Smashbox Liquid Lipsticks

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Monday you guys! It’s been kind of a weird day for me…maybe it’s the Monday blues or something. However, I did want to come on here and talk about this amazing lip product I happened upon.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see these swatches of liquid lipsticks from Smashbox. All of the colors were vibrant and they also had a super wide range.

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So, a couple of days later I went to Sephora and swatched some of the colors and was really shocked out how seriously pigmented and non-streaky these liquid lipsticks were. Of course, I only purchased one at first and tried it for the next few days and then went back and bought another color. I’m probably going to back to Sephora and buy another one if it fits in my budget this coming month.

 

IMG_6798The colors I purchased were True Grit, which is this gorgeous deep brown color, and Miss Conduct, that is a beautiful blue-based red. The liquid lipsticks are called Always On Liquid Lipsticks and they really are always on. I have eaten food and drank with these on and I still manage to have color on lips. Of course, if I wipe enough the color does come off, but that’s to be expected.

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Needless to say, I really love these liquid lipsticks and I’m taking them into fall and winter with me. I would like to get a nude color that I can line with Nightmoth or Currant (MAC lipliners.) I really recommend these babies if you’re looking for a nice liquid lipstick for the season! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Just as promised, I’m talking about Fenty Beauty today! Now I had to kind of control myself and not buy a whole new foundation, highlighter or powder. I have all of those things already and I’m completely in love with my current makeup routine. However, I HAD to try something.

Of course, my dear mother was already on it and purchased the Match Stix Trio the day Fenty Beauty was released! I still would like to try the powder highlighters when I get the chance…as if I don’t already have enough highlighters as it is.

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So…the Match Stix trio. I think we can all see that this trio is very similar to KKW’s Contour Kit, so let’s get that out of the way. I like both pretty equally, but Fenty Beauty is far more accessible than KKW Beauty. I’m not really going to make any comparisons on the actual products especially the obvious ones but I honestly feel like all these sticks come from the same manufacturer. I may be wrong, but they really are that similar.

Onto the actual product now. Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Trio retails at $54 which includes a contour stick, a shimmer (highlight) stick and a concealer stick. I believe that you can purchase the sticks separately which retail at $25. Also, the sticks are magnetic!

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The Match Stix Trio that I have is in the color Deep which is the darkest of the trios. I will say that besides the contour color the other sticks are pretty light for the darkest shades.

The contour stick: Out of the three, the contour shade (Espresso) is my favorite. I think it’s the perfect size for contouring and once it’s blended out, it gives such a nice soft chiseled natural contour. I am definitely more of a powder contour girl, but I’m a huge fan of this creamy contour.

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The highlight stick: I feel like I’m a highlight expert at this point…okay not really. So I like the way this highlighter (Sinamon) looks when I first apply it, but once blended it kind of just disappears. I definitely don’t mind a natural highlight for during the day, but this appears more like a bronzer. I still like it, however, I would probably go for a different shade next time. Also, I think I’ll stick to powder highlighters from now on. Fenty Beauty has a powder highlighter that I have my eye on…and it’s not Trophy Wife.

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The Concealer Stick: Okay…I’m not a fan of this concealer (Suede), especially for the Deep colored trio. I wore it yesterday and it made my under eyes so oily. Also, I appeared very ashy looking and I know that was probably due to the shade. Today I went with my normal concealer and liked how my skin looked a WHOLE lot better.

Overall, I like this trio minus the concealer…so the duo. The natural contour and highlight are perfect for those days I don’t feel like doing my full makeup routine but still, want to look somewhat alive. If you’re still deciding on buying the trio, I would probably look into getting the individual Match Stix just so you don’t end up with a color that isn’t fitting for you. I do recommend the contour stick for sure without a doubt!

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I hope to try some of the other products within this amazing beauty line. I may get a sample of the foundation because I’m very curious to see if they have my perfect shade! Thanks for reading, as usual, you guys. Check back Friday for another fashion post!

