Best of 2016

As the year wraps up, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of some of my favorite products throughout the year. These products include stuff that I have been reaching for throughout the year.

Face Products

 

Complexion Favorites 2016

 


I have been on the lookout for a new contour powder. I found that the one that I had was too warm for me in the winter months. When I went into Sephora, I explained to one of the representatives my issue, she referred me to the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit. This is the perfect contour kit for someone with deeper skin complexions. It includes three colors, a contour shade, bronze shade, and highlight shade. I bought the “medium/deep” shade. When I am wanting a warmer contour, I mix the bronze with the contour shades to preventing it from being too cool and muddy.

I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but I couldn’t help it. This powder is phenomenal. Under the eyes, it helps to lock in your concealer and prevent it from creasing. One thing I have noticed is the fact that it clung to my dry spots this winter. That’s to be expected, being that it includes talc. I would suggest people with dry skin to dust this powder on, rather than bake with it to prevent it from clinging to your dry patches.

I actually received this as a Christmas gift from my lovely sister, Linda. (You can get to know her through her YouTube channel here.) There are a variety of shades that makes this a very versatile palette for any highlighter junkie. As you would expect, the highlighters are creamy and easy to work with. If you’re willing to splurge, it’s definitely a palette that you should look into.

Churro
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Churro was an instant favorite of mine. Though I didn’t mention it in my “Highlighter Favorites” post earlier this year, I completely fell in love with this. Much like other ColourPop products, Churro has a silky texture. It’s not too golden and not too peachy, making it perfect for a variety of skin tones. And the best part? It’s only $8!
Foundations
Foundation Favorites 2016

 


Again, I’m jumping on the bandwagon with the L’Oreal Pro-Matte foundation. There are countless reviews on this, so I won’t go too in-depth with this. It’s perfect for my oily skin makeup fanatics.

If you haven’t heard about this foundation, I am skeptical. This is geared towards those of you that are on the dryer side. As stated in the name, it gives off a luminous finish. If you’re more on the oily side, you may not like this. I love the fact that it comes with a dropper, which makes it easy to dispense the perfect amount. All-in-all, if you haven’t tried this, you should definitely go to your local Sephora and ask for a sample.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics long wearing foundation
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Foundation sticks were all the rage in 2016. Wanting to try one, I opted for the Bobbi Brown stick and it completely changed the game. It gives a buildable medium to full coverage without looking cake-y. Because I’m lazy and refuse to use more than one brush for my complexion, I use a BeautyBlender sponge to blend it out because I find it the best to blend out my concealer. But, with this particular product, I would suggest that you use a brush, as it can be difficult to blend out with a sponge.

Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops N90
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Skincare
Skincare Favorites

 


Masks have really helped improve my complexion this year. This Black Tea face mask is really interesting. It gives off a cooling sensation when you rinse it off. This is perfect for hydrating your skin, without leaving you greasy. It also helps with problematic acne-prone skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that’s struggling with these skin issues.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength
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Every time I use this product, it completely blows my mind. I use it at night, before bed and when I wake up in the morning, I find that my skin is drastically improved. With this peel, I generally leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off. This is perfect for acne-prone skin or if you struggle with dark marks. If you do purchase this, make sure you use it only once or twice a week. Anything more and you can run the risk of burning your skin. You don’t want to do that.

Simple Skincare Smoothing Facial Scrub
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This was a surprising drugstore find. I love that it has exfoliants that give you a deep clean and removes your peaky dead skin. I love it so much that I even mentioned it in a previous post I dedicated completely to Simple Skincare.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Therapy
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I usually have oily skin, but the dry winter weather has really dried me out. This face cream has really assisted with restoring my skin. I generally pat it in over the dry patches on my forehead and temples at night. If you have dry skin, this may be your best friend.

The Detoxifying Black Cleanser was a spur of the moment purchase. I was really interested in adding charcoal to my skin care routine and a representative at Sephora pointed me to this. It’s a black gel that warms on the skins. At first, it was extremely weird, but when you work it into a lather and rinse it off, it leaves your skin feeling soft and toxin-free.
Clothes
Anyone that knows me is very aware of my obsession with outerwear. I feel that the perfect sweater or trench just really makes the your whole outfit. It helps to tie in everything together, while keeping you warm.
Outerwear Favorites
Outerwear Favorites by Me featuring coats

Cardigan
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For the past couple of months, no one has been able to get me out of this particular cardigan. It’s the perfect cardigan to keep you warm. I’m a big fan of longline coats and sweaters because it really elongates your frame, making you look taller. It’s also versatile enough to be able to pair with not only jeans and a shirt, but a short dress.

