When it comes to makeup brushes, you really don’t need anything high end. Not to say that I don’t lust over the Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush (come on…that thing just looks like luxury), but the drugstore really does get the job done beautifully. Since all of my brushes just got a much needed deep clean, I figured this was a great time to line them up for some headshots and update you on my current favorite brushes:

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ecotools Define & Highlight Duo ($11.99): I love using the fan brush for my contour because it is easy for me to get a very straight line and then quickly diffuse it out. I use the rounded brush for my blush and absolutely love the way I can blend the blush out beautifully.

Real Techniques Setting Brush ($7.99): I have two of these brushes and use one every day. I like it for both setting my under eye as well as highlighting.

e.l.f. Small Tapered Brush ($3): This is an extremely versatile brush, I’ve used it as a contour brush, setting brush, highlighting brush and a touch-up powder brush.

e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush ($6): If you use powder foundation, you need this brush. This powder brush buffs in setting powder or foundation seamlessly and is so stinkin’ soft. If I go overboard on bronzer, this is also a great fix to soften the color and blend away.

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ecotools Flat Eyeliner Brush (varies): I just saw this brush in store at Ulta last week, but I’m struggling to track down a link. Real Techniques has a great angled eyeliner brush, which is another great option. I like an eyeliner brush for my brows as well as my eyeliner since I normally used shadow as my eyeliner.

e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush ($3): This is a great concealer brush for powders, creams and liquids. It’s held up surprisingly well considering it’s only a few dollars and I’ve really put this thing through the ringer.

e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush ($5): If you like to smoke out your lower lashline, you need a brush that can not only place the color, but also blend it out. This brush does just that without scratching your eyes.

L.A.B.2 Just Blending In Brush ($10, varies): So many great eyeshadow blending brushes are high end, but this one is magic at the drugstore. You can find L.A.B.2 on Amazon or at Walmart.

Real Techniques Eye Duo ($8.99): This brush is now sold in a set, but I love it so much because it’s a great brush for both cream eyeshadows and liquid eyeshadows. It also does a great job of really packing on your lid color for maximum impact.

TIPS: ecotools and Real Techniques go on sale at Ulta BOGO 1/2 off pretty frequently, so definitely stock up then!

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U.K. babes and boys…Glossier has crossed the pond! Glossier traveled north to Canada within the last few months and now they have made their move overseas. In honor of the big launch, I wanted to finally share my review for Glossier’s Wowder Powder, one of their newest products.

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ps – The Glossier Sweatshirt is crazy comfy. It has a soft, fuzzy inside and raglan sleeves, which I love on sweaters. I’m wearing a medium for reference.

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I have combination skin with dry patches on my cheeks/chin and an oily forehead/nose. My favorite way to apply this powder is with a damp Real Techniques sponge. I can stamp the powder into my skin, melting it into my foundation for a locked-in, flawless finish.

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This is how I look at the end of an 10 hour day without any touch ups to my face. When I do touch up, I use a Real Techniques setting brush. The website makes some serious claims about this powder, so I’m going to go through them all quickly to see how it holds up on my skin:

  • Cut shine: Yes (do you see the above picture?!)
  • Blur the appearance of pores: Yup
  • Set makeup, look like skin: Yes – but not under my eyes. Did not work there for me.
  • Won’t leave a chalky film: Yes, and using a sponge helps. Whenever you apply too much powder, mist with any facial spray.
  • Won’t cake into fine lines: True
  • Won’t flatten skin’s texture: In all honesty, I’m not sure what this claim means, so we’re just going to skip this one.
  • No camera flashback: YES! Even the Snapchat selfie flash. For real.

Wowder comes in three shades – Light/Medium, Dark/Deep and Rich. For $22 you get .25 oz. I got mine on August 6th and I have about half left.

Bottom line: I love this powder. If you want to shop it through my page, you can click HERE and you can check out some of my other faves.

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Today I wanted to update some of the products in my hair care favorites. I went back and did some digging through old blog posts and found that two of these have been in my favorites since at least 2015! My love affair with Bumble & Bumble started back in high school. If Spray de Mode came in a perfume, that would be my signature scent. Let’s dive into the products:

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: My friend has used this dry shampoo for awhile and I finally hopped on board. Amika products smell absolutely incredible and they come at a really great value when talking about high-end dry shampoos. You’re getting 5.3 oz for $22, when other comparable brands cost the same, if not more, and you’re only getting 2-3 ounces. Make sure you’re always checking ounces/grams when comparing prices!

DPHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo: This shampoo is POTENT! It truly is a royal purple shampoo, not just slightly tinted lavender. I mix a little in with my normal shampoo for regular washes and once a month will do a full wash with the straight purple. I like this shampoo so much because it doesn’t leave my hair dry like other purple shampoos can.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Spray: If you love the look of piecey texture and lots of volume, you need this spray. It has a bit of a manly smell, but it’s also very “salon” smelling if that makes any sense. It adds some serious grit to your hair and is great for revitalizing yesterday’s style or adding texture to your waves. I always use this in my hair to rough up my waves a little so they look natural and relaxed.

R+Co Chiffon Mousse: This is one of the lightest mousses I have ever used. It really helps add volume when you’re blow drying your hair. I would not recommend using this mousse just to let your hair air dry.

Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode: I was so happy when I just picked up another bottle of this and found that they’ve changed the cap so it has a twist closure. The mist on this hairspray is so fine that it leaves your hair still feeling smooth and natural, while still giving enough hold to keep your style in place. I would love to know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through since high school…

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Dabbling with designer makeup brands has become quite an eye-opening experience. I think there are 3 classes of makeup: drugstore, high end and designer. By designer I mean, $85 for a Christian Dior lipstick, because that’s a category all its own. When I first started trying and investigating Marc Jacobs Beauty, I was placing it in the high-end category, because his products seemed comparable in price point. However, if you really do some digging, you might want to bump it up to the designer category. Let’s chat the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition.

This palette comes with 7 gorgeous shades and includes 3 mattes, 3 shimmers and 1 glitter.

Price: Much like when I looked at the price/product amount of the Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter, I found that the amount of product you’re getting is definitely less than other popular brands, meaning it’s actually more expensive than it seems. To compare…

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette = 5.95 grams for $49

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette = 15.6 grams for $54

You’re getting 1/3 the amount of product for pretty much the same price. So, is it worth it?

Quality: The swatches on the left are one swipe without primer. On the right I blended them out with an eyeshadow brush after a few minutes. You can see that they really don’t want to budge and have great staying power. The only two shades that I was slightly disappointed with are Over the Top and Glamour. Over the Top swatches a little streaky and doesn’t blend quite as easily as the other colors, but it’s still very workable. Glamour swatches beautifully but loses some of the pigmentation as you blend it out. This isn’t to say these colors are bad, they simply aren’t as impressive as the others.

Verdict: If you are an eyeshadow enthusiast, I think this palette is worth the money. I’ve pretty much worn this palette exclusively since I received it to test out from Influenster. I also appreciate how nice the packaging is, especially considering the price point.

I do not think this palette is a good pick for you if you go through makeup quickly because you’re getting1/3 the amount of product you might get with another brand. I also don’t think this is a good pick for you if you just want a good basics palette. If you want something that gets the job done without breaking the bank, my two favorites are this Neutrogena quad or this matte e.l.f. palette.

I hope this was helpful if you’ve been curious about the launch of the new Eye-Conic palettes. There are 6 total palettes so if you’re interested, there’s probably a color palette for you!

 

After a lot of trial and error, I have finally figured out my perfect skincare routine to help clear blackheads. I really love skincare and have quite a lot, but I notice a definite difference in my skin if I’m not regularly using the following products. If you suffer from blackheads, I don’t think you should run out and get this whole regime because that’s unrealistic and expensive. If a product sounds intriguing though, give that a try. Be patient and you’ll figure out your perfect blackhead-clearing cocktail too.

Skinfix Foaming Clay Cleanser: Skinfix recently sent me this cleanser to try and I couldn’t be more thankful. This cleanser is a gentler version of the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. It has a great lather and makes your skin feel super clean without drying it out. If you’re more oily though, the Origins might be a good option.

Pixi Glow Tonic: I used to think Glow Tonic was overhyped. Wrong. It’s worth all the hype. Whenever I use this, I’m shocked at just how much dirt and oil is still left on my skin after a face wipe and double cleansing. Since this is strong, I’d start with every other day, then work your way up.

Kate Somerville Anti Bac Lotion: I love this lotion so much I could cry. For the last two years or so, I’ve had the worst clogged pores around my chin and nothing would seem to help. They weren’t quite blackheads, but they were causing a lot of uneven texture. Finally, I picked this up on the recommendation of Tiffany D. Within two weeks, the clogged pores on my chin were clear and the blackheads on my nose had diminished.  I only use the slightest bit on my chin and nose so it should last awhile. If your skin reacts well to Benzoyl Peroxide, you’ll love this lotion.

e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream: For a long time now I’ve been using various No7 night creams, which I love, but wanted to change it up. While the price tag may be small in the world of skincare, this night cream still hydrates and nourishes your skin for nighttime repair. I think I might need something thicker come winter but right now, it’s perfect.

Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel: Let’s start with the price – yes $62 for a mask is steep. However, professional facials can run you upwards of $100, and I can honestly say this two-step mask gives you visible results. Read the directions carefully so you layer the products correctly. This mask opens your pores and pulls all of the gross stuff out. You might experience a breakout the next day since this mask will bring everything to the surface. For me, this is totally worth it because it helps deep clean so my Glow Tonic and Anti Bac can really work their magic on the top.

I hope that maybe one of these products sounds like it might work for you if you suffer from pesky blackheads. Sound off down below if you have any lingering questions!

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