Monthly Beauty Series: Get Ready With Food & Fashion Blogger Haley Willis

Friday, January 25, 2019

Welcome Back!

Continuing on with my Monthly Beauty Series, I have chosen one of my good friends Haley Willis to start off the New Year. Haley and I met right after high school through a mutual friend, and we bonded right away over our taste in music, and all things beauty related. Haley just recently started a new food blog called "whollyhaley", and is posting some of the most mouth watering whole30 food recipes! Keep on reading to meet Haley and learn all about how she incorporates her love for makeup into her busy life!

Helllooo! My name is Haley, I'm 26 years old from Rochester, NY. I have a food blog, whollyhaley that I just started a few months ago where you can find lots of good recipes! I spend most of my time cooking, exploring Rochester with my fiance, Josh and co-parenting our cats, Quinn and Hiccup. I also have an Etsy shop, Torrid Revival, where I sell some really great vintage pieces. As someone who is a big fan of makeup and skincare, I was really excited to be interviewed for Little Budget Beauty. Thank you, Becca!

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

AM: - Wash face with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
- Apply Dermalogica skin smoothing cream all over face

For my everyday look I keep it pretty simple because I work in an office but currently I'm using: Becca Backlight Filter primer, Maybelline FITme Dewy+smooth foundation, Colourpop No-Filter concealer,  NYX brow pencil + Control Freak eyebrow gel, Physicians Formula bronzer, Benefit Roller Lash mascara, Colourpop Super Shock highlighter in Lunchbox.

During the winter I don't set my face at all because it just makes my skin look even more dry, but during the summer I use the Maybelline FITme setting powder too. If I'm really motivated before work (which is not very often) I'll reach for my Sultry eye shadow palette from ABH or do a simple wing liner with my NYX liquid liner. 

PM: - Wash face with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
- Apply 3 drops of Julep Boost Your Radiance serum all over face
- Apply Dermalogica skin smoothing cream all over face
My skin has been even more dry than usual this winter so 2-3 times a week I'll do a hydrating face mask at night too

What is the one product you could never live without?  
Definitely moisturizer!

Lipstick, or Lipgloss? 
Lipgloss for sure, I've tried so many different lipsticks but the maintenance of checking/fixing the lipstick throughout the day is just too much for me.

Liquid or Powder foundation? 
Liquid 100%

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner? 
Again, liquid 100%

Falsies or Mascara? 
I definitely use Mascara more so I would have to go with that, but when the occasion calls for it I do love a good pair of falsies!

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone? 
Invest in skin care and figure out what routine works best for your skin. I spent years using the wrong products but when I finally got a facial for the first time and was told what my skin type was I began using the right products and over time its definitely improved my skin!

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup? 
In 7th grade I begged my mom to buy me the Dream Matte Mousse foundation, I vividly remember wearing it the first day of school and my mom took a picture of us before getting on the bus. I wish I still had that picture because it is insane how badly matched the color was and also just how terrible it looked on. Still went on to wear it for months though, of course.

What is your favorite part of your routine? 
Even though I love makeup, it's really satisfying taking it off at the end of the day and doing my PM routine.

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would you choose? 
This is so tough, but I have to go with @RawBeautyKristi. She's one of my favorite Youtubers and I would love for her to do one of her eye looks on me!

Thank you so much Haley for participating in my monthly beauty series! To keep up with Haley on her every day life, go follow her on IG @haleywillis. She is a full time employee, blogger, cat mom,  and newly engaged to her long time boyfriend Josh (who is also is a super bomb ass cook if I do say so myself). 

As always, thanks for reading.


Makeup Products That Aren't Worth Your Money | 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome Back!

Today, I'm going to be sharing products that absolutely did NOT work out for me as I had hoped. The beauty industry has grown into a multi billion dollar industry over night, which means that companies are coming out with products weekly. As amazing as that is, It's actually super hard to keep up with as a beauty blogger who doesn't get any PR sent her way ;) It also makes it super hard for consumers to choose what they should buy, because there are so many different options to choose from. The following products, are products that were super hyped up by the beauty community, but ended up being super underwhelming (in my opinion). Keep on reading to see what products are LITERALLY not worth the hype or the money.

First up we have the Lancome Cils Booster XL lash primer. Lash primers have become all the hype as of recently, and I'm still having a hard time understanding why. As someone who could use a little help in the volume and curl department, I'm still on the hunt for a lash primer that does just that! I feel like when using this primer, it weighs down my lashes, and makes them super chunky rather than giving them volume and curling them up to the heavens. This was a no for me dawg. 

