5 Things to Gift a Beauty Lover | 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Welcome Back!

This year I wanted to do something super fun and helpful. I have compiled five quick and easy to find products for the beauty lover on your gifting list! If you don't know a lot about makeup or beauty products it can be hard to buy them for someone who does. These AFFORDABLE products are perfect for secret santa, stocking stuffers, or last minute ideas for the beauty lover. Keep on reading to see what I've picked out!

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo:
First up we have my favorite dry shampoo. This has been tested to be a holy grail of mine. This brand also has a tinted version for blondes, brunettes, and red heads so it doesn't leave a white cast in your hair. This can be found at most drugstores, I usually get mine at Ulta.

2. Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm:
This was a random find of mine that hasn't left my side since! I love rose scented anything, so this was a perfect mixture of rose and mint to give my lips that tingle. It truly moisturizes the lips like no other lip balm I've found. Ive been using this for a about 6 years at this point and I haven't found anything as good as this guy. I purchase this at Sephora in the mini section by the registers. Its about 6 or 7 dollars.

3. Hand Cream:
Any beautifully scented hand cream will do. I try my best to keep my WHOLE body moisturized all year around but it gets especially tough come the winter time. I'm constantly washing my hands so I love to keep a hand cream in my purse at all times. The hands always get super dry during these cold months so this will be put to good use by the beauty lover in your life!

4. Simple Micellar Makeup Wipes:
I chose to include this specific kind because these are the best affordable wipes I've tried so far. Any makeup wipe that you find should do the trick, but this specific kind comes soaked in product which makes it easier to take off a full face of makeup. Makeup wipes can be super expensive depending on how often you wear makeup, so this would be a super easy but thoughtful gift for the beauty guru in your life.

5. Body Lotion:
Last but not least, body lotion! Just like makeup wipes, if you use it every single day, the cost adds up quickly. I love this Vaseline brand because it is super moisturizing and smells amazing. A super cute and seasonal brand to get would be Philosophy as well. A bit more expensive, but they always come out with super cute holiday scents!

The holidays are always my favorite time of the year. Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do, but its also important to stay aware of the fact that it's not what is most important. Comment down below if you'd like me to do another gift giving guide, but with high end stuff!!

As always, thanks so much for reading.


A Year Of Favorites | 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

Wow. Can you believe we are creeping up on the end of 2018? I've heard a million times that as you get older it seems that life goes by faster and faster, and now I understand why! I'm so thankful that I've been given this small platform to share what I love with all of you. I can't wait for all that is to come in 2019, and I hope you guys stick around to share it with me.

I tried so many AMAZING products this year, so I decided to do a break down and pick only one item from each category to create "A Year of Favorites". I figured I would publish this a little before the end of the year so you still have time to add these to your personal or gifting list!

(I will be listing all the products in the order I put them on to make it easier to follow, and easier for me!)

Garnier Skin Active Moisturizer
I've talked about this guy here before when posting my skincare routine on Instagram. I picked it up on a whim, and immediately fell in love. Its super emollient so you only need to use about a dime size amount on your whole face and neck. The smell of rose isn't too overpowering, and it truly plumps my skin like no other moisturizer has and it looks beautiful under makeup!
You can find it, here.

Eye Cream
Juice Beauty Eye Treatment
I have been on the search for an eye cream that actually made a different under my eyes. This is the first one I have seen a substantial difference. All of the creams I have tried all keep the under eye hydrated, but none of them made a difference in my dark circles or little wrinkles. This has done a great job slowly getting rid of the lines under my eyes as they look less prominent and more smooth. I don't think this will get rid of my lines completely but it definitely helping with the appearance of them AND the color of my dark circles is getting gradually lighter. 
You can find it, here.

Becca Firstlight Priming Filter
I tried this primer off of the recommendation of @Kathleenlights on YouTube. If you aren't watching her videos, you should be. She is super relatable and uses a TON of drugstore makeup. Although this primer is a bit more expensive, I would say that this is worth the money! I've posted about this primer again and again, but there's a reason WHY. This primer can be worn alone or under makeup to give your skin a dewy and brightening effect. My skin-type is normal/combination so I'm not sure how well this works with oily skin as it is pretty hydrating and dewy. (something to keep in mind always when reading beauty blogs, or watching youtube videos. what works for an influencer, might not have the same effect on you so do your research before purchasing!)
You can find it, here.

