Beauty · Review

Mini Makeup Haul UPDATE || February 2017

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Hi Loves,

So a little over two weeks ago I put up a mini makeup haul and said that I would come back and let you all know how I felt about these products. Well, I’m back and I have my opinions, so let’s get started!

I’ll go in order of the original post so it will be easier to follow along!

Okay, up first is Wet n’ Wild’s highlighter in Boozy Brunch. This highlighter seriously packs a punch in it’s pigmentation, and the fact that it is $5 makes it untouchable compared to other high end brands! The only things that I have to say about this product is that those of us who are fair skinned- like I am right now…gotta love the winter- this will come off more yellow toned on the skin and that it also is little too glittery for my taste.

Next is Wet n’ Wild’s Icon Blush in Apri-cot In the Middle. I was pleasantly surprised with this blush in the fact that it did not come off too orange on my skin, instead, giving a nice peachy flush to my cheeks. I have no complaints about this and think that it will suite a wide variety of skin tones! Plus, it’s under $5, who could go wrong with that?

Sticking with the Wet n’ Wild theme, we have their gel lip liners up next. Like almost everything else that Wet n’ Wild comes out with, these are extremely pigmented and go on the lips SO smoothly. The website claims that they are supposed to last for days, which is ambitious, but this liner does stay on very well for having such a smooth finish to it.

And finishing out the Wet n’ Wild portion of this update, we have the matte liquid lipsticks. These are one of my new holy grail lip products, they are amazing! They go on smoothly, are highly pigmented and do not dry out my lips- which is a major issue with some other lippies that I have. The color range for these is awesome as well, and these are also $5 a piece. Literally cannot go wrong!

The next product up for review is Sephora’s cream lip stain in Pink Frosting. This product is another one of my holy grail’s because of the lasting power and because of the color. I am obsessed with any cool/gray toned mauve lip colors- basically 90’s grunge- and this is the perfect color for that. These are a little bit more than double the price of the Megalast lippies from Wet n’ Wild, but if you are willing to sacrifice the price difference, you will be open to just under 60 different colors in this range- that’s right, SIXTY! Definitely a good compromise to me.

Up next is the only eye-shadow product that I bought, which is surprising, even for me, and it is from e.l.f’s new Aqua Beauty line. I have to say, I was not setting the bar high for this product because I have had items like this before and have had issues with creasing and the lasting power, but this is amazing. I have been pairing this underneath a Maybelline eye-shadow single in Nude Glow, which is another rose gold shade, and this makes the perfect spring look!

Okay, moving onto skin products, I mushed them all together in my original post, so let’s see how this goes. First, I’ll start with the Urban Decay setting spray in Quick Fix. I got the travel sized, which is pretty big, because I was not sure if I was going to like it or not, so it is better to be safe than sorry. This product claims to hydrate the skin, minimize pores and give an overall glowy look to the skin. I personally did not see any of that happening with this product, which was really disappointing because I had such high hopes for it. I do want to try it out again during the summer because I have really dry skin during the Winter, so the hydration aspect probably wasn’t what my skin needed right now- but keep a lookout when the warmer months start rolling around, because this might make another appearance! Next is the trio from Clinique, which contained a the Chubby mascara, Pep Start eye cream and Take Off the Day Makeup Remover. I will say that I purchased this trio mainly for the eye cream, which oddly enough, was my least favorite part of the trio. I did not see a huge difference in the appearance of my under eyes after almost three weeks of using this besides it becoming a little more hydrated- which is appreciated but not the main reason why I bought it. Next is the Chubby mascara, which I was least excited about and ended up loving! This mascara is perfect for lengthening and giving a little bit of volume to the lashes, I definitely would recommend this mascara. Okay, last but not least is the makeup remover, which I did end up liking aside from the fact that it left an oily residue on my skin. As a funny side note, this remover took off my waterproof Better Than Sex mascara more easily than it did regular mascaras!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products out!

XXOO,

T

 

 

Beauty · Review

Mini Makeup Haul || February 2017

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Hi loves!

