Friday, September 9, 2016

Beauty Blog Coalition $500 Fall Giveaway!

With Fall quickly on its way,  I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers for a $500 Fall Giveaway.

There will be two winners!
The first prize is a $500 gift card to either Target or Sephora (your choice)
The second prize is a $250 gift card to either Target or Sephora (your choice) 

To win, simply enter the giveaway in the widget below. There are 150 chances to win total!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recent Drugstore Picks

 Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smoth in 115, $5
I've been on an exhaustive hunt for the pefect natural looking foundation. Ideally, I'm looking for full to medium coverage that covers my redness, evens my skintone and looks very natural. I would say this foundation is light to medium coverage. It can be built up. There are a wide range of shades available and I found 115 to have the pefect pinky undertone that I needed. I find this foundation to be very creamy and very easy to apply and blend out. I also like the slighly dewy appearance on my skin. For $5 I am incredibly impressed with this foundation and it's been my go to favorite lately. The only complaint I would have about this is that it doesn't quite dry down or set completely and so if you touch your hands to your face during the day, some product will come off. This foundation lasts throughout a work day for me but doesn't have all day staying power.

e.l.f. Studio Illuminating Palette, $6
The last thing I needed was more highlighters, but I just couldn't help myself when I saw this. I've been wearing less and less sparkly highlight type products as I find that as I get older, they are not as flattering as they once were. However, the shades in this palette really spoke to me and they are very subtle when applied.  The only complaint I would have is that a couple of the shades are similar to each other when swatched, however, at this price point it didn't really bother me especially for a highlight type of product.

L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, $13
I kept hearing about how great this line of foundation was and lately I've been on the hunt for the pefect foundation. Unfortunately, this was not it! I purchased this in 103 which was too dark and too yellow for me. I may try a shade lighter to see if I like it, although I wasn't wowed by the formula. I thought this looked just fine on my skin and I did like the semi matte finish. However, since my Maybelline Fit has worked out so well and is only $5, I will probably stick with that one as far as drugstore foundation goes.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Liquid Eye Chrome in Beige Shadow, $10 

I love Maybelline's Color Tattoo's that come in the glass pots so I was excited to see this product in a different format. The colors looked really pretty as well. However, this was an epic fail on me.  In the bottle, this shade appeared a little more pink to me but applied more brown. I could not get this to apply evenly or with much pigment. I tried to wear this shade alone and it applied sheer and patchy. I also noticed this creased almost immediately. I was so frustrated with it that I haven't tried it again, but maybe it would be okay on the center of the little to add a little shimmer to an existing shadow.  The product promises: "Heavy metal hues saturate your lids in liquid chrome shine for up to 24 hours. Metallic intensity and high tenacity color." I did not find these claims to be remotely true. Definitely a drugstore purchase regret.
       Note: I have read a review where some colors seem to perform better than others, so maybe I     
       would've had more luck with a different shade. 

What are your recent drugstore favorites? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

POPSUGAR July Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. #Sponsored #MustHaveBox

It's so much fun to get monthly subscription boxes in the mail, however, you can also find yourself overwhelmed with samples that may not be the best fit for you. I use to subscribe to multiple beauty boxes but found I just had too many unused products laying around. That is one of the reasons I like PopSugar's Must Have Box. I find them to have a really great variety of items from fashion items to beauty to household. Check out what I got in my July Must Have Box! This retails for $39.95/month, or save $10 to $25 by purchasing the 3 or 6 month plan. 

Find more information here:

Inspired by our favorite emoji and summery, retro vibes, this playful box is a splendid companion for your days by the water.

About this box:
Saccharin Hair in the Sun
House of Pom Emoji Cocktail Napkins
Michael Stars Porcelain Skinny Scarf
Pintrill Pineapple Pin
Sunnylife® Inflatable Swan Drink Holder
European Wax Center® Oh My Brow!™ Brow Highlighter in Pearl
Joe Chips Classic Sea Salt Retro Potato Chips

Have you tried the POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What are your thoughts? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you! If you aren't subscribed yet or want more information, click here.

