Hautelook + Nordstrom Summer Beauty Essentials Bag

Hi Guys! I just received my Hautelook + Nordstrom Summer Beauty Essentials Bag in the mail, and I thought I would share it with all of you. Every couple of months, on Hautelook’s website, they put out a “Beauty Essentials Bag”. The bag contains a bunch of different products, and it is just $20. As a gal who loves to try out new products, this is right up my alley! The product value that you get is way over the $20, and it’s just like Christmas when you get it in the mail!

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So, this set of 14 products is valued at $120, and everything comes in a cute little clear makeup bag, and here is what it contains:

Blow Pro Strong Hold Finishing Spray, Strengthens and conditions hair as it holds and locks out humidity, and prevents frizz. Sulfate and paraben free, not tested on animals. 1.5 oz. I am always looking for a new hairspray, so I’m excited to try this!

Lashfood Nano Peptide Natural Eyelash ConditionerProvides the appearance of longer, thicker lashes and helps your lashes to become healthy and strong. 0.02 oz.

Grab N’ Go Pony Compact3″3″ clear plastic compact that holds your ponytail holders and comes with 3 colored ones. This is so cool! Now I have someplace to put mine and Allison’s ponytail holders so they won’t end up at the bottom of my purse.

Miracle 10 AHA CreamSkin Smoothing Exfoliator to help relieve dry skin, even out skin tone, and minimize aging. 10 ml. I am obsessed with trying anything with anti-aging on it, so I am definitely going to try this one out soon!

Diptyque Eau de Toilette Fragrance – this scent is supposed to smell like fig trees, I don’t really like it that much though! I’ll probably give this to someone or just toss it. I like more floral fragrances.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in NakedGlides on smoothly, stays creamy, and keeps lipstick, gloss, and stain from feathering. I am a big fan of these 24/7 eyeliners, but I have never tried a lipliner from this brand. This color is a true nude, and will look good with a nude lipstick over the top.

LORAC Special Effects Mascara in BlackContains natural oils and plant extracts to prime lashes, and the mascara defines and lengthens lashes while keeping them healthy and shiny.

Crown Brush Travel Brush Setcontains powder brush, oval shadow brush, angled liner brush, oval tip brush, and brow groomer brush.

Whish Orange Cream Body ButterSoftens and soothes skin, firms with organic seaweed extract, and is paraben free. 0.50 oz. This lotions smells exactly like an orange creamsicle! It is so soft and I seriously just want to eat it, it smells so good! I will definitely be purchasing the full-size!

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream20% shea butter hand cream penetrates to protect, nourish, and moisturize hands. 0.03 oz.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Margaritathis lipstick offers a beautiful, velvet texture, and resists wear and smudging. 0.14 oz.

Kate Somerville Tan Towel Half Body Classic ToweletteExfoliate, tan and moisturize all in one! Works with proteins and amino acids to provide the most natural looking tan. These are great for travel, and they do provide a great tan with no streaking!

Mirenesse Lip Bomb in #27Color that drenches your lips for a juicy, high impact color that is super moist and has a velvety finish. This is a liquid lipstick that is really shiny, and it is really pretty. I had never heard of this brand before, but I am impressed with the wear of this.

Way more than $20, right? I am really impressed with these bags, and I will continue to purchase them! If you would like me to do a review or a demo on any of these products, let me know!

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

What’s In My TRAVEL Makeup Bag?

Hi Everyone! Hope y’all are having a great weekend. Since we are headed out of town today, I thought I would show y’all what I pack in my makeup bag when I go on a trip! Hope you guys like it!

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As you can see, I like to pack a lot! The makeup bag is just a small sparkly pink leopard printed one from F21.

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-Benefit Porefessional Primer
-Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 20 Beige
-My own tinted moisturizer that I made
-MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15
-Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Radiant

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-Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in Light Neutral
-Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
-MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NW20
-Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna

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-Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette
-MAC eyeshadow quad that I custom made with Phloof, All That Glitters, Espresso, and Knight Divine
-NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha
-Jordana Fabuliners in Black and Brown
-Maybelline Volum’ Express Rocket Mascara
-Loreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black
-Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero

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-MAC Prep + Prime for lips
– NYX MegaShine gloss in Tea Rose
– Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
– MAC Lipstick in See Sheer

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-Tarte Eyelash Curler
– Crown Brush Powder Blush
-Crown Brush Blush Brush
-Real Techniques Setting Brush
-Crown Brush Concealer Brush
-Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
-Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
– Real Techniques Brow Brush
– Real Techniques Accent Brush

And that’s all I bring with me! I, of course, have more lip products in my purse! 🙂

Hope you guys liked seeing what’s in my travel makeup bag, let me know what’s in yours!

If you would like a review or a demo on any of the products seen here, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Friday Favorite – Maybelline Volum’ Express THE ROCKET Mascara

Hi Guys! Today’s favorite is a mascara that I have been using for about 6 months straight. This mascara is THE ROCKET by Maybelline.

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This mascara comes in a pretty blue and pink tube, and has a very big plastic bristle brush.

