What I’ve Learned About Blogging

Hey there, beauties!

It’s been a bit over a year since I created this little space on the internet, which I love so dearly.  My blog is still in its toddler stages, just beginning to take its first virtual steps, but has already taught me so much.  Learning to blog has been an amazing experience and I grow to love and enjoy it more and more every day.  (Sorry for the amount of cheese, but it really is true)  I love the photography aspect of it.  Typing up my thoughts on all kinds of beautiful things is something that I really enjoy.  I realized that there are quite a few things that I’ve learned thus far which are worth mentioning, so mention the things I shall.

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  1. Make sure you’re proud before you publish.

There have been times where I wanted to put new content on my blog so badly that I hit that publish button before I actually made sure the post was something that I was confident in. This has resulted in a bit of regret and quite a few times of using the delete button. In my opinion, it’s better to post less often and be super proud of what you do put out there on the internet than to be posting constantly and not be happy with your content.

  1. It’s ok to not be perfect.

This may seem like it contradicts the first point, but don’t beat yourself up for not being the best at blogging –especially when you’re just starting out! If you stress too much about the perfection of each and every post, the life will literally be sucked out of you through your miserable, typing fingers. If you aren’t having fun, what’s the point? Blogging should be enjoyable. With every post, you’ll improve! Cut yourself some slack every once in a while and pat yourself on the back, because you are amazing.

  1. You make some great blogging buddies along the way.

As you continue to blog and make connections with people through the internet, it’s inevitable that you’ll make some great friendships! This makes blogging so much more fun. I am so glad that I’ve met such awesome people through this experience. It’s great to have internet pals that have your virtual back.

  1. Social media is really helpful… even though it can be a pain.

I have met so many amazing people who share my love for makeup and beauty through social media. It has helped me to grow my blog and connect with others. I am definitely not an expert on the topic and, honestly, social media stresses me out a bit, but Twitter and Instagram have really helped me out in the blogging department. Social media opens your doors to all kinds of opportunities!

  1. The more love you give others, the more you’ll get back.

If you find someone’s blog post interesting or entertaining, let them know! It is a great feeling to get feedback on the content that you put out there on the internet and, chances are, they’ll probably return your kind favor and check out some of your posts, too. So, spread the love, people, because everyone needs it.

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed seeing what this blog has taught me!  Do you have a blog? What has it taught you?

XO,

Hanna


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Products, Tips & Tricks to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

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I don’t know about you, but I always have struggled with my makeup wearing off through the course of the day.  I’m not exactly sure where it all goes… I guess it will always be a mystery.  However, a few discoveries have greatly improved the lasting power of my makeup and I thought I would share them with you along with a few tips to make your makeup last all day!

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1. Prime!

I did not used to understand how important this step was.  Primer makes the perfect base for foundation to be applied on.  Finding a primer that counteracts any issues you have with your skin will help your foundation look its best and last much longer.  Using a primer puts a barrier between my foundation and my skin, which helps prevent breakouts.  I’ve noticed that when I don’t use it, I have more pimples since foundation is clogging my pores.

My favorite primer at the moment is The Body Shop’s InstaBlur.  IT’S AMAZING.  This primer controls the oil in my T-zone and blurs all of my pores!  Also, if you have trouble with your eyeshadow staying put, I recommend trying an eye primer.  For this job, I love MICA Beauty’s Eye Primer.  This primer is absolutely amazing at locking my eyeshadow on all day and making it look more pigmented.  A cult classic that I also love is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion!

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2.  Powder that T-zone!

Applying powder over your liquid foundation will set it in place so that it will not slip and slide.  If you have extremely dry skin, this step isn’t super important, but for all other skin types, I recommend at least applying a bit of powder to the T-zone area. I love BareMineral’s Mineral Veil since it does not make my makeup look cake-y.  It also comes in illuminating, hydrating, and tinted formulas, which I think is amazing!  BareMinerals Mineral Veil

3. Setting Spray!  

This step isn’t completely necessary, but it is SO helpful in increasing the lasting power of makeup. If your makeup is looking cake-y, a spritz of this will work wonders in setting your foundation and powder to a smooth, flawless, and more natural finish.  A really helpful tip is to apply setting spray in between applying primer and foundation or right before powdering.  You can even apply this between every step for extremely long-lasting makeup!

I am loving Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray at the moment.  I also highly recommend Urban Decay’s setting sprays!  I always buy the mini bottles at the check stand of Sephora since they are much cheaper and last forever!

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Thank you so much for reading!   What products make your makeup last all day?

