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Neutrogena Healthy Volume - My #1 Mascara

Today's post on Makeup Monday will feature Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara. I've used and loved this mascara for years, but it never had it's own post. It was first mentioned on my blog (here). 

This is may be big news to some, but this mascara has beaten out CoverGirl Lash blast (review here) as my #1 mascara. Both are great, but I've come to prefer the Neutrogena formula and brush. The formula itself is more on the dry-side (as compared to really wet mascaras like Maybelline The Falsies that everyone loves except me) and the large brush is easy to work through the lashes. Some stay away from larger brushes, but this one actually comes to a point so it's great for those inner corner lashes or even the outer lashes too.

One of the best things about this mascara is the way it makes my lashes feel (both when it's on and also after I take it off). I can easily do multiple coats of this mascara and never get clumping. With LashBlast, you have to careful because it's a thicker and heavier formula so it sometimes would weigh down my lashes. The Neutrogena one helps add thickeness, fullness and even length while pretty much being weightless. It also never ever makes my dry lashes feel brittle or like they are going to break. I think that was the main reason why I started using this more and more until it became an everyday staple. According to Neutrogena, there is a patent pending formula with a touch of olive oil that helps plump the core of the lashes. That's probably why it feels so conditioning!

Here's what it looks like: WHOA! 

Also, taking off this mascara (read about my favorite makeup remover) my lashes don't feel stripped or beaten. I love LashBlast, but it's super hard to get off and my lashes always feel like they endured some tough love. Don't get me wrong here, I still love my CoverGirl, but Neutrogena...you are top dog. I highly recommend this mascara to others, and I actually even use the waterproof version in my professional kit because I like it so much.

Price will change depending on where you shop & live, but Ulta carries it for $8.99. For some reason I never hear people talk about this mascara. It's like that hidden gem in the store you have to tell all your friends about. You will find in the mass cosmetics section at Ulta and it's usually on an aisle. Now don't wait...Go get yourself a tube of this mascara! Your lashes will thank me.

Xen-Tan Face Tanner Review

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to Makeup Monday. Today's post will feature the Xen-Tan Face Tanner. If you've read my blog for awhile, you know Xen-Tan is my go-to sunless tanning brand. I use it all the time, and always recommend to friends, family and of course readers! I previously reviewed and raved about the Xen-Tan Face Tanner Luxe (link here) The Luxe version of this face tanner is amazing too. It has instant color and is a medium/dark self tan for the face.

I also wanted to check out the original Xen-Tan Face Tanner which is a light/medium self tan, and has no instant color (it comes out as a white lotion). It has a really subtle melon scent and blends onto the face with ease. This product is oil-free, doesn't cause acne or clog pores, contains anti-aging vitamins, and also is super easy to use. It also contains lactic acid which helps with preventing splotching...this is huge because facial skin can sometimes be fickle to tan.

This would great for someone who is just getting started with sunless tan and wants some color on their face. It's also great for an advanced self tanner who wants to maintain color on face (which can fade a lot because of washing the face, exfoliating, etc). Click here for the website link to learn more

Tips: Since this has no instant color I recommend taking your time until you get comfortable. Since you won't be able to see instant color, I prefer to work in sections to help focus on application. For example, I will put the face tanner on my cheeks, then I will work on my chin and around my mouth, and lastly I will do my forehead. If I want a bit deeper color, I will do a second layer on my cheeks. Also make sure to get your hairline, and it will help to work in circular motions.

I highly recommend checking this product out if you want to try fake tan, or are looking for specifically a face tanner (grab this one if you don't want a tint and the Face Tanner Luxe if you want instant color). Also check out my self tanning post (link here) for extra sunless tanning tips!

If you want to check out my other Xen-Tan posts, here they are by product:

Disclaimer: Face Tanner was kindly sent to me by Xen-Tan. I'm not being compensated in any way for my review (Purple Shampoo never will do paid reviews). All thoughts and photos of the products are 100% my own. Xen Tan is my favorite self tanning brand and yes, I would purchase this!

