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    America’s Beauty Show 2014

    This year I had the opportunity to go to America’s Beauty Show held at McCormick Place in Chicago. Obviously as a beauty school student and beauty blogger, this place was absolute heaven to me. The presentations were amazing to watch, not to mention the shopping, hello! I’ve never seen greater deals in my life. Definitely spent way more than I intended to, but isn’t that always the case? Here’s what I picked up.

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    Time to ramble.. Are you ready?

    Pureology had a 3 for $33 deal. I decided to try out a product from their new line, Strength Cure, so I picked up the shampoo. I’m not too fond of the smell, it’s reminiscent of baby powder and I’m not too big of a fan. However, my best friend has been using both the shampoo and conditioner and loves it. She says it’s working wonders on her hair and she’s a blondie, so that’s when you know it’s a goodie. I already currently use their Hydrate line, both shampoo and conditioner, so I picked up the conditioner. Also took the plunge and bought Colour Fanatic, their 21 benefit spray. It only took me MONTHS, even though I do use it on my clients and already know I love the heck out of it.

    I ended up buying the most from NYX because most, if not all of their products were under 6 dollars which is a steal for a brand that is already retailing all of their products for below $20. I circled their booth probably 10 times and by the time I was in line to purchase all my items, I forgot most of what I picked up. It was a frenzy. It was probably the most crowded booth I visited. I picked up 2 pairs of lashes, both of them for $2.50, 2 matte lipsticks: Siren and Aira, a stippling brush and a round crease brush, the Wonder pencil, Jet Black liquid liner, and eyelash glue that dries dark. Not too shabby for 33 dollars.

    Essie had a 6 for $21 deal, how could I pass that up? I picked up their all-in-one base coat, top coat, and strengthener which my poor brittle nails definitely need due to the constant washing my hands (#hairstylistprobs). The other nail polishes I picked up were For The Twill of It, Find Me An Oasis, Spin The Bottle, Mink Muffs, and Sable Collar. I tried to get mostly colours I don’t already have that are similar aka I didn’t buy any nail polish that’s so dark it could be mistaken for black.

    Of course, as a self-proclaimed lash addict, I had to stop by the Ardell booth. Each pair was $3 dollars so I got two pairs of Double Up lashes and one pair of Demi Wispies. Including the two from NYX, I came to a total of 5 pairs of lashes. Should I mention I just bought 2 pairs the day before?

    I only snapped a few pictures as I was mostly browsing all the vendors and didn’t want to waste any battery since I ended up being there most of the day.

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    Sephora Haul

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    This past weekend I had to run to Sephora as I ran out of foundation and concealer. Well here’s a real shocker, I bought more than foundation and concealer. My makeup addict part of me loves me, my bank account hates me.

    I had previously posted about trying out Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. I’d say I’d give it a solid 6 out of 10. While it is a good product, it just wasn’t for me and my fast paced makeup routine aka I don’t wake up early enough in the morning to take my time. Also, too orange. Oh and also, the tube was a pain in the ass.

    Whenever I run out of something, I like to try out different options, depending on how much I liked the product I jut ran out of. I was using Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation and was absolutely in love with it when I first bought it. However, over time I fell out of love with it. Maybe because what I thought was the perfect color match (I got color matched at the store) wasn’t exactly the right color. Or maybe my skin tone changed. I probably should pay more attention to myself.

    Sephora was having a sale on Korres Cosmetics and they just happened to have a “complexion kit” with a full size concealer and foundation and a smaller size of their primer. I also picked up the creamy concealer crayon by Josie Maran and the dipbrow pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

    So far, so good! I’ll be sure to post reviews soon ūüôā How was everyone’s weekends?

