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Holiday Glam: Affordable & All Available at ULTA – NOT SPONSORED

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Hey gang! Hope all is well and your Monday went or is going smoothly.  It’s been a great weekend for me.  Alexandria, aka Xandria turned 8 on Saturday (my baby is growing up, my dog for those that don’t know) and I just turned 31 yesterday.  Absolutely blows my mind at how quickly my year 30 went.  Plus we are halfway through December now and less than 10 days away from Christmas.  Hope you are all ready for that!  Anyway, what I am bring you today is a fun, affordable Cranberry Holiday Glam look all available at ULTA and using the Makeup Revolution Emily Edit The Wants Palette, which I believe is finally back in stock.  So, if you are interested to see what I came up with, then just keep on reading!

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Since I’m doing a full glam look, well, let’s say a full glam for me, I decided to do my brows first.  If you have read any of my previous posts where I showcase a full look, brows are one of the things I tend to do towards the end.  I was aiming for a more structured, prominent type of brow.  For this, I pulled out the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Black.  If you have tried using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade before and you felt it was a bit too tricky to use, I truly feel you would enjoy this product.  It is less pigmented, so you don’t have to worry about a strong brow quickly which can be hard to blend out, and it is a little less waxy making it a bit easier to maneuver through the brows.  The only downfall I have found is even when using a brow gel, for this look I’m using the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Black, it is not as long wearing as the Anastasia Dip Brow.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

As you can see in the picture above, they are filled in and have a more crisp edge.  I haven’t cleaned them up yet, but I will discuss that later in the post.

 

Moving on to the base, not pictured here is primer.  Currently, I’m trying to use up my Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore Filling Primer.  It’s fine, not the most astounding primer ever, but it does a decent job at filling in my pores and mattifying my oily areas.  For foundation, I mixed two foundations.  Obviously you don’t have to do that, but I do have reason for my madness!  Haha, well it’s reasonable in my mind.  The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation has a wonderful undertone and very matte, too matte for my liking.  The FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup Foundation is absolutely STUNNING, love, love, love this foundation, HOWEVER, it gets too greasy looking on my skin and is too dark (next time I’m going to grab L1).  So, to get a more ideal finish, I drop out what I feel is roughly a pump of the Catrice foundation and a pump of the FLOWER Beauty foundation and mix them on my palette.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

My preferred method of application is to use a damped sponge.  I’m not a fan of apply foundation with a brush, just not my thing.  As you can see from the picture above, the combination gives me a lightly dewy, maybe you could call it Satin finish, and I get a high medium coverage from one layer.  I can’t add more layers of foundation for any brand honestly because then it looks cakey.

 

Onto concealing and powdering.  This is also where I clean up my brows, moreso underneath the brows with concealer.  For this look, I pulled out the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour.  I don’t have any full opinions on this product yet, still have been testing it out.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

