Sephora Haul 2016:

“I used to have faith in fate, believed it would some day be us if I played the cards right, or if I tried hard enough to be someone worth searching for.

Then one afternoon, I sat there alone with a pen in my hand and bleakness in my heart, and the thoughts of you stopped providing comfort.

"You weren't elixir, but the plague I tried to avoid,” I said.“

I wish I could speak to myself a few years ago. I’d tell her to stop wishing on every 11:11 for a love so futile, to let go of someone who made her lose sight of her constellations and allowed her to see herself as a city night without stars.

I’d tell her that she was the universe he would never be a part of, and that will be one of the best things she’ll ever have."

- Ming D. Liu, Stories I'll never tell #135

Hello beauties! I placed an order to Sephora a few weeks ago and have been testing out all of the products I purchased so I thought it would be fun to do a haul and include little mini reviews of each.

I'll skip over the Caudalie Beauty Elixir because I've already done a review on that! Check it out here.

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Next I picked up the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer ($45): I've loved this brand for years and have mentioned other products in previous posts.

I was curious to try this because my skin usually reacts well to glycolic acid, and well.... This brand just always pulls me in. I haven't been using it daily because it's pretty strong so I try to use it every other day. I can't say whether I like this or not yet... I'm not sure. I'll need to use it for a few months to really come up with a for sure answer.

 

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The other skincare product I picked up.... 

Sunday Riley's Power Couple Duo ($85):

I've been absolutely dying to try both of these products from Sunday Riley and when I saw they had both in a nice sized kit, I just had to snag it! It contains the Luna Oil and Good Genes. Both are great sizes for a kit. Luna and Good Genes are 1 oz in the full size and in the kit, both are .5oz.. That may not sound like a lot but these will easily last you a few months! I'm so glad they made them large enough to really get a feel for them. Skincare products need to be used for at least a few months before you can really start to see changes (most of the time) so this is awesome! These both cost $105 for the full size so the price is on point too!

The Luna Oil is for use only at night and I've kept my Good Genes uses to night only as well. Apply Luna first and let that sit for about 5 minutes before applying Good Genes.... Let me tell you, I saw a difference in my skin within the first week of using these. I don't know if they put baby unicorn tears in here or what but I'm obsessed! My skin has been glowing. I've noticed so many more "good skin days" since adding this to my regimen and although they are both extremely expensive, I definitely plan on buying the full size of both.

This kit is an incredible deal!! 

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I picked up the travel size of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light ($24):

I wasn't sure if this would look good on my skin tone or not so I thought the travel size was a much better option than dropping $50 on something I may dislike. It's .5oz of product and would probably last a very long time - I wish all companies sold travel sizes like this!

 

They have one other shade in this range and this is the lightest. It has definitely specks of glitter and it's quite warm. It's not a shade you'd want to use for contouring but it gives you quite the bronze. It's so much more pigmented than it seems! 

  

 

 

I'm a little too pale for this right now so I'll be saving this for when I get a bit more of a tan. It's beautiful though and adds a natural looking bronzy glow to the skin. It lasts all day and didn't fade after 7 hours of wear. 

 


Lastly, I went a little crazy in the Anastasia section of Sephora.. I already own the liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and love it so I was anxious to try a few other shades. I also picked up two of the lip glosses. I want to get the Modern Renaissance palette but it has been sold out so that will be the next purchase hopefully!

I picked up three shades of liquid lipsticks ($20):

From left to right: Naked, Catnip & Vamp.

I absolutely LOVE all three shades. They are super pigmented and long wearing. I'm not very picky when it comes to liquid lipsticks, I love almost every one I try but this formula is one of the best in my opinion.

 

 

Naked is a great nude shade for my pale beauties, especially those with yellow/olive undertones who have a hard time finding pale nudes that look "natural" on them. Sorry, the only photo I have wearing this one so far is a crappy Snapchat picture. I love doing a slight ombre with a darker lip liner.

 

 


 

 

Catnip is a bright, vibrant pink and although I don't wear pink lip colors very often, I grab for this one a lot!

My only complaint with this one, an error in packaging: the sifter is not working properly and way too much product comes out with each application. I could have sent it back for a replacement but I hate doing that so I just try to scrape the product back into the tube before application.


 

 

 

Vamp is hands down one of my favorite lipsticks I own. It pulls very dark on me once it dries completely and looks more brown than red but it's so unique and it's incredible for fall! 

 

 


Last but not least, the lip glosses! Unfortunately I don't have photos wearing these yet but let me know if you'd like to see them on! ($16):

Undressed is on the left and Gilded on the right.

Undressed is a beautiful peachy nude and Gilded is a gorgeous gold metallic!

These are the most pigmented glosses I've ever used! They are slightly sticky but not too bad and pretty long-wearing for a gloss. I plan to purchase more shades for sure! 

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So there's my haul! I hope you enjoyed it!

I recently placed an order to Forever 21 for some clothes so if you'd like to see that haul as well, let me know! As always, leave any post requests you'd like to see in the comments below!

Love you all.

xoxo.

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

"You are not a simple work of art. You are the entire museum."

- Ming D. Liu

 

Hey lovers!

Today’s review is of Milani’s new(ish) Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation. They say this has both foundation and concealer in one.

The other claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Lightweight & oil-free
  • Longwearing
  • Water resistant
  • Sweat-proof

I’m using the shade 01 Creamy Vanilla. This shade is the lightest in the range and I can tell you right now that the shade range sucks. I don’t know when these companies will realize that there are SO many more skin tones and undertones in the world. Needless to say, I almost always have to mix foundations and this one is no exception.

 

Alright so let’s start with the packaging, it’s nice. I like the ombre black to glass packaging and it has a pump so I’m all smiles on that one. You get 1 ounce of product which is pretty typical for liquid foundations.

My other complaint/confusion other than the shade selection is that on the site it says that this shade is for fair skin with cool undertones…. I’m sure you will see in the swatch below that it is VERY yellow…. Which should mean it’s targeted more for warm tones…. So this will definitely confuse most while shopping online for the correct shade. It looks very pink in the photo on the website. So I’m not sure what’s going on there. (I purchased mine at my local CVS.)

 

This foundation is $9.99 in most stores and varies in price online.

I’ve been absolutely loving this foundation. As I’ve said, I have to mix it with others to get a better match so that’s where things with my review go a little bit sideways.

 

The foundation itself is on the thicker side of a liquid foundation, it’s not very runny. The coverage is great, I agree with the claims of medium to full. It layers very well so if it doesn’t cover things initially, let that first layer dry and apply more in the areas you need it and it builds up beautifully.

My skin type is normal to combination and with just this foundation by itself, I can wear it for maybe 5 hours before it starts breaking down on my skin and looking not so cute. 

 

However, what I have been doing is mixing it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear for a better match and to improve the longevity and the two together are the dream team! The finish is stunning. Full coverage for sure, ya’ll know I go big or go home when it comes to coverage. I’m not a light coverage person. Either I’m wearing full coverage or I’m going bare-faced. 

Flawless foundation routine

My routine for the past two weeks has been mixing this and Double Wear on the back of my hand, letting it warm up a bit and applying with a Real Techniques Sponge (it also applies nicely with a brush). I apply one thin layer, letting it dry. Spritzing my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (see review here), letting that dry and then applying the second layer. I spray my face at the very end of applying all makeup to finish it off and it looks absolutely perfect. I’m obsessed with this combination! 

So anyways, I’ve really been enjoying this. I've noticed many more "good" skin days since I have been wearing this. I definitely prefer the mix more so than the foundation on it’s own but either way, I’d say give it a try.

I’m not sure how this would be for dry skin types; I could see it clinging to dry patches considering the formula so maybe try it and keep your receipt to return if it doesn’t work for you. Most stores are fantastic with makeup returns. 

If you don’t want something full coverage, it also mixes nicely with oils or moisturizers to thin out the coverage. Moral of the story is…. She plays well with others. Which is a win in my book. I’m the queen of mixing products, I swear. I need to just start my own damn makeup line! :)

 

Have you tried this foundation yet?! What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

 

 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

"No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell."

- Carl Jung

Hey loves! Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a product that has been the topic of some conversation lately in the beauty community and after hearing so many good reviews (and some bad), I had to try it for myself.

This is a toning mist made for all skin types - except dry. The claims:

  • Sets makeup
  • Provides an instant boost of radiance
  • Tightens the appearance of pores
  • Solution for: Dullness/uneven texture, pores and dryness

 

On Sephora’s website,Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary's famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. 

 

Beloved by celebrities and makeup artists worldwide, the Beauty Elixir is the ideal priming base and setting spray between layers of makeup for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Perfect as an aftershave for men, the formula contains essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. The therapeutic scent is invigorating throughout the day and can be used mid-day at the office for an instant pick-me-up and in the evening to refresh your makeup so that it looks like you had just applied it.”

