Favorite Matte Lipsticks + Swatches


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Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipstick

// Mauve Moment // Bashful You // Crushed Berries // Powerful Pink //

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Left to Right // Mauve Moment // Bashful You // Powerful Pink // Crushed Berries

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BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor 

// Swag // Slay // Frenemy //

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Left To Right // Slay // Frenemy // Swag //

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 Let’s talk about lipstick. Matte lipstick has been all the craze and to be honest I haven’t been a huge fan. My lips are always dry, I’m constantly fighting cracked lips so I don’t really want to add a product that drys them out. But because matte lipstick has gotten so popular of course peer pressure kicked in and I had to give them a try. Over the past few months I’ve tried a few matte lipsticks but I’m here today to introduce you to my favorites!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor was just released a few months ago and I haven’t really tried it since recently! But let me just tell you how much I’m in love with this formula and these colors. These matte lipsticks are extremely moisturizing, my lips are singing praises! And the color selection is huge any girls can find her nude lipcolor in this collection. It’s no secret I love BareMinerals so when they released this new line I had to try it. No regrets girls! I also love how this lipstick goes on liquid and drys matte in seconds, it clings less to your lip lines leaving a perfectly finished look.

Mary Kay also just released their brand new line of Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks and oh. my. gosh. Right off the bat I can tell you the wearability of this lipstick is incredible! The first time I put it to the test it lasted a solid 5 hours before I ate and then still lasted a few more hours after that. I know some of you have been searching for lipstick with this wearability, I mean who isn’t? The second reason you should have this new lipstick in your makeup bag is they don’t dry out your lips. Because these lipsticks are gel semi matte they are by far no where near as drying as full matte lipsticks, but they still provide that gorgeous matte finish.

Matte vs. Gloss Finish

Matte VS Gloss

In the end it’s all personal preference! As long as your smiling you’re going to look gorgeous 😉

xoxo stephanie


Summer Makeup Routine


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It’s no secret I’m white. Or should I say pale? Translucent? Clear? Porcelain? Somehow even when I have a tan I still look white! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve come to grips with this a long time ago and I love my skin color. But finding a good bronzer has been next to impossible. All I want it a nice glow, I don’t want to look orange. Ever. And so often bronzers turn my skin orange or make it look like I have dirt on my face…. great. Summer time is the season where everyone wants that nice natural glowing look. Every girls goal is to achieve this during the hot days of summer.

I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments on my skin recently and today I thought it would be fun to show you my summer makeup routine and the products I use to achieve my favorite natural summer look!

First I always begin with a freshly washed face. I don’t need to remind you how important it is to wash your face every morning and every night to keep it clean and healthy, do I? Starting with a freshly washed and moisturized face I now add primer. I only use primer when working with mineral powder which is my go to foundation. I enjoy using the Mary Kay Foundation Primer but I also like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as well. While my primer is setting I normally go blow dry my hair or check Instagram.

After a few minutes I then apply my foundation. I love bareMinerals Original Foundation, it’s a build-able mineral powder which is what I love about it. Plus bareMinerals offers a wide variety of shades for all skin tones. I’ve been wearing this foundation since I began my makeup journey and always return to it. Once I’ve applied my foundation evenly I add Mary Kay Sunny Spice as my bronzer. This is my go to color for bronzer! It adds that nice warm glow without making my face look like I played in dirt the best part? It’s actually not a bronzer it’s blush! Next I mix Sunny Spice and Strawberry Cream and brush it across the apples of my cheeks. These two colors give my cheeks the perfect summer glow! I’ve also linked bellow some of my favorite makeup brushes!

What are your favorite makeup looks for summer? Any new products you’re just loving? Leave a comment bellow I’d love to know!

xoxo stephanie

Spring Fever – Mary Kay Into The Garden


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Can we all just take a moment and agree we’re ready for spring? I know I am! I’m ready for fresh blooms, green grass, and those adorable spring dresses. My craving for spring was fed by Mary Kay’s new Into The Garden Color Compact. From the packaging to the shadows and gloss everything about this compact made me fall in love. I’m not making this stuff up y’all! I’m a sucker for adorable packaging and all in one compacts, easy and cute. This color compact has four shimmer eyeshadows that will look fabulous on almost any skin tone, perfect for spring and summer. Paired with these eyeshadows are three beautiful lip glosses, but don’t worry they’re not as vibrant on as you would think. Each gloss gives a nice sleek look to wear throughout your day. What I love about the four eyeshadows is the amount of looks you can create. No matter what look you’re going for, bold, soft, natural, you can create it using these colors! When I first saw this new Into The Garden collection I came home and told the cowboy I was going to buy it all! Not only are the products amazing but the packaging reminds me of our wedding which was almost two years ago! The lace, the blush colors, it created an emotional tie with me and I know I sound crazy but it’s true! And let’s be real who doesn’t want these cute Nail Appliques to go on top of this beautiful nail polish, or this one, or this one! Can any one say Easter mani and pedi?! Do you see my dilemma? Clearly I have an issue but I accept that. I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend! And I hope spring finds us all soon!

xoxo stephanie


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