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 ūüė¶

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 ūüôā

 

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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!

Perfect Fall Lip Colors

HOCUS POCUS. PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES. APPLE CIDER DONUTS. LEAVES. CINNAMON SCENTED CANDLES. CARAMEL APPLES. HALLOWEEN.

In case you can’t tell, I’m really into Fall. I love it when earth tones, flannel, and insane amounts of layers come back into fashion! Summer is wonderful, but Fall is where it’s at – hence my post dedicated to fall lipsticks.

Deep wine and raspberry colors are my go-to when it comes to lips, they just look so perfect when the air gets that chill. 

I get all giddy just looking at these beauties, I wish I could wear them all at once (I cannot be the only one who gets like this).  

     Left: NARS Audacious in Fanny, Marc Jacobs in Magenta, Fresh Lip balm in Petal///Right: MAC in D for Danger, Marc Jacobs in So Rouge, MUFE Aqua Lip Liner in 10C
Sadly the Marc Jacobs So Rouge lipstick is only for Sephora VIB Rouge members (dafuq Sephora), so in a way it’s limited edition.¬†Everything else is readily available at Sephora right now, and let me tell you – they’re all good. I can vouch that all of these lipsticks – even the “matte” MAC one – is comfortable enough to where you don’t want to sandpaper off your lips after 2 hours.¬†

Since Fall is so damn important to me, I will have another fun fall themed post coming out shortly! Also I have a good ‘ol fashioned haul coming at you soon (because no one’s read enough of those) that will include the brand new Hourglass Ambient Palette!

Product Regrets

 

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We’ve all had them; those products you buy on a whim or even more disappointingly, the ones you actually planned on buying, and sadly they just didn’t work out. In an effort to clean out my collection, I started noticing I had a lot of stuff I used a few times and just cast aside thinking “I can make this work!” Some of the products I have aren’t bad quality, but they might not be something that I use everyday or the colors didn’t work for me the way I thought they would.

First up, the Urban Decay Smoked palette. I picked this up at Ulta a few months ago for only $20 (originally $50). This product is actually pretty great if you’re into smokey eyes since the textures are nice and the color selection is spot on. I like that there are gem tones included with the standard grays and blacks, giving you the option of more color for your look. This is a regret, because the colors are way too dark for me and I don’t wear smokey eyes on a daily basis. So a regret, but one that I’ll probably keep.

Next up, the Urban Decay Anarchy palette. Another palette I grabbed on sale, and truth be told I’ve used this exactly 1 time. The 3 shades on the left are decent quality but the two super sparkle shades are so damn messy, I can’t imagine how you can even get them to stick to your eyelids. I like this palette in theory because it comes with a lip pencil, eyeliner, 2 blushes and a highlighter, but it hasn’t seen the light of day in probably almost a year. The blushes included are a dark dusky pink and an electric Barbie color pink, and honestly I never use those either.

Finally, I grabbed an Urban Decay BYOP and a few shadows on sale (clearly I didn’t learn my lesson) and while I have used this more than twice, it’s still not something I’ve reached for in a long time. This specific palette came with the shade Rock, which is a cool toned glittery taupe. Again with the fallout! The glitter is super chunky, so if you have contacts like me this might be your worst nightmare. I also included a few other individual shades but sadly they don’t really go together, and I’d much rather bring with one of the Naked palettes with me on a trip or even for everyday use.

The Makeup Forever shadows are really incredible quality, but I just grabbed two shades I don’t typically wear. I can imagine my thought process while buying these was something along the lines of “I don’t think I own anything like this, but I’ll surely use it all the time!” To be fair, I’ve used the lighter color a few times but that gorgeous green hasn’t graced my lids yet.

The Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in There’s Something About Berry is gorgeous but just hasn’t come out to play since I bought it. I actually really love this product; I swatch it all the time and admire how pretty the deep raspberry color is but I just can’t bring myself to wear it. It’s a bold color that would look incredible on darker skin tones, but since it’s rained almost every day this summer I’m lacking my usual tan that would do this product justice. Like the Smoked palette, I might not have used this that much but I plan on keeping it.

