The BEST (really) cheap DRUGSTORE makeup

Today I’m going to talk about some of my FAVORITE drugstore beauty buys. It’s always a home run when I stumble upon cheap makeup that I end up really LOVING! Here are my thoughts…


There are TONS of high-end makeup brushes out there with super-soft bristles that offer even coverage. For some reason, I have never been one who wants to drop major cash on makeup brushes. I have found that elf Makeup Brushes do the trick for me! And you know what? Pretty much all of them are under ten dollars! Their eye makeup brushes are the BEST. They apply my shadow like a dream and aren’t the least bit streaky!

I really love the Complexion Brush also. The handle has loosened a bit over time, but it has yet to break–and still works just fine. These brushes also wash very nicely and hardly (if ever) shed. If you’re looking for some (very) cheap but amazing quality makeup brushes, I strongly suggest checking out the Elf section at the drugstore.

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Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Love is probably one of the best affordable blushes out there. I would describe Satin Love as being a cross between a pink and rosey blush. This tawny shade flatters most skin tones, and brings out my natural flush. I wouldn’t say it’s completely matte; it doesn’t have a shimmery finish either. The satin finish has a soft sheen to it and blends into my cheeks nicely. At just $3 a pop, you can’t really go wrong. I’m looking forward to trying the other shade in this range.

As the name suggests, this blush feels slightly creamy and satin-like to the touch but goes on like a powder. It won’t leave you looking ashy or flat at all.

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For years, I have been faithful to my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I still love that stuff but as always I’m on the hunt for a bargain. Once again, Elf got my vote with their Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer. This $2 eyeshadow primer does its job perfectly. I smooth out a small amount on my eyelids before I apply my shadow. This creamy formula dries clear and seamlessly. I only wish it had some tint to it like Eden does. Still, this has been a staple in my collection lately.

I strongly recommend wearing primer no matter what shadow you’re rocking. It will make it last so much longer! There are some high-dollar primers out there, but if you’re tight on money or just love saving it, this primer does the trick!

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It’s really funny how closely the new L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara mirrors the iconic Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It has the same pearly pink tube, and even the wand is strikingly similar. After testing it out for a couple weeks now, I can honestly say that the dupe is pretty much as good as its high-end twin!

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Lash Paradise and BTS share a nearly identical hourglass-shaped wand. LP’s wand is a little bit smaller and more dense; the bristles are softer, too. I didn’t get quite as much length with Lash Paradise, but this mascara piles on volume like a champ. The formula is thick, but not as shiny as BTS.

All in all, Lash Paradise is a wonderful mascara! Like BTS, it gives major volume to your lashes and holds curl nicely too.  Except for a couple subtle differences, it is practically a dupe. Lash Paradise is just $10; a whopping $14 cheaper than BTS. Definitely a steal!

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I’m just gonna go all out and say that the Jordana EasyLiner in Baby Berry is my ALL-TIME favorite lip liner! This is the second time I’ve purchased, and I will never be without it in my collection.

Baby Berry is the prettiest pink shade. It’s not too bright or too nude, and has the most gorgeous pearly finish. I love to layer it under MAC Creme Cup Lipstick. Talk about a dream team.

Do yourself a favor and go pick up this lip liner! It costs around $2 at Walgreens. Yep, you read that right! The texture is creamy yet mattifying without being too dry. It’s just the PERFECT lip liner. I love it!!


Hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Finding cheap beauty thrills at the drugstore are so fun! What has been your favorite beauty steal lately?

Let me know!


Glossing through my lip gloss collection!

Today I thought I would do a simple post on the lip glosses that are currently in my beauty collection. I used to think lip gloss was a rather juvenile item, suitable for preteens coming into the world of makeup.


But it turns out, some gloss formulas today are quite innovative and wearable! Let’s take a look at what I have:

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First off, we have Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian. If I were to recommend a lip gloss that every woman should have in her collection, it would be THIS one. White Russian is just that classic peachy-pink shade that is universally flattering. There’s no shimmer or glitter just creamy, smooth color. I love to layer it on top of a creamy matte lipstick for extra dimension. Or, it is incredibly easy to slick on and wear alone for a nude lip. The cool and refreshing plumping sensation is a bonus. White Russian will forever be a staple in my collection. You just can’t go wrong with this color!

