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Benefit’s “Cheeky Sweet Spot Set” (Christmas in July?)

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Hello all!

I’ve been obsessing over this stupid product for months.  And that product would be the Benefit “Cheeky Sweet Spot Set” featuring six of the company’s best selling powders.  Ugg.

I asked for it for Christmas, and alas, my Ulta did not carry it.  It was added onto Benefit’s sale a few weeks ago, and sold out.  I was heartbroken.  But then, it came back, and I jumped on the opportunity to purchase.  For $30.00, I was able to get “Hoola”, “Dandelion”, “Bella Bamba”, “Coralista”, “Rockatuer”, and “Sugarbomb” (which I had already owned in a full size).  But, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a total hoarder, and this was the perfect way to collect some of the Benefit blushes.  While they’re not full size, they are more than half sized, and really, that’s all I need.  It also came with a small version of “Watts Up” highlighter, as well as one of their signature brushes.

These powders all range in the amount of product you receive, just like their full size counter parts.  But, these babies are still over half the size of a full sized product.  So, you can get over half of six of these powders for the price of one full sized one.  I think it’s a great deal.

From Benefit’s boxed powder line, I curently own “Georgia” (a discontinued all over powder), “Dallas” (a dusty rose bronzer which I personally use for a blush), and “Sugarbomb” (which comes in this set as well).  So, now that I’ve purchased this set, I only need “Hervana” (andddd if I can work a miracle aka pay a ridiculous price on Ebay, hopefully I can own Throbb too), to complete my collection.  This set has really helped my blush collection out (not that I needed it).

I wanted to tak about the powders individually, as well as the packaging and how I switched it up.

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“Hoola” : I have been dying to try “Hoola” recently, since I’m in my bronzer phase (obsession) at the moment.  I’m not a huge fan of warmer toned bronzers, so I’m super excited for this.  I haven’t tried this on my face yet, but it swatches really nice and it’s not too dark (aka it will work for contouring and not make you look like a Skeleton).  This is a matte bronzer which is perfect for countouring.  So far I love the look of this product.

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“Dandelion” : This is probably the powder I was least excited for.  It’s a very pretty soft pink.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice color, but I don’t think I would want to pay the $28.00 for the full sized product.  This is probably the most dupable color from the lot.  Nevertheless, it’s a nice shade of pink and I will for sure be using it when I do a bolder lip or eye.  It’s nice, I just personally do not think it’s anything special.

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“Bella Bamba” : This powder was probably one of the ones I wanted the most.  Recently, this blush has been disappearing from stores and I feared I would not be able to add it to my collection.  Luckily, I was able to obtain this baby.  It’s a watermelon toned pink, perfect for the Summer.  But I’ve read reveiws that this powder in the set is actually different from the single version.  So, I think I’m going to try to pick up the individual version of this as well before it’s hard to find.

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“Coralista” : This is the second blush that has a different tone than the original, and I will for sure be grabbing a single of this one at some point as well.  The individual blush is supposed to be a bit more pink.  However, the powder that comes in this set is more orange.  I actually really enjoy this shade.  I don’t have many true coral colors in my blush collection, so this is a nice edition.  Since “Coralista” is one of Benefit’s most popular shades, I’d assume they made a color change on purpose, so that people wouldn’t have duplicates.  I really am pleased with the shade in this set!

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“Rockateaur” : I was also so excited for this blush.  “Rockateaur” is a rose gold color and it is stunning.  I’m sort of biased, as rose gold anything is my favorite.  But this is such a pretty color.  I feel like this will be great for all seasons, especially for going out looks. This is a huge hit.

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“Sugarbomb” : This was actually the only powder I had previously owned, and I absolutely love it.  This blush is not super pigmented, but it gives a nice flushed look.  That’s the only way one can describe this blush; it’s not pink, orange, or brown, just flushed.  I love wearing this shade with a bolder eye or lip, it’s so pretty!

“Watts Up”: I actually had already owned another mini version of this cream highlighter as well.  I normally hate cream products, but this looks super natural while being shimmery.  It’s not too shiny, but not without any glitter either, which I love!