My Favorite Brown Eyeliners

Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my top picks for brown eyeliner. Since it's now summer, I've been sporting a lighter look. I've been opting for a brown liner (instead of black) with some light gold or taupe eyeshadow and mascara. It's super easy and is perfect for summer days. Keep reading to see my favorites...

NYX Felt Tip Liner in Dark Brown - A super easy to use felt tip marker-like liner that's a dark chocolate shade. I find felt tip liners really quick and precise. It dries pretty fast and lasts all day for me. The only downside is that these type of pencils can dry up quickly - make sure to store them with the cap downwards (NYX puts this on the cap too)

Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Tenacious Brown - I raved about these eyeshadow pencils a few months ago (click here to read that post) and I've been reaching for this brown shade often. It's creamy, doesn't drag, and is a rich warm brownie shade. I really like using this one on my lower lash line.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Whiskey - I've used the 24/7 eye pencils for years. They have great staying power, and come in a wide variety of shades. There are so many different variations of brown, so you will for sure be able to find the right shade for you (ie do you prefer warm vs cool or light vs dark). 

Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate - This has been my most used pencil of the four (as of lately). It's easy to apply, lasts all day, and is the perfect shade of brown for me. It's my go to when I don't want to wear black, but still want to wear eyeliner. It's a must buy and it only costs a few dollars at Ulta. I have most of the shades in the line, and I reviewed and swatched them on this post (click here to read) 

Here are all of the shades swatched below...
(left to right by brand)
NYX, Jordana, Urban Decay and Essence

What are your favorite brown eyeliners? Make sure to share below!

Glowout/Golden Girl Experience Review!

Photo: Lauren Wakefield Photography

Good morning! Today's post on Makeup Monday will be all about my experience at Chicago's Glowout spray tan & blowout salon. Glowout started out as Golden Girl Chicago, a sunless tanning company that offers customized airbrush tans! 

Jenn is the founder and girl behind the operations. She's the sweetest and most down to earth girl. We met up and chatted after I emailed her about a possible collaboration. The studio is off Halsted in Chicago. As a Chicago suburbs girl, I was worried it was going to be hard to find or get to....it was neither! There is a parking lot in the back alley, and it's easy to spot (I checked out google streetview for extra help). The studio (pictured above) is super trendy and fun. I love the way it is decorated and it's very cozy...like you are at your best friend's apt!

As an avid self tanner myself, I had only done the booth spray tan at tanning salons, and at home, but had never gotten an airbrush tan. I was super curious, especially as it can be hard sometimes to get every spot when you are doing it yourself. Jenn invited me for an airbrush tan by her, as well as a blowout from one of the stylists. Count me in!

Photo: Lauren Wakefield Photography

Above is the booth for the airbrush tan. There is a place to set down your stuff, and also hang your clothes. You can go in your birthday suit if you chose, and there are disposable bottoms too. The initial awkwardness of being in the buff in front of a stranger was there for me, but Jenn makes you feel so comfortable and keeps the conversation going. All of the airbrush tans are customized, so you are getting a realistic tan catered to your own natural coloring. This is great because then you will never look too dark or fake! Naturally, I am super pale (you'll see below) and I went self-tan free for about a week and a half in prep for my airbrush. 

The mist itself felt refreshing and wasn't cold, and there wasn't an odor. It felt very lightweight on my skin, and didn't feel sticky at all. I bring this up because every time I used the spray tan booth at a tanning salon (versaspa or mystic tan), the mist was very heavy, made my skin feel sticky, would cling to dry patches (OMG my hands!) One of my favorites things about the process is that I know I'm not missing a spot. Jenn is on point and has you stand in different positions so she can cover all angles. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

I would wear loose fitting dark clothing to your appointment...especially nothing tight in the summer where you could sweat. You also have to be careful not to sweat or get wet when your tan is developing, so I would get the airbrush tan when you have a lazy day off work or have a free night to stay home. Now for the part everyone wants to know...how did it turn out? UM awesome! Here is what I looked like before and also after 8 hours (before I showered off the bronzer)

As you can see, the difference is HUGE, but the tan still looks very natural on me. I don't tan when I'm out in the sun, I usually burn (especially on my face) and never develop color. This airbrush tan took 8 hours to develop, but the results are so worth it...especially when someone else does the work for you! Another note is you can do the express tan as an upgrade and the tan will develop in half the time. This would be ideal for the lady who wants to tan in the morning, and go out at night. 

