June 23, 2017

Product VS - Bronzers

Last week I told you about my favorite bronzers. Today I thought I'd put all the bronzers I own head to head to see which one is the best. I currently own 5 bronzers but only put 4 in the favorites post.

I love the bronzers from my favorites post but there has to be one that is better than the best right? So which bronzer is the best? Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Lorac Matte Bronzer, NYX Matte Bronzer or Rimmel London Natural Bronzer?

June 21, 2017

Why Harry Potter Should Have Been A TV Show

When books get turned into movies so much is lost. I really wish they would do TV shows honestly. So much import but little things get cut when the book hit the big screen. So many details could be saved if they make the books TV shows instead.

This only applies to series but series are pretty much the only books that get so much dumped during production. If they were TV shows instead 1-3 chapters could make up an episode and each book could be a season. It would be so much better that way. 

So here is why I think Harry Potter should have been a TV show.

June 19, 2017

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask | Review

"This clarifying mask draws out dirt and congestion while helping absorb excess oil and improve the appearance of troubled skin. A proprietary blend of African Black Soap and Raw Shea Butter helps to clarify, balance and soothe blemish-prone skin. Skin feels purified and refreshed."

- Shea Moisture's Product Description

This mask is available for $15.99 at Ulta and $14.99 at Target and on sheamoisture.com

Here is my experience with the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Mud Mask.

June 17, 2017

A Blog Without a Niche | Why I Blog About Anything & Everything

When I started this blog I really only wrote about beauty. I wanted to do DIYs and lifestyle too. I decided early on that I wanted this blog to be about everything I loved. I wanted to be about my life and my loves. So that's what I decided to do this year.

June 15, 2017

My Favorite Bronzers

Summer is almost upon us! That means everyone is about to go bronzer crazy! I really love bronzers! I'm a huge fan of matte, warm bronzers. So that will be a common theme in this post.

I fell in love with bronzer so much over the last year! I think it may partially the fact that I'm super pale so everything looks orange and partially the fact that it was only recently that I learnt how to truly use bronzer.

June 13, 2017

My Summer Bucket List

How is the first day of summer a week from today? This year has flown by so far! When you're a kid they don't tell you how fast time goes the older you get. Time feels like trudging through sludge as a kid. And as an adult it feels like it's going to fast you haven't even lived it.

So I've decided to start making seasonal bucket lists to help me slow down and enjoy things. I have a 35 Before 35 List but I want to make season lists. So today I have for you a list of 40 things I want to do this Summer from June 21st to September 22nd.

June 11, 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams | Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

"Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a fan favorite."

NYX Product Description

"NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream straddles the line between lipstick and gloss!

- Creamy, lustrous formula applies like silk
- Soft matte finish exudes a sensual glow
- Unique innovative texture adds the perfect polish to any look"

Ulta Product Description

These lip creams are available for $5.99 at Ulta and $6 on nyxcosmetics.com

Here is my experience with NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

June 9, 2017

2017 Goals - 6 Month Check-in

I can't beleive that year is half over! I swear the older I get the faster they go by. In January I uploaded my 2017 Goals. In that post I set 5 goals for my blog and myself in 2017.  

June 7, 2017

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed | Review + Swatches

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

"There’s nothing sexier than bronzy, glowing skin—sans the sun damage, of course. When you get the look right, it’s SO right. But get it wrong, and you risk looking like you had a run-in with an Oompa-Loompa (not pretty). Nail the golden goddess look every time with Beached Bronzer. 

Dust this silky powder on your face or all over your whole body—and look like you spent a week hanging out on the sunny beaches of Fiji (rather than in a drab, windowless office). 

Our finely milled, super-soft formula applies smoothly, doesn’t streak, and creates a radiant glow that won’t quit. Get Beached (not burned); these universally flattering matte shades provide sheer, natural-looking coverage every time. 

If you swore off powder bronzers because they always felt dry and applied unevenly, you’ll be blown away by how different Beached Bronzer is. Wende loves to use this formula after contouring to make her skin look less flat and more dimensional. Finely milling the powder gives it an ultra creamy texture that feels amazing on your skin, while HPP (Highlighter Performing Pigments) Technology provides rich color, long-lasting elements and the perfect level of coverage. And wait until you see how easy it is to use! 

One glance at the artwork on our Beached Bronzer compact, and you’ll feel instantly transported to a tropical island. (Picture yourself on the sand gazing up at palm trees, and you’ll get the idea.) We even included a full-size mirror—perfect for applying on the go."

- Urban Decay Product Description

This bronzer is available for $28 at Ulta, Sephora and urbandecay.com

Here is my experience with the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer. 

