What’s In My Makeup Bag?

First of all, please excuse the awful iPhoneography! I forgot my camera at home, and then light was just not cooperating to get a good iPhone shot of these. I hate shadows and glares! But enough of my struggles haha.

I’ve always liked seeing these types of posts! As a busy college student, I have most of my makeup at home. This is what I carry around with me everyday, for touchups and for when I’m running late and have to do my makeup in the car again haha. Sometimes I’m running so late I don’t actually do my makeup until after my first couple classes…oops! Here are the products I use almost every day.


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The Face: Cala Travel Bamboo Brushes and Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, and Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer

One product that I love because it does double duty is this tinted moisturizer! It contains SPF 15, and is completely organic, even the bottle. It provides light coverage and evens out my skin tone. Definitely on of my favorites!

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This pressed powder from Rimmel is probably my most repurchased item, and as you can see I need another one soon haha! I reviewed the blush and the bronzer previously here and here, if you’d like to check out what I thought of them! (Spoiler: They’re pretty great.)

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The Eyes: Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Milani Gel Powder in Bella Caffe, and Tarte Gifted Mascara

I’m in love with this mascara, it’s my new top on of all time! Expect a review soon 😉 I can’t get enough of Tarte products lately it seems!

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The Lips, Etc.: Milani Matte Beauty, Pacifica Power of Love, NYX Matte Finish Spray

A theme in this post would have to be the word matte! I have a bit of an obsession with mattifying products lately. This setting spray is seriously amazing! I’ll be posting a full review soon, but let’s just say that I will most definitely be repurchasing it, possibly forever haha. I also always have a couple nude lipsticks in my bag for touchups!

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So there you have it! What are your must haves for your everyday makeup bag? Any tips on making iPhones work with you haha? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I was thinking as I was taking these photos that maybe I should save this review for Valentine’s Day, since everything is so pink and red! But I’m way too excited about these matte lip creams to save them for later! I’d been seeing these all over the place, so I just had to pick them up and see if they lived up to the reviews. Read on to see!


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These are advertised as “velvety smooth shades that set to a matte finish…surprisingly durable, lightweight, and creamy.” They come in cute little compact tubes with doe-foot applicators, which I love with any kind of stain or other liquid lippie. They come in an extremely wide range of shades, with 12 new colors just added! I love that all the colors are named after cities, with I think is so cute.

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I picked up the shades Monte Carlo and San Paulo, a deep, true red, and a pretty medium pink. Both are easy to apply, and the consistency is nice and smooth. Once applied, they dry evenly into a nice matte finish that lasts me at least 5 or 6 hours through eating and drinking before reapplying. I’m super impressed with the durability of these! For a $6 drugstore product, the pigmentation and lasting power are really impressive. (You can see me wearing Monte Carlo here!)

I would recommend that you exfoliate and make sure your lips are soft and moisturized before applying this, because as with any matte product it can settle if you have a lot of ridges or cracks in your lips before applying. They also have a light scent, which I enjoy, but may bother people who prefer unscented lip products.

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Overall, I’m super impressed with these products, and I think they definitely live up to the hype! Would I repurchase? Absolutely, and I already have my eye on a ton more from the collection! You can get them here, or anywhere that carries NYX products for $6 each. I give these 4.5 out of 5 stars!


 What do you think? Have you tried these before? Any favorite lip stains? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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What’s In My October Ipsy Bag?

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Happy Saturday! I’m home in Vermont on October break, and it’s so nice to be home 🙂 I’m excited to share with you what I got in my Ipsy bag this month! If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, it’s a subscription bag service that sends you 5 higher-end makeup products for just $10 a month! To get an idea of past bags, you can check out my May or August bags, or visit the Ipsy site. The theme this month was Alter Ego, kind of a Jekyll and Hyde makeup idea. The bag was gold on one side a black vinyl on the other. However, other than a dark purple nail polish and a pink lipstick, I didn’t get anything that really reflected this theme. This month’s bag was really heavy on skincare! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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First up: a BB cream with SPF 30, made by Purlisse. I was super excited to receive this, as it was the first foundation/bb type product I’d received in an Ipsy bag. It claims to have “natural looking coverage and a flawless finish”, and the high SPF is a great plus! I can’t wait to try it. It retails for $32 for 2.4 oz. Find it here!

