KVD lock-it collection

IMG_9067Hello my lovebirds, hope you all are having a great Tuesday!

For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have an idea of what I am going to show you guys today. Please note that these products were sent to me by Influenster, for the sole purposes of sharing my opinions about them with you guys!IMG_9361

 

So today I am sharing some of the Kat Von D Lock-It products, which are honestly, wonderful. Kat Von D never lets me down. The line has a variety of shades and products, but today I am going to clue you in on the five that I received.

First of which are two of the Lock-It concealer cremes. I received L3 and L5 (because I am so pasty :P). I will say that when I first used them, I was put off by how thick it seemed, however, they are not as thick as they look. They are actually very smooth and creamy and blend BEAUTIFULLY. I use my L5 underneath my eyes to help cover eyebags and I use the L3 as a highlight for my contour. I am also considering purchasing a darker shade for the sole purpose of contouring.

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Next are the setting powder and concealer brushes. These brushes are so incredibly soft. The powder brush really helps evenly apply powder and gives a great finish. The concealer brush, which is my favourite, is for blending concealer (duh), BUT is also wonderful when it comes to creating nice sharp contour lines.

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Lastly, is the Lock-It setting powder, which is currently competing to win my heart against Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless powder. It is so smooth and blends in very well to give an overall flawless finish.

To the left is my finish application using these products, as well as some extras😛

Has anyone else used anything from the Lock-It collection? What’s your favourite?

Also link me to some of your favourite looks you’ve done, I love seeing you guys’ styles!

xx

 

 

 

An open letter.

An open letter to anyone who has altered me.

Thank you. For coming into my life and changing me.

At the time, for some of you, it felt like you ruined me, skewed my perception of myself. Somehow if you didn’t, I wouldn’t have learned anything about who I am.

From one person to another, I have learned so much about myself because of each person who has come and gone, and even more from those who had come and stayed.

“It takes a village to raise a child.” It takes the world to learn who you are.

To the man who took so much from me. Who scarred and ruined me. Who made me become weary and cautionary. Ruined my sense of trust and self-worth. Took my life into a downward spiral emotionally and physically. You taught me a lot about myself. Mainly how strong of a person I am. How much I can take and still stand strong. How coming out on top feels so much better than drowning at the bottom.

To the one who held me together afterwards, you taught me I was better than what happened to me. You taught me that I am not my weakness or my fears. You taught me that maybe it wasn’t you I needed and that people change.

I learned that change is not bad. Change is necessary to live. You weren’t where I was meant to be. Your change came before mine, and jump started my change. I didn’t change with you, and that’s okay. I was meant to change with someone else.

To that someone else, I know that happiness does not mean being a perfect person. It means going through heartache, pain, and not knowing who you are. Going through so much and still finding happiness. I couldn’t find you until I found myself. Once I did, I learned that my past is my past and doesn’t define me. What defines me is finding happiness amongst the sea of all the negatives.

To the girl who stuck by my side while others left. You are such a bright light in my life. Because of you I know what a true friend is. A true friend doesn’t run when things get a little tough, they help pick that person up, no matter how many times is needed.

To my little boy, I am nothing without you.

To everyone else, thank you for either helping or hindering. Each of you has made me who I am today. I regret nothing, I face my demons, and I will not drown.

You can’t break me.

moisturizing routine ft formula 10.0.06

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Fresh face! No lashes, no contour, and day old hair!😛

Ciao my loves!

 

So, please excuse the page. If you are trying to sort through the categories, I haven’t completely finished adding all the old posts to their respective places. Now that I have added the extra categories, however, I have been neglecting the skincare area, so I thought I would make this post to bring it to date!

Now I know a lot of people do fail to neglect the moisturizing process. Moisturizing and exfoliation are super important aspects when it comes down to make up application. It really is something that should be a part of your make up routine because it makes a HUGE difference in appearance.

Right now, I am currently using the Formula 10.0.06 line. This line is great and has so many wonderful products from moisturizers, masks to make up remover and scrubs. To be honest, I first started trying the products because I thought the packaging and labeling was so simple and cute. Honest to God, I literally picked up my first product because it was “cute”. Story of my life. There are various moisturizers, but the ones I love are the PM Perfector (which I moisturepsuse before bed) and the Picture Perfect Day (which I use before make up application).I love PPD because the texture is like a moisturizer and primer all in one, so most of the times I skip primer because of it. There is also an oil absorbing/mattifying moisturizer that is wonderful too. The PM Perfector is great for oily skin as well. It is one of the best overnight moisturizers I have used. Typically with overnight moisturizers, I would wake up feeling super oily from it. However, PMP leaves me moisturized without all the oiliness and morning breakouts.

Along with these moisturizers, I use a couple of the masks from the line. My favourite is the Three Times Sublime. It is a mask, that in my opinion, does everything. It unclogs maskspspores, exfoliates, and helps with problem skin. If you are like me and get blemishes out of no where, this is the mask for you because it’s kind of like an all-in-one. My skin has been super clean and blemish free since using it. The other masks are great as well, but I typically use either Get Your Glow On or Pores Be Pure once a week. Just to clear up any build up or tough to unclog pores. The all-in-one is something I use more often as a facial wash/exfoliator.

