Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter

s1357250-main-lheroLike most girls, highlighters are my favorite makeup product. I want to GLOW all the time. I have a few different powder highlighters (my favorite is still Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop), but I have been absolutely LOVING the Benefit Watt’s Up ($30) cream to powder highlighter lately! If you have medium to dark skin, you need to pick this highlighter stick up ASAP because it is absolutely GORGEOUS.

I seriously get sooo many compliments when I wear it because it makes my skin naturally glowy. People always say “there’s something different about you today…I don’t know what it is, but you look great!”. Which is the perfect compliment because that means (1) my makeup looks natural and (2) it makes me look like the best version of myself!

Benefit Watt’s Up is a chubby cream highlighter stick. I swipe it on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and under my brow bone after using a CC cream or light foundation. This looks great for a “natural” glow makeup look. I have tried it on top of a full foundation, powder blush, contour look and I felt like it was harder to apply because I couldn’t just blend it in with my fingers…It kind of drags on your face when you apply it so I would be wary that it could move your makeup. But if you’re wearing a light face makeup, this looks beautiful on top. It’s a champagne color, so it’s warm-ish and golden, which looks amazing on my medium skin. And it’s so easy to apply because I just blend with my hands (there’s a blending sponge, but I don’t use it). My only complaint is the packaging: the stick is very wide so it’s hard to apply under my brow bone or down my nose, and the sponge is useless. Overall, the perfect every day easy highlighter for ladies on the go, and I would highly recommend. 5/5

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Beauty Christmas Gifts under $20!

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Christmas on a budget can be tough, but it is totally doable! Here are a few of my favorite gifts for beauty lovers under $20.

What are your favorite gifts to give under $20? Looking for suggestions! xoxoxo

Harry Potter Eyeshadow Palettes are Coming!

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I literally squealed with delight when I read this article about the new Harry Potter-themed eyeshadow palette by Storybook Cosmetics. Storybook are the folks that brought us the Harry Potter wand eyeshadow brushes a few months ago, and now they’re answering all of our prayers and making a whole eyeshadow palette full of “Witchcraft and Wizardry” themed colors!

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All Storybook says is that the palette will come out in the upcoming weeks (perhaps before Christmas??), but I do know this will sell out in minutes, so if you want it you should SIGN UP for their email list! I’m also following them on Instagram (@storybookcosmetics) just to make sure I stay up to date with when this is released. I CANNOT WAIT.

Bb Prêt-à-Powder…Worth the hype?

I am a dry shampoo junkie. I have started washing my hair only once every 2-3 days, so I go through a LOT of dry shampoo. I finally broke down and purchased Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($27), which is a cult favorite powder dry shampoo that basically everyone and their mom swears by.

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I’ve been using Prêt-à-Powder for a few weeks now, and I can say it works. It voluminizes and removes oil, and leaves a nice texture in my hair (I have shoulder length hair that needs lots of volume, so this is perfect). It smells nice too (not too strong). My only problem is that you have to use a TON of product to get it to work, which is a big deal when it costs $27 for 2 oz. Dispensing takes a long time too because it’s a powder with a tiny pin hole in the cap, so you have to part your hair and shake out the powder to get it out. Then you have to wait a minute or so, then rub your scalp with your fingers to really work it in. It’s a whole ordeal, and to be honest, spray dry shampoos are a lot easier.

So I’m torn…I absolutely love the way it feels and looks in my hair (and it’s the only dry shampoo I trust on day 3), but it takes a while to put on and it is so expensive because you have to use a lot of the product. For now I’ll say 3/5, but it’s definitely worth having in your beauty arsenal.

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YSL Touche Éclat Dupe for $14!

s1318310-main-lheroI have been on the lookout for the perfect under eye brightener/concealer for a while now. I want light, buildable coverage that looks natural and brightens my face without providing too much coverage. YSL Touche Éclat ($42) is a cult classic for doing just that, but it’s a little out of my price range. I went into Sephora looking for help, and they directed me to the Sephora Collection Smoothing and Brightening Concealer ($14). When I saw that it was only $14 (a third of the price of YSL Touche Éclat), I immediately snatched it up!

I’ve been using 05 Radiant Peach for a few weeks no on my under eyes, forehead, and down the bridge of my nose for a light highlight. I am in LOVE with the product. It’s very light coverage, but the color is great and really brightens my under eye so that I look wide awake. I have dry skin, and this stuff looks so good on, it doesn’t dry out or look cakey by the end of the day. The coverage is super buildable, and it makes a great concealer for layering it on if I’m looking especially dead.

My only complaint is the packaging. It’s one of those with the brush on the end and you have to twist (“CLICK CLICK CLICK”) to make product come out on to the brush to use it. But the brush is no good so you’re still going to have to use a concealer brush or your fingers to work it into your skin. I hate the clicking because I never know when the product is going to come out or how much is going to get on the brush. I wish they would just put it in a normal tube with a sponge applicator or something. Basically, love the formula, great value, but I hate the packaging. 4/5

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Sephora VIB Sale! My Shopping List

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Ladies, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…The Sephora VIB Sale! 20% off EVERYTHING for VIB’s. The VIB Rouge sale was last week, but the one for VIB’s is coming up this weekend.

