Hot Product of the Week: Elf Mad for Matte Eyeshdaow Palette 

I have heard nothing but great things about the Elf Mad for Matte eyeshadow palette and finally got my hands on it! This palette came out back in 2016, so it is not a brand new product to Elf, but it is to me! 

Keep reading for my review and swatches of this palette! 

This all matte palette retails for $10 and comes with 10 pigmented shadows as well as a mirror. 


Right off the bat, I am so happy that I bought this palette! I have been using it everyday since and it never fails to impress me every time. The shadows are very smooth and buttery to the touch, and have great pigment when applied. Even though they are pigmented, they are still easy to blend. When you go in with a brush, they do have some kick-back, but for a $10 palette that doesn’t bother me personally. 

The colors themselves are nothing special, but if you are looking for a great inexpensive neutral palette, this is the one to buy! Even though I have so many palettes that have these same shades, I still find myself reaching for this one because the quality is amazing and they blend out effortlessly. 

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My January Ipsy Glam Bag! 

Here’s a peek inside my January Ipsy bag! Keep reading for quick reviews on each product! 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination shade medium: I really like the original Bye Bye Under Eye concealer and in my opinion, the Illumination one is pretty much the exact same thing. It has the same thick consistency, same full coverage, and blends the same as well. Both of the concealers also claim to be anti-aging and waterproof as well. I do really like this concealer, it just isn’t any different from the original one. 

Trust Fund Beauty “Lipgasm” Lipgloss in the shade Method to the Madness: This is a really nice lipgloss. I was expecting it to be a little more pigmented, but it is actually quite sheer and just gives a slight tint to the lips. It lasts a good amount of time, feels very moisturizing, and isn’t sticky. I do really like this product for what it is, but I most likely would not go out of my way to spend money on it. Also, it does have a really strong glue smell when applying, but it does go away quickly. 

Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer: I actually really like this primer! It feels really hydrating, but also does a pretty good job of keeping my face from looking like a greasy mess. I would call it more of a moisturizer for oily skin though, rather than a mattifying makeup primer. I still like it though and will continue to use up the sample! 

Manna Kadar Beauty blush in Paradise: This is a gorgeous shade, but for a blush it is extremely too pigmented and shimmery for my liking. I will probably use this more as an eyeshadow. It has fine gold shimmer, which I typically don’t mind, but since the product is so pigmented and powdery it is hard to blend and easy to go overboard. I am going to see how I can use it in an eye look, though because it is a gorgeous color! 

Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips: I have never tried this makeup remover before because I typically just use coconut oil, but it does work really well for taking off my eye makeup, even waterproof mascara. I find that I don’t have to tug too hard on my eyelids. I will use up the sample, but probably won’t purchase the real thing because coconut oil just breaks down the makeup so much quicker for me. 

Miracle Product for Acne Scars! 

It’s no secret that 100% pure and natural raw honey is amazing for your skin. It is very hydrating, helps with scarring, pigmentation, and evens out your complexion. BUT, Manuka Honey definitely takes the cake and is way better than regular honey. 

I have struggled with hormonal acne and the scars left behind for the past 6 months or so and, after trying almost every product and remedy out there, I finally found the product that reduced my scarring by half OVERNIGHT!  

Keep reading to see what exactly makes Manuka Honey different from regular Honey and how I use it on my skin! Also, since this is an expensive product (the jar in the picture is $20 for 8.75 oz), I will also list some purchasing tips and a few different prices from different retailers. 

So what makes Manuka Honey different from regular Raw Honey? 

  • Manuka Honey comes from one specific plant only found in New Zealand- the Manuka Tree. Since the Honey comes from this one plant, you will not be getting a bunch of different blends of Honey in one jar- it is 100% pure Manuka. 
  • Manuka Honey contains about 100 times MORE antibacterial/ anti-microbial/anti-inflammatory  compounds than regular Honey. This is what makes Manuka Honey an excellent healing treatment for acne because it does an excellent job of drawing impurities out of the skin. 

What to look for when purchasing Manuka Honey 

  • You want to make sure that it is “Active” and that this is stated right on the label. 
  • You only want to purchase Manuka Honey that is from New Zealand. The Manuka Plant is unique to New Zealand so if it is coming from somewhere else, it’s not real Manuka Honey! 
  • Make sure that there is a rating on the front label of 15+-16. These ratings relate to the level of antibiotic activity in the product. 16 is ideal, but anything below 10 is pretty much just regular Honey. 

