5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Beauty & More!) – February 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

There are countless of blogs out there, so I began this blogging series in December in hopes to share the incredible sites I come by. This month’s picks happen to include more fashion and beauty related blogs, but you’ll find these bloggers have an array of interests that are seen on their sites. If you have a blog of your own or adore a particular one, please feel free to share it and meet others.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


One of the first style blogs that stood out in February of 2017 is CIISTAFFAIRS by Minneapolis-based blogger Valentine. Her fashion blog is full of personality and documents her personal style, often featuring outfit combinations that range from casual everyday wear to items fit for the runway.

Another stunning blog that will inspire you when you’re in need of some fashion inspiration is The Bottle Blonde. Sydney Wilfley, the blonde behind this welcoming blog, writes she’s a “lover of fashion, beauty, food, and all the fund things in life.” Expect holiday lookbooks, seasonal style trends, and bold lip colors!

Heathermoors is a creative space where thoughts are delicately and gracefully expressed through photography. The style blogger also responds to different literature and invites you to discuss them with her. Heather lets her readers into her mind not only by her writing but by her manner of dress.

For those who are more interested in all things makeup, Catty Natty Beauty by Natalie is a refreshing cruelty-free beauty blog that provides great insights on bunny friendly makeup options. The Chicago-based blogger reviews products, which range from makeup to skincare, and informs of promising subscription services.

Baking can be challenging and prove to be quite the nemesis for many people. Samantha from The Beauty Spyglass shares some of her recipes in a way that both novice and experienced cook can understand. Her lifestyle blog is not solely about the musings of a foodie, but rather a creative outlet that has a little bit of everything.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “January’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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Haul from VanityBox Makeup Artistry Store

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

A small cosmetics store known as VanityBox Makeup Artistry in La Puente, California, caught my eye, for they carried beauty products from brands I had not been able to get a hold of. The studio offers PRO discounts to qualified beauty professionals and is open to fellow makeup enthusiasts like myself. I visited VanityBox with my dear cousin and purchased a few things I had my eye on.

Even though the store is on the smaller size, there is a generous amount of prominent cosmetics brands to choose from. They have an entire wall dedicated to Morphe Brushes and eyeshadow palettes (yes! I got my 35O here!). I picked up the M158 – Angle Liner/Spoolie for my brows and the M441 – Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. I also picked up two pairs of false lashes from the cruelty-free brand Koko LashesThe first pair of lashes is in 104, which is on the more natural side, and the second pair in Queen B is rather dramatic. To my surprise, VanityBox had the new L.A. Girl Cosmetics foundation in stock during a time when it was sold out everywhere else. The last two products I purchased was the Pro Coverage HD Long wear Illuminating foundation in Natural and the Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory from L.A. Girl Cosmetics.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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Wet ‘n Wild Vegan Makeup Brushes Review

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday ❤

Cruelty-free cosmetic brand Wet ‘n Wild released a vegan brush set designed for effortless makeup application at an affordable price. These brushes have been all over social media and many beauty influencers have raved about them. After trying them out myself for several weeks, I learned whether or not each brush in this vegan line is truly worth the hype. Have you tried any of the brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

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Product Details

There are 17 vegan brushes in this collection. You are able to purchase them individually at select drugstores or in a bundle on the Wet ‘n Wild websiteThe cosmetics brand states that their “cruelty-free brushes have innovative bristles and an ergonomic design making any look quick and easy to perfect” (wetnwildbeauty.com). The “Brush Bundle,” which includes all 17 brushes from the collection, retails for $28.99 USD on the brand’s site and each individual brush varies in price.

Featuring two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex that mimics the consistency of natural hairs to pick up formula effortlessly. Holds any cream, powder, or liquid formula without absorption (wetnwildbeauty).

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Review*

I made sure to test out these brushes with different products (e.g. liquids, powders, etc.) from different cosmetics brands. I found that the quality and longevity for the majority of the brushes is superb; they work well with most of my beauty favorites. After a few washes, the pink on the bristles fade but not drastically. The design and color scheme is lovely and stands out when displayed. Each brush was designed for a particular purpose, so I’ll go more in-depth about which ones work best and how I use them.

