Eyeliner Review [Top 5]

I have been through a lot of eyeliner in my days & I thought it was time to review and list my top 5 favorite eyeliners. I don’t use pencils because I am not a fan of them and for some reason they make my eyes itch. I stay away from them as much as I can. Continue reading

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Ipsy {January}

My GlamBag has arrived. If you missed my sneak peak post, check it out here. I was super excited about this bag. I couldn’t wait to try the products & add them into my routine.

If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy- they are a monthly subscription service that is $10 and you get 5-6 samples. The other cool thing about Ipsy is that you get a little makeup bag each month with your samples. The other great thing they offer is the opportunity to earn points by reviewing products. These points can then be used to get an additional sample. I have yet to get one because every time I look they are sold out. I haven’t figured out if there is a window where you can get one or if it is first come first serve type of thing, but my points are adding up & I’d like to redeem them. Continue reading

SideKicks {October}

As the month has come to a close, I like to look back at what make-up items became my go to items to help me get ready throughout the month. October was a fun month for me to play around with some make up! I had a few events that I got dolled up for, and to do that I had some new and some old sidekicks that helped me create the perfect look! Continue reading

Grav3yard Girl Eyeshadow Palette

I FINALLY got the Swamp Queen Grav3yard Girl eye shadow palette. (Okay, I got it a few months ago, but just got around to writing a review on it). I thought I was going to miss the launch date but I got my paws on a shadow set before they sold out. I am so happy, although it was a little more expensive than I usually spend on any type of beauty product, I think it was totally worth it!

Bunny is one of my favorite beauty vloggers on YouTube. I think she is funny, so down to earth and just real with the people that watch her. I love that most of her videos are done make-up free and her PJ’s but other times I am blown away with her makeup looks and tutorials. I was so excited that I actually got this shadow palette, I was literally freaking out in the car when I got the email saying it had launched, rushing to get home to place my order.

These shadows are PERFECT for creating smokey eyes, simple everyday looks or neutral looks. I have been wearing some sort of combination of these shadows everyday, and everyday has a new look. Even if I use the same shadow colors, there are so many variations that can be a result of these shadows.

My first impression of the colors she picked was “THESE ARE PERFECT!” I think she did a spot on job of picking colors that will literally look good with any eye shape, color, skin tone and hair color. I love that they aren’t the typical colors you see in a shadow set, but somehow that makes them even more awesome! With my brown hair and hazel eyes, I often find myself using the purple shades more than the orange, but it depends on my mood and outfit for the day!

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Not only do these colors have great pigmentation, I don’t have to cake it on to get my desired look and there is little to know fallout, after the first use. I love that I can create an entire face look with this one palette because Bunny added a highlight, blush and bronzer too.

When you order this set, you go get a brush, and a little card where they are pre-made looks step by step to create different looks. I have also seen some of my favorites Youtubers review this, Leighann , Kandee & Bunny herself. I love watching how these girls apply these look, (mainly because they know what they are doing) & review one of their friends collaborations.

My favorite shadows from this palette are: Mancat, Uncommon, #SFS. I love the combination of matte & glitter shadows that are given perfect for creating a look for any person for any occasion.

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Did you get this palette? What did you think of it when you first used it? Do you think its worth the money?

Mascara Review [Top 5]

With all the subscription boxes, and peeked interests in both drugstore and high end mascaras, I thought I would rate, review and give you my favorites. I have been through a lot of tubes of mascara in the last few months, and here are my TOP 10.

IMG_4286Tarte Lights Camera Lashes: This has become one of my all time favorite mascaras. Not only do I get all the things from one coat, lift, curl, jet black, no clumps, volume and great looking lashes. I get the most compliments and comments in general when I use this mascara. It is a little on the spendy side, and you do have to get it from like Ulta or Sephora. and It is $21 bucks a pop. But my mini travel sized one has lasted me a while, especially because it only takes one coat.

Cover Girl Flamed Out: This is a great drug store mascara, that I have talked about in my favorites. The unique wand really allows me to reach both the very inside corner lashes, and the outer winged lashes. This is a cheap, but powerful item to keep in your make up bag. Although I usually needed a few coats to get my desired look, I was still very impressed with this product. This will be a repurchase most definitely.

Too Faced Better than Sex: Another GREAT, but expensive mascara. This puppy is $23. And again, you have to get it from either and Ulta or Sephora, or online. This magical wand does wonders for my lashes. The criss-cross of the bristles really grabs my lashes and lifts them up to the sky. This is one that I really like to wear with a bolder look, not my everyday look because of the volume I get from it.

IMG_4306Benefit They’re Real: I recently picked up a “Beauty Blogger” set from Benefit that contained their mascara, both in black and brown, their eyeliner, and their makeup remover. For my birthday, Ulta gave me a trial size of the lash primer. Together I had a great set of weapons. Between the lash primer really giving my lashes a boost, the unique liner that gets right at the roots of my lashes, and the mascara that separates, curls and darkens the color, I really do look like I’ve got fake lashes on. The separation, yet boldness of my lashes is crazy, but perfect for when I don’t feel like gluing on fake lashes.