So, I went shopping recently-when am I not shopping actually? But today I decided to share what I got with you all! I am going to come back in 2 weeks to give you all an update of these products and tell you if they worked or did not!

So my first stop was CVS, which I have been frequently visiting since of the coupons and savings that they offer- I highly recommend signing up for their ExtraCare card and the beauty program! From here I got, well, a lot of stuff- which a majority is from Wet n’ Wild now that I am looking at it.

Firstly, I bought yet another highlighter from their To Reflect Shimmer Palette in the shade Boozy Brunch. At first glance I was skeptical about purchasing this, but Tati, from YouTube, has been raving about it so I figured I should try it.

Next, since Wet n’ Wild was having a BOGO sale, I just had to get a few more products, so i got another blush that has been raved about on YouTube. It is their Color Icon blush in Apri-cot In the Middle.

If you know me well, you know that I cannot go without looking at the lippies that CVS is offering, so I first found these new gel lip liners that I have been seeing everywhere online, but have been sold out wherever I go. Well, I finally got my hands on them and instead of buying out all of the colors that I’d be practical and only get the ones that I would be wearing in the spring. So I got Never Petal Down and Think Flamingo. 

Finally from Wet n’ Wild, I got some new liquid lipsticks. This is from yet another new line called the Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks. I got three shades in this- I already own Rebel Rose– bringing my collection of these to four. The shade I got were Berry Recognize, Give Me Mocha and Nudist Peach. I forgot that I was going by store, so the shade at the bottom is actually a cream lip stain from Sephora in Pink Frosting (#37), which is definitely my kind of lip color!

The last thing that I got from the drugstore was from a new line by e.l.f. which is called Aqua Beauty. I figured it was interesting enough, plus it’s e.l.f. so it’s cheap, so I bought their Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold. I really want to try their lip stains from this line next!

Next, I went to Sephora, which I think I spent an hour looking through all the aisles because I had some free time in between classes. I went there looking for skincare items, mainly because Rachhloves, from YouTube, got the whole new range of Urban Decay sprays to try out, and the Quick Fix Hyrdracharged spray looked the most interesting. I got it in the 1 oz travel size a) just in case I didn’t like it, and b) it’ll take forever to get through a full-size product. I also purchased a Clinique set, primarily for the Pep-Start eye cream. Unfortunately, I think that you can only purchase this particular set in-stores.

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Okay! Now we’re done. I hope that you guys enjoyed this and don’t forget to come back in two weeks for an update post! Leave in the comments if you have tried any of these products or if you have any suggestions on new products that I should try!

XXOO,

T

Beauty · Review

Hits and Misses || Liquid Lipsticks

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Hi loves!

I’m back at it again with another lippie post! This one is all about my favorite finish- matte! I have a decent collection of liquid lipsticks and have encountered the good and the down right bad, and to save you all from the trouble of testing out these products for yourself, I am going to share my findings. And as a disclaimer, just because I don’t like a product doesn’t mean that it is bad, it just did not work the way that it should have!

 

Hits:

LORAC Liquid Lipstick

This is a fairly new lipstick that I have added into my collection, and I must say that I am really impressed with it. I have the shade Mulberry, which I must say, is the perfect berry fall shade! I won’t say too much more about this product right now because I raved about it in my Fall Favorites post, which I will link here.

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick

Like the LORAC lipstick, I only have one shade of this, which is in Queen B, but I really love this product’s formula. It’s long lasting and does not smudge. I knew that I would love this product because I am a big fan of their OG melted lipsticks, so a matte formula could only be better, right? I am definitely planning on getting more from this line in the near future.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I discovered these towards the end of the summer and have accumulated five of them so far. These stay true to their name in the fact that they give a soft finish and are not drying. Having said that, they are more likely to move and transfer, but their formula is amazing and, I mean, they’re drugstore so they are well worth the money!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks

I think I have an obsession with NYX’s lipstick lines because they are killing it! I first discovered the Suede line in the late spring thanks to my ipsy bag- click here if you are interested in it! Both my mother and I received these products- I got Pink Lust and my mom got Kitten Heels. After I tried out mine, I knew that I needed more from this line, so I went out and purchased Soft-Spoken. After all this time, I will say that I am still obsessed with them, and need to buy more seasonal colors!

