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Empties

Hello lovelies!!! Today in beauty news, the headline is “empties, riffling threw trash cause we love being nosy”. I love these posts because by the time I get through a product, I know if I like it or not. Also if you see multiples of the same product, you know it’s real!!! So here are my empties.

Pur cosmetics big look mascara- Loved tis for my top lashes. I’m a big fan of rubber bristle wands and this one is a larger one. One to two coats does the job. This is a travel size which I like because it gives me a chance to use it all before the 3 month expiration date. Lashes are long and wispy without clumping.

Loreal lash paradise mascara- I really enjoyed this mascara. It was like an improved version on the Loreal telescopic which is another holy grail. Its an exact dupe for the Too Faced better than sex mascara. The small thing I don’t like is the packaging. Don’t get me wrong the color is great but it flakes off really bad. Other than that I love this mascara and I will repurchase despite the packaging error.

Jordana best lash extreme mascara- This is my holy grail mascara!!! I buy this over and over. Gives lashes length and volume. The price is amazing. I have to always have one as a back up in my stash drawer.

ELF mascara- I did not like this mascara. AT ALL!!! I’m normally okay with dry formulas. Not my favorite formula but some are okay when the mascara is good. This one was dry and it did nothing for my lashes. I’m not picky with mascara cause my lashes are a bit pathetic, but this mascara made my lash line itch really bad.

Valjean labs restore niacinimide plus zinc and The ordinary niacinimide plus zinc- I love both of these acids. I didn’t see a difference in these. They both worked just the same. I have already repurchased the Valjean brand because I can purchase it at TJ Maxx which is right near me instead of ordering online.

The ordinary Alpha Lipoic acid 6%- this product went bad on me before I could finish it. But when I had it, it was good. The smell is aweful but the product worked really well. I prefer chemical exfoliant more than a physical one. Physical exfoliants create little tears in the skin.

Trader joe’s vitamin E oil- This is amazing oil and the price is amazing. I love it for my face at night and on my body mixed with my lotion. I’m actually half way through my second bottle.

Lancôme absolue premium bx day cream-I loved this moisturizer this winer. Winter was pretty rough here in Tennessee. So this was essential in my nightly routine (even though this is a day cream). It’s so creamy and this so, for me, it’s great at night to really take the time to soak into the skin.

Bliss Drench ‘N’ Quench cream to water moisturizer- I have purchased this multiple times and will continue to purchase. This moisturizer is amazing for my daytime skincare. It’s a little thicker than a normal gel moisturizer but still thinner than the traditional cream. Perfect medium.

Trader Joe’s womens formula multivitamin and mineral- I really like this vitamin. It gives me enough energy to get through my very busy workweek.

Nyx Microbrow in ash brown- Holy grail brow pencil as you can see lol. I’ve talked about this pencil many times and I still love them the same. This is one of the few pencils I have found that I like the color. I will repurchase in the future but for right now I’m using the new Nyx precision brow pencil. Which has a flat slanted tip.

LA girl shady slim brow pencil in medium brown- This is a new discovery that was a pleasant surprise. This pencil is more creamy than the microbrow but amazing just the same. This will now be in regular rotation. I love this one for the front of my brow and my microbrow for my tail.

Bliss fabulous foaming face wash- I love this cleanser for my daytime cleanser. The best thing is that target is now carrying Bliss and this cleanser is now only $9.99!!!! yea you know I am here for it. This cleanser is so nice that regardless for the price, I need it. It doesn’t dry the skin, it has non abrasive microbeads, and it leaves the skin so soft and supple.

Elf hydrating gel melt cleanser- I absolutely love this cleanser for the first step in my night time routine to break down my makeup. I use the double cleanse method and this is great for the first cleanse and then go in with a deep clean cleanser after. I apply this on dry skin. If you wet this get cleanser, it will turn into a light foam wash. So good!!!

Formula 10.0.6 totally clean deep pore toner-I really love this toner. I ran out and decided to try a few different ones that why there is only one in this picture. Since I haven’t used this in a while, my skin knows it. This product really cleans the pores and gets rid or whit and black heads. Since running out, I have some blackheads on my nose and they have got to go. So I will definitely be repurchasing.

