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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

31 Days of Beauty Challenge

Hey guys! 
Just wanted to let you all know about my #31daysofbeauty challenge that I'm doing on Instagram for the month of July. I thought it might be fun to do one of these so join me on Instagram if you'd like : )
You don't have to participate every single day but I thew in a few random days just for fun so they are not all makeup related. 



1. WCW (Woman crush Wednesday) 
        Who's your girl crush?
2. Best beauty hack 
       What's your best beauty tip? 
3. Purple   
        This can be a makeup look, products, or whatever you'd like to share : )
4. Favorite pink lip  
        Show us your favorite pink lipstick! 
5. Best underrated product   
        Know of a product that doesn't get much love but is awesome? Share it!
6. Skincare
        What's your current skincare routine? Any specific product that's amazing?
7. Brushes
        Favorite brushes? Brushes you use daily.
8. Holy Grail mascara/lashes
        What is your holy grail mascara or favorite pair of lashes to wear?
9. Best ELF Products
        EyeslipsFace- What are some of your favorites from this line?
10. Favorite movie
          This one is easy- well maybe ; )
11. What's on your nails
           What do you have on your nails currently? Colors? Nail art? 
12. Worst beauty mistake
           Did you rock that blue eye shadow up to your brows when you were 13? What's your worst beauty mistake you wish you could go back and change?
13. Best hair product
          What is the best product you use for your hair? 
14. Brows
          Products, brow routine, everything brows! 
15. Guilty pleasure
          Song? Movie? Something you love even though you get made fun of for it or are embarrassed by it?
16. What's in my bag- beauty
          Show us the beauty products you carry in your bag/purse on the go.
17. No 1 bronzer
          What's your favorite bronzer and why?
18. Most unusual beauty product you own
         Use something different in your daily routine? Share with us what it is!
19. Wishlist
          What's on your beauty wishlist?
20. Green
          Again, anything green goes! Eye shadow, lipstick, products, etc.
21. Best beauty advice you've received
          Where do get your beauty advice? Mom? Sister? Friend? What's the best thing you've learned?
22. Recent purchase
          Share your most recent beauty purchase.
23. Can't live without
          Do you have that one product you can't live without? Mascara or maybe a powder? 
24. Fav BB Cream
          What's your favorite BB Cream?
25. Swatches/blush
          Show us some swatches of your favorite blushes!
26. Makeup inspired by a decade
          Get creative and show us a look inspired by your favorite decade! 
27. DIY Beauty recipe
         Have a favorite DIY beauty recipe? Lip balm or hair mask? Share it today. 
28. Last song you listened to
          What's the last song you listened to on your phone, car, etc.
29. Palettes
          Show us your makeup palettes! 
30. Share your fav beauty accts
         Share some of your favorite beauty accounts that you follow. Don't forget to tag them! 
31. FBF (Flash back Friday) 
          Share a flashback pict of yourself! 

So there you have #31daysofbeauty for July. I hope you will participate or search the hashtag so you can see what everyone is posting! Have fun!! 




Friday, June 26, 2015

Nicole Guerriero Inspired look (ELF Prism palette)

Hey guys!
I'm sure you guys are fans of Nicole Guerriero on Youtube, if you aren't go watch some of her vids, she's awesome. I was inspired to re-create one of her looks using my ELF Prism Palette. She used Makeup Geek and Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows but I chose to use drugstore brands. I loved the way this looked but I was really impressed at how bright the yellow shadow from the Prism palette came out. I did also use it with their glitter primer but you could use any glitter glue or adhesive you have.

So this is the Prism palette in "naked", ELF does have other shades of this palette if you're not into the neutrals. 


ELF Prism palette in naked

Here are the swatches in natural day light. They are really shimmery/glittery. This is without any type of primer. 


ELF Prism palette in naked


Close up: I used the orange from my Wet n Wild trio in Sun-Set to See and Maroon/berry color from my Coastal Scents Revealed 2. If you want to see some other tutorials I did with my Revealed 2 palette, check out my Instagram or check HERE. The lid shade is the Gold from the ELF Prism Palette which I also heard was a dupe for the Makeup Geek Foiled eye shadow in Magic Act- the same one Nicole uses in her video. Super easy and came out really pretty. 


Summer/golden eye look using the ELF prism palette


Here's a comparison- what do you guys think? Pretty similar right? And this was all with drugstore products! I also used the Jordana Twist and Shine balm in Terra Crave on my lips. These lip balms are awesome. They stain a bit and all of them are really comfortable on the lips! 


ELF Prism palette


Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? Let me know in the comments below so I can check them out!

