NEW NARS Stick Foundations?! | First Impressions Video

NEW NARS Stick Foundations?! | First Impressions Video |

Soooooo apparently NARS dropped some new stick foundations, but failed to make a major announcement. I found the Velvet Matte Stick Foundations at Sephora while I was randomly shopping for skin care products. I checked both websites (Sephora and NARS) and I checked out the NARS Instagram, but no real update could be found. Online it has a small buzz mostly being used at New York Fashion Week but that is really it. All I know for sure is that this is apart of the Fall 2017 collection. Maybe they will make an announcement after they are done marketing their new lip products.

In the mean time, you have me to give you that inside scoop before anyone else (you can thank me later). All of the details about the product specs, cost, formula and more can be found in the video below.

Also – do me a quick favor if you can. If you end up watching this video, please give it a thumbs up for me.

Thanks homies!



15 Makeup Memes to Get You Through Your Day

Mornings are never easy, but hopefully these makeup memes can take the edge off.

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

Thanking the makeup gods for the tool upgrade!

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

We all know that eyebrows are sisters and not twins but what they don’t tell you is that she’s your awkward, ugly sister who never passed the 4th grade #tragic

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

yasss come through the *more* fabulous me!

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

aka my current struggle over the UD Heat Palette…

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

the worst feeling ever.

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

on the flip side thooo…

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

parents just don’t understand I guess…

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

Take all my money. Just have it all!

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

Never too much right…?

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

*checks tracking number every 15 minutes for updates*

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |


15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

15 Makeup Memes for your Morning |

Let me upgrade ya.

Hopefully this post made you smile a bit. Now walk into your morning and thrive like the queen your are.


Product Review | Tarte Rainforest of the Sea


I am happy to be back, writing about the things I love and presenting my new discoveries to you all. I took a 3 month break to focus on school, graduation, moving into a new apartment and preparing for the busy summer season at my job. Things are finally starting to simmer down and settle into a routine, which means I can finally get back to my hobbies again (yippie!).

But enough about me – this post is all about the new foundation I have been using and my thoughts on the product. I made the recent switch to the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation after watching iluvsarahii’s foundation tutorial. The coverage looked FLAWLESS on her, so I took to the internet to do some intensive research on this foundation before buying it.

According to, the Rainforest of the Sea foundation line is a water based foundation. Its lightweight, full coverage formula claims to be very hydrating and contains a non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen. On paper, this sounds like the ideal foundation for me. A full coverage foundation for dry skin, with a built in SPF, perfect for summer. At $39USD I felt like it was worth a shot.


My first application was with a damp beauty sponge (later used a flat top blending brush and I feel like the sponge is my best bet) and I can honestly say I was impressed with the amount of coverage I was able to get from a water based foundation. It dried to a semi matte finish and lasted throughout the day (a particularly hot and humid day eating lunch by the river). Day one was love at first sight but I’m not going to lie every other day of using this foundation tells a different story.


A picture from day 1.

This is what I’ve noticed about this foundation since day 1.

  • It settles into fine lines even when you bake them and set them with powder
  • It tends to separate throughout the day on oily parts of your face and cling to dry patches
  • It kind of looks chalky when you wear it for a long period of time
  • All in all – I am not really a fan…

I plan on returning this foundation and exchanging it for something else which sucks because the coverage is beautiful and it does photograph well but I’ve had better luck with other foundations in the past when it comes to wear and longevity.

If you have tried this foundation let me know in the comments section how you feel about it because honestly, I am not convinced its worth it.


#MOTD | Pink and Monochromatic

#MOTD Pink & Monochromatic |

Good morning and happy Monday! I am starting off the week highly organized, but also extremely sleepy. Looks like the only way I am going to get through this busy day is through a couple sips of coffee.

Anywhooo – I have a new makeup look for you all. It is a pink monochromatic look inspired by (and created with) the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. As we head into spring, this has been my go to makeup look lately. Keep reading for all of the details.


Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in “Ebony”. Too clean things up, I used the LA Girl Pro concealer (also makes a great brow bone highlight)


Urban Decay primer potion and Loreal True Match foundation in “nut brown c7” were used as my eye shadow base. Using the Sweet Peach palette, I placed the shade “summer yum” in the crease. “Candied peach” is packed on all over the lid and “peaches n; cream” is placed on the prow bone to set the concealer. The inner corner highlight is courtesy of some random Too Faced glitter that I received a while ago.


