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Amazon Brush Set

Hey guys! Am I the only one who gets sucked in by Amazon? Oh you need dog treats? New makeup brushes? New shoes? Fall décor? Clothes? Amazon has on it on my door step in two days and I never have to leave the house!!!! I know I can’t be the only one who hates to go to out for one thing when Amazon can have it to me ASAP. You name it, I have ordered it. I’ve even sent a relative non-perishable food from Amazon Pantry.

ANYWAYYYYY, enough about my Amazon addiction. I had been eyeing a brush set for a while. It was only $7.50 for 8 brushes but it only had 3.5 stars out of 5. I didn’t want to end up with a cheap crappy brush set that I would end up tossing. Then it appeared as a lightening deal for $5!!!! I know its really not that much of a difference but that whole two dollars was enough to convince to me pick them up.

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Above is a screen shot of the current price and product from Amazon. There is also another option of colorful brushes with a more “unicorn” look to them, but they weren’t really my style and look completely different than these so I can’t speak to their quality.

The came in two days and were each in their own plastic sleeve and then all of them were in a larger plastic sleeve packed into a “bubble” envelope.  The fan brush seemed a little misshaped due to shipping but its actually fine.

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The brushes have a rose gold handle with a gold ferrule. The bristles are soft and the right amount of fluffy and dense. I actually prefer a more dense brush over a flimsy one.  If its flopping all over the place, products are not going to apply how I like.

These do apply product nicely. I especially like the fan brush, blending brush, tapered brush, and pencil brush. I’ve used all of them but the liner brush so far and I don’t have any issues, they apply product nicely. So far I haven’t experienced any issues with shedding. I haven’t washed them yet, but they do feel like they’ll hold up well. Nothing is glued weird  and they seem very sturdy.

Have you guys tried any brushes from Amazon? What are some of your recommendations?

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Pur Soiree Diaries

Hey all! Happy Friday! I’m here with yet again another palette review thanks to BoxyCharm’s September box! I’m over getting eyeshadows in every single box but the value and products sent is overall worth it!

Anyway… Lets get into it.

The PUR Soiree Diaries palette is another neutral palette with 8 mattes and 4 shimmers. I find the palette to be pretty basic but these are easy to blend, butter, and pigmented. They apply nicely to the lids and wear well all day. I didn’t have any issues with creasing or fading during the work day. The packaging is a sturdy cardboard with a marble design. It does not have a mirror but the size makes it ideal for travel.

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These are pretty basic shades and I think they’d be great for a beginner or someone who loves neutrals! I know I’ll get a ton use out of this, as I prefer neutrals on a day to day basis.  This the first time I have played with PUR shadows and I’m pretty impressed. The shimmers felt amazing and I’d like to get my hands on a few others.

If you don’t subscribe to BoxyCharm and want to pick this up, it retails for $34 at Kohls or the PUR website.

 

 

Anti-Haul #5

Hey guys! I’m here with the 5th edition of my Anti-Haul series! This is in no way a bash at the brands mentioned! Many of these brands I love but these are products I wont be purchasing for one reason or another.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prims Palette $42

screenshot_20171002-0907331398705699.jpgAt first some of shades made me take another glance but I’d never reach for this! I can’t see myself doing a ton of looks with this palette and it would just catch dust! I’m really not into those yellow shades, they’ll look weird on my skin tone!

Pat McGrath Mothership Palettes $125 / $300

screenshot_20171002-0908511107700291.jpgI’ve never tried anything from Pat McGrath but I can tell you I’m not going to start with these! These will retail for $125 for 1 or $300 for all 3… Ummmm excuse me?!?! I don’t care how pigmented these shades are, for that much money these better be made of diamonds and unicorn farts. No thanks!

Luxie Beauty X Disney Jasmine Brush Set $95

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Every fiber of my being wanted this brush set! The minute I saw it was announced and sneak peeks were being released, I told myself I would pick this up! That is until the saw the damn price tag! I can’t bring myself to pay $95 for 6 brushes. No matter how bad I want this, I just can’t do it!! I’ll be over here crying a little bit inside.

