Favorite Fall Nail Polishes!

I love Fall makeup and fashion, so it’s really no surprise that I’m equally obsessed with seasonal nail polish shades as well! I wanted to do a post on my favorite colors for the Autumn months! I try my best to coordinate the clothes that I wear to my nail polish and these all seem to match my wardrobe perfectly!

All of these polishes are the “OPI Infinite Shine” formula, which is a hands down, holy grail product for me. It will not chip, flake or fade. It lasts for one week, sometimes even two! I’m a huge fan of gel manicures, but it can get costly and the excessive time spent at the nail salon every other week makes me twitch. This is by far the best regular polish formula that I’ve found and I usually buy mine from Ulta, when they have the buy two, get one free deal going on! I’m going to list them out and try to explain the color to you, so don’t judge me on the descriptions!

Reach for the Sky– Creamy, Blue-Gray

Taupe-less Beach – Cool-toned, Neutral Taupe-Gray

You Don’t Know Jacques– Dark Taupe with Mauve-Brown undertones

Miami Beet – Violet-Red Berry

Dulce de Leche – Brown-Nude with Peach undertones

Malaga Wine – Rich Warm Red

You Sustain Me – Violet-Mauve Cream

Linger Over Wine – Warm, Brown-Mauve

I’m really looking forward to doing more Fall-themed blog posts! I have some good ideas, but I would really love to know what you would like to see! Getting your feedback is so important to me and I love reading the comments! I feel so inspired by your new ideas and suggestions, so definitely let me know!

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August Favorites!

Too Faced, Matte Chocolate Chip Palette, $26.

I have been loving matte eyeshadows for my quick and easy, every day makeup routine. This little palette has all of the shades you could possibly need for a simple look! There are 11 eyeshadows included and they are all super buttery and creamy. I love that the largest shade in “White Chocolate” is an all-over cream shade that you can use to set your entire eye lid or highlight the inner corners and brow bone with. I can tell I’ve almost hit pan on this one because I use it daily! It’s also the perfect size for travel. I would compare it to the size of my hand, extremely portable and compact. I love that there is variety in the shades, you have cool/warm tones and light/dark. Having such a seamless color range helps me easily create a “put-together” eye look in less than 5 minutes! Also it smells like cocoa so I’m instantly happier each time I use it! This is limited edition, but I found it in stock on the Too Faced website! I will link everything below!

Kat Von D, Shade & Light Face Contour Palette Refill, $14.

Am I the only one who always hits pan on the highlighting/brightening shades in the contour palette first? I can never get through an entire dark bronzing/shading color! I’m so happy Kat Von D started selling refills for the shades in her infamous contour kit. The Shade & Light Palette is my absolute favorite for powder contour and highlight. Her shades are so pigmented, creamy and long lasting! The yellow, “banana” color called, “Lyric” is my absolute favorite for brightening up my under eyes. Sometimes concealer isn’t enough and I need an extra oomph of light! Setting underneath my eyes with “Lyric” helps me look well-rested and more youthful, plus it won’t give you the heinous flashback in photos like some translucent powders can! Since the back of these refills are magnetic, I typically just pop it into a small Z Palette to store it. I would highly recommend these refills if you don’t feel like buying an entire contour palette, especially if you know you’re only going to use 1 or 2 shades! Save your money and only buy what you’ll actually use!

Essence, “Make Me Brow” Eyebrow Gel Mascara, $2.99.

I’ve recently been trying out more affordable products and this eyebrow gel is incredible for the price point! I have mine in the darkest shade, “Browny Brows 02” which brings me to the one and only con I have of this product, not enough shades! At Ulta, there are only 3 shades to choose from, Blondy, Soft Browny and Browny. If you compare to a high end eyebrow brand like Anastasia Beverly Hills, they have six different tinted brow mascaras compared to Essence’s three. I think it would helpful to add a black, light blonde and a red/auburn shade. Now onto all the reasons I love this product! The formula has tiny fibers that attach to your natural hairs and help to build up thickness. My eyebrows do have sparse areas, so running this product over helps fill in any spots in a natural way. It seriously lasts all day without fading or transferring too! It has a really strong hold, so if you like to brush your hairs straight up or lay them flat, you can rest assured that they will stay in that exact style all day long. I really can’t say enough great things about it! I have tried the Benefit Gimme Brow and this is an exact dupe (if not better) and a fraction of the price!

Bite Beauty, Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss, $22.

