KKW BEAUTY "Mrs. West Collection" Review | 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Welcome Back!

Thanks so much for holding tight while I worked behind the scenes on some much needed updating! I  hope you guys LOVE the new logo, as I went back and forth for the longest time on it 😂. Moving forward I hope to do a bit more with it beyond sitting pretty at the top of my website, so stay tuned!


Okay, okay. Lets get into the REAL reason you clicked on that link! KKW BEAUTY. We've all been tempted at one time or another to purchase something from her new cosmetic line. Here is my stance on KKW. Who am I to judge someone, who brilliantly turned a super unfortunate circumstance (IE, her sex tape), into a freaking empire. Most importantly, she has been a beauty and style icon for over 10 years. Along with her long time makeup artist Mario, they created many techniques that we still use today for a full face. I read somewhere that he has a lot of say in what she is producing for her line, so for me that's a win. If you haven't checked out his work go visit his IG (@MakeupbyMario).

When I first saw sneak peaks of the Mrs. West Collection, I damn near lost my shit. What could possibly be more perfect? A neutral, natural, bridal collection! On days that I work, I wear a full face of makeup. I waitress at a private club here in buffalo so I need to look as put together as possible. 

This is what I thought to be the most perfect addition to my makeup collection. This collection was based off the makeup look that Mario created on Kim's wedding day. It was sold in a set for 100$, and ended up coming out to be about 130$ with tax and shipping. The minimalistic nude packaging was SO on brand with my taste, I just had to. The clear, nude, and frosty packaging was everything. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Lets start with the lippies left to right. This collection came with a cream lipstick in the shade "Love", a creamy lipliner also in the shade "Love", and a shimmery topper gloss in the shade "Soulmate". As you can see above all the colors are super complimentary in shade range. I tried these on a couple days after I shared it with you on Instagram because I was scared I wasn't going to like them after seeing it in person. I tried all three of them on in order. At first I thought I loved them! After about an hour of wear and constant checking in on the trio, I realized that the lip liner was a bit dark for me. About three hours later, I realized that I had some serious butthole lips. If you don't know what I mean, it's when your lips get that terrible thick line of product build up closer to the inside of your mouth. I took off the products immediately and waited a couple more days to try them. 

I tried the lipstick on with my go to lip liner (NYX wooden liner in "natural), and it immediately looked so much better on my skin tone. I wore this throughout the night with no problems, and got many compliments. I wore the gloss on its own during a girls night. I took it out and started to apply it and all of my friends asked how I felt about it. I was a bit wary to tell them that I hated it and explained the issues I was having with it. They all tried it on, and once I saw that it looked GORGEOUS on all of them, I had a different outlook on it. It wore much better alone, and the little gold reflects were shining bright all night on all of us.

If you are interested in trying for yourself and are close to my skin tone, skip the liner, and wear the lipstick and gloss separately. (I think the gloss is a bit too thick to wear over ANY lipstick).

Next up, the powders! These were the items I was most worried about with the collection. For some reason I had doubts on how dry and textured they would be. The blush in the shade "Flower Wall", is stunning. It's peachy, youthful, and classic. The PERFECT shade for your wedding day. I just have two issues with it. You do have to use a lot of product to get the desired look, and it's not long lasting AT ALL. About two hours into my shift, there is no trace of it at all. 

The highlighter in the shade "Forever" is a different story. I love this highlighter. Ive been wearing it every day not stop since I got it and it performs super well. Not too dry or chunky, and it lasts all day. Per KKW BEAUTY this highlighter is meant for all skin tones, and I would say I do agree with that to an extent. Someone with a SUPER deep complexion might have trouble with this. 

Last but not least, the eyeshadow palette. Could you pick a more perfect shade selection for me? I really don't think so. This was another huge reason I took the chance on this collection. These colors speak to me on another level. I played around with this palette three different times. I did a dark smoky eye with the three bottom shades, I wore just the middle shades alone in the crease, and did the full look recommended by (@makeupbymario) in a video that him and Kim uploaded using the collection. They blend beautifully, and are long lasting. In my opinion, this is the perfect every day/work appropriate palette. I love how they chose to bring the rosey tones in. I find that it's not THAT common for a neutral palette. 

Overall, the two products I would not recommend are the blush and the liner. The liner may work for someone who likes a darker liner, or has a deeper complexion than I do. I would never wear a liner that dark for an every day look (or ever lol). I really wish the blush was more long lasting, because the color itself is gorgeous. This collection was supposed to be limited edition, and only the lipstick and lipgloss are still available. (I have a feeling that they may bring back individual products back so I will keep you updated on that)


 All of these formulas are the same formulas as her stand alone products, so I'm sure my opinion would stand true throughout her entire line. I hope this review was super helpful for you guys, and if you have any more questions about this collection that I did not cover, please reach out to me via IG or down below in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading!


5 Ways To Save Money On Makeup

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Welcome Back!

We all know makeup is expensive. There aren't many ways around the cost of it. I personally used to buy every new launch, and got way too caught up in the world of consumerism and spent WAY too much money on makeup. Within the last two years or so, I made a commitment to myself to purchase only what is necessary to get me through the day to day application, aaaand maybe a bit extra for that special occasion. Here are my top 5 tips on how to save money while shopping for makeup.

1. Don't be Afraid of the Drugstore
Its super easy to get caught up in the beauty industry. There are shiny new products coming out DAILY at this point. It's so overwhelming. The drugstore has come such a long way with their quality there is pretty much no reason to not buy your key products there. My favorite products to repurchase at the drugstore are: Foundation, Makeup Wipes, Brow Product. Think about the things you use every single day, that can really cut down cost if you can find a cheaper alternative. (DUPES DUPES DUPES.)

