Makeup Haul

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I am so excited for the first weekend of October. I might spend my weekend up in Los Angeles or stay home and enjoy some NFL football on Sunday, I am not quite sure yet. I hope whatever you all have planned that you have an awesome weekend. Now today’s post is a makeup haul post, so let’s jump on in and see all the new goodies I got.

So the first thing I wanted to share with you all is my Elf cosmetics purchase I made. I bought some of their new online products to test out and see what I thought, I prefer to buy Elf online because I feel as if they have so many more products online than in store. The first product I got was their new Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade “Rose Gold”. I swatched this and I love it. I think it looked beautiful and that it also dried down very well, it was also such a pretty color. It truly is a rose gold shade. This was only $4 and I want to go back and buy all the shades, such a good price. I also ordered their new High Shine Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Naked Nude” which retails for $4 as well. Unlike the eyeshadows though, I did not like this product at all. I haven’t tried it on my lips but as a swatch alone I feel like it is very heavy, and also seems messy. It did not dry down at all, it is like a pigmented gloss. I just was not a huge fan.

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Then I also got 2 more products from Elf that I was really excited for. I got their new $10 Brush Cleaning Glove. I currently use a Sigma brush cleaning mat to wash my brushes, but it is very big and fills my whole sink. This glove is perfect if I am only cleaning a few brushes, or I also think it is perfect to bring on a trip. I have already used it on some brushes and for only $10 I think it is totally worth it. I definitely recommend this product for anyone who is trying to find a better way to clean brushes. I was also very excited to order and try their new Highlighting Dewy Drops. So these drops retail for only $4 and I was thinking they could be a possible dupe for Mac Strobe Cream which is much more expensive, but I love them. I don’t know if this is an exact dupe because I have only swatched it so far but it seems pretty similar to me. From the swatch I can tell that a little bit goes a long way and it does give off a very nice natural highlight. The only thing that worries me is it does seem a bit oily, I am not sure how well it will mix with my foundation or last throughout the day. For $4 though, I definitely think these will be worth it to try.

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So lastly from Elf I got a free bundle promo for my online purchase. So they sent me a $15 bundle for free with my purchase. The first thing I noticed in the bundle was their Complexion Brush. I am excited to try this out because their Angled Blush Brush is my favorite blush brush ever. This brush is online for $4, and you can get the blush brush for for $4 as well. The next thing I got in the bundle was their Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in black, as well as the “Matte for Plum” Flawless Eyeshadow Palette. The mascara retails for $3 but I haven’t tried it yet. The wand does look nice though and I am always excited for a new mascara. I swatched the eyeshadow palette and it barely had any pigment, I will probably give it to my Niece or something. The palette retails for $2. I also received the Bronzer palette in the shade “Warm”. This retails for $4, and the packaging actually has a little mirror on the inside which I thought was a nice touch for only costing $4. It has 4 different bronzing shades, but sadly I did not find this product very pigmented either. I have heard good things about it before, so maybe it will wear better on my face. I was not impressed with the swatches of it though. Lastly the bundle came with an EX-tra Lip Gloss in the shade “Michael”. I have not worn this gloss yet but when I swatched it I was shocked. I think it is a very beautiful pink color, and the formula seems nice too. This gloss retails for $3 on the Elf website.

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The last part of my haul are just some random Walmart purchases I made. The first thing I bought that I wanted to try was the Flower Beauty Stick Foundation. So I haven’t bought makeup at Walmart in a while and I had never seen Flower Beauty before. The foundation stick cost about $8 I believe so I decided to try it out because I love my Makeup Forever foundation stick. I then searched Flower Beauty on my phone and realized it is Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic brand. I have tried this out once since I bought it and I was not a fan of it, but with that being said I did forget to put moisturizer on before applying my primer and foundation. I have extremely dry skin so that could have definitely affected my opinion on the product. I will try it out again. If you are curious, I got it in the shade “SF2”. I also picked up the New York Color BB Creme. I got it in the shade “01 Light”, and I honestly pretty much just got it because it was only $3. I have been loving BB creams lately so once I saw it and saw the $3 price tag I just threw it in my basket because I knew I had to try it. I have not tried it out yet but I swatched a little bit and it seems to have a dewy finish. I am excited to try it on my face. The last product I got was the Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick. I got this in the shade “01 Light” as well, because I am so pale currently. I actually thought this looked like a powder kind of formula, but when I opened it and swatched it I realized it was a cream contour stick and it made me so excited. It swatched beautifully and I am excited to try it out with a full face of makeup.

