August 30, 2016

Detroit Beauty Haul



A few weekends ago I went on a trip to Detroit to see a Tigers game. Fortunately we got rained out so I didn't have to sit through nine innings of baseball (it's four too many if you ask me), but the best part of the vacation was the shopping! There are tons of malls to choose from with dozens of stores each, some high end and some more affordable.

August 27, 2016

My Summer '16 and What's to Come!


I’m not typically one to do lifestyle posts—for fun I usually just go to the movies and go shopping, nothing blogworthy. However, this summer has been really fun and I’ve actually done a lot of things that have been on my bucket list for ages!

August 25, 2016

August Ipsy Bag Review


Usually I find myself eagerly awaiting my Ipsy bag—I love being surprised by the products I get, and most of the time I get at least one or two items that I really enjoy and I use regularly. This month I had some debit card drama and had to get a new one. Ipsy couldn’t charge my card at the beginning of the month and by the time I updated my info, I wasn’t guaranteed to get an August Glam Bag. By the time the middle of the month passed I figured I wasn’t going to get it, but it arrived a few days ago!

August 22, 2016

Forty Beauty Questions Tag

If you know me you'll know that I love beauty tags! Thanks to Kathy from alongcamekathy.blogspot.com for tagging me in this, we have a lot in common so you should check out her answers as well!

Skincare:

How many times do you wash your face per day? 
Only once, usually at night. Any more than that and I find that my skin gets dry.

What skin type do you have?
Combination/dry, but in the summer it can be combination/oily.

What is your current facial wash?
The Biore Charcoal Cleanser.

Do you exfoliate?
Yes, once or twice a week!

What brand do you use?
I like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub for a deep scrub or the Alba Botanica Pineapple one for something more gentle.

What moisturizer do you use?
I'm using a sample of the Hey Honey 24Seven moisturizer but it's almost gone and I'm debating whether to purchase the full size or go for something new!

Do you have freckles? 
Yes, but they're hard to see.

Do you use eye cream?
I have one but I forget to use it a lot!

Do you or did you have acne prone skin? 
Thankfully, no.

Did you ever use Pro active?
No, I've never tried any specialized cleansers.


Makeup:

What foundation do you use?
I use a couple of different ones but my favorite is the MAC Studio Sculpt.

How about concealer?
I like the Bareminerals Bareskin for blemishes and the Rimmel Wake Me Up for the undereye area.

Do you know your undertone color?
I think it's warm, but I'm not positive!

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I've never tried them, I think it's too much maintenance for me!

Did you know you're supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, I don't always follow the rule though.

What brand of mascara do you use?
Maybelline makes my favorite mascaras! The Colossal mascara is my holy grail.

Sephora or MAC?
Sephora! I like MAC products but you get more variety and more brands with Sephora.

Do you have a MAC pro card?
No, I've never heard of that haha.

What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
Mostly brushes, I haven't liked the sponges I've tried.

Do you use makeup primer for your eyes?
Only if the shadows I'm using have a lot of fallout.

What about the face?
I recently started using the Nyx Angel Veil and I love it.

What is your favorite eyeshadow? (color or shade)
For single shadows I love NARS Himalia or Loreal's Amber Rush. My favorite palette at the moment is the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons, and I think I like Tarte's formula the best.

Do you use pencil or liquid liner?
Both! For natural days I like to line my upper lash line with a pencil and when I have time I like to try a wing with liquid liner.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Honestly, I don't think I ever have. I only wear eyeliner on the upper lash line. One time I forgot to shut my eye when applying foundation and I poked my eyes with a kabuki brush, if that counts.

What do you think of pigment eyeshadow?
I only have one or two pigment shadows. I prefer palettes.

Do you use mineral makeup?
I don't think so, I have some Bareminerals products but I'm not sure if they're all considered mineral makeup.

What's your favorite lipstick?
MAC's Honey Love is my go-to nude.

How about lipgloss?
I'm obsessed with Maybelline's Stripped Down.

What is your favorite blush to use?
I love Kat von D's Shade and Light blush in Mickey and Mallory!

Do you buy makeup on eBay?
Yes, I've only had one bad experience. I think the biggest issue is with popular items like the Naked palettes, NARS Orgasm blush, etc where there could be a market for fake items.

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes! They're a bit more hit and miss than high end products, in my opinion, but they can be amazing and much more affordable.

Do you go to CCO's (Cosmetic Company Outlets)
I've never heard that term before so I'm going to guess that I haven't.

Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
A little, but not seriously.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I don't think so, unless it's on other people or I'm doing winged liner.

Name a makeup crime you hate?
Over-tweezed eyebrows. I never say anything but...yikes, I've seen some unflattering looks.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup or neutral shades?
I like a mixture. If I'm doing a bright lip I keep the eyes neutral and vice versa. I definitely go for more neutral looks!

Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I love Phoebe Tonkin's makeup and Taylor Swift's!

If you could leave the house wearing just ONE makeup item what would it be?
Concealer.

Could you ever leave the house without makeup on?
Yes, if I don't have time to get ready or I'm going somewhere where makeup would get ruined anyway like the beach or the pool.

Do you think you look good even without makeup on?
I guess so! It depends how my skin is behaving and if I'm allowed to do my hair in this hypothetical situation.

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
MAC can be overhyped but I think they have great lipsticks, foundations, highlighters, powders, eyeshadows, etc so overall they do well in every department whereas some other brands only have good face makeup or eyeshadows.

What do you think of makeup?
I love it! I always look forward to applying it every day and I love reading about it, talking about it, watching tutorials, shopping for it...it's like a hobby of mine!

If you want to answer these questions then consider yourself tagged, and let me know in the comment because I like reading them as much as I like writing them!

Xx Katie

August 16, 2016

Review: Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder


Who doesn't love a strong highlight? Whether you're after than Instagram glow or you want your cheekbones to be seen from space, an intense highlight has been all the rage?

Let me introduce you to a product that I think deserves a lot more hype: the Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders.

August 14, 2016

Recent Drugstore Purchases + Reviews



As of now, I'm going on a much-needed budget. I'm trying to finish up some products and save some money for the holiday season. Yep, I'm thinking about the C-word already! Not to mention those gorgeous holiday releases I've been seeing all over Instagram...my wallet is crying just thinking about it. But before I decided that I need to stop spending, I made a few drugstore purchases!

August 12, 2016

Lip Products on Rotation


I've been really enjoying experimenting with lip colors lately, whether they're bright and bold or light and nude. I've noticed myself reaching for these five over any others. Most of them aren't necessarily summer colors, but that means I can (and will) continue to wear them all year round!

August 9, 2016

Review: Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Flat Iron


I have been avoiding straightening my hair for the past few months, partly because I wanted to give it a heat break but mostly because my straightener had a chipped corner that made it difficult to use. I was just thinking about purchasing a new flat iron before school started when Irresistible Me contacted me and sent me their Diamond ceramic hair straightener* to try out. It had a lot of positive reviews so I was eager to try it out for myself.

August 6, 2016

Summer Empties



The more products I finish, the more justified I am in buying new ones, so this summer has been all about finishing! I think I’ve done quite well so far, for me anyway! Completely using a product is the best way to see whether or not it works for you so my opinion on these products have been a long time coming.

August 2, 2016

If I Could Design an Eyeshadow Palette...


With all the recent palette collaborations out there, I started thinking about what my perfect palette would look like. Now I know you can create a customized palette through eyeshadow singles and a Z palette but I wanted to go deeper and imagine the packaging, the shadow names, everything! I was very bored at work one day and even started drawing out my dream palette.