Lipstick & Lattes

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Liquid lipsticks are taking over the makeup world, ya'll. Regular lipsticks are becoming less and less popular with this latest trend and I'm trying to see what the hype is about!

Liquid lipsticks are supposed to provide long-lasting color and are supposed to last all day. I figured I'm climb on board this liquid lipstick fad and try to find the perfect formulation since girl doesn't have all day to reapply lipstick.

First up in my hunt for the perfect liquid lipstick is Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color. These retail for around $6-8 and claim to provide a cushion of moisture to your lips while having a ton of color payoff and staying matte and in place all day long.

I picked up the colors Nude Thrill and Pink Charge so I'd have a neutral and hot pink to choose from. I've worn these every day for the past two weeks and have to admit that I despise these liquid lipsticks. While they do feel hydrating on the lips, they never dry to a matte finish. They also have a strange scent that's super strong (smells like a balloon- weird, I know) and the color slides all over the place. No one looks cute with lipstick smeared all over the place- leave that to the Joker.

I'm so sad that these didn't work out! I wanted so badly to like this liquid lipstick line but I just can't force myself to keep using them.

Stay tuned for my next post in my hunt for the perfect liquid lipstick series coming next week!

I'm super picky when it comes to my makeup. Like, almost as picky as I am with what I should purchase or put back during my Target shopping trips. You know, when you go in for one thing and before you know it you have 10 things in your cart, trying to decide if the items are worth it. Yes, yes they are. They always are.

These four products pictured above are some of the most popular drugstore products of all time, but I just can't get behind them. I tried so hard and tested them out for over 3 months and just can't. I JUST CAN'T.

The Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner is such a strange product. Maybe it's because I suck at applying liquid eyeliner (thanks, shaky hands) but this eyeliner is so hard to work with. The tip is thick and it's super awkward.

L'Oreal's Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara is a huge no no in my book. The wand is super flimsy, the brush is fat and every time I apply, regardless if I wipe off any excess mascara from the brush, I end up with clumpy lashes that look like poop. INSERT POOP EMOJI HERE.

Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind is super popular among many YouTube vloggers and bloggers. I just can't get behind it! It dries out my under eye and causes tiny red breakouts. I do have extremely sensitive skin, but I don't like a concealer to be so drying.

Last, but certainly not least, is one of the most talked about drugstore foundations: L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. This foundation claims to give a demi matte finish, but it makes my already oily-skin super oily. I wanted to like it so much but it just doesn't work with my skin type.

Which popular drugstore makeup products have let you down?

If you're a makeup junkie like myself then you're familiar with the brand BH Cosmetics- a Los Angeles based makeup company that has quality products at everyday low prices. Their prices are seriously amazing; eye shadow palettes are around $20, brush sets between $20-30, etc. Their brushes are all synthetic so they're cruelty-free which is an A+ in my book.

You know when your brushes look dingy after several washes and the bristles start to fall out? There's nothing you can do for your brushes at that point. I knew I didn't want to purchase expensive brushes like MAC or It Cosmetics, but I knew I didn't want more drugstore brushes after my last ones pooped out on me, so I figured I'd try some from BH Cosmetics.

They have so many affordable makeup brush sets to choose from! The packing is adorable and nearly every set comes with a cute brush holder/travel case, making it easy to just grab and go or leave them on your makeup organizer lookin' all cute. It was really hard to choose just one set, but I knew I wanted a set that included blending brushes and a contour brush. Each set it different, so be sure to examine the individual brushes prior to making a purchase!

I decided on the Studded Couture 12 Piece Brush Set because 1. the brushes were adorable, 2. it included a variety of crease brushes and 3. the brushes were adorable. The set includes the following brushes: large angled contour brush, flat buffing brush, precision blush brush, angled face shader brush (I'm not quite sure how to use this one), pointed foundation brush, large concealer brush, domed blending brush, fluff shadow brush, tapered blending brush, angled shading brush, pencil brush, and an angled liner & brow brush.

The brushes are extremely soft and apply my makeup beautifully! I'm really impressed by them. One thing I will say is that the brushes are much larger in person, especially the blending brushes and the pencil brush, but it's nothing you can't work with.

Have you tried brushes from BH Cosmetics? What are some of your holy grail brushes?

If you're familiar with my blog then you're aware of the accident I was involved in seven years ago today. If you're not, long story short, I was hit by a drunk driver when I lived in Florida seven years ago; the drunk driver lost his life and I survived. You can read a more in-depth post here. I'm not sure why I survived- I'm still trying to figure out why- but I can tell you it's by the grace of God that I'm even sitting here typing this today. 

People always ask me "does it get better?" Yes, it gets easier to deal with but the anxiety I have as a result from the accident never goes away; you just learn to deal with it. I've gotten really good at suppressing it, but some days are harder than others. 

I never want anyone to go through what I went through. Please think before you get in your vehicle if you're been drinking. Not only are you risking your life but you're risking the lives of other innocent drivers.

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I've struggled with anxiety ever since my accident (read the full story here) 7 years ago. Sometimes it's suppressed and I can keep it under control, but other days I can't. This past week has been a struggle and I've been having a tough time with my anxiety. Please say a prayer! I promise I'll be back with a full blog post within the next couple of days. I just needed a small break and will get back in the swing of things shortly. Love ya'll.

It's National Coffee Day, ya'll- AKA the best day ever because coffee is the best thing ever. To celebrate this amazing day and to honor one of my favorites things in life, I figured I'd share with you 4 things that coffee has taught me.
  1. To relax. With a full time job, exercise routine, managing my blog, taking care of 3 pets and a husband, life can get pretty hectic. Having a cup of coffee- let's be real, more like 5 cups - each morning forces me to sit down and start the day on a relaxing note.
  2. To be more social. I'm an extroverted introvert, meaning I'm outgoing in certain situations. Generally speaking, I tend to keep to myself in my daily routine, staying in my office at work most of the day without mingling with co-workers, passing on group lunches, blah blah blah. Coffee is a social beverage in that it forces you to have quick conversation when you go get a cup, whether it's in the office or the Starbucks drive through. My barista at Da Bux and I have some pretty great chats!
  3. To be thankful. Each morning when I sip on my coffee and watch the news (duh, I have to since my hubby is a news anchor) I tend to reflect on things I'm grateful for. Now, I'm not saying I'm all sappy each morning, but there are mornings- especially on weekends - where I get lost in my thoughts and reflect on the blessings in my life. #blessings
  4. To take "it" one step at a time. We all have those days where the struggle is real whether it's a busy day running errands or a hectic day at the office- it's easy to get ahead of ourselves and set our expectations a little too high and overwork ourselves. When I'm overwhelmed I tend to freak out. Coffee seems to be the only coping mechanism to the daily struggle and stresses. It forces me to take little breaks by sipping my venti iced coffee with one pump hazelnut, skim milk and light ice (because let's face it- they're cheap and give you mostly ice). 
To say I love coffee is an understatement- it's simply divine! What has coffee taught you?
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With today being the last day of summer, I figured I'd reflect on some of the highest points this summer brought with it! It's always fun to look back on memories, especially when they involve family and friends!

Summer started with an anniversary trip my husband and I took to celebrate 3 amazing years of marriage. We book a weekend trip to Branson (about 45 minutes away) and stayed at Big Cedar Lodge, a resort owned by Bass Pro. We golfed at Top of the Rock, took a canyon tour and had a spa date. You can read more about our adventure here!

I was also a bridesmaid in my niece's wedding in May. It was an outdoor wedding in New Hampshire with the mountainside as the backdrop. It was so wonderful getting to see family and spending some quality time with my niece!

My husband and I also took a trip on Fourth of July weekend to visit his side of the family in Los Angeles including his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and his adorable niece and nephew. We hiked Mt. Hollywood, explored downtown LA and went to the Hollywood Bowl for their July 4th Fireworks and Spectacular with Chicago! It was such an amazing trip!

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What fun adventures did you have this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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