Sunday, November 5, 2017

Brows On Point: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel

Brows On Point: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel - CKellyBlush

Brow game strong. Isn't that what we all want to hear? I was fortunate to resist the overplucking phase in my younger years, so I have naturally thick eyebrows, but my black brows always seem a bit ashy and shaggy after makeup application. Brows have been the "it" trend for several years now, but I've never found anything that could help my dark, bushy brows. Now I've finally found a product that not only matches my hair color, but tames and darkens them. Sheer Tint Brow Gel from e.l.f. has quickly become a necessary part of my daily makeup routine to finish off my look.

Brows On Point: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel - CKellyBlush

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel comes in four colors: clear, light, medium, and dark. I love that it has a dark shade, as my eyebrows are black and it's rare to find a brow product that matches. Usually, the deepest color is still way too brown and makes me look like I have multicolored brows (not attractive!). I was a bit concerned at first that the dark would still not be dark enough, but for $5 I was happy to give it a shot. The clear option did not interest me because my experience with clear gels is that they usually end up looking too shiny.

Brows On Point: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel - CKellyBlush

This brow gel features a long, thin brush with fine bristles. It can sometimes be a little too long to get the outer edges of the brows with precision, but with a light hand it is manageable. It promises a "soft hold for perfect everyday wear," and in general it fulfills that promise. If you put too much on, it can feel a bit crunchy, but I love how easy it is to apply, and create a defined and natural look without much effort. The gel lasts all day and does not flake off (I'm a photographer, so a camera is against my face for most of the day and it has yet to wear off or transfer).

Most importantly, it does exactly what I've been searching for a brow product to do: darken my eyebrows after makeup application, and even them out without adding bulk to my already thick brows. Most brow products on the market are meant to add volume to thin brows or fill in sparse spots, but I definitely don't need that. After applying my foundation and powders, my eyebrows pick up a lot of product and they look ashy and gray. Spoolies don't really get the excess product off, and I don't want to use makeup remover because that may ruin the makeup around my eyebrows. Enter the Sheer Tint Brow Gel! A couple swipes through each brow and each guy looks fresh, clean, and defined. The gel dries quickly, keeps my dark hair dark, and tames these wild beasties of eyebrows.

For $5, e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel is worth its weight in gold. Nothing frames a face quite like well-done eyebrows, and this brow gel helps to finish off my makeup like the period to this sentence. What is your favorite brow product? Comment below!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bye Bye Breakout! New from IT Cosmetics

If you saw my previous post (here), you know I had the awesome opportunity to get a sneak peak of IT Cosmetics' fall line at their ExhibIT Beauty launch party. Already available on their website, and starting to be seen on Ulta's website, this line is full of exciting new products, and a few revolutionary ones! I fell in love with the Bye Bye Breakout Concealer, which I got to try out at the launch party and ordered on the spot. I've been trying it out for a couple weeks, so read on for my full review!

Bye Bye Breakout! New from IT Cosmetics - CKellyBlush

I've suffered from adult cystic acne for many, many years. It's not as bad as it used to be, but it's still a constant presence in my life. Unfortunately for me, my problem is hormonal, so I could have the cleanest face in the universe and it would make no difference. Such hormonal acne makes it incredibly difficult to treat, and I try to avoid any oral medications for it. What has worked for controlling breakouts, however, is topical medicines that have Retinol (think Differin), and also treatments containing sulfur. Every night, I use a sulfur mask that sits on my face for thirty minutes, followed by the Differin. If I have a particularly painful or large breakout, I also use Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion which is a sulfur spot treatment that I leave on for at least thirty minutes (I've also used the Kate Somerville EradiKate drying lotion but the Mario Badescu is cheaper).

When I went to the ExhibIT Beauty event, I saw that a brand new line called Bye Bye Breakout was on the docket to be demonstrated, and it went straight to the top of my list of things I wanted to see. Full disclosure: I was already wearing makeup including concealer when I went to the event. 

Bye Bye Breakout! New from IT Cosmetics - CKellyBlush

What It Is: The Bye Bye Breakout line includes concealer that comes in seven shades ranging from fair to deep, and a powder that comes in translucent to tan. The sales representatives demonstrating the product explained that the concealer that combines the benefits of a drying lotion with the coverage of a concealer.

