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Lorac :: Glow To Go

The other day, at Ulta, I intended on picking up my usual Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer but ended up stumbling across the Limited Edition Value Set by Lorac: Glow To Go.

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Included in this set are:

  • TANtalize Me Limited Edition Baked Bronzer
  • TANtalizer Lips With Benefits Lip Gloss in Rico (A Bronze Pink)
  • Travel-Size TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer
  • 3 Eye Shadows in Tahitian Sand (Light Gold Shimmer), Barbados Bronze (Bronze Shimmer), and Costa Rican Coffee (Dark Brown Matte)

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I was concerned the Body Bronzing Luminizer and Baked Bronzer would appear too ruddy on my fair skin but with limited and gentle application, these leave me with a beautiful golden shimmery glow. I love it. Perfect for the summer. It also gave me a chance to beef-up my eye shadow collection with 3 quality colors. I love a good value set and this is one I highly recommend. Well beyond worth the $36 I paid for it.

Thanks for reading!

Love always, GK

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Sweet Summer Sweat

On a recent trip to Ulta, my goal was to pick up some products I could sweat in. Call me vain, call me insecure, call me whatever, I HATE not being able to wear makeup when working out. I don’t need the whole sha-bang, but I hate going completely barefaced for sweat sessions. Yes, I know how absolutely ridiculous this sounds but the reason why I was in search of sweat resistant makeup is really the same reason why I dropped a few hundred on a new workout wardrobe.

I’m new to working out. I’ve always been a bit chubbier than I should be and recently the weight has seemed to just fall off on it’s own. I’m really quite the super duper late bloomer and kind of grew into myself now that I’ve reached my mid-twenties. Over the last couple of years, I been receiving more and more attention for my appearance. I don’t hate this, but it some how worked itself backwards and now I worry about when I don’t look as good as a could. I place more time into my appearance now that I am prouder of it. Back in the day, I wouldve been happy to be overlooked; now, I’m happy to stand out. So why can’t I go to the gym makeup-less? I’m getting there.

Being new to working out, I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know “all the moves”. It’s really no surprise that like anyone else treading unfamiliar waters, I’m uneasy and thus, self conscious. I may not be in control of whether or not I know what I’m doing yet but I can control whether or not I look good. I went on a Marshall’s/TJMaxx work-out apparel shopping spree and picked myself up a new wardrobe to sweat in (and I look pretty adorable in the workout gear btw). The only problem left to solve would be my makeup dilemma.

I have a very low-set brow. I look like I’m scowling about 90% of the time. My eyes, tucked below this shelf of a brow, are quite small. Tiny. My daily makeup allows me to open up my eyes; looking brighter and friendlier. But I can’t be rocking a smokey eye and liquid lined look at the gym! That’s just ridiculous. Even if its all waterproof, simply having the full-faced makeup look is silly. What can I get away with at the gym? A-ha! Here it is, my gym makeup:

I go with a light brown, very neutral shade of a waterproof eye pencil. I picked up this dual sided duo of pencils by Urban Decay. No mascara. Just a soft liner.

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On my face, I don’t require a lot of coverage but to even out my tone, I use this BB tinted treatment by Tarte (one of my favorite brands) or an even lighter coverage tinted moisturizer. Both are oil-free and SPF 30. Both are very sheer. The BB can be built upon so it’s perfect for your gym bag as you can apply a couple of coats after your workout if youve got other places to be and errands to run.

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While at Ulta purchasing my gym supplies, they were having a sale on Loreal products, so I picked up these two 24hr infallible eye shadows:  #997 Eternal Sunshine and #335 Golden Emerald.

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I also picked up the Lorac TANtalizer Glow to Go Value Set. Check back tomorrow to find out more about that!!

I know many of you who read this will think its very shallow and silly of me to not feel secure enough to spend time around others without any makeup on. I recognize this too about myself. It makes me feel better and if I feel better about it (working out that is), I will continue to do it and I owe it to myself to follow a workout schedule. I owe it to myself to feel better about my appearance and take more pride in it. If slapping on a little eye pencil and tinted moisturizer makes me feel comfortable enough to go for it, I don’t see what so wrong with that.

Thank you so much for reading! I owe you guys a “What have I been up to for the last 6 months” post. A LOT has happened. Some really amazing things and some really shitty things. The last half of a year have flown by and dragged on in exuberant elation and nagging pain. My circle of friends, job and state of being have all changed and for the better. I find myself in a beautiful and content place in my life and I haven’t lost hope for a brighter tomorrow. One day soon, this limbo I’ve been balancing in for nearly two years will settle and I will settle safely where I am destined to.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

Love, GK

NYX BOGO sale

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, when I recently paid a visit to Ulta, I walked away with a pretty sweet haul. In addition to the Smashbox Complexion Try It Kit that I posted about yesterday, I also took advantage of Ulta’s BOGO 1/2 off sale on NYX products.

Now, I’ve never really been a huge fan of NYX but I’ve used a few of their products that I liked. However, I’m a sucker for a sale and couldn’t pass up their deal. Here’s what I picked up: NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer, NYX Blush, NYX Cream Eye Shadows.

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If you were to purchase a pale pink or more neutral shade of the roll on shimmer, you could also use it for added glam for a night out on your chest/clavicle area… but the Onyx that I purchased would just make me look dirty if I did that…

NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer in Onyx

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NYX Powder Blusher

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When I was picking out a couple of Cream Eye Shadows, I decided to go bold and fun with the colors since I don’t wear NYX all that often; I figured, it’d be nice to have some funky colors to play with on the right occassion.

NYX Cream Shadow in Deep Purple (CRS04)

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NYX Cream Shadow in Deep Blue (CRS13)

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There you have it. My NYX BOGO 1/2 Off purchases from Ulta.

Smashbox Complexion Kit & Ulta buys

Recently, I did some work on my wallet at Ulta. Here’s the haul:

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Tomorrow, I’ll feature the NYX products I snagged in their BOGO 1/2 off sale but for today, I want to share my new Complexion Kit from Smashbox.

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This complexion kit is a great introduction to Smashbox foundation and such if you’ve never used them before like me. The kit includes:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer

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Smashbox High Definition Liquid Foundation

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Smashbox High Definition Spot Concealer

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Smashbox Foundation Powder

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I also scored some additional freebies at checkout:

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oooooh! I just love new beauty buys!! Please check back tomorrow to see the rest of my Ulta haul! ALSO: As if this isn’t enough, because of my Smashbox purchase, I scored some additional Smashbox freebies! (Will post soon!)

Thanks for reading! Love, GK