ChelsiKay

Shopping at Sephora on a Budget

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Am I the only one who loves Sephora? I think not, in fact…who doesn’t love Sephora?! I think the only thing we might actually hate about Sephora is how much money you can spend when you’re in there. I think we’ve all had that moment where we go shopping for one thing and come out with more stuff than we anticipated.

However, there are ways to come out of Sephora without spending at least $100. Believe it or not, I’ve come out of the beloved store without spending over $25. Trust me, it doesn’t happen often, but it is very possible. I have come up with some tips (some no brainers, some not) that could help so you’re not spending your entire paycheck in one place. I use these tips everywhere I shop, but mainly I use them for Sephora because sometimes self-control goes out the window when makeup and skincare are involved.

  1. Save up

Well duh right? This is at the top of the list simply because it’s a huge no brainer. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell anybody here how to save their money (if they can) so that they can buy what they want guilt free. However, I like to save $5-$10 every week along with putting a quarter of my paycheck into savings.

  1. Go in for samples or travel kits

I never buy a full sized product unless I’ve sampled it or tried a smaller version first. It makes absolutely no sense to buy something full sized only to not like it and return it or toss it out. I personally hate returning things, but if it comes down to it then I will. If you’re especially on a budget, definitely sample it and have no shame going back in a week later to get another sample. The struggle is really real sometimes.

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  1. Shop with a game plan in mind

We all like to waltz into stores to “just look around,” but that doesn’t really work out too well in Sephora. So, before you go into Sephora do your research on the things that you want and go in for that specific product or products. Try your hardest not to look at anything else including the checkout trap and just walk out once you’ve purchased what you wanted. Do this at other stores as well…some of us can get really caught up in that clearance section.

  1. Shop the Sephora line

The Sephora line has really stepped up their game this year. Their masks, highlighter palettes, and liquid lipsticks are pretty amazing. I want to say that everything in the Sephora line (individually) is all under $40. You can pretty much buy your essentials with this line and come out without spending an arm and a leg.

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  1. Shop sparingly

Believe it or not, you actually don’t need every highlighter palette that comes out. Now, if that’s your thing then carry on and do not mind me. This tip goes hand in hand with shopping with a game plan (tip #3.) Find that eyeshadow palette that you’re going to use every color and buy just that one. Really look for your holy grail concealers and foundations and keep repurchasing them. Also, maybe consider buying lipsticks and brushes from somewhere else. I personally love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Crème’s, MAC Lipsticks, and Real Technique Brushes. I mainly purchase my foundation/concealer and skincare at Sephora and that’s about it. You’ll find that you really only go into Sephora when you need to and not just randomly. You’ll even find that some things really don’t catch your eye like they used to.

Hopefully, these were some good tips because I certainly use these all the time when shopping anywhere. I’ve saved a lot more money over the last year or two following these tips. If you have any questions then just shoot me a comment. Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Review

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Ok, I totally went MIA on Wednesday and yesterday and I apologize for that. I got so caught up in planning a party and posting just completely slipped my mind. I’m not really sure how I let this product get past me because I have been using it every day!

I’m not really sure how I let this product get past me because I have been using it every day!

So I have been using the Glossier Priming Moisturizer for a few weeks now and I’m pretty much in love. The difference from when I use it and when I don’t is pretty incredible. My foundation or tinted moisturizer goes on SO much smoother and stays on longer too.

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Here’s a little blurb about the Priming Moisturizer: “Priming” means that it instantly brings out the best in your skin, so you have a fresh, glowing canvas that’s ready for makeup (but looks so good you might want to wear less). The ideal base for Perfecting Skin Tint, it visibly plumps skin up with moisture to create cushiony bounce and an even texture, which helps minimize the appearance of pores—minus any heavy blurring ingredients. The anti-redness complex soothes and evens skin tone, leaving a clean, dewy, balanced finish. This comforting cream allows you to layer and build up to the perfect amount of moisture depending on climate, season, or how your skin’s feeling on any given day.

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If you’ve ever painted on canvas before and use gesso… it’s kind of the same principle – you’re priming your canvas before creating your masterpiece. This is one of the first primers I’ve used that actually moisturizes AND primes and doesn’t leave my skin feeling strange. Pretty much any primer I’ve used in the past has dried my skin out or made it overly oily. In fact, I stopped using primer for about two years until I got my hands on this Glossier Priming Moisturizer.