Packaging: So the one downside to this set is that the packaging is a no go.  This literally comes in a cookie tin.  While the tin is really cute (and I kept it for decoration), it is bulky and clunky.  This was not ideal for traveling to and from school.  So, I took the plunge and bought a Z-palette.

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I’m really weird about Z-palettes.  Like it also stresses me out when people mix different brands in their Z-palettes.  But, since this would only be Benefit products, I decided to depot my blushes.  The empty palette cost about $20.00, but it’s great quality and I’m really pleased with it.  I totally think it’s worth it.

De-potting: The only other things I have depotted have been MAC products and let me tell you, those are a pain.  But these blushes, easy-peasy.  I just ripped the foam part away from the blush pans, and twisted those suckers right off the pacakging.  Just don’t use a knife, you don’t need one and you may crack your powder.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little Christmas in July kind of review!

Until next time!!

xoxoxoxo

 

 

 

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Walmart Haul : The Good, The Meh, and The Ugly

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Hello all!

Since I’m the most indecisive human on the planet, I wasn’t going to do a seperate Walmart haul, but then I decided, why not?

So anyways, I decided to talk about some things I picked up at Walmart.  Most of these products are only found at Walmart (though some can be spotted at Target as well).  All of these products are constantly talked about  on both Youtube and various blog sites as kind of “holy grail” drugstore products.  But, I wanted to tell you guys what I thought about these products.  Some are great, and some will be peacing out of my makeup collection pretty soon.  But without further ado, here we go!

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Hard Candy Ombre Baked Blush in “Sunburst” : This is for sure one of my hits.  I believe this blush cost about $7.00, which isn’t too expensive.  This is a perfect blush for the Summer.  It’s incredibly shimmery, so you have to be careful about what other products you’re pairing it with.  This is seriously gorgeous though!  I meant to pick up “Punch”, which I’ve heard quite a bit about, but bought this color instead by mistake.  I’m glad I did, it’s a perfect color for my collection, and I really did not have a blush shade like this before.  I would absolutely recommend this blush for a beautiful glow.

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Wet n’ Wild 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in “Comfort Zone” : Ugg.  I am so annoyed about this product. This is possibly the most raved about products from the drugstore.  And this really is a beautiful product.  Many colors are dupes for higher end shadows.  But the formulation is not great.  When I first tried this out, I didn’t love the look that I got out of this product, but I figured I’d try again.  Wrong.  About a day later I got a terrible allergic reaction to this!  If you have sensitive skin I would be leary of this palette.  If your skin is alright, try it out!  There are some really nice colors in here and I will most certainly be passing this on to a friend with less sensitive skin.

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NYC Bronzer in “Sunny”: Again, basically every beauty junkie on Youtube owns this little guy, and for only a few dollars, I had to as well.  This is a really pretty bronzer, but a bit too warm for me to contour with.  I’ll be using this product more in the Summer, for a nice flushed look.  So, while it’s not personally my ideal bronzer, it’s still a nice purchase.  It has a nice pigmentation and formula.  I would for sure recommend this bronzer.

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Hard Candy Bronzer in “Tiki”: I am so incredibly obsessed with this!  I’ve heard so many great reviews of this being used as a highlight, and it truly is worth the hype.  It’s so shimmery and gives you such a nice, radiant glow.  It’s about $9.00, which beats the price of brands such as Nars and Hourglass.  If you don’t prefer a real shimmery highlight, you may not love this.  But, I for one am absolutley loving this highlight, and it’s slowly becoming a favorite, staple product of mine.

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Wet n’ Wild Contouring Palette: I’m truly terrible and ripped off the name, so I’m not quite sure which color this is.  But, I can say this is a nice product for the price.  The bronzer is very similar to “Taupe” by NYX, one of my faves.  The highlight is a little bit too matte for my liking, but it is nice for a more subtle contour.  This disk is also fairly compact, with a lot of product, so it’s ideal for travel.  I believe this sells for about $4.00, so I think this is totally worth it.  Plus, the formula is nice and I’ve had no problems with it.

All in all, I can understand all the hype surronding these products!  They all have great attributes for a great price.

Until next time!

xoxoxoxoxox

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Warning To My Sensitive Skin Girls!

