I just spotted this super sweet little necklace! It's made to look "vintage" and would seriously gorgeous with a dress, crop top or sweater! It's on $0.94 with free shipping. You can't beat that, right? This seller is a trusted one. I have purchased a few necklaces from them. Shipping may take 2-4 weeks, depending on where you are located. (mine usually arrive in 3 weeks and I live in the Midwest)
I have a complete obsession with owls. I have always been obsessed with them since I was a little girl. My Mother's boyfriend went hunting and he brought home a very tiny owl. It had been hit by a truck and he didn't have the heart to walk away and let it die. We nursed it back to health and then set him free. His name was Hootie. He was pretty cool. Anyways, this necklace is only $0.99 with free shipping. Owls are all the rage as of late, so I thought I'd share. You can find it HERE.
I have been seeing these bracelets floating around on the web, and I completely fell in love. However My budget did NOT. So when I found some alternatives to the ones I had been eyeballing, I nearly did the happy dance!
Here are the bracelets I had been lusting over:
The cross bracelet is $24.00...on SALE. Yeah, 24 buckaroos that I am not compelled to waste on a stretchy bracelet.
This beautiful beaded bracelet has "love" in cursive with little jewels embedded in the letters. $18.00 on sale...my budget says NOPE. Not happening.
When all of a sudden, there appeared a rainbow of affordable hope! I found a set of 3 bracelets.
3 bracelets. One is a cross bracelet, JUST like the first one, jewels and all. (different colored beads though) Another is a "love" bracelet, same font for the word as the other one pictured, same jewels embedded. (Once again, different colored beads) and the third bracelet in the package is one with the "Infinity" symbol, jewel encrusted like the others, with matching beads FOR $5.74 SHIPPING INCLUDED! Shit son, my budget better STFU, because THIS is a bargain! You even have the option to choose between silver OR gold! How about that? You can find this 3 piece set HERE.
I've been seeing these trendy pieces around lately. Not wanting to pay a ton of money, I went searching for something that is new and trendy but also in my budget range. Low and behold, look what I found!
This necklace is pretty sweet:
However, the price is NOT. I can't justify paying $42.00 for plastic beads (not including shipping)...BUT I did find this:
NO JOKE. The price of the second necklace is ONLY $5.74 INCLUDING SHIPPING! Bam!
Alright people. I have been considering turning this blog into a budget beauty AND Fashion blog. I am going to do my best keep you guys up to date with the coolest clothes, makeup and jewelry at amazing prices. I am doing this because I get asked questions quite often about where I got my makeup, jewelry, shoes, purses, shirts, etc. I honestly shop around for the best deals, and instead of keeping these awesome sales to myself, I'm going to share it with you guys! (Because I heart you all!) I am going to find a widget that allows me to make a calendar for you all.
Here's some sales and items that I have personally found:
Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale! MANY items for $3.00!
It's so worth checking out! They ended up having quite a few of my fave scents on sale. It's time to stock up! (For myself, for friend's birthdays, Christmas gifts, myself, and did I mention myself?)
Modnique: Daily Deal is A Pair or a set of earrings, (I can't tell if it's a set or a pair. I'm purchasing them anyways) that are Sterling Silver and cubic zirconia. I can't wear ANY type of earrings except real gold or Silver. So, these earrings are 95% off retail value, (only $6.00!) and if they end up being a color I don't like, I will save them as a gift for a friend come Christmas or birthday, etc.
Keep in mind that the Daily Deals changes everyday obviously. It's worth checking daily.
I am madly in love with ANYTHING BCBG. Their products are so well made, they last a long time, the garments are of super great quality...and sadly the brand is waaaay too expensive for my budget. *sad face* I own a few dresses and a skirt, and I got them on sale but the sale price was NO WHERE NEAR THESE PRICES! I saw these and had to share. (I can't stop debating whether or not to get the silver wristlet...it's seriously calling my name!)
ALL of these items are under $20.00 I'm kind of in heaven right now! You can view these items HERE. Do any of you guys know of any really awesome sales happening right now? If so, share the love!
These are my new Holy Grail Eyeshadow Base! I can't tell you guys how much I have used these in the few days I have had them...I must have changed my makeup 8 times in 3 days at LEAST--because the possibilities with these are nearly endless and I was very excited to try them! It has a consistency of a cream eyeshadow, (a little of this goes a long way--no need to over-saturate) and it allows whatever eyeshadow you apply over the product to gently adhere to it and also helps to blend nicely. I do use a primer before my base due to the fact that these will obviously crease without. (It's a cream, guys) I so wish they would release more colors, like white! That would make my day! I LOVE using Midnight Rendezvous and Rock Out for a super quick smoky eye...the pair is wonderful together!
