New Favorite Beauty Finds

I hate when bloggers say, “A lot of you have been asking me…” It just seems like a way to start an ad, but in all seriousness, a lot of people have been asking me since first being on The Bachelor what foundation I wear. I know it sounds weird, but my favorite brand for foundation is drug store favorite, Maybelline. It never breaks me out like the Sephora brands I try.


I’ve used Maybelline’s Dream Smooth Mousse for the past five years. It was discontinued about two years ago (and claim that Dream Velvet is an upgraded replacement), but I continued to purchase it on Amazon and eBay. Recently, Maybelline released Super Stay 24H and it’s almost replaced Smooth Mousse for me. Super Stay is more dry, but the full coverage doesn’t look heavy just like Smooth Mousse. So if I’m going for the ol’ beach glowy, I’ll swipe on Mousse. But for matte looks, I’m all about the new stuff. It really does stay fresh looking pretty much all day. I like that it doesn’t emphasize my pore size.

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I apply the foundation with another favorite new tool of mine, Sigma Cosmetics new 3DHD blender. So, I’ve never been a Beauty Blender fan. I’ve always found that foundation looked better on me when either applied with a brush or my fingers. In fact, I even deleted a portion of this very blog’s draft about foundation application after I discovered this Sigma Blender. I never got good enough coverage or a smooth application when using blenders in the past, but this one does it right! I’m not a scientist. I don’t know why it’s different. Sigma, known for its makeup brushes, says, “Our new and improved 3DHD™ Blender now has a softer texture, increased durability, and a unique shape that is a game changer when it comes to apply primer, foundation or concealer! The other unique aspect of this revamped version is that it’s inspired by the angles of our best-selling 3DHD® brushes! The edges, flat surfaces and points of our 3DHD™ Blender will help you achieve seamless all-over coverage with with ease.” SEE!! The magic must be in the design inspired by their brushes! I’m not paid to promote any of these products on this blog, so you can trust what I tell you about them!


I’ve always been a fan of Becca and Too Faced highlighter. They have great pigment and a shiny dimensions. You don’t have to put on a ton of layers to see them pop. Recently I’ve discovered Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. To be honest, it looked like drug store makeup and the compact felt cheap. Obviously I’m not shitting on drugstore makeup. I use drugstore foundation and mascara, but the stuff you find at CVS doesn’t always have the best pigment. I was pleasantly proven wrong with just one swipe. This illuminator (highlighter, whatever you want to call it…) goes on like a powder but glows like a cream! It comes in a bunch of pretty colors and some can double as a blush. If you read the reviews on, you can see I’m not the only one who feels like her cheekbones stand out the most when wearing this.


The last, but absolutely not least of my new beauty finds, if LightStim. My esthetician Nari Colon at the Olga Lorencin Skin Care Clinic will sometimes put me under the LightStim For Wrinkles at the end of a facial. I was like, “Uh, does this LED light really do anything?” Nari, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock on the reg, is a huge fan of LightStim. This particular light reduces lines and wrinkles, but that’s not really my concern at the moment…I’ve got botox for that shit. My favorite aspect of this light is that it minimizes the appearance of pores, increases elasticity, speeds up healing (like old e6190c72583647c55f144816e6104155acne spots) and reduces inflammation! My cheek puff (which is a huge insecurity of mine which is barely noticeable to others) has gone down significantly with the use of this light 3/4 times a week. It takes about 30 minutes to hit every spot of your face for the instructed amount of time. I just do it while I watch TV before bed.

I also got the LightStim for Acne which can help heal existing breakouts and minimize future breakouts. While I no longer have active acne issues (See My 2018 Skincare Routine), I’ll get a pimple every other week. They’re not boulders, but they’re still annoying. Since I started using this LightStim I haven’t gotten a pimple. (Full discretion: I got one on of my forehead. I NEVER breakout on my forehead so I don’t waste time using my LightStim there which is why it didn’t prevent it.) If I feel a little bump coming I put the LightStim on it immediately for a couple minutes and then again a couple of hours later and it never comes to fruition. Again, my acne is very under control, but I like this as an extra precaution to keep it at bay.

My cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jason Emer, uses a photo technology that determines the “real age” of your skin. In early February, I was read as being 27-years-old. As a 30-year-old, I happily took that result. This week, just two months later, I got my skin scanned at Dr. Emer’s again and my skin was the read as being 23-years-old. The only things I added to my skin care routine in that time are the Light Stims. I’ve been using iSClinical products for about four months and I suspect the use of these serums have also enhanced my skin’s youth, elasticity, and pigmentation. Dr. Emer, a well-known celebrity doc, uses Light Stim on his patients to reduce inflammation after performing most of his procedures. Read all about the science behind LightStim at


SKINCARE LIVE STREAM: PART 3 is a new streaming platform which creates a more interactive experience for hosts and their audiences. For example, I can conduct live polls, do giveaways, and most importantly video chat face to face with my viewers and make them a guest on my live stream.

