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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Tarte vs. Tarte- Mascara Showdown

Hey guys!

Today I have a double review for you; comparing two different Tarte mascaras. I received both of these as Christmas gifts, and while I was super excited to receive Tarte products since they’re one of my favorite brands, there was a clear winner here. One of these mascaras worked great for me, and the other just didn’t cut it. Scroll down to see which one is the winner!


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First we have Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 In 1 mascara. It retails for $23 and features a double ended applicator, with fibers on one end and mascara on the other. Find it here.

What Tarte Says: “A revolutionary, double-ended eye routine for fuller lashes in 3 simple steps.” You’re supposed to put on a coat of mascara, apply the fibers, and then add a second coat of mascara.

What I Thought: As much as I like the concept of this mascara, it reality I just can’t get behind it. The mascara end is nice and does a good job, but the fibers are not my favorite! They make your lashes weirdly fuzzy and spidery, and I had the issue of them falling off and getting in my eyes. However I do really like the brush on the mascara only end.

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Next up is the Tarte Gifted Mascara, which retails for $21, is vegan, and is made with Amazonian clay. Find it here.

What Tarte Says: “An Amazonian clay smart mascara that instinctively treats your unique lash concerns- working overtime to keep lashes hydrated, intact, healthier, and stronger, while delivering the appearance of voluminous lashes.”

What I Thought: I actually agree with almost everything here! I can’t say whether it’s smart, but the brush makes my lashes extremely thick, and even curls them a little! It doesn’t make them especially lengthy, but then again it doesn’t claim to! This mascara has found its place in my everyday makeup bag. And how pretty is the bamboo packaging too!

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We clearly have a winner here! The Gifted mascara beats the Lights, Camera, Lashes, hands down. I just couldn’t get over the weird fibers! I’ll probably use the mascara end without them though.


What do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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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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FOTD: Sample Edition

Hey guys! Normally I limit my beauty blogging to product reviews, but today I have something a little different to show you! I’ve been hanging around my house over break playing with makeup that I haven’t gotten to properly test out yet, and I decided to show you guys what I came up with. This is my face of the day, created using only sample sized products! All of these products were sent to me in Ipsy bags, but many of them can be sampled online or from stores like Sephora as well. This look was a fun challenge to create! I didn’t allow myself to use anything besides the products you see here 🙂


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The Face: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Pur-Lisse BB Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer.

I’ve already previously reviewed all 3 of these products (here, here, and here respectively) if you’d like to read a little more! I primed my T-zone with the Smashbox primer, then used the BB cream to even out my skin tone. Then I dusted the bronzer on the sides of my nose, at my temples, and a little to contour my cheekbones 🙂

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The Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Crown Brush Crease Brush, Absolute New York Nano Eyeliner.

The mascara, brush, and eyeliner all were in my November Ipsy Bag as well! I really love this brush, it’s so soft and fluffy and does a great job! I used the middle shade on my lid and the left shade on my browbone, then blended with the brush. I used the liner on my waterline and finished the eyes off with a swipe of the Smashbox mascara.

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The Lips: Mongongo Lip Conditioner, Ofra Lip Liner, Hikari Lip Stain.

This lip stain is my new favorite lip product! It’s such a gorgeous berry shade, I can’t wait to wear it to a holiday party soon! I lined my lips with the pencil and went over them with the stain to finish it off.

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I had a lot of fun playing around with these samples to create this look! It’s pretty simple, with a bronze eye and berry lip, with some bronzer dusted here and there. Ignore my messy hair please!

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What do you think? Ever tried to use your samples like this? Are there any products you’re just dying to sample? 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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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 🙂

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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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OZ Naturals Face Mask Review

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Am I the only one who gets very skeptical of products that claim amazing things? Sometimes you’ll read the back of a product, and it claims to freshen, revitalize, renew, do your homework, and take the trash out too! I’m never sure what to believe in today’s advertising industry, so when I got this face mask that claimed to be “a botanical skin tsunami”, I was rather skeptical to say the least!

I received this Amino Herbal Hydration Mask in my August Ipsy bag, and I was so excited to test it out as soon as I saw it! It’s a 100% vegan, cruelty free, and 72% organic product made right here in the USA, so I was already pumped before I even read the ingredients list! According to the seller, this product hydrates, plumps, and nourishes skin cells. It claims to be gentle enough for daily use and that it will “leave skin hydrated, radiant, and more youthful looking.” Let’s see if it lived up to its advertising!

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I’ve been using this product for four days now, and I have to say, so far it actually has made an incredible difference in my skin! I apply it to my skin directly after gently exfoliating in the shower, leave it on for about 20 minutes, rinse, and then follow with my normal moisturizing routine. My skin looks smoother and is plumper and more deeply moisturized. I think the hyaluronic acid in this product is the main culprit behind the great resurfacing to my skin, but this mask also contains vitamin B5 and vitamin E, two great things for your skin. Since I have quite dry skin, this was a great product for me. I’m not sure what results it would have on oily or combination skin however. Since it is meant to add moisture to dry skin, I don’t think I would recommend it for those skin types-it might cause more trouble than good!

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Overall, I am very pleased with this product. This is one case of advertising that actually accurately described what the product does, although calling it “a botanical skin tsunami” might be going a little far haha. It has quickly become a major part to my skin routine! I would recommend it to anyone looking to add moisture or plumpness to their skin. You can find the full-sized version of it here for USD $21.99.

What skin products are you loving lately? Do you hate false advertising too? Any favorite face masks for summer? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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