So don’t forget proper skin care, it is just as important!  Has anyone tried Formula 10.0.06 products? What are your favourites? Also, what are your favourite skin care lines?

xx

 

 

 

 

 

Updates (:

Hello guys!

Just a quick mid week hello. I’ll post more content over the weekend.

I just wanted to update you guys that I have added a few categories at the top of the page. So instead of just “Beauty” I split it up into “Skincare” and “Make-Up” to make it more accessible for you guys to find what you wanted. I also added a “Fitness” tab for those of you into fitness and fitness products like I am. There is also a “Misc.” tab for random posts such as my ramblings, giveaways, updates, etc.

Also it will take me a little time to go back and add the appropriate posts into their tabs, so until then, bare with me.

Talk to you soon xx

MOTD + UD ALL NIGHTER

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Aloha my itty bitty gum drops! It’s been a hot minute since I did a MOTD so I thought today would be the perfect day to do it. Not only do I get a chance to do a MOTD but I get to share the new Urban Decay All Nighter foundation with you guys!

Now most of you may know, from previous posts, that my go to foundation is Born this Way. That has changed.

All Nighter is by far my favourite foundation. Especially during this horrid summer we are having in Virginia.

Not only is this the most smooth and full coverage foundation I have used, it is also waterproof. Yup. You read that right. This shit is not coming off. I didn’t even use my setting spray and this stuff STAYED. A con to Born this Way is that in hot weather like this, it tended to look cakey, so it was more of a winter/fall foundation for me.

However, All Nighter may just be a great year round foundation. It also blends and fullfacebuffs REALLY well. It is honestly such a flawless looking foundation. To prove that, I will let you know that my photos for this post are unfiltered and unedited. So keep that in mind if you are on the hunt for a new foundation. It is worth every penny of the $40 it costs.

For the rest of the MOTD, details are as follows:

Brows: ABH dipbrow in soft brown. (also, in the process of growing my brows out, so ignore the bushiness)

Eyes: UD Smoky palette. Ardell cluster wispies. Maybelline Master Precise liner.

Highlight/Contour: ABH Moonchild Glowkit (STAR)/Lorac Pro Palette.

Blush: Too Faced’s I Will Always Love You

Lips: Trap by Colourpop.

What are you guys’ favourite summer products? If there was something I left out about a product feel free to ask below!

xx

 

 

 

ABH Moonchild + Swatches

mcfaceHello my beauties, hope everyone is having a decent Monday. Or at least a better one than mine!

Currently waiting to have my AC fixed. Not the best time for it to freak on me in this heat wave, also the storm last night fried the television and Xbox, but c’est la vie.

As you know, my birthday was last week, so I thought I would share one of my favourite things I received. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild highlighter!

I never felt the hype for the other ABH highlighters, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I also loved that there was not a release date; they just released it to prevent crazy traffic.

mcswatchI really like the variety of highlighters in this palette.

Blue Ice and Lucky Clover, can be used for more everyday looks; Pink Heart as well. While Star, Purple Horseshoe, and Blue Moon can be used for more glam and fun looks. Also, as per usual for an ABH product, they are SUPER pigmented and buttery.

From right to left: Blue Moon, Lucky Clover, Pink Heart, Purple Horseshoe, Star, and Blue Ice.

If you purchase any ABH highlighter, I suggest this one. In my opinion, it is worth the $40 spent on it. Especially because of the pigmentation, so it will last.

Have you tried this highlighter yet? What do you think?

xx

PS; in the next few weeks I will be doing a Q&A post, so send any and all questions to babblingbeauty@yahoo.com or you can send them to me through Twitter (@shawnadawnx).

 

 

 

#happiness tag

Aloha my loves! Today I thought I would do the Happiness Tag. I was nominated by AliceRambles, so if you haven’t already, go check her out! I thought this would be fun to do, simply because, who couldn’t use a little positivity when they log on to the internet these days?

The rules of the tag:

name 5 things that make you happy,  name 5 songs that make you happy , choose 5 nominees to complete the tag.

5 things that make me happy

  1. music makes me really happy. nothing a good song can’t make better.
  2. a good book is nice too. a good book can get you out of a funk and take you away to somewhere better.
  3. make up! a reason why a lot of you come to my site. make up can really make you feel
  4. my family. my husband and son can really pick me up if I am feeling down or just not having the best day.
  5. exercising also makes me happy. I know a lot of you are probably thinking, how. well it’s simple, it releases endorphins, and it just makes you feel better. I know I always feel more accomplished and at ease after a work out.

5 of my happy songs

  1. Classic (MKTO)
  2. Love in the 90z (Mack Wilds)
  3. End of Summer (Emblem3)
  4. Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
  5. Star Girl (McFly)

I chose each of these songs because they are upbeat and fun and each show a little bit of my musical tastes. I honestly like a little bit of everything. These songs really get you in a good mood and make you want to get up and dance. What are some of you guys’ feel good songs?

nominees

  1. TheCrazyChic
  2. and Liv loves
  3. itsmudges
  4. AndySparkles
  5. BlingTree

I got to say I love little posts like this. I feel like as bloggers it kind of lets us in to each others lives a bit. Nothing wrong with getting to know your fellow bloggers and seeing what you have in common besides what you blog about.

Also, today is my birthday, so next weekend I am going to have some fun new stuff to show you!😛