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    I literally squealed when I walked into my local Ulta Beauty and spotted the new NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders ($7.99 each) along with the rest of their Spring 2017 line. NYX has really been stepping up their game lately, and since I loved the Strobe of Genius Palette that came out last year I had a feeling I'd like these too. They were almost completely sold out when I was there but I was able to get four out of the five shades to review and swatch for you today. Let's take a look!

    The Details:

    Light up your features with NYX Cosmetics' Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Available in glowing shades, these silky powders blend like a dream for a fresh-faced look. Their breathtaking formula's light-catching pearls deliver a luminous finish that looks different from every angle. Brush this illuminating wonder along the highest points of the face - such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid's bow.

    Price: $7.99

    Available at: Ulta Beauty Stores, Ulta.com and Nyxcosmetics.com
    Packaging: 

    The Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders come in round plastic compacts with a latch closure. They don't include a mirror and each hold .21oz of product. For reference, a Becca highlighter contains .28oz of product and a Tarte highlighter contains .20 oz. 

    Shades: 

    Twilight Tint- White base with blue duo chromatic pearls. This one looks kind of silvery in the pan but the blue really comes out when you swatch it!

    Twilight Tint
    Snow Rose- White base with pink and lilac duo chromatic pearls. This is a gorgeous white highlight that looks pink or lavender depending on how the light catches it and the angle you look at it from. Perfect for fair to light skin tones!
    Snow Rose
    Lavender Steel- Soft lavender with pink and lavender duo chromatic pearls. This one goes on a little bit more subtle than the first two...maybe it's because the pearls don't contrast with the base color as much. It's a beautiful shade and looks great with my cool-toned complexion!
    Lavender Steel
    Crushed Bloom- Dusty Rose with pink and light blue duo chromatic pearls. Looking at this one in the pan, I was positive I could use it as a blush. But once I blend it out on my cheeks, it doesn't add a lot of color...just some shine. On deeper skin tones this would be a gorgeous highlight but on me it makes a nice blush topper.
    Crushed Bloom
    Formula:
    The Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders are super soft and easy to pick up with no chunky glitter particles. They show up easily on the skin like the Becca highlighters do...I didn't find that I had to keep layering it on to make it noticeable. Check out my swatches in motion here and you can really see how the colors change as you move.


    Left to right: Twilight Tint, Snow Rose, Lavender Steel, Crushed Bloom

    Here, I'm wearing Snow Rose on my cheeks. It's the prettiest highlight if you have fair skin and it shows up beautifully, even in photos (and I have the worst time getting highlighters to show up on camera). I think when you're as pale as I am there's not enough contrast to make the highlighter pop!
    Final Thoughts: 
    These are gorgeous, affordable highlighters that are right on trend with the duo chrome finishes and they really perform like the higher-end brands do. Definitely worth picking one up (or two or three).

    Grab them now at Ulta.com and Nyxcosmetics.com

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  • 01/02/17--09:29: 2016 Favorites
  • It's that time of year again...my 2016 favorites are here! This time I've done something a little bit different. I was sick last week and just haven't had the time to create my usual posts but I didn't want to completely ignore all of the products I loved last year.
    So I added them all to a Pinterest board where you can see everything together. I included products from every category including hair, makeup, skincare, etc. and made sure to add favorites from the drugstore as well as high-end.
    Most of the pins link back to my original review of the product so if you're curious to see my thoughts on a particular item, you can click through to read it.

    I hope you all had a fantastic New Year's...here's to 2017!!

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    flower beauty flower pots blushes
    Flower Beauty has just released several new products for Spring 2017 and I went on a major haul yesterday at Walmart (see everything I got here). One of the first things that caught my eye was the Flower Pots Blush ($8.98 each). They reminded me of the Milani Rose blushes as soon as I saw them so I couldn't wait to come home and compare them! Let's take a look...
    Description/Details: 
    Naturally radiant cheeks that are as pretty as a petal! Flower Pots Powder Blush blends on smooth and silky, enhancing your skin tone with a healthy flush of color. The shade warms your complexion to your ideal tone. Show off your rosy glow! 
    • Size: .21oz.
    • Country of Origin: U.S.A.
    • Price: $8.98
    • Where to Buy: Select Walmart stores (not yet available online)

    Shade Selection:
    Flower Beauty Flower Pots come in four shades (see them here) and I chose the two lightest shades since I'm so fair (I passed on the deeper peach and bright pink colors).

    I ended up grabbing Sweet Pea, which is a beautiful dusty rose matte and Warm Hibiscus which is a peachy pink with just a touch of gold shimmer in it.


    flower blushes
    Sweet Pea and Warm Hibiscus
    Formula/Swatches:
    I'm already in love with the formula of the Flower Pots...they're so smooth and go on beautifully! They feel buttery to the touch but not quite as waxy as the Milani Rose blushes...I would say these are silkier and have very little powder kickup. Have you ever tried using a blush that was really buttery and it just didn't blend easily because your skin was sort of grabbing onto it too much? That's the one issue I have with the Milani Rose blushes and these new Flower Pots don't do that at all. They pick up easily with one touch of the brush and just glide effortlessly across the cheeks. It's a really gorgeous formula! 
    The two shades I bought are perfect for fair to light skin tones like mine. Warm Hibiscus has a little bit of shimmer but it doesn't highlight my pores...it just warms up my skin and gives it a pretty glow. Sweet Pea is the perfect matte shade for me since I'm cool-toned...it's the shade my cheeks turn naturally when I'm flushed. You can tell in the photo below how smooth these are, as there's no skipping across my skin. They're also nicely pigmented but not so pigmented that you feel like you have to blend, blend, blend. I found them to be really effortless to use. 
    flower beauty flower pots blush swatches

    Comparison Swatches:
    I wanted to compare these to some of my high-end blushes to see if I could find any dupes. As it turns out, I didn't find any in my collection, so I was really happy about that!
    At first glance, I thought Warm Hibiscus looked just like the new Too Faced Papa Don't Peach blush but once I swatched them side-by-side, I realized they're much different.
    flower pots blush warm hibiscus
    Warm Hibiscus
    Here, I've compared Warm Hibiscus next to several of my high-end peachy pink blushes that have shimmer:
    Next I wanted to compare Sweet Pea to some cooler-toned matte blushes from my collection. I don't have a lot of those so there were only two that looked close in the pan.
    flower pots blush sweet pea

    Finally, I couldn't leave you without comparing these to the Milani Rose Blushes. I was shocked when I put them next to each other and realized that the Milani version is 3x the size (.60oz vesus .21oz.). As I said above, I do like the Flower formula a little bit better as it feels less waxy and easier to blend (but I do still like the Milani formula a lot).

    As far as dupes go, none of the Milani shades I own are a match for these two Flower shades. That being said, both products offer more shades in their collections so there may be a dupe in there somewhere. 

