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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale! It’s like Christmas! But with more makeup and less…well, anything redeeming except makeup. Like the Incarnation. So…not like Christmas at all.

But it’s an amazing sale! It started a few days ago, and I’ve snapped up a few things already that’s I’m really excited about. I’ll do a recap of all my favorite products that I got during the sale when it’s over, but for now, here are some of the best deals for the rest of the sale.

Thursday, March 23rd: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners for $11 (50% off.) My holy grail liner is Smashbox Always Sharp, but these are almost as good and a lot more fun colors if you’re into that. Also, Eyeko eyeliners are on sale online, and they’re easily the best liquid eyeliners I’ve found.

Saturday,  March 25th: tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara for $10 (50%) off.

Sunday, March 26th: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush, $13 (50% off)

Monday, March 27th: IT Brushes for Ulta, Airbrush Foundation Brush, $11- SOOOO looking forward to this one!

Wednesday, March 29th: Laura Geller Blush-and-Brighten Blush, $14 (50% off)

Monday, April 3rd: Mally Beauty Blush and Highlighter Set, $17.50 (50% off) I love mally and her stuff is never on sale!

Wednesday, April 5th: Butter London Plush Rush Lip Collection, $10 (reg $18 to $22.) Butter London’s lipliners are so creamy and amazing that you can use them on their own.

Friday, April 7th: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay blush, $14 (50% off.)

Saturday, April 8th: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil, $10.50 (50% off.) HOLY GRAIL BROW PRODUCT HERE YOU GUYS. FOR TEN DOLLARS.

There’s tons more stuff too, so check out their website. And remember that shipping is free for Platinum Perks members throughout the sale- you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas! Happy shopping!

L’Oreal Infallible Total Coverage Foundation REVIEW!

I am in love with all things L’Oreal Infallible. I looove the Pro-Glow and Pro-Matte foundations, both on their own and mixed together. I love the concealer palette. I love all that ish.

I also love high coverage foundation. If I could put a veil over my face every day, that would be awesome.

(NO. I’m not getting political.I just mean I’ve got a lot of acne scars and redness and not a lot of time to cover them.)

(Because my children can smell when I’m doing something for myself.)

So obviously this foundation was a must try for me. Higher priced for drugstore, at $10.99, but still less than half the price of a high end bottle.

It’s a thick cream, in a squeeze bottle. I wasn’t overly impressed with the number of shades, and I had to pick the lightest shade which is a touch light for me. It blends easily and is what they call “natural” finish, which is kind of matte to me, but not drying. I guess pretty natural.

I used it a few different ways on different days, and ended up liking certain things about it. First I used it as an all over foundation, which I really liked. It covered well- I don’t know that it’s the HIGHEST coverage foundation I’ve ever used, certainly not coming close to like a Kat von D Lock-It foundation, or even Urban Decay’s All NIghter. But at 1/4 of the price, I guess that’s okay. I applied it with a beauty blender, and it went on very nicely.

And I forgot to take pictures, except for snapchat. So…just delete the filter I guess? In your head? 


Another way I tried was using it as a concealer. It also did really well for covering blemishes, although I found I needed more under my eyes for my dark circles. It’s also really hard to apply to anything other than a beauty blender, because of the thick texture and weird squeezy bottle. You can tell it settles into my undereye wrinkles.


Finally, I mixed it with the Pro-Glow foundation and applied all over. This was my favorite application. It upped the coverage of the Pro-Glow, but gave a nice satiny finish. Definitely appropriate for every day wear. I used a beauty blender, but this would have worked equally well with a brush once it was cut with the more liquid Pro-Glow.


Overall, a decent buy if you need a high coverage drugstore foundation. But not close to a high end total coverage one.

February ipsy- Meh.

Ugh, guys. I was not impressed this month with my ipsy. Ipsy consistently knocks it out of the park and gives me stuff I LOOOVE and wouldn’t get to try otherwise. Not this month. This month it’s like here, have a bunch of stuff that will destroy your face and a $3 lipstick.

Even the bag kind of sucks- it’s all soft and denim “like your favorite pair of jeans,” according to the website. Problem number one. Jeans are not soft and comfy. Leggings are soft and comfy. Give me an ipsy bag that doesn’t give me muffin top and then we’ll talk.

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The products were underwhelming. The NYX butter lipstick is awesome. I’ve worn it every day this week and it can a light wash of color or you can build the coverage. But it’s an NYX lipstick. Those are not that expensive and available at Walgreens. Not impressed.

The Trust Fund Beauty nail color is good, too, but nail polish is kind of inherently underwhelming.

The Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in You’re Toast is cute, I guess, but I’ve literally gotten almost exactly the same shade in shimmery, fall-out-y eyeshadow in these bags the last few months. Meh.

The other two products I couldn’t even use. The Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfector was made with argan oil, and I tried the VENeffect Skin Care Anti-Aging Lip Treatment which is supposed to plump without stinging. Not true. It stings. A lot. And I really don’t like plumping products because anything that inherently causes an allergic reaction bugs me.

So yeah. Meh.

REDEEM YOURSELF IN MARCH, IPSY. HEED MY WORDS.

Ride or Die

Okay imma be honest. I don’t really understand the name of this challenge or tag or whatever. I ride horses and there’s very little makeup in that. And die? Geez. I love my ABH palette as much as the next girl, but it’s not like I’d die without it.

Anyway, they’re basically the one product in every category that you (in theory) couldn’t live without.

(You know, if we’re going to totally ignore the fact that there are starving children in the world and MAAAAYBE our choice of setting powder isn’t the most important thing.)

(I’m bumming myself out.)

(On with the list.)


