#ManicureMonday

I felt this was the perfect color for this week. Taupe is severely underrated in the manicure department so I wanted to represent. I really like this polish that I got on sale (because that is how I get most of my beauty products nowadays) I am in dire need to going for a real manicure to get a handle on these cuticles but I have yet to find a reasonably priced place. I guess I got a little spoiled with my $12 manicures at my old place. 

I am keeping my eyes open. This polish needs two coats to really shine, but it works amazingly. It has yet to chip which is important. The brush is wide which works better for me as I don’t mess up as much (I really suck at putting on polish) and I can get the corners of my nails better. Plus Cruelty free!!!!

DollarTree Beauty Haul

So I know a lot of people are wary of buying make up from dollar stores but if the product has been unopened and you trust the brand I don’t see why not. 

Let’s see what I bought!

  • L.A. Colors:
    • Rose eye shadow palette
    • Nude eye shadow palette
    • Smokey eye shadow palette
    • Lip Oil in Strawberry
    • Color correcting smoothing face primer
    • Glow Now skin illuminator
    • 3 Color Craze Nail polishes in Cyber Grape, Mint, and Live
  • Wet N Wild
    • The smokey liner brush
    • Angled Liner Brush

As you can see most of my purchases are from L.A. Colors but I was able to add to my Wet N’ Wild Brush collection. I cannot wait to have them all!

#ManicureMonday

The other day I went to the dollar store and found some great beauty finds! L.A Color is a brand I’ve always liked and it is affordable too! 

I got three of their Color Craze polishes. This one is a metallic purple called Cyber Grape. I noticed quite quickly that it’s very thin so you need to apply a couple of coats to get it opaque. You will also need a top and bottom coat, I forgot to apply a top coat and it chipped pretty quickly. 

For 99 cents though it was a good buy. 

Beauty: Shea Moisture Body Scrub

I hate the thought of dead skin on my body, also spending all morning in a morgue surrounded by fluids, and other things I don’t want to mention I need a good body scrub.  Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand and Body Scrub seems like the best thing right now. 

SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub is a hydrating body care solution formulated with natural ingredients designed to nourish and repair your skin. Coconut Oil used in the formulation of this gluten free body scrub is rich in Vitamin E which quells dryness by creating moisture barriers and helping replenish lost oils. Hibiscus flowers act as emollients to soothe dry, irritated skin while Songyi Mushrooms even your skin tone. Certified Organic Shea Butter provides nourishing moisturization to make your skin supple and oh-so-soft!

– Taken from Sheamoisture.com

As you can see I’ve been using this for a while, and I absolutely love it. The smell is heavenly, and while it feels a little harsh the first time I used it, it leaves my skin feeling incredible. My skin is so soft and doesn’t feel tight or harsh, in fact it felt a bit moisturized. 

The scrub lasted me quite a while, and I loved using it. I think it’s the perfect scrub for the season, and it’s affordable. 

Beauty: #SkincareSunday Tarte Cosmetics Cleansing Gel

I purchased this Tarte Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel from Sephora a while back. I’ve always wanted to try it but didn’t want to shell out all that money on the full size and worry that I didn’t like it.

Lavender-oil infused lather feels like a day at the spa & won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry.

– Taken from Tartecosmetics.com

It is hypo-allergenic and vegan so that makes me even more excited, especially since my skin seems to be ultra-sensitive to products as of late. It can also be used to remove waterproof makeup if so desired.

While I do like the fragrance-free smell and the fact that my skin didn’t feel like it was just stripped of every single oil of my face, it was just okay. It is a very soft cleanser which I love, and it seemed perfect for my sensitive skin but in order for me to really say what it does for my skin would require prolonged use. 

My skin is pretty soft, but I exfoliate twice a week and it was never something that I had a problem with. 

I will have to keep debating if I want to purchase the large size and really see if it makes a difference. 

Beauty: Undone Beauty – Multi-dimensional Holographic Mascara

I’ve recently discovered Undone Beauty this cute little brand from Amazon. It intrigued me because not only are they affordable, and I am always looking for that beauty deal, but they are Vegan and Cruelty-Free! 

I purchased a set of three products, but today I want to focus the attention on the Multi-Dimensional Holographic Mascara in Black Lapis. According to Undone Beauty :

Undone Beauty’s Light On Mascara is formulated with light-reflecting pigments that provide dimension and shine to dull lashes for a multi-dimensional, cool blue black lash look. Made with castor oil for lash nourishment and conditioning. Ophthalmologist tested – safe for contact lens wearers.

-Taken from Undone Beauty 

While I can see the little light reflecting pigments when I look at the mascara I am not sure that I see that on my lashes. I think I would have to do a side by side comparison to really tell, but I have yet to do that. The mascara is easy to put on and it didn’t weigh down my mascara like I thought it may. While I noticed it didn’t add too much in the way of Length it did add a nice amount of volume and because of the light-weight formula I was able to layer it (and not have it clump up!) to my desire. 

While I think it can work for those days I am feeling especially glamorous, I think it serves better as a everyday natural mascara. Plus at being less than $7 I think it’s pretty damn good to use it regularly!

BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend Brush Set

BH Cosmetics is another brand that I love! Not only are they affordable but they are really great quality. This is the first time that I have actually used one of their brushes, but I couldn’t turn down this amazing Sculpt and Blend Set

The Brushes are surprising quality and made of dual quality. They are Vegan and Cruelty free too so that is an amazing plus.

The Set includes:

Powder Brush
Round Blending Face Brush
Tapered Contouring Face Brush
Flat Blending Face Brush
Angled Contouring Face Brush
Small Tapered Contouring Face Brush
Small Angled Blending Face Brush
Small Flat Blending Face Brush
Small Angled Contouring Face Brush
Small Round Blending Face Brush

Now, this brush set is currently on Sale for $14. 

Beauty: ELF Sculpting Silk Eyeshadow

You would never expect that a $4 palette named Rose All Day can work so well but ELF Cosmetics seem to be able to consistently give quality products at affordable prices. 

I got this palette as a free gift in a past order, but with fall approaching I was finally able to break this baby out. It blends well together and actually does not have too much fallout. Of course, I do recommend using primer when using this, but I do recommend that for any eyeshadow. 

The color doesn’t quite remind me of Rose considering the name, honestly it just looks like different variations of brown. However, I can’t fault it considering that this is Vegan and Cruelty free.

Beauty: Julie Nail Polish

Golden Sunset

I was looking for a nail polish that was appropriate for fall but still reminded me of the sunshine of summer. I think I found the perfect shade in JulieG Golden Sunset. This is actually from the brand Jesse’s Girl which they recently started stocking at my nearest Rite Aid. 

While I thought the color would have a more gold bronze tone to it, on my nail it actually reminded me of Rose Gold, which is not a bad thing at all. The polish is a little thin but I found if I layered it too much it chips a little too easy. 

I think I would like to layer this over another color, a brown or even a orange it could go well.

Beauty: Soap & Glory – The Righteous Butter

I’ve recently discovered that my local drugstore has begun stocking Soap & Glory. I have used a handful of their products and I have yet to have a bad experience. While my budget does not allow for many beauty expenditures I am able to pick up some items here and there.

First of all the Righteous Butter has an amazing smell! I swear I can just sit and smell it all day. The butter is smooth and easy to spread and not greasy at all. The lotion is meant to be used immediately after the shower while your skin is still wet. It seeps into your skin fast with is great.

With ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil this lotion is meant to moisturize. It makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, 100% recommend.