[Hair]apy

 

Hi lovies!

Remember this insta post I posted not long ago?? [If not, check it out here.]
I want to share with you my Nanoil Hair Oil experience as I have used it over several weeks!

  • Firstly, this stuff is packed with stuff that is not harmful to your hair. Quite the opposite, it’s full of NATURAL ingredients! Marula oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, just to name a few.
  • Secondly, although there are several ways you can use this oil, I prefer to massage it into the ends of my hair, where there is the most damage. Not only does it work as an AWESOME detangler, but it smooths my hair and provides protection against heat styling.
  • I can’t forget to mention that this hair oil is customizable!! This is a big deal to someone like myself, who has very fine, thin, color-treated hair and many oils and masks are way too heavy and leave my hair feeling greasy. So, whether you have thin hair, thick hair, curly hair, dry hair, color-treated hair, whatever it may be, there is a specific intensity of Nanoil Hair Oil for you!

    If you guys have any questions regarding my experience just leave me a comment and I’d be glad to answer! You can also purchase your Nanoil Hair Oil here. Enjoy! xoxx

March Favorites

Hey guys!

These are a few makeup & skincare products I’ve been using and loving lately. There are quite a few because I didn’t blog a January or February favorites, but all the same these are products that worked for me and I recommend for you! Enjoy, xxo!

Avène Micellar Lotion $28
First up is this micellar lotion/water. LET ME JUST SAY that I have tried soo many different kinds of micellar lotions and 95% of them have been oily messes. But this one is AMAZING. I use it take off eye makeup mostly, but when I do use it to take off my face makeup it leaves my skin feeling cleansed and soft. $28 is kinda steep, especially for an essential everyday makeup remover, but the bottle is HUGE and you can make it go a long way if you really want to, lol!

 
belif Aqua Bomb face moisturizer $22-$38
As an oily skin girl, I’ve struggled with the right moisture balance for as long as I can remember. What I love about this moisturizer is that it’s a gel formula, making it super light and airy on the skin. It’s perfect for night and daytime wear and wears nicely under makeup. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this product. This brand has entire product lines for all skin types, so if you’re a dry skin girl, you can check them out too!

 
PUR Joystick Exfoliating Cleanser $26
I used this every single day for an entire month and I could absolutely tell a difference in the texture of my skin. YOU NEED THIS! I’ve already purchased another one. I’m someone who battles skin issues like texture and blemishes, but I feel like this is gentle enough for you gals who don’t, and simple enough for those of you who don’t feel like committing to an entire skin care regimen. Totally worth purchasing!

 

 

boscia Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask $34
I’ve been loving using this mask once or twice a week when my skin is feeling/looking a little dull. It feels good and cleansing to peel off and doesn’t tug on those peach fuzz hairs, lol. The description says this mask is for pores, oiliness, and blemishes, but is safe for all skin types. It didn’t necessarily make my skin feel less oily or dryer, but definitely felt as though my pores were excavated and I was left with brighter skin.

 

Covergirl Outlast All-Day Concealer $12
I saw this concealer spoken about by Tati and eleventhgorgeous on YouTube so of course I had to try it out for myself! Although a little runny, once set with powder this concealer does not budge! It doesn’t crease or leave my under-eyes looking cakey. I use the lightest shade–fair– and I find that it makes my under-eyes brighter and I look more awake. It isn’t a full coverage concealer so it’s great for everyday, but for a more full glam look I recommend pairing it with a more full coverage concealer. Some people hate the sponge-tip applicator but I myself am indifferent. I don’t find it messy or unable to be precise.

 

Merle Norman Dual Action Concealer $17
This concealer was created with a mixture of fairy dust and water from the fountain of youth. It’s my holy grail and I go to no public outing without this on my face. I’m obsessed and I assure you, you need this! I’m use light or medium light neutral. <3

 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder $5
I cannot believe this powder is as inexpensive as it is. It’s not as full coverage as something like the Make Up For Ever pressed powder, but it makes my face look flawless  nonetheless! I use a lighter shade to set my concealer and then a shade close to my skin color to set the foundation on my face. I love this powder!

 

NYX HD Blush$7
These blushes are perfectly compact, inexpensive, PACKED with pigment, come in 24 colors and wear SO well throughout the day! Unfortunately, several shades are only available online, but at the price they are, I would gladly pay for shipping! Now, these blushes do have shimmer, but are buildable so the shimmer may not transfer to your face depending on how much product you put on your cheeks. Personally, I love blushes with shimmer and I can’t wait to purchase more! 😀

 

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter $6
My personal fav is the shade peach lights, but I’ve heard amazing things about golden lights as well. You can use these wet or dry. This formula does show skin texture, but the look is gives to the skin is so beautiful I can look past that. I prefer this highlighter over my Nicole Guerrero X ABH palette (IKR?!). Normally I am all for a glittery highlight, but the ABH X NG palette just does not give me the beautiful glow that this $6 Makeup Revolution highlighter does. This formula is not chalky, is easy to blend, and is buildable. Have any of you guys tried this out? I’d love to know!

