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Friday, December 18, 2015

Ballin' on a Budget Pt. 1

Who doesn't love to treat themselves? I pay my own bills and sometimes money can be tight and a very stressful thing. I don't think that if you have $20 extra you should be burning to spend it, but occasionally, with a nice paycheck (in-between when rent is due) I like to splurge on something nice for myself - within reason.
(Steve Madden pumps originally $99, marked down to price shown w/ an additional 35% off making them a steal at $24. Needed a nice pair of black heels for some events coming up!)

Where do I shop? I live for discounted stores! Marshall's and TJMaxx are my jam. They have so many nice things, maybe you'll pick up a brand you've never heard of. but you'll fall in love with those sweatpants and go back every time hoping they got another shipment of $12 workout gear. My boyfriend and I also love to pick around the home department! We've picked up a ton of home decor, organizational items, and quirky pictures for around the house here!

I also love closeout stores. So, where I live we have Dillard's department stores, and there are these magical "Dillard's close out stores." Take every sale item from all of those Dillard's, marked down as low as they get, and put them all in one building. BOOM! Designer, name brand products, marked down to final sales prices. This is where you'll find the best deals, but you have to have time to dig, and unfortunately, not many of them offer returns. If you don't have Dillard's, I'm sure there are other stores similar near to you!
(Gianni Bini sweater, originally around $60, purchased for $10) 
It's finally getting cold(er) in southern Louisiana, so a cutesy sweater like this, with the dainty beading was a no brainer for $10!
(Jolt Skirt -exact link found, now only $17 online!) 
I work in the cosmetics industry and my wardrobe consists of mostly black. I picked this up because it's versatile, and now I'll also have another piece of clothing to mix and match for work (going back to buying within reason)!
$8 Pom Pom beanie found at Forever21, okay, this was too cute to pass up!
$12 Nine West leggings found at Marshall's. This is half the price of what they are usually!
Alright, and the Dolce Floral Drops is a cheat. This was actually a gift from my friend, you guys! So I am not "ballin'" as hard as you may have thought..ha! and I received it on the same day as all of the other goodies. It made sense, in my mind, to take a picture of the products all together, but after the fact I realized "Dolce" perfume isn't exactly budget friendly, but smells so yummy!

Overall, this splurge on myself (not including the gifted perfume) cost me a whopping $71! That's $20 LESS than the Steve Madden heels ALONE. If you scout out some good stores and dedicate the time to digging, you'd be amazed what you might find! Would you consider yourself a bargain shopper as well? Let me know where you like to shop deals!

xo, Katie
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Colorful Blue and Gold Holiday Club Look / Video

I love fun looks, and anytime I have the opportunity to play - I'm taking it. I created this look and then I thought, "well, where would somebody actually wear this?" It's the holidays, there are tons of events and parties going on and I could totally see myself wearing this to a nightclub or fun event.

Products Used: 
Smashbox Brow Tech in Taupe 
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer 
Benefit High Brow 
Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette (Moulder, Noble, Hyperballad, Dark Wave, Misfit) 
Urban Decay OZ The Great and Powerful Glinda Palette (Aura & Oz)
*these 2 colors can be duped! Aura is a 2-sided highlight with blue & pink iridescent & Oz is a yellow gold/ and silver 2 sided-shadow
Urban Decay Deep End 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner 
Mary Kay @ Play Gold Metal Liquid Liner 
Eyelure Frozen Beauty lashes 
Benefit They're Real Mascara in Blue 
Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner in Black 
Too Faced Black pencil liner 
 Benefit Porefessional Primer 
Aveda Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 Aspen
Benefit Hello Flawless SPF25 Liquid Foundation Ivory
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 
Aveda Mineral Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer 
Benefit Sugarbomb Blush 
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop
Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color Pink Taupe 
NYX Butter Lipstick Fireball 

The original intention was to film 10-12 things but it turned into a matter of quality over content, so I scaled back. However, I do plan on filming 1 or 2 more Holiday looks, so if you have any suggestions or requests, I'd love to hear them! Let me know what ya' thought in the comments below, and if you haven't already please "like" this video and subscribe to my channel over on Youtube!

xo, Katie
Monday, December 14, 2015

Color Me Automatic Foundation Application First Impressions and Review

"Color Me" is an easy and universal way to apply liquid or powder foundation. It can cut application time in half with its technology of "15,000 pulses per minute stimulating gentle finger tapping as foundation glides onto skin." Lightweight and hand held, this is any makeup wearers dream for seamless foundation application.
For $54, plus buying replacement sponges every two weeks, $9 per 2 pack, I'd always been skeptical as to how well this really worked. The local Ulta had the Color Me on sale for 50% off!! For such a steal, making it only $27, I decided to give it a try. Note: You will still pay full price for this online. It was only marked down at this location because it was in the test market and will no longer be sold at that store. So, if I decide to continue buying replacement sponges I'll need to rack up before they pull this product for good, or order more online.

 without foundation
after using Color Me Foundation Applicator

First Impressions: The instructions say to turn the device on and apply 1 pump of your foundation onto the sponge, allowing it to soak in. - WRONG - I definitely had to apply 2 -3 pumps before I felt like it really started applying the foundation the way it's intended to. At first I felt like it was applying unevenly and streaky, but after I had enough product applied I was much happier with the application.
The directions instruct you to tap a little foundation from the sponge onto the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin, then to go back and glide over the skin in circular motions until completely blended. I chose to use my Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation because I really like the finish of it on my skin. Honestly, I didn't feel like it cut my application time in half. Yes, this was my first time using the device, but I had to keep putting little quarter pumps of my foundation onto the sponge to give me the full coverage I like.

I also spend way too long buffing foundation out on my nose. The tip of my nose always turns pink (at some point in the day or another) so I focus on blending a lot of product right there. On the nose, the application was especially streaky because the hard, dense sponge gave no wiggle room for crevasses. I kept working with it, though, and was ultimately happy with the way my foundation set on my skin.
 my basic, 10 minute face, showing off how my foundation set using applicator

I did like the Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator! Looking at my skin hours after the application, and having not set it with any powder, I'm very happy with the way it set and held up. Little lines on my forehead and pores in my T-Zone aren't as noticeable as I feel they normally would be by now - definitely an airbrush finish. 

I don't see myself using this every day, because I feel like it took too much foundation than was actually needed (it's a sponge, what can ya' expect?) and I still had to go over blemishes with concealer - even after adding more foundation. I will definitely pick up more sponges to have as back up. I see myself whipping this out when I know I'll be working a long shift or going out to an event where I would want a seamless application that lasts. What do you think about this applicator? Would you dish out the $54 on it?! Let me know!

xo, Katie