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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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!

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.