Metallic lips are on-trend for Fall 2017! I’ve been loving this lip gloss by Bite Beauty to give me a glittery effect. You can definitely use this product in different ways based on your personal preference. I find that if I wear it on its own and apply it just like a normal lip gloss, it can be a bit too foiled for my liking. Instead, I apply a matte lipstick first, then pat this gloss onto my lips using my ring finger. I mostly just focus it onto the center of my lips to help them appear fuller and more dimensional. These last for so long, which can be rare in glitter glosses. They are also not gritty at all! You can rub your lips together and not feel a single grain of sparkle! I have mine in the shade “Champagne Pearl” because I tend to wear warm nudes on an every day basis, but if you are into more bold lip colors, I would highly recommend checking out “Peacock Pearl.” I swatched the teal/blue shade in store and was blown away by its beauty! It has a green and red shimmer throughout and looked so fun and editorial!

NARS Lipstick, $28.

This is my favorite go-to lipstick! I have the shade “Dolce Vita” and it is a sheer nude pink color. I love this so much because it makes my lips look so healthy and hydrated! This is the type of lipstick that you can put on without a mirror since it’s super creamy and light. Although it does give color to the lips, it definitely is more on the sheer side, which I really like because I can feel comfortable wearing this product at work, on the weekends, day, night, really just any occasion! Even though it is a satin finish, I find that it still lasts on my lips for 2-4 hours, which is a perfect amount of time for me! I would highly recommend these lipsticks if you’re looking for something to wear daily! They have so many shades so you’re bound to find one you love!

Thank you for reading about the products that I’ve been loving for the month of August! As always, I want to know what you are obsessed with! Please leave me a comment letting me know! Also, how crazy is it that we’re already in September?! I think this year is flying by! Like this post if you’re excited for future Fall fashion and makeup content on my blog!

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Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Refill PowderEssence Eyebrow Gel

Bite Beauty Lip Gloss

NARS Lipstick

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Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5! Review and Swatches!

Have you ever heard of Natasha Denona? She is an international, highly acclaimed makeup artist who started her own brand! Her signature look includes glowing skin and shimmering eyes, so it’s no surprise that the majority of products in her line will give you a similar appearance! I have read many reviews about her eyeshadows being incredibly pigmented and blendable, but they’re also pricey, so I decided to wait until I could buy during a random sale at Sephora. I recently was able to earn 4x the points as a VIB Rouge, so I decided to purchase the palette and use it towards maintaining my rewards status until 2019! I wasn’t planning on dedicating an entire blog post to this product, but as soon as I swatched it, I knew I had to share it with you all!

I got the 5 pan palette because I really couldn’t commit to the cringe-worthy price of her larger 28 shade palettes ($239) YIKES. Now that I’ve tried the shadows, I know they’re definitely something special, but I personally could never justify spending that much on eyeshadow, sigh. However, for $48, you can get 5 extremely high quality eyeshadows in 13 different color combinations. I decided to purchase “4,” which includes the shades, Aura, Cool Bronze, Oxide, Cool Plum and Moonstone. I love wearing one metallic color across my entire lid and they’re all gold/rose gold/bronze tones, which are my absolute favorite for every day makeup looks. I wanted to buy the colors that I knew I would get the most wear out of! I was super close to getting “2” and “10,” but I’m extremely happy with my choice and find the colors to actually be more wearable than the online product photos portray!

I barely pressed my finger into the first eyeshadow and was truly shook at the color payoff. Like you need the smallest amount to get a full, metallic, pigmented layer of color on your eyes. I tried these shadows with my fingers and brushes and they definitely show up more foiled with your finger, but if you want a more subtle effect, I would recommend a flat, synthetic shader brush! The shade “Cool Plum” is a satin matte formula, so that’s why it isn’t “BAM” when you look at it compared to the other shades! I used it in my crease to add depth and it was really creamy and blended so well. These have minimal fall-out, which is so rare for a sparkle/glitter eyeshadow. They are even water-resistant…so you know that implies how long-wearing and fade-proof these will be throughout the day!

Here is just a little natural, easy eyeshadow look that I created with this palette!

