Bridesmaid’s Makeup! What I Wore As A Bridesmaid + Tips & Tricks!

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Welcome back!

We are coming into bridal season, so I figured I would share the makeup I wore as a bridesmaid to my cousin’s wedding last year for a little inspiration to any of you who may be part of a bridal party. This look is very similar to what I used on the bride, so if your big day is coming up, this works well for you too. I’ll also be throwing in a few helpful tips, so let’s get started!

If you’d like to see a short video tutorial on this look, check out THIS video on my Instagram!

First things first, I personally think bridesmaid’s makeup should be somewhat understated and natural, since the focus should be on the bride. But to each their own.

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Face:

Too Faced HangoverRx Primer*. -The kind of primer you use is dependent on your skin type, but priming is very important when it comes to all day wear.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless* (110) as foundation. -You want to find something with little or no SPF, since it can cause a white cast in flash photography, as well as using a foundation you know is long wearing.  Applied with a damp beauty sponge for a more natural finish.

-Too Faced Born This Way Concealer* (Very Fair).

Elf Cosmetics High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder*. -Be careful using powders that contain silica where flash photography will be used, as it can have a flash back. I used this with a very light hand so it wasn’t an issue, but keep that in mind.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer* (Ultra light) to spot conceal any blemishes.

Wet ‘n Wild Contour Stick* for a light cream contour.

Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing Powder*. -This is a very lightweight powder that works well for my dry skin, if you have oily skin I strongly suggest choosing a more mattifying powder to keep those oils at bay.

Elf Cosmetics Bronzer Palette* -Go light on the bronzer, as it can appear more dramatic in photos and certain lighting than it really is.

Elf Cosmetics Contour Palette*. -To set the cream contour.

Elf Cosmetics Illuminating Palette*. -I chose this highlight because it’s very soft and natural, but still has a beautiful reflect.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer Mist*. -This is a great setting spray that really helps settle any powders on the face to make sure you don’t look cakey.

Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray. -Not completely necessary, but this one really helps make your makeup last all day.

Makeup Revolution “Love Nude” lipstick topped with Nyx Butter Lip Gloss* in “Tiramisu”. -Not a long lasting combination, but it fades gracefully and is easy to reapply.

That’s that for the face. I don’t wear blush, but if you do, I would pair something soft and rosy with this look, such as the Milani Rose Powder Blush in “Romantic Rose” or something of the like.

For the eyes, I went a bit more dramatic since the face was so light. I stuck to neutrals but went for winged liner and lashes.

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-Primed with Urban Decay Primer Potion*. -Eye primer is absolutely essential for an event like this. It keeps the shadows in place without creasing or fading all day.

Elf Cosmetics ‘Ain’t That Sweet” Smudge Pot* (cream shadow) on inner third of the eyelid.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette* (‘Salted Caramel’ as a transition shade, Milk Chocolate in the crease, Semi-Sweet on the outer corner of the eye. ‘Champagne Truffle’ packed on the lid [on top of cream shadow] and inner corner, ‘White Chocolate on the browbone.)

-Winged liner using Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner* in ‘Abyss’. -Try to use a waterproof liner if you’ll be crying or you have watery eyes.

Jordana Continuous Almond Shadow Stick in waterline. -Nude really opens the eyes and makes you look very awake, even when your eyes start to get tired at the end of the night.

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers* mascara on top lashes, Wet ‘n Wild Megalength on the bottom. -If you know you’re going to be crying, opt for waterproof mascara.

Elf Instant Brow Pencil* & Elizabeth Mott ‘Queen Of The Fill’ brow gel.

Ardell Demi Wispies*. If you caught my Top 5 Favorite Ardell Lashes post you’d know these are my favorite lashes ever. They’re dramatic enough to be seen, yet remain natural and fluttery. I got many compliments on my eye makeup throughout the day, mostly due to these guys!

*If you’re someone who can’t stand full strip lashes all day, go for either individual lashes or use only the outer half of the lashes on the outer half of the eye. I used this half-lash method on the bride who had never worn falsies before this and she loved the look and didn’t have to sacrifice any comfort.

