Makeup & Beauty

New Product Reviews: June 2017

I decided I’m going to start throwing a little post up each month talking about the new products I’ve had the chance to test out*! I typically post everything I get in the mail on my IG/Snap stories, but I feel like it’s way more useful for you to know if the product ACTUALLY worked/if I liked it – so here ya go!


ESTEE LAUDER: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara


COSMEDIX: Restore Moisture-Rich Mask

COTARDE: Daydream Mousee Cream

WANDER Beauty: Dualist Matte & Illuminating Concealer

ESTEE LAUDER: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

WHAT IT DOES: “A mascara that delivers outrageous volume, lift, and curve for a false-lash effect. Lash out with Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara. With each application, eyelashes seem to multiply, magnify, and grow for a bright-eyed, sexy look. Formulated with Extreme Bold Volume, a blend of three high-volume fibers in a mousse-light base, it conditions lashes with its Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex. It features a wand with an oversized BrushComber Extreme brush, designed with two types of bristles: flexible fibers to coat on maximum formula, and its solid fibers comb and separate, building better volume and clump-free definition.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: Ok, I’ve tried A LOT of mascaras. Basically all of the ones that you constantly read good reviews about [both drugstore and high end]… & I REALLY love this one. I will have to rebuy it after I run out because now I don’t know if I can live with out it. Obviously, the packaging is GORGEOUS – my first impression when I received it was how pretty it is & how great the name is [I mean, who doesn’t want “SUMPTUOUS EXTREME” lashes?!] But it actually does live up to the description – it makes my lashes look SUPER long & thick, but not clumpy. I’m obsessed, go get it.


WHAT IT DOES: “A quick-absorbing, cream-gel formula that helps reduce the look of cellulite, visibly lifting and firming hips and thighs. Based on 60 years of contouring expertise, this innovative body treatment is powered by eight plant extracts, including quince leaf extract. It targets the appearance of cellulite, visibly lifting, firming, and smoothing hips and thighs for a more streamlined silhouette. This addictive, refreshing cream-gel instantly absorbs to soothe and smooth the skin’s surface.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: I’ve actually tried this before! Last year I was researching what the *best cellulite products* were & this one kept coming up… It’s kind of pricey, but I had an employee discount at Nordstrom at the time – so I decided to try it out. I loved it & could definitely tell a difference, I was pretty bummed when I ran out. I was really excited to receive a fresh bottle & still feel the same way about the product as I did before. It’s a light, refreshing cream that has a slight scent to it that’s not crazy or overwhelming…it tingles when it goes on [in a nice way, not a scary lip plumping gloss way.] I like to use it right after the shower &/or right before bed – if you use it regularly [like every day] you’ll definitely start seeing/feeling a difference. It makes your skin feel tighter, smoother/firmer & if you have specific cellulite spots that are always a problem – I think it really improves them [it doesn’t make them dissappear, duh.] If you use it religiously while ALSO on a clean eating diet & workout routine – you’ll see a HUGE difference & some of those spots will most likely actually go away. I know it’s on the more expensive end, but the bottle is pretty large [you can see in my photos] & there’s a lot of product in it – you can use a small amount & it goes a long way. If you’re getting ready for a specific event [vacation, photoshoot, wedding, etc] I think it’s totally worth using it during the month or so leading up to it. PS: EVERYONE has cellulite 🙂

 COSMEDIX: Restore Moisture-Rich Mask

WHAT IT DOES: “Restore skin with vital moisture, vitamins and essential fatty acids to help promote water retention and proper lipid balance. This ultra-moisturizing mask visually plumps skin to smooth out wrinkles and refines skin texture. The result is a healthier-looking complexion and skin that feels softer and revitalized.”WHAT I THOUGHT: I’ve tried this mask a few times now – definitely does what it says as far as moisturizing & smoothing, my skin tends to be dry so I really liked it. I like to do it at night before bed or in the shower. This was my first time trying out a COSMEDIX product & it made me interested in testing out some of their other stuff.

