2018 · beauty · beauty blogger · makeup · Review

Review: Anastasia Blush Kit in Radiant

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I had something completely different planned for today but with all of the terrible cold and rainy weather we have had as of recently, I just didn’t get time to photograph it like I had intended to. So instead I have decided to come at you with a review of a product that I have been sitting on for a little while now, like most things. I will be talking about the Anastasi Beverley Hills Blush Kit in Radiant, so let’s see how this holds up.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Blogmas · Lush

Lush Gift Guide 2017

Lush Gifts Guide

Yesterday we talked all about single products and today we are talking about gift sets and knot wraps from Lush, I probably should have included the knot wraps in yesterdays post but I didn’t really want to make it even longer than it is. I will not be talking about all of the gift sets they have out for the Holidays today but instead fifteen of what I think are the best sets they are selling this year, so let’s talk about gifts.

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger · dupes · makeup

Battle: Nars Blush Dolce Vita vs. ELF Blush Blushing Rose

ELF Blushing Rose Vs.NARS Dolce Vita

It’s time for another dupe post, I really love doing these posts and this month we will be battling a couple of blushes. As you probably already know but the title, we will be battling the NARS Blush in Dolce Vita and ELF Blush in Blushing Rose, two very different price points but these are supposed to be dupes. Instead of talking about these let’s just jump right on into this dupe post!

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2017 · beauty blogger · Personal

Why August 2017 Was Awesome + Goals

Why August WasAwesome!

Another month over, I can’t believe it but I am excited to say goodbye to October and hello to September, mostly because it’s my birthday month and that really excites me. I guess this month technically isn’t over yet, but it’s close enough as it’s the last day. Anyway, let’s just get right on into talking about the month of August.

I think the most exciting thing that I can think of that happened during the month of August was that I went to get my wedding dress altered, which is both exciting and sad, but I don’t really want to talk about the sad part right now, maybe I’ll mention it in my healthy update or maybe I’ll mention it in my monthly wrap up for September. But, anyway, it’s exciting because that means it’s not six inches too long anymore and that’s a great thing, I go back the day before my birthday to make sure everything fits and looks the way I want it to, which is very exciting and I’m hoping everything is perfect, I’m sure it will be but I’m hoping for it all to be perfect still.

Something fun we did recently was we went bowling and mini golfing in this month, maybe it’s a little bit childish but I really enjoy doing both of these things. I beat my fiance at bowling, which is a rare occurrence as I am not that great of a bowler and if I’m being honest, that was a really satisfying moment.

Other than that I’m not really sure there’s been much going on in my life this past month, we did get together flowers for the wedding sorted out, I guess that’s a thing that should be featured in a post. We haven’t seen them yet but we are getting a sample arrangement put together sometime during the month of September, probably close to my birthday, which is exciting. Other than that my month has been all blogging, working and trying to focus on getting in better shape and such.

I did now have a header on the blog! In case you guys didn’t see, it’s very simple but I personally like that and am pretty happy with it. I’m also updating my images I use to pin, so that should be pretty exciting but that’s more of a next month thing than it is this month one.

Let’s talk about last months goals and how they went. Let’s start with my No Buy, that did not go as well as expected, I was doing really well until the Ulta platinum appreciation event where there were a lot of things that were 10x the points and the rest were 5x, it’s safe to say that I have some new things to play with that you guys will see later on and have a ton of points, but other than that day I broke my no buy one other time which I think was pretty good. I think something else I’ve done really well with is my Social Media, I don’t think I am quite where I want to be with it, nor as active as I might want to be but I think I’ve gotten more active and have taken a couple big steps in the right direction. Driving More this is the one that I have failed at over the past month, I haven’t driven at all, so this is something I’m still going to have to work on. 250 Followers, this might have been me biting off a more than I could chew because I did not get here this month, however, I did hit over 200 followers this past month and I’m happy about that. Thank you guys for that! And the last one is my Reading Challenge, I did not get ahead like I had really wanted to but I have caught up and I am really happy about that, I didn’t like falling behind.

Driving More. I failed miserably at this one last month so this is one that I want to bring back because this really needs to happen.

Getting Ahead With My Reading Challenge. It’s nice being caught up but I really like being ahead, just incase things get hectic later in the year as I really want to finish this reading challenge, I want to be able to say I read a book a week in 2017.

Social Media. Of course, this is back on here as well, but I do want to work on this one a little bit, I have some room for improvement and I think I’m almost there.

Losing Weight. I am not going to beat myself up if I don’t reach this goal, but I would love to lose five pounds by the end of September, which honestly seems like a really easy goal, especially if I stick to the track I’m on.

Decluttering. I have so much makeup and if I’m being honest I’m always getting new stuff, so during the month of September I am really hoping to do a bunch of going through my stuff and getting rid of some things, which means there may be a blog post about that sometime in October.

And that was everything about August and everything I’m hoping to accomplish in the month of September, I guess we’ll see how it all went next month!

What was your favorite part of August?

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger

Battle: The Balm Vs NYX Liquid Lipstick

The BalmVs.NYX

It feels like it has been forever since I have done a dupe post, that’s probably because I completely forgot to schedule in a dupe post last month, I don’t know what is wrong with me but it completely slipped my mind. I think I was doing pretty good, making sure I got a dupe post out every month but I guess my streak is broken now. I am getting back to it though with a battle of the liquid lipsticks, I will be battling The Balm Meet Matt(e) Huges in Sincere and NYX Liquid Suede in Softspoken.  So, let’s just jump right on in and find out of these two products are dupes.

