Category: Beauty on a Budget

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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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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