    Final Thoughts:
    I highly recommend the new Flower Beauty Flower Pots! They have a beautiful formula and I didn't notice any difference in quality between them and my high-end blushes when I was swatching them together. At under $10 a piece, they're definitely a great buy.


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    I recently picked up the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint andHydrating Concealerat CVS and I have to say...I almost didn't buy them because they were really pricey for drugstore products ($17.79 for the foundation and $15.79 for the concealer). Thankfully, Ulta has them for a few dollars cheaper.
    I don't even remember the last time I bought anything from Neutrogena because they don't launch products all that often and when they do, nothing is really jumping out at me to make me want to buy them.

    But that particular day, my skin was really parched (as it alway is when the temps drop and the heat is running non-stop) and I was feeling frustrated with my usual foundations looking cakey and clinging to dry patches like they always do this time of year. I guess the promise of a foundation that could plump and hydrate my skin for 24 hours with hyaluronic acid sounded pretty darn great at that moment so I took the plunge and purchased both the foundation and the concealer.
    Keep on reading to see my thoughts!

    Let's talk about the Hydrating Skin Tint first...
    Neutrogena's hydration-infused, weightless water-gel Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint plumps skin and boosts hydration while providing natural-looking coverage.

    Benefits:

    • Moisturizes and plumps skin for 24 hours
    • Doesn't settle into fine lines
    • Boosts hydration for 24 hours for more radiant, smoother skin over time
    • Better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all - makeup your skin better, even after you take it off
    • Oil-free, non-comedogenic
    • Weightless, no makeup feel
    • Non-greasy

    This costs $14.99 at Ulta and comes in ten shades. It's packaged in a glass bottle and at first I thought it was going to be the kind you just pour out into your hand. Thankfully, it has a large doe foot applicator (just like Tarte's Shape Tape) which makes it easy to apply.

    The formula feels very creamy at first but as you blend it into your skin, it starts to break down and feel like you're applying a cooling watery serum to your face! It just sort of melts in and disappears leaving a very natural skin-like finish that's not dewy or matte...it just looks like you don't have anything on. It gives more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not enough to call it medium coverage either. For me, it's enough for every day wear and if I need more coverage under my eyes or around my nose, I'll just use the concealer. 

    The first day I wore this, I checked my skin in the mirror after about an hour and was so impressed with how great it looked...even better than when first applied! My skin looked plumped up and smooth, fine lines almost non-existent, and I looked younger overall. Not only that, it lasted all day...I couldn't believe it was still going strong by the evening because usually hydrating products break down faster than more drying matte formulas.

    Overall, I loved how it made my skin look and feel hydrated all day long...that's quite a challenge in the middle of winter and it really exceeded my expectations.

    Now on to my Hydro Boost Concealer review...
    Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Concealer has a non-greasy, lightweight formula that glides onto skin providing silky-smooth, natural-looking coverage.

    Benefits:

    • Unique hydrating core designed to instantly quench skin
    • No cakey finish
    • Better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all - makes your skin better even after you take it off
    • Oil-free, non-comedogenic
    • Ophthalmologist tested: safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

    The Hydro Boost Concealer ($12.99 at Ulta) comes in five shades and is a twist-up stick formula with a hydrating core, similar to Benefit's Fake Up. I've been using Fake-Up for the past few months and while I love that it doesn't get cakey, I also find it to be kind of heavy and greasy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is actually a lighter version of Fake-Up!

    It glides on so smoothly and doesn't cake or settle into fine lines, but the best part is that it's very lightweight and non-greasy. It does a nice job of covering minor darkness under the eyes and a little bit of redness I have around my nose. I'm not sure that it's going to cover major dark circles but you can certainly add a few layers of this with no fear of it caking up. It brightens my under-eye area nicely and pairs really well with the foundation because it gives a very natural "your skin but better" look.

    Swatches: 
    Here are the swatches on my hand (which is really dry and chapped, sorry about that guys!). I ended up getting the third-lightest shade in the foundation (Buff) because CVS only had four shades available. It's slightly too dark for me, but it works fine because it's a sheerer formula. I chose the Fair shade in the concealer which is the lightest color they offer and it works well, despite being a bit yellow for my pink undertone.
    Final Thoughts:
    Overall, if you have dry or mature skin I think you'll love the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skin Tint and Hydrating Concealer as much as I do. I don't know that this line will work well on oily skin types as they're marketed toward dry skin and I think that's who will benefit the most from these products.

    What do you think? Have you tried either of these yet? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below! :)

    You can find these now at Ulta.com

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    kopari coconut body oil review
    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I'm crazy about coconut everything, including coconut oil. I have super dry skin and I love using it to moisturize from head to toe. The one downside is that it can be a little messy to use, so I was super excited to discover Kopari Coconut Body Oil ($34). This is a dry coconut oil spray...how genius is that?

    If you're new to Kopari, they are passionate about all things coconut (just like me!) and they create all of their products with the highest-grade, 100% organic coconut oil sourced directly from the Philippines. Every product is made as naturally as possible with no sulfates, silicones, parabens, GMO's, or toxins, so you know that you're not putting anything gross on your body...just the good stuff. 
    Let's take a look!

    kopari coconut body oil

    Description/Details:
    This coconut dry oil quickly absorbs & restores skin to its former supple self. A luxe lightweight mist that will hydrate your bod and take you on insta-vacation. Silicone-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free & GMO-free. Size: 3.4 oz  Price: $34

    Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil

    Kopari Coconut Body Oilis a blend of pure Coconut Oil, Shea Butter esters, Vitamin E, and Soybean oil. It has a lovely gardenia coconut (tiare) scent that lasts and goes on lightweight, absorbing almost instantly. I love being able to quench my skin with coconut oil after my shower and still feel like I can get dressed right away. After using this my skin feels velvety soft and not greasy at all.

    As with most body oils, it works best if you apply it to damp skin to seal all that moisture in, but
    I also have a little beauty hack that I do every night before bed which is to seal in my regular body moisturizer with body oil. 
    Most lotions and body butters are water based so once they're on your skin they start evaporating. After applying lotion at night, I add a layer of the Coconut Body Oil on top and it seals all that moisture in, leaving my skin super soft in the morning. If you use another scented lotion it might smell a little weird to mix the two depending on the scent but since my regular body lotion has a coconut scent anyway, they go together quite nicely. 

    The only downside to this product is that I wish the bottle was a little bit larger, but the good news is, you don't need to use a lot...it goes a long way. 
    kopari coconut body oil
    Final Thoughts:
    If your skin is feeling parched this winter, I highly recommend giving Kopari Coconut Body Oil a try. It's such a unique way to get your coconut oil fix without the mess and includes all-natural ingredients that are amazing for your skin. Not to mention you'll smell like you've just been on a tropical island. 