 

Man, do they know how to talk up a product! I’m sure you can see now why I was so curious :) 

 

As always, we’ll start with the packaging:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Review

Beautiful! I love the frosted glass, it has a nice feel to it. Heavy and sturdy. 

The mist is absolutely perfect. Not too much, not too little. It doesn't leave splatter of product on your freshly applied makeup, which I am so appreciative of.

One complaint, the scent is strong. More so than I expected and I’ve never been one to be put off by fragrance in products. It’s not terrible, very spa-like but super intense. So if you aren’t a fan of strong scents in your products, this may be one that you want to avoid. Or try it in store to see if you’d like it.

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The claims? Some I agree with, others not so much. But let’s talk about the ingredients first because that will tie in with some of my opinion.

  • Water - The most abundant ingredient in this product. Pretty typical for toners like this.
  • Alcohol - Ahhh, why must companies do this! Alcohol on your skin is extremely drying and overall just BAD.
  • Bitter Orange Flower Water - An ingredient commonly used in skincare, soaps, shampoos, etc. Used as a skin-conditioning agent as well as for fragrance. The methanol content can make this irritating to the skin.
  • Fragrance - Another additive that I wish companies would omit. As I’ve said, the fragrance is extremely strong in this product. And fragrance is a known irritant for many skin types.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil - Antioxidant and antimicrobial. Also used for fragrance.
  • Potassium Alum - An astringent used for tightening or tingling sensation.

These are only some of the ingredients, overall I can’t say that this is a product that would improve your skin over time at all but can provide some of those claims above, but also beware of the alcohol and fragrance that could cause irritation for more sensitive skin types.

My routine, as mentioned in the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation review (coming soon!) - I like to apply a thin layer of foundation and let it dry, follow with misting my face with this Elixir and once that dries, applying one more thin layer of foundation for extra coverage where needed. At the end of my makeup, I finalize with another mist of this product.

 

I’ve been enjoying this. I wasn’t expecting much; I try to go into every review with a clean slate and no expectations, regardless of what reviews I’ve heard. I definitely have been loving my makeup more than I usually do. I agree that it sets makeup well - does it provide any additional longevity? Nah. I wouldn’t say that. But it does leave a beautiful finish and can be used the same way you’d use a Mac Fix+ type product. It tones down any powderiness and gives a more natural glow to the skin. Which leads me to also agree that it gives a boost of radiance. Absolutely.

Does it tighten pores? Nope. I don’t feel or see any tightening whatsoever but I’d say that with just about any product with a claim like that. Most don't.

I also don’t agree to it being a solution for texture… It’s the esthetician in me when I say texture is texture and no makeup product on the planet can tone that down. But it does help with dullness, again due to the radiance it gives.

 

Overall, I’ve been loving this. Do I think it’s worth the hefty $49 price tag? No. Would I repurchase…..…… Okay, maybe. :)

Have you tried this yet? If so, leave your opinions in the comments below and leave any recommendations for other finishing sprays you love!

xoxo.

Apple Cider Vinegar and why you need to use it.

"I have always wished my body was a forest rather than flesh and bones. I would rather a wildfire burn me to the ground than the hands of a man who does not love me. At least the version of me that grows from the ashes will be more beautiful than the wreckage he will leave of my soul."

- Nikita Gil

Here's the deal. Apple cider vinegar stinks. The smell is horrendous and the taste is no better.... So why am I saying that you need it in your life?

Hair, skin and overall health! Some call this a beauty elixir and I couldn't agree more.

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First things first, make sure you are using Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). You want it to contain the "mother"which contains enzymes and "gut" friendly bacteria. The ACV that I use is Braggs and I highly recommend it. I usually get it on Amazon or at the Vitamin Shoppe.

** Ingesting & topical - I recommend a tablespoon or two added to a glass of water and drinking on an empty stomach. Some just take a shot of ACV but it's so acidic that most people can't handle it! Aside from the taste, I worry that it's too harsh so I always dilute it before drinking it. Same with topically, if you are applying to the face - dilute it!

Health benefits:

  • Diabetes - Studies have shown a correlation with taking ACV daily and lower blood sugar levels.
  • Lowers cholesterol - Pectin helps to regulate blood pressure levels
  • Reduces bloating - the acidity helps with digestion.
  • Kills bad breath - antibacterial properties can help to kill any nasties!
  • Suppresses appetite - drinking a glass before a meal will help you to feel full much faster!
  • Soothe a sore throat - gargle a tablespoon with water every hour or so. The antibacterial properties and acidity helps to destroy bacteria
  • Colds - the potassium thins mucus.
  • Heartburn and acid reflux - acidity helps to level out the acid levels in your stomach
  • Soothes sunburns - natural astringent soothes pain and speeds up healing process

There are many more benefits but these are to name a few!

I try to always drink it first thing in the morning; a glass of water with two tablespoons of ACV. If you can't handle the taste, you can try making a tea and adding honey as well to sweeten a little.

Hair:

  • Shine - an after-shampoo rinse of a tablespoon or two with cold water once or twice a week.
  • Dandruff - there can be many causes of dandruff. Whether it is yeast, imbalances or deficiencies - using an ACV rinse (half and half dilution), leaving it on for 15 mins and then washing it out, will help with all of these issues!
  • Lice/fleas - Repels those nasties!!
  • Cleansing & Clarifying - removes excess product buildup
  • De-frizz and prevent split ends - smoothes the cuticles

Skin:

  • Fights acne - antibacterial and anti-fungal helps keep blemishes away
  • Balancing skin - balances pH levels and oil production
  • Exfoliates - contains malic and alpha hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells
  • Eases psoriasis - used with caution, make sure to dilute it enough so it does not cause irritation
  • Calms irritations and inflammation

For the skin, I love using ACV as a toner. I usually make a batch of half ACV, half distilled water. Apply with a cotton round and proceed with your serums and moisturizers after. It smells very strongly at first but it dissipates after a few minutes.

Do you use Apple Cider vinegar for health or beauty benefits? Any I haven't mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!

xoxo.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Lipsticks - Review & Swatches:

"Why are you holding back? What are you saving for - for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now."

- George Balanchine

Hey beauties!

The NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks have been a favorite of mine for quite a while now. Recently, a bunch of new shades were released so I picked up a few and wanted to go over each of them with you and let you know which are worth the money and which, in my opinion, are not.

The Liquid Suedes are $6.99 and there are currently 24 shades available.

NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipsticks - review and swatches

I have 7 shades.

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Alright, let's talk about each of these separately:

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Soft Spoken

Soft-Spoken is the first shade I purchased. It's a brown-toned mauvey pinky nude, you know one of those typical shades that have been super popular the past year or so. It's very pigmented, one dip of the applicator is easily enough for your lips and you don't need to layer it for full coverage. This shade is what made me fall in love with the line so you already know, the review for this one? All good. I love it!

The rest of the shades, I ordered from Ulta in one shot.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Amethyst

Amethyst, another love. It's a beautiful neon pastel(ish) purple. Very pigmented, applies really smoothly and if you want to layer it for more opaque coverage, it layers very well. It's long wearing and I don't have trouble with it flaking off or anything like that.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Jet-Set

Jet-Set is the next shade, a beautiful bright blue. Same as the previous two, it's very pigmented. That liquid suede formula I love! It layers well and lasts for hours without needing to touch up. Of course, as with all liquid lips, if you eat anything oily/greasy, it will break the product down but without eating or drinking much, I can wear it all day easy.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Subversive Socialite

Subversive Socialite... The shade I was the most excited about... It's so beautiful! But unfortunately, it's a disappointing review. It's very streaky and unlike the previous three, it does not layer well. It balls up in the corners and inside of your mouth and feels extremely uncomfortable.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Foul Mouth

Foul Mouth is another that I was disappointed in. Same with Subversive Socialite, it doesn't layer well. Although it is much more pigmented and opaque, it doesn't necessarily require any additional layering. But, even with one layer I found that this was very uncomfortable. Also... It faded on the inner parts of my lips within one hour and NO eating or drinking... You know those liquid lips that break down in the center just from rubbing your lips together? That's what this does. ARGGG!!!!

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Stone Fox

Oh, Stone Fox.... She redeems the group. Such a unique, beautiful shade. Very pigmented and back to that beautiful formula of the shades that I enjoy. Creamy, easy to apply, comfortable to wear and fairly long-wearing.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipstick in Alien

Lastly, Alien. This looks black here but it does have a hint of a blue/purple/green underneath, in person. It's hard to describe. The formula on this one feels better, much more comfortable and it's extremely pigmented but it did wear down within an hour of no eating or drinking. So frustrating!!!


Here are full makeup looks with some of these shades if you were interested in seeing them on:

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Amethyst.

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Jet-Set

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Subversive Socialite. Layered and I was DYING to get it off while taking photos, it was so uncomfortable.

