A BEAUTY APP EVERY BEAUTYLOVER MUST HAVE

Have you heard of Lovelyloot App?  Lovelyloot is a Beauty app where you can “save all your beauty products in one place! Keep track of the items you love, remember the ones you want to try and never forget a product again!”  It’s pretty much an app that every beauty lover needs and the best part it’s FREE! I know you may be thinking “I  already use Pinterest so why would I need this app?” I thought that at first as well. However Lovelyloot is the best approach for product organization.

I have been using the app for some time now and I am in love. Not only as a beauty lover but as a beauty blogger this app has kept me so organized with products I want to try, review for my blog and buy of course!!! Whether you have a wish list of luxury items to buy, a list skincare products that didn’t work for you or a list of lipsticks to buy the Lovelyloot app has you covered!  Let’s take a look at three lists I have created to give you a better idea of how this app will work for you!

Lovelyloot App - Beauty App

Here is my link to my luxury wish list. Yes you can share your links! How fun is that?!!!?? Hello birthday lists made easy!!! I have so many luxury items I want to try and seeing them all in one space will help me budget my money as to what I truly want to buy first for myself. You can search for items you want directly on the app and add them or on your next trip to Sephora you can just take pictures of your must have luxury items and add them to your list! I have also taken screen shots of pictures on Instagram and then add the image to the app and in the notes wrote down info such as brand and shade name. Super easy and organized!

I absolutely wish I had this app a few months ago because I was at MAC swatching blushes to get ideas for my Custom Palette. When I started to purchase blushes a couple weeks ago I could not remember one that I swatched that I fell in love with. If I had the Lovelyloot App I could have just snapped a picture of the name and put it in my luxury wishlist! How many times has this happened to you?

Lovelyloot App - Beauty App

Lovely Loot App - Beauty App

As a blogger I love finding $10 or less items for my blog and Instagram. Lovelyloot makes it simple for me to create a list of items I want to buy and try that are $10 or less or even take pictures of products from my own collection so I dont forget to showcase them on Tuesdays!! If I see fab finds scrolling through Instagram or if I am at the drugstore  I can either search on the app and add it or snap a picture of it at the store and it’s all set and organized for me in one place! See my current $10 or less wish list items here. Another great way I am using this as a blogger is for my Dupe List Series on my blog. I have created a list of items in my collection I want to dupe for future blog posts here.  Just like $10 or less beauty products I have a drugstore list as well. Drugstore products are some of my favorite so having a list of items I want to try and being able to take pictures of products I haven’t heard of (for blogger references) is perfect!

I have found this app to be extremely helpful for my blogging but it translates so well for the everyday beauty lover. My sister in law is loving it as well as my friends for all thier beauty product needs and organization. What do you think? Do you think you will be downloading this app? You can download the app here for free. I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

**This post is sponsored by Lovelyloot, as always my thoughts are honest and my own.

 

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches: My Custom Palette

I am so happy I have finally completed my custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette even though I know I will buy more! Filling up all the slots has given me a sense of fulfillment and I know each and every shade will get used which is even better. I wanted to make sure to get my MAC Eyeshadow Swatches up for you right away because every time I have posted part of the palette on my instagram account it has gotten a ton of attention and I received so many requests for swatches with shade names. So I hope you enjoy 🙂

Just as a little backstory on how all this got started. I had a ton of MAC single shadows and I had such a hard time with storage (Its now rare for me to ever by a single shadow). I also had 2 custom 4 pan palettes so I decided it was time to buy the double sided palette with 2 inserts. I searched on YouTube for “How to Depot MAC Eyeshadows” and started my project. A fabulous videos is right here (side note I tried the flat iron but I used a lighter and tongs so I would not burn my fingers) I also bought small magnets from Micheals similar to these. The depotting was not hard at all and once I was done I submitted my empties for the back to MAC recycle program to get my free lippies. See BACK to MAC information here.

There are still so many shades I want and I did discover some of my eyeshadows are old and patchy and need to be replaced. I did not edit these pictures at all to make sure colors were true. Some of the shimmer/frost in the shades were hard to pick up on camera as well as my lighter shades.

Lets get started!!