COTARDE: Daydream Mousee Cream

WHAT IT DOES: One-of-its-kind skin perfector that boosts skin appearance in less than a minute. Skin looks smooth and rejuvenated immediately thanks to cream’s surprising color and texture (no Silicone in, but Silicone-like insta-effect). Acts on a cellular level. Energizes skin aquaporins (skin’s water channels), boosts skin hydration and skin cells communication for radiant look right now. Its unparalleled ultra-smooth, silicone-like texture provides stress-free, relaxed and confident appearance in an instant. It works on blemishes and wrinkles leaving skin super smooth and matte, refreshed and radiant.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: First off, AMAZING branding – I loved the box, packaging, bottle etc. It also came with a mini sample of their “Face With A View Concentrated Cream.” The whole concept of the product is really cool & I love how it’s marketed towards people who travel; because it’s true – your skin does get really gross & dry from being in & out of airports/planes. I really liked using the product as kind of a primer for my makeup – it INSTANTLY blurs & smooths your skin for sure. I found that my makeup glided on easier & looked more perfected because of the product. The Concentrated Cream ALSO worked really well – overall great products & I’m interested to see what else this brand comes out with!

WANDER Beauty: Dualist Matte & Illuminating Concealer

WHAT IT DOES: “An innovative, double-sided concealer, with a full-coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight, illuminating liquid on the other. Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer is double sided with a full coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight illuminating liquid on the other. The matte stick provides maximum coverage for discoloration, blemishes, dark circles, age spots and redness. The moisturizing illuminating concealer can be used to reawaken a dull complexion, brighten the under eyes or cheekbones, and diffuse fine lines with a soft and flattering glow.”

WHAT I THOUGHT: I love how this has BOTH the liquid & stick versions of concealer! I got the product in the shade “light” which worked perfect for my skin tone. It definitely provides great coverage, I like to use the stick part on blemishes, dark circles, etc BEFORE I put on my foundation… then I use the illuminating liquid part afterwards under my eyes & on the sides/bridge of my nose. It’s also a super convenient thing to throw into your handbag or clutch for a night out to use for touchups!


**I received these products complimentary from Octoly. All opinions are 100% my own #gifted #honestreview #octolyfamily

How To: Snapchat Filter Yourself IRL

If you happen to be one of the [150 MILLION] daily, active users on Snapchat – then you’ll probably relate to the embarrassing confession I’m about to make…

I have a severe snap-induced complex. The filters have given me COMPLETELY unrealistic beauty expectations & goals for myself. I literally find myself wishing I could turn into a baby animal [yes – doe eyes, pervy, furry ears & all] or have a flower crown permanently attached to my skull [I could just get it medically stitched on, right…?]

Everything started with the infamous, tongue-slurping, puppy dog filter… it was innocent enough at first, but then – the entire female population started to realize that it transformed their face into a subtly smoother, glowier, overall PRETTIER version of the mug they were used to being greeted by in the mirror every morning.

snapchat dog filterIt soon became an epidemic; girls couldn’t stay away from the pup poses & sexy slurps – it was more addictive than [I would imagine] a Starbucks unicorn frapp laced with crack is. SO, after noticing the trend, Snapchat did what ALL smart businesses do – they decided to capitalize on & appeal to the insecurities of their target market!

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…living in a world FULL of perfect-pretty, sexy-cute-baby-animal, skin-smoothing-makeup-applying filters; with new variations released DAILY! It’s honestly overwhelming. But if you thought this whole spiel was leading up to me condemning Snapchat, or saying that we should all just learn to be happy with our *natural, non-filtered* faces…..



I did extensive *research* & spent some time pondering the [deep, mind boggling] question of, “Exactly WHAT makes each individual filter so appealing? And how can those things be recreated in real life?” With some of the filters, the answer is blatantly obvious/basic –  i.e. you can literally just purchase oversized, aviator-shaped readers [that don’t actually improve your reading ability in any way, shape or form] at your local hipster shop. It’s also extremely easy to buy, or make, a *real life* flower crown [although if you constantly wear it during your day to day, non-festival-attending-life, you’ll probably get some strange looks.]

However, MOST of the [best] filters convert your face into something that just… isn’t a *real life* possibility [like a baby deer or a cartoon bunny rabbit.] Sure, the furry ears/pink nose are adorable, & part of the reason why girls overuse them… but when I actually analyzed the filters that I find myself constantly choosing; I realized it’s because they ALL have certain characteristics that I’m going to refer to as, “the pattern of pretty” or #POP [can I get a copyright??]

snapchat pretty filter[Now you know the reason guys barely ever use these filters… because they DGAF about ANY of these things]


By using the original, pre-iphone filter, obviously…


snapchat pig filter

PREP: Your skin needs to be looking smooth & healthy – even without makeup on – to achieve ultimate snap filter quality IRL. It’s hard to recommend a specific cleanser just because everyones skin is SO different, but I love Kiehl’s products. After cleansing, moisturizing is going to be a HUGE key to getting the perfect filter glow. Try these products:

At night time you may want to add a serum or mask to your routine to really amp up the smoothing/anti-aging effects, try:

PRIME: After you’ve cleansed, moisturized, masked & serum-ed the fuck out of your skin, it’s time to prime it. There are tons of amazing primers out there that will keep your makeup in tact – but in order to achieve the #POP filtered look, you’re going to want a primer that’s specifically made for photos. This means finding a product that will smooth pores, blur flaws, matteify, color correct, etc…like these:

PS: You’re going to see me suggest a ton of SMASHBOX products because they literally have a full line called “PHOTO FINISH” with products that are made to optimize the filtered look.