I guess I am going to start this post out by talking about the obvious thing here, the color of these two products. On the hand swatch, the NYX is on the left and The Balm on the right, which there they look really quite different at least to me they do. Like, on the hand they are close enough to not really need both, even though I already owned both, but at the same time, I can see a difference between the two. The left is a little bit darker and a little less red, which I enjoy more and the right is, of course, lighter and a little bit more red in color. So, I wasn’t really confident on these being dupes because the swatches just weren’t matching up at all.

However, I continued on to see what they looked like on the lips and on the top lip I wore the NYX Liquid Suede and the bottom was The Balm Meet Matt(e) Huges, and much to my surprise these two do look like color dupes to me. I can barely tell the difference, the slightest difference I can see between the two is that the NYX one is still a tiny bit darker, but my fiance couldn’t tell the difference until I pointed out that I was wearing two different lipsticks. So, upon first glance, I don’t think these are color dupes but on the lips, these look almost identical and way close enough to not need to own both of these.

Now, I think it is time to talk about formula. I don’t think these guys are as close in the formula as they are color, granted I also don’t think they are that different really. I think that the NYX one actually lasts a tiny bit longer on the lips, both are about the same when it comes to the feel on the lips, not drying but not the most comfortable thing that I’ve ever worn on my lips either. I will say this, neither one of these lipsticks held up to the pizza I ate the day I was wearing these at all. So, the wear time of these aren’t that different really but I still stick by the NYX one wearing a little bit better.

So, overall I think that these are dupes, or at least close enough to not really need to own both of them. I do own both but now that I’ve seen that they are dupes of one another maybe I’ll declutter one, we’ll see how that goes the next time I’m looking through my stash.

What dupes would you guys be interested in seeing?

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2017 · beauty · Review

Review: Too Faced Love Flush Blush

Too Faced LoveFlush BlushReview

I’m sure anyone who knows me somewhat well, or has read a few posts here on the blog, knows that I adore my Love Flush Blush in Baby Love, somehow I haven’t reviewed it on the blog but it’s something I love so much that I’ve included it in two yearly favorites, 2016 and 2015. Even though that one is well loved I may have to whip it out and review it too.

20170325_175044.jpgThat is not what today’s post it about, today’s post is about the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in How Deep Is Your Love? and that is what I will be reviewing for you guys today. This little guy will run you $26 for 0.21oz which I believe comes out to $123.81 per oz. Which is a ton of product and would last you a long, long time if you were to get an ounce of product. Anyway, I don’t think this is the most expensive blush but it is for sure in that mid range price range. However, I picked mine up during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale which meant it was half off, I’m still kind of kicking myself for not picking more up because, spoiler, I love the formula of these. I’m sure that was already probably clear by the first little bit of this post, me rambling about baby love, then again this is a different color so the formula could be different and something that I don’t find enjoyable, but it’s not. Anyway, let’s jump into reviewing this blush.

20170325_175107_001.jpgI want to start this out by talking about the packaging, you will see more of it in photos to come because this entire thing is the cutest and I couldn’t leave anything out because of how cute the packaging is as a whole. Seriously, from the box to the compact to the blush itself is just cute. This may be the best packaging that I own and possibly have ever seen, it’s just so cute. I may be overusing the word cute but this just makes me do that, it’s Too Faced’s fault.

As you can see, there is a lot of detail in the box and it’s all very appealing to look at if you ask me, but that’s probably enough since you guys can see for yourself. I will say, I was really tempted to keep this box but I stopped that hoarder inside of me from doing that.

Once you open the box and slip the product out, it’s the really cute and simple heart compact that matches the color of the blush, I’ll post a picture below so you can see.

20170325_175134.jpgIt’s very simple but reminds me of a magical girl, which makes me really happy because I love magical girls. I also love the packaging is slim and simple, it makes it easier to store and easier to travel with, not that I travel a whole lot anymore.

Anyway, once you open the product and look inside there is the blush itself, all of the beautiful powder and of course, that is also adorable,  I’ll share a photo after this one so you can see for yourself. It has bunnies and a design imprinted on it.

Now, to finally talk about the product itself, this blush probably has one of my favorite formulas that I have tried so far. It’s pretty pigmented, but I find that it is very easy to blend out for a softer and more diffused look but also really easy to build up for a brighter more bold kind of look. I love that this is so versatile.

20170325_175200.jpgThe powder itself is also very nice, it’s very soft and feels fairly finely milled, but I don’t find that I have a lot of kickback either, it’s a very nice texture for a powder to be.

The other thing about this is that it has really good staying powder, I find that this blush looks really nice throughout the day. It just wears really well.

Overall, I really love these blushes and think they are great quality, I would for sure recommend these to anyone who is looking for a really nice blush or wanting to treat themselves just a little bit, you won’t regret it. I really should have picked up more of these but it’s too late now.

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I had this photo and just wanted to make sure to share it because swatches are important to a review, I think. I wanted to make sure that you guys could see it a bit sheered out and at it’s full potency. It really isn’t the most pigmented thing ever but it does make it very easy to use and go in either direction, like I mentioned above.

So, what do you guys think of the Love Flush Blushes if you have any?

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