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Monday, August 31, 2015

PurMinerals Love Your Selfie Palette Giveaway



"Beauty is confidence, wear it proudly"

PurMinerals Love Your Selfie Palette is an all-in-one palette designed to do it all. With 8 shadows, 3 face powders, a mascara, and lip gloss, the only thing you're missing is a base. Get a glimpse of what's inside, see how everything comes together to create a cohesive look in the video above. Then enter to win your own below!








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Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Ipsy Glam Bag



This month's Ipsy bag packed a lot of value, so I wanted to give you the rundown of everything inside! Watch the video above for demos, and read on for more in-depth thoughts on each products, and brand-wide discount codes for the month!


Products Mentioned & Discount Codes:


  • Marsk Cosmetics Shadow Brush: Although not my favorite brush for using with powders, I think this is going to be a nice tool for applying cream and powder products. And, at a $26 value, it's more than pays for this month's bag! Get 20% off your purchase with code IPSY092015.
  • Lord + Berry Nude Lipliner: I've tried a few things from Lord + Berry, and this is easily my favorite! This lip liner glided across my lips, and lasted relatively well through snacking and sipping. Get 20% off your purchase with code LAB77KN
  • Hikari Lip Gloss in Salsa: This one took me by surprise. Salsa has amazing color payoff, and feels more like a liquid lipstick with a glossy finish rather than a traditional gel lip gloss.The lasting power is something to mention too - I experienced at least 3 hours of wear through snacking and sipping. Get 30% off and a free shadow in Taffy with code hikari30
  • Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen: Pen liners are my favorite way to create a wing, so love getting to try new felt tip liners. I love it even more when they work really well, so I was ecstatic when Starlook's liner was a hit! It's very pigmented, long-lasting, and the felt is super soft. At $19, it was an excellent addition to this month's bag. Get 20% off your entire purchase with code IPSY.
  • Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer: This is the one product I haven't tried yet. Although I'm all about adding more volume to my hair, I have a couple of volumizers from various brands already at play in my routine, so I'm working to finish those up before starting a new product. In the mean time, I can safely say it smells amazing! Get 20% off your next purchase with code IPSY20.
What's the best product you got in a monthly subscription in August?



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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Collection



"With this collection, I not only wanted to immortalise Norman Parkinson in makeup form, but also capture the DNA of his vision of beauty: he was an alchemist with light, capturing the sun and the differing effects of mood-lighting on the skin in a really unique way." - Charlotte Tilbury

She's done it again. Charlotte Tilbury has drawn inspiration from legendary photographer Norman Parkinson to create a collection that captures the youth-enhancing displayed through his lens, and allows you to literally paint your face in it every day. The Norman Parkinson Collection consists of 5 makeup products, and 2 makeup bags with Parkinson's work showcased on each.

As usual, the products are amazing, but the packaging are also true works of art. This is a collection to display on your vanity! The product line includes:

Film Star Bronze & Glow in Sun Tan and Sun Light: This amped up version of the original Filmstar Bronze & Glow glides on and blends flawlessly to create the ultimate natural glow. The cream texture creates a second-skin appearance.
Dreamy Glow Highlighter: This powder highlighter is the first in Charlotte's entire line to offer a cooler pink undertone for a moonlit effect.
Colour of Youth Healthy, Happy Lip & Cheek Glow: Created to emulate the flush of love and happiness, this cream blush blends smoothly over nearly any base and dries down without leaving a sticky finish on lips or cheeks.
Matte Revolution 1975 Red Lipstick: This is my first experience with the matte lipstick collection, and I'm impressed. 1975 in particular is a gorgeous, classic red meant to complement the bronzed skin and summer glow the rest of the collection provides.
Matt Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington: Charlotte knows nudes, so it's no surprise that this isn't my first from her. The others I have are from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. collection, and inspired by the actual lip colors of the actresses they're named after. Nude Kate and Penelope Pink have brown undertones, while Miss Kensington is more pink leaning for an "English rose" color meant to complement fairer skin tones.

For inspiration on what to pair these products with, Charlotte has created two looks that embody personas of the era. The Miss 1979 Look and Miss Kensington Look utilize some of my absolute favorites from this makeup line to create a complete look from start to finish.

Overall, this is a drool-worthy collection. Charlotte hit the nail on the head with this one. And, while the collection might be a bit of a splurge, the beautiful packaging makes each product a true collectible with practical functionality.