Wet n’ Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color

O.M.G. if you want all day wear, look no further. This is another recent purchase and I am hooked! Now, I know what you all must be thinking-because I thought it too- and that is how good can this product possibly be? It’s under $5…Well, this product kicks the butt of all of my high-end one’s put together. The lasting power on this is ridiculous. I tested it on the back of my hand and it dried within 5 minutes and lasted through several hand washing’s as well as doing dishes, and the real kicker is that it had to scrub the back of my hand with makeup remover, and there was STILL remnants of it there! I got the only one with no micro-glitter in it, so that is the only downside of this line, at least for me, because I usually stay away from products with glitter in them- so to Wet n’ Wild, if you ever see this, PLEASE make more without glitter in them!

Kylie Cosmetics

At first I was not on board with the whole Kylie Cosmetics ban wagon, but once I saw the shade Leo, I knew that I must take the plunge at least this once; and I’m glad I did. This shade is the perfect deep burgundy color, perfect for the fall and winter season. The one thing that I will say about this product is that it is a little tricky in application. I tried using it without the lipliner- but with a clear primer lipliner instead and it was disastrous. Once I started playing around with it though, I found that lining my lips with the liner, either just on the outer portions to get the shape or filling in completely, and then applying the liquid lipstick to the center portion of your lips worked out the best and gave the best results!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I am OBSESSED with the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks! I have the shades Outlaw, which is a brick-red, and Bow n’ Arrow, which is a warm toned nude. Theses lipsticks last through literally everything- except hot soup, which I learned the hard way- and have little to no transfer! I would purchase these over everything else!

 

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Misses:

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip color 

Okay, I’ll start by saying that I love this brand and an assortment of their products. The issue that I have with this line is that they do not dry matte, which is extremely frustrating when it is clearly advertised in big bold letter on the packaging. I bought these with a deal from CVS because I saw matte and was like, yes please, more makeup to play with. I think that I was so excited it opened them in my car while in the parking lot and tested them on the back of my hand. I immediately knew what was going to happen because I could tell from the formula that they were not going to dry, like, at all. As a point of reference, it takes about 7 minutes for me to drive home from my local CVS, and I had my hand sticking out the window the entire time, but they did not dry at all. I then went online and found a mixture of reviews, some having the same issues that I did, and others saying that they were great, so I don’t know if there was a whole batch of duds, and I just happened to get two of those, or what. I will still use them as a glossy liquid lipstick, because they are good for that, but they are not even close to being matte, which lands them in my misses category.

Rimmel London Matte Lip Velvet

Here’s another brand that I usually have no problems with, but man, this product was not good. I got this product probably over a year ago, tried it once and put it in the back of my lipstick drawer. When compiling my lists for this post I did a dry test on the back of my hand, and this product did not dry at all. Now, I wouldn’t mind that because I could use it as a glossy lipstick, like I will with the Revlon ones, but the formula of this product is just awful as well. It is thin and streaky and the shade looks nothing like it does in the tube, so three strikes and this product is out.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped any of you deciding to get a product or not! Leave in the comments below your favorite liquid lipsticks!

XXOO,

T

Beauty · Review · Seasonal

Fall Beauty Favorites || 2016

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Hi Loves,

Can anyone believe that it is the middle of October already?! I usually don’t like to use cliche’s but time is seriously flying by this year! I am currently sitting in the reading nook in my room cuddled up in a blanket, drinking tea and have a BUNCH of my fall candles lit- and let me tell you, I could not be happier! Fall is seriously my favorite time of the year, and living in the north on the East Coast, I get it in full effect. With the season change, brings along a new assortment of beauty products to discover and experiment with and I have made a list of the ones that I have found so far that I cannot go a day without using! So, cuddle up with a warm drink and a cozy blanket and lets get started!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

