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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

 

 

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Favorite makeup brushes

Hello gorgeous beauty junkies. Today I want to talk about my favorite brushes. I talk lot about my favorite products but never seem to get to what I love to apply them with. I use beauty tools as much as possible because since I am acne prone, I don’t like applying makeup with my hands. Now, some people prefer to use their hands, but I’m not one of them. I will apply most of my skincare with my hands but I will use a beauty spatula to get products out of jar packages to not contaminate it. Now I am a beauty brat so I have two favorites for each area so that I have a back up when the others are getting cleaned. My favorite brand brushes are the ELF black professional line and Lancôme. Two totally different ends of the price spectrum (lancome brushes are mostly natural hair brushes). Other great brands I enjoy are ecotools, real technique, and random no names from ebay. If it’s a good brush, it’s coming home with me loll. So lets jump right in with no specific order shall we.


For liquid foundation there is only one brush that fits the bill for me right not. That is the ELF flat top powder brush ($4). This has been my holy grail brush for liquid foundation for years!! I actually own 4 of this exact brush for back up. Now if I want to switch it up, I will go to a beauty sponge from real technique or earth therapeutics. It is a dense brush which makes buffing foundation into the skin a breeze. It’s even great for buffing primer into the skin as well. The price is unbeatable so why not. I even share the love with this one. Roz boog ( my mom) even has a few.


For eye shadow I love a good crease brush and a lid brush. For the crease I love the Lancôme blending shadow #17 (29.50). Now this brush is expensive but it blends out shadow effortlessly. It is super soft and the long natural hairs makes it easy to bland out any harsh lines. An alternate brush for me is the Luxie 227 blending brush ($12). This one is a little shorter hair but is just as easy as the lancome #17. For the lid I use the ELF “C” brush ($3) which is the perfect size to quickly get color on the lid. Another great one is the Wet n Wild large shadow brush ($1). They are almost the exact same brush.


I haven’t really been into the blush lately. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good rouge on the cheeks (lol mom) but I’ve just been going for the bronzy glow you can see from the international space station look. But when I do hit the cheeks with a little something, I love the ELF complexion brush ($4). It’s a beautiful big soft brush that deposits just the right amount of color. My other favorite is the same shape but a little smaller is the ecotools powder brush ($7.99).


For under eye concealer, if I don’t use a sponge, I like the Lancôme duel ended foundation and complextion brush #26 ($47). This brush is the perfect size to blend out concealer under the eye with the lager side and the smaller side is great for the inner corner of the eye.


To set my under eye I go with the ELF blush brush ($3). I’m not sure why they categorize this brush as a blush brush because it is tiny. Maybe a blush brush for a doll. But it’s great to set the under eye with. The brush is so soft and perfect for that delicate area. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek and contour #25 ($40). Again I don’t know why they would consider this as a cheek brush either but I digress. This brush is great because it is two sided and the smaller side can be used in the inner corner of the eye to set that are. I like the inner corner set well because my eyes sometime water.


For all over face powder, I love a giant soft brush to set my face with a light layer of powder. For this I love my Lancôme powder brush #1 ($48) or the real techniques powder brush ($9.99, sorry no pic cause mom kinda borrowed it and never gave it back js). They both are super soft and so easy to use. Evenly distributes powder without looking cakey.


For bronzer I have been obsessed with the Flower beauty powder brush ($15). It is the perfect size for an easy natural bronzer on the face. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek brush #6 ($43) which is great and more structured shape for contouring as well as bronzing.


Now last but definitely not least, my favorite part of makeup (right now). HIGHLIGHT!!!!! I get my best brushes for highlight on ebay. I mostly like to use fan brushes of almost any size. They are cheap and easy to replace if it’s not the one you like. I’ve found duplicates of expensive Nars brushes and even some natural hair brushes for no more than $5. If you are looking for something specific like a certain shape brush, I think ebay is always a good place to look.

Well folks those are my favorite brushes. Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!!

Smooches

Kim B

Products I’ve used up pt.5 (I think) lol

Hello folks. I think this is like my 5th empties post but I love doing these because it takes going through a entire product to really know whether you like it or not and if it’s worth a repurchase. Plus it’s sometimes hard to get through an entire product when you’re a beauty junkie and have so many things to get through. Some of these are repurchases which shows how much I love them. So lets get to the trash so I can finally throw them away loll!!!