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation
I know, I know. You've seen my posts about this too but this is favorites post right? I cannot get enough of this foundation. I would have to say that this guy slid right up to my number one favorite foundation of. all. time. I'm talking over all other drugstore AND high end foundations. The color selection is amazing for drugstore foundation and the lasting power is unmatchable for the price. This gives the most gorgeous satin finish that I've seen in a full coverage foundation, and leaves the skin looking natural and healthy.
You can find it, here.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
This has been a long time favorite of mine. The first time I tried this concealer was around 3 years ago when I first moved to Buffalo. I remember getting color matched at Ulta and her talking me into both the foundation and concealer. I tend to switch out products A LOT due to my psycho tendencies, as well as running this blog. I keep coming back to this one when I want dewy full coverage. Although I love shape tape, it can be a bit heavy and drying if applied too heavily so this is a great alternative! 
You can find it, here.

Setting Powder
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder
If you scroll all the way back to my first post ever "All About that Base", you will see that this guy was included. This powder is on the higher end as far as cost, but the quality shows. It is a super long lasting powder, and it sets EVERY single foundation beautifully. It is translucent meaning it does not have color or coverage which I love because that's when it starts to look "cakey". It also comes in three different "tones" so all skin tones can use it!
You can find it, here.


Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter
THIS. FREAKING. HIGHLIGHTER. This formula is like nothing I've ever tried. This highlighter has absolutely no fallout what so ever. Although it is a powder, it applies like glass on the cheeks with the most beautiful & natural sheen. An added plus? It looks gorgeous on every single skin tone. 
This was limited edition, but they just announced that they will be bringing it back 12/7 in stores.
(Ulta, Sephora, Macy's)

Covergirl Micro-Fine + Define Pencil / NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Finding these two alternatives changed the game for me! (and kept my wallet more full). I loved the Anastasia brow wiz, and their clear brow gel, but between the two it cost me over $40. These two cost LESS than $20. The brow pencil is the perfect dupe for the brow wiz, and the color is spot on for my brows. The NYX gel isn't as long lasting as the ABH gel, but it does the job!
You can find the Brow Gel, here.
You can find the Brow Pencil, here.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette
This became my favorite palette after the first use. Being a neutral girl, this has been the best every day palette. I use Orange Soda / Burnt Orange, and Rustic every day in a different way. This is the perfect palette for when you want a natural look, or when you want to take it to the next level with color! If I could recommend one palette for the rest of time, it would be this one!
You can find it, here.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Stop what you're doing and go add this to your cart. I have straight lashes, I mean PIN straight. They stick straight out unless I use a lash curler. This mascara is the ONLY mascara the keeps my lashes curled all day long. On more natural days, I wear the brown mascara. For my night time looks, I use the black mascara. Its so dark, it can be a bit overwhelming for my personal taste for daily use (but beautiful none the less). 
You can find it, here.

Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Last but not least, we have the best setting spray on the market. I still remember the first time I used this setting spray. I went over to my friend Erin's house to get ready for Halloween one year (the year of the mermaid). Erin has an older sister, and a mom who both LOVE everything beauty so she got introduced to makeup earlier than I did. My mom and sister don't really wear makeup, so going over her house and seeing her makeup, and her skills was SO fun for me. All I remember about my actual makeup from that night is waking up the next morning with all of my makeup on, and it STILL looked perfect. I was shocked. I think that was the first time I realized my interest in makeup products. So not only is this the best setting spray, it also holds sentimental value to me. (lol).
You can find it, here

Alright guys. THAT WAS A LOT. If you made it all the way down here you're the real MVP. These products that I shared with you are the ride or die products I use every day, and I hope you get to try them and love them just as much. As always thank you SO much for all of your support and reading all of my posts it truly means the world to me. Comment down below your favorite product of all time!

Until next time, 


Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready with Lifestyle Blogger Colleen O'Connor-Yappueying

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Welcome Back!

I know, I know. This past month I slacked HARD when creating any content for my blog itself. Although I've been active on Instagram, I've missed just sitting down and creating a post about makeup. I have an amazing post on its way, but in the mean time, I am bringing you this month's beauty interview!

This month I chose another woman that I met through the Buffalo Blogging Network. I met her at the first meet up I ever went too, and we clicked immediately. Another strong willed, and opinionated woman coming your way! (watch out men). I love Co and all that she stands for. Keep on reading to learn about the beauty routine of a fellow blogger, dog mom, wife, and content creator!