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The Buxom lip glosses offer a plumping effect by a cooling sensation. Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Let’s Flamingle is a little bit different. Upon applying this cheery, coral-pink gloss, my lips start to buzz with a warming sensation. It feels like putting a bit of hot sauce or cinnamon on my lips. Although it’s not painful, the gloss does feel different and the plumping sensation for a good 20 minutes before dying down.

I really, really love the color, but I’m just not sure I would buy this plumping gloss again.  The warmth of it gets a little distracting after a while. It’s too bad, because I’m a fan of Too Faced. Has anyone tried their Peachy Lip Oils? I’m interested in trying those out!

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I bought this Rimmel London Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Non-Stop Glamour a few weeks ago as an impulse buy. Nonetheless, it was worth the five dollars. If you’re searching for a natural-looking gloss, this caramel-nude shade is just gorgeous. It is non-sticky and adds the prettiest bit of shimmer to your lips.

I do wish the staying power was stronger, but Non-Stop Glamour is no big deal to reapply. Once again, this gloss is beautiful on top of lipsticks or alone. It’s a nice little hidden gem at the drugstore.

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This Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss in Unreal is quite new to the market, so I decided to give it a try. Although I was unsure of it at first, I’m glad I purchased.

A lip lacquer is like the glossy version of a liquid lipstick. Because the consistency is more opaque than a traditional gloss, Unreal is on the tacky side. With that being said, I don’t really mind it because the staying power is quite impressive. Even as the glossiness faded, I was left with a pretty sheen a couple hours into wearing it. I would describe Unreal as being a tawny nude shade with a touch of mauve. I’m really curious to try more shades!


Hope you all enjoyed this post! Glosses are ideal for when you want to wear a slight wash of color.

What is your favorite lip gloss? Let me know!


Daring makeup trends you can ACTUALLY pull off

Who doesn’t love to spice up their makeup routine every now and then? These days, there are constantly new beauty trends arising and gaining popularity; yet some of them seem a little impractical and scary. I’m here today to show you some products that I love to use when I feel like trying a daring beauty trend. Let’s get started!

TREND #1: Fiery Eyes

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When I was younger, the thought of wearing an orange or red shadow on my eyelids made me shiver! I thought it looked as if I got hit in the eye. These days, wearing such a warm shade is all the rage. So what’s the secret to pulling it off such a fiery shadow? Only wear the shade in one area of your lid–and pair it with a similar color! 

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I love to use NYX Prismatic Shadow in Fireball. Despite that it looks purely red in the pan, Fireball is metallic and multi-dimensional. As you can see, it photographs really orange and even has a hint of gold in there. I suggest applying Fireball in just the outer corners of your lid. (If you applied Fireball to your ENTIRE lid, it would look too harsh!) Also, pair Fireball with a gold eyeshadow. This combo works so well for summer. Plus, the formula is so pigmented and creamy; these shadows are great dupes for LORAC ones.

TREND #2: Bold Lips 


Let’s be honest–I don’t think bold lips will EVER go out of style. It’s just one of those classic looks that anyone can pull off; you just have to choose the right shade and formula. For me, I love a good berry shade to complement my olive skin tone. I recently purchased Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Crushed Berry.  It’s such a nice bright pink shade with a dash of purple!

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So what’s the secret to pulling off a bold lip? Choose a lipstick with a semi-matte formula–like Crushed Berry. The formula is not too moisturizing to where the color slips and slides, yet it’s not completely drying either. Crushed Berry glides on so smoothly that it feels like a dense lip balm. So comfy! For extra staying power, I like to apply one coat, blot the excess, and then apply another coat. That way, the lipstick stays put and doesn’t budge!