I have finally gone out and gotten a new mechanical brow pencil, and am extremely happy with this one from NYX. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my Anastasia palmade, but I have been using that since like February- and have barely made a dent, may I add- so I just wanted to change it up. I really like this brow pencil in the fact that it is so much quicker than the palmade and that the tip stays nice a pointy so I can really create the look of hair instead of it getting muddled up like the ones that need to be sharpened. The one negative, and it really isn’t about the product itself either, thing I have to say is that the color selection kinda sucks. Most of their brow products are warm toned, and my hair/brows are cool toned so I need one with an ashy finish, and I could only find one- Ash Brown. Now, that could just be the selection from my store, but it is the one negative thing that I have to say about the line.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Let me tell you, this mascara is a game changer for me! I received this mascara as a travel size in my ipsy bag last month- let me know in the comments if you want to see what is in my October bag, I just got it today- and I was really skeptical at first, because I have tried another mascara from them before and all it did was flake off my lashes and did not give them any length or volume or curl. I am happy to say though, that I am pleasantly surprised with this mascara though, which makes the name fitting because it surpassed anything I could have imagined. Let me give you guys a point of reference on how obsessed I am with this mascara- you know I could not go without my Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara and have been using it for like a year now, well, now I think it sucks when compared to the IT Cosmetics one, which is saying a LOT. I still like my Maybelline one, but it does not do nearly as much for my lashes.

LORAC Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry 

O.M.G. I have found my perfect fall shade. Mulberry is a mid-tone berry color and I am obsessed! I have loved LORAC for a long time and was really disappointed when Sephora stopped selling it, but as I was walking around Kohl’s with my mom, I just happened upon the makeup counter- and when I say happened upon, we all know that I mean I basically made a run for it- and I saw LORAC’s full line of liquid lipsticks. I only got one, which shows huge restraint on my part, because I was not sure how the formula was and if it would be worth getting a bunch of them and have them end up sucking- which reminds me, I am in the midst of writing a post on my Hits and Misses for liquid lipsticks, so keep a lookout for that. I tested it out right when I got home, like any makeup obsessed person does, and it dried within 5 minutes of application to the back of my hand and barely moved when I washed my hands- and I mean like scrubbing, not the dainty running water over it and saying Ta-Da! it didn’t move! like, no really? The one thing that I have to say though, is that it is REALLY drying on my lips. I was not expecting that, so I applied a thin layer of balm over top and it was fine, but I’m going to play with it more because I want a matte finish, just without the cracks from my lips drying up.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

Okay guys, I know that plump lips are in this year and that a lot of people are getting temporary lip fillers, but this way is so much easier and cheaper! Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have plump lips when I wake up, but I don’t like pain and it’s so costly to maintain. This product has really changed the lip game for me though. It moisturizes and plumps my lip so nicely that I don’t know how I have gone this long without knowing about this product! It does have some controversial reviews on it, but I am here to debunk them, just in case any of you have looked into this product, but have been scared away. I am fully aware of the fact that not all people have the same skin sensitivity and reaction to products, but these are some reviews that I have seen and not experienced for myself. The first one being that it leaves a red ring around your lips after application- now, I will say that it does make your lips turn red, but that is only temporary. If you read the details section on Sephora it says right there that it promotes blood flow to the lips, so yes, they are going to turn red for a few minutes. I apply this when I am starting my makeup routine, and by the time I am done, my lips are back to their normal shade, so like 10 minutes, give or take. The second is that the sting is unbearable- The first time I applied it, I was not ready for the sting that it did have, but once you know that it is coming, it is not bad, I swear, and it only lasts for less than 5 minutes. The last is that it doesn’t even work- I think that some people need to realize that this is an enhancer, it is not meant to increase your lip size like getting lip fillers does. I really love this product and will be repurchasing it when I run out.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Commander in Chic

You guys, I have been wearing this nail polish for like the past 2 months straight! It is a cool toned brown, and I can’t get enough, it is literally the perfect fall color. I am even more happy with the lasting power that it has. My nails chip like no other and polishes barely last for more than a day or two before they start chipping away, but this has lasted me for like a week without the signs of chipping or wearing out at the tip- which does not sound that impressive, but with my wrap-sheet of nail polish disasters, this is a miracle. I use the Miracle Gel top coat from Sally Hansen over it for an extra boost of protection, and with that duo, I am set for the rest of the of the fall season!

