AFFORDABLE MAKEUP | JOAH Truly Yours Foundation + Concealer

Who in their right mind wouldn’t be obsessed with a bomb ass drugstore makeup brand with products under $10??? There was a major hit and a major miss in this video – watch and find out 🙂

Thank you, as always, for spending some of your time with me XOXO

PRODUCTS:
Soap & Glory one heck of a blot primer
JOAH Truly Yours foundation in natural ivory
JOAH Truly Yours full coverage concealer in porcelain
IT Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder in translucent
Benefit hoola bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills blush trio in pool party
BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel eyeshadow palette
Trestique eyebrow pencil in espresso
Pretty Vulgar ink blacklist gel eyeliner
Essence lash princess mascara
Ofra long lasting liquid lip in verona

MAKEUP TOOLS:
Sonia Kashuk blending sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
Tweezerman lash curler
small Elf pencil brush
small Aesthetica eyeliner brush

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EMPTIES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTlAjS9b5k&t=32s
FAB FIT FUN – SPRING 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cXgJ…
DRIVE W/ ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqcPo…

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Music: Summertime by Erik Lund

GRAB A COFFEE | I won FREE coffee, Goodreads, New Years resolutions | Katrina S

HI HONEYS!!! I am back to put on some makeup with a CHATTY ‘get ready with me’ – and boy am I chatty … + a bit hyper. but whatevs, that’s my norm! take it or leave it.

but please take it. thanks for stopping by and spending time – as always

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Neutrogena hydroboost water gel
Smashbox pore minimizing primer
NARS natural radiant foundation
Urban Decay naked skin concealer
Colourpop no filter concealer
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Benefit hoola bronzer
Mario Badescu rosewater spray
Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics ‘hush blush’
Casey Holmes x Smashbox highlighter palette in ‘pearl’
Covergirl Matte pressed powder
Soph x Revolution eyeshadow palette
Lancome Monsieur Big mascara – top lashes
Tarte tarteist lash paint mascara – lower lashes
The Brow Gal Instatint in ’03’

BRUSHES (in order used):
Sonia Kashuk makeup blender sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
SL Miss Glam L34
Luxie 207

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
*MOSTLY* COLOURPOP MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n76Qn1gcM8Q&t=11s
KOREAN SKINCARE | DEWYCEL https://youtu.be/kWcOEUQetTQ
MILK MAKEUP SUNSHINE SKIN TINT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9wcEndSumQ&t=220s

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DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS | Try this instead of that… | Katrina S

New series?! Maybe? Lmk your thoughts and we’ll roll with it. I wanted to make a “disappointing products” video with a spin where I recommend something to take its place. Because complaining without a solution GETS. YOU. NOWHERE. So here we are with a few overhyped products and I’m here to tell you like it is.

As always, thanks for stopping by xoxo

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS:
Makeup Revolution banana loose setting powder
Palladio matte lipstick in ‘refined chianti’
Essence lash princess mascara Crown pro large powder brush (can’t find this on their website anymore – only Boxycharm’s website)
Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer

TRY INSTEAD:
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Elf moisturizing lipsticks
Essence volume stylist 18 hr lash extension mascara
Aesthetica p12 face brush Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Tarte shape tape concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer

FACE Dior
Backstage Face & Body Foundation
Makeup Revolution Define and Conceal Concealer
Covergirl Matte pressed powder
Physician’s Formula butter bronzer
Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics ‘hush blush’

EYES
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe vol. 1 eyeshadow palette

LIPS
Ofra Cosmetics long lasting liquid lipstick in ‘verona’

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHjo…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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Skincare/Makeup Declutter (products I’m tossing)

“Time for a good ‘ole DECLUTTER.. I don’t need this, this, or that anymore.”

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Today’s post is a little bit old-school. A good, old-fashioned makeup declutter. You know, “I have upgraded to this,” or “I never use that.” That’s the vibe we’re going for here. In case you have any of these products and they work tremendously for you, please let me know! Maybe I’ll reconsider. It’s just that I haven’t touched these in months and need to move on.

