The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Hey there! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful, as usual it seems. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get this post up, because my laptop was being slow, but my boyfriend fixed it. Thank goodness for our significant others that have skills! I am going to be talking about one of my top favorite eyeshadow palettes in this post. My best friend Brooke, the bestest friend in the whole wide world!!! Got me this palette for Christmas, along with a few other nice things…some bare minerals things! I just want to give a shout out to her, and say “Thank you!” again! Brooke is a fellow blogger/youtuber. You can follow her here: Brooke-Leanne ❤ She also has a YouTube channel, which you can find on her blog. I believe her most recent post has a video in it.

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I have been using this palette for quite sometime now, and have used most of the shades in it. I’m sure many of you have read many reviews on this palette already. It’s not exactly brand new, but it’s new to me and maybe it’s something new to you. These gorgeous shades are infused with the sweet smell of peaches! If you are really sensitive to scents, then you might want to forgo this palette. I notice a light scent, nothing overpowering that I can detect. I don’t notice a scent lingering after application either. This palette contains 18 shades, and all of the pans in this palette are the same size. I’ve noticed in other Too Faced palettes, they have a couple of bigger sized pans for certain shades. Down below are pictures of what each shade looks like. These are finger swatches applied without a primer.

The First (Top) Row

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Left to Right: White Peach (matte vanilla cream), Luscious ( pearl peach champagne), Just Peachy (shimmering peachy pink), Bless Her Heart (Golden Moss), Tempting (Bronzed Black), and Charmed I’m Sure (matte medium cool brown).

2nd (Middle) Row

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Left to Right: Nectar (pearly peach cream), Cobbler (peachy pinked bronze), Candied Peach (matte coral with violet shimmer), Bellini (gilded peach), Peach Pit (satin perfect raisin), and Delectable (matte smokey amethyst).

3rd (Bottom) Row

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Left to Right: Peaches n’ Cream (matte milky peach), Georgia (matte peachy pink), Caramelized (dark gilded bronze), Puree (metallic dark bronze), Summer Yum (matte gingerbread), and Talk Derby to Me (shimmering black violet).

Aren’t those shades gorgeous!? Warm peach shades are some of the most flattering shades I can wear (I think so anyway ha!). Just looking at this palette gets me excited for the spring/summer time. These shades are very pigmented, apply beautifully, and blend out nicely. I find myself reaching for this palette A LOT! Not only is this palette beautiful, but the packaging is too cute! It’s set in a sturdy metal/tin type of palette. Though mine does have a little dent on the bottom…I don’t know how that happened, but oh well! I don’t know if it’s supposed to have a magnetic clasp, but mine doesn’t stay shut too well. So that is a downside, and something to think about if you plan on traveling with this palette.

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As you can see in the picture above, there is a mirror with the cute little sweet peach design. I don’t mind that it kind of blocks part of the mirror, I don’t usually use the mirrors too often in my palettes. In the next couple of photos, I am showing you a picture of my eye look that I created, and will have details about my makeup listed below as well.

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Makeup Details

Face Primer – Jouer Anti-blemish and Matte Primer.
Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation in 0.5.
Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.
Powder – Maybelline Better Skin in Porcelain.
Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer.
Blush – Essence Satin Touch in Satin Coral.
Highlighter – Wet n’ Wild mega glo in Precious Petals.
Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light. Essence make me brow gel in blondy brows.
Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Eyeshadow – Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Base – Peaches n’ Cream, Transition/Crease – Puree, Lid – Candied Peach, Outer Corner – Delectable, Patted on the center, Brow bone, Inner corner – Bellini, and Lower Lash Line – Puree toward the outer corner to the middle and Bellini from the middle toward the inner corner.
No eyeliner.
Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Lips – Realher liquid lipstick in Lady Love, and Realher lip pencil in I Am Unstoppable.
Setting Spray – Urban Decay Chill.

