Swatches: Milani Bare Necessities Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Long time no swatch. I was browsing around a Walgreens a few weeks ago and stumbled upon the new makeup randomly. Okay, it wasn’t random. I went looking for some new drugstore makeup. I picked a few things up and thought I was done, and then I saw the display with these new Milani eyeshadow palettes. Many are already familiar with Milani’s single shadows, but palettes? Game changing.

I think there were 4 palette choices in all, and I ended up snagging the bare necessities one because it was very neutral. The other one I wanted was already gone, and I’m guessing it’s because there’s a pretty orange shade in the palette.

This palette was $9.99 in Walgreens. There are 6 shades in this, so that amounts to about $1.65 per shade. That’s still very cheap, but I have said this before, drugstore makeup is getting more and more expensive it seems. I will say that I love the packaging right off the bat. I am forever a huge fan of Milani’s gold packaging.

Other than the packaging, the fact that there is a light matte shade and a dark matte shade is promising to me. The reason why is because that means this palette can be used alone to create daytime and nighttime eye looks that have dimension using a matte transition shade and darker outer corner shade. It’s more of a personal preference, but I think palettes that have both mattes and shimmers are the best and most versatile in general.

Another cool thing is that on the back there are 3 pictures of potential looks you can create using this palette. There are a few high end brands that do this as well, including Too Faced and Kat Von D, and I’ve read that people find this helpful, especially if they’re just starting out with makeup. The little brush that comes in this palette is useless and it’s not even worthy of being in the photo. That’s pretty typical of drugstore eyeshadow palettes though. It’s like a tradition. 

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These are the swatches taken in natural daylight.

The only shade that gave me some trouble was the second matte shade, it took me a few times to get that one to show up. The rest of the shades swatches beautifully. The shimmer shades felt awesome, and I was really impressed with the formula. The gold shade crumbled a bit, but that’s also a bit typical for shimmer shades with very buttery formulas. The darker matte shade swatched awesomely as well! Look at that pigmentation!

Okay, but how did it perform on your eyeballs? Not the best quality eyeshadows I have ever worked with, but I was able to create a pretty day time look. The shimmer shades are awesome though! I found them way more pigmented and easier to apply even above the bella eye shimmer singles.

The mattes aren’t my favorite though. The dark brown was okay, but blending it can be tricky. It’s pigmented, but if you blend even a bit too much you risk making the look appear muddy or blending the shade away almost completely.

I will say this palette would be awesome for anyone just starting into makeup. It’s got two mattes and several shimmers to choose from. So, it’s not going to be overwhelming or over complicated for the casual makeup enthusiast.

Will I be picking up any more? I’m not sure. I might wait until I see some more reviews and swatches of a few of the other ones to see, but for right now, I feel underwhelmed. Because only the shimmer shades performed really well for me, I’m not sure if I will be picking this palette up too often. We’ll see. I have some of the new Morphe single shadows on the way, so I might pair this with those.

 

If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? Will you be picking this up if you don’t have it yet? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you all found this to be helpful in some way. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having great days!

 

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Swatch Video: J.Cat Beauty Liptitude 24/7 Lip StainsWIld

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Hey loves,

I uploaded a video to my Youtube channel last night! I think Friday may become my upload day? I dunno, still working on it. Anyway, I did a review + lip swatches of 5 out of 14 of the new J.Cat Beauty hydrating lip stains.

A few quick things:

These are highly pigmented.

They are semi matte.

The red ones do stain.

I love the heck out of this formula and the colors I swatched.

I bought all of these myself, except for the two that I got off Ipsy, but I also pay for that subscription every month.

The more I try from J.Cat Beauty, the more impressed I am. This formula is awesome, and until the August 1st you can get 25% off on these on their site.

Please watch my video and let me know what you think and if you like lip swatch videos!

