i was SO excited to get this lipstick after hearing about it on many beauty vlogs. i hate to say it, but it was a super disappointment. for $32, i basically got a glorified lip balm. it promised a “bitten” tint, but instead looks like a slushy purple.

it’s actually so bad, that i’m going to return it. my lips feel greasy and gross. i’m so sad that my first givenchy lipstick was such a let down.

but enough bitching for me.

beauty always, erin

urban decay 24/7 eyeliners

ud-gel liners



if you’ve been reading my blog, by this time, you know that i love all things urban decay and their eyeliners are no exception. these super creamy, highly pigmented eyeliners are hands down my favorite go-to for that amazing pop of color. another plus is that they are waterproof and totally smudge proof. once you apply these, they stay ALL day. 

what i really love about their colors is that if they are metallic or glittery, they totally represent that finish. their glittery ones are not chunky or drying. they go on very smooth.

i’m featuring the following colors:

black velvet – this is very dark and has a matte, charcoal finish

freak – one of my favs, this is a bright lime green

abyss – a bold, royal blue

delinquent – a glittery, deep purple

junkie – another fav, an emerald green

so – after all this raving, you should know that these liners come with a little bit of a price tag attached. they are $20. so, definitely a high end purchase, but they are very long lasting and totally worth the extra buck!

let me know if you’ve tried them and what your fav colors are.

beauty always, erin


may favorites









i have a handful of may favorites to share with you. i know that lalicious has made it onto my monthly favorites in the past, but it’s so amazing, i have to talk about it again. sugar kiss “extraordinary whipped sugar scrub” smells like straight up pink sugar. it is so sweet and delish and super moisturizing and exfoliating. this definitely has some grit to it, so if you like a nice scrubby scrub, you will totally dig this. it is a little pricey, but worth every penny.

my next fav this month was a total surprise to me. i picked it up at ulta for a whopping $5!!! and i’ve been reaching for it all month. you know i love my high end mascara’s, but this baby gives my lashes that fabulous doe-eyed, wispy look. i am still shocked that it is only $5. what?!

i guess i have a mix of bargain and high end favs thismonth and the next one definitely fits in high end, but it still somewhat reasonable. “high brow” eye brow highlighting pencil by benefit is the perfect blend of creamy and bright to amp your brows.

ok, so this next product gets me tons of compliments everytime i wear it. it is super glam and not for the eye shadow shy peeps out there. it gives some serious glittery, but not in a hooker kinda way. it is stila’s magnificent metals shadow in “kitten.” this champagne-y shade is perfect for pairing with a bold colored liner (see next!) i loooove the way this looks like foil on the lids! the only kinda negative thing about it – is that it is super pricey at $32!

and last but not least is a sephora branded product called jumbo liner in peacock shimmer. it claims to last 12 hours and i can tell you that it lasts more than that. i have to soak my eyelid in makeup remove to get this off at the end of the day. it pairs really well with the stila kitten shadow. it is super bold and bright!

i hope you’ve enjoyed my favorites blog. let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what you think!


sephora luster matte

sephora is constantly surprising me with their innovative products. i am so loving this new one called luster matte. while i will always love my lip glosses, i am a sucker for a matte finish. i feel it gives a great pop of color without being too overly dramatic. i bought the shade mulberry luster, which is a blue-ish toned, bold fushia. it is simply amazing. it goes on without any dragging or drying and gives great color.

it’s the perfect blend of drugstore and high-end at $16!

beauty always, erin


deborah lippmann fancy nail polish

i am a lover of nailpolish, and especially fancy nail polish, which this totally is.

i have to say, if you’re wondering if expensive nail polish is worth the price point over drug store nail polish, it definitely is. not only does it go on smoother and bolder, but it’s staying power is significantly longer.

this is deborah lippmann’s nail polish, which can be bought on her website or in-store at sephora and neiman’s.


i love this shade, because it has glitter in it that isn’t too chunky, and is still relatively subtle. well, as subtle as glitter can be :)

i have a few other of her shades, and i love the quality of this nail polish.

beauty always, erin

smashbox – santigolden eyeshadow collage


i have a new perfect palette that i have fallen in love with. it is from the limited edition santigolden collection by smashbox.

they have two eyeshadow palettes, and this one is called “earth as we know it” and it can be used wet or dry.

i’ve swatched the colors for you and also included a pic of the shadows on my lid. they are super creamy with little fallout and amazing pigment. they all are very shimmery, with the exception of the navy.

the colors in the serpent shaped palette are:

Soft Sparkling Cream, Kelly Green, Dark Matte Blue, Raisin with Rose Gold Blue, Dark Sparkly Forest Green 

this is perfect for traveling and to give you a pop of color for summer. there are also many other items in the collection like eyeliners and lip glosses. there was a translucent, gold shimmery lip gloss for layering that i almost bought.

it retails for about $37.

love this super luxe shadow palette!

beauty always, erin