August Beauty FAVES

It’s the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves to share with you! These are things that I’ve been using pretty much all summer long; everything is super easy and are great for the hot summer months.

Honestly, I’m not really into eyeshadow anymore. I usually just do a one-wash-of-color type of thing pretty much daily. Cream shadows are awesome for the summer, they’re so easy to apply, last all day, and feel nice and cool. These NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are the OG cream shadow sticks, and for good reason. This color, Iced Mocha, is the perfect shimmer bronze color and looks so pretty on the lids.

My favorite lip gloss formula of all time is the Dior Lip Maximizer, and this color Ultra Pink, is a hot pink with golden shimmer. I’ve been wearing this gloss so much and it is just the best, non-stickiest gloss. It also plumps the lips slightly. Love it!

I’ve talked about these e.l.f. Multi-Sticks before, and I love to use them on my cheeks instead of powder blush. They have a slightest shimmer and give a pretty, dewy look to my cheeks. They last long and are so easy to apply! I have the colors Glistening Peach and Sparkling Rose, and both are gorg!

Is it even summer if you don’t paint your toes hot pink?! I recently picked up this color from LA Girl called Eden, and it is electric pink. It is so so pretty and shiny, and just the epitome of summer for me.

For fragrance, I have been loving the Michael Kors Eau De Parfum. If you love florals, you will love this scent. It has tuberose, peony, and a hint of incense to make it warm and a bit woody. It is my go-to!

Lastly, a texture spray, because I love a textured wave. I hardly ever wear my hair straight because it is so long, so I love to curl my hair, brush it out a bit, and spray this in. It gives a messy, undone type of look, and it does have some hold to it. My hair still looks great the next day when I use this, and it smells really good too.

That’s it for the faves!!! What have you been loving this summer?

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Hello! I’m doing this empties post a little bit early because, well, the empties are piling up! I didn’t do an empties last quarter, so I have a lot of mini reviews to share with you today!

Told you it was a lot!

First up, some haircare. I love this Clarifying Tea Tree Shampoo by Herbal Essences, it really cleans my hair and smells so good.

This Sephora Hair Primer was just okay for me. It is supposed to be a heat protectant that you use before blowdrying and I just wish it was a little more moisturizing, kind of like a leave in conditioner. It seemed to just dry my hair out, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase.

I used my Sephora points to get this Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, and I can’t wait to get the full size! The smell of Amika products are so good, and this dry shampoo really makes my hair feel clean.

Of course it wouldn’t be an empties post without some L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This is my favorite mascara, and all I ever wear! It lengthens, holds a curl, is super black, and lasts all day! Love it.

This Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is another longtime fave of mine. It has good coverage but isn’t drying, like most concealers. I would repurchase.

I use Bare Minerals Foundation every day, but this is the pressed version. I have finally decided that even though the pressed version is more easy to use, the loose powder original version is just better. It just provides more coverage and looks less powdery on my skin. I probably wouldn’t repurchase this.

I used up two Burts Bees lip balms, one in original and one coconut pear. I prefer the original because of the minty tingle, but I would repurchase both!

This Arm and Hammer Toothpaste is my secret to white teeth! Even my dentist says how white my teeth are and it’s thanks to this. I love how it’s not overly sweet and minty, but still gives a really clean feeling after you use it.

This Activated Charcoal toothpaste for whitening was just ok, I don’t feel like it really did a lot, and it’s black color makes a big mess every time it’s used. I wouldn’t repurchase.

Loving Tan has become my favorite self tanner. I use this 2 HR Express formula along with a mitt, and it gives the perfect tan! I would repurchase.

This Clinique Moisturizer that I have been using for years just isn’t going to cut it anymore. I have since switched to a moisturizer with SPF and won’t be going back. This is the gel formula and was moisturizing and lightweight, so if you are looking for that, it’s a good one.

This is a little container of the Sol De Janiero Hair Repair Treatment Mask. I LOVED this. It has that same delicious smell as the Bum Bum Cream, and it was really nourishing for my hair. I can’t wait to get the full size!

Now for some random things.

This Banana Boat Sunscreen is all I use on my girls and they have never been sunburned. I use this on their bodies and their faces, and have purchased multiple bottles of this over the years. It’s tear free and feels nice and cool going on. Already repurchased!

This nail polish remover is like none other. As someone who paints their nails weekly, this is the best for removing even glitter nail color! It takes it right off. Already repurchased.

Another thing that is crucial for my manicure routine is one of these buffing blocks. You can get these pretty much anywhere and I always use one to buff my nails before painting so there’s no ridges or anything.

Lastly, Oxyclean Max Force. This is a laundry pre-treater for stains. I have YET to find a stain that this won’t take out. I use this on a daily basis on my girls and husband’s clothes (and mine sometimes!) and it just works. I also like the foam version of this. I spray it on and throw it into the hamper and then let it sit anywhere from a few hours to DAYS, and then throw it in the wash. It has never not worked. They don’t call me the stain master for nothing! Haha

Whew, that’s it for the empties! Have you used any of these products?

Thanks for reading xx

I’m Back With a SEPHORA Haul

Hello! It has been so long since I’ve made a post here on the ‘ol blog. It has been pretty much impossible to have time with my girls out of school this summer! They start school in about a week, so I will hopefully get back to my regular MWF posts. I made a list of a ton of things I want to write about, and I thought a Sephora Haul should be the first one up!

I pretty much placed this order for the birthday gift, but I couldn’t be stopped when I saw some new products.

Here’s what I got!