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Alien. This had more of a greenish tone to it while wearing it so I packed on a little black eyeshadow because with this look, I wanted a total black matte lip. But at least you can get an idea on the pigmentation. This is one that wore down in the center very quickly.


So, overall you can see how up and down this review has gone. Some shades are incredible while the others fall very short. I hope this review was helpful if you'd been looking into these!

Have you tried any shades? Loved or hated them? Let us know in the comments below!

FTC: These products were purchased with my own money. All product reviews/opinions are - and always will be - my own.

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Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette - Review & Swatches:

"Thank you for loving me when I still tasted of heartache and war."

  • Nikita Gill

Oh my lawd.... Hello! It has been so very long. Too long. And I've missed you all more than I could possibly say.

On a positive note, being away for so long means I have been trying a crapload of products so... I'll be doing a favorites for sure soon and all kinds of thangs. As always, leave me recommendations on products you'd like reviews or looks on!

Sedona Lace was gracious enough to send me their Mermaids Palette when it was first released and I've been playing with it for months!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette

Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette

The shades are SO beautiful!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 1

Here is the first row:

Nixie is a beautiful peach shade with a slight sheen to it.

Sybil is a gorgeous midtoned pink. It's more on the satin side than a matte.

Beatrice is a satin pink.

Azalea is a matte red. You know I'm all about this shade! It's so rich.

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Pearl is a really beautiful pastel blueish almost purple. It's very unique to my collection. Also more on the satin side.

Mishell looks much darker in the pan than it does swatched. A purple satin.

Melody is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Lola is a deep purple that looks more navy on my skin tone.

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Madison is a pastel green.

Diana is a matte ocean blue.

Ariel is a matte green.

Zale is a beautiful turquoise. Definitely one of my favorites in the palette!

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Meryl is a satin white shade with a beautiful sheen, perfect for highlighting the inner corner or brow bone.

Sedna... Oh how beautiful is this one?! Quite possibly the prettiest in the palette. A turquoise packed with pigment. Matte!

Andrina is a matte rich blue.

Oona is a classic matte black. It takes a bit of building up to get it richly black.

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This palette is a stunner. The shades are all consistent throughout. Some can be slightly powdery but that's expected for the pigment.

I love this palette and I find myself reaching for it often. If I'm looking for a specific random shade that isn't in any of my other palettes, I can almost always find it in here. Whether it's a natural look using Nixie (a recent favorite lately - all over the lid?! Gorgeous.) or a dramatic look using the blues and greens, it always comes out beautiful.

The Mermaids Palette is $29.95 and be sure to use the coupon code: themakeupaffair for a few dollars off!

This palette was sent to me by the company but I receive no other compensation and you guys know you will always get my honest opinion on all products.

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If you'd like a look using this palette, let me know!

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DIY Face Mask for Beautiful, Glowing Skin:

"Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don't know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn't you. That isn't you at all."

- Leila Sales, "This Song Will Save Your Life"

Hey beauties! Today I have a DIY face mask for you that I've been absolutely loving! It's affordable and makes a genuine difference in your skin. This basic mask uses only TWO ingredients but you can add a bunch of other things to target your skin concerns. I'll throw in additional ingredient options for different skin types.

This post centers around Turmeric Powder.

Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years - widely used in the West as a spice and to add color to Indian dishes; it's a big part of Indian culture and tradition. It has also been used in Chinese medicine. Over the years it has grown rapidly to be known as a fantastic ingredient for skin health as well! Whether you take it internally or like we'll be using today, on the skin as a mask - the benefits are endless!

Turmeric Benefits for the skin:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Fantastic exfoliant
  • Treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea, burns, aging, dandruff, hair loss
  • Can be used as a cosmetic & hair dye/stain

Turmeric Benefits for the body:

  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Aids in metabolism
  • Healing agent due to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
  • Boosts immunity
  • Moderates insulin levels
  • Helps with menstrual cramps
  • Fights free radicals
  • Aids in reducing joint pain

..... and more!! This is a jewel to have in your home.

Turmeric and Honey face mask:

This is so easy! I use local raw honey - you'll find more benefits when you buy local versus store brands. And I found my turmeric powder at Marshall's for $5.99.

Benefits of Honey for the skin:

  • Antibacterial
  • Full of antioxidants
  • Moisturizing
  • Soothing
DIY Face Mask - easy, affordable - honey and tumeric
DIY Face Mask - easy, affordable - honey and tumeric

I take a spoonful of honey and about half a spoonful of turmeric powder. I'm not precise with it, just eye how much I think I need. The goal is to make a thick paste out of it!

Cleanse and tone your face first. You always want a fresh, clean face before you apply any mask.

Apply with clean fingers. When you first start applying, it may feel a bit stiff but the heat of your fingers will warm up the honey a little bit and make applying much easier.

Leave on for 20 minutes. I like to lay down, watch a movie or youtube for a while. The mask warms up while on the face and may drip a little bit so keep an eye on it if you'll be walking around the house! :)

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Turmeric face mask benefits diy

20 to 30 minutes later, it's time to rinse! I'll add a little bit of water to my hands at a time and rub the mask off. This will exfoliate the skin beautifully! Work it into the skin and slowly wash it all off. Once your face is clean, pat dry and follow through with the rest of your skincare! Eye cream, serum, moisturizer!

One thing to keep in mind for my pale beauties, Turmeric is used as a dying agent - it stains! You'll need to really wash it off well to keep your skin from having a slight yellow tinge. If any area on your face does stain slightly (my eyebrows usually do a tiny bit), go in with a cotton ball and a little bit of toner. It'll take that stain right off!

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This mask is so easy and quick but it makes your skin look and feel so healthy and beautiful afterwards! I've seen a definite glow since I've added this to my weekly regimen. It also helps a ton with my acne. My hormonal breakouts this month lasted less than half the usual time and I know it's thanks to this mask!

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Additional ingredients you can add:

For acne prone skin:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Milk
  • Lemon Juice

For Oily Skin:

  • Gram Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Egg Whites

For Dry Skin:

  • Rose Water
  • Milk
  • Avocado or Avocado Oil
  • Almond Oil

For Eczema or Rosacea:

  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Raw Manuka Honey

These are only some examples! The combinations for this DIY mask are endless!

If you try this mask, take a picture and tag me in it! #themakeupaffair

I hope you found this helpful. Any questions, leave them below or contact via my social media! xoxo.

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Tips & Tricks For Applying False Lashes - Featuring Esqido:

"I would like to say to people, open your eyes and find beauty where you don't normally expect it."

- Jean Paul Gaultier

Hello gorgeous!

One of the most common questions I get asked, both from my readers and students is: "Can you show me how to apply false lashes?"

To anyone starting out in makeup all the way to the more experienced, and even for many makeup artists, applying lashes - whether to yourself or someone else - can be the trickiest and most difficult skill to master. (aside from winged liner but that's for another day) :)

I'll start by saying it takes a lot of practice. Don't expect to read this, go sit in the mirror and pop them on in a minute. You'll need to practice to get your hand-eye coordination down and to get comfortable with applying them. It took me over a year to get to the point where I could put them on within a few seconds and even still some days, it takes me some time to get them on perfectly. Practice makes perfect!

I'll share my tips for applying lashes on yourself and also throw in a few tips for applying to other people.

First comes first, the supplies! You need a good set of lashes, EYELASH adhesive (please do not use anything other than glue meant for your eyes), a tiltable mirror, tweezers (optional) and small manicure scissors.

When you are first learning, I highly recommend you choose lashes with a very thin lash band. The thicker the band, the more difficult they can be to apply. Lashes with a thin band will be easier to mold to the shape of your eye and they also don't lift from the inner corners as much as a thicker band will, as long as you apply it properly!

I'll be using my Esqido lashes in Unforgettable:

Esqido Lashes in Unforgettable

These are mink lashes and a bit more on the pricey side so if you're looking for drugstore, I'd recommend Ardell or Kiss lashes! You can find affordable lashes with very thin, some invisible, bands and they are super easy to work with!

These lashes in Unforgettable have the perfect lash band for beginners. It's not so thin that it's flimsy but not too thick to where it doesn't mold and bend to fit your lids.

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Your first step is to gently take the lashes out of the packaging. Set one of the lashes on your eye, as close to your lash line as possible - without applying any glue - to size them and see how much/if you need to trim them. ALWAYS trim the outer corner and never from the inner corner to keep them looking as natural and realistic as possible!

I always have to trim my lashes because I have little baby eyes LOL so I trimmed a fair amount off these with small manicure scissors.

How to trim false lashes

Trim a little bit at a time, you can always take off more but there's no going back if you take off too much!

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Once you trimmed the lash, set it back on your eye to make sure it will fit your eye perfectly.

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Once your lashes are the right size, I like to bend them between my fingers a little bit to get more of a curve to the band. This will help with application!

