Holy Grail Beauty – Updated

#hellosexy Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

glamglow

This is hands down the best mask I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a LOT)!  My skin can be pretty temperamental, but this skin treatment is everything!  Literally after one use, I see an improvement in my skin.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who fights breakouts.  The full product is quite pricey, but this #hellosexy pack of single-use kits is a great way to check it out.

Moisturizer: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

I need a moisturizer that will keep me matte throughout the day, and this moisturizer does just that!

Foundation:  L’Oréal TRUE MATCH™ Super Blendable Makeup

foundation

No matter how many high-end foundations I keep trying, I always come back to True Match!  It really does blend beautifully, and their wide range of shades means you can find a perfect match for your skin like I did.

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

brows

These two products do a great job at filling in my brows!  I typically use the pencil first, brushing through my brows to make it as natural-looking as possible.  Next I use the brow gel to pump up my brows (they’re pretty sparse); this product combo is just perfect!  It looks very natural and stays all day, even through workouts.

Eyeshadow Primer: Benefit Stay Don’t Strayshadowprimer

Using shadow primer is a total game-changer!  Not only does it make shadows last longer, on days when I put on minimal makeup for work, it is perfect for giving my lids a wash of color and making me look fresh and awake.  Most days I’ll swipe this on and define my crease with a bit of bronzer, and I’m good to go!

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette and Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

shadows

The Naked eyeshadow palette is worth all of the hype.  ALL OF IT!  It has neutral shadows in different finishes (matte, shimmer, satin, sparkle), and it is really all you need.  You can create endless day and night looks, including the most gorgeous smokey eye looks.  The shadows are highly pigmented and stay put for hours and hours.  The Blushed Nudes palette from Maybelline is a really great (and much more affordable) option if you aren’t looking to splurge.

Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

liner

Hands-down my favorite liquid liner.  The brush tip lets you make a really precise line. Even for someone who isn’t a winged liner pro yet, you will look super fab with this stuff.  Let me tell you: it. does. not. budge.  In my younger years I’d use this, go out and dance until the club closed, sleep in my makeup (I know, SO BAD), and I’d wake up to perfect liner!!!  A-ma-zing.

Lash Curler: Sephora Collection Show Curl XL Lash Curler

curler

This curler is a bit wider than most, and it gives me the perfect curl every time!  My eyes are a bit hooded, and this really opens them up.  I usually hit the eyelash curler with my hairdryer for just a few seconds before curling my lashes; it will give you a curl that lasts all day.  Just be careful you don’t get it too hot- you literally only need to have the air on it for 3 or 4 seconds.

Mascara: Jordana Best Last Extreme Volumizing Mascara and Cover Girl Clump Crusher

mascara

I’ve tried everything from $1 mascara to $40 mascara, and I’d have to say that these two are my favorite!  Both are very affordable (Jordana is under $4 at Walgreens, CoverGirl $7.99 at Ulta).  The Jordana mascara gives amazing seperation and length without clumping or flaking.  The CoverGirl mascara also defines and lengthens lashes, providing a very natural look – my everyday choice.

Lashes: Ardell Natural Demi Wispies

lashes

These are perfect if you want to go for a “are they fake or not?” look.  Really pretty and natural-looking, not too heavy!  I don’t wear falsies too often, but these are my go-to.

Nails: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

The BEST!  I typically do my nails at home, I’m not especially good at it but my friends always ask where I got them done; that’s how good this stuff is.  It dries really quick and gives your nails a beautiful shine.

Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy

perfume

Love, love, love this perfume.  Don’t ask questions.  Just smell it next time you go to the perfume counter, you’re welcome.

Shaving: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave and Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor

shave

If you’re wondering why I included what I use to shave in this post, it’s because this is the one thing I will not experiment with anymore.  After much trial and error, this shave lotion and razor is the only combination that works, and works really well at that.  Everything else I use gives me awful razor burn.  If you have trouble with shaving, give this a try!

Let me know what you think of these beauty products – and if I left your favorite off the list.

xoxo, Katie

Advertisements

4 Tricks to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

Curl lashes

Step 1: Curl lashes

1. Curl your lashes!

  • Curling your lashes instantly opens your eyes, making them appear larger.  You can also hit your curling iron with hot air from your hair dryer for a few seconds before using, to really get curl that lasts.

