BEST MAKEUP OF 2017

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Happy 2018!!!
I’m not so much one for resolutions but rather goals I keep in mind.  My number one is to work on my blog/ instagram and just overall step it up. This year was about finding a rhythm and learning what worked and what I want.  Hoping to put that into action this year.  My second is to find a workout I love.  Gym is meh and I hate running so I struggle with consistent workouts.  I’m thinking some type of class maybe pilates or soul cycle! My third is to stop doing shit to my hair! I’m always dying it and doing something to it and I really just want it to be long again so I just need to leave it alone. My last one is to get back to drinking more water.  I used to be so good, 16 cups a day and I’m slacking.  My skin is so dry and I think it has partly to do with that.

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Moving along to makeup that stood out to me this year!  It was definitely the year of bronzers and highlighter. I found this year that cream products work best with my dry skin so a lot of creams made it into my favorites!

Too Faced sweetie pie blush/bronzer.  I’ve never liked blush and this year I gave up trying to get myself to like it.  This product is technically a bronzer but those specks of pink give it a tiny flush so I use this on the places where blush goes. I really like the way this blends out on moisturizer and on foundation. Its never blotchy and sometimes I get that when I use other powder products on moisturized skin when I just spot conceal.  This powder makes me look tan with no pink and its a easy go to every time I do my makeup.

Soleil Tan de Chanel.  This is a splurge product and one of my most favorite makeup products I own!  Def one of my best purchases in 2017.  This bronzer is a cream; its so unlike anything out there and blends so nicely into the skin.  I love cream products on my dry skin and I learned that in 2017. This blends out nicely on moisturizer or foundation.  It looks seamless and can be subtle like a natural tan! I apply it with that orange Real techniques brush and its the best combo.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer.  BEST powder bronzer out there.  Its a holy grail product and everyone needs it. The color is universally perfect and it always blends SO nicely no matter what its layered on. Its simple.  I always reach for this and it always looks good.  Drugstore alternative would be Physicians formula butter bronzer!

Milk Makeup bronzer.  Another one of my best purchases in 2017.  I was at Sephora buying other stuff and overheard a girl RAVING about this bronzer to her friend.  I was eavesdropping and instantly sold! This is a cream bronzer stick and it blends out SO easily.  The product is just so creamy and easy to work with.  I use this to soft contour my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. The applicator makes this so easy to use especially on the go.  Love this product soooo much and I reach for it daily because its so easy and looks so good.

Colourpop highlighter in Wisp.  I’ve owned colourpop highlighters before but the formula and color of Wisp is just so smooth and perfect. This leaves you glowing!  Its smooth without glitter chunks which is what I look for in a highlighter.  Depending on how much you apply it can go from natural to an intense glow.  I said before, in 2017 I found a love for cream products on my dry skin and I love this.  I apply mine with a finger and then buff with a sponge.  This product is amazing and for only $8 buy MULTIPLE!

Fenty Killawat highlighter.  Fenty left a huge mark on the beauty world in 2017!!!  The highlighters are amazing.  So smooth and buttery on the skin which is my favorite and the option of a subtle and more intense highlight in one? Brilliant!  No one has done something like this before.  I don’t think this product is too glittery like I’ve heard some say. I love it and when I need to pack on the glow I reach for this. Its truly one of the best powder highlighters!

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Tarte Shape tape.  Everyone loves this and I see why! This is the best concealer and another one of my best purchases in 2017.    It covers everything without looking cakey and a little goes a long way.  I never use that much of it! I stopped using my Nars creamy radiant concealer for this which is a huge deal because I’ve been using that concealer for the past 4 years!   I love the packaging on this and huge applicator.  It covers lots of space and just gets the job done.  Best concealer and I totally get the hype.

Maybelline instant age rewind concealer. Maybelline instant age rewind concealer.  This is my favorite drugstore concealer! I’m on my 3rd one since trying it this summer.  Its the perfect, everyday, light coverage on under eyes and blemishes.  The color selection isn’t great but I’m lucky because medium is a pretty straight on match to my skin. This concealer never looks cakey and I really enjoy it! Its a must for light makeup!

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The Ordinary serum foundation.  I haven’t worn foundation in so long and I started again because of this product!  This is hardly a foundation but more of a super sheer, tinted moisturizer.  This won’t cover blemishes but it will even out your skin tone. Its such a light base, never cakey and a must for those that like minimal makeup.  It leaves a dewy, satin finish which works great with my dry skin.  I wear this with Mac strobe cream as a primer and holy moly it makes your skin look so healthy and glowing! Crazy part this is only $6!  Its SO good and sooooo worth it.

Fenty Gloss Bomb.  BEST LIPGLOSS.  Color looks good on everyone, it feels comfy on your lips and you can wear it alone or over lip color. Leave it to Rihanna to create the most perfect gloss that does it all.

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Mac lipsticks in Velvet Teddy and Fresh brew.  I wear these two together and it makes the best nude color!  Velvet teddy is a nude but its more of a coral nude.  The Fresh Brew tones it down and makes it more brown which is my kinda nude.  This combo is my go-to for everyday and its like your lips but better.

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I got lash extensions this year which is another beauty favorite!  With those you don’t need mascara, and for me I didn’t need any other eye makeup which I why I really only have face products for my favorites.

