Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

Hello there, beauties!

It’s common knowledge that MAC lipsticks are tubes of perfection sent from the heavens above.  However, their price is close to the height of heaven itself, so I don’t usually splurge on them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks as much as the next girl, but I just love a good deal more.

I get so excited when I discover dupes for high-end products since I am a lover of affordable, drugstore makeup (when it is of good quality, of course).  If you have the same dilemma, I’ll hopefully be able to help you out in that department.  I’ve recently discovered an almost-perfect drugstore match for MAC’s ‘Faux’ -one of my all time favorite lipsticks!

Mac Faux Lipstick Dupe

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Top – Essence 05 Cool Nude \\ Bottom – MAC Faux

Essence’s Nude Long-Lasting Lipsticks are absolutely amazing and I wish I had every shade.  They are super affordable, coming in at just $2.99 a pop!  The shade 05 Cool nude is almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s Faux (which happens to cost $16!).  The formula is slightly less pigmented and just a tad bit darker, but when applied to the lips, you really can’t see any difference.  I may even prefer the dupe to the original!

The formula is creamy with a bit of shine to it.  It’s pigmented and lasts a good few hours.  It does rub off a little when eating or drinking as most satin to glossy-finished lipsticks tend to do, but that is to be expected. It’s hydrating and the shade is very flattering!  I think this color would look amazing on so many skin tones!  It is a cool-toned pink that is on the mauve side.  You guys know how much I love my mauve lipsticks!

Overall, both lipsticks are great.  The formulas are very similar -Essence’s is just a bit more glossy.  The colors are almost an exact match and the lasting power is pretty much the same.  MAC’s does last a little longer, but with a $13 difference in price, I’d definitely recommend Essence’s as the way to go!

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Thank you so much for reading!  What are some great dupes you’ve discovered?

XO,

Hanna


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Marvelous Mauve | My Favorite Lip Color

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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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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review + Swatches

Hello, lovelies!

Since Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip collection has been extremely popular this fall, I decided it was about time I got in on the action!  These liquid lipsticks cost $6.00, which makes them a bargain compared to most!  I bought 5 colors that range from pale pinks to vampy shades.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you all of my thoughts about these lip products as well as showing you what they look like!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Price: $6

Packaging: I think that the packaging of these liquid lipsticks is super chic and beautiful!  I like how they are glass and feel very sturdy and high quality.

Formula:  Holy pigmentation!  These things are vibrant.  The color is so THERE that people will see your perfect lips coming from miles away.  Upon application, this liquid lipstick feels super smooth and is easy to apply accurately, with a really sharp, clean edge. Just make sure not to reapply the product over itself or else it can begin to peel off a bit.  When these dry, they definitely live up to their title of “ultra-matte”ness!  They will not budge without makeup remover, so you don’t have to worry about eating or drinking -your lipstick won’t go anywhere all day!  If you are into over-lining your lips, these will be your best friend since they are very easy to use when drawing on a new lip shape!  Since they are so matte, overlooking won’t be obvious or noticeable at all.


This light, nude pink is a very natural color that isn’t too overpowering.  However, I did find that the lightness of the color made the wrinkles in my lips appear a bit more noticeable. Overall, it’s a beautiful color and I can see why everyone raves about this shade!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This red, fuchsia color is also extremely pigmented.  This may be the most vibrant lip product I have ever worn!  Even though the color is a bit too bright for me, personally, to wear very often, it’s fun to play with bright colors sometimes and this one is easy to apply!  Since the application is so smooth, you don’t have to worry about smudging the product around or having it look messy.
Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was expecting this shade to be a bit more on the pink side, but once applied, I saw that it is mostly purple.  I’m not complaining since the shade is so beautiful!  This color is gorgeous and (of course) extremely pigmented.  I found this color easier to apply than any of the others for some reason.

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was again a little surprised by the true color of these liquid lipsticks… I expected this shade to be much lighter.  It is still a beautiful shade, but on the website, I thought it appeared a bit different.  I think this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on someone with a deeper skin tone than mine!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This shade is described as a vampy, blackened red on the website… It definitely lives up to its description.  Again, the shade is too dark for me to ever be able to pull off very well, but it is fun to play around with for different makeup looks!  Since it is so dark, I had a little bit of trouble with making sure the color was even everywhere on my lips and did not look patchy.  I tried to clean this shade up with concealer around the edges, which ended up turning the edges of my lipstick bright red, so I don’t recommend trying to fix these up once they’re in place!  I had a bit of difficulty trying to apply such a dark color without messing up, so be patient and take your time with these dark shades!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch


Recommendation:  I would recommend the Ultra Matte Lipsticks to people who love really bold and pigmented lip products.  If you like matte lipsticks that stay in place all day, you’ll love these!  However, if you are afraid of wearing super bright lip colors or if you have extremely dry lips, you may want to stay away from these or just try out a lighter, nude shade.  I highly recommend Solow!

