Empties IV

product empties lush skincare wnw nail polish mac concealer maybelline matte + poreless foundation ulta tarte maracuja oil
If you were to tell someone that you purposely gather trash to show to others on the internet I'm sure they would look at you as if there's something wrong with you. It's probably because there is something wrong with us. It's a struggle that beauty bloggers and vloggers share. I'm so excited to show you my current empties because that means I can finally throw them away except the Lush and MAC stuff.

LUSH Tea Tree Water: The best toner that I have ever tried! It's very gentle on the skin and it does its job. I love the scent as well. It's meant for oily skin but since its gentle, I think that all skin types can use this. Would I repurchase? Already have.

LUSH Herbalism Cleanser: I was so bummed out when I ran out of this because I really enjoyed using it. It cleaned my face without over-drying; its so gentle on my skin. I love the consistency as its so soft and you just need a little bit to work into a paste. The only downside is the scent as it smells very herbal because of the rosemary. This cleanser is great for those with oily skin who want to control their oils but are afraid of their cleanser stripping out all of their natural oils. Would I repurchase? Yes.

ULTA Makeup Brush & Sponge Cleaner: I bought this because I ran out of my favorite cleaner of all time, Parian Spirit. I needed something in the meantime while my Parian Spirit was being shipped so I settled for this one. It's nothing special as you just have to wet your brushes or sponge, spray the cleaner on them and rinse it out. Would I repurchase? No.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: Move over Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation, this is my new HG drugstore foundation. The coverage is light-medium and it looks so beautiful on the skin- it doesn't settle into my pores like other foundations. I also find it long wearing as it doesn't fade through out the day. This is ideal for normal to oily skin so I used this more in the warmer months when my skin was on the oily side. I like this foundation much more than the original Fit Me formula. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Polish "Ebony Hates Chris": I typically run out of nail polish very slowly. This is the only black nail polish that I've ever used and will continue using. It's only $2 and it is so opaque and dries very fast. It's everything I could ask for. 'Nuff said. Would I repurchase? Already have.

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I tried this because it came in a deluxe sample size in a Tarte collection. I was really interested in trying it because of the Maracuja oil craze on youtube a couple years back- youtubers used to swear by this. I like using oils to moisturize as they moisturize and control excess sebum on the skin. This oil is so light but yet moisturizes so well. I really like this oil but its very expensive and honestly, my sweet almond oil does the job. Would I repurchase? Maybe, if I can buy it on sale.

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC-42: I was so sad when I ran out of this concealer. It's my all time HG concealer and I haven't found a concealer that works as well as this one. It covers my red under eye circles so well and doesn't crease. I only need one pump for both eyes. I absolutely love this concealer. Would I repurchase? Yes!

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Fall Mauve Monochrome Look

fall makeup mauve tutorial colourpop lorac loreal

It's finally starting to feel like fall and I was inspired to start doing more fall appropriate looks so my face is a mixture of mauve colors. I love dark mauve colors and I feel like they look amazing on everyone.

I shopped my stash; I went for products that I rarely use for my eyes but I used my favorite face products as per usual. After moisturizing my face, I applied my HG foundation NARS Sheer Glow in Tahoe. I concealed my dark under eyes using my HG Mac Prolongwear concealer in NC-42. I set, baked my concealer, and reverse contoured my face using Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Powder. I filled in my brows slightly using NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso. I brushed off the powder and I applied ELF peach blush from their blush palette in dark. Then I applied Becca's Shimmering skin porefector in Opal.

For the eyes, I started off by applying an eyeshadow primer- I used Wet n Wild's eyeshadow primer. I placed a mauve eyeshadow from the Loreal La Palette Nude 2. I placed the darkest shade in the palette in the outer corner of the crease to deepen it up a bit. After everything is blended I applied the mauve shade in the Lorac Pro Palette on my lid. In retrospect, I understand that I could have used the same mauve color from the Loreal palette as they're the exact same color- I was just being extra that day. Since I wanted to be fancy and wear falsies, I did a winged liner using NYX Matte liquid eyeliner. I applied Angel Lash #73 which are lovely lashes but I honestly prefer demi wispies.