    Grab yours now at Koparibeauty.com


    Full Disclosure: This post contains a PR Sample + Affiliate Link

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    The Ulta Beauty Love Your Skin Event kicks off today and features Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum and Eye Cream at 50% off!

    I haven't tried the eye cream, but I've been using the Genius Serum (reg. $118, now $59) since October and I love it. I have a lot of sun damage under my eyes and on my cheeks from my teenage years sitting out in the sun. I have always needed more coverage in that area when applying foundation and concealer but since using this serum I noticed that I don't need as much...I can get away with much lighter coverage because my skin looks lighter and brighter and the dark spots are much less noticeable.

    This serum is also supposed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and I have noticed that my skin has
    been looking younger lately. But to be totally honest with you, I can't say whether or not that change is attributed to this product because I'm using several different anti-aging serums right now. However...I do know that this product alone has lightened my dark spots because I stopped using the one I was previously using and have only been using this for that purpose.

    Also, I want to add that there are some reviews on Ulta.com claiming that this product has a bad scent...I have no idea what they're talking about because it smells like chocolate to me! :) It also fades within a few seconds of application so if you're wanting to try this product, don't let those reviews scare you (especially if you like sweet, chocolatey scents).

    Have you tried any of the Algenist Genius products yet? Will you be picking either of these up today?

    Visit the Love Your Skin event at Ulta.com

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    wet n wild lash renegade mascara review
    It's been ages since I tried a Wet n Wild Mascara, but the new Lash Renegade ($5.99 at Walgreens) caught my attention with its eye-catching packaging and claims of adding volume, length, and curl (I love mascaras that do-it-all).

    I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and am ready to share my thoughts with you!

    Description/Details: 
    It’s time to start a rebellion against lanky lashes! Make this mascara your secret weapon. With a cutting edge brush that catches every lash and a killer formula that volumizes, curls, lengthens and defines, going rogue never looked so gorgeous. Break the rules and lash out.

    Where to Buy: Select Walgreens stores or at wetnwildbeauty.com

    Price: $5.99
    wet n wild lash renegade mascara
    Packaging: 
    I love the shape of the tube on this one...I don't think I've ever owned a mascara that looked like this so it's definitely unique. The wand has a plastic bristle brush with a rounded "ball" on the end of the wand for catching all of your lashes, even in the outer and inner corners of your eyes. I found it to be easy to use...at first I thought it might be too large (I usually prefer skinnier wands) but it worked out just fine.

    Formula:
    The formula is on the wetter side but thankfully the brush is spiky enough to comb through your lashes and help to avoid too much clumping (especially if you're applying multiple coats). I applied three coats and while my lashes did clump up a little bit, I didn't mind because this mascara made my lashes super long, volumized and curled.

    Also...true story...a few weeks ago I purchased this and when I got home I decided to take off all of my makeup and do my nightly skincare routine earlier than usual since I wasn't going back out. A few hours later I saw this sitting on the table and was like, "I need to try this!" so I ended up putting it on. Then at bedtime, I didn't feel like washing my face again just for the mascara (I was all out of wipes) so I left it on. When I woke up the next morning I fully expected to have major raccoon eyes but incredibly there was nothing under my eyes...nada. I was really impressed because even my most long-wearing mascaras will still smudge or flake if I sleep in them (not that I make a habit of doing that, haha).

    Results- Before/After: 

    Final Thoughts: 
    This might bump out the Cover Girl Super Sizer as my favorite mascara! I'm going to have to take some comparison photos and see which one makes my lashes look the best but I can tell that this one is right up there...maybe even better.
    I highly recommend this one! XO

    Grab yours now at select Walgreens stores or at WetnWildBeauty.com

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    Pixi Beauty has just launched a slew of new products for Spring 2017 including brand new Skintreats formulas and collaborations with four beauty influencers. 
    Let's take a look! 

    New in the Skintreats line: 
    Also new are the GelTint and SilkGloss Duos ($12)...they have a gel lip stain on one side and a complimentary lip gloss on the other. 

    Pixi is also collaborating with four beauty influencers! 



    1. Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse ($24)- One side contains a solid cleansing oil and the other side has a cleansing cream. 
    2. Aspynovard Glow-y Powder($16) and Eye Accents ($16)- The Glow-y Powders are velvety soft highlighters made to compliment all skin tones, while the Eye Accents set contains Pixi's Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer. 
    3. ItsJudyTime Get The Look- ItsEyeTime ($24) &ItsLipTime ($24)- Eye and lip palettes that contain 12 shades each. 
    4. Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Bronze ($20) and Strobe & Sculpt($20) Palettes- Two different shades to highlight and contour your features. Strobe & Bronze appears to be for lighter skintones, while Strobe & Sculpt is for deeper skin tones. 
    These products should be hitting Target this month sometime so keep your eyes peeled! What's on your list? 

    Available now at PixiBeauty.com

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    Lorac Light Source Illuminating Primer ($35) is brand new for Spring 2016 and is now available at Ulta.com and Kohls.com. 
    They come in two shades...Dawn (pearly white) and Dusk (golden bronze).

    Instantly bring luminosity and life to your face while preserving your makeup throughout the day with LORAC Los Angeles Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer. This paraben-free, high-pearl primer is infused with light diffusing, soft focus pigments for a silky smooth, luminous glow.

    3 ways to use:

    • Alone as a face primer under your makeup.
    • Mixed in with your foundation or moisturizer.
    • Applied on top of makeup to brighten and highlight.

    I need the Dawn shade in my life! It looks like it'll be stunning on fair skin. 

    Are you getting one? 

    Available now at Ulta.com and Kohls.com

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      flower beauty shimmer and strobe highlighting palette
    I've been a fan of Drew Barrymore's makeup line Flower Beauty for a while now, but the new Spring 2017 collection has taken me straight from like to looove in one fell swoop. They are stepping up their game in a major way and I would like to thank Drew for creating affordable makeup that performs like high-end! I recently reviewed the new Flower Pots blushes (see that post here) so today I wanted to talk about the new Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette ($12.98). It's an amazing quality palette at such an inexpensive price.

    Let's take a look!


    Description/Details:
    Shine on, Flower Girl! Master strobing, the new face sculpting technique, with our Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Dab on the soft, shimmery shades, and sculpt your face with light for a refined, natural-looking glow. The soft-focus, silky powders deliver a multi-dimensional radiance for a luminous complexion. Our three universal strobing shades are ideal to make any skin tone beam with radiance. 

    Made in Canada, Cruelty-Free

    Where to Buy: Select Walmart stores (soon to be at Walmart.com and Flowerbeauty.com)

    Price: $12.98
      flower highlight palette review
    Packaging:
    The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette comes in a sleek white compact with rose gold accents. Inside, there are three large pans of highlighter and a small flat highlighting brush. I absolutely love the brush...it's really high-quality, especially for a brush that's included in a drugstore palette. Most of the time I just throw them away but I actually use this one to apply the highlighter and it works great. The bristles are very soft and the shape is perfect for dusting the powder along your cheekbones.
                  flower beauty highlighting palette
    Formula/Swatches: 
    The three shades in this palette are supposed to be universal to all skin tones (based on the description on the packaging) and I can definitely see that being true for the most part. I have really light skin so it's usually difficult to find highlighters that are light enough to show up...but these are all gorgeous!

