Crazy Jess | #TopFive | Mascaras 👁 

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In fact, I’m working on it so much so that I decided that I’m finally going to start my #TopFive series I’ve been planning on starting for like ever at this point but #life and #motherhood got in the way of that.  Now is as good a time as any.   

So, what do I mean by “Top Five Series” you may be thinking.  Well, basically I decided I would start a series each month were I would share my top five of random items/products/things etc.

For this month’s installment of the #TopFiveSeries I decided to start with my #TopFiveMascaras of all time.

Why mascaras you might be thinking?   Good question.  I chose to start with that topic because it’s one of the top questions I get from people regarding my makeup looks, even from strangers in public, holding a close second to the other frequent question I get which is “what kind of contacts are you wearing, because your eyes are sooo green they can’t be natural”.

Yes Susan they are real.  God gave them to me and no I’m not lying to you.  (Sidenote: I legit had a lady in public argue with me and tell me I was lying that this is my natural eye color…because out of all the things to lie about regarding my appearance my eye color would be the one I’d choose lol 😂)

So where was I?   Oh yeah, my top five mascaras.

These are legit my top five and I have all five on hand ALWAYS!   They range from high end to drug store brand and they are all worth the money.   I always get them in the color black or whatever the darkest color they have available is.   

In no particular order here we go…

By the way, I’m not going to write a thesis here on Mascara and highlight the pros and cons of each individually because that is just wayyy tooo much info. Just trust me if you want major volume you will like these 😉

1) IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara


💰 Price: $24.00

🛍 Where to buy: Ulta

 

2) Benefit They’re Real Mascara


💰 Price: $25.00

🛍 Where to buy: Ulta

 

3) L’Oréal Lash Paradise


💰 Price: $9.99 (usually but you can get on sale & use coupons to get it even cheaper)

🛍 Where to buy: any drugstore, Wal-Mart or Target and also available at Ulta 

Note: this is a drug store dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I quite honestly think this one is in fact BETTER than the Too Faced BTS and is obviously much more affordable.

 

4) Maybelline Lash Sensational


💰 Price: $8.99 (usually but you can get on sale & use coupons to get it even cheaper)

🛍 Where to buy: any drugstore, Wal-Mart or Target and also available at Ulta
5) Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir


💰 Price: $26.00

🛍 Where to buy: Sephora
So why these five?   Well in short they are all amazing and let me tell you I’ve tried ALL the mascaras.   Well maybe not all of them but darn near close and out of all the many mascaras I have purchased, these are the ones I consistently repurchase over and over again.

They work for me because they each give me dramatic volume, are buildable, don’t flake, aren’t too watery, and don’t give me “tarantula eyes” either.  I can wear them each by themselves or I can wear a layer of one and finish with a top coat or two of another and it always looks good. 

I consistently get compliments on my mascara/eyelashes or people ask me what false eyelashes I’m wearing (I don’t do false lashes FYI) and there is never any consistency in exactly what combination of these five I’m wearing on any given day when I get said compliments or questions so they all without fail work for me and for now are my must-have top five.  

What is your favorite mascara?   Have you tried any of these?  What did you think of them?   Comment below and let me know!

Until next time,

XOXO 

Crazy Jess 💋

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Top 10 Drugstore Favs | Spring 2017

It’s been a while since I have posted a favorites blog or vlog. Since I have been using a lot more drug store products lately I have found some great items that I absolutely adore and I thought now would be a great time to share my current favorites.

Most of these items are under ten dollars and were purchased on sale and with coupons at Walgreens, Rite Aid or Target.  I have provided links below for more details regarding the product.  Note some of these links are affiliate links as an FYI.

L’Oréal infallible eyeshadow in color Endless Pearl

This is a must have in my collection.  I use it as an eye shadow base no matter what eye look I’m doing for the day immediately after priming my eyelids.

