SPLURGE OR SAVE: Products Worth Spending $$$

Hello my loves!

Oh boy. If you’re anything like me, spending money on cosmetics can get EXPENSIVE.  It’s hard to keep up with the latest beauty trends, while also saving up for bigger investments.  I try to keep myself in check by balancing the amount of high end products I’m buying, with the products that I can use from the drugstore.  I do, however, have certain products I am always willing to spend more money on, because I know the benefits.  Here is my list of products worth spending money on.

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Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes 

I have tried numerous palettes from the drugstore, and although some of them are better than others, I find the formula is never what I want it to be.  The shadows can be inconsistent, not pigmented, and chalky.  Investing in a nice high end eyeshadow palette, is much more beneficial for me, than trying multiple eyeshadows from the drugstore, only to end up disappointed.

My recommendations: Urban Decay Naked Basics & Too Faced Natural Eyes

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Eyebrow Products

The shape of my eyebrows can make or break how my makeup looks that day.  I don’t go through my eyebrow products very fast, so I don’t mind investing in something that really works for me.  Often, it just takes some searching for what works best.

My recommendation: Urban Decay Brow Box

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Concealer

I have very acne prone skin, and find that if I put too heavy of a product on a zit, it just makes it worse by the end of the day.  High end concealers offer a wide range of types that combat specific problems. The boi-ing industrial strength concealer covers my acne, without further irritating them. I also have better results in coverage with high end concealer.  The shade ranges allow for a full-coverage brightening concealer, to highlight, and also get rid of dark circles.

My recommendations: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer & Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer

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Eyeliner

I debated about whether to put eyeliner in this post. I do think the drugstore has a good selection of eyeliners, I just always find myself reaching for my high end ones.  They have better color pay off in my opinion, and are more long lasting.

My recommendations: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil & Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

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Foundation

This one is a must for me.  I can get away with a BB cream from the drugstore in the summer time, but I always feel like a blendable, medium to full coverage foundation, is a staple in everyone’s makeup collection.  The high end brands consistently have foundations that do exactly what the claims say, and most of the pricing can be justified, based on how well the foundation performs.

My recommendation: Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Foundation

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Pressed Setting Powder

I always keep a high-end setting powder in my purse on the go, in case I want to touch up my face quickly. It gives a bit of coverage, without adding so much product to the point of looking cake-y. High end powders, in my opinion, have a silkier texture, and I never run into the issue of flashback in photos.

My recommendation: Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

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Liquid Lipstick

The drugstore makes a ton of amazing lipsticks, but I haven’t found a brand that has perfected the liquid lipstick.  The high end brands all have formulas that are consistent, and have great color pay off. Investing in one or two, can be beneficial when you need a no fuss product.

My recommendation: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

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Skincare

Investing in good skincare regimen has so many benefits. I have personally seen amazing results in regards to my acne, by switching the brands that are non-comedogenic. The anti-aging ingredients in a lot of high end brand skincare helps to prevent the onset of wrinkles, dark circles, and numerous other concerns.

My recommendation: Clinique Skincare Products

What are your go to high end products? Let me know in the comments! I hope you found this post helpful. Like this if you want to see more in the splurge or save series, and follow my blog for more beauty insight.

xo,
Morgan ♕

 

IS IT WORTH IT?: Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation & Dab + Blend Applicator Review

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I’m so excited to share my review on the Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation.  I have been testing this product for the past 2 weeks, and feel comfortable giving my thoughts on how it applies, and wears.  As a bonus, I will also be reviewing the Dab + Blend Makeup Applicator.

I was sent this campaign from Milk, and was under the impression I would be getting a sample size of a foundation.  To my surprise, I was given two full size foundations, and the beauty applicator as a bonus!

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The applicator was packaged in this beautiful holographic cardboard.  When you opened it up, the silicone sponge was encased in a thick plastic ziplock.  The applicator is a nice size, and would be easy to take on the go.

