Trying Korean Skincare Products! 


Korean skincare is known for being very advanced. From what I’ve researched, their formulations are very innovative and have unique combinations of ingredients. I noticed it’s super popular to add “whitening” elements to their cosmetics, so that is one thing I made sure to steer clear from because I’m trying to hold on to as much tan as possible! Two of the items that I ordered can be found in the United States at ULTA stores, which I love because now Korean brands are becoming more accessible! I placed my entire order on Amazon because I also purchased Korean makeup items, but I’m saving that for another blog post! Keep reading to see me try out three different Korean skincare products!       

     


Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $10.25.

         

I have seen this one all over social media and I’m always so intrigued at the amount of foam it produces! A lot of the descriptions on these items are in Korean, but luckily Amazon does provide a decent breakdown of ingredients, which I find super helpful for my sensitive skin! Amazon translates the claims of this mask as, “Formulated with carbonated water and mud, washes off pores and dirts on your on face. Contains various vegetable ingredients such as green tea, pomegranate and charcoal powder extract etc. Carbonated water gives a soft massage to pores. A adsorptive power of Charcoal and mud removes excessive subum clearly. Clay mud and charcoal powder removes makeup dirts and tightens pores at the same time.” 


I know I love charcoal masks and clay mud masks, so I was excited to try one that combined the two! Looking at the product in the container, it appears jelly-like and thick. I used the spatula provided to swipe onto my face until the majority was covered! You do have to work quickly with this mask because it starts foaming up within the first 10-20 seconds! I kept it on for five minutes as instructed and it continued growing until the foam was super fluffy! I then washed the mask off with warm water and it formed into a soft, lotion texture that I could rinse off. This mask is amazing, I instantly saw a difference in my pore size and the overall brightness of my skin. I really loved that my face felt hydrated afterwards and the ingredients didn’t strip the natural moisture of my skin. I would highly recommend this product to everyone! It’s really fun to use because it makes your face look like a round ball of foam, but it also actually works! It was a little under $11, which is very affordable in comparison to some of my other facial masks that I try out. I’m definitely going to continue to apply this product regularly and I’m excited to see the results from prolonged usage! 

        


Tony Moly “I’m Real” Sheet Masks (Pack of 11), $15.38.

       

I have been using these Tony Moly sheet masks for awhile and love the “Avocado Nutrition” and “Aloe Moisturizing” versions! I think it’s great how affordable these are, especially on Amazon where you can get a variety pack of 11 for only $15!? To put it in perspective, a single Tony Moly sheet mask at Ulta retails for $3.75! This product definitely gives me Silence of the Lambs vibes when it’s on my face, but it really is so quick and easy to take out of the package and have all the skincare ingredients saturated on a comfortable, cotton sheet! I used the “Lemon Brightening” mask in this post and after 25 minutes of being on my skin, I did notice my face looked noticeably more hydrated and glowing, giving the appearance of a brighter complexion!  

    

    

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch, $6.50.

    

As someone who has the darkest of circles, I was super excited to try out these adorable panda eye patches! These are supposed to brighten and hydrate the sensitive under-eye area. I also read reviews that these can de-puff and plump up the fine lines underneath your eyes, giving a more youthful appearance! When you use these, you definitely have to keep your eye shut because the cotton isn’t cut in a way that you can comfortably keep them open. 


They definitely deliver on their short-term claims, which are to de-puff and hydrate, but I didn’t notice any intense brightening! Again, my dark circles are super intense and I’ve struggled finding eye creams that will even slightly help, so it’s not out of the ordinary that these patches didn’t correct that problem area immediately! I would recommend them because they’re super cute, they didn’t cause me any weird reaction and they hydrated my under eyes. Plus, it’s a great excuse to lay down for 20 minutes with your eyes closed and just relax! 

     

What Korean skincare products do you swear by?! I had so much fun reviewing these products and was so pleasantly surprised by how well they worked on my sensitive skin! Let me know if you would like to see another post on me trying out some popular Korean makeup items as well! Thank you for reading! 

    

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Top 5 Makeup Products Under $10 for Summer| Collab With Beckoning Beauty!

I am so excited to be sharing my first collaboration blog post with you! I teamed up with my sweet blogger friend, Becca or @BeckoningBeauty to show you my top 5 favorite drugstore makeup products for summer and they’re all under 10 dollars! Check out her post here to read her top 5 picks! She was one of the first subscribers I ever had and I have followed her from the beginning of her blog too! Her posts are so fun to read and she writes incredibly well. She has an amazing, aesthetically pleasing Instagram too; I highly recommend you check her out and follow her there as well @Beckoning.Beauty . I hope you enjoy reading about our favorite affordable makeup products to use during the summer!       


     

Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Foundation, “Golden Beige” – $5.99

      

Run, don’t walk for this new foundation. I cannot believe that this six dollar foundation is better than my higher-end products! I was immediately impressed at how seamlessly it blends into the skin, plus it has awesome medium coverage, which I love for the summer. It isn’t heavy or overly matte, but it maintains its coverage and only lets a minimal amount of shine come through. I have dry-to-normal skin and it works so well for me. I love the way this foundation looks in photos too, it gives you such a flawless finish without looking cakey and yay for no flashback! My favorite way to apply this product is with a damp beauty blender. I have tried it with a brush and it looks great with that too, but my preference is to use the beauty blender and give it a slightly dewy finish! The shade “Golden Beige” matches me perfectly, not too yellow or too pink! I cannot say enough great things about this foundation and I am so happy I decided to try it out! 