How to apply false lashes

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Next, you'll want to apply mascara. I prefer to apply it before lashes because piling it on once the falsies are on can wear them down much faster and cut down the amount of times you can reuse them. If you apply the lashes properly, you won't need to blend them into your natural lashes with any additional mascara.

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Your next step is to apply lash adhesive. The glue I've been using religiously is Esqido's Companion Long Lasting Bond.

Esqido companion lash glue review

This glue keeps your lashes on through anything but somehow is still easy to remove at the end of the night. I never have issues with my lashes falling out as I have with other lash glues with a long lasting power. How Esqido created a glue with the best of both worlds is beyond me but you won't hear me complaining.

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I like to add a tiny bit more glue to both the inner and outer corners to make sure they don't lift throughout the day.

Applying lash glue to lash how to

Let the glue get tacky before applying! This is a must. If you put glue on a lash and immediately try to apply it, it will flop all over the place and you'll end up with a mess.

Let the glue sit for a minute or two, usually most brands will change color slightly so you know when the right time is! Once it's tacky, it will stick right to your lash line but still give enough time to get them placed right where you want them.

When you are applying lashes to a client, DO NOT blow on the glue!!!!! Shake it around little or set it down to get tacky while you throw on a blush or something but never blow on the glue. This will spread bacteria and germs and your client will not be happy with you!

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One of my biggest pieces of advice that may seem silly but makes a HUGE difference, look down in the mirror while you are applying. When I was first starting out, I would look almost straight ahead into a mirror and couldn't figure out why I could not get the lash right on my lash line. Looking down into a mirror lets you see right to the base of your lashes and makes it SO much easier to place it right exactly where you want it.How to apply false lashes 3

I prefer to use pointed tweezers but try a few different styles out to see what works best for you.

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I personally find it the most easiest on myself, and when applying on clients, to place the lash band in the center of the eye first. Once you have that placed as close to the lash line as possible, I grab the outer corner and get that on, followed by the inner corner.

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Once the band is on, when applying lashes on myself - I wouldn't do this with a client - I like to turn my tweezers to the side and squeeze the lash band and my lashes together. I'll do this from the outer corner to the center and then flip the tweezers and do the inner corners as well. This will ensure that your falsies are as close to the lash line as possible and they will blend beautifully with your natural lashes.

This photo is from a different makeup look because I forgot to take photos while applying the Unforgettable style! This is what happens when you have only a few hours a week to work on blog posts LOL:

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Squeezing the lashes together not only helps them to look seamless with your natural lashes, blends in perfectly but it also keeps them on even longer!

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And your lashes are on! Let the glue dry down and depending on what look I'm doing and if it's needed, mask any glue that is still showing with some liner or eyeshadow.

Esqido lashes in unforgettable how to apply lashes

Here is the final look using the Esqido lashes.

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My last bit of advice, please remove your lashes gently. I always put a little bit of makeup remove on a q-tip and rub gently at the base of my lashes to loosen up the band. I cringe when I see people just rip of lashes! Be gentle!

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I hope these tips helped you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via the comment section below or on any of my social media - links below.

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A Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner Dupe?!

"You know how every once in a while you do something and the little voice  inside says, "There. That's it. That's why you're here.".... and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it's true? Do more of that."

- Jacob Nordby

Hello my beautiful loves!!! Oh, I've missed you!! It feels so good to be back to blogging.

I have a fun post for you today... A possible Cinema Secrets dupe! If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Cinema Secrets, it is a professional cosmetics company that makes a brush cleaner that has absolutely blown up in the beauty community this past year. It's known for the bright blue tone to the cleanser, pretty hard to miss!

It's available on their website, Amazon as well as on Sephora's now but it's pretty pricey and almost always sold out now with its growing popularity.

In short, this cleanser is a NO shampoo/no water needed cleanser - although you should still deep clean your makeup brushes once a week - and has been used by makeup artists for many years. You simply dip the tip of your makeup brush into the cleanser and then wipe it down on a paper towel until it wipes clean. It takes a few seconds to do and only a few seconds more for your brush to be completely dry! It's a breeze compared to deep cleansing and having to leave all your brushes laying to dry for a day or two. This is why it's so popular for makeup artists!

Cinema Secrets is quite pricey so I was dying to find one that did the same thing at an affordable price and easier to find.... It has been near impossible to find an exact dupe for this product, especially one that is more affordable. And then in Sally's Beauty one day, I stumbled upon Face Secrets... A cosmetic brush cleaner with that same beautiful blue liquid inside...... Could it be?!?

Cinema Secrets Dupe affordable

It looks the same..... I ran home with it and tried it right away....

Affordable brush cleanser review and demo

Face Secrets cosmetic brush cleanser review

I like to pour the product into a small bowl and dip my brushes in. You only need to dip the tip of the brush in slightly and the product sucks right up to the ferrule of the brush.

Makeup brush cleaner demo

I like to rub the brush in circular motions into the paper towel. You'll see the product come right off!

No shampoo brush cleaner

You usually only have to dip the brush once and rub until clean but sometimes if it's a more bright/stubborn color, I'll do it twice to really make sure the brush is clean..... Spotless!!!!

Fast makeup brush cleaner

This works with eyeshadow, glitter, cream products, gel liners... Whatever product is on that brush, Face Secrets will get it out.

Makeup brush cleaning tutorial

A little bit goes a very long way so you can easily get through cleaning all your brushes with just a little bit of product at a time.

Face Secrets brush cleanser

THIS IS A DUPE! It works exactly the same.

One thing I do want to mention, this smells a little bit more like alcohol than Cinema Secrets does (both have a high alcohol content). It doesn't have as heavy of a fragrance masking that smell, which I suppose could be a plus for some who dislike fragranced products. That alcohol smell dissipates after the brush dries and you no longer smell anything after that.

Despite the alcohol smell, this definitely has the same conditioning products so don't worry that this one will dry out bristles. I haven't had that issue at all and I've used it tons! My brushes still feel brand new.

My only major complaint, this cleanser only comes in this small 4oz bottle... So purchasing the more pricey, larger Cinema Secrets bottle may make more sense for a busy makeup artist who will be washing brushes much more often than the regular makeup lover.

This product is phenomenal. It is $5.99 for a 4oz bottle, I'm halfway through and it has lasted me months! If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Cinema Secrets brush cleanser, I HIGHLY recommend you try Face Secrets! Run to Sally's right now!!!

You can also purchase Face Secrets on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

*I purchased this product with my own money. All reviews are – and ALWAYS will be – my own*

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Taking a break:

Hello loves,

If you don't follow my social media, I've decided to take a slight break from blogging for a little while. My grandfather had a heart attack and unfortunately, things have gone downhill the past few days. There are a lot of questions that need answering and we don't know whether he'll come out of this or not to be totally honest. I'd just like to spend as much time with family as possible as well as trying my best to keep my head on straight enough to function at work. I will be back as soon as possible, but I'm not quite sure what direction this will go. Literally every day is different with new worries and struggles and I'm sure you all know how nerve-racking situations like this are.

I just wanted to come on here quickly to update and let you all know what's going on. I have been working on a bunch of things but it's hard to focus enough right now to finish any one of them. Bear with me, I know I've been saying this so much lately. There's a lot on my plate and this is just tipping me off the edge right now.

I wanted to thank everyone that has sent well wishes and to everyone who has said a prayer or two for my grampa. It's so appreciated. I can't thank everyone who supports me enough. I have the most amazing "followers" and friends thanks to this blog and I just love and appreciate you all so much. Before I start crying, I'll end this here :)

Thank you for your love, patience and prayers.

xoxo.

Marie <3

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale & Ulta Haul:

"It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest."

- Chuck Berry

Hello beauties!! Do you guys love seeing hauls as much as I do? Like we need any more shopping ideas, right? I did a little bit of damage for the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale, not too bad... Not nearly as bad as I had wanted to. And also figured I'd throw in a little haul from Ulta as well.

I've been trying to behave myself with shopping lately, despite all the makeup and skincare I've been dying to pick up. House hunting is on my mind and that is definitely taking priority (as it should) with any extra funds I have. But... Of course I couldn't go totally without :)

We'll start with the Sephora haul!

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2016

I've already played with all of these so I'll give little mini reviews for some, but if you want an in depth review for anything mentioned, let me know!

Elizabeth &amp; James Nirvana White Sephora Haul

I picked up a roller ball of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White... I wanted the Black scent as well but I like this one a tiny bit better. I wanted to make sure I really loved it before I bought a large version. I enjoy this scent although it ends up smelling like a D&G perfume on me, it doesn't last as long as my other perfumes so I'm a little disappointed. But I do love the scent. I want to try the dry shampoos as well!

Estee Lauder Double Wear 1C1 Cool Bone Sephora Haul

I finished a bottle of Estee Lauder Double wear so I had to pick up another! I wear 1C1 Cool Bone when I'm at my normal shade, I'd go a step up in the summer. I've mentioned this foundation in many previous posts, it's a holy grail for me.

