil in shade Kohl Navy and the Black Radiance Body Building mascara.

Step 13: Lips! I used the Black Radiance Perfect Tone Matte Lip Color in the shade Mod Mocha.

Step 14: Selfie! Share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, kerinskorner.com, etc. 

Happy Makeup Monday!

P.S. - Follow me on Instagram (@kerinskorner) to see all my makeup looks!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Benefit Cosmetics Affiliation

Hello World!

I am so proud to announce that Kerin's Korner is an official affiliate of Benefit Cosmetics!!!  It really isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it means that Benefit saw enough potential in Kerin's Korner being able to make them some money, so they were willing to invest!

Benefit is a cosmetics company based in San Francisco. Their specialty is brow products! I love the
Goof proof brow pencil and Ready, Set, Brow! gel. Now they're having a promotion where you can get a FREE deluxe BROWVO! sample + hello gorgeous makeup bag on any $40 order. Code: HELLOBROWVO! But they also have a wide range of different products, from foundation, blush, and even skincare! The only real drawback is the shade range of their complexion products. I am the darkest shade, and that shouldn't be. So they need to fix that but their brow products are bomb! 

So if you're in the market to buy anything from Benefit be sure to use my links!

Enjoy free standard shipping on orders over $50 + samples when you shop at Benefit Cosmetics.

Au Revoir!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Kerin's Top Ten: Chris Brown Songs

Hello World! 

Today is Chris Brown's 28th birthday. Happy Birthday C-Breezy! I have been listening to Chris Brown for over ten years now. I mean his first album came out in 2005. And throughout this period, I think he has blessed us with some gems. There have clearly been some lows in his career, but I'm here for the music, and there's no denying he's a talented artist. So in honor of his birthday, here are my top ten favorite Chris Brown songs!

10. Don't Wake Me Up (2012) - Fortune

9. I Can Transform Ya (2009) - Graffiti 

8. Look At Me Now (2011) - F.A.M.E.

7. Gimme That (Remix) (2006) - Chris Brown

6. Loyal (2014) - X

5. Party (2016) - Heartbreak on a Full Moon

4. Yo (Excuse Me Miss) (2005) - Chris Brown

3. Kiss Kiss (2007) - Exclusive

2. Say Goodbye (2006) - Chris Brown

1. With You (2007) - Exclusive

Deuces 🖑𝣾𝣿

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Black Radiance Diva Glam Beauty Box Review

Hello World!

Here's my 2nd review of one the new products I got from Black Radiance Beauty! Today, I'm reviewing the Diva Glam Beauty Box, which is eye kit that comes with an eyeshadow palette, eye primer, pencil liner, and two mascaras all for $10!

Au Revoir

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

La La Land Review

Hello World!  So last week, La La Land was finally released to Blu-Ray and DVD! It's easily one of my favorite movies of 2016, and with 6 Academy Awards, it is also probably one of a lot of other's favorites as well. Anyway here's my review!

Film/ Television Show Information

Name: La La Land

Genre: Musical, Drama, Comedy, Romance

Director : Damien Chazelle

Main Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling


1 = Trash

2 =Meh

3 = OK

4 = Solid

5 = Bomb

Acting/ Performance


In their third movie together, the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is still magical and refreshing. 



This film is about a jazz singer and aspiring actress who fall for each other in LA. Yeah, doesn't sound very interesting, but somehow Chazelle managed to take such a generic plot and make a dynamic and interesting film. It was both funny and tragic. And most importantly it's an original modern day musical, which is hard to create without being cheesy! But he did!



This film might be a little extra, but it's a musical so it can be. It's all apart of the magic. And this film is very magical!

Costume Design


I have no real problem with the costumes, expect for the fact that they were nominated for an Academy award for costume design. I mean their just wearing regular clothes! But I will say that I love some the dresses Mia wears. I like both her and her roommate's 'Someone in the Crowd' dresses, and I really like her 'A Lovely Night' dress.

Editing/Special Effects


Like I said before - magic!



I think this still could have been a cute film if it wasn't a musical, but the music is what really brings it all together! The songs and the score are fun, catchy, and moving. So if you don't have 2 hrs to watch this movie, just listen to the soundtrack!

Overall Rating (average the rating numbers above)  - 4.8


I recommend this film to all musical lovers! You'll definitely enjoy it. Also, I recommend to those who enjoy a good romantic comedy.  Now, if you don't fall into either of those categories, then maybe this movie isn't for you. You might still like the film because it is very well put together- production-wise, writing, acting, etc. It's a very well done film, but it does cater to a specific niche. So if you are just not into musicals or Rom-Coms, then no matter how great this film is, you probably still won't enjoy it. So maybe, just listen to the soundtrack! ;)

Au Revoir,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life Update: It's Almost Over

Hello World!

So it's officially the last week of school! Yay! It's almost over! I have finals next week, and then I'm done!!! And I am already so over school...
Education flatlay

And then it's off to New Orleans. I just got an email from the director today saying to expect weekly newsletters leading up to our arrival with "action items".  I'm also supposed to be getting an email from Loyola University this week about housing. I wonder who my roommate will be and what she'll be like.

The 2nd round of the playoffs started this week. I got CLE, SAS, WAS, & GSW #DubNation!!!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

UD Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette Tutorial

Hello World! So I recently bought one of the eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay's new collaboration with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and I love it! It is so beautiful!

See the look I created in the video below! Get the palette here!

Au Revoir!

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