Category: Beauty on a Budget

Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème Swatches! 

Milani Amore Metallic Lip Creme in 01 Chromatic Addict, 10 Pretty Problematic, 11 Making Me Matte, 12 Prismatic Touch, 13 Overdramatic, 15 The Ultimate Swatches on Dark Skin

Matte lips can be incredibly sexy and fierce. But I get tired of them. Sometimes the matte look starts to feel a little flat and boring. Summer is all about being fun, bold and taking chances. So why not do the same with your lipstick this season? Scratch those boring mattes and let’s get metallic girl!

Milani recently launched an entire line of Amore Metallic Lip Cremes and they’re way too much fun. I’m talking pure sparkly bliss! I managed to finally come across a fully stocked display at CVS a while ago. Which is a huge deal because these lipsticks sell out lightning fast. Yes, they’re that good and that popular!
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Fancie Faves 

Fancie Faves: BareMinerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer, Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint, Too Faced You Light Up My Life Love Light Prismatic Highlighter, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea

I love makeup just as much as the next girl. Just not so much in the summer. 🙈 There’s nothing fun about watching your beautiful masterpiece come together and then slide right off the second you walk outside. So tragic! You can always summer-proof your makeup routine by adding a matte primer, setting spray and switching up your foundationMe? I like to keep it simple most days with minimal makeup for a fresh, radiant look that’s effortless and heat-proof.

That’s what June was all about!

Even, radiant skin with a bold lip (sometimes nude) and flirty falsies with mascara. Beautiful, simple and classic. Oh and summer friendly! Here’s the rundown on all of my June faves that helped me achieve summer beauty bliss:
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4 Foundations for Dry Skin

4 Foundations for Dry Skin: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation, Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation on the Go, L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation Review

Finding a good foundation for dry skin can be a bit tricky. You’re leery of matte foundations because they can be drying and make you look casket sharp. Full coverage foundations can be iffy too. They often get cakey and leave you looking like Jim Carey in the Mask. Minus the green, of course!

So which foundations are suitable for dry skin?

Quite a few! There are many foundations that slay at making dry skin look smooth and flawless. Of course, it doesn’t always seem that way when so many brands are catering to the full coverage, matte look. But I’m here to guide you in the right direction with some pretty fantastic foundations that work wonders for dry skin!
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Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder Review

Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder Review

If you know me, you know I’ve struggled with pesky fine lines for years. They’re so annoying! I’ve tried pretty much everything under the sun to tackle my fine, dry lines. Countless eye creams. Tons of different moisturizers. Hydrating primers. You name it! Nothing really seemed to keep those pesky fine lines from catching my concealer and foundation all the time. Except the amazing Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder. This has to be the absolute best setting powder for dry skin!
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Makeup Revolution Drops Kylie-Inspired Lip Kits!

Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit Swatches on Dark Skin

Can’t deal? Then fake it ’til you make it! We’ve all had those moments in life where we had to “fake it” to get through. Fake a smile and good demeanor at work. Fake your brain into thinking you really afford that hot new palette that just dropped. We all fake it! That’s why I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I came across these Kylie Jenner inspired lip kits from Makeup Revolution at Ulta.

Makeup Revolution is known for taking popular high end makeup releases and duping them into cheaper, more affordable versions that’s easily accessible. Some people see it as stealing. Or being a cheap knock off. Makeup Revolution simply believes in providing hard core makeup junkies with the hottest new beauty trends at a price that’s less intimidating to your wallet. You may not like it, but you can’t knock it either!
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Fancie Faves 

Fancie Faves: Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder, Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer, Michael Todd SonicBlend Sonic Makeup Brush

Happy June! It’s hard to believe it’s June already but I’m beyond ready for the sunshine and good vibes. Bring it on! I love summer as it’s always filled with fun times, dewy skin and gorgeous bold colors. That’s what I’m all about baby! Radiant, dewy skin with a flawless base and a pop of color. These days, I’ve been hooked on quite a few new products that help me achieve the perfect summer look I’m going for with ease. Here’s a few of my current faves:
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Fancie Faves 

Fancie Faves: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Spray, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Too Faced Hanvgover Replenishing Primer Review

Happy April! I know I’m a couple days late but the start of a fresh, new month is always a cause to celebrate. Especially when it’s pushing us that much closer to summer. Yaaaaas! Besides sunny skies and fun vibes, I’m pretty pumped about April because there’s a ton of new products and collections rolling out right now and it’s got me bouncing off the walls. You know I’m all about enjoying new makeup!

I actually spent a great deal of March exploring new makeup too. After the dust from the holiday madness finally settled, brands started pumping out stuff left and right and I felt like Ash on a never-ending quest to catch them all. Obviously, I failed, because keeping up with every release is just obsessive. However, I did manage to try a handful of new products that turned out to be so amazing that I’m still reaching for them constantly. Here’s a peek at all the products I loved last month:
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Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks Haul + Swatches

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in 920B Nudie Patootie, 925B Give Me Mocha, 926B Berry Recognize, 931B Video Vixen, 932B Goth Topic Swatches on Dark Skin

I don’t know if you’ve taken a stroll down your local drugstore makeup aisles yet but, if you have, then you probably ended up walking out with a handful of the new Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks like I did. From Instagram to YouTube, these budget beauty matte liquid lipsticks have been making quite the wave on social media. Of course, I had to see what the hype was all about when I finally spotted a semi-full display of the new Wet n Wild Catsuit Matte Lipsticks. So do the Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks live up to the social media hype?
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Beauty Hack: Blush & Bronzer on the Eyes

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish and Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Swatches on Dark Skin

Have you ever woke up for work one morning just too tired to deal? You want to get out of bed but you’re too tired to move. Then you finally get up, hit the bathroom and then stare at the makeup you’re still too tired to use. I get it girl! I’ve been there, done that. Hell, I’ve done it so much that I’ve started looking for little ways to cut time from my morning routine so I could sleep in just a little while longer and do my makeup a little bit faster.

My latest morning beauty hack is simple but mind-blowing because I can’t believe I haven’t thought about it before. Instead of using eyeshadow in the morning, try using a little of your blush and bronzer on the eyes for a quick, natural look that requires almost no effort. On a normal day, I typically skip the eyeshadow because it takes up too much time blending 2-4 colors together for a seamless look. But one day I decided to rock the blush and bronzer I picked out for the day on my eyes and magic was made in less than 10 minutes. I rejoiced!
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Get Sexy Bedroom Eyes with the NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette!

NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette First Impressions Swatches Dark Skin

When I first started blogging, I was all about drugstore makeup as I was just discovering and exploring the wonderful world of makeup. I soon switched over to the high end side once I felt myself getting the hang of things but I can’t lie. I miss drugstore makeup! There’s a lot of new products and collections rolling out that are mighty tempting. Tempting enough to say skip the high end splurge and get back to saving a couple bucks!

I already know some of you are over there thinking, “How can you go back to drugstore from high end?!” Simple. The quality of drugstore products has gotten way better. I’m talking leaps and bounds. I never in a million years thought I’d be comparing a drugstore eyeshadow palette to my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. But the day finally came when I took a leap of faith with the NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette.
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