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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DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam Vs. Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam

Dry Shampoo Foams are something that have recently hit the market. I’m a dry shampoo junkie, you can bet that most days out of the week I have some in my hair. I even use it like a texturizing spray on clean hair. When I first saw these I knew I had to check them out. It seemed like the perfect way to avoid the white cast dry shampoos normally leave on dark hair. I’ve already made a post about the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, long story short – I hated it. Everything I’ve tried from DryBar I’ve loved, so I had high hopes for this product as well.

Price and Ingredients:

DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $23 for 4.5 ounces.

Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $28 for 5.3 ounces.

These both contain volcanic ash which is supposed to attract dirt and debris, absorbing them. These both also have panthenol which is a plant protein containing vitamin B5. This helps strengthen your hair and prevents breakage. The biggest difference in their ingredients lists is the presence of aluminum starch in DryBars dry shampoo. This is in plenty of cosmetics and helps prevent products from caking up.

How They Preform:

The biggest differences in the products asides from their caps, is they way they feel and come out onto the hand. Drybar‘s is much more smooth and a whip creamy texture. Whereas Ouai’s a much more traditional mousse like product. They both smell pretty similar, imagine that clean scent you get from other dry shampoos. In the hair, they also perform very similarly. If you read my previous post about Ouai‘s then you already know. I don’t find these make my hair look any less greasy or less dirty. If anything I find they create more of a product build-up on my hair and leave it looking slightly wet. This is even after working it in. Right after I apply this product, I do notice a difference in my hair looking less oily but after an hour or two, it’s exactly how it was when I woke up, if not worse. These are such a fun and different idea but I think it’s 100% gimmicky and regular old spray dry shampoo works much better.

Left: DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam

Right: Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam

The biggest positive is these don’t leave any white cast on dark hair, mine is a dark auburn. The biggest negative is that these don’t do anything for your hair. I feel like my hair looks worse afterward and then I’m forced to throw up in a greasy bun for the day. So my conclusion (if you haven’t already guessed) DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam versus Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam: Pass on both!

 

 

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Unboxing Influenster’s Daisy VoxBox

these products were sent to me complimentary for review but all opinions are my own

I recently just qualified for and received Influenster’s Daisy VoxBox. If you are unaware of what Influenster is, it’s a completely free social media type website and app. You create an account and connect your social media accounts. Then leave reviews on some of your favorite or not so favorite products to complete ‘badges’. Every so often they send out VoxBox’s to a select group of people who qualify for them with the intention of reviewing the products. This is my second VoxBox so far and have been really enjoying the site.

Inside the Daisy VoxBox:

This box included:

  1. SkinnyPop Sea Salt Microwave Popcorn – This retails at $1.95 for an individual bag and $4.99 for a 3-pack. I’ve tried this in the pre-popped form found at grocery or convenience stores and enjoyed it! I’m such a huge fan of popcorn (it’s a great snack!) so I was definitely pumped to see this in the box.
  2. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Paper Mask – This retails at $2.99. I’ve actually already tried this mask out and was a fan. I love this brand as a whole, my favorite has to be the cucumber products though. Charcoal is a product that’s really become huge in the skin care industry and I’ve really loved what it’s been doing for my skin.
  3. Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner – $5.99 each, which I think is a great price for a nice shampoo/conditioner! I love the smell of coconuts so these smell fantastic and I’m sure they leave your hair smelling great. I have color treated hair so unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be testing these out anytime soon but I’ve passed them on to my boyfriend to try out for me.
  4. Always Infinity – $6.99 for a 24 count. I’m more of a tampon kind of girl but I do wear pads occasionally for when I’m sleeping. These are made of their FlexFoam so they supposedly form to your body so you can’t feel them which will be cool to test out.
  5. Nature’s Bounty Probiotic Gummy  – $19.99. I’m a lover of any type of a vitamin so I’m excited to add this to my everyday routine. They also included a coupon for a discount when I repurchase these. I have tried these for a couple days and I can say that aren’t the greatest tasting vitamins out there.
  6. Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt – $1.19 single serving. I eat greek yogurt occasionally for breakfast with granola mixed in so this coupon was a great addition to this box! For breakfast, I’ll have a serving of vanilla greek yogurt, with fruit (usually blackberries or blueberries) and granola mixed in. It’s a great healthy breakfast that will keep you full.

