Affordable Skincare

When is the last time you got on Instagram and there wasn’t a celeb launching their own skincare or makeup brand? Probably sometime in 2018 to be honest.

Skincare only seems to be a more and more complex game with new products daily. For someone who has pretty bad skin, its overwhelming to say the least.  However, if there is anything that I have learned from years of acne, most of these brands are overpriced and full of ingredients that really don’t do anything.

For the most part, you can use a basic set of affordable products that contain most of the same base ingredients and get better results.

My Recent Skincare

Recently, with all the stress of work (Hello working for a bank right now!) my skin has been extra terrible. I am getting acne in places that I never used to, and the healing for my scarring is slowing to a halt.

At first, I had been trying to take extra good care of my skin and I was trying new moisturizers and masks but no luck. So I went back to basics. Back to products that I know work and letting my skin adjust to the new balance on its own.

Makeup Remover

I still have to go to the office for work and right now I am also working weekends so I pretty much wear makeup everyday. So I take off my makeup as soon as I get home. About 6 months ago I bought a pack of like 10 washcloths that are just for taking my makeup off. I use one of these and I use the Garnier Micellar Water with Rose Water. This is so gentle and Micellar water is amazing because it removes so much makeup without being oily at all.

I highly suggest Micellar water to remove makeup, it is so lightweight and super gentle on skin. I used to use coconut oil but I found that it just left my pores super clogged. At about $9 a bottle this is a super reasonable price for it.

Face Wash

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t have strong opinions about the face wash they use? Probably not, especially because I am one of those people. Right now I literally have 2 bottles of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser because I was afraid of not being able to get another one. That is how much I LOVE this stuff. At $18 a bottle, it seems pricey but I believe in this stuff so much I would be willing to pay twice that for how well it works. So really I am glad it is only as much as it is.


Toner is something I feel like I go back and forth with in my skincare routine. Right now, as its warming up my skin will have more oil produced so I want to make sure to use toner to really get it all out of my pores.

Right now I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. Before I talk about how much I love this product, I do want to say that I know it is pricey for how much you get so don’t worry I have another option coming up.

I feel like this product plays a key part in helping my scarring clear up. I notice a difference when I don’t use it. It has a great smell and there is a reason Pixi sells this stuff in bigger bottles, people need more!

However, if you are not into the 18$ price point I would also suggest a plain witch hazel toner. I use the Humphreys Witch Hazel which you can get at Walmart for only $10. Equally as effective as the Glow Tonic but a lot more wallet friendly.


This is one piece of the skincare puzzel I have to be EXTRA careful with. I have found that serums are the way to go with this for me. Anything creamy is just not what my skin likes. I have been using the Pearlessance Vitamin C serum for a while and I just barely ran out. It really just makes my skin feel so good without the added oils of something that is more cream based.


Maska can really make or break a skincare routine. Right now the only maks I use are from The Ordinary. If you have ever been on Tic Tok you have seen people using the AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution. It is a red mask that comes in a similar bottle to a serum. I have been using this for a few weeks and it is amazing. It seriously helps with acne and overall skin texture. And its only $7, which is incredible.

The other mask I use from them is the Salicylic Acid 2% mask. It also really helps to clear my pores and reduce the amount of acne I have. This one is only $12 and i absolutely love it. The whole brand is really reasonably priced and I really want to try more from them.


These are the only products I am putting on my skin right now. With my work schedule and our entire lives being turned upside down, why add worse skin to my list of things to worry about? Keeping it simple and clean is really my goal right now.


Let me know how your skincare routine has changed since social distancing and what your affordable skincare staples are right now.


XOXO Kate.

Why I Choose Ulta

I feel like Ulta vs. Sephora is a long had debate but I am here to throw my opinion in the ring as well. Ulta is better than Sephora.