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I was given the shades “Fair” and “Light” to taste, based on the survey I filled out for my specific skin shade.  I’ve been using the shade “Light”, since I’m tanner in the summer.  The shade “Fair” seems as though it will match me in the winter.  The two shades are for those with pink undertones, which is great for me, and I appreciate that they have undertone specific foundations. The Blur Liquid Matte Foundation comes in 16 shades, which is a decent range, especially for a new foundation.

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The claims for the foundation are written out on this card that was included in the package.  It’s supposed to be a longwear, full coverage foundation that doesn’t leave you feeling cake-y.  It’s marketed to blur the appearance of pores, and is supposed to have a matte finish. I can also appreciate that it’s silicone and oil free, and of course cruelty free!

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After trying both the applicator and foundation, I’ve come to a few conclusions in regards to the claims made.

The Dab + Blend Makeup Applicator is not worth the $14.00 in my opinion. It left the foundation sitting on top of my skin, and never seemed to seep in, no matter how much I tried to blend it out.  The applicator isn’t very flexible, so it’s hard to work with.  The seam on the outside edge also doesn’t help blend in the hard to reach places, like the corners of my nose, because it scratches my face.  I appreciate what Milk was going for, creating a product that is easy to clean, but I think a good old Beauty Blender works much better for this foundation.

Here are two photos of me wearing the foundation.  In the first photo, one half of my face has the blended out foundation, the other half has nothing on.  You can see how much it minimized redness, and covered up my acne.  The second photo is what the foundation looks like with a full face of makeup (side note – comment on this post if you would like a tutorial on the eye look I did in the photo)!

I’m not sure that the Blur Liquid Matte Foundation is full coverage, I would say it’s  more of a medium.  I actually like the coverage it gives, because it lets me build it up more if I’m going out, or keep it light if I’m just running errands.  A little goes a long way, so be wary of that! It feels very light weight, and is easy to blend out with a Beauty Blender.  It lasts for quite a few hours, considering it stays on for my 7 hour shifts at work. As for the claim that it’s pore blurring, I completely agree. It doesn’t get rid of my acne, but definitely lays right on top of them, and smooths out the skin around them.  The finish is matte, but takes a while to dry. I usually just set it with powder, to speed up the process. I also found that this foundation looks better if you have a primer down as your base. I haven’t had an issue with the formula irritating my skin, and I’ve been really enjoying wearing it. For me, the Blur Liquid Matte Foundation is worth it!

*Disclaimer: I received this foundation and applicator complimentary from Influenster and Milk Makeup for testing purposes.  My review is in no way influenced by this. 

Here are links to purchase both products:

Blur Liquid Matte Foundation

Dab + Blend Applicator

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Like this, if you want to see more reviews, and follow my blog for more beauty insight!

xo,
Morgan ♕

DISAPPOINTMENTS: Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing

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I’ve been going back and forth whether I wanted to do this series on my blog. I know a lot of beauty influencers feel that listing a product as “disappointing” in a sense, bashes the company who made it. I may have found that these products didn’t work for me, but I absolutely don’t think the companies “failed”.  I use other makeup products from them, that I love and are part of my every day routine.  For me, the products listed just didn’t work and I want to share my experience using them.  If they have been a hit for you, that’s great and I’m so glad!  Makeup works differently, based on factors unique to a specific person. My philosophy for doing this is to bring insight, so people don’t purchase an item, when really there is something else out there that would work better.

Here is my list of recent products that I will not be repurchasing.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

I’m usually not picky when it comes to setting sprays, as long as they do what they are intended to do.  The issue I ran into with this one is it has a certain ingredient that tingles.  I don’t like the way it feels, and it irritates my face.  The spray itself does set my makeup; I just wouldn’t recommend it based on how it makes my skin feel.

