I don’t have too many beauty favorites this month. Honestly, I haven’t been wearing much makeup because it’s about 487,000 degrees here in NC and it’s just going to melt off. I have discovered a few new things and I got some new organizers for my birthday that I am LOVING.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream& Eye Cream–These are amazing products and they’re at the drugstore for around $20 or less. I love gel moisturizers because they absorb and sink into the skin quickly. Added bonus, they smell amazing!!
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Complexion Perfector + Kat Von D Lock it Foundation + BH Cosmetics Studio Powder=Perfect face product combo. Again, it’s hot AF so the whole primer, foundation, concealer, powder, etc. is just too much. First, I use the Neutrogena perfector (like a BB cream) to even out my skin tone. It has light coverage so I use the Kat Von D foundation (very full coverage) as concealer on any blemishes and on my acne scars. I use the BH powder to set everything. I get the coverage I want and my skin can still breathe.
elf Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink–I am so obsessed with this stuff. It’s one of those lip balms that color adjusts depending on the pH levels in your body. It becomes a gorgeous shade of pink and it’s really moisturizing. It hasn’t left my purse since I bought it.
I got this lipstick tower, gloss organizer, and liner organizer for my birthday. Y’all know I’m very Type A and love to organize so I was THRILLED to receive these. The tower holds all my lipstick tubes and the gloss organizer is perfect for all of my liquid lipsticks. I have my eye and lip liners in the liner organizer. My dressing table looks so pretty and clean with everything all nice and organized.
My life in memes
Look at my new painting of Windsor! I’m so obsessed with it. Now I just have to find the perfect place to hang it so I can stare at it all day every day #crazydogmom
Y’all I have hit the dupe jackpot! I know the word “dupe” is open to interpretation so take this post as you will. The Ita brush is the creme de la creme of contour brushes and I’d been wanting one FOREVER, but $55 on a brush is just excessive (for me). I saved my Nordstrom Notes and purchased it a few months ago.
I was perusing Amazon for all things beauty and saw the same brush for FIVE DOLLARS. Yes, you read that right, $5. Of course I had to get it to compare it to mine. I figured if it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out too much money.
SPOILER ALERT–I LOVE IT
The Ita brush is $55 at retailers such as Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks, etc. The price on Amazon varies, but it’s usually in or around $5.
NARS brush is o the left and the dupe is on the right
I’ve used and tested both of these and I honestly can’t tell any difference in the two of them. If you’ve been eyeing the Ita or want a great brush for contouring, definitely go the Amazon route and save yourself $50.
P.S. If you aren’t into contouring, this brush is great for bronzer too!
I got this shirt off the sale rack at Belk for $11. I love the hem line. It’s your basic white tee with an upgrade.
These bracelets from Purple Peridot are amazing. The “diamond” one leaves a little to be desired though. A few fell out and then it snagged on my clothes, but I wasn’t expecting fine craftsmanship for $12. I bought the set for the colored bracelets so no major loss there.
These earrings are also from PP. They’re ear jackets and though they are cute, they are a pain to put on. It took me a good 5 minutes to get both of them in place. I struggle more than the average person so maybe you wouldn’t have as much trouble.
Y’all know I watch a lot of beauty videos on YouTube and these YouTubers have SO MUCH MAKEUP. I know they get a lot of it as PR, but a lot of them say they collect makeup too. I don’t know that I really “collect” anything and usually when I buy makeup it, it’s for the purpose of using it. However, they are a few things that I’ve picked up along the way that I keep on display some are collectibles and others are just too pretty to keep tucked in a drawer. These sit on display on my chest of drawers so I can see them every day.
YSL Rouge Volupte #8 Fetish Pink–This was my birthday treat to myself last year and it’s just so dang pretty. The lipstick is nothing spectacular, you’re definitely paying for the packaging and the name, but it’s sturdy and beautiful.
Marc Jacobs Charlotte Lipstick–I need to do a whole post on this lipstick because it’s SUPER special. Short version–>special edition lipstick created by Marc Jacobs to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s first birthday. It was limited edition and only sold at Harrod’s (my Mecca) in London.
Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint in Cat’s Meow–This is a really pretty shade, the packaging is gorgeous, and the name is really what sold me.
Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish–This was Christian Louboutin’s first foree into the beauty world and I may or may not have a shed a tear when I saw this was coming out. I’ve used this several times, but it is a definitely something I will have forever.
Butter London No More Waitey Katie–Butter London released this nail polish after Wills and Kate got engaged. Y’all know my love for the Royals runs deep. Wills and Kate were together quite a while before they were engaged and she was dubbed “waity Katie” hence the “no more” part at the beginning of this name.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Blue Satin–Ahhh this is so special for so many reasons. It was my first high end nail polish, my first and only Chanel item, and it was given to me by a very special cousin the first time I went to NYC. My cousin has since passed away making it all the more special. I think of her every time I see it.
