4 Ways to Celebrate Spring!

Happy 1st week of Spring! Being from Ohio, I’m hoping that the weather gets the memo soon enough, and the weather gets a little more on the balmy side instead of this constant snow and rain. I want to finally be able to sit outside and get some vitamin D and maybe hang out with a book. In honor of the first week of spring, here are some free ways to celebrate the new season and kick winter to the curb.

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  1. Go for a walk! Spring is the perfect time to find parks and trails in your community to explore. I always feel way better after a long walk outdoors and my spirits are lifted.

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2.Get out your camera and capture the seasons changing! You don’t need a fancy camera to go take some awesome photos, just charge up your phone and get to work.

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3. Take your favorite book outside! Not going to lie, I couldn’t resist how silly this photo is (I’d be in the water, the book and outfit ruined) but reading outdoors is seriously the best. The sun warming your skin, listening to the birds, its seriously heavenly.

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4. Try geocaching! If you aren’t familiar, geocaching is an activity where you use a GPS to find hidden boxes outdoors. Think of it like present day treasure hunting. If you’re feeling especially kind, you can bring a bag to pick up litter you find along the way. Leave the trails more beautiful than you found them!

While the weather continues to be horribly bipolar, I really hope that in the next few weeks I’ll be able to get outside and do all four of these with my family. I’m seriously sick of being indoors and am ready to get some exploration in.

Happy Spring!

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e.l.f. Eye Refresh – Is it Worth it?

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“The cooling sensation of the Eye Refresh rollerball brightens and refreshes the eye area to help alleviate under eye puffiness and dark circles. Infused with key ingredients Pomegranate, Rosemary, Green Tea, Cucumber and Grape to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. Perfect for portable on-the-spot treatment to awaken the skin throughout the day for a little pick-me-up. Eye Refresh is great for men too!” (elfcosmetics.com)

Pretty recently, I’ve been trying to really step up my game when it comes to skincare. I wear a full face almost daily, so the lack of moisture in my skin really was starting to take a toll on how my makeup looked. I was really excited when I saw that e.l.f. had released a rollerball for using under the eye, because thats one area on my face that perpetually looks absolutely exhausted (as with most people). While it’s pretty easy to brighten up with a concealer, it needs some extra TLC at night when the day was done. This product was only $3 at target, so it seemed like the easy fix I was searching for.

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I’m totally obsessed with packaging when it comes to my cosmetics, and this one is pretty meh. While I shouldn’t really expect much for $3, it is a pretty dull looking product on its own. I have almost all of my products on my desk, so I really like things to look cute, and this is something that I easily look over when doing my makeup in the morning.

With a name like “Eye Refresh”, I was expecting this product to have a soothing or cooling effect on the under eye. I can’t say that I really experienced either, as this just felt like water under my eye. The one thing that seriously sticks out with me is the smell of this product. Good lord. The smell immediately reminded me of dissections that I did in high school, and thats when I knew that this product is something that absolutely would not work for me. The last thing I want is something that smells like formalin on my face. That was the final straw for this product that had me tossing it in the trash.

Overall, I was totally disappointed in this product. I didn’t see any of the claims to be true for my skin and the scent to be totally foul. I wouldn’t purchase this product again, even though it is only $3.

Have you given this product a try? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

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Anastasia’s Newest Glow Kit Is Here – Highlight Fiends Rejoice

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FINALLY! Anastasia released yet another Glow Kit (cue swoon) available now in Sephora stores and online. While I’m not a huge fan of Nicole (no tea, no shade, just haven’t really viewed her content much) this palette looked near perfection online before the release. But is it really as incredible as the internet has been saying? I had to try it out.

I’ve never had any Anastasia Glow Kits before, and I think that this was the perfect opportunity to get my first one. I still have my eye on the moon child palette, but when this was waiting for me at Sephora today, I was honestly blown away by how gorgeous Anastasia made the packaging on this baby. The whole palette itself is covered in a shimmery micro glitter, with the text with a holographic foil. Retailing at $40, this looks and feels like that price is justified.

