My Quick 3-Product Summer Eye Look

During the summer months, I feel like I’m always so busy. Happy hours after work, outdoor concerts and movies, date nights. Because of this, I love having a quick go-to makeup look, that I can rely on to beat the heat. I think I’ve found my perfect combo of products. These are products that have slowly found their way to the back of drawers, where I’ve quickly forgotten about them. I’ve been playing around with some of my older products and forgot why I ever stopped using these.

Benefit High Brow | $22

This is a product I used to use so much that I actually finished one and repurchased it. My new High Brow, pictured above, I showed no love. With the increase of highlighters and everybody searching for that ‘blinding’ glow, this subtle pink cream just seemed out of style. Using this recently, I completely forgot why I loved it. It’s such a blendable product that looks great on the brow bone and inner corner to really brighten up your eyes. It’s matte and subtle but still brightens your eyes perfectly. It does unfortunately only come in one color so I don’t think this would be great for deeper skin tones.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome | $8.99

I loved the original color tattoos in the pots, so when these were launched I immediately picked this color up. I thought I would love it more because it seemed easier to apply but the first time I used it I hated this product. I just thought it dried down weird and was hard to look blended on the eyes. Using it again, I feel completely different about it. It so smooth on the eye and all you need to do is use a finger to blend it around in your crease. They do dry down so I recommend doing one eye at a time. When they do dry though, these aren’t going anywhere – great for hot summer days. The color I have is bronze sheen which I think is perfect for every day and brings out my blue eyes.

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black | $7.99

I don’t know what took me so long to try this mascara out. It is such a great drugstore product! I actually picked up a three pack on a whim during Amazon Prime Day. It makes my lashes look so long and voluptuous without applying coat after coat after coat. It is also the blackest mascara I think I’ve ever used. I won’t lie, I’m the kind of person that applies 100 coats of mascara and uses three different tubes. With this mascara I really only need a couple of coats, making it a quick and easy product to use.

High Brow blended into brow bone and inner corner, Color Tattoo blended on to lid
Left High Brow, Right Color Tattoo

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Pore Delete, Does It Work?

Recently,  I decided to venture into the world of The Ordinary skin care. If you haven’t heard of this brand I would definitely recommend checking them out. They have great skin care products at such an affordable price. Deciem, the company that makes The Ordinary, has several other beauty/skin care brands on their site. I hadn’t heard of most but their products were so original that I really wanted to try some other things out as well. One of the things that I was most excited about was Pore Delete by the brand Hylamide. This is another skin care brand but they do have several primers in their collection.

I have large noticeable pores on my cheeks that can sometimes by emphasized by certain products.  I’m always looking for good primers and products that hide or cover-up the pores on my cheeks. I’m really careful about where I apply blush and highlight to avoid emphasizing these problem areas on my cheeks.

Pore Delete | $18.00

The product itself is a light liquidy cream. It comes out as a white color but when blended in quickly turns to clear so it doesn’t leave any sort of white cast. The directions say this product can be used alone without makeup or patted in over your problem areas on top of liquid foundations but underneath your powder products.

The first time I tried this, I used it exactly how the directions said, patting it in over top my foundation on my cheeks. It did immediately start moving my foundation around so I decided to use a sponge to help blend the product back around. This helped and it does take some patience but eventually, my makeup looked as good as new, but with fewer visible pores.

Now the second time I used this I put it on as a primer. It looked great at first, really making my skin look blurred. But the second I started putting my foundation it all went down hill. The foundation was bunching up and sticking to certain places of my face but not the other. It was super weird and I’ve never had a product act that way on my skin. now obviously this isn’t how the product is supposed to be used but since it did look so great on bare skin I thought it would act as a great primer – do not try this.

Whenever I’ve used this since, I’ve waited until I’m finished with my foundation and concealer then tap a small amount on my cheeks with a beauty blender. It does require some patience and effort but afterwards, there is a difference in your skin.

Does It Work?