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That is all the new products I have bought within the last few weeks. Sadly now that I have moved out this first month I definitely had to hold back on shopping. I also received 2 of the 5 new little Morphe eyeshadow palettes but those will have their own post coming up in the next few days, I have not been able to put them down they are so pretty. Anyways, thank you all for reading this haul and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Beauty Wishlist

Hey everyone, for today’s post I decided to share with you all the top 5 items I have on my current beauty related wish list. There is no specific order of these items but they are my top 5, and I have not purchased any of these items before. Let’s get started.

First on the list is, Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation. So I absolutely need to get my hands on this foundation. Beauty youtuber, Jaclyn Hill, raves about this foundation and swears it is amazing. I have pretty dry skin so any type of foundation that is suppose to make my skin dewy and vibrant, I want to try it. I also love Josie Maran’s other products, especially her argan oil. I typically mix a drop or two into my foundations I use now, so for this foundation to already have it, it is perfect. You can get this at Sephora for $45.

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Number 2 on the list goes to, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I have never tried a primer that is like this primer before. I love the fact that it is just a nice light water that you mist onto your face and you don’t have to rub it in. To me, it doesn’t seem like it would be cakey or heavy on your skin. Like I said previously, I have dry skin so the fact that this is suppose to hydrate and revitalize your skin really attracts me. This goes for $32, full size.

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The number 3 spot on the list is the Wave Spray by Ouai. Now I really want to try not only this product, but the Ouai brand in general. Jen Atkins is the creator of the Oaui hair care brand and she is a really respected hair stylist in the beauty world. I have been seeing a lot of good reviews about this spray and I know Khloe Kardashian uses it quite a bit too. This spray is suppose to give you cute, beach style waves without the crunchy dryness that other sprays can give you. It goes for $26.00.

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The next product on my list is by Nails Inc. It is their Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish. You can buy this unique product at Sephora for only $12. Now I have a huge obsession with packaging. If a product has cute, interesting, and eye-catching packaging then I am going to buy it. So not only do I love this packaging and think it is super cool that it looks like a spray paint can, but I also love the idea of just spraying on my nail polish. I hate painting my nails, so if using this product is as easy and mess free as it is advertised to be, I would love to try it.

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Finally, the #5 spot goes to the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. These drops go for $42 and are an amazing highlighting product. From the swatches I have seen these drops look like liquid metal. I also love the fact that they are drops, so you can customize your highlight however you want. You can mix shades, mix it with your foundation, and use as much or as little as you want. I have also seen people just use it right on top of their foundations. They have six different shades, 4 highlights and 2 bronzers. To me this product definitely looks like a must try product.

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New Beauty Products Review

Hey everyone! For Today’s post I am going to review some new products I have been testing out and using. Some makeup, skincare, and even tanning lotion, so let’s just jump on in to the reviews.

The first new product I have been using is the Ka-Brow brow gel by Benefit. I love this product. It makes my brows look better than any other product I have used. I use the shade “4” and it matches my brows perfectly. It reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow but the packaging is cuter and easier to use. It also comes with a little brush, which I love. Benefit has released a lot of new brow products lately and this product really makes me want to go try them all. I got this at Sephora and it retails for $24.

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The next product I purchased are the new Tarte 911 under eye rescue patches. It is basically a gel under eye mask that decreases puffiness and dark circles. I have been seeing these constantly used on the Tarte snapchat and have been dying to try them. The first time I tried them was after a night out in Las Vegas and the next morning they made my eyes look so much better. I will definitely be using these the morning after long nights. I also put them in the fridge so they are even cooler, and more refreshing. You are suppose to keep them on for 10-15 minutes, so I just use them before I am going to do my makeup. They sell them at Sephora for $22.

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The next product isn’t a new product to the market but it is new to me. After seeing so many good reviews I finally ordered the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter by The Balm. I am not really in love with this product. I was expecting to receive this product and absolutely fall in love with it, but no. I think the reason I don’t like it is because I just set my expectations too high. I do like the formula, it isn’t very creamy but it is blendable and long lasting. My main issue is I was expecting a beautiful highlight and to me, this highlighter is very subtle and almost just blends in to well with my skin tone. I do think it would be a good highlighter for a no makeup, natural look. You can purchase this on The Balm’s website for $24.

