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Product Review | NYX Ultimate Shadow Palett USP03 – Warm Neutrals

So if you read my last post New Major Makeup Haul & Firey Makeup Of The Day, then you already know that I recently bought the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette.

Now, mind that I’m not really the kind of girl who spends a bunch of money on eyeshadow palettes all of the time. I only began wearing eyeshadow on a regular basis just recently, and most of the shadow palettes that I already own were given to me as gifts.

That being said, the NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Shadow Palette is the first palette I’ve purchased myself that actually costs more than $5, so I was incredibly excited to try it and even more excited to share my findings!

First of all, this particular palette contains 16 different shades. There are a total of 8 matte colors, and it also has 7 colors that shimmer.

The “Warm Neutrals” colors range all the way from light light nudes, browns, reds and dark purples, to pinks and oranges.

Being that I have blue eyes, I had actually been looking for a palette geared towards reddish and orange colors, simply because blue and orange are complimentary colors and these kinds of shades really make my eyes pop.

 


 

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COST

So the NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette is generally pretty cheap, as far as quality eyeshadow palettes go. I mean, I’m one of the cheapest people in the world and I was still willing to buy it lol.

Anyway, I bought my palette from Target for only $17.99, and I was fine with spending more money than I normally would because I actually like the range of colors that it has. It was exactly what I went in searching for, and I was happy with my purchase.

 

APPLICATION

As far as application goes, I’m pretty impressed with how vibrant the colors look on the skin. A lot of the time colors will look incredible on the palette, but once its on your face it just doesn’t look as bold.

Another thing that’s great about this eyeshadow is that picking up the powder with a brush is effortless.

I absolutely hate when you have to continuously rub your brush in the product in order to get a reasonable enough amount to apply to your lid. I see this problem with a lot of cheaper drug store like shadows (mainly just the colors that shimmer).

 

LASTING TIME

This eyeshadow has INCREDIBLE lasting time! It’s unbelievable! I can wear my eyeshadow all day long and all through the work day, even with the heat and humidity of summer in the south. I personally have never had an eyeshadow that, at the end of the day, looked almost exactly the same as it did when I first put it on.

The colors don’t seem to fade or dull down. They keep their vibrancy and boldness after hours of wear. They could even last until the following day if you chose not to wash off your makeup!

 


 

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The colors are absolutely perfect for blue eyes, and would probably be great for any eye color honestly. I just love how this palette makes my eyes look so bold and blue.

And not to mention all of the compliments I’ve gotten when wearing this eyeshadow. I literally hear “wow, you have such pretty eyes,” or “who does your makeup? It looks amazing,” at least 1-2 times a day. Which of course feels awesome, soo..

I definitely recommend the NYX brand in general, but without a doubt suggest you try out this Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette. It truly is a great product that I not only enjoy wearing, but enjoy applying and experimenting with.

So give it a shot, and let me know what you think. Or just leave a comment telling me about your personal favorite shadow palette and what makes it so great!

Anyway, I hope you guys have enjoyed today’s post. Thanks so much for reading! I’ll hopefully have more fun content for you guys later on this week, so be on the look out, and try to have a not so shitty Monday!

 

 

New Major Makeup Haul & Firey Makeup Of The Day

Hey everybody! I know that It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m so excited to be back today to share my most recent makeup haul and MOTD!

So earlier this week, I felt desperate to find a new eyeshadow pallet to experiment with, as well as additional makeup brushes. That being said, I took a little trip to Target so that I could browse through their selection of makeup products.

After walking in a complete circle around the entire store in search of their beauty section, I finally found what I was looking for. When it was all said and done, I had spent a total of $63 on nothing but makeup and that was well above the amount of money I intended to spend.

But oh well… I’m very happy with the haul I walked away with that day! Now let me show you everything that I got:

 


 

ELF EYE BRUSHES

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So target offered a great deal on elf makeup brushes, where prices ranged from just $1-5 per brush! I bought…

  1. Eye Crease Brush ($1)
  2. Defining Eye Brush ($1)
  3. Concealer Brush ($1)
  4. Basic Shadow Brush ($3)
  5. Angled Eyebrow Brush #203 ($5)

 


 

MORE ELF, COVERGIRL, AND MAYBELLINE PRODUCTS

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I didn’t exactly have any of these items on my “shopping list” before I arrived, but I decided to give these next few products a try once I saw them on the shelf during my search.

