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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Fall Drugstore Makeup

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Back to School Makeup

This time of the year when it’s back to school can be disheartening and sad, or exhilarating and exciting. It’s a new time of the year, fall is right around the corner, but that also means summer is ending and homework is about to bury you in heaps and bounds. I am done with school but there are times when I still miss those college days.

With the school year approaching, now is a great time to step up your makeup game. I love wearing a casual everyday look every single day but trying a new shade of pink lipstick or adding a shimmer to those lids can really give your look a boost and make you feel like a new woman. This change in the season is the perfect time and I hope this makeup look with give you some inspiration!

Back to School Makeup

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Makeup Brushes


Battle of the Boxes: August 2015

Ipsy Glam bag and Birchbox are monthly beauty subscription that send mini and full-size samples of products to your front door every month. I love receiving them and always look forward to finding them in the mailbox on the 15th and 20th of each month. I started opening them together each month to see which beauty box would be my favorite. Read below to see what I received in each one.

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015Battle of the Boxes: August 2015 Birchbox

  • Silhouette by Christian, Siriano Eau de Parfum – Not being a huge perfume person, I was happy to receive this small sample. This is about as much as I will be able to use before getting tired of the scent which has a very feminine and delicate scent. AJ loves it so I will happily use it up.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn, Gardeners Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – This small sample size is perfect for throwing in my bag. This is a great hand cream because it is a thick consistency but without feeling heavy or greasy. The smell is subtle but has a “clean” scent.
  • Harvey Prince, Sea Salt Texturizing Mist – First off, this products smells amazing. I haven’t quite mastered styling my “natural wave” but I am excited to use this product more on my damp hair to add a hint of volume and wave to give it a bit of texture without drying it out.
  • Beauty Protector, Protect and Oil – This is a great product for adding moisture to dry hair. I could immediately feel a difference after using it and it has a really great smell too. It isn’t too heavy and really helped tame my frizz. I definitely plan to use all of this up!
  • LAQA & Co., Charm School Kit – I received ‘Humble Brag,’ which is listed as a blush pink color but found it to be more of a punchy fuchsia pink. Either way it is a fun color to wear and works great as a light lip tint under my favorite lip gloss too.

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015

Battle of the Boxes: August 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

  • Starlooks, Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen – A felt tip pen that makes applying eyeliner a breeze. I love how dark and vivid the color is and it didn’t smudge while lasting all day long. A definitely yes.
  • Briogeo, Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer – This product claims to do a lot of things for the hair but I don’t really believe it all and didn’t notice that much of a difference. It smells great and helped add a bit of fullness and texture to my hair but I hardly ever blow-dry it so I don’t think I’ll be using this product very often.
  • Marsk, Pro Line Eye Shadow Brush – I was so excited to see this brush in this months bag but it is actually very stiff and not very soft. It feels kind of cheap which was a major disappointment.
  • Hikari Cosmetics, Lip Gloss – This is a high-shine matte lip gloss. I received the shade ‘Salsa’ which is a classic red and found it to be a great wearing lip gloss. It wasn’t sticky and wore well but it had a weird scent that immediately turned me off to it.
  • Lord & Berry, Ultimate Lip Color and Liner in Nude – This liner is so brown that I immediately knew I would never wear it as a lip liner. It’s a perfect shade for eyeliner though so I threw it in with my other ones and know I will be using regularly on my lash line.

This month, Birchbox definitely win this battle of the boxes/beauty bag. I loved all five items in that kit versus only two from Ipsy. Which one did you like more? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next month!


How to Wash Makeup Brushes

Washing makeup brushes on a regular basis is so important for keeping your skin and makeup application more hygienic. It is one of those chores that I absolutely dread and always postpone it way too long. I have quite a few makeup brushes so it always seems to take forever. I love when they’re clean though so I’ve developed a quick routine that really helps get those brushes sparkling clean.

I started using simple baby soap to clean mine on a regular basis because it’s gentle, affordable, and doesn’t ruin them. I know this because my brushes are still in new condition after years of use and regular washings.

