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Scrimp or Splurge


Hello beauties!! Today I want to give you some ideas on budget when it comes to beauty products. Now a lot of us do not have hundreds of dollars every day on the newest products. I am huge on budgets. I work a lot because I like pretty things that glitter lol. So a budget and writing down all my bills, grocery list, to do lists, etc. I’m a big list person. This helps me stay organized and allows me to plan ahead. I had being surprised by a financial responsibility. I get that things happen, I just like to be prepared. So purchasing beauty items is no different. I keep a running list of items I want to buy outside of my regular beauty staples.

I always live by the code of at least 75% of your beauty budget should be on skincare. I’m big on a good solid skincare regimen. A good skincare routine gives you good skin which in turn allows your makeup a great base to sit on.  A great foundation aka skin makes a great sturdy house aka beat face.

So I looked up online what you should splurge on and things you can skimp on. My list is a little different. Which each person should differ from the list, but it is good to have an idea. Based on your skin type and the condition of your skin determines which products you feel you can skimp and splurge on. Example, if you have sensitive skin, your skin may react better to a more pricey/ skin specific cleanser. where someone with normal skin with no issues can use a inexpensive drugstore cleanser. Everyone is different so your list should reflect that. This is a list of essentials

SCRIMP:

The list online:                                                                   my list:

Cleanser                                                                               Cleanser

Moisturizer                                                                         Brow pencil

Makeup remover                                                               Lipstick

Eyeliner                                                                               Serum

Brow pencil                                                                         Foundation

Lipstick                                                                                 Hair tools

 

SPLURGE:

Online List:                                                                            My List:

Serum                                                                                     Moisturizer

Foundation                                                                            Makeup Remover

Makeup Brushes                                                                   Eyeliner

Hair Tools                                                                               Makeup Brushes

Perfume                                                                                  Perfume

The reason for my skimp list is:


Cleanser literally goes straight down the drain. I like to do my skin treatments in other parts of my routine so a basic cleanser will do. Now that my skin is majority clear, I like a simple cleansers, one for PM and one for AM. My favorite brow pencil is NYX which is very affordable. Lipstick, I don’t use them often enough to invest. My favorite lipstick is Lancôme trendy mauve, but it will last me forever. Serums can be put in either skimp or splurge. It just depends on which ones I’m loving at the moment. Right now I’m loving The Ordinary brand and they are very affordable. The drugstore has been killing it with affordable foundation lately, so I haven’t picked up or been using my favorite higher end foundations. I don’t spend a lot on hair tools because I don’t have much hair loll.

The reason for my splurge list:


I have oily skin so I’m pretty picky when it comes to moisturizer. I love a gel moisturizer and the ones that I like are on the mid pricey range, even the ones at the drug store will run you over $20. Makeup remover that I prefer is a oil or balm cleanser. I use it to melt off my makeup aka first cleanse. My favorite ones I get at Sephora or ulta. The one I loved from the drug store I can’t find so I’m okay with a more expensive one. Eye liner can either be a skimp or splurge if it’s a good quality liner, I’m okay with buying it. I don’t wear eyeliner as much as I use to so I have tons of them to get through. Makeup brushes I have and love high end and low end brushes. I put brushes in the high end category because most of my favorite brushes are high end. Mainly Lancôme. I personally love eau de parfum, which is oil based, more concentrated, and lasts longer on the skin so you don’t use as much, versus an eau de toilette which is alcohol based, lighter fragrance,and fades on the skin faster because alcohol evaporates and oil absorbs into the skin. Since the oil last longer and is a more stronger scent, they are more expensive. I don’t use a lot of body splashes but I still have them around when I feel the urge to splash on a familiar easy scent.

Well folks That is all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

 

 

March Favorites

Hello my beautiful beauty junkies!!!! Today I want to talk about my March favorites. I have been stuck on a few oldie but goodies and also added a few new items to my favorite list. I’ve been sticking to the same makeup for a few months with slight variation due to the fact that I have to be at work before the sun comes up (6am to be exact) so I don’t have a lot of time, or energy to get girliefied. So this has been my go to don’t fail me now products to get me out the door and looking presentable to the public.