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First thing, the pans on this palette and gigantic. While all these shades obviously can’t be worn on my cheekbones as a highlight because I’m so fair, they will be amazing shadows for me to play around with. Anastasia’s amazing formula is so obvious here; each highlighter is creamy and super pigmented, giving the skin a serious glow. If you’re a “glow from within” kind of person, these might be a little on the bold side for you, as the finish is really blinding and bright. For people like me, this palette is an absolute dream, because I love the super bright and heightened look a strong highlight can give. But, to each his own. If you’re looking for other highlight options, feel free to drop over to my drugstore highlighter piece to see some more affordable options I’ve tried.

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All of these swatches are with one pass, and the pigment is unreal. Anastasia included a highlight that can compliment nearly any skin tone, which is absolutely amazing. I’m looking most forward to mixing Forever Lit with Kitty Cat for my cheekbone highlight. If your skin tone leans more towards a mocha complexion, she’s got you covered with golden and bronze highlights that are totally going to make your cheekbones stand out from a mile away.

Did you pick up this palette? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!

Love Always,

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Is Modern Renaissance For You? – Swatches and Review

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Unless you live under a rock when it comes to cosmetics, than you’ve seen just about everyone rave about Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. It was super popular in 2016 and can still be tricky to get your hands on now, but I luckily got my palette back in December and have been holding on to it since.

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First things first, the packaging on this palette is so lux and gorgeous that you’ll never want to put it away. The palette is covered in a soft pink velvet and has a large mirror on the inside. The color story of this palette is mostly taupes and wine shades, which is something that I never had really played around with before. It has a few really gorgeous shimmer shades, and retails for about $42. The palette has 14 fairly small pans of shadows and also comes with it’s own brush.

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I honestly had tons of time to play around with this palette before switching it out, and the shadows are totally creamy, smooth and go on like velvet. I have never had a shadow palette blend like this palette; it’s almost effortless the blend colors flawlessly. The top row of shadows features Tempera, and light all over lid shade and a great transition shade. Golden Ocre is a light taupe that would be pretty all over the lid or in the crease. Vermeer is a light and super shimmery shadow, that also looks amazing foiled. Buon Fresco is a pretty medium brown shade, also great for an inner V or a crease. Antique Bronze is probably one of my favorite shades in the entire palette, with a deep bronze color that has a gorgeous shimmer to it. Love Letter is another favorite, flaunting a wine shade that is beautiful as an outer corner color or blended into the crease. Cyprus Umber is also a great shade for the crease or the outer corner.

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The second row starts with Raw Sienna, which would be really pretty all of the lid for a natural look. Burnt Orange would look really awesome paired with Raw Sienna, and is really great for a crease. Primavera is another one of my favorite shadows from this palette, shimmery with a gentle golden glow. Red Ocre is a bold red with brown undertones, which would be beautiful in a crease. Venetian Red is another really stunning wine colored shade that would be really beautiful in the crease or the outer corner of the eyelid. Warm Taupe is a really great basic taupe shadow, that is great for a crease. Realgar is a bold terra-cotta shade, really great for adding a pop to the outer corner of the eye.

This palette is jammed with tons of looks to play around with, lots of colors to pack into the crease of the eye, and some really gorgeous shimmers for the rest of the lid. My only real complaints are that the shadows tend to have a ton of fall out, and that there isn’t a dark blackish shade in this palette. The fall out really isn’t much an of an issue for me, since the shadows are so intensely pigmented and go on so easily.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone looking for a palette with great neutrals, but also some natural and gorgeous pops of color to play with. I think it is totally worth the cost, and I’ll likely re-purchase when I hit pan on some of these shades.

Do you have Modern Renaissance? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

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Should You Try Ipsy? My February Glam Bag Unboxed!

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I really really really love subscription services. Combine that with makeup, and I’m in. The cost is only $10? I’m totally sold, and probably already signed up. I’ve tried out Birch Box, but I have been in love with my ipsy subscription for as long as I’ve had it, probably for about two years or so now. Here’s what I got when I opened up this months bag!

