Category: Beauty on a Budget

Glowing Glam in Red

Glowing Glam in Red Makeup Look

I’ll probably always be a hardcore lipstick junkie but lately I’ve been super obsessed with highlighters and all things glow. A poppin’ highlight and a soft, dewy complexion is my go to look this summer. I’ve already shown you my summer glow essentials that I love whipping out to make me glow to the moon and back. However, it struck me that it would also be a good idea to share with you how I put it all together too.

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Stay Beat in the Heat with these Summer Foundations

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup, NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer

Loving makeup or having to rock a polished face to work on a regular basis can be fun at times. You get to flex your creativity by adding a little color to your day or take on the world feeling a powerfully beautiful new version of yourself. The downside, is that rocking makeup isn’t always sunshine and roses. Especially in the summer. You go from worrying about moisturizing and masking enough in the winter to stressing over how to keep your face flawless in 90º weather. I know the struggle, girl. Even as a dry gal, I can’t always keep my beat fresh and flawless in the summer heat without feeling like my foundation is melting or caking up something terrible. Over the years, though, I’ve learned that switching up your foundation (and skincare which we’ll discuss that later) helps a great deal to keep your makeup looking fresh and sweat free from sun up to sun down. So I’ve put together a quick guide to help you choose your perfect summer foundation that’ll help you stay flawless all season.
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ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow

I’m always singing the praises of ColourPop’s lipsticks but I have to show their Super Shock Shadows a little love too! I have a nice stash of Super Shock Shadows in my collection but sometimes I forgot about them because I’m always reaching for palettes. Which isn’t right at all because (*Kanye West voice*) ColourPop makes some of the best eyeshadows in the world. And they deserve all the love! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making it my duty to show my ColourPop Super Shock Shadows a little more love and each time I open one of those cute little jars I’m reminded just how magical they really are.

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ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip Coming Soon!

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip in 3-Way, Kween, Zebra and Maneater

Move over matte! There’s a new liquid lipstick formula in town and it’s taking the makeup world by storm these days. Metallic liquid lipsticks are starting to become a huge hit with brands like Wet n Wild, Milani and now ColourPop jumping on board. The lovelies over at ColourPop hopped on Snapchat yesterday to reveal that they’ve cooked up yet another new release for us: Ultra Metallic Lip. Yaaaaaas, ColourPop! The Ultra Metallic Lip is, of course, a new formula that’s filled with glitter to give our lips a fun metallic rush for summer. The formula is said to be similar to the Ultra Satin Lip as it’s not completely transfer proof and doesn’t seem to sport an ultra matte finish. Sounds good right? Lucky for us, we won’t have to wait too long to get our hands on the new Ultra Metallic Lips as ColourPop will be releasing the first 4 shades with limited quantities tomorrow. There’s no word on a set time for the Ultra Metallic Lip release so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to the site to catch the first round. Don’t worry though! ColourPop will be restocking them with a full release very soon in case you miss out!

Will you be ordering any of the new Ultra Metallic Lips?
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ColourPop Black N Brown Brow Pencil Review

ColourPop Black N Brown Brow Pencil

Finding a good brow pencil when you have sparse brows feels like finding a needle in a haystack. Some pencils are too creamy leaving brows looking too harsh and drawn on. Other pencils can be too stiff and too sheer not offering enough coverage to fill in those super sparse parts where there’s little to no hairs at all. My little ol’ sparse brows need all the love and coverage they can get so I’ve been relying on the super full coverage Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade for years to fake full brows. The Dipbrow Pomade has been a savior of mine for years but some mornings I hate having to deal with it because it requires precision, a light hand and plenty blending to look neat and polished. However, that isn’t always possible when I have to wake up at 6 a.m. and my motor aren’t fully awake until about 9.
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Glimmer & Gleam All Day with my Summer Glow Essentials!

Summer Glow Essentials

I love to glow all year round but in the summer I live for kicking it up a notch. I’m talking radiant, dewy skin with a seriously intense highlight that shines so bright it could help land planes. That’s the kind of glow I live for! I’m sure everyone doesn’t love to glow as much as I do but I think we all love to glow just a little bit more when summer rolls around so I’ve picked out my top 5 summer glow essentials to give you a shimmering helping hand. From a subtle, natural glow to bronze goddess, these summer glow essentials will help you glimmer and gleam all day and night!
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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Review

 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil

Last year, I discovered the wonderful world of cleansing oil when I tried Bobbi Brown’s Soothing Cleansing Oil and became a fanatic. Oh my goodness. You have never truly cleansed until you’ve tried a good cleansing oil with a foaming cleanser together. Double cleansing is life! After going through both of my mini bottles of Soothing Cleansing Oil I was determined to buy the full sized until more and more new makeup releases and collections started hitting my wallet back to back. I quickly went from, “OMG I gotta have my Soothing Cleansing Oil asap!!” to, “Do I really want to spend $44 on a cleansing oil right now?” Oh how our priorities change when new makeup rolls around!

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ColourPop So Wavy Ultra Satin Lipstick Review

ColourPop So Wavy Ultra Satin Lipstick

When it comes to liquid lipsticks ColourPop has it all. From basic nudes to crazy colors like green and grey, you can find it all at ColourPop–no problem. That’s what I love about ColourPop. It’s super easy to find the perfect lipstick for whatever mood you’re in. Even if you’re in the mood for an electric blue-purple. I don’t always wake up and think to myself, “Hmm, I’m thinking blurple lips today.” However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want one in my collection for those random moments where bold blurple lips are where it’s at.

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Ulta Beauty Collection Cheek Haul

Ulta Beauty Collection Pink Diamond Illuminating Powder, Radiance Baked Bronzer, Highlight Sculpting Stick, Fame Blush, Flush Blush, Sunkissed Blush

There’s tons of good brands to discover in Ulta but one that’s often overlooked is Ulta’s own Beauty Collection. I’ve shopped at Ulta for years and never paid any attention to the Ulta Beauty Collection until I began working there. Huge mistake! After curiosity pulled me to swatch a few pretty things I quickly learned that there were some hidden gems in the Ulta Beauty Collection. Like the lipsticks, eyeliners and their cheek goodies too. Especially the cheek products. From blushes to highlighters, the Ulta Beauty Collection has a little something for everybody.

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Happy Birthday ColourPop!

ColourPop Birthday Boy Haul

Can you believe that ColourPop is already 2 years old? Man, they grow up so fast! Just last year, I remember discovering ColourPop for the first time and seeing first hand just how amazing all of their products are. I’m so happy that I finally decided to give ColourPop a try but I do wish that I would have been with them from the beginning. Then I would have both the limited edition Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy Super Shock Shadows which are beyond beautiful. Lucky for me, I at least made it to the 2nd birthday party just in time to receive ColourPop’s new baby, Birthday Boy and I’m loving it!

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