How To Stay Matte All Day (On A Budget)

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I’ve been meaning to post some more outfit photos here on the blog lately, but between traveling back and forth to college and being sick, it’s been difficult to find time! Hopefully I can find time to shoot more of them soon. In the meantime, I apologize for the myriad of beauty posts! It’s really fun to write about products though, so I suppose I’m not too sorry haha.

So many of us, even those like me with dry skin, struggle with keeping our makeup matte all day. The problem I have is that I want my skin to look bright and healthy, without being shiny looking. Here are my three favorite drugstore products to keep your face fresh for hours, without breaking the bank!


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A good primer is a must whether you’re looking for a dewy or matte finish. This one is my current favorite! It’s from Maybelline’s Master Prime range, which also features great color-correcting options. This one blurs and smooths your pores, and does a great job of keeping your foundation in place. The best part is, it’s just $9.99!

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A cult favorite, this Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is something I’ve raved about before! It’s probably my most repurchased product EVER! The packaging is a little annoying because the lid comes off easily, but it’s really amazing for reducing shine. Plus it comes in super pale colors, which is helpful for me haha. It instantly absorbs any oil that is on your face, and it’s only $4.99 from Ulta!

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Last but not least, the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. I recently discovered this, and it’s been a must have ever since! A few sprays of this will keep your makeup in place for hours, and it doesn’t feel sticky or tacky on the skin. They also make a dewy version if that’s more your style too! It’s just $7.99.

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So there you have it! My tips for keeping your skin totally matte all day, and you can get all of these for only $23! I just love finding great drugstore makeup.


What do you think? Have you tried any of these products before? Do you prefer matte or dewy, and how do you get your skin to stay that way? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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All opinions are my own;  this is not a sponsored post. 

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January Favorites

As January comes to a close, I was looking around to see what I’d like to share with you this month. Surprisingly it’s all makeup products! Usually I have a bit of a mix for you, but I guess this month is an oddball. Read on to see which products I’ve been loving!


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First up is my personal alternative to foundation: the Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer. (Quite the mouthful!) I’ve definitely been reaching more and more for organic formulas lately, I just feel they’re so much better for you! This product provides lightweight coverage and evens out my skintone without me wearing a full face of makeup. Get it here!

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Eyebrows are the most important part of the face to me, and I never leave the house without mine done. I always used pencil, but I discovered this sculpting brow mascara and haven’t looked back. It really holds my eyebrows in place all day, and the color it adds is great! The one complaint I have is that it can be a bit difficult to remove without makeup remover. Find it here.

Also, the Tarte Gifted Mascara!! I raved about this in my review the other day. Let’s just say that I’m in love! Pick it up here.

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Last but not least, this face lotion that I received in my January Ipsy bag. It’s another organic product that I’m really liking lately! It’s incredibly moisturizing, with both argan and olive oils. You can find it here if you like! It’s been so awesome that I want to check out more from the brand, and I will probably repurchase when this sample runs out.

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This month’s favorites were short but sweet! Have you tried any of these products? What have you been enjoying this month? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Christmas Skincare Haul

I hope everyone’s holidays were amazing, regardless of what you celebrate! Today I want to share some skincare gifts I received this Christmas that I’m super excited to test out!

I had a really hard time taking these photos, since it was super overcast out and I couldn’t get any good natural light. These are the best I could get, after about 75 shots for a 6 picture blog post haha. Oh well! They’re not as clear as I would like, but that’s okay, because I couldn’t wait any longer to share them!


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First up, a giant tub of the St Ives Apricot Scrub, which I know is a cult favorite to many! This is one of my very favorite exfoliators. I previously reviewed the sample size here, and that small amount lasted me a few months, so I’m sure this huge on will last me forever! Grab it here.

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My younger sister knew I wanted something to moisturize, so she got me this lovely body butter from Bath and Body Works. It’s warm vanilla sugar scented, and the scent is divine! I can’t wait to use it, I love a delicious scented lotion, and the packaging is adorable! Find it here 🙂

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I really wanted a face moisturizer that had a) SPF in it b) wouldn’t clog my pores, and c) would make my skin less dull and dry. This product from Aveeno claims to do all three! If it actually makes my skin positively radiant, I will be super impressed! I know a lot of people love this product,so I hope it works for me too. Find it here. (And grr at that annoying reflective spot! I struggled so hard with these photos!)

