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Favorite longwear lip products

July 7
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Let me tell you, the day I discovered long wear lip products was the day my life was changed. I am one of those people who just look and feel 100x better with a little bit of lip color. I have a fairly pale complexion so just a little bit of color really does go a long way. Sadly, most of the products I have tried in the past wore off during the day and I just don’t have time for touch ups every two hours.

Today I am sharing a few of my favorite long wear lip products both from department store and drugstore brands. I use all of these products regularly and have been impressed by their results.

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lip 

This is the newest Maybelline lip product right now. I was lucky to have two colors sent to me to test out and let me tell you, I LOVE it. I was unsure at first as it goes on a little sticky, but it dries within a minute and really does last all day.  My favorite is Lover.  I put this on at 8pm one night and forgot to wash it off when I went to bed. It was still on the next morning at 11am.  Amazing. FYI you will want to use a stronger makeup remover to take this off. I suggest this to remove it. Oh, and I love that this is on Amazon Prime.

 

Kat Von D Liquid Lip

I love Kat Von D products for their longwear ability. Her foundation is one of my favorites and this lip product has been added to my list.

 

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I was recently sent a bottle of this lip product and was super confused when I opened the package. The whole thing is only like two inches tall. They call this a shaker product so instead of the traditional long tube with a wand you have a bottle that you shake and then the applicator is in the lid. You can then use this tip first to line the lips and then fill in with color. The dry time on this one is a little longer but it is worth it. I am loving this in pink.

 

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color

This was the first long wear lip product I had ever used. I purchased it at CVS but was unaware of its power until I tried it out. After using it I was in love. I had always been the person who was either reapplying lipstick all day or with colorless lips after 10am. (It was usually the latter.) This product is actually a two step system. The liquid color is applied and then after it dries there is a clear gloss cover to lock it in and add moisture. I got tons of compliments and told anyone who asked about it how awesome it was.

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DIY pumpkin face mask for fall

October 20
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DIY pumpkin face mask for fall. Make this autumn inspired diy beauty treatment today!

One of the things I love to do on my days off is an at home face mask. I often purchase these at Ulta or I make them myself. This year I had heard others in the blogosphere talking about pumpkin face masks and I wanted to try one myself. I came across this recipe for a mask and I tried it on a day off recently and really enjoyed it. It left with a smooth clean face but not overly dried out as can happen. Perfect for fall. I have noticed that as I get closer and closer to 30 my face is getting a bit drier and benefits from products geared toward dry and sensitive skin as opposed to the anti acne products of my youth. (Thank God that is over.) If you don’t know your skin type consider learning more HERE. Armed with this information you can make wise beauty purchases and get the most out of your products.

 

Anyways, I prepared the mask and applied to clean skin. Because of my dry skin I mentioned before, I chose to do this in the morning. I washed my face the night before so it was clean. You could get away with washing and applying directly after, it just depends on what works for your skin. :Let the mask sit for about 20 minutes and it will begin to harden.  This is fine.  I then removed it during my shower. You could also remove it with warm water and a washcloth.

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The recipe:
¼ cup pumpkin
1 tsp honey
1 egg

This makes enough for two or three masks so consider getting together with a few friends or sisters. Because this is made with raw egg I suggest using soon after making it and discarding leftovers immediately.

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Did you try this mask? What did you think?  If you have any other fall beauty suggestions share them below!

Summer fashion

May 30
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I know I have never shared fashion posts before, but I’d like to start.  Let me know what you think.

I wanted to share with you today a few new summer pieces I have added to my wardrobe.  Every year I like to grab a few new items to spruce up my closet for the warmer months.  Because of the heat in Florida I like to wear dresses as much as possible in the summer.

First up is this super cute sundress from Old Navy.  I love the light linen feel and the classic styling.  I purchased this dress for the Orlando Fringe Festival a few weeks ago and I know it will be on constant rotation over the summer.

I saw my friend Sarah wearing a cute hat a few weeks ago and I was inspired to add one to my wardrobe.  I found this one at Charming Charlie’s and it goes perfectly with my pink Banana Republic top (similar) and Kate Spade bag (similar). I wore these with some Khaki Bermudas. (Similar)
Last up is this pair of sandals from Target.  I spent all last summer finding my holy grail sandals and when I found these I knew my search was done.  I like dark sandals that are a little more than just a thong but not a full on gladiator sandal. Anyways, I wore my pair all summer, fall and sometimes in the winter and now they are starting to get a little worn. (They were only $20 at target!) I was so happy to see them again on the Target Website. This year I ordered two pairs so that I would be good to go for this summer and on.

