Huge Makeup Haul | Spring 2017


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


❤ Taylor ❤


My Skincare Essentials


Hello, everybody! Today, I’m talking all things skincare. Typically I’m the kind of person who finds a product that works and then uses it until the end of time. But recently, I’ve been battling some new skin issues and thought it might be time to change up my routine–and I think I’ve found the perfect balance of OG products and newcomers. So grab a cuppa and settle in, this is a long one.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: This is a product I’ve been using for close to 10 years. It was recommended to me years ago by a dermatologist and I absolutely love it. It’s not a thick formula, it has no fragrance and it can be used on the face or body. Typically the lotion lasts me about 5-6 months if I use it only on my face. I can’t imagine this NOT being a part of my nighttime routine. It’s just a must.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser: I would not be using this face wash if my mom had not generously gifted it to me. Is it expensive? Yes. It is worth the price? Absolutely. Philosophy is known for their quality products and this is a bestseller. It takes all my makeup residue off and leaves my face feeling extremely clean without drying it out. And if you grab the 32oz size like I have–it should last you a good long while.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion: This toner is a newer product. I picked it up in Ulta about a month ago and have been using it every night. I love how clean this makes my skin feel, and it does a great job of fighting blemishes. I will say that it does dry my skin out a bit, but that’s to be expected with most toners. Overall this toner has decreased how oily my skin gets and helps keep acne at bay. What’s better than that?


Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen: I recently talked about this eye cream in my November Boxycharm post. Pop over to read my review and how I use this product!

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Original Formula Moisturizer for All Skin Types: Again, shout out to mom for another Philosophy product. This moisturizer is like nothing I’ve ever used. I tend to not use it daily, but instead when I want to really pamper my skin. It’s an incredibly lightweight formula that leaves your skin glowing and so so hydrated. There’s a reason this is a bestseller, people.

Giovanni Purifying Facial Mask: I love all things Giovanni, so when I saw this in the drug store, I had to try it out. This charcoal mask is from their D:tox System range, and lately, my skin has really needed a detox. Between the change in weather and all those holiday treats, things have been sketchy. I typically use this mask as a spot treatment and I find that it really does draw out impurities and shrinks blemishes quickly. Perfect for emergency blemish control!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum: I received this product in an Ipsy bag during the summer and have been trying to make my tiny sample last. I wasn’t familiar with this brand, but man does it work. I typically apply a small amount to a blemish before bed, but you can also apply it under your foundation in the morning. It’s powerful stuff.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 with Sunboost ATB: This was a Christmas gift I received last year and it is honestly the best facial sunscreen I’ve ever used. It’s a very thin formula, but it applies to the skin beautifully. My favorite way to use this is without makeup. The argan oil work as a highlighter of sorts and gives you a sort of lit from within look. It’s so so amazing–check it out.


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: This is another new product I picked up recently. I’ve heard so many YouTubers swear by this treatment and..well, I don’t really need much convincing past that. You apply the treatment to blemishes before bed, go to sleep, and wash any residue off in the morning. I will say, this is powerful. And when it says drying, it means it. I definitely find myself needing to moisturize more often. But honestly, it’s worth it if you can shrink a blemish overnight.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Another new product I picked up in Ulta, this facial spray can be used as a makeup primer, setting spray, or just a facial mist for hydration. I use it to set my makeup, and occasionally if I’m feeling extra dry. This leaves my makeup looking natural and slightly dewy. It’s such a reasonable price too. Go check it out!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: I’ve been gifted this product a few times, and I honestly love it. It does such a great job of exfoliating and smoothing out my skin. I also find it helps with texture and discoloration over time. I use this once a week, and let it sit on the skin for about 2 minutes before rinsing. If you have sensitive skin, there is a gentler version available.

Jojoba Oil: This is something I think everyone should have. Jojoba oil is so close to our natural skin and scalp oil, and it does a great job of moisturizing. I mix mine with my CeraVe lotion in the winter when I’m feeling especially dry. Use it on your scalp or mix it with your body lotion. It’s so multifunctional.

What are your skin care essentials? Let me know in the comments!


❤ Taylor ❤