Go to foundation + going out makeup.


If you’ve read my blog before you’ll already know that I am not a foundation girl.  I don’t like heavy coverage and I don’t like the way it looks on my skin.  My skin is dry, usually irritated and I find that foundation always cakes and gathers to those irritated areas.  No matter how hard I prime or try, I just don’t think I have the skin for foundations and heavy bases.  That being said, I’m 21 now so I have been determined to find a good foundation that I can make work for my skin on nights out + events. I go out once a week if that since I’m truly a homebody but a glittery eye will get me out of bed. I got this LA Girl long wear, illuminating foundation because it sounded similar to the NARS longwear radiant foundation I wanted… which ended up being a flash back flop.  This foundation is only $8 and I totally see why beauty bloggers and gurus rave about it!  Since I only wear foundation once a week if that, the $8 price tag is perfect for me and I love the foundation!


So for a night out routine I usually will do a full face which I never do!

1. Prime. I use a moisturizer to prime my face.  I started using this Clinique hydroblur primer which blurs out pores and keeps you matte. I don’t like matte but I use this on my forehead which is more textured then I’d like and in my t-zone.  To me, these areas are fine to be matte since the rest of my face will be dewy.  This moisturizer really smooths out those areas and I love that. You can also use it touch up makeup by putting it over it and I like the smoothing it does for that too. It just leaves a velvety, smooth finish which looks like a more flawless face.

2. LA Girl Foundation. I like this foundation because it’s medium coverage and dewy! I love dewy, light makeup but when I want more coverage this is a great option.  I do one pump and I usually mix this with cover FX drops or Mac strobe cream to sheer it out / make it more dewy. This foundation doesn’t flash back and the longest I’ve had to wear it for was 6 hours and it wore well. I apply it with a brush then go back to blend with a makeup sponge. It sets well with powder and I like how it wears with the rest of my makeup.

3. Concealer. If I’m wearing foundation I go VERY light on concealer. I don’t want my face to look like I have too much product. I usually only do my under eye area and around my nose.  I’ll do blemishes too if I have them.  For concealer I’ll do Tarte Shape tape or Makeup Revolution on blemishes and NARS soft matte under eyes.

4. Powder! I use the Laura Mercier translucent powder,  its my favorite and my go-too. I bake quickly under my eyes then set my forehead and around my nose.


5. Next I’ll go in with bronzer.  I love my Chanel Soleil de tan bronzer the best.  Its cream and I love how it blends on skin.  I just got my Tom Ford bronzer and I find that its sheer and doesn’t really show up that great on me so I’ll dust some over my Chanel bronzer to set it and it looks great.

6. Blush. Not a blush girl but this Sweet Pie Too Faced bronzer is a bronzer with a hint of pink and I like this flush on my cheek so I will use that there.


7. I fill in my brows with Glossier’s boy brow. 

8. For eyes I always like to do a little extra something because its fun and I never do during the week! I’ve done lashes, a smokey eye, a cat eye or a glittery eye.  I love a good smokey eye and I love some glitter. (The Stila magnificent metals a fave of mine.) Last time I did bronzer in the crease, the Colourpop Supershock shadow in Birthday Girl all over the lid for some gold glitter and bronze cat eye with my Nudestix rock n roll liner. It was super easy and I love how it looked! I always do mascara if I don’t have on falsies. I love this Essence Volume stylist mascara and I go HAM with it! I do like 4 layers and I do the top and bottom lashes.

9. For a lip I like something nude and long lasting.  I rarely do a bold lip and I def won’t if I did an eye look. I find it very easy for me to look made up and I hate looking cakey.  I usually stick to a nude colored stain or liquid lip since it’ll last long and if I’m going out I’m probably drinking and my lip will come off faster. I like my velvet Kylie Lip kit because its comfier than the matte but still long wearing.  I haven’t found a stain that lasts super long yet.


10. Did you think I forgot highlighter?! NEVER.  When I go out I want a blinding highlighter so I will set my face with a spray, usually Urban Decay if I need long wearing and then I will apply my highlighter on damp skin for a pop. Lately I love my ABH Amrezy highlighter

And so, thats my night out makeup! It sounds like a lot just typing it out and while I like a more natural look it is so much fun to do a full face with glitter and color.