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This palette is available at Ulta, Sephora, and of course the Too Faced website for $49. I also have the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting palette, if you’re interested in a post about that. If you have any questions about this palette or any of the makeup I used listed under the ‘makeup details,’ feel free to ask me in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Getting to Know Me: 50 Random Things About Myself

Hello there! How is everyone’s week been going? TGIF! 🙂 If you do know what that means, then you are probably around my age. I meant to get a different post up sooner this week, but I was out of town visiting with family for a couple of days. So, I just thought I would do a post listing 50 random facts about myself. I thought it would be a good way for those of you that don’t know me, to get to know me better, and I thought maybe there might be some things that no one knows. Here we go…

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I live in the southeastern part of Michigan.
  3. Not only do I love all things beauty, I love cats too. I have a cat named Allie.
  4. I am 6 ft. tall.
  5. I have Trypohobia. Google it!
  6. I lived in Las Vegas, NV for 2 years.
  7. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for 5 years now.
  8.  I listen to a lot of 90’s music. They don’t seem to make music like they used to.
  9. I hate the heat and am most comfortable in the winter.
  10. My favorite food is grilled cheese.
  11. I feel like I need some form of chocolate at least once a day, everyday.
  12. I love to watch movies in my free time. My favorite movie is 10 Things I Hate About You.
  13. I am double-jointed.
  14. My favorite color is purple.
  15. I would drink a Starbucks Double Shot Vanilla Energy drink every morning if I could.
  16. I am your typical introvert and prefer staying home whenever possible.
  17. I do love shopping, and am so glad that I can do most of it online.
  18. I’m planning on moving to a new apartment very soon!
  19. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to Ireland, where my ancestors are from.
  20. I have 2 brothers, and am the middle child.
  21. I’m not much of a drinker, but I enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while. My favorite is Pink Moscato.
  22. I love mermaids and have a fascination with them. I even have one of those mermaid blankets.
  23. One of the best feelings in the world is putting on a brand new pair of socks.
  24. Only a couple of people know that I have a “lazy eye.” I can control it though, as weird as that sounds.
  25. I am a huge University of Michigan Football fan. Go blue!
  26. One of my favorite television shows, is the American Horror Story series.
  27. A television show that I’m currently watching is Feud: Bette and Joan. It’s written by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who writes for American Horror Story.
  28. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
  29. I am a huge fan of Pusheen the cat.
  30. I was a certified Phlebotomist. I’m not one anymore because of my health issues.
  31. I have chronic illness/pain. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens’ Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and am being monitored for Lupus. Since I’ve shared that, please don’t try to contact me to sell me on some miracle cure…one of my biggest peeves!
  32. Speaking of peeves, I hate when people leave time on the microwave and don’t clear it.
  33. When I was a kid, I was a clogger for a short period of time, which is a form of dance.
  34.  I used to take guitar lessons when I was 14.
  35. I might possibly be going on a road trip this summer with my Mom to Tennessee.
  36. My eyes change from green to blue and vice versa.
  37. The only other country I have been to is Canada.
  38. I wear pajamas a majority of the time. Whenever I am at home, I am in pajamas.
  39. I hate grocery shopping.
  40. I have an interest in photography and love taking pictures.
  41. I love the ocean. I have been to the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico.
  42. I also have a fascination with sharks. I get excited for shark week every year. I also got to go to see sharks at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas…Along with watching the mermaid show at The Silverton.
  43. I have big feet and wear a size 11 shoe.
  44. I am planning on doing a spring/summer giveaway. I think I will host it on Instagram, since most people at least have Instagram. Be sure to follow me on IG here. I’d like for it to be international. If anyone can tell me about their experience with that, it would be so helpful! ❤
  45. I have a bad habit of biting my nails…
  46. My favorite shade of lipstick to wear is a “pink-nude” shade.
  47. I love to bake and cook when I feel up to it.
  48. I am quiet at first until I get to know someone. I have a weird and sometimes twisted sense of humor.
  49. I hate doing dishes.
  50. As you can tell from my featured image, I am on Snapchat. If you’re on there, let me know so we can add each other. I’m on there all the time!

