Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I’ve recently gotten a TON of questions about what mascaras I use sooo I figured it was time to write a whole post on my favorites. I’m a mascara junkie – I loveee it and probably own WAY too many, but I’m OK with it! Today I’ll share what I’ve been using recently that I’ve been loving!

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras

1. Stila Huge Extreme Lash: This has been my latest obsession and I absolutely love it. It’s great not only for lengthening but for providing volume as well. I also love using black mascara and I feel like this one is super black. It’s a very wet formula so it’s great for someone who loves to add a lot of layers (me!). The only downfall with this mascara is that it’s messy! Whenever I close the tube there’s ALWAYS mascara on the outside and it creates quite the mess.

2. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: I always feel SO funny when people ask me what mascara I’m wearing and I have to tell them it’s called “Better Than Sex.” But seriously, this stuff is GOLD. I love layering this mascara on top of the Stila Huge Extreme Lash. This one is also a pretty wet formula so it’s great for layering. You can let the Stila mascara dry a bit and then go ahead and apply this one on top after. Both mascaras are great on their own but I personally love the combination of the two!

3. Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara: Ok guys this one has been a tried and true favorite for YEARS now. And I’m sure you’ve heard all about it from other people BUT let me tell you how I use this mascara. In my opinion, this one is great for lengthening and getting rid of any clumps that may have formed. I usually apply this one after the Too Faced one (I know, seems so high maintenance and it kind of is! lol). I don’t always apply this one but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll do the extra step. I’ll also use this one on my bottom lashes. I feel like the previous two mascaras I mentioned are too thickening to use on my bottom lashes so I usually use this one! I love this mascara too because of the applicator. It has a ball on the end of it that helps reach those tiny lashes that you can’t typically reach with a normal applicator.

4. Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer: I feel like lash primers are often overlooked and I wish people realized the beauty of them! I’ll be honest – I rarely use one but when I do, I use the Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer. This is so great for lengthening your lashes BEFORE you even put mascara on. You apply this – it looks funny because it’s white – and then you apply your mascara right on top! It really works wonders and I highly recommend using this for someone who doesn’t have the longest lashes. It makes a world of a difference!

5. Tarte Mandater: Another great name for a mascara if you ask me! This one is another favorite that I’ve been loving recently. First of all, the packaging is SO cute. Also this mascara is another great one for lengthening! I’ll use this one the same way that I use the Benefit one. It’s great on it’s own if all you’re looking for is lengthening and a bit of volume, but I think it works best when layered on top of another mascara!

Here’s a few pictures where you can see my lashes: Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras See full post here!

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras See full post here!

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras Lip Color: Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in the color “Azalea”

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras Sweatshirt: Spiritual Gangster (on sale for under $50!)

Beauty Talk: Best Mascaras See full post here!

Alright so there’s a few of my favorite mascaras and the ones that I love to wear together! I’ve recently been trying to share more beauty “tips” on my Instagram stories and sometimes I’ll even do an Instagram live while getting ready! Feel free to reach out with any questions!!

There ya have it! Todays Beauty Talk: best mascaras! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading! XO, Lauren

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I don’t know about you BUT some of the best gifts that I get on Christmas are in my stocking! I just LOVE stocking stuffers. I’ve picked out some really cute things that I think would be great to put in anyone’s stocking.

First off, this Colleen Rothschild skincare set is AMAZING. It’s perfect for trying out all of their amazing products. With this set you can see what products you love or don’t love. They have started their Black Friday sale EARLY and you can get up to 30% off your ENTIRE order with the code BLKFRI. Such a good deal.

Other things that I think would be great for a stocking stuffer are these cozy socks (under $50) and this fuzzy eye mask! They both look SO cozy and comfy and I feel like they’d be great for anyone! Also this hat and these gloves (that you can use your phone with!) are a necessity for the winter months. Might as well look cute while braving the cold!

There’s so many other great products out there that would be perfect for a stocking stuffer! I’ll list some of my other ideas below! Don’t forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway!

