April Favorites

This is the semi-lazy version of April favorites because I’m too lazy to gather all of my favorites and take an actual photo. You’re getting a product collage today, friends.

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  1. NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound–I got this a 100 point perk and used up the mini so quickly. I LOVE this formula and this shade lives in my purse. It’s the perfect every day neutral.
  2. Equate Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush–I’ve been trying different techniques with my all over setting powder. Even though I have dry skin, I always set with powder. I have to. Since my skin is dry, finding the right tool & powder combo can be difficult. I’ve been loving using this brush to really press the powder into my skin/foundation for a flawless look. I’m really impressed with quality for the price.
  3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder in Lavender–If you have fair skin and have trouble finding an under eye setting powder that brightens, look no further. Other than the price, I have nothing negative to say about this powder. I will gladly pay full price for this product though because it’s THAT good. It’s so finely milled, brightens, sets, and makes my under eye area looked blurred and flawless. Love, love, love this.
  4. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia + NARS Orgasm Lip Balm–I can’t stop wearing this lip combo. The shades pair really well and I love the hint of added shimmer that the balm adds.
  5. Morphe M443 Pointed Liner Brush–I go through phases with eyeliner and which kind I prefer. I’m back onto gel liner and this brush gives a perfect line effortlessly.
  6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer–This was a surprise half off deal during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty so I decided to give it a go. I have a lot of redness in my skin and had wondered about this product, but didn’t want to splurge since I hadn’t heard many reviews on it. I’m so glad I decided to get it. It really works! I can tell my skin isn’t as red and it’s super moisturizing which my dry skin needs. I hate to say goodbye to my beloved Hydro Boost, but I’m really seeing a difference with this product.
  7. Wet n Wild Gel Pout Lip Liners–I’ve never been one to splurge on high end lip liners and if you do, give these a try. I love this formula. It’s creamy, but not slippery and they are SO affordable. I have almost every shade.
  8. Kiss Salon Dip Kit–I picked this up because it was cheap and if it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out a whole lot. I ended up LOVING it. The powder is really fine so it doesn’t get really thick and impossible to file down. The other powder colors, base coat, activator, and top coat are all super affordable as well. If you’ve been interested in an at home dip kit, I highly recommend this one!
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The boys and I have been LOVING the warmer weather and have been spending lots of time outside. Y’all know I’m definitely more indoorsy, but I’ll do anything for those babies.
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I love these photo hanger thingys. I have one on my mantle in my room and recently added one to my cubicle at work. It’s a cute way to display photos and prints and it’s super easy to switch pictures in and out.

Other highlights from April
–I became an aunt to the sweetest little boy, Ethan James.
–I got a new tattoo.
–I survived a CrAzY, busy month at work.
–I celebrated my baby cousin’s first birthday.

 

Sunday Storytime

I got a new tattoo!

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This is a fresh photo and it isn’t all healed yet so if it looks all red and cray, that’s why.

You can read the story behind my first tattoo here.

First, let’s get what “boHia” means out of the way. It stands for, “because of Him i am.” I came across this little acronym after reading my daily devotion Wednesday night. The author of that particular devotion, Michele Dudley, is the founder of Fashion & Compassion. I clicked the link to find out more about this brand and the first thing I saw on the site was their boHia collection.

I clicked to learn more about this collection and when I saw what it stood for, it just hit me in the heart. << because of Him i am >> The power behinds these words just washed over me. I started thinking about all the people that make me, me. Obviously my parents, made me, but other people who have impacted my life.

I think I’ve alluded to issues with anxiety and my past issues with depression on here, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into detail. All of that is included in the post on my first tattoo, so instead of recapping all of that, I’m going to recommend you read the other post if you care to.

Short version–In 2014, I hit a really low point and seriously considered ending my life. I spent all day at work thinking about it, but the moment I got home, I took one look and Windsor’s face and changed my mind. The paw print is obviously for him. He’s not just a dog. He saved my life and more importantly saved me from myself. I looked at him and knew that he depended on me and relied on me to take care of him and that, along with other things, gave me a reason to live. Without a doubt, that was my lowest point and one of the worst days of my life. I promised myself I would never let myself get back to that place and I have kept my word.

Once I moved past that awful day, I picked up my Bible and really started digging deep into God’s word. Prior to this, I knew Jesus and had been saved, but it had been a while since I had read the Bible and studied it consistently. I knew I was broken and I knew who could put me back together. I turned it all over to Him, the load was too much for me, but He would gladly carry it for me.

The pink ribbon is for my grandma and my babysitter who were taken too soon thanks to breast cancer. My babysitter was like my second mom and was such an important person in my life. The memories I made growing up at her house and the time we spent together is something I will never take for granted. Even after I quit staying at her house, we still did things together like going to dinner or taking day trips to deliver flowers often. She passed away my junior year of high school and I still miss her so much.