Altogether this was such a fun box with great products from all different categories. I’ll definitely be trying these products out throughout this month!

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It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow – Swatches and First Impressions

I was so excited when I saw that It Cosmetics was coming out with such a beautiful blush/bronzer/highlight trio. These give me total Kevyn Aucoin Neo Bronzer vibes, which I love but is a little out of my price range. It Cosmetics has to be one of my favorite brands, if not my favorite. All their products are of great quality and I love how they promote self-love through their products.

Confidence in Your Glow | $32

This product contains 14.76 grams for a highlighter, blush, and bronzer (a Nars blush contains 4.6 grams and a Benefit blush contains 5 grams). It comes in three colors, Instant Nude Glow, Instant Natural Glow, and Instant Warm Glow. I was definitely torn between which color to choose but eventually settled with Nude Glow as it seemed to be the one I would reach for more often. This product is paraben free, cruelty-free, and talc free. It’s infused with ceramide complex, peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, antioxidants, colloidal oatmeal, and drops of light technology that all help your skin look instantly younger, softer, smoother and promises to give you an airbrushed appearance. I think mt favorite part of the packaging is when you open the box, right on the flap is a note saying “you are beautiful, you are it!” Signed by Jaimie the CEO of It Cosmetics, if you’ve seen the infomercials you know exactly who she is.

Instant Nude Glow

I chose this trio because it looked like it would work the best with my skin for everyday use. This seems like a great product to throw in your bag for touch-ups during the day or for traveling with. And I was right, this is the perfect size to put in your purse or a traveling makeup bag. Touching the product for the first time I was blown away by how smooth and silky it felt. I can’t wait to try this one skin because I think it’ll just blend beautifully. All these colors are slightly muted so it’s nothing too in your face, making it perfect for an everyday look. The portion you get for each product is pretty much equivalent to a full-size individual product.  So there will be no issue just dipping your brush into a specific portion. Overall, I’m really impressed by this product and excited to put it to use.

(L-R) Highlight, Blush, Bronzer
(Bottom Row) Highlight and Blush mixed, Blush and Bronzer mixed

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Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Collection – Swatches and First Impression

I was so excited when I first saw this collection announced and decided to pick up some of it with my Ulta 20% off coupon. Lorac makes one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas and I usually jump on the opportunity to pick up their palettes. This collection was no exception. I couldn’t just stop at the eyeshadow palette, I also bought the cheek palette and one of the 6 lip duos.

Eyeshadow Palette | $52

Unfortunately, my mirror came broken in the top right corner, but that’s not that big of an ordeal. At first, I was a little disappointed with the shades but after seeing swatches and them up close they grew a little on me. Now that I have the palette in my hands, I’m a huge fan. Looking at them in the palette just doesn’t do them justice. You recieve 18 eyeshadows and a deluxe sized mini eye liner. This palette is a little chunky but includes a side compartment that the cheek palette fits right into. I think the packaging is gorgeous, although a little bulky.

These eyeshadows are all new shades in their PRO formula. If you have not tried this formula I highly recommend it. It’s beyond creamy and easy to work with. All the shades can be used wet or dry. As you can see below most of the shades are gorgeous but a couple of the mattes swatched a little choppy and stiff. These included Silent Mary, Bones, Tell No Tales, and Ghostly. I haven’t used these on my eyes yet, so I’m unsure if how they swatch translates to the eyes. The shade I’m most excited to use on the eyes is Black Pearl as it looks like a typical black gray shade but is really a duo-chrome purpley blue black shade. I’m also excited for the eye pencil, as I had a very hard time removing it from swatching it on my arm.

