Category: Beauty on a Budget

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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KaePop Til You Drop!

ColourPop x Karreuche KaePop

Just when you thought the ColourPop x Karrueche Collection was coming to an end they keep the ball rolling. That’s so ColourPop! I honestly wasn’t expecting much from Karrueche’s first ColourPop collection because I’ve never really paid attention to her style and makeup. But you know me. I can’t resist anything shiny, new or ColourPop so I eventually ordered her limited edition Ultra Matte Lips and Super Shock Cheek highlighter and ended up loving every piece.

I went from: “I don’t know about your collection, girl”

To: “Okay, Karrueche! Come through boo!”

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New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

Summer is winding down but you can still keep your highlight on fleek! Some guys and gals only like to glow in the summer but I like to glow for the gold all year long ’cause there will always be sunlight to bounce of my shimmering cheeks no matter what season it is. That’s why I have to give ColourPop 2 snaps this fall because they’ve added 4 new Super Shock Cheek highlighters to their lineup and they’re giving me all kinds of life. Who couldn’t use a banging highlighter for under $10?

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette Now at Ulta!

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Eyeshadow & Highlight Palette

There’s a million reasons to appreciate Ulta but what I love the most about shopping there is that I can grab literally everything I want all in one store. If I need a nail polish, shower cap, deodorant and a yet another eyeshadow palette I have faith that I can grab it all at Ulta. You can’t beat that convenience with a stick! Sometimes I wish Ulta carried more Prestige brands but I still appreciate the fact that Ulta embraces the beauty (and budget friendly prices) of drugstore brands too. I couldn’t be happier that you can now snag ELF from Ulta (online only at the moment) and score $3.50 off and even some BH Cosmetics goodies like the mega-popular Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter.

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ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette Review

ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette

When you’ve been wearing makeup for years, you start to get an idea of what colors, formulas and brands will work for you and the ones that don’t. But every now and then we get it wrong. I’m well aware that I have a warm undertone and a little extra melanin to spare so I like to opt for warm, rich colors that I know will show up on my skin tone. So I figured that the new limited edition ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette would be a good option for me because it featured two orange-toned blushes, a champagne highlighter and a deep bronzer that all looked like it would work well for my brown skin. Boy I was wrong!

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Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion Review

Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion

Dry skin is no fun but it doesn’t always have to be a pain in the butt. Not when you have the right tools! I always surprise people when I tell them my skin is seriously dry because I never walk out the door. But that’s only because I take moisturizing and exfoliating very seriously. Especially exfoliating. Some people are lucky enough to only have to focus on exfoliating once or twice a week but removing dead skin cells is a huge focus of mine. So much so, that I exfoliate daily. Yes daily. I can’t be walking around with dry, crusty skin under my makeup, girl!

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Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush Review

Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush

Matching your lipstick and blush can be a daunting task when you’re always on the go with a million and one lipsticks at your disposal. I carry at least 3-4 lipsticks in my makeup bag at any given time and I often like to switch them up throughout the day depending on my mood. That’s why I always keep a neutral blush in rotation so no matter what lipstick mood I’m in my cheeks and lips will never clash with each other. One of my favorite blushes of all time is the Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush because it looks incredibly natural on my brown skin and pairs well with every lipstick under the sun.

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ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow

The way ColourPop has blown up over the last 2 years it’s easy to believe that their products are all just hype. Let me assure you, though. They are not! Pretty much everything ColourPop comes up with turns to gold because their formulas are absolutely amazing and crazy affordable the quality. Before I got sucked into the ColourPop cult, I used to think that it was just another Instagram trend/phase that would come and go but there’s plenty of reasons why ColourPop will stick around for many more years to come. I’m a huge fan of their lippies but now I’m starting to see the magic that is in their Super Shock Shadows too. I don’t typically do cream shadows because they’re not too convenient and they often crease terribly. Not the Super Shock Shadows though! These babies are everything and more you need out of an eyeshadow–for just $5 a pop.

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Glow Up All Summer Long!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick, Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter

You know what time it is, girl. It’s time to glow! Glowing cheeks and poppin’ highlights are great all year long but you know you have to amp it up a bit during the summer. It’s only right! These days, there’s a ton of shimmering highlighters to help you get those cheeks summer ready. I’ve tried a quite a few of them but there’s always a few that stick for me and hold a special sparkling place in my heart. To help you glow up this summer, I’ve picked out my top 5 favorite highlighters (at the moment LOL) so you can be a glowing golden goddess too.

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