Luxury Products Worth the Splurge!

Why, hello there, lovelies!

The second video that I uploaded to my YouTube channel is all about luxury products that I think are worthy of splurging on! Be sure to check it out!

Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

xo, Katie

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BECCA Highlighters: Which format is right for you?

Hello there, lovelies! How we doing? 🙂

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m sure you’ve heard of Becca and their fabulous highlighter range. Jaclyn Hill really popularized them on her YouTube channel, and even collaborated with Becca to make her own highlight (which is gorgeous, if I might add).

Becca’s highlights come in three different formats: the original Shimmering Skin Perfector (a liquid), SSP Pressed (a powder), and the SSP Poured (a cream, almost putty-type texture). It also may be kind of difficult to pick which one you would want to buy at first, and that’s where I’m here to help! I’m going to describe all three formats and hopefully highlight (hehehe 🙂 ) which one best fits your needs!

1.) Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, $41, sephora.com

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I got this as a sample with an order I placed from Sephora in the shade Opal. It has a smooth, liquidy texture, and let me tell you, if you want a subtle, glowy, highlight, then this is EXACTLY what you need! What I like to do with this is squirt just a tad on the back of my hand, smooth it out, and then take my e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush (thank you, emilynoel83 :)) and stipple it on my cheekbones. If you don’t want a va-va-voom, in your face highlight, but rather a subtle, but noticeable glow, then this is PERFECT for you! I think this looks absolutely gorgeous as an every-day highlight and would be ideal for every woman! You can’t go wrong with the original Shimmering Skin Perfector!

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*Another thing that I’ve seen other beauty bloggers do is mix this in with their foundation to convert it to a more glowy, luminous finish. This works wonderfully because there’s no noticeable glitter in it. I tested this out with my L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, and I noticed a significant difference in the glow that it had with the SSP.

2.) Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone, $38, sephora.com

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The best way I can think of to describe this is a “silly putty” texture. It’s super creamy, and gives a lot of pigment, but in my opinion, there’s something a little…off about it. Whenever I swatch it on my hand, it takes a little bit of work to smooth it out so all of the pigment is equally distributed. And even worse, when I tried to spread this out on my cheekbones, it looks really patchy, almost iridescent.

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It still gives a nice finish (when it spreads evenly), but I just can’t find a use this for this in my daily routine because of its finicky texture. I’d say in terms of subtlety, it’s between the SSP original and the SSP Pressed. I’m going to have to pass on this one. Let me know if it worked for you down in the comments, however!

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3.) Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, $38, sephora.com

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Ahhhhh, Champagne Pop. Literally what a dream come true for my favorite YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill! She created this highlight shade in collaboration with BECCA, and I could not be more happy with the result. The texture is to DIE for – SUPER creamy for a powder and pigmented through and through! I was a little skeptical at first glance of the swatch online because I thought I saw visible glitter, but I really had nothing to worry about! If you zoom in 100x on your face, you can probably see little specks of glitter, but really, the shimmer is what takes over on your cheekbones.

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This is definitely a VA-VA-VOOM highlight, so if that’s not what you’re after, maybe look at the original SSP and buy an e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush, but I personally love it! I mean, depending on how much you apply, it’s not going to make you look like a disco ball (no worries!), but it definitely has that potential if that’s what you want. But my goodness, this is TOTALLY worth the $38 because you only need the littlest bit to get a highlighted effect. Superb job, Jaclyn!

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Well, there you go! Hopefully I’ve given you worthwhile advice about which highlight format is the best for you! What’s your favorite highlight? Should I try out any from the drugstore? Leave me a comment down below and let me know! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

See you soon, lovelies!

xo, Katie

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My Bridesmaid Makeup Picks!

Hello there, lovelies!

Sorry I haven’t posted this week! I’ve been doing lots of dorm shopping (look out for that soon 🙂 ), and it’s been really crazy! I move in next week to my dorm, and I’d appreciate some advice!

