REVIEW! YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil

YSL recently released a new lip product that was basically designed for me! The Volupte Tint-In-Oil is a sheer oil based lip gloss. It’s a blend of different oils to really nourish and moisturize your lips. This has a blend of apricot oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba oil, and possiflora edulis oil.

The applicator is really unique. It’s a funny shaped, bent, doe-foot applicator that really meshes well with your lips and gets into every little nook and cranny!

I have the shade No. 6 Peach Me Love. It’s a beautiful peachy pink shade that just shouts spring!

When I first tried this out in Sephora I had really high hopes! I swatched it on my hand and was kind of like… wamp wamp. 😦 It was super sheer and a little on the sticky side. I decided to try it on my lips and it was still pretty sheer, but not really sticky at all! After I walked around for about 5 minutes I noticed the color was what I like to call a sheer vibrant shade! It took a minute to oxidize but it was a fairly bright, sheer peachy pink! It’s super hydrating and last a good amount of time on the lips!

It’s really comfortable to wear and leaves a really glossy finish.

This is a pretty pricey product, but what else would you expect from YSL?! I bought mine at Sephora for $32.

I highly recommend this product if you prefer lip balms and more nourishing lip products! I can tell this is going to be a major staple for me in spring and summer!

xoxo, Audrey

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Pregnancy: The Worst of the Worst! (So Far!)

As of right now I am 24 weeks pregnant with a baby the size of an ear of corn shoved into my uterus! While it’s the most surreal, awesome experience I’ve even been through, it comes with a price!

My first trimester was pretty tough! I was sick all the time, all I wanted to do was sleep, and I was so moody I was annoying myself. I had high hopes for my second trimester! I haven’t been sick much, my appetite came back, and I perked up a whole lot! But I also started to notice a lot of embarrassing things that I have just have to deal with!

Sleep. 

Sleep sucks now. I wake up about every 2-3 hours to go pee which makes waking up in the morning extra difficult! I have always slept on my back, and now I suddenly cannot sleep on my back! I invested in a Snoogle and pregnancy wedge pretty early and I CANNOT sleep without them! But having to get up from the cocoon I’ve created to go pee really ruins it for me.

The Gas. 

The gas is super annoying. It’s an all day battle for me. I’m to the point where now I don’t really care and I’m tired of hiding it all the time or running away! I just let my freak flag fly when it comes to gas! Gas confuses me a little though, because I’m so constipated 90% of the time I don’t know if that’s what’s causing my gas or if it’s just my bun in the oven! Anyways, any pregnant person who tells you they don’t have gas or constipation is LYING! Husbands, boyfriends, and baby daddy’s, just pretend you didn’t hear it.

Sudden back fat?

Yes. Your back even gets fat when you’re pregnant and it’s super annoying! Apparently your back grows with your belly to help support it, but I would really like that to stop now!

The Back Pain.

The back pain is so terrible, I feel like I’m slowly being run over sometimes! Once the back pain starts, it won’t stop! So just lay down and suffer through! If your doctor says it’s okay, take a Tylenol if it’s getting really bad!

Sneezing/Laughing.

When I feel a sneeze coming on, I know i’m about to pee. I’m really considering wearing an adult diaper until I have the little guy. The other day I sneezed so hard I scared my baby, he kicked my bladder so hard I peed my pants! Laughing is awful to! I always laugh so hard that I pee my pants a little. It makes watching SNL really difficult now!

Boobs.

This is usually most peoples favorite part of pregnancy but not when you have huge boobies to begin with. I was a full DD before I got pregnant and 24 weeks in, I’m a full DDD! And they’re only getting bigger…. 😦 It also doesn’t help with the back pain that they’re getting bigger and bigger everyday! My boobs are getting giant… #whitepeopleprobs

Sono Pictures.