 

Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette $29
Honestly the packaging of this palette is so stinkin’ cute I would have purchased this regardless, but the shadows are AMAZING quality! They blend incredibly easily, which is why I recommend this product for even the most novice of eye shadow mavens. I can create a really sultry warm smokey eye with this palette or do a super simple neutral office-approps eye look as well. I’m debating snagging a back up of this palette since I use it so much and it’s limited edition. What do y’all think??

 

 

Wet n Wild Gel Lip Liner $3

I bought four of the six shades and have been patting myself on the back since I got them in the mail LOL! I love wearing these alone, without a lipstick overtop. They give such a great color to the lips and feel like I’m wearing almost nothing! I do use them under lip products, but they’re so pigmented on their own I prefer to wear them that way. I’ve tried several different types of lip liners and I just can’t get away from these!

Fresh Faced

Skin care is something actually new to my weekly routine. In my late teens and early 20s, I didn’t have any of the skin issues I am currently experiencing. Now, however, with so many accessible and more importantly affordable options at my local Target, Walgreens, or nearby drugstore, pampering myself has become a regular thing! For our most recent girls’ night, Megan, Rachael, and myself got together and tried out six different masks–for all skin types. Keep reading for results!

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Skin typenormal/combination
Masks used: Formula.10.0.6. Pores Be Pure Mud Mask & Acure Pore Refining Red Clay Mask
Thoughts: I didn’t want to use anything too strong because my skin for the most part is relatively clear. I wanted something to simply clean! The Pore Be Pure felt very tingling and drying on my face, but it only lasted a few minutes. I kept both masks on for about 20 minutes before washing. Overall, I prefer to the red clay mask because it felt like it cleaned my face without drying it out too badly. Note that their are little exfoliating beads in the red clay mask that make it easier to wash off as well.

RACHAEL
Skin typedry to normal
Masks used: e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask, pixi Glow Mud Mask, L’oreal Pure Clay Mud Mask
ThoughtsI do suffer from time to time with dry patches and overall dry skin. I started with the e.l.f. bubble mask and the pixi glow mask. The bubble mask definitely worked, but I wanted a deeper clean, so I swapped it for the L’oreal mask! This one I preferred, and felt like I got a really intense pore cleaning from this one! I will also say the pixi mask made me skin feel SO smooth afterwards.

EMILY
Skin type: combination to oily/acne-prone
Masks used: L’oreal Pure Clay Mask & Studio 35 Beauty Nourishing Mask
Thoughts: Moisturizing masks are something I normally stray away from because I worry they would make my skin more oily, but with the weather being so all over the place here in Louisiana, I opted for one this time. I really loved the L’oreal clay mask, and I agree with Rachael’s thoughts on it. But what really surpised me was the nourishing coconut mask. I loved it! My skin felt so plump and moisturized after using it, and there was a visible difference in the texture! I loved it so much I used it on the other side of my face as well, and then made Meg & Rach use it after their masks to replenish their skin. It was a unanimous #1!

I found all of these masks at Target, but most brands are available at your local drugstore. Take the time to pamper yourself! Cheers to girls’ nights in!

Sephora #VIBRouge Review

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Boy oh boy! Does this week feel a million times longer than last week, or is it just me?! Okay, so I know we had a super short week last week with the holidays, but normally when I’m super busy my days still fly by. Just pass the extra-large coffee my way, please! (Speaking of coffee, has anyone else seen the Gilmore Girls revival Netflix just released??! I have such mixed feelings..) Anyway, I’m excited to share with you guys my little haul reviews from the VIB/VIBRouge sales that happened at Sephora at the beginning of this month.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Ashton and Allison–$20/piece
The first shade of this lipstick I set out to purchase was Pure Hollywood, as it had been dubbed a dupe for one of the ever-so-popular Kylie Jenner lip kit shades. Of course, I was never able to get my hands on this coveted color and settled instead for Dusty Rose–a pinky mauve thats very wearable for everyday. I found the formula, although somewhat drying, applied smoothly, opaquely, and most importantly, reapplication goes on just as smoothly and opaquely. I love the color Ashton for fall. In my experience, they all dry a little bit darker than they are in the tube (which is my experience with most liquid lipsticks). Allison is such a beautiful warm pinky-brown. It’s darker than Dusty Rose but still very wearable for everyday. Overall, I recommend these liquid lipsticks if you’re looking for work appropriate colors and a comfortable, long-lasting formula.

2. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm–$29
I debated on purchasing this because I am an avid user of makeup remover wipes for taking off my face at the end of the day. But after receiving a sample of this in a Sephora Play! Box, I knew I had to purchase the full size. The number one thing I love about this product is that it DOESN’T DRY OUT MY FACE! That’s a big deal to me, because I feel like when I’m cleansing my face at night with 18 different washes and scrubs and this and that, I’m not replenishing my skin with everything I’m stripping from it. Plus the balm makes it much easier to remove eye makeup than a wipe. I go through it quickly, though, so maybe it’s best left for the hard to remove lips and eye makeup.

3. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick–$24
Holy liquid lipstick goodness do I love this formula! Again, I received a sample of Driver’s Seat in a Sephora Play! box and I decided to try a couple of non-traditional colors. I purchased Chill Zone and Out Loud, which is the color pictured here. I don’t experience any weird peeling or flaking off of this formula, I love the applicator wand and tip, I just wish the price point was a little less expensive! If you have been eyeing these lipsticks, I would recommend purchasing a fun color you wouldn’t wear everyday!

4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer–$28
Okay, okay, I know everyone loveeesss the Tarte shape tape concealer. But honestly, the Naked concealer is my g0-t0. I like the coverage more than the Tarte shape tape, which I find difficult to build to my liking without it looking cake-y. The Naked concealer feels lighter on my skin and then there’s the added bonus that the Naked concealer isn’t incessantly sold out! The Tarte shape tape took me weeks and weeks to get my hands on! I will say the wear of the Naked concealer is not as long as the Tarte shape tape, but with a little setting powder, I make it work. I do wish there were more shades to choose from in the Naked. I’ve used Fair Neutral and Light Neutral, and I prefer to lightest shade.

5. Kopari Coconut Balm–$32
I thought I would opt for the less expensive option here, as the coconut melt jar is a few dollars more. I also prefer my lotions in a pump or tube because they’re less messy that way. In this instance, however, I wish I would have just bought the jar. Although the smell is great and of course the extra-provided moisture is great, the difficulty of getting the product out of the tube is way more effort than it’s worth! (I’m lolling at myself right now.) I honestly thought there must have been a tab covering the opening of the tube when I first used it because I could not get product out no matter how hard I squeezed. Surprise! There’s no tab, I just need to start lifting weights apparently…My recommendation would be if you’re still set on purchasing the tube because you prefer the balm consistency (like myself) then set it on a shelf in your shower and let the warmth from the shower heat it up so you can apply after. It will make the product easier to work with. Otherwise, splurge for the jar melt!

Until next time, lovies! xoxo

Pleased in Plum: Full Face Drugstore Makeup

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Happy Fall, lovies! Even though here in Louisiana it’s still 95 degrees daily, I’m trying to make the most of it, lol.

I’m really excited about this post because it involves two of my favorites: saving a lil’ bit of money and beautiful makeup! This is a fall-inpsired, soft-glam/full face of all drugstore products. (Please excuse my crazy eyebrow! It–like my hair–was being completely uncooperative.) I’m going to show you everything I used to achieve this entire look, step by step. I didn’t take pictures during because I’m not sure how helpful that would be without being able to watch it being done, but if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know for future posts!

STEP ONE: After washing and cleansing my face, I moisturized with Cetaphil Moisturizer for all skin types.  My skin is on the way oilier side, so I don’t normally use something this heavy to moisturize, but my face was feeling extra dry and in need of a heavier moisturizer. I like using Cetaphil because it does exactly what it says it does. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it moisturizes without feeling like I’ve just dipped my face into a vat of moisturizing cream.

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Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, $12

STEP TWO: After I moisturized, it was time to prep my skin for foundation. I used my favorite drug store primer, e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer.  It’s got salicylic acid, which helps to prevent any more breakouts, plus it applies very smoothly and increases the longevity of my foundation. I just rubbed it in lightly all over my entire face with my fingertips. e.l.f. has a ton of different primers in their line for all types of skin, I highly recommend checking them out! I find mine at Target.

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e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer, $6

STEP THREE: Once my face was prepped and primed, I poured about a quarter-sized amount of my Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless foundation (My post-summer shade is in 220 Natural Beige) onto the back of my hand. I do this for a few reasons. One, my favorite beauty vloggers say it warms up the foundation before applying it to your face, making it easier to blend and apply. Two, because if I poured it directly onto my sponge I would literally get it EVERYWHERE and have a huge mess all over my face and sponge (and presumably the floor and mirror etc.). Three, because pouring the foundation on the back of my hand FIRST allows me to see if I need to mix any other foundations with the shade to make it a closer match to my skin color as well as allowing me more precise application to my face from my hand rather than straight from the facial sponge.

I, personally, appreciate the Nicol Concilio technique of applying the foundation to my face where I use my fingertip to dot my face with foundation. I’ve tried lots of other methods, and I found this one to be the easiest to work with, wielding the best blending results.