    The powder is so super soft and silky and so finely milled that you don't see any sparkle or chunky glitter...they're some of the smoothest highlighters I've ever used (at any price point!). They're easy to pick up with a brush and show up intensely on the skin at first swipe.

    My swatches are below, but if you'd like to see them in action, check out my video on Instagram here...you can see that I don't have to swirl my finger around in the pan, just swipe once and it picks up a ton of pigment. There is definitely fallout as is the case with powders that are this soft but I don't mind at all to get this kind of color payoff!      
                   flower highlighting palette swatches
    Here I am wearing the first shade in the palette (the beige champagne color). It's always difficult to get highlighter to show up on my skin in person, but in photos it's even harder! The fact that this shows up in a photo at all tells you that it looks much brighter in person.
                          

                          
    Final Thoughts:
    Run, don't walk to your local Walmart and pick this baby up! It's a gorgeous palette that could easily cost a few times more than what they're charging. It's definitely going to be a go-to palette for me!

    Disclosure: Purchased by Me.


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    I've been interested in DIY makeup & skincare since I was a teenager...in fact, years ago my sister and I attempted to start our own lip balm company but life events got in the way and we never ended up doing it. I still like to dabble in creating my own formulas here and there, mainly as a hobby so when I had the opportunity to check out a new book filled with DIY beauty recipes, I jumped at the chance!

    Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup & Skincarewas written by Marie Rayma, the creator of HumbleBeeandMe.com. Her site is a wealth of information on all things relating to making your own beauty products at home and the book puts her years of knowledge right at your fingertips.

    It includes step-by-step how-to's and recipes for creating your own makeup formulas such as eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner, blush, highlighter, bronzer, airbrushing powder and lip products as well as skincare products such as lotions, face masks, body oils, and more.

    Where to buy: Amazon.com and also for Kindle


    After reading the book I was so excited to start creating, because her formulas are so easy to follow, even for a beginner! Marie was kind enough to send me the ingredients I would need to make my own loose eyeshadows, including the base (which she pre-mixed herself), mica colors, measuring scoops, and sifter jars along with detailed instructions. 

    All of the ingredients she sent to me can be found at TKB Trading, which is a website I have ordered from many times in the past...they have a huge selection of ingredients and tools for creating your own makeup. 

    I started playing as soon as the kit arrived, first adding the powder base to a little plastic bag and then measuring out micas to mix together and create my own custom colors. I added the micas to the base and then sealed the bag, smooshing them together with my hands to mix.
    Mixing equal parts copper and gold plus a tiny bit of turquoise resulted in a beautiful warm rust color, which I then poured into the sifter jar.

    I ended up making three more shades including a dusty lavender, teal green and olive green.

    Overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out...they have nice pigmentation that's easy to build up for more intensity.

    I was so inspired by Make It Up that I can't wait to start creating my own products again. Next I'm planning to order some liquid binder and eyeshadow pans from TKB to try making pressed powder eyeshadows (which is also detailed in Marie's book). Maybe I'll even try my hand at blush and highlighter! :) 

    If you'd like to check out Make It Up, please visit Amazon.com it's available in Paperback and also on Kindle.

    I'm also happy to announce that I'm giving away copies of Make It Up to four lucky readers! You can enter below...good luck! :) 





    Make It Up Book Giveaway

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    I had a little bit of money left over on an Ulta gift card from my birthday in November so when I walked into my local Ulta and saw the new Stila Matte 'N Metal Palette ($49) I grabbed it without a second thought! I have always been tempted by the Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette, especially since I know her formula is amazing, but there are some shades in that palette that I know I'll never wear. Looking at this palette, on the other hand, I knew that I would wear every single shade which is important, especially when you're dropping almost $50 bucks on it. 

    Let's take a look!
    Description/Details: 
    Create eye-catching color combos with just the right mix of matte and shimmer. Featuring six modern matte and six mega metallic shades in range of pink rose golds, cool-toned pewters and golden bronzes that flatter all skin tones, it's the one color palette you need to design eyes that truly dazzle.

    Price: $49

    Where to Buy: Ulta, Sephora, and Stila Cosmetics
    Packaging: 
    The Stila Matte 'N Metal Palette comes in a plastic compact with a clasp closure. It's a gold color with a checkerboard pattern on the outside. The back of the palette lists all of the shades and inside, there's a large mirror (no brush). It's also the exact same size as the Eyes are the Window Palettes.
    Shade Selection: 
    At first glance, the shade selection was perfect...but I think I was looking at the palette as a whole and thinking, "oh, those colors are super wearable!" and not really looking at how I would use each shade. For example, I three pale highlight colors is too much. I appreciate that they wanted to give us more of a variety, but at the same time, I think they take up some valuable space. I probably would have done two highlight colors...one cool and one warm.

    I love the next three matte shades because they're perfect transition colors! The problem is, there's no deeper matte shade if I want to deepen up my crease a bit. As you'll see in the swatches below, the matte shades already swatch a bit lighter than they show up in the pan. I think if I were to design this palette, I would have done two highlight, two transition, and two deeper matte shades to keep it from skewing too light as a whole.

    As far as the metal shades go, I really like the shade selection! I think they did a great job of including both warm and cool shades in light, medium, and deeper colors.


    Formula/Swatches: 
    All of these shadows felt soft and buttery...I had no issues with them being dry. But I did have trouble getting many of them to show up well on my skin.

    The matte shades felt very creamy but they go on much sheerer than they look in the pan. This is one reason why I feel that including some deeper shades would have helped a little bit, because looking at the swatches below, the top row of mattes looks very light overall.

    The metal shades had a couple of standouts, particularly the last two shades on the bottom row, sizzle and flare. They went on smoothly and are highly pigmented in one swipe...just gorgeous! The rest of the metal shades, however had more of a flaky texture...you know when you dip your brush or finger into the pan and it feels a bit grainy and there are chunks of color and glitter falling everywhere? They went on a bit more patchy and sheer so I did have to build them up a little bit in the swatches below. If you look closely, you can see how the first four metal shades have a lot of visible glitter while the last two shades look more smooth and shiny.
    Final Thoughts:
    I can definitely appreciate the need for more subtle eyeshadow shades and understand that not everyone wants crazy pigmented shadows...especially if you work in an office or just want a very natural, everyday look. But for me, I'm usually applying my makeup really fast and I like a more pigmented shadow that I can just apply quickly and be done without having to build and blend so much. I also gravitate toward palettes that I can use to create an entire look without having to reach into another one, and the lack of deeper shades in this one means that I may not be able to do that all the time.

