10 Tips For Drugstore Makeup

Lash Out Before You Cash Out This Summer With These 10 Tips For Beauty On A Budget

I do know my way around drugstore makeup.


Need a super cute makeup look for summer but not trying to break the bank? Well, beauty on a budget is my specialty! I won't lie, I do own quite a bit of high-end makeup and I am a Sephora addict. Mostly because it gives me more cruelty-free options and I like the wear of it. However, I do know my way around drugstore makeup. Also, all brands listed below are cruelty-free because you know that's how I roll. So allow me to help you lash out before you cash out and be a dewy, glowing goddess all summer 2019!

1. E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow

This E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow is a dupe for the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder by Urban Decay in the shade Aura and is a fraction of the price. During summer I'll sometimes combine the two for a blinding glow.

2. Milani Baked Blush in Rose D'Oro

I recently picked up this blush at CVS. I mostly use Tarte or Nars blushes but I picked it up for a dewy look because I wanted a new addition since I had to go out to dinner that night. Although it is great for a daytime look, it definitely works for night!

3. NYX Butter Gloss in Madeline

NYX's infamous line of butter gloss is extremely versatile!

4. Physician's Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

There is no better drugstore bronzer, I promise. You'll look super sunkissed, and it's my go-to if I don't have my Benefit Hoola bronzer on hand.

5. Wet n Wild 1 Step Wondergel Nail Color in Coral Support

I'm dying to do coral, but I have to do nails for an event, then right after I have these birthday nails planned, so this might end up happening when I get back from my birthday trip to Florida.

6. NYX Lip Lingerie Clear Gloss

Summer is all about glossy lips, so if you haven't yet, use this to jump on the bandwagon.

7. NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Peekaboo Neutral

Super natural and goes with any gloss.

8. NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gold Pearl

Liquid highlighter is everything. I like to mix it with my moisturizer and foundation, then add a baked highlighter on top for extra glow.

9. Physician's Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Lip Oil Duo

If you're like me and you love a glossy look (but you also like to have the windows rolled down while heading to the beach and your gloss keeps getting in your hair), no sweat, this non-sticky formula will give the appearance of gloss without the hassle.

10. NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Spell Bound

If gloss isn't your thing, try adding some pop to any look with this bold lip!

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

You can thank me later.

It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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