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I always use non-waterproof versions of mascara, I don’t usually have a problem with smudging, so I never buy waterproof…but there is a waterproof version for those of you who want to try it. I decided to try this mascara because I thought it was pretty, and because I love Maybelline mascaras. I just love mascaras with huge brushes. I have tried a lot of mascaras with small brushes, and I can never seem to get them to work for me. It seems like the mascaras with the big brushes always give me more volume and length.

I am on my third tube of this mascara, and I hope they never stop making it! It is very black, and you only need a couple of swipes for it to give you amazing volume! This mascara never smudges or flakes on me, and it stays in place all day. I would recommend curling your eyelashes prior to applying this, just like you should with all mascaras.

This mascara is very similar to Covergirl’s Lash Blast, Lash Blast Volume, and Clump Crusher mascaras. Those are also good mascaras, but not as good as THE ROCKET. The reason I like this mascara so much is because my lashes stay curled all day with this! Even after wearing it for 8 hours, it looks like I have just applied it.

BEFORE ROCKET:

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AFTER ONE COAT OF ROCKET:

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There is only one con to this mascara. It is somewhat difficult to remove. I have never had to work this hard to get a non-waterproof mascara off! Most mascaras will just come off with my facial cleanser, but not this one, I have to use makeup remover to get it off. What I do, is I take a cotton pad and my Sephora Cleanse Off Oil, and pump it onto the pad, and then hold the pad on my closed eye for a couple of seconds, and then gently wipe it away. This mascara is very fibrous, so you will see all of the little fibers coming off.

All in all, this is a great mascara, and you should check it out if you are in the market for a new one. It’s around $5, and is available at any drugstore!

AND…Always remember to toss your mascara after 3 months!

Thanks for reading; have a great weekend! 🙂

MAC Plumful Lipstick Dupe

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Hi everyone! Today I have another MAC lipstick dupe! Plumful is a pretty, pinky-plum color. It is a Lustre finish, which is my favorite finish of MAC lipsticks, because they are sheer and very shiny. This is a darker lip color then I usually wear, but you can make this lipstick sheer by just applying a little bit, or you can build it up to make it darker.

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I came across this Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in #463, Sassy Mauve. I thought that it looked similar to Plumful, so I swatched them, and they look pretty much the same!

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MAC Plumful on bottom, Revlon Super Lustrous in Sassy Mauve on top

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As you can tell in the swatch, Plumful looks a tad more pink, and it is also shinier. On the lips, you cannot tell one bit, though! Here it is on my lips, MAC Plumful on the top, Revlon Super lustrous in Sassy Mauve on the bottom. I put a tiny bit of clear gloss over the Sassy Mauve, and they look identical!

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These Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks can be found at any drugstore, and they probably have the biggest color selection of any other brand. Check them out next time you go to the drugstore! They are around $5, while MAC lipsticks are $15.

Hope you guys liked this post, and thanks for reading!

Friday Favorite: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

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Hey guys! This week’s Friday Favorite is Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. Now, I am not the type of person to spend a lot of money on high end makeup products. Ok, maybe sometimes. But, it KILLED me to spend this much on a foundation, when there are so many drugstore options. I bought this foundation about a year ago, last summer. I bought it with some money I got for my birthday, and decided to splurge. I had heard a ton of reviews on it, and I decided to try it out.

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The product comes in a plastic bottle with a squeeze top. The consistency of this foundation is very liquid-y. It is a water based foundation, so it is really easy to blend. So last summer, when I bought this, I had the lady at the counter color match me, and she said I was in the shade 20 BEIGE, which I kind of already knew, because I had looked at the website for months deciding whether or not to buy this.

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Since I used this foundation last summer, I hadn’t been able to wear it until now, because it was too dark for me, but since now I have a tan, I started using it again. Before you apply it, make sure to shake it up. I apply it using my fingers…that is the best way because if you use a brush or a sponge, it will soak up all of the product because it is very runny. I use about a dime size amount, and dot it all over my face and blend it in.

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It has a really strong perfume scent, which doesn’t bother me, but if you are sensitive to scent, you wont like this. Once its all blended in, my face looks absolutely flawless. It doesn’t quite have full coverage, but it covers really well. I barely have to use any concealer on this and it just looks and feels so good. it doesn’t even feel like I have makeup on. It also contains SPF 15.

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I have tried a lot of foundations, and this is the best one I have found yet. It is $45, yes, but I have had it for a year now, and there is still a lot left. It is Chanel, and there is a reason its so expensive. Its cause its awesome and its totally worth the money.

The drugstore foundation that reminds me of this foundation is Loreal’s True Match Lumi foundation. That one is very runny, and seems to be water based also. It is very easy to blend, but still does not give the coverage that the Chanel does. It is a good foundation, but it doesn’t compare to this one. I dont know what is in this foundation, but it is amazing. I recommend this to everyone I know. I just notice such a difference when I wear this compared to other foundations. It lasts all day too. Its just magic.

Go on over to the Chanel counter the next time you’re at the mall and they will give you a sample. A warning though, you WILL want to buy this when you try it! But, just remember, it will last you forever!

Let me know if you try this out! Thanks for reading!