Lastly one of my summer staples is my Ray-Bans.  I have both aviators and a wayfarer style.  I actually prefer these as they fit me better than traditional wayfarers but that is just my opinion.

Also, I want to leave you with one of the most important summer essentials: sunscreen.

This is my favorite facial moisturizer and sunscreen.

 

Have you purchased any new items for summer?  What did you get and why?

 

 

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Favorite department store products

April 30
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Favorite Department Store Beauty Products. My favorites for Ulta and Sephora.

 

I love finding great products at the drugstore, but sometimes its worth spending the cash and getting the high end item.  These are a few of my favorite department store products that are worth every penny.

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Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay 
I am sure you’ve heard about the amazing line of Urban Decay Naked products. They basically exploded a few years ago.  Well, in case you haven’t tried the shadows, they are amazing.  I know that $50 sounds like a lot for eye shadow but this palette will last a long time.  I’ve had mine for two years and it’s still going strong.  If you’re a eye shadow person this is worth the cost.  What makes it so great?  These shadows are perfectly pigmented to provide the perfect color application.  Not to heavy, not to light.  Also, the palette comes with enough colors to give you severals looks from a day at work to a night on the town.

 

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Brows are in and with this product my brows stay on all day. I used to use a cheap brow gel and half way through the day my brows were gone.  With Anastasia they are “on point” until I take my makeup off.  This little tub was only $18 and has lasted me way over a year and I still have a ways to go.  I use it with a E.L.F. brush instead of the one they sell.

 

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Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
I discovered these blushes through fellow blogger Kate at The Small Things Blog.  She raved and raved about them so I figured I’d try them out.  Turns out she is right.  These really are lovely blushes.  They are well pigmented and go on smooth.  They last all day for a great look.  I own blissful and Tipsy.  Look around and find the color that works best for you.

 

katKat Von D  Lock-it Tattoo Foundation
I did my own makeup for my wedding.  One of the things I was concerned about was my foundation so went searching for a super strong all day foundation.  I wanted something that would cover any blemish, conceal redness and issues, and last 12+ hours.  I found this in the Kat Von D Lock-it foundation.  Now, I have to admit that was not a brand I had every really thought was worth it, but it is.  Her products stay all day, something very important to me.  I mix this with a little bb cream for everyday use to thin it out a little.  I get the best application with a stippling brush, but a beauty blender would be great too if you’re into that.

 

Interested in how you can save money on department store beauty products? Check out my post here.

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think?  Of course everyone is different and what works wonders for me may or not be your cup of tea, but these are just some of my faves.  I have an order coming in next week from Tarte so you can look forward for my thoughts on those products as well.

 

 

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How to save on high end beauty supplies

March 4
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High end beauty products seem to be the kinds of items that don’t really go on sale.  You might get a free mini product with purchase or something, but you just don’t see the same sales as you do with clothing, food, and other items. Regardless, I do have a few tips on how to save money on high end make products.  Try these out and see how much you save!

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1. Although most of us generally purchase items through Ulta or Sephora, brands also have their own websites which actually go on sale sometimes. Urban Decay has sales quite a bit and they put items on clearance.  I was able to grab their Naked Flushed palette in Native for only $11 during a sale. (regular $29.)  Its still on sale for $15 here.

Add yourself to the email list for Urban Decay, Tarte, Too Faced, and whatever other brands you like. Look out for emails about special deals.

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2. Every December Sephora sends out an email/and or regular mail to their members with a coupon for $15 off a $50 purchase (More for VIB Rouge members)  This is great time to grab a new foundation or other expensive item right be before the holidays.

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HSN, thats right, the Home Shopping Network carries a few nice beauty brands.  Join (for free) and receive emails with nice coupons.  I have used $10 of a $20 purchase coupons to get mascara half off.  Check it out, they always have a discount or sale going on.

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3. Still want to buy your items at Sephora? Download the app Ibotta and get $10 back on a $50 purchase at Sephora (excludes JCP locations.)  BONUS:  Join through the link above and get an extra $10 back when you redeem your first rebate.  That’s $50 worth of products for $30.  (even less if you combine with another tactic mentioned here.)