Skincare:


Pur Minerals Soak it up intense moisturizer (Kohls $34.00). I have purchased so many of these I can’t keep count. I love this moisturizer. It soaks into the skin quickly without leaving a film. Great for oily skin. I have purchased a different moisturizer to try out but this one will be back in rotation on a regular basis soon.


Formula 10.0.6 So totally clean deep pore cleanser with salicylic acid acne treatment toner (Ulta $5.99). This is one of my favorite toners. Definitely my favorite drug store one. This deep cleans my pores and balance the PH in my skin keeping breakouts to a minimum. Doesn’t burn just a light tingling feel to the skin.


Elf daily face cleanser is really great for a daytime cleanser (target $6.00). It’s very gentle on the skin. Thin consistency and a light foam so it won’t strip the skin. Great addition for all skin types.

Neutrogena ultra light cleansing oil (walgreens $10.49): I hate this product. The smell is too strong, it burned my eyes, left a film on my skin after rinsing it off, and it took too much work to remove my makeup. I love the original cleansing oil, but I can only find it occasionally at tj maxx. This is a absolute no for me. Yuck!!!


Aveeno clear complexion daily cleansing pads (you can get this at any drugstore but I normally get mine at ulta so that I can get points $7.99): I love these and I always have a jar of these on my bathroom sink. These are great for night time cleansing after removing your makeup aka the second cleanse. They have different types of these cleansing pads, but this one is my favorite because it has salicylic acid in them. These pads have a smooth side and a exfoliating side and is already wet and ready to go. Great for travel.

 

Foundation:


Estee Lauder double wear light in intensity 4.0 ($39.50): This is a great foundation for spring and summer. light weight version of the infamous double wear that everyone raves about. It has a little less coverage but the same matte finish.  Lasts all day through the toughest of days.

Revlon color stay is a cult favorite ($9.99). This is my moms holy grail foundation. It’s okay but nothing I reach for. I have the color 380 rich ginger which is a good match. I have other foundations that I like better. This foundation made me oily faster than others that I have. Won’t be repurchasing I love the Loreal true match way better.

Revlon nearly naked in 220 natural(discontinued). It laid on the skin beautifully, great finish, and lasted all day. I bought this on a whim and it was gone just as soon as I discovered it. No wonder it was on sale :/.

Lancôme Teint idole ultra 24hr foundation in 420 bisque($47). This is my favorite foundation for a flawless beat nighttime look. Full coverage, last all day, beautiful matte finish.

Brows:


Nyx mircobrow in ash brown ($9.99). Holy grail brow pencil. I always have at least two in my backup drawer. I can’t go without this product. I use it almost everyday. I sometimes switch up my products between pencil, powder, gel, or pomade but this must be on hand at all times.

Lancôme Le crayon poudre in sable ($26.50). I really like this pencil. It last forever!! It’s great for a full brow. The downside is that you have to sharpen it every time you use it to get that sharp tip. I love the skinnier retractable pencil that Lancome has but this is a good option.

Mascara:


Benefit roller lash (full size $24). I really enjoyed this mascara. The rubber bristles really gets into the lashes to separate and curl up. This mascara really does curl the lashes beautifully.

Loreal telescopic ($9.99). I love this mascara for  my bottom lashes and to really separate the top ones. The rubber bristle brush is tiny which is great for precision.

Jordana best last extreme (about $4 depending on store). This is the NYX microbrow of mascara  for me. Two always on backup and can’t live without. Normally I don’t care for bushy wands but this one gives amazing volume.

Estee lauder sumptuous extreme volume mascara in extreme brown ($27.50). This mascara is a absolute no for me. It was too wet, the brush was huge and got mascara all aver my face, color didn’t show up, when it dried it was too crunchy, and flaked all over my face. Horrible!!!!

Maybelline great lash in clear ($5.99). I use this mascara to set my brows. Its great and keep brows in place without added color. Also good to put on before brow powder to help the product stick.

Concealer:


Maybelline Instant age rewind in neutralizer ($8.99). This is a really good concealer to counteract darkness under the eyes, I have repurchased this a few times and really enjoy it. A little goes a really long way.

Nyx HD concealer in CW05 ($4.99). This concealer is really creamy and a dream for under the eye. Full coverage and very blendable. Love this concealer and I always have it in my face  drawer.

