Favorites Friday

Apparently, this is the week of favorites posts on my blog.
I love talking about my favorite things. Because, well, they’re my favorites, and by default make me feel happy.

So, welcome to this week’s Favorites Friday post! As usual, there will be some beauty and some non beauty related things.
Comment with some of your favorite things for the week as well!

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1. Favorite Mom Moment: I can’t help but share two photos of this sweet sister moment. Most mornings I wake up and nurse Piper and we play for a bit before Harmony wakes up, but Sunday morning Harmony woke up early and wanted to come and snuggle with us. I absolutely adore and cherish moments like these. Harmony and Piper have a very healthy and loving relationship. I know that some may be thinking “for now” but if I could explain it, I would, but there’s something different there. There’s a different level of adoration that truly touches my soul when I watch them interact. I only had brothers, so maybe that’s my own envy coming out a bit. I always wanted a sister, and I’m happy that they have each other.

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2. Favorite Find: I went thrifting for a bit with the girls and we ended up finding a few goodies! I love thrift stores because I like to use plates and glass things as props for makeup and lifestyle photos. However, I was rummaging through the stuffed animal bin looking for Hello Kitty dolls (as usual) and found a Princess Diana bear…with tags! She was so pretty, I had to have her. I also snagged some really cheap film for my Nikon and a camera lens coffee mug for $1. Did anyone else collect beanie babies growing up?

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3. On my Nails: I recently tried this nail polish brand after seeing yougwildandpolished (look her up on youtube. I love her) raving about this over and over, and I adore them! They’re super affordable at $3 each, and there are so many colors! That and I love the packaging. I’m a sucker for polka dots. The grey color (mauvie night) is probably my favorite so far. It’s perfect. The fast drying top coat drops are also incredible and actually work! I put a drop on each finger and it spares me the grief of having to stand and wave my hands around in an attempt to dry my nails faster. #momproblems

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4. Other favorite find: If it isn’t apparent by now, I collect coffee mugs. I really really wanted the heart mug from Starbucks, but this one is quite cute as well. I’m still searching for the other cute Starbucks mugs though. *Liam Neeson voice* I will find them, and I will buy them.

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5. Makeup Favorites: For blush, I’ve been wearing the City Color Cosmetics baked blush in “rose” literally everyday applied with my Luxie angled brush. It just gives me a very Snow White flushed cheek against my pale skin with a touch of highlight. Because I’m all about that glow. I went on another Kmart clearance trip, and snagged a Physicians Formula Nude Wear highlighter for $3! It’s a super pretty highlight. Physicians Formula highlighters have never let me down. On my lips has been “Rose Femme” by Milani. It’s a super pretty rosey-brown shade. I’ve seen swatches of it compared next to Mac’s “Twig” but I don’t own it so I wouldn’t know. I just know it’s an amazing shade! Can you tell I’ve been all about roses this week? I’m ready for Spring.

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6. Favorite Pet Moment: I went to Trader Joe’s and left the big bags in our floor, and I found Sailor in one playing peek-a-cat with herself. I haven’t had the heart to throw the bag away because she loves it so much.

As usual, thank you for reading, and I hope you are all having lovely days!
Happy Friday, beauties.

LOLITA DUPES?

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I have seen the “Lolita” by Kat Von D restocked several times over the past few months only to sell back out about 10 mins later. The shade is described as a “dusty rose” and it seems to be the color that everyone and their grand-mamma wants. I lucked out and bought it before the hype…not trying to sound like a hipster by saying that, I just feel lucky because I actually stink at buying things in the heat of the moment. Some of y’all just have quicker fingers than me, I suppose.

I have seen some mention some dupes and what they think are dupes, so I decided to go through my collection and I do have a few that people are claiming are cheaper dupes. How many times can I say “dupe” in one sentence?

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I guess we should start with the culprit in question. This is a lip swatch of “Lolita.” It truly is a very dusty rose shade. I absolutely love this shade, and I do understand the hype behind it. Not only is the formula of the everlasting lipsticks to die for, this color is very unique.