        

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer, “Sunny” – $3.62

       

The NYC “Smooth Skin” bronzer in the shade “Sunny” will turn you into a glowing summer goddess! The color of this bronzer is definitely warm, but somehow it doesn’t look orange or artificial on the skin. It blends out to a natural bronze shade with a mostly matte finish. There are some shimmers when you look at the product in the pan, but they blend away once you apply it to your face! I’m always super impressed with how evenly it buffs into the skin. If you are looking for a great bronzer from the drugstore to give you a sun kissed glow, I would highly recommend you try this one, you won’t be disappointed!

         

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter, “Wisp” – $8

      

This is the best highlight that I have found for under $10 so far! If you are looking for a creamy, pigmented and basically blinding highlight, well look no further. ColourPop’s Super Shock Highlighter’s are one-of-a-kind and stand out in my entire makeup collection as some of the best on the market. This product will give you that “wet look” highlight, without accentuating any pores or texture. I love this product as an eye shadow as well! The shade “Wisp” is super complimentary for medium-to-deep skin tones since it is more of a golden-champagne glow. I also love the shades “Spoon” and “Lunch Money” and for only 8 bucks, you might as well try a couple out!

      

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, “Naked Ladies” – $6.00

      

So unfortunately this exact shade is discontinued because it was limited-edition, but I am sharing this product because of the formula! In the summertime, I want to wear matte lip products to help prevent annoying transferring or bleeding, however the dry weather can turn a regular liquid lipstick into an actual painful experience. These “Ultra Satin” formulas are creamy with a satin finish, but they are super pigmented and hardly transfer throughout their long wear time. These are highly pigmented, I would definitely describe them as bold lipsticks, but just with some added moisture! The most comparable shade that they have available is named “Cozy” and it is described on their website as an orange-red, which is perfect for warm weather!

       

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, “Earthy Elements” – $8.97

      

Finding really good eyeshadow palettes from the drugstore can be a daunting task. I have noticed that it’s even more difficult to find really great matte shades within those palettes. I haven’t tried very many Milani eye products, so I was happily surprised at how great these turned out to be! I love the warm orange shades in this palette to create a bronze, smokey eye in the summertime! The matte colors in this palette are so creamy and pigmented, I couldn’t believe this product was under $10 because it definitely feels and performs more high-end than that price point. I would highly recommend these if you are looking for good matte eyeshadows from the drugstore. There are other neutral and more bold sets available as well, so I am sure you can find exactly what you are looking for to suit your preferences best! The “Earthy Elements” palette can give you the prettiest warm eyeshadow look, plus I think the colors look like a sunset, which of course reminds me of summer nights!


         

Thank you so much for reading my blog post tonight on my top 5 drugstore products under $10! I love wearing high-end makeup, but there is something so satisfying about finding that affordable hidden gem! I also want to thank the talented and supportive Becca, @BeckoningBeauty for collaborating with me on this post. She is such a sweetheart and I would love for you to read her post too! We both want to know the affordable makeup products that you are loving, so please leave me a comment below! Thank you again for reading!

      

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Unicorn Makeup Look!


Unicorn makeup is definitely a thing right now, so I decided to do a little look on my interpretation of the trend! I purchased the Tarte “Make Believe in Yourself: Eye & Cheek Palette” because it has really gorgeous neutrals, as well as fun pops of color! It’s an awesome deal too, 10 eyeshadows, plus a highlight for only 40 bucks! Tarte released this palette as a part of their new collection of other Unicorn-themed makeup items! 

           


      

I typically steer clear from purple and blue eyeshadows, but I was drawn to these shades in particular because they’re surprisingly wearable. I wanted to create a look that was definitely colorful, but not intensely shocking on the eyes. 

      

  1. I primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Primer Potion in the shade “Eden” and set my entire eye lid with my translucent setting powder for a smooth and even canvas. Next, I blended the only matte shade in the palette “Myth” into my crease. I pressed this color onto my outer corners as well for added dimension. 
  2. I took the shade “Mystic” on a flat shader brush and applied it to the inner corners of my eye. This icy blue color is super bright and beautiful!
  3. For my all-over lid shade, I patted “Trance” using my finger tips. This is a pretty lavender color that has a lot of silver and taupe shimmer. I found that applying with my finger gave this color maximum color payoff. 
  4. I used the darker purple in the palette, “Fairy” to shade in my outer corners! I do wish I had a darker matte shade in this palette to use for this step. It’s just my personal preference to not use so many shimmery colors in the crease, but I surprisingly liked how this color worked out! 
  5. I wanted to do something a little different than my usual black winged eyeliner, so I opted for a navy blue gel liner by Tarte! I think this just helped the look stay super cohesive since it’s all in the same color family. I also applied my Tarte “Tarteist” Lash Paint Mascara, I love that stuff so much!
  6. I used the turquoise color in the palette called, “Dream” to define my lower lash line! I also blended “Mystic” over top of that to give it a softer appearance. I also used a pastel blue eyeliner by ColourPop in my waterline to make the whole look pop! 

       


What are your thoughts on the Unicorn makeup trend? I actually really liked the way this look turned out! It’s fun and different, but it’s also wearable since I kept the rest of my makeup super neutral. The eyeshadows in this palette are actually really pigmented and super buttery, which means they are going to be applied best with your finger! I noticed some glittery fall out when I was trying to blend out a couple of the shades, but that’s super common with sparkle eyeshadows so it was to be expected! Next time I’ll just use extra setting powder underneath my eyes to wipe away the fallen shadow! 