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom: (click shade name for easy shopping)

  • Trax – velvet – Burgundy-plum with shimmer –
  • Cranberry – frost – Red-plum with pink shimmer
  • Star Violet – veluxe pearl – Pinky-brown plum
  • Shadowy Lady – matte – Blackened plum
  • Sketch – velvet – Burgundy with red shimmer

MAC eyeshadow swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom:

  • Concrete – satin – Muted taupe brown
  • Espresso – matte – Muted golden brown
  • Wedge – matte – Soft muted beige taupe
  • Kid (discontinued)
  • Quarry matte – Soft muted plum brown
  • Soft Brown – matte – Soft golden peachy-brown

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom: (these shades were very hard to photograph as they are all my highlight shades)

  • Brule – satin – Soft creamy-beige
  • Blanc Type – matte – Creamy beige (is not offered in pro)
  • Shroom – satin – Soft beige with shimmer
  • Nylon – frost – Pale gold with icy shimmer
  • Naked Lunch – frost – Minimal pink with shimmer
  • Sweetlust – lustre – Pinky-rose

MAC eyeshadow swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom:

  • Amber Lights – frost – Peachy-brown with shimmer
  • Bronze – frost – Gold brown with gold-bronze shimmer (If I had to pick only one eyeshadow to wear for the rest of my life it would be this shade – Holy Grail and then some!!!!
  • Mulch velvet – Red-brown w/bronze pearl
  • Woodwinked – veluxe pearl – Warm antique gold
  • Corduroy – matte – Muted reddish-brown

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom:

  • Sable – frost – Gold-plum w/bronze pearl
  • Twinks – veluxe pearl – Deep plum w/pearl
  • Satin Taupe – frost – Taupe with silver shimmer
  • Handwritten (discontinued)

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

Shades from Top – Bottom:

  • Mothbrown (Barbie LE Collection)
  • Print – satin – Muted grey with shimmer
  • Knight Divine – veluxe pearl – Black w/silver pearl
  • Carbon – matte – Intense Black (oh boy I need a new one lol)

I truly hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you with your next MAC Eyeshadow haul. With this palette I can create everyday looks to evening to full blown glam. When I travel I choose 4-8 shades and I use my custom 4 pan palettes for easy packing.

What are some of your must have MAC Eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

*Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links

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Olay Eyes Collection

“Introducing The Olay Eyes, a collection designed to treat the 5 eye aging patterns that affect 95% of woman. Whether your concern is dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, sagging or all of it, Olay now has a solution to making your eyes look ageless” If you have been following my skincare journey you know that my eyes have been such a problem area. Dark Circles, Puffiness and dryness all came with a vengeance after my son was born! Trying out eye products has been something I have fallen in love with because typically no matter the ingredient I typically have no reactions so its fun to see what works and what does not! To read other skincare blog posts see them here, here and here.

When I received this package from Olay three products instantly stood out to me. I will include a mini review with them along withe the product breakdown of this fabulous collection!  Lets get started!!!

The Ultimate: Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

  • Dark Circles
  • Wrinkles
  • Puffiness
  • Supercharged with peptides & vitamins
  • Color Correcting technology

This is super creamy and moisturizing and does indeed give you some color under your eyes to hide dark circles. I really didn’t notice a difference in puffiness but over time the look of my eyes looked more awake!

Shop Here

Olay Eyes

The Brightener: Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream

  • Dark Circles
  • dual swirl formula
  • light reflecting pigments
  • gel to moisturize

This has a subtle illuminating affect and does make your under eyes appear brightened. I would mix this one with the Ultimate eye cream for maximum affect. However I do prefer my Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream  over these as it just worked better for me.

Shop Here 

Olay Eyes

 

The Depuffer: Olay Eyes De-Puffing Eye Roller

  • Eye bags
  • Instantly Reduces puffiness
  • precision micro rollers that cool & massage skin

Out of all the 3 I tried this was my favorite. You instantly feel the magic of the rollers and massaging them on your skin feels amazing. My eyes do tend to be puffy in the morning in general but after rough nights of sleep (mom life!) they have become worse! You can see the results and feel the results. I will be repurchasing this product!

Shop Here

Olay Eyes

The next two I did not try. I felt the problem areas these two eye creams tackle were for more mature skin so I gave them to my mother in law and just like me she is an avid Olay user and fan!

The Smoother: Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment

  • Deep Wrinkles
  • Patent Formula
  • Pro – Retinol
  • Diminishes crows feet in just 4 weeks  – Shop Here

The Lifter: Olay Eyes Lifting Serum

  • Sagging Skin
  • Advanced Amino-Peptide complex
  • Hydrates to plump
  • Firmer skin in 2 week –  Shop Here

Have you tried any of these Olay Eyes products? I would love to know what has worked for you or what eye creams you just can not live without!!! Let me know in the comments below.

