Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes. . .

I don’t discriminate when it comes to makeup.  If it’s good, it’s good.  I don’t care if it has a designer label, or I got it for a dollar at the drugstore.  I LOVE drugstore makeup and when I find a gem, it makes me happy.  I’m simple.  I know.  I’ve been on a eyeshadow palette kick lately.  $10 for a palette of shadows?  Sold.  I recently picked up a couple of palettes at Walgreens and CVS.  One is a definitely hit.  The other. . .eh.  It’s not BAD. But it could be better.

No7 Mini Eye Palette


I got this on a trip to Chicago at the most GIANT Walgreens I’ve ever seen in my life.  It was a makeup lovers dream.  There was so much to choose from that I didn’t even know where to start.  I decided to be adventurous and try a brand I’ve never tried before.  The rest as they say. . .is history. (Too dramatic? Okay.  Moving on. . . ) No7 is a UK based brand.  Their products are apparently sold at Walgreens, and I’ve also seen them at Target.  For some reason, I don’t really see this available anywhere online.  It is available here for $43.00 if you really want it, but I’d pass and check your local Walgreens.  You never know what you’ll find.


The colors are so so pretty.  They’re neutral and diverse enough that you can basically create any look.  There is a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades.  The shadows themselves are a bit powdery and not as pigmented as they could be.  When applied they were a bit patchy, but with a little blending I was able to achieve a look that I really liked.  Like I said – not bad for $10, just not AMAZING.


The e.l.f. Prism Shadow Palette (Sunset)

This palette on the other hand, is definitely one of my favorites.  The colors are so creamy, pigmented and just gorgeous.  I got it at CVS on a whim.  SO happy I did.  All of the shades are definitely shimmery.  If you are looking for a matte palette, this probably isn’t for you.  There is also a more neutral palette (Naked), but I opted for the cool toned/pinky shades.


I’ve been wearing it the past few days, and have been happy with it every time.  TIP: use a wet brush for even more intensity.


I was having a terrible hair day in this pic, but it was fine because my eyeshadow was so pretty.  Also, I was wearing a bronzer that I ended up returning because it turned me ORANGE. (Can you say OOMPA LOOMPA?) It was bad.  We’ll leave that for another day.

Has anyone tried these? What’s your favorite drugstore palette? I want to know!



You get what you pay for. . .

Most of the time.  But SOMETIMES, especially with makeup, you can find some really great products that are SUPER affordable.  Can you tell I’m EXCITED? Okay, I’ll stop with the CAPS. 🙂


E.l.f. Cosmetics has always been on my radar as a super affordable brand (when I say affordable, I mean like – dirt cheap)  with surprisingly good products.  Their products can sometimes be hit or miss.  But when you’re only spending between $1 – $3 per product, you don’t feel that bad if the product is a dud.   My one and only Black Friday purchase this past year was the e.l.f. perfect pout lip set.  It’s normally $10, but was on sale for $8.  Score.  It came with 3 lip glosses (Brian, Brett and Luke) and 2 lip balm tints. 5 products for under $10.  You can’t really beat it.  The lip balm tints are not my favorite.  They have no real color, and don’t seem to be that moisturizing. They would be perfect for a pre-teen or teenager who is just getting into makeup.  They’re not bad, just not that exciting.


from left to right: Brian, Brett & Luke

The EX-tra lip glosses however: O.M.G.  I love these so much.  They are extremely pigmented, smooth, creamy and just A-MA-ZING.  I’m in love.  They’re not super sticky (sticky is so annoying!) and feel great on your lips.  You can buy them individually for $2.  TWO DOLLARS.   I’ve seen them at Target and CVS, and you can also order online. Today the weather was crap and I was having a bad hair day.  My lipgloss however, (Brett) was super pretty and that made me happy.  It’s the little things.


Has anyone tried these? What are your favorite e.l.f. products?

Happy Monday! xo

Irresistible Me. . .

