My Current Beauty Favorites

For those of you that watch my Instagram Stories or Snapchat videos, you know I get tons of beauty products sent to me on the reg. What’s so fun about being a beauty blogger is that I’m able to try a slew of new products all the time. It helps me find what I really love. As such, I’m able to provide you guys with honest recommendations of what I actually use daily.

Lately I’ve gotten in a makeup groove and have been obsessed with the items in my routine. As I’ve said before, I’m not someone that cakes on makeup or loves a dark look, so I tend to like “glowy” / “natural” makeup. If you like this look too, I think you’ll be pleased with the below product recommendations.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 in “Sand
I’m a big fan of using tinted moisturizer over a thick foundation. Again, I hate a “caked” on look. I’ve become obsessed with this Milk Makeup roll-on weightless liquid foundation because it’s light, while also providing the right amount of coverage.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Color in “Rally”
I love this product because it’s so versatile and pigmented. I use this generally for my cheeks as a blush, but it’s also perfect if you want rosey-pink lips. Don’t let the bright pink color fool you though – you can make this as bright or dull as you want by controlling how you layer on the color.

Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette
This palette is AMAZING. I’m really picky when it comes to highlighter and generally only like powder highlighters vs. liquid. This one is killer! I use the blush-toned one as a highlighter and mix the nude/gold colors together as eye shadow. Affordable and effective.

 Clarins Instant Concealer in #2
One thing that I can’t live without is concealer. Even if I have no other make up on aside from it, my entire face already looks better with a few dabs of concealer. Such a staple.

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
I’ve said this before, but I honestly don’t  need to color in my eye-brows that much since they are naturally really thick. However, i do have a few “bald” spots (weird I know) in both of my brows, so I carefully color them in with this amazing pencil.

IT Cosmentics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
This mascara is my forever-favorite. I don’t have naturally long lashes, but I can honestly say that this mascara thickens and elongates them instantly. Highly, highly recommend this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush
Don’t let the color of the packaging fool you, these lip paints come out a bit different than you’d expect. I’ve been loving the “Spice Blush” color. It’s a great mix between a natural pinkish-nude. Plus, it’s glossy and doesn’t dry out.

How to Cut Through the “Sponsored” Bullsh*t

Word to the wise – marketing works. It’s the reason that I bought a bump-it back in 2009 (obviously never wore it) and the reason why I have a Vegetti (you know that thing that turns your veggies into spaghetti). So yeah, I’ve definitely fallen victim to “buying into marketing” – literally.

So how do you know what’s real and what’s fake? Especially when it comes to the world of influencers, who’s to say we actually like the brands we’re promoting? Because we all know there is no way in hell Kim Kardashian is really eating Sugar Bear Hair Gummies on the reg.

With that, I thought it would be fun to do a little 101 on how to cut through the sponsored bullsh*t.

So let me just put this out there – I never promote brands I don’t like or wouldn’t use. In fact, I actually turn down a lot of partnerships if the brand or product doesn’t seem like something I’d actually buy on my own. That said, there are a lot of ruthless influencers who would promote dog sh*t to make a buck. So how do you figure out who’s being truthful and who’s being dishonest? Find my tips below.

  • Get to know the influencers you follow. Anyone that follows me will see that I do Instagram Story make-up tutorials semi regularly. My followers know that I’m just genuinely sharing the brands I use in order to help my followers mimic a similar look and am not getting paid to promote the items. Once you “get to know” the people you follow, you’ll understand who is trying to share advice with their audience and who is just trying to make money.
  • Do your own research. If a skincare line is doing wonders for an influencer you follow, that’s pretty promising, but all skin types are different. Be sure to do your own research to look into the chemicals in each product and read online reviews before buying.
  • DM the influencer. Sliding into someones DM’s may seem creepy, but blogger welcome feedback and questions! I’ve had plenty of people text or message me asking “does that product really work or are you just being paid to say that?” I always am truthful and am open to answering any questions my followers have. At the end of the day, we want to see you guys love the products we love, so I encourage you to ask if you have any hesitation.
  • Trust your gut. Do you ever have a moment where you realllllly want something, but your favorite Bachelorette contestant just posted it and you feel like buying it would make you a total sellout? My advise – who cares! If you want it, buy it. It doesn’t matter where you saw it, it just matters that you genuinely like it.

Any additional questions that I may have not answered? Feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

Upgrade Your Look With These Accessories (All Under $15) + My Camo Sweatsuit

Are you ever wearing a killer outfit, but still just notice something is missing? Sometimes it isn’t about what you’re wearing, but how you style it. A small (and cheap) accessory can go a longggg way and totally up the look of your outfit.

I love accessorizing because it’s an opportunity to express yourself. Take these rose gold frames for example – I don’t have prescription glasses, but it’s still fund to “pretend” for the  day. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite accessories, all under $15 with you! Click the photos below to purchase.

I’m not done yet… You can also snag my new favorite (and comfiest) camo sweatsuit for $22.00. Yes, I know, I almost passed out when I heard the price too. And yes, that price is for the top AND bottom. Get it HERE.

Get Rachel Lindsay’s ‘After the Final Rose’ Jumper for Less!

Congrats to Nick and Vanessa and all, but can we just talk about Rachel Lindsay’s jumper?! That black, plunging one-piece was an absolute SHOW STOPPER. I immediately went on a hunt to find it  (because I need to have it) and it turns out that it’s Jovani. It retails at around $400 and comes in multiple colors, but I had to find it for less. So  low and behold…. Rachel Lindsay’s After the Final Rose Jumper for less!

An Ode to Female Bloggers on International Women’s Day

An ode to my fellow female bloggers on Internal Women’s Day

I commend you

Because, I too, can relate to working at 12 hour day

Yet, still having a full “to-do”

Not always being taken seriously

The chatter behind our backs

The weight of balancing two gigs

Yet still prevailing

Supporting one another

Supporting women

This is our passion

And we choose to live it with the odds against us

And for that, I commend us.