LauraLee Los Angeles Cats Pajamas Palette $40

screenshot_20171002-091206570092769.jpgThis palette seems a little too basic for me to drop $40 on and I haven’t been overly impressed by the swatches I’ve seen so far. These look similar to shades I already have in my collection, so I don’t need to buy another palette I don’t need! I know everyone is going to lose their shit over this but my feelings are just neutral when it comes to Laura Lee, I watch her channel sometimes but I’m not a big enough fan to justify the purchase over that alone. There’s no room for another blah palette in my collection!

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Palette $62

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I’m a big fan of Kat Von D. I own a ton of her products and I love everything I own. This palette just looks overwhelming to me. I will never wear the bottom right 6 shades, I’m not a bright colorful eyeshadow kind of girl! There also looks to be 3 white/ cream shades that appear to be VERY similar and I find this such a waste of space. I absolutely love the packaging but I would not get enough use out of this to justify the $62 price tag!

What products are you anti-hailing?!

Fall Wish List 2017

Hey guys! How’s it going?! I wanted to share my current wish list that includes makeup, skincare, nails, and a makeup bag!

20171002_144601284364969.pngFirst up, lets talk about this GORGEOUS makeup bag! The Dark Rainbow collection is gorgeous!! I don’t really NEED a makeup bad…. but I sure do want a piece from the collection. The black holo/ glitter speaks to me!

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Lets be real here – I have an entire draw dedicated to my highlight collection and I sure as hell don’t need another! However,  the Laura Mercier LE L’Amour collection is stunning! I mean – LOOK HOW FREAKING BEAUTIFUL THIS IS!!! I need to find better swatches and I’m waiting to see reviews because I’m not sure how great it would look on skin.

If you follow me on Intagram (if you don’t you should! @almayerich), then you know I love the polishes from ILNP. I have 4 currently in my collection and I’m dying over these two beautiful shades in Dinner Party and Close Knit. If you’d like to see a review of the polishes, let me know! I’ve had my current shade on for two weeks now with no chipping just major nail growth! And I’m pretty rough on my hands!

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The new Tartelette Toasted had me doing double and triple takes! I have yet to pick up a Tartelette Palette but this might be the one for me! I don’t need another warm palette or do I? hmmm

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Have you laid your eyes on the new Hour Glass Confession Lipsticks?! These look so luxurious and classy. I’m dying to get my hands on one and what better way then to grab a set?! I’m just over here drooling.

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I’ve had my eye on the Philosophy Pore Extractor Mask for some time now. I’ve read great reviews and I’m dying to try it out. I know I need my pores extracted! At $35 for 2.5oz this better take every blackhead and spec of dirt out of my face!

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I love Peter Thomas Roth but I’ve only tried a few products. I’ve been dying to try this set for over a year now but every time I go to buy it, its out of stock! Hopefully after my no buy I can grab one! Unless I can consider this an essential skin care product which would exclude it from my no buy… hmmmmm….

Last but certainly not least is the Morphe 35O2. You all know how much I LOVE Morphe so of course I want to get my hands on this palette that drops the 12th! In the above photo you can see it compared to the original which Jaclyn Hill showed on her SnapChat. They are similar but they are also different enough for me to justify the purchase. Do I need ANOTHER warm palette…. probably not. Did I just buy the Jaclyn Hill collab…. Guilty.  You just can’t beat the pigmentation and price point!!!

I’d love to know what’s on your wish list! Don’t forget if you want to see a review on ILNP nail polishes let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

Splurge Worthy

Hey! How’s it going? It’s Monday, so let the struggle to Friday begin! Anyway, I wanted to share some of my favorite higher end items that I think are totally worth the price tag when you want to occasionally spoil yourself for working so hard!

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1.  Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette and Shade & Light Glimmer Palette – $49 each. If you need two versatile palettes that are easy to use, blendable, and just down right gorgeous – you need these! They’re the perfect companions for easy to create looks!

2. Sephora Collection Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying – $20. This is pretty much a dupe for the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment (which I also love!). This really cleans out my pores and detoxes my skin!

3. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – $22/ $38. I’ve had both the smaller and larger version of this moisturizer, it really depends on when I run out and how much I feel like spending at the time. This is my HOLY GRAIL moisturizer. If you have oily skin, thank me later! This has a gel consistency and soaks into the skin without leaving a greasy residue or feeling too heavy. This has helped change my skin for the better and I highly recommend it!