Nude Kate, Penelope Pink, and Miss Kensington

Nude Kate, Penelope Pink, and Miss Kensington

Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Filmstar Sun Light


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sigma Structural Lashes Mascaras Review



Sigma recently launched a mascara line with a unique premise: 1 formula, 3 lash shapes. The Structural Lashes collection consists of a mascara that promises long wear with three wands that offer different lash styles:



Because it's the focal point of the line, let's start with the formula. The consistency of this mascara is somewhere between thick and thin - it's not watery, but certainly not thick and clumpy. Ultimately, it's great for layering without creating thick, "crunchy", uncomfortable lashes. The lasting power definitely stands up to the 13 hour promise, and that's tested in the heat of a Texas summer! While testing it, I didn't experience any smudging, smearing, or flaking, yet it's not impossible to remove. So far, so good!

Next up: the wands: they definitely create distinct lash looks, but they're not necessarily the shape you might expect. For instance, while both Sinuosity Lash and Monumental Lash curled and volumized my lashes, respectively, I found that both added more length to my lashes than High Caliber lash (the lengthening mascara) did. That being said, the end result will ultimately depend on the lashes you're working with from the get-go. 

Each of these retails for $19 a piece. But if all three Structural Mascaras strike your fancy, you can get them together for $45. My recommendation: find the shape you're after, and pick up just that mascara. One of the things I love about this line is that it's meant to provide a formula that performs universally well, but also give you options in the way of lash shape. One of the challenges in choosing the right wand will be determining how you think it will perform with your lashes. Take a look at the pictures below to see if the results are for you!







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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector + Primer Review




The heat of summer is never easy on makeup. But my first summer in Austin, TX has proven especially challenging when trying to keep my makeup in place throughout the day. Naturally, when Influenster gave me the opportunity to give the latest in priming and setting products from YSL a try, I was beyond eager to give them a go. Both are members of the cult classic Touche Éclat line, and as such promise to leave skin with a radiant, luminous finish. Let's dive into each:

Touche Éclat Blur Primer ($52): Meant to be worn under makeup, this dimethicone-based gel primer glides over the skin to even out texture and illuminate with flecks of gold. Unlike so many gel primers, this one is considerably thinner and doesn't leave my skin feeling like there's a film over top that's going to make my foundation slip right off. It also contains four nourishing oils that will help balance natural oil production, and hopefully keep shine at bay. All of that being said, I can't say this foundation was all that effective at keeping my makeup in place. To test it out, I applied it under my foundation to half of my face, and left the other without any primer at all. At the end of the day, both sides of my face had developed the same amount of shine, and showed the same amount of wear around the nose and chin. Overall, not the primer for me.

Touche Éclat Blur Perfector ($55): This multi-tasker promises to blur imperfections, mattify, set, and touch-up makeup throughout the day. Unlike a traditional setting powder, this has a pressed gel texture that's very similar to Mally's Beauty Face Defender - although I find it to be a little thinner and less sticky. The texture requires pressing into skin with a sponge, rather than sweeping it on with a brush, but it lays completely smoothly, and creates a smooth barrier. Worn alone, it's effective at subtly evening out skin tone. While it does tone down some redness, it doesn't completely reduce it. I have to say, this is how I prefer wearing it the most - but don't try to layer your typical makeup routine over top because it won't lay quite the same.

As a setting product goes, I can't say I like it very much. Not only does it not add any lasting power to my makeup, it doesn't lay quite as well over my makeup as a setting powder does - take a look at the side-by-side below, and let me know what you think!

Overall, neither of these products were a hit, and given the price tag, they need to wow me!

See more pictures after the jump!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The rehab duo your summer hair needs stat


This post was sponsored by Target.