Morning all!

Today I just wanted to quickly post a warning!

Recently I picked up a bunch of things at Walmart that I’ve heard nothing but great reviews about.  I was planning on doing a haul article, but I’ve decided to bunch them with some higher end things I still need to pick up for school, that way, I’d have time to truly test all these products out before I wrote about them.

But one thing I just felt compelled to update on : the Wet n’ Wild “Comfort Zone” eight pan pallete.

Everyone raves about this pallete, and for only five dollars, I had to pick it up.  But, after using it once, it will probably be peacing out of my collection.

I have super sensitive skin around my eyes, and once and a while, they’ll get red, itchy, etc. But now two days after trying this product out, my eye lids are swollen completly.  I don’t know if this is all Wet n’ Wild shadows or just this pallete, but I don’t want to find out!

I’m super bummed because there are great shades in this pallete!  But, I just wanted to give a heads up to everyone with sensitive skin out there, so you don’t meet the same fate I did!

Has any one else experienced this?  Or is it just me?  Let me know your experiences with Wet n’ Wild in the comments!

Hope this helps someone and you have better luck with Wet n’ Wild.

Until next time!!

xoxoxoxoxo

 

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Ride or Die Products

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Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about my holy grail, need em’ everyday, high key obssed, ride or die makeup products.  There are about eight things I cannot live without (one didn’t make the main photo because I’m brain dead) and I’m here to tell you why they’re absolutely amazing.

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Bare Minerals Original Foundation:  I figured I’d start with this poor little guy since he didn’t make the first photo.  I don’t even know how I forgot about this considering I probably use this foundation 350 days out the year.  I can’t even tell you how many of these guys I’ve gone through.  I personally don’t like cream or liquid products too much, so this is my perfect foundation.  I get full coverage, but it feels light and doesn’t look cakey.  I’m assuming I’ll be using this until I die.

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Maybelline Baby Skin: This was actually featued in my last post as a re-purchase so I don’t want to dive into too much detail, but this is seriously such a great primer.  It’s super quick and easy to use, plus it works great too.

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Boiing By Benefit: I’ve been using this concealer for a few years now and I still love it.  This is my favorite under-eye concealor.  It’s so easy to apply and doesn’t make you look like you have a ton of product on.  It’s perfect for any makeup look, and combatting dark circles.

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MAC Mineralize Concealer: Although this isn’t an O.G concealer like boiing, this has been in my collection for about a year now and I’m still in love.  This is perfect for covering up imperfections and blemishes.  It’s not drying, and I also love that it’s an actual brush rather than a spongey applicator.

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NYX Eyeshadow Base: How I love this little guy.  This is a perfect skin-toned eyeshadow base that’s super easy to apply.  For only costing six dollars, this base keeps your eyeshadows looking nice for a great amount of time.  Although I have some other primers I enjoy, this is one I’m constantly reaching for.

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White Eyeshadow: I’m not very brand specific in this category, but every girl needs a good white eyeshadow.  No matter what kind of eye I’m doing, I pretty much always throw a bit of white shadow in the inner corner of my eye.  It just brightens and opens them up so much, I think it’s one of the best makeup tricks out there.

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Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara: While I usually switch around which higher end mascaras I’m using, I never stray from this one.  I love to layer my mascaras, since I have short blonde lashes, and this really makes me look like I’ve got some lashes (and that I’m actually an adult).

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: For a while, I switched to NYX because it was cheaper than the Urban Decay setting spray.  But this is totally worth the money.  Nothing keeps my makeup lasting longer than this.

I hope you guys enjoyed!  What are some of your can’t live without products?

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox

 

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Ulta Haul!!

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Today I went into Ulta to pick up a few essential drug store products before I head back to school, and naturally, I bought more than I anticipated (because I might actually be a hoarder) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  The store was having some great sales, as well as buy one, get one for 50% off deals, so  I thought I’d share what I got, and my first impressions!  I’ll start off with my re-purchases, aka what I was actually supposed to get.

