Song of the Day: Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Flawless Coverage from Drugstore Brands

Today I thought I would share a couple of my go-to face makeup products for those of you looking to try something new and well priced! I was in LOVE with the Maybelline Purestay Powder, but they’ve stopped making it (boo!) so here are a couple of my other favorites for day-to-day coverage.

Prime Time 

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NYC’s “Skin Perfecting Primer” is one of my all-time favorites. I stick with shade 684 which is a sheer no tint. It is a great moisturizing base that helps makeup go on smooth.

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I recently tried the NYC “BB Creme Smooth Skin Perfector” and was impressed at the coverage. I’ve never tried a BB creme before, but it applied easily like the primer and actually coverd the majority of my skin imperfections.
The downside to this primer/BB Creme is that it can come out a little streaky or blotchy if you’re not careful when applying. I was very sad when I noticed this because I was so excited about this product. However, it is still a good base with average coverage because it’s tinted.

Conceal It 

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Hard Candy’s “Glamoflauge” concealer is one of the most heavy duty concealers I’ve ever used! I really like the Hard Candy brand all of their products do what they’re supposed to and more. A dab of this concealer goes a long way and it is easy to blend. I’ve had my tube for about six months and I usually go through products like crazy.

The downside is that it can be a bit greasy when you first apply it, but I prefer that over a dry, hard to blend formula. Another complaint I’ve heard is that it doesn’t cover fine lines. So far with my experience, as long as you blend it the concealer doesn’t bunch up! My mom also uses this product.

Cover Up 

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Wet N Wild “Cover All Creme Foundation” is easy to apply and long-lasting. This is the face makeup that I currently wear and it provides great coverage at an even better price. The only downside to this makeup is that Wet N Wild doesn’t offer a wide range of skin color selection. I also like the Wet N Wild “Cover All Pressed Powder” to set my makeup.

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L’Oreal’s “Magic Nude Liquid Powder” is one of my all-time favorites. It is easy to apply and provides a matte finish that feels silky like powder. I’m not quite sure why I stopped using this product as frequently, but am considering incorporating it into my makeup routine more!

Lighten Up

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We all know the “When life gives you lemons…” phrase. Well in my case, when life brought me a face powder that was far too dark, I turned it into a kick ass contouring blush. I just wanted to share my mess up with everyone because in the end it really worked out for me!

This powder is meant for full-coverage use so it has a matte finish. I really like that for contouring the cheekbones because the blushes that I top over it are usually sheen and sparkly.

Song of the Day: The Weeknd – Earned It

DIY Shamrock Streamer Garland

How cute is this DIY? Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, I am starting the St. Patty’s Day DIYs now. Don’t worry, I have some super cute DIYs for Easter coming up!

This DIY is from studiodiy.com

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Materials:
Streamers
Scissors
Pencil

INSTRUCTIONS

Saturday Styles in LA 2/28

If it hasn’t rained in your area yet, don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots! It’s currently 64 degrees in LA with a 50% chance of rain. I love when it rains!

Today’s style is from Rach Parcell on pinkpeonies.com

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She’s wearing red Hunter rain boots, Prada glasses, holding a Valentino bag, and wearing a Burberry trench coat.

Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts

There’s a local doughnut chain here in Seattle called Top Pot Doughnuts. I happen to live directly behind one. It’s a curse and a blessing and sometimes you just have to give in and go buy yourself a dozen doughnuts doughnut or two. Other times, you just have to make them!

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I try to use coconut oil as much as possible instead of other fats, so why not try frying doughnuts in it? Let me say, it works like a charm.

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I got the inspiration for this recipe on Pinterest, obviously. You can find the original recipe here.donut2

Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts
*makes about 8 doughnuts 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup raw cane sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 egg
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

coconut oil for frying (I used about 1 pound)
cinnamon-sugar for dredging

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla. Pour the liquid into the dry and mix together until just combined, don’t over mix. The dough will be sticky.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. While your dough is resting, make a cinnamon-sugar mixture — I did 2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup cinnamon — and set it aside.

Heat your coconut oil to 350-375 degrees F. Make sure to keep and eye on your oil so it doesn’t get too hot, nobody likes burnt doughnuts! After 1 hour, scrape that dough puppy out onto a floured surface, sprinkle generously with more flour and roll out to a thickness of about 1/2 an inch.

Cut your doughnuts out with a round cookie cutter and use a significantly smaller cookie cutter to make the center hole. You can smash together and roll out the left over dough one more time but no more than that (it will become too tough and taste gross). Save the smaller center circles for doughnut holes!

Drop the doughnuts in the oil one at a time. The dough will sink at first then rise to the top of the oil. Fry on each side for about 3 minutes, or until it is a nice dark-golden brown. Remove doughnut from oil and place directly into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, dredging completely, and place on a metal cookie rack to cool. Repeat the process until all doughnuts are done. Don’t forget the doughnut holes!

Enjoy with a huge cup of joe.

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In Love with the Cocoa- Too Faced Makeup Haul

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been dying to share this purchase with you and the day is finally here! A couple weeks back QVC had an awesome Too Faced “Better than Chocolate” box sale which included: The Chocolate Bar eyeshadow pallet, “Better than Sex” Mascara, “Nude Beach” lipstick and a sample of their “shadow insurance” all for $49! I’m not usually one to splurge on brand names, but I know a steal when I see one. I apologize for not sharing it with you all, but I found out about it 2 hours before the cut-off time :(

Over all, I’m in LOVE with the eyeshadow pallet, primer and lipstick. Let’s get reviewin’!

imageimageEach of these colors are very pigmented and go on smooth. There are 6 matte shadows and 10 sparkly shadows. The best thing about this pallet? It really does smell like chocolate!!!!

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As you can see, the variety of colors leaves endless options for day to night looks and the colors are so rich: from warm natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums- this pallet will definitely up your eyeshadow game. So far, I’m addicted to the “White Chocolate” color: a matte white. I like to apply a small amount of the shadow for a soft, light lid or sometimes I pack it on a bit heavier so that my lid is white. This looks great contrasted against black eyeliner and topped off with a bright red lipstick. Hello starlet!

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I think I’m a little late on this “Shadow Insurance” primer, but it works great!! True to its word, the primer goes on smooth and does not crease. It really helps my eye shadows to stay on and I even use it on my lips sometimes as a base for lipstick! Oh, and a little bit goes a long way, which is always a plus.

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Searching for the perfect nude lipstick? I think I’ve found it! This lipstick glides on smooth, has a slight shine and stays on well. I like to wear this over a nude Milani lipliner for the slight lined Kylie Jenner pouty look. Although, it also looks great by itself.

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“Better than Sex” mascara- I’m sorry to say, but my vote is that it definitely isn’t better than sex. Hehe. I would rate the mascara as very thick and clumpy. You must put it on with extreme caution and I’m always running late- so I definitely don’t have time to apply with great care. I’ve tried putting it on my bottom lashes and ended up with mascara under my eyes- a big charcoally mess of gunky mascara… not pretty. Others love it, but so far I’m not a fan!

Have you tried any of these Too Faced products? I’d love to hear your feedback!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)