  1. I only have eyeshadow primer and translucent powder on my eye at this point, no shadows!
  2. Since there isn’t a matte transitional shade in the palette, I threw some bronzer in the crease to help add depth and blend any harsh lines from the lid shades that I apply next.
  3. I patted Moonstone on the inner half of my eyelid. I wanted to use a brighter shade towards the front of my eyes to help them appear larger!
  4. With a flat shader brush, I swept “Cool Bronze” on the outer half of my eye. I love the subtle transition from light-to-dark that this combination of colors gave!
  5. Using a fluffy blending brush, I buffed “Cool Plum” into my outer third to give depth and shape my eye. With my finger, I patted “Aura” on my inner corners to help open the eyes and help me look more awake!
  6. I really dislike this angle because eye whites and veins 😂 however, I wanted to show you that I used “Oxide” on my lower lash line to give a little drama and definition!

Here’s the final look! As you can see, it really came out super natural and it was incredibly easy to create! I’m so excited to wear these warm metallic shades in the Fall with a dark red lip! I really want to buy another one of these 5 pan palettes, but have you seen the new Natasha Denona “Lila” Eyeshadow Palette coming out to Sephora in September?! It has 15 eyeshadows, so of course it’s expensive, but the colors are literally calling my name! So many purple and gold shades, which are my absolute favorite to wear! Let me know if you’re thinking about getting it, I want to read your opinion of the swatches! Thank you so much for reading!

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How I Stay Tan All Year Long!

Am I the only one who feels 197639640 x better with a tan? I refuse to bake my body in the sun for hours upon end and tanning beds are simply out of the question, so what’s a gal to do? Well, I have been using the best self tanner duo to make sure I have a bronzed glow all year round! I wanted to share these products with you because for years, I was under the impression that the only way I could be tan was to go outside with all the SPF 5 oils, but now I’m really starting to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and with the statistics on skin cancer, it’s just not worth it to me. Self tanning at home always seemed like such a stressful burden to me and I was fearful that I would turn orange or splotchy, but I promise these products will give you a natural, olive-undertone tan!

For my body, I’ve been using the Loving Tan Self Tanning Mousse for years. I was previously trying out a lot of other popular brands like St. Tropez and Fake Bake. They weren’t “bad,” but they weren’t the perfect formula or color for what I really wanted. When I came across the Loving Tan Instagram, I was shocked at the before and afters! That’s really what sold me on trying the product! The difference in one usage was dramatic (in a good way) and I absolutely loved the natural, olive-toned tan that it gave even the most fair-skinned girls! Nothing about it appeared orange or uneven, just a perfect, “I just got back from the beach” suntan! I definitely wanted to try it out for myself and see if it lived up to the hype. I initially ordered their “Ultra Dark” formula, which instructs you to leave it on for at least six hours. I would typically just apply it at night after I have showered and exfoliated, then go to sleep and rinse it off in the morning before work. If you want the most dramatic, “wow I can’t believe I’m this tan” effect, then definitely go for this! It’s worth it to just sleep in for a night to have perfect bronze color for a week without fading! I still enjoy this color, I just would use it only in the summer, or for special events or a vacation in the colder months! Throughout the Fall, Winter, early Spring months, I do use their “2 Hour Express Dark Self Tanning Mousse” because it is just more believable that it’s my skin color! It’s still very tan, but it’s not as deep and I really like that it’s completely ready to rinse off in 2 hours. I like being able to just get it done as soon as I get home from work or on a weekend morning, it’s just really convenient since you don’t have to wait for too long! I really wish they made the “Ultra Dark” in a 2 hour formula, but for now, the dark shall do! They also have a Medium shade if you are very fair and want to ease your way into the self tanning trend! There are many other absolutely amazing things about this self tanner. One of the greatest being NO SMELL! There is nothing worse than getting a spray tan and smelling like absolute garbage for 12 hours. This one is practically odorless and just smells slightly sweet, rather than rancid. It also has a color guide, so as you apply it, you can visibly see the areas that you’ve placed the self tanner and where you haven’t. Don’t worry if you look a tad crazy and splotchy as it dries, I panicked the first time I used this because it looked super dark in some places and not dark enough in others, but once you rinse it off it will look completely even and flawless! I have super sensitive skin all over and it has never broken out my body or face! I also just love that it lasts! It isn’t until about 7-10 days after my initial application, that I start to notice it fading. I really can’t say enough good things about this product! You can absolutely use the self tanning mitt that comes with the product, but I would highly recommend this Tarte one! It’s so soft and fluffy and I think it buffs out the mousse so evenly. I love that it’s so durable as well and will stay put on your hand throughout the application! I’ve actually tried the Loving Tan “Back Applicator” and I just cannot make it work, so please leave me a comment on how you tan your back! 😂

