Top 5 Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – that are still available!

It’s four days into the Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’ll be honest and admit that I’m two orders in 😱

There’s so many amazing items in this sale so I thought I’d show my top 5 picks that are still available as of July 15th, 2018 – let’s get into it!

P. S. None of these links are affiliates – no one knows who I am to give my anything like that 😂 They go straight to the Nordstrom site.

Number 1. Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flats

I’ve been eyeing flats like these for over a year, and what better time to invest in them?!

Number 2. BP. Scarf

I love scarfs and this one will go so well with a number of different kinds of coats!

Number 3.

I have a slight obsession with sweaters, and this one I just couldn’t pass up!

Number 4. BP. V-Neck Tee

Who couldn’t use more casual T’s? Especially at less than $12.00!

Number 5. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

I didn’t pick this one up, but only because I received one for Christmas last year. They’re super comfy and now’s the time to jump on one!

Happy Shopping!

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High End Lip Gloss Try On

We all see those lip glosses at Sephora or Ulta and wonder what they actually look like on, right? 
Please tell me it’s not just me!

Whew, good. 

Anyways, here are 7 High End Glosses without a filter and in natural light. They are listed in acending order by price, which ranges from $16.50 – $33.00. 

These are on bare lips, no lip liner!

Let’s get to it!

1) Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Woo Me – $16.50



2) bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel – $18.00



3) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Erin – $20.00



4) Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Blast – $20.00



5) Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls – $26.00



6) Marc Jacobs Enamored High-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Sugar Sugar – $28.00



7) Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in Pink 001 – $33.00



And there we have it! 

The Dior, bareMinerals, and Buxom glosses do have a tingle to them, so if that’s a turn off for you then you may want to skip those. 

The wear time is pretty consistent for them all, except for the Dior plumper because I find that it has a slightly longer wear time. 

Which colors are your favs? 

Until next time! Bye guys!


Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial – No Filter or Ring Light!

Hello all! 

Today I’m gonna try out my first makeup tutorial!

We’ll be using the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip and no falsies, only mascara!

What you’ll need:

Eyeshadow Quad – I’m using a Tom Ford quad, but you can use these steps for any quad that you have on hand. 

Eyeshadow Primer – I recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but any one that you love will do. 

A Matte Cream Eyeshadow – I love Tarte’s Confetti Cake, but any skin colored matte shadow will do. 

Eyeliner – I’m using Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon, but any black eyeliner pencil will do. 

Eyelash Curler

Mascara – I’m trying out Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, but you know the drill – any will do. 

Four Eyeshadow Brushes – a big fluffy brush, a blending brush, any basic shadow brush, and a tapered brush. 

The steps:

1) Line your water line in black. Your waterline is the space on the inside of your eyelashes. 

2) Prime your lids

3) Dust a matte eyeshadow over your whole lid with a fluffy brush. This helps with the blending of the rest of the shadows. 

Your eye should now look like this. 

4) Take your lightest shade in the quad and with a fluffy brush dust it all over your lid, paying special attention to the area below your brow bone. 


5) Take the next lightest shade and put in on the bottom half of your lid – from your crease ( literally where your eye creases. If you don’t have a crease then decide where you would want it to be and make that your “crease” ) to your eyelashes. 


5) Take your second darkest color, and with a blending brush, work the color into your crease. I go from the crease to just above it. Go slow at first, as you can always go back for more shadow! It’s easier to add more than to have to try to blend out too much. 

6) Now take your tapered brush and dip into your darkest color. You’re going to want to put that color on your outer v – literally make a V on the outside of your eye. Start a third of the way up your crease and bring it to a point, and then take it to the outside third of your lashes. You’ll see that you make a V with that shade. Remember, don’t grab too much shadow at first. Build up the coverage until you get the darkness you desire. 

6) Take your blending brush and blend around your edges. Make sure that there are no harsh lines; your shadow should blend into one another. I usually just try to blend my crease color into my outer v color. 

7) Take your finger (either your middle or ring finger ) and get some of the second lightest shade. Tap that color onto the middle of your lid. This will draw the attention to the middle of your eye. 

8) Now just curl your lashes and apply mascara! 

And that’s it! You have your completed look! If you love falsies then feel free to apply them. I normally do when I go out, but I wanted this to be a natural look. 

Hope you enjoyed, and that this was easy to follow! 

Remember, makeup is fun and should be treated as such. If you don’t like how it looks the first time, then just wipe it off and start again. Practice makes perfect!

Is the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer worth the price?

There’s drug store makeup.

There’s high end makeup.

Then there’s luxury makeup.