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The price of this moisturizer is pretty affordable retailing at just $25 for quite a bit of product because a little really does go a long way in this instance. I like to apply this morning only before putting on my makeup. This isn’t really a good nighttime moisturizer in my opinion because it is very lightweight.

This priming moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid which tends to take moisture from its surroundings so be sure when using this product, (or any product with hyaluronic acid) that your skin is already hydrated. You MAY need to apply a hydrating mist of some sort before applying this Glossier primer or else you may notice some dryness.

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Overall, I am head over heels for this product! One of these days my whole skin care routine might be Glossier because I just love their whole simple skin care and make up aesthetic. I’m definitely going to be keeping this baby in my skin care arsenal and yes I will most likely be repurchasing! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

You guys should know by now that I’m trying my actual hardest to get organized. The best place to start for me is usually my vanity and I go from there. I thought I had it all figured out at one point and threw the majority of my makeup into this really pretty wired bowl. That system worked out for awhile until I had to dig around just to find stuff and somehow makeup would get EVERYWHERE!

So for about a month and a half, I had a purchase in mind but kept putting the purchase on hold until this Monday. This Monday was Prime Day on Amazon and the prices were all just really amazing deals. Soo…I figured why not get my hands on the JerryBox Makeup Storage. The Jerrybox is a makeup and makeup accessory organizer that saves a ton of space on your vanity.

 

The actual setting up process is really self-explanatory, you just kind of fit all the pieces together. There are also directions on the back of the box, which do help out if you need it.

 

There are different styles of the Jerrybox which include: Tower, Circle, and Square in white, black and transparent. I went with the circle style in white, but if I were to purchase this again I would most definitely get the Tower in transparent just because it looks like it may be easier to clean.

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I haven’t figured out how I want everything to sit on here, but I’m sure it’ll all come to me very soon. Overall, the JerryBox is a really cool, innovative, and a pretty ingenious idea that easily clears up space on your vanity. It has a plastic feeling, but it is still quite sturdier than I expected.

So that’s all for today my lovelies! I hope this was a cool post for you guys! If you’re interested in the JerryBox, it’s on Amazon for a pretty decent price. Thanks for reading!!

ChelsiKay

KKW Contour Kit Review…

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, style

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a good Fourth of July. I’m starting today off with a beauty post! I had to really think this one through because it’s going to be about Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty contour kit in Dark…

I know, I know, not everyone is a fan of the Kardashian Klan, but who better to make a contour kit (finally) than the queen of contour herself? Now if you have any negative comments that aren’t productive, please keep them to yourself or else they will just be deleted.

First and foremost, is the kit worth $48? That depends on the person. If you wouldn’t normally spend $40+ on anything regarding makeup then maybe not. To me personally, I am someone who is okay with dropping $40+ on makeup – Kardashian or not.

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The kit comes with two contour colors, two highlighter colors, and a dual ended tool. I’ll come out and say now that I’m not a fan of the tool, it feels strange to hold and it doesn’t really blend anything that well in my opinion.

The packaging comes in a cute little zip lock bag that people seem to not be a fan of. It doesn’t really bother me all that much because I can reuse it for other things. What I like most about the contour and highlight sticks is that they are really versatile. These don’t have to be used for just contouring or highlighting. After reading the instructions for use online, you can use this as a concealer, an eyelid primer, a base for your highlighter, lip liner, a dark spot corrector…the list honestly goes on.

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I did make a mistake in ordering the dark color instead of the deep dark, but I still really love the finish. I get a dewy look without looking sweaty or wet. The dark looks extremely natural and subtly sexy, which I am so here for! I love love love the shimmery highlight – it’s the perfect shade of rose gold for my brown skin.

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Of course, there are some cons; the number one being the tool is just weird to hold. These sticks are pretty small…please get your mind out of the gutter (lol.) However, the size of the sticks does create the perfect line for your highlight and contour…all you have to do is blend from there. The sticks do seem to get pretty messy or I’m just a messy person..maybe both.

