Girlfriend Gift Guide

Dating or just best friends, here’s the gift guide for all the special ladies in your life!

Under $25

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Care Set

Zodiac Trinket Dish

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Lush Dreaming of Christmas Set

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Bath and Body Works Candles

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Frugal Vegan Cookbook

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Fenty Bomb Baby Mini Set

Instax Pattern Photo Album

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Monogramed Marble Wine Stopper

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Noodle Set

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Star Power Astrology Book

 

Under $50

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Milk Makeup Meet the Fam set

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Tarte Goal Getters Contour Brush Set

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Aerie High Waisted Leggings

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Ariana Grande Deluxe Mini Perfume Set

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Skin Gym Rose Quartz 

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Bando 2019 Planner

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Homesick Candles

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LA Hearts Cable Knit Cardigan

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Lush Magic Crystals Set

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Unicorn Cookie Jar

$50 and Above

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Slip Beauty Sleep Collection

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ihome Aromatherapy Bluetooth Speaker

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Drybar The Most Wanderful Waves Set

 

 

 

Week of PR Packages – What’s New in Makeup?

Since I get so much makeup in the mail weekly, it’s almost impossible to thoroughly review and talk about every single piece! I decided I wanted to do these weekly unboxing posts to show you guys all the new products coming out in the makeup world and if you want me to go back and do something more in depth about a certain product shown here, I can most certainly do so!

If you’re unfamiliar with the term PR – it has few meanings, but the one I’m referring to here is a press package that companies send to influencers to try out and show off their new products coming out! If you want to read more about how I grew my career in the beauty community to be able to receive these packages, I have a whole blog post here!

Tarte Cosmetics Color Splash Shade Shifting Lipstick. The same smooth and creamy Color Splash formula as their previous launches, this time in Metallics! I’m usually not a fan of metallic lipsticks, but these are so gorgeous and will look amazing this summer!

Kat Von D x Divine collection. This collection is EVERYTHING. From the packaging design, to the shades of the palette… I’m in love. I definitely want to create a look with both the palette and lipstick, so stay tuned for a tutorial in the future!

Buxom Va Va Plump shiny liquid lipstick. I’m a huge fan of Buxom glosses, they are an amazing formula with the perfect amount of shine, so I’m really excited to try these out! The shade range is perfect and covers all the bases! They seem super high pigment with just one swatch, but I’ll update you on application once I give them a try!

Touch in Sol Metallist palette. I couldn’t find this online yet, but it is an interesting palette! It feels super creamy, almost wet, when swatched. I wasn’t super impressed with the pigmentation when I swatched it, but it could perform totally different on the eyes and with a brush, so I’ll just have to test it out!

NARS Wanted collection. NARS launched two brand new Blush palettes and two sets of mini liquid lipsticks. I love both the lipsticks and blushes so much, so I cannot wait to try these out! The colors in this collection are gorgeous! Not available online yet, but I’ll update as soon as it’s out!

Becca x Sananas Parisian Lights highlighter. I’m not sure who Sanana is that Becca collaborated with, but this highlighter is beautiful and I love the press on it! It’s more a rose gold/champagne shade, which I love!

Smashbox SuperFan Mascara and Always On Liquid Liner. I’m really excited about the liquid liner!! I have lash extensions right now, but once I get them removed I’ll be trying this out with the mascara!

Butter London Stroke of WOW mascara!

New Eyeris Beauty 3d Faux Silk false lashes. I love Eyeris Beauty lashes so much, I cannot wait to wear these once I’m done with my lash extensions!

Butter London Glazen Blush. Apparently, brands saw Farsali do the whole ‘jelly’ makeup thing and decided to hop on that, Honestly, I don’t like the texture of these and find them to be messy and inconvenient. It’s a fun, new concept, though!

NARS new highlighting powders. These are phenomenal! They swatched super subtle, but I think they’re just pressed really hard. Applied with a blush these give the most gorgeous glow! These aren’t on sale yet, but I’ll update!

Sigma had such success with their Cult fav Wicked Gel Liner, they expanded the Wicked line into both pencil and liquid liner! I loved their gel liner, so I can’t wait to see how these perform! I also have a discount code: ‘HAILIE’ to save you 10%!

So that about wraps up this weeks mail! I hope you guys enjoyed seeing all the new in the makeup world, let me know if you want me to continue these unboxing posts!

Colourpop Lux Lipsticks | Review + Swatches

The moment we have all been waiting forCOLOURPOP LUX LIPSTICKS. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so over the matte liquid lipstick trend. I have been so into the traditional bullet lipsticks lately, so I am 100% on board with all these new launches popping up! Colourpop is one of my all time favorite brands – amazing quality with an awesome, affordable price tag – so of course I was so stoked to see that they were one of the brands jumping on the bandwagon and launching their new Lux lipsticks! They came out with 24 beautifully creamy shades, all with a stunning comfortable matte finish. The packaging is gorgeous – a nice gold component with little stars all over the tube, and they even embossed little stars on the actual product! The best part is that they are only $7!