Don’t hold onto anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose any longer!
*Ladies, this same concept applies to relationships too* 😉

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First up, my hardest product to let go of: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub – $7.99

I love, love, love the scent of this exfoliator. I cannot tell you how much I love it. There is something so calming and soothing to the scent of this product. It also did a great job; my skin felt v soft after applying, and it didn’t strip my skin. It also did not irritate my skin.
My reason for tossing: I splurged and purchased the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion, and ya girl does not need two exfoliators. HOWEVER, this was a great drugstore option while I used it.

Second, I have my CVS brand Daily Calming Moisturizer.
*Heads up, I couldn’t find the CVS brand of this online so I linked the Aveeno form of this. CVS’s is just a knock-off version for less money.*

I loved this moisturizer. It was recommended to me by a friend. I would agree that yes, it was soothing. I used it all throughout the summer and it felt quenching on dry, sunburnt skin. I have no complaints about this product at all. In fact, I’ll probably repurchase it.
My reason for tossing: it expired. And I don’t need to be clogging my pores with old products!

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Next is the Soap & Glory Clean on Me shower gel – $10 for a full-size bottle
My reason for tossing: it irritated my skin. I’m not sure what did it, could’ve been the scent (it’s good, but rather strong). My skin doesn’t like harsh perfumes, so I need to just get rid of this and continue to use a milder shower cleanser.

Then there’s the Body Shop Skin-Clearing Tea Tree Toner – $14
My reason for tossing: I didn’t notice a difference in my skin using this, though I must be honest, I used my Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion much more than I committed to the tea tree toner. It’s also expired. Time to toss!

Onto my e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Papers – $5
My reason for tossing: these blotting sheets have been sitting in my vanity for months and I never touch them. Here’s why: you can blot with tissue/toilet paper. Sure, it’s not fancy, but it soaks up just as much oil as a blotting sheet. I firmly believe these are only created to make more money. Girl, just blot while you going potty.

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Skyn Iceland Relief Eye Cream – $45 for full-size
My reason for tossing: mainly, if I like this product, it will cost way too much to repurchase a full-size container. I haven’t touched this product since the day I got it. I’m not a huge undereye moisturizing person, and I have a Vitamin C one from the Body Shop I need to use first.

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer – $4.99
My reason for tossing: I didn’t get the right shade to match me, so I can’t shit on this product. While I can’t discuss the quality, I didn’t like the applicator. The wrong shade along with the dislike of applicator, I need to toss this. It’s just taking up space.

So that’s my little declutter! Have you experienced any of the same product disappointments? Or should I save one and keep testing it out?!

Anyways, this has been some fun girl time. Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts below.

Xoxo,
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EMPTIES/THROW-A-WAYS Segment!

“I know everyone loves a good “empties” post – like, will I repurchase? Read to find out!”

Over the last month or so, I’ve had a paper bag below my beauty vanity to throw out items I am just not using or have used up! I always love when bloggers/YouTubers create “empties” content because that means they have fully invested in a product and are ready to give some kickass reviews.

The main question I am going to answer is: Will I repurchase? Because, let’s be honest, if I’m not willing to repurchase then I’m obviously not that into it.

Product #1: Garnier Refreshing Gel-Cream
I emptied this baby in like 6 weeks – IT’S SO GOOD. I have a full review at the link above and would highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in finding a moisturizer alternative. It’s great for the oily-skinned folks like myself. V lightweight and a super affordable option.
Will I repurchase? YES! And I have already done so.

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Product #2: Ulta Mineral Bronzer
I can’t find this on Ulta’s website anymore, so I’m assuming they did away with this formula. It was glittery and pretty orange. I gave up on it when I transitioned to my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.
I do see Ulta has a new matte bronzer on their website so maaaybe I’ll give it a try next time I’m perusing the makeup aisle.
Will I repurchase? No, there are much better options.

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Product #3: COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color
These are actually really great lip stains! I’m not sure if CoverGirl still sells them in drugstores/Walmarts, but I remember really loving this in college, and I have a hometown bestie to thank for that (s/o to you Lauren).
Will I repurchase? If they have something similar, yes, I would!

