Lorac Mega Pro

 

About a month ago LORAC brought back their original Mega Pro Palette much to my delight! The initial launch in 2014 was a bit of a disaster since some people were able to purchase the palette ahead of schedule, and quantities were very limited. I was bummed when I missed the first Mega Pro, so I made sure I purchased both the Mega Pro 2 and Mega Pro 3 the second they were released at Ulta. The Mega Pro 2 was a bit of a fail for me, however the Mega Pro 3 is my absolute favorite eye shadow palette. How does the O.G. Mega Pro Palette hold up in comparison?

 

First off, the packaging of this palette is absolutely lovely. It is a sturdy burgundy cardboard with gold lettering on the outside, and a wonderfully large mirror inside. Cardboard packaging isn’t typically my favorite, but I feel like the shadows will be protected in case I dropped this on the floor (Update: already have – everything was safe and sound).

 

 

Now lets get into the important part: the shadows! I found that the shadows were pretty comparable to the formula in the original LORAC Pro Palettes. The mattes are creamy and the shimmers are striking and pigmented. The LORAC eye shadow formula tends to be a bit powdery and prone to fallout, however I always apply eye shadow before my base no matter what. This allows you to be messy with your eye shadow without ruining your base makeup.

 

I did find that the darker shades in the palette were more dry in consistency and sheered out pretty easily upon application. The fact that the darker shades are sheer doesn’t necessarily bother me since they’re build-able, however the dry consistency is an issue for me. This means that the shadows will be more likely to fade quickly throughout the day. The “dud” shades that stood out to me were Black, Caviar and Espresso, which truthfully isn’t a huge deal  to me since most standard palettes have a black or dark brown included. I can easily use another palette for those colors and be able to complete an eye look.

 

 

The color selection was intriguing to me since this is a very neutral palette. There are three “pops of color” which are Mulberry, Merlot, and Deep Teal; All three shades are nicely pigmented and very pretty. Indigo is the only glittery shade of the entire palette (thank God), which is a black base with pink, purple, blue and gold glitter running through it. It’s a pretty shade, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll get much use out of this one since I’m not a big fan of glitter.

 

The rest of the palette is truly neutral; the majority of the mattes are a beige or brown of some sort, while the shimmers are also beige with a pink or champagne thrown in the mix. I have to say, this is the perfect palette for work – the colors are not too jarring and you can easily achieve a subtle or dramatic eye look. On one hand I can appreciate a well crafted neutral palette (which this definitely is), but on the other hand the color scheme is a tad boring to me.

 

I remember when the Mega Pro 3 came out, many bloggers and Youtubers were critical, stating that the colors were a snoozefest. I was personally obsessed with the Mega Pro 3 since the selection was neutral, but still somewhat bold. The colors were wearable for any situation while being different from anything else I owned. The shade Cider from that palette is still my favorite lid shade and Pecan is the most gorgeous matte shade I’ve ever seen.

 

Final verdict: would I recommend this palette? If you’re just starting out or you are drawn to shades that create easy but put together looks then absolutely. However, if you own a neutral palette or two then I think you can skip out (and buy the Mega Pro 3!).

 

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An Ode to Glossier

 

If there’s one brand that speaks to millennials right now, it’s Glossier. Their “Skin First, Makeup Second” mantra caters to the young twenty-something crowd who are way too busy going to school or work to spend 30+ minutes on a full face of makeup. And you know what? It has me hooked too!

I have only tried a few products from Glossier, but I can already tell that I like how the products perform and how convenient they are. So far, I have tested out: the Cloud Paint in both Puff and Beam, The Balm Dotcom in Coconut, and the Super Pure Serum.

Cloud Paint

This has been my favorite purchase from this brand so far, which is a big surprise to me. I hate cream blushes with a passion. Why? They fade, they’re patchy, and they’re so sticky. Somehow Glossier really hit the nail on the head with these little guys, because the formula is so incredibly dreamy. Both colors are gorgeous; Puff being a bright baby pink and Beam being a soft pinky-peach color. I love that you only need a teeny tiny amount for both cheeks, which will make each tube of product go a long way. My preferred method is to dot the product on my cheeks, and then go in with a flat stippling or kabuki brush to blend everything out. I love that I can get a light flush of color or layer for higher coverage without getting blotchy, which can happen with other cream blushes.