Coastal Scents Hot Pots (Swatches/mini review)

Hey guys!
So I bought these Coastal Scents Hot pots a few weeks ago while they had their .99 cent sale and I love these! I don't know why I didn't try these sooner! (By the way, they call them hot pots, they are just single eye shadows.)I do have other stuff from them like their Revealed palettes, which I love, but I really wish I had tried these like 3 years ago.

So I have been playing around with these and posted a few looks on my Instagram but wanted to do a mini review and show you these swatches. First of all, they have like over 300 colors so it was hard to choose just these 12 but I tried to get colors that I did not have in my collection or that had different finishes. They do have so many gorgeous colors though.


Coastal Scents Hot Pots


So I ended up getting 5 mattes and 5 shimmery ones. Like I said, they had so many so I just put a ton in my cart and sorted it later.

I swatched all these in natural sunlight with no primer. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Swatches

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Swatches


I haven't used all of them yet but quite a few. I love all of them, the purple (deep grape) color actually stained my lids a pink color even after I washed it off! For the most part, these are all really pigmented. I was kind of disappointed in the two chocolate colors as I thought those would be the darkest but other than that, I really love all of them. I plan to get a whole bunch more. If you haven't tried these yet, I suggest you do. They are really smooth and don't leave a bunch of fall out.

I used Elven blue and Electric blue here with a bit of blue mascara.

Here I used Bright copper and Black Berry for a halo effect. 


The best part is that these come in metal pots so you can easily add them to any Z Palette. Coastal scents does sell their own palettes for these. I went the cheaper route and bought a magnetic craft case at Joanns. It's similar to this one, a type of sewing case, works really well and holds them in place.

Has anyone else purchased these? What colors should I get next? Let me know what you guys think. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, I post a lot of different looks on there! : )


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tried and Tested Tuesday (Baby wipes vs makeup remover cloths)

Hey guys! 
Welcome back to another Tried and Tested Tuesday. My sister actually gave me the idea for this and I was really curious to do it as well. If you're like us and have little ones around, you probably have baby wipes everywhere. I keep at least one pack in each room of our house and usually in my purse as well. The kids are always getting into something so it's just easier to keep them handy. So she wanted me to try this out and I thought it would be perfect for my tried and tested series. How many of you use makeup remover wipes/cloths? I personally don't so I had to go out and purchase a few to test but if you do, you'll want to read on and see if the results of this showdown will help you save a few $$.



Ok so here is my before. Sorry for the sleepy eyes, first day of summer vacation with two boys was exhausting! lol. 

I first used one of the Neutrogena makeup remover towelettes on the right side of my face (your left). I heard these were really good that's why I chose them.


Neutrogena makeup remover towelette

Neutrogena makeup remover towelette

So you can see that it did work pretty well to remove everything but it did leave a film on my skin that I hated. 

Onto Huggies simply clean baby wipes. These are the only brand of wipes I buy so this is what I tested. I personally love these for my kiddos but you know, personal preference and whatnot. 



Huggies baby wipes vs Neutrogena makeup remover towelette


Here's are the results. I'd say the baby wipe worked just as well if not better to remove all of my makeup but did not leave that same residue. I use a toner after I wash my face and it will usually remove any additional makeup/dirt/oil (that I can actually see on a cotton pad) so I did the same thing after trying this. I was really surprised at what it picked up or didn't actually- on the half of my face that I used the baby wipe on. There wasn't much left on my skin which was nice. 

I only used one wipe and one towelette. 

Huggies baby wipes vs Neutrogena makeup remover towelette


The verdict? Baby wipes all the way! Even if you don't have children, you should go out and get yourself some wipes right now! I purchased the Neurtrogena towelettes for $1.97 at my local Target which came with 7 pre-moistened towelettes (in the travel section). The bigger package is $4.79 for 25 wipes.I usually purchase the Huggies Simply Clean baby wipes at Target as well for $1.97 but they come with 72 wipes in a single package. This is a no brainer here. I know many people that use baby products in place of beauty products like baby shampoo or creams because they are gentle but this is really a good idea if you're looking to cut some costs and save a few dollars. 

The baby wipes removed the makeup better, left my face feeling completely clean and are gentle even for people with sensitive skin! They come in 72 to a package so even if you were to use one a day, you'd still only be spending around $10/yr. If you're one that uses makeup remover wipes on the daily, I'd suggest trying the baby wipes for a while and see how you like them. No harm in saving a few bucks, am I right? 

I hope this helped some of you, it was a fun tried and tested for me to do. If you have any suggestions on what I should test next, leave me a comment or get in touch with me through my social media. Thanks for reading! 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light oil (The Face Shop) Review

Hey guys!
Sorry for lack of posts, El hubbs had some time off last week which is rare so we hung out for a few days. Well anyway, a while ago I posted this on my Instagram and have now had a chance to really try it out and give you guys some feedback. So I bought this on Amazon after seeing it on Pinterest somewhere. This is from The Face Shop and it's called Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil and on Amazon, it's around $11.00 right now. If you click the link, you can read more about what's in it but basically it's a cleansing oil and because of the detoxifying ingredients, it's good for oily skin. I consider myself combo/oily so I figured I'd give this a try. 