    What do you think of the new Stila Matte 'N Metal Palette? Let me know in the comments below! :)



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    IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is a "brand new skin-transforming, full-coverage solid super serum" that's launching this weekend on QVC as part of a set (presale is live now on the QVC website here). If you love IT Cosmetics' CC+ Cream then read on, because chances are, you'll love this too! 

    Let's take a look...
    Description/Details:
    Brand-new Confidence in a Compact is an anti-aging serum, full-coverage foundation, and SPF 50, UVA/UVB sun protection all in one easy step. When you use Confidence in a Compact for your full coverage, you will see beautiful skin instantly, while getting the benefits of hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, and hyaluronic acid.

    Where to Buy: Exclusively on QVC.com (as part of a kit...not yet sold individually). 
    Packaging:
    Confidence in a Compact comes in round packaging with a silver lid. It reminds me a lot of a cushion foundation in that it has a cover inside that seals the product in and prevents it from drying out. A sponge applicator sits between the lid and the cover, which is really convenient for travel, but there is also a brush included with this kit that was designed to be used with this foundation. The Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush is super soft and high-quality just like all of the IT brushes I've tried. It has fairly short, dense bristles and an angled shape, perfect for buffing foundation into the skin. 



    Shade Selection: 
    This foundation comes in seven shades-

    • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
    • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
    • Medium: light to medium skintones
    • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
    • Tan: tan skintones
    • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
    • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones
    I have it in the shade Light, which is a little bit deeper than my skintone but it still works (I think Fair would have been too light). It's actually closer to the color of my face than it appears to be in the swatch below because the underside of my arm is paler than my face and neck. 
    Formula: 
    Confidence in a compact looks like a cream foundation but "solid serum" is a more accurate description because it's lighter than your typical cream foundation. I usually don't like creams because they tend to be heavy and cakey and they usually cling to every dry patch on my face. This doesn't do that at all, even after adding two (even three) layers. I kept building it up to see if I could increase the coverage and expected it to get really cakey but somehow it didn't!

    Speaking of the coverage...the first time I used this I was disappointed that it was so sheer, especially when using the brush (I got a little more coverage using the included sponge). I found that I had to build it up a bit to get the same coverage that I usually get with the IT CC+ Cream.

    After playing with it a little bit more though, I realized that you really have to press down more with the brush and swirl it around to pick up the product in the compact. I think the first time I was just dipping it in lightly and carefully because I was expecting it to be heavy like a cream. But you don't have to worry about that at all! Once I got a bit more on the brush and applied it to my skin again, the coverage and finish did remind me a lot of the CC+ Cream. It also contains SPF 50+, hydrolyzed collagen, squalane, hyaluronic acid, and ceramide complex, so it has anti-aging benefits as well.

    It gives your skin a somewhat dewy appearance (there's no shimmer or glitter at all) where light seems to reflect off of your face and makes you look luminous rather than flat. Like the CC+ cream, it does take some time to dry down and for the next several minutes, I could feel the product on my face. It did sink in after 10 minutes or so, but if you're in a hurry, a quick dusting of powder will make it set right away.

    Here, I'm wearing the Confidence in a Compact and I really love how flawless it made my skin look! My only complaint is that it struggled to completely cover the redness around my nose and it wore off quickly in that area (within about 4 hours or so) and I needed to touch up.

    Final Thoughts: 
    Overall, if you're a fan of the IT CC+ Cream, or are looking for a foundation that doesn't cake up or settle into fine lines (plus has added skincare benefits), I think you'll enjoy Confidence in a Compact...especially as a travel or purse-friendly option. I wouldn't say I got full coverage out of it, but it definitely gave me nice medium coverage and I love how dewy and hydrated my normally dull skin looks when I'm wearing it. 

    Grab it now in a set along with the new Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream and Confidence in a Cream moisturizer on QVC.com


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    I'm totally swooning over the newLorac Cosmetics California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30 at Kohls.com). These warm, peachy colors might be just the thing to bring me out of my winter makeup rut and get me thinking about Spring.

    This LORAC California Dreaming cheek palette contains four limited-edition shades to use as a highlighter, blush and bronzer.

    PRODUCT FEATURES
    • Includes: Sunlight, Wavelength, Ray and Golden Hour shades
    • Contains four limited-edition shades to add highlight, color and glow to your complexion
    • Versatile highlight, blush and bronzer palette
    PRODUCT DETAILS
    • Includes: 4 cheek colors (.48 oz. total weight)
    According to Lorac's comments on social media, this won't be hitting stores (Ulta and Kohls) until 1/19 but will be available on Lorac's website before then. So I was surprised to see it already on the Kohl's website (it's not at Ulta yet as of the time of this post). 

    I already ordered one so you can expect a review & swatches next week when it arrives! :) Will you be getting one? 

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    Calling all lip balm addicts! Sephora Collection has just released a new range of lip balms (and one lip scrub) that are affordable ($6 each) and come in six different formulas that are targeted for specific benefits.

    Here are the details:

    Available in balm or scrub format, these addictive scents will meet any lip concern and boost every mood. Each of the five balms feature targeted ingredients for specific benefits. The lip scrub features gentle sugar exfoliants to smooth and soften lips, priming them for lipstick and other lip products.

    Coconut Lip Balm:Nurtures and soothes.
    Rose Lip Balm: Nurtures and imparts shine.
    Goji Lip Balm: Nurtures and protects. 
    Tangerine Lip Balm: Nurtures and Tones.
    Almond Lip Balm: Nurtures and Moisturizes.

    Honey Lip Scrub: Exfoliates and smooths.


    The coconut balm and the honey scrub have my name on them! Plus, if you're a Beauty Insider, these qualify for 2x points through Sunday 1/22 (all skin care is included). 

    Are you getting one (or more) of these? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below! :) 

    Grab the Lip Balm & Scrub now at Sephora.com 

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    Happy Weekend guys! Several new J.Cat Beauty products have just dropped at Ulta.com and I'm so excited to see the new highlighters and the beautiful Sunset Boulevard Palette! 

    I purchased the Sunset Boulevard Palette ($14.99) from the J.Cat website back in early December and quickly posted swatches on my Instagram page. But it sold out before I could write a proper review for the blog (and I hate posting a review on something if you guys can't buy it!). Now I'm excited to finally share my thoughts on it with you guys, and I'm going to get to work writing that review. But in the meantime, here are my swatches (these are not over primer...it's super pigmented!). 

    Also available now is the White Goddess Highlighter (plus two other shades), which I reviewed back in October (see that post here).

    Head on over to Ulta.com to see all the new goodies! They're available online only right now, so you won't find these in Ulta stores. :)

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    I'm so excited to finally be able to share the entire It Cosmetics New Year, New Confidence In Your Skin Collection with you...it's the Today's Special Value on QVC today (only until 11:59pm tonight).

    This collection includes:

    • New Confidence in a Compact Solid Serum Foundation that I reviewed the other day (see that post here)
    • Heavenly Skin Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush
    • Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream 
    • Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream (all full-sizes).


    Read on for all the details!



    This set has a retail value of $182 and today only it's $79.96 which is amazing, especially if you've been wanting to try IT skincare. The eye cream and moisturizer retail for $48 each at Sephora so this entire kit is almost $20 less than that, plus you're getting the foundation and brush.

    If you prefer, it's also available on 4 Easy Pays of $19.99 (you can use any credit card for this and you don't have to sign up for anything...they just charge your card in installments every month).



    Here are some thoughts on each product:

    I've just started using it, but I'm already a big fan of the new Confidence in a Compact foundation because it's like a portable version of IT's CC+ Cream (my all-time favorite foundation). It doesn't settle into lines or get cakey on dry skin and it gives a beautiful, luminous finish on the skin that's not shimmery...it just looks lit-from-within (see my full review here). Comes in 7 shades.

    The Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream is something I've been using since the September when it launched and I love how hydrating it is, and makeup applies so nicely on top of it. Plus I've seen some results from using it long-term (see my full review here).

    I haven't talked about Confidence in a Cream here on the blog yet but I've been using it for almost a year now and it's one of my favorite night creams, especially in the colder months. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized and is packed with lots of anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, and collagen. I love how smooth my face feels when I'm using this!


    Overall, the IT Cosmetics New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin Collection is an amazing value, especially if you're like me you like to revamp your skincare routine every January. Maybe it's the cold weather, the start of new year, or the fact that a lot of new skincare always seems to launch in January but whatever the reason, this is the time I always try something new. This collection gives you two excellent skincare products to help turn back the clock over time, while Confidence in a Compact will get you looking flawless right away.

    Shop the collection now at QVC.com

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    The Lorac California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette ($30) is now available at Ulta.com! This palette is accompanied by the California Dreaming Cheek Palette I posted about the other day (available at Kohls).

    Chunky sweaters and jewels, wind and white plush clouds, the glow of the sun and your toes in the sand. Lorac Los Angeles brings you an eye shadow palette that was inspired by all the things we love about the sunny city in late winder. This soft, universal eye shadow palette contains 12 matte and shimmer shades with a variety of highlight, crease, lid, and liner shades. Grab your sweater, sunglasses, and sandals and experience what Lorac has dreamed up for you.

    Shades:

    • Button
    • Starfish
    • Cozy
    • Bonfire
    • Overcast
    • Bonfire
    • Hot Toddy
    • Cable Knit
    • Seaside
    • Sand Castle
    • Boots
    • Kitty Cat
    • 65 Degrees

    I'm loving this mix of warm and cool-toned shades...it's a breath of fresh air from the all-warm toned palettes we've been seeing recently. It looks like it has a great mix of mattes and shimmers and the colors are totally wearable (but not the same old boring browns). 

    I'm definitely picking this one up...what about you? Grab it now at Ulta.com and be sure to activate the 5x points on Lorac that's available now in the Bonus Offers section of your account!

    Disclosure: Affiliate Links

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    Makeup Revolution is killing the game with a ton of new launches at Ulta! Included in the new collection are highlight and contour palettes, a luxury banana powder, brow pomade, matte lipsticks, and new eyeshadow palettes including a dupe of the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette.

    Head on over to Ulta.com now to shop the collection...nothing is over $18 and the entire brand is currently BOGO 50% off!


    Disclosure: Affiliate Links

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    Hey Guys!

    I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a big change coming to my blog...I'm changing the name! I know, it's a huge risky step but it feels right.

    Why I needed a change: 

    When I started this blog in 2009, I had a very narrow focus on drugstore makeup only so the name "Budget Beauty" made sense. Over the years, I've heard a lot of feedback from you guys and the overwhelming majority wanted to see a broader spectrum of makeup reviews that included more mid-range brands (not necessarily high-end like Dior or Charlotte Tilbury...more like Tarte, Too Faced, and Lorac) in addition to my drugstore reviews.

    Many of you understood that the word "budget" didn't necessarily mean I should only talk about drugstore products. A lot of people on a budget will still splurge on a more expensive product if they feel that it's worth the money.

    Unfortunately, there were quite a few who didn't agree and as a result, I've been spending a lot of time trying to explain myself lately...especially as my blog and social media accounts continue to grow. Whenever I post about a non-drugstore brand, I would get a lot of comments and emails saying things like:

    "It's kind of hypocritical to post about a $40 palette when you're supposed to be a "budget" blog" 

    "You need to stay in your lane" 

    "Why are you posting about this when your readers can't afford it?" 

    "A lot of people aren't following you anymore because you talk about higher-end products now"

    I realize that I can't please everyone and I should ignore the negativity, but the reason it bothered me so much is because their words somewhat echoed what I had been feeling for some time now. I did sort of feel like a hypocrite when I posted about something more expensive. I worried that I would lose followers because of it, even though I've had steady growth and so many people were begging me to post a wider range of reviews. I felt really torn and it gave me quite a few sleepless nights...especially since I've worked so hard to get where I am.

    I guess it all comes down to this...when I started the blog, the name fit, and it was awesome! But now it really doesn't. I tried to "make it work" by saying that I was a blog for "all budgets" but that wasn't really too successful and created some confusion since different people interpret the name "budget" to mean different things.

    Choosing a New Name:

    I talked to my husband about it and he suggested changing the name to something a bit more universal. Something that would stand the test of time and would fit with anything beauty-related I wanted to talk about. I struggled with the decision for many months because I've been The Budget Beauty Blog for the last 8 years...that's a long time! It's become my online identity and it's how people know me. But I decided that if I was going to make a change I should do it soon because my blog keeps growing and it's only going to get harder the more readers I have.

    I've been trying to think of a name since the fall, but nothing was coming to me. I wanted it to be simple, easy to remember (preferably one word), and to describe my blog content in a broad sense. I thought of so many names but they were all taken...that was the most frustrating part. One of my favorites was "BeautyFix" but the web address and social media accounts are owned by other people.

    I kept telling my husband Eric..."so many people have told me that they visit my blog and Instagram to get their 'daily beauty fix' and that's what I want to convey but the name (and similar names) are all taken". That's when he reminded me of the name he's been using for a while now to describe my little habit of collecting beauty products...Beauddiction. We'll be sitting on the couch at night while I browse the Ulta website for new products and he'll lean over and playfully say, "ughare you feeding your Beauddiction again?". Or when we go to the mall and I have to make stops at Sephora, Ulta, and CVS, he'll groan, "come on, your Beauddiction is taking over our shopping trip". 

