04/21/17

Beauty Favorites Lately

I am a little behind on the beauty department shares. I have been loving so many things but these are a few of my favorites!!! 🙂

 

KAT VON D Lock-IT Foundation: When I first used this product, it applied really thick and blotchy. Then I went back to using my usual foundation and noticed it wasnt lasting as long as this one did. I tried using it again and actually adding a tiny bit of water to help make it easier to apply. It totally helped and this stuff is amazing!

TARTE Make Believe In Yourself Palette: Most of you know I love anything with some sparkle. This stuff has the right amount of color and sparkle and is not overwhelming. It is also a cheek palette and the color lasts all day! Totally worth it!

KENRA Color Balance Purple Shampoo: I used this product daily for one week and had a noticeable change in my hair’s brassiness! I have always had heavy blonde highlights in my hair that turn brassy over time. I’ve tried several other products that I was less than satisfied with but this one definitely works! It smells great and doesn’t leave your hair feeling or looking greasy! I would recommend this to anyone that colors their hair blonde!

HOPE in a Jar Skin Tint: I have used Hope in a Jar for awhile now as my daily moisturizer. When I saw this version I was like “Bye Bye Pale Face”!!! Moisturizer + Bronzer = Amazing! I use this everyday as a primer before my foundation!

St. Tropez Self Tanner Mouse: Speaking of bronzer… this stuff has been my lifesaver for my see-through skin! I worked for a tanning salon for 5 years and would spray tan like every other day. GROSE! These days the spray tan solution are so much better than they used to be. The application and color of this stuff is so natural looking. No streaking or weird spots. Perfect for summer!

 BED HEAD Flat Iron: My CHI finally went out after 10 years! I have no idea how it even lasted that long (or how I never lost it)… I heard so many great things about this one and it definitely does not disappoint. It heats up super fast and I only straighten each strand once! Game changer!

EMJOI Electric Razor: I received this from the company in return for a review and I was a little nervous to try it. I normally dont use electric razors for anything. I used it on my bikini line before we went to Mexico and it was really easy. (Kinda weird but definitely easier than regular shaving) It has 18 blades and doesnt leaves cuts or scratches. 🙂

BITE BEAUTY Lipstick:  I first got this lipstick from Influenster for testing purposes and fell in love. I had nt heard of the brand before but I love the quality so much. It literally lasts all day! The texture and the color are amazing. I love it!

I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend ladies!!! 

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/08/17

Favorite Beauty Products – February

 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

I have just recently branched out from my usual lipsticks and wanted to try the Urban Decay lip products. Y’all… they are good!!! I was so surprised at how highly pigmented the lipsticks are and the colou pay off. And y’all know I love my purple lippies and this one does not dissapoint! 

L’Oreal Voluminous Super Star

ONE of my new favorite mascaras! I love the primer end of this one. If you build it up- your eyelashes will be SOOO long and so beautiful.

e.l.f. Blush Palette in Light

I use the bottom right color most often, but I will also use the two colors on the left when I feel like changing things up. I’ve also used the top right color to set my under eye highlight in the past. FUN FACT: Those little squares pop out, so if you wanted to buy the palatte in dark and light, you could move them around to mix and match your favorite colors into one pallet.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Heaven in a bottle!!! I absolutely love this product.. This is the number one selling Clarins products…on both sides of the pond! It has also helped with my pores 🙂

Moroccain Oil Hair Treatment

I’m a Moroccanoil fan! All of their products have been great for me. I use this on damp hair before blow drying and it helps smooth and add shine. I also use it to tame flyaways and frizz. I am happy with this product overall. The only downside is that especially if you use too much, it can leave the hair looking a little greasy after a long day.

TARTE Double-Ended Foundation Brush

This brush is a must have for anyone who likes an easy full coverage brush. The application is smooth and the finish is unbelievable! I’ve been stuck on the beauty blender for a while but this brush has taken its spot and then some for me! Also, I’ve been using it for a few months now and haven’t had any issues with the brush hairs falling out at all

The Wet Brush

The Wet Brush* is my go to for brushing my hair, whether it’s dry or wet. It’s a godsend. I remember using this as a little girl for dance competitions… GAME CHANGER!! No more tears during every outfit change! And now I re-introduced it to myself and I am so glad I did!