Well that concludes this post. What are some random things about you? Let me know about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading! Be on the lookout for my next post on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! ❤

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L’ORÉAL Paris Pure-Clay Mask: Exfoliating & Refining Treatment

Hello there! I apologize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted…again. Something you should know about me (if you don’t), is that I have chronic illness/pain. I go through periods where I don’t feel well, and they’re very unpredictable. So, because of that, I don’t have a regular posting schedule set. Also, when I say I say that I’m planning a specific post, it doesn’t always happen right away. So again, I apologize! I have missed reading everyone’s posts, and I’ve meant to get on here to do some reading much sooner/more often.

In this post, I am talking about one of the new L’Oréal pure clay masks. L’Oréal has a new line of Pure Clay masks. There are three different types. The type I will be talking about today, is the exfoliating and refinement one. It contains 3 pure clays and Red Algae. It claims to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog/tighten pores. It also claims that, immediately you will see results. Your skin texture “appears refined and smooth,” as well as minimizing your pores.

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The first time I tried this mask, I tried it from a sample foil packet (pictured above). I received this sample from a Target Beauty box. It’s actually one of 3 samples that were connected. I also have samples of the other two masks, I haven’t used those yet. I chose to use this one first, because I felt that it addressed my current skin care problems/concerns. I’ve been having a bit of a rough time with my skin lately. I don’t know if it’s hormonal or Rosacea. I also thought maybe it could be something related to one of my autoimmune diseases. I inserted a picture below, that shows the back of the foil packet. It lists the ingredients and gives the instructions. It also talks about how you can use each of the three masks on different parts of your face to address different concerns.

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The mask itself, is an orange-red color. It actually contains volcanic rock to exfoliate the skin. When you rinse the mask off, you rinse it off with water using circular motions. Like it says in the picture above, you leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and it can be used up to 3 times a week. I do notice a visible difference after using this mask. However, I did use this mask before really figuring out what I think is going on with my skin (I don’t know for sure). I just thought maybe my pores were clogged, because I do tend to sweat a lot from my face. I feel like this mask helped with what it could, and I will continue to use it. I’ve also been adding something else into my skin care regime that is helping my actual problem, but I will talk more about that later in another post. Otherwise, having something like hormonal acne or Rosacea, requires a different fix. I have an appointment with a Dermatologist at the beginning of next month (April), to be further evaluated.

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 I’ve actually been using this mask for about a month now. After using this foil packet, I actually went out and bought the full-size jar. I don’t have a picture of the jar in this post, but it’s a glass jar, which I think is really nice for the price. It costs about $12 or $13, which isn’t too bad at all, especially since it works so well. I bought mine from Rite-Aid when it was 40% off. I think it’s good to check the ads each week for different sales they’re having in the drugstores, you can save quite a bit of money that way. I have an app on my phone, called Shopular. I can quickly access each ad from my local drugstores that way.

In conclusion, I definitely do recommend this face mask. I would like to try the other two soon. If you would like first impression posts on those masks, let me know in the comments down below. The other two masks are the Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask, and the Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. The Detox & Brighten is for “dull and tired-looking skin” which contains charcoal. The Purify & Mattify is for oily and shiny skin, which contains Eucalyptus. My skin is the normal to dry type. I don’t know what “normal” skin really is though. I don’t like that label for skin really because everyone is so different. Though I’m not sure how much of a help I would be, reviewing a product for oily skin. I tend to get a tad oily in my t-zone, only in the hot, humid summer months.

If you have tried any of the L’Oréal Pure Clay masks, please let me know down in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well. Also, feel free to just say hello in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Until next time!

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Jouer Long-Wear Liquid Lipstick

Hello there! Long time, no blog! Well I don’t think it’s been too long, but long enough anyway. Who knew spring was going to come early this week? I hope you have the same warm and sunny weather I’ve been having here. I have a positive review for you here today, on the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick. That’s the longer name for it anyway. I didn’t want to write ALL of that in the title of this post. Not that I haven’t had long post titles.