I wrote a post like this a while ago and you can read it here. I am a much bigger fan of Ulta than Sephora and I really always have been. In college, I worked in a mall so I spent a good amount of time in Sephora before and after shifts. However, I would find myself driving across the street to Ulta to get things I needed more and more often.

I feel like there are probably a lot of people saying negative things about Sephora right now and I don’t feel like I really need to add my two cents to that.

However, I feel like I can’t say enough good things about Ulta.

Product Selection

I am always really impressed with the selection not only of makeup that Ulta has but also body care, hair care, and nail products. For every type of product they carry such a wide range of price ranges as well.

I fell like I can get the full beauty experience at Ulta and it is an easy place to feel like I can go run and pick something up.


With both Ulta and Sephora you can find people who have had bad experiences with their associates. Personally, I have never had a bad experience with an Ulta associate. I could write lots of stories about Sephora associates but in the light of sharing positivity I want to share a great experience I had with an Ulta associate.

My Experience

Last January I had returned from Hawaii and I was about to start a new job at a bank. However, with it being January the foundation I had before the trip didn’t match me anymore. So, I went to Ulta and told the associate I needed a new foundation. I explained my skin concerns and the kind of coverage I was looking for as well as price point.

She had me sit  and she came back with a few options in several different price ranges. She used her little scanner to get a few different shades to match my undertones and applied them to my cheek and neck. My face was a little red in some spots  from a sunburn and she just told me no worries and we could work with that. After she narrowed it down to a couple colors she took me over by the window to see if I liked the way it looked in the sun. Then she took me away from the window to see if it looked good in artificial lighting. When we decided on one she grabbed me samples of the other colors so I could try them at home if this one didn’t work

I was literally so happy with how she helped me and I left a glowing review for her with her manager and on Google.

Price Range

I have mentioned this a couple times but I feel like it needs its own section. Ulta carries things from so many different price ranges. If I walk in looking for a particular kind of product, I can find one that matches my budget.

For example, as a blonde I have to use purple shampoo. I can go into Ulta and find things from about $10 per bottle all the way up to $30-$40. I can find something for almost any skin concern. And I can find it in a wide range of prices.

Rewards Program/ Point System

I know that a true mark of being a makeup lover is having VIB status at Sephora. However, I have saved so much more using Ultas reward system. At Ulta you can earn more points per money spent and they are also easier to use. I feel like almost every time I go in I have points I can use.


I feel like overall Ulta gives you the full beauty experience. The associates are always well trained, in my opinion. They have so many different kinds of products and at lots of price ranges. For lack of a better term, its a one stop shop for beauty.


Let me know if you guys have a preference between Ulta and Sephora and what your experience with associates has been!




Working From Home Skin Care

I am sure by this time there have been approximately 1000 articles about things to do while you are working from home or staying home for the purpose of social distancing. If you are like me then you are looking for ways to keep busy. Maybe you have resorted to puppy yoga. Maybe you have taken up piano or painting. Maybe you aren’t like me at all and you just want to use this time to relax and recharge. Perhaps, like me, you want to take this time to really hone in on your physical health. For me physical health includes how I eat, working out, and taking care of my skin.

My skin and the state of my skin have been a sore spot, quite literally, for years. There were brief times while on prescriptions that my skin looked like I could live out the insta-model fantasy. Even with everyone and their mother giving me their advice and telling me to “just wash my face more” I still struggle with acne.


To wear makeup at home or not, that is the question right? I am not a naturally productive person, I am a naturally lay-in-bed-until-noon kind of person. Due to this, I have to trick myself into being productive. I do this by putting makeup on in the morning. Its a part of my normal going-to-work routine that makes my brain think we are going to get things done.

However, in taking care of my skin I tread a little more lightly with my makeup. I have recently become a bigger fan of tinted moisturizer and a soft glam look for the eyes. While I am at home I usually forego any concealer or shadow. Its enough to not clog my pores but enough to make the delivery person think I didn’t just roll out of bed.

What about skincare?

