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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Review + Swatches: Bdellium Tools Matte Lipstick | #MatteNation


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you're enjoying your day and feasting to your hearts content. Don't forget to take a moment to just sit back and take it all in because surely we all have a lot to be thankful about -- even if sometimes we take it for granted.

And I'm pretty stoked that you stopped by today. After all, there are about a million other things you could possibly be doing.

So thanks!

Let me try to make your visit worthwhile by sharing something us beauty lovers just LOVE to talk about: Lipstick.

Specifically, we're discussing the matte variety. Because, beauty trends.

Matte lips are still having their moment. And I'm still dutifully here for it.

By now, there are plenty of matte lipsticks out there for you to choose from. But today we're offering up the spotlight to Bdellium Tools' newest product line, their matte lipsticks.

Loyal readers know I've been a big fan of this brand for years now. They offer a fantastic array of makeup brushes. And over the past year, they've started branching out into makeup. They totally floored us with their lip crayon release (man, were those pigmented and creamy and all-around fantastic). So naturally, I was anxiously awaiting their next product launch.

I have to tell you, they didn't disappoint — brining us seven new lipstick shades that include everyday nudes, bright oranges and reds, and deep vampy shades.

I bought five of the seven available colors (below): Touch of Eden, Kylie, Dorothy, Last Call, and Wait a Minute.



Bdellium Tools matte lipsticks retail for $16 each. The formula is enriched with shea butter and macadamia oil, which means that those matte lips won't be dry or uncomfortable. They're also vegan, paraben free, and fragrance free. 

You can tell that Bdellium put effort into the product development. Like the lip crayons, the lipsticks offer fabulous color pay off. And they're encased in a matte black case with cool yellow lettering that's both laid back and a little hipster. 

But don't let the casual design fool you. The casing is sturdy, with a nice weight to it. And my personal favorite feature? It's magnetized so you don't have to worry about the cap falling off in your bag and your lipstick (or bag) getting ruined. 

Check out the five shades I purchased in my video below so you can start figuring out which ones you'll want for yourself (hint: probably most of them). 

Oh, and since it is Black Friday weekend, you can save 30% on your purchase with code FRIDAY30 (coupon valid starting at 6 p.m. PST 11/24/16-11/28/16). Once Cyber Monday is over, you can still save 10% on your purchase with code GIRLYTHINGS. And, as always, free shipping on purchases $20 or over. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Apply Airbrush Makeup | featuring Luminess Air | Everyday Makeup Look




For my wedding, I had my makeup professionally done and asked for airbrush makeup because it was Spring in Florida and we all needed our faces to stay on. 

It was nice to have my makeup feel light as a feather while achieving excellent coverage that looked great in person and pictures.

But I never thought I'd one day be doing my own makeup using an airbrush system. It always struck me as something that required special training and additional time to be able to use it day to day.

Enter the Luminess Air Legend system -- a small at-home airbrush system that helps you achieve the same professional results at home. 


Turns out, I was totally mistaken.

The Luminess Air Legend system is really easy to use, doesn't take up much time (or space) at all, and comes with everything you need to create your go-to, no-makeup makeup look that's appropriate for your daily life (e.g., school, work, etc.)

The system ($249 retail cost) comes with: 
  • Luminess Air Legend compressor and stylus (available in 4 colors -- shown in aqua) 
  • Primer (0.25 oz)
  • Two foundations (0.25 oz each)
  • Blush (0.25 oz) 
  • Highlight (0.25 oz)
All products are fragrance free so they are safe for sensitive skin.


Check out my every day look below. Now, what would you say if I told you I was able to get it all done in less than 20 minutes every day?  Pretty great, right?!

I'm totally going to show you how. 

FYI -- the raw footage for the makeup application of my tutorial was only 10 minutes long. That means that once you get the hang of it, we're talking super fast morning routine. 



By the way, you can achieve anywhere from sheer to maximum coverage with the Luminess Air Legend system, so adjust the amount of layers you use according to your needs.

Here's a closer look at my medium coverage makeup.



Now let's take a look at how I achieve it, so you can try it too! And don't forget to let me know if you want to learn more about this product. 

Would you like a review? A tutorial on how to clean it (OMG so much easier than cleaning millions of makeup brushes by the way!)? Something else entirely? 

State your case in the comments!


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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, November 4, 2016

Products I Regret Buying | November 2016


Hi again! We're skipping product favorites this month in favor of a little reality check. After all, I test beauty products so that you don't have to, and sometimes not all of them work.