Wet N Wild photo focus foundation in desert beige- One of my favorite foundations. Already repurchased. Great for everyday, amazing medium coverage, and blends out very easily. I even love the spatula applicator because I can get every single drop out of it.

Clinique acne solutions makeup- I love the look of this foundation. The only down side is it oxidizes pink on me!! Every Clinique foundation I’ve tried turns very pink on my. Sad panda.

Elf BB cream in medium- I have been in love with this BB cream for YEARS!!! I especially love this in the cooler weather, but I tend to use it all year round. I use it just like a foundation. I add concealer and set it with a powder. This has an amazing natural glow finish.

Pur cosmetics air perfection cc cushion foundation refill in tan- This foundation is great for the warmer weather. I love this because it is really lightweight but has decent coverage and is also buildable. Perfect for travel because it comes in a compact. The compact is easy to change the refill which is what I like.

NYX HD concealer in cw05- I love this to highlight under my eyes. This concealer is so nice in consistency it reminds me a lot of the nars radiant creamy concealer just without the price tag. Win Win. This concealer is so nice and leaves the skin looking so healthy and glowy.

Elf HD concealer in light- I love this as a spot concealer and to neutralize my under eye before applying a brightening concealer. I have already repurchased and have a backup.

Lancôme visionnaire blur- This product can be used on bare skin or as a primer. I love this for a primer. it really blurs the look of pores and it smells amazing. It’s so easy to blend onto the skin. It also has great skincare properties in it. It also smells amazing.

Essence brow mascara- This is a really nice essence. The only thing that I don’t like is the fact that it comes in like 3 shades and there is no medium brown shade. It’s like blonde and then almost black. But the wand is tiny which is perfect to get in the brow hairs. I like this when I use a lighter brow pencil so that my brows have contrast.

Tony Moly I’m real sheet mask in pomegranate- I love sheet masks. I especially love tony moly sheet masks. The variety is great. They have different masks for whatever treatment you want. This one is to help with elasticity. The sheets are soaked in serum which I love because they can stay on the skin longer without drying out quickly.

Well beauties, those are all my empties at the moment. Let me know what products you have recently discovered. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

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March Favorites

Hello loves and thank you for stopping by for another monthly favorites. I have really been making an effort to try new products. Switching it up sometimes is good for your health and your beauty addiction. Buy more buy more!!! These are some products that I have tried and that I have been loving.

Garnier skinactive moisture rescue refreshing gel cream- Ulta $8.99

I talked about this moisturizer in my affordable skincare post. I have still really been enjoying this moisturizer. It smells amazing and really sinks into the skin. Leave the skin a little tacky which is great for foundation.

Muji High moisture toning water- Muji $6

I love this on my entire face as a toner and on the Muji under eye masks (which I’ll talk about in a sec). It makes my skin feel soft and takes away any tightness that a cleanser may cause after washing my face.

LA Girl brow pencil in medium brown- Ulta $5.99

This pencil is trying to take the first place spot from my NYX microbrow. Whaaaaa!!! Yes, this pencil is amazing. It’s a little drier than the microbrow but, it still glides and doesn’t pull on the brow. Amazing pencil.

La Girl Ultimate intense stay auto liner in keep it spicy- Ulta 4.99

This lip pencil has quick moved into holy grail status. I use to be in love with tawny lip pencil by Jordana but, I haven’t been able to find it in a really long time. This pencil reminds me so much of the Jordana one. This one is so creamy and beautiful. I love it so much that I need more colors and a back up of this one. So you better run and try it before I get ahold of them lol.

ELF lip lacquer in natural- Target $1.99

This is a very pigmented and comfortable lip lacquer. It’s so comfortable that I wouldn’t call it a lacquer. When I think of a lacquer, I think of a lip stain or a liquid lip. But this is different. It has the comfort ad feel of a lipstick but the staying power of a liquid lip. It’s not transfer proof but it stays put on the lips.

Tony Moly I’m real pearl essence sheet mask- Ulta $2 (on sale)

This is one of my favorite brand of sheet masks, and this mask has became a major favorite. This mask leaves the skin so soft and luminous. This mask is also really wet which I love because after removing the sheet, there is serum left over to blend into the skin with my hands and move it down my neck.

