My Current Fave Make-up Products

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If you didn’t already know from my Instagram, Scarlett got into my make-up last month and broke my favorite Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette that I used to contour for special events. I was SO bummed but instead of dwelling on it, I used it as an opportunity to try something just in case I’d fall in love with it too. I hit the jackpot with the first try!

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I am loving the Highlite ‘N Con Tour by The Balm Cosmetics! I actually like it better than the Kat Von D because it goes on softer and you can work up to a fuller coverage look. I also love the shades of the highlights, they come with matte and shimmer highlights too!

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Other new products that I LOVE are It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+… obsessed! I heard so many great things about it but I played it safe with the travel size just to make sure I really like it before getting the full size. My new go-to drug store mascara is the Voluminous Lash Paradise by L’Oreal, which is (in my opinion) better than the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara that it’s known to be a dupe for… go figure. If you didn’t already get the memo that I’m a fan of The Balm Cosmetics… I got their Balm Springs Long-Wearing Blush in my ipsy glam bag a couple months ago and have been using it since!

The other products are products that I’ve been using for years and just replaced (again) cause I ran out of them. I’ve tried other brands but always went back to these go-to’s… Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (best lip balm EVER), It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer (best under eye concealer EVER, a little goes a long way), the Jelly Pong Pong Neopolitan Palette (got this in an ipsy glam bag too and love how pigmented the shadows) and my the Make Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation (I haven’t found anything that lives up to this).

I linked each product here so you can easily shop them:

Have you tried any of these products? Is there a product that you are obsessed with that I need to try?! Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Beauty Favorites

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It’s that time of the year when I’m on the Nordstrom website constantly clicking “add to cart” lol. I want everything!! I’ve shared some of my beauty faves with you ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have the Nordstrom Card, the sale is available to you now so hurry soon before it’s open to the public tomorrow! There were already a few things that I was contemplating on and let them sit in my cart until I knew for sure that I wanted them then when I decided that I did want to get them, they were sold out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

P.S. I would stock up on Voluspa candles (#11), they are the best and never usually on sale! Happy shopping!

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Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag Review

julyipsy7What’s in the July 2017 “Over Easy” bag?

  1. Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose
  2. EYEKO Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size
  3. Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun
  4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  5. So Susan Blender Brush

julyipsy3Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose

Oh I was so excited to get this tinted lip treatment because I actually have been using this brand’s lip scrub for months now! It’s the same one I got in my Ipsy bag too. I’ve been using this lip treatment every night for a few days now after I scrub my lips and I wake up with super moisturized lips. The color is definitely on the bright pink side but it goes on really sheer which is perfect.

julyipsy4EYEKO Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size

This eyeliner definitely lives up to its name! It creates super thin lines which is great so you can build up from there. I’m a pencil eyeliner kinda gal just cause of the convenience but liquid eyeliners that come like this (not having to dip it in product after every application) makes me fall more in love with liquid eyeliner. This one in particular goes on very black with just one coat… I love it! I may have to get the full size once I finish this.

julyipsy5Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun

This shade is so pretty, especially when the sun hits it. Honestly, it’s the perfect color that could go with most skin tones. When I first saw it, I thought it may be too light for me but I ended up loving it. A little goes a long way too so this may last me a awhile ๐Ÿ™‚

julyipsy2Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

If you’re into make-up like I am, I’m sure you’ve heard of this mascara right?! Surprisingly, I have never tried it so I was excited to see what the hype was about finally especially since I just got the drugstore dupe! TBH, I didn’t think there was anything special about this mascara ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I wanted to love it but since it’s just the mini size, I had trouble applying it cause the wand was so short haha. The dupe (L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise) is just as good.

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I seriously never buy make-up brushes any more cause I know I’m bound to get a new one in a glam bag lol. I’m not complaining though cause you can never have too much! I have a bag full of brushes from Ipsy that are waiting to replace current ones I use. This one is good quality and I have no complaints! I tried it when blending eyeshadow and it definitely did its job.

Overall, the Over Easy glam bag was pretty good! I mean, nothing too exciting but I still like most of the products… My favorite? The lip treatment! There’s currently no wait list to join Ipsy and get glam bags every month for only $10/month! I sound like a broken record but it’s really worth it! Click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2017What’s in the Ipsy June 2017 “Volume Up” Glam Bag?

  1. Glamour Dollsย Romantic Rose Brush
  2. Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender in Light Pink
  3. Margaret Dabbs London Treatment Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily
  4. privai Matte Moisturizer
  5. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush
  6. DOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

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I just adore these brushes! They’re so cute with the copper and pink tips. I have a few brushes from this brand and I love them all! This is one is for precision blending and for applying eyeshadows. I love to do my eye make-up for special occasions so this is perfect.

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I use the original beauty blender to apply my face powder. I rarely use liquid foundation but when I do, I use my beauty blender to apply that too. I loved receiving this travel size one that I used to apply my under eye concealer. It’s perfect since the beauty blender I already have is took big to hit the right spots under my eyes.