Although I do see a difference in my skin after using this product, I can’t say I’m obsessed with it. It takes a lot of effort to get your makeup to look good after applying this on top and the difference is so slight, I can’t decide if it’s worth it. I really only use this product when I have the time to take however long I want doing my makeup and I don’t necessarily care how perfect it looks. It doesn’t completely ‘delete’ your pores but it does minimize them, enough that I don’t regret purchasing this product but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.

The left side of my face has Pore Delete on and the right side does not. I used a MAC Mineralized Skin Finish on my cheeks as it emphasizes my pores.

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ColourPop Crushed Crystal Collection

I haven’t been this excited over a makeup launch in a long time. This just seemed like such a unique (and ‘on-trend’) idea from Colourpop, a very affordable brand. Colourpop announced they were releasing four setting/priming sprays, four liquid highlighters, and four lip balms that contained either Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, and Rose Quartz. I’m not someone who’s very into crystals or could even tell you the difference between some of them but this just seemed like such a different idea that hasn’t been done yet.

Products:

These collections come in four different bundles for each crystal that contains their coordinated spray, highlighter and lip balm for $18. When I made my purchase I was more intrigued with the Rose Quartz collection but unfortunately, that one was sold out. I decided to purchase all three products anyway but from different crystal collections. I settled with the rose quartz priming spray because it stated it was hydrating. I also chose the Rose Quartz highlighter due to it being the most wearable color for me. I then wanted to switch it up and selected the Amethyst lip balm because of how pretty the purple shade seemed.

Rose Quartz Priming Spray | $6

The priming spray comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a standard mister. The mist does come out a little strong, but since this is priming spray I won’t be worried about it impacting my makeup. It has a great grapefruit smell and is supposed to boost hydration before applying makeup. This also promises to leave a dewy effect on your skin. This spray has a pink tint but when applied to the skin this is not noticeable what so ever.

Rose Quartz Liquid Highlighter | $9

This is the product I was probably most nervous about and figured I wouldn’t get that much use out of it. I really only use liquid highlighters to mix it with my foundation and thought this shade wouldn’t work well with that. This product comes in a similar bottle to the spray but has a different nozzle and is a little smaller. A little bit of this product goes a long way so I’m sure this will be lasting me awhile. It comes out as a beautiful pink-gold shift when worked into the skin. I think this would look radiant mixed into foundation or just on the cheeks as a highlighter. This could also be mixed in with moisturizer and worn on its own. I’m very excited to get some good use out of this product.

Amethyst Lip Balm | $5

I thought this lip balm would be just another product I would use occasionally but kind of forget about it in a bag or a drawer. But boy was I wrong. This product blew me away. First of all the packaging is so much sturdier than I imagined and feels much more expensive than just $5. The product itself is so creamy and feels wonderful on the lips. It also smells amazing! The advertise this to be used alone or on top of a lipstick which I can’t wait to try out due to how beautiful the color is. It really just transforms your lips and gives it a pink/purple opalescent sparkle. For $5 you really can’t beat this product.

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The Jaclyn Hill Palette | Review

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen or at least heard about this palette created by Jaclyn Hill with Morphe. Before I even jump into my thoughts on the palette, I want to say this is the first Morphe eyeshadow palette I have ever tried so unfortunately, I can’t compare it to their regular shadows. I’ve been a big fan of Jaclyn’s for awhile now and have really been excited for the amount of success she’s developed in the YouTube community. That being said, I was definitely disappointed when I found out her much hyped up collab was going to be with Morphe. This is a brand that just never really excited me. I have a couple brushes from the company that I bought through Hautelook but that’s my only experience with the brand.

Purchasing the palette:

Unfortunately, right now the palette is sold out but Jaclyn’s said multiple times it will come back in stock soon. This palette costs $38 but you can use her or any YouTubers coupon code with Morphe and receive 10% off. The biggest reason I wasn’t going to buy this palette was shipping for Morphe in the US is around $8, making the palette closer to $50 after taxes as well. For $50 you can buy a much higher quality palette from a much more trusted luxury brand. During the initial sale of this palette, they offered free shipping if you bought two palettes. Luckily, I had a friend who was also interested in purchasing it so we went in together to avoid the shipping costs.