Final Thoughts:  These liquid lipsticks are very high quality and super affordable!  The pigmentation is incredible and the dry time is quick.  They stay in place all day and don’t budge!  I think it would be easier to have a clean edge by using a lip liner, however I managed without one for all of these swatches, so it’s not necessary.  Since my lips are very dry, the product did tend to settle into the lines a bit even though I exfoliated my lips beforehand and used chapstick.  However, I think that is to be expected with matte lip products and overall, these things are amazing!

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this has been helpful to you!  Let me know if you have tried this liquid lipsticks and what your opinion of them is!

XO,

Hanna


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Fall Floral

Hello, beauties!

With fall approaching fast, I’ve been very excited about infinity scarves, boots, and sweaters!  Autumn is my favorite season since I love the fashion, food, and the weather!  Even the makeup during this season is something I look forward to!  I’ve put together a neutral fall-inspired outfit that is very cute and casual for everyday wear.  Every piece in this outfit is a basic staple for the fall season and goes perfectly with the pop of color from the infinity scarf!  This is a typical outfit that I would wear on a cool fall day and I hope that you enjoy it!

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                           Tank Top / Sweater / Scarf / Bag / Boots / Jeans

Thanks so much for reading!  What are some of your fall fashion staples?  One of mine would definitely be brown leather boots!

XO,

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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,

Hanna


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Collab With Plus Beauty: My Top 5 Summer Lipstick Picks

Hello, lovely people:)

Today, I am collaborating with one of my favorite bloggers; Katie from Plus Beauty!  We will each be sharing our top 5 Summer Lipsticks!   You should definitely go have a peek at her post and follow her amazing blog. 🙂  I hope you enjoy seeing our favorite lipsticks for the summertime!

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1. Mac’s Pure Zen Cremesheen -$16 USD

This color is the perfect summery-nude shade since it is a warmer, peachy tone and won’t look odd or too light on tanned skin.  It has a sheen to it and is lightweight for everyday summer use!

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2. Essence’s Coral Calling 01 -$2.99 USD

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This is a coral/pink shade with a slight sheen.  It lasts for hours and never dries out my lips.  Even after it has worn off, these lipsticks almost dye my lips a little, so they always have color even after the product has worn off.  The price of this lipstick is amazing!  I really recommend Essence’s lipsticks if you’re looking for something affordable!

3. Wet ‘n Wild’s Hot Paris Pink 542B – $.99 USD

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I LOVE this beautiful, bright pink shade.  It is slightly shiny and feels very light on the lips for summertime.  It leaves a pink tint to the lips even after wearing off.  It claims to have 4-hour wear, but will leave them looking pink even after the 4 hours are up!  I love this color of pink, because I find it actually makes my teeth look whiter, where many pink shades make teeth look yellow.  Also, you can’t beat the price!

4. Essence’s Wear Berries 09 -$2.99 USD

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This lipstick is a warm purple that has a beautiful sheen to it.  Again, you can’t beat the price and formula of Essence’s lipsticks.  I love this shade as it is a warmer purple color that doesn’t look too overpowering when worn.  It doesn’t make my teeth look yellow as some purples can.

5.  Maybelline’s Color Whisper in 100 Plum Prospect – $7.49 USD

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This is a very warm, berry, purple shade.  It may look intimidating in the tube, but it is such a sheer, gel-like formula that the color is not overpowering at all.  It can be built up to a brighter color or, by using just a few dabs, give a light berry tint to the lips.  This is a glossy lipstick and lasts a surprisingly very long time.  This dyes my lips and leaves them a beautiful berry color all day long when I wear it!  After swatching it on my hand, it dyed my skin and still hasn’t worn off! This lightweight formula is perfect for Summer!

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Now that you’ve seen my top picks, you can find even more amazing lipsticks for Summer over on Katie’s blog!  Thank so much, Katie for collabing with me! ❤

I hope that you enjoyed seeing all my Summertime lip favorites!  What are yours?

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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The Miracle Product That Cleared My Skin | EradiKate Review

Hello everyone!

Today, I bring to you a review on the most amazing product that has ever been… Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Acne Treatment.  OH. MY. GOODNESS.  This stuff is sent from the heavens to abolish all the face demons.  It’s really, really great.

This product is very similar to the better-known Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu, but I have heard that this product works more effectively by people who have tried both out.

have struggled with acne for quite some time now and NOTHING has ever worked for me as well as this product does, including what was prescribed to me by a dermatologist.  I never could find anything that actually cleared my skin.  I tried so many products claiming to do just that which only ended up making my skin worse. I cannot say enough good things about EradiKate, I mean, even the name is genius.

