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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Honest Beauty Product Review

"Honest Beauty? Isn't that Jessica Alba's makeup line?" I know you're all thinking, "great, another celebrity endorsed makeup line." However, I find Honest Beauty, along with the Honest Company to be so much more than that! Jessica Alba stands by her natural cosmetics and skin care line, working in the office, 9-to-5, just like all of the other employees. She has a whole in-house research team, and has banned 2,500 ingredients from making their way into her products!
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Chamomile and calendula are the main ingredients in most of these products which help to soothe and calm the skin. 

Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser - This cleanser foams up nicely and provides a deep clean for any skin type. It removes dirt and oils without leaving your skin feeling stripped. I love how soft my skin feels after I use this and it has turned into my nightly wash! 

Refreshingly Clean Makeup Removing Wipes - These wiped down all of my makeup, no problem! And trust me, I wear a lot of mascara and liner most days. They leave my skin feeling just as soft as if I had washed with the foaming cleanser. For the price point of $10 you can't beat it!

Even Brighter Every Day Moisturizer - Of the 3 moisturizers available in the Honest Beauty line, this one is good for combo skin. Vitamin C powerhouse is one of the main ingredients to help brighten and even skin tone. I can use this morning or night, as it's not too heavy and it absorbs right into my skin!
 Everything Primer - This yellow primer helps to brighten the skin, tone down redness, and even skin tone. With hyaluronic acid as one of the main ingredients it also helps to moisturize and smooth out the appearance of fine lines. I do love the way this makes my skin glow, however it's not the best fit for my combo skin in the humid environment I live in. I'll save this for evenings out or special events, not an every day wear. I also hope they eventually make this a pump bottle as the squeeze tube is pretty hard! 

Magic Balm - This balm truly is magic and 100% organic! I'm obsessed with it for multiple different reasons. I've used it to tame fly away hairs, moisturize dry patches on my hands, and especially love it as my lip balm during the day and right before I go to bed as it's not greasy or heavy. Jessica Alba loves using the balm as a highlighter, and I'm all for it! I tried it myself and love the mega luminous look it gave my skin! For $18, this balm is a must have! 
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I'm obsessing over these few products and already can't wait to pick up a few more items in the line! I've noticed a reduction in breakouts since starting to use the Honest Beauty skin care and would recommend the line to anyone, especially those wanting to take a natural approach to beauty! Have you tried anything from this line? Which products in this post caught your eye? 

xo, Katie
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sugarpill Nurse & Girl Crush Pretty Poison Lipsticks

Sugarpill is expanding their line to include lipsticks! Dubbed the "Pretty Poison" lipsticks, these are long wearing, ultra-pigmented, and matte! I was able to pick these up early for $18 a pop at IMATS NYC. Hopefully we can expect a release date soon!
Girl Crush is the hot pink, magenta and Nurse in the blue-toned, classic red. When I saw the packaging I knew I had to have these before even swatching. Is that bad? That I'm, like, that much of a packaging junkie?! I mean, they're shaped like sparkly pink and white pills with the companies logo on the cap! Another perk about these lipsticks is the slight fragrance. They even smell and taste sweet- like candy! You can tell how much thought went into creating these lipsticks down to the very last detail.

For matte lipsticks, these don't feel stiff and drying. However, as with any matte lipstick, I would still recommend prepping your lips with your favorite balm before applying. You don't have to wear a lip liner with these lipsticks (if you didn't want to) as they don't bleed at all! And the wear time is incredible. Lasting 5-6 hours, I rarely fool with touching up these lipsticks when I wear them.
Top: Wearing Girl Crush, Bottom: Wearing Nurse

Last year, Sugarpill was anticipating to launch these Pretty Poison lipsticks in January 2016.... and here we are in May. I know Sugarpill fell flat a few years back after promising to produce more of their pro palettes, so I'm only hoping this time will be different! These lipsticks are beautiful, pigmented, matte goodness and I only hope to see a launch with more colors in the future! Would you snag either of these Pretty Poison lipsticks?

xo, Katie
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Platinum Prom Makeup Look

One of my regular clients at the brow bar requested I do her makeup for prom and this look was so much fun for me, I had to share a quick post!

Products used: 
Benefit Brow Zings in Dark (she likes them filled in dark, my kinda girl!) 
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer 
Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Sable Brown and Smoky Grey 
Buxom Single Shadow in Pure Platinum 
Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner 
Ardell Wispie False Lashes 
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Benefit Porefessional Primer 
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation 
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer 
Fiona Styles Setting Powder 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Rockateur Blush 
Becca Pearl Highlighter 
IT Cosmetics Buff Nude Lip Liner and Love Story Lipstick on top 
I'm obsessed with Mad Men and this look gave me all of the Megan Draper vibes! I took full advantage of her contoured eye-shape to create this look. Would you rock a cut crease like this? 

xo, Katie