Review: Milani 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer!

Hey and welcome back! I hope you are well! Lately, I’ve really been on top of the types of makeup brands I buy from that are cruelty free. Milani is a brand I don’t use too often but when it came time to buy a new foundation, I wanted to try a cruelty free brand. I have been using the FitMe foundation from Maybelline for several months and while it is an amazing foundation, I cannot keep using it knowing that animals were tested on for this product to be sold. 

That being said I picked up Milani’s 2 in 1 foundation and wanted to talk about how well it works for my normal/oily skin. When I was reading reviews about this they were mostly positive so I was even more excited to give this a try.

I chose the shade Warm Beige 05. I am not very good at picking the right shade for my skintone, but this one, as read in the review, seems to oxidize, so I picked a lighter shade and it fits my skin so well. This foundation/concealer claims the following: Medium to full coverage, lightweight, oil-free formula, longwearing, water resistant and sweatproof.

Claims that this is a medium to full coverage product it pretty spot on. I find that I can build it up to be full coverage if I have areas that need a bit more product.foundationclaim.jpg

At first, I did not agree that this foundation was lightweight, but after a few uses, I noticed that once it settled onto my skin, it felt super lightweight. The oil-free formula still tends to cause my natural oils to come through around my t-zone area especially around my nose and chin. I don’t tend to use powder all over my face with any other foundation, because I hate making my skin look too matte, but if I don’t set my face with powder using this foundation, I will look shiny.foundationfeat (1).jpg

This foundation/concealer seems quite long wearing. I go to class from 8:00- 1:45 then to work 3:30-9:00 so I need something that can last quite a while and never feel like I have to touch up my foundation. It stays put through sweat and possible tears.

The smell of this is a bit fragrant, but once set into the skin, the scent goes away for me. I don’t tend to be picky about scents of products, but I know there are some that are.

Overall, I love this product. It has the stay power and a super nice coverage.The color range seems a bit small in stores, but on their site, they carry many more. I am so happy to have found a cruelty-free foundation that works and is affordable!IMG_0285 (1)

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-Sam

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October Ipsy Bag! 

Hey! I hope you are well. October has been a busy month so far with school and work so when my ipsy bag comes in the mail, I get to relax a bit and play around with the products! I am finally on fall break so typing up this post is perfect to kick it off.  The bag itself screams all things fall and Halloweeny. I love the lace detail it has and the shade of red it is. This months products are pretty good from just swatching them. I have been eyeing one of these products for years now, so I am excited to see how I like it. ipsyoctproducts.jpg

The product I am talking about is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide in liner in Perversion. This liner I heard about from a few youtubers and was curious about it. But with it being a liner pencil, I wasn’t expecting it to stay out and not smudge. When I swatched this liner on the back of my hand, It was nice and soft, went on super easy and it had a lot of pigment to it. Now for the smudging and fading I was expecting. There was absolutely no smudging whatsoever. This liner really impressed me and I haven’t even properly used it! ublinerperv.jpglinerswatch.jpg

Next is a shadow from Meech and Mia. It is their loose shadow in purple. The swatch I did is so pretty. It’s more of a silvery purple color with greenish shades. I like that when it catches the light, it looks like three to four different colors.   meech&miasha.jpgmeechsawtch

Next is another highlight from Doucce. It is a pearly pink color that gives off such a pretty shine. doucceshad.jpgdoucceswatch.jpg

Next is an eye cream from the brand Skyn Iceland. Icelandic Relief Eye Cream has Glacial Flower Extract. This has a custard like consistency and it feels so thick and rich. I cannot wait to hopefully give my under eyes some relief. eyeskyn.jpg Last is from It Cosmetics and it’s their Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder. I have used products from this brand before and I have never been disappointed by their products so I am looking forward to how this words for me.itcosmetics powder.jpg itpowder.jpg

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-Sam 

Review: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette 

Hey and welcome back! I hope you’re well. Years ago when Kat Von D’s makeup line was released, I had to try her products! The first product I picked up was her contour palette and it upgraded my makeup collection immensely. I found myself using this palette so much and I just picked up my second contour palette after finally getting through my first palette. So let’s talk about it! 

