October Favorites

The first week of November is officially in the books (can you believe it?!) and I’m finally sitting down to think about my favorite products from the last month. I’ll admit that 2016 has been a bit of a blur for me so it’s been difficult to take time to focus on things like beauty products. With that in mind, here are a few of the things I’ve been loving over the last month.

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Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup – I received this foundation as a sample and loved it so much I purchased the full-sized product. This makeup is lightweight and offers light to medium coverage. I love that it still looks like skin and it doesn’t even feel like wearing makeup.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil – I’ve used this retinoid oil for a couple months and am really starting to see some great results. My skin’s texture is smoother, my pores seem smaller and I haven’t been breaking out like I used to. This product is definitely an investment but if you purchase this set you can try the Luna Sleeping Night oil and another Sunday Riley product for a little bit cheaper.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara – I picked this mascara up because I heard it was a good dupe for my beloved Too Faced mascara. While I’m not sure it’s quite as amazing as that mascara it does a good job of volumizing lashes and doesn’t flake throughout the day.

Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale 12 Color Eye & Cheek Collection in Beach Goddess – I did a full review on this palette recently and am happy to report that I still love it just as much as I did when I wrote that review. It’s got all the colors I need for any eye look and also includes a beautiful highlighter and bronzer.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Topaz  – I’ve had this Revlon gloss for a while but just recently became obsessed with it. It’s a beautiful pink nude that complements any look and is extremely wearable. I’m a big fan of Revlon’s lip glosses and this one definitely delivers.

What products have you been loving lately? Tell me in the Comments section so I can try them out!

 

 

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Product Review: Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Beach Goddess Palette

If there’s one thing I don’t need more of it’s eye shadow. So what did I buy more of? Eye shadow, of course. More specifically, I purchased the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Beach Goddess palette which features nine eye shadows, a bronzer, blush, and highlighter. I was hesitant to purchase this palette but then realized it would be practical to travel with as it includes everything needed for a look in one slim package. illuminate by ashley tisdale.jpgBecause this palette is so affordable I was skeptical about the quality of the shadows. However, they are beautifully pigmented and blend well. There are five shimmery metallic shades and four matte shades so you really can create any number of gorgeous looks.

The bronzer in this palette is great for warming up the skin and has enough of a cool undertone to contour with. The blush is a beautiful peach that gives me Milani Luminoso vibes. And the highlighter? I’m pretty much obsessed with the golden shimmer shade.

Overall, I think this palette is beautiful and an amazing value. I highly recommend picking one up and I can’t wait to continue using it!

P.S. Click here for a great tutorial featuring the palette and Ashley Tisdale

 

Five Scarves You Need Right Now

It’s no secret that I’m ready for cooler weather to arrive. I don’t know if it’s because football season is here or the fact that I’m tired of stepping outside for two minutes and ending up drenched in sweat, but I can’t wait for the crisp days of fall. Down south it’s still pretty steamy, but I have hope that the heat will soon subside and I’ll be able to break out my favorite fall accessory: the scarf.

Although I’ve never met a scarf I didn’t like, I managed to put together a list of the top five scarves you need in your wardrobe. Read on more for more!

1. Plaid Scarf

You can’t talk about scarves without mentioning classic plaid. There’s something about a crisp checked pattern that makes me think of the holidays and snowy winter weather.

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Shirleah//Spring Fever//Forever21//H&M

2. Leopard Scarf

I realize that not everyone has an affinity for leopard but hear me out. The right leopard print scarf can take a basic outfit from simple to sophisticated and is an unexpected neutral.

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BIRCH//Sole Society//La Fiorentina//Styleinch

3. Neutral Scarf

Speaking of neutrals, you can’t have a scarf collection without at least one black, grey or beige piece. It’s the perfect thing to grab when you don’t have time to think and need to get out the door.

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Nordstrom//H&M//LibbySue

4. Infinity Scarf

When it comes to easy, breezy accessories, it doesn’t get much better than the infinity scarf. I love traveling with this type of scarf because they’re so easy to toss on and they add an extra dash of style to any outfit.

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Charlotte Russe//The North Face//Plush//BP.

5. Blanket Scarf

Another travel scarf option is the blanket scarf. It can be worn as a warm and cozy scarf but also doubles as a blanket on those chilly plane rides.

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Urban Outfitters//Kelly & Katie//Spring Fever//LA77

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August Favorites

Well it’s the first week of September and I finally felt inspired to sit down and write. The month of August was extremely hot down here in the South and I’m so happy cooler weather is on the way. Read on to see what products I was loving during the hot, hot days of August!

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1.Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation: Although I recently wrote about my five favorite drugstore foundations, this one definitely deserves a top spot too. The formula is light enough that it blends into skin flawlessly but also offers buildable coverage for those days when you have a little more to hide.

2. Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment: The last eye cream I purchased turned out to be a dud so I eagerly went on the hunt for a new one. I wanted something affordable and lightweight and this one from Olay fit the bill. I love that it sinks in quickly and has a slight shimmer to wake up tired looking eyes.

3. Coty Airspun Loose Powder: My last post was a full review on this product so I’ll keep this brief. I’m still loving this loose powder to bake with and set my makeup. It leaves my skin looking smooth, doesn’t get cakey, and has a price tag I can’t resist.

4. Vans Perforated Leather Old Skool Zip Sneaker: I’m the kind of girl who won’t wear something if it’s uncomfortable, especially when it comes to shoes. Because of that, I’ve been wearing these bad boys from Vans like crazy and I don’t see my obsession letting up any time soon. They work with everything in my closet and don’t leave my feet yelping in pain at the end of the day.

What have you been loving lately? Tell me in the Comments section!

 

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Product Review: Coty Airspun Loose Powder

If you saw my last post, you know I recently picked up a new loose powder. However, since I am trying very hard to save money, I thought I’d check out a less expensive alternative, Coty’s Airspun Loose Powder.

I found the powder at Walgreens and it was about $7.00. The only shade available was Translucent Extra Coverage.

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My first impression of this powder was that it was very finely milled but also pretty strongly scented. Although the perfume-y smells fades away, if you’re sensitive to fragrance you may want to steer clear of this product.

I used the powder first to bake under my eyes, on my nose and on my forehead using a cosmetic sponge. Then I used the powder all over to set my foundation and concealer. Although this product comes with a powder puff, I used a brush. My skin looked smooth and not cakey at all.

This powder wore very well throughout the day. My nose got slightly shiny but the rest of my face stayed pretty matte which is always an amazing feat.

Overall, I am very impressed with this powder and am so excited to have found an affordable loose powder that makes my skin look great and lasts all day.

If you have tried this powder, tell me in the Comments section!

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Mini Sephora Haul

You know when you’re trying to save money so you cut back on buying makeup you don’t really need but then you run out of a product you actually do need so you use that as an excuse to visit Sephora’s website only to realize you only need to spend a few more dollars to get free shipping, plus the exclusive free gift with purchase and obligatory free samples and by the time you’re done it feels like Sephora is actually paying YOU?

Yeah, that’s what happened here.

Although it could have been much worse, I only ended up with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer plus the aforementioned free gift and samples, of course.

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Even though it’s a cult product, I’m still on the fence about the setting powder. However, the Smashbox primer is a keeper. It smooths, softens and evens out my skin and is the perfect product to prep my face before applying makeup.

Have you tried either of these products?

 

 

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