So for the hair....The blowout was great too! Ashleigh washed my Rapunzel hair, and then round-brushed my hair dry. My hair is so hard to get volume in because it's very Marcia Brady (super long - all one length), but she maintained to get me some lift. The products she used smelled amazing. I literally kept sniffing my hair! The menu they have for the blowouts is so cute! Take a look...

If you are a Chicago native or in town, I would highly recommended going to Jenn & her team at Glowout for your airbrush tan and other beauty add-ons. Two of my friends used her for their weddings and their tans looked flawless! (Side note - that is actually how I found Jenn myself). Another nice part of using Goldengirl at Glowout is that you are given instructions on how to prep for the tan. A lot of places don't give that out, so I think that's why some people get disappointed. So many things can affect the outcome of your tan...even shaving! Even though I am an avid self tanner, I learned new tips on how to better prepare my skin. For example, exfoliating with a gentle cleanser like cetaphil can get rid of the oils and residue on your skin from bath & body products! Now this is like second nature to me when I shower. Here are some of her very helpful tips when prepping for a tan!

I think doing an airbrush tan is the way to go for your wedding day too...you will still look like yourself, but with a bit of a glow! I will absolutely be recommending Glowout to my wedding & bridal makeup clients!

Thank you to Jenn & the girls over at Glowout for an awesome experience! I will be back for sure! You can read more about Glowout Salon at their website http://www.glowoutsalon.com/ and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGirlChicago

Disclaimer: I received both the blowout & airbrush tan complimentary from Glowout Salon in Chicago in collaboration that a experience review would be posted on my beauty blog. I, in no way guaranteed a positive review or had anyone review my article before it was posted. Everything you read above is my own words, thoughts, and two photos of myself is my own. I loved my airbrush tan at Glowout and will be back for another in the future!

Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Review

Good morning! Today's post will review the Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. I've been testing out & wearing this foundation for about two weeks now and I love it. It's definitely something unique, and a nice change up to traditional foundation. Here's what the company says...

"Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It's like nothing you've ever felt before". (source: Bare Minerals)

I first saw this product at my local sephora on display. I never really got into the mineral foundation the brand offered (gave me acne), but was curious about this new offering. 

The foundation is in a plastic squeezable bottle (standard 1 fl oz.) with a twist open/closed lid. For added reassurance, you can feel the top snap. This is key because the lid must be twisted closed to prevent leaks when you shake it. 

To use the product you need to shake it (you will hear it slosh around) before use or else it will be runny. After that, you can take the top off and squeeze drops for your desired coverage. What's awesome about this foundation is that you can totally customize your coverage. I personally like to work in sections (ie start with the left side of my face then right, then forehead, then chin). I like a medium coverage so I always start with 2 drops and then go back and do another layer where I need it. I like to put the drops on my finger and then apply that way. There is a brush that partners with this foundation, but after trying it at Sephora I don't find it necessary. It may be a good buy for someone who isn't used to wearing foundation, but I find my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Stippling Brush is my favorite tool to apply with.

The foundation applies like a dream. It glides on flawlessly and actually does look like a second skin. My cheeks and nose are drier and sometimes flaky, but I don't ever have a problem when using Bareskin. Once of the best parts of this product is that it feels so lightweight. It doesn't look heavy no matter how many drops you chose to do either. 

After applying Bareskin, I go about finishing up other makeup (ie eyebrows, concealer, etc) and then will set this foundation with a powder. The finish of Bareskin I would say is natural finish. It is for sure not matte, but isn't dewy either once it's set. 

As for lasting power, I haven't had any issues with keeping this going all day. Now with the summer weather moving in, I typically carry a mattifying powder in my purse. Everyone's skin is different, so you will figure out what kind of touch-ups you will need. 

