Drugstore Beauty Giveaway ($75 value!)

Hello lovelies! I’ve been promising a giveaway for over a month now, and here it is! (or at least one of them 😉 ). This giveaway includes mostly full-size products that you can pickup at your local drugstore: Covergirl, Maybelline, … Continue reading

OOTD: Polka Dots + Hot Pink Skinnies

I just love these pants! The bright pop of color is perfect for summer, and helps cheer me up on this otherwise rainy, dreary day 🙂 I also adore the daintiness of this bow-bracelet. I’ve really been lusting after some … Continue reading

Ulta Beauty Haul

I recently received my Ulta 20% off everything coupon…which apparently translates to an enormous beauty haul. This coupon was good on nearly every item in the store, including items (such as palettes) that are usually coupon-exempt. Tack that onto some already amazing deals (such as BOGO drugstore cosmetics), and you get the following:

IMG_7467Nail Polishes:

Butter London Nail Polish in Pistol Pink
Butter London Nail Polish in Pimms
Free Boho Wristlet (Ulta-exclusive)

I’ve been wanting to experiment w/ Butter London nail polishes for a while now, and this buy-two-get-a-free-bag was simply too much temptation to resist.

IMG_7471 copyLipstick junkie? Check.


Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Neon Red
NYX Butter Lipstick in Sweet Tart
L’Oreal Colour Riche Colour Caresse in Fiery Veil
L’Oreal Colour Riche Colour Caresse in Velvety Fuchsia
Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Pin Up Peach
Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Soulmate
Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Darling
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipliner in Clear

Apparently I felt there were a few gaps in my lipstick collection, and naturally had to fill those in. The swatches below are in the same order as above.


It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette

I chose this palette over the Naked3 Palette by Urban Decay, because I liked the matte finish and I felt there was a bit more variation in the color-choices. Plus, I already have the Naked2 and still use it regularly.

IMG_7488What beauty items are you craving this season?


Meowza: Red, Gold, and Leopard Print

20140203-223109.jpgLeopard-print sweater: Forever 21
Black skinnies: H&M
Nude pumps: DSW
Red/gold bracelet: Ann Taylor

20140203-223125.jpgThis is my go-to makeup look, and it takes approx 10 minutes. Before I dipped my toes in the world of modern non-drugstore makeup, I had (typically) the same look day in and day out, with the exception of eye shadow changes. The look is:

L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in Porcelain – W1 – this has been my go-to foundation for years. After a horrible bout of acne all through high school and a 12-month Accutane fix, I have finally been blessed with somewhat normal skin. It spreads on super thin so you don’t have that unnatural look. Porcelain is a bit too light for me these days (I’ve always been very pale), but the next step up always seemed to make my skin look too dark. They have way more variety these days and I could probably find a better match, but I currently prefer to try new products rather than go back to old 🙂

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell – rather than use this as a blush, I use it as a bronzer to lift my skin back to a more natural glow. I love this bronzer, and have never found another one I like more (yet).

Eyelash Curl

Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown 835 – I will never stop carrying this with me. For a drugstore brand, it is fantastic. It goes on smooth, doesn’t clump lashes, and doesn’t smudge. Enough said.

Sephora Collection Long Lasting 12-Hr Wear Eyeliner in Dark Brown 06 – felt-tip liners are my favorite. I struggle with pencil liners for the top lashes, but felt-tip liners glide across and the color-payoff is wonderful. This is for my top lashes only.

Almay Intense I-Color in Raisin – this under eyeliner is just enough to add depth under my lashes, while still looking natural.

Revlon Lip Butter in various shades (this one is Candy Apple) – I can’t go on enough about these lip butters. I own something like 7-8 shades and I wear them all. GO BUY ONE! They’re awesome. It’s truly like colorful lip balm, it’s so soft and stays on for ages.


My best friend worked at Ann Taylor a while back and every time I went in to visit, I tried this bracelet on. I absolutely adore it, and being my best friend, she bought it for me as a surprise gift 🙂 I love her to pieces, and not just because she has great taste!

20140203-223225.jpgLastly, I subscribed to Birchbox last month and I got my January box last week 🙂 This Ruby Wing Color-Changing Polish was one of my favorite pieces that they sent (along with “whish” body butter in pomegranate and “Beauty Protector” leave-in conditioner!). You can see it painted on my ring finger in the close-up shot above. It’s supposed to appear as gold sparkles inside and more bronze-y outside. I’m a bad blogger and can’t remember the name of the polish. I tried looking it up and the closest one I can come to is Sunflower. Regardless, I can’t tell the difference, but I only have one coat on. I still love a pretty sparkle!