Coming next week: Swatches of the Wet n Wild “High Flying Colors” palette

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Face of the Day: My “go to” Date Night Look

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Hey lovelies,

How is everyone? I’m sitting down and typing this out on a Tuesday, and it’s been a weird day. A mostly happy day with some weird things. I started my day off by getting pooped on and I broke my favorite jewelry holder on my foot and I bled everywhere. However, once my kids laid down for a nap I was able to sit down and plan out my look for this week. I also had a great selfie day. There’s just something about looking through pictures and thinking, “Damn, I look nice,” that can perk a lady right up. And yes, you’re allowed to think you look damn good sometimes…or everyday. Because you all look nice everyday.

Anyway, today’s look is going to be my “go to” date night look lately. I tried to put my Kat Von D palette down for once and use all single shadows and some new products that I want to talk about a bit more. My go-to style of makeup in general is usually a pretty crease, a light lid, cat eye and fun lipstick. I know this differs for everyone, but I’m a bit “all or nothing” when it comes to my makeup. So, on date nights I like to go all out and feel happy and confident. For me, that includes red lipstick and cat eyes.

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I also put on an outfit that I would probably wear on a night out (a dress) and curled my hair. Without further adieu, let’s get into the details.

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My base today is actually a wee bit different than normal. I haven’t used my Hard Candy primer in awhile, so I pulled it out for this look. I actually like this primer, and do find it helps my makeup to truly stick, even in the Summer. My foundation is Nyx’s Invincible foundation in “Fair” mixed with a bit of my City Color tinted moisturizer in “fair” to thin it out a bit. That’s my number one tip for full coverage foundations on dry skin…a tinted moisturizer or a bit of beauty oil will thin out a matte foundation a bit making it lay better on the skin. I find this doesn’t take away too much coverage, but my skin has also been relatively clear lately.

My concealer is my usual…La Girl’s pro concealer in “porcelain.” However, today I set my under eyes with the City Color HD setting powder that I got in my July Ipsy bag. My first impression is that I enjoy this powder. Loose powder annoys me a bit in the sense that it’s pretty messy, but I did find this powder to be finely milled and very silky feeling.

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For my contour I used the dark shade in the Elf contour kit. Blush is “Birthday Suit” by Colourpop, and highlight is “Smokin Whistles” also by Colourpop.

My brows are my usual as of late, which is the Milani brow pomade in “Dark Brown” and set with Nyx’s brow mascara in “Black”

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Okay, so for my eyes I primed with my Too Faced Shadow insurance. My transition shade is actually from a sample I received from Shiro Cosmetics called “Mourning.” It’s a lovely medium toned orangey-beige shade that is perfect for warmer toned looks because it’s not too orange. Don’t worry, I’ve ordered the full size. Then as a second transition shade I took “Dirty” by My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics (not pretty zombie cosmetics, it confused me at first too). Because I like to look like a big eyed doll at times, I did a rounded shape and took this pretty far in close to the bridge of my nose.

On my lid is actually a Colourpop shadow called “Acorn.” This came from their Spring collection, and I love it. It’s a pearlized cream color, so it gives dimension to this look without being shimmery. I applied this with my finger, which is how you get the most pigmentation with Colourpop shadows. However, concealer brushes work as well! The outer color is “A regular Bears Meeting” by Shiro Cosmetics.

Normally, I would use black liner for my wing. However, I’m still on the colored liner kick and I created a liner using Shiro Cosmetics’ “A War of Five Armies” shadow (see my method here) and I feel this really made the green in my eyes stand out. It’s a lovely dark burgundy shade. Lashes are the same ones that I talked about in my last video that you can watch here if interested. They’re just ebay lashes, but I love how wispy and romantic they look.

In my water liner I have Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in “Milk.” Then I have “Mourning” blended out and “Dirty” closer to the lash line and slightly blended out. Mascara is Maybelline’s The Falsies. My inner corner highlight is super dramatic. You don’t have to be as dramatic as me. I used “Swan” from Colourpop. I love this as an inner corner highlight.

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For my lips, it’s just Kat Von D’s “Vampira.” I haven’t worn this liquid lipstick in a bit, and I forgot how much I truly adore this shade and formula. It applies evenly and lasts all day. It feels comfortable and applies like a dream. I definitely want to get my hands on quite a few of the new shades when my local Sephora has all of them. I set my entire face with Urban Decays All Nighter spray.

