KKW X Mario Collection

I have been SO EXCITED for this launch!!! My excitement stemmed from the fact that I follow and support Mario Dedivanovic because he is an extremely talented and inspiring makeup artist.  I have followed Mario’s work for years now, and he is constantly at the forefront of makeup trends, always trying new things and making us look at makeup in a whole new way.  Mario is most well-known for being Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist.  While you can have any opinion of Kim that you want, there is no denying that she has been a makeup icon for going on 10 years now.  The looks that Mario has created on Kim over the years have become the industry standard that everyone looks to duplicate.  Heard of contouring?  Probably because of Mario.  The huge nude lip trend?  Oh yeah, that was Mario and Kim.  Baking your undereye?  Once again, Mario.  I’m not saying that Mario “created” these techniques, as many of them originated in the Drag community, but he did hone his skills and show us how to use these techniques in our every day makeup routines.

Another reason that I look up to Mario as an artist is because he started just like any of us, and rose to success by taking chances.  He started working at Sephora–not even in the makeup department!!  He was in fragrances, but kept giving makeup advice until he was able to switch departments.  Now Mario is one of the biggest makeup artists in the world, giving Master Classes around the globe every year to thousands of people hoping to learn from him.  I will insert one of his recent posts on Instagram that I absolutely love.

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It gives me goosebumps every time!!  That “swipe left to see how that turned out” shows 6 of Mario and Kim’s Vogue covers together.  Mario is an inspiration, and it just goes to show you that you HAVE to trust your gut.  If Mario would have listened to all of the people who told him that doing Kim’s makeup would ruin his career, just image how different things would be.  Sometimes, you have to do the “unpopular” thing if it feels right to you and just see where it takes you.  Especially in a creative industry such as this, there are no right or wrong answers.  Trends don’t start by doing the same makeup look over and over.  Try something new.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Follow your passion.  I hope that one day I get to attend a Master Class by Mario and see him work in person!  Now, let’s get into the collection and see what it’s all about!

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This collection consists of one eyeshadow palette ($45), 2 lipglosses ($18 each), and 1 lipstick ($20).  The whole bundle together is priced at $85.  One of the reasons that I was so excited about the lip products they released is because Mario created them to be worn on ANY skin tone.  He created this entire collection with makeup artists in mind.  As someone who is trying to build their own kit and have something for everyone when I am on set or at a wedding, I was so excited to hear that with this collection, Mario said you could do anyone’s makeup and have it look amazing.  It is extremely difficult to have lip colors and eyeshadows that suit everyone, so this was amazing news!  And let me just say that I completely agree with Mario, these colors look good on so many people with so many different skin tones.

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My favorite part of this bundle is the eyeshadow palette!  These colors are SO creamy and pigmented, and I expected nothing less from Mario.  I honestly have used at least one shade from this palette every single day since I received it.  I am the most excited (like everyone else on social media) about the blue he created.  It is the most perfect royal blue I have ever used.  The very first look I created on myself with this palette was using the blue, and I was so happy with it!  Are the warm tones similar to other colors you may own?  Probably, but I would be willing to bet that the quality of these are better.  I have been so impressed with this palette, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a completely versatile, one stop eyeshadow palette.  Whether you are a beginner or not, you can do so many different looks with just this one palette.  Plus, I get SO excited when I see Mario take this on set to do photo shoots with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Bebe Rexha, I immediately try and recreate his looks!

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Top to Bottom: Juicy, Super Nude, Classic K

All of these lip products are extremely opaque and pigmented.  I have been wearing the “Classic K” lipstick a lot, because it really does go with everything.  My favorite gloss is “Juicy”, because it has just enough peachy-ness to it and it makes your lips look so glossy.  “Super nude” is a little too fair for me, but I love that I can have it in my kit and it looks great on other skin tones.  “Classic K” also pairs well with so many lip liners!  It takes me one swipe to completely cover my lips in color, and I love how creamy and non-drying it is.

Overall, this is my favorite new makeup collection that I have purchased this year (and probably ever, but we will see).  The collection sold out the first time in 12 minutes, so I was thrilled to be one of the lucky ones who was able to grab it!  I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something extremely versatile!  This can easily take you from day to night, from casual to glam, and everything in between.  I hope to see more from Mario in the future!  In 2008 Mario did Kim’s makeup for the first time, and now he has launched a collection with her on the SAME DAY 10 years later!!!  Dreams do come true.  Let me know what you thought of this collection!

