Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Here is a wearable green eye look that I filmed last week:

Very smokey and subtle, with just enough green to save you from a pinch!  If you celebrate this holiday, I hope you get to spend time with family and friends!  I'll be feasting on corned beef and cabbage at my Grandma's.  I'll leave you with this old Irish blessing:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Neutral Eye & Bold Lip Makeup Tutorial

Here is my first makeup tutorial that I uploaded to YouTube:

It's a really simple neutral eye, winged liner, and a bold fuschia lip.

I wore this look in my Collective Haul video and it was requested that I do a tutorial:

Here are the products that I used:
MUFE HD Powder 
Noir Brow Liner
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Be A Bombshell Blush in Sweet Cheeks 
CG Clump Crusher Mascara
UD Lipshine in Quickie 

You can also find these products on my LUVOCRACY:

Let me know if you try this look!
xo Sarah

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Favorites

I think this year's Oscars had to be my favorite all around!  I loved a lot of the Red Carpet dresses, but these were my 3 favorite looks:

Lupita Nyong'o's Prada dress was a mixture of Cinderella & Marilyn Monroe.

Sandra Bullock looked glamorous with an Old Hollywood-style coif.

Charlize Theron can do no wrong.  Especially in this beautiful Dior dress.

I don't know about you, but I stayed up way too late watching!  Hope you have a great week. 

xo Sarah 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Influenster: Dove VoxBox

If you haven't heard of Influenster yet, you should definitely go check it out!  You can read more about how it works HERE.  If you are interested in signing up, I can send you an invitation.  I have 5 available and I will need your e-mail address to send it to you!  I have received 6 VoxBoxes total, some are dedicated to one brand and others have a theme.  I also recently got the J'Adore VoxBox which I will share soon.  

So this VoxBox included one Dove New Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture.  I received "nourished beauty" and it claims to be a 48hour deodorant.  This formula is also supposed to moisturize the underarm area while preventing "odor and wetness".  I have been using it for the last week, and I do feel like it is moisturizing.  

I wore it to work last week, and I would say my job is pretty physical.  I'm often hollering "I'M HOT" and ripping my lab jacket off.  Things can get pretty sweaty.  I am not someone who has excess perspiration, so I can't say if this will cut it for someone who does, but it has worked for me.  The real test will be to wear it to the gym and see how it does during an hour of Zumba.  

I would eventually like to find a deodorant without aluminum in it (that works!), but I was surprised to see that this Dove Advanced Care contains less than the other well-known brands I have in my stockpile.  

Dove Advanced Care: 15.2%
Ban Invisible Solid: 19%
Suave 24hr Protection: 20%
Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid: 20%

If you have tried this Dove New Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture, let me know!  

xo Sarah

Disclaimer: I received this item complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.  I was not paid for this review, nor is it a requirement to participate in the VoxBox Program.  The only action they require is the completion of a post-survey to provide feedback to the company.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Top 3 Most Purchased Makeup Products

Hey guys!  Hope everyone had a LOVELY Valentine's Day.  Today I thought I would share my top 3 makeup loves that I have purchased time and time again.  They are all reasonably priced, in my opinion.  Like any other beauty addict, I enjoy trying new items out, but these are my tried and true, FAVORITES!

I have been using this concealer for so long, that I honestly can't even remember what I used before this came into my life!  My eye area is very pigmented, and this definitely brightens my face.  Not only does this conceal, but it also treats dark circles and aging skin. 

 TheBalm Time Balm concealer comes in 9 shades and I wear light/medium.  For $18, this usually lasts me about a year.  I use a concealer brush to apply the product, which also prevents the introduction of bacteria.  Basically, I love this and recommend it to everyone.

Okay, let me just say that I think mascara is one of those things that can be hard to recommend because not everyone is going for the same look.  My lashes are long, but limp and not very voluminous on their own.  I HAVE to curl them, and most of the time I require a waterproof formula to hold the curl.  Of course, you need the right eye makeup remover if you are wearing a waterproof formula, BUT if you do not have this wimpy lash problem, then give the original one a try!

Alright, here's another thing.  You know how sometimes mid day you take a look in the mirror and discover a black smudge under your eyes where your lashes have been hitting?  I FEEL like the carbon black variety of this mascara does that.  I don't know if it's the extra pigment or what, but that's my field research.  

I came to know Milani when it was going around many years ago that their Luminous blush was a dupe for Nars Orgasm.  They have since discontinued that blush, and created this line of baked blushes in it place.  The shade Luminoso is pretty much the same thing once blended out.  Suitable for most skintones!  Just don't use the brush that comes with this blush.  

Alright, those are my 3 most purchased products!  Let me know down in the comments what your 3 most purchased products are.  :)

xo Sarah

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 2014 ipsy Bag: The Look of Love

Here is what I received in my February ipsy bag!

The Look of Love
City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon $2.99
Zoya Nail Polish in Odette $9
Tini Beauty Shadow Tint in Spiced Rum $18
Nume Intense Renewal Mask $29.99 for FULL size

Ipsy is a $10/month beauty subscription.  It includes 4-6 full or deluxe sized samples inside of a makeup bag.  Shipping is included in the price if you live in the US and it is a great way to try new products!  You will fill out a quiz so that they can customize products to your taste.  You can also retake the quiz and indicate what products you do and do not like to receive.  

To earn ipsypoints, make sure you review your products every month.  You will also earn points when someone signs up with your unique link.  I redeemed the beauty blender for 1,000 ipsy points and I have only had 2 people sign up through my link!  

xo Sarah