Muji cut cotton in ecru- Muji $3.50 for 180pcs

I declare that these cotton pads are a great dupe for my favorite (pricy for a cotton pad) Schisedo cotton pads. They are the same shape, feel, and texture. The Muji pads come in two colors ecru and white.

Muji under eye sheet masks- Muji $1.95 for 20pcs

I love sheet masks if you haven’t noticed yet. The reason I love these under eye masks so much is because they come dry. So I can add my own serums and mixes to the sheets. Makes me feel like I am my own Esthetician. I can create the combo that my skin needs and make it happen. And 10 pairs for less than $2, I’ll take it.

NYX precision brow pencil in ash brown- Ulta $9.99

The look of this brow pencil is similar to the ABH brow definer with the thick slanted pencil. I really like this because it is so creamy and deposits a lot of pigment so a very light hand is key. I like this at the front of my brow and the LA girl brow pencil on the tail. Since getting these two I haven’t really been reaching for my NYX microbrow as much. OOPS!!

Well those were my new favorites that I have added to my rotation. Some have even been trying to replace others. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe. And let me know what some of your favorites have been recently so I can add to my list of things to try.

Smooches

Kim B

Products I Regret Buying

Hello beauties. For the start of 2018 I have been going through my products and getting rid of items that I don’t like. I’ve even tried to make things work the best I can, but some things are just not for me. These are five products that just wasn’t forever in my favor.

Ardell lash glue in clear- I have repurchased this glue, tried the one that comes with the lashes, applied it to my false lash band and even my actual lash line and I just cant seem to get it to work. My lashes start to lift an hour after applying them. I’m not a pro at applying false lashes but it takes me forever and multiple tries to get them to stick. And the corners never seem to stick ever.

Marceller waters- I have tried to come up with ways to use this type of product without feeling like I’m pulling at my skin and I’ve got nothing. I can’t even get all of my eye makeup off. Maybe I’m spoiled by the double cleanse method. I love using a cleansing oil, milk, or balm to break down my makeup and then going in with a second cleanse of my regular cleanser. I’m just not a fan of products that pull on the skin because it can cause skin elasticity breakdown. No bueno!!!

LA Girl HD pro concealer- I do not understand the hype of this concealer. The shades are weird to me, the formula is thing and couldn’t even keep a secret, it leaves the skin feeling greasy, and the packaging is just not the move. There are so many other great concealers on the shelves that are way better and in the same price range. It’s just not for me.

Coastal scents brush cleaner- Now I love coastal scents for all kinds of their products especially their hot pot single shadows (holy grail). But the brush cleaner is awful. The consistency is like jelly. The bottle is so hard you can’t squeeze the product out. You use so much of the product because it doesn’t foam up or even clean you brushes. I even tried to use it to clean my brush holder, nothing.

Contact solution- This contact solution made my contacts and eyes sooooo dry!!! Like how?? How do a liquid make what touches it dry. Sounds amazingly disappointing to me. It’s a conundrum I can’t understand. I have been wearing contacts for literally 20 years and have never had that problem. Had me thinking I was a little crazy :/

Well folks those are the products that are not my friends and I am blocking them from 2018. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and comment products that you are unfriending this year.

Smooches

Kim B

Morning skincare routine

Hello skincare carriers, This post and video is a special request from my 10 year old niece Kenley. She said that she “needed” me to do a skincare video for daytime. Well pretty girl, this one is for you.

Now folks this is a skincare routine geared towards combo skin type and acne prone. Now by acne prone I don’t mean cystic acne, I more mean on the line of occasional breakouts, small cluster bumps, under surface pimples, or menstral breakouts. This is my process for at home daily upkeep.

Products mentioned:

A face wash with salicylic acid- Neutrgena oil free acne wash

Face balancing toner and calming- Equate witch hazel

Serum- The Ordinary caffeine solutions 5% + zinc 1%

The Ordinary vitamin C suspension 23% + HA spheres 2%

Moisturizer- Bliss fabulous drench N Quench cream to water lock-in moisturizer

Thank you all for stopping by!! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe

Smooches

Fall Five pt 4

Hello my favorite beauty obsessed individuals. Today I felt the need to whip out the warning rules of the beauty world. I already have this posted titled “5 places to never store your products,” and since I’m incorporating this into my fall five series on here and my YouTube channel, I thought I will repost it. I have come here to save your life from all things gross. But I am also here with the product life raft to save the day.