Since my schedule is a little more flexible at the moment, I can take my time in the morning to do a face mask, some eye masks (these are my favorite right now), or a scrub like this one.

Essentially with this, I want to be able to go back to work in the office the best version of myself.

What I have been using

This also means that I have had more time to try out some products that work for my cystic acne and even help to reduce some of the scarring and discoloration.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

I will preach this cleanser to anyone who will listen. It doesn’t create suds so it doesn’t make my skin feel so dry and tight. It just leaves it really clean. One ingredient that I have noticed my skin likes is the Glycolic Acid. My skin responds really well to products that contain it and reduces my breakouts a lot. At $18 for 4.5 oz it is at on okay price point. Its definitely above a drugstore price but for how well this works for my skin, I think its worth it.

Kate Sommerville Gentle Daily Wash

Before I get into this particular cleanser, I have to point out that I found this at TJ MAXX for the several bottles I got so I found it for $14.99 each time. It is listed at $36 if you order it from her site directly so it definitely has a much higher price point. However, it works. It has lots of essential oils in it and Glycol which my skin really loves. It does create suds so it gives a bit more dry feeling but it helped to reduce some of my discoloration.

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C Moisturizer

This product was sent to me in an Influenster Box and my skin has responded really well to it. This product is what actually helped me realize that my skin responds really well to Vitamin C. I can easily wear makeup over this and it wears really lightweight. At $24 for 1.7 oz, I would have originally thought it was too high. However, it has lasted me a really long time because I don’t have to use much. The only thing to be weary of is that the packaging makes it look like there is more product than there actually is.

Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

If you have read my blog before, you know I love art naturals. I use their serums that you can get at Walmart and I absolutely love them. When I saw them at Ulta I knew I had to try something. I picked up this mask and I am really pleasantly surprised by it. It makes my skin feel great, doesn’t dry it out and reduces my breakouts. It has Witch Hazel in it which my skin LOVES. It is $14.99 for 1.7 oz which is a good price, I think.

There is one negative and it is a pretty big one. It smells AWFUL. When you first put it on it has a very earthy natural smell but when it has dried and you take it off the smell truly hits you. I wish there were a better way to describe it than toxic farts but that is really what it is. For me the benefits out weigh this but take that info and do what you will.

In Conclusion

I have decided to take this time to work on myself and especially my skin. These products have ingredients that my skin really likes so I will definitely continue to use them. Let me know what you guys are doing with any new found free time. And if you have tried anything I mentioned above, let me know!




Mental Health, Physical Health, And Makeup

First of all let me tell you that it feels a bit wrong to be writing a beauty blog during everything going on during COVID-19. It feels like its unimportant and just kind of pointless.

However, with all this social distancing (or for some of us, living the way we were living before) I have found myself taking in more content that keeps my mind off of everything that is going on. For the sake of my mental health, I try to only consume reliable sources that give me the information to stay informed and safe. Otherwise I find myself in a rabbit hole of anxiety that is pretty tough to climb out of.

Please keep in mind, I am just sharing my experience and my personal feelings. If you are feeling anxious and/or depressed that is totally fine and please reach out to someone to talk.

Which brings me to my first point:

How Makeup Helps My Mental Health Right Now

It seems trivial to be putting on makeup everyday and climbing out of bed to participate in the world. Trust me, I know. However, keeping up with my regular routine really helps to bring me some normalcy. Where I work, they have only sent home about half of the people (about 300) and the other half, including myself and my husband, still work in the office. I wish I could explain the reasoning here but I am not in one of those positions where I get to make those decisions.

Keeping up with putting on makeup makes me focus on one thing and have a single train of thought. Even if that train is “I own too much blue eye shadow for how awful it looks on me” or “How do those people wear fake lashes every day?”

On the weekends when there is no work to go to and for me right now also no church, this means getting the motivation to even leave my bed is rough to say the least. Seriously, if it weren’t for my puppy needing to go outside I would lay there until I was dragged out by my hair.

