Find your magic and don’t stop following it.
Find your magic and don’t stop following it.
Every time I go to Ulta I get roped into trying new products. It’s too tempting not to, especially since they have some of my faves, including Colourpop now.
One of the to dos on my bucket list is to own every Super Shock shadow. It’s my favorite eye shadow formula ever, hands down. At five bucks a pop for intense beautiful pigments, you can’t lose. This sparkly reflective purple plum with glitter flecks above, Stereo, caught my eye.
When I saw Essence’s 1.99 single shadows, I thought Black as a Berry, a gorgeous blackberry shade would pair beautifully with Stereo.
After hearing so many YouTubers rave about Essence, I’ve really been wanting to give the brand a try. I can see the reason for the praise. For 1.99, this shade packs a punch. Though a tiny bit patchy on my left eye, it really didn’t give me much issues blending out and creating some smokiness so I’m definitely going back for more.
I used the peachy shade from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette I reviewed previously to start building the crease. I used the brown shade in the palette to build the intensity.
I then used the Black as a Berry shade in both the inner and outer halves of the eyes to create a halo effect. I patted the Stereo shade on the center of the lids with both a flat brush and then my fingers.
Another product I’ve been wanting to try forever is the the Procisely My Brow pencil by Benefit. Again, I can see why so many people love it. If you don’t like brow pencils I say give this a try anyway. It’s so easy to use and the product is just waxy enough. As someone with extremely unruly brows and lots of sparse patches, I can see myself using this a lot.
Also I decided to try a brow trim by Benefit as my brow hairs have been pointing and growing every which way lately and I’m pretty impressed what a $6 trim can do. If you’re like me and have sparse but thick brows, give it a try. It’s nice to have a second pair of eyes to spruce up your brows sometimes.
I filled them in with the Precisely my Brow pencil and set them with Essences Make Me Brow. I’ve tried better brow gels before like Maybelline’s Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer, which I love. The wand is not very big and you have to go back into the tube about three times to coat your brows throughly, but for $2.99 it’s a nice brow gel to have to throw in your bag and use in pinch.
To apply my foundation, (Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless), I thought I’d give e.l.f’s Kabuki Brush a try. Though I’m still a die hard beauty sponge lover, I love how fast it blended out my foundation and think this would be great to get ready for work or whenever I’m running late. It did a pretty decent job of providing coverage as well.
Of course after a long day of using tons of makeup, you have to take care of your skin.
I ran out of cleanser so I thought it’d be fun to put this Peter Thomas Roth anti aging cleanser to the test. Though I’m not aging rapidly quite yet prevention is always key. I have a few fine lines and smile lines so it’d be interesting to see if this makes a difference. So far I love the peachy smell but can’t comment on this obviously as I’ve only used this once. I may do a full review. It did a good job of taking all my makeup off and giving it that nice squeaky clean feel is oily girls appreciate.
What products are you loving lately? Love you all!
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It’s always a good day when you find a $40 palette at TJ Maxx for $7. I had to part with my coins for this one.
The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette is formulated to suit your skin tone and comes in three categories, Fair, Medium, and Tan/Deep. Though my skin tone is warm light to medium, I don’t care and got tan/deep because not only is that the only one my TJ Maxx had but I love the tones. Honestly I’m not drawn to the ones in the fair or medium palettes anyway.
I think these would be ideal travel palettes as they are compact and contain all you’d need for a quick, easy, and cute eye look for both day and night. Also, I’m sure I’m going to be using this a ton for work as it’s very neutral yet perfect for just enough definition for the eyes.
I was even more stoked when I saw the rave reviews online on Ulta and Sephora of the product. Of course when I saw Stila lipsticks, I had to get one too.
This lipstick looks much peachier in person and is described as a “mid tone peachy coral” which is most definitely my cup of tea.
I really like the peachy look I got out of this palette and it paired perfectly with the lip. I know I do a ton of peachy looks but what can I say? They’re peachy.
I found these shades to work ideally together and they’re all super creamy and blendable.
Believe it or not I didn’t prime my lids. Funnily enough, the description on the product claims the shadows are so finely milled and pigmented that you don’t need primer. I’m pretty sure the shades would’ve been even more vibrant with primer but I’m totally not mad at how it came out.
