9/17/14

Fall Makeup Look: All About Maroon


Hey guys!  Today I thought I would share with you a makeup look that is perfect for Fall!  This look is all about warm maroon and plummy shades and is just so pretty!  These colors would be flattering on any eye color, and is a great take on a classic smokey eye.  Instead of using black or deep brown and gray eyeshadows, I used a matte maroon red in the outer corner of my eye and a matte pink to blend out the crease.  Dramatic enough for a nighttime look, but definitely a wearable daytime look as well.  I paired mine with a pink and red plaid shirt, and the two went together perfectly.


On my eyes:  MAC Painterly paint pot, a medium warm nude eyeshadow on my lid from the Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral palette, Makeup Geek Bitten in outer corner - up into crease - and on the lower lashline, Makeup Geek Cupcake blended out in the crease and lower lashline, MAC Shroom on browbone, and Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma to brighten the tear duct.  Physician's Formula black eyeliner pen, MAC Costa Riche eye kohl to tightline and in waterline, Maybelline Rocket Volume mascara.


On the rest of my face:  Make Up For Ever HD foundation, MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose, Ben Nye Banana Powder, Hoola bronzer, Covergirl True Plum blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Anastasia Brow Wiz, Anastasia clear brow gel, MAC Syrup lipstick, Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray.



I hope you enjoyed this makeup look!  And hopefully it gives you some inspiration on a Fall makeup look for yourself.  If you have any questions just let me know!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
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9/16/14

Using Your Skincare Samples!

So if you're like me and have one or more beauty subscriptions then you probably have samples galore, something similar to this...


....and this...


Or perhaps you just collect the ones from all your Sephora purchases...

I have recently been trying to use up some of these products, because I hate for them to just keep piling up and not getting used.  I pay for these subscription boxes but rarely do I actually use the stuff I get, and I hate that.  So recently what I have been doing is taking one moisturizer and one eye cream and using them till they're completely gone, and then moving on to another.  A problem that I was running in to was the messy little packets most of these products come in.  If you open up a packet and don't use all the product, it can leak out or dry up or whatever.  I haaaaaate that.  So, before what I was doing was opening a packet and just trying to use up the whole thing just to get rid of it.  I would usually have enough moisturizer to put on my face, neck, decolletage, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, etc. etc. etc.  Haha.  I decided there had to be a more economical way of using this stuff, so I got one of my empty travel containers (from an Aveda travel set I purchased yearssssss ago) and I designated it for my facial moisturizer samples.


I simply open one of my packets and squirt it in this container, and then dispose of the messy packaging.  I only put one packet at a time in here, and usually it will last me a week or longer.  



I currently have a Shiseido moisturizer in mine right now (which feels lovely on your skin btw!!!)

As for my eye creams, I am using an old Tarte eye cream container that I emptied a while back.  I washed it with some soap and water and wiped it clean with some rubbing alcohol, then emptied a packet in it as well.

I'm currently using up a Benefit eye cream sample right now.  It also feels quite nice!

I think as long as I keep a couple of these products in rotation at all times, I should be able to use up some of this stuff I've accumulated.  It's all high-end really nice stuff, and I hate to just give it away and waste it.  Let me know how you guys use up/store all of your samples!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everybody!
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Random Beauty Haul!

Hey everyone!  Today I thought I would share some of the beauty items I have been gathering over the past month or so.  I've used all of these products at least a couple of times, and have really been enjoying them.  Maybe this will give you some ideas on various items you might be interested in trying!  First up are some items I have recently purchased from MAC that I am absolutely loving.


Tinted Lipglass in Florabundance, $15

If I wear makeup I generally tend to do a dramatic eye and a super simple lip, and I really love just swiping on a MAC Lipglass and going.  Florabundance is a gorgeous creamy nude-peach that goes with just about any makeup look.  LOVE.

Lip Pencil in Whirl, $16

Unless you've been living under a rock then you're probably aware of the 90's/Kylie Jenner makeup trend/fascination.  Matte mauve-brown lips are all the rage right now, and this lip pencil is just that.


Tinted Lipglass in Bared For You, $15
(A Novel Romance limited edition)

A gorgeous shimmery nude Lipglass.  To be so shimmery you would think you would be able to feel the sparkles on your lips when you wear this, but surprisingly enough you can't.  One thing I will mention though, as the color and shine wear off in this product, there are some sparkles/shimmers left on your lips.  So if you're not a fan of that then you might not want to try this.  I, however, don't mind that in the least, especially considering how absolutely gorgeous this product is.