Urban Decay Naked Palette 

I have been getting back into this palette as the temperature has begun to go down. I have been really obsessed with putting Buck, which is an orangey brown matte, in my crease and dragging it up. I just think that this palette gives the perfect fall vibes because of all the rich, warm toned colors in it.

Yves Saint Laurent Perfume in Black Opium

I have has this perfume for a little under a year, but I am as obsessed with it as I was when I first smelled it- which I can give thanks to my suite-mate! It is such a warn and sexy smell, that I literally cannot get enough of it. I got it in the smallest bottle because I did not know how it was going to react with my skin, but MY GOD, it smells amazing. When I run out I am seriously considering getting the full size, or at least the next size up! This is the perfect perfume to wear all day in the fall and winter, where as I would have only worn it at night in the spring and summer. If you have not yet smelled this perfume, then get your butt’s to a Sephora; you will thank me later!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my current fall favorites! Give this post a like if you guys are as excited about this season as I am, and for more fall related posts! Leave in the comments below some of your favorites for the season as well!

XXOO,

T

 

Beauty · Review

Top 10 Fall Lipstick || Fall 2016

Hi loves!

Fall is here, which means that it is time to break out the chunky sweaters, PSL’s, and vampy lips! To kick off my first fall post, I am going to share with you all my favorite fall lipsticks: 

As you can see, I have a wide variety of colors in the fall that I like to choose from. Firstly, there are the dark burgundy colors: Don’t be a Plum-Plum from Wet n’ Wild, Transylvania from NYX and Leo from Kylie Cosmetics- all of which are matte. I LOVE my dark lips, but mainly only use them when I a going out at night. All of these are extremely long lasting colors, which is great especially since you do not want to be constantly checking for smudges or streaks all night! 

The next two colors- Rico Mauve  from Wet n’ Wild & Copenhagen from NYX- are my favorite berry colored lipsticks for the fall season. Rico Mauve is a lip stain and is very moisturizing, but sheer, whereas Copenhagen is from the soft matte line from NYX. 

Now onto my two favorite brown toned lipsticks, which are both from MAC.  The first one I purchased off of a wholesale website and it did not come with the name of the lipstick, but regardless it is y absolute favorite brown lipstick that I own;  it has a nice shine on it which makes me believe that it is a creme sheen, and it had the signature vanilla smell, so you can’t go wrong with that. The next color is MACs Kinda Sexy, which is from their matte line. I like pairing this with their lip liner in Whirl to have the perfect dark nude lip combo for the fall- fun fact: this was Kylie Jenner’s favorite combo back in 2014! 

Finally, there are the last three “stand alone” colors- Queen B from Too Faced, Made You Pink from Wet n’ Wild and Elizabeth from NYX. Queen B is my ultimate cool toned matte lipstick. I usually wear this shade when I am going for a more neutral makeup look. Next is Made You Pink, which is a warm-toned lip stain. I typically use this when I am running out the door but want a hint of color on my lips, but nothing that required high maintenance. The last product is new one for me, in the fact that I am just getting back into wearing lip glosses again. This is NYX’s lip injection plumping lip gloss. This is the only shade that I really liked from that line, mainy because it is the only gloss without containing any micro-glitter in it. I use this when I feel like having a nice “juicy” looking lip.

I hope that you all liked this post and feel free to leave any recommendations for future posts in the comments as well as your own favorite lip products for the fall! 

XXOO, T

Beauty

Get Ready With Me || Summer Edition

Hi loves,

Since summer is on its last leg, I thought that I would share with you my everyday makeup routine. I know what you’re thinking, “Taylor, why would you show us this now with only one month of summer left?” Well, my answer to that is that because I have been playing with my routine for the past two months and have finally found the products that I like to use on a daily basis. And no, I do not wear a full face of makeup everyday, but when I do, these are the products that proven to be able to handle the heat!

