This Urban Decay is ULTRAVIOLET

Urban Decay UltraViolet Palette

Saying that purple is one of my favorite colors is an understatement. My office is purple, my first car was purple, my wedding’s only theme was PURPLE! So of course, when Urban Decay, one of my long time favorite brands came out with a purple themed palette as part of their Naked collection, I was beyond elated.

A look back at painting my office purple!

This collection of 12 neutral and purple shades has everything you need to create any ultraviolet look. I love that it includes so many different types of purple shades – deep, iridescent, shimmery, and matte that compliment the more nude tones perfectly. It is the kind of palette that you don’t need to pull out another one to complete a look.

These shades are buttery, smooth, pigmented and have very little fall out. I did notice some kickback when applying some shades so be careful and pat the shadows rather than flick the brush across. Using a flat brush may help to prevent this more than a fluffy brush. I do like that there was a brush that was included and it can easily create a full look by itself. If you want these shades to pop more so than they already do, the Primer Potion is a great option.

I have filmed a review with swatches as well as a look that you can find below. I share with you all my honest opinon on this palette as well as what shades I found to work the best and which shades had a little issue. If you’d like to see more looks leave me some comments on youtube and I would be happy to film another!

Products featured in this tutorial and review:

You can check out my video above from my youtube Nix92585 where I share my routine in action! If you aren’t already, please be sure to subscribe! You can also find more beauty and lifestyle content on my Instagram @Recycledstardust and fashion content at @Fabulouslystardust!

Face Shaving- It’s Not Just For Men!

One day, while telling the story of the Three Little Pigs to my baby, I realized that part of the story was just a little too realistic. Mommy’s hairs on her chiny, chin, chin were there and accounted for. As I’ve gotten older, hair has been growing in every place I would never want it. It is almost as if every hair I loose on top of my head, I gain on my face. How do you handle unwanted hair?

There are so many options on the market today to deal with unwanted hair but not all are created equal. Some hair removal is more painful than others like laser hair removal and tweezing while certain forms of waxing and shaving tends to be a bit more gentle. The difference between all those options is how they effect the skin and what additional benefits they have. Laser can be permanent, Tweezing doesn’t pull or tug at the skin, waxing can be rough on sensitive skin, and shaving can exfoliate.

There are so many options on the market today to deal with unwanted hair but not all are created equal. Some hair removal is more painful than others like laser hair removal and tweezing while certain forms of waxing and shaving tends to be a bit more gentle. The difference between all those options is how they effect the skin and what additional benefits they have. Laser can be permanent, Tweezing doesn’t pull or tug at the skin, waxing can be rough on sensitive skin, and shaving can exfoliate.

After years of waxing, plucking, and NARing my hair I have finally turned to shaving. Not only does shaving help with my unwanted chin hair, but it also helps with peach fuzz all over the face, the upper lip area, and even the brows. When we apply makeup we may not realize it, but our foundation, primer, and other powders and liquids stick to our little fine hairs. Shaving eliminates this while also leaving our skin smooth. It can aggravate certain acne issues and must be done on hydrated skin to prevent razor burn.

Below I share my go to routine for weekly face shaving. Though there may be stigmas associated with facial hair, its more common than you may think. Shaving is a great solution if you have unwanted dark facial hair, peach fuzz, want more exfoliated skin, smoother skin, or a better makeup application. Avoid if you skin is dry, over exfoliated already from skincare products, or if you’re experiencing certain types of acne.

Face Shaving Routine

Products used:

  • Revlon Smooth & Perfect Face Defuzzers 4.99$ – Removes unwanted peach fuzz, facial hair, and can be used to groom brows (carefully!)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – Hydrates and gives skin a glowing complexion. Use at least 5 minuets before shaving to ensure skin has absorbed the product. Great to wear as a sleeping mask for hydrating overnight as well.

Personally, I absolutely love the results of shaving my face. It is so much less painful than other options and it is quick. I can do a whole face shave in under 5 minuets and the results also all week. You can do this as part of your skincare or makeup routine.

You can check out my video above from my youtube Nix92585 where I share my routine in action! If you aren’t already, please be sure to subscribe! You can also find more beauty and lifestyle content on my Instagram @Recycledstardust and fashion content at @Fabulouslystardust!


End of Summer Fashion 2020

I hate to be the barer of bad news but summer is ending. We may not have had the summer we wanted, deserved, or dreamed of thanks to COVID but theres always something special about summer. No matter how you spent it, it easy to mourn its end. A sadness comes over me as I begin packing up the bright neon crop tops, paper bag waist shorts, and strappy sandals. Before we bid our last farewell, I wanted to share some of my favorite end of summer picks!

Styles from the 70s and 90’s are back in full effect. From bell sleeves, to tie dye, satin slip dresses, flair leg jeans, shirt dresses, crochet and lace, and of course so many earthy, and bold shades! Regardless of age or esthetic there is a way to show off this style. I always reach for maxi dresses in the summer and this 70’s inspired design hit the mark. I purchased this Eloquii dress mid summer and it didn’t get the chance to shine until now. I paired this with Torrid Sunglasses some retro style Studded Platform Wedge Sandals and the Starburst Cross Body Bag.

Tie Dye isn’t just for the teens! There were so many great options this summer but personally I loved the simplicity of this Navy dress from Torrid. It nails the decade without trying too hard and was super easy to accessorize with Kendra Scott pieces. I also had some fun with my makeup and used this fanny pack full of glittery bold products from Pixi Beauty! Sky high cork wedges and a neon mini purse make it fashion!

Target has always been a place where I could find on trend, seasonal, and sometimes designer items. This year they had the designer dresses collection. I only picked up one dress from Cushnie and it did not disappoint. Faux silk, cowl neck, and color-blocking with thin spaghetti straps are ultimate 90’s chicness. I paired with Paint Splatter slip on heels.

Jumpsuits were huge this summer! So huge in fact, that I was even asked for my opinion in New York Magazine ! Going along with the 90s bold neon hues, my feature of choice is this Christian Siriano jumpsuit from Co Edition. Transitional accessories like a Straw Fedora Hat and bold green sunnies can easily transition into fall!

Sunflowers were everywhere in the 90’s and the sunny pattern is back on everything! I loved this sunny top I found at Torrid! Bag is from Shoedazzle. Also, would you believe I shoot this at an off ramp from the highway? I saw these gorgeous flowers growing, including sunflowers! I had to stop and pull over for this amazing look.

Lastly, pastels! Normally, these are the color of spring, but pastels were everywhere in the 90s! We saw them in plaid, sweaters, fuzzy pens (I used to make them in junior high school!), and of course dresses. So I though, why choose just one when I can be a pastel rainbow on a labor day weekend! Torrid maxi dress paired with Kate Spade!

I wish warm weather, beach trips, ice cream, and sunshine could last forever, we must bid it goodbye on September 21st! If you want to keep up with all the newest fall trends follow my instagram @Fabulouslystardust and @Recycledstardust! For tutorials and skincare please be sure to follow me on Youtube!

Nightly Skincare – Why It Matters in Your 30s!

When we hit the stride of our mid-30’s, we start to make changes. We tend to put more greens in our diet, skip that next episode on Netflix to go to bed earlier, and we also up how much exercise we get. So, it is no surprise that as we age, our skin changes and ages with us and we need to make changes there as well. What once was acceptable – like simply using a makeup wipe before going to bed, just doesn’t cut it any more. Suddenly, we are waking up with dry, textured, and rough or oily and acne covered skin. Some of us are even waking up with more hair than we used to! So what do we do when our once simple routine suddenly isn’t working for us?

To really care for our skin, we need to take a look at whats wrong and whats lacking. Are we going through a second round of our teenage years with extra acne or is our skin begging us for moisture. You can usually tell the state of your skin by feeling it mid day. Run your fingers along your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and also along your cheeks. Do you feel any dry patches? Does it feel sticky or oily? Does it look dull or shiny in the mirror? Are your cheeks red and flushed? You may find that you have multiple issues with your skin or just one. So which products do you use?

My skin is combination. Its been combination all my life and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is how much of a combination it is! What used to be a quick fix with some rice paper to absorb excess oil now needs some serious setting power- which ultimately settles into those fine lines that have shown up. My dry areas now get irritated and look red and inflamed and my acne has flared up since I’ve been breast feeding.

So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products for combination skin and my routine for dealing with some of the worst skin issues. Many of these products can be used on all skin types.

Dealing with combination, aging, and dry skin:

  • Bioderma Micellaire Solution – This is perfect for removing makeup, daily grime, and pollution. It is hydrating, its formulated for sensitive skin, and when used with a soft cotton pad won’t pull on the skin – which is very important for preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Fresh Beauty Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum – This serum is essential if you are looking for 24hr moisture. It offers deep hydration that plumps skin up and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be applied nightly by patting on the skin and leaves no greasy residue. The skin absorbs this easily and makes it a great balancing serum for those who have oily skin.
  • Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream – This is meant to work in tandem with the Fresh Beaty Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid, and seals in moisture. This works as a barrier to prevent any water from escaping the skin. It is also easily absorbed and can be applied nightly as a hydrating face mask.
  • Fresh Girl Knew York Sugar Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm – This is a go to even when I’m not doing a skincare routine. Smells amazing like sweet caramel and leaves my lips super plump and soft.
  • Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk – Save 10% with coupon code STARDUST – As mentioned, a makeup wipe isn’t going to cut it any more as we move into our 30’s! We need to be cleaning our face and doing so, gently. The Purlisse Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk does more than just clean. It soothes, tones, cleanses, and can remove makeup as well. Sulfate free and does not remove the natural oils from the skin.
Ultra Hydrating Nightly Routine

You can check out my video above from my youtube Nix92585 where I share my routine in action! If you aren’t already, please be sure to subscribe! You can also find more beauty and lifestyle content on my Instagram @Recycledstardust and fashion content at @Fabulouslystardust!

Invisible Makeup? Yep It’s a thing!