    

Let me know if you would like to see a look where I use this palette to create a super natural look! I think it would be fun to compare the warm, neutral shades in the palette and see if they are equally as magical when applied to the eyes! Thank you so much for reading this post! 

       

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Long Lasting Makeup Routine for Hot Weather!


Summer is a beautiful season, but as we all know, there are times our makeup can turn a tad frightening when mixed with the inescapable heat and humidity. I’m talking about the uneven fading of our face products, our eyeshadow creasing from oily lids, lip products transferring onto the chin or right below the nose…we’ve all been there! You’re sweating and your “effortless glow” has morphed into a “ghastly grease.” I’m here to share with you some tips and tricks to getting your makeup to last and look great while doing so during these hot summer months!       

Face 

     

It only makes sense to start with a clean canvas, so make sure you’ve removed all excess oil from your skin before you begin any makeup application. I use two different primers during the summer, one to lightly hydrate my skin and one to fill in my pores! The Too Faced “Hangover Rx” Primer does a great job as a moisturizer that also preps the skin for makeup. It has a slightly sticky texture, which will help everything you put on top last for a long time! I also press the NYX “Pore Filler” on the areas I tend to get the most oily. Basically just throughout my t-zone, since that’s where I also have my largest pores. This product works best if you simply press a small amount into your problem areas, rather than rubbing it in all over your face in large circular motions. I use the Tony Moly “Panda Dream” Cooling Stick to hydrate my under-eye area and help my concealer go on smoothly! This product has a really soothing, cold feeling once you apply, which feels extra awesome when it’s hot outside! 

          

Now that our skin is completely prepped and primed, I actually just add concealer on the areas of my face that I want coverage, rather than using foundation all over. Whenever I know I’m going to be outside and sweating, I try to put as few layers of products on my face. I always need to cover my dark circles and the redness around my nose and chin, so I just use a full-coverage concealer, like the Tarte “Shape Tape” to help hide my problem areas without adding extra layers of cake on my face. I love that this concealer in particular is super long lasting and will not settle into fine lines throughout the day! I do set my entire face with a foundation powder, to give a light layer of evenness to my skin tone and help mattify the look of all the liquid products we just used. I love the Tarte “Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation” in “Medium Neutral” because it gives my skin a fresh look and holds up throughout the day without fading or clinging to dry patches! I would highly recommend this product if you’re a big fan of using powder foundations or go for a more natural makeup look on a day-to-day basis! Next, I add a warm-toned bronzer to my temples and cheeks, but I also take a large, fluffy brush and blend out a light layer all over my face too. I like for this makeup to look more seamless and less contoured! The M.A.C bronzer in “Give Me Sun” is super warm and looks like my natural face shade when suntanned! I will then use a Tarte “Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush” because they last all day throughout the heat! These are some of my favorite blushes and they come in a variety of shades! I love using a more nude/neutral shade of blush when I know I’m going to be outside because my cheeks naturally get flushed and this way, I’m not adding to any of the redness! The shade “Sensual” is a perfect natural shade that blends in perfectly with any bronzer! I love to highlight, so I just make sure to go with one that doesn’t look too icy or frosted on my skin tone since I do tan during the summertime. I have been loving the MakeupForever Highlight in “02 Golden” because it’s a true gold shade that looks gorgeous on the cheekbones and high points of the face! I also sweep some on my shoulders and décolletage whenever I’m wearing tanks or off-the-shoulder tops for that extra glow! The Urban Decay “Chill Makeup Setting Spray” is a new product in my collection, but I’m so impressed by it already! I’ve been using the regular “All Nighter” version for years, but I love the cooling sensation of the “Chill” version! Setting sprays will help your makeup last 10x longer and give you a softer appearance by laying down all of the products on your face so you don’t look overly powdery or matte!

   

Eyes 

   

I have oily eyelids during the cold, winter months, so you can only imagine what happens when it’s hot outside…my eyeshadow is wrecked! It will bunch up and crease everywhere unless I use a really good eye primer! I highly recommend the Smashbox “24-Hour Photo Finish” Shadow Primer if you also struggle with unattractively oily eyelids! This one just works the best under hot, sweaty conditions, than any other eye primer in my collection. If I know there’s a good chance I’ll be wiping my eyes or just outside for a long period of time, I make sure to keep my eyeshadow as simple as possible. I’ve been obsessed with the Laura Mercier “Caviar Stick Eye Colour” and for a more natural look, the shade “Rose Gold” has been my go-to! These cream eyeshadows will stay put all day and come in really pretty shades. I was so impressed with the pigmentation, longevity and their ability to hold up against sweat. These are very close to being classified as waterproof in my book. When it’s humid outside, I get a little intimated to do my traditional winged eye liner, just because there’s a good chance it could get wiped away or smudge. I do still want to define my upper eyelid, so I use the Stila “Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner” in “Lionfish.” I basically just draw a line right on my top lid, blending into my lashline and gently smudging out to give a softer look. This is a super low-maintenance, low-risk way of rocking eyeliner in the summertime! If you love waterproof mascara, then of course that should be a top pick when choosing makeup to hold up in the heat! However, I can’t stand wearing it because it’s of it’s difficulty to remove, so the best formula I’ve found in a regular mascara is from Benefit Roller Lash! It’s really long lasting and will hold your lashes curl, plus it doesn’t smudge or flake, which can be an all too common problem during the summer. Raise your hands if you’ve suffered from sudden Raccoon eyes syndrome. I couldn’t forget to mention my holy-grail eyebrow product for every single month, regardless of the weather and that is the Anastasia Beverly Hills “Dip-brow Pomade” in the shade “Brunette.” I love that this is long lasting, but also nearly waterproof so you don’t have to worry about half of your eyebrow sliding off your face. This can take some getting used to and you only need the smallest amount to fill in your entire eyebrow, so make sure to practice using this product beforehand! 

