My May 2018 Ulta Haul

Last week, I purchased some new makeup from Ulta, and it hasn’t come in yet, but I’m very excited for it. In preparation for it to be here later today, I thought I’d let you guys know what I got, so you can hopefully look forward to some good reviews in the next few weeks. I’m very hopeful about the pieces in this shipment, and I think you guys will enjoy some of them, as well!

  • Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector – I recently did a post about why I prefer to use BB cream instead of foundation in the summer, so I decided to try this one out. I like Maybelline’s Baby Skin Primer, so I think their BB cream might work well for me, too.
  • FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – I ended up getting the NYX Wonder Stick, and it’s okay, but the highlighter isn’t very shimmery. I know some women like a matter highlighter, but I prefer to glow a little more, so I’m thinking this one may be more my speed.
  • SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color – I actually got two of these, Lover and Poet. One of my best friends has Lover, and it looks really good on her. She’s been telling me for weeks how great these are, so I finally caved and bought a couple. I stayed with safer shades, since I was buying online, but it looked like they had a lot of really neat colors that I’d like to try out.
  • Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation – I’ve heard some good things about this foundation, so I thought I’d check it out. I like my current one, but I could use one with a little more coverage for some occasions, so hopefully this one will check that box. Plus, I needed to spend a little more to get free shipping and my free gift, so what the heck, right?
  • Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette – I’m probably most excited about this. First, it was only $18, and it has a lot of colors that I think I can wear on a daily basis. Plus, it’s just a beautiful palette. I’ve never used any BH Cosmetics stuff,  but it looked like it had some good reviews. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
  • 4-Piece MAC Gift Set – Because I spent $50 (which is what you need for free shipping, anyways), I got a free 4-piece gift set from MAC. I can’t remember exactly what it featured off the top of my head, and the listing isn’t available anymore, but I know it had a lipstick, a mascara, maybe a primer, and something else. I’ve never tried any MAC products, because they are so expensive, but I’m excited to see if they’re worth the hype.

With a $3.50 off coupon, I got all of this for $55.09, which I personally think is amazing for all of this. I can’t wait to play with it all and let you know how everything is working. What are your favorite pieces from recent beauty hauls?

My 5 Product Face

If you’re anything like me, occasionally you’re running late and have to rush through your makeup routine. For those special morning, I have a five product routine that I do, so I can still look presentable, but it takes less time than my normal routine. I figured I’m not the only one who has this problem, so I thought I’d share my routine to give other ladies like me a little inspiration.

  1. I start with my Baby Skin primer. This is a pore eraser, so it gives me a smooth canvas to work with. It also makes my makeup stay on longer, because it gives my foundation something to stick to.
  2. While my primer is drying, I put on my eyeliner. I use a gel pencil from Ulta and just swipe it under my top lashes and along my bottom eyelid. Then, I smudge it a little if it’s too dark.
  3. Next, I put on my foundation. I use CoverGirl TruBlend. It isn’t very expensive and it works well for me, but use whatever you like best.
  4. While my foundation is drying, I use a tinted eye primer to get some color. I really like Ulta’s Tinted Eye Primer, and this one is Satin Blush. It’s not very bright, but it gives my lids a little shimmer, which I like for everyday wear anyways.
  5. Finally, I contour using a matte bronzer. This helps define my face a little, and for me, it’s more important than blush or highlighter, so I always make sure this gets done.

What is your in a hurry beauty routine? What products help you cut your time down in the morning?

Why I like BB Cream for the Summer

I honestly cannot believe May is already here, which means summer is just around the corner. My inner child is very excited, although summer isn’t the same for adults. Anyways, one thing that I think needs mentioning as summer approaches is the transition into summer makeup. As much as we don’t want to admit it, women do sweat, and not all makeup is built to stand up to that. When it starts getting warmer, I like to transition into using a BB cream instead of a full foundation, and here’s why:

  • It’s not heavy on my skin. BB cream (or CC cream, because I tend to use Aveeno’s CC cream) is usually a sheer to medium coverage that is more meant to even things out than actually cover things up, so it’s much lighter than a full coverage foundation would be.
  • It usually has an SPF built in. I’m terrible about putting sunscreen on, even though I know I should be putting it on every day, so having a BB cream with SPF already built in is really important for me.
  • It works with my skin even when I vary in color a little. I’m not one to get very tan (I’m actually really pale most of the year), but I will occasionally get a little color, so it’s nice that I don’t have to change foundations. Since BB cream is a lighter coverage, the color doesn’t really show up as much, so no matter where I am on my very limited spectrum, it still works for me.
  • It moisturizes your skin and evens it out at the same time. The sun (and sunburns) can really dry out your skin, so it’s important to keep it hydrated. This means drinking water regularly, too, so it can be hydrated from the inside, as well.