Elizabeth Arden flawless finish correcting and highlighting perfecter in #3 ($28). This is a gorgeous highlighting concealer. It is a light weight formula, which is great to use on top of another concealer to give that glow.

Eyeliner:


Rimmel scandeleyes pencil in nude ($3.99). This is a really creamy pencil which is very comfortable in the inner waterline. Doesn’t pull on the skin. Unfortunately the product fell out of the pencil before I had time to finish it. I haven’t repurchased it because I have really been loving the nude pencils from NYX and they have different nude shades which is nice.

Jordana fabuliner liquid eyeliner in brown ($2.99). I love this liner in the brown and the black. The brown is great for a softer eye look. The skinny felt tip is great for making a wing liner and for beginners. So easy to use and last all day on the eye without bleeding.

All righty folks those are all the products that I have used up. It’s always a lot because I try to make an effort to use up things I love mainly to not be wasteful or have too much going to waste and so I can have a reason to go out and buy new or repurchase products lol. oops!! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B.

Updated morning skincare routine

Hey loves. Today I will be sharing my current skincare routine. Lately my skin has been cooperating with only a pimple here and there. I have combo to oily skin so I try stick to good quality products or a good price. I do tend to switch up some of my products so my skin doesn’t get use to one thing. For morning skincare I keep it simple and gentle. I do acne treatments and face masks, when needed, during my night time skincare. Since moving further south and the winter being a little warmer, I’ve had to adjust my skincare.

Cleanser:

These are my cleansing tools. The ELF daily cleanser (target $10)  is very gentle and feels really good on the skin. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture. Every other day I use this sponge and cleanser together for a light exfoliate. I buy these buff sponges in  multi pack of 12 at Ulta for just less than $5.  Great combo to gentle exfoliate so that your next steps can really soak into the skin.

 

Toner:

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Clean and clear deep cleaning astringent
This is not my favorite toner but it gets the job done. It works in a pinch. I picked this up at target for $3.57. It cleans out the pores but it is a little too strong for me and if I get to close to my eyes it will sting a little. I prefer the Lancome tonique radiance(High end), lancome tongue pure focus(High end), Mary Kay acne control toner (affordable), or the formula 10.0.6 so totally clean pore cleanser acne treatment (affordable). I keep a toner in my skincare because I can tell a difference when I don’t use it. Toner keeps my pores clean,breakouts clear, and oils controlled.

 

Moisturizers:

 

I really love the Pur soak it up moisturizer (Kohl’s $34). It is a gel moisturizer that is ideal for oily skin because it quickly soaks into the skin. Since it is winter I add a few drops of the sculpt 100% pure argan oil (TJ Maxx $10) for a little extra light moisture.

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Lancome bienfait multi-vital eye
A really great eye cream with great SPF 28 (Lancome $40). This a nice thick cream that lays beautifully on the skin.

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Mac strobe cream
Mac strobe cream (mac outlet $23),I like to use this under my foundation to add a healthy glow to the skin without looking greasy. I don’t use this every day, I like it sometimes to give my skin that extra umph under my makeup. 

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Nivea Lip Butter
Great for the lips (Walgreens $3.99). I put this on as soon as I wake up in the morning to give it time to soak into the lips.

This is the products I am currently using. Some I love, and some work for now.  I switch it up to keep my skin the best it can be.

Thank you all for stopping by. And 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

 

 

 

August Favorites!!!!!!

Hello my gorgeous beauty obsessed peoples!!!! I’m here with my better late then forgotten August favorites. August was a month of everyday face looks and just work work work. So these are the items that got me through August with no protest.

Skincare!!!

Left to Right Bliss fabulous foaming facewash Mary kay clear proof acne control toner lancome Genifique Pure soak it up gel moisturizer (sample) Lancome Absolue Precious Oil Bliss Triple Oxygen instant energizing mask
Left to Right:
Bliss fabulous foaming facewash
Mary kay clear proof acne control toner
lancome Genifique
Pure soak it up gel moisturizer (sample)
Lancome Absolue Precious Oil
Bliss Triple Oxygen instant energizing mask

These have been my go to skincare staples:

The bliss face wash is very gentle on the skin and has little exfoliating beads that are gentle enough for everyday. Leavde skin soft. Doesn’t do any fabulous foaming but I still like it. Sometimes foaming cleansers care leave your skin feeling tight and thirsty. This is my second bottle. You can find this at Kohls. Secret: I found my second bottle at TJ MAXX for half the price!!!!

