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Splurge-Worthy Intensive Eye Therapy

I have a little skin treat to share from a skincare brand I love!  Many of you read my review of NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35, which I still use every single morning.  NeoStrata also makes SKIN ACTIVE Intensive Eye Therapy.  I’m going to tell you a little bit about its unique formula, which contains patented ingredients that lift the eye area and promote an overall brighter appearance. Keep reading to find out if I think it’s splurge-worthy!

Splurge-worthy Intensive Eye Therapy - NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive

NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Intensive Eye Therapy: Key Ingredients

So what potentially makes NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Intensive Eye Therapy  Splurge-Worthy? read more


Highly Pigmented Waterproof Lipstick

No one wants to spend time applying lip color only to have it smear off moments later on a Venti PSL.  Your coffee lid’s spout doesn’t need any decoration!  City Color Cosmetics has a line of highly pigmented waterproof lipstick, and here’s their motto: “Don’t be THAT girl.  Be Smudge Proof with Be Matte Liquid Lipstick!” 

City Color’s shades range from nude to berry, so they’ve got a hue for every season and skin tone.  I’ll be reviewing a nude shade today! read more


The Best Drugstore Mascara Dupe for Chanel Inimitable

You guys.  I no longer have to pay $32 every time I want a fresh tube of mascara.  I have discovered the best drugstore mascara dupe for Chanel Inimitable Intense.

I’ve been using Chanel Inimitable for years because it provides awesome results.

Why is Chanel Inimitable so amazing?

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  • It gives me thick, long, lush-looking lashes that stay put all day
  • It doesn’t droop, flake, or smudge. I did a post about this holy grail mascara way back when, which you can view here.

While I can’t say I will for sure stop purchasing it completely, I can say I have found the holy grail of drugstore mascaras that gives Chanel a huge run for it’s money…both literally and figuratively, because it will be running to find my money from now on!  I now include CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara in my list of makeup must-haves.  (Thanks to my adorable teen cousin for informing me about this liquid gold!  You can read more about my drugstore favorites here.) read more


Simple Pastel Makeup Look Tutorial

Hey, everyone!  Today, I am sharing a simple pastel makeup look tutorial.  The look accidentally came about while I was experimenting with my Sugar Sweet Enchantress Eyeshadow Palette.  The purple shades were speaking to me, but since I usually go for earth tones,  I wasn’t really thinking I would like the end result.  But I loved it!  It’s definitely a look I will be throwing into the go-to mix, and it’s not just for spring and summer.  I’ve provided a a detailed eyeshadow tutorial and full list of products below.  The look can easily be recreated with an eyeshadow palette of similar shades, like this Makeup Revolution palette.  Do you have a favorite palette?  I would love to hear about it! read more


Review: Que Bella Deep Cleansing Mask

Okay guys, now that summer over, I wanted to give my skin a purifying treatment with a deep cleansing mask from one of my favorite affordable facial care lines.  My skin is always a little dried out after a summer in the sun and needs an overhaul after its pores have been clogged up with vast amounts of sunscreen.  Que Bella Beauty masks are so insanely affordable, and they are made with mostly natural ingredients.  I’m pretty sure that at some point, I will have tried them all!   There is such a wide selection to accommodate an array of skin issues and pampering desires.  This time, I chose the Deep Cleansing Mask with aloe vera for its moisturizing and rejuvenating effects. read more


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