CONCEAL: After you’ve primed, it’s time to get down to business. You’re going to use concealer to cover any blemishes, dark circles or spots – you want a product that’s hydrating [no creasing throughout the day] & will blur imperfections for a perfected complexion that still looks natural. These are amazing:

COVER: Next up – you’re going to apply foundation. Obviously, finding the correct shade for your skin tone is super important, & I always prefer to use a LIQUID form of foundation. You’ll want a high-pigment formula that will blend seamlessly & hide even the most hard-to-cover imperfections for an overall matte-finish that’s ideal for photos [if you need it, you can follow with a powder foundation in the same shade.] Try these:

CONTOUR: Ok now it’s time to contour & highlight your face to be the best [skinniest] version  that it can possibly be. The *art of contouring* is really a whole other blog post in itself, so go watch a youtube tutorial on how to do it if you don’t already know. But BASICALLY; you’re going to want to use bronzer/dark shades [cream, powder or stick] in the hollows of your cheekbones [the area that’s created when you make a sucked in fishy face], around your face & on the sides of your nose. Then apply blush to the apples of your cheeks [the area you see when you smile], & highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, bridge of nose, upper lip & eyebrow bone. HIGHLIGHTER is the ultimate key for photos & creating the glowy filter look [just reference any of the Kardashians.] There are some great palettes that include everything you need all in one! Also, make sure you BLEND, BLEND, BLENDUse these products:

LINE: For your eyes, if you want to achieve the same doe-eyed, oversized look that the snaps filters provide; you’re going to want to use a liquid liner to do a winged, cat-eye style upper lid line. The wing creates the illusion of a wider eye & fuller eyelashes. JACKPOT. You can use an under-eye brightener + faux whites eye liner [yes, that’s a real thing] on the bottom lids to create super white, glowing eyeballs just like in the filters. Use these:

LASH: Obviously, if you want to REALLY recreate the #POP, you need to throw on some false lashes – preferably mink, whispy, with less lashes on the inner eye & more on the outer eye [again creating the illusion of a much larger eye.] If you don’t feel like going to such extreme efforts [or getting glue in your cornea] – you can just layer a few great mascaras to create the same volume. Try these lashes &/or mascaras:

GLOSS: For the sake of recreating the #POP – you’re going to stick with a nude, pale pink or clear gloss that moisturizers & plumps your lips. Perhaps a little bit of sparkle to really set it off in photos. These are perfect:

SET: Alright, LAST STEP – you’re going to set the makeup in place [so all of your hard work doesn’t rub off when you take a nap] with either a loose setting powder or spray. You want something that will provide a subtle radiance, act as a veil to blur imperfections, & eliminate shine for a natural, perfected finish. Try:

BONUS POINTS: Blur and tan your body too, because at this point – why not? Use these:



snapchat glasses filter


For this filter, just grab some clear, aviator shaped reader glasses that serve no real purpose [+ a glowy eyeball & glossed lip] and perhaps a novel that you have no intentions of actually opening.

snapchat flower crown filter


This one focuses primarily on the over the top head crown, but tends to also include a VERY glimmery eye & of course, totally smooth skin.

snapchat pig filter


If you follow me on basically any social platform, you know that I really love this one. I’m aware that it’s annoying & obnoxious [ESPECIALLY if I record myself talking & you have to listen to it played back in that terrifying high-pitched voice.] I’m honestly still not even 100% positive what animal it is, but the pink shade of the ears leads me to baby pig – so that’s what I’m sticking with. Everything about this filter is perfect. The whispy lashes, glowing, oversized eyes, contoured/bronzed slimmed face & subtle glossed lip suck me in EVERY time. #POPPIGLET

snapchat cat filter


Remember that Disney movie – the Cheetah Girls? I feel like this filter was inspired by it… but then when I move my head & a random surgical mask with whiskers on it appears, I become very confused. Regardless, it makes you look super attractive [because of the #POP.] This one has great lashes, a bronzed look, smooth skin & a blueish glow to the eye.

snapchat cat filter


One of the most recent additions to the *consistent filter crew*…THIS is how you know that Snapchat KNOWS exactly what it’s doing. They decided to just combine the whole adorable-baby-animal-thing WITH hipster glasses [+ #POP] & voila: basic bitch magic. The baby bear [?] wearing oversized round readers is my personal go-to – but they all feature thick, voluminous lashes, large glowing eyes, a bronzed-contoured face & super smooth skin. Genius.


