5 Summertime Makeup Products

As you all know, the weather is being to change. Goodbye spring and hello summer! Below are my favorite products to use in the summer! If you have some favorite products that are good to use in the summer, comment down below.

 

70723-bareSkin-Natural-0Bare minerals Foundation-For the summer I wanted to switch my normal foundation formula (from matte to dewy). I normally wear a matte foundation that is very dry and not liquidy at all. For summertime, dry is not the move! I decided that a more liquidy or dewy formula would be best for the hot weather. Just remember to use a setting spray after applying this foundation or any other dewy foundation.

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Colourpop Lipstick -I love Colourpop for many reasons. However, the number one thing I love most about them, is there color selection and how they are constantly adding new colors to the line. For summertime, pinks and nudes are what I am looking forward  to wearing on my lips. Colourpop has the best selection of these colors and they are super affordable.

Sephora illuminate Highlighter Palette-Highlight is a must for the summertime! There are many different colors that highlights come in: browns, pinks, or whites. For the summer, I will be using the Sephora Highlight Palette. This palette is best because it includes browns, pinks, and whites all in one! This highlight palettes gives the best glow while not being too cakey or too glitter/sparkly.

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizer- It is very important to stay moisturized during the summer months. Drink plenty of water is a also a must! Finding the best moisturizer is important because it may be different than when you used it in the winter months. I look for two things in a moisturizer during the summer: contains spf and is oil free. Take the time out to do research on a moisturizer that fits your needs. My favorite is the Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions. It contains both the two things I need combined in one.

Urban Decay Setting Spray- Setting spray is a must for the summer! Every single day I walk out of the house, it is important that I spray setting spray after my makeup. My oily skin and the summertime heat does not mix well with one another. I love to use the Urban Decay setting spray because it is formulated to control oil and it is also an oil free product.  For my skin, this is perfect.

 

 

 

Eyebrow Routine

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Today I walked outside and the weather was beautiful! The sun was bright and the flowers were blooming. I decided I would go out today instead of staying indoors. I got dressed and started with my makeup. My makeup routine is pretty simple. However, recently I have been doing my eyebrows. Normally I’ll get my eyebrows wax and just apply an eyebrow gel to keep them in place throughout the day. Recently I have loved filling in my eyebrows. I can notice a difference right away. Previously I was using the Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Definer.  The brow pencil was nice but I wanted to venture out and try a brow gel.

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I decided to try the ELF Eyebrow Kit in Dark. This has to be one of the best drugstore products for your eyebrows. It is very easy to apply the product onto your brush then to your eyebrows. A little can go a long way with this product. The color matches my eyebrow shade perfectly. The kit is also available in a light shade and medium shade. The setting powder helps keep the brows in place throughout the day. There is a brush that is include. The double sided brush helps arch your brows while the other side aids in filling them in.

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There many different tools I use for my eyebrows from brushes, to eyebrow gel, and also an eyebrow definer. I don’t really get my eyebrows wax or threaded. If I do, I’ll get a wax every 3-5 months. I don’t mind doing my eyebrows myself. My favorite concealer brush to use is the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. It comes in a set with 3 other brushes. It really is worth getting the whole set. The brush is great because it is very small and can fit in the inner brow easily. The next brush is the ELF Eyelash & Brow Wand. This spoolie works so good compared to the price.Only $1 !!! Sometimes the cheapest can be the best. I use the ULTA Eyebrow gel to hold down my brows if I decide not to do my eyebrows. This is a really nice clear gel that is super affordable. The next tool is a brow trim & is used for shaping. This tool is an essential to have. Lastly, we jus have an ELF Concealer brush that I use to actually fill in my eyebrows. I use this brush instead of the brush that came with it, because it is much bigger and easier to use.

 

MAC Haul

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A girl can never have too much makeup! I love trying new products and repurchasing old ones. This haul includes new products from MAC that I am trying and a repurchase of one of my favorite lipsticks. MAC never fails me and I love trying new products from them. Unlike most brands, I love MAC because it fits every skin color and skin type. I would recommend MAC products to anyone!

