Beauty Favorites of 2014!

Before I begin, I want to apologize for the quality of my pictures. My digital camera broke, so my picture may not be on par with the ones I usually post. I will get a new camera asap, I just didn’t want this post to be any later than it already is.


These are all the favorites that I have used constantly this year. There are also a few that did not make it into the picture, because they got a little too much love.


Typically, I have a problem buying too many foundations. Soo many choices, such little time. But this year I really stuck to only one foundation and a couple of BB creams.

CoverGirl 3 in 1 foundation- I usually stick to high end foundations because in the past, I hadn’t had good experiences with drug store foundations. I had heard good things about this foundation, and I am so glad that I tried it! It has completely replaced my YSL and NARS foundations. It’s really good coverage and stays put! I have already gone through one, and I will buy again.

Skin 79 BB cream and Skinfood Mushroom Multi-care BB cream (not pictured)- These two BB creams do about the same thing, and they are incredible. They really do work as a primer, concealer, and full coverage foundation all in one. They are perfect for a light, every day look.

MAC Studio Finish- This has been my go to concealer for years, and I don’t see it changing any time soon. So creamy, and gives the best cover!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye- This concealer actually came in my Ipsy a few months ago, and I was amazed with how well it covered the dark circles under my eyes.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light- gives the perfect airbrushed glow to the skin

NYX Blush in Taupe- One of my favorite contours for fair skin! It’s fairly cool toned, and gives a nice contour for those with fair skin

Rimmel Stay Mattte (not pictured)- my favorite setting powder! It adds even more coverage to my foundation, and even hides my pores. Perfect during the summer to combat any oily skin

Blush? Don’t have a regular blush that’s made it to my holy grails! I’ve switched them out way too much!


Inglot palette- this is actually a palette that I put together myself, but the colors are so pigmented! This picture really doesn’t do the colors justice. I want to put together a neutral Inglot palette next.


Naked 2 Palette- I’ve been using this an insane amount! This one is probably my favorite of all the Naked palettes. I love how the colors are cooler toned, and how many color combinations you can create with this.

Stila In the Light Palette- By far my most used palette! I have never hit pan on so many colors in a palette before! I am obsessed. Not to mention that it contains my “holy grail” color “Kitten” is in this palette.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze- My favorite cream eye shadow! It can be worn alone, or layered and it looks amazing. My favorite is layering it over Stila’s “Kitten” (see pictures before)


(From Left to Right; Bad to the Bronze, Kitten layered over Bad to the Bronze, Kitten by itself)

Chella brow gel- another product that I received in my subscription beauty boxes that I was pleasantly surprised by. I own a few of the Anastasia brow products (which are great too) but I always find myself reaching for the Chella brow gel. It really keeps my brows in place, ALL day. As for filling them in, I just use eyeshadows from my Coastal Scents since I change my hair color too much to buy eyebrow powder every time.

Urban Decay Perversion eye liner- This eyeliner is soooo black and creamy, I love it! It has very good staying powder, but it does start smudging towards the end of the day.

L’Oreal Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner- I love this eyeliner! It’s so pigmented and easy to apply. Still working on trying to master a cat eye with it though.

YSL Babydoll Mascara (not pictured)- I loved this mascara so much! The price kind of hurt, but I would say it’s definitely worth it. I used every last bit of it. It added the perfect amount of length and volume to my eyelashes.


Mac Lip Liner in Whirl and MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy- I love the combination of these two, especially for the 90s look that was so in a few months ago.


YSL Nude Beige and Dior Lip Gloss in Venus- The perfect nude lip combination

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Sephora Color Festival Blockbuster Palette Review + Swatches

My fiancé got me the Sephora Color Festival Blockbuster Palette (that’s a mouth full) for our anniversary this month, and I was pleasantly surprised! Usually palettes like this, that have a mix of everything (eyeshadows, blushes, lip glosses, etc) aren’t the best quality. I swatched everything in the palette, so you could get an idea of what you’re getting. This is definitely going to be a lengthy post.

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First of all, this palette has the CUTEST packaging. It’s shaped like a bow, and pretty compact for how much it holds. It contains 72 eyeshadows, 28 lip glosses, 8 blushes, 18 cream eye liners, 4 two-in-one creams for lip and cheeks, 2 mirrors, and 6 makeup tutorials. Each section fans out.

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I really like how you can fan them out at once, or just two at a time. It’s a little awkward to work with when you have the whole thing spread out, so I usually just take them out section by section.