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Maybelline Baby Skin: This is by far one of my favorite primers, which was why I was re-purchasing.  This is a great primer that sells for an even better price.  It’s a bit similar to Porefessional by Benefit, but it’s clear.  I love this for days when I have a lighter makeup look.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: So this is my kinda-sorta re-purchase.  I’ve been a huge fan of the Rimmel face primers for awhile, but this is a newer one for me.  Rather than being skin toned, which I typically purchase, this primer is white and matte.  It will be interesting to see how the matte works out for me.  So far, it swatched fairly well.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Recently, I’ve been loving my air buffed BB creme by Too Faced, and wanted a new pressed powder to try with it.  This Rimmel one, in the color “transparent”, was on sale, and I figured I’d give it a go.  It swatches nicely, so if it seems to work well with my BB creme, we’ll have a winner!

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Rimmel Natural Bronzer: Surprise, surprise, this is another Rimmel product.  I’ve recently gotten into contouring, and have become interested (obsessed) with different bronzers and highlights.  I grabbed this Rimmel bronzer in the color “Sunshine” because it was also on sale.  I’ve seen Rimmel bronzers on “top drugstore bronzers” lists, so I figured I’d give it a go.  When I swatched it, I realized it’s definitely too warm for me to contour with, but I think it will be a really nice glow.  I’ll for sure be wearing this when I don’t contour and want a quicker makeup look.

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NYX High Definition Blush: Speaking of countouring, I was on the hunt for this NYX blush in the color “taupe.”  I’ve heard it’s a perfect contour color for fair skin.  So far in my personal current makeup collection, I don’t feel like I have great contour colors at this point, so I’m very excited to try this bad boy out.

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NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder: I’m a lowkey kind of makeup junkie, so I’m slowly moving into the eyebrow territory.  I figured I’d try a simple, cheaper powder.  I’ve worked with this a little bit and I really like it so far.  The wax gives your brows a nice hold without being stiff, and the powder gives a little definition.  When I get my brows done in a few weeks so they aren’t messy (aka heinous) anymore, I’ll be sure to play with this again.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal: So I’m going to guestimate that the last time I purchased one of these babies, they had just been released.  As in I was still in high school and purchased colors like green and purple not knowing what the frig I was doing with makeup.  It’s safe to say I haven’t used these as a primer in probably, I don’t know, uh never.  But, I was getting sick of using a boring primer every single day.  When I saw this color, “Barely Branded”,  I figuered it would be great as an eyeshadow base.  I swatched this on my hand a while ago and it’s still vibrant and sticking, so I feel it will work great as a primer.  It also has a slighly pink undetone, which matches my skin tone fairly well.

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NYX Sex Bomb Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette: Ever since this palette came out I’ve been high key obsessing over it.  It’s only seven dollars, so I’m not sure why I never purchased it before, but today I finally did.  This just screams “going out on the town” at me.  I am dying to wear it out.  The red shadow scares me a little bit, but I’ll be playing with it!

I hope you guys enjoyed that, stay tuned at the end of July to see if any of these turn into favorite products!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox

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MAC Palettes and Keeping Organized

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Over the past few years of obsessivley collecting makeup, I’ve acquired quite a bit of MAC.  But, the problem is, MAC’s packaging, although it looks great, consumes a fair amount of space.

I love my MAC blushes and shadows, but with traveling to and from school in the South, bringing single powders seemed to become a hassle.  Plus, they single packages took up too much room in my small bathroom.

Also, as I collected makeup, I realized I enjoyed palletes more than single products.  So, I figured what better way to combat my problem than to put my MAC products into palletes.

How It Works:

MAC recently switched up their palettes.  Instead of coming assembled with spaces for specifically blushes or shadows, you purchase your own inserts.

They can be purchased here, and there are several options to custom create your own pallete.

So, if you don’t have too many products, but still would like to consolidate, you can put a blush insert in one halve, and an eyeshadow in the second, etc.

There is also a plastic divider in between the two halves, keeping your product from touching.

Personally, I have a blush palette and an eyeshadow palette.  While they’re still slightly thicker palettes, having alll my products in one place is ideal for travel.

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Saving Money:

If you buy your MAC products in pan form, you can save money as well!  A pan blush is seventeen dollars as opposed to twenty two.  So the bottom line, is you can collect more from MAC at a cheaper price, and kee them more condensed.  What’s also great is that you can keep all different types of products together.  For example, my blush palette houses the regular blushes, pro-long wear, and creme blushes.