Today I want to discuss the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer and wether or not I believe it’s worth the $33.00 price tag. 

Firstly, let’s talk about how much product you get. 

There is .20fl oz in the Dior Maximizer, which is actually .02fl oz more than other glosses, like Nars. 

Secondly, length of time it last on the lips.  

I usually put it on before I leave for work and I don’t need to reapply any lip product for at least 2-3 hours, and that’s through eating a pack of crackers and drinking water. 

In my opinion, it last longer for me than other glosses.

Next, color. 

Right now it comes in two different colors: Pink 001 and Beige Sunrise 006. I’ve only tried the pink color and it’s pretty see through so don’t expect an opaque gloss. Of course, for me I wear it with only a brow tented gel so I love that fact that it’s not pigmented. You can wear it over a lip liner if you wanted a colored look. 

Lastly, price. 

This product retails for $33.00, which is about $15.00 higher than glosses like Bare Minerals. Of course, this also contains collagen, so it’s not just the name you’re paying for. 

Item overview

Personally, I love this product. It tingles (which I love), lasts quite a while, and isn’t overly sticky. 

The instructions that comes with the product says to use every day for two weeks to see a difference in your lips. I did just that and I can honestly say I notice a difference in my lips. 

Now, don’t expect Kylie Jenner lips, because without fillers being injected it’s an impossible goal. 

However, there’s less lines in my lips and the corners are more full. I put on a very vampy lipstick earlier and I could tell a big difference in how my lips looked with lipstick. There’s not a major difference, but I can tell that I’ve been using a lip plumper. 

Top pic is before and bottom is two weeks later. 

Plus, when you apply it your lips they actually do plump up instantly. 

My thoughts

I truly love this product. I use it every morning and I honestly do feel that it’s improved my lips. The fact that it’s Dior makes my morning a little more fun. 

If you love the brand, love lip plumping glosses, or just love luxe makeup I would suggest picking this product up and giving it a go. 

If you hate anything that tingles or have no need to plump your lips then I would say pass on this product. It does come with a steep price tag so make sure it’s something you’re really wanting. 

Like I said, don’t expect a miracle. It’s not going to give you a dramatic change, so of that’s what you’re expecting you’ll be disappointed. 

Okay, that’s it! Overall I give this product a solid 5 stars and would suggest to anyone who’s been wanting to try it to go for it!

16 Ride Or Die Beauty Must Haves (Pastey White Girl Addition)

Ride or Die. 

The best of the best. 

The must have,always, makeup items. 

I knew as soon as I watched Jaclyn Hill’s tag video the other day that I had to do my own version!

I mean, who doesn’t want to talk about their absolute favorite makeup items? 
So since this will be such a long post, I’ll get straight to it! 

1) Face Primer – Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Smoothing. 

If you have large pores 🙋🏻 then this will fill them in and it wears great under foundation. 

2) Foundation – Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick

Oh, my holy grail foundation. Medium to full coverage, so many color options, and it doesn’t melt off my face in extreme heat and humidity (believe me, it’s been put to the test!). 

3) Concealer – it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye 

Full coverage, light enough to highlight my under eye, and it doesn’t crease like crazy!

4) Face Powder – sadly, I haven’t found a ride or die face powder. 
Im still looking though!

5) Under Eye Setting Powder – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Oh, the only powder I’ve found that doesn’t cake up under my eye, is light enough to not darken the concealer, and with enough pigment to further brighten my under eye. Be still my beating heart. 

6) Bronzer – Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

Okay, this was slightly hard because I have great love for both the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer and the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, but truth be told I reach for the Too Faced more often. The Hoola bronzer is great, but I usually only want to use it in the summer because I’m way too pale for it in the winter. 

7) Blush – MAC Style Frost

I was torn between MAC Style and Nars’ Orgasm, but I reach for Style more often and it looks so natural when I have my no makeup, makeup days. 

8) Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl

Oh goodness, this wasn’t even something I had to think about. Pearl is amazing and if you’re a pale girl then it’s a must have in your makeup arsenal. 

9) Eyelashes – Huda Beauty Classic False Lashes in Giselle

These lashes guys.

 Oh my goodness. 

Perfect balance of fake and natural and they’re so comfortable to wear! I wore them for my sister’s bachelorette party and her wedding. 

I’ll insert a picture just so you can see how beautiful they are on. 

10) Mascara – Guerlain Maxilash

Okay, so let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room – I have very small, stick straight lashes. Most mascara does absolutely nothing for me and if it does in the beginning the effects don’t last long. 
That was, until this gem came into my life. Even my mom commented on it saying that it actually looked like I had mascara on. Win. 
Plus, it doesn’t flake!

