September: The loved and unloved

Hello lovelies! I’m starting something kind of new. The loved and unloved is going to be my favorites series. I haven’t decided on how often I will do this type of post, but will do this at least on a monthly basis. My intention with this type of post is to share with you the things that I am loving the most. When it comes to the things that are considered to be unloved, they are going to be comprised of things that are good products but didn’t work for me, and products that just didn’t work for me and I think wouldn’t work for anyone else. If you love any of the items that I’m not a fan of, let me know how you use it! I may be using it completely different and that could be why it won’t work for me. Now that I’ve given you all of that info, let’s see what I’ve been loving and not loving for the month of September.

THE LOVES

First up I have the combination of Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in the Matte+Poreless and the Dewy+Smooth formula. More often than not when you hear someone mixing foundations they are two different brands and two different formulas. For me this combination is amazing. I put the a very small amount on my forehead, chin and a bit on either side of my nose. The rest of my face I’ll use the dewy+smooth formula. I’ll apply both formulas with a beauty blender and sometimes use a brush when I’m in a rush.

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion. I forgot how much I loved this liner. It is super black and lasts forever. Sticking with eyes, I am also loving the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Powder. This keeps my under eye concealer on all day, it doesn’t allow the concealer to crease, and dare I say it my holy grail?! For lips I have been loving the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down. This color is the perfect, my lips, with a hint of pink, but better shade. It lasts a decent amount of time and fades nicely.

The last two items are a perfume and a hair product. The perfume I have been loving the last month is the Dolce and Gabbanna Light Blue. The scent is light, flowery yet has a deep, sexy scent within it, creating a nice day to night balance. Now for the hair product, I have absolutely been loving the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow it (H)air Styler. I have never loved a hair product so much in my life. I’ll be honest with you guys. When it comes to hair, I just don’t know what to do, or I’m lazy, or a combination of both. So when I decided to pull the Don’t Blow It styler out of my stash, after the first time I used it, I knew I was going to repurchase it in the full size when I used this small tube up. This is the only thing that will keep my hair in its natural state all day and easily into the next day. I have been searching for years, and I mean well over 10 years for something like this.Thank you Sephora Play box for this little gem!

THE UNLOVED

Since I talked on and on about everything that I loved I will keep my unloved short and sweet. First up is the Lancome Visionnaire Yeux Eye on Correction eye balm. It’s a nice eye cream, however it’s too thick for my under eyes and there are small particles of glitter in it that you can see on your skin. So for that reason I would not repurchase this. The other eye area product that I am not a big fan of is the Maybelline the Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara. The formula itself is not clumpy, but when applying it clumps my lashes together. The other issue I have with this is that when I try to apply on my outer lashes or close to the root, almost always there is mascara on my cheek or my eyelid, or I poke myself in the eye. Ouch!

The last couple of products are for the face. There is the Farmacy Skin Dew and the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. There are a couple of reasons why I am not a fan of the Farmacy Skin Dew. For one, the spray is fairly aggressive, and leaves quite a bit of the product in large droplets on my face that take awhile to sink in to the skin. If you use this to refresh your makeup, it will ruin your makeup by leaving droplets all over your face. Now for the Korres sleeping facial, this is heavily scented and it lingers on your skin all night. I use this only at night and when I go to sleep I can smell before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, the scent is still there.

Well that’s everything that I have loved and unloved for the month of September. What have you been loving this last month? What should I try out? Are some of the products that I’m not a fan of your favorite? Tell me how you use it and why you like it. I would love to hear from you. Have a great day and see you in my next post.

 

Happy Fall!

 

 

September Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today we are digging through my September Play box. I know it has been awhile since I’ve shared what has come in my box. If you want to know what I got the last few months let me know and I can do a short post or Instagram story about them. Anyways, lets find out what is inside my box. So, opening up the box there is a hot pink satin bag that everything is in. It says ‘a change of face’. I like the metaphor Sephora; a change of face like the changing of seasons and temperature.

