One thing that many women have in common is the love of being tan. There is just something so satisfying and confidence booting about having a glow. Being a naturally fair-skinned girl, I tend to gravitate towards self tanners more and more this time of year. Tanning beds are a huge no-no for me because 1.) I would severely burn and 2.) IT IS SO UNSAFE. A much safer, cheaper, and easier alternative to tanning beds is self tanning! I have been in love with self tanning for quite some time. When I first started I was orange and splotchy and very far from the bronze goddess look I was going for. Since those frightful days I have learned quite a bit about self tanning and the important steps it takes to achieve a stunning, natural-looking glow! I have tried MANY self tanners throughout my tanning journey. Some have failed miserably, and some I fell in love with. Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys my most recent tanning obsession!

This post is not sponsored or affiliated with Tarte in any way. I bought these products with my own money and all opinions are my own 🙂 

Tarte is in my top ten favorite makeup brands of all time. Not only are their products high-quality, but their prices are fair and pretty affordable! My fav self tanner at the moment has been Tarte‘s Glow With the Faux Foaming Self Tanner.  I prefer foaming tanners over lotion because it’s easier to see what you’re doing, and you usually get instant color. What I love about Tarte’s take on the foaming cleanser is how dark it is, its’ smooth consistency, and how well it blends and applies! There is nothing worse than a blotchy, uneven tan, and if applied correctly this tanner comes out perfect every time! Now I say “if applied correctly” because there are precautions to take when applying self tanner. You need to make sure your skin is shaved, exfoliated, and ready to go! Another amazing thing about this self tanner in particular is that it come with a super adorable/soft/awesome tanning mitt to make your life easier and your hands stain free. It’s more important than you think to use a tanning mitt rather than your hand. The mitt is designed to apply the foam flawlessly, without leaving your hands stained and orange. So make sure you put on that mitt before you apply your tanner!

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Self tanners can sometimes be harsh on the face causing you to breakout or become splotchy. To prevent that from happening I use the Brazilliance Face Tanning Wipes also by Tarte. These wipes are designed specifically for the face so they’re gentle on all skin types! The tan develops over time, so there isn’t any color payoff which is kind of a bummer. But honestly the lack of instant color is worth it if I don’t get zits in return!

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I hope this post gave your guys some tanning tips and inspiration!! I cannot wait for the warmer weather all the time so I can lay out and get a natural tan! Until then, self tanning will do the trick just fine 😉 What are your favorite self tanners? I would love to know in the comments! I’m always open to try new products!

Get your glow on, babes.

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Last week I introduced a new series called, “Get to Know ___” with the brand Mikasa Beauty! If you haven’t seen that post you should definitely check it out because I have a really get discount code for you guys there and I show you some really fabulous products 🙂 This week I want to tell you guys about one of my new favorite brands, Winky Lux. If you receive ipsy bags then you might have gotten a sample of their Diamond Complexion Powder which is essentially the most magical thing you’ll ever put on your face, but I’ll go into that more later 😉 I reached out to Winky Lux a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to send me some products to review for you guys!

Before we get into the review, I want to remind you all that I never agree to talk about a product unless I truly love it and think it is worth your time and money 🙂 

Now besides having a really freaking adorable name Winky Lux is a makeup brand that offers high-quality makeup for an affordable price. Here is an excerpt of their mantra from their website for you guys to get a better idea of the product and brand. I love the way they wrote this, so instead of paraphrasing here is the Winky Lux motto.

“Winky Lux is a line of color cosmetics made from the highest quality ingredients known to woman-kind. All of our products are cruelty free, paraban free, phthalate free, non-toxic and heavily pigmented. We don’t test on animals and we insist that our suppliers don’t either. They’re sustainably made and we strive to create beautiful and unusual colors to stop you in your tracks. Since we sell online, we’re able to pass significant savings on to our customers. This allows us to offer a luxury product at a drug store price.”

