Everyday Starlet

Month: June 2016

I Feel Bad About My Neck | How to Tighten Neck Skin

When you start blogging, and especially when you start making YouTube videos, you start noticing so many things about yourself that you never even thought about before…. I think it comes from spending so much time sitting at a computer editing photos and video of yourself.  It’s so easy to start picking apart our appearance.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck | How to Tighten Neck Skin

In the words of Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck.  It was bound to happen, YouTube videos or not.  Most woman (and some men) inevitable reach the phase where they feel like their neck looks older than they do.

There is not much that can be done about the neck area, but that doesn’t stop many of us from trying.  So I felt like I needed a plan of attack.

I Feel Bad About My Neck | How to Tighten Neck Skin

First, I wanted to try a neck cream.  I did a lot of research and decided that the  generic viagra without prescription StriVectin-TL Tightening Lift Advanced Neck Cream had the best reviews and was the most recommended.  Anytime I try a new skin care product I am nervous that my sensitive skin will react badly… but so far so good.

I’ve been very happy with the click here StriVectin.  I don’t know if it’s tightening my neck, but the skin feels smoother, and any positive step is one in the right direction.

Next, I decided I needed to try some neck exercises.  I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest, however the infographics didn’t always give enough detail on how to actually execute the exercises.  I looked into some videos, but many were too long, and were too much talking and not enough exercise.

Finally I found a video that is short and sweet.  I’ve been doing it up to 5 days a week…

I don’t know if it’s the cream, or the exercises, or if the fact that I’ve been working out more and eating healthy and it’s just slimming out my features in general, but I’ve been noticing a difference in my neck.

Have you tried any tricks to tighten your neck?

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Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio

Since the dawn of time… well since I started getting into makeup, and it seems like nothing existed before that… I’ve been hearing that the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner is a drugstore dupe for the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner.  In my naïveté, I just took that to be a fact.  However, I decided that that theory needed to be put to the test…

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Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio Review

When I started to get up the nerve to try a cat eye with a flick, I did a lot of research and decided to try a gel liner… looking back that’s like trying to learn to drive on a car with a stick shift (something else I attempted, but that one I could never master).  I discovered that many people were saying that the Bobbi Brown liner was the ultimate, but that the Maybelline Gel Liner was a dupe.  So being the thrifty Starlet that I was, I grabbed the Maybelline.

We had a good run, the Maybelline and I, and I got very comfortable with a cat eye.  But then I discovered pen liners, especially my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo liner and I never looked back.

Over the years, I somehow acquired the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner… although I don’t really remember buying it… but I was so enamored with my pen liners that I barely touched it.

Well, I decided it was high time I find out the truth, and see if the Maybelline is really a Bobbi Brown dupe.  So I tried them both on, one on each eye, and battled them out side by side….

Drugstore Dupe? | Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner vs Maybelline Eye Studio

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The Best Lip Liner | Mac vs Urban Decay

When I first started learning about makeup, the lip liner was an essential part of any makeup collection.  Then the love affair faded and you rarely ever heard about them.  Then came Kylie Jenner, who did for lips what her sister Kim Kardashian West did for butts.  We all had to have ours bigger and plumper.  So the lip liner made a comeback and we all rejoiced with an over lined pout….

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The Best Lip Liner, Mac vs Urban Decay,MAC Lip Pencil vs Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in a Battle of the Lip Liners Review

I rediscovered my lip liner addiction along with my new love affair with liquid lipsticks.  They’re a perfect combo… long lasting, and you get a perfect lip shape.

I’m actually looking for the perfect red lip color for my Old Hollywood themed wedding and I decided I wanted to see which lip liner lasted longer, my beloved MAC lip pencil, or the Urban Decay 27/7 Glide On Lip Pencil.

So I put one on one side of my mouth and the other on the other side (harder to do than I thought)… and here’s what I found out…..

The Best Lip Liner | Mac vs Urban Decay

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Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian Review

I feel like I could call today’s book The Gospel According to Khloe.  But putting “naked” in the title probably gets the book more attention… and if the Kardashians know anything it’s how to get attention.

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Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian Review

I was on the fence about reading Khloe’s book.  It just didn’t interest me at first.  Then I read an interview with her about her new body and her newfound love of fitness.  I found it really motivating… and I appreciate any fitness motivation I can get.  So I decided to pick up her book…. and I’m so glad I did.

The first chapter is all about Khloe’s fitness routine and how she’s been using workouts as therapy.  I’ve always felt that I’m in a much better place emotionally when I have a fitness routine, but Khloe really puts it all in perspective beautifully.

The next chapter is about diet.  Khloe has a very down to earth approach to healthy eating, and she even offers some cool recipes for salads and healthy meals that I’m dying to try out.

The rest of the book is really a self help book with advice from Khloe on how she is trying to be the best version of herself.  She does repeat herself a lot, but I still couldn’t put this book down.

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re so sick of everything Kardashian and just can’t stand hearing anything about them, then probably not…. although you don’t need to be a fan to like this book, and you may even become a Khloe fan after reading it.

If you’re a reality tv junkie who needs some motivation to get off the couch, then yes!

If you’re feeling down, out of shape, and generally unhealthy in mind and/or body, then hell yes!

