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Makeup Dreams Come True: Sephora Giveaway

Sephora, a woman’s candy store. If you’ve been there more than once, you know what I’m talking about. Sephora is another store where I walk in for one thing and leave 30 minutes later with a bag full of items.

This week on Instagram, I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers for a $500 Sephora gift card (or PayPal cash option). Yes, $500 just in time for your summer makeup must haves. Head on over to my Instagram page by clicking here.

Good Luck to all! 💄

Beauty

Milk Cosmetics Mascara

Last Friday Milk Cosmetics launched their new mascara and it has been a buzz worthy topic ever since. Everything from the release date (4/20) to the product name “Kush Mascara” has been making waves. Underneath all the hype, what is this product really about? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary tube of mascara and here are my thoughts.

Milk Cosmetics:

Milk Makeup is a US brand makeup company that is vegan and cruelty free. This company wants to use natural ingredients to allow makeup to be fresh and clean. What we put on our skin is important because it is absorbed and Milk Makeup wants to use high-quality products that won’t cause harm. They are known for their phenomenal highlighter sticks, which I absolutely love.

Kush Mascara

Yes, you read that correctly. One of the active ingredients in this new mascara is canabis oil. It should be noted though that when infused in makeup, you won’t be having the side effects that you would if you enjoy other forms of canabis oil (lol). This oil, is actually very nourishing and when used in mascara it helps achieve the creamy texture in lieu of harmful ingredients.

Packaging:

The company spared no expenses when it came to the sleek design of this product. The tubing is almost like a brushed nickel bottle. It feels a little heavy and rich all at once.

Application:

The product comes with a thick brush, to help lift lashes and have the mascara adhere to every last one. I found the brush to be a little to thick and more prickly than what I’m used to, but it really did hit every lash. Upon application, you can really tell that you’ve applied some mascara to your lashes. The bold black color really allows lashes to standout. However, I can’t say my lashes looked any fuller than normal. In fact, I still preferred lining my lashes with Roller Lash than applying this mascara over it.

Kush Mascara did last all day, without flaking. The mascara never felt heavy or itchy, and no it doesn’t smell weird either.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this is a decent mascara. If you’re more interested in clean, paraben-free ingredients then this would be a great option. However, if you prefer volume and length than there are other products that may not be as chemical-free out there that you would prefer. I enjoyed using this since I knew it was good for my skin, so I will make the purchase in the future.

Have you tried this new mascara? What are your thoughts??

Beauty · Uncategorized

Magnetic Eyelashes

Lashes are everything in my world. Like I’ve told you before, I will not leave the house without mascara and carry a tube with me always. So, by now I’m sure you’ve heard of magnetic lashes and if you haven’t, stick with me a little longer.

Magnetic lashes are false eyelashes that use the smallest magnets instead of eyelash glue. Since they use magnets you’re able to reuse them over time if taken care of properly. I’ve been reading on these beauties for quite a while and finally clicked purchase because I just had to know if they were with it.

One Two Cosmetics

I purchased my lashes from One Two Cosmetics. After winning the Allure’s Innovative Product in 2016 and being featured in several magazines and websites I decided to purchase them. This brand uses synthetics locally manufactured in California and the lashes underwent testing from Princeton’s Consumer Research to ensure safety of use.

Lashes

I ordered the full coverage original lash. It’s described as elegant and understated on the website, to give the appearance of longer and fuller lashes. The packaging itself is gorgeous.

Once I opened the box, I was mot disappointed. They look beautiful and I couldn’t wait to put them on. They were so long and had a full look (kind of like my lashes after I put on 162 layers of mascara).

Application:

Maybe it was he excitement, but it did take me a few attempts to correctly apply these beauties. The directions were simple and easy to follow for both methods of application. (You can choose: apply them by hand or use the applicator tool).

When applying by hand, I just had to figure out my hand placement to ensure the lashes were in the correct place. Once I figured out where/how to focus on the outer corner things were SO easy. After a few practices, I can now apply them in seconds.

I personally didn’t enjoy using the applicator. You magnetize the lashes onto the applicator then place them on your eyes. It reminded me of using a lash curler in a sense. I just had better luck by hand.

Wearing My Lashes

After the first 5 minutes, I forgot I even had them on. They felt so light on your lashes. This is a huge perk because I find most fake lashes annoying and the glue bothers my skin.

The length was out of this world. If you love longer lashes, you will not be disappointed.

