The Best Compact LED Gel Nail Dryer

The Best Compact LED Gel Nail Dryer

Beauty steals, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
When I was interested in trying gel nail polish, I went on a hunt to find the best LED gel nail dryer and gel nail polish to get started. I'm happy to report that I found both. This nail dryer checked all my boxes and has been an incredible addition to my beauty routine. I can have my nails painted and ready to go in about 25 minutes (or less, when my nails are short and I can be less careful). Image of the nail dryer from Pinterest. Note: I use Amazon affiliate links in this post. If you make a purchase using my link, I get a small commission at no cost to you. I appreciate your help in keeping this blog running! What I Look for in a…
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First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

Beauty steals, Eyes, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
I was SO excited to try these palettes. Juvia's Place is an indy makeup brand and they've had a ton of success from their Nubian palettes. You may have seen some hype surrounding their newest release, the Saharan palette. I only heard about it after I made my purchase, though, so I only have the first and second palettes. This brand is cruelty-free, and most of their products are vegan (these two palettes are). Their brushes are cruelty-free, so next time I need brushes I might check them out! Their palettes and colors are inspired by the people and culture of different places in Africa. I came across the Nubian I palette on Pinterest, and then realized I'd seen it on Jaclyn Hill's channel. I also got the Nubian II palette…
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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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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Holiday Red Lipsticks on a Budget

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Videos, Winter
Hello, everyone! I'm back at home and enjoying the pre-holiday craziness with my family. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some amazing, affordable red lipsticks--from bright to sultry, shiny to matte. With holiday parties and family gatherings, you're bound to need more than one (or at least that's what I tell myself when I see how much lipstick I have)! http://youtu.be/Bak7sSkBscA   Products Mentioned: https://flic.kr/p/qw7dMK Covergirl Lip Perfection Pencil in Passion Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva Rimmel Lasting Finish Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil in Wine https://flic.kr/p/qeykph L'Oreal La Laque in I Laque You A Lot (shine) ELF Matte Lipcolor in Rich Red (matte) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red (shine) Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sunset Siren…
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DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

DEAL ALERT: NARS Dolce Vita Trio

Beauty steals
Hello! I was perusing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale last night and came across the "Beauty Exclusives." Uh oh. Of course, all of the brands had amazing sets, but NARS and MAC had the best, in my opinion. I came across this trio and put it into my cart immediately. [caption id="attachment_1932" align="alignnone" width="380"] Image from Nordstrom.com[/caption] This is the NARS 'Dolce Vita' Lip & Nail Set. Yes, you can now get their top-selling neutral as a nail polish, and apparently it's limited edition for the fall. Also, it's perfect. That nail polish. I've had the lipstick on my list for a while now, and while I don't love lip glosses, I've been curious about NARS' recent reformulation. Maybe this lip gloss will convert me into a full-on lipgloss lover. And…
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Amazing Drugstore Deal (My New Obsession)!

Amazing Drugstore Deal (My New Obsession)!

Beauty steals, Lips, Product reviews
Hey guys, So I'm super late on this bandwagon, but I'm in love with the Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipsticks! I held off on trying these because I heard that since they're matte, they're a bit drying on the lips, and anything that's even a tiny bit drying will completely dry out my lips halfway through the day. But recently I started looking up swatches, and finally I thought I'd risk $2 and try one out. After trying one, I went out immediately and got a few more --- they're THAT good! https://flic.kr/p/qst64B https://flic.kr/p/pvTfDn 911D Stoplight Red The first drugstore I went to only had about three shades, but not surprisingly Stoplight Red was one of them, and I really wanted to try it. What better way to test a…
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Target + Ulta Collective Haul

Target + Ulta Collective Haul

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Style, Style hauls
Hey, girls! The best time to catch sales is between seasons, as stores are trying to clear the shelves to make room for the next batch of stuff. I went to Target and Ulta a couple weeks ago and decided to try some products I haven't tried before, and went back to Ulta last weekend, so now I have two trips worth of products to show you! I don't usually like to shop at Ulta for drugstore products (it's often more expensive, and I'm not in love with their coupon and rewards systems), but it's worth it when there are any deals or sales going on. Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know my first impressions of these products as I've been starting to use them. Trip 1 - Target…
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Nordstrom Rack Haul

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Style, Style hauls
Hey, everyone! You know I love a good deal. The other day, we were near a Nordstrom Rack, and I remembered that I had a cash back deal on my card, so I just had to check it out. I walked out with five items and over $130 in savings. First, the little things: https://flic.kr/p/qb6hBA I got a UD eyeshadow palette, a Stila eyeshadow, and a pair of earrings. I actually didn't even see that they had makeup until I was about to get in line to check out. Of course, I have no self control when it comes to discounted makeup. I mean, seriously: https://flic.kr/p/qbe6Eg DISCOUNTED. HIGH-END. MOTHER-EFFING MAKEUP. The UD palette I picked up is called the "Eyeshadow Ammo." It has a couple of shades that are also in…
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Back to School Beauty Deals with BeFrugal

Back to School Beauty Deals with BeFrugal

Beauty steals
Hello, ladies! It's getting close to that time when sales and coupons are all over the place for "back to school." Even if you're no longer in school, it's tempting to take advantage, and there's no reason why you shouldn't! But if you want the same great "back to school" deals year-round, there are quite a few websites that provide discounts and cash back for your favorite stores. BeFrugal.com is a site that combines coupons with cash-back deals for over 3,000 stores, giving you a lot more bang for your buck. I haven't requested my cash back yet, but they can give it to you via Paypal or send you a check once you reach $25 or more. You can even get restaurant and grocery coupons on their site as…
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