Now that you guys are more familiar brand let’s get into the goodies 🙂

Flower Balm

When I opened this lip balm I just about fell over. This has got to me the most favorite thing I was gifted and my new favorite lip balm for the rest of forever. Not only is there a FREAKIN’ FLOWER inside this insanely smooth balm, but it smells like a tropical heaven with notes of coconut. It goes on clear, but reacts with the pH levels in your lips to create the perfect shade of pink just for you. Is this a miracle product or what? It’s only $14 which is totally amazing and an added bonus 🙂

Glossy Boss: Birthday Cake

If you’re like me, then you try to avoid glosses for the fear of sticky tackiness that makes your lips look and feel like a goopy mess. With Glossy Boss though, that is not an issue whatsoever. This gloss is so smooth, and it’s infused with Vitamin E so your lips are getting some extra love and care. It’s not sticky at all and it offers a gorgeous shine. This particular scent is made with real vanilla extract for an authentic birthday cake scent, and who doesn’t love that?

Matte Lip Velour

This lipstick is hands down the smoothest, creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn. Not only is it super hydrating and pigmented, but the colors are sooo beautiful. I absolutely hate when lipsticks make my lips feel like a desert, but this does the complete opposite. While offering an incredible color it also makes my lips look and feel refreshed and healthy. I adore this lipstick and I will absolutely be getting it in more shades!

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Diamond Complexion Powder

I honestly can’t rave about this product enough. As I mentioned before, I got a sample of this in my ipsy bag a while back and I LOVED it. It’s so silky smooth and makes my skin look and feel flawless. I’m wearing it in all the pictures above so you can see what it looks like on 🙂 When I wear this my skin looks so healthy and naturally glowy. This powder is made with finely crushed diamonds to illuminate the skin. It’s velvety smooth and definitely a new essential item for me!

I hope you guys give Winky Lux a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Make sure you check them out on Instagram as well with the tag @winky_lux! Thank you for reading and a HUGE shoutout to Winky Lux for sending me these incredible products! Let me know if you’ve ever tried Winky Lux and what your favorite product is!

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Hey guys! It feels like it’s been such a long time since my last post 🙁 I’ve been pretty sick and feeling gross so I haven’t been up for blogging and all that goes with it the past week. But I’m back and good as new 🙂 A few weeks ago, a brand reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to feature their products on my blog. I hadn’t heard of them prior to the email, so before I agreed I did some research as one curious blogger does. I came to find out that Mikasa Beauty is a brand that I will continue to be using for my makeup brushes from now on! Mikasa Beauty is based in Vancouver, and focuses on ensuring their customers receive the best makeup brushes around. Their brushes are some of the softest I’ve felt, and are mostly made with goat hair, which is what most high-end companies use for their brushes as well. Mikasa offers premium brushes for affordable prices which you guys know is right up my alley! They also feature makeup and hair products too 🙂 Since Mikasa is a new brand I recently discovered, I decided to start a new series on One Broke Blonde called, “Get to Know:__” where I’ll be featuring some of my favorite brands at the moment, or brands that I’ve just discovered that I think you should check out!

As I mentioned, this week I am excited to introduce you all to Mikasa! They are super generous and gave me a discount code for you guys to use to try out their products! I know you won’t be disappointed! If you’re not sure what to try out, here are five products of theirs that I tried out and fell in love with.

Mikasa Techni O6 Oval (M) Brush

I’ve been seeing these brushes sweep the makeup world by storm recently! Some of these brushes go for $60+!! When I was browsing Mikasa’s website and I saw this was only $35 I immediately put it in my cart! This brush is perfect for foundation, powder, contour, and blush! It smoothes over the face giving a unique, soft finish. It looks very natural, and not cakey at all which I love. The brush is so soft and the flexible handle makes it easy to reach all parts of the face you want your makeup applied!

Bodyography Natural Finish Foundation

I am alwaysss on the lookout for new foundations to try out. I haven’t heard of bodyography products before, so I was intrigued to try it out! I will say that it isn’t as full coverage as I hoped, but it definitely is buildable and the finish is very natural. It wears more like a BB cream to me, but I do really enjoy it. I used this with the Techni O6 brush and I my makeup looked so natural and glowy. This foundation has Vitamin E and licorice extract in it which gives your skin a revitalized glow!

Mikasa F250 Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes are my favorite. I love how they are so versatile and can be used for so many different products! Usually I use mine for finishing powder to achieve an airbrushed look. Kabuki brushes are also awesome for bronzer and contouring as well! Mikasa’s kabuki brush is made with pure high grade natural goat hair, so the bristles are extremely soft and give a flawless finish.

