Current Summer to Fall Obsessions

To effortless transition myself in the fall months, I’ve slightly changed up my makeup routine.

Even though the 90-degree weather doesn’t show it, we’re slowly progressing into fall. Soon enough the weather is going to cool down and we’ll be trading in our bright coral lips and bikini tops for deep plums and sweaters. As much as I love the warm weather, I’m ready for the sweater weather that is slowly dawning upon us.

To effortless transition myself in the fall months, I’ve slightly changed up my makeup routine. As I changed up my routine, I’ve found that some products have trickled their way into my current staples.

The Morphe M35O palette was a no-brainner for me, in regards to what eyeshadows I could use to go into fall. The variety of 35 warm, orange-toned shades inspires me to create an array of fall-appropriate looks. It’s a cult favorite for a reason. The pigmentation is unreal and the price tag of only $23 is a deal-breaker for me.

I  will always have a place in my heart for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer has earned my sheer and utter devotion. Urban Decay really swept me off my feet with this one. I heard countless YouTubers give raving reviews about this product before I finally went to Sephora to pick it up for myself. The smallest dab goes such a long way with this concealer. It’s not heavy under your eyes and the second listed ingredient is water, which means it mainly water-based so it’s super hydrating under your eyes. Since purchasing it, I haven’t experienced any creasing under my eyes, which I’ve noticed sometimes with my NARS Concealer. — Sorry NARS! So ultimately, you need to try this because it’s extremely light-weight while giving you the coverage that you want in a concealer.

Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation is another water-based product. Water-based foundations are perfect for this time of year. These foundations tend to be medium coverage and on the thinner side, rather than some thick, oil-based foundations. Because it’s still so warm, it’s just so much easier to wear lightweight makeup at all times. This one in particular gives off a beautiful healthy glow.

(Pro tip: If you’re on the oily side, like me, you may want to invest in a really good oil-control primer. You could also use it on the perimeter of your face, while using a mattifying foundation in your T-zone. You’ll still get the glow, without TONS of your oils shinning through.)

I’m really surprised that literally NO one is talking about the Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil. It’s pretty comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It’s creamier than the Brow Wiz, which I like, but when you twist up the product, you can’t twist it down, which I loathe. Ultimately, both are great products, but I’m just a little bit more in love with the Brow Tech Matte Pencil. I don’t experience any smudging or anything after I apply the product, which is a major plus!

I feel like I  spend the most time doing my lashes while doing my makeup. I’ve recently fallen in love with the Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara. I have to admit that my sister convinced me to buy it and at first I hated this mascara. I think what I hated about it is that I left too much product on the brush because now I make sure that I wipe all of the excess product in the tube and coat my lashes with this to give me major volume. If you’re looking for a volumizing mascara, this will be your holy grail. And you know the best part?– It’s from the drugstore. (Hello, affordable makeup!)

Do you have any current favorites? I’d love to learn some more about your favorites and test them out for myself!

Catch you all on the next one!

Friday Finds! August 19

As much as we love makeup, we don’t always love the price tag.

Hello Beauties!

Thank God it’s Friday because you know what that means: It’s time for me to get you up-to-date on the the latest beauty deals.

  • Morphe Brushes
    • Morphe is currently on HauteLook, featuring products, such as the 35OM and 350S palettes, which we all have been eyeing since they first dropped. There are also tons of brush sets, like the Gun Metal set, which all the beauty bloggers and vloggers have been raving about. (I’m definitely considering the 18-piece vegan set!)
  • Stila
    • Stila Cosmetics is also on HauteLook and I’m completely loosing my mind. HauteLook is featuring Stila’s Vinyl Lip Glosses, Jewel Eye Shadow Singles and Got Inked Eyeliners. If you don’t have a HauteLook account, definitely check out the Sale page on StilaCosmetics.com.
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Ulta Beauty 
    • Remember that $3.50 off your $15 purchase coupon I wrote about last week? Well, it’s still going on. You can use the coupon online with code 407893. You can find the printable coupon that you’ll be able to use in-store here. There are a list of excluded brands that you can find on ulta.com/coupons. Don’t let that scare you away from using it, there are a number of other brands that this applies to.
  • Sephora
    • Free Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II with $25 purchase. Use code LOLITA2.
    • Free deluxe sample of Pop-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer with $25 purchase. Use code HYDROBLUR.
    • Free deluxe sample of Detox Dry Shampoo with $25 purchase. Use code DETOXIFY.
    •  Free travel-chic black Givenchy tote with the purchase of select Givenchy fragrances. Use code JET2PARIS.
    • Free Paco Rabanne pouch and cologne mini with purchase of select Paco Rabanne fragrances. Use code INVICTUS.
    • Free Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in your shade of choice with $25 purchase. Use code ALLNIGHT.
    • Free Kate Spade Walk On Air rollerball and lip gloss duo plus a pouch with the purchase of select Kate Spade New York fragrances. Use code WALKONAIR.
    • Free deluxe Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in your shade of choice with $25 purchase. Use code HDFOREVER.
    • Free deluxe sample of your choice from Shiseido, MDSolarSciences, Josie Maran, COVER FX, or Colorscience with $25 purchase. Use code SUNSHINE.
    • Free deluxe sample of Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel with $25 purchase. Use code CURLGEL.
    • Free Kate Spade Live Colorfully rollerball and pink lip gloss duo plus a makeup bag with the purchase of select Kate Spade New York fragrances. Use code LIVEPINK.
    • Free pink and black color block pouch plus a body lotion with the purchase of select Narciso Rodriguez fragrances. Use code THINKPINK.

