February Favorite Post Round Up

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February is coming to a close and I still can’t believe how fast 2017 has been going. With the short month, there has definitely been a lot crammed into such a short time period. I loved so many of the posts that went up this month so I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss out either! Be sure to check out my favorite four below and don’t miss out on the fun!

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5 Gifts She Actually Wants For Valentine’s Day

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My Morning Routine – For The Working Girl

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How Expensive Is My Face?

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Date Night OOTD

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How Expensive Is My Face?

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For those who may not have seen this post before you may be a little weirded out. This post basically sums up all of the makeup I put on my face every morning and takes tally of how expensive each of those products are. I haven’t myself run the numbers yet and I’m a bit scared to find out how much this total comes to! Stick around and find out!

Nivea’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm – $6.49

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – $39

NYX HD Concealer – $4.99

RCMA – $12

NYX Eyebrow Pencil – $9.99

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – $36

Wet N Wild Mascara – $4.29

Wet N Wild Contour & Highlighting Palette – $4.99

NYC Contour Powder – $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush – $2.99

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – $31

Tarte Lippie – $20

Which comes to a total of $176.73 and excuse me while I go vomit (because I’m dramatic). That’s a disturbingly high number for my face makeup! That’s not even including the large array of brushes in my arsenal. Yikes! Too bad I’m in love with all these products and refuse to give them up. I hope you all enjoyed this fun post and comment below if you have done this so I can be sure to check it out for myself!

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Wet N’ Wild Max VOLUME PLUS Mascara Review

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If you’re a makeup junkie or maybe just very particular about your makeup, you know that a mascara can make or break your look. If you accidentally pick up a bad mascara it can be very frustrating to try and take it off, as it’s normally the last step of your eye makeup. I’ve tested quite a few mascaras and can definitely say that I’m picky when it comes to the formulas. Before I started my transition into buying cruelty free products, my favorite mascara was hands down the L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black. After I switched from that I spent a few months bouncing back and forth between mascaras trying to find the right fit but I found my new love in this one!

The Wet N’ Wild Max VOLUME PLUS Mascara has quickly become my ultimate mascara. I would be lost if they ever decided to discontinue it. It doesn’t clump up when layering and does exactly what the name lets on, adds volume plus length. I love this mascara! I used this on my wedding day and every day since! I’m now on my second tube of this, which shows just how much I love this. It’s the most natural looking mascara I’ve ever used!

If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I would definitely recommend trying this bad boy out. Since its Wet N’ Wild, you know that the price is just right! I’m not sure why this isn’t hyped up more often but I love it! Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite cruelty free mascara is!

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January Favorite Post Round Up

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Can you believe that the first month of 2017 has already come and passed? With this month coming to a close I wanted to make sure I rounded up all my favorite posts from the month to be sure you didn’t miss any hidden gems!

Wedding Wednesday – 10 Registry Items You’ll Forget

Use this helpful little list when putting together your registry to make sure you don’t leave anything off! Free around the home necessities are the best! Take advantage!

Girl’s Shopping Trip OOTD

I love this outfit and it is honestly a staple of mine for the winter. Check out all the details here!

My Gallery Wall

Need some décor inspiration for your home? Click the link to read about all the pieces that I put up on my wall.

What’s In My Makeup?!

A horrifying truth that I think deserves to be shared again because I want the very best for all of my readers. Be sure you check out what you’re actually putting on your skin!

Comment below and let me know what your favorite of these four were this month. I’d love to hear your input!

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What’s In My Makeup?!

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I wanted to take today to talk about something a little more serious and scary about a topic very near and dear to me – makeup. I was recently contacted by a lovely woman from Consumer Safety and during our conversation she made me a little more aware to what exactly is in our everyday products. She sent me this big PDF with lists of harmful chemicals (chemicals I couldn’t even pronounce), what harm they inflict on us, and what products most often contain them. She sent me this more compact and cute version of the list for ease of all my readers so I have attached it above.

Naturally, I was like “Okay, that’s scary but I use a lot of natural products. I’m not too worried about this.” I went through my beauty products and found most all of them contained these nasty chemicals. I was astonished at just how many had them! I knew some of them were bound to be laced with these nasty cancer-causing chemicals but OMG. My beloved RCMA powder that I use every single day contains two ingredients: Silicon and TALC. Essentially, I’ve been setting my under eyes with powdered poison. I think some big changes are in order! I need to go through my products and really switch over to some more natural products.

Ignorance is bliss; but I’m so glad she opened my eyes to what some of those unpronounceable chemicals are in my products. It’s time for me to make a change and lessen the chance of damaging my skin or body. It seems like everything nowadays gives us cancer, am I right? Well, I’m definitely going to be making some changes that lessen that chance from coming from my beauty drawer!

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you guys are in the same boat. Where you just as blind to it as I was?