 

Mineralize Skinfinish in Naturally Enhanced– I am currently getting close to running out of my everyday bronzer. I decided to go ahead and search for a new one that would be exactly like I have or similar. I use a drugstore bronzer that works amazing. I am trying to switch my entire makeup routine from drugstore to high end. The only thing left to switch is a bronzer. I did countless amounts of research to find the perfect. Out of all the bronzers I found, the MAC bronzer interested me the most. I love how the bronzer has four different shades within itself. Depending on the look I am trying to accomplish, I can match it with one of the shades from the bronzer. Unlike the bronzer I was using before, these shades are not very powdery but still very pigmented.

MAC Lipstick in Whirl– I have been eying this lip color for forever. I’ve always wonder how it would look on me. I decided to go ahead and buy. I’m not really sure how I feel about the lip color. It wasn’t what I expected but it also isn’t terrible. I was hoping for brownish pink color but I’m not getting that from this color. I will continue and try to find a way to enjoy this color before I have to return it. Hopefully it works out.

MAC Lipstick in Spirit– My all time favorite lip product!! This is my everyday lip product that I use all the time. I love it  because it is so neutral but also brightens my face. Spirit is a satin finish that last for a while. The formula is very creamy and slides right on. This lipstick is very  buildable and can be formulated to how you like. I have actually purchased this product before and this is currently my second repurchase. After I finish this tube, I will definitely purchase again.

Sephora Illuminate Highlight Palette

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Good Morning makeup loves!! I am super excited about today’s post. I have been trying to get my hands on this since forever and I finally got it! The whole highlight trend has definitely taken over. I normally use a sparkly, glittery eyeshadow as my highlight. This has been working perfectly, however, its only one color and I want an array of colors to choose from. Since summer is around the corner I am excited to have 6 different highlights to use.

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The palette includes 6 different shades. Looking for a highlight palette, I knew I wanted pink colors and also brownish bronze colors. 5 of the colors in this set include exactly what I wanted. I knew I wouldn’t use the white shade often, but I would use it at times. The first thing I noticed about the colors are that they are all shimmery. I wanted to avoid this at all possible. I knew I wanted shimmery but mostly matte highlights. Surprisingly these are not too shimmery. They are very wearable shimmery shades that I can wear everyday. My favorite two shades are the two middle shades, the two bronze colors. I love these so much. At times if I apply the other 4 shades, I’ll outline with a bronze shade and it is the prettiest thing ever.

IMG_0004 I was very worried about the shades washing me out or not being very pigmented. To my surprise they are neither. At times the lighter shades are a little too light on me and sometimes hardly noticeable. A solution would be to go in with a little bit more product. Not too much because then the face will look very shimmery and glittery.

 

The packaging is to die for. The box it comes in, is perfect. The front attracted me right away. It’s looks illuminating, and that’s the whole concept! I love how the back shows the pictures of the shades and the chalk version of them.

 

Sephora Haul

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Hello Makeup Lovers! Today I’m coming to you with yet another Sephora haul. I have recently notice and have admitted to myself that I shop at Sephora way to often. Almost every other month I buy from there. I have to admit, I just made another purchase in addition to the products I’m reviewing today. Now you probably have seen these products mention before in my other blog post. These are my two must have products that I have repurchased so many times. I was running out of the two, so I decided to stock up on them. Let me know if you have tried any of these products before!

Urban Decay Setting Spray- So the bottle that I recently purchased is the black bottle. Urban Decay has recently changed their setting sprays. They have 2 setting sprays, and they recently introduced a new one. They redid the packing and the formula. I love this setting spray so much. I have only purchased the travel size twice and have finally bought the full size. Can’t believe I’m on my 3rd bottle! With the new formula, I can tell that it is very similar to the original. However, the only con I have about the new version, is that it smells TERRIBLE. OMG I hate the smell so much. In the original, I did not notice a smell at all. Since I love this product so much, I’ll just have to endure the smell.

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Benefit POREfessional Primer– Another product I have repurchased. I have only used the travel size of this primer before and decided to buy the full size. When I went to buy the full size, I noticed the if you pay $2 more you could get this set which include two additional items. I decide why not, this is a great deal! The full size version doesn’t seem to be that much bigger as I was hoping it would be. The travel size is 7.5 mL (0.25 fl oz.) and the full size is 22mL (0.75 fl oz.). The price for the travel size is $12 and the price for the full size is $31. You would have to buy 3 travel size bottles for $36 to equal one full size bottle $31. So overall it was best to get the full size, even though it seemed small.