Balm Dotcom

I LOVE this stuff! First off, the coconut scent is amazing; It smells like actual coconuts rather than a cheap sunscreen like other lip balms. It also does a really amazing job with moisturizing my lips without being too thick. I sadly lost mine when I had half of a tube left, but I am definitely ordering another one in the very near future.

Super Pure

So a quick back story: Last September I bought a Clarisonic and it completely ravaged my skin. My skin is pretty normal with only a few break outs here and there, but I have never had such bad reaction to anything in my life. Some reviews I read warned of a purge period during the first few weeks of use, but this was something else. For months I tried all sorts of treatments and pimple related products, but nothing really seemed to help the acne that had formed. I tried this on a whim since it’s reasonably priced and the modern packaging was right up my alley. I wouldn’t say it completely cured my skin issues, but it definitely helped calm things down a bit. I can’t use it all over my face because my skin is so dry, however when I see a new little pimple pop up I go after it with a few dots of this serum. I’m tempted to also get Super Glow as well since my skin is so lackluster now.

 

Have you tried anything from Glossier? Has there been anything from the brand that you loved or something you just didn’t click with? Let me know in the comments!

December Purchases

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December was quite the action packed month for me: I traveled internationally for the first time, I turned 26, and then there were the holidays. During my international travels to France and England, I picked up a few items that aren’t available to us here in the US. I feel that most the products I picked up were worth the money, but sadly there were a few items that turned out to be duds.

 

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I was really excited to go to Selfridges in London and check out the Zoeva products they had. As far as I know, Selfridges was the only store that was close to our hotel that sold Zoeva products so I made it my mission to swatch the Cocoa Blend palette. I so badly wish these products were easier to get in the US because they are spectacular. The two palettes I snagged were the Cocoa Blend palette and the En Taupe palette.

 

The Cocoa Blend palette is what eye shadow dreams are made of! The bronze shade in the top row is jaw dropping, and for being so affordable the matte shades are really impressive. The En Taupe palette is everything I could ever want in a cool toned palette. I feel like the shades are interesting and complementary of each other. The shadows in both palettes are extraordinarily pigmented and are really easy to blend. These are on par with some of my high-end shadows, and even with the exchange rate they were a bargain. I also picked up one of the brush sets (not pictured) and they’re incredible as well. The only issue I have is the foundation brush is a bit scratchy, otherwise they are very well made brushes for the price.

 

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I also made a point to stop in Superdrug and Boots while in Windsor while in England. I felt that Boots was somewhat disappointing, but Superdrug was my jam. In terms of lips, I grabbed a Maybelline ColorDrama lip pencil in Berry Much and the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper. The Maybelline lip pencil reminded me a lot of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip pencils, the color is gorgeous and the staying power is really impressive. The Bourjois Rouge Edition was really disappointing since it wasn’t fully opaque and has almost a soft whipped texutre. I know this sounds nice but trust me, it’s a weird feeling. I also ended up grabbing a few more products from Bourjois: Healthy Mix foundation, Healthy Balance powder, and the Bronzing powder. All three are outstanding! The foundation is one of my new favorites, and the Healthy Balance powder has really exceeded my expectations. They were all impulse purchases and I don’t regret them one bit!

 

Once I got home, I noticed that I was breaking out in the areas of my face that I used my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer on. I’m really bummed about this, because the color is so perfect for my skin tone and it smells like chocolate! I went out in search of a matte bronzer without harsh chemicals that might aggravate my skin. I landed on the Tarte Park Ave Princess in the matte version since it’s formulated without fragrance or other weird ingredients. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, since I find that the color is very realistic and the formula is a breeze to blend.