Now I know for most of us, storage is scarce these days especially in this economy and the increase cost of housing. Seems like apartments are getting smaller and the rent just keeps hiking up to the sky. It’s like wanting a pair of Sam Edelman leather thigh high boots and only being able to afford a pair of adidas slip ons. Tragic I know, I know. When it comes to small spaces and trying to create proper storage for life, I understand the stuggle. When living in NYC, I witnessed first hand the real estate price of a closet in a basement that is labeled as a spacious garden studio apartment. Yeah right!!

Although space can be an issue, there are just some places beauty products should not live. Wheather you love high end or drug store, no one wants to throw away a product before its expiration date. This is the simple list that I have compiled. I’m sure there are other areas. If you know of any other places you should not store your products, comment below.

Windowsills

Windowsills are a great place to store books, figurines, cats. But not a place for your beauty products, Specifically perfumes. The light can change the scent of a fragrance, and can even cause it to spoil. The sun can also cause foundations to oxidize, melt lipsticks, and even dry out pencil and gel products prematurely.

Bathrooms

In college I always seen girls keep their beauty products on the bathroom sink. I then realized that my mom does it as well. For the love of all things pigmented, do not do this. Your bathroom is constantly in a warm moist (gosh I hate that word, moist eek) breeding ground for bacteria. So now your beloved Charlotte Tilbury micro powder that you just ripped open the box is now becoming a rapid growing petri dish. I know this sounds a bit harsh but these things go on your face and near your eyes so it’s best to be safe.

Fridges

Now there is a few exceptions to this rule. If you need to repair a broken lipstick, make a melted lipstick solid again, cool under eye or face sheet masks that are sealed, or to prolong the life of you nail polish. That’s probably the only reasons to use a fridge for makeup. And even with that, things like lipstick should only be placed in there for a short period of time. Have you ever put a cut onion in the fridge and the next day the whole fridge smells like onion and foods even taste like it too? Yeah this can happen to you makeup as well. Food smells and releases chemicals that can transfer to your beauty products. Not to mention that green pepper that you forgot about in the back of the fridge way out of eyesight, is now growing penicillin and that is not good for anything let alone you $40 Laura Mercier loose setting powder. Yuck unless you like your face to smell like left over Indian Curry

Heaters

Near a heater is horrible for your cream products including lipsticks. Also glass products like face oils and moisturizers will start to lose active ingredients, separate, and begin to smell. What’s the point of forking over money for something that doesn’t work or a holy grail that isn’t performing like it should. We all have that regret drawer and no one wants to add to that pile of disappointment.

Cars

Now I pretty much live out of my car, but I know not to keep my makeup in there. It all started with my favorite Lancôme lipstick in the shade Trendy Mauve that fell out of my purse and ended up in the floor unnoticed by me and by the time I got back into my car that beautiful brand new shade was a goner and I was out $23. Of course I replaced it but not without kicking myself enough to count as my cardio for the week. There was no saving it or my wallet in that tragic incident.

Alright folks that all I have for right now. Now remember, say no to pink eye and cleanliness is next to godliness!! Just kidding, just keep it sanitary so you can stay out of the emergency room. Makeup is suppose to be fun, not turn into the next plague.

Smooches

Kim B

Fall Five Pt2

Hello beauty beautifuls. Today I want to do pt.2 of my fall series. This one is products that are really good and are under $5. I love a good product for a great price. I will even buy multiples so that I have them on hand when I run out. Cause you know once the cat is out the bag about an affordable product, poof they’re nowhere to be found. So I have found some that are amazing and can even be dupes for some high end products. Let us dive into the pool of makeup bliss shall we.

Mascara: Jordana best lash extreme (walgreens 3.99). I love this mascara. I try to switch it up with different mascaras but I always seem to go back to this one. I really enjoy high end (lancome Grandious, benefit roller lash) and other drugstore (loreal telescopic) but I can’t seem to let this one go. It doesn’t flake, it last all day, and it doesn’t smudge on my lower lash line. Now I have some very unimpressive eyelashes, but this mascara makes them a contender in the “they aight” lash category.