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My skin type is combination; it is oily with some very, very dry patches.  I call it bipolar because it changes pretty much every day and can’t decide whether it wants to be a grease ball or SO extremely dry that my skin literally cracks.  It really needs to get its stuff together.  I can’t forget to mention that my skin is EXTREMELY sensitive.  It’s basically Kim Kardashian and bursts out sobbing every time I put a product on it. (No hate to the Kim, she is just very in touch with her sensitive side 😉

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On a whim, I decided to try this product even though it claimed to do the same exact thing that practically every. single. other. product. in the entire universe was incapable of accomplishing.  It was a good decision… very good indeed.

After one use, I could see a difference in my pesky pimples.  I thought it was too good to be true, BUT as I continued to use the product, all my acne went away! It was like it just shrunk it right off my face!  ‘Twas a miracle.

I use this product every night and apply it to the spots on my t-zone and jaw (AKA where my pores tend to turn into volcanoes) with a q-tip.  Don’t shake the bottle, just dip the q-tip into the solution, reaching the pink sulfur at the bottom and then dab that onto any areas that are broke out or are probably going to break out sometime within the near future.  Gotta love those lovely little problem areas.  This stuff smells pretty strong, but not in a gross way.  It smells like a chemical, but it gets much less overpowering after it dries.

When it has dried, it becomes a little lighter in color.  I sleep with those attractive tribal-type markings of solution on my face.  I have white pillow cases and don’t usually notice any sulfur on them, but if you do have that problem, it washes out!  I am a tummy sleeper and I don’t see much on my pillows and when I do, it’s barely noticeable.

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When I wake up in the morning, typically, a lot of the solution has rubbed off my face.  I don’t really know where it goes since I never find it on my pillows… It just escapes with my zits, I guess.  I rinse off what is left on my skin and then apply my moisturizer. (Psst, Clinique’s lotion is AMAZING for sensitive -or any type, really- skin). I buy this miracle product at Sephora for $24… definitely worth it to me!

Their website sums up the perfection of this product pretty well:

“Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment heals blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly. This powerful skincare solution provides the highest level of sulfur allowed in order to calm acne flare-ups and free skin of further bacteria buildup. The result is a clear complexion that lasts.”

Every bit of that has been true for me!  This baby works QUICK, which is exactly what I want when a zit decides to visit my skin at very inopportune times.  Even though I have sensitive skin, this does not bother me (as long as I don’t lather my entire face in it or get it too close to my eyes;)

I strongly recommend this product to anyone with acne!  It WORKS.  If you have been on the lookout for something to clear your pimples, you really need to try this out.  I am so in love with this treatment and think it would work well on pretty much all skin types!

I hope that this post was helpful to you!  Thank you so much for reading! Until next time:)

XO, Hanna

My Summer Essentials! | Beauty Products, Books, and More!

Hello, my beautiful people!

Long time no blog!  I am back now that the summer is here and I am really looking forward to blogging MUCH more often since it is something I really enjoy!  Also, I now have a camera so I will be posting many more pictures!  What better way to kick off the season of summer than a post with all of my necessities? Let’s get to it!

I will start this off with something that I have been LOVING for making memories with friends; my polaroid camera!  I seriously love this thing and I think polaroid pictures are absolutely adorable!  This camera is perfect for snapping the perfect picture on the beach and being super tumblr-y with your friends. 🙂 If you do not have one of these, you can have pictures printed in polaroid form and they will be super cute!  I really want to get a scrapbook to put all of the pictures in or come up with a DIY to hang them. If y’all would be interested in that kind of post, let me know!

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Some skincare products that I have been using are the Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss Body Scrub from Bath & Bodyworks, Amande Shower Oil from L’occitane, and Pink’s Surf Day Body Lotion.  Of course I need to fix those scaly legs for summertime, so I have been really enjoying this scrub.  It does the job and smells great!  This scrub is not super grainy so it does not work quite as well as some other scrubs, but I like that because it does not dry out my skin and I can actually use it all over my body to exfoliate instead of just my legs. The shower oil is sent from the heavens because it smells AMAZING and has 1,001 uses.  Okay maybe not that many, but it is quite useful.  It is a body wash and can be used as a shave cream (which it works wonderfully as) AND it is really hydrating… Also, did I mention it smells amazing?  It smells amazing.  The Surf Day Body Lotion makes me feel super summery when using it, which is essential for this post, so this product fits in here perfectly.  I think it is super hydrating, it dries pretty quickly on the skin and does not leave me feeling super oily, but most of all, I just really love the smell!  It’s summer in a bottle, people.  You probably need it.