    It's been our little inside joke for the past year or so, and as soon as he reminded me of that it was a lightbulb moment! Duh, why didn't I think of Beauddiction!?

    One of the reasons I started this blog in the first place was because no one in my personal life really understood my beauty addiction (Beauddiction, haha). I wanted to share my beauty finds with like-minded beauty junkies like myself and I have definitely found an amazing community that loves beauty just as much as I do. The name just makes sense because it encompases all types of beauty products at all price points...and it pays homage to the reason I started my blog all those years ago.

    Going Forward:

    I've already switched over some of my social media accounts to Beauddiction (if you're already following me, you still are...nothing has changed except the name). In the next few days, I'll be changing the name and web address of the blog too (the old budgetbeautyblog.com will redirect to the new one so you'll still end up here if you type in the old name by accident).

    Also, I'm keeping the Budget Beauty Blog name (because I love it) and who knows? When my son starts school and I have a lot more time, maybe I'll start two blogs...one completely drugstore focused and one on higher-end beauty.

    But for now, I want to assure you that nothing elseis changing...just the name. My content will remain exactly the same- a healthy mix of drugstore and mid-range beauty product news and reviews. I'm really just changing the name to match what I've already been posting for some time now.

    I hope you love the new name as much as I do and will continue to support me here and on social media. I love you guys! XOXO


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    Today I'm writing about a topic I rarely speak about here on the blog...hair removal! That's because I've stopped shaving and waxing my legs. Haha, it's not what you think! I'm not going au natural or anything like that. I've actually discovered a new product that's as easy as using an electric razor and as long-lasting as waxing...the Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator ($59.95). 

    You may be familiar with Emjoi (I've blogged about their foot smoothing devices here on the blog in the past) and I was so excited to find out that they make epilators too! I don't know why, but I never hear about this method of hair removal...and it's totally underrated. Everyone I know either shaves or waxes, both of which have their own unique drawbacks.



    Shaving is easy and painless but doesn't last very long, while waxing can be painful, messy, and costly (if you go somewhere to have it done). Using an epilator is just as easy as shaving, except instead of cutting the hairs at the skin's surface, 0 tiny tweezers inside the device actually pull your hairs out at the root (just like waxing)! It can even grab hairs as short as .3 millimeters!This means that you'll be hair free for about a month to 6 weeks and when hair grows back, it may be finer and thinner (less noticeable).

    Now I'm not gonna lie, using the Emjoi eRase e60 isn't painless...it's a little bit sting-y, especially the first time around. The first time I used it, I was wincing a few times (just like waxing, you're pulling hairs out) but I got used to it after a minute or two and it honestly wasn't that bad at all. The next time I used it, about a month later, I didn't feel the sting nearly as much (maybe because my hairs were a little finer and thinner!). If you're already used to waxing though, this should be a piece of cake.

    I didn't experience any irritation from using it whatsoever and the eRase also includes an attachment for sensitive areas, such as your face and bikini area. I haven't tried it on those areas yet...just my legs. I find that it works best if you exfoliate beforehand and then go either back and forth or in circular motions working in small sections.

    The Emjoi eRase itself is small and travel friendly...it fits right in the palm of your hand. It comes with a power cord, sensitivity attachment, and travel pouch.


    Overall, if you're looking for an alternative to your shaving or waxing routine, definitely check out the new Emjoi eRase e60! I'm loving it and think that it's the best of both worlds...easy to use and gives long-lasting results.

    You can find it now at Amazon.com with free shipping!

    *Please note that the floral pattern shown here is sold out...the only color left is a pretty blue color.

    Disclosure: Press Sample, Affiliate Link (all opinions are my own).

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    It's a new year and like a lot of people, I feel like a new year means a fresh start. As a self-proclaimed skincare junkie I always get excited when I see new products being released, and January seems to be the time when all the new stuff launches. Granted, there are certain products in my bathroom right now that I love and have used for years, but I'm always curious to try new products. Science is always advancing and the newer formulas can take your skin to an even better place than the older formulas do.

    I've been adding products to my mental shopping cart the past couple of weeks and I wanted to share  the ones I'm most excited to try in 2017. Let's take a look!
    1. Sephora Collection Cleansing & Exfoliating Cream ($7.50 at Sephora)- This new line includes creamy cleansers in six delicious-sounding scents. Two of them also contain micro-pearls to polish your skin as you cleanse. Bonus for me...there's a coconut-scented one!

    2. Pixi Beauty x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse ($24 at Target)- This collab created with skincare guru Caroline Hirons has a solid cleansing balm on one side to dissolve makeup, then a creamy cleanser on the other side to deep cleanse your skin. I love balm cleansers but I hate having to take out another separate product to remove the residue. This is so convenient and travel-friendly combining two cleansers in one package!

    3. Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist ($35 at Sephora)- I have the driest skin ever and even though I start out the day feeling hydrated, the dryness creeps back in by midday, causing my makeup to look cracked, cakey, and not as smooth. This mist contains hydrating ingredients and also a unique polysaccharide, which forms a protective layer to seal in hydration and keep makeup looking flawless.

    4. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80 at Sephora)- This is a facial in a bottle with an AHA and BHA blend to exfoliate both the top layer of the skin and the underneath layers, down into pores to get rid of rough texture (which I suffer from on my cheeks and makes makeup not sit smoothly). It's definitely pricey but based on the 5 star reviews, I might just give it a try!

    5. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior ($95 at Sephora)- This is an all-in-one serum and moisturizer that plumps up the skin using three different sizes of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally found in high amounts in your skin when you're born and you lose it gradually as you age- that's one reason why babies have such plump skin). It also contains glucosamine to help your skin naturally make more hyaluronic acid.

    6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum ($19.99 at Ulta)- Speaking of hyaluronic acid, this is the budget-friendly version of the above and is supposed to help to plump up your skin. There's actually an entire hydro boost line, including a cleanser, moisturizers and an eye cream that all contain hyaluronic acid.

    7. Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask ($69 at Sephora and Ulta)- This rich, creamy formula is supposed to deliver an intense boost of hydration to dry skin, as well as firm and brighten. I use hydrating masks all the time, and one that smells like cocoa sounds like pure heaven!

    8. Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($42 at Sephora)- I love the idea of a moisturizer that doubles as a primer! This one contains 26% Greek Yogurt proteins to plump and strengthen your skin and prep it for all-day makeup wear. I love their Yoghurt Sleeping Cream so I'm excited to try this next.

    9. CeraVe Ceramide Boost Gel Oil ($23.99 at Ulta)- This formula contains a 5 ceramide and sunflower blend to instantly boost your skin's radiance...something every dry-skinned girl needs! You can use it before or mix it into your moisturizer for an added skin boost.