Coat
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I’ve gotten many questions about where I’ve gotten my go-to jacket. I feel bad explaining that I got it two years ago at Charlotte Russe, but I recently stumbled upon a similar jacket on Forever 21. I wear  this with just about every outfit. That’s what I love about trench coats. They help to dress up a laid-back outfit and also is the perfect statement piece for a midi dress or skirt. I love to pair this with high-waisted jeans and booties.

Coat
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This coat has been the best purchase I’ve made in Richmond. I fell in love with the dusty pink color. I find that depending on what you pair it with, it the color can come across either stone or a very light pink. Much like the previous trench, I love to pair this with high-waisted jeans and booties. I also like to pair it with a black dress. I also have to mention the owner of Shop Tailor, Taylor Alexis. She is the sweetest person and was so helpful when I was looking for the right trench. If you’re looking to purchase quality items from an awesome and down-to-earth person, you should definitely log onto ShopTailor.com.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I hope your New Year is even better. Let me know what some  of your favorites of 2016 have been. I’d love to see what you love and what I should be picking up in 2017.

VERT Beauty Review

VERT Beauty is a boutique located in Denver, Colorado that sells a variety of organic beauty products. Along with green beauty services, VERT Beauty offers a line of natural and eco-friendly beauty products.

I had the wonderful opportunity to review some products from the company.

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I was able to get my hands on several VERT Beauty products. Products included were the Cheek Contour brush, Concealer brush, and the Beauty Eyeliner Pencil in ‘Vert.’

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First off, I have to say that I was very pleased to find that the Contour Brush was extremely soft. Just as the name suggests, the bristles are contoured to fit the hollows of your cheekbones. The bristles are made out of natural ebony capra (goat) hair that allows you to get a medium to full coverage with your bronzer application. This brush retails for $32.

Best Uses: Applying bronzer or contour in the hollows of your cheek as well as around the perimeter of your face.

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The next brush, which is my favorite of the two is the Concealer brush. The synthetic bristles are perfect for covering small breakouts. My favorite thing about this particular brush is the design. The brush has a removable “cap” that allows it to be perfect to put in your travel bag for on-the-go touch-ups.

The bristles are perfect for applying concealer because it is stiff enough for precise applications, but flexible enough to allow you blend out edges. This brush retails for $20.

Best Uses: Carving out your brows, outlining your lips and covering up small blemishes.

The last thing that I was given the beautiful VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencil in the color ‘Vert.’ The color is this beautiful turquoise-jade shade. It’s buildable, so you’re able to add more layers to get your desired pigmentation. I found that the product itself was very smooth and easy to glide on. Ingredients include jojoba oil, mango seed oil, flower extracts and other nourishing ingredients that ensures that the pencil won’t skip over your lids. (No wrinkles with this product!)

VERT offers five different eyeliner pencil shades. Shades include Noir Or (black gold), Bleu (navy), Violet (purple), Cuivre (copper), and Vert. This pencil retails for $17.

Best Uses: Make hazel and brown eyes pop by creating a wing with Vert. Greens tend to make these color eyes stand out a bit more.

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I’m so glad to have been able to test these products out. I love learning about eco-friendly brands like VERT. The brushes are definitely worth it in my opinion. The brushes I received are from the VERT Beauty Brush Kit, which retails for $185. You can purchase the brush kit from the website here.

You can see other products VERT Beauty has to offer on the website.

KBShimmer Review

These products were given to me to test, but thoughts are 100% my own.

KBShimmer is a beauty company that offers a variety of products from body scrubs to nail polishes. At the beginning of the month, KBShimmer launched their Winter/Holiday Collection with 16 new shades. I recently had the opportunity to get my hands on some new nail polishes from the new collection.

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Also, would you like to know the best thing about the two polishes? They’re not tested on animals. (Claps for saving the bunnies!)

I was given two shades: Get To The Poinsettia (right) and Have A Look-Ski (left). Both have a holo (holographic) cast to them, which made me fairly skeptical of the pigmentation of them. However, after trying them out, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Let’s talk about Have A Look-Ski first. It’s a very pretty teal holo. It comes out a bit lighter on the nails than what you see from the bottle.

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I’m a big fan of nude polishes because the go with everything, but this color was a refreshing twist on my everyday look. I was able to get the full pigmentation of this polish after two coats. I really enjoyed wearing this for the weekend.

Get To The Poinsettia is definitely my favorite of the two. It was also the more pigmented of the two. Though the website says to apply two coats, I found that one coat was pigmented enough to fully cover my entire nail.

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Much like Have A Look-Ski, Get To The Poinsettia has a holo cast to it. I applied it to my toes and it lasted the fairly well, considering I didn’t apply a top coat to my toes.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the two polishes. My favorite thing about the two polishes is how quick-drying they are. By the time I finished applying one coat to each of my fingernails, my first hand was dry. If you don’t believe me, try it out for yourself!