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Last but not least, an essential oil, which can apparently be used for your face, hair, and body. I’ve never tried one of these before, but I absolutely love the pretty packaging and the cute bottle with its dropper! I have super dry skin, so hopefully this will help me out. Any tips on using oils like these?

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I was super excited to receive these for Christmas, and to share them with you, even though my photos weren’t what I’d like haha. What do you think? Do you use any of these products? Would you like to see reviews of any of these? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Clarisea Sea Salt Scrub Review

Today I have a product to share with you all that I received in my September Ipsy bag. I was super excited to test this Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant with you! Keep reading to see what I thought.


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I was super excited to get this sample in September! The Clarisea website says it “vacuums up impurities from deep within pores with naturally detoxifying ingredients…Add it to your favorite face cleanser or just blend with water to create an instant pore clearing scrub.” It’s all natural, vegan, gluten free, and even comes in recyclable packaging! I’m always a fan of helping the environment. It also features Himalayan salt, bamboo charcoal, and almond flour. Sounds great, right?

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Unfortunately, I have no idea if this face exfoliant actually lives up to its big claims, because it is so darn hard to actually use! It comes as a sort of powder, sort of scrub consistency, and the directions say you should mix a little of it with your favorite face wash. Easy enough, right? Wrong! The powdery mixture gets everywhere, is impossible to mix evenly, and once you get it on your face, it exfoliates for about 0.2 seconds before the salt dissolves and disappears! I had really high hopes for this product, so I was pretty disappointed. I tried it in multiple washes and by itself, and I got similar results.

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To be fair, I may just be doing this completely wrong. Has anyone else tried this product, or something similar? Any tips to make it work better? I’d really like to make this work for me, since it sounds so great, but I just can’t make it happen! If you’d like to test this out yourself, you can pick it up here.


On the plus side, just a few more days and I’ll be home for Christmas 🙂 Ever tried anything like this? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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Empties- Skincare

 Today I have some of the products I’ve been using a ton to share with you! Most of these are from past Ipsy bags, with a few exceptions, so they’re mostly sample sizes. I was going to do a post on all my empties, but I realize I have way too many! So I decided to narrow this down to the ones focused just on skincare. All the product prices below are for the full sized products!

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First up! This body butter by Lavanilla Laboratories claims instant hydration. It contains all organic ingredients, no parabens, and claims to leave your skin non-greasy. Sounds great, right? While I enjoyed this product and thought it worked well enough, I disagree with the advertisement of non-greasy. Using this on my arms and legs was great, but on my neck and face it left a bit of a film. If you’re looking for a general moisturizer though, I will say that this one does smell divine! It’s deliciously vanilla-scented, and comes in 4 other types. Grab it at Sephora for $19.00.

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I was super excited to test this product out when I received it in last month’s Ipsy bag! It works really well as far as I can tell, the sample was very small and only had enough for five or six uses. I saw an improvement in my skin over the two weeks I tested it for, and I feel confident that a larger amount would produce even better results. I found that my skin’s redness and dryness was reduced by this scrub. Find it here for $78.00.

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This Glamglow facewash is my favorite, as you can tell from the sorry state of the bottle! I carried this travel size bottle with me as I hiked across Spain this summer (for more on that, read here!) and it worked so well on my sun damaged skin! The formula is “mud-to-foam”, which means it starts off as a paste and lathers with the addition of water. It does an awesome job of helping your skin feel moisturized and refreshed! Pick up one here for $39.00.

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This St Ives apricot scrub is definitely a cult classic! I reviewed it previously here if you’d like to read a little more about it. Let’s just say I think it’s awesome! Grab some here.

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Last but not least- the Dermatologica Clear Start All Over Toner! I really love this product and will definitely be repurchasing. It reduces redness, helps clear breakouts, and overall just improves the quality of my skin. I would recommend this to anyone! Get it for $19.50 here.

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So there you have it, what I’ve been using a lot of lately for skincare! What have you been loving? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

I’d also like to congratulate Yasmine, the winner of the CaseApp giveaway! Congrats girl 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Love Kiki

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