March Beauty Favorites!

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Another month goes by, another list of favorites I accumulated over the month. Here is where I say whoa! how is it April already?! but everyone says that so next and we’re just gonna dive in!

Mario Badescu aloe, cucumber and green tea face mist. I love this spray.  I used the rose water one before and they are very similar except for 1)  I like this smell so much better and 2) this is better for sensitive/red skin because the aloe concoction gives it a soothing affect.  I spray it before makeup, after and through out the day when I see it for a little refresher.  This isn’t going to keep your makeup in place all day like the Urban Decay setting spray. This is very subtle and low maintenance.  Its super hydrating and I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately and this spray makes my skin look nice.

ABH Nicole Guerriero glow kit. I love this highlighter palette but lemme tell you it is a very intense glow. Which is not bad!  But blinding highlight was such a strong 2016 trend and naturally at the moment I’m leaning towards the more subtle lit from within glow. This can be buffed out lightly with a beauty sponge which I like.  I always buff it out with sponge because the glitter can look a little chunky.. I prefer smooth.  It’s like peanut butter. hahaha.  I did a post about this glow kit, here.  I’ve been loving the bronze/gold colors because as of lately all I want to be is tan and glowy. This can be a little much for daytime but is PERFECT for the night time.  I still make it work for day time but just based on my vibes rn, I’ve been wearing it more at night. (how high maintenance was that?)  Some days I love it and some days I wear my other highlighters.  Love the formulation it is so creamy and extremely pigmented.  These are super pretty eyeshadows too!

Flowerbob hair perfume! I have been on the lookout for a hair perfume for a while. I love the scent of flowerbomb I just ran out and never restocked. Nordstrom had a beauty sale earlier in the month and this was on sale for $40 and if you know flowerbomb you know thats SO cheap. SO now I always smell like flowerbomb in my hair and on my sweatshirts and I love it. It like envelopes the smell in near your face/neck. Best smell and great refresher for that day 3-4 hair.

Benefit Dandelion Highlighter. So while I was home for spring break, I found a benefit gift card in my room! I love benefit boxed powders and mascara. (I’m not an eyebrow girl at all.)  I saw the new highlighter they just came out with so me being a highlighter connoisseur had to drive to the Benefit store in Santa Monica (and parallel park) in the traffic on a nice day.  If you know this then you know what I mean and it’s brutal…. Honestly, this isn’t very pigmented! You have to dig your brush in to get some product BUT I love this highlighter.  Its a nude pink color and it is that subtle lit from within glow.  sheen! Depending on how much product you use it can go from a setting powder to highlighter. I swirl my brush in it for a while which is totally fine to me. Then you can build it up to the way you want it to be.  It can also be more intense when applied with a brush sprayed with setting spray. I use this for day to day and I’m in love with the subtle, natural glow it gives.

Benefit Hoola bronzer. See, I told you I love benefit boxed powders. So this one! I’ve had it for a while and used it to contour. I also like it in the crease for eyeshadow looks. As of lately I’ve been wearing bronzer to be tan not contour and I’m obsessed.  Like borderline may even like it better than highlighter and that says SO MUCH. After consistently using this for a month I have hit pan!  I love the color of this bronzer.  It gives me a great tan without looking dirty.  The shade is perfect because its not orange but still adds warmth to the skin. This is a staple!

Jlo Vibes

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Earrings // Forever 21 bodysuit // AE jeans // really need me to tell you the boots again?

This look gives me Jlo vibes! I love it. I think its the hoop earrings and my hair… (bathing in fake tanner helps also.)  Which brings me to my next point: I love hoop earrings with hair up!!!!! Like gimme dat day 4 hair up with hoops.  Too bad Jlo vibes didn’t make you automatically hot with an ass like hers, huh?

Going out…

 

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Free People top / AE jeans / Steve Madden boots

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So whenever I post outfits they’re going out outfits and it’s like whoa girl stay at home for a hot sec! It’s funny because I don’t even love going out and I have to be in the mood. I just like the dressing up part honestly.  And putting on eyeshadow.  This is so college because I live in black lulus and rotated sweatshirts during the week!

On a side note, I’m lying in bed RN and my feet still hurt from walking in these shoes.  And if you have big boobs the bikiniaday girls, especially @devinbrugman is great outfit inspiration because she always looks great without being too overbearing in the boob department because that can change vibes very quickly.  It’s hard! It’s just about owning it and going with what you got…. and fashion tape!!!! a ton of it. I’m taped into this shirt in like 5 different places.

The insta-famous silicone, beauty sponge…

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So on a snowday a few weeks ago, me being the professional, lil, online shopper that I am was experiencing some cabin fever and went finger crazy on amazon prime buying shit I don’t need to own! (after you read this you won’t need to either.)  I live in a dorm and share a bathroom and when I get up in the morning (I’m a horrible waker upper first off) I always forget to bring my beauty blender to wet it when I go to brush my teeth first which leads me to walk back to my room give a little huff and walk back to the bathroom with my beauty blender. Such an inconvenience, I KNOW!  So I thought this little silicone spongey would be my saving grace.  No.