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 Next, two more skin products: a hand cream and an exfoliant. The hand cream, by Be Delectable, contains shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It comes in both scented and unscented versions. I have the coconut and cream scented version and it smells divine. Pick it up for only $12 here!

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The exfoliant is Dr Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. This is probably the most expensive product I received this month. To purchase this from Sephora, it’s $78 for 2 oz or $99 for 3.5 oz. Talk about expensive! I can’t wait to try this out. You can find it here.

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This is my favorite out of this month’s picks: The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charming, a mauve shade. This is the definition of long-lasting! I swatched it for review yesterday when I took these photos, and it’s still on my hand! I’d definitely recommend a good makeup remover with this. I love the color and I can’t wait to wear it. Pick one up over at The Balm for $17.

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I got another nail polish this month, and I was a bit disappointed. It seems like every bag I get lately has another nail polish! I’m not a huge fan of the color, although it is very pigmented and lasts well. I couldn’t find a price for this, but apparently you can get it directly from Ipsy here. If you like these types of shades though, I would recommend it.

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Overall, I enjoyed this month’s bag, but I’d like some more variety next time! It really was a bit heavy on the skincare. (And no more nail polish please haha.) Do you subscribe to a subscription service? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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September Favorites

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Happy Tuesday! I hope your week started off right. Today I want to share with you what I’ve been loving this month! It’s been an insanely busy month so far, but I’ve still found time for a few fun things! 
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First up: my latest favorite book! The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by M. J. Beaufrand is set in the 80s in Portland, Oregon. It follows a punk band and its lead singer, Noah, through the ups and downs of life. It’s a gritty, emotional, and amazingly descriptive story that will make you cry and want to shave your hair into a mohawk! You can grab a copy here.

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Next up is something that had been on my wishlist forever: the Instax Fujifilm mini polaroid camera! It’s so cute, and I haven’t had trouble making the photos turn out great so far! It’s definitely my favorite of my favorites this month 🙂 To see how it does, check out my Instagram! I’m always looking for new bloggers to follow 🙂 You can pick yourself up one of these by clicking here!

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I’ve also been loving nude and light pink lip colors lately; as sassy and bold that perfect dark fall lip is, it takes a lot of effort in the morning! I love these colors because they still provide a fun look, but are much easier to just swipe on. My 3 favorites are Milani Color Statement in Dulce Carmelo, Wet n Wild MegaLast in Dark Pink Frost, and Trestique Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude. (See the Nantucket Nude Shade reviewed here!)
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From left to right: Milani, Wet N Wild, Trestique
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I love this marsala leather jacket for fall! Its burgundy tones complement my wardrobe perfectly, and it really puts me in a fall mood! It was a great budget purchase too, at just $28 from Forever21. You can see it featured in an OOTD here! It’s no longer available in this wine color, but you can pick it up in black or beige, and the best part is that it’s currently on sale for just $21! Grab one here.

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 What do you guys think? What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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August Favorites

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I hope everyone’s been having a good month! Tomorrow I start my second year of college. I’m so glad to finally be back on campus, but I’m not quite ready to start actually going to class again…waking up at 6:30 is not my favorite thing in the world, I’m pretty much the opposite of a morning person. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been loving this month!

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First up, pretty stationery! I’m the kind of person that would be totally lost without a good planner. This one is from Staples and has both a monthly and daily view. I also have this adorable world map notebook! Pretty stationery is one of my favorite vices. You can find this planner here!

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My current makeup obsession is baked eyeshadows. I picked these up from Sally Beauty supply for just $1 each just to test them out. Of course, they’re not the best quality, but I’ve really loving the great neutral metallic shades, and they do well worn wet with a primer underneath. I’ve been loving this BellaPierre lipstick as well! I received it in a previous Ipsy bag, but didn’t get around to testing it until recently. It’s extremely pigmented, and I’m really loving wearing it this summer. You can find it here for $19.99!

