Huge Makeup Haul | Spring 2017

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Hello, everyone! Who’s ready for a huge makeup haul? I was on a “no-buy” for most of winter, but once spring rolled around, like my fashion, it was time to change up my makeup look. Grab a snack, because I might have gone a bit overboard…but in the best way!

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlight Palette: I typically do a lot of research on a palette before I buy it, but I really didn’t with this one. I had heard of it, and seen a few of Carli’s videos on YouTube, but had no plans to buy it. Then I saw it in Ulta and changed my mind quickly. I know she has since released a deluxe version of this palette, which includes a few more shadows and highlights, but if you’re after the original, Ulta is still carrying it. I know it is being discontinued, so once they are out of stock, they’ll be gone. If you love a natural makeup look and a palette that multitasks–this is for you. I can’t stop using it and it’s so affordable, you’d be crazy not to pick it up!

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Pixi by Petra x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: This has got to be one of my favorite skincare products at the moment. I’ve heard people all over YouTube talking about how great it is, so I ran out to Target to pick it up for myself. This will melt your makeup right off without stinging your eyes, and the cream cleanser leaves your skin feeling so hydrated. I can’t believe I ever took my makeup off without this!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon: I’ve had a deep love for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen from a young age, and their Elizabeth and James line is no exception. I’ve tried all the perfumes they make, and while I love them all, Nirvana Bourbon has won me over. It has a deep, musky sort of smell with a slight feminine edge. It’s simply amazing and I feel great every time I put it on.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea: I have loved this product for quite some time, but I typically use the rose scent. To read my full review, check out My Skincare Essentials post.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Medium and Tan: This has got to be the most popular concealer in the world right now. I don’t know a single beauty guru who isn’t using this. I, of course, had to test it for myself, and holy moly does it deliver! This concealer is extremely full coverage–I’ve even seen people use it as foundation. Ok…I have too…on super lazy days. It does crease slightly on me but not near as much as concealers I’ve used in the past. I can’t do my makeup without this.

L.A. Girl Cosmetics HD Pro Concealer in Orange Corrector: I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this drugstore concealer, and now I truly understand why. If you are looking to color correct dark spots or circles, this is your guy. They have a full color range and other color correctors too if you have different problem areas, but for me, nothing has helped disguise dark spots and scars like this. I apply Tarte Shape Tape right on top after blending it out and the finish is gorgeous. Such a drugstore gem.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoky Storm: I’d been watching Jackie Aina rave about these eye shadows on her channel for weeks before I finally broke down and bought one. While I don’t use glitter in my everyday makeup routine, this is so beautiful if you’re looking for something to glam up your eyes. There are a ton of beautiful shades, and they have serious staying power. I was wary about a liquid eyeshadow but these dry down completely.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted: Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing me fangirl over KathleenLight. Everyone? Ok, sorry. But not really. I first saw Kathleen use this eye shadow on her channel and I was obsessed with the look she created. So, of course, I had to pick this gem up. I typically use my finger to apply the gel and pat it over the lid. It’s not a thick, chunky glitter, it’s much more subdued. I think it adds a lot of romance to any eye look, and even though it’s pricey, I would totally repurchase it.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion and Midnight Cowboy: Have you ever hunted for buried treasure? No? Then you must not be looking for these eyeliners. These bad boys are elusive, and almost impossible to get ahold of in store or online–at least in the shades I want. So when I saw that Ulta had every shade in stock, I of course had to snatch a few up. I love these glitter liners so much! They are so fun and can be used so many different ways–as a liner, packed onto the lid as a glitter, or on the inner corner. They are the perfect night-out beauty product.

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e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls: I was seeing this highlighter all over YouTube and I figured for the price I had to give it a try. The rumors are true, you really do need to scratch the top layer of the powder off if you want it to really work. It’s a beautiful drugstore highlight, but my biggest problem with it is the that you have to technically damage the product to get it working. This is something that everyone seems to know about it, and yet e.l.f. doesn’t appear to be working to change it. Other than that, if you’re looking for an affordable glow, this is it.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights: I always walk past this UK drugstore brand whenever I’m in Ulta, but I’d never really taken the time to have a look. I decided on a highlighter 1) because I have an addiction, and 2) because I love a baked highlight. This did not disappoint. The color is absolutely beautiful and you can really build it up for a blinding glow. I would highly recommend this!

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife: This was my first Huda Beauty purchase and I’m so pleased with the product! First of all, the color is absolutely stunning, and the formula is so comfortable. I love that I can count on it to stay on my lips all day without drying them out. While it is a little on the pricey side, I would definitely purchase this again!

bareMinerals Gen Nude  Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Icon: I have wanted to try the Gen Nudes collection for ages! I’m a long time lover of bareMinerals and I was so excited to find out they created a liquid lipstick line. I got mine during the Ulta sale this year, so the colors were pretty picked through. Icon would not have been my first color choice, but I wanted to try the formula. I do love how lightweight it is, but I found that I had to reapply it multiple times. Maybe it’s because the color is fairly light on me, I’m not sure. I would consider trying a deeper shade, but sadly, these aren’t my favorite liquid lip.

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ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Aquarius, Finders Keepers, and Weho: I really love the formula of ColourPop’s lip glosses. It’s so hard to find a good gloss, especially one that isn’t sticky or gloppy. While I do own some of their sheer glosses, I prefer to use the cream formula. The color pay off is beautiful and I love to top my liquid lipsticks with them. Go get you some!

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ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip in Doozy and Zuma: I really appreciate that ColourPop turned the blotted lip formula into a liquid, but I can’t say I love it as much as the original. While I do love that it dries down matte, I think it has greater potential to get streaky. I do love the colors they have though, and I think I’ll embrace the “popsicle lip” once summer is in full swing.

ColourPop Blotted Lip in Drip and Candyfloss: These lipsticks have quickly become my most used lip products. I honestly wasn’t expecting much when I ordered them, but if ColourPop comes out with a new formula, I have to at least give it a try. These are so moisturizing on the lips! They aren’t transfer-proof, but for me that’s not a huge issue. The thing I love most about them is how buildable they are. You can go for the “blotted” look and apply a sheer layer or build it to full opacity. These are honestly my favorite ColourPop product ever. I said it! No going back now.

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Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Khlo$: As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of the Kardashians, so obviously I had to include some Kylie products. Especially when she collaborated with my favorite sister, Khloe. I really love the shade Khlo$ because it’s a nude that works on multiple skin tones–and that’s something I struggle with a lot. I would say that on my skin tone, it works best to use a liner, but I could get away with not using one if necessary. I really love Kylie’s matte formula. It does get a bit dry towards the end of the day, but not nearly as much as other products I’ve used.

Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Candy K and Damn Gina: This was my first time trying Kylie’s glosses. I know there have been issues in the past with the applicator brush fraying, but it looks like she has fixed the problem. My brushes were all great, and the product is AMAZING. The glosses are not sticky at all and go on very opaque. I would say they are a cream formula rather than sheer, and they feel so good on the lips. I seriously can’t get enough.

 

What makeup products are you loving this spring? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

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March Ipsy Bag | 2017

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Hello, everybody! It is officially SPRING!!!! I’m so ready to wear bright colors and most of all, bright lipstick. Well, what better way to start off spring than with an Ispy bag review? I was pleasantly surprised with my bag this month! I even got a few things I’ve been dying to try. Read on to see what I thought about this month’s products!

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OUAI Treatment Masque: I have been wanting to try OUAI products since they were first released. Jen Atkin is such a talented hairstylist (not to mention she styles the Kardashians’ hair) and I just knew her products were going to be quality. And for the price..they better be! I’ve used this hair mask three times now and I have definitely noticed that my hair has been softer and less frizzy looking. The smell of the product is strong–a bit like perfume–so if you’re sensitive to scent, I’m not sure this is for you. But I would 100% recommend this for all hair types. Go treat yourself!

NEOGEN Lab Coconut Milk Mild Cleanser: I’m always a bit unsure when it comes to using new cleansers. I’m super picky about my skincare, but I really do love anything with coconut oil or milk in it. I’ve used this cleanser for about a week and it honestly leaves my skin so soft! I will say that when I first begin to massage it into my skin it does tingle/burn for a second. I have no idea why, but it hasn’t irritated my skin at all. I think this is a great everyday cleanser!

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Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Vibin: I have wanted to try Tarte’s liquid lipsticks for awhile now. I was so excited to see this in my bag, and I love the color. It’s very vampy and slightly autumnal, but that won’t stop me from wearing it year-round. I applied one coat to my lips and it went on with ease. I wore it for an entire day and it didn’t wear off– even when I ate. These, like most liquid lipsticks, are a bit drying on the lips, but not enough to bother me. I really recommend these, they are worth picking up!

Doucee Freematic Eye Shadow in Marisa: I wasn’t super blown away with this eyeshadow when I first saw it. I have quite a few similar shades in my collection. I did however, appreciate that the shadow comes with a magnetic back so you can pop it right into a magnetized palette. I personally found that this shadow had better pay off when I wet my brush first, but you could definitely use it as is for more of a daytime look. Warning, there is a lot of glitter in the shadow, and it creates a good amount of fall out when you’re packing it on. If you visit the website, you can see that they only sell eyeshadow quads, so if you want this particular shade, you’ll have to purchase three others with it. Overall, for me, this was a pass.

