Fall Inspired Makeup Looks

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Hello, babes!

I am so excited for this post because 1) it is in collaboration with the absolutely amazing Bella and 2) it’s all about fall!  Today (September 29th, as I write this) is so gorgeous and it is finally starting to feel like fall! Yesterday was the first day in a very long time that I was able to wear jeans and boots comfortably!

Bella and I started talking about this collaboration a while ago and it was actually supposed to be published a few weeks ago, but things got really hectic and it is just now coming out. Thank you so much for being so understand, Bella babe! Muah!

One of my go-to looks for fall is a brown/nude eye with simple face makeup and a nude lip. It’s very easy and since I stopped wearing foundation,  I have knocked off some time from my makeup routine.

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I don’t have any specific colors or palettes that I used for this look.  You can just take whatever light cremes, browns, and one or two slightly darker shades, blend them all together, and there you have it! I used the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip crayon in the shade “Warm Caramel” but any nude lip shade that you prefer will work just as well! I am all about nude lipsticks and this one was the one that I grabbed. All I did for the face makeup was use some concealer, powder, contour, and highlight.  Again, I have stopped using foundation, but if you use it, that’s fine! It is up to you!

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The next look is the same eye but with lighter shades and an orange lip.  As I am sure you can already tell, I tend to go for a more natural makeup look, so the majority of these makeup looks are quite minimalistic.  The lip color is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in “Orange Obsession”. I am absolutely obsessed with it!

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The third and final look is a dark brown eye with a bit of black eyeshadow blended in to smoke it out.  It is way more pigmented in person than it is in the photo (and I just got a new phone and the camera is not the best in the world). For this look I used the Ulta eyeshadows in Smoke and Soul and the shades “Color 1” and “Color 10”  in the Wet N Wild Au Naturel palette.  “Color 1” is a basic creme shade and “Color 10” is the black shadow.  Any brand will work!

I purchased an eyeshadow palette earlier this month that I was going to use specifically for this collaboration but the colors were not pigmented and it wasn’t working well at all, so these are the three basic fall looks that I go for. The last one is definitely the most dramatic out of the 3.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out Bella’s post over at her blog!

Coming up next week is Blogtober!! I have the entire month planned out with 4 blogger collabs and a few other festive posts, so make sure to check back in!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous weekend!

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Things I Wish I Knew & I Have Learned in the Past 2 Years

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Hello, my lovelies! Welcome back to Glitz & Glitter!

This post is a really down to earth and kind of  a “Letter to my past self” kind of thing and it is everything that I wish I knew the past two years of my life. Yes, I am still young and I learn new things every day. I have made a lot of mistakes and I know I will continue to make mistakes and I am still going to learn from them. Life has a way of teaching you things in ways that you never expected.

So here is my list of everything that I have learned and things that I wish I had known, especially these past two years!