French Lace is my "Go-to" base for neutral looks now. My skin shade is
light-medium, and this shade shows up subtly, soft and with a tiny sheen
that is just gorgeous! French Lace is also good for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes, as well as Little Miss Thing (If you have darker skin, you'll LOVE this one!) Some of these are matte, some are chrome, some are glittery. Here's what's what! CHROME: Little Miss Thing, Turkish Coffee, Bali Bound, Feeling Lucky, Rock Out, Forest Nymph, MATTE: Like A Boss GLITTER: Midnight Rendezvous, Check Me Out, French Lace
Now for Swatches!
From left to right: Rock Out, Little Miss Thing, Check Me Out, Forest Nymph, Midnight Rendezvous, Feeling Lucky, Bali Bound, French Lace, Turkish Coffee, Like A Boss
Have you guys tried these yet? Which colors do you like or dislike?
I've been seeing SO MANY NEON LINERS lately. So, I pulled out my Kyrolan UV Aquacolor Palette.
I wanted something simple, plain eye with a dash of neon orange. So here's what I used: Elf's Eyebrow Lifter & Filler pencil (I used the "lift" end all over my eye and brow bone to give it a basic nude shade) Kryolan's UV Aquacolor Palette (The orange shade) Elf's Studio Kohl Eyeliner and Elf's Mineral Infused Mascara.
This look was EXTREMELY simple to achieve. You can do this with virtually any color, even darker shades suck as brown, navy and black to get a basic simple yet sexy eye look. I chose to add wings, but now I'm wondering what it looks like without...not that I don't like it with the wings, I just wish I had taken pics before adding them to see which look I'd like more. (I guess I'll be doing that soon with a different color!)
Now the Kryolan Palette isn't exactly cheap, however I would suggest saving up for this product if you enjoy long lasting staying power and super bright eyeshadow. The name says it all: It's blacklight reactive. I've used this for Halloween parties and it was a hit! I purchased this from Amy (Sugarpill's founder) a few years ago on eBay. Since she has come out with her own cosmetic line, she has stopped selling Kryolan products on the site. (It makes me sad...I had a HUGE wishlist of things that she once sold...) I have since found a few of these palettes on eBay and Amazon. In my opinion, this palette is around $30.00 and worth every penny. Not to mention, I've been using this palette so long, (I'm a makeup artist for a local photography group) and I have YET TO REACH PAN. So, over a year of use and still going strong! Not too shabby.
I am super excited to announce that NYX is going on sale at hautelook! I myself am stocking up on a few things that I have been wanting to try, such as these products. (They have been on my wish list for waaaay too long. Also, the palette was normally $45.00 and is on sale for $27.00...NOT BAD!)
Here's just a look at some of my most wanted NYX products!
This lip trio is on sale for $11.00, Normally $18.00
This Lip Trio is on sale for $11.00, Normally $18.00
This Lip Trio is on sale for $9.00, Normally $15.00
The Curve has been in so many magazines...This is def. what I'm getting! (I could always use help with my liquid liner.) This kit is on sale for $17.00 Normally $28.00.
Also on my Super-Want List: This trio of Blush Sticks for only $11.00, Normally $18.00
As you may have seen in many of my tutes, the NYX Eyeshadow Base is AHMAYZIING! This set is going for $12.50, and it Normally runs for $21.00 (seriously a GREAT deal!)
This Palette is on sale for $27.00, and it Normally runs for $45.00 (Not bad if you need more bold and nude shades! The palettes are always SUPER pigmented as well.)
Hautelook has a never budging shipping rate of $6.95. Which is wonderful if you order a bunch of stuff.
The only downfall is that it usually takes 2-3 weeks for your order to reach your residence. This is because Hautelook actually places the order with the companies themselves, and the company sends it to them. (They have a deal worked out with each other.) I have ordered many times, and I am so glad that I have! The Pixi Pop sale had me going nuts, lol. I loved ALL of the products I had purchased. Let me know what you guys are lusting after! I might order it and review it, however, at these prices, it might be best to purchase whatever it is that has your eye!
Elf has outdone itself AGAIN! I am absolutely in love with this product. It reminds me of the Urban Decay shadows that I have from my palettes. Although the Elf shadows have a small amount of fallout and are a tad chalky, if you don't mind that at all you are going to LOVE these! They blend easily, they are beautifully pigmented, and are a new staple in my collection. You get an amazing amount of product for $2.00, and they are worth every penny!
While reading reviews on this product, I was expecting something different. I'm glad that I gave them a shot anyways though. One reviewer stated that these were just like the Elf Mineral Eyeshadow. NO THEY ARE NOT! The Elf Mineral Eyeshadow products are finely milled, with a lightweight consistency and they have finely milled SHIMMER constantly throughout the pigmentation. The Glitter Eyeshadows have a different consistency, just a tad thicker, and although they are finely milled as well, the glitter is more glitter than shimmer, and is dispersed more sparingly throughout the product. You will see more color than glitter, which is not so of the Mineral Eyeshadow.
With that being said, I do love these. I own all of the shades of the Glitter Eyeshadow and the Mineral Eyeshadow (Pressed and loose) and I enjoy them all.When combined with a primer, these colors last ALL DAY. No joke guys. I would suggest using a primer anyways for ANY and ALL eyeshadow, regardless of shade, brand, etc. I actually did a nice nude look using a few of these and it turned stunning! I will be posting it sometime in the near future.