First up, we have the bonus item that comes in the box. I’m surprised to find a hair product and not a perfume. There is a shampoo and conditioner foil packets from IGK. It is their Hot Girls Shampoo and Conditioner. I don’t mind receiving packets of hair products if it’s a bonus item. If this was actually part of the box I would be bummed that I got a product that I would get maybe two uses out of it.

Next up is the Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum. It is a solid serum that can be applied all over the face(avoiding the eye area), neck and chest. It smells clean and slightly like coconut or cocoa butter, which I love the scent. I have a couple other night creams that are enough for my skin without additional products, so I will use this when it starts to get a lot colder and my skin is in need of extra treatment and moisture.

Next up there is the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. I have been wanting to try out this brand for awhile. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out. I feel like this would be a great day time moisturizer for me. I feel like this could provide my skin with enough moisture but not make me oily throughout the day.

The last three items are makeup items. There is the Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace, Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Deep(5), and Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet.  The eyeliner is your typical black liner. The real test will be when I apply it to the water line, and see if it runs or smudges. The brow gel I’m curious about. I know that it is in the shade 5 and when I’ve looked at the other brow products by benefit in store, I feel like this shade may be to dark for me. I will test it out see how it will work for me. Last up is the liquid lipstick. I have one other liquid lipstick by Urban Decay, but it is a metallic finish. I’m curious as how the soft matte formula will work for me. I love the shade and is a great everyday type shade for fall.

That’s everything that came in my box. What did you get in your box? Did you get the same items? Or different items? What do you think about not having a perfume sample as your bonus item? If you want me to keep doing this kind of post let me know. Also, let me know if there is something specific you would like to see me do. That’s all for today. Have a great day! I’ll see you in my next post.

April 2017 Favorites

Hello lovelies! It’s that time of month again. It’s time for monthly favorites! This month has been quite busy for me. I have been adjusting to a new routine and lifestyle. If you want to know more about that I’d be more than willing to do weekly or bi-weekly updates. Let me know in the comments below. Anyways, let’s jump into what I’ve been loving this last month. I have been loving the Real Techniques brushes. The first brush is the shader brush from the enhanced eye kit. I know this isn’t meant to be used for the crease, but for a quick one or two shadow look, I love this. I typically use this with soft brown from MAC(another favorite for the month) in the outer corner and in the crease for a quick look. Next, there is the setting brush. I love using this to set my concealer under my eyes, and also with highlighter on my cheek bones. The next brush is the expert face brush. I love the brush but haven’t quite figured out a way to use it for the best look. It works well for foundation and bronzer, but currently not the foundation I’m using. Last there is the stippling brush. I love, love, love using this for blush. This brush plus Nars Orgasm blush is an amazing combo. I am curious as how it would work with foundation and bronzer.

For my non-tool favorites, I have the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer. All I can say about this concealer is that it provides the perfect amount of coverage for me, it brightens, and it lasts all day. The Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer in Eden has been a game changer for me and my eye shadow. This has made my shadows stay on all day long and little to no creasing. The only time I notice there is creasing is if it has been an extremely long and hot day. Next up we have a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I have never used this mascara before this tube. I’ve had this in my stash for well over a year, and surprisingly it wasn’t expired. This gives a great lengthening effect and a tiny bit of volume. Going by the name I don’t think it lives up to it, but for an everyday mascara this is fantastic. The Nivea a kiss of mint and minerals is the never ending lip balm. I feel like I have been using this for over a year and there is still more product. The last beauty product is the MAC eye shadow in soft brown. This is the perfect shade to just throw in the crease and outer corner, a little mascara and out the door.

This last item is a makeup bag. It’s small and narrow that is perfect for putting your brushes in for traveling or on the go. I’m not sure where this bag is from because it came in a set that I got for Christmas three years ago.

