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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

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.