Monthly Archives: September 2016

September Favorites 

It’s time for another monthly favorites post!! (And I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all of the love you all left on last month’s favorites. You’re all so sweet!) Fall is in full swing!! I’m so excited about the changing seasons and the cooler weather we’ve been having here in the northwestern U.S.

Without further ado, let’s get right on into my favorites!

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette 

Probably the most important thing that you can know about me relating to makeup is that I always reach for matte, neutral eyeshadows. More specifically on the cool-toned brownish-greyish spectrum. However, this month I’ve been really trying to mix in some warm-toned reds and browns, and this Too Faced palette is amazing. I’ve been taking Honey Butter all over my lid with Chocolate Cookie mixed with Strapless in the crease and Risqué on the outer corner. And I’ve got to say, the smoky warm tone look is pretty gorgeous on my blue eyes (and it screams fall).

My American Eagle fall purse 

This is my favorite fall bag of all time. The brown leather with the navy, orange, and cream says fall to me (I got this at Payless last year, so check there for similar ones). It’s super roomy, which is a nice change from the small bag I was carrying during the summer.

L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara 

I rediscovered this mascara during September and OH MY GOSH IT IS EVERYTHING. This is one of the only mascaras that is perfect straight from the tube right after you open it. It doesn’t come with a wet formula that needs a few weeks of “drying time” before it gets good. It’s good right off the bat. I needed it. You need it. That is all.

Apple scented everything 

I’ve been loving all of my wonderful apple scents from Bath and Body Works this past month. Apple + fall = perfection.

Boots, boots, and more boots 

It’s finally cooled off enough here to break out the booties! I’ve been loving boots with leggings and cardigans. (p.s. If you haven’t seen my post about my favorite leggings, check it out here)! These are just a couple of my favorite pairs, the fold-down brown ones are from Payless and the taupe sparkly ones are from Sears (I love me some good deals).

Blue Sky “Day Designer” Planner 

I bought this planner at the very end of August and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. This has been helping me keep track of pay days, bills that need to be paid, my hubby’s work schedule, as well as daily to-do’s. I’ve been loving it so much that I’m planning on doing a whole review post (for real best $10 I’ve ever spent at Target though).

Mainstays Vanilla Candle

One thing that you don’t know about me: I’m a candle junkie. Some of my favorite candle scents are pumpkin and vanilla (and any combination of the two. Also Marshmallow Fireside from B&BW). However, my husband absolutely hates vanilla scents. I was burning this candle the other day and forgot to blow it out before he got home. He walked in the door and said “what candle are you burning? It smells so good.” I was so shocked I almost didn’t want to tell him it was vanilla. I couldn’t believe he actually liked the scent! (And even better, this huge candle is only $5 from Walmart. Score!)

So there you have it folks, those are all of the things I’ve been loving during the month of September. I hope you enjoyed this month’s favorites, and as always, leave me a comment letting me know what you’ve been loving this past month. Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Products I Used Up – September 2016

I’m back with another empties post! Today we’re going to be talking about all of the products I used up during the month of September. I’ll be giving you my mini-reviews as well as telling you whether I would repurchase or not. Lets go! 


My first makeup empty this month is my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. This is my all-time favorite high end mascara. Would I buy this again? Yes! 

I used up this sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Would I buy this? I personally don’t like silicone primers, so probably not. 

My first skincare empty this month is the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion exfoliator. This stuff smelled awesome, super fresh and clean. Would I purchase this? I don’t like harsh exfoliators, so I wouldn’t buy this. But I do think it’s an awesome product. 

Next up we have the Dr. Brandt Pores No More cleanser. This face wash smelled terrible. Would I buy this? No I wouldn’t, and since the sample that I got came with barely enough for 2 uses (thanks Birchbox) I don’t really have enough of an opinion to give a very good review on this, other than that it smelled like crap. 

This Air Repair Moisturizer was another sample that only came with 2 uses in it. I will say that this moisturizer was pretty thick and didn’t smell too bad. Would I buy it? Probably not, but I didn’t hate it. 

This Malin+Goetz Clay Mask was awesome as soon as I got the hang of it. It was a green clay mask that you spread all over your face, then exfoliate it off of your skin. Since I don’t like harsh exfoliators, I found that applying this 10-15 minutes before showering and then rinsing it off worked best for me as opposed to scrubbing it off my face at the sink. Would I buy this? I feel like even though I prefer peel off masks, this might be one I’d buy the full size of. 

This Skin Food Black Sugar Mask was amazing. As you’ve heard, I don’t like exfoliators. However, this was one that I couldn’t get enough of! The sugar granules in this scrub were big enough that it never felt like my face was being scratched. Would I buy the full size? 100% yes! I’m planning on getting this as soon as I finish the cleanser I’m working on now. 


