Best of Beauty pt 4.

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Today we’re wrapping up the best of beauty posts!   I’ll probably share hair and skin favorites down the line because I love sharing what I love and what works with you guys! I started this blog as a fashion blog and I’ve always shared beauty too because I love beauty about just as much as clothes and style but lately I feel like this has just been a beauty blog.  That doesn’t make me upset necessarily but I just really love the fashion and outfit part of blogging and I don’t get to do it a lot anymore.  I have a hard time doing outfits at school if I’m being completely honest.  Shooting beauty products is much more manageable for me and I love having this creative outlet to share what I love and get excited about which is why I keep it going.  I’m sad I haven’t done outfits or something fashion / style in a while so I need to find ways that will allow me to incorporate that in a way that is still creative and attainable. My blog is still has fashion blog 100%.  It’s the reason why I started this blog!  Just still trying to find my way with it.

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Mac Blush in Warm soul. If you don’t like blush this is a great choice! It has that pink, nude color that just warms up the face.

Mac Lipstick.  I love Mac lipsticks!  My favorites are Fresh Brew and Velvet teddy.  Both nudes as thats what I stick too about 99% of the time.  I like the cream sheen finishes and when I wear matte I blot it with tissue to give it that blotted look.

Mac Strobe Cream.  This primer/ moisturizer gives your face a dewy sheen before makeup and I love it.

Mac Skinfinish in Oh Darling.   This is a high quality highlighter and lasts all day on the skin.  I love the shade range for these guys, theres lots of golds and duo chromes.  They’re a great highlighter staple and a great purchase overall!

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NARS Orgasm blush and gloss. Orgasm is the only color blush I’ll wear.  The color is just so good and it works for everyone!  Same goes for the gloss.  It looks good alone or layered with other lips.

NARS creamy concealer. I LOVE this concealer.  I probably have about 6 other tubes sitting in my makeup bag.  It works so well for me and I always go back to it.  It’s very creamy and it has a medium coverage so I use it under eyes or for blemishes. I use the shade Custard and I have Vanilla for highlighting / paler times.

NARS Bord de Plage highlighting palette. This feels like a luxury palette and it’s one of my favorite makeup purchases. It has the prettiest highlighters and they’re buttery smooth. They’re water activated so using water / setting spray will really make them more intense.  The bronzer is a little harder to work with at first. You really have to build it up but once I got past the first layer it was much easier to work with. I love this palette and it’s great for traveling since it has everything.  I love NARS quality and it shows in this palette!

Best of Beauty pt. 3

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In lieu of keeping my best of beauty series going, here’s my favorites from Laura Mercier!

Eyeshadow stick in copper.  This is so gorgeous for brown eyes.  I’ll usually line my eyes with it and then smudge some on to the lid.  It’s super easy and it lasts all day!  I need a darker one for a smokier look!

Radiance Primer.  I used mac strobe cream as my primer for a while and I tried this to see if an actual primer would make a difference.  I think it has and this has peach colored shimmer to it that adds to the dewy, bronzed look.

Translucent setting powder. I LOVE this!!! It’s so good for setting makeup and it doesn’t flash back.  I use this under my eyes and for big blemishes. I love it!

And that’s our mini post for mini Friday!

 

Best of Beauty pt 2!

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So Allure magazine just came out with their Best of Beauty.  I didn’t know till yesterday but it sounds about right since it’s always around this time that it comes out. They award the best beauty product for each category and I love seeing what they pick each year! This week I’m showing my favorite products from each brand… so sort of similar but def different. Still the best of beauty but my own version! I don’t even wear a ton of makeup but I love love love beauty products! Makeup, skin and hair products are my jam and I looooveeeeeee talking about them. I’m the girl at parties bonding with other girls in a crowded kitchen about highlighter. Hahaha. Not sure where I’m even going with this but you can love beauty products without being a foundation, highlighting, contour and baking queen.  I don’t do any of those.

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I think Benefit boxed powders were some of my first makeup I ever got in like the 6th grade.  Ever since then I’ve always loved them…they are the only thing I’ve owned that I have consistently hit pan on!  My first ever bronzer was Benefit One hot minute….they don’t even make it anymore but it was a loose-powder, shimmery bronzer and it gave you J-Lo looking skin so I’d put it all over my face without anything else. Hahaha.

I’ve come a long way since then but now I use Hoola all over my face!  I LOVE Benefit Hoola – it’s the best bronzer for contour or all over. It’s such a great shade and it’s very universal.