I Primed my face using the Too Faced hangover primer (check out my review here). Next I mixed the Urban Decay all nighter foundation in “11.0” with the Loreal foundation used earlier and applied the mixture with a damp beauty sponge. The concealer used to highlight my under eyes, bridge of my nose, cupids bow and chin is the Becca Cosmetics aqua concealer in “warm honey”. I then set all of the concealer with my fav – Laura Mercier translucent powder.  I contoured my face with the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit in “medium – tan”. My highlight is from the Nars unfiltered cheek palette in the shades “watch me” and “me first” and blush is from the Tarte x Makeup Shayla contour palette.

#MOTD Pink and Monochromatic |


Katvond  liquid lipstick in “Lolita”


Easily on of my favorite makeup looks because of how simple it is.


A Holy Grail Primer For Dry Skin?

Hello to all my flaky faced friends! Nothing ruins makeup more than dry patches and eczema spots. It is so annoy to pile on product after product only to have your face looking caky and dusty. Lately, this has been my reality, so I have been on the hunt trying new products to alleviate the problem.

Holy Grail Primer for Dry Skin? |

Admittedly, the Too Faced Hangover primer was an impulsive purchase, but truthfully I never thought about switching primers until I saw it hanging on the “beauty on the fly” counter before checkout. This product claims to be a replenishing face primer that is formulated to nourish the skin using coconut water, probiotic ingredients and no silicones. Having no silicones in a primer that is meant for dry skin is fantastic because silicones can make your dry patches look caky and textured.

After trying out the Hangover primer for myself, I noticed the creamy consistency of the primer glides unto the skin and dries to a light weight, tacky yet dewy finish. I feel like the tackiness gives your foundation something to grip instead of sinking directly into your skin and settling into the fine lines of your face. My skin does not feel tight once the primer has dried which is very important to me. I want my primer and moisturizer to be teammates not evil twins.

Holy Grail Primer for Dry Skin? |
Now lets clear up some confusion – this product is a primer, not a moisturizer and I would NOT recommend skipping your moisturizer and using this product as a substitute. It is not THAT hydrating. It gets the job done, and it blurs fine lines and pore without all of the cakyness that other primers have to offer.

All in all I would give this product 4/5 stars. The primer lives up to its statements and does not perform poorly, but its not perfect. When I run out there is no guarantee that I will be sprinting to Sephora to grab another batch. It is good enough until something else comes along…. whatever that is.


#MOTD | Tangerine Glow

Coming by to show you all a makeup look real quick.

Every time I wear this knit sweater dress I have to do a orange makeup look. My brows turned out BANGING (thanks to a new routine I have been doing) but I am not sold on the lip color. If ya’ll have any suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. I am awful and picking out the right lippie, but I am working on it!

#MOTD - Tangerine Glow |


Anastasia Beverly Hills – Dip brow pomade in “Ebony”

I cleaned up the brows with LA Girl – Pro Concealer in “Warm Honey”


Shades “Burnt Orange”, “Realgar”, and “Cyprus Umber” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance were used to deepen the crease.

I did a half cut crease using EM Cosmetics concealer to carve out the lid. From there, I used two shimmer shades from the Morphie 35W palette for the inner and outer lid. J.Cat Beauty eyeshadow in the shade “Tangerine Light” was used in the center.

#MOTD - Tangerine Glow |


With Too Faced Hangover primer as my base, I applied the Loreal True Match foundation in the shade “nut brown c7” with a beauty blender.

Under eye highlight courtesy of Becca Cosmetics – Aqua Luminous concealer in “warm honey”and set with Laura Mercier – translucent powder.

Cream contour with Nars – radiant creamy concealer in  “cacao” and set the the Anastasia Beverly Hills – contour kit (kit in the shade medium – tan).

Cream blush from Josie Maran Cosmetics in “Berry Bliss”

Highlight from the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit used earlier.

#MOTD - Tangerine Glow |


Stila Cosmetics liquid lipstick in “Bacca”

How are we feeling about the lip – Yay or Nay?



Beam Your Way Into Spring |9 Highlighters to try, like NOW

“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” – Andrea Dykstra

Happy Wednesday, and happy National Women’s Day, to all of my girl bosses, hustlers, house wives, mamas and students. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be the backbone of real change? I swear as women, everything we touch just glows, but sometimes we have trouble giving ourselves that “Hi, I’m the best who ever did it” beam. Thankfully, on the 8th day, God invented highlighter so that our inner queen could shine through on the high points of our cheeks, brow bone and anywhere else we choose to place the product really.