How it performs:

As of now, I’ve owned this palette for a little over a week and I can say I am thoroughly impressed! I ‘ve used it every day I’ve worn makeup and I’ve really been blown away on how the colors perform. There are 35 shades and most of them are some of the best shadows I own. They are so creamy, pigmented and blend beautifully with hardly any effort. There are some duds in the palette which I find mostly with the darker matte shades. The black shade, Abyss, is just a pretty average black and so is Chip, a deep warm brown. The shimmers are beautiful swatched but I find on the eyes they look much better when foiled with something like Mac Fix+. To be fair though I do this with pretty much every shimmer I use.

A look:

In true Jaclyn form, I did a warm smokey eye to show this palette off. The biggest thing I find missing in this palette is a neutral cream matte shade which I normally always use all over my eye to set my eye primer. With this palette though I had to mix a little bit of Beam and Silk Creme together, which worked but wasn’t ideal. One thing this palette isn’t missing is an array of transition shades. You can find one for any look you want to create. For this one, I first used M.F.E.O (made for each other) in the crease, then followed up with Pukey, Roxanne and a little Jacz in the outer corner. I took a small amount of Hunts on a really soft blending brush just to blend everything together and really add some more warmth. All over the lid, I foiled Firework with some Mac Fix+ and a flat eyeshadow brush. Finally, for my browbone and inner corner highlight, I used Enlight.

To finish the look off I mixed Roxanne and Pukey on my lower lashline. I used Anastasia Dip Brow in Auburn on my eyebrows, a brown eyeliner in my waterline, and Huda Beauty Lashes in Camille #16. I really enjoyed this look! I’m still getting used to these lashes as they are a big step up from my beloved Ardell Demi Wispies.

Swatches:

Since there are 35 shades in this palette and many swatches all over the internet I didn’t want to swatch every single shade for the purpose of this post. But I did want to show off how some of the shades swatch versus the others and give some of the brighter shadows their moment.

From L to R (Obsessed, 24/7, Cranapple, S.B.N., Royalty, Jada, Diva, Hustle, Enchanted, Chip)

So you can see how beautiful the shimmers are like Royalty that deep purple and Diva. But then some of the mattes like Jada, Enchanted, and Chip are just a little more chalky and stiff. These were all swatched with my finger and one swipe down my arm.

Altogether I have been really enjoying this palette and think it has great options for everyone in it. One of the biggest things about this palette I don’t enjoy is the white packaging. Mine has already gotten extremely dirty and I had to try really hard to get it clean to photograph it. I can’t imagine what it’s going to look like in a couple months. When it does come back in stock, I do recommend finding a friend who also wants to purchase the palette and buy it together to avoid the shipping fees.

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How I Clean My Makeup Brushes So They Last Longer

Cleaning my makeup brushes is the definition of a chore to me. It’s something I brush off (no pun intended) until it absolutely needs to be done, much like laundry or vacuuming. As my collection expands, the amount of time between washing each brush grows as well. This leads to me having tons of brushes to wash at the same time, causing this ‘chore’ to take up a big chunk of my afternoon. The two most important things, in my opinion, when washing your brushes is a good brush cleanser and washing your brush the correct way. A good cleanser gets them clean but isn’t too harsh on the bristles. This doesn’t need to be insanely expensive, my favorite cleanser at the moment is Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo. Secondly, when washing your brushes it’s imperative to prevent water from going up inside your brush head. This can cause the glue to deteriorate and your brush head to fall off.

