What the Hype?

There are so many high end products that are raved about and have glowing reviews, but do you really need to spend the money? One of my goals for this blog is to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to look and feel like a million bucks. I’ve chosen 5 high end products that have really amazing dupes that are a fraction of the price but work just as well.


  1. Original beautyblender, $20
    • I love the OG beautyblender and it really is a good product, but there are TONS of others sponges available now that are just a few dollars and do the same thing. I used to be a beautyblender snob and only use the original BB, but now there’s no way I’m paying $20 for a sponge.
    • DUPE :: Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, $5
      • Super soft
      • Gets really big when it’s wet
      • Easy to clean
      • Holds up well
  2. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23
    • This is one of the best-selling mascaras in American and for good reason. I have pitiful lashes, but with this mascara, I get amazing volume, length, and separation. It does not flake on me, but I know that is a common complaint. There are so many drugstore mascaras that are great so I never pay full price for high end mascaras. The only time I purchase them is during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale or some bomb sale.
    • DUPE :: CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara, ~$10
      • The wands and results are very similar
      • This one doesn’t flake and my lashes look long, full, and separated
      • Full review here
  3. Anastasia Brow Wiz & Brow Definer, $23
    • Anastasia BH is the go to for all things brows and I’ve purchased their products and loved them. Most people go through brow pencil fairly quickly and at $23 each, that adds up quickly. Fortunately, the drugstore has some more affordable options that are similar in formula and performance. The ABH and the dupes have spools on the ends which is very important to me.
      • DUPE (Brow Wiz) :: LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil, $5.99 –The price is already affordable, but these go on sale a lot at Ulta so you can often get them cheaper or take advantage of a Buy One, Get One Half Off deal. The small tip allows you to be really precise and easily mimic brow hairs.
      • DUPE (Brow Definer) :: Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable ~$5 — Since the tip of this one is bigger, I can fill my brows in no time.
  4. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $20-45
    • If I’m paying $45 for lotion, it better come with a damn good massage. I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora so I could try it and see what all the fuss was about. It does smell good, but other than that, I don’t get it. It’s a nice, hydrating lotion, but for the love, there are MUCH cheaper options.
    • DUPE :: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, $4-15
      • You can find this at Walgreens and Target.
      • It smells DIVINE and the scent has a good staying power
      • It’s hydrating and absorbs quickly
  5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, $9-36
    • It got this in a subscription box and I forced myself to use it up, but I really didn’t like this at all. Several of the people I watch on YouTube RAVE about this stuff, but I do not understand. I didn’t think it made my hair feel all that soft or hydrated.
    • DUPE :: LOreal Total Reapir 5 Damage Erasing Balm, ~$6
      • This makes my hair so silky, soft, and hydrated without weighing it down. It’s a tried and true favorite of mine that I’ve used for 5+ years. I can’t even count how many I’ve purchased over the years. Every time I try something new, I end up coming back to this.

Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than Sex

–Thickens, lengthens, and curls after 1 coat
–Most luscious, dramatic, and volumized lashes
–#1-selling prestige mascara in America

–$24 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, toofaced.com (full size)
–$12 (mini size)

Shade Range
Waterproof option available

–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–Waterproof option
–Wand shape
–Crazy good length and volume
–Get a false lash look
–Gluten free
–Mini/travel size option
–No flaking or smudging
–Doesn’t clump

–Only available at specialty retailers
–Full size dries out quickly

Final Thoughts
I’ve been a long time fan of this mascara, but I’ve never reviewed it on the blog. This mascara has everything I want–length, volume, separation, and no flaking or smudging. I got the full size in my February Boxycharm, but I prefer and recommend the mini. The full size tends to dry out before I can use it up. If you’ve never tried it, get the mini, and give it a go.



June Favorites


You know, using this pretty tray for this photo seemed like a really good idea at the time.  Now it looks like a few tiny products on a big AF tray. I’m too lazy to take another picture so this is what you get. Enjoy.

