Soho Beauty Belle Kabuki Brush

belle*purchased by me

Being a Disney junkie, I couldn’t help but check out the Soho beauty brushes at Walgreens. Since Belle is my favorite princess and I love kabuki brushes, I decided to pick up this one. I’ve had a Soho beauty kabuki in the past and was not happy with it as it was coarse and shed everywhere. I’m happy to say this one is not like that!

belle3As you can see, this is a larger brush. I use it for blush, bronzer, face powder, and sometimes highlighter if I’m in a pinch. The bristles are very soft. I’ve washed it several times and haven’t experienced any bleeding or shedding.

Performance wise, this brush blends really well and quickly; you don’t have to work to make the product blend.

belle2This kabuki brush is around $10, and if you are a lover of all things Disney, it is a fun thing to have! Plus, it does work nicely and wash well, making this an affordable, effective choice for a kabuki brush.🙂

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Current Favorites + Where I’ve Been

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Hello! It has been so long since I’ve sat down to blog. The truth is, the last two months have been really difficult. In August, my cousin passed away unexpectedly. During Labor Day weekend, I went to Disneyland and that was a blast. Unfortunately, a week after I got home, my golden retriever passed away suddenly as well, without even a clue that she was sick. Since then, I’ve been trying to process it and keep my border collie happy, as she is having a really difficult time with it. My husband and I had a trip to Montreal planned already, so we left a day early to take a trip to the Dog Chapel in Vermont. If you have ever loved a dog, it is a must see. The trip was very therapeutic and now I’m just trying to get back to life and adjust to the new normal.

Onto the beauty products! Here’s what I have been using a lot of lately.

Smashbox 15-Hour Cream Shadow in Topaz– I used up ALL of my MAC Groundwork Paint Pot, so I’ve been using this a lot. I have fallen back in love with it and like wearing it alone or with shadow on top.

Studio Makeup On-the-Go Eyeshadow Palette– I *just* got this about 2 weeks ago in my Boxycharm and I really like it! I even brought it to Montreal with me. I love it for when I don’t want to spend a ton of time on my makeup.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette– Still loving this palette!

Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve– I am so in love with this blush. It’s just the perfect marshmallow pink and the packaging is so compact.

NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette– I have a whole post coming up about this. I love it!

Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray– This is the BEST sea salt spray I have EVER used. I wash my hair, spray it all over wet hair, and let it air dry. When my hair finally dries, I’m left with smooth, natural waves.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder– I’ve almost hit pan on this powder, as I’ve been wearing it daily for a few months. It is long-wearing and provides a lot of coverage.

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo– I received this in my first try with the Petit Vour subscription, which is a vegan/green beauty subscription box. I am completely obsessed with the highlighter in this little duo, and the contour powder is easy to use as a bronzer.

The Brow Gal Eyebrow Gel- Another Boxycharm product here, one that I’m almost out of and don’t want to admit. I LOVE this brow gel! It is way better than Anastasia in my humble opinion.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper– This deluxe sample came in my Play! subscription this month. I’ve used this before and am excited to have another!

Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF 50– I bought this in June and am almost out. This is one of the best sunscreens I have ever used. It doesn’t smell, doesn’t create white cast, and doesn’t take forever to sink into the skin. I will definitely purchase another tube.

That’s everything I’ve been loving lately! I’m happy to be back, too!🙂

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FOTD 8/26/16 Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette

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Hello and happy Friday! I am excited that it is the end of August. Fall is my favorite season and I am already (yes, it’s true) excited for Christmas. In fact, I have the majority of my shopping done. People always call me crazy, but I’m not the one stressed out come December.😉

Now that I’m done professing my love for Christmas, I will share this Alice Through the Looking Glass look that I decided to wear today. I’ve been in the mood for bright colors lately, and since I’m going to Disneyland soon, I can’t help but bust out the Disney palettes!

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UD Alice palette: Cake, Gone Mad, Paradox, Royal Flush, and Bandersnatch on the lids/crease/brow bone
Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Smashbox Limitless 15-Hour Cream Shadow in Topaz

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FACE

MUFE HD Foundation (old formula)
MAC The Perfect Cheek blush
Anastasia Crushed Pearl highlight
Maybelline Dream Matte powder

LIPS

Vitamin E oil
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rush

That’s it! Have a good weekend!

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Sephora Play! July and August

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The last two months of my Play! subscription have been really great! Some products I have used before, but others are new to me, making it a nice balance of useful items. Let’s start with July!

Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender–This is a blotting cushion in the infamous Beauty Blender material. I haven’t used this enough to love it or hate it yet.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser– I’ve purchased this in the past and like it. This size will be perfect for traveling!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer– I have used this in the past as well, and know that I like it. I’m happy to have it again!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer– Another product I have used before, and one that I love! I’m excited to have this again.

Nest Citrine perfume- I was really excited about this because I love anything citrus! It does smell nice. I would probably purchase a rollerball to wear it a little more before investing in a larger size.

play2The August box is also a huge hit in my book, maybe even more so than July, because there’s an EYESHADOW in it!🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544– This is a muted rose gold color. It also has the same consistency as the full-size artist shadows. I don’t already have this color either, so that’s a perk!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara– I’ve used this in the past. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it, so I will use it without a problem!

Clean Reserve Warm Cotton perfume– I haven’t used this just yet!

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm– YES! I absolutely LOVE this stuff! I had a sample in the past and am thrilled to have another. This is so soothing!

Lancome Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer– I’ve never tried this before, and it is described as being between an essence and a moisturizer. Skincare is so confusing sometimes. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair– This is a shimmery plum color, so I will definitely enjoy using this. I love colored eye pencils! It will also be perfect with the MUFE color.

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I am really happy with my Play! subscription. The last three months have been especially great, and in my humble opinion, worth the $10 a month. I find that when I have a beauty subscription like this one to look forward to, I actually purchase less makeup on a whim.

What is your favorite beauty subscription?

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Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Review

M1*Purchased by me

More Milk Makeup today! A holographic stick? What? I CAN BE A UNICORN? Basically that’s what went through my head when I saw this little beauty on Sephora’s website. This is a really unique highlighter that is holographic with a lavender sheen.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This multi-use stick provides a prismatic glow for an out of this world, holographic effect. It’s loaded with meteorite powder and twilight pearls that create a prismatic finish. Swipe this highlighter on any skintone and wherever you want to create a prismatic look.

m2I have been experimenting with this stick for a couple of weeks now and am happy to say that I really love it! There are a few tricks to using it though. First, I recommend applying with fingers rather than a brush or with the stick. By using your fingers, the product blends more easily and evenly, and looks very smooth as compared to patchy and heavy (which can happen when applying directly from the stick). I have used it with and without foundation as well.

This product does contain oils, so if you have very oily skin, this may not last long for you, or it may not work on your skin. My skin is fairly normal, so I didn’t find any issues with it.

Another important thing to note is that this is a true cream product–it does not dry down to a powder. I’ve been able to use this over and under other highlighters, and I just love the effect. Be careful not to go overboard though, because you may end up with a big lavender stripe on your face!

M3I tried to get a photo that captured the beauty of this holographic stick, but it was really difficult.

If you prefer very natural makeup looks, I wouldn’t recommend this highlighter. If you’re someone who likes to experiment with makeup and different colors, this might be up your alley. I also recommend reading reviews on Sephora, as that may give you an idea of if it’s your type of makeup or not.

So far, I have been loving it! Have you tried anything from the Milk brand?

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