  1. Elf Blemish Control Face Primer ($6)
  2. Elf Lip Primer And Plumper Duo ($3)
  3. Elf Makeup Remover Pen (Not Pictured – $3)
  4. Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara ($7.99)
  5. Maybelline Eye Liner Pencil (Not Pictured – $4.99)

 


 

NYX AND WET WILD

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  Even though I never imagined I would actually spend over $10 on an eyeshadow pallet (I know, I’m super cheap), I decided to raise the bar this time. After all, that was the whole reason I made the trip to target in the first place!

  1. NYX Ultimate Shadow Pallet USP03 ($17.99)

I also wanted to get a new pressed contouring powder, because every time I try to apply my loose powder it looks too heavy.

2.   Wet n Wild Powder Contouring Pallet 749A ($4.99)

 


 

I’ll be writing a detailed review on the NYX Eyeshadow later on this week, so make sure to check it out! Meanwhile, here are some close-ups of the different colors from this amazing pallet!

 

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MAKEUP OF THE DAY

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Well, thank you all so much for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and don’t forget to look out for a full review on my new NYX Shadow Pallet sometime this week!

Until next time my loves! ❤

Quick Money Saving Hacks That Will Give You The Perfect Eyebrows

We all have our favorite beauty hacks. Like using baby powder as a dry shampoo or running our freshly painted nails under cold water to make them dry faster.

But today I’m gonna share my favorite hack to achieving fleek worthy eyebrows, without spending all that money on the designated products.

 


SLEEK BROW CHEAT SHEET

 

1. Instead of wasting money on a special brush for grooming and combing all of your little eyebrow hairs into place, just grab an old tube of mascara and rinse all of the remaining makeup from the wand, and voila! You now have an amazing brow brushing tool, and you didn’t have to spend an extra dime.

 

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2. You don’t need to buy a designated “eyebrow gel” in order to keep your brow’s perfect shape in place. Just dab a little bit of regular old hair gel onto your new nifty wand and comb it through your brows, shaping them as you go. Then you just have to let the gel dry, rinse off your wand’s bristles with warm water, and you’re all done!

 

 

 

3. There’s no reason to buy an eyebrow pencil or makeup made specifically for coloring in your brows. All you need is an angled brush and a light-dark brown colored eye shadow from your huge collection of shadow pallets. Lightly dab your angled brush into the shadow color of your choice, tap your brush to remove any excess powder, and fill in your brows. The angled brush will ensure you end up with nice clean edges, and the gel you used from the second step will keep the powder from blending and smudging  as long as it’s still a little damp.

 

 


Have any of you already tried these hacks? Or do you have a genius eyebrow hack of your own to share? Just tell me all about it in the comments! And remember to leave your opinion regarding this brow beauty hack below as well!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and look forward to seeing more content from me later on this week! Have an amazing day everyone, and thanks for reading.

Need Some Ideas For Your Eye Makeup? Here’s Some Inspiring Makeup Looks For Beautifully Blue Eyes

I have to admit, I’m not a pro when it comes to doing my makeup, but I like to think I do a pretty good job. And most of the time, I just keep my makeup simple by applying mascara and foundation anyway. Because who wears eye shadow and lipstick when they’re just going to be walking around fishing all day, right?

But there are some days when I really feel like “putting my face on” and trying something new with my makeup. Unfortunately, I run out of ideas on how I should do my eye shadow pretty often because I like to try different looks each time.

And when I’m deciding on which shades to use and what not, I have to consider my eye color and pick the ones that will make them look bold and blue!


So today I have collected a series of photos from Brookelle McKenzie’s official Instagram page, @bybrookelle, because she features some of the best makeup looks for the blue eyed beauty.

Her profile is literally my favorite place to go to whenever I need that little bit of makeup inspiration to get myself looking A++, and I think you guys will find her gorgeous artistry just as inspiring as I do!

