Favorite Nail Polishes of 2018

OPI Alpaca
OPI Alpaca My Bags
OPI Aurora
OPI Aurora Berry-Alis
OPI Bossa Nova
OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
OPI Chills
OPI Chills Are Multiplying
OPI Dreams
OPI Dreams Need Clara-fication
OPI Frenchie
OPI Frenchie Likes to Kiss
OPI Gaucho
OPI Grandma Kissed A Gaucho
OPI Less Is Norse
OPI Less is Norse
OPI Lima
OPI Lima Tell You About This Color
OPI March
OPI March in Uniform
OPI No Strings
OPI No Strings Attached
OPI Pink Street
OPI No Turning Back From Pink Street
OPI Seafood
OPI We Seafood We Eat It
Essie Dye
Essie Dye Mentions
Essie Studs
Essie Surrounded by Studs
Essie West Village
Essie It Takes A West Village
GG Smores
Glisten & Glow Smores & Sing Alongs
GG Snowman
Glisten & Glow OG Snowman
GG V Violet
Glisten & Glow Valiant Violet
GG YWP
Glisten & Glow Young, Wild, & Pink
DD Cam Fam
Different Dimensions Cam Fam
DD Topaz
Different Dimensions Topaz In A Bottle
CG Barre
China Glaze Barre Hopping
CH Athleisure
China Glaze At Your Athleisure
MT West
Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool
JG
Julie G Spring Fling
KL Celia
KL Polish Celia
KL Matanzas
KL Polish Matanzas
KL Mindy
KL Polish Mindy
KL Virgo
KL Polish Virgo

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


skin

CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

High End Beauty Guide 2018

Copy and pasted straight from Monday’s post because #lazy

Y’all know I am always trying new products so I know what’s good and what to recommend and because I have a makeup addiction.

I decided to put together two beauty guides for the end of the year, affordable and high end, to highlight my favorite products in each category. These are the products I would recommend if asked.

I wanted to put them all in once place so you and I can both reference them easily. I thought long and hard spent a lot of time thinking about each category and product. I sure hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did, let me know in the comments.

These beauty guides will be your ultimate tool kit.

You can see the affordable guide here and now onto the high end products!

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PRIMER
Blur: Tarte Timeless Smoothing
Mattify (Oily skin): Murad Oil Control Mattifier
General (Normal skin): Becca First Light Priming Filter
Hydrate (Dry skin): Too Faced Hangover Rx.

FOUNDATION
Full Coverage: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Medium/Buildable: Too Faced Born This Way
Sheer: Benefit Hello Happy 

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CORRECTOR
Bobbi Brown Corrector

CONCEALER
Tarte Shape Tape

UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening

SETTING POWDER
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze

BLUSH
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid

CREAM CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

CONTOUR POWDER
Kat Von D Shade + Light Single in Sombre

POWDER HIGHLIGHTER
Ofra Pillow Talk

eyes

BROW PENCIL
Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz

BROW GEL
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

SINGLE SHADOWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills

EYE SHADOW PRIMER
Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour

PALETTE
Urban Decay Naked2

CREAM SHADOW
MAC Paint Pot

LASH PRIMER
Lancome Cils Booster

MASCARA
Lancome Monsieur Big

GEL LINER
MAC Fluidline

PENCIL LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On

LIQUID LINER
Stila Stay All Day

lips

SHINE
MAC Satin

SHEER
Urban Decay Vice Sheer

MATTE
MAC Matte

LIQUID LIPSTICK
Anastasia Beverly Hills

GLOSS
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On

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SET
MAC Fix+

EXTEND
Urban Decay All Nighter 


I really don’t have any high end brush and tool recommendations. I love the Original beautyblender, but I don’t use high end brushes. I have one brush from Sigma and I like it, but it’s not any better than any of my drugstore recommendations. So save some money on your tools and reference my recommendations from Monday!

Affordable Beauty Guide 2018

Y’all know I am always trying new products so I know what’s good and what to recommend and because I have a makeup addiction.

I decided to put together two beauty guides for the end of the year, affordable and high end, to highlight my favorite products in each category. These are the products I would recommend if asked.

I wanted to put them all in once place so you and I can both reference them easily. I thought long and hard spent a lot of time thinking about each category and product. I sure hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did, let me know in the comments.

These beauty guides will be your ultimate tool kit.

Up first, affordable/drugstore products.

primerfoundation

PRIMER
Blur: Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
Mattify (Oily skin): Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin (sounds cray, but trust me)
Hydrate (Dry Skin): NYX Hydra Touch
General (Normal Skin): elf Mineral Infused

FOUNDATION
Stick (Dry Skin): Ulta Moisturizing
Full Coverage (All skin types): Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define
Sheer/Medium (All skin types): Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable
Medium/Full (All skin types): Wet n Wild Photo Focus 
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CONCEALER
Colour Pop No Filter

CORRECTOR
Maybelline Age Rewind in Neutralizer or Brightener

SETTING POWDER
Maybelline Fit Me Loose

UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER
J Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain

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Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Blush
Colour Pop Powder Blush in Noodle

Contour
Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance

Highlighter
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek in Flexitarian

Powder Highlighter
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome Metallic