Face:

Lancôme la base pro hydra glow primer

I’ve been working and traveling a lot the past few moths and ya girl is tired and my under eyes showed it. no ma’am, this must be fixed. I put this moisturizing primer only on my under eye area before makeup and after moisturizing to prevent any cakeyness and to fill in any lines that have appeared. This primer allows my makeup to sit smoothly on the skin and not make my eyes look and feel dry.

Nyx dark circle concealer in medium
Nyx dark circle concealer in medium

This is a peach toned concealer that cancels out any dark circles and brightens under the eye. I love this stuff. It makes my eyes super bright and open.

Lsncome maquicomplet concealer in clair
Lancôme maquicomplet concealer in clair

this is an amazing lightweight buildable coverage concealer. This  is a holy grail product for me. I put a few stripes under my eyes on top of the NYX concealer, down the bridge of my nose, and on my cupids bow. Then I blend it out and it gives a beautiful highlighted face in all the right places.

Elf HD powder in translucent
Elf HD powder in translucent

I’ve had this powder for a long time and never really used it because it is messy. But this month I have used it non stop. I set my entire face with this powder and it keeps me matte alllll day. And it’s only $6!!!! Definitely worth a go.

NYX matte bronzer
NYX matte bronzer

easiest bronzer you will use!!!! It is so blendable and the pigmentation is perfect. Gorgeous color as well.

Makeup revolution blush
Makeup revolution blush

This blush is just a shade darker than the milani tea rose blush and it is just as gorgeous and a fav just the same. Goes on nice and evenly.

Mac mineralized skin finish in soft and gentle
Mac mineralized skin finish in soft and gentle

Great soft glow for an everyday look. Add a little fix+ to your brush and get a more intense highlight. I use this on my cheeks, nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone, inner corner eye, and as a shadow for a very glowy look. Have to be able to be seen from space!!!

Mario Badescu facial spray
Mario Badescu facial spray

This face spray is good to set makeup, prep face for makeup, even helps sooth sunburn. This is my go to face spray all year round. It has aloe, herbs, and rosewater so you know it’s the real deal loll.

Eyes:

NYX Shadow base in kin tone
NYX Shadow base in kin tone

This is a great dupe for the mac paint pots. It keeps my shadows from creasing. I just make sure to set it with a translucent power. Sometimes I even use this as a lid color and put a little bronzer in my crease and call it a look.

Makeup revolution iconic 1 palette
Makeup revolution iconic 1 palette

This has been the only palette that I have been packing on the trips I have been taking with my family. It has everything you need for a complete eye for day or night.

top: Loreal telescopic mascara bottome: Jordana Best lash extreme mascara
top: Loreal telescopic mascara
bottome: Jordana Best lash extreme mascara

This is may fav mascara combo. Telescopic gives length and separation and Jordana gives volume.

Brows:

NYX microw brow in brunette
NYX microw brow in brunette

I’ve gone through too many of these to keep track. I use two different colors, Ash brown and brunette, depending on how I’m feeling. Weather I use a powder or a pomade, this pencil is always used to sharpen up that wing.

NYX Brow gel in brunette
NYX Brow gel in brunette

With this gel, your brows hairs stay in place all day and your brow defining products won’t budge. This is a great dupe for the benefit give me brow. I can’t do my brows without it.

Mally concealer
Mally concealer

So I’m growing my brows out, eeeekkkkkk!!! I want a fuller and more straight less arched brow so this is the torture I have to go through. So in order to keep my brows kinda neat and to keep me from looking like a yeti, I use this concealer to clean up the tops and bottom of my brows and to hide some of the crazy hairs. It is thick enough to cove the hairs and creamy enough to not cake.