Have you tried any of these? What are some of you recent favorites?

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
02/01/17

Beauty Favorites – January

Happy Wednesday babes….
Y’all… its February!! What?!?!
I can’t believe that we’ve already gone through an entire month in 2017.  Welcome to my very first monthly favorites post!  I wanted to start this new series in 2017 so that I can share with you the best products I’ve tried throughout the month.
Beauty Favs
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick:  My new favorite lippie! Its long-lasting and high-pigment color makes my life so much simpler! It applies as a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It comes in 28 colors according to Sephora! Yes please!!
Maybelline Master Probing Stick: Great for contouring…I’ve used both shades and love them equally.

Hot Tools Turbo Ionic Hair DryerThis has changed my hair drastically. I never paid attention to the damage hair dryers can cause to hair but this one sends ions into the airstream depositing them directly onto the hair. It helps break apart water molecules for faster drying. This has helped condition and soften my hair while reducing frizz.

Brow Stylist Definer in Blonde – I regularly use the Anastasia Brow Wiz eyebrow liner and needed a replacement in a pinch so I googled a good dupe for it and this L’Oreal pen came up. So far I’m really impressed with the quality – especially for the price! It doesn’t go on as well as the Anastasia one so you have to do a good job coloring in but the color and the size of the pen are almost identical.

Loreal Extraordinary Clay Mask: It really exists, and it’s ideal for those of us with chronically oily roots. Apply the mask before you shower, and then rinse. The blend of three clays absorb excess oil so you can redefine what it means to be squeaky clean.

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow PaletteUrban Decay does duo-tone shades like no one else, and this palette has six of them. This nighttime must-have also has six metallic shades all in jewel tones which are perfect for fun nights out with the girls.

Lorac Illuminating Primer: Instantly bring luminosity and life to your face while preserving your makeup throughout the day with LORAC Los Angeles Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer. This paraben-free, high-pearl primer is infused with light diffusing, soft focus pigments for a silky smooth, luminous glow.

Tula Overnight Rescue Cream:  Another game changer! I have really been trying to focus on bettering my skin and I started with Tula products. This is y far my favorite face cream to date. It works with your natural nightly repair process to reinvigorate skin overnight.

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What are some beauty products you are loving lately?!?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
11/23/16

Holiday Gift Guide & Black Friday Deals

If you are anything like me then you are super psycho about Black Friday! Once Thanksgiving lunch/dinner is over, I am putting on my fat pants, grabbing my “sippy cup” and grabbing the hubby’s credit card 🙂

Yes, I do agree stores have been a little crazy opening so much earlier on Thanksgiving Day than normal but I spend the entire weekend with family. Being such a short week anyway, I am with a 3 year old most of my time so I am ready to get out of the house by then. Usually me and my mom are out the door by 7-8pm ready to tackle the crowds. The real crazies are usually cleared out by then anyway 🙂 I have done my annual Black Friday research for the best deals and have given you all the details. We usually try to hit up most of these stores for their great deals but sometimes there just isnt enough coffee to keep your eyes and body running 🙂

Black Friday Sales Guide:

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J.Crew: 30% off storewide and an extra 40% off the lowest marked price on all sale items.

Aldo: 50% off on select shoes and up to 20% off with an early-bird coupon if you complete your in-store or online purchase before 10:00AM on Friday.

H&M: Up to 70% off storewide.

Kate Spade New York: 25% off storewide.

Lord & Taylor: Up to 75% off storewide

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th: Up to 75% off online with deals starting on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Sephora: Up to 80% off storewide.

Steve Madden: Up to 30% off in stores and online.

Victoria’s Secret: Free gift with purchase.

Nike: Up to 25% off.