Margaret Dabbs London Treatment Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily

Getting nail polishes (especially full size bottles) in my glam bags makes me so happy! The packaging of this one is beautiful! Isn’t it? I love the color too. The formula itself was very thick and opaque with just one coat. It’s definitely quality. I would love to try out more colors from this brand!

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This moisturizer definitely helped keeping my skin matte which I liked. My face isn’t really on the oily side to begin with though so I don’t know if I’ll need to keep using it. It does help keeping my skin soft too. Based on all the reviews on ipsy though, this product is amazing and serves its purpose! If you have oily skin and need a product that will keep your skin matte, you should try this moisturizer.

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Ah I just love this brand!! I literally have been using their blush that I got in my ipsy bag a fews months ago to this day. This one is a bit on the matte side and the one I’ve been using has a light shimmer. I love that they’re different so I can switch it up. I’m definitely a fan of this product!!

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I always get excited to get new mascaras to try. When I saw that this was a mascara that volumizes lashes, I couldn’t wait to try it on. The wand looked promising although it’s not the type I usually prefer for mascaras. It was a bit tough to get the product on my lashes. Although, it was very pigmented, it didn’t really work for me… unfortunately.

Another month, another ipsy bag! My faves from this month are the nail polish and the blush. I’ll probably get really get use out of those 2 products the most. The bag itself was pretty cute too, since there are lips on it, I’ll probably store some lip products in there ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to try ipsy for only $10/month, click here! It’s so worth it to try 5 new products each month plus get a make-up bag. To help put it in perspective, the blender brush alone retails for $10 and the nail polish is $22… wow!

P.S. I got 6 products this month because of an issue with a product from a previous month.

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What I Added to My PM Beauty Routine

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As if I already don’t take forever to get ready for bed, I added 2 more beauty products to my nightly beauty routine. I started using the Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment and the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask and they have been such a game changer!

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What I love about the new Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is that it’s supposed to firm the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and improve skin elasticity, and restore barrier function visible signs of aging. Honestly, I’ve been struggling with these issues for awhile and have been on the search for products that would help since I love to wear lipsticks and you know they’re not cute with a bunch of fine lines. Am I right?!

The product is more of a lotion so it was a bit different since I was expecting something like a lip balm. I love that this kills two birds with one stone too… you put it on your lips and the skin around your lips where wrinkles form as you get older. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and honestly, my lips looks so much smoother with less fine lines. I can’t wait to keep using it and see more results! I’m really happy with this product so far and totally recommend it. Thank you Dermalogica for sending me this to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another product I got to try is the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask for dark circles. I was so excited to receive these since, as a mom, I get like no sleep or if I do, it’s broken sleep LOL. One word: concealer. Thank goodness there’s a product that will help eliminate dark circles under the eyes so that I can use less concealer look less tired (naturally).

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These eye masks feel so good when you first put them because they’re cool (temperature wise lol). So after you cleanse your face, you put these babies on under your eyes and leave it on while you sleep… no longer than 8 hours. I can only dream about sleeping that long now-a-days ๐Ÿ˜› Any way, when I wake in the morning and I take these off, my skin feels firmer and look brighter. Obviously, it’s not a ‘night and day’ type of result after one use but slowly and surely after each use, the results definitely get better. I’ve been using these masks mostly every night for almost 2 weeks and I’m sold ๐Ÿ™‚

Check them out!

*This post was in collaboration with both Dermalogica and VII Code. As always, all opinions are my own.

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The Perfect Bluish Purple Nail Polish

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Does anyone else get inspired by seeing someone else wear a nail polish color they like? I know I do! I saw my coworker wearing a similar color to this and I went straight to Target to get one just like it… I’m glad I found “Bluz Cruz” by Sinful Colors for only $1.99! Before I used to be all about just having salon brands (which I still love and have a ton of) but honestly, you truly do get the bang out of your buck with Sinful Colors!

I love pops of color during the Spring time and this one definitely pops! The formula is a dream and is opaque with just one coat, although I always do 2 coats of polish. It was super smooth to apply. Their polishes usually last a few days with a solid base and top coat… I use the OPI Natural Base Coatย and the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. If you don’t have those yet. You need them now… trust. They are game changers for any DIY mani.

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The top pictures were taken in the sun and this was in the shade. See how it still pops even in the shade?! Obsessed. Oh and I’m loving my Monowear Classic Leather Band in Black for my Apple Watch… it’s on sale for $45 and if you use code “MAMAQUEEN15” at checkout, you’ll get an additional 15% off!

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^ Btw, if you missed it on my instastory… I got 2 of this nail polish rack on Amazon and I am in love!! They’re just what I needed. So worth it. I should’ve gotten 3 because after my little Target trip, I added a few more to my collection… shh don’t tell my hubby! I was only supposed to go for diapers lol!

Have a good week everyone!

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