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My Favorite Cult-Classic Makeup Products

“Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy makeup.”

Can you believe it’s March already? Crazy how quickly February flew by!

For years, I didn’t want to buy super popular makeup products. I thought they were overrated and not worth the price tag, so I stuck with products that weren’t overly hyped. Little did I know that some of these cult-classic makeup products actually are worth buying!

Here are some of my favorite cult-classic makeup products and why I think you should try them (All of the items below are linked on my Like To Know It profile so you can shop directly from these pics by clicking on them!)

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Trust me…this one is worth every penny! The NYX matte setting spray works well too but the UD spray is honestly the best one on the market. I’ve been stuck in the rain, sweat under the hot sun and everything in between and this setting spray keeps my makeup perfectly in place. Seriously it never budges! Sure it may be a little bit more than some of the other sprays, but you will not regret buying this amazing product.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

I will admit: when I first heard about ABH, I didn’t get the hype at all. It just seemed like another mid-priced brand with just-okay makeup products. I am so glad I gave Anastasia a chance because now it’s one of my favorite beauty brands! Their liquid lipstick was one of the first products I ever tried from them and I instantly fell in love. The pigment is great, the color selection is amazing and the lipstick never moves or transfers. Do you really need any more of a reason to try it?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Another one of my absolute favorite beauty brands! I tried this when it was first released a few years ago and ever since, I refuse to use any other concealer. The formula is thick without feeling too heavy on my skin and it covers imperfections better than any other concealer. The best part about it? My under eye circles are always hidden when I wear this concealer! And as far as I know of, nobody wants their dark circles showing, so you will absolutely adore Shape Tape.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Eyeliner has to be one of my favorite makeup products ever and I can’t imagine using anything else other than this one from Kat Von D. If you use liquid eyeliner, you will love this one too. It glides so easily on my lids and it is insanely waterproof. Seriously every time I get my hair done, water gets around my eyes but my wings are always flawless after I’m done washing. I guarantee if you’re a fan of winged liner, the Tattoo Liner will become your best friend!

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer

I used to not think bronzer was really worth buying, but now it’s one of my must have makeup products. The Hoola Bronzer is by far my favorite ever! The shade is perfect for my skintone, it blends like a dream and (again) it never slides off my face. You can easily use it to contour or add a little color to your skin, which I totally need. I love that this bronzer works for every season, not just summer. It’s not too orange, it’s not too dark, it’s just right (yes I realize I sound like I’m reciting Goldilocks and the Three Bears).

 

What are your favorite cult-classic makeup products? Sound off in the comments!

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Rent The Runway: Worth It or Not?

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

– Edith Head

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Ok I’ll be totally honest: I always thought clothing subscriptions were pointless. Just go to the store or online and buy something, dammit! But I gotta say I’m so glad I gave Rent The Runway a chance.

When I first heard about RTR, all I knew was that they carried designer brands and most women used them to rent dresses for events. Little did I know that Rent The Runway has options for everyday style too! How cool is that?

Thanks to my friend Katie (please go check out her blog…she is AMAZING), I got to try Rent The Runway for free for one month. I am so grateful to her for sending me that code and officially getting me hooked on RTR!

So let’s dive right in to the review:

So…what is Rent The Runway?

For those of you who don’t know, Rent The Runway is a really great site that allows you to rent four designer pieces at a time. You can buy pieces if you really love them and return ones you don’t for a fresh set of items. Pretty cool concept if you ask me!

What’s the subscription service like?

Honestly I think subscribing monthly to RTR is totally worth it. They offer a couple different plans: RTR Update and RTR Unlimited. Here’s a closer look at what each includes

  • Update: Refresh your wardrobe once a month, BUT you can also swap out one item per month
  • Unlimited: Refresh your wardrobe as much as you want AND you get unlimited swaps

I got to try Unlimited and loved how often I could change up my pieces without paying an arm and a leg for a new designer piece. I will say, though, that Unlimited is a little pricey but for what you get, the price is worth it.

Are the designer brands worth it?

100% yes! There are definitely a number of brands that I don’t recognize but that’s what makes it fun. You get to try a bunch of amazing designers but you don’t end up using a whole paycheck to buy something. Here are just a few of the awesome brands Rent The Runway has:

  • Kate Spade
  • Tory Burch
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Ted Baker
  • Proenza Schouler

And so many more! Seriously…it’s insane how many brands RTR offers.

What is the clothing like?

Basically from my dream closet! All the pieces I have tried are so gorgeous and really high quality, which you should definitely expect from top designers. I actually swapped two items from my first shipment because they weren’t exactly my style. But the two new pieces I got are so fabulous!

Overall what I like about Rent The Runway is how many different styles they cater to. Whether your style is preppy, high fashion, grunge or more classic, I guarantee you will find clothes that you will fall in love with. RTR really has it all: everyday pieces, work clothes, formal wear…you name it, you can probably find it at RTR.

I’m sure you’re all dying to see the pieces I picked out so here you go (PS I also linked all of these items on my Like To Know It profile. Click on each pic to shop):

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Samantha Sipos Raisin Ribbed Biker Leather Jacket

I instantly fell in love with this jacket when I got it. It is the perfect leather jacket for work, casual days and going out. I am so glad I found this jacket because I’ve been dying to find a leather jacket that’s not black and I finally found one!

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Tibi Egg Blue Corset Top

This is such a pretty top for you working girls! I am obsessed with the bell sleeves and the color is to die for. The material also isn’t super thick, so it’ll be perfect for a spring work outfit. So cute, right?

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Slate & Willow Grey Bell Sleeve Sweater

More bell sleeves? Yes please! I swapped another piece to get this sweater and I’m so glad I did. I especially love the pink details on the sweater. It looks so pretty with the grey…LOVE IT!

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Black Halo Kaitlyn Mini Dress

Another piece that I swapped for and again so happy I got this cute little dress. It’s another great piece for work or for date night. I really love the bold floral print too…so chic and so fun!

These items are all so fabulous and they each really solidified my love for Rent The Runway!

Any downsides to Rent The Runway?

Price is one of the cons. It is a tad expensive ($89/month for Update, $159/month for Unlimited) but when you consider that you’re getting designer pieces, it’s a great deal. The really cool thing about this is you can change up your wardrobe all the time and be super stylish.

The only other con for me is honestly also a pro: I love these pieces so much that I don’t want to exchange them. At the same time, the leather jacket is a bit too expensive for me to justify buying it. Yes, Rent the Runway lets to buy your pieces at a discount but with more expensive pieces, it can still be a tough pill to swallow. But RTR came through and I got some amazing items, so I don’t really have any major complaints.

What’s the final word?

Rent The Runway is completely worth it! If you don’t like buying new clothes all the time and want to freshen up your closet, subscribe to RTR and your life will change. I know that sounds dramatic but I swear by Rent The Runway’s services.

I actually decided to stay with them for at least a couple more months to test it out further. I really love it and want to keep trying out new pieces. I may even post a follow up review later on to let you know if I find anything else I love/don’t love about RTR.

If you ever have any questions about Rent The Runway, hit me up and I’d be happy to answer!

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