My grandma, my dad’s mom, lost her battle with breast cancer my freshman year of college. I definitely get my tell-it-like-it-is and spunk from her. She raised 3 boys and was tough as nails. Cancer was no match for her. She lived far longer than her doctors said she would because she wasn’t the type to sit around and let things happen to her. She wasn’t ready to go, so she fought and held on. She had a tendency to say exactly what she thought with no filter, which was not always a good thing, but you never wondered where her mind was. The same can be said for me. I open my mouth and Louise flies right out. She took no shit, loved hard, and fought the good fight. I strive to be like her every day, just a little more filtered version 😉

When I got my first tattoo, I contemplated a pink ribbon, but didn’t end up getting it so it was a must this time. The first one didn’t hurt too bad, but this one did. I am full aware that tattoos are forever and that’s why I love mine even more. I got my first tattoo in 2015 and I haven’t regretted it a single day. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or in a funk, I can look at my wrist, recite that verse, and feel an instant peace. I’ve only had my new one for 4 days, but I know it will be the same way. I told my friend it’s an ode to the people who saved me.

Tattoos aren’t for everyone and I honestly never thought I would get another one, but I saw “boHia” and it just hit me and I went and got it the next day. They mean a lot to me and are symbolic to my journey. I’ve kept my word to myself and never allowed myself to go back to that dark place of 2014. I’ve had to keep some people at an arms length, leave jobs, and work hard to keep that promise, but it’s all been worth it. My mental health is a priority. I have to work and make a decision to do and be better every single day.

I used to be so ashamed and embarrassed for people to know that I had/have anxiety and depression, but I’m not anymore. It’s not something I’m proud of and will paint on a billboard, but it’s a part of me. The stigma surrounding mental illness is what kept me from getting help for years. I still take medication, but I hope that’s not a forever thing, but if it is, that’s ok too. I’ve never done therapy, but thanks to medication and Jesus, I’m doing just fine.

I am very thankful that I have more good days than bad and I can’t even remember the last time I was in a funk or a had a few bad days. I’ve come a long way and I’m proud of myself and the progress I’ve made.

Being enough is an area where I’ve always struggled and I still have my doubts on occasion, but I’ve made huge strides. I’m not going to be the smartest, prettiest, skinniest, most talented, richest, ___-est, whatever, but I’m always going to be the ONLY and the BEST me. When I start to doubt myself, I think how Jesus died for me before He even knew me. Like, what?! That’s a mind blowing amount of love right there and I know He made me for a reason and that in His eyes, I am ALWAYS enough and that is more than enough to keep me going,

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety and depression, please talk to someone or help them find someone to talk to. My solution was turning to Jesus and medication, but there’s not a one size fits all treatment for mental illness. Please know I am ALWAYS available to talk. I hate that other people have to go through what I did, but it has been such a help to talk to people who have been where I have and could really understand what I’m feeling. You can reach out to me via email (( thehannahhardy@gmail.com )) or on Instagram << @thehannahhardy >> Know you are not alone, that you are loved, you are wanted, you have a purpose and you are so much more than enough.

because of Him I am…I am still alive. I am saved. I am enough. I am me.



Please forgive me if this post is full of run-on sentences and grammatical errors. I’m usually a stickler for correct grammar, but this was more of a brain dump than anything. I would go back and read it and make corrections, but it’s late and I’m tired. TYSM for understanding.

 

Foundation Friday: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter

Images are from Google

Claims
–Full coverage
–Conceal blemishes and imperfections
–Flawless, airbrushed finish
–Matte finish that looks luminous
–Fade proof

Price
–$40 for 1.18 oz
Sephora and shophudabeauty.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Milkshake 100B

Pros
–Contains Argan Oil for hydration
–Shade range
–Fair price for high end foundation and you get a little more than the standard 1.0 oz
–Cruelty free
–No parabens or sulfates
–Packaging, pump!
–Full coverage with 2 layers
–Works on my dry skin
–Good shade match
–Lightweight
–Long lasting

Cons
–Sephora exclusive and not in all Sephora stores
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I definitely thought this was going to be way too heavy and way too mate for my dry skin, but I was pleasantly surprised. I love a full coverage foundation so I had to try this one. It didn’t cake up or feel heavy. I prepped my skin and moisturized well and didn’t have any issues. I did what to mention that this has a scent, but it doesn’t linger and it didn’t bother me.

