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       

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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

 

Just photos.

Hello, I hope you are well. I wanted to share some photos from the past couple of weeks. These are taken with either my phone or camera. IMG_9697.JPGPRXX4511.jpg( 2 Above: Safehouse Tattoo 1200 Clinton St #40, Nashville, TN 37203)IMG_9700.jpgeclipseglasses.jpgmom.jpgIMG_9712.jpgeclipsealexavikiiiiii (1).jpgABGX7289.jpg(Me ,reading newpaper taken by my sister)

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-Sam 

Favorite Haircare Products!

Hello! I have never really talked about hair products, but I have really been liking what my hair is doing lately so I thought I would talk about the products that have really been helping my hair not only look good, but feel good!

The first is one I have mentioned before. Click here for my review on this product This cleansing conditioner from Ren Hair is amazing and has made my hair less frizzy, more smooth and has brought my natural waves come through again. It was weird for me at first to use a cleansing conditioner at first because I felt like I was washing my hair with globs of conditioner, but it really has helped immensely!conditionerfeat.jpg

Next is this leave in conditioner from Pure Brazilian. I love the coconut scent it has. I love applying this to my hair when it is still a bit damp, focusing on the ends. I received this in an Ipsy Glam bag and I have been using it since. purebrazhair.jpg

Dry Shampoo is  must for us all as it helps us keep away from washing our hair for an extra day and this No Drought Dry Shampoo from Lush is perfect. I love the citrusy scent and that I can help disperse better as it is not in an aerosol can. To read a bit more about this product, click here where I have a product review that I made a few months back!condiomtermain.jpg

 It can be difficult sometimes, but I only use heat on it about once every other week. When I was a bit younger, I would use my blow drier, straightener and/or curler everyday. My hair was damaged, rough and frizzy. Letting my hair air dry has helped my hair start gaining its natural curls and become less frizzy.

Not using heat on it has also helped my hair stay healthy and strong.This last tip isn’t a product but rather a method for heatless waves. I’m sure many of you have heard this before. To get those beachy waves in my hair, I just loosely braid my hair, let it do its thing for a while and then.. I have waves!

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-Sam

August Ipsy Glam Bag!

Hello! I hope you are well. A new month means a new glam bag form Ipsy! I also wanted to start including whether or not products in my ipsy bag are vegan and/or cruelty free.I have been really starting to notice that there are many brands that don’t test on animals and I want to support those brands. So let’s jump into it!

The first thing I received is a liner from Serephine Bontanicals. This liquid coal waterproof liner has a rubberflex tip to acheive a perfect cat eye and it is vegan/celiac friendly! I cannot wait to try it out. linerswatch.jpglinerseraphiine.jpg

I love getting new brushed from Ipsy. This one from SLMissGlam is their T35 Precise Blending Brush. The first thing that caught my eye about this brush was the color. My brushes tend to favor the dark side, but this one is super bright and will definitely stand out among my other brushes. Also it is cruelty-free!brushmint.jpgbrushipsy.jpg

I personally love clear brow gel. It helps me put my brow hairs in place and get them ready for some filling in. I just don’t work well with a tinted brow gel. This one from Chella is their Eyebrow Defining Gel. I tried researching to see if this brand is cruelty free, but I have not found a definte answer.chellagel.jpgchellabrow.jpg

This Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay from First Aid Beauty is something I am particularly excited to try this month. I love a good cleanser and am always looking forward to what it does to my skin. As read on the brand’s site: Do you test on animals? At First Aid Beauty, we love animals. That’s why we are committed to being a 100% cruelty free company. We have not, do not and will not conduct any testing of ingredients or finished products on animals. Furthermore, we only work with business partners who certify compliance with our policy.cleanserirstaid

The last product I recevied is from TheBalm. I have not been too excited to try any of the products I have received from this brand, so I will be removing this brand from my makeup preferences. TheBalm is not certified but they claim they do not test on animals. They aren’t vegan however, as some of their products do contain animal by-products.balmwillkommen.jpgbalmpack.jpg

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-SAM

 

Skincare Products I Swear By!

Hello! I hope you are well. I want to talk about skincare and the products/habits that have drastically changed my skin for the better. My skin texture was rough, splotchy, acne prone and makeup just would not look right until I started incorporating these products into my skincare routine.

