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Marshall’s Beauty Haul

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Happy Thursday, beauties!  We are back after a few crazy weeks of being gone.  I know, I know- we seriously have been struggling this year with the blog, but  Tia and I are trying to change and be more consistent with our posts.  If you have not seen our Facebook book or Instagram posts, we will be participating in blogmas.  We are aiming for five posts minimum a week!  We are starting off blogmas a little early with a Marshall’s beauty haul.  Read on to see what I found!

 Ole Henriksen: Truth on the glow cleansing cloths

These face wipes are $15.00 for a 30 count on the Ole Henriksen website.  I found these for $3.99.  My Marshall’s also had the green wipes, which are from the balance collection- perfect for oily, combination skin.

Even though I purchased these a month ago, my Marshall’s has still been stocking them.  Which I am super happy about.  You’re getting a high-end brand at an affordable price.

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Jacobs: Style Icon 3 Palette- The Shoe Gazer

At $42.00 bucks a pop, this palette was a steal for $12.99.  The palette comes with 0.14 oz. of product.  I, personally, would not have paid the full $42.00 full price- but this is a very luxe brand.  It comes in a sleek black compact and a dust bag to cover it.  Inside the dust bag, I found one of those cheap applicators.  In this area they could have splurged or left it out all together.

I was able to find a few different color combo’s, but I only picked up one.  I picked ‘The Shoe Gazer’ because it was the most wearable for me with a little pop of color.

Skinfix Hand Relief Cream

Skinfix is a Canada based skincare company.  I have tried quite a few products from them and have loved everything.  The hand relief cream retails for $15.99, but I was able to purchase these for $3.99 each.  However, I would pay the $15.99 price on this particular product, because they are that good.

The hand relief creams are free of fragrance, urea, soy, gluten, parabens & phthalates.

Check your Marshall’s!  I’ve been seeing more items from Skinfix.

 

Cargo Getaway Palette

I was able to locate the a few of these Cargo palettes.  Originally $34.00, but I picked up two of them for $5.99.  Yes, you read that correctly!  Great price, right?  You can create a variety of looks, ranging from an everyday neutral or a smokey glam for a night out on the town.

Cargo is an under rated brand in my opinion.  I usually don’t hear much about them, but they make some pretty great eye shadows and their swimmables line is great!  You can still locate this palette at certain Marshall’s store, but the pricing has changed to $9.99.

 

Well, I hope you all have enjoyed this Marshall’s haul.  If you would like full reviews on any of the products, let us know via the contact  form below.  Also, with tomorrow being December 1st, it’s the first day of blogmas for us.  So be on the look out and sign up for our newsletter!

 

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Measurable Difference Review

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Let’s talk affordable makeup- after all, we are budgetnistas.  Tia and I love finding quality items at a really affordable price because we believe it doesn’t need to be a luxury brand to be good.  We have partnered up with Measurable Difference for this blog post to show you some of the products they offer and a way to get some additional savings.

The Brand

The story behind this brand is pretty amazing.  Measurable Difference, founded by Helma Arminak, a former refugee from Beirut, Lebanon.  Created about five years ago with a dream in mind. Helma aimed to offer great products for face and body but wanted to keep everything affordable.  I would say that dream is being accomplished.

What I Picked Up

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The Diamond Collection Well Stacked Makeup Collection- $12.00

This small compact palette comes with a blush, bronzer, eyeshadows, and brow product.  It is perfect for on the go and works well for creating a full face.  If you have been a subscriber for awhile, you know that I work very early in the morning- 5 A.M. to be exact!  I need easy to use, multifunctional products.  The shadows work great to create a nice neutral look for every day.  If you need to transition the look into a night time look, no problem!   I would suggest using some of the eyebrow powder as a shadow to create a smokey eye.  The blush is a beautiful mauve that works well with all skin tones.  The only iffy product in this palette would be the bronzer-  it is a bit dark.  If you are lighter skin toned, I would steer clear or use a very light hand.

