My most reached for lip products.

My Favorite Formulas

I keep all of my go-to lip products in one organizer on the top of my vanity. These lip products have become my top picks because their formula’s outperform the rest of my collection.
In my opinion, all of these products are more intensely pigmented, and are superior when it comes to comfort; unlike a lot of lip products on the market.
When I first got into makeup I wasn’t the biggest fan of lip products. My lips aren’t my favorite feature of my face, and I definitely spend more time playing up my eyes.
Regardless, now I am addicted to lip products as much as (if not more than) the next girl.
This isn’t my entire lip product collection by any means, but these are the products that I reach for the most often simply because I enjoy their formulas.

Swatches Of My MAC Lipsticks

My MAC Lipstick Collection

Colors From Left to Right: Smoked Purple (Matte), Verve (Satin), Stone (Matte), Whirl (Matte), Velvet Teddy (Matte), Twig (Satin), “O” (Frost), Mehr (Matte), Amorous (Satin), Faux (Satin).

When it comes to lipsticks, MAC is on a pedestal in my book. They have so many different finishes and a multitude of shades from which you can choose.
I love MAC lipsticks so much that I fully intend to build a custom lip palette for my freelance kit rather soon.
Also, the price point of $17 isn’t too steep compared to a lot of other high-end brands.

Favorite MAC Shades

Faux and Amorous are hands down my two favorite MAC lipsticks ever. If I travel anywhere these two shades are brought along by default.

Swatches Of My Bite Beauty Lipsticks

My Bite Beauty Lipstick Collection.

Colors From Left To Right: Mimosa, Raddish, Sorbet, Honeycomb, Eggplant.

Bite Beauty creates their lipsticks out of food grade ingredients, and the quality and color pay off is impeccable. The first two shades are minis that I own.

Favorite Bite Beauty Shades

Both Honeycomb and Eggplant are lipsticks that I wear a lot. 

Swatches Of My Lip Glosses

My Lip Gloss Collection

Colors From Left To Right: NYX Creme Brulee Butter Gloss, Maybelline Glistening Amber Color Elixir, Maybelline Nude Illusion Color Elixir, Laura Mercier Bare Baby Gloss, Buxom Pink Lady Gloss, Marc Jacobs Love Buzz Enamored High Shine Gloss.

To be completely honest I don’t often wear lip gloss at all. However, these formulas are tried and true if I get the desire.

Top Formula & Most Worn Gloss

I feel kind of bad choosing it because it’s the most expensive gloss pictured, but the Marc Jacobs Enamored High Shine Lip Gloss takes the cake. Many people would cringe at paying $28 per gloss, but the quality is unbeatable. If I wore glosses more often I would certainly buy my go-to colors in this formula.

Swatches Of My Kat Von D Liquid Lips & Random Lip Liners

My Kat Von D Liquid Lips Collection

Swatches From Left To Right: Jordana Rock N Rose Lip Liner, Jordana Tawny Lip Liner, Essence Soft Berry Lip Liner, Kat Von D Exorcism, Kat Von D Lolita, Kat Von D Mother, Kat Von D Lovesick

Lip Liners

Very rarely do I use lip liners and when I do it’s only because at times I am kinda lazy with my lips. I admittedly really need to pick up more lip liners. I have my eyes on quite a few from MAC. Currently, my most used one would be the Jordana Rock N Rose.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

I’ve been a chronic lip biter for most of my life and I’ve even put my teeth through my lips more than once during a few clumsy accidents. For this reason I typically go for satin or creme formulas so I don’t accentuate scarring. However, the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are also a formula that usually cooperate quite nicely despite my lips’ particular needs.

Favorite Kat Von D Shade

A shade I have truly worn to death is Kat Von D Exorcism. This is my boyfriend’s favorite lip color on me, and for that reason it gets worn pretty often. I also love that I can get my top lip to stand out a lot more with this color without having to over line it or do anything crazy; it’s simple and effective as-is. This color can be seen on me in lots of my Instagram pictures.

What are your favorite lip product formulas? Do you have any that you think I should try? Let me know down in the comments!

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Foundation Review

Hey! There’s a lot of new things coming out in the world lately huh? Different foundations, brow products, and mobile games *cough* Pokemon Go *Cough*. I’m not sure if anyone else has started playing this game, but I think it is going to be incorporated into my regular exercising routine. I am really enjoying it, but I am more of a nerd than people realize (though I don’t think being a nerd is a bad thing by any means). Anyway, onto the review!

I debated back and forth if I wanted to write this post, because disclaimer…it isn’t the most positive review ever, but it’s super honest. I figured I would post my two cents because a lot of people have been trying to get their hands on this foundation. But let me know if you guys prefer not to see negative reviews! I don’t want to come off rude, and if people don’t enjoy them I could just not post about bad products at all. It’s ultimately up to you guys!

I got the second to lightest shade, which is called Creamy Natural. The color is a really nice match, so there’s no problems there. However, this foundation just does not work well with my skin. It says on the bottle that it’s for normal to dry skin, and I’m typically a very dry skinned girl,  but still this foundation just felt oily and slippery to me. I even tried using different primers underneath. Radiant primers are out completely when it comes to this foundation.

Even when using mattifying primers this foundation still slid around, felt greasy, and creased. I tried powdering throughout the day, but that just caused it to look splotchy. I really wanted to love this foundation because it’s gorgeous when first applied. It also has SPF 15 which is a good bonus during the summertime.

I’m not giving up on this foundation quite yet, I’m simply putting it on the back burner until winter when I think it may be more suitable with the temperature.

Have you guys tried this foundation? Did you have any issues with the formulation being too oily? Let me know down in the comments what your experience was, or if you plan to pick this up in the winter months to give it a try.