TREND #3: Highlighters

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YouTube Vlogger Jaclyn Hill REALLY put highlighters on the map when she came out with Champagne Pop some two years ago. Champagne Pop’s warm, shimmery, golden goodness is one of my favorites–but let’s face it. Highlighters can still be intimidating and deemed unwearable. If you are new to the highlighting craze, I would try this: Skip the shimmer. Yep, it’s true! There is such a thing as matte highlighters, and they are much more user-friendly if you’re just starting out. Two of my favorites are Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights and Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight. 

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These two products may look BLAH in the pan, but I can assure you that they are truly hidden gems at the drugstore! Moon Glow Lights looks like it would be dry and chalky, but it actually gives you a pigmented, subtle pink highlight! I LOVE to apply this to the tops of my cheekbones.

As for Be My Highlight–this is a slightly warmer shade! It may look beige, but it actually catches light nicely without being blingy! I have used this as a face powder before. Just use a light hand when applying it all over your face. 🙂

It is possible to give your complexion a dose of radiance without all the intimidating glitz and glam of other highlighters. These two are a nice place to start!


I hope each of these products will help you branch out of your makeup comfort zone. What are your go-to makeup items when you’re wanting to switch up your look? Let me know!


SEPHORA lip balm haul

Lip balm is one of my favorite beauty items to buy. No matter how many populate the nightstand by my bed, I always find a reason to buy one more tube or pot! Something about it is just so cozy and comforting, don’t you think?!


A few months back, I did a post on my favorite lip balms,  and I’ve already found three more that I love just as much. It’s safe to say my lips aren’t getting chapped anytime soon!! Here are my thoughts on each of them…

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Up first, we have Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter. A few months back, YouTube Vlogger Tati raved on and on about this lip balm. As always, I had to try it for myself.

Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed with this lip butter at first. It just reminded me of a more expensive EOS Balm, so I sort of regretted spending money on it. But the more I used it, the more I started to love it. As the name suggests, this lip balm has a buttery, nourishing texture without being too greasy. It really does make your lips softer! I really think it would work well underneath a liquid lipstick because it wouldn’t change the finish.

Also, it has a soft, almond fragrance that reminds me of sugar cookies. I also love the chunkiness of the tube. Since the balm is thicker, you don’t have to repeatedly apply it. It has nice staying power, and the packaging is cute!

I do think I will purchase this lip butter again. A little bit goes a long way, and you won’t mind reapplying when you have to. 🙂

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Up next, we have Kari Gran Lip Whip. I purchased the cinnamon flavor, but I’m not sure Sephora carries this flavor anymore!

Regardless of the flavor, these lip balms are superb! As the name suggests, these have a light, air-whipped texture. It goes on pretty thick, so once again, a little goes a long way. This lip whip does a very nice job of keeping your lips nice and supple. I love the chic, black enamel pot. The packaging is sturdy, and looks really elegant on my nightstand!

I only wish a little more balm came in each pot. I’ve had mine for nearly two months, and already about to run out. I’m eager to try the tinted lip whips!

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For years and years I was a fan of the Rosebud Perfume Company‘s Rose Lip Salve. That little tin was a staple on my nightstand for what seemed like forever. I don’t know why I stopped using it, because they make really good products.

In the checkout line at Sephora (naturally), I spotted this Tropical Ambrosia Lip Balm. The bright and cheery packaging drove me to purchase it, if I’m being honest! The smell is strong but pleasant. The coconut and mango smell fruity, but it also has this caramel-like note in there that makes this balm really warm and cozy.

It would be really neat if this balm contained SPF or tasted as good as it smells. Regardless, this is a perfect lip balm for summer; it really hydrates my lips and gives them a subtle, natural sheen. 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I absolutely LOVE buying new lip balms–hopefully this will help you find your next favorite!!


My favorite things | May 2017

Since I was a tad late publishing my April 2017 favorite things, I thought I should be early with this post! As always, here are the items that struck my fancy in May. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started!



For the past couple months, I received a couple samples of the Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap. I so loved this product that I decided to invest in a full-sized tube. So what’s so special about this cleanser?