Another tip for false lashes, make sure to keep your lash glue and a pair of tweezers somewhere where you can touch up if need be. The inner corner of my lash started to lift right before the ceremony, so I put a bit of my Duo Lash Adhesive on the back of my hand and dipped the butt end of my tweezers into it, allowed it to get tacky and placed the glue directly on my lash line before reattaching the lash. Excellent tip given to me by a friend who specializes in makeup like this.

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(Myself and the beautiful bride!) [Photo by Trisha K. Photography, cropped to show makeup a little better]

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(And one of the bride, since this makeup is nearly identical to what I did for her. The only big differences are omitting the winged liner and using half lashes) [Trisha K. Photography]

 

So that is what I wore as a bridesmaid! I hope this post helps inspire you on what to wear as a bridesmaid, or a bride!

That’ll be it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and if you have, be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored.

 

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The Monthly Meow: Halo Holistic Wild Whitefish & Salmon Dry Cat Food

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Welcome back to the Monthly Meow!

Yes, it’s been awhile, but a whole lot has happened in my life in the past few months, including traveling for my best friend’s wedding, dealing with some health problems, and my roommate getting a new puppy!

But today, we’re here to talk about my forever favorite furry creature in my life, Daechir.

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As you can see, she’s clearly a big fan of the new puppy, Brutus, as she gives him the side eye.

Brutus.jpg (My roommate’s new puppy, Brutus! Hes a 10 week old chocolate lab/Australian shepherd mix.) 

As you know, this series is made possible by Chewy.com! Easily my favorite place on earth to get all of my pet supplies. A big thank you to them for sending us the Halo Holistic Wild Salmon and Whitefish* dry cat food!

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(Formally known as Spot’s Stew) 

 

This dry food formulation is packed with whole  wild caught meat, non-gmo sweet potatoes, blueberries, cranberries, and more, as well as completely avoiding any other artificial junk our cat food doesn’t need. Featuring the ‘Dream-Coat’ supplement to promote healthy skin and a silky coat! Available in 3 lb, 6 lb, and 11.5 lb bags, and ranges in price from $16.57-$36.02 on Chewy.com.

If you’ve been a reader of this series, you’re aware that Daechir is incredibly picky with foods and will almost rarely even give something a try. As we can clearly see in the photo below, she loves this! As does my roommate’s cat, so it’s a crowd-pleaser all around.

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This has a very strong fishy scent that is irresistible to cats, but rather pungent to the rest of us, so bear that in mind.

However, I think this is a wonderful food packed with natural, healthy nutrients that are essential for your feline friend at a very reasonable price point. Two paws up from us!

 

And with that, we’ll end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future posts!

Again, big thanks to Chewy.com!

 

-Samantha

 

 

The Monthly Meow : Purina Pro Plan Protein Crunch Cat Snacks

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Welcome back!

I know, it’s been a long time, but if you follow my Instagram, I’ve explained that my life got a little hectic in the past few months. To condense it all, I’ve moved into a new place and will be starting a new job come the new school year, boyfriend started a new job, etc. But as of now, we are back in motion and there will be regular posts again! Thank you to all of you who have been so patient with me during this time and stuck around. Now, let’s get into today’s post.

 

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This beautiful creature has been working hard on trying out the Purina Pro Plan Protein Crunch Cat Snacks*, which we received courtesy of Chewy.com!

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For a little info about this product; this retails for $4.46 for 2.1 oz, which equals out to about 60 treats per bag, approximately.

The key benefits are as follows: (copied from Chewy.com)  

  • All natural, high protein snacks made with real turkey to feed your cat’s natural instinct
  • Contains 45% protein for energy, strength and lean muscle
  • Added taurine for maximum health benefits
  • With no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, you can feel good about offering your cat these delectable snacks
  • These treats were created with a taste and texture your cat will love! 

If you’ve been a reader of these posts for awhile, you’d know that I typically try to feed Daechir as healthy of food as she’s willing to eat, so I’m really happy that there are no gross ingredients in these!

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So, the ingredients definitely make me happy, but how did the pickiest cat EVER feel?

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I typically use a photo tent for my photography, so when I opened up the bag to take a photo of the treats she jumped right in the tent! She really enjoys these and comes running when she hears the bag.

So to wrap this up, these are awesome! Great ingredients, great price point, and they please my very hard to please kitty. These get a big thumbs up from me!

And with that, we end today’s post!

Thank you so much for reading, and thank you to Chewy.com for sending us this product to try out!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

**This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for an honest review.

Growing Up With Chewy : Dogs For Dummies!

Welcome back!

Before we get started on today’s review, I have a little announcement about this series. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to do this series with the puppies, but unfortunately, this will be the last installment of this series. There is nothing wrong with the puppies, but they are my boyfriend’s parent’s dogs and we just moved away from them. We still see them all the time, but just won’t be doing these posts anymore.

 

As of June, the puppies turned a year old! It’s hard to believe they’re this old now, but they’ve grown up quite a bit and have really become amazing dogs.

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For this post, I wanted to try a different kind of product for the dogs, so we ended up getting the Dogs For Dummies book from Chewy.com!

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This retails for $19.28, and was written by Gina Spadafori, along with the help of some pet experts.

Here’s a quick overview of the contents.

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As you can see, this really covers everything you may need to know about your dog, from grooming to breeding, and everything in between.  If you’re a first time dog owner, I HIGHLY recommend picking up this book, especially for the sections about training.  I personally learned a lot from this book, and it’s written in a very user-friendly way, everyone could learn something from this!

My favorite chapters were the Tens, specifically Ten Dog Myths – Debunked (chapter 19).

Ultimately, there’s not much more I can say about this book without just reciting the entire thing. But, this is absolutely a wonderful book I recommend to every dog owner, novice or not. I promise you that you will learn something from it.

And that’ll be that for today’s post. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this series, and if you want more pet posts, I will be continuing The Monthly Meow!

-Samantha

 

**This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for an honest review. No affiliate links used.

Emilynoel83 Made Me Buy It! – TAG

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Welcome back!

Today I’ll be taking part in a tag I’ve seen floating around, talking about all of the beauty products that Emilynoel83 on YouTube has convinced me to buy. If you’re not familiar, Emily is a beauty vlogger on YouTube with absolutely incredible content, and she is by far my favorite to watch. If you’ve never watched any of her videos, definitely check out her channel. Now, let’s get into all of the products Emily made me buy!

#1 – Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist

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Emily has raved about this for the past several months and I absolutely agree with everything she said about it. I use this as a setting spray after my makeup is finished and it really helps settle powders and add a subtle luminosity to my skin. Definitely recommend, it’s become my absolute favorite setting spray.

 

#2 – Bare Minerals Gen Nude Liquid Lipstick in “Boss”.*

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These liquid lipsticks earned a spot in the 2016 Emily Awards For Lips for good reason, they’re very pigmented and easily the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever worn. I absolutely adore this lipstick and plan on buying more, this totally deserved it’s spot in the Emily Awards.

#3 – L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in “Golden Emerald”.

 

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I saw Emily use this in a video and just had to have it. This is an emerald green eyeshadow with golden shimmers, and it’s by far my favorite green shadow I own. This one just screams Christmas to me, so I tend to use it a lot around the holidays. If you’ve never tried the Infallible shadows, they’re a pressed pigment so they’re super pigmented and intense. I really love all of the Infallible shadows I have, but this one is definitely my favorite and I probably never would have picked it up if it wasn’t for her using it.

#4 – Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayons*.  

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Okay, this one is kind of cheating because I didn’t actually buy this. My best friend gave these to me as a gift after she saw Emily rave about them, and I’m really glad she did. These are some of the best matte lip colors I’ve ever worn. Matte, but not uncomfortable with crazy pigmentation. If you’ve never tried these, strongly recommend.