Concealers that treat acne are nothing new, however I've never seen one with the ingredients of Bye Bye Breakout, particularly sulfur. Usually, such "anti-acne" makeup products use salicylic acid and call it a day, but salicylic acid does nothing for me (other than just dry me out). Seeing sulfur included made me actually stop in my tracks.

The Demo: The sales rep color-matched me to the Light shade, which deep down I knew wasn't right and was probably influenced by the makeup I was already wearing, but I went with it. In most shades of foundation and concealer I just go straight for the fairest shade offered because that's usually perfect for my pale skin. He used the concealer end of the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7 (which I own already) and applied the Light shade to my blemishes, followed by the Translucent Bye Bye Breakout Powder, and my skin looked so flawless. 

The packaging of the concealer was also just so well thought out: they shaped it like a bottle of drying lotion, and colored the bottle with pink at the bottom to look like it had the typical calamine lotion of drying lotions. The sales rep also mentioned that the bottle should last a year, so it seemed like a great deal. Here's my money: gimme, gimme, gimme.

I figured I didn't need the powder, I have so many different loose powders already, but the concealer needed to be mine as soon as possible. At the end of the ExhibIT, they had tablets set up so that if anyone wanted to order, they could do so right on the spot. I ordered the Bye Bye Breakout concealer in the Fair shade (plus an eyeshadow brush, more on that in a future post).

Using It At Home: The timing of its delivery coincided perfectly with a nasty breakout on my chin, so I was eager to try it. I was correct in thinking the Fair shade was right for my skin, the Light would have been to dark (workable, but not ideal). The doe-foot applicator is the perfect small size, providing a lot of control over how much and where the product is going. Compared to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (what I've been using before I got this concealer) the applicator is microscopic, since the Shape Tape one is obscenely big.

Bye Bye Breakout! New from IT Cosmetics - CKellyBlush

I have to admit, I haven't yet figured out the best way to apply it: fingers, brush, or Beauty Blender. So far, I find the fullest coverage to be with the fingers, as the brush and the Beauty Blender seem to wipe away too much product, but I'm still experimenting. A very light dab with the ring finger has been pretty successful for me so far. 

I've also debated where in my routine it should go to get the most effective anti-acne benefits: in theory it should go under foundation so it's closer to my skin, right? But if I use liquid foundation, I always put my concealer on top of the foundation...and if I use a color corrector underneath, that's another layer in between...but does it even matter? I think about things way too much.

Fast Forward To Now: I've been using the Bye Bye Breakout Concealer consistently for about three weeks now, and while it's a very good concealer in its own right, so far I haven't seen much improvement in my acne.

Keep in mind that I have cystic acne, which look like large, red welts on my face that are usually either painful or itchy (yay me), and is often connected to hormones. While my acne hasn't gotten any worse, it hasn't gotten any better either. If anything, I think that the concealer helps to stop my blemishes from swelling too large, but it hasn't helped to shrink any of them. I have, however, noticed that when I have the concealer on the blemishes are less painful during the day.

I've tried it both under powder foundation, and also on top of liquid foundation, and neither seem to make a difference in being more or less effective. I've also been using a green color corrector underneath occasionally, and again the efficacy seems unchanged.

I absolutely love the applicator, since it gives me so much control and is so easy to pinpoint where I'm putting the product. I don't feel like I'm wasting any concealer, and for $28, I want every little drop.

The staying power of Bye Bye Breakout concealer is also really impressive. At the end of the workday, so far it has always looked exactly the same as when I put it on in the morning. It doesn't crease under my eyes at all (I do set it with a powder), and the coverage I see in the evening is the same as when I first put it on. It doesn't look cakey or feel too heavy.

The Bottom Line: I love this concealer. I don't mind that I haven't seen magical results, where my acne has disappeared, and it has only been three weeks so maybe the magic just hasn't happened yet. This is a great concealer, it covers what it needs to cover and does so quickly and easily. I feel good about the skin-loving ingredients that are in this concealer, and I like the idea that it's like a skin treatment throughout the day.

If you have acne, or acne-prone skin, I would highly recommend giving this concealer a try. It covers acne so well, and maybe your type of acne will be more receptive to its ingredients than mine (I still have high hopes, since acne medications usually take several weeks to kick in).

Let me know what your favorite concealers for acne are in the comments below! And be sure to follow my on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all my crazy!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party!