The last blush regret is the Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in In Bloom is another solid product that just wasn’t my cup of tea for one reason or another. Mainly the color is¬†super¬†vibrant, but I’m going to make more of an effort to use this with a lighter hand because the quality is there.

The two biggest disappointments were the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit and the Sephora 10 Hour Fix + Correct concealer duo. These were both¬†awful¬†in terms of quality. Not to say that all Bobbi Brown and Sephora brand products are bad, because there are a ton of products from both brands I love. But not these two. The Bobbi Brown concealer didn’t cover anything, creased and faded within like an hour. The powder inside isn’t too shabby but I bought it for the concealer, and tried so hard to make it work. The Sephora concealer pen thing was a mess from the start. This also doesn’t cover anything and is so dang dry! There is a large end that I think is for under eyes and a more precise skinny end that is for blemishes, and unfortunately both sides are useless. These products will both be going in the garbage since they’re probably past their expiration date and I don’t want anyone having eye issues. I will say though, if you want to try something from the Sephora brand their jumbo eyeliners are incredible and Bobbi Brown makes a kick-ass foundation and BB Cream!

 

 

Brand Spotlight: Hourglass Cosmetics

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Hourglass Cosmetics is hands down my favorite brand when it comes to powder products. It seems like everything they make just perfects my complexion, even if I have 5 news zits popping up and I’m hungover from the night before.

The reason why I’m writing a post specifically on this brand is because when I first read about the Ambient Lighting Palette I kind of brushed it off as a waste of money. I never thought that a powder would make or break your look, and I kind of figured people just gave into the craze. I would swatch it at Sephora and wonder what the big deal was, they were all just shimmery powders and one of them was¬†orange¬†for God’s sake!

One random day I just walked in and bought it, because I was in the mood to buy something and I guess I couldn’t find anything else I was really curious about. And then it happened.

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I saw the light, the heavens above opened up to me, or whatever you want to call it; I was hooked. Every single time I used Dim Light to set my foundation I was shocked at how flawless my skin looked! It didn’t look caked up, dull, or fake, just beautiful. I have a Chanel Les Beige powder that I’ve been working through and I love it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Dim Light. Even the Hourglass packaging has a weight and design that oozes luxury! Their products are expensive, but I never feel like it’s going to waste because it delivers everything I want.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Mood Light, Dim Infusion Blush, Dim Light, Radiant Light, Ambient Lighting Palette, Incandescent Electra Blush

I ran through the Dim Light and Radiant Light shades so quickly in that palette, and it genuinely bummed me out because I had to scrounge around my collection for other powders that just weren’t on the same level. I purchased full sized versions of both shades, and added Mood Light to my collection.

Last week I purchased one of their Ambient Blushes in the shade Dim Infusion, and I am absolutely¬†kicking¬†myself for not buying the Ambient Blushing Palette when I had the chance! Dim Infusion is the most¬†perfect¬†peach color that just melts into your skin without being glittery. I really don’t know how they did it, because there’s no way to over-do it with this blush. It looks so natural and brilliant on my skin, tanned or not (this can be a big factor for me!). Today I marched right into Sephora and¬†picked up another blush in the shade Incandescent Electra. Looking at it in the pan and swatching it made me so excited, so it had to come home with me. Random, but I’ve been careful to make sure I put a “control” swatch of NARS Orgasm on my arm when I’m looking at blushes to make sure I’m not just buying another duplicate; I’ve been noticing that a lot of my blushes look the same, so I’m trying to be smarter about spending money on crap I already have (HAHAHA, if I really followed this rule I wouldn’t have 85 bronze eye shadows…).

All in all, if you’re wavering back and forth on whether you want to give into the Hourglass hype I say at least try it. Have one of the Sephora associates help you out and try on one of the powders or blushes for the day and check yourself out in different lighting throughout the day. Or if you have an obsessive friend like me, ask to borrow one of the powders one day! I’ve had friends ask to try my makeup, and as long as it isn’t mascara or eyeliner (GERMS) I’m happy to share the love!

