2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Haul · makeup

ULTA Points Haul

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It is time for another haul, this won’t won’t be quite as large and overwhelming as my past few, but it is still quite a bit. I cashed in some points during the most recent 20% off sale and I’m already planning the next purchase with points. Anyway, that’s not what I’m here for today, today it’s time to haul some holiday products and some things that I’ve had my eye on for a little while now.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · dupes · makeup

Battle: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance vs. Makeup Geek Singles

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It’s that fantastic time of the month again, the time where I talk about product dupes, I really love doing these because it’s always nice to know if you can get a product for less or if it’s just not worth it. Last month was all about blushes and this month is about eyeshadow, I’ll be putting Modern Renaissance up against some Makeup Geek shades. I was inspired by this photo that I saw on Pinterest, which I did not do all of the shades as I just wanted to do this shades that I already owned, so today we will be talking about five of the shades. If you guys are really interested in seeing more dupes from the Modern Renaissance I might do the rest sometime in the future, but for now, I’m doing five, so let’s get into it.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Favorites

October 2017 Favorites & Face

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It’s November, Happy November! I am excited about this month because it means it’s finally acceptable for me to talk about Christmas, depending on who you ask they might say it’s not but everyone around me says it is and I am excited about this. This month has gone by in the blink of an eye, it feels like just yesterday I was writing my September favorites and now it’s time for the October ones, so I guess we can just jump into it.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Favorites

September 2017 Favorites + Face

September Favorites & Face

It’s that time again, time for me to talk about some of my favorite products from the last month, this post is a little light though as I feel like I didn’t wear a whole lot of makeup during September, which I’m going to blame on getting sick. But, since I hadn’t been wearing a ton of makeup during the month that means I don’t have a whole lot of favorites. Let’s just get into it and talk about the products I have been loving.

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Gold Target Bracelet – I couldn’t find this bracelet on the Target website and it was on clearance when I got it, so I’m assuming they don’t sell it anymore but this bracelet is still a favorite of mine. I’m not much of a bracelet girl but this one is really nice and adds just the right amount of something to an outfit, which is why it is a favorite for the month of September.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Blush Trio in Pool Party – This was in my shop my stash post for last month, so I guess it makes sense that this one is here, it’s one of the products that I was really focusing on using and trying out during the month of September and it left a good impression. I feel like I hear no one talk about these but I actually really like this one and have been debating picking up another one, these come with three shades and I just like having a little bit of variety at my fingertips.

Smith’s Tropical Ambrosia – I feel like everyone loves the Smith’s Rosebud Salve, but I don’t like the rose scent at all, I was debating the strawberry one a little while back but then saw that this one existed and I’m glad I picked this up. This is really moisturizing and the smells amazing, it has a really tropical fruity scent to it that doesn’t smell like straight up coconut, which I personally love.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – This might be my new holy grail mascara, I never bought high-end mascaras before really and this might be the reason why I’ve fallen hard for this. This doesn’t clump on me at all, this is really dark and this isn’t too wet, a recipe for a perfect mascara to me.

Skinfood Watermelon Mask – This mask is something that I love and am not surprised that I do, mostly because I pretty much love everything to do with watermelon. I have been using this mask a lot after I go for runs, it’s just really cooling and soothing, the smell is amazing too!

NYX Blotting Powder in Light – I always think powder is powder, but when I ran out of this for a short period of time I was reminded that’s not true, I’m super happy to have this back in my hands. This really sets my makeup fantastically and it really helps sheer out products if I get a little bit overly eager with the blush or the bronzer, another thing that I really appreciate.

Eyes: Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance: Tempera, Warm Taupe, Raw Sienna, Vermeer, Antique Bronze and Cyprus Umber. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer In Noir, Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in In The Nude, Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in Ultra Black, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Face: Milk Makeup Blur Stick, Dr. Jart BB Cream in Light Medium, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair, Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Dawn, NYX Blotting Powder in Light, NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me, Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Smokin’ Whistles, NYX Matte Setting Spray, Fiona Stiles Micro Precision Brow Sculpting Pencil in Neutral Brown. Lips: The Estee Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner in In The Buff, Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss in Peach.

