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A makeup look that easily goes from day to night is a great technique to have in your beauty regime. This tutorial features a great daytime look for running errands and holiday shopping while quickly transitioning into an evening look for dinner out or a holiday party with just a few added extra steps. Whether you… View Post

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I am so excited to be sharing my first ever Halloween tutorial! This cool cat makeup is perfect for the upcoming holiday! Whether you are heading out to trick-or-treat or to a friend’s party, this makeup is really quick and super easy to do. Not to mention the cat detailing is all done with black eyeliner, bonus! I found this cute veiled headband bow from ASOS which sadly is already sold out ): but they have a ton of other cute hair accessories so be sure to check them out here!  Happy Haunting!

Halloween Cat Makeup Tutorial

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Ipsy Glam bag and Birchbox are monthly beauty subscriptions that send an assortment of sample size and deluxe size products right to your door. They each cost $10 and always have a different variety of products each and every month. I love opening the two together and comparing the contents to see which beauty box that month was better. Read on below to see more about what I received this month!

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Battle of the Boxes: September 2015

Ipsy Beauty Glam Bag Review

  • clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant – I like that this product can easily be added to your everyday cleanser for a little extra scrub every now and then. It can even be used with a small amount of water so either way it’s a great way to get a little extra exfoliation and sluff off old skin cells.
  • NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio – The three shades that come in this little palette are great for everyday. They can easily create an eye look that transitions from day to night making it great for taking on the go. I am normally not a big fan of NYX shadows since the color pay off isn’t as great but this is a palette I will continue to use.
  • Formula X Nail Color in Ignite – I wasn’t too excited when I saw a polish in this months bag because I am terrible at painting my own nails. However, once I pulled it out of the box and saw it was this gorgeous red shade I knew it would be perfect during the holiday season and could always use it on my toes.
  • tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon – I thought this was an eyeshadow pencil at first and pleasantly surprised when I realized it was actually a buttery soft, rich matte lip color.
  • First Aid Beauty, Ultra Repair Cream – I’ll be honest, I dislike receiving lotions and creams because I am literally swimming in them. I toss them into a container in my beauty drawer and they just sit there slowly piling up until a few years later we move and I throw them away. I was tempted to toss this right into the trash from the get-to but I am going to keep it in my diaper and try ti use it through the winter months when my hands always need a little extra moisturizer.

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Birchbox Beauty Review

  • 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – This product actually has a fairly strong coffee coffee scent. It works really great as an eye cream though and soaks into the skin fast without irritating it. So far, it’s been a really great cream for helping with my dark circles and hydrating my skin in general without feeling sticky or greasy.
  • POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette – When I received this it was completely crumbled. I took off the wrapping to actually open it up and glittery eyeshadow spilled out everywhere. It was absolutely terrible and I quickly threw the entire thing in the garbage.
  • tre’StiQue Correct & Cover Concealer Crayon – Again, I thought this was an eyeshadow crayon. I received an eyeshadow in a previous months bag so I love that this company makes lipsticks and concealers too! It was only so-so as a concealer though. I wasn’t too keen on the coverage and it didn’t hide blemishes very easily. I’d like to think that I will continue using it but I most likely I will forget about it and continue using my trusty, concealer favorites.
  • NER:D Skincare Hydrating Mask – I’ll be honest, I haven’t even had a chance to try this yet. I am hesitant about the idea of a full-face sheet mask. Some of the other reviews said it was great while others said it was slimy and unpleasant to wear. I am curious to see what it’ll be like for me and will use it as soon as I get back from vacation.
  • RUSK Hair Care Elixir Mist – Right out of the gate, I am not a big fan of hair products. They weigh down my hair and I have to wash it a day earlier than usual. This product is essentially a spray oil which, if over applied, does in fact weight down the hair. For me, it works great on second day hair when it’s feeling a little dry and needs an extra boost of moisture. It leaves hair shiny and smooth and I like to use it when I know I am already planning to wash it the next day.

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In review, Ipsy had a lot more to offer than Birchbox this month. With a completely busted up eyshadow palette, Birchbox had to really stretch the rest of its products to make up for something completely unusable. I like and will use up all of the  products from the Ipsy bag. So excited to see what will come in next month’s beauty bags! Until then, thanks for reading!

Want to subscribe to either of these subscriptions? Click here to sign up to receive your own Ipsy Glam bag and here for a subscription to Birchbox. Both $10, both right to your front door every month.

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With summer in full swing the weather has been hot and dry keeping me on my toes with my skincare routine. Finding the right solution for keeping it hydrated, protecting it against sun damage, and smoothing wrinkles has been at the top of my agenda.

loreal-revitalift-reviewEver since becoming a mom, my skin has been in need of some extra loving care. I suffer from very dry skin and keeping it moisturized and refreshed on a daily basis is a priority. Luckily, the search for a great new skincare line is over. The new L’Oreal RevitaLift products are a great investment that helps preserve beauty by preventing, concealing, reversing, and rejuvenating your skin. This line of products is exactly what I have been looking for.

loreal-revitalift-cream-nightThis creamy facial treatment for lines and wrinkles is a lightweight, silky texture for normal to oily skin that contains those glorious antioxidants while also firming skin at the same time. It makes skin feel smoother and softer, containing ingredients that hold moisture to the skin’s surface, resulting in wrinkles being temporarily plumped. The texture is creamy smooth and works perfectly under my everyday sunscreen. When rubbed into the skin, the product becomes invisible. The skin is left with a soft feel and immediately looks more moisturized. The effect seems to last all day and within two days I noticed that my skin looked more refreshed and moisturized with smaller pores too.

loreal-revitalift-volume-fillerThe RevitaLift Volume Filler is the first daily volumizing skincare that restores skin’s natural fullness for a more youthful look. I noticed the most difference around the eyes including a smoother appearance in the fine lines at the outer corners and underneath them as well.

Everyone’s skin tells a different story and L’Oréal is introducing a new skincare website that can help you find the perfect solution for your own skin concerns. Who wouldn’t want their own customized skincare regiment with added lifestyle tips for their skin? L’Oreal RevitaLift has been a fabulous addition to my skin care routine, giving the most noticeable results. I apply it on a daily basis and my skin looks rejuvenated, brighter, softer and more moisturized. Consider this a new favorite! Read more at www.lorealskinexpert.comloreal-revitalift-cream  

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Fall is nearly here and even though it is supposed to be in the 90’s this weekend, now is a great time to switch up your beauty routine. This tutorial features all drugstore products so it is not only affordable, it is easy and can be transitioned quickly from day to night. Skip the eyeliner for day and sweep a little extra shadow in the crease, adding a bit more dimension, for night!

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