Depotting:

While depotting your product may seem like a hassle, it is actually quite simple.  All you need to do is melt the back part of the inner plastic to push out the pan.  Videos of how to do this can be seen on youtube, and those gurus can show you better than I can tell you!

I promise, while time consuming, it’s easy to depot your product and saves such a great deal of space.

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All in all, I love having my MAC products in palette form, they’re condensed, travel friendly, and easy to see all together.  Hopefully this post can help you keep a bit more organized as well!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxo

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Which Naked Palette Is Worth Your Time?

In case you haven’t noticed, America is Naked Pallete obssed.  When Urban Decay announced that the Naked Smoky Pallete would be coming out, girls across the country had a near coronary (aka me).  But they’re ridiculosly expensive ($54 to be exact)!  So that’s why there are nutcases like me that own multiple palletes to tell you fine people which ones are worth it, and which ones you can skip.  Let’s get right into which ones I own, why I want to complete my collection, and which pallete’s the best for your lifestyle!

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So at the moment, I personally own the Naked 2, the Naked 3, and the first Naked Basics.  I love them all dearly, yet I intend to buy the original Naked, Naked Smoky (when it comes back in stock four years from now, ugg), and the Naked Basics 2.  While it sounds crazy, these products are amazing!  But here’s my suggestions on these palettes.

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Naked Basics : This was the first Naked product I purchased from Urban Decay and boy did this little guy get a lot of love.  I personaly don’t use this little one too much anymore because it’s both smashed, and I also tend to reach for my other two Naked Palettes.  But I totally recommend this guy to either a.) someone who wants to see if they’ll actually use a Naked palette and or eyeshadow for that matter or b.) someone who travels alot.  I think this is great for travel, which is why I really want to purchase the Naked 2 Basics.  The Naked 2 Basics looks a bit cooler in tone, plus won’t be getting all my other products dirty when I travel.

So bottom line about the cheaper ($29) Basics palettes are grab one of these guys if you travel a lot or you’re just testing the waters in the Urban Decay Naked line.

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Naked 3: This was my first full sized Naked Pallete that I recieved as a gift.  I love love love the Naked 3.  Rose gold is one of my favorite things in the entire world and seriously, this pallete is just so beautiful.  Whenever I have pink on (which is a lot) this is my go to palette for that days look.  If you know you’re going to actually use it, and love light colors, pick up one of these palletes.

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Naked 2: I grabbed this pallete on a whim when I was home for Easter break and I am so glad I did.  I find this one less shimmery than Naked 3 and it’s so  incredibly perfect for everyday wear.  The fact that it’s a lot of taupes and golds is a huge plus for me.  You can really wear this pallete with any outfit.

So why would I want the other two palletes?!

a.) I’m a collector (hoarder) and love having every single thing in a line.

b.) These palletes are amazing quality.  The formula of Urban Decay shadows is flawless, and super easy to use.

c.) No matter if I’m getting ready for work, class or going out to the bars, I tend to do more neutral eyes.  These palletes give you so many options in creating a gorgeous neutral look.

d.) I also hate single shadows and only use palettes!

Urban Decay is certinaly a great brand and these palettes are great, but do not buy for these reasons!

a.) You want one because they’re popular, but you hardly wear eyeshadow.  These things go for almost sixty dollars a pop.  Spend it on something you’ll use!

b.) You find they don’t work well for your skin tone.

c.) Don’t buy the Basics palletes if you don’t travel or have the full sized ones (and don’t want to collect all of them!).  They’re something that a lot of people don’t reach for often if they have the full sized palletes.

So, that’s my advice on the Urban Decay Naked Palletes!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox

 

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Featured Blogger of the Week!!

Hey everyone, this week I was lucky enough to be featured on twicelifestyled! Check them out for awesome outfit ideas and lifestyle tips!

The link to their blog is right here : https://twicelifestyled.wordpress.com

Thanks again girls!!