Those are all of my favorite products from September and the fact that I decided to share with you guys to represent the month, not that I think anyone look can represent last month since I really didn’t wear makeup nearly enough. It’s been a really slow month but I’m okay with that, these are still things that I have really been loving.

What have you been loving for the month of September?

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Review

Review: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

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I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts for way too long, but luckily Sephora still sells the set that I will be talking about today, so I can still share my feelings on this set and talk about it without feeling like a crazy person. This is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip set, let’s jump right on in and talk about this really fun set!

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This set contains five mini products and one full-size product and retails for $28.00, which I personally think is a really great deal for being able to try out six mid range products, you even get a full size which is a great bonus.

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This set comes with a mini Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen, a mini Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Revealed, a mini Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl, a Mini Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar, a mini Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound and lastly a full size Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Lipstick in Trivial.

20170502_185419.jpgNow, I’m going to go from top to bottom and do like a mini review/overview of each shade.

Marc Jacobs Hi Shine Lip Laquer in Sugar Sugar: This is a really gorgeous gloss, it’s pretty thick and is very opaque in the application, it’s a really gorgeous peachy toned lipstick that has no shimmer in it. This does have a soft fragrance in it but nothing that’s really in your face. Overall, I actually really like this lip gloss.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl: I am not the biggest fan of plumping lip glosses, this one is alright though, it’s not my favorite lip gloss of all time but it is nice. I don’t know that it really plumps, I honestly can’t tell. The shade is a more orange toned beige kind of nude shade with the tiniest micro gold glitter.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound: This is a product that I kind of love, it’s not matte but it’s not really super glossy either, it’s kind of somewhere in the middle, which is something that I personally enjoy. I also really love this color, it’s really quite flattering and neutral enough that I think you could wear it for any season and it still looks good.

Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Reveal: This is the darkest of the bunch, I love it though, it’s not my all time favorite shade but I love this formula, it’s basically the LipSurgence formula which they no longer make but was one of my favorites, I really want to pick up a more me kind of shade of this now but so far I’m enjoying this darker brown shade.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristin: This lip gloss is serious business, I’ve tried another one before and both of the ones I’ve tried are seriously pigmented, as you may be able to see in the swatch above. This lipgloss is a little bit sticky but with the pigmentation of this one, I’m going to let it slide.

Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Trivial: This is the only really fully matte product, I think anyway, and I’m okay with this. The color of this is really pretty, it’s a rosy pink shade, however, the formula of this is just alright. I don’t think it’s bad by any means but it’s nothing special either.

And that is the Sephora Favorite Give Me Some Nude Lip set, I think this is a really great set and a set that is completely worth picking up because overall it has a nice range of nude lipsticks and it’s a great way to try out brands.

What’s your favorite nude lipstick?

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Review

Review: Anastasia Subculture Eyeshadow Palette

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It’s the last Sunday of the month of August, which means it is time for my final season and my final palette review, in case you want to see last weeks, which is Autumn of course, and if you want to see them all, that one should link you to the week before and that one the one before so you can see all of the seasons. For winter I’ve settled on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, a very talked about palette that I did purchase the day it came out, I was excited and just couldn’t wait. So, I have had this one a while but have been sitting on the review as I wanted it to be my winter palette and I wanted to make sure to have a nice amount of time to play with it. Let’s get on into it.

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I didn’t see any reason in sharing the box that this came in because it looks exactly like the palette packaging itself. I have mixed feelings about the packaging, just like my Modern Rennasiance palette, I like the look of it but I kind of hate the feel of it, I just don’t much care for the feel of velvet combined with the fact that it feels like a type of material that would get dirty really quickly, even if it is dark.

20170729_162243Now, this palette has been getting a lot of feedback about it being too powdery and impossible to blend, I do not agree with that completely. The formula of the matte shadows are very powdery, but I personally don’t think they give off much more kick back than my Modern Renaissance palette does. The shimmers are a different story, the shimmers are much different than the ones in its sister palette, those one are creamy and amazing but these ones are just hard to work with. I’ve found cube does pretty well as an inner corner highlight, it’s impossible to work with otherwise though. Adorn and Electric are really similar in texture, I find that both of these can be worked with alright but I pretty much have to apply them with my fingers, which for me isn’t that big of a deal but I know for some they don’t want to do that.

