Been Out Sick…For Two Months!

Hey there! Long time no post! I’m the worst blogger ever! I just realized that i haven’t posted anything here in 2 months! I’m so sorry about that! I’m still dealing with my TMJ issues, and this last week I suffered with a nasty cold. I got my cold from my boyfriend, who got it from my nephews, after they were over here on the weekend. They like to come up and stay over every now and then with their Aunt Katie. It seems like a lot of people have been sick lately. Tis the season! I hope you all are in good health!

I have been meaning to make a couple of important phone calls to schedule medical appointments, but I’ve just felt miserably sick. I need to schedule a consult with an oral surgeon for the possibility of surgery, since I have a ton of fluid surrounding my jaw joint. I figured that with being sick, there isn’t much they could do right away. Plus, my throat was holding me back from speaking properly…

I use an app called Slice on my phone. It tracks packages, orders, expenses, and it even let’s you know when there is a price drop on something you ordered. I had ordered the Real Techniques Limited Edition illuminate and accentuate 2.0 set from Target. I had missed out on a lower price from Black Friday on the ULTA website, so I decided to just go ahead and order it full price. Slice notified me of the price drop. It dropped down to $13.99 after I had paid $19.99. So I contacted Target customer service by phone, they were pretty busy and preferred a phone call for price comparisons. I felt so bad for the lady I was talking to, she could barely understand me with the frog I had in my throat. I got it done though and $6.00 was refunded back to me. 

I haven’t tried this set yet, but I really love Real Techniques brushes and their blending sponges. I highly recommend them. They work great and won’t break the bank! Unfortunately, these are not on sale anymore at Target. 

The Slice app has been very helpful when it comes to keeping track of my packages. It would be especially helpful to those of us who do all of our Christmas shopping online. I pretty much do 90% of my shopping online. That goes for anytime, not just for the holidays. I have some other useful apps I use as well. I can do a post about them if anyone would like one. Just let me know in the comments. I can also elaborate a little more on this particular app as well.

Anyway, I plan on making my phone calls ASAP since I can speak more clearly now. I also would like to try to get some more blog posts up soon. I have ordered quite a bit with all of the awesome sales/deals going on. There was Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and “Cyber Week.” Even now, several websites are doing 25 Days Of Christmas specials. I’m sure I won’t run out of new products to talk about anytime soon. 

Speaking of shopping, who is ready to go on a no-buy/low buy with me? When you’re a beauty blogger, we seem to end up with an overabundance of beauty products. You just get caught up in all of the hype when it comes to new products, especially when they’re “Limited Edition.” Or with these recent holiday sales, you feel like you should buy something just because it’s on sale and you don’t want to miss out on such a great deal to save money…when really you would save a heck of a lot more by not buying anything in the first place! 

If you have gone on a no-buy or a low buy, let me know how that went for you, and if you have any helpful tips…OR if you are planning on doing it, what’s your plan of action? Let me know! This concludes this post. I just wanted to touch base and update everyone on where I’ve been. I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! 🎄 Thank you for stopping by and for reading!

P.S. The kitty in the picture is my baby girl Allie ❤

New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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