October 23, 2016

Top Drugstore Picks | Lips

I was going to do this and the eye post as one, but I decided to separate them. So, here we go. I especially love luxurious lip products. Most of them leave my lips feeling supple and moisturized while including lots of color payoff. However, the drugstore also offers some great lip products.

October 22, 2016

Getting Over a Bad Day

Sometimes, it's hard for me to be a good mood after a bad morning or an obstacle in the day. It can be hard to get back on track, but I continue to work on it because we shouldn't let one part of our day ruin our whole day.

Get it Out
Whether this means crying or venting, it can be a solid method for getting over something. Crying or venting may not work for everyone, but sometimes allowing yourself ten minutes to throw a mini pity party is all you need to feel better.

Switch Tasks
When what you were doing goes wrong, switch what you're doing. Something as simple as doing something else and forcing your mind to pay attention to something different can change your whole mindset.

This is similar to the idea of switching tasks, but doing something that involves your full attention and occupies your thoughts can put you in a better move and help you move forward from the past, even if the past means earlier that day.

Relaxation and Self Care
Taking an hour to relax and/or take care of yourself can change your attitude and get rid of negative vibes. This is where exercise, baths, watching tv, and reading all come in handy. Doing something for yourself can center your thoughts back to what is important.

October 16, 2016

Top Drugstore Picks | Eyes

We can all get caught up in expensive products. The luxury is unlike anything else, but the drugstore does put out some great products. I have a bunch of high end eye products, but their are a few drugstore eye products that hold their own.

October 9, 2016

Top Picks | Bronzer

As Summer fades, so does my tan and I begin using more bronzer. Although I've never tried a contour kit, I do have a few favorites that have been around for a little while.

Although you can use it to contour, Nars' Laguna is the perfect all over bronzer. It's warm and slightly shimmery. Plus, it's not too pigmented, so it doesn't get streaky and is buildable. With a fluffier brush, it creates more of an all over bronzer and with a stiffer, smaller, denser brush I can contour with it. Although it's probably not a one of a kind product, Nars' Laguna is worth while.

For me, Benefit Hoola is the perfect contour shade. It's a cool toned matte powder that works well to create definition. It's a pretty pigmented, smooth formula and with the right brush can blend really well. I've been through one of these already, so basically, it's perfect for contouring.

The perfect mix between these two is Jouer Suntan. It is the right combination of a contour shade and an all over bronze. Suntan is a neutral brown with slight sheen, not matte, but not shiny. This multipurpose powder also has a smooth texture and blends really well into the skin. It's always my pick for traveling, since it is so multipurpose, but I also get lots of use out of it on a daily basis.

October 6, 2016

When Stress Has Overtaken Your Day

Plan it out
Sit down with a planner or notebook and plan your day, week, or month. Having things written out in front of me often makes me feel less overwhelmed.

Play a game
Take out your phone and play some candy crush or words with friends. Doing this gives you a break from the chaos and stress.

Play with something in your hands
The distraction of playing with a tangible object makes me feel less stressed about schoolwork or just life in general.

October 3, 2016

Shopping at Ulta | Becca, Urban Decay, Face Mask

After having lunch with a friend, we decided to go to Ulta. I knew I wanted to just try something new, but I didn't know I would end up with this nice of a selection.

Becca Glow on the Go ($20)-
I've been looking for this kit for a little while. I've always wanted to try the shimmering skin perfectos and this is the perfect way to try both. The kit comes in Opal, which is a rose gold champagne. It's very flattering on my tanner Summer skin, but I think it will work well for when I'm paler in the Winter too.

September 25, 2016

Naked 3 Palette | Perfect Palette for Fall

I own quite a few of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and out of them all, Naked 3 usually gets the least amount of love. However, this Fall, I have been maximizing this palette and exploring all of the different shades. It adds the perfect amount of warmth to my daily Fall makeup looks. 

The palette has the same metal, hard case packaging as the Naked 2 palette. However, it has a rose gold finish suitable to the shade range inside. It comes with a super handy, double-sided brush. The brush has a flat shader on one end and a fluffy blending brush, but in the shape of a shader at the other end (similar to a much more dense and shorter Mac 217). 

Most of the shades have a common theme: rosey glow. 
Strange is an almost-matte, creamy white.
Dust is a light pink champagne.
Burnout is an almost matte, light mauve.
Limit is a medium matte, brownish mauve. 
Buzz is a medium, pink shimmer.
Trick is a bronze gold. 
Nooner is a matte purple-brown.
Liar is a purple-brown shimmer.
Factory is a mauve, dark brown shimmer. 
Mugshot is a darker taupe shimmer.
Darkside is an almost matte, dark grey. 
Blackheart is a very dark grey with purple shimmer. 

Overall, mostly all of the shadows are smooth, soft, and pigmented. I recommend pairing these shadows with a nice eye primer. I would say that Blackheart is the biggest disappointment, judging by how it looks in the pan. All of these shadows compliment each other well and really make a complete look. Sometimes I do use other matte neutrals in conjunction with this palette. If you would have asked me a month ago whether you should purchase this palette I would have suggested to do so wisely, but now I highly recommend it to mostly everyone.