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Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips

Everyone wants to feel beautiful on their wedding day!  I wanted to share a few things that you can do to try and get yourself wedding-day ready and feeling your best for your big day!  These are all of the things that I am personally going to do leading up to my wedding.  Just remember that the truth is, even if you have a pesky pimple the day of or your hair just won’t cooperate, you still get to marry the love of your life and THAT is what it’s all about!

Skincare

IMG_4823 (1) Mario Badescu AHA Body Soap

Price: $8

It’s all about the A.H.A’s!!!  Alpha Hydroxy Acids are known for their exfoliating abilities.  I will go more into detail about these later, but they are a true skincare game changer.  I LOVE this body soap from Mario Badescu because it really gets rid of any little bumps you may have on your arms or legs and brightens your overall complexion.  It also smells amazing!

 

 

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Price: $77

I picked this pack up during the Ulta 21 days of beauty for half off–I just couldn’t pass it up!  I wanted something stronger to add to my skincare regimen before the wedding, and with over 400 amazing reviews I knew I had to try this.

Once again, we have an AHA product.  The word “peel” might scare a lot of people, because who wants to actually peel!?  But most peels do not make your skin peel off.  They just exfoliate the top layer of your skin using chemicals instead of physical beads.  For myself, I notice a BIG difference using chemical exfoliators versus physical.  This box is a 6 week supply of 2 step pads that you swipe all over your face, neck, and I go over my arms too.  It is said to smooth texture, shrink pores, even skin tone, create brightness, and diminish wrinkles.  I have definitely noticed that my dark spots are lightening and my texture is pretty much gone!  So far I am really glad I have this!  It’s the perfect pre-wedding boost!

Son & Park Beauty Water  Price: $30

Ole Henrikson Invigorating Night Transformation Gel  Price: $48

OIe Henrikson Invigorating Night Transformation Cream  Price: $50

Surprise, more AHAs!  Honestly, when I was introduced to AHAs it changed my skin.  When I would try new products, the oiliness and texture would come right back, and I would get out my AHA gel, and my skin would go back to normal!  I have had so many estheticians recommend AHA products to me, so I finally decided to give it a try and I have been so happy with my skin ever since!  Everyone is different, but for me–I am no longer oily, I rarely breakout like I used to, my skin tone is finally becoming more even, my skin is brighter, and my makeup goes on so smooth.  Every single night I use these 3 products, and that’s it!  This is my holy grail combination!

I’ve said it once in a previous post (Sephora & Ulta Haul!) and I will say it again, this “water” is amazing and I don’t see myself ever being without it.  After I wash my face or use a makeup wipe, I put some of this on a cotton round and swipe it over my entire face and I get SO MUCH DIRT that I didn’t even see on my skin!  It’s amazing!  I really think that just properly cleaning my skin with this has led to my skin texture clearing up because my pores do not get as clogged.

Ole Henrikson makes my favorite skincare products.  I think the brand is a little underrated, because I haven’t tried a single thing that I did not like!  These two products from the invigorating night transformation line work together like a DREAM.  Yes, this is the old packaging, but that’s because I find these at TJ Maxx for about 1/3 of the price!!!  Even if I had to pay full price for these, I would do it in a heartbeat because they work for me so well.  You put the gel serum on first, and you will experience some tingling.  Wait for that to dry down, and follow with the cream!  Whenever I wake up my skin is noticeably brighter and any potential bumps I had coming up are either diminished or gone.  My fiancé has even made comments about my skin glowing!

For your daytime skincare, be sure to follow up with SPF!  AHA products can make you more sensitive to the sun, so be sure you are protecting yourself during the day!

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The slogan of the popular hydrafacial sounds like wedding-ready skin to me!  I have watched as so many of my favorite YouTubers receive hydrafacials before big events, and their skin is always glowing!  They rave about the results, and I have always wanted to try one.  The thing is that for a facial, they are very pricey.  But, what better time to splurge than for your wedding!?  I finally booked one for myself for a week before the wedding and I am soooo excited to see what it’s all about!  The website says it is for all skin types and will help with congested skin, fine lines, skin texture, vibrancy, elasticity, and pores.  They use what is called a “vortex” tool to suction everything out of your pores and leave your skin silky smooth.  At the end, they even show you your skin’s “waste”! (Ew, but cool?).  I can’t wait to share my results!  The average cost of a hydrafacial is around $150.

