January Favorites

AND WE BACK!

After taking quite a long hiatus while I got settled in a new city, started a new job, left said job for an even better job, moved into a new apartment, made some amazing friends and had a few excellent travel adventures, I’m back to blogging!

I thought my first post back would be a great way to share a few things I’ve been loving over the last month and I can’t wait to share even more in 2018.

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  1. Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream: As I’ve adjusted to living in a colder climate, I’ve taken moisturizing much more seriously. This foot cream is amazing for keeping my soles soft and smooth throughout New York City’s harsh winters.
  2. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator: My skin has definitely taken a while to get used to colder weather and this mask has been a great addition to my skincare routine. It’s cooling and soothing and leaves my skin with an extra dose of hydration any time of the year. (P.S. Check out this kit to try out this mask plus a few other products at a great price!)
  3. New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder: As someone who loves to look sun-kissed but doesn’t enjoy the effects of the sun, bronzer is always in my beauty arsenal. This bronzer from New York Color is totally budget friendly and provides a beautiful wash of natural looking color.
  4. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Polish: No matter where I am, I always end up with the classic OPI shade on my nails. I can’t get enough of the rich, almost-black-but-not-quite-black hue and it goes with any outfit.
  5. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to read more. I started out 2018 by reading Trevor Noah’s book and I highly recommend it. From eye-opening stories about his life in South Africa to heart-warming anecdotes about his mother, this book has something for everyone.
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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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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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April Favorites

Well it seems that April has flown by and here we are at the beginning of another month (yikes!). April was very busy for me and I’m so glad to finally have some time to write a new blog post. Read on to see what beauty products I was loving throughout April.

Tell me what you’ve been obsessed with lately in the Comments section!

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder – I’m always on the hunt for a nice setting powder. This one from It Cosmetics is translucent and makes my skin feel silky smooth as the name implies. It keeps me matte for quite a while and also works well for baking.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer – I used to use this primer all the time and I recently went back to it. It smooths everything out and reduces the look of pores on my face. Plus it’s available in a cute travel friendly mini size…perfect for my busy lifestyle!

AcneFree Terminator 10 – While the packaging of this acne product may be a little cheesy, I think it works really well. Applied to blemishes at night or in the morning, this benzoyl peroxide knocks out breakouts quickly.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – I picked this beautiful highlighter up during my recent trip to LA and I’ve worn it nonstop. It’s a lovely golden hued highlighter that looks beautiful with any makeup look. Mine has unfortunately broken but you know I’m not going to let that stop me from using it!

February Favorites

Wooooo. I feel like I’ve had this post ready to go for quite some time but haven’t had a second to sit down and upload it. However, I managed to find a few moments in this already busy month of March to share my favorite products from February.

Read on to see what I was loving and don’t forget to share your favorite products with me in the Comments section!

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1. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer: I’ll be honest, I’ve got naturally full brows so I never thought I needed to do much with them. However, this product is a game changer for me. It’s perfect for filling in and giving shape to your brows and it’s so much more affordable than similar brow products on the market. It took me a while to find it in stock so if you happen to see it while you’re out—BUY IT.

2. ULTA Contour Kit: I’ve talked about this contour kit from Ulta quite a bit on this blog (see a full review here) and I’m still loving it. Lately I’ve been doing a barely there eye makeup look using the matte brown shades from this palette.

3. Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Topaz: When I bought this lip gloss it was quite what I wanted. However, it’s really grown on me. It’s a lovely pinky nude color that works well with many looks. I love Revlon glosses and have been using this one constantly!

4. Aerie Racerback Boho Bralette: When it comes to fashion, comfort is key. This bralette from Aerie is as comfortable as it gets! They come in lots of colors and are so lacy and beautiful. They’re a feminine, sexy option when you want to be comfy but still feel like you’ve got your you-know-what together.

2015 Beauty Favorites

At the beginning of every year, it’s always nice to take a moment and reflect on the past year. If you happen to be a beauty blogger like me, that usually includes thinking about what makeup products made an impression.

Below are a few of the products that stood out to me in 2015. What were you loving during the last year?

FACE

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  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: I’ve had a longstanding love affair with this foundation so this pick is nothing new. This foundation applies like a dream, lasts all day, and gives your skin a flawless look. What more do you need?
  2. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I tried quite a few powders in 2015 (including this high end one) but I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that this budget friendly one from Rimmel is the best of the best. As the name implies, it keeps your skin looking matte and doesn’t make your face look cakey or powdery at all.
  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer: Like the Tarte foundation I mentioned above, this concealer has been a love of mine for quite a while. It covers dark circles and brightens up my under eye area and it’s a breeze to apply. I can’t go a day without it!
  4. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector: For days when I don’t feel like applying tons of makeup, I reach for this BB Cream from Maybelline. It offers light coverage but still does a great job at evening out my skin tone. This BB cream also contains salicylic acid to clear skin while it covers!