First, Kat Von D is vegan and has made her products free from animal testing, parabens, etc which is always a huge plus for me and many others. contourpalette (1).jpg

The palette comes with 6 shades. 3 light and 3 contour shades. katbackpall (1).jpg

The light colors can be used as a highlight, a base for shadow, and/or brightener. The shades of the light side are from left to right: Levitation (light pink), Lyric(yellow tint) and Lucid (peachy tint)katlight (1).jpgI really love using Lyric the most. It has a yellow tint that really gives my olive beige skin tone a nice  bright look  without any color. 

The shades for the contour side range from Subconscious (muted grayish brown), Shadowplay ( reddish brown)  and Sombre ( dark brown)

I have found myself using  Subconscious the most because it just gives the illusion if shadow without the reddish or dark tone. I contour my face, nose and sometimes my jawline to really define my face. It has no reddish tone that I typically tend to get from brown shadows. This one is perfect for my skin tone. shadekatvond (1).jpg

The mirror in this palette is the perfect size. And I just love palette with a handy mirror in it in case I don’t have one around anywhere else. katvondcontourpalette (1)

The palette design itself is beautiful. It has such a whimsical gothic feel to it and it stunning to have around. 

While the price for this palette isn’t the cheapest, I can say with utmost certainty that it is worth the money. This palette will last you such a long time and you can customize your own shade. 

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-Sam

September Favorites! 

Hello and welcome back! I hope you are well. It is now Fall and October has begun so let’s talk about my September Favorites!

Logic- My boyfriend showed me his music during the summer and I found him so different and unique. Fast forward to the VMAs. I heard his performance was incredible and had to watch it. I cannot watch it without tearing up. His new album Everybody is something that I have never heard before. I’m not someone that likes rap at all, but this is a work of art that, for me, paints a picture of how people should live. Everybody is treated equally regardless of what they believe in, who they love and how they look. Listen to “Everybody” and you’ll see what I mean.

Black nail polish-Wet N’ Wild nail polish  in black. I haven’t been wearing nail polish too often until September began. Black nail polish always looks so clean and sleek so I matches with everything I wear.wetblacksept.jpg

Makeup Revolution Banana Setting Powder- My skin tends to be a combination of oily and dry so I like using a loose setting powder over a pressed powder because I just find that it works so much better for me.I have yet to try anything form this brand so when I saw they carried a banana powder, I jumped for it. This powder is very light and for me and my skin, it keeps my oils from coming through while also not drying it out and making it look over powdery.bananasept.jpg

Hana Lei Powder Cleanser: I received this product in my September Ipsy bag and the first time I used it, my skin responded to it so well. It didn’t leave my face dry and instead left it super soft and bright.   I received 5 packets of it and am now on my last one so I totally going to purchase this product. powdercleansept

So Susan Brush. I am not sure what the name of this brush is, but I really like how wide yet thin it is. I love using this brush to blend and make sure everything looks as good as I can get it.brushsept2.jpg brushsept.jpg

I have started bullet journaing this month and this journal is the best thing for it.  The size of this journal is just perfect. It fits in my bag perfectly and I just find it so handy to have a journal with me at all times. I am a total rookie at bullet journaling but as the weeks go by I am going to try and talk about it more, but so far I really like the creativity that it is bringing out in me to draw and color again. I am quite busy lately so when I work on my bullet journal, I feel more calm and relaxed.      journalseptermber.jpg   

Last are these rings from Forever 21. I believe it came with about 5 rings and it has a hammered detail which I really like. I don’t wear much jewelery but rings as simple as these are just right for me.ring.jpgringsept.jpg

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-Sam    

 

3 Morning Mantras to Start Your Day.

Hello! I hope you are well. I am a morning person as I love waking up early enough to have more than enough time to take my pups out for their morning walk and make breakfast woWhen I first wake up in the morning, I love feeling the day and letting my mind slowly wake up. With that I also like morning matras. I will be sharing 3 morning matras that will help you start your morning and day in a positive way.  I try and alternate these 3 mantras throughout the week and set myself up for the day.floweryall.jpg

Thank you- The most simple of my matras but it never fails to make me feel instant gratitude for the day. Saying this throughout my morning makes me love getting out of bed and out the door with my pups.

