Faves and flops | Beauty edition

In the past couple months, I’ve dove into everything from ride or dies to clearance finds to hyped up beauty products. I’m always down to try something new when it comes to beauty products, so naturally, in my search of finding products to add to my daily morning routine, I will find products that I am not a huge fan of. It’s a rarity that I shop high end makeup. If we’re being completely honest, the amount of high end beauty products that I own are less than five. With that being said, I feel like I am more likely to run into more products that are more of a flop than anything because, really, you get what you pay for.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder: 003 Natural 

I wanted so badly to like this powder. I tried the transition from loose powder to pressed and I had some success with e.l.f in this domain with their $6.00 Perfect Finish HD Powder. One thing, though, that I didn’t like about the e.l.f. product is that it gave off a white cast in the rare occasion that I found myself in the presence of flash photography. With that being said, I tried the shift to the Rimmel pressed powder because it had a slight, natural, tint to it. And for $3.99 at Target I figured I’d give it a try in hopes that it would be a cheap success. I really liked this product initially, but as I used it more and more, it became increasingly difficult to get product out of the compact and onto my powder brush. I eventually hit pan in the center of the compact, but the outer ridges were completely hard and impossible to work with. I went so far as try to scrape a top layer off, but I am telling you.. this product would not budge, thus turning this product into a flop, and one that I would not purchase again.

Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette: 10 Perfectly Neutral

I picked this item up in clearance at Target back in January for $7.14. While you can’t get these products online anymore [maybe there’s still some floating around in clearance??] due to the whole Sonia Kashuk rebrand that occurred recently, its okay. Because, really, you aren’t missing out. The only shade I enjoy in this palette is the white shade that happens to be hidden by the clearance tag in my original post. I reach for it as an all-over lid shade to set my concealer/eyeshadow primer. The other five shades, though, are a total pass for me. They have little to no pigment, and the product is hard to pick up. I’ve tried going in with a makeup brush, I’ve tried going in with my finger, I’ve tried wetting the brush, everything. This product simply does not work unless you are going for a super-natural, totally un-pigmented look. I can’t imagine paying the original price of $14.49 for this product, but because I got it for nearly half off, I am not too upset by this flop.

NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Light Ivory

I tried this product a long time ago. Long meaning it was the second foundation I ever purchased almost two years ago, and I didn’t really love or hate it. Overall, it was just meh to me and I didn’t think twice about it and moved on to the next product I wanted to try. Within the last six months or so, I went back to this product, repurchased it, and tried it again, as I didn’t really know why I had no feelings on it. For $13.99 I do not think this product is worth it. While it gives you the ability to go from sheer to full coverage, by the time you get the look you want, you’ve either used half the bottle or your face feels like it weighs 800-pounds. I also found it somewhat difficult to blend out and more times than not, my skin was left looking uneven and patchy in places. And the whole dripping thing? I found it to be more of a hassle than anything. I will say, though, that the color match was outstanding for me but overall, I wouldn’t go for this again.

I am now going to save this post by ending it on a positive note with makeup products that I have totally fallen in love with lately, and are making their way to becoming some of my ride or dies in my beauty routine.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge: Marble

I will start off this little snippet by saying, I hate buying makeup blending sponges. More times than not, these products are so expensive, and I tend to overuse them past the point of when I should probably be buying a new one for sanitary purposes. So, recently, the time had come and I couldn’t fathom doing my makeup another day with my old, overused blending sponge. Off to Target I went where I picked up a beauty sponge by Sonia Kashuk for $7.00. Now, I have only been wearing foundation consistently for a year-and-a-half-ish, so I am no pro when it comes to the best beauty sponges in the world. However, this makeup blender is amazing. It is so soft, while still remaining perfectly firm, and applies makeup beautifully. I find myself not having to use as much product, as this sponge distributes any amount of makeup evenly, and leaves you with a lighter, natural-feeling face. I am so happy I chose this one from the wall of beauty sponges because it does not disappoint [or break the bank]!

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss

Hoooooly cow, guys. This is the best lip gloss in the world! I ran into RiteAid to print some pictures and decided to look through their makeup selection because, honestly, I never go to RiteAid [or Walgreens for that matter] even though there are at least 5 within a short distance from my house. I always wondered where beauty gurus found all these Wet n Wild products because my local Target has the crappiest selection for Wet n Wild in the entire universe. I ended up picking up two of these lip glosses, as they were buy one get one 50% off, and for a starting price of $2.49, that means I got two lip glosses for under $4.00! I got the shades Rose Gold and Bronze Berry. I am totally not a gloss girl – I hate the sticky feeling, and the hassle that comes with your hair always somehow getting stuck to your lips. This formula, though, is above the rest. It is comfortable, not sticky, and adds the perfect amount of a juicy shine. The berry shade I apply when I want more of a dressy, statement lip without being too bold and in your face. The rose gold shade, however, I wear every. single. day. I am not even exaggerating, I have already done some damage to this tube and will have to be buying a replacement sooner or later. It is the perfect shade, it goes with everything, and adds the perfect amount of shine and color while still remaining semi-neutral. I am a new fan of this brand and can’t wait to get my hands on more of their products in the future!

