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ULTA, Sephora, and MAC haul!

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This was over the course of couple shopping trips. I didn't get everything at once. I wanted to show what I got and give my first impressions. Also, I'm testing out my new soft box. I'm a tad disappointed with the lighting in these photos. I'm still working on that. I didn't want to retake all these pictures. I'll get this right... eventually!

Without further ado, the items I got from ULTA:

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Sassy Wild & Daring
I love love love dry shampoo! This is a repurchase. I've probably gone through 2-3 of these. The Sassy Wild and Daring is my favorite scent of the Batiste Dry Shampoos. I often use dry shampoo not to just refresh but sometimes to add volume. I have recently found that using too much dry shampoo can cause build up on the scalp that closely resembles dandruff. It took me months to figure this out! I would HIGHLY recommend using a clarifying shampoo if you find yourself using dry shampoo often or really any leave in hair product.

Oil-Free Acne Wash - Neutrogena
You can pick this stuff up just about everywhere. I really enjoyed using Neutrogena's Grapefruit Foaming Scrub but I ran out. I wanted to try the non-scrub version. So far I'm liking it. I'm getting the same results. I use this with my Clairisonic and it works well for my oily acne prone skin.

Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Shock, Oh! Orange!, Strike a Rose, Coral Crush
Pink Shock, Oh! Orange!, Strike a Rose, Coral Crush
Okay, who else is obsessed with Maybelline Baby Lips?! I know I am. They just released a couple new colors for their Electro line. They did have some crazy colors like yellow and green... wasn't too sure about those. I just stuck with the pinks/oranges. ;) These are a wonderful balance of color and moisture. A great everyday product and a break from lipsticks. The color on the end "Coral Crush" isn't part of the Electro line, it was a limited edition color I happened to come across in my local ULTA.

NYX Blush - Pinched and Mocha


NYX was buy one get one 50%. I picked up Mocha and Pinched. Mocha is a funny name for a such a deep pink. Pinched is a shimmer pinky/coral color.

Revlon Lip Butter - Wild Watermelon

I kinda forgot Revlon Lip Butters existed! I have a few in my makeup collection but I think I failed at picking colors that worked well with me, so I shyed away from them. I was watching some videos on YouTube which reminded me of them. I decided to pick up Wild Watermelon and WHOA, this baby is pigmented! It's a wonderful summer red lip product. So far I'm loving it! I'm thinking of picking up more in the future.
Wigo - Teasing Brush
Just a random teasing brush that I wanted to try out. It was like... a whole 3 dollars? 

Vidal Sassoon - Ion Styling Combs
I go through combs like nobody's business! They often get melted by my straightening iron or they just get gross, haha. I picked up these pack of combs. Not really picky about brands, I just needed a comb!

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I really didn't get much at Mac or Sephora. I had a gift card for Sephora and with that gift card I got a whole two things (haha)! When I went to MAC I only had one thing in mind but I ended up getting one more item, inst' that always how it works?!

Benefit - They're Real (mascara) and Watt's Up! (highlighter)
This was the birthday gift Sephora was giving out this year. I have and love both of these products. Especially Watt's Up!

Anastasia - Brow Wiz in Burnett
My brows are a unholy battle ground. I'm always looking to try out new brow products. I've heard amazing things about the Anastasia's Brow Wiz. I have been using this all week and I LOVE it! It gives great thin and controlled lines. Not too dark or light. Great for making an outline or fulling it. I love that it has a spoolie on the end.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush - Tipsy

I have been eyeing this blush for well over a year now. The price point is very intimidating (26 dollars) but I had a gift card! This was also on my birthday wish list. And let me tell you, I LOVE IT!! The color is a little scary at first but once I applied it I was in LOVE! It truly lasts all day. Tarte, I am hooked...

Mac Pro Longwear Blush - Blush All Day

I was not intending on buying a blush from Mac. I was looking to test out some foudations but the sale woman applied this blush on me and oh my goodness folks, I was sold. This really doesn't look like anything in the pan but once applied it was just so flattering on my skin tone. And it's part of the Pro Longwear series, it lasts all day for me.

MAC Fix+ - Travel Size
This is actually the only thing I was looking to purchase from Mac. I wanted some travel sized Fix+. One to keep in the fridge for a nice cooling spray during summer and the other to have in my purse. I don't use Fix+ as a setting spray for my makeup. I use it to bring back normality to my face, like after I've powdered it or just bring moisture back to my face without ruining my makeup.

