This Lipstick is Extra Special!

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Hi!! I know I am not alone in this… I am totally one of those people who can hear a song and be taken back in time. I can smell a smell and instantly drift away in thought about a story linked to that exact smell. Since I am a makeup lover there are times that even makeup can bring me back to a certain time and place. The lipstick in the above picture is definitely one of those items for me!

Why is this lipstick so special? Well first let me tell you a little about the product. This is the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick by Stila in the shade Fiore. When I went shopping for this lipstick I had some strict criteria. The lipstick had to be long wearing, transfer proof, and BOLD. These three things were all on my checklist for must have qualities! What was the special occasion? It was for my wedding day!!

I know there were people who thought I must be crazy when I told them I wanted to rock a bold and bright pink lipstick for my walk down the isle. Well, they were the crazy ones because it was perfect. This lip totally made my entire bridal look. I don’t regret going bold for even a moment. I also do not regret picking Stila for my bridal lip. I went to Sephora multiple times to get samples and ask for everyone’s opinion on the best long wear and transfer proof lipstick. This was definitely the best choice!

When the priest said “You may now kiss the bride,” ¬†I had no worries and neither did my new hubby! This lipstick seriously stays put. If you are married you know how long your wedding day really is. If you aren’t married, let me warn you that your wedding day is really really long! This lipstick stayed put and was also comfortable. My lipsticks never felt overly dry which is impressive for any liquid lipstick. It did wear off as the day went along, but it wore off in a pretty way, not patchy!

This is not the only great liquid lip I have ever worn. There are other greats out there, but this one forever holds a special place in my makeup collection and heart! I don’t wear it often, but when I do I cannot help, but smile remembering the best day of my life!

…obviously I have to insert a wedding pic to show it off! ūüėČ Xoxo! Talk soon!!

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Ipsy vs Birchbox: October!

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a Glamorous week! It is like Christmas once again! My subscriptions are in! I really am like a kid in a candy store when they arrive. So lets get started!

IPSY:

The theme is Alter Ego!

This is the side of the bag so you can see the alter ego! Once side is metallic gold and the other paten leather!
This is the side of the bag so you can see the alter ego! Once side is metallic gold and the other paten leather!
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Dose Finger Nail Polish. It is kind of fun and a dark puriple shade. It will be good for Fall!
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This a matte liquid lipstick by The Balm. I have received their products before and really like them! This is a small sample, but enough to get a good idea of the product! The color is a little plain for me..I like flashy!
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This is a BB cream by Pur~lisse. I do like BB creams, but this seems more like a summer product to me. You know when it is hot and you don’t want to wear heavy foundation? Am I the only one who feels this way? Not complaining! I still like it!
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Delectable hand cream in the scent coconut cream. This is a nice change of product type! I love hand lotion (maybe even obsessed with it!). This is a large sample too, so I am VERY happy with this. Plus, I love the scent of coconut!
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Oooh, this is a good one! Dr. Brandt is a high end and well respected brand. I love getting this so I can try it before I ever consider buying a full size. It is also a microdermabrasion, which will be great since I have some acne scarring.

BIRCHBOX:

This month’s theme is PINK for breast cancer awareness!

As always I LOVE that they include a product card in their subscription!
A cute pink box!
As always I LOVE that they include a product card in their subscription!
As always I LOVE that they include a product card in their subscription!
A face mask! Eeek! I have never received one of these before in a subscription. LOVE IT! This is cucumber melon by BioRepublic Skincare.
A face mask! Eeek! I have never received one of these before in a subscription. LOVE IT! This is cucumber breeze  by BioRepublic Skincare.
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So as always I don’t jump up an down about hair care… but can I say I am starting to become a fan? What has gotten into me?! This is a Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe. I don’t really know what that means, but it says added lift. I could use that!
I must say this is a real treat! I love Stila products! It is always nice when you get brands you have heard of. This is Stila Extreme Lash Mascara! Can't wait to try it!
I must say this is a real treat! I love Stila products! It is always nice when you get brands you have heard of. This is Stila Extreme Lash Mascara! Can’t wait to try it!
Now, this product is interesting. I have never heard of it before. This is a lip stain, gloss, and primer in one. It is  called Lip Locked by Manna Kadar.
Now, this product is interesting. I have never heard of it before. This is a lip stain, gloss, and primer in one. It is called Lip Locked by Manna Kadar.
This may be my favorite product (I have not tried it yet!). It is thermal spring water by Avene. How cool is that?! It is supposed to cool and smooth any skin irritation. I cannot wait to try it!
This may be my favorite product (I have not tried it yet!). It is thermal spring water by Avene. How cool is that?! It is supposed to cool and smooth any skin irritation. I cannot wait to try it!

This months subscriptions were both great! My one and only con is that the Ipsy bag seems quite small. Did anyone else get Ipsy or Birchbox this month? What are your thoughts on either? Talk soon!

Ipsy vs Birchbox: July!

Hi everyone! I am in a mega hurry today…I so wish I wasn’t a procrastinator! Anyways, I wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible! I just received both subscriptions in the mail, so now it is time to show you how this month faired! My first and main thought for this month is it is A LOT better than last month. The Ipsy bag is so much better than June and the Birchbox packaging is cute as always! Check out what products I received!

