I need a beauty fix

I need a beauty fix

Heeeyyyy guys

So I’m on an extreme budget now. Like I don’t know how I’m gonna make it budget.

I don’t say this to be a downer haha I know it’ll work out, but I’m not able to really purchase new products at the moment. I NEED MY BEAUTY FIX *insert crying face*

I did give in and buy another bottle of Elf foundation – I’m out and need to cover my now acne covered face…I also need to lay off the dairy. Plus I’m sweating and wearing a lot of sunscreen so….my skin is pissed.

But that’s only $6 so I guess it’s not too bad. I also splurged and grabbed a $1.97 que bella, peel off, face mask. It’s currently drying on my face. I like their masks even if they aren’t the best things in the world I could be putting on my face.

I ran out of my Fourth Ray clear skin toner stuff so I took my giant bottle of witch hazel that my step-mom “gifted” me. And dumped it and some essential oils into a the old Fourth Ray bottle. Gotta do what ya gotta do.

I’m rationing my face oil too.

Ok now real question! What face wash do y’all recommend? I am almost out and I will need to replace it soonish. I need one that will wash makeup off and be gentle and cruelty free! I’m open to suggestions! Pleeeeeaaassseeee

Check out my reaction to the face mask on my instagram story! @katiedidit26

There will be peeling off sounds! haha

ColourPop .2

ColourPop .2

Hey!

SO I finally got around to trying out the Brown Sugar palette and the After Shock lippie.

LURV THEM!

The lippie is super soft and has a really light texture while delivering vibrant color. It is also fairly long lasting. After Shock is a mauvy pink only bright. I think mauvy is the word…. Anyways I cannot wait to try other colors! This color is great and works with my day to day look and a night time look.

As for the eyeshadow – I think the formula is smooth and well pigmented. I use the Fenty Pro Filt’r eye primer and let me just say… that shit STICKS. I have to dab and smooth it out with my fingers, let it dry, and then blend fast. My Urban Decay Naked Basics was really hard to blend out with this primer for some reason, but the colourpop one blends so nicely. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER BITCH haha

Brown Sugar has replaced my Naked Basics old and very used self.

I put the primer, eyeshadow, and my crazy $4 elf fake lashes, to the test.

I was playing with the palette and testing my skills with applying lashes when my friend called and invited me out. The following picture is me with only my eyes done so don’t judge me haha

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OHKAYYY you can judge me a little 😛 I think it looks pretty decent haha

The lashes are SO DRAMA. I love / hate them. Everyone had a pretty good laugh over them, but I also received positive feedback. I will attempt more…I did manage to lose this pair though. I glued them on with the Sonia Kashuk eyelash glue from Target and it held well. I peeled them off around 7:30 this morning. I do not know where I left them… someone might run into a spider looking creature soon… For $4 I recommend getting them and having some fun! They do look cheap, but the price is right for learning or costume wear.

I fell down on the job and did not get a pic with full makeup on, but thats ok because the main focus is the eyes. I went on about my business and woke up this morning with full eye makeup. Fenty makes a dang good primer y’all.

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It’s a little faded, but it can pass as light day makeup haha

I nabbed a $3 elf mascara at the grocery this morning on the way home  – Mineral Infused Black Mascara. I put it on in place of the falsies. I think I like the other elf mascara better, but this is pretty dang good for such a price. Of course that is the lovely After Shock lipstick finishing off my next day makeup look.

Overall I’m really impressed with all of these products. The only expensive one is the Fenty, but its a decent amount and a little goes a long way. I highly recommend y’all give these a try! Or try different colors and palettes and let me know what you think!

 

The skincare line I’m trying with ColourPop is working out pretty well still and I think I would purchase a few of them in their normal sizes.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love hearing your thoughts 🙂 this is a really fun project for me and I hope you get some joy out of it too.

 

Impulse Buys

Impulse Buys

So after a job interview I decided to wander around Target last night. Of course I found myself on the make-up aisle and made a couple of impulse purchases haha.