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The shade range is amazing, as well. Ranging from soft nudes, to hot pinks, to reds, to browns, and even fun lilacs, teals, and a wonderful black shade! These are ultra pigmented with just one swipe and are pretty long lasting for a standard lipstick!

Boy, Stone Fox, Uno Mas, Appy, Layover, La Lady

Foolish, Gallop, What If, Cheetah, Sitting Pretty, 27

Still Crazy, Money Side Up, Humble Pie, Ghosted, On Repeat, Get a Room

On Display, Liquid Courage, Hello Stranger, Friends, Getty, Aeronaut

I can already tell that these are about to be my new go-to’s! My absolute favorites from the collection are Boy, Appy, Layover, Gallop, Ghosted, Cheetah, and Getty! If you were thinking of picking a few of these up, I highly recommend doing so! You can grab them here. Hope you guys enjoyed these swatches and found it helpful! XO

Bare Minerals Gen Nude

Say hello to Bare Minerals Gen Nude collection, made for every skintone  and with mineral rich ingredients that are good for your skin. Bare Minerals has come out with 20 brand new Gen Nude lip lacquer shades (I only have 10 of them to share today) and 12 brand new blushes. Blushes and lip glosses are among my favorite makeup products, so I just knew I had to feature these beauties on the blog!

I don’t know what it is about blush, but a nice peachy, pink blush just makes my soul feel complete! Bare Minerals definitely made all my blush dreams come true with this launch – so many natural, fresh faced, rosy glows to choose from! This blush is very soft formula and applies and blends out beautifully on the skin. Never muddy, or too harsh. These blushes are formulated with a special blurring mineral complex that blurs imperfections and gives your skin a soft glow from within sort of look.

  • Instant Natural Flush – These nude shades mimic the natural flush of skin for a healthy radiant looking complextion
  • Buildable Color – Easy to apply and wear, quick swipe and go
  • Blurring Effect – Light reflecting Hydrated Silica Pearl, Marimo Pearl, and Super Diffusion Powder brighten cheeks and leave a soft-focus effect
  • Mineral-Rich Formula – Good for skin, mineral mica helps smooth skin

The Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer has 20 perfect nudes in the complete collection, but I only have 10 of them to share today. You can check out the website here to see the complete shade range. The shades range from mauves, to pinks, peaches, and beige tones – all handpicked to flatter each and every skintone. The patent-like shine leaves your lips looking juicy and feeling soft as ever. Since it is a gloss formula, it is on the sticky side, but not an uncomfortable honey-like feeling. I honestly didn’t notice the gloss on after a few minutes, it’s very comfortable on. These have an intense, high-pigment color payoff with the most gorgeous shine in just a single swipe. My favorite part though – the scent! They smell like vanilla cake! If you are sensitive to smells, don’t worry – the scent is more subtle and you don’t notice it much after initial application.

  • Next Level Shine – High shine liquid lipsticks with lacquer-like finish
  • Full Coverage – One coat, full coverage color
  • Moisturizing – Jojoba oil and algae provide ultra-comfortable, non-drying wear
  • Mineral-Rich Formula – Smithsonite Extract and copper helps to make lips feel softer and appear fuller

NARS Spring ‘18 Collection

Nars has just launched their ‘Spring it On’ Spring Color collection and it’s actually everything. The soft pinks and neutrals of this collection are definitely spring appropriate, and if you saw my last blog post, you know I am all about pink everything right now/always! The collection launched January 18th and unveiled eight new products.

My Favorite part of the collection are the Lip Covers! These are high pigment, full coverage lip glosses with a smooth, velvety finish. They feel incredible on and leave your lips feeling moisturized. Best part is that they aren’t overly sticky, which is one thing I hate about traditional glosses. These are infused with Passion Fruit Seed Oil and Vitamin E, known to protect skin from free radicals and pollution.

The four new shades from top to bottom; Embrasse Moi, Under Arrest, Summer Fire, and Hell Gate. They retail for $28.

Next is their new liquid blush in Hot Tin Roof. The Nars liquid blush formula is one of the most highly pigmented formulas I have ever tried, you only need the teeniest amount of product with these. These blend out with ease and give you such a natural flushed look. If you want to kick it up a notch, layer with powder blush! Another thing I love to do with it, is just tap it over my lips for a super natural ‘your lips but better’ pout.

Top Swatch is blended out, bottom is full pigment. The liquid blushes retail for $30.