This Coral Reef hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works is crazy old (as you can tell from the bottle that they changed a couple of years ago) so I was very happy to finally finish this up. I liked the smell of this enough (kind of strawberry but also kind of alcohol smelling) but it proably wasn’t my favorite. Would I buy this again? Hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works, yes. This scent, no. 

I didn’t realize how much I liked this Coola After-Sun Lotion until it was gone. The ingredients were literally Aloe Vera leaf juice, Sunflower seed oil, Agave Leaf filtrate, Lavendar flower oil, and Rosemary leaf extract. Every single ingredient was either directly from organic farming or was made using organic ingredients. After looking at the ingredients on this list and then looking at the ingredients in my normal body lotions, I missed this product a lot. Would I buy this? I wish Coola wasn’t so expensive, because I actually love that I can pronounce every single ingredient inside of a product that I’m putting all over my body. I would love to buy this if I ever see it go on sale. 

I’ve been working on this apple scented soap from Bath and Body Works since the beginning of May and I finally finished it. Would I repurchase? I love Bath and Body Works’ foaming hand soaps in my bathroom (mostly because it doesn’t leave soap spots in my sink) and I really liked the apple scent, so yes I would totally buy this one again. 


I kinda slacked in hair items this month (my bad) but I did finish up this LivingProof Dry Shampoo sample. I wasn’t a big fan of the scent (I’d take my Batiste Cherry or Blush any day over this stuff) but it did keep my hair from looking greasy, and I guess that’s what counts. Would I buy this? For the price of LivingProof, probably not. Like I said, Batiste does perfectly fine for me. But if you’re looking for a more expensive dry shampoo, this one is pretty good. 


I finally got to the bottom of my Exotic Coconut lotion from (you guessed it) Bath and Body Works. This is honestly probably older than 5 years at this point, but I held onto it forever because they don’t make straight coconut scents like this anymore, everything is coconut mixed with berries or vanilla nowadays. Would I buy this again? If B&BW ever has one of their events where they bring back discontinued scents, I would grab 10 bottles of this stuff. 

And finally we have this Ashland Sugar Cookies candle. This candle didn’t really smell like anything, and the wax was kind of a weird texture too. Would I repurchase? Nah. You can get much stronger scented candles of this size at Walmart for $5. 

There you have it folks, all of the products I used up in the month of September. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by! 

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream Review 

I’ve got a quick review today! We’re going to be talking about the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream. I picked this up in August and have been testing it for several months now, and I think I’m finally ready to give you my thoughts on it. Let’s get started!


This BB Cream comes in a super thin “squeezy tube” with a white twist cap. I love the blue writing on the front of the bottle, and I think the whole simplistic design is so cute. Packaging gets two big thumbs up from me.

Wear time

I have super oily skin, and I find that the “lasts all day” claim is true for me. I typically wear this for 8-12 hours a day, and I set my entire face with the Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder (which is awesome and not too powdery or cakey).


When applied with a brush, this BB Cream really does have the coverage of a foundation. I would call it a solid medium coverage for sure.

Skin benefits 

BB Creams are supposed to have benefits for your skin such as moisturization, SPF, etc. This BB Cream doesn’t have any of that. This is honestly just a foundation that they slapped “BB Cream” onto to help it sell. If you’re reaching for this expecting it to moisturize your skin or give you sun protection, you’re going to be disappointed.

Personal experience 

I personally didn’t have the greatest experience with this product. The lightest shade is still a tad bit dark on my skin, and I have a hard time making it look natural (even when blended down my neck) on my skin tone. Also, I’m about 90% sure this stuff breaks me out, which is so strange because foundations never break me out and it says right on the back of the bottle “suitable for sensative skin”.

Final thoughts 

This is by no means my favorite foundation. I think this is an awesome long-lasting medium-coverage product, but I personally won’t be repurchasing this as soon as I finish it up. For me, this was just a so-so product. Should you try it? If you have oily skin and prefer foundation to BB Cream, you’d love this. I think this would be great during the summer when you’re going to be taking lots of pictures and want something lightweight that won’t flashback in photos (most foundations that don’t have SPF are super thick and full coverage, so this is an awesome lighter option).

I hope you enjoyed my quick review! Have you tried the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream yet? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know in a comment! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ride or Die Makeup Tag

Today I’m going to be doing the Ride or Die Makeup Tag that’s been going around the beauty community on YouTube. This tag was created by Jaclyn Hill, and if you haven’t seen her video, you need to go check it out. This tag is all about sharing your number one favorite “holy grail” “ride or die” makeup product from each category. Let’s get into it! 

Face Primer

My favorite face primer is the Too Faced Hangover RX Primer. I love that it feels like lotion on your face (and I also love that it smells just like coconut). 


Without a doubt, my ride or die foundation is the Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 foundation (I even wore this on my wedding day!). I love the coverage, I love how it wears on my skin throughout the day, I love everything about it. (I’ve purchased the Revlon Colorstay foundation just as many times and I love it just as much, but rules of the tag say you can only choose one.)