How I Wash My Brushes

I was sent over The Brush Bar and The Brush Board from the company The Brush Bar to test out while I clean my brushes. I was blown away by how easy these products were to use and how much of a difference they actually made to my cleaning routine. First, the packaging is perfect. They come in these velvet sleeves that you can keep to store them in or to use while traveling with them. Both products feel sturdy in your hand and well made. They’re slim enough to store in your drawers and travel with but big enough to use with a large collection of brushes. The Brush Board is used while cleaning your brushes and The Brush Bar is used while drying them.

The Brush Bar is listed for $38.00 and The Brush Board is $28.00. you can purchase these in a bundle though for $55.00.

The Brush Board

I have seen a ton of different variations of products like this. I haven’t actually tried one of because they just seemed gimmicky to me. Because of this, I don’t have anything to compare to this product. I was shocked though at how well this was able to get my brushes quickly cleaned. The Brush Board is double sided and has six different surfaces that each serve a different purpose.

  • Cylinders (the first section of the left): Gentle yet effective clean
  • Pyramids (the middle section): 4 edges and a point of the deepest clean
  • Cones (the section of the right): Deep cleaning cones double as a bristle comb to separate bristles for quick drying
  • Triangular Prism (on the other side, opposite of cylinders): 3 edges for a medium scrub
  • Ridges (opposite of pyramids): Dual purpose scrubber and scraper
  • Waves (opposite of cones): A waved scrubber and scraper

Washing My Brushes

Like I said earlier, I love using Baby Shampoo to clean my brushes. It’s gentle on the bristles but gets the job done. I use lukewarm water to get the bristles on the brush I’ll be washing wet and place a small drop of cleanser on the section of the board I want to use. The more gentle sections I use for smaller eye brushes and the harsher sections I use for face brushes that need more of a deep clean. I then swirl my brushes gently on The Brush Board, using multiple sections for a better cleanse. This truly has cut the time I spend washing my brushes in half.

Drying My Brushes With The Brush Bar

The Brush Bar contains these small prongs that are hidden away when the product is closed. These can be flipped outwards and used to flip your brushes upside down while drying.

The product contains two large prongs, six medium and two small for different size and weighted brushed. The Brush Bar sits easily on the edge of a vanity, sink or counter and keeps your brushes secure while they dry. This a great product to use while drying your brushes as it prevents water from running upwards into the handle of the brush, therefore prolonging the life of your brushes. Another added perk that makes me love this product is it prevents my cat from getting my brushes! Whenever I leave them out flat on a towel to dry, she loves stealing them and biting the handles.

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My Favorite Drugstore Eyeshadow

With the summer months coming up my makeup routine has been all about doing quick, easy looks with as few products as possible. While traveling I usually carry around a small makeup bag so I can easily apply my makeup in the car or on the go. This has lead to me rediscovering my all time favorite drugstore eyeshadow formula. I’m all about doing a quick wash of color over the lid throughout the summer and Colourpop is one of my favorite brands for this, but I’ve recently fallen back in love with the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows.

How They Perform:

These L’Oreal eyeshadows are very similar to the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in their formula. They’re super creamy and feel almost wet to the touch. These shadows come with a small plastic piece that says “do not discard” that prevents the shadow from drying out. I think this is the biggest difference between the Colourpop shadows. My Colourpop ones have dried out noticeably after a couple of months compared to the L’Oreal ones which I haven’t noticed a change in the formula even after owning these for over a year.

These are advertised to last for 24 hours. I personally haven’t worn eyeshadow for that long ever but I can testify that these do last for a very long time. I would recommend using a primer, which I do with every eyeshadow, as it will increase the wear time of the shadow and prevent it from having fall out.

These apply best with a flat eyeshadow brush that I would use for any sort of pigment or glitter. My two favorites which can be seen above are the Urban Decay Shadow brush, which I think I may have received in the Naked palette, and the Sephora #25 brush which is very similar.

