Favorite Beauty Products Under $20

Happy Thursday beauties! Today, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite beauty products for this fall. Some products I use are more high end, while others you can find in drugstores. Quite a few of you are make up gurus and know much more about the world of beauty than I ever will, so I’m just here to show you what I love and whether it’s worth the investment. Feel free to comment with some of your favorites too!

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The first one on my list is The Blushed Nudes by Maybelline New York! This was one of the best purchases I’ve made in awhile. Similar to the ever-so popular Urban Decay eye shadow palette, this palette features 12 different shades of beautiful, rosy nude colors. It was $9.99 at Target and worth every penny. Mixing up my eye shadow is something I rarely did and this palette certainly made me change that.

Another score from the Victoria’s Secret outlet (see haul here) is the Beauty Rush Volume Mascara. Eyelashes are rarely long enough to be visible but this mascara changes that! Honestly, my lashes have never looked longer or fuller. I found it on sale for $2.99 at the outlets (not online anymore) so if you can, pop in and see if you can score it for that price!

Eye shadow and mascara won’t make much of a difference without a great foundation though. I splurged and bought the Sephora brand 10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation (oil free too!) It was $20 and a little steep for what I’m used to paying but well worth it. My skin isn’t breaking out like it used to and it looks flawless!

The Nyx Powder Blush in Rose Garden finishes this list. It’s a great color and has a little shimmer to it, which I think is nice. Believe it or not, I found it on clearance at Target for $2.99 and decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately for my wallet, a love affair with blush was started!

I love a variety of products in all price ranges but generally the more expensive the product, the better the quality. Sephora has a great rewards program that allows you to earn points for every dollar you spend. On your birthday, they give you a special gift too! Last year, I got two Nars lip pencils!

Leave a comment with your beauty finds this month, I’d love to hear from you! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

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Bloggers Gonna Blog

Bloggers Gonna Blog

Monday mornings are good for two things: Catching up on favorite blogs and drinking copious amounts of coffee. I’ve perfected the art of both. I have more coffee mugs than Lorelai Gilmore and follow too many blogs. The funny thing about blogging, especially fashion/lifestyle blogging, is how superficial it can be. Little fashion blogs like mine and yours aren’t usually guilty of this; but big-name blogs have a running track record of it. This brings me to the 8 biggest lies top fashion bloggers tell their readers.

  1. Life is a never-ending latte: ┬áIn every single Instagram photo, in every pretty picture of their desk, and almost every snapshot of their “candid” strolls through a park, fashion bloggers always have coffee. And it must be carried in either a Starbucks cup (#littlegreenstraw) or a Kate Spade travel mug. Take your pick.
  2. We wake up with lipstick on: I’ve seen countless blog posts about “morning routines” and how fashion bloggers put their makeup on. The kicker is that no one wakes up with makeup on and if they do, their skin must really hate them because chances are it was a rough one the night before.
  3. Trips to the market are a must: Saturday mornings are meant for picking up fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market and then arranging them in a chic little bowl on the (marble) kitchen counter at home. Obviously. The majority of us run to the grocery store for our food needs. However, fashion bloggers shop in more stylish, organic places.
  4. Brunch is a way of life: If they aren’t hosting a dinner party, they’re meeting a “blogging bestie” for a brunch full of fresh fruit and mimosas. The brunch is spent hashtagging and cropping the perfect Instagram photo of their drinks and yummy food. Excuse me while I go back to my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and orange juice.
  5. Pretty cars come with the territory: Because it’s totally normal to be 25 and driving a Mercedes Benz. Except it’s not. I’d take one if it were given to me, but at 22 years young, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
  6. The bag makes the woman: Prada is a necessity and red-bottomed shoes come with the territory. And they’ll link both below the photos they post on their blog so they can make sure to get the commission from Nordstrom in case you decide to buy anything.
  7. Jet-setting is a weekend thing: A little trip to Bermuda one weekend and then exploring NYC the next is part of the fashion blogger’s life. Either said fashion blogger pay for it themselves or there’s an event that the blogger is invited to that includes an all-expense paid trip. Hopping from vacation to vacation is just a part of life.
  8. We love to team-up: I’ve seen the phrase “I teamed up with so and so…” far too many times and know that it’s code for “I’m being paid to feature this product on my blog.” Everyone needs a paycheck, but it makes you wonder if they really like the product or not.

What do you think of the fashion blogging world? Leave me a comment!

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How I Keep My Skin Looking Clear

You know what I hate most about the winter time? It isn’t the snow, the awkward 40 degree temperatures, or the dead tree branches outside of my window; it’s how my skin acts! We all have some sort of a skin type whether it be normal, dry, or oily. However, my skin is a whole combination of those and during the colder months, it becomes harder to deal with.

My Skin Care Routine

skin_care_routine Women have a whole skin care routine that our male counterparts don’t even know exist. And we like to keep it that way. We can’t just wash our faces, throw on some make up, and have great skin all the time. It’s just not how it works. My skin care routine isn’t that complicated compared to some ladies I know, but it’s still time consuming. My sister and I (pictured next to me), have pretty decent genetics in terms of skin, but we even have problems!

I start my day by washing the sleep off my face with cold water before towel drying it and applying Cera Ve lotion to the brim of my nose, cheeks, and forehead. Anywhere else on my face puts me at serious acne risk. I also use this in place of a regular moisturizer because it was recommended to me by a dermatologist. If I decide to wear foundation that day, I prefer to use Maybelline Matte Finish and a simple powder on top of that. It looks weightless on my skin and gives it an airbrushed look.

Throughout the day, I’m constantly dabbing at my “T-Zone” with a tissue. The area that runs above your eyebrows and down through your nose is where pimples are most likely to pop up. Pun intended. Keeping this area oil-free during the day helps keep your pores from getting clogged.

Around 7pm, I take my make up off with a Neutrogena make up removing towelette. I pay careful attention to my T-Zone again and even make sure to get the areas close to my ears and under my chin completely make up free. Pimples and blackheads enjoy making occasional appearances in those areas too!

Other skin care tips:

  • Go make up-less at least one day a week- Believe me, it helps my skin breathe!
  • Buy a blackhead extractor- Instead of using your nails and finger tips to squeeze out little blackheads that are visible, get this little tool!
  • Avoid face wash that lathers up- A beauty guru at Lush Cosmetics told me that the more a soap lathers up (gets all bubbly), the worse it is on your skin in terms of drying it out.

Skin can be so irritable and unpredictable but following a skin care routine will help you tame those pores and create a glowing complexion!

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Best Friends Share So Much

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My best friend Lindsey and I have so much in common it just makes our friendship that much more enjoyable. We love Tiffany’s, coffee, pretty pinks, candles, BLOGGING, cute clothes, and so much more. We truly need each other!
~Liz