Fill In The Blank Tag

(from Christina’s Chic Corner)

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1.    My favorite brand is MAC.

2.    My perfume collection is small.

3.    I wish more brands would make lighter shades for porcelain skin.

4.    The first section I visit in Ulta is NYX.

5.    The makeup that makes me feel most glamourous is a cat eye and bold lips.

6.    I am hoping to see lots of lipstick sets in the holiday collections.

7.    Makeup makes me feel happy.

8.    The first thing I reach for in the morning is Windsor.

9.    Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze was made for me.

10.  My collection needs decluttering!

11.  I would not repurchase any Revlon mascara.

12.  I am dying to try ­­Kat Von D’s new setting powder.

13.  I will always sacrifice ­foundation for concealer in my routine.

14.  I can’t stop buying/collecting lipsticks.

15.  My beauty inspiration comes from YouTube, bloggers, and my own collection.

16.  My favorite thing about myself is my determination.

17.  My favorite thing about blogging is the friends I’ve made.

18.  If I wasn’t blogging, I’d be annoying/boring my friends and family by talking about makeup and fashion non-stop.

19.  I can’t live without Jesus, family, friends, my dogs, Diet Pepsi, and lipstick.

20.  My favorite thing about makeup is the possibilities

Trash Talk II

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Tresemme Dry Shampoo
–Like it
–Not repurchasing
–Trying something new

Ivory Body Wash
–Favorite body wash—I don’t like fruity, floral, strong scents.
–Repurchased

Garnier Micellar Water
–Love it
–Removes my waterproof eye makeup easily
–Doesn’t burn or irritate my eyes
–Repurchased twice

Neutrogena Hydro Gel
–Love it
–Repurchased

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
–Didn’t do anything to my pores
–Not repurchasing

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper
–Like it
–Not repurchasing
–Essence Make Me Brow is better and cheaper

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
–Favorite
–Repurchased

Orly Bonder Base Coat
–Favorite base coat
–Repurchased

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray
–Favorite
–Not repurchasing right now
–Have other sprays I’m trying to use up

Beauty Secrets Medium 100/180 Grit Nail File
–Favorite
–Repurchased

Melatonin
–Favorite
–If you have trouble sleeping, you need to try these
–Repurchased
–Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.

Neutrogena Ultra-Light Cleansing Oil
–Favorite
–Repurchased

Crest 3D White Toothpaste
–Favorite
–Repurchased

·Skintimate Shave Gel
–Like it
–Would repurchased
–Usually just buy whatever’s on sale or what I have a coupon for

Forever 21 Tea Tree and Lavender Sheet Masks
–Like them
–Would repurchase

Essie Aruba Blue
–Love it
–Not repurchasing right now
–Have similar shades to use

NYX Waterproof Mascara Top Coat
–Like it
–Not repurchasing
–Rather use waterproof mascara to start with

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La Mer
–Love it
–Would purchase if I could afford it

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
–Love it
–Bought it

Origins Maskimizer
–Didn’t get enough to form an opinion
–Would consider purchasing it

Origins Charcoal Mask    
–Didn’t like
–Wouldn’t purchase

Shisedo Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Eye Concentrate
–Concentrate was ok
–Loved the eye cream
–Would purchase if it wasn’t so expensive

Kate Somerville Anti-Aging Arrest Eye Cream
–Just ok
–Wouldn’t purchase

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream  
–HATED this
–Wouldn’t purchase
–Made my skin feel super oily and greasy

Total Products Used Up 2016
–Hair: 2
–Makeup: 8
–Skincare: 16
–Body: 6
–Samples: 16
–Nails: 3
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Current Skincare Routine

shelfI love trying new skincare, but I’m always a little hesitant because I have acne prone skin so I break out so easily. If a product says something about clear skin and oil control, I’m all about it.

I was doing my skincare routine the other night and realized that a lot of my skincare is from the drugstore. I really love all of these products and they are so affordable. I’m not a dermatologist, esthetician, or skin care guru, I just know what works for me. I used to have terrible acne and was so self-conscious about my skin. I get the occasional blemish, but it’s so much manageable now.

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MoisturizerMurad Oil Control Mattifier as my moisturizer. This Murad product is a game changer if you have oily skin. I’m doing a post on it soon!pm1Makeup Removal–I use the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleaning Oil for my face makeup and the Garnier Micellar Water+Waterproof to remove my eye makeup. I put the Garnier water in this pump bottle because it’s easier.