There are three sections with 24 eyeshadows each. The eyeshadows are hit, and miss. In my opinion most of them are pigmented and blend well. If you use a primer, and eye shadow base then they are fairly long wearing. Some of the other eyeshadows are chalky, and completely lacking in pigmentation. They are very cool toned, so I feel that they could have replaced some of the blues with some warmer colors. I’ve created some killer smokey eyes with these colors, and the coppers and bronze create beautiful holiday looks.

Here are some swatches below. They are grouped together by each section. All of these were swatched with one swipe and no primer or base.

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Section 2

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Section 3

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Please note: some of the black show up looking patchy in the swatches, but they actually apply well on the eye.


The blushes are my FAVORITE part! So beautiful, so pigmented, so long lasting! Two of the colors are highlights, and the rest are blushes. It would have been nice to have one good color for contouring (the brown is to red toned in my opinion, but no complaints here. I’ve been reaching for these over my MAC and NARS blushes.

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Cream Eyeshadows

These were my LEAST favorite. I was surprised with how creamy and pigmented they are, but they’re a little too creamy. They slide around, and it’s hard to get an even line. They are not long wearing, but maybe if you don’t have oily eyelids, and used them as an eyeshadow base, and layered on eyeshadow?

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Lipgloss and Cream Blush/Lipsticks

The lipgloss in this palette is fantastic! So opaque, and creamy! They last on the lips forever. I was really really impressed with them, as well as the cream blush and lipsticks! The cream blush is very buildable and blends well.



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CIMG_0838 IMG_0812There are actually two trays of lip products, but as you can see I only have the picture of the one posted. I made the mistake of swatching them first before taking a picture of it, and it looked kind of gnarly so I made the choice not to post it.

Overall, I really love this palette and I find myself reaching for it when I do my makeup. I would recommend this for anyone who is either new to makeup, or anyone who is a complete makeup junkie. It would make the perfect Christmas present!

You can get this at Sephora for $49.50

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Vintage Plum Review


I have always been a huge fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows. It was definitely love at first sight. They are so beautiful, and long lasting, that I found myself picking up new ones almost every time that I went to the store. They can be worn on their own, or layered under eyeshadows. I always find myself incorporating them into almost every makeup look that I create.

I was very excited when Maybelline came out with their Color Tattoo Leather collection. I heard lots of good things, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! I had trouble finding them at first, because they seemed to be sold out at most places. I finally found some, and I picked out “Vintage Plum.” I’ve been doing lots of plum looks lately, to go with my new dark hair, so I figured that Vintage Plum would make the perfect base.

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At first glance the color looks pretty similar to Maybelline Color Tattoo’s “Tough as Taupe” however, once applied, the colors are pretty different. Both are cool toned, and as the names suggest, Vintage Plum is a dark plum, and Tough as Taupe is a dark brownish taupe color. I was extremely disappointed as soon as I swatched Vintage Plum, and even more disappointed when I tried to incorporate it into a look.

photo 2Vintage Plum applies SUPER patchy, and for me, it was almost impossible to build the color up. Every time I tried, the color shifted around, and I could not get an even application. It was extremely frustrating to work with. I had to layer an eye shadow over it to cover the patchy parts, so it’s hard for me to determine if it wears as long as the other Color Tattoos, which don’t budge. The times that I have worn this (which is sometimes by accident, ha), it seems that my eyeshadow has migrated more than usual. I am not impressed. I want to get a few more other colors from the Leather Collection and see if they are any better, but I definitely do not recommend Vintage Plum. I am still on the lookout for a nice plum base, so if you know of any, please comment below! In the meantime, here is a look at Vintage Plum swatched next to some of my other Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows.

photo 3Top Left to right: Vintage Plum, Bad to the Bronze, Too Cool, Tough as Taupe

Bottom Left to right: Barely Branded, Edgy Emerald, Inked in Pink, Cool Crush

I recommend ALL of the original Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows, except for the purple one. They are incredible! My two favorites are Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze. Tough as Taupe can make a killer smokey eye!

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DIY Skin Tightening Mask

I have a confession, y’all.

I might have grown the slightest double chin in the last couple of years.

It also might have gotten to the point where I had to tell my dad what my “angles” are, when we take family pictures.

What can I say? I like my cupcakes, and I like my mimosas. I also might have a slight vice for biscuits and gravy. I mean, I am from the south. But in the last year or so I realized that my once speedy metabolism, just isn’t fast enough for me to indulge as much as I like anymore. So I started working out, I cut out soda, and fatty foods. I have been doing pretty good, and I’ve been much happier with my appearance. However, all the healthy eating and working out just wasn’t helping with my chin area.

