Tag Archives: makeup

What’s In My Makeup Bag

23 Jun

The past few months I was keeping my everyday makeup that I was using regularly in a makeup bag, which then extended to 2 makeup bags.  This was causing clutter and I wanted to start incorporating my other makeup that was being loved, so I decided to clean it out and take pictures to show you the items I’ve been using over the past couple months!



Unexpectedly Chic: Mai Couture Blush Paper

6 Jun


This past week I stumbled upon these amazingly cute blush papers from Mai Couture.  This is the perfect thing to stick in your makeup bag, especially if room it tight!  More than that, you don’t need a brush and can be quickly applied while on-the-go.   These are also perfect for summer to swipe on after you’ve been in the pool or at the gym, and want to look a bit refined and refreshed.  If you haven’t heard of these practical and useful blush papers, then I suggest you run over to Mai Couture and check them out!  You can buy these for $17.50 and they come in 3 shades: Prettyful, Sunset, and Uptown.


Tuesday Tip: Better Curl For Your Lashes

17 May

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A few weeks ago I posted a tip for longer lasting lipstick using powder.  You can achieve the same effect with your eyelashes as well.  Between your mascara application apply a powder  to your lashes and then follow up with another application of mascara.  This will result in an increase in volume and curl of your lashes.  You can apply the powder with a clean mascara wand or a small eyeshadow/eyeliner brush.  I would also suggest using a fleshtone color powder instead of a white powder so it is not as noticeable if you happen to miss a spot.

Did you find this tip helpful?  Have you tried it?  Do you have any other tips for increasing volume or curl for your lashes? Let me know!

Shopping Cart Sunday: Stila

15 May
I love Stila cosmetics.  I do not have a large amount of their products, but what I do have I love.  I am wanting to try more of their products and if I were to place an order today, here is what I would add to my shopping cart.  Some of these products I have heard great things about, others I’ve had my eye on for a while, and a few are just things that stuck out to me and am curious to try.

I simply want this powder because of the gorgeous detailing.  I have only seen one blog post about this powder so I do not have a great idea on what to expect quality wise, but it’d be worth it simply because of the packaging.

One of my favorite things about Stila is their palettes.  I love the design and colors.  I love the neutrals of this palette and have been wanting Kitten for a long time now, which is included in the palette.  They also include a convertible color and a lip glaze in Guava as well.  Such a great deal!

As explained above, I love the palette, the colors, and the mascara included!

Stila debuted this pallete around Earth Day.  I simply love the colors.  That’s all I can say.

I have heard people rave continuously about these eyeliner pencils.  I am not a huge eyeliner junkie as I hardly wear it.   My eyeliner of choice is the Urban Decay 24/7 liner pencils, but I have a feeling these could also become a favorite!

I have a few Convertible Colors from the travel palettes they introduced last year and I love everything about them from the payoff, to the color and consistency.  I need to get my hands on more stat!  The color shown is gladiola, a bright orange that is perfect for summer!

I have recently been in love with all lip color sticks and for only $16 I could not imagine resisting trying these gorgeous shades from the Smile in Style set!

I have a few of their travel palettes from last year and I really enjoyed them.  This year they removed the Convertible Color and added a blush and highlighter/bronzer. So far they have come out with two and I love the colors in both palettes!

What do you think about Stila cosmetics? Have you tried any of these products? What  are your favorites and least favorite products you’ve tried?  Anything else you think I should check out from them? Let me know!

Blush Challenge: Blushes 7-13

21 Apr

Last week was extremely busy and got away from me.  I kept up with my blush challenge of wearing a different blush everyday, but I did not have time to blog about it.  Today I am doing last weeks and this weeks blushes.  This is last weeks and the blushes I wore are as follows:

Tuesday Tip: Longer Lasting Lipstick

12 Apr

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There are many tips and tricks to get lipstick lasting longer, most of which you’re most likely already aware of.  However, I have a trick that you may not have heard before!  Applying baby powder between two applications of lipstick helps to prolong the color!  The best explanation I can give for this tip is the baby powder acts as a setting powder for the first layer, and a base as the second layer.  Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!


What did you think of this tip?  Have you tried it or heard of it before? Did it work for you? Do you have any other tips to get longer lasting lipstick? Let me know!

Daily Deal: 60% of Pixi Beauty

11 Apr


For a limited time you can get 60% of Pixi cosmetics, the same brand that is occasionally sold at select Targets.  More than that, this code will also give you free shipping!  I have not tried any of their products, but I have heard raves about their eyeshadows and palettes.  Check out Makeup Alley for product reviews.