#5 – Lorac Unzipped Palette

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I’ve heard Emily talk about this palette for several years and recently in her video about the Ulta 21 Days Of Beauty sale. This palette was marked down to $21 from $42 for Platinum members, and after hearing Emily say this palette was holy grail status for her, I jumped on it immediately, and I’m not regretting that decision whatsoever!

#6 – Elf Moisturizing Stick Foundation*

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Emily has references this product in tons of videos, and basically anything that claims to be moisturizing I need in my beauty collection because of my very dry skin. This foundation looks natural with beautiful coverage. Elf’s website is no longer carrying this, but it’s still on Ulta’s website. If you’ve tried stick foundations in the past and been disappointed, give this one a try while you can still get your hands on it!

#7 – Hard Candy Velvet Matte Mousse

 

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I think these came out last Spring/Summer and I absolutely love the formula! Emily talked about liking these in a video and I’m so glad I picked them up per her recommendation. These are liquid lipsticks, but not your average very dry matte.They’re  incredibly comfortable and come in this super cute tin. Definitely worth the $6 investment!

#6 – The Balm Manizer Sister Trio

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Emily did a video on this and a few other like products around Christmas time, saying that she really enjoyed this, so when it came up as an Ipsy offer for only $12 I snagged it asap! This palette has your iconic highlights from TheBalm. Mary-Lou, a true champagne highlight. Cindy-Lou, a pinky highlight or blush depending on your skintone. And Betty-Lou, a bronzer or highlight if you have deep skin. This is a great way to try these cult classics. Currently still available at TheBalm.com for $28.

#7 – Rimmel ScandalEyes in “Nude”.

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Emily used to rave about using this in her waterline to really wake your eyes up, and I still use and love this. This shade is ever too slightly too dark for me to be a true nude liner, but I still get a great wide-awake effect from using this.

#8 – Elf Complexion Brush*

Elf Complexion Brush ($4)

If you’ve ever watched one of Emily’s Get Ready With Me or tutorial videos, chances are she’s using this for a contour or bronzer brush. I purchased this brush solely on her recommendation and I really love it. It’s great to apply bronzer with, but I also use it for face powder or anything else I may need. It’s a fantastic multitasking brush and I’m very happy I have it.

#9 – It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara *

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I normally love every mascara Emily recommends, but this is one that actually didn’t work for me. It makes my lashes look incredible, but flakes and smudges pretty badly on me. Not a huge fan.

#10 – Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara*

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After hearing Emily mention this, I picked it up and was totally blown away! Very quickly became my favorite brow gel. Adds a great tint and helps fill in sparse areas while looking natural. Total favorite, and super affordable!

 

And that’ll do it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you did, please subscribe to receive email notifications of my future posts. Please take a moment to subscribe to Emily, I really feel like she taught me everything I know about makeup through her videos, and you won’t regret watching her too!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself.

Growing Up With Chewy : Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Wet Dog Food

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Welcome back!

Today is the Easter edition of Growing Up With Chewy!

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Our puppies clearly had a great Easter this year! A basket with some Nutro dog food and hard boiled eggs, doesn’t get much better for these guys.

We also had an egg hunt for them! We peeled their hard boiled eggs and hid them in the backyard for them to find.

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Saoirse is clearly an egg hunting machine, she found both of them within a few minutes. Jefferson waited for her to find them so he could eat them.

In their basket (and for our review this months) we have the Nutro Limited Ingredient Wet Dog Food *(lamb & potato flavor).

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As you can tell, Saoirse is really excited about their basket!

Now, into the food.

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This retails on Chewy.com for $26 for a case of 12 in a 12.5 oz size. This price is very comparable to other brands in this category of grain free wet good.

The key benefits are as follows (copied from Chewy.com)

  • Number-one ingredient is great-tasting, real pasture fed lamb which delivers amino acids to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism. Give your dog all that she needs to thrive and stay healthy.
  • This product is made without grains, corn gluten meal, wheat or soy protein. Because of this there is a less chance of aggravating food sensitivities and allergies.
  • Formulated with optimal levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) and zinc to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. Help keep your pet keep looking great and robust.
  • Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer’s own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  • Nutro’s dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet’s life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers. 

