Best of Beauty 2016

So I love reading end of the year favorites! They are always something I look forward to, seeing the best of the best for the year. Here’s mine!Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

I actually did a review on this with swatches and comparisons! 

Click here to see more!

Wet n Wild blush in Rose Champagne 

I hardly ever wear blush. Maybe once a month. But I love this one because it is so natural looking, easy to apply, and cheap.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

Honestly, I don’t know what possessed me to buy this product. I love dewy, glowy foundations. But this matte bb cream really blew me away. It has the perfect coverage and looks beautiful on the face! Covergirl is a brand that I never buy from because their products are always too pink for me (I have yellow undertones) but this matched perfectly. I was seriously blown away by this!

Too Faced Sweet Tea Bronzer

I might have only bought this because of the name😜 But this is a great bronzer that also took me by surprise. I don’t normally like baked bronzers/blushes but this is really great quality! It works for when I want to do a light “contour” also. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

My life will never be the same after using this. I ran out of my first one and didn’t want to spend the money buying another one. So I bought 3 more drugstore concealers trying to find something that would compare… But I ended up going back to my Nars concealer. I don’t know what they put in this but I love it! Full coverage, light weight, natural looking, beautiful finish. 

NYX Dark Circle Concealer Corrector

I did a review on this also with alot better pictures and a before and after!

click here to see the review!

Colourpop Aquarius Lippie Stix and Lip Liner

Pictures don’t do this color justice. It is the PERFECT lip color for me. If I could only use one lip product for life it would be this. It is beautiful!!!!

Maybelline Brow Precise Pencil

I have tried the Hourglass brow pencil and the Sephora brow pencil but this beats them both! It just works. Plus it is only like 7$ at the drugstore which makes it even better. 

Colourpop Highlighter in Spoon

This. Highlighter. It’s beautiful!!!! I love it waayyy better than Lunch Money. This is a really sparkly champagne colored highlighter. 

Wet n Wild Setting Spray

So I used to use the Urban Decay All Nighter but it really just sucked the moisture out of my skin. I prefer this Wet n Wild one over the Ud because it keeps my makeup from being too oily but at the same time gives my face a little bit extra moisture!

So that’s it! I hope maybe you found some products you might want to try! I’m already excited to try some new things in 2017 so hopefully next year I will have different yearly favorites. Have a great day and thanks for reading!!

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NYX Color Corrector Concealer Review

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Hello! I picked this concealer up at Ulta last month and have been (surprisingly) loving it! I never really bought into the whole color correcting trend but this concealer may have changed my mind:)

I have always had dark under eyes. Mostly it is because of my bone structure. The light hits my face and cast a shadow under my eyes. But also because my skin is very thin and delicate around my eyes.

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This concealer has coconut oil in it which makes it blend out easily. (I may or may not have bought this because it said coconut on the packaging…..) I expected a dry, hard to blend concealer but I was wrong! It’s very moisturizing, yet also long lasting:) Even though I have oily skin, this stays throughout an 8-hour workshift with little creasing. However, if you have a really hard time with concealer creasing, I suggest when using this that you set it with a face powder.

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I got this lightest shade out of the three, and it goes very well with my skin tone:)

This was only 5.99$ at Ulta which is, awesome! Considering a lot of drugstore brand concealers are twice that price.

Now for comparisons….
Would I replace my holy grail, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer with this? Absolutely not. That concealer is my soul-mate and irreplaceable.  But….. this is definitely in my top 3 concealers. It’s perfect for every day,  light coverage.  But whenever I’m super tired, or have a long day ahead of me, or want something a little more full coverage,  I use my Nars concealer. Sometimes I’ll use them together by blending the Nars concealer over the NYX one…. It’s a match made in heaven:)

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I hope this review helped you and that you enjoyed it! I love reviews so there will definitely be more to come! Have a blessed week!:)

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette Review

So for my birthday I went to Ulta and one of things I bought was this palette:) Ever since I got into makeup I have wanted the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette… Until they came out with the matte version of it!!

