Beauty & Fashion

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer | Review

Hello friends!

Back when I first started getting into makeup, I was adamant on buying basically everything I could to try.  This primer ended up being one of the samples I had received in a purchase!  I’d never heard of the brand, but it seemed fancy so I was excited. Now I’m finally hear to share my thoughts on it!

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Brand Claims: The Smooth Affair Primer claims to: “prepare the skin so makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer”, “helps the skin hold on to more of its own moisture”, “smooths, brightens and nourishes skin”, and “minimize the appearance of pores and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles”.

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Beauty & Fashion

New at Ulta | July 15 – August 4, 2019

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Once again, we’re here to talk about the new beauty at Ulta that’s caught my attention!  Unfortunately this is another month where there wasn’t a ton that really looked interesting to me, but we do have a lot of eyeshadow palettes and listicks!

Also super exciting – Nabla Cosmetics is now being carried at Ulta!  I added a couple of products that sounded really interesting to my list from them, especially because I’ve heard so many good things about their eyeshadows.

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Beauty & Fashion

Where Are They Now? | Makeup I Reviewed Between April and June 2019

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I’m back to share a roundup of where the products I reviewed this quarter have gone!  I ended up testing quite a few different products, so I thought getting a quick glance at my thoughts would be beneficial to you all!

A category that I wanted to add starting this quarter is “wouldn’t repurchase”.  Since I’m expanding my reviews to cover more makeup products than just lip, I thought that this was a necessary section!  It’s what I would consider the “it was okay” stuff – it wasn’t so bad that I would immediately declutter it, but I wouldn’t buy it again when I run out.  So, if a product is in this category you’ll probably end up seeing it in my empties posts down the road! I don’t want to waste products by getting rid of them if they aren’t perfect, but I don’t want to mislead anyone by making you think I loved the product when I didn’t!

I do also want to say that lip products are a little different than anything else on this list.  I try to hold them to higher standards and I own so many that I just consider keeping them to be the other makeup equivalent to “wouldn’t repurchase”.  I just have such a love affair of trying new lip products constantly that I’m not sure I would ever use one up, let alone need to buy a replacement!  I do want to be clear though – if it’s staying in my collection, it’s something that I think is a good product.

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Personal

Moving & A Small Life Update!

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As I frequently do, I seriously underestimated the amount of stress that would come with moving into my new house and did not properly prepare myself.  Basically, that means that I haven’t been able to work on the blog nearly as much as I want to lately and I’m seeing some things slip; namely my ability to properly formulate thoughts on new products and get some fab Instagram shots.

I just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be taking a tiny break for the rest of July to give myself some time to adjust to my new house, settle into things, and just breathe!  I’m still very much in love with everything I’m doing and I’m actually really sad to have to put a pause on the blog, but it’s what’s best for me and my mental health!

I’ll be back again in August, and I could not be more excited to come back feeling recharged and ready to share my thoughts on beauty again!  In the mean time, feel free to let me know anything you want to see my thoughts on; I’m happy to take suggestions.

I’ll still be around on social media, so reach out there if you want to get in touch!

Beauty & Fashion

New At Ulta | June 10 – July 14, 2019

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Last month was looking a little weak in terms of new beauty releases, but this month is jam packed with them!  There’s a ton of beautiful new eyeshadow palettes, and some awesome mini sets of products I want to try.  Out of everything on this list, I’ve already picked up one of the mini Mac setting sprays, but I got the watermelon scent.

A lot of the makeup on this list is from Makeup Revolution/Revolution Pro/Revolution Skincare; how many brands can they have?! Additionally, Tarte has a few intriguing products on my list.

New At Ulta | June 10 - July 14, 2019 - A Midwest Belle

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Beauty & Fashion

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick “Hemp” | Review

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I have a habit of buying lipsticks from Marshall’s on the regular, and I thought that this was a really beautiful color to try!  When this formula first launched, I heard a lot of buzz about how nice these were, so I wanted to test it for myself!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick "Hemp" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Hemp is a pale peachy nude with a pink undertone.  In some lighting it looks more nude, and in others it pulled very orange; almost coral.  I would still consider this a bright peach nude though!

Finish: After first being applied it has a demi-matte appearance, but it did end up drying down to a very flat matte like a traditional liquid lipstick.

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick "Hemp" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I think the packaging of this is really beautiful! It has a black cap and stripe, with a tube that fades from frosted to clear.

Applicator: The applicator of this is a long, flat and rounded tip doefoot that works well to gather enough product for application.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Monthly Favorites | June 2019

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June is gone, which means I’m back to share the non-beauty things that really stood out to me as awesome and worth a look for you all as well!  There’s a wide assortment of topics this month, so hopefully there’s at least one thing that catches your eye!

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