Having a puppy that needs to run and play and snuggle and potty definitely helps get me out of bed, BUT getting up and getting ready for the day helps me stay up. Even if the only place I am going is the living room. I think this is in part because I don’t want to lay back down and run my makeup. The other part is that I really like routines. I am definitely not saying that you need to put on jeans to chill at home (what kind of monster does that) but something that will ring a bell to your normal routine is a huge help.

Working in an office

I have also been blessed with a job that is pretty safe and stable. People need financial institutions and loans no matter what is going on. My job has yet to move me home to work, although many others have been so I am still holding out hope, so going to the office everyday is a mix of emotions. On one hand I am almost paralyzed with anxiety. What if someone here gets sick? Did I do something wrong and that is why I still work on campus? Why are there so many people out? You know, the works. However, on the other hand the social interaction is probably good for me. The anxiety is a lot to handle and pretty rough to fight off sometimes but since I am still in the office, I don’t know that there is another option.

What About Physical Health

Since my main source of activity is browsing my local Ulta and TJ MAXX this is a little tougher since they have closed their doors for the time being (which for the record, I believe was a good decision.) Once again my pupper comes in handy with this one. If anyone here has had a puppy, you know the most effective way to tire them out is to take them on a long walk. Let me tell you, for only being 4.5 lbs he can walk and walk and walk but, it gets me out of the house.

The side of makeup that I feel like helps with my physical health is that I know my skin is worse when I stop working out and when I start eating worse. And, I have been to too many doctors and have been on too many medications to let that happen again. If nothing else, I have to keep up with this for the sheer spite of it. (Who said spite wasn’t a good motivator?)

And Lastly, Makeup

Like I had mentioned before, doing my makeup and skincare routine everyday have been huge helps to keeping my anxiety at a minimum. Not to say I don’t have panic attacks and struggle to sit still for 8 hours a day at work but on the weekends I feel like I feel more normal and more like myself.

Since I am a pro at this social distancing thing, it has also given me the opportunity to try new looks with hair and makeup that I normally wouldn’t wear outside the house. Sometimes these are great and I wondered why I didn’t think of it before, then sometimes I struggle to not wipe it off before I am even done.


So basically, what I am trying to say is staying safe and staying healthy is important. But, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Pick one or two news sources that you can trust and check them once a day for any important updates. Personally, my state has a twitter account run by the governors office specifically for these updates and it is the only source I read right now.

There is no right or wrong way to care for your mental health. Right now, I am trying to get into Yoga and its been great. Some people might be taking a step back from the go-go-go nature of their lives to relax. Others might be learning hobbies (like makeup) and filling their time. I know its weird to write a beauty blog right now but hey, if it helps someone out there stay sane, its worth it.

Get Ready With Me and Talk About Makeup

Hello Everyone and welcome to another video blog post recap!

Makeup is crazy and the makeup world is even crazier, so lets just dive in.

If you want to keep up with makeup launches then you can take a look at the Twitter and Instagram pages for Trendmood. There are literally several posts a day announcing lunches from Colourpop, ABH, Urban Decay, Kylie Cosmetics, and literally every other brand you can think of, and its not slowing down. Honestly, it is ridiculous and overwhelming. (If you are not prepared for a rant you can skip down to the next paragraph but if you want to hear my thoughts stay tuned.) There is no one who could possibly purchase all this makeup and even if they could then there is probably no way that they could use it in this lifetime. I also feel like there is no way that brands are giving launches the time they deserve. I could go on forever but if you want to hear my full rant watch my video 🙂

Now onto the makeup  portion of this segment. Since I live in one of the driest parts of America my makeup routine is different than what it is in the summer. during the summer I have a firm belief that primers are useless. The more products that you put on you face the more that they can slide around. However, in the winter using a primer helps to add another layer to lock in the moisture so that my skin doesn’t suffer.