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First of all… the packaging is goooorrgeous!! It’s a tin palette with almost a victorian flare to it:)

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But even though they killed it on the packaging, it’s the inside that counts;)

I’m a sucker for neutral colors. Especially when it comes to eyeshadow. I honestly dont stray away from neutral colors very much. Every now and then I’ll throw in a purple, blue, or a peach. So these colors are some that I will get a lot of use out of.

This palette is designed for 3 different eye looks. A day look, classic look, and a fashion look which I guess is the most dramatic. It comes with a little pamphlet that shows you how to achieve each of these but honestly,  I haven’t even looked at it;P It is nice for beginners though!

This is my first Too Faced palette and when I bought this I expected great things. I have heard sooooo many good things about their palettes. Especially the chocolate bar ones! The only high-end eyeshadows I have to compare this palette to is Urban Decay, and Tarte (their shadows are amazing btw).

When I first used this palette I was surprised at how powdery they are. I felt like I kept having to apply shadow to get the color to show. Especially with Honey Butter, and Strapless. The longevity of these are about the same as my Urban Decay shadows. I used eyeshadow primer yet I still noticed some creasing. But thats normal for me because I have hooded eyes and oily eyelids (that just sounds weird right? ;P).

I swatched the darkest shade, Sexpresso, next to my Tarte eyeshadow in Picnic Basket.

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That’s two swipes of Sexpresso and two swipes of Picnic Basket.

Tarte eyeshadows are soo creamy and buttery so compared to those, the Too Faced shadows are powdery. BUT….. compared to Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows, Too Faced’s are more pigmented.

So, in simpler terms… I would put Too Faced right in between Urban Decay and Tarte.

Here’s some of my favorite shades:) (I marked them with a really cheesy heart sticker in case you can’t tell;)

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Would I recommend this palette to a friend? – Absolutely!

Would I repurchase this palette? – Yes. I love the colors and the size of this palette. Plus it’s been the only shadows I’ve used since I got it!

Would I rate this in my Holy Grail makeup products? – For now, yes I would! But who knows what the future holds so of course that could change;)

April Favorites 2016

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This is actually the first year I’ve used sunscreen consistently on my face. This doesn’t break me out and dries down to a semi-matte finish which I appreciate since my skin is so oily on it’s own.

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My sister bought this for me for my 20th birthday! I loovee the smell of coconut! I’ve been keeping this is my purse to use when my hands get dry.

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I picked this up a couple of weeks ago at bath and body. I have a weakness for cute water bottles so I had to get it;P

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I am really surprised that I like this product as much as I do (Loreal Brow Stylus Plumper). It keeps all my crazy brow hairs in place and gives a little bit extra volume.

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Again…. coconut. 😉 I love the smell of this, plus it’s easier to use than my Vaseline lip therapy.

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I have literally been listening to this album nonstop for 3 days… I love it. Trust In You, and Come Alive and two of my favorite songs on this album:)

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So I bought this the beginning of April and have used it almost everyday since. I’m a huge lipgloss lover in the summer. So a coconut flavored lipgloss just called my name. This is a clear gloss with quite a bit of shimmer so if you don’t like shimmery glosses this may not be for you.

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My mom got me this mason jar bottle thing for my birthday and it is sooooo cute!!! As you can see I love drinking my sweet tea out of it:)

So there’s my April Favorites!  I hope you enjoyed! Have a great month of May!