Old Navy: Up to 40% off in stores and online

Target: Get 20% off $75 or more instore

Forever 21: Sales starting from $3 and up in store and online

Kohls: $15 kohls cash for every $50 spent storewide

Macy’s: Up to 60% off storewide starting Wednesday before Thanksgiving

I have also rounded up some of my favorite gifts for the holidays. Here are some of my picks for the ladies whether it’s your mom, sister, roomie, a friend or even for yourself. (Treat yo’self!) I had so much fun picking these out and putting them together it has been quite a while since I have done a gift guide or wish list post, I hope you like it!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Brittany
09/26/16

One Year Blogiversary + Announcement + Giveaway

 

 

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Hello dear friends!

Today is a very special day! One year ago today (exactly), I started this blog! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! It’s gone so fast and I’ve had so much fun. I love writing for you, the lovely readers. I couldn’t decide what I wanted this post to be about and it’s been sitting in my “drafts” for months and months now. I had this huge elaborate plan to make this a lengthy, lengthy post, outlining all the highs and lows and in-betweens from this past year, and write and write and write ’till I exhausted my little fingers and your tired eyes. BUT, then I decided that I would do a much shorter version of that 🙂

  First off… Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who have been here from the beginning. And thank you to all of you who have joined this journey over the past year. I’ve met some pretty amazing people through this little slice of the blogosphere and have had some pretty great opportunities. The opportunity to be myself and share all of my interests tops the list. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my writing since this blog started. It’s amazing how far my content and photography has developed and grown in the space of one year and even my knowledge and skill on WordPress has managed to build a little!

From great friendships, to lessons learned, I’ve grown so much as both a blogger and person and am so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been presented with. The only way this happened was because of YOU my amazing followers, friends, and family. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU for all the support!

And I hope I can learn even more. I want to continue bringing you little bits from everyday life.

A few things I learned as a blogger:

1. I can sum up how to approach your first year in one word.. patience. Rome was not built in a day, and when your staring at your screen kicking yourself because your blog doesn’t look like so and so or your photos are not editorial worthy or you wish you were as amazing and successful as the blog-queens – remember, it’s only year one.

2. DO NOT compare yourself to others! Everyone is different and everyone grows at a different pace! I am 100% guilty of doing this and am working on stopping.

3. Ignore the haters. Don’t take what people say too seriously. People who are mean and spiteful are only reflecting how they feel about themselves. It’s not you, it’s them! #hatersgonehate

4. Stay engaged with your followers. They are the reason you are able to do what you’re doing.

5. Be yourself. People like it. Just like with anything in life, you are going to run into problems if you start trying to be someone you’re not. This includes photoshopping your selfies and lying to your readers about your running times. People aren’t dumb. If you’re not being genuine, you will be found out. Just be yourself!

6. You are going to make amazing new friends, who you will feel like you already know when you meet them for the first time, just from reading their blog. Embrace it!

7. The blogging community is the best. It really is. It still surprises me when I receive a heartfelt email or comment from a blog reader that something I wrote about resonated with them. It is such an amazing feeling and one of the main reasons why I want to blog, to connect with people. Just one comment can brighten my entire month.

8. Last but not least, don’t give up just yet. I’m here to tell you – it’s ok to have struggles with your blog. It’s ok to have bad photography days. It’s ok to miss a post deadline (or two, or three).  Your blog is your blog, no one else’s, and it can be whatever you want it to be.

Whats next for KingdomofSequins?

Well, I am pretty excited about this coming year! There will be more fashion, there will be more reviews, and of course events and collabs. I also have an exciting announcement that I have been waiting to share…. There will be a new home for KingdomofSequins. I have a new domain and website that will be up and running VERY SOON! In the meantime, my posting schedule will be a little less active but I will try to get out what I can. I love reading and keeping with you lovely people 🙂

I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

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Giveaway:

And now for the best bit – to say thank you to all my fabulous followers, I am holding a little giveaway! It isn’t much or massively expensive, but it’s just a little thank you to celebrate my blog turning 1!

The giveaway will be announced on Instagram later today… Head over to kingdomofsequins for your chance to win!

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Thank you again!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany