Beauty, Makeup

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick 

I often go for bold lipstick, but since I’ve been playing up my eyes recently, I’ve been trying to have more demure lips. Recently, I was going through my lipstick bag (which is overflowing again!) and I found this gem: the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Taupe Beige. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $22.

I love that this is a perfect neutral. It never clashes with the rest of my makeup or any color of clothes I might choose to wear. It’s also a nice matte shade that sits comfortably on the lips and doesn’t dry them out. I wouldn’t say it’s very long-wearing since I’ll have to reapply it a few times throughout the day, but it’s so neutral that it’s just really easy to reapply.

Overall, I’m just loving this pretty neutral. I love that there’s a slight pink undertone that compliments my skintone, and it’s fantastic that this matte shade doesn’t settle into any lines on my lips or make my lips dry out.

Do you have a favorite neutral lipstick? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Manicure Essentials: Buffing Blocks 

When people think of manicures, they think of nail polish. But a perfect manicure has a lot more steps than just the base coat, polish, and top coat. To achieve an even, lasting manicure, it’s important to shape the nail and buff it too.

Buffing blocks like the one seen above can be purchased in any drugstore or grocery store, and they can greatly enhance the wear time of a manicure. Following the steps on the buffing block to resurface the nail can remove unevenness which will allow nail polish to better adhere to the nail. Just a few extra minutes of buffing can give you a lot of extra wear (days even!)

Do you routinely buff your nails? What’s your most essential manicure step? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Becca Champagne POP Highlighter 

I love using highlighter to enhance my cheeks and add some shimmer to my skin. There are so many shade options and texture options to explore! Recently, I was able to try the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop. This product is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $38.

First off, this is such a pretty shade. It’s a white gold with some peach undertones, which is just a bit too warm for me. Still, if you have a more neutral or warm undertone to your skin, this will look so lovely. Icy gals like myself might need something with less peach to find our perfect highlight.

The texture of this powder is also amazing. It’s a very fine grain powder which goes on smooth and is very easy to blend. It’s also easy to build up the color in layers. Overall, this is a fantastic highlighter, and I’d love to try some of their cooler shades!

What is your favorite highlighter? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale!

Surprise! You won’t have to wait until November to get up to 20% off at Sephora – the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale begins today for Rouge members!

Rouge members need to use the code “YESROUGE” to get 20% off from 8/24-9/3.

VIB members need to use the code “YESVIB” to get 15% off from 8/30-9/3.

Beauty Insiders need to use the code “YESINSIDER” to get 10% off from 8/30-9/3.

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Here are my top picks for things to purchase in the sale:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – $42

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick – $28

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – $24

Dior Backstage Foundation – $40

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – $46

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – $54

Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set – $70

So, are you participating in this sale? What are you excited to buy? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Allure Beauty Box August 2018

The Allure Beauty Box for August 2018 has arrived! This is one of my favorite beauty box subscription services. For just $15 a month, you’ll get deluxe samples and some full-sized beauty products. I love that it’s a blend of drugstore and luxury products too.

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This month’s box came with some really great stuff!

First off, we have the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which retails for $39. This is a product I’ve used and reviewed before. It’s a fantastic lightweight moisturizer that is just perfect for sensitive skin. I highly recommend it!

Next, we have the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner which retails for $22. This is a cult favorite, but I haven’t tried it yet. I really hope it lives up to the hype.

I also received the Laritzy Cosmetics Light Stix in Halo which retails for $24. I had never heard of this brand before, but so far this has been a really great highlighter stick that blends so smoothly.

Another favorite that I’ve already reviewed is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which retails for $20 and is worth every penny. It’s the best intensive balm I have ever used!

Next up is the Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner which retail for $17.99 a piece. I have damaged hair from too much heat and processing with dye, so I’m excited to try these for sure!

Lastly, I received a $30 off coupon for Breda, a niche watch retailer I had never heard of before. I’ve spent some time browsing their website, and there are some great options, although I’m not sure if I’ll end up getting one.

What do you think of these products? Have you tried any of them before? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Backstage Foundation

The holy grail of foundations is both lightweight and high-coverage. I would love to someday find a foundation that just makes my skin look perfect without being super obvious that I’m wearing foundation. While that’s still not something that I’ve found, I have found something pretty darn close: the Dior Backstage Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for just $40. I recently received the cutest little sample, and I’m very impressed!

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Compared to other luxury foundations, this one is practically a bargain! It also comes in 40 shades, which is a great variety. I’m so glad that foundations are becoming more and more inclusive. Also, fun fact: this is the foundation that Meghan Markle wore to the royal wedding!!

This foundation is so lightweight and blendable, but it is also very medium coverage. I was impressed by the opacity for something so weightless. It won’t cover a ginormous breakout, but it will even out the skintone and hide minor imperfections.