For the lips, I applied MAC Prep + Prime lip primer because Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip is very drying. I applied Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle. To finish it all off I sprayed some MAC Fix + on my face.

fall makeup mauve tutorial colourpop lorac loreal

P R O D U C T S   U S E D
NARS Sheer Glow in Tahoe
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42
Sacha Buttercup Powder
e.l.f Blush Palette in Dark
Becca Shimmering Skin Porefector in Opal
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer
L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2
Lorac Pro Palette
NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner in Black
KISS lash glue
Angel Lash #73
NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
MAC Fix +

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L.A Girl Matte Pigment Gloss | Fleur & Black Currant

la girl matte flat finish gloss fleur black currant review

I'll admit, I've lost faith in liquid lipsticks. It's just that most of them are so drying and uncomfortable on the lips that I no longer see the appeal of them. Why do we hate regular lipsticks all of a sudden?

I visited my local beauty supply store that I had been planning on going to for the past 2 years but kept putting off. They have a large selection of makeup and when I saw their L.A Girl section, I almost fan-girled. That's when you know you have an obsession with drug store makeup.

I settled for 2 shades from the L.A Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss range just in case I didn't like them although all the bold shades were calling my name. I settled for Fleur (dark peachy nude shade) and Black Currant (dark vampy purple).

L.A Girl Matte Pigment Gloss are described to be a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. Ignore the name. It's a liquid lipstick with a matte finish. L.A Girl claims that it is a long wearing formula and with a velvet finish. They retail for only $5 so they're promising a lot for less than most liquid lipsticks on the market. They have a flat rectangular applicator that surprisingly applies lipstick well.

la girl matte flat finish gloss fleur black currant swatch

Fleur is a dark peachy nude color that is a beautiful everyday nude for WOC. This is my favorite nude at the moment.
la girl matte flat finish gloss fleur

Black Currant is a gorgeous dark vampy purple. This reminds me a lot of that dark purple lipstick that was photoshopped on Rihanna.

la girl matte flat finish gloss black currant review

Both colors are very pigmented- you only need two coats max. This liquid lipstick doesn't dry fast like Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks so it gives you time to work with it. If you apply more than 2 coats then it can feel uncomfortable on the lips but you don't need more than 2 coats. They aren't very drying but as always make sure you moisturize and exfoliate those crusty lips. I get about 5 hours of wear with them and keep in mind it isn't transfer-proof so you have to reapply after eating.

I'm in love with these lipsticks- I love these two colors and the formula. For $5, you can't beat it. I definitely plan on getting more of these shades. These lipsticks are a definite must try if you want a good quality liquid lipstick for cheap. Oh, and L.A Girl is cruelty-free.

What do you think?
What are your favorite liquid lipsticks at the moment?

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Budget buy: trendy designer inspired sunglasses for only $5

trendy sunglasses spot quay dupe imitation

Sunglass Spot sells all styles of sunglasses for only $5 a pair. I randomly came across them while browsing on Instagram. Their whole feed is full of cute sunglasses and when I saw that their sunnies are only $5 a pair, I thought they were too good to be true. I recently broke my favorite pair of sunnies so I figured it was the perfect chance to buy some new sunglasses.

The first pair of sunglasses that caught my eye were their #4763 style. They look exactly like the Quay My Girl Cat Eye sunglasses that retail for around $50. Those are the sunglasses that Desi, Chrissspy and Patrick Starr are always rocking. I have been eyeing these sunglasses for a while now and when I saw these dupes I just had to snatch them up. They're available in several different shades and different color lenses. They're actually great quality and come with a pouch and a tissue to store and clean your sunglasses.

#3706 style are bold cat eye sunglasses. It can definitely add some glam to an outfit. I choose the gold style with gold lenses. Again it is of good quality but I don't like how it sits on my face- it kind sits a little crooked on my face.