With spring damn near here, every cosmetic line under the sun is poppin out with a new highlighter, or two or three… My list below features high end, drug store, and indie makeup brands to help you decide which highlighter best suites your own personal glow-up.

Kylie Cosmetics

Kylighter |

On February 28th the 18 year old entrepreneur launched the next product line for her cosmetic brand. The 6 Kylighters (that are currently sold out as usual) offer a variety of shades with a silky consistency that is formulated to sink into the skin. At $22USD a pop, they better be pretty pigmented too, or else we will have some problems.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

ABH Highlighter | Glamrika.comABH is know for having amazing brow products, and even better collaborations. This time around, the cosmetic brand teamed up with beauty blogger Nicole Guerrero to make one of the prettiest highlighter kits yet. The peachy, pink tented Nicole Glow Kit goes perfectly with the 2017 makeup trends at the moment. Admittedly, I was less than thrilled for this launch, because I had owned (AND RETURNED) The Ultimate Glow Kit. In short, the flaky formula was difficult to work with and I found no use for it in my makeup collection. Now the reviews on this product have been pretty positive. Considering that you are getting 6 highlighter shades for $40USD, I would be willing to purchase this product and give ABH highlighters another go.


Pixie Highlighter | glamrika.comThe Target brand cosmetic line is coming for blood (and our coins) with their new Strobe & Bronze set. Formulated for a soft and sheer sun kissed glow, the 3 highlighter shades and the 3 bronzer shades are meant to add warmth and dimension to the face. At $20USD for the palette, I say this one could be a silent steal. I have yet to try any of the Pixi Cosmetic products, but I have heard exceptional things about the skincare line. I am hoping that their makeup is just as marvelous.

Colourpop Cosmetics

Colourpop Highlighters |

Colourpop is literally the indi-beauty queen. Each new product line keeps ups on our toes, and their new highlighter trios are no different. There are 3 trio sets total, and each combination is catered to a specific skin tone (fair, medium & deep) at $22usd/set. 

Too Faced

Too Faced Highlighter | glamrika.comOn January 10th, straight from the horses (or co-founders) mouth, Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandico posted this picture of three heart shaped highlighters on his personal instagram, due to release Thursday, March 9th. With its uber exclusive liquid to powder formula (discovered in Italy) keeping the pearl texture floating in the powder, The Love Light prismatic highlighters will blast off of your cheekbones from every angle.
These highlighters are also arriving in three shades to complement all skin tones (so we hope). Reviews on this product are limited. I guess we won’t know for ourselves until we spend that $30USD.

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Highlighter | glamrika.comLaura must have also gotten hip to the prismatic highlighter wave, because they just dropped their limited edition, Lightstruck Glow Palette as a Sephora exclusive product (#gasp). The 5 cream based highlighters are described as having a sheer and light weight formula that blends easily. Us dry skinned people may enjoy this product to the alternative powder highlighters, assuming we are ok with the $52USD price tag.

Kat Von D.

The Alchemist Holographic Palette may not be as new as the other highlighters on this list, but it is just as exclusive. I personally feel like Kat Von D set the trend for prismatic highlighters back when this product launched in December. The one of a kind formula provides a silky texture that illuminates in all lighting. Although I am not the biggest fan of the color choices, this palette still offers a funky twist to traditional (and lately predictable) highlighters. 


Milani Highlighter | Glamrika.comFirst of all, the Instant Glow Powder from Milani comes in 7 shades for $1oUSD a pop (zammnnn zaddyyy!). Intended for a warm and subtle glow, the highlighter claims to be very buildable if you are a “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” type of chick. That alone, is a pretty bomb selling point to me. 

Huda Beauty

Luda Beauty Highlighter |

If you follow beauty blogger Huda Kattan on snapchat, then you have been in tune with all of the hype she has been creating around her new makeup project. Finally the word is out, and Huda Beauty will be releasing two 3D Highlighter Palettes in April for $45USD. The palette comes equipet with a cream highlight, a bronzer and a blush.

Ugh, I seriously wish money grew on trees so I could buy them all. Since I’m too particular about which highlighter to choose, it may be a while before I snag one of these. Which ones do you have your eyes on? Or did you go with a different brand not listed here?


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