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New Glasses + Pink Stardust Make-up Tutorial

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Hey lovelies! So my week started off INSANE due to the fact that I've been bombarded by exams at school and basically just having to adult really hard from the jump. Finally got around to filing taxes, power cleaning the house, and picking up some new glasses from the local optometrist.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a fan of huge eccentric frames but this time I opted for a more low-key look. I love them! I've been noticing a lot of bloggers with this partially rimmed glasses and have been super obsessed with them so I decided to hop on the band wagon and see what the fuss was about.

These frames are effortlessly cool and guaranteed to make take any selfie to "instagram baddie" status. LOVE!

I also finally got around to editing this pink smokey eye tutorial that I filmed last week and I'm pretty happy with the result. For this look I used the Juvia's Place palette that I've been raving about and a couple of new products that picked up from Ulta.

These new products were waayyy out of my normal price range so I was literally cringing at the thought of swiping my card for these BUT there are quite a few youtubers that rave about them so I figured it was worth a go. I crossed my fingers that these products would live up to the hype because I was definitely going to be eating ramen noodles for the next couple of days to offset their price tag.

First up, the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the color "Opal"

1. This highlighter is 38 friggin dollars.

2. Do you know how many cases of ramen that could buy?

3. TOTALLY lived up to the hype.

This highlighter is everything. Literally. Go look up "everything" in the dictionary. You'll see an image of this highlighter. I'll wait.

But seriously, the payoff is BOMB! It took my cheekbones from *passing nod* to WHAM! "I have arrived" Check it out:

It's lit. If you're willing to cough up the coin, you can buy the BECCA highlighter HERE

The second product I splurged on was the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in the shade "3.35- Golden Medium Beige"

First off, I know I'm usually very very loyal to Black Opal's foundation (It's my go-to foundation) but I heard great things about this Smashbox "dupe" for MAC's studio fix. I put dupe in quotation marks for a reason. Imagine the air quotes, ok?

This foundation was $42.


How, sway? How is the "dupe" more expensive than the foundation that it's being compared to? I'll wait.

MAC's Studio Fix foundation retails for about $30. I've used their foundation before but found it to be a little too rich for my blood once I started college so I opted for a cheaper drugstore brand until my after grad glow up (coming soon). By comparison, the Smashbox foundation was almost exactly what I remember studio fix feeling and looking like. A little sticky on the application, water resistant, full coverage, and pretty true to my undertone (a little cakey looking). It did however dry like-instantly. I mean, like fast dry nail polish.

So...with regard to this product- It's take it or leave it. Which is a bummer bc I was expecting a little more bang for my buck. If you'd like to check it out for your self, you can purchase it HERE.


Look at that highlight!! (Thanks BECCA, girl!) Check out how I got the eye look pictured above and don't forget to head over to my channel to like and subscribe so you don't miss out on new posts! 

Love ya, mean it! 


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