Ulta Voluptuous Volume: Although this is a product unique to Ulta, I will use this time and time again. This is definitely my go to mascara for an everyday look. Although this mascara doesn’t give me drastic looking lashes, it does give me a great lift and some volume. I don’t have clumpy spider lashes, but aren’t skinny Minnie’s either.

 

What are your favorite mascaras? Did yours make my list? I’d love to hear what you have tried and liked!

 

Benefit- they’re Real [First impression]

I love to try products before I spend a fortune on them, and this was one of those times I was thankful I did.I got this set ofIMG_4306 sample sizes for a great price. Although they are great products they definitely took some getting used to.

It started when I got the they’re Real lash primer from Ulta as my birthday gift. A product that seems semi pointless, and not really worth it. I don’t think it does anything different than a basic coat of mascara.

But in window shopping at Sephora, and I saw this sample pack I decided to give the other products a try. This set comes with two mascaras, one in black and one in brown. Their unique rubber angle tip eyeliner, and a sample of their makeup remover.

Primer: The lash primer to me in general is a goofy product. I don’t get how it is any different than a mascara. This on I got for free from Ulta as my birthday gift. I have tried it a few times under a variety of mascaras and never really noticed a difference. It wasn’t until I got the matching mascara that I did notice a change.

For me & my lashes, this primer gets my lashes separated but begins to get them lifted and curled. I have decent lashes to begin with, but with the primer, I notice that my lashes practically touch my eyebrow.

Mascara: The mascara itself is great. I love trying new formulas with a variety in wand styles. These wands have a spike ball type tip that really allows me to get the inner and outer corner lashes. With the primer, my lashes look full, lifted, curled and like fake lashes.

With the mascara alone, I still get a great look, just not as much volume as I do when I use the primer with it. I prefer the black mascara just because my lashes are black to begin with, so it feels funny to put brown mascara on my black lashes.

Eyeliner: This was definitely the most unique eyeliner I have ever tried. It has a rubber angled tip that liquid liner gets twisted up into to create the perfect line. Now let me say, I have tried to use it over and over and I still haven’t mastered how to use it, but I have gotten good enough where it looks half way decent.

Although I’m not sure if this is a waterproof mascara, I will say that it was one of the most difficult liners to get off. Even just swatching it on my hand it took several washes and finally makeup remover and scrubbing to get the black lines off my hand.

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Make-UP remover: Bummed about this product, I did have a slight irritation to it, and because I would use it on my eyes, I passed it along to a friend. I have ones that I am not allergic to that I will stick with. I did like the small travel size of it though.

 

Have you ever tried these products? Are they worth buying in the full size? What do you think of the unique liner?

I’d love to hear what you think! Have a BEAUTY-full day!

June Sidekicks

Time to talk about my favorites again! I love this time of the month because I get to reflect back on the past month and think about what products really stood out to me, and made my life easier! June was full of great products, I had two new subscription boxes, a little Ulta Haul and got to test out new products! With out further ado here are my June favorites!

This month I discovered new products, come ones I have had for a while that became new favorites and some that have been talked about recently.

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Eye Shadow: I have been LOVING my ELF eyeshadow palette, Need it Nude. I had mentioned this in my ELF haul, but I have been finding so many combinations and looks with just this one set of shadows. I have been using my new ELF brushes that I got in the same haul, but they have been perfect for creating simple looks, smokey eyes, or glammed up looks too!

 

Eye Liner: This was one of my FREE birthday items that I got from Sephora, it is the IMG_4285mini Marc Jacobs black crayon liner. I recently started using crayons instead of liquid because I can get a softer look, and its easier to get close to my lash line with a crayon. This is a great true black color, and it stays on all day. It can be semi difficult to remove, it does take a good makeup remover to get it off.

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Mascara: I have definitely mentioned this mascara before, but I have been loving my Tarte- Lights Camara Lashes/Splashes mascara. I have a mini and a full sized in the waterproof and although its not the cheapest mascara, it is by far my favorite I have ever used. I love the way my lashes look when I use it, they are curled, thick, separated, and black, they are on point.

 

 

To get all of this make up off, I have still been loving my IMG_4283makeup remover from Grove Co. This one specifically is from the brand Alba Botanica. An organic and Free remover is one of the best I have found in a long time. This EXTREMELY gentle yet effective remover is tough on makeup but gentle on my eyes. It gets my waterproof make up off, and the toughest of eyeliners.

 

The last beauty item I have been loving is the new Secret  Outlast 24 hour deodorant. An odd item to have on this list, I must admit but IMG_4287with the hot weather here this has been on of my top sidekicks! I have it in both the gel and the solid, and both in different scents but I love them both. The gel is great for when I wear black tank tops so I don’t get the white residue on the pit of my shirt. It dries clear but keeps me smelling great all day long. The solid is great for everyday wear!

My favorite scents are the solid Clean Lavender, and the gel Paris.

What were your favorites from this month? Did you have any of the same ones that I did? I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these and what your impression was! Do you have any beauty or makeup products you think I should try?

