My #1 Drugstore Foundation

I’ve tried nearly every drugstore foundation there is. From Maybelline to Loreal to every brand in between. Most drugstore foundations are really stepping up their game, coming in very close in comparison to certain high end brands recently. After too much trial and error, I really think certain high end foundations aren’t worth the $$$ nowadays. I’ve tried my fair share. (I still like Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer though.) I wanted to try out a drugstore foundation after getting sick of being let down by costly high end foundations. I went to the drugstore, completely blind in what to choose. I had heard some of my favorite YouTubers mention this Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation and figured I can’t lose too much BECAUSE IT’S ONLY $5!  I got home, tried it and

F E L L  I N   L O V E! 

I’m no beauty expert but I know what I like on my face. I need a long lasting, light coverage for a day to day basis foundation but need it to also be buildable to full coverage for photo shoots and special occasions. I have oily skin so I do need a matte to semi-matte finish. This foundation checked all my boxes and made my skin look flawless with zero to none cakey-ness. I’m so impressed guys. Wet N’ Wild really killed it with this one. I really think, no matter your skin type or coverage preference you should at least TRY this foundation. I mean it’s ONLY five dollars. I’m so happy I did.

The biggest tip and trick I’ve learned from the Beauty Guru’s of Youtube is “baking” my foundation. I think it’s the only reason my makeup lasts so long throughout the day. It’s a step I will NEVER take out of my makeup routine…even when I’m 80 years old.

What’s YOUR favorite drugstore foundation?

With love,

Karissa Marie

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Oh So Delightful

IMG_9521 IMG_9487 IMG_9493 IMG_9522 IMG_9499 IMG_9523 IMG_9511I just need to mention how long my hair is right now! It didn’t grow fast by any means, heck it’s been almost a year since I chopped it off but I’m so pleased at the length that’s its at right now. It’s at that “fashion bob” stage and I think that’s where I like it best. I’ve done the short and the long version and this is by far the most maintainable and “me” cut. My hair has never been so full and healthy and I owe all that to my talented hairstylist, my mother. She takes such good care of my hair and never allows me to damaged it. Never will I ever go lighter again because it took literally years after I did the infamous ombré thing to my hair. I’ll stick with the chocolate brown hair-do for as long as possible. I would love to be a redhead tho. Maybe in a another lifetime right?

Okay enough about hair. Let’s talk fashion, I mean that’s why you’re here right? I actually don’t have much to say besides the fact that I’m absolutely obsessed with this off the shoulder top and I wish I could wear it every single day of my life. This outfit might just be my “go to” summer outfit when I’m just feeling fun and casual. I will definitely take this outfit to a Rockies game and fun backyard barbecue. Be prepared to see this top in the near future. I just love it so much because it’s oh so delightful.

With love,

©Karissa Marie

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I Got Eyelash Extensions!

IMG_8297_2 IMG_8275_2 IMG_8274_2 IMG_8289_2 IMG_8286_2 IMG_8299_2_Fotor_Collage_FotorEvery girl wants to have eyelashes like a Disney princess does. I’m sure most of you can agree that not all of us were born with long, voluminous lashes. It’s a struggle almost every morning to coat layers and layers of mascara. Mascara promises you that you’re lashes will reach a pristine level of lash domination. They all promise that you’re lashes will be pump, extreme, and amplified times ten. I’ve tried them all and have been left hopeless and nearly lash-less. It’s extremely damaging to your eyelashes to remove those loads and loads of mascara that we just spent forever putting on but it’s also very damaging to use an eyelash curler. I feel like I’ve used every technique in the book to achieve longer, shinier, and fuller lashes. I’ve even tried heating my eyelash curler with a blow dryer before hand and it didn’t turn out pretty. While I was doing my research on “lash success” I found out that strip lashes are SO BAD! The adhesive glue used to stick the strip lash onto your natural lash is one of the worst things you can do to your eye area. Most people come to find out that they’re actually allergic to the glue and one of the many side effects is blindness…. BLINDNESS! No thank you.