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Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, $8

I then used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend my foundation all over my face and neck.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $7

STEP FOUR: I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair under my eyes and on the inside corners of my eyes where they meet my nose, and blend with the same blending sponge.

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Maybelline Fit me! Concealer, $7

STEP FIVE: Once my concealer and foundation were blended on my face, I set my entire face with my L’oreal Infallible Pro-matte powder, using an e.l.f. flat brush. I simply pressed the powder from the brush onto my face by patting it instead of brushing it.

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, $13

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e.l.f. Powder Brush

Okay! If you’ve made it this far, you have your base! Takes longer to read than it does to actually apply, lol. But with it being a full face, and not an every day look, we’ve got a few more steps to cover!

STEP SIX: I used my essence bronzer to contour under my cheekbones, forehead,  under my chin, and to warm up my face and neck with a Wet n’ Wild contour brush. Then I used my Wet n’ Wild blush brush  and Wet n’ Wild Color Icon blush in Mellow Wine to brush some color onto my cheeks. Y’all-from here on out I used nothing but Wet n’ Wild brushes. They are so inexpensive and they work so well! The blush is extremely, extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way, so be super careful to tap the excess off the brush! **I’m including everything for the cheeks as one step, if you couldn’t already tell.** Lastly on the cheeks, I took my essence pure nude highlighter and swept it above the blush, on the tip of my nose, and on my cupid’s bow (right above my top lip).

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essence sun club bronzer for lighter skin, $5

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Wet n’ Wild Blush in Mellow Wine, $3

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essence pure nude highlighter, $5

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Wet n’ Wild Contour Brush, $2

STEP SEVEN: I used the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil to pencil in my eyebrows, I promise they looked more tame in person. If your eyebrows are being unruly, like mine were here, you could also use some NYX brow mascara. For reference, I have the Nyx Micro Brown Pencil in the shade Taupe.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10

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NYX Brow Mascara, $7

STEP EIGHT: YASSS! WE’RE ALMOST DONE! We’ve got a full face, eyebrows done, all that’s left is eyes, and my favorite–lips! I used two different drugstore palettes for my eyes. The matte cream-colored shades in the Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements palette for my eye base and under my eyebrow. I used the toffee-colored shades in the same palette for my crease. For this eye shadow blending I used the Wet n’ Wild large eyeshadow brush and the Wet n’ Wild crease brush. Pro-tip: these matte shadows are NOT the easiest to work with! Don’t be afraid to keep building and blending them until you get the shade/coverage you’re looking for. The second palette I used was the Maybelline the Nudes. I used the darkest brown towards the outer corners of my eyelids and outer corners right underneath my eyes. Lastly, I used the darkest gold shade in the same palette with the Wet n’ Wild small eyeshadow brush to pack my lid with color. I used the same brush to put the same shade in the inner corner of eyes and mix with the dark brown that was already underneath. I winged my liner with Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Liner and my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara was last for my eyes! The eyes always take me longest because of the shadow blending and trying to get my eyeliner on both eyes to match. More often than not I just go with whatever I end up with on the first try, whether they’re even or not.

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Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements Eyeshadow Palette, $7

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Maybelline The Nudes Palette, $10

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Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Eyeliner, $6

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L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black, $10

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Wet n’ Wild Small Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99

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Wet n’ Wild Crease Brush, $0.99

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Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99

STEP NINE: Lips are always my favorite! For this beautiful fall plum look, I used the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Obsession. Obsession is right because I am obsessed with this shade! A little bit about the Milani matte lipsticks–They’re liquid lipstick that are comparable to almost any high-end matte liquid lips. They’re long-lasting, pigmented, smooth, and comfortable to wear. I picked up three more shades after this post! You can find them in most CVS or Walgreen stores.

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Obsession, $9

STEP TEN: GUYS. If you made it all the way through this post, you deserve to treat yourself with some of this makeup I’ve listed in this post! But this is my very last step! I set my whole face with L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Spray. This stuff is seriously amazing! It’s totally a dupe for Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, but half the price.

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L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $17

All in all, even though I used A TON of products for this look, I still saved just as much money! I hope y’all enjoy this post and even try to recreate this fun fall look for yourselves!

#drugstorehaul

 

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I have recently been obsessing over finding great drugstore buys after binge-watching KathleenLights’ YouTube videos. Over the last few weeks, I have tried out some vlogger-recommended buys as well as some I sought out myself. Although I wasn’t able to purchase absolutely everything I wanted, I still scooped up a ton of products to try. I hope you guys find my reviews at least somewhat helpful! I tacked on a wishlist of products at the end of the post. If ya’ll have tried them out, let me know your thoughts!

1.

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NYX Tres Jolie Gel Eyeliner in Brown, $12
This is one purchase that Kathleen raves about in her videos. I haven’t worn gel or pencil eyeliner in a REALLY long time. (I love my black liquid liners.) I do think it applied very smoothly and it is a rich, chestnut-y brown. I don’t really have anything negative to say about this eyeliner except that I think $12 is a little on the expensive side. I’ve used Maybelline’s waterproof gel pencils and found they apply equally as smooth and are only $8. Plus, they come in several colors versus only brown and black in the Tres Jolie liners.

2.

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L’oreal Voluminous Mascara, $8.49

I have been repurchasing this mascara since high school. I absolutely LOVE it. It comes in Carbon Black, Blackest Black, Black, and Black/Brown. This time around I bought Blackest Black. It also comes in waterproof but I tend to steer away from waterproof mascaras because I have yet to discover a method of removing it that doesn’t involve my eyelashes being pulled out. I highly recommend this mascara. It’s phenom for a drugstore brand.

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L’oreal Telescopic Mascara, $10

This is another oldie, but goodie. This mascara lengthens and separates super well, AND the thin brush is great for bottom lashes! When the tube gets low or you aren’t careful putting the wand back into the tube, it can bend the brush and the wand, rendering the mascara almost useless at that point. But I love the look of this formula on the lashes! Another drugstore mascara I really like.

4.

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7
If you don’t already have this concealer do yourself a favor and go get it! I can’t get enough of these little tubes of creamy goodness! I’m on my third tube already and it feels like such a recent purchase. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, but obviously at a much more affordable price. It’s easy to apply, blends amazingly, covers without creasing, I could go on all day. It’s been hard for me to find a store that can keep my colors in stock, so stock up when you find them!

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L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer, $9
This is a somewhat new brow pencil for L’oreal from what I understand. I’ve purchased it twice now, and I really like it for the price! It’s super similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but if you’re not that big on brows and looking for a more affordable option, here’s one. For me, it’s hard to justify spending so much on a brow pencil or powder because I go through them so quickly! On the other hand, brows are something I don’t leave the house without having done. I love the precision this allows you to have on your brows, and it comes with a spoolie.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10
Hands down my favorite eyebrow tool. I reach for it even more than any of my Anastasia Beverly Hill brow products. It’s so worth the $10! I highly, highly recommend purchasing this in lieu of or even in addition to any expensive brow products!

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NYX Brow Mascara, $7
Pair with brow pencil or wear alone, this NYX brow mascara will have your eyebrows groomed AND staying in place all day! Worth the purchase! The blonde shade was a little too light for me, so I repurchased brunette.

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Maybelline Baby Skin, $7
I was really excited about this! I have several friends that use this as a foundation primer and love it. I muchhhh prefer my e.l.f. primer I mentioned in a previous post, but for those of you with skin on the dryer side, this is for ya’ll! I prefer to use this when I’m not putting on a heavier liquid foundation, because it doesn’t keep the heavier foundations in place enough for me and my oilier skin. But on days when I’m wearing lighter foundation or powder foundation, this primer works perfectly.

9.

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NYX Shine Killer, $14
I used this as a primer, and again, I still much prefer my e.l.f. primer! (Seriously cannot find anything that even touches it yet–Price or quality!) It’s a big step up from the Maybelline Baby Skin, but I wonder if the NYX Pore Filler would have been a better choice. For $14, I want it to do almost as well as high-end primers do, but I can’t say it did for me! I will have to continue to use it into the fall and winter to really see if it’s worth the repurchase.

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte + Poreless, $8
I. Cannot. Believe. This. Foundation. Is. Only. $8. Dollars!
Seriously! In my opinion, it was unusually runny out of the bottle, but it went on my face SO smoothly and effortlessly and the coverage is beautiful and buildable! I’m so, so impressed with this foundation, and that’s saying something because high-end is all I’ve been using consistently for the last few years. It lasted through the crazy Louisiana heat and humidity, and I didn’t even have to reapply any setting powder throughout the day, which I normally have to do. What is also so great about the Maybelline Fit Me foundation is that it comes in another formula for those who have drier skin. Check it out here.

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L’oreal True Match Foundation, $10

Alright guys, where do I start! There is a ton of hype about this drugstore foundation. Friends and beauty vloggers alike swear by it. I was so hesitant to purchase this for the longest time because of my temperamental skin, but I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It isn’t as runny out of the bottle as the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, but it doesn’t look as smooth on the skin in my opinion. I feel like this is a full coverage foundation right off the bat, whereas the Fit Me is buildable. It just depends on the kind of coverage you’re looking for and your skin type, but this is a great buy! I personally would rather the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation.

