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Beauty products I’ll repurchase and ones I won’t

Beauty products I’ll repurchase and ones I won’t

I recently had a pretty big trash bag full of makeup products- both empty, expired, or simply ones I didn’t care for. I thought it would be fun to list the things I’m tossing for whatever reason and tell ya’ll what I thought about them! […]

Love yourself, not your weight

Love yourself, not your weight

I did something I tell ya’ll ALL THE TIME not to do, so I felt like I should come clean. I weighed myself and then was hard on myself for the number I didn’t like staring back at me. I know, I know. I say […]

Beauty gimmicks that work

Beauty gimmicks that work

There are so many products that claim to change your life, its hard to figure out which ones actually will without spending all your money. Don’t worry though- I’ve spent all my money on them so you don’t have to!

Here are my top gimmicky products that I have actually bought and loved, and I think are worth purchasing. Let me know your fave product like this!

Beachwaver Pro

I’m starting with the best, because I am hopelessly addicted to my Beachwaver. I actually got hooked when my mom bought one, but figured out pretty quickly her hair was too short to use it. Since then, I’ve basically turned into an infomercial for this product. (not sponsored, unfortunately. just obsessed)

If you’ve never heard of the Beachwaver, here’s the deal: You clip your hair in it like a normal curling iron and push a button, and it winds your hair around the wand for you. Leave it for a few seconds, release the clamp, and viola! Perfect curls that last for days. Theres a button for the left side of your head and one for the right, so the only real trick here is making sure you remember to switch the button for which side you’re on.

Seriously, this curling iron is life changing. I can curl my whole head in under 10 minutes. 10 minutes for all this hair! The heat is adjustable and even though I use it on the lowest setting, my curls last all day and turn into pretty waves for the next few days until I wash it. I know this guy is expensive, but its worth every penny.

Drain wig

This is a less sexy, I know, but hear me out. I have long hair, my husband has long hair… which means our drain is pretty much always clogged. And cleaning the drain out to me is the worst thing in the world. It’s disgusting. In order to avoid that, I have tried every single hair catcher on the market, and nothing has worked for us.

Until the drain wig. This little thing is awesome. You just suction part of it on your tub and thread the little metal chain into the drain. That’s it! Every week or so (honestly I just wait until the water begins pooling) you pull the chain out and wipe the hair off of it. I don’t know exactly how it works– I think its the little things that stick off the chain– but I don’t care. Its about $12 for a two pack so RUN to that Amazon link above.

Clarisonic

I recently had to buy a new Clarisonic brush because the one I had for the past 5 years or so finally bit the dust. But, when I realized my old one was ready for the trash can, I knew I had to get another! There really is no way to get your face as clean as you can with these brushes. I use it probably 3-5 times a week, because honestly I am just too lazy to use it twice a day… oh, the struggle.

I know there are other electric face cleansing brushes on the market, but I’ve only tried and and can vouch for the Clarisonic brand.

For reference, I had the Mia 2 or 3 brush before and this time I got the Mia Prima. The “deep pore” brush head is my favorite, and I am dying to try the sonic exfoliator attachment.

Benefit They’re Real Lipstick

This lipstick is one of those two-in-one things, where there is a liner portion attached to the main lipstick bullet. The liner area of the They’re Real lipstick is super small, so I find it pretty effective and I don’t think I’ll finish the tube with no lipstick and all liner. You have to learn how to position the product when you’re applying it, but once you do it is gold.

I love love love the color Bare Affair and every time I put it on, I wonder why I don’t wear it everyday. Isn’t that the best feeling?

Wet Brush

If you haven’t heard me talk about my Wet Brush, you don’t know me. I’ve gotten everyone in my life hooked on it! If you have long hair like me or hair that instantly tangles the second you get it wet, this product is for you. When you get out of the shower, or the pool, or wherever you are and your hair is wet, a normal brush can pull at your hair and cause breakage. But this brush is specifically designed for wet hair and doesn’t pull or break at all. Even for the most tender-headed people I know, they can use the Wet Brush totally pain-free! If you buy anything on this list, make it the Wet Brush.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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Recent makeup purchases I’m loving

Recent makeup purchases I’m loving

REVLON ROSE GLOW PRIMER This primer ya’ll. I am not one who likes to put oil in her foundation or anything like that, so the idea of this product kind of scared me. But, I fell in love the first time I used it! The […]

Best blushes for fall

Best blushes for fall

YA’LL. I’m married! I took a little blogging break to focus on planning the final details of my wedding and to actually enjoy the wedding and all its festivities, but I’m back in the game and it’s already the holiday season! I have a bunch […]

Best eyeshadow palettes for your money

Best eyeshadow palettes for your money

Hey y’all! When I was in high school, I hoarded single eye shadows from Maybelline, MAC, and Covergirl. But, in the last 8 years or so, I feel like palettes have taken over the game.
Palettes have such pros and cons to me. The pros are the fact that you get a dozen or so shadows in a single compact, often for cheaper than you would get buying them all separately. Also you get an already curated group of colors you know will look good together in several different ways. But, on the flip side, sometimes you can’t spend $40-60 on a palette, or you’re only interested in one or two shades in the entire thing.
I get it. But I think overall, if you know how to navigate the insanely saturated world of eyeshadow palettes, you can wind up with a great collection you’ll go back to time and time again.
Here are my top 6 favorite palettes, both drugstore and high end. Happy blending!