Hi, I'm Colleen (pronounced Co-Leen cause I'm cool). I run a Life and Style blog called Co . Curated - you can catch the relaunch of my blog on November 23rd, which is also my birthday! My life has always been about art, so you will find a lot of that on both my Instagram and blog. I have a degree in Art History and a Master's in Business Design and Art Leadership and have been painting since I was five years old. Also at age five, I became insanely obsessed with dachshunds (aka wiener dogs)... honestly don't ask me why I just woke up one day and never stopped talking about them. You can usually find me at home, cooking or baking, hanging out with my husband, our senior cat, Cleonie, (she's 17 and has dementia... she's fun!), and our two-year-old dachshund, Agnes, who is named after one of our favorite artist's Agnes Martin. 

What is your every day beauty routine (AM/PM)?

First things first, I dragged myself from the bed and make a cup of tea. I almost exclusively drink black teas but if I'm feeling super healthy I might go for a green tea or matcha latte. Once I eat some breakfast (honestly, whatever breakfast crap I have around at the time), I brush my teeth and shower. In the mornings I use St. Ive's Energizing Coconut & Coffee scrub, followed up with Mario Badescu's Acne Cleanser. After my shower, I also use Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner and Neutrogena's Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer. Then I move on to makeup and I wear a full face every single day. Here's a basic breakdown of what I use daily:

Primer: e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
Foundation: either Colourpop No Filter Foundation or Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - applied with a beauty blender
Concealer: ALWAYS Colourpop No Filter Concealer (beauty blender)
Contour: Wet n Wild Mega Glo Stick Bronzer - blend with a flat foundation brush
Bake: Coty Airspun powder is my favorite right now
Bronzer: Colourpop Afternoon Delight pressed powder bronzer - apply with a fluffy bronzer brush
Blush: Colourpop Prenup super shock blush - apply with a fluffy blush brush
Highlight: Obsessed with Colourpop Wisp super shock highlighter - apply with my fingers
Brows: Honestly, I just mix my own dark brown powder with eyeshadows... oops? - apply with a small angle brush
Eyeshadow: Whatever palette I'm feeling that day, honestly I mix and match all the time.
Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara - worth every penny. 
Setting Spray: Mario Badescu setting spray (I have one of each scent... so whatever I wanna smell that day!)

Evenings are super simple. I wash my face with the SheaMoisture African Black Soap with Shea Butter bar which usually gets most, if not all of the makeup off my skin, if there's some eye makeup left I'll use the Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton ball to remove it. Depending on if my skin is oily or dry (I have combination skin) I'll decide whether or not to use the Thayer's toner again. Then I apply my Neutrogena moisturizer, brush my teeth, apply Johnson's Bedtime Baby Lotion (don't knock it til you try it), and usually, I will add in some extra Lavender essential oils or CBDs. Then I hit the hay homies. 

What is the one product you could never live without?
Nivea Shea Daily Moisture body lotion. I apply it all over after every shower and have been using this brand for probably ten years. It's oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores, it's gentle enough I can use it on my face if I'm feeling extra dry. My mom always told us growing up that no matter what you gotta put lotion on. My skin is soft, healthy, and appears a lot younger because I started this habit as a kid. 

Lipstick, or Lipgloss?
Hmm, that's a hard one. I love Colourpop's Crème Lux Lipstick, it's so light but also heavily pigmented. 

Liquid or Powder foundation?
Liquid, 100%

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?
Again, 100% liquid all the way (I love Eyeko's Fat Liquid Eyeliner. I have been using the same one for literally 3 years (don't @ me, I'll get a new one eventually) and it's still as true black as day 1. 

Falsies or Mascara?
Mascara... for me falsies look, false.

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone?
Honestly, what my mom taught me... MOISTURIZE EVERY DAY! Yes, I did yell that at you. No, I'm not sorry.

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup?
I've been experimenting with makeup forever but I can remember vividly being a little kid (like 6-8 years old) and locking myself in the bathroom to play with my mom's makeup. It was the 90's so yes, she had the most amazing eyeshadow and eyeliner colors. I would come out to show my mom and she would just say "Oh, wow, don't you look nice... you didn't ruin my makeup did you?"

What is your favorite part of your routine?
Eyebrows... hands down. I have pretty thick brows but once they're filled in, I feel like my face is completely transformed. 

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose?
Carli Bybel. I have been watching her on YouTube since she started like seven years ago. She is so beautiful, has an amazing personality and can beat a face like no other!

Thank you so much for letting us take a peek into your world Co! Go ahead and give her a follow on Instagram to keep up to date on all things lifestyle related! (@co.curated). 

Stay tuned for the next post coming up soon! (It's probably my favorite post to date)

As always thanks so much for reading,


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