 

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One of the most exciting cosmetic launches of the year to me was the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush palette. I swear the people at Hourglass are wizards, because these blushes are absolute treasures. The colors in this palette are really wearable for a variety of skin tones,  since there’s a coral, nude, and deeper berry. I was heartbroken when I missed the first blush palette Hourglass came out with back in 2014, so I made sure to not miss out on this one. It’s pretty expensive for what it is, but truth be told I still think it’s a great value. I never hit pan on blushes even if I’ve been using some regularly all year. It makes sense for me to spend money on something like this palette if I’ll end up getting more variety. The actual blush colors are marbleized with the Ambient Strobing powders, so the blushes themselves are very glowy. Incandescent Electra is the only permanent shade available as a single outside the palette, however I noticed the single that I own is different from the one in the palette. I feel like the color in the palette pulls a little more peach, while the single I own is more pink.

Unfortunate High End Products

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I feel slightly guilty writing this post because I don’t necessarily dislike these brands as a whole, but these specific products did NOT work out for me. Some of these products were really hyped up by the Youtube and blogging community, but for one reason or another they fell a little short for me. Let’s get started!

 

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – I was so excited to buy this palette in all of its neutral glory, but the dry formula and lack of pigmentation really disappointed me. I didn’t return it, and I do still try to use it just because I feel like I should really like this – I find the color selection so interesting since there are gorgeous neutrals and a few fun colors, but no matter what primer or brush I use this palette just misses the mark for me.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – It seems like everyone lost their minds when this foundation came out, including me. This is a medium to full coverage foundation that is supposed to have a natural finish, however on me it turned into one big ‘ol greasy mess. It separated on me pretty badly, and accentuated every imperfection so this product gets a thumbs down for me personally. (FYI – the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is amazing, so not all products from this brand were a fail for me!)

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 02 Mocha – This was my birthday present to myself last year and I have used this exactly once. The packaging is so unbelievably gorgeous, but like the Too Faced Palette I had pigmentation issues with this one. I can totally understand the allure and purpose of a sheer shadow formula, however these lasted for about 12 seconds after I applied them (with primer). Sad, but maybe I just need to give this a second chance knowing that they will turn out looking more natural.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow – One.Big.Splotchy.Mess. This little guy is so emollient! I first tried using this on its own and it was way too messy, but even used as just a base it didn’t work out either. The powder shadows I placed on top turned out blotchy, and everything ultimately creased on me so it’s safe to say I’m not a fan. The Laura Mercier eyeshadow sticks are fabulous though if you’re interested in a cream stick forumula!

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Street – I have a few UD liners and the formula on those are fantastic, so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly this is one of the toughest liner I’ve ever used. It’s pretty chalky, it drags, and it’s impossible to smudge out.

 

Special Bonus

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection – I bought this palette a few weeks ago and ultimately returned it. The powders themselves were so gorgeous in person, but they were so incredibly dry and flaky. I used a few different brushes but they looked chunky and disappeared quickly, so back to the store it went. This palette was about $60 USD so for that price point I really didn’t think these were worth it.

 

LORAC Mega Pro 3

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PSA – I bought a new camera and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove the dumb date stamp in my pictures. Once I figure it out, I’ll swap the pictures.

 

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls – the new Lorac Mega Pro 3 has finally hit the shelves! Is is worth the $59? In short, yes – yes it is!

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First off, the packaging is very reminiscent of the first two Mega Pro Palettes – except this is so much easier to get dirty. Regardless, the palette itself is gorgeous with a creamy white base and metallic rose-gold lettering. I took this out of town with me over the weekend and I felt SO fancy pulling this bad boy out when I was getting ready.