 

Baked Face Blush Mini- $2.00

The blushes are beautiful and affordable at two bucks a pop.  You could easily purchase all 4 colors. All very wearable colors, but two of the colors are better suited for spring/summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posh Matte Liquid Lipstick – Opera-$6.00

Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage for the past few years and these affordable options definitely do not disappoint.  The formula is very comfortable on the lips and lasts a decent amount of time.  The color is different depending on your skin tone and lighting, which I think is pretty cool.  The color comes off on me as a brownish purple- great for the fall season.

 

Scented Bath Bombs – Green Goddess (Get well quick) Eucalyptus-$4.00

What can I say, it’s a bath bomb.  All bath bombs are pretty amazing.  These smell great and have a great price point.  I loved them so much that I have already bought a couple more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve found Measurable Difference at stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls- but they can also be found online Measurabledifference.com.  You can get 25% off and free shipping using code 25JACK.  No need to rush!  The code is good until March, so pick up a little something each month.

Interested in picking up an item I purchased?  Check out the board below!

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#Onebrandmotd: Marc Jacobs Beauty

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, 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’s brand is Marc Jacobs beauty.  Last weeks drugstore brand was Nyx cosmetics.  I am a bit behind on doing my look this week.  My kids left for two weeks to go to Korea, Guam, and the Philippines.  I am so not used them leaving for that long and overseas, so I have been a complete wreck, lol.

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 try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks, so be sure to check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

We all know the famous fashion designer, Marc Jacobs.  Marc Jacobs created his beauty line back in 2014.  Since the creation of his beauty line, there have been some amazing products made.  Starting with his foundations, high liners, and palettes to say the least.  His line is the epitome of luxury, but with a little bit of shopping around, you can find his products are places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx or take advantage of sales at Sephora.  If you are to try anything, I would suggest trying his high liner gel liners.  They are my absolute favorite!

Now, let’s get on with the look.  The pictures above show the products I used to create my look.  I know, I know.  It doesn’t look like much, but you can do a lot with what you have.

Blush, bronzer, highlight using Object of Desire palette
Eyes- about that night eyeshadow palette
Marc Jacobs gel high liner in cocoa
Highliner lip liner all over the lips

I love how this look turned out.  I loved it so much that I created it this morning for work!  It doesn’t take too much time to apply and very little product.  The highlight in the Object of Desire palette provides just the right amount of glow- think office appropriate.  The shadows are very pigmented, buttery, and easy to blend.  I also found it to be the same for the shadows in the Object of Desire as well.  I am putting all this makeup to the test to see how well it lasts.  Check back this weekend for a second #onebrandmotd featuring Marc Jacobs and for my final thoughts on the products.

 

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Nyx Cosmetics

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We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, 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 Nyx Cosmetics.  Last weeks high-end brand was Too faced cosmetics.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get my blog post up because of some travel mishaps during my trip Generation Beauty.  That trip is a whole other blog post, so be on the look out for that.

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 try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks.  Check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Nyx Cosmetics

Nyx cosmetics was started by Tina Ko back in 1999.  She wanted to a create a great product at an affordable price point.  It became just that.  The ever growing brand started out by just making lip pencils and eyeliners, with the Nyx jumbo eyeliner in Milk being a cult favorite.

My task was to create a simple look with a little bit of color.  I was still able to keep my look very minimal and natural looking.

Deets
  • Total Control Drop Foundation– I’ve been wanting to test out this foundation.  Luckily, I received some samples in a ULTA gift with purchase.  I found applying the foundation with a beauty blender was best.  I tested it out with a kabuki flat top, but it left streaks.  It is a medium to full coverage, with build-able capabilities.

  • Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette– I received this palette for free at Generation Beauty San Francisco and let me tell you, it was a pleasant surprise.  The colors are very pigmented and blend very well.  I was able to create a nice neutral look and do my browns using the dark brown matte color in the palette. I love multi-use products!  It’s all about being creative.

  • Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter– I received this from Generation beauty as well, but to be honest…I didn’t get much highlights from this product at all.  It was applied to my cheekbones and to my cupids bow.   I can see why they were giving it away for free and why it’s on clearance on the website for $4.90.

  • Mega Shine Lip Gloss– These glosses are an oldie but a goodie.  I love the smell, the application, and the just right amount of color.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review and quick #onebrandmotd using Nyx Cosmetics.  Check back this weekend for a night time look using NYX.

 

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10 Tips & Tricks for Attending Generation Beauty

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Hey, beauties!  Can you believe that Generation beauty San Francisco is over?  I definitely can’t.  Tia and I have attended Generation beauty the past four years and have accumulated some pretty helpful tips for your visit to the next Generation Beauty.

What is Generation Beauty?

For those of you who do not know what Generation Beauty is, it’s a beauty event created by Michelle Phan.  She wanted a place where brands, You tubers, bloggers, makeup artists, and makeup lovers come together to enjoy something we all love.  The swag isn’t half bad either.  I personally love meeting with brands and learning about the new products or current faves.

10 Tips & Tricks for Generation Beauty
  1.  Early Registration.  Generation beauty is always on Saturday and Sunday, but they always have an early registration.  This happens on Friday before the event between 5-7pm.  This gives you a sneak peek of the venue and you get your admission badges early.
  2. Prior to the event, check out the brand’s page on the Gen beauty website.  Follow and like all the brands on social media.  Believe me, this simple step will save you a lot of time.  This is also a great time to prioritize what brands you want to visit with first.  Create your plan of action.
  3. Eat breakfast!
  4.  Arrive early.  The lines fill up quickly.  IPSY has an early entry admission that can be added on to your ticket.  Kind of like Disney’s magical hour.  You pay an extra fee of $39.95 for an extra hour to spend with the brands.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes.  You won’t believe how many girls come fully glam in 9″ heels.
  6. Do not carry a huge bag/purse.  Believe me, you will receive so many bags through out the day that you won’t need them.  A wrist-let or cross body bag will suffice.
  7. If you are a blogger or Vlogger- have your business cards and elevator pitch ready.
  8. Necessities- phone, portable charger,  water, and a snack.  They do have food trucks outside of the venue to grab some lunch or drinks.
  9. Bring cash and card to purchase goodies at a discounted price.  Brands like Benefit and Tarte sell their products at a discount.
  10. If you are not local to the event, bring a big luggage or an extra bag to carry onto the plane.  You will need it!

Final Thoughts

This is was by far the most organized Generation Beauty that we have attended.  All the lines went by smoothly and we were actually able to visit all the booths this time around.  Which is something we were not able to do in the past?  Another change is swag bags.  Instead of getting a swag bag each day, you are given one big swag bag, whenever you decide to pick it up.  Have you attended Generation beauty?  How was your experience?  Tell us in the comments.

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

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#Onebrandmotd: Rimmel

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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 Rimmel London.

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.

Rimmel London

Rimmel London is a drugstore brand made famous by Kate Moss.  With cult favorite lippies and the ever so popular it Rimmel Stay Matte matter. This brand really deserves a lot more praise.  A personal favorite of mine is the bb creams and contour palette.

I needed to create a look that was quick and easy, after all, I do wake up at 3:30 am and do not have the mental compacity to do a full face in the morning.  It also needed it to be interview appropriate since I had one later in the morning.

I was able to create a super simple, sun-kissed glow, summer look that worked very well for my interview and also helped me look alive during the day.  The #Instaflawless Skin Tint has been my go-to foundation because it provides just enough coverage and still looks very natural.

Face Deets

 

I hope you all enjoyed this week #Onebrandmotd.  Don’t forget to follow up with us next week where we will be featuring Too Faced Cosmetics.