DISCLAIMER: Okay, let me start out by saying that I was contacted by Irresistible Me and asked if I would like to try out their hair extensions.  I was given the hair, but was not paid or given any compensation in exchange for a positive review.  All opinions are my own, and I tell it like it is.  Obviously.  I had to get that out there because I feel like in the world of blogging/social media, you’re not quite sure what to believe.  Do people actually LOVE products, or just love that they are free, or the $ that comes with branding and advertising?  It’s hard to tell.  I have no reason to exaggerate or lie about anything – love it/hate it, I’ll tell you. Now that that’s out of the way. . .back to the hair.


I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with hair extensions.  I’ve had them on and off for several years.  I didn’t find the maintenance that bad.  The worst part is really the time it takes to put them in (hours and HOURS) and the sticker shock each time you get them done (that’ll be $1000, please. . .) Okay.  I take that back – I never paid $1000 for hair, but that’s only because my friend is a hairdresser and gives me a hefty discount. (It’s still not cheap. . .) Like anything else, you get what you pay for.  If you can’t afford to get it done right, just don’t do it.  No need to look like you have doll hair. Not to mention the damage it can cause to your real hair if they’re not done properly.  No one wants that.  NO one.


The next best alternative is clip in extensions.  Enter: Irresistible Me.  The good thing about clip in extensions is that you can take them in and out of your hair when you want, and not have to worry about damage to your real hair.  They’re also a lot cheaper, and assuming you take good care of them, you can reuse them as many times as you want.  The hardest part is matching the color to your natural hair and picking the length and density that is appropriate for you.  The website and pictures are pretty accurate, and there are guides that help in picking the length.   I tend to be more conservative, and would rather have it be a bit shorter than look ridiculous.  That’s just me.  And hey – if that’s the look you’re going for – all the more power to you.  No judgment.


I eventually chose the Silky Touch Hair in Silky Ash Blonde #10 in 18 inches and 140g.  They come in 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 inches, and 100g, 140g and 200g.

They arrived in my office nicely packaged and ready to wear. In the set I received, there are 10 different pieces in various sizes to fit around your entire head.  TIP: If you’re a complete beginner, I recommend having someone put them in for you – or going somewhere like Drybar and getting your hair styled. They will also put the hair in for you, for an extra fee.  This is especially nice if you’re going to an event or party.  Hair extensions in general are kind of a pain to put in.  I would watch some videos on how to put them in yourself, or if you don’t want to pay/splurge – have a friend help you. NOTE: I should have taken pictures from the back – it’s really hard to do that yourself.  I promise, they blended really nice and looked really good from behind.  Let’s be honest, nothing is ever going to look 100% completely like your own real hair.  Also, sorry about the crap lighting.  Late night bathroom photo shoot.  Good times.



Before (duh)


I received them several weeks ago, but wanted to make sure I used and played with them enough to give an accurate review.  The verdict: If you’re looking for a set of nice hair extensions that look and feel natural (as natural as fake hair clipped to you head can be) give these a try.  They match and blend in with my hair almost perfectly and style great. Using a curling iron on them is not an issue.  The quality of the hair is nice, (100% natural remy hair) and I’ve really been enjoying them.  When I feel like I need a little extra hair in my life – I’ll definitely be putting these in.  The prices start at $37, so you can experiment and not feel like you’re making a down payment on a house.  If you do give these a try, let me know.  I want to know what you think!

Happy 2016!


Drugstore Mascara Alert!

 As someone who has had eye ulcers in the past (literally – ulcers in my EYE) I understand the importance of replacing mascaras on a regular basis.  The general rule is every 3-6 months depending on how often you use them.   While I do love expensive mascara (i.e., Le Volume De Chanel) it does seem a bit ridiculous to constantly be shelling out $30+.  I’m always on the lookout of a good drugstore mascara, and there are LOTS of them.  However, my  new current fave is. . .wait for it. . .

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer by Lashblast


It promises 400 TIMES VOLUME. . .well, I don’t know about that, but it’s a really good mascara.

