I FOUND THEM // Katy Kat Mattes

It’s fair to say that I am a Katy Perry enthusiast – I consume everything she creates immediately, often & with great enthusiasm. I got to see her on her Prismatic World Tour and it was the perfect blend of actually amazing singing, humor, sass & entertainment. I knew she had been a part of the CoverGirl family for a little while now but she hadn’t put her name on anything until now – a collection of lipsticks called Katy Kat mattes. Naturally, I started hunting for them the second I knew they were in existence and after a few weeks of searching my dreams came true. I came home right after finding them and filmed this. Unfortunately I don’t have an endless supply of makeup money so I was only able to pick up three shades this trip but I plan on expanding the collection.

I was able to get my hands on Coral Cat, Kitty Purry and Perry Panther. After wearing the two more wearbale shades I do have some observations. Kitty Purry, the muted purple shade, is the most matte of the three I grabbed. It dries down nicely and doesn’t feel terribly drying. Coral Cat is forever creamy on the lips, though it does appear matte after some wear time. Perry Panther hasn’t occupied my lips much given that I work a full time job where a black lip doesn’t really fit in with the aesthetic., but I did find that it was a VERY easy dark shade to work with – it is opaque without being patchy and glided easily over my lips. So far so good!

L to R: Coral Cat; Kitty Purry; Perry Panther

Polar Purchases

Recently, Mr. ARB and I have been house saving. With that comes a strong urge to buy basically everything. While I have been practicing some super serious restraint (and using up tons of products I already have), a gal also has to get her Treat Yo Self on, know what I mean?

AFFORDABLE: The gorgeous KathleenLights created some absolutely stunning eye shadows with the every popular and insanely amazing Colour Pop. After this talented beauty hit 1 Million subscribers I decided that enough was enough and it was time to get my paws on these shadows and I am so glad I did! Two mattes, a pearlized and a shimmer offer everything I could ever want in an eyeshadow quad. The eye shadows themselves are extremely creamy to the touch but apply like a powder. Granted, I haven’t slapped these on my eyeballs yet but I have swatched them and oh hot damn.

In addition to the shadows I picked up a couple of more natural lippies, as I currently only have very bright ones (red, hot pink + a very deep plum). I grabbed Rocket, which is a beautiful pinky coral, and Button which is a pinky nude. I absolutely love both of these Satin finish lippies and will definitely be wearing them all the time! They’re a nice addition to the family because I don’t really have anything like them.

LUXURY: Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar and Glow Palette also sucked me in. BEAR WITH ME! I know, I know…this is the beauty bloggers dream but it is for a very good reason. This duo is insanely luxurious, highly pigmented and comes in some of the most stunning packaging I have ever seen. Rose gold, solid, huge mirror and lots of product made the purchase a little less painful. So did a Beautylish coupon and free shipping. Y’all know me! I can definitely do a tutorial with these in the very near future. For now, I hope you enjoy these photos!

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Take All My Money – State Tax Return Edition

Today my bank account was graced with the presence of my state tax return *angels singing*. Needless to say an Ulta trip was necessary on my way home from work. Here is my bounty!


Maybelline The Falsies Mascara – “Black Drama”, Waterproof

I only just realized that I got the waterproof version of this mascara so woops! I usually don’t go waterproof for whatever reason so this will be interesting. I tried this mascara once before due to Tanya Burr’s undying love for it & wasn’t overly impressed, but she insists on the packaging with the lace & I’m in the market for a new mascara so I figured, ah what the heck!

Jane Concealer – Light

Let me start off by saying that this concealer does not look very light in the tube. Casey Holmes likes this concealer & her under eyes always look flawless so I picked this up in hopes for similar results. Will report back about the color!

NYX Blush – Dusty Rose

Been searching for a good rose color for my cheeks & I think this is the one! I am spoiled enough to usually reach for a high end blush but I wanted a drugstore option, and I have had great success with the NYX shade “Taupe” for contouring.

OPI Nail Polish – A Definite Moust-Have

Found this beautiful pink shade in the clearance section. Thinking it will help usher in some feelings of Spring! We are getting to that point in Winter when we feel like spring may never come so I need a pick me up, probably on my toes!

OPI Nail Polish – I Sao Paulo Over There *Brazil Collection*

This shade was featured in a photo on the OPI Instagram feed and I immediately knew I needed it. It appears to be a creamy, medium gray shade & I cannot wait to wear it! I’m a sucker for a good gray polish.

Katy Perry Color Pop Lashes

These little individual lashes were also a clearance section find – these lashes feature strands of color!I believe there are blue, purple and green ones. These will be fun to add a little something special to a look without trying too hard. I have tried other KP lashes & loved them all so I know I will love these.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Burst Into Bloom

As a brown eyed gal I love purple on my eyes. I usually will stick to a liner to add color but my boyfriend has been encouraging me to do a more full on color look with my eyes. I have a couple of these shadows already & am obsessed with how creamy and shimmery they are – I use my finger to swipe the color over my lids & blend the crease & I’m done. I’m not kidding, it’s that easy. It’s a simple couple steps that look like you put lots of time into your makeup but little does everyone else know…!