(L-R) First Row: Ghostly, Starry Night, Compass, Arrgh!, Black Pearl, Yo Ho, Bones, Silvermist, Treasure, Tell No Tales
Bottom Row: Shiver Me, Cursed, Matte-y, Lost at Sea, Pirates Chest, Sea Haze, Menace, Silent Mary, Black Eye Pencil

 

Cheek Palette | $30

I haven’t tried any of Loracs Color Source Blushes or Light Source Highlighters but have heard phenomenally things about them so was super excited to try them in this palette. These are all gorgeous and I can’t wait to try them out on the face. I was blown away by how creamy these felt when soft, they almost felt wet in a way. There are 4 shimmer shades and two mattes, three blushes and three highlights. The mattes are just as creamy as the highlights. The palette was a little smaller than I expected at first but I think that’s just because the packaging is a little slimmer, making it easy to put in the compartment on the eyeshadow collection. This would be a great palette to travel with.

(L-R) Top Row: Star Reader, Destined, Fortune
Bottom Row: Bold Spirit, Caribbean, Lost Soul

Lip Duo | $26

I also haven’t tried out any of Loracs lip products but I almost passed on these. They looked a little cheap but last minute I decided just to try it out. Unfortunately, I was right. Ultimately the packaging looks gorgeous but once fully opened the lipstick has clear looking plastic which just screams cheap to me. There are six colors to choose from. one being a bold teal but I stuck with a neutral pink in Me Hearties.

On one side of the lipgloss tube, there’s a small mirror which is a nice touch. To me, the lipgloss side seems perfect and then it’s almost like they gave up on the lipstick. These swatched okay, nothing out of this world. The lipstick pulls a little and takes a couple passes before it’s completely opaque. The lipgloss is pretty standard. It’s not super glossy and has zero shimmer in it. It seems like it may be a little sticky on the lips but I haven’t tried it out yet.

(L-R) Me Hearties Lipstick, Lipgloss

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Best Spot Treatment for Acne Prone Skin

I’ve been on the hunt for a spot treatment for my adult acne prone skin for awhile now. Everyone I try is either too drying or I feel like doesn’t do much. Earlier in the month, Mario Badescu was 50% off at Ulta so I decided to check out his products. The only thing I had tried before from him were both the facial sprays – yes, anything that can be easily spritzed onto the face has me sold. I saw the Drying Lotion had amazing reviews and was on the cheaper side at $17 but after the 50% off this was under $10.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion –

In a 1 ounce bottle, this is a little smaller than your average skin care item. With that being said you need the smallest amount of this so I think this bottle will last me a very long time. The ingredients in the bottle separate but the bottle warns you not to shake the solution. You dip a contain swab into the pink part, that sinks to the bottom, and place the product onto blemishes you have on your skin. I use this as the last part of my night time routine and then sleep with the solution on. This helps dry out blemishes to remove them from the skin but isn’t overly drying on the rest of your skin. Since this product is made with alcohol it does have a strong alcohol scent. This fades after a couple of minutes of having the product on though. I’m a huge fan of this and think it’s great for anyone who has acne prone skin. It’s a great targeted solution for troubled skin. This is a quick step to add to the end of anyone’s skin care routine.

Ingredients:

Isopropyl Alcohol, Water, Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Zinc, Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

This product is cruelty-free and paraben free

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5 Cheap Ways To Brighten Up Your Apartment For Spring

I know we’ve all heard of the term spring cleaning before but what about spring redecorating. After the dreary winter, I always feel like every aspect of my life needs a little sprucing up, my makeup routine, wardrobe and even my apartment. I don’t know about you but my budget right now doesn’t allow for large furniture purchases or a complete makeover of my apartment. So these are my five quick and cheap tips to add some life back into your apartment for spring.