BENEFITS:

The one thing about this sponge is you barely have to use any product because it doesn’t sink into the sponge!  This will save you a lot of product.

It’s fun to squeeze/play with.

CONS:

There is NO BLENDING whatsoever.  It sort of just smears product and sits on top of your skin. This does not look nice, at all.

Stupid me thought this was save my mornings. Well, I realized I use my beauty blender for everything.  You can only use this for liquid foundation/ base and liquid concealer.  No applying powder, no buffing out highlight, no using it to blend out blush. You can’t use this with anything thats a powder. Nada.  So either way if I use this I still need my beauty blender.

It stinks. I have the best sense of smell, like shut up Reece its fine. No, it smells like silicone and its next to my nose.

I wouldn’t suggest this sponge.  I was excited to try it mostly because I thought I wouldn’t need a beauty blender. But since I use my beauty blender for everything…powders..and this will NOT work for that.  And this just doesn’t apply makeup nicely. It doesn’t blend is spreads and smears.  Picture bread with sorta cold butter, that look!  So no, the insta-famous silicone spongey did not save my morning routine. And no, don’t buy it.

What I love: Pinterest edition

Evidence of my love affair with pinterest.  I’m on it ALL the time.  It consists of this, baby pigs and garlic bread because 1) I love both endlessly and 2) why not?!   Here’s what I’m loving as of recently: sweaters, fur, glitter and GUCCI. I’ll take it all!

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The creation of a makeup bag

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I’ve experiences with a lot of different makeup to truly find what I love.  I’ve tried different foundations, baking, highlight and contouring because honestly, I will always try a trend once!  And mostly its a few times to see if I like it. I don’t like caked on makeup and I have pictures I can just look back on at cringe at because I tried really hard to like that! (ahem, baking and flash photography)  I find that I always come back to more natural and fresh makeup.  I call it my more face less base makeup!  I don’t know if it comes from growing up in LA where its so casual and not a lot of makeup and more skin but I don’t like heavy makeup!  I think it photographs well because I see beautiful makeup on youtube and instagram but its in person where it stands out.  Sometimes I feel like I’m cakey even with the sheerest BB creams!   I think wearing a lot of makeup is almost a trend at the moment and I tried it and I know it’s just for me and thats ok.  I’ve learned always go simple and that’s how I keep my makeup light and how I like it.

So if you made it through that paragraph and you like natural makeup and are in need of creating your makeup bag or of products that are simple and natural… KEEEP READING!!!!

At the moment, I am lucky enough that my skin is good enough  where I can just conceal my blemishes, powder it and be done with base!  I LOVE doing this because then I can have more fun with bronzer/blush/highlighter.  It’s NOT always like this and when that is the case I try to only apply BB cream to the spots that need it.

BASE/ CONCEALER

For concealer, I love, love, love the NARs creamy concealer.  Best concealer and the coverage is great.  I use the color Custard. For BB cream I love the It cosmetics one!  It’s very sheer and lightweight but gives good coverage.  I think it may actually be a CC cream but they’re very similar.  I have the illuminating one with flecks of glitter and you can totally get away with putting on the BB cream and just going because it makes your skin glow!

Other good option is the Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer.  It’s very dewy.  I can’t recommend a good drugstore option because I don’t mess with different foundations/base makeup because 1) I don’t like heavy base and 2) have the most sensitive skin.

When I go out is when I tend to use a heavier base and just wear more makeup overall.  (its fun!) Usually thats the It Cosmetic CC cream or the Maybelline fit me foundation!  This is a really great foundation and its cheap!  It can get full coverage so I try to be sparse with my application.   The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation is AMAZE! It feels so light but has has very full coverage.  Options, here people!

POWDER

I got my Laura Mercier powder in a kit I got from Sephora and it will last me for forever.  Tip: get the travel version, it’s cheaper and will last forever. Its the one I have!  Currently, I use it to powder a spot I have on my forehead and around my nose.  Very lightly!  Applied with a wet beauty blender.  If you don’t want to wear foundation/ base, concealer and powder is a great way to avoid that.

BRONZER

I love being tan. I find I can wear less makeup when my face is tan.  But with that being said I love bronzer.  I am very loyal to my Benefit Hoola!  This can work for contour also but I don’t contour.  If you’re new with makeup, skip it.  You can bronze the cheekbones but you don’t need the harsh lines of contour. The Physicans formula bronzers are also a good bet!  Use a big fluffy brush for lighter application.

BLUSH

I think the Tarte cheek stains are so easy to use!!! I have one in Glisten which is a dupe for Nars orgasm.  If you’re new use this: its so easy and blends extremely well with a sponge.  I think the benefit boxed powders are all great.  I own 4 and have hit pan on all of them.  The Sephora brand blushes are very pretty and are great options.

HIGHLIGHTER!

