2018 · beauty · Wishlist

2018 Holiday Sets I Love

Holiday Sets I Love

Hello there, today I will be talking about all of the holiday gift sets from various brands that I think are worth it or would make an for a great gift option for all of those makeup and skincare lovers in your life. This is kind of a gift guide but also not a super proper gift guide, a nice gentle kick-off to all of the holiday content that is to come. So, let’s dive into the sets that I have deemed worthy to talk about.

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2018 · beauty · beauty blogger · fotd · makeup

Valentine’s Day Makeup

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure by now if you don’t like Valentine’s Day you are more plenty tired of hearing about this day, but soon it will be over. I personally like Valentine’s Day because I like pink, hearts, and glitter, so I completely buy into the retail side of Valentine’s Day. Anyway, for today I have decided to share a fun and festive makeup look with you guys here.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Blogmas · makeup

Holiday Makeup 2017

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I am pretty excited about the post that I am making today, today is all about holiday makeup. I love makeup and I love a reason to do fun and festive makeup looks, I’ve put together three different looks that I plan on sharing with you guys today. One classic, one fun and one really sparkly, so keep reading and we’ll go over them all.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Holiday · makeup · Review

Review: Buxom Plump, Pucker & Prowl

Buxom Plump, Pucker

It’s time to review another makeup product and another review of a holiday set that I have acquired, it’s another lip set, that’s pretty much everything that I’ve picked up this year. I have a bigger Buxom set but we’re going to start out with the Buxom Plump, Pucker & Prowl because it is smaller and it just makes more sense to me to leave the biggest one for last… even though there are only two. Let’s jump in and talk about this set.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · makeup

Fall 2017 Makeup Tutorial

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Today I wanted to write something simple, fun and short, something that I don’t really share a lot on the blog by itself either, a makeup look. I always include various looks in certain reviews and with my favorites, but hardly ever just stand alone ones so that’s what we’re doing today. Short, simple and to the point. Continue reading “Fall 2017 Makeup Tutorial”

2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Shop My Stash

September Shop My Stash

September 2017 Shop My Stash

It’s time for me to introduce a new series to my blog, or at least I think it’s going to be a new series, we’ll see how this one goes this month and then see if I decide to do it again next month. Today I will be shopping my stash, something that I feel is pretty popular in the blogging and youtube community. Basically, I’m looking through my collection and picking out some items that I really want to focus on using for the month, they aren’t the only things that I can use but they are things that I’m just really feeling like focusing my attention on. So, let’s see what I’ll be using for the month of September.

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2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · nails

August 2017 Nail Wrap Up

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It’s time for another nail wrap up, this month will probably be shorter than last, last month I did pretty well, I got a lot of polish on my fingers and was barely ever without polish. This month, however, I did not do so good, I had a little bit of fun and did some things but nothing too exciting, a really fun mani and a couple others, but nothing grand this month.

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China Glaze in Let’s Jam – Slowly working my way through this China Glaze collection from last year, at least the ones that I’ve picked up at least. This one is a really pretty purple shade that has the faintest blue sparkle to it, which doesn’t really show up in pictures, or I couldn’t get it to at the very least. I quite enjoyed wearing this one and would for sure be happy to wear it again.

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China Glaze in Bite Me – This is pretty much the one from the collection that started this whole thing, I saw this one and I was drooling over it, however, of course, it took the longest to get here so that meant I couldn’t put it on my nails first. I adored this shade and can’t wait to wear it again, it’s just so pretty. It has a really faint shimmer to it that is stunning, overall I just really liked this one and would recommend this one.

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Green: China Glaze in Lime After Lime. Blue: OPI in I Believe In Manicures. Purple: Zoya in Isa – This is a more complicated thing, this is fun and I’m really glad that I did this because, for the most part, I think that these all look really good and this wore fantastically. I am just really happy to have had a successful water marble attempt.