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue– At first I wasn’t really sure what this product was. When I used it, I used it as a primer. It is very different than the POREfessional Primer. The formula is an invisible mattifying gel. It’s overall goal is to minimizes the appearance of pores. I later found out that its to be used first, then pat the POREfessional primer on top. I haven’t tried it this way. However, it makes sense now and I can’t wait to see how it works out.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream– If this product was not included in the set, I would probably never buy. I have no use for eye creams. However, maybe after using this, I will. It claims to be a brightening eye cream to help fade dark circles. I have light dark circles so hopefully this will help with that.

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6 Inspirational Quotes

Hello All!! Today’s post is much different than my typical post. I wanted to venture away from beauty and makeup and more into lifestyle this week. I have been beyond stressed for the past 2 months and one thing I love to do while I am down is look at quotes. Looking at these quotes inspire and uplift me to know that better days are coming. I encourage everyone to try this whenever they are down or whenever you need a push in life. Below are some of my favorite quotes recently.

 

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The quote says it all. You may look at the day you’re currently living and think that it can’t get any worse or better. In fact you haven’t even lived your best days yet. They are still yet to come. Just keep waiting and pushing through, they’ll be here soon.

 

 

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We have to constantly remind ourselves that sometimes the little things matter the most. Someone holding the door open for you or someone say good morning can brighten our days if we are open. Instead of going out and spending money, try staying at home and have a movie night. As we get older we start to stray away from the little simple things.

 

 

 

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One of my all time favorite quotes. This quote is such a inspiring quote to be the girl boss you are. Whatever you want to accomplish, believe in yourself and get it done!
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I love this quote so much! It is so inspiring for when you want to do something but at the same time you don’t. Sometimes we are so scared to try something that we really want to try but end up backing out at the end. Later we regret the decision we made. Next time you are in this situation keep being scared but do it anyway!!

 

 

 

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Sometimes we let one incident define our whole being. The smallest thing can happen that turns into the biggest. We are so quick to let something ruin our entire day. However, next time something creeps in trying to ruin your day, don’t let it!!

 

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OMG YES YES YES!!! I love this quote. This might be the best one. Whenever you are in a mood, instead of being depressed and all sad, get up and shake yo booty. If you don’t want to do that then just dance it out!

Influenster Ivy VoxBox

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I love getting Influenster VoxBox in the mail! I have received many of them and continue to be a big fan! The Ivy VoxBox is different than any other box I have received. The theme behind the box is centered around the perfect treat yourself day. From previous boxes there are some products that I have not been able to use. Everything in the Ivy box I will be using and have actually used some of them before. Continuing ready to see the goodies I received.

Venus Swirl Razor- I was so excited to get this Venus razor. I actually use this exact kind. I am currently using one right now and I love it. The razor is like no other. The blade bends, making it easier to get into the corners or spots that are hard to get to. Another plus about the razor is that you can take off the blade and replace it with a new one. I save so much by doing this because I don’t have to buy and entire new razor, just new blades.

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Chapstick Duo- This is a brand new product that just hit the shelves. I have always been a loyal member to the Chapstick brand. It is one of the only two chapstick brands I use. I’m not sure exactly how these duos work. However, I do like the concepts of these. I’m not a huge fan of grape flavors, so I’ll probably give it to a friend to try.  I do however enjoy the strawberry flavored chapstick duo. The duos come in 8 different flavors so if you don’t like Grape or strawberry, then they may have a another flavor you might like.

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7th Heaven Foot Soak & lotion- I love masks and body scrubs so much!! I think I have only tried maybe one foot mask. I can not wait to try this. The concept is very interesting. I love how there is a soak and also a lotion to apply afterwards. I just came from a vacation where we did a lot of walking so this will be perfect!

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African Black Soap-A few months ago I was all about trying African black soap. There are many ways to use it and many benefits. I used the soap for my face for my oily skin and acne. Overtime the soap did provide benefits but ended up drying my skin out. I haven’t used it in about a month and a half. I will try to use it as a body soap. I also can’t wait to try this brand of African soap to see if it provides additional benefits. This particular soap also seems to have oatmeal in it, which is a plus.