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Morphe Translucent Ultra Fine Setting Powder

This is another product that does do its intended job.  The powder itself sets my under eye concealer, and any other liquid products I want set. The problem I run in to is because its a translucent powder, and is so stark white, it leaves a really bad flashback in photos.  It feels really lightweight on the skin, but it doesn’t work well if your going to be taking a lot of photographs. I’ll be able to finish up the container by just wearing it to work and classes, but I’m going to try to find a setting powder that doesn’t have flashback.

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Maybelline Dream BB Pure 

This one is such a bummer for me.  I’ve been using this beauty balm from Maybelline for probably 3 years now.  The problem I’m running in to is they got rid of shade 100.  This color, 110 light/medium, is too dark for me most of the year. I love the formula and it really helps to keep my acne controlled, but the shade is too yellow-based and too dark for me to wear, unless it’s summer.

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Nars Eyeshadow Duo in “Silk Road”

Nars blushes are a gift from the gods. They are pigmented, silky, and apply really well. This eyeshadow duo I have, is another story.  The shadows look to be a satin finish, but also have chunks of thick glitter.  The glitter causes horrible fallout, even using a patting motion on the lid, rather than swiping. I also want the shadows to be more pigmented than they are. I think you can get a better quality eyeshadow, for a lot less money than this duo.

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in “Lock Diary” 

This is my first product from ColourPop. I received it in my July Boxycharm and was really excited to try it. The formula is creamy, so it doesn’t leave the dryness of a matte liquid lipstick. My problem with the product was it feathers horribly; you almost have to use a lip liner to make it stay. I could work with the formula in that aspect, but then I had even more of an issue with it when it stained my lips for a whole two days! I scrubbed the product off as much as I could, but I still had a pink cast over my lips.  For me, it’s just not worth using this color, even though it’s a pretty shade.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in “Perversion” 

I had high hopes for this sister eyeliner of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil.  I use the 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil for my tight line almost daily. I love the richness in color that eyeliner has, and it stays on really well. I tried this for top eyeliner and a wing, but I could not get consistent application no matter what I tried.  The formula is very water-y, and it isn’t very pigmented.  I purchased this on sale at Nordstrom Rack, so Urban Decay may be trying to reformulate this specific product.

Those are all my products I will not be repurchasing.  If you have one of these products that works for you, and want to leave a comment about how you get it to work, that would be great! Be sure to like this post if you want to see more in this series, and follow my blog for more beauty insight!

xo,
Morgan ♕

FAVORITES: July 2017

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I’m a little late to the game with this post, but I really wanted to make sure I shared my July Favorites.  This past month has been so hectic and I cannot it’s already August! I’m going to be heading back to school soon, and I wish I had a few more weeks to enjoy the sunshine. Never the less, I am ready to start my junior year of college (so crazy for me to say). I don’t have as many favorites as I did last month, not because the products I have been using aren’t good, but because I have been switching products out pretty frequently. As always, the links for purchasing the products I featured in this post are included. Here are some of my consistent favorites of the month. Enjoy reading!

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My first favorite is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.  I love the way this product seeps into my skin. It’s instant hydration in a bottle.  The gel formula makes it very easy to apply makeup after, because it doesn’t sit on top of my pores.  I have very sensitive, combination skin, and this product has done wonders for moisturizing my face. I use it everyday, morning and night, after I wash my face.

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The next product was featured in the July Boxycharm, and you can find the unboxing of that by clicking here.  I love this Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Mist from Project Beauty. It does a great job at setting my makeup to make it last longer. I also really appreciate that the nozzle allows for an even application of the spray.  It’s more like a mist, rather than a sprits, and that helps distribute it on my face much nicer.

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Let me just tell you, I definitely will be purchasing a larger size of this product. I only bought the travel, because I didn’t want to spend $31.00, and end up not liking it. But have no fear, the Benefit Porefessional Primer is AMAZING for those who have large pores. I have a lot around my nose area and on my chin. It fills them in and leaves a nice smooth surface for my foundation to stick to.  If you want a more in depth product review, you can click here to view my post on it.