Skone Cosmetics Blending Brush: I really don’t need more blending brushes, but I do really love receiving them in my beauty subscriptions. You can never have too many, and it’s nice to always have a clean brush. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I was very impressed with the quality of the brush. It’s extremely soft and did a great job of applying shadow evenly and diffusing it out. Seriously, go check this brand out–more people should be talking about it!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

 

February Ipsy Bag | 2017

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Hello, everybody! Today I’m talking about everything I got in my Ipsy bag this month. These are honestly my favorite posts to do because, who doesn’t love getting to experiment with new makeup? There really is something for everyone inside. Read on for more details!

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Royal and Langnickel Moda Fan: One thing you should know about me is that I’m a bit of a brush addict. Did I need another fan brush? No. Of course not. But I really love this brand. The brushes are quality, so soft, and they apply my highlighter seamlessly. Seriously, you need this brush in your life!

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard: I love NYX cosmetics. I had never tried their bullet lipsticks before, but I really enough their liquid lipsticks. I typically go for an all matte look on the lips, and this definitely has a satin finish, but the color is such a beautiful classic red that I can overlook the finish. After I applied the lipstick, I blotted it quite a bit to make it look much more natural and slightly more matte. I would definitely recommend giving these a try. They are super affordable–under $5–and they are very very comfortable on the lips. Go check them out for yourself!

Bellapierre Volume Lash Waterproof Mascara: I’ve been in the market for a new mascara, and I was really hopeful when I found this in my bag. Unfortunately, it didn’t perform the way I was expecting. I was hoping for a formula that really filled out my lashes and took them to the next level. This formula however, is very wet and hardly showed up on my eyelashes. After about five coats, I gave up and reached for my tried and true Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. If you love a barely there look, give this a try, but for me, sadly, I won’t be repurchasing.

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Seraphine Botanicals Luminude: I was so excited to find this in my bag this month! I’ve been wanting to try a liquid highlighter for awhile now and this is a very nice one. I will say if you really love to glow, this might not be for you, and if you are very fair the copper undertone may be a bit dark for you. On my skin tone, however, it gives a very natural, lit-from-within glow. And we all love that!

Befine Skincare Gentle Cleanser: I had never heard of this brand before, but I’m really enjoying this cleanser! It has very little scent–a major plus for me–and I feel like it gets my skin really clean without drying it out. If you have sensitive skin I would really recommend giving this a try!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

Crazy for Nude Lips

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Hello, everybody! Happy 2017! After too much champagne and dancing, I’m back talking about my favorite makeup trend–nude lips. Wear them with a smoky eye, wear them with a bare face, these lipsticks are makeup chameleons. These are the lipsticks you can throw in your bag and reapply without a mirror. No harsh lines and no need for lip liner (though that’s never stopped me from lining!).

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Narrowing my favorite nude lipsticks down to five was…challenging. There are so many that I absolutely love and find myself reaching for on a daily basis.But somehow I managed. Here’s what I came up with.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Hotline: I’m loving peachy nudes this season. ColourPop’s Matte X formula is my favorite of all their Lippie Stixs as it is so much more matte than their original “matte” formula. This lipstick is so creamy and wears so comfortably on the lips all day long. This color in particular is very natural looking and looks great with a dramatic or natural look. I can’t get enough.

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy K: Yes, yes, I somehow managed to get my hands on the most sought after liquid lipstick in the land. It was like the Hunger Games trying to purchase it, but I survived. Yes, this lipstick has Kylie Jenner’s name on it, but that’s not what makes it amazing. It has great staying power and great pigmentation. And it smells like vanilla. What’s not to love?

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini: These liquid lipsticks are some of the most hyped up in the makeup  industry, and let me tell you–they are hyped for a reason. They smell like rootbeer, go on smoothly and last all day. This particular shade in the line is my all time favorite. It’s my perfect nude, and I’ll go ahead and say it–my favorite lipstick EVER. I’m talking desert island, can only bring one lipstick–it’s this one.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Alyssa: I’m a huge fan of KathleenLights and every collaboration she does. Her ColourPop collaborations are no exception. Originally I thought the shade Alyssa would be too light for me, but I was way off. This color suits so many different skin tones, and looks beautiful with or without lip liner. I like to darken mine with ColourPop’s BFF 3 liner. This color is great all year–especially in spring and summer.

