Hey Finders! Need some new makeup or starting from scratch? I’ve put together a list of my holy grail Sephora/Ulta purchases that I know would make a great addition to anyone’s vanity. I’ll be focusing on the “base” of the face today; primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, setting spray – the flawless skin essentials!

Have a product you want me to test for my upcoming drugstore makeup kit? Leave it in the comment section below!

Products Mentioned:

Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream $39

NARS Radiance Primer $36

NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation “Vienna” $49

Mikasa F300 Foundation Brush $16

Halo Beauty Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement $39.95

EcoTools Beauty Sponge $4.99

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer “Light-Neutral” $27

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder $38

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $62

Hourglass Powder Brush $38

Morphe E3 Powder Brush $17

NARS Laguna Bronzer $40

Japonesque Brush $23

Anastasia BH Highlight $28

Laura Mercier Fan Brush $32

Elf Blending Brush $1

NARS Orgasm Blush $39

Urban Decay Setting Spray $39


Eye/Lip Products:

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow #710 $3.79

Pacifica Crystal Matrix Mineral Eyeshadow Palette $ 18

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21

Tweezerman ProMaster Lash Curler $22

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara $9.99

Kylie “Mary Jo K” Lip Liner $12

Make Up Forever Artist Rouge Matte Lipstick “Red Orange” $22



Join me in today’s journey to find the most brightening, hydrating, crease-less banana powder! I’m putting 3 banana powders to the test to see which will come out on top as the ultimate banana battle winner!! And the best part is, they’re all less than $15! Don’t know what banana powder is? It’s a banana-colored setting powder used to help brighten up dark circles, etc – I explain everything you need to know below!!


Hey Guys! Today I’m teaching you how to color correct using a $6 palette from J.Cat Beauty! Do you have dark circles, rosacea, or other forms of skin discoloration? If so, you’re in luck because I’m teaching you guys my step by step process of how to better cover up these issues – it’s quick, easy, affordable & game changing!

This palette comes with 4 colors, used to correct 4 different types of skin discolorations. Here’s the breakdown:

Orange: covers dark hues like under-eye circles

Green: covers red shades like rosacea and broken blood vessels underneath the skin

Lilac: corrects dull areas & cancels out yellow tones, making skin brighter

Yellow: similar to lilac, it helps brighten skin and even out skin tone

Not sure where to place these shades or how to apply? For quick techniques on how to make the most out of color correcting, watch below!



Need some new affordable brushes?? Nowadays, it seems everyone is talking about Morphe – and while I love their products, I was super excited to hear about a newer affordable brand called Mikasa. Eager to try them, I figured why not test them out for the first time with you? I’m so happy I did because I am seriously IN-LOVE!

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Mikasa Brushes:

F300 Foundation $16

Blends out the foundation beautifully – no streaks. Finished look is very natural

Tapered @ the end – helps you to get in to tight spaces like the sides of the nose, corners of the eyes

Large Velour Puff $13

So big! Covers a lot of surface area in a short amount of time

F200 Duo Fiber Finishing Brush $18

Feels very high end

Stipples very nicely and evenly

Would be great for foundation – not awesome for cream contouring because it’s so large and not very dense

E400 Double Ended Brow Brush $16

Angled brush head is pretty large – covers brows quickly & fills in well

I would recommend this for girls with bigger brows, not thin brows! Might be hard to be precise on smaller brows.

E320 Tapered Blending Brush $12

Blends out color beautifully

Doesn’t pull on the skin of the eye (yay! No wrinkles!)

No muddy or skipping effect – Distributes product out evenly

DUPE: Morphe M433 $6

E120 Small Flat Definer Brush $11

Bristles do not pick up good amount of product

Not enough fluff to move the product or blend it once applied

E110 Eye Liner Brush $11

AMAZING – creates a tight line to get the perfect wing

Keeps product exactly where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Powder Brush $23

Super soft!

Picks up the right amount of makeup. Doesn’t hold product in bristles

Tapered end helps to get the product right where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Contour and Highlighting Brush $19

Very tapered – helps

Dupe: Real Techniques Blush Brush $8.99


Laura Mercier Fan Powder Brush $32

Gives a beautiful natural glow

Disperses product beautifully – put my highlight where I wanted it but not exactly where I put it – ya feel me?


Makeup Used:

NARS Radiance Primer $36

NARS Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation in “Vienna” $49

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder $38

Tarte Aquacealer Concealer $26

LA Girl Pro-Concealer in “Toffee” $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon “Bikini Contest” $3.99

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Feisty” $29

City Color Bold Brow in “Medium” $3.99

Carli Bybel Palette $22.50

Ofra Fixline Eyeliner Gel in “Black” $12

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes $5.99

Mario Badescu Facial Spray $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter $28

Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color in “Naked Blush” $8.99




Travel Makeup Essentials 

Does anyone else struggle when it comes to packing makeup?? I’ve always dreaded having to pick & choose which beauty products to bring along with me because I’m so used to having endless options at my fingertips! (or at my vanity…) I always seem to regret bringing at least 1 or 2 things while away BUT I finally got it right on my last trip to California.  Watch to see all of my trustee travel products & hear why I think you should consider packing them on your next trip!