IMG_6549.JPG Lastly for skincare, I always recommend doing 1 sheet mask a week!  Not only do they benefit your skin, they are so relaxing!!!  I always look forward to sitting down with my face mask and some wine and just unwinding for 20 minutes!  I still suggest My Top 5 Sheet Masks because these are really the ones I use all of the time!  Depending on what your skin needs, these can offer hydration, clarity, brightness, you name it!

Other Beauty Tips

Teeth Whitening

IMG_4826 (1) Crest 3D Whitestrips Gentle

Price: $47

I want whiter teeth for the wedding, but my teeth are so sensitive!  Any time that I use the regular white strips, my teeth hurt for days.  I have found that using the gentle routine strips for just 10 minutes a day is perfect for me!  This pack has 28 treatments, so for the month before the wedding, it’s perfect to pop these on every night while you get ready for bed!

Fragrances

IMG_8888.JPG This is one of my absolute favorite pre-wedding “beauty” things to share.  I really love the idea of having a wedding day scent.  Smells have the ability to bring back memories and take you back to certain times in your life, and I wanted to choose a special perfume to do that for our wedding.  My plan is to only wear it on our anniversary so that it can remind us of our special day!  So, we went together to Neiman Marcus to start smelling perfumes and decide on the perfect one, and we ended up finding scents for both of us!  Everyone is very different when it comes to perfumes and colognes, so what smells good on my skin might smell totally different on the next person.  I ended up choosing the Armani Prive Pivione Suzhou which has a raspberry and rose scent.  For my fiancé, we picked the Armani Prive Vetiver D’Hiver which lists its fragrance notes as woodsy and raw.  What made this so special was that the woman who helped us at the counter was SO nice and told us that we could get a special wooden box to showcase our fragrances along with free engraving!  This is a pricey item for sure, but I am so happy that we have scents that we can wear on special occasions that will always remind us of our wedding.  This is the first item we had engraved with our joint last name, and I’m so happy we did this!  Also, she gave us an atomizer to fill with our fragrances so that we do not have to travel with these glass bottles!  So helpful!

Sunglasses

IMG_4802 (1)  Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of sunglasses!  For us with a destination wedding, this was a must.  When one of my favorite YouTubers, Desi Perkins, came out with her new Quay X Desi sunnies in white, I thought they were perfect!  I’m so excited to wear these on our wedding vacation!

 

Hair and Makeup

Don’t forget to plan out your hair and makeup for the big day!  Get on Pinterest and see what you are drawn to.  You will want to send pictures to your hairstylist and makeup artist before hand so they have a good idea of what you want.  Also, keep in mind what you want your hair to be like for the wedding.  Do you picture it long?  A different color?  Prepare accordingly and make appointments to help get your hair exactly how you want it before you go to your hair trials.

Nails and Eyebrows

Make your appointments ahead of time!  When my eyebrows are trimmed and cleaned up, it makes everything look so much better.  I get them threaded about once a month and I love it!  As for nails, going with something white will always look nice!  Just make sure you get the appointment close to your wedding day so that it all stays nice and perfect with no chips!

Tanning

We don’t want to look pale next to our white wedding dress!  It’s controversial, but I personally think that tanning in a bed for a week is the best way to get a good solid base color and glow.  I have very rarely seen a spray tan that looks good, and even if parts of it look good, the hands ALWAYS get rubbed off and look splotchy.  I don’t want a picture of my holding my bouquet with patchy hands!  So plan accordingly and get a couple day pass to a tanning salon right before your wedding to get some healthy looking color!

Gym

Yes, “shedding for the wedding” is a popular thing and we all want to look our best.  Personally, I think it is more important to go to the gym before the wedding in order to help you manage your stress!  Exercising can be a huge part in stress relief, and with all of the planning, you will need something to help you unwind!  Go to the gym to be healthy both physically and mentally!

 

There you have it!  My beauty and wellness tips to help you get ready for the wedding!  Please let me know if there are any tips that helped you get ready for your wedding!