A few different brands of Manuka Honey 

  • Manuka Doctor 15+ Bio Actove Manuka Honey-$20 (pictured above,found it in the Organics section of my grocery store) 
  • Trader Joe’s 10+ 100% NZ Manuka Honey-$12 
  • Wedderspoon 100% Raw Manuka Honey 16-$28 at Walmart 

How I use this miracle product 

  • Since this is a natura product, I feel comfortable using this multiple times a day and my skin doesn’t react in any way to using it this often. I like to use this as an all over face mask and leave it on for at least an hour morning and night if I can. 
  • I make sure that my face is cleansed before applying the Honey, then I dampen my face with some warm water. 
  • I use about two finger scoops of Honey for my entire face and just massage it over my face and neck. 
  • I let this sit in my skin for at least an hour and then massage/ rinse it away with warm water. It comes off pretty easily. 
  • You could apply it over night as a spot treatment and then put a piece of tissue or band aid on top so that it doesn’t mess up your pillow, but I prefer to rinse it off right before I go to sleep. 

It’s a very easy product to use and I have noticed a huge difference in the way my skin looks! I did not expect the Manuka Honey to work so fast, otherwise I would have taken before and after pictures.

If you struggle with acne, acne scarring, or any other skin issue at all, definitely purchase a jar of Manuka Honey and I promise you, you will not be able to live without it!! 

$10 Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Dupe?!

The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (the original clear one) is a cult favorite amongst the beauty community. I do love this primer myself, but it is really expensive for a product that you typically use almost everyday. 

If you are unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s stores, it is a neighborhood-style grocery store with specialty items from their own brand. Everyone always raves about Trsder Joe’s, but I have never heard anyone talk about their skincare line. 

In my opinion, their skincare products are extremely underrated and this Antioxidant Serum for $10 is no exception. When I first used this serum, I noticed right away that the thicker consistency was pretty much identical to the Smashbox primer. This is because both products have a main ingredient of dimethicone. The TJ serum also contains grapefruit extract as an added bonus. Grapefruit is very high in Vitamin C and helps to plump the skin and blur fine lines over time. This serum applies very smoothly and sinks into the skin quickly, so it won’t feel like you have a layer of primer sitting on top of your skin. 

For me, the Trader Joe’s serum is a near perfect dupe for the Smashbox primer and I am so happy that I stumbled upon this amazing product! I use it mostly as a makeup Primer, but sometimes I will apply it when I’m not wearing any makeup to give my skin a smoother appearance. I find that this serum makes my makeup last just as long as the Smashbox primer and allows my makeup to go on smoothly overtop. 

I prefer this serum over the Smashbox Primer because, 1) it smells like grapefruit (but the smell does not linger) and 2) it is only $10 versus $36 for the Smashbox one. I highly recommend this serum and encourage you to try out the other products from the Trader Joe’s Nourish skincare line! I bought mine at a TJ store, but you can also find it on Amazon. 

Added tip: The oil-free Antioxidant moisturizer is hands down my favorite and perfect for any skin type! 

Hot Product of the Week: NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick (Cashmere Silk) 

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m back with my latest hot product of the week!

I have heard nothing but great things about the NYX Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick line and I decided to try out a shade for myself!


I have been wearing the shade Cashmere Silk non-stop since I bought it at Ulta. It is the perfect pinky Nude shade for my skin tone and goes with every makeup look!

The formula is very thin, yet opaque and is not too drying on the lips. I do like to apply a lip balm before using this liquid lipstick, but I think it is pretty comfortable without one as well. This product lasts ALL DAY and is almost completely transfer proof.

The Lip Lingerie line consists of all neutral shades, but those are the shades I am drawn to most of the time anyway. I am so in love with the shade I own and am definitely going to pick up some more!

Hot Product of the Week! 

This week’s hot product is the PUR Cosmetics Elevation mini highlight palette! This is a gorgeous little palette that comes with 3 beautiful shades, mirror, and a mini fan brush for only $15. 

The shades Boost and Altitude are great highlights and the shade Upgrade is more of coral with gold reflects and makes an amazing blush topper. For $15, I think this palette is a really great value, especially for a higher end brand like PUR. I bought mine at Ulta and I am not sure if they can be found at Sephora as well or if this is a permanent product. 

The product itself is very pigmented and not too powdery. It is buildable, but for me personally these highlights give the right amount of glow without having to build it up too much. The fan brush is an added bonus, but to me it is too flimsy to blend out my highlight well enough. But I do use it to contour my nose and I actually really like how it looks! 

My December Ipsy Glam Bag! 

I am really happy with the products I received in my Ipsy bag this month! The only product I didn’t like was the knock-off Beauty Blender (not pictured) and I gave it to a friend. I also think the faux fur bag is adorable! 

Keep reading to see a more detailed review of what I thought of each product! 

Hanalei Lip Treatment- this stuff is pretty much a kicked up version of Aquafor, but I love it! It smells like coconut and tastes pretty good too, not gonna lie 😊. It has a really thick consistency and does a great job of moisturizing my really dry and chapped lips (thanks to the colder weather). A little bit goes a long way, so this little sample will last a while. 

The Balm’s Mad Lash Black mascara- I only tried out this mascara once, but I really liked it and it did a pretty good job of adding length and volume to my lashes without clumping them together. I don’t think I would go out of my way to purchase the full size product (I just love my drugstore mascaras), but it’s a good product and I will continue to use the sample! 

