Confessions of a Makeup Addict

What I Did Last Week: The Zoo!

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If you follow me on social media, you're already aware that I was out of town for three days last week.
It was my 5 year wedding anniversary, so we wanted to take a short, inexpensive trip. We typically go to the beach every year, but we're moving next week so we won't be able to get the money together for that this year. Already planning for next year, though! 

So, we drove to the Zoo, spent the night in a hotel and then went to King's Island.
We left Thursday morning & came home Saturday.

I have a few pictures from the zoo, not many because it was hella crowded, but I'll post the few I have.

 Red Pandas!

 Lemur in the bottom center! He tried to hide.
 Lion! How cute is she?
 Black bear. He looked pretty bored.
Kodiak Bear, I think. Also bored.

The quality isn't the best; I had to use an old camera because the idea of carrying around my DSLR all day while on vacation sounded like torture. I live in fear of dropping it, so I just opted out. Haha.

I would have liked to get more pictures, but screaming children were everywhere! Also a lot of the animals were hiding. I tried to get pictures of the white lions, but they were hiding. The elephants wouldn't turn & look at me, and I didn't want to just take a picture of an elephants' rear end. They weren't allowing pictures to be taken of the manatees, which are my favorite and the majority of the other animals just weren't having it.

I don't have any pictures from Kings Island, mostly because I was too lazy to keep pulling the camera out of my backpack & put it back in every time I wanted to do something. I know, lazy. 
And unfortunately, Kings Island was overran with children too. I'm aware that kids go to places like this, but we went during the week to avoid them, and had no luck with that.

I'm sure me saying that I was avoiding children is going to make someone mad, but that's just how it is. I'm not their biggest fan, and anyone who knows me knows that. I don't have any kids and have no plans to change that. I'm not good with kids and I have no patience or tolerance for them. My pets are my kids, and that's that. 

Anyway, the weeks leading up to the trip were fun! /sarcasm 
We had to replace two tires, clean the fuel system, replace the brakes and get an oil change.

So, when we were driving home & our low tire pressure light came on, you can imagine how annoyed I was. We stopped and put air in the tire and drove the rest of the way home. I drove to the gym and everything like normal on Sunday and Monday, but then Tuesday when we got up in the morning the tire was totally flat. We filled it up & could hear air coming from it, so we had to replace another tire.

Normally, this wouldn't be a huge deal. Yes, it sucks but that's why we keep money in the savings account, right? But you know, since we're moving and doing so with pretty much no warning, we need every penny we can keep. My job ended for the summer, so I'm trying to find something to supplement until September, but that's not easy.  Needless to say, there won't be any hauls for a while. Not unless there's a miracle.

Okay, I take that back. There *might* be a home decor haul soon-ish. There's some things we need, and I'm going to attempt to get some of those things.

In other news, I'm taking a summer class, so that's already started. Which I also had to pay for most of and buy the book. So that helped. 

Other than that, still going to the gym and currently packing up everything I own. Again.

If you'd like to see my new apartment, how I decorate it, Makeup collection, makeup room, anything like that just let me know & I'll do it as soon as I can!

Thanks for reading!

How to Get The Perfect Summer Glow

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Summer is almost here and everyone is after a summer glow, and I'm going to tell you a few products to use to get it!
Here are a few tips:
  • Use a luminous primer.
  • Apply a dewy foundation.
  • Use bronzer.
  • Apply a highlight powder to the tops of the cheekbones, brow bone, inner corners, cupid's bow.
  • Apply a shimmery shadow to the lids.
  • Use a really shiny or shimmery lip gloss.
Here's a few product recommendations.

 L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. This is a perfect lid color for summer. So metallic and beautiful!
 Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Opal'. This is the absolute best highlight powder. It's perfect for that golden, beautiful glow.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer. This is the perfect natural, yet luminous bronzer.

I know I already showed a Becca Highlighter, but this is the gel version. It's perfect to apply before the powder version if you're looking for a more intense glow, OR you can use this on your collarbones and it looks amazing!

Bare Minerals Tinted Hydrating Gel is the perfect foundation to get a summer glow. It doesn't offer much coverage, but it evens your skin tone and gives you a glow-y, airbrushed look.

