11 Of My Favorite Makeup Products

11 Of My Favorite Makeup Products

The best high-end and drugstore products of all time (in my opinion).
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After a few years of obsessing over makeup, I have honed in on my ability to determine whether a product is good or not and what makes it good or not. I have had time to experiment with a lot of different products and brands, and have found what works best for me and my skin type, and what does not. I am no makeup artist by any means, but like any other makeup connoisseur of sorts, I have compiled a list of my favorite items in my collection and exactly why these are my favorites.

1. L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara

This is possibly the most underrated mascara ever. In every Target, Walgreens, Walmart, or Ulta I visit this mascara is sitting lonely on the bottom row, for no one to find and discover. But after a friend recommended it to me, I have never found anything better. It makes my lashes SO long. So long. It's insane. I have tried so many other mascaras that claim to lengthen my lashes and nothing does the job quite like this mascara. It also has my favorite mascara wand (rubber with very short bristles). And only $8.99.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

A cult favorite, and for good reason. This was my first ever brow pencil and I don't think I can ever find anything as good as this. The pigmentation is just right to create a natural but defined brow and the spoolie is like no other. I never had any trouble with the pencil breaking off (like I did with the popular dupe the NYX microbrow pencil, which by the way isn't nearly as good), and I always had a good brow day with this one.

3. Kat Von D Lock-it Setting Powder

This is my favorite loose setting powder I have ever tried, and it's so underrated compared to the Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder. It goes on so smooth, its easy to bake with and can be used to just brush all over the face, and there's no flashback whatsoever. I have the mini one and it's lasted me over four months.

4. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I discovered this bronzer through KathleenLights on Youtube, and I couldn't be happier. It's a beautiful color that isn't too cool toned, but still not too warm in that I can contour with this bronzer in a pinch. And not to mention the coconut scent that reminds me of the beach. It blends like a dream and is definitely my favorite bronzer - above Benefit's Hoola.

5. Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Highlighter

This highlighter is SO CHEAP. So cheap. Some people give Wet n Wild a bad rep just because their things are so cheap, which sometimes means some pretty bad products, but they have a lot of hits in their collection, and this highlighter is one of them. Unfortunately there's only one shade, but it blends so easily on the skin and gives the face a natural glow. You can use a sponge to apply it or simply blend it with your finger, and you'll get a flawless glow from within look. Definitely so much easier to use than a lot of liquid highlighters I've tried.

6. CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream

My skin gets pretty oily in my T-zone, so I go for matte face products. I'm not a huge fan of high coverage foundations, which is what first drew me to this because it's a BB Cream, and it does exactly what I want. It cancels my redness and looks so natural and keeps my oil at bay. I got a mini sample from Target and it's lasted me a long time, so a little goes a long way.

7. MAC Clear Brow Gel

This was the first brow gel I ever tried and I have never strayed away. I love the feathery brow look, and it keeps my brows in place alllll day when I use it. It has sort of a weird scent, but doesn't linger and keeps my brows looking great.

8. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

I first saw these when Tati from Youtube reviewed them and the first thing I thought was "that's just a Jeffree Star liquid lipstick." The tube and the want and the doe foot applicator are exactly the same, down to the little curve of the glass at the bottom, but what else is the same is the quality. I'd never think I'd find the most comfortable liquid lipstick I've ever warn (dare I say more comfortable than Jeffree Star's?) for just $5 at the drugstore, but it seriously is so comfortable AND incredibly long lasting. I tried out the bright Ruby Woo-feeling red shade from the collection and it didn't bleed at all. These are by far my favorite liquid lipsticks, and they're completely matte and transfer proof. I'm just floored by the quality. Keep it up Wet N Wild.

9. E.L.F. Studio Brushes

I love E.L.F. I think E.L.F is everyone's first experience with makeup just because of the low pricetag, and they have some pretty incredible products that are also good dupes for high-end brands (I'm thinking of the blush and bronzer duo that has an uncanny resemblance to NARS' blush and bronzer duos.) These brushes are a bit pricier than their white-handled brushes - I'm talking $3 vs. $1 - but their quality is so similar to a high-end brush, if someone were to cover the label most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Almost all of the brushes in my collection are E.L.F. and all of them pick up and apply product beautifully. I've never had trouble with patchiness or shedding, and they're just so cheap you can't beat it. I'm a particular fan of their small tapered brush for under-eye setting powder, and their contour brush for the face to carve out my cheekbones.

10. Buxom Lip Cream

This is another product I discovered through KathleenLights. It's essentially a plumping lip gloss, but the thing I love about it most is that it's pigmented enough to use on its own, but also sheer enough to use as a lipstick topper. It lasts a fair amount of time given it's a lip gloss and I love it so much, definitely a staple.

11. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

This is another cult favorite. I was never really drawn to the Chocolate Bar palette if I'm being honest; I wasn't a huge fan of the shade collection. But after my friend had me do her makeup with her Chocolate Bar, I was hooked. It blends so well, the shadows are so pigmented, and there's a million different looks that can be created with this. And not to mention it smells like chocolate. It is now by far my favorite palette, and I recommend it to everyone, the $50 is worth it.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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8 Reasons I'll Take In-Store Shopping Over Online Shopping Any Day

In-store shopping shouldn't be disregarded.

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Lately, there have been many department stores closing due to the rise of online shopping as opposed to in-store shopping. According to Fox Business, this includes department stores such as Payless, Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Dress Barn. The close of so many retail stores has led to more questions as to whether online shopping will become the only method of shopping.

However, just like with reading on a Kindle versus reading an actual book, not everyone prefers shopping online. At least, I don't prefer online shopping, and yes, I have tried shopping online for almost everything.

Here are eight reasons why shopping in the store will always be better than online shopping, no matter what other people have stated.

1. You can try on clothes

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This is one of the biggest problems I have with online shopping! You can't try on the clothes before buying them online. Sure, you can try on the clothes you get once they've been shipped. But if you have trouble finding the right size, especially since for women every size in almost any store varies, then it becomes more of a hassle.

Yes, a lot of online shopping sites have a "find the right size" menu where it gives you multiple measurements that match certain sizes. But most of those measurements include waist, hip, stomach sizes, and who has time to measure all of that?

2. You can expect what you're going to get

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With in-store shopping, you usually know what you get with buying an item. You know what the item looks like from seeing it in person, or with clothes you've felt the fabric and seen what it looks like in person. With online shopping, you basically don't know for sure what to expect until you receive the item in the mail. There are a lot of sites that may try to scam you where they'll present you with a clothing item that looks nice on the model until you receive it and it looks nothing like what you saw online. At least with in-store shopping, this doesn't happen as often.

3. No shipping expenses

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The nice part with in-store shopping is you don't have to spend extra expenses on shipping. Although there are times when online shopping sites offer free shipping, on some sites, it's hard to find free shipping. And on a lot of sites, they will try to offer free shipping only if you buy items that are $50 or more, which means you have to pay for more to receive free shipping.

4. No wait to receive what you buy

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The great part about in-store shopping is you get the item right away, unless you ask for the item to be ordered in the store. With online shopping, you have to wait for the item to be sent. And although there are some shipping options that allow one-day shipping, you'll sometimes be charged more to receive the item early. With in-store shopping, at least you get the outfit you want or item you need as soon as you pay for it.

5. You can avoid additional shipping hazards

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There are a lot of other shipping hassles that you have to go through besides waiting for the item to be shipped and the cost of shipping. You also have to worry about the item getting lost in the mail or if you'll receive it at the right address. And sometimes the item can get damaged during transit, which makes you feel like you wasted all of your money on buying the it.

6. You can speak to a sales representative in person

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This is especially helpful for buying bras or a dress. With in-store shopping, you can talk to a sales representative and get their opinion before buying the item. Sure, online shopping has someone you can talk to online, but it's not the same since you aren't talking to them in person or trying on the clothes in front of them. With in-store shopping, they can give you advice when you try on the item and offer you alternatives if it doesn't fit, whereas with online shopping, they can only offer you general advice without seeing you try on the item.

7. The option to pay with cash

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If you hate paying with a debit card, then you probably would prefer in-store shopping. The problem with online shopping is that you can't pay with cash since you can't exactly transfer real money online except through a debit card. With in-store shopping, you at least always have the option of paying with cash.

8. You miss the experience of shopping in person

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Lastly, what most people don't seem to understand is that with online shopping, you don't get the whole experience with in-store shopping. You don't get to walk through a mall, try on clothes, finger through the fabric, or see clothes or items in person. Instead, you have to sit behind a computer and shop. Though many people may like online shopping because you don't have to go through the hassle of dealing with people or lines in a store, you still miss out on real experiences with shopping.

So many people are already found in their houses behind a computer screen or buried in their phones. We already miss out on real experiences because we're too caught up in the digital world. So why should we do the same with shopping?

As you can see, shopping in person can have its own benefits to it. I'm not saying that online shopping is completely bad where you may not be able to purchase the item in the store. However, I also don't think that in-store shopping should be disregarded for online shopping. Not everyone enjoys shopping online completely, and by getting rid of in-store shopping, we miss out on the many different experiences that come with it.

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