To get this deal head over to Pixi Beauty and enter code ALLURE for 60% off and free shipping. I don’t know how long this code is good for so act fast!

Saturday Surfin’

9 Apr



8 Apr

I am not attending IMATS in NYC (or anywhere, for that matter) this year.  However,  I was still intrigued on what brands I was, or was not, missing out on.  Along with that, I ended up finding some new great brands.  This inspired me to make a post on 10 brands, some I’ve heard of, some I haven’t that I would be most excited about if I were going to IMATS NYC.   There’s a few that I think I might order from anyway, because I am so intrigued with their stuff.  If you are also not attending IMATS, then keep reading to learn about some new beauty brands!

This is one of the brands I have not heard of them previously, and to be honest only one of their products drew me in.  They’re known for their advanced mineral cosmetics, including foundations, lip products,and eye makeup.  They also sell skincare, body care, nail and hair, as well as brushes, palettes, and makeup cases.  Their prices are fairly expensive (around $60 for their skincare, foundations around $30).  The product that I am interested in, and plan on ordering, are their Bio Cellulose Masks.  They’re $8 each, and all have a specific target goal such as whitening and moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, collagen, cell rejunvenation, and more!

There are many makeup brush companies coming to IMATs, but this one had some really great prices!  I also saw some brushes that I even thought were unique, and I would be interested in!  I would assume the quality would be like brushes from Coastal Scents, very hit or miss.  This is also a company I plan to place an order from sometime in the near future!

To be honest, I don’t know much, if anything at all, about Eve Pearl.  I have heard they have amazing concealer, which is primarily why they’re on this list.  If I were at IMATs I can guarantee you I would be trying out their concealer, and probably buying it.  I would also take the time to look at some of the other products they have to offer.  If you’ve ever tried anything from Eve Pearl or have any thoughts on them I would love the hear!

Beauty So Clean creates products specifically meant to sanitize your makeup, including wipes, cleansers, and mists without using pure alcohol, which is said to dry out and distort your makeup.  I’ve included this because I think it could be a fun splurge for some, especially if you do a lot of swaps or buy from blog sales!

I am not even going to explain myself here.  Any true makeup lover knows exactly why this is on here.

I have never heard of this company before this.  They have mineral makeup that is paraben free and cruelty free.  They say their cosmetics are safe and good for your skin, especially those with Rosacea and Acne.  While looking at their products I became interested in many of the matte finishing powders they offer as I have extremely oily skin and their eyeshadow palettes looked nice as well.  The only downside is I am not sure if you can order online, I think you have to find a retailer in your area who sells Jane Iredale.  Thus, I am not sure how their pricing is.

Similarly to Eve Pearl, I not literally nothing about this brand.  I have heard other people talking about them, andsaying their products are good.  If I were at IMATS I would be trying out a bunch of their stuff to see what I liked!

Mehron specializes in studio and stage makeup.  However, they do have few items that I could actually use in my collection, especially for nights out.  One of the products is the Touch-Up Matte Finish Anti-Shine Gel Treatment which is said to instantly remove oil from your face.  They also have a lipstick sealer to prevent feathering, fading, and transferring.  Yes, please!

This is perfect for all makeup artists.  They sell brushes, cases, makeup artists palettes, and more.  I would pick up some of the tools and accessories they have such as empty jars, misters, and more that would be perfect for traveling!  This is another company I plan to order from!

This one is another no-brainer.  I have wanted their lip tars for so long, and still have yet to buy some.  I already have an idea of the colors I’d want, and what I can mix them with!


Have you tried any products from any of these brands?  If so, which ones, and what were your thoughts?  Are you going to IMATS?  What are you planning to buy?  Let me know!

Beauty Challenge: Different Blush Everyday (Blushes 1-6)

7 Apr

I have completed week of of my beauty challenge where  I wear a new blush everyday.  It has already been hard for me because it is so easy to get into a routine and stick with it. I also find that I particularly like a blush I wore the previous day, and find myself wanting to wear that blush again.  However, I have stuck with it and been successful so far.

Here are the first six blushes I’ve worn:

  1. NYX Silky Rose
  2. Wet ‘n Wild Pearlescent Pink
  3. ELF  Peachy Keen
  4. ELF blush in the blushed/bronzed duo
  5. MAC Pink Cult (LE)
  6. MAC Sur (LE)

I have included pictures of each blush as well as swatches:






If you want any further details on any of the items shown, let me know!