Maybe it’s Maybelline, maybe it’s just not.

The option of eyelash extensions has just been recently introduced to me. I didn’t understand the magnitude at which this trend was growing and how many companies were starting to offer eyelash extensions. It’s a beauty craze at the moment and I honestly see this trend lasting forever…or at least until they come up with something better. (I doubt that.)

I had so many questions: How long do they last? How much does it cost? Where do you find the best esthetician ? Is it worth it? It’s when I reached out to Oxana Hull from Mile High Lashes in Denver, CO that all my questions were answered. I had done my research on Mile High Lashes before hand because I wanted to make sure that I was going somewhere where they not only took good care of my eyelashes but also took care of me. I wanted an esthetician that knew what she/he was doing and more. All the reviews I read on the internet were nothing but 5 stars. Before I had ever considered getting lash extensions, I had gotten a few recommendations from 3 or 4 ladies that  said they absolutely loved Oxana and they loved their new lashes. I 100% agree with them.

IMG_1812-3Oxana, with her friendly attitude and amazing skin, was so easy to talk to. She really welcomes you with open arms. The first time I saw her to get my “Natural” set of lashes, we talked the entire time. The second time around for a more dramatic lash, she let me rest a little because I woke up really early that morning. She’s so incredibly kind and talented I really wouldn’t trust anyone else with my lashes. Oxana also keeps her station in tip-top shape inside her humble yet bold room where eyelashes come alive! I will continue to get refills from her and no one else.

I mean it ladies. Eyelash extensions is something you have to try once. If it’s not for you, they can be easily removed, pain free. But once you see how dramatic the difference is and how confident and feminine you feel… you won’t turn back! I don’t see the need to wear makeup anymore because my new lashes lift my face and give me such a glow. To make the decision easier for you on whether or not you want to try lash extensions, if you say that I sent you, you get 25% off your visit at Mile High Lashes!

Mascara is SO yesterday.

With love,

Karissa Marie

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Glo-Minerals Makeup Review

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First things first, let me tell you a little bit about Glo Minerals:

Glō∙minerals offers a mineral makeup system uniquely designed for skincare professionals and their clients. Their award-winning formulations deliver unsurpassed coverage, UV and environmental protection and an exceptional spectrum of mineral pigments. Talc free and non-comedogenic, glō∙minerals provides the ideal choice for even the most sensitive skin, like myself. Clinically advanced mineral makeup that covers, corrects and protects. Don’t you love the sound of that?

• Triple-milled process ensures even, continuous coverage that lasts

• Powerful antioxidant blend of Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract

• Broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection

• Non-comedogenic, talc free formulas

• Formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients

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♥Let’s start off with my favorite product from Glo Minerals: The Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer.

I am huge a advocate of concealing. I think I’ve tried every under eye concealer that’s ever been made. Not only must I find a concealer that gets rid of my dark circles (I’m an insomniac) but I also need a product that brightens up my complexion.

My First Impression: The formula is very high coverage. I’m surprised, but thankful, that it never creased under my eyes considering how thick it was. You only need the smallest, and I mean SMALLEST, amount. A little of Liquid Bright Concealer goes a very long way and I love that. I mix both of the colors, high beam & brighten, to get my perfect highlight shade. Even though the formula is thicker than most concealers, it looks incredibly natural and nothing beats that.

The Facts: A lightweight, corrective concealer pen that provides impeccable coverage while bringing light and brightness to the complexion.

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Glo Minerals Blush: Papaya

Blush is everything. A little bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks adds a touch feminine to your entire look no matter what you’re wearing. Blush is one of my all time favorite steps of my makeup routine. No girl should ever have to live without blush.

My First Impression: HOLY MOLY! Was this blush pigmented. One tap of this and you’re ready to look naturally flushed. I have been searching and searching for my “everyday” shade. This particular shade is the perfect combination of cool and warm tones. I don’t think I will ever go back to another color. I am obsessed.

Facts: High-pigment mineral makeup blush for expert color, shading and highlighting.