That’s everything I’ve been loving during the month of April. I have been using all of these products just about every day during the past month. They have made my mornings so easy. What have you been loving? Is there anything new that I should test out. Let me know! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

Hello everyone! A little while back I shared with you what I thought would be good picks during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale. I know because of my project pan I am on a no buy, but when I do my shopping, I do try to shop when there’s a deal. First, I looked at what I have and then looked at what deals were going to be happening at Ulta. So let’s see what I picked up during the sale plus a couple other bits that I picked up at the same time.

First up are the Philosophy Purity made simple one- step facial cleansing cloths. I picked up two packages of these. I thought because they are cleansing and not makeup removing wipes these would be great for at the gym. After a good workout just to cleanse the skin quickly until I get home.

Next I picked up two Stila eyeliners. Both are shades of brown. The lighter brown is the shade of Espresso which is a medium shade of brown. The darker brown is the shade of Damsel which is a dark black brown. When I did my last clean out of my stash, my brown liners were old and definitely expired.

Last items that I picked up from the sale were two Tarte blushes and a highlight. The blushes that I picked up were Exposed and Dollface. Exposed is a nude shade. I picked this up because I was looking for s nude shade that could possibly work for those no makeup- makeup days. Dollface is a beautiful light pink, which I think is similar to the shade that my cheeks naturally flush. The highlighter I picked up is in the shade Exposed Highlight. It is a nude shade that can easily be used as a highlight AND an eye shadow. I think it would look beautiful as an allover sheer wash of color for a quick 5-minute look.

Now on to the items that I picked up that weren’t part of the sale. On one of the trips to Ulta, I brought my boyfriend with me. While I was looking at whatever the deal was that day, he was insisting on getting something for me. I continually told him no he didn’t have to. As we were walking out he saw the display for the Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks, the metallic ones specifically. He told me to pick a color out and I chose one of the nude, light pink shades, and he goes how about this one. This is the one that ended up coming home with us. He chose the shade Big Bang. I love this shade! This is the shade that I would love everyday, but I am not confident to rock it everyday.

The last couple of items I picked up from Target. My Target is right next to Ulta and well, I have the I see a Target and I must go in and see what I can pick that I don’t really need. They had the Wet n Wild stuff buy one get one 50% off. I picked up the coloricon blush in Rose Champagne and the megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche. I thought that the blush would be a nice drugstore option for a nude blush, however after I swatched it on my hand it may be better as a highlight or an eyeshadow. The contour palette I have yet to swatch. I am hoping because I am so fair that it will work or at least be a nice bronzer option for the summer.

That’s everything! I love everything that I have picked up. I can’t wait to really use these things and test them out. If you want to know my thoughts on any of these items let me know. I hope that you have a great weekend and a Happy Easter to those that celebrate. See you all in my next post.

Peaches and Berry Makeup Look

Hello lovelies! Today’s post is a little bit different, since I haven’t shared any go to looks in awhile. So I’ve chosen to share my go to look for the winter and my favorite winter trend. Also with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought to go searching for some inspiration.  I searched through the Adore Me site to find some inspiration of what my go to look would be paired with one of their bra and panty sets. I kept coming back to the Fiona Contour Plus set. The set is sweet and girly and yet at the same time is beautiful and sexy. Let me jump right in and share my look with you.

Traditionally when it comes to eyes, I go straight for neutral shades, creamy champagne shimmer on the lids and browns in the crease, with black liner. I felt that my normal look would be a bit too harsh to go with the Fiona set. I kept getting creamy and peachy vibes. I took a look into my collection to see what I could come up with. This is what I came up with.

I primed my face with Hourglass Ambient Light-Correcting Primer in Mood Light. A little color correcting and concealing with the Maybelline Mastercamo color correcting kit, Covergirl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 and the Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the Neutralizer shade under the eyes.

