Category: Beauty on a Budget

Completely Fangirling Over the ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection 

ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection Swatches on Dark Skin School is Fun Super Shock Cheek, Super Cute Ultra Glossy Lip, Lock Diary Ultra Matte Lip, Tiny Chum Ultra Satin Lip, Date Mate Lippie Stix, Konnichiwa Lippie Stix

Is anyone else over 25 still obsessed with Hello Kitty? Don’t be ashamed, girl. You’re in good company! I still love me some Hello Kitty and I jump (and scream) at the chance to add even more of her to my collection in anyway possible. From undies to seat covers, my Hello Kitty addiction leads me to buy pretty much anything with her cute little face on it. And that includes the new ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection celebrating the iconic cat’s birthday on November 1st.
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Nude Liquid Lipsticks for Brown Skin 

NYX Downtown Beauty Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, ColourPop Limbo Ultra Matte Lip, ColourPop Tansy Ultra Satin Lip, Anastasia Ashton Liquid Lipstick, Too Faced Chocolate Honey Melted Lipstick, Too Faced Sell Out Melted Matte Lipstick, Too Faced Cool Girl Melted Matte Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

Finding a good nude lip is hard work. I don’t think people who don’t wear makeup realize just how difficult it can be sometimes. Finding the perfect nude is literally a mix of rocket science, color theory and crossed fingers. It’s a stressful situation for sure. It took me a few years to really figure out what works for me but I’ve got a good grip on what kinda colors work best for me–including nudes. I’ve bought a ton of different nudes trying to find a good match for my brown skin. Some were too pale for even a lip liner to save and others just looked weird.
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I’m Kinda Digging Makeup Revolution..

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer, Make Me Tonight Amazing Lipstick, Enchant Amazing Lipstick, 100% Vamp Amazing Lipstick

When you’re constantly being bombarded with pretty images of new releases and bomb new collections from uber popular brands it can be hard to see the beauty in other brands. It literally took me years to wean myself off MAC and now my eyes are open to the endless world of wonderful makeup brands out there that don’t always get a ton of love. Like Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is probably more popular in it’s hometown of London but over the pond it’s just starting to get a little shine thanks to the geniuses at Ulta who exclusively launched the line in stores here in the US. Good move, Ulta!

Now we aren’t forced to order Makeup Revolution goodies online and then wait for them to cross the 7 seas to revel in its affordable goodness. You can simply waltz in Ulta, grab a palette or lipstick off the shelf and then be on your merry way without spending all your coins. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true?

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Still NYX Haulin’!

NYX Ruffle Trim Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, Club Hopper Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, Downtown Beauty Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, NYX Push Up Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, NYX Classic Tan #NoFilter Finishing Powder, NYX Breakup Plush Gel Lipstick

When you find good makeup that’s already pretty cheap and on sale what do you do? Buy it all! Almost everything NYX offers is under 20 bucks so coming across a buy 2 get 1 free sale is dangerous. I got so excited at Ulta that my mind was telling, “Buy it all. Buy everything you want today, Fancie. Do it!” So I did pretty much that. Even after hauling a handful of goodies earlier, I still had a little haul left in me and a few more things to get. Damn you good sales!

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NYX is B2G1 Free at Ulta!

NYX Velvet Matte Lipsticks, Pro Foundation Mixer and Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

The only thing better than affordable makeup is affordable makeup that’s on sale. It’s a win, win! NYX has always been a great brand for nice quality makeup on a budget for years. Today, NYX has evolved into more of a “professional” drugstore brand with a variety of products that the everyday makeup lover or hardcore makeup junkie can appreciate all the same. NYX seems to be working overtime this year to reign supreme as the best drugstore brand on the market with a ton of great new products that won’t leave your pockets hurting.
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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part Two

Leaders 7 Wonders Amazonian Acari Anti-Pollution Mask, Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask, Befine Skincare, Josie Maran Argan Balm, Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser, Make Beauty Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover, Derma E Overnight Peel, Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

You didn’t think I forgot about showing you day 2 of Ipsy’s Gen Beauty NY? I wouldn’t do you like that, girl! It’s been a busy week trying to catch up on some much needed rest after spending the weekend in the city that never sleeps. But my tired body is finally coming around and recuperating from all the excitement Gen Beauty had to offer. The first day was pretty insane and incredibly overwhelming considering it was my only my second time going. Not to mention braving all those large crowds and massive brands on my own. Gen Beauty was still a magical experience though that may have initially left me drained but ultimately inspired.

You guys have no idea how much I’d love to spend every waking moment creating new content, looks and (in the future!) videos to share with my all time favorite people. There’s nothing in the world more inspiring and motivating than knowing that there’s other makeup junkies and divas who appreciate and can relate to my passion for beauty.

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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part One

Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Haul & Goodies

For the past week, I’ve been working on sharing my experience and goodies from Ipsy’s Generation Beauty New York but I’ve been so tired! Not just because I spent hours walking around mingling with other beauty bloggers and waiting in line to meet amazing brand reps. It’s mostly because I spent the majority of my weekend exploring New York (on foot ?) and partying with my best friends who are avid members of #teamnosleep on vacation. In between mixing and mingling at Gen Beauty, I was up until around 5 a.m. (or later) soaking in the city and partying with my favorite girls in the world. I had a blast! However, I’m still incredibly tired an entire week later. I could absolutely go for some hibernation right now. LOL!
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The LORAC Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Sets Are a Steal!

LORAC Goddess & Secret Agent Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Set

Is it just me or are the holiday collections and sets coming much faster nowadays? We’ve barely made it halfway through September and we’re already starting to see limited edition palettes and value sets that are more geared towards the holidays. Crazy right? I’m not exactly complaining though because I love a good holiday palette and I can never pass up a good value set. But dang! Let a sista breathe and hold on to some coins!

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Is the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette All Hype?

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

We’ve heard it all before. “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to things like traveling, electronics and clothes this saying usually holds true. However, the saying isn’t always true when it comes to makeup. Sometimes, you get a little more than you pay for. Or a little less. It all depends. After months and months of many people singing the praises for the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette I was beginning to wonder was it really all that great. Or just great for the price. I mean, you get 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters for under $15. Pretty much anyone could live with that right?
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New NYX Matte Suede Lip Liners Now at Ulta!

NYX Subversive Socialite, Prune, Oh Put It On, Club Hopper Suede Matte Lip Liner

Literally every time you blink there’s something new at Ulta. Rather it be Mass or Prestige, there’s a new collection or product popping up everyday that’s bound to catch your eye. One of the most innovative brands at Ulta that’s constantly churning out new products is NYX. This year, they’ve been on a serious roll this year releasing entire lines of new products every season. For fall, NYX has added 2 new gloss formulas, extended the Liquid Suede Lip Cream shade lineup, revamped the High Voltage lipsticks and came out with a new line of lip liners. Trust me when I say it’s a lot!

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