Bodyography Creme Blush (Sea Pearl)

This blush is everything. It combines the best of both worlds; blush and highlighter! It’s so creamy and glowy and makes me look like a goddess. I am obsessed with the fact that it isn’t too intense, and the color is very buildable. If you’re into dramatic glow or a subtle shine either look is achievable with this blush! Bodyography Creme Blushes are available in a variety of colors and they are extremely affordable! It’s such an amazing product and one of my new favorites 🙂

Mikasa S100 Lemon Drop

Sponges are known for giving a flawless, airbrushed finish to makeup looks. So many makeup artists and beauty gurus swear by them, including myself. Once I started using a sponge to apply my makeup, I rarely reach for anything else. The great part about the Lemon Drop sponge is the flat bottom and pointed top. The bottom makes it so easy to apply foundation, and the smaller top makes it simple to blend concealer under the eye. This sponge has such a unique shape that is actually super effective!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are excited to see what brand I feature next week! If you want to try out any of the products I mentioned, or anything else on Mikasa’s website (which you totally should), make sure you use the coupon code BROBLODEMAKEUP15 for 15% off!! Let me know of any brands you think I should check out!

If you’re a brand looking to collaborate please feel free to contact me at onebrokeblondeblog@gmail.com

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I am so excited about this post that I am typing faster than I ever have before. As some of you may know, Soap & Glory is one of my favorite brands ever. They offer the absolute BEST shower gels, face washes, lotions, and more. Obsessed is a word that many bloggers use (myself included) to describe products we love, but I am truly addicted to this brand. They are so affordable, and the results I’ve gotten from using their products are amazing. Ever since I started using the Clean on Me shower gel I’ve received more compliments than ever on how amazing I smell (and that’s without perfume), and I noticed an amazing difference in the softness of my skin as well. I also have the Righteous Butter which is almost gone and I’m very upset about it. Point is, Soap & Glory has the best bath, body, and makeup products and if you haven’t tried them out yet you are seriously missing out.

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As if Soap & Glory wasn’t affordable and amazing enough, they’ve released something for the holiday season that takes things to a whole new level of kick-ass. Soap & Glory released a gift set called Soaper Spa, and as soon as I found out about it I immediately got butterflies in my stomach over the excitement. This INSANE gift set features three full-sized and two minis of the most coveted products Soap & Glory offers. Want to know the kicker? It’s only $40!! How amazing is that? I’m actually baffled at the price. I told you they’re awesome and affordable, didn’t I? But the incredible news doesn’t stop there. This baby is on sale TODAY ONLY for $20!!! LIKE WHAT SOAP & GLORY ARE YOU SERIOUS?

I never have luck when it comes to purchasing hot items. They’re always sold out right when I go to buy them. However, today was my lucky day. These gift sets are only being sold at Walgreens, so head over to your local store to check and see if they’re still in stock!! I walked into mine this morning, feeling discouraged because I didn’t see any. But then as soon as I was about to walk out, I noticed two, gorgeous pink boxes sitting in plain sight calling my name. I ran over and picked it up and stared at it in awe. It was like a scene out of a movie, honestly. I am beyond excited to give this as a gift this Christmas. It’s the perfect gift that any girl would absolutely LOVE to receive.

I hope you are lucky in getting this incredible gift set before it’s gone!! May the Soap & Glory gods be with you. Good luck, and I hope you have a fabulous day! Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve used Soap & Glory products before, and what your favorite product is 🙂

These are the products featured in the gift set! If you can’t get your hands on it, any of these products alone would make a marvelous gift as well!

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This post is not sponsored by Soap & Glory. All thoughts are my own opinions, but hey, Soap & Glory if you see this hit me up 😉 

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For years I’ve been guilty of spending tons of money on high-end makeup products because I thought drugstore dupes just didn’t work the same. Boy was I wrong. Of course there are definitely instances when that is the case, but for the most part dupes are just as awesome as the expensive counterparts! I’ve definitely changed my outlook on drugstore products. In fact, some of my all time FAVORITE makeup products are from the drugstore! Not only do makeup dupes save you tons of money, but they also get the job done and still make you look as fab as ever. So if you’re interested to see how to get a full face of makeup/products for only $69.96 (vs $301.50) I got you covered!

