Every Day Makeup Drawer

I am very much a creature of habit.  I change things up a bit, but seem to always go back to my tried and trues.

Same applies with beauty products.  Sometimes I am blessed with a keeper, other times, well, not so much.  Because I have sensitive skin, I tend to keep using what works.

These are the products that I use on the daily.  A few are new to my collection (they are in bold), but most are oldies but goodies:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – I am loving this glow kit! This was very much a splurge for me, and I’m glad I bit the bullet and made this purchase.  Even though I have fair skin, I use every color in this palette. I always apply my highlight before my blush to give me a gorgeous glowing cheekbone.

Maybelline Master Prime primer (Blur & Smooth) –  This primer was a backup when I didn’t use the Too Faced Hangover primer.  Unfortunately, I have developed an allergy to coconut water/oil, so I had to get rid of the Hangover primer.  The Maybelline is now my go to primer.

Benefit Porefessional primer –  I received this sample size and it’s OK. It does as it’s intended. I most likely will not be buying the full size as the Maybelline works the same for a few dollars less.

Chicken Poop Lip Junk –  I love love love this lip balm.  I use it to prime my lips in the morning while applying my makeup.  I also use it throughout the day in between using the Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss.

Rimmel Stay Glossy (Dorchester Rose) – I wear this all day long. I have a few different shades, but this one is my favorite.  It’s a lovely light nude shade that sparkles.  It’s gorgeous.

NYX Color Correcting palette – I use this palette almost every day to cover redness.

e.l.f. flawless foundation (Porcelain) – I have been using this foundation for a few years.  It makes my skin look amazing.  I do try different foundations, and I really like the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, but I always go back to this one. e.l.f. has recently changed the name from Porcelain to Natural.  The color is a perfect match for my fair skin.  I can’t see me finding anything I like enough to replace this foundation.

e.l.f. High Definition powder (Sheer) – I use this to set my foundation.  I just dab my brush and pat it on my face, keeping the powder away from my under eye area.

NYX Micro Brow pencil (Espresso) – I have black hair so I think this color is too brown, but I use it because I keep forgetting to pick up a darker shade. 😉 I love that it is micro because I tend to have a heavy hand and this keeps me from going overboard in the shading department.

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara – I recently received a sample size and I loved it! A friend gave me a full sized mascara and I noticed that it is clumpy and the brush picks up too much product. I’m a bit disappointed, so I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing. I may just pick up another sample size here and there.

e.l.f. Volumizing & Defining mascara – I use this for my lower lashes.  I am NOT a pro at applying mascara to my lower lashes, in fact, I don’t always wear it because I suck at applying it!

Too Faced Love Flush blush (Love Hangover) -Before I received this blush, I used the e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzer powder in Fiji.  I forgot to add it for the photo. I just received this Too Faced blush last week.  I ordered it during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty.  I love the color and it looks beautiful on my skin.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (Fair/Light) – I sometimes use this powder once my makeup is done.

Jeffree Starr Androgyny palette – When I am feeling bold enough to wear eyeshadow (not an every day thing), I reach for this palette.  I LOVE it.

Jeffree Starr Beauty Killer palette – The statement above applies here, also.  🙂

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection – Ditto to the statement up there.  😉

Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray – OMG I love this spray.  I actually rotate between this and the e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set.

That’s it!

What is in your every day makeup drawer?  Let’s see ’em!


Dr. Lip Bangs Lip Freak Buzzing Balm – A Review

This stuff is weird.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 9.52.25 PMThis came recommended by a friend because of my love of lip balms. Two weeks ago I headed over to Ulta to purchase.  It’s $4.95 USD. I picked up the flavor Sin-o-Mint. 🙂

I couldn’t wait to try it because of the buzzing feeling that was described to me and advertised on the packaging. I opened up my new balm, wiped off my Chicken Poop, and applied this new gem to my lips. It took a few seconds before the buzzing kicked in.  It is bizarre to say, but yes, it makes your lips feel like they’re buzzing!  It’s the craziest thing! Your lips don’t feel cool or soothing as if you used peppermint balm, like Burt’s Bees.  It really is a buzzing feeling!

Lip Freak is 100% natural, but is not vegan as it is made from humanely harvested white beeswax.

From the Lip Bang’s website: Lip Freak contains the following ingredients: Beeswax, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend Including; Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil),Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon Oil), Natural Tocopherols (vitamin e), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oil Extract), Stevia Rebadiana Leaf Extract, Natural Flavors. Some flavors may also contain Mentha Piperia (Terpene Free Peppermint) Oil.

The website claims what makes it buzz is “a super-secret, patent-pending blend of pure essential oils that, when combined together, create that unique buzzing sensation”.

I like it but I don’t know if I like it.  I’m not sure it’s a lip balm I can reapply throughout the day because I think the buzzing would soon grow to annoy me.  But, as something to use every now and again for a weird sensation, I’m into this, and at $4.95, it’s no big loss if I don’t use it all the time.

Have you tried this lip balm?  Do you find it as weird as I do? Do you have a favorite flavor?


Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty

I am excited for Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale, so much so that I visited my Ulta store and peed on the things I want to claim as mine!

Just kidding!  I haven’t done that, but I have put some of the things I want in my online shopping cart.  🙂

Here is the link to shop Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty online.

Day 1 begins tomorrow!

March 19th:

  • Too Faced Love Flush Blush (Love Hangover)
    • Regularly $26/Sale $13

March 20th:

  • Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette
    • Regularly $28/Sale $14

March 22nd:

  • Buxom Full On Lip Cream (Not sure of the color I want!)
    • Regularly $20/Sale $10

March 26th:

  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter
    • Regularly $38/Sale $19

March 31st

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
    • Regularly $32/Sale $16

April 8th:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil (Granite)
    • Regularly $21/Sale $10

HOT BUY (Available every day of the event):

  • PÜR Miracle Mist Hydrating Spray
    • Regularly $18/Sale $13

Not a bad haul for under $100!

What will you be picking up during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty? Is there something I missed that I should try?

FOOD – Meal Prep

This week I am working six days, so today is my day to cook my meals for the week.  I have been browsing recipes trying to find meals that include anything but chicken.  I love chicken, but I’m a bit chickened out.  😉

Rather than spend my only day off in the kitchen, I have decided to keep it easy.  This week, I will do a tuna salad salad.

If yScreen Shot 2017-03-18 at 8.35.56 AMou have not tried this “mayo”, holy moly, it is awesome!  I am not a fan of mayonnaise, but sometimes need it for recipes, and this is an amazing alternative.

To make the tuna: I used regular tuna in water.  I added cucumber, carrots, pineapple chunks, and olives to the tuna.  I mixed the tuna with Vegenaise non-dairy mayo, and added a tiny bit of pineapple juice for some sweetness. I sprinkled some non-dairy vegan cheese on the top.  I added a lemon wedge because I love a spritz of lemon juice to give my food a zangy pop! I plopped a good sized portion of the tuna on top of a bed of baby spinach. 🙂

I sautéed asparagus in olive oil, pepper, sea salt and garlic.

I’ll have my standard baggie of fresh, raw green beans, a handful of almonds, and since organic red delicious apples were the same price as regular, an organic red delicious apple will also be a yummy snack.

Do you meal prep?  Do you have a favorite go-to recipe when you’re not in the mood to cook but still want to stay on track?  Please share your recipes!




TonyMoly I’m Real Avocado Mask – A Review

A friend of mine gave me this TonyMoly I’m Real Avocado sheet mask a few days ago and I decided tonight was the night to treat my face to some nutrition.  This mask can be purchased at Ulta for $3.75.17349916_805030979659422_7690713614317533653_o

Upon opening the package, the goo smelled really good.  Oddly, it did not smell like avocado.

The mask was super saturated but to the point where it easily tore removing it from the package.  You can also see that the mask tore on my forehead from adjusting it to my face.

17240696_805030976326089_1138970830323418599_oDo not be fooled by the unpleasant look on my face.  I’m happy, I really am.  🙂  The instructions say to leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes and then massage remaining goo into skin.  I decided to leave it on for 30 minutes.  I recently had an eczema breakout on my face thanks to an allergic reaction to coconut water/oil in a few products I had been using, so I haven’t really used any masks except for the e.l.f. water sheet mask, which is AMAZING for hydrating your skin.

Afterthoughts:  I like this mask and the way it smells and feels while on my skin.  The goo also dried pretty fast and my skin does look a bit healthier.  It’s always hard to tell if these masks really do anything.  It didn’t irritate my skin, which is a huge bonus, and it looks to have helped with the remaining bit of eczema that’s hanging around my face like an annoying ex-boyfriend.

For $3.75 USD, I’d buy this product.

Have you tried this mask, or any other masks by TonyMoly?  What are your thoughts?


Favorite Brushes

Ok, y’all.. it’s Monday, so let’s talk makeup brushes.

How addicted are you to buying brushes? I love browsing the brushes whenever I’m in Ulta or Sephora, even Target and Wal-Mart. I am subscribed to the Liveglam MorpheMe service (I receive several Morphe brushes each month for $19.99).

These are the brushes that I keep out on my vanity.  How cute are those holders, right? They are wine glasses that I bought at the dollar store, and my friend who runs a decal business made the awesome decals.  I love these so much!

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Even though I keep all of these brushes out, there are only a few I use on a daily basis.

My favorites are:

  • Morphe M439 – I use this to apply foundation (occasionally I use my beauty blender)
  • Morphe G36 – I use this to apply setting and finishing powder
  • Morphe M441 –  I use this to apply highlight
  • e.l.f. Angled Blush brush – I use this to apply blush
  • Real Techniques Multi-Task brush – I use this to blend in my blush and highlight

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I do not have any favorite eyeshadow brushes, and I don’t always bronze or contour so I don’t have a favorite for either.

I clean my brushes every few weeks with Aveeno Baby wash for eczema.  Sometimes I spot clean by spraying with isopropyl alcohol and wiping with a cotton pad.

What are your favorite brushes?  Do you store your brushes in a unique holder?  Show me!