Well peeps, those are the products that I have been loving this March. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

 

 

 

Vacation Beauty Stash

Hello folks. I just got back from vaca at the beach yesterday and decided to let my peoples know what I brought beauty wise. i was there for a whole much needed week and this is what I brought:

Olay facial clothes in combo/oily skin
Olay facial clothes in combo/oily skin

I used this to wash my face in the am after my shower. This cloth is better for you skin than facial wipes because it does not pull on the skin. it has cleanser built into the mesh cloth that foams when you get the cloth gets wet. It also is a light exfoliated which is perfect for the skin when you are going to be in the sun. After washing my face, I rinse the cleanser out and use the cloth to clean the cleanser off my face. Perfect travel essential.

Peter Lamas Detoxifying citrus facial cleanser
Peter Lamas Detoxifying citrus facial cleanser

I use this cleanser at night to detoxify the skin and the citrus has antioxidants which is much needed afar laying and shopping in the sun. I got this sample in my tipsy bag and wanted to try it. Vaca was the perfect time to try it because it’s a sample size to its great for travel. I really like his cleanser and my face felt so clean and fresh after using it.

*not pictured is the rosewater I used as a toner. I didn’t take a pic of it because it lives in a generic spray bottle that I transferred it to because the original bottle doesn’t have a spray and it can leak.

Lancome Absolue Precius oil
Lancome Absolue Precius oil

This oil was my face moisturizer for day and night. It’s very light and great for all skin types. Face oils nourish and hydrate dry skin and moisturize and reduces oil production in oily skin. This Lancome oil is luxury at its finest.

Lancome Bienfait multi vital eye
Lancome Bienfait multi vital eye

I use this eye cream during the day. It has SPF 28 and is very creamy and moisturizing for under the eye and on the lid.

ELF BB Cream in Medium
ELF BB Cream in Medium

With using oil as my moisturizing, adding bb cream that has moisture in it as well is not to much because the face oil is so light. This bb cream has SPF 20 which is great for the hot weather and lightweight.

ELF translucent matifying powder
ELF translucent matifying powder

Lightweight powder with no added color is great for summer so you won’t look cake or overdone. This is great for setting my bb cream and to touch up shiny areas on the face.

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This was the perfect vaca essential. It gave me a great bronzed look on the cheeks and around my hairline. it really warmed up my skin. I will be adding this to my everyday simple makeup look.

Clinique lash powder mascara
Clinique lash powder mascara

This mascara is great for hot summer days. It doesn’t make you lashes crunchy, doesn’t flake, and easy to remove at night.

C.O. Bigalow rose salve
C.O. Bigalow rose salve

I use this on my lips day and night. This is great to keep lips moisturized. The sun can really dry out the lips and this was a lifesaver.

Josie Maran Whipped argan oil illuminating body butter
Josie Maran Whipped argan oil illuminating body butter

This body butter give an amazing glow on the skin. The small light reflecting properties makes your legs and arms glow all day. It is super hydrating and keeps skin plump and soft.

Ponds cold cream moisturizer
Ponds cold cream moisturizer

This was great for my poor little sunburnt shoulders and forehead. It keeps moisture in my skin and kept me from peeling like a snake.

top: Nyx brow wax pencil bottome: IT Cosmetics your brows but better pencil in universal taupe
top: Nyx brow wax pencil
bottome: IT Cosmetics your brows but better pencil in universal taupe

These two are a match made in brow heaven. They kept my brows in order!! Love these everyday especially on hot humid days because your brows won’t budge.

Top: Aqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani Bottom: Amore by Vince Comuto
Top: Aqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Bottom: Amore by Vince Camuto

These two are my favorite summer scents. I reached for amore more than aqua di gio but I love them both. P.S I had to make sure I spelled Giorgio correctly cause Kim K got down right embarrassed by the company by spelling it wrong lol. I have a lot of typos in my blogs but this will not be one of them.

Well folks thats all of the beauty stash items that I brought to me to the beach. Now I did have soap, doe , and toothpaste but this is beauty items only. If you want to see the toiletries that I brought just comment and I will make another post. Thank you all for stopping by. And you are always welcome to come back.

Smooches

Kim B

Most used products in the month of March!!