The Shades:

These L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows come in 18 colors so there’s one that’ll fit whatever you’re looking for. I own four of them: Perpetual Purple – a deep, shimmery plum, Gilded Envy – a moss color with shimmer, Amber Rush – a great sparkly copper, Iced Latte – the perfect cream highlight shade. The shades really range from deep blacks and grays for the perfect smoke eye to lighter shimmery shades such as Iced Latte. All these shades are shimmery or kind of metallic making them beyond beautiful to use all over the lid.

L-R: Amber Rush, Iced Latte, Gilded Envy, Perpetual Purple

Where to Find Them:

I’ve seen these shadows at pretty much every drugstore. Unfortunately, I can’t find them online right now at Ulta but they are listed on Walgreens website. The shadows run for $8.99 and you receive 3.5 grams compared to the Colourpop Super Shock shadows that run for $5.00 and you receive 2.1 grams.

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My Go-To Travel Makeup Palettes

I’m a huge fan of the ‘all-in-one’ palettes. You know, the ones with all your staples. A good blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one place. These are great to save space while packing on vacation. If you’re like me, I tend to over pack and when it comes to my makeup that means bringing three different peach toned blushes I probably won’t wear. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love having options so finding a palette with several different choices in it is always a plus.

My go-to travel-friendly palettes:

These are probably my top three palettes to travel with. They’re all sturdy enough so I’m not afraid of them shattering and cover all my bases makeup wise.

1. It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection | $42

This palette has all your essentials, the perfect pink blush, a super easy to blend bronzer and an everyday appropriate highlight. What makes me love this palette so much is the addition of the pressed translucent powder. This is the only palette I’ve seen with this addition and I think it’s a great touch, making traveling that much easier. Not to mention this also includes a huge mirror which is always a plus.

 

 

 

 

2. Benefit Cheek Parade | $58

Like I side earlier, I’m all about having my options. I’m probably the most indecisive person I know so having three blush options on a trip is my dream. Benefit’s Cheek Parade supplies just that and even has two different toned bronzers so at the beach when I start off ghostly white and leave with a tan glow, this palette has me covered. You can also use the lighter shade as a bronzer and the darker shade as a contour shade. The only things this palette is missing is a highlight but since two of the blushes have shimmer, I usually skip the highlight while wearing them.

 

 

3. Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette | $30

This one definetly gives you the most bang for your buck and includes some of my favorites formulas. You get one bronzer, two blushes and three highlights which are all beyond creamy and beautiful on the skin. I like how you have different options with this palette and it’s small enough to throw in any bag. The palette folds back making it easy to do makeup on the go and also includes a mirror! Really what more could you want?  

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KKW by Kylie Cosmetics | Swatches & Thoughts

I haven’t purchased anything from Kylie Cosmetics in a while – and by a while I mean since the Valentines Collection. I’m a sucker for any good (trashy) reality show and my obsession definitely started with the Kardashian clan. Although I’m embarrassed to admit it sometimes, their show is one of my guilty pleasures and love a good marathon on E! When I saw Kylie was collabing with Kim and how gorgeous the packing and products looked, I jumped right back on the Kylie bandwagon and made a purchase.

Packaging:

Okay, let’s be honest – the packaging is truly what sold me on this product. I have enough nude lipsticks to last me a lifetime, I did not need 4 new, very similar, ones with a formula I knew I wouldn’t be thrilled by. But the matte baby pink on the box and the lipstick tube really drew me in. These just look so sleek and classic. Any brand that switches up their packaging like this for collaborations really just knows how to get me.

Product:

Now the product itself is really so/so in my opinion. Hopefully, she starts selling these as separates because I would recommend waiting until then and chose one color you really enjoy – if you must purchase from this collection. The colors are extremely similar that I do not believe it’s necessary to have all four. It’s more of a ‘collectors’ piece in my opinion.

On the lips, they don’t perform all to great as well. I would describe it is a melted down tube lipstick in a liquid lip tube. These don’t dry down matte and are not long wearing what so ever. These lasted at most 2 hours on my lips, without any eating/drinking, or excessive talking. Another big negative for me is how streaky the apply. It’s hard to get an even coat without putting multiple layers on and that point it looks like you have a river of lipgloss on. After they dry down slightly they do look a little better which is nice. Since these don’t last that long on the lips, touching up the go I think would be difficult because of how streaky they perform.