Primer: Wet n Wild Primer Water, Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tool: Morphe M439

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM

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Plethora of Primers

I kinda, sorta have a primer problem. I love to try new ones and my collection currently overfloweth. That being said, I’m going to share reviews on the primers in my collection as a way to help myself declutter and only keep what I really love. Some of these I got samples of to try before buying so I don’t actually have the full size product.

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There’s a lot to talk about here so brace yourself! Also, if I’ve reviewed it before, I’ll include the link to the original post.


NYX ANGEL VEIL

Claims–Creates a smooth, uniform canvas :: makes makeup last with a satin smooth finish

Price–$16 at Ulta :: $11.99 at Walgreens :: $11.29 at Target :: $16 nyxcosmetics.com

Pros–Cruelty free :: easily accessible :: all over smoothing :: so soft, love the texture :: lives up to its claims :: creates a smooth canvas for makeup application :: packaging

Cons–Expensive for drugstore

Final Thoughts–I usually reach for something more hydrating, but I LOVE this. It makes my skin so smooth and makeup blends like a dream on top. It doesn’t blur or fill in my pores, but it doesn’t claim to so I just use a different primer for that. I use this with foundations that are more dewy and hydrating, I can’t use with my matte foundations because it’s too much on my dry skin. It’s very similar to the Hourglass Mineral Veil and that one is SUPER expensive.

Keeping // Approve // Recommend


MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 HYDRATING (sample)

Claims–Preps normal skin and restores balance :: leave a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold

Price–$37 at Sephora and makeupforever.com

Pros–Hyaluronic acid :: smooth texture :: hydrating :: easy to blend in :: packaging

Cons–Expensive :: not cruelty free :: Sephora stores or online only

Final Thoughts–I liked this and it was hydrating, but it’s expensive. There are other, cheaper options that do the same thing i.e. NYX Hydra Touch.

Not buying // Approve // Recommend


LOREAL VISIBLE LIFT RADIANCE BOOSTER

Claims–24 hour hydration :: lightweight :: non-greasy :: never settles into lines and wrinkles :: instantly brightens, smooths, and evens skin with a radiant finish

Price–$12.99 at Ulta :: $10.99 at Target :: $11.99 at Walgreens :: $10.97 at Wal Mart

Pros–Added immediate radiance and hydration :: helps matte foundations work on my dry skin :: packaging :: smoothing :: looks great alone on no makeup days :: skin looks healthy

Cons–Not cruelty free :: contains talc :: expensive for drugstore

Final Thoughts–This is a thicker formula than I usually care for, but I make it work by warming it up between my fingers before applying and that helps. I LOVE the glow/radiance it gives my skin. The thickness is my only hang up, but that might not bother others.

Decluttering // Approve // Recommend


MILANI PRIMER PERFECTION HYDRATING + PORE-MINIMIZING PRIMER

Claims–Hydrating, oil-free formula :: soften the look of fine lines :: adds a radiant, healthy-looking glow :: minimize the look of pores

Price–$9.99 at Ulta :: $7.49 at Target :: $9.99 at Walgreens :: $8.97 at Wal Mart

Pros–Packaging :: smells good :: smooths :: cruelty free :: affordable :: easily accessible

Cons–Too thick for me :: didn’t fill in pores :: didn’t notice any radiance/hydration :: felt heavy

Final Thoughts–This was way too thick and heavy for me. I might could over look that if it helped my large pores, but it did nothing. Total bust for me.

Decluttering // Don’t approve // Don’t recommend


MAYBELLINE MASTER PRIME HYDRATE + SMOOTH

Claims–Refine the look and feel of skin and keep makeup in place from AM to PM :: non-oily :: weightless :: wear lone or underneath :: smooth and even out skin tone

Price–$9.99 at Ulta :: $7.99 at Target :: $9.49 at Walgreens :: $7.94 at Wal Mart

Pros–Affordable :: packaging :: smooths :: easily accessible

Cons–Not cruelty free :: didn’t feel/notice any hydration :: too thick for me

Final Thoughts–This created a smooth base, but didn’t hydrate. It was too thick and my dry skin needs more hydration than this gave. It definitely smooths, but I’m looking for more than that from a primer.

Decluttering // Don’t approve // Don’t recommend


TOUCH IN SOL NO PORE-BLEM

Claims–Blurs the look of pores and wrinkles :: light, silky texture :: preps for flawless makeup application

Price–$18 at Sephora and Ulta :: $12.98 on Amazon

Pros–Cruelty free :: vegan :: hypoallergenic :: no parabens, sulfates, phthalates :: light texture :: blurs pores :: works for my dry skin :: smooths for a flawless makeup application :: fair price

Cons–Only at specialty stores or online

Final Thoughts–I got this in a Boxycharm and I love it. The texture is perfect! It’s SO lightweight and almost feels like water. I didn’t think this would work as an all over primer for my dry skin, I was planning to just use it where my large pores are, but it totally works! It blurs pores and smooths everything out for makeup application. Only decluttering because I love my elf Blur Stick and I don’t need both.