I thought I would put together my personal Sephora shopping list for all of you guys, and tomorrow I will share a few ideas for Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

My shopping list is extensive, but I’ve had my eyes on these products for a while:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Refillable Contour Palette ($49): This one I’m still not sure about because I’m new to contour, so I’m not sure if I would need all of those colors. But it’s got rave reviews online, and it’s refillable so even if I only use the dark bronzers, I can refill them when I hit pan. I’ve really really wanted a dark contour bronzer for a while now, because my Hoola matte bronzer from Benefit is just not dark enough for a dramatic look.
  • Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30): My bestie recently picked this up, and she’s got great contour skills and swears by this product. She got the darkest color, so maybe that would work better for me than the whole Kat Von D Palette…What do ya’ll think?
  • Fresh Skincare Darlings ($19.50): This is a pack that includes the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (I’ve been coveting this for a while) and a mini Sugar Lip Treatment. It’s a good deal, and I know I’ll use it.
  • Belif Aqua Bomb ($38): Ya’ll know I’m OBSESSED with this moisturizer, and I’m about to run out so I’m going to buy another while it’s 20% off.
  • Clinique Chubby Stick ($24): I feel like I need a better touch up foundation stick to carry with me. I find that my foundation doesn’t always stay to the end of the day, and having this (for under $25) in my purse would be a good product to have.
  • Benefit Watt’s Up! ($30): I want to wear highlighter more often, but I don’t have time to fiddle with powder highlighters. I’m hoping this cream to powder highlighter will be easy and natural for every day wear.

I don’t know if I will be able to bite the bullet and buy EVERYTHING on this list (that would be almost $200!), but I think I’m definitely going to get something for contour, the Fresh kit, and Belif aqua bomb. What are ya’ll picking up during the VIB sale??

Sephora Favorites Extravagant Eyes Box

If you haven’t heard of the Sephora Favorites Boxes, you are missing out! These are multi-brand gift boxes that Sephora puts together, usually around a theme, and they sell them at hugely discounted rates. The Extravagant Eyes box ($42), for example, includes 8 products from brands like Laura Mercier, Huda Beauty, Smash Box, NARS, etc. for a total value of $134. That means you’re getting all of these products for almost 70% off!

I’m going to do a full review of all of the products in the box, but TL;DR the Extravagant Eyes box is a downright steal, and you need to buy it! Just the full-size Laura Mercier Caviar Stick and the Huda Beauty Lashes pay for the whole thing and make it worth it!

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  • FULL SIZE Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha #7: These lashes are soooo full and luscious. I’ve only worn false lashes a couple of times, and they were never these big. These are great for a super glam look, and I can’t wait to wear them to a wedding I’m going to this weekend! The only downside is they didn’t come with a lash glue, so I had to pick up the DUO lash glue ($9) so that I could use them. 4/5
  • FULL SIZE Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Plum: Ya’ll, this full-size Laura Mercier caviar stick eye colour is normally $29! And if you look at Sephora.com, they are OUT of the Plum color because it’s the prettiest shade. I’m so happy with this stick, it is so easy for a one color eye look and blends easily with a blending brush. 5/5
  • FULL SIZE NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Himalia: Another full-size product in this kit, worth $29! This eyeshadow is GORGEOUS on, like a light golden shimmer. It looks great with the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick as an inner corner color with a gold gradient into purple. 5/5
  • 0.10 oz Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer: Meh. I love that it’s Marc Jacobs because their beauty products are very high end, but this is just a normal black mascara. It’s always nice to have a travel size mascara though for your purse. 3/5
  • 0.158 oz Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Silent Disco: This is new to me. I’ve been wanting to try Milk products for a while, so I was excited to see this one. This is like a liquid shadow that you put on your lid and it stays all day. It’s a sparkly purple, so it’s more of a going out shade, but it looks BEAUTIFUL with the Laura Mercier stick. This little sample should last me a long time. 4/5
  • 0.028 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear in Black Lace #01: A great, standard black eyeliner. So useful, and great for keeping in my purse. 4/5
  • 0.14 oz Smashbox Cosmetics 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer: This is a wonderful eye primer, and the perfect size for travel. I’m going to bring it to that wedding this weekend! 5/5
  • 0.25 oz Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy: This product I would have NEVER bought for myself, but I love that it was included here! It’s nice to try out new things. This is a gold glitter with a clear medium, with the tiniest eyeliner brush on it. It would be great for gold glitter eyeliner, but you can use it for anything where you would want glitter! I’m going to use it for my Halloween makeup look. 4/5

I am in LOVE with this box, and so happy I purchased it! This would make a great gift for the beauty lover in your life (or for yourself!).