Favorites and Over-due Spring Haul

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Spring, Spring, Spring! Usually I’m not a fan of Spring but this year I’m all about it. We had a loooong winter and the fact that it’s 80 degrees here in IL helps out too. Obviously I had to get some new makeup gear to get ready for the warm weather!

A few weeks ago I started my first MAC palette. Now I’m not the biggest MAC fan in the world and I usually find their products a bit sub-par, but you can’t ignore the enormous eye shadow selection they have. Are they my favorite in terms of quality? No, but sometimes I want to bring one palette with me that does it all. I wanted to start off with some cool neutrals and a few purpley-pinks, and grab some warmer colors along the way. Left to Right we have: Dazzle Light, Omega, Concrete, Quarry, Satin Taupe, Blackberry, and Sketch. Dazzle Light might be my favorite brow bone highlight – it’s so shimmery but not obnoxious.

At the Sephora VIB Rouge event I picked up the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in the shade Linen. The shade is way too dark for me but I ADORE this formula! It looks like skin but blends out so perfectly. To make the color a little more true to my skin tone I just mix it with the NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe –¬†good stuff right there.

Also a few weeks ago I went to Ulta and apparently they sell BECCA products now?? Was this common knowledge or am I being dumb? Either way there was this super cute kit with some full size and deluxe sample sized products all for $35. You know I bee-lined for it. This cheek tint in Guava is incredible for a light slap of color! Sometimes I don’t feel like putting a lot of effort into getting ready but I still want to look put together, so I rely on this guy. I usually dot a bit on and blend away with a duo fiber brush, and the best part? It doesn’t move your foundation around.¬†Hallelujah!

Another Ulta purchase was the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush (long name necessary?) in There’s Something About Berry. I LOVE the movie There’s Something About Mary and this was on sale for $15. Done. Deal. Get. In. My Hands. This color was also the most pigmented of the 3 shades offered, and it has golden flecks running through it. It’s definitely a bold color, but I think I can work with it once I get a bit tanner.

Finally I found the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Pansy Pop! Purple might seem like an odd choice for a blush but it really doesn’t look as weird as you think it would. I think it gives more of a fairy like glow than typical pink or peachy blushes do. Fun Fact: I got my first smartphone last Saturday (EEEEEEEEEEE!!!). That being said, I’m going to try and post more pictures of myself wearing products that I mention so you can all see stuff in action.

Sephora VIB Rouge Beauty Before Brunch Event

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Today I attended my very first VIB Rouge event! I spend an astonishing amount of money on makeup, and apparently this means that I get to attend special events every once in a while. Normally I skip the VIB Rouge events, but I finally decided to go and see what goes on – GREAT decision.

The event was held at every Sephora store in the US, and was from 9 am til 11 am. Basically VIB Rouges got their 15% discount early and there was a cute bag with a ton of samples up for grabs. I was excited to go early and get around the usual crowd Рmy store is always jam packed on a weekend. Surprisingly though, it was really crowded and even I got there around 9:30! There were all kinds of services you could get too, for example you could get contouring lessons, hair lessons (beach waves to up-dos), or skin care lessons. I was more focused on grabbing products and getting the sample bag so I skipped the free services, but next time I definitely plan on getting my hair or makeup done.

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Stuff I bought

If there’s one thing I love, it’s free stuff; whether it’s a t-shirt, water bottle, or whatever I’m all in. And very conveniently, a Laura Mercier representative was there and told me that a special edition full size Caviar Stick was free with any LM foundation purchase! I was planning on getting a new foundation anyway, and I’ve read some fantastic reviews on the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide so I grabbed it. The Caviar Sticks I got in a holiday set are¬†so¬†incredible and retail for $28 a pop, so the freebie was very much appreciated! It’s a very nice golden pearl color that is great all over the lid and even as a cheek highlight.