4. Clinique Pep Start Hydroblur Moisturizer – $29.50. I actually don’t use this as a moisturizer per say. I love this before my makeup in the morning. It doesn’t do a great job moisturizing my skin, but it perfects the skin and blur pores in such a gorgeous way. It has a silicone feel to it but isn’t overly heavy on the skin. I follow this with primer and the rest of my makeup routine. If you struggle with large pores and other skin imperfections that you struggle to cover, give the smaller size of this a try!

5. Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette – $38. I said it once and I’ll say it again, I was so wrong about my assumptions. This palette is beautiful and worth every single cent. These are pigmented, blend beautifully, don’t crease, and overall apply like a dream. If you haven’t gotten your hands on it – you’re missing out!

6. Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder – $26.99. If you love an out of this world, in your face highlight this is the highlight for you! Its incredibly blinding  and I would love to roll around in this, but I fear that may be unacceptable.

7. Lush Charity Pot – $28. This stuff is amazing on incredible dry or burnt skin.  Its perfect for throwing in your bag on a beach vacation! While it does leave you feeling a bit like a greased up pig, its incredibly soothing on irritated skin. Even the next day I find my skin still feeling soft and hydrated. I used this on my husband when he got so burnt he looked like a walking lobster. I’ve been through 2 jars now and its a summer staple in this house.

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8. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – $45. My life was a lie before I tried this body butter. Yes, the price tag is scary – It was on my wish list for some time before I received it for my birthday. I’ve been sparingly using this deliciously scented cream in fear of using it too fast. It has a rich pistachio caramel scent that really sets the product apart. This leaves my skin feeling tighter and overall just really nice! I love the slight glow my legs have after applying this. Add this to your Christmas list!

9. Express Portfino Shirts – $49-$59. I know this isn’t a beauty product, but if you work in an office environment or just want some nice dress shirts that will last you for years, these are worth every penny! Express also sends out amazing coupons! I probably have 7 or 8 of these shirts in varying colors and styles but these are timeless. The light fabric makes them perfect for under a suit jacket or pairs nicely with a pencil skirt. You can throw them in the wash and dry them with no worry they will shrink on you. I’ve had some of them for YEARS! Sometimes you can find these at Gabes or Marshalls for a fraction of the cost. New York and Company also make similar shirts that I have 3 of but the Express shirts fit my body type perfectly!

Sorry I totally forgot to take pictures of the last items on the list! I completely spaced. Whoops!

I know some of these items aren’t incredibly high in price, but I’m not one to purchase luxury brands. Sure I have some sample sizes laying around, but they normally aren’t items I reach for every day! These are items I reach for at LEAST twice a week or more.

What items do you love to splurge on?

Kat Von D Shade & Light Glimmer Palette

Hey guys! How’s it going?! HAPPY FRIDAY!! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Kat Von D Shade and Light Glimmer Palette ever since the news broke of its release.  Finally after months of drooling and not pulling the trigger, its all mine!!!

The original Shade and Light palette is my holy grail matte palette. I reach for it all the time, so obviously I had to have the sister palette!

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I have the original palette in the original cardboard packing, so I when this came I was drooling over sleek and gorgeous this palette is. The plastic is sturdy and could be easily traveled with. I love the raised letter and the holographic accent. There’s also a large mirror inside which is great!

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This palette is laid out similar to the original in 3 quads, neutral, cool, and warm. This has the same tones but were remade in four different finishes, shimmering satin base shades, metallic contour shades, glitter definer shades, and special effect top coats. The satins and metallic are beautiful and glide on so smoothly. I find the glitter blends out in the black shade unless you apply on top of glitter glue, but this doesn’t really bother me as I’m not a huge glitter fan. The glitter in the other two shades is very fine and I hardly notice it, they actually look more metallic that glittery but again, no complaints from me. The special effects shades are GORGEOUS!!! These do need applied with fix plus to really amp them up but stay put pretty well. Even without fix plus, they make gorgeous inner corner highlights or subtle metallic lid shades but really make a look pop when applied with fix plus. Just look at these swatches!!!