What would You have me do?Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom? – I heard this morning matra quoted from Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back. I love that I can ask these questions and see what happens. If on days where I feel down, If I say these words, I feel like I will guided to a more positive way of thinking and being.

I choose to be happy- I love that I can choose how to feel when I wake up. I don’t always feel happy when I wake up but I can use these words to jump start it and I can go to it if work gets stressful/hectic.

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Sam

Review: Wet N’ Wild Megaliner

Hey and welcome back! I hope you are well. I have been using this product for a few months now and mentioned it in my August favorites. Eyeliner is such a staple in my makeup bag. Wet N’ Wild is such an affordable brand yet their products have barely ever disappointed me.

Yes this liner has been out for quite some time, but I have yet to use it until now! I love how dark it is and how quickly it dries. The brush is like a rubber tip which isn’t super thin and makes it a bit difficult to apply how I’d like but If i give myself enough time to work with it, the brush isn’t so bad.  The handle to the brush itself does make up for it as it tapers to have a better grip.wetliner222.jpg

I got the non waterproof version to this liner because I love the simplicity of taking this off at the end of the day without feeling like I rubbed my eye off. However, there is also a waterproof version for those who prefer it. I believe it was under $5 which is amazing. I’ve had mine for about a month and a half and have not even gotten close to reaching the bottom of this liner! Did I also mention that this product is vegan? linerww

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-Sam       

September Ipsy bag!

Hey welcome back! I hope you are well! My September Ipsy bag has arrived so let’s talk about it!

The first product is from Smashbox Cosmetics. This Photo Finish Radiance Foundation Primer seems quite interesting It looks as if it has some slight glimmery color with tiny title bits of glitter in it.smahboxprime.jpg

The next is from Hanalei and it’s their Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser. This is a water activated cleanser and while I have used a powder cleanser before, this one seems so nice and freshing for my skin! It comes with 5 single use packets which I love. It keeps this hygenic and I can’t wait to use this!hanapowder.jpg

This eyeshadow from Elizabeth Mott, Pop Goes the Shadow in Toasted is quite pretty. It is a muted almost sheer light brownish color. While I don’t like shimmery shadows, this one seems just right for me.pop.jpgpopshadow.jpg

Another brush to add to my collection! This one from Luxie is their 207 Medium Angled Shading Brush. I can never hate receiving new brushed so I’m happy to start incorporating this one into my routine!DSC_3251.jpgluxbrush.jpg

The last product is actually two from the brand Manefit. These Mugwort Astringent + Pore Care and Lily Whitening + Brightening Sheet Masks seem like the perfect mask after a long day of classes and work. If you have read my blog about face masks, you’ll know I am all about a good face mask!DSC_3258.jpg

To the bag:

This bag has to be at the top of my Ipsy glam bags. It is a faux leather bag with a studded detail all over. I am loving it!bag.png

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-Sam  

What I Wore to a Wedding!

Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well. This past weekend, I attended my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. I have never been to one before so I was pretty excited. I was not too sure what to wear so my boyfriend’s mom sweetly offered to help me find something. We didn’t have to go hunting for anything because I was able to find my dress and shoes quite easily.  IMG_9952.jpg

The dress is from the Jennifer Lopez collection  at Kohls. I looked online for a link to it, but there are only plus sized version of this dress. (Link here)  This was one of the first dresses Itried on and I just loved it! The floral pattern was so pretty and the length was perfect for my five foot frame. Although the dress did have a button for the cleavage area, I did have to safety pin it a bit more because it was a bit too low for a wedding. This dress was so comfortable! I love the faux wrap style of this dress and the little waist belt to the dress to keep my waist cinched.dresswedding.jpg

I loved the dress but when I found the shoes for it, I was so happy with them We went to Off Broadway for our shoes and as soon as I saw these black velvet platform heels from Zigi Soho Garen , I was done looking for any others. I don’t wear heels very often so I wanted to go for a platform heel. The style of these was just everything I was looking for. Velvet is just so cute and gives the look a different texture to the outfit. They were super easy to walk in and I of course loved the extra height it gave me.platgeel.jpg

