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

Essie Talk to the Sand | Mani Monday

Hello! I have a new nail color that I have been sporting lately – it is a gorgeous peachy-nude color called Talk to the Sand by Essie.

This color came out last spring as part of their Sunny Business Collection. The colors that come out in the spring collections are always my favorite because they’re always pastel and light colors, and that’s typically what I like to wear.

This color is a little bit different from the colors I have already because it’s a bit peachier than I normally go for. I put it next to one of my all time favorite colors, Matter of Fiction. These two looked extremely similar to in the bottle, but as you can see here once it’s on the nails, it is quite a bit different.

I used three coats of this polish, and it is fully opaque and creamy. The color is sort of a beige, but still nude, and looks really chic on the nails. I think it would look really good on the toes too. it’s a really great alternative to your basic white.

Overall, I love this polish and I am happy to have it as part of my collection! It is the kind of color that goes with everything and always looks good!

What nail colors have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading xx

Sparkly Barbie Pink Nails

Ever since I was little, I have loved the color pink, especially on my nails. I have done this particular pink manicure three times in a row, so I thought I would share it today!

First, I used Essie Gel Couture color in Model Citizen, a creamy blue based hot pink. I applied two coats, and let that dry.

I then took the Essie color Bonbon Nuit from their recent Winter Collection and layered one thin coat overtop. This is a cool pale pink glitter topper with a gold pearl sheen.

I think the finished product is so so pretty!

Essie really does have the best colors.

Thanks for reading! xx

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

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