Regarding the finish, it is matte without being dull. I like this because it seems to work well when my skin is feeling dry and when it’s feeling oily. Like most people, my skin changes with the seasons, so I appreciate how versatile this foundation appears to be.

Also, I love that I need so little of this foundation to cover up. My teeny tiny sample is still going strong after more than two weeks of applications. I can’t imagine how long a full-sized bottle will last, but I suspect I will not be disappointed after this experience. I definitely plan on purchasing this one in the next Sephora Rouge sale (starting August 24th!).

Have you tried this one? What did you think? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss – Goliath Grape 

I am so picky when it comes to lip gloss! I like high-shine, shimmery colors that are mid-opacity and never ever sticky! That’s a tall order for a lot of glosses, but I found one that I really love: the Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Goliath Grape. This product can be purchased from Clinique’s website and select retailers for $17.50.

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There are so many great facets to this product. Let’s take a look at them:

*Color – I like this purplish shade that’s a fun mix between a berry and a violet. It’s relatively sheer but still is very noticeable. I love that it’s not too opaque because I think that makes this one more versatile. Also, it has a lot of shimmer, which is perfect for me!

*Texture – This one is not even a teeny bit sticky, which is so ideal for a gloss. It goes on smooth and lasts for quite a while. You’ll need to reapply after eating, but that’s really standard for a gloss.

*Benefits – While this product claims to plump the lips, I didn’t see this any more than I do with any other lip gloss. Any shiny, glossy product is going to create the illusion of fullness. However, it is noticeably moisturizing, so that does set this product apart from some glosses. After a day of wearing this product, my lips still feel supple and smooth. So, this one scores some bonus points for not drying out my lips.

Overall, I loved this gloss and I would definitely try more shades in this range. Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite gloss you want to share? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy 

My manicure preferences change a lot. Sometimes, I want really bold pops of color. Other times, I just want a sweet, feminine neutral that won’t show chips so easily. It’s hard to find a natural-looking pink shade that is kind of sheer instead of opaque. I feel like I’ve searched everywhere, and finally I’ve found one that’s nearly perfect: Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $6.

I’ve been so pleased by how feminine and sheer this pink shade is. It makes my nails look natural but polished and professional. I like that I just need one or two coats to get my desired look. It’s also shiny enough that I don’t always feel I need a top coat. Overall, I’m very pleased by the aesthetic of this product.

That being said, I don’t love how long this one takes to dry. This product contains argan oil to nourish the nails and fix existing nail damage. I think that’s great, but it also seems to take well over an hour for this one to dry completely (and I suspect this oil is to blame). If I don’t allow it to dry for at least this long, I know I’m still at risk for smudges and gouges to the polish. Sometimes, I’ll use a quick-dry top coat to speed things along. That seems to help significantly.

Have you tried this polish? Did you like the sheer quality or were you disappointed that it wasn’t more opaque? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Dior Glow Palette 

It’s no secret that I adore Dior! Whenever they have a new product, I immediately rush out to get it. Recently, they launched their backstage collection, and I was really excited to try the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette. This product will cost you $45 at Sephora and similar retailers.

So, first things first, this is NOT a contour palette. It’s not marketed as one either, but I know some people get confused when it comes to bronzers. To truly contour, you need an ashy-toned (preferably matte) bronze or brown shade. Anything with shimmer (like these shades) will make the hollows of the cheek look swollen rather than sunken. So, products like this one are designed to be applied just to the apples of the cheek (for color) or the highest part of the cheekbone (for highlight).

I was so impressed by these shades. They’re all really pretty and very pigmented. The top two shades are a white and a champagne highlighter. I was initially a bit scared of how white the white one was, but it blends so well and has a very luminous, ethereal finish. It wasn’t chalky or garish at all. The champagne one was lovely and added a nice glow without being too warm. The bottom two shades were blushes: one rosy and one bronze. They’re also really pigmented but blendable and will compliment most skin tones with a bold pop of color.

As far as texture goes, these are very smooth. However, they contain some rather chunky glitter, and I know that’s not what everyone prefers. However, I love this palette when I want to really stand out. It’s not the most neutral, daytime palette. This one is geared towards night drama instead!

Overall, I adored this palette, although I admit the price is a bit steep for something that’s a special occasion and not a daily palette (still, powders last a long time before they need replacing).

Is this one you’ve tried or are interested in trying? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Shiseido Eyelash Curler 

I sometimes dream of long, luxurious, perfectly curled eyelashes. Of course, what I have are lackluster and stick straight out. Because of this, I thought I’d try the Shiseido Eyelash Curler.

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This eyelash curler is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $20. I must say that while this doesn’t make my eyelashes look perfect, it does make them significantly better. It’s a sturdy curler with a strong grip, and that makes a big difference. It also is shaped well and allows me to get really close to my lash line for the ideal curl. Overall, I’ve been really happy with this product. I would say it’s one of the best I’ve tried.

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyelash curler? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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