I’ve only been using the Coola “Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum” for about a month and it’s absolutely amazing! I use exfoliating skincare products and a Clarisonic nightly, so applying self tanner onto my face doesn’t always make sense when it usually fades in a day or two. I read a lot of reviews on the Coola serum and decided to purchase it to see if I could finally find a product to match my face to the rest of my body! I don’t wear makeup every day, so when I go into public with a fresh face, I do get a bit self conscious knowing my face is visibly more pale compared to the rest of my body. I just mix 2-3 pumps of this serum into my moisturizer and apply it directly to my face. It took 3-4 days for me to get the desired bronzed shade, but wow this stuff is so great and looks natural! The color is even and it will give your skin a glowing appearance! It hasn’t broken me out at all, which is super shocking since most serums do! This one is created with organic ingredients and has hyaluronic acid for anti-aging! It is lightly scented, but I absolutely love it. I’m pretty sure it smells like a sweet, coconut/pineapple scent, which will you feel tropical even in the dead of winter! I will say that the tan does fade after 3-4 days, so you do have to stay consistent with it, but for me it is totally worth it!

Thank you for reading about how I stay tan all year round! These products simply work and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a safe and natural tan. I really want to know your favorite self tanning products, so please leave me a comment below! Also any orange, cheeto girl horror stories are welcome! 😂 I always picture Ross from friends when he got the Mystic Tan! I hope you all had a great weekend and a great rest of the week!

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New High-End Makeup Haul! Review and Swatches! 


I recently picked up some new makeup from Sephora and Ulta to try out! I’ve read some reviews on these products and then once I swatched them in store, I knew I had to have them! I recently went on vacation and I brought these beauties with me to try out while I was gone so I could give you a solid review and let you know whether or not you need these products in your life. I noticed in the swatches that these are all bronzey-copper shades so I do apologize that they all fall into the same color family! These are just my personal favorite colors to wear on a daily basis and I know I will get the most bang-for-my-buck by sticking with the warm tones that I love to wear!
     

Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss, “Champagne Dream X Bellini” 


      

I really wanted to try this lip gloss since it is super multi-dimensional, it seriously sparkles so beautifully in the sunlight! I’ve been into the glittery glosses lately and I was excited to test out a lip product from Becca for the first time! So far, I really love the smell of it and enjoy the smooth texture. I can’t stand when a sparkle lip gloss has that awful gritty texture, almost like sand when you rub your lips together. This one seriously feels like a thick, balm consistency and I can’t feel any of the glitter when I close my mouth. It is on the heavier side, so if you like really light, silky formulas then you may want to pass up on this! You can definitely wear this gloss alone, but I prefer just topping my lipstick or liquid matte lipstick with this product! The shade “Champagne Dream X Bellini” is one of the most wearable colors in the collection, but if you enjoy wearing non-traditional lip glosses than I would check out some of their other combinations in “Amethyst X Geode” and “Opal X Jade.”

      

Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss, “Champagne Pearl” 


      

Can you tell I’m kind of obsessed with the shimmery lip glosses these days?! I had this one in particular on my wishlist for awhile before purchasing. This is a very pearlescent formula, with a lot of finely milled glitter. It catches the light beautifully and gives a multidimensional effect to the lips. I love this formula because it’s super long wearing, which is generally rare for a lip gloss. It also has an extremely smooth texture for the amount of glitter in the bottle. I can’t believe you can’t feel the sparkles at all since it is so metallic! I love the smell of this one as well, plus if you accidentally lick some off, you know it’s okay because all Bite products are made with food grade ingredients, YAY! So no accidental chemical ingestion, woo! I unfortunately can’t wear this product alone because it is overpowering and metallic in an unflattering way, however when I just pat it lightly over a lipstick, it turns out gorgeous and gives a plump look to my lips. 