Ipsy:

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Very cute pattern for summer!
I love beacy waves so I am excited to try this!
I love beachy waves so I am excited to try this!
Not my favorite color, but a nice size sample!
Not my favorite color, but a nice size sample!
Soooo sorry this is upside down! I do love this brand and love Vitamin C even more!
Soooo sorry this is upside down! I do love this brand and love Vitamin C even more!
These are beautiful colors and a wonderful size to receive in my Ipsy bag!
These are beautiful colors and a wonderful size to receive in my Ipsy bag!
I am so thrilled to have received a Tarte product. This is one of my favorite high end brands!
I am so thrilled to have received a Tarte product. This is one of my favorite high end brands!

Birchbox:

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How cute is this box?!
This box had a coupon for They're Real Mascara. As always I love the info card on the products that came in this month's box!
This box had a coupon for They’re Real Mascara. As always I love the info card on the products that came in this month’s box!
I have received this brand a lot it seems like. This is a peel, which I am always excited to try!
I have received Juice Beauty  a lot; it seems like. This is a peel, which I am always excited to try!
This is a great brand and actually a product I am looking forward to trying! I know crazy since I usually don't dig hair products!
This is a great brand and actually a product I am looking forward to trying! I know crazy since I usually don’t dig hair products!
LOVE this brand! I wish I would have been sent the red shade, but oh well! I will still rock this color!
LOVE this brand! I wish I would have been sent the red shade, but oh well! I will still rock this color!
I am surprisingly excited to try this product! I have dry frizzy hair so hopefully this will help!
I am surprisingly excited to try this product! I have dry frizzy hair so hopefully this will help!
Hehe this product is so TINY! It is a CC cream, which I like, but it could have been a little bigger.
Hehe this product is so TINY! It is a CC cream, which I like, but it could have been a little bigger.

Okay guys! That is it. I am sorry this blog is not as in depth as usual!! Ahh, I am the worst! I do hope it helped you decided which subscription you would prefer or maybe you’d like both! If you want to find out more about either click here for Ipsy and here for Birchbox! I will say that for this month I feel like both subscriptions tied for my affection! Have a wonderful day!

A Flawless Face for your BIG day!

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I got married over the summer and we had a beautiful wedding with a lot of DIY! We had to find ways to save money where ever we could, because the cost of weddings is crazy! We had a budget and we were sticking to it (which could be a whole extra blog!). One way I saved money was by doing my own makeup. There was the cost of getting new long lasting and anti-shine makeup, but six months later and I am still using the product! If I had hired a makeup artist I would have had the cost of the application and no products to use later. In my book this was a better way to spend money! Here is what I used and it really lasted the whole day.. I mean from early morning until the 2 a.m. end of festivities! P.s. my reception wasn’t that long! The bridal party went out after and it was SOO fun. Check out the look below with some of my wedding pics!
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Here is what I used to get a flawless face for my wedding day:

1. I started with a primer! This is so important to make a smooth base for you makeup to sit on! I used Dr. Brandt Pores No More. This has tea tree oil. I needed to fight a blemish I had and try to keep anymore from appearing. This was a product I already had..yay!

2. I did a light application of Sephora Collection CC Cream to help balance my skin tone and fight any redness. This was also a product I already had..even better (gotta save that money)!

3. Next, Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, which is very pigmented. I have some acne scarring so I wanted something that would cover it all and well! This is some heavy duty foundation. This was my first purchase for “day of” makeup.¬†It worked so well for that day, but to be honest it isn’t my favorite. I am still using it so it is not a waste, but it isn’t my daily wear foundation. It is more for special occasion when there will be lots of pictures!

4. It was a summer wedding and I did tan before so I could have a little bit of glow. I did a light buffing with Bare Minerals in Golden Medium. Using a buffing motion helped to smooth the foundation into a flawless finish. If you do this the trick is not pressing very¬† hard or you will just rub off your foundation. This was my next purchase for “the day” of makeup. I used this after and will use it again once I have a little bit of a tan.

5.¬†Then I used Park Ave Princess by Tarte. This is my favorite bronzer. It is so matte and natural..NOT ORANGE. I was so worried about using a bronzer that could appear orange. This worked well for a little bit of contouring and added color. This was my third purchase for “day of makeup” and I use it all the time! I am now starting to see the silver tin showing through the bottom..tear.

6.You HAVE to set it all so I used Tarte Smooth Operator, which is also a fav!! I use this every single day. This was also something I bought for “day of” and I am still obsessed!

7. Then for a nice feminine pop of color I used Bare Minerals blush in Beauty. It is a pretty pink and not too bold!

That is how to get a flawless complexion! It is a lot of product and it is a bit heavy for everyday, but for your BIG day it really works! We took pictures outside in the heat and mega humidity…it lasted! We danced all night..it lasted! We went out after and guess what?! It lasted!

If you are curios about what I did to make my “day of” look unique here are my tips! I went with a bold lip! That is me so why not? I can’t rave enough about Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! I used the color Fiore, which is a really bright pink! I LOVED IT! When choosing a bright color I knew it had to stay put because my hubby didn’t want to wear it too. This stayed on me ONLY! Even if you don’t want a bright pop of color I would still recommend this brand. For my eyes, I kept then basic since I did a bold lip. I used a Sephora Kit my aunt gave me at Christmas two years ago, so I don’t know the color name. I can tell you that I did a white shimmer under brow, a nude shimmer on the whole lid, and¬†then a slight smokey effect on the outer eye with a taupe/brown. I did a light application of eyeliner; no cat eyes (sad ..I know).¬† I would recommend to always fill in your brows as they frame your face and use a good mascara. I skipped the fake lashes because I am not great at putting them on. They would have ended up on my cheeks half way through the wedding!

I hope this helped any of you who are gearing up for the big day! XoXo