Right off the bat, this hits every one of my requests. We only purchase grain free food with real ingredients, and no artificial colors or flavors.

The ingredients (copied from Chewy.com)

nutro.png There’s nothing in these ingredients that make me raise an eyebrow or anything that concerns me, so I really like that aspect of this food.

As for the puppies, they really love this! When we give them wet food, it’s typically the Taste Of The Wild brand, but I think they like this more.

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I’ve noticed their coats being very shiny, and they get VERY excited every time we crack one of these cans open.

There are feeding instructions on the back of the cans, but for our dogs, we typically just put a heaping spoonful on top of their dry food. Jefferson is around 85 lbs, and Saoirse at around 70, so it would take several cans to feed them this exclusively. If you have a smaller dog (or a larger budget), this could absolutely be their only food.

To wrap up my thoughts, I’m very impressed by the quality, and I think the price point is more than fair for the quality of the ingredients. Our puppies really love this, and I think yours will too!

Thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to me for review, and thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, please be sure to come back next month for a new Growing Up With Chewy post!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me via Chewy.com for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

The Monthly Meow : Orijen Wild Boar Cat Treats

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Welcome back to the next installment of the Monthly Meow!

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This is the series where we review a kitty-friendly product with my favorite alien-faced furball, Daechir!

This month we had the opportunity to try the Orijen Wild Boar Freeze Dried Treats.*

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This product is made from pure and natural wild boar raised free-range in Alberta, Canada, and retails for $7 on Chewy.com for 1.25oz (approx. 100 treats)

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Orijen makes these treats in their own freeze dry kitchens without cooking or the use of preservatives so all nutrients are fully retained! As you can see, there are only 2 ingredients, boneless wild boar and boar liver, which I really appreciate.

If you’ve been here for any length of time, you’ll know that I typically go for food and treats that are very natural for Daechir, which can be incredibly difficult because she’s VERY VERY picky.

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However, I’m really happy to share with you that she really enjoys these treats! Something about these are very enticing to her, so if you have a picky cat too, I think these could definitely be a winner for you too.

To wrap up my thoughts, Daechir loves these, and I love the quality and price of them. This is a total hit, and I’m very interested to try more from Orijen!

Big thank you to Chewy.com for sending us this product to try out, and thank you for reading it! If you enjoyed this, come back next month for another installment of The Monthly Meow.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me via Chewy.com for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Easy, Wearable Ways To Add A Spring ‘Pop Of Color’ To Your Look!

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Welcome back!

Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorite ways to add a pop of color to jazz up any neutral spring or summer looks! With each of these examples, I’m not showing them in conjunction with a full eyeshadow look, just by themselves, so keep that in mind.

#1  – Bright Lips 

For me, spring is all about bright colors. An easy and wearable way to incorporate a bright color into your look is on your lips. Obviously, the wearable factor will depend on what you deem as wearable and what colors you choose. I chose Maybelline’s Color Blur in “Orange Ya Glad” (Totally wearable to me, I’ve worn this to church), and Nyx Liquid Suede* in “Pink Lust” (Definitely a shockingly bright color on me).bright lips collage.jpg If you want more recommendations for spring/summer lip products, check out my post here!

#2 – Waterline 

A great way to add a color to an otherwise neutral eye look is by using a colored liner in your waterline. This is much more of a subtle way to use color, so if bright lips aren’t your thing, this is for you.

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I love pairing this technique with very subtle eye looks, because it really makes it much more interesting. Using blue in the waterline makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter, but any color looks awesome used this way. For this, I used the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in “Tu-Tu Turquoise“*.