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“This weightless, long-wear liquid lipstick offers full coverage color with a soft-touch finish that glides on smoothly and lasts all day.” – Jouer website product description

I only have the shade Bronzed Rose so far, but I recently just ordered 2 more! Funny thing, is that I saw these on the Forever 21 website in the makeup section. They’ve actually added quite a few different brands. I was really surprised to see Jouer on there, and I had been curious about these liquid lipsticks. Last I knew, they still had the shade Penny on there, but that was it. I also ordered that shade from the Forever 21 website as well. The 2nd shade I ordered, was Dulce De Leche from the Nordstrom website. So, I am excited to try those shades as well.

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The Bronzed Rose, is a gorgeous metallic cool deep rose shade. It is full-coverage and goes on very smoothly. It feels light on the lips, dries down quickly, and really is long lasting. It lasted through eating and drinking. It’s not overly drying on the lips. Obviously, it’s going to be a little drying because it is a liquid lipstick. I normally don’t like liquid lipstick, but I am making an exception for this one. I just loved it so much, that I needed two more in different shades! I am really anxious to see if they perform as well as this one.

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The packaging is clear with a black top. The wand is a doe foot applicator, it’s a nice size, and it’s easy to use. Normally liquid lipstick has round packaging, where this one does not. It has kind of an indent on one side. I am thinking you can connect these together? I’m not completely sure, but I assume that’s why it’s there. If anyone knows for sure, let me know in the comments. I guess I will find out one way or another when I get the other two I ordered.

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The picture down below, was taken before I went out to dinner. So lipstick is fully intact. I paired it with my Laritzy lip liner in the shade Roseberry. Though I really don’t think you need to wear a lip liner with this lipstick.

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Here is a photo with how it looked after. It wore off a little bit toward the center of my lips. I really don’t think it looks bad though. I think it’s just the lighting in the picture and the shine on my lips that make it appear as though it came off more. If you look at my picture above, it pretty much looks the same, same lighting and all.

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Overall, I really love this liquid lipstick. I love it enough to buy two more, when they’re priced at $18 each. You might recognize my before picture from Instagram. Be sure to follow me on there, I will be posting what the other two shades look like. Well, that concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have tried the Jouer liquid lipstick, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, don’t be afraid to just say hello! 🙂  Thanks for reading! ❤

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Thank You Hippy Lip!

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’ll admit, that mine has had a bit of a rough start. I was meaning to get this post published much sooner, but it’s better late than never right? I won this amazing giveaway in December from Kristy from her blog Hippy Lip. She sent me the Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some Bold Lip set, along with a full-size Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out. She also included a Colourpop highlighter in the shade Churro, which is extremely generous! Thank you so much Kristy! ❤

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First, I’m going to talk about the Give Me Some Bold Lip set. I will go over each shade and tell you my thoughts…

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[There will be swatches at the end of the descriptions. I am going in the order of most favorite to least favorite…I can’t tell you how long they wear for, these are just my initial impressions.]

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing – This one was my favorite out of the bunch, and has become my perfect shade of red ❤ The formula is very creamy and very hydrating. I loved it so much, that I ordered the full-size. I also really want to check out the other shades in this collection. I highly recommend that you do too.

Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Head Over Heels – This shade can be described as a “fuchsia berry” shade. I really liked this one as well. It felt really comfortable on the lips for being a liquid lipstick. I was really surprised with how smooth my lips looked after applying it. If you have a problem with liquid lipstick because it’s too drying, definitely give this one a chance!

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Yaassss -This was definitely an interesting shade of purple to try. It is described as being Lavender. This one was lightweight, but a bit more on the drier side. Good exfoliation and some lip balm can help out a lot when wearing this lippy.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine – Aubergine is a nice deep eggplant shade. The formula is matte yet hydrating. It doesn’t seem too over drying. I feel like Sephora picked some great options for bold lips with this set. This crayon is supposed to be waterproof, and I am looking forward to testing that out later.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair -This shade is very similar to the Bite Beauty Aubergine crayon. You will see that when we get to the swatches down below. This shade is described as being a deep plum. The Bite Beauty is perhaps a little bit deeper of a shade. This lipstick is very moisturizing and has a satin-matte finish. I absolutely love the color of this one! The only reason that I put this lower on the list, is because it does bleed a lot. I didn’t use a lip liner, so obviously, you will need to use a lip liner with this lipstick.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned – This is one made it to the bottom of the list, not for it’s super dark color, but because it’s very patchy when you’re trying to apply it. That can happen with darker shades though, and this shade is described as black cherry. Does this put me off from trying other shades of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick? No. I really want to try one of the lighter shades and see how well that performs. I heard the lighter ones work much better.