Have you read Strong Looks Better Naked?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If there are any books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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Highlighters Collection | Swatches & Reviews

Who doesn’t want to be a glowing goddess?  I know I certainly do!  That’s why I seem to have collected a large array of highlighters…

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Highlighter Collection | Swatches & Reviews
Even though I don’t have as many highlighters as I have blushes, I still seem to have a few in my collection that always get overlooked.  So I decided to got through my collection and try on each one to figure out which ones are my favorites. Here’s my full review…

Highlighters Collection | Swatches & Reviews

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Editors Note: Finding Your Beauty

Hello Starlets, I wanted to have a quick check in with you.  My mind is constantly spinning with ideas for Everyday Starlet.  When I first started blogging I envisioned ES to be a lifestyle blog covering beauty, fashion, recipes, decor, and everything I could think of.  Then I was trying to focus on my love of fashion and beauty.  However, it seems like I just keep gravitating towards beauty.  That’s not to say I won’t be including some fashion content, as well as some food and fitness… that’s all stuff that makes you more beautiful after all.  I’ll just be more focused on makeup, skin care, hair, and all things beauty related….

Editors Note: Finding Your Beauty

There won’t be much change on the blog as of right now, things will probably look the same to you.  For me, it just allows me to be more focused… and not constantly feel guilty for not getting in any ootd photos.

Part of this decision to be a straight up beauty blogger comes from my own passion for the beauty industry, as well as my background as a Cosmetologist.  However, it also comes from you.  My makeup reviews, especially my concealer review, have become my most popular posts.

Since I want Everyday Starlet to be a combination of things I’m passionate about AND things you want to read and watch, I would really love if you would fill out a quick survey.  It’s just a few beauty related questions to help me get an idea of what you’d like to know more about or would like help with beauty-wise.

As always, if you have any questions or post/video suggestions I am always excited to hear what you’d like to see here on ES!

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Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches

Everything old is new again, and metallic lipstick is no exception.  I was obsessed with metallic lips from the time I discovered makeup until recently when I started beauty blogging and fell in love with the matte lip trend.  I’ve always felt that metallic shades give the lips more definition, make them look fuller, and can make almost any shade of lipstick more flattering on the skin…

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Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches

I’ve started seeing metallic lip colors come back on trend recently with the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Metals Collection.  They only have three shades, they are always sold out, and they are over priced because you are really just paying for the brand name.  All that, and I’ve heard from reviewers that they’re very drying on the lips.  I haven’t actually tried them myself, but they just don’t seem worth the trouble.

So when I saw that Milani had add a metallic line to my beloved Amore Matte Lip Cremes, I just had to collect all 8 shades.  I swatched all of them so you can see each shade on, and I gave a vlog style review to see how the lip creme held up throughout the day.  Here is my full review…

Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme Review & Swatches


Have you tried the Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Cremes?  Which shade is your favorite?

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Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

Every once in a while a new product comes along promising to change to world as we know it.  For the beauty community, the latest hype is about the Artis Brushes.  They look more like a combination of a spoon and a hair brush.  They’re very expensive, and they are hard to get your hands on because the hype has made them backordered and out of stock everywhere.  However, I was finally able to get my hands on one…

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Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

Since these brushes are pricey, I did a lot of research before making my purchase.  I watched countless YouTube reviews, and the general consensus is that the Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush was the best of the bunch.  I decided to try that one to see if I wanted to invest in any other sizes. I literally opened the box as soon as it arrived at my door and filmed this review.  So here is my first impression…

Artis Oval 8 Foundation Brush Review & First Impression

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Lauren Conrad Celebrate Review & Giveaway

Imagine a younger, friendlier Martha Stewart, that you can relate to and would actually want to hang out with.  That’s Lauren Conrad.

In last week’s book review I gave my thoughts on Kristin Cavallari’s book, Balancing in Heels, and confessed that I had never watched an episode of The Hills.  So it’s a bit ironic that this week I’m reviewing a book by another Hills alum.

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Lauren Conrad Celebrate Review

Celebrate is basically a party planning book, with tips for being a perfect hostess with the mostest.  She has general tips in the beginning, and then each chapter is dedicated to a different type of party that Lauren has planned.

I initially picked up Celebrate because I heard there was a chapter in it about wedding planning.  I know Lauren got married recently, and I had been getting wedding planning tips from her website, so I was excited to get more from her book.

I don’t know if the wedding chapter was as helpful as I was hoping.  I’m already deep into planning, but I do think her tips would be great for brides who are just staring the planning process.

For someone like me who does absolutely zero entertaining… that may change when I have my own home, but for now, nada…. I seem to have a huge collection of books about entertaining.  I’ve read Martha Stewart’s book, Pippa Middleton’s, and even Tori Spelling’s (which was actually better than I expected).  So I may be the most informed non-hostess ever.  Basically, I think I have read enough books to safely say that I really enjoyed Lauren’s book and have it mean something.

Lauren is, well, nice.  She seems sweet and genuine.  You can tell she is a perfectionist, a la Martha Stewart.  However, she is much more relatable.  She actually makes you feel like you could pull of a party like she can (whether or not we really can is still up for debate).

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re an entertaining novice and need some help, then yes.

If you’re an entertaining pro and need some inspiration, then sure.

If you’re a Martha Stewart fan girl, who can’t handle a laid back California cool party, then probably not.

Have you read Lauren Conrad Celebrate?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

When I set out to try on and review my entire blush collection, I had no idea what I was in for.  To be honest, blush is probably the most forgotten makeup product in my collection.  I frequently forget to apply it.. and, with my naturally rosy cheeks, I rarely ever miss it.  So you can imagine my surprise when I realized what an epic collection I actually have.

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Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

I went through my entire collection, tried on each blush, and gave a review of every single one.  I included powder, cream, and liquid blushes in this review… so grab some coffee or tea because this review is on the long side.

Some of my favorites were expected, however a few favorites emerged that I didn’t see coming.  So if you’d like so see my blush collection and which shades and formulas work well and which ones don’t, then check out my full review…

Blush Collection | Swatches & Reviews

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