Essie Starry Starry Night–Essie released this shade in 1985 and it quickly became a very sought after shade after it was discontinued. Since I wasn’t around to purchase it in 1985, I made sure to get when it was re-released this year. It was on ebay at one point for upwards of $250. THAT COVETED.
Descriptions (colourpop.com): Colour–A Crème Gel formula that gives precise application. It glides on smoothly and adheres to the skin to give 10+ hours of wear.
Pencil–A super precise, self-sharpening mechanical brow pencil. This long wearing formula applies comfortably without any pulling or dragging. It’s micro size tip creates natural hairlike application for multiple brow looks.
Pros: Affordable, pigmented, pencil has a spoolie on one end, easy to work with
Cons: Online only, pencil doesn’t twist back down
Final Verdict: I love both of these products. The brow colour is my favorite, but it doesn’t last well in this heat if you start sweating. It will wipe right off, even though I set it with brow gel. On lazy days, I use the Essence Make Me Brow and then fill in a few sparse areas with the brow pencil and I have decent brows in 2 minutes. I highly recommend both of them!
I’m aware that my hair looks bad. You can’t have it all all the time.
This necklace was a whopping $5 at Wal Mart. I bought another one that you will be seeing at some point. The jewelry section in the Wal Mart in the town I work in was full of good stuff. The makeup section was amazing as well.
This nail polish is such a gorgeous shade of turquoise. I’ve never tried any of the Pop-Arrazi polishes, but I was impressed with this one.
I got these bracelets from Purple Peridot last summer and I’ve worn them so many times. I love PP’s jewelry and I buy from them all the time. Cute pieces for great prices, what more can you ask for?
I posted my last haul at the beginning of April and I’ve definitely done some shopping since then. I took advantage of some really good sales and then picked up things along the way. I had a 25% off your entire order at Wet n Wild, Morphe had their Elite brushes in SUPER sale, a birthday coupon from Ulta, and a 20% your entire purchase for Ulta Platinum members. I could not let such amazing deals pass by!
L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushin Soft Pink–It’s hot AF here in the South so I’m using cream products and then setting with powder products for longevity purposes. I use this and then top it with my MAC blush and I’m set for the day.
theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer–I’m not sure how I lived this long without this highlighter. It’s the most beautiful highlighter in my collection and I’m obsessed. Whenever I wear this, my highlighter POPS in photos and I’m not mad at it.
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder in 205–I’ve heard amazing things about the MAC Studio Fix Powder, but I was ordering from BH and decided to try their version. It’s love. I still love and use my RCMA powder, but this one is amazing too. I use my RCMA first and then put this on top. The two of them together are a dream team. It’s so cheap and so good and I will definitely keep repurchasing this.
elf Perfect Finish HD Powder Pressed–This is a good setting power, but nothing to write home about. I love my RCMA powder more, but if you prefer pressed powder, I think you’d like this.
BeautyBlender Liner Designer–If you can’t do winged eye liner, you need this. I’m going to do a full post on it. Let’s just say thanks to this tool, I can now do winged liner.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Beige Luster–I’m so glad Maybelline came out with these. Liquid eye shadows like these are perfect for when you don’t want to spend a lot of time on your eyes, but still want to do something. I’ve worn this alone and with a shadow on top and I have zero complaints. I want a few more shades.
Wet n Wild Shredding the Fringe False Lashes—I really want to learn how to pally false lashes so I figured these cheap pairs would be a good place to start. If I mess them up, I can toss them and not feel bad about it. I got 4 pairs and I tried one with no success, but I’ll try again.
Wet n Wild Eye Shadow in Nutty–I can’t remember where I saw this, but once I saw it, I had to have it. It’s a little more brown and a little less taupe than I wanted, but I like it and will use it.
elf Smudge Pot in Ain’t That Sweet–I’m pretty sure this is meant to be used as an eye shadow base and it doesn’t provide a very good base. It basically wipes away to nothing whether you use a brush or your finger. I won’t be using it and I’m glad it was cheap!
NYX Brow Gel in Blonde–Again, it’s hot, I sweat, and my makeup is off so quick. This stuff is waterproof and my brows don’t budge all day.
Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows–This is a perfect dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow. I use it to set my brows after I use the NYX Brow Gel. Also, on lazy days, I just run this through my brows, fill in a few spots with my brow pencil, and I’m good to go.
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner–I haven’t been using a toner in my skincare routine, but I wanted to incoproate one in again. I did some Googling and came across this one. I love that it’s in a spray bottle. I haven’t been using it long enough to notice if it’s making a difference, but I’m hopeful it will.
Enlite Super Face Skin Cardio Serum–My fav YouTuber, Nicole, has been singing the praise of the Enlite line at CVS. I really wanted the Pore Refining Serum, but they didn’t have it so I went with this one. Again, I haven’t been using it that long so I’m not sure if it lives up to it’s claims yet. The price point is great and I want to try some more things from the line.