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Finally! The swatches! Going from left to right: Tarte’s Yaassss, Ciate London’s Head Over Heels, Sephora’s Belly-dancing, Bite Beauty’s Aubergine, Laura Mercier’s An Affair, and Kat Von D’s Damned. All of these shades were pretty hard to remove from my arm, especially Damned. That one did not want to budge!

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Next, I’m going to be talking about the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out. I have the other Sephora Favorites Lip set that has the mini of this lipstick. So it will be nice to have a full-size to keep at home, and a mini one to throw into my purse. This shade is described as being a deep nude. To me it is a very brown-toned nude, but it’s a gorgeous shade! This lipstick has a matte finish, and claims to be long-wearing as well as waterproof.

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Such a gorgeous creamy formula! It’s very lightweight too! I also love the wand, which I have pictured down below…

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Now I’m going to finish up this post by talking about the gorgeous Colourpop highlighter in Churro…

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Churro has a pearlized finish and is a coppery peach shade, with gold shimmer and silver glitter. Colourpop’s highlighters are so smooth and have buildable pigment. Down below is a picture of what it looks like as a swatch and blended out.

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I have a couple of other Colourpop highlighters as well, let me know if you would be interested in seeing those. I could do a post, or even just some swatches on social media. OR I could even share with you all of my collection, which would have to be done on Insta-stories, or it would be a really long post to write! Anyhow, what are some of your favorite bold lip products? Or Colourpop products? Let me know in the comments down below. Thank you again to Kristy from Hippy Lip, I really appreciate everything you sent me! ❤ Definitely check out Kristy’s blog and give her a follow. She is an amazing blogger! 🙂 I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

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Current Skin Care Favorites

Hello there! Happy Weekend! I hope everyone is having a great one. The weather here in Michigan has been really gloomy. I need some sunshine, seriously! I like winter because it’s cold, and I usually get really warm easily. Though I’m actually looking forward to spring. I’ve already been shopping for makeup/clothes with spring colors in mind.

Anyway, I haven’t worn makeup all week because I’ve been sick. I am feeling a lot better now though. As I was trying out a new face mask tonight, while watching The Devil Wears Prada and munching on some snacks, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my current skin care favorites. I have been getting into skin care more now that I’m in my 30’s. When I was younger, I was all about the makeup only. Now I get excited when I get new skin care products to try out from my monthly beauty subscriptions, though I’m only subscribed to Ipsy at the moment. For this post, I’m just going to briefly describe each of my favorites.

Current Face wash : Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Charcoal is a popular ingredient used nowadays for skin care. It’s known to draw out the impurities in your skin. Bioré claims…

“draws out and traps 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser, purifying pores to leave your face deeply cleaned and your skin tingly-smooth. Pores are twice as clean after just one use.”

This cleanser is to be used daily, and I have been using it for a long time now. I do have a couple other face washes that I’ve tried and like, but I use this one the most. I love the way it makes my skin feel fresh and clean after each use.

Curent Skin Care Tool: Ulta Dual Action Cleansing Brush System

I love using this brush to cleanse my skin. I don’t use it every time I wash my face, but it’s great for exfoliating. You can use any cleanser or scrub with it, and it comes with 2 different brush attachments. One being the soft bristle brush used for cleansing, and the other is a deep foam pad that is used for gentle cleansing or for deep application of your moisturizer. It runs on 4 AA batteries, and you can purchase replacement brushes as well. This is one of the more inexpensive cleansing brushes, it’s only $25 and I’m very happy with it!

