Favorite Handbag at the Moment

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A great bag can take any outfit up a notch but, for me the handbag must also be functional. Since before Christmas I had been eyeing the Gucci Blogger Bag officially known as the “Soho Leather Disco Bag”. I wasn’t sure about the size but I knew I wanted my next handbag to be more compact. I spent countless days going back and forth because a Gucci handbag is definitely a HUGE investment. Making sure I was in love with the style and color of the bag as well as its usability was key. I can honestly say I haven’t looked back once since purchasing the black color way of this bag. It has been the perfect go-to for any occasion. I can dress it up or down and feel confident either way. There hasn’t been a day that I couldn’t fit something I absolutely needed. This is probably the most used handbag in my closet at the moment. If you are considering it I wouldn’t hesitate any longer!!!


Right now on the Gucci website it comes in 3 different colors. I have seen it in other colors seasonly but at the moment Black, Rose Beige and Red are your choices. There is a similar bag right now that comes in Emerald Green and a Black/White combo but it doesn’t have a tassel and the dimensions vary from the disco bag slightly.

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Pros: The leather is very durable yet still flexible. It does not scratch easily. The perfect size for everyday use. Can be worn crossbody or on the shoulder. Great pockets on the inside of the bag which is made with a canvas fabric.

Cons: THE PRICE!! I want every color but, $980 per bag is just not practical for me…

 

The Makeup Starter Survival Kit:

With my recent decision to share my passion for makeup I have been posed with many questions about my routines and beauty favorites. It is something I truly make time for and cherish. My friends and others close to me usually ask similar questions. It’s always something like how do I start to get into makeup without breaking the bank? Or If I am going to splurge on one thing what would that be? What is your favorite makeup brand? These are some of the most common questions asked and my answer is the same every time. I usually give a few of my favorite starter products and tell them to play around with them! No use in splurging if you won’t use it! And that doesn’t always mean the most expensive products out there are the best.

I want to share some products with you that I think would be great to grab if you’re a newcomer to makeup or even just want to spice up your routine a bit without spending big $$$$.

Brushes are essential to makeup application. I have tried many brands from high end to low end and I have found that my favorite line for the price would have to be Real Techniques. These are great not only for their amazing quality and ability to withstand harsh use but, because they are sold almost everywhere in America with a makeup section. I can walk into HEB, Walmart or Target looking for groceries and pick up one of these gems. I have used every brush in their range and have narrowed down my favorite ones for you.

  • The Powder Brush
  • The Sculpting Brush for applying foundation
  • The Setting Brush for locking in your under eye concealer
  • The Deluxe Crease Brush for blending out shadows
  • The Base Shadow Brush for blending out shadows
  • The Miracle Complexion Sponge (like a beauty blender but better and cheaper). You can get two of these for $11 where a beauty blender is $20 for one.

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After brushes I can recommend a few concealers that I personally love! I have dry under eye areas so concealer is a tricky one for me. Finding something that covers but doesn’t cake up is hard. It’s been a long hunt for these but I have found some drugstore concealers that work perfectly.

  • The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (my absolute favorite)
  • The Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
  • The Maybelline FIT me Concealer
  • The NYX HD Photogenic Concealer

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The ONLY powder from the drugstore I will use – and I think I like it more than my Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder – is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent.

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I have only found two drugstore foundations that are suited for my skin type. I am just going to give you tips on picking out the right one for you. If you have oily skin you are going to want to aim for foundations that claim to be matte, mattefying, poreless or color stay formulas. If you have drier skin like me you will want to go for a foundation that claims to be sheer, satin, aluminizing, or moisturizing. For me I love..

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
  • L’Oréal True Match LUMI

 

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If you take one thing away from this post let it be this.. For brows I know the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is very popular but it’s also $21. I am obsessed with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Its half the price and I swear the packaging is almost identical just different colors. The product works just as well for me and I save money in the process. WIN!

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My favorite bronzers tend to be ones that don’t look like dirt on me because of my light complexion. Sometimes I like a more matte bronzer to contour and other times I prefer one I can brighten up my face with. Either way, these are a few of my must haves.

  • Rimmel Natural Bronzer
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Medium to Dark (light is too sheer)
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer!! (Fair-Medium Skin) SMELLS AWESOME!

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Blush! I swear blush can turn any look from so so to fabulous in an instant. There are some people who say they don’t need blush but I think it’s necessary and everyone should wear it.

  • Milani Baked Blushes (OMG)
  • NYX Ombre Blush
  • NYX Cream Blush

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I have covered the basic starter things I would suggest to anyone looking to get into makeup and I hope this has been helpful to y’all! These are my favorite types of posts. If you have any questions on drugstore dupes or want to suggest something to me feel free to comment! I am always looking to tryout new products.

xo, Kristen

Glowing Skin!

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With Spring here and Summer just around the corner I have been looking for products that really brighten up my skin. After seeing the Anastasia Beverly Hills campaign for their Glow Kits I was inspired to try and achieve that effortlessly glowing look that is so on trend right now. I will start by saying that skincare is key because, highlighting will only make blemishes and pores stand out more. This I have found through my many trials on the hunt for the perfect highlighting products. I am going to share with y’all by current favorite products for glowing skin. I have found many products that can do relatively the same thing but, this combo has worked best for me.

  • Moisturize!
  • Prime with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • After foundation but before setting powder I use Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter on cheekbones, cupids bow, under eyebrow, temples and down the center of my nose
  • After setting foundation in T zone area and under eyes I bronze up my face and keep it glowing with Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light
  •  I then apply Mary Lou Manizer on those same areas that I used the Watt’s Up! with a fan brush from Smashbox – any fan brush will work
  • Blush is next and I have two current favs – MAC Warm Soul & The Balm’s Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
  • Then to set everything and add a touch more glow I use the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

HAPPY GLOWING!!

Luna Sleeping Night Oil

 

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Luna Sleeping Night Oil: Sunday Riley

Luna is a product that has been getting a lot of buzz in the beauty world for quite some time now. It is the product that put Sunday Riley’s company on the map. After reading numerous reviews and getting recommendations from close friends I finally was able to get my hands on a bottle of this magical face oil. Boy did it deliver! First you should note that I have fair to medium skin that tends to be on the drier side. I am the victim of sensitive skin with extremely rosey cheeks and large pores. You should also note I can be extremely lazy when it comes to skincare so, products that can serve multiple purposes get gold stars from me.

Luna is formulated to serve as a nightly oil that reduces the size of pores, corrects sun damage and fights wrinkles. One of Luna’s primary ingredients’, Retinol, is the key to stimulating collagen and increasing skin cell turnover. I can say that after using this product for awhile my skin has become more radiant and the redness on my cheeks is less visible. If I use this religiously the size of my pores shrink but, I have to be exfoliating alongside. I know the price is a bit excessive ($105) but, for something that yields such great results, I believe it’s worth it. The product goes a long way as well. I have had my current bottle of this for roughly 5 months. I am on the last 1/4 of the bottle probably.

I use a number of Sunday Riley’s products but Luna is by far my favorite. Her background in Chemistry and knowledge in skincare really set her apart from others in this industry. Below is a link to a video of Sunday and Pixiwoo -British based beauty bloggers- (that’s a mouth full) discussing the science behind her products.

Talking Skincare with Sunday Riley