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

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




BEAUTY HAUL UPDATE | What’s good and what’s gone | Katrina S

Hey there! We have a HAUL UPDATE – sound the alarm. Time to bring y’all back in and let you know the tea on these makeup/skincare products. I’ve been testing for a month now and the results are in. Lmk if you like these types of videos and want to see more; I aim to please.

Thank you VERY much for being here – I recognize you took time from your day to hang with me. xoxo

Soph x Revolution Ultra 24 eyeshadow palette
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer
Smashbox Pore Minimizer primer
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Alba Botanica Hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
Neutrogena HydroBoost hydrating serum
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera toner
Purity Pore Extractor clay mask
Farmacy Bright On clay mask

LIPSTICK: ColourPop lippie stix in ‘Don’t Trust Me…’ and lip liner in ‘Bossy’


Putting a Spotlight on Casey Holmes x Smashbox Highlighter

“See what I did there with the title… SPOTLIGHT palette… get it???”

This post is way overdue – I totally get that. But if there’s one thing we all agree on, it’s probably a bangin’ highlighter palette review am I right?

First off I shamelessly want to say I’m obsessed with Casey Holmes. Everything she stands for. If you are not already watching her on YouTube, I’m going to conveniently plug her channel here. If there were ever a time to kick back, crack a cold one, and chill out on a Friday night – it would be with Casey Holmes.

But enough about that we can get to the good stuff. Casey’s collaboration with Smashbox Cosmetics is this Spotlight Highlighter palette (mine is the pearl palette but there’s also a gold for deeper skin tones). The “lightest” or rather “most natural” shade is turn it on, middle intensity is crank it up and your clubbin’ highlight is blow a fuse (formulated with the most sparkle).

This palette is GORGEOUS. I think the easiest way to lay it out will be pros and cons.


  • blends like a dream – I am not left looking like I applied a streak of highlight to my face
  • the shade turn it on gives a beautiful glow yet is subtle enough to look from within
  • the ability to go from soft glow to ultra glam in one palette
  • the versatility to use as a highlighter or shimmer shade on your eyes
  • melts into your skin
  • intensifies even more with a setting spray applied first


  • tbh the only thing I was thinking this entire time was the cost but when you think about it, you get three incredible shades for $35.00 and this will last you longer than a year – WORTH. IT.

So those are my thoughts! I don’t think you can go wrong to purchase this highlight as each shade is smooth and buttery, worthy of its own attention. This palette gives you the option to stay subtle or glow to the heavens. All at a cost that makes sense and somewhat supports an incredible influence in the YouTube realm.

My hat’s off to you, Casey Holmes.


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I Tried 5 Makeup Samples & Here Are My Thoughts

“Samples are the gateway drug to big Sephora splurges.”

Recently I’ve made a few purchases on Sephora and Ulta’s websites. Okay maybe more than one – but the post-holiday gift cards had me like:

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So, rightfully so, I’ve gained a couple samples in the mix. Also – you can walk into any Sephora and request samples of products in a small little tub that may last you 2-3 tries. It makes it super convenient before splurging and if you’re in the market for a foundation, they can shade-match you!

  1. Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Longwear foundation in 150 – retails for $34
    First off, shout-out to Sephora for offering samples of foundations so ya girls on budgets Image result for wave emoji can test it out before we blow a couple Hamiltons on one makeup product. I wore this foundation twice, and both times for at least 10 hours. Here are my thoughts:
  • Applies like a dream – this foundation has a liquid-y formula that dries down rather nicely and in a timely fashion without sinking into fine lines
  • The coverage is THERE – for the first time in awhile, I only used my concealer to highlight (the foundation already covered blemishes)
  • The finish is beautiful – it truly is a soft-matte that doesn’t look too dry/cakey on my skin
  • My cons: It started to break up on my nose about 5 hours into wear and I could see some redness peeking through. I also have to say its “matte” lasting formula is lacking in a sense that I am shiny by hour 5 as well.

Am I making the splurge on the foundation after sampling it from Sephora? Sadly, no.

2. Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Snow – retails for $39
I wasn’t a huge fan of this. And for almost $40, I was even less of a fan of this. Surprisingly, this clung to my dry patches. I believe this foundation is known for achieving a more natural finish (not so much dewy, and not so much matte). My skin looked even less hydrated when I put this on, and that was a disappointment. I also have to say it dried incredibly fast, which leaves it difficult to blend out.
I would not spend $39 to purchase the full size.


3. Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer – retails for $36
This primer is v nice – in fact, it feels luxurious. I am not an avid user of foundation primers, but this felt really smoothing to me. I couldn’t stop touching my face before I applied foundation once this primer was down. It was incredibly smooth and silky, and created a nice base for foundation to lay on top. My skin looked poreless and it wore really well.
Until… ya girl’s oily skin went on a streak and shined me up within hours. I would honestly think of spending the $$$ if it didn’t make me so greasy. To all my gals with dry skin out there: I’m sure you’d love this.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to pass.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer – retails for $21
I was really excited to try this primer because of Casey Holmes. Her previously-raved about lid primer for oily eyelids was the NARS smudge-proof eyeshadow base, and I highly enjoy that one. This one didn’t do all that much for me. It does have a tint to it so that it conceals redness, but I’d honestly rather use a concealer for 1/4 of the price.
I‘d skip purchasing this and just use a concealer.


5. Too Faced Hangover primer – retails for $32
I liked this primer a lot more than I thought I would! It’s hydrating and primes your makeup all in one. I have a shiny t-zone, and I didn’t find that this primer made me any oilier than I normally get. In fact, I don’t think I was as oily as typical. A miracle, I know. And the lasting power throughout the day was there, I didn’t notice my foundation rubbing off in the spots it typically does.
Honestly, I would consider purchasing this. But, for the price, I’d probably reconsider a more affordable option.


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August/September IPSY Bag Reviews!

“Did I really let this happy again? This is my second 2-in-1 Ipsy review post #lazy”


Here we are again! Another round of double Ipsy bag reviews. I’m sure y’all don’t mind it tho, right? More products to read about 😉

Anyways, I’m not here to bore you … ZzZzZzZz

Here’s August’s bag:

  1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clayretails for $24.00
    I am actually loving this cleanser! I am using it every other night after my Philosophy face wash to get a deep clean of my pores and remove any excess oil. It is geared towards those with oily, acne-prone skin to use every day. However, if you have normal skin you can use this every couple days as a “deep cleanse.” I have used this a few times and do notice it tackles under the skin blemishes, and I will continue to include it in my skincare routine!
  2. theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Willkommenretails as part of an eyeshadow palette for $39.50
    I gotta be honest – I threw this right in the trash. It wasn’t a bad shade, it was a rich medium/dark brown, but it had SPARKLES in it. Do I want to put sparkles onto the outer corner of my eye to smoke out a look? Nada.
  3. Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascararetails for $25
    This mascara was OK. It wasn’t anything to write home about. If anything, it’s a great bottom-lash mascara because of the skinny wand. When I use it on my upper lashes, it doesn’t give a lot of volume/length. Then to factor in the cost, no I won’t be repurchasing.
  4. Hikari Shimmer Bronzer in Flushretails for $17
    I only have two things to say about this:
    – I threw this out
    – It looked cheap and I’m not one for bronzer/blush combos
  5. Paula Dorf Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I can’t even find this on her website so that’s helpful
    Also, this product was a no for me. I’m not a huge fan of brow pencils, like actual pencils you write with. It was too pointy and stiff for me to disperse product. I’ll be throwing this out.

Onto September’s bag:

  1. Luxie Beauty Angled Shading Eye Brush #207retails for $12
    IPSY CAN SEND ME ALL THE EYE BRUSHES – I’ll never tire of them! And for the price point, Luxie is a steal as far as brushes are concerned. They’re great quality, get the job done, and are marked at a fabulous price point. This brush is great for the blending out crease shades, as it has a flexibility to it that other dense blending brushes don’t have.IMG_20170914_211852
  2. Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herbretails for $41
    I am not sure how to feel about this mask. I mean, shoutout to Ipsy for hooking us up with a decent amount of it (I could probably get 5-7 uses out of this sample). However, I do not really notice any changes/improvements in my skintone/texture after using this mask. In fact, the first morning after I used it I woke up with 3 under the skin blemishes, so.. there’s that.
    If I had to go from my experience with it thus far and the price, I certainly wouldn’t repurchase.IMG_20170914_211842
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primerretails for $39
    I gave this shizzz to a friend because YA GIRL IS OILY AF. Also, $40 for a primer? I’ll pass.IMG_20170914_211829
  4. Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanserretails for $28
    This pumpkin walnut facial cleanser is a fall scent in a bottle – but not in a bad way! I enjoy all fall scents and am okay with lathering this onto my face. I won’t say it’s a game-changer, but it’s a nice product. I didn’t notice it particularly solving all the world’s skincare issues, so I probably won’t spend $28 to purchase the full size.
  5. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetalretails for $13
    This shade is cool as shit, and I’m super stoked to use this for a dark/vampy smokey eye this fall (if I ever get the balls to dabble in that realm). It swatches like a dream.


And that’s everything! 10 product reviews! PHEW. I’m tired. No wonder why I try not to skip Ipsy bag reviews each month. That is work to review ten products in one sitting. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! Did something work out for you that didn’t for me? Should I give something a second try?

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