Those are all my major finds for this week, but make sure you come back next week to find some new deals for the week. If you have any deals that I may have missed, be sure to comment them down below to save a makeup addict’s life. See you on the next one.

Lip Gloss Alert!

Glossy lips are the new matte lips. Get a hold of these to have the best everyday glossy lips.

Makeup lovers, I think we all need to take a minute to remember that there are quality products in the drugstore.

I feel as though we get so lost in the world of Sephora that we tend to forget that there are other brands that are more affordable. There’s this stigma with drugstore products that just because it’s affordable, it can’t be good, but that truly isn’t the case. A lot of drugstore brands are coming out products that give flawless results.

With that being said, I want to talk about a major find from the drugstore.

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These are the L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Pro Glosses in Dulce De Leche (Right) and Suede (Left). I’m really surprised that no one is talking about them.

I’ve been on the hunt for some everyday glosses. Something that  wasn’t too pigmented, but gave a little something to make my lips pop. These did just the trick.

Here are the swatches with Suede on top and Dulce de Leche on the bottom:

Honestly, the pictures don’t do the actual product justice.

The packaging is beautiful, though I’m a bit annoyed that the name off the product is wearing off even though I’ve had it just under a month.

L’Oreal describes the applicator as a “Petit Coeur” applicator  which is a pointed brush with a hole in the center. I love the shape of the brush because the point allows me to easily outline my lips. The hole in the center lets the brush pick up more of the product than it would without one.

The product itself is beautiful. It’s smooth, not too thick and non-sticky. I love that because I’m not worried about my hair getting caught on my lips throughout the day. With that being said, it lasts a fairly long time. I don’t think I can honestly say that it last eight full hours on me since I’m constantly eating and drinking, but with a fair amount of product on the lips, it can last several hours without budging.

Dulce de Leche is a brown-undertone lip gloss. It has flecks of gold glitter, which I thought would look atrocious, but it doesn’t come off as glittery as you would think. It works beautifully to tone down lips that may be a little too nude. It’s one of those colors that you can always keep in your bag to just apply by itself as an everyday gloss.

Suede is a pink gloss with a gold shift. It’s nice to apply overtop nude lipsticks with pink or peach undertones. It gives off a gold highlight in the light and it’s probably my favorite of the two. Unlike Dulce de Leche, this doesn’t have much, if any glitter flecks, which makes me love it just a bit more. Alone, it just gives your lips a gold shine and  works for just about any look.

All-in-all, these lip glosses are a must have. I rate them 8 out of 10. If you find them in your local drugstore, definitely go pick them up. You won’t be sorry.

Let me know if you’ve tried them because I’d definitely love to know how they worked out for you. Catch you guys on the next one.

Friday Finds! August 12th

As much as we all love makeup, we don’t always love the price tag.

As much as we all love makeup, we don’t always love the price tag. Because of this, I’ve gone on the hunt for some great deals of the week that you may want to check out this weekend.