 

Eggs For Your Skin?

I’m always very intrigued by skin care, so I love learning about new trends and what to try next to get radiant, smooth skin!  Especially with my wedding just 6 weeks away (!!!!), I am on the hunt for that bride-to-be glow!  I have been hearing a lot about egg products being a skincare wonder, so I wanted to try this out and see what all of the hype was about.

I started researching what eggs can do for your skin, and here is a general list of what I found:

  • Albumin in egg whites can help tighten pores and clear blackheads
  • Egg yolk has hydrating properties
  • Egg whites contain collagen that can help fight wrinkles
  • Due to the skin tightening properties of eggs whites, it can reduce oil production and help those with oily skin

Not a bad list, right!?

I came across two egg products at Ulta, and decided to give them a try and see what results I could get!

First up, the very highly rated and talked about Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask (Price: $6).  The claims of this mask are that it provides you with hydration and brightening effects.  I also picked up the Egg White Perfect Nose Kit (Price: $4).  I was really drawn to this because of the fact that unlike any blackhead clearing strip I have used before, this came in 3 different steps (and the picture of the egg going from dirty to completely white really got me).

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I actually loved the Egg Cream sheet mask!  It made my skin feel SO hydrated and didn’t leave me feeling sticky.  I did think my skin was a little brighter, and any redness I had was soothed.  This was a win for me!  Especially for $6, I would want to pick this up again.  As for the nose kit, I wasn’t overly impressed.  I have used the Biore Nose Strips for years, and I really like them!  The issue I have is that I don’t feel like they ever “fix” my blackhead situation on my nose, they just help a little and I have to continually use them, yet I never see that my nose is completely clear.  This is why I wanted to try a 3 step process, just in case I needed a little extra strength to see more results!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t really tell a difference between these and my Biore strips.  The process is really different though–the first strip is like a sheet mask that sits on your nose, then its a sticky strip that hardens and pulls off, then the third strip is a sheet mask again.  It was a fun process, but also a lot of work to keep track of the time and keep changing steps.  For $4 I would suggest giving it a try, but for me personally I don’t think I will repurchase.

Overall, the egg trend is still really interesting to me!  I will continue to check it out, and maybe even try making my own DIY egg white mask at home!  Let me know what your favorite skin care ingredients are!

Intergalactic Makeup

The most recent makeup trend has been the holographic/galaxy inspired looks, which I think is so fun!  It’s different and unique and I love trying new things.  I received both of these products as gifts over the holidays so that I could achieve this type of look!  I also wanted to have these in my on set kit just in case I would need to create a character that was “out of this world”!

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First up is the highly anticipated Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette.  The first thing about this eyeshadow palette is the insanely cool packaging.  Inside, there are 14 glitter eyeshadows that will add a pop to any eye look.  Some of these are more sheer topcoat colors that just add a little something to existing shadows, and others are more opaque shimmers.  Overall, this palette is so fun to play with!  The colors are really different from anything I owned and they kinda force you to go outside of your usual comfort zone.  They make me want to create an Effie Trinket inspired character look!  I would say the quality of the shadows is also really good.  There is fallout, but I feel like most glitter shadows have this as well.  Definitely use these on your eyes before you put on your foundation, but then you are good to go!

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The next perfect “stellar” makeup product is the Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Lip Strobe Set.  These lip glosses layer perfectly on top of any color or you can wear them by themselves.  They are extremely iridescent and often look like different colors in different lighting environments.  In the packaging, they all look to be a white color, but when you swatch them, they have colorful undertones with duochrome glitters.  These make for the perfect festival look!  They are branded as a “winter” collection, but to me these are great for a party, a costume, or just to add an intriguing little flare to a lip look.

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Both of these products are limited addition according to the Sephora website.  I think they are fun additions to any collection!  For me, you never know what you might need on a film set or what your next job could be, so I love having options!  It’s also fun to just play around and create new looks!

 

February Ipsy Bag

Last month I was introduced to Ipsy, and I decided to keep my subscription for now!  I have to say, I think February’s bag was even better!  So far I am loving this!

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The bag itself is super cute.  This month is a pale pink with black lace trim, and I can never have enough of these little makeup bags for my kit!