  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions
    • I did a review on this earlier this week and I love it.
    • I love the tubing formula and I know when I wear this mascara I don’t have to worry about flaking or smudging. It’s humid AF and I sweat and I don’t have time to be chasing my mascara down my face.
  • Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer
    • I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora, damn them and their tiny AF samples for $100. I digress.
    • This smells AMAZING and it makes the skin super smooth and blurred. I use it only in the areas where I have larger pores. I would buy the full size of this.
  • Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder
    • I always set my makeup with a powder which mattifies whatever foundation I have on. I can’t not set my makeup though. I need it to last and stay in place, but I don’t necessarily want that flat matte look.
    • Enter this powder. I use it with a fluffy brush to add some radiance back to my skin. It’s the perfect finishing step for your makeup.
    • I found mine at TJ Maxx for $12.99 so check your store.
  • Sonia Kashuk Marble Makeup Blender Sponge
    • I fell in love with this sponge a while ago, but then I became a beautyblender snob and would only use the actual beautyblender.
    • I’m back to this though. I love how huge it gets and how fast it blends out my foundation.
    • You can 2 for $7 and I highly recommend. It’s just as soft as the beautyblender in my humble opinion.
  • Makeup Geek Healing Lip Glaze in Pink Bubbly
    • I’ve been feeling more glossy lips here lately and this is one product I can’t stop reaching for.
    • It looks amazing on its own or paired on top of another lipstick. It adds shine and moisture, but it’s not tacky or sticky.
    • It’s $4.99 so get you one and thank me later.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude+ CoverGirl Exhibitionist 
    • I reviewed both of these this month (here and here). I like the Maybelline, but I like it better paired with a more volumizing mascara like the CoverGirl.
    • The CoverGirl is my new favorite drugstore mascara. I was blown away by this one. It’s so good on its own.

Fun Fact: I collect cups and water bottles like I collect makeup. I just love them and when I see a cute one, I can’t not buy it. I got the pink one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and the glitter one at TJ Maxx. They’re so cute and I’m obsessed.

I also got an upgrade for the Monthly Makeup Basket. The basket was overflowing so I needed something that would hold more, but not take up a ton of space. I found this tray at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It’s the Caboodles Acrylic Cosmetic Counter Tray. It’s PERFECT. It holds everything.


Is this not the most gorgeous palette?! It makes my heart happy. I bought the empty palette from Makeup Geek and went through my single shadows to make my perfect, neutral palette. I can get any kind of look that I would want from these shades.

Top Row
–Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream (I just saw that is discontinued and I’m feeling some type of way about it)
Makeup Geek Mocha
Makeup Geek Starry Eyed

Middle Row
Anastasia Beverly Hills Warm Taupe
Anastasia Beverly Hills Vermeer
MAC Nylon

Bottom Row
Colour Pop Snake Eyes
Urban Decay Tease (I depotted mine)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Bone

Foundation Friday: Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte

It’s Foundation Friday on Saturday. I wanted to get this post up on Friday, but time got away from me. Better late than never!


–Smooth, flawless, and comfortable
–Never cakey or mask-like
–Photo friendly
–Up to 14 hours of wear
–Soft-focus, velvety finish

–$36 at Sephora, toofaced.com

Shade Range
–My shade: Cloud

–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Smells good
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range
–Buildable coverage, medium to full

–Tacky, have to set
–Not good on my dry skin
–Looked cakey
–Too Faced foundations tend to lean yellow/warm
–Didn’t hold up well on me, started to separate

Final Thoughts
This did not look good on my dry skin. It was a cakey mess and I know it wasn’t the powder causing the cake because it doesn’t do that will other matte foundations that I use. If you zoom in on the pictures below, you can see how bad it looks on my skin. I can usually make matte foundations work with proper prep, but not with this one. This product is scented and while it didn’t bother me, keep that in mind if you are sensitive to smells. I got a sample at Sephora to test out and I am so glad I didn’t buy the full size. The coverage is medium, but it builds up to full and it covered all my redness. If you have combo to oily skin, I think you’d like this.

Primers: Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum, elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Real Techniques Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Powder in Rose


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


Mascara Monday: Too Faced Damn Girl


I feel like Too Faced hasn’t released a new mascara in a long time. Their Too Faced Better Than Sex is one of my favorites and the #1 selling prestige mascara in America. I was so excited when I saw this was releasing. I love the name and the packaging is so cute. Sephora had a promotion where you could receive a sample with a $25 order so obviously, I had to oblige.

–Extreme volume without heavy feel
–Lift, lengthen, and lock in up to 24 hours of smudge- and flake-resistant curl
–Maximum drama & lift
–Creamy-mousse formula
Don’t pump the wand in the tube

–$25 at Sephora, toofaced.com
–I can’t link it because it isn’t out yet, it releases 6/5 and I’m pretty sure it’s a Sephora exclusive
–I haven’t seen anything about a mini option, but hopefully they will release one

Shade Range
–1, black

–Cruelty free
–Gluten free
–Added volume and length
–Paraben and phthalate free
–Very black

–Brush is HUGE and holds a TON of product which can be messy
–Very wet formula

Final Thoughts
I said earlier, I was so excited to try this and the fall down was just as hard. The description does say, “creamy-mousse formula,” but I wasn’t sure what to expect from that description. This formula is extremely wet and does not dry down fast enough for me. I was scared to blink because I was scared it was going to get everywhere. I tried letting it dry, but I don’t have 48293 minutes to spend on mascara in the mornings. The wand is HUGE and and holds a lot of product which made such a mess on lashes, eye lids, and it got all over the packaging too. I got good volume and length, but not worth all the trouble. I’ll be sticking with the Better Than Sex, it never lets me down.