That is all folks! Thanks for looking/reading! :) I have more post planned such as: my birthday goodies, products I've used up, and products I regret purchasing. Stay tuned!~


e.l.f Makeup Haul!

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I purchased some e.l.f. products online recently. I just wanted to share what I got and give my first impressions. Also, I tried a new background for photos. Not really sure if I'm digging it but I wanted to experiment, so bare please with me! :)

e.l.f. Essential Lipstick - Classy
This is one of the 1 dollar lipsticks in Classy. It's supposed to be a cheap dupe for MAC's Angel. I like the color and the scent of the lipstick. Not too fond of the packaging. It's hard to twist the product up/down and it looks super messy in the tube, almost like I've had it for months.

elf Essential Lipstick - Seductive
Another dollar lipstick. Again I like the scent and the color. This packaging wasn't as messy but I still have the same issue when trying to twist up the product. BUT I can't complain too much for 1 dollar. :)

e.l.f. Mineral Mineral Lipstick - Natural Nymph
This is e.l.f. lipstick is from there more expensive makeup line, this was 5 dollars. Natural Nymph is supposed to be a dude for MAC Creme D'Nude. I don't know what I was thinking when I got this but this looks absolutely TERRIBLE on me. :( :( :( It makes me look sick. My lips look almost ghost like with this on. It does not go well with my skin tone at all. In the swatch below you'll see that it almost matches my skin completely. Other than that... the formula and pigmentation were fine. I'm sure this would work better for someone with a lighter or darker skin tone than me.

Natural Nymph, Seductive, and Classy

e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh
Close up of e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh
Eye Refresh is a rollerball product that's supposed to be used under the eye. It claims that is will help with dark circles and puffiness. I can't not really comment on the dark circles (haven't been using it for too long) but as far as puffiness goes, I believe it does help! I've been using this first thing in the morning out of the shower and I've noticed a difference. It's also super cooling, it feels very nice when applying it; especially during the summer. Not sticky or messy at all.

Lip Exfoliator
THIS is AMAZING!! Where have you been all my life?! Seriously. This product is wonderful and it's only 3 dollars! I was using Lush's Lip Scrub but now I've converted (sorry Lush). After getting this one and loving it, I went out and purchased a second one (from Target) just to have in my purse. This is a wonderful Lip Exfoliator. It gently removes dry skin with a sugary scrub. It tastes good (to me), but it does have a weird after taste. It leaves the lips really smooth and moisturized. Prefect to use before any lip product application. It's so convenient and easy to use and not at all messy. I am super impressed with this product!!

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder - St. Lucia
 I've heard/read many things about this blush/bronzer duo and how it's a dupe for NARS Orgasm/Laguna. I was curious to see.

E.l.f. blush/bronzer St. Lucia next to NARS Orgasm/Laguna.
e.l.f. St. Lucia blush, NARS Orgasm blush, e.l.f. St. Lucia Bronzer and NARS Laguna
All and all the packaging and the concepts are immensely similar but swatch wise, not at all, in my opinion. I do really enjoy St. Lucia, both the blush and bronzer.

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set
I bought this not because I needed a setting spray (I love my Urban Decay De-slick) but rather I wanted a spray to use through out the day as a refresher. I wanted something I could toss in my purse. So far, so good! Very cooling and doesn't really have a scent that I can smell.

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
Swatch of e.l.f. eyeshadow primer in sheer.
I've heard great things about this eye shadow primer. I don't wear eyeshadow much but I wanted to give it a try.  

e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush, Flawless Concealer Brush, and Angled Contour Brush
e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush, Flawless Concealer Brush, and Angled Contour Brush

Last but not least, I couldn't resist getting some new brushes! e.l.f. brushes are very nice for the price. They do not last forever but for what you're paying they are amazing. I've been loving flat top brushes for foundation. I wanted to give e.l.f.'s a try to see how it would apply. I got the concealer brush because I wanted another concealer brush (haha). And for the angled contour brush, I have been using this to blend out my under eye concealer and have been loving it!

I've updated my blog some. I went with a move simple theme. Let me know if you like! Like a said in the beginning of this post, I'm experimenting  a little with backgrounds. Trying to find a style that works well for me. I like the idea but not really digging the background, so please bare with me. On my last photo, I had to change it up because the black brushes did not photo while on a black/white background (who would have thought?). Anyways, that is all for now! Thanks for looking/reading~


MAC Brave

Mac Brave
This is a quick blog post showing you my newest MAC lipstick, Brave! This is probably my new favorite MAC lipstick. Great everyday lip color and I absolutely love the stain finish! 

Thanks for looking!~