Favorite Makeup products

    My holy grail foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Clay because it’s full coverage, cruelty-free, and just feels good on your skin! I also love the Ginamarie foundation for a more weightless and lighter coverage. I’ve never tried the Shape Tape concealer from Tarte yet (gasp! I know) but I always loved their maracuja oil concealer! For drugstore, I usually get the E.L.F brand but I feel like for my skin type the formula is too dry. I’ve recently been using the Maybelline age rewind concealer and I love it! I’m always scared to try things that are drugstore and not cruelty-free because they usually make me break out, but this is good! Like I’ve said in my YouTube videos I absolutely love the butter bronzer! The best parts about it are the smell and how easy it is to build up if you want a dramatic bronze look. With mascara, I get scared to try non-cruelty free brands just because I find that they flake more and make my eyes irritated- but I saw one blogger love this primer/mascara duo and I wanted to give it a try since her lashes are gorgeous. For powder I use the Jane Iredale pressed powder in the lightest shade and it adds just a bit more coverage! I love it because it’s so natural looking and cruelty-free. I try to have most if not all of my skincare or makeup items be cruelty-free just because I’ve found out my skin reacts better to it over the years. It’s totally a personal choice!  Now my favourite lip product for the past 2 months is the NYX butter gloss in tiramisu. I don’t know why it took me so long to try the butter glosses but now I can’t stop loving them! They’re hydrating and add great colour without it having that sticky feeling. My eyebrows are microbladded so I don’t use any eyebrow products other than a slightly tinted gel to keep the hair in place.

 

Tarte Clay Foundation // Ginamarie Foundation // Shape-tape concealer // Maracuja concealer // Maybelline concealer // Butter Bronzer // L’Oréal mascara // Jane Iredale powder // Butter gloss // Brow gel

Thank you for reading!

Xo, Natasha.

Ballin’ on a budget | Pt. 2

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t been on here recently or any social media, but it’s been a crazy/rough month so far. I might not blog twice a week anymore, but I will try to do at least once a week! If I don’t post on here, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel Here because I’ll post once a week there.

Now to the good stuff! These Ballin’ on a Budget posts are my favorite to do, especially when I find designer dupes to share with y’all. It makes all the waiting worth it! My favorite items are the flat floral shoes and the leopard mules. Both of the name brand items are over $200, so I was a happy girl when I found both of them for under $100!

Black shirt: $13 option

Black earrings: Under $7 option

White shoes: $37 option

Leopard shoes: Under $60 option

I know it’s only 4 things, but I wanted to showcase items that are trending right now! I’ll be posting a Nordstrom Sale update soon if what I got- stay tuned!

Xo, Natasha.

5 Beauty Dupes

Hi, everyone! I’ve been seeing a lot of people get the UD Heat pallet, and I found one that’s identical- that’s where I got the inspiration for this post! Thank the Lord for Ulta and the drugstore am I right?! I’ve listed everything below and both of the prices.


1. UD Heat pallet $54// Nyx dupe $18

2. Kylie Rosie lipkit $27 // Colour Pop lip trio $12

3. Glamglow Hydrating mask $69// Origins thirst mask $26

4. Laura mercier powder $38 // ELF powder $6

5. TooFaced mascara $23// Voluminous mascara $10

I hope this helps y’all save some money! If you have any dupe recommendations leave a comment below!

Xo, Natasha.
 

5 ways to de-stress 

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone has a great start to their week and I hope it’s a happy and quick week! I’m not ever going to lie to yall and say I don’t get stressed because I do, so I came up with my 5 ways I de-stress to share with Y’all!

  1. Grab some fuzzy socks, a cup of your favorite tea and watch your favorite YouTuber.
  2. Take a warm shower. Grab your favorite body scrub and body wash! Then when you’re done, get your favorite smell good lotion and moisturize your skin. Nothing like smelling good to make you feel a bit better!
  3. Read a book! I love reading religious books or adventure books! Here’s  one book that I just finished and man- it’s worth the read I promise you!
  4. Light a candle. I stock up when Bath and Body Works has their candle sales for this exact reason! I light a candle and read or watch videos- do something YOU like to do.
  5. Pamper yourself. Put on those fuzzy socks, wash your face & apply a mask and just relax! I Make all of my off days my spa day, self-care is very important!

Mint mask // Book // Candle // Aloe fuzzy socks // Lotion

*Make sure if you get the mint mask you put ‘Natasha‘ in the “Where did you hear about us?” Section at checkout for $$ off your next order!*

I hope all of these tips help anyone who needs to de-stress! Like I said, self-care is very important and it’s just as important to do stuff that you like to do when you’re off and have free time!

Here’s our latest YouTube video!

Xo, Natasha. 

May Favorites | YouTube Video

Sorry, I didn’t post on Monday! I have had issues with my joints/shoulders and took a break- but I did post this video. I wanted to start a new series every month about my favorites involving skincare, makeup, home items and more! I love trying new products so I know I’ll have new favorites every month to share with Y’all.

 

This first product is a self-tanner and to be completely honest I didn’t really like it at first.   This ‘Send me Sunshine’ Tanner has a dark color to it… but here’s the catch- it applies on clear! So one thing since it applies on clear was I missed a few areas the first time using it and had bad streaks. I know most people get discouraged after the first time using a product that doesn’t work well but something told me to give it another shot. I so badly wanted to love the product since I did buy it so the second time I did it I loved it! My boyfriend Daniel said, “I think this one works better than the other one” (Which I’ll do a whole post about my self-tanners soon) This tanner only comes in one shade so if you don’t like the color of the first application I’d re-apply the second layer. Did I tell yall how amazing it smells?? Most tanners have a weird smell but this one smells like fruity lotion and feels hydrating! You can get it here.

This Oil is also one of my favorites when it’s time to self-tan. I got the idea from Katey McFarlan to apply oil onto the wrists or any dry areas before applying tanner so it’s not as patchy and noticeable. I use this Ginamarie Herbal E Oil because it’s super affordable plus you can use it all over your body not just for tanning. You can get it here and make sure when you’re checking out, put ‘Natasha‘ in the section “How did you hear about us?” so you can get some $$ off your next purchase!!

I just discovered this scent from Bath and Body works that smells so amazing I bought it in the body wash version and a travel size lotion for my purse. I know it’s not some name brand lotion but I mean it’s to die for and affordable! You can get it here.

I’ve talked about this perfume before in This Post but I can not get over how long-lasting the scent is! All my coworkers ask what I’m wearing and I even gave one of mine away to a coworker because she loved it so much! Plus they give back and who doesn’t love that? You can get the perfume here.

I have dry skin and especially dry lips so I use this Image skin care lip complex that is super thick and hydrating so a little goes a long way! If you have lips that dry easily or crack you’ll need this product. You can get this lip product here.

I can be the laziest person in the world especially when I’m tired, so these Burt’s Bees makeup wipes are perfect for when I don’t want to wash my face because I’m too tired. I still use them to wipe off my makeup before I even wash my face because if I don’t I feel like I’m just moving around soapy makeup on my skin instead of cleaning it. You can get the wipes here.

I don’t know about Y’all, but I love coming home to a room that smells amazing! I have a wax warmer from Yankee Candle but I use the Burt’s Bees soy wax melts because they actually make the room smell, unlike other waxes. Another thing I use to make my room smell good is… (I know so cliche) Bath and Body works Candles. Don’t have to tell me twice when there’s 2 for $24. You can get the wax melts here, and the candles here.

I hope Y’all love this new favorites series! Let me know what items you love or recommend so I can try them!

Xo, Natasha

Favorite Nail Products

Hello! I hope everyone is or had a great Memorial weekend! Today I wanted to talk about what my favorite nail products were.

I’m sure y’all have heard me say countless times about how I have dry skin, so I love using this Herbal E Oil on my cuticles! I’m trying to ball on a budget so I don’t really get my nails done unless I have a special event to go to- so I’d like to call myself a nail polish connoisseur haha! Nothing drives me crazy more than chipping a nail right after painting them. I work with my hands so I’m constantly putting nail polishes to the test.

The drug store nail polish that I love is by Sally Hansen and it’s the Miracle GelI’ve purchased 2 different colors in that line that I love. They don’t chip and they last for days. Like I said I work with my hands so if you don’t then I’m sure they’ll last longer for you. When I say they last for days that means without any chipping. They retail for around $8.

One brand that I absolutely love (if you can find it) is Odeme. I bought this green color called Oz in the picture and it lasts so dang long! One thing I was guilty of was not applying a base coat so when I took the polish off it stained my nails yellow-which freaked me out at first! It is such a pigmented color and even 1 coat looks really good. I bought this from a local boutique called Beehive which I’ll link here. If you want to purchase this brand of polish online you can click here to go to their website. This polish retails for $12.

I had acrylic nails for years, so my nails became very thin. One thing that I don’t see a lot is biotin in womens’ daily vitamins so when I saw these 365 vitamins from Whole Foods have them I had to get them! I’ve always had to buy a separate bottle of vitamins to help grow strong nails so I’m happy I found these.


I hope this helps y’all with any nail polish or nail care questions! It’s always great to get your moneys worth from nail polishes that don’t chip and to take care of your nails with vitamins!

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Xo, Natasha.

Skincare routine with Ginamarie

I recently teamed up with Ginamarie products to test their skincare and makeup products to share with y’all! I’ve been using their skincare products for over a week now and my skin has been so soft and healthy. I suffer with dry and sensitive skin, so trying new skin products usually scares me (unless my sister gives me the ok) because she is an esthetician. However, these Ginamarie products are so gentle and simple! I love it all. One of my favorite products is the Herbal E Oil, which oils can be bad or good due to them clogging up pores but this one is so good.

If you’re a mask person then you’ll love the Marine Mint Mask. If you go here and search for the ‘Mini Skincare Kit’ you’ll get a nice sample of everything before you fully commit to the full-size products! You can read all of my tips and tricks about their products here as well. Just click on ‘Natasha’s Beauty Tips & Tricks’ on the page to read!

I hope y’all enjoy this review of Ginamarie! I post for them every month so always go back to that link.

Xo, Natasha.

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