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, $13
I freaking love this stuff! This was one of the things I just threw into my bag towards the end of my Ulta trip because I loveeee the liquid pro-matte foundation so much, and I’m so glad I did! I would compare this powder to the Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation…but better. I use it to set any liquid foundation or concealer I put on for the day. Again, if you’ve got drier skin, this powder finish might not be for you.

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Wet N Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce de Leche, $5
This is another one Kathleen used repeatedly in her videos, so naturally, I had to get one for myself. And all I can say is: best matte bronzer and setting powder ever! And it’s only $5! I don’t contour much because my face is already so long and narrow but for the little bit I try to do, this duo palette is perfect. Plus, it’s huge. It’s almost bigger than my hand, so you get a ton to work with. It blends and sets beautifully. I love this. Careful though! A little bit goes a LONG way, so tap off any excess from your brush.

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Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, $15
I’ve said before in a previous post that I’m already a fan of Physician’s Formula bronzers. This one smells like intense coconut, which I don’t mind, but this formula is a little on the orange-y side to me. It goes on well, not in patches, but it takes quite a lot of application to get this to show up on my skin. I prefer the Wet N Wild contour powder in the palette above. Oh! And this bronzer looks shimmery in the package but it goes on with a matte finish.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight, $5
The highlight train is something I am still hopping on and off, and on again, so I picked up a couple of drugstore highlighters to try. This Essence brand highlighter is ahhhhhhmaze! Five dollars, and so so so natural looking on the skin. It’s not shimmery (which ya’ll know I love my shimmer, but with a highlighter, shimmer can look oily before long), and applies smoothly and really evenly with little effort. It’s literally the perfect natural highlight for everyday use. If it wasn’t 10 o’clock at night I would go put some more on right now! I highly recommend buying this.

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Kardashian Beauty Intimate Spotlight Highlighter in Incandescence, $10

Doing some more research, I think they have discontinued this exact product at Ulta (I picked it up for $3 in the sale bin) but it is still available on the Kardashian Beauty website. You guysssssssss, I loveeeee ittttttt! Kardashian Beauty products get a reputation for being not-so-great, but this highlighter is bomb! It’s got tons of shimmer, so I wear it mostly at night, but it’s easy enough to apply a slight amount for daytime wear. It’s a cream, so I use my finger to apply, but it doesn’t look crazy oily at the end of the day, which is a #blessing. If you’re a highlighter fan, I really, really, really, recommend giving this a try! Let me know what you think!

What’s On My Wishlist:

 

 

 

If you guys have tried any of these products, let me know your thoughts! Again, I hope my thoughts and reviews were helpful!

#makeuphaul

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Okay guys! Sorry it has taken me so long to post, but I am SO excited to share these purchases with y’all. Right after I finally knocked some things off of my wishlist at Sephora, my boyfriend surprised me with some things I had been coveting from Ulta. I know, I know. Now I’m the girl who gets to cheesy-brag on my stud of a boif. But he definitely earned some points with what he scooped up! I’ll get right down to it:

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First up, Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint, Naughty Nudes collection. I was really excited about these lip paint colors when they were released. They have such a 90s vibe! Eventually I will own them all, but the ones I ended up purchasing were Choker (a “warm brown”), Rave (a “greige”), and Crop Top (a “mauve brown”). I LOVE how creamy these lipsticks are! Perfect combination of creamy and matte, just like they’re named. Now, I already own a few colors similar to choker, but none stay this creamy while wearing them. It is a warmer brown, but I wouldn’t call it a lighter brown by any means. This one ended up being my favorite on, even though I was sure I would love Rave the most. Rave is the prettiest shade of grey, and I didn’t have any colors like it. I feel like it’s a color that could be worn every day versus a very stark shade of grey that would better be suited for Halloween or special nighttime occasions. I was really disappointed in Crop Top, though. I thought it would be the most fun color to wear from the description, but it felt like it didn’t have the same consistency as the other lippies. It took several applications to get the lip cream on smoothly and the color to the shade I was expecting. After I was satisfied with the application, it seemed like I blinked and my lipstick was gone! There is zero lasting power with this shade. I can say I won’t be repurchasing Crop Top, but I love my other Naughty Nude shades. I’ll be purchasing Brownie next!

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I was recommended the Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick by a girlfriend so I purchased two super fun colors: Unicorn, a bright violet/purple, and Who’s Zoomin’ Who, a stunning dark blue. I was completely blown away by the dark blue! It is exactly the navy lipstick I have been searching for, long-lasting, smooth application, and overall fun and wearable. I would highly recommend purchasing this lip in place of the Kylie Lip Kit mentioned in my earlier post.