As far as the rest of my face I keep things the same for the most part. I use the same powders, concealer and setting spray. I have been trying the Morphe continuous setting mist and I have some mixed feelings about it. I feel like its a good setting spray but it doesn’t have the oil control factor that the De-Slick All Nighter Setting Spray has.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, how do you have desert dry skin but also still  struggle with oily skin? Well here is what I think is going on, since it is more dry outside my skin produces more oil to try to balance itself at. That is just my theory but whatever the reason is, its still a struggle.

If you guys also seem to struggle with oily skin and a crazy dry winter let me know. Also please check out my video and give it a like and subscribe to my channel.

Here is the link to my latest video:

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Fall Makeup and Trying New Makeup

Hallelujah it is finally turning into fall. Pumpkin spice is back on the shelves and I can go full on pumpkin patch loving white girl.

Other than just loving a good PSL and cooling it at the gym, fall also means that I get to do my favorite fall makeup looks. If you are someone who happens to know me in real life, I wear a gold eye and plum lip pretty much through Thanksgiving. It is my favorite look and when I’m not dealing with a migraine is super easy to do.

Here is the YouTube video I did about this topic:

If you want to hear a personal life update you can read all the way to the end but for this part were just going to focus on makeup.

For the look I created in my video I used a new foundation that I have seen over and over again and I finally decided to give it a try. It is the Juvias Place I Am Magic foundation. If I only had one word to describe this foundation it would be WOW. Just wow. It is pigmented, it is full coverage, it is matte and the range of colors is phenomenal. It is a 1 oz bottle and its $20 at Ulta.

One thing I feel like I really need to acknowledge is the price. If you are someone who is more of a drugstore price range and you want to invest in a good foundation this is a great price. If you are a luxury brand lover then you will be presently surprised by this price point. I have literally 0 negative things to say about it, this is amazing.

Another thing I tried just for this video is the James Charles X Morphe pallet. I am well aware that there has been and always will be drama surrounding James Charles. However, to a regular consumer does that effect how the pallet performs: no. I will say that this pallet definitely meets my expectations. It is pigmented and blends really beautifully. There is a really wide range of colors and they don’t really have much fallout. The color story isn’t great but I feel like the setup makes sense so that makes up for it.

Okay so now for my personal life update: honestly I am kind of struggling right now. I am currently struggling it’s daily migraines and its going on three months working on getting my kitchen redone. We have cabinets sitting in the garage that we will be putting in this weekend and then the last things we have to do are the backsplash and the countertops. At the moment my kitchen is a microwave and a toaster oven on the ground.

As far as me personally, I have always struggled with migraines but lately has been a whole new thing. My eyes feel like they want to explode and I cant really look at light. Really the worst part is that my job requires me staring at a screen all day. If you read any of my early blog posts you know that I struggle with some pretty bad anxiety. Since then I have learned some really great coping mechanisms. (If you want to hear about them let me know!) I don’t have panic attack’s three times a week like I used to but sometimes I still wake up shaking. I’ll get over it eventually but I am getting better!

Let me know what your favorite fall looks are and what your favorite part of fall is. Also don’t forget to head over to my YouTube Channel to check out my video for my look and give it a big ‘ol thumbs up and subscribe to my channel! I love to hear your feedback; the good, the bad and the ugly so tell me what you think!



How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day Long

In high school I would always sit with my hand on my cheek ready to fall asleep at any minute. The result: little to no foundation left on my face by the end of the day. What was left on my face was separated and oxidized.

I went through a lot of different phases through middle and high school with makeup to try to make my skin look better and last longer. Some mornings was just liquid foundation, sometimes I used concealer (there was a brief time I would apply it under my foundation for no apparent reason) sometimes I would use just powder foundation. Really, the goal was to have the flawless, matte skin like all the pretty girls did.