And I think that’s everything, I didn’t really do a whole lot with my nails this past month, but once again I am going to try and have some fun with it and play with my nails some more this month, we’ll have to wait and see how it goes though.

What is your favorite easy nail art?
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August Nail Wrap Up

2017 · beauty · beauty blogger · Review

Review: BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil Palette

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I am back once again to review a makeup palette if you missed out on my post last week, I am reviewing a new to me eye shadow palette every Sunday in the month of August. Last week I did a spring inspired eyeshadow palette and this week I will be doing a summer eyeshadow palette. The BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil Palette, just looking at this makes me think of the summertime, it’s bright, full of life and color, it’s just really fun and summery if you ask me. This is still for sale but I think this might be limited edition. Anyway, let’s get right on into it.

 

 

I saw this and debated over it for a total of about three minutes before immediately purchasing it, partly because I love playing with color now and partly because I just don’t have any self-control whatsoever. But, whatever the reason may be, I own this palette now so it’s time to get talking about it.

I guess I’ll start with the packaging, this isn’t my favorite packaging every just because it is the typical thick cardboard type of packaging that you would expect from a palette at this price point. It’s nothing bad or anything it’s just bulky and I would have preferred a more stream lined feel and look to it, but of course, that may just be me. I don’t think there is a whole lot of excess space when you open it, the eyeshadows could be a little bit closer but this is nothing that I can’t deal with. The theming of this palette is perfect though, I think it’s exactly what I would picture seeing that it’s called Take Me Back to Brazil and it’s a Carnival themed palette. It’s very fun packaging.

Now, let’s talk a little bit about the inside, the shadow pants were a little bit smaller than I thought they would be, I wasn’t expecting them to be huge at all but I wasn’t expecting them to be quite this small either. They are still easy to work with and get a brush in and it is a colorful palette so I’m not really sure how much use I’ll really get out of it so I don’t mind that the pans are a little bit smaller than average. You get 32 round eyeshadows in all of the colors you can probably imagine, you get a large black one and two large duo-chrome white shades, one appears to be cooler toned and the other warmer. It’s such a fun mix and is really fun to play with!

 

I think it’s time to see some swatches, which if you’re reading this then I would guess you already have, seeing as the swatches are above this text. These are finger swatches, mostly because I’m usually too lazy to get up and get a brush and I always forget to bring one, so finger swatches it is. These all swatched fairly nicely, some better than others as you can see, and as they don’t have names I can’t really point out which ones are my favorite super easily. I think the red and that bright blue in the left photo really stand out, I don’t know why I haven’t really played with either of them but I think I’ll have to soon. With this palette, I’m pretty much going to be able to create endless looks and I’m really looking forward to playing with it more.

A little about the formula of these shadows, they do vary a little bit seeing as they aren’t all the same finish and even due to the colors they aren’t all the same formula, but Some of these are amazing and sme the others are a little bit more chalky. Overall as a whole and based on what I’ve played with so far, these have been really great especially for the price point.

 

Now, I plan on sharing three eyeshadow looks with each review, I’m not sure if I mentioned that in last weeks review but I am mentioning it now. These are the three looks that I came up with and I’m pretty happy about all of them, they are very fun and very bold. I think I’m most happy with the third one, which is a rainbow eye I kind of slapped together. I do wish I had taken a little bit more time with it and it would have been even better, but I was just messing around and for messing around I was pretty happy with it. I can’t list shade names that I used because there are none, so I can’t really list the stand out shades that I played with.

So, I think that is it and I think I’ve covered everything that I need to. I’m really quite happy with this eyeshadow palette, it’s not the best quality that I’ve ever used but it’s not bad by any means either, I find it pretty easy to work with.  This is also a really easy palette to work with on it’s own or to work with other shades and palettes, which is always a plus if you ask me.

What is your favorite summer palette?

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger

Battle: The Balm Vs NYX Liquid Lipstick

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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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