“Pump up the plump to ten – and take lips to their very fullest potential. Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick creates full bee-stung lips while laying down sheer, creamy colour. An invigorating ginger root complex with a cooling sensation volumizes lips immediately, while infused oils moisturize and smooth. Plenty of Pout Plumping Lip Gloss packs the same power with a side of clear, balmy shine. Layer it over the Lipstick to soften lip lines for a fresh, pumped-up pout!” – MACCOSMETICS.COM
I will be the first to admit I am not into plumping lip products. However these new MAC Lipsticks make your lips feel juicy and plump without all the sting. There is a plumping gloss you can put over them to really amp it up but it gives me that tingling / sting feeling I do not like. Wearing the plumping MAC Lipstick alone is perfect for me! These lipsticks have a sheer but very creamy coverage. You will see below my swatches were two swipes to make it look nicer (HA) but they were pigmented with one swipe.
Kiss & Cuddle – Soft Yellow Nude (I am obsessed with this shade – I am basic LOL)
So Swell – Midtown Cool Brown
Smooth Going – Bright Peachy Pink
Apple Chic – Creamy Strawberry Pink
Crazy Lush – Bright Cherry Red (Hello GORG!!!!)
I think the key with these lippies is the because there are oils infused to moisturize and smooth you do not really notice the cooling sensation as other plumping lipsticks. Picture it like your minty lip balm that feels cool a bit but it does not feel funny on the lips. Just smooth, full voluminous juicy lips! Do you have your eyes on these? Lets chat in the comments below!
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When it comes to top mascara these 5 are must must haves. I think mascara is the one beauty item (aside from lip balm) I could not live without. There is something about a bare face without lashes vs with lashes. Mascara literally wakes up my face. I have tried so many over the years but these stand out. I can typically tell by one try if its for me or not. It has to instantly lift without a ton of coats. It can not be too thin, too dry or too wet. All of these mascaras give me the length and volume I am looking for when it comes to a Mascara. They are not mentioned in any special order. If I had to say which ones I use the most it would be the L’Oreal Lash Paradise and the MARC Jacobs Velvet Nior. However when I wear any of these I have been asked if I am wearing false lashes or what type of mascara do I use!
TOP MASCARA: High End & Drugstore
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black – SHOP IT HERE:This is such an oldie but goodie. Loved by many Celebrity MUA’s and its under $6 at Target This was my first real mascara I used once I started to wear makeup as a teen. It may not have been the carbon black but it was this original L’Oreal. I honestly probably saw it in Allure and went out and bought it.
Cover Girl Lash Blast – SHOP IT HERE: This is the mascara that re introduced my love to drugstore mascaras. In my 20’s when I started making a bit more money I splurged on Bad Gal Lash By Benefit and Dior Show. Both which are fabulous but in recent months was not as impressed as I once was (Marc Jacobs is to blame). When I got engaged I said OK I need to cut back some and my sister in law loved this one so I tried it. What can I say? The volume and length is there! Its under $7 at Target.
MARC JACOBS Velvet Nior– SHOP IT HERE: I was just recently introduced to this mascara when Marc Jacobs sent it to me. I have heard non stop things about it but I try not to give in to hype on products. Ohhhh the hype is real. This mascara I use the most along with my Loreal Lash Paradise which I can easily say is its drugstore dupe. Kinda… Either way you must try this! Sephora sells a Mini version which I think is great. See it HERE It gives you all the length and volume you want without feeling clumpy or dry.
TOP MASCARA: Continued
L’Oreal Lash Paradise – SHOP IT HERE: I am obsessed!!! Especially because its drugstore and I literally live for amazing drugstore finds. I pair this with the L’Oreal Lash Primer (which is another must have) and its even better with the primer! The ONLY problem I have with this mascara is it appears to dry out fast. However it works so well for me and I get compliments ALL the time I will not let that be a deal breaker. Find it HERE at Target for under $10!!
MAC In Extreme Dimension – SHOP IT HERE: This is the newest mascara I have tried. Iw as sent this as well by MAC Cosmetics and for as much of a MAC Junkie I am (See my INSTAGRAM HERE) I have never really tried their mascara. Crazy I know. I follow so many MAC MUA’s on the gram and they swoon over this and now I know why!!!
What are your top mascara choices? I am always looking to try out new ones especially from the drugstore! If you have not tried any of these out I strongly strong suggest them all. Like I said I wear the MARC Jacobs and the L’Oreal Lash Paradise the most but I reach for them all. They are constantly being re purchased or will be repurchased.
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Summer is in full swing and no one wants to be an oily mess lol. You all know I love to be dewy and glowing but once summer hits my T Zone gets very oily. Having a fabulous mattifying primer is key to controlling my shine in my problem areas. A new primer on the market is by Bobbi Brown, Primer Plus Mattifier. “A fresh, lightweight face primer that extends the quality of your foundation’s wear while controlling oil, blurring pores and helping keep skin’s moisture level balanced. Skin looks matte, never flat” – bobbibrown.com
Mattifying Primer: All The Details
Price: $38.00 buy it HERE (I must say this is a very nice size. You will get your moneys worth!!)
Controls Shine / Absorbs Oil: With a special powder technology
Sodium Hyalurante: Keeps moisture level balanced
I really am enjoying this primer. I was just talking to my followers on my Instagram how most pore filling primers do not work on me but as long as it says blurring in the description I am good. This is a very light weight primer and has a silky texture. It has a white consistency that is not heavy. I think that is why thicker pore fillers do not work for me. For some reason they break up on my skin and then my foundation looks bad. Once applied even though its to give you a matte finish it almost feels hydrating! Crazy right? It does not dry you out just keeps all that oil at bay.
This primer paired with Bobbi Browns Foundation (see it here) works fantastic. It helps keep the foundation in place all day! I was not only impressed by this mattifying primer but the foundation as well. Another product that is breathable and feels like your skin. So tell me what are some of your must have primers to keep your face matte?
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It has been a long time since I have written about makeup dupes. I started this series on my Instagram when I started and then I kind of just stopped. Well I am back and I am ready to discuss dupes! High End Foundation Dupes to be exact! There is nothing I love more than to find affordable beauty products that perform. The Maybelline Fit Me Foundations are pretty much high end quality for under $10 at the drug store. There are two finishes available matte and dewy and today I want to break down how they are dupes for MAC and NARS Foundations. Of course there will be some differences but if you are looking for fantastic foundations that do not break the bank and compare to high end foundations this post is for you!
HIGH END FOUNDATION DUPES
Maybelline Fit Me: Matte & Poreless
“Maybelline’s pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish” – ulta.com
This foundation is a dupe for MAC Studio Fix Fluid. Studio Fix also is a natural matte finish, helps minimize the look of pores and costs $30.00. Now if you are new here MAC is my Jam. When a High End brand is worth the splurge I buy. MAC & NARS are two brands that always work for me. I know not everyone can afford these prices or just maybe do not like the brands for whatever the reason may be. That is why dupes are fantastic!!! The MAC’s foundation works better for me because the shade I use C3.5 is perfect. I will tell you Matte & Poreless 130 Buff Beige is pretty darn close but its just a bit too cool for me. Does this stop me from wearing it? Nope!!! Find your perfect shade HERE.
Maybelline Fit Me: Dewy & Smooth
“This foundation blends seamlessly for light to medium, natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be – fresh, breathing, flawless” -ulta.com
This foundation is a dupe for NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. NARS is also a radiant finish, with medium coverage (it says full coverage but I find it to be more medium) that does not feel heavy on the skin and costs $49.00. One thing I can say about NARS is they have undertones ON LOCK!!!! They get it period! So because the Maybelline Fit Me foundation has less shades that is it’s only downfall however if it offers your shade this is an amazing dupe for NARS. I truly hope they extend this ones range to 40 as well.
If you are interested in the NARS Foundation I do have some swatches and full review of it HERE and If you are interested in MAC Posts you can find some of my most popular ones HERE and HERE.
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The ICONIC Mac Fix Plus Prep + Prime Face Spray is loved by so many. There are more times than not I talk to my friends, co workers and family and they do not know about this iconic product. With the MAC Fix Plus line expansion I wanted to write this blog post to profess my love for it. Hoping to have more beauty lovers discover this product! So what is it?
MAC Fix Plus Product Details:
Comes in 3 types (also a charcoal spray)
THE ORIGINAL: “A lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup” – maccosmetics.com. This hydrating mist is packed with vitamins and minerals and infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber. Insanely soothing on the skin and hydrating and Comes in 4 scents: Original, Coconut, Lavender and Rose. Here are some of the uses for this Holy Grail Mist. Shop it HERE and a Mini Size HERE (it is only $12!!!)
Spray before makeup for extra hydration
Middle of the day pick me up
Finish makeup to smooth out powder to have it melt into the skin
Use with foundation to sheer it out
Intensify color (highlighters and eye shadows)
MAC Fix Plus
MATTE: “A lightweight mattifying spray that refreshes skin while instantly controlling shine and oil.” – maccosmetics.com This formula contains powder and silica that will help to control oil to re balance and mattify the skin. MAC MUA Ashley Rudder shows a fabulous example here on her Instagram. If you are oily or just prefer to have a matte finish and do not like shine this is the oen for you!!!! Shop it HERE
SHIMMER: “A Fix+ formula now infused with pearlescent pearls for the ultimate glow” – maccosmetics.com Let me say when I saw this was being released I was beyond excited because I am all about the glow and love the original. The formula is exactly the same as the original formula with the added pearlescent to give you added glow for radiant skin! Please know this is not in your face glitter on your skin. Its quite subtle. Just enough to give your skin some added radiance! Comes in two shades: Pink and Gold. Shop it HERE
MINERALIZE CHARGED WATER: “A charcoal-infused face spray that immediately re-energizes and replenishes lost moisture.” – maccosmetics.com This one is technically not in the fix plus family but I am adding it in because face sprays are fantastic and need to be added into your beauty routine! This face spray will instantly recharge your skin. You can use this before, during or after makeup. Shop it HERE.
I hope this helps you a bit if you have been thinking about this product. I truly is a fantastic investment and product to have. With its versatility and multiple uses you are guaranteed to find the one that is best for you, along with using it in different ways throughout your beauty routine.
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When it comes to beauty who doesn’t love an easy product for the woman on the go that works? Meet bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, an award winning foundation! The best of a BB Cream, CC cream and tinted moisturizer in one. When it comes to foundation, I love something light weight and easy to use. I had high hopes for this for an everyday product and sure enough, I love it!
The foundation is packed with Marine botanicals which will help replenish thirsty and dull skin. Even though its hydrating and can be described as a tinted moisturizer, I still use a moisturizer before I apply it. If you are new here, I love to be hydrated and dewy. For me this covered just enough to be absolutely perfect for everyday wear. My skin looks put together if that makes sense. Just enough coverage with a radiant complexion to give you a youthful glow! Not too sheer and not medium coverage, the best way to describe it is light coverage. Perfect to even out your skin tone. I set my T Zone in my face (forehead, nose area and chin) with powder to control my shine. Even though this is a dewy foundation I still like to combat some shine where I get oily.
SWATCHES: (Top to Bottom)
Bare Minerals sent two shades to try and per the descriptions on Ulta’s Website I felt the two shades would be best and honestly both work for me!
Wheat 4.5: medium skin tones with neutral undertones
Bamboo 5.5: light to medium skin tones with warm to neutral undertones
When it comes to everyday makeup I need something simple and efficient. It is easy to understand how this foundation won awards from Allure and Glamour magazines and loved by many women! SPF built in, to evening out your skin tone along with creating a radiant glow the bare Minerals Complexion Rescue foundation is a keeper for me!
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NARS Orgasm blush was my first NARS product. Again I was reading my beauty bible, Allure Magazine. It talked about the shade was universally flattering on everyone and with my blush obsession it had to be mine. NARS Orgasm blush is a gorgeous peachy pink with a golden shimmer. It goes with almost all looks and gives a bit of glow and dimension to your face because of the built in shimmer. It is not glittery at all! To put it simply NARS Orgasm is an award winning iconic beauty product. The NEW Summer collection allows us to … “experience the iconic and universally-flattering shade in four new stimulating textures for Summer 2018. Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder illuminates and accentuates the face while Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm tints and smooths lips. Also included in the collection is an oversized Orgasm Blush and Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer to drench lips in a mirror-like shine – NARS COSMETICS
Its always a good time in my opinion to try more blush lol so if you ask me if you need to try this blush I will always say yes! However for me the star of this summer collection is the loose powder. It is soft and silky like it is described and the shade it a bit different from the traditional blush with a rose gold tint to it. It it not glittery at all and just glows and glows and glows! Extremely happy this is a permanent item and not limited edition!
I remember purchasing my first highlighter like it was yesterday, even though it was in 2006. It was at the Nordstrom Beauty Counter and someone from Bobbi Brown asked if I needed help. It was then I started to explain how I love cheeks products and want something to help my cheeks pop. This was when I was introduced to one of the most versatile beauty products I own. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter.
When the Bobbi Brown makeup artist pulled out the Shimmer Brick in Bronze, I immediately fell in love. Fast forward to becoming a blogger and my first PR package from them included the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in the shade Bronze! It was fate that we met again. Fresh, brand new and glowing waiting to be photographed and blogged about. Sooooo lets just get into this. Here is why the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter is one of the most versatile products you could own!
So what can this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Be Used For?
Highlighter/ All over glow: dust all five colors at the top of your cheek bones and or lightly dust in center parts of the face for an all over glow
Eyeshadow: I am so basic with eyeshadow so having nude / bronzy shades on hand and they are shimmer?? BOOM one and done!
Blush / Blush Topper: I have gone heavy with this as a blush and or blush topper. I can apply a matte bronzer and go to town with this brick as a blush that will leave my cheeks glowing.
Bronzer: When it comes to using it as a bronzer I have specifically used it only in the shade bronze and used it to help carve out my cheek bones especially in the summer when I will glow all day every day!
