Category: High End Brands

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Swatches

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in 140 Naked City, 220 Shock and Awe, 230 Juiced Up, 400 Rebel Glam, 420 Up Beet, 440 Hi-Voltage, 450 Orchid Infinity, 480 Nova Noir Swatches on Dark Skin

Love it or hate it, millennials are taking over and brands are starting to notice! I’m loving this new millennial-centric rush (especially in the beauty community) because it’s forcing brands to be more innovative and creative. Gone are the days of die hard customers that only use one brand of makeup for the rest of their days. Millennials ain’t having that! We like to switch things up. We embrace change. We may love one foundation one day and then love a completely different one the next. That’s just how millennials roll!

And if you ask me, it’s about time that brands like Estee Lauder has jumped on the wave. For decades, Estee Lauder has always been the go to high end makeup brand for women with mature skin. So they’ve always used older spokesmodels and stuck to creating classic, staple products that are practical–never trendy. For a while, this approach worked because there were still plenty of die hard Estee Lauder fans holding on for dear life. But as newer brands popped up on the scene with flashy, trendy new products for millennials to snatch up in seconds it became clear that Estee Lauder needed to shake things up a bit.
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Fancie Faves 

Fancie Faves: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Spray, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Too Faced Hanvgover Replenishing Primer Review

Happy April! I know I’m a couple days late but the start of a fresh, new month is always a cause to celebrate. Especially when it’s pushing us that much closer to summer. Yaaaaas! Besides sunny skies and fun vibes, I’m pretty pumped about April because there’s a ton of new products and collections rolling out right now and it’s got me bouncing off the walls. You know I’m all about enjoying new makeup!

I actually spent a great deal of March exploring new makeup too. After the dust from the holiday madness finally settled, brands started pumping out stuff left and right and I felt like Ash on a never-ending quest to catch them all. Obviously, I failed, because keeping up with every release is just obsessive. However, I did manage to try a handful of new products that turned out to be so amazing that I’m still reaching for them constantly. Here’s a peek at all the products I loved last month:
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NARS Now Available at Ulta! 

NARS Now Available at Ulta!

Ulta is coming on up! Not to an apartment on the east side, but to the forefront of the Prestige market. Since Ulta first hit the scene in the 90s, the brand has transformed itself from just another beauty store to one of the biggest retailers of all things beauty. For years, Ulta has been playing catch up with Sephora in an effort to surpass them all while setting Ulta apart from the rest. The full service salon and massive selection of both Mass and Prestige brands has kept Ulta hot on the heels of Sephora for quite some time but this year Ulta is leveling the playing field. And in a major way!
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Everyday Eyes Made Easy with the Armani Eye Tints

Armani Eye Tints in 12 Gold Ashes, 21 Nude Smoke, 24 Fur Smoke Swatches on Dark Skin

The thought of liquid eyeshadow can be scary. Almost like applying foundation to your lids in an effort to create a masterpiece. I shudder at the thought. Trying to blend together foundation for a quick look just sounds daunting. Thank goodness liquid eyeshadows are totally different! I’ve been hooked on the Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadows for months (thanks Influenster!) because they’re insanely easy to use, quick and quite versatile. In fact, the Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadows have become my go to for creating quick, everyday smoky eyes.
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January Empties! 

It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Primer, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Turbo Face Serum, Prada Candy Eau de Parfum, Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream, Bare Minerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Infusion

Let’s take a quick break from Project BOMB, shall we? You’ve probably noticed that I’ve picked up a ton of new goodies in the last few months but what you probably didn’t know is that I’ve also been determined to start using what’s already in my stash more. Whether you’re a beauty blogger or beauty enthusiast, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the hottest shiny new product but what really matters is actually using the stuff. No sense in wasting money on things you won’t use, right?

With this logic in mind, I decided to start going hard with a few products that I knew I could finish up with a little consistency and determination. In just a few months, I managed to finish up a handful of beauty products. Woo hoo! Most of it was skincare, of course, but I’m still pretty impressed that I was able to stick with these products for so long. Here’s a rundown of my January empties:
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Best of 2016: Lipstick 

Bite Beauty Cava Matte Lip Creme Crayon, Too Faced Queen B Melted Matte Lipstick, ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix, Tarte Rogue The Lip Sculptor Lipstick and Lip Gloss, MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick, Smashbox Out Loud Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

I hope you’ve been enjoying your New Year! Here’s to hoping that 2017 is gentler yet still fierce. Because I think we can all agree that 2016 was a little rough around the edges. It wasn’t all bad though! We saw a lot of great releases, collaborations and more in the beauty community last year that blessed us with a lot of great products. I know I’m a little late to the party but there was no way I could truly kiss 2016 goodbye until I shared all of my favorite products with you. It’s only right!
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3 Becca Blushes for $17?!

Becca Blushed with Light Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

You read that right, girl! This holiday season came bearing bomb gifts like amazing value sets, mega palettes and some pretty steep discounts, too. Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find a good sale in Ulta’s Prestige department. Let alone a good coupon that actually works. But you know the holiday season is filled with nice surprises like a ton of Prestige holiday palettes and kits being marked down at Ulta. There’s nothing better than catching high end makeup sale!
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Black Friday Haul! 

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Your Perfect Pink Duo, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, Becca Blushed with Light Palette, PUR Cosmetics Elevation Perfecting Highlighter Palette, Buxom Bundle Up Baby Swatches on Dark Skin

Time is seriously flying by because Black Friday was almost a month ago and Christmas is next weekend. Crazy right?! As you can imagine, Ulta has been bananas so my schedule has been hella crazy. So crazy that I’m somehow just managing to share my Black Friday goodies with you. Better late than never, right?
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Gingerbread Cookie Inspired Look for Holiday

Too Faced Gingerbread Cookie Palette, MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact, Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner, Bite Beauty Cava Creme Matte Lip Crayon

Natural looks are my jam on an everyday basis. But special occasions and holidays are for going all out. You get dressed to the nines and put on your best shoes. You beat your face to capacity. You just go crazy with it for the holidays. And that’s okay. ‘Cause I do too. Lately I’ve been finding myself feeling a little smoky when it comes time to get ready to hit the scene. I recently created a look with one of my holiday buys, the Too Faced Gingerbread Cookie Palette from the Grand Hotel Cafe Set.
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