Must Have Beauty Tool Tag

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Hello lovelies! The lovely Sam of Glam With Sam invited me to do this tag. Thanks again Sam for sneaking me in! 🙂 These are my top beauty tools for everyday use. Check out Sam’s post here!

Rules:

-Tag up to 5 people & let them know you tagged them.
-List what you want. If you got three things that are unbelievable or twenty… Don’t care, just share.
-Cannot be actual makeup, skin care, or hair care products – just the tools/gadgets you use

1. Beauty Blender

I love using this the most under my eyes for blending concealer. I just dampen it a little and it makes blending out concealer much easier, and helps absorb any excess to prevent creasing.

2. Spoolie

I love using this ELF spoolie (only $1!) to blend out product after filling in my eyebrows. It definitely helps it look a little more natural. Without it, my eyebrows would look all scribbled on haha.

3. Fluffy Powder Brush

I’m sure we all have one of these somewhere in our brush collection. I don’t have the Sonia Kashuk one but one from a Costco brush set that I got years ago (I couldn’t find a picture online). It lost its shape and became giant, but I love using it for bronzer. Since the brush is so big and fluffy and I bronze large areas of my face, I’m able to finish fairly quickly. It’s also easy to manipulate the shape of the brush by squeezing it if I want to get in the hollows of my cheeks.

4. Flat Top Kabuki brush

I do have the Sigma F80 as well as a more generic brand in the same style, and they are both great for buffing out foundation. I also love using it for powder foundation because it helps add coverage since the brush is so dense.

5. Conair Curling Wand

This is my favorite tool for curling my hair. It heats up really fast and is very easy to use. It creates tight, effortless curls very quickly. I find I’m able to curl my hair much faster compared to any other curling tool I have. The other curling irons I have are the kind with clamps, which I constantly get my hair caught in lol. So the curling wand I think is a little more fool proof for people like me who aren’t the best with styling tools.

I Tag:

Sober Ramblings of Life and Makeup

Alice’s Wonderland

Always Bree

Filipino Inside Out

Plus+ Beauty

That’s it guys and gals, my must have beauty tools. Thank you again for tagging me Sam! And as always, thank you so much for reading! 🙂

xo Sandy

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Love/Hate Tag

love hate brooches on white

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! The lovely Alice of Alice’s Wonderland tagged me for this, check out her post here. Thanks for tagging me Alice! 🙂

Rules

In this tag we have to share 10 things we love and 10 we hate and nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

Things I Love:

  1. Sleeping in.
  2. Cuddling in my bed and watching tv or a movie, or reading a book.
  3. Coffee in the morning.
  4. Breakfast foods and sweets
  5. Having tons of time to do my makeup.
  6. Shopping (especially for makeup.)
  7. Spending time with my friends/boyfriend/family.
  8. Alone time (once in awhile).
  9. Using up a product (the sense of accomplishment!).
  10. Flowers, especially lilies and roses.

Things I Hate:

  1. Bugs of any kind.
  2. Blazing heat, especially intense sun because I burn too easily.
  3. Waking up before 9am.
  4. Long lines.
  5. Sweating.
  6. When I talk to someone and they aren’t actually listening to me,
  7. Cleaning.
  8. Being late to anything.
  9. Olives.
  10. When someone cancels plans on me (unless I didn’t want to go in the first place haha)

I nominate:

Looking forward to reading your posts! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

xo Sandy

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Weird Questions Tag

tagHi friends! Happy Friday and first day of May! 🙂 I found this tag on bunnies, blankets and bandana’s blog and thought it was fun, so here are my answers!

Do you have a nickname that only your family use?
Nowadays not really, but when I was little my parents would call me Sandía, which means watermelon in Spanish.

What’s a weird habit of yours?

I grind my teeth at night and I’ve been told that I sometimes talk in my sleep.

Do you have any weird phobias?
I absolutely hate bugs of any kind, even things like butterflies or ladybugs. They are cute from far away but I freak when they get close to me.

What song do you secretly love to blast out when your alone?
Hmm, I don’t think there’s a particular song but anything by Dashboard Confessional, they are my favorite.

What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?

I’ll just list a few-rude people, slow walkers, people that are in too much of a rush, when something I want is out of stock, badly drawn in eyebrows….I should stop here haha. Oh wait, I also really can’t when my nails get too long, it feels weird when my nails tap against things. So I keep them relatively short.