 

*This collection was generously sent to my by Olay, as always opinions and thoughts are my own. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DUPE LIST II: BPAMC Drugstore Dupes

For those of you that are new to Beauty Products Are My Cardio when I started my Instagram I ran a series called Splurge VS Steal. Who doesn’t love a good beauty steal right??!!?? Call it splurge vs steal, drugstore dupes or just good ole dupes, being able to save money on a product that works just as well (sometimes better) than an expensive one is a win in my book.

So I thought it would be fun to move this series over to my blog. Its now called DUPE List! See my first Dupe List here

So lets get started on DUPE LIST II!!!!

 

Drug Store Dupes - Colourpop Avenue

Drugstore Dupes - Colourpop Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Shade Avenue: $6 – Shop Here

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in Shade 201: $38 – Shop Here

ColourPop is on my top lip and Armani is on the bottom. Can you see the difference? I couldn’t lol! Both of these lippies are a matte finish and extremely comfortable on the lips and lasted throughout the day.

Palladio Beauty Baked Bronzer in shade Pacific Tan: $10 Shop Here

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in shade Golden Days: $6 Shop Here

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in shade Luminous Bronze Light: $24 travel size $50 regular size. Shop Here and Here

I’m just getting into Hourglass and picked up the travel size to try it out during a Nordstrom sale. I do enjoy this bronzer however I like it better mixed with other colors because it tends to be a bit orange on me. These two drugstore bronzers are FABULOUS! They offer the same type of look with that touch of shimmer not glitter to accentuate your cheekbones!

Drugstore Dupes - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: $5.99 Shop Here

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: $23.00 Shop Here

I saw this on Pinterest (find me here) as I love looking for new dupes! I also love and prefer drugstore mascaras over highend mascara but this one just did not do it for me in comparison. I love the way better than sex mascara performs but I get TONS of fall out so I was hoping for the Rimmel to be a fab dupe. Its nice do not get me wrong but I don’t know if its an exact dupe.  I still wanted to add this because Mascara is not one size fits all and I have tons of blogger friends that love both of these!

Drugstore Dupes - Elf Matte Lip Crayons

 

Elf Matte Lip Crayons: $3 Shop Here

Fiona Stiles Matte Lip Crayons: $16 Shop Here

This is more of a same product type of dupe. What I own I do not have exact color dupes but both of these products are the same concept. A Matte Lip Crayon that offers great pigment in a matte finish. Fiona Stiles formula is SUPER CREAMY and I love that in a matte lip product. Elfs crayon is not near as creamy however it packs on pigment and for $3 they are worth it. I just use my MAC prep and prime lip before applying the Elf ones and it provides that extra moisture… I pretty much use the prep and prime before I apply anything now on my lips. I am obsessed but we will not get off topic LOL

Drugstore Dupes - MAC Lady Danger - NYX Pure Red - Red Lipstick

Drugstore Dupes - MAC Lady Danger - NYX Pure Red - Red Lipstick

NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade Pure Red: $5.99 Shop Here

MAC Matte Finish Lipstick in Shade Lady Danger $17 Shop Here

Most people know MAC is my jam. I love MAC products and have since I was 16. They just work for me period.  I understand not everyone has this budget or may just choose not to buy certain brands. You will always find MAC dupes here bc I own a ton of MAC! Lady Danger is my ALL TIME FAVORITE Red Lip to rock! I have swatched 10 in my collection you can see here) During my red swatch party I discovered this dupe. Milani Matte Passion is the first one I found but this NYX in one is another fab dupe!!!

Drugstore Dupes

Drugstore Dupes

Elf Cosmetics Shimmer Lip Gloss in shade Believe: $1 at the Dollar Store (WINNING!!!)

Nars Lip Gloss in shade Greek Holiday: $26.00 Shop Here

As you can see this is not an exact color dupe but the concept of a bronze colored shimmer lip is dupe worthy in my opinion. I love Greek Holiday by Nars.  I have bought it twice! Its the perfect nude shimmer lip gloss  that works well with so many nude lipsticks for that extra pop. When I am at the dollar store I always go to the makeup section and mine carries a huge section of Elf so when I saw this I thought it was so pretty and grabbed it. How can I not for a $1! Got home and the light bulb went off. On the lips like I said its the same concept but you can see the elf is lighter but I felt this was dupe list worthy!!!!!