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4. Ok, so you still want to buy your products at your regular store or site.  That’s ok, you can still save a little buy purchasing with a gift card.  Ok, not any gift card, but one from a gift card resell site.  I have used this technique many times to save on expensive items including my dishwasher! Read the fine print, but generally these can be used in store or online.  I find the best deals with an app called Raise.  Currently, when you join Raise for free using this link you will receive $5 off your first gift card order.  Most cards are electronic so you will receive it within a day.  Some cards are physical so they may have to arrive in the mail.  Just check before you buy.  I found cards for Sephora inside JCP for up to 23% off and regular Sephora cards for 10% off.  An Ulta fan? I found cards up to 10% off.

 

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5. Lastly, if you are shopping online at all you NEED to be using Ebates.  Ebates is a free cash back program that gives you cash back for almost every purchase.  Generally you can get between 2% and 10% back on beauty sites.  This trick works in combination with the online options mentioned in this post so double up!

 

Have you used any of these tricks before?  Did they work well?  Do you have other suggestions?  Share in the comments!

 

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Favorite drug store beauty products of 2015

February 24
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My 6 favorite drugstore products of 2015- Why I love these frugal/ budget friendly beauty, hair, and skin products that you can purchase anywhere. AmberDowns.net

 

I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few of my favorite drugstore products of 2015.  I love to use drug store products, but hate buying them and finding that are not as good as advertised.  Below are a few products that i feel are as good as high end items at a fraction of the cost.


CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor (On sale at Amazon for only $6.99 with $2 off coupon!)
I have a huge problem with lipstick wearing off.  I have tried practically every brand and within an hour its gone.  I ran across this in CVS one day and grabbed it on a whim.  Well turns out its amazing.  Yes, it is a liquid product which is a little more drying, but it comes with a super cool clear coat that locks in moisture and provides shine.  I have tried other high end brands of liquid lipstick since this product and although they work, this one is just as good and half the cost.

 

Maybelline Baby Skin Instand Pore Eraser  $4.49 on amazon
I started using primers about a year and a half ago and let me tell you, they are amazing.  Now, you will notice this produce is not advertised as an primer, but it is.  I had been pretty loyal to Smashbox, but $36  was starting to get a little pricy so I tried this.  It’s basically the same thing and makes my makeup application dreamy.  (Yes, dreamy.)  Even if you’ve never used a primer before, for $5 this is worth a shot.  (Trust me!)

L’oreal SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray

Ok, this product is awesome, but it might just over do it on claims. I discovered this on sale at Target last year and have been in love ever since.  I use it on wet hair before blow drying to reduce frizz and leave a silky smooth texture.  I also use it before using a flat iron and it really helps reduce the crazy bulky feeling of my hair.  I love that it doubles as a heat protectant spray, so that is on less item to buy.  As a resident of Florida I deal with gross frizzy hair all the time and this really helps combat the issue.  I also use it before curling for a little protection.  Does it last three days?  Maybe in the winter, but lets not get too crazy.  Besides, for $5 what more could you ask for?

Herbal Essences NAKED Dry Shampoo

This product is from the naked line that Herbal Essences came out with.  It claims 0% paraben and colorant; It also comes in a pretty matte can. I am a dry shampoo lover; as an owner of colored red hair I avoid shampooing whenever possible.  I have trained my hair to go at least 2 days between washing, but sometimes it gets a little oily by the 3rd day.  This is where the dry shampoo comes in.  I have tried every drugstore dry shampoo and it wasn’t until this product that I found my favorite.  This dry shampoo, unlike other brands, goes on clear and does not leave an icky white residue.  Perfect for those of us with darker hair and roots, and those who don’t want any more gray then necessary.  I spray this onto  my roots area, let it sit for a few minutes then brush out and style as usual.  Viola! Another day without washing my hair.

Sally Hensen Complete Salon Manicure

This nail polish has been around for a few years now but I continue to enjoy it.  At $7.99 a bottle it is one of the more expensive drug store polishes but its worth it.  I have the biggest problem with nail polish chipping and wearing off too fast.  This polish, along with a good bottom and top coat really do last and make painting your nails worth the time.  This polish goes on sale all the time so keep an eye out.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 for Normal to Dry Skin

This is my current go to morning moisturizer.  This product delivers the moisture my normal to dry skin needs as well as provides a great layer of sun protection.  (Super important!)  I love that it is in a bottle with a pump instead of a a tub as this keeps the bacteria and germs from my fingers out of the rest of the product..

Have you used these products?  What do you think?  Do you have some favorite drugstore beauty products? Share them in the comments!

 

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