        

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, “Smoldering Satin”

  

       

I’ve been eyeing this product for such a long time! I’ve watched so many YouTube videos and read so many blogger reviews on how awesome these Stila glitter eyeshadows perform, so I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! I went with the “Smoldering Satin” color because it’s different than any glitter or M.A.C loose pigments that I currently own. It’s definitely more of a neutral bronze color and it has gold and silver glitter throughout it. I wore this product all over my lids, then only in the inner corners, then only on my lower lash line and each way worked out beautifully. They are so user friendly, you don’t have to buy a mixing medium or glitter glue, you can just apply directly from the applicator, or you can put some on your finger and gently pat it where you want it. I had zero fall out with this product, which is great because I’m in the habit of doing my face makeup first and I hate having to wipe away glitter when I have my entire base finished. It also wore for hours without fading, creasing or transferring, which was a first for me! I tested this out at the beach, so I was around humidity and hot temperatures and it performed so great. I will definitely be repurchasing this product in different colors. I don’t think I’ve ever received more compliments on my eyeshadow, I had so many complete strangers ask me what glitter I had used! If you love this product and use it all the time, then please let me know what your favorite shade is so I can try it too! 

      

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow, “Iridescent Copper Gold”


      

I haven’t read too many reviews on this product, but I was really curious to try it out anyways! It is labeled as being “24-hour wear and waterproof” so of course I tested this in the ocean!l I am happy to report that it actually did last! I was kind of doubtful that it would stay at all, and I will admit that it did fade a tad bit, but definitely not a noticeable amount and it didn’t get patchy or crease at all! I also tested these out of water and it lasted all night long and stayed perfectly vibrant and beautiful! I really want to try one of their matte shades as an eyeshadow primer/base because they layer with powder eyeshadows so perfectly and last forever! 

    

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter, “Kitten”


     

This was my first “putty” product that I’ve ever tried and I am obsessed! This highlight is incredible and totally worth all the hype that surrounds it! If you like those blinding, wet-looking highlights then you need to try this! I got the classic champagne shade in “Kitten” and it is a bit bright and light for my tan skin right now, but I know I will get a lot of use out of this in the Fall/Winter months when I’m more light-to-medium. The formula is like a thick putty, you can push it around and smoosh it with your fingers, but it still stays solid! I feel like it gives me the same kind of intensity that I get whenever I layer a cream highlight with a powder highlight, except this is just one product that I can easily apply in a one-and-done way! This also makes a beautiful eyeshadow so you can definitely get your money’s worth with its multi-functionality! 

       

Becca Sunlit Bronzer, “Bronzed Bondi” 


     

Bronzers are one of my favorite makeup items to buy because A.) I use them every day, regardless of the intensity of my makeup look, bronzer will always be essential and B.) I have light, medium, dark, shimmery, matte, warm-toned, neutral-toned, natural and intense bronzers and I still can’t get enough! I’m addicted to finding my perfect formula that looks natural and complimentary with my skin tone! This Becca bronzer is so great because it does have shimmer, but it doesn’t show up glittery once applied to your face. It is also very buildable, you can apply a little or a lot and it never gets cakey looking! I can’t get enough of this product, it reminds me a lot of my Hourglass Ambient Light Bronzer which is my holy-grail, all time favorite! It comes in a lot of shades, so I am sure you will be able to find one that suits your skin tone best! I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite bronzer for summertime!  


       

Thank you for reading my reviews on some of these new high end makeup releases! I enjoy testing and trying out these products so much. It makes me so happy to write these posts and share helpful information with you all! I love reading your comments, I try to reply to everyone so please let me know what makeup you can’t put down recently! I really want to get some new drugstore products and do an affordable, every day makeup look, so leave me your suggestions for that as well! 

       

Side note: The amount of confused looks I got from fellow beachgoers to take these photos was hilarious 😂 I suppose it’s “frowned upon” to whip out a makeup bag and prop new products up in the sand and yell at seagulls to get out of your shot…who knew…🤷🏽‍♀️

         

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June Favorites! 


June was a month full of new discoveries! I tried a lot of new makeup and skincare, but only a few things made the cut to be considered “favorites.” I wanted to share these products with you because I hadn’t seen many reviews on them before. Most of these items were mostly completely new to me and I’m so relieved they happened to work out! 

     

Peri Pera, Cushion Blusher

      

Remember that Korean skincare haul I did a couple posts ago? Well, I also picked up a few popular makeup products (also from Korea) when I placed that order. I’ve been testing out the cream blush from Peri Pera in the shade, “Happy Coral” and I am obsessed! I’m not a huge fan of liquid blushes or bronzers, but this one looks so gorgeous for summertime and gives the most beautiful flush to my skin! It is pretty versatile in the way you can wear it with little-to-no makeup for a fresh, natural look or you can wear it for a dramatic look and even layer a powder blush on top for added intensity! I find that layering a powder on top helps my blush stay vibrant all day long! I’m super happy I decided to go out of my comfort zone and purchase this product! 