I used the top left shade, a peach shade as my main crease color. I then I intensified it with the left blush color, a coral pink. I love this combo by the way, and never think that you can’t use blush or bronzer as eyeshadow. I highlighted my inner corner and browbone with the champagne color.
Lastly, I intensified the outer crease with the darker blush and brown shades and smoked out the lower lashline with those two shades. I love the lipstick’s shade but I wish it was a bit more opaque. It is labeled as a balm though so I get it. It’s perfect for summer as an easy thing to throw on and put in your purse.
Here are all the palettes in the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue collection side by side. The quality of the tan/deep palette is worth $40 so I’m so happy I found it. The only shade that was slightly patchy was tge darker blush but it is a blush, so totally not a big deal. Everything else was awesome. I wouldn’t mind scoring the medium palette at TJ Maxx.
Overall, I’m very pleased.
Have you found any steals lately at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s?
I’ve been inspired to go on the hunt for luxury makeup at these stores because of all the fun videos in YouTube where people luck out. I thought I’d try my luck and I’m glad I did.
I’ve been looking for a solution to the day to night outfit conundrum. I’ve concluded that this summer, jumpsuits will be my best friend.
This one is from Forever 21 and it’s giving me Lucille Ball vibes. I am in love. I feel like the transparent sandals give it a modern vibe and I’m loving clear sandals right now.
I love that this jumpsuit has a pajama-just-woke-up-like-this feel as well and I’m all here for the pajama trend.
For $29.90 you can get tons of looks out it and dress it up or down.
I’m also totally obsessed with these heels and want them in the other color they come in.
I think these are so cute paired with jumpsuits.
During the day you could totally pair this with sandals or espadrilles.
These by Asos are super cute.
Here are other ideas for jumpsuits that will take you from day to night :
This would be adorable paired with both simple sandals as shown above or heels and dressier accessories.
Similarly, you could easily wear simple espadrilles with this jumpsuit, below, as well as high heels:
I usually don’t like corset details, but I think it works and is super cute on this one. For the price, you can’t beat it.
I’m going to be wearing this trend all summer. Love it. What are you loving and wearing all summer?
Thanks for reading!
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Inspired by a denim jumpsuit by Alexa Chung and cute puppies everywhere. A girl can never have enough cute outfits and puppy cuteness in her life.
Love you all!
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I was inspired to do a halo eye because I received a gorgeous shimmery metallic shade in my Ipsy bag a few weeks ago, Sahi Cosmetics’ Cream Metallic Foil Eyeshadow in Doha. I had never heard of this brand or product prior to this but as with many Ipsy products, I’m so happy I did.
Sahi Cosmetics’ Cream Metallic Foil Eyeshadow with Jojoba Oil in Doha. $22. Sahicosmetics.com.
The shadow is so unique. The formula is similar to Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadows and is certainly a cream. The color is gorgeous and flecked with large and a small reflects but it doesn’t appear the least bit chunky on the eyes. It’s very reflective when it catches the light and glam.
The description on Ipsy’s website says it all:
“Doha is a coppery gold shade with crushed pearls that’s inspired by the city of Qatar’s skyline at sunset (and we can totally see why).”
Seeing it on my vanity and not being able to use it for my day to day work looks made me feel like I wanted to go all out with my makeup this weekend. I wish I could convey how cool this look looked in person.
I definitely need to research what cameras are best for beauty photography.
I have never thought to do a halo eye with so many shades but I visualized this look and thought, “Why not?” I was inspired by space and cool illustration I’ve seen on Instagram. I began by priming my eyes with concealer.
I used the matte ivory shade in Colourpop’s Yes Please palette to set the lids. I then used the peachy shades in both the Yes Please and Dream Street palettes as transition colors.
The peachy shade remains my favorite transiton shade ever. I always feel like I get the steps in a halo eye wrong but the more I do them the easier it’s been getting.
I then used the matte deep teal shade in Kathleen Lights X Colourpop’s Dream Street palette to start building the halo eye effect on the inner and outer portions of the eye. I used Lisa Frank’s single eyeshadow in Heartthrob to further intensify the whole crease and outer corner.
I cut my halo eye shape with Wet N Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. I used a trick I learned from Nicole Guerriero’s Youtube channel to do this. She places concealer on the middle of her lid then looks up. She blends the concealer up to wherever it lands.
