Today I have a haul for you all! I haven’t purchased anything beauty related in a while so I’m long overdue for a post like this. After my no buy I learned a lot about my spending habits. I have a tendency to purchase a million things at once, instead of building overtime.  I still buy quite a few things, but I’m certainly more rational with my spending. So with that said let’s dive into the haul shall we!?

Makeup

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Real Techniques Beauty Blender: I love my beauty blender but I’ve always wanted a more affordable option. I’m looking forward to using the flat side of this to help set my makeup!

Zote Laundry Detergent:  I didn’t want to pay for the actual BB cleaner so I shopped for a cheaper option. I saw a video using detergent and was plea surly surprised since other home remedies haven’t been working. Hopefully it makes my beauty blender as good as new.

Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleaner

I wanted a daily cleaner as well so I could use the brush multiple times in one sitting. I normally pick up the one from Sephora but I wanted to try something different.

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Urban Decay De-slick Oil Control

I have the urban decay all nighter spray but wasnt very impressed.  I’m hoping this version will help keep my makeup on but also prevent oiliness.

ABH Brow Definer

I’m not a huge fan of doing my brows, butttt ever since I switched from glasses to contacts I’ve wanted to give my brows a little extra attention. One of the reasons why I never liked the brow wiz is because the pencil was so thin and I had to really push to apply the product. The brow definer is significantly thicker so I’m hoping that makes a difference.

Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder

I’ve heard a million and one things about this on youtube and I’ve honestly been putting off buying it for no valid reason other than laziness. I hate ordering beauty products online, I prefer to look at the product, touch and sample it first before I make the commitment to buying it. This will have be my 6th setting powder so I’m hoping it turns out to be my holy grail!

Samples

What’s a Sephora trip without samples!?

Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base: I’m typically not a fan of super high-end makeup brands like Dior, but the lady recommended it because it applies like lotion instead of a thick paste (like most mattifying primers do). The $50 price tag makes me have high expectations so we shall see!

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

I normally don’t like using mattifying primers but I wanted to purchase one for my t-zone.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops (Hydration & Radiance): I have the Cover FX custom drops that are pure pigment which I mix with lotion to make foundation. I will have a full review of the foundation later, but I wanted to try mixing it with the infusion dropsI’m not sure what the real difference is between the hydration and radiance version are but I’ll be sure to come back and let you know!

Tarteist Gel Liner: I swear by my Stila waterproof eyeliner, but I’ve been on the hunt for something different. I wanted to give this a shot and I’ve been loving all my Tarte eye products so far so I hope this isn’t any different.

I was going to add all my skincare and hair products to this haul but I figured it would be a little overwhelming. I’ll be having uploading part two on Wednesday!

Have any of you tried the above products? Tweet me about them!

Kierra Lee

 

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Every year there is one limited edition item that I let slip through the cracks. I’m always a day late or a dollar short. Last year that item was the infamous Bobbi Brown highlighter in bronze glow. Every YouTuber and blogger were raving about this product and I searched high and low for it but couldn’t find it. So imagine my surprise when a few days ago I’m watching a Sephora VIB haul on youtube (one of my guilty pleasures) and the YouTuber name drops this highlighter. I had to sit up in bed and turn up the volume to make sure I heard it right! Bobbi Brown re-released this highlighter and didn’t even tell anybody! (or maybe it was only relevant to me since I missed out on it last year). I rushed to Sephora the next day and picked it up. When I initially swatched it it reminded me of champagne pop (which I don’t have but am considering getting) so I stopped to compare the two. Champagne pop is much lighter and definitely leaves a more prominent glow than the Bobbi Brown highlighter. On my skin tone bronze glow is really light; might I even dare to say natural looking (who would have ever thought a highlighter could be natural!) but it looks really good.

 

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Bronze glow is exactly as its described; a beautiful bronze color that looks great on deeper skin tones. It is not overly glittery which I love and often find a problem when it comes to Becca highlighters. They are so lightly milled that the glitter can get overwhelming and powdery. Bronze glow is more compact and easier to apply and blend. My favorite thing is that it’s extremely buildable. It’s denser than my other highlighters so it takes a few swipes before I can get the glow that I’m looking for. The packaging is different than it was last year, but I was so darn happy to get it that I didn’t even care what the outside looked like. This is my first Bobbi Brown product and I would definitely go back to try another (I’ve been eyeing their foundation sticks to use as contour option).

Currently, I apply it with my finger first and then blend out with my Sonia Kashuk fan brush. It’s the quickest way to get the most product. When I want a more daytime natural look I will either apply to my cheekbones with my RT contour brush (it’s a dense brush and will pick up the product easier than a fan brush), when applying to my cupids bow I use my fan brush so that I don’t use too much.

