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I’m back…and hopefully for good!

Hello everyone!

I feel like I’ve written this same post a million times.  I always have good intentions to religiously keep up with blogging, but life gets in the way.

When I was in high school, I started watching Youtube videos, and began to get into makeup.  Over the next few years, I expanded my collection, and also my knowledge.  Looking back at the original posts in this blog, I feel as though I have a much better basis and understanding of the makeup world.

In addition, as my own personal beauty knowledge has changed, so has the beauty community in general.  It seems like there are so many influencers based in California.  While I absolutely love watching these Youtubers, I want to bring an East Coast perspective to the beauty world.

Now that I’m done with school and studying, I have been thinking about blogging quite often.   I’m really going to try to keep this blog going.  I hope to post new content a few times a week.  Wish me luck!

xoxox

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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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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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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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Makeup Obsession : When and Why to Buy Expensive Beauty Products

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, makeup blogging and you-tubing has become main stream.  What has also become mainstream are larger than life makeup collections.  But with products running up to over thirty dollars for every a lipstick (I’m looking at you NARS), how does one build up a collection, and justify it?  Things are expensive, and some products may never actually get used.  Here are some tips of when to buy, what to buy, and if you really need it.

Buy, Buy, Buy!

1.) If it’s limited edition.

Example: Benefit Boxed powders are one of my favorite blushes.  If you haven’t tried them, they are absolutely amazing.  Yet, sometimes colors get discontinued.  Which brings me to Bella Bamba.  The color was recently taken out of stores, and I was super bummed that I was going to have to search for it at a jacked up price on Amazon (I have a problem).  But alas, the site has been selling a full sized version of it with a tint for the same price as a normal boxed powder.  BUY THAT ISH!  True it’s still $28 now, but when you finally find it on some sketchy website it will probably be double.  Jump on the opportunity.

2.) If it’s a special occasion.

Three words: it’s your birthday.  Treat yo self once a year.

3.) One word : coupons.

Watch out for coupons, especially at places like Ulta!  Sure they might be for only twenty percent off, but that can take off a significant chunk of change if the item you’re looking to purchase is expensive.

4.) It’s just a fricken’ good deal!

Sometimes if there’s a sale, you just need to jump on it.  I recently became aware of the BH cosmetics floral blush duos.  I saw them and I had to have them! They are usually about ten dollars a piece, not super pricy for a blush but still, ten dollars can get me three days of Dunkin Donuts coffees.  I recently found the blushes on sale for four dollars a piece, totaling twenty dollars to purchase all of them (with free shipping)!  If there is a deal like that, sometimes you just need to bit the bullet.

When you need to put that credit card away:

1.) Don’t buy it just because it’s in.

I see this as a problem that I am as well totally guilty of, especially with the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  The Naked Line has taken American women by storm, and for a good reason.  The products are amazing quality.  The pigmentation and formulas are amazing, as well as the color selection.  But, if you really think about it, they’re all neutral palettes.  With different undertones, are they really flattering on everyone? Do you need all of them?

Does anyone really need to spend $54 on an eyeshadow palette?  Probably not, but these are somewhat investment pieces, especially for avid makeup collectors and users.  But if you’re just starting out on makeup, don’t drop the fifty bucks just because you think you need it.  Rather, opt for one of the Naked Basic palettes (which have some of the same shades) or even a cheaper brand such as BH cosmetics or NYX.  Almost every one is coming out with knock-offs.

2.) Twitter says it’s in.

Nothing drives me more insane than girls running out to buy “Brave” by MAC just because Kylie Jenner says to.  Can it be a gorgeous lip color?  Of course! But, if you want to spend almost twenty dollars on a lipstick, go into the store and talk to the people working.  There might be a similar tone that’s even better for your complexion.  Don’t jump the gun on a fairly expensive purchase because a Kardashian says so.

3.) Don’t buy a million things from one line on the first try.

I’m not saying to purchase full lines of makeup if you love them.  I personally have most of the Maybeline vivids.  I tried one and was absolutely hooked, and kept going back for more.  But sometimes, products are not what they appear to be.  Even if you hear great things about an item, try one before you sink a bunch of money into it.  They’ll most likely still be at the store to come back and purchase.

4.) The name.

I am such an offender of this rule.  I love flamingos.  I see anything named flamingo and buy it.  But, sometimes I’m not thrilled with it.  Go for the color not the name, the product is for sure more important than the title it has.

 

I’m obsessed with buying makeup, but am really trying to cut back.  Makeup is something to be used and greatly loved, not to just be placed on display.  I hope these quick tips help you decide on what purchases to make and help you start to build up your makeup collection!

Until next time!

xoxoxox

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Trying to Live That Blogging Lifestyle

Hey y’all!!

Welcome to Monograms and Makeup!  I’ve tried to blog countless times before, and after using WordPress in a journalism class, I knew this was the platform for me.

I love writing.  I’ve dabbled as a journalism major for the past year, but seriously flopped at doing actual reporting.  So it’s the business route for me.

But, what I love infinitely, more than writing, is buying beauty products.

I’m the ultimate girly girl.  If it comes in pink, I buy it.  If I can monogram it, I do.  Glitter it, bedazzle it, make it glam.  I aspire to be an everyday Elle Woods.  So, it was no surprise that during my junior year of high school,  my interest in makeup came about.  I’d watch countless youtube videos of collections and hauls.  That’s when it happened.  That’s when I became the makeup hoarder I am today.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe strongly in using everything I buy.  But of course I can’t help getting the same shade of a lipstick from different brands.  I love comparing and contrasting (it’s like science, right?).

I won’t lie and say I’m the best with makeup, but I do love trying out looks and products.  You can’t except any tutorials out of me, but I have countless reviews.

I hope through this blog, I can save busy women time and money by testing out different products to see what’s worth it, and what you should leave at Sephora.

Until next time!

xoxox