#3 – Statement Inner Corner 

This is one of my favorite ways to jazz up a neutral eye look. Any color imaginable looks great used this way, but I typically go for either highly shimmery foiled shadows or matte neon shades, it’s totally up to you what you add here. This is one of the more bold choices in this list, but definitely a favorite of mine.

inner corner 1              (Coastal Scents Hot Pot in “Persian Green”*) 

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#4 – Colored Winged Liner 

This is by far the most subtle out of all of these options. Either use a colored liquid liner, or a cream eyeshadow and top it with a coordinating shadow and you’re good to go!

wingedliner2.jpg (Purple cream shadow topped with Coastal Scents Hot Pot in ‘Amethyst‘*) 

colored liner 1 (Model Launcher Felt Tip in “Emerald Isle”.) 

 

And that’ll be it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and learned some fun ways to incorporate color into your looks!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. All products purchased myself.

Anti – Haul: Products I WON’T Be Buying – Palettes & Eyeshadows

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today’s post will be a bit different from the usual content, I’ll be talking about products I WON’T be buying. As far as I know, the ‘anti-haul’ idea was started by Kimberly Clarke on YouTube, but I’ve seen many other people doing it lately and decided to do one myself!

Basically, I’ll be talking about products I won’t be buying and why I won’t be buying them. So, let’s get into it!

1. Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Palette.

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(Photo belongs to Ulta.com)

This palette is the continuation of their Peanut Butter & Jelly palette, but after hearing tons of negative reviews on this guy, I’m really not interested in purchasing it. The three highlight shades on the left look exactly the same, and the only unique color is ‘Honey Buns’, which I’m willing to bet I could get in a single shadow from someone else.  For $36, I expected more. Ultimately, this missed the mark for a lot of people and because of that, I won’t be buying it.

2. Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows

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(Photo belongs to Colourpop.com) 

Colourpop recently released a ton of new pressed eyeshadows, which is different from their Super Shock formula, which is kind of a moussey cream formula. The reason I don’t plan on purchasing this is because  Colourpop kind of stresses me out with their constant releases. I feel like they never give you any time to blink before releasing new collections or collaborations or products. By the time I would order any of these, 15 new ones would pop up and I’m just not into that. I really wish Colourpop would just slow down a little with that. These are $5, but for the amount of product you’re getting it really isn’t nearly as affordable as it seems to be. I would much rather purchase Coastal Scents Hot Pots for $1.95, or $0.99 when they’re on sale.

3. Morphe Brushes 35R Palette

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(Photo belongs to Morphe Brushes) 

First things first, Morphe is a very polarizing brand. A lot of people aren’t particularly fond of their cosmetics, and I am one of those people. The palette I have is decent and has nice shade selection, but isn’t anything special and certainly isn’t worth the $23 they sell them for. The shadow quality is sup par, and in the instance of this particular palette, the shade selection bores me. The market is so saturated with neutral shadows. With that being said, if you’re a beginner, these are great shades to start out with. I personally prefer the formula of Coastal Scents Hot Pots and a palette of 35 would come out to about $35 when they’re on sale for $0.99. Little more expensive, but the quality is significantly better.

4. Too Faced Natural Love Palette

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(Photo belongs to Ulta.com)

This retails for $59, and contains 30 ‘natural’ tones. Several of the shadows in this palette are either already in existing Too Faced palettes or from discontinued/LE palettes, but there are original shades as well. I’ve heard that the quality of this palette is good, but it just really bores me. When I look at this palette, I don’t have any particular shades jumping out at me or screaming my name. For me to spend $60 on a palette it needs to be something special, and this isn’t it, so this is definitely not something I’ll buy.

5. Tarte ‘Make Believe In Yourself’ Eye & Cheek Palette

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This is limited edition,  has 10 eyeshadows and one face highlight and is going for $40. One thing I will say is that I’m happy to see something slightly more unique coming from a brand, but I still think these shades are easily dupable. When I purchase a palette I really want it to be cohesive, something that has everything I need, and this isn’t that for me. I’ve seen good reviews about this, but it just really isn’t for me.

 

And that’s it for today’s anti-haul! What new releases are you NOT buying?

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-Samantha

 

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The Monthly Meow : Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Cat Food

Welcome back!

Today’s post is a personal monthly favorite of mine, The Monthly Meow, where we review a feline product sent to us by Chewy.com!