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Trolli Sour Bite Crawlers- OMG!! I love this candy. Not a lot to say, but this is one of my all time favorite pieces of candy. I love how these are not that sour. So if you like sour candies but not to much sour then these are perfect.

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Product Empties

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I haven’t done a product empties post in forever!! The reason being is that I normally use all of the product up before I consider it empty. I also use many other products so it takes a while to finish one. Meaning I have many mascaras I use, so I alternate between all of them. Below is my most recent product empties, my opinion on the products, and would I repurchase them.

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Avon Naturals Body Lotion-I normally don’t use scented lotions often. I do use them here and there. This Avon lotion was a scented lotion that I actually ended up liking. The scent wasn’t too strong or too fruity. I loved how it made my skin feel and didn’t leave it drying. Repurchase: Yes

Urban Decay Setting Spray-My all time favorite setting spray. If you have read any of my blog post you know how much I love this product. I can’t say anything but good things. I am currently on my third bottle!! I can’t believe I have purchased this three times! I hope that shows how much I love it.                                                                                                                     Repurchase: YES, YES, YES!

BareMinerals Prime Time Primer-This is a silicon base primer that when you apply it, it feels as if theres nothing on the skin. When I first started using this primer I didn’t think it was working. After a few uses I discovered that it was in fact working. This lightweight primer helped with my oil control and was overall a good primer.                                                      Repurchase: Yes

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Covergirl Clump Crusher- I’ve had this mascara for the longest. It was never one of my go to mascaras, but I used it occasionally. Overall a really good mascara. Only con is that its super big. When you’re trying to pack for a trip, you want to bring things that can easily fit. I had a hard time packing this with my other makeup.                                                               Repurchase: Yes

MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara-I didn’t purchase this product myself, but took it from my mom. lol. This mascara works so good. Prior, I had never tried a MAC mascara. This mascara made me want to go buy all of MAC’s mascaras because it was so good. Also gives great volume!                                                                                                                                           Repurchase: Yes

ELF Wet Gloss-I bought this product because I ran out of my all time favorite eyebrow gel. Overall I was happy with this purchase. It was different from the original brand I was using but worked very well. Only con is that I wish it came with more product.                                     Repurchase: Yes

 

IMG_9976Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser-Another product I took from my mom’s bathroom. I ran out of face cleanser and decided to give this a try. I love Burt’s Bees products, but had never tried their skincare products before. To my surprised I loved them. My updated skincare routine consist of this cleanser as well as other Burt’s Bees skincare products. Definitely recommend.                                                                                                                                                              Repurchase: I have repurchased and would repurchase again.

Dove Bar Soap-I only use one brand of soap and it is Dove. I love Dove products and have used for many years. Most of my hygiene items come from the brand. I love the scents and how they are not too much. Not much to say overall, but would recommend.                                            Repurchase: I have and will continue to.

Claire’s Ear Care Solution-I love ear piercings. Altogether I have eight, four on each ear. I have gotten all of them done at Claire’s and have had no problems. When you get your ears pierced there, they give you the cleaning solution. Previously, after I get my piercing done and use the solution, I normally have some left over. My most recent time, I have had none of the solution left over and have actually ran out. I don’t know why this time was different, but they did recently remodel it.                                                                                                       Repurchase: If I decided to get my ears pierced again.

 

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Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake Soap-Omg this is my all time favorite soap. I love this soap so much!! Normally I don’t do fruity things but this scent is bomb. The title gives it away. The scent smells just like pumpkin and cupcake. I loved having this in my bathroom during the winter months. I wish I would’ve bought more of the product.               Repurchase: Yes!!!!!

Kleancolor Bronzer-This bronzer was the first bronzer I ever used. I loved this bronzer so much that I decided to purchase it two more times. I haven’t used it much since I found another bronzer, but if I had to use it I would. This bronzer is very powdery compared to other bronzes I own.                                                                                                                                   Repurchase: It is a good product, but I have a stash of it already so no.