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 These boots. I could wax poetic about how much I love these boots for hours. They’re the perfect height, have an awesome chunky heel, and go without absolutely everything! Stay tuned for an outfit featuring them soon! I can’t wait to wear them when the weather gets a bit colder. I found them at Forever21, and though they aren’t available in black anymore, you can grab them in maroon or cognac here!

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What have you been loving this month? Are you ready for the month of September? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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3 Lipsticks for $3

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I was at the drugstore the other day looking for some fun new lip colors to play around with, and I discovered Wet N Wild’s new line of $1 lipsticks! I knew I was going to be getting some right there, but I couldn’t decide on the colors! So I closed my eyes and asked my friend to grab me a couple colors that I wouldn’t usually wear! Here’s her picks!

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First up we have the shade Dark Wine. This is a color that I would wear any day, plums are my favorites to wear! (Check out my post of my favorite purple lip colors here!) But as for the other two, I was a little hesitant…they are an orangey-coral shade titled What’s Up Doc and a dark, purple-black color called Vamp It Up. I tend to veer away from corals in fear of looking washed out, and I wouldn’t wear black lipstick usually unless it was Halloween! However, I tried to keep an open mind as I tried them on.

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I was expecting great things of this line, and I was not disappointed! The colors are a little sheer, but they’re easy to build up, apply like a dream, and don’t dry your lips out! This beautiful deep maroon wine shade is one that I see myself wearing day-to-day as well as for a night out.

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I was wary of this coral/orange shade because I wasn’t sure how well it would suit my skin tone, but it actually wasn’t too bad! The bright color is perfect for summer, and actually matches my swimsuit really well 🙂 It did require a few coats to get the even color I wanted, but for just $1 I really can’t complain!

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This last one was the most unusual for me, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. The lipstick only required one coat, but I’m not sure when I would wear this shade! Any ideas?


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From left to right: What’s Up Doc, Dark Wine, Vamp It Up

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What do you think? Do you have any favorite drugstore makeup lines? How would you wear these colors? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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May Drugstore Makeup Haul

As many of you may know, I am a huge fan of drugstore makeup lines. I tend to be very frugal with my money, and I love finding cheap products that work great! So here’s what I picked up at my local CVS this week for under $20!

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First up is a pressed blush by Milani. In my April Favorites post, I talked about the Wet N Wild one I was previously using, but it was just a bit too glittery for everyday use. This one is perfect! It’s completely matte and not too pigmented, just the right amount to wear to class everyday. And that packaging? Just gorgeous! I picked it up in Romantic Rose, but there are a whole range of amazing shades!

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 I picked up this mini Wet N Wild eyeshadow palette in Walking On Eggshells, because I was looking for colors I could wear by themselves on an everyday basis. It comes with 3 different shades, and they’re all lovely together or just by themselves. These shadows have a great satin finish, not too glittery but not matte either. They came with two little brushes, but I prefer to use clean fingers to apply them. They last all day and stay put!
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 Another quick and easy eyeshadow for busy mornings is this Wet N Wild IdolEyes shadow stick. I’ve been seeing these and wanting to try them out, and I was not disappointed! They’re so easy to apply and blend, and the colors are perfect! I picked it up in a light golden shade. The quality is not the best, but that’s what happens sometimes when you’re spending so little. I am very happy with it though! The tip is fine enough that you can use it as a liner if you want.

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 This eyebrow product is one I’ve been wanting to test out. It has a pencil on one end and a spoolie brush on the other. I picked it up in the shade Brunettes Do It Better, and it matches my eyebrow perfectly! The pencil goes on very smoothly, and the brush works just as it’s supposed to. I am in love with this product! It’s quick, easy, and looks great.

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 I have a weakness for this line of Milani lipsticks, and I’ve added this one to my slowly growing collection. It’s so gorgeous! These lipsticks are smooth to apply, long-lasting, satin finished, and smell like watermelon! What’s not to love?

