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Birthday Shopping Style Haul

Last week I did a little birthday shopping style haul. Shockingly, I refrained from picking up any beauty products on this birthday splurge-a-thon and solely stuck to a few things I had my eyes on in the clothing and accessories department.  As you know, I am a self-proclaimed “beauty-product-hoarder”- so coming home without a tube of lipstick or a well-packaged eyeshadow is kind of a big deal for me.

While I never expect gifts from anyone, I have to say there is nothing better than gifts from the family. And what usually happens is they actually skip the shopping for me and send money or a giftcard instead… and I am totally okay with that situation. Getting a giftcard or cash as a birthday present is a way to have complete guilt-free shopping. Thus, my birthday shopping style haul.

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So let me show you what pretty accessories and clothes I picked up for my 31st birthday. I didn’t go crazy, but I love everything I got.


Here is my birthday shopping style haul:

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Necklace:  What I love about this long-gold-necklace is the pearls encapsulated in a jewel-like pendant. This is a necklace that can be dressed up or dressed down, and will go with a ton of different outfits. -Forever21 (Around $5.00)


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Sheer Shorts: Don’t worry, I won’t leave my home with these sheer-floral shorts on. They are for sleeping only… or whatever.  -Forever 21 (Around $4.00)


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Printed Shorts: Now, these Forever21 art-deco/Aztec-looking (… I don’t know what you’d call it) shorts are going out in public. They are comfortable, silky, trendy, and I love them. -Forever21 (Around $12.00)


Wearing Rompers in your 30s Birthday Shopping Style Haul

Romper: If I am too old to wear a romper, please don’t tell me- just let me live in denial. This black romper has beautiful sheer lace detailing on the neck-line, spaghetti straps, and a cinched-in waist line. It’s perfect for a sunny day or a cool evening, if paired with a light sweater. Plus, It would look amazing with strappy sandals, boots, or wedges. -Forever21 (Around $20.00)


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Marc by Marc Jacobs White Bag: When I look for a bag, I need one that will go with everything, fits everything, looks awesome, and will stay with me for a while.  I really wanted a white purse, so when I saw white Marc by Marc Jacobs bag on major, major, major clearance at Nordstrom’s Rack, it had to be mine. With that said, I think my mom about had a heart attack when she saw how much I payed for the clearance priced designer bag.  She just could not believe I spent that much. But to me, a purse is an investment; I use it every-day, all day. And this was an insane deal. -Nordstroms Rack ($175.00 Reg. $450.00)


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I feel like I found some cool finds for my birthday shopping style haul! I love that Forever21 carries so many inexpensive clothing and accessories choices that I was able to splurge a bit on my fancy bag. What do you splurge on when you get birthday money or giftcards?


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Note* I bought all of these products.

Balance Bar Shape Up Challenge + Giveaway!

Sponsored: It might be the end of July, but swimsuit season lasts well into September here in Austin, Texas. So, I am taking the 40 day Balance Bar Shape Up Challenge so that my body gets healthy and doesn’t look like I have had two kids… Is that even possible? Honestly, this challenge fits right in with what I have been challenging myself with lately anyways, so I think it was meant to be.

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Here is the situation- I like food. I like food a lot. I especially like Mexican food, which doesn’t do anything good for you when it comes to wearing a bikini. I already love to work out 5 days a week.  But to get that tummy flat?  It’s really about what goes into it (dang you chips and salsa).

So, I am starting out this Balance Bar shape up challenge by changing the way I eat: healthy eating choices with smaller portions alongside with eating more frequently throughout the day.

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As a wife, mom of two, makeup artist, and blogger, I am pressed for time most of the time. So it is essential for me to be able to have a healthy snack in my purse at all times so that I don’t grab for the nearest anything and have an unhealthy binge party, ruining everything I have been working so hard to accomplish.  You know what I mean?

