eyes lips face

its no joke that i love makeup. i love to try new brands and new shades and new products but i do have a few tried and true favorites that i absolutely cannot live without. that being said, i travel a lot because i’m in school and home is 800+ miles away. the past few times i’ve flown, my nars products have completely cracked and even the rubbing alcohol trick couldn’t bring them back to life. it broke my heart to drop a $40 dollar palette into the trashcan.

today on pinterest i found a master list of duplicate products and i’m reaching out to you guys for help. have you tried any of these dupes? please comment and let me know how you feel about them! spending the $3 dollars at target seems like an absolute no brainer but i would love to get some opinions as well!

Image[elf st. lucia blush & bronzer duo vs. nars orgasm & laguna]


[elf mini eyeshadow palette vs. naked palette]


[elf mineral foundation powder vs. bare minerals foundation powder]

these are some of the top products i found on pinterest and i want to hear from you! have you tried these? what’s your take on the dupe situation? here’s hoping i can ditch some of my regular products to save the frustration of a broken foundation and also keep some money in my pocket!! let me know what you think!

xo, Samantha



medicine cabinet confessions

something is so intriguing about hearing about other people’s beauty routines. there is no doubt that if i come across a blog post about something like this, i’m going to sit there and read the whole thing….and then probably drop a good twenty dollars at cvs. while i love to try tried and true favorites of others, i’m actually really picky about my own beauty routine. here’s a roundup of my faves.


bumble and bumble surf spray – my hair is super long and to be honest, just kind of weird when i let it air dry and don’t do anything to it. surf spray adds a certain messiness that is pretty enough to wear up or down. plus it smells like you just walked out of a hawaiian hotel room, score!

bare minerals flawless definition mascara – in high school whenever me and my friends would get ready together, one of my best friends would always call me spiderman because my eyelashes are so long. this adds the right amount of definition without too much volume and it doesn’t clump either!

clarisonic – my grandmother got me hooked on this bandwagon and i haven’t stopped since. my clarisonic is my baby. it leaves your skin feeling impossibly soft.

purity by philosophy – the only face cleanser i’ll use. it’s extremely gentle on my dry skin and takes off makeup too! (hope in a jar is also a dream with this, the best duo out there.)

nars orgasm blush – the hype is real and this is the best of the best. it is sparkly and shimmery and perfect for everyday.

eos lip balm – confession, i actually almost ordered a pack of five of these on ebay one time. i’m obsessed with the sweet mint, if i was still six and hooked on lip smackers i might have actually eaten the entire thing.

my favorite place to shop for beauty essentials is ulta, it is literally the costco of beauty. also i cannot give enough compliments to the benefit brow bar! i’m on the hunt for a good hand moisturizer that doesn’t smell too strongly. my hands are already dry! if anyone has any good recommendations please let me know!!

xo, Samantha