It is crazy to think about how far makeup trends have come. Just a few years ago we were all told bake, cake, and layer on tons of products in complicated instagram routines. I am so guilty of this both then and now! In 2020 we’ve seen a shift to less complicated routines and makeup looks. Natural beauty, 70’s/90’s esthetic, showing off freckles and faux freckles and embracing the less is more concept as our faces are covered by masks due to COVID has obviously changed a lot of things.

One of the biggest game changers of this less is more trend is Becca Cosmetics. Becca Cosmetics is redefining what a no makeup, makeup look really means! The new line of zero pigment products like foundation and highlight allows you to put your best face forward without all the pigmentation. No more finding your right shade because this universal product will flatter every skin tone and every skin type. This offers a silicon free, ultra moisturizing, mattifying, and smooth look!

I have featured these in a tutorial that I filmed recently for youtube. You can find my whole tutorial and review below. You’ll be able to see how the foundation leaves my skin hydrated, matte, and reduces the look of redness while the zero pigment highlight adds a natural glow and dewy shine to the face. This routine is perfect for those with mature skin, looking for a more natural look, or want to improve the look of their skin with more hydrating and skin friendly products. I can’t stress this enough, they do not contain silicon!

Products featured:

You can check out my video above from my youtube Nix92585 where I share my routine in action! If you aren’t already, please be sure to subscribe! You can also find more beauty and lifestyle content on my Instagram @Recycledstardust and fashion content at @Fabulouslystardust!


Pre-Natal Beauty and Wellness at The Green Spa


As a beauty lover, a certified cosmeholic, as I like to refer to myself, I thought I knew everything there was to know about beauty and skincare, that is, until I became pregnant! Aside from the typical guidelines of “don’t eat raw meat”, “don’t sleep on your back”, “stay away from cat litter”, and “don’t dye your hair”, I thought I was pretty on track to a healthy pregnancy. It wasn’t until I visited the Green Spa, located at 8804 3rd avenue in the heart of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, that I learned there is so much more to beauty, skincare, nail care, and even body wellness, while pregnant!


I had previously visited the spa for a pre-natal facial earlier on in my pregnancy, it was then that I learned how important it is to be especially mindful when considering spa serbs, but also, overall skincare products. Opting for more natural, vegan, and organic products, like those from the Legend of the Spa line, are beneficial to your skin and also your baby to be. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it absorbs everything! While you may have previously enjoyed a harsh chemical peel (guilty) or product with Salicylic Acid and retinol (double guilty), these ingredients are now no-no’s once you see that little double pink line. The Green Spa is mindful to these exceptions, and tailors their pre-natal offerings to suit mom to be in all ways. This is why I had to come back and check out their other pre-natal offerings.


The Pre-natal massage is offered in both 60 and 90 minuet intervals and allows mom’s to be to experience relaxation, relief from swelling, back pain, tensions, and address specific concerns. Each massage is tailored and adjusted for you and designed to give you the most comfort. It can be enjoyed in any trimester, will not induce labor (unless you ask!), nor will it cause a miscarriage. There is a specific level of training that is given to those preforming a pre-natal massage, so you are always in the most skilled hands.


Products used during the massage come from the Legend of the Spa line and contain organic, all natural ingredients. They are formulated with therapeutic grade oils, which are diluted to ensure no scent aversions for mom to be. For this massage I chose lavender as it has calming and relaxing properties. The main difference between a pre-natal massage and a regular massage is the attention to pregnancy concerns.


When you first lay down, your legs and feet are checked for swelling as the Green Spa is known for its focus on wellness. Swelling often occurs when there isn’t proper circulation, so legs are important to pay mind to while pregnant. Pressure on the legs has to be specifically applied in that if it is too harsh, it can cause blood clots. Emily, my massage therapist, was informative and mindful to this, and used soft pressure focusing on the lymphatic  system. Soft touches and light pressure promote circulation, drainage, and reabsorption for the lymph glands.


Personally, my biggest concerns concerns were upper back pain, foot pain, neck pain, and swelling. Typical massages require a laying on the back or stomach position, but support was given to both raise the feet and comfortably lay on the side. Even when massaging of the upper back occurred, I was able to comfortably rest my body on my side while still receiving proper pressure. No matter the trimester, you can be comfortably pampered and massaged while promoting the wellness of your body. If you’d like to see a full question and answer session with Emily, please check out my Youtube video here.


While at The Green Spa, I had to check out the pre-natal pedicure since I will be traveling to Los Angeles. I waned my toes to look their best but without all the harsh chemicals. My biggest question was, whats the difference between a pedicure and a pre-natal pedicure? I have always been one that opted for the cheapest pedicure without really paying attention to what was being applied. Many salons don’t even tell you what they are applying to your feet or legs as they reach for bottles with no labels!


Many nail polishes contain harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde, Toluene, and Camphor – all of which are toxic and can be absorbed by nail beds and lungs when vapors are breathed in. All polishes from The Green Spa are toxin free and offer the same beautiful glossy, smooth look. I oped for the shade Love & Happiness by SpaRitual. There is an extensive line of shades by SpaRitual available at the spa.