  • tarte Cosmetics
    • tarte is currently on HauteLook. For those of you that may not know, HauteLook is a really amazing website that features a variety of brands with prices for up to 75 percent off. The event will be ending in two days, so DEFINITELY don’t miss out on the sale!
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Sephora
    • Eight free skin care samples from Tidal, Luna and more with code SCOUTED.
    • Free Urban Decay foundation minis with $25 purchase. Use with code ALLNIGHT.
    • Free Kate Spade duo and makeup bag with code WALKONAIR. Includes lip gloss duo and pouch. Free with the purchase of select Kate Spade New York fragrances.
    • Free Versace mini rollerball trio with code VERSACETRIO.  Free with the purchase of select Versace fragrances.
    • Free Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara with $25 purchase. Use code CATLASH.
    • Free Rebel eyes mini duo with code REBELDUO. Comes with Giorgio Armani metallic eyeshadow and Lancôme gel-cream. Free with $25 purchase.
    • Free Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation with $25 purchase and code HDFOREVER.
    • Free choice of deluxe sample of five different sunscreens. Free with $25 purchase and code SUNSHINE.
    • Free Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel with $25 purchase. Use code CURLGEL.
    • Free Kate Spade duo and makeup bag. Comes with Live Colorfully rollerball and pink lip gloss duo plus a makeup bag. Free with the purchase of select Kate Spade New York fragrances. Use code LIVEPINK.
    • Free Colorblock pouch with body lotion.  Free with purchase of select Narciso Rodriguez fragrances. Use code THINKPINK.
  • Ulta Beauty 
    • $3.50 off your $15 purchase with code 407893 online. You can find the printable coupon that you’ll be able to use in-store here. There are a list of excluded brands that you can find on ulta.com/coupons. Don’t let that scare you away from using it, there are a number of other brands that this applies to.

Do you have any beauty finds for this week that I haven’t listed? Comment them to help save a beauty-lover’s life.

Lippies to Consider

On the hunt for some new lippies? Here are some that you should consider.

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On the hunt for some new lippies? Here are some that you should consider.

I’m so glad we got NARS Satin Lip Pencil in “Rikugien” as a Beauty Insider birthday gift. The NARS Lip Pencils are very creamy and easy to apply. Rikugien may be on the sheer side, but that’s what I love about it. Sometimes you need that color that is too pigment to not have to worry about taking on the go.

NARS Sheer Lipstick in “Dolce Vita” is another favorite. I purchased it at Sephora in the Sephora Favorites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” sets. (Which you should really take advantage of. You generally get 5-6 lip products in the set, most of which are deluxe sizes, but all of which is only $25.) This one is also on the sheer side, but it’s another one of those colors that you can stuff in your bag that you know will always look good.

NYX Xtreme Shine Lip Cream in “Buttery Nude” is an old favorite of mine. It’s very creamy, but not super sticky. For a nude, it’s really pink, but I don’t mind them. If you are the hunt for a pigmented gloss, this is one formula you should be looking at. – P.S. They’re on sale for only $3 right now!

There’s a reason that the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in “Beeper” is a best-seller. The formula of these come out more liquid-y than other formulas, but it’s not as drying as other formulas. They are extremely pigmented and this shade is to die for. And at only $6 a pop, they’re a steal! – Try them with the ColourPop Lippie Primer! It definitely helps with the comfortability.

Now the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in “Milky Way” may not be for everyone. I did refrain from using a lip liner, making it look extremely ashy. I just wanted this video to display the true color. I do wear this with a brown lip liner, making it more wearable. It’s also really creamy!

Another ColourPop shade for the win! ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in “Mess Around” is such a different color. It’s a brown with some grey in it. Just like “Beeper,” it has that liquid-y, but comfortable formula. Definitely a fun color to play around with that’ll be good for fall!

I can’t help it, I love to wear pinks and nudes on my lips and NYX Butter Gloss in “Angel Food Cake” is one of them. It’s not as pigmented as the Xtreme Shine Lip Creams, but they are comfortable glosses that you can wear all day.

Also, might I just say that my lips were burning after making this video?

*Pro tip, if you’re trying to remove liquid lipsticks, use a little bit of olive oil. It helps to remove the lipstick with little tugging at your lips!

Get Ready With Me – Sister Edition!

My sister gave me a surprise visit at my apartment and had a day together. It’s nearly 100 degrees and I need makeup that’s sweat-proof that’s going to last me all day.

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My sister gave me a surprise visit at my apartment and had a day together. It’s nearly 100 degrees and I need makeup that’s sweat-proof that’s going to last me all day.