Dallas blush.  I don’t like blush and this is a nude- pink, bronze color so it’s really just like subtle bronzer on your cheek.  I love it and it’s almost gone!

Benefit Gimme brow. Its so easy to use and really fills in your brows. Next I want to try the pencil version.

Benefit They’re Real is an awesome mascara!  I oddly didn’t have a big one with me but I have a bunch of minis. Either way they’re very good and I don’t give them enough love.  It’s all I used in high school and I need to start using it again!

Rockateur Blush. This is a rose-gold, pink blush and while it’s pink its subtle and has a gorgeous shimmer. I don’t like blush but I really like this!

Dandelion Twinkle. This is the smoothest highlighter and gives the prettiest sheen to the face.  It’s shimmer but it doesn’t wear like shimmer…like a Becca highlighter…this won’t have that shimmer intense look.  It’s a pinky-champagne color and I love the sort of (almost) natural glow it gives to skin.  It can be intense but theres no glitter so it’s much more natural looking!

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Too Faced! I was honestly surprised this was all I had. note to self buy more too faced?!

Sweetie Pie Bronzer. This is new from the Peaches and Cream Sephora exclusive collection!  It can be a bronzer or a blush since it has brown and pink in it. I use it for both and I love it! It adds a subtle warmth to the skin and it works well for my skin tone. It also smells like a peach!

Too Faced Better then Sex mascara.  The volume and length this mascara gives is insane.  It’s so good!  That being said my lashes don’t stay curled and this mascara does not do anything to help them stay curled.  If your lashes hold a curl this will make them look amazing!  This mascara is honestly becoming a classic in the beauty world and I see why!

Natural Love Palette.  This palette is a dream for natural looks.  You can create a matte look, a day look, a smokey look, a fiery look… it’s endless.   It’s so versatile and I didn’t realize how nicely these blended out until I used a different palette for a smokey eye and had patchiness everywhere.  Some people may think it’s boring but I love it!

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Tarte!

I got this Rainforest of the Sea II palette in a BoxyCharm last month. It’s great for neutral, smokey looks and I’ve been so in to smokey eyes lately so I reach for this a lot. I use the two brown colors as eye liner with an angled brush if you couldn’t tell. Hahah.  This is an easy, compact palette with a lot of versatility! The texture of the shadows are different… maybe even a little weird but this works for me and I really have been reaching for it!

Tarte Glisten Blush. This is a peachy-pink, cream blush.  If I want color I’ll use this which isn’t often if I’m being honest.  But I love the application and how easy it is to blend with your fingers! Just a touch on each cheek and you’re done.  I want them to come out with more nude colors!

Tate Shape tape. This is a powerful concealer!  I like it for my under eyes or big blemishes since I really stray from anything too heavy.  I really like this though and the applicator is huge and so easy to use.

Tarte 24 hour clay blush.  I just love the nude color of this blush. It’s in the shade Partayyyy and it comes in the birthday gift set from Sephora!  Its a matte nude blush and it lasts all day.

I also LOVED the Tarte Rain forest of the Sea water foundation when I did wear foundation.  It had coverage but didn’t feel like anything was on your skin.  I have dry skin and it was really good for me.  I love not wearing foundation but I miss that foundation because it was so good! lol.

Best Of Beauty Part 1

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I’ve had this idea for a while so this week I’m going to share a series of posts featuring my favorite products from different drugstore and high end brands! It’s overwhelming because everyone does mascara or lipstick but which ones are the mascaras and lipsticks?!  Drugstore is cheaper obvi and it’s hit or miss most of the time but trust me the hits are worth it!

Part 1 today will be my Maybelline and Pixi beauty favorites!  I also just did this post on the best drugstore makeup, here.

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Starting off with the Master Chrome highlighter.  I love this stuff, it rivals my high end highlighters and its one of best drug store highlights on the market!

Maybelline age rewind concealer.  I’m already on my 2nd one! Love this stuff and you can control the coverage of the concealer based on how much you turn the dial on the sponge.  I keep mine pretty low coverage and just use whats on the sponge!

Rocket volume waterproof mascara.  I literally just got this and have used it once. In that one time I’ve discovered I love its so good and deserves to be talked about.  This adds really nice volume and length!  Its also waterproof but it comes off pretty easily.  I die for my Loreal Lash Paradise but the waterproof version is indestructible and you have to sacrifice some lashes to remove it all. Not the case here but it still does the job and stays in place! So far I’m really into it.