All in all its a beautiful highlighter that is well worth the hype and it”s a great addition to my collection!

kierra again

 

 

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Hi, everybody! So crazy I’m even writing a post like this because I remember not too long ago I was a ” beginner” myself. I’d like to think I’ve graduated to intermediate, considering all the beauty products I’ve  bought, reviews I’ve read, and youtube tutorials watched, but I know I definitely still have more to learn! Always room for progress right?
Anyways today I wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks that I learned when I was first starting out with makeup. Hopefully, these will help you all save time and your money! Lord knows I wasted plenty of it before I finally figured out what actually worked for my skin type and overall beauty habits. Enjoy!

Start with what you know you like

The first thing that ever sparked my interest in makeup was when I walked into Mac and purchased my first lipstick. I went in for lashes for a vegas trip and came out with foundation (which I hated..read about that here), lashes, Rebel lipstick and Nighmoth liner. I wore that berry lip outttttt and when I finally made it back into town I rushed to go back to the same artist and pick out some more. Lipstick is what started it all for me and my makeup collection is built off of that. I started purchasing items based on which lipsticks it will match with. Now of course over time I’ve expanded into other things but I knew that if my lipstick was on point that the rest of my makeup would fall into place. When you’re a beginner I suggest doing the same thing. If you love eyeshadow then start with purchasing a couple of palette’s. Then branch out and get a nice liner and mascara to go with it. Once you find a particular brand you like, start exploring what other things they offer. You will gradually grow into building a full on look!

Start with Drugstore

You don’t know how many times I purchased something expensive, got home and realized I had no clue what to do with it. If you want to practice something new and take a risk start with a low-end product first, learn how to use it, learn what you like and don’t like about it and thennn venture into high end. For example, I recently started playing around with my brows. Now I know you’re probably thinking “girl you late” but I was blessed with naturally nice shaped eyebrows so I never felt the need to do anything else to them, but of course as the curious beauty blogger I am I had to see what the hype was about. Instead of running to Sephora and dropping 20+ on an Anastasia Beverly Hills item I went to Ulta and bought the NYX micro-brow pencil (a dupe to ABH brow wiz) and some drugstore stencils to help me master my shape. Now that I’ve been using them for a few weeks I’ve discovered some things that I don’t necessarily like and I’m ready to move on and purchase something higher end with hopes that ABH lives up to its name. The point is to start small and then work your way up. That way you don’t go wasting your money!

Don’t buy everything that has good reviews

This was a hard lesson learned for me. I watch youtube like people watch their soap operas, so when I see my favorite gurus raving about a product I’m rushing to Sephora to go check it out. But there is a big no-no in this, because what works on other people and what is reflected on camera is not necessarily how it’s going to appear in the store. A perfect example is when I bought the benefit porefessional primer. I bought the $10 sample (like I said before..start small) just to see if I liked it. It workeddd–ish. It left this white cast if I used too much of it and although it blended out when I applied foundation I still didn’t like the texture of it. After I applied my foundation midway through the day it got flakey. My makeup was literally scaling off! Talk about a panic attack. I went to Sephora that night and asked for a new primer because the one I had wasn’t working. The first thing the clerk said was ” what’s your skin type??”. Million dollar question people! Benefit porefessional is for people with oily skin, it is a mattifying primer. So for my desert dry-naturally scaly skin, it was doing nothing but making my face worse! I just assumed that because it got good reviews that it was the amazing. Needless to say, I got a new primer,-Smashbox hydrating primer (which I sampled first) and I’ve been loving it.

Invest in brushes

The “oh I will just apply it with my fingers” does not work for everything. Trust me. Some products come naturally thick or full coverage and you’re going to want to have different tools to apply them so you can tailor it the way you need. Makeup is 50% product and 50% application. I did extensive research on my brushes before I decided to purchase Real Techniques brushes. They have just about every face brush you could possibly need. When I started makeup I wasn’t into eyeshadow so I wouldn’t recommend their eye brushes, but overall their products are greatly priced and fantastic quality. I would also recommend investing in the beauty blender. I’ve heard varying reviews on the dupes but for $18 bucks I don’t think it’s a ridiculous amount of money to spent when trying an item. It is great for when you want to build your coverage or take a full coverage item and make it sheer. It’s a brilliant product and I’ve been able to try so many different products that I normally wouldn’t have bought because of the versatility of this sponge!
What are some of your favorite beauty tips! Share below!
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One of my biggest makeup tips for girls with glasses is to make sure you do something with your eyes. Eyeshadow, mascara, falsies…anything to help bring your eyes to life behind your glasses. This year I’ve been slowly putting together a kit of things specifically for my eye makeup!