Blush: Makup Revolution matte blushes (Ulta $5). Makeup revolutionis a UK brand and is now sold at Ulta. This brand has stolen my heart. Their products are affordable and amazing. They are known for their dupes on high end plalettes like the naked palettes. Their blushes are very pigmented. They do have a little bit of powder kickup but that doesn’t bother me because I have to tap some of the pigment off anyway.

Foundation: Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation (walmart $4.68). This foundation is AMAZING!!! It comes in a good amount of shades. The best part is that they have different undertones as well, and for drugstore that isn’t common. Instead of a pump, it has a spatula which is great to get all of the foundation out of the bottle, but also great to apply a little or a lot without wasting product. Natural semi matte beautiful finish.

Lipstick: Wet N Wild megalast lip color (anywhere $2.67). These are a cult favorite that I haven’t heard anyone talk about in a while. Well these beautiful matte long lasting lipsticks should be praised more. Since liquid lipsticks, people have been throwing traditional lipsticks to the waist side. Not today!! I love these especially in the fall. Creamy and matte without drying out the lips.

Bronzer: NYC Sunny bronzer (anywhere 2.99). Another cult favorite. I have been using this since I got into makeup. I even had this hidden in my book bag in middle school so my mom wouldn’t find it lol. Sorry mom but the lip gloss wasn’t enough #sorrynotsorry. This is a buildable but natural bronzer. Great for no makeup makeup days or to give your bare skin a little life. Gorgeous “slight tan” look.

Concealer: ELF HD lifting concealer. This is a great lightweight concealer to highlight the under eye and the middle of the face. Love this concealer for a natural look. Doesn’t come in a lot of of shades which is horrible but the blendability is great.

Well lovelies those are my 5 under $5 plus 1. I have also attached my youtube video oin this as well. Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe here and on my youtube channel.

Smooches

Kim B

2017 Pantone colors


Hello my beautiful beauties. Today I have been doing research on the Pantone season colors. Pantone is the institute that name and choose the popular colors of the season in fashion and beauty. Pantone chooses about 10 shades for the two show seasons, fall/winter and spring/summer. So when you see runway shows or makeup palettes from different companies with similar shades, that is why. So pantone is basically in charge of the “It colors” of the season.

This post will show shadow colors from Coastal Scents as an example of what I feel the color shades of Pantone are. Coastal scents is one of my favorite companies for single shadows that they call hot pots. I love them on me and in my kit. They have great color payoff and are very affordable ($1.98 per hot pot).

So lets start with Spring/Summer. Of course spring and summer are bright whimsical colors. But Pantone does add some grounded colors to tie into the pale light colors of what is known as spring. So I’ll be showing you the closest color I could find to the Pantone shade with the name along with Pantone’s color name and a small description of the color. Ready steady GO!!

Spring/Summer 2017

Pantone names: Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale, Hazelnut.

Coastal Scents names: Steel Blue, Bright Yellow, Electric Blue, Bright Tangerine, light slate, Pale Nude, Vibrant Lime Green, Persian Pink, Olive, Nude.

 

Fall/Winter 2017

Pantone names: Grenadine, Tawny Port, Ballet Slipper, Butter Rum, Navy Peony, Neutral Grey, Shaded Spruce, Golden Lime, Marina, Autumn Maple.

Coastal Scents names: Neon Red, Cherry Chocolate, Tea Rose Pink, Kokomo Café, Navy Baby, Ash Grey, Teal Green, Vibrant Lime Green, N/A,  Fools Gold. I couldn’t find a color for Pantone’s Marina. Described as a cool blue almost like a cornflower shade.

 

 

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Well folks those are the 2017 Pantone colors. Now I do tend to be a rebel and switch it up. Rules are meant to be bent right?? Don’t forget to like comment and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

 

 

 

5 Places to Never store your products

Hello my favorite beauty obsessed individuals. Today I felt the need to whip out the warning rules of the beauty world. I have been meaning to put this up a longggg time ago but I just kept forgetting. Sorry it took me so long to save your life. But I am here with the product life raft to save the day.

Now I know for most of us, storage is scarce these days especially in this economy and the increase cost of housing. Seems like apartments are getting smaller and the rent is just keep hiking up to the sky. It’s like wanting a pair of Sam Edelman leather thigh high boots and only being able to afford a pair of adidas slip ons. Tragic I know, I know. When it comes to small spaces and trying to create proper storage for life, I understand the stuggle. When living in NYC, I witnessed first hand the retail price of a closet in a basement aka a spacious garden studio apartment.