    10. Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect & Repair Moisturizer ($65 at Sephora)- This moisturizer contains a potent, more stable form of Vitamin C that protects your skin from damage during the day and repairs it at night while supporting collagen production. Even though Sunday Riley products are expensive, I have had nothing but great experiences with them (Good Genes, Luna, and Tidal) so I have faith that this one will be amazing as well!

    Well that's my list of new skincare to try! What's on your skincare wish list this year? Drop me a comment and let me know! :)

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    city color hypnotic eyeshadow palette review
    Spring is around the corner and we're starting to see lots of colorful palettes showing up in stores and online like the Urban Decay Full Spectrum, Kat Von D Pastel Goth, and the City Color Hypnotic Palette ($15.99 at CityColorCosmetics.com).
    While I'm not a fan of creating bright, bold eye looks on myself per se, I've seen lots of gals I follow on Instagram rocking absolutely stunning colorful looks. So I wanted to grab this palette and swatch it for you guys, as it could be an affordable alternative to some of the palettes I mentioned earlier.

    Let's take a look!

    The Hypnotic Palette comes in a cardboard palette that's very slim and travel-friendly. It doesn't include a brush or a mirror but I don't really mind since I rarely use either one in my palettes anyway.

    Inside, there are ten colorful shimmer shades, one satin taupe, and one matte black. Overall, I would have preferred a few more matte shades in the palette since creating an all-shimmer look can be tricky...but that's not to say that you can't dip into another palette if you need to.

    city color hypnotic palette review

    In the past, I've noticed City Color's formula to be hit or miss, especially with their matte shades...some can be creamy and pigmented while others are dry and dusty. But one thing's for sure, they usually do shimmer shades really well, which is a good thing for this palette since almost every shade has a shimmer finish.

    If you're familiar with the individual Shimmer Shadows from City Color, you'll recognize that the formula of the shadows in this palette is the same. Each one is really soft and buttery, with a creamy feel. They go on intensely pigmented in one swipe as you'll see in the swatches below. Even the black shade, which is matte, has a soft and creamy feel. Also, they do produce a little bit of fallout but it doesn't bother me at all.
    city color hypnotic palette swatches
    Overall, if you like colorful eyeshadows you'll likely love the City Color Hypnotic Palette. The formula is fantastic, especially at this price point!

    You can find it at CityColorCosmetics.com for $15.99...and use code BudgetBeautyBlog to save 10% off your entire order.

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  • 01/20/17--08:53: Friday Faves!
  • Every Friday going forward, I'd like to start doing a "Friday Faves" post, highlighting the products I've been reaching for a lot over the past week. These products might be ones I've talked about already here on the blog or they might be something I haven't posted a review on yet. I end up trying and reviewing so many different products, I thought it might be fun to share the products I'm personally using this week.
    Let's take a look!
    1. Lorac Pro Palette ($44 at Ulta)- I feel like I'm so behind with this, but I just got the original Lorac Pro Palette for Christmas and have been using it so much the past few weeks. It has such a perfect  neutral color range for every day looks and like all Lorac palettes, the formula is soft, pigmented, and super blendable!




    2. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Foundation ($38 at Ulta on 1/31)- I received this a few weeks ago in a set that's being sold at QVC and I've been using it almost every day since. It's basically a lighter-weight version of the CC+ Cream (another favorite of mine) and has the same beautiful satin finish. It's so easy to use if you're in a rush in the morning, just swirl a brush into the compact and buff it into your skin. It doesn't give quite as much coverage as the CC+ cream but you can layer it up without it getting cakey or settling into fine lines. 
    3. Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light to Medium ($12.98 at select Walmart Stores)- If you've been following me on Instagram, you've probably seen all of my latest Flower Beauty hauls. They've definitely upped their game in a big way...everything I've tried so far is amazing, including this Contour Palette. The formula is sooo silky and smooth and these shades are gorgeous on my fair skin tone, as you can see in my swatches below. 


    4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shine ($8.99 at Ulta Currently BOGO 50%)- This lip gloss contains hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth your lips. I have the shade Radiant Rose and it's the perfect "my lips but better" shade. It goes on feeling very thick and slightly sticky but after a few minutes it smooths out and feels more like a liquid balm.  It makes my dry, lined lips look plumped up and a lot smoother, and the hydrating feeling lasts for hours even after it wears off. I really want to buy more shades now (they are sheer so the lighter shades go on almost clear while the deeper shades provide a sheer wash of color). 
    5. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid($9 travel size)- I received this travel sized bottle in a skincare gift set from QVC and I'm obsessed! It contains Beta Hydroxy Acid which exfoliates the deeper layers of the skin and cleans out your pores (unlike AHA's that exfoliate just the top surface of the skin). It makes my skin feel so smooth and the rough texture on my cheeks has been greatly reduced since I've been using this! I find that my makeup goes on so much smoother and it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I will definitely be buying the full size when this one is gone. 

    6.Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($55-$105 at Sephora)- You guys probably remember hearing me talk about using the Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM every night before bed all Spring and Summer, but when the weather turns cold, I switch to the Sunday Riley Luna. It gives my dry skin an added boost of hydration along with being a very effective retinol treatment. I apply it before my moisturizer (or mix it in) and my skin is smooth and glowing in the morning. 

    7. Korres Coconut Guava Body Butter ($29.95 for 2 at HSN)- It's no secret that I'm coconut obsessed, so when I found out that one of my favorite body butters had a coconut scent, I had to try it! I've used the Korres Guava Body Butter and Shower Gel in the past and loved how hydrating they were...they're amazing for dry skin. This version takes the beachy, fresh guava scent and sweetens it up a bit with the addition of the coconut. If you're not a fan of sweet scents but still want that beachy vibe, the original guava might work better for you (there are also 7 other scents available at Sephora). If you haven't tried this body butter yet (or the shower gel for that matter, you're missing out! 

    Well that's it! My Friday Faves for this week. What are your favorite products that you've been reaching for lately? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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    Last week, I let you guys know that the name of my blog was changing to Beauddiction, and it still is...that hasn't changed. But I ran into a hiccup with my domain names and hosting.

    My original plan was to just change the web address of this blog and keep all of my old content in the same place but the way things are set up, I'm not able to do that...so basically I have to start a brand new blog.

    On the one hand, it really stinks because it's like starting from scratch with search engine rankings and traffic numbers...things like that. But on the other hand, starting from scratch can be a really good thing!

    I have a brand new site and I'm loving the clean, crisp new design. It also allows me to add more features than I had on this blog and I will be adding them in the following weeks.

    I plan to keep this one out there so you can reference all of my old posts if you need to (and I'll still be linking to them from the new blog as well).

    So to all of my loyal readers...I hope that you'll follow me over onBeauddiction.com. I will be posting the same regular content and nothing will change except the site design and the name. :) **Please note that for the moment my comments are working on the new blog, but you have to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see them (there's no comment count at the top). I'm working to try and get them up and running ASAP.**

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