@Katiejanehughes and @violette_fr are my makeup inspos and what I strive for every time I do an eye look.  They’re both amazing at doing a glitter eye while keeping the rest of their face super natural and not super made up like Instagram make up.  Thats always my goal, sometimes I better at that sometimes not so much, hahah.

Shape Tape Dupe?


Tarte Shape Tape is an awesome concealer and loved by many!  I love it and I dare you to watch a youtube favorites video without finding some guru raving about it.   It’s full coverage without getting too cakey, its a skin like finish, it creamy and easy to blend, it works for under eyes and on the face… its that good.


Tarte released a Shape Tape foundation earlier this year and the hype for this foundation was insane.  The concealer is so well loved and the foundation was expected to follow suit. The shade range of the foundations ruined the launch right off the bat.  Many were appalled at the amount of fair skin shades they had compared to the two shades they offered for women of color.  Its bad and its 2018; Fenty, Huda and even Kylie cosmetics have all come out with concealers and /or foundations with shade ranges of 30+. This needs to be the new normal and everyone who wants a seat in the beauty industry should take note.  The whole Tarte shade range debacle seriously opened my eyes to what an issue this is and how many other brands participate in that.  Tarte got a lot of back lash for their shade range but you look at brands like It Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury or YSL the shade ranges are slim and targeted towards fair skin.  It’s not ok and I can’t imagine going to try a new beauty product and not being able to find your shade. Tarte did release 10 more shades after the backlash but too late. Tarte Shape Tape foundation was a truly eye opening experience for me and I hope all brands move forward with inclusive shade ranges.

This shade range debacle as I’m gonna refer to it as left a distaste of Tarte Cosmetics in my mouth.  Sure other brands are just as guilty but I felt it and went with it which brings me back to why I’m writing this post. Makeup Revolution launched a a concealer super similar to Shape Tape right around the time of the drama of their foundation launch.  It was a great marketing move and many people looking for a concealer to replace Shape Tape went for this Makeup Revolution one, me included! It’s $7 and coined a Shape Tape dupe ($27) with full coverage and often sold out Ulta!

But is it really a Shape Tape dupe?

I’ll tell ya.


The wand is very similar to Shape Tape.  I love the huge doe foot applicator!

The coverage between the two concealers is whats different:

Makeup Revolution is medium coverage. Tarte Shape Tape is full coverage.

The finish for both is similar; semi matte, skin like.

Personally, I’m ok with the MR being medium coverage because I like how it wears on my skin and you can build it up.

The shade ranges are similar: MR has 18, Shape Tape 14.


Shade range wise I can say I’m custard in Nars concealer and many are too. I wear light medium in the Shape Tape which is a tad too pink for me.  I wear C7 in the Makeup Revolution which is a really great shade for me. In this picture you can also see the coverage.

So its not a 100% dupe due to coverage but its a pretty great concealer especially at a drugstore price.  The coverage reminds me sort of like Nars creamy radiant which is an awesome concealer and a favorite of mine that totally gets the job done.

If you use Shape Tape for extreme redness or severe dark eye circles then you’re not going to want to give up that coverage. For anything else, I can say the Makeup Revolution Concealers are just as good, but different.

I wouldn’t say to go use it expecting it to be a spot on Shape Tape copy.  It’s different but in truly the best way, I think. It layers better without getting cakey like Shape Tape can if you use a second layer. It’s also a fraction of the price.

I really enjoy my Makeup Revolution concealer and I’m running out because I use it daily.  I can 100% say I will be repurchasing and as someone who loves makeup/ has a ton of it, If I repurchase something that means I love it.  I also don’t wear foundation and only use concealer so a good concealer is very important to me and I’m picky.  This is a good concealer.