The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing light oil

Here are the ingredients I found off of Amazon: 
Ingredients: ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE . CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRGLYCERIDE . SORBETH-30 TETRAOLEATE . POLYGLYCERYL-10 DIISOSTEARATE . ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL . SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL . WATER . GLYCERIN . BUTYLENE GLYCOL . ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT (15mg) . SAPONARIA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT . FRAGRANCE . BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL . HYDROXYCITRONELLAL . LIMONENE . LINALOOL



The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing light oil


First, let me say I'm not a huge fan of cleansing oils. I have tried different oils (almond oil, grapeseed oil) and even the Garnier Cleansing oil on my face and have had no success with them. I am not a skincare expert but anytime I try and use oil on my face, I break out very badly. I have had success with coconut oil but that's about it. So I wasn't sure if this product was gonna be good for me but I was willing to try it anyway. 

Surprisingly, this did not break me out and is actually a really nice product. It is heavily scented so if you are not a big fan of scented/perfume type of person, skip this one. I have been using this in the evening to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will put a few pumps into my hand and massage it all over my face and neck then jump in the shower and add some water and rinse it off. I follow it up with a regular facial cleanser/scrub. I have also used this in the morning, just massaging all over and then rinsing with warm water. 

The thing I love about this, is that it is super moisturizing. You know when you wash your face with anything your skin usually feels tight and dry when you're done? This doesn't give you that feeling. Your skin feels super soft and moisturized. No dry feeling at all. I will say that it does irritate my eyes a bit, I think it's the scent that causes that but it't not like super burning, just got soap in my eye type of feeling. It just stings a bit but you don't have to use it on your eyes if you don't want to. I like to really use it to remove my mascara and eye makeup so that's why I rub it all over but you should use it how you want. 

I really do like this oil, and even though I have oily skin, I wouldn't say this makes it feel more oily or anything. It almost feels like a facial oil that you should leave on your skin. It's really light and absorbs well which I think it why your skin still feels good even after you wash it off. : ) 

If you're interested, Amazon does have other products like this one- a Rich oil for dry skin, foaming cleansers, cleansing milk, etc. Check it out. I really like this and will hopefully be able to try out some other products from this company. If you're like me and have not had any luck with cleansing oils, try this one, I promise you will love it. Til next time...


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MOTD (Makeup of the Day) using the BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette

Hi guys!
 Just wanted to share with you my MOTD. I used my BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette, you can see my review on it HERE. I only used three of the shades to create this camo type of eye look. I really love this olive green shade in the palette and I paired it with the ELF Studio Lip Stain in Bombshell.  This foundation is really nice, it's the Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless. I have the original and this matte one is great as well. It gives light/medium coverage and stays matte for most of the day on me- I have fairly oily skin. My mascara is the Almay One Coat Triple Effect mascara. This is by far one of my favorite all time mascaras- go try it if you haven't! I just recently posted my top 5 mascaras so go check that out. My blush is from the ELF Studio Blush Palette (Light). This palette is only $6.00 on their website or now available at Target. You need this in your life, trust me! 


Camo eye look using BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette



Camo eye look using BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette

What are your favorite drugstore products to wear daily? Do you guys go all out or like to keep it simple? I really love this as it can be pretty natural for day time. Until next week...

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm Swatches/Review

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to do a short post on these new Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms. I found these at Wal-mart for a little over $2.00 but I am not sure where else they are being sold as of right now. I have not seen them at my local Walgreens or Target. Let me know if you've spotted these else where or if you've purchased them. So these are the new Rimmel lip balms, they come in 4 different shades, clear as well, and are really similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips. The two I picked up are Rose blush (030) and Violet blush (050). 


Rimmel keep calm and lip balm in Rose blush and Violet blush


Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm

I was really hoping these would be pigmented from what they looked like in the packaging but was a bit disappointed. Here are swatches of the two. They seem to have more color swatched on my arm than on my lips. If you have really pigmented lips, these won't give enough color for you. 


Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm swatches
Here is Violet blush on top and Rose blush on bottom. These are shown in natural sunlight.