        

Lips

     

I’m not a fan of wearing really heavy or bright lip products when I’m going to be outdoors in the summertime because I fear that they’re going to transfer or smudge onto my face. I also don’t enjoy wearing super matte lipsticks because I get dry/irritated lips when it’s sunny and humid outside and that just makes my situation so much worse. My favorite way to have color on my lips, while still staying hydrated and being long lasting, is by filling in my lips with a waterproof lipliner and applying a chapstick or lip treatment with SPF over top! It really helps lock in the liner and give my lips a healthy, smooth appearance. I’m obsessed with the Stila lip liners because they’re retractable (yay for no sharpening) and they last for hours without fading! I love wearing the shade, “Marsala” because it shows up as a peachy-nude color on my skin tone, which is my favorite to wear with natural makeup looks. I’ve been using the Makeup Forever “Ultra HD Lip Booster,” which is just a clear lip serum that moisturizes and plumps up the lips without being sticky or overly glossy! I also wanted to mention the Nudestix “Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil” in the shade “Whisper” because this is a matte lip color that doesn’t dry out my lips and hasn’t transferred, even when it’s really hot outside! I’m not sure why this formula is so long lasting, but this is also a really good product if you really want to use a lipstick! 


   

I hope you learned some new tips to help your makeup stay intact, even when it’s hot outside! I figured that with summer approaching, this would be helpful information to know! What are your tricks to ensure your makeup stays put in the summertime? Let me know by leaving me a comment! Thank you for reading! 

      

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Sephora and Ulta Haul!

It’s both a blessing and a curse when Ulta and Sephora have sales at the same time. I decided to be slightly practical, mainly purchasing back-ups of my most used products…but of course, I also had to throw some pricey items (that I’ve been too fearful of purchasing at full price) into my cart as well! I wanted to show you what I got, but also provide some mini-reviews and swatches, so you can decide if you want to try them out too!       


New Products

    

BECCA, First Light Priming Filter: 

    

I can’t lie, I totally bought this product just because it’s purple. The lavender hue is supposed to give your face a brightening effect, which sounds great. I have another primer by BECCA that I love, so I had high hopes for this one to work too! The first thing I noticed about this was the intense citrus smell. It didn’t bother me that much, but it’s definitely noticeable…so if you don’t like that scent, then I would pass on this! Once I applied to my skin, I didn’t think it did anything too drastic. I feel like it primed well, my makeup looked pretty on top of it, but I didn’t notice a brightening effect. My first impression of this product is that it’s good, but I don’t know if it does exactly what it claims to do. I’m going to continue using it and hoping for the best, but I may end up categorizing this as, “makeup that doesn’t live up to it’s hype.” 

      

PÜR, Eye Polish Pure Pigment Eye Primer + Top Coat, “Silk”: 

    

I’ve always been curious about the PÜR brand, but I never tried anything out! I recently watched a YouTube video where KathleenLights was speaking so highly of these liquid eye shadows, so I had to try them out for myself! I got the shade, “Silk” which could be described as a bronze, copper shade. The texture is like a gel-liquid consistency. It comes with a silicone eyeshadow applicator, but I found its most effective to just apply with your finger tip. Initially, I was a bit concerned with how liquid they were, just because I could see the major creasing and transferring happening in my future, but these actually stayed put! I was also impressed at how easily you can layer this product! With other gel/cream eyeshadows, I notice that the more product I apply, the more likely I experience uneven application with random areas of the eyeshadow separating. These Eye Polish’s definitely perform to their claims and stay put! There are some other great colors in the range that I’m definitely going to try out now! 
      

Urban Decay Cosmetics, Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray:

      

I’ve tried the regular “All Nighter” setting spray by Urban Decay, but I wanted to see if their “Chill Cooling and Hydrating” formula would be equally as great! I love the cooling feeling that this one gives, it’s super refreshing. I didn’t notice that it did any extra hydrating, but I’m going to continue to use it to really test that out! I cannot do my makeup without using a setting spray to top it off. Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist swears by this technique to extend the wear time of her makeup. He insists on fanning the entire face right after spraying the setting spray! The added pressure from the wind you’re generating by the fanning motion, helps the product absorb into your makeup, rather than just sitting on top of your skin; good to know! 

   

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Duo Brush #12:

     

I didn’t really “need” this product, but I’ve always admired it in store and just decided now would be a good time to try it out! I fill in my eyebrows using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and this is the recommend brush to use with it. I really loved how precise I could carve my brows out and then flip to the other end and brush the product through. I feel like this saves me time, since it’s double-ended, which is another major plus! 

      

BareMinerals, Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss, “Fly”: 

     
I really love BareMinerals lip products and I’ve heard so many great reviews about their Buttercream Lip Glosses! I decided to try out the color “Fly,” which is describe online as a “radiant tan with gold pearl.” I really loved how non-sticky this is! It didn’t last a long time, but that’s to be expected with glosses so I just reapplied as necessary. I really love the comfortability of wearing this, plus the color is beautiful! I don’t typically gravitate towards shimmery lip colors, but I think this will be beautiful during the summer months when I want that all-over, dewy look!