Removal:

Seriously, the easiest thing you’ll ever do. You simply pinch the outer corner with your thumb and index finger, give it a sliding motion (almost like you’re going to snap) and off they come. THATS IT. The site recommends cleaning with their product and storing away safely before the next use.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I’m hooked. These lashes are so easy, reusable, and won’t cause damage to your natural lashes or skin. The actual lashes I purchased are great for an everyday look, but if going to a special event I would purchased the bolder lashes so they stand out more. (Which I plan on doing). I would also recommend purchasing the cleaner. I initially didn’t (because I’m stubborn) but I’m now waiting on delivery because I want to take care of these the best way possible. It was crazy how much makeup gets on them while wearing them.

If you’re interested in finding out more, click here. They have several lash styles to choose from. The site often runs promotions where you can receive a discount. I uses a 20% off code and at checkout was offered special pricing if purchasing more than one pair. I didn’t use that offer and actually regret it now.

Have you tried them yet?!? I’d love to hear your thoughts/results. I’m officially hooked and can’t wait to order more.

Beauty

Money Saving Makeup- Drugstore Finds

Although Sephora will forever own my soul, I have set out on a mission to find makeup also available at a reasonable price. Not everyone wants to spend $30 on foundation, and to be fair I don’t always want to either. However, I also want makeup that lasts all day and won’t cause any breakouts on my skin. So, this past month I tried several drugstore brands. Some were absolute misses and they went straight into the trash after a day, but some were absolutely amazing. Today I am talking about the products that worked for me. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?

L’Oreal Infallibile Glow Pro Foundation

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This foundation is available in many shades so it can complement any skin tone.  Not only that, but it feels so light on your skin.  Sometimes drugstore foundations can cause my skin to feel clogged or heavy, but with this foundation I barely remembered it was on.  Another plus is the longevity of the product, it stayed in place all day long and I looked just as fresh at the end of the day as I did in the morning.  My favorite part about this foundation is the subtle glow it provides on my skin.  It almost reminded me of a built-in highlighter.  As the light hits the face, it provides a dewy glow all day long.  Such a steal for only $13.

 

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

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Seems a little crazy that I loved both the matte and the glow, but I loved them for different reasons.  I choice the matte foundation on days where I wanted to apply custom highlight and a fuller face.  Just like the glow pro, this foundation provides medium coverage with a long lasting ability.  It will truly come down to your makeup preference and if you prefer a subtle glow or a more light/textured finish.

L’Oreal Eyeliner

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I love everything about this wooden eyeliner pencil.  It literally glides right onto your skin.  Plus, it is easy to sharpen which is always a nice thing.  I also love that it lasts all day long and you will have this pencil for months before needing a new one.  (Although, its recommended you swap out eyeliner every three months).

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid

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I. Love. Matte. Lipgloss.  More importantly, I love THIS matte lip gloss.  It is available for only $8, which is half the cost of my favorite brand from Sephora.  Vivid Matte comes in a variety of shades and feels like butter on your lips.  This is now in my purse every single day- LOVE it.

Essie Treat & Love

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Nail polish can be tricky, no matter the brand. When doing my nails at home I prefer to use companies that have limited chemicals and are part of the 5 free campaign.  Essie certainly fits the bill for this. Their Treat Love & Color line provides everything Essie already stands behind PLUS the added bonus of strengthening your nails while wearing the polish. It is available in a variety of shades, but I am loving the soft pink shade “Soul Happy”.  Check out this polish for only $10, which is a lot cheaper than your bi-weekly gel polish at the salon.

Mixed Chicks Spring Bands

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These cute little spring hair ties look like something you would hold your car keys on.  I was skeptical at first, but gave them a whirl.  This product does exactly what is states- hold your hair in place without the kink from a typical hair tie.  So, you can easily transition your hair from up to down without any creases in your hair.  I just chose this brand, but several are available at your local drugstore ranging from $3-$5.

 

What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds? Any must-haves that I should look into? Would love to hear your comments below. Happy Shopping!

Beauty

Tarte Cosmetics

If I am being completely honest, I really didn’t care about what makeup and skincare products I used on my face until my last year or two of college.  You see, I didn’t realize that makeup completely change the appearance of your skin when you use brands other than those readily available at the drugstore.  Then one day, I walked into Sephora and it has owned a piece of my soul ever since.

One of my very first purchases at Sephora was from a brand called, Tarte.  I purchased a tinted moisturizer that literally made my face glow, in all the right ways.  This product felt like butter on my face and I could’t believe how different my skin looked.  Since that day I have stayed loyal to the brand and purchased SO many products over the years.