  1. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Snow (fair with pink undertones) $6
  2. e.l.f Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in Fair/ Light $6
  3. e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose $3
  4. Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl $12

I’m pretty satisfied with my picks. The e.l.f. products are things on my “to-try” list, but the Physicians Formula was a complete “as I walked past” grab. It was so shiny and pretty that I just had to! Also it was the last one and this Target needed to get on with re-stocking ASAP.

 

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The foundation smells really good! I was so surprised, but I had heard Jeffree Star gush about the smell in this video    –  https://youtu.be/2reryH40uqM

I found it to go one easily and it does have this odd almost cooling feel as it goes on. The coverage is by no means full and it is pretty light weight. I put the powder over the liquid foundation and it helped add a little more umph. It also helped even out the tone because the color I picked is probably too light. I’m still on the fence with the shade – The Fenty I’ve been using seems a touch too dark now and I’ve always struggled with finding a match I felt confident with. I do not know how the foundation holds up all day yet, but I have a feeling it will do well enough. I’ll update on that later. This is not supposed to contain oil which I’m hoping will help me because I have oily skin.

I trust Jeffree’s review so def give it a look. I’ll go out on a limb and recommend this foundation. The shade choices aren’t bad and they even have the tone descriptions on the bottles, the smell is great, the texture is smooth and cool, and the price is great!

 

The finishing powder is pretty handy! It comes in a pretty silver compact complete with mirror and little sponge. I applied this with a brush, but the sponge is good for touch ups. I wore this powder in combo with the other powder I purchased all day it had a nice soft effect on my skin. It also soaks up my oils when I touch up during the day.

This can be worn alone or over the top of foundation as a finisher.

The smell is not unpleasant, but it is also not as mind blowing as the liquid. I totally reccomend it!

 

Ok, now the lipstick was odd. The texture is fine and smells like plastic. THE COLOR. OH MY GOD THE COLOR HAHAHAHAAHAH Ok I’m sorry..Its not that bad, but it is not great either. I was under the impression that “Tea Rose” was a mauvish color. It is really more of a purple mauve combo.

I laughed because the first time I put it on was in the poor lighting of a hotel room without a stitch of makeup to add color to my pale complexion. It was a bold, bold purply dead looking lip. I looked dead. It absolutely is not flattering alone and it still is almost ghostly when paired with full face. I can probably wear it if I’m intentional and it seems like they were trying for a 90’s throwback shade. I personally can see it being used as zombie makeup, but I’m being dramatic.

 

And the fun one! SHINY YAY! The Mineral Glow Pearls starts out with this pretty silvery shine and comes in a little plastic compact with a mirror and terrible brush. The smell is minimal and your run of the mill makeup smell. The top coating of the compact came off really shiny and silvery, but beneath is a nude color that gives a nice glow when applied. I wore this over my plain powder and it made my face a little shiny. Later I put on everything and this just gave my face a lovely glow and subtle highlight. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who needs a healthy glow boost alone or with makeup. My fair skin needs all the evening out and glowing help I can get right now because I’ve been off my normal diet and my skin is suffering for it.

 

 

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The Mineral Pearls gave my face some glow and the pic is in poor lighting, but you can still see the little bit on my nose! haha

All in all I’m really happy with the purchases and the best part is – they didn’t break the bank.

Any tips or opinions welcome!!

 

 

Cruelty Freeeeee

Cruelty Freeeeee

Hey y’all! I stumbled upon this article from BH Cosmetics last night and I thought I would share it.

Cruelty Free is a growing trend in makeup and a lot of brands just haven’t caught up which is a real shame. I personally stopped using MAC years ago because they are not cruelty free and I never LOVED their products to begin with. If they step out of the stone-age I might give them another try.

The article lists some companies like MAC that have not stepped up yet and it also lists the companies that have like e.l.f. Cosmetics.