I will say, I’m fairly lucky in the fact that (knock on wood) my complexion is pretty good, so I don’t break out or anything too often, which is why I can get away with wearing just a BB cream instead of foundation in the summer. However, it may not be something you’re comfortable with, and that’s okay. There’s no rule saying you have to switch to something lighter in the summer, but it works for me and I just wanted to share. What’s your favorite summer makeup tip?

Night Out Makeup

Good morning! I am very excited for this evening because I’m finally getting a night out with some of my girls. It’s been far too long, because we’re all adults and have our own lives now. However, every once in a while, we like to get together at our favorite bar downtown, have a couple drinks, sing some karaoke, and just let loose a little. Today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite makeup looks for going out.

To start, I like to use BECCA’s backlight priming filter, because it gives my skin a nice glow. Then, I add my foundation. Currently, I’m using CoverGirl Tru Match, which is a drugstore brand, but I really like it. Next, I contour with a matte bronzer from Ulta. I put this under my cheeks, at my jawline, and on the sides of my nose. I know some people do their forehead as well, but I usually don’t. Next I use Tarte’s live boldly blush, pictured in the photo above. I just sweep on a little to give my face some color. Finally, I highlight with Tarte’s posse, also pictured in the above photo.

That is traditionally my routine for my everyday makeup, which I also follow when going out, because I like the way I look in it. Playing with my eye makeup is where I like to have more fun than with my everyday makeup. For this eye look, I use Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty Palette, an Ulta black eyeliner pencil, Ulta eye primer in satin blush, and No.7 mascara. Start with Ulta eye primer in satin blush, which is a really pretty rose gold color. I like to use this for my primer, because it layers easily, but I can also wear it alone. Next, I use a large eyeshadow brush to add date night (top left) all over my lid up to my brow bone. Then, with a small, flat brush, I dab messy bun (one to the right) in the center of my lid. On either side of that, I dab glam girl (in between date night and blush), so my eyelids have three color blocks for the moment. Once that is done, I sweep a little bit of girl code (next to glam girl) into the lid. Finally, I blend it all, so it looks seamless and add a little eyeliner. I can never pull off a winged look, because my eyelids are too thin, so I just put a small line. I finish with my No.7 mascara.

Finally, I choose my lip color. Currently, I’m wearing NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake, but I may switch to something a little bolder when the time comes to actually get ready for the night. I like dark lipsticks, especially in winter, so I may pull one of those out tonight. What are your favorite going out lip colors or looks? Let me know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

Drugstore Makeup That Works

If you’re like me, you’d rather not spend a ton of money on your makeup. However, it can be difficult to find good quality makeup at those lower price points. Between my own experiences and recommendations I’ve gotten from friends, I think I’ve found some good options for drugstore makeup that actually works. Try some of these out and let me know what your think.

For lip colors and eyeshadows, I like to go with NYX. Their colors are strongly pigmented and tend to last. I don’t love their matte liquid lipsticks, except for their Lingerie Liquids, because I don’t feel like the colors are what they claim to be, and they dry my lips out. However, their solid lip colors are pretty good. They go on smoothly and tend to last as long as I need them to. They’re not very expensive, usually around $7 or so, which is pretty standard for drugstore brands. You can find their products at places like Ulta, CVS, and Target has recently started carrying NYX products.

I really like E.L.F. for brushes and eyeshadows. Their brushes are cheap, but they seem to be of good quality. I also have one of their baked eyeshadow palettes. I love the colors; they’re mostly metallics and pale hues. My only real issue with it is that you really have to scrape the top off before you can use any of it, which feels wasteful to me. This also makes it kind of tough to use a brush for application, so I use my ring finger to apply it. E.L.F. can be found many places including Walmart, Target, Old Navy, and others.

I also like the Covergirl brand. I use their Tru Match foundation, especially in the summer because it’s a sheer coverage, so it’s lighter than my normal foundation. It’s usually around $10 per bottle, and when you use a primer or BB cream underneath, it gives better coverage and lasts longer. It does typically last well, though, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a lighter foundation, or just starting out with makeup. I get mine at Kroger, but I’ve seen it at most grocery stores that carry cosmetics, so it can probably be found at places like CVS and Walgreens, as well.

While I see the benefits of prestige brands for some things, I think drugstore makeup is a perfectly good choice, especially for lipsticks or eyeshadow, because you’ll want multiple shades. Let me know what drugstore makeup items or brands you love! Let’s save each other some money this holiday season.