Although space can be an issue, there are just some places beauty products should not live. Wheather you love high end or drug store, no one wants to throw away a product before its expiration date. This is the simple list that I have compiled. I’m sure there are other areas. If you know of any other places you should not store your products, comment below.

windowsill

Windowsills are a great place to store books, figurines, cats. But not a place for your beauty products, Specifically perfumes. The light can change the scent of a fragrance, and can even cause it to spoil. The sun can also cause foundations to oxidize, melt lipsticks, and even dry out pencil and gel products prematurely.

Bathroom

In college I always seen girls keep their beauty products on the bathroom sink. I then realized that my mom does it as well. For the love of all things pigmented, do not do this. Your bathroom is constantly in a warm moist (gosh I hate that word, moist eek) breeding ground for bacteria. So now your beloved Charlotte Tilbury micro powder that you just ripped open the box is now becoming a rapid growing petri dish. I know this sounds a bit harsh but these things go on your face and near your eyes so it’s best to be safe.

Fridge

Now there is a few exceptions to this rule. If you are to repair a lipstick, make a melted lipstick solid again, sealed under eye or face sheet masks, or to prolong the life of you nail polish. That’s probably the only reasons to use a fridge for makeup. And even with that, the lipstick is should only be placed in there for a short period of time. Have you ever put a cut onion in the fridge and the next day the whole fridge smells like onion and foods even taste like it too? Yeah this can happen to you makeup as well. Food smells and chemical releases can transfer to your beauty products. Not to mention that green pepper that you forgot about in the back of the fridge out of eyesight is now growing penicillin is not good for anything let alone you $40 Laura Mercier loose setting powder. Yuck unless you like your face to smell like left over Indian Curry.

Near heaters

Near a heater is horrible for your cream products including lipsticks. Also glass products like face oils and moisturizers will start to lose active ingredients, separate, and begin to smell. What’s the point of forking over money for something that doesn’t work or a holy grail that isn’t performing like it should. We all have that regret drawer and no one wants to add to that pile of disappointment.

Car

Now I pretty much live out of my car, but I know not to keep my makeup in there. It all started with my favorite Lancôme lipstick in the shade Trendy Mauve that fell out of my purse and ended up in the floor unnoticed by me and by the time I got back into my car that beautiful brand new shade was a goner and I was out $23. Of course I replaced it but not without kicking myself enough to count as my cardio for the week. There was no saving it or my wallet in that tragic incident.

Alright folks that all I have for right now. Now remember, say no to pink eye and cleanliness is next to godliness!! Just kidding, just keep it sanitary so you can stay out of the emergency room. Makeup is suppose to be fun, not turn into the next plague.

Smooches

Kim B

 

My Recent Easy Everyday Makeup

Hello beauties. Today I want to tell you about my super easy, everyday, simple makeup look that I have been doing. It’s more or a “no makeup” makeup look. Lately I have been working a ton and different shifts on top of it, so most days I’m out the door heading to work at 5:30 am. So since I am barely conscience that time of day, I still want to look put together but effortless. Now on some days I will just waitress in the evening and that gives me more time to play. But this has been my majority rules look.


So after my skincare is done, I have been opting for tinted moisturizer. My skin has been a little congested lately because I have been a little under the weather so I want to keep everything light and breathable. With that being said, I have been opting for a BB Cream. I have been grabbing my ELF BB cream in beige, Target $6. This is a gorgeous lightweight BB cream that has really good coverage.


Concealer is also from Elf, it is the maximum coverage concealer in tan, Target $3. I like this under my eyes, around my nose, and any places that need spot concealed. They blend perfectly into the skin.


For an occasional color corrector I have been using the Essence no more redness in the shade green to correct around my nose, Ulta $2.99. I put this on under the Elf concealer. This really cancels out redness. The pencil is super creamy and very blendable.


For bronzer I have been using a cream and a powder. I apply the cream first to lightly contour, set my whole face, then using the powder bronze for an all over bronze. The cream bronzer that I love is the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Makeup in Cappuccino, $37.50. This product is really creamy and beautiful on the skin. It’s accually a foundation but I love it to contour with. For powder bronzer, I have been loving the matte bronzer in the It cosmetics CC+ radiance palette, It cosmetics website $38. Blends out and gives the skin a nice sun kissed bronze.