I know it seems trendy to be on the vegan and cruelty free train, but truth be told I think this is only the tip of the iceberg on questioning our products and the ethics of companies.

Here’s the deal: I personally think that if we have to test on people then we start to look at better ingredients ( NOT TO MENTION NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE GUYSSSSSS!!!!)  Maybe more people will start to question the quality and what are they putting on their skin; the largest organ of the body that absorbs everything. Hey I know most of you already get this so I wont preach a whole lot. I still have a lot to learn about it anyways.

I also hope that on this path they will continue to move towards sustainability and environmentally friendly packaging.

Anyways I hope you enjoy the article! https://www.bhcosmetics.com/blogs/bh-blog/cruelty-free-makeup-the-next-major-beauty-trend?fbclid=IwAR2XC1SAq-Z4qwZeMpNsC1uxln1UhFFrMEaCmFNUdh1JpBDD5KbVKPE4YBo

 

Mascara Madness

Mascara Madness

Hey hey!

First of all thank you for taking the time to stop in and read my opinions haha

Second if you happen to know me then you know I’m a little bit of a brand-ho and I really like luxury beauty products… Like Sephora is the mothership. I dream of using Chanel and embracing my inner French girl. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but the reality is – this stuff costs money and some of us are on budgets. I’m a terrible budgeter btw. I’m also a notorious DIY-er with skincare which translates to messy experiments to appease my inner nature-loving-self.

OK! Onwards to my original point! MASCARA.

My original go-to is BUXOM’s Lash Volumizing Mascara. It’s a really nice formula and the wand applies easily. My lashes always look great! I have no real complaints other than the whoppin’ $22 price tag. I think it was only $18 when I first started wearing this one. The last time I bought a tube was about four to five months ago. The last tube I bought smelled really “off” and I used it anyway for a while before convincing myself that it was not my imagination. I bit the bullet and went back to Sephora for my OTHER go-to : Tarte’s Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I discovered this one from a sample I received for a VIB thing. The formula and wand seemed to mimic my BUXOM love well enough. This mascara costs a lovely $23.

I do have a complaint about this formula though. It never seems to dry and I can scrape the stuff off my lashes with my nails. Not a deal breaker. I had an ingrown lash a few months back and my lashes are trying to recover so it looks a little odd in one spot. Unfortunately this one gets clumpy after a few weeks and its been clumping my lashes together so it looks like I don’t have as many as I do. The black is bold and great and it does make my lashes look long though.

Fast Forward to watching a million Jeffree Star Youtube videos and I got the idea to try drugstore makeup again. e.l.f. in particular. I’ve used e.l.f. products off and on since I was a teenager. Mostly for costumes, but it got the job done for a broke girl. SOOO off I went through the woods and over the mountain to the nearest Target! As per usual these days the shelves showed the signs of popularity. I prowled around and made some notes for my future online haul I plan to make. I picked up a set of bold false lashes for $4 just for funsies and snagged a $3 tube of black Lash Extending Mascara. (I also grabbed Pacifica’s Pineapple Flower Oil-Free Matte Mist- YUM!)

Well…I love this little $3 mascara 🙂 It is by no means a heavy or bold formula, but DAMN ALL MY LASHES are on display now. It’s a fairly natural look, but I’m so ok with that especially for day to day and potentially adding falsies to my routine. I took some comparison pics – they aren’t great, but you might be able to get the idea. I am NOT saying you should ditch your luxury mascara! I am just thrilled to find a budget friendly version that works really well and I hope this helps someone. Sometimes we just gotta work with what we have haha slaying on a budget is POSSIBLE!

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https://www.sephora.com/product/gifted-amazonian-clay-smart-mascara-P286101

https://www.sephora.com/product/buxom-lash-mascara-P228204?icid2=products%20grid:p228204:product

https://www.elfcosmetics.com/lash-extending-mascara/81436.html?cgid=eyes-mascara#start=10&sz=24

 

Let me know what your experiences have been! Any tips or comments are welcome!