You can save your box of chocolates, this month I would much rather get a box filled with makeup. Enter in Boxycharm! Cannot wait to see what the month of love brought me.

Hits:

TOO FACED – BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA

This product is a cult classic. I somehow have not tried this mascara yet so I am even more excited to have received it. Too Faced claims this will lengthen, volumize and curl the lashes so good it will be better than, well, you know. Since so many people rave about this mascara I cannot wait to try it out for myself.

PRETTY VULGAR – SHIMMERING SWAN, HIGHLIGHTER

The perfect product to get for a highlighter hoarder such as myself. I tried this once and was unimpressed, it wasn’t showing up well enough. Ugh! When tried again however, it looked amazing. Sometimes second chances work! A beautiful rose gold shade that packs a punch when applied sufficiently. I enjoyed how it looked and more importantly how well it lasted throughout my day. Can we talk about the packaging? I mean, come on! So cute.

TOUCH IN SOL – NO POREBLEM PRIMER

Another wildly popular item in this month’s box. Tons of people have talked this primer into infamy in recent months. Pore filling primers work good on my skin and this one is more hydrating than most. It smoothed my skin out in most places but I did notice my foundation still settled into my smile lines. Usually when I apply a thicker pore filling primer there, that doesn’t happen. Everywhere else looked great though, so I am still happy to have gotten this. Most likely will  have to use it in conjunction with another primer though.

 

TULA – BRIGHT ALL NIGHT ENERGIZING SHEET MASK (X2)

Self proclaimed sheet mask addict right here! You can never have too many in my opinion. These masks (very pleased that we received two) are HOLOGRAPHIC! How freakin’ cool is that? I cannot wait to use these. They claim to be brightening which just about everybody could use. I mainly just want to see how fun they look, total Instagram bait.

Misses:

GRANDE COSMETICS – GRANDELIPS – HYDRAPLUMP LIQUID LIPSTICK

As if the color alone wasn’t bad enough I am SO SICK of liquid lipsticks. I can’t do it anymore. They are too dry, crack off and don’t look flattering after about an hour of wear. No thank you! This pale brown color is awful for my skintone. I tested this lipstick out before totally writing it off and it turned out to be a giant NOPE. The color looked sickly on me. Had to wipe it off completely and pick another lip product. Total miss.

Overall, I am excited about this month’s box. Only one miss is fine in my book. Just because an item didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for somebody else. What products did you get? Have you tried any of these items and have opinions on them? Let me know and shop down below!


 

 

If your makeup station looks anything like mine, your brush collection is full to the brim. So why am I always reaching for the SAME brushes? I enjoy a routine, the tools we choose to use ensure we get the desired outcome. These are the brushes I use when I need my makeup to be ON POINT.  The brands are not necessary info – the shape, density etc is the point I’m trying to get across. Look for similar styles in your collection!

Foundation

A rounded brush with DENSE bristles. I seriously use this brush everyday, in some way. This is typically how I apply my foundation. The density of the bristles ensures I get the highest coverage from my cream products but would work for powder foundation as well.

Concealer

I either use the same brush as above (work smarter not harder, right?!) OR a small stipple brush to get into the small nooks of the eye area.

Powder

A large fluffy brush. The larger the better in my opinion just make sure it still is able to pick up product regardless of how soft it is.

Contour/ bronzer

I use the same brush for creating a contour and bronzing up the face. I start contouring with an over-sized fan brush. This gives a diffused appearance, covers a good amount of space and blends  product out like a dream (no patchiness here). I then take a lighter bronzer shade and blend with the same brush to make sure there are no harsh lines.

Blush

I use a medium size duo fiber brush. I enjoy a soft blush look, I want it to be noticeable but not resemble clown cheeks. A looser packed brush makes this happen.

Highlight

A domed brush is ideal for applying highlighter. The shape allows you to have more precision at the tip and if more coverage is needed you can utilize the wider bristles as well.

What are your must have makeup brushes? Do you reach for the same ones everyday? Are you more of a makeup sponge gal? Let me know everything and shop down below!


We could all use more time in the morning. Things can feel rushed and the last thing we want to worry about is a long makeup routine. I enjoy doing my makeup and playing with new products when I have the time to do so. The days I just need to get out the door? I enjoy having an easy routine to look pulled together fast. I have been doing this exact regimen every day for work for a while now. I will recommend products but i’m sure you have similar items in your collection that will work perfectly!

Somebody want to start the timer?

  1. I always prime my face. You could skip this step if you applied a nourishing moisturizer first. I use a pore filling primer around my nose, my forehead and smile lines. Just tap it in and you are set.  This ensures you have a smooth canvas for the rest of the products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  2. Apply a tinted moisturizer with a dense brush. You will get the most coverage when using this type of brush. Since it is a tinted moisturizer (a bb or cc cream would work too) you don’t need to be meticulous with the blending. This evens out the complexion but doesn’t make you look like you are wearing makeup.
  3. Apply a translucent powder all over the face with a large fluffy brush. A pressed powder in your shade would work too. This sets the cream in place and makes it last all day.                                                                                
  4. For a bit more coverage, I apply a banana toned powder underneath my eyes since I skipped concealer. You could use a powder that is a couple shades lighter than your complexion as well. This may not be necessary step if you don’t have severe dark circles.                                                                                     
  5. Apply blush! Any blush! I tend to opt for a slightly shimmery finish because I am skipping highlighter. Blush instantly adds life back to the face.                                                                                                              
  6. Apply a tinted brow gel and brush through with a spoolie. Filling in your brows with a pencil takes too much accuracy and time. A gel is fast and adds quick definition.                                                                            
  7. Apply mascara. Your favorite mascara will do just fine.  Two coats will really make your eyes pop!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  8.  Use a setting spray to get rid of excess powder and keep everything in place all day!  I reach for an illuminating one to give my skin a glow. If you have dry skin opt for a mattifying formula.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Timers down!

