Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation | Review

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I’m addicted to drugstore foundation. It is a problem… when it’s good quality, the drugstore price, AND has Katy Perry’s pretty face plastered all over it — it is comin’ home with mama. When I ran my eyeballs across the label and saw “oil free” + “long wearing” I knew it had to be put to the test. That’s some major promises to make, Cover Girl.

I’ve seen a lot of YouTube reviews pop up on this product over the last month, but I tried not to click any so that I can make a fair assessment of the product on my own. Once I have a makeup product in my possession, I like to have no clouded judgement and get to know the foundation on my own. I sound like I’m going on a blind date…

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The Price:
$6.99

The Full Review…

The Pros:
-Affordable
-Easy to apply
-Unscented

The Cons:
-Oxidizes (darkens) over time
-Strong pink undertones
-Limited shades

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Who I’d recommend it to…
This foundation is a perfect affordable foundation if you’re looking for a medium to full coverage for everyday. I think it especially favors oily skin in that it is very mattifying, and dries down to a powder formula.

Have you tried this foundation? Would you try it?!
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WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN 5 YEARS

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This month marks my 5 year anniversary as a beauty vlogger on YouTube. Umm WHAT. I remember watching hours of Michelle Phan and Marlena from MakeupGeekTV late at night on my computer screen in my college bedroom way back in the day. Their videos and the feelings I got while watching them were so inspiring that it ignited a fire in me to want to do just the same. Create and inspire.

Right out of the gate I was timid, scared, and unsure what it all meant at first. It started out quite simple: upload a video on a topic I love. First it was 10 views, then 100 views… then a 1,000 views. When the numbers climbed it was a feeling I never experienced before to see my advice actually resonate with people.

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I don’t believe there is one correct formula to become a “successful” blogger or vlogger. However these are 5 points that I’ve learned in the 5 years of YouTube that I found have helped me make my career the best it can be…

1. Stay true to yourself – 1:48

2. Engage, engage, engage – 2:39

3. Invest in a decent set up – 3:53

4. Stay inspired – 5:36

5. Don’t give up – 6:34

I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over these 5 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my channel and growing with me. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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DAY TO NIGHT MAKEUP

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If you have been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you may know by now I have moved into a new studio downtown!! It’s been the biggest highlight of my year so far and news I have been so thrilled to share with you all. I’m working alongside 11 strong, inspiring, beautiful female entrepreneurs who all inspire me in many ways. The space was created by Meg Biram, a lifestyle blogger and friend of mine, who doesn’t typically like to have her makeup done… I took this as a challenge. I wanted to sit Meg in the hot seat and do a makeover on her using all HER makeup products. Meg has a great range of makeup from Lancome to Bareminerals and is a minimalist when it comes to her everyday routine.

First we kept it simple and gave her a fresh everyday makeup look…

We then took her look and turned it into a night look with a few extra steps!

Lancôme ‘Maquicomplet’ Complete Coverage Concealer // bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener // Urban Decay Naked3 (Dust, Burnout, Nooner) // Lancôme ‘Hypnôse’ Custom Volume Mascara // NARS The Multiple in “Orgasm”// Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment “Rose”

Hope you all enjoyed! What’d you think of this look?!
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Everyday Makeup Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been going a little darker on my everyday makeup. This has calmed down the “you look tired” comments from when I wear no makeup. As much as I love makeup, I don’t typically wear a lot on an everyday basis, so I’m very discipline about keeping it to my natural features but exaggerating my features with neutral colors.

All the colors I used in this look are from my latest obsession, the Lorac Pro Palette. It has every type of color I would need to get any look I want. I’m unstoppable with this palette! I’ve used in my last 5 tutorials (no joke) and in this one in particular I chose colors that make brown eyes seriously pop.

Here’s the tutorial! Enjoy.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation N#140 // Real Techniques Brush // LORAC Pro Palette (Mauve, Champagne, Nude) // Sigma “Essentials Kit” Brushes //  L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara // L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer “Fair” // Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder // Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // Sigma Blush in “Serenity” // L’Oreal 8 HR Lipgloss “Barely Nude”

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Quick Tip: Highlighting Cheek Bones

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Taking the time to highlight your cheekbones seems like a makeup step where you have to go out of your way, when really it’s a whole lot easier than you think! By highlighting your cheek bones you bring extra light to the high points of your face and add dimension to your cheeks to make them really pop! Here is my very easy favorite three-step guide to highlighting your cheekbones…

1. Apply 3 dots of Benefit’s “High Beam” highlighter to the top parts of your cheeks

2. Rub the pearlescent cream into your skin with your fingers

3. With a small powder brush, like this Sigma F60 Brush, put MAC’s “Soft and Gentle” powder highlight on top to set it

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Prom Makeup Tutorial

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One of my best makeup memories was getting ready for prom. I remember sitting on the floor looking into the mirror 5 years ago trying to create the “perfect” smokey eye and bronzing up my skin five visibly darker shades than it actually was. I’ve noticed when it comes to proms, homecomings, weddings, or any occasion where someone wants to look their best — I stick to a similar color palette and technique almost every time. It’s a very defining, no-fail look to have in your back pocket to go with any dress. Hope you enjoy :)

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation // Benefit’s Boing Concealer // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder // Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in “Amused” // NARS Eyeshadow Primer // LORAC Pro Palette // Maybelline Eye Studio Black Gel Liner // L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara // MAC Lipstick in “Modesty”

