BEAUTY Haul

Well even though it was just Christmas, I bought a few makeup and beauty things for myself lately and wanted to share! You know how it is when you shop online, it’s so easy to ADD TO CART. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?

Here’s what I picked up.

First up, some lip products, cause ya girl can never have enough!

The Dior Lip Maximizer is my favorite gloss of all time, so you can imagine that I HAD to pick up this NEW limited edition shimmery hot pink color! The color is called Ultra Pink.

This gloss is a smoothing, slightly plumping formula with a sheer hot pink shimmer. Gorgeous, non-sticky, and LASTS.

Next, another one of my faves that I have repurchased, this Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Slow Burn. I love this color; it is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, has great lasting power, and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Last for the ol lips, a SCRUBBER. I’m going to use this with a lip scrub and hopefully the results will be magical for my dry chapped winter lips. It’s double sided, too!

I picked up this Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder because I have been lusting after it for ages. It is very pricey, but I decided to pull the trigger. It’s a translucent setting powder that is supposed to be amazing for its blurring capabilities. Anything with “soft focus” just calls to me.

ANOTHER nail polish because you know, I needed one. Haha. This one is so cool and different from any of the nail colors I own. It is the Nails Inc polish in Cosmic Blur. This looks so so pretty. It is a sheer pearly white with a holographic shimmer/glitter! I can’t wait to try it.

I have never tried any Dermalogica products before, but I saw this exfoliating powder that you mix up with water, and I was intrigued. I purchased the smaller size of this to try it out, but it has a ton of powder inside and I think you only need a little bit. I love exfoliating, so hopefully this one’s good!

Lastly, a hair product. I haven’t tried any products from IGK before, and I heard good things about this Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray. This is a heat protectant blow dry spray that is supposed to smooth the hair and tame frizz. I love to test out hair products, and I’m excited to try more from this brand.

That’s it for my haul! Let me know if you want an in depth review of anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

Best of Beauty | 2020

Yay!!! Time for my favorite post of the year! The 2020 Best of Beauty. I will be showing you all of my top picks for this year; these are my most used products and all-time faves.

Let’s start with nail colors.

Essie Gel Couture is where it’s AT. Love the thick brush; it makes it super easy to apply! The colors I chose are both pink because it’s what I like.

First is Matter of Fiction. A very light, pale pink cream.

Next is a darker pink cream color with a hint of purple. PR Stunt.

Next, some lippies!

2020 was a gloss year for me! These are my two favorites; I love them both!

Marc Jacobs Sugar High, a rosy pink with a subtle shimmer, and NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, a bright cream pink! Both glosses are non-sticky, last on the lips, and feel nice and moisturizing. Here are swatches:

From l to r: Sugar High and Vanilla Cream Pie

There was one stand out hair product this year that I cannot live without!

This is the Ouai Leave In Conditioner. I spray this in after I wash and condition my hair. It smells AMAZING and leaves my hair so soft. It helps to protect from heat too.

Ok, now for some face makeup.

Of course Bare Minerals Original Foundation is my favorite foundation! It’s just the best, I’ve used it the whole year and there’s still a ton left. It gives the perfect light coverage and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

For concealer, I still love the Shape Tape, but Maybelline Fit Me concealer is my new fave. It’s less thick, not drying, and gives perfect skinlike coverage.

A new blush I started using this year is Bare Minerals Blush in Call My Blush. This is just a matte, natural, rosy colored blush that I love. The staying power on this blush is so good. Here’s a swatch:

Now, some eye makeup.

My most used palette this year was the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. This has the best neutral colors and I like the mix of shimmers and mattes. Here’s a close up.

The colors are pigmented and stay put. I feel like this palette is perfect!

For eyeliner, the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Bold Brown. This pencil has the best staying power in any pencil I’ve ever used! Even with makeup remover it doesn’t hardly budge! Love how dark brown it is and how it glides on smoothly.

Lastly, my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This mascara is super black, keeps my lashes curled, and adds a ton of volume!

That’s it for my BEST OF BEAUTY!

What products did you love this year?

Check out all of my BEST OF BEAUTY posts!

BEST OF BEAUTY 2019

BEST OF BEAUTY 2018

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

Whew! I’ve been doing these a long time!

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Time for the last empties post of the year! I haven’t used up a whole lot this quarter, but there are some really good products here that I want to tell you about! Here they are.

Let’s start with some makeup.

I used up my favorite primer, the Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Primer. This gives a really smooth base for my powder foundation. It is clear and slick and I just pat a tiny bit into my t-zone area. This makes my foundation go on super smooth and I would definitely repurchase!

I used up two little sizes of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I like this mascara a lot, but I wish the brush was just a little bit smaller. It is very big but it does give me huge voluminous lashes. I would not purchase this mascara because I feel like L’Oréal Lash Paradise is very similar and also I don’t like the name “Better Than Sex”. I have two girls that love to look at my makeup and can read!