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Second swatch is the “Soft Berry” lip liner by Essence. This color will break the bank at a whopping $1.50. I mentioned this liner in my February Favorites video, because I love them. They’re super creamy and easy to apply. I can’t stand lip liners that pull and tug on my lips, and these do not. Not to mention this color is divine.

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Last lip swatch I have is Wet n Wild’s Megalast lip color in “High Pitched Wine.” In the tube, this color looks similar to Lolita. On the lips, not so much. It’s pretty red toned on the lips. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of this formula. It’s very thick and kind of sticky. It doesn’t seem to dry completely on the lips, and that bugs the shit out of me. However, it is a very pretty color and it’s very affordable.

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This is an arm swatch of all 3. As you can probably tell, “Soft Berry” is the closest match, but still a bit more brown toned than what Lolita is. Like I mentioned before, it’s truly a very unique shade.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option that’s fairly close or something either a bit more red or brown toned, the dupes in this post are great options! Essence can be purchased at Ulta or Fred Meyer stores, and Wet n Wild is typically at CVS and Walgreens.

This is my first every attempt to find and create a “dupe” post, so be easy on me! 😉
As usual, thank you all for reading!

February Favorites

I understand that it’s a few days into March, but the past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic for me and I totally forgot February was ending! Better late than never, right?

Like last month, I did a typed post with my empties and a video of my favorites! Hope you all enjoy.

Products Mentioned:
Essie “Comfy in Cashmere”
Milani “Mauving Forward”
Physicians Formula Argan Oil
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel
Milani Rose Blush “Tea Rose”
Lunatick Lab Comsetics Cool Contour Palette
LaSplash Lipsticks in “Charmed” and “Ghoulish”
Milani Moisutre matte lipstick “Matte Confident”
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation “Light Vanilla”
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer “Chantilly”
Essence Lip Liner “Soft Berry”

February Empties with Mini Reviews

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My trash basket is overflowing with goodies to talk about this month. Wanna go through my beauty related trash that will include mini reviews? Keep reading!

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Olay Daily Moisture Body Wash– This is a huge thing of body wash. It claims to have a whole thing of lotion per body wash container! I did enjoy this body wash. It has a very nice and fresh scent, and it’s common to find this brand on sale and very easy to find coupons. Other than it cleaned my butt, I don’t know what else to say about it.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Argan Oil– I found this while cleaning and realized I hadn’t used it up. I received this in an ipsy bag a decent amount of time ago. Don’t worry, I did the sniff test and it didn’t smell funky or anything so my hair didn’t crumble up and fall out or anything. I do like this oil and it made my hair shiny and soft. However, given the price tag on a full sized container I don’t think I will purchase it. I have drugstore items that make my hair feel just as soft and shiny.

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap– I bought a mini version of this to see how I would like it. I’ve always seen people using this soap to clean their brushes and sponges, so I figured I would give it a go. Oh my, this stuff will clean any kind of goop off your brushes without damaging them! I love it, and I’ve already bought a giant bottle of it! A little goes a long way, and it leaves my brushes feeling soft and they smell minty. New holy grail brush cleaner.

Lady Speed Stick Deodorant– Um, not too sure what I can really say about this, or why I decided to include it in this post. It smells nice and doesn’t leave weird white marks all over my clothes. And it’s cheap.

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Aussie 3 min miracle deep conditioner this is a product that I always seem to repurchase and use. It’s very inexpensive and very effective, or at least for my hair it is. My hair is very thick and coarse and I like conditioners that weigh it down a bit without making it greasy. This conditioner does just that for me, and I use it 1-2 times a week. I go through them fairly quickly though because my hair is so long and thick, but at $3 a bottle I can’t go wrong with it.

Got2B Smooth Operator Leave in Conditioner I needed to use this stuff up so I could finally throw it away. I don’t hate it, but it’s wasn’t spectacular either. Is this even in stores anymore? Anyway, it did leave my ends feeling nice, but I have cheaper products now that do the same thing.


Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
Ah, another product I have about a million of because I got them for free once upon a time when I couponed. I do like the smell of this dry shampoo, but it left a weird feeling in my hair afterwards. I mostly used it up just to throw it away and start on my new bottles of rockaholic.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Face Mask I typically only keep masks and cream face washes in my collection for 6 months at most…I don’t like the idea of bacteria collecting on masks. It’s a weird/personal thing. However, I did use up most of this and it was technically almost empty. It’s a great mask! Very hydrating and soothing. It didn’t break me out or irritate my skin, which is a plus considering my skin is very snobby and sensitive.

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Revlon Colorstay Lipstick Well, as you can tell this tube was pretty loved. I couldn’t find the name of the color anywhere on it…the sticker had fallen off. This color was pretty though despite how I recall not liking the stickiness of it after application. I needed to throw this out, and thought I would include it in this post…because why not?

Wet N Wild Lengthening Mascara I used this product up. It was super dry and needed to be retired and thrown into the makeup graveyard. This is a holy grail product for me, and it’s the only thing that works on my bottom lashes. It’s precise and doesn’t smudge and run everywhere. I’ve already repurchased another tube.

Purlisse Moisturizer I have like 3 more of these stored away because I get them in subscription boxes constantly. A full sized tube is about $55, so no I will probably never purchase a full sized one. However, I do like the way this feels on my face. It’s hydrating but light on the skin. I used it on days where my skin wasn’t as dry.

Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfecter Serum This is a newer holy grail product added to my skin routine. There’s still a bit of visible product left, but it won’t come out and I can’t get the bottle open. I use this serum mostly in the morning when I wake up, and it’s incredible! It leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for makeup. It’s also evened out the redness in my skin a lot. I’ve already repurchased. Many other serums like this one cost $50 or more, so this one is very affordable. However, if you have any other suggestion for serums that aren’t loreal…please let me know. I’m always down for cruelty free/vegan suggestions.

Those were my empties for the month! I tried to keep this post as short as possible…but I love to talk.
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Favorites Friday

It’s Friday, yayyy! Oh wait, I’m a mom. My parties now consist of being elbows deep in diapers. 😉

I really enjoy putting together my favorites for the week, and I hope you all enjoy them too!

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1. Lasplash decided to sell their holiday set separately make them permanent! YES! I didn’t order the holiday set because there was really only one color that I wanted since I don’t have anything like it, and that was Ghoulish. I received a free gift as well, and I can’t wait to use the brown eye pigment in “maple sugar” that was sent to me. I have a review of these liquid lipsticks here: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/first-impression-lasplash-liquid-lipsticks/

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No idea why I didn’t think to use my ipad for filming, but I’m also not great with technology. I bought a tripod adapter for my ipad, and I can’t wait to film with it and see if it is an improvement from the camera I was using! If anyone has vlogged with an ipad before, care to share any tips?

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3. I scored a really adorable new velvet dress for $7 at Marshall’s this week. It was the last one in my size. That means it was meant to be, right? I may have to cut the netting to make it breastfeeding friendly, but for $7 I don’t care to alter it a bit. I love these types of dresses on my figure. They cinch in the perfect spots and help my curves look nice rather than blah.

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4. Makeup favorites for the week: I have been trying to come up with a Valentine’s Day look, so I have been playing around with my Urban Decay 3 palette, and I forgot how much the colors in this palette make my green eyes pop. I feel this palette doesn’t get a lot of love from many people, but it is a pretty palette. I’ve been pairing it with colourpop’s “Lumiere” all week and I have swatches of all my lippie sticks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHxsO5NYZ5I

It’s just a really pretty dark dusty rose/mauve color. It’s a perfect everyday color, or can be worn with a smokey eye as a neutral. A color I think everyone should own…and it’s $5.

I’ve also been loving the new Milani Matte shade in “Matte Confident” and you can read more about that here if you wish: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/review-and-lip-swatches-milani-matte-lipsticks/

5. Mom favorite moment of the week: Piper is crawling! Piper is 7 months old now, for those that don’t know, and she’s finally crawling around. I say “finally” but in reality I have to vacuum twice a day because she always finds weird things in the carpet to try and eat. She’s also babbling constantly and will mimic me when I say “mama” with “baba.” SO CLOSE. I just want one kid to say “mama” before “dada.” Let this be my moment!