For all the fun warm weather can bring, the summer sun means anything but a good time for your hair. Between extended hours under its strong rays, getting hyper-drenched in chlorine, and being too distracted by the beautiful weather to schedule a regular cut (no, just me?), my hair is seven kinds of damaged by the end of summer. When my everyday conditioner can't cut it, I start looking for alternatives that provide some serious hair therapy. Enter my two new beauty finds from the Target Beauty Box:


  • Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist: This spray prevents UV damage, like color fading and dulling. Spritz it on damp or dry hair before you step out the door for a layer of protection that also packs a glossy sheen. The citrus and floral scents make this an especially refreshing summer spritzer!
  • Hair Food Mask: For hair that's already taken a licking, you need to bring out the big guns and reach for a hydrating mask to infuse moisture and condition. Despite the serious TLC it gives hair, it's a super quick application - just comb through damp hair and rinse! It's easiest to use mid-shower, right after you've washed your hair. For a little extra conditioning, leave it in through the rest of the shower, and rinse at the end. Fair warning: the honey apricot fragrance might make you want to keep it on all day. 
Between the two of them, these products are a dynamic duo that will inject the life back into summer locks.

Find your style @TargetStyle.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Top 5 "One & Done" Eye Shadows





This video was inspired by the look I was wearing my most recent favorites video - look for a tutorial coming soon! All it took was one shadow, to create a multi-dimensional, long-lasting look. It reminded me that there are so many of these "one and done" shadows out there, so I'm sharing my top 5! Let me know what yours are in the comments below.

My Top 5:

  1. ELF Smudge Pots - These are easily the best budget pick. The shimmer in these is ultra-fine, but apparent enough to create gorgeous dimension with just one shade.
  2. Colourpop Super Shock Shadows - No matter what kind of finish or color you're after, Colourpop has it, and in a formula that applies boldly and lasts all day!
  3. Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Shadow Sticks - These are splurge items, but totally worth it for the easy way they glide on and cool as they set - perfect for itchy, allergy eyes that need a little TLC in the morning!
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize - These have more of a mousse texture that makes them buildable from a sheer wash of color across the lid, to an intensely foiled effect.
  5. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows - For those who prefer powder shadows, these apply with maximum opacity, and rarely require primer (on my eyes, at least) to stay put for a solid 8 hours. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

5-minute back-to-school makeup look




Back-to-school season is upon us! While some were focused on new clothes, or updating their school supplies, I was always most concerned with how I could get out the door in as little time as possible, while still looking put-together. Enter: the 5 minute makeup routine. 

The trick to maximizing time is reaching for high-impact multi-taskers. With a little help from Burt's Bees and EcoTools, I've managed to pull together a look that not only takes 5 minutEs (with a few options for the lip, of course). Check out my back-to-school tutorial below!



Get the look in 5 minutes:

  1. Dab Maybelline Fit Me Concealer over blemishes, or in your undereye area to minimize dark circles and redness. 
  2. Blend out with EcoTools Correcting Concealer Brush.
  3. Set your concealer, and blend with the rest of your face using Rimmel's Stay Matte Press Powder and EcoTools Mattifying Finish Brush.
  4. Apply Revlon's Highlighting Palette in Bronze Glow along the cheek bones, temples, and along the jaw line using EcoTools Mattifying Finish Brush.
  5. Use Eco Tools Deluxe Fan Brush to apply the lightest strip from Revlon's Highlighting Palette in Bronze Glow along the tops of the cheek bones.
  6. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes - I used Covergirl's The Super Sizer Mascara
  7. Lightly fill and sculpt brows using a NYC's Kohl Brow/Eyeliner Pencil (mine is in taupe).
  8. Apply Burt's Bees Sedona Sands Lip Crayon to complete the look!

For a little more variety, you can easily switch up the lip color. In the top left, I'm wearing Burt's Bees Sedona Sands Lip Crayon (same as the tutorial above), but in the top right, I've applied the Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook. The two bottom photos are of lips that use the same Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard. In the one on the right, I applied the tiniest amount and blended it out with my finger, while the one on the right has it applied directly - talk about pigmentation! This is perfect for transitioning this look into fall, or even something for an evening look.

This post was sponsored by Burt's Bees and EcoTools. All opinions are 100% my own

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

July Favorites!