Ardell Deluxe Pack Eyelash Kit: 110 Black

Being the wannabe beauty guru that I am, I have worn fake eyelashes twice in my lifetime. Both occasions, falling on the weeks of dance rehearsals/recitals. I have decently long eyelashes, so I never really understood why I would add more lashes on top of it. Plus, who wants to wear a dramatic lash to the grocery store? It just didn’t seem logical to me. I, however, was looking into trying new things and branching out my beauty collection, so I got this eyelash kit from Target for $5.99. I figured the price was right, and the lashes didn’t look too dramatic to try out for everyday use here and there. I have worn them once and I can say, I really like them! While I still can’t see myself applying fake lashes everyday of my life, they are extremely comfortable, easy to apply, and look more natural than most fake lashes out there. And, I love that it comes with an application tool because the first two times I ever tried applying fake lashes, I didn’t have a tool or a clue on how do successfully do this. So, for all you beginners out there, look no further! This kit is for you!

Covergirl Clean Professional Loose Powder for Normal Skin: 105 Translucent Fair 

After my total fail with the Rimmel pressed powder mentioned above, I went back to my tried and true loose powder from Covergirl. My mom uses this product, so when I first started exploring with makeup, this is a product that I knew I had to get for myself since it was so consistent in her beauty routine. For less than $6.00 this is a product I believe should totally be a staple in your beauty routine. It gives you a smooth, airbrushed finished while still remaining lightweight and fresh-feeling. For me, it goes so far as to reduce any shine that may pop through as the day goes on, and evens out my skin tone. So, for now, I am back to my #1 and can’t see myself straying away or trying new things for a while now [or at least until this product runs out completely].

What are some of your beauty faves and flops? xoxo

 

 

 

My everyday morning routine

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to skincare, I suck. And not just typical sucking. I really, really suck at it. I try really hard not to, though. I have spent countless hours watching skincare routine videos from beauty bloggers on YouTube. Some of the stuff they recommend, I’ve tried. The layering of 25 products, I’ve tried. But there is just something about putting a million things on my face that I really hate. I feel as if my face ends up weighing 25 pounds at the end of it all and I do not like it one bit. So, in the midst of trying things I am “supposed to do” for healthy, smooth, glowing skin, I stopped. I completely shut down all advice and turned to trying things that worked for me. Is my morning skincare routine filled with endless, expensive products? No. It’s probably something that many of you will laugh at or wonder how this even works for me. But it does, so I’m sticking to it.

Upon waking up, I first jump in the shower. My shower routine is nothing special beyond my Bath & Body shower gel and my Herbal Essences Color Me Happy shampoo and conditioner. I’ve tried to stray away from Bath and Body shower gels in the past, but I have yet to find anything that I love more than their products. I change my scent choice based on the season, so that’s one thing that’s never really consistent, but with a coupon or a sale always being available, it’s hard to stray away from Bath & Body Works!

For days that I skip washing my hair, aka every other day, I grab my trusty Dove Refresh + Care dry shampoo. I’ve been loving this dry shampoo lately and am on my second purchase of this product. It removes any and all oil from my hair and smells heavenly, like coconuts and limes and a beach vacation all in one.

After hopping out of the shower, I wash my face. This is a step I always do after showering because there is something doing it before that grosses me out a little bit. I feel as if body oils or germs are constantly running down my face in the shower, so cleaning it afterward makes me feel clean and refreshed. When it comes to my face, I use solely Neutrogena products. For washing my face, I use the Deep Clean Gentle Scrub. This product is oil free and gently exfoliates your skin. I have been using this product for a couple months now and it truly has made my skin look smoother and feel healthier and hydrated. Plus the smell – oh my god. This face scrub smells exactly like a creamsicle and honestly, who doesn’t want that?! After washing my face and patting it dry, I reach for my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I most recently wrote about this in my January favorites post. I cannot scream from the rooftops loud enough how much I love this product. The feel of it cannot be described unless you get your hands on it yourself. It goes from feeling like a moisturizer to feeling like a splash of water almost instantaneously, and leaves your skin looking hydrated and full. Again, this product is oil free which is another amazing perk. I tend to struggle with some redness on my face, especially on my cheeks and under my eyes, and I can say that after using these products for quite some time now, they have helped to reduce this redness and bring some life back into my skin. I do not feel afraid to walk out of the house without putting a single ounce of makeup on my face anymore, especially after using the water gel, because my skin looks and feels radiant. Back to my previous statement of layering products, using only these two products on my face, either with or without the use of makeup, has made my face feel lighter and my makeup apply smoother.