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I didn’t think I was going to like this product as much as I have, but the BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder is really good. It sets my heavy concealer and foundation, but doesn’t make my skin feel cake-y, and feels very lightweight. I also appreciate that it doesn’t have color to it.  The two options, matte or glow, are perfect for contouring and adding dimension.  See me unbox this product from my July Boxycharm by clicking here.

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As you can see, my next product has received a lot of love. The Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette is a fan favorite among many.  I’ve been going for a more simple eyelook this month, than what I’m used to, and the colors in this palette are perfect for achieving that.  I use Heaven in the inner corner and on the brow bone. Nudie in the crease and on the lid with Cashmere Bunny in the crease, but lower. Sexpresso in the outer corner of the lid, if I want to make it more dramatic.  Then I pull Cashmere Bunny down onto the lower lash line to smoke it out.  These shadows are very rich in pigmentation, and the colors are very wearable.

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This is another product that I’m going to have to invest in. The Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara works wonders for those who need more volume. I have pretty long eyelashes, and this wand grips each one individually and fans them out, which brings so much fullness. I received this product in a Beauty Insider rewards box and featured it in my most recent Sephora Haul.

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I’m really picky with pencil eyeliners, because I can’t stand when they tug or pull at my lid, or irritate my tight line.  I was so skeptical when I received this in my July Ipsy bag, which you can see unboxed here. But the Ciate London Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner in black is so smooth, and pigmented.  The liner coats my tight line and makes my lashes instantly look fuller. It never feels like I’m pulling or tugging on my lid when I use it. It also works great if you want to smoke out the lash line with the angled brush side.

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My lash product is my favorite of my favorites (is that a thing?).  I’ve been using my Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks almost daily, which you can see me unbox here and here. The formula of these is a dream to work with. I never need a lip liner, and they reapply with no hassle.  I also don’t find the product to be sticky, or too drying. I specifically love this shade, Celebrity Skin, because it’s a very easy to wear nude.  It looks great with a dramatic eye look, or just when wearing the basics on a casual day.

That’s all I have for this month! If you guys enjoy reading favorites posts, click the like button.  Let me know what makeup products you have been using this month by leaving me a comment on this post.  Don’t forget to follow my blog for more beauty insight!

xo,
Morgan ♕

 

 

 

 

HAUL: TJ Maxx & Nordstrom Rack Beauty

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Two things I love are shopping, and discounts. When those two things go hand-in-hand, I’m in the best mood.  I decided to try out the beauty supplies that Nordstrom Rack has to offer, and also picked up some beauty related products from TJ Maxx.  The makeup from stores like Nordstrom Rack used to scare me away, because they often were missing packaging, or look tampered with. But with some careful investigating and picking through, I found products that were safely wrapped, and ready for me to use!

Here are my recent purchases:

TJ MAXX

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Acrylic Lipstick Organizer 12-count: $2.99 x 2

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Adrienne Vittadini Makeup Bag: $14.99 (originally $50.00)

 

NORDSTROM RACK

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Purity Made Simple 2 oz. Travel Bottle: $8.00

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Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash 8 oz.: $14.97 (originally $28.00)

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Urban Decay All Nighter Travel Setting Spray: $9.97 (originally $15.00)

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Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion: $5.97 (originally $19.00)

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Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow MultiPalette: $24.97 (originally $50.00)

The total amount for both purchases was $81.35, but the best part was I saved $91.13, just from shopping at these stores! I’m very excited to try everything, so if you want a review on any of these products, leave a comment! Like this post if you want to see more hauls, and follow my blog for more beauty insight!

xo,
Morgan ♕

TUTORIAL: Golden Glow Eyes ft. Blinc x Boxycharm Electric Eyes Palette

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I’m back with another eye look today! I really wanted to incorporate a new product I received in one of my subscription services, so I chose to use the Blinc Electric Eye Palette that I got in my July Boxycharm. The jewel-tone shadows in this palette are so pigmented, and I could not resist trying them!

Below is my take on a simple Golden Glow Eye Look:

The first thing I did was prime my lids, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion today. The only complaint I have with the Blinc Eye Palette is it has no matte shades to use for a transition color in the crease, so I used Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I applied the shadow using windshield wiper motions and a blending brush.

The first shade I used from the Blinc palette was the lightest shade, called Sphene. I applied it into the inner corner and brought it into the inner half of my eyelid. I also applied the shade onto my brow bone. I used an Urban Decay Flat Shader Brush to do this.

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Next I went into the second to last shade, which is Autuni and applied it to the outer half of my eye using a Lottie London Flat Packing Brush.

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In keeping with the gold theme, I added the first shade in the palette, called Orpime, to the other third of my eye, blending it into the shadow we applied before. This really helped to deepen the eyeshadows. I used a Sephora Packing Brush to do this.

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After applying the last shimmer shade to the lid, I smoked out under the bottom lash line with my transition shade Naked 2 that we used before. I used a pencil brush for this. The last step was to take that same shade we just used, but on a blending brush, and blend away to soften the shadows. I applied my favorite eyeliner and mascara to finish the eyes, and here is the final look! It was a super simple to do and I really love how it turned out.

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Here are the other products I’m wearing:

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  • Face
    • Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in 110 Light/Medium
    • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair
    • Morphe Setting Powder in Translucent
    • Bobbi Brown Sheer Pressed Powder in 5 Soft Sand
  • Cheeks
    • Benefit Dew The Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
    • Nars Blush in Orgasm
    • Kylie Cosmetics Highlighter in Salted Caramel
  • Brows
    • Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar
  • Eyes
    • Ciaté London Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner in Black
    • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Lips
    • Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lip Kit in Candy K

I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know in the comments if you try it, and be sure to follow my blog for more beauty insight!

xo,
Morgan ♕

 

 

UNBOXING: Jeffree Star Cosmetics

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Can you tell unboxings are my favorite posts to write? I know, I do a lot of them! I’m just eager to share new makeup purchases and let you see products before buying them yourselves. Also, I always offer to do reviews of any products I get, so if anything ever looks of interest, leave a comment!

I purchased three more shades of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks. Of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, his formula is by far my favorite. Once again, I’m surprised and happy with how quickly the products got to me, and how well they packaged everything. It’s the little things, that make me appreciate indie brands.

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The total amount of product in each tube is 0.19 oz, which is average for a high end lip product. Each of these retail for $18.00, which is also average. I find that I don’t have to use a lipliner with this formula, so I think the price given is very reasonable. I have very small lips, so most of my liquid lipsticks feather over my lip line, and it’s really annoying, but I don’t seem to have that issue with this particular formula (I’m trying to find out why that is, so stay tuned)!

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The first shade I got is the color Deceased. It was originally a limited edition shade, but it was recently moved to the permanent line. I wore it today to work, and found it doesn’t look as brown as it appears in the bottle. It was closer to a greige shade, with purple undertones, than brown.

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The second shade I wanted to get was this one, which is called Androgyny. I have not gotten a chance to see the color on my lips, but from the swatch, it appears to be a deep mauve, with a brown undertone.

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The last shade I decided to buy is part of the Summer Chrome Collection, so it is limited edition. In the future, I could see it being moved into the permanent line, because the color seems like it would flatter many skin tones. The color is called Calabasas, and it’s a medium tone pink, with red undertones.

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Here is a swatch of all the shades: (left to right) Deceased, Androgyny, Calabasas

As I said before, feel free to comment below if you want to see any of this shades on, or if you want a review on any! If you want to see more unboxings, please like this post and follow my blog for more beauty updates!

xo,
Morgan ♕