#1 – Easy to take care of plants

As much as I’d love to have a large colorful garden, my living space would not allow it. I don’t have a balcony or backyard but I do have lots of natural light. I picked up these glass vases, soil, rocks and plants from home depot and decided to make my own terrariums. They turned out just as good as the premade ones in my opinion! These were so much cheaper than some I’ve seen already put together to purchase and were fun to put together. Small cactuses and succulents are beyond easy to take care of and bring that spring look to your apartment. I love the small cactus because it does have that pink flower on it but doesn’t require the amount of upkeep.

#2 – Bright kitchen accessories

Besides my bedroom, my kitchen is probably my most used room so I thought it was important to brighten it up this spring. I picked up these cute Cooking Utensils off Amazon and love how they look. These were pretty cheap but are such great quality. Another great idea to add a pick me up in your kitchen is new floral kitchen dish towels. I love these ones also from Amazon.

#3 – Spring candles

Another easy way to freshen up your apartment is to switch out your candles with bright floral scents. I don’t think you can beat Bath & Body Works candles but of course, there are cheaper alternatives out there. I’m a sucker for a good floral scent and right now this Lilac Blossom candle is one of my favorites. I also have Fresh Cut Lilacs in my living room (yes I know they sell other scents). I think this is a great way to brighten up your apartment – scent wise. Candles always make me feel warmer and at home, finding scents you love is really the key.

#4 – Fresh picture frames

What’s an apartment without the personalized touch of adding pictures you love? I’m a sucker for a good photo and annoy everyone by wanting to take pictures everywhere. Cute, cheap picture frames are definitely the way to go. I bought these at Ikea and plan to paint the bottom portion of them a bright blue or green for spring. The hardest part for me is selecting which photos I want to put in them!

#5 – Girls night out spring paintings

Where I live those ‘paint and sip’ nights are all over the places and I’m always finding Groupons for them. It’s where you go with a group of friends, your boyfriend or by yourself (hey! I love doing activities solo and then no one’s there to make fun of your lack of artistic abilities) and attempt to copy a painting with the help of an instructor. There’s usually wine served as well which could either work for or against you. Right now most places are offering a variety of spring paintings like these cherry blossoms (this could also be because I live so close to DC). You feel great at the end because you painted something all on your own and get to choose where to hang it in your apartment.

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YouTube Made Me Buy It

I’ve seen these type of videos floating around YouTube and even in the blogging community. Going through my makeup collection, I figured half my products would be items that I was influenced to buy through YouTube but to my surprise, it was a lot less than assumed. Now don’t get me wrong I do have a plethora of products I was influenced in some degree to purchase through vloggers I follow.

Eyeshadow:

  1. Makeup Geek – This is a brand I would never have even heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. After hearing how great their shadows were time and time again I finally jumped on the bandwagon. During Christmas time they had a sale for 9 shadows and their travel magnetic palette so I decided to take the plunge. Now I can say these single shadows do live up to the hype and are a great investment. The travel palette as well is my favorite that I’ve tried. It’s super sturdy and has a huge mirror.
  2. Natasha Denona – Another eyeshadow formulation I’ve heard vloggers rave about is Natasha Denona. As much as I would love to purchase her larger palettes, my wallet would not appreciate it right now. I picked up one of her five shadow palettes and can say it’s phenomenal. I don’t know if I believe it’s worth the price tag but these are beautiful shadows. She’s coming out with new products for the summer and I’m excited to see what that eyeshadow palette looks like.

Face Products:

  1. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops – These I knew I needed the second I saw Jaclyn Hill rave about them on her snapchat. They are beyond gorgeous but a little pricey. Since these came out, other brands have developed similar products which seem to compare that might be worth it to check out first. You need the smallest amount of these which is great because I’m sure I’ll have these forever.
  2. Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – I don’t think I can name a vlogger that didn’t rave about this at one time or another. For me, it’s really a hit and a miss. I like this on some days but then others I can’t stand it. I would recommend only using it if you have dry skin and for lighter makeup days. When I have a heavier look going on I find this really makes the product cake up.
  3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer – I was on the hunt for a product that would help my makeup stay matte all day and when I heard about this one, I knew I needed to check it out. I would agree this is a great primer for oily skin. It’s a little heavier feeling so I only use it around my nose and pores, where I tend to get oily. I have such a great things about all the primers in this range.
  4. Mac Fix+ – So man vloggers used this product and I did not understand the hype. I loved my Urban Decay All Nighter and didn’t see how this product could top that. I love this for wetting my brushes to foil shadows. On my face, I spray this to get rid of that powdery makeup look but not necessarily to ‘set’ my makeup.
  5. RCMA No Color Translucent Powder – This is another product I would never have heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. Baking was a concept I never got until I started using this product because it seemed like such a waste of product and always made me look crepey. This is such a cheap powder and you get so much of it. The only real negative is the packaging makes it tough to use.
  6. The Balm Mary Lou Luminizer – This was the first highlighter I really heard people rave about anywhere. It took me awhile to purchase it but when I did it did not disappoint. Now there are so many highlighters available to chose from but this is still one of my go-to’s.
  7. Sonia Kashuk Satin Matte Foundation – This product I heard Casey Holmes talk about in so many videos and I usually love the foundations she recommends but this one was a huge miss for me. I don’t think it has that great of coverage and really don’t think it should have the word matte in its name. For me, this was a huge disappointment.

ColourPop:

This is another brand I would’ve never heard of if it wasn’t for YouTube. I put off purchasing from them for so long but after realizing how cheap their products were I stocked my cart up and now have made several purchases from them. I’m in love with their super shock shadows and their pressed shadows. Their highlighters are excellent too. I have multiple of their lip products and would agree that they can really be hit or miss.

Lip Products:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner and Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K. W. – I purchased these both after hearing various YouTubers mention them. That has quickly become my go-to nude lip combo. I also secretly love Kim Kardashian so that made me immediately intrigued by this lipstick. I probably won’t be repurchasing another lipstick from this line because they are a little pricey and not all that pigmented.
  2. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – These are the perfect lip for someone who wants the lasting power of a liquid lipstick but not the matte drying feeling. Although they aren’t transfer proof they do last all day on your lips. I wish I could purchase these in every color but my wallet would never forgive me.
  3. Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick – This was a pretty obvious one for me. Jeffree Star is a beauty vlogger with a cosmetics company so that’s where I believe I first heard of his products. I’ve heard such great things about his liquid lipsticks and thought this color was super unique. I do love the formula but since this color is a little out there it isn’t something I grab for all that often.
  4. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – These were the first liquid lipsticks I really heard about. I first tried out the nude pink one and immediately wanted to purchase more. I still love these but since there are more liquid lipsticks available now these aren’t my all time favorite formula.
  5. Jouer Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick – I heard about these metallic liquid lipsticks through multiple vloggers and thought they looked so cool and unique. Unfortunately, they don’t look that great on the lips. They’re a little streaky and patchy. I’ve heard though the darker colors work a little easier so I might need to try those because these are beautiful. I do love these though to add a little shimmer in the middle of my lips over top a matte lipstick.
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What’s Inside My Bag? Dagne Dover Edition

I was on the hunt for the perfect ‘work bag’ to carry around my planner, laptop, coffee mug/water bottle or anything else I needed for the day. I thought I had some high expectations for a bag but somehow found a bag that met all of them and more when I stumbled across Dagne Dover. Since purchasing my bag back in January they have largely expanded their collections. I chose to go with the 13-inch classic tote from their signature collection. They have this same bag in a 15-inch size, 11-inch and even an 8-inch size making it easy to select which is best for your lifestyle.

One of the biggest reasons I selected this tote bag was because of how organized the inside was. As a messier person, my bags tend to begin to clutter up easily. This bag has so many sections and pockets that are specifically designed for certain items. There’s a laptop sleeve, a phone sleeve and even a section for a water bottle or travel coffee mug. Their website makes it easy to see how big these sections are in each of the tote’s offered so you’ll be sure your laptop or tablet will fit. They show how the bags can be organized and used for your everyday life.

