Products That’ll Never Get Old

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The month of August has been extremely hectic. With a new freelance writer position at Alloy.com and running back and forth between Richmond and NoVa, it’s been a hectic month. With bouncing around from jobs and interviews, I found that I’ve gravitated towards a couple of products for a classic go-to look. I’m sure I’m not the only when I say that I have my fair share of staple products that never get old.

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Let’s start with the base. The Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation has a beautiful finish that leaves my skin looking quite natural, while covering up my imperfections. I was a bit thrown off by the word moisturizing, but I promise it doesn’t leave you looking like an oil-slick.

How to Use:

Before you even think about applying it, make sure you shake the bottle up well to properly It’s a medium-to-full, buildable foundation that is best used with a brush. I wouldn’t suggest using a beauty sponge because it’s a fairly runny foundation, meaning it’ll easily be sucked into your sponge. Opt for a dense kabuki brush to blend it out in circular motions.

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As for the glow everyone loves, I love the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. They offer you a beautiful dewy look, without looking like you stuck your head in a a bag of glitter. I’m all for a bit of shimmer in my highlighter, but full on glitter isn’t in my everyday routine.

Another oldie but a goodie is the Benefit They’re Real mascara. It’s a cult classic for a reason! Mascara is all about the brush, TBH. The applicator on the They’re Real mascara is great for separating and lengthening, which is what basically everyone looks for in a mascara.

How to Use:

To apply your highlighter, grab a fluffy brush, like the E.L.F. Highlighter Brush, swirl it around your product and dust it on the highest points of your face. (And the brush is only $3!) For a natural-looking glow start towards your temples and sweep it towards the center of your face as opposed to starting on the highest point of your cheeks. It will give you a natural-looking glow.

As for the mascara, apply it as you normally would. I just advise you to never pump the mascara. It will dry out the product quicker.

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The Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper is another cult classic because it’s one of the blackest liners you will ever use. It’s matte as well, so you don’t have to worry about that shine that you get from other liners. A classic wing goes great with any look you may want.

How to Use:

Follow your bottom lash line as you flick the liner up and out towards the tail of your brow. Also never get scared while putting on liner because I am convinced that liner can smell fear. The moment you start holding your breath is when you accidentally hit your lid, making a large, unwarranted stroke.

What are some of your personal cult-classics? Is there anything that you have to have in your makeup kit at all times? I’d love to try it out!

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Monthly Favorites – June 2017

Some beauty favorites from the month of June, along with some tricks to using them.

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The fact that we’re already in July is absolutely crazy to me. I feel like we were just starting the new year, but alas that is not the case. With that being said, the start of a new month means a new monthly favorites!

Last month, it may come as a shock to everyone, but I surprisingly didn’t wear makeup for most of the month. For most of June, I opted for a bit of concealer and highlighter. For that, I used my trusty NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Caramel” as well as the Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in “Precious Petals.”

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Hair

I don’t normally talk about hair because I am absolutely terrible at styling and taking care of my hair. However, I went out of my comfort zone and decided to test out some new products and completely fell in love with the EDEN Coconut Shea shampoo and the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray. I found that the shampoo really made a difference in how smooth my hair was, which I was extremely surprised about.

I’ve also been a fan of really textured waves recently, but never really knew how to achieve it. Being the adventurous person I was, I knew I had to find a way to do it. I decided to curl my hair and then I went in with the spray, but not it the way you would think. Instead of spraying it in my hair directly, I went ahead and sprayed it in my hands and separated the curls by rubbing them in between my hands. I immediately got the look that I was hoping to achieve.

If you’re looking to achieve that Instagram-worthy beach hair, I would highly suggest this method.

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Skin

I was so excited to be part of the Splash Vox Box from Influenster. Inside, I received complimentary products, one being the Exfoliating Mud Mask from Tree Hut. I’d never used any products from Tree Hut, so I was excited to try it out. So far, my skin has really been loving this.

It contains charcoal, which you guys know I love because it helps draw out impurities from your skin also helps keep oils at bay. Also the fact that it’s a mud mask means it’s also perfect for those of you with oily skin. Mud helps suck up the oils from your skin, which I’m always looking for, considering I have extremely oily skin.

The last thing I love about this are the small exfoliants that get that layer of dead skin off. If you have sensitive skin, I wouldn’t suggest using this or possibly using this only once a week or every other week because it could irritate your skin.

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Face

When I did go full-faced glam, I opted for my trusty Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation for my base.

If you buy one of these, I would highly suggest the NYX Foundation because it’s only $14 and it’s going to last you a long time because a little goes a long way. I find that with four drops, I get a fairly nice amount of coverage. I just suggest using this with a brush because a lot of product will be sucked up by a beauty sponge.

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Lips

I have perpetually dry lips, so when I apply something on my lips, it has to be something moisturizing or I’ll end up taking it off in an hour. I found that I’ve really been loving the Kopari Coconut Lip Love as a lip balm. It’s been super moisturizing and I love the fact that it smells like coconuts. Also, I’ve been loving the Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor in “Seduction.” Thought it’s matte, I don’t find that it dries my lips out, which I love.

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Eyes

When I did wear eye makeup, I gravitated towards the Huda Beauty Textured Eyeshadow Palette – Rose Gold Edition. There’s not much I can say about this other than the fact that the shades blend out beautifully and they all are extremely pigmented. When you are using the textured shades at the top of the palette, I would suggest using your fingers because you’ll get the best payoff.

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Brows

I have been talking about these two products for so long, but only because I am so truly in love with this combination. The ColourPop Brow Pencil in “Black ‘n Brown” and the Benefit Gimme Brow in “#3” have been my favorite brow combination for quite a while now. The ColourPop pencil is so nice and easy to use because it’s not too thick and it’s easy to get thin, hair-like strokes. The Benefit Gimme Brow helps define the hairs I already have, making everything look more natural.

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Lashes

Lastly, my mascara is the one thing that I found I’ve changed up a lot. Recently, Ive been loving the Maybeline The Falsies Push Up Angel mascara and the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara. I’ve been loving combining the two for long, voluminous lashes.

If you like the voluminous mascara you are currently using, but you’re looking for more length, try layering a lengthening mascara over it. If you’re looking for the opposite, then vice versa. Don’t be afraid to layer it up!

With all of that being said, that is everything that I’ve been loving in the month of June. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these and let me know what you were loving last month.


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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.

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.