  • Apply glo minerals Blush to the apples of the cheeks blending upward along the cheek bone.

  • Exclusive antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract

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Glo Minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation: Porcelain

I have an on going struggle with foundation. I can’t seem to find one that fits all my skincare needs. I have combination skin but it’s more on the oily side. I’ve gotten over the high coverage foundation phase because my skin has cleared up a lot and I want to show it off.

My First Impression: Another product where a little goes a long way. I only needed half of a pump of this and it seamlessly covered my entire face and left me looking flawless, yet natural. I was blown away at how easily it blended. I am very pleased with the formula. My facial shine did peak through after a few hours, but personally, I’m not totally against it. I like a little bit of natural oil because looking completely matte is so last year. Luxe Liquid Foundation is an A+ in my book.

Facts: Harness the light-refracting power of diamonds to bend light for a smooth, ageless complexion.

  • Formulated with light-diffusing diamond powder

  • Specialized moisturizing agents to deliver a flawless, youthful radiance

  • Sheer to full coverage that is easily buildable

  • Great for all skin types except excessively oily

  • Delivers a semi-dewy finish

  • Broad spectrum UV protection

Luxe Foundation Brush

My First Impression: I’ve invested in a lot of high-end brushes. I regret buying them all because this brush takes the cake. It made blending my foundation an absolute breeze. It’s so soft. Like a cloud really. The Luxe Liquid Foundation and this brush was a match made in heaven. Bravo.

Facts: This flat top kabuki is the perfect applicator for Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15.

  • the synthetic hair only picks up the perfect amount of product meaning nothing goes to waste

  • Achieve full coverage and a smooth, even application with a soft focus finish.

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Glo Minerals Brow Gel: Clear

How could I blog about makeup and not mention my brows? Duh. I’m sure most of you big brow lovers appreciate a good brow gel.

My First Impression: Nothing much to say except that the job was done. This gel lifted my brows and they stayed up the entire day which ultimately lifted my entire face and that’s all I ask for in a brow gel.

Facts: A water-based formulation enriched with antioxidants, glominerals brow gel provides brow-sculpting control in tinted or clear.

 

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Glo Minerals Redness Relief Powder

My First Impression: My sensitive skin is prone to redness. Falling in love with this product was so easy to do because it’s so light weight. I use this powder to set my under eyes and the rest of my face for a natural and oil-free look.

Facts: Visibly reduce skin’s surface redness with soothing ingredients like Honey Suckle, Zinc Oxide and Caffeine. Redness Relief Powder is ideal for even the most sensitive skin.

  • Formulated with glominerals’ exclusive blend of antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, E and green tea

  • Wear alone, under or over foundation and re-apply throughout the day as needed.

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Glo Mineral Lipstick: Spark, Vixen and Willow

My First Impression: Alright, alright. It’s not a secret that I’m a lipstick girl. I refuse to go nude. The brighter and bolder the lip, the better. I’m normally a big fan of matte lipsticks. I just prefer the look on me a lot better. These lipsticks have slight sheen to them which, honestly, is outside my comfort zone. Besides the glossy factor, they felt amazing on my lips. Having dry lips is a struggle of mine but these bad boys kept my lips moisturized the entire day. If I’m being honest…the smell of these lipsticks wasn’t my favorite. It has that “no smell” smell. It’s doesn’t linger or anything but if that’s the only flaw in this entire post than I’d say that’s pretty good.

Facts: Moisturizing lipstick that provides vibrant, long-lasting color and remarkable wearability.

  • Fortified with the exclusive glominerals antioxidant blend of Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract.

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Overall Review of Glo Minerals: This is my first time trying any mineral base makeup product. Everyone and they mother has told me to try it and I never listened. I’ve been using this makeup line for awhile now. My skin has had time to react to it and I’d say that my skin has never looked or felt better. I really don’t know where this company has been my whole life. I would strongly recommend Glo Minerals to anyone and everyone. Whether you’re 16 or 85, I suggest you try it because you won’t regret it.

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 With love,

©Karissa Marie

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