There ya have it! A look at my Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers! I hope this makes shopping easier for you!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Thanksgiving Outfit Idea No. 2

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea No. 2

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Sweater: Free People || Jeans: Madewell || Sunglasses: Ray Ban || Boots: Steve Madden|| Hat: Similar HereHere, & Here || Necklace: Bauble Bar

Thanksgiving Outfit No. 2

Happy Monday everyone! I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is only 10 days away!! This month has been completely flying by (I feel like I say that about every month!). Anyways, since Thanksgiving is getting closer, I figured I’d share another Thanksgiving outfit idea with you!

This sweater is seriously sooo comfortable. I didn’t expect to love it when I tried it on, but I absolutely did! I thought it would be too boxy and too low-cut, but it’s actually really flattering. I think that this color is perfect for thanksgiving (similar to my previous Thanksgiving outfit idea post..) It blends in with the beautiful leaves that we are seeing here in Connecticut. I definitely think that this sweater is worth the price ($118) because it’s flattering, comfortable, and made with great quality! Also I like the fact that it’s so flows because that allows for eating all the yummy food on Thanksgiving Day!

I’ve also recently been loving floppy hats. This one is from last season but I’ve found similar ones this season that I love! I also have been loving my mirrored Ray-Bans. They’re actually my current favorite sunglasses! They go with any outfit!

There ya have it! A look at my second Thanksgiving Outfit idea! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

PS- today is the last day of the Sephora VIB sale! Check out my latest YouTube video to see what my Top 15 picks are!
https://youtu.be/aKJDgohHPmc

Also be sure to check out all of my Holiday gift guide posts! I’ll have more coming this week!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup Sets

Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup Sets

Hi everyone! Today I’m bring you my first Holiday Gift Guide all about the best makeup sets!

As many of you may know, I am a makeup lover myself. Not only do I love makeup, I love skincare too. That being said, I was eager to go out and buy some great gift sets for this gift guide. I’ve picked out my TOP 5 favorite makeup and skincare gift sets under $100!

Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Makeup Sets

Moroccan Oil Travel Luxuries Set

Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
This Moroccan Oil Gift Set is $42! 4 different products are included in the set:

1. Moroccan Oil Body Souffle: This product is great for dry skin and uneven texture. Its great for all skin types, and if you’re a fan of the Moroccan Oil scent – then you’ll love this! Full size is priced at $56.
2. Moroccan Oil Body Buff: This product is great because it has exfoliating sand that is supposed to remove any dead skin! The full size is priced at $52.
3. Moroccan Oil Hand Cream: Who doesn’t love a good hand cream that smells amazing??? The full size hand cream is priced at $32.
4. Moroccan Oil Treatment: I’ve used this oil for a few months now and it does great things for my hair! The full size is priced at $34.

The best part about this gift set is that it comes with a coupon! You can bring the coupon to any participating salon and get a complimentary Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment! That itself is worth the price!

Tarte Brush Set & Magnetic Palette

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Holiday Gift guides Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets

This brush set is already sold out at Sephora! It’s said to be a $164 retail value but you can get it for $44! I love this brush set because most of the brushes are double ended – so you’re getting so much more than 5 brushes! I’d scoop this brush set up before it sells out!

First Aid Beauty FAB Boutique

Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets

I am a huge fan of First Aid Beauty, so when I saw this gift set, I knew I had to have it! It comes with SO many of their amazing products. This set would be great for any type of skin! It would also be a great gift for someone who is just starting to get into skincare. It’s a great, reliable brand that is reasonably priced as well!

Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets
Holiday Gift Guide Makeup Sets

I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown – especially her shimmer bricks! This shimmer brick palette is only $69! The colors are even prettier in person. I highly recommend this palette for anyone!

Tatcha Best Sellers Set

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Tatcha is a brand that I have been hearing about for so long! When I saw this set at Sephora, I knew I had to have it. The best part is that you get FOUR different products for only $59. I’m particularly excited for this product because it’s apparently what Kim Kardashian uses! I feel like this gift set is a great value and would be a perfect gift for a makeup/skincare lover!

So there are my TOP 5 Makeup Sets that I think would be perfect gifts! But those aren’t the only ones I think will be great gifts! I’ve come up with more great ideas below:

MAKEUP GIFT SETS UNDER $50

MAKEUP GIFT SETS UNDER $100

There ya have it! My Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup Sets edition! I hope this post helps make your shopping easier!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

PS- this is only the first of my Holiday Gift Guides so be sure to be on the look out for others! And you can always check out my Holiday Gift Guide page that I have been updating regularly!

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Ulta Haul

Ulta Haul

Hi everyone! In today’s post I’m sharing my latest Ulta haul with you! Enjoy!

So this weekend (Saturday) is my sister’s wedding! I cannot believe that it is already HERE! I feel like we have been waiting so long for this day (I can only imagine how SHE feels!) Anyways, being the Maid of Honor, I have some important jobs that day! One of those jobs includes making sure that everyone’s hair and makeup stays lookin’ good! So I decided to stop at Ulta and buy some new products that I’ve heard great things about.

Not only did I buy new products, I also put them to the test last night at dinner. I filmed a video using the products (some new, some old) and I tried to give my honest first impressions on the products. I will list all the products in the video description and below the video in this post! Take a look at my latest video here:

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Step One: Makeup Forever Primer
Love this stuff! I wanted to use a primer for this makeup look because I know I’ll be using one on the day of my sister’s wedding.
Step Two: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation My usual foundation. If you’ve watched my videos before, then you know I love this stuff. I’m in the color “Warm Beige.” I applied it with my Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush that I recently purchased and already LOVE.
Step Three: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness this product is a favorite of mine. I use it for my acne scars and any flare ups that I have. I blended this with my Sigma brush as well!
Step Four: Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in the color “Light” – this was a new product for me! It is very liquidy and easy to blend. I used my beauty blender to blend it in! I think for the summer I need to go one shade darker than the one I used.
Step Five: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in the shade “Light to Medium.” For my under eyes, I use the yellow shade of this palette. Love it!
Step Six: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Powder This was a new product as well! I have always used my Benefit finishing powder, but I wanted to try a new one! I love It Cosmetics products because of their anti-aging benefits. So far I am happy with this powder! I used my It Cosmetics Travel Brushes to apply the powder!
Step Seven: Nars Laguna Bronzer the palette that I used in the video is unfortunately sold out! But I’ve linked the individual bronzer that I used in the palette for contouring! Love this stuff!
Step Eight: Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer I added some more bronzer after I contoured just to warm up my face. Tarte Park Ave Princess has been one of my current favorites!
Step Nine: Nars Blush Again, the palette I used was sold out, but I’ve linked a super similar one with GORGEOUS colors! I love all Nars’ blush!
Step Ten: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in the color “Gilded Honey.” I have heard SO much about this highlighter it’s about time that I tried it for myself! And I love it!! It’s so pigmented and such a nice highlight color. I recommend this product!
Step Eleven: It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil I was pleasantly surprised by this product! I wasn’t expecting to like it, but it actually was very easy to use and I like the color of it! I want to purchase this product in the full size!
Step Twelve: Nars Via Veneto Eyeliner If you’ve watched my videos before, you know I love this eyeliner. It’s my go-to eyeliner always.
Step Thirteen: Tarte Lip Kit Lip Liner I’m not a big user of lipliner but I figured now would be a good time to try it out! I really liked this one by taste!
Step Fourteen: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in the color “Dolce.” LOVE THIS. This was my first time using this and I really like it. I think this will be the color that I wear on my lips Saturday at my sister’s wedding!
Step Fifteen: First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist I am a big fan of hydrating mists and this one seems like it’s going to be great! The only bad thing that I have to say about it is that it does have a citrus-y scent. It is nice and refreshing though!

If you guys have ANY tips for being Maid of Honor or a Bridesmaid in a wedding PLEASE let me know in the comments!! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

There ya have it! A look at my latest Ulta Haul! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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