To set my entire face I have gone back to my favorite loose powder. The ELF HD powder in sheer, Target $6. This is the translucent shade. I just found that it comes in two other colors, corrective yellow and a light peach color in soft luminance. So I will definitely be picking those up. This powder is so finely milled and a silky texture which is great for setting the face without adding a layer that can cake up on you throughout the day.


Highlighter is one of the things I enjoy in makeup at the moment. Highlight and brows. For highlighter I have been grabbing my Mac mineralized skin finish in soft and gentle, Mac cosmetics $33. It’s a soft glow and beautiful. Now you know I like a glow that you can see from the international space station, but lately I have been living the glow from within look.


My brows are the same when I do full face of light easy looks. The brows are the windows to the face. Also your brows should be sisters not twins. Sometimes mine are strangers on a train to nowhere but oh well, I still love it. The brow pencil that doesn’t let me down is the NYX microbrow in ash brown, Ulta $9.99. I use this alone or in conjunction with a gel,powder, cream, or wax. It’s my holy grail product. Lately I have been growing out my brows a bit so I can change the shape a little and this pencil helps tremendously. To set the brows I have been using the Essence make me brow in browny brows, Ulta $2.99. This is a fiber brow mascara that allows the brow to look fuller without extra product.


Mascara has been the one I go back to over and over again. I keep at least two in my backup drawer. It’s the Jordana best lash extreme in black, Walgreens $3.49. It doesn’t flake or smear.

So that’s my basic easy daily makeup products I have been using lately. Sticking with this will allow me to use up some much needed products. Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

May Favorites

Hello beautiful beauty lovers. This post is about my May favorites as well as a update/review from my latest new purchases post. Some of those are in my favorites and some I’m still trying out and haven’t formed a full opinion about. Some products take a little longer to figure it out for your skin type and needs.

Lets start with skincare shall we:


TonyMoly brightening bubble foam cleanser. Now I first pick this up for my day time cleanser. Although it is great as a morning cleanser, I recently switched it to my nighttime second cleanse and I have been loving it even more. The foam just really gets in those pores and get all the dirt out that gathered all day and really gets left over makeup. And it smells amazing, very light and clean like fresh laundry (that smell gets me every time loll). I bought this cleanser on a whim because it was on sale at ulta and I’m glad I did. But I wish I bought them all cause I don’t know if they will carry it regularly. #sadpanda

The ordinary Caffeine solutions 5% + EGCG. This is an acid for under the eyes to lessen eye puffiness. It really helps with my puffiness and darkness under the eyes. I apply it AM and PM after I wash and tone my face. Definitely a new addition to my routine.

The Ordinary Niacamide 10% + Zinc 1%. This acid helps with skin aging and the zinc helps with oil control. Adding this to my routine in the AM has really helped with my skin’s oil over production. And it really allows my moisturizer penetrate the skin better in return helps makeup lay on the skin more flawlessly. I apply this Am only after cleanser, toner, and caffeine solution, and before moisturizer. I let it soak into the skin and feel a little tacky before applying moisturizer.

Bliss Drench -N- Quench cream to water moisturizer. This moisturizer smells amazing and soaks into the skin quickly. It almost replaces my Pur Minerals Soak it Up intense hydrating moisturizer, Almost.

Clinic Pore refine solution instant perfector. I use this as a primer on my cheeks to fill in pores. You can use this with makeup or on its own. It blurs the pores like a dream. It has a slight color but it doesn’t show up on the skin.

Base:


Nyx Pro foundation Mixer foundation in white. This is an amazing product. You can mix it with any foundation that is too dark to lighten the shade. It doesn’t change the finish or the coverage of the foundation. You can add this to any liquid product to lighten it. They even have darker shades to darken foundations. There are 6 shades to customize your perfect shade. I will be picking up the other shades when I start building my freelance kit.

Wet -N- Wild photo focus foundation in Desert beige. This is the best foundation I have tried in a while. It is medium to buildable full coverage but yet very lightweight. It is great for everyday. Super easy blend and the applicator makes it so easy to use.