June 5, 2017

Meet My June Advertisers

I'm so excited to bring you my first advertisers! I started offering ad spots and these are the lovely people supporting me in June!

June 3, 2017

My Favorite Video Games

Video games are my favorite thing to do when I have free time. I have loved video games since I was a kid. I started playing the Nintendo 64 when I was only 4 years old. I started playing young and will keep playing until I can't anymore.

June 1, 2017

5 Lipsticks for Life

I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do at least one lip product post per month. So while brainstorming ideas for lip posts I thought, what if you could only have 5 lipsticks for the rest of time. Sometimes my own brain scares me.

The idea of 5 lipsticks forever is a bit horrifying. So of course I had to do it!

May 30, 2017

SPI Cosmetics Pink 12pc Brush Set | Review

I was so excited when SPI emailed me about reviewing some of their brushes. I love makeup brushes so much! I mostly use Real Techniques so I love trying new brands. 

"Sassi's cruelty-free brush set is perfect for applying your favorite cosmetics with style. This set includes twelve of our high-quality brushes for the eyes, cheeks, and complexion.

SET INCLUDES: (1) Angled Liner Brush, (1) Brow and Lash Comb, (1) Smoky Liner Brush, (1) Bent Liner Brush, (1) Small Concealer Brush, (1) Large Concealer Brush, (1) Small Eyeshadow Brush, (1) Small Eyeshadow Brush, (1) Fan Brush, (1) Foundation Brush, (1) Contour Brush, (1) Powder Brush, (1) Brush Case

Makeup application is effortless thanks to the Pink! Synthetic Makeup Brushes.
Featuring two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex that mimics the consistency of natural hairs to pick up formula effortlessly.

Holds any cream, powder, or liquid formula without absorption.

- Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
- Two-toned synthetic fibers
- Exclusively designed ergonomic handle for total control"

-SPI Product Description

These brushes are from SPIcosmetics.com and are $18.

May 28, 2017

Monthly Favorites | May 2017

How is May almost over already? It seems like it just started! I feel like I say that every month. I think I should probably just give up on the months feeling longer.

May was a pretty great month. I when to Cincinnati and visited my sister and my niece and nephew. I started selling ad spots and got my first advertisers which I'm so excited to tell you about next week!

This month I also posted my 75th blog post of 2017. My goal for 2017 was to upload 75-100+ posts this year. This post is my 83rd of the year. I'm so happy and I'm so proud of myself for hitting my goal and keeping to my every other day upload schedule!

So onto what I loved this month. I didn't try many new products this month so I'll be throwing in some old favorites in that I have been using this month.

May 26, 2017

Geek Confessions

Not to long ago I did a post about my unpopular geek opinions. This is kind of similar. People in geek communities get so offended if you say you have never seen something or read something.

So today I'm going to share some of my geek confessions. The things I've never read or watched.

May 24, 2017

Influenster #GlowVoxBox - Unboxing

I'm so excited to try out another VoxBox! I've done 3 so far. The GlamVoxBox, the SproutVoxbox and the Maybelline BetterSkin Powder VoxBox. I got the Maybelline one when I was in a blogging slump so I never did a post on it.

If you haven't heard of Influenster they are a company that send products to Social Media influencers for testing and review. I did a whole post about them when I got my first box. You can read that here.

Anyway onto wants in the box.

May 22, 2017

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Big Sexy Double The Lip Kit | Review + Swatches (Lipstick & Liner All In One)

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Big Sex Lip Kit

"They’re real! double the lip creates visibly fuller-looking lips in one easy step. The BIG sexy lipstick set includes four of these sexy lipsticks & liners. Each custom teardrop tip grabs & defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing color for visibly fuller, sexier lips instantly!"

- Benefit Product Description

Benefit says that in a 1 week panel of 110 women "95% said it’s super easy to apply, 91% said lips look visibly fuller and sexier, 92% said it grabs & defines the lip line" and in a test with 20 of the panelist they had "8 hours of BEYOND BELIEF color!"

Benefit describes the colors as Flame Game, a fiery orange-red, Pink Thrills, a real pink, Revved-Up Red, a cherry red, and Lusty Rose, a rosy neutral.

This set is available for $29 at Ulta, Sephora and on benefitcosmetics.com US. This set is also available in the UK for £25.50 at Debenhams and benefitcosmetics.com UK.

May 20, 2017

My Favorite Disney & Pixar Films

When I was a kid I never liked musicals. So I never really watched Disney films. I still haven't watched any originals other than Cinderella. And to be honest I don't remember it very well.

So most of the Disney films I like are the ones they've made partnered with Pixar. I only recently started to like musicals a little bit and so I like some of the newer Disney films but some are still to show tuney for me.

