5 Product Face

While I love experimenting with full-glam makeup, some of my most favorite looks are actually very minimal. The best thing about these fresh and light makeup looks is that they’re very quick because they’re so simple! My day-to-day makeup routine is usually pretty low-maintenance, especially in the summer. Something about the extreme heat and intense humidity keeps me from wanting to apply too much on my face. Luckily, there are ways to create beautiful makeup looks using just a few holy grail products from your stash.

Here are my five favorite products to use in my quick, effortless makeup routine:

  1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($9)
    This is hands down my favorite concealer that I’ve ever used. It is an absolute dream to work with as the product moves around easily before it dries. I love the formula because it doesn’t look cakey; the finish is very natural-looking. The color matches perfectly with my skin tone, and I don’t notice it changing throughout the day as it is exposed to different elements. I apply this under my eyes and on any problem areas I have, and it makes my skin look great!
  2. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in “Pearlescent Pink” ($3)
    I love this blush because it adds a glowy hint of color to your face. It’s a simple step that adds life to your skin, and I make sure to never skip it.
  3. NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade ($7)
    If your face is a piece of art, think of your brows as the frame. I went so many years without filling in my brows and it was such a mistake! Pictures taken at a distance make it look like I had none. Thankfully, I’ve learned my lesson and I no longer miss this step in my routine. The NYX brow pomade is a great product because it fills in your brows while simultaneously locking them in place. It’s also very affordable, which is a major plus.
  4. Maybelline Falsies Mascara ($7)
    While I haven’t come across a mascara that I’ve been absolutely floored by yet (any suggestions??), the Maybelline Falsies mascara has been my go-to for several years. The only major con for me with this mascara is that it tends to be a bit flaky when it dries. It does make my lashes look very thick and full, however, so I push the negative aside for the major positive. The level of lift it gives makes my eyes look open and awake, which is much needed in a minimal makeup look.
  5. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in “Alchemy” ($5)
    Unfortunately, there’s not a link for this one because this shadow was limited edition, but it’s a shimmery champagne shade that I absolutely love. They have tons of options on the ColourPop site when it comes to their Super Shock Shadows, so you’re sure to find a color you love. This product works best when you apply it with your finger, so it’s very fast and easy to use. I like a simple, neutral, shimmery shadow just to brighten up the eye areas and add a little pizazz.

5 Product Face

And that’s my five product face! It’s super quick and easy to do, plus all the products are affordable (can’t go wrong there!). What are products you like to use in your quick makeup routine? Let me know in the comments!

May 2017 Ipsy Unbagging

So, I’m throwing a little switcharoo here. You may or may not know that I’ve decided to trade my Boxycharm subscription for Ipsy just to try something a little different. While I thought I would love receiving full-size products, it was getting to be a bit much. Trial sizes seemed more practical, and I like the variety of cosmetic brands Ipsy has in their service.

If you don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly makeup subscription service where you receive a cute (& actually useable) makeup bag with five trial-sized products for you to test out. I also love that the bag design is completely different every month! When signing up, you fill out a questionnaire where you specify things such as your skin tone, eye color, hair color, brand preferences, types of products you like, etc. in order to personalize your experience. If you don’t like a product, you can rate it and be sure you never receive anything like it again. My favorite part is that it’s only $10 a month!

This was my first month of Ipsy, and I was excited about the products I received:

  1. Pure Brazilian Nourishing Hair Oil
    This ended up in my bag because I specified that I liked hair oils and have dry, frizzy hair. I’ve used it a few times on dry hair and haven’t noticed much smoothing, but it does make my hair smell very nice and feel soft. I’m going to try applying it to damp hair and see if that helps any.
  2. Urban Decay Afterglow in “Sin”
    Highlighters are something I like to receive because I rarely go out of my way to buy them (they all start looking the same to me after awhile). They also last forever, so I don’t feel you need too many different ones. I do really like this one, though. It’s not super subtle, but it’s also not BAM! in your face. It could also double as a really pretty, shimmery eyeshadow.
  3. pur~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream in “Light” 
    I haven’t had a chance to really test this one out because my skin has been going through a little freak-out session (yay stress!). For that reason, I’ve been trying to avoid applying heavy product. I did swatch it, and it looks like a close match to my skin tone. I also like the fact that it has a built in SPF. Since the formula is creamy, it seems like it would feel good on the skin, but I’ll test it out and see!
  4. Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660
    This full-size foundation brush is so soft! It retails at $23, so I consider it a steal. I don’t normally use brushes to apply foundations, but I could see myself using this for bronzer or highlighter. I also love the periwinkle color of the handle.
  5. trèStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine
    Don’t be fooled by this product’s appearance: the pencil top is actually a cap! The product itself has a rounded tip just like a crayon. The color is very pretty and it feels great on the lips. It is not transfer-proof and it does smudge if you rub it, but I don’t mind that. It’s a perfect size to carry around in your bag for on-the-go lip color.

So far, Ipsy has made a great first impression. I’m excited to see what’s in next month’s bag!

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Review

I rarely ever buy a product right when it’s released. Something about it has to catch my attention immediately in order to compel me enough to purchase. The last time I bought something on release day was the debut of the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I personally don’t like having to fight to buy something, so I’d rather just wait and see if it’s worth getting. There are times, however, where I see something I really want, and dammit, I’m going to get it.

Obviously this KKW x Kylie Cosmetics collection caught my eye, and so I ordered it on the second launch date. I have never tried any of Kylie’s other products (I’m not huge into long-wearing, matte lipsticks), so when I saw this was a ‘créme’ formula in all of my favorite lip colors, I decided to give it a shot.

