A Day at the Aquarium

I don’t talk about my personal life on my blog often, but let’s just say the past few weeks have been…hectic. Jeremy has been at work almost every day for weeks straight and sometimes working double shifts. It’s taken a toll on all of us, so when Jeremy said he has two days off (finally) we jumped at the chance to take the girls out and have some fun.

We chose the aquarium. We live really close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee. I love that the mountains are basically in my backyard! It’s been so long since I’ve seen them in all their glory. It was so refreshing to get out and just have some fun and forget about life problems for a day.

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Okay, so Harmony and I were completely enchanted with these things. They were called “brainless bulbs” but look at how beautiful they are?!? I have no idea why they were so fascinating.

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Harmony adored the penguins. They’re pretty lovable and this little guy was a ham.

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So, I really love Noel the penguin. Noel just seems so happy, yet so sleepy.

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…but then at the end of the day I realized I am more like Frank the penguin. I need a nap.

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I hope you all enjoyed this quick post and look into our day today!

I’m off to drink a glass (probably 3) of the wine we got in Gatlinburg.
I hope you are all having amazing nights, and I will be back tomorrow with another post!

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Picture Perfect? New Elf Studio Brushes + Ultimate Kabuki Brush

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elf ultimate kabuki

Hey lovelies, today I have a review!

Alright, so can we just talk about how amazing Elf (eyes lips face) Cosmetics is for a second? They are so affordable, cruelty free (many products are vegan friendly as well), and many things are incredible! I say many because I have tried some dud products from them, but I also have some forever holy grail items by their brand.

One of my favorite things being their Studio Line brushes. I own quite a few from face to eye brushes…most of them are so amazing and are about $3-6 each. I’m not a “sigma” or “mac 217” kind of gal, I like my brushes to be great quality, yet affordable. Personally, I can spend $25 on way cooler things than a brush. However, brushes are important and nessecary in my collection, so I don’t like to skimp on quality.

You all can probably imagine my excitement when Elf not only released their new ultimate kabuki brush, but also announced the release of 3 new studio brushes, including a contour brush!
That’s right, a true contour brush at a wallet busting $6.

And yes, I bought all 3 of the new brushes and the ultimate kabuki brush. Judge me if you wish, but I will admit that I’m still trying to build up my brush collection. I just started adding brushes to my routine possibly 2 years ago, and I started out with 2 no name drugstore brushes that I used for everything.

The 3 new brushes that came out a few weeks ago include a contour brush, a brow duo brush, and a blending brush. My overview today is about all 3 of the new brushes and the ultimate kabuki brush, which I’ve had for a few months now. It should be noted that the studio line from elf is vegan friendly, but the essentials line is not as far as I know. Also, I am not sponsored by elf, and these are my honest opinions. I purchased these brushes myself with my money.

Prices: Duo Brow Brush: $3
Blending Brush: $6
Contour Brush: $6
Ultimate Kabuki: $10

Brow Duo Brush This handy little guy comes with an angled brush side and a small spoolie side to brush and shape brows. I really like this duo! The spoolie is small so it really gets into the brow hairs and brushes them out, and the small angled brush is soft, yet stiff enough to give a natural look to the brows while filling them in. If you have sparse brows like myself and need a bit of “help” creating what looks like hair, this does the job well. I’m still blown away that this only costs $3!

Blending Brush If I’m completely honest for a second, this is probably my favorite brush in this post. I adore this brush. It’s so soft, and the angle in it allows for a precise contour if you want a light contour that day, or you can use it to blend out the contour you’ve already laid down. I’ve used it to blend cream and powder contours, blushes, liquid highlighters…this brush is awesome. Even if you read this post and decide you have enough brushes, you may need to add this one. I am head over heels in love with it.