This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to go to my very first launch party! IT Cosmetics, a brand I love and trust, held an interactive "ExhibIT" to announce and demonstrate their new items coming out this fall, and trust me there is some good stuff coming! These are some of my favorites from the night, and I've bolded the names of the new products so you can spot them within this long post.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

I registered for the event the second I got the email invitation from IT, and I'm so glad I did! One of the sales reps I met said that all of the 1200 spots for the four sessions available were filled within minutes, and the waitlist had over 300 people. I've never been invited to anything like this before, so to say I was excited was an understatement. I even had business cards made for myself in case there were networking opportunities! I didn't know what to expect (or what to wear!), but I wanted to be prepared for anything.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

After checking in with the greeters, I was led upstairs to the ExhibIT. First was a video preview of the new line and a brief message from Jamie Kern Lima, the creator and head of IT Cosmetics (whom I adore!). After the video, the real fun began. Each new item was housed in its own themed, interactive installation.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

First was the new face wash, Confidence in a Cleanser, which goes with the recently launched Confidence in a Cream. To get to this exhibit, I walked underneath a "waterfall" that separated in the middle when you stepped beneath it so you wouldn't get wet. Unfortunately, because I'm a klutz, I embarrassingly slipped on the floor as I walked through. 

I'm not a huge fan of Confidence in a Cream, it didn't absorb very quickly and was pretty tacky when I tried it out, but the cleanser has so many benefits that I'm intrigued. It promises to be a serum and a cleanser combined, leaving your skin looking rejuvenated and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. As we all know, the key to good makeup is a good skincare routine, so this may be worth a shot!

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

Next was the Confidence in Your Glow which is already available at Ulta. These are gorgeous bronzer-blush-highlight palettes, that are available in three different shade collections. The real story at this booth, however, was the Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush, which somehow I didn't get a photo of. It is a flat, wide brush that can be used all over the face and eyes, and is designed to pair with these cheek palettes (but really can be used for so much more). This brush, as well as some of the other new brushes, is infused with anti-aging skincare ingredients like silk and anti-oxidants. The sales rep said that the brush has shown to retain these ingredients for over 100 uses and beyond, and that the skincare ingredients are actually added to the chemical blend that they use to create the synthetic brush hairs. Science is fun.

From here, the ExhibIT opened up into the main room with the rest of the installations. It was like Disneyland for makeup! I was greeted by women dressed in old-fashioned movie theater usher uniforms handing out popcorn in IT Cosmetic branded paper boxes and chocolate bars with IT Cosmetics on the label.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

I didn't really know where to start, so I browsed around first before really digging in to any of the rooms. I, of course, got a souvenir selfie taken where I got to pose with giant cardboard cutouts of some of IT Cosmetics' fan favorite products. I prefer to be behind the camera, so taking so many photos of myself that night was a huge step out of my comfort zone. I've been working on losing weight, so I was pleased to see I didn't hate all the photos!

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

I've never had much luck with the line's famous concealer Bye Bye Under Eye, as it has always been a bit heavy for me, but the new Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot seems really promising as an alternative. While having the same concealing power of the original tube version, this little pot promises to be lighter weight. This booth also offered a fun coupon grab box where you could win free shipping by grabbing a slip of paper with the coupon code on it. It reminded me of the Grab That Dough episode of The Golden Girls...anyone?

A very cool new foundation, demonstrated by my new BFF Cindi, is Confidence in a Compact which takes the benefits of Confidence in a Cream and infuses it into this solid-to-serum foundation. As Cindi showed me, it takes so little effort to apply yet gives amazing coverage (better than the famous Your Skin But Better CC Cream, but with the same SPF which is important to me). Just a simple dip and swipe in the compact instantly transforms the solid foundation into a cream serum on the brush, and one swipe is enough to cover at least half the face. I really loved that at each station, the reps, like Cindi, were so enthusiastic and truly loved IT Cosmetics and their products. It made me excited about each new release!

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush
Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

Another new foundation coming out is Bye Bye Lines, which my other new BFF Robert demonstrated and color matched for me. This buildable formula has the benefits of the Bye Bye Lines Serum, and it feels amazing on the skin. It is smooth, lightweight, and looks so natural. My only complaint is that there's no SPF, but that's minor compared to all its wonderful qualities. Also, I've never tried the Bye Bye Lines Serum before, but Robert sampled some on the back of my hand and it felt so hydrating and smelled good enough to eat. For a gal like me who is well into her thirties, it's time to start thinking about taking care of my skin for anti-aging, and this foundation seems like a great option.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

To go with their Superhero Mascara, IT is coming out with Superhero Liner. Featuring a brush hair tip from their Heavenly Skin brushes, this liner was super pigmented. They tried it on my lids, and the brush felt so good, and it seemed really easy to apply. I wonder how easy it would be to wing it out. They had iPads at this station, and partygoers wrote who their hero was: I put My Mom with a little heart, because my mom is my hero always.