They also launched a new traditional, powder blush in ‘Free Soul‘. It’s a little more pastel than their cult favorite, ‘Orgasm’ shade, but has the same amount of shimmer. Orgasm is, of course, one of my favorite blushes of all time, so I was instantly in love with this new shade! Nars has one of my favorite blush formulas so I always recommend them! These retail for $30, same price as the liquid blush.

Last items in the collection are new Velvet Shadow Sticks, which are cream eye shadow pencils! I love to use shadow sticks when I want a quick all over shade, or to use as a base to really intensify my eye shadow. These in particular glide on the lid so smoothly and are still high pigment when buffed out. My favorite is definitely the silver shade ‘Galice‘, it is such a stunning metallic silver.

Top swatch is Frioul, bottom is Galice. These retail for $29.

 

This whole collection was a hit for me! I am always a huge fan of the Nars blushes, both powder and liquid, so I will always recommend those to anyone that was on the fence on picking one up, but I do highly recommend the Lip Covers out of everything! The formula is so different than any other gloss I have tried, so even if you are a lip product junkie like myself, this is something a little different to add to your collection! I love the wear and look of these so much, and I’ve become more of a gloss person these days, so it’s right up my ally! Let me know in the comments if you have picked any of the new Spring line up, or plan to! Thanks so much for reading!

Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Collection + Swatches

I realize it’s only January, but I think it’s safe to say that Urban Decay just dropped the collaboration of the year. Urban Decay just teamed up with YouTuber, and a good friend of mine, Kristen Leanne and I can honestly say that there is no better duo than these two. When I think of fun, edgy, colorful, and unique makeup looks, I think of Kristen – who is basically the human embodiment of all things magical, glittery, and amazing. So her teaming up with Urban Decay, the inventors of edgy and bright makeup, is truly a match made in heaven. Together they created a full makeup collection complete with two eye shadow palettes, six lip colors, a highlight palette, and a single shadow. I do not have the entire collection, I’m missing the liquid lipsticks and single shadow, but I do have some of the larger pieces from the range and I am so excited to share each of them with you today! The full collection is now available on the Urban Decay website.

The entire aesthetic of the collection is so dreamy, hands down the best product packaging I have seen to date. I love how the Vice lipstick exterior packaging has a holographic shift to it. My favorite piece, packaging wise, from the collection is the Daydream palette. I love the neon light font over-top of what looks to be frosting, and the inside is full of pastels and florals that looks to be straight out of something Alice in Wonderland dreamed up.

The three Vice lipsticks that UD x KL launched are incredible. I haven’t tried the Vice formula previously, but these were super creamy and high pigment. Bun Bun and Cloud 9 are both comfort mattes, which are exactly as the name implies. They are some of the smoothest matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried, very similar feel to the new Fenty Mattemoiselle lipsticks. Spell Bound is a Mega Matte, so it’s not quite as smooth and creamy as the other two, but it’s still very high pigment and such an intense matte, I’ve never had a lip product that wasn’t a liquid formula be so intensely matte – super impressed. I also love the little heart with Kristen’s name on each tube, such a cute touch!

The Beauty Beam highlight palette is a pretty versatile palette that I feel will suit a variety of different skin tones. With highlight palettes, it’s usually difficult for anyone to be able to pull off all the shades in the palette, but what I love is that you can mix up the shades inside to create you own perfect shade, and these are such a creamy, shimmery formula that they would make amazing eye shadows as well!

The Daydream palette is a 5 piece neutral eye shadow palette, perfect for pairing with the Kaleidoscope palette, or just great for everyday wear on it’s own! I love Urban Decay shadows, with the exception of all the Naked palettes, and these were so different. A very soft, pigmented formula, that was super easy to blend. Like I mentioned earlier, the packaging on this palette killed me. It so gorgeous and very cohesive to the shades inside, you can tell that there was a clear vision with this palette and it was brought to life so beautifully.

The Kaleidoscope Dream palette seems to be the most popular palette of the collection, for obvious reasons. Inside the palette are 11 bright, high pigment shadows that just scream Kristen Leanne. Kristen is all about color, from her hair (using her own hair dye brand, Arctic Fox!), to her clothes, to her makeup, she is such a whimsical spirit, and she really did emulate that in this palette. Each shade in here has such a buttery texture and is full pigment with just one swipe, I was practically drooling while swatching these.

Once I saw the announcement of this collaboration, I knew they were going to kill it. Now holding the products in my hands, I am even more impressed! They did such an amazing job bringing Kristen’s personality and aesthetic to life, I am just so amazed by the entire collection and I cannot wait to play around some more with each product and create some looks for you guys! I will be filming some IG videos with the collection this week (which I’ll add to this post as I create them) but if you guys have an requests for me to use particular items or shades, let me know in the comments below!

Congratulations to Kristen, I know this collaboration is a dream come true to her and she deserves this so much – such an unreal opportunity! You guys can now shop the collection here.