It is simple yet luxurious. The texture is unique; like an air-whipped mousse. You just need a pea-sized amount for this cleanser to transform into a hefty lather. It feels like shaving cream! Best of all, it rinses off clean and doesn’t leave a funky residue.

For all of you out there who are sensitive to fragrance,  don’t worry–this facial cleanser has no smell. I use this facial soap  alone in the mornings, then with my Clarisonic at night. A single tube is bound to last months and months. You get a lot of bang for your buck!

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YouTube Vlogger KathleenLights raved about the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray a few months back. She can convince me to buy most anything, so of course I promptly headed to CVS to purchase my own bottle.

I am thoroughly impressed by this setting spray! The mist is SO incredibly fine. It feels very high-end! I am still a big fan of my NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, but even that spray is not quite as fine as this one.

A lot of mist is deposited with one push, but it blankets your face so nicely. I just need like three sprays to cover my face! This setting spray does have a little bit of a fragrance, but it disappears once your face dries. Most importantly, it does prolong your makeup! If your face looks a little too powdery, Make It Last will smooth everything out.

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I’m terribly late to the Roller Lash party, but I am so glad I FINALLY tried this Benefit Mascara.

I was faithful to the They’re Real! Mascara for a year straight. These two mascaras definitely are similar formula-wise. The texture is jet black, creamy and shiny. Roller Lash is very good at curling and lengthening my lashes. I really love that the comb-shaped brush enables my lashes hold curl all day! The rubber bristles coat my lashes evenly and eliminate clumping. While it does give me SOME volume, Roller Lash isn’t quite as intense as They’re Real!

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I will continue to purchase Roller Lash; it is such a good everyday mascara and worth the price too. 🙂


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I’ve been slowly getting into podcasts lately; BobbyCast is one that I have really enjoyed. If you’re a country music fanatic like me, look no further! It’s hosted by Bobby Bones, a popular radio host.

Bobby invites country singers and songwriters over to his house for a chat. Each episode is low-key but interesting at the same time. I love to hear how each singer/songwriter’s backstory and how they craft their songs. My favorite episode so far is when Bobby interviews Maren Morris. I just LOVE her so much!

You can download BobbyCast for free in the Apple App Store. 🙂

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About three weeks ago, I completed the entire Parenthood series on Netflix. My heart broke to leave that fictional family. I frequently had to remind myself that it was just a TV show; the final episode was incredibly moving!

Anyway, I have decided to watch Friday Night Lights. This show is about a small town in Texas. Dillon revolves around high school football, so FNL explores all of this town’s ups and downs.

 It took me a solid four or five episodes to get hooked, but I am enjoying it so far! It reminds me a lot of the small town that I am from. I’m excited to see how the story progresses.


Makeup I’m LOVING Right Now

Hi friends!

Today I thought I would share my thoughts on the beauty items I’ve really been loving lately. All of these products are PERFECT for the spring and summer. Let’s get right to it!



The Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette was incredibly popular when it launched several months ago. After scoping it out online, I knew I had to try it too! And you know what? It really IS worth the hype! This palette is really versatile. It has a good balance of peachy and brown shades, while having a couple fun pops of color, too.  The shadows are nicely pigmented and easy to blend. The only ones that require a bit more work arethe purple “Delectable” and “Talk Derby To Me” shadows–but they are still wearable!

The Sweet Peach Palette is ideal for everyday wear. These shadows range from having a matte to sheen-like finish and flatters any skin tone! My favorite shadow is “Candied Peach,” a matte peach shade with micro-fine pink glitter. (Don’t worry, Candied Peach has MINIMAL–if any at all–fall-out)!

I highly recommend adding the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette to your collection. You can wear it year-round, but these shadows are especially wearable in the spring and summer!


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I have always wanted to try out the Dolce Vita Blush from Nars.  I would describe Dolce Vita as a matte rose shade with a slightly peachy undertone. Since this blush is highly pigmented, I only apply a small amount to the apples of my cheeks. Dolce Vita has just a hint of gold shimmer, but it is still wearable! This blush gives my complexion warmth. I really love it!