Before we get into things, let’s take a peek at today’s talent.

lazy cat.jpg (There is no smoothing filter or anything on her, she’s just so shiny she’s reflects the light like crazy!) 

You can see her here in her natural habitat, curled up in a pile of blankets. Something tells me she wasn’t appreciating the impromptu photo shoot.

This month we had the opportunity to try out the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Food.

taste of the wild

This is available in two options; 3 oz cans in a case of 24 ($17), and 5 oz cans in a case of 24 ($31) on Chewy.com

The key benefits of this food are as follows;

  • Grain-free diet with real salmon, chicken liver and roasted venison
  • Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle
  • A great-tasting complement to the Rocky Mountain Feline dry formula, or a stand-alone diet for your special cat
  • Perfect combination of animal proteins will provide your cat with ideal protein nutrition for a lean body and optimal amino acid nutrition
  • Lowers carbohydrate intake and increases water intake, both important features in feline nutrition

I’m relatively familiar with Taste Of The Wild, as it’s what we were feeding the puppies before we decided to make the switch to American Journey. The brand is typically known for having very high quality grain free food.

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As you can see, there’s a really interesting array of ingredients. However, the highest concentration of ingredients are all meat and meat products which I greatly appreciate.

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This food isn’t a solid pate as you may think, but actual chunks of meat suspended in a thick broth.

As for the price, this is on par with other foods of this quality.

If you’ve been here for any length of time you’d know Daechir has become exceptionally picky when it comes to food, and I think I figured out why. After doing a little research a lot of people have noticed their cats having addictive responses to Friskies, so as a result of that, Daechir wasn’t super interested in this which I found strange, since something like this is usually right up her alley. Because of that, I take no points away from this food for that and I will be working to wean Daechir off of Friskies. If anyone has any helpful tips on doing so, please let me know!

Check back to my blog in a few weeks, because I’m going to have a kitty guest star try this out and give you his thoughts on this food, along with other things Daechir hasn’t particularly enjoyed in the past.

When it comes to quality and price, this food gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! I’m really a fan of the Taste of the Wild brand. If you have been looking for a good grain free food for your furry friend, this definitely has my seal of approval!

That’ll do it for today’s post, thank you for reading and thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to us!

-Samantha

 

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Growing Up With Chewy: Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks

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Welcome back!

Today will be another installment of Growing Up With Chewy, where we check in on how Saoirse and Jefferson are growing and talk about a product specifically for our canine friends.

First things first, let’s take a look at the puppies.

smiley pupper

They’re officially 9 months old now, and Jefferson is weighing in at 80 lbs, while Saoirse has remained a pretty steady weight for some time now. I don’t think Saoirse is really going to get much larger, but that’s okay. Jefferson certainly makes up for what she may lack in size.

 

As for our product this month, we’ll be talking about the Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks*.

Jerky snacks These retail for $3.99 for a 7.1 oz bag on Chewy.com.  

The key benefits are listed as:

  • Real beef is the #1 ingredient, all natural formula
  • Naturally preserved with no corn, artificial colors or flavors
  • Helps build and maintain lean muscle
  • Delicious, natural treats made from only the best ingredients
  • Great taste & great nutrition in perfect harmony  

Right away, this treat appeals to me from an owner’s standpoint on two levels. All natural ingredients, and only $3.99 for a 7 oz bag. Seriously affordable for a quality treat.

jerky treats

These are a really convenient treat size, especially if you want to take a few with you on a walk or something like that, very portable.

As for the puppies’ thoughts, they really enjoyed these. Possibly more so than other treats we’ve tried recently.

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This was Saoirse’s face when I was photographing the treats, and yes, there was drool involved.

Overall, these are a total hit. Highly affordable price point, great ingredients, and the dogs really enjoyed them. If you have picky snackers, these seem to be very appetizing so they could definitely work for them.

And that’s it for today’s post. Keeping it short and sweet. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the puppies grow up with us, and thank you to Chewy.com for the opportunity!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for an honest review.