2. Don't Waste Product
Waisting makeup used to be my biggest problem. I'd buy so much, that I couldn't use it all before it expired. My tip for you, is to use your makeup up before replacing it with something new, or you may or may not end up with 15 foundations at one time. (yep. that happened.)

3. Pay Attention to Sales
Thankfully, makeup goes on sale pretty frequently. Ulta has their "21 days of Beauty" multiple times a year, where they select a handful of high end beauty products each day and mark them 50% off. Sephora also has their Beauty Insider Sales that give you 20% off of your purchase for a select time. Drugstore's are ALWAYS marking down products, especially at target. They mark down based off of sales on certain colors, new packaging, etc.

4. Shop Your Own Collection First
Those special occasions occur more often than you realize. Your birthday, a wedding, a night out with friends, an anniversary. We all like to get dolled up for those special occasions and for some that means a different routine for your makeup. You start your search on Pinterest for "special occasion makeup ideas", and you go to the store to buy the one thing you "don't have". 
The cool thing about makeup is you can be creative. Use bronzer and blush for eyeshadow. Use mascara for your brows. Use your summer shade of foundation for a contour shade. Chances are, you already have something in your collection from the past that you can reuse for another purpose. There are NO rules in makeup. It's supposed to be fun.

5. Try Before you Buy
Sephora and Ulta literally display the products for you in the store for this reason. You can go into the stores to play with the products, try them on your face, and actually feel the formula's. Only you know what you like. If you are unsure, Sephora will give you a sample of whatever product you are interested in, for FREE. You just have to ask. Ulta does not, however their return policy is pretty lenient. If you don't like a product, all you have to do is return it and say that it didn't work for you. Plain and simple. Don't be afraid to get that 30 dollars back if you didn't like the shade of the lipstick you bought once you got home. Drugstores are also getting way better about returned makeup. Just ask what their policy is before checking out!

As always, thanks for reading.


Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready With Health & Fitness Blogger Jessica Parrino

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Welcome Back!

For this months interview, I chose someone who inspires me on the daily. I met Jess in person at her sister(and my good friend)'s wedding this past October and we talked all things social media. I could tell right away that we would get along, as she is super kind, determined, strong, and most passionate about her side hustle. Keep reading to see how she fits a beauty routine into her busy schedule!


Hi, I'm Jessica! I'm so excited to be here :).  I am a young professional working in the healthcare industry (Revenue Integrity) and I have an online health and fitness coaching business when I'm not at my full time job! I'm a dog mom to my little beagle mix, Wade Wilson, and I'm married to a NYS Trooper, so life is pretty hectic.  I am always looking for ways to better myself - mind, body, and spirit, so it's fun connecting with like-minded women like Becca who inspire other women to gain confidence and embrace the beautiful women that they are!

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

In the morning, I wake up and workout, so afterwards it's time for the whole routine! I shower, wash my face and hair, put on moisturizer.  Depending on how much time I have before I have to leave, I may or may not do much of anything with my hair, but there's always time for makeup! My makeup routine only takes about 10 minutes (in this order) - 
Liquid Foundation: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Luminous Makeup
Powder: PUR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation
Blush: I don't stick to a certain brand for blush - this is one area where I'll pick a drugstore brand that is on sale :)
Brows: L'Oreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Eyebrow Pencil (I used to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and found this pencil to be a good substitute when trying to save a couple bucks!)
Eyeshadow: Any palette from LORAC or Too Faced - I'm not afraid to use color and shimmer!
Eyeliner: LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner
Mascara: L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening 2 Step Mascara
Lips: Senegence Lipsense, color varies daily but my favorite right now is Girlfriend.

Basicallyyyy I wash my face with Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash and put on lotion - Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer

What is the one product you could never live without?
LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner
I don't think I will ever use another liner.  This comes with a brush rather than a felt tip and it stays on ALL DAY no matter what!

Lipstick, or Lipgloss?
Both! I use Senegence Lipsense which is basically a lip stain with a lip gloss over it.  They have a lot of fun glosses too - including matte, glossy, iridescent, rose gold, you name it!

Liquid or Powder foundation?
Both - but powder only if I'm in a hurry! I hate when my face looks shiny.

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?
Liquid - see above :)

Falsies or Mascara?
Mascara daily - but if it's a special occasion I love falsies! I get the Ardell Demi Wispies and use Duo glue. I'm not a pro but getting better with practice!

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone?
Figure out a routine that makes you feel beautiful and make time for it daily! I used to skip makeup on weekdays sometimes and I never felt as confident without it.  It really can make a difference in your day.

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup?
I remember Bonnebell lipsmackers and having alll the flavors. And scented kid-friendly nail polish. Ohhh the 90's.

What is your favorite part of your routine?
I'd have to say my lip color.  I don't feel myself anymore unless I have some sort of lip color! I purchase Lipsense through a close friend of mine, @megyocation (Instagram) and it has truly taken me out of my comfort zone but I feel amazing every day! I want all the colors!

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose?
Honestly I've never thought about this because I've loved my makeup anytime I've had a makeup artist do it! But I just looked up some famous ones and I'd love to see what Hrush Achemyan could make me look like - she does the Kardashian/Jenner makeup and they always look like goddesses.

I was so happy when Jess said yes to participating in this month's interview. Go give her a follow on IG (@jess_parrino) to learn more about her day to day life, and all things wellness. 

As always, thanks for reading.

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