What is Beauty?


This is a beauty blog, and I love makeup and review,  but tonight I felt like getting a little deep.  Tomorrow we will be back to reviews but I felt it necessary for some reason tonight to talk candidly about what I think beauty is.

What is Beauty?  For everyone it is different.  Growing up, like many teenage girls, I was very insecure.  I thought I needed to be perfect. If I bought the right makeup or colored my hair the right color I thought people would like me better.  And I am ashamed to admit that even at the ripe old age of 30 I still get lost in my head sometimes feeling this way.  I have two children, so I have stretch marks, scars from both C-sections and a lot of times my face is broken out in some kind of zit.  Some days I need makeup to make me feel good about myself and that shouldn’t be the case.


I look at the Kim Kardashians of the world and wonder what happened to society? We covet youth like never before.  What’s wrong with aging gracefully?  Our laugh lines define us in our lifetime.  How often did we smile and squint at the camera to get those crows feet?  To me, beauty is in the way we love our children/husbands/families.  It’s in the boo boos we have had to kiss better, in the dinners we cook every night, and all the diapers we change.  It’s in the kindness we show complete strangers and the care we show our good friends.  It’s the way you love yourself and love others that makes you beautiful.  I will still wear my makeup and still color my hair but most days I will be confident I do not need those things to be beautiful.  What is beauty to you? As always comments are welcome and appreciated.


E.L.F. Birthday Haul! (and a review!) Part 1

Happy Birthday to E.L.F.! E.L.F. had their 10th Birthday about a week ago and to celebrate they had a HUGE sale!  They had picked out a bunch of their bestsellers I think and some favorites and offered them at 50% off.  E.L.F. is already SUPER affordable and with this deal it got kinda crazy!  Plus if you spent $40 everything was shipped free.  So of course I spent $40 and got a really good amount of products.  First let’s start with the face!


Kabuki Brush…this brush is great!  I used it to apply foundation, powder, concealer, blush and highlighter and worked wonderfully.  If you want to know why I used one brush for everything check out this vlog.

High Definition Powder…I really like the way this set my foundation.  It went on very sheer and didn’t cake up or settle in my face.

Poreless Face Primer…this stuff is awesome!  It smells like tea tree oil and goes on like a cream! Love the way my skin felt and looked after using! Plus it didn’t make me breakout like so many primers do!

Acne Fighting Foundation…Nice very full coverage.  Very buildable and blends well.  Would for sure wear everyday.  Only cons are no SPF and the lightest color is still WAY too dark for my skin.  I just lighten it with a little Dreamtone.

BB Cream…here is the SPF!  I put this on under my foundation one day for an SPF and it was really nice.  This actually has really good coverage by itself and is light enough for my skin! Hurray!

Oil Free Maximum Coverage Concealer…Very buildable and blends very well.  I really like the packaging.  First you get a ton of product in a squeeze tube.  The color is a little pink which is nice to off set my dark circles.  This is just great, I will be buying it again in a year when I will run out because there is so much!!!!

I tried this stuff out for a couple days and I was pleasantly surprised.  It didn’t really settle or cake on my face and lasted all day.  It lasted through 110 degree weather, sweat, cleaning, babies cuddling, and everyday stuff.  I was very impressed and am so glad I gave it a shot.

I am breaking up this review into 3 parts because I got sooo much stuff and I have two little kiddos that can’t handle their mommy at a computer for 2 hours.  I am also sharing a picture below so you can see how the face makeup turned out.  In the pic I used everything listed above except for the BB Cream.  Hope you enjoyed this review!  If you liked it please share and if you have any question or tips please leave a comment!


Thank You!

My make-up bag


Yes that horrendous mess is my make-up bag currently.  I just bought some new goodies that I will be reviewing soon so I decided to clean out my make-up bag!  What is in here? Lots of old stuff! Some drugstore and some department.  First let’s go over what I have been using from the drugstore:



Almay Smart Shade!  I have been using this for almost 6 months now.  It has SPF 15 and I use Light 100.   It’s pretty good.  I bought this after I finished my bottle of Chanel Perfection Lumiere in Beige Rose.  I absolutely love that foundation.  Truth be told I love EVERYTHING by Chanel especially their makeup.  Anyways,  I decided to try this makeup because it was skin matching and I am very pale.  I have a hard time finding any makeup in my skin tone.  I like that this is very light weight it really doesn’t feel like makeup.  I don’t think it looks like a lot of makeup either.  What I don’t like is that if you use too much it gets orangey on my skin.  Bleh! But I keep using it because I didn’t feel like trying tons of different makeup to find one that I liked.   Last year I tried the Revlon Age Defying foundation and concealer.  I feel like those aged my skin way faster than anything I have used.  It settled into my fine lines around my eyes and it just sat weird on my face.  I may have been using it incorrectly so I will give it the benefit of the doubt, I just don’t think I will use it again.  On to the next one!


Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer in 010 light. I have been using this for about 3 months.  I believe they have discontinued this whole Wake Up line, but I might be wrong.  I liked this because it really brightened my face, but I did have to use a lot to actually conceal my dark circles.  I do have darker than average circles under my eyes, but I usually don’t use quite as much as I have been.  It comes with a brush attached to it which I really liked, but the squeeze tube squeezes out a lot of product at one time so you do have to watch it.  It’s pretty good as far as concealers go, way better than Almay’s Smart Shade concealer which in my opinion is just a horrible product.  But more about my Beauty Fails later!


Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow.  I love this!  I used to use the Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick and this was a great exchange.  I bought it way more than 6 months ago and will probably replace it soon because I dropped it the other day and what was left crumbled! The only difference is this is not a shimmer its more of a glitter but its great alone or with makeup.  I honestly love glitter so it doesn’t bother me at all, but I know some people really like a matte face.  That is not me!  I love glitter, shimmer, sparkles, and pink!  I don’t think I will ever grow out of it, I just have the challenge of making them age appropriate for me!  Last but not least!!!!





Rimmel Scandeleyes Retro Glam mascara.  I really liked this!  The only con was that it ran under my eyes during work.  But I live in Phoenix and the high today is supposed to be 115! Also I worked in a restaurant and you run around and get all sweaty!  They make a waterproof version I just really don’t like waterproof mascara.

There is a bunch of eye shadows and lipsticks in here but nothing I wore regularly.  I kept it pretty minimal most of the time.  Mainly because I had a brand new baby and homeschooled a kindergartner, so I just didn’t have a lot of time for makeup!  These were my staples everyday but I am wearing some new stuff to see how I like it and I will write up a review tonight about it!  Please feel free to comment and share!

What is this?

Hi everyone!  My name is Alissa and am a mom to 2 beautiful babies.  Before I became a Mommy I was an aspiring make-up artist and a licensed esthetician.  I love skin care, make-up, and hair dye!  I love Chanel, MAC and Bobbie Brown, but with my 2 kiddos money is a little bit tight.  I can no longer justify $65-70 on foundation every 2-3 months.  Right now that money could be better spent on clothes and food.  So here I am starting a blog about makeup and skin care but more importantly drug store makeup and skin care!  I used to cringe at Oil of Olay and Neutrogena!  Now I will be blogging about my fav items at the drug store as well as new seasonal items as they roll through!  I have also subscribed to 2 beauty boxes this month so I will write about those as they come in.  Please come and check back often!  I will be linking to my Facebook and Twitter as well as linking my fav YouTube vlogs! Comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated!


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