Now onto the subject of color choices....um there are 20! I'm a crazy lady so I pretty much tried all of the light and medium choices to find a match. What I really like is that they break it down by undertone. Undertone is huge for me and is how I buy & know what color to check out. I ended up going with #5 Bare Cream and #10 Bare Buff. Both have a golden/yellow undertone. I picked up two because I am a self tanner and am constantly a different color everyday. I usually find the concoction of both are my perfect shade. A tip on finding your shade - head to a local Sephora or Bare Escentuals boutique and ask to be colored matched. My best advice is to have them apply it and then go up to the front door so you are in natural light. If it's the wrong undertone, you can spot it right away (ie it looks too pink, grey, goofy, etc).  Below are swatches of (left to right) #5 and #10. 

Overall, I am loving this foundation and have been wearing it almost everyday. It's perfect for someone who wants to customize their coverage (maybe lighter during the day and fuller for a night out), not have a heavy feeling foundation, or just wants to try something new! Even though I don't use the brush, I'd still recommend looking at it to see if would be something you need. BareSkin is a must check out ladies. 

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My New Favorite Face Cleanser

Today's post on Makeup Monday will tell you all about my new favorite face wash, First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser!

I first heard about First Aid Beauty aka FAB from Missglamorazzi on YouTube. I'm sure I passed by them at my local Sephora, but her reviews/features made me curious about the brand. The simple concept and gentler skincare sounded right up my alley. My skin had been really parched and flaky (thanks Winter) so it needed a drink of something hydrating. I had been using and loving the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, but needed something more for drier skin.

I did my online research as I always do, and then headed over to my local Sephora to pick the product up. It's a squeeze tube bottle that retails for $20.00 for 5.0 oz. The texture is a whipped creamy foam/cream hybrid (see photo above) that lathers up really well and feels soft on the skin. It removes my face makeup and never leaves my skin feeling stripped. It's a simple cleanser that I've been reaching for every day & night. It contains an "antioxidant blend" that fights free radicals, and also it claims to calm redness and is ph-balanced to maintain the natural acidity of the skin. They tote that this cleanser is safe for sensitive skin too. I don't detect a scent either which I like a lot.

Overall, I highly recommend this face wash. If you are like me, and want something that takes off your face makeup and doesn't have any extra glitz this is something worth taking a look at. It's pricey, but honestly I think this will last quite a bit of time because you literally only need a nickel size (that may even be too much) to do your whole face. If you want to read more about the product, here is the Sephora link (click here).

What face wash are you currently using?

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(Part 2) How I Apply Self Tan & My Favorite Products

Hi everybody! I'm finally back with Part 2 of my sunless tanning series. In this series, I'll explain how I apply self tan, as well as share my tried & true favorite products with you!

First, I always pull my hair back into a messy bun or hair clip. I also use a headbead to keep my hair out of the way, and also so I can make sure I get my hairline. My preferred method of application is a self tanning mitt. I've used my hands before (no no no!) and also latex gloves. Latex gloves are another option that works, BUT I do find I sometimes can get streaks because of my fingers.

I'm happy with the mitt because it makes the process fast, easy, and mess-free. I've tried a few different mitts, and the best is Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt. There is something different with this mitt versus the others, I can't put my finger on it, but it's the best!

Application Process: 

  • First I will do my face, and next I will slip on the mitt mentioned above. I will then pump out about 1 or 2 pumps on my mitt. I start from the bottom, so I will work on one leg at a time. After I finish my legs, I will use whatever is left on the mitt to put on my foot. A lot of people skip the feet, but I think it looks odd if your foot is ghostly white and everything else is dark! I usually will just do the tops of the feet.
  • Once I work my way up, I do two layers on my neck and chest. This is because this is the area that is seen the most when wearing a shirt, and usually fades the fastest (thanks shower)
  • I will then go over each arm and make sure they are fully coated. I think the arms are the trickiest part of the body to self tan. I like to do the top of my arm first, then hold my arm up and do the backs of them. 
  • The back is also tricky to do. They make back reachers you can use, but if you have someone who can do your back, even better! I'm lucky and have the latter!
  • Once you are all done, I like to take a blow dryer and go over my body a few times. It speeds up the process a lot. I have designated "self tanning pajamas" so I will put those on once I'm dry. I suggest wearing an old black/dark t-shirt and sweats. You don't want anything light or tight. 
  • I self tan usually right before bed. I prefer not to self tan during the day because if you get wet or spill, it could cause streaks. You have to be careful. I suggest doing it right before bed like I do! 
  • Once I wake up in the morning, I'll be super tan. I will take a shower and rinse off the excess sunless tanner. Don't worry - you aren't losing your tan, it's just getting rid of the color guard! Stay tuned for next week's post on what you do next in the shower & after.