I think that the formulation of the shadows (both matte and shimmer) are on par with the first two Pro palettes, in the fact that they are creamy, bendable and pigmented. There is fallout per usual, but it’s nothing ridiculous. The shade range this time around is a lot more universal in my opinion. I picked up the Mega Pro 2 last year and honestly, I have used it once. I find the shades in that one to be too light and dark (if that makes any kind of sense). I didn’t find there to be many mid-tone shades to throw on the lid, most of the shades were brow bone highlights or accent shades for me. Also, I initially appreciated the fact that the Mega Pro 2 included some unconventional colors, however after the first use I felt myself shying away from that palette. I don’t wear Lavender purples and bright oranges on a daily basis, so as an everyday woman I felt that the Mega Pro 2 wasn’t very versatile.

The Mega Pro 3 has an unbelievable amount of brown/bronze shades, so if you have 1 or more neutral palettes than I doubt this will be something you need. I have enough neutral shadows to provide a bronze smokey eye for every woman in North America, so this was not a necessity for me. But have I gotten use out of this for the past week or so? You betcha!

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I swatched a majority of the shades, and I haven’t found a true dud yet. I find that the shimmers are exactly that – shimmers. No chunky glitter in ANY of the shimmers, which is a major plus for me. A few colors like Cider and Rose Quartz come off a little more metallic, but they’re not too over the top. Also, there are a few muted pops of color (Pomegranate being the loudest color of the palette) that keep things from being too boring, which I appreciate. All in all, I feel like Lorac produced a well made and well thought out product that actually got me excited to wear eyeshadow again.

 

At the time of this post, you can find the Lorac Mega Pro 3 at Ulta stores and at Ulta.com for $59.

 

New Finds

 

It’s that time of year where I finally feel like I can start wearing my Spring and Summer products! Naturally I needed to find some new products to spice things up a bit, and the Sephora VIB Rouge sale gave me a good reason to go a little wild.

 

 

Two foundations I picked up to try are the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ and the reformulated YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat. I grabbed the It Cosmetics CC cream at Ulta, and it’s going to be perfect when the weather gets warm since it gives great coverage and has a high SPF! The shade medium is a pretty solid color match for when I’m a little tanner so I’m very happy about that. For the YSL foundation I’m not sure I’m completely sold yet – call me crazy, but I feel like it’s not dewy and radiant anymore! The old formula was so creamy and hydrating and I feel like the new version is more satiny. I’m going to play around more, but so far it’s just alright.

I just bought this Milk Makeup cream highlighter today, so I can’t necessarily say how well it performs yet but I still wanted to make mention of it. It’s the typical pearly champagne highlight, reminiscent of the Benefit Watt’s Up – I just wanted to try something different and I haven’t heard much of this brand yet. It does seem to be very promising based off of an in-store swatch though! I also repurchased the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse and trust me, if I repurchase something it means it’s worth it. It gives a nice olive tan that lasts for 5 days, and if I exfoliate and use the mitt it doesn’t get streaky.

 

Way back in February I decided to pick up my first Tom Ford makeup product and it did not disappoint! I grabbed the Nude Dip palette from Neiman Marcus and while it was ridiculously expensive, it is just stunning. All shades are shimmers, but I find them to be very refined and flattering shimmers that don’t lean too young.

While we’re on the subject of eyeshadow, I also grabbed the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette during a lunch break at work. There are 8 shadows, 6 being shimmers and 2 being “mattes”. The mattes seems to have a hint of  glimmer, but honestly it keeps them creamy and not looking flat – so I’m okay with it. The texture and color payoff of these is unreal, they are so smooth and pretty! It’s out of stock on Sephora’s website so hopefully it comes back in stock soon!

I decided to bite the bullet and finally get the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – does it live up to the hype though? Sort of. I actually like the sculpt side for contouring, but the glow part doesn’t amaze me unfortunately. One of my new favorite things ever – bold statement there – is the limited edition Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo. Holy Moley this is the most stunning blush and highlight duo! The raspberry blush and pale pink highlight work beautifully together to give supermodel skin and cheekbones no matter what skin tone you are.I am highly thinking of getting a back up of this product! LOVE THIS STUFF.

Charlotte Tilbury: Brand Spotlight

There are few things in life that tug at my heartstrings like a well packaged product, and Charlotte Tilbury is one of the masters of product packaging when it comes to makeup.