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Product #4: Biore Charcoal Pore Strips
I. don’t. like. these. The original pore strips by Biore are great and I will definitely purchase those again, but the charcoal ones make no difference in my t-zone’s oil production and don’t stick to my nose properly. I have a “Charcoal vs. The Original” pore strips debate at the link above if you’re interested!
Will I repurchase? No.

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Product #5: e.l.f Undereye Setting Powder
This is a THROWAWAY for me. I’ve heard a lot of beauty YouTubers recommend this, but I cannot get on board. It was sparkly, and I’m not about glitter and sparkles under my eyes. The only pro about this product was that it cost $3.00.
Will I repurchase? No.

Product #6: Maybelline Colossal Mascara
This was a good product, and I am a fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. However, now that I know so much more about affordable options that are dupes for high end brands (*cough, cough* here’s to you, L’Oréal Lash Paradise), I don’t think I will be repurchasing this.
Will I repurchase? Probably not, but it was good while I used it.

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So that’s it for this empties segment! Is this something that interests anyone else? I’d love to know so I can continue to collect empty products. I know everyone loves a juicy review.

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The Best of IPSY

“I will continue to repurchase and repurchase.. and repurchase these items.”

These are my tried and true, my most reliable products I’ve received from Ipsy. These are also the products Ipsy has successfully sold me on, which I imagine is their game plan considering they offer monthly discounts for certain beauty brands they promote.

There are a mix of drugstore/high end in this round-up, which I think my readers will appreciate. Some prices are low whereas others take a few paychecks to save up (unless you’re like me and willing to wait for a holiday and a Sephora gift card).

Enough about the intro.. let’s get into this!

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oilfull size retails for $48.00
    This was an absolute sell for me. I wholeheartedly love this product and received the travel size in my December 2016 Ipsy bag. I have used this product mostly every night since I received it (probably 90% of the time), and am just now halfway through it. The travel size retails at $15, well worth spending your money. This oil soothes, hydrates, and balances out my skin in ways I didn’t know possible. Full review here if you want to know all of the benefits I’ve seen and how to use it!

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  2. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasionfull size retails for $79.00
    It pains me to include this product because.. well.. $$$ but, I simply must! Dr. Brandt knows what the f*#k they’re doing. I have not found another exfoliator on the market with such finely milled exfoliating beads as this one. The light peppermint scent is enough to relax and soothe your mind. After washing off this product, you’ll notice the softness in your skin as it seems the exfoliator doubles as a hydrator. I love the feeling. I’m not sure that there is a travel size, but if there is that is what I’ll be repurchasing b/c a little goes a long way – and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to justify $80 on a skincare product (LOL).

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  3. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascarafull size retails at $24.00
    Let me just say this: you can get a sample size of this mascara to try at Ulta for $10 in the checkout aisle. Let me then say this: do it!! You pay almost $10 or more at the drugstore for mascara anyways, so spend the $10 on a high-end brand in Ulta that has a decent amount of product as well. This mascara does the best job at creating a look full of luxurious lashes. When I wear this mascara, my eyes make a statement. I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Verb Ghost Oilfull size retails  at $14.00
    This product is amazing, smells amazing, and has an amazing price point. I do not try hair oils often (because, like most, I’m afraid it’s going to leave my hair greasy) but alas this hair oil has stuck with me. I continually reach for this after washing my hair to disperse through my ends. The light scent is very nice and feminine, but not overwhelming. This product does a great job at sealing in moisture and repairing damaged hair. I will certainly repurchase once I finish the tube.

  5. NYX Butter Lipstickfull size retails at $6.00
    This is one of the creamiest lipstick formulas. I’m also a huge fan of the e.l.f. moisturizing lipsticks ($3 and decent wear time), but there’s something about these butter lipsticks that are so soothing on the lips. It’s like giving your lips a drink of water. That being said, they are pretty slippery, so application takes a bit longer than slapping on a liquid lippie, but it’s well worth the time for the color payoff and hydrating formula.