I’m not to fussy with accessories so I didn’t wear too much else as far as jewelry goes. I wore this evil eye bracelet and dangle earrings, but that was pretty much it.  braclet.jpg

The lipstick I decided on was Kat Von D’s Lolita. This is such a beautiful mauve pink color that went so well with my dress! I love this liquid lipstick.katlip.jpg  

The wedding itself was so beautiful! They had the ceremony in Knoxville on a roof top in Market Square. The place where guest could lounge around was such a picturesque place I just wanted to move in!  It was such a nice day and everyone was so welcoming and happy. I was very grateful to have been invited and have been gifted my dress and shoes. IMG_9966.jpg

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-Sam 

What’s in my bag?

Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well.  I have been trying to schedule time for my page since school has started along with working as well, so it has been a bit difficult. However, I am planning out ways to still take photos and plan out posts. So, as the title says my bag contains things that are practical  and that are always in my bag so let’s get to it!

I pretty much always have a lip balm around since my lips are almost always dry. This one from Carmex is one I have been able to get through it without losing it and I really like it! It is medicated which helps greatly!lipcar.jpg

Pen’s are always sitting in my bag. I always tons of pens in my bag, for class, work, etc. penbag.jpg

This EOS hand cream is a product that smells so light, sweet and floraly while keeping my hands nice and moisturized.eoshang.jpg

This Mario Badescue facial spray has seen better days but I always have a facial spray in my bag to freshen up my skin or if I overdid it on the setting spray. I love the rose smell of this stuff ! badescuspray.jpg

Hand sanitizer is essential for me if I’ve been out all day. This sanitizer from the Body Shop smells like creamy coconut and I just love that I don’t smell the alcohol in this. handsan.jpg

A bag of Mint tea goes around with me all the time. I just love the fresh taste of it and if I’ve had coffee already I grab some decaf mint tea! teabag.jpg

This lipstick knife was gifted to me by my boyfriend and I always have it! I love that it’s in the classic black tube with gold. lipknife.jpg

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-Sam

August Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well. Let September begin and let those monthly favorites start pouring out into the online world!

Let’s start with the non-beauty items. 

This Is Us- I have been hearing so much about this show and how good it is. I waited way too long to start this series but as soon as I did, I finished it in a week. This show is like nothing I have ever seen before. It captured my attention in the first episode and I found myself crying at at least half of the series (18 Episodes, I believe) because It was so heartfelt. If you have seen this show, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen this show, go watch!

Tattoo- I finally have my three flowers on my arm. I went to Safehouse Tattoo in Nashville,TN with Zane Pendegrast. As soon as I walked in, I felt super comfortable because there were absolutely no egos where you feel out of your element. Everyone was super nice/accomodating and Zane was funny, laid back and nice. I love black and grey tattoos and have been seeing his work for a while so I had to have him give me my next piece. I went with a rannunculus because of the depth and the fluffy shape of the flower. 2 hours later, my arm raw and sore, I look at it and am in awe at how perfect it is. I am super happy with it and cannot wait for it to fully heal. 

Let’s get to the beauty/skin/body products!

Wet N’ Wild Liner- It takes me a while to get the hang of a new liner, but this one is super easy to use, dries quickly and is super dark. I wish it had more product, but for the price it is amazing. I have had no issues with smudging or fading so this is definitely a liner I will be repurchasing. wtliner (1).jpg

Victoria Secret body spray in Aqua Kiss- I got this as a gift but never used it until this month. Notes: Black Currant and Peony. This is such light, clean and crisp scent that I pretty much bathe in it before I’m out the door. vs spray.jpg

I was gifted the most amazing mascara. My sister gave me this mini macara from Doucce called Maxlash Volumizer Mascara. The brush itself is so full and thick which makes for super full lashes. I focus my mascara more on my lower lashes as I wear falsies most of the time. douccemas (1).jpg

I have been using Jason brand deodorant for a few year now, but when I came across this aloe scented one, I had to have it. It smells so fresh and if I don’t have a body spray around, this deodorant doubles as that. If you like the scent of aloe, give this a try!jasonndeo (1).jpg

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Sam