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Some more products that are pretty amazing are the Red Plum and Freesia scented perfume from Victoria’s Secret’s pure Seduction line, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Face Lotion, and Jergen’s Natural Glow Body Lotion (the face lotion is great, too!).  I cannot explain to you the depth of my love for these products.  This is proven by the fact that this perfume was in one of my favorites from LAST summer…  hehe.  I still use it every. day. And I will always love the smell of it -it smells like perfection.   It is fresh and sweet, but not too sweet.  It just smells amazing and that is the only way to properly describe it.  I do not normally finish bottles of perfume that are THIS big, so I will feel very accomplished when this runs out!  Onto the lotion… where do I begin?  It’s THE best face lotion that I have ever used!  My skin has been unusually clear lately and I think it is largely in part to this product.  It does not clog my pores and it soaks into my skin quickly without making it shiny and it works AMAZINGLY under makeup without giving me a greasy face when I don’t wait long enough after using this to apply my foundation.  Even though it soaks in quickly, it does not leave my skin still feeling dry afterwards… it just feels perfect!  I love this stuff and cannot wait to try more Clinique skincare after how much I love this!  Lastly, the Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion is AHHH-MAZING for when you want to have a super natural and beautiful glow!  Let me tell you, if you use this stuff daily, your tan can really build up!  I found that after using it for about a week, my skin was DEFINITELY a few shades darker, but it still looked SO natural and the color didn’t look orange or streaky.  I think this is a much better option for me than fake tan, because it is so low maintenance, looks more natural, and it smells like summer! 🙂  The prize of the tan makes me more motivated to take care of my skin and actually moisturize when I am usually too lazy to bother.  heh.

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Alrighty, onto the next little group of products that I’ve put together!  I have been loving Mac’s Amber X 9 Eyeshadow Palette.  If you have been looking for a good palette for traveling that has everything you could possibly need and is super high quality… this is it.  It has every color I could need whilst traveling or any time really -gotta love those neutrals- and the pigmentation is great!  The size is perfect to throw in my little makeup bag and is a very convenient, versatile, and beautiful little palette all around. 🙂   Next in this little bundle of beauty goodness are these AMAZING nail polished from The Body Shop.  Where do I start with these?  Firstly, let’s just appreciate these beautiful colors for a moment.  (Shades: Peach Babe, Mint Cream, and Almond Kiss) *tears up*  Alright, so besides how much I love these summery and neutral colors, the long-lasting and SUPER pigmented quality of these is what really made me fall for them.  The formulation is the best out of any nail polish I have ever tried.  And that is saying something.  I have a stash of nail polishes.  Quite a large stash.  But none of them compare to these!  I swear, I could live off of them.  I am super lazy when it comes to painting my nails and if it takes more than one coat, chances are, I will smudge my nails as they drying or just not bother with a second coat at all and pray no one notices.   I never need to do more than one coat with these, they dry instantly, and have the pigmentation equivalent of at least two coats in most other nail polishes.  I recommend these so highly!  If you have been looking for some good polishes, my dear, you now have found them!  Lastly is something that is SO important for me in the summer… good eye makeup remover.  I don’t know about you, but I like my lashes to look good when I’m at the beach and I wear waterproof makeup a lot during this season.  Let’s just say I haven’t had the best experiences while removing waterproof mascara.  I have scratched my eyeball so many times by accident while trying to remove those stubborn piece of black clay that are glued to my eye sockets with their superhuman waterproof technology that refuses to budge.  I have lost count of the amount of times that this dangerous activity has caused me to injure myself, but NO MORE.  I have found an eye makeup remover that ACTUALLY removes waterproof mascara.  Is this real life?  Go ahead, pinch yourself, I was in shock for a while too.  Not only does this Bi-Facil eye makeup remover work AMAZINGLY on my waterproof mascara, I have also found another remover that I may like even more (I like it so much that I ran out of it and do not have a picture… whoops) – Clinique’s Eye Makeup Remover!  It’s like magic in a bottle.  My eyes will never be scratched by waxy lashes again and I will never have to get mascara sludge stuck under my nails after scraping the remnants of my mascara off of my eyes when the remover didn’t do its job!  HALLELUJAH.

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And lastly, OF COURSE I need to include a book in my essentials, because it is SUMMER.  I mean, what am I supposed to do at the beach? I have been loving the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and am on the second book of the series, called Siege and Storm; The first is Shadow and Bone. If you are into the Fantasy/Adventure-y/YA genres, you will probably LOVE these books!  I am obsessed. 🙂

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And here, my lovelies, we come to the end of my little (or maybe not so little, but let’s pretend) pile of things that i use constantly during this beautiful season of sunshine and happiness. I hope that you enjoyed this post and maybe found a few little products that will be helpful to you!  Thank you SO much for reading!  See you next time! ❤

Xo,

Hanna