Life doesn't always drop unicorn magic in my lap. Statistically speaking, a few duds are bound to make their way into my product testing stash.

The way I see it, it's just as important to share those experiences with you, as it is to share the positive ones because:

  • I want to keep you from spending your hard-earned money on a product that might not be the best fit for you
  • How are you supposed to trust my reviews, if it seems like I love everything I try? 
  • This is a place where we can all learn from each other. So if something didn't work for me, maybe some of you have tips that would help improve my experience. 

It's not about bashing a product or a brand. In fact, I love the brands I'm talking about today -- just not these specific products.

It's about sharing information and experiences and helping you make an informed decision that works best for your specific needs.

So with that in mind, here are five products I tried recently that I regret buying. Check out the list below for all the products mentioned and what I consider better alternatives in a similar price point.




Products mentioned + optional items that I think work better (because why would you want to buy a product I said I didn't like? I still included links to those in case you do -- I don't know your life): 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "referral links" or “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for a service, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation


Hey again! I hope you all had an awesome October! I can't believe we're already almost done with 2016.

But, some of my favorite holidays are around the corner. I can't wait to stuff my face with food on Thanksgiving. Mom makes pumpkin flan and I'm all about eating an entire one by myself. I know that's a little extra, but she only makes it once a year. I need ALL of it. I also need to get my butt in gear and learn to make it myself. But eating it is so much more fun.


Are you guys excited for the fall/winter holidays? Any special meals you're looking forward to?

Anyway, I've totally gone off topic. Today I'm here to tell you about the Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundation. They released this early this fall and I was positively excited.

I've been a fan of stick foundations for a minute, even though I haven't talked much about them (I know, shame on me). I love how easy they are to use and how portable they are. But the one's I'd been using set me back nearly $50.

So, when I saw that the ABH foundation stick was going to retail for $25, I had to try it. I was even more shocked when I discovered that the cheaper price tag still delivered the same amount of product (0.32 oz or 9 g) as my my expensive foundations. SCORE!!




ABH Foundation stick in Warm Ivory and Contour stick in Fawn, Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Brush, NYX Contour brush
Alright, so before we dive in to the review, there are a few things you should know about the ABH foundation stick:

  • It's meant for normal to oily skin, but works best for those of you with combination/oily skin
  • It available in a whopping 28 shades
  • It's meant to be buildable from light to full coverage
  • Available at ULTA, Sephora, and some department stores
Check out the photo of me wearing it below. I like how it looks like skin, but still offers coverage. 



Ok, now that you know what it's supposed to do and what the final product looks like, let's chat about how it works overall. I have a few tips to share in the video below!


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Monday, October 3, 2016

How to: Winged Liquid Liner | Drugstore Dupe for Kat von D Tattoo Liner

This post contains press samples


Today we're obliging another viewer request, because we're awesome that way. Haha! Oh modesty!

No but seriously, a few of you have requested a tutorial on how I apply my liquid liner. And I'm all too happy to oblige because a fierce cat eye is pretty much my favorite makeup look.

Why? Because you can keep everything simple, but when you add that winged liner all of a sudden your makeup slays.

Best of all, it's appropriate for any occasion. Work, school, date, errands. You name it and the winged liner will slay it.

And it pairs well with just about any look. From simple to full glam, this adds a little extra sass to whatever you're wearing.

But mastering the winged liner definitely takes practice.

Today, I'm sharing how I do it and a few tips that I've learned to help make the process easier.

Plus, I have an awesome drugstore dupe to share with you. Long-time viewers/readers know all too well that I only have eyes for a brush tip liquid liner pen. For years, I've been using the Lorac Front of the Line Pro liquid liner and more recently Kat von D's Tattoo Liner (talk about a budge proof liner!).

But then, the dupe gods decided to smile down on me and my wallet and they introduced me to Jesse's Girl Cosmetics Liquid Liner ($6.99) and changed my life all over again. Just like the Kat von D and Lorac liners, this drugstore liquid liner has my must-have brush tip (think calligraphy pen) and easy-to-use pen shape. Best of all, it's jet black, fluid and inky, and BUDGE PROOF. I'm serious guys, this one didn't come off with plain old soap and water. It required waterproof makeup remover.

I mean, just look at how sharp that liner is.



Check out my tutorial (skip to the 2:15 mark if you only want to see the how-to) and listen to me rave about this dupe!



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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Also, some of the links in the post above are "referral links" or “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for a service, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards.Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”