And for $6.99, it’s definitely worth a try.  The formula is not too watery, there are no clumps and the wand is skinny enough to get in there and really grab onto every lash.


I’ve been posting a lot of pics on Instagram lately, and I’ve (mostly) been using this mascara. I love it.  And if you’re not following me, you should.  However, if you’re not into pictures of my face, I get it.  No offense taken.  LOL.  Hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  Happy Shopping! xo


Dirty hair. . .

I hate washing my hair.  I know, I’m weird.  I love how it feels after it’s freshly washed and clean, but I cannot stand drippy wet hair. It makes me uncomfortable.  Also, I hate how long it takes to blow dry, style, curl and/or straighten and make yourself presentable.  I’d rather be sleeping.  Dry shampoo = my best friend.  However, like everything else,  not all dry shampoos are created equal. Over the years, I’ve tried many (many) brands and formulas.  Some work okay, but smell like a musty old grandma (you know exactly what I’m talking about) and others just make it look like you’ve dumped a bottle of baby powder on your head. Not cute.

The best one I’ve used so far:

Living Proof: Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo


This. Stuff. Is. Amazing.  There’s a whole science behind it (yeah, no idea how it works) but it absorbs sweat AND oil, and leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh.  Let’s be honest, nothing can replace a good ole fashion shampooing, but if you’re lazy (like me) and don’t want to look like a greasy drowned rat, this might be your jam.  Shake it up, hold 6 inches or so from your head and spray in the roots. Wait a few seconds and lightly massage your scalp with your fingers (or brush) and – VOILA.  You’re good to go.  It is white at first, but disappears right away and does not leave a gray residue.

I got the small bottle to try ($12) and plan on getting the full size when it runs out.  Note: I’m not a huge fan of the scent.  It’s bearable, and definitely not offensive – but something to be aware of if you’re hypersensitive to fragrance.


Cut to the bitchy resting face.  Today is Monday.  I got my hair/roots colored and washed on Friday.  2.5 days of using dry shampoo.  Pretty good, right?  And yes – I shower everyday.  Please.  And yes – I’m wearing a cat necklace.

Happy Monday! xo



Best in Beauty. . . Vol. I

I’ll be the first to admit, I have an abnormal obsession with all things beauty related.  Since I try and use so many different products, I know what’s good, great and BAD.  I figured I would share some things that you probably didn’t even know existed, but need in your life. You’re welcome.



Nope.  It’s not a cream that you use when you’re having some sort of female issue.  (Just me that thought that? Okay, moving on. . .) Vanicream, is in fact an amazing lotion for dry skin.  It was developed by a team of dermatologists at the Mayo Clinic specifically for problem skin.   I have been using the “Lite” version for sensitive skin.  It’s just a plain ole, unscented lotion. They have a whole line of products (soap, sunblock, etc) for dry and sensitive skin. If you have itchy skin issues, try it.  It’s amazing.  I’ve seen it at my local CVS, but you can find it on Amazon.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water


I have no idea what the heck is in this stuff, but it’s awesome. Mist it on your face before you apply your makeup, and your foundation goes on smoother and lasts longer.  It doesn’t fill in pores or lines, so don’t get TOO excited.  But if you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up before you apply your makeup, use this.  It just makes your face look better.  Note: It is kinda expensive, ($32! EEK!) but you can get the small one ($16) to try and see if it works for you.  🙂

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask


Another holy grail product.  Slather this baby all over your face, leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.  You’ll look like Jim Carrey in the MASK, but it’s worth it.  After you remove it, your skin feels smooth and AMAZING.  The charcoal helps draw out impurities so it’s especially good if you are acne prone or have blackheads.  However, it’s good for all skin types.  Use it once a week – try not to scare your significant other – and you’ll really notice a difference in your face.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara

TIP: Use this as a mascara solely for your bottom lashes. What? Yep, bottom lashes ONLY.  The brush is small and skinny so it’s perfect for getting right in there.  You know exactly what I’m talking about.   The formula does not smudge or budge.  If you’re prone to looking like a panda by the end of the day, this might be for you.  It might seem a little high maintenance to have a mascara for only your bottom lashes but. . . Okay, there’s no excuse.  It’s ridiculous.  Do it.


Cococare Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I’m actually not a huge fan of lip balm (um, why wear lip balm when you can wear lipstick??) but this is the best. It’s awesome.  Just trust me on this one.  No more flakey lips.  You’ll never go back to regular Chapstick.  Guys like it too, cause it’s not girlie or fruity scented.  Pure cocoa butter heaven.

That’s all I have for now.  If you try any of these, and LOVE them (or hate them). . .let me know! xo

Happy Friday Eve!


Random favorites. . .

Happy Tuesday! I had to write about 2 products that are current staples in my makeup routine. One is an eyeliner and the other is. . .men’s aftershave.  Wait.  What?

Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm (Sensitive)

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a 1000 times – I have the greasiest face on the planet.  So.  Gross. I was perusing Nikki Tutorial’s blog, and saw that she uses this as a foundation primer.  I actually love using men’s products (my fave is men’s deodorant – don’t ask), and for $7.99, it was worth a shot.  AHHHH! This stuff is so so amazing.  It makes your makeup last all day and looks flawless! It has a faint man smell, but it doesn’t last long and is not overpowering.  It has bit of a watery consistency, and hasn’t made me break out.  Remember: There are no rules with makeup/beauty.  If it works for you, and you like it – DO it.  Who cares if it says it’s for men? If you’re looking for a new  primer, it’s worth a try.


My vanity, much like my life, has a lot going on. . .

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper

As a general rule, I hate liquid eyeliner.  It’s wet, goopy and just a mess.  Also, because of the shape of my eyes (hooded) if I blink while I’m applying, it inevitably ends up transferring to the upper part of my eyelid.  Not cute.  Howevvvvver, after reading countless reviews and raves, I gave in and decided to try this. I mean, EVERYONE couldn’t be wrong, right? The verdict: This stuff is awesome.  The tip is not too hard or soft (am I the only one who gets uncomfortable talking about the hardness of eyeliner tips? Just me? Okay, moving on. . .) and makes for the perfect winged liner application.  The formula dries quickly and does not budge, smudge or transfer.


 Yes, I realize this is not the most flattering angle, (or picture)  but I had just exercised for the first time in a long time.  I survived.  Barely.  My eyeliner was still perfectly in place.  And yes, I was super sweaty.  LOVE it.

Just for fun, I had to throw in a cat picture.  This is what it looks like when I sit on the couch and work on my laptop.  He just doesn’t get the meaning of personal space.




Fall Bronze. . .

Annd, it’s Fall.  Where I live we don’t really have seasons – yep, it’s currently about 99 degrees – but in my mind (and in Minnesota) this is what fall looks like:


Regardless of the weather, you can still wear fall makeup.  Duh.  Bronze eyes and vampy lips.  I’m all about it.  I recently bought a few bronze shadows and I’m LOVING them.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Burnished Bronze

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to buy this.  BUT, the makeup artist at the counter was so sweet and working so hard I just had to buy something from her.  Yep.  HAD to.  Of course after she went through the big production of putting it on me and convincing me I needed it in my life, she discovered they were was out of stock. (Ack!)  I was about to just say “forget it” but the girl was so sweet and offered to ship it to me for free.  Okay.  Fine. Sold. A few days later it arrived on my doorstep.  Gorgeous! I love this so so much.  It’s ideal for green or hazel eyes, but would honestly look good on all eye colors.  It’s creamy, long lasting and easy to apply.  I recently wore it to work and got a ton of compliments.