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Review

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So, if you’ve been on my page before you may have seen me in rage mode over these little shits. I’ve been looking for them everywhere and I finally found them at cvs. I didn’t even check the price when I found them, I just grabbed them and went.

Luckily, because my boyfriend works at CVS he gets a pretty decent discount and there was a promotion going on, so I got these at a pretty awesome price.

For those that have not seen this product yet, these are part of the new shimmer strips line that Phsyicians Formula released in 2015. I have seen several bloggers I follow rave about them so I’ve been hunting them down in my own city.

What draws me in with this product is a. the adorable packaging and b. the gel-cream formula. After trying (and becoming obsessed) with ColourPop I really like the gel-cream eye products. They tend to stay longer and crease less and can be used alone or as a base for other eyeshadows.

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The packaging is so glittery gahhhh. Okay, moving on.

So, this is going to be one of those posts where I feel like everyone was so hyped about this product and I’m the lone one that’s a bit let down. Maybe I mysteriously got a bad batch? I don’t know, but it took me forever to get a good swatch of these while dry. I feel like the texture is a bit too hard. Once I did get a swatch, I realized these aren’t very pigmented. Yes, they are very shiny and shimmery, but they just weren’t what I was expecting.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still very pretty, I was just expecting more pigmentation. Another thing I noticed about these are that the names of the colors are not on their individual pots. There’s a mocha shade, a rose shade, and a nude shade. However, one you throw the box away you’re forced to guess which one is the nude and which one is the rose shade. Kinda strange…

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These are swatches of the colors. I love the colors, it just takes a bit of work to actually get the colors to show up well on my pale skin. From left to right: rose shade, nude shade, mocha shade.

It says on the package that these can also be used wet, and you can create a “gel” eyeliner out them. I don’t know about the eyeliner promise or if I will put that to the test, but I have not tried these wet yet.
My overall thoughts on these are that they’re okay. They’re pretty, but they didn’t blow my mind or anything. I can see myself using these as bases for shimmery looks, but maybe not so much as a stand alone product. Physicians Formula is pretty pricey in terms of drugstore makeup, so I would maybe wait for a really amazing sale to get these. I wouldn’t personally pay full price, and I’m glad I didn’t when I found them. If you have these as well, what are your thoughts on them? Have any tips on how to use them?

Anyone else tried any of the other new products from Physicians Formula?

Review and Lip Swatches: Milani Matte Lipsticks

IN my recent “drugstore adventures” I have found every new item from Milani except the matte lipsticks. It was so strange. It then came to my attention that the stores I had found the other new Milani items had put the lipstick display on an end cap away from the makeup section entirely. Who does that? Why do they torture me so?

Anyway, so I found them. Because the display was so hidden (did they do this on purpose?) every color was in stock, so I grabbed the ones I wanted most to try out before I go back and get some others. I ended up picking up 3 of the new matte shades that I would like to swatch and review today.

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I picked up “matte naked,” “matte blissful,” and “matte confident.” My reasoning behind this was because I feel that everyone that loves lipstick should have a pretty nude, a pretty pink (even me), and a pretty classic red shade. They’re staples, in my opinion, for everyday use. Well, for most people. I do wear strange colors often, but that’s another day, another post.

I’ve been trying these out for a few days now and I will say that I adore them. From the price to the packaging…Milani does it again. They are truly amazing with lipsticks.

Price $4.99 at my local Kmart. These are starting to pop up in CVS stores though, and CVS has BOGO 50% off sales on Milani at least every few weeks. You could probably get these for pretty cheap if you wish! $5 is still not bad at all for lipstick though. I mean, have you seen the prices of some of the other new lipsticks out in other drugstore lines? They’re trying to break momma’s wallet.

Formula very creamy matte formula. Not very drying on the lips and they feel like velvet on my lips. I can barely even tell I have lipstick on. However, I will say that because I have been wearing matte lipstick for so long now, I do always properly prepare my lips for matte colors. I typically scrub my lips 1-2 times a week and put a heavier balm on them at night and then a lighter chapstick on first thing every morning. If you’re interested in my “lip prep” routine, let me know

Application very smooth, which was to be expected given the creamy texture. I have applied all 3 of these on my lips now, and I didn’t have any patchiness with any of them.