I've used the original loose Bye Bye Pores powder, and it's a great powder for setting foundation. It has silk in it, so it is incredibly smooth and soft. The ExhibIT featured the new Bye Bye Pores Illumination pressed powder, which takes the original formulation and gives it a glow-from-within look with the "Drops of Light Technology." The rep said that it was suitable for all ages since there's no glitter in it, so don't be scared! I actually liked this version of Bye Bye Pores better than my original loose style, it seemed to make my skin look more smooth and flawless despite my large pores.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

Since Bye Bye Pores contains anti-aging silk, they had a gorgeous ballerina dancing among giant panels of silk hanging from the ceiling. She was beautiful to watch! This was my favorite photo of her since it looks like she knows a secret as she's peaking through the curtains.

Bye Bye Redness is a product that when it came out, I got my hands on it immediately. I have cystic acne-prone skin, with past acne scars, so any product that is a no-brainer color corrector to get rid of my redness is a blessing. However, it only came in one shade and unfortunately, that shade is too dark for my skin and I still have to use a concealer on top. One of the best launches of the night- IT is coming out with two new, lighter shades! Bye Bye Redness in Porcelain Beige and Light Beige are welcome additions to the line and I can't wait to try the porcelain shade.

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

Another exciting development to the line is the Bye Bye Redness Skin Relief Treatment Moisturizer. This rich moisturizer can be used day and night, and also contains anti-aging ingredients. It's tinted slightly green, and neutralizes the red tones in your skin while soothing it at the same time. It says it is formulated for sensitive skin, which is especially nice since I find that a lot of anti-aging moisturizers are harsh on my skin and break me out.

Speaking of breakouts, the launch I was most excited to see was the Bye Bye Breakout line. As I've frequently mentioned, I suffer from adult and cystic acne, and sulfur products (in addition to retinol) are what work for me. For example, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is a great spot treatment and makes my large breakouts smaller and less painful. While cosmetics that promise to treat acne are nothing new, the new Bye Bye Breakout line contains sulfur which I've never seen in any items before! In fact, the Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer promises to be a concealer and a drying lotion in one!

Explore IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 With Me: My First Launch Party! - CKellyBlush

While I mistakenly kept calling it Bye Bye Blemish (missed opportunity, IT!), I'm pretty sure the concealer was made for me- so much so that I bought it on sight (it recently got delivered, expect a review soon!). Also offered is a Bye Bye Breakout Powder, which comes in three shades (Translucent, Light/Medium, and Tan/Rich). I didn't buy the powder (yet) but I really liked how it felt on the skin, and it was not overly powdery and practically invisible. The powder also contains sulfur, and neither product had that "rotten egg" smell from the sulfur.

I purchased the Bye Bye Blemish Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer and the Heavenly Luxe Superhero eye brush (the coolest brush ever), so expect reviews on those soon. All these products are currently available at the IT Cosmetics website and some products will be available at Ulta in the fall.

While each session was technically only an hour long, I stayed well past that hour and kept joking with each rep that I didn't want to leave. I had the time of my life visiting each ExhibIT and playing with each new product. The stations were so well thought out and creative, the design and marketing teams at IT Cosmetics deserve raises. I was so honored to be invited, and lucky to have gotten in, and it will always be a very special night for me with wonderful memories. I've never had an opportunity like this before, and I hope to have more events like this in my future!

PS Handing out my business card is a thrill!

Let me know what products you're excited about, and don't forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with me!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How To Be A Budget Beauty: Ten Ways to Save

Money may be tight sometimes, we've all been there. But if you're like me (aka obsessed with makeup), being broke doesn't mean you can't have a blast with beauty. It just takes some creativity, some cleverness, and some luck. Here are my top tricks and lessons learned on how to be a Budget Beauty.