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These next purchases I am still freaking out about. I bought the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Blush and Highlighter Duos in the Champagne Collection. I bought two different ones: Champagne Pop/Flowerchild and Presecco Pop/Pamplemousse. The Champagne Pop/Flowerchild duo lasted through heat, rain, sweat, and pretty much every element of a busy summer day. I was so impressed! I found the colors extremely wearable for every day ( I probably will wear this every day), but not so much the glam I initially expected. The Presecco Pop/Pamplemousse duo is AMAZING and because these are limited edition, I will most definitely be repurchasing this one. The highlight (Presecco Pop) is a gorgeous light gold, whereas the Champagne Pop in the other duo is a richer, darker gold. It definitely gave me the glam I was looking for. I’ve mentioned before that bright pink or coral blushes are something I’ve shied away from in the past, but the blush side of this duo (the Pamplemousse) is such a sassy, girly pink! I love it! I would 100% recommend this duo for any skin shade, too! I’m still undecided if I want to try the other two duos. If you guys have tried either of the others, let me know in the comments!

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One of the point-earning products my thoughtful boyfriend picked up for me was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I’m still not sure how I feel about this! I’ve been such a long-time user of pencils, powders, and gels, that a pomade intimidated me a little. I usually pencil my eyebrows a few shades darker, as that is on trend right now (thank you Cara Delevingne), but the shade Medium Brown in the pomade is much much too dark for me. I will have to swap for Taupe or Soft Brown. I will say that as soon as I applied this, my brows looked professionally done. Instant attitude to my face! On the other hand, I felt that with my oily skin, the pomade didn’t sit well on my brows. I will have to play with it some more in the correct shade and update y’all!

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The last thing I’m going to cover on this post is another boyfriend-pickup surprise. Y’all already know I’m obsessed with Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, so I had to check out the Naughty Nude collection of blushes too! I ended up with the shade Exposed, a “matte nude pink.” Ugh, I should have known I was going to totally love it and want to purchase the rest of them! It’s a light, pretty, perfectly nude shade of pink with buildable potential. I would say my skin tone is a little too warm for this exact shade, but I will be grabbing Seduce and Risque on my next trip to Ulta or Sephora.

I’ve put up some lip swatches on my Insta, but if you guys want to see anything else on, let me know in the comments and I can upload pics!

Makeup I’ve Tried And Didn’t Like (Despite the Hype)

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Have you ever been so excited for a new cosmetic product to launch? You’ve followed the brand on every form of social media to stay updated. You’ve forced yourself to wait for others to try this awesome new thang before you buy it so you could read the reviews. Now you’ve finally bought this supposedly spectacular new foundation or mascara or lipstick and you are SO PUMPED to use it!

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And it’s got as many cons going for it as it does pros, if not more. Such a bummer! It is for that exact reason I’ve listed a ton of awesomely-hyped-up products that were less than fantastic for me, and what I started using instead!

1.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


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Fully-loaded lashes? Yep.
Black as night? Yep.
Flakes all over my face? Oh yeah.
After reading a ton of reviews on the Sephora website, I dropped the $25 and left the rest up to this little pink tube of magic. I saw results almost immediately as I applied this mascara, but within 3 hours I had major fallout. Black flakes were ALL over my face–way more than any mascara I had previously tried.  Honestly, I can’t imagine the waterproof version being anything but worse, although I couldn’t bring myself to try it because waterproof mascara is always impossible to remove. I loved the look of my lashes from this product, but definitely would not recommend it for every day wear. I use it now for only special events, and I can’t say I will be repurchasing any time soon.

Try Instead: Buxom Lash Mascara


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This mascara I found was a super similar formula, though not as thick, but separated and lengthened equally as well without the crazy fallout. Not to mention it’s a few dollars cheaper!

2. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Freedom


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My obsession with the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits is oh so incredibly real and unfaltering. At least until I purchased this “I-had-to-have-it-or-I-was-going-to-die-from-lack-of-having-this-color-in-my-life” navy blue lip kit the day it was released. I put it on as soon as it came in and my heart just broke. The formula felt like I was just trying to watercolor my lips and Monet I am not. Even when the formula dried it was not a rich and pretty matte color like the rest of Kylie’s kits. Complete bust.

Try Instead: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet
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OR Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Jellies

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Although the argument remains that Kylie is using nearly the same formula as Colourpop, I beg to differ. On my lips they apply completely differently. Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks are so hard to come by, but so worth it! Try them both for less than the price you’d pay for Kylie’s lip kit!

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’


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The perfect fine-tip liquid eyeliner is hard to find. Seriously. It’s like a mythical creature. I was really excited to try this eyeliner that had been recommended to me by more than a few friends. It lasted really well for the first couple of uses…..and that was about it. After that I felt as though the tip wasn’t as firm as it should have been after only two or three applications, plus the color faded on my lids too much after so short a period of time.

Try Instead: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner


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Sharper. Longer-lasting applicator. Richer, longer-lasting color. Love this eyeliner.