My Current Favorite Makeup Products

 

When it comes to makeup products that i absolutely have to have,the products that are the bare necesssities of my collection (pun intended;p) and products that I just really cant get over, it would have to be these products that I am about to share with you. Some of these I’ve used for a couple years now and some of these are fairly new to my collection but I love them just the same and honestly I can’t see myself getting over any of these products or wanting to replace them. 🙂

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So without any further ado, I’ll begin with the TooFaced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. This primer is suppose to hydrate and obviously replenish your face for a dewy and healthy looking finish. And for me it does exactly that. Although I tend to forget just how moisturizing this primer is until my skin is dry, then I fall in love with it all over again. This is the perfect every day primer that never fails. Plus it smells like coconuts and has a cool little pump thingy!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES      If you are like me and like to take dewy skin to the next level, the SmashBox PhotoFinish Primer Oil will be your best friend. I only have the sample size of this right now:( But when I run out I doubt I’ll have any problems dropping a ridiculous amount of cash for this. Firstly because it’s an oil. I LOVE oils. Beauty oils, body oils, hair oils, massage oils, and now a primer oil:D This smells like Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme lipsticks (which I’m pretty sure smell just like the Garden of Eden) and lasts all throughout the day. It gives me just a beautiful radiant goddess-like glow to the skin without being greasy or sweaty looking. Also, it doubles as a skin care product because you can wear it under makeup or as a moisturizer before bed! Now that I’ve talked myself into buying the full size… lets move on to the next product;P

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES     One of my very first purchases from Sephora was the TooFaced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Me and my mom got our makeup done there one time as a free service, 30 minutes and 200$ later (Nice one, Sephora) I was the proud owner of some products I still love today which includes this right here bronzer! Once again, (I smell things) it smells like chocolate. Not Hershey chocolate, but the Nesquick chocolate milk powder (the good stuff;)) This is a matte finish bronzer which I prefer over a satin or shimmer finish. I use this in the winter to darken up my neck when I’m pale and in the summer to add more definition to my face. Once again this is a double duty product for me. I use this all the time as a transition shade in my crease and sometimes I’ll do a light handed contour. It blends like a dream and lasts quite a while on the skin. Oh and did I mention it smells like chocolate?

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES     When Moses came down from Mt. Saini and was glowing I’m pretty sure God had just covered him in Benefit’s Watts Up highlighter. Okay, so  I’ve might have gone a little too far, but point is this is the most beautiful champagne cream-to-powder highlighter ever. I love this because I can build up the “wattage” or just add a slight gleam wherever I want. I have used this product soooo many times over the two years I’ve had it and it looks like I have barely put a dent in it. I really like that its in a tube so I can just apply it directly to my face without using any brushes. I also use this as an eyeshadow base and I’ll pat it over my lipstick to give a little more glow. NOTE: I do not use the applicator sponge that is on the other end of the package. I just blend it out with my fingers.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES      I honestly don’t know why I put off buying Urban Decay’s NAKED 2 pallete for so long. I guess because of the price tag and I haven’t really bought a pallete like this before, so I was a bit unsure if I’d even use it or not. But, I haven’t regretted buying this since the minute I bought it. Honestly, this is the only palette from Urband Decay’s “NAKED” line that I’m actually attracted to. I love neutral colors and this is just the perfect range of them. The packaging is really sturdy which is a plus for me because I’m clumsy. And I love the fact it has a mirror on the inside (even though I don’t even use it that often?;P) The formula of these shadows are very smooth and creamy. And the pigmentation is perfect. I have never been let down by Urban Decay’s eye shadows; these are no exception. The only thing I would suggest when using these (if you have oily eyelids like me) is to use an eyeshadow primer before using the shimmer/glitter shades. They will last a lot longer. My favorite shades are: Bootycall, Chopper,Snakebite, Suspect (My absolute favorite), YDK, and Blackout.