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1. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $26 vs Sonia Kashuk Velvet Lip Crayon $7.99

Both apply smooth. Both extremely pigmented. Both have gorgeous color range. It’s a no brainer! If you’re into spending almost $30 on a lip pencil, Nars is the way to go because it really is a great product. On the other hand, if you aren’t feeling the price of the cult favorite, Sonia Kashuk’s option is just as wonderful, and less than half the price!!

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2. Beautyblender $20 vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $6.99

An airbrushed, smooth look is something we all desire when doing our makeup, and honestly BOTH of these products can achieve that look. Beautyblenders have taken the makeup world by storm when they were released in 2002! They have been more popular and raved about by beauty gurus across the world in the past few years. Real Techniques’s attempt at recreating the fan favorite and Allure Best of Beauty Winner is totally spot on. Using both products, they both give flawless coverage, and make your makeup look so natural and beautiful. In this case, I would recommend the beautyblender since it is such a great product, but honestly it’s dupe is just as great!

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36 vs Milani Prime Perfection Face Primer $9.99

Primer is key in a makeup routine to make sure it stays in place looking awesome all day long. So of course, the perfect primer is necessary to keep your looking fresh from start to finish. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer has a clear, smooth consistency blurring pores and imperfections making your makeup apply nice and smooth. The Milani primer works like a charm too, for a fraction of the price. When I use Milani’s primer, my makeup doesn’t move. Of course it wears off after a long day, but it still does its job which is all I ask 🙂

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4. Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation $46.50 vs L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation $16.99

Okay, so I’m going to go a little rave crazy for this one. I’ve been using the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion for about a month ever since I saw Jaclyn Hill talk about it on her YouTube channel and I completely fell in love. I always reach for this when I want medium to light coverage and my skin to glow. This gives off such a gorgeous glow and makes your skin look so healthy. I have not tried the Lancome Miracle Cushion myself. I’m sure it’s an extremely fantastic product, but the L’Oreal dupe is insanely awesome for wayyy less!

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5. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer $70 vs No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover $12

If you guys followed me on my previous blog sunflowersforthesoul, you would know that I am completely in LOVE with the brand No7. All their products are just fantastic, and for really affordable prices. It’s a win-win brand and don’t we all love those?? The No7 Stay Perfect concealer does exactly what it is made to do. No one is perfect obviously, but this concealer makes you feel confident, beautiful, and hides any imperfections you may be insecure about. Dark circles? Gone. Blemishes? Donezo. Pair this baby with the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation ($15.99) and you are set for a flawless look. Because of the price of the high end concealer, I have not personally tried it. I know that famous makeup artists swear by it, and many have deemed it the absolute best concealer on the market. I would absolutely love to give it a try, and I’m sure it is phenomenal, but unfortunately a $70 concealer is not in my price range at the moment.

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6. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan $49 vs NYX Matte Bronzer $9

I’m a very fair-skinned girl, therefore bronzer is my bff. Finding the right bronzer is essential for me to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow that doesn’t look too overdone on my pale face. The NYX Matte Bronzer is absolutely perfect for creating definition, and giving a natural glow for an extremely affordable price. It’s compatible with many different skin tones, and it has a wonderfully smooth consistency!

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7. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette $54 vs Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette $7

I am and have been an avid Urban Decay fan for years. I am in love with their eyeshadows and other products as well, but the Naked 3 palette has to be my favorite. I love love love all the pinks, creams, browns, and the romantic looks they create. When I found out that there is a palette that is so similar for only $7 I was shocked. Urban Decay will always have my heart, but Makeup Revolution hit the nail on the head with this one. All the colors in the Iconic 3 palette are basically identical to the Naked 3 colors. For a $7 palette the shadows are pigmented, last for around 10 hours or so (depending on your skin type), apply super well, and overall give the same look as the Naked 3!! I know not everyone has $54 to shell out for eyeshadow, so if you’ve been dying to try the Naked 3 palette but hesitated over the price Iconic 3 is the absolute best alternative!!

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There you have it, a full makeup look for only $70!! That’s the price of one Clé de Peau Beauté concealer! Makeup is something lots of us are guilty of splurging on. It’s so hard to resist a product with really cute packaging that has 5 stars on Sephora and every beauty guru raves about it, but we have to stay strong. Of course it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself whenever you can, but it’s also nice to save some cash for even bigger more important things 🙂 I hope this post helped you guys find some new favorite products! If you know of any dupes I didn’t mention, be sure to let me know by leaving them in the comments!

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