Longevity These last for a good amount of time if you’re not eating and drinking. However, these are not stains or liquid lipsticks, so they will fade and possibly bleed if you’re eating and drinking. If you know you’re going to be doing either, or won’t be able to reapply after a few hours, I would personally use a lip liner of some sort to prevent the “ring around the lip” look 🙂

Smell Yes, smell is important to me. These smell like vanilla! So yummy.

Overall thoughts If you’ve been thinking about getting these, just get them. They’re wonderful. Milani has had some really strong new releases lately, some of the absolute best in terms of drugstore makeup (also just my opinion). Then again, Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

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Arm swatches From bottom to top: Matte Confident, Matte Naked, Matte Blissful

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Lip swatches Top: Matte Naked Bottom Left: Matte Blissful Bottom Right: Matte Confident

Matte Confident is my favorite so far. Creamiest matte red I have put on my lips in awhile. If you’ve gotten anything from this line, what’s your favorite color?

Affordable Marsala Looks with Kaily at Someday Sunny

Do I even need to say at this point that the Pantone color of the year is Marsala? It’s been the buzz of 2015 in the beauty community! The beautiful reddish brown shade that I think flatters every skin tone, and to be honest it’s the first color of the year I have been excited about in a few years. The other thing I like about this color is that there is a decent range within the color itself.

There are darker and lighter Marsala shades, and chances are you already have a few in your collection! If not, you may be looking at the new $40+ pantone universe palette thinking, “I can’t afford that.” We’ve all been there, and do not despair, I have collaborated with Kaily from somedaysunny.com to show a day time and night time Marsala look using the Revealed 2 palette from coastalscents.com. This palette is incredibly affordable at $20 regular priced, and the quality is hard to beat. It’s actually one of my all time favorite palettes in the history of palettes, and that’s saying something for me. There are a couple of marsala shades within this palette that can played up or down to create numerous types of looks.

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The look Kaily has created for day time is beautiful (as is she) so after you read this, please make sure to check out her post and look here:
Also, follow her. Her blog is full of quick wit and awesome reviews.

For my “night time” look I went with the deeper end of the Marsala range, using mainly the wine, deep brownish red, and gold colors from the Revealed 2 palette. I feel like I cheated a bit and used Oktoberfest ( hot pot from Coastal Scents) as my transition shade, but there weren’t any warmer matte shades in the palette :/ Sorry, Kaily.

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I primed my eyelids with Nyx’s white jumbo pencil to make sure the colors really popped on my lids and took a fluffy brush and put Oktoberfest on my crease and blended it out as my transition shade. I then took the wine colored shade from Revealed 2 and put that in my crease as well and blended accordingly. I then took the deep brownish red (my absolute favorite shade) on a flat brush and put it on the outter and inner parts of the lid, but not in the middle. I didn’t put it in the middle because I wanted to do a “spotlight” look using a gold shade. I blended it out, but not too much, and then using the fluffy brush that had the wine shade made sure everything looked seamless and nice.

I dabbed the gold shade in this palette on my index finger and patted it on the middle part of my lid going up the crease. I use a patting motion to blend it out as I’m applying.

I then took the sparkly champagne shade (second one over) and put it on my brow bones and used my physicians formula eye booster in ultra black to create a wing on both eyes. I applied my favorite red cherry lashes in 605 and while waiting for those to dry I moved on to the bottom lashes.
The bottom lash line is simple. I lined my water line with the white jumbo eye pencil and blended Oktoberfest and the brownish-red (marsala) shades together on my lash line and finished it with mascara.

That’s the completed eye look!

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For my lips to keep with the affordable theme I lined them with Jordana’s liner in “terra cotta” and dabbed wet n wild’s “ring around the rosy” lipstick on my lips. Notice I said dabbed 🙂 I wanted my lips to be on the deeper brownish-red end, since this is a night look and all.

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I had so much fun creating this look! I love this shade, and will probably rock it even after this year.

Check out Kaily’s post! http://somedaysunny.com/2015/01/21/affordable-masala-inspired-looks-with-kayla-hutchison/