I started using a DIY skin tightening mask in that area, and even my stomach, and it’s done wonders! All you need is a few household items that I am sure you have laying around in your kitchen somewhere.


You will need two egg whites, honey, lemon juice, milk, and peppermint oil. Then obviously a small container to mix them in.


First you’re going to want to mix in your two egg whites. Then add 1 tablespoon each of honey, milk, and lemon juice.


Then whisk it all together!


Next add about 2-3 drops of peppermint oil! Then whisk it a little more.

Then all you have to do is apply it to your problem areas, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The mixture is going to be slightly runny, so make sure to apply over a sink or counter in case you spill some. It dries really fast though, then you are free to go about your chores while it sets. Rinse it off with warm water.

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Are beauty subscription boxes worth it?

I remember when hardly anyone had heard of beauty subscription boxes. I used to get so many questions on my boxes when I posted my monthly pictures showing what products I received. I think I’ve posted just about every Birchbox and Ipsy that I’ve ever gotten to my Instagram (my Instagram is sweetcatastrophexo, a nod to Something Corporate, the BEST BAND EVER). The questions were always the typical ones about pricing, when it ships, etc, but most of all I got questions about the actual products and if it was “worth it.”

Here’s the thing, y’all. I am a self-confessed, makeup addict. I love makeup, and everything about it. Getting beauty products sent to me EVERY MONTH, like Christmas, is a dream come true. For someone like me, it is 100% worth it. However, it’s not for everyone, and that’s okay. Some girls aren’t into makeup, and some already have a solid beauty routine that they want to stick with. One thing you have to remember with these subscription boxes are meant to makeup you step out of your comfort zone a bit. It’s not always going to be brands that you can go get at Sephora or Target, or brands that you’ve even heard of for that matter. Honestly, some of the best makeup that I’ve tried has been from indie brands.

You’re not always going to get sent black eyeliner, or neutral eyeshadows. Sometimes you might get a purple or silver eyeliner, hot pink lipstick, or bright teal eye shadow, especially with Ipsy. If you are experimental with your makeup, then this is something that is fun and exciting but if you’re uncomfortable with trying new colors then you might not like some of the products you receive. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten colors where I’m like “whoa, I don’t know if I can pull this off.” But to me, that’s part of the fun.

I can honestly say that I have never gotten a box from Birchbox or Ipsy where I felt like it wasn’t worth the $10 or that I wasted money. Even if I only like half the products that I receive, it’s still worth the $10 to me. I really think that it’s just a matter of how comfortable you are with makeup or if you are comfortable with trying new things. The best advice that I can give you is to look around at what other people have gotten in the past before you sign up, and to just be open minded if you do decide to try them. Just because you haven’t heard of the brand, doesn’t mean it’s not amazing 🙂

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I will try my best to answer 🙂

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Ipsy vs. Birchbox Round TWO!

A little over a year ago I wrote an in-depth post about the pros and cons between Ipsy and Birchbox, and which box I would recommend if I had to pick one. You can see that blog post here:

Since then, I have noticed slight changes that have made me have a change in heart. First of all, Birchbox has become INCREDIBLE these last few months. Birchbox used to be the subscription that I would always drop if I was trying to save on money, but there is no way that I could give up my Birchbox now! One thing that was an issue for me with them before, was that they sent such tiny samples. I am by no means greedy, but before the samples were roughly the size of the free ones you can get at Sephora. My issue with that, is that when I am sampling skin care or hair care, it’s hard to see how much of a difference the product makes if I can only use it once or twice.

The last few months, Birchbox has sent samples that are deluxe to full size. Deluxe samples, are basically miniature versions of the product, and perfect for deciding whether you like something or not. Birchbox tends to send “higher end” products then Ipsy does, and it’s nice getting to try out luxury products before spending the money on them. Birchbox also still continues to have the superior point system. Every review that you make on the products you receive, gives you points. You also receive points from people signing up under you, or ordering products off their site. Every 100 points equals $10. If you review products every time you get them and refer people, those points will rack up fast. They have an AMAZING selection of things that you can buy with your points.

Ipsy on the other hand, does not have a good point system in my opinion. It’s similar to Birchbox’s, that you get points for reviewing products and referring people, however they have a pretty bad selection of points rewards. I’ve been sitting on roughly 2000 points for about 6 months, and they have yet to post a points reward that I am actually interested in. Whenever they do, it’s usually sold out immediately and never restocked. I am a total makeup addict, so for me to say that I don’t see anything worthy of spending my Ipsy points on, that’s pretty bad. Ipsy has continued to send out quality products, by mostly well known brands. About two months ago, they sent me an eyeshadow that did not work. It did not work wet, or dry, or even after I scratched a hole in the surface. I understand that I may not always like every product that they send, but I was a little irritated that I was sent a product that was unusable. I emailed them, and they responded immediately and sent a new product. Ipsy and Birchbox both have great customer service, I love them both, and can’t imagine to unsubscribing to either of them anytime soon. My only request is that they both stop sending me hand creams, and lotions. Nobody needs that many hand creams and lotions.