Milani Coconut Infused Lip Oil Treatment

Obsessed about this lip treatment is an understatement.  I put it on multiple times per day because I love how it smells & feels on my lips.  My lips have never been as moisturized as they are now after using this stuff religiously and it will be a permanent staple in my makeup bag/purse/night stand.

Elf Blush palette (Light)

I had low expectations for this palette when I bought it but was pleasently surprised how amazing the colors were.  They are pigmented, super blend-able and you can create so many versatile looks with the palette (day time/night time, office appropriate or night out etc).  I also love how you can remove the pans and customize the palette.  That’s pretty impressive for the price point.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme

I adore these!  I have three shades so far.  I’ve swatched them below.  As you can tell I’m mildly obsessed with nudes at the moment.  I also love how these smell like vanilla.  So many of my other liquid lip products have gross chemical smells to them which turns me off from using them, but not these!  They dry quickly, but don’t dry out your lips and they last a long time wear wise.  The bottom one is the only one of the Metallic ones I have.

L’Oréal Sublime Bronzer ***This sadly was limited edition and is no longer available***

I found this at the grocery store on an end cap with a tear off coupon pad attached and thought “why not try it out”.  I ended up absolutely loving it and am devastated to find out it is limited edition and no longer available.  I love how the shade is kind of an ashy/gray shade which makes it perfect for contouring.  I like to use my bronzer to contour on most days (because I’m lazy and usually putting on my makeup as quickly as I can in between bottle feedings and diaper changes for Baby K).  So this is perfect for a Mom on the go with fair skin like myself.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder

Out of all the setting powders I have tried, both high end and drug store this is hands down my favorite and the most affordable of all.  It’s less than $5!  What a steal.  The only thing I don’t like about it, is the super cheap packaging (to be expected for the price point).  The clear plastic lid falls off in my makeup and always seems to break or crack no matter how careful I am with it.  That won’t stop me from buying it though because it makes my makeup stay in place for 12+ hours and doesn’t make my face look cakey.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Only tried this because I got a great deal on it via a drugstore sale and paired it with a coupon but it’s now one of my go-to drugstore mascaras.  It really makes my lashes look super voluminous and fake as well as adds some length to them.  I usually wear 2-3 coats of this on my lashes and do not pair it with any other mascaras.  If I want a more dramatic eye look I do a base coat of a lengthening and separating mascara first and then add 2-3 coats of this and I’m out the door and ready to take the day head on!

Wet & Wild Highlighter in color Precious Petals

This highlighter has been mentioned so much but that’s because it deserves a shout from the roof tops.  It’s stunningly beautiful for a drug store highlighter.  Wet n Wild has really stepped up their game with their makeup, while maintaining the affordable prices they are known for and this highlighter is probably one of the best Wet n Wild products I’ve gotten to date.  This is all I have been wearing this month and couldn’t be happier.

Wet & Wild Photofocus Foundation

This foundation really is pretty awesome for the price.  There aren’t many color selections though so it’s a shot in the dark regarding skin color matching but if you can find a shade that works for you then you will love this foundation.  It looks great on, doesn’t make your face look too oily, is a great price, and is perfect for people with combination skin like myself.

L’Oréal Magic Lumi Primer

I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer I have ever used, as it doesn’t appear to do a great job of filling in all my pores, but it does make my skin have a healthy luminous glow that you can see after my foundation is applied.  I’ve used it under all sorts of foundations and have been pleased with the results.  It’s been pretty good and worth a mention but I wouldn’t say it has become my holy grail drugstore primer.

What are your current drugstore favorites?  Have you purchased anything new I should try out?  Comment below and let me know!

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New 💄Makeup Products I’m Loving♥️

Hey blog peeps, welcome back to my blog. Or if you are new here, I’d like to personally welcome you to the randomness. I hope you stay awhile and maybe even subscribe. I pretty much post whenever I feel like it with absolutely no consistency whatsoever and my content is really sub-par, but I can guarantee you a laugh or two at least, so stay awhile and you wont be dissappointed 😜

Today’s post is all about my new beauty products I have recently tried that I absolutely adore. Some of these are soooo old news to some of you beauty obsessed people, I know.  But I’m just now finally trying them.