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I pretty much love anything that NYX makes at this point. I was pretty excited to see Butter Lipstick (retail $5.99) in my bag. I’m always up for cute new lip colors, and really I don’t think I’ll ever have enough shades of red. The consistency is super smooth and buttery (hence butter lip) and felt hydrating on the lip. This is totally a breath of fresh air because I feel like I live in matte shades at this point, which pretty much suck any and all life out of your lips for days after wearing one. This was a nice change of pace!

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I’ve never tried out a solid brush cleanser, I’m pretty much on a set schedule of deep cleaning my brushes once a week. I haven’t got a chance to try this out yet (review coming soon!) but it smells so yummy and the consistency is like a lip balm. If you can’t stand the smell of coconut this may not work for you, because the scent is kinda heavy. The full size of this product retails at $20, so I’m excited to try this out this month.

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I hadn’t heard of bellápierre cosmetics before I got my glam bag. I was really excited to see a full size product in my bag though! This mascara retails at $20 (double what I paid for the entire glam bag!) and has a plastic applicator. I’m really excited to try out this waterproof mascara, because seriously, you can never have enough mascaras in your kit.

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If you’ve stood within five feet of me for longer than a minute, you probably know that I am wholeheartedly obsessed with brushes, cleaning my brushes, collecting brushes, and really anything related to brushes. Ipsy has been pretty great with growing my collection, and sending me brushes from a ton of different brands. I am in LOVE with pink, and so getting a pink brush was super fun for me. However, the bristles on this brush could be a little more dense. It retails for $18, so it’s a treat for me, and looks super pretty sitting on my desk with all my other brushes.

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Like the rest of the world, I am really obsessed with any sort of masks. Sheet masks are a personal favorite because they’re easiest for me. I’ve tried the peel off masks (cue tears from me) , mud masks, bubble masks, but sheet masks are really the easiest option for me. Charcoal is really trending right now, and so seeing charcoal in my bag wasn’t the biggest surprise. These masks retail for $2.50 each at Walmart.

My estimated value of all the products in my bag this month was about $52, while I only pay $10 with shipping monthly. It has its moments, but I would totally recommend trying ipsy out. It has way more value than Birch Box, always comes with a cute makeup bag, and shipping is always free.

Have you ever tried ipsy? Love it? Hate it? Leave your comments below!

Happy Monday!

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Is BirchBox Worth a Try?

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I am the first one to admit that I am totally addicted to subscription services and surprises in the mail. I saw ads over and over for birch box and really wanted to try it out, because the samples that they were offering seemed a little more high end than what I was currently getting in my monthly ipsy bag. The more makeup, the merrier. Here’s what happened.

I subscribed and was instantly offered an extra mascara sample in my first box. Freebies right off the bat? Nice. This felt like a really great little gift for subscribing to the service. I had about a week before my first box was set to arrive, so I was pretty excited.

I was at work when I checked the tracking number for my box, and it was stated that it arrived. Score! I had class, and then I could finally get home to try out my new products and see what I got in my box. Where I go to school, when you get mail, you get an email letting you know that it’s ready for you to pick up. It was getting late, and there was no email. I was starting to get a little confused.

I checked my tracking number again and they had sent the box to my billing address, not the shipping address that I specified. The billing address was over an hour away, so it wasn’t looking like I was going to get to tear into my new makeup that night. That left me disappointed, so I contacted customer service to make sure that the next box would be sent to the correct address, even though when I checked online on my account my shipping address was correct. They apologized, and agreed to send me another box at no extra charge.

It took about a week before the replacement box arrived. I was especially excited to get to try out Benefit’s Rollerlash mascara that I had picked out as my extra goodie, because I had had it in the past, and it had been awhile since I had gotten to use it. I opened up the box and was pretty much instantly disappointed. The sizes on the products were tiny, some were single use packets that brands would give you for free. The extra mascara that I was excited about wasn’t there. I was seriously bummed.