If you have oilier skin, I’ve done a post completely dedicated to long-lasting makeup products that combat oil!

XO,

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A Collaboration with Beauty Bunny! | My Top 5 Fall Makeup Products

Hello, lovelies!

Today, I am collaborating with Savannah from Beauty Bunny to show you our top 5 fall makeup products!  Savannah’s blog is amazing, so you definitely need to check it out and see all of her fall favorites as well!  I am super excited to show you the makeup I’ve been loving for my favorite time of year, so let’s get right to it!

Fall Makeup

  1.  ModelCo Cosmetics Shadow Sticks in the shades Costa Rica, St. Barts, Portofino, and Purple Haze.  I am counting these as one favorite instead of four since they came in a kit together in my Love Me Beauty bag.  These eyeshadows are SO pigmented, easy to use, and blend super smoothly.  They don’t crease like most cream shadows tend to over the day.  I don’t even need primer under these!  They dry/set on your eyelids after a few minutes and won’t ever budge.  I’m pretty sure these things are waterproof, because the swatches were extremely difficult to wash off of my hand! ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow   ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow   ModelCo Cosmetics Eyeshadow
  2. Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Solow

Fall is all about those matte lipsticks, so I have been enjoying Colourpops Ultra Matte Lip in Solow.  It’s a natural shade that goes with any makeup look!  It’s extremely easy to apply and I’m in love with it.  I’ve done a post further in depth on these liquid lipsticks since I was so intrigues by all the buzz about Colourpop and had to give them a go myself! colourpop liquid lipstickcolourpop liquid lipstick

3.  Clinique Blush in Sunset Glow

This blush is perfect for any season and looks great with any makeup look.  I love the slight shimmer it has to it.  It is a beautiful mauve color that actually has a bit of a coral tint to it in person.  It’s a difficult shade for me to describe, but I think it’s gorgeous and will definitely be wearing it a lot this fall (and all year round;).

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4.  M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Amber Lights

To me, fall means warm, shimmery eyeshadow.  This is just that!  I love this shade in any season, but during the fall I really go ham on it and wear it almost every day.  It may look intimidating, but upon application, I think it seems a little more on the bronze side than an overpowering orange color.  I highly recommend it and think it’s well worth the investment!  I’ve even done a post on my go-to fall eyeshadow look primarily using this shadow, because I am in love with it!

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5.  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Bourbon

Normally, I am not a huge fan of bold eyeliner for my eyes, so I like to go for more natural looking colors such as brown.  I am in love with the formula of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliners, since they are super creamy and easy to apply, but also set in place after a few minuets and never smudge on me.  This eyeliner is in the shade Bourbon, which has a slight gold shimmer to it.  The formula of this eyeliner is so creamy that I even like to use it as eyeshadow and blend it al over my eyelid.  I wear this pretty much every day that I put on makeup during the fall!

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Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed seeing my 5 makeup necessities for fall!  I know you’ll want to see Savannah’s top picks, too, so definitely go check out her post and give her a follow!  Thank you, Savannah for doing this collaboration with me!

What are some of your favorite makeup products for fall?

XO,

Hanna


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Marvelous Mauve | My Favorite Lip Color

Hello, lovelies!

How do you pronounce ‘mauve’? Mawv. Mohv. AGH. *pulls out hair* Who knows? Anyway, I think we can all agree that this shade is beautiful no matter what it sounds like! I am an avid fan of mauve lips.  I have an ever-growing collection of products which look exactly alike since I am always drawn to this shade! *whoops*  To me, mauve is a muted/dusty purple color, similar to a “Your Lips but Better” shade, except a bit darker.  I typically shy away from bold lips, so this color is perfect for me since it is so natural and adds just a bit of color.  I have a few favorite products in this shade that I am constantly reaching for this time a year, which I shall now share with you all!

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  1. Ofra Lip Pencil in Wine This lip liner is the perfect shade for fall.  It is a slightly deeper shade than my lips, but still looks very natural.  When I use this to lightly line the outer edge, it does not look like I am wearing any product at all, my lips just look naturally full.IMG_0690
  2. Buxom Lipstick in Hooligan  This shade is pretty much an exact match to liner I just mentioned, only in lipstick form.  I love to wear this during the fall!  It’s moisturizing and long-lasting.IMG_3369 (1)
  3. Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK.  This shade is very popular.  It is constantly sold out and very hard to get your hands on! I used some of my points to get a little sample of this beautiful product since I can never find the full-sized one.  It is a matte lipstick with some major lasting power!  It does pretty well even when eating and drinking!  The shade is slightly lighter than the previous products mentioned and is an exact match to the natural color of my lips.  I normally shy away from such opaque lipsticks, but since this one is so natural, I love wearing it! It is not drying as most matte products are and it doesn’t settle into any fine lines.IMG_1592 (2)
  4. Buxom Gloss in Dolly  This gloss compliments with Hooligan very well, but also looks amazing on its own.  I wear this gloss constantly and love the glossy shine it adds to my lips.  IMG_3487