As you can see from the picture above, I’m clearly not joking about the full glam look.  With this product, I did the stereotypical “triangle” shape under my eyes to conceal a bit and highlight the area.  I brought a little down the bridge of my nose, a little on top of my cupid’s bow, a touch on my chin, and a bit on my forehead.  Again, to highlight and bring light to those areas on my face.  I also dabbed a bit on my eyelids to use as an eyeshadow base/primer.  I also pulled a bit of the product on my lids to shape underneath my eyes.  I blended out all of it with a dampened sponge.  To set under my eyes, I used my holy grail powder, the Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder (quick edit: Ulta is no longer carrying the Illuminating Powder, WTF?!?!  You can just use the Covergirl Pressed Powder under your eyes and it’ll still look great), then set the rest of my face with the Covergirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder in Fair.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Moving on to the rest of the face, it’s time to bronze, blush, and highlight this blank canvas!  For bronzer, I pulled out my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer.  With a larger, fluffier brush, I dusted this along the hollows of my cheeks and the perimeter of my face, including my jawline and temples.  Next, I did a touch of blush.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a bit heavy handed with my blush, luckily, the L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush, this one in the shade Just Playful, are pigmented to where you feel you don’t spend too much time building the product but not so pigmented you overdo it and feel a bit clownish.  For me personally, I don’t like the look of blush on the apples of my cheeks, but layering it a bit above where I blend in the bronzer.  To top off the face, what better way then to apply HIGHLIGHT.  Highlight is literally the icing on the cake.  The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 01 Be My Highlight looks beautiful on my skin tone.  I love how this gives a sort of candlelight glow to my skin, as you can probably see from my side smirk, haha.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Up next is the eyes!  Like I mentioned earlier, for this look, I pulled out my The Wants Palette by Makeup Revolution and Emily Noel and was craving a Cranberry eye, which is easily achievable with this palette.  Starting off with setting up my crease I decided to pick up Prayer.  I took my time building and blending until I was satisfied with the intensity.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Up next, I picked up Cheer, a nice rich cranberry red shade and worked that in on top of and a little below.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Then, on smaller crease brush, I picked up just a smidge of Pi Phi, which runs a bit more plum, but I thought a touch of the plum would bring depth to the look without alternating the overall vibe of the look that I had planned.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Now onto the fun, shiny part.  When looking at the palette, two shades seem like they would be a good fit for this look, Good Vibes and HeartbeatGood Vibes, although beautiful, leans more towards copper.  Heartbeat is a beautiful metallic red shade that I adore and especially adore for this look.  To get the most intensity out of this shade, I first picked it up on a flat shader brush then damped it with a little bit of setting spray, then what works best with these shades is to press and drag the product.  To blend out the edges, I picked up my fluffy brush, the one that I used for Prayer and just blended the edges together.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Now, you could totally leave the look here, but I wanted to amp it up just a touch.  So, using the same technique that I did with Heartbeat, I grabbed a bit of Top Story but just swiped that in the center of the lid on top of Heartbeat.  Then, I did want to intensify the red in the crease again, so I picked up a bit more of cheer on a fluffy crease brush and blended that into the crease.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

To finish up the eyes, I decided to throw on a bit of liner, although if you are not a fan of eye liner, totally skip this step and the look will still turn out nice.  My personal favorite is the NYX Epic Ink Liner in Black.  Then in the water line, I used black waterproof pencil liner, this one is not Cruelty-Free because I am trying to use this up, it is the Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencil in Black.  The one I recommend that I’m going to be using next is the L.A. Girl Gel Glide Pencil in Black, much cheaper and just as creamy!

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

Before applying mascara, I wanted to finish up the lower lashline by applying Cheer then smoking that out with a bit of Prayer.  For Mascara, I grabbed out the Covergirl Last Blast Mascara in Black and coated both the top and bottom lashes.

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To be a bit extra, I decided to apply false lashes, the Kiss Blowout Lash in the style Pompadour.  While waiting for the lashes to dry, I tried on two different lip options, both Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuits.  For more of a nude option, I swatched Nudie Patootie, one of my favorite nudes of all time.  As you can see in the picture below, I have one lash on, but to be more cohesive with the look, I put on Give Me Mocha.

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

To finish it all off, I sprayed a bit of setting spray, right now I’m trying to finish up my FLOWER Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray and that’s it!  This is the finish look!  I can’t wait till I pick up a ring light, hopefully, it will showcase more of the dimension of the look but I still think it looks pretty nice on camera.  I definitely love how it turned out in person.  The lashes are really nice, not super heavy, easy to apply, and the band was flexible.  They are also really inexpensive and reuseable!

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

LeahERaven.com | Affordable Holiday Glam Available at ULTA

 

So that’s it gang, that is my Affordable Holiday Glam all available at ULTA.  ULTA is my favorite place to shop for makeup, the rewards system is amazing, you can collect points and use them on high-end purchases or drugstore, and it is a one-stop shop for me.  I hope you found this interesting or helpful, or maybe even gave you inspiration to try something new or different.  I hope you have a great rest of your day and until next time!

Beauty

Ulta & Besame Cosmetics Haul

Happy Friday gang!  Another week has flown by and here we are with yet another makeup haul.  Believe it or not, I did not pick up any of these items during Black Friday.  I ordered them the Friday before and have just waited for everything to come in so I can take pictures and do swatches.  What has been the one product that I have discussed that I have a serious problem with?  Lip products.  Can we all take a guess on what 99.9% of this haul contains?  Lip products.  Good lord, I know, I have a problem with lip products.  I will say I have decluttered a ton of lip products.  Not because they were expired but because I did not like the formula and wasn’t wearing them.  I’ve been really narrowing down formulas and shades that I truly love.  I probably decluttered a good 15 lip products and the lip products I have left in my collection I am truly happy and excited about.  At the start of the year, I am going to be doing another makeup inventory to actually account for everything in my collection.  Okay, seriously, I have blabbered on long enough.  Let’s get into the makeup!

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LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

LeahERaven.com | Besame Cosmetics Haul

Let’s talk about my small Besame Cosmetics haul.  I only picked up a few items, but I am beyond happy with what I picked up.  The only Besame items I had in my collection before this was my Classic Lip Color in 1946 Red Velvet, which I absolutely adore, and the Vanilla Brightening Powder, which I also love just hate that it is a loose powder.  To add to those, I picked up 2 Limited Edition Shades from the 1937 Snow White Collection.  Now, I did not pick these up because they were Snow White.  Honestly, not a fan of Disney Princess movies.  However, the two shades I grabbed, Snow White and One Bite, are STUNNING.  The formula is still the same as the 1946 shade, super creamy, great opacity, I cannot wait to wear them!  I also picked up a blush from them because I wanted to try something else from their line.  It’s called the Delicate Rouge Blush and I grabbed the shade 1965 Sun Kissed.  I haven’t worn it yet but I did swatch it and dear lord, so soft and creamy yet it is a powder blush!  If this is as beautiful as it feels I am definitely going to be picking up additional shades.  And before I move on to the rest of the shades, can we discuss the packaging, please??  They are the one line whose packaging I am just stunned by and love having out on my vanity (makeshift vanity I should say lol).  I would love to have everything from their line just sitting on top of my vanity.  Okay, enough about Besame, let’s move on to the Ulta Haul!

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul - Mickey Mouse Collection

I actually placed 2 seperate Ulta order’s.  The first order contained 3 Limited Edition Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection lip products.  As the same for the Snow White collection from Besame, I’m not a Mickey Mouse fan, I don’t hate him or anything, just never was into Mickey Mouse and that side of Disney.  However, the reason I picked up 3 of the lip colors was because they seemed like shades I would genuinely love.  I picked up 2 of the Lip Glosses in the collection which are Rockin’ It and One and OnlyJess from YouTube is a HUGE Disney lover and swatched these products and swears by the Dose of Colors lip gloss formula.  She was not kidding about this formula!  It is a wonderful formula!  Very much like the EM Cosmetics True Gloss formula.  The other lip product I picked up from this collection was Lip It Up Satin Lipstick in the shade Forever.  I have tried on this shade and sadly it runs a bit too warm for my ideal nude, but I still enjoy the shade on me.  It is more of a peachy nude than I anticipated.

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Haul

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So for the second order, again Dose of Colors but I decided to grab 3 more of their Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  Honest to God, favorite liquid lipstick formula and I have tried a ton!  Granted, before these three shades I have only tried two seperate colors (Desert Suede and Cork) but both were consistent in wear time, how they felt on the lips, they didn’t bleed, they faded beautifully when they did fade, and they lasted through doggie kisses.  Yes, I did just say doggie kisses (dog groomer here, this is vital).  Anyway, I wanted some great reds, but not just any reds, reds that will surpass my long work day, not bleed, not require touchups, you know, the full meal deal.  Tada!  I grabbed Merlot, a cool toned red, Los Anjealous, a muted ruby red, and Extra Saucy, a deep red.  I will say, I wore Los Anjealous to work the other day and it was an absolute SUCCESS!  It stayed on all day, I touched it up very lightly when I went to the bathroom, but would have been just fine if I didn’t.  I will say it did transfer a bit to my four legged kids, but I kissed them before the bath just in case so it did wash off lol.

 

So that’s it gang, that is my recent haul of makeup items.  I hope you found this helpful or at least interesting.  If you want me to review, do wear tests, etc on any of these items, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will make that happen.  I’m immensely happy with my purchases and am looking forward to wearing more red lips.  Red is one of my favorite colors ever, used to have red hair, have a red bedroom, literally, my life revolves around dogs (including my babies), the numbers 4 and 14, and the colors red, black, and grey.  OBSESSED and I do not throw around that term lightly.  Have you made any makeup purchases recently?  Do any Black Friday shopping?  Or Cyber Monday shopping?  Let me know!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Ulta Haul: July 2018

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Now I know I talked about needing to do an update on my Sephora Haul and Black Moon Cosmetics Haul and I promise those are coming.  However, I recently ordered some things from Ulta that I want to share with you and be honest about.  For the most part, the items I picked up were cruelty-free.  However, I did pick up 2 lip products that are not.  I really was intrigued by the colors of these products and fell to temptation.  I’m not perfect, I know this, but I am not going to come on here and showcase some of the items I picked up and hide the fact that I picked up 2 non-cruelty-free items.  I’m an honest person.  So, with all of that being said, if you are interested in what I picked up recently at Ulta, just keep on reading!