How To Be A Budget Beauty: Ten Ways to Save - CKellyBlush

1) Don't be afraid to ask for samples. Sephora, MAC and many other stores will give samples of some products. Foundation can be a huge investment, so I will always ask for a sample before taking the plunge. I used to be embarrassed since some employees can tend to give attitude when asked for samples, but who cares?! I don't want to go wasting my money on something I'm going to hate. Bonus- the samples they give will usually last at least a few days of application so it's like a few days of free makeup!

2) Don't be scared to return something that doesn't work. I hate returning things, I seriously do. But if something doesn't work as advertised, or if it's the wrong shade, don't waste your money by throwing it in a drawer for it to never see the light of day again. Most retailers now will accept returns of makeup with no questions asked, and will often give a refund or at least an exchange. Again, I used to be embarrassed to return things, but it's my hard-earned money at stake! Just don't make a habit of returning things- see tip #1.

3) Bargain stores can be a fantastic source of makeup. In 2016, Wet N Wild repackaged their Fergie line of makeup just to take the Fergie label off and put it all under the general Wet N Wild collection. The entire line of perfectly good "Fergie" makeup (which was a decent line in general) was sent to Dollar Trees across the country. I literally drove to all the Dollar Trees in a thirty mile radius to stock up on the Fergie translucent powder because it is one of my favorites. So I was able to pay $1 for each "discontinued" powder compact when the exact same powder was repackaged and in stores for $4.99. Needless to say I won't have to buy that full price powder for a long time. I was also able to grab $10 eyeshadow palettes...for a buck. $3.99 whole dollar. I adore the Dollar Tree.

How To Be A Budget Beauty: Ten Ways to Save - CKellyBlush

Five Below also has a great beauty section, filled with Wet N Wild, City Color, and Beauty Treats. There are some diamonds in this section, all for $5 or less (oftentimes less). This Beauty Treats palette is a great starter set of neutral shades, and also nice to beef up any collection!

At bargain stores, just remember the adage "Buyer Beware." Not everything you get at discount stores is going to be wonderful- accept it. Do some research, take a chance, and hopefully score big.

4) Look for multitasking products. This is where creativity comes to play. When considering a purchase, or when looking through your collection, see if a particular item can be a multitasker. One of my favorite tricks is that a matte bronzer can double as a great eyeshadow color in the crease! BB and CC creams can double as your only moisturizer. The right shade of lipstick can work as a cream blush. A shimmery, pale eyeshadow can usually be used as a highlight. A blush can also work as a beautiful eyeshadow color. Bonus- use these tricks when you are traveling and you'll save space in your makeup bag!

5) Wait for a sale. This may sound like a no-brainer, but in the makeup game impulse buying is a constant threat. That pretty packaging, those pretty colors, all the new products- they all add up to less money in my bank account. Try and remember that at some point, that item your lusting after will be cheaper than it is now! If it's a drugstore item especially, there is no reason to buy it at full price- ever. Be patient and wait for a BOGO sale, or a coupon (or both!). If it's a high end item, wait for Ulta and Sephora to offer a prestige coupon. Sign up for email alerts for sites like MAC to be aware of their sales (rare, but they DO happen!). High end items are also constantly changing, so that eyeshadow palette you want will eventually go on clearance to make way for newer ones! #5 is all about patience, my friends, and this virtue will save you major dough in the long run. Bonus- Always check your email and also for coupons before buying anything online! Sometimes I forget to check for any coupon codes in my inbox before completing my order, and I miss out on savings.

6) The holidays (and after) are the best time to buy. In November and December, beauty brands start to release their holiday sets. These are where you are going to get the most bang for your buck. These value sets will usually offer several products at below retail price, so take advantage of these deals. Check to see if the set is offering full size or travel size products, as this will often determine its value for me. I'm more likely to consider it a deal if the set offers more full size than travel or trial size items, and its therefore worth the money. If you're feeling lucky, as it gets closer to the holidays, and immediately following, these value sets will sometimes go on sale since the stores want to get rid of their holiday stock to make room for new products. Just keep in mind, the longer you wait for a set, the higher the risk that what you want will be out of stock.

7) Have a beauty swap. If you have friends who are as obsessed with makeup as you are, hold a beauty swap and trade! This is a great way to try new things, get rid of things you no longer want, and satisfy that craving for new-to-you makeup. This works great for products such as foundation, blush, bronzers, highlighters, and nail polish. ***** Disclaimer: Keep sanitizing in mind when you are swapping. For example, for things like eyeshadow palettes or brushes, you HAVE TO sterilize them first (check out Google for how to do it). I would never swap things that cannot be sterilized- mascara, lip gloss, loose pigments, etc. Just don't, it's not worth the risk. Please keep this in mind, safety first!!! *****

8) Some things never need to be high end. Sometimes, I get caught by the high end trap. A company has a great reputation, it's fancy, it's packaging is impeccable, the celebrities use it- these are all things that the prestige companies use to lure you in. Don't fall for it. For every high end product, there are most likely ten drugstore items that work just as well. Check out Pinterest for dupe lists and save some green by buying the cheaper alternative. There are some items that never, ever have to be high end. Mascara, for example, is generally a waste at the prestige level. It might have a long list of claims and swanky packaging, but I guarantee that you'd be able to find something at the drugstore that will make you just as happy. Why spend major cash on mascara that you'll have to throw away in three months? Maybelline has some of the best mascaras in the business that are under $10 and can easily be gotten on sale.

9) Reward programs are your friend. If you haven't already, go sign up for the reward programs at Ulta, Sephora, CVS, and Walgreens. Even MAC has a rewards program (go sign up, it's okay, I'll wait). 

I am a proud Platinum member of Ulta's reward program, and it has paid off through coupons, free gifts, exclusive discounts, and occasional free shipping (although I wish it was always free shipping, pay attention Ulta execs!). I know what you're thinking- didn't you have to spend money to earn Platinum status? Yes, I did. However, since I was going to spend the money anyway, I made the conscious decision to concentrate my spending at Ulta to reach Platinum and therefore receive all those perks. These programs are free to join, so why not?

10) Shop your stash. When your paychecks don't match your caviar dreams, shop your stash. Dig through your beauty bins and rediscover those hidden gems that you forgot you had. Make the effort to use an entire bottle of foundation before you spend money to get the latest and greatest. Check out hashtags on Instagram such as #shopmystash and #projectpan for inspiration. I challenge you to create a "Top Drawer," where each week you go through your makeup and choose the products you are going to use for that week. Be sure to rotate products each week, because if you don't you risk becoming bored and giving in to your shopping urges. By shopping your stash and saving money longterm, you'll be using up your collection, and you won't feel any buyer's remorse when the time comes to start spending again to replace what you've used.

Bonus tip: If you can, put a little money aside occasionally. This will start to add up, so use this little nest egg to treat yourself. Splurge a bit on a new product, go get your nails done, get a facial, whatever you want. A budget doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself sometimes. You'll also be more inclined to stick to being a Budget Beauty when you don't deny yourself all the time.

What are your favorite ways to save money on makeup and be a Budget Beauty? Comment below! Also, be sure you are following me on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook so you are always up to date!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top 10 Gifts Under $10 (Beauty and Otherwise!)

With the holidays quickly approaching, and my bank account just as quickly shrinking, I love when I can find an affordable yet quality gift. My savvy shopper radar is always on the hunt for great gifts at fantastic prices. I want to use my powers for good and show you my Top 10 choices for great gifts under $10! Many of these are great to go along with larger gifts, or for those folks you're just not sure what to get (teachers, coworkers, neighbors, etc). All of the Top 10 are of my own opinion (and gift giving), I have not been sponsored to include anything. If you're friends with me in "real-life" stop reading, no spoilers!

Top 10 Gifts Under $10 (Beauty and Otherwise!) - CKellyBlush

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Awesome Autumn Makeup Trends

The air is getting crisper, the leaves have turned golden, and it's time to break out all that makeup that wasn't "summer friendly." That's right, get your liquid foundations, your darkest lippies, and your boldest eyeliner out, because it's time to play. Fall is one of my most favorite times of year, primarily because I'm no longer sweating the second I step outside, but also because I get to use all my favorite makeup without fear of it melting off my face. Out of everything the fall brings, however, my favorite fall makeup trend has to be deeper eye looks. While summer is all about light and natural, anything goes in the fall!

Awesome Autumn Makeup Trends - CKellyBlush

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Concealer Routine

Hello, lovelies! Concealer is an incredibly important part of my makeup routine each morning. Not only do I suffer from acne, but I have dark circles under my eyes. What a wonderful combination! Foundation doesn't always do the trick, so that's where my hero, concealer, comes in to play.

My Concealer Routine - CKellyBlush
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