My favorite concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in the shade 15 (which is very important to note because their shade 15 is lighter than their shade 10). This stuff has awesome coverage and blends like a dream into my skin. (Also, my tube has seen better days lol) 


My ride or die face powder has got to be the Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder. I love the natural finish this gives to my skin, and I never look too matte or powdery with this stuff, yet it keeps my oily skin matte and natural all day.


This is probably the hardest category for me to pick a favorite, but if I could only have one blush, I would choose my Too Faced Love Flush Blush in the shade Baby Love. (I have a whole post talking about this blush and my #2 favorite blush, you can check it out right here). 


I’m not a huge bronzer user, but when I do bronze my face, I always use the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powderbin the shade Sunny. This is a massively popular bronzer (and it’s like $2!!) for good reason. It’s just the right amount of warm toned without looking orange. 


My favorite highlighter has got to be the Wet n Wild “Reserve Your Cabana” highlighter. It’s a beautiful Champagne color without being too yellow. 

Eyeshadow palette 

This is another super hard choice for me since I love all of my palettes, but if I could only have one of them, it would have to be my Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette. I love the mix of warm and cool tone shades in this palette, and I think you can get a wide variety of looks from it. 


My all time favorite eyeliner is the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner. I love the super long and skinny felt tip, and I find that this eyeliner applies so easily and beautifully. 


Mascara is my favorite makeup item, so it’s really tricky to choose a favorite. I’d say that if I could only use one mascara for the rest of my life, I’d have to pick the original L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. I love this formula, and it adds so much volume to my lashes. 

Eyebrow Product 

This was such an easy choice. My favorite brow product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade “Blonde”. I’m obsessed with the way this makes my brows look, and I love the way this wears throughout the day (plus it’s waterproof to the max). 


I’m not a huge lipstick wearer, but I adore the Rimmel “Airy Fairy” lipstick. It’s such a beautiful, natural color. 


Until I discovered this lipgloss, I absolutely hated lipgloss. This ModelCo gloss is so, so, so good. It’s never sticky on my lips, and it truly feels like I’m just wearing a lip balm. 


I’m totally a “change it up by the season” kind of perfume person (I’m also totally a body spray instead of presume kind of person because let’s be real, it’s so easy to go overboard with perfume and I’m not really one to practice moderation very often. “More is more” anyone?). If I could only choose one, I love my Pink Chiffon from Bath and Body Works. It’s so girly and sweet and floral and beautiful and wonderful (okay, you get the point). 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite makeup items! Thanks for stopping by!! 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes 

I’ve tried a lot of different brush cleaning methods over the years, and some have definitely been better than others. But lately I’ve been noticing how soft and “new feeling” my brushes have been, and the only thing I’ve been doing differently is my cleaning method. Today I’m going to share with you how I’ve been cleaning my makeup brushes! 

Let’s go back to the very, very beginning of my brush cleaning days. I purchased the Elf Brush Shampoo and the Elf Daily Brush Cleanser, and I kind of used them hit or miss (and by this I mean I hardly ever cleaned my brushes).

 I ended up using the spray to spray down my brushes and then wipe them onto a clean hand towel until they were “clean” (they weren’t really clean at all…thankfully I know better now). I hardly ever used the brush shampoo, but when I did, I would pour a tiny bit of it into a clean cup with some warm water, and swirl the brush around and then use a clean hand towel to scrub the brushes “clean” (again, still not really all that clean). 

So when I finally decided that wasn’t cleaning my brushes very well, I opted for Bath and Body Works Foaming Hand Soap to clean my brushes with. 

I’ve got to admit, this stuff actually did work pretty well. I would fill my sink with warm water and a few pumps of the hand soap and scrub my brushes on my hand, and then (much more gently than I used to) wipe them around on a hand towel to scrub them clean. 

So what do I do differently now? Well it all started with my Beauty Blender Solid cleaner. This was the only thing that could keep my Beauty Blender clean! 

I finally realized that I was paying way too much money for essentially just a bar of soap, so I went out and got a Dove bar soap. 

I run my sink with warm water and get the bar of soap wet. 

Then, I take my makeup brush and swirl it around on the actual bar of soap

I rinse off all of the makeup from the soap and rinse the brush in the sink 

and swirl the brush onto a microfiber cloth to get any of the deep down makeup off and also help dry the brush a little bit. 

 I repeat the same steps until I don’t have any more makeup showing on the bar of soap. It’s that easy!! 

My brushes are so clean that I can even see deep down in the bristles that there isn’t any makeup clogged in there where there used to be. My concealer brush feels like I bought a brand new one every time I’ve cleaned my brushes using this method! 