None of this worked and really until recently, and thanks to this video from Jaclyn Hill, I was still bad at this. Now, I do have to say, if you are someone who has dry skin what I am about to tell you may not work for you but if any of my fellow grease balls are reading I have your solution!

Enough of the talking and backstory lets get to what you clicked on this article for.

Step 1: The Base

Makeup only looks as good as what’s under it. This is only partly true but still something important to remember in this step. Recently I have stepped away from using traditional primers and I have moved into using a hydrating serum. The one that I currently use is the Art Naturals Hydrating Formula. High school me would have strayed away from a hydrating product because I was terrified that it would make my skin more oily. Little did I know stripping all the oils from my skin was only furthering the issue.

Now, I have found my happy medium is a hydrating serum. The important thing here is that your skin is a little tacky. Not like Elmer’s glue on a 4-year-old sticky but just enough it barely sticks to your hands if you touch it. This allows the foundation to stick to your skin and stay in place.

Step 2: The Foundation

The foundation that I use is not something that I would have ever thought I would use. I told the sales associate at Ulta that I wanted something good for oily skin. It didn’t have to be full coverage but if it was that would be great, and I wanted it to have a matte finish. The result here is that I have the best foundation for my skin type and I love wearing it everyday.

My point here is that using a foundation that is meant for your skin is really what will make the difference for you. If you have dry skin and you’re using something for oily skin its probably going to turn out looking nowhere near what you wanted.

The other point I want to make about foundation is how you apply it. If anyone were to ask me I would say a sponge is the only way to go. Brushes are streaky and much harder to blend a liquid product. I use this sponge and let me tell you it is magic.

Step 3: The Concealer

If you are one of the Blessed Ones that has perfect skin and doesn’t have acne and gets enough sleep consistently, then please feel free to skip to step 4. Okay, now that its just us normal people here I am going to tell you how to use concealer to change your life. Invest in something high coverage and liquid.

For me this means Tarte Shape Tape but maybe for you something comes to mind that you like better. There really hasn’t been a makeup product that has revolutionized and revised the bar in the industry like Shape Tape.

But you may be asking how does this change my life? Apply this under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, on your Cupid’s bow, the tip of your nose and all of your spots. Now, remember that sponge we send fo foundation? Bounce that concealer in until you feel like it is blended to high heaven.

Step 4: Setting and Baking

Now that you’re looking a little like you’ve been sick for approximately 6 years, you are going to set your concealer. The reason I like using Shape Tape so much is because you can usually wait 10 minutes before you set it before it starts creasing.

At this point your sponge/blender/beauty blender might be getting dry. I recommend taking some MAC Fix+ or any other facial spray and giving it a refreshing spritz. the setting powder I use for under my eyes is the Becca Under Eye Brightening Powder. I take my sponge and stamp some under my eyes but DO NOT BLEND IT. Just let it sit there. The next thing I will do is set my concealer. I use the Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder. I pour some  into the cap and then do the same process over the places you applied concealer and anywhere you feel like your makeup might move during the day.

Now you are going to also not blend this in and leave this powder on your face while you do your eye look.

Step 5: Finishing the Face

Now you are going to take a small but fluffy brush (I recommend the ELF Jellypop Stiple Brush) and dust off the powder gently. Once that is off you can proceed to do your blush, bronzer, contour, and/or highlight as you normally would.

To really finish this off you are going to get a setting spray that is also good for your skin type. (I use the Urban Decay All Nighter De-Slick Setting Spray for oily skin) Make sure that this has a fine mist and that you use it over your whole face.

For me this is where the story ends. My makeup stays in place until I take it off after work or at night. If you are someone who is worried that this wont work for you carry your facial spray and blending sponge with you for a quick tough up throughout the day.


Let me know your tips and tricks for making your makeup last all day and please check out the video that goes along with this post:



Guess What I Started a YouTube Channel

If you have stuck around for the dry spell of blogging for the last couple months consider this your oasis!