Those are a few of my recommendations for achieving a summer glow. I hope this was helpful!

What are your recommendations?

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

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I couldn't hold out any longer and finally picked up the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. If you saw my Ulta haul, you already knew that.
This is SO beautiful. Becca 'Opal' is so metallic and absolutely beautiful. 

Look at that swatch! And this really doesn't do it any justice because when you walk outside and the sun hits the highlight, it's the most beautiful thing.
This powder has the nicest, creamiest texture. It's definitely worth the money. You need so little product that it will last a long time.
You can find it here for $38.
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Ulta Haul

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Today is another haul, but from Ulta this time!
This is a pretty small haul as I went in with intentions of picking up only one thing and left with three things.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Opal': This is what I went into Ulta for. I decided that I had lusted after it for so long that I needed to go ahead and grab it and I do not regret it. You can find it here for $38.
  • L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: I needed to grab a new mascara as I've pretty much used up every single one of mine, so I remembered loving this one & grabbed it. You can find it here for $8.
  • L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow 'Amber Rush': I grabbed this because L'oreal was buy one get one 50% off. This is a beautiful coppery-rose gold. You can find it here for $7.99.
So, that's it for my Ulta haul!

What would you like to see a review on?

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Empties & Will I Repurchase?

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I haven't done an empties post in a really long time, so I figured this was long overdue. I have quite a few products, mostly makeup, but I have a few other things as well.
We'll start with the makeup:
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: I've loved this for years and I can't imagine giving it up, so obviously I'll repurchase. It just makes your makeup look SO good and last much longer.
  • Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara: This has been my favorite everyday mascara for a while. It gives just enough length and volume to look good, without looking overdone. Perfect for everyday looks. I'll repurchase again.
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: While I loved this mascara, I won't repurchase. It's a little more pigmented that the Mega Plush, but the formula is pretty much identical. 
  • NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder: This is my Holy Grail bronzer and I will repurchase it eventually. I just bought the Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer, so I'm using it for now, and I have a mini Laguna but I will definitely purchase it again.
  • L'oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense: This is a really good liquid liner. It's easy to apply, very black and totally worth the $7 it costs. I'll repurchase it, but for now I have the Kat Von D Tattoo liner that I'm trying out.
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara: This is a nice volumizing mascara, but I find that it smudges on me, so I won't be repurchasing.
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara: This is a good lengthening mascara and while I loved the way it looked when I first applied it, it snudged and flaked everytime I used it so I won't be repurchasing.
  • Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara: This is my all-time favorite mascara. It's volumizing, lengthening, pigmented and separates my lashes. I love it and I'll definitely repurchase it.
  • Nyx HD Concealer: I've went through two of these and have two backups; that's how much I use this concealer. It's seriously awesome. I use it under my eyes and to highlight my face. 
  • CoverFX Mattifying Primer: I really enjoyed this primer, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing it. I just didn't find it to be super special. There's another primer from them that I absolutely loved but I don't remember the name of it!
  • Too Faced HangoveRx Primer: This is my Holy Grail primer and I have to repurchase it. It is perfect for dry skin, and really makes a huge difference in how my makeup applies, looks and lasts.

  • Macadamia Deep Repair Masque: I love this hair mask. It really makes my hair soft and shiny, and I just can't get enough of it. I'm trying out a couple of other products now, but I'll repurchase this in the future.
  • 12 Benefits: This is a leave-in conditioner type spray, and I love it! It detangles my hair. smells awesome and really makes my hair soft and shiny. I have a ton of other products like this to use up, and I do think I'll repurchase it.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: This is my favorite dry shampoo, and I'll definitely repurchase it. 

  • Valentia Even Glow Serum: I've already repurchased this and I'll continue to do so. This is my favorite serum, and it really brightens my skin.
  • Olay Fresh Effects Gel Moisturizer: I love this moisturizer but I think it's discontinued. It smells like honeysuckle and it absorbs almost immediately but it's super hydrating. I love to apply this before my makeup primer.
  • Juicy Couture 'Juicy' Perfume: Love this perfume. It's been my favorite for a while now, and I'll repurchase it soon!
So, that's it for my empties post!

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