After my skincare, I apply lotion to my body [most recently Bath and Body Works Pink Jasmine + Strawberry Marshmallow Body Soufflé], and I hop into my morning makeup routine. I won’t bore you with these details because I already [for the most part] did that once in my beauty ride or dies blog post.

If you are interested in any of the products that I use for my morning routine, you can find them below:

What products do you use as a part of your morning routine? xoxo.

 

Popular makeup products totally worth the hype

It feels like every single day the beauty community grows larger and larger. Whether it’s brands themselves, beauty bloggers on YouTube, or people like you and me who enjoy exploring makeup, there are always new products being talked about and shared for others to see. What’s crazy, though, is that amongst new product releases that occur everyday, there are some ride or die products that never shy too far away from the spotlight.

I will be one to admit that I have purchased products that were hyped by beauty bloggers just to see what I had been missing. Hearing of products over and over again makes me want nothing more than to get my hands on these products solely for the fact that I wanted to, in a sense, belong. While I have found that some of these products totally aren’t worth the hype or, in some cases, the expense, there are a handful or products that are totally worth every penny!

L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

This product has been reviewed everywhere from Tati to Jeffree Star to RachhLoves. Some have even gone so far as to call it the best drugstore mascara ever, and honestly, I might have to agree. It took me what felt like forever to get my hands on this product. My local Ulta and Target were sold out of it [except the waterproof formula] for quite some time, but when I was finally able to use this product, I became obsessed. The formula is  adds serious volume and length to your lashes and comes in four shades – blackest black, mystic black, black, and black brown. The best part, though, is that you can get killer lashes for just $9.99 at Ulta!

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter 

I swear, you cannot enter into the YouTube beauty community without hearing about this product. I first heard about it from Nicol Concilio but, again, it has been reviewed by beauty bloggers far and wide. I had never been a huge fan of highlighters, much to blame for never having found a shade that I really, really loved. Enter Master Chrome. This product is amazing. If I am being honest, I didn’t get this product until last week. I wanted to try to escape this hype but I really just couldn’t, I ended up having to give in and try for myself. The formula is so beyond creamy and it applies super smooth without adding a single ounce of texture to your face. The color, molten gold, is absolutely to die for. And, it is buildable, so you can highlight as subtle or as glam as you want. Doing so much as throw a little bit on the tip of my nose adds a fresh, healthy glow to my skin. Can’t beat it for the low price of $9.99 at Ulta, either!

Kylie Jenner Matte Liquid Lip Kits

Ugh, the lip kits. When Kylie announced the launch of her brand, the world basically exploded. Between the hype and then the drama and more hype and more buzz, you couldn’t go a single day without hearing about Kylie Cosmetics. I bought my very first Kylie lip kit on their second launch a long time ago. The shade was Exposed and I fell completely in love with the formula and the longevity of the wear. The lipstick dries down completely matte and basically suction cups itself to your face for the next 5 years of your life. Now, it is extremely, extremely rare that I would fall in love and purchase multiple of a product that is so expensive. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Plus you get a liquid lipstick and a lip liner, so two for the price of one, right? [Don’t mind me trying to justify the heck out of these purchases, guys].The killer of these $29.00 lip kits is that you have to pay for them to be shipped to your house since you can’t buy them in store, only on kyliecosmetics.com, bumping up the already pricey product even more. I will admit that I got sucked in for quite some time, there, because I ended up with multiple products in my collection, seven to be exact. In the lip kits I have the shades Exposed, Leo, Posie K, and Spice. I also picked a gloss in the shade Like, and two metal matte liquid lipsticks in the shades Heir and Kymagesty [this shade was a freebie when I bought the Spice lip kit]. I will say that I have worn every single shade on multiple occasions, and every time I do, I get a compliment or questions about my lip product – another plus. She has since added so many more products to her cosmetics line, including new lip formulas, that I have not tried. Maybe one day, but for now, I’ll stick with what I love!

The Jaclyn Hill Palette

I will start this blurb out by saying, you all should know my love for this product based on the fact that I didn’t do just one but two posts on this palette. Before this product was even officially launched for sale, social media was booming. Jaclyn herself did numeous tutorials on this product [duh, it’s her own] as well as many other members of the YouTube beauty community alike. I became obsessed before it was even added to my collection. I was able to get my hands on this on the third restock and I have never refreshed my phone so much as when I did while trying to track this package. When I opened it up to use for the first time, I swear beams of light poured out of this packaging and there were faint sounds of angels singing in the background. This palette is breathtaking. You can see the amount of hard work that went into this palette; the color scheme, the formula, everything. I reach for and use this palette every single day of my life. For $38.00 you get 35 colors, making it $0.92 per pan. And a bonus, Morphe’s recent partnership with Ulta means this palette will be available for a very long time, and when I finally need to get my hands on a new one, I won’t have to fight the clock like I did the last time!

