2020 Beauty Haul

A good ol’ fashioned haul is what the world needs right now amiright!?

Along with love, sweet love, of course.

Gone are the days of buying multiple new products from the eye-catching stands at the drugstore. Or casually picking up a few things from Sephora just cuz. Disposable income in our house is now put towards pragmatic items like baby food pouches, GD toilet paper and value sized bottles of Liberty Creek Pinot Gris.

C’est la vie.

Excitingly, I have accumulated enough over the last 3.5 months for what I have deemed to be a proper beauty haul. Let’s get to it.

Real Techniques Miracle Remedy Sponges

These are my favorite way to blend out my under eye concealer hands down! I already have a set that was looking a little worse for the wear so it was time to upgrade.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Was gifted this from sister Rachel. I have heard amazing things about it and will be using it soon as it is next in my rotation. Anyone out there a fan of this?

Davines Liquid Spell Bodifying Fluid

My SIL Shannon gave me a Davines gift set for Christmas, containing this product. It was perfect timing because I was just about to go out and get a thickening product from Bumble and Bumble. You guys already know about my epic postpartum hair loss and this stuff is helping immensely by adding tons more volume to my hair.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder

My sister Megan gave me this powder for my bday! The verdict is still kinda out. Not sure I love it more than the Laura loose translucent but I will tell you it does make the skin look airbrushed. Which hey, is kinda the best.

Too Faced Natural Lust Bronzer

This bronzer is gorgeous! Megan also fave me this for Christmas and the dual-tone gives such a lovely, natural finish to the skin. I love applying this with a big fluffy bronzer brush and focusing the colors on the natural contours of my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

This highlighter (from Rachel!) comes in a lipgloss-type component making the application wonderful for very specific application. I enjoy drawing a line down the bridge of my nose and on my cupids bow and gently blending with my finger. It looks lovely, provides a nice sheen with subtle sparkle and last a long time.

Wet’n’Wild Bretman Rock 3-in-1 Face Mist

I have used this face mist a few times and so far I LOVE it. The mister is really good and produces a perfect amount of product. It smells like coconut sunscreen. And I really like the dewy effect it gives my skin. Love the packaging too!

Colourpop Brow Boss Pencil in Blonde

I am almost out of my Anastasia Brow Whiz in Taupe and did not feel like shelling out $20 so I am trying this one. I have high hopes!

Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer

YOU GUYS. I may have found a new holy grail concealer.

I got the original Camo Concealer about a year ago (in this haul) and aside from a few random uses it hasn’t really gotten much use. The original camo concealer was just too much. It was like paint. VERY high coverage, matte, and it dried down in less than 10 seconds. I only used it when I wanted a super beat face. Which let’s be honest, is not very often for me.

I feel like this new hydrating formula completely kicks the original’s ass. It is better in every way – does not dry down as quickly, does not settle into fine lines and does not take much to set. It is perfection and I am in love.

Kiss Press-On Nails

Full disclosure, I was sent these products for free from Influenster. If you are at all interested in getting boxes filled with free product and have a  fair amount of Facebook or Instagram followers, click here to sign up. It’s free.

I am really excited to take these nails for a spin. Last time I used press-on nails I was completely surprised at how long they lasted and how amazing they looked. These ones are gorgeous and perfectly shaped.

And that’s my haul guys. Hope you enjoyed! Now I am off to the store where I plan to fill my car with Digiorno pizza for the apocalypse.

 

The Ordinary Skincare, Take Two

Hullo friends.

You may remember that I tried a smattering of products from The Ordinary about 2 years ago before baby (or BB) to assist in eliminating some dark spots, brightening and hydrating the skin and for general anti-ageing purposes. Check out this post for my before and after photos. I feel like it did a decent enough job and I was on a roll, so to speak.

Then I had a baby.

My skincare routine fell victim to extreme fatigue, excessive Little Debbie consumption and far too many Netflix binges. I could barely drag a makeup wipe across my face let alone apply multiple serums, creams and tonics AM & PM. And so, my beloved products from The Ordinary sat in the cabinet and collected dust.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago, when baby girl turned one and I took a good hard look in the mirror at my poor, neglected mug. I decided it was high time I dust the cobwebs off my skincare shelf and get back in the saddle! I quickly made the sad discovery these products had likely expired and therefore, much like The Office, I needed a re-boot.