I have a weird obsession with font and colors, and I adore how Charlotte Tilbury products ooze  1920s glamour. Aside from the packaging, Charlotte Tilbury products are now some of the most prestigious and coveted makeup items on the market. For a few products I can see why, and others I’m not so sure about – let’s take a look at the little collection I’ve accumulated over the past year!


  

For starters, I only own eye products from the Charlotte Tilbury range; Mostly because they are my favorite makeup items but also because they are the most raved about items from the whole collection. Aside from the Filmstar Bronze and Glow (which I think about purchasing to this day) and the lipsticks, I find that most people and bloggers rave about the eye shadow quads. They are just so aesthetically pleasing with the deep brown and gold inside. I’m usually tempted to use these quads just to feel fancy, and at $52 USD a pop they damn well better make me feel all giddy when I use them!

The first ever product I got was the Uptown Girl Palette for Christmas last year, and boy was I smitten. The purple/blue/grey shades are unlike anything I own and they are so soft to the touch. Sadly, they turned out to be a bit powdery and honestly I don’t find that they last long on my eye lids since they tend to blend away to nothing. Would I purchase this again with my own money? No, but I also do not regret having this in the least bit.

About a month ago I purchased the Smokey Bedroom Eyes Set, which included the Fallen Angel Luxury Palette and a Rock N Khol liner for $65 USD. I’ll get to the eyeliner in a second, but the real star of this set (and basically this whole post) is the Fallen Angel Palette. Based on the performance of the Uptown Girl palette, I was a bit hesitant to buy this set but naturally I crumbled when I saw how gorgeous these shades looked swatched on other blogs. This is now one of my all time favorite shadow palettes, it’s that good.

The highlight shade (top left of the quad) is perfect since it’s not too shiny and doesn’t lean to warm or cool. The taupe (top right of the quad) and the satin black (bottom right of the quad) are equally as stunning, and I love that you can create a sultry look from using just those two shades. The bronze (bottom left) is one of the most stunning bronzes I have ever seen or used. The formula of this palette is drastically different from the usual quads, in that the shadows are a little stiffer and they seem to adhere to my eye lids much better. Each shade has a gorgeous sheen to it, which makes this a very safe palette for more mature eyes since there is no chunky glitter or extreme frost.

Left to right: Uptown Girl Palette, Rock N Khol liner, On the Prowl shadow, Fallen Angel Luxury palette, Mona Lisa Cream shadow, Supernova eyeliner

Around October I purchased the Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize set in On The Prowl and Supernova for $39 USD. What I find interesting about Charlotte Tilbury shadows is that they all have different formulas. The single shadow in this set was very stiff and is much thinner/less opaque than the quads, however it is still a lovely product. I feel like this is an excellent shade to use to smoke up a look, but personally I find it hard to wear all over the lid. I think the glitters in the shade make it tough to use on its own, but as an outer corner shade it really brings a smokey look together.

Next up is the Eyes to Mesmerize cream shadow in Mona Lisa for $32 USD. When you swatch this is, it really out of this world. I mean it is so silky, pigmented, and really stunning. But unfortunately, when I try applying this it always ends up patchy and ultimately creases on me. I’ve tried everything with this stuff – flat brushes, fluffy brushes, and my fingers but nothing gives me an even application! If anyone has a good way of getting this on my lids, please please please let me know because I almost always end up with patches when I use this product.

I only have 2 eyeliners from Charlotte Tilbury, and both of them are from sets – don’t let this fool you though because they’re two of the best eyeliners I own. The black Rock N Khol liner from the Smokey Bedroom Eyes set is the smoothest, creamiest, darkest black liner I have ever used. It beats Urban Decay’s Perversion liner by a long shot, and that’s really saying something. The other liner is a little mini one from the Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize, and it is a dark purple with little purple glitters running through it. I wear contacts and have super sensitive eyes, so the glitter part made me very wary but this liner isn’t scratchy or uncomfortable at all. I love this liner when I’m feeling something a little different from a black liner, but nothing too in your face.