Mary Kay acne control toner has been in my skincare off and on since high school!! Its amazing at keeping skin clear and sep cleaning those pores.

Lancome Genifique has had my skin looking healthy and glowing without it looks greasy. And it also minimizes large pores. A+++

Pur minerals Soak It Up moisturizer. Perfect for oils girls day time moisturizer. Soaks into the skin without leaving a film. Smalls very clean.

Lancome Absolue precious oil has been an amazing night moisturizer. It keeps my oily skin in check and prevents my skin from creating more oils.

Bliss triple Oxygen instant energizing mask. This is a foam mask and it goes on as a this shave cream like consistency, then begins to turn to foam one oxygen hits is and little bubbles start to pop and the mask starts to evaporate. Such a spa treatment. After 5 minutes just wipe off with a warm towel. Face feels so plump and radiant.

Makeup!!!

Estee Lauder Double Wear light in intensity 4.0 ELF Bb cream in Medium
Estee Lauder Double Wear light in intensity 4.0
ELF Bb cream in Medium

I absolutely love the Estee Lauder double wear light foundation. There are different types of double wear foundations and a full line of double wear products by Estee lauder ( I also loved the Double Wear bb cream). The popular one that you my have heard ravs about is the regular double wear with is amazing full coverage but it’s too full coverage for me. The light is perfect. Allows the skin to still breath and still has great medium coverage.

Elf BB Cream is one of my favorites. Good coverage and very blendable. So easy to use with a flat top brush.

Mally concealer in light/Medium
Mally concealer in light/Medium

This is a really nice thick concealer. I use it to highlight and its super creamy. A little goes a really long way. And once it’s set, it doesn’t budge.

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

I have hit major pan on this powder!!!! It’s ok, I have a backup. This is a great lightweight powder that I use to set my entire face wether I use foundation, bb cream, or tinted moisturizer. It’s my go to powder. Secret: Save all of your empty mac packaging. Once you get %, turn them in and get a free lipstick or lipgloss. It’s called the back to mac program and it’s amazing.

Wet N Wild contouring palette
Wet N Wild contouring palette

This item is a walmart exclusive. Now normally I hate walmart and only go in to buy dog food. But some girls on the makeup social app had mixed reviews on it so I had to give it  try. I love this palette. It fits my complexion perfect. I use a dense angled powder brush to get the most effective results with it. Def worth a pick up and try for only $4!!!!!

Elle Blush #03
Elle Blush #03

This blush is so silky and gives my the perfect natural blush shade. I can put on as much as my wrist can wave and it will never look like too much. Oh Shoot now I have Luther Vandross stuck in my head “never too much, never too much, never too much!!!!!!”

Cargo Cosmetics essentials eye palette
Cargo Cosmetics essentials eye palette

The name of this eye palette explains it all. It is an essential palette!!!! It is absolutely amazing. I have been looking at this palette for months and final got my hands on it. I got this in my gratis bag at work and screamed my head off when I saw this was in there. I was so excited that I almost left the rest of my items behind (but I quickly remembered lol). These Eight mattes, four shimmers, a jet black eyeliner, and a double sided blending brush.

the Balm Meet Matt(es) liquid lipstick in committed
the Balm Meet Matt(es) liquid lipstick in committed

The balm is the cutest makeup line. The names that they come up with are very creative. These are there new liquid lipsticks. I have three of them that was in my gratis and I love them all. In August I kept reaching for the color committed. It is a your lips but better with mauve tone. If that makes any sense lol. It dries completely matte and doesn’t move. It is not sticky at all and smells lie peppermint so thats just lovely

Fragrance!!!

Escada Born in paradise
Escada Born in paradise

When i first smelled this fragrance I didn’t like it cause it shels like coconut. And I HATE coconut. So I kinda left it in the box for a while. The I decided to give it a spray and see what it would smell like with my chemical balance (every fragrance can smell different on everyone based on their own chemical balance). Once I let it sit for a few minute I declared the Escada made this scent for me!!!!! I love it. It smells like summer, breach, fun, vacation…… well paradise lol. I used it everyday cause I knew september would nip my paradise dreams in the bud!! I wanted to get as many sprays outta this perfume before the smell of cool are and screaming school kids hit the air. And I barely made it but I’m glad I did. Escada know what they are doing when it ones to fragrances. Bravo escada, BRAVO!!!!