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Overall, Kim K and her team did a pretty good job with this kit. The creams stay on pretty much all day and I would love to see how the deep dark looks on my skin. I would recommend that she comes out with individual sticks so that you can mix and match as you please. The price point really isn’t that bad considering you get four colors plus a tool.

This kit is not something that anyone needs but is just fun to have. I wanted to give a full honest review without talking about Kim K’s past and truly try out this product. I would purchase again especially if she adds individual sticks. So if you were curious about giving the kit a try then go for it…or not. Thanks for reading. Look out for another post this Friday.

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

Summer Beauty Faves

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

I know I’ve been seriously slacking on my blogging lately, but I have technically been blogging…just not posting. What I mean is, I have a few blog post planned out already and I’m prepared to speak about them in the next coming posts.

So today, I’m going to be talking about some beauty faves that I have absolutely been loving! It’s not that many products so this will be one of the shorter posts.

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First, let’s start with the Glossier Super Pure niacinamide + zinc serum. I’ve definitely mentioned this before…read about it here and here. Long story short, I can’t get enough of this serum. I’m like 97.5% sure that this serum has kept most of my acne minimal as well as away. I love the way it just disintegrates into my skin and is extremely lightweight with zero stickiness. My skin just sucks this stuff right on up and keeps that stubborn acne away.

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My next two beauty favorites actually go together. The Renewed Hope in a Jar skin tint is one of the best tinted moisturizers I have EVER used. I love that this skin tint actually comes in my color and it melts right into my skin. This is such a great base for the spring and summer, especially at for a beach or pool day.

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Now, I can’t just apply this skin tint and go because it’ll turn into a messy oil slick or just completely melt off of my face. Last week I stole my mom’s Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder and I cannot get enough of it!

The Renewed Hope in a Jar last all day when I apply the Soft Light Blurring Powder and it actually does blur out any imperfections. I’m not even sure how some makeup even works but I’m more amazed every time I try a new innovative product.

So these are my current summer beauty faves and will probably continue to be the remainder of the summer! If not, then I’ll be sure to update you guys on new beauty faves. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

I’m really really excited for today’s blog post because I got something new to talk about! I’m not one to be into things that are limited edition simply because they are limited and that sucks when you can’t get your hands on them again. However, this, I had to have! I purchased the Chrissy Teigen Becca palette! I absolutely love Chrissy Teigen – her tweets, cookbook, husband etc. So, I was pretty excited when I found out that she was coming out with a glow palette…I hope she comes out with more in the future.

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I couldn’t not feature the palette on my lovely blog because that would be such a disservice to you all. So, the palette has a blush, a bronzer, a highlighter, and a contour color. I do happen to be darker skinned so everything kind of shows up as a highlighter color, which I’m perfectly fine with!

IMG_5765Just like most of Becca’s line, this palette is pretty pigmented. The packaging is just gorgeous and it’s rose gold! Rose gold is just the end all be all color right now – I just can’t get enough. Don’t mind my huge pores and pimples please…y’all know my struggle!

I will say after two wears, I love it, but it doesn’t stay on all day which is fine by me. I’m not big on blush, so I like to apply that color to my crease. I think these colors for ladies that are my skin tone or near it can use this as a more natural subtle highlight/bronzing palette. You’re not going to get that super lit look like with the Karity palette, but you will get a nice bright natural glow with this Chrissy Teigen palette.

So if you’re interested in a nice subtle highlight or even new to the highlighter world then I insist you get your hands on this bad boy.

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Finally, Glossier.

Beauty, Minimalism, Natural, simplicity, skincare

Today I decided to be proactive and start blogging a little bit earlier than normal, especially since it’s going to be a busy day for me. Today I’m celebrating my best friend’s birthday. She has a blog too called thelavendersmile. So instead of completely neglecting my schedule and you guys, I thought why not just get a head start and post early?!

Most Friday’s, I don’t have too much to talk about unless of course, I’ve planned something in advance. Today isn’t really a planned post but I do want to talk about my purchase from Glossier.