On my eyes, I primed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and set it with Bisque from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette. All the shadows came from the Mega Pro 2 palette except for one. I went into the crease with Melon and blended it slightly upwards. Then placed Sorbet directly into the crease, and was much more careful in blending this out, allowing only a little to go in the outer v. In the inner corner and all over the lid I put Peony. I really wanted to incorporate the shade Flamingo from the Smashbox Light It Up Trio. It is a beautiful peachy pink shade that reminds me a lot of Nars Orgasm blush. I used Flamingo on the outer half of my lid. Liner was the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown, used lightly along the lash line as well as in the tight line and water line. I smoked out the lower lash line just a bit using Melon and Sorbet to tie the whole look together. I keep my brows super simple and use the Maybelline Brown Drama in Deep Brown.

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I went on to finish my face, using Nars blush in Orgasm and highlight with Becca’s Champagne Pop. I set my face with the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray. I then applied my L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar 2-Step mascara on the upper and lower lash line. I couldn’t decide which direction of lip I wanted to go with. So I chose more of a daytime option and an evening option.

My Daytime Option:

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx and Maybelline Velvet Matte in 10 Nude Flush

I chose these shades because it definitely is more in my comfort zone. While the eyes are more on the peachier side I feel like the lips complement them very well. Also, peachy lipsticks just don’t look that great on me.

My Evening Option:

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

Maybelline Coloursensational Matte in 660 Touch of Spice

I chose Touch of Spice as my evening option. In the tube it looks more of a peachy nude, but on my lips it takes on more of a brown-berry shade. I also love that its not a deep berry.

There you have it! My look inspired by the Fiona Contour Plus bra and panty set by Adore Me. Don’t forget to check out Adore Me for their selection of bra and panty sets, pajamas or workout attire for more inspiration. Have a fantastic week!

2016 Favorites

Hello lovelies! I am sharing with you my favorites from over the course of 2016. I don’t have too many favorites, but they’re a good mix of things I’ve been using for years and some that while not necessarily brand new to the market are completely new to me. All of these products have changed my life and I try to use them as much as possible.

img_2360Foundation and Concealer:

  • Maybelline Fit me! foundation Dewy + Smooth in 125 Nude Beige (my summer shade)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer; great for my under eyes!
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage foundation in 125/Y315 Sand (summer shade, sample from Sephora, need to buy the full size and in my winter shade)

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  • E.L.F. High Definition Powder in Sheer: used to set my concealer under my eyes
  • Real Techniques Setting Brush: used with powder for my under eyes
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: used with liquid foundation that doesn’t work well with my Beauty Blender
  • NARS Bronzer/Blush Duo in Laguna and Orgasm: my go to blush and bronzer

img_2365Eyes and Lips:

  • Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown: great for quick run out the door days
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden: this truly keeps my eye shadow on all day!
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian: Can I just buy all of these?! I love this!

That’s all for my 2016 favorites. This year has been such an adventure and I can’t wait to see what will be in my favorites for 2017. Have a great day! See you in my next post!

 

What I Got for Christmas 2016

Hello lovelies! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Today I’m sharing with you everything that I received for Christmas. I want to preface everything with: I’m not sharing this to brag with what I got. If anything, it is quite the opposite. I would much rather find the perfect gift for someone else.  To keep this post from getting too long, let’s jump in.

img_2344teal snowflake pj set, cream striped sweater, black trousers(all are getting returned, they’re the wrong size!)

img_2345shea-infused socks, adult coloring book w/ colored pencils, chocolate reindeer, lottery ticket

shoe liners, gold & stone earrings, Sephora, Subway & Starbucks gift cards, gold music note ornament

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Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Palette

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Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss in Failbait

img_23513-Wick Marshmallow Fireside Candle, Winter Candy Apple Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel, 2 15×10 Cookie Sheets

As I was working on this post, I realized I didn’t include the Jingle Bell Berry Hand Cream, Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion, and a winter mug fill with peppermints, candy canes and candy, an all natural honey and oats scented soap, and body mitt.

I truly feel blessed, and am lucky to receive gifts that I absolutely love. I hope that you all had a wonderful day with your family. I’ll see you in my next post.