 

INCREDIBLE MAKEUP LOOKS FOR BLUE EYES

 

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Drop dead gorgeous stuff right? I absolutely love love love what this woman can do with a few beauty products and brushes. Just writing this post and adding in all of these pictures makes me want to pull out my makeup bag and play around!

And before I discovered Brookelle’s amazing Instagram, I never would have thought using shades of pink eye shadow would compliment blue eyes at all. But when I first tried it, I was blown away at how incredibly bright and blue my eyes looked. As an artist myself, I should have already known that shades like pink and orange would make my eyes pop, because blue and orange/pink are complimentary colors!

Pshh… Shows how much know.

But anyway, I hope you guys really enjoyed today’s post and feel just as eager as I do to go and try out some of these amazing makeup looks.

And feel free to share the different sources that you personally go to for makeup inspiration, and let me know which of today’s featured looks you liked the most!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend now! Stay beautiful my loves, xoxo!

The Recollections Of A Model | As Told By A Too-Short Girl

As a vertically challenged female, I knew I wouldn’t make it very far as a model and there was nothing I could do about it. I mean, the minimum height requirement for most agencies is at least 5’8″, and I’m a lousy 5’2″. So needless to say, I was in it for the fun and the photos.

I did however have a year long modeling contract with Westhaven Management Group, but it expired back in November 2016 and I wasn’t that interested in signing again. At least I was able to make a few good friends out of the whole experience though, and it’s nice to have friends who are actually fashion photographers that I can go shoot with from time to time. But today I’m just gonna share a ton of photos and few fond memories I made during my attempt at becoming a model, lol.

 


NICK JORDAN & NICOVISION

 

My very first photoshoot was with Nick Jordan at Nicovision Studios in Roswell, Georgia. It was actually the day before my high school graduation, and I had an absolute blast.

 

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I was actually wearing the same outfit that I wore to my graduation in the last two photos from above.

But I enjoyed shooting with Nick so much that I decided to shoot with him again later on down the road, this time for a lingerie shoot that I’d been dying to do.

 

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You can see some of his work and even more pictures he took of me on his Instagram page.

 


STEVEN WALLACE

 

Most of the photoshoots I did were with Steven Wallace, who actually makes a living as a wedding photographer, but occasionally likes to shoot fashion. We became really good friends, got to shoot in some amazing locations, and took hundreds of pictures together.

We had our first photoshoot at a little hidden park in Atlanta, called Tanyard Creek. It was such a beautiful location, and it had a really old railroad track bridge and a gorgeous creek that we were able to shoot in.

 

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We had our second shoot at the abandoned Pullman Train Yard in Atlanta, and it had to be the most incredible place I’d ever seen. It had multiple buildings with multiple rooms, all of which were humongous and empty, except for the largest room which contained an old train car.

 

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Steven and I even had that last photo published in Popular Photography Magazine, as you can see above.

Our next photoshoot took place in an empty building in Atlanta, and we also took photos while walking around the city. At one point or another, there had been a random girl walking by, and we had to pause for her to pass. At first it seemed as though she was just going to continue on passed us, but when she was crossing she suddenly stopped and struck a pose right beside me! It was so unexpected, and it turned out to be a hilarious and very memorable moment.

 

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Oops! And I almost forgot to mention, if you head down to the Shop Page on my blog, you’ll be able to find both dresses from this photoshoot for sale!

Anyway, another photoshoot we had was at Freemans Mill Park in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It was yet another beautiful shooting location, and this one had a waterfall that made for some great photos.

 

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I had actually stolen the black skirt I wore in this photoshoot from my mom’s closet, and I never even returned it lol. And I can’t really remember what happened to the bikini I wore, but it had been my favorite bikini (not to mention the most expensive) from Victoria’s Secret. Soon after this photoshoot, it just disappeared!

Now my last photoshoot with Steven was at McDaniel Farm Park near Atlanta. It was a pretty cool place to walk around, and it had an amazingly long bridge that I was excited to take pictures on.