How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

It can be so frustrating to look in the mirror at lunch time to see the makeup you put on 4-5 hours ago is already melting off. How do we keep this from happening? There are several steps you can take to keep from having to reapply your makeup, and none of them add much time to your routine.

Start your makeup routine with moisturizer. Not only is this better for your skin’s health, it keeps your skin from absorbing any of the products you’ll add later. I like to use Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer. It’s made from bamboo and aloe to keep your skin soft and oil free. It’s $7 at Ulta, and I like the way it smells and feels on my face.

After moisturizing, use a face primer. There are a bunch of primers that have different effects, but my favorites are the blurring or backlighting primers. Primers help smooth out your face to make your foundation go on smoother and stay on longer. BECCA has a Backlight Priming Filter that is pretty expensive for a full-size, but I love it. It smells amazing and gives your skin a nice glow. It’s $38 for the full-size bottle, but Ulta currently has a travel duo that includes a 0.5oz primer and a 0.12oz of their Mineral Blush for $15. This way, you can test it out for a low price before you buy a full bottle, and you get to try some of their blush, too.

Prime your eye makeup, as well. Ulta has some eye primers both in matte nude and some colors that you can wear on their own if you want. If you put eye primer down, it gives your eye shadow something to stick to, so it won’t melt down into your eyes or gather in your crease. Ulta’s eyeshadow primers are $12, but you don’t have to use much, so they last a while. Also, use your ring finger to apply it, because it gives a lighter touch, which is safer for your eyes.

The last step you’ll want to take is adding setting powder. This is a translucent powder you can quickly apply all over your face to keep your makeup in place all day. I’ve only ever used Ulta’s brand mineral setting powder, because I got it for free in one of their promotional makeup bags, but it works pretty well and goes on lightly. The full-size container is $14, and you’ll want to use the biggest brush you have to put it on. Just sweep a small amount all over your face, and you’re good to go!

By following these steps, hopefully your mid-day frustrations of seeing your makeup coming off will no longer be an issue. These few extra steps aren’t very time-consuming, and they can actually save you time by keeping you from having to reapply during the day. If anyone knows of any other tips that can help, please feel free to comment or leave me a message.

3 Foundations for Everyday Wear

When you build a house, it’s natural to start with the foundation. I figured I’d do the same with this blog. To start, I want to go over a few different foundations that I’ve had good results with, and talk about prices and where you can get them. Please feel free to leave me questions or comments, and let me know if there’s anything I didn’t include that you wish I had.

$$$ – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Priced at $41 a bottle, this is definitely the most expensive foundation I’ve ever worn. It is a medium to full buildable coverage foundation, which is great if you feel like you have a lot you want to cover up. It does last a long time, as advertised, but I don’t love the way it feels on my face.  That may just be a personal preference, but it feels really thick to me.  It also has SPF, which is great for everyday wear, but it’s not great for pictures, because it causes a glare. There are a lot of pros, but by far, my least favorite thing about this foundation is that there is no pump on the bottle, so you end up wasting a lot.  You just have to pour it out onto whatever you’re using to apply it to your face. As expensive as it is, I hate wasting any. I got mine from Macy’s and would rate this a 7 out of 10.

$$ – The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation – This is my favorite foundation of the 3. This foundation is $22 per jar, which seems like a lot, because the jar is pretty small. However, you don’t need much at all to cover your face. It goes on smooth and spreads evenly. It’s a medium coverage foundation, and it seems like you may need to go a shade darker than what you would normally buy. For example, I’m pretty fair and generally buy the lightest or second to lightest option available. For this foundation, I originally bought their Lighter than Light, but it was too light for me, so I went with light.  Just something to keep in mind when looking at this foundation. One of my least favorite things about it is that, once you’re about halfway through the jar, it gets a little difficult to get out. I got mine from Kohls and would rate it a 9 out of 10.

$ – Covergirl Tru Match Foundation – This is the best drugstore foundation I’ve found, and the best part is, it’s only about $10 or $11 depending on where you get it. It’s a sheer to medium coverage, and looks a lot better when you use a primer underneath. For me, it seems to last a long time, maybe not all day, but close. The bottle design is great, and it’s easy to get the right amount out. Plus, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel to thick on my face.  I wish it had an SPF, but it’s still really great for everyday wear. I wish it had a little more coverage, but again, use primer or a BB cream underneath, and you shouldn’t have a problem. I get mine from Kroger or Walmart, and I would rate this an 8 out of 10.

I hope this was helpful, and again, feel free to drop me a message if there’s anymore information you’d like.