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If you are outside the U.S. and interested in purchasing, please contact me at samantha.chloeandisabel@gmail.com

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My Favorite Make-up Brushes

I am a make-up brush fiend and I love it! To say I have quite a few brushes would be a gross understatement; but there are some I love much more than others – so I decided to share 🙂

I have 3 favorite brands/lines of make-up brushes and the following applies to all three brands…

Why I love them:

  • Affordable
  • High Quality
  • Quality is worth the cost of every brush (at least the ones I own so far)
  • Wide range of brushes for many applications
  • Have NEVER SHED bristles -ever! (Though, I do properly care for my make-up brushes)
  • Extremely soft and gentle on the skin
  • Great multipurpose brushes

First up… Sephora Collection “Airbrush” Line

My favorite brush in the collection:

Pro Air Brush #55

What I use it for: BRONZER! This is my dedicated powder bronzer brush, I will use nothing else to get my bronzed glow!

Next… Sonia Kashuk “Kashuk Tools” Line

My favorite brush in the collection:


Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush

What I use it for: Stippling and blending liquid foundation and cream blushes! Just amazing!!

And finally… Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman

My favorite brush in the collection:


Buffing Brush (part of the “Core Collection”)

What I use it for: Buffing in liquid foundation and cream products. Also great for powder products. Talk about flawless!


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My Summer Style

Summer Style

Feel The Piece stripe shirt
$105 – intermixonline.com

Free People scalloped lace shorts
$128 – freepeople.com

AllSaints strappy sandals
$95 – allsaints.com

Cole haan handbag
$198 – endless.com

Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses
$150 – ray-ban.com

Crystal jewelry
samantharivera.chloeandisabel.com

Bracelet
samantharivera.chloeandisabel.com

Drop earrings
samantharivera.chloeandisabel.com


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Life on a (Beauty) Budget!

The amount of money women (and some men) spend on beauty products and regimens is staggering – and I would know!

And let’s face it, sometimes you have to ask yourself, where the hell do they get the money to spend on that beauty crap?!? I have been on both sides of this, the spender and the questioner.

So I have been in a transition, financially speaking, which has caused a necessary change my spending habits. The main topics in my blog should be proof enough that beauty and fashion are both weaknesses of mine.

Now while I am the girl that always goes shopping with a coupon or during the biggest sales, I am also a firm advocate of buying a product that I believe in – despite the price tag. And really, what is your face worth to you?  I know that some call me crazy or may simply not agree with this, and that is okay.

I’m also the type of person that stocks up, as in if there is a sale on some of my favorite products, I will purchase multiples and toss them in the drawer. Yes, THE drawer full of products I use religiously, and will not expire before I use them.

I think this habit of stocking up during sales or just when I had the funds to purchase multiples, has worked in my favor, considering my much reduced beauty budget.

This shift in my beauty budget has caused some changes, right down to this blog: less money in the budget means fewer opportunities to try out new products, fewer new products to review, and no real hauls of products or fashion worth talking about.

When you are on a budget, one of the smartest areas to cut down on spending are the luxuries – which, depending on who you are, your beauty regime could be considered one of your luxuries. Now I say “smartest” as apposed to easiest because hey, sometimes it just isn’t that easy to cut down on the things you deserve and that you feel are worth it, or just make you feel good.

Not all products I use would break even the most frugal people, but some would certainly be classified  as luxuries.

So I thought, since I was going through this, many of you may be going through a similar situation and maybe you would like to hear some of my tips and methods for surviving on a beauty budget!

Now some of these things may work for you, while others may not, but have worked for me in the past and now…

Invest in quality products that will last

  • Examples: Prestige cosmetic/skin care lines’ serums and specialty treatments

Find less expensive, yet comparable products to more expensive options

  • Examples: SPF face lotions, shampoos and conditioners, high quality drugstore cosmetics, body lotions and cleansing products, and be sure to also checkout your local beauty supply stores

Skip the salons and spas, do your own nails and hair coloring

  • Personally, I do not have a need/want to dye my hair, but ask a friend you trust with your hair to help

If you are able, have a hair dresser friend you trust trim/style your hair

  • Treat your friend to a homemade dinner or take them out for lunch, especially if they don’t ask for anything in return for cutting your hair

“MAKE” some of your own products

  • Examples: Fragrance body oil, face masks, body wax, and  hair treaments

Opt for shaving, depilatory creams or at home waxing

  • If you don’t have the time to keep up with shaving, opt for reasonably priced depilatory creams that keep hair away a bit longer, or make your own wax – sugar paste is quick, cheap and easy to make!

Take care with your clothing

  • Wash your clothing properly, hand wash if necessary, to ensure your clothes keep their color, shape and quality

Try out upcycling

  • Use old product containers or clothing, revamp/decorate them into something new and creative like a new outfit or storage containers
Stock up – a.k.a. THE drawer
  • When you know that great once-a-year sale is coming up, set aside a little extra money and stock up on your favorite items, even if you haven’t run out yet – that way you’ll always have a stocked drawer of those most-loved products and if you run out and can’t afford to go buy more, your covered.

Make a wishlist!

  • One of my favorite things to do: Make a list of products or items that you don’t need but simply want, luxury items you can’t just buy on a whim anymore, and once a month – or when you are able – get yourself something on that list (set aside a bit of money every week/month towards your wishlist fund)