What are some popular beauty items that you think totally live up to the hype? xoxo.

Makeup haul | Clearance finds

I mean.. who doesn’t love shopping in the clearance section?

Yesterday I ventured to Target for the first time in what seemed like forever. I hadn’t gone in for anything specific; it was more of a *hey Target is across the parking lot, I think I need to go* moment. The store was super busy and I had absolutely no business being there but, boy, am I glad I went in, because my boyfriend and I snagged some great finds!

If there is one trick to Target shopping, it is checking out the end caps of aisles throughout the store. For those of you who are not familiar, these random end caps are filled to the brim with clearance items, different from the clearance section in the back of the clothing department that everyone knows about. These end caps house anything from makeup to home goods to towels to snacks – you name it, chances are, they’ve got it. If there is another trick specifically to shopping the end caps, it would be to check everything. There are times in which these items are either open, used, or damaged, especially when it comes to makeup. It takes time to go through the heaps and heaps of merchandise, but if you take your time, you can find some hidden gems.

Patience is a virtue, my friends. Patience is a virtue.

My clearance haul from my most recent trip to Target is not one of large quantity, but the savings are remarkable! I picked up five items for roughly $18.00, saving more than $25.00 after all discounts were applied! How could you go wrong with that?! If you’re interested in seeing the items I picked up, continue reading through the description of each item below!

  • Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in the shade #29 Sheer Pink Grapefruit. Originally, this product was priced at $10.99. I got it on the second markdown for $3.28 [after the first markdown, it was priced at $5.48].
  • Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in the shade #10 Perfectly Neutral. Originally, this product was priced at $14.99. I got it on the second markdown for $7.14 [after the first markdown, it was priced at $10.00].
  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss in the shade IBLG17 Apple Dumpling. Originally, this product was priced at $6.49. I got it on the second markdown for $1.94 [after the first markdown, it was priced at $3.24].
  • Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in the shade Pack Your Bags. Originally, this product was priced at $7.49. I got it on the first markdown at $3.74.
  • e.l.f. Expert Liquid Eyeliner in the shade Jet Black. Originally, this product was priced at $2.00. I got it on sale for $1.00.

In regards to Sonia Kashuk, there has been a lot of speculation as to what the heck is going on with her Target brand. Heck, even Sonia Kashuk in general. Her social media accounts have been mysteriously shutting down and she posted on her Instagram that she is stepping down as creative director of the brand. With that being said, if you’ve been in a Target recently, it’s no surprise that the entire line has been completely clearanced for quite some time. I’ve been trying for a while to determine why this is has happened, but the only common thing that I’ve been seeing is that her color cosmetics will no longer be carried in Target, but her makeup bags and brush sets will still be available. I, however, am skeptical about her brush sets still being available because at the Target I went to, what was remaining [not much] of her makeup and brush sets were all clearanced completely down. I have enjoyed some of her products for quite some time, so I was sad to see it go. But, on the other hand, I am happy that I was able to pick up a couple of my faves for an extremely reasonable price.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Did I really need two more lip products? Absolutely not. But with those prices, who can even compare? The Sonia Kashuk lip product more of a sheer, tinted balm, whereas the NYX lip product is extremely opaque, yet glossy. Yes, I am hoping that by describing these products, I will be justified with picking these products up. But, probably not.

The possibility of venturing to the my Target, aka the one closest to my home, within the next couple days to see what else I can snag [especially from Sonia Kashuk] is extremely high, so stay tuned. Maybe another mini-haul will be coming. xoxo.

Things I’m currently obsessed with | January Edition

Holy freaking cow, today’s already January 26th. If 2018 keeps up at this pace, we will be celebrating 2019 before we know it!

I would have to say that 26 days into the month is a decently good time frame to have accumulated some monthly obsessions, right? I mean, geez, we only have 5 more days left to January, how much longer could we wait? Almost every single one of my favorites this month comes directly out of Christmas, whether it be gifts I got, or things I purchased with gifted Christmas funds. I guess this only makes sense, as I haven’t really had the need to venture too far out of the house or buy anything other than the necessary groceries and coffees.

  • KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer. I have wished for an ice blue KitchenAid mixer to be mine for the longest time, and this wish came true when my parents gifted it to me for my birthday! I feel as though this gift skyrocketed me into officially being an adult [minus the fact that I turned 25] because, I mean, usually people that have their lives together have a KitchenAid mixer resting atop their counters, right? So far, I have made a handful of batches of cookies, some dips to snack on during football games, and even some cornbread! It has also become a new favorite hobby of mine to look up things that I can make with my new kitchen appliance, as well as attachments that I will want to purchase in the future to add to this incredible gift. Plus, I am hoping and praying that I will find more inspiration to do more cooking, not just baking.
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Before you judge me, hear me out a little here. I wanted to start a new series on Hulu that had a multitude of seasons, could make me laugh, and could hopefully keep my attention. Lo and behold, I stumbled upon KUWTK and thought to myself, *hey, why not?* While this show is adding absolutely no value to my life, it definitely makes me laugh over and over again. Plus, seeing how this family has transformed from Season 1 to the present is pretty shocking, yet also funny, knowing that these people endlessly deny every plastic surgery rumor thrown at them. I watch this show and wonder if I would have the same problems if I was as rich and famous as this family, such as having a coronary over losing a diamond earring in the ocean that you can more-than afford to replace. Again, no value is being added to my life, and brain cells are probably being killed as we speak. But it has been a favorite this month, that’s for sure.
  • American Tourister Pop 21-in Spinner. Prior to getting this suitcase for Christmas, I had never had my own piece of luggage. I always traveled with duffel bags because I rarely fly; almost always I vacation by car, train, or bus. With our trip to New York City for New Years Eve happening a week after Christmas, this was the perfect gift. This luggage is the perfect carry-on size, but yet fits everything you need and more. I was able to pack for my entire trip in my carry on. Mind you, my clothes were all extremely warm and thick, and I packed multiple layers, snow pants, you name it – it all fit in this bag. Another perk of this luggage is the fact that it has the multidirectional spinner wheels. I was trucking it through the Buffalo airport and JFK with no struggle whatsoever. I know multidirectional spinner wheels have been a thing for quite some time, but I had never used this luggage for myself before, so I got a major thrill out of it. I now can’t wait to travel more just so I have an excuse to use my fancy new luggage again!
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. This is by far the weirdest, yet most satisfying, beauty product I have ever used. The texture of this face moisturizer is one that is hard to describe unless you are able to get your hands on it yourself. I would say that upon touch, it feels as if you are sticking your hand into a light puddle, but once you apply it to your face, it feels like a soft, hydrating, creamy moisturizer. The major benefit of this product is that it leaves your skin looking super hydrated without looking greasy; you are left with a healthy glow. This product is also oil-free, making it perfect to apply before you start your morning makeup routine with confidence that it will last the entire day. I got this product for $19.99 in the skincare aisle at Target.

What are some things you’ve been loving this month? xoxo.

Ride or dies | Beauty

One thing I’ve been really into reading lately revolves around everyone’s morning beauty routines. I find that posts like this are so informative, and help me, in a sense, to get to know the person I am reading about. It is these posts that introduce me to new products and get me looking into whether or not some of these beauty items are ones that I should try sometime in the near future.

Working where I do, I do not put much makeup on. Some days, not any at all. But, the days that I do decide to put some makeup on, it is very, very minimal at best. I don’t really get into a full face of “glam” unless it is the weekend, or there is somewhere that I have to be that requires me to look significantly better than a dead fish. When it comes to the makeup I use, my everyday routine consists of using products that have been around for some time. These products are probably ones that you have heard of or used before, but I can’t find myself stepping outside of my “comfort zone” because I know what works for me, so why change it?!

Makeup Products I Use Everyday

  • Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Instant Perfecting Power Primer. This product runs for $14.00 at the drugstore. When it comes to primers, I find myself bouncing back and forth between this product and Benefit’s POREfessional Face Primer While I really enjoy Benefit’s primer, I can’t always justify spending the $31.00 when Soap and Glory’s primer works just as well for me for more than half the price. Plus, I love that Soap and Glory is now sold at Target too!
  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in the shade 115 Ivory. This product runs for $7.99 at the drugstore. I am not going to lie to you, I only started wearing foundation about a year ago. I purchased it because I had a wedding coming up and also had a coupon to use for Ulta. I am also not going to lie to you when I say that this is the only foundation I have ever bought and used. The only thing that has changed is the shade depending on my skin tone from summer to winter. While I do realize that there is so much more out there in the world of foundation, I really have that, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude. It does its’ job and [major perk], it doesn’t wear off throughout the day, all while being an affordable price.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade 15 Light. This product runs for $6.99 at the drugstore. Again, this is the first and only concealer I have ever purchased. Also again, the only thing that has changed about my concealer is the shade depending on my skin tone from summer to winter. I purchased this because it came from the same line as the foundation and I figured, “hey, why not?”
  • NYX Matte Liquid Liner in the shade Black. This product runs for $6.99 at the drugstore. Unlike my foundation and concealer, I have tried a handful of eyeliners over time. Most recently, this has been my go-to; I find myself reaching for this every single morning. It is easy to apply and stays put all day. And the shade is an absolute opaque black that looks great on “naked” eyelids, as well as eyelids that are covered with every color of the rainbow.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara in the shade Excessive Black. This product runs for $27.50 at Ulta. I most recently started using this product, just within this past week to be exact. My grandma uses Lancôme mascara and the beauty tech gave her the wrong formula so, it found its’ way into my hands. I rarely buy any luxury makeup items as I struggle with justifying paying the price for something that you can get for significantly cheaper, so I will be honest with you when I say that I wish I didn’t love this product so much because I will be purchasing this again. I was not blessed with the longest eyelashes and this mascara elongates my lashes so much that it looks like I have a pair of fake eyelashes on, or even eyelash extensions. I am absolutely obsessed.
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics Perfect Finish HD Powder in the shade Sheer. This product runs for $6.00 at the drugstore. I am currently in the process of finding a good finishing powder and have most recently landed upon this one. I don’t really love it that much, but I don’t hate it either. It is just what I have been reaching for within this past month or so because it is the product I have handy at the moment. There is some flashback with this powder as well, not that I really take flash photos. But for those of you that do, beware.
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Light Bronzer. This product runs for $14.99 at the drugstore. I will scream from the rooftops with every ounce of my being the amount of love I have for this product. First off, the smell. You get one whiff and it smells like summer and the beach and warmer weather and being on a secluded island. The product itself works wonders. It gives you the perfect sunkissed glow without looking orange or like you spent 8 hours getting a spray tan. I most recently hit pan on my most recent compact, and I am looking forward to buying this product again in the future!
  • L’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer in the shade Brunette. This product runs for $8.99 at the drugstore. I most recently bought my first eyebrow pencil when I had a waxing experience gone wrong. It does its’ job and makes it look as if I do not have a gaping hole in my eyebrow. So, I am thankful for that.
  • Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. This product runs for $7.00 at Sephora. I struggle so bad in the winter months when it comes to chapped lips. They get so bad that they get to the point of bleeding and being extremely painful. After years of trying different things, this is the one that has finally worked for me! I apply it multiple times throughout the day and it is a miracle worker. Seriously, it never leaves my purse!

Makeup Tools I Use Everyday

  • Morphe Flawless Beauty Sponge. This product runs for $7.00 at Ulta. I don’t really have a favorite when it comes to beauty sponges. My most recent purchase is Morphe’s and I really enjoy it! I didn’t get my hands on one until Morphe started being sold at Ulta. Plus for $7.00, you can’t beat the price! I have tried the whole foundation brush thing, but I can’t seem to get into it. I really love the way my makeup looks when I use this beauty sponge, so for now, I will stick with it.
  • it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush #8. This product runs for $48.00 at Ulta. This brush was given to me, I did not purchase it on my own. I can’t really seem to justify spending $48.00 on makeup, let alone a makeup brush, but because I have this brush, I use it everyday. Truthfully, I wouldn’t recommend spending the money on a brush when there are much cheaper options available that work just as well!
  • it Cosmetics Airbrush Essential Bronzer Brush #114. This product runs for $26.00 at Ulta. Same as with the ball powder brush, this product was given to me as a gift. I really like using this product, as it blends my bronzer in perfectly. However, again, I would not recommend spending a ton of money on a brush when there are cheaper options available!

What are some products that you reach for every single day and cannot live without? xoxo.

Really, another Target haul?!

Yes, you read correct. Another Target haul.

This post is to make up for my lack-of blog post yesterday due to me finishing all of my school work late last night and into this morning for the rest of my life! What better way to celebrate the forever-end of school than waking up at 5:30am to finish up final assignments and taking yourself to Target at 8am to celebrate?! [If you think I am totally psychotic. . your answer is correct].

Truth be told, my Christmas shopping was done on Black Friday. However, I woke up this morning exhilarated by the fact that, “holy shit, it’s almost Christmas!” and was way too excited and overjoyed that it is the holidays that I couldn’t even contain myself. Honestly, as lame as it sounds, I felt like I was jumping out of my own skin and had to be a part of the Christmas shopping madness, even though I was done. This annoying over-excitement could be due to either the fact that I was up at 5:30am, or the fact that I used my free Starbucks drink on a venti Carmel Brulee latte.

Anyways, I went to Target on a mission to find things for a DIY gift [SPOILER ALERT: find this on the blog next week!!]. Naturally, I got all that I needed and then some – what is it about Target that just sucks you in and makes you think that you need stuff that doesn’t even logically belong in your life?!

If you are interested to see in what the heck I bought during this caffeinated Target blackout, scroll right on down because the remainder of this post is for you!

Grocery

  • Christmas Rice Krispies
  • Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Instant Coffee
  • Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Kraft Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s Kisses (Milk Chocolate/White Chocolate Hugs, White Chocolate Candy Cane, Holiday Milk Chocolate x2, Milk Chocolate Santa Hat, Holiday Dark Chocolate Mint)

Health-Beauty-Cosmetics 

  • Up & Up Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Wet ‘n Wild Lipsticks x2
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
  • e.l.f. Translucent Powder

Home

  • 12-pack Quart Size Mason Jars *on my way to the checkout, I saw the box was on sale and replaced the jars in my cart with the box for a way cheaper price*

Seasonal

  • Gift Tag Set
  • Stocking x2
  • Gift Bows
  • Blank Write and Tie Gift Tags

Stationary-Office

  • PaperMate Colored Marker Pens

Toys-Sporting Goods

  • My Little Pony Surprise Gift Bag
  • Disney Aurora Tsum Tsum
  • Lego Friends Building Set
  • Lego Ninjago Building Set

I was going to end this post by asking if you’ve been to Target this holiday season, but I already know the answer is yes. So, what are some things you’ve gotten?! xoxo.

 

When doesn’t Ulta Beauty drain my bank account?. . a memoir

I will start off this post by saying that technically I didn’t go into Ulta to shop for myself. However, some of the deals on Black Friday were a teensy bit too good for me to pass up and naturally, I had to make a purchase.

It is no secret to anyone on this blog that I have a new-found love for makeup. While I rarely wear makeup Monday thru Friday thanks to my often increased levels of sweat at my job, I am no stranger to it on the weekends, or even to evening events, dates, whenever I want to feel good about myself, etc.

Fast forward to the information that actually matters.. my Ulta shopping haul. I will make it known right here and now that until I got to the cashwrap and saw the massive display of Morphe Cosmetics, I only had one thing in my shopping bag. But, thanks to some peer pressure from my boyfriend to “treat myself on your first Black Friday,” here we are with enough makeup to do a mini-store haul.

Item #1: Smashbox Studio to Go Eyes 

This $10 bundle was way too good to pass up, mostly because never in my life have I tried anything from Smashbox, but also because getting a $27 value for $10 is incredible. In this mini bundle, you receive a 0.06oz Photo Op Eye Shadow Single in the shade Nude, as well as a 0.02oz Deluxe Size Always on Gel Liner in Fishnet (black). Since I bought this bundle, I have worn this on my eyes every single day. The shadow goes on so smoothly and is so pigmented, and the liner is absolutely to die for – they weren’t kidding when they said it was weightless. I am looking forward to purchasing, for sure, the gel liner in full-size once this mini runs out!

Item #2 : NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 3 Piece Set

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM IS MY FAVORITE LIP PRODUCT TO DATE. Did I need the unnecessary caps lock? Yes, yes I did because I need to get the point across to you that not only is this product super affordable, but it stays on all day, feels weightless as ever, and the colors are so pigmented that you feel as if you are wearing a high-end lip product. This bundle was $12, saving $6 from its’ $18 value. Ulta had a wide array of trios available, but my eye went directly to the one I purchased as every single shade of these 0.27oz lippies were new! Austin (a pink shade), Los Angeles (a brown shade), and Warsaw (a purple shade), are all everyday-appropriate and products that I will for sure grab for when I go to complete my look.

Item #3 and #4: Morphe 25A Copper Spice and 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palettes 

I combined these two items together solely for the fact that what I say about one will directly mimic the other. The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette was the first product I’ve ever purchased from this brand and, I swear to you on my life, that I have never reached for another eyeshadow palette ever again. Every other palette I own has been pushed aside or tucked away in makeup storage due to their sub-par quality as compared to Morphe’s pigment, bendability, and creamy color. So, much to my [pleasant] surprise, when I saw Morphe at the cashwrap, it all went down. I picked up these two eyeshadow palettes for a discounted price of $12 a piece. I fell head-over-heels in love with these palettes. The 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette (top photo) ranges from deep browns and spicy cream shades to fiery metallic and shimmery taupe shades. This palette is perfect for either an extremely neutral to an all out smoky look. The 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette (bottom photo) ranges from glimmering bronze shades to rich mocha and burgundy shades while having the perfect balance of matte and shimmer. This wide range allows for looks that fit perfectly for any occasion or any lifestyle.

What are some of your most-recent makeup finds? xoxo.

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Find the products mentioned below:

  • Smashbox Studio to Go Eyes: http://www.ulta.com/studio-go-eyes?productId=xlsImpprod17191209
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 3 Piece Set: http://www.ulta.com/soft-matte-lip-cream-set?productId=xlsImpprod17031155#
  • Morphe 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette: http://www.ulta.com/25a-copper-spice-eyeshadow-palette?productId=xlsImpprod17081137
  • Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette: http://www.ulta.com/25b-bronzed-mocha-eyeshadow-palette?productId=xlsImpprod17081139

 

What’s in my bag? | Volume II

All bag carriers, unite!

I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, *really, another bag haul.. didn’t she just do this?* The answer: a month ago, yes. But a lot changes in a month [bag included], and I figured it was time for you to see the unnecessary crap I am carrying in my bag this month! So stick around – it’s gonna be a great time!