I have to say that Birchbox has definitely become my new favorite subscription box, and I hope they continue to send out quality products and deluxe samples. Birchbox and Ipsy are each $10 a month, and usually come mid-month.

You can sign up for Birchbox here:

and you can sign up for Ipsy here:

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Fade Your Stretch marks in LESS Than a Week!!

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This picture is INCREDIBLY embarrassing to post, but hopefully it can help those suffering with their “mommy stripes!” The picture on the left was taken last Monday, in natural light. Since then I started mixing Young Living Frankincense with my Philosophy firming lotion, and applying TWICE a day. Usually morning and night. I have also started mixing my Young Living Lavender with the firming lotion, and applying it in the middle of the day, and sometimes even before bed. I have seen a HUGEEE difference. The picture on the right was taken today, also in natural night. I will update again, in a few weeks because I can only imagine the difference then!

Frankincense and Lavender both come in the premium kit. I will be posting another blog soon on how to get rid of pimples using essential oils. The only problem right now is that they are so good that they are keeping my skin clear! You can purchase Young Living Essential Oils from here:


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How to Lose and Obtain Weight Naturally (and still eat cupcakes)


Unfortunately, I have never been a very healthy person. When I was in high school, I was naturally very slender, and I had very fast metabolism. So basically, I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. That all ended after I had my second child. I really have had to stay on my toes, to keep the weight off. I was counting calories, and hitting the gym twice a day, and STILL battling my weight. Nothing is more frustrating then working hard to lose weight, and not seeing a difference!

When I originally got my Young Living Essential Oils, my intention wasn’t to use them to lose weight. (See previous blog post for my experience) As soon as I started seeing the different ways they were helping me (anxiety, stomach pains, migraines) I got a little overenthusiastic, and started looking up all the different things they could do. I read somewhere, that putting Peppermint oil and Lemon oil in a capsule, can help you lose weight. I also read that Grapefruit oil helps prevent water retention, so I would also switch back and forth between taking it in a capsule, and drinking it in my water. So I worked these things into my daily oil routine. About a week after I started doing this, I started noticing a difference. Jeans that didn’t fit me a couple weeks before were suddenly loose. I’m ashamed to say this but I even skipped working out for about two weeks (I blame midterms), indulged in various desserts, and ate obscene amounts of pizza, and the weight still continued coming off.

I am pretty impressed. Young Living has a weight loss kit called “Slique”. I haven’t tried it yet, but I sure want to now! I recommend that if you try this, that you still work out and try to eat healthy for your own sake. This is just a great way to jump start that weight loss, and not feel guilty about having that extra piece of cake.

You can order Young Living Essential Oils from here: 

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Young Living Essential Oils

Normally, since this is a beauty blog, I try not to get off topic and write about anything that’s not beauty related. However, I feel that beauty begins internally, with being happy, so I wanted to dedicate a post to talking about essential oils. If you don’t know what essential oils are, they are oils extracted from plants. They can be used for tons of different purposes.

I first heard about Young Living Essential Oils from one of my friends. She kept raving about how great they were, but at first I didn’t pay attention. If we are being honest, I am not the healthiest person. I am someone who likes to have beer and cupcakes for dinner. I had a vague interest in trying them, so I looked up reviews and blogs about them. All of them had great things to say, but it just seemed like an expensive investment, and why buy that when I can feed my makeup addiction? We were talking one day, and I mentioned that I was lactose intolerant. I told her that I tried to avoid lactose, but so much has lactose in it, that I still often end up with a stomachache. She said that she had an oil called, Di-Gize that might help and she would sell it to me if I wanted it. So I figured it was worth a try. When I got the Di-Gize from her, she also gave me a pamphlet about how essential oils can help with anxiety and depression (all my friends know that I am THE most anxious person ever).

Di-Gize is a blend of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. The next time my stomach started hurting, I decided to give it a try. My first impression upon opening it was that it didn’t smell very good, and honestly, I had tried so many different types of medication for my lactose intolerance that I was doubtful that it would work. I had heard that the oils absorb the fastest on the bottom of the feet, so I applied it and waited. My stomachache was gone in about 2 minutes. I was amazed. My youngest daughter, is also lactose intolerant, and gets fussy if she has lactose. I tried it on her, and she stopped fussing almost as soon as she had it.