Drugstore Dupes

Loreal Magic Lumi Primer: $12.99 Shop Here

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter: $38.00 Shop Here

If you want to glow on a budget look no further!!! This loreal lumi primer does just that! This also is a fab dupe for MAC Storbe Cream (original color) as it has a pink tone to it. The BECCA primer does not have a pink undertone however both give you that glow from within look.

 

 

 

I truly hope you enjoy this series!!  What is your favorite dupe find? What dupes would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

DUPE LIST III COMING EARLY 2017

 

 

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Holiday Makeup Looks: Red Lipstick Swatches

Everyone wants to find the perfect Holiday Makeup Looks and what better way than with a festive red lip! Below you will find 10 Red Lipstick swatches from my collection from drugstore to highend to help you find your best Holiday Makeup Looks! Red lipstick swatches get super messy so bare with me LOL!!! I just started to wear red lipstick a year or so ago and have fallen absolutely in love with the look. Whether its summer, winter or fall I have learned to rock my red lip!

Most  people think they can not pull off red lipstick and I do truly understand this because I have always felt that way. Red Lipstick is all about the right shade for your skin tone and I believe the right finish. I prefer an orange tone with a matte finish but I am learning to like many more now that I am more comfortable with it. So lets get to these swatches!!!

Holiday Makeup Looks - Red Lipstick Swatches

SHADES TOP TO BOTTOM: (For easy shopping click on the shade of the lipstick)

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain: Shade –  402 Rouge Remix

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick: Shade – 310 Red My Lips

MAC Matte Lipstick: Shade – Lady Danger (My All Time Favorite Red Lip to Rock!)

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick: Shade – So Marilyn

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick: Shade – Avenue

MAC Liptensity: Shade – Mulling Spices

NYX Matte Lipstick: Shade – Pure Red

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro: Shade 400

Makeup Forever Satin Finish Artist Rouge: Shade- C404

MAC Retro Matte: Shade – Ruby Woo

 

Holiday Makeup Looks - Red Lipstick Swatches

 

CLOSE UPS: SHADES TOP to BOTTOM: 

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain: Shade –  402 Rouge Remix

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick: Shade – 310 Red My Lips

MAC Matte Lipstick: Shade – Lady Danger (My All Time Favorite Red Lip to Rock!)

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick: Shade – So Marilyn

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick: Shade – Avenue

Holiday Makeup Looks - Red Lipstick Swatches

CLOSE UPS: SHADES TOP to BOTTOM: 

MAC Liptensity: Shade – Mulling Spices

NYX Matte Lipstick: Shade – Pure Red

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro: Shade 400

Makeup Forever Satin Finish Artist Rouge: Shade- C404

MAC Retro Matte: Shade – Ruby Woo

 

Do you spot any of your favorites? If so which one do you love? If not what is your favorite red lipstick to wear during the holidays?

 

Holiday Makeup Looks - Red Lipstick Swatches

 

**Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links and some products featured were sent for reviewing purposes. As always opinion are 100% honest and my own. 

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Skincare Routine Update: Kielh’s & Burt’s Bees

Its been awhile since I have posted a Skincare Routine update but if you have read my other posts here and here you know this has and is a long process for me. With my day routine pretty set, I was in search for a nighttime moisturizer and eye cream. My coworker told me about Kiehls avocado cream and said it was a must to try for hydration. My under eyes always seem so dry and it was showing up when I had my makeup on as well. I didn’t really have a solid night cream because my skin was giving me so much trouble I was using my Origins Plantscription for day and night since it was working and not causing any reactions. However with a $60 pricetag I knew I didn’t want to be doing this for both day and night as the product would run out wayyyy faster LOL!

I started to do some research on drugstore brands with cleaner ingredients aka no parabens.  I am not 100% paraben free but my face seems to get very bothered by them. I started looking up Burt’s Bees and saw they had a firming night cream and the ingredients and claims were intriguing. With a $19.99 price tag and $3.50 off ulta coupon I could not resist!