I just have to say that if you are a germaphobe like me and you constantly wash your hands, you definitely need to apply a quick-dry top coat. This will ensure that your beautiful holo nails will last longer.

The polishes in KBShimmer’s Holiday/Winter Collection are now available. You can purchase them for $9.25 at KBShimmer.com, Amazon, and select salons and retailers.

(Pro-tip: Make your manicure last longer with a couple of easy steps! Make sure your nails are clean by sweeping them with acetone or alcohol before you apply the polish. This ensures that your nails don’t have any oil on them, which will help you avoid peeling. Also, wrap a bit of the polish around the tip of your nail to avoid chipping!)

 

Sneaky Trick for Oily Skin

I’ve looked up all the tips and tricks for oily skin and I’ve found one that has really helped me with some of my oiliness throughout the day.

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with their t-zone producing oils throughout the day. I’ve looked up all the tips and tricks for oily skin and I’ve found one that has really helped me with some of my oiliness throughout the day.

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Step One:
After washing and toning your face, the best thing to combat oils is to moisturize. The reason why your skins produce oils throughout the day is because your skin is is trying to compensate for a lack of moisture in your skin. (Weird right? You can read more about it in this article.)

I use the Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. It’s lightweight and it protects my skin from the sun.

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Step 2:
The next step is for you to prime your face. The reason for priming your face is because it allows you to fill in your press and create a smooth base for your foundation to go over. If you have oily skin, there are oil-control primers that help to keep your oils at bay.

I use the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer. The trick with this is I don’t rub it into my skin. I apply it to my fingers, rub them in and press it into my skin. This allows it to sink into my pores and have the best results.

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Step 3:
Now that we’ve prepped out skin, we’re ready for foundation. As you can see, I have two different foundations on my hand. I have a mattifying one and a luminous one. I use the mattifying one in my t-zone to help with the oils that I produce throughout the day. I use the luminous foundation to go around the perimeter of my face to give me a healthy glow.

Here, I’m using the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation, which I’m having a love/hate relationship with. I have some texture on my skin and I’m finding that throughout the day, it starts to get cake around that area.

I am also using the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. It was in Allure’s Best of Beauty for a reason. It give a beautiful glow to your skin and I found that it doesn’t cake up throughout the day.

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Step 4:
If you couldn’t guess, the next step is to blend it all out. I start in the middle and work my way out, but you can go ahead and do it any way you’d like.

I’m using the Beauty Blender. It’s perfect for blending out foundations.

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Step 5:
After that, you can go ahead and finish up your makeup. (With crazy baking faces and all!)

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Lastly, go ahead and check your face! I found that through the summertime, my face looked less oily throughout the day when I did these tricks. I’m going to continue using these throughout the fall and winter.

Do you have any tricks and tips that you use to help keep your oils at bay? I’d love to know what products and steps you use.

Simple Skincare Review

My favorites from the drugstore brand.

The great thing about sisters is how they always show you their must-have products. I remember that my oldest sister was constantly telling me about makeup remover wipes and after a while, I tried it. Long story short: I fell in love.

Simple has a wide range of products from cleansers to moisturizers. The best thing: Simple is a drugstore brand. (TGFDP- Thank God for Drugstore Prices!)

Here are a few that I thought you all should try out:

It’s fitting that I should talk about the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes first. These are gentle, but powerful. I think I may like these more than the Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. The reason why is I feel as though the Cleansing Wipes are more saturated than the Micellar Wipes, which make me feel like I’m tugging at my skin.

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Meet the product that you never knew you needed. This is the Simple Foaming Cleanser. It does just as it says, it comes out as a thick foam that is perfect for removing your makeup. Is it just me that feels like I get a better clean when something foams up? I like to use this after I use a makeup remover wipe or some other kind of cleanser.

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This has completely changed the game for me. This Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub contains small exfoliants that really do give you a deep clean that you can see and feel. I’ve had this for several months and I haven’t put it down since.

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This product is another favorite of mine. this is the Simple Soothing Facial Toner. I love to apply a generous amount of this to a cotton pad and smoothing this over my skin after cleansing. It’s very soft on the skin.

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Another staple in my skin routine is the Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. It’s extremely lightweight and really replenishes my skin after cleansing and toning. The best part about it—it contains SPF to protect my skin throughout the day.

Overall, I have to say that I truly love the Simple Skincare line. I’ve tried almost the whole line and these are a couple of my favorites. I’d love to know if you have some favorites from the line that you think I should try.

Also if you have any questions about any other products I didn’t mention, please let me know. I’d love to give you my experiences with them.

*Photos have been pulled from SimpleSkincare.com. I do not own these images.

