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Whatup Beaches!


I got this tiny little bronzer sample in an Ipsy bag back in the spring. After one use I was in love. The Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches! bronzer is matte one that works so beautifully as either a contour, or just to warm up your complexion.



However, if you want a glowy, gorgeous look, use it as a crease color, with a highlighter on your lid. This little bronzer is the shade I used almost every day for a couple of months, because it is just the most beautiful and perfect transition shade.

I’ve already used it up completely (not hard since it’s tiny and I used it daily), and I’ve ordered the full-size bronzer. My current bronzer is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and I’ll be ditching it the second my new Whatup Beaches comes in.

I’ve tried using the Too Faced bronzer in my crease and the shade is wrong. I think I’ll stop contouring with it too, as it’s too dark for my skin in the winter.

I’ve been all over Youtube and Pinterest, and I just don’t see this brand get a whole lot of love. Elizabeth Mott has fabulous blushes too. I have a peachy-pink one and it’s my favorite. It’s similar to Nars Orgasm, but it’s less peach and a bit more golden. It’s just so incredibly flattering that I figure you guys ought to know about it!

I’ll link to the blush and the bronzer to make it easy to check it out (*whispers* although it’s cheaper on Amazon)

Whatup Beaches! 

Show Me Your Cheeks Blush













Review: Maskcara Beauty HAC


Today let’s talk about Maskcara Beauty HAC (highlight and contour). I have terrible undereye circles. I would love to blame having children, but I think it’s genetic (thanks Dad!). I’ve found the only way to truly cover them is by using a lot of product. I hate heavy concealer, so I usually go for a brightening concealer.  Baking and setting my undereye concealer almost always leaves creases, no matter how I do it, or which products I use. BUT the Maskcara Beauty HAC set is surprisingly amazing, and doesn’t need setting.

I’ll link for you guys here Britta’s Maskcara Beauties 

I say surprisingly because the first set I got was a gift-just the highlight and contour shades.



They come in these cute little tins, you slide the lid off, and the trays stick right into the palette. I have one in Sea Glass, and as you see, it fits in my makeup bag, so it definitely fits in my purse.

These shades are Walnut for the contour shade, and Aura for the highlight shade (quick note-in this brand, highlight is not the same as your typical highlighter. This is your concealer and foundation in one).

Having a thick foundation, or a heavy foundation doesn’t work for me. My skin is so sensitive that even some BB creams will make me break out. So here I am, in my thirties, wishing that having wrinkles and pimples at the same time would be illegal. This brings me to the Maskcara Beauty compact.

This product can be used as full coverage, or as a sheer coverage (it’s super buildable). I use it where I need it, rather than all over my face, because that’s what works for me.

This is the set I bought, since my summer skin is a shade darker than my winter shade, next to my original set. The blush can be used as a lip color as well, and the far right shade is a shimmery and beautiful illuminator.

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FullSizeRender (2) Palette 1:  Walnut, Aura  Palette 2: Amber, Stone, Pink Grapefruit, Honey


And here, you can see my bare face, vs. Maskcara Beauty. The difference is subtle enough that I still feel like myself, but it evens out my skin tone without needing a color corrector, concealer, or heavy foundation. Everything blends easily, and looks natural. I’ve used the highlighter under my browbone, on my eyelids, above my cheekbones, my cupid’s bow, and the tip of my nose. Each of these shades really is a multi-tasker.



I bought my palette from Britta’s Maskcara Beauties  and there are several new types of palettes and even eyeshadows that fit right in next to your highlighter and contour shades as well.

My final verdict is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how nice my skin looks without looking like I caked on a ton of concealer and foundation. It’s even a more natural look that the last BB cream I used. I have yet to break out from it, and that’s huge for me!

I wind up doing my makeup in the car a lot since my kids need to be everywhere at once it seems. I use this palette only and my normal mascara and I’m done in less than 10 minutes.

I’ve already repurchased the highlight shade, and I think that this is the easiest and most natural looking highlight and contour I’ve seen yet.

Let me know what you think, if you wind up trying it out, or if you’ve already tried it. I do believe that you get the palette for free if you purchase all 4 products.



Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes


I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara, and on first swipe, I was unimpressed. But for $29 you bet I was going to use it! And something happened…

It’s been two months of using this product and I’ve realized what the draw is. That brush!! It catches every single lash and brings it front and center! While the mascara itself is nice, it offers a lovely fanned out natural look, I prefer something bolder and thicker like Benefit’s Roller Lash or Urban Decay’s Perversion.

However, that being said, I think anyone who likes a natural look but wants each individual lash to show, this one is for you! I think I might try the legendary lashes to see if I can get a thicker mascara but with Charlotte’s amazing brush!

Here is a photo of one eye with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, and the other eye has nothing.

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Okay, wow that’s a close up isn’t it? Well, you can see the difference in lashes, and  just ignore that I haven’t done my brows yet. But seriously, look at all of the lashes! I didn’t know I had so many!

So, TL;DR This mascara grew on me, and I would repurchase it.


L’Oreal Colour Riche EXtraordinaire


Allure magazine sent out a survey last month, and after I took it, they sent me a lip gloss to review! Not only do I love lip gloss, but I love telling people about lip gloss!

I love summer colors, and L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Extraordinaire in 202 Coral Encore is perfect for me.

I didn’t realize until I googled it, but it’s actually more of a liquid lipstick rather than a lip gloss. Oh don’t get me wrong, it has the shimmer and shine of a gloss, but it’s not sticky or tacky, and it glides on in a single swipe.

With such a creamy texture, it really has that feel of a lipstick.

One of the things I like best is that it’s long-wearing without being a stain or an outlast (I’m not a huge fan of those). I didn’t feel like I needed a lipliner, which is nice, although it did end up on my coffee cup. BUT, even if it transfers a bit, it still looked good on, which is really what I was going for.

So final verdict is that it’s creamy but not sticky, and has the shine of a gloss, but the smooth feel of a lip stick.


*image from ebay