What’s one of your nervous habits?
I touch my fingertips together sometimes if I’m nervous-also, I’ll turn beet red and probably talk too fast and stutter.

What side of the bed do you sleep on?

I sleep in a twin bed right now so in the middle, haha.

What was your first stuffed animal and it’s name?
I have absolutely no idea!

What’s the drink you always order atCosta?

I’m guessing this is a U.K. only type of cafe, because I’ve never heard of it in the states before. I’ll just sub in Starbucks 🙂 I’m not a big Starbucks person but I do love their passion tea lemonade.

What’s a beauty rule you preach but never actually practice?

Washing your face every night >_< I know it’s bad not to but sometimes I just fall asleep before I do it. Whoops! It doesn’t happen often, just once in awhile.

Which way do you face in the shower?

I like to face away from the shower.

Do you have any ‘weird’ body skills?
Nope.

What’s your favourite ‘bad’ comfort food that you eat anyway?

Oh god, too many. I’ll go with chips though, especially Spicy Doritos. Those are my fave. It’s hard to stop eating them.

Whats a phrase or exclamation that you always say?
I bet there are some but I can’t think of any right now….something I noticed my boyfriend used to say all the time was “at the moment”. It makes me giggle internally because it sounds so formal when he says it, I don’t know why.

It’s time to sleep – what are you ACTUALLY wearing?
Comfy pajama pants.

That’s it! You can visit bunnies, blankets and bandana’s blog here to see her answers 🙂 Next week I will have the conclusion to my 30 days of lipsticks challenge and April favorites, so keep an eye out for those 🙂 I would have liked to get the final lipstick challenge post out today but I have a couple exams coming up, so I’m a bit pressed for time at the moment.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have a fantastic weekend!

xo Sandy

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The Lipstick Tag

National Lipstick Day

Photo cred: communitytable.com

The lovely Katie of Plus+Beauty tagged me to do this, and of course I was super excited to do it! This is totally up my alley. Check out Katie’s post  here! 🙂

The Rules

  1. TAG 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.
  2. Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.
  3. No tagging back (mentions are fine).

The Questions

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Umm I would guess somewhere in the range of 50-60. I’m too lazy to count haha.

2. What was your first ever lipstick?

Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Fairytale! I only remember this because it was the first makeup product I ever bought, and was pretty much my gateway into the makeup and beauty world. Those lipsticks are great by the way! I went on to buy about 6-7 more of those lippies. I know they revamped that line of lipsticks recently, so I don’t know if the quality or shades has stayed the same.

3. What is your most worn lipstick?

Probably MAC Angel or MAC Brave. Angel I’ve had longer, and I’ve definitely made a dent in it. Angel is such a lovely shade of light pink, and Brave is a great MLBB.

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks?

Definitely MAC! I just love how wide their range of colors and finishes is. I’m totally a sucker for their seemingly constant LE collections.

5. What is your favorite finish?

I really love a Matte finish lipstick. They seem to last the longest on my lips and are usually very opaque.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought?

CVS had a sale on Milani lipsticks last week, so I bought three of their Moisture Matte Lipsticks. I only intended to get one shade but of course I walked out with three, plus some NYC liquid lipsticks that I found.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Omg I usually so bad with this-whenever I wear a lipstick out, I just toss it in my bag and then by the end of the week there are like 4-5 lipsticks in there haha! I always forget to put them back. Right now it’s not bad, I have three Jordana lip liners in my bag. I always carry these around in my purse because they are light and don’t take up much space.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?

My favorite is MAC Russian Red.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I keep my MAC lipsticks and Covergirl Lip Perfection lipsticks in acrylic lipstick organizers. I have a large, rectangular acrylic makeup organizer that I stand lipsticks in. I group them into nudes, pinks, and reds/corals  Whatever doesn’t fit in that organizer is sitting in a small plastic bin with a lot of other random makeup items.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over?

Ugh, so many! I think I will always lust over the Nars Audacious lipsticks but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing one anytime soon It’s just too pricy for me, even though I know the quality is amazing. There are plenty of quality lipsticks out there with more affordable prices. I’m also lusting anything ColourPop-especially their lippie stix and eyeshadows. I’ve only heard good things about the brand, but I’m trying not to order anything because it will be like opening Pandora’s box haha! I’m afraid I’ll never stop ordering, and of course I have enough makeup as it is (although really it’s never enough lol).