Funny story about my hair: if you follow me on twitter, you would have seen me mention that I did a wet set using foam rollers and said I looked like “a punk poodle.” I did. It was bad. I put my hair in a bun and the next day (today) my hair looked better, and I went over the weird parts with a curling iron. This was the result. From punk poodle to glorious curls.

My necklace is from Bella Morta Jewelry, and my dress was actually a clearance find from Marshall’s.

I hope you all enjoyed this look! Tell me about your go to looks, for dates or whenever else. What makes you feel sexy and sassy?

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Lip Monthly July 2015

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Hey beauties,

I’m here today to do another unbagging! I got my Lip Monthly bag in the mail on Monday, which was a pleasant surprise, because it was storming and gloomy. If you’re unfamiliar with Lip Monthly, they are a beauty subscription that sends out typically 4 full sized products meant for those that love lip products. Their subscription used to be $10 per month, but now they have upped the price to $13 a month. The price change does not affect those that were already signed up though. I’m guessing the price change happened because they do send out full sized products and because the bags have been getting nifty upgrades.

I will say that this subscription is still worth $13. It has improved substantially over the past few months. If you have been keeping up with my blog for awhile now, you’ll know that I have went back and forth regarding my feelings towards Lip Monthly. However, I wanted them to succeed and improve, and they have from what I have seen. It’s always promising to see companies constantly work to improve their services and products.

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Anyway, I receieved four full sized products this month. Three lip products, and the “makeup mix up” which is usually something non lip related. As always, I will list what the price is of each item and go over the total value of the bag!

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Lord and Berry Crayon “Fire” $19 Starting off with a high roller product, this month I got a Lord & Berry lip crayon. This crayon is pretty tiny considering it’s $19. However, the color is stunning! It truly reminds me of a fire red. I only swatched it a tiny bit, and it was really smooth. I’m pretty excited to try this, because you all know how I am about my reds.

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Milani Lip Intense in “Violet Addict” $6.49 I love Milani lip products! However, I already have this color. I actually reviewed this not too long ago,and if you’re interested in my thoughts click here. I love this shade and this formula. I did take a photo of the one I already have instead of opening the new one up though. I’m going to set it in my “giveaway” basket that is slowly collecting some pretty things! Be on the lookout!

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Harvey Prince Mini Roller in “Sincerely” $21 Okay, so I have gotten a fragrance from Harvey Prince before and it smelled like gardenias barfed all over me. I was not a fan. However, this one is better. I will say that Harvey Prince fragrances are strong. I don’t know if I can wear it with my allergies, but I’m going to try and wear it on my wrists a few times to see how that goes.

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Medusa’s Makeup Gloss “French Kiss” $9 This is probably my favorite item this month! First, the packaging is badass. I love it. Second, I have been wanting to try this brand for some time. I’m not a huge lip gloss fan, but I don’t mind trying out new ones. This shade looks like a baby pink, which isn’t my thing whatsoever. However, if I like the formula enough I might finally purchase a few things off their site, including the eye dusts that I have seen floating around Instagram for years now.

Total value of this month’s bag: $55.49

Overall thoughts: This was a decent high value bag! I’m excited to try out a few brands that I have been wanting to try, and I would have been way happier about the Milani lippie if I didn’t already have it in my stash. I am happy that they sent a variety of colors. There was a red, pink, and a fun violet color. I find that Lip Monthly would probably be way more awesome for people wanting to build up their lippie stash on a budget, but I don’t mind adding to my own collection. I should care at this point because my collection is ridiculous…#cantstopwontstop

If you get Lip Monthly, what did you get? Are you happy with your goodies? Or were they baddies? Okay, that’s my worst joke so far on my blog. I’m done now.

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Ipsy July 2015: Summer Lovin’

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Hey beauties,

How is everyone? Anyone else getting rained in this Summer? I feel like all it’s done this Summer is rain. I’m not totally complaining, I don’t go outside much in the Summer. However, the humidity is making me want to toss mattresses out my window. The one thing I hate more than heat is humidity. It’s an asthmatic’s enemy.