Curent Acne Spot Treatment: Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator

I picked up this secret gem from The Dollar Tree, though it’s sold at stores like Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. The same exact bottle I have, sells at Walmart for almost $6, and I found it for only $1! It works wonders! It contains 0.5% Salicyclic Acid. So if you’re skin responds well to that, definitely give it a try! It also contains East Indian Sandlewood Oil. It’s lightweight and absorbs really well. The thing that I really noticed, is that it never dried out my skin, and my blemishes improved within at least a couple of days. It’s not something I use everyday, only for a couple of days when I get a blemish. So, it is possible to dry out your skin if you’re using it every day.

Current Facial Serum: Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum

This is one of those skin care items that I received from Ipsy. What I love about it, is that it absorbs quickly and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. You can use this alone, or under your makeup as a primer, and you can use this under your daily moisturizer. Honey is good for your skin. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It really helps in retaining moisture to the skin.

Current Daily Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (Combination Oily to Oily Skin)

This daily face moisturizer is a long time favorite for many. I remember my Mom using this when I was a kid. It’s always been her favorite, and now it’s mine. It’s fragrance-free and oil-free. It absorbs quickly, and makes my skin feel so soft. This is what I use before I apply my makeup. It’s important to moisturize before applying your makeup to get a smooth application.

Current Eye Cream: Caudalie Resveratrol [LIFT] Eye Lifting Balm

I got this from the Sephora beauty subscription a long time ago. It’s a tube that’s only 0.16 FL. OZ. but it’s lasted me a long time! I’m just about out of it, and that makes me sad. When it comes down to it, I will probably cut the end of the tube off to get even more product. Caudalie is an expensive brand, I’d love to purchase it, but I usually try out and use whatever eye cream comes my way from subscriptions. After using this one, I will try to use up my Purlisse one, and that one is actually a full-size. It’s hard for me to tell when eye creams actually work, but this one is very moisturizing.

Favorite Makeup Remover: Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

I had read many reviews raving about this product, so I just had to pick it up and try it out for myself. I will definitely be repurchasing it again! It works so well at removing makeup. It’s oil, alcohol, and fragrance free. The one I use has a pink cap. They have one with a blue cap too, I think it’s supposed to be used to remove waterproof makeup. I had tried a couple of other brands, but this one is my favorite. I use this in place of makeup remover wipes. Now I just use makeup remover wipes to remove swatches, when testing out different products.

Current Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic (Not pictured in featured image.)

Last but not least, the ever popular  Pixi Glow Tonic. Another skin care product that receives a lot of hype, and I understand why. I don’t have it pictured in my featured image at the beginning of this post because I put it somewhere, and have misplaced it. I’m actually running really low on it and need to pick up another bottle. It’s very gentle and alcohol free. It exfoliates, brightens, and smooths the skin. You just put some on a cotton pad, and sweep it across your face, neck, and décolletage. I’m thinking about trying the the Glow Tonic To-Go, which contains the pre-soaked pads. It sounds very convenient!

Well that’s all I have for you in this post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it. What are some of your favorite skin care products? Let me know in the comments down below. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Reblogging this post of mine, so that it will show up…

Hello!
How was everyone’s week so far? Well I haven’t had the best of luck this week. I was planning on doing a post, but I’ve been sick unfortunately. I went to the hospital and found out that I have a bad infection. I had to have an IV containing antibiotics before I could go back home. I’ve just been resting and taking my antibiotics, along with drinking plenty of water. I apologize yet again, for not being as active here, on WordPress, like I would like to be. I hope to get a new post up again as soon as I’m feeling up to it.

I did want to write up some kind of post though. I was recently tagged by the lovely ‘Beauty Mommies‘ for The Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much for tagging me! ❤ At first, I told myself that I wouldn’t do…

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello!
How was everyone’s week so far? Well I haven’t had the best of luck this week. I was planning on doing a post, but I’ve been sick unfortunately. I went to the hospital and found out that I have a bad infection. I had to have an IV containing antibiotics before I could go back home. I’ve just been resting and taking my antibiotics, along with drinking plenty of water. I apologize yet again, for not being as active here, on WordPress, like I would like to be. I hope to get a new post up again as soon as I’m feeling up to it.