Here are the swatches:
Starting from the Purple shade on top, clockwise: Flirt, Nature Girl, Beachy Chic, Night Owl, Angel, Party Animal, Shopaholic, Cowgirl
Night Owl and Beachy Chic.
Flirt, Nature Girl
Party Animal, Angel
From left to right, top to bottom: Shopaholic, Cowgirl, Flirt, Nature Girl, Party Animal, Angel, Night Owl, Beachy Chic
Oh snap! I stumbled across these on eBay, and I thought, "for under $5.00, I'll give it a shot!" I am SO glad that I did! This kit comes with 12 eye/lip/brow liners. I use all of them for eyeliner, personally. They are smooth and creamy, rich in pigmentation (the cobalt blue isn't as rich as the others, but you can build the color up with a few swipes) and they are GORGEOUS! on eBay, you can find them if you write this in the search bar:
12 Color Glitter Lip Eyebrow Eyeliner Pencil Pen Cosmetic Makeup Beauty Set Kit
However, there is ONLY one of them with glitter, and that's the gold shade. The rest are chrome and matte.
Here are some swatches:
I absolutely LOVE these! And under 5 bucks!? Seriously? Oh yeah. These are pencils, so they need sharpening. They are so blendable and smooth...no pulling or tugging of the skin, light and creamy, and they last all day. I tried to find out more about the company, and I was unable to come up with much at all. So I hope that I can find more of the brand on eBay, since these are amazing and I'm very much desiring more of their products! I simply cannot wait to use these in my upcoming tutorials!!!
A friend on mine teased me about how much I look like "Cleopatra," due to my hair color/bangs. Well, it made me a bit adventurous and I couldn't help but feel like I needed some gold shades on my eyes. So without further adieu, here's my FOTD and it's products:
PRODUCTS: Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California, M.N Eyeliner color No. 010, Elf liquid Eyeliner in Copper, Elf Mineral Infused Mascara, Elf Blush in Candid Coral, L'oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black, Elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Bark
"I want a nude eyeshadow palette, but there are so many choices!"
We have ALL been there. I have quite a few myself, and I ended up purchasing so many because I didn't really know what I was looking for, which palette would compliment my skin tone best, and honestly which one would be perfect for me. I hope that I can aid in your hunt for something that compliments you and makes you happy.
Know your budget! There are SO many palettes ranging from super cheap to pretty expensive. What is a realistic budget for you? Don't go hungry over a palette. If you are mentally/emotionally sold on the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, visit Sephora or Ulta, see them in person, swatch the colors, make sure that it compliments your skin tone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with researching a product before you purchase it. If $50.00 is a bit steep, try looking at other options. I hear that the NYX Nude on Nude Eyeshadow palette is VERY similar to the original Naked Palette. I do not own the original, only the second...so I can't personally compare swatches with my NYX Palette. I CAN tell you that the NYX Palette is a WONDERFUL palette, very pigmented, super blendable and costs WAY less. It has a great variety of mattes and shimmers. You can pull off a matte smoky eye, a matte neutral eye, a shimmery smoky eye, and a shimmery neutral eye with this palette. It also comes with nude shade lippies. 10 lipsticks and 20 nude eyeshadow shades. This palette runs for about $20.00 on amazon.com.
NYX Nude on Nude Palette Pics:
To see swatches of this palette, go HERE!
Know what you will use most! So let's say that you want a vast array of nude eyeshadow shades, but you also love color as well. So maybe a palette that has BOTH would work better for you in the long run. You would only have to purchase one palette to rule them all. So something like the NYX Box of Eye Shadows 112 colors would be your weapon of choice! The whole top layer of this palette is beautiful nude shades. Shimmery shades, matte shades, all super pigmented and easy to blend. The bottom slides out to reveal some bight reds, pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, purples and greens...even neon shades. With this palette, you are getting so many makeup looks in one amazing box and for an amazing price. (I purchased mine on amazon.com for about $23.00)
You want a small and basic palette...who needs that many colors anyways? Well, Hard Candy has a Palette that runs about $6.00 and it's all shimmery nude shades. It's the Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous and it's available at Wal-mart. Elf has a beautiful Baked Eyeshadow Palette in nude shades as well. It's the Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California. It runs for $10.00 on the website as well as Target.
HARD CANDY Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection Pics:
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California Pics:
You need something small to keep in your purse. You may enjoy the NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit. The kit is a little square box about 3 inches in height and 3 inches in width with 9 eyeshadow shades and 2 lippie shades. Small, compact, cute and super pigmented! It runs for about $9.00 on amazon.com.
NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit Pics:
So hopefully this post will help you out. I know there are so many choices out there, and I had personally spent more than I'm happy with on finding the best one for me. If you have any questions or comments, or want to let me know if you have any suggestions for this post, let me know! I'd love to hear from you!