  6. Any of the lip scrubs I’ve received. I am totally new to this type of product and I LOVE it! I’m loving exfoliating my lips before slapping on a hydrating lip balm.
    Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub ($19.00) this scrub has a little bit of a “wet” texture to it. It’s less gritty than your typical lip scrubs, and might be best for the people just starting out exfoliating their lips.
    Indi Beauty Buttercream lip scrub ($11.99) this scrub is a lot grittier and definitely does a great job at exfoliating your lips prior to moisturizer. It primes them perfectly.

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    So that’s a round-up of my all time favorite Ipsy products thus far! Do some of these match your list of favs? What have you gone out and repurchased? I want to know!

Xoxo,

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Magical Makeup Monday: Birthday Haul

Me to my boyfriend: “Wait.. you actually went into Ulta by yourself?”

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This is the mother load of all birthday presents known to relationships. I’m not going to drone on about how thoughtful it was for my boyfriend to surprise me with makeup I actually wanted, but I will say this once: he made my birthday his bitch.

So, naturally, I wanted to write about this haul because this is stuff I REALLY wanted to buy myself! I keep this Google doc of makeup I’d like to buy once I have enough cash money to spend (can be seen in Magical Makeup Monday: The Makeup Obsession is Real) and only three people have access to it: myself, my colleague, and my best friend.

I’m assuming the conversation went a little like this:

Bf to best friend: Do you have that list Katrina keeps of makeup she can’t afford to buy just yet?
Best friend: Obviously.
Bf: Could you send that to me and then tell me which stuff to get?
Best friend: Yes but only if you buy me some of the things on the list too.
Bf: Deal.

ANYWAYS, he got his hands on the list and took it to Ulta. BY. HIMSELF. Where I wrote “try travel size,” he ignored and bought full-size. If I wrote two shades of lipstick, he bought four. He even showed the woman taking him around the store a picture of me so she could match my foundation shade. Think it couldn’t get any better? He arranged everything in organizers from the Container Store I’ve had my eyes on for weeks.

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Guys… he even went to Target for e.l.f. since Ulta doesn’t carry it.

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So let’s jump into this!
Every product mentioned:

Obviously I haven’t used all of this yet, but I did try out a few things I’d like to mention!

First, the Carli Bybel palette is amazing. Love the color-scheme with the mauves, purples, pinks, and highlight colors. I’m no makeup guru when it comes to applying eyeshadows, so I followed Carli’s tutorial on her “go-to” look using the palette. It turned out beautifully, and I used my new e.l.f. crease brush to blend the darker colors.

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The e.l.f. crease brush is handy! I like that it’s smaller than your average crease brush, though since it is smaller, your color will be more concentrated. It’s great for placement, but I might recommend a fatter crease brush for blending outwards.

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The cult-favorite bronzer that is Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is exactly how they say it is… flawless. It blends out so nicely and is not a harsh brown/orange color. It’s very natural-looking, especially on my lighter skin. Compared to my Ulta bronzer which you can easily overdo, this bronzer proves easy to build and provides a sun kissed glow, which I’ll take in the middle of winter!

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I felt a little impartial towards the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter. It didn’t stun me, though it definitely did not disappoint either. I applied it with my Real Techniques small tapered brush, and I felt like it took a couple swipes to see payoff. I’ll be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever used a highlighter *gasp* and didn’t really know what to expect. I will certainly use this again and play around with other brushes.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, I tested out the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. My skin is on the oily side, and the bf must know that because he got me the “De-Slick” version without me clarifying that on my Google doc (lol, not complaining). I will need to use this a couple more times to really pay attention to its potential. It’s a light mist, which a girl can appreciate as it’s not really that fun to sit around and fan yourself dry for five minutes. There is not a scent either, just a cooling factor. Will report back if product proves irreplaceable.

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So that’s that! An amazing birthday filled with amazing makeup for my night out in the city. I hope my first impressions on some of these items are helpful to some of you looking to try out the same things. Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve purchased the same products and your thoughts on them!

Xoxo,
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