It's time to talk favorites - the beauty products I've been loving in the month of July, to be specific. This month was all about flawless, bronzed skin, and nude lips to match. Get the details in the video above, and check below for links to products and individual reviews. Then, share your July favorites in the comments below!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Not your average brush: The SigmaTech Essential Set



Sigma has stepped up their brush game with a new fiber that promises to outperform traditional hair. When it comes to makeup brushes, I tend to prefer synthetic fibers because they are easier to clean. But getting a synthetic fiber that doesn't feel like plastic, and has enough texture pick up product without over-doing it can be tricky, but Sigma's new SigmaTech Fibers have managed to make it happen! Not only is the texture amazing, they were engineered with specialized tips specifically to hold and deliver cream products without absorbing them, and maintain their shape through continuous washings. I got to experience all of this first hand when I was lucky enough to give Sigma's new SigmaTech Essential Set a try. Here's what's inside:

F25 - Tapered Face - This is not the tapered face I'm used to from Sigma. While I loved the original I got years ago, it used natural fibers that still shed to this day, and lost a lot of its shape after years of use and (somewhat) frequent washings. The updated version feels solid, hasn't shed a fiber yet (even after washing), and is perfect applying contour to the hollows of the cheeks, temples, and jaw line.
F15 - Duo-Fiber Power/Blush - The size of this brush makes it perfect for application to the apples of the cheeks, while the fibers make it great for cream, gel, or powder product.
F64 - Soft Blend Concealer - The size and density of this brush makes it perfect for buffing concealer in the undereye area.
E54 - Medium Sweeper - This is a somewhat flat, dense brush that's great for both quick, easy shadow application across the lid, as well as packing on color.
E35 - Tapered Blending - This is a go-to for sweeping color through the crease.
E32 - Exact Blend - This is great for more precise application on the
E45 - Small Tapered Blending - The ultra-tapered tip makes this brush perfect for precise crease application.
E06 - Winged Liner - If you find typical liner brushed cumbersome, this petite, ultra-slim brush could be perfect for you.

While $122 is steep for any brush set, it's 25% less than the set would be if you bought each brush individually. Additionally, brushes that are this well made will last years - they're more of an investment than any other piece in your makeup routine. Overall: two thumbs up!




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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Unboxing Target's Summer Beauty Box



This post was sponsored by Target.


Today I'm test-driving Target's Beauty Box - a service that lets you explore new-to-you products, and allows you to try before you buy. But before you expect a random assortment of sample sizes that leave you wanting more, you should know that these boxes are actually calculated curations meant to complement your existing beauty routine, while also providing a fresh update. They not only guide you through the latest and greatest to hit Target's shelves, but each of them focuses on a timely theme that any beauty-lover can relate to. The best part: unlike the average beauty box, you can snag Target's for just $7.

Here's what's in this limited-edition summer box:

  1. Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair MistUpping your time in the summer sun means major changes to your hair, like damage, dullness, and dryness. This spray promises to protect against UV rays - the main culprit behind all three of the dreaded d-words previously mentioned. On top of it all, it's meant to give your hair a glossy shine, so your hair doesn't just stay healthy, but looks healthy too!
  2. Covergirl Supersizer MascaraThis is the latest mascara from Covergirl, and it's already a have it, love it product for me. It's great for adding lots of volume to lashes without sacrificing length. Needless to say, it's great to have a backup since mine will soon be on its last legs! 
  3. Olay Actives Botanicals TonerSpending a lot of time in the harsh summer sun can make keeping the seasonal glow particularly challenging. Hydration is key, so I'm eager to incorporate a moisturizing toner into my daily routine!
  4. Olay Actives Botanical MoisturizerTo complement the toner, this moisturizer contains Snow Mushroom - a botanical known for its ability to hold up to 500x its weight in water. 
  5. Crest 3D Whitestrips 1 HR Express: Few things stand out against glowing, sun-kissed skin like pearly whites. And unlike so many whitening systems where you need a fleet of trays and mounds of whitening goop, these strips promise results in just an hour - perfect for a tight turnaround between pool time and happy hour!
  6. Hair Food Moisturizing MaskThis mask picks up where Fekkai's Pre-Soleil Hair Mist leaves off - it's the perfect product complement for replenishing your hair after a dulling, drying day in the sun and by the pool.  As a full size product, it alone makes Target's Beauty Box worth the cost.

Find your style @TargetStyle





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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shop My Stash Tutorial: Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows


It's been a while since I've done a Shop My Stash Tutorial, and I've been eyeing my Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows! I fell immediately in love with these when they came out, but had since set them aside for newer launches. I wanted to reignite the flame, and show them a little love with a somewhat dramatic look - the same one I was wearing in my Dupe or Dud video comparing the IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disk to the Crown Brush Blush! Bronze!! Illuminate!!! Want more Shop My Stash videos? Check out the playlist at the bottom of the post!

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