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Favorite Drugstore Foundations

Foundation can make or break any makeup look. A bad foundation, or a noticeably wrong shade can detract attention from the more focal points of your desired look. Finding a great quality drugstore foundation isn’t always the easiest task. However, almost all of my favorite foundations are from the drugstore.

A Tad Bit About My Complexion

On the daily I prefer my face to look dewy and glowy. I also like a medium to full coverage, but sometimes I will opt for a more sheer formula. I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t have much acne that I need to cover. Although, because I am pale I still have freckles and veins that need covering. To my boyfriend’s disappointment; I’m not fond of the idea of “embracing my freckles”. I love freckles on other people, but I prefer to cover my own. 🙂 I also have dry skin. I hope this rough idea of the canvas these foundations are being used on will allow you to determine if they would work for you as well.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($16.99)

My favorite foundation on the more lightweight sheer side would have to be the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. This foundation can be built up for more coverage if you really want it. Without being built up, this cushion foundation is the perfect for those days when you want to stick to minimal makeup. The finish to this particular foundation is absolutely stunning. The only downside is that the lightest shade is too dark for me personally. I specifically started tanning a tiny bit in order to start wearing this foundation. The shade I wear is in W2.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Foundation ($12.99)

This next foundation is the one I have been using for the longest. Loreal True Match Lumi Liquid Foundation is an oldie but a goodie. This foundation is much different from the Lumi Cushion foundation even though they are from the same brand and line. The Lumi Liquid has a different feel to it and it also provides more coverage. I’ve been using this foundation for longer than I can remember; it gives such a great dewy finish to the skin without going overboard. I wear this foundation in the shade W1-2.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation ($7.99)

The last foundation I’m mentioning is the most recently discovered favorite, and to be honest I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do when I picked it up. The foundation I am talking about is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. I completely expected to hate this foundation, and I only picked it up because so many people talk about it. Usually I don’t like matte foundations. I’m a dry skinned girl through and through, so if the label doesn’t say dewy I typically pass the product up. I’m so glad I didn’t in this scenario. This product gives so much coverage, it’s not matte to the point of feeling super drying and uncomfortable. It’s just flawless, and it allows other products to blend so smoothly over top of it. If I am going to be out and about for a while I typically wear this foundation because I know it will hold up for hours on end. I could rave about this foundation for forever. Actually, I need to pick up a darker shade for me to wear during the summer. Right now I have the shade 110 Porcelain.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that maybe it helped you a little bit in finding a great foundation from the drugstore. I know this post was requested on my Instagram so I really wanted to get it up for you guys. Let me know what you think of these foundations and if there are any other drugstore foundations worth trying! 🙂

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Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Little weird fact about me: I am really peculiar when it comes to my hands. I keep my hands super clean and germ-free. For the longest time I wouldn’t paint my nails because I couldn’t stand to have polish on shortly after it finished drying. Now that I am past the nail polish portion of my hand situation, I’ve become obsessed with painting my nails.

A while ago I found, in my opinion, the best top coat EVER.  I purchased the Essie Gel Setter ($10) top coat a couple of months back and have been using it every single time I paint my nails. It makes my nail polish last longer, look better, and it also makes my nails look thicker almost giving the appearance of fake nails. Which I can’t handle fake nails, but my own nails are on the thin side, so I appreciate this effect.

Last little tid bit about this top coat is that it applies so easily because it is a thicker gel-like consistency. The consistency of this top coat is one of the main reasons it is the best I have found so far. It just makes such a difference in how my nails look in person.

Now I just need to find a perfect matte top coat, give me suggestions if you have any! 🙂 I also want to try other nail products. I find myself intrigued by the brand Ciate. 😉  Oh, and please ignore how my nails currently look..I cut them a wee bit short. 😛

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Initial Thoughts

Let me start this post by saying that I will try to keep my Jaclyn Hill gushing in check. Though I do adore Jaclyn Hill completely. When it was announced, that the collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics would be expanded, I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to see sneak peeks of the new products.

In my mind, “expanding the collection” meant that they would release Champagne Pop in liquid, and poured form. I didn’t really think about new products being released. This meant I was even more ecstatic when pictures started float around Instagram.

What I Purchased From The Collection

I only ended up getting the face palette ($52) for right now because it appeared to be the focal point of this collection. The eyeshadow palette is gorgeous but I didn’t feel like I absolutely needed it in my life because Jaclyn did say that she really only created one of the five shades. I’m pretty sure that the liquid and poured versions of Champagne pop are going to be permanent, so I don’t feel rushed to pick those up quite yet either (buying a new car means a bit tighter budgeting :P).

Jaclyn HIll Becca Collab

When I got the face palette in my hands I was astonished by the beauty. This palette is absolutely gorgeous in pictures, but it is even more luxurious and glamorous in person. & I must say that Prosecco Pop is now my all time favorite highlighter. This is the highlighter I have been DREAMING of. I pray that they make it permanent… because I see myself hitting pan on it all too quickly!

Swatches

Jaclyn Hilll Becca Collab

Final Thoughts

The selection of colors in this palette is wonderful, and they combine nicely for a variety of looks. I know I am going to get so much use out of this palette, and more than just in the summer months.

Okay okay, enough of my gushing. I’m being 10000% real when I say that I am BLOWN away by this palette. If you can afford to, I suggest you plan on picking this bad boy up when it is back in stock online and in stores. Once this palette is sold out it is supposed to be gone forever! I really believe that this palette is just too gorgeous and perfect to pass up.

Jaclyn’s palette is supposed to restock online at Sephora and hit Sephora stores June 16th. Mark your calendars ladies!

Did you pick anything up from the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection? If you did let me know down in the comments what your first impressions were.

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