As mentioned prior, massage of the legs is important to be mindful of during a pre-natal massage, the same mindfulness during the pre-natal massage is given during the pedicure. A brand new ball technique is used to apply soft, acupuncture type pressure to the a calves and feet. Legend Of The Spa chocolate peppermint scrub was applied to the legs and feet to remove dead skin cells and callouses while also leaving skin silky smooth. This was followed by a lavender mask  applied to the legs as well. If you love masking the face, just imagine how lovely it is to have applied to your legs and feet!


While waiting for my polish to dry, I couldn’t help but admire the luxurious yet peaceful atmosphere. I felt so relaxed and at peace as I sipped on the Red Sun Legend of the Spa tea, which is offered before and during any services. Trickling water, salt lamps, and soothing music played through the spa like an oasis get away. You’d never believe you were in Brooklyn after stepping trough the doors!


Once my polish was dry, I headed to the front of the sore which features an entire beauty and skincare section. All products are natural and non toxic. Browse the in house brand, Legend of the Spa, for skincare, tools, tea, and even candles or check out brands like SpaRituals polish and Coola Skincare. The beauty section is like like a mini non-toxic Sephora- there are testers available and helpful staff to shade match you and give you additional information on any product. You are able to purchase products and also are given recommendations based on your concerns during your services.


Even if you aren’t currently expecting, the Green Spa offers many other services such as the new CBD massage, Medical Acne facial for teens,  Duo Massage for couples, Bridal skincare with diamond Microdermabrasion, makeup applications, foot massage, and even waxing hair removal. There is something for everyone! If you would like to book a service, I have paterned with the Green Spa, use promo code Recycledstardust and save 10% off your next service!



The Visually Impaired Blogger



To be a beauty and fashion blogger and content creator requires a certain vision. It all centers around our intuition of style and esthetic. Anyone can open a vogue and follow a trend but it’s the unique spin and the individual personalty that really elevates and separates those with vision from those without. Gaining that insight isn’t always easy, it goes beyond what we see,  in a deeper sense, its about the journey that gets us there. For me, it was my lack of vision that lead me to my true “vision”.

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Sitting up for a brief moment, the day after surgery 2.

In 2017 I was diagnosed with my first retina detachment. I say first since I’ve had a total of three. I have no lens in my left eye, two degenerative eye diseases, as well as no peripheral vision in my right eye. You could never tell any of this simply by looking at me but I’ve spoken openly about my experience in this youtube video. It has greatly impacted both who I am as a person as well as a creator and pushed me in a direction I never though I would go.

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Hiding my eye since I couldn’t apply liner or faux lashes, foundation, or highlight to my face on the left side.

So many times I hear people in this industry talk about how its hard to create content, editing, shooting, gaining a following, maintaining that following, staying relevant- I’ve even complained about many of these things myself. There is that drive and this belief that if you’re truly determined to make it work, it will. On many levels, I do believe this, however, it may not always be how you envisioned it. Sometimes, you need to let go of what you want and see the bigger picture. There is much that can happen by just letting your intuition guide you. This advice goes beyond social media and beyond content creating.

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Keeping my eyes closed for makeup shoots to hide the redness.

As I was going through this process of going blind, I had to keep my head down for 14 days and be as still as possible. This mental retreat in a physically punishing state is not something I would wish even on my worst enemy, but it did give me time to truly reflect on where my career as a content creator was going. The over saturation of the beauty community on instagram, the changes to the algorithm, and overall downturn that instagram was taking, had all been taking its toll on my long standing @Recycledstardust account.  I was receiving less comments and likes, followers were rapidly unfollowing, and I was left confused and a bit disheartened. Why didn’t anyone like me any more?This was all made worse by the fact that I wasn’t able to film tutorials let alone apply makeup in my current state, I was helpless.


San Fransisco – Travling the country and taking my happiness into my own hands

I began to shift my focus. My once beloved beauty content was no longer drawing people in and I was in no state to create it. I began to focus on myself and what truly made me happy. My skin and my face had taken a beating from the multiple surgeries. I began to experiment with skincare and share my skincare journey. Since I couldn’t dress up my face, I bought the fashions I loved and went back to my fashion roots – attending fashion week and even meeting celebrities. I wanted to go to California, 10 days after surgery 3, I drove from New York city to San Fransisco. I even started this blog that year to share my more personal thoughts and reviews. It was through going blind that I regained my vision on life and what mattered to me. This ultimately hit the refresh button for my content and myself.


Meeting Whoppie Goldberg at NYFW

This brings me to you, whoever you are, reading this right now. We can all get stuck at times and become ‘visually’ impaired bloggers, content creators, moms, accountants, students, firefighters, teachers, nurses, etc, we stop seeing what we want, or are completely blinded by what we want in life. We stop taking risks, stop taking chances, stop stepping outside our boxes, even though we should! If even for a moment, we can remove ourselves from ourselves just to see what else can make us happy and also make our goals a reality. Self retreat, self love, self reflection are all so very important and necessary. While it took an illness for me to realize I was more than just an instagram account, I hope it takes much less for you to realize you’re so much more than the sum of what you do daily.