But for now, here are my favorite & go to sunless tanning products...

My favorite face self tanners are the Xen Tan Face Tanner Luxe (full review here) and Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint (full review here). I've used the Xen Tan one for years and haven't found anything better. It smells like a cupcake and gives my face a realistic looking tan. They also make one without a color guard too. The Clarins is my go to for a quick touch up if my face isn't as dark as my body, or I don't have the time to do the Xen Tan. Make sure you click the links to read my full reviews, application tips, and more on each product!

My favorite body tanners are (left to right) Xen Tan Moroccan Tan (full review here), SunLabs MicroMist Spray (full review here), and Xen Tan Dark Lotion (full review here). The Moroccan Tan is super dark so this is for a more advanced tanner. It's in liquid form and dries very fast. I like this one for when I already have some color, or want to be super dark. It can be tricky to apply, and you have to work fast. The SunLabs is my go to for when I'm lazy, don't have a lot of time, or just want to do a touch up. It's super easy to work with, and the mist is very light. I usually will spray my skin, and then work the mitt over the area. The Xen Tan Dark Lotion is my #1. It's the best of the best. If I could only use one self tanner the rest of my life, this would be it. There are so many things I could rave about this one. It glides on so well with the mitt and is the most realistic deep tan I've used. Make sure you click the links to read my full reviews, before/after photos, application tips, and more on each product!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about my self tanning application, and found some products you may be interested in trying. Self tanning application is a journey. It doesn't take me long now, but you have to find your groove and what works best for you. See you next week with more self tanning tips!

(Part 1) How I Prepare For A Sunless Tan

Good morning everyone! Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share How I Prepare For A Sunless Tan. I'll be doing a 3 part series on sunless tanning. This first part will show you how I prep my skin for a fake tan, the second part will show you how I do the application, and the third part will show you how I maintain and take care of my tan. 

The first thing I do is exfoliate my skin in the shower. My favorite body scrub is the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish. It's gritty enough to remove dead skin, but isn't abrasive so my skin never feels irritated afterwords. Using your hands works just fine, but I find I get better results when I use Exfoliating Gloves with the body polish.

The next step I will do is moisturize my body. You have to make sure not to use anything sugar or oil based as it can fuss with the tan. My go to is the Xen Tan Scent Secure. It's designed to use one hour after sunless tanning to block out self tanning odor, but I prefer to use it a few hours before fake tanning. I find it makes my applications go on smoother because my chest and legs are usually dry. This is an optional step, and I don't always do this, but I do notice a difference when I do.

After waiting a few hours after a shower, and I am ready to start the fake tan process, I'll prep my drier skin again. This is a newer product to me, I've only used it twice, but I'm liking the results. It's the Kardashian Sun Kissed Color Maximizer. This prepares the skin even more for a sunless tan. It contains vitamins that allow the fake tan to "latch" on better. You do have to wait about 1 minute for it to dry (this one is a gel) and soak in. A major plus of this product is that I love the way it smells...juicy & tropical. It's not a must have in my routine, but I like it so far.

How do you prepare for your sunless tan? Stay tuned for Part 2 next Monday!

Benefit Brow Bar: My Experience


Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my Benefit Brow Bar experience inside an Ulta.

A little about my brows...I typically prefer to upkeep my own brows with tweezing and brow razors, but I can get a bit lazy and wait too long to groom them. Other times, I've gotten them done at nail salons for around $8-10. I've never had an issues with how they've turned out, but the last place I went to made me seriously consider going to a place like the brow bar. I'm pretty sure the girl at the nail salon double dipped the wax which is grossly unsanitary, and to be honest I wasn't sure if she was licensed. After that I pretty much stuck to doing my own.