What products do you always take while traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

For the full rundown, watch my video below or scroll down to simply read all about them â¤


  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Prime $19

The best sweat-proof primer. Great for anywhere that is hot & humid. Perfect for the gym too!

Travel size! Perfect to throw in any bag

  1. Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation in “Light Y270” $46

So beautiful & natural looking with buildable coverage

Has SPF 25 in it making it perfect for daytime. No flashback!

  1. Real Techniques Sponge + Case $5.99

Great case! Keeps it clean & makes a great stand for drying

Perfect dupe for the original Beauty Blender but so much cheaper!

  1. Tarte Tape Shape in “Light Neutral” $27

All-time favorite concealer

Very hydrating, full coverage & long lasting

  1. Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in “Translucent” $3.97

No loose powder so you don’t have to worry about it exploding all over your bag or belongings!

The perfect size compact to take with you for touchups throughout the day/night

Locks concealer and foundation in place by preventing creasing & slipping

  1. NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette $55

Contains 1 bronzer, 1 contour, 1 highlight & 4 blushes!

This is the only powder product I bring (aside from my setting powder)

Does all the thinking for you & saves space! No need to pack separate blush compacts, bronzer, etc.

Comes with a large mirror

  1. Smashbox Full Exposure Palette $52

Large assortment of matte and shimmer shades

Warm & neutral palette. Can create any type of smokey eye or simply smear some shimmer all over your lid

Colors go with any look!

  1. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara $23

Waterproof! Seriously.

Love the wand; separates lashes and provides volume

  1. Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter “01” $39

Universal – looks good on any skin tone

Provides the perfect amount of highlight – very natural & beautiful

  1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater $7

I use this in both my skincare & makeup routine so I only needed to pack 1 item!

Smells delicious and locks in makeup the entire day

  11. Lip Products!

a. Wet N Wild Color Icon Lip Gloss in “Fly Gal” $3.99 – beautiful nude pink at an affordable price, lasts 3 hours without touch ups

b. Nars Lip Gloss in “Chelsea Girls” $26 – a more brown/mauve toned pink

c. MAC Lipstick in “Speak Louder” $18.50 – hot pink

d. Lipstick Queen in “Hello Sailor” $25 – blue in the tube but turns berry on the lips! A light balm. Basically enhances your natural lip color. I get SO many compliments whenever I wear this

e. Wet N Wild Lipstick in “Flame of the Game” Lipstick $4.99 – a liquid matte lipstick. Bluish hue undertone. Dupe for Fenty’s “Stunna Lip Paint!” Lasted for hours, through food, drinks, etc! Takes 15-20 mins to dry down.

What products do you always take while traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

May Favorites

May Favorites – 5 products

I’m listing the 5 products I have been absolutely loving the past month. For the full rundown, watch my video below or scroll down to simply read all about them â¤

Products Featured:

  1. Mario Badescu – Collagen Mask $18

How to apply: Thin layer of mask. Leave on for 20 mins and rinse off w/ warm water. For best results, I personally use this 2x a week.

For all skin types – helps lift all skin types. Brightens complexion & is enriched with collagen to plump & smooth skin, delivers hydration & reduces the look of fine lines. Firmer, smoother, skin.

Pores around my nose are visibly smaller. Fine lines on my head are minimized. Helps even out my skin tone & leaves my skin clean & smooth.

  1. Wet N Wild “Fly Gal” gloss $3.99

Vitamin E to improve lip texture and Murumuru Seed Butter which is ultra-hydrating. Cruelty free, gluten free, fragrance free, paraben free.

Perfect nude gloss & very hydrating. Lasts 3 hours w/o having to reapply.

Great doe-foot applicator! Perfect density & flexibility to line lips.

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer $21

How to apply: I apply this after cleansing & toning. I use this morning and/or night.

Ingredients: Squalane – highly refined botanical lipid derived from olives. Helps keep soft, supple & moisturized. Glycerin – helps retain moisture & soften skin.

It’s a little thick & heavy on the skin but it does absorb into skin after a while (15-20mins). It’s great for me because I have medium to dry skin. I typically use this mostly in the winter because it is so heavy but one use of this and my dry skin is fixed!

  1. Too Faced Cat Eyes Eye Shadow $36

Discontinued but can be found on Amazon & Poshmark.

Living for these colors, especially the lilac. I’ve been loving the “Pussy Cat” shadow on my inner corner. It makes my brown eyes pop!

Perfect travel size and has all the colors you could need for any occasion – Work, play, date night! I keep this in my pocketbook at all times.

  1. Voluspa “Laguna” Home & Body Mist $19

Notes: Velvet Sand and Azure Seas.

I personally don’t use this on my body. I spray this in my home – one to two spritz per room and my apartment smells amazing.

I’ll let the hot water in my shower run to create steam, then spray before entering the shower. It makes for a seriously relaxing shower experience!