Well fools that is all my favorites for the moth of August. This onto I will also be doing a review on a few new products that I am trying and some popular items to let you know if they are with the hype. Don’t forgedt to subscribe, like, and comment.

Smooches

Kim B

Products I’ve used up Pt 4

Hello folks!!!! I have been gone for a really long time so the best way I know to come back is to show you products I have used up. My goal this summer was to use up all the half empty items I have in my stash. I wanted to get through a lot of stuff cause there’s no point in having tons of half used products crammed in drawers. and rankly it’s just a waste of money. Also it helps me to not buy more of the same things. So I put mot of the products in categories because I use a lot of the same things just different brands. Now warning: I have a ton of goodies so lets get started.

CLEANSERS

Equate daily face wash Olay 4-in-1 facial cloths Olay total effects 7 in one
Equate daily face wash
Olay 4-in-1 facial cloths
Olay total effects 7 in one

I enjoyed all of these cleansers. The equate daily cleanser is compared to clearasil daily cleanser and it is one of my favorite cleansers. the Olay facial wipes are perfect for travel. I can’t travel without them, the top box is combo/oily and the bottom box is sensitive skin. They fit perfectly in a sandwich bags and no worry about spilling. The Olay total effects has light exfoliating beads that I loved for everyday use. Not abrasive at all. Also doesn’t foam, which takes some getting use to, but your skin doesn’t feel stripped or tight after washing. I would repurchase all of these again. All of these cleansers except for the sensitive skin has salicylic acid in them which is great for blemish control.

TONERS

Mary kay Blemish control toner Lancome tonique Pure Focus H2O Marie toner
Mary kay Blemish control toner
Lancome tonique Pure Focus
H2O Marine toner

I have been repurchasing the Mary Kay toner since I was in high school, which was a long time ago. It helps clear and prevent blemishes. The Lancome pure focus is perfect for controlling oil. It has a mattifying power at the bottom of the bottle that helps you stay matte and keeps your oils at bay. The H2O toner was just okay. Nothing special. It has sea salt in it which helps keep pores tight.

MOISTURIZERS

Lancome Bienfait nigh Lancome Beinfait aqua Vital Boots shine control lotion mary Kay timewise Clinique Moisture surge
Lancome Bienfait night
Lancome Beinfait aqua Vital
Boots shine control lotion
mary Kay timewise
Clinique Moisture surge

I’ve learned a while ago that gel moisturizers are best for combo/oily skin during the day. I enjoy cream cleansers at night so that they really do the job while I sleep. I don’t need all that work during the day because I will turn into an oily mess. The beinfait night creams are my favorite night time moisturizer. They have the perfect amount of moisture and I wake up with baby soft skin. The beinfait aqua vital is a gel moisturizer for the day. It smells amazing and it’s my holy grail moisturizer. I didn’t like the boots shine control lotion because it didn’t control my shine or give me enough moisture. Even though I have combo skin, I still want the proper amount of moisture so to privent my skin from creating unwanted oil throughout the day and leaving me a greasy mess. I used to use the Mary Kay time wise moisturizer in high school and it did okay, so I thought, so I decided to give it another try. Now that I know more about skincare, I’ve realized that this moisturizer isn’t for my skin. It leaves a film on my skin that causes me to get oily fast. No Ma’am!!!!! I also love the cinique moisture sure. It’s the same concept as the Lancome aqua vital both are gel moisturizers. WIN WIN

EYE TREATMENT

lancome Absolu Yeux Lancome High Resolution eye
lancome Absolu Yeux
Lancome High Resolution eye

these two together are a match made in under eye heaven. Absolu yeux is an eye serum that restores the thin skin under the eye. It has no moisture, just concentrated treatment. I then add the high resolution eye cream on top which seals in the serum and leaves the under eye glowing and soft. I would love to repurchase the absolu jeux but it is very expensive. I’ll definitely be saving up for another one though.

FACE SERUMS

Altchek MD Night treatment Lancome Visionnaire
Altchek MD Night treatment
Lancome Visionnaire

The Altchek night serum and the Lancome visionnaire claim to do the same thing, even skin tone, lighten darkspots, demise the appearance of pores. The Visionnaire really showed a difference in my skin. It has great anti aging properties in it and gives my skin a really healthy look. The Altchek serum took longer to show a less expressive difference. Not my favorite.

BODY MOISTURIZERS

OgX hydrating argan oil of morocco lotion Vaseline spray and go
OgX hydrating argan oil of morocco lotion
Vaseline spray and go

I love the argan oil moisturizer. It smells amazing and leaves me moisturized a lllllll day (the body wash is also amazing). I lave the spray and go to moisturize my back because only an elegant can reach their back and even they have a bit of a struggle. lol

BODY WASH

Yardley London body wash in honey almond and levander rosemary
Yardley London body wash in honey almond and lavender rosemary

This is my holy grail body wash!!!!! The honey almond is a cream wash and the lavender rosemary is a gel wash. I got the rosemary because the honey almond is hard to find around my way. They have other scents. My absolute favorite is mango lily but I can’t find it anywhere in my area, I did order some on riteaid.com (yup sure did). I did find the sea salt one that I want to try next.

MINI MOISTURIZERS

Nivea creme Nivdea Soft
Nivea creme
Nivdea Soft

I love these to have in my purse. They both are great to have to moisturize throughout the day.

FOUNDATION

Loreal Magic Smooth Soufle in classic tan
Loreal Magic Smooth Soufle in classic tan

I’ve had this foundation for ever!!! It was discontinued a few years ago but I would still find them on ebay. This is a really mice foundation. It has a whipped consistence with a powder feeling finish. I’m guessing that they were competing with the revlon color stay whipped. they should have kept this one on the shelf a little longer.

CONCEALER

delf Concealer in beige
delf Concealer in beige

This has been in sooooo many of my posts from favorites to empties. i absolutely love this conceler for face highlighting. It’s amazing and i use it all the time. I’m working on one now and have two more in my backups.

MASCARAS

top to bottom FYEO feather lash  clinique high impact and lanes building primer duo clinique bottom lash estee lauder double wear zero-smudge lengthening Lancome Grandiose Lancome oscillation
top to bottom
FYEO feather lash
clinique high impact and lanes building primer duo
clinique bottom lash
estee lauder double wear zero-smudge lengthening
Lancome Grandiose
Lancome oscillation

All of these mascaras are in black exept for the firs one. The FYEO, for your eyes only, is in the color royal blue. This is a really nice mascara for a pop of color on the lash. It is cruelty free. The clinique high impact is a really nice mascara that I will repurchase. I didn’t like the primer side of it. the clinique bottom lash mascara has a tiny brush which is perfect for my tiny bottom lashes and outer corner lashes and keeps the mess minimal. Estee Lauder double wear zero smudge mascara….. I HATED IT!!!! It made my lashes crunchy, hard, brittle, dry. And it took all the kings horses and all the kings men to get it off and I still had raccoon eyes in the morning!!!! I have never disliked a product so much. I couldn’t even finish it. Now Lancome grandiose is my holy grail mascara. They make my short straight lashes look like falsies!!! Amazing formula, doesn’t smudge and easy to remove at night. The Lancome Oscillation is another one of my holy grails. the wand vibrates allowing you to coat every lash even if you didn’t know it existed.

BROWS

Elf clear brow gel lancome es Sourils definis Brow Expert in Auburn It Cosmetics Your brows but better in universal taupe
Elf clear brow gel
lancome es Sourils definis Brow Expert in Auburn
It Cosmetics Your brows but better in universal taupe

I like the elf brow gel. keeps my brow hairs in place. The Lancome brow pencil is the best I have ever used. The formula is very smooth and stays all day without fading. The It Cosmetics YBBB is an amazing pencil as well. very easy to use and the taupe color matches all brow colors.

FACIAL SPRAYS

Evian Facial Spray Mac Fix+
Evian Facial Spray
Mac Fix+

I like the evian facial spray to use before I tone my face. It takes away the tightness in the skin after washing. It’s also nice for when you are out in the sun and need a little cool down. Mac fix+ is my holy frail. It has glycerin in it which keeps makeup for looking cakey. I also love it to give my foundation a glowing finish, to foil and help my shadows and pigments pop. This product is multi use and I can’t live without it.

Well folks that’s all my empties for now. Thank you all for stopping by and peeking into my trash. Any questions please comment bellow and don’t forget to share, like, 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

Current Night Time Routine

Since4 I’ve changed my Night time routine a little I decided to share. Some things are still a little too knew to tell if it will be holy grail status but when it do y’all will be the first to know!!! So lets jump into it shall we.

April Cold Cream Cleanser
April Cold Cream Cleanser
After a full face or semi full face of makeup I love to use a cold cream cleanser to break down my makeup. It gets off my eye makeup like a dream. Now my holy grail cold cream is the ponds. The newest version of a cold cream are called milky or cream cleansers. But i like to keep it old school. My grandma used it so I will too.

Olat Total Effects Blemish Control cleanser
Olat Total Effects Blemish Control cleanser
This is brand new to me. I’ve only used it about three times but so dear so good. It has my trusty salicylic acid in it so I’m happy. It claims to have 7 anti aging benefits which are: deep cleaning, blemish minimization, fine line appearance reduction, pore appearance refinement, gentle purification, healthy radiance, and skin softness. I don’t know about all of that but I do know is my skin does feel very clean and since I’m older I reach for more anti aging products more often. It smells good, it was on sale, and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean without it feeling tight. So that’s a win in my book.

Mary Kay Blemish Control Toner
Mary Kay Blemish Control Toner
This has been my tried and true Acne toner for years!!! I go back to it every summer to keep my skin in line. Mary Kay don’t advertise it but it is still in their order book. It’s kinda like a special order thing but I love it. And it last forever.

Bliss incredi-'peel'
Bliss incredi-‘peel’!
This brand is in high end spas all over the place and now you can buy it at ulta and Kohls for an at home spa experience. This is their spa strength glycolic resurfacing pads. Targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, retextures, and soothes skin. I’ve only used this for two nights and it’s really nice. My skin is very soft and plump after using this. There is 30 individually wrapped wipes in each box. you apply after you cleanse and tone your face, and you don’t wash it off. so it works all night until you wash your face in the morning.

Lancome Muti vital night cream
Lancome Muti vital night cream
This is my favorite night cream. It’s adds perfect moisture to my skin.

Clinique repairwear laser focus eye cream
Clinique repairwear laser focus eye cream
I really notice a difference in my under eye makeup when I don’t use this eye cream. It’s great for moisturizing my under eye and keeping my fine lines at bay. And it prevents my concealer from creasing.

Malin+Goetz mojito lip balm
Malin+Goetz mojito lip balm
This is a really thick moisturizing lip balm. I really like it. My lips still feel good in the morning.

Thank you all for stopping by and reading my thoughts. Any questions comment below. Don’t forget to share and subscribe!!!

Smooches

Kim B.

April Favorites!!!!

Hello everyone and we are into another month which means another basket of favorites. These products are what I have been loving in addition to my other favorites and holy grail products. Since the warmer weather is trying to peak through, I have been including some combo skin friendly products into my skincare regimen as well. So lets jump right into it cause y’all know I got a lot of stuff!!!

Hair:

Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner
Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner
This is an amazing cleanser conditioner. The only time I use a shampoo is to wash out my relaxer. I mainly cow ash, washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo which can strip the hair. This is a very good moisturizing conditioner. It;s non stripping, no harsh salts, and paraben free. It smells amazing and leaves your hair super soft. I’ve been dipping into my mom’s stash. I got her hooked on cowashing and its been bliss every since lol. This is the green bottle for coarse hair.

skincare:

Lancome Tonique Pure Focus Mattifying toner
Lancome Tonique Pure Focus Mattifying toner
This is a mattifying toner. I love it. I have been waiting to use it once the weather broke. It has mattifying powder at the bottom that you have to shake up. I put it on with a cotton round and it combats my oils. Def go pick it up if you are combo/ oily.

Dr. Brandt Mattifying Lotion
Dr. Brandt Mattifying Lotion
I use this as a primer under my makeup and it is amazing. I will be purchasing the full size once I run out. I got his in my Ipsy bag. It keeps me matte all day.

Malin+Goetz Mojito lip balm
Malin+Goetz Mojito lip balm
This is another great item from my Ipsy bag. i put this on before bed and before I start my makeup to give it time to soak in. It leaves my lips extra soft and a good protective layer for when I wear matte lipsticks which can dry your lips out really bad. Makeup:

Ulta Contour Kit
Ulta Contour Kit
When I found out that ulta was coming out with a contour palette I had to have it!!!! It sold out repeatedly before I had a chance to grab it. And I love it so much, I wish I woulda bought two. I will definitely be getting one for my freelance kit. I’m still debating on getting the Nyx one but not sure yet but if I do, y’all will know.