     

House of Lashes, Eyelash Adhesive:

    

I held out on buying this product for the longest time because I thought I could make the DUO one work for me. I tried this glue for the first time yesterday and wow…just wow. First of all, it doesn’t stink like the other lash glues and I know you know the exact smell I’m talking about. Secondly, it goes on a pearly white color and then changes to a turquoise blue and then to black. When it gets to the blue stage, that’s when you know it’s tacky enough to apply to your natural lash line! This held my falsies in place through wind and rain. I am a proud supporter of this product and would highly recommend it if you love wearing false eyelashes!

      

Belief, Aqua Fair Skincare Set, Sephora Exclusive: 

    

I picked this up because it had great reviews and I’ve been wanting to try out Belief skincare for awhile! I’ve only used the products once, but so far I like them! Very hydrating, but super lightweight, which is nice for the warmer months when I don’t have severely dry skin! I also love that these products have a slight lemon scent, so fresh and so clean-clean! 

    

MakeupForever, Ultra HD Lip Booster, “Clear”: 

    

This is kind of a glorified chapstick, but it’s fine guys because I GOT IT ON SALE, OKAY?! I purchased this because I wanted a moisturizing lip product to wear underneath drying liquid lipsticks or alone for no-makeup-makeup looks. This one is super glossy and wet looking on the lips, without being sticky! It also fills in the small lines on my lips, which is kind of nice. This is a good product, it’s just not a must-have in my opinion! 

    

Givenchy, Mister Brow Groom Universal Brow Setter:

    

I really didn’t want to buy this product, like I tried very hard to not purchase this, but I just couldn’t help myself. This product is so hyped and had awesome reviews, so I decided that getting it 15% off would somewhat justify its unreasonably high price point. I did really like the way it made my brows look, but it wasn’t as life changing as I had hoped! It kept my brows locked in place all day, but I just thought it would’ve made them look bushier or more editorial or something extra! You definitely don’t need this product, but if you’re looking to make your brow game a little more boujee, then I would say go for it! 

     
Tried and True Products

     

Tarte, Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer, “Light Sand”: 

    

I mean what more can I say about this concealer. I feel like I’m always hyping it up because it’s seriously THAT GOOD! It’s super lightweight, never creases into my fine lines and lasts all day! It comes in so many shades, so you’re bound to find a color that suits your skin tone best! I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for an amazing under eye concealer that won’t let you or your bags down! 

     

Too Faced, Hangover Replenishing Face Primer:

     

I feel like I’ve bought over 5 of these primers…they’re so amazing! I use this as a light moisturizer during the warmer months when my skin isn’t as dry. One of the main ingredients in this product is coconut water, so it smells super tropical every time I apply it! It’s very light on the skin and gives you a sticky base that your liquid or powder products will cling to! 

     

Buxom, Full-On Lip Cream, “Dolly”:

     
Buxom lip glosses are my all-time favorite because they’re super shiny and actually plump your lips! I can’t believe I never purchased the shade “Dolly” because it’s my favorite, mauve-pink shade that I love to wear. They do have that extreme minty feeling, but I’ve grown so used to it over the years that it doesn’t affect me anymore! These glosses are very sticky, but I think that’s what helps them last so long throughout the day. Smooth, slightly plumping and opaque; what more can you ask for?! 

    

Kat Von D, Shade and Light Palette Refill, “Lyric”:

    

This is my favorite “banana” colored powder to set my under eye area with! I do find that it gives just an extra amount of brightness and really helps me look awake! I’m so happy they sell the refills of these powders now because I was always hitting pan on the brightening shades in her contour palette! 

    
Kat Von D, Tattoo Liner, “Trooper”:

     
I’m pretty sure I’ll continue to purchase this eyeliner for the rest of my life. If you know me, you know I love winged liner and this product helps me get the perfect flick each time! It’s super black and will last forever on your eyelid! If you have struggles with liquid liner or felt-tip liners, I think you’ll find this one so easy to use. It’s a must have product in my makeup collection! 

      


Thank you for checking out my picks from the Sephora and Ulta sales! I love stocking up on items that I know I’ll use and also giving myself a good excuse to try some pricier items as well! What are your staple makeup products that you continually repurchase? What are some high-end things that you think are worth the money? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

     

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How I Organize My Makeup Collection!


I am a happy owner of the popular “Alex” drawer system from IKEA. This organizational unit is awesome at storing beauty products. The depth of the top five drawers are perfect for laying down eyeshadow palettes or stacking powders and single eyeshadows. The four bottom drawers are even deeper, making them perfect for storing bulky makeup bags or other larger beauty tools. Initially, I tried to organize my collection by designating a drawer to each type of makeup item. For example, my top drawer was only filled with eye products, my second drawer full of skincare, my third held all my foundations and powders, etc. This system lasted for about a year, until I realized that the inside of the drawers looked so messy and disorganized. I was burying products under more products and not properly evaluating what I already owned and needed to use. 
      

I began doing research on ways that other “Alex” drawer owners sorted the contents of their units. I saw that a lot of people recommend the “Linus” drawer system from The Container Store. I had never previously shopped there, but I was intrigued by the idea of a store being solely dedicated to organization. The “Linus” system looks like it’s designed for kitchen or desk drawers and allows you to configure the layout since they come in different sizes and shapes.

     

The “Linus” collection has two different categories of sizes; Shallow and Deep. I will list the different ones that I bought and my purposes for each one below! 