 

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I still love to wear the leather jacket from this shoot all the time in the fall and winter. And you also may or may not have noticed another appearance of the black skirt I stole from my mom that I wore in the last shoot lol!

If you’re interested in seeing more of Steven’s work, you can visit his Instagram and check it out!

 


ATIN MAJUMDAR

 

I only had one photoshoot with Atin, even though there was some talk about planning another one. I guess that’s mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t all that happy with the photo turnout from our shoot. To be fair, some of my unhappiness can be blamed on the wardrobe that was used and the unpleasantly hot weather we had that day making my makeup run. But I honestly had to change outfits way too many times, and I’m just not that fond of the way he edits his photos either.

We did manage to capture a few photos I kind of like though, and who knows? I’m sure there are plenty of people who like his editing style, I just have different taste I guess.

 

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You can find the little pink crop top I wore during this shoot for sale on my blog’s Shop Page, go check it out!

And if you want to see more of Atin’s photos, just head over to his Facebook page or his Instagram.

 


J SCOTT NIMTZ

 

I first became acquainted with J.S. through Instagram, and we had talked of shooting together for a while but never had the chance. Luckily, he messaged me one afternoon that he was going to be in my area and we were able to put together a short impromptu photoshoot at an abandoned campground nearby.

 

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You can also find the hat that I’m wearing in the second photo for sale on my Shop Page.

And if you’d like to check out more photos taken by J.S., just go to his Instagram page, or you can visit his website.

 


 

Overall, I’ve had a lot of fun working with different photographers and discovering new locations. And in the end, being short may keep me from being a real supermodel, but it isn’t going to keep me from modeling.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and all of my pictures. I’d love to hear your thoughts or any stories you may have, so feel free to leave a comment!

In the meantime, Keep an eye out for more posts coming up within the next week and I hope you all enjoy your Friday! Love you guys, xoxo!

Style Saturday | My 25 Favorite Places To Shop Affordable Fashion Online

Hey there everybody, I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday.

So I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping lately (as always), and I thought I’d share some of my favorite sites to shop from!


MY TOP 25 FAVORITE ONLINE SHOPPING PAGES

1. Forever 21

2. Charlotte Russe

3. Make Me Chic

4. Styles For Less

5. Pacsun

6. Papaya

7. Rue 21

8. Love Culture

9. Boohoo

10. Yoins

11. American Eagle

12. Hollister

13. Poshmark

14. Missguided

15. A’gaci

16. Garage

17. 2020AVE

18. Lulu’s

19. Dress Up

20. Tilly’s

21. Rainbow

22. Lotus Boutique

23. Romwe

24. Pretty Little Thing

25. Shein


And the best part about all of these stores is that they’re affordable, but offer cute and quality apparel!

You can also visit www.storeslike.com to search some of your favorite sites and view a whole list of new stores similar to the one you searched.

So where do you guys like to shop online? Let me know in the comments!

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and remember to head over to my “You Choose The News” post from earlier this week and vote for your favorite topic!

Mall Shopping Haul & Makeup Of The Day + Swatches

Hey everyone, how have you all been? Feel free to let me know in the comments, and don’t be shy. I don’t bite very hard! Lol


SHOPPING HAUL

So if you read my post titled Trust Me, You Don’t Really Want Bigger Boobs—And Here’s Why, then you already know how frustrating it is for me to find a good bikini top.

Thankfully though, I was able to run by the mall yesterday and browse through one of my favorite stores to buy bikinis from (Pacsun).


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I had almost lost hope, but I was finally lucky enough to find a bikini top worth wearing. It was also made by my favorite brand, L.A. Hearts, so I decided to buy it in two different colors.

One of the tops is a gorgeous light lavender color, and the other is a light olive, both of which will be worn with my black cheeky bottoms from Target that I shared in my post titled Destination Destin | Beach Get Away & Vacation Clothing Haul.


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I’m also really excited about the new belly button ring I purchased from Piercing Pagoda for $19.99.

It has a large false diamond, and from that hangs a beautiful dreamcatcher decorated with more false diamonds and three dangling feathers.