Most of these steps take less than a minute. You could always swipe on lipstick or even easier, a tinted lip balm as well! I do not feel the need to do this step most days. If I need to spice up my look for a night out I will then add lipstick to take this easy look to the next level.

A lot of these products I cannot link but you can buy them for ONE DOLLAR, yes you read that correctly, at shopmissa.com. They work great and have become some of my everyday essentials.

What is your go-to routine? Do you like something quick or more full glam? I love learning new tips & tricks, so drop yours down below! Let me know what you think of my five minute face and don’t forget to shop my top picks!


 

 

 

 


Boxycharm time! It has been a while since I’ve been consistent with posting these unboxings. I still get this subscription and am still obsessed with it. For $21 a month you get 4-6 FULL SIZE products. A great value and usually chock full of awesome products.

Hits:

ACE Beaute – Grandoise Palette

Another Boxycharm, another eyeshadow palette. With eight warm toned shadows that feature shimmer and matte finishes, this palette is all you need to create an eye look. These colors are perfect for the holidays (especially Thanksgiving). Everything about this product is stunning, from the color story to the packaging. I cannot wait to try this out and create some bold looks.

CoverFX – Glitter Drops in “Nova”

CoverFX is a fun, high-end brand to receive an item from. This bottle of pigmented, glittery gold liquid features a dropper applicator (which I find very fun for some reason). These drops can be used as a highlighter or under/mixed in with foundation. I personally do not love the look of large glitter on my face. I am thinking about mixing this in with a body lotion to get an all over glow. I’m excited to have this item I just have to figure out how I want to use it.

LUXIE – Luminous Eye Set

Bring on the eye brushes, The more the merrier! This set of four soft brushes are small enough for detail work and getting into the crease. The gold sparkle handles will look beautiful on anybody’s vanity. These will be used like crazy!

Lashaholic Lashes – Instagram False

My fake lashes of choice for a while now have been that of the magnetic variety. I find them so easy to use. My traditional strip lash collection is growing however and I need to start wearing them. These lashes are fluttery and long but not too thick so they will still look natural. These will be incorporated into a look very soon. Also, can we also talk about this packaging? SO CUTE!

Misses:

JonteBlu – Glittering Star Eyeliner

I don’t need another black eyeliner. Especially not a pencil one with glitter in it. Gel twist-up liners are easier to apply and last better on the waterline. I’ve tried a liner from this brand before and it was much too dry for my liking. It hurt to put on the eye but did end up looking okay. Not a terrible product, I’m sure somebody will scoop it up out of my giveaway bag and be happy!

Overall, I am pleased. Boxycharm just knows what they are doing. I will get use out of almost everything in this month’s box. The theme was “Gold Digger” and for once, I think they really nailed it in matching that. What products did you receive? What did you think of my box? Let me know & shop down below.


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I haven’t been able to wear a ton of makeup lately but that time is coming to an end and I’m ready to play!  Looking forward to testing out some new products.

Let’s see what Ipsy has to offer this month, shall we?

Hits:

TIMELESS BEAUTY BAR Glam & Glow + Up in the Clouds Sheet Mask Set

Sheet masks are a part of my daily routine. Obsessed does not even begin to cover it. Our skin can always use a bit of TLC. Sheet masks are the perfect way to get an extra dose of hydration during the colder months. I will happily add these to my mask collection (which is the favorite drawer in my vanity).

LOTTIE LONDON Blush in Zayn

A girl can never have too much blush. It instantly adds life to your face. I adore blush and use it everyday. This blush pan is full size and will fit snugly in a magnetic palette. Pan products as oppose to compact products let you customize a palette and save space in your collection. I am totally on board with that. This blush is a stunning dusty rose shade that mimics the color your cheeks make when you’ve been out in the cold. The perfect winter blush. This item is pigmented so you can make it as intense or subtle as needed depending on how much you apply. The silky smooth texture blends easily onto the cheeks and lasts throughout the day.

 

JELLY PONG PONG Cosmic Light in Pulsar

Another full size product, woo hoo! The eye pigment is stunning. A highly dimensional, shimmery blue color with green undertones will be gorgeous for holiday looks. I do not get a ton of use out of blue shadows, but this product makes me want to change that. It’s just that pretty! Pigments last FOREVER because they are just that, straight pigment, meaning you only need a small amount. This a very fun item to have received.

 

Misses:

M·A·C Strobe Cream in Pinklite

Receiving a product from M.A.C is not a bad thing, I’m just not blown away. Liquid highlights are tricky for me. Not quite knowing how to use them effectively, they tend to get forgotten in my collection. I will try this pink cream highlight underneath foundation for a glowy boost and hope that it doesn’t break apart my makeup throughout the day. The sample size is also pretty dang small. Not the best item, but I will still try it out.

 

 

SUGAR COSMETICS Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick in Trusty Rusty

Again, this is not a terrible product. The reason it is a “miss” for me is because of how small it is, it’s comically tiny. This lip color will maybe allow for two or three applications. The rusty-red color is gorgeous however and I’m excited to try it for that reason. Liquid lipsticks are not my favorite during winter due to how drying they can be, but for a short period of time they look fab. I will give this a shot and hopefully I love it, despite it’s size.

 


Overall, I am content with this month’s Ipsy glambag. Yes, a couple of products were small, but I think I’ve become jaded. These bags are supposed to let you TEST products after all. I shouldn’t be so harsh. The hits however were all awesome! What products did you receive? Let me know everything and shop down below.

 

 


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