Contour Brush This brush surprised me. I was convinced I couldn’t like any contour brush more than my Crown Deluxe Contour brush, but this brush comes close to my love for it. This brush is soft, but not too soft. It will also give you an extreme contour, so beware because it does pick up a lot of product because the hairs are so close together and short. On days when I want a darker contour I reach for this brush, but I still find myself reaching for my Crown brush more often because I don’t like a stark contour except for date night when I know I’m going to be somewhere with a weird lighting.

Ultimate Kabuki Brush I’m not gonna lie, I had no idea what the heck I was going to use this brush for at first when I got it. I’ve had to play around with it a bit, but it’s actually a pretty awesome brush and can be used multiple ways. This brush is really dense. I’ve used it to pat on blush, to apply highlight (use the flat sides), and to clean up my face if I’ve had fallout from shadows or anything. This can probably be used as a neat body bronzing brush as well, but I’m not about that bronzing life. For the ways it can be used compared to the price, I think this brush is fantastic!

My thoughts on elf studio brushes in general are that they are amazing given the low price point. These are some to definetely consider adding to your cart if you’re placing an order with them anytime soon, or if you’re in the market for some new brushes and on a budget. I haven’t had any shedding problems with any of these brushes yet, but I’ve also only had them for a month or so.

Wet N Wild Paris Runway Palette

Hello lovelies,

This Saturday I have some swatches a review! I was picking something up at Walgreens and *somehow* ended up in the makeup section, but I found one of the new Fergie eyeshadow palettes! I was actually convinced my city was not going to get these because I have not even seen displays for them. I grabbed “Paris Runway” even though it wasn’t my favorite one. The neutrals palette was out of stock though, of course.

Now I have a bit of hope though, and I will keep searching for it!

Anyway, this palette has 10 colors in it and comes with a brush! The brush does feel a bit cheap, in my opinion, but would probably be perfect for someone just starting out with makeup and brushes. The brush is dual sided, one side being the blending side and other side is flat.

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On the back of the palette it says, “this incredible palette of intensely pigmented shadows comes in a range of textures from translucent highlights to subtle mattes.” Alright, so to nip this in the bud quickly, there are no “subtle” mattes in this palette or anything close to a matte shade.

This is a very glittery and shimmery palette, so chances are you will have to use other palettes with this if you’re like me and like matte transition and blending shades.

Price: This was $7.99 at my local Walgreens

Packaging: It’s in a cute black package, but it does feel light and a bit cheap. However, Wet n Wild is a cheaper drugstore brand. It is very compact and would be easy to travel with though.

Color Range: Okay, so this is my biggest problem with the palette. There’s not a huge color range. The two lightest shades are GORGEOUS and then there are a few pretty purple shades and then the rest are super dark and look the same to me. I think this palette would’ve been a huge hit for me if there had been at least 1-2 true matte shades and a few more lighter shades. I don’t find the need to have 5 very dark shades in one palette.

Pigmentation: These are pretty pigmented, but I did notice some of the colors getting those weird little shadow balls when I was swatching them, but that happens with a lot of shimmery shades. These are decently pigmented. The first two shades are my absolute favorites. They are so pretty and shimmery. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of this palette as a whole, those two shades make me happy. I’m weird like that.

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What I love: I love the pink champagne shade in this palette and the purple shades. The price is awesome and I got a lot of product for the little I paid for it. I do love that it has a brush with it, and the colors are pigmented. The shades aren’t super buttery, but they’re not chalky like some wet n wild shades can be. I would rather have to work to build color up a bit over looking like I’m sporting chalkboards on my eyelids.

What I don’t love: The lack of colors bugs the absolute snot of me. The last 4 shades just look the same to me. Yeah, they have different shades of glitter in them, but what’s the point of having 4 black shades in a palette? Take 2 of those out and put some actual matte shades in there. Okay, I’m trying to not be too negative so I’ll stop now…

Overall thoughts: This palette will probably be awesome for someone that loves glimmer and shimmer and smoking out their eyes often. I think that if you don’t wear dark shadows often you may want to pass on this one. I like the palette overall, but I think I will like the neutral one more if I can actually find it!

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