I placed the purple shade from Makeup Shayla X Maybelline’s City Mini Palette on the outer corners of the cut crease and blended into the teal.
I love the combination of the purple against the teal. It reminds me of the milky way. I then added more teal and extended and smoked out the outer v of the eye look. I then patted Doha in the center of the lid where I applied concealer with a brush and then with my finger.
I used the ivory color in the City Mini Palette to highlight my browbone and went over it with the shimmery champagne shade Moony in the Dream St. Palette. I highlighted my inner corner with it as well and went over it with the gold shade in the City Mini Palette.
I smoked out my lower lashline with the purple shade.
For lipstick I used Fifty Kisses Locking Lip Color in Beige Bite by Laura Geller. I went over it with the plumping gloss by Smoke and Mirrors.
I definitely give the Cream Metallic Shadow by Sahi Cosmetics an A+ and I can’t wait to try out more shadows by the brand.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
When you find a gem like quality high end makeup at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s it’s worth freaking out over. I wouldn’t judge you for shrieking to yourself right there in the makeup aisle. That’s just what happened to me at Burlington Coat Factory, my latest favorite for deeply discounted makeup and skincare. Sometimes you get duds, but most of the time you find steals like the Laura Geller Summer Goddess Collection I got for $10.
Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Tinted Primer in Champagne. $32 at Ulta.
Honestly I was just searching for a primer and didn’t feel like shelling out my money on my latest fave, Benefit’s Porefessional Primer, for a tube I’ll go through really quickly. I love the formula and everything about the product but it gets pricey to use it every day so I sometimes switch to cheaper options to get me by. I was stoked to see Laura Geller’s Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Champagne in the set.
Though I’ve never used it, I instantly googled some reviews and found almost nothing but praise. I thought it was worth a shot and the formula intrigued me. 🤔🤔
I also thought “$10 for four products?! Yay!”
I’ve tried and tested them all and paired them with a sunset makeup look I did the other night for a birthday party.
If you like glowy primers that still keep your makeup looking fresh, I think you’d like this primer. I’m not much of a glowy girl since I’m really oily but I was shocked my makeup stayed put. I think this would work for all skin types.
I used e.l.f.’s Mad for Mattes Summer Breeze Palette, one of my latest favorites. I know I’ve mentioned it before but it’s imposible to put down and has every matte I would ever need.
e.l.f’s Mad for Mattes Palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Ulta, Target, etc.
I thought the look would pair well with the burned salmon nude lip the set came with and the bronzer. I’ve never tried a marbled bronzer like the one in the set but I’m kind of obsessed with these now because they’re like a bronzer, brush, and highlighter all in one so they’re great if you’re in a pinch.
The Baked Body Frosting Face & Body Glow in Tahitian Glow “…(mélange of swirled tan, cream and pearly pink) (0.32 oz)” as noted on LauraGeller.com is beachy, summery, and just enough glow. It would look lovely on most skin tones but if you’re very Fair it’s definitely going to need to be used with a light hand. If you have a very deep skin tone this will only serve as a highlighter with a light glow most likely.
I love the cute puff but won’t ever use it for my face. I’ll give it a go on my collarbone.
As a lover of nude lipsticks, I fell in love with the burned salmon shade. As a person with extremely dry lips I shy away from liquid lips even though I love how they look. I was surprised that I could get through half the day without retouching and my lips only cracked when I forgot to put chapstick or lip balm underneath. With a few coats of something moisturizing underneath, I was good to go.
I feel like this lip is perfect for every day as it’s not only long wearing, but appropriate for both work and for going out.
I was inspired to create the eye look by Tahiti, the name of the collection, and summer vacations. I pictured myself on a tropical island.
I first primed my eyes with concealer. I then placed the peachy shades from the summer breeze palette in the crease. I intensified it with the reddish rust color and smoked out the outer corner with the purple shade. I used the lightest peachy shade to go over the crease for a gradient effect.
I used the mascara from the collection and I thought it provided just enough volume for everyday looks but it was t anything super glam. I’m not much of a máscara girl though, so don’t take my word for it. It’s hard to capture on camera but I really liked how the whole look turned out.
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