Tartelette In Bloom by Tarte

Maybe my favorite palette ever! I love the shades in this palette and how they can be used for simple & clean looks for every day, but then you can use the dark burgundy or black to smoke things out a bit for night. Classic colors and such a great formula! This guy is totally worth your money, ten times over.

Buy it from Ulta here

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Paradise Enchanted by L’Oréal

Peach-scented eye shadow… are you skeptical? Because I was. But no joke, this palette is awesome. I love the colors, the shimmer shades are amazing, and the scent is actually really nice! There’s quite a bit of fallout, but I that’s not surprising with the price point and kind of odd packaging on this product (the shadows like sit on top of the plastic palette). I’m still loving it though, because the shades are so pigmented and blendable.

Buy it on Ulta’s website here

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Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Ah, you knew it was coming. Naked 3 is my old standby, and I can always reach for it when I want to do a quick look that I know will turn out well. I feel like I don’t branch out a lot into some of the colors into this palette, but I’m trying to give some of the glittery and deep shades a shot. But, regardless, this is a product I couldn’t live without.

Buy it from Ulta here

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Lovatics Demi by NYC

This palette is a sleeper for sure. It’s SO affordable, and I would definitely call it a dupe for the original Naked (which was a close runner-up in this post). These colors are surprisingly pigmented and the white shade is awesome to lay down before you get started building shadows. You can tell that the fallout is pretty heavy, but I don’t mind too much because the shadows are so buttery, you could blend it with your fingers.

Buy it on Amazon here

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Tarteist Pro by Tarte

I had an internal debate by including this, but hear me out. I don’t usually use solely this palette for a full look, but it has some undeniably amazing matte shades. The four shimmer shades aren’t my favorites (although the formula is great), but I love how the palette is designed to make things easy– each row is technically a “look,” which can make things super easy if you are being lazy or just don’t know what to do! I have a few staple colors in this palette that are totally worth the price tag. Plus, I love the huge mirror!

Buy it on Amazon here

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Flawless 3 by Makeup Revolution

Let’s start by saying I love Makeup Revolution products, and love their price tag even more. I was crushing hard on Naked Heat and the Tartlette Toasted palette, but wasn’t willing to shell out the money for either. So I found this guy, and it saved me so much money by giving me triple the shadows! They definitely aren’t the best quality eyeshadows and they take some layering, but I think this is a great dupe for some of the warmer-toned palettes out there. You get a ton more options, and the shimmers are great when used over a glitter glue or with a wet brush.

Buy it from Ulta here

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How I apply undereye concealer

How I apply undereye concealer

Hey ya’ll! I have gotten several requests on doing a how-to for applying undereye concealer. Well, ya came to the right place… I have some straight zombie dark circles, and I’ve tried just about everything at one point or another to combat and cover them! […]

How light-coverage foundation stole my heart

How light-coverage foundation stole my heart

Ya’ll know I love a full coverage foundation. That’s why I don’t want anyone to have a heart attack when I say in the past few months, all I’ve been wearing is light, sheer coverage. I KNOW. I KNOW. But before you have the reaction […]

How I whiten my teeth, plus giveaway!

How I whiten my teeth, plus giveaway!

Hi ya’ll! Today we’re taking about something that’s essential to my confidence- my smile.

I know, I know, but hear me out. I had a lot of dental and orthodontic work done when I was younger, which was’t exactly a pleasant experience nor a cheap one. Since I went through so much to get this smile, keeping my teeth pretty and healthy is a priority to me. Having aligned, straight teeth is one thing— but another thing that makes a difference to me is the color of my teeth.

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My smile has always been linked to my confidence, because I smile (and talk) a lot! Because I’m constantly showing them off, I want to have white teeth that I feel confident in. And also, let’s be real— red or bright colored lipstick can really accentuate stains! 

I’ve done at home teeth whitening before in high school with a kit from my dentist. While I loved the results, it was very pricey and it made my teeth so sensitive. I haven’t had any whitening treatments since then though, and with my wedding quickly approaching (less than 4 months!) I needed to get these coffee teeth corrected! When I heard about Smile Brilliant, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Before and After

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(before: top | after: bottom)

SB comes with super easy, foolproof instructions on how to create your customized whitening trays. Simply mix the two putties together like Play Doh to make your impressions, and send them back with the included envelope! Within days, I had my teeth whitening trays and was ready to whiten.

I did my treatments every other night to cut down on tooth sensitivity, and I really didn’t have an issue with it. I found my back teeth get the most sensitive, so I just put less whitening gel there and concentrated it on other areas. Before bed, I put my trays in and turned on The Staircase, and an episode later I took them out. It’s that easy! (and, are you watching that show on Netflix? I am so convinced he is guilty as sin!)

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After several weeks of this pattern, I am so impressed with my results. I will probably keep up my whitening several times a week until the wedding, just so my coffee addiction doesn’t turn on me again.

How do you feel about your smile? Are you confident in your teeth, or do you feel like you’re just giving up on all the work you’ve had done on them in the past? If you’re ready for some improvement, give SB a try! The people there were so nice to give me a $149 credit to gift to one of my readers so you can try it out yourself! To enter, hit the link below and leave your name and email address. Winners will be announced via email in two weeks! 

Happy whitening! 

Enter the giveaway!  

P.S. If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won the contest, get 10% off your Smile Brilliant order with the code ivanasuzette


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New makeup hits

New makeup hits

I’ve recently picked up some new makeup, both from Walgreens and Ulta, that I am absolutely loving for summer! Here are some of my top new (and just new to me) makeup picks for the season. 1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation No lie, I […]