I did want to write up some kind of post though. I was recently tagged by the lovely ‘Beauty Mommies‘ for The Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much for tagging me! ❤ At first, I told myself that I wouldn’t do tag posts, but I’m thinking they’re a good idea. I have a new blog now, along with new readers. Some of you know quite a bit about me from my last blog, but then there are those of you that don’t really know anything at all about me. So I figured that, by answering these questions, it would give you all a chance to get to know more about me and my blog.

The Rules: 

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

How I started this blog?

Well as some of you know, I used to run a blog called ‘Plus+ Beauty Blog.’ It was quite a successful blog. I started blogging while I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was far away from my home state (Michigan), and I didn’t know anyone, or how to go about to meet new people. I figured that I needed to come up with some kind of hobby. I don’t work because I’m disabled. I deal with chronic pain/illness on a daily basis. I won’t get too much into that. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me in the comments down below.

Well anyway, After running my blog for over a year, I had to take a break to get ready to move back to Michigan. We were living in Vegas in the first place, because my boyfriend’s work sent him there. He had to be there a minimum of 2 years. After 2 years was up, we decided that Vegas wasn’t the best place for us to be. I thought I would continue blogging once we were moved in and got settled. Well, my health and my pain level were not doing too well, along with some other private health issues I was dealing with.

A year had passed, and I didn’t blog. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get back into blogging again. For a long time, I just didn’t feel like myself. Then one day, I thought that I would like to get back to blogging, but I wanted to make a fresh start. So I deleted my old blog, came up with a new name, header, and that’s how Kate’s Vanity was born. I wanted to reconnect with old friends on here, and make new ones. Though, of course I got into blogging about beauty, because it’s a passion of mine. I wanted to be able to share that passion with others with similar interests. I don’t want this blog to only be limited to beauty only. I do plan on doing other types of posts as well.

My advice to new bloggers…

  1. If you’re getting into blogging, expecting to be paid and to get well-known, then don’t blog. Blog about your topic because it’s your passion. It takes time to grow a blog and to grow your audience. I’m not saying that you won’t ever make it to being paid for blogging, or that you won’t become well-known in the community. I’m really meaning to say, don’t expect it to happen overnight. Let this experience be about something you love, and enjoy it!
  2. Don’t worry about numbers. If you write it, they will come. I gave up, something like 1500+ followers on my old blog when I deleted it. I’m not here for the numbers. I’m here to have a conversation about all things beauty, and more! Also, one little last tip…I’m sure a lot of fellow bloggers can relate, I get peeved when some people leave a comment saying something like this “Come check out my page!” followed by the address of their blog page. It’s really very annoying! Just saying…When someone follows me, I usually follow them back, based on their content. If you write a post that piques my interest, then I will definitely click on it and read it.

Nominations for this post…

Stash Matters

Helpless Whilst Drying

Confetti & Curves

Windy City Wardrobe 

Chanelle Hayley

Glamour and Gloss

Naz Meets Makeup 101

Well that’s it for this post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it! Thank you again to Beauty Mommies! ❤ You can check out their original post here. I hope to feel better soon, so that I can post here again soon! Enjoy your weekend!

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Rose Tones: The L.A. Girl Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review + Other Drugstore Comparison Swatches

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I don’t know why, but that William Shakespeare quote came to mind when I was typing out the title to this post. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a newer rose toned eyeshadow palette. I will also have some pictures of swatches from other similar drugstore palettes for comparison.

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I guess I just got caught up with the holidays and then got off track a little bit. I am sorry about that. I’m still trying to find my balance. I have my personal life, a little bit of a social life, and then there is this blog/social media life. You all get it, I’m sure. Anyhow, let’s get on with this post…

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Hmm, this palette might look a little familiar to some of you? It looks like the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to me, but it’s not. It’s the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. It could be a possible dupe, though I cannot say for sure since I don’t own the Naked 3 myself. This palette is apart of the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection. There are 3 other palettes in this collection, but they don’t resemble any of the other Naked palettes. The packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s like a flimsy cardboard, glued on to this plastic palette. It does have a mirror in it, but it’s not the greatest. Part of the flap has a little window to see the shadows, and the other part is a mirror just big enough to see your eyes when looking at it. There is a magnetic closure which is nice. It comes with an eyeshadow applicator/small flat brush. I’m sure some of you makeup snobs are turning your noses up right about now, but don’t discount the sponge tip applicator. Sponge tip applicators are extremely useful when packing shadow onto the lid.

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The picture above, doesn’t really do much justice for how it looks in person, but these shadows were surprisingly pigmented. Yes there is fall out, but I have yet to find a good eyeshadow that has none. That’s really not an issue for me though. This eyeshadow palette is very inexpensive, and contains 12 shades. On the L.A Girl website, this palette is only $10, and you can find L.A.Girl in select CVS stores. However, I didn’t get mine that way. My boyfriend was placing order on Amazon, and this palette showed up as an add-on item for only $6.49. He thought I would like it, and added it to his order. He did very good! Normally, I don’t recommend ordering makeup online if it’s not from the company’s website or a reputable website like Ulta/Sephora. This palette came from Amazon itself and not some other seller, so I thought it would be okay, and I’m still alive!

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I really love this palette! It’s one of my new favorite palettes now. It blends out nicely, not that I’m a blending expert…but I feel like I will get a variety of looks from this palette. According to the L.A Girl website, they state that they’re cruelty-free, and they do not test their products on animals. I went to the PETA website, and they are listed as not testing their products on animals.

The L.A. Girl website only ships within the U.S and Canada. Though don’t be too bummed out just yet. If you visit ikatehouse.com, you can get a majority of their products shipped internationally, and they are an authorized reseller.

Comparison swatches from other similar drugstore palettes…

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

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I really love this palette too. It’s very similar to the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. You get 12 shades in this palette as well. This palette is only $7 on the Ulta website.

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Maybelline Blushed Nudes

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I’ve had this palette for a long time now. I thought I really loved it at first, until I tried other similar eyeshadow palettes. Honestly, I don’t ever reach for it. It’s my least favorite of the palettes I mention here. Only a few of the shades are pigmented. This palette costs a little more, it’s listed for $9.99 on the Ulta website. I don’t think it’s really worth it though. Some shades, you can’t even really see…

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Covergirl TruNaked Roses 

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This palette is newer to me, and I picked it up not too long ago. It only contains 8 shades, but I really do like this one a lot. I also have the nudes and the jewels version. I guess the only one I don’t have, is the goldens. This palette is listed for $11.99 on the Ulta website. It’s the most expensive one that I mention here. These shades are pretty pigmented, with the exception of the 3rd shade from the left blending into my skin tone. This is the only palette in this post, that has actual shade names. From left to right: Almond, Champagne, baby, rose gold, copper rose, dusk, mauvergine, and mousse.

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I’m sorry I don’t have the greatest picture quality in this post. I’m going to try to work on that. I think I need to try to work more with natural light. I am just more productive at night it seems. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I also hope that everyone is having a great start to 2017!

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Be Back Soon!

Hey there! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I’m sorry that I haven’t been on here in a while to read or comment on your posts. I was very busy getting ready for Christmas and all of that good stuff. Now I’m not feeling too well, and I think I overdid it. When you have a chronic illness/pain, you need to pace yourself. Some of you know about my health issues, but if anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. Anyhow, my best friend is here in Michigan and I’m planning on hanging out with her for a few days at the end of the week. I haven’t seen her in over a year. I am just trying to take it easy and rest up the next couple of days. I don’t think I will be able to get a new post up this week, but I will get one up next week. I hope you all have a great week! I’m looking forward to returning and getting back into the groove of things. 
Much Love! ❤