My skintone is light to medium so I understand someone with different skin tones may not be able to use this as a bronzer or it may be too dark for some skintones but for me it has been by far one of the most versatile products I own. I can pop it in my bag and know I will have some gorg eyelids and cheeks for the night and my face will be glowing!!!! Fun Fact: This product is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner. Allure is my beauty bible so I pay attention to the winners always! LoL!
Swatches Top to Bottom:
You can see the individual colors and the last swatch shows all the colors mixed together!
Have you tried the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick? I would love to hear your thoughts and know what are some of your must have Bobbi Brown products.
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Primers can be tricky. I remember when I bought my first primer in 2005. It was the original Photo Finish Smashbox Primer. I was flipping through Allure Magazine (yes I was actually reading a magazine lol) and saw that it was an allure beauty pick. All I needed to read was “blurred pores and fine lines” You may be saying what exactly is a primer and why do I need one? Primers now offer a ton of benefits but the main benefits are to allow makeup to go on smooth and to keep your makeup on longer. Smashbox offers over 10 primers to choose from and are the number 1 Face Primer Brand in the USA. This post is going to break them all down in hopes to make it easier for you to find the one that is best for you!
This has been my Holy Grail Foundation Primer for over 10 years and highly recommend this. It is a basic primer that does exactly what it claims to do. Helps your makeup go on smoother and will allow it to last all day!!!
Here is where you get the normal primer benefits plus radiance. The best way to understand this is if you are using a matte foundation but want to add a bit of glow to your face this is the primer for you! I absolutely love adding primers like this to my matte foundations. It just turns up the natural radiance in your skin without looking overdone. If you have been following me for a while you know I do not like to look matte and flat LOL!
Instantly primes & evens skin tone
Packed with Hyaluronic Acid
Micro-fine amber & bronze pearls create a warm glow
SMASHBOX PRIMERS: Pores, EvenSkin Tone, Redness and Oily Skin
Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: $39.00 – Shop it HERE
I have tried this once in the past and did not like it on my skin. It really accentuated my dry spots but it could have been the foundation I used with it. So needless to say I did not give this a fair shot. One thing I noticed is pore filling primers are a nude color and thicker consistency understandably so but this type of formula just may not work for me. Stay tuned!
reduces the look of pores
mattifies shine & controls oil all day
wont clog pores or cause breakouts
Photo Finish Reduce Redness: $39.00 – Shop it HERE
Think color correcting meetings primer!! For color correcting you always want to think of the opposite of the color wheel. Green is the color that will help cancel out and neutralize red. If you suffer from redness on your skin this may be a great primer for you!
This primer is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, oily or combination skin due to its lighter formula. I have an oily T Zone and sometimes my skin can be sensitive and the original has always worked perfectly. However I know there are people out there with very oily skin and or acne prone skin. This may be one to check out if you deal with these specific skin types.
Just give me all the dewy skin! I am so hopeful for this one because it gives you a radiant glow while giving you all the benefits of a primer! For me this will be perfect in the winter. My skin gets very dry and needs a bit of help.
adds hydration for seamless makeup application
adds radiance to the skin
blended with 15 lipid-rich plant extracts & essential oils including moisturizing jojoba + calming chamomile
reduces fine lines
Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick: $32.00 – Shop it HERE
Are you oily? If you want to control oil and shine this one is for you! I get oily in my T Zone and it gets worse in the summer. I will be giving this a run for its money this summer.
primes and preps the skin
oil and shine control for 12 hours
will not dry out skin
lightweight formula that glides onto skin
I hope this post helps you find your perfect primer. Smashbox offers so many and Ulta Beauty has the perfect guide to help you as well. See it HERE. Its no surprise they are the number 1 rated brand for primers in the USA. Here is to long lasting makeup!!!
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It may only be in the 50’s here in Chicago but its officially Summer in the beauty world. With so many releases who can keep up but I am here to give you all the details on the Urban Decay Summer Collection that is exclusive to Ulta Beauty. There is a stand out in this collection and it is the Beached Eye Shadow Palette. “Covered in palm trees inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, the limited-edition Beached Eye shadow Palette warrants a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formulas won’t budge, even when you’re spending the season’s hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long” – Ulta Beauty Website The collection included 3 lipsticks, 2 24/7 Glide – On Eye Pencils and 2 Matte Bronzers. All the products are sure to get you into the summer mood however when you see the swatches of this velvety smooth Beached Eye Shadow Palette it will be the one thing on your mind to buy!
For those that know me I am not big into color but blue is popping up everywhere this season and I am not mad about it! lol All of the shades are buttery, smooth and pigmented. If you are into pops of color and do not have these shades in your collection for $34.00 for 8 shades its BPAMC approved!
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