That was fun, thank you for tagging me Katie! 🙂 I’m going to cheat too and tag four people hehe. I tag Alice of Alice’s Wonderland, Bree of Always, Bree, Sam of Glam with Sam, and Melissa of Sober Ramblings of Life and Makeup. I hope you enjoy this tag as much as I did!

20 Beautiful Women Challenge

I was nominated for the 20 Beautiful Women Challenge by the awesome Sam from Glam With Sam. Check out her blog for fantastic reviews and her great charm and sense of humor 🙂

Rules

After you’re nominated, pick a recent(ish) picture of yourself and share it with a little story about why you choose that particular photo. Then it is your turn to make twenty pretty ladies happy by nominating them! 

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I chose this picture because I had intended to do a FOTD post of the makeup I was wearing, but I never got around to it and now I don’t remember all the products I used lol. So I thought I would share it here 🙂

My nominees

Always, Bree

Not Quite London

Wisconsin Whimsy

Sober Ramblings About Life and Makeup

Monogrammed Magnolias

Karen’s Corner

Someday Sunny

Plus+ Beauty

Stash Matters

Jaanethough

Samiya’s Beauty Space

The World of Cos

Its Miss Tazmin

A Vibrant Day

Trying Everything Once

Gwenan Carter

Hello Monika

Beauty By Burdess

Flawed & Flawless

Fangirling Owl

Check out these wonderful ladies and feel free to do this tag yourself since we are all beautiful here 🙂

xo Sandy

Confessions of A Beauty Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Merisa from Monogrammed Magnolias. Thanks again for tagging me Merisa-sorry it took so long to get to it!

1. When did you start your blog? 

I started my blog mid-December of 2014, so it hasn’t been too long since I started.

2. Why did you start a blog? 

I’ve been a makeup addict for years now, and I love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos about beauty-related things. I also love to write, so I thought it was about time I start a blog so I can share my thoughts with all the great people on WordPress.

3. When did you start becoming serious about starting a blog? 

It’s something I had been thinking about for awhile but just never got around to. Once I finished undergrad and the Fall semester of 2014, I figured I would finally have the time to work on it. I’m glad I took the plunge and became part of the blogger community because everyone has been so lovely!

4. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts? 

*sigh* This is where things get tough-my goal is to have a few posts up each week but sometimes stuff gets in the way and my poor blog suffers. But when I am working on my blog, the length of time each post takes varies. If it’s a review, it can take a couple hours. Hauls, FOTD, and NOTD don’t take as long usually, maybe around an hour.

5. What has been your biggest challenge about blogging? 

Definitely finding the time to work on posts.

6. When is it easiest for you to write your posts? 

I don’t think there is any particular time of day that it is easiest, but whenever I have time I’ll work on it.

7. What makes writing posts comfortable for you? 

I’ve been reading beauty blogs for a long time, plus I used to read a lot growing up. Still, blogging is a different experience for me and I’m still learning 🙂

8. Where do you see your blog in one year? 

Hmmm that’s tough…I would love to interact with more bloggers and maybe even do some kind of collaboration. 

9. What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging? 

Interacting with readers and other bloggers, and letting people know about the great/terrible beauty products out there.

10. What’s your worst makeup/hair habit? 

I’m very lazy when it comes to my hair-it’s actually pretty funny how much time I’ll put into my makeup and how little time I put into my hair haha. 

11. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by? 

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” –Audrey Hepburn

12. How long do you spend getting ready everyday? 

It depends-if I don’t particularly care too much about makeup that day or just don’t have the time for it, then 30 min. If time isn’t an issue than about 1 hr.

13. What’s your favorite post on your blog?
In general I have the most fun doing FOTDs.

14. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserve more subscribers that they have? 
A YouTuber that comes to mind is Mary from aLoveTart-she’s great and deserves more subscribers.
15. What’s one thing you’re excited about in the coming year? 
Hmm, my boyfriend and I are doing a small trip to Holland, MI at the end of March, so hopefully that will be fun! Neither of us have been there before. We kind of went through Groupon deals and picked a place that seemed interesting and not too far from Chicago, and that is what we ended up picking.
16. What has been your favorite blogging moment? 
In general, replying to comments 🙂
17. How long does it take to prep for a post?  
See question #4..
18. Are you wearing jeans/ skirt right now or are you wearing pajama bottoms? 
I’m wearing comfy leggings 🙂
These were some great questions! I tag Glam with Sam, Always, Bree, Someday Sunny, and anyone else that would like to do this 🙂
-Sandy

Beauty Blogger Tag

I found this tag on the wonderful Jen of Dorkchops blog (do check her out if you haven’t already!) and decided it would be fun to do, so here goes!

1) Is your hair naturally straight or curly?
My hair is naturally wavy with a random curl here and there.

2) Do you dye it yourself or go to the salon?
I’ve never dyed my hair before! I’ve always secretly wanted to though-if I did it would be red/copper brown 🙂 I’ve never dyed it before because I’m afraid I’ll damage it.

3) Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you switch it up?
It’s usually up in a hair clip or ponytail/bun, and sometimes I’ll do a braid. I usually don’t leave it down unless I’ve straightened it or curled it, cuz otherwise it’s just a frizzy mess.

4) Do your own mani/pedi or go to the salon?
I do my own because I like to! Also, I don’t really like having my feet touched by others…is that weird? Haha, it’s partly because I’m ticklish and fear I will start laughing or reflexively try to kick my foot away >_<

5) How often do you change your nail polish?
Whenever I have the time.

6) Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
All year, but more so in the summer when my toes are more likely to be visible 🙂

7) How long does it take for you to put your makeup on?
When I have the time, about 30 min to an hour if I’m trying to be fancy. Otherwise, 10-15 min for a quick bare minimum look. A lot of days I wear barely any makeup because I’m habitually running late.

8) What do you do first face or eyes?
I like to do eyes first in case I get messy and need to clean it up.

9) Do you collect makeup or just buy it?
I guess both? I buy makeup with the intention of using it, but a lot of the time I’ll use it a couple times and then move on to the next new makeup product haha. So it just becomes part of my collection.

10) How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I would love to wear them more often but I’m pretty terrible at applying them haha. Just for special occasions if I can manage to get them on properly.

11) Do you do full face makeup everyday?
Typically no-only if I have the time to do it. If it’s before 8am then makeup is probably not happening.

12) Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
Nope, unless I feel like experimenting with different/new makeup products.

13) Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yep! I will probably look like a troll but it’s ok.

14) How many high end products do you own?
Not too many-I tend to splurge on eyeshadow palettes the most, and I do love MAC lipsticks.

15) Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you get ready?
I usually decide when I get ready unless there is some kind of special event going on, then I’ll try to figure it out ahead of time.

16) How often do you change your handbag?
Not very often-I’ll stick with the same one for quite some time until I get tired of it or if I have to change it for some special occasion.

17) What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I usually wake up at 7-8am for work or class, but if I don’t have anywhere to be it’s around 9-10am.

18) How often or when do you work out?
Never…*hides in shame*

19) Left or right handed?
Right handed.

20) Do you speak any foreign languages?
My parents spoke Spanish to us growing up, so I understand it well but have a hard time speaking it fluently. During high school I took classes in Japanese and Chinese, but unfortunately I remember very little of it.

21) How tall are you?
5ft 5 in (165cm).

22) How many pets do you have?
One dog.

23) How often do you blog?
I aim for a few times a week, but sometimes time escapes me!

24) Do you read comments?
Definitely! I like connecting with other beauty fanatics 🙂 I feel like we understand each other’s love of makeup and beauty products whereas most people in our lives probably don’t.

25) Do you keep a list of products to try that you see in a post?
Mentally, yes.

26) How did you come up with your blog name?
I wanted to incorporate the makeup product I collect the most of-lipsticks! It’s also the makeup product my love of makeup began with.

27) What kind of camera do you use for your photos?
Just an iPhone for now-hopefully one day I will graduate to a nicer camera.

28) How often do you clean your house?
Not very often, I hate cleaning!

29) What’s your favourite colour?
Purple or mint green!

30) Do you swear?
Sometimes, but not that often.

31) What are you doing for the rest of the day?
I’m watching the Bachelor-guilty pleasure!

I hope you enjoyed this post and do the tag too! 🙂

-S