MAC Extra Dimension Shadow in Amorous Alloy

So, this is essentially the same color as the Laura Mercier stick, but SHINIER.  OMG, this is so so pretty.  I layer it over the shadow stick and HELLO, BEAUTIFUL.  I love the formulation of these shadows. They are creamy and just magical. Yep.  I said it.  MAGICAL.  One caveat : $20 is a lot to spend on a single eyeshadow (::sigh::) but if you’re gonna do it, this is one to splurge on.


I really hate pictures of just my face.  I’m also not really loving my foundation in this pic either.  I do however, really love my eye makeup using these shadows. 😛

What are your favorite fall colors?



Highlight of the week. . .

Champagne Pop.  The newest addition to my collection.  For those who aren’t familiar with Becca Cosmetics, they make a variety of different products but are most well known for their beautiful highlighters.  Becca recently did a collaboration with Youtube sensation, Jaclyn Hill.  I totally have a girl crush on Jaclyn. She just seems so sweet and genuine. She is also a huge fan of highlighters, hence the collaboration with Becca. I’ve actually had this for awhile but have totally been slacking on the blog… 🙁 Moving on…

The result: A beautiful champagne colored (duh) highlighter.



Highlighters are meant to give you that “glowing from within” look without looking like you have glitter all over your face. This 100% does that.  I still can’t get on board with the whole “highlight on fleek” (heh?), but I do love a good highlighter.  Sweep this on your cheekbones and it adds a whole new dimension to your makeup look.  It will look good on a variety of skin tones.  It can also be used as an eyeshadow.  There are TONS of highlighters on the market and it’s a bit of a trial and error to find one that’s perfect for you.  At $38, it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s like having an Instagram filter in a compact.  Hello, gorgeous. Which brings me to my next subject.

Filters and photoshop.  I love a good filter as much as the next person.   I mean, I get it.  I do. Everyone has flaws they want to blur out.   But it’s just not real life. Obviously. I’m all for it… Just not when it makes me feel bad for not actually looking like the pictures.  Just me? I can’t be the only one.  Maybe I should start following more people who post pics of cute animals.


Exhibit A. I took this picture to capture the beauty that is Champagne Pop.  Pretty, right? (The highlighter, not my face. . .) I used a beauty app to enhance the picture on the right.  My skin is smoother and bye bye under eye bags.  Kinda crazy.

So in conclusion, Champagne Pop is gorgeous.  If you need a new highlighter this is one to consider.  I’m not gonna say you need it, because who really needs makeup?  Okay, I lied. Everyone could use more makeup in their life. Oh and not everything you see on the internet is real life. But you already knew that. 😜

Who’s tried this? What’s your favorite highlighter? Thoughts?



Welcome to the family, Bobbi. . .

Bobbi Brown.  For some reason, her makeup has never really been on my radar.  Until now.  I recently picked up a few things from my local counter annnnd, cue the angels singing. . .


Art Stick in Bright Raspberry ~ It’s like a giant crayon.  Literally.  These are just so so fun.  The color is beautiful, bright and pigmented.  Every time I wear this, I get lots of compliments.  It’s not super long wearing, but I don’t particularly like long lasting lipsticks as they tend to suck all the moisture out of my lips. Bonus: it comes with a sharpener.

Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl ~ I’ve been using this as a finishing powder over my foundation.  Its gives my skin an all over healthy glow. It can be used as a highlighter and you can even use it as eyeshadow in a pinch. Greasy face = must use powder.

Creamy Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory ~ This is really helpful if you have dark under eye circles.  TIP: Peachy/salmon color concealers help cancel out the blue/purple under the eyes.  I really like this concealer.  What I really love is that it comes with a finishing powder as well.  It’s the perfect duo for traveling.

Her products are on the pricier side, (hooray for bday gift cards!) so I’m not sure I’ll be venturing over to her counter again anytime soon.  That being said, I’m extremely happy with the purchases I made.  Each one of these products has found a happy home in my (large) collection.

In other news. . .


Yay for new glasses!

What are your fave Bobbi Brown products?! I want to know!

Happy Hump Day! xo