I love blogging, it has a special place in my heart. I also love makeup and as much as I love both of these things makeup and beauty are visual for most people. Trying to write or create a pictorial is a little difficult.

To help me reach as many people as possible I decided to hop on the beauty YouTuber train and start my own channel. I’ll still be posting here and probably mostly posting about what I post about on YouTube.

Without further ado here is the link to my newest video:

So you might be asking why I would start a YouTube Channel in the first place? Well The answer is pretty simple actually. It is really hard to try to write about how to do makeup. I can tell you how to blend an where to put what products but really seeing them is the easiest way to really be able to tell how something will work for you.

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that makeup really helps my mental health. Being able to make videos helps me to feel less stuck behind a screen and more able to connect with people.

So enough about me I want to get into actually talking about my latest video.

At the time this goes up (or at least shortly after) the most recent video on my channel will deal with some new Tarte products. While I was filing that video I did some great first impressions but now fast forward to current Kate. Now I can tell you how they wear all day and really a full review.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Pallet: This one for me is an easy win. Repurchase, recommend, however you want to put it. I love it. Before I tried this pallet I never really understood what people meant when they said the formula of an eyeshadow pallet was creamy but now I get it.

This pallet blended like a perfect daydream; the kind you go back to sleep to try and finish. However, I will say this, if you do not like shimmer shades this pallet is not for you. It has a lot of shimmer shades which for me makes it a fantastic pallet. These shades have it all, they are pigmented, they blend well, they are neutral ( I am definitely a neutral pallet fan) and the color story is great.

Until I started watching RawBeautyKristie (Highly commend her channel if you don’t mind a little swearing) I didn’t understand the idea of a pallet so let me try to explain it a bit. Basically its the way colors are arranged in a pallet to best help you to create a look. This pallet has a great color story to the types of look I like to create.

Tarte Sex Kitten Pallet: So when I first ordered this pallet it was part of a set called the everyday glam look (or at least something along those lines) and it looked right up my neutral loving ally. The name was a touch of a shock but I have also been using the Better Then Sex Mascara for years so I really wasn’t clutching my pearls too hard.

These colors are beautiful. They have the same amazing blend ability and color story hat make me reach for this pallet over and over. There is one complaint that is really just a picky pet peeve of mine. There is one color that has a larger pot than the others and I cant stand this. The color itself is beautiful and I use it again and again. For some reason my brain only registers all the colors that are the same size. I don’t know why that is but if I’m not really looking at this pallet I don’t even register that pallet.

Estee Lauder Stay in Place Makeup: Okay I am going to start this one out really honest: this is an expensive foundation. However, with my dry, irritated, and also sometimes oily skin, this is seriously fantastic and it is the kind of foundation that makes me not ever want to try another one. I don’t even feel like I have to set this foundation. It applies BEAUTIFULLY and it is so comfortable and lightweight. I usually have a problem with the way that foundation sits on my nose and upper lip but this one really stays in place all day. I really don’t have any complaints about it.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Liner: My feelings about this liner are really mixed. On one hand it really glides on and it is a definite black color. However the applicator is tiny. I feel like I cant do my liner in one fail swoop like I usually do. But it also helps me to get a really good wing. I really cant decide how I feel about this liner but so farI haven’t reached for it since I made this video so maybe I have more issues with it than I think I do.

So those are the most important things that I tried in this video that I wanted to talk about so let me know what you guys think and if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them.


How to Find the Perfect Foundation

Foundation is called foundation for a reason. If your foundation isn’t right then your whole look can fall apart. The only thing that people can look at is the line where your foundation meets bare skin or the area around your nose where it has oxidized.

Finding the right foundation is also not just about the right foundation. It is also about a few other things but well get there.

