Monthly Archives: March 2016

Dusty Rose/Bronze Makeup

Hey everyone and Happy Easter!

It’s been well over a week since I’ve written anything – literally no explanation for it – I just haven’t written!

My 31st birthday came and went yesterday. My boyfriend and I had a lovely time in Newport, RI. It’s the first time either of us has been there and it was definitely an experience. Unfortunately, it rained quite a bit the second day we were there, but our activity planned for that day was to tour the Newport Mansions. Have any of you ever done that before? It was an absolute blast. A couple of the food places we tried out were incredible. Missions (a hot dog and burger joint) made the *best* hot dog I’ve ever had. Awesome spot if you happen to be in the area.

Surprisingly, I didn’t touch makeup the entire time I was in Newport. I brought all my brushes and products I thought I’d use, but we were walking around and being all tourist-y the whole time. There was no point in getting all gussied up!

Today I decided I wanted to try a pink eye look. It turned out to be a dusty rose/bronze look that I think works well for the transition from winter to spring!  Continue reading

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Warm Summer Makeup – Before and After

The weather has been slowly changing over from bitterly cold to pleasantly warm.

My creative juices have seriously been flowing for a more peach-y bronzed makeup look topped off with a nude lip.

I decided to do a pretty summer-look using my new NYX Wanderlust Go To Palette. This is also a before and after. I will list all products used to create this look and where you can purchase them. Enjoy!

Before

Before

After

After

Products Used: 

  1. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer
  2. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
  3. Covergirl Stay Luminous Natural Glow Foundation in 820
  4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light/Warm
  5. Coty Air Spun Translucent Powder
  6. NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
  7. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
  8. Loreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette
  9. Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter (to clean up the brow area)
  10. NYX Wanderlust To Go Palette
  11. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
  12. Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara
  13. Velvet Teddy M.A.C Matte Lipstick
  14. M.A.C Whirl Lip Liner
  15. NYX Matte Setting Spray

Thanks for checking out my before and after summer-y makeup look! If you have any questions on any of the products used, please ask away! I love talking shop with like-minded makeup junkies!

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette – Coming March 17th!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

There are few product releases that are a same-day buy for me. I can guarantee that this palette will be one of them.

I’ve been lusting after this palette since I first heard about it a few months back.

This launches on March 17th and you can buy it at Sephora for $49.00.

Summer Yum, Candied Peach, and Just Peachy are my favorite shades out of this palette by just viewing photos online.

These shades are warm and housed in a very familiar metal tin with magnetic closure – Very typical Too Faced fashion which I actually love. There’s a very nice mix of matte shades and shimmer shades.

Too Faced comes out with some of the cutest packaging I think I’ve ever seen and this one does not disappoint.

Guys, it smells like freaking peaches. If that’s not reason enough to pick up this beauty for summer, then I don’t know what is.

Next Thursday I’m going away with my boyfriend for a couple of days for my birthday. We chose Newport, Rhode Island at a cute historic inn. I am crossing my fingers that shipping is fast so I can bring this with me!

Will you guys be picking this up when it releases? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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NYX Wanderlust Go To Palette review and swatches!

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NYX Wanderlust Go To Palette

Big news. Major news. OMG NEWS!

My local CVS finally revamped their makeup/beauty section. For the longest time it was the same stuff each week. On Thursday I stopped there for milk and – erm – $60 later I was the proud owner of some new-to-me items.  The most updated section is the NYX display. I came very close to walking out with their new retractable brow pencil, but I wanted to hold off until I could determine which shade was best for me. I’ve heard that it’s comparable to the Anastasia Brown Wiz and it’s about $10 less.

When the Wanderlust Go To Palette originally came out, I wanted it. When I saw it in CVS, I still wanted it. So I bought it.  Continue reading

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Nude Dude Volume 2 by the Balm swatches and review!

coaster-I-hate-to-waste-sick-daysHappy Monday, guys!

So, my boyfriend and I came down with some stomach issues and the last 19 hours haven’t been the most pleasant.

I called out of work, he came home early from work and I’ve eaten toast and dry cereal so far today.

It just hasn’t been a good start to the week.

I need to get my game face on because my plan is to get to the office nice and early tomorrow to catch up on whatever it is that I’ve missed from today.

Never fear, I have a new-to-me product to review. I think this palette came out sometime 2014. Thanks to the great Amazon sale that you can read about here, I was able to score the Nude Dude Volume 2 by the Balm! Click that fancy little “more” button and keep reading for some swatches and a quick review. Thanks, guys!  Continue reading

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Amazon Luxury Beauty Promo

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Hurry, hurry, hurry! 

On top of posting all things makeup/beauty related (tips, before and afters, hauls, swatches, etc) I want to also post the deals that are often missed on these top brand items. Just because a palette is $44 dollars – It doesn’t mean you have to pay $44.

This cute little hobby of ours can get quite expensive and I want to help you guys out as much as possible.

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, and you purchase today, you’ll have your shipment on Monday 3/7. The promo reads that a $25 credit will be added to your Amazon account for future purchases. Now, I don’t know about any of you, but I use Amazon all the time.  Most of the time I keep a running credit in my Amazon account, so when I need to make an emergency purchase it’s there.

I already made my purchase this morning. One product is a repurchase and the other is a palette I’ve been eyeing for a long time. Keep on reading to get a sampling of the items you can purchase with this deal!  Continue reading

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MAC Haul!!

It’s 9:08 p.m on a Friday night. If I was 24 again I’d still be an hour away from heading out the door for a night of bar hopping with my girlfriends.

I’ll be 31 in three weeks. It’s now 9:11 p.m. I don’t know why it took me three – 9:12 p.m – four minutes to type what I’ve typed so far. I really need to get better at this blogging thing! Friday nights for 30 year old Nikki means a glass *cough* bottle *cough* of Chardonnay, a Modern Family marathon and diving into my latest and greatest haul!

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Review

I'm Back!

Keep calm, guys. I’m back!

I cannot believe I’ve been gone for over a year!

The last year has been filled with changes and opportunities. I turned 30 last March, my boyfriend and I moved to a bigger condo, we got a cat and my one year anniversary at my job passed in January.

Never fear beauty junkies – I have amassed quite the collection of beauty and makeup related products. I still can’t do a winged liner and when I apply false lashes they end up on my eyebrows, but nevertheless, the collection continues to grow.

I decided to do a review on a product that I can proudly call my holy grail makeup remover. Keep on reading for a full review on the new Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. Actually, you don’t even have to read it if you don’t want to. Just go buy it. This face cleanser beats coconut oil, cream makeup removers, pre-moistened wipes, dry wipes, and any other remover you can imagine. No, Garnier didn’t send this product to me. Who do you think I am? Jaclyn Hill?  Continue reading

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