      

   

Covergirl, Total Tease Mascara

     
Honestly, this mascara initially caught my eye because of the cool packaging. Then when I opened it up, I was surprised at the unique wand and wasn’t sure if it would be something that I could easily use. Luckily, it’s nothing out of the norm in terms of application and you can totally control the little ball on the end of the wand! It actually comes in handy when trying to coat those little lashes towards the inner corner! I like this because the formula is both voluminous and lengthening, but warning: this can get clumpy looking. The secret it to add a second coat immediately after the first. Hardly wait any time at all in between because it dries really quickly and you can get a “spider lash” effect if you don’t work fast enough. 

     


     

Philosophy, Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint

       
I haven’t seen this product reviewed or written about before, so I’m excited to report that it’s really, REALLY great! I was browsing the Philosophy section at Ulta and was looking at some of their makeup items. I have been wanting a medium coverage tinted moisturizer for awhile and when I swatched this in the store, I was shocked at how pigmented it was and how little product I needed to completely cover my entire hand. After getting it home and using it for the last couple of weeks, I’m thinking it may become one of my all-time favorite face products! I love that it moisturizes, covers my imperfections and dries to a semi-matte finish. It also lasts throughout the entire day! You barely need any product for your entire face, so that means it’ll last a really long time and you don’t have to constantly repurchase if you plan on using this product daily. With SPF 20, it will also protect me from the sun that I love (thank you for the freckles) but also fear because forehead wrinkles and fine lines. I put this product on like a standard face moisturizer, just by patting it on with my hands, then taking a damp Beauty Blender to even things out and make sure it’s properly distributed over my entire face. You definitely don’t need a powder with this, but you can set it with a light translucent powder or go more full coverage with a powder foundation depending on your preference! I’m in the shade “6.5 Tan” for reference, which I can only use when I’m self-tanned or naturally tanned. 

      
Sol De Janeiro, Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
     

I really didn’t want to like this product…I really wanted to continue my life without justifying the high price of this cream, yet here I am, on Sephora.com purchasing the full size version. I received a deluxe sample size of the popular “Brazilian Bum Bum Cream” and it seriously lives up to the hype. The scent is a really light, natural pistachio caramel so that’s obviously delightful. I ALWAYS get compliments from random strangers when I use this cream! Plus it’s formulated without all the yucky parabens, sulfates and phthalates that many other lotions have. It is supposed to be tightening and firming and I actually notice a difference in my arms and legs after I apply it. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but other people that I have had try it, say the same thing! It also dries super fast so I love putting it on right after I get out of the shower! 

        

Sephora, Cake and Bake Sponge

        
For the sake of the photo, I used my fresh and new Cake and Bake sponge, but I have been using my other one non-stop this month! I don’t apply my foundation with this product, but I do use it for my under-eye concealer and cream contour and highlight. The shape makes it perfect to get into your inner corners and precisely define your cheekbones and nose. As the name states, its great for applying a translucent powder over the areas you want to bake and get that chiseled, defined effect. It’s a pretty stiff sponge, but I do use it dampened like I would a Beauty Blender. I think the stiffness actually is a benefit to this product because it doesn’t absorb excess product, so you aren’t blending away any extra coverage from your concealer or cream contour. I was so happy that this product worked out for me and I think it’s going to grow in popularity over time! 

      

O.P.I, Infinite Shine Nail Polish

       
I have mentioned these polishes in previous favorites posts, but I’ve been loving these so much to do at-home manicures! The color, “It’s A Girl” is my current go-to. It’s enough of a neutral pink that it matches any pedicure color and outfit that I’m putting together. I also love that it’s more of a glossy polish that isn’t super creamy and opaque. The formula of the “Infinite Shine” range is super long-lasting and chip-proof! If you’re trying to save some money or want to take a break from gel manicures, I would highly recommend these nail polishes!  

         
I really hope you enjoyed reading about the products I’ve loved in June! These are some really great items that I know I’ll continue to use in the upcoming months as well! As always, I love to read about the makeup and skincare you can’t seem to put down! So please leave me a comment below and we can chat about your June Favorites! 
       

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Favorite Nude Lip Glosses!