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To start out this #BalanceShapeUp Program, I headed to Walmart and picked up a few boxes of Balance Bars in two ah-mazing flavors: cookie dough, and dark chocolate peanut (yummm).  Balance Bars are quick and healthy, hunger-satisfying bars that contain 15 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, a good source of anti-oxidants, and are entirely guilt-free. They are 40% calories from carbs, 30% calories from protein, and 30% calories from dietary fat.  Because of that, it helps me to keep track of what I am putting into my body so that I can make right choices for my other daily meals.

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The Balance Bar shape up challenge is a 40 day challenge that encourages you to not only eat healthy, but will give you challenging 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips and multiple social media giveaways. Holly Del Rosso, an NASM certified personal trainer, created the exercise program. It includes 18 different 30-minute workouts that focus on the abs, legs and back.

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Win This: If you want to get healthy, too, here is your chance to enter to win a $10.00 Walmart giftcard and a box of Balance Bars!

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Are you joining me in this 40-day, Balance Bar challenge? Make sure to head to your local Walmart to pick these up; let’s get healthy together!



Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card plus additional product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar and Walmart.  All opinions are that of my own.

The Best Deal Sites for Cosmetics On-line

Designer cosmetics can be a bit of a splurge. But with patience and knowing exactly what you want, you can find some killer beauty deals on-line.  Personally, I am a bit of a clearance aisle junkie and I rarely like to pay full price for anything unless that something is blow-my-mind goodness. With that said, if you enjoy finer cosmetics, but don’t like the price-tag attached, here are the best deal sites for cosmetics.  deal sites 9 The Best Deal Sites for Cosmetics On line

 Hautelook: is my number one go-to site for makeup deals online. I have seen everything from Jane Iredale, to Blinc, to Luminess Air and a myriad of other high-end cosmetic brands. If you aren’t familiar with Hautelook, it is a site owned by Nordstrom’s that has daily deals.  So you need to be fast if you want something good before it sells out. Another bonus about this site is that you get a $10.00 credit each time a friend signs up for a free-account and makes a purchase. So you can easily rack up credit to get an even bigger discount on designer cosmetics.


All Cosmetics Wholesale: If you are looking for quality makeup brands online at a discount, you need to check out All Cosmetics Wholesale. On this beauty site for deep cosmetic discounts, you will find rare finds and brands such as Becca Cosmetics, NARS, Bobbi Brown, and a whole lot more. To find out behind the scene details of how this site works and why they get such killer deals on cosmetic brands, head on over to their on-line beauty store.


Overstock: There can be some crazy deals on sometimes. For instance- I just popped on there and found a deal for a pack of four mini-sized Better Than Sex Mascaras for only $22.99! That’s basically like getting over one full size mascara for free. Anyways, I have seen Jane Iredale, BareMinerals, Lancome and a bunch more on this online discount site. Another Bonus is that the shipping is ridiculously cheap.


Brad Deals: This isn’t a site you can purchase cosmetics on per say, but this site will list out all of the current beauty and cosmetic gift-with-purchases across the web and any other highlighted beauty deals. When I am purchasing from Sephora or Ulta online, I usually only do so if I know there is going to be a gift with purchases added to what I bought. In my opinion, Ulta has far better and far more gift with purchases than Sephora.


Amazon: Honestly, before I purchase anything from anywhere, not just cosmetics, I search Amazon first and compare prices. Often times, you can find big discounts on cosmetics that you want, especially if you are looking for something that is out-of-stock or limited-edition.

If you like quality cosmetics minus the price tag, you are going to want to check these awesome deal sites for cosmetics!

Have a great day everyone!



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Purse Worthy Beauty Basics

If you are a busy mom, or a busy working-woman, you are most likely pressed for time.  Because our “extra” time is limited (if you even get extra time in a day…), keeping some beauty basics in your purse becomes an essential, not just an option.