  • People will always disappoint you. No matter who they are, no matter how much you love them, people will always disappoint you. 
  • People are going to leave you, but you are better off without them in the end. People leave, they migrate towards others, and they change. You won’t always be a part of that change and that is perfectly okay. In most cases, you are better off without them in your life, even if you can’t see it immediately.
  • The sadness doesn’t last forever. It’s okay to be sad and cry until you don’t think you can anymore, but don’t dwell on it forever. Some people simply aren’t worth it. Wipe your eyes, kid. There are better days on the horizon.
  • Life throws a lot at you, but you can handle it. Trying to figure out what to do when everything seems to be going wrong at once is hard, but with good head on your shoulders, you can figure it out.
  • Get to know a person really well before you truly let them into your circle of life. Be patient. There are amazing people out there in the world, but you won’t always meet them first. Don’t just let anyone in your close circle of friends and your personal life. Not everyone deserves that. Have a circle of your family and best friends, then just friends, and then everyone else. That girl you were friends with for years who dropped you and then comes back with a “hey, it’s been forever and I miss you!” doesn’t need to hear about the past year and all of the drama that it had. She is on outskirts of the “friends” circle and is about to get booted out. Again, people drift and go make other friends. That’s the way of life.
  • Just because you make one mistake, you aren’t a failure! You aren’t a failure, ever. People make mistakes and they learn from them. Just take a deep breath, take a moment to compose yourself, and then ask “Okay, how can I learn from this? What can I take away from this situation?”.
  • Listening to Billie Holiday and pretending to be a fancy woman from the 1930s or 40s is always a good idea. Sure, some people may not see it as “mature”, but that’s their opinion! Be awesome and listen to your Billie Holiday tunes!
  • Never be afraid to ask questions. Always ask questions! Even if you feel a little stupid for having to ask, do it anyway.
  • Unplugging from people, social media, etc. is fine! You don’t have to put your life out there constantly or be the person who tweets the most. Keeping your life private is great! If you start to get frustrated, tired, annoyed, or stressed because of anything, stop and take time to de-stress. You need time to yourself and always take that.
  • You don’t need to look a certain way to be awesome. You can be awesome as a size 32 or a size 2. Your clothing size does not define your worth as a human being. Just walk with you head up and own the room.
  • Success comes slowly. Having big dreams is awesome and you should always go for them, but remember that Rome wasn’t built in a single day. You are going to have to put work, effort, and time into your dreams to watch them happen. Work for it and you will be rewarded.
  • You won’t always have answers. While it bugs the ever loving sanity out of you, you won’t always have answers to “Why”, “When”, or “Who”. And as hard as that is to cope with, it’s okay. You don’t always need to know why, when, or who.
  • Even when life gets hectic, focus on the good things. There are so many bad things that happen in the world and that happen to you. But dwelling on them won’t make your life any happier. Instead of being sad all the time, look towards things that bring a light to your life and strive to make a change in the world. One voice may seem small, but it can move mountains.
  • Never be afraid to speak your mind! People are always going to want to shut you up, tell you to be quiet and bugger off, that you don’t know anything, but never let that silence you.
  • You are strong, smart, lovely, and everything amazing. Sometimes it gets really easy to put yourself down and constantly be critical of yourself, but remember the fabulous words of Aibileen Clark: “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.” Never forget that.
  • Don’t say anything in the heat of the moment! Just hold your tongue and think about it for a minute! Yes, you have a temper, you are strong-willed, and you have a quick and sharp tongue, but you can speak words of destruction in the middle of a verbal battle with another person. Just take a moment to breath, think before you speak, and choose what you say.
  • Do whatever you need to do to calm down. Life can get to be very overwhelming but you do whatever is necessary to calm down. Listen to music, watch a movie, call someone, whatever you need to do. Life always moves on and gets crazy. 

The past two years have been insane for me. I’ve made friends, I’ve lost people who were friends, I have come to grips with myself, and I have met a whole lot of new people who are absolutely amazing! I still have to try to remind myself daily that sometimes, things just aren’t going to work out the way you want and they won’t always be the same. I’m trying to cope with all of the changes in my life and the things that I think are absolutely terrifying. The thing about me is I am not a huge fan of changes. I get overwhelmed and I start to freak out a bit. I think most people do, in their own way. But life is always moving on, the earth still rotates. I just have to learn to go with the flow.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I know it is different than what I usually post, but I feel like it is a good difference to have.

What are some things that you have learned in the past 2 years? Comment below!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and as always, don’t forget to smile!

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Essence & Makeup Revolution review | Recent Ulta Buy

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Hello, babes!

We are so so close to fall and I am already feeling the fall vibes! I’ve been trying new makeup looks for a fall collaboration coming soon and I am so excited to show it to you guys! It will be out sometime this month, so be on the lookout for that! Also: I am going to be doing a small Blogmas series in December and I am already have a few ideas going for that! There is already one collaboration planned out for that, BUT I am looking for more bloggers to collaborate with! If you would like to collaborate with me for a Blogmas post that is all things festive and glitzy, please leave a comment below with your information or send me an email at glitzandglitterblog@gmail.com! I would love to work with you!

Okay, now that the announcements are out of the way, let’s jump into the reviews!

I went to Ulta this past Thursday and I was looking for a few things that were affordable and good quality. Granted I have never tried any products from Essence before now, so I had no clue if their products were great, but when I saw the display and how affordable the products were, I knew I had to give them a try! I picked out the Essence Cover Stick in “10 Matt Naturelle” and the gel nail polish in “53 Rock My World”. The cover stick was around $3 and the nail polish was $2, so they are really affordable!