First off is this 4 Piece Hydrate Set from Pureology. This comes with small sizes of the hydrate shampoo and conditioner, the leave in spray with 21 benefits, and the dry shampoo. I have tried everything here, except the dry shampoo, which is what I got the kit for. I didn’t want to commit to a big size, and I love getting the rest of these small sizes too. I love the other three products.

If you know me, you know I love Bare Minerals, I’ve been using the powder foundation for about 13 years now, and I was THRILLED when I saw this pressed version of their Mineral Veil, which is a translucent setting powder. Anything pressed is better, IMO! I hope it’s as good as the original.

Next up is this little Cheek Pop Blush from Clinique in Pansy Pop. I used to have the shade Rosy Pop, but I used it up. I got this because it is supposedly a “dupe” for the sold-out-everywhere Dior Rosy Glow Blush. Ever since Kylie Jenner mentioned it saying how good it was, it is impossible to find! The color of this blush is beautiful, a bright lilac pink color. The formula of these blushes are awesome too, they are so pigmented and I love that they’re matte.

Oh, I have been wanting to try this Dior Lip Oil for so long, and I was so happy to find it in the color Cherry. I LOVE Dior lip products, and I’ve already tried this and it is perfect. It is such a pretty sheer color, and leaves my lips so soft and moisturized.

Also, I picked up a repurchase, my Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Defense SPF 30. I use this everyday as a moisturizer underneath my Bare Minerals Foundation and it’s my favorite. Doesn’t leave me greasy, and adds a nice sheer tint to my skin.

Now for the freebies!

This was the free birthday gift– I think there are other sets to choose from, but I love NARS so I knew I wanted this one. It is a mini Laguna Bronzer and Laguna Lip Balm. Laguna Bronzer is too dark for my skintone, so I plan to use this as eyeshadow, which will be so pretty and bronzey. The lip balm is so so cute and the color just gives a slight golden-y sheen to my lips. Love both of these!

This was the mobile offer that I picked with my order, the Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper. I recently had to toss my Too Faced one because it got discolored somehow (and I only had it a few months), so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one. This is a very small size, but has very good reviews so hopefully I’ll like it.

That’s it for the haul! I think I got some good things to try out.

Let me know if you want an in-depth review on anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

April Beauty FAVES

It is the end of April, which means spring is here! I have a whole bunch of beauty products to chat about! Here’s what I’ve been using nonstop this month.

First up, a sunscreen/moisturizer that I use every day before I apply makeup. This is Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30. This is a super sheer tinted moisturizer that dries down matte and is perfect under makeup. It provides a tiny bit of coverage and is a nice smooth base for foundation.

Next, the Makeup Eraser has been an old favorite, but I recently purchased some new ones. This was part of the Let’s Get Physical Set. I like these because they are smaller than the original makeup erasers. These take off all of my makeup and are reusable! I put them in a laundry bag and wash them in the washer. They’re also really pretty, too! This set is sold out, but they have tons of cute colors and prints available.

I have been using Revitalash consistently for about 6 months now and all I have to say is, WOW. This stuff really does work. My eyelashes are extremely long. Almost too long. I apply the serum every night to my upper lash line, it is super easy with the brush tip, and it works so so well. It is pricey, but worth it.

I saw this Retinol Stick in this pink packaging and I was so intrigued that I had to try. I apply this straight to my under eye and side eye areas every night and I have noticed a slight difference in the tiny crows feet and I swear it is lightening my dark circles. I love how it’s a stick form too.

I saved the best for last! This little Make Up For Ever Cheek Duo is SO GOOD. It comes with a rosy pink matte blush and a golden shimmery highlight powder. These colors are gorgeous and perfect for spring. Here are the swatches.

Lastly, and probably my most favorite product of the month, the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm. I LOVE a tinted balm; it’s my favorite type of lip product to wear. This lip balm is amazing even down to the rose gold packaging. It is a sheer pink color with the golden shimmer just like the blush. It is so pretty.

That’s all for my faves!

What have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading! xx

Top 5 | Springy Blushes

Hello my peeps! Today we are talking blush- pink blush, peach blush, shimmery blush, matte blush, cream blush, liquid blush…all the blush! How many times can I say blush?

Here are my top 5 picks for spring time!

We all know the first one, NARS Orgasm. The perfect, peachy pink color with golden shimmer. A universal blush for every skintone. I raved about it here. Still my fave!

Next up, another big time fave. Bare Minerals Blush in Call My Blush. This is a rosy matte pink color that is so pretty and natural. It is the perfect shade for every day.

Lastly, a blush that I have purchased at least three times, Tarte Dollface. This is also a matte formula, and is kind of a hot pink (but still light?). This color just WORKS and is buildable. It doesn’t look so hot pink on the cheeks but gives such a pretty and youthful look.

Here are the swatches. No filter on these.

I also have one cream blush and one liquid blush to share.

The first one is the ELF Multi-stick in Glistening Peach. I talked about it in my recent drugstore gems post, but wow is it beautiful. It is a peachy color with golden shimmer, and the consistency is so creamy and blends perfectly. It looks so fresh and glowy on the skin.

We have another NARS blush, but this time it is their liquid formula in the color Torrid. Don’t be afraid of it’s pigmented and dark appearance, if it works for my fair skin, it will probably work for you! It is a peachy orange color (hear me out) with a golden shimmer. Used LIGHTLY, it is GORGEOUS. I apply the slightest pump to my hand, dip my brush in and swirl it around to get some of the product off, and then apply to my cheeks. It is so pretty, and you will never run out!

Here are the swatches!

Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite spring time blush?

Thanks for reading xx

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