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  1. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara: I feel like I’m always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I tried out a few different high end and drugstore mascaras over the past year but always came back to this one from Too Faced. It gives tons of volume and length without clumping. Plus the packaging is too cute to pass up!
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Palette La Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: If you read this post, you know I had a tough time making up my mind about this palette. It’s become one of my go-to palettes because it has everything you need (lid color, crease color, highlight, and sparkle) in one handy package.

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mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder: This is a product I rediscovered in 2015 and I am so glad I did! I love applying this to my cheeks when I want a bit of a bronzey glow but each color is great on its own as an eye shadow or even a highlighter.

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  1. Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush: I’ve used this brush from Tarte to apply my foundation for a long time and I still love it. The brush quickly blends out foundation and is definitely worth the investment.
  2. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: After applying foundation with the Tarte brush mentioned above, I love using this Real Techniques Sponge to press concealer into my skin. It fits perfectly around my under eye area and it’s a much cheaper alternative to some sponges on the market.
  3. Real Techniques Pointed Crease Brush: Part of the Real Techinques Bold Metals Collection, this little brush has come in so handy over the past year. It works well to apply eye shadow to your crease, outer V, and lower lash line.

 

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Sephora Haul + Mini Reviews

Guess who’s back…back again? That’s right, I finally, finally managed to pick up a new laptop and this blog post is long overdue.

I treated myself to a few goodies during last month’s Sephora VIB sale. Read on to see what I picked up and what may be headed back to the store! (P.S. Click here to see a super fast unboxing video.)

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  1. Givenchy Powder Translucent Finish Loose Powder: This powder is definitely a luxury product. The packaging is so glamorous and makes you feel super fancy. However, that wasn’t enough for me and I ended up returning this product and sticking to my $3 Rimmel London powder.
  2. Tangle Teezer: Where has this brush been all my life?! I’m not joking when I say this detangling brush has changed my life. Since my hair is long and fine, it doesn’t take much for it to become a tangled mess. But with this brush, detangling is a snap!
  3. Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder: This is the first contouring powder I’ve ever tried and…meh. The brightening shade on the left didn’t do much for me and the contour shade on the right was a bit too muddy looking for me. Needless to say, this product went back to the store as well.
  4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: This foundation is always a home run for me and this time around wasn’t any different. I love how long-lasting this makeup is while still leaving my skin looking natural.

What have you treated yourself to lately? Tell me in the Comments section so I can try them too!

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!

July Favorites

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the craziness of fall kicks in. Between work, dog-sitting, “No Spending” July and August and buying my dream car (!!!), I haven’t had much time or reason to blog. However, there were a few things I loved in July. Keep on reading to see what I was into!

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  1. Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream: I haven’t actually used this on its own—that kind of scares me to be honest! I use it to make my current foundations darker to keep up with the summer tan I’ve recently acquired now that I drive a convertible. It blends in really well with all of my foundations and it’s very affordable!
  2. Strobing: So is this actually that different from highlighting? Anyway, I’m totally into looking nice and glowy and have been using powder and liquid highlighters to achieve this look. Some of my favorite highlighters to use are mentioned here and here.
  3. White Converse: I picked up some white Converse sneaks before a trip a few months ago and wasn’t sure if I could pull them off. However, now I can’t get enough of them. I wear them with everything from jeans to shorts to rompers. I can’t wait to continue wearing them into fall!

June Favorites

HAPPY JULY!

While I should be packing for my Fourth of July getaway this weekend, I would much rather watch Gilmore Girls and blog about my favorite products from the past month. So of course that’s exactly what I’m doing.

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite things from the month of June:

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mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder: I’ve had this illuminating bronzer for a while now but I’ve only recently become ultra-obsessed with it. I don’t put it all over my face since I already have naturally illuminated skin (read: oily). I like to use it as a blush or bronzer on my cheeks. It’s also great for eye shadow or just a good ol’ fashioned highlighter!

Bath and Body Works Honolulu Sun Candle: This is a different kind of scent for me but I’m completely obsessed with it…in fact, I’m burning it as I write this! I spent a good amount of my childhood living in Honolulu so this definitely makes me happy when I burn it (P.S. I don’t see it on Bath and Body Works’ website but check for it in-store or on Amazon!).

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector: I gave this guy a shout-out in my recent must-have summer face products post and I’m still loving this product. It’s light enough for the hot summer months but still gives me enough coverage.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer: This is another product I mentioned in my summer face products post and–you guessed it–my love for it is still going strong! I’ve been using it in lieu of my usual concealer and I’m obsessed!

NOT wearing eyeliner: So this favorite is a little random, but I haven’t been feeling eye liner at all lately. I’m not sure if it’s the summer heat or just laziness, but I’ve started to prefer how my makeup looks when I’m not wearing liner. I’m sure I’ll go back to it eventually but right now I’m loving my minimal look!