So, I made David bounce Clara around Ulta while I squatted in the aisle for 30 minutes, bent over my phone like a mad scientist trying to figure out which “regimen” I should go with. Do I go for a retinol? Squalene? Is hylaraunic acid still the IT ingredient? Do I need a peel!?

After my research, I decided upon the following:

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
  • Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

The first three items are all to help with my dark spots while the caffeine solution is for my atrocious under eye circles. If you would like to read more about these products and the science behind them, I would check out their website. 

And for accountability purposes, here are some “before” photos (taken a little over a month ago):

Obviously I am using other products besides these 4 from the Ordinary. I am working on a current skincare routine which I will share very soon so stay tuned for that!

Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set Review

Good day sugar cookies!

And happy November. I feel that every person falls into one of two different camps this time of year. Those that scoff at the idea of Christmas decorations going up days after Halloween, and those who relish it. I consider myself more a relisher but also a realist. I am not dragging the holiday totes down just yet but gimme a week or two and don’t you worry I’LL BE THERE.

But no matter which camp you fall in, there is no doubting that the holidays are quickly approaching and I find it only apropos to blog about a sweet lil holiday set I have been digging.

This would be the Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight set from Sephora.

I knew I needed to try the Sleeping Mask after my sister and so many others have raved about it. You see, this time of year my lips just take a beating. My husband buys Carmex (in the tub not the tube) in bulk and swears by it, but I am not a fan.

So when I saw this little set come out for the holidays I knew I wanted to get it. It contains:

  • A full size Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry
  • Two smaller (.10 oz) Lip Sleeping Masks in Mint Choco and Sweet Candy

The set retails for $28 which I thought was a good deal, as the full size retails for $20 on it’s own. I realize paying an additional $8 for the two smaller sizes might feel unnecessary but when I saw the flaves I knew I had to try. Even so, $28 for chapstick?  Yeah, it’s a little extra. Esp considering the fact that I do not exactly have voluptuous lips.

So what’s the verdict?

It is a great lip product. Is it earth-shattering and awe-inspiring? No. It hydrates and feels very nice on the lips. I like the Sweet Candy scent the best (go fig) and kinda wish I would have just bought the full size of that scent for $20 but whatevs. It will be nice to have the extras to keep at work and in a purse. Overall,  if you have super dry lips and an extra $20 bucks lying around, go get you some!

The Organic Skin Co. Review

Hello lovely fall pumpkins!

I know saying, “I cannot believe it is October already!” is cliche. I also know that saying it is cliche, is cliche. But for real, hello fall? It happened so fast. Here in Portland, the summer went by way too quickly and was FAR too mild for my liking. We’ve already got weeks of rain ahead of us in the forecast and David plugged in our gas fireplace the other day so here we go! I guess it’s time for fall.

In light of this change in season and subsequent change in weather – my skin care needs are ever evolving. I tend to need heavier, thicker creams and hydrating products for the fall and winter because for me, moisture is everything!  Enter: The Organic Skin Co.

WORD.

The Organic Skin Co. sent me a sampling of skincare and beauty products to try out so let’s get to it, shall we?!

Here we have:

  • Clean Slate Holy Basil Cleanser
  • Task Force Nine Calendula and Tumeric Cream
  • All About the Gloss Lipgloss in Mist
  • In the Spotlight Luminzer in Lunar
  • Daily Rituals Rosehip and Orange Moisturizer
  • Prep’n’Prime Face Primer in Rose Gold

The Clean Slate Holy Basil Cleanser

This is a nice overall cleanser that does a great job of removing makeup, yet staying lightweight. It left my skin feeling soft and clean.

Task Force Nine Cream

I really like the scent of this yellow-tinged lotion. I would say the consistency is well-balanced, not too heavy or too lightweight. It is very soothing and would probably feel great on sensitive or sun-burned skin. I have been using this as a daytime moisturizer underneath primer.

All About the Gloss Lipgloss in Mist

What a beautiful color for fall!  At first I was not sure I would like the color on me but it totally works (even with no makeup on!). This gloss is comfortable to wear, does not have a gross “taste” and wears lovely on the lips.

In the Spolight Luminizer in Luna

This cream luminizer is very subtle and somewhat of a challenge to apply. Once blended in, the glow is soft and natural. Not what I usually grab for, but a nice change of pace nonetheless.

Daily Rituals Rosehip and Orange Moisturizer

This moisturizer is no joke. It is a thick, yellow-tinged cream and the moisture it provides is very nice. I would not recommend this stuff under makeup unless you are in some serious need of hydration. I have been using this as a night cream and really liking it so far.

