September Favorites

Y’all are getting the lazy version of September Favorites because I was sick all weekend and this is the best I can do. TYSM.

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  • Morphe Filter Effect Finishing Powder in #Filter1
    • I got this to use to set my under eye concealer for a more brightening effect and I love it. I want to get another shade to use to set all over.
    • It’s very finely milled and made my under eye area looked blurred and flawless.
  • Lush Cookie Dough Lip Scrub
    • Lush makes my favorite lip scrubs and this flavor/scent/whatever is to die for.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener 
    • I use this shade as a color corrector and then go in with concealer.
    • The shade is perfect for my fair skin, it’s cheap, and it works well.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Lip Liner in Redrum 
    • I couldn’t resist this packaging and I can always use a red lip liner.
    • It’s very cream and the packaging makes me feel regal.
  • Revlon PhotoReady Pore Reducing Primer
    • Thataylaa RAVES about this and I finally picked it up and man oh man is it good.
    • It blurs better than any other pore filling primer I’ve ever tried. It’s a little pricey for the drugstore, but it’s worth it. A little goes a long way so it will last a while.
  • Elcie Cosmetics The Velvet Sponge
    • I’ve seen Alaha use this multiple times and I love the shape. The tip is perfect for concealer and the bottom blends out foundation fast. It’s very soft and bouncy too.
  • Milani The Violet One Lash Primer
    • My LOreal Lash Primer is hard to beat and I’ve only ever found one other one that I liked so I was skeptical about this. However, I FREAKING love it and it is my new favorite lash primer.
  • Colour Pop BFF Mascara in Brownie Points
    • I was so excited when they released a brown mascara. I prefer brown or black/brown because I’m pale AF.
    • I did a full review here.
  • Me Too Arena Wedges
    • An end of summer find, but these are the shoes I’ve been searching for for work. They’re dressier than a normal sandal, but super comfortable. I love the Me Too brand.
    • I bought nude and black. They velcro and I kinda feel like a kid, but I am too old and blind for buckles and tiny holes.
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant-Antiperspirant 
    • My BFF raves about this, but I just could not bring myself to spend $29 on deodorant. I was in Nordstrom and saw it and I guess I was feeling boujee because it came home with me and now I love it. As if I needed one more expensive habit.
    • It smells SO GOOD and the scent lasts ALL DAY. TMI, but I’m a sweater and was worried about how this would work for me, but it worked really well.
    • Now I’m committed to a $29 deodorant like I’m a damn Kardashian or something.
  • Apple Airpods
    • I’ve been wanting these SO bad and I actually won a pair. Even better!
    • They are worth the hype and the price. I love them.
  • Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target Large Tote
    • I missed this collab the first time around and was not going to miss it when it came back.
    • I love this color, style, and size. It’s perfect for fall.
  • LOreal Magic Root Cover Up
    • I reallllllyy need to get my roots done because the white hairs are out of control, but until I can make time to do that, this is my friend.
    • It is magic in a can FOR REAL.
  • Crayola Gel Pens
    • Crayola can do no wrong in my book and I love PENS. I’m all about new pens, markers, school supplies, etc. When I saw they had pens, I immediately ordered.
    • I love all the colors, they write really well, and they’re cheap.

PicMonkey Collage

I wanted something new to go over my desk because the big calendar I had there just wasn’t working. It was hard to write on and get to and it just needed to go. I found these open, gold and white shelves at TJ Maxx for $20 and knew they would be perfect. I love how it turned out and that I can display some of my pretty makeup and collectibles. I got a smaller calendar to go on the opposite wall to keep up with my posts and what not. I love this little corner and it brings me joy.

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I went to a Morphe store for the first time and I’m pretty sure this is what heaven looks like. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I could live there and if I lived closer, I would so work there. It’s a dream!

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The last favorite of the month is a lifetime favorite. I got the chance to see Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak thanks to my alma mater, Meredith College. I can’t put into words how awesome this experience was. The Notorious RBG is quite the force to be reckoned with and an inspiring woman. The moderator spoke of the impact her mother had on her life and asked her what some advice or wisdom her mother gave her that stuck with her and her response has stuck with me. Her mother’s advice was to, “Be independent and be a lady.” Those are two thing that my own mother has instilled in my and two characteristics I am proud to have. Several years ago, after meeting me, my friend’s boyfriend said I was a lady and it’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. I am a lady who cusses like a sailor, a little bit ironic, but I make it work on the daily.

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Mascara Monday: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

Claims
–Ultimate volume
–Look of thick, false lashes
–Instant, smudge-proof length and volume in 3 strokes or less

Price
–$26 full size
–$14 mini
Sephora & marcjacobsbeauty.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Cruelty free
–No parabéns, sulfates, phthalates
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No smudging or flaking
–Brush/wand is similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex which I like
–Mini option for travel/testing

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
This was just MEH. I don’t have any complains, but it didn’t wow me and for $26, I want to be wowed. It lengthened, volumized, and separated, but didn’t add much drama. I can get better looking lashes with cheaper mascaras.