Here’s my blush brush before being cleaned

And here’s my blush brush after being cleaned

I highly recommend cleaning your brushes with a bar of soap! Let me know what your favorite makeup brush cleaning method is. Thanks for stopping by! 

Exciting Changes to Birchbox vs. Ipsy – New Unboxings! 

I have some exciting news about some changes I’m making to my monthly subscription unboxings. For the past 3 months I’ve been doing Birchbox vs. Ipsy on my blog, and I’ve gotten awesome feedback and responses every time.

After 9 months of receiving Birchbox, I cancelled my subscription this past week. Not to worry though, I picked up a new monthly beauty subscription instead (you’ll have to wait until next month to find out what it is!). I’m planning on doing a whole post on why I cancelled Birchbox as well as a post comparing Birchbox and Ipsy sometime in the future.

From now on instead of doing Birchbox vs. Ipsy, I’m going to do two separate unboxing posts rating all of the products I get from each subscription service separately.

I’m so happy with this exciting change, and I hope that I’ll love the new subscription (and that you’ll love seeing what I got just as much as you’ve enjoyed Birchbox vs. Ipsy)!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Top 10 Drugstore Makeup Brushes

I’m super excited about today’s post! We’re talking about my every day makeup brushes and tools, the best of the best, holy-grail status drugstore brushes (side note: please excuse the dirty state of all of these, I just washed them yesterday but stupid me didn’t take pictures until now). Let’s jump right in!

10. Elf Professional Eyeshadow Brush 

I’ve had this brush for years, in fact it might have been one of my original makeup brushes from back in the day. This is an awesome basic eyeshadow brush, it’s the perfect shape to pack color on the lid without being stiff and hard to handle.

What I like about it: I love the thinness of this brush, and the shape is perfect for packing on a beautiful shimmery color to my lids.

9. Elf Flat Eyeliner Brush 

This is another basic essential brush that everyone has to have in their makeup kit. A thin, flat brush like this can be used for so many different things.

What I like about it: I used to use this brush for gel eyeliner (which it’s perfect for) but lately I’ve found it awesome to use black eyeshadow for eyeliner, smudging out my lower lash line, or even creating a sharp outer V look to my lids.

8. Real Techniques Shading Brush

This is a perfect lid and crease brush! The dense dome shape packs crease color right where you want it.

What I like about it: I use this type of brush to apply my crease color (usually some shade of brown) to my lid and crease as well as popping a dark color into my outer corner.

7. Elf Small Angled Brush

This is another classic makeup brush for beginners: the eyebrow brush. The angle makes it super easy to get a precise brow edge, and this brush is the perfect in between of dense and moveable.

What I like about it: This brush is the perfect size for my eyebrows and applies my Anastasia DipBrow Pomade beautifully!

6. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

This is arguably the most popular drugstore foundation brush of all time (next to the Elf Small Stipple Brush which I also adore).

What I like about it: I love how densely packed the bristles are, and this brush gives me beautiful full coverage with any foundation or BB cream I use with it.

5. Elf Small Powder Brush 

This is one of the softest brushes on this list! It’s the perfect size to be the ultimate multi-tasker.

What I like about it: I love this brush for so many things; it’s perfect for applying powder on the go, applying blush, setting the under eyes, and even hilighting (my main use for it).

4. Elf Blending Brush 

This is hands down my all time favorite eyeshadow brush. If you buy any brush from this post, let it be this one.

What I like about it: I love using this crazy soft brush to blend out my shadows as well as apply a base shadow all over my lids.

3. Real Techniques Blush Brush 

This is my favorite brush from an appearance stand point, I love that the pink handle always matches the blush on the tip. This is also hands down the softest brush on this list.

What I like about it: This brush applies blush lightly and beautifully. It’s so incredibly soft on your cheeks.

2. Elf Powder Brush 

This brush is super dense, and a lot of people like this for a liquid foundation brush.

What I like about it: I love how densely packed the bristles are on this brush, it really packs a lot of powder onto my face, keeping me matte all day (which says a lot coming from a super oily skinned girl).

1. Elf Concealer Brush

And last but not least we have my favorite brush of the group! This is an outstanding concealer brush. It’s super soft and the perfect size for concealing pimples, dark spots, around the nose, and under the eyes. I love how nicely this brush plays with both liquid and powder products (usually one right on top of the other, which is an amazing thing for a brush to be able to handle without gunking the two together).

What I like about it: This brush almost seems to melt the concealer into my skin instead of just simply blending it. I never have concealer marks or harsh lines when I use this brush, and it truly is the perfect size for a concealer brush. I don’t know what I would do without this little guy.
So there you have it lovelies, those are my top 10 favorite makeup brushes that I’ve been using every single day for the last several months. Of course, there’s so many other wonderful brushes from the drugstore that I didn’t mention here (part 2 anyone?) so let me know what your favorites are in a comment!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!!