So, getting my cute pink bubble wrap envelope filled with ipsy goodies was a welcomed surprise. If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription that costs $10 per month. The products are supposed to be catered to each persons interests, and there are typically 4-5 full sized or sample sized products. My bag typically arrives in the middle of the month, but it differs for a lot of people depending on where they live.

This month I received 5 cute things, and I am excited to share them with you all! Typical disclaimer, my referral code is linked at the end of the post, but my opinions on these products are honest and my own. I buy this subscription every month myself, and anyone can refer people with Ipsy!

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City Color HD Loose Setting Powder- So, I thought this was full sized, but the full sized version has 7 grams of product, and this one has 4. Still, that’s a whole lot of powder! This is a translucent setting powder that claims to be finely milled and blurs out imperfections. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I may give my thoughts on it in this week’s “face of the day” if I get around to using it! I’m really happy that I got this in my bag. I love powders! If this doesn’t work out for my face, it will probably still get used if I want to change a glossy lipstick to a matte lipstick or to clean up around my lips when I’m doing lip swatches.

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Octavio Molina Sea Salt Hair Spray- Not gonna lie, I am not happy to see hair products in my bags at times. My hair is very curly naturally, and not many products that are sent work for me. However, I will try this one out. It claims to give hair texture while also keeping is moisturized. That’s a mighty high claim for hair like mine, so I will put it to the test. I do like sea salt sprays even though I hate touching my hair afterwards. It feels gross to me. Anyone else feel that way?

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Be a Bombshell Lip Balm in “French Kiss”- I was a wee bit sad that I didn’t get the Ruby shade, but this one is nice as well. I’ve received a few products from Be a Bombshell, and I like their brand as a whole! This is a full sized product, and it claims to keep lips hydrated while giving a little color to the lips. The shade French kiss is a very light pink, so it just looks and feels like your typical balm. I do like it. It’s a nice little balm to throw in your bag on the go to hydrate your lips if you’re wearing a matte lipstick. Would I pay $13 for this balm outside of getting it in my bag? Probably not, but I’m not a lip balm fanatic.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer- When I saw this in my glam room, I kinda squealed. On the inside, of course. I feel like I never get the high end samples when they are sent out, but this time I got this little pretty! I’m not a huge bronzer fan, but I’m willing to try it because I do love Tarte! The packaging is stunning. The gold shimmer concerns me a bit with my skin tone, but I can probably use it as an eyeshadow if it is too warm.

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Eau Thermale Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser- When I first looked at this I thought Ipsy had sent me mouthwash. I probably would have preferred mouthwash. Skin products are so weird for me because my skin is so sensitive, so I’m hesitant about putting new things on my face because my skin is finally recovering and looking nice after the hormone tornado that happened to me after I had my second daughter. I may try it, but I might put it to the side and forget about it. Sorry, buddy.

A quick Ipsy Tip- I’ve been getting asked how I’ve gotten pretty good bags several months in a row now and the answer is simple! Do the surveys and rate your products every month. Seriously, it’s that simple. The ratings will ask if you liked the product and if you enjoy that type of product. I’m assuming at that point it will update your profile in whatever database they use to help cater your bag to your wants and needs. I have been getting way better bags since I now rate everything every month, not to mention you get free points by doing so! It’s not a guarantee that you will love every product, but I’ve been happy with almost everything lately.

That’s everything that I got this month! Oh wait, I did get another JCat Liptitude in “Blow your mind” since it was part of the points rewards, but I’m saving that for the review I’m filming of all the shades I have!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you’re new here I hope you decide to stick around! Emails for my blog are free to sign up for *nudges*

I will have my review for July’s Lip Monthly bag coming up soon as well since I’m still waiting for it to arrive! In the meantime, what did you all receive in your Ipsy bags if you get them? Tell me or link me to your posts down below!

Have a good day, lovelies.