4. NYX Cream Highlight and Contour Palette

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Holy crap is this stuff just completely befuddling to me. To transfer from the pan to my face was an adventure. Then, once on my face to blend was yet another chore. Brushes, beauty blenders, fingers, I tried using them all! It’s not an easy formula/consistency to work with, period.

Try Instead: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palettekatvondcontour

Using her contour brush, this powder contour kit literally glides onto your skin, contouring it like a friggen’ pro. ***Side note: I have very oily skin so powder contour formulas work better for me! If you have the opposite skin type, the opposite product formula types might work better for you!***

5. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

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I promise this is not a Too Faced bashing party, lol, I love the brand and have an obsession with their bronzers. But this foundation was a bust for me too.  First of all, I found it more difficult than I’d like to find a color match, which I wouldn’t really consider my skin tone a difficult shade to match. I guess in this one instance the foundation is similar to brands like BECCA whose shades favor certain skin tones and skin types. The Born This Way formula is light and creamy, which I love because thick foundations cause me major breakouts (i.e. MAC). The consistency makes it easy for buildable coverage based on your preference. The biggest let down for me though, was how within the next hour or two, the foundation looked like it was literally melting off of my face. Whew! It was unattractive, y’all. ***EDIT: Foundation primer, translucent powder, and setting spray made worlds of difference when I wore this again. Loved it!***

Try Instead: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation
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OR Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
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I found that the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation is not only a similar-feeling formula, but it also has a ton more color options! The Covergirl Outlast foundation felt like a similar formula on my skin, and it lasts through the day. (Even without primer or setting spray or powder.)

Have you ever waited for a product to launch, only to be disappointed by it? Let me know what you liked instead in the comments!

Save or Splurge: My Current Makeup Favs

I’m a huge makeup lover! Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products right now!

SAVE

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e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer ($6)

 Primer was something I had to convince myself to try–did I really need it? Before spending money on something I wasn’t completely sure was necessary in my makeup routine, I opted for a budget-friendly drugstore brand. My skin surely ain’t my strong suit! It’s oily, splotchy, and I was diagnosed last year with adult cystic acne. It totally sucks. But what doesn’t suck is how smoothly this primer allows me to apply my foundation. Not only is it just $6, but it also minimizes shine all day long while preventing new breakouts from forming, extending the wear of my foundations. Totally worth the investment.

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7)

I could seriously rave about this lippie formula for days. It’s smooth, lasting, pigmented, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear these. I linked a personal fav, Sandstorm. It’s a much more affordable Kylie Lip Kit dupe too!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)

Let’s face it, ladies. Who really has time to wash their hair every single day?! If you do, I truly envy your time management skills and your clean, shiny hair. For those of us like myself, who value sleeping in just a little longer in the mornings, there is the miracle of dry shampoo. This one is only $8 bucks, and it smells amazing! I normally get the blonde hint of color spray bottle, but I have linked the original just in case you don’t happen to be blonde!

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Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara ($7)

Mascara is one staple about which I have zero guilt buying at the drug store. I’ve been using this particular kind since it was released. It received some hilariously terrible reviews, but even so I can personally say I have had nothing but great experiences. My tube is with me wherever I go.

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Physician’s Formula Argan Oil Bronzer ($15)

I’m a fan of shimmer in my blush and bronzer, but what I love about this particular one is the shimmer isn’t too overpowering, but the bronzer still dons great color. It applies easily with the brush inside the compact, and it even smells good enough to eat.

SPLURGE

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Jentry Kelley Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($40)

Y’ALL. I am spilling my best-kept-secret right now! Obsessed is an understatement when it comes to this foundation. Buildable, water-resistant, sweat-resistant, lightweight, but packed with coverage. If there ever was a foundation that did it all, this is it. I prefer my foundations with more of a matte finish (less dewy) and I hit the jackpot here. Do yourself a favor and splurge on this right now!

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Living Proof Night Cap ($28)

Dry, damaged hair might as well be my middle name. Keeping up with a bright blonde isn’t an easy task, but with this leave-in formula, it makes it so much less of a pain. I use this every time I wash my hair (about twice a week),  and it keeps my hair shiny, soft, and way less damaged.

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush ($28)

Like I mentioned earlier, I love shimmer. These 12-hour blushes come in a ton of gorgeous colors and most of them have at least a hint of shimmer! Blushing Bride is my fav, but I’m learning to venture into brighter-colored blushes and recently have been wearing Fearless. Love them all!

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes ($49)

I get it, everyone owns one or all of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I do, all of my friends do. But last summer I got tired of the colors and wanted something different. In a hurry, I landed on the Stila Eyes Are The Window palette in Soul and I hit pan within just a few weeks I wore it so often! The shadows are pigmented, fun, versatile, and the palette case being so pretty doesn’t hurt!

If you have a favorite save or splurge cosmetic item, let me know in the comments!