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The formula of that mattes is amazing though, they are a big powdery and a little bit harder for me to work with than their sister palette, but boy do they pack a punch of color and that is something that I really love.

Now, to talk about the swatches, we are going to go from top to bottom of course. Cube, which you pretty much cannot see, is a light shimmer white kind of colors. Dawn is a really pretty matte, light reddish brown, it’s really quite pretty. Destiny is the perfect dark, matte army green shade. Adorn is a really pretty copper shimmer shade. All Star is one of the stars of this palette if you ask me, it’s a deep blood red matte shade that is just stunning. Mercury reminds me a lot of a really dark taupe kind of shade, it’s interesting for sure. Axis is a really pretty deep matte marine kind of blue, it looks a lot like the marine shade I saw often when looking and bridesmaid dresses. Roxy is a confusing shade if you ask me, it looks light and sherberty in the pan but swatched and on the eye, it is a lot brighter. Electric is pretty interesting, you can barely see it here and it almost looks silver with a green flash to it but it is way more interesting than that, I’m not really sure how to describe it but it’s green, shimmery and really pretty. Fudge looks exactly how I would think it would, a pretty dark red brown. New Wave is one of my favorites as well, it’s a gorgeous matte pumpkin kind of shade. Untamed is a really dark forest green, it’s really similar to Axis but less blue and more muted. Edge is one of the more interesting colors in this group of shadows, it’s kind of a mustard shade and that’s not a common shade, however, I personally love the look of it. And finally Rowdy, which is a really deep, dark purple shade, a blackened plum if you will, it’s very pretty but it almost looks black.

I had a little bit of trouble with this palette, there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the application with this one, however, I think it’s something that I’m doing alright with. Anyway, these are the three looks that I came up with and they feature some of my favorite shades; Electric, Axis, Edge and All Star to name a few. I feel like this palette has a great selection of shades, and while they are a tiny bit random it makes for a ton of versatility in looks and that is something that I quite enjoy.

I feel like I sound like I hate this palette by talking about the fact that it is a little harder to work with than other eyeshadow palettes that I’ve tried, however, I actually quite enjoy this palette. If I’m being honest it isn’t my all time favorite eyeshadow palette, but it’s not my least either, and I personally do not regret picking this one up one bit. I think I need to play with it a little bit more, but overall I am satisfied with all of the looks I’ve created and I enjoy this one.

Did you guys enjoy seeing a palette review every week?

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2017 · beauty

Engagement Photo Makeup

Engagement Photo Makeup

I know I just did a makeup look of sorts the other day, a full face using only Nyx brand makeup, but I’m back with another makeup look. As you may know, I’m getting married this year and we’re thinking about doing engagement photos, so I’ve been thinking about what to wear, how to do my hair and things like that, which means I’m going to show off what looks like will be my makeup for the photos. We will be taking photos outside and it’s going to be fairly casual, so I didn’t over do it and kept it fairly simple I think. Let me show you what I’m thinking about doing.

I like this look, I think this is a really simple but fresh look, I think this is something that I could wear just about anywhere, in fact, I wore it to work the other day and I think it was even perfect for that. Granted, where I work no one really seems to care what I wear in terms of makeup, but I still think this is overall a really work appropriate makeup look. Now, here’s some close ups of the eye and then I’ll list all of the products that I used down below it.

 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Wet ‘N Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Ochre, Warm Taupe, and Cyprus Umber

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma

Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner in Black

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in Ultra Black

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara in Black

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in In The Nude

Benefit The Porefessional

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm in Etheric

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer

Milani Baked Blush in Bella Bellini

Wet ‘N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Porcelain

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray

Nyx Butter Gloss in Madeleine

And that is everything that I used, a really good mix of high end and drugstore products, along with some new things which you may know if you saw my huge Ulta Haul I posted on Tuesday, I was itching to try out at least a few of the new things and they seemed like perfect fits here. So far, I like everything but I’ll have more in-depth reviews of products at some point in time.

What do you guys think of this look?

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