       

Deep

  • 4″ sq. – These are pretty small, so I just stored some small hair masks, think sample sized products in this. 
  • 4″ x 8″ – I used this for storing single eyeshadows and eye primers.
  • 4″ x 12″ – I stacked my single blushes (fits Tarte) and highlighters. You can fit three of these next to each other in one drawer. 
  • 6″ sq – I used this for storing my ColourPop liquid lipsticks, lippie sticks and NYX butter glosses. I reach for these every day, so I plan to keep this container on my vanity.     

    

Shallow

  • 3″ x 6″ – I put samples that come in little packages with online orders into this! 
  • 3″ x 12″ – I was able to fit my Too Faced small eyeshadow palettes into this. I also used this for bronzers as well!
  • 6″ x 12″ – I stacked my ColourPop single eyeshadows into this since it’s so narrow. It kept them from rolling around when I close the drawer, which was perfect! 

          
I would highly recommend the “Alex” drawer system if you are in the market for a storage unit that can blend in with the other furniture in your room. It really holds a lot when you break it down drawer-by-drawer, but it doesn’t take up that much space. The “Linus” collection from The Container Store is awesome to sort your items by category and understand visually what you have. Since they are acrylic, they’re super easy to clean as well! I can see these working great in a kitchen too since you can place the various sizes of containers together to fit in one large drawer. 

      

What are some ways that you’re able to manage your makeup collection?! I know there has to be some other creative ways to store and organize! I also want to know how you are able to rotate items through your collection, does anyone participate in Project Pan or do Shop My Collection posts? I would be very interested in reading and finding ways to actually use the makeup that I’ve purchased! I hope you had a very Happy Easter and thank you for reading! 

     

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What’s In My Bag?!


Am I the only one that likes reading these types of posts?! I can’t exactly explain why it’s so fascinating to find out what other women carry in their bags, but I wanted to show you what’s in mine! I recently bought the Rebecca Minkoff “Always On Regan” Tote from Nordstrom and it is seriously the best bag ever! Not only is it large enough to carry everything one could possibly need, but it has a lot of pockets and zippered areas on the interior for storage and added organization!       

    


Of course I have the standard items, like a wallet and sunglasses. I also carry my Erin Condren planner because I make daily to-do lists and love staying organized. I also make sure to keep my cute Kate Spade business card holder handy. I keep my keys on this little puff, which actually makes them super easy to find! One way I like to keep my bag from becoming a complete black hole is by dividing things into different categories. So for example, I have a makeup bag with only beauty products and then I have a hair/skincare bag to keep the other items separated. It may seem high-maintenance, but this way I always know where everything is. Picture never having to look for a hair tie again….it works! 

    


I thought it would be cool to see some of the makeup I like to always keep in my bag. You never know when you need a touch up so I like to bring mini versions of the essential products I use on a daily basis. For lips, I like to choose nude shades to keep things simple. This way I know that no matter what my eye look is, I’ll have something to match! I also choose a variety of finishes; matte, glossy, satin, etc. so I have variety depending on my mood. My current favorites are the Marc Jacobs “Primrose” lip liner, M.A.C “Velvet Teddy” lipstick, Buxom “White Russian” lipgloss, and Bare Minerals “XYZ” liquid lipstick. I keep a mini mascara just to freshen up my eye look throughout the day. I love the Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara because it will quickly add volume without looking clumpy. I always wear a nude eyeliner on my waterline to brighten the look of my eyes, my absolute favorite is the Tarte “Fake Awake.” For my face, I keep the NARS “Orgasm” blush, Benefit “Hoola” bronzer and Laura Geller baked foundation powder. These are all classic products that I love in their full size versions as well. I always keep a rollerball of perfume in my bag, right now I’m loving Prada “Candy” because it’s a really light, sweet scent that is perfect for Spring! 

   


In my other little bag, I keep other essential “skincare” types of products. I love the First Aid Beauty “Vitamin Hydrating Mist” to refresh my face midday. I have a mini-travel sized deodorant in case I forget to put it on when I leave the house, embarrassing, but true. I love Aquaphor for chapped lips because it instantly moisturizes and heals. It’s also great to wear underneath really drying liquid lipstick formulas. I keep a hair tie at all times for obvious reasons, I love the ribbon ties because they prevent the breakage that comes from the standard elastic ties. I love the Origins “Peace of Mind” peppermint essential oil to use whenever I have a headache or feel anxious. The L’Occitane hand cream is a holy grail product of mine! Trust me when I say it’s completely worth the money! 

     
I hope you enjoyed reading this post about what’s in my bag! I always want to be putting content out there that I would want to read, so I hope you found this as intriguing, as I find other bloggers post on what they carry around on a daily basis! What are your must-have products that you always have on hand? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! 

    

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Soft Spring Makeup Look!

It’s finally Spring and I could not be happier! It’s so refreshing to experience warm weather and I love seeing the sunlight at 6:00 pm! With that said, I’ve been going a little more natural with my makeup just because I want to look really fresh and dewy on a daily basis. I’m sharing an updated everyday makeup routine in case you’re like me and enjoy switching things up based on the seasons! I’m focusing on making my skin as flawless as possible, without looking heavy. Also you can see that I’m choosing natural colors on the eyes, with peach-tones for my blush and lip color!     