11) Eyeshadow Palette – Tom Ford Eye Quad in Nude Dip 

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a palette, but close enough!
I’ll be honest, I’m not too big on palettes and I find that I use 2-3 palettes just to get one look. 
But this. Oh. My. Goodness. 
Greatness. 
It’s natural enough to use to light makeup days, but you can build it up to be quite dramatic in a natural way. I’ll insert a pic. 

12) Lipstick – MAC Shy Shine

This is my go to natural pinky lipstick. 

13) Liquid Lipstick – The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Huges in Committed

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge liquid lip fan, but this is hands down my favorite. It wears really well and it’s what I put on my sister for both her engagement pictures and her wedding. 

14) Lipgloss – Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

Okay, it’s not just a lipgloss, but I reach for it everyday and it actually gives my lips a fuller look!

15) Setting Spray – MAC Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter

What can I say, I’m high maintenance. I use both of these together to get the look and longevity I want. Plus, Fix+ has so many uses!

16) Perfume – Philosophy Compassionate 

Oh goodness guys, this is a must have for me! It has such a warm vanilla scent and every time I wear it I get compliments. People tell me I smell like a cookie which is a win for me! 
And there we have it, my ride or die makeup products! 
I tag everyone who reads this to make their own list!   
Hope you enjoyed!
 

Why Hate on Girls Who Wear Makeup?

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_575175f3e4b0ed593f140fd8

While I’m all for women feeling confident in their own raw skin, things like this irk me. Yes, it is powerful for a women in the media to bare her naked face. Yes, I wish more women could get to a place where they could look in the mirror and love the face that they were born with – sans makeup. But all that aside, just because you love and wear makeup doesn’t mean you’re trying to fit in with what society dictates. 

If you know me, you know 95% of the time I don’t wear makeup and usually have my hair up in a bun. The other 5% of the time? I’m rocking as much makeup as I want. I don’t put it on for anyone else. I don’t do it to be more appealing to guys. (You think a guy is gonna care that the shadow on my lids cost me $80? Or that it’s blended to perfection? Get real.) I don’t do it because society tells me that’s what makes me beautiful. I put it on because I LOVE it. I love the creativity. I love putting colors together and manipulating highlights and shadows on my face. I love doing makeup on others and seeing them love the results. I love seeing how much confidence it can give someone in an uncomfortable situation (wedding party *cough cough*). How about we just decide we’re going to do what makes us happy with our face. Does full makeup every day make you happy? Go for it. Does never touching foundation make you happy? Go for it! Be your beautiful self! Don’t live for any one else. Don’t let anyone tell you to not wear makeup. Don’t let anyone tell you to wear makeup. 

Just be and do you.

My Top Must Have Pasty White Girl Makeup Products 

We all know that a lot of women like to be tan. Naturally, by baking in the sun or in a tanning bed, or by fake tan. Don’t get me wrong, they look great, and most makeup products are targeted towards people in colors porcelain and above. 

But what about the other women who are naturally very pale and have no desire to change their natural skin tone? Those that Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation in Snow is still too dark?

It tends to be an issue with people who are in the extreme ends of the spectrum – extremely pale and extremely dark. Makeup companies seem to forget about us, but thankfully I have found some great products that work with pasty white skin!

Let’s get to it!

1) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD stick       in R230.

-This is an incredible pink undertoned foundation, so if you’re cool toned then check out the next color up!

 

2) Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed  in Pearl

3) IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer in Light 

4) Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

-This is great for contouring! It has a slight ashy tint to it that creates a natural looking shadow. 

5) Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate 

6) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

-This is the best under eye                  setting powder! It actually brightens! It’s a mostly translucent powder that leave a slight shimmer to the skin. 

All of these products have been tested in weddings and in the heat.  The foundation wears so well even in 90 degree heat in a venue that has very little air conditioning and it doesn’t cling to dry patches like other foundations do. It has a slightly dewy finish so it’s perfect for dry skin. 

The Tarte bronzer is the only one I have found that looks good as a contour color and the Too Faced bronzer is a great way to subtly warm up your skin. 


The concealer is super light and is thick without being cakey. Just make sure you set it!

The Becca highlighter is white – like white white so you get that lovely wet look that is so in right now. 

And finally, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is the only powder that actually keeps with the lightness of the concealer. It’s also great to lightly set your foundation. 

So there you have it! My favorite makeup products for fair skin! 

Anyone else have a product that they love for their skin tone?