A focus on fashion

To be a content creator and a beauty and fashion blogger takes vision, but to truly live and be happy in what you do, who you are, and what you want out of life also takes vision. I may be blind and visually impaired in life, but in heart, I am fully sighted.



Dia & Co – The Personal Stylist for the Plus Size Woman


Betsey Johnson Dress – Received in my April 2019 box

I want to start this off rather blunt, you aren’t going to find cutesy, curated, pictures of me on my white couch, in my well lit living room, gleefully pulling clothes out of my perfectly tape free Dia & Co box. Quite frankly, I’m a mess, no one would ever allow me to buy a white couch, and I still have not gotten my apartment straight since moving in in April! With that being said, I will offer you my insights into this amazing service that I’ve been using for the past 5 YEARS.


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Wearing Nanette Lapore from 2018

There are plenty of style subscriptions that have popped up over the years to fill the growing need for millennials looking to grow their wardrobe, enhance their wardrobe, or refresh their wardrobe, with minimal time and effort. Of the 20 or so I’ve found online, Wantable, Trunk Club, Rent the Runway,  Gwynnie Bee, etc, to name just a few, there has been an obvious trend, they are straight size oriented. Even inclusive subscriptions like Stichfix have only just recently started to include plus size options! Dia & Co has been a pioneer in the industry leading the way and opening the door for more size inclusivity.


Casual meets sexy- I was sent these pieces in my March 2019 / Purse from 2018

I started receiving Dia & Co in 2014. I was one of the first people to try this sub and review this sub – check out some of my original reviews here and here! Over the years they have added more styles, designer options, and even a fitness box! When you first sign up, you take a little style quiz. This quiz helps the stylists better get to know you, your body, and your personal esthetic. You can even link your social media accounts to really help the stylists connect with what you love! This was super important to someone like me that has eclectic, rarely casual, style. The styling fee, which is an upfront payment, is only 20$ and this gets applied back to whatever purchase you make from your box.


I picked this dress out from Rachel Roy for my April 2018 box. Denim jacket from March 2019

Unlike other subscriptions, you can choose your frequency. Want a quarterly closet upgrade, a monthly splurge, or a special event only type of box, you can specify! You are able save your favorite pieces from the Dia & Co Closet to your profile as well, and if there is something you truly have your eye on, there is even an option to choose these pieces to be a part of your next box. While I love a good surprise, sometimes you just find a have to have it piece. Each box contains 5 items – these can be a mix of accessories, purses, and clothes.

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I loved this Rebel Wilson X Angels Faux Fur coat- I exchanged a bright pink one for this more subtle maroon!

What makes Dia & Co stand out to me are the designer collaborations. Most recently, Dia & Co included pieces from Betsey Johnson’s line. In the past they have partnered with actress Rebel Wilson for her Rebel Wilson X Angels brand as well as Designer  Nanette Lapore. For the plus size girl eyeing the designer brands, they have you covered!

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Wearing Nanette Lapore Jacket from 2018

The size range is size 14-32 which I feel is generous! Many brands, let alone subscriptions, rarely go beyond size 20-28. After you receive you box, you are able to leave feedback on all the items you received. This feedback covers price, material, and fit. If you receive something that doesn’t fit, you do have the option to exchange for the right size. You only pay for the items you keep, and a prepaid postal bag is included for your returns.

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Girl With Curves Collabration Dress – received 2018

I have always been the type of girl where if I order something online and it doesn’t fit, I would rather just keep it than go through the hassle of having to pay for a return! Shipping is free both ways with Dia, so you never have to have to keep an item you aren’t in love with! With each box you receive and the more feedback you provide, your stylist really beings to understand your personal style. I love that my boxes always include something that pushes me outside my comfort zone. If my stylist finds an amazing piece in black  (even though I request no black) or something casual like a pair of jeans that they KNOW will fit me perfectly (even though I request no jeans) they always let me know why! Nothing is ever careless or thoughtless! This is the ultimate level of personalization that you won’t find with other brands.


Betsey Johnson Dress from my April 2019 box

If this sounds like something you’d like to try out, please be sure to check out my referral link : you’ll receive a 20$ credit – which basically waves your styling fee!

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The Instagram Shadowban and my Social Media Journey


In The Beginning…

I realize that for many who follow this blog, this topic may be out of sorts, however, I felt it was necessary to address. I won’t lie to you and tell you I have the secrets, the answers, or even the magic fix! I will tell you about my experience, my best tips, and how to really share your passions online without hindrance!

As you can tell from this blog, I am a lover of cosmetics – cosmeholic after all, but I also have a deep love for fashion as well. For many years, my instagram @Recycledstardust was a mix of both fashion and beauty. I have since streamlined and segregated my content with fashion moving on to my account @Fabulouslystardust. I have been using instagram as a platform to share my passion since 2012 and used it as a full-time job since 2015. So much has changed between 2012 snd 2015 just as so much as changed between 2015 and now! I am going to break them up into eras to really explain how instagram and its treatment of accounts truly plays into the social media experience.