L-R: Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, Kimmie

Overall:

Alright, clearly I’m not the hugest fan of these but I do have a couple of reasons that I have been enjoying them. The names! It’s obviously very egocentric for Kim to name all four shades after herself but let’s be real, she made a book with solely pictures of herself in it. It’s just a very Kim thing to do and it’s why we all (okay only me) love her so much. The colors are gorgeous, yes very similar, but gorgeous. The one I reach for the most at the moment is Kimmie, I think it’s just the perfect pinky nude. These are all very light pink nudes so if that isn’t your cup of tea I would 100% pass on this.

Another positive is these do feel great on the lips. They’re super lightweight and moisturizing. I’m definitely not the biggest fan but if you do like light lipsticks that feel very smooth and like nothings on your lips these may be up your alley. Kim included a note with each packaging saying there are more surprises coming so crossing my fingers that I enjoy what’s coming much more.

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How I Whitened My Sensitive Teeth + Giveaway!

**this product was sent to me complimentary for review. all opinions are 100% my own. there are affiliate links and codes in this article – these do not charge you extra but I do earn a percentage of the sale. all of the earnings go to bettering erinkanee.com**

p.s. I know why you really clicked here! Giveaway information is at the bottom of this article along with a coupon code!!

Background:

Besides my quick experience with crest white stripes in high school, I only have one other experience with a professional whitening kit. I purchased this through my dentist office several years ago and was determined to brighten my smile. I opted not to purchase the custom fitted tray for my teeth as my dentist recommend just using the retainer I had from getting my braces off. Without the tray, this kit was easily $200 and if I did receive the tray it would’ve been another $100 on top of that. Professional whitening kits aren’t cheap!

The few things I do remember about this experience, besides how expensive the trays were, were how little results I was seeing and how beyond sensitive this process was making my teeth. The days after whitening I would have to avoid drinking anything colder or hotter than room temperature. This is something I could’ve forced myself to put up with but because I was seeing little to no results I had to give up. It was horrible and turned me off from purchasing any type of whitening kit in the future.

So of course when Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their professional whitening kit I was highly skeptical but excited as my teeth were in direr need of a whitening. The first thing I noticed upon looking at their system online is that they offer two options, one for non-sensitive teeth and another for sensitive that included a desensitizing gel. This automatically sparked my interest considering my horrid experience years ago.

Getting Started:

Smile Brilliant offers six different packages so you can truly customize your experience. The packages range from how heavy the stains on your teeth are to whether you have sensitive teeth or not. After selecting which packages interests you, the company sends you your whitening and desensitizing gels, if applicable, and also the needed materials and instructions to mold your teeth for your customized tray. This is really the unique part. I was very intimidated by molding my teeth and nervous I would mess my trays up but it turned out to be fairly easy. The instructions are super easy to follow and they included extra product in case you do mess up your mold.

When you’re finished molding your teeth, they included a prepackaged envelope so that you can easily send it back. Once they receive your impressions it takes 3-6 business days to create your tray before they ship to back!

Whitening Process:

I started out whitening my teeth for 45 minutes at a time since I was so nervous about them becoming sensitive. After whitening them I would use the desensitizing gel in my tray for another hour. They recommend doing this before bed so you are not eating or drinking anything afterward. I would do this every other day and slowly increase the amount of time I was whitening my teeth until I reached the four-hour mark.

Obviously, this takes a large chunk of time out of your day, so I do also recommend starting after you eat dinner and before, if you’re like me, getting settled in to watch Netflix before bed. These trays are super sturdy and stay on your teeth so you don’t have to worry about them moving around. Because of this, I found it so easy to do tasks around the house while I was whitening, taking showers, cleaning out the litter box, doing laundry. Since I would use these after I ate dinner, they would prevent me from having that after dinner sweet snack I so badly try to avoid.