Hyaluronic Acid is a product I have been using for several years and a few weeks into using it everyday, people started complimenting my skin and how smooth it looked. I have seen my skin appear more plump, soft and hydrated. I use this one from Measurable Difference every morning before I start my makeup and I love love it.hyaskin.jpg

Drinking water is a given when it comes to having good skin, but it is so true. It has made my skin break out a lot less and has made my skin look brighter.

SPF is so important to add into your skincare routine. I remember my older sister telling me to put SPF on my face everyday, even if it was cloudy out. It took me a while to finally listen, but I’ve been using it for years now, and no matter the weather, I know my face is protected from the sun. This one from Simple Skincare is a moisturizer and SPF in one which helps a lot. To me, it smells like glue, but once it dries, the smells fades.spfskin.jpg

Vitamin E oil has made my skin look super bright and this one from Jason smells so good. I apply this at night in the palm of my hand and press it into my skin. My face just looks so plump once absorbed and the acne scars seem to fade overnight!jasonoilskin.jpg

A good face mask every week has really helped my skin feel renewed and amazing. I don’t just have one masks that helps me achieve this as every masks helps my skin in some way, whether it be to exfoliate, brighten, peel, or calm. I love this one from Garnier because you can use it as a cleanser and a mask. The smell of this stuff is amazing as well!maskskin.jpg

What product or habit has helped you skin? Let me know below!

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-Sam

NYX Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well. NYX is a makeup brand I have been finding myself gravitating towards. When I think of which brand I have more makeup from, it’s NYX. So why not talk to you about all of the products that have made an good/bad impression on me?

I have to do my brows with some kinds of brush to get them in the direction I want them to stay in. I got this in a charcoal color to fill in any gaps I have. The shape of the product is in one that helps me create the strokes of hair. The only thing I wish it had was a sharper end to better achieve the look of natural hair. The brush is perfect to blend it all out. For me this product is a 8/10. nyxeyebnyxbrowbrush

Lipstick is something I would wear a lot but these days I tend to only reach for it on special occasions. Lip liners are a must when I want a bold lip. It holds the color longer and shapes my lips. This one in London is the partner to my all time favorite lip product London in NYX soft matte lip creams. When I want it to last throughout the nightt, this lip liner is perfect. 10/10nyxlipliner.jpg

I’m a a sucker for single shadows. When I can’t invest in a palette, I can easily pick up a few of their single shadows and make a lil dupe palette myself. These Hot Single Eyeshadows could use some variety in shades and I have gotten a few that were to chalky to use. I looked past those and have loved them!  8/10nyxmattteshadow.jpg

Highlight for all! To me, this Duo Chromatic Illuminating Highlight is the dream of drugstore highlighters. I have this one in Synthetica and it has a peachy nude shade that gives a summery bronze look. I love the light pop of color it brings to a look. It almost glows like the skin is dewy. So lovely! 10/10nyxhdchrome.jpg

This Stay Matte Not Flat foundation got really feels like a higher end foundation! I loved the coverage it gave. The shade range is very small and I had to mix in some concealer to lighten it up. I hope they add to this collection because I really liked how Matte it kept my skin. I barely had any oils come through. 8/10nyxmattnoflat.jpg

Moisturize, protect and prime! This HD Studio Perfect Anti-Redness primer in green was something I didn’t really care for at first. It felt really slippery and I didn’t see any difference. I recently started using it again and have noticed that it does lighten up those red areas and covers those pores. It also keeps my makeup looking extra Matte as that is another claim of this primer. However, It does feel a bit heavy so I only apply a small dot in my entire face. 7/10nyx green primer.jpg

I love Nude Liners. I found that I can correct liner mistakes, conceal spots and brighten up my eyes. This Wonder Pencil is perfect for all of that. On those days when I need to look a bit more awake, applying this to my waterline is magic. My eyes instantly look brighter and it stays on for hours. I mess my liner up almost everyday and when I do, I can easily cover it up with a swipe of this. As for concealing, I have a shade too light for my skin but have tried it and it does made the spot less visible, but I would not say I solely use this to conceal. I do wish it was creamier. It tends to drag my waterline and eyelids. This wonder pencil comes in a few shades. A wider range of colors and a creamier formula would make this amazing. 8/10nyxwondereye.jpg

Last is the HD Eyeshadow Base. I’ve been using this for a few months and have definitely seen my shadow look brighter and  crease less. I have noticed that when I apply too much, it will make my eyelids look about cakey so I make sure to only apply a small amount. Over than that this is a good eyeshadow primer.9/10nyxeyeprimer.jpg

What are you favorites from Nyx? Tell me in the comments below!

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-Sam