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Kinky: I’m not usually a gloss girl. I believe very strongly in a matte lip. But this gloss from Urban Decay may have changed my mind. It’s buttery, not at all sticky, and so incredibly pigmented. Not to mention currently 50% off on their website (hint, hint). This is the only gloss I need in my life.

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While these nude lipsticks are my personal favorites, there are so many more amazing colors from all of the companies I mentioned above. Do yourself a favor in 2017 and pick one–or twenty–up for yourself. Seriously. Do it.

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What are your favorite nude lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

December Boxycharm | 2016

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Hello everybody! After a brief Christmas break, I’m back reviewing yet another beauty subscription box. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holiday (whichever one you celebrate) and is feeling refreshed and inspired. I know I am. What better Christmas gift is there than makeup? Nothing. There’s nothing better. This month’s Boxycharm was a hit for me. I’m still not sure how they only charge $21 per box, so I’m going to stick with my black magic theory.

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette: When I saw that Boxycharm included another full size palette this month, I was ecstatic. However, upon further inspection, the palette really is just a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I love a good dupe, don’t get me wrong, but this dupe happens to cost $50. Only $5 less than the product it’s duping. And like a far amount of dupes, this palette is nothing like the quality of an Urban Decay palette. While the colors are beautiful, they are also chalky and have a ton of fall out. And the color pay off is not great, even when your brush has been wet. Needless to say, I’m not super impressed with the palette and wouldn’t recommend it.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Napa Valley: I have been lusting after the Ofra liquid lipsticks for months now. Drooling, if you will. I knew they were hyped up, but now I get why. The lipstick applied evenly and was completely opaque which, for a metallic AND a dark color like purple, is incredible. The product didn’t dry out my lips and it dried  matte. There was some color transfer, but that’s to be expected with a metallic. It’s not a color I would have ever picked for myself, but I love it.

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Butter London Ruby Murray Nail Lacquer: When I think “luxury nail polish,” I always think of Butter London. I love that Boxycharm included such a festive color in the box as well. I’m a sucker for dark, vampy reds during the holiday season. I also love that you don’t have to apply coat after coat to reach opacity. I would totally recommend this polish.

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener: This eye brightening pencil was not my first product from Thrive Causemetics. I had previously received an eyeliner in my Ipsy bag from the brand and fell in love. First things first, the packaging is to die for–I love the vibrant teal color. On top of that, all of their products are vegan. What’s not to love? I use this pencil on my waterline every day to reduce redness and brighten up. I also use it on my inner corners occasionally. I can’t get enough.

Beauty for Real Lip Revival Sugar Scrub: I’ve been in the market for a good lip scrub for awhile now. As much as I love my matte liquid lipsticks, they don’t always love me back. I use this scrub every morning before applying my lip balm and I find it makes my lipstick application sooo much better. And it tastes and smells like orange and cinnamon! I will definitely repurchase this product.

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What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

November Ipsy Bag | 2016

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Is there such a thing as TOO many bags? I think not.

I have tried a few different beauty subscriptions, and so far, none have been able to hold a candle to Ipsy. The price ($10) is right, and in the 6 months I’ve been subscribed, I haven’t been disappointed yet. There is a great mix of products I’ve been eager to get my hands on and products that weren’t on my radar at all. And honestly, who can resist those cute little sample sizes? Not me.

This month’s bag was no exception. I did get one repeat product, but it just so happened to be my favorite mascara EVER, so I’ll let it go.

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This month’s treasures.

First things first–I can’t get enough of this bag. I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do with all of them, seeing as my makeup collection requires…a more spacious container. Though they could make great gift bags, and yes folks, Christmas is already right around the corner.

The products in this month’s bag cover all my beauty essentials–mascara, lip stick, eyebrows, and eyeliner. And Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is my all-time favorite. In all honesty, I’ve never used a pencil to fill in my brows–I’m strictly an Anastasia Beverly Hills powder kind of gal–but I’m actually really excited to try out the Model Co pencil. I love that the pencil comes with an eyebrow brush too.

I’ve been getting a lot of chapstick from Ipsy lately. Not sure why, but you can’t have too many, right? I’ll admit, I typically use a lanolin chapstick that I buy in bulk from Amazon, but these extra chapsticks always find a happy home.  As for the eyeliner, I’ve been seeing this brand more and more all over YouTube, and I get why. It’s highly pigmented and it’s got major staying power. The lipstick, while not my favorite finish,–I’m all about that matte lifestyle–is a beautiful color, and will be perfect for Christmastime.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? Let me know in the comments! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go paint my face.

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