Category: Beauty on a Budget

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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5 Bold Pink Lipsticks for Summer

5 Bold Pinks for Summer: ColourPop Poppin' Matte X Lippie Stix, Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick, Too Faced Mean Girls La Creme Lipstick, NYX Razzle Butter Lipstick, Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy Revolution Lipstick

Nothing says summertime like bold pink lips! The second it starts to get warm, I reach for something fun, flirty and bright to pop on my lips and amp up my summer mood. A good bold pink lipstick is a summer must have because it instantly brightens the face with a little color and adds a girly touch of glam. Summer is all about natural looking, glowing skin and nothing pairs better with a natural luminous beat like a good bold pink lipstick to give it that extra oomph with juicy lips that look like they’ve just been kissed. Picking the perfect bold pink lipstick can be a bit tricky though so I’ve rounded up my top 5 picks to make life a little easier for you.
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ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Are Here!

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Are Here!

If I had to pick a favorite budget beauty brand for the year I would have to go with ColourPop, hands down. ColourPop has only been around for two years now yet they’ve already expanded their brand to include shadows, highlighters, lipsticks and more. Plus, just about everything ColourPop creates is amazing quality that won’t set you back more than $8 a pop. Now that’s what I call a win! Besides their great quality, my favorite thing about ColourPop is how they’re always creating new, innovative products that are fun, exciting and too tempting to resist. Their latest creation is the new line of Matte X Lippie Stix. They’re an ultra matte extension to the Lippie Stix lineup that features a shine free finish that’s a bit easier on the lips than the Ultra Satin Lipsticks.

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Influenster Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Vox Box

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

Liquid lipsticks are everywhere now. When liquid lipsticks first began trending you could really only find them online. Today, you can walk into your nearest drugstore and pick up a few liquid lipsticks that are actually pretty decent quality without the usual $15-$20 price tag. Maybelline is one of the best drugstore brands in the building when it comes to lipsticks so it was only a matter of time before they hopped in the liquid lipstick ring with their own line of Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. I recently received a couple of them in my Influenster Maybelline Vox Box to test out for you guys and I’m pretty excited because Maybelline’s lipsticks have yet to disappoint me.
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NYX Havana & Vancouver Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

NYX Havana & Vancouver Soft Matte Lip Cream

This time of year usually calls for bright, glossy lips but I still like to pull out a vampy lip or two every now and then to let them see a little sunshine. Like on rainy days. Or hot, humid nights. Bright pinks and corals are still my world for spring and summer but sometimes it’s nice to take a walk on the dark side with a sexy vampy lip. Even when it’s warm out. That’s why the new NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Havana and Vancouver have been in heavy rotation lately. They’re definitely fall/winter shades but I’ve been digging them a lot these days.

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Fancie Faves

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, MAC Plum Princess, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, Makeup Revolution Matte Blush, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

One of the many upsides to being a makeup blogger (and junkie) is that I get to try a lot of different new products quite often. Most times, I purchase them myself which makes my wallet a little sad but my face very happy when I pick products that turn out to be amazing. May was a super long month filled with a lot of sales and great collections that I needed in my life so I ended up hauling lots of new makeup that caught my eye. Was it a little expensive? Yes. Do I regret it? Nope! Most of the new goodies I picked up turned out to be some of the best products I’ve ever tried. In fact, a few of them ended up being in heavy rotation from the moment I picked them up. Score!
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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

ColourPop Poppin' Matte X Lippie Stix

Can’t get enough of bright pinks this spring? Me either! That’s why I’ve got yet another hot pink lipstick to share with you this fine Pink Wednesday. ‘Cause a girl can never have too many bold pink lipsticks, right? While I still have a strong fling going on with my Urban Decay Catfight Revolution Lipstick I’ve been getting pretty close with ColourPop’s Poppin’ Matte X Lippie Stix. It was first released as a limited edition free gift back when ColourPop reached 2 million followers on Instagram. As you can imagine, Poppin’ went pretty quickly but ColourPop decided to bring it back permanently in the new Matte X Lippie Stix lineup. Of course, it no longer sports it’s poppin’ pink packaging (see what I did there? ?) but Poppin’ is still a hot pink that you’ll want to add to your collection if you’re a hardcore pink lover.
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More Makeup Revolution Goodies!

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette, Blush Queen Palette, Didn't I Tell You? Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer, Nothing Like Anything Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer, Gave You All My Love Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer, Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter

Love makeup but hate paying the big bucks for the good stuff? Then you need to check out Makeup Revolution at Ulta because their products are amazing quality at super affordable prices. With blushes and highlighters at just $6 and lipsticks and glosses at $3 it can be hard to believe that it’s all good quality. But trust me. Makeup Revolution is all good! I’ve been wearing my Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter and Nude Matte Blush daily since I picked them up during the BOGO sale at Ulta and I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality of them. In fact, I love them so much that I doubled back and picked up a handful more Makeup Revolution while they were still on sale. There was no way I could resist grabbing more when the quality and the prices are this good. It’s only right!

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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Review

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter

This must be the year of amazing drugstore highlighters because I’ve been discovering some true gems these days. First, Wet n Wild shook up the makeup world with the new limited edition MegaGlo Highlighting Powders and now Makeup Revolution has earned a spot in my heart (and organizer) with the amazing Vivid Baked Highlighters. I finally decided to give the brand a try while everything was buy one, get one half off and scooped up the last Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighters. I’ve had plenty guests rave to me about it so I figured it would be a good time to snatch it up while it was so cheap.

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