Eyeshadow

I’m not really into eyeshadows, and even now I’m still learning how to use it. My first eyeshadow palette was the Urban Decay Naked 3 that I bought when it came out. I heard rave reviews about it and figured for a beginner this would be a great product to use. It was pricey, but I thought well worth it. When I first bought it I used it all the time, but now the rosy pink tones can sometimes get a little boring. I quickly started looking for a more everyday neutral palette and I stumbled on the Tartelette palette. It’s all matte (totally my style) and it has these gorgeous purple mauve shades that look so natural on my skin tone. I use my Naked 3 palette for days when I want to be glamorous and my Tartelette palette for an everyday look. The chocolate bar palette is currently on my wishlist but right now I have everything that I need!

Eyeliner/Mascara

I’ve been looking for a new mascara, but I’m currently using Too Faced better than sex, and Stila jet black eyeliner. I like both products, but I would like my eyeliner to have some more versatility, and my mascara can get a little clumpy and messy. Currently on my wishlist to try is the Tarte Gel Liner and the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

Eyelashes

I have been on the hunt for perfect eyelashes for almost a year now. I’ve read just about every review on youtube ranging from the ardell brand to mink lashes etc, but I have yet to find one that is natural and can be worn every day. I purchased the Ardell demi wispies (which got high reviews) but I think they are too long to wear every day, especially to work. I found myself trimming them to make them look more natural. One day I was in my local beauty supply store and I noticed they had “baby” demi wispies. Basically demi wispies but half the size. I grabbed two pairs and decided to try them. Fell totally in love! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. If you’re someone who wears glasses or works in a corporate environment and you are self-conscious about overdoing it with your makeup then I would totally suggest these. They are just a touch longer than my natural lashes and they really accentuate my eyes behind my glasses.

Lash Accessories: 

As someone who is new to falsies I really struggled with applying them. Sometimes it can take me at least 10 minutes just to get one lash one.  Everyone suggests I used tweezers to help, but I personally don’t think those are very beginner friendly. I decided to purchase an actual lash gripper from Sephora which is shaped like a lash and it grips it perfectly. You can read here how to use it, but it really helped when I was first starting out. I also recommend getting good glue. I started using the lash grip glue from Ardell, but I recently switched to duo lash glue. This glue will keep your falsies on allll day. I had half a mind to sleep in my lashes since they were glued on so well. I bought the black lash glue so that when it dries it looks like eyeliner since the clear glue doesn’t really dry “clear”. Most lashes can be removed by a simple swipe of makeup remover, but the duo lash glue is really strong and requires a bit extra. You never want to tug at the lashes( because that’s how you strip your own) so I use a warm washcloth and gently rub back and forth just to loosen the glue. Then I go in with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover and run it along the lash line. I either take a makeup remover wipe, or the warm washcloth and do one final swipe and it comes right off! I find that this method keeps my real lashes healthy and also preserves the falsies too so that I can reuse them. If you have clumps of glue on your false eyelashes I suggest wiping them with makeup remover to get the gunk off so that they are ready to reuse the next time. I also don’t apply mascara to my false eyelashes (I apply mascara to my real lashes before I  apply the falsies) and I noticed that this also helps my lashes last longer!

What are some of your favorite eye makeup products?

kierra again

 

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Ever since I’ve switched from glasses to contacts I have grown to appreciate mascara so much more. I always wore mascara but I never paid attention to whether it was volumizing, lengthening or any of the things it said on the packaging, and I certainly never thought I would use two at a time!

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I’ve had Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for several months and its what I use every day. It’s extremely black and adds a lot of thickness to my mascara, but it’s a tad bit messy. I typically have to use a q-tip to clean the bottom and top of my lid from the little fallouts. My eyes are naturally curled so my mascara gets on the top of my lid. It’s an annoying little nuance but at least, I don’t have to curl my lashes right?

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I landed on the Benefits Roller Lash mascara as a sample from Sephora. I’ve been saving my points for something good (currently up to 800) but since I’ve been wanting to try this for the longest time without committing to the big one I jumped at the opportunity for the sampler. And the fact that it was only 90 points was a good incentive too. I wouldn’t recommend using this by itself mainly because It isn’t nearly as black as other mascaras that I’ve tried and overall doesn’t do much for my lashes. However, I love it for its detangling and ability to separate my lashes. It makes a great base for me to go in and apply my better than sex mascara and on days that I want a more natural look its the only thing that I wear. I do think that there are plenty of drugstore brands that offer the same thing but if you are a fan of the benefit mascaras then this would be a good one to add to your collection!

Kierra Lee

 

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