This is canvas bag making it easy to clean if anything gets on it. The straps also feel super secure so I’m not scared of overloading this bag and having them start tearing. The zipper also feels super high quality and the bag include a couple key clips which are great for your keys or cute keychains to personalize the bag.

When signing up to purchase this bag, they offer a $25 off code to share with friends.

What’s Inside My Bag?

Since I do carry around a smaller bag that includes my wallet and things I’d want for a quick trip to the mall or going out with friends, this bag is more of my work bag. I use it for carrying things back and forth from my job, my apartment, my boyfriend’s house and anywhere I decided to do my blogging, like a local coffee shop. What I carry inside:

  1. My keys – obviously an essential. These usually transfer back and forth between my bags. On my keys I have, what I think is one of my coolest purchases, a tassel key chain that actually has a USB cord hidden to charge on iPhone with. I found a similar one from Express but I’ve also seen some of these DIY’d.
  2. Next, I carry around some felt tip markers for writing in my planner. I like these colored ones to help organize and personalize things in my planner.
  3. This is my planner I purchased from Me and My Big Ideas. I’m obsessed with this planner and how easy it is to personalize, which is the main things I was looking for in a planner. They have other sizes, this is the larger version.
  4. And then, of course, my laptop and charger. Like I mentioned earlier, on their website they clearly state which sized MacBooks and iPads fit into which one of their bags. I purposely selected this bag as it fit my MacBook in it perfectly. It has a separate sleeve for a laptop or tablet which is actually padded, making me feel confident it won’t be damaged when my bag accidentally bangs into things.
  5. I like to carry around a water bottle so that I remember to drink water throughout the day. This is a smaller one from Athleta.
  6. In the circular sleeve, I usually carry around a travel coffee mug. This has to be one of my favorite mugs from HiLine Coffee. They have great coffee and also offer it in K-Cups for Keurig’s which is what I purchase for mine. Occasionally they have promos where if your order their coffee you also get a free travel mug which is when I received mine!
  7. And lastly, another one of my prized possession (in my opinion) is this portable charger by Thinium. I love this because it’s so compact and fits right into the phone sleeve, along with my iPhone. It’s charged by plugging it directly into a wall outlet making it super easy to recharge on the go.

Makeup:

There’s a perfect pocket in this bag that I keep some makeup in for touch ups throughout the day:

  1. I like to carry around nude lipsticks in my bags as they can easily be put on with any eye and face look. One of my all time favorites is the Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Safe Word. It’s their comfort matte formula and that’s the best way I can think to describe it. This is a cool toned nude lipstick which I love and don’t feel like you see much. I also have L’Oreals Infallible Lip Paint in Spicy Blush. This is the perfect pinky nude for any look and I love the formula when my lips are feelings drier.
  2. My favorite powder to carry around for quick touch ups during the day is another L’Oreal product, their True Match powder.
  3. I hate the sponge applicator that comes in powder products, so I carry around this brush as well. It’s a great all over powder brush that I purchased for I think around $3 at Target. Unfortunately, there isn’t a name or brand on this brush so I have no idea who makes it!
  4. For mascara, I usually throw in a sample mascara I’ve received from Sephora or Ulta. To be honest I think I like sample sized mascaras better than regular sized. They don’t dry out as quickly and are great to carry around. Right now I’ve been using Tarte’s Tarteist mascara.
  5. Next, I have one of my go-to lip products, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. This is the best lip balm product I have ever used and constantly have to steal it back from my boyfriend.
  6. Lastly, a setting/refreshing mist is a must for me! Right now I’m loving the rose scented Fix+ by Mac. This is from their newer Work It Out collection. They have three travel sized scented Fix+ sprays and since I love the original so much I actually purchased all three.

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