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Makeup We Can Actually Afford: Maybelline BB Cream

Makeup We Can Actually Afford: Maybelline BB Cream

So, as you know- I’m a fan of both drug store and high-end products. However, when it comes to foundations, I feel like if you can find something that works for you for less than $15, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy it just because it’s not high end. I realize that with all of my traveling that I do for school and work, I prefer to own some drugstore products that I can take with me on trips where if they got broken or damaged it wouldn’t be a huge loss. I’ve found that of all of the products I’ve ever purchased, the Maybelline BB Cream was the best foundation I have ever owned. It is best applied with a beauty blender or sponge, and has NEVER caused me to break out. It can be worn alone or with a powder, (I recommend Revlon Nearly Naked). This product is about $8-$9 and not only gives your skin a great matte finish, but also gives you some sun protection, (great for white people like myself.) Maybelline usually has great products (though I’m not a fan of the Fit Me line- side note: I want to try the shine stick)- but this one seems to be a holy grail for me. Definitely pick it up next time you’re at Target or Ulta and let me know what you think!

Sara

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{September: Fun & Favorites, + a sack of cats}

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Love this.  Was featured on the Stella Laguna Beach Instagram feed.

 

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Lightened my hair last weekend!  By the wonderful Jess Schmidt.  Check out her blog at http://www.cosmojess.wordpress.com

I realize with fall, most people like to go dark, but I think I’m going to wait till closer late October or November.

 

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Got my mini NYX haul in the mail-absolutely loving the mattifying spray.  The red nail polish is great and a beautiful dark fall color.  A deep red. The lip sticks were a little too off for my skin tone, but I didn’t want to return them cause I’m determined to find a way to make them work for something (Halloween, maybe?)  The eyeshadows are great, but a little chalky.  Maybe a primer would help.

I also thought it was adorable that all NYX products come in a black lace bag.  Just a thing.

 

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Finally bought my much-awaited Lorac PRO Palette.  It’s amazing, and that is all.  I also picked up some more NYX in the same trip, which was to Ulta, by the way..Image

These blushes are AMAZING.  And the lipliner is gorgeous as an all-over lip color.  I’ll do a blog just on lip colors sometime in the near future.  

 

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A classic Benefit product, that I finally really got into using this month-the Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter Stick.  It’s beautiful and a great alternative to bronzer for more pale skin.

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Best powder of the month: Revlon Nearly Naked.  Hands down.  Buy it, it is all you will ever need.  That and the Rimmel Stay Matte, but it’s just my opinion.

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Speaking of Rimmel, the “best bang for your buck” product I have found is this “Just Let it Go” Eye Makeup Remover. I suggest using it with cotton balls.

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And an on-going favorite- the Naked 2 Palette.  Beautiful its own way.  So beautiful.

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I started my Service Learning for my Intro to PR class at ValleyPBS, and was instructed to read this children’s book so that I could know more about the premier of a new children’s show the station is releasing.  Very cute, I might add.

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Got to hang out with my best friend, which was pretty cool, since that rarely happens because we have the work lives of 40 year old CPAs.

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Lastly, my cat is pregnant, which was obviously not something we intended, but now I am awaiting my time as a kitty grandmother, and in the meantime, Talilah has been renamed “Sack of Cats”.  She has her own instagram, @talilahsparkles.

 

Hope you had a great September,  comment below if you want me to check out your blog!

S

 

 

 

How to be perfectly Parisienne.

 

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So for my 19th birthday, I decided I wanted to host a Parisienne dinner.  I also wanted to do this on a budget.  With my birthday being just two days before Easter, I was able to find LOTS of pastel candies.  

The trick to having a low-cost beautiful outdoor dinner is doing as much shopping as you possibly can at dollar stores.  Dollar stores, such as the Dollar Tree chain, usually carry an entire spectrum of party supplies, usually going at 16 plates for a dollar.  I would buy whatever you need times two, if you’ve found it at the dollar store.  The dollar store has awesome things like plastic wine glasses, confetti, candy, gift bags, candles, beautiful multiple- time use candle dishes, table cloths, plates, napkins, eating utensils, and usually small things that can be handed out as favors.  I went to an old party store in the Tower District of Fresno and picked up a box of 144 French flag toothpicks, perfect to be placed into the fruit for a cute decoration.  At the end of the party, the only things that could not be found at the dollar store were the ingredients for the pasta and potato bar (neither of which were Parisian in the least) the fruit, and the sodas.  Ice tea is very inexpensive and quick to make, and a very popular spring favorite.  If you want to get fancy, mix Tazo Hibiscus passion tea with some agave sweetener and ice for a near Starbucks-passion tea replica. 

 

We already had Christmas lights, and the most work for the party was cleaning up our backyard which is full of flowers and plants, and even a fountain.  Luckily my dad was awesome enough to do all of that for me, cause he’s nice like that.

Owning a photography business, of course I wanted to have great party photos.  With my dad’s help (he’s usually pretty creative) we came up with the idea of taking our old green metal garden arch and getting some dark green twist ties.  We used these to attach pastel pink and purple balloons into a balloon arch that went over the top of the metal frame.  Down the sides we used fake pastel blue, pink, and purple flowers that we had purchased in mass at the dollar store.  We placed the arch against a highly vegetated section of the yard and put one of our old rustic bicycles in the background for vintage effect. Image

All I want is soft hair like everyone else.

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My entire life, all I’ve wanted is to have hair like my friends, like all the other girls at school, and like I wanted. No matter how much conditioner and how little shampoo I used, my hair would always be dry and unmanageable. Then, last week, I decided to splurge a whopping four dollars on this little black and green bottle from Tresseme, called Split Remedy. I tried it in pairing with my Vidal Sassoon Heat Protect and Shine (which I’ll review on here later), putting the Split Remedy in first, only needing about a quarter size amount to cover all from half of my hair down, and then spraying in the protectant. It says to use the Split Remedy on towel dried hair, but since I only have brain capacity for one routine and I shower at night, the Split Remedy goes in my hair first thing in the morning as step one of my prep process. I think it works just fine. Not only does it really seal up the split ends in about 2-3 uses, but it also makes your hair so you can run your fingers through it (a luxury I have never enjoyed until now). So if you’re like me, and not one of those girls with perfect hair, go buy this, you need it more than you know.