J. Cat Lipstick- I didn’t really get to use this product as much as I wanted too. It broke early on and I couldn’t repair it.  I love nude the color was and how easy it slides on my lips. The formula was really nice. I’m not too familiar with the brand itself but I would definitely try their products.                                                                                                                                                      Repurchase: Yes

 

 

Covergirl Clean Matte vs. Ready Set Gorgeous

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Good Afternoon Makeup Lovers! We all have makeup brands that we love so much that we decided to have every single one of their products. My favorite drugstore brand is Covergirl. I love the brand so much. I decided that I would look at two of their foundations that are very similar. I have had mixed reviews about both and love each one in a different way. They are both matte foundations, but each provide different coverage. Continue reading to find out more about these Covergirl foundations!

Covergirl Clean Matte-I was sent this foundation with the matching powder to try out. I made an entire post about the products HERE. The Clean Matte Collection is their most up to date foundation. They are actually getting ready to release a new collection, however, The Clean Matte is the newest. I was hesitant at first about trying the product. Everything about the foundation reminded me about the Ready Set Gorgeous Line. When I first tried this product, I used a dap beauty blender. There was no coverage what so ever and I felt like nothing was on my face. However, I switched to my buffing brush from real techniques and could instantly tell a difference. I am so surprised about how much I love this!! It gives me enough coverage and looks so natural. There is 7 colors to choose from and I am in the color Medium/Deep. The color is a little bit light on me but not too much. After I do a full face you can hardly tell that it is too light. I’m in love with this foundation and consider it to be among the best matte drugstore products.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous-I did a blog post on this foundation a while ago. It was actually one of my first blog post ever. You can find it HERE. When this hit the market, it was a huge deal. I heard more about this product than I heard about the Clean Matte. It took me forever to find this product because it was always gone everywhere I went. When I did eventually get it, I was so disappointed. When swatched on my hand it seems very light, however, my face is way lighter than my hand. Covergirl promises the foundation is oil free, won’t clog pores, last all day, is suitable for sensitive skin, and provides medium coverage. I agree that the foundation does seem to be oil free, which is always good in a foundation. However, the coverage is definitely light not medium. Which is a little sad because I was hoping for this to either be medium or full coverage. Years later, I have recently bought the foundation back into my routine. I hate wasting money & product so I decided to find a way for it to work. Since the foundation was a little too light, I decided to mix it with the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I get a perfect color with mixing the too. The coverage is very nice and I love this product!

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Pamper Day Products

Lush Bath Bombs-I love the whole concept of bath bombs. I have come a long way from using bubbles to now using bath bombs. There are so many different kinds and I love how each is uniquely different. Watching the bath bomb being dropped into the bath is so amazing to watch. Besides the show that bath bombs provide, once they have dissolved and the water has changed colors, the bomb begins to work. The feel and the scents of the bath bomb can really get you into a relaxing mood.

Body Scrub-Body scrubs are used by many. I have used body scrubs before but not constantly. A body scrub exfoliates the skin on your body leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturized and soft. There are many types of body scrubs to chose from that do many different things. There’s some where you use in the shower or some you can use after. Definitely find a good one that works for your needs.

Lip Scrub-During the winter months, it is so easy for your lips to get dry and you never notice. Normally I do good with keeping my lips moisturized. However, these past couple of months I have found my lips getting dry more often. Lip scrubs help to rid of dry skin while helping to moisturize your lips. Using lip scrubs too often could in return dry your lips out too. Make sure you use lip scrubs just a couple of times a week and not every day.

Candles- Candles have become my obsession recently. I have never went through and bought so many candles all at once. I have found using candles to really set me and put me in the mood. I light a candle in the bathroom while I’m using my bath bomb and in my room, so when I get out, I can remain in the mood.

Facial Mask-I love love love face masks! I try and do a mask a few times a week since the chemicals are way harsher than products you use everyday. There are so many different uses that face mask can offer. I love wearing one while in the bath or while I’m just relaxing while blogging!

Body Lotion-Whenever I use lotion I try to use unscented. However, when I’m having a pamper day I love to use scented lotions. My favorite smells are vanilla, lavender, and cherry blossom. Lathering yourself in lotion after using a bath bomb is the best!

Snacks-All this pampering can make a girl hungry! After I pamper myself, I’ll climb into my bed, write a blog post, then eat my snack. My favorite snacks to eat are pretzels, fruit snacks, chips, popcorn, and of course chocolate!

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