And anyone who knows me knows I have a huge obsession with feathers! Not dreamcatchers lol, just the feathers. I’ve actually got a feather tattoo on my left side over my ribcage (sorry, kinda ran a little off topic there lol).


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MAKEUP OF THE DAY

So it’s a pretty rare occasion that I put on lipstick, and it’s even less often that I buy it.

But this past Christmas, Mitch bought me an amazing makeup collection by Lancôme with a color that I really liked.


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The lipstick color (on the left) is still just a little too pink for me, and it isn’t nearly as pink as it looks in this photo.

But to darken it up a little, I like to use a darker color lipstick that I have (on the right) and apply it over the Pinker color by Lancôme. If that results in a color that’s too dark however, then I repeat the process by adding on more of the pink and I’ll just alternate applying each color until I get it right.


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I finished my makeup look for the day with regular mascara and eyeliner near my waterline, a highlight under my eyes, and contour over my cheekbones.

I would have worn eyeshadow today as well, I just didn’t have very much time to put myself together. So here you have my quick and simple makeup look, for the days I don’t want to go too heavy but still want to look classy as fuck. ✌

Lol well that’s it for today guys, I hope you enjoyed reading. Remember to visit the brand new Shop Page found on my blog site if you haven’t already, and leave any thoughts or comments you had on today’s post in the comment section!

Triple Threat Makeup Review| 3 Brands—3 Different Products

Hello again my loves. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, and please feel free to tell me all about how you’ve been lately in the comments! And I promise you don’t have to be shy, I don’t bite very hard lol.

So to start out the blogging week, I’m coming to you all with 3 new makeup reviews on products that I just recently added to my collection.

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PRODUCT #1

First I’d like to talk about Maybelline ® New York’s Dream BB Pure 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm.

And here are the 8 benefits that are actually listed on the back of the product:

•    Clears Acne

•    Conceals Imperfections

•    Minimizes Look of Pores

•    Reduces Appearance of Redness

•    Adjusts To Skin Tone

•    Hydrates And Smoothes

•    Mattifies And Clarifies

•    No Oils And Lightweight

So this beauty balm contains 2% Salicylic Acid, which helps shed dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, fights acne, and reduced redness and inflammation.

It has a smooth and creamy consistency, and does a good job evening out my skin tone. It also gives my face a pleasant Matt finish, and still leaves my skin looking and feeling moisturized.

What I like most about this particular BB cream though, is that it gives close to liquid foundation coverage without the caked up foundation feel. I’ve tried many different BB creams that just felt heavy and pore clogging.

But Dream BB Pure Beauty Balm combines concealing power and hydrating power, all while maintaining a lightweight feel.

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PRODUCT #2

Next is the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, and what I love most about this eyeliner is it’s smooth application.

Im also pleased with its pigmentation, which is a very intense black. It’s staying power is pretty impressive as well, and I like that it’s waterproof because I always apply eyeliner to my waterline.

It does tend to smudge a little, leaving a bit of a panda eye. But that could just be because it’s summer and the hot weather is causing it to run, in which case almost any eyeliner would do the same.

But overall, this is a great longwear eyeliner that has bold color intensity and is comfortable and easy to apply.

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PRODUCT #3

Last but not least is Lancôme’s Color Design 10 Smooth Hold Shades Eye Shadow Palette.

I really really like the shades in this pallet, and I love that half of them are shimmery. My favorites are the shimmery copper and the dark and light gold colors. This whole pallet is just incredible for my blue eyes, and all the shades really make them pop.

Without an eyeshadow primer though, the colors don’t look as vibrant as I’d like. Using the primer does increase the color’s intensity so they look a lot bolder, but after a few hours they tend to lose their luster a little bit.

The colors also blend very beautifully, and I personally don’t even feel the need to use a transition color when blending. The shimmery colors even have sort of a buttery feel to them, and the other colors don’t feel overly dry or powdery either.


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So that’s it for my triple threat makeup review guys! Now don’t forget to follow my blog if you haven’t already, and make sure you tell me about all of your favorite makeup products in the comment section!

I hope you all enjoyed reading today’s post, and I’ll be back again with more product reviews soon!