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Wedding Wednesday – The Makeup Look

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I am so pleased with the look I gave myself on the big day and how well it lasted all day and night! I picked up a few new products to use for this day and was more than pleased with their performance. A few of them I will even repurchase again. Let’s take a look at the steps I went through to achieve it.

Cleanse

One of the most important steps in the makeup process that deals with nothing but makeup. I used my Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control cleanser for this.

Moisturize

Following the cleanser, I applied a small amount of my Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer to make sure my skin stays hydrated all day. I love using this moisturizer for daytime use because it’s so lightweight and seeps into the skin quickly.

Prime

After giving my skin some time to soak in the moisturizer, I went in with my Benefit Porefessional focusing the majority of the product in the center of my face and working my way out. I always use this product when I know I’ll have my picture taken throughout the day. I love it and have repurchased it a few times

Eyeshadow

I knew I was going to be creating a rather smoky looking eye for the big day so I started with my eye makeup. I used my Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette to create the look. Afterwards, I cleaned up the edge with a bit of makeup remover to give it a crisp edge. The look I went with is very similar to my Everyday Eye Makeup Tutorial except I used some of the darker shades in the palette for a more dramatic look.

Lashes

I used my trusty eyelash glue with these new Vegas Nay lashes to give the look the extra wow factor. I loved the look of these lashes. Many people asked if I had gotten eyelash extensions for the big day. I topped it off with my old L’Oréal Carbon Black Waterproof mascara just in case some crying happened throughout the day.

Foundation

I bought the Hourglass Foundation Stick for the big day and thought it was absolutely amazing! It was extremely high coverage yet looked like my natural skin. I would highly recommend you try it out.

Creams

Then I went in with my cream concealers and contour. I use NYX HD Concealer every day and never regretted using it on my big day. I have a Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer that is way too dark for my pale skin that I like to use for my cream contour.

Powders

After all the creams, I set my entire face with the RCMA No Color Powder and then baked the highlighted portions of my face with it. Next, I went in with Wet n Wild’s dark shade to bronze my face. With my face bronzed, I started contouring with my NYC contour powder. I love this product because it gives a real shadow effect. Wet n Wild’s Mai Tai blush dusted on the high points of my cheeks finished the powder process of this look. I brushed off the baking I did and moved on to the last step.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray finished off the look and locked the whole look into place. I was so pleased with this product and now I can’t imagine my life without it! It helps my makeup survive all day long!

Lips

On my lips I used NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up. I love this color and I know that this formula wears best on my lips.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into getting ready on the big day. What are some of your makeup holy grail products? Leave a comment!

*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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Makeup & Skincare Haul Reviews

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I’ve had these products for a little over a month now and I feel like I’ve used them all enough to give a good review on my thoughts/experiences. I’m overall very pleased with all my purchases which I was expecting. I tried to research the products to the best of my ability since most all of these products were for my big day. So, without further ado, let’s get into the products.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

This mask has been great and I feel like it’s actually doing its job. My face feels so much better after using it. I definitely don’t use it more than once a week; so, I’ve worked it into my weekend pamper routine and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

RCMA Powder

I don’t know why it took me so long to try this! This powder is amazing. I’ve been using it to bake my under eye area and lightly dusting it all over my face to set my foundation. It looks so natural and keeps my concealer from creasing under my eyes. Amazing product and I highly recommend it!

Hourglass Stick Foundation

I used this foundation the week prior to my wedding and on the big day itself. It was an amazing full coverage foundation that wore well throughout the day. It photographed beautifully all day and night. However, I did return it to Sephora afterwards because I prefer a more natural foundation for my day to day life. I don’t attend many extravagant events that would prompt me to keep it around. If a beautiful full coverage is what you’re looking for, I highly recommend this product.

Sephora Collection Pro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush

This brush is amazing and paired so well with the Hourglass Stick Foundation, which was my intent when purchasing it. With taking back the Hourglass foundation, I also returned this. I prefer my Born This Way foundation application with my trusty Beauty Blender. I was sad to see this brush go; but, again, I had no need for it to just sit around in my makeup collection

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

I’ll definitely be repurchasing this product again and again after I use it up. I’ve been using it every day after I’m done with my makeup. It blends the powder so well into the foundation that no matter how much makeup you pack on, you won’t look cakey. Love this stuff!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Frill Seeker

This color is to die for and my ultimate go-to when I’m painting my nails. The formula was great as well! I used this polish for my toes on the big day and the color is still on! I’m very impressed! I’m eager to see how well it lasts on my fingernails once I need to repaint them. I’ll keep you updated!

Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance

As I said in my previous post, these lashes are the perfect amount of wispy and fluffy. They looked amazing. I had many people ask me if they were real or eyelash extensions. I didn’t use the eyelash glue that came with the lashes; instead, I used my trusty Ardell clear glue. I look forward to trying more Vegas Nay lashes in the future!

I had a lot of winners in this haul (thank goodness). It’s always a great feeling to add more essential products to the arsenal. I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about these products and I hope you try some out. Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for me to try out next!

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