Bobbi Brown Toast eyeshadow review

Bobbi Brown's eyeshadow in Toast.

Bobbi Brown Toast eyeshadow swatches

This is a perfect transition shade. If you own and love Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie, this shade is pretty unnecessary.. It's a tiny bit darker but very similar.... But I love it. It's so creamy and pigmented, it blends like a DREAM.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Camel review

The other Bobbi Brown eyeshadow I've been absolutely dying to own! Camel.

Bobbi Brown Camel eyeshadow swatches

It's super pigmented and a gorgeous shade for the crease. I've been using this in almost every makeup look lately.

Makeup Forever MUFE Artist eyeshadows M844 and M846

I picked up two Makeup Forever eyeshadows.... that are pretty darn similar to each other. The swatches online made them look different! You definitely don't need both.

Makeup Forever Eyeshadows M844 &amp; M846 Swatches

M846 on the right and M844 on the right. You can see when they are blended out, you really can't tell the difference. They are matte, stunning shades and super pigmented. I love the MUFE shadow formulas!

Sephora Lip Cream Stain Blackberry Sorbet swatch review

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that Sephora's Lip Cream's are some of my favorite liquid lipsticks so I just had to get the shade Blackberry Sorbet next.

Sephora Blackberry Sorbet lip stain

Here it is on the lips, also the Bobbi Brown shadows are on my lid and those two MUFE shadows are on my lower lashline!

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo Sephora Haul

Lastly, I got the Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo.

Kat Von D Liquid lipsticks Lolita and Lolita 2 swatches

In this duo you get Lolita, a pre-existing shade and Lolita 2.

Sephora Lolita Lip Duo swatches and old Lolita comparison

If you aren't familiar with the Lolita liquid lipstick, the original formula sold out and when it was back in stock, many people complained that the shade was totally different. Eventually Kat Von D Beauty said it was a bad batch and that the old formula would be released later on. So I purchased this duo hoping that the original shade would be in here. Unfortunately, this is also the bad batch. Some people liked it but it is a very odd shade on my skin tone so I'm not a huge fan. I also dislike the Lolita 2 shade on my skin tone as well so I may give this to a friend :(

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Next is Ulta!

Ulta Haul

I picked up a two pack of the Real Technique sponges. I originally wasn't a fan of these but I feel like the newer ones are much more like Beauty Blenders so I'm loving them now!

I also picked up another Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade Soft Brown.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength Ulta Haul

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, this is the full strength version. I think I may be allergic to this! I need to use it a few more times to find out for sure.

NYX Angel Veil Primer

NYX's Angel Veil Primer! I've been wanting to try this for so long!

NYX Angel Viel Primer swatches ulta haul

I am LOVING this primer!!!! More than any of my high end face primers. It holds my oils and keeps my makeup looking nice all day long.

Benefit Gimmie Brow ulta haul

Lastly, I picked up Benefit's Gimme Brow. I've had this in the darker shade but I needed the light/medium one now that my hair is red.

Benefit Gimmie Brow Light:Medium review

This is a brow gel with fibers that help to fill in any sparse areas. I absolutely love this! Especially for lazy days when I don't want to take the time to fill in my brows, you comb this through super quick and it helps to keep your brows looking nice and filled in.

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So that's it! I'm pretty happy with my recent purchases although of course there's a lot more I've got my eye on! Did you pick anything up from the Sephora sales? Let us know what you got in the comments below!

Also, if you'd like an in depth review on anything, let me know! xoxo.

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Affordable Concealer Palette! Featuring Sedona Lace:

"Do not let anyone drag you down with their insecurities. You know your truth and intentions. Whether others know it or not isn't your battle."

- Alex Elle

Hello loves!

You all know my love for Sedona Lace. How many times can I mention it? Whether you are a beginner when it comes to makeup or an experienced MUA, there is always something Sedona Lace has to offer at an affordable price.

Building your makeup kit, especially when you are first starting out, can be intimidating, stressful and EXPENSIVE! It's hard to know what to purchase, especially when you'll be catering to a wide variety of skin tones.

I recommend investing in palettes! Foundations, concealers, blush, shadows, lips, etc. These will give you a wide variety of choices that will typically work for any of your clients. These also save you a bit of space in your kit versus having a ton of compacts you'll have to dig through.

I love keeping concealer palettes in my kit. They typically contain a ton of different shades and tones and in the case of this one we'll be talking about today, also different corrective shades too!

Sedona Lace has a few concealer palettes: a 10, 12, 15 and 20 color! Today we'll be reviewing the 15 color palette.

Sedona Lace Concealer review

It's super small and perfect for traveling! Hard to believe there are 15 concealers in here.

Sedona Lace 15 Color Concealer Palette review and swatches

These are all creams. You get a highlight as well as a green and lilac shade - these are corrective concealers. Green will counteract redness and the lilac shade will counteract yellow/sallowness in the skin!

Along with those shades you get concealers of all different shades and undertones.

Let's get into the swatches!

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 1

This is the top row of the palette!

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 2

Second row.

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 3

And the third row.

I was blown away at how creamy and pigmented these were. The lightest touch into these and they applied beautifully and blended out with ease. There is no chalkiness or heaviness to them. Although they are creams, they feel light on the skin!

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I get so many questions comparing SL to Coastal Scents or BH Cosmetics.

Coastal Scents and Sedona Lace have the exact same 15 color concealer palette.... But are they really identical?

Sedona Lace compared to Coastal Scents review

On the left is the Coastal Scents and on the right is Sedona Lace.

Coastal Scents Concealer Palette

Here is the Coastal Scents palette up close. The shades are a bit muddy looking because I've used it on many clients! But can you see how crusty and gross these look? I'm sure you're thinking they are just dried up, it happens with creams... But these were dry and chalky from DAY 1!

Coastal Scents Concealer Palette swatches

The consistency of these are nothing compared to the Sedona Lace palette. They are rough feeling, chalky, nowhere near as pigmented and not creamy or blendable at all.

So don't let looks fool you. They may look exactly the same but the quality is not even close to similar.

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Because of this Coastal Scents palette, my expectations weren't very high. I was worried when I received this palette that I wouldn't be able to use it in my kit but I was floored at how creamy and pigmented these are! Honestly, I haven't even put it in my kit... I've been using it for myself! :)

This isn't only for makeup artists! You can absolutely keep this for personal use. You can even use the darker shades to bronze/contour!

The Sedona Lace 15 Color Camouflage Concealer Palette is $15.95!

Use the code ' themakeupaffair ' for $4 off your purchase! Also check their social media for deals, they have 20% off the site all the time!

*This was sent to me by the company. All product reviews are - and ALWAYS will be - my own*

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Keep an eye out for some new posts coming soon! October Favorites and also a tips & tricks for applying falsies! xoxo.

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Life Update:

"Wake up early tomorrow. Eat a good breakfast. Do your hair and makeup and put on a kick-ass outfit. Buy your cup of coffee and enjoy every sip of it. Go to work, make that money, and learn something new in the process. Nourish. Grow. Inspire. Self-destruction is not an option. And let every choice you make be a brick in the foundation of rebuilding yourself."

Hello my loves!

Blogging is a lot of work. More than the average person would think. This site is my baby.. My love child after going to school for Esthetics...

Going back to school opened a whole new world to me and this blog was a way for me to give back. To share my knowledge and love for this industry.....

Hmmm, this is sort of starting to sound like I'm shutting it down, doesn't it? Well, no worries. I'm not going anywhere! But I do feel that I need to explain to you why I haven't been even close to consistent with my posts.

As many of you know, I accepted a position at the beauty school I went to as an Esthetics Educator. I've always taught, in one way or another. Whether it was children at schools and daycares or via blogging, teaching has always been a passion of mine. After I gradated from TSPA, I was pretty lost as to where I wanted to take things. The blog was one venue but you don't make nearly enough blogging until you put in quite a few years of work.. It's not as easy as YouTube is to "blow up" and catch the attention of companies.

Maybe blogging is a dying industry because of YT but I love it and I chose to stick with it. But along with that, I needed a big girl job! I was dying to find something that could genuinely be a career that I loved and joining the TSPA Buffalo family has been a godsend.

I've been there since July and it has already helped me to grow so much. It tests my boundaries (and patience lol), I learn so much every single day and I feel so good knowing that I can make a difference in someone's life. I teach women of so many different ages and walks of life. I try my best to help prepare them for a new career/life in this industry, give them as much knowledge as I possibly can and I'm so blessed to be able to do that and on top of that, they all teach me so much too! It's so incredibly rewarding in many ways.

For the first time in my life, I can genuinely say that I love my job and I can see this as a lifetime career. Along with teaching Esthetics, I will also be teaching stand-alone makeup and eyelash extension classes. These are brand new to the school so I've been working more than my typical schedule to get these up and running.

Which brings me to why my posts have been so few and far between... Life just gets in the way. I know I don't need to explain myself to some of you but I do worry that I will lose some followers because of this..... But, momma's gotta eat. It's not easy working full time and fitting in visiting with family, friends and spending time with my boyfriend let alone finding nonexistent time to get blog posts done. I admit, there are some days when I do have the time but on those rare moments when I can just sit, relax and have a clean, bare face... I treasure those.

I don't want to stop blogging. And I'm sure some of you would come and find me if I were to lol but I do hope that you bear with me during this transition phase of my life. It's a good one, I promise. I just need to get better with managing my time. I apologize and I miss you all. I do have a ton of things in the works and planned out, it's just getting it done... That is the hard part :)

And on that note,

MUD Makeup Classes in Buffalo, NY

To any licensed Cosmetologists or Estheticians, if you live in/near the Buffalo, NY area.... My first MUD Makeup class starts in January! It's an 8 week course with an eyelash extension class built in! Contact me via any social media if you are interested! Must be licensed to take this course <3

Please contact me if you have any questions, about these stand-alone classes or any other courses TSPA Buffalo has to offer (hair, skin & nails)!

Thank you to my supporters. On those hard days when I want to give up, you are the backbone that I need. And thank you to all who actually read all this rambling.

I appreciate your patience throughout all of this. xoxo.

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Makeup Looks Of The Week! 

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one... Just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hey girl, haaaaay!!! How are you? I've been going through a phase lately where I'm uninspired when it comes to makeup.. It's been for the past few months on and off and most days, I just do my typical warm shadows thrown into the crease, nude lip and out the door. I've tried to really push myself lately to do a full face glam even if I don't feel like it. I'm still not 100% back to normal for whatever reason but I'm slowly getting there!

Here are three looks I loved last week:

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I don't often wear highlighters or add much of a glow to my skin, despite the crazy trends. Believe it or not, I have textured skin and highlighting can really emphasize that. Yes, I know my pictures don't look that way but keep in mind that you're seeing only the best photos with good lighting and an incredible camera.

But, on good skin days.... I LOVE having that glow and shine. This was one of those good days and I really loved this look.

I tried to keep it more cool toned on the eyes because we all know how much I love my warm-toned looks.

Makeup look using Becca Champagne Pop, Moonstone, Ardell Lashes, Makeup Geek eyeshadows and Lorac Pro Contour

On my eyes I used Makeup Geek eyeshadows (no surprise there!) and Ardell lashes in 122's - one of my favorite styles! For my contour I used the Lorac Pro Contour Palette and for that glow.... I mixed Becca Cosmetic's Champagne Pop with Moonstone. I love applying my highlight with the Sedona Lace FB 01 Fan Brush!

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Here is a more dramatic look from this week. This day, I could NOT get a good picture for the LIFE of me. Literally, these two were pushing it and I'm still not happy with them. I absolutely loved the look but no photo did it justice that day.

Makeup using Urban Decay's Solstice, Makeup Geek, Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette and Esqido Lashes

I wanted the main focus to be my eyes so Urban Decay's Solstice was the perfect choice and for the icing on the cake, Esqido's lashes in Unforgettable. I also used Makeup Geek shadows and for my bronzer/contour and blush, I used the Sedona Lace Contour And Blush Palette.

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Oh, you know it wouldn't be me without a warm look.

This is a go-to look of mine, for sure.

Makeup Geek eyeshadow look with Esqido Lashes

In all looks, I used the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Chocolate.

For the eyes, I used Makeup Geek's shadows in Peach Smothie, Creme Brûlée and Cocoa Bear in the crease with Mocha and Corrupt smoked out on the upper and lower lash line. Shimma Shimma on the inner corners, MAC's Naked pigment on the lids and Esiqdo lashes in Unforgettable again (love them!).

On my lips I used the Milani Color Statement lip liner in Nude. Nothing else! As I've mentioned many times, they are some of my favorite lip liners from the drugstore. It looks super pink in the photos but it's more of a nude in person!

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So there are my makeup looks from last week! Let me know if you'd like to see these more often!

*Some of these products were sent to me. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – my own.*

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Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette - Review & Swatches:

"Comparing your life to someone else's life kills all of your gratitude, happiness, peace, confidence, originality and worst, it blinds you from seeing your unique potential value."

Hey dolls! It has been so long. Too long. Work has taken over my life this month and I am so glad to be back to a normal schedule and back to chatting with you all!

As you know, Sedona Lace is a company I have known and loved for years. I've reviewed a ton of their products and I not only love sharing these with you because the quality is great but also because the price is RIGHT!

What more could you want?! Today's review is of the Contour and Blush Palette.

This is a product I was very curious about. Contour palettes are huge right now, as we all know but as I've said in other posts, not all are created equally. This palette is less than $16 so I just had to know if it was worth that and more.

Sedona Lace Contour And Blush Palette 1

The packaging is super simple.It's plastic and has the Sedona Lace logo. I do wish that it said Contour & Blush or something on it so I know when I'm grabbing for it! Having to open it to see which palette it is can be annoying at times. But the packaging is sturdy and I feel comfortable traveling with it.

Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette 2

You get two highlight shades, two blush and two contour/bronzers. Can we talk about how HUGE these pans are?! It may be hard to tell in this photo but they are gigantic. You will never get through an entire shade in this palette in a lifetime!

Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette swatches 1 highlight and blush

The top row has two highlight shades and a bright pink blush. The pigmentation is incredible!

Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette swatches highlight and blush

I was pleasantly surprised by these shades. The pale cream highlight/setting shade in the middle is perfect for my skin tone! I have a hard time finding good under-eye setting/highlighting powders and this is perfect. They aren't too chalky and apply evenly.

The highlight shades are matte and the pink blush has a slight shimmer which gives a stunning glow without chunks of glitter. I can skip a highlight when I use this blush and you get such a beautiful natural glow to the skin.

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Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette swatches 1 contour and blush

The bottom row has your two contour/bronzer shades and a coral blush. All three shades are matte!

Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette swatches contour and blush

These contour shades can actually be used to contour!! They aren't too warm but not so cool that they'd look ashy on some skin tones. They are buildable but pigmented so go in with a light hand! The blushes are insanely pigmented as well so you definitely want to go lightly with those and add more as needed.

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This palette is fantastic. I wasn't sure what to expect with it but I was blown away at not only the pigmentation but even more important, the lasting power! Every shade in here lasts all day long on my skin. I was so impressed. Typically with more affordable contour, highlight and blush powders, they don't last nearly as long on the skin so when I got home after a long day and looked in the mirror, I was SO happy to see everything was just as pigmented and beautiful as when I first applied it.

My only complaint is that this palette will not work for every skin tone. I wish that they'd release this in different shades for my tan and deeper/darker beauties!

The Sedona Lace Contour and Blush Palette is $15.95! I definitely recommend this! It would be awesome for anyone starting to build a makeup kit. When I first started I began with almost all Sedona Lace products! They are just as good as the higher end brands.

Use the code ' themakeupaffair ' for $4 off your order!

If you'd like to see this palette used in a look, let me know!

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I have a bunch of reviews/looks coming soon but if you'd like to see anything specific, let me know in the comments below!

*This was sent to me by the company. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – my own.*

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Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask:

"Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing."

- Miranda July, No one Belongs Here More Than You

Hey gorgeous!

So... They let me loose in the Vitamin Shoppe again..... I swear, I can't leave that store without spending close to $100. It never fails.

As I said in my August Favorites, I've been testing out a bunch of new skincare and the mask I'll be talking about today quickly became one of my favorites. A few of you on Snapchat said that you wanted to see a review on this so here it is! :)

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask review

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

This was very intriguing to me. On the box it says it is for Normal & Combination Skin.

The description, "Organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, blended with Manuka honey and citrus glycolic AHA, gently dissolve and lift away dull surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone and smooth texture as Fruit Stem Cell Complex helps revitalize for a brighter, more luminous complexion."

My skin is combination but it has been more dry lately. Uneven tone and texture and overall, just dull. Many skincare products claim to brighten but I just had good vibes with this one.

Organic Pumpkin Glycolic Mask ingredients

The ingredients are fantastic. This is also gluten and GMO free as well as certified organic. I'm trying to keep everything I use as natural and organic as I can and cut out the chemicals as much as possible. This mask was a must try!

Some of the most prominent ingredients: pumpkin puree, aloe vera juice, sunflower oil, manuka honey, and pineapple juice. This also is said to have fruit stem cells that renew dormant cells, repairs damaged and regenerates healthy cells. Also BioActive 8 Berry Complex which is "a certified organic portfolio of super fruit antioxidants".

Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

This mask is very thin, although it looks like it would have a thick consistency in the jar and it has a nice spicy pumpkin scent.

You'll want to apply this to dry skin after cleansing. Avoid your eyes and lips!! Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with cool water. If you have sensitive skin, I would highly recommend you leave it on for only a few minutes at first. I have fairly sensitive skin and this burns but not unbearable or anything. I sort of like the burn but most probably wouldn't. When I apply this, I like to really rub and work it into the skin and then leave it on for a while.

This leaves my skin feeling soft and after using this a few times, I already see a difference. My skin looks more even, less textured and there's a radiance that was not there before. This is definitely exfoliating so I'd use this in replace of whatever exfoliator you'd ever use, especially if you're going to be using this more than once a week. Make sure you rinse with cool water and apply your favorite moisturizer after!

I LOVE this mask. It's been a long time since I've used one that genuinely made my skin look better within only a few uses.

The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is around $14.95 at the Vitamin Shoppe and you can usually find it for less on Amazon.

*I purchased this with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – my own.*

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August 2015 Favorites - Skincare & Makeup:

"Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen."

- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hello my loves! I asked on my social media if you guys wanted to see an August Favorites and many of you said yes sooooo.... Here it is!

I have a lot of skincare this month! I've been focusing more on my skin and trying to keep it as healthy and clear as possible. I'm testing out a bunch of different things but these are a few products that I've been absolutely loving.

Skin Care Favorites - dermaologica, peter thomas roth, insta natural, andalou naturals

I had about a month or two where my skin was just freaking out, totally unhappy with me. Very inflamed, red and irritated so I picked up the UltraCalming kit from Dermalogica.

Dermalogica UltraCalming line review

This kit came with four products (the other is Barrier Repair, a moisturizer that I like but wasn't wow'ed by) and also a little sample eye cream.

These three products calmed my skin within a couple days.

UltraCalming Cleanser - This is an extremely gentle gel-cream-like cleanser. It does not foam so many may not like it but this is so calming for the skin. It also does not remove makeup so if you try this, make sure you remove your makeup first and then go in with this.

UltraCalming Mist - This is a calming toner. It smells amazing and I love using this as a toner after washing my face, before applying makeup and a moisturizer or any time my skin feels dry or irritated. It's very light and absorbs quickly.

UltraCalming Serum Concentrate - This is probably my favorite in the kit. You apply serums after cleansing and toning, before your moisturizer. This smells incredible! It's super lightweight, not at all sticky or thick like some serums can be. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and leaves no residue after. This has made a world of difference with redness, irritation and inflammation.

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Peter thomas roth glycolic acid gel and insta naturals hylauronic acid serum

These two serums have been favorites of mine for the past year or so! But I've fallen in love with them all over again recently.

Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel - This is another thin serum that sinks into the skin quickly. It feels a little sticky when you first apply it but you leave this alone to absorb for 10 minutes before you apply a moisturizer and after those 10 minutes have passed, that stickiness is gone. Glycolic acid agrees really well with my skin. I'm not sure why but it works wonders for me. I purchased this a year or two ago on a whim and I am so glad I did! I'm running low so I need to pick up another soon!

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum - I received this for review a year or two ago and had seen a ton of amazing reviews on Amazon but I wasn't sure whether it was just a hyped up product because it's sent to bloggers or if it genuinely was that great.... Well, it is! It's a gel-like serum and I love that it has aloe vera in it so it's very gentle and soothing. I definitely think this helps my skin when it's dry/dehydrated.

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Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask - This is a new purchase but I fell in love with it by the second use. I plan to review this soon so I won't go in depth with it but look for that coming soon!

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Makeup favorites - maybelline fit me, urban decay concealer, lipstick, colourpop, milani blush

On to the makeup! Some of these are repeats.. I rediscovered a lot of old favorites this month!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless review

Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation - I've used this more than any other foundation this month... Pretty much every day, either alone or mixed with others. It's just a beautiful foundation. Medium to full coverage, it's buildable and the finish is just gorgeous. I'm in the shade 115!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer review favorite

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - I fell into the hype on this one... And I am SO glad I did! This is the best concealer I have ever used..... Yep. Quite the claim, but it really is. This reminds me a lot of MAC's Pro Longwear except it's a thinner consistency. The coverage is incredible and now I want to get the Naked Skin Foundation as well because this could easily be used as a foundation, the coverage is that beautiful so I'm curious to see if the foundation is similar!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer Light Neutral swatch

I'm in the shade Light Neutral.

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Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner black

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black - A rediscovered love. This is just a fantastic gel liner. Just as good as high end! It's super black and pigmented and lasts all day. Mine was dried out so I applied a few drops of Tarte's Maracuja Oil and it revived it - it's like brand new! :)

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara review favorites

Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara - I loved this the older it got... One of those mascaras that I didn't love at first but now I'm obsessed. The brush is awesome and adds beautiful volume as well as length.

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Milani Romantic Rose rose blush

Milani's Rose Blush in Romantic Rose - I. LOVE. THIS. BLUSH!!!!!! Oh my goodness, I have worn this blush almost every day for the past month. And I have NEVER done that with a blush before. It's the shade that does it for me. It's just perfect for my skin tone and this is a shade that you can pair with just about any makeup look.

Milani Romantic Rose Blush Swatch - favorite

It's a gorgeous pinky rose-nude. Super pigmented so make sure you go in with a light hand!

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ColourPop Skimpy lippie stix

ColourPop's Skimpy Lippie Stick - This is their glossy formula. It's not long wearing at all but it's a perfect pinky-nude for my skin tone!

ColourPop Skimpy Swatch 1

Super creamy and smooth, pigmented as hell!

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ColourPop Bound Lippie Pencil

ColourPop's Bound Lip Liner - I know, she's looking rough. But this is hands down my absolute favorite product from the past month (really, longer than that)... I don't know what it is about this liner. I wear it almost every single day.

ColourPop Bound Lippie Pencil Swatch - MAC's Whirl Dupe

I've heard this is a dupe for MAC's Whirl! It's just beautiful. I LOVE lining my lips and filling in with a nude lipstick for that gorgeous ombre-ish nude lip. It's so gorgeous. If you see me with a nude lip,chances are this is the liner I'm using. It's incredible and I need to purchase a backup. These are so creamy and pigmented, they don't pull on the lips at all and they have a nice lasting power as well!

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Loreal Fairest Nude lipstick

Loreal's Fairest Nude - An oldie but goodie! Another rediscovered love. This is just a fantastic lipstick. Beautiful formula and awesome nude shade.

Loreal Fairest Nude Lipstick Swatch - favorite

It's a gorgeous rosey nude. Pigmented and SO comfortable to wear.

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There are my favorites for August! What are some of yours? Let us know in the comments below!!

If you'd like a review on any of these products, let me know!

*Some products mentioned were sent for review. All product reviews are – and ALWAYS will be – my own.*

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Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace Synthetic Brush Set Review:

"If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else."

- Marvin Gaye

Hello my beauties!!! Ahhh! It's been WAY too long. How are you? I've missed you all so much.

Today I have a review of a brush set from Sedona Lace! This was sent to me by the company but you already know my reviews are ALWAYS honest and I've been a longtime fan of this company after working with them previously. Check back to see older reviews but in short, I wasn't impressed with my very first purchase and they reached out to me to fix the issues and I have loved them ever since. The quality is fantastic, comparable - if not better - to brands like Sigma. The owner and every employee I've been in contact with are all very nice and if you ever have any issues, they help to solve whatever problem you may have and ensure that you end up happy.

Before I keep talking and talking, let's jump into the review :)

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace set

PrettyLilMzGrace is a beauty guru who collaborated with SL to create this brush set. You get four of their synthetic brushes with those beautiful pink and black bristles!

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 316 flat contour brush

The Flat Contour Brush (316)

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 316 flat contour brush review

These contour brushes became popular after the ever-so-sought-after NARS Ita Brush.. This one, in my opinion, is more user friendly than most on the market. I've found that most of these contour brushes are VERY densely packed so it makes blending out difficult, even for the most skilled at makeup. This is still densely packed but the bristles are longer so there is more give to the brush. It makes it easier to blend out that initial harsh line you typically get when applying a contour shade using these types of brushes.

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Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 313

The Tapered Highlighter (313)

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 313 brush

This is that perfect brush for applying a highlighter or setting powder under the eyes. You can even contour with this too! It's definitely a universal face brush and everyone needs a few like this in their collection!

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 313 brush comparisons

Here is just a comparison of the 313 to Sigma's tapered highlighter and ELF's blush brush. Both are very similar and can be used in the same way!

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Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 307 brush

Top: Tapered Highlight Blender (307) Bottom: Tapered Crease Blender (311)

Sedona Lace PrettyLilMzGrace brush set - 311 brush

These are smaller versions of Sedona Lace's 941; comparable to Sigma's E40 for reference.

These brushes are awesome. Amazing for those with smaller eyes, I LOVE both for blending brushes and crease work.

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I really love this brush set. There isn't a brush that isn't useful and all are perfect quality. The synthetic brushes never shed and I've had some for two or so years and they still look and feel brand new.

LOVE!!!

The PrettyLilMzGrace Synthetic Brush Set is originally $59.95 and is currently on sale for $47.96!

Use the code ' themakeupaffair ' for $4 off your purchase!!!

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Collective Haul - Ulta, Sephora & Lush:

"Honey, who said that the love of your life had to be a man or woman you haven't even met yet? Maybe you are destined to be the greatest love of your own life."

-Della Hicks-Wilson

Hello my loves!! How are you? I've been doing quite a bit of shopping lately and have a collective haul to share with you today! Nothing too crazy but a few things I've picked up recently.

We'll start with Lush....

Lush haul

I picked up Sex Bomb; it's already in my bathroom so I forgot to add it to the photo. But that's one of my favorite bath bombs ever! Also got a sample of the moisturizer Celestial and the Aqua Marina Cleanser..

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Lush Aqua Marina review

Aqua Marina is the most bizarre cleanser ever, right?! The description says, "Our squishy pink cleanser, inspired by mermaids. Contains calamine, aloe and mineral-rich seaweed to soothe sensitive skin."

This contains calamine powder, kaolin, Irish moss gel, aloe vera gel, sea salt, nori seaweed, sweet wild orange oil, patchouli oil, carrageenan extract as well as a few other ingredients.

When I spoke with one of the Lush employees, I asked for a cleanser for those with sensitive skin and this was what she recommended. If you'd like a review on this, let me know! I'm currently testing it out.

Ulta & Sephora Haul 1

Let's chat about Ulta next!

Laura Geller Gilded Honey review

The first item I picked up from Ulta was Laura Geller's Gilded Honey. I've heard so many rave reviews about this and I don't own a gold highlighter so I just had to try it!

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Review & Swatches

Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this yet. When applied with your fingers (as swatched above) it is absolutely beautiful and pigmented. But when I try to apply this with a brush - I've experimented with many different kinds - it always ends up looking chunky and nowhere near as pigmented... It's not very creamy to the touch and although applying with my fingers isn't necessarily a deal-breaker, I prefer to apply my highlighters with a brush... I'll have to play with this some more before I decide whether I like it or not. It's a beautiful shade though.

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Ulta Haul - Batiste Dry Shampoo

The reason I went into Ulta. Batiste dry shampoo! This is my favorite brand for dry shampoos and I hadn't tried this coconut scent yet.... Not a fan of the smell but it works just as well as any other in the line.

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Anastasia Brow Wiz - Chocolate

I also picked up a new brow wiz. I ran out of Taupe and wanted to try a shade darker so I grabbed Chocolate and I've been loving it!

Anastasia Brow Wiz Chocolate Swatch

It's a warmer toned shade and it looks nice with my red hair.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation haul

A little bit of an impulse buy, Too Faced's Born This Way foundation.. I've heard people raving about this recently and although I really didn't need another foundation, I just had to try it.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - Vanilla Swatch

I picked up the shade Vanilla and it's extremely yellow-toned so I'm not sure how this will work for me. I'll be testing this out for sure!

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Next.... SEPHORA! Aka, Heaven :)

Urban Decay Moondust Shaodw - Solstice haul

I finally got my hands on Urban Decay's Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice!!!! I absolutely love the packaging on these single eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Solstice haul

This is a duo chrome shadow with a lot of shine and glitter. It's purple, blue, green, pink.... So unique and gorgeous!

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice - Swatches

The left swatch is dry and the right is using Smashbox's Primer Water.

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Laura Mercier Setting Powder haul 1

Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder.... Are you sick of hearing about this yet?! It has become so popular all over again so I had to give it a try. I picked up the little travel size that's in the check-out section.

Laura Mercier Setting Powder review

It's a nice setting powder... Do I think it's worth the hype or the huge price tag? Ehhhh, I'm not sure. I've used drugstore powders that work just as well as this and my beloved Coty Airspun powder brightens more than this does. I need to play with it more before I can give a total review!

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Beauty Blender haul

Is there anything more beautiful than a new Beauty Blender?! I needed a new one SO badly! I had mine for over a year so it was about time. It was painful to dirty this beautiful pink sponge!! LOVE Beauty Blenders and totally think they are worth every penny.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer review

Last but not least, I picked up a travel size of the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer. I was running out of primers and after hearing good reviews about this, I figured I'd give it a try.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer swatch

It's very similar to the porefessional and so far I like it. It's definitely not holy grail status but it's a nice primer.

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So there are my most recent purchases! If you'd like a review on any of these, let me know! xoxo.

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Lorac Pro Contour Palette Review & Swatches:

"Letting go is such a difficult thing to understand. You can't try to let go. Trying to let go is like trying not to think about something. You're just going to think about it even more. I think letting go is less of an ending of one thing and more of an acceptance of everything. It's okay that this is the way it is right now. There's no other way it's supposed to be."

- Emery Allen

Hey dolls! I know, you saw the title of this and thought, "FINALLY!" haha it took me forever to get this finished with my current work schedule but that just means I've put it through insane amounts of testing over the past few weeks!! :)

Starting next week my schedule should die down a bit (fingers crossed) so I should be able to post much more regularly soon!! Thank you all for your well wishes and patience with the start of this new journey I'm on. It's exciting and already so rewarding!

Anywho, on to the review!!! Contour kits/palettes are huge right now. I don't think there are many companies that DON'T have one by now and let's just say, they aren't all created equally. That's for sure. Many are hits and misses, you'll love and use one shade in the palette and pass on most of the others... Sound familiar? Yeah, you aren't the only one.

I was very excited when I heard about Lorac releasing their own contour palette and I just had to put it to the test.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Packaging 1

It comes in the classic Pro box.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Directions 2

You get a little step-by-step booklet that is super helpful, especially for beginners!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Review & Swatches 2

Before we get into the palette, we'll talk about the brush that comes with it!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Brush 1

This brush can be used for both highlighting and contouring, although I confess... I haven't used it yet. I'll explain why in a minute.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Brush 2

The brush is made very well, it's super dense and doesn't shed.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Review & Swatches 1

In this palette you get three highlighting shades - 2 matte and 1 shimmer - and three contouring shades - all matte.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette Review & Swatches 3

Isn't she pretty?!?

Let's get into the swatches:

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Beige Highlight Swatch 1

The first shade is Beige Highlight. The perfect under-eye setting/brightening powder for my light to medium toned babes.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Beige Highlight Swatch 2

Incredible pigmentation! Pale enough to highlight beautifully but creamy enough to prevent you from having that stark white highlight!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Yellow Highlight Swatch 1.JPG

Yellow highlight... You know we all want that Kim K. banana powder highlight! If you are super pale, be careful with this shade! This is perfect for medium to deeper skin tones.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Yellow Highlight Swatch 2

I'm pretty damn pale and this is the only yellow powder I've found that I can actually use!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Shimmer Highlight Swatch 1

Lastly for the highlights, Shimmer highlight. Perfect for highlighting the cheekbones - only for light skin tones though... I wish it was more universal - and even your brow bone or inner corners of the eyes!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Shimmer Highlight Swatch 2

On the left is a heavy swatch and the right is blended out. I actually like this! I didn't think I would when I saw how light it was but it's nice for those with pale skin. If this won't work on your skin tone as a highlighter, try it as an eyeshadow!

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Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Light Contour Swatch 1

Light contour... Don't underestimate this shade. If you have pale skin, try this one first!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Light Contour Swatch 2

These contour shades look super orangey in the photos but I promise they aren't in person!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Deep Contour Swatch 1JPG

Deep contour is amazing for my dark skin beauties!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Deep Contour Swatch 2

How gorgeous is that shade! Use with caution, it's insanely pigmented.

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Medium Contour Swatch 1

Lastly, Medium contour... Another you should not underestimate! I thought for sure this would be my shade but it ended up a bit darker on my skin than it looks in the pan!

Lorac Pro Contour Palette - Medium Contour Swatch 2

Totally NOT as orange as it looks here. In fact, it's not orange at all!! I hate when my camera picks up color wrong ;(

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As you can probably tell by the swatches, they are insanely pigmented. Like... Eyeshadow quality pigmentation. So that's the reason why I haven't used the brush it comes with yet. Those bristles are so dense and with these super saturated shades and that brush, it'd be very easy to go way overboard.

 

The quality of this palette is incredible. They wear all day long, I've had absolutely no issues with patchiness and the contour shades are all cool-toned enough to never look muddy on the skin. This is by far the best contour palette I have tried yet! For anyone with light to deeper skin tones, this should be great for you. If you are of a darker skin tone, I'd recommend swatching this in store to see if the shades will work with your skin tone. I wish they had replaced the shimmer highlight with a slightly darker shade! But overall, this palette quickly has become one of my absolute favorites! I've used it every day since purchasing and I don't even touch my other highlight or contour shades anymore. It's fantastic!

The Lorac Pro Contour Palette is $45 wherever Lorac is sold.

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