If you haven’t heard of ColourPop, you are missing out on a goldmine. ColourPop is a online makeup brand that is based in L.A. They make Lippies (lipsticks), lipliners, Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, eyeshadows, eye liners, and creme eyeliners. All under 10$. Yep. And the quality is wayyyy better than most of the main drugstore brands. Their lippies and ultra matte liquid lipsticks are my favorite and thats what I’ll be including in my top makeup products. I have tried their matte and cream finish lippie stix and both are amazing. The color payoff is out of this world and it lasts on the lips,after eating, singing, etc. etc… And the colors are all unique and gorgeous! Their Ultra Matte lipsticks are my favorite though because I’m a fan of liquid lipsticks. I have the color Bumble which is my perfect terracota red. It matches perfectly with Rimmel’s Spice Lipliner. There are sooo many color I want to buy and they just announced the newest Ultra Matte collection for 2016 and I’m already saving my money;) Honestly,you can’t go wrong with ColourPop in my opinion.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES     Benefit’s Their Real mascara is a classic cult favorite. It’s still talked about today and for a good reason. From what I seen you either love or hate this mascara and I happen to love it. I don’t use this every day (which is why I have yet to buy the full size) I try to save it for special occasions. I have hooded eyes so its hard for me to find a mascara that adds length and volume to my eyelashes, without taking away from my eyeshadow underneath. This mascara, somehow, does just that. It gives me thick lashes and beautiful length. The only downfall, it’s pretty difficult to get completely off. Since there are probably a zillion other reviews on this product, I’ll move on. 😉

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES     Another product which is so overly hyped is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I’m sure everyone and their dog has heard of this concealer. Truth is whenever I heard someone start to rave about this product I immediately tuned them out because I feel like I’ve heard sooooo much about it already. But, after trying every drugstore concealer I finally broke down and decided to buy a highend one. This is the best concealer I have ever used and I never want to use a different kind ever again. I have had such a hard time finding a concealer that 1) covers my dark circles without making me look older and even worse after 2 hours than if I hadn’t of worn concealer. and 2) finding a concealer that actually covered my acne scars instead of making them look purple. I used this once and have never looked back! And I’m not ashamed of it either;P Seriously though, I can’t think of a better name than “Radiant Creamy”. It’s spot on.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES      I love to try out Sephora brand products. I’ve never been disappointed by them and they are a lot cheaper than a lot of “name brand” products. The Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in the color Mangobeam is the PERFECT peach blush. I use this all year round and it always ties everything together no matter what the color scheme is. The pigmentation is perfect, not to harsh and not to light. And this last on my cheeks all day which is a big plus because I’m always resting my face against my hand. I really want to try this blush in Guava Glow. If you are really looking for a good blush and don’t want to spend 20 something bucks, I realllllllyy recommend this!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES    Like I mentioned earlier, I love liquid lipsticks. Especially when they are matte finish. Recently I was online shopping at Sephora and was 10$ away from free shipping so I went to the travel size section and was browsing when I came across the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. The brand Hourglass has always intrigued me but I had never tried any of their products. So I ended up buying the sample size of this lipstick in the color “Canvas”. Online this is described as a “dusty rose” color. But honestly, that description is just too vague. This is a nude rose color with terracota undertones. This is definitely a warm color lipstick and it is GORGEOUS. When I frist tried this on I just couldn’t believe how absolutely beautiful this color is! There is just something about it that I can’t find in any other lipstick color. It truly is one of a kind. The formula is a lot thicker than ColourPop liquid lipsticks, which makes it easier to apply. Its defintely on the creamy side of liquid lipsticks. It last for a long time and doesn’t settle in the creases on my lips. But as with any liquid lipstick I definitely recommend exfoliating before using this. I only have the sample size right now but I’m actually buying the full size within the next month. 🙂

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES      Every person needs a good lip balm. My lips stay chapped all. year. long. It’s awful! I have tried a lot of lip balms and I always come back to the Vaseline Lip Therapy. It’s just what works best for me! My favorite is the Cocoa Butter formula but they have a couple other ones too like Rose, Creme Brulee, Honey, and regular vaseline. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but a good lip balm can do WONDERS for you, especially if you are like me and love liquid lipsticks. 🙂

I hope that you enjoyed reading this and found some products that you maybe want to try out! If you have any questions, comments, or encouragement please let me know in the comment section!!