what I’m loving!

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I needed black cut offs because I wear my other ones all the time! So excited to get these and just wait they’ll make their way to every other outfit post. These are from Topshop. They’re shorter on the sides, longer in the back.  So good, so flattering.

Buxom Lip Gloss in Melissa. I found this at TJ Maxx!  I have been having good luck there, lately!   I love lip plumpers and this one is so good.  It has a colder, minty sensation instead of the burning kind which I personally hate.  Like the Too Faced lip injections?  Those are painful! I really like this and it comes in every color under the sun.  They last pretty long on the lips too!

BP Hat. Oh guys, I’m a sucker for hats!  I think they’re so cute! I neeeeed to wear them more because I have quite a few!

BP Sunnies!  I am obsessed with sunglasses.  I want a closet full of designer glasses one day but I honestly suck at taking care of them!  Every pair I own is so scratched, like my Quay high keys are donezo because they were never in the case and the gold scratched off.  I also sat on my Ray bans so now the sit crooked on my face. Lol.  I throw my sunglasses all over the place so I’m gonna stick with buying cheapy pairs so that it’s not such a waste when they’re all scratched up. Nordstrom BP has an amazing section! These were $12 each and the white rimmed pair reminds me of these new Ray Bans that I almost just bought.  I’m in love with them and they’re pretty freaking identical. Here’s the tortoise shell ones.

July Favorites

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Holy moly how is it August already! I felt like summer was going by so slowly and bam its August. Craziness but it sure does sneak up on you.  Here’s to another month of faves; I have more hair products included in this month!  Hopefully one day I’ll have enough courage to make a video of my favorites because I love watching those on youtube!   Until then here we go!

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Verb Leave in Mist.  I did a post about this being a dupe for the Bumble and Bumble primer, here.  I love this stuff and how many boxes it checks!  Just a few sprays on wet hair and it nourishes, hydrates, de-frizzes and protects from heat.  It’s so easy to use and it does a really great job and keeping my hair from getting frizzy.  Especially when I air dry! Thats a big deal for me guys.

Real Techniques Blush Brush.  I never talk about makeup brushes probably because I use what I have and don’t really buy them or I use my fingers or beauty blender.  Well it’s hard to use fingers or a sponge for pressed powders so this is my go to brush.  I love it for blush and even more for highlighter because it makes it look for blended and natural as opposed to a harsh section of pure highlighter.  I’ll use this brush for blush and then highlighter which may be a big no – no but I like how the leftover product on the brush brings my whole makeup look together.  Love this brush!

NARS bord de plage. I talk about this a lot but guys I love the palette so, so much.  I’m debating buying another one for backup because thats the level of love we’re at.  As you can tell by the picture it is very loved and used a lot!  The highlighters are my perfect highlighter in terms of color, glow and consistency. I like to apply them after I use a setting spray because that really gives them that pop and dewy look.  I had a hard time with color pay off with the bronzer at first but I’m not sure if it’s because the top layer is gone but now I have no issue getting enough product and pigment on my brush! Absolutely smitten with this palette!!!!

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Bite Beauty butter cream lipstick in Caramel. This is a nude / peachy / coral lipstick which is so out of my comfort zone.  I’m straight up nude pink sort of girl.  This color is super flattering and is easy to wear for someone who isn’t use to color on their lips.  I just dab this on my lips for an easy going look and it’s so creamy and comfortable to wear.  It’s a nude color but adds enough color to flatter your face!  Bite beauty is very gentle and as a sensitive skin girl I really like their lipsticks.

Dry Bar Triple Sec.  This is a repurchase product and I’ve always love it for the texture, scent, refresher trifecta but guys for short hair… this stuff is a game changer!  The scent alone is amazing like all dry bar products but what it does makes it even better. My hair as I mentioned is shorter so I have to try harder to achieve that beachy, lived in, messy sort of look. My hair falls flat very easily this stuff is great at giving it that lived in texture I want.  I HATE texture sprays that make your hair sticky, tacky and tangled and this does not do that.  It’s hard to find a texture spray like that.  I wouldn’t say this is a complete dry shampoo.  It will refresh your hair but I like to use batiste dry shampoo at the roots for oil and then finish with this for a lift, texture and scent!

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Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos.  Guys, this stuff has literally blown my mind.  I’ve been using it for about a month and the improvement I’ve seen in my skin is insane!  I have pretty good skin but I struggle with a cystic zit here and there, texture and eczema.  This has completely changed the texture of my skin! It’s so smooth and my makeup wears so nicely.  I’ve gotten compliments on my skin and as I only wear some concealer I’ve had people ask me what foundation I use.  Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos! lol. I love being able to say I don’t wear foundation that is my skin!  That is such a blessing.   My skincare is my foundation and the hype is totally real for this stuff.  It’s amazing.  I have sensitive skin so I started using this every other night and now I’ve worked my way up to every night.  I use a facial oil right after applying this because as this is an acid, it helps your skin to absorb it better and is gentler. This stuff is a pretty penny but extremely worth it in my opinion.  I will be buying the full size!