So like I said, these are really similar to the Maybelline Baby lips, I reviewed a few of those a while back if you'd like to read my review HERE. I'm sure most of you have tried the baby lips before, they are a slick lip balm with a bit of tint to them. These Rimmel lip balms are really the same. They feel the same on the lips and give a slight tint of color. Really good for on the go when you just need a bit of moisture. I am not a huge fan of the baby lips because they don't give enough moisture for me but if you like them, you'll like these. Wear time is about the same, just like a chap stick. The only difference really is that they don't smell as good as the baby lips. They don't really have any scent to them. Overall, not my personal favorite but if you like the baby lips, gives these a try. : ) 


Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara review

Hey guys!
So I have another review for you today; this is the new Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara. I had seen this online and knew I immediately wanted to try it. If you haven't guess by now, I'm a bit of a mascara junkie so any time I see a new mascara, I usually have to get it! I just posted my top 5 mascaras if you'd like to check them out, read HERE. So yeah, I picked this up at Wal-mart for just under $6.00 and this really is super sized. This tube is quite a bit larger than a regular mascara but what surprised me was that the wand is actually really small compared to the tube.


Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara Ingredients


This mascara claims to give full fanned lashes for a bold look. It also states that you should rotate the wand as you apply it. Now, this is not new to me, I have seen mascaras that say to roll it as you apply so I am not sure that it really makes a difference but you can give it a try if you don't already. I don't apply mine that way neither do I wiggle it through like most people. I just basically brush it upwards,  sometimes wiggling it a bit but usually nothing fancy. 

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara on lashes

Here are my results. Nothing on my lashes in the left picture. I do like this mascara but it seems to apply too much all at once. I had to use a lash comb to get them pretty well separated and they still seem to have a lot of product on them. I'm still on the fence with this mascara. I usually can tell whether I like a mascara right away but with this one, I'm not sure. I like the length it gives and it does give some volume but there's just something I'm not sure about. It's not my favorite but it's a decent mascara. It does wash off easily with soap and water and doesn't flake or smudge. 

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

From far away it doesn't look bad at all. I think there is just a bit too much fussing with this one for my taste. I like to just apply it and go, but with this one I really have to comb through and make sure it looks ok first. What do you guys think? Anyone else love this mascara or did you have the same results? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading! 


Friday, May 1, 2015

Top 5 Mascaras for length, volume and the wow factor!

Hello everyone!
Today I bring you my Top 5 mascaras! These are my absolute favorite mascaras, high end and drugstore. Now, I have tried plenty of mascaras; actually, I'm a mascara junkie. Yup, I have almost 40 mascaras sitting in my drawer right now. I don't have a problem, I'm just committed lol. So needless to say, I have tried almost all of them and I have put my very best 5 in this post for you.

Before some of you freak out on me and say, I tried that mascara and hated it, let me say that these are MY favorite. What works for some may not work for all but these give me the best length, volume and separation. Also, let me say that I am not the type of person to go for the "natural" look when it comes to my lashes. I like to cake it on so if you're not into that, you may not like these but it's worth checking out. : )



So here they are in no particular order:


Here are some of the mascaras from Flower Beauty. This is the Drew Barrymore line that is sold exclusively at Wal-mart. This line is a bit more expensive than drugstore brands but not as much as high end. I love all of these mascaras, the Intensif-eye is my favorite (white tube) and I have this one in Black Cherry which makes me love it more.

Flower beauty mascaras

Flower beauty mascara. Intensif-eye and 3 way

It's got a rubber bristle brush and the bristles are different sizes all the way around. The thing I really love about this mascara is that it separates so well and gives tons of length. Take a look at my picture here. This was the first time I applied it and I was just like wow, this mascara is awesome. 

Flower beauty mascara intensif-eye in Black Cherry


The next one is Maybelline The Falsies. I really love their The Rocket mascara as well so if you want to try either of these, I think you'll be happy with both. I don't think this actually gives you the false lash look but it does have little fibers in the mascara. I would be careful with this one if you wear contacts or are messy with the way you apply it. I have stabbed myself in the eye a few times with the fibers not paying attention. (Ouch!)




I will link my full reviews on the other mascaras I mentioned so you can read all the details and see the pictures here:

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Younique 3D Fiber lash
I am also wearing the 3D Fiber lash in my main About page.


The last one is probably my favorite of the bunch, this is the one I constantly go to and have re-purchased many times. I love the brush on this mascara and the length it gives me. The formula isn't too wet as well so I rarely have any clean up with this one, even if I am in a hurry to apply it. Almay One Coat Triple Effect is an awesome mascara. I can't say enough good things about it. The brush reminds me of the Vintage Maybelline mascara. It is more of a brush the way it looks and has different bristles than what the other wands do.

Almay one coat triple effect

I don't have problems with any of these flaking or smudging. I don't wear contacts but I rarely have any issues with these except The Falsies like I mentioned. I hope you'll give some of these a try if you haven't already, they really are great mascaras and let me know in the comments what are some of your favorites. Enjoy your weekend!