In addition to providing a high-quality makeup finish, this brand stands behind their products and believes that the ingredients that we use in our makeup should be just as good as the products we consume.  This company prides itself on its ability to use naturally occurring ingredients that are hypoallergenic and vegan-friendly.  Say what?!?! Yes, you read that correctly.  Tarte uses ingredients that are good for your skin- meaning no paragons or additional additives.  Your skin is the largest organ and is reported to absorb up to 70% of ingredients it is exposed to.  (Mind you this is not a one size fits all statement, because some things are absorbed instantly into the bloodstream.)  Moral of this cute little story is: WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN MATTERS.

When shopping for makeup, I am constantly looking for products that work.  More importantly, I am looking for products that won’t have a negative impact on my skin.  This brand fits the bill.  The products are AMAZING and I don’t feel guilty about what I am using because they are actually good for me.  Below I have  described a few of my favorites, I think they will quickly become your favorites as well!

Amazonian Clay Bronzer

Literally a MUST-HAVE in my opinion.  This bronzer is everything.  I even have a travel-size one in my purse, just in case I need touchups during the day.  The park avenue princess shade is one that will compliment almost every skin tone.  Another perk is this bronzer is actually waterproof!

Tarteist PRO Glow To-Go Highlighter

Contouring made easy.  Contouring has been everywhere for quite a while and this palette will help you master the hottest trend.  With two shades of highlighter and the perfect broke palette, become a pro with contouring.

Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint

This matte lip paint is my absolute favorite.  I received a sample size from Sephora for my birthday last year, then I had to have a larger version.  You can wear it for hours, but you don’t remember you actually have it on because it feels so light on your lips. I am obsessed with the birthday suit shade.

Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eye Palette Vol III

Eyeshadow is my weakness. I quite possibly own 10 at any given moment. This palette comes in neutral shades that provide light-reflecting colors.  To be honest, ALL of Tarte’s eyeshadow palettes are amazing.  They are vegan and come in a variety of shades.  From my personal experience, they last all day.

Goal Getters Contour Brush Set

My Aunt gave me these beauties for Christmas, and I looove them.  To be honest, I love that they glitter so that in itself would have made me love them. Then I used them and realized they are perfect to use when contouring or applying different types of makeup on your face. Each brush has the perfect angle for its purpose and the bristles are vegan as well.

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If you’re looking to invest in some quality makeup, check this brand out.  Tarte also provides DIY tutorials on their website to assist you in using your products.  Additionally, they have a YouTube Channel to support your makeup experience as well.  All in all, Tarte cares about their customers, their brand, and the world.  What’s not to love?

Beauty

Back to Brows

No, you’re not experiencing deja vu there really is a second post all about eyebrows. Why? Well, as I mentioned yesterday they are a focal point on your face so they deserve lots of time and attention. The previous post was all about achieving the perfect shape and the best way to maintain them. Today, it’s all about enhancing your brow line to look fierce.

Eyebrow makeup- one of the hottest trends going right now. Filling in your brows with powder, gel, pencil, or a liquid stick is basically a must these days. By doing this you’re enhancing your natural brows, all while drawing attention to them. Filling your brows give a more cohesive, defined, and complete look. Literally, so jealous that this just now became a thing. So many awful high school yearbook pictures could have been better if I knew then to take care of them. Now that I see the importance of it, this is another must-do in my daily makeup routine. After a few hiccups I have finally found the BEST brow makeup.

This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but my favorite eyebrow makeup comes from ((insert drumroll here)) European Wax Center. Thinking about it, this makes total sense that they provide quality makeup to backup their services. They specialize in hair removal and hair care and their product line enhances what they do in house.

At European Wax Center, they offer many different products including makeup as well as lotions and serums. However, I absolutely cannot live without the eyebrow powder and highlighting stick.

Calling their line of eyebrow products, Eyebrowfection, they’ve got it right because it is absolute perfection. The eyebrow powder duo is available in three different shades and a consultant will match you with the shade you need by your skin tone. Upon opening the case, you see two shades split down the center (this is why they call it the browfection duo). You’re given two shades so you can blend to create the desired color. I find the powder can be subtle or dramatic to achieve a day or nighttime look. It provides a natural fill, without looking clumpy or too powdery on your brows. This powder lasts FOREVER. I purchased my powder almost two years ago and still have plenty left. Honestly, you can hardly tell it’s been used and I used it daily. I apply this with a small angular brush, outlining my natural brow line and filling in the entire hairline. The cost for this amazing brow powder is, $22. By adding this to your makeup kit, you’re investing in a quality product that will outlast the initial investment. Here is a picture of my personal powder, since I purchased this they have updated the packaging to the previous picture above.

If you’re unsure about using a powder, they do offer a pencil, crayon, and tinted gel. These are all great products, but in my opinion the powder is where it’s at. The pencil didn’t provide the look I was trying to achieve and I went through it quickly. Whereas the tint, well that’s just not for me. I don’t enjoy the feeling of gel on my eyebrows. I never tried the crayon because at that point, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” and I stuck with the powder.