YSL Touche Eclat.  I had this in my collection for a while and I randomly stopped using in in high school and I just recently started using it again… why did I stop using this?! It’s sheer but its so good at brightening the under eye area and it does not crease!  If I’m tired and you can obviously tell I’ll use a speck of the Nars creamy concealer along with this for more coverage.  This stuff is so nice under the eyes and it feels like you aren’t wearing anything.

Colourpop highlighter in Spoon. (not on website :()  I was digging around my makeup collection and I found this little guy. It’s a more glittery, silver finish which I don’t usually reach for with highlighters.  I’m all about that gold shimmer. Spoon looks almost duo chrome / iridescent in some lighting which I’m obsessed with! I just love how easy this is to apply.  I’ve been really into applying makeup with my fingers lately.  It’s so pretty on the skin and you know I really like it because I’ve hit pan and that never happens! I like to top it off with a bit of the Nars palette pictured. Super pretty together!

My Nordstrom sale silk cami has to be included in my monthly favorites because I bought 3 colors and thats literally all I’ve worn this month. My instagram will agree. Its sold out but here is a similar option.

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June Faves

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Another month of faves!  June was very heavy in makeup products and I am trying to add in more hair/ skin care to the mix.  Open to suggestions! I really want to try some drunk elephant products and this new watermelon face mask that seems to be super popular on all socials.

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Too Faced natural love palette.  If you love neutrals this is your palette!  I only wear neutrals when it comes to my makeup and this palette has everything you would need and then some!  It comes with matte, shimmer and glitter shades.  The only thing I would appreciate would have been a few more matte transition shades but honestly I still have lots of choices to work with!

The Urban Decay Naked Heat has made warm tone, fiery red and bronze shades super popular and while I would love to try the look, I don’t think I need a whole palette for the look because it is not something I will reach for often.  The last row of shadows has all the shades you need to create that fiery, heat sort of look!  I tried it out one night and was really impressed with the results.

As for a smokey eye, the last 2 columns has you covered.  And the first 4 columns are good choices for day to day, neutral eye looks.   This is a great one stop and done palette!

Makeup Revolution highlighter in golden goddess.  I’ve talked about this highlight before and I continue to be impressed with it.  Its a golden- yellow sort of color in a very smooth powder formulation that looks so beautiful and glowy on the skin. This also looks great on shoulders and collar bones. For $7 you cannot go wrong and I’m on the look out for more to try!

Rimmel Stay Matte.  I love this pressed powder and I haven’t reached for my Laura Mercier powder since I got this.  It’s super easy and mess free.  It’s matte and is said to last up to 5 hours.  It honestly won’t keep you matte all day… maybe if you do touch ups through out the day but I like dewy makeup so I don’t mind that it doesn’t keep my face matte.  It does keep my concealer in tact which is what I like about this. It’s not cakey and it doesn’t flash back.   This is a great drug store find! I use the shade translucent but it also comes in colors too.

Mac strobe cream.  I’m obsessed with this stuff. I use it to prime my face every time I do my makeup. I love the glow/ sheen it gives my skin without making me too shiny or greasy.  It sort of melts into your skin and it feels like you have nothing on which I am alllllll for.  It comes in other shades and I want to try the gold-toned one when I finish this one.

Voluminous Lash paradise.  I talk about this mascara ALL the time!  After using it for about a month I can say it is very similar to the Too Faced as they both lengthen and give volume.  The Too Faced gets a little clumpy, so does this one honestly but I don’t mind it.  This keeps my lashes curled ALL day and adds a lengthening and feathery effect and until I find another mascara that will keep my lashes curled ALL day, this will always be my favorite.

Glossier Cake balm dot com.  I love this lip bomb!  It smells amaze and its been awesome for my lips which always get rashes from trying different lip products.  It has a hint of shimmer and its perfect for day-to-day wear. I want to buy more so I always have them around me!

Jeffree Star Lip ammunition in celebrity skin.  This is my perfect nude shade.  Its a cool tone pink/mauve nude color and I’m surprised I love it so much because I always go for warm tones.  This just matches me so well and if you’re looking for a new nude shade I totally recommend this.  I like to wear this with the bomb dot com layered over it for a more glossy look!

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3 step summer glow!

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I love bronzed, glowy, summer makeup.  So much so, it’s pretty much my go to look year round.  For that I stick with golden highlighters, nude blushes and lotsa bronzer!  It’s a monochrome sort of look that takes bronzed and glowy skin to the next level!  It also looks like you didn’t try very hard and isn’t that what summer makeup is all about?