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Face of the Day: “Lingered in Twilight”

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Hey loves,

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for this week’s “face of the day” post! I look forward to this post every week, and I hope you all enjoy them as well. They’ve pushed me to try new looks and to try new products/colors out. When I did this look it was very rainy and gloomy, so I was feeling another cool toned look. But don’t worry, I made it fun! Anyone else stuck inside all day Tuesday thanks to intense storms? We were. My husky was feeling anxious and our power flickered on and off all day. I also had a tired mom moment and completely ignored the flash flood warning on my phone because I was very tired and the girls were still asleep.

Not one of my proudest moments.

Anyway, if my pictures seem a bit darker than usual, that’s why. I tend to use natural light for my face photos, it’s just personal preference.

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First thing to address, I cut my bangs! I wanted a new style without cutting my hair since I’ve been growing it out for two years now. So, I went with short “v” bangs. Essentially, they’re just bettie bangs that meet in a point. Like a faux widow’s peak. I love it. I also have new nose jewelry because I noticed last week that the gems in my last clicker were falling out. My nose looks pretty again.

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Okay, I’m serious now let’s talk makeup. For my base I primed with my Laura Mercier hydrating primer, as usual. I mixed together City Color Cosmetic’s tinted moisturizer in “fair” and LA Girl Pro BB cream in “fair.” There’s something that I really love about this combination. It’s a nice coverage and looks dewy on my skin, yet my freckles peak through. I’ve really been loving it, but I noticed that it’s a bit dark on me. I might have to add my manic panic dreamtone to it. Woo, it takes 3 products to get the perfect mix! #thestruggle

I set my face with my Laura Geller Balance and Brightening powder in “porcelain” and used my LA Girl pro concealer in “porcelain” under my eyes and set that with Physicians Formula correcting powder.

My contour today is my Lunatick Cosmetic Labs cool contour kit, and it’s also what I used to contour my nose. Blush is Milani’s “Romantic Rose” and highlight is Colourpop’s “Smokin Whistles.” I have been addicted to this highlight the past few weeks. It’s a gorgeous champagne color that reflects silver. It’s the absolute perfect champagne highlight for fair, cool toned skin. I’m in love.

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My brows are Milani’s new pomade in “dark” and set with Nyx’s brow mascara in “black.” Also a favorite combo of mine lately. I primed my eyes with Too Faced’s shadow insurance and my transition shade is “SOS” by Nyx. I then took “Downtown” by Colourpop on a flat brush and put that more concentrated in my crease. Because my liner is fun today, I wanted a simpler look on my lids, and I felt taupe would contrast well with the teal color of the liner. Lid and brow highlight is the white shade from the Kat Von D shade+light eye palette. Only because no other matte white compares to that one, in my opinion.

Okay, so remember when I posted about how to change your loose shadow into liner? Hey, well I did that today. I mixed a homemade water and vegetable glycerin combo on a palette with Shiro Cosmetics shadow in “Lingered in Twilight.” This shade is a gorgeous deeper teal with a bit of sparkle, and I thought it would make the perfect liner on a stormy day.

I did tightline my upper water line with a gel pencil because it made my eyes look a bit fuller, and I was planning on wearing false lashes. I used my Maybelline The Falsies mascara on my upper and lower lashes, and my lashes are a pair that I got off ebay. I honestly do not know the name of them, but they are very nice and wispy.

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On my lower lash line I used Nyx’s jumbo pencil in “Milk” on my water line and blended “SOS” and “Downtown” together on the lower lash line. My inner corner highlight is a Nyx loose pigment. I believe the color is “platinum” or something, but that’s a con to the Nyx loose shadows. They’re gorgeous and affordable, but good luck remembering the names once you take the sticker off and open it.

My lips are lined with Essence’s liner in “soft berry” and topped with LaSplash’s “Nymphadora.” My whole face is set with Pixi’s glow mist setting spray.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s face of the day post! If you have any requests or want to know anything about a product mentioned, please feel free to ask in the comment section!

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Hey, I’ve Posted 200 Times Now

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Hey everyone,

While I was brainstorming for ideas and replying to comments, I noticed that I have posted 200 posts on my blog! Well, once this post goes up it will be 200, but you know what I mean. That’s a lot of typing, and because I do reviews and stuff it’s been a lot of swatching and looking at lipstick stain tattoos grace my arms for almost a year now. It’s actually a joke with my family now, they’re always expecting to see some lipstick on my arms. They’re my “temporary tattoos.”