I have no idea what took me SO long to buy anything from them, but the day has finally come. This, of course, isn’t a review, because I JUST got the products yesterday and I’ve only used one of them.

Glossier is a brand that stands for pretty much everything I am about! It minimal, clean, no nonsense, still fun, quirky, and of course aesthetically pleasing! I have used their skin tint and it is a little too lightweight for my hyperpigmented skin, but one of these days I will ONLY be able to do lightweight.

Anyway, onto the purchases. I will do a review on these products very soon…I have a long list of products to review already!

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So I had to get the Glossier Boy Brow in black because 1. It’s a bestseller and 2. It makes everyone’s eyebrows look natural and filled in instantly! I think everyone should have a little bit of boy brow in their makeup kit and I haven’t even used it yet! I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube of people using this brow gel and it’s a hit. The tube should be a whole lot bigger for the price. I’m not usually one to complain too much about price, but the Boy Brow is pretty small. At $16 they could definitely make the tube a bit wider. It does seem to be the only product that is that small as well as the only product you’ll need to buy over and over again. There’s gotta be a method to their madness.

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I was not supposed to be buying skincare this month, but I really couldn’t resist. So I kind of tweaked my no buying skincare month into purchasing from Sephora. I am in Sephora at least 3 to 4 times a month and I ALWAYS buy something skincare related. Anyway, I had to get my hands onto the Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc serum. Apparently, niacinamide and zinc are supposed to help with inflammation that accompanies acne. Well, guess who has acne prone skin and lots of skin inflammation? This girl. So it was almost written in the stars that I had to buy this serum. I already like it because it goes on your skin like water!

So, I think that I’ll really like both of these products and I’ll probably purchase some other ones later on. I couldn’t make this post too long, but I did want to get it up for you all nice and early!

Comment if you’ve tried Glossier and tell me what your favorite product is!

ChelsiKay

The BEST Highlighter?

Beauty, Lifestyle

I’m not sure why I’m just now talking about this new product that I bought last month. I definitely made a video about it and planned on talking about it on here, but somehow never got around to it.

So, last month I purchased a highlighter palette from a brand called Karity. I’m sure most of you have heard of it, but if not, it’s a makeup brand that sells extremely pigmented highlighters. They also sell pigmented eye shadows and super soft brushes! What makes their company even better, is that their products are freaking affordable. How many palettes do you know of that are only $25 that are pigmented AF? Even some of the mid-range to high-end brands aren’t even as pigmented as Karity’s products are.

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Here is Karity’s mission for their company:

Karity is your destination for high-quality cosmetics at a fraction of the traditional costs. Built from the bottom up, we handcraft, sell, and deliver all of our products in-house to provide makeup that makes you and your wallet feel good.

So a little bit about my experience with Karity…

  • Their website is really easy to navigate and isn’t at all sketchy.
  • My order was processed successfully and I received the correct confirmation emails including shipping in a timely manner.
  • My package arrived in about three or four business days
  • The packaging has a sleek and clean look
  • Just as promised, each color is super pigmented and gives you the most amazing glow.
  • Cruelty-free 

I ordered the 2nd highlighter palette that seems to suit darker skin tones better than the 1st highlighter palette. The pigments have a creamy feel that glides on to the skin perfectly. Even though I had seen quite a few pictures of the product, I was still surprised at how well the product showed up on my skin. I’m so used to most highlighters appearing ashy and chalky. The product stays on ALL day no matter which color you choose to wear. You’ll literally be “lit” the whole entire day!

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I ordered the small angled contour brush along with the palette and I’m obsessed with it! There’s not too much I can say about the brush except that it’s extremely soft and well made.

There is only one con to this palette and that is that the site states that there is minimal fallout with the pigments and there is quite a bit of fallout when applying to the brush. That problem could be due to the brush or even user error, but that is something that I have noticed.

Overall, the palette is soooo amazing! I hope they make a rose gold or purple tinted highlighter palette in the future because I would absolutely buy that in a heartbeat. Comment if you have any questions and check out Karity’s website to get your own eyeshadows, brushes or highlighters!

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay