Steal or Splurge…that is the question

Happy Makeup Monday friends!

I think that one of life’s biggest struggles [as a woman] is figuring out when to splurge or when to save on something. It could be in regards to makeup, clothes, hair products, nail polish, alcohol, a dinner out…whatever. For those of us on a budget there is a constant give and take of what to wear, where to buy, is that worth it, should I spend this, should I stay home or go out? And then there is this scenario…when you finally decide to jump in and SPLURGE you have the immediate thought after of, “that wasn’t worth it”.

I’m telling you what; I have had that thought quite often, especially when it comes to makeup! This is why I have searched high and low to find products that are worth it and have no patience for the products that cost and arm and a leg and are NOT.

I found this the other day and wanted to share with you. It came from another blog but it was worth the share. I will say that I have not tried any of the products myself but I am definitely going to now! Please leave a comment and tell me if you’ve tried any of the products and what you think about them!

Follow the link above and you will be able to read details about these products on The Unedited Mama.

❤ Jaclyn

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Lips Like Butter

Precursor…Can we pretend it’s Monday still? Thanks! 🙂

Summer is right around the corner. For some of us, we may have even been able to enjoy some really beautiful days outside…maybe even sitting by the pool?!

In my opinion, summer is the perfect time to allow yourself a more relaxed look. That not only goes for clothes…think cute tees, converse sneakers, sun dresses, etc; but summer is also the perfect time to relax on the amount of makeup you wear! Why?! Because you’re probably spending more time outside watching your skin get a nice healthy glow, and who wants to cover that up with makeup?

Now that we are officially back, let me introduce you to the single product that brought Courage Dear Heart out of the blog fog. NYX Butter Gloss. Holy cow is this stuff amazing! It goes on even, stays better than most glosses I’ve tried, is cheap, can be found at Target, Ulta, or online and is true to the color on the outside of the bottle. I’ve been wearing the heck out of the Strawberry Parfait. I love when my face is a little more tan because I have the ability to go light on my face and eye makeup and play up my lips. These glosses are the perfect way to do that! Pink is the perfect color for spring. But I’m super excited to try the Peach Cobbler or Cherry Cheescake next!

What color are you excited to try?

❤ Jaclyn

Toners can save you money!

Here is my tip and trick for the day!

Try a toner! If you are not already a user of toner check out my reasons why you should be.  If that is not enough here is one more reason;

Applying a toner to your face softens and moistens your skin preparing it for your serum and moisturizer.  While your skin is still damp from your toner apply half the amount of your serum or cream that you normally would use.  It is asorbed better and will easily spread across your face and neck.

Just think! Your expensive products will now last you twice as long 🙂

Remember, toners are one of the least expensive skin care products so try out a toner and see how much money you can save!

Happy Thursday 😉

-Chris

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation Review

Hi loves! Just wanted to give a quick review on the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation.  MW3C53

I have wanted to try this foundation for a LONG time and finally I decided to purchase it.  First and foremost this foundation is NOT a full coverage.  Honestly for the longest time I thought it was! I am not totally sure why, maybe because I know this is a favoured foundation for a lot of makeup artist’s and I just a assumed that it would cover everything!  This foundation is actually a sheer to medium coverage.  More importantly this foundation is water based, water and transfer resistant.

I can only describe this product as like dying your skin, almost like putting a stain on wood.  There is no buildup or texture to the foundation when it is on your skin.  For those of us that want a foundation to even out our skin tone, cover minor blemishes and give us a radiant sheer finish this is the foundation for us! I love it because it looks like my skin, feels like my skin but hides all those things I don’t want to be seen.  For the areas I like to cover more I will just build a little extra product onto and also use my concealer.  This foundation if wonderful for an everyday makeup look and will be perfect in the summer months! Think BB Cream but BETTER!

This is the perfect time of year to try out this product! Don’t forget its face and body so you can bring it down onto your neck and chest to even out any areas and maybe even those hated tan lines 🙂

Let me know what you guys think about this foundation!

-Chris

Sun Protection Factor

Ladies and Gentlemen, with summer approaching it’s time to start thinking about protecting your skin. I don’t care who you are or what age you are, skin protection is IMPORTANT!!!

I encourage everyone to use SPF in their face moisturizer. If you can get it in your makeup too, that’s a bonus! It’s important to protect your face from the sun so you don’t get wrinkles or skin cancer. But what about the rest of your body? What should you do? Well do I have a tip for you!

Let me introduce you to Eucerin Daily Protection.
eucerin

This lotion is so great. It moisturizes your skin and at the same time offers your skin protection because it contains SPF! It goes on so smooth and doesn’t smell like sunscreen. I love it! You can find it at Target, Walmart, or any drug store. Go grab it, apply it and get some Vitamin D. 🙂

❤ Jaclyn

Having a moment: Lips

Marsala, which was a huge color for fall and winter, is hear to stay for spring!! Yay!! I love when items can be versatile and used in different seasons!

As we shared in another post there are several “it” colors for spring. But, thee marsala we grew to know and love in the winter has been toned down a bit for spring. This isn’t really surprising if you think about it, right? All spring colors are a little softer…think Easter eggs!

This morning I had a revelation. While some clothing and makeup items that we purchased for winter need to stay in our winter wardrobe, others can be tweaked and transitioned into spring. This revelation leads me to my makeup Monday post…the perfect spring lip!

Two lip shades that were popular for fall and winter were the burgundy lip and the pale lip. Both trends were awesome and I enjoyed them at different times and places. Chances are you have a lip gloss, chap stick, or lip stick in both colors still laying around. While it’s fun to wear different color lipsticks, it’s hard to go through an entire container of one color. And when you have so many half used containers lying around, who wants to purchase another one just because it’s in for spring.  SO, why not combine two colors you already have and use them to create the “it” lip shade for spring…a toned down marsala…or what we can also call plum.

I applied a light coat of my burgundy lip stick and then put my pale shade on top and rubbed them together…voila! I had a new fun color that I didn’t have to go and purchase! I felt creative, resourceful, and economic AND accomplished that all on a Monday morning! Woohoo!

Here are the two colors on my hand. The top is my pale shade, the bottom is my burgundy shade, and the middle are the two mixed together.

plum hand

And here I am wearing the two…I am in love.

plum lips

Excuse the lighting. It was taken on my phone and it was pretty early. But hopefully you get the point!

Now this is good news for people who have both lip shades already. If you don’t have them, run out to your closest CVS and grab an NYX lip shade in plum. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with them! Or, as Christine wrote about in a previous post, Essence is a great brand to try new shades in as well!

For those readers who don’t care about the “it” color for spring, use this method and create a whole new shade just for you. Take two different colors, combine them together and show us what you got!!

❤ Jaclyn