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Prismatic highlighters are ALL THE RAGE right now. At first, I was a bit skeptical of this trend. How could a purple-toned hue ever work on anyone? I fell in love with Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter last fall, so I decided to give the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst a chance. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised!

In the pan, Prismatic Amethyst appears to be frosty and white. Once I applied this highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, I discovered that the texture was actually quite sheer and glowy, not chalky like I anticipated! Prismatic Amethyst has a soft lilac, reflective finish. It catches the light so beautifully.

I also enjoy using this highlighter as an eyeshadow topcoat. Its soft sheen adds just a little something extra!


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The new Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks are SO GOOD! A couple weeks ago, I purchased the shade 07 Purple Power. Since Purple Power is such a bold, dark raspberry shade, I expected it to go on a bit patchy. But I was so wrong! This lipstick glided on so smoothly.

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Plus, I was pleasantly surprised by the creamy texture. Despite being a matte lipstick, it is actually quite comfortable. Purple Power is not overly drying and has really great staying power!

I will definitely be buying more shades in this lipstick collection. The Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks are incredibly high quality, and only costs a mere $4! Can’t beat that. 🙂


Hope you all enjoyed this post! What beauty items are you loving right now?


My favorite things | April 2017

So sorry I’m a tad late writing this post! Time has gotten away from me. As always, here are the items that caught my attention for the month of April. Let’s get right to it!


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The “Beauty-To-Go” section at Sephora never fails to grab my interest. There are some nifty gems hidden in those tiny plastic boxes lacing the checkout line. I first heard YouTuber RachhLoves rave about the Tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Palette. After swatching each eyeshadow on my hand and seeing how beautiful and buttery they are, I knew I had to add this to my collection.


As you can see, the Pro To Go Palette is made up of six shadows. There are three matte shades, as well as a gold shimmer shadow. The two round shades have a foil-like finish. This is such a versatile little set. You can just wear the matte shadows for a natural, everyday look, or you can pop on one of the foil-y shadows to spice things up. My favorite shade is ‘Dominate.’ It’s a fuchsia shade that is very wearable; not too bold. I like to put it in my crease!

The nifty thing about this palette is that you don’t have to be a ‘pro’ when using it! In fact, I like to skip brushes all together. I’ve found that these shadows blend so well when I just apply them with my fingertips! It gives you a more natural finish! You can’t really go wrong.  I highly recommend the Pro To Go Palette to anyone. Six eyeshadows for $25 is a pretty awesome deal. 🙂

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I’m pretty sure that I received a small sample of the Fresh Sugar Face Polish when I purchased the Tarteist Pro To Go Palette. I immediately fell in love with this scrub as soon as I applied it to my face!

The thought of applying a sugar scrub to your face can seem a bit scary. What if the granules scratch your skin? That’s not the case with this product. The sugar is so finely milled that it is not the least bit rough. I was surprised at how gentle this scrub actually is!

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I like to wash my face first and then use this scrub twice a week. I massage it on my face, and then leave it on for three minutes or so. This scrub rolls right off my skin leaving no funky residue behind. It will make your face feel really soft and supple. I love it so much! The full-sized tub of this scrub is pricey, so I just stuck with buying the one-ounce size. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth the money. It removes dead skin and impurities without being harsh. Plus, it smells (and tastes) divine!

A Good Read

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 A year later, I still remember the sinking feeling I felt when my mom texted me “Oh no! Prince has died!!!” during my senior seminar class. This mysterious man impacted millions of people with his music.  Just weeks before he died, Mom and I were talking about how neat it would be to see him in concert.

The Most Beautiful is written by Prince’s first ex-wife, Mayte Garcia. In this memoir, Garcia recalls the relationship between her and Prince–which spanned a decade. They started off as friends. As the years passed, she became one of his dancers on tour–as well as his muse. They shared a close, unique bond–and ultimately married.

