Subscription Box Battle: Ipsy vs Boxycharm

Hi beauties! I have had this post on my mind for a while now and I am so glad I finally get to do it! I have been trying to decide if I wanted to stop getting my Ipsy bag which I ultimately decided against because it’s just too cute. I recently signed up for Boxycharm after seeing so many people talk about how much they love it. I’ll be sharing with you my pros and cons of each and why you would prefer one over the other.

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The Anti-Haul! Products I Won’t Repurchase

Hey loves! So I have a post today about a topic I have seen going around and figured I would give it a go. A haul is a group of items you purchase for any reason. An anti-haul is a group of items you would choose not to purchase. I’ll be sharing with you my anti-haul; products I dislike and won’t repurchase. Just because I don’t like these products does not mean that they are not good; they just didn’t work for me.

If I had to pick one beauty item to go without, it would definitely be lip gloss. I can’t find a brand that lasts or hydrates my lips. It’s not even a specificIMG_20170816_221408_471000 brand that I don’t like, it’s lip gloss in general. The Ulta Beauty Lip Oil is terrible. It is so sticky and messy. I don’t regularly purchase lip glosses but there are a few in my collection. I am usually a matte lip fan but there are a few formulas that are just too drying. Specifically, the NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks. After only an hour or two, it is already flaking off my lips. Anastasia Beverly Hills definitely has my favorite liquid lipstick formula. Continue reading “The Anti-Haul! Products I Won’t Repurchase”

Best Face Brushes | My Personal Faves

Hi there! So this is a post I can be beyond proud of because I actually cleaned my makeup brushes for it. I’m not even ashamed to say I don’t clean them as regularly as I am supposed to, but who does? Today I’ll be talking about different kinds of brushes specifically for the face; my personal favorites. There are an endless amount of makeup brushes out there and they are not one size fits all.

I have a soft spot for Real Techniques brushes. The quality is amazing and they are so affordable. The Expert Face Brush [Ulta Beauty $8.99] is my go to for a lot of IMG_20170816_223148_170000different things. I use it for liquid or powder foundation, and also to blend out a contour. This brush has lasted quite a while with no signs of shedding which is always a plus. A favorite I have discovered recently is the Mikasa Beauty F200 Duo Fiber Finishing Brush. My ideal way to use this is with a translucent powder or veil, especially an illuminating one, and just dust it across my skin. It is available on the Mikasa Beauty website for $18. You can use my code ‘ITSMARIBRI10’ to receive 25% off your order! Continue reading “Best Face Brushes | My Personal Faves”

July Favorites & Empties

Hi guys! Its officially August and there’s only four months left in the year which blows my mind! I have definitely had a great year so far and I am so excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the year! In today’s post I’ll be sharing my favorite products from July and some things I’ve used up. I’m thinking about finding a way to incorporate my IG story to be consistent with my blog posts. It will take some work but I know I can find a good system. If you have any ideas on a good way to do that please let me know in the comments.

20170802_110722I had a few products that I used up this month. These are mostly repurchased products except for the Tony Moly face wash which I loved! The Murad eye cream was a sample I had gotten and it felt really nice. I have gone back to using Benefit’s Goof Proof for now until I repurchase the Anastasia pencil. If you have any questions about these products I will be more than happy to answer in the comments!

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My Nightly Routine ft. Benefit Cosmetics

Hi loves! So here’s an exciting post that’s different from what I usually do.. I’m going to be sharing my nightly routine. This is what I do at night before going to bed. I’m pretty consistent with what I do every night which includes my skincare routine. If you would also like to see a morning routine, please let me know in the comments!

I’ve started trying out more of the Benefit Cosmetics skincareIMG_20170712_162226_270000-1 products and I’m so impressed by how comparable they are to more luxury skincare brands. Most of the time I will use a Simple Skincare makeup remover wipe and then continue with the Foamingly Clean Facial Wash by Benefit Cosmetics. This reminds me completely of the Philosophy Purity face wash but just a little more foaming. After that, I’ll do the Total Moisture Face Cream and It’s Potent Eye Cream. All products are oil free and contain Vitamin E, which helps with hydration and improves skin elasticity. Depending on how dry my skin is feeling I will the Instant Comeback Face Serum on top for extra moisture and more revived skin.

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Pur Cosmetics Bare It All Foundation | Thoughts & Review

Hi loves! In today’s post I’m going to be giving thoughts on the PÜR Cosmetics Bare It All Foundation. It’s not a new product but it is their newest foundation. I have tried this product multiple times and I finally feel like I can give a thorough review of it. I will give a warning that my review is basically a complaint.

IMG_20170614_121155_309000So this foundation has a lot of claims. The description on the Ulta website says: “This high performance, 12-hour, demi-matte foundation helps to cover imperfections and instantly perfect the skin while helping to correct problem areas over time so you can confidently bare it all. Designed for face and body and formulated with PÜR’s proprietary Energy Complex and Ceretin Complex, this formula renews the look of your skin and goes the distance.” It sounds amazing right? I have had great experiences with PÜR products. I love their eyeshadow palettes and their skincare is amazing! My expectations were literally so high for this product.. Let me tell you why this didn’t work for me. Continue reading “Pur Cosmetics Bare It All Foundation | Thoughts & Review”