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Painted Purple

Color Tattoos are awesome. Like the L’Oreal Infallible shadows I feel like they’re so easy & pack a punch without being too much work. This color is so gorgeous & I can’t wait to use it on it’s own or as a base under other shadows.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I am a Beauty Blender lover. However, I am not a lover of their price. How in the heck have I been duped into spending fistfuls of cash for little sponges?! At $6 I couldn’t resist trying this little guy, which has been getting amazing reviews by YouTube ladies.

Between some clearance finds & the usual $3.50 off coupon I did pretty well for a spur the moment, literally grab whatever caught my eye, shopping spree. There will most likely be a part 2 when my Federal return comes…stay tuned & happy shopping!

The Most Dangerous Game – Target Edition

After work today I went to Target. When my boyfriend got home from work, we went back to Target. Guess what I did each time? That’s right, lost any bit of willpower I had & made some purchases. Of course I took my time perusing the aisles while boyfriend did secret anniversary shopping and of course I Googled swatches and reviews, trying to talk myself out of each item but in the end, I lost. But let’s be real, I also won. The only real justifications for a couple of these things is that a) my gel liner really is drying out & is becoming ancient and b) I was picking up a couple items for a tutorial. The rest were impulse buys because hey, who doesn’t want glowy skin and cheeks?! I need all the help I can get this winter! I’m hoping to have the tutorial up by the end of the week, can anyone guess which celebrity look I’ll be doing?


Revlon Photoready Makeup – 003 Shell

This foundation promises a glowy finish that is supposed to look flawless on camera. When compared to the Colorstay people say the Photoready is a bit dewier while the Colorstay is more matte. In the winter months I think a dewy finish will make my dry skin look and feel a lot happier.

Maybelline Hi-Light Highlighting Blush – Pink Rose

I recently saw one of my favorite YouTubers, Makeup by Alli, Instagram a photo of this product & she said it gives a gorgeous glow to the cheeks. I hope you can sense the theme I had going with my skin purchases! I trust her opinion so I had to give one of these things a shot. The pattern intrigues me and you can never go wrong with rose shades.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner – Blackest Black

This product is a staple in my collection & like I said before, the one I had is past it’s prime & is drying up on me so I had to grab a new pot.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Black Cherry

This is a shade that is a bit of a holy grail dark lip for tons of people in the beauty community & today it just felt right for me to pick it up. It is a gorgeous deep reddish plum color. See the swatch below!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Bordeaux

I purchased this shade with a particular tutorial in mind. It is very similar to Black Cherry. The true test will be in how well each lipstick lasts on the lips and how even the color applies. See the swatch below!

Maybelline “The Elixir” – 050 Caviar Couture

As you can see, I have a theme going with the lips as well. I have been wanting to get my paws on these new Elixirs & based on a quick swatch, I am really digging how shiny this product is. Can’t wait to put it on my pout!


L to R – Rimmel, Revlon, Maybelline

If you want to see any individual reviews or demos please let me know in the comments below!

Mini Haul * Wal Mart

I must admit that I am more of a Target gal but today I went to my local Wal Mart with my sights set on a particular product – the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer. As far as I know this brand is only sold at Wal Mart so I scooted on over there after work to snag it. While I was there, I obviously had to peruse the aisles for more makeup goodies. Here’s what I picked up!


Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in shade #312 Light $6.00

I recently read that this concealer is comparable to a Makeup Forever concealer which is about three and a half times as expensive as this little guy. I’m not sure if I will be using the pencil that comes with it but I might as well give it a shot.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black $7.97

The wand on this mascara is botjh mildly terrifying but also intriguing. I am curious to see what this mascara does to my lashes – the claim is that it will lengthen, stretch and volumize the lashes to the outer corner. Volume is my number one requirement with mascaras, the rest is just a bonus.

L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum $19.97

I finally bit the bullet and purchased a serum. My skin is Normal – Dry and this harsh New England Winter is doing a number on my skin. Paying almost $20 for this product took a lot so I am hoping it improves the hydration in my skin and I cannot wait to try it out.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser $5.94

Hallelujah I finally found this product! I have been searching high and low for it since it was released and today was my lucky day. This primer has been compared to Benefit’s Porefessional and claims to blur the look of pores without clogging them. I have some pesky pores around my nose area so we will see if this product lives up to it’s claims.

Trim Scissors & Comb $4.97

Okay, I know that the packaging says these tools are for mustaches and beards but I promise the back says they’re also suitable for eyebrows! My brows have been a real challenge for me but I am starting to face my fears and not only lightly fill them in but also groom them (who teaches their kids this skill?! Certainly not my mother who had plucked her brows into oblivion as a teen). Thanks to YouTube I am able to delve into the mysterious world of brow maintenance.

Comment down below if you’d like to see reviews of any of the products I mentioned above. I will be putting them to work asap and will most likely share my opinions without provocation, but knowing what readers want to see doesn’t hurt! I also hope to have a YouTube channel up shortly with tutorials, hauls & favorites so stay tuned!