Decluttering // Approve // Recommend


PHYSICIANS FORMULA ROSE ALL DAY SERUM

Claims–Tighten & brighten skin for a radiant glow :: enriched with rose water to help soothe, calm, & hydrate the skin

Price (Full Size)–$12.99 at Ulta :: $14.95 at Walgreens :: $7.89 at Wal Mart :: $7.89 at Target
Price (Mini)–$6.99 at Target

Pros–Affordable :: hypoallergenic :: paraben-free :: oil-free :: cruelty free :: vegan :: gluten free :: gives a radiant look/finish to the skin :: smells good :: easily accessible :: will be buying the full size

Cons–Expensive :: packaging is a pain in the mini size

Final Thoughts–I’ve tried several radiant primers, but this is by far my favorite. I purchased the full size because the mini was on my nerves. With the mini, it’s super hard to get any product out, but I don’t have that problem with the full size. If you like a radiant finish and/or have dry skin, you will love this.

Keeping // Approve // Recommend


MAYBELLINE MASTER PRIME BLUR + PORE MINIMIZE

Claims–Smooth & even out skintone :: blur lines :: boost glow :: disguise redness :: weightless :: non-oily :: prolong the wear of makeup

Price–$9.99 at Ulta :: $7.99 at Target :: $7.94 at Wal Mart :: $9.49 at Walgreens

Pros–Affordable :: easily accessible :: smoothing

Cons–Not cruelty free :: didn’t blur or fill enough for me :: very silicone & slippery

Final Thoughts–This was big flop for me. I think the elf Blur Stick does a better job at minimizing my pores. I don’t like the super silicone-y and slippery feel of this primer. It reminds me of the original Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and I don’t love that one either.

Decluttered // Not Approved // Do not recommend


Other primers currently in my collection that I’ve already reviewed
Colour Pop All Star
elf Blur Stick
elf Poreless Putty
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner

 


Keeping
–Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
–elf Blur Stick
–NYX Angel Veil
–Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum

Decluttering
–Colour Pop All Star
–elf Poreless Putty
–LOreal Visible Lift Radiance Booster
–Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Primer
–Maybelline Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth
–Touch In Sol No-Poreblem
–Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Pore Minimize

I went from 11 full size primers to 4. I’m going to call this a win! I still love trying new primers, but I want to be conscious about keeping a tighter reign on what’s in my drawer.

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

Claims
–Waterproof
–Transfer proof
–High coverage
–Non-drying
–Lasts 12 hours
–Conceals dark circles, redness, and imperfections

Price
–$5.99 at Ulta
–$5.69 on Amazon
–$5.99 at catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–17
–My shade: 005 Light Natural

Pros
–Affordable
–Works with my corrector and powder
–Easy to blend
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Paraben free

Cons
–Shade range
–No shade match for me
–Shades lean yellow/warm
–Availability (Ulta stores or online only)

Final Thoughts
I love the coverage and the formula of this concealer. They recently expanded the shade range, but prior to that change, the shade range was garbage. It blended easily and worked with my corrector and under eye setting powder. I mixed in Colour Pop No Filter Concealer in Fair 02 to make it work so I could wear it. I really like this, just can’t use this shade alone. I need to pick up shade 001 Fair Ivory.

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Billie Razors

My friend Lindsay posted about trying a Billie Razor on her blog so I decided to give it a try. I tried Dollar Shave Club, but didn’t love how quickly the blades got dull so I had just been buying disposable razors from the drugstore.

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I purchased the Starter Kit which was $9 and included
–Handle
–Magnetic holder
–(2) 5 blade razor cartridges

After the Starter Kit, you get 4 replacement blade cartridges for $9 at the frequency you choose. You can cancel anytime and/or skip/adjust the frequency of your shipment. The blade replacement shipment is based on how often you shave. I don’t shave every day so I chose to have mine delivered every 2 months.

Two of the things I love about this brand is the free shipping and there’s no pink tax. If you aren’t familiar with PINK TAX, you can read more about it here.

Billie also has other products such as shave cream, body lotion, and body wash available to purchase.

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I got razor burn the first few times I used the razor, but that is pretty normal for me. Whenever I try a new razor or use a new blade, I get razor burn. I have sensitive skin so it’s just how it goes. After the first few times, that went away. I got a very close shave and the razor worked will with my favorite shave oil and cream.

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I highly recommend giving Billie razors a try! You can use this link to get started or just got to www.mybillie.com! It’s a referral link, I don’t earn any money from the use of this link. 

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