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#One brand motd: NARS Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for about the past month, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd. This week brand is Nars Cosmetics.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some cheaper options. Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Nars Cosmetics

Nars is another cult favorite brand.  Mainly known for the famous blush ‘Orgasm’, and for good reason.  Orgasm is absolutely beautiful!  Unfortunately, I am not using the blush color in my look today, but I worked in the lipgloss.

This look is a no makeup, makeup look.  I do have days where I go all out, but most can be found very minimal.  That’s my style and what works for me.  Check below for the deets!

Budget Friendly Ways

Let’s talk budget real quick!  Since this brand is a luxury brand, I wanted to touch base on how I get some of my high-end products.  I couldn’t justify spending $29.00 on a single eyeshadow.  I would suggest checking out value sets like the Sephora favorites.  This is how I obtained the dual-intensity eyeshadow and the full-size lipgloss.

You can also join Sephora playbox.  It’s a monthly subscription that gets you five sample, deluxe size samples, or an occasional full-size product for $10.00 a month.   You can sign up here.

My last suggestion would be shopping at Nordstrom!  The NARS counter always has a gift with purchases.  The girls at my counter are super nice and give out great gifts.  I ended up with a gloss, liner, mascara, small blush, and cream blush stick for purchasing one of the cheek palettes. Well worth it!

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to check back next week for our high brand end.  If there is a brand you would like us to do, leave us a comment below!

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#One brand motd: Kat Von D

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd.  You might be thinking what is she talking about?  Well, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.  This week we are doing #One brand motd: Kat Von D.

Brand Challenge

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D is an amazing brand with amazing products, but after looking in my collection, I quickly came to find that I didn’t own much of her products.  Crazy, right?  This motd called for a lot of creativity.

I actually thought I had a blush and some lippies as well, but as you can tell from the picture above- I only own the Shade and Light Contour Palette and a sample of tattoo liner.  The used the contour palette as eyeshadow, brow powder, and my contour/highlight.

 

The palette worked great as an eyeshadow- very blendable and the colors worked perfectly.  I am a nudes girl anyway.   I don’t have to tell you how great it worked as a face palette- that’s what it is made for.  As a brow powder, it did the trick.  It went a little bolder than I like, but a little blending and you are good to go.

I am going to take advantage and utilize this palette more for all over the face.  It takes up less space in my makeup bag and great for travel.  Now off to Sephora to purchase more Kat Von D.  I still can’t believe that these are the only products I own.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks #onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag to show us your look!

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NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

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Let’s talk skincare.  If you are going to spend money on anything, I suggest spending it on skincare items. I am not saying that you can’t find affordable options because there are.  It’s all about testing products and coming up with a regime that works for your skin.  I have been incorporating the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash into my skin routine for the past few weeks.

All About the Brand

Neostrata started in 1988 in Princeton, New Jersey, by two doctors.  They wanted to be able to offer their products to everyone.  They now have NeoStrata®, Exuviance®, and CoverBlend® under their belt and are sold over 80 countries worldwide.

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

A potent, pH-balanced, foaming facial cleanser for experienced Glycolic Acid users who prefer a deep cleansing.

  • High strength, pH-balanced, soap-free face wash
  • 18% Glycolic Acid smoothes skin texture
  • Lactobionic Acid gently enhances cell renewal
  • Recommended for experienced Glycolic Acid users

First, let’s start with the packaging.  A major plus this product has is the pump.  I always appreciate a company who adds this in.

Now, I don’t use this cleanser every day and I do not use it in the morning and in the evening.  I use this once or twice a week for deep cleansing.

This product is something that you have to work into your routine, especially if you have sensitive skin like I do.  If you do have sensitive skin, you can work the product in slowly, like I have.  Then eventually move into just mornings or evenings, when your skin is used to it.  I love that it acts as a mild exfoliant and unclogs the skin.

Final Thoughts

This product is perfect for someone with normal skin.  If you have sensitive skin, then please be careful when using this product.  Like I said, I use it minimally and like it.

Give it a try for yourself!  I’d love to hear what you think about it.  Leave a comment below!

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#One brand motd: Wet-n-Wild

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It’s that time again, brand Challenge time!  You might be thinking what is she talking about?  Well, I am talking about a challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.  This week we are doing #One brand motd: Wet-n-Wild.

Brand Challenge

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks on social media.

Wet-n-Wild

This week’s brand is none other than the drugstore cult favorite, Wet-n-Wild.  Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands, if not the favorite.  They have great products at really affordable prices.  I am even going to say they have the best eyeshadows at the drugstore.  If you do not own the comfort zone palette, getcha some!