My top recommendation would be the Smokey Bedroom Eyes Set, since you get a stunning and versatile quad with a really great liner to go along with it. What are your Charlotte Tilbury favorites?

2015 Favorites and Updates

Holy crap, it’s 2016.

 

This year whizzed past me like no other year has!  There have been a lot of changes in my life, good and bad, but I am definitely ready for a fresh start.

My favorites this year are compromised of some usual suspects and some new loves that I am really excited to write about!

 

One of my resolutions this year is to learn how to take a picture, because mine seem to always be off center 😦

Anyway, my first favorite is the original Lorac Pro palette. I’ve hit pan on a few of the colors which has yet to happen in any of the other palettes I own, so you know this is a good one. There are a million reviews on this so I won’t go to in depth, but if you haven’t tried it yet you really should!

Next up is my mascara favorite, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. It’s black, thickens and elongates my lashes, AND it really does curl them. It’s pricey for sure but I’m never let down whenever I use it! An excellent drugstore option is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, however it gets pretty clumpy so be sure to wipe the wand off a bit before you use it.

For the face I was crazy about Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Nars Sheer Glow is not sheer by any means, so whoever created the name is a crazy person. I’d say it’s medium coverage with a great dewy finish, but it doesn’t slide off my skin like other creamy foundations do. MAC Pro Longwear is the best concealer I’ve found so far – it’s thin-ish but opaque and it dries down matte on it’s own so I never have to set it with a powder. The matte finish might be a problem if you have some wrinkles (beauty lines if you will), but I love that it lets me skip a step.

What powder did I love you ask? Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – it’s amazing, just go buy it already. Check out my past post on Hourglass if you need a little enabling.

I am not a crazy highlighter person, but the one I most definitely used the most this year was Becca Champagne Pop. Yes I gave into the hype but oh it’s so pretty – it looked great when I had a tan and now that I’m pale/gray, so it works with a wide range of skin tones.

My favorite lipsticks this year were hands down MAC D is for Danger and YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Scandal. The MAC website describes D for Danger is a brick red – I don’t know what bricks they’re looking at or using, but this is definitely a deep raspberry red. I do think it has more of a berry tone to it than brownish/red, but maybe that’s just how it shows up on my lips. Regardless I have been wearing the crap out of this and it’s my absolute favorite lipstick! The YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick is a great deep red with a very creamy and comfortable formula, although it does move around a little.

The best lip liner of the year award goes to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Pencil in 10C. If you need a little berry in you life then you need this – the formula is impeccable. It’s creamy but does not crumble, leaving a nice crisp line without making you feel like you lined your lips in chalk.

 

 

I have consistently used the Anastasia Brow Pencil in Medium Brown for the past few months and it is incredible. I have somewhat thick brows already and I prefer a natural look so this is perfect for me. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s so easy to use and always makes me look put together.

My ride or die lip balm is the Nivea Lip Butter. I don’t like the fact that I have to dip my fingers into the little pot but hey, I have flaws too. It’s SO moisturizing and every scent they have is amazing – I cannot recommend these enough.

Finally (phew!), my favorite scent is Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne. This is such an enigmatic scent – it’s crisp and earthy, but sweet and sultry at the same time. I try to rotate my fragrances so I don’t get used to them, but I love this one so much that I use it 98% of the time.

 

Since it is New Years (or 2 days after), I am making it my resolution to post more in 2016. I do love blogging, but after working a full day I usually sloth out on the couch and straight up neglect my blog. I know it is not much, but I would like to at minimum post twice a month and I would like to incorporate themes other than just makeup. Thank you to everyone who reads my mindless ramblings, I sincerely hope everyone enjoys a very wonderful 2016 🙂

 

Natural Beauty Favorites

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Last month I was inspired by Glossier to write a post about my favorite natural makeup and skincare products, and to be honest I don’t know why I haven’t written this post sooner. I love eye shadow and bright lips, but 80% of the time I roll out of bed and use a few standard products before heading off to work. I could easily wake up 10 minutes earlier and go all out, but my love for sleeping always wins.