This then That


My back up box is constantly overflowing for a few reasons. One, I don’t like running of products I love and use regularly. Two, I love to test and try new things. If I see a product I want to try, for instance a micellar water, I’ll buy it and stick it in this box to use once I finish up the one I have open. Here’s a peek into my backup box and to see when I finish this, then I’ll use that.

PicMonkey Collage

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar H20 // Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar H20

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream // It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser // It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cleanser

Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer // Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask // Catrice Lip Oil

Lush Santa Baby Lip Scrub // Colour Pop Lip Scrub

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray // elf Keep Your Balance Hydrating Toner

Dec Manis & Favorites

With all of the end of year posts, I ran out of days to post my monthly manicures and my monthly favorites separately. I like to post monthly things within the month and I didn’t want to spill over into January so a combo post it is.

KL Polish Celia :: OPI March In Uniform

KL Polish Matanzas :: KL Polish Mindy

KL Polish Gum Would Be Perfection :: KL Polish Virgo

KL Polish Ace & Das Esspensive XXV, OPI Envy the Adventure & Tinker, Thinker, Winker :: Glisten & Glow Little Black Dress 


  • Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops Serum
    • I bought the mini version to try this and fell in love
    • I like to use this mixed in with my moisturizer for added glow and hydration.
    • It smells amazing and makes my skin so soft and plump.
  • Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints in Uncuffed and Uncensored
    • I got Uncuffed during one of the Sephora sales and fell in love with the formula so I immediately picked up Uncensored during the next sale.
    • Uncuffed is the perfect, every day neutral and Uncensored is a gorgeous, blue-toned red.
    • These are very longwearing and comfortable without being overly drying.
    • I also love the applicator shape. It’s very precise.
  • MAC Dazzle Shadow in Every Day Is Sunshine
    • I saw these on Christine‘s instastory and knew I had to have it.
    • I’ve been into liquid eye shadows recently because they look like you tried and you really did the least.
    • This is so pretty on it’s own or with a powder shadow on top.
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Lasting Passion
    • OBSESSED with this formula
    • Super comfortable, super matte, longwearing gorgeousness
    • Anytime I’ve wanted a red lip over the holidays, I’ve reached for this one
  • LOreal Hydra Perfecte Powder in Translucent
    • First of all, I love the scent.
    • Secondly, it’s a good product. It’s a great loose powder for dry skin. It doesn’t look cakey or cling to dry patches.
    • It’s my new favorite, go-to loose setting powder.
    • Downfall, you can only get it at Wal Mart. I haven’t found it in any other stores or online.
  • Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer
    • LRT made me do it. I love her. We could so be besties. If she says it’s good and to buy it, I listen. Life goal is to have her to my makeup.
    • I usually gravitate towards more matte bronzers, but I like the little bit of radiance this one gives.
  • Budha Girl Bangles
    • I’ve worn these nearly every single day since I got them.
    • These are weightless, soundless, and waterproof. The fact that they don’t make noise is a major thing. I work at a computer all day and I can’t stand hearing my bracelets bang and clang.
    • I got this set of 3 for $40 from Monkee’s of Virginia Beach. If you’re interested, shoot them a message on Instagram and they will hook you up. The girls are super nice and helpful and they ship for free and it’s fast.
  • All She Wrote Notes Life Motto Pen Set
    • I took one of Meghon’s hand lettering classes a few years and I just fell in love with her infectious, happy spirit.
    • Work hard. Stay sweet. Trust God. Love Deep –is her life motto and these pens were too cute to pass up!


Can’t stop, won’t stop wearing these bracelets

I think I found both of these on Facebook, regardless, they both made me think, reflect, and be extra grateful.

No better way to end the year than with the most beautiful, perfect lady on the planet that I love and adore.


Thank you so much for reading and following along in 2018. I’m already prepping and planning for 2019 and I can’t wait to keep posting and sharing my love of all things beauty with y’all.