May 18, 2017

Ulta Birthday Gift - 2017 2nd Quarter

I love beauty reward programs! Coupons, exclusive deals and birthday gifts! Sephora does same gift for the whole year but Ulta changed their gift every 3 months. I did a post in February about Ulta's first quarter gift and sephora's 2017 gifts.  

My mom got this quarter's gift and gave it to me. I was so excited to see that it was the new Lancome Mascara as a pre-release sample! This mascara is coming to Ulta in July. I'm so excited to try it before launch!

May 16, 2017

Summer Lips

I can't believe it's almost summer! How is the first day of summer only a little over a month away? I say that but I've had my AC on for about 2 weeks so I shouldn't really be surprised.

I have always been a fan of any shade in any season so instead of going all reds or all corals or nudes I've compiled a little list for you if my favorite lip products that wear really well in the heat.

May 14, 2017

Urban Decay The Ultimate Pair in Blackmail - Vice Lipstick & 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil | Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick & 24/7 Glide-On Liner 

"It's the ultimate pair for ultra long wear - together in one sleek package. The Ultimate Pair by Urban Decay contains a full-size Vice Lipstick in one of UD's bestselling shades along with a matching full-size 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil so you can create an addictive lip look that really lasts.

Get primed and ready for action with 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil. This waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define - for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. UD's waterproof formula glides on smoothly, stays creamy and defines your lips with gorgeous color. And unlike a lot of other waterproof pencils, 24/7 never feels dry or cakey. Moisturizing vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil nourish your lips every time you reapply.

After you've primed your lips with 24/7, apply Vice Lipstick. Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. The pigment load is insane! And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! UD's proprietary Pigment Infusion System gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. Plus, this creamy formula is loaded with nourishing ingredients. Yummy Butter Blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants."

- Urban Decay's Product Description of the Ultimate Pair Set 

May 12, 2017

What's In My Makeup Bag | May 2017

I can't believe it's May. This year is going by so fast! I'm pretty sure my brain has lost complete track of time. I was looking for a particular YouTube video the other and I was convinced it was uploaded in August or September of last year. Turns out it was uploaded in February of this year. My sense of time is all out of whack.

I was looking through my makeup bag this morning and switched some things out since the last time I showed you so I figured it's time to update you all on what is in my makeup. It doesn't feel like 3 months since I uploaded my last WIMMB in February.

May 10, 2017

The Liebster Award

I was nominated by the lovely Britt of Alternative Speaking. Thank you so much Brit! I'm so excited for my 3rd blog award! Thank you so much to Britt for nominating me! You can check out her post here.

May 8, 2017

My Geek Fandoms

Being a geek means being in a lot of fandoms. You fall in love with a ton of movies and TV Shows and books. Their universes become so real and you can get lost in them for hours.

Today I wanted to tell you guys about the universes I've fallen in love.

May 6, 2017

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer | Review + Swatches

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

"Dust this award-winning bronzing powder over your chin, cheeks and forehead for a healthy, natural-looking "tan" year-round. It's pure matte color…no sparkle or shine!"

- Benefit's Product Description

"Dust on Benefit Cosmetics’ iconic Hoola Matte Bronzer across the chin, cheeks, and forehead for a healthy, natural-looking tan that flatters any skin tone. Complete with a soft, natural-bristle cheek brush, it delivers pure matte color—without leaving behind shine or shimmer. It’s ideal for fair complexions or for use as an all over finishing powder, and it instantly warms your complexion, leaving you with a healthy-looking, believable glow year round. The finely milled matte bronzer blends on smoothly and seamlessly."

- Sephora's Product Description

The Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer is available for $29 at Ulta, Sephora, Benefit Boutiques and on benefitcosmetics.com US.

It is also available for £24.50 at Debenhams, Benefit Boutiques and on benefitcosmetics.com UK.

May 4, 2017

The Time I Almost Died

I asked on my twitter what you guys wanted me to post today. I held a poll and most of you picked a story from my childhood. So I thought go big or go home! Let's start off a storytime series by telling the story about the time I almost died.

May 2, 2017

The Blogger TAG - Part 2

Happy May everyone! Today I bring you a sort of part 2 to The Blogger Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Howling Wolfheart to do The Blogger Tag. Some of you may remember I did Blogger tag in back in January. In that one I took a bunch of questions I've seen online and made my own tag. Since the questions are different I decided to do this as a part 2!

You can read Kitten's answers to the tag here

I also did the Beauty Blogger Tag about 2 weeks ago. Those questions were more beauty based but you can check that out if you would like.

Now onto the tag! 

April 30, 2017

Real Techniques | Brand Spotlight

Let me start by saying I adore Real Techniques! So spoiler alert I 100% recommend the brand. Today I want to tell you guys about the products and the brand itself. All the brand spotlights I've seen talk about some of the products but they don't talk much about the brand.

April 28, 2017

Monthly Favorites | April 2017

April was such a great month! My blog turned 2! I uploaded everyday for 18 days. It almost drove me to insanity but I did it! 

I have a nice short list of favorites this month. So let's get started!

April 26, 2017

The Lipstick TAG

This tag was made for me! If you are new to my blog you may not know how much of a lip product addict I am. I love lipstick. I wear the rest of my makeup just so I can wear lipstick. Lipstick alone would look weird wouldn't it?

So this tag is all about lipsticks. It has 10 questions. So please enjoy.

I tag Katie, Nikki, Lyd, Hannah, & Kimberly.

April 24, 2017

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencil in Blacquer | Review + Swatch

"Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner. Like a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon, this breakthrough formula is exclusive to Marc Jacobs beauty: a super-malleable gel eyeliner glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear. A built-in sharpener helps mold product into a perfect point for an instantly sharp look."

- Marc Jacobs product description

"What it is: A gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. 

What it does: Experience the luxury of gel eyeliner with the ease of a pencil. Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smokey eye. 

What else you need to know: Highliner contains a built-in sharpener at its base: To use, pop out the black sharpener and twist the tip of Highliner to sharpen. You can also sharpen Highliner against a tissue to form a precise point. Always close the cap tightly to keep Highliner's supple glide and long wear."

- Snippet of Sephora's product description

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencil is available for $25 at Sephora and on marcjacobsbeauty.com 

Here is my experience with the Marc Jacobs Highliner.

April 22, 2017

The Beauty Blogger TAG

I've seen a couple different versions of the Beauty Blogger tag floating around and as usual I couldn't find one I liked all of the questions from so I mixed a bunch together.

I really love the questions I've ended up with. They are mostly have beauty but I tacked on a couple blog questions at the end.

I tag Tania, Emmy, Holly, Katie of Katies World of Beauty, and Katie Middleton.

April 20, 2017

Knowing Your Limits

I have a really hard time knowing when to stop something. Whether that be a very long binging session on Netflix or playing a game for too long.

I realized yesterday that I wasn't ready to upload everyday. I did about 13 days and started to go crazy. I kind of lost the will to write. I overloaded myself and started waiting until the last minute to write and upload a post.

April 18, 2017

Real Techniques Powder Brush | Review

 Real Techniques Powder Brush

On the Real Techniques website they promise that this brush is ultra soft, easy to clean and are long lasting. They also say that there will be no product build up in the brush and that it will apply makeup with no streaks and leave a flawless finish.

This brush has 100% synthetic bristles so this brush is 100% cruelty free. Real Techniques brush handles are made of aluminum and are color coded, gold for face, pink for cheeks, and purple for eyes. The Handles also have the brush names on the back.

This brush is available for $9.99 at Ulta and $7.99 at Target and for $10 on the Real Techniques website. It is also available for £12.99 at Boots.

Here is my experience with the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

April 17, 2017

5 Books/Book Series I Really Loved Reading

Today I thought I would talk to you guys about some of the books I have really loved reading. The books I couldn't put down.

April 16, 2017

Real Techniques Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | Product VS

It's no secret on this blog that I love Real Techniques. Today I wanted to talk about two of their products that get compared a lot. The RT Buffing Brush and the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Since there are both for foundation and from the same company they get compared a lot. So I thought it was fitting that they would be the first in my new companion series, Product VS.

April 15, 2017

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | Review + Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

"The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion."
-Snippet from Urban Decay's Product Description

So Urban promised that these lipsticks will have great pigment, a super-creamy smooth texture. 

The creamy formula is also "loaded with nourishing ingredients. A yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe Vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants."

There are 101 shades and 6 finishes. The shades range from pinks to nudes to reds to dark berries and everything in between.

The 6 finishes are Mega Matte: super-intense matte, Comfort Matte: our creamiest matte, Cream: the original, creamy, badass luxury, Metallized: cream with a high level of pearl, Sheer: a punch of color with a sheer, shiny finish, and Sheer Shimmer: slightly transparent finish with floating pearl and a smooth texture. 

Today I will only be reviewing the Mega Matte, Comfort Matte and Cream. I prefer Matte so I doubt I'll ever get the Metallized, Sheer or Sheer Shimmer.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are available for $17 each in the US at Ulta, and Sephora. If you are in the UK they are available for £15.50 at Debenhams. You can also find them for $17 on urbandecay.com or find a store near you on UD's Store Locator.

Here is my experience with the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks.