5.21.2016

Monthly Makeup Haul

Hello everyone! Hope you had a safe, and exciting holiday weekend! I'm rounding up some of most recent makeup purchased from the past few weeks including two very sought after products that I finally have gotten my hands on. I'm slowly expanding my makeup collection, but still careful to not go over budget or add on clutter.

From left to right, top to bottom:

1) Ofra Cosmetics/MannyMUA collaboration liquid lipstick in "Charmed".
2) Cover Girl Ink It eyeliner, Coty Airspun Translucent Setting Powder, and L'Oreal  Color Riche eyeshadow in "Little Beige Dress"
3) Wet n' Wild Flat Top Brush
4) L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in "Nude Allude"
5) MakeupGeek/MannyMUA collaboration eyeshadow Palette 

These items have been major staples in my makeup routine since adding on each one. Most of these items with the exception of the Ofra Cosmetics liquid lipstick, and the eyeshadow palette can be found at any drugstore or major retailers.  The drugstore items are all under $10 each!! "Charmed" was around $19, and the MG palette was $45. May not sound like a lot to most, but for me I definitely had to save up for them. I'm all about shopping on a budget, and finding hidden gems in the drugstore. However, I will splurge, but it's very few and far between. 

For more makeup pics check out my Instagram (@allyst18)!! I tend to post more of my makeup purchases, and looks (occasionally) there. For fun I'll show you a look I recently did using the eyeshadow palette, the powder, and "Charmed". I'm not great at taking selfies, but I loved how this one came out!! (Don't mind my unruly hair...it was hot that day LoL!!)


Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for stopping by!! 

1.11.2016

Makeup Monday

Hello Lovlies, and even though I'm way late, Happy New Year! I'm thinking of starting up a new series here on the blog dedicated to one of my favorite (and newfound) passions...makeup! Wayyy back in the day when I first started PSBA I did a few posts on makeup, and it was fun to do. And somewhat embarrassing since I was totally clueless haha! #awkwardphase

Now that I'm in my 30's I'm becoming more aware of how important it is to take care of my skin, and wanting to really be better with all things beauty in general. I'm still learning quite a bit (thanks YouTube!) so for today I'll be featuring a little haul from the past week.


I've become obsessed with makeup brushes, and have been on the hunt for good blending brushes. The IT Cosmetics #105 brush is great for blending out the crease with a transition color, but the cost is a little steep for my liking ($14). However, you get what you pay for in quality. So far I really like it! The Morphe E27 brush is along the same line as the previous brush. I haven't had a chance to use it yet since it just arrived in the mail today. I'm so excited to try it out since I see everyone raving about Morphe on YT, and Instagram. I'll let you know what've think, and I'm pretty sure it won't disappoint!

I've been on the oily skin struggle bus since middle school, and have always had large pores because of this. Primers help work wonders for all skin types, and this Benefit Porefessional helps minimize pores, and makeup stays in place. It's worked really well so far, and I have noticed a huge difference in my makeup not breaking up, or seeing as much shine come through. It doesn't feel greasy, and when applying foundation it goes on much smoother, and blends out better. I may have just found my holy grail of primers!

The Milani baked blush in Luminoso is a favorite amongst the YouTube beauty community, and I see why! It's pigmented  like crazy, but blends beautifully. For a drugstore blush it's definitely worth the $8, and a little goes such a long way. I'm tempted to test it as an eyeshadow since I like to experiment. I seriously can't get enough of this blush!

Last, but not least the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge works wonders on blending out foundation, and concealer. Plus it's less than half the cost of the Beauty Blender which is another plus to my wallet. I'm all about saving money (obviously)! I am a little biased since I've never used a Beauty Blender, but I haven't been able to bring myself to spend $20 on a sponge. **Disclaimer: the IT Cosmetics brush was purchased using a gift card so I didn't feel as guilty buying it LoL. Maybe one day I'll buy one, but for now I'll stick to my trusty orange sponge!

Hopefully this post wasn't too boring, and somewhat informative. I want to start incorporating more lifestyle/beauty posts into this blog again as a part of my plan to revamp it. I've been brainstorming about what I want out of this including a new name, and it's purpose. Don't be alarmed if it starts to look different, and don't worry I'll still be throwing in the occasional DIY/home decor posts too!

What are some of your favorite beauty products? Do you prefer high-end, or drugstore, or both? Let me know if you liked this post, and I'll continue to do them! Until next time...stay prudent my friends!!

10.01.2015

Happy October!

Hello friends, and Happy first day of October! I know the fall season technically started a few days ago, but the month of October has always signified that Fall has officially arrived. Or at least in my book. With pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING being EVERYWHERE, football, the onset of boots and flannel, and of course marching band season in full swing this is my absolute favorite time of the year. And maybe because it's my birthday month ;).  

With this new season I'm finding new inspiration, and the sense of a new beginning. The last few months have been very trying, and big changes have been made.  I don't post often (which is one task I want to improve in), and in all honesty I've been slacking a lot with blogging and creativity. Long story short, TA and I moved...to Greenville, North Carolina! Things got really rough during the summer, and it was time for a change of scenery and better opportunities. So far we've settled in quite nicely, but sadly we had to leave the majority of our belongings in storage back in Kentucky. Which means I'm not really able to decorate for Fall, and that's one of the biggest things I look most forward to in October. It really makes me sad (and maybe a smidge jealous) to see all of my friends and fellow bloggers "Fall-ify" their spaces, and I'm not really able to decorate my current living space since it's not really my space. However, I have a few ideas up my sleeve to satisfy my fall decorating craving which will hold me over until TA and I have our own space (which I'm praying is soon)! 

I can't wait see these colors!!

As far as my creativity flow goes (hey that rhymed!) it's been a constant battle between all of the ideas I have, but not able to act on them due to lack of space (living situation and storage). This probably makes my wallet sing, and really I can mold these ideas into exactly what I envision. Patience is not my strongest virtue, but dang it I'm trying!

In closing I'm really glad and happy I wrote this post. I've missed writing, and connecting with all 10 of my readers (ha!).  Blogging has always been a hobby, but the more and more I dwell on it I really would like to hopefully one day have it be my business. As they say dream big! I hope you all are having a fantastic day, and thank you for reading!

P.S. For those of you still wishing it was summer, here was my view from our second day back in NC. I think I may get used to seeing this more often!