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STEP 1: BRONZER.  I like to bronze all over the face so I go for the hollow of the cheekbones, nose and forehead.

Hourglass Ambient bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light.  I wore this once, loved it. Wore it again, was orange!  I’m not sure if I’m not tan enough?  This has a subtle shimmer thats very flattering on the face. I want to explore shades and won’t discredit it!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer. Cult, matte bronzer that works for warming up the face and contour. You can’t go wrong with this.  No orange, no muddy look.

Too FacedChocolate Soleil Bronzer.  This is very blendable and comes in a few shades.  No orange or no muddy look and it smells like chocolate!

Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer. Great drugstore bronzer.  Has a creamy pigmented formula and blends out super nicely. It’s one of my favorites!

Benefit Dew the hoola bronzer. This is a liquid bronzer which I really like.  It gives a natural look and can be worn on it’s own or under powder bronzer.  It’s very easy to apply with a beauty blender!

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L-R: Butter Bronzer, Hoola, Too Faced, Hourglass.

STEP 2: NUDE BLUSH.  I have always loved nude pink blushes. I’m pretty exclusive to that, but the only color/color blush I’ll wear is Nars orgasm and thats just because it’s such a good color.  I apply to the apples of the cheek. You can also bring some onto the nose to give that ‘flushed, just spent some time in the sun look.’

Tarte Blush in Paaarty. This is a great nude blush that’ll last all day.  I also like it as an eyeshadow.

Benefit Dallas blush: This is a blush/bronzer mix which I love because it’s a perfect nude pink blush.

STEP 3: GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTER.  Ahh, I do love me some highlighter.  I find golden shades to be so flattering because I honestly just love warm tone neutral looks.  They are so complimentary to a tan and since I love being tan, I love them!  For highlighter I like to apply it on tops of cheekbones, nose, cupids boy and eyes. I’ll take my brush and apply whatever is left to my eyelids for a barely there shimmer.

Maybelline Master Chrome highlight in Molten Gold. This is a great drugstore highlighter in a true gold color.  Perfect for light-tan skin tones.

Becca Pressed Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.  This is the most perfect color, it’s a peachy gold hue.  Probably my favorite highlighter I own, you can never go wrong with Champagne Pop!

Jeffree Star Skin frost in Siberian Gold:  This is the prettiest golden bronze shade. It has a wet/foiled look to it so this is not for the faint of heart!  I find that I like it best mixed with a smoother highlighter like the Becca ones.

Milk Makeup highlight stick.  This stick gives a very dewy look.  Use it alone or apply a little bit of powder highlighter on top to get an intense glow!

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Bottom to top:  Milk Highlight Stick, Champagne Pop, Jeffree Star Siberian Gold, Maybelline Molten Gold, Dallas Blush, Tarte Blush Paaarty.

 

New New

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Wanting to share some of my new additions as of lately.  I’m surprised with how much drug store stuff I have been loving lately! Currently am on the look out for this new Maybelline highlight and can’t wait to see what else is going to come out this summer.  I’m obsessed with the new Urban Decay Heat palette and of course, I just got this Too Faced one and already want the new Urban Decay one.  I’m a hoarder.

Too Faced Natural Love Palette.  I just got this in the mail and haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but I wanted to photograph it while it’s still fresh because its so pretty!  This palette is a neutral lover’s dream and that is me!  I really only stick with neutrals and this has such a great assortment of shades!  I’m really feeling a smokey eye with a nude/ pink lip and I think the last two columns of shadows will be good for that!

Rimmel stay matte translucent powder. I love the Laura Mercier setting powder but it’s messy and leaves a whiter look so I wanted to try a pressed powder that had a little less coverage.  I heard good things about this one and it’s like $4 so I wanted to give it a try and I’m so impressed!  I thought this would flash back and it doesn’t.  This keeps my concealer in place without looking cakey.  You can’t go wrong with this powder!

Maybelline age rewind concealer. I really like this concealer!  I am a Nars creamy concealer ride or die girl but what I like about this is the lighter coverage.  I don’t wear foundation or use a base and prefer to spot correct with concealer and the lighter coverage is easier to blend.  I like the Nars for spots, zits and under eyes while this is more for red spots or dull skin. I’m in the shade medium.

Maybelline Vivid Hot Laquer. These are like a glossy liquid lipstick.  They stay on and wear like a liquid lip but are super glossy!  I love a glossy lip and these are right up my alley.  They’re a full coverage gloss and I LOVE the colors.  I have unreal which is a nude color, this one is my favorite.  And charmer which is a more pinky nude.