Side note: after watching a few YouTube videos recently I was bummed to find that some of these products have received mixed reviews from the beauty vloggers I follow. Then the vloggers that gave rave reviews, well lets just say it was obvious they were all doing sponsored posts so who knows if they were really being 100% totally honest about the products.

To be absolutely clear again, these aren’t NEW products they are just new to me products. I like to wait until the hype dies down on brand new products before I jump on the bandwagon.

So let us begin…

1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

Where has this been my whole life?  These colors are amazing and blend sooo well. You can create so many eye looks both natural and dramatic and although everyone was obsessed with this palette during the fall, I think it’s a great year round palette, even for Spring and I’m glad I finally purchased it.

2) Fiona Stiles Mistake Free Makeup Multidimensional Color Palette (Blush/Bronzer/highlighter palette)

Yes!!!  I had never tried any Fiona Stiles makeup before and found all Fiona Stiles makeup was recently on sale at Ulta for 50% off (if you hurry you can get some too at the discounted price!) so I decided it was the perfect time to try it. This face palette is so awesome. It blends really well and even if you mess up, like accidentally put on too much Bronzer (oh the tragedy…it’s happened to me one to many times) you can easily fix it. It looks very natural on my skin and every time I have used it I have gotten so many compliments on my makeup. Totally worth it and a new go to for me.   I love it so much I’m obsessing over her highlighting palette now and may grab that too while it’s 50% off (fingers crossed our Ulta has it in stock!)

3) YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in shade 10

A little pricey but so moisturizing. It exceeded my expectations and I’m glad I bought it. It’s the perfect everyday nude shade for me as well. I would totally buy more shades if it wasn’t so expensive. It glides on your lips like butta baby! It makes my lips feel so smooth and moisturized and not like I’m even wearing a lipstick at all but without being so sheer there isn’t any color payoff if that makes any sense whatsoever?

4) Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream (10-Adorable, 12-Prismatic Touch (Metallic), 11-Precious)

These are so awesome and smell like vanilla!  So many of my liquid lip products have a gross smell or taste. But these feel like I’m rubbing vanilla goodness all over my lips in beautiful nude shades and I love it. I have already purchase three of them because of this. These have been my go to here recently.  I’m obsessed with the nude shades but really want to try some of the brighter/darker shades now that it’s spring time.  Hot pink lips?  Yes please!

5) Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (fair)

So glad I finally was able to grab a shade that works for me.  Every time I’ve tried to purchase this it was sold out in my color(s).  Now that I have it, I can honestly say it really does live up to the hype. Very Brightening and does not crease at all. I think I will be using this instead of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer I used to be obsessed with for the time being.

6) Milani Powder Blush (01-Romantic Rose)

Awesome quality for drug store and a beautiful color. Very impressed and had never tried their blushes before. A great day to day product. Very buttery smooth and pigmented but not overly pigmented like Makeup Geek blushes.

7) Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon Mascara (Carbon Canyon-Black)

This is really good and worth the $8 I paid for it, but I wouldn’t say it’s my all time favorite as it does take me at least three full coats plus my base coat of a lengthening mascara to get the effect I usually get with my absolute favorite mascara (Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir). Since I only paid $8 (regularly priced at $16) I can’t complain too much and I don’t regret the purchase, overall it’s not bad, it is a good consistency and the brush is pretty good.

So that it. That’s what I’ve purchased recently that I’m liking. I have to say though, basic and predictable aside, these products are working so well for me right now and I just had to share them with y’all.
What are some new to you products you are trying and loving right now?  Leave a comment below so I can check them out!  You know, cause I totally need more makeup.  LOL! 🙂

Until next time,

💋 Crazy Jess