When I started this blog, I didn’t really have a purpose. I posted here and there and had no schedule. I was feeling down and very depressed. My anxiety was inhibiting me from leaving many days and I just felt like something had to give. When I brought up the idea of blogging mostly about makeup and beauty to my mom, she agreed that it might be good for me to have a creative outlet. It would give me something that is solely “mine” and would give me some consistency in the midst of the total chaos that is being a mom of two very small children.

To say that blogging has essentially saved my life in some ways is an understatement. I feel like I have a voice now. I have ever made friends, which if you read my post about my friendships (and lack thereof) the past few years, you will know that it’s a big deal for me. I absolutely love the blogging community as a whole. Sure, there are some negative areas, but most of the areas have brought nothing but positivity into my life. I consider each of you my friend.

Blogging isn’t just for my own self gain though. I truly adore and appreciate every single person that follows me and supports me. I can’t count the times I have caught myself smiling at a comment someone has left, and I have even been in tears at times. Good tears. The happy kind that reinforce that I do have a small place on the internet. A place to show the passion for makeup and pretty colors since I was a toddler. I have loved watching all of your blogs, if you have one, grow.

So, for my 200th post, I wanted to write out how grateful I am for every person reading this now. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You have all helped me climb out of one of the darkest places I have been in. I’m sure that if my daughters could fully grasp what was going on with me a year ago and see the difference now, they would be thanking you all as well. I’m in a way better place now than I was a year ago. I still have a lot to work on, but I will continue to cope and try to be better for my kids sakes.

I love blogging. I’m still a very small blogger, but that’s okay with me. Numbers do not concern me. I told myself in the beginning that I will always prefer 200 people following me that read and engage with me than 2,000 that do not any day. I still mean that. Even if I stopped blogging tomorrow, I would still buy lipstick. I would still be reading your posts and ogling over your makeup collections. So, I might as well just continue to type it out.

Here’s to 200 posts, and to 200 more. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thank you to every single person that follows me, likes my posts, retweets my tweets on twitter. You are all so special, and I just wanted to express that in a short post today.

You have all had a deep impact on my life, whether you know it or not.

Have a good day.

-Kayla

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My Favorite MLBB Shades

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Hey loves,

Today I am going to be talking about lipstick again! If you’re wondering what “MLBB” stands for, it stands for “My Lips but Better” and not something odd like “My luscious big booty.” This is supposed to be a tag post of some sort, but no one tagged me and I just felt like doing this. I did a post last week about my favorite affordable red lipsticks, so today I want to touch on my favorite nude lipsticks.

For reference: I am very fair and my skin is cool toned. Cool toned mauve colored shades suite my skin tone the best. My lips are also naturally very pigmented, and pull a bit more mauve to begin with. For me, pink nudes with a bit of a brown tone to them are the way to go in terms of nude lipsticks on fair skin. I find it to be very flattering and a striking contrast. I tend to avoid very light pink and super pale nude shades, because many times it just looks like I put concealer on my lips. I mean, there is a time and place for concealer lips, but not when I want something pretty that will go with about any eye look I’m wearing that day.

To answer your question, yes, I have bought so many mauve lipsticks since every makeup company keeps coming out with various mauve and dark nude lipstick shades. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I love this mauve and brown lipstick trend. This is also the picture that I’m going to forever send to creepy people that ask me for nudes. “Oh, okay, here are all my favorite nudes in one photo!” On to the lipsticks of the hour:

Stila “Patina” I lusted over this shade from the moment I saw it on Thataylaa until I finally ordered it during a Stila sale a few months back. This is a liquid to matte lipstick, and it is glorious. It smells like cupcakes and it lasts on my lips for a very long time. I do find that the smell of these lasts for a bit longer than most, so if that kind of thing bothers you, you might not like this formula. I find that the applicator on the Stila liquid lipsticks are very nice and give a precise application. I highly recommend this shade if you love mauve liquid lipsticks.

Nyx Matte “Whipped Caviar” I have mentioned the Nyx Matte formula before, and I will probably continue to do so because I love them so much. Very affordable at $5-6, and whipped caviar is the perfect nude shade for anyone looking for a beautiful mauve shade that’s budget friendly.

Nyx “Thalia” This is an old and constant favorite of mine. The shade is much like “Whipped Caviar” but it’s a glossier formula. I love the round case lipsticks, and I believe I own way too many of them. Thalia is one of those lipsticks that you can throw on with a dewy base and bit of mascara and it somehow glams up the entire look while looking natural. It’s a power shade, in my opinion.

LaSplash “Charmed” This is a more recent addition to my collection, and I have raved about the LaSplash liquid lipsticks very often on my blog. Charmed is from the mousse collection, so this formula is different from the lip couture line. These dry very quickly, and they have an intense staying power. Charmed is a lighter pink-ish nude shade that is very flattering on my skin tone. It’s light and flirty, but it doesn’t wash me out. I do find that this pulls a bit more grey on my lips somedays than pink or mauve, which is nice. It’s a very different shade.

Nyx Butter Lipstick “Pops” The Nyx butter lipsticks pop up often in my lipstick posts. Pops is more of a brown toned mauve, but it is so flattering on multiple skin tones. I highly recommend this color, and the Nyx butter lipsticks in general. They are incredible, and I wear them often, especially in the Summer. I can apply this shade without even looking in a mirror if I need to.

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick “Lovecraft” This is probably one of the most worn lipsticks in my collection. I actually put it down for awhile because I was afraid of running out, and these are on the pricier side at $21 a piece. So worth it. The studded lipsticks are very matte. You will probably need to apply a bit of balm a little while before applying one to make the application smoother. Lovecraft is an absolutely stunning shade. I always get compliments on it when I wear it out. Maybe it’s the confidence it gives me, or maybe it’s how flattering this shade is on my skin…who knows. I just know that if you are looking to buy a few shades from this line, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

That’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoyed this quick little blurb about some of my favorite MLBB shades of lipstick. What are some of your favorite shades of nude? Let me know in the comments section!

Also, if you have any requests for my next “my favorites” lipstick/blush/whatever else post…please let me know! I thoroughly enjoy these types of posts.

I hope you’re all having wonderful days, and thanks for stopping by!

*typical disclaimer- I bought all these products myself, and all opinions are my own!

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The Beautiful Blogger Award

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Hey beauties,

I was nominated by the beautiful Katie from Plus+ Beauty for the beautiful blogger award, and I’m so honored and grateful. I love Katie’s blog, and she’s always so sweet and supportive of other bloggers. Definitely check her blog out! It’s one of my favorites to read, and I love Tester Tuesdays so much!

The Rules

Link to the blogger who nominated you.
List seven random things about yourself.
Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
Notify the amazing people that you’ve nominated them for an award.

Seven Random Things About Me

1.I eat black olives by themselves very often.

2. I can’t stand Summer. I hate feeling hot and sticky.

3. When I was in middle school my mom wouldn’t let me wear eyeliner because she saw the “scene” trend unfolding and was mortified.

4. I have a strange love for taxidermy and medical related Instagram accounts

5. I read a great deal of mystery thrillers now. I didn’t like them a few years ago.

6. I think blue eyeshadow looks terrible on me.

7. I want a hairless cat named Hobgoblin.

My Nominations:

1. Kaily

2. Makeup Marauder

3. Lippie Obsession

4. Polished by Amy

5. Midwest Glam

6. Stash Matters

7. A Work of Artifice

Those are my nominations, and I recommend checking out and following all of these lovelies if you’re not already! I do apologize if any of the nominees have been nominated elsewhere.

That’s it for today’s award post! I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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Face of the Day: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

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Hey lovelies,

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a Face of the Day post! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my internal, yet public, debate about what to do this week. Did I want to go sweet and pink, or bold and blue? I have a bit of a problem where I’m either very dramatic, or very low key when it comes to makeup. Anyone else feel the same way?

Bold and blue ended up winning my heart. I saw my Coastal Scents Revealed palette sitting in my holder and it was looking lonely and unloved. So, I decided to do a cool toned look for today since I did a warm look last week.

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My base was mostly my usual. Laura Mercier hydrating primer and my Nars Weightless Luminous foundation mixed with Loreal’s Magic Lumi foundation (my dream team). Concealer is La Girl HD concealer in “porcelain” mixed with Nyx HD lavender. My face is set with my Laura Geller balance and brighten powder in “porcelain” and my undereyes are set with Ben Nye’s luxury powder in “Cameo.”

Brows are Nyx’s brow gel in “black” and set with their brow mascara, also in black.

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I primed my eyes with Too Faced shadow insurance and my transition shade is actually Nyx’s single shadow in “SOS.” I ordered this shade during the Ulta sale, and it’s a lovely cool toned transition shade. I’ve been reaching for it a lot this past week.

I then went into the crease with a smaller brush using the matte taupe shade in the Revealed palette. Then I took the cool toned silver shade and placed that all over my lid. I love this shade, it’s probably my favorite in the Revealed palette. It’s very reminiscent of “Verve” from the Naked 2 palette, but it’s so pigmented and shimmery. I die.

I took a small angled brush and placed the black shade on the very outer corner and brought it in about 1/3 of the way on the crease and lightly blended that out with a small blending brush. Key here was light and small motions. I didn’t want the taupe and black to become muddy.

Liner is my usual, physicians formula eye booster in ultra black.

Lashes are Ardell double up #204. I was feeling dramatic.

Lower lash line is Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in “milk” on the water line with “SOS” and the taupe shade from the Revealed palette blended out. I then placed the black shade on the very outside just to even everything up a bit. Mascara is Covergirl’s SuperSizer mascara. Inner corner highlight is Urban Decay’s “Polyster Bride.”

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Blush is Kat Von D’s everlasting blush in “Love Song.” I know I have talked about my love for this blush before. It’s the perfect cool toned pink for pale skin, and it lasts all day.

Contour is done with the Lunatick Labs cool contour kit. These are currently unavailable on their site, but that’s because they’re reformulating them! I believe they are trying to make the colors less soft so that they don’t break as easily and changing the packaging. Not totally for sure.

Highlight on the nose is Colourpop’s “Smoke and Whistles.” Gorgeous champagne shade. I don’t know why I haven’t been using it more often.

Highlight on the cheeks and brow arches is Babydoll Cosmetics highlight in “Mermaid Skin.” I love the absolute shit out of this highlight. It looks like mermaid skin and has a very subtle blue glow to it. However, I’ve been debating on whether or not to use this on my blog for other reasons…

I bought this highlighter a few months ago with my own money. It took over a month to get the product. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me because sometimes indie companies have long turnaround times. It happens. But if I’m trying to email you because your site says nothing about a delay and I have gotten no response or anything…I get worried. Anyone would, and frankly, it’s unprofessional in my eyes. Please don’t think I’m trying to bash anyone, I’m just being honest about my own personal experience. I feel that’s something I should do as a beauty blogger, which is why I’m mentioning it now. I’ve seen a lot of drama on this brand’s makeup page, and I don’t know what’s going on fully, but it is something I pay attention to as a blogger and consumer. I love this highlight, but I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about not getting responses or their products. Always look into whatever brand you’re buying from. You owe it to yourself.

Anyway, now that I got that off my chest we can finish the post.

My lips are lined with Urban Decay’s 24/7 primer pencil and topped with OCC’s lip tar in “Technopagan.” I bought this during their 40% off sale, and I am so happy about it. I love this shade. It’s blue and purple at the same time. I can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous it is, and it’s like nothing in my collection thus far. Putting the primer pencil underneath definitely helped the color to standout and stay put throughout the day.

My mermaid collar is from salemcouture.com. Isn’t it fabulous?

That’s about it for today’s face of the day post! If you have any questions about anything mentioned, please feel free to ask!

Thank you for reading if you read to this point, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days.

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