Worth it or Not? — Sephora Favorites

We all check out the Beauty-to-Go section in Sephora while we’re waiting to go check out. Is that item worth it?

We all check out the Beauty-to-Go section in Sephora while we’re waiting to go check out. (If you’re anything like me, you end up letting the rest of the line go in front of you so you can check out every item.) While you’re waiting, your eyes come across the Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Lip and you probably aren’t sure if it’s worth the $28 or not.

Well I’m here to tell you, it definitely is worth it.

Before we get into the contents of the kit, let’s talk about the adorable packaging. It’s in the shape of lips and I’m kind of embarrassed to say how long my sister and I gushed about how adorable it was.

The price is also fairly reasonable. I know some may think that it’s not, but let’s think about it. A full sized lip product, such as the Too Faced Melted Longer Lipstick (Deluxe size included!) is $21. In the Sephora Favorites kit, you’ll get multiple products for just $7 more.

Inside, Sephora includes around six deluxe-sized lip products. The products can be a hit or miss, depending on the theme. This particular Give Me Some Lip Kit was definitely a hit.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Lovecraft”
This is a beautiful mauve color that’s perfect for fall time. It’s creamy and very pigmented, much like many other Kat Von D products.
The full size retails for $21.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 in “Rose”
This is a high-end chapstick. It’s not my favorite chapstick, but the thin formula is great to keep your lips moisturized underneath your matte lipsticks. (Bonus: it smells great and leaves a slight pink tint on your lips!)
The full size retails for $24.

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Too Faced Melted Longer Lipstick in “Melted Chihuahua”
If you haven’t tried the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, stop everything you’re doing now and run to your local Sephora now. These are very creamy and leave a beautiful shine to your lips. I really do love the formula.
The full size retails for $21.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Stepping Out”
This is my favorite product in this whole set. The color is absolutely perfect for my deeper skinned makeup lovers. Also the formula is perfect. It’s extremely comfortable on the lips and long-lasting. This is definitely a must-have and I can’t wait to purchase other colors.
The full size retails for $24.

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil in “Rikugien”
If you got last year’s birthday present from Sephora, this is the same lip pencil that was included. It glides on easily and the color is easy to wear everyday.
The full size retails for $26.

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Lancôme Juicy Shaker in “Boom-Meringue”
This by far is the weirdest product I have ever tried. You can use it as both a lip and check color. To use it, you need to shake it and the oil (top layer) that you see will combine with the  color (bottom layer). I am equal parts intrigued as well as I am confused by this product. I can’t give a full recommendation to buy this, but I do have to say it’s very nourishing on the lips.
The full size retails for $21.

So final thoughts?

highly recommend that once the next Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip sets. For only $28, I don’t think you can beat that. Though this particular set is not available in Sephora stores anymore, these individual products are still on the market. So makeup lovers all around, be sure to take advantage of these when you have the chance. You don’t want to miss out on the next set!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them because I’d love to get your thoughts!

An Open Letter to My Foundation

***Originally posted on HerCampus.com.

To my foundation,

I remember the day I first met you. I walked into my local Sephora and there you were. You stood out in the crowd. Everyone had been telling me how great you were, and I knew I needed to have you. The first time we went out together, people complimented us, saying how good we looked together. I was addicted to the way you made me feel. I felt flawless when we were together.

I’m so grateful to you. You helped me get my confidence back. You transformed me from a girl that was self-conscious about the way she looked to a confident woman who knew how great she truly was. But because of that, I have to tell you– I don’t need you.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want us to go out together for special events and other adventures, but I have to let you know that I can’t be dependent on you anymore.

When we were first together, I found myself not being able to go anywhere without you. If you weren’t with me, I couldn’t let anyone see me. I thought I was nothing without you. Without you, people could see all of my imperfections. With you, those imperfections were gone. I finally felt good about myself.

I started noticing that when I was with you, I stood a little taller and I smiled a little brighter. I was so happy with you and I wanted to feel like that all the time. One day, after you were gone for the night, I stared at myself in the mirror. There was a pimple here and hyperpigmentation there, but it was me. So I smiled.

I went behind your back and did that a couple of nights feeling guilty, but eventually the smiles came more easily. I saw myself for who I really was without you and I was happy. I’ve learned to love myself with and without you.

I have imperfections, but that’s what makes me who I am. I love my imperfections when you’re not there just as much as I love dressing you up with a smokey eye and bright red lips. I’ve seen who I am without you and I love that person. I love who you are and everything you’ve done for me, but at the end of the day I wash you all off. You can’t be with me 24-hours of the day.

So foundation, this is far from a breakup. I love you, but I can’t and won’t let myself depend on you anymore.

Until the next adventure,

Xoxo, Katlyn

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.

Lippie Lookbook

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!