Spring Break / LA Recap

I made it back to school in New England just in time for a nor’easter.  I didn’t even know what that was until last week! I miss home but the snow day I’m 97% positive I’ll be having tomorrow makes me feel a hint better. 😉


It wouldn’t be a trip to LA w/o a good wall.  Its so corny, basic, whatever.. I like a good wall. This one was on 3rd across the street from Vanderpump Dogs, down the street from the Grove! Hope that helps hahah. Its a #lovewall and they’re all over LA.

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I love a good shelfie!! I wish this was all mine but I got my mom hooked on Drunk Elephant so some of this is hers.


Its not LA without avocado toast and I got the BEST avocado toast at Jon & Vinnys on Fairfax.  Its a bitch to get too location wise and there is no parking except on the street and if you know Melrose/Fairfax, thats impossible.  The food is AMAZING. I drove around looking for a parking spot for 45 mins and it was 10000% worth it.  It was some of the best food I’ve had in LA in a while. I recommend the avocado toast, the meatballs and the spicy vodka fusilli.


Every time I make a trip somewhere I have to go to Sephora! I never need an excuse to go to that store. I have some new faves. My Nars soft matte concealer – its awesome. My Nudestix rock n roll liner in bronze patina – the color is gorgeous, its super hard to use the roller ball. ABH Amrezy highlighter – if you like smooth highlighters this is for you, though its not as intense as I expected!

The Essence mascaras are an Ulta buy and I’m really liking them! They’re only $5 and so impressive.


The best sign on the wall at Doheny Room in Weho.

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The prettiest window in Weho!

#1 Foundation buying tip

I talked about this before on here, I really wanted the Nars long wear radiant foundation whatever it is called, its the long name, newer one.  We are emphasizing the WANTED, past tense.  Its a $50 foundation, I wear foundation on nights out or when I know I’m going to be a taking lots of pictures.  This is once a week, if that. I decided to get a sample of the Nars foundation at Sephora to try and see if I really needed it. I swatched it in the store one day and was obsessed with the finish.  I knew my exact shade so you could say I was ready to impulse buy it if I felt like it one day, haha. Back to my point I got a sample to try and see if I really needed it.  I wore it to dinner tonight, my friend loves Vanderpump Rules so we went to Sur in Weho, where they all work and of course they were all there so we took a picture.  Who is the flash back, ghost face girl in the picture? THIS GIRL.  That Nars foundation flashed back like nooooooo tomorrow. Horrible! You can see my face in the picture and it’s about 8 shades lighter then my arm!

The picture is horrible of everyone hahaha but my face! I can’t stand when I see girls with flash back face.

My best tip for someone buying a new high end foundation is to get a sample first!!! Especially if its a foundation you want to take photographs in.  Sephora will give samples of anything if you ask.  Take advantage of this. I know I forgot about this and I’m going to start doing it more.  As for my Nars foundation, I will not be shelling out the $50 for it.  Even if you never wear foundation I think every girl needs a good one they can count on for events or special moments! This Nars foundation is not it!

Cut offs and polka dots


Free People shirt old, similar // UO shorts // Olive June sandals. 

Hellllllooo!! I’m back home and super happy to be in warm weather. I have to give a shout out to the ultra dark Loving Tan because my legs were pastyyyyyyy asf.

I am watching the Bachelor Finale as I write this and I didn’t watch this season regularly but enough to know what was going on. I FEEL SO BAD FOR BECCA. Poor, poor girl.  He was like I’ll always choose you.  Give homeboy two weeks he wants the next girl. BAD. He sucks and his hands are freaky.

I did a Sephora Haul and I got the NARs creamy concealer and the Ole Henrikson Banana eye cream.  Pumped to try both!!!! Those will be on the blog soon. 🙂

3 things I’m in to:

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3 things I’m loving all under $8!! I love mixing high end makeup with cheaper, drug store makeup.  I was never a cheap makeup / drugstore girl before but I truly believe you can find really great stuff.

Sephora Collection Rose Hydrating Mist.

No shocker here, but I have a things for mists and setting sprays. This one has the best sprayer, ever!  Every beauty spray needs this sprayer. I like this to set my makeup and keep my face hydrated.  I’m big on spraying my makeup so it melts into the skin and looks more natural.  This is great for that but its not like a Urban Decay Spray that will keep your face set all day.    I will say I wish this made my skin more dewy because this is the hydrating version.   It hydrates but I think it makes my makeup look the same.  In terms of ingredients, it has fragrance and alcohol.  (I just looked into this, yikes!)  Fragrance isn’t the greatest for skin and neither is alcohol, (it can be ok in small amounts)  but I haven’t had a problem and I really enjoy this spray.  I’m almost out of this and will def be getting more! I want to try the coconut next. Its also really tiny and great for your purse or travel.  It’s $7.50 at Sephora.


Makeup Revolution Concealer. 

I’m really enjoying this concealer.  It’s not as full coverage as shape tape but I find shape tape to get cakey and drying on my skin. This one doesn’t get cakey and its less drying.  I notice this in my under eye area the most!  I would say this is a medium coverage that can be built up.  It’s made its way into my daily rotation so its safe to say its a favorite!  It’s only $8 at Ulta so you can’t go wrong.  I’m in the shade C7 which is a peach toned, medium shade and its very similar to shape tape light medium and Nars custard.  For reference I have swatches linked in my ‘beauty’ instastories.


Sephora collection lipstick in ‘tan lines.’

This post is not sponsored by Sephora collection! I wish it was because I really enjoy their stuff!  I absolutely love this lipstick, I have the shade Tan Lines in the cream finish.  Its a gorgeous, nude color and its super creamy and comfortable to wear.  It’s only $8 and if you’re wanting a good lipstick under $10 I totally recommend this.  I would also recommend these over the new Colourpop $8 Lux lipsticks because those are sooooo dry. I like these much, much better and they have even more shades to pick from.  I can only speak for the cream version but they also have matte and metal finishes.

OOTN + 10 things


1. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! 🙂

2. So 2 new obsessions as of lately: I’ve been wearing my Gucci belt on repeat just as I expected. I always veer towards simpler outfits and it just makes everything look better!  I’ve also been lovingggg wrap tops. They’re super flattering and they’re hot!  Depending on how they’re tied you can make it more day or night friendly.

This top is from the brand Lush in the BP section at Nordstrom.  I can’t find it online but heres some similar ones / ones I’m lusting over!

wrap shirts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

3. I’m going home Saturday for spring break and I literally cannot wait!!! I’m so excited to see my dog, eat In n Out, go shopping and drink all my non-dairy option coffees! Hahahah.

4. My best friend is coming home with me too! They’ll be lots of shopping, eating good food, tanning and taking pictures.  Lotsa outfit pictures coming soon.  I miss doing them and so excited to get back into it!

5. I’m so excited for Colourpop going into Ulta! I will say I thought the selection would be better but I’m definitely excited to get my hands on the eye shadow palettes and some new super shock shadows!

6. I cannot wait to try oat milk when I’m home. It’s so LA! Dare I say almond milk is becoming the new soy milk?  Idk yet but I’m excited to try it hahaha. I love non-dairy milk options! Speaking of coffee the new peanut butter cookie flavor at Dunks is my jam.

7. I’m on the look out for a cute pair of flatform wedges. I like this pair but they’re super sold out.

8. Dodgers are at Spring training and I’m SO excited for baseball season to start up again. Matt Kemp is a Dodger again and I loved him when he was with the Dodgers around 2012ish.  So happy he’s back.

9. I need more highlighter like I do a hole in my head but I was watching a youtube video on the new Anastasia BH x Amrezy highlighter and its supposed to be amazing.  I’m so buying it.

10. I’m not a TV girl but I love watching youtube videos.  My favorite youtubers are Olivia Jade, Allana Davison, Violette_Fr, Laura Lee, Manny MUA and Desi Perkins. I also love Kelly Strack, Juicy Jas, Tasha Farsaci and Danielle Carolan.

I just watched Aimee Song’s video with Eva Chen on growing your instagram.  I love both of them and if you blog or instagram it is a MUST watch.

I’m also obsessed with Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland’s Come Undone Fashion week video series.  I LOVE THEM! They’re so real and not to mention, they dress so well.  I love following them around Fashion Week and seeing what behind the scenes truly looks like.