Here’s my interview below! :

This question is based on your recent post, Southern Tailgate Style: Why The Dirty South Is Best Dressed. Although you say you are from the north, have you always had a preference for southern style, or were you first exposed when you went to college? (By the way, Allie is originally from Dallas, and she totally agrees with your claims.)
I think while I’ve just started really dressing like a Southerner, I’ve always been partial to the preppyness of Southern style. Massachusetts is definitely preppy, but the South is brighter, more comfortable, more fun pretty much! I love how put together every Southern style is. Like I mentioned in my article about tailgating, it’s pretty much a fashion spectacle, and everyone is super dressed up. When girls go out, it’s not the tight dresses and heels that the North is all about, but free flowing clothing, faux fur vests, sundress and boots, ect. It feels more genuine than throwing on a body con dress and calling it good. But the “sorority girl uniform” (aka nike shorts and an xl t-shirt) is definitely my favorite. Although Southern girls wear the most comfortable outfits, they’re still put together with full hair and makeup. I think there’s really something endearing about having pride in your look, even if you’re going for a comfortable vibe. So I guess to answer your question, I really became exposed to the styles when I moved down to Mississippi. But also, I find the South holds a huge part of my heart and I love the entire Southern lifestyle.
P.S all my guy friends are from Dallas, it’s definitely on my travel bucket list!
If you don’t mind, tell us about your makeup collection. Specifically your lipsticks. Do you lean towards lighter or darker colors, and why?
I’ll preface this by saying I am completely and utterly obsessed with lipsticks. They’re hands down my favorite makeup product, and I absolutely love wearing bold colors. I love MAC, Maybeline, Rimmel, and NYX. I’d say my lipstick collection leans two different ways.
# 1.) Colors I wear to work or class : For work or school, I tend to go with glossier, lighter colors. I love Too Faced lipsticks for this in shades like Naked Dolly. I also am absolutely obsessed with Snob by MAC. It’s a perfect neutral pink for everyday wear.
#2.) Colors for going out : For going out, I love love love crazy colors. Bright pinks, Barbie pinks, Oranges, and Purples are some of my favorites. I also love Reds, they’re so classic. I think bright colors are great for anyone to wear, and they can really spice up your outfit.
I definitely lean towards brighter colors though. The only dark color I really love is Rebel by MAC. But for the most part, I’m all about the fun bright colors!
Have you ever thought about starting your own line of cosmetics because of your business background and love of beauty products?
While this would be awesome, I’m not sure if I’m business say enough! I’m hoping to attend law school, so I think I’ll continue to just blog and obsess over makeup. But of course, I definitely want to keep it Elle Woods and utilize my love of beauty in the workplace. Just because you work in an office doesn’t mean you need to keep your style boring!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox

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Nordstrom Rack Haul!

Hello beautiful people!

If you’ve never checked out the beauty section at Nordstrom Rack, get in your car right now and get down there.  The deals on high-end products are absolutely amazing.

So I went there looking for shoes for my cousins wedding.  I didn’t come out with any shoes, but I did come out with absolutey amazing makeup products at even more amazing prices.  I haven’t gotten to try any of these bad boys yet, but based on the brands, I’m hoping I’ll really love them!

(Side note: I’m really sorry again for the terrible photo quality, I promise I am upgrading in a few weeks!)

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1.) The Lorac Royal Eyeshadow Pallete Set :  This is a set that come with three Lorac eyeshadow quads.  They normally retail for thirty five dollars.  I paid about seventeen!  I really love Lorac shadows, and I’m excited to use these on a regular basis.  The colors are right up my alley as well, as they are fairly neutral.  They are called Plum Velvet, Silver Silk, and Gold Satain, aka these are the three basic colors I am always reaching for.  I can’t wait to try these beauties out!

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2.) Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Pallete: I love Urban Decay shadows, and I’m always using my Naked Palletes.  This baby was only fifteen dollars when it’s usually thirty five, so I figured I had to give it a go.  I realy love the looks of this pallete, with all the nuetral shadows.  It’ll be perfect for travel with it’s sleek packaging and minumum shadows.  When I quickly swatched some of these guys they were pigmented and smooth.