Friday, July 1, 2016

June POPSUGAR Must Have Box

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. #Sponsored #MustHaveBox

Let me just say, I love getting awesome packages in the mail! The one thing I love the most about subscription boxes is having something to look forward to opening when I get home. The one thing I love about POPSUGAR Must Have Box is that it provides a variety of items and it's not just the same ole same ole thing. I love that I get to test out a variety of items that I may not have otherwise known about or gotten in a different subscription box. I'm really loving the variety for June's month. This was definitely a treat to come home to! This box costs $39 and the box for June alone retailed for over $119 so it really is a great deal! 

Click here for more information:

This box contains:
  • Hat Attack Neutral Diamonds-Printed Sarong
  • Sisters of Los Angeles "Cheers" Gold Bottle Opener
  • Wild and Wolf Ridley's Games Room "Who Am I?" Quiz
  • NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer
  • Knock Knock Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact
  • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
  • Pressels Sriracha
How cute are these?! 

What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for June? Are you subscribed

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

1.       For skin that’s fresh and luminous in all your weekend photos, cleanse your face with Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser for a deep clean and gentle exfoliation. This daily liquid cleanser gives you a deep exfoliating clean without being rough on dry spots. Ideal for combination skin, the oil-free formula contains cleansing ingredients that excavate grime and oil from pores so you end up with skin that’s fresh, silky-soft and luminous. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
2.       Keep skin protected all day long with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sunscreen for Face SPF 40. This SPF uses a new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Our 100% Natural SPF 40 Face Cream uses a new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Infused with youth-promoting antioxidants, botanicals and amino acids, this ultra sheer formula delivers daily protection and nourishment. ($28;
3.       Soothe itchy, irritated skin when your outdoors in an instant with CurĂ©l Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray! Uniquely soothing, this formula delivers a mix of light yet potent hydrators — including a proprietary ceramide complex, allantoin and panthenol — to ease parched, itchy skin right where you need it. The Proprietary Cooling Complex feels soothing like a cold compress, lending you instant relief. ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)

4.       Ban Roll-On Deodorant covers up embarrassing sweat all day while you’re in the sun! Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind, providing an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness! ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)

5.       Make sure you have smooth, sandal ready feet with Look Beauty! PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask is your non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99 for one complete pair; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and
6.       After all your fun in the sun, be sure to keep KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel close by! This is an ultra-cooling cream-gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. ($26;

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March Beauty Favorites

I was just looking at my last post which was my lust list for Ulta's 21 days of beauty and I realized I ended up purchasing about half of the items on that list! Whoops! :) There have just been so many great products out lately that it's been hard to resist. Here is a list of my March Beauty Favorites!

NYX Avante Pop is a versatile palette that has a good mix of shimmery and matte shades. I've been keeping this on the bathroom counter and have used it several times each week. I'm loving that you can get such a great palette at a drugstore price!

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores was from a set I ordered from a QVC Today's Special Value. I knew I shouldn't have clicked over when I saw it Cosmetcis was on QVC, but I ended up being glad that I did. In this set came a Bye Bye Pores powder, blush, powder brush, concealer and makeup remover. I've really fallen in love with everything but the concealer so far. But hopefully I like it more as I get more use out of it. 

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette is everything! I was so excited for this palette to come out that I just had to snatch it up. I love these palettes that come in the tins and I feel they are a good value for what you get. It's so much easier to buy something in the $30 range and justify it than in the $50+ range. I'm absolutely loving this palette and the different looks I can get with it. My life truly felt complete once I had this in my hands!

tarte Double Duty Eye & Cheek Palette just had me at first sight. This retails for only $28 and comes in sturdy perfect travel packaging. I love all the colors in this and I've been getting lots of use out of it. Also, the packing is super cute so of course I had to get it! :)

bite beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Sweet Cream is a muted peach shade that I know I will get a lot of use out of. I was a huge fan of bite's last lipstick formula so I was a little disappointed to see it replaced. This formula doesn't seem as creamy but is suppose to be longer lasting. 

