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Build a Makeup Stash on a Budget

June 21, 2017

Building a makeup stash may seem like a daunting task, not to mention expensive. You have to remember, though, that expensive does not translate to high-quality. On a related note, just because something is popular at the time doesn’t mean you need it. My makeup stash is fairly expansive, but it didn’t break the bank to build it. I have a mix of high-end, luxury, and drug-store products. I also want to note that a large makeup collection can take a long time to build, especially if you are just starting out. Here are some tips on how to build your makeup collection on a limited budget.

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Zuii Organic: Diamond Sparkle Blushes

June 19, 2017

Yes, yes, another Zuii Organic product review. Before you roll your eyes at me, I just want to say that I am in love with not only the products that Zuii Organic sells, but the company itself. A big shout-out to Alyx who I have texted about the dumbest of things and gotten a heartfelt response from. Okay, enough sap, onto the review! These Flora Diamond Sparkle Blushes are relatively new. Zuii does have another line of blushes, but these are more sparkly and multitask as highlighters. I have five colors to review for you, which will be pictured in this order: Berry, Blossom, Mango, Melon, and Raspberry. The only shade I don’t have is Peach. Mango and Blossom are both vegan-friendly shades.

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Mary Kay: Eye Primer

June 16, 2017

A good friend of mine used to sell Mary Kay beauty products and when she went out of business after having a baby, she decided to sell her inventory of products at a discounted rate. What a great time to try out the Mary Kay Eye Primer! A girl can never have too many eyeshadow primers, can she?

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Nails

Monave: Versatile Powders as Polish

June 14, 2017

I have already reviewed some of these Monave Versatile Mineral Powders as eyeshadows, but did you know that they can be used to create custom nail polishes as well? Since I’ve already reviewed nine colors, I thought I’d use a different shade, Hibiscus, as a nail polish. The only information I could find on how to use these as nail polishes was on the Hibiscus page: “Spread the fun on lips and nails.” Not too helpful, right? Here’s my personal take on using these versatile mineral powders as nail polishes.

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Makeup

Red Apple Lipstick: Gluten Free Lipstick

June 12, 2017

A few months ago, a friend and I were at lunch and her makeup was so perfect that even our waitress was throwing her compliments. There I was, bare-faced and jealous. Like a true friend, she pulled a lipstick out of her bag and handed it to me. I applied it and checked myself out in the reflection of my spoon. My lips were this gorgeous pinky-nude and felt amazing. I looked at the tube in my hand. Red Apple Lipstick. When she told me that it was paraben and gluten free, I was intrigued. It took me an eternity, but I finally got my hands on Audrey and Berry Blast, as well as some samples.

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Zuii Organic: Flora Limited Edition Lipstick in Petal

June 10, 2017

After the honeymoon, Zuii Organic and I were walking hand-in-hand through the park when we came across a buschel of light pink azalea flowers. I said, “Oh, I wish my lips were this color.” Just then my phone buzzed and an alert popped up saying: “ZUII ORGANIC NOW MAKES A PINK LIPSTICK CALLED PETAL. HURRY! IT’S A LIMITED EDITION SHADE.” So I nagged at my new bride until this flora lipstick was in my hands. What’s that you say? You don’t believe my story? Well that’s exactly how it happened.

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Skincare

NeoStrata: Skin Active Exfoliating Wash

June 7, 2017

When I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to grow up because I assumed that my acne would magically disappear and I’d have clean, clear skin like the adults in my life. Well, that didn’t happen. Over the years, I’ve tried all kinds of products to combat my skin issues, and while some things have made a difference, nothing has cleared my skin completely, so the search continued. When I heard that a good friend of mine used NeoStrata, I had to try it. I chose the exfoliating wash based on its reviews.

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Storing and Using Makeup Samples

June 5, 2017

There are many ways to get samples of makeup products you are dying to try. Sometimes, they come free with a purchase, other times you can get them entirely for free, and you can almost always buy them directly from the makeup company that makes the product. While makeup samples can be a great way to try out a product before you buy the full size, sometimes they come in small bags which makes them difficult to store and use. Here are three ways to store and use makeup samples.

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Sassy and Chic: Eye Makeup Remover

May 31, 2017

When I saw this eye makeup remover at my local dollar store, I was slightly intrigued. When I read “Compare to Maybelline Expert Eyes” on the package, it went straight into my basket. For those who haven’t tried the Maybelline makeup remover, it can cost you $4 to $5, which isn’t expensive but saving a few bucks is always a win in my book. I have purchased Sassy + Chic products from dollar stores before, but never an actual face product; it’s always been a pumice stone or foot cream.

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