Beauty Haul: Urban Decay, Kat Von and Clinique, Glamglow

So I get a monthly subscription for a Sephora box. Each month many fabulous new products come to me in mini sizes for review. Sometimes it’s a hit sometimes it’s a miss. I’m on the search for a new subscription box so any suggestions are welcome. I like Sephora but I’d say that many of the products cater to certain skin care issues that I don’t have a big focus on like dry skin.

However, there are some hits. Here are my recent favs along with a quick review of urban decay naked pallet that I got separately.

Glamglow tinglexfoliate youth mud- this is perfect for exfoliating and making skin glow. For dry skin this is great. This also works for people like me who might get peely skin after overusing acne care products. s1463801-main-lhero

Nars velvet lip glide bound – This is beautiful against my skin. Has a very natural look; like a pinker version of my natural lip, but gives a hint of color with glam eyes. Not super long lasting but you maintain a color even after eating and drinking. Nars is pricey but might be worth the cost.

Clinique lip stain black honey- Although this shows up a bit reddish brown because it’s sheer it’s not overpowering and is another good lipstick for work or with a strong eye.





Black Honey



Urban Decay Naked Pallet – I really like this pallet. What made me pick it is that there were many reviews with women of color to show that it complemented darker skin tones nicely. I wanted more Smokey eye color options and this pallet has it.



Urban Decay Pallet and Nars Bound lipstick


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner- I am not a pro at lining my eyes but this is a great liner for doing a cat eye. The liner is bold so you don’t have to go over again and again. It also doesn’t wear off which is big for me since I have oily skin. I’ve heard good things about this makeup line so I’m curious to try more.



Kat Von D liner and Urban Decay eyeshadow



Lancome hypnose mascara- Since I don’t know how to put on fake lashes to save my life, I’m always searching for a mascara that will give me that look. This one is pretty darn close. Really just gives me that “done” look without putting too much effort into it.




Urban decay all nighter makeup setting spray- I usually stir clear of setting sprays because of my oily skin but decided to give this a whirl one night. I really liked it. I rocked a bold eye so I wanted my make up to stay in place. Not only did my make up stay but it didn’t make my skin oily. urban-decay

Hope this helps and if you have any subscription box recommendations let me know!



Beauty haul: Matte Lippies


The Matte lipstick craze has been going on for a while now and I know I’m late to the game but over the past year I’ve become obsessed. It wasn’t an easy transition for me to go to bold, matte lips. I have fuller lips and all my life my lipstick journey has been to not emphasize them. Wearing a neutral shimmer lipstick was my go to. However, I woke up months ago and said “Cat (that’s what I call myself), why are you hiding something that some women pay money to have? Love what God gave you?”

And since full lips are the thing right now, why not just go out and go hard. Go for mattes!

About 12 matte lipsticks later (I told you I was obsessed), I’ve found some of my favorite, cheap brands. Nothing against the department store lippies, but I go all out on most of my skincare products and lipsticks are just not one of them.

So here are some of my favorite matte affordable lipsticks that work on medium brown skin (because not all colors are for everyone, especially in a bold matte).

Color Pop. I am so in love with this brand. They are only $6 a pop and show up in full color. They are kiss proof and drink proof. You an eat with it and might need a bit of retouching. It dries almost immediately which is a plus as some mattes take a bit of time to dry to get the matte look. The only con is that they can be a bit drying so you might have to exfoliate your lips from time to time. Here are some pics of my favorites. The top color is in full dry matte form.

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Lax (dry), Chilly Chilli (still wet), Tulle (stll wet, gets darker)



LA Girl Matte Pigment Gloss– $5. You can find this online but many of your local beauty supply stores will have it as well. Some of the colors are a bit much for me but there are a few colors that are wearable without standing out too much. It doesn’t dry as quickly at color pop but it will dry. The colors are also strong and vivid and it last pretty long as well although not fully kiss proof/drink proof

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NYX matt lip cream Rome, LA Girl Matte Rebel, Color POP More Better



NYX– $6. I love this brand in general. They are great dupe for expensive department store brands. They have a very large array of matte lippies. They also dry quickly but are not fully food/drink proof. I like the liquid suede line and  the matte lip creams.

Ruby Kisses– $3-$4 The cheapest of the bunch. The laquer takes a while to dry but the lipstick

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Ruby Kisses Spicy Brown, Ruby Kisses Lacquer Ruby, NYX Soft Spoken (great dupe for Kat Von D Lolita)


is quick drying. The colors are vivid and it is long lasting (not full food proof).

Contouring for the Everyday Gal

I love make up. I do not love putting it on. There’s the expectation I have and the reality. Truth is, going around looking like I’m in a confessional on the Housewives of (fill in the blank) isn’t really practical. However, I do love a good glam look every now and then. I’ve posted about getting dramatic lashes so what about the rest of your look for a real-life glam look?

There are YouTube videos and magazine articles out there that will tell you all about highlighting, contouring, luminizing, concealing, setting, baking (yes, I’m still talking about applying make up). Sure the after effect is super gorgeous but I don’t have anywhere to go that fancy. So here are my simpler steps for nighttime glam for a girl just going out for some cocktails with her pals.

  • Use a primer which is a good base for putting on your make up.
  • Don’t forget the SPF  if your foundation or primer doesn’t have any.
  • Put on concealer for any under eye circles and pimples
  • Put on foundation
  • Now get a lighter shade of makeup (a solid is best over liquid or powder) and do a filled in up side down triangle under the eyes going the length of the eye with the tip at cheeks.
  • Do a triangle on the forehead in between the eyes.
  • Put some down the bridge of your nose.
  • Use a darker shade and put on the hollow of your cheeks, right below the cheek bone.
  • If you are ambitious, you can put some around your hairline on your forehead and on your jaw line and the sides of your nose. I don’t
  • You can then put a bit of highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones and in the corners of your eyes.
  • Throw some blush on the apples of the cheeks.
  • Some people “bake” here and let all this sit for about 5 minutes before blending it all and finishing off with a setting powder or spray.
  • Now put on your lipstick. Bold matte lips are very in right now, especially dark reds and plums.


Big Eyes: How to Get the False Lash Look with Just Mascara


I have searched for hundreds of years (k so not that long) for a quick and non annoying way to get those false lash looks without the stress of putting on fake lashes. Sure, on a full moon I can successfully put on some lashes but most of the time I just look like Janis from the Muppets with my results. muppet_janice

I’ve tried thousands(k, maybe like ten) of mascaras in an attempt to replicate the divaness of false lashes and honestly, nothing works. Sure, the ads will tell you their mascaras are just like falsies but don’t believe the hype. But all is not lost. So you can’t have lashes like Kim K without some false action. Kim-Kardashian-Eyelashes-440x421

Doesn’t mean you can’t still have bombshell, diva lashes. Here are my top mascara’s that give you diva life without the hassle of lash application.

Loreal Manga – $7.99

Maybelline Pushup – $9.49  (I also want to try  Sensational with this company)

Diorshow Iconic  -$28.50

Benefit They’re Real! – $24

Ok, so you have the mascara. Now to give it the extra ooomph to make ’em pop.

When applying the first coat (yep, gonna go for more than one), wiggle the wand from side to side as you go up the lash.

Repeat a second time and more until you get the pop you like.

Don’t forget to put a coat on the bottom lashes.

Now, if you want doll like lashes like Kim K above, after the mascara has dried a little, vertically (like a windshield wiper) go over the lashes.

I’m telling ya, it works every time. Might get a little messy but nothing a tissue or Q-tip can’t fix. Now you got red carpet eyes without the application headache, so go somewhere fancy!