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Dew Baby-Pink Liquid Blush was a must have for me. The Dandelion boxed powder is one of my all time favorite boxed powders by Benefit. When I swatched this on my hand at Sephora, I knew I was a goner! I've definitely been reaching for more subtle natural looking products lately and this definitely hit the spot! This is a nice sweet baby pink that is really easy to apply and blend. 

NYX Cosmetics Ombre Blush in Mavue Me is a gorgeous color. I wish the ombre effect was a little more gradual however. It basically appears as if there are two shades in this and not a gradual effect. I did have a little trouble blending this out but given that I've fallen in love with the shade, I'm definitely going to give it some more tries! 

So how about you? What are some of your recent beauty loves? Sephora's VIB sale is coming up soon in April so I'm looking forward to picking up a few more items! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Lust List

I kind of have an obsession with new releases and I tend to stay on top of what's new pretty well. However, Ulta still had some surprises for me when I stopped by yesterday. It's so fun to shop at one of your favorite stores and just be surprised and delighted by all of the new products. They also have their 21 days of beauty going on so there are some great daily deals. They also have some awesome sets right now and gift with purchases. I picked up some stuff that I probably should've but I still left wanting more. Here are my top picks, including some purchases of mine and some things that will just have to remain on my lust list. 

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette ($36). This is just perfection. When I first left the store with my new purchase in hand, I could feel that my life is now complete! I love the shade selection and of course this smells amazing!

Urban Decay Urban Essentials Eye Kit ($48). I definitely had to stop and check this one out when I saw it in store. What got me is the value of this with 3 full size eyeliners and 3 full size eye shadows for $48. I would probably only get a lot of use out of 1/2 of this since I have a lot of similar items but if you're looking to try out some Urban Decay products and don't want to cough up the money for individually priced items, this is a great place to start!

Best Of Becca Blushed Radiance ($32.50). I have a hard time ever justifying buying a full size blush or highlight (it doesn't stop me though!) so I always keep an eye out for value sets with minis. I've been wanting to try one of Becca's cream poured highlights and blushes so I may just have to pick this one up!

Benefit Dandelion Dew Liquid Blush. Dandelion is one of my favorite boxed powders from Benefit so I was so happy to see this in a liquid form. They've also come out with a Dandelion Shy Beam which I'm dying to try!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Day/Night Eye & Cheek Palette ($28). This one got me at first sight. I was definitely not planning on going in to purchase this, but I just couldn't resist. The shades were calling my name! I love how sturdy the packaging is and I can already tell this is going to be a travel favorite of mine.

NYX Avant Pop! ($16.99).  NYX is Buy 1 Get 1 50% off so I got an Ombre Blush too! Emily of Beauty Broadcast was raving about these shadow palettes so I just had to pick one up.

Honorable Mentions:
Not every new product made it to my lust list. There were a few that looked intriguing but I just couldn't quite pull the trigger. They will have to remain in my thoughts for now! 
  • Too Faced has just come out with their La Matte Color Drenched Matte Lipstick. Although I was digging the black packaging and some of the shades, but I just didn't need another matte lippie right now. 
  • I normally hate double ended lip products. I'm not much of a gloss person so I'd just end up paying for half of a product that I won't use. However, tarte's new Double Duty Beauty The Lip Sculptor Double Ended Lipstick & Gloss have some gorgeous looking lipstick shades so it may be worth the splurge just this one time :) I would also love to test out tarte's Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation. Just playing with shades and swatching them in store made a big mess. I did like the feel of the product however! 
  • Also, big news, Buxom has also now come to Ulta!! 
Be sure to check online or your flyer for gift with purchase details. There are a ton going on right now and Ulta employees aren't always great about remembering that. When I checked out however the clerk did remember thankfully and I got a mini tarte blush and a too faced gift set with a mini mascara, blush and primer. It always makes my purchases feel a little bit more practical when I can get a "freebie" with! :)

What are you going to pick up during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty?
 Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


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