I also used up a Tarte Shape Tape. This is my favorite concealer and lasts me a full year! I only use a tiny bit because a little bit goes a long way! This covers my dark circles and lasts all day. I asked for this for Christmas, so yes, I would repurchase!

Ok lastly, a blush! I used up a blush! This is Luminious Flush by Hourglass and I loved it. It was a sheer pink with a golden shimmer and it’s just gorgeous. I probably wouldn’t repurchase because these blushes are verrry pricey, but I did really love it!

For hair, my girls used up this Honest Detangler. I bought this solely for the scent, “sweet orange vanilla”. It smelled amazing, but didn’t do anything spectacular for detangling. I wouldn’t repurchase because I have other detanglers that I love more, like the Its A Ten.

For skincare, I used up a small size of this Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I use this a few times a week on my skin, and I love the smoothness it gives. I feel like over time it has evened out my skin and really improved the texture. I have already purchased the big size.

Next, a physical exfoliant, the Yo Glow Wishful Enzyme Scrub. I didn’t like this, and it was very expensive. It was a white liquid that you apply and then scrub your face. It was supposed to scrub away the dead skin, but the product just pilled up on itself and did nothing for my skin at all. I wouldn’t recommend.

Lastly, a life changing product that I discovered this year, Revitalash. I got this for my birthday in August and used it for a few months every night. The difference in my lashes is amazing. Not only did it make them thicker, but they DID grow. I have asked for the large size of this for Christmas and I am excited to start using it again!

Alright, that’s it for the empties!

Thanks for reading xx

November Beauty Faves

It’s the end of November, and I have some new beauty faves to share with you all! I haven’t been wearing a full face of makeup everyday, but I do like to use a couple of things so I can look put together.

Here they are!

For nails, I’ve been using Essie Sheer Fantasy on repeat! I did a whole post on this a few weeks ago, and I love that it is so natural but chic looking! It is the perfect sheer neutral!

Next up is the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo. This comes with two colors, a pewter gold shimmer, and then a sort of chocolate brown color with a hint of sheen.

This is the perfect natural, every day duo. These colors are gorgeous and pigmented, and apply so smoothly. Here’s a swatch:

For lips, I’ve been doing a sort of tinted lip balm. This one by Clinique in Whole Lotta Honey is the best my-lips-but-better rosy brown color! It is shiny and moisturizing and just feels so good. Love the twist up crayon shape, too. Here’s a swatch:

This Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub is really nice. It is a gel that has little beads and scrubbers that aren’t too harsh. It leaves a cooling tingle on my skin and makes my face feel really clean. I like to use this in the shower, and you only need a teeny bit.

Lastly for hair, is this Verb Ghost Hair Oil. Hair oils are a must for me and my dry ends. This oil really nourishes my hair and makes it feel so soft. I apply two pumps to it from my ears down and comb it through. It really smooths and adds shine. It also has a really light scent and doesn’t weigh down my hair. Love it!

That’s it for the faves!

Thanks for reading xx

The Best Drugstore Makeup

I really tried to narrow this down to TOP 5, but I couldn’t! These 6 are my all-time favorite AFFORDABLE makeup products. There is really no need to spend a ton of money on makeup when there are such great options at the drugstore.

Here they are!

This L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation is one of my top foundations of all time. It provides a solid medium coverage (but is buildable) and gives such a NATURAL look. The finish is dewy and skin like. I also really like the packaging, you don’t have to worry about the plastic squeeze tube breaking or anything in your makeup bag. I wear the shade 201 Classic Ivory.

Next up is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This concealer has been around forever, and it never fails me. I wear the shade Fair. This concealer is a liquid with a doe foot applicator. It comes in a ton of shades and covers my dark circles without being drying. It hydrates my under eyes and doesn’t crease. Love it!

A fairly new product that made the list is the Covergirl Clean Fresh Pressed Powder. I have the shade Fair. First off, the pink packaging is so cute, it reminds me of Too Faced. The powder inside is so soft and smooth, and my pores disappear when I apply this. It keeps my face shine free and actually could be used as a powder foundation because of the coverage it gives. I would take this over any of my high end powders!

A product I have talked about nonstop is the L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara. This is my favorite drugstore mascara of all time. It is very comparable to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (even the packaging is similar). I actually prefer this over that mascara though.

It lengthens the lashes like you wouldn’t believe! It is super black and holds the curl all day. The only con is that it dries out pretty quickly, within about 2 months. I think it is still worth it, though!

For years I was obsessed with the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, until I discovered these Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Pencil Liners. This is in the dark brown color, Bold Brown. This blows my UD Demolition liner out of the water in lasting power and in color. It’s also about half the price!

Lastly, the NYX Butter Glosses. These glosses are a cult fave, and everyone loves them! They are smooth and non-sticky, and come in a TON of colors. This color is Vanilla Cream Pie, a gorgeous sheer bright pink. I LOVE the shade. They also smell like vanilla.

Here’s a swatch.

So, that’s it for my drugstore favorites! It was hard to pick only 6, but these products never fail me, and I love how they are available everywhere.

What are your favorite drugstore products that I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading

xx