How to Wash Makeup Brushes
How to Wash Makeup Brushes

  • Step 1 / Begin by wetting the brushes with warm water; hot water can loosen the glue in the brush. Make sure the bristles are pointed downwards so water doesn’t seep into the handle.
  • Step 2 / Cup your hand and pump or squeeze a quarter sized amount of soap into it.
  • Step 3 / Swirl the bristles into the soap and rub it against the hand. This helps to really deep clean the brushes. Add more soap and continue lathering any orange areas until the top turns back to it’s natural white shade.
  • Step 4 / Rinse the brush under running water while rubbing it against the hand to ensure all the soap has been flushed out.
  • Step 5 / Once the water runs clear, squeeze the bristles of the brush to clear out any excess water. Then gently squeeze the bristles together with a towel to remove more water.
  • Step 6 / Lay the brush on an open shelf or so the bristles hang over a ledge. This will speed up the drying time which usually takes at least 24 hours.

Battle of the Boxes July 2015

Ipsy Glam bag and Birchbox are a monthly beauty subscription that sends mini and full-size samples of products right to your front door. I love receiving them every month and always look forward to seeing what will be in each one. Today I decided to wait and open them together to see which beauty box would be my favorite. Here is what I received in each one.

Battle of the Boxes July 2015

Birchbox July 2015

  • Stila Look at Me Lipstick, Bella, $20 – This is a creamy, matte formula that glides on like with the staying power of a stain. I love receiving lip products and this bold pink color is right up my alley. Everything matte is always my favorite so this products was definitely a bonus.
  • Benefit They’re Real, Push-up Liner, $24 – Quick drying, matte finish that is smudgeproof, waterproof, and unbudgeable. This was definitely difficult to remove but it was also difficult to apply. It requires squeezing the bottle until the product pops out the top; because it kind of oozed out it was hard to apply a clean cut line.
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid, $39 – A primer that binds skin cells, sealing in moisture. This liquid is recommended before the cream version. Luckily I have the cream so I was really excited to receive the liquid too. This has a semi-medical smell but I am excited to use it up.
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $42 – Part dry shampoo, part texturizing spray, this product soaks up oil, adds texture, while adding a bit of hold. I own this product in the full size so when I received the small sample I wasn’t too excited about it. I am also not a huge fan of the product itself so this was kind of a bummer to receive.
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, $48 – A protein peel that gently exfoliates delicate skin without being abrasive. This came with two samples, each with enough product for one use. I didn’t really see a difference after both uses so it’s hard to say how beneficial this product was. After the two applications, I wasn’t too keen on the product and most likely will not purchase a full-size.

To receive your own beauty box, visit Birchbox.com to sign up for only $10 a month!

Battle of the Boxes July 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2015

  • Jersey Shore Cosmetics, Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner – A lip treatment that leaves lips silky-smooth, luscious and hydrated. This is your typical everyday lip balm. I didn’t find anything extraordinary about it but it does what it says. I do love that it came in the full-size so I will definitely use this product up.
  • Teeez Cosmetics, Read My Lips Lipstick – Highly pigmented coverage with a unique satin, matte finish. It’s definitely creamy and smooth and I like the color which is on the coral/peach side. I would recommend using a liner with this shade which is great for Summer.
  • City Color Cosmetics, HD Powder – An HD powder to set your foundation for a smooth, matte finish. I love me some HD Powder, especially when it’s translucent. This powder is so fine that it feels silky smooth between the fingers. This was a great product to add my beauty kit.
  •  OFRA Cosmetics, Bliss Eyeshadow – Shimmery powder that can be used as an eyeshadow or highlighting powder. This shade is gorgeous and is a beautiful “natural” shade. I love it 100%.
  • Eva NYC, Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – Revives lifeless hair by removing excess oil and adding instant volume. Dry shampoo is always a must for me because I love to go as long as I can between washes. This small sample size is perfect for taking on trips and I actually took it with me over the weekend for my girls getaway.

If you want to try out Ipsy for yourself, it’s only $10 a month and easy to sign up at Ipsy.com!


Between the two beauty boxes this month, I would say Ipsy takes the cake. I loved 4 out of the 5 products versus only 2 out of 5 from Birchbox. If you would like to receive your own beauty boxes, right to your front door, be sure to sign up today!