Hello allllllllll!!!!!! I want to show you my most used products of the month of march. I have been using these almost everyday in conjunction with other products. Since the winter here is sooo horrible, so I had to add in some skincare to keep my skin moisturized. Also since i work two jobs these products have kept me together. So here is what I have been loving.

Lancome Absolue premium Bx day cream with SPF 15
Lancome Absolue premium Bx day cream with SPF 15

This has been my go to day cream. Since the winter winds have been so cold I have been experiencing some dry burning skin. So this day cream is for dry skin and have been a godsend for my skin. The SPF protects the skin from the bright sun and the moisture lasts alllll day!!

Collagenesis by Skinn face oil
Collagenesis by Skinn face oil

For the months of feburary and march I have been using this face oil in lace of my night cream. This is a moisturizing face oil that has kept my skin from turning into a snake. This oil does not club the pores and is very light. I even add a little to my Absolue day cream if my skin is still feeling tight after I wash my face in the AM.

Clinque Acne solutions foundation in Fresh Beige
Clinque Acne solutions foundation in Fresh Beige

This has been my everyday foundation. Its easy and helps me look put together while I’m running from on job to the other. It has salicylic acid in it which is great for my skin. I have the shade fresh beige which is my perfect winter shade.

C.O. Bigalow rose salve
C.O. Bigalow rose salve

This is my favorite lip balm. It smells amazing and give my poor big lips some love. It’s great for prepping my lips before adding lipsticks and liner.

Mac Studio Careblend pressed powder in medium+
Mac Studio Careblend pressed powder in medium+

This is my favorite powder to set my foundation with. This is in the shade medium+. It makes my skin feel so silky. his is the second powder that I have purchased and I will continue to repurchase it.

NYX Tame and Frame brow pomade in brunette
NYX Tame and Frame brow pomade in brunette

This is an amazing product for when I want a bolder brow. I have the shade brunette and I thing it is the perfect color for me. This product starts off sheer and is very build able which is good for me cause sometimes ya gyrl don’t know when to STOP!!!

LA Colors shadow palette in Trendy
LA Colors shadow palette in Trendy

I found this palette at a dollar store when I lived in NYC and completely forgot about it. This product is a fantastic rediscovery because I forgot how much I loved these shadows!!! Reunited and it fells so gooooddddd!!!! Not powdery, very blendable, and great crease shades. This palette is called trendy. I have been using the middle row and the top right color religiously.

Lancome Lip Color in Trendy Mauve
Lancome Lip Color in Trendy Mauve

Holy grail status right here!!!! This is my absolute favorite lipstick. So creamy, its like butter on the lips. This color is trendy mauve which is my perfect shade. I pair it with jordan a lipliner in sexy mauve and I can’t get enough.

Jordana Blush in Bronze
Jordana Blush in Bronze

This has been the blush that I have been reaching for to give my that bronzed healthy looking skin. very pigmented so I have to use a light hand. Creamy and beautiful on different skin types. I use this a lot on prom clients because it photographs very nicely.

NYX Wonder Pencil in light/clair
NYX Wonder Pencil in light/clair

This product can be used multiple ways and comes in a few different shades. This can be a skin brightener for under the brow bone or under eyes. I use it in the waterline of my eyes. It brightens the eyes without being as noticeable than a white liner. Its very creamy and I love it for an everyday look.

Lancome Les Sourcils Definis brow pencil in Auburn
Lancome Les Sourcils Definis brow pencil in Auburn

The name of the this brow pencil makes it sound soooo fancy, Les Sourcils Definis!!!! It’s an amazing thin brow pencil. But that’s just what it is, a brow pencil. It stays all day and gives the perfect natural brow. The name just sounds like it can valet my car when I get home from a long day of working. No ma’am you gotta pull in the driveway yaself sorry. This is my second pencil and I about died when the first one ran out. I mean like going out in my pajamas crazy, but I managed to get dressed before I high tailed it to the mall to see my gyrl Judy for a new one. The color I had before was brown but she was sold out so I got Auburn and I love this color much better.

Wel folks these are the products that I have been loving this month. Thank you so much for stopping by to here me yap along once again!!!

Smooches

Kim B