   

The first step in this routine is to apply a luminous primer all over my skin to give me a lit-from-within look. My absolute favorite one is the L’Oreal “Magic Lumi” because it evens out my skin tone and gives me a sheer glow, rather than a glittery or oily effect. Next, I apply my foundation and concealer with a damp beauty sponge, I’ve been loving the new pink one by L’Oreal, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand! I have been obsessed with the L’Oreal “Pro Glow” liquid foundation for giving my skin a luminous, natural finish. If you have oily skin, try their “Pro Matte” version, which is another one of my favorites. The Tarte “Shape Tape” concealer is one of my holy grail makeup products and definitely something you should invest in if you have dark circles! This product will not settle into fine lines and it has awesome, full coverage without ever looking heavy. I place my concealer in an upside down triangle underneath my eyes and I blend some additional dots on the center of my forehead and chin, just to even out the brightness. To keep the glowing look of the skin, but also control my oil, I set my entire face with the Too Faced “Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder.” This is an awesome translucent powder to set your makeup, without adding any additional coverage. Be careful not to add too many layers of this product, or you will end up with the unfortunate white flash back if you are using this powder during photography sessions! I also take the yellow shade from the Tarte “Tarteist” contour palette to set my under eyes and give them an extra layer of brightness! My favorite bronzer to use with this kind of look is the the Too Faced “Sweet Hearts Bronzer” in the shade, “Sweet Tea.” It is a neutral bronze color, so not too orange or too ashy. It has a radiant finish, which looks great in natural lighting! I love a super bright and shimmery highlight for this time of the year, so the Tarte highlight in “Stunner” has been my new obsession! This is by far the longest lasting highlight in my collection, it seriously stays on my cheeks for the entire day without fading! I’m so shocked by the pigmentation and blinding effect is gives my face. In the pan, it looks like it would be too dark for my medium skin tone, but once you apply it, you’ll see that it shows up beautifully! For blush, I used my new favorite Mally blush in the color, “Perfect Peach.” I think this is going to be so gorgeous once I have a deep, olive tan this summer. This is also very long lasting, which is an awesome added bonus! 

      


For the eyes, I really want to keep it super simple and as neutral as I can! I love my Too Faced “Natural Matte” palette because it’s so easy to create a simple look from the color selection, it’s a no-brainer makeup item. I set my entire eyelid with the shade, “Heaven” to help my other shadows blend effortlessly. I blend “Honey Butter” into the crease to give subtle dimension. I took “Strapless” just on the outer edge to give the look a little extra drama. I also blended this shade on my lower lash line for cohesiveness! My lid shade is the beautiful ColourPop eyeshadow in the shade, “Lovely” and may I just say, I could wear this color every day and be perfectly happy. It’s super pigmented and gives the eyes just enough sparkle! I did black winged liner, per usual and used my Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea So Fine” liner. Feel free to not do eyeliner, or use a brown color to make the eyes appear more natural. I used one of my new favorite drugstore mascaras, the Maybelline “Lash Sensational” is super nice! It really separates and volumizes like a high-end mascara would! For the lips, I used my brand new Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash” lipstick in the shade “Sunkissed,” which is probably my new favorite lipstick color and formula! These are so buttery and long lasting, perfect for spring and summer when your lips naturally feel more dry! I topped that off with all-time favorite nude gloss by Buxom in the shade “White Russian” to match the rest of my dewy makeup look! I didn’t include a photo, but I sprayed my entire face with the Urban Decay “All-Nighter” setting spray to lock my face into place and blend all the products with one another! 


   

Did you enjoy reading this post? Let me know in the comments below! I read and respond to every person and love interacting with you! I want to know your must-have makeup products for Spring 2017! Thank you for reading! 

     

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Classic Glam Beauty Favorites!


I’m a big supporter of natural, glowing makeup looks, but every now and then I have to go full glam with a smokey eye and/or classic red lips! Over the years, I’ve tried so many different products, some have worked great and I feel very Marilyn Monroe-esk, and unfortunately, others have had a circus clown effect. I wanted to share with you my all-time favorites, especially since these products can often be a hit or miss!      


My favorite eye shadow palette to achieve a beautiful, smokey eye look is the Makeup Forever Artist Palette Volume 1 – Nudes! This palette retails for $44, but is an overall value of $136! Makeup Forever eyeshadows are some of the best on the market! I find that they’re super buttery and richly pigmented, plus they last forever on the eyes! The colors in this palette are perfect if you want to create that traditional silver-taupe-black gradient that we often see in classic smokey eyes. I like the versatility that comes with this palette, allowing you to choose a sultry, bronze glam or even a bright-eyed, white and gold look! I highly recommend getting this product if you enjoy the colors shown in my swatches! These eyeshadows are so beautiful and definitely worth the money, especially when you save so much purchasing in palette form! 

     