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

Price: $10 for this travel size

What’s pretty cool is that just this concealer alone would be the cost of the whole Ipsy bag!  I have heard so many rave reviews about this concealer, I was so happy to receive it in the bag!  I love trying new concealers because I feel like you need different ones for different days.  This one is definitely a full coverage concealer.  It also says that it is anti-aging and waterproof, both big pluses!  Overall I really like this!  It is pretty thick, so it wouldn’t be good if you have dry under eyes, but on a normal day or if you have dark circles I think you would really like this.

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Naked Cosmetics Lip Scrub

Price: $4.99

I have been sooo dry recently with the change in temperature, so I was happy to get a lip scrub that could help my chapped lips!  This smells really good, it has a vanilla scent.  It’s just like most lip scrubs, it gently buffs away dry, dead skin and then you can apply a lip balm and quench your lips!  I don’t know that I would repurchase this because I have lip scrubs that are similar, but I always enjoy trying new ones!
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Z Skin Winter Skin Hydrating Spray

Price: full size is $19

I mentioned that I have been extremely dry recently, so I was very excited to see this in the bag!  Plus, I LOVE face sprays, they are so relaxing and refreshing I can never get enough.  This is probably my favorite item in the bag.  This smells and feels amazing!  I really think this made a difference in my dry skin!  This brand is made with all natural ingredients which I love.  This product hydrates and tones, and it says that it will reduce dark spots over time–which I was very intrigued by!  I have been using this every morning and night and I definitely enjoy having this in my routine.

IMG_4741 (1).jpg Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Unzipped

Price: full size is $20

Ofra cosmetics has amazing liquid lipsticks!  So many YouTubers have collaborated with Ofra to create their favorite shades, and they rave about the quality.  These liquid lipsticks are so comfortable, pigmented, and they last for a long time on the lips!  This shade is really nice, it’s a flattering berry pink.  You can never have too many lip colors in your collection!

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IMG_4743 (1).jpg Seraphine Cosmetics Blush

Price: $14

I am pretty much drawn to anything that says “rose gold”.  I think it’s so gorgeous and always looks pretty!  This blush fit that category perfectly!  It is another natural product, with lychee and chamomile extracts in the blush to give more luminosity and hydration.  It says it is a healthy glow blush, and it gives you just that!  It isn’t an extreme amount of color, but I feel like it’s just enough for a natural looking day.

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Another month of new products and a successful Ipsy bag!  I am still loving this subscription, and I can’t wait to see what March brings!  Let me know what you received in your February bag!

Trying Out New Brands!

Recently my Ulta changed their layout and added more brands to the store!  Which was super exciting to me, especially because I usually don’t try “online only” brands since I can’t swatch or color match and I hate to pay for shipping when I don’t know if I will love it.  But when I saw all of these new displays, I decided to pick 2 brands I have never tried before and check them out!

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First up is Models Own!  This is a British makeup brand, but it’s now available in the US.  I was immediately drawn to this brand because of the packaging, I mean how cute is this!?  The ombre colorful effect is so modern and pretty I had to pick it up.  I wanted to try something a little different, and I was really intrigued by the Colour Chrome eyeshadow kit (Price: $14.99).

The kit comes with an eyeshadow color, a mixing pan, and intensifying eye primer drops.  You take a little product on your brush, wipe it into the pan, add the drops, and mix it up!  It’s really easy and super fun!  The color after is AMAZING.  I picked up my kit in the shade Copper Lustre and it has been my go-to for the last week.  It looks almost wet on your eyelid it’s so shiny and shimmery.  You just need a simple transition shade in the crease with this on the lid and you are ready to go!

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I love how different this product is and how cute the kit is.  I didn’t own anything like this, and so far this brand is a great find!

I really wanted to try a liquid lipstick product from this brand as well, mostly because I fell in love with this color!  I got the Lix Liquid Matte Lipstick in the shade Naked (Price: $7.99) and it’s my perfect nude!  Finally!!!  It matches everything and it doesn’t make my lips look too pale, too pink, it’s my perfect match.

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Of course I loved the packaging–so sleek and modern.  I also thought it was really interesting that this liquid lip offered a minty scent.  Such a good idea!  I mean, I love minty lip glosses and chapsticks, so why not a liquid lipstick?  I wore this out to dinner and it stayed through my whole meal!  Definitely happy about this purchase.