These are the brush evaluations:

  1. Angled Liner Brush C781B ($0.99 USD) – The brush has angled bristles meant to work with the shape of the eye; however, I found that the brush is rather thick and may work best for the brows.
  2. Bent Liner Brush C783B ($0.99 USD) – I personally have not mastered the wing liner and this brush made it slightly more difficult to do. The bent brush is supposed to create a perfect angle for liner, but I find that and the bristles unsuitable for my preferences.
  3. Blush Brush C796 ($2.99 USD) – The size of the blush brush is ideal and picks up a decent amount of pigment. It is definitely one of the most affordable brushes for blusher on the market and does a proficient job.
  4. Brow and Lash Comb C784C ($0.99 USD) – This brush has a side meant for brushing the brows in place, which it unfortunately does poorly, and a side with a lash comb. I did not reach for this brush at first since it the brow side had thick bristles. After using it to separate my lashes once, I reach for it all the time now to avoid mascara from clumping together.
  5. Contour Brush C790 ($1.99 USD) – Since the brush has an angle, the shape allows for easy sculpting of the face. This particular brush feels soft and is one of my favorites from the vegan makeup brush line.
  6. Crease Brush C787 ($0.99 USD)- Although I believe this crease brush is somewhat larger than it should be, it does a great job blending and diffusing eyeshadows. It is another soft brush at an incredible price.
  7. Fan Brush C791A ($2.99 USD) – I for one am into a subtle everyday highlight and occasionally participate in a stronger glow on special occasions. The bristles on the brush feel too synthetic and don’t pick up much powder. It is my least favorite brush from this line.
  8. Flat Top Brush C792A ($2.99 USD) – The bristles on this brush are densely packed and mixes well with some foundations. It does tend to shed, but it does not leave foundation looking streaky.
  9. Foundation Brush C795A ($2.99 USD) – I am not a big fan of this foundation brush, for the bristles are too synthetic (similar to the fan brush) and does not blend liquids well. It can, however, be used to apply foundation on to the face.
  10. Large Concealer Brush C789 ($0.99 USD) – It really is a large brush and can apply concealer well. I do not find myself reaching for this though, since there are better brush that can blend concealer under the eyes more seamlessly.
  11. Large Eyeshadow Brush C786 ($0.99 USD) – The eyeshade brush has soft bristles that I enjoy. The rounded bristles compliments my eye shape. The price is very generous and is overall a good brush to keep at hand.
  12. Large Stipple Brush C794A ($2.99 USD) – Stipple brushes can sometimes make foundation look streaky, but this foundation accomplishes a vibrant completion. There are two bristles lengths where the shorter fibers absorb excess product and the long fibers blend away.
  13. Powder Brush C797 ($2.99 USD) – I prefer a brush with more bristles to pick up finely milled powders; the brush is not as dense as I would like. It is on the larger side though and is good for touch-ups.
  14. Small Concealer Brush C788 ($0.99 USD) – The not head over heals for the large or small concealer brushes. The smaller brush is much to big for pin point concealing blemishes. It does crave out the brows rather well and can be used for concealing larger areas.
  15. Small Eyeshadow Brush C785 ($0.99 USD) – The bristles on the brush are stiffer than I anticipated, but it packs on color fairly well. The price of these brushes are incredibly. The small eyeshadow brush doe not give me trouble, even with shimmery and glittery shadows.
  16. Small Stipple Brush C793A ($2.99 USD) – This brush is very similar to the larger stipple brush. They both produce the same streak-free finish, work well with different foundations, and absorb any excess product.
  17. Smoky Liner Brush C782B ($0.99 USD) – Smoking out the bottom lash line is made easy with this brush. Like other brushes for this cruelty-free line, this brush is firm but soft and does the job well at a great price.

*Note: The price I included after every brush is what it goes for if you purchase each brush individually on the Wet ‘n Wild Beauty website (as of February 16, 2017).

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of these affordable brushes. They are all cruelty-free and vegan (which is always a plus!). When I purchased the “Brush Bundle,” it was $23.99 USD. The price has gone up since then, but the quality and chic design remains the same. I enjoy the majority of the brushes in this line and recommend them to fellow beauty lovers and artists.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I started a blogging series showcasing some of the best lifestyle blogs I come across! Check it out here.

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