  5. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu This gloss is perfect for everyday wear.  I always find myself reaching for it since it is an easy, swipe-and-go product.  It is a bit lighter than all the other shades.  I love that this gloss has no shimmer in it and leaves my lips with a very natural shine.  If you’re looking for some high quality, affordable lipgloss, I highly recommend all of NYX’s Butter Glosses! IMG_7065
  6. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien I know, I talk about this lip pencil constantly on my blog… but for good reason!  This product is so beautiful and leaves your lips with a little bit of shimmer.  It goes with any makeup look and you definitely need it in your life.IMG_3606

Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite mauve lip products?  Also, how do you pronounce mauve?

XO,

Hanna


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Matte Lips 101 | Prevent Creasing and Flaky Skin

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With the Fall season coming up, I’ve been getting very excited about matte, Kylie Jenner-esque lipsticks!  If you have dry, chapped lips like me, you’ll know how much of a struggle it is to have matte lipstick look halfway decent and not settle into all the lines and flaky skin!  I’ve discovered a few things which make applying matte lipsticks SO much easier for me and today, I’d like to share them with you!

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1. Exfoliate

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This may be the most important step!  If your lips are not exfoliated, the lipstick will make your lips look like a chapped mess.  I have a bit of trouble with flaky lips, so I regularly use Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which smells absolutely amazing!  Also, I make my own DIY lip scrub that is super easy to make and happens to smell wonderful as well!

2. Moisturize

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Matte lip products will suck all the moisture out of your lips, so it’s very necessary to use some sort of lip balm before applying your lipstick!  This will prevent your lips from getting dried out underneath the matte lip product.  I absolutely LOVE Lush’s Ultrabalm and highly recommend it for anyone with dry, flaky skin!  This product can be used on the lips or any troubled, dry areas.  It’s very soothing and locks in moisture like no other product I’ve ever used!

3. Prime

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When applying any sort of lip product, it is very helpful to prep your lips with a thin layer of concealer or just plain old face primer.  Lip primers also exist, but I don’t think they are necessary when some of the products you probably already own will do the trick!  This will make the lipstick last longer, show the true color of the product more, and make the application easier.  I like to use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer.  You’ll be amazing at how much more smoothly the lipstick will apply with such a great base!

4. Line

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Lining your lips with make the application of your lipstick SO much cleaner, easier, and more precise.  It will prevent any bleeding or smudging of product and also increase the lasting power!  I am using my L’oreal Infallible Lip Liner in Rose, but I also recommend Makeup Forever’s Lip Line Perfector, since it is clear and works with any color of lip product.  It’s absolutely amazing at keeping your lipstick in place and preventing any bleeding of product!  It really does perfect the lips!  I think it’s a great investment if you’re into lip products and want something to make them last all day and look amazing!

5. Conceal

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 After applying your matte lipstick of choice (Some of my fave’s are Gerard Cosmetic’s Serenity and Kat Von D’s Lovecraft) using a concealer brush or any small, precise brush you own, sharpen the edges of your lips and clean up any mistakes you may have made with some concealer.  This will really finish off your lips and make them look perfect!  Again, I’m using my trusty ol’ Naked Skin Concealer with a BareMinerals Concealer Brush.

Thanks so much for reading!  What are some of your tips for flawless matte lips? (Yes, that rhyme makes me very happy)

XO,

Hanna


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DIY Lip Scrub | Lush Dupe

Hello, lovelies!

Today, I will be showing you a super simple DIY lip scrub that I love!  It is made with household ingredients, so it is very convenient and cheap!  I love Lush’s lip scrubs as much as the next girl, but I actually prefer the ones I make myself and they are way cheaper since they’re homemade! This scrub smells amazing and is adjustable to whatever you might have on hand. Enjoy!

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You will need:

  • 1 TBSP Brown (or white) sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

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Simply mix all of the ingredients together and feel free to adjust the amounts of ingredients to your liking until you get the perfect consistency and sugar-to-oil ratio.  Then pop the mixture into some cute containers and get scrubbing!

