haul review & roundup: love it, like it, leave it

Monday, April 25, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I hauled some beauty goodies from Ulta. Now that I've given them all a try I wanted to share with you the ones I love, some that are just ok, and others I wouldn't repurchase. 

The Loves:

Becca mineral blush in Flower Child (from the Blushed Radiance set) left swatch in photo // To say my love for this one came out of nowhere would be understatement. When I picked up that Becca set it wasn't specifically to buy this blush, but I'm so happy in came in the set! I've been using this shade soooo much lately. It's the perfect mix of pink and peach with a bit of a golden tone to it and it lasts insanely long once it's applied. (I honestly went to touch it up after I got home from work before going out to dinner and didn't even end up needing to since it still looked good!)

Becca Backlight Priming Filter (from the Blushed Radiance set) right swatch in the photo // This was the product I was most desperate to try from this set. It's safe to say I'm now completely addicted to this stuff and have been slapping it on my face before I apply my makeup every day. The primer has a slight tint and tiny shimmer to it that's undetectable once blended in, but it gives a nice glow to your skin and seems to make my makeup (especially my blush) last longer. This actually reminds me a lot of the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint from both a shimmer and consistency standpoint.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette l-r Cherry, Easy, Angel, Lo-Fi, Hush, OC // If you've been able to grab this, you're in luck - I can't seem to find this anywhere (other than Ebay) to link it for you - epic fail! It might still be in some stores, so keep you're eyes open 'cuz this is such a gem! The colors are beautiful, blendable, and are the perfect lineup for any look. I've been reaching for Cherry or Hush a lot and using Angel as more of a highligher.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara // I'm sure most of you have heard about this mascara by now, so I won't go on about it for long. It's still my fave, both due to the formula and the wand. I love a plastic wand and the side with the short bristles is perfect for applying mascara close to the lash line without making a mess.

The Likes:

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (both from the Blushed Radiance set) // These are definitely lovely highlighters. Great formula, long lasting, blendable, and really pretty when the light hits them. I'd expect no less from a Becca highlighter. (I prefer the pressed over the liquid if I were to choose one formula.) However, I still find myself reaching for Champagne Pop over these when I want some glow. These are a little more subtle, so if that's what you look for in a highlighter, then I'm sure you'd like these.

Rimmel Lip Liner in Addiction // I already knew that I liked this formula for lip liners (I also own East End Snob and Innocent - both are great!). This shade is more of a deeper, brown-rose shade. Definitely good for the 90's lip trend. I love filling in my lips with this, pressing it in, and topping it off with a little bit of rose-toned gloss.

BareMinerals Serum Concealer // I was kind of on the fence if this one was a like or a love. I really like how it's incredibly creamy - almost slippery - in texture. It makes blending it in a dream. When you pull the applicator out there's a lot of product on it for everywhere you want to conceal (and then some more). The color is a good match for me, too. I'm just not sure if it's The Best concealer I've ever used. Jury's still out on that one. Time will tell.

The Leaves:

Maybelline Crayons in Pink Parfait and Lilac Lust //  After my raves about this formula in the shade Lavish Lavender (which I still stand by!) these two shades were such a let down! I was hoping Pink Parfait would be a quicker to apply version of the Color Tattoo Metal pot in Inked in Pink (love that one!!), but sadly it's not. No matter how much I try to build it up, it just looks like next to nothing on my lids. Not for me. Lilac Lust was a let down as well. The color was completely meh and not one that I'll be reaching for.

Let me know if you like this kind of post and I can do them more often after I've tried out products that I pick up. What's the best (or worst) product you've tried lately? If you want to keep up with me daily, follow me on Snapchat (shelikestoshop)! I'm totally obsessed with it and post at least one photo or video with a ridiculous filter a day. Those filters are soooo fun!

underrated beauty

Monday, April 11, 2016

Every beauty lover knows that the Naked palette, Becca highlighters, and Hourglass powders are great products. Cult favorites and superstars like these tend to get all the glory, while some underdogs lurk in the shadows, waiting for their time to shine. There's a few products in my collection that are excellent, but don't get talked about enough. Today's your day, my friends!

