Holy Grail Beauty – Updated

#hellosexy Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Type of Beautiful Spotlight: Katie

Describe Your Type of Beautiful:  

Natural beauty!  I don’t like to put on a whole lot of makeup, and when I do put on makeup I like it to look very natural for the most part.  I don’t need to be smoochin’ someone and have my face come off.

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Who Are Your Fashion Inspirations?

Oh goodness gracious! I feel like I’m not the most stylish!  Anyone who likes to wear scrubs and yoga pants?? Haha Gigi Hadid is always dressed on point, and I want everything Blake Lively owns ever plz.

What Is Your Go-To Outfit?

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Always yoga pants and t-shirt!  I am lazy.  If I wanna look fancy but still be comfy, a maxi dress is my jam.

What Fall Trend Or Style Are You Most Excited About?

I’m excited about boots and sweaters!!

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Type of Beautiful

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My Type of Beautiful
Classic, with a bit of sporty and trendy for good measure!

 

My Fashion Inspirations

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Audrey Hepburn, Rihanna, Nicole Williams (from WAGS, anyone else watch that show?!)

My Go-To Outfit

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Skinny jeans, cute top, light jacket, and heels or wedges.

Fall Trend/Style I’m Most Excited About
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Bomber jackets and combat boots!  Also, I love a good scarf.

Favorite Item of Clothing

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My Banana Republic jacket, definitely.  I throw it on with jeans and boots, or a dress and heels, it makes any outfit. *Fall Lookbook coming soon*

Favorite Perfume

  • Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy
  • DOLCE&GABBANA The One
Must-Have Hair Product

Sebastian  Re-Shaper Hairspray, which is currently on sale at Ulta!  Holla!  It smells amazing, and it brushes out easily for re-styling (hence the name).

My Three Holy-Grail Makeup Products
  • D.J.V. Miaray Fiberwig Mascara- this stuff is literally like false lashes in a tube.  A few coats and my eyelashes legit touch my eyebrows!  Leave a comment if you want me to post a video or more details about it.
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy– best lip balm I’ve ever used.  Period.
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil– my favorite, a great dupe for Anastasia Brow Wiz.

You Only Have Time to Put On One Thing (Mascara, Lipstick, Etc.) What is it?

Mascara!  Better Than Sex is a great one-coat option.

Go-To Hairstyle

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I go through phases, and right now it’s all about the topknot.  Evidence is here, in my butterfly-crown glamour shot!  Can I take a quick second to talk about how I’m late the the game, but slightly addicted to SnapChat now?!

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Makeup Trick

Briefly (just a few seconds) heating an eyelash curler with a hairdryer before curling my lashes.  It makes the curl last all day!  I’ll also do this when I don’t put any makeup on, but want to pretend to look awake.

Best Bargain Makeup Item

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara- One of my favorite mascaras I’ve ever tried. It lengthens and separates your lashes, and it only takes one or two coats for really dark, stand-out lashes. I have a few high end mascaras I’ll go between (I think I’ve probably tested just about all of them), but I always have a tube of this on hand!  $2.99 at Walgreens.

If I Could Tell My Younger Self Something About Beauty, What Would It Be?

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I’d tell younger me to embrace my curly hair, and stop comparing myself to other girls!  I didn’t know what to do, so I would try and brush my curls out, it didn’t end well.  Thank God Chrissy came along (love you!) and helped me out.  This is my 7th grade picture!

 

 

 

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