Vacation Haul!

Oh hey! I’ve been up since 4:00 this morning traveling home from Chicago. I had a great vacation there (stay tuned for more on that) and of course ended up doing some shopping. Read on for a quick haul of the beauty and fashion items I picked up.

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Merona striped top: You know I had to check out Target while I was in a new city. I picked up this cute shirt and can’t wait to pair it with jeans, boots, and a cozy scarf!

Sam & Libby Peyton Ankle Boots: Also from Target, these boots will be a fall staple. They’re super comfy and a good neutral color.

Teal Flask: Call me crazy, but I’ve been wanting a cute flask for a while. I spotted this one at Neiman Marcus Last Call and knew it was the one!

Travel size dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is a major staple for me so I couldn’t resist picking up another travel size one. This one by Tresemmé isn’t my favorite, but it’s all I could find in the travel section.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze: I’ve heard such great things about this cream shadow and was thrilled to finally find it in stock somewhere. Because I definitely needed more eye shadow. Nope…

NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Coffee: This is my favorite liquid liner and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere near me. I happened across it at Nordstrom Rack and picked up a couple tubes!

Stila Sun Goddess Smudge Stick Duo eye liner: I love buying Stila liners at Nordstrom Rack. They’re my favorite liners and you can find great deals on them. This pack comes with a blackish brown color and a metallic golden bronze.

White and gold druzy necklace: I’m so in love with this long necklace from Nordstrom Rack. I wore it every day while on vacation and it goes perfectly with any outfit.

Product Review: Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

Now that “No Spending July and August“ is officially over, I thought I’d treat myself to a new high end foundation. There’s been a lot of buzz about Stila’s new Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector and I thought I’d try it out.

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This product is pretty different from anything else out there. It’s not a liquid. It’s not a powder. This foundation has a bouncy, putty-like texture with a matte finish that is supposed to disappear into your skin. It also comes with a small sponge so it can also be used for touch ups on the go.

My first impression of this foundation was awesome. I used the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply it and the product blended into my skin really well and did a decent job of covering any redness or blemishes. I still had to use a bit of concealer on top in certain areas but that was to be expected.

Throughout the day, though, I felt like my skin was looking a little bit oily. I used this product for touch ups as suggested and I thought it started to look a little bit caked on by the end of the day. I didn’t think it looked very natural and I just wasn’t impressed.

I continued to test out this product for a couple days and while I didn’t have quite as much oiliness, I still wasn’t thrilled with it. I decided to compare this high end product to one of my favorite drugstore foundations, L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder makeup since they are both supposed to give a light, natural finish. I honestly preferred the look of the cheaper L’Oreal product!

Although this product wasn’t a hit with me, I think it’s definitely worth trying since it is such a unique product. I think it would be great to travel with since you wouldn’t have to worry about the product spilling or breaking. However, I think I will be returning it. For the price and amount of product, it just wasn’t worth it.

Have you tried this product? Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

August Favorites

Well, well, well here it is almost mid September and I’m finally getting around to posting my August favorites. Better late than never, right?

With my self-imposed month of “no spending”, I wasn’t able to try out many new products in August but I did rediscover a couple gems in my collection. Read on to see what I was loving during August!

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mark. Good Glowing Blush in Afterglow—This product is such a throwback for me and I was excited to stumble across it in my pile of products. It’s basically a dupe for NARS Orgasm and has a subtle shimmer in it which looks amazing in the summer sun.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita—If you’ve been reading my blog the last month or so, you’ll know I recently fell back in love with this gorgeous eye shadow palette. Although there are only four shadows in this palette, the amount of looks you can create is endless. If you can afford the splurge, it’s definitely a great product to have!

L’Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray—As a girl with fine hair, I’m always looking for ways to pump up the volume. I recently discovered this hair product and it’s pretty awesome. All you do is spray it at the roots of your hair (or anywhere you want a little volume and texture) and you’re good to go.

Bloodline–With all the extra time I had from not shopping for makeup in August, I was able to watch a lot of Netflix. I came across a Netflix original, Bloodline, and immediately became obsessed. Set in the beautiful Florida Keys, this show is about testing family loyalties, betrayal, and plenty of secrets.

What are you loving right now? Tell me in the Comments Section!