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!

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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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Fall Makeup + Giveaway!

Fall Makeup + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! In today’s post I’m sharing a Fall makeup look and hosting a FUN GIVEAWAY! Enjoy!

I decided to sit down and film this fun Fall makeup look and share it with you guys! Be sure to subscribe to my new YouTube channel! I hope you enjoy the video! Make sure you watch until the end to see the products I’m giving away!

As I’ve mentioned before, Bloom Daily Planners have become one of my favorite brands for notebooks, planners, to do lists, and so much more. And lucky for you – I am giving away THREE of their products in this post! I’m giving away one of their planners, one of their notebooks, and one of their to do lists.

Watch my Fall makeup look here:

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There ya have it! A look at my Fall makeup and a fun giveaway! I hope you enjoyed this post! Good luck!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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NYE Makeup Look

My NYE Makeup Look

Hi everyone! Welcome to my LAST post of 2015!!! This post is going to show you one of my NYE Makeup Looks! I hope you enjoy!!

Moisturize

Before I apply my makeup, I like to make sure my face is clean and moisturized! I use Origins Skin Serum right after I wash my face. I then apply my Neutrogena Moisturizer for Extra Dry Skin. My skin is SUPER dry in the winter so I make sure to apply my Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream. After all my moisturizers are on, I’m ready to apply my makeup!
NYE Makeup Look

Origins Skin Serum

NYE Makeup Look

Neutrogena Moisturizer

NYE Makeup Look

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

Foundation

I don’t typically start with a face primer (I know I should!) so I didn’t use one for this look either. I started out with my Makeup Forever HD Foundation. This stuff is AMAZING and I swear by it. I apply it with my damp Beauty Blender, of course.

NYE Makeup Look

Beauty Blender

NYE Makeup Look

Makeup Forever HD Foundation

Concealer

For a look like this, I really wanted to conceal and brighten my under eyes. I used two different concealers for this one! After I applied my foundation, I then applied my Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in the color “Light Boost.” I blended that in with my damp beauty blender as well. Then, once that concealer was blended, I applied my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in the color “NC20.” I sprayed my already damp beauty blender with Mac Fix+. Hint: spraying your brush or beauty blender with Fix+ will help with dry skin! As for any problem areas (I have a few right now) I use my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and I blend that in with my beauty blender as well.
NYE Makeup Look

Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter

NYE Makeup Look

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Powder

I set my under eyes with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It helps brighten my under eyes and keeps my concealer there all day! As for my whole face, I used my usual Benefit Hello Flawless powder.
NYE makeup look

Laura Mercier Setting Powder

Eyes

Now for the fun part!! Its New Years Eve, so I knew I wanted to do something fun with my eyes. I think this sparkly look is fun and believe it or not, it’s easy to recreate! I started by applying my Smashbox Lid Primer. Then I used two colors from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. The first color I used was “Naked.” I used this color as a base color for the look. Next, I used the color “Buck” for a crease color. I wanted to create some definition for my eyes, and this color worked perfectly for that. Next comes the FUN part! I picked up this Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art this morning from the drugstore. This stuff is SO easy to apply – you just swipe it all over your lid and let it dry! After I applied the glitter, I applied my Stila Liquid Eyeliner on my lid. After that, I tight lined both my upper water line AND my lower water line. I feel that by doing this, it really makes my eyes look bigger and more awake! I used my all time FAVORITE eyeliner by Nars for this part. I then went on to use my Urban Decay Perversion mascara and my Benefit Roller Lash mascara (best combo EVER). I put mascara on both my upper lashes and my lower lashes. After mascara, the eye look is complete!

Face

OK for my face, I used my usual favorite products. You can find all of those right here!

Lips

For lips I used Milani’s Color Statement Lip Liner in the color “Nude.” I lined my lips and filled them in with this color. On top of that, I used Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Color in the color “Lilac Pink.”

NYE Makeup Look

Milani Lip Liner

NYE Makeup Look

Bobbi Brown Lip Color

Heres the final look!! PS – find me on Instagram to see more of what I’m doing this NYE!

NYE Makeup Look

OK – that’s my complete NYE Makeup Look! I hope you enjoyed and that you all have an amazing New Years Eve!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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October Birchbox

October Birchbox

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October Birchbox post! If you want to see what I got in my box this month, keep reading!

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

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Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

I am a mascara addict so I was super excited when I saw this in my box! According to Birchbox, Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara will “give you a major boost in volume, curl, and length.” Who wouldn’t want that??

Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial Mask

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Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial Mask
This product is said to “help shed weekly dirt and grime, activate stem cells, and revitalize skin cells.” Sounds amazing to me!

Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo

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Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo

This Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo is said to be a “weightless, translucent spritz that instantly absorbs product build-up and excess oil to refresh your ‘do.” I love other Macadamia products, and I hope this one is just as good!

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

I have heard great things about Dr. Jart+ products and I am hoping this one is great too! It is said to be a “lightweight, ceramide-packed cream that calms and deeply hydrates skin.”

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

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Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

I am a big fan of Jouer products, so this one stood out to me right away! I am excited to try this because it is an oil free product that “controls shine and leaves a soft, velvety finish.” Sounds perfect!

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in my October Birchbox!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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July Birchbox

My July Birchbox

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

In today’s post I am going to share with you the contents of my July Birchbox. I figured this would be a beneficial post for those of you who have heard of Birchbox but are not subscribed to it. By seeing the products that I receive in my box, you may be able to make a better decision on whether or not you want to subscribe. So far I have been very happy with Birchbox! I usually love all the products I receive and end up usually buying the full size products by the time I finish the sample sizes. It’s great because when you sign up you can take a survey to determine what your skin type is like and what kind of products you would like to receive.

With that being said, let’s get into what products I received in my box this month!

Birchbox’s July theme was “go bold” and they totally captured that theme with their packaging!
July Birchbox

I love when I get the mail and see a beautiful box like this! It makes the experience even better. I usually save my boxes from each month and use them to store items in my bedroom or bathroom.

July Birchbox Item #1

July Birchbox

This Bumble and bumble thickening hairspray is going to give your hair body and a medium hold to your hairstyle. You can also use this product in your wet hair.

July Birchbox Item #2

July Birchbox

I have been hearing a lot about the brand “Coola” and I am super excited that I received their SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray. I can’t wait to try it out ASAP! I first heard about this on Tati’s YouTube channel (aka Glam Life Guru) and she spoke highly of it!

July Birchbox Item #3

july birchbox
I have to say that this Stila Liquid Lipstick is probably the product that I am most excited about trying. I have heard so many great things about Stila lip products and I am glad I finally got my hands on one! Plus, this color is perfect for summer!

July Birchbox Item #4

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I have never tried a Dr. Jart+ product before but I have always heard great things about them. This Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid will help calm and hydrate your skin! Sounds like a great product to me!

July Birchbox Item #5

July birchbox
The final item I received in my box is this Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer! I’m looking forward to trying this product because I use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser every night to clean my face. My skin totally agrees with Liz Earle products so this new one will most likely become another favorite!

I hope this post helps you decide whether or not you want to subsribe to Birchbox! What do you guys think of the products I received this month?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Xo, Lauren

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