Wet n Wild contouring palette in caramel toffee
Wet n Wild contouring palette in caramel toffee
I have really been into contouring lately so I was in walmart and I saw this and had to have it. This is an amazing palette. At first when I swatched it I didn’t think the contour shade would show up on me, boy was I wrong. And the highlight shade is matte and perfect for setting under the eyes.

Elizabeth Arden Pure FDinish Highlighter in Rose Illumination
Elizabeth Arden Pure FDinish Highlighter in Rose Illumination
This is a limited edition product (sorry folks). I love when an astronaut can see my highlight from the moon lol. This is an amazing highlighter on any skin tone. Its super easy to use and very blend able.

Elle Blush in 03
Elle Blush in 03
The only place I have ever seen this brand is at Kohls and once they sell through they will not be carrying Elle anymore. Which means I need to get at least one more of this blush because I am obsessed!!!  It’s very subtle and very close to my skin tone. Its a really natural look. I can pile it on and you can’t even tell. It gorgeous.

Flirt Blush in Oh Please!
Flirt Blush in Oh Please!
This Blush is a bit darker than the Elle one but it is amazing. It gives me a nice bronze look and I love it. I also found this at kohl’s in the sale section. They will also stop selling this brand as well and I hate that because Flirt cosmetics have amazing products.

Flirt Eyeliner in Brazen
Flirt Eyeliner in Brazen
This is an unusual color for an eyeliner. It’s a bronze/brick shade. I put this in my waterline and I love it. I love this and to bring it down my lash line for a great subtle pop of color. It goes on smooth and it’s very pigmented.

Jordana Fabuliner in black
Jordana Fabuliner in black
This liquid eyeliner is an oldie but a goody!! This was the first liner that I used to help me learn how to do a winged liner and line my top lid with liquid. Before this product I was a gel liner kinda chick (still am). this product helped me try new things. And as much as I loved it then, I still love it now. Matte, glides on easy, and very opaque.

Jordana lipliner in cabernet
Jordana lipliner in cabernet
I haven’t been able to let the dark fall/winter lip go, which I probably won’t lol, so I have have been using dark liners with lighter lipsticks for more definition. I do have big lips but there’s nothing wrong with a bit more pout right?? lol.

Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella
Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella
I got this in my Sephora birthday gift and put it away in my drawer to try later. I shoulda tried it earlier because I love it. A true perfect red. And the name is perfect, Cruella. BTW Cruella and Morticia Adams are very under rated and misunderstood. They always have the best cat eyes and their makeup was way before their time and people just didn’t get it mwha!!! I pair this lipstick with the jordana lip pencil and it’s the perfect combo.

Tools:

Mary Kay Cheek Brush
Mary Kay Cheek Brush
I have bought other blush brushes so that I can have a few different ones for when this one is being cleaned. And I still reach for this one every time. I even hate when i have to wash it because I know it won’t be ready for the next time I do my makeup lol. I’ve had this brush for years and it’s still super soft and doesn’t shed. I love that it has the old pink packaging.

Ebay Slanted Kabuki brush
Ebay Slanted Kabuki brush
This is my janky brush that I can’t seem to let it go!! It use to have a handle but it loosened and came off but I still love it. I use this to blend out my under eye concealer. I got this from ebay for less than $3. It sheds a bit but I will not let it go until I replace it. I actually like that there is no handle because it is easier for me to blend out my concealer.

Fragarence:

Gucci Guilty
Gucci Guilty
This is my holy grail fragrance. it is such a sexy smell for day and night. every time I wear it I get compliments. Definitely go out an take a sniff!!!

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) L'Homme
Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) L’Homme
This is a mens cologne. Yes I typed it right, MENS. This is the best mens fragrance for a women’s body chemistry. Your body chemistry can change the smell of a fragrance. This one is amazing on men and women. I love androgynous things, names, clothes, fragrance. It’s very creative and different. Hey, what can I say, I love being “weird”.

Well peoples that is all of my favorites this month. If there is anything you want me to talk about and topics to cover just comment bellow. And make sure you subscribe so you can get notifications when I post.

Smooches

Kim B