If you try hard enough, believe in yourself, & have a ton of time/money to spend at Sephora – you can ALWAYS look like a Snapchat filter! [Oh & as a side-note…the reason no one wants to use the new Instagram face filters is because they DON’T follow the #POP I described. Mark Zuckerberg, get at me.]


snapchat flower crown filter


With a new year comes the inspiration to clean out your closet, car, refrigerator, room, relationship…ya know, basically everything – so why not start fresh with your makeup too?! I’ve done a few posts about my makeup products before, but I wanted to update you all on my current daily essentials for 2016 & also give you a step by step guide to how I apply everything!

Below are all of my exact products; simply click on any item to shop! [ FYI: Everything is linked to Sephora because that’s legitimately where I get all of my makeup from – they have a great incentive program called VIB, super quick shipping & free samples/promos with every purchase … None of this is sponsored in any way.]

Ok, now that you’ve got the products I’m going to walk you through my process!

1. I wash & moisturize my face, then apply primer with my beauty blender.

2. I apply my liquid foundation [shade: light 38] with the beauty blender, then apply liquid concealer with a concealer brush under my eyes & on any blemishes. I then apply powder foundation [shade: light 38] all over with a large kabuki brush.

3. I begin shading & contouring my face with my palette, using the slanted brush side of the shade/contour brush. I then apply bronzer from my Nars palette with the same brush, then put blush on the apples of my cheeks with a separate blush brush followed by highlighter on my cheek bones, nose bridge, upper lip peak & eyebrow bones with a small stippled brush.

4. I apply eyeshadow primer on my whole lid, then begin putting on eyeshadow with the Naked 3 palette using 2-3 colors & the brush that comes with the palette. I apply eyeliner in a winged line.

5. Spray entire face with my Urban Decay setting spray. Then apply 2-3 different mascaras on my upper/lower eyelashes.

6. Apply lip liner, lip stick then lip gloss.

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[Day 2 Night] Makeup Must-Haves

Incase you missed it – I previously did a post on my “everyday” makeup routine with my favorite products & steps…the response I got was so great I decided to do another post about sharing how I take that daytime look to nighttime with a few easy steps!

CLICK FOR > My Everyday Makeup Routine Post


So, when I’m getting ready to go out, I do everything exactly how I would normally [CLICK HERE FOR EVERYDAY MAKEUP POST] – except when it comes to my eyes, instead of using the light shades on the Naked palette – I mix in a few darker ones, especially in the crease of my eye, to create more of a smokey look. For the eyeliner, I’ll usually make my cat eye just a little bit thicker & also longer – so the tip of it matches up with the farthest point that I’ve applied my smokey eye. This technique tends to make your eyes look wider & brighter. I LOVE lashes – & for everyday I already use a lot of mascara so they are as long & curled as possible, so to step things up a notch for a night out or special event, I’ll sometimes apply false lashes to create an even more dramatic effect. The ones I’m wearing here are from House Of Lashes. I still apply mascara to my bottom lashes as well & to my real top lashes so they curl up & are seamlessly blended with the faux lashes


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[#NOFILTER – taken on iPhone]


I have the Naked 3 Palette, and I LOVE it (I also have Naked1)…For my everyday makeup I use the shades trick + dust + strange. For nighttime, I tend to use mugshot + trick +burnout + dust. Urban Decay JUST came out with a new “Smoky Eye” palette that I’m dying to get, so once I do I will probably be using that in my night out routine as well!
For my lips, I have two liners that I always use, Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Naked or Naked 2…Naked is a little lighter & more peachey, so if I’m doing an intense smokey eye + false lash look then I’ll usually use this one so I can do a more subtle nude/pale pink lip. Personally, I like to pick one feature to enhance – I’m not big on doing a super bright lip AND a  smokey eye AND false lashes, I think it ends up looking a little clown-like/cheesy.