St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub–My skin has been freaking out and breaking out from all the travelling I’ve been doing so I’ve been trying anything and everything to get it to clear up. The exfoliator I have from my dermatologist is too strong to use every day so I picked this up because it’s a lot gentler and still gets my skin really clean. Also, it smells AMAZING!
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel–I ran out of the moisturizer I had from my dermatologist and I didn’t really love it so I decided to try something new. I love gel moisturizers because they sink in quickly and are really hydrating. This one is affordable, smells amazing, and works really well. I love it and will definitely repurchase when I run out. I’m also eyeing the eye cream.
Murad Oil Control Mattifier–Again, another Nicole recommendation. I put this on after my moisturizer and it keeps me matte all. day. long. Seriously though, at the end of the day, my face isn’t shiny and doesn’t feel greasy. I don’t know what kind of magic ingredients are in this tube, but I’m a fan. It’s not cheap, but it’s so worth it and it has SPF which is just an added bonus.
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask Samples–I’ve been on a major mask kick lately and since this one is more on the pricey side, I went with the sample pack first. I’m glad I did because I like it, but don’t love it and I’m glad I didn’t get the full size.
Pixi Glow Mud Mask–Yet again, another Nciole recommendation. I love her and her recommendations are always so great. I got the sample size at Target and I like it. I feel like I had to use a lot to cover my face, but my skin felt really good afterwards. I would consider buying a full size of this.
Morphe marked their Elite collection way down because they’re getting rid of it or redoing it, I’m not really sure. Therefore, I can’t link all of these because they’re gone. Morphe Brushes are great quality and super affordable. I highly recommend them! The Wet n Wild brushes are also really great and so inexpensive.
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte in Magenta Minx & Pink Paws–I am in love with this formula. I wouldn’t say these are true matte lipsticks, but I loev them anyway. Magenta Minx is unlike any other color I have and Pink Paws is perfect for every day.
BH Cosmetics Lip Liner in Brazen–I love this lip liner and I want to order every color. They’re inexpensive and great quality.
Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Berry Tales–This color one of those “your lips but better” shades. I’m not usually a huge fan of lip pencils, but I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s very subtle, but comfortable on the lips. Definitely not a dry, matte formula.
Maybelline Color Jolt in Fight Me Fuchsia–I’m obsessed with the color I got. It’s so vibrant and pretty. These aren’t matte, but aren’t glossy and feel amazing on the lips.
elf Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink–I am OBSESSED with this stuff. It’s one of those color adjusting balms and I love the color it gives and since it’s a balm, it feels amazing on the lips.
BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Endora–Y’all know I’m all about the liquid lipsticks so of course I had to try this one. This is a great mauve shade and I really like the formula. It’s long lasting and isn’t drying.
Hard Candy Velvet Mousse in Tulip–This smells kinda like a sugar cookie and I’m not mad at it. It doesn’t dry down like a liquid lipstick, the formula reminds me a lot of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I don’t know that I’ll buy anymore, but I love the color and the fact that it’s a matte that isn’t drying.
I left a few things out when I took the pictures above. I also hit the jack pot with samples at Ulta and Sephora and I had to include them.
NYX Plush Gel Lipstick in Azalea–This is a very interesting formula. It’s more pigmented than a tinted balm, but not quite as pigmented as a lipstick. I love the shade and the formula feels so good on the lips.
NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Firestorm–This went on like a dream. It glided across my lip so effortlessly. This is the perfect alternative to liquid lipstick. It dries down, doesn’t transfer, and doesn’t budge. Did I need another red lipstick? No. BUT I’m glad I got this one.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo–I’ve been wanting one of these lipsticks for a while, but I don’t casually spend $30 on lipstick. One occasion where it’s ok to spend $30 on lipstick? Your birthday, DUH! It’s everything i thought it would be–creamy, pigmented, and beautiful. Love, love, love this formula and I’m so glad I added one to my collection.
L’Oreal Purify + Mattify Pure-Clay Mask–Another Nicole recommendation! This mask smells like eucalyptus which is one of my favorite scents. I’ve only used it a few times, so I don’t have a real opinion on it yet, but so far so good.
If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re a champ. I know it was lengthy, but I had to make up for lost time. I’m so glad to be back at it! Hopefully, I can plan better and won’t have to take such a long hiatus next time.
These past few months have been SO CRAZY! I was gone 3 weeks in June and this past week in July. I moved at the end of April, worked all of May, and then was gone. It was great to travel and get to know and see more about the process of market, but I’m glad to be home. I missed Windsor SO BAD. I also missed blogging and talking with y’all every day. I’m so glad to be back and have some normalcy. I’ve hardly decorated my apartment at all because I haven’t been here to do anything. I’m settling in at my new job and getting in a routine so I feel like things are finally falling into place.
If a shirt has lipstick or anything pertaining to makeup on it, it must be mine. This is a tank and I don’t care for sleeveless garments so I always add a jacket of some kind with them. I’ve had this one from Forever 21 for a while and it’s lightweight which is perfect for NC summers.