Category: Beauty on a Budget

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix Review

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Pencil

Summer usually calls for bright, glossy lips but there’s nothing wrong with being a rebel and taking a walk on the matte nude side. ColourPop recently released a new line of Matte X Lippie Stix that sports an ultra matte, shine-free finish in a variety of shades. I picked up a couple of pinks, of course, but I also had my eye on a few nudes too. Especially Pillow Talk. I love me some brown and grey nudes so when I saw that ColourPop combined the best of both worlds with the new Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix I was all over it.

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer Review

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer

There’s always that one beauty product that tons of people rave about all over but is incredibly hard to find. The CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer is definitely one of them! If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find tons of good reviews on it and even a few places to order it online. But finding it in stores? Needle in a haystack. The CoverGirl Queen Collection isn’t available in all stores so I really had to dig to find it. After lots of searching, I lucked up and came across it at my local Target. It took a lot of effort to get my hands on the CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer but I don’t regret it at all. It’s such a wonderful bronzer!
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5 Smokin’ Hot Red Lipsticks for Summer

Fiona Stiles Stoddard Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon, L'Oreal Blake's Red Colour Riche Lipstick, CoverGirl Tempt Berry Colorlicious Lipstick, Urban Decay 714 Vice Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Trends and fads come and go but red lipsticks is forever. Red lipstick has been a timeless staple in every woman’s makeup collection for decades. There’s just something about red lips that are classically beautiful yet fierce at the same time. I don’t reach for red lipstick all that often but when I’m feeling sexy and powerful enough to take on the world it’s the first thing I reach for. Every makeup lover needs a good red (or two) in her stash so I’ve picked out my top 5 red lipstick picks to help you choose your perfect red this summer.

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Summer Empties!

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer

Buying new beauty products is easy. There’s always something shiny and new around the corner that tempts us to switch products in the blink of an eye. I know I’m guilty for changing my lipstick, highlight, eyeshadow and more on a regular basis so it seems almost impossible for me to use up all my makeup. Skincare, on the other hand, is a little different. Once I find a good skincare product I stick to it until the death of it. That’s how I’ve managed to rack up a small pile of skincare empties this summer. From cleanser to serum, I’ve actually managed to make a commitment to a few beauty products until the very end. Here’s a quick rundown of all of my summer skincare empties:

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3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

When you already have a rich, deep skin tone finding a bronzer is tough work. Most bronzers are a pale golden tan or barely there bronze that only work for light to medium complexions. It’s not too often that you see an actual bronzer (not a highlighter) designed to add warmth and subtle definition to brown skin. Which is a bummer because even us dark skin divas like to look warmed up and kissed by the sun too. Thankfully, a handful of makeup brands realized brown skin could use a little bronzer too and created bronzers deep enough for us gals on the darker side of the spectrum to use. Finding the perfect bronzer for brown skin can still be a bit tricky because everyone hasn’t hopped on board yet so I’ve decided to share my top 3 bronzer choices that work like a charm for my deep brown skin.

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Maybelline Nude Thrill & Rebel Red Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color Review

Maybelline 10 Nude Flush, 35 Rebel Road Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

There’s nothing like waking up to a box of liquid lipsticks! Recently, Influenster sent over a couple of the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors for me to test out for you guys and I couldn’t be happier to tell you all about them. It was only a matter of time before Maybelline hopped in the liquid lipstick arena after the trend took the makeup world by storm. While it took a little time, Maybelline finally whipped up their own liquid matte lipstick formula with the new Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. The Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color line features 10 shades ranging from nude to vampy for just $8 a pop. Do they live up to the matte liquid lipsticks we know and love?

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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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