This week I start of with a ramble about plastic surgery. I’m transparent about what I do. Botox four times a year and juvederm in my lips once a year. My nose is real. Look at my mom’s! It infuriates me people try to tell others what they should or shouldn’t do with their appearance or accuses me of doing things I haven’t! Let people do what makes them feel beautiful and confident.

After that rant, I have my sister, Lauren, join me in discussing our favorite makeup products. I would list them here, but I really want you to watch the video below. I reveal my favorite foundation, concealer, translucent powder, lip stick and glosses, eye liner, mascara, blush, highlight, and contour. I also demonstrate how to contour with baking powder and what I use for a quick ten minute makeup job AKA what I carry with me at all times.

I liked having Lauren on this stream because it makes for a more interesting discussion. She and I strongly agree and sometimes disagree on which products work best.

To watch, expand the screen right above this line or click HERE. Fast forward to 9:03  for the start of my show! Make sure to FOLLOW ME on so that you’re alerted every time I go live. P.S. Gravy works best in Google Chrome.

Get Beach Glowy Outside Paradise

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 5.26.06 PMDo you remember when my sister, Lauren, and I had an low key hilarious conversation about my makeup last season on Bachelor in Paradise? Refresh your memory here. Lauren called the look “creamy” and I called it “beach glowy.” (Ignore the part when she said it was melting.) You know, it’s that beach look that’s low on the powder and high on the highlight. Due to popular demand, I’ve put together my first professional makeup tutorial. I thought what a better look to start with than the infamous BIP look. Here’s how to achieve “beach glowy” without a beach…

Forget Kylie's Lip Kit…

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 12.12.53 AMOk, I do like Kylie’s lip kit. I have the True Brown K. How, you ask?! I added it my online shopping cart the actual second that they first went on sale. I got the brown shade, because I knew Kylie’s signature lighter shades (Candy K & Dolce K) would sell out in milliseconds. I used to buy Jonas Brothers tickets on Ticketmaster. I know how to snag shit that’s in high demand.

The product is good and since you’re getting a matte liquid lipstick and a smooth, high quality lip pencil, the price of $29 is rather reasonable as well. The highly pigmented formula rocks and stays on for a long time. The downside of this super matte consistency is that you get a lip demarkation line

Example of matte lipstick demarkation.

Example of matte lipstick demarkation.

quickly and with this deep shade, it can make you look really stupid if you’re not looking in a mirror and touching it up often. Correcting this demarkation and piling the thick product on in layers throughout the day can also result in pilling and flaking.

Sidenote, I’m kind of getting over Kylie. I mean how many of the same self-obsessed Snapchats and Instagrams can we see?!

This all being said, I’d still love to get some more Kylie shades…I just hate having to be online at a certain time and go through the whole frenzy of ordering it…ESPECIALLY since I’ve discovered a product that’s practically the same thing and can be bought at Sephora.

Matte liquid lipsticks are all the rage now thanks to Kylie, but before her line of products, Kat Von D had hers. It glides on like a gloss, but dries as a matte, just like Jenner’s. The pigment is also great and stays on well. Not 24 hours, like it advertises, but a couple of hours without eating for sure! I find this formula doesn’t try your lips out as much as Kylie’s, so you don’t have to deal with the demarkation and pilling to the same extent. In fact, it doesn’t really get flakey at all!

Wearing Kat Von D's Bow 'N Arrow Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Wearing Kat Von D’s Bow ‘N Arrow Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick comes in 28 shades and you can normally find a tube of each shade at Sephora for $20. I suggest using the Sephora product locator (“Find in Store”) before you head out the door to make sure your store has it in stock. You can also order it directly from the site. I have the Lolita II shade and the Bow ‘N Arrow shade. I prefer neutrals.

Maybelline and Revlon both have new lines of liquid to matte lipstick I’m eager to try…but guess what, my CVS is sold out of the shades I want. 😑 Stay tuned for those reviews.


PoP! Goes My Heart

1046787_orig“I said I wasn’t gonna lose my head
But then pop! Goes my heart”

Remember that song Hugh Grant sings in Music and Lyrics? Well, I thought it was fitting as I’m about to review a product close to my HEART, Becca Cosmetic’s Champagne POP. Hehehe. I’m not funny.


Wearing Champagne Pop at Janner’s wedding.

If you’re a beauty junkie of any level, you’ve probably heard of Champagne Pop one of Becca Cosmetic’s seven Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. This color (exclusive to Sephora stores) was designed by professional makeup artist and YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill.

I’ve been using Becca highlighters for a year now. They have the best pigment and reflectors. These highlighters are also a bit more creamy and soft to the touch than most others.

Champagne Pop is definitely a summer hue in my opinion. The company describes it as a soft gold with peach undertones. The girl at Sephora recommended I use it over my Moonstone Shimmering Perfector for an extra POP! I tried it and discovered this is how I like to wear it best. While many say it looks good on all skin tones, I’d recommend this for the bronze, olive skinned babes. I think those with fair skin are better off with Moonstone and or Pearl.