    Makeup Monday

    I currently go to cosmetology school and every Monday is our classroom day. Lately, we’ve been learning about skin and basic facials. Every time I think of skin, I just think of makeup… That means I have a problem right? Oh well. Anyway, I always get the biggest urge to go to the nearest Ulta or Sephora and pick up about 5000 different items. Unfortunately, 5000 makeup products are not in my budget. So today’s challenge was finding a concealer for preferably no more than 25 bucks. I currently use the Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon by Josie Maran

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    My god, this concealer has got to be the creamiest concealer I’ve ever felt. It was lightweight, buildable, covered so nicely (duh it’s a concealer), and blended in like a dream. For 20 dollars, I’d say that’s quite a steal. I know what you’re wondering. Why didn’t I just go buy it again? I bought it at Sephora and the closest Sephora to me is inside a JCPenny and if you’re not aware, those Sephoras only carry about a quarter of the brands a full size store does and it’s just my luck that Josie Maran is one of those brands not sold there. Now the second closest Sephora isn’t too far of a drive either, but guys.. It’s Monday. Also, no gas. Which was the main issue because I’d probably cave anyway and take the 40 minute drive. Plus, I’m always open to trying new things and hopefully gaining more favorites in the process, hence the need for a new concealer. Alright, enough with the mumbo jumbo. I stopped by my local Ulta and took a look at one of my favorite brands, Tarte, after being thoroughly disappointed with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil (not creamy enough) and saw this sucker. The Maracuja Creaseless Concealer.

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    First off, let me just say that I was looking for something in a pencil format, much like the Josie Maran Concealer crayon as it is such a breeze to use and for people like me who tend to wake up at the last minute possible, a pencil is just faster. So while I was browsing, I originally had passed this up as it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. However after not being able to find anything else, I threw my hands up in the air and said YOLO (not really) and picked up a tester. I squeezed out literally a quarter of a pea sized amount onto the back of my hand and you would not believe how much it covered. Any guesses? Guys, it covered the entire back of my hand. Alright, so my hands are a little on the small side, but it immediately amazed me how little I needed to cover so much. My skin doesn’t need much coverage. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from awful acne or any acne scarring. So I only need concealer for the occasional breakout or blemish and seeing as I only needed a teeny tiny amount, this will probably last me quite a while. Not to mention that is everything I wanted: creamy, buildable, lightweight, blends easily, and covers. Also, it does say creaseless in the name and I read in a review that it’s quite tacky so I’m just gonna assume this could double as a primer if I ever ran out and needed some in a pinch. For 24 buckaroos, I think I found my new holy grail.. Although I’m not giving up on you Josie Maran, I’ll be back.

    Since I was already going to purchase one thing, I figured hey, why not, let me buy something else. I really do have a problem… Anyway. I had ran out of cleanser about a week ago and was just using whatever what was in my shower which ended up being my moms anti-aging stuff. I’m 19. I was using Proactiv and wanted to move on to another skincare line because that stuff is not cheap and apparently, not all that fantastic for your skin anyway. I’m slightly biased towards the Dermalogica line because we do use it at school, but it’s also very pricey. As much as it’s worth it, it wasn’t worth it for me today so I took a look at the Mario Badescu line. I had heard about Mario Badescu from Meghan Rosette’s most recent favorites video, although I can’t remember what exact product, only that she absolutely loved it. The prices aren’t too bad either. I have combination/oily skin so I went with Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It was really nifty because they had everything sectioned out into specific lines based on your skin type and also had little color coded symbols showing all the skin types a certain product was aimed at.

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    I have a really oily T zone but the perimeter of my face is painfully dry so I wanted something that soak up all the oil in the middle of the face, but still keep the dry areas of my face moisturizer. This one said it would do the trick. It has a really nice fresh smell to it as it is an all natural skincare line and for 8 oz, it was only 12 dollars. I am just Ms. Budget Bailey today. Obviously I didn’t get to try it out in store, only got to smell it so I’ll be giving it a try for the next couple of weeks and hopefully I fall in love. I’ll let you guys know.

    What’s your holy grail concealer? What skincare line are you currently using?

    VLOG | Ed Sheeran – May 10

    Hey everyone! The other day I uploaded my very first vlog. Yep. I had the privilege of seeing the incredible Ed Sheeran at the Rave in Milwaukee on May 10. I have been a huge fan of his music for quite some time now and was thrilled to get the chance to finally see him live, especially since I missed out back in September. My sister and I ended up in back, so we weren’t very close, but we still got a good view of him (Most of the time… we’re very small people!) He is absolutely PHENOMENAL live and this experience will go down as one of the best days of my life. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet, thumbs up, and share this video!