Although Essie is my most bought nail polish brand, the Maybelline Color Show polishes are a close second. The brush is the perfect size and holds it's shape well, making application a breeze. The formula is opaque in two coats and lasts forever before I see any chips. (It tends to grow out before it looks busted.) The colors in the range are lovely, too. Some of their glitters are my most-used and I always see new shades being released. Plus, at $3.99, it's a complete bargain.

I've tried my fair share of concealers over the years and the NYX High-Definition concealer is one I've repurchased multiple times. It's easy to swipe on with the doe-foot applicator and the creamy consistency makes it easy to blend with a brush or a dampened makeup sponge (my method of choice). It has great staying power, especially when set with a light powder and I really like how easily it brightens up my undereyes. This one is another steal at only $4.99!

Lip glosses seem to be a love/hate beauty products. Either you're a gloss person or you're not. I definitely am, and my favorite ones are the Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquers. It's a tinted gloss in a thicker, sticky formula, which sounds bad, but honestly it's formulas like these that translate into excellent longevity (just don't wear them on a windy day unless you want your hair to stick to them like a magnet). I love these glosses on their own, or over a lipstick or liner for some added shine. I can only seem to find them on Birchbox, but if you can get your hands on these, I'd definitely recommend trying them out!
Pop - Melted Peach & Flower Fuschia, NYX HD Concealer
The Cargo eye shadow palettes really don't get enough love. The shadows have fantastic pigmentation and are so rich and creamy. I was turning into the heart-eyed emoji whilst swatching these shadows. The Vintage Escape palette is one of the oldest in my makeup collection, but it's still so good! The Northern Lights palette's shadow colors are so gorgeous, too. I love these palettes and if you can find them in a store, give them a swatch- you won't be disappointed! They come out with new ones multiple times a year which I've seen on their website, as well as at Kohl's, Ulta, and Birchbox with different palettes on each site, so there's plenty to choose from.
Cargo - Vintage Escape

Cargo - Northern Lights
Ok, underdogs you've been shared. Hopefully you won't be wallflowers anymore! Let me know in the comments if you love any of these products, too and your favorite beauty product that never gets any buzz! I love trying new products from your recommendations!

I went shopping on Sunday with Steve and things got spendy. I haven't done much shopping lately since I've been working so much so I went nuts at the mall and picked up some things from Express, Levis, and Victoria's Secret. I can't wait to wear everything and got some good deals, so it wasn't too terrible, I guess. That's what I'm telling myself...

when a coupon leads to a haul...

Monday, April 4, 2016

20% off! The words a shopping addict loves to see, especially when those glorious words relate to Ulta. I'd been getting the itch to go beauty shopping for a while, so when that coupon landed in my inbox, the deal was done. I was going with the intent to buy, which leads to excessive purchases. Let's dive into the newbs in my collection...

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blush palette was 50% off so of course I grabbed that pretty little thing. I haven't tried it out yet, but I'd heard great reviews and the packaging is to die for. Even Steve thought the case was nice. However that was immediately followed by "I feel like you have all of these colors already". (They're similar not the same!)

I don't think I own a single thing from BareMinerals, but when I heard the buzz around their serum concealer I knew I wanted to try it. I feel like I've been on a quest for my holy grail concealer for years and still haven't found it, so fingers crossed for this one. 

Becca - love. 'Best Of' boxes - love. Minis - love. So I pretty much had to buy the Best of Becca Blushed Radiance set. I've been wanting to try the backlight priming filter foreverrrr so this was a great way to give it a whirl without a big commitment. And it didn't hurt that this set came with a mini pressed Opal, liquid Moonstone, and Flower Child blush. The minis are so stinkin cute and will be perfect for travel!!

Rounding out this hoard was a repurchase of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (I've missed that amazing wand!), a couple of new shades of the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadow crayons (Pink Parfait and Lilac Lust), and a Rimmel lip liner in Addiction (seems like a great dupe for UD 1993).

What are you most curious for me to do a full review of? I feel like the Gwen palette has about a million review posts floating out there, so I'll probably just do a quick snap of my impressions once I've used it (@shelikestoshop). I think I'm most excited to try out the Becca collection and the BareMinerals concealer, but I'd love to know what you want to hear more about.

Is it terrible that with the Sephora 15% off coupon coming up in a few days I'm already making a mental wishlist? In the running are this bronzer (like I need another), this palette (see previous comment), and this eye cream. I have a problem.

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