I’ll start off by saying it took forever for them to arrive at my doorstep! I’m an impatient person, so this was a little frustrating. However, I figured there would be some type of delay because I know they had gotten a ton of orders between the two launches. It took 9 business days before the package even shipped, but once it finally did I received it two days later.

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Review

The packaging for this collection is absolutely stunning. I love the frosted glass look of the tubes and the light pink color scheme. The box they come in is a lot sturdier than I thought – it almost has a soft, suede feel to it. I like that I have something to store them in so I can keep them all together rather than some bulky cardboard I would normally just throw in the recycling bin.

Some people don’t prefer the formula of these lipsticks, but I personally love it! It’s silky and creamy with a hint of shine. The overall feel of them is very comfortable; I would definitely consider these a great pick for ‘everyday’ wear. They are definitely transfer-prone and rub off very easily, but it isn’t much to take it with you and reapply when needed. The initial application is pretty sheer, so I’d recommend applying two coats for full color payoff.

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Lip Swatches

I am in love with all four shades in this collection. In fact, I would never have purchased it if I didn’t like all of the colors. While they all look pretty similar in shade as they sit in their box, once applied you can really start to see the difference. As you go from left to right (Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, Kimmie), the shades get noticeably darker and pinker: Kimberly is the most nude while Kimmie is the most pink. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite color, but if I had to, I’d probably say Kimmie.

Overall, I’m really pleased with the collection. $45 ($11.25 per lipstick) isn’t too bad of a price to pay, but it would be cool if at some point they were sold individually.

Have you tried the KKW x Kylie Cosmetics collection? If so, what are your thoughts? Any other Kylie products you’ve been loving? Let me know in the comments!

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Review

A Beauty Wishlist

Since I’ve put myself on a strict spending budget, I thought it would be a fun idea to make a beauty wishlist I can slowly chip away at whenever I’m ready to give myself a “splurge allowance” (which probably won’t be for awhile if we’re being honest…) Regardless, these are all things that I’ve wanted to try based on ads I’ve seen or raving reviews by beauty influencers.

  • Benefit Gimme Brow ($24)
    I’m not ashamed to say that my brows could use a little help once in awhile. They’re a little difficult to work with because they’re feisty little devils, so anything that makes my life easier is a godsend! I’ve heard lots of good things about Benefit’s brow products, though I’ve never given them a try for myself. They are a little on the pricey side, and I personally like to be sure the product is good before I splurge! The majority of reviews are positive, so I don’t think it could hurt to try it out sometime.
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer ($25)
    I’ll start off by saying that this product has stellar reviews on every site I’ve seen! Concealer is one of those things I won’t leave the house without wearing, so it’s a pretty important part of my beauty routine. My only worry is that it will be too full coverage for me to wear on minimal makeup days, but I’ve definitely been wanting to try it!
  • NARS Orgasm Blush ($30)
    There was a sample of this blush in one of my magazines, and I immediately fell in love once I tried it! It is the prettiest blush I’ve ever worn, and I’m actually surprised that I haven’t gotten around to buying the full size yet. The color itself is very flattering, and it has just the right amount of shimmer. I can’t rave about it enough!
  • Too Faced Unicorn Tears Lipstick ($22)
    This is one I’m kind of throwing on here just for fun since there’s a unicorn craze going around. While it reminds me of costume makeup a bit, I still think it’s a very unique and interesting color. I could see it looking really cool layered on top of a different lipstick, but I don’t see it as an ‘everyday’ color. Still gorgeous, though!
  • Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer ($29)
    My skin is naturally very pale, and as a result bronzer can look kind of strange against my white skin. I’ve been eyeing this bronzer ever since they announced it because it looks like a perfect alternative to the mass of bronzers that are already out there. I’m really hoping I can give it a try at some point!

And that concludes my wishlist at this moment in time. I’m sure it will grow longer as I think of new things, but for my wallet’s sake, I think this is a good enough start.

What are some things you’ve been wanting for awhile? Let me know in the comments!

A Beauty Wishlist

The Nude Lipstick Edit

Everyone loves a good, nude lip. Speaking of, has anyone else been eyeing the Kylie Cosmetics KKW collection? I may or may not have placed an order for it already…the colors look absolutely gorgeous!

Anywho, today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite nude lipsticks that I have in my collection. Almost all are pink nudes since I feel like pink compliments my skin tone better than beige nudes.

The Nude Lipstick Edit

  1. Real Her “I Will Succeed”
    This color is a very gorgeous classic nude. It’s also the most resilient formula I have ever tried. I had to scrub the swatch with a makeup-removing wipe for several minutes in order to get it to come off! If you love a long-lasting matte lip, this brand definitely knows what it’s doing.
  2. Colourpop “Littlestitious”
    “Littlestitious” is a bit more daring as far as nudes go. It is a very, very pale pink color and the undertones are on the cool side. I personally wouldn’t wear it for ‘everyday’, but I think it looks great paired with a dramatic eye.
  3. Milani “Bahama Beige”
    I love Milani products, and their lipsticks are no exception. This color is so beautiful and natural-looking, and I love the formula. It’s not long-lasting, but honestly I prefer a smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t make my lips feel dry.
  4. Milani “Nude Créme”
    Same comments as above, but this lipstick is pink instead of beige. This is one of my go-to lip colors because it’s so effortless; it adds a hint of natural-looking color and the formula is comfortable to wear.
  5. NYX “Spirit”
    Here we have another classic nude. I love to use this as a base color with a gloss on top; it makes a stunning combination!

The Nude Lipstick Edit
From L to R: I Will Succeed, Littlestitious, Bahama Beige, Nude Créme, Spirit

What are some of your go-to nude lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!