 

Mascara

Step 2: Tightline Upper Lash Line and Apply Mascara

2. Tightline and apply mascara

  • Tightline your upper lash line using a black eyeliner.  This step defines your eyes, and makes your lashes appear fuller.
  • Add a few coats of your favorite mascara.  I’ve been loving Covergirl Clump Crusher

 

Nude liner

Step 3: Apply Nude Eyeliner to Lower Waterline

3. Line lower waterline with nude eyeliner

  • For some makeup looks, you line the lower waterline with black pencil.  This can be beautiful when you’re going for a really smokey look!  For smaller eyes (like mine), this doesn’t give me a wide-eye look at all.  Instead, line your waterline with a nude pencil to really open them up and appear larger.  I used a nude Makeup forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner,  I’ve also used NYX Wonder Pencil.

 

Highlight

Step 4: Highlight Brow Bone and Inner Corner of Eye

4. Highlight!

  • Adding highlight to your brow bone and the inner corner of your eye is one last trick to open your eyes and make them appear larger!  These steps together all take about 5 minutes!

For a simple, fast eye makeup routine – I’ll do these easy steps and also prime my lids and add a sweep of bronzer in my crease for definition.

Hope these tips helped!  Let me know in the comments what you think, or if you have any eye makeup tricks you swear by ❤

 

Holiday Hair

 

Happy December, everyone!   Welcome back ❤

I am so happy December is here!  To start off this month of blog posts, I have an easy, loose-curl holiday hairstyle that will be perfect for parties or weddings. There are always so many events to attend this time of year, I’m always on the lookout for new hairstyles.

You Will Need:

  • Curling Iron – I use a 1 1/4 inch Hot Tools Curling Iron
  • Clip (to section hair)
  • Brush/Paddle Brush – My favorite is the Denman Large Paddle Brush
  • Texturizing Spray –  L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray
  • Heat Protectant – Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Ribbon or Headband

Step 1: Section Hair

1section_hair

 

Step 2: Apply Heat Guard, Take Small Sections of Hair, and Curl Them Away From Your Face

2curlawaya2curlawaybtugcurls

Step 3: Spray With Flexible Hold Hairspray – DO NOT brush/disrupt the curls yet!

3Hairspray.png

Step 4a: Do NOT Inhale Hairspray.  Tastes Awful.

4eathairspray

Step 5: Take Down Another Section of Hair

5resection

Next, repeat Steps 2&3: Spray the new section of hair with heat guard, curl small sections away from your face, spray curls with hairspray.  Once that section is done, take down the next section and repeat the process until all hair is curled.

 

*If You Want to Keep Length: Gently Tug Down On Curls While Still Hot*

 

Step 6: Once All Hair is Curled:

  • Wait Until Curls Are Completely Cool

  • Brush Out Hair

7brushout

Step 7: Style/Add Texture

8Texture.png

I lift sections of hair and spray the texture spray to break the curls up a bit/give some definition.

That’s it!  Pretty, relaxed curls! From here, you can style your hair however you’d like.

You can tuck hair behind your ear, or pin up one or both sides!

9style

I’m Going Through a Ribbon-Bow Phase

I got this black ribbon off a shopping bag (Banana Republic, maybe?!).  Any headband would work just fine for this, as well.

Throw on a fun party dress, some lipstick, and add some accessories!   Ready to go!

holidayhair2

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what you think about this look! Be sure to check out the video for more in-depth instruction.

 

 

 

 

Type of Beautiful Spotlight: Sarah

1478482589644-1

Describe Your Type of Beautiful:

20151013_091657
Comfortable and versatile. Regardless of what I’m wearing or how I feel, I have to always be comfortable. I like to switch up my style and keep things interesting.

Who are your fashion inspirations?

I draw inspiration from all over. I LOVE the fashion in Sex and the City. Patricia Field is a genius. I also love Rihanna and Beyonce. They’re edgy, timeless and unforgiving.

What is your go-to outfit?

Definitely leggings with an oversized top. It can easily be dressed up or down simply by adding or removing accessories.
20151003_151627

What fall trend or style are you most excited about?

Boots and sweaters! Tall boots and warm, cozy sweaters!

Continue reading

Cailyn O! Wow Brush – Review

I recently purchased the Cailyn O! Wow Brush from TJ Maxx for $12.99, which is a huge bargain.  The brush is listed on their site (check it out here) for $32.

cailynowow1

 

 

The brush comes with a slip-off cap, which is perfect for travel.

 

 

 

 

cailynowow3

 

The brush itself is has very soft, dense bristles.  It applied my foundation like a dream.  Seriously, this brush is amazing, I would honestly purchase it for the full price. I have, however, seen it stocked at Marshalls and TJ Maxx recently.

 

This brush gives a similar appearance (almost airbrushed) to what a Beauty Blender does, so the O! Wow brush cuts out a step.

It even has an ergonomic handle, which was comfortable to use and I think gave some additional control while blending my foundation.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5/5 stars

I was genuinely impressed with this brush, and recommend it to anyone looking for a brush to apply foundation.  Check out my video (link here) for a more in depth review.

Thanks so much for reading!

 

 

 

Flat Iron Waves – Hair Tutorial

This is one of my go-to hairstyles, because it is so fast and easy!  Check out the video here!

All you will need for this look:

  • Flat Iron – Mine is the ghd 1″ Classic Styler
  • Heat Protectant Spray – Lots of drugstore and salon choices, I use the Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
  • Clips to section your hair – I like using alligator clips, these are similar to the ones I have. I picked mine up from the beauty supply store.  If you have thicker hair like mine, these clips work better for me than the straight ones.

Optional:

To start, I blow dry my hair as straight as possible using a round brush (this one from Goody is the one I used and it is my FAVE)!   Don’t forget the heat protectant.  I use It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin.  For this hairstyle, if you have curly/wavy hair like me you don’t need to get your hair too straight, because we will straighten and curl as we go.

wavyhairtutorial5

 

Section your hair off, leaving only the bottom portion down.  Don’t forget to spray the section with hear protectant before styling each section!

 

 

wavyhairtutorial2

 

 

Taking small sections and starting with the hair closest to your face, run the flat iron through your hair, rotating the flat iron away from you as you go, creating a loose wave.

 

 

 

I always curl sections of hair that frame my face away from me, but once I get towards the back of my head I alternate the direction of the curl, to keep the waves more defined.

Once the bottom section is all curled let down another section, spray with heat protectant, and repeat the process.

For the top section, part your hair where you’d like and be sure to curl the face-framing sections of hair away from your face!  Once all sections are styled, you can run some product through your hair for even more volume and texture!  My favorites:

Be sure to check the video out for more detailed instructions!  Thank you so much for reading ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Best Beauty Products Under $5

I love a good bargain, but I have discovered that you often get what you pay for when it comes to cosmetics.  There are, however, exceptions to this rule!  Here are 10 bargain products I have purchased, and love just as much (or more!) as high-end products.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink ($4.99)

wetnwild

This illuminating palette is SO GORGEOUS!  I was really upset because I thought it had been discontinued.  When I wrote this post, it was the first product I thought of so I was on a mission to find it.  As you can see, it still exists but the packaging changed.  *whew*.  I will use a fluffy powder brush and swipe it across the palette to pick up a bit of each shade, then I brush it over my cheekbones and at my temples for some highlight/blush action.  It is so beautiful on, and it warms my face up after applying foundation.   I will also use these shades individually as eyeshadow, so this is a multi-use product!

Wet n Wild Foundation Brush ($2.99)

brush

Keeping it in the Wet n Wild family for now, I recently picked this brush up from Meijer and I really like it!  This brush has synthetic polymax fibers that are perfect for cream or liquid foundation.  The first time I used it (with True Match liquid foundation), I expected to go over the foundation with a damp beauty blender after applying it with the brush.  I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find I didn’t need that extra step at all!

NYC New York Color Browser Brush-On Brow Kit, Brush-On Brunette ($3.79)

nyc

This brow kit is THE original brow product for me.  I used this years ago when I was first starting to play around with makeup, and I still reaaaaally like it.  I would not recommend the tweezers or brush it comes with (both are bad news bears), but the powder and wax itself both work really well. I would recommend using it with a smaller angled brush, this $3 e.l.f. brush is actually the one I use.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss ($4.99)

nyx1

Love this gloss!  I like the texture of it; it is moisturizing and not terribly sticky.  It is pretty long-lasting, and it comes in many beautiful shades.  This is the shade Nude Pink, which for me is the perfect “my lips but better” shade.

Continue reading