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So here’s my story and a good little mental picture for you- A few days ago I was hauling myself, my two girls, and my 80-pound, untrained (major fail) Goldendoodle to the vet.  My dog was having a slight panic attack and giving me a minor case of whiplash. While that was going on, my 4-year-old was begging me for mints and my 1.5-year-old was making a small ocean on the floor with her new discovery- the water dispenser. So all in this single moment, I am on the floor at the vet pointlessly cleaning up water because more water is still being poured out by my daughter’s wonderful water dispenser, I am hearing something about mints in the background, and my dog is pulling my arm off, all while the secretary is rolling her eyes at me. Let me tell you that by the end of this vet trip, I needed a glass of wine, some therapy, and almost every beauty basic in my purse to help me look normal again.

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 With that story said, here are 6 Purse Worthy Beauty Basics for the busy women.  Or the crazy mom…or both.


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Beauty Blotters: I like to call these “oil obliterators”. They are important to keep in your purse just in case you have a heat flash, need a makeup touch-up, have a hot day, or a steamy night.  Basically, they are good for that moment when you look in the mirror and realize you could start your own line of natural-essential oils. Check out these oil-absorbing beauty blotters from Mary Kay. 

Mary Kay Blotters: $6.00

Glo teeth Whitening Review Purse Worthy Beauty Basics

Teeth Whitening: Yeah, you are probably wondering why I have a teeth whitener as a purse essential. But as your wine- and coffee-addicted friend, I must tell you, my teeth turn a gnarly color if they aren’t maintained.  So, if you are like me with coffee and wine and perhaps headed to a special event, office meeting, or a first date and notice your teeth are the same yellow color as Big Bird, trust me- you will want a teeth whitener on hand. For the best on-the-go, teeth whitening results, try Glo Everyday GLO™ Teeth Whitening Maintenance.

GLO Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen: $25.00

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Lip Color Choices: For a quick change in my makeup, I like having a range of lipsticks and glosses in my purse. Why? Because first, one can NEVER have too many lipsticks.  It’s nearly impossible. Second, you can change the entire vibe of your makeup by simply switching the color from dull to “dang she looks gooooood” (try a red lipstick and neutral eyes for that reaction). As a busy woman, I may not have time to change all of my makeup, but I can swap out a lip color and use the bright lipstick shade in my purse as a cream blush.

My lipstick and gloss essentials for my purse are:

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancere

Jouer Lipgloss in Glace

Makeup Forever Lipstick in N40

Mally Beauty Gloss in Life is Fuchsia

Dentek for Busy Women Purse Worthy Beauty Basics

Dental Floss: Nobody wants to be the person smiling at everyone, thinking they look awesome, but not knowing they actually have a Texas-sized piece of lettuce wedged in the corner of their front teeth. Yeah, I wish I could say that has never happened to me. So, since I am not going to make that mistake again, keeping these adorable Dentek Dental Floss-Picks and Case in my purse is an essential. In fact, this is probably my favorite of all 6 Purse Worthy Beauty Basics.

Dentek Floss Picks + Case: around $3.00

Hand Sanitizer for Busy women Purse Worthy Beauty Basics

Sanitary Wipes: Because it’s an absolute essential to know I can destroy the germs that were just welcomed onto my hands after touching nasty gym equipment, doors, or whatever else is super-germified.  I am killing those germs with YouSmell hand wipes. Are you with me?

YouSmell Lemon Wrapped Hand Wipes: $5.00

LaVanila Deoderant Review Purse Worthy Beauty Basics

Deodorant: I’m not sure that I even need to go into this one. But since I can, I might as well. Listen up friends, there are moments when you lift up your arms and gracefully sneak a wiff of your pits and think to yourself, “ehhh…it’s a little bad, but not bad enough.” As your friend, I am telling you, it’s bad enough. If you think it’s kind of bad, it’s super bad to everyone else. Carry deodorant guys, nuf said. Check out my current deodorant fav from LAVANILA. Turns out it’s my best friend, Kourtney Kardashian’s fav, too.