So lets get into the review on these new favs of mine!!!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment:

Skincare Routine - Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is a  moisturizing eye treatment that is packed with anti oxidants, shea butter and has avocado oil in it. Per the Kiehls website it states:

  • Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area
  • Does not migrate into eyes
  • Ophthamologist- and Dermatologist-tested
  • Highly effective natural ingredients provide daily hydration for sensitive eye area

Now I use this only at night as a treatment for hydration and will switch off some nights with a more anti-aging eye cream (been obsessing over the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery) but for me hydration is key in keeping my eyes looking younger. Its extremely creamy but tacky if that makes sense so I prefer to put it on my finger and warm it up with other finger and pat it to my under eye area instead of smearing it under my eye. Does that makes sense? LOL  This works wonders!!!! In the morning I look more refreshed and I have noticed it helps with my dark circles too (I have been getting a bit more sleep sooooo that could be it too HA!)

The eye treatment comes in two sizes 0.5 fl oz for $29.00 and 0.95fl oz for $48.00. The price tag is high I know but you only need a pea size! I bought the smaller size and have hardly made a dent in it. If you are looking for hydration this is for you!

Shop the eye treatment here

Skincare Routine - Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream:

Skincare Routine - Burt's Bees Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream is a thick but non greasy night moisturizer that has Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex in it for more plump and firmer looking skin in the morning.  Per Ultas website it states:

  • Face cream infused with wrinkle smoothing white hibiscus
  • Contains Intensively Hydrating apple, the Hibiscus and Apple Complex locks moisture inside the skin to plump up cells
  • Immediately after use, skin appears smoother and hydrated

Again this is thick but its not heavy or greasy feeling.  It gives you a ton of hydration which I personally need especially in the winter months here in Chicago. Just like the eye cream you do not need a lot for this to work. Maybe just a little bit more than a size of a quarter is all you need. I maybe bought this 3 months ago and I just am running out now.  The smell is very nice due to the apple and hibiscus but its not powerful and the jar is glass which I love. It gives it a more luxurious feeling even though it only cost $19.00. I love the way this makes my skin look and feel and best part it did not cause any redness or breakouts. I will be trying the day cream from this line since I love this so much. You know I am always looking for beauty bargains lol! So stay tuned! The renewal line comes with a slew of other goodies like eye cream, face wash ect so I would most certainly recommend this line if you are looking for a good yet affordable anti aging regimen

 Shop the night cream here

Skincare Update - Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream

What are your go to night moisturizers and eye creams? I would love to see whats working for everyone in the comments below!

 

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Seoul Mamas: Sheet Masks Review

Seoul Mamas mission is to ” hydrate and soften your skin; to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and provide intense hydration to improve overall skin tone” This is what we all want right?  If you are looking for sheet masks that do just that for your skin, look no further.

In case you are new to this Korean beauty product, a sheet mask is a simple and easy way to treat your skins needs. You place the mask on your face and leave it on for 10-20 min while you sit back and relax. When you are done you take it off and throw it away. That’s it!! No mess of the mask getting all over your skin, on your hands or on your face towels. This is the exact reason why I love sheet masks so much. No mess and no fuss!

Sheet Masks

Sheet Masks

The Seoul Mamas Sheet Masks are made from 100% bamboo material and the ingredients for the serum are:

  • Caviar extract (filled with vitamins and minerals)
  • Hyaluronic acid (one of the biggest trends in skincare right now because it works!)
  • Apple and wild cherry fruit extract (filled with vitamin C and antioxidants)
  • Chamomile flower (helps with dark spots from sun damage)

A couple things they are NOT made with are Parabens and Sulfates which is a huge plus in my book. I am not 100% paraben free as I have discussed in previous skin care posts however I do believe parabens are a trigger for my redness & breakouts in my skin.

Sheet Masks

You can find the sheet masks on Seoul’s website here. They are sold for $8.00 per sheet mask (you all know I love a beauty product that is $10 or less)  or a box of 5 for $35, which is a great deal. The packaging is beautiful and sturdy and the sheet masks works. They have hydrated my skin and left my skin texture looking smoother and younger.

Do you want a chance to win a pack of 5 for yourself? There will be two winners!!

The rules for the giveaway are simple:

  • Must be following me on Instagram
  • Tag a friend on the picture posted on my instagram page
  • In the comments below tell me why you want to win
  • Giveaway will end 12/6 at 5pm CST

That is it!!! Good Luck!!!

*** This is a sponsored post and giveaway by Seoul Mamas. As always opinions and thoughts are honest and 100% my own***

 

 

 

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MAC Shadescents: Fragrance descriptions and product details

Introducing MAC Shadescents, 6 iconic shades now paired with a scent! “Scent and lips create irresistible chemistry with M·A·C Shadescents, six new perfumes inspired by our most iconic Lipstick shades. Lady Danger thrills with notes of wild cherry and Ruby Woo goes bold with whiffs of deep red leather. Notes of saffron, incense smoke, and cordovan leather surprise and intoxicate in My Heroine. Candy Yum-Yum conjures tropical fruit and cotton candy and Velvet Teddy calls forth wild honey and creamy musk. Crème d’Nude evokes the vibrant sexiness of naked skin”
Product Details:
  • Lipstick $17 USD/$21 CAD (Limited Edition Packaging)
  • Fragrance $57.00 USD / $67.00 CAD (Permanent Collection)
  • Available on MACcosmetics.com & Macys.com November 30, 2016
  • Available in-store December 8, 2016

 

Limited Edition Packaging for 6 Iconic Lipstick Shades. I LOVE THIS!!!! So fun to see the shade color on the packaging!!

MAC Shadescents - My Heroine - Creme DNude - Velvet Teddy - Lady Danger - Ruby Woo - Candy Yum Yum

MY HEROINE: Woody Leather – Intoxicating, hypnotic and beyond mysterious

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

 

MAC Shadescents - MAC My Heroine
Creme d’Nude: Amber Musk – free spirited, ultimate laid – back goddess

 

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

MAC Shadescents - MAC Creme DNude
Velvet Teddy: Wild HoneyOn a plane one minute and at a VIP club the next, up all night dancing

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

MAC Shadescents - MAC Velvet Teddy
 
Lady Danger: Woody Floriental – live wire, risk – taker and rebel

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

MAC Shadescents - MAC Lady Danger
Ruby Woo: Woody Floral –  Demands attention like a red carpet stunner

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

MAC Shadescents - MAC Ruby Woo
Candy Yum Yum: Fruity Floral Gourmand – has a thing for kittens and pink Cadillacs. Get in her way and she is no afraid to show her claws!

Shop Lipstick here

Shop Perfume here

MAC Shadescents - MAC Candy Yum Yum
Which Shadescent are you? Leave in the comments below! What do you think of this new collection?
#IAmRubyWoo
#IAmCremedNude
#IAmMyHeroine
#IAmCandyYumYum
#IAmLadyDanger
MAC Shadescents - My Heroine - Creme DNude - Velvet Teddy - Lady Danger - Ruby Woo - Candy Yum Yum
#IAMLADYDANGER (Not sure how much of a rebel I am but this is my go to red lipstick HANDS DOWN!!!!  Maybe this means I am a risk taker and a bit on the wild side! LOL) To see more up close shots of the packaging and shades head over to fellow Beauty Blogger Makeup. Just. For.Fun  youtube video. Some of you may know her as Amanda from Instagram.
 Want More MAC Cosmetics posts? See below:
* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
*MAC generously sent these for reviewing purposes. As always opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. 
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Palladio Beauty I’m Blushing Review and Swatches

I am all about cheek products, they are my ultimate weakness. So when I received the new Palladio Beauty I’m Blushing & I’m Glowing stick I was ecstatic. Products like this make life easier. They can be used as a lip or cheek stain and the glow stick can be used multiple ways as well. Both are very creamy, pigmented and blend easily.  Even though they are bigger you can easily use some of your favorite beauty tools to apply to lips, brow bone, above the lip ect. It just depends what you want to use each product for.

Product Info: (Click shade names to shop)

  • They are $8 and I believe this is a beauty bargain due to the fact that they are a multitask product  and perform well!
  • I’m Blushing comes in 4 shades (Precious, Darling, Dainty, Lovely)
  • I’m Glowing comes in 3 shades (Limelight, VIP, Stunner)

Palladio Beauty I'm Blushing - Palladio Beauty I'm Glowing

 Swatches Top – Bottom:

  • Dainty and Limelight

Palladio Beauty I'm Blushing - Palladio Beauty I'm Glowing

Swatches Blended:

Palladio Beauty I'm Blushing - Palladio Beauty I'm Glowing

Would I recommend these products? Yes! I love a good cream based product as they keep my skin looking dewy and fresh. They have strong pigment and blend very well because of their creaminess. Once blended they did loose some pigmentation and the glow was not as strong but that did not bother me because you can easily build the product to your liking! Overall I think these are a fun way to try out cream products without breaking the bank!!