I was so excited to get my first sono I thought I was going to lose it! But when my pictures got printed, I really thought something was wrong with me, because I didn’t see a cute little baby. All I saw was this weird grayish blob that may or may not be in the form of a really small baby! My second sono I was pumped! My baby was bigger, I was going to be able to really see all his features and he was actually going to look like a human. Not the case. One of my sono pictures looks like there’s an ostrich inside me. Another looks like my baby is possessed by the devil and like he’s trying to chew his way out. Ultimate fail for me.

Other People’s Opinions. 

Look person behind me in Starbucks, I’m getting a half decaf, half regular latte I don’t need you to tell me “pregnant people aren’t suppose to drink caffeine.” I know you’re not suppose to drink a ton of caffeine during pregnancy, but 100-200 milligrams isn’t going to do much damage to me. If one more person asks me “can you eat that?” or “should you be eating that?” will get a swift kick to the groin by me.

One thing I’ve really learned is that everyone is different! No two bodies are exactly the same! If your doctor says your healthy, don’t be so hard on yourself when you see someone who was 100 pounds before they got pregnant, only gained 15 pounds their entire pregnancy. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! Yeah, you don’t want to gain a ton of weight, but don’t starve yourself because you’re insecure. You’re going to gain weight. You’re going to swell. Your wedding ring isn’t going to fit after a while. and yes, you probably will take a huge dump when you’re having your baby. BUT WHO CARES! This is your time! Yeah, all this stuff really sucks! Your body going through a major change really sucks, feeling like a 100 year old woman because you’re constantly peeing your pants and farting really sucks! But that’s what makes pregnancy so fun! It’s funny to laugh at yourself when you pee a little, it’s the only time someone won’t judge you for doing it… Remember that!

When it comes to diet during pregnancy, my only advice is don’t go to cray on the sugar. You don’t want to put yourself at risk for gestational diabetes. Also, try to eat some veggies during the day! It’ll help your sanity. Also, take a walk.

Don’t blame yourself for things that are out of your control! The biggest thing I’ve struggled with so far is weight gain. I seriously think about it all day long. I feel like I should constantly be moving around and doing workouts by my desk. I blamed myself for gaining weight and constantly think everyone thinks I’m just a short little fat girl. I really have to think about not calling myself fat, not getting so down on myself, and quit crying about it all the dang time!

Just remember pregnancy is a beautiful thing and it’s a ton of fun! Think of all the cute clothes you get to buy for yourself and baby! 🙂

xoxo Audrey

February Favorites!

Happy February!

I got out of the habit of doing monthly favorites, because I wasn’t using new products! At the beginning of the month I ran out all my skincare and a lot of make-up I use daily. I picked up a few new things that I have really loved!

Skincare Favorites:

I picked up the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I have super dry under-eye’s and this stuff works! It’s one of the “cheaper” eye creams I have used ($26). It is so hydrating, and my concealer applies so smooth and flawless! Dare I say it, but this Kiehl’s eye cream is better than the Bobbi Brown eye cream ($50-$70) I’ve used for years!

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The sales woman at the Kiehl’s counter talked me into picking up the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturing Serum Concentrate. I don’t know how she did it because I always do my research before going into a department store so I cannot get talked into buying things! But I think this is a fairly new item because I’ve never even heard of it before! Maybe it’s just new to me! It has a weird texture, it’s not thick and oily like a normal serum, it feels kind of watery, yet effective. I pat this on my skin morning and night before I apply my moisturizer, which I found is the best way to use this. It really evened out my skin and faded a lot of my dark spots!

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Make-up Favorites:

I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless foundation. I love the original Fit Me! foundation so I was super excited when I saw they made a matte version! This formula I wouldn’t say is matte, but I would call it natural! It doesn’t make me super oily after a couple of hours, but it does leave me with a very natural skin-like finish that I love!

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Maternity Favorites:

I’m still obsessed with my Biggs & Featherbelle Belly Balm! It is very thick and oily but is so moisturizing and nourishing, especially in this cold weather! I just use this on my stomach, back, and chest area. I use my daily Vaseline body lotion on my legs, arms, and feet. I’m trying my hardest to prevent stretch marks and so far, I don’t have any! (knock on wood!). I got this item for Christmas so I’m not 100% sure where you can buy this in store, but you can grab it on Amazon!

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I am OBSESSED with the Motherhood Maternity Seamless Tank Top. It’s seriously the most comfortable tank top I have ever worn! It’s long so it covers my entire belly and stretchy so it will grow with my growing tummy! I wear one of these tank tops everyday!

Being pregnant, I’ve had a hard time sticking to an exercise routine. The most cardio I can personally do is walking and any kind of squats are out the window! I’ve been using my resistance band for some simple arm and leg workouts and it’s made me feel a lot better about myself! I have always been pretty good to sticking to a daily workout routine but being pregnant, I can’t do a lot of the workouts I was doing before. Who would have thought a simple $10 resistance band would have made me feel a heck of a lot better about myself!

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So that’s it! Hopefully I’ll try more things in March so I can get back into the habit of doing monthly favorites again! Let me know if you have tried any of these items! 🙂

xoxo Audrey

Yay for Babies! and Baby Beauty Products!

Hello all!

2015 is here! We have 360 days to make changes, improvements, or not do anything at all! I always find it so weird that people wait an entire year to make a change! ha.. oh well! 🙂

Anyways! 2015 is going to be a HUGE year for my husband and I because we’re having a baby! I’m due July 2015 and currently 14 weeks pregnant!

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I had to make a change in my beauty routine skincare wise!

First off, my regular body lotion WAS NOT cutting it for me anymore! My skin is so dry, tight, and itchy all the time I need to use the thickest body lotion I can find! I’ve been using a variety of different body butters for whatever mood I’m in, and how dry my skin is!

My go to is usually the Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Butter. bodybutter

This is such a great daytime moisturizer for me right now. This sinks into my skin quickly so it doesn’t smear all over my clothes, it keeps me moisturized all day, and it smells so good! I don’t think I have ever bought one of these full price, BBW always has a sale or a coupon so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂

Before I go to bed I like to use an oil based balm that is much thicker than a regular body butter. I got the Biggs and Featherbelle Belly Balm for Christmas and I have not stopped using it since! big-bell-2

It’s very thick and exactly what it says it is, a balm! It’s so hydrating and just feels so good to use after I get out of the shower and about to hop into bed! It doesn’t transfer onto my sheets or anything and doesn’t leave me feeling like a grease ball! I never feel itchy after using this and I don’t even feel the need to put any moisturizer on in the morning (but i still do!).

I carry around the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks around in my purse!

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I like to keep this with me if my skin feels extra dry while I’m running errands or at work! This is just an easy body cream. I like this rather than the regular lotion because it’s a bit thicker and you have more control over how much product you use.

I got a gift set of the Mama Mio skin care favorites for Christmas. I haven’t tried everything in the kit yet, but I have tried the Mama Mio Glamorous Glow Facial Wash. mamamio

I love this stuff! It seriously leaves your skin glowing! I use this with my Clarisonic and it’s been a dream for my skin! I haven’t broken out at all since using this cleanser. I use this after all my makeup is off that way it can really reach into my pores and I can get a deep clean out of it!

These are the products I have been loving so far! I’m sure my routine will change once I get bigger! My biggest advice to you if you are pregnant is to moisturize your skin! If you don’t want stretch marks or really want to cut down on the stretch marks, you need to moisturize your skin properly!

What products did you use when you were pregnant?! I would love to hear about some of them!

xoxo,

Audrey 

You can pull off this fall lip trend!!

Hello y’all!

Now I know when people think about a fall lip trend, the first thing that comes to mind are very dark, vampy lips. This year, the fall lip trend might be my favorite trend by far! MATTE NUDE LIPS!! I love this trend for so many different reasons. It’s very wearable for everyday, it looks great on everyone, and you can always find a shade that works!