My biggest tip here would be to only put as much gel as you need into your trays. You want to prevent it overflowing from the trays when you put them over your teeth. I won’t say it necessarily tastes bad but it is unpleasant in my opinion. The ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free! You really only need a small dot of product on each tooth in the tray to cover all your teeth once the tray is on. This will also prevent the product from getting on your gums which can cause them to become sensitive as well.

Results:

I was beyond shocked when I started noticing results right away – no, I am not making this up. At first, I thought it was all in my head but my boyfriend noticed as well without me having to ask him. The more I used this the more impressed I was. Now don’t get me wrong, you can’t use this one time and bam you have a movie star smile. It really does take time to get to where you want your smile to be. The biggest thing I noticed is that by using the desensitizing gel my teeth were not sensitive from whitening whats so ever which is a huge positive in my book. If you’re scared to whiten because of this problem, I would highly recommend checking Smile Brilliant out.

Another huge positive is that you can easily purchase more of the whitening and desensitizing gels online, without buying the whole package, when you feel like your white teeth are dulling throughout time. Obviously having white teeth and keeping them white is a commitment, so having a product in your corner that you can trust and easily fall back on is important.

Giveaway Time!

To enter the giveaway follow this link and all you have to do is enter your name and email address! The winner will be selected in two weeks and will win a $139 credit to their website – this is the full price of one fo their kits! It’s open to the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia

Smile Brilliant has also given me an affiliate coupon code to pass along to you guys. You’ll receive 10% off with the code: erinkanee


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Best & Worst Drugstore Brow Products

I know I can’t be the only one who has been on the hunt for the perfect brow products. I love a good brow pencil and pomade like the next girl but on my everyday quick natural looks, a tinted brow gel is what I reach for. Since I have naturally pretty full and thick eyebrows I don’t necessarily need to fill them in on a daily basis but I do like using a tinted product to add color and make sure they look full. Much like anyone else I naturally have spaces that I like to fill in on my brows. When looking for a tinted brow gel, I want something that is pigmented and keep my brows in place.

Left: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara Right: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

Worst Drugstore Brow Gel:

The hands down worst brow gel – worst brow product- I have ever used is the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer. First of all look at the brush, what is that? I really can’t tell you. This causes the product to lay on your brows pushing them down and making them flat against your head. It’s one of the weirdest products I have ever tried. The ‘fibers’ don’t really do much for me and since the wand is so thick it’s incredibly hard to not get product around your brows where it is unwanted. I have this in the color deep brown which I do enjoy because it is a little cooler toned than most brow products I have tried. This product runs for $9.99 at Ulta and you receive .27 fl. oz.

I can slightly (maybe) see the idea behind the brush head but since the product is so thick because of the fibers everything gets caked into it and just causes the brush the be full of product and won’t comb through your brows. It’s honestly one of the most disappointing products I’ve tried. Eventually, I have gotten to work for me with a very light hand and only using it on the beginning of my brows where my natural brows are thicker. Please save your money though and walk right by this product at your local drugstore.

Best Drugstore Brow Gel:

On the opposite spectrum though I have my beloved NYX Tinted Brow Mascara that I have repurchased time and time again. This a must have product for me. The brush makes it so easy to comb through your brows, even while on the go. It’s a pigmented product which I love and keeps your brows in place all day. I have this in the color espresso which is perfect for medium to darker brunettes. This product runs for $6.99 at Ulta and you receive .22 fl. oz.

Since I’ve dyed my hair to an auburn, I was hoping they had a red color but they don’t. After looking through other brow products at the drugstore, I couldn’t find an auburn brow product anywhere. I was super disappointed by this and it caused me to splurge on the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel. After using both of this, I would definitely say the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is a great dupe. If you’re on the market for a new brow gel, I highly recommend checking this one out!

Left: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
Right: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

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