I devoured The Most Beautiful in just a few days. I loved that even though Mayte and Prince divorced, she spoke of him with respect and didn’t try to write a scandalous tell-all.

 Prince was genuinely larger than life, so it was really fascinating to have an inside look on what he was like off-stage. Although Prince was a brilliant musician with a gentle soul, he had his share of demons. I only wish he was able to conquer them and continue showering the world with his talent.



An easy, PEACHY-PINK nude lip for spring + summer

Today I thought I would do a short and sweet post on one of my favorite lip combos I’ve been wearing A LOT lately….


I used to think the whole nude lip look wasn’t for me! It would just wash me out. Turns out, I wasn’t choosing lip colors with the right undertones. Here is my favorite way to wear a nude lip..and it is totally fool-proof!

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Before applying any products, you want to make sure that your lips are nice and clean so everything will go on evenly and easily. Recently, one of my favorite lipsticks has been the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Clay Crush. I would describe Clay Crush as this apricot-nude shade. It has just a hint of brown in there, but it is still wearable for spring and summer!

The Creamy Matte Lipsticks are insanely good! The creamy texture goes on so smoothly and isn’t the least bit drying. I have a couple other colors in this range, and will continue to buy more.

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To finish off this peachy nude lip, I apply a thin layer of the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian on top of Clay Crush. I just love this lip gloss so much! It adds just a touch of pink to the peachiness of the lipstick; the perfect little combo.

The formula of White Russian is to die for! It packs on a patent leather-like shine to any lipstick. It’s not sticky, tacky or gloppy. One of my favorite things about White Russian is it doesn’t overpower any lipstick that you wear underneath; rather, it just complements it. (Hope that makes sense!) It’s almost like adding a high-definition effect to your lips. Plus, it feels really cooling and refreshing.

Just a tip: Make sure you don’t apply TOO MUCH of White Russian on top of a lipstick. It will make everything smudge! A little dab will do ya. 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! I love this look because it’s light and summery..not too harsh. And, it’s really easy to pull off. These two items have become a staple in my collection. Hope you will love them too.


Try-Day Friday with Dia&Co.

We all have our go-to clothing items that put a little pep in our step. For me, it’s a pink sundress, flowy soft shorts or even my Silver Vans Slip-On Sneakers. Sometimes I want try a new trend, but doubt gets the best of me and I end up sticking to my trusty favorites.

Be sure to visit Dia&Cowhen searching for your next favorite outfit–this website is a curated shopping service that specializes in plus-size clothing. Regardless of the trend, Dia&Co. has pieces that are bound to strike your interest. No matter your clothing size, every woman should have confidence to step out of their fashion comfort zone!

To celebrate Try-Day Friday, here is an outfit that I would love to rock and conquer my OWN fashion fears…

Facing My Fashion Fears



Crop tops paired with high-waisted skirts are one of the hottest trends for summer, but can be intimidating as well. In reality, this dynamic duo is quite wearable–you just have to pair the right pieces together.

I love how this Elizabeth and James Judith Cropped Crepe and Silk-Chiffon Paneled Top is such a classic cut, but the tie at the front adds a modern, fun twist. It shows off your arms while still giving you good coverage.
I thought this White Marble Skirt from My Pair of Jeans adds a fun contrast to the black crop top. Marble patterns are really popular these days in the fashion world. It is eye-catching but chic at the same time! My favorite thing about this skirt is its high-waisted cut. This means that you can easily wear it with the crop top and not worry about exposing too much skin. The pleats make it look extra polished!
 For shoes, I would trade my Vans Slip-Ons for their Sk8 Hi Shoe in Black. For this outfit, I like how these hi-top sneakers are a tad unexpected but still work. They are sporty and playful–perfect for attending a music festival or even date night.
No outfit is complete without accessories! Instead of reaching for my pearls, I’d put on these Rachel Jackson London Stud Triangle Earrings. They are a fun departure from traditional studs.
I like how this Laser Cut Crossbody Bag is just the right size and has a hint of fringe.
Lastly, I’d top the whole look off with a fun pop of color through a bright pink lip! The NYX Lip Suede Cream Lipsticks are perfect for summer. This item is a liquid lipstick but isn’t the least but drying. The creamy formula glides on easily and won’t crack!
 Venturing out of your fashion comfort zone isn’t always easy. I know that I hesitate at times, even though I love trying new trends. But that’s what’s so great about fashion; it infuses my spirit with sass and confidence, allowing me to express myself.
I hope this post inspires you to kick doubt to the curb and face your fashion fears. Go for it!