I didn’t always love wearing lipgloss. For a long time, I only bought liquid lipsticks and preferred drying, matte lip products. Recently, that has changed completely and I’ve found a new love for hydrated, glossy looking lips! My favorite colors to wear are nude shades, just because they are easy to create an eye look around. Plus, I don’t worry too much about transfer or a messy application when it’s a natural shade. There are so many different types of lip glosses on the market and I wanted to share with you my tried and true favorites! I also wanted to show you some swatches of the colors, just so you can see opacity and the look of it applied on a medium skin tone.        


   

Buxom “Full-On Lip Cream”, $20.

     

These are by far my favorite lip glosses! I have recommended them to so many people and they work so well! There are a ton of shades in the range, so there is something for anyone, whether they love natural or colorful glosses. The nude colors I love most are White Russian and Hot Toddy! White Russian is a milky, light pink shade and Hot Toddy is more of a brown, peach color. They are very high-shine and plumping, but they definitely don’t burn and sting like a lot of lip plumping glosses do. It is more of a minty/cooling sensation once applied. I will say this is a stickier gloss, definitely not anything uncomfortable, but you can feel them on your lips and it is slightly tacky. However, I think that’s what makes them last throughout the day, so I really don’t mind it at all. They aren’t extremely opaque, but they do provide a hint of color to the lips. Also I absolutely have to mention the delicious vanilla mint smell! I have so many of these glosses and I will continue to repurchase them because to me, they’re absolutely perfect! 

       

Sephora “Outrageous Effect Volume Lip”, $12.

      

This gloss is pretty new to my collection, but over the past month it has become one of my new favorites! This is another lip plumper gloss, but I’m happy to report it doesn’t burn or cause any painful sensations! I love the color of the gloss and it is actually very similar in formula to the Buxom glosses (except this one is cheaper, woo!) There are only 4 shades so far, which is kind of a bummer, but the “02” color that I picked up is a beautiful brown, nude shade. It is super high shine once applied to the lips and it also has the best applicator! The only downfall for this one, is the scent. I really don’t know how to describe it, but it’s like a chemical cinnamon type of smell, which I am definitely not here for. Once I get past that, I really do love the way this gloss looks on my lips! I’ve gotten so many compliments every time I wear it out, which is always a great sign! I’m going to try out the other colors, but for now, this one is getting a lot of use in my collection! 

            

Bare Minerals “Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss”, $18. 

      

If you are looking for a really beautiful shimmery lip gloss, this is the one for you! The shade I’m obsessed with is called, “Fly” and it is described as a “radiant tan with gold pearl” which is basically perfection for summertime. These are very lightweight and moisturizing, plus they’re not sticky at all. I love that they have a balmy texture, making them super comfortable and easy to throw on when rushing out the door! I typically steer clear of glosses with shimmer in them, but this one gives the most subtle highlighted effect to the lips. This shade perfectly completes a bronze or golden makeup look, which are my favorite to wear! There are a lot of other shades in this range that seem equally as stunning, I want to try the colors “Far Out” and “Snarky” next! 

      

Too Faced, “Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss”, $19.

      

This formula is definitely more of a nourishing oil, than a standard lip gloss, but I wanted to mention it anyways because I use it all the time and it does give a shiny look to my lips! This is a very lightweight, creamy product that is also opaque! I love that you get so much great color payoff and can really do a complete lip look with one product. The only downside to this product would be that it doesn’t last very long, but it doesn’t claim to and honestly, I never expected something with a slippery, oil-like texture to resist fading and transferring throughout the day. One of the greatest aspects to this lip gloss is the amazing fresh peach smell! The color “Papa Don’t Peach” is a warm peach color that is super close to the natural shade of my lips. I find that this is my go-to product when I want something really comfortable and hydrating, which is perfect for these warm summer months! 

       

NYX “Butter Gloss”, $4.99.

     

I have gone through so many of these glosses over the years! They are the best at the drugstore and have 34 shades, so you’re bound to find your perfect color! I would describe these as very creamy, with a medium opacity. You can definitely layer these over lipsticks, but you don’t have to! I am usually not a huge fan of baby pink nude shades, but “Creme Brûlée” is just so dang beautiful! I love that they smell like Angel Food Cake and give such great shine without being sticky! The texture is literally like butter! I would highly recommend these to anyone. Even if you don’t like an all-over glossy look, you can just use these in the middle of your lips to make them appear fuller. Trust me, these will be your new bestie! 

     

Thank you for reading this post on my favorite nude lip glosses! I hope I helped you discover a new shade or formula that would fit your preferences! I am a fiend when it comes to good nude lip products, so please leave me some recommendations in the comments! Have a great week! 

     

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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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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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