Tool: Original Beauty Blender, from sephora.com. Absolutely the best for blending foundations and liquid products.

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer. Corrects my redness and fills my pores.

Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte. At around $8 a tube, amazing deal and holds up suuuper well. Combine with the Pro-Glow foundation for a satin finish.

Concealer: tarte ShapeTape Contour Concealer. Heavy duty highlighting and contouring concealor and works better than anything else for undereye circles. Also the biggest container of concealer on the market for the price.

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder. Because I’m a follower.

Finishing Powder: Smashbox Halo finishing Powder. Expensive but lasts FOREVER.

Blush: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush, in Fetish. Great rose neutral for everyday. As soon as you get over asking the salesperson for fetish.

Contour Palette: Fiona Stiles Sheer Sculpting Palette. It’s a close one with the ABH palette but I love this one because it’s so light and blendable. I can do a real contour or just a little dimension.

Highlighter: essence PureNude in Be My Highlight. Light, natural, but can be built up. And $4.49. 

Lip Product: Bare Minerals Natural lipgloss in Sangria. They don’t make this anymore and I’m so so so sad. It’s perfect.

Eye Primer: Smashbox 24 Hour Primer. I can put my eyeshadow on at 7 am and it’s perfect at 11pm. 

Eye Palette: Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette. I reach for this almost every day. Best quality matte shadows I’ve found, and the only one I’ve hit pan on in years.

Eyeliner: Smashbox Always Sharp eyeliner in Raven. DOES. NOT. MOVE.

Mascara: TooFaced Better Than Sex. Makes my lashes look false.

Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies in black. 

Brows: Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil in Auburn or soft brown. 

So there you go. My picks for the best products if you happen to be a pasty Irish chick concerned with aging who’s on a budget.

THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.*

*Okay maybe not change so much as save you a little money. **

**Okay and maybe not everybody, but just people who use a beauty blender sponge.***

***And really only people who are too cheap/poor to replace them as frequently as you’re supposed to.

FINE. This will be a moderate convenience to cheap women who use beauty blender sponges.

THERE. It’s not like we’re talking about the Blessed Sacrament here.

Anyway. My point. 

So I have a beauty blender from Sephora and I use it every day. It gets really gross and nasty and stained, even though I’m super pale. I imagine women with deeper skin tones have even more trouble. 

I tried washing it with soap and water, and with my Purity which I use for my brushes. Nothing. Then I tried the official Blender Cleanser, which does admittedly work amazingly. 

But it’s $30 for the 10 oz container. It’s almost cheaper to replace the $20 sponge more frequently. 

Last weekend I was bopping around YouTube and I found a bunch of videos suggesting and alternative way of cleaning and making your sponge like new again. Pssh. Whatever. My sponge is destroyed.

But it was a Sunday night, I had all the ingredients, and needed a makeup post for the blog this week, so I tried it out.

GUYS.

IT WORKS.

I KNOW.

So here’s the super secret combo of speciality ingredients for this Blender Cleanser dupe.

Dollar store antibacterial dish soap and extra virgin olive oil.

Yeah. Try to stay with me.

Put a small amount of the dish soap on a surface. (The video I copied said to use aluminum foil, but it’s not a chemical reaction at all. Next time I’ll just do it on a plate or bowl.) Put about half that amount of olive oil in the center.


Mix them together with your finger, and then rub all over your blender. Massage it it in wnd really scrub and then rinse out THOROUGHLY.

(This takes a while. Do it until the water runs clear out of the blender.)


Look!!! It’s totally clean. The dish soap cleans and kills bacteria (which you don’t want on something you’re literally rubbing all over your face.) The olive oil helps break up makeup products in the sponge and also conditions the sponge.

So there you go. You can do this as frequently as you need to and stop buying $30 soap to wash your $20 sponge.

(If you listen hard, you can already hear my husband go, “YOU SPENT HOW MUCH ON A SPONGE???” 

Full Face using only Bare Minerals!

I’m a Bare Minerals girl. I’ve always been into makeup, but Bare Minerals is probably the first high end brand I got into and IT CHANGED ME. My mom gave me a little sampler kit for Christmas seven years ago and TAKE MY OFFSPRING I AM YOURS NOW BARE MINERALS!

I even wrote about it here. And guys. I had no idea what 2011 would have in store. 

I used their stuff exclusively for a bunch of years (including for my wedding) and while I have branched out, I still can’t pass up their products. I use a lot of the bareskin stuff now, but for this look I went old school.


Today I did a neutral light face and a gray smokey eye with my bare Minerals products.


First, moisturizer and prime. I use the BB skin primer and it’s amazing. Basically light coverage and a primer together. 

I use the correcting concealer in the little pot, so I like to pat it on before applying powder foundation. I use it under my eyes, andon any blemishes I can find. (Like that volcano on my chin.) 

Then I build coverage using a densely packed brush and the Orginal mineral foundation (I use the color light. Shocker.) 

Instead of using a setting powder, I go over the whole face with the Perfecting Veil. I don’t have a great contour product from them, so I stuck to blush (tropical  sunset) and highlighter (Ready Luminizer in That Magic Moment. 

Lips are a combo of Moxie lipstick in Be Brilliant and Be a Star 


My eyes are a fairly traditional look using the Nudes palette from a few years ago. I used Tranquil as the base, highlight; sonnet as the crease color; and priceless to deepen the outer v. 

Finally finished with my lashes- Flawless Definition mascara and my brows, which is cheating a little bit. For awhile they discontinued the powder brow product and so I found a perfect dupe on Amazon. It’s a super unknown brand and probably all chemicals that will kill me but it worked really well for me.