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So, on the face I have been using my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in the shade Natural Beige, which is a medium to full coverage foundation. I have already mentioned this foundation and the many reasons why I love it in the Summer Beauty Favorites post, so I won’t go into detail about it now. Next I go in with my MAC Pro Longwear concealer under my eyes to cancel out my dark circles, and then layer Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer on top of that for more coverage and as a highlight and while I am doing my eyes and brows, I bake my undereyes with the Airspun Loose Powder. If I am feeling extra shiny that day, I will set the rest of my face with my Maybelline Fit Me powder in Translucent, but on days like today I just used the excess powder from baking and set my face with that after I was done baking.

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For adding dimension and warmth back into my face I use my Pop Bronzer to bronze up my forehead, cheekbones and under my jawline. I then use my LORAC contour palette and contour my face with the Light Contour. For highlight, I use my Beautyblender and dab that into my Tarte Fantasy Cheek Stain, which I also talked about in my summer beauty favorites post, and apply that on my cheekbones and tip of my nose.

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When it comes to taming my brows, I just use 2 products: my eyebrow gel and my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Palmade in Dark Brown with the Anastasia brush.

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Now for the fun part, eyes and lips. Starting with my eyes, I prime them using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I then set that with a translucent powder so my eyeshadows will glide on and not get stuck. For eyeshadow I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The mascara that I used was my holy grail Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

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Last but not least, my lips. Usually I keep my eye look constant throughout the summer and just switch up my lip colors-a Top Summer Lipsticks post is coming soon- but today I used one of my favorites from the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks line in Melted Chihuahua.

So that’s it! I hope that you guys enjoyed and let me know in the comments what you’re favorite products for the summer are and if you have any suggestions for future posts! Don’t forget to follow and like!

XXOO, T

Beauty

Summer Beauty Favorites|| 2016

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Hi loves,

Summer is half way over, which means that I have a whole new lineup of beauty products that I have been using! Here on the east cost the weather changes from a dry heat to extremely humid to weirdly cold- using the word cold very loosely- rainy days. Having to deal with these different scenarios, and not really knowing which one I’ll get until I walk out the door, I need a group of products that can withstand it all, and I think that I have found some pretty good products. So, lets begin:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist: I got this product as a 500 point gift from Sephora in the Tarte rainforest collection. I have been wanting to try this product out for a while now to see if it is a match for my Urban Decay setting spay, and I think that it is. I spray it all over my face before and after I apply my makeup and it doesn’t budge at all.*

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: I purchased this product a little while ago because my Makeup Forever foundation ran out- which I am surprised it lasted this long because I am obsessed with it! Even without a setting spray, this foundation DOES NOT MOVE. I don’t know what it is about it, but it just sticks to your face. It’s especially perfect for the summertime because it is so lightweight so even in blistering weather I can’t tell that I have foundation on- usually I can start feeling other foundations getting heavy on my skin. It is a little pricey, but it is so worth it.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: This has been a long time favorite of mine, and I have recently purchased it in the waterproof version because summer = swimming. Both versions of this mascara are amazing, mainly because I have stubborn and hard to curl lashes, but somehow this mascara keeps them curled all day long, plus it adds a lot of length as well, which is what I love. If anyone has any mascara suggestions for me, I’d be more than happy to read them in the comments!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: I’m pretty sure that these have been out for a while, but I have just recently purchased a few shades (San Paulo, Prague and Copenhagen). I have fallen in love with this product and have only been using it for a week, which says a lot. I have always loved liquid lipsticks, espcially matte formulas, and finding a drugstore version that works just as well as high-end is very exciting!

Wet n’ Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel: This is another recent purchase of mine. This product claims to be a 1-Step polish that does not need UV lights and will last for up to 2 weeks. I have the shades Stay Classy and Flying Colors, and so far I really like Stay Classy, which is a mauve colored polish, but Flying Colors, which is a white polish, has been giving me some issues- it clumps and is not as smooth of a formula. I don’t know if I got a dud, but I’m going to try out other shades and see if I have any better luck.