However, I've always passed the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta and never gave it much thought. I can't think of what made me decide to try it, but I finally did this evening.

I was kind of expecting a lot because their website makes it sound like you get a lot for the $20.00 price tag. They talked about "brow mapping" which helps the waxer figure out the best shape for your face. I never got this, nor was it mentioned. I also brought up the scar in my right eyebrow and she never gave me tips or suggestions on how to fill it in. All she asked me was if I liked the current shape they were in, and I said I was open to her suggestions. This would have been the perfect intro to the "brow mapping". I'm disappointed I didn't receive this service that is supposedly part of a wax. You can see it described in detail on Benefit's website here

It was also a bit awkward because her and a salon girl were gossiping about another employee while she was doing my brows. This time should have been spent giving me advice on how to perfect my eyebrows or at least try to tell me about the products. I'm happy I didn't receive a hard sell or pushy nature, but I was a bit surprised she didn't fill me in about the products I should take home. Hmm.

The end result was good though and I am happy with how they turned out. The wax wasn't too hot and she worked in sections. The waxer also applied a soothing lotion after to calm the redness. Once that was dry, she filled in my brows with the gimme brow product but in my opinion as a makeup artist, this would have been a key time to have me look in the mirror to watch.

Overall, I'm kind of neutral. They turned out good and a fresh brow wax always looks clean and polished, but to be honest I didn't see a huge difference in the outcome from the nail salons. I think a lot of this feeling comes from that I didn't get the experience that I expected. It could have been the girl, but I'm disappointed I didn't receive the brow mapping or any other added value that would make the $20.00 price tag worth it. I'd be open to going again, but won't go to the same brow bar as I would have appreciated more individual attention and the full service as the website explains I'd get.

I want to believe that my experience probably wasn't the norm. Benefit, if you are reading, please let me know that it's not!

Have you tried the Benefit Brow Bar?

Do-It-Yourself Beauty

Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share some of my beauty do-it-yourself shortcuts. Can we all agree it's expensive being a woman? There's quite a bit we have to do to maintain our appearance. Here are the ways I save money on common beauty upkeeps.

HAIR REMOVAL...I'm fortunate not to have much any facial hair at all. I do however get a little light peach fuzz on my upper lip and chin area. It's probably not noticeable to others, but I prefer it to be removed. This isn't a process I have to do often as this hair doesn't grow back quick. I like doing this at home so I have control on what is removed and how my skin is affected.

Nad's Facial Hair Removal Creme is a nice alternative for those who either don't want to get waxed at a salon, or perhaps don't feel comfortable doing so. With this product, make sure to follow instructions and do not leave this on longer than the recommended time. To remove, I use a baby wipe and then follow up with a gentle face wash. Once my skin is dry, I will use the soothing face balm that is included. This helps with redness, calming the skin, as well as delaying hair growth! FYI this is not for the eyebrow area.

EYEBROWS...I love the way my eyebrows look after a wax at the salon, but with that comes the fee and the redness. The biggest thing for me though is I worry about the person shaping them. Will they wax too much? I'll still do a wax every now and then if it's convenient, but with doing my brows at home I have a lot more control in the way they turn out!

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are the best tweezers I have ever used (Anatasia Beverly Hills are great too! I found these pink ones on clearance so that is why I went with this brand). They are excellent for precision and really grabbing those fussy brow hairs. It may be hard to justify the price point, but seriously once you use a quality set of tweezers, you will notice a huge difference.

Brow Shavers are an interesting product that are good for someone who wants to be quick. You do have to be careful not to nick yourself because these are a blade. I find I prefer tweezers for under my brows, and these razers for between my eyebrows and sometimes above them. They are also very affordable (less than $5.00) and can be found at Walgreens in a set. You can also use these shavers for a quick fix for the upper lip area!

What do-it-yourself beauty routines do you practice?

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Favorite Wet n Wild Products

Today for Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my favorite products from Wet n Wild. This brand has come quite a long way in the past couple of years...it's pretty amazing. They are no longer your cheap semi-ok products they were back when I was in high school. There are quite a few gems and a few of them have become favorites that I reach for often! Here they are...

Coverall Foundation and Pressed Powder...Absolutely amazing powder. I was so surprised when I tried this just how create it is. It has the right amount of coverage, blends easily, and does not oxidize on the skin. The foundation is very long lasting and works for me colorwise when I am very self tanned. It's on the thicker side, but looks good once it sets. You can read my full reviews of each product and see photos here & here

Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana...pump the brakes! This is not by any means a bronzer, but rather a great subtle highlighter. It's not too pink, yellow or too white...it's very wearable on the skin. You can read my full review and see photos here

Fergie Creme Lipstick in Fergie Daily...one of my favorite nude lipsticks. It's a wearable color and the lipstick formula itself is creamy and not drying at all. There's also no scent like a lot of the other Wet n Wild lipsticks have. I've worn this one for many special occasions! You can read my full review and see photos here 

Wet n Wild Mega Liner...this has been my go-to liquid eyeliner for years. Let me tell you...the applicator brush is super hard to use...especially when you want to be precise. BUT! When you use a angled brushed with the liquid itself it's magic. It stays put all day!

"Nutty Eyeshadow"...is a beautiful taupe eyeshadow that would look great on any skintone. I'm a sucker for taupe eyeshadows as you know, but this is one that is not only pretty, but affordable!

What are your favorites from Wet n Wild?

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Recently Discovered

Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share a few products that I've recently discovered. Who doesn't love trying out new things? I know I do! Here's what I've found...

Bite Beauty Creme Luminous Lipstick - These lipsticks are amazing and quite frankly, there is something that separates them apart from every other lipstick I've used. They are creamy, hydrating, richly pigmented, and come in such a flattering range. What's unique is that these lipsticks actually have an antioxidant called resveratol in them. This ingredient claims to fight free radicals and offer anti-aging benefits. The biggest thing for me though is how these lipsticks feel on my lips. My lips are always dry and this is never an issue when I wear Bite Beauty. They are quite pricey at $26.00, but if you can find your perfect shade, I think treating yourself to a tube is completely worth it. My favorite shades are Cava, Fiano and Shiraz.

Xen Tan Perfect Bronze - I have not put this bronzer down since I first opened it. I'm a huge fan of Xen Tan's self tanner line (it's my favorite by far) so I figured why not try their bronzer. It's amazing just like the self tanner because on my skin it really does mimic a natural tan - it's not orange and it's not too brown, but still has that warm terracotta to it. One of my favorite features of this is that it's a sheer powder. It's a product you build up to your desired bronze, and because of that it's near impossible to over do it. Here are some other Xen Tan reviews, Dark Lotion, Moroccan Tan, Face Tanner Luxe, Transform Luxe

Urban Decay b6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray - I'm a loyal user of the Urban Decay All-Night Setting Spray (my review), and when this came out I knew I wanted to try it. I have noticed my skin feels a lot more "refreshed"before a makeup application, and it calms down a flushed face.

blowpro Heat is On - I found out about this spray in leave in detangler and heat protectant through one of missglamorazzi's YouTube videos. I had been using the same leave in conditioner for awhile, so I had the itch to try something new. I took a gamble with this and now I love it. It's so lightweight on my hair so it doesn't feel like you even put product in it. It not only detangles my long knotty hair, but it also protects it from blowdrying. Since using this, my hair feels healthy, is easier to comb through wet, and seems to blow dry faster too!

Olay Regenerist regenerating serum fragrance-free - UM this is literally amazing. I've known about this for years but don't think I had ever used it. I was totally missing out. It might be too early to tell, but the fine lines around my eyes (ok they aren't that bad) seem a lot smoother...actually my whole face does. I've been using this before bed after washing my face, and also get this...as my makeup primer! I've got to say, this has been my go-to face primer before foundation and it makes a huge difference in the application. It's not sold as a primer, but I honestly think it's even better than most of the face primers I've tried. It also doesn't break me out, or feel greasy or tacky on the skin either. I really think it's a must try...to me, it's anti-aging benefits and a primer in one! Here's the review that made me not only buy this, but try it as a primer too.

What products have you recently found that you love?

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