The best part, the cherry on top, MY FAVORITE PART. I love highlighter so much! Ahh, first and foremost, Becca highlighters are the best highlighter in my opinion.  The first highlighter I ever got was the Becca set with the mini pressed and liquid highlighter.  I recommend this with every bone in my body.  Any Becca highlighter is great.  I love the new Anastasia Glow kit, though I would stray away from the past ones as I heard they’re chalky.  I love this flower highlight stick. Great drug store find. So are the elf baked highlighters!  I have heard great things about this Sephora collection highlighter palette and it swatches beautifully. And Patrick Ta who does Chrissy Teigen’s makeup uses it on her.  I’m fascinated by him.

MASCARA

Better than Sex mascara is so good.  So is the  Loreal volume building mascara.  The two are very similar.  I use waterproof because that keeps my lashes curled better. I just got the Diorshow mascara in the waterproof version because it was on sale at Nordstrom (not anymore) and I was obsessed with it in high school.  It’s not as great as I remember and that is quite sad.

EYELINER

Hands down, the Kat von D tattoo liner for cat eyes. I have very oily eyelids and this paired with a eyeshadow base is indestructible.  The Marc Jacobs eyeliners are also great. I have them in black and brown and they smudge right after application or can be left and won’t smudge.

BROWS

I don’t fill in my brows because they are VERY thick and doing so freaks me out hahaha. I’ve used the benefit brow products and can say good things about all of them. I’ve heard glossier boy brow is insanely good, too.

EYESHADOW

Eyeshadow is so much fun.  I only wear it when I go out but I love buying it!!!!  Any of the TwoFaced eyeshadow palettes are a great bet.  The Tarte ones are really great, too.  And so are the naked palettes.  I have the Naked2 and the Naked3 is so pretty.  Colourpop has GREAT eyeshadows and I love the buttery texture.  They’re super cheap and great quality.  I heard the pressed shadows are great but I have’t tried those out yet.  I have a Morphe palette that I LOVE.  Although, I will say I have the palette with only shimmer shadows so I can’t attest to the other ones.  Those are only $22 which is insane because the shadows are plentiful and really nice.

BRUSHES

I love makeup sponges.  The beauty blender is great but so are the real techniques/ sponges at ulta. Just wet it before use! For brushes I used real techniques or ones I find at Tj Maxxs.  I don’t splurge on my brushes. I got a silicone sponge and I’m not a fan.  It does not blend the makeup onto your skin.  It just sits on top.

PRIMERS

If you have oily eyelids or are wearing eyeshadow for a long period of time, the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer is amazing and will last you forever. I don’t really use face primers as I stay away from base.  I just moisturize my face.  For setting sprays again the Urban decay one for when I’m going out.  Heres a kit with both.  For everyday, I’m obsessed with the new Mario Badescu aloe spray. The rose water one works well too, I like the aloe better.

LIPS

I love the Colourpop liquid lips!  I have a gloss that I love, too. Those are so cheap and so worth it.  I like the NYX liquid lip for the nude colors.   Kylie lip kits are fun but rival any other liquid lip honestly.  They’re all very drying.  I only wear lipstick for going out.  I like the NYX liners for day to day or under liquid lipstick.  I love the Grande Lips plumper and always wear it.  It makes your lips shiny and is not painful.  The Sephora brand gel lip liners are great and have a more satin finish which I LOVE.  I also love the Neutrogena color sticks which rival chubby sticks! And the clinique almost lipsticks in black honey and pink honey are glossy and sheer and universally flattering. I only wear nudes/pink lip colors so I can’t personally recommend a great red.

What I’m feeling…

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I got lemongrass, sweet orange and grapefruit oils for my oil diffuser and I’ve never made a decision I’ve been happier with.  Those are the best smells!

It’s gonna rain/snow and be so cold this next week.  We should be past this! Not to mention the nasty winds makes my face beet red.  ugh, ugh, ugh.

I went 5 days without washing my hair last week, I felt nasty and proud all at the same time.  (maybe I shouldn’t tell you that?) My hair has been SO dry and this has helped.

I got the Ouai foam dry shampoo and I don’t know if I like it.  It makes my hair look ok but I don’t like how it makes it feel. The smell however is so, so good. I really, really want to love it though!

I’ve loved Flowerbomb perfume for as long as I can remember and I just got the hair perfume.  It’s what good decisions are made of.

I only talk about the way stuff smells.

The 3rd and final phase of Colourpop’s monochromatic makeup collection comes out tomorrow at 10 PST. (1 for you east coasters.) It’s the Sand collection and it’s all bronzey nudes and gold shades. 😍 I love those colors for makeup and I have been SO into bronzer lately this is my cup of tea and then some.

My baby Drake came out with a new album I’m loving the vibes. I know passionfruit is gonna be all over the place and I ain’t even mad.

Look at these new Champion sweatshirts at Urban!

It’s Ulta 21 days of beauty and some really good stuff is on sale!