Anyway, about two weeks ago, my second oldest brother got married to his girlfriend of ten years, and with any wedding, makeup is one of my top priorities! So, a lot of preparation went into my makeup look for the wedding, especially because I was a bridesmaid! Here’s what I wore!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

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Thank you, Jaclyn Hill, for once again prompting me to buy another thing from Sephora. 🙂 This is pretty unconventional as far as primers go because it’s a spray instead of a cream, but dang, it works. This would work wonderfully well for drier skin types because it’s particularly hydrating, but it still leaves a lot of tact on the skin for the foundation to stick to. And it doesn’t feel sticky, which is great!

Physicians Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light

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I bought this foundation during the 40% off sale that Ulta had about two months ago, and I have been LOVING it! It has light-to-medium coverage and, like the name suggests, a dewy-glowy finish. It looks SO natural on the skin, and amazingly enough, it doesn’t look too oily in my T-zone. I have combination-oily skin, so this is really hard to find! I did set it with powder just because of my oiliness, but this is so great for foundation when you want to have a little more coverage than a BB Cream. The one thing I don’t like about this is that it only comes in three shades, and I’m only in the lightest shade in the summer, so I probably can’t use it in the winter. But I’ll probably be looking for a more matte foundation in the winter anyway. I’m obsessed!

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Stick

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Spoiler alert for my review coming soon…but this has become my holy grail concealer. Same with the foundation in that the shade leave a little to be desired, but it’s SOOO creamy! It blends in flawlessly to the skin even despite the odd shade, and again, it has that same glow to it that the foundation does. And can we talk about the packaging? SO adorable!

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

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I knew that I was going to be photographed a lot, so I needed something that wouldn’t leave a white cast in pictures like a white powder would. This has a beige tint to it, and I prefer loose powders anyway because I feel like they soak up my oils better than pressed powders, and this worked so well on wedding day. It’s a staple!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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You know me. I can’t do any look without this. It locks my makeup in place and gets rid of any cakey-ness that my powder might give me. It also feels great on hot summer days!

Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop

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Oh, man. This is stunning. I got this about a month ago, and it’s all I’ve been wearing! It is the most beautiful color to wear in the summer (kind of a peach with a hint of pink and almost orange? I’m really bad at describing colors haha), and they’re a “cream”-to-powder finish. Ugh just get it! It’s so great!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

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I don’t even need to tell you that I love it. Everyone loves it, and for good reason. It is so complimentary to my skin and has the most GORGEOUS, glowing, shimmery finish on your cheekbones. Go to your local Sephora and just give it a swirl. You’ll fall in love, too!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded

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I knew I needed a cream eyeshadow for wedding day because it is sooooo long-wearing and will stay just as beautiful at the end of the night as it was when I applied it. I chose the color Barely Branded because it’s a shimmery cream (color, not product), and it goes with any eyeshadow look I would’ve picked.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Creme Brulee, In the Spotlight, and Cosmopolitan

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You guys know that I looooooove my Makeup Geek shadows! I was going for a more strobed look on my eyes for the wedding, so of course I looked to my foiled eyeshadows! Love ’em!

Stila Stay All-Day Liquid Eyeliner

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Again, SUCH a long-wearing item, super easy to apply, super black, and I love it. Not much explanation needed!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

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I’ve used this so much that the writing has worn off! It’s a sample, but it gives volume and length, and it’s probably one of my favorite high-end mascaras! It can tend to get a little clumpy, so be careful.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso

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I’m pretty new to doing brows because I was blessed with my dad’s bushy brows, but I picked this up on clearance, and it gives a little tint to the sparse areas in the front of my brows. It’s not super easy to use. You have to do some finagling to make sure it doesn’t get outside your brow frame, but it pretty much doesn’t leave where you place it, so it’s alright.

Aaaand for some reason I forgot to photograph my lip color? Don’t know, but I wore the Rimmel Show-Off Matte Velvet Lip Lacquer in Meteoric Matte! Perfect color to complement my sapphire dress!

There you have it! That’s what I wore on my brother’s wedding day! Have any recommendations for future posts? Leave a comment down below! What makeup would you wear for a bridesmaid look? Thanks for reading!

See you soon, lovelies! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful! 🙂

xo, Katie