LAVANILA Healthy Deodorant: $14.00


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Also, if you are looking for a cute bag to keep your entire purse worthy beauty basics in, check out this adorable and functional purse from Emillie M. It is perfect for daytime or a night out, and has a compartment in the center to hold all of your beauty essentials.


What’s your purse worthy beauty basics?

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note* These products were given to me for editorial consideration. There are affiliate links in this post, clicking on these helps to support this site. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Cate McNabb Gel Liner Review

Since becoming a make up artist 12 years ago, I have tried half a million eye-liners. Today, I am reviewing the Cate McNabb Gel Liner, which has easily become a top 5 favorite. Finding the perfect eyeliner can be a total pain, but I might have just found one for you that will rock your world like it did mine.

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First Glance: This is a jar of gel eyeliner that will be perrrfect for creating a sassy cat-eye. Also, jars of gel-liner usually last for-e-ver.

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Brand Overview:  This is a highly-pigmented, long-wearing gel eyeliner that goes on smooth and lasts all day. It’s quick-drying, plus it’s water and smudge resistant.


Cruelty free

Quick drying

Smudge resistant

Long wearing

Price Tag: $22.00


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 Here is a little story for you- I have been wearing the Cate McNabb Cosmetics gel liner religiously since it was sent my way. That was until my almost 2-year-old got ahold of it while I was taking a shower, opened the jar, and smeared it all over my white carpet, my new white and floral office chair, my makeup-table, and of course, herself. Her hands were entirely black, and the jar was completely empty.

It took me a half hour to get this gel liner off of my daughter and my $200.00 chair is basically a goner.  But thankfully, I was able to get it completely out of my carpet using 99% alcohol. Now, while all of that was a major, major bummer… I found myself really pondering if I was more upset that my chair was ruined or that my new favorite gel liner was completely gone.  It was a tough one.


Overall Thoughts and Opinions

I wore this eyeliner from morning until evening in the Texas sun without ever having a single problem with smudging. With this Cate McNabb gel liner, I was able to use only a tiny bit of the product and create my favorite eye-look, the cat eye, with complete ease. This gel liner glided on my lash-line easily, smoothly, and perfectly. It dried quickly and literally lasted through sweat and sun.

This Cate McNabb Cosmetics Gel Liner is a total re-purchase on every level.

Have a great day!!




Disclaimer: These products were given to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Save the Undies with U by Kotex®

Warning: This is some SERIOUS girl talk happening below, sponsored by U by Kotex®.

We all have one- a place in a dark area, tucked far, far away in the back of our closet or drawers. It’s a place in our room that just might need to come with a disclaimer or a warning label just in case anyone would feel inclined to go snooping around.  You know what I’m talking about, right ladies?

Period panties. 

Side note: If someone is snooping around, they totally deserve to find them. Ha.

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That’s right, I said it- period panties. It’s the undies that are brought out once a month when our favorite friend (sarcasm) pays a visit to not only us, but to our panties, too. We have all experienced a $5.00 pair of fancy panties that got annihilated during that time of the month. And it’s pretty annoying.

I mean, isn’t it enough that we have back cramps, front cramps, leg craps, mood swings, eating binges, cry fest’s, bloating, and a host of other period problems that I won’t go into because you ladies all know what I’m talking about?  With all of that, the last thing we should have to deal with is ruining our favorite pair of cute and comfy panties, too.

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So, I am on a mission, along with U by Kotex®, to save the undies so that our panties can stay cute all-month-long. What a concept.

YOU can save your undies, too!  With the new Ultra Thin Pads with 3D Capture Core*, that keeps unexpected, panty-destroying-leaks away. This line has other options available in Cleanwear® pads, AllNighter® pads and Security* pads.

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Right now you can visit the U by Kotex Landing page and get yourself FREE SAMPLES of the 3D Capture Core! Trust me, your panties will thank you, U by Kotex®, and me.  You don’t want to miss out on this freebie so make sure to click the link.


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So, if you want to rid your home of the secret box hidden in the deepest corner of your closet and keep your pretty panties stain-free, join me in my mission to Save the Undies!




Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by U by Kotex . All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Orogold Luxury Skincare Review

I’ve recently had the opportunity to try out the OROGOLD 24k Deep Peeling, and the 24k Vitamin C Facial Cleanser.  Orogold is a luxury skincare line that believes “gold” and “beauty” go pretty well together. While I agree with that statement, let’s see if I agree with these luxury skincare products, as well.

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If you want skincare that has pretty packaging, this is the one for you. These bottles of golden-goodness scream luxury- I almost felt like a Kardashian just holding them. Both items are packaged individually in a gold box and when you open them up, the product is lying gracefully in a bed of golden satin.  I have to say, the presentation of these luxury skincare items are pretty good.

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Brand Overview: “OROGOLD skin care products are formulated with the very best vitamins and minerals to offer its consumers extremely effective skin care solutions. However, the main ingredient in our product line is gold. Each of our skin care solutions, irrespective of their function, contain gold. This helps us to cater to specific skin needs without diverting from our main goal of offering timeless beauty to our consumers.”

 Orogold 24k Vitamin C Facial Cleanser

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 Brand Overview: 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is enriched with ingredients such as Vitamin C and 24K Gold. The gentle foaming action of this cleanser purifies skin by removing make up, dirt, and excessive oil; leaving your skin feeling energized and refreshed.

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 My Thoughts: What I immediately loved about the 24k Vitamin C Facial Cleanser was that I could see the bits of gold in the cleanser. While the bargainista in me wanted to strain the cleanser for the gold flecks (no, seriously though), I was very excited to have the opportunity to wash my face with this.

I really liked how it was non-stripping and moisturizing, yet still gave me a little bit of foam to really get my makeup off.  This cleanser left my skin feeling refreshed and extremely spoiled.

With all of that said, this is an expensive cleanser and is definitely not going to fit everyone’s budget. But if you are into spoiling yourself with high-end skincare products, you might want to give this one a try.

 Price Tag: $128.00


 Orogold 24k Deep Peeling

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Brand Overview: 24K Deep Peeling is designed to provide a powerful facial cleanse by removing a thin layer of dry cells to reveal ultra-smooth and youthful skin. It is specially formulated to gently polish, renew, and revitalize the skin without stripping away vital oils or causing irritation. 24K Deep Peeling is formulated with 24K Gold along with ingredients such as, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Green Tea.

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My Thoughts: I am pretty sure the 24k Deep Peeling might be one of the coolest at-home facial peels I have ever tried. Like the cleanser, you can see all the small flecks of gold when you open this container of pure skincare luxury. When using this product, I place a dime size amount to my clean, dry skin and massaged it in a circular motion. Immediately, I saw all of this dead skin rolling up into tiny balls on my face- it was the coolest thing ever. On the packaging, it says to only leave this product on your skin for 30 seconds, so I obliged and washed my skin with cool water per the directions.

What I noticed was that my skin felt amazing, looked glowing, and was super soft. I have to say, this luxury item is worth every cent. Yes, it’s an investment product, but with the small amount of product that it takes to get beautiful results, it really isn’t that bad of a price. I would totally repurchase this in a heartbeat.

 Price Tag: $128.00

 Overall Thoughts & Experience:

Using gold on my skin was a first for me, but it won’t be my last. I had a great experience with both of the Origold products.  But if I were to choose between the two, the 24k Deep Peeling is not leaving my beauty counter. I loved having a luxurious experience while cleansing my skin, but I also adored the results of the face peel. While I know that this luxury skincare line is not for everyone’s budget, it’s a great “wishlist” item to have for a special occasion when spoiling yourself is on the menu.


So far, I am a fan of Orogold. The 24k Deep Peeling has me sold. Do you indulge in luxury skincare?


Have a great day everyone!




Note* These products were given to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own. 