L’oreal Voluminous lash Paradise.  I continue to rave about this mascara. I have not used any other mascara since I got this.  If your lashes don’t stay curled, try the waterproof version and I’m pretty sure you’ll love the results.. I did!

Nudestix all over illuminator in illuminaughty. This is a holographic highlighter stick.  It wears super pretty but is only holographic if you catch it at the right angle / light situation.  I’m trying to see if theres a secret way to get the total holographic look.  I love it with tan, dewy, summer skin.

Mac strobe cream.  I’ve never been a huge Mac girl because they’re always rude at the counters/ stores!  I actually found this in the beauty section at Costco of all places which is totally a hidden gem! ( I’ve seen Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks and Tatcha Spray there in the past!)  I like to use this as a primer to give my skin a dewy sheen and this is perfect for that.  I really like this!  My dream version would have SPF.

May Favorites!!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo: I love this stuff and have about uh, 5 cans sitting on my shelf at the moment.  This dry shampoo is my go to and it consistently works at keeping my hair fresh! The only thing is this dry shampoo can leave a white cast in your hair. I personally like it because my roots are much darker then the rest of my hair so it lightens it up…silver lining ahem. Overall, the dry shampoo makes my hair clean and adds volume without making my hair grimy or changing the texture of it. It comes in a billion different scents but my favorite is the Clean and light Bare. It smells like expensive perfume.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: This bronzer is one of my favorites and I always find myself coming back to it!!  It’s not quite drugstore but it’s not Sephora: it’s $14 and you can find it at Ulta and Target.  It comes in a light bronze and a bronze shade and I use the bronze shade.  It blends so nicely into the skin and its the perfect bronze color with no orange.  Thats a big deal to me! NO orange bronzer. It has a sort of creamy, puffy texture which I find helps it blend into the skin super nicely.  Everyone needs to try this because its so good, easy and universally flattering!  I use an ecotools bronzer blush to apply it.

Lucas’ Papaw ointment:  This is the best lip balm/ skin saving salve.  I use it on my lips and on dry spots on my face.  I have VERY sensitive skin.  I like aquaphor but sometimes it doesn’t work for me almost as if my skin gets used to it. I don’t have that issue with this and it always helps my skin after I apply it.  I would say this is a better version of aquaphor and I love it!  I have it on my bed side table, in my purse and in the car!

L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: I recently blogged about this mascara in depth and raved about it! I LOVE it! It’s a dupe for the Better than Sex mascara that I like better because it keeps my lashes curled which is a huge deal for me! It gives great volume and length that lasts through out the day without flaking. I use both the waterproof and normal: I think both are great but the waterproof probably wears better through the day.  FYI It’s very waterproof.

Nars lipgloss in Orgasm:  The Nars orgasm blush is one of the most universally flattering shades of blush!  It’s the first blush I ever got and I loved it.  I recently got the lip gloss and like the blush it’s super flattering. I love a glossy lip and I think its great and easy for summer with a bronzed and dewy face. The lip gloss is a little sticky but not too sticky.  I dropped this today and broke it and I’m SO bummed!

Avene Peaux des intolerantes:  This is the BEST moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I have very sensitive skin and will randomly find red spots and rashes on my face.  This product helps to soothe that and has definitely helped in preventing future rashes and red spots!  This is the best my skin has been in a long time and its because of this moisturizer 100%.  It’s so gentle and creamy. I have dry skin, especially during East coast winters and this helps keep my skin soft and moisturized. It wear it under my makeup with another primer and it all wears very nicely together. If you have sensitive skin you need this!

Trader Joes Facial oil:  The beauty section at Trader Joes is a hidden gem! All the products are cheap and natural.  I use this oil to take my makeup off. I will say it leaves a residue. If you don’t like that this is not for you.  I have dry skin and my face always feels drier after I wash it except when I use this because the oil leaves a layer of moisture on my skin that makes it super soft!  If you don’t wear water proof mascara this will remove your makeup.  It takes a little more oomph with waterproof mascara.  I’m on my 3rd bottle of this, it’s like $6 and works super well! I love the idea of using natural skincare.

Chrissy Teigen x Becca Palette: I love this highlighter palette!  It comes with 2 highlighters, a blush and a bronzer.  I knew I was going to love this before I got it! Chrissy Teigen and I have similar coloring so I knew this would work for me. If you have light-medium skin this palette will be super flattering on you! I love Becca products and the quality of them and this palette is no different.  It’s nice to have one stop palette that does bronzer, blush and highlighter. It has a great mirror in it too.

White Birkenstocks:  I love the rubber Birkenstocks because I find them comfier and easier to break in.  I have a regular pair that I’ve worn for a year that still give me blisters!  The rubber ones are super light and I love the white for summer because they make me look tan.  I have been wearing these 24/7 since I got them!