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The next new brand is Flower Beauty!  This brand was created by Drew Barrymore, and it is all so affordable!  Once again, the packaging is too cute.  I picked up this HydraSilk Ultimate Lip Butter in the shade Rose Petal (Price: $9.99).

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This is one of those products that you keep with you in your purse because you can never go wrong putting this on.  It is SO creamy and hydrating, which is why I wanted it!  It gives just a flush of color with a shine.  I’ve heard great things about this cosmetic line, and now I see why!  I can’t wait to try more!

I’m so excited to have a few new brands that I can experiment with!  So far, I love the new additions to Ulta!  I look forward to continuing to branch out and try new things and let you know what I think!  Let me know what other brands I need to check out next!

 

Maybelline Bestie Bundle Desi X Katy

I’m a huge fan of Desi and Katy, and guess what, so is my bestie!!!  So as soon as I heard about the Bestie Bundle launch, I knew what I was getting my friend for her birthday!  Desi and Katy did a Master Class with Maybelline in New York City, and in collaboration they picked out some of their favorite products to include in this bundle.  The package is so cute and whether you plan to give it as a gift or keep it to add to your collection, I think it’s so fun and very worth it!

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The Bestie Bundle is available on Amazon for $25.97 and includes 3 full size products along with a Desi X Katy sticker sheet!

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The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is $11.99 by itself at Ulta.  It has really good reviews and the tones are perfect!  I love all of these shades, they are perfect for every day and it also includes some smokey colors to transition for a night out.  Overall, 12 shades for $12 is a great deal!
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Master Chrome Highlighter

This sells for $9.99 at Ulta.  I have seen so many YouTubers rave about this highlight!  Specifically in the shade shown here, Molten Gold, I have heard it referred to as a “must-have”.  It gives the skin almost a wet look as it glides on, and provides an intense glow!  I also feel like the gold is complimentary on so many skin tones!

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

The retail price for this is $9.49 at Ulta.  I have this liquid lipstick in another shade (which I talked about in my recent Liquid Lipstick Dupe post) and these liquid lips are no joke.  They stay on for so long!  The color is very intense and does not budge, but it also isn’t drying on the lips which is perfect.  As Desi and Katy say, everyone needs a good red lip!  This color in Pioneer has a blue undertone, which actually makes your teeth look whiter!  You can never go wrong with a bold red lipstick!

In total, this bag is worth over $30 and you get all of this, plus a cute Maybelline makeup bag and stickers for close to $25!  I can’t wait to give this to my bestie, and I’m always excited to see what else my favorite YouTubers come out with!  Let me know what you thought of this collaboration bundle!

My First Ipsy Bag

I’ve always thought about signing up for one of these monthly makeup delivery programs, but I just couldn’t decide if it was worth it.  Would I get enough products that I like to make it worth it?  Or should I just put the $10 towards something that I know that I want?  Lucky for me, Christy Classified posted on her Instagram stories that she had 5 free Ipsy bag codes for the first 5 people to DM her, and I got one!  So here is my very first Ispy bag and my thought on it!

For $10 a month, Ipsy will send you 5 mini size products based on the preferences that you fill out online.  It is a really good way to test new things and find products you might not have bought!  Here are the products I received in my January Ipsy bag!
IMG_4685Purlisse Blue Lotus Seed Face Mask

Full size price: $48

We all know how I feel about face masks–I’m obsessed.  So I was very excited to receive a new one in my Ipsy bag!  Online, this mask has great reviews.  I have never tried this brand before, so I am excited to see how I like it and see if I have found a new favorite face mask!  This mask says that it will exfoliate, detox, brighten, smooth, and tighten all in just 10 minutes!

Kokie Kissable Liquid Lipstick

Price: $6

I believe that this product is full size!  I really love the color, this is the range that I always gravitate towards when choosing a liquid lip!  It’s not too dark, but still gives off a bold statement.  I think the formula feels nice and comfortable, and it wouldn’t be too expensive to restock on this item, which is a plus!

Luna Eyeshadow Single

Price: $15

I also believe that this is a full size single of this eyeshadow!  I love this shade, especially for this time of year!  It is the prettiest shimmery pink, and it was extremely creamy and pigmented.  I will definitely be using this as an all over lid shade!