Products Used:

Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer: http://www.sephora.com/step-1-skin-equalizer-primer-P393965?skuId=1669027&icid2=D=c6:products%20grid:p393965

Kevyn Aucoin “The Percision Brow Pencil”: http://www.sephora.com/the-precision-brow-pencil-P397424?keyword=KEVYN%20AUCOIN%20The%20Precision%20Brow%20Pencil%20P397424&skuId=1110055&_requestid=322040

Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara: http://www.maybelline.com/products/eye-makeup/brow/eyestudio-brow-drama.aspx

Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation: http://www.sephora.com/aqua-luminous-perfecting-foundation-P404106?keyword=BECCA%20Aqua%20Luminous%20Perfecting%20Foundation%20P404106&skuId=1783653&_requestid=321212

Beauty Blender: http://www.sephora.com/beautyblender-P228913?skuId=1151869&icid2=D=c6:beautyblender_bestsellers_carousel:p228913

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer: http://www.sephora.com/naked-skin-weightless-complete-coverage-concealer-P392854?keyword=URBAN%20DECAY%20Naked%20Skin%20Weightless%20Complete%20Coverage%20Concealer%20P392854&skuId=1678937&_requestid=323185

Makeup Forever HD Definition Pressed Powder: http://www.sephora.com/hd-pressed-powder-P384068?keyword=MAKE%20UP%20FOR%20EVER%20HD%20Pressed%20Powder%20P384068&skuId=1567312&_requestid=323449

Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” Palette: http://www.sephora.com/tartelette-in-bloom-clay-eyeshadow-palette-P403812?skuId=1775006&icid2=D=c6:similar%20products:p403812

Morphe 35O Palette: https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/35o?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=4982012353&gclid=CPqnq9_txs0CFdcRgQodI0EC0g

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: http://www.sephora.com/tattoo-liner-P245205?keyword=KAT%20VON%20D%20Tattoo%20Liner%20P245205&skuId=1177567&_requestid=324264

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=VP12153#

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: http://www.sephora.com/contour-kit-P386335?skuId=1615186&icid2=D=c6:similar%20products:p386335

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette: http://www.sephora.com/becca-jaclyn-hill-champagne-collection-face-palette-P409115?keyword=BECCA%20Becca%20x%20Jaclyn%20Hill%20Champagne%20Collection%20Face%20Palette%20P409115&skuId=1830835&_requestid=325294

ColouPop Liquid Lipstick in ‘Kae”: https://colourpop.com/products/kae

ColourPop Lip Pencil in “Kae”: https://colourpop.com/products/kae-pencil

ColourPop Lip Primer: https://colourpop.com/products/lippie-primer

Highlighter Favorites

Today, I’m going to go over some of my favorite highlighters. I explain the difference between each of them (i.e. textures, pigmentation and such). What are your favorite highlighters?

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Today, I’m going to go over some of my favorite highlighters. I explain the difference between each of them (i.e. textures, pigmentation and such). What are your favorite highlighters?

HIGHLIGHTS MENTIONED IN VIDEO:

Though the Mary-Lou Manizer by Thebalm is a beautiful highlight, it can come across ashy on deeper skin complexions. The formula is beautiful, however. It’s extremely smooth and blends like a dream. Definitely one to consider if you have lighter skin complexion.

The Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection by Becca Cosmetics contains my favorite go-to highlights. (Don’t forget the fact that it includes three beautiful blushes! If you need an everyday blush, try ‘Amaretto.’) The formula of these are beautiful. They are extremely pigmented and they blend out like a dream. They work on a variety of different skin tones. Jaclyn did a fantastic job.

I think everyone should own at least one liquid highlight as a quick, running-out-the-door glow. I just happen to have Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’, which I completely am enamored with. This highlight is very natural and you one need a small amount for the maximum effect.

The NYX Illuminator in ‘Narcissistic’ was a surprise. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pink tone in the pan, but I thought I should give it a try. I’m so happy I did. This gives of a peachy-golden glow. And do you want to know the best part about it? It’s only $9!

The Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette holds a special place in my heart. If you’re looking for a golden glow, ‘Sunlight’ in the palette is the highlight for you. There are two highlights and a setting powder. (Which is extremely dry, in my opinion.)

ColourPop is one of my favorite brands. If you have not tried one of their eyeshadows or face products, you are missing out on the silkiest formulas you will ever use at an extremely affordable price. ColourPop Highlighter in ‘Glo Up’ has that silky texture, with beautiful pigmentation. Use your fingertips for the greatest amount of pigmentation.

What are some of your favorite highlighters?

Highlights

If you watched the video, you know that my wonderful roommate made me Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix and it was fantastic. Don’t judge me. You know you want it too.