Have a BEAUTY-full day!

Sephora Haul

The thing I love most about wondering through Sephora is that I always discover new products, find good deals on products I already love, and walk away with new samples. I recently was wondering around, looking again for the Swamp Queen Eyeshadow Palette, and again no luck. But I was there and decided to look.

IMG_4306I was looking as some new brands and some old brands, always on the hunt for a deal. I stumbled across another “Beauty Blogger” type box, were one brand will give you smaller sizes of a few of their products in one box for you try. This one was from the brand Benefit. This pack came with:

A Make-UP remover

They’re REAL Mascara- Black & Brown

Push UP Liner

I also got a tips and tricks pack that just gave me tips on using these products.

The other great thing about shopping Sephora is you get FREE samples both online as well as in-store. The ones I got with my in-store purchase are the Sephora Brand- Instant Moisture Cream & the First-Aid-Beauty brand Ultra Repair Cream.

IMG_4315When I was leaving the store I came across some skin care products that looked interesting but because of my sensitivity I wanted to do more research on them before I bought them.
I ended up finding that they would be great for my skin, and did an online purchase.

Dr. Jart + was the skin care that I tried. I went with their pore minimizing products to put them to the test. I am a long time user of Biore pore strips and just one of these single use packets is the price of an entire box of Biore. So I put these to the test. Check out my review of these here.

IMG_4316The other product I ordered was another “sample box” I guess of Tarte Skincare  Rainforest of the Sea. These were 3 (very small) samples from this skin care line. the 3 items were:

– 0.338 oz Marine Boosting Mist
– 0.25 oz Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
– 0.24 oz Drink H2O Hydrating Boost

From my first impression these are going to be really hydrating products. The gel immediately melted into my skin and left my skin soft and hydrated. I will do a full review when I use up some of my other skin care, so stay tuned!

I did also get to choose a sample from the online purchase. They had a promo code for a Hair Care product from Living Proof a frizz eliminating Nourishing oil. Because I used this promo code, I didn’t get to pick other samples, or I didn’t do it right because this was the only sample I received.

What are your favorite products to get from Sephora? Have you ever tried the Benefit or Tarte “sample boxes” I got”?

Stay tuned for reviews of the products I got from this haul!

[Mini] Ulta Haul

I was DYING to get the Swamp Queen eyeshadow palette from one of my favorite Youtubers, Grav3yard Girl aka Bunny. I wandered into my Ulta and was informed they didn’t get it in yet… total bummer, but that means I also saved $45 on an eyeshadow palette. I decided since I was already there, I should look around and see what they had. I quickly found items in my bag as I made my way to the check outs. But I couldn’t be happier with what I got!

I got to try some new brands, as well as some ones I was more familiar with. Got Free items as well as clearance!

IMG_4294The first thing I wanted to get was a full size Tarte- Lights, Camara, Splashes Mascara. I have a trial size that I got free when I purchased from the Tarte site a few months back. I fell in love and wanted to get a full size tube. I also got the waterproof, just because I prefer it in general.

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I was looking for more of the Tartest Lip Crayon, but my Ulta doesn’t carry them anymore. I asked the sales rep if they had anything similar because I like the crayon style that dries and is matte. She then introduced me to a brand that I have heard of, but never tried. Buxom.

She told me that they had twist up lip crayons, and they had a promo when you spend $30 on Boxum products and you get a free lip product. I looked around and found it very easy to spend that $30. I picked out a lip crayon in the color Barcelona, one that was very similar to my Tarte Wonder. I also looked at their eyeshadows because I was looking for a good color to use with my ELF palettes pink shades, and I settled on a shade called Lingerie Lover, a like mauve color.

I ended up meeting that $30 minimum requirement to get a free lip product and was given a liquid lipstick in the color Centerfold, a light mauvey-nude color. I was unsure at first, but applied it in the car and by the time I got home, it was dry!

Similar to other higher end brands, both the lip products have a slight mint scent and flavor, and both gave my a tingle feeling. They did both dry matte, and didn’t transfer once they did dry.

IMG_4297The last thing I picked up was a clearance bottle of Essie Nail Polish for $0.47!  This cute glitter and small sequins will be perfect for Christmas or even NYE! I will have to wear a base color because there isn’t any pigmentation to the polish, jut pure glitter.

When I got in line, it was quite long. I was next in line, and for being patient, I was given a free sample of Clinique Liquid Bronzer. I was told that I can wear it alone, or mix it in with IMG_4298my foundation to apply.

Although I didn’t get the item that I went to Ulta specifically to buy, I walked away with great purchases and I am anxiously awaiting when this shadow palette will arrive.

Have you ever tried these products? What was your first impression of them? Would you buy them again? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Have a BEAUTY-full day!

ELF Look

IMG_4115.jpgWith my recent ELF Haul I was playing with a few different looks and I loved the look I created with my new products!

A great light weight and natural look great for summer.

I used my new eyeshadow palette called Mad for Matte, my new foundation, the jet black eyeliner and a bunch of new brushes.

To get this look, keep reading & let me know what you think.

 

 

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