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The sugar scrub will exfoliate all of the dead, flaky skin off of your lips, while the coconut oil moisturizes.  The honey gives the scrub a nice texture and scent and the cinnamon will increase blood flow to your lips causing them to be plumper after using the scrub!  The vanilla is optional along with the cinnamon, but I really recommend adding this to your scrub since it makes it smell SO amazing.

I hope that you all enjoy this simple DIY and try it out yourself!  It is my favorite lip scrub and I think you’ll love it, too!  Thanks for reading!

XO,

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Summer to Fall Lookbook

Hello, lovely people!

I’ve put together some outfits I’ve been wearing recently that are perfect for the later summer months! They work in hot weather, but also have a touch of Fall style to them, which I love, because it’s my favorite season! I hope you enjoy and get some fashion inspiration! 🙂

Outfit #1

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This outfit is cute yet comfortable.  I love wearing plaid in the Fall and was really feeling the upcoming season in this shirt!  Also, American Eagle’s jeans are THE softest.

Shirt: American Eagle

Jeans: American Eagle

Shoes: Converse

Bag: Nordstrom

Outfit #2:

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This outfit is so cozy!  The sweater adds a touch of Fall to it and the shorts make sure you won’t cook when you wear it! 🙂

Tank Top: American Eagle

Shorts: American Eagle

Sweater: Old Navy

Sandals: Famous Footwear

Sunglasses: Nordstrom

Necklace: Similar at Tilly’s

Outfit #3

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Casual and cute is the best combination, which this outfit definitely achieves.  It’s super easy to throw on and is perfect for hot days!

Shirt: Similar at Forever 21

Shorts: American Eagle

Shoes: Famous Footwear

Outfit #4

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This outfit embraces a little more of a fall look, but isn’t too hot to wear in the late summer.  I love these boots so much!

Shirt: Similar at Tilly’s

Leggings: Similar at American Eagle (VS Pink no longer sells these, sadly)

Boots: Similar at JC Penney

Head Phones: Frends

Outfit #5

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I’ve been really into stripes lately and am loving this shirt!  I think stripes and brown leather go so well together.

Shirt: H&M

Pants: American Eagle

Shoes: Converse

Bag: Nordstrom

Necklace: perfect match at Nordstrom

Outfit #6

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This outfit is very versatile and looks super put together without being too much.  It could pull off a fancier event or just a casual coffee date.

Shirt: Similar at VS Pink

Pants: Forever 21

Boots: Similar at JC Penney

Necklace: Perfect match at Nordstrom

Outfit #7

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I love to wear this outfit on days that are slightly on the chillier side as it keeps me warm without being too bundled up!

Shirt: Nordstrom -the style of this shirt is a little different now, but very similar!

Jacket: Nordstrom

Leggings: JC Penney

Shoes: Converse

Headphones: Frends

Outfit #8

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I love how this outfit has both feminine and edgy elements to it!  The small statement necklace ties in the jeans.

Shirt: Similar at Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21

Shoes: Similar at JC Penney

Bag: Nordstrom

Necklace: Perfect match at Nordstrom

Thanks so much for reading!  Where are your favorite places to shop?

XO,

Hanna


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My Holy-Grail Foundation | Worth The Splurge

Hello, lovelies!!

I hope that all of you are having an amazing day!  Today, I wanted to share with you the product that I have used consistently for YEARS; Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation.  I love this foundation to death and have never used another that performed nearly as well on my skin!  I don’t think this product gets raved about enough, so it definitely deserves this post! 🙂

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Price: This foundation costs $40, but it lasts me forever since the consistency is very liquid and a little goes a long way!

Packaging: The packaging is beautiful and I love that it has a pump!  The glass bottle feels sturdy and looks super sleek.

Shades:  Urban Decay has a very wide variety of shades.  The shades ending in .0 are warm and those ending in .5 are cool toned.

Coverage:  It gives medium to full coverage that is definitely build-able.  It has a satin finish that looks like natural skin.  It covers any hyper pigmentation on my face and I can blend it out to a more sheer finish on the places that I don’t want as much coverage.  It’s extremely light-weight.  I can’t even tell I have foundation on when I wear this!

Consistency:  This is a very liquidy foundation.  It’s extremely light-weight.  I can’t even tell I have foundation on when I wear this!  I only use about a pump of this on my entire face since it’s extremely easy to blend out and I like sheer to medium coverage.

Recommended Skin Type:  It does not cling to any flaky patches on my skin and it doesn’t get super oily throughout the day in my T-zone.  I think this foundation would work well on any skin type!