The cover stick is fantastic! I was in desperate need of a good concealer and while I am not really a huge fan of concealer sticks, this one is one of my favorites now. It has great coverage without feeling super heavy and it is buildable. I just put some on my under eyes, nose, chin, and some on my forehead and blend out for great coverage and a good look. I don’t wear foundation much anymore, so a good concealer is great for me. Essence has done a marvelous job! The formula is really creamy and smooth, not streaky or too thick.

The nail polish is a dark grey/charcoal color that I am now in love with. I do recommend using two coats and not just one, like I did. It does cover really nicely, but there are a few streaky spots. If you are in a rush and only have time for one coat, be generous and you’ll do fine!

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Next up is the Lip Amplification lip gloss from Makeup Revolution! The Makeup Revolution glosses were on sale for $2.49 that day, so I figured I should pick one up! I purchased the shade “Conviction” and while it looks like a dark brown in the package, it is actually a dark berry shade. When you build it up, it almost looks brown/black, but I rather like it. The formula is pretty good and it goes on smoothly. I had to apply it twice to make sure I had an even look and zero streaks. I’m a big fan of Makeup Revolution and I loved this gloss!

All of the products are absolutely awesome and I hope you check them out the next time you are at Ulta!

Have a great weekend, my loves! Don’t forget to smile and take your fabulous sass wherever you go!

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My August Favorites

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Hi, babes! Welcome back to my crazy corner of the internet!

This is the first monthly favorites post that I have posted and I am so excited to share a few new products with you guys!

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Lately I have been using the Tea Tree facial cleansing wipes from Morgan Miller when I wake up in the morning, when I go to bed, and whenever I am getting ready to do my makeup. I’m super lazy and I think my face has actually looked a lot better since I started using the wipes! They are really affordable and I love them! I found them at Ross (my holy grail store!) for $4 and I am so happy that I found them!

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The Wet N Wild Au Naturel eyeshadow palette in “Nude Awakening” has been my go-to eyeshadow palette lately! I’m currently working with another blogger for a fall collaboration coming out this month and I picked up this palette specifically for fall makeup looks to try out. It is very affordable (around $5), cruelty-free, and it is a drugstore brand. Wet N Wild does have some vegan products, but I don’t know if this palette is vegan or not. The colors in this palette are very pigmented and they range from creme vanilla shades (in both matte and shimmer) to dark gray and black. There are 5 shimmer shades and 5 matte shades, so you get a total of 10 different shades. It is a great buy and I love it!

 

If you have read some of my previous posts, you probably know that I am a face mask fanatic, especially when it comes to sheet masks! I can’t get enough of them. While I was at Ross, I picked up three different sheet mask packs: Morgan Miller vitamin C & Ginseng masks, Epielle Collagen 3-Step complete facial kit, and the Live Green natural olive masks. The Morgan Miller pack and the Live Green pack both have 5 sheet masks, while the Epielle kit contained two different masks, both had the bubble oxygen cleanser and the moisturizer serum included. I have tried both of those two masks and I love both of them! The Vitamin C and Ginseng mask makes my face feel refreshed and pampered in 2o minutes, which is fantastic for a little pick me up before going out again in the evening! The Epielle mask kit is absolutely amazing! The cleanser gets so bubbly and foamy and the moisturizer serum really makes my skin feel hydrated and fresh again. Then you go in with the mask for 20 minutes and that makes all the difference in the world! I love these two products!

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Today I purchased the Mama Mia soundtrack (so technically it isn’t something I bought in August, but oh well!) and I am so obsessed! I had to listen to it on Spotify and I always used up all of my skips trying to get to my favorite songs. After a while of putting up with that, I just said “Forget it!” and was dead set on buying it. Today I went to a great bookstore and found a special edition of the soundtrack for $5! My hour and fifteen minute drives to college are going to be so much better now! Mama Mia, anyone?

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I also purchased a Himalayan salt block that has three spots for tea light candles (from Ross..eheehee) and I set in my bathroom to give it a better look. I have gone through two sets of candles since I bought it. I am so obsessed with it! It’s so pretty! Do any of you guys have a salt lamp or candle holder?

That’s all I have for my August Favorites! Hopefully there will be even more finds in September! Fall is right around the corner and I can’t wait for all of the fall things!

Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to show off your fabulous smile!

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