City Color Be Matte Blush palette- I am so glad that I received this little mini blush palette in my bag! I love all the colors and they are nicely pigmented without being too powdery. I love how small and compact it is, so I can throw it in a little makeup bag and still have three good blush options. 

Tarte Maracuja Oil- I have been wanting to try this oil for the longest time, but just didn’t want to spend the money on it. This is the product that I was most excited to receive in my glam bag and I can’t wait to use it on a regular basis. It is a clear, thin oil so it can easily be mixed with foundation or other cream makeup products. For me, it is really hydrating without being too greasy and soaks into my skin really nicely. 

MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge (not pictured)-unfortunately,  this was the most disappointing product I received in my bag. I wanted to use it to apply my foundation today and when I went to dampen it, it did not expand and remained extremely dense and firm. I didn’t even bother using it because I knew it would not work for me, so I gave it to a friend before I remembered I needed to take a picture! 

Hot Products of the Week! 

Since I didn’t post a hot Product last week, I decided to talk about two that I have been loving this week AND they are extremely inexpensive! 

The first product I have been loving is the Coverall Cream Foundation from Wet N Wild. I got this for $4 from my local drugstore and because of the low price, I was kind of afraid to try this foundation because I was worried that it would make me break out or just look unflattering on the skin. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful this foundation looks and that it didn’t bother my skin at all! It has a natural matte finish and gives a good medium coverage, but it is buildable. The consistency is pretty thick, (if you tilt your hand it won’t run down), so I was expecting this to be really heavy and cakey, but it actually blends out really nicely. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high end foundation, or even a L’Oreal foundation, this one is less than $5 and is a fanatastic product. 

The next product I have been loving this week is the Essence I Love Extreme Volume mascara (waterproof). This mascara is really great if you want to add natural-looking volume to your lashes and it can also work as a lengething mascara as well. It does not make your lashes look clumpy, doesn’t flake, and holds the curl really well. Even though it is a waterproof formula, it comes off pretty easily with a makeup removing oil. This mascara is great and the fact that it’s less than $5 makes it even better! 

November Ipsy Glam Bag + Review 

I recently subscribed to Ipsy and received my first glam bag for the month of November! 

Keep reading to see what’s inside and what I thought of each product! 


Benefit Porefessional pore minimizing primer- this product is a cult favorite and I have never heard someone say they don’t love this product because it is just amazing! Love this primer and I definitely recommend this if you want something lightweight that will help minimize the appearance of larger pores. 

Skone Brow Wand (full size)- this is pretty much a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Definer. It has the exact same shape and has a spoolie on one end just like the Brow Definer. The only difference is that this one is not as stiff as the Anastasia one. I do really like this brow pencil though! It is the right shade (not too warm toned but not too cool toned either) and it pigmented enough to give you control on how heavily you want to fill in your brows. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner pen (black)- I love this eyeliner so much! It makes applying eyeliner so easy and quick! It is not as black as my Essence waterproof eyeliner pen, but I feel like the Eyeko one does not dry out as quickly. I think I will repurchase a full sized one when the sample runs out!

Hey Honey Goid Morning Honey Silk facial serum- I have only used this serum once and I can’t really give much of a detailed review since skincare products usually take a few uses to know how well you will like the product. I did like the way it felt on my skin, but I haven’t noticed a difference in just one use. I’m pretty sure it’s just meant to be hydrating  for all skin types and definitely feels nice. 

Laws & Co. B’Lighter in Peacher’s Daughter highlighting cream blush- this is the only product in the bag that I was not too thrilled with. I don’t really go for Cream blushes in the first place, and the “highlight” factor of the product is way WAY too glittery and just doesn’t look too flattering on the skin. 

Hot Product of the Week: Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks 

Welcome back to another Hot Product of the Week! This week, I have been loving the Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shades Tapestry (left- deep purple) and Boucle (right-dark brown toned nude). I got these at Ulta and they were around $5 each. 

Keep reading to see a full review! ​

I have never bought anything from this brand before, but when I saw that these were a velvet matte finish rather than a full matte finish, I wanted to give them a try to see if they would be less drying. 

Overall, I am LOVING the formula and color of lipsticks and really want to go back to get more shades! The darker shade was a little streaky, but not hard to work with at all and can be corrected really easily with another layer. I find that these did not dry out my lips at all since they are not meant to be a flat matte finish, but they dry down really well and did not transfer. 

The only thing I do not like about this product is the fact that the color you see on the outside is kind of deceiving as to what the actual color is. Just looking at outside of the packaging, Tapestry (the dark purple shade) looked like a rich chocolate brown and when I got home and opened it, I was really surprised to see that it was not brown at all! Same thing with the shade Boucle. It looked like it was going to be a pretty pinky Nude color and actually turned out to be a dark brown nude. Even though the colors fonnot really match what they look on the outside, I still am obsessed with the shades and would have still bought them anyway. 

Overall, I think these liquid lippies are amazing and for such an inexpensive price, you can’t beat it!