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When I first started my blog it was very raw. I get asked all the time, why did you start working in social media? I have to be honest, I wanted a place to BITCH! It wasn’t the age of social media it is now, advertisers were lying to customers, there was no one to check them, and you had no idea how a product really preformed until you bought it and put it on. You could then either trek back to the store, hopefully you still have your receipt, and return it, or just suck it up and hope that somehow the next release is better. I needed a place to vent my frustrations.

My first blog can be found at , which since January 1st 2012 has amassed  209,696 views! I find the number of views impressive considering I’ve abandoned it for years now aside from the occasional post here and there. It was my place and my space to really talk about beauty and fashion for no other sake than the fact that I wanted to do it. It was a labour of love.

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When I first started my journey on instagram it was more for fun than anything else. Instagram was more about what instagram was … just instant posts that I would share with no real purpose. I joined because I was a bit of a jerk to my friend. I told her instagram was for hipsters and said things like “want to know how much a hipster weights? One instagram!!” ha! Seriously though, it wasn’t very nice, so I joined, told her I was sorry, and said see, now I’m a hipster!

The Good Life…

At the time, in 2012, my son was 2 years old, I had just gone back to school and I was rediscovering my joy for cosmetics – and discovering for the firs time, my joy of fashion. My blog, while still a place to bitch, started to include products I loved using, and looks I loved wearing. As time passed, I was starting to get noticed by brands as well. Valentines day gift from Pepsi, invite to NYFW thanks to Woolite, a package from Kiss to try their lashes, was this really my life? By 2014 I was attending NYFW regularly, so yes it was!


I started to post officially on instagram around this time as well as on youtube.  I shared swatches, beauty subscription boxes, my outfits of the day, I was active, engaged, and I loved all the friends I made on instagram. We all were joined by our love of beauty, talking about new releases and our experiences. As a busy mom I didn’t have many friends in real life and even fewer that were as passionate about beauty as I was. In real life I was a nerd studying to be a science teacher and dissecting sheep livers, and online I was this cinderella beauty, who’d put on gorgeous clothes, attended events and was gifted products by my favorite brands. It felt unreal!


My account went from just a handful of followers to well over 10K in just about 2 years- maybe less. The comments and likes would fly in so quickly I would spend hours just trying to respond to everyone! Not long after I was soaring over 100K and then 150k, I was being PAID to post.  In 2015, I stopped going to school, I was able to stay home and watch my son, I was no longer having to buy products or clothes, and I was making a livable income. Life was good!


In the middle of 2015, my first real smack of reality hit. The major brand that I was working with and making major commission from turned off my promo code. I stopped earning income just like that. They said they found it on a promo code site and thus have ceased its use. I went to the site they said they found it, others where there, others were all active. All I could think was, why was I targeted? After months of trying to live on less than 50$ – they reactivated it, and then their factory burned down. Just is my luck.


I had put a bit too many eggs in one basket. I had no income, and just enough saving to get me through a few months, if I was lucky. I kept posting, keep pushing forward, and hoped for the best. I was now a part of IpsyOS which was a new group for Content Creators that gave us access to networking events, Gen Beauty, and even put us in connection with brands. It was the first time I really felt there was a name and way to describe what I do. I hated being called a guru or an influencer- those titles always felt so vapid. Content Creator… I create content for social media, it fit

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I was being invited to branded events, boxes started to arrive at my door every week from brands I loved and I joined platforms like Octoly, Socalix, Grapevine, and other paid campaign sites. I was getting 800$ in gift cards almost every month just through Octoly! It was a great time to be on instagram and work on instagram.

Nothing Gold Can Stay…

Unfortunately, nothing gold can stay, and I noticed a very steady and sudden decline. No new followers, no comments, no likes, and I thought, has my content gone stale?, am I boring?, did I offend someone?, possibly everyone? I googled to see if instagram was down, what the new glitches were and everything in between. I had no answers. I had created some of my own hashtags like #TheCosmeholicMotd and #RecycledstardustFashion to keep track of my own posts. I clicked on my hashtag and noticed something very strange, there were no new posts from me. The reason? Instgaram had a warning for all of my personally created hashtags when they were searched, it said “Recent posts from #TheCosmeholicMotd are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet instagram’s community guidelines” It also gave the option to learn more – guidelines prohibit posting photos or videos that you don’t have a right to share, nudity and sexual content, hateful, hate speech, spam, unlawful, self injury, and violence. So why were pictures of my face with makeup, nail swatches, eyeshadow swatches, mirror selfies, and even food posts being blocked?


This is current as of today!

The shadow ban is a real thing. I will say it again, THE SHADOW BAN IS A REAL THING. Do not let any influencer, website, or even instagram themselves tell you its not! It absolutely is and they will never give you a reason as to why your account was targeted. They will never tell you how to fix it, what you did wrong, what you need to do to change it. Thats it, you’re on a list, you may forever be on that list, and there isn’t much you can do about it… or can you?


This is considered to go against the community guidelines for instagram. Doesn’t make much sense does it?

When I first figured out what was happening, I freaked out. My posts were being hidden from being seen on hashtags, some hashtags they worked on but only for those who already followed me. Some said I didn’t even show up on their timeline and this is before all the woes of the algorithm. I had to hunt down and figure out in my own way, why I was being targeted and what behaviors I could do to change it. If you’re wondering how you can check if you’re indeed shadow banned- create your own hashtag and have a friend unfollow you and check that hashtag. If you show up, you’re fine, if not, you’re shadow banned. Simple right? Maybe not so much any more.

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So here is where my advice and tips come in. Thank you for sticking around long enough to get this far. I felt it was important you saw my experiences and how positive they were with instagram before you labeled me as just someone who’s mad they aren’t growing or mad they never went viral- neither are the case. Once you discover your account has been flagged – either by hashtag or being hidden on the timeline due to algorithm – there is some hope. First, go through ALL your posts. Go back to when things were successful. Were you using the same exact hashtags over and over? Were you always maxing out at 30 hashtags? Did you post them in the comments section rather than the caption? Did you use any banned hashtags (check here for a current list, yes its long!)? If you did any of those things go back and fix it asap. Remove the banned hashtags, change your hashtags for each post, even if its months in the past, remove hashtags from comments and plop it in your caption, and make sure you’re adding a geo tag! It will place your post where it can be searched and seen by location helping to boost your account.

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Change your geo tag right under your user name when editing your photo!

If none of these work, and you have a business account, check and see how many accounts your reaching via hashtag, if the number is low, you need different hashtags, maybe different thumbnail for your videos, maybe even refresh your content, and do something different. If this all fails, shake your phone, make sure the setting to shake to report is on, and report the problem every time you post. When you shake your phone it takes a screenshot and sends it to instagram. I want you to channel your inner Andy Dufresne (he wrote nonstop letters to get books for the library in the Shawshank Redemption) and shake with every post, shake and show your insights, shake and show your profile, shake shake shake señora!!! If you spam them enough, they do lift it. I have had to do this over 3 times, with patience and proper spamming, they eventually listen!

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginnings End…

That brings me to my very last piece of advice and my last shared experience with you. It’s now almost the middle of 2019, it is just crazy how the year is flying by, and my account has stagnated. The once glorious growth I experienced in instagram’s early aughts is now the continued gain and loose, ebb and flow of followers. Likes are down, comments are way down, and engagement groups do more harm for your account than you think! This is why I created a new account to see how instagram would treat the same content with a shiny new name, and its a doozy!

My new instagram account, @FabulouslyStardust which I started in maybe 2017 but didn’t show much love to until easter this year, was hovering at a few hundred. In April I started to post some fashion I shared on my main account @Recycledstardust, I used the same hashtags, the same geo tag, the same everything. In just 3 weeks I went from about 400 followers to 2,775 at the time I was writing this. So is instagram really dead? Is the algorithm against us all? Or is instagram targeting older and possibly larger accounts? I can’t explain why a post I made recently received 84,000 impressions on an account with 600 followers, 49,963 coming from hashtags, and only received 4,850 impressions on an account with over 150k with only 608 coming from hashtags. Why are posts treated differently on hashtags when posted from different accounts?  For this I have no answer and no solution.


While it may sound like a nightmare for some, creating a new account, even if you’re recycling your old content, it may be beneficial. This being said, I don’t think you should delete your old account either! If you post multiple formats or niches of content, you may absolutely find this valuable. Create a new account for your smaller niche. Do you cover skincare and lifestyle? Why not post skincare with a hint of lifestyle on one account and lifestyle on the other with a hint of skincare. You keep both your niches but you become more focused on your content. You can start to hashtag old posts that no longer fit your new esthetic. You can also gain new audiences by blogging, youtube, instagram stories, even twitch! Try a new space out and bring that audience back to your main platform.

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Applying the new instagram account option will streamline your account and help foster a whole new audience as well. You can direct your followers back and forth between the accounts so they get the best of both worlds while you get a boost! You can host giveaways with your self, just have your followers follow both accounts. You now have two ways to monetize as well! A brand my love one page and not the other, you will open your opportunities and you will kick instagram, its algorithm, and even its shadow ban to the curb. It may sound scary, but all new and exciting things are!

What have your experiences been with the shadow ban or instagram’s algorithm? Lets share our collective experiences and I look forward to hearing your story!



‘Tis The Season – For Good Skin!

Cooler temperatures bring us falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and changes to our skin! Raging wind, dryer air, and changes in the position of the sun all effect our skin. This means its time to switch up the skincare routine. Even if you aren’t a skincare aficionado,  skincare is an easy routine to get into. Plus, there is no better time to start than now!

Holiday deals, kits and sets, make it super simple to try new skincare or venture into a skincare routine. Ulta has so many options this holiday season, so even as an avid skincare lover, I love trying new products. Since skin varies by person, this is a great way to find a product that works for you.