Casual and Chic Summer Style | OOTD

Who still loves summer? There is something about throwing on a pair of trendy shorts and a tank that feels very manageable and far less time consuming when having to also get two little ones ready for the day.  Yeah, it might be a bit less dramatic than a fall/winter look, but when a simple outfit is accessorized with a necklace and the right shoes, you can look like you tried just as hard. I call it “simple and chic summer style”.

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I am pretty sure that I own 900 pairs of black shorts (that is a bit of an exaggeration). I do own quite a bit of printed shorts too, but black shorts go with everything. Well, black anything goes with everything… thus a reason why it’s a go-to color for me.

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For this summer outfit, I chose black shorts and a grey-ribbed-tank that I decided to tuck in. Now, I did sort of feel like my mom tucking in my tank. However, if you are really into the cropped-shirts, tucking in a tank is the next-best option. If you are wondering why I wouldn’t just wear a cropped-tank, the answer is really simple: I have had two kids and I need to do a ton of sit-ups. Oh, and I am not 15.

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 To dress up my simple-summer outfit, I accessorized with a long beaded necklace from Forever21, some leopard printed TOMS wedges, and a pair of chic sunnies.

Let’s talk about the leopard printed TOMS wedges, shall we? There are some leopard printed shoes that might be intimidating, but these are not. In my opinion, they are considered a neutral and can be worn with a multitude of outfits- dress pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, bold colors, neutral colors, etc. My only suggestion would be to stay away from other prints when wearing these.


So, now that you know what my casual and chic summer style is, what’s yours?

What I am wearing:

Forever 21 Black Shorts (similar)

Forever 21 long necklace (similar)

Grey tank 

ICU Eyewear sunglasses

TOMS leopard print wedges

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Simple Skincare for Sensitive Skin | Review and Giveaway

Sponsored: If you have sensitive skin and are on a budget, you’re going to want to pay attention to my review and giveaway of Simple Skincare for sensitive skin. I have been trying out three of their skincare products over the past few weeks and I have to say, I am impressed.

Make sure you enter this giveaway for Simple Sensitive Skin Experts below (share it with your friends too)!

There are 4 winners who will each receive: 1 $10.00 Walmart gift-card, and a Simple prize pack. Enter Away…

Simple – Citizens of Beauty

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First Glance: Well, hello pretty and clean packaging; I like that you are sitting on my counter right now. Let’s get to know each-other, shall we?

Brand Overview: Simple® says no to harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes and dyes that can upset your skin. Instead, we use only our purest possible, skin-loving ingredients, so you can trust all our products to be kind to sensitive skin.

We don’t believe in strange ingredients, confusing claims, unnecessary packaging or complicated routines. We don’t’ want to overcomplicate things – we believe good skincare should fit around you. After all, there’s more to life than the bathroom mirror.

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Simple Exfoliating Wipes Review Simple Skincare for Sensitive Skin | Review and Giveaway

Simple Exfoliating Wipes: These exfoliating wipes are perfect for gentle exfoliation, and zero mess.  Along with the slight gritty texture of these wipes, they are infused with aloe, vitamin E, and Pro-Vitamin B-5. This combo will leave your skin nourished, soft, and glowing.

  • No dyes
  • No artificial perfumes
  • No harsh irritants to upset skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic

Hot to Use: After I cleansed my skin, I used the Simple Skincare for sensitive skin, exfoliating wipe, with circular motion all over my face. There was zero stinging or irritation, which was a major plus. My skin felt soft, and I could see that it also removed a little left over makeup. 

Price Tag: $4.97 (25 ct)

Simple Eye Makeup up remover review Simple Skincare for Sensitive Skin | Review and Giveaway

Simple Sensitive Eye-Makeup Remover: This eye-makeup remover is strong enough to remove waterproof mascara, and sensitive enough to not demolish your eyes. It will nourish and soften with Pro Vitamin B-5, plus, it’s formulated without oil and other greasy residues.