In my opinion, there are 4 key components to rocking that “I woke up like this” look – skincare, a breathable base, lightly flushed cheeks, and smooth lips.

First step to a natural look (which should be the first step to all looks) is cleansing and moisturizing your face. Starting off with a fresh face is very important because it gets rid of all of the dirt and grime that gets stuck to your face, even when you cleanse before bedtime. I always start off with a gentle cleanser like the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel to de-gunk and soften everything. Then I go in with a lighter moisturizer like this Key West Aloe day moisturizer. I love that this stuff has 40% aloe in it, because it gives me a good kick of moisture without being overly greasy.

Next up is one of my favorite bases, the Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream; It gives the perfect amount of coverage! It’s light enough to let my actual skin breathe but gives a solid wack of coverage with some added skin benefits! FYI – Glossier has a similar product called the Perfecting Skin Tint that I’ve been eyeing up for a while; I will be purchasing this and reporting back!

I guess I wouldn’t say blush is necessary for a natural look, but I do think a teeny bit of color can really make facial features pop! I love the Becca Beach Tints for a light dose of color that’s also low-maintenance. It doesn’t move your base around and it doesn’t slide off after an hour, win-win.

Finally, well pampered lips bring everything together! My makeup and outfit can be on point, but if my lips are feeling all crusty I won’t be able to think about anything else. A great budget option is the Nivea Lip Butter in CoCoa Butter Kiss; It smells incredible and gives a good amount of moisture. I don’t really like how the product is just dumped into a tin, since it’s almost guaranteed I’ll somehow end up with dog hair or lint stuck in it – but hey, you get what you pay for. Another (and seemingly delicious) option is the Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom skin salve. For starters, it’s in a tube (no dog hair!) and secondly I love anything coconut to an alarming degree. It’s sold out at the moment – cry – but there is the original Balm Dotcom to hold us all over until they restock the coconut one!

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I’d be smiling too if my face smelled like coconuts.

Are there skincare or beauty products you love for a natural look? Let me know in the comments!

*I have been asked by a few companies to do a featured or sponsored post in the past, but I’ve passed on all of them because they either didn’t fit in with my theme or they weren’t brands I could recommend with a good conscience. I read Into the Gloss every day and feel like their mantra of enhancing beauty instead of covering every freckle is something I feel comfortable getting behind.

Perfect Fall Eye Shadows

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For the second installment of my Fall faves, I’m talking about one of my favorite things ever: eye shadow! Fall eyes to me is all about cool taupes, rusty bronzes, glimmering golds and a little bit of purple if you’re a bit daring .

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The original Lorac Pro pallet is the epitome of Fall shadows – Taupe? You got it. Browns? It’s got 3 of ’em. A stunning gold and garnet? Pfft. The color selection of this palette looks like leaves after they’ve turned colors! Honestly, this is the only palette you could ever need for Fall and Winter since it has everything. It’s just the best!

The Lorac Pro 2 isn’t one of my favorites, but I definitely think the bronze and purple-y colors are beautiful when the weather gets chilly. The lighter neutrals are great for a wash of color with a bold lip, and obviously you can smoke things up to focus on your eyes!

Up next is my adorable little Chanel quad (oh you fancy, huh?) in Tisse Rivoli. At first I had no freaking clue on how to use this thing, and the wonderful Jacqueline (seriously one of the nicest people in blogging) from A Vibrant Day recommended that I use my fingers to apply these babies and I haven’t looked back since! I love this thing in the Fall – I feel like these colors are perfect year round since they’re really neutral, but I feel myself planning more looks with these shades now that the weather is finally cooling down a bit.

Finally, the one wash wonder/base that I’m crazy about: the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop crayon in Au Revoir. A really cool toned taupey-brown that is remarkable under every shade ever or on it’s own. I find that my shadows stick to it really well and it’s so easy to blend out. *Side note: these have a cooling effect that feels so good in the morning!