Have you tried either of these? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

*These were generously sent to BPAMC by Palladio Beauty. As always reviews are honest and my own. Some links provided in this blog post are affiliate links. 

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How to Blog on a Budget: By a Beauty Blogger

If you are already a beauty blogger or aspiring to become one but not sure how to stay current with all the beauty trends on a budget look no further. I am going to give you some tips and tricks you need to know how to blog on a budget and keep your Instagram up to date! Beauty Blogging is already filled with a ton of pressure but this should not be one of them nor does it have to be.

Having two kids at home under the age of 3, my husband and I are always on a budget and looking for ways to save and or stretch our dollar. I just don’t always have the funds to buy the most up to date beauty products to review for my readers. Now I know you may be thinking “but you are getting current PR Samples sent to you ect” and although this is true, I started out just like you! I always considered my makeup collection to be on the larger side but when I started to blog I realized my collection was small in comparison to others.

I had to remind myself some bloggers are:

  • Getting PR Samples / Sponsored work
  • Been collecting beauty products longer than me
  • Have different budgets than me
  • Have larger incomes than me
  • Have different interests in products than me

I did not let the differences I saw put pressure on my blog style, instead I got creative and stayed true to me. Which in turn allows me to be active multiple times a day on Instagram and to be able to write a new blog post at least once a week.

1.Work with what you have already:  If blogging is on your mind you must be into beauty products which means you have a collection to work with (regardless of the size!) and have tons of knowledge on them to review for your blog!!! You just need to be creative with what you already own

  • To start take single shots of all your products. This will give you more content to post on Instagram.  I know you will see pictures with multiple products but maybe you have one blush that is your favorite. Just show case that one with a pretty necklace, silk scarf or a creative close up shot and tell us why you love it!!!
  • Take group shots of specific products (blush, mascara, lipsticks, bronzers, palettes, your brushes)
  • Use colors!!! Get creative here… look at all the packaging in your collection. Do you see a ton of black? Maybe Gold? Put those together and take a picture!
  • Do you have a must have combo of blush and bronzer? Or a favorite Lipstick and gloss you always wear? Think about these combos and write them down. Then take pictures and talk about them to your readers for a fun blog post!
  • Do you tend to buy pink lippies? Get them in one shot and take a picture and then review each one.
  • I did not buy a camera. I used my I phone 6plus and still do
  • I did not buy lights to start out. I used natural lighting with a white lid from a storage container. (Read my first blogging tip post on how to grow a following here)
  • Set a budget for a monthly beauty purchase.
  • Don’t forget about your skincare / hair routines

How to blog on a budget

How to blog on a budget

How to blog on a budget

 

2. Monthly Subscriptions: There are tons out there to choose from as low as $10 a month to give you products/content to work with each month. This will give you new products each month to review, get fab product shots,  as well as reviewing the subscription service each month on your blog!

How to blog on a budget

How to blog on a budget

3. Free Samples:  Yes brands give out samples!!

  • If you are in the market for a new foundation you can always request samples at your favorite brands counter. I recently did this with MAC and testing out the Studio Fix Fluid.
  • Do your research: I discovered Mario Badescu gives out free skin analysis and samples which allowed me to write this blog post for free!
  • Head over to Sephora and Nordstrom and just ask 🙂

How to blog on a budget

How to blog on a budget

4. Contact brands for PR: You may be thinking “I don’t have a large following!”  That does not matter.  I received my first PR at 1K followers. How? I reached out directly to them.

  • Brands love bloggers bc we are free marketing
  • Sell yourself
  • Be professional
  • Remember the worst case scenario is they say no. That’s it. Nothing else bad will happen! lol
  • (**Please let me know if you would like to see a more detailed blog post about PR outreach**)

5. Repost old photos:  GASP OMG I KNOW!!!! Pictures posted just once are a waste to me. We work so hard to get these beautiful shots for them to just be used once? Nope not me! Dont let your instagram suffer with limited posts because of these things. Take a picture that you posted 6-8 weeks back and poof you have a post for the day! All of these things below get in the way and its okay! Plus sometimes your followers didn’t even see the first post

  • Life happens (busy week, personal issues ect)
  • Bad weather if using natural lighting
  • feeling not motivated that day

I truly hope reading this helps get your creative juices flowing on how to blog on a budget. Since I started I have only bought new makeup I truly wanted and have consistently talked about “non trending” products.  Remember this is suppose to be fun!

What are your tips for blogging on a budget? Let me know in the comments below!

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