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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10 Beauty Gifts Under $10

Hey guys! I was looking around at wishlists that other bloggers had posted, and I noticed that lots of other bloggers had posted awesome beauty gift ideas, but lots of them were wayyy above my price range (I’m a poor college student!). So I thought I would put together my own beauty gift idea list, with options for a tight budget! Hope this helps you think of those last second gifts or stocking stuffers! (or treat yourself 🙂 ) All of these affordable picks are on my own wishlist too!


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1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

On sale now for just $10, this cult favorite eyeshadow primer would be perfect for any beauty junkie! (I grabbed myself one!)

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2. Milani Foil Eyeshadow Palette

This gorgeously packaged eyeshadow quartet comes in 4 different color combinations! Milani says it’s not a shadow but more of a shine. While I’m not sure what that means, I do know that you can get it for just $9.99 and that I want them all!

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3. ELF Lip Exfoliator

I just received this from a friend as a gift, and it is seriously amazing! Its lipstick shape makes it so easy to use, and it’s just $3!

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4. Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush

This product is something I normally wouldn’t look at due to its somewhat odd packaging for a blush, but if you’re looking for a portable blush under $10 this is for you! At just $9.99, it looks like a chapstick, but does come in quite a few colors!

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5. Eos Lip Balm in Lemon Drop

Lip balm is something we all need, and this flavor comes with SPF 15, which I love! Plus, it’s only $3.29, and they work amazingly well in addition to lasting forever.

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6. Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme

I’m totally obsessed with Milani, if you’re reading this blog for the first time haha! I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these matte lip cremes…they’re just $8.99 and come in 8 colors, just begging to be swatched!

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7. Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara

I love the fun packaging, and Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore brands. Try this mascara at Target for $5.49 (and let me know how it is if you do!)

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8. Physician’s Formula All-In-1 Cheek and Lip Stain

This product actually won an award, and it’s definitely on my list of things to try (to be fair, that list is about a mile long!) Grab it for just $6.95, and it’s hypoallergenic, gluten free, and paraben free!

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9. Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel

This brow fixer ($8.99) has double the products in one! Definitely something that would help me out, it could even work as an eyeliner in a pinch. I’m on the lookout for new brow products, any suggestions?

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10. Swissco Complete Precision Blending Kit

Last but not least, something to help you put it all on! This kit contains a beauty blender and a cute brush, and it’s just $9.99.


What do you think? Have you tried any of these products, or are they on your list? Any brow recommendations? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Poppies and Peter Pan Collars

Surprisingly, I’m enjoying some of the new updates to WordPress. The option to display photos in different ways is actually useful! What do you think of today’s all-circles layout? However, I’m not a huge fan of some of their other changes to their formats. More on that in a later post, though!


Anyway, today’s OOTD features one of my latest favorite items! I found this red dress at one of my local thrift stores for just $8, and it fits perfectly! It features a peter pan collar and an allover red, white, and grey poppy print. I can’t stop wearing it lately!

Back in middle school and the beginnings of high school I was obsessed with wearing just all black and concert tee shirts…*shudders*! If me at 18 had met me at 14, I’m sure I would have told me I needed a serious style makeover! However sometimes it’s hard to keep away from what used to be your default way of dressing…I saw this dress and thought that a grungy/indie vibe was just what it needed. I grabbed my trusty black Converse and some black knit knee socks, and of course a beanie, and voila! I had to grab a nice dark lipstick too of course. I kept the rest of my makeup neutral except for defining my eyebrows.

 

Dress: Thrifted, Knee Socks: Payless, Sneakers: Converse, Beanie: Forever21, Lipstick: Milani in Cabaret Blend.


It can be super hard to avoid your style roots, but overall I really like how this turned out! What do you think? Do you ever revert to what you style used to be? What do you think of the changes to WordPress? 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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Splurge, Spend, or Save: Bronzers

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Today I’m excited to introduce the first installment in a new post series that I’m titling Splurge, Spend, or Save! Each time I’ll pick a type of product and find a higher-end, mid-range, and low-price version of that product, and review all three to see which type is most worth purchasing! This time, the focus is on bronzers.

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 Today we have three bronzers: the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer, the Milani Baked Bronzer, and the Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer. These are the Splurge, Spend, and Save, respectively. I reviewed the Tarte bronzer and the Wet N Wild bronzer previously here and here.

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SPLURGE:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess. This product retails for $30.00 for 0.32 oz. It is more matte than the other two products, but still has shimmer to it. I find this one to look most natural on my skin, although if you’re not thorough with blending, you’ll get some pretty harsh lines. Great product for a subtle glow.

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SPEND:

Milani Baked Bronzer in shade 06 Golden. Described as a deep bronze tan with gold shimmer, this product retails for $9.99. It comes with a compact mirror section underneath that also holds this brush. This product is vegan, and can be used dry for a more sheer look or wet for an intense one. I usually wear this daily! The gold shimmer is subtle enough that this is really very wearable. And you can’t beat the pretty gold packaging.

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SAVE:

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in the shade Ticket To Brazil. You can find this at Walgreens for just $2.99. This product is much more sheer than the others, and has a slight shimmer. This is a great product to play around with if you’re testing out bronzer for the first time, but it has very little staying power and doesn’t last more than a few hours at the most.

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From right to left: Milani, Wet N Wild, Tarte

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THE VERDICT: SPEND

I find that the Milani baked bronzer is really a great everyday product, and for just $10, you really can’t go wrong. I love that it’s vegan as well, which I think is really important in makeup. I use it to contour as well as to just add a healthy glow, and it lasts the whole day! If you’re looking to splurge on a product, though, the Tarte version is really quite good as well.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these bronzers? Do you have a favorite that’s not on the list? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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May Favorites

June is finally here! The promise of regular sunshine is so close I can almost taste it…I can’t wait til it heats up enough for me to sit on a beach somewhere with a good book, my swimsuit, and a cold glass of lemonade in my hand! I’ve got summertime on the brain, and so it make sense that my favorites for May are on the sunny side.

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I’m planning a few beach days for this summer, and good reads are an essential! I picked up this copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions at a local bookstore’s sale the other day for just a dollar! Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and I’m looking forward to rereading this classic soon! You can find it here.

Victoria’s Secret was having one of their semi-annual sales the other day, and I grabbed this amazing longline lace bralette. It’s the perfect summer layering piece for under cutout tees and loose dresses! I can’t wait to show you it in a beach OOTD! You can find a similar one here.
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What’s a beach day without a great bronzer? I’m new to using bronzers, and so I found this one at my local drugstore for just $4! I picked it up in the shade Ticket To Brazil, and I’ve found it to be an amazing product so far! It isn’t too shimmery and adds just the right amount of color to my skin. It is available in 2 other shades, and I highly recommend it if you’re a bronzer novice like me. Find it here!

I’ve written before about my love for Milani lipsticks, and I decided to test out some of Milani’s other products. I grabbed this eyeshadow in the shade Belle Champagne. It’s a lovely shimmery peachy color, although it is a little sheer, but for light everyday wear it’s perfect! I’ve had better results when applying it wet as far as pigmentation goes. Pick one up here.

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I grabbed these cute little travel sized brushes on sale at the amazing TJ Maxx! I have yet to test them fully, but they seem lovely so far. They’re so soft on the skin, I can’t wait to test them!

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What products have you been loving this month? Are you ready for warmer weather? What are some of your beach day essentials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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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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