Since I mentioned that I picked up two items that are not cruelty-free, I will go ahead and get those out of the way now.  The first non-cruelty-free item was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Chocolate* in Sweet Tooth ($9.99 US).  It is a pale nude shade and I will say I do not have anything like it in my collection.  The other item was a MAC Lipstick* in the shade Stone ($18.50 US).  This shade I have wanted for years but never got around to purchasing it.  I happened to get a wild hair up my ass and ordered it.  Honestly, I really love the shade but I am happy to say I have dupes in my collection.  With those two out of the way, we can get onto the rest of the good stuff!

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The only other “high-end” product I picked up from this haul was a BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Laquer* in the shade Yaaas ($19 US).  I also picked up Bae, but I ended up returning that shade because it was super pinky/peach and I cannot stand those colors on me.  Yaaas is described as a light nude beige.

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From here on out is all drugstore baby and I am super excited!  Physicians Formula was on sale for buy one, get one half off, so I picked up two of their new Killer Curves Voluptuous Curling Mascara* in Black and in Black/Brown ($10.99 US).  I’ve been on a hunt for a new mascara since I am on my last tube of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise* ($9.99 US).  I grabbed this one because the description of the product and the shape of the wand is very similar to the L’Oreal one, so I’m hoping it gives near the same effect.

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Next up are items from FLOWER Beauty.  FLOWER Beauty has been on my radar for a while, but for some reason, I have been hesitant to pick anything up.  Well, I don’t know if hesitant is the right reason, more so because the products don’t see to work with my aesthetic.  None of the lip shades I would wear, I don’t need any more highlighting items, the eyeshadows look pretty, but I have quite a few in my collection now that I don’t even use, and the blushes aren’t colors I would wear either.  That leaves very little options.  So, with that being said, I picked up the Light Illusion Liquid Foundation* in L2 Ivory ($13.99 US), although once I got it home I’m thinking I should have grabbed L1, but I can make it work.  The other product I picked up from this line (buy one, get one half off mind you) was the Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray* ($12.99 US).  Both of these items I have heard really good things about, so for my first time trying out the brand, I went with these!

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The last two items were the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner* in the shade Moonwalk ($3.99 US) and an M506 Brush from Morphe* ($6 US).  The lip liner seemed like a perfect pairing for not only the Stone lipstick, but other lipsticks in my collection since most of them run on the greige side.  They apparently have a matching lipstick and before I go on a No-Buy, I am thinking about picking it up.  It seems like it will be a great drugstore dupe for Stone by MAC and Laced by Melt Cosmetics.  The brush I grabbed because Emily Noel from YouTube recommended it.  Since I was there, I picked it up.

Oh, I lied!  I forgot one more item!  I also grabbed the Wet N Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15* in the shade 106A Light Ivory ($8.99 US).  I’ve been really curious about this foundation as well, several of my favorite YouTuber’s have raved about this one and I thought I’d give it a go.  I wasn’t a fan of the Photo Focus Foundation* ($5.99 US) at all.  It did not mesh well with my skin.  This one seems like it is more skin-like, so I’m super stoked!

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So that completes my latest makeup haul from Ulta.  I’m very excited and happy about my purchases and can’t wait to use them.  Of course, I will do an update in the future, but it might be a bit longer than what my updates for the Black Moon Cosmetics Haul and Sephora April VIB Sale Haul was/is.  I’m currently working on a project pan and that includes a foundation and setting spray.  I also already have two mascaras opened and I don’t want to open the Physicians Formula ones until those are completed, so again, might be a bit.

Well, I hope you found this haul interesting!  If you have any of these items, let me know what you think of them!  The items I’m most curious about are the foundations and the mascara.  I’m hoping they will work out.  That does it for me!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

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