Maybelline Hot Vivid Laquer. This is the most pigmented glossy lip!  It’s super easy to wear on its own or layered with other lippies.

Maybelline color tattoo eyeshadow.  I love eyeshadow pots that you can swipe on with your fingers.  This will last all day and I have extremely oily eyelids so that says a lot. This is the color ‘bad to the bronze’ and one swipe is the easiest, lazy smokey eye. I love it.

Maybelline lipstick. I love the shades of nudes they offer! The lipsticks are creamy, comfy mattes and I reach for them often because they’re so easy and good.

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Pixi duo blush. I use this as a highlighter more so than a blush. I love how smooth it is! You can apply it with a brush or your fingers. I wouldn’t say its a cream but it sort of reminds me of the Colourpop super shock highlighters because it’s that pigmented when applied with fingers. I got this in my September Ipsy and I’m obsessed!

Pixi glow tonic. I love this toner and my skin is definitely smoother and brighter after using it. I got the cutest baby version to try and will be getting the full sized when it’s done!

No’s? I tried the Pixi sunscreen setting spray and I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s not a setting spray but rather liquid sunscreen that comes out in little white squirts everywhere.

As for the rest of drugstore beauty I swear by the Loreal Lash Paradise. The Milani baked bronzer in 05 and the Rimmel Stay matte translucent powder.

Check back later in the week for my brand favorites! Hint hint lots of Mac, Nars, tarte and skincare!

Something old, something new

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Mac blush in ‘warm soul.’ This a Mac blush favorite and I see why. It’s the perfect nude pink blush that gives just enough color and dimension to the tops of the cheeks. I love a bronzed look and its the perfect natural/flushed looking bronzed pink.

Nudestix highlighter in illumi-naughty.  This is a subtle, wet looking highlighter and I love the holographic sheen!  It’s subtle enough to be wearable but gorgeous when it catches the light.  Its a great holographic dew/wet look.

ABH liquid glow in oyster. I love a liquid highlighter! I can wear this alone or under powder highlighter for more pop.  This is the prettiest peachy gold color. It’s easy to apply and its really pretty on skin!

NARS creamy concealer. No matter what I always come back to this concealer. My forehead is my problem area and its doing V good rn knock on wood but I have one spot/scar/ freckle and this helps to conceal it flawlessly. I’m in the color custard and I feel like everyone is that color!

Glossier Balm dot com. This keeps your lips very moisturized.  I want to try more flavors but I love this birthday cake one. I would say its a subtle vanilla and I love the smell!

Too faced Sweet pie bronzer. This can be a bronzer or blush depending on your skin color and what you like. I dust a little on my face and on my cheekbones then go in with real bronzer to warm up my face. I like the color this gives and I really like the way it looks on my skin tone.  Its a hit or miss as a bronzer and for me I say its a hit! It’s also the most photogenic bronzer I own and smells like peaches!

One shoulder appreciation post!

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1) One shoulder is so much better then off the shoulder because you don’t spend the whole day adjusting it!  I am 100% in.

2) I got this hat at Nordstrom to reach the spending limit at the mall to get free parking. 😂 I’m so extra but how cute is it?!

3) I love this outfit.  I feel like I’m getting better at doing casual cute.

4) I love a good wall and this one is so cute!  It looks like a different wall in each picture. This wall is in Venice, CA.

5) I want to get some new blouses / rompers and I can’t find any I love and it gives me anxiety. Am I the only one like this?!

6) I’ve had a few Sephora visits lately so a haul post is coming your way….. I’d love to make a video but I’m a chicken.  Hoping for one day!

7) My dodgers are on fire and I LOVE it!

8) I’m writing this post in bed with a bottle of tums sitting next to me 99.5555% of what I eat gives me heart burn!

9) I am part of the 1% of the population that hasn’t seen Game of Thrones. I’m currently watching Naked and Afraid lololololol. What a weird show.

10) My brother told me he’s been using my new shampoo and he really likes the smell… come to find out he is using my $24 Moroccan oil clarifying shampoo!!!!!!!! OMG you’re supposed to use that once a week and homeboy uses it twice a day.  Smh.

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Hat. Sunnies. Top, similar. Shorts. Shoes. 

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If you’ve made it this far you know the blog looks different!  I wanted the pictures to look bigger and be more of the focus SO just scroll down for categories, tabs, and socials!

 

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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.

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.