The bag:

YALUXE Women’s Vintage Style Soft Leather Work Tote Large Shoulder Bag | I got this handbag as a gift from my honey on our anniversary. I told him I had wanted a larger bag to carry all my things in for work that looked a little more professional, but wasn’t too expensive, as it gets shoved in a locker everyday. Low and behold, this bag has become the best thing ever. It holds everything I need, it’s stylish, comfortable. It’s great. Find it here.

What’s in it:

  • Kate Spade Cameron Street Lacey wallet | A repeat from last month, but this wallet is my ride or die.
  • Vera Bradley Breakaway Lanyard | Again, a repeat from last month, but how would I get myself into work without it?!
  •  Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Body Lotion in the scent Comfort | Hand creams are my absolute best friend when the weather gets cold and my hands get dry. I had a coupon for a free item *score* and was able to pick up this hand lotion a few weeks ago. Let me tell you, the name does not lie. The vanilla and patchouli mashup makes you feel as if you are wearing a giant sweater and getting the biggest hug. And your hands are left feeling so soft. Totally a 10/10 recommendation.
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm | Shoutout to my Nana for this one, because she bought me two of these and they are my new obsession. For the last few weeks I have been battling a horrendous sinus/cold sickness, leaving my lips extra chapped due to not being able to breathe through my nose. This has been my lifesaver. Especially at night before I go to bed, it gives me that extra protection.
  • Gloves | For when the cold weather is really too much for me to handle at 8:45am when I am getting students off the bus.
  • Dayquil/Nyquil Combo Tablets | To assist with my aforementioned germiness.
  • e.l.f. Mattifying Setting Powder in the shade Translucent | A repeat from last month, this product has become my ride or die and has helped make me get some life back into my face mid-day.
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits | These have been my go-to when I don’t have enough time to make myself breakfast in the morning. I kid you not, literally every single flavor is so good that I never have a consistent one. But, also come in handy when I am left wishing I had an afternoon snack. A little snap of the fingers and *poof* my prayers are answered.
  •  Vaseline | To help with my super-chapped, red nose. Thanks, Kleenex.
  • A pen | For those moments I really need one.
  • Checkbook | To make me feel like I am a functioning adult.
  • Orbit gum | I should really buy stock with them.
  • Vera Bradley Soft Eyeglasses Case | To, you know, hold those things that make me able to see.
  • Asthma inhaler | For those moments that you take my breath away.
  • Keys | To be able to go into my house and lay in my bed, or go into my car and get the heck away.
  • iPhone | Duh.

What are some things you can’t leave the house with? xoxo.

Things to pack | Weekend getaway edition

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This Saturday through Sunday, my boyfriend and I will be spending the weekend at Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake for our anniversary. Looking ahead, I am so thrilled to see the forecast for this weekend in front of me. Low 70’s makes for a great time exploring this little quaint town and the wineries that come with it.

Of course, being the person that I am, I am worried about what the heck to pack with me for this weekend trip. I believe I’ve discussed this previously on this blog, but if not, we will address it again – I am a severe over-packer. In all honesty, it’s quite bad.

As of now, I have formulated a packing list that is absolutely perfect for a weekend in wine country.

  • Comfortable shoes | I personally have never in my life done a wine tour, but if there is one thing that I have learned through research, it is not to wear heels, but something comfortable and easy to move around in.
  • Flowy tops | Perfect for layering under jackets or sweaters.
  • Skinny denim | The perfect pairing for flowy tops.
  • Sunglasses | I am not the sunhat-type-person, so for me, sunglasses will be a go-to.
  • A light sweater or jacket | For when it gets chilly at night time.
  • My camera | I have a “professional” camera [aka a camera that is not my iPhone] that I don’t find much use for anymore now that my brother isn’t home and we aren’t going to sporting events or school dances every weekend. Wine country is sure to make for some Instagram-worthy shots and I definitely don’t want to miss out.
  • A swimsuit | The hotel that we are staying at has both an indoor and outdoor pool that is absolutely to die for. I kid you not, the images of these pools make me feel relaxed and I am not even in them yet.
  • A neutral handbag | One way to avoid overpacking? Avoid packing more than one handbag. I have found that for any vacation, a neutral handbag has become my go-to for the sole fact that I don’t have to switch purses to coordinate with my outfit of the day.
  • Neutral makeup | This can directly relate to the idea above – the more neutral the makeup, the less of it you have to pack! One great way to switch up your look from day to night, or even one day to the next, is to swap out your lipstick color. Much lighter to pack than five eyeshadow palettes!
  • Presents | One of my favorite parts of anniversaries is giving my boyfriend gifts. Anyone that continues to put up with me year after year is worth spoiling rotten!

What are some of your must haves for a weekend getaway? xoxo.