Prep’n’Prime Face Primer in Rose Gold

It should also be noted that all these products are not only organic, but also Cruelty Free and Vegan.

Overall I have really enjoyed playing with and using these products from The Organic Skin Co. The skincare and makeup  items seem to work together harmoniously and I like that they keep the line really simple. It is always refreshing to see a brand being so ethical, making products that keep the planet top-of-mind. Using these products just make me feel good!

Special thanks to The Organic Skin Co for sending me these products.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Hydrate Review

Good day little buttons!

I’m back with you today for a review of some v exciting products.

Those of you that know me well, are well aware of my affinity for a dewy face. It has yet to dew me wrong! (Sorry – hard for me not to pun when it strikes like that). So when I saw that Makeup Revolution had released a new sister concealer (that is hydrating!) to the ever-popular Conceal and Define – I knew I had to try!

When I went to Ulta to grab it, I realized two things:

  1. There was also a Conceal and Hydrate foundation
  2. Ulta was running a gift with purchase for spending $15 on Makeup Revolution

Mystery GWP

The tightwad and makeup hoarder inside of me was singing! I happily grabbed both, used $3 in points I had been banking and was on my merry way. When I got to the car, I tore into the mystery GWP I was just handed and let out a gasp.

There was a good $50 worth of products in there! See below:

So exciting!

I was looking forward to trying out the lipsticks especially, until I saw the colors…maybe for Halloween?

Anyway, let’s get on to the foundation review!

I opted for shade F3 after doing some quick jawline swatches with the in-store testers. I had Clara with me and doing this one-handed was no easy task. 

I was pleasantly surprised to learn they put a pump on this version, rather than the large doe foot applicator. I am a big fan of the pump.

Now, onto the concealer!

I went with shade C2. Again, I wish I had more time to select the right shade but MOM LIFE.

Onto application! Here we are fresh-faced. Here, I am wearing moisturizer, primer and eye cream.

Here is photographic proof of why you should stay the F out of the sun.

I decided that I would try a beauty sponge AND a makeup brush with the foundation. 

Flower Beauty Sponge

Sephora Mini Airbrush

The color was a pretty good match for me. Maybe a teensy bit too light, but overall not bad. One pump of this stuff covered my whole face and the consistency is more on the watery side.

Here we are with one coat of the foundation. I did not apply under my eyes.

As you can see, one layer does not provide full coverage. I did dot a little more directly on my sun spots directly, which did provide a bit more coverage.

Now, onto the concealer. (C’s sweet face in the background hahaaaaa). The color of the concealer was just a tad too dark. I do enjoy me a very light concealer.

Here we are all serious and blended out.

I really liked the concealer right away! Good coverage, VERY hydrating and easy to blend out. 

For fun, I decided to dip into some of the freebies to finish off the look! Here is the contour pallete in Fair.

Of course I had to dip my finger RIGHT ON INTO the highlight shade to see what it was packing. It is actually a really gorgeous highlight!

Here we are contoured, blushed and highlighted! I also set my face with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder FTW.

To finish, I added some mascara – this is the YSL The Shock mascara. It is a good one but you know how I feel about prestige mascaras. Drugstore mascara 4 LIFE.

Here we are with a little bit of brows and mascara on.

You can see a tiny part of Clara’s little hand in the bottom right of this photo.

Next, I decided to try the flawless foil eyeshadow.

There did not seem to be any directions provided on the box, but the liquid inside indicated it was a primer, so I placed a drop or two on my finger and patted it on my lids. Then, I dipped into the shadow (again, with my finger) and was surprised that it had a creamy texture. I patted the product on top of the primer and was left with the following effect.

Definitely pretty, but I am not sure it is worth the fuss of doing two separate steps. 

And can I get an amen for my lashes? 

I am telling you guys, go get you some Grande Lash. It works very, very well.

Overall – I liked both the foundation and concealer. I think I like the concealer a little better but I need to get a slightly lighter shade. The foundation is nice but I do not think it is ground-breaking. I do like the finish on the skin and how little of the product you need to cover the whole face.

Special thanks to my trusty sidekick Clara. 

Spring Makeup Haul

Hello dumplin’ flowers!

Spring is in the air isn’t it? I can always tell because without warning my nose starts itching like a sonofagun and drip-drip-drips like a leaky faucet. It is bittersweet, that feeling of a looming allergy attack mixed with the burst of pure glee from 2 hour pockets of 65 degree sunshiney weather! Bring it on.