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 I grabbed the shade Cabaret Blend, and it adds a gorgeous maroon or wine color to my lips. It pairs perfectly with navy dresses! My goal is to get all the colors eventually! 🙂

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From left to right: Lipstick, Eyeshadow Pencil, Eyebrow Pencil, Browbone, Crease, and Eyelid Shades, and Blush.

Some of these were difficult to swatch due to their sheerness, but I did my best! I highly recommend all of these products, and you really cannot beat the prices! What’s some of your favorite drugstore makeup finds? Which one of these products is your favorite? Let me know what you think in the comments! Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Shades of Orchid-My April Lip Picks

This spring, I’ve been loving purpley-pink lip colors. Mauve, plum, periwinkle, magenta, mulberry-they’re so lovely and such great colors to spruce up that perfect spring outfit 🙂 Today I want to share with you my four favorite lip products in these colors.

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lipcomp1    1. Dashing OrchidGloss in Dashing Orchid First up is the Maybelline gloss! I put on these lip products for this post in order of what was easiest to remove haha. This is a fairly thick gloss that’s extremely pigmented and shiny. It goes on really easily and also smells divine! This is the most purple in color of the four products-I would describe it as a deep lavender. It lasts fairly well for being a gloss and stays on for about 2-3 hours if you don’t eat or drink. This is a great choice if you don’t like taking the time out to apply a lipstick, but still like having color on your lips. They come in a whole range of colors too!lipcomp4     2. Fuschia Fusionlipcomp5 Next up-Fuschia Fusion by Revlon! This is a creamy lipstick that goes on as a bright magenta color. It’s really a true fuschia, and goes on as quite pink for me. It has great staying power, lasting about 5 hours without reapplying. I got it as a gift, and it’s brighter than something I would normally wear on a day-to-day basis, but it’s great for a night out or to change things up once in a while!lipcomp6

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lipcomp9What do you think of these lip colors? Which one is your favorite? Do you like these purpley-pink colors for spring? Let me know in the comments!

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March Favorites

Today I’d like to share with you my favorites from this month! I picked up a lot of fun things this past month that I’ve been loving. I hope you enjoy them ! 🙂

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Favorite Beauty Product(s):

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march9.0I grabbed this lipstick and this nail polish, both by Wet n Wild, at my local drugstore. I’ve been loving the bright, bold berry hue of the lipstick for spring! It’s so bright and fun, and I love the name too- Just Garnet. So fun! The nail polish is a more purple-y shade than the lipstick, and for such a cheap product (only !) it provides amazing coverage. I’ve been wearing two coats of it for 3 days and it hasn’t chipped yet, so it gets five stars from me! Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands. It’s crazy cheap, but the quality is somehow still pretty good! Get the lipstick here.

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Favorite Accessory:

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Favorite Snack:

I found these adorable pink Cadillac-shaped gummies at my local grocery. I’d never seen them before, and since I have a deep-seated love for all things vintage-inspired, I had to grab them! They’re so cute, and they’re strawberry flavoured! I’m basically in love with these haha. I can’t find them anywhere online, but check out your local grocery and you may get lucky!

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Favorite Read:

I love Pablo Neruda’s poetry, so when I saw this pocket-size version of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair for only $14, I had to grab it. It’s got such a lovely pattern on its cover too! Neruda is such a brilliant poet, I encourage you to check him out if you’ve never read any of his work, and especially if you like love poetry! You can find this book here.

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march29.0 I love to enjoy a nice cup of tea with a book, and I’ve been very into citrus teas lately. This herbal lemon tea is just lovely. I like my teas to have a stronger flavor, and Celestial Seasoning’s Zinger series packs a punch of great flavor in each teabag! It also makes my dorm room smell delicious 🙂

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Favorite Music:

My amazing boyfriend gave me this Arctic Monkeys vinyl record for my birthday a week or so ago, and I can’t wait til I can get back home to my record player and test it out! It’s one of my favorite albums, and it was such a thoughtful gift! You can find it here.

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march37.0What do you think of my picks? Tried any fun candies lately, or any great drugstore makeup finds? Do you enjoy the Arctic Monkeys? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a lovely day!

Love Kiki

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