After I apply liner (which I do a tiny bit outside of my natural lip shape #ThanksKylieJenner) I then put on my lipstick…my absolute FAVORITE brand is YSL’s “Rouge Volupte – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick With SPF15”. It’s a little pricey, but the quality is amazing, it’s creamy & goes on super smooth – not to mention the packaging is gorgeous. The two shades I use are #1 Nude/Beige & #7 Lingerie Pink (in these photos I’m wearing #1). I finalize the lips with a Buxom Full On LipPolish, they’re super shiny & have a little bit of a plumping/tingling effect (don’t worry, NOT a super scary one where you feel like your lips are having a seizure & are going to fall off). The “Bunny” shade is my go-to, again it’s very peachy/pink & goes with the rest of the products I use.

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Lastly, I always use setting spray when I’m done with my makeup – but for nights out I’ll use the Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray because well, just read the name. 



My Top is from: Misguided for $36!

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Shop The Makeup Products:

[Everything I mentioned can be purchased at SEPHORA]

Urban Decay ‘Naked Flushed’ Double-Ended Brush • Urban Decay • $26
Urban Decay ‘Mascara Resurrection’ Reboot, Refresh, Renew • Urban Decay • $16
Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion • Urban Decay • $12–20
Urban Decay ‘Good Karma’ Shading Brush • Urban Decay • $26
Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette (Limited Edition) • Urban Decay • $54
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray • Urban Decay • $14–30
Urban Decay ‘Perversion’ 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner • Urban Decay • $19
Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette • Urban Decay • $29
Urban Decay ‘Perversion’ Mascara with Deluxe Primer Sample (Limited Edition) • Urban Decay • $22
Urban Decay ‘Good Karma’ Optical Blurring Brush • Urban Decay • $26
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil • Urban Decay • $20
BUXOM Buxom® Full-BodiedTM Lip Gloss Boo-Ya 0.15 fl. oz. • $15.57
Bare Escentuals Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish – Dolly — 0.15 oz • Bare Escentuals • $27.93
Love, Dolly™ Limited Edition Full-On™ Lip Polish • $19
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 • Saint Laurent • $35
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Volupte Sheer Candy • Saint Laurent • $36
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté’ Lipstick • Saint Laurent • $36
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur’ Lipstick • Saint Laurent • $36
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette 1 ea • Urban Decay • $54
Urban Decay ‘Naked Smoky’ Palette • Urban Decay • $54
Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette • Urban Decay • $54
Eyeko Online Only Black Magic Mascara Drama & Curl • Eyeko • $24
Chantecaille Mascara Faux Cils • Chantecaille • $42
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll – 0 • Saint Laurent • $32
Tarte Best In Faux Lash Extending Fibers • Tarte • $20
LAURA MERCIER Full – Faux Lashes • Laura Mercier • $18
Georgie Beauty Georgie L’Avant-Gardiste Faux Lashes • $15
Georgie Beauty L’Avant-Gardiste Lash Compact, 0.12 oz. • $28
Kardashian Beauty Glimmer Faux Lashes • Ulta • $6.49

NARSissist Hardwired Eye Kit New, limited-edition energy noir fall 2015 collection!

FABFITFUN FallBox! [+ discount code!]

Ah guys, I’m sooo excited because my FABFITFUN Fall box just arrived! What is a FabFitFun box, you ask? Well, it’s a subscription service where you get hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness from the FabFitFun team sent right to your door quarterly for only $49.99! Every box is valued at OVER $200!

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Check out these photos [taken by the amazing Vanessa Boy] of me opening up my fall box for a sneak peek at some of the awesome items + if you scroll to the bottom of the post there just mighttttt be a special discount code you can use to get $10 off your box 😉


To be perfectly honest, I’ve tried lots of subscription services before & have always ended up being underwhelmed. I felt like I was always getting a bunch of small, kind of useless items that I didn’t actually need & I felt silly paying for sample sized items/random knick knacks. With the FabFitFun box, I was pleasantly surprised…everything in the box was something I could ACTUALLY use! As soon as I saw the super cute pink mini umbrella, I literally gasped & said “oh my gosh I’ve been NEEDING an umbrella for my car [to endure the daily Florida storms], but I always forget to buy one!”


Then, my excitement MULTIPLIED when the next item I saw was a PORTABLE IPHONE CHARGER. It doesn’t get more useful than that & again, it’s an item I’ve been thinking to myself that I need, but I always forget to actually purchase it when I’m at a store.



There were also some awesome beauty products in the box, like a large sized lipgloss/primer, a moisturizer and my favorite one – a pack of 2 luxury gold face masks [which I immediately tried that same night].


Overall, I was very pleased with my box & I can’t wait to get my next one in December 🙂 If you’d like to sign up – you can use the discount code “cupcakekristie” to get $10 off!!! Hurry & go now so you can get your hands on the limited amounts of the Fall box available!

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