What’d you think of this tutorial?! Would you wear this look?
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Get Ready With Me | Makeup & Hair

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This get ready with me video is a look I’ve been hooked on this whole month of March. I’ve been shaking up my routine by going for a more effortless, but glam look by avoiding harsh lines of makeup and bringing out the soft sides to my hair. I think I’m most proud of myself for tailoring my routine to take me the same length as half of Beyonce’s new album — under 33 minutes flat. Thanks to the beauty of editing and for your viewing pleasure, I’m excited to share with you my get ready video in a 5 minute tutorial. Hope you enjoy!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation #147 // MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC20 // NYX Jumbo Pencil “Dark Brown” // LORAC Pro Palette // TOO Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder // MAC Mineralize Blush (“Warm Soul” similar) // L’Oreal Lipstick “Fairest Nude” // L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Extraordinaire “Nude Ballet” // Sigma Brushes “The Essentials Kit” // MAC #217 Brush // Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Brushes

What do you think of this get ready with me look?!
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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

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What’s fully loaded, under 3 fl oz, and makes you feel pretty all over? A woman’s travel makeup bag. The beauty products that we choose to bring with us through security are the ones that tend to give us the most security when traveling. They are the no fail, go-to makeup products we can rely on to make us feel put together when venturing to an unfamiliar place. These are one of my favorite posts to read because it really highlights when push comes to shove, what products outlast the rest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m leaving for Paris this Saturday for 4 days. I’ve had to pinch myself several times to make sure I’m not dreaming and that I’m actually really going on this spontaneously planned trip with my family and best friend. This will be my second time to Paris and I could not be more ecstatic to see one of my favorite cities in the whole world during this time of year. I received a handful of requests to do a post on what makeup I pack for when I travel and I thought this would be the perfect time to show you what I typically bring.

Soho Makeup Bag // Real Techniques Foundation Brush // MAC 217 Brush // MAC 129 Brush // Sigma F40 Brush // Sigma E40 Brush // NYX Jumbo Pencil in Dark Brown // L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet // Red Cherry #43 False Eyelashes // Garnier Refreshing Makeup Wipes // Maybelline BB Cream in Medium // Olay Age Defying Eye Cream // Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette in Chai Latte // MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 // MAC Eyeliner in Engraved // L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze // Too Faced Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil // MAC Powder Blush in Melba // MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

What are some of your travel makeup bag essentials?!

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Product of the Week | Jo Malone Cologne

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Jo Malone, my nostrils bow down to you. I don’t know how it took so long for me to be introduced to the booming London based brand, but thankfully, my recent weeklong trip to NYC got us heavily acquainted and had me fall head over heels. Who knew feverishly sample-smelling in Saks Fifth Avenue could have such an outcome. I was on a rampage. This scent is not only ‘scent-imental’ for me in light of that liberating trip, but also because I literally could not stop thinking about it for weeks afterwards—it lingered in many ways and frankly, I knew I had to have it. That’s my special little “how we met story,” now let’s break it down…

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I introduce to you Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Cologne, right off the bat, how gorgeous is this packaging?! I’m not usually shallow when it comes to packaging, but this bottle is definitely the bathroom-vanity-belle of the ball.

I’ve never been a scholar in describing perfumes, but here we go…it is a light floral with strong touches of lilies, lavender, and a spicy chord of cloves. The top note is Bluebell, a wild forest flower, recreated to resemble the enchantment of a summer forest. The best part is, it’s not a “headache-y” smell, aka, it doesn’t create a perfume vortex around me that wards off my boyfriend—he actually really loves this one!

The bottle comes in two different sizes, shown here is the 3.4oz (shout out to my Aunt Nayla for spoiling me with this Christmas gift!), but also available is the 1oz size.

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My senses could be heightened for a light, clean scent as a cry for summer, but I don’t like to limit myself to select on a perfume based on the seasons. I’m the type of gal that if I enjoy it, then it’s going to get blasted on my skin, even if it’s “out of season”. (Yes, this is coming from a girl who wears white after labor day.) Rules shmules. This product-of-the-week post only excites me more to try out Jo Malone’s candle line and her body creams next!

Try it out here! Jo Malone’s Wild BlueBell Cologne

Have you tried this scent? What is YOUR product of the week?! Happy Friday!!
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Full Face Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

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When I say “I’m headed to the store to get some more paper towels for the kitchen,” that is translation for: I’m hitting the drugstore beauty aisles and I won’t be checking my phone. I’m surprised I have not had a friend put a 100-foot restraining order on me from CVS yet this year. Since one of my resolutions for 2014 is to save money…I like to think I’m re-directing my purchases in a savvy way toward more affordable beauty retailers!

Products

This tutorial is going to feature a highly requested and drugstore cult favorite: The Maybelline Quad in “Chai Latte.” Go grab a chai latte, get comfortable, and enjoy the tutorial!

Products Used: Maybelline Quad “Chai Latte // Maybelline Gel Studio Eyeliner // L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara // Garnier 5 Sec Smoothing Cream // Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation “Natural Beige” // NYC Translucent Powder // L’Oreal True Match Powder “Cappuccino” // L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire “Rose Symphony”

What’s your favorite drugstore products?! Would you re-create this look?
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