I have been loving to layer the Tarte Fantasy Cheek Stain, which has a golden hue, underneath my LORAC shimmering highlight. It gives off a soft glow to the skin and I hvae gotten several compliments on it. If you can get your hands on either of these products, then I highly suggest trying out this combination.

I also thought that I would throw in a few other favorites that I have been loving this summer along with my beauty products:

I have been obsessed with my Girlfriend fit jeans from American Eagle Outfitters. They are just the right about of baggy and distressed and fit like a dream!

I have also been loving Vinted, which is an app that you can sell and buy clothes on. I have had it for a few years now but have just recently been getting back into being active on it.

Well, those are all of my favorites so far, I hope that you guys liked it. Don’t forget to follow, like and comment if you have any suggestions of posts that you would like to read!

XXOO- T

*Unless I wipe my face when I’m sweating
Beauty

Ipsy Bag Haul || April 2016

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Hi loves,

I’m thinking about shaking up my monthly Ipsy bags by doing an initial haul and then do a “hits and misses” at the end of the month- let me know what you think in the comments below if you like this better! By doing this I will get more time to really try out the products, and other product I may purchase throughout the month, so I can give you guys a really detailed review!

So, this month’s Ipsy bag was Dreamer themed, which fits me very well, so I was really excited to open it up and see what I got.

When I first opened the bag the first thing that I saw was a mini Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick from Buxom in the shade Centerfold.  I am super excited to try this product out, especially since the color is PERFECT for the upcoming season- I did do a quick swatch on my arm, and let me tell you, if this product is not a favorite then there is a problem.

The second product that I grabbed was Nth Degree Moroccan Argon Oil & Keratin Hair Serum. I already know that this product is going to go over well with me because my hair responds really well with argon oil, plus, keratin serums just sound extremely beneficial for anyone’s hair- especially my frizzy and damaged hair.

The next product in the bag was a Starlooks Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet. I am kind of excited to try this out, but, I mean, to me and eyeliner is an eyeliner. I will only really complain about them if the color payoff sucks or if they smudge throughout the day.

The last product that I got in my bag was the Nudestix Lip and Cheek Pencil in Mystic. I probably will only use this on my lips because I just feel weird about using it on my cheeks as well, and, it’s probably just me, but whenever I put cream blushes on my cheeks, I feel like they are sinking into my pores and just feel sticky.

The “bonus” product you see is an Ofra eye shadow pan, which my mom gave me from her bag because she doesn’t wear eye shadow, so I am pretty pumped to try that out as well. Let me know if you want to see a conjoined Ipsy haul in the future with my bag and my moms bag! 

Each Ipsy bag is $10 each month: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=2ur4

My Bags Value: $49.27

So as you can see, the bags value is almost five times more than the subscription.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and keep a look out for the updated Hits or Misses at the end of the month! Don’t forget to like and follow!

XXOO- T

Beauty · Lifestyle

The Liebster Award || 2016

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Hi loves,

Today I am coming at you with an exciting post because I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Cami Kami. The Liebster Award is an amazing to find new blogs as well as help other blogs gain recognition. So, I am going to answer the questions that Cami left for her nominations and then ask some of my own!

What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

I love being able to connect with new people throughout blogging as well as just sharing my life with you all.

What are the top 3 beauty items on your wish list?

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation and Smashbox Insta-matte Lipstick Transformer

Country you would like to visit in the future?

Honestly, I love to travel. I have never left the country yet, but just going to new placed excites me. The one country that I would most like to visit would have to be Greece. I know, kinda cliche, but I just think that the islands and the culture is gorgeous.

Favourite artist/ album to listen to?

I have always loved Maroon 5, but have found a new love for Meghan Trainer and 21 Pilots.

One beauty/ skincare item you can’t live without?

Mascara. I LOVE my mascara.

TV or books?

Definitely books. I am a complete and total book worm.

What’s your favorite facial feature and why?

I like my eyes, mainly because they change colors with what I wear. They are naturally blue, but if I wear purple they turn slate grey.

Neutral or bold look?