As I stated before, I have a past history of depression, and an ongoing battle with anxiety. I can barely drive anywhere without getting panic attacks. I used to take Zoloft and Valium, but I stopped because of how much money I was spending on doctor’s visits and medication. When I had withdrawals from Zoloft, I decided it was something that I no longer wanted to put into my body. After seeing how well Di-Gize worked for my lactose intolerance, I took another look at the pamphlet she gave me. I decided to make the leap and get the starter kit, and it was hands down the best decision that I have ever made.

The premium starter kit seemed expensive at first glance, but not only was it less than I spent on my anxiety medication in a week, but it has also saved me from having to buy things like Tums, aspirin, Advil, Nyquil, etc. The kit comes with the 10 oils in the every day oil collection, plus an additional oil called Stress Away (so 11 oils), a diffuser (which is a good way to have your whole family benefit from the oils), samples of Ningxia Red (which is a drink that has been slowly replacing my coffee), and also samples of selected oils. I have gotten use from EVERY oil that it came with, and even used some of them up.

As far as my anxiety goes, I’ve been way more relaxed and calm. My favorite oils to treat it are Peace & Calming, Lavender, Valor, Stress Away, and Joy. My kids ask for Lavender and Valor before bedtime because they say it helps them to have less nightmares. I’ve also gotten rid of migraines, toothaches, pimples, and colds using the oils. If you are someone that is looking for alternative to putting chemicals in your body, or are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, then it’s worth a try.

If you are interested in trying the oils then you can get them at

I recommend the premium kit, because it comes with the diffuser, and a wide selection of oils. If you sign up as a distributor then you get a discount on oils, which I am glad that I did! I order new oils weekly, so God Bless that discount 🙂

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Makeup 101: Foundation

Before you go foundation shopping, it’s a good idea to be informed on what kind of foundation you want to get. I do not recommend walking blindly into a department or makeup store without knowing what you’re looking for. That is definitely a hit or miss situation, and you really don’t want to miss when it comes to foundation. Before deciding on a foundation, you first need to know you’re skin type, which is much easier to tell than you’re undertone (see here->

Oily skin- You can tell if you have oily skin if you get shiny throughout the day, especially in your t-zone. Those with oily skin may be prone to breakouts, or have enlarged pores. For ladies with oily skin, I recommend either a powder foundation or a liquid foundation with a slight matte finish to control shine. Stay away from illuminating foundations, as they will emphasize the shine on your face.

Foundations that I recommend for oily skin: Revlon Colorstay, bareMinerals Matte foundation, Makeup Forever Mat Velvet.

Dry skin- Dry skin usually feels tight and dull, with a few dry, flakey patches. For ladies with dry skin I recommend either a cream foundation, or an illuminating liquid foundation.  For those with super dry skin, you should probably stay away from foundations with a matte finish, or powder foundations, ESPECIALLY in winter. They will emphasize your dry patches.

Foundations that I recommend for dry skin: Revlon Colorstay Whipped, Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Makeup Forever HD.

Combination skin- Combination skin is super common. It’s pretty much what the name says— a combination of dry and oily skin. You may have dry patches but an oily t-zone. I would recommend using a cream foundation (like Revlon Colorstay Whipped) and setting your t-zone LIGHTLY with a powder foundation to keep your oil under control.

After you decide what kind of foundation is best for your skin type, you need to decide on how much coverage you need. If you have acne scars, or large pores you might want something full coverage. If you just need a light coverage then you might want to look for something sheer.

The next thing you should do is a little research online, and see what other people with your skin type or complexion say about the foundation you’re interested in. For instance, if you have really fair skin with a cool undertone, you might want to make sure that there is a color option that matches you, and won’t be too yellow. A good place to find color matches online is here-> . After being mismatched for foundation the last few times I’ve asked sales associates for help, I’ve taken to looking at Temptalia’s site to get an idea of what foundation colors to try.

Make sure you look at the reviews before you buy ANYTHING! Some foundation might look flawless when you put it on but then do something crazy like oxidize, fade quickly, or cling to dry patches. You want to look for reviews that show the foundation is ideal for what you’re looking for, whether that’s full coverage, long wearing, or covering up an oily t-zone.

A good alternative to foundation for all skin types, is BB cream. I don’t mean that tinted moisturizer that drugstores deem BB cream either! I mean real BB cream! Good ones become one with your skin, and make it look flawless.

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