I decided to give it one more month as a fair shake for this service. I got my tracking number, and was pretty excited to get my box. I checked the tracking number the day it was set to be delivered, and guess what? It was delivered to my billing address again. Cue some serious annoyance. I messaged customer service again, and they graciously sent me another box. However, this box didn’t ship for a week, didn’t arrive until two weeks later, when I was then home for Christmas break. So, if I really wanted this box, I was going to have to drive an hour in the snow to get this likely to be disappointing box. I decided to just leave it there until I returned back from my break.

This box was equally as disappointing. Honestly, it’s kinda insulting to be sent single use foil packets, when Sephora and Ulta hand them out to their customers like it’s nothing. They advertise products that aren’t single use, so I honestly felt super mislead, and the shipping run around left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

Will I ever resubscribe to BirchBox? Nope. The products, and service, were both seriously poor compared to ipsy’s stellar customer service and fun products that costs the same price.

Have you tried out BirchBox? Did you like it? Comment below!

XOXO,

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Drugstore Highlighters – Hits and Misses

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I am totally obsessed with anything and everything related to highlighters. I discovered them a couple months back and I have no idea how I’ve gone so long without using one. I love the little extra sparkle a good highlight can add to my face and brighten up my makeup. While I’ve tried out and fallen in love with Becca’s line of highlight products, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try out some drugstore products and see what works, and what doesn’t.

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Shop Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Here!

I wanted to start out with the hits, and Maybelline’s Master Strobing Liquid is so intense and blendable that its almost unreal. I was a little intimidated by a liquid highlighter, but once I bounced my beauty blender on this highlight it blended in seamlessly with a subtle shimmer. The glow is totally build able, so if you like a more intense highlight (I know I do), this one might be a good one for your arsenal. It’s super easy to work with, and they have three different shades for different skin tones. I’m super fair, and the shade “light” worked really well for me.

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Shop Physician’s Formula Highlighter Here!

Physician’s Formula’s highlighter was another that really worked with my skin tone. This formula was a bit more sheer, and less intense than the Maybelline liquid, with a bit more of a glittery look as well. I liked that this came with its own tiny brush for the product, and the product itself is so pretty. It’s also pretty blendable, and you can build up the product for a more intense shimmer. I’ve reached for this one more than the liquid, especially for days at work because the shimmer is really pretty and wearable.

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Shop Wet n Wild Highlighter in “Precious Petals” Here!

The draw back to the new line of Wet n Wild highlights is that they don’t really offer a lighter colored product. However, I saw so many people trying these, and the product itself is so pretty that I picked up both colors. The formula on these is super creamy, smooth, and really blends nicely. While these did not work with my skin tone, on ladies with warmer skin tones, and mocha skin tones, these would be seriously gorgeous. The golden tones would really look strange on my cheekbones, but I really look forward to using these as eye shadows. 

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Shop Wet n Wild Highlighter in “Crown of My Canopy” Here!

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Shop Loreal Infallible in “Always Pearly Pink” Here!

I really can’t believe that I’ve never tried out the Loreal Infallible single shadows. I feel like these have been around forever, and I always have passed them up in the aisle. I saw a couple other bloggers using this as a highlighter, so I picked it up and I am in love.  The formula on these little shadows is like a cross between a normal powdered shadow and a cream, so they go on so so smooth and creamy and blend out so nicely. I really can’t wait to buy more metallics for my eyes, and use this shade as a really pretty shimmer on my cheekbones.

And now for a total miss..

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I really wanted to like this product from Rimmel. It looks so pretty in the package and like it would be so pretty as a highlight. I brought it home and when I went to swatch it, the shadow almost crumbled when I dragged it across my wrist. It wasn’t smooth at all; it was nothing but chunks of glitter everywhere. No color payout, tons of fall out, I might actually toss this one in the trash. I can’t really imagine this working as much of anything, much less as a natural looking highlight. I’d pass this one up the next time browsing the makeup aisle, the formula on these is just really strange.

What’s your favorite highlighter from the drugstore? I’d love to try more.

Happy Monday!

XOXO,

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