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On the higher end of the spectrum is the Peter Thomas Roth Power Players Set . This set is only 38$ but is a 95$ value! It includes Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel – which provides peachy clean freshness and brightens skin with glycolic acid, salcylic acid, and botanical extracts which helps keeps skin blemish free! The Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask helps draw out dirt and oil while still moisturizing skin with vitamins, essential minerals and antioxidant benefits! Pores will look clearer and smaller. The Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads help to exfoliate, resurface, and clarify skin. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin and help to reduce the look of fine lines. Before bed, apply the Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum. This is vitamin A and it delivers skin-renewing benefits with concentrated encapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimal irritation. Vitamin A tends to get a bad reputation, but this is quite gentle on the skin. For ultimate moisture, the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer its perfect for drying environments. It transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours.

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For the modern skincare lover, HEMPZ Original Herbal Body Moisturizer  Don’t let the name fool you, this does not contain active THC nor will it make you high. It contains 100% Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil that are blended with natural extracts to provide dramatic skin hydration and nourishment. This is perfect to apply to all over skin as it helps to  improve the health and condition of skin. Hemp Seed Oil is one of nature’s richest sources of Essential Fatty Acids and Key Amino Acids containing natural proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, vital for healthy skin conditioning. This is also Paraben Free as well as gluten Free, and 100% Vegan.


FIRST AID BEAUTY FAB Holiday Cheer Kit contains a mix of full size and sample size products from the brand First Aid Beauty. It is available for 48$ but has a 96$ value. These fan favorites are perfect for gifting individually or restocking your own skincare this season. It contains the Pure Skin Face Cleanser which is perfect for sensitive skin since it is irritant-free. Remove makeup, dirt and grime easily. For extra moisture this season, the Ultra Repair Cream a whipped, thicker, rich, emollient that covers skin and helps retain hydration. You can use this for full body and even works with distressed skin and eczema.  Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is a great way to hydrate the face and works for all skin types. It is a soothing, nourishing and leaves skin soft and hydrated. I love to use this as part of a makeup routine.  To exfoliate skin gently, the Facial Radiance Intensive Peel is a non-abrasive, extra-strength at-home exfoliating peel that helps resurface, smooth and brighten skin. This helps the also reduce the look of fine lines. Finish up with the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy which is a long-lasting lip treatment that helps moisturize, protect and soothe dry, chapped lips. These allergy-tested and fragrance free.

If you want to see all of my holiday Skin, Hair, and Nails picks for the holiday season head over to youtube and check out my holiday gift guide!


Holiday Opulence with Soncy

Promo code- StardustxSoncy for 15$ off ANY order


Cannot Be Tamed Blouse with Hold Me Tight Bodycon Pencil Skirt 

I love to pull out patterns and textured fabrics during the end of fall and the holiday season. While temperatures get a little colder, styles certainly heat up! Plus size tends to get the back burner treatment, but Soncy doesn’t feel it should! With affordable, trendy, and fashionable pieces in sizes 10-30, it is the ultimate destination for holiday opulence. You can save 15$ off any purchase if you use my promo code StardustxSoncy


Cannot Be Tamed Blouse with Hold Me Tight Bodycon Pencil Skirt 

Casual days, walking among the leaves don’t have to be basic! The Hold Me Tight Bodycon Pencil Skirt with tie detail hugs the body while keeping you warm. Pair with your favorite t-shirt, sweater or even a Cannot Be Tamed Blouse leopard print tie blouse. Add layers like a fluffy scarf, or booties for everyday or a pair of heels and a gold necklace for some unexpected glam.


For the ultimate holiday party look, Coming In Red Hot Wrap Knee-Length Dress adds just the right amount of sizzle. This low cut, high rise, soft cranberry velvet wrap dress is comfortable and effortless. This is a true wrap that will accentuate your waist while giving the hourglass look. The fabric is both soft and lightly starchy so you’ll feel comfortable all night long!


Shine Bright with Lane Bryant



Foil Tie Neck Blouse

There is no denying that the holiday season is a time when fashion gets a little brighter, a  little bolder, and certainly, just a bit more sparkly! There are so many new trends as well such as the revival of 70’s and 80’s as well as fun textures such as fur (faux), sequins, and velvet! More than ever, this is the time of year to really flex your creativity when it comes to fashion, and Lane Bryant, literally, has you covered! #sponsored

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Bryant Blazer Double Breasted Tweed with Metallic Buttons

While I may not be a traditional 9-5 kind of girl, being my own boss as a content creator, I still need a good outfit for when I go to meetings or want to look polished at events. Office style or office chic, doesn’t have to be stand on its traditional laurels. Now is a great time to pair a soft pink, tweed blazer with a  foil tie neck blouse and finish it with a star mesh full midi skirt.


Star Mesh Full Midi Skirt

This outfit truly comes to life during golden hour. Golden hour is the time of day when the sun is just a bit lower in the sky and adds a delicious golden or warm glow. The foil blouse comes alive and the stars on the midi skirt really shine. Take this look from day to night simply by removing the blazer.


Foil Tie Neck Blouse

This look can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways including pairing the tweed blazer with a pair of jeans or the mesh midi skirt with a cami for an almost “dress” look.


Bryant Double Breasted Tweed with Metallic Buttons

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Bryant Blazer Double Breasted Tweed with Metallic Buttons

Foil Tie Neck Blouse

Star Mesh Full Midi Skirt