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Next is a product that was actually given to me by my step-sister, the Loving Tan 2 hour express deluxe bronzing mousse. I am very fair and used the Dark shade and it turned out beautiful. I used this for the first time the day I left for Las Vegas. I love how convenient it is, because you only have to wait at least 2 hours to wash it off. Although you could leave it on longer for more color. I was nervous because before I washed it off it did look extremely blotchy, but it turned out even and beautiful. I used a Morphe M439 to apply and blend it. I recommend watching Jaclyn Hill’s self tanning tutorial, which is what I followed. This retails for $39.95 on the Loving Tan website and it is an Australian based company so the shipping does take a while and can be pricey, but to me it is worth it.

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Last but certainly not least I want to talk about the new Urban Decay one & done hybrid complexion perfector. This is basically a light coverage foundation/ sunscreen/ BB cream, I would say. It does have SPF 20 so that to me is always a plus. I love just throwing some of this on and heading out the door. It is very long lasting and is a very lightweight feel on my face. It blends really well and doesn’t look to cakey. I used the shade Light. The only issue I had with this is I feel like the bottle that I received wasn’t very full. The first time I used it I noticed how light the bottle felt. It retails at Sephora for $34.

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That is it for my reviews today! Thank you all so much for reading and being a part of my blogging journey. Until next time.

Weekend Must Haves

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Hey guys! So today is another Weekend Must Haves, Im getting this up pretty late, I want to try and post my Must Haves on Friday night and it is already Saturday afternoon, so I am sorry about that. This weekend is a very hot, sweaty, 85-95 degree weather weekend, and it is not a full glam weekend for me. I will be running errands, getting my hair done, and also going to the County Fair. So I am keeping my makeup light and simple for this hot weather. Lets just jump in!

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First up I have the NYX Beauty Balm in the shade 02, “natural”. On hot days when I know I’m going to be in the sun I hate wearing really heavy foundation and makeup, I get all sweaty and it just ends up feeling totally gross. So I really love this product. It works as a primer and/or foundation. It brightens, smoothes, and moisturizes your skin. I love it, it matches my skin tone well and I will just wear this alone on my face and it gives me just the right amount of coverage without feeling like I have mud on my face. This retails at Ulta for only $12.99 which to me is a great price because it can be used as a primer as well. I also like it because I don’t necessarily need concealer with it, and it is last longing as well, even in the heat.

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Second product I want to share with you is Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam highlighter. This is a nude pinkish color, and it is matte. This is liquid and it has almost like a paint brush little applicator. I apply with that and then blend out with either my finger or my beauty blender. This is such a nice lightweight subtle highlight for the days I do not wear a lot of makeup. I love this for my cupid’s bow and also on my cheek bones. It is a matte finish. This product retails at Sephora for $26. I feel like the $26 is worth it because with this product a little goes a long way. I have also heard of other people who like to use this as an under eye concealer because it has no shimmer, which I haven’t personally tried yet but I do want too. This is my favorite highlight for a low glam, hot day.

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This is the Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist spray. This spray is a hydrating setting spray. I love it. I spray it on my face to set my makeup, and I also spray it on my arms and legs for a really nice hydrated feel. It is almost like a liquid spray lotion. This retails for $19 at Ulta and is totally worth it. I’ve been using this one for about 4 months and it isn’t even half way gone yet. It has a very light citrus scent but that goes away after it dries. I highly recommend this setting spray if you have dry skin and want a little extra hydration.

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These are my go to hair ties when I am getting ready, running errands, or to just throw in my bag in case I get hot and my hair becomes a hot mess. I am not sure of the actual brand these specific ones are but I know you can find packs of these at drug stores and ulta, even Sephora has their own. I got these specific ones in my Beautycon X Graveyard Girl box, and I love the cute blue/green shades they are. I love these hair ties not necessarily for a tight put together hair look because they can get loose, and fall out over time if worn for more then a few hours. I like these ones when its hot and I’m doing my makeup to keep my hair out of my face, and also because they don’t leave a big indent in my hair the way regular hair ties do. I also like to keep some with me when I’m driving, so I can put my hair up while I drive and they won’t really mess up my hair if its straightened or anything.

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My final products are makeup wipes and moisturizing sunscreen! On any hot days I always carry makeup wipes and a little thing of sunscreen just in case it gets so hot that my makeup becomes a mess I can just have a nice bare face, and let my skin breathe. The wipes I am using this weekend are the Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes with white tea extract. These wipes smell sooooo good. I am obsessed with the light sweet scent they leave on my skin, its subtle but at the same time so refreshing to smell. They also leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Plus they are 99% natural, so that is a plus! You can get a 30 pack of these for $5.99 at Ulta which is a good price considering I just bought a 10 pack at CVS for $4. They also have other scents available as well.