Lastly, I chose the #3768 style for when I wanted to wear a chic but minimalist pair of sunglasses. Can you tell that I have a cat eye sunglasses obsession? I love the style and I love how it frames my face.

Most of Sunglass Spot sunglasses are dupes of high end sunglasses. They are well made considering that they only cost $5. Although I really don't need any more sunglasses.... there are a few more styles that I want. Specifically, Christian Dior dupes that I have been eyeing and the fashion gawds know that I will never spend $$$$ on sunglasses. I suggest checking out Sunglass Spot sunnies before you plan on buying any high end sunglasses because they have comparable dupes and maybe you'll stick with their sunnies and save some $$$.

What do you think?

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October Beauty Review

sacha buttercup powder becca opal milani eyeshine nyx matte liner la girl pro concealer

It's time for my October Beauty Review. Last month I tried a ton of new products- I must admit that I went a little crazy makeup shopping although I promised myself that I'd go on a no-buy until Black Friday. I do feel a little better about that since most of the products I have purchased are ones that I like so at least my money was well spent.

Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder: This is a "Youtube made me buy it" purchase. I've seen so many girls on YT use it to set their undereye concealer and for baking. I have used translucent powder in the past but I feel like it gives me a white cast. This buttercup powder does the opposite- its yellow color helps brighten my undereyes slightly. I use it to bake my undereyes and I love how it sets my undereyes. This powder gives a lovely smooth finish to the skin. This powder is ideal for medium to dark skin tones. 

Becca Shimmering Skin Porefector "Opal": This is a gift from my best frand in the entire world, Marcel. I was so stoked when I saw this because I've wanted this forever. It is a beautiful highlight which is surprising considering how light it looks in the pan but once you put it on your face... THE GAME IS CHANGED! It is so pigmented so you only need a little bit and you get highlight for days. 

L.A Girl Matte Flat Finish Gloss: Finally, I've found an awesome liquid lipstick that isn't drying. Ignore the name- its not a gloss. This is my favorite liquid lippie at the moment; it's matte but not drying. It doesn't feel uncomfortable on my lips and I wish they had a larger shade selection for this range. Definitely a must try- stay tuned for an in-depth review soon. 

NYX Matte Liquid Liner: I ran out of my favorite liquid liner, Wet n Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner, and I wanted to see if there was a better drugstore liner out there. I am very impressed with this liner; its black, matte and waterproof. Random, but I also like the handle because for some reason it makes it easier to hold the brush and my liner looks a lot better.

L.A Girl Pro Concealer: A cult favorite- I have been using this concealer for a few years. It covers my undereye circles very well, doesn't crease, and is longwearing. I can't believe it's only $3 and its so much better than most drugstore and some highend concealers. A major plus is that there's a large shade range so you can find your perfect concealer.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in "Florence": I LOVE THIS PALETTE. I have been getting so much use out of this palette this month- the colors are so beautiful and instantly add a chic vibe to any look. A total must have.

What products have you been loving lately? 

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Heavy Metal | Chrome Nails

chrome nail art press on nails

This is my first time wearing press on nails which was exciting as I have never worn fake nails before. I have always been into chrome nails but chrome nail polish is pricey and doesn't last very long. I was browsing ebae ebay for press on nails and I stumbled upon these chrome press on nail beauties. They retailed for $5.99 which is amazing considering press on nails with this kind of design are sold for triple on sites like etsy.

The kit came with 12 nails- one for each nail and two different sizes for your thumb nail. Almost all of them fit my nails except my index fingers. Those press on nails were too wide for my index finger so I had to file them down to the correct size. Application was simple and I used my Kiss Max Speed glue which dries extremely fast. I'm very impressed with this glue. After all the press on nails were applied and dried, I filed down the tops of the nails slightly. You can apply some top coat for maximum shine but I didn't. I recommend adding top coat as it gives shine and also protects the chrome from getting scuffed from wear.

I was very apprehensive about wearing press on  nails because they can damage your nails but if you apply them properly then they aren't as bad. I received TONS of compliments on these nails since they are so bold- I'm really glad I bought them and I totally recommend these nails. 

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