ULTA hits + misses | April 2017

Today I thought I would share my thoughts on a few items I purchased from Ulta recently. Let’s take a look!


In my opinion, Micellar Water is the BEST tool to remove makeup. It literally acts like a magnet–gently removing all traces of foundation, eyeshadow and mascara–even lip color! Anyway, for the longest I’ve used Garnier’s Micellar Water, and I still love it.

The pretty packaging of this Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic convinced me to try something new. Plus, I’ve heard good reviews of the Pacifica brand!

Sadly, I don’t think I will purchase this Cleansing Tonic again. Although it smells really nice and removes makeup effectively with its soapy texture, I found that it stung my eyes. Not fun! Plus, it costs $12– more expensive than my favorite Garnier Micellar water (and you get a whole lot more product for less money.)

Even though I wasn’t a fan of their Cleansing Tonic, I think I will give other Pacifica products a try. Anyone have suggestions?

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WOW! Makeup Revolution has impressed me once more with their Redemption Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic 3.

I am a huge fan of rosey-toned shadows. For nearly a year, I have debated on buying the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Although the UD palette is gorgeous, I couldn’t bring myself to drop over $50 for it. Plus, I wish their shadows were a little less powdery.

Would you all believe that this Makeup Revolution Palette is under $10 AND has better pigmentation than Urban Decay?! I am not joking.

I absolutely LOVE this palette–and wish I purchased it long ago. The pigmentation is just right–not too powdery or creamy. I recommend priming your eyelids first, though! The Iconic 3 has just the right amount of rose, mauve and even purpley shades as well as a couple neutrals. I can’t wait to use it more this spring and summer!

If you are looking for a LEGIT dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, I highly recommend giving this one a try. It is SO much cheaper, and has unbelievable quality.

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I would describe CoverGirl TruBlend Blush in Light Rose as being one of those “no blush” blushes.

Instead of being just a traditional, monotone blush, Light Rose is made up of two different shades swirled together. The base is a peachy-pink color, accented with a hot pink shade. Don’t worry, it doesn’t go on too bold!

In fact, it applies very nicely on the cheeks, almost blending with your skin, bringing out your natural flush. Because I have a medium skin tone, I have to apply a couple layers for it to show up on my skin. With this being said, it is still worth buying! Since it’s not highly pigmented, I recommend using a finishing spray to ensure long wear.

Light Rose is a great blush to use if you are new to using blush. It’s impossible to over apply,  affordable, and is ideal for everyday! These blushes remind me of the MAC Mineralize ones–but are so much cheaper.

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I’ve used Laura Geller’s Spackle Under-Makeup Primer for five years now! I have to say that it’s my all-time favorite primer to use. The texture is just so dreamy! Spackle has a gel-cream formula that feels fresh and cool when you apply.

For the past couple years, I’ve used her Tinted Spackle. First, I had Ethereal, which is a bronze shade. I intended to repurchase when I visited Ulta a few weeks ago, but since they were out I bought Champagne instead.

The Champagne shade has all of the elements of original Spackle, except for a slight golden-champagne undertone. It glides onto my complexion with ease, leaving behind just the right amount of a glow. It just makes my face feel so nice and ready for makeup! Plus, it really does what it claims–Spackle makes makeup last all day long.

$30 may seem a little steep for a mere tube of primer, but trust me–Spackle is worth every penny. I especially recommend it for dry complexions. It gives you an extra boost of moisture and radiance!