Cleanser–I cleanse my skin with the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. I LOVE this stuff. My skin feels so clean and it has a cooling, tingling effect and it’s amazing.

Exfoliator–Then I use the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub to exfoliate. I love that it’s mild enough to use every day, but “gritty” enough to get the job done. If I don’t exfoliate regularly, I will breakout.pm2Toner–I’ve heard so many people rave about the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant for helping with discoloration and acne scars. I haven’t been using it long enough to say it’s a miracle product, but we’ll see.

Serum–I have been Enlite Skin Cardio Serum. Nicole raved about this line so I picked it up at CVS to try, but I don’t love it. It’s kind of sticky and I don’t think it really does anything. I’m going to try to use it up before trying something new.

Eye Cream–The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Cream is in the same famiy as my favorite moisturizer so I had to give it a try. I love how it smells and it makes my under eyes feel so plump and hydrated.

Moisturizer–This is my second jar of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Since it’s a gel, it absorbs quickly and it smells so good. It’s a lightweight moisturizer and is perfect for my oily skin. I still need hydration, but too much just makes for an oily mess.

Spot Treatment–I use the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel or the GlamGlow Clearing Mask for spot treating blemishes as needed.

P.S. I forgot to include a picture, but I use the Image Clear Cell Medicated Acne Scrub twice a week for a heavier exfoliator. I will never be without this product. It is a game changer for my skin. I also use some type of mask during the week as well.

What’s your must have skincare product?

Dots & Spots

1Chambray-Old Navy; Shirt-Macys (similar); Pants-Simly Be; Shoes-Target(similar);
Bracelets-Kendra Scott, John Hardy; Watch-Fossil; Ring-Charming Charlie;
Earrings-Harper & Jewels;  Nails-China Glaze Jagged Little Teal; Lips-Jeffree Star Redrum

I don’t know what to else to say other than polka dots, leopard, and red lips are 3 of my favorite things so I LOVE this outfit!

Backup Tag

(original–Brianna Stanko)

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There are some products that are so top notch, I keep back ups because I don’t want to be without them. I saw this tag on YouTube and thought I’d share what I keep on hand.

What backups do you have on hand?

Lash Primer: Need or Nah?

I was introduced to lash primer when I worked at a cosmetic store a few years ago. I was instantly wowed at the difference it made. My lashes aren’t long or voluminous so I’m always looking for a trick to make them look better since I don’t do false lashes. Once I stopped worked there, I stopped using it and just forgot about it.

Once I started getting more into makeup, I looked into some and tried a few, but most of them were more than I wanted to pay. The options at the drugstore were few. Recently, that has changed though and I’ve found a new favorite.

I know what you’re thinking, another step? Is it really worth it? It absolutely is and I’ve got the pictures to prove it.

The primer I’ve been loving is the L’Oreal Voluminous Primer.

Description (ulta.com): L’Oreal presents Voluminous Lash Primer, the latest makeup designer obsession. This is the perfect pair for your favorite mascara to maximize every lash look. Lightweight primer instantly creates a boosting effect, building dramatic volume and length on each lash.

Price: $5.99 @ Target; $8.99 @ Ulta; $5.84 @ Wal Mart

Color Selection: 1 (white)

Pros: Makes my lashes look longer and thicker

Cons: None

Final Verdict: I love this and I use it every time I wear mascara. If you’ve never tried a lash primer, give this one a go. It’s from the drugstore, not too expensive, and I think you’ll like it.

–for this pictures, I used this primer and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
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My right eye has primer and my left eye is just mascara

I curl my lashes, apply one coat of primer, and then go in with my mascara. There’s no need to wait for it to set in or dry, you don’t want it to dry, so go right in with your mascara.

P.S. Some of my other favorites are the Wet n Wild and the Lancome Cils Booster.

This is definitely a NEED!

Do you use lash primer?

Black + Bib

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Dress-Old Navy; Shoes-Tory Burch; Necklace-Purple Peridot; Earrings-Charming Charlie; Ring-Charming Charlie; Bracelets-Kendra Scott, Mantra Band; Watch-Fossil;
Lips-Colour Pop Frenchie; Nails-OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?

I’d been wanting this bib necklace for a while so when Purple Peridot put it on major sale, I grabbed it. I love a good statement necklace and anything with pearls so this was an easy decision. Since the necklace is so bold, I kept the rest of the look simple.

