Recent Favorites

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Let’s get it out there: I’m a total sucker for favorites posts.

It’s the inner snoop in me, I can’t help it! I never do monthly favorites, but lately I’ve been using an army of products for my every day look. These are all tried and true products that I consistently use, and seriously vouch for in terms of quality.

First up is the NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Spice, which is something that I got in an Ipsy bag a looong time ago. I use this all the damn time because it’s such a perfect rosy-peachy neutral that never looks over-done. This is my go to blush when I have smokey eyes, because it adds a little something without looking ridiculous.

For complexion I have been obsessed with the YSL Fluid Ink foundation in Almond and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The YSL foundation feels so luxurious when it’s applied, it truly feels like it turns to powder the instant it touches your face. The only drawback is this foundation really catches on dry patches, so make sure your skin is well moisturized before applying. I bought the Hourglass palette back in September, and I’m already hitting pan on two shades. I use Dim Light (left) as a setting powder and Radiant Light (right) as a bronzer; Let me tell you, these powders are magic. So magical that I bought Mood Light, which is much more lavender toned and better for winter use in my opinion.

Next we have the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Moonlight, the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, and the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner for eyes. I got the Laura Mercier stick in a limited edition set that was out around the holidays, but the shade itself is permanent. It’s a gorgeous champagne-pewter shade that I use all over the lid, and layer on shades from the Naked 3. Truth be told, the Naked 3 is my all time favorite eye shadow palette. The pink tones are so flattering, I can’t stop using them! I received the Eyeko liquid liner in my Birchbox last month, and it’s so easy to use! I don’t even use tape as a guide with this eyeliner because it’s so smooth and pigmented.

Two things that I didn’t mention were the concealer and blush that I’m hooked on, MAC Pro Longwear concealer and Lancome Blush Subtil Palette, since I have already reviewed them. Very important products, and if you want to read more about the concealer click here, and for the blush click here.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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So this weekend I celebrated St. Patrick’s day and a very dear friend’s birthday in downtown Chicago, meaning I wanted my face to look presentable all day. Nothing kills your mood than going into a bar bathroom a few hours after putting so much effort into your makeup and feeling like a Michael Jackson “Thriller” extra is staring back at you, because your makeup is: a) smudged b) faded or c) literally melting off of your face.

In a last minute panic, I stormed into Ulta and snatched up the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray hoping that this would provide some sort of comfort. In all honesty, I went in with intentions to get the new L’Oreal setting spray, but in all honesty the UD version was only a little more expensive.

So does it actually work, or did I basically spend $30 on water? VERY happily, this stuff lives up to the hype! I’ll admit, I was really skeptical because my face tends to eat makeup (I’ll put foundation on and 20 minutes later I’m barefaced) so I usually just deal with it and hope that the bars we end up in are poorly lit.

The bottle claims that your makeup will last for 16 hours, which is a pretty hefty but realistic claim. I want to look nice when I’m out from 11 am til the wee hours of the morning, and honestly with this stuff my blush didn’t even fade.

Will I use this every day or even every weekend? No. But when I’m out of town or going somewhere for an extended period of time I’m definitely breaking this guy out. I do wish my Ulta had a travel sized version, but I’m still glad I tried this.

Lancome Blush Subtil Palette

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Blush is something I can take or leave. I love it, but I cannot bring myself to pay an arm and a leg for it. However, when something comes in palette form I suddenly feel the urge to throw my money at it without question.

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Enter the Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush: This beauty comes with a contour shade, blush, and highlighter all for $43 USD. Yeah, it’s a hefty price but the quality is definitely there. The contour shade isn’t too dark and has a solid mix of cool and warm tones, which I really appreciate. I like my contours to look realistic, but this specific color also brings a little much needed warmth to my face. The blush is the star of this palette with the perfect balance of sheen and color, so you have a perfect color without looking like a grease-ball. It is my absolute favorite blush by a land-slide! The highlight shade is a naturalistic pinky-pearl color great for everyday use. I don’t think the highlighter is anything to write home about in my opinion, but if you think the sheen in the blush is intense this pairs perfectly.

I’m strongly considering purchasing more of the blushes since I think they’ll be perfect for the warmer weather (if it ever comes). It just gives me that glow I haven’t found from any other product!

What are your blush recommendations?

The Best Wax Melts EVER

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Confession: I’ve been completely sucked into the wax melter hype. I have at least 10 Yankee Candle melts in Fluffy Towels on hand because they decided to discontinue my favorite scent. Every time they have their semi-annual sale I pick up the leftover ones no one else wants. No worries, I’ll definitely put them to work and give them a good home!

However when I don’t want my room to smell like clean towels (which isn’t often), I opt for the much cheaper Better Homes and Gardens wax cubes in Candied Caramel Apple. For $1.50 from Walmart my room smells just like those caramel apple lollipops that feel like they’ll rip your teeth out if you try to bite into them! IT SMELLS SO GOOD! I really like the variety of scents Yankee Candle has, but in terms of scent power and throw the cheap Walmart thrill definitely has them beat. Obviously the Candied Caramel Apple scent is really sweet but there are slight tart and crisp notes thrown in there, assumingly from the apples.

I highly recommend the wax melts from Walmart, they’re really good! Fair warning though: smelling this for longer than 10 minutes will make you super hungry.

Marc Jacobs (P)OUTLINER and New Nudes Lipstick

Hey everyone!

After seeing the swatches and review on The Beauty Look Book, I just knew I had to grab something from the new Marc Jacobs Nude line this weekend. Everything looks so gorgeous but upon seeing things in person, I immediately grabbed the (P)OUTLINER in HONEY(BUN) and one of the New Nude Sheer Lip Gels in Moody Margot.

So beautiful and perfect for spring time, I cannot wait to finally wave good-bye to the snow and below zero weather.

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First, let’s look at the packaging. The lip gel is encased in a beige squoval tube with a little button in the front, but it’s a magnetic closure. I think it’s so sleek and cool; it’s definitely something that I wouldn’t mind whipping out in public (that sounds so wrong). The lip liner is in a silver tube with a color indicator on the end and thankfully it twists up. I always feel like I waste half of the product for lip and eye pencils that need to be sharpened, and if I’m paying $24 for something I don’t want to waste anything!

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Both products are incredibly creamy in texture, with the lip gel feeling very balmy. I usually gravitate to lip products that are more on the sheer side when it comes to nude colors because if they’re too opaque I find they can wash me out. I like to have a little of my natural lip color peeking through so my lips don’t look artificial. The lip liner is probably my favorite because it’s a little more pinky than your typical nude. Layering these two together creates such a lovely splash of color that pulls your look together.

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L to R: (P)OUTLINER and Lip Gel combined, Lip Gel, (P)OUTLINER

As a first impression, I think these products are great and I’m very tempted to pick up another (P)OUTLINER in Primrose!

What do you guys think of the new additions? Have you picked any up/are planning to?