This one hurt me a little bit. The ever so loved Superhero mascara by It Cosmetics. I love most things produced by this brand, so I was excited to see that this was included in my Boxycharm subscription box a few months back. So many people talk about this mascara, so I had high expectations. This mascara isn't the worst mascara I've ever tried, but it definitely didn't rock my world either. For a high end mascara, it truly performed the same if not worse than some drugstore mascaras; it was super thin and watery. It didn't help hold my curl, and literally gave no volume what so ever. No superpowers here.

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

This guy. I bought this with all the best intentions. What more could you ask for? A primer that adds radiance underneath your foundation AND has hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin at the same time? Yeah, that would be lovely if it actually worked :)
When applied, this gives little to no radiance as far as I can see. I wore it for a couple weeks to give it a fair shot, but there was no difference in my makeup application. My skin did not feel hydrated when wearing it, and did not help with texture AT ALL. Unfortunately, the claims ended up being too good to be true.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation. I guess we can start off by saying something positive about this foundation before we get real. The color match was damn near perfect to my skin tone, and that rarely happens and the finish is great for a foundation that costs less than 10 bucks. As soon as I opened this up, I was completely turned off by the smell of legit paint. Now I am not someone who is super crunchy/clean with my beauty products (or anything in life really), and usually can get over the smell of something if it goes away but this one does not. I can actually smell this throughout the day and it makes me feel gross. I keep this guy around for absolute emergencies (lol), but other than that I would rather spend the extra couple of dollars to not smell like a big ol' can of Sherwin Williams if possible.

Becca Cosmetics Hyrda-Mist Setting Powder

This is probably the most disappointing product out of the bunch. My absolute favorite YouTuber @KathleenLights rants and raves about this product and I assure you I have never been let down by a single recommendation of hers. This hydra-mist powder has a cooling effect, and when applied it feels like you are sweeping water on your face, and that's about the only cool thing about this product. As far as the actual setting process goes, I feel like it doesn't do much of anything. My bronzers and highlighters apply super patchy over it, and I know it's the powder because my bronzers and highlighters apply beautifully over every other powder I've tried. 

I After a couple weeks of not using the powder, I opened it back up to find that most of it had actually evaporated. I followed the strict instructions, and made sure it was stored in a cool dry place, and it still evaporated. I don't know about you, but if I spend 40 dollars on a powder I expect it to be there when I go to use it. The idea of this powder was amazing, but I don't feel like it was executed well enough.

Alright guys. I know this was a super harsh post, but this is one of the reasons I started my blog in the first place. As a new beauty lover, I fell for ALLLL of the marketing scams, and paid endorsements, and direct sales bull. I hope that my honesty will help you all save money where you can, as it can be so easy to get caught up in all the hype when it comes to new launches in the industry. 

If you have tried any of these products and feel differently about them I would love for you to comment your opinions down below! 

As always, thanks for reading!


Foreo Dupe?! | Pop Sonic "Leaf" Review | 2019

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Welcome Back!

Today I wanted to share something with you that has literally changed my skin in a matter of two weeks. Yep, you read that right. I have mentioned time and time again, that your makeup will only look as good as your skin does underneath it. My goal with makeup is to (usually) make it look as natural as possible, and that means my skin care has to be on point to create the best canvas for the many products I use daily.

For Christmas, my mother in law purchased herself, Jake and I the Pop Sonic "Leaf" Silicone face brush. It's meant to effortlessly cleanse, rejuvenate and and smooth the skin. It has different speeds for the different parts of your face. Slower for the more delicate areas, and faster for the more rugged.  

The "front" of the brush has these little tiny bristles for cleansing and exfoliating. The brush vibrates for a super relaxing way to gently remove the dirt, pollution, and oil from the day! The coolest thing about this brush is that it pauses to alert you when it's time to move the brush to the next section. The pamphlet that it comes with, explains the order in which you should move the brush around your face. 

I have used the Mary Kay face brush in the past, and it was almost a little too harsh on my skin and caused me to break out. This one is also much easier to clean. (just needs to be rinsed after use).

The back part of the leaf has larger bristles to massage, and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This brush is made with medical grade silicone, so those of you who are allergic do not have to worry about reactions from this guy! I have always wanted to try the Foreo from Sephora, but unfortunately, I rarely have that kind of money laying around for a face brush. I'm super thankful to have received this from my MIL, and also super thankful to have found the CHEAPER alternative to the Foreo. I found it cheapest on Amazon and have linked it (here) for you guys!

Have any of you tried a cleansing brush like this for every day use? If so comment down below which brush you stand by!

As always, thanks for reading.


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