For the sunscreen that I keep with me, I typically try to find a moisturizer with SPF. I also like to get sample or travel size sunscreens and just switch them up when they are out. This specific one I am using this weekend is the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture, with SPF 30. I got this as a sample with an online Sephora purchase. Actually, I think I got this in a point perk Murad bundle. Either way, I love Murad and always try and get samples when I can of their skincare products. So I will keep this in my bag for when I start to sweat in the heat, I will wipe my face clean and just apply some of this for hydration and protection!

That is it today guys, I know this was a long post so thank you for reading and checking it out. I hope you all have an amazing weekend, and don’t forget to stay cool!

 

Makeup Collection: Foundations

IMG_2636Hey guys! So I’ve decided that my makeup collection is growing and getting to a pretty decent size, so I want to share my collection with you all and review some of the products I own. So today will be all about my foundation collection. I will be reviewing foundations that I use and basically these foundations are all the ones I own other than 2 or 3 I have that do not match my skin tone. So lets just jump right in.

IMG_2622So this foundation is the Nars “All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation”. I have it in the shade “deauville” which is also known as light 4. This foundation is a very watery foundation. This is one of my more expensive foundations, I got it at Sephora for $48. Honestly I have not used this foundation very often on its own, BUT I do mix it quite often with my Sephora brand foundation and I love that combo! It has a nice glow and lasts throughout the day. Also I love the pump it comes with, it is very practical and easy to use.

IMG_2623This is the newest foundation I have added to my collection. This is Tarte’s “Rainforest of the Sea” foundation. I have it in the shade “light neutral”. This is a water foundation! It has a little dropper which works well but I’m not a fan of droppers for foundation, I do prefer pumps. This is another foundation that I typically mix, with either my Sephora foundation or my Loreal “True Match Lumi” foundation. It gives a very nice hydrating look to my face and it is very long lasting. This retails for $39 at Sephora and I believe Ulta carries this as well. Another bright side about this foundation is it does have a small amount of SPF, it has SPF 15 sunscreen in it.

IMG_2624This is my Sephora “10HR wear perfection” foundation. I have it in the shade “light 23”. I typically do not wear this foundation by itself because it is slightly dark on my skin tone BUT it is my favorite foundation to mix with other foundations because this has amazing coverage. I love the coverage and how long this lasts, for only $20 it is totally worth it. It is definitely a staple in my collection.

IMG_2625These are the foundations I own from Loreal. On the left I have “True Match Lumi” which is in the shade “W3 Nude Beige” and also has SPF 20 in it. This retails at Ulta for $12.99. I love this foundation, it gives me a nice glow and also has good build able coverage without looking too cakey. On the right I have “True Match Lumi Cushion”. I got this foundation after hearing Jaclyn Hill rave about how amazing it is, and she was right! I love this foundation, I love the cushion applicator, and even the packaging is cute. The Lumi Cushion I have in shade “W2” and it is the best color match on my skin tone ever. It looks so natural and gives me such a nice healthy looking glow, I love it. It also has an amazing mirror compact inside, and that is always a plus! The only down side is that it does retail for $16.99 which to me is a little much for a drugstore foundation.

IMG_2626 2These are my Make Up For Ever foundations. My absolute favorite powder foundation which is the one on the right, their “Pro Finish” powder foundation. I have very dry skin and this is the one powder that doesn’t make my skin look even worse. It is actually the only powder foundation I own and use because of how much I love it. I did just hit pan on this (sad face). I have this in the shade “117” and it retails for $36. Then on the left I have my “Ultra HD” foundation stick in the shade “118”. It retails at Sephora for $43. I love the coverage of this foundation, its very bendable and a little goes a long way. I also love how easy it is to use, I do a swipe across my forehead, one on my chin, and two on my cheek, then just blend with a beauty blender. It is so easy to just throw in my purse and use. If you have dry skin, this foundation will give you a great glow.

IMG_2627And Finally I have my Maybelline foundations. On the left I have the “Dream Velvet” soft matte foundation in the shade “10”and this retails for $10.99. On the right I have the “Fit Me” dewy & smooth foundation in the shade “110” and it retails for only $7.99. I have only used the Dream Velvet foundation once but I loved it. My cousin actually convinced me to buy this because her skin kept looking flawless for days so I finally had to ask what she was using. Her selfies were turning out amazing! The “Fit Me” foundation I have only worn once for about 2 hours, but it did give me a great dewy look. I am excited to keep trying these foundations, and hopefully they are as good as they seem.

So these are all my foundations currently, and I hope you enjoyed. Let me know in the comments below if there are any other foundations I need to add to this collection. Thanks for reading, and until next time!