  • No oil, no greasy residue
  • No dyes
  • No artificial perfumes
  • No harsh irritants to upset skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens users
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic

How to Use: I just applied the Simple Sensitive Skin Experts eye-makeup remover to a cotton pad, then gently glided over my eyelids to remove my eye-makeup. Easy-peasy.

Price Tag: $6.97


simple revitalizing eye roller review Simple Skincare for Sensitive Skin | Review and Giveaway

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roller: This Simple Sensitive Skin Expert Eye Roller is one of a kind. It gently glides under your eyes to reduce puffiness by cooling and massaging. It’s also formulated with cucumber extract and Pro Vitamin B-5.

  • No dyes
  • No artificial perfumes
  • No harsh irritants to upset skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens users
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-comedogenic

How to Use: After I was done cleansing my face, I started at the inner under-eye area with the roller ball and gently glided it towards the outside of my under eye. My eyes felt ridiculously good, and stayed cool feeling for a good 5 minutes; it was pretty refreshing. 

Price Tag: $12.49


Overall Thoughts and Opinions

I am actually surprised that this isn’t sold at a higher price point. For those of you who struggle with sensitive skin, I would definitely recommend giving the Simple Skincare for Sensitive Skin try. You can purchase this skincare line at Walmart!

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Lately there has been a plethora of  beautyblender knockoffs, and I am kind of a sucker for them. Let me explain.

As a makeup artist, I use the beautyblender all-the-time.  They are freaking expensive at twenty bucks a pop; I carry at-least 5-10 in my makeup kit. That wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t lose those pretty-pink-tear-dropped-geniuses, every time I am on a photo-shoot or doing makeup for a bride. It can add up, trust me.

Here is my point: if I could find something equally as good as the beautyblender for a fraction of the price…I would buy stock in the company. Well, not really. But I would be a very-happy-girl.

Let’s look at the beautyblender knockoffs I have tried so far.

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If you are wondering why the beautyblender is such a big deal, here are my 5 reasons:

1. Umm…they are pink, or purple, or white, or black little tear drops. So basically they are cute.

2. They give a flawless foundation application that looks airbrushed by blending the foundation perfectly into the skin.

3. Because they are tear drop shaped, you can get into small corners of the face (like your nose).

4. I have had my personal one for 2 years. SO, they last a long time and are easy to cleanse

5. They don’t absorb the foundation that you are applying like an actual sponge does; your foundation will actually go further by using this.

The Beauty Blender knockoffs (that I own)

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Studio 35 Beauty Blender Sponge: Honestly, this feels so dense…almost like an eraser. No thanks.

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Makeup Sponge from Who-Knows-Where: I actually can’t remember where I got this makeup sponge from. BUT- that’s okay, because it’s not a re-purchase. It feels way-to-spongy and absorbs makeup quickly. Oh, and if you were to flip this little guy around, you would see a gigantic indention; it indents super easily. I think I will pass.

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SOHO Beauty Sponge: I am reading all of these reviews where other beauty bloggers are saying that this one is a really good beauty blender Knockoff. Umm…no. This beauty sponge not only absorbs makeup quickly, it also becomes completely disfigured after one use. Not a re-purchase for me.

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Forever 21 Makeup Sponge: Honestly, I had some high-hopes for this knockoff. It has the shape, it’s a cute color, and it’s two bucks. However, it was pretty dense and didn’t blend the foundation nearly as well as the beautyblender. But come on, two dollars? I had to give it a try.

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The Original Beautyblender: As I tested all of the other beautyblender knockoffs in comparison with the original, they just weren’t up-to-par. Yeah, they were way less expensive, but I spent the same amount of money on the other four combined as I would on one beautyblender, and I won’t use them. So, I mine as well stick with what I love, and what I know works super well. I love my beautyblenders.

Have you you tried the beautyblender before? Or, do you use a knockoff?

Have a beautiful day everyone!



note* I purchased all of these. There are affiliate links in this post for the beautyblender. When you purchase through those links…it supports this site and I am extremely grateful!  All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.