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Mascara Monday: Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD

Claims
–Instant XXL volume
–Clump-free lashes that appear thicker and multiplied
–Enriched with Vitamin B and cotton extract to strengthen and protect alshes
–Gently styled, separated lashes
–Squeeze the tube to soften the formula and coat the brush

Price
–$29.50
Sephora, Dior, Nordstrom

Shade Range
–3

Pros
–Innovative packaging
–Shade range
–Lengthened
–Separated
–No flaking or smudging
–Lashes held a curl

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
If you don’t like plastic, spikey wands this is not the mascara for you. I liked this, but you can get the same look with other, cheaper mascaras. I don’t have much to say on it, honestly. It did everything I want a mascara to do, but it’s THIRTY freaking dollars. If I’m spending that much on mascara, I want to be wowed. It’s good and if you feel like treating yourself, go for it!

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Used with LOreal Lash Primer

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Mascara Monday: Wet n Wild Mega Volume

Claims
–High-volume and high impact
–Spiral fiber brush for quick loading of formula and maximizes volume effect
–Vitamin E to soften, moisturize, and protect lashes

Price
–$2.99 at TargetWalgreens,
–$3.29 at wetnwildbeauty.com
–$2.93 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–1
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Pigmented
–Gluten free
–Like the wand
–Volume

Cons
–Not much length or separation
–Took time and layers to get volume built up

Final Thoughts
You really have to work to get anything out of this mascara. I had to do several layers to get even some volume and even then, I still wasn’t impressed. It’s not the worst mascara I’ve tried, but it’s not even worth the $3 it costs. Skip this one!

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Mascara Monday: Tarte Big Ego

Mascara Monday on Tuesday because yesterday was a holiday and I forgot to post so here we are.

Claims
–Lifts lashes
–Brush delivers maximum pigment load
–Builds without clumping
–Plant powered to condition and nurture lash hair
–Fully loaded flutter for up to 16 hours

Price
–$12 mini
–$23 full size
Sephora, Ulta, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Ultra Black

Pros
–Length and lift
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Paraben, phthalate, and mineral oil free
–Ingredients :: Babassu (nurture), glycerin (hydrate), Vitamin B5 (antioxidant, soothing, moisturizing)
–Mini option for travel & testing
–Cute packing
–Wand shape is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex wand which I like
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I was very excited to get this in my Boxycharm box and test it out. I love the hot pink and gold packaging, two of my favorite colors. Lots of brands are coming out with mascaras with the hourglass shaped wand that Too Faced has had with their Better Than Sex mascara for years. I’m a big fan of the Too Faced so I assumed I would love this one. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. There are other, cheaper mascaras that give a similar or even better result. (CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara) I wasn’t wowed with my lashes, but I appreciate that it doesn’t flake or smudge.

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Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing

 

Claims
–Biotin infused formula
–No clumps or flakes
–Blowout lift, volume, and drama that lasts
–Super black pigment
–Specially designed wand with microspheres to catch all lashes to separate, lift, and volumize
–19x volume

Price
–$25
Ulta, itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, Sephora

Shade Range
–1 :: super black

Pros
–Packaging
–Cruelty free
–Ingredients :: biotin, to promote stronger, healthier hair
–Soft grip for easy application and control
–Paraben free
–Buildable, can be more natural or dramatic
–Length
–Brush shape
–Separation
–Volume
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Not too wet or too dry
–Held a curl
–No flaking
–No smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Get a lot of product on the wand, can get a little messy

Final Thoughts
This mascara was developed in collaboration with Drybar to bring the benefit of a salon blowout to your eye lashes. I love the formula and how easily it builds as well as the consistency. The packaging is so FREAKING cute and I think it’s a really innovative collaboration. I love the wand shape and the bristles. You do get a lot of product on wand, so be careful or you can make a mess. I got mine on QVC and got 2 for $30.

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Used with LOreal Mascara Primer

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Mascara Monday: Smashbox Super Fan Fanned-Out

Claims
–Long-wearing
–Lengthening
–12-hour length, lift, and volume without heaviness or clumping
–No clumping, smudging, or flaking

Price
–$12 mini
–$19-21 full size
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No parabéns, phthalates, oil, silicone, or fragrance
–So much length & separation
–Mini option available for testing and travel
–Full size is affordable for high end

Cons
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this. I wanted more volume so I added some Lancome Monsieur Big and this combo is perfection. This is another one that pairs perfectly with.a more volumizing mascara.

Used with Essence Lash Primer

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