I love this black dress from Old Navy. I’ve had it for a little while, but it’s a staple for me. It’s so comfortable, perfect for hot days, and the accessory options are endless.

NYX Double Stacked Mascara

product2Description (nyx.com): Stack ‘em up! This incredible fiber formula stacks your lashes with all of the drama you could ever imagine. In just three simple steps, you’ll be batting luscious-looking lashes and collecting suitors wherever you go.

Price: $14.99 @ Target; $14.99 @ Ulta; $15 @ nyx.com

Color Selection: —

Pros: Makes lashes look longer; fibers don’t fall in your eyes; easy to apply; easy to remove

Cons: None

Final Verdict: I’ve been wanting to try these fiber mascara systems for a while, but they were all so expensive and I had heard mixed reviews. I get NYX emails and actually got to try this for free. I LOVE it. I wear contacts and was worried the fibers would fall in my eyes or irritate them and they didn’t. I don’t use it every day, but it’s perfect for those special ocassions when you want to get full glam. I don’t do falsies!

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There are 3 steps to this system
1. Apply mascara
2. Apply fibers
3. Seal in the fibers with another coat of mascara
–You can repeat these steps till you get your desired look

I  didn’t use this on my bottom lashes, but I’m sure you could. I also want to try the fibers with other mascaras.

Have you tried any fiber lash mascaras?

I’m Breezy + Preview

6Shirt-Old Navy; Pants-Belk; Wedges-Steve Madden; Necklace-Kendra Scott;
Bracelets-Mantra Band, Kendra Scott; Watch-Fossil; Earrings-(similar);
Lips-MAC Candy Yum Yum

If you are a Friends lover like me, you definitely get the reference. If not, watch this video and catch up. These pants are light, airy, and you guessed it breezy! Sadly, I can’t find them online, but I linked everything I could.

To me, this outfit just screams summer. I’ve had a crazy summer full of highs and lows, but I’m more than ready to welcome fall and everything that it brings.

My favorite part of fall is getting the HUGE September issues of all of my favorite magazines and getting a full run town of all the trends. The September Issue of Vogue is everything. They don’t call it the fashion Bible for nothing!

Y’all know I am just as excited about beauty trends as I am fashion. I don’t think makeup is necessarily seasonal, but it’s always fun to see what’s new and what colors are dominating. What I’m most excited for are the nail polish colors this fall. I managed to hold off on using a fall color until last week, but I’ve been eyeing them for a while. I may or may not have purchased 7 new shades. Monthly manis this fall are going to be fun and new!

What are y’all looking forward to this fall?

The Beauty Tag

(tag created by the beautiful Amanda)

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The questions she answered:

  1. What is your favorite makeup item? Blush
  2. When did you first start wearing makeup? Middle school
  3. What is your favorite part of your makeup routine? Brows. Filling in your brows pulls an entire look together and I always do my brows even if I’m wearing minimal makeup.
  4. Do you prefer volumizing or lengthening mascara? Lengthening
  5. What is your favorite makeup brand? MAC
  6. Would you prefer to have oily or dry skin? Oily. I have oily skin and I know how to manage it. This product is a god send!
  7. What is your favorite beauty tool? Lash curler
  8. What is your favorite beauty tip or trick? beautyblender Liner Designer

The questions she asked:

  1. What is your favorite makeup brand? MAC
  2. How do you feel about fake lashes? I love the look of them, but I can’t put them on myself.
  3. Where do you sit/stand to put on your makeup? I sit at my dressing table.
  4. Do you like to watch any YouTube beauty gurus? Who? I watch a TON, but my favorite is Young, Wild, & Polished. I posted a list of favorites last year, I still watch most of them, but I have added and taken away some.
  5. When did you start wearing makeup? Do you remember the first product you used? I remember wearing a little bit of makeup in middle school. I think my first product was CoverGirl powder, but I’m not sure.
  6. What’s your favorite mascara? Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  7. What’s your go-to every day hairstyle? I have short hair and I can basically do one style, hair down and straight!
  8. When do you feel most beautiful? I love a full glam look, but I feel most beautiful when I’m at home, no makeup, in my comfy clothes, spending time with my family and my dogs. I think happiness makes you beautiful and being at home with the people and dogs I love makes me the happiest.

 

Let me know if you do this tag so I can read it!