I’m in desperate need of a new cleanser and my favorite beauty bloggers Amelia Liana, Vivianna, and Lily always talk about how wonderful Clarins is as a brand, so I picked up their Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Also, I’ve hit major pan on my Ambient Lighting Palette in the Radiant Light shade so I picked up a full size of that. It’s probably my holy grail bronzer, it gives me the absolute perfect glow and I feel so pretty when I wear it! Definitely give it a swatch if you haven’t yet! I also grabbed the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and a little Sephora brand eye makeup remover. Finally, my store was out of the Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo in Color 2 so I went online and snagged that afterwards. It’s so gold and I…well, I honestly think I just bought it out of excitement from the event this morning but I’m still excited to try it anyway haha!

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SAMPLES!!

Ohhh the samples we got! I didn’t have a chance to talk to all of the brand representatives at the store, but I have a feeling I would’ve gotten a mountain of free stuff if I did. At least I know what to do next time! I got a lot of foil packets, but surprisingly I got a full sized Formula X nail polish in Ignition – a rich purple.

The one teeny negative about this event was the lack of sales associates to help you out. The reason why it’s only a minor negative to me is because my store was so crazy, that there’s no way I could necessarily fault the associates for being busy since they had to help so many people. I had to wait like 20 minutes for the Laura Mercier associate to help me, but truth be told I would’ve waited a lot longer for that free Caviar Stick! Other than that, bring a friend or family member with if you ever go to an event – it would be a really cool bonding experience to get makeovers and shop with someone!

Chanel Eye Shadow, Blush, and Powder Review

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First things first: I’m sorry for being so MIA lately! I accepted an offer for a new job and I wanted to really make sure I wrapped up all of my projects at my old job before leaving. The past two weeks have been insane, but luckily I have given myself a teeny little break before I start my new position ūüôā

As a little reward to myself, I bought a couple of Chanel goodies! I purchased a blush, powder, and eye shadow quad – clearly my shadow obsession has not died down in the least. Let me tell you, when you order something from Chanel they go all out with the packaging. The box everything came in? Sitting on my desk right now. It’s so pretty!

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Even the tissue paper they use makes me feel fancy! If you’re thinking about buying a thing or two from Chanel I highly suggest doing so on their website, especially since shipping is free when you spend $50 (not that hard when their blushes are $43 a pop) and you get two free samples.

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I picked up the Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Rivoli, and it is absolutely stunning in the pan. It even looks glamorous and chic despite my grubby applicators! However, performance wise this was a bit of a disappointment. The colors are exactly what I would go for and the texture is so dreamy, but they just don’t adhere to my lids very well and fade easily. The only way I can get them to stick around is by using a primer AND a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick – which is like straight cement on my eyelid. I’ve also noticed that using the sponge applicators is the best way to get decent color payoff. If I’m using these incorrectly someone help me, I want to love this!

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Next up is a Joue Contraste blush in Emotion. I was torn between this and Angelique, but I have a few pinky blushes like Angelique so I decided to try something new. I adore this color! It’s like a mix between a mauve, plum, and deep pink. It’s something I’ll wear year-round, but I can see this being perfect for Fall and Winter. Application can be slightly patchy if you’re oily, but it’s nothing a good brush can’t handle.

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Oooh yeah, my favorite product! This is the Les Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Color in No. 30. I kept going back and forth between number 20 and 30, but ultimately grabbed the darker color because I figured if it was too dark I could use it as a bronzer. Luckily it worked out and this is my newest setting powder! The word “sheer” definitely fits this product because it doesn’t leave you with a ton of color, but it¬†does¬†give a little something extra. I can see a teeny bit of sparkle or sheen in the pan, but it definitely doesn’t translate on the skin. It’s just a solid product that brings your whole look together – and it looks uber fancy!

All in all I don’t regret splurging, even if I wasn’t over the moon about everything I got. I’m still going to work with that eye shadow palette because the colors are just so stunning! I’m very appreciative and fortunate to have a new position to look forward to, and I will be better about posting! I currently have a new haul in the works so be on the lookout for that! It’ll include my first personal MAC palette, a new fragrance, and other goodies!

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.