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Bella Pierre Eyebrow Gel

Full size price: $25

I am definitely intrigued by this product, but I’m not sure if this will be a hit or a miss for me.  I am pretty picky when it comes to eyebrow products, and I am generally not a gel person, I prefer pencils.  But, I am actually glad I got this in the Ipsy bag because I would probably never buy a gel product to try!  This is a good opportunity to see if I like it!

 

 

 

Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

Full size price: $24

This was the product I was the most excited about receiving!  This highlighter was all over YouTube a few years ago, I swear everyone was talking about it!  It is still gorgeous, it’s such a natural highlight that gives a great glow to the skin.  It would be an amazing bridal highlight!  It’s a “lit from within” type of glow, and who doesn’t want that?  Having this mini size to travel with is going to be amazing!

Overall, I really enjoyed my Ipsy bag!  The Verdict: I signed up for 3 more months.   We will see if I continue to like it!  I just really liked the fact that most of these products were new to me, and this gives me a way to branch out to different brands for just $10 a month!  Plus, the little makeup bag is so cute!  I use so many of these in my large kit that I take to events and films, so having more is never a bad thing!  I’m excited to see what comes in my next Ipsy bag!

What are your favorite monthly subscriptions?  What one should I check out next?  Let me know in the comments!

Liquid Lipstick Dupe

I wanted to share a lip color that I think is so perfect for a pretty Valentine’s Day look, just in case anyone is still trying to plan their makeup look for tonight!  Or for anyone who just wants to check out a new lipstick!

I was recently at Ulta when I swatched the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in the shade Los Anjealous and fell in love.  I continued to look at the swatch on my hand as I walked around and then I started swatching the new Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks.

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Top: Maybelline SuperStay Lip in “Ruler”  Bottom: Dose of Colors lip in “Los Anjealous”

Voila! I couldn’t believe how similar the two swatches on my hand were!

I was so excited that I found a potential dupe for the $18 Dose of Colors liquid lipstick!  The colors are extremely similar, and so is the wear!  The Maybelline Liquid Lipstick STAYS PUT.  You actually need to have a really good makeup remover to completely get the color off of your lips.  Both the Dose of Colors and Maybelline liquid lips are very comfortable and not overly drying.  Overall, if you are looking for a gorgeous new color for $9.49, check out the new Maybelline line!  The shade shown above is “Ruler”.

I wanted to share this dupe, I know we all love saving money and getting beautiful new makeup!  If you are on the hunt for a “muted ruby red”, then look no further!  Let me know what some of your favorite dupes are!

Sephora & Ulta Haul!

As soon as Ulta sends me a coupon in the mail, I just know that I am in trouble.  This time, I received one of the best ones they offer–the 20% including prestige brands!!!  This is what prompted this shopping trip!  I had been making a “wish list” of sorts, so I knew what I was hoping to pick up with my coupon.  Then of course when I was at Ulta, I was so close to Sephora, I couldn’t just neglect it…(what every makeup addict tells themselves).  So here we are, 10 new products later!

Ulta

IMG_4715.jpgTarte Shape Tape Concealer

Price: $27

This was the main item that I knew I wanted to buy.  I finally gave in when all of my favorite YouTubers included this concealer in their yearly favorites videos TWO years in a row!!!  It blows my mind that this concealer has remained the go-to for so many people for so long, so I just had to see what the hype was about.  I’ve only used it twice since I bought it, but wow, now I understand.  I have used my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7) for years at this point, and I still love it!  But I think now I can see the difference between a drugstore concealer and a higher end product as far as coverage.  The Shape Tape covers everything with barely any product.  It is thick, but not drying.  It really blends right into the skin and just makes everything brighter.  The Fit Me does require more product, but still gets the job done!  I’m glad I have this in my collection now to use when I want that extra flawless makeup!
IMG_4721Dose of Colors Sassy Siennas Eyeshadow Palette

Price: $32

Here’s the thing: did I need another eyeshadow palette? Absolutely not.  But here I am, and it’s just so pretty!  Basically I saw Katy (LustreLux on YouTube) use this palette in her video and I thought her eye makeup looked incredible, so I wanted to try it out!  I thought this was the perfect time to check it out since I had a coupon!  My first impression is that the shadows are insanely pigmented, so I can’t wait to play around with this some more!