I go for more natural looks, like “glow from within”. You would have a hard time prying my highlighter out of my hand on a neutral makeup look, hahaha.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Ask any of my friends, they know how much coffee that I drink on a regular basis.

What age did you start wearing makeup, and do you think there is a certain age where it is acceptable?

I started playing with makeup at a young age, like I would go through my grandmas makeup whenever I went over and put it on to show her and my mom- they loved it, haha. But seriously wearing makeup, I think it was the summer going into 8th grade, so around eight years ago- oh those blue eye shadow days, how I do not miss you what so ever.

Favorite makeup brand?

It’s a toss-up between Maybelline, Too Faced and Benefit.

 

My nominations are:

Molly a la Mode

Twinspiration 

With All My Affection

The Love Pug

Lauren’s Lip Glossary

My questions for you are:

  1. What is your favorite beauty trend of all time?
  2. What is one weird thing you do in your beauty routine?
  3. Name one thing that is on your bucket list?
  4. Where is one place that you want to visit in the world?
  5. What is your favorite perfume?
  6. What is one makeup item that you cannot live without?
  7. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
  8. What is your favorite holiday?
  9. What do you like to do for fun?
  10. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

 

I hope you guys enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out everyone’s page that is listed and leave a comment down below answering one of the questions above!

XXOO- T

 

Beauty

Spring Beauty Favorites || 2016

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Hi loves,

I have always been a fan of monthly favorites videos/blog posts, but I also feel like there are some products that are great for specific seasons, and since it has been warming up recently, I thought that I would share my current spring favorites with you guys!

Favorites:

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette: This palette has been giving me life this month! I am already a huge fan of mauve and dusty colors, and that is what the majority of the colors this palette has. I use Nooner and Limit in my crease on the daily, and alternate with the darker colors for the outer corner and lower last line.

Anastasia Dip Brow Palmade: This product has been a life-saver for me ever since I purchased it in January. It blends so easily and looks very natural. The color selection is decent, I had to return the first shade I got because it was too warm toned, and then they didn’t have my perfect match in stock- Medium Brown– so the saleswomen told me to go with Dark Brown and blend it out with the spoolie brush, and I do have to say that it does work very well.

MAC’s Perfect Topping highlighter: I got this highlighter, I think, a little over two years ago when their Fantasy of Flowers collection was released. I kind of forgot about it after I bought it, but was rediscovered when I packed it in my makeup collection that I was bringing with me to college- let me know in the comments if that is something that you are interested in seeing. Like all of MAC’s mineralized skinfinishes, it is very finely milled with various colored veining going through it. This “highlighter” gives me the perfect glow on my cheekbones, which is what I love for everyday, having a nice dewy look. I honestly cannot believe how little I used this product before now and am sad that I can’t stock up on it.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation: I swear, this product is a miracle worker. I have the hardest time finding foundations that work well with my skin, and finally ventured out to buy my first high-end foundation- I know, it’s weird that this is my first one. I don’t know what is in the formula but ever since I started using this product- and a Beauty Blender- my skin has cleared up SO much. I have skin on the drier side, and it blends perfectly into my skin, and I know people with oily skin who do not have any problems either. It is definitely a holy grail product for me! If you want me to do a review on this product, leave a comment below!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick: This lipstick is amazing! I am completely obsessed with the formula, color and lasting power. As I said in my review of this product, I am very skeptical when it comes to liquid to matte lipsticks because some can be extremely drying, others sit weird on my lips, or the formula could just be off, but this one surprised me. I highly recommend the entire range of the liquid suede lipsticks if you can get your hands on them- just apply a lip balm before you use them!

YSL Opium Black Perfume: This perfume smells amazing! My roommate has this perfume, and I smelled it for the fist time a month ago, and became obsessed with it, but because it is so pricey it took me a while to want to take the jump and purchase it, but I am so happy that I did. I feel like the scent is perfect for year round. The only problem I have found is that it does wear off kinda quickly, so I am going to try that Vaseline hack to see if it helps maintain the scent a little longer.

Don’t forget to follow if you liked this post and leave your current spring favorites in the comments!

XXOO- T