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Here’s the glimmer palette compared to the original. Now I know some of you are thinking – I don’t want an all shimmer palette, and I hear you! How many of you travel with multiple palettes? I know I do!! Well now I can take two and have multiple looks from all matte to all shimmer or day to night. These two alone have every neutral shade and coordinating shimmer for easy on the go looks! If you’re not a fan of neutral shades, these aren’t for you! However, if you’re like me and live and breath for a good neutral look whether it be basic or glam – YOU NEED THESE.

 

 

 

 

Fall Makeup Must Have’s

 

Hi guys! How’s it going? Even though it doesn’t feel like fall in WV (its 87 degrees out!), I wanted to share a few items in my collection that are perfect for creating those gorgeous fall looks we all love!

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  1. Morphe 35O has been a must have for a few years now. It has the perfect tones for fall from bronzes to oranges and warm browns.
  2. Morphe 35F is new to my collection but all the warm and bronze tones just scream fall! If you love shimmers and metallic this will be your go to palette this fall!
  3. Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Video is the perfect nude blush that is just enough to warm up your cheeks. Its not too bold or colorful and won’ t overpower those gorgeous fall eye looks!
  4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita is one of my favorite shades for fall! This can be drying so don’t forget to scrub away dry skin and hydrate your lips for all day comfort!
  5. NARS Semi matte Lipstick in Scarlett Empress is the perfect fall berry shade. I use a berry lip liner to help keep this velvety lipstick in place.
  6. L’Oreal Infallible Paints in 310 Taupeless is a gorgeous lipstick perfect for those cooler toned looks. I love taupe and grey plum shades for this time of year.
  7. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey is absolutely stunning. By now I’m sure you’ve heard of it and its probably in your collection, so you knows its perfect for the beginning of fall when you still have the remnants of a summer tan. It pairs beautifully with those warm fall tones we all love!

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What are some of your fall favorites? What kind of looks do you like to create this time of year? Let me know!

2017 Makeup No Buy

Hey guys! How’s it going? I’ve decided to go on a complete makeup no buy until October 31st. I know that’s only a little over a month but there is no way I can skip out on the November Sephora sale and Black Friday!! Ok, ok I know that’s exactly the time I need to be on a no buy but I have a couple sets on my list I’m waiting to pick up during the sale! There is always a TON of releases this time of year and I absolutely don’t need them, no matter how gorgeous they are.

I’m also going on an eye shadow palette no buy until January. I have two drawers full of palettes and I haven’t used half of them in months! I need to make an effort to use all of them or give them away.

The exceptions to the no buy is Boxy Charm and Sephora Play. I’m not cancelling my subscriptions so this will be the only makeup I get in October and any Palettes that may come before January 2018.

I have quite a bit of makeup to review so there will be no shortage posts! If you have any suggestions on how to get through a no buy successfully, let me know!! I’ll need all the help and support I can get!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Review

Hey guys! I’m here with a foundation review! I’ve been testing out the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless over the past month and half to see how it performed.

I love a good foundation and I’m always on the hunt for a good matte foundation that can last all day. From the time I get ready in to the morning to the time I get home my makeup is going on 11 hours of wear time. I know that my makeup is going to look a hot mess by the end of the day, I need it to hold up as much as possible!

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Currently my ideal shade is 120, which is rather tan for me. I’m normally as pale as a ghost, so we’ll see if I can find a good match for my winter skin. The formula is pretty thin which doesn’t bother me, but I do wish it had a pump! I find I waste so much foundation trying to dump it out on the back of my hand. Ugh.

This foundation has medium coverage but it is buildable. I think this has more of a “natural matte” finish rather than completely matte. To me “matte” is along the lines of my holy grail Kat Von D lock It foundation. I like the coverage and formula for the summer. Its not too heavy and doesn’t get cakey on me. It does last 5 or 6 hours before I really have to go in and powder my t-zone but overall that’s not bad wear time. I always prime, powder, and set my foundation because I am so greasy, and this does help extend the wear time on my skin.

I highly suggest this foundation if you have oily skin and want a matte foundation that isn’t TOO matte or flat on the skin. If you have dry skin, I’m sure if you would love this one but there is a Dewy and Smooth that I imagine is more suitable for your skin!

Have you tried this? Do you have foundation suggestions for oily skin?

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