Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Behind the Scenes: Meet My Gear

Tutorials and Tips, Videos
I've gotten quite a few questions about the gear I use to film and edit videos, so today I'm taking you backstage. In this video, I show you the gear I use most to produce high-quality videos and blog photos.  Disclaimers: I'm not posting this to brag or show off what I have. I've collected these items over the past few years and poured hours of research into each purchase. These are the items that work for me. I can't guarantee that these will all work for you. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something using my link, I get a small kickback at no cost to you.Please only buy gear that you think you'll use. If you're just starting out, I…
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2016 Favorites

2016 Favorites

Videos
I've finally got my favorites video up for 2016! I pared down my favorite makeup and skincare for the year. I could have added twice the number of products, but I wanted to show only what I used the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxx1Mz7bO2g   Products mentioned: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlight in Champagne Pop MAC Blush in Taupe Shape (for contour) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Milani Coming Up Roses Blush in Romantic Rose NYX Brow Pencils in Taupe and Ash Brown Urban Decay Primer Potion Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Viseart Dark Mattes Palette Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner…
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Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Swatches: Kat Von D Lipstick Set

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
Hi! I was so excited to grab the Everlasting mini liquid lipstick set by Kat Von D during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in November. This set contains 8 mini liquid lipsticks. I already had mini versions of Lolita and Lolita II as well as a full size of Ayesha, and I've fallen in love with the formula. These liquid lipsticks hold up through a whole day, and they don't change color over time. I find that while these don't dry out my lips (as long as I stay reasonably hydrated), they don't feel moisturizing either. To help make sure your lips don't dry out, I suggest putting on a lip balm for a few minutes and wiping it off just before you apply the lipstick. I love when brands let you try a range…
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Updated Skincare Routine

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Videos
I got a video request a while ago to do an updated skincare routine, and I finally got it together! The video is a quick high-level of what I'm using in the morning and at night. I'll be spending this post giving a little more detail about all these products. https://youtu.be/I0NlolQCXz8 I had a lot of fun making this video, and I hope you enjoyed it! Now let's talk details... A.M. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera - I picked this up when I ran out of my Mario Badescu toner, and I'm really liking it so far. It doesn't irritate my skin, and it gets all the oil off my skin from sleeping. Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Fusion Treatment Toner - I had this sample…
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Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Haul 2016

Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Haul 2016

Beauty hauls, Videos
Hello! Very exciting video and post here. I haven't gone shopping in a long time, so I was really excited to go out and get a few (or a lot) of things! I go through what I got in this video. Keep scrolling for photos and swatches of all the products! If you see something you'd like a review for (whether video, blog post, or both), let me know in the comments. I always prioritize requests over whatever I have planned, so don't be shy  :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2A2HeqcmIE I had so much fun filming this haul, and I really hope you enjoyed watching it! Now, let's take a closer look at everything I got. Just an FYI before we jump into all these photos: I tried my darndest to get the colors…
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Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Trying on Bold Lipsticks from the Drugstore

Beauty hauls, Lips, Product reviews, Videos
I'M LOVING THIS WEIRD LIPSTICK TREND. Also, I love starting all my blog posts with all caps... Lots of brands are coming out with bold, crazy lipsticks. Now it's easy to get them from the drugstore, too! I grabbed a few shades of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds collection, and some new shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection. I also had Stone Fox from their original shades too. Here are the Maybelline shades I got... Left to right: Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Gone Greige, Wickedly White, Chocoholic, Violet Vixen, and Sapphire Siren Gone Greige is a beautiful nude-but-not-boring shade. It's a true matte and goes on really pigmented and smooth. It will definitely be my most-used of the bunch. I've been looking for a "greige" lipstick and this one is excellent (and…
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MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection

Beauty hauls, Face, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer, Videos
Hi all! I purchased a few items from the MAC x Chris Chang collection a few weeks back when it first came out. And now I finally have a video trying it all on! Here's what I got: Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Lipstick in Cloud Gait (Lustre) Lipstick in Plum Princess (Matte) Lipstick in Vermillion Vee (Matte) https://youtu.be/OER5zbUP-kg I had so much fun trying on these bright colors! As of this posting, the collection is still available at MAC's website. Did you try any of these bold shades? Anyone brave enough for that yellow?
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DIY Eyelash Holder

DIYs, Lifestyle, Videos
Hi all, I realized that I posted this DIY video and didn't share it on my blog! Whoops! I was getting frustrated with the amount of clutter my false lashes were contributing to my makeup table--and I don't even wear my false lashes that often! It was crazy. So, I started looking online for a case to put them in, but they were all really small and only held 2-4 pairs. Basically, I was looking for something that would hold all my lashes together, but still let me easily grab a pair or two to pack into a makeup bag if I was going out or traveling. I was surprised to find literally NOTHING like that. I don't know why, considering those are some complicated expectations, but stay with me…
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Video Update: Maybelline Better Skin Challenge + All About My Tieks!

Face, Product reviews, Style
Hi all, I put a few videos up recently and thought I'd put them up here in case you're not subscribed to my channel. First, I made a quick update to talk about my new job, video ideas, hate comments. Surprise guest = the snacks I eat in bed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5-nrDi8MQ Next, I took the three-week #betterskinchallenge with the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation, which I received from Influenster. Check out my journey and review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iu8A_IasV0 And by popular request, I talked all about my Tieks. I've been posting about these shoes since I got my first pair two years ago, and now that I've decided to add another pair to the family, it seemed about time to talk about why I'm crazy enough to spend so much on flats. You can also get…
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Clarisonic Smart Profile Review

Clarisonic Smart Profile Review

Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Hey, guys! My review of the Clarisonic Smart Profile is finally up. It's lengthy, so I broke it up into segments. About the Clarisonic Smart Profile - 1:11 New Smart Brush Heads - 4:10 ...Secrets? - 6:11 Smart Profile vs. Other Models - 8:53 Final Thoughts - 11:59 https://youtu.be/xGbDXSCVcUk I hope you guys enjoy, P.S. Did you notice my new header? What do you think? :D  
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Glam Glow Review and Giveaway [CLOSED]

Glam Glow Review and Giveaway [CLOSED]

Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Skin, Videos
Hey guys, I am absolutely in love with the Glam Glow Gift Sexy set, which comes with a full size Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment and travel sizes of the Supermud Clearing Mask and Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. So in love, that I ran out and found one of the last ones in my area to give away to YOU GUYS! This set is going away, so make sure to enter if you've been wanting to try Glam Glow products. This set is $69 at Sephora, which is a great deal because normally one mask alone is $69. I also paired these purchases with the 20% off VIB sale and the $20 off $50 purchase promotion they sent recently. I reviewed these masks on my YouTube channel, but I also wrote quick reviews…
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