Obviously, I have found some favorite shades from this trend that I think will work on a variety of skin tones!

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My absolute, go to favorite for fall has been Taupe from MAC. This is more on the darker side of a nude lipstick. It has very rich, warm, and even some red undertones to it that just screams fall! I wear this matte lipstick everyday to work! It’s so appropriate for so many different occasions, but still very on trend.

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Maybelline recently released a new line of matte lipsticks this season and they are fabulous! They’re soft, easy to wear, and do not dry out your lips! My two favorite nude shades from the new line have been, 655 Darlingly Nude and 660 Touch of Spice. 655 Daringly Nude is just a classic matte nude shade. It looks great on a lot of different skin tones and is a great way to start out with the nude lip trend. 660 Touch of Spice is on the darker/mauvey side. This shade is more of the “Kylie Jenner” lip look (I’m starting to hate saying that!) It’s very beautiful and easy to wear!

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The Soft Matte Lip Cream’s from NYX might be the easiest/laziest way to be on trend! The shade Stockholm is such a beautiful, natural nude shade. It feels nice on the lips and is so easy if you’re running out the door!

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MAC Whirl and Soar lip liners are so easy to wear on their own. Lining your lips with a nude shade is the perfect way to achieve a pouty, more full lip look. I haven’t found any good drugstore dupes for these lip liners. Wearing these lip liners on their own really gives off a gorgeous matte lip that is so flattering! I love pairing Whirl lipliner and NYX Stockholm lip cream! 🙂 maclipliners(right: MAC Whirl, left: MAC Soar)

i hope i encouraged y’all to try some of these matte nude lip shades! I promise if you try them, you will fall in love! Let me know what other fall trends you’re loving this year!

xoxo Audrey

REVIEW! Maybelline the Nudes Pallet

This pallet has been out for a while now, but I finally got my hands on it! Maybelline has released a “proper” eyeshadow pallet. I would describe it as a cross between Urban Decay’s Naked pallet and the first Lorac Pro Pallet.

There are 12 shadows, 8 shimmers, and 4 matte shades, which retails for $10. When I first swatched them, I wasn’t super impressed. They didn’t seem very pigmented to me, and the texture was a little weird. I have been using this for a few days now and I think I have an overall understanding of this product.

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The first time I used this pallet I didn’t use an eyeshadow primer, just to check out the longevity. To my surprise, it actually held up pretty well! There was minimal creasing, but it held up for over 12 hours! I have tried it with an eyeshadow primer also and it lasts just as long but without the creasing! 🙂

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I recommend using these shadows with a primer. Something like, Maybelline Color Tattoo’s in Bold Gold, or Bad to the Bronze. Another great primer that worked well with this product was the MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist. Using this pallet with these primers really brings out the bronzy, gold hue that this pallet gives off!

Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, drugstore neutral pallet, I would check this one out! I honestly thought I was going to be disappointed, but it surprised me! I found mine for $10 at Target!

Have you tried this? Let me know what you think! 🙂

xoxo Audrey

August Favorites!

Beauty 101

Well Hello! I haven’t posted a new blog all summer! I’ve had the busiest summer! I GOT MARRIED! Planning a wedding sucked up 99% of my summer, but it was so worth it! 

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Since it’s the beginning of the month, and i haven’t posted a blog in forever, I thought I would fill you in with what I’ve been loving lately!

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The first thing I bought early in the month and haven’t stopped using it, is the NARS lipgloss in Stolen Kisses. O.M.G. This lipgloss is so pretty! NARS recently changed their formula, so their lipgloss’s are now creamy, not sticky, and opaque. This is also a great color for that “Kylie Jenner” lip trend that has been going around lately. 

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Another lip product i have been loving that also falls into the “Kylie Jenner” lip trend is the Essence Long Lasting LIpstick in 06 Barely There. This…

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