I love red lipstick, but let’s be real…it is a very high maintenance color to wear. It bleeds, it fades unevenly, you may even face the dreaded ‘transfer onto your teeth’ effect. The following products have great longevity, minimal transfer and come in a variety of finishes, so whether you like glossy or matte lips, I got you covered! My first red lip favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Gloss in, “Scarlet Vinyl.” It is a super shiny, very opaque formula that gives your lips a lacquered look. It’s very moisturizing, so you can rest assured your lips won’t flake off into little red bits. For a lip gloss, this formula is very long lasting and will not fade throughout the night! Continuing with the glossy lips, the NYX Butter glosses are my absolute favorite of all time! I highly recommend these in any color! The shade, “Cherry Pie” is a very sheer, but super pretty whenever you just want a hint of red. I love wearing this product during the day when I can’t commit to the upkeep of a pigmented lip. These glosses are so creamy and feel like a balm on your lips, trust me you’ll want them in every color! The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Fiery” is a very matte, zero shine formula, which is beautiful if you want that retro red lip look. I love this shade in particular because it is more warm-toned, with a hint of orange, which I love for the summertime! This product wears for such a long time and will not transfer! The only downside is that it can feel a bit drying once you remove all your makeup, but try putting a Chapstick or lip primer underneath and you’ll be fine! The Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Rose Hip,” which is a vibrant red. These are my favorite matte lip products because they aren’t drying, but also aren’t shiny. These lip crayons have a perfect shape to outline and fill in your lips very precisely, which is important with a bold lip color! I own a few other colors in this range and I would highly recommend if you’re just starting out with makeup, they are fool-proof and come in so many beautiful shades! Lastly, I wanted to mention the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the color, “Red Square.” These are similar in shape to the Bite Beauty lip crayons, making the application process so ideal for lining the lips and then filling in! These feel creamy at first, but eventually set into a matte finish and become virtually transfer-proof! I always get compliments on this shade and I find it is very wearable because of the slight hint of brown in the formula, making it almost a brick-red color!

   


I also wanted to recommend some extra products that aren’t absolute must-haves, but they may be solutions to some problems you could be having with red lipstick! The M.A.C and ColourPop lip primers will help prep your lips by filling in fine lines and lightly moisturizing before application! Now that I own these products and love them, I can never wear a liquid lipstick or a matte formula without a primer underneath! These will prevent cracking and uneven fading as well! I also would advise you to line your lips before putting on red lipstick! The thought of lipstick bleeding outside the edges is cringe-worthy to say the least, but by laying down a liner first, you can help seal in those lip lines and guard the product from reaching your chin, upper lip, etc! You can of course line with a red lip liner, but sometimes that can be a little scary because if you mess up…it’s not always the easiest color to blend out! For beginners, try using a regular nude shade until you have mastered the desired shape you want the lip line to be! 

       


Black eyeliners and classic glamorous makeup go hand-in-hand for me! I wanted to mention my favorites since I also use these in my everyday makeup routine as well! The Stila Smudge Stick’s are the best eyeliners to blend out and create a smoldering effect! I have the black one shown in the photo, but I own a lot of the other shades as well and love to blend them on the upper and lower lash lines for a faded, yet defined effect! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in the shade, “Trooper,” is a holy-grail makeup product in my collection! If you want to do winged eyeliner and find that your currently felt tip pen isn’t doing you justice, change to this immediately! It’s super precise and very black, plus it’ll last forever! The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in the shade, “Tuxedo” makes an amazing black base for your eyeshadows to lay on top of! If you really want your deeper, jewel-toned eyeshadows to pop, try layering them with a black eyeshadow base! These Caviar Sticks last so long on the eyelids and will not crease! The Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is liquid liner goals! This goes on so evenly pigmented and dark, I was so impressed the first time I tried it because I’ve always found other pot or liquid liners to be so dry or overly wet and messy, but this one is absolutely perfect! If you prefer drawing on your winged eyeliner with a brush, I would definitely recommend these Tarteist liners to you! 

    

Thank you for taking the time to read about my classic glam makeup favorites! Don’t feel compelled to wear a bold lip and a bold eye all at the same time, pick and choose different techniques from this post and make them your own! What are some of the products you grab whenever you want to create a timeless or retro makeup look? Let me know in the comments! 

    

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Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” Review and Swatches!


As someone that thrives off golden highlighter and warm-toned blush, I about fainted when I saw the new Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” in the shade “Perfect Peach!” For $35, you get a pigmented, beautiful blush and a dimensional, golden highlight shade! I haven’t been this excited over a new makeup product in awhile, so I would highly recommend trying it out! This is my first purchase from Mally Beauty and I am so beyond impressed! There is also a “Pretty Pink” set, if you prefer more mauve, true pink colored blushes and a champagne colored highlight!     


The formula of the blush and highlight is so soft and pigmented! The blush is actually very natural looking. You can easily layer it to look more intense or wear it more sheer for a “no-makeup” makeup look! I love this blush shade in, “Perfect Peach” and would totally purchase it in the full-size! I find that I have nothing like it in my current collection. The color is a very true warm, orange-peach color that has the smallest touch of pink. I would describe this product as having a satin-matte finish because it’s not completely flat once applied on the face, but also not shimmery at all. It lasts all day on my face without fading or changing color, which is a major plus! 

    

The highlight is in the shade, “Stardust” and I think it’s easily becoming my most reached for product! I use this whether I’m doing a full-glam or natural makeup look! It gives the very trendy and desired “wet-look” to the tops of my cheek bones. It’s a true gold highlight, but it’s brighter than Laura Geller “Gilded Honey” (my all time fav) or Becca “Champagne Pop.” I love how it doesn’t emphasize any texture on my face since it’s not glittery whatsoever. It also layers on top of cream highlights so perfectly, which is somewhat hard to find in a powder product! Just like the blush, this highlight also lasts for such a long time! I honestly get so many complements whenever I wear this product and everyone is always so surprised when I tell them it’s by Mally! 

   

I would highly recommend this duo to anyone that loves wearing blush and highlight! I think everyone should try this product out because it’s SO good! The quality is there and the price is right, so what do you have to lose?! It does come in two color options, but I have not tried out the “Pretty Pink” set. I’m definitely going to be purchasing to check for consistency in the line! What products do you love by Mally Beauty?! Have you tried out the “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” yet? What do you think?! Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! 

        

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