Eye Kohl in Costa Riche, $16

I have never been a fan of dark and/or black eyeliners in the waterline.  It looks okay on some people, but overall I think it just makes everyone's eyes look so much smaller and I simply don't care for it.  Here is my one exception.  MAC's Costa Riche is a gorgeous reddish brown eye kohl that looks lovely in the waterline.  Kim Kardashian made this famous (of course), and this warm toned brown liner is super flattering on us brown-eyed gals.  It's not too harsh and it doesn't irritate my already super sensitive eyes.  As I mentioned before, I think dark liners in the waterline tend to make everyone's eyes look smaller.  And even though I have really big eyes, that's something I just don't like or want.  I don't feel that this liner really does that.  It gives you the dramatic smokey effect you're desiring, without being too harsh.  I think this is something I will wear a lot in the upcoming Fall and Winter months.


Powder Blush in Animal Instincts, $22
(A Novel Romance limited edition)

Such a perfect Fall blush!  My favorite blushes in the colder months are definitely plum toned ones, and this one is no exception.  Love it!!!!


Lipstick in Syrup, $16

Described as a cloudy pink, MAC's Syrup has been one of my favorite purchases from MAC that I have ever made.  How did I live this long without this lipstick????  Ugh.  A beautiful, slight plummy shade that is perfect for Fall, but light enough to wear all throughout the year.  I will repurchase this for as long as MAC makes it.


Bitten Eyeshadow Pan, $5.99
Cupcake Eyeshadow Pan, $5.99

I adore MUG eyeshadows, and I tend to purchase a few new ones every month to add to my collection.  These two are to die for.




Jouer Lipstick in Grace, $22

I was watching a random video on YouTube several weeks ago and the girl was wearing this lipstick.  I can't remember who it was, but it looked SO pretty on her....so of course I had to have it.  Grace is such a pretty orange-coral-pink lipstick!  I haven't worn it myself, as I am starting to gravitate towards more deeper/neutral shades given the time of year.  But, I will definitely break this bad boy out in the Spring or whatever.  Even throughout the Fall and Winter months sometimes I will swipe on a bright lipstick to liven things up a bit.  This would be perfect for that!

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Up the Ante, $7.99
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat, $7.99


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Checkmate

These Revlon Gel Envy polishes are great.  They are super strong and I don't notice any chipping for at least a week.  Up the Ante is a really pretty creamy orchid-purple shade, and Checkmate is a perfect nude.  My favorite is Checkmate, but I generally like nude nails more than bright ones.  Just my personal preference!


L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Sage, $7.99

The L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows are the best eyeshadows you can get at the drugstore, in my opinion.  This beautiful green shade is the newest to my collection, and it is perfect.  Green is super flattering on brown eyes, and I think this will be great to wear this Fall <3


Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Wash in Almond & Honey, $5.99

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter in Almond & Honey, $7.49

More Tree Hut goodies.  I adore this brand and this particular scent!

TopCare Skin Treatment Oil

This is the knockoff store brand of Bio-Oil that I picked up at my local grocery store.  I bought this to try to get rid of a scar on my foot from where I fell back in early Spring.  So far so good, it's really lightening it up and hopefully it will help me get rid of something I hate so much.


Random hair clips from Wal-Mart.  I am constantly buying and losing these, who knows where they all end up.  But, I really like this size and shape of a clip.

Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care in Vanilla Bean, $3.49

One of the best drugstore lip balms out there.  I have this in Blueberry Pomegranate as well, and that one is definitely my favorite.  The Vanilla Bean one is good too, just not as good as the blueberry one.


I have purchased both of these products twice since Spring this year.  This has basically been my go-to sunscreens this year.  I especially like the face one from Hawaiian Tropic.  Their stuff always smells so darn good.

Pink twinkle lights for one of my guest rooms (which is the one that is also my beauty room!!!)


Thanks for checking this out guys!  Let me know what new products you're loving! xoxoxo -
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9/14/14

NOTD: Revlon Gel Envy In Checkmate

Hey guys!  Today I wanted to share with you a beautiful nude polish that I have fallen in love with!  


"Checkmate" from the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy line is an absolutely beautiful light beige nude that applies flawlessly to your nails.  I used 2 coats of the polish and 1 coat of the diamond top coat and ended up with a gorgeous manicure.  This polish lasted for about 8 days before I noticed any wear or chipping, which I would consider really good for a drugstore nail polish.  I have 3 colors from this line, and I have really enjoyed all of them.  So far Checkmate is probably my favorite, as I gravitate towards this type of color the most!  Highly recommend!


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