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BROWS
Pencil: Almay Brow Pencil
Gel: NYX Control Freak

EYE SHADOW
Primer: Milani Eye Shadow Primer
Cream: Revlon ColorStay Creme
Singles: LOreal Infallible
Palettes: Wet n Wild

EYE LINER
Liquid: Physicians Formula Eye Booster
Pencil: Milani Stay Put Waterproof
Gel: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel

MASCARA
Primer: LOreal Voluminous
Mascara: Revlon Volumazing

lips

LINER
Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel

MATTE
Maybelline Creamy Matte

SHEER
NYX Butter Lipstick

GLOSS
NYX Butter Gloss

LIQUID LIPSTICK
Physicians Formula Healthy Lip

SHINE
Revlon HD Gel 

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SET
Essence Keep It Perfect! Make-Up Fixing Spray

EXTENDER
Colour Pop All Star Face Setting Spray

brushtools.jpgI didn’t want to list each individual brush or sponge so I’m grouping by brand. I have tried multiple brushes from each of these lines and I have been impressed with the quality, performance, and how well they hold up after washing.

BRANDS
Real Techniques Brushes
LOreal Foundation Blender Sponge
EcoTools Sponges
EcoTools Brushes
Morphe Brushes (I do not like the Morphe sponges)
Real Techniques Sponges

Shew! We made it. If you want a more in depth review, type in the product name or type in the search box and if I’ve reviewed it, it will pop up! If you have specific questions, leave them in the comments or message me on Instagram.

I have tried and stand by every one of the products I mentioned above, except one. I have not tried the Milani Eye Shadow Primer, but I intend to pick it up and give it a shot. I know lots of people love and recommend it, so I went with it. You can definitely use the Revlon Creme Shadow in the same way and it will work just fine.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holidays are here and stores are packed with people and gifts. I’m WAY too lazy to make 2394239 gift guides like other bloggers, so I’m going to stick to what I know–beauty. 

I’m going to share the sets and gifts that I think the beauty lover in your life would love and the ones that are worth the money. Also, it’s Christmas, treat yo self if you see something you love 😉 


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A few tips for holiday shopping…

  • Use eBates! I thought it was a scam too, but it’s 100% real. You legit get money back for shopping. 
    • You can use my referral link (not sponsored) 
    • I’ve saved $89 since signing up!
  • Google a coupon code–usually you can find one somewhere
  • A lot of website have pop ups that offer 10-20% your purchase if you sign up for their emails. Sign up, get your coupon, and unsubscribe. BINGO.
  • Put the item in your cart, but don’t check out. Sometimes sites will email you a coupon code if they noticed you left something in your cart.
  • I linked as many products as I could to Nordstrom and I highly recommend shopping for what you can there. They have free shipping on everything and super easy returns. 

Happy Shopping! 

 

Best of Beauty 2017: Makeup

This post is going to be a long one so brace yourself.

Yes, I could divide this up into multiple posts, but I’m too lazy for that.

complexion

Primers
Pur HydraGel Lift
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
Models Own Hydrating Face Base

Concealers
CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous
Neutrogena Hydro Boost
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme
Physicians Formula InstaReady
Colour Pop No Filter
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakouts

Foundations
CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream
CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1
NYX Total Control Drop
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water
Bare Minerals Bare PRO
Milani Conceal + Perfect
Wet n Wild Photo Focus
Too Faced Peach Perfect
Limelight by Alcone Botanical 

Powders
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
Maybelline Fit Me Loose

Sprays
MAC Fix+
Kat Von D Lock It 


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Highlighter
Makeup Geek
Colour Pop Flexitarian
Colour Pop Here Kitty Kitty
Jeffree Star Skinfrost in Eclipse
Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops

Bronzer/Contour
Benefit Hoola Lite
NYX 3 Steps to Sculpt
Colour Pop Private Party

Blush
Benefit Dandelion
Benefit Galifornia
Too Faced Love Flush Blush
Makeup Geek
Colour Pop Noodle
Physicians Formula Butter Blush (Rosy Pink is the only color I like)
Tarte Amazonian Clay


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Eye Shadow
Makeup Geek Starry Eyed
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma
Catrice Liquid Metal

Brows
Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer Gel
NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour
LOreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill

Eyeliners
Maybelline The Skinny
Milani Stay Put Waterproof

Mascara
LOreal Lash Paradise
It Cosmetics Superhero
Lancome Lash Curler


lips

Lip Liner & Misc
Wet n Wild Gel
NYX Suede 
elf Lock On Lip Primer
elf Tinted Lip Oil

Lipstick
Hourglass Lip Stylo
Tom Ford
Urban Decay Sheer in Obsessed
elf Velvet Matte
NYX Velvet Matte in Unicorn Fur
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Peony

Liquid Lipstick
Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit
NARS Velvet Lip Glide
Models Own
Dose of Colors
Bare Minerals
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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink
Smashbox Always On
NYX Slip Tease


tools

Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge
LOreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender Sponge
Sigma F80
elf Beautifully Bare Blending Brush
Real Techniques Miracle Body Complexion Sponge
Colour Pop Brushes
eco tools Perfecting Blender Duo


5 hours later and we are done.

Best of Beauty 2017: Skincare, Hair, & Nails

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haircare

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