Another product you won’t be disappointed in, EWC’s Oh My Highlighting Brow Highlighter. A highlighter on one side with a blending sponge on the other. This cute little tool is perfect for highlighting so close to your eyes. You can easily apply it beneath the brow bone and in the inner tear duct of your eye. With this you are able to slightly enhance and give that extra sparkle, drawing extra attention to your eyes. Similar to the powder, it lasts quite a while. I purchase it once, maybe twice a year for $18. Sometimes I use more because I blend it onto my actual eyelid in-lieu of eyeshadow, especially during the summertime. It provides a subtle shimmer on your eyelids if you use it there.

If you’re in the market for new eyebrow makeup, look into EWC’s products. I assure you they provide quality products that go the extra mile for you. After all, you want to put your best brow forward every day.

Beauty

IPSY, Did It Again

Two years ago I signed up for the IPSY Glam Bag. IPSY is a subscription based company that sends travel-sized (& occasionally full-sized) makeup products to your door once a month. The cost is $10, which is minimal in my opinion for everything you are receiving. (Below you see my January 2018 glam bag).

When you signup you fill out a survey/account profile. The profile starts by asking the basics: hair/eye color, skin tone, skin type, etc. Then you’re asked questions about your makeup preferences: favorite products, brands preferred, comfort level with using makeup, etc. Once every section has been completed, your profile has been made and saved. However, you can edit this information at any time during your subscription which I highly recommend. My skin changes throughout the year and I love being able to change the settings because my products will reflect the changes I have made.

After the profile is saved, you are in line to receive your goodies. Each month you receive FIVE samples that have been customized based off your needs. The bag may include mascara, eyeliner, brushes, perfume, hair care, face masks, etc. There are endless possibilities with what you may receive, which is where your profile comes into play. For example, if you find you’re receiving too many bronzers, go change your preferences. We all know how much I love eye makeup so each month mine is filled with at least two types of makeup for the eyes. I love doing this because most of the time I get a free full-sized eyeliner which is wonderful.  Plus, I love the miniature mascaras that they send because: 1) You are only supposed to keep mascara for 3 months or so. 2) The smaller tubes allow you told hold them better and get really close to your lashes. 3) They fit everywhere! Hence, why I always have mascara somewhere with me.

I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE this glam bag because you are exposed to some high-end makeup brands.  If you are not a makeup junkie (which is totally okay) you may not have heard of some of the brands, BUT you will fall in love.  Brands like Tarte, Charlotte Tilbury, Lancome, Bare Minerals, Smashbox, etc. have partnered with IPSY to bring you quality makeup right to your front door.

Now, I am sure you are thinking why is this worth signing up for in the first place? Well my friends I have many reasons why……

  1. You are exposed to a wide variety of brands.  Subscribing to this gives you the opportunity to test it out prior to purchasing the items.  I find this especially useful with the high-end makeup samples I receive.  I may not go purchase a $30 eyeshadow , BUT if I know it wears well and holds up I will be more likely to purchase the full-sized.
  2. It gives you the chance to take risks with your makeup.  You can choose various color palettes in your profile ranging from neutrals to adventurous.  Doing this gives you the chance to play around and maybe go for something different than you may have done if you went to the store to purchase makeup.
  3. The variety is phenomenal.  Receiving samples of hair care, makeup, lotions, and perfumes for the cost of $10 each month seems like a steal to me.
  4. TUTORIALS! After you receive the bag, if you check bag with the website and watch videos on how to use your new products.  This is great if you are unsure how to use the variety OR you are new to the makeup scene.
  5. Online Shopping: You can actually purchase items directly from the website.  So, if you really enjoyed an item you can order the full-size without having to leave your house. However, the website is not limited to only the products you received they have over 20,000 products you can purchase.  Most of the products are offered at discount prices as well.
  6. Reviews: You can go online and review the products you received and read reviews on products you haven’t received but may be interested in. When you review items, you earn points that you can use to purchase items on the website too.
  7. The ADORABLE makeup case you receive every month! Each month your items come in a trendy little makeup case.  The design is always unique and trendy, which is a plus.  Additionally, they fit perfectly in your purse or gym bag! Here’s a picture of just a few of the bags I have received.

SO, if you haven’t yet consider subscribing to IPSY.  Click the here and check it out.  I also attached my referral code, because why not help a friend out if you decide to give it a go. 😉

P.S. I can send FIVE free bags, so if you’d like me to do that comment below with your email address and I will contact you.