Review: Milani 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer!

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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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Review: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette 

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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

What I Wore to a Wedding!

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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 

August Favorites!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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