 

IMG_4717.jpgBad Gal Bang Mascara

Price: $24

So why did I purchase this?  Because 2 YouTubers I love were currently on the trip to Amangiri where Benefit was unveiling this new product and everyone looked amazing and they were having so much fun!  So you can say the advertising Benefit was hoping for worked on me!  This might be the best thing I picked up at Ulta though.  I have been in a committed relationship with my Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara (reviewed in my recent Brand Spotlight: Lancome post) and while I still think the Lancome one is amazing, this new Benefit mascara is completely different.  This is my “are those her real lashes?” mascara.  My fiancé actually asked me if I was wearing individual false lashes when I wore this for the first time!  It’s hard to explain, there is zero clumping, and the brush is so small it grabs each lash individually.  It’s amazing, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a natural glam!

Loreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick

Price: $9.99

As soon as I saw these, I knew I would love them, which is why I picked two colors!  These are lipsticks, but they are “shiny” or “glossy”, it’s so interesting.  Sometimes my lips just can’t do something completely matte, but I am not in the mood for a gloss either, and that’s where I knew these would come in handy.  They feel like a chapstick, super moisturizing, yet they have such a great color payoff!  I knew I could leave these in my purse and throw them on at any time.

Sephora

Skincare
IMG_4704Son & Park Beauty Water and Beauty Filter Cream Glow

Price: Beauty Water $30

Beauty Filter Cream Glow $32

I actually picked up the Beauty Water by Son & Park in my last Sephora Sale Haul! post, and it is safe to say it is a holy grail product for me!  I have never had so many people comment on my how good my skin looks in my entire life, and I am attributing it to this product.  I use it twice a day, every single day, and it keeps my skin so incredibly clean.  It tones and exfoliates your skin, which I think is the main reason why my skin has been so smooth.  It literally picks up all of the dead skin that could clog your pores and leaves your skin glowing.  I had to refill on this because I think it has changed my skin!

In addition to my refill on Beauty Water, when I saw that Son & Park was bringing another product to Sephora, I immediately wanted to try it since I have had such good results with their last product.  This Beauty Filter Cream Glow is meant to be the next step after Beauty Water, right before makeup application.  It adds in immediate glow to the skin, it controls oil like a primer, and it adds a “filter” to the skin with a light layer of coverage.  I have only used it once, but I think I’m going to love it!

IMG_4701.jpgDr. Jart Shake & Shot Brightening Mask

Price: $12

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I LOVE face masks.  They are my favorite part of my skincare routine and I can never have too many!  They are relaxing, they give me great results, and I just love to do one at the end of a long day.  When I saw this new Dr. Jart face mask in Sephora, I had to try it, how cute is that packaging!?  This is a DIY mask that you mix up in this adorable cup and apply to your skin, wait, and then peel it right off.  I was drawn to the brightening mask specifically because I love products with vitamin C to brighten and tighten the complexion.  I can’t wait to use this!

Makeup
IMG_4705Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation

Price: $46

I finally did it, I finally took everyones suggestions to try out this foundation and I am SO glad I did!  I love experimenting with new foundations and using different ones to get different effects.  This foundation is probably the most “flawless” one that I now own.  It goes on so creamy and blends like a dream.  You barely need any product to cover your entire face, so it’s super buildable to the coverage you want!  I’m not sure what it is about this foundation stick, but it just makes your skin look airbrushed.  This will be my go-to event foundation and I am already thinking this will be my wedding foundation as well!
IMG_4710Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick

Price: $18

Every time a new Fenty product comes out, I get so tempted to buy it.  Between the incredible packaging and the high quality product itself, it can be so hard to resist!  I gave in to this one once I found this color: S1ngle.  I have been on the hunt for this exact color!! I wanted something like Lolita II  but not so matte and more peachy: and here it is!  The formula is buttery and perfect, not drying on the lips at all.  The packaging is so cool too!  I wore this lipstick to an overnight film shoot and it stayed almost the entire night, and you could barely even feel it on the lips!

 

There you have it!  Another makeup haul from my two favorite places!  Let me know if you love any of the products I just picked up, or what I need to keep my eye out for on my next haul!