And with the change of seasons always comes the downpour of new products. Here are some recent purchases I thought I would share.

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Ladybird

 

 

This shade and formula is just mesmerizing. SO much pigment and super fine glitter packed into a velvety, almost creamy consistency. I cannot quit these shadows. They are too good.

L’Oreal Shake and Glow Dew Mist

I bought a little bottle of this based off a recommendation from my seester Megan. I can confirm that it is in fact a new favorite and a full sized version will be purchased. It does exactly what it claims to do, providing a gorgeous dewy finish to the skin. Plus it smells amazing!

Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in Blacklove

This I purchased based off a recommendation from Kristin Gehm. She uses all kinds of super high-end makeup, yet this $3 pencil remains her holy grail water line eyeliner. I had to give it a shot and I can confirm that it STAYS PUT in the water line and is also great as typical eyeliner too. It is richly black and glides on with ease.

Essence Make me Brow in Blonde

This was a re-purchase. I really like this little eyebrow gel. It is nicely tinted and the color is perfect for me. It is great for those days where I do not have time to do a full brow but is also wonderful as a last step when I am doing a full brow.

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

This little stinker was a b*tch to track down! I have wanted a tanning water ever since Sephora discontinued their gradual self tanning water that I loved. I strongly dislike applying self-tan lotions, mousses or gels to my face because I always feel like they are too intense. I loved the “gradual” aspect of the Sephora brand one, and I could apply it with a cotton pad like you would a toner. When I saw that St. Tropez had a “water-based” face mist, I knew I wanted to try it. So far, I really like it. Of course it is a cinch to apply and the color is not too intense at all.

Elf Camo Concealer

I am considering doing a full review of this stuff, for all the hype it has received. At this point, I can confirm it is a bulletproof, super high-coverage formula. It is like paint. It dries super quickly and is quite troublesome to blend. It is very drying (read: I DO NOT set it with a powder) but is also wearable with a good eye cream underneath. The jury’s still out on whether or not I love it or hate it, but one thing is for sure – it’s a $5 concealer that will cover ANYTHING.

And that’s all for now! xoxo

Hard Candy Spring Collection Haul

Hi there gerber daisies!

And who is ready for Spring?! Of course you know I am. Unfortunately I live in Portland, where we experience a seemingly endless gray drizzle most of the year. Of course right now it is the worst and so begins my annual let’s-move-to-Scottsdale Arizona rant. Do I know anyone in Scottsdale? NO. Have I ever been to Scottsdale? NO. Would I move there in the blink of an eye after 4 months of nonstop rain and the relentless use of a Happy Light? Why, YES. Yes I would.

One of the only things that keeps me sane during these endless rain-fests is the promise of beautiful Portland summers. And recently, I was sent a lovely box of brand spanking new Hard Candy goodies from the spring collection. What a way to lighten up a dark Portland day!

Here are the goods!

Baked Powder Highlighting Trio in Make the First Mauve

This highlighting trio comes with three shades that create a beautiful, sculpted, glowy cheek! This set also comes with a brush which is really reat quality.

Overall I really like this product. I used the farthest right shade as a blush, the middle shade as a cheek-topper on the apples of my cheeks and the far left shade as a traditional highlight. The effect is gorgeous.

Stroke of Gorgeous 12-Hour Smudge Proof Felt Tip Eyeliner

I have not tried this eyeliner yet but I promise to report back!

Sheer Envy Redness Relief Face Serum

I do not have much trouble with redness but I am sure this will come in handy during the summer months! Green Tea and Cucumber would be so soothing! I plan to actually put this stuff in the fridge and use it cold.

Just Glow All Over Body Luminizer

First of all, this product smells AMAZING. Beachy, coconutty and fresh. It comes with a pump and it absorbed into the skin nicely, comparable to a light body oil/gel hybrid. It does leave behind a subtle sparkle

Swatched:

Glitteratzi Glitter and Chrome Eyeshadow Duo in Mercury Rising

This product is really stunning! The “chrome” end is super opaque and a really gorgeous rose gold shade. The glitter is SUPER beautiful and comparable to the Stila Glitter and Glow maybe just a little bit less saturated. But at $7 a pop, I might have to pick up a couple more of these colors!

I am so excited to continue to use these products into the spring. Maybe if I start now, it will happen sooner!

Thanks again Hard Candy! Check out or purchase these products by clicking here. #hardcandylyfe