Naked Skin Foundation According to Urban Decay:

“A weightless and virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish.

This formula helps skin achieve a natural, illuminated and bright finish— like the beautiful skin you were born with. Naked Skin is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, transforming you to look professionally retouched.

The finish is matte, never flat, and luminous, but not shiny.

This makeup loads skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant Green Tea and Sodium Hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption.”

Naked Skin Foundation is Formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Where You Can Buy It:  I purchase my Naked Skin Foundation from Sephora.  They make it very easy to return if the shade does not match or you aren’t pleased with the product.  I have exchanged shades several times! 🙂

Rating and Recommendation: Overall, I’d give this foundation a 10/10!  I would definitely recommend it to everyone!  It’s very customizable to the amount of coverage you would like and will have a nice finish on all skin types.  You need this in your life!  I don’t know how I’d live without it in mine!  I’ve used this foundation for about 3 years now and it has never failed me. 🙂

Thanks for reading!  What’s your favorite foundation?

XO,

Hanna


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The Best Skincare for Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin

Hello, beauties!

I have extremely sensitive, combination skin and have always had trouble finding products that did not irritate it and cause break outs!  Finally, I have found some amazing items for my skincare arsenal that have healed my skin and keep it almost completely clear of acne! I hope that this helps you if you have had a similar issue!

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1. The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser -$17 Finding a face wash that does not dry out my flaky skin is quite the challenge, but I’ve actually found one that does the job! It cleans my face perfectly without sucking out all of the moisture!  This face wash does not lather up like the typical wash -it almost feels like a lotion.  I use my Muslin Cloth to gently exfoliate my skin while using this soap and it never irritates it or leaves me feeling dry.

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Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion – $26 This is the absolute PERFECT daytime lotion for my skin!  It is gentle and unscented.  It never irritates my face and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized, but not greasy at all!  It soaks in almost immediately and does not cause makeup to slip and slide on top!

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Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Acne Treatment – $24 Normally I don’t like to touch acne treatments with a ten foot pole since they irritate my skin make my breakouts even worse, but this one is AMAZING and never causes my skin any troubles!  It literally makes pimples vanish.  I cannot describe how well it works!  To use this, I take a q-tip and dip it into the bottom of the bottle, reaching the pink treatment, which I dab all over any trouble areas.  When I wake up in the morning, my zits are usually either completely gone or 1000 times smaller and less red!

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Thanks so much for reading!  What are your favorite skincare items?

XO, Hanna


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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick | Serenity Review + Swatches

Hello, beauties!

I am so excited that MannyMua has teamed up with Gerard Cosmetics to make a Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick called Serenity.   Since I’ve been hearing that it is #NationalLipstickDay, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to show you all some swatches and tell you how I feel about this product!

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I purchased this liquid lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics for $13.  I used Manny’s discount code, MannyMua, which gave me $7 off!  Also, they have free shipping!

First off the packaging is SO BEAUTIFUL. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate it’s heavenliness.

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I love how the glass bottle is matte and looks so professional and classy.  The box it came in was adorable and filled with fun, little red confetti (or whatever those amazing, crinkly papers are called).

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It has a doe-foot applicator that makes it easy to have a sharp and accurate application.  It’s a beautiful, nude, rose-y color that is very pigmented .  It dries quickly to a matte finish and will not budge.  I’m not kidding.  It won’t move.  You can eat, drink, sing opera, etc -It doesn’t matter. This stuff won’t come off until you use makeup remover.

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Manny’s description of Serenity: “Serenity is a beautiful warm pink, with hints of brown, a very comfortable non-drying matte formula that feels as if there is nothing on your lips!”

I think this liquid lipstick is PERFECT for people who love very pigmented lip products that are extremely long-lasting.  It is great for a day when you really need your makeup to stay put even after eating.  .

I am not huge on matte lipsticks since I have dry lips and they tend to settle in the lines, but this one impresses me!  As long as your lips are exfoliated and moisturized before applying, you shouldn’t have trouble with creasing.

I like this shade because I am a little intimidated when it comes to wearing bright lip colors, especially when the product is so opaque.  This color is not in your face and it looks very natural.

I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a pigmented, long-wearing, neutral lipstick!  I haven’t tried any other shades from Gerard Cosmetics, but with how amazing this formula is, I can’t wait to test out a red liquid lipstick since I know it won’t get on my teeth!

I hope that this review was helpful to you!  Thanks so much for reading!  Have you tried any liquid lipsticks?

XO,

Hanna


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