Essence No More Redness Concealer stick in green. This helps combat redness on the skin. I use this around my nose because lately, since introducing acids in to my regimen, My skin around my nose has been a little red. It also helps to keep my foundation stay n my nose throughout the day.

ELF HD concealer in medium is my favorite concealer for my natural slight under eye highlight. So creamy and doesn’t crease badly on me. You wouldn’t know the difference between this and a high end concealer. I find that it is a good dupe for Nars creamy concealer.

It Cosmetics bye bye under eye concealer in medium. I love this to conceal slight darkness under the eye before I apply my foundation. I have the travel size because a little goes a really long way. Creamy but stays in place which is a surprise for a really full coverage concealer. I am impressed.

Lancôme Translucence powder in 400. This is a great lightweight powder with color to set you foundation. It has good pigment but doesn’t add more coverage so you won’t get cakey.

ELF Under eye setting powder. This tiny jar of powder is a big deal. It is a translucent powder with a light hint of pink and a little glow properties to it. Really sets the under eye so no worries on creasing.

Bronzer and highlighter:


The Balm cosmetics Betty loumanizer. This is the brozer of the manizer sisters (Mary loumanizeris the highlighter and Cindy loumanizer is the blush). This bronzer gives the perfect golden bronze glow. Just fresh of the beach bake look, which is kinda my thang.

It Cosmetics CC+ radiance palette. I love each powder in this palette. But I have been really loving and abusing the matte bronzer. It has a beautiful bronze and contour on the skin. I put this on first and then finish with the Betty loumanizer for the perfect easy summer look.

Wet -N- Wild Megaglow Highlighting powder in the shade precious petals. I put this highlighter everywhere because it is so beautiful. I hunted this one and the other one in the shade crown my canopy. I have two of each of these because they were limited edition. They were such a hit they are now a new item and you can find them everywhere. This is the only backup highlighter that I have cause this is THE ONE!!

Brows:


Essence brow gel in the browny brows and Nyx brow gel in brunette. These two are my favorite and only brow gels I use. The Essence has fibers in it so you can use in alone or with other brow products. Apparently everyone else at the ultas I go to knows how great it is, cause they are hard to get. So when the Essence is sold out I reach for the Nyx brow gel. It is just as amazing and I can’t live without either one of those.

Billion Dollar Brows eyebrow duo pencil. This is a very versatile product. I use the darker side to carve out my brows and the lighter side to highlight the inner corners of my eyes and in my waterline. You can also use this to conceal.

Lashes:


Pur cosmetics big lash mascara in black. I use this alone or with my holy grail mascara, Jordana best lash extreme. This mascara is great for the upper lashes. It separates and gives volume at the same time. Top it with the jordana mascara, and you have a full jet black set of lashes.

Ebay bottom lashes. Now these are  bit much for bottom lashes, but I love them for a natural easy top lash. They are whispie and easy to apply/. They come 10 pairs in a pack and I paid less than $3 for them.

Other reviews:


The Ordinary Vitamin C suspension 23% HA spheres 2%. This is great for dark spots. It completely cleared my acne scars that I had on my cheeks. This is the strongest Vitamin C that you can buy over the counter. Since it is a very strong Vitamin C, it is gritty which bothers me. It also really tingles on the skin which I eventually got use to and goes away once you add moisturizer. It also claims to helps the skin glow. I did notice some slight glowage. I only use this while I have a blemish to correct it and about twice a week to keep my freckles from getting too dark or getting more.

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% concentration. Helps with visible texture. This is to be used no more than 3 times a week. Since I don’t use it everyday it takes a little longer to notice a difference. It took me a while to find the best way to use this. I found, for me, using it at night alone and no moisturizer seems to work best. This product stinks, like a subtle skunk smell, so I use it at night and change my pillow case the next day. Even adding moisturizer in the morning wasn’t getting rid of the smell. It’s very subtle so only you can smell it, at first I thought my perfume went bad loll.

TonyMoly sheet masks. I love these and use them all the time. It is concentrated serum in a sheet mask. It’s great for an at home pamper sesh. I use these about once a week to really kick start my skin. I ran out before I had the chance to take a pic. Oops

Well folks that is all of the things I have been loving lately. Now some things that are my holy grail products are still my favorites, I just feel like I talk about them all the time. Like you know all the feels I have for the NYX micro brow. I could talk about that bad boy all day. Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B