The Right Foundation for YOU

  1. Finding the foundation for your skin type seems daunting. I recommend going to your local friendly Ulta or Sephora and asking for samples of what they recommend. Not just for them to put on your skin but also a small sample for you to take home and try on your own as well. If you lean more towards the drugstore brands then a great place to start is with the Maybelline Fit me foundation. It is one of the highest ranked drugstore foundations and as someone who has also used it before I agree its a great place to start.
  2. Color is probably the hardest thing to to get right in a foundation, at least for me it is. If there is one thing that I can have you take away from this post it is make your foundation match the overall tone of your body, not just your neck. Matching just the neck leaves a lot of room for error in color but the overall tone of your body will make your look seem more cohesive. The undertone of your skin tends to be more yellow or more pink but there are a lot of undertone colors. Finding your undertone is part of matching the foundation to the overall color of your body.
  3. Give your foundation a base. Applying foundation to bare skin is risky because not all of your skin is the exact same texture or type. Priming your skin helps it to even out and for the foundation to apply evenly to everything. My go to primer is the Porefessional primer by Benefit. I have also really liked the Mac Fix + as a primer as well. However, primer can come in many different forms. Some people have found a great moisturizer that doubles as a primer for them and some people use a much more oily primer to help their makeup. I recommend starting with something neutral and working form there. Only you can decide what you like in your foundation.

Finding a good foundation can be rough. I know that I definitely wore the wrong color for years. Let me know if you guys have any tips on finding the foundation combination that is best for you.


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How I Chopped My Hair Off With No Regrets

I have always had long hair. I have always felt prettier with it and I like the options I have with long hair.

However, if you have ever had hair past your shoulder blades you know that its a struggle. Curling my hair takes approximately 4 years and the arm strength of a body builder. Washing it takes another 4 years and drying might happen in the next decade. Long hair is also EXPENSIVE. With shampoo, conditioners, hair masks, hair cuts, etc. On top of having it dyed it was a serious hassle in my life.

I mean, do you even have long hair if you don’t consider shaving your head at least once a day?

So the other night I handed my husband a pair of scissors and told him I wanted a shorter. Thank God I have a talented husband and it turned out amazing. Otherwise this may be a totally different post.

It has been a few days and I am still loving it. How is that so? How did I chop off 6 – 7 inches of hair with no regrets?

Maybe i just felt like I needed to truly start a new chapter in my life with a totally new look. It’s already blonde so why not blonde and short? Right?

I have just had enough of long hair. Short hair means that I can do so much more with it. Buns are easier to throw up. Curling takes half the time. Washing my hair is so fast. But mostly, having shorter hair makes me feel like I look more grown up.

I feel like the concept of looking more grown up is usually reserved for 8 year olds in their moms heals but for me I felt like when I looked back at my senior photos I still looked the same and I am definitely not the same person so why look it?

I have always felt like long hair was beautiful but my face shape goes really well with short hair. I have come to accept that and now that I am working on graduating, I work a grown-up job, and am buying a house I felt like I needed something new and different. So, the only solution in my head was chopping my hair off.

Long hair is such a security blanket but short hair is such a freedom. I feel more confident and I feel more free. My hair feels so much softer and I feel like there is so much I can do with it.

Honestly, when people go to the salon they have planned it out more. They have had to think about it. Cutting it off on a whim is significantly more effective. There is no over thinking and no time to regret or look in the mirror. It’s almost stress receiving.

It has been a couple weeks and I am really growing into the look. The question you might be asking is but where are the regrets Kate? Every person regrets cutting their hair eventually. Its almost a cardinal rule of cutting hair.

I will admit that when I see girls with beautiful long hair and a fresh blow out ask my past self why I even looked at a pair of scissors but it passes. Curling my hair is now a daily task and I always love the way that it looks.

So do I really have the super secret formula to cutting hair with no regrets? Maybe its the right mix of impulsive and growing up and not caring what other people think? Maybe it is something along the lines of changing things in your life all at the same time so that you are too busy being stressed with other things to be stressed with your hair? I’m not sure.

If you guys have any stories of sever regrets or a lack thereof let me know!


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