November 26, 2014

Everyday Makeup Routine

I work with kids, so my job doesn't requite much in the appearance department. Most days my honest "everyday makeup routine" is chap stick and a messy bun. However, on the days (weekends included) where I know I will be interacting with others and want to look a little more presentable, the following are my go-to beauty picks!


1. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream- To be honest, this stuff is just okay to me, It isn't great, it isn't bad, I'm kind of indifferent to it. This is the oily/acne prone skin formula and while my skin is usually very dry, I got this when my skin was going through a freak out phase, but it has done just fine now that my skin is back to its normal state. I used to use Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer and absolutely loved it. It had great coverage for being a tinted moisturizer, but still let my natural skin show through. It is also $43 a bottle, so I've yet to repurchase it. If you know of any good affordable BB creams/tinted moisturizers, I'd love to know!

2. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara. I've talked about this before, so it should come as no surprise to hear I love this stuff. This is the only mascara I've tried to truly leave not one single clump in my eyelashes as it claims. I don't get a lot of length or volume out of it, which is why it's perfect for a quick and natural makeup day.

3. Benefit Gimme Brow.  I did so much research on this before I bought it, because that tiny tube is $22! When I fist used it, I was so disappointed.  I should probably mention that I was an all or nothing kind of girl when it came to my eyebrows and I was expecting this to fill in and shape my brows as pencils did and it just simply doesn't.  I've since learned to love this as a very natural was to define your eyebrows as opposed to doing nothing at all. It really does make a difference and this, out of all of these products, is one I will wear to work even on days I do nothing else. 

4. LA Colors blush in Spice.  My mom gave me this awhile ago and I'm not completely sure where she got it from. I do know, however, LA Colors is an extremely inexpensive brand (I don't think anything is over $5) sometimes sold at The Dollar Store, Big Lots, and similar places. And while the actual product is surprisingly good (not chalky, and nicely pigmented) it's the color that I most love. Spice is a gorgeous bronzey mauve color that looks as if you married a bronzer with a blush. The bronze in it warms up the face while the pinky mauve gives you color and a glow.

5. Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic. I've heard great reviews over this product for so long and for good reason. These are some of the best eye shadows I've ever used! They're buttery and smooth and highly pigmented! On natural days, I only use the first shade which is a champagne color to brighten the inner corners of my eyes. 

6. Ulta Cream Eye Shadow in Shimmering Topaz.  This is just a simple one step product to add a little life and color to your eyes while also concealing the veins you can sometimes see in your eyelids. Not much else to say, one swipe across each lid and I'm good to go!



I'm curious to know what are some of your "get ready quick" staples? 






November 20, 2014

November Ipsy Bag

It's time for me to share what I got in my November Ipsy/Glam bag! If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, they're a  $10/month subscription service in which each month you receive a "glam bag" filled with 4-5 deluxe, and often times full sized, beauty products.  I highly recommended if you're into beauty, skincare and hair to check them out, the value of my bag has always well exceeded the $10 I'm charged. Visit them here at ipsy.com

Now onto what I got this month...


1. Marc Anthony Argan Oil Hairspray, travel size. I'm usually not a hairspray girl, except when I am and then I'm always glad to have smaller sizes of stuff like this on hand!

2. Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive, full size. This stuff is $14, so I've already gotten my money's worth in one product alone. The color of this eye base (read: cream eye shadow) is a really pretty bronze color that has fairly light pigmentation, but can be built to a medium coverage. 

3.  Elizabeth Mott You're So Fine Liquid Eyeliner, full size. This product is black with really subtle silver glitter that I thought would be perfect for the holiday season. I ended up being a little disappointed with this however, because the applicator brush is way too thick to get a precise line (see swatch below). If you like a thicker eyeliner look, you would probably enjoy this, the color is gorgeous.

4. Temptu S/B Highlighter, sample size.  I love a dewy complexion, so highlighters are always exciting for me to get.  This stuff is really liquidy and I found I actually like it best when I add it to my foundation for an all over glow rather than highlighting certain areas with it, as it's also pretty sheer and I have other highlighters that are better for that. I've been mixing it with my Maybelline BB Cream and it gives my skin a really nice and healthy bright look.

5. J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint, full size. This product  is just a mess to be honest. I've heard these are a dupe for the OCC Lip Tars and that's exactly what I though based upon packaging alone. When swatched it also  seems OCC Lip Tar-ish as a little bit goes a very long way. The color is a beautiful deep cranberry color, perfect for fall and when I applied it to my lips it looked exactly like I had devoured a handful of cranberries! This stuff is messy. I mean all over my teeth, bleeding outside of my lips, messy.  Maybe it would work better with a lip liner, but to me, while this color is pretty, it isn't unique enough to stress over the application and how well it's wearing each time I put it on. Retails for $4.99 at Ulta.


Temptu Highlighter, J.Cat Lip Paint, Elizabeth Mott Eyeliner, Be a Bombshell Eye Base



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