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3.) Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow: So, I usually stay away from buying foundation because I’m very happy with my Bare Minerals powder.  But, this retails for over thirty dollars and it was seven at the rack so I had to buy it because I’m an actual hoarder.  When I dipped my finger into this it’s almost the consistency of Boing by Benefit.  I’m really excited to try this out and stray from my normal powder routine.

So bottom line is, if you’ve never checked out Norstrom Rack for makeup before, do it!  You can get some great disconitnued products for amazing prices.

Until next time!

xoxoxoxo

beauty

BH Cosmetics Floral Duos : Swatches and Review

Hello all, and happy fourth of July weekend!

Today I wanted to talk about the BH Cosmetics floral duos.  I’ve purchased brands like Coastal Scents before, but never BH, so this is my first go with the company.  I saw these blushes  shown in a makeup collection on youtube, and I was dying to get my hands on them.  Specifically, the lilac one caught my eye, since I’m a total sucker for any lavender type color.

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Ok, so I totally broke my own rule with this purchase. I didn’t try any of them, and literally bought the entire line. But, BH was having a ridiculous sale, and these babies were going for four dollars a pop. Aka I got the whole line (ten blushes) for twenty dollars. It was a steal!!

I just received them today, so I haven’t actually worn them on my face yet.  But, I have swatched them all and I’m really pleased.  The colors are super pigmented and smooth to put on.  The packaging is also to die for, it’s so pretty and closes really nicely (they remind me of thebalm packaging).  Also, some of the duos have colors that lean more towards a bronzer or highlight, which is also exciting!  Plus, they’re a lot larger than I anticipated which is a plus.

Below I’ve attempted to swatch them all for you.  I’m sorry the quality is not great, I’m still living the iPhone 4 life for a few more weeks!! Here’s the link to the BH site as they’ll provide nicer photos.

Here are my swatches and from the top, they start with the right pan and then the left in each product.  They are as follows; Iris, Tulip, Rose, Daisy and Lilac.

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Iris: Wow I am obsessed with this duo.  I can’t wait to rock it in the Winter.  The right pan is a great everyday color, a soft shimmery pink. While it’s nothing too specical on it’s own, it’s a great color to have in your collection, as well as to mix with the left side of the duo.  The left side is a deep berry, a bit similar to MAC’s Fever, but I find it to be a little more wearable, and perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons.

Tulip: I was really excited for this duo, and while it is not excactly what I expected, I think I will really be enjoying this one.   The right pan I think is definetly a bronzer color for me, I find it way too brown-toned to be a blush.  But, it will go absolutley amazing with the left side of the duo.  It’s a bright coral type of pink, ideal for summer, yet the duo strikes me as being great for the Fall as well.  This side is much more matte as well, which with balance out the shimmer of the bronzer perfectly.

Rose: I’m thriled for this one (I guess I’m thrilled with all of them though!).  The right side is another bronzer type shade, but I am actually in love with this one!  It’s a fairly light, shimmery brown, perfect for lighter skin tones, and nice for the Summer time.  The left side, which is more of a blush, is great as well.  It reminds me of MAC’s Dollymix, but it definitely goes a bit lighter on the skin and will work great for an everyday or going out look.

Daisy: I also really love this one as well, and once again I’m thrilled it’s not just two pink-toned blushes.  The right pan is a candy pink, that is sort of reminisent of MAC’s Pink Swoon (which by the way, IS MY FAVE BLUSH, WHICH WAS DISCONTINUED BUT NOW IS BACK ON THE MAC WEBSITE AND EN ROUTE TO MY HOUSE!!!!).  Anyways, it’s a great everyday color, and totally amazing for Spring and Summer.  AS for the left side, Im really excited for this.  It’s a sandy-golden color, and I think you could really use this as a great blush, highlight or bronzer, depending on your skin type and what look you’re going for.

…and finally, the one that started it all;

Lilac: This one did not disapoint!!  The right side is one of the softest pinks you’ll ever find, and could be a great highlight or blush.  The left side is just, ugg, so beautiful!  It’s the perfect shade of orchid, which will be great for everyday looks in the Spring, and also great for going out.

All in all, these are basically amazing!  The sale ends tonight at midnight so go grab them for four dollars a piece while you still can!!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox