No-Foundation Glowing Skin Routine

Now that it’s summer and things are starting to heat up, I haven’t been comfortable in heavy makeup. It’s nice to give the skin a breath of fresh air every once in a while. On days where I want to let my skin chill but still look presentable, I use these products for an effortless glow.
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Makeup Inspiration: Purples and Pinks

I love wearing soft colors on my eyes. I think they make a really bold statement without being loud, difficult to create, or annoying to wear! Recently, pinks and purples have been taking residence on my eyelids. I have so many pretty pastel palettes that look great all over the lids for a  simple wash of color, but my favorite has to be the Nars Narsissist Danger Control eyeshadow palette. These are really cool pastel holographic shadows, some being amazing duochromes and some having galaxy-inspired glitter glows. Here’s a look I created using some of the shadows in the palette along with some others!

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5 Underwhelming Beauty Products

Raise your hand if you’ve purchased a hyped up makeup product and have been utterly disappointed. If you haven’t raised your hand, I assume you are just a very positive person who is generally not disappointed with anything. Let’s be real — makeup is very personal; what works for one person is entirely dependent on their preferences, skin type, lifestyle, or whatever. Just because a product works for someone else does not mean it will work for you and vice versa. Here are five products that have recently really underwhelmed me. These are not by any means bad products, they just aren’t for me!

disappointing makeup urban decay palette eyeshadow

URBAN DECAY NAKED EYESHADOW PALETTEurban decay naked eyeshadow palette

I’ll admit – this was my first eyeshadow palette EVER. It was everyone’s favorite for a while, quite frankly because it was one of the first palettes really marketed as a multi-use, everyday, and wearable palette. I love the shadows, have no complaints about the formula, and enjoy the simple packaging, but I find myself struggling to get any use of it now that it’s pretty much been sitting in my drawer for years.

I think a lot of the reason for me not reaching for this is the shade selection. Not only are there WAY too many shimmer shades, but the overall tone of this palette is very cool. I’ve learned that cooler colors don’t flatter me the same way that more warm ones do. That being said, I’ll hold onto this for a while because I absolutely love Sidecar and Toasted.

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARAToo Faced better than sex mascara

This mascara was SO hyped up. So many girls name this as their absolute holy grail, and being a mascara junkie myself, I had to give it a shot. I’ll admit that my lashes are not the greatest on their own, but I usually am able to get really nice results with most mascaras if I curl them.

While this mascara gives great volume and a nice black color, it does nothing in terms of curl or length for my lashes. Even when I use an eyelash curler, this formula is very liquidy and just weighs them down. For the price, I don’t get the hype, especially when there are gems like the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise at the drugstore for less than 10 bucks. If this works for you, I’m so jealous, but I think I’ll stick to my drugstore mascaras from now on!

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER (TRAVEL SIZE)nars radiant creamy concealer

I’m so glad I only picked up the travel size of this concealer. I have friends who swear up and down that this concealer is the one, but it just didn’t work for me. I have finicky dry undereyes that crease and flake like crazy without the right products, so I was hopeful by the concealer’s namesake. Unfortunately, this formula was much too drying and just accentuated my fine lines. It did give a nice brightening effect, though!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK (SARAFINE)anastasia beverly hills liquid lipstick matte sarafine

With so many great matte liquid lipstick formulas on the market, it’s tough to justify luxury prices for mediocre products. While I love the color of this gorgeous deep red, I’m disappointed in how drying the ABH formula is. I have another beautiful liquid lipstick from the brand in a stunning light lilac color and the formula is the same. I wish these weren’t so drying and crackly, because the colors are drop dead gorgeous.

CHOSUNGAH 22 SO TINY LIP & CHEEK TINT (NEON APPLE)lip and cheek tint red

This product was disappointing to me mostly due to the color. I love multi-use products like this because I appreciate the ability to customize my makeup, but the bright red color was just really unflattering on my skin color. It was so red that it made my skin look like I had an allergic reaction, so unfortunately I’m passing on this one.

I know these products are well-loved by many, so it pains me to be on the opposite side of the fence with my opinion! Let me know if you like any of these products — maybe I’m using them wrong?

What are your most disappointing beauty products?

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2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

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A Pink Glow Using Colourpop’s Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in “Over the Moon”

Colorful highlights are so pretty in photographs. Not that they’re unappealing or lacking in real life, but they tend to be less wearable than our neutral tones. I’ve been loving the glittery pink glow given by Colourpop Cosmetics’ Super Shock Cheek in Over the Moon, so I decided to create a wearable look using this disco-worthy highlighter.

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Blush Pink Shoes + Sunny Beauty Inspo

Blush pink is one of the most versatile colors to wear throughout the changing seasons. I wore it all through winter and I’ll be wearing it all through this summer. During a little retail therapy session, I picked up the cutest pair of blush pink shoes (ON SALE!) that I’ll be reaching for through the work week and the weekend. I also picked up a couple of other things for the sunny weather, so I felt inspired to share this mini summer inspo post.

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Wearable Peachy Glow Festival Makeup Look

‘Chella season is upon us. Whilst scrolling through impossibly perfect pictures of celebs at the festival, I’ve noticed the beauty trends are quite polarized this year. Some went FULL GLAM festival crazy, but more than a few went with a natural desert glow. I wanted to try the latter, so here’s a super wearable look that’ll take you from pool party to weekend festival.  Continue reading “Wearable Peachy Glow Festival Makeup Look”