Face deets

  1. Photo Focus™ Foundation– Cream Beige
  2. Photo Focus™ Pressed Powder– Warm Beige
  3. MegaGlo Dual-Ended Contour Stick
  4. Color Icon™ Blush (old packaging)- Mellow Wine
  5. MegaGlo™ Highlighting Powder– I actually used their cream highlight that was an LE.  The one provided is an alternative.
  6. Wet N Wild Going in the Wild Palette- Limited Edtion- Going in the Wild (Unfortunately, this palette was from a few years back.  You’re lucky if you can get their hands on it).

Here is my finished look.  I did use one of the new Wet n Wild balms as well but lost it in the deep depths of my purse.  First world problems, I tell you!

What are your favorite Wet n Wild products?  Let us know in the comments below!  Also, share your #onebrandmotd using our hashtag.  We’d love to see what you create!

Have a beautiful day!

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#Onebrandmotd: Benefit Cosmetics

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Wednesdays are for brand challenges with your makeup bestie!  What am I talking about?  Well, I am talking about a challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd:  Benefit Cosmetics.

One Brand Motd-  Benefit Cosmetics

What’s a brand challenge?  Let me explain.  Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand.  We decided to alternate between high end and drugstore each week to provide some cheaper options.  Check out our hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the finished looks.

Week 1- Benefit Cosmetics

We have decided to start our brand challenge with Benefit Cosmetics.  The look that I have created is a no makeup, makeup look- that can be done in about 5 minutes.

On the face:

Porefessional Primer

Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW- Beige

What’s up!  Highlighter

Ka-brow! #3

Roller lash

Lolli balm

I hope you all enjoyed our first weeks looks using all Benefit cosmetics.  Tune in next week for our Wet n Wild looks.

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Let’s Get Wiggy With It

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Let’s Get Wiggy With It
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Have you ever wake up in the morning look at your bedhead mop and just think nah nah nah nah nah?

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Divatress

Divatress is one of the beauty industry’s leading e-Commerce websites.  They carry products ranging from wigs, hair care products, beauty tools, and cosmetics.  You do not have to be a beauty professional to order from Divatress.  You can be the average mom, just wanting a small change at an affordable price point.

Freetress Lace Front Wigs

We suggest trying free tress lace front wigs.  These wigs are a special type of wig that is made out of real human hair or synthetic hair.  The hair is tied by hand onto a sheer lace base that lays on top of the scalp.

Depending on the on how these wigs are cared for, they can last anywhere from 3-6 months.  For virgin hair lace wigs, these can last anywhere from 6-12.   With the affordable prices provided by Divatress, you will definitely be getting your money’s worth.

Here are some of the wigs they offer

You can also choose different colors that best match your skin tone.  If not, get crazy and choose something totally out of your comfort.  That’s the freedom that the free tress lace wigs provide.

 

Have you tried wigs before?  If so, how do you like them?  Do you have a particular style of wigs that you like better?  Leave us some comments below!  We’d love to hear your thoughts on wigs and what styles you go for!  I’ve always been curious about different hairstyles but never thought about using wigs to obtain to those looks.

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Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story

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Hi, loves! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted. Well, as you can see we’ve re-branded! Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Our Rebranding Story.  Read on to see how and why we chose to rebrand.

Makeupateers was started three years ago by Gaby, Blaire, and myself.  We decided on Makeupateers because we were three-makeup-loving girls.  Kind of like the musketeers of makeup, get it?  After a while, Blaire lost interest in the blog.  It didn’t seem right to have only two Makeupateers.  Gaby and I decided to bring on another makeup loving friend, Erin- who, at first, provided great makeup looks for the blog.  After a year or so, real life hit Erin full force.  She could no longer actively contribute to the blog.  By this time, I was running Makeupateers on my own, because Gaby was focused on her blog, Beauty by Gaby.  By the way, if you haven’t checked out Gaby’s blog you should here!

Makeupateers to Luxe Budgetnistas: Introducing Tia

Again, it didn’t feel right having one Makeupateer.  I decided to bring someone else onto the blog, Tia!  Why not?  I felt she was a perfect fit. She was a long-time supporter of Makeupateers, beauty group owner on Facebook and has an amazing love for beauty.  I am happy to say that I have finally found my blog match and our partnership has worked out so well.  With that being said, all the changes through the years with Makeupateers, we have come to a point where we felt the name no longer held the same meaning. After some deep thought and discussion, we felt it was best to re-brand with a new name that was fitting to us now.

We are happy to announce that we have made a full transition to our new brand- Luxe Budgetnistas. We plan on providing great content on all things lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and travel- with some inspiration/empowerment thrown in as we always have.

Thank you for being patient with us as we make this change and for the continued support.

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