Happy 2018!  Cheer to good things brewing up and coming your way!  My skincare favorites will be up on the blog or instagram soon. Trying to differentiate content between the two for 2018.

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Where’s Waldo Sweater

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HM sweater // topshop jeans // PourlaVictoire booties

I can’t remember the last time I wore stripes!  I don’t like prints and stripes scare me.  My mom always told me horizontal stripes are not flattering, they make you look wider and this has always stuck with me.  Stripes also give me Where Waldo vibes! I saw this sweater at HM… on sale $10 which is insane thats like $3 more than my lattes! hmph! I figured its the perfect way for me to try stripes again and I think I really like it.  I like it with the loser fitting jeans and I originally paired this with gold slip ons and that made me look nautical/momish…yikes!  The silver croc booties give this the perfect edge, French almost, simple sort of look which I really like.  If I’m wearing stripes it CERTAINLY won’t be in a nautical or preppy sort of way.

My goal for 2018 is to get better with photographs of my outfits! I always feel so awkward taking these. 😆

Maybelline Cushion foundation?!

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Hoping everyone had an amazing Christmas!

Since the Ordinary Serum foundation, I’ve started wearing foundation again and I’m on the hunt for light coverage, dewy foundations! If you like those types of foundation than cushion foundation is for you!  Cushion foundations are really popular among Asian beauty brands.  Asian skincare and beauty tends to be light, dewy and skin focused so it makes sense. KBeauty is a force to reckon with in the beauty world at the moment so much so that cushion foundations have made it into the drug store! Maybelline, Loreal and Wet n Wild all have cushion foundations.  I started out with the Maybelline one first to scratch my cushion itch and holy the itch got bigger!… I love cushions!  They leave a light, dewy finish to the skin and that is my makeup mantra right there.  The coverage is light but can be built up to probably medium coverage at most.  I apply one layer to my face with a damp beauty blender and if I have a blemish I can add on another layer. It leaves a dewy, satin finish to the skin, it even skin tone and is never cake-y looking.

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Maybelline dream cushion

The compact comes with a circle sponge to pat the product on your face but I stick with a beauty blender since I don’t like using those.  The first time I used this product I dipped my beauty blender in there was SO much product!  Dab lightly, there is a lot of product in the cushion!

When I use such a light coverage base I like a more full coverage concealer to hide the areas that need help. Tarte shape tape is a great option!

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If you like light coverage, dewy makeup than you have to try a cushion foundation. It will be your dream product!  Some beauty brands in Sephora have cushion foundations.  I want the Amore Pacific one, it’s just $60 so I have to make sure the color is perfect!  Wet n wild has a cushion bronzer and highlighter which I am soo curious to try. I love the concept of cushion bronzer / highlighters/ blushes so crossing my fingers that 2018 will send them my way!

Tea Time! 411 on 5 new products.

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I’m so happy with the way these photos turned out! I’m making a conscious effort to step up everything content related.  I’m not the best with photography and I use my iPhone so its a lot of trial and error.  This was strategic placement, blinds down, and 2pm sun!

Here’s some products I’ve been enjoying lately.  I’m still playing around with the Ordinary stuff I bought around Thanksgiving but I have some feedback to share!

The Ordinary Vitamin C suspension.  I read an article on Into the Gloss that called this a Drunk Elephant C-firma dupe! I love that stuff, not so much the price tag so I jumped on this product ready to affirm its dupe status!  Sadly, I did not experience that.  It exfoliates similarly to the C -firma but with a much sloooowwwwer time table.  If C-firma fades a spot in a week, this will take a month.   Its much slower results but its like $6 so I’m not upset about it and its still a good product.  I just wouldn’t say its a DE dupe.  It does help to smooth skin, texture and spots but slowly. And if those are your main skin concerns I suggest something with a little more gusto like a C -firma.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide serum.  I’ve had the best/only? results with this!  I use it to tame redness and help keep blemishes at bay and its definitely paid off and I’ve noticed a difference. I use this in the morning before makeup and its gentle enough to start my day with.  I have extremely sensitive skin.  I know everyone says that but I struggle with DAILY rashes, dry spots and eczema on my face. This hasn’t contributed to that!

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation.  I love this stuff.  Its a super light, sheer coverage that evens out skin tone leaving a dewy finish.  It’s my dream foundation; light, sheer, dewy and never cakey!  It’s only $6 too.  I dare you to find a product that beats that! This works very well with my dry skin. I use moisturizer and mac strobe cream to prime my skin and in combination with this, it looks really pretty, natural and glowy!

Bioderma Micellar water.  Hands down best micellar water I’ve used.  It removes all my makeup, doesn’t dry out my skin and doesn’t leave behind any residue. No wonder it’s a cult favorite!  I also enjoy the blue cap one, its the hydrating version and if you haven’t caught on already… I need everything that hydrates!

Chai Epice. Urban Outfitters nails their perfume and beauty products.  They smell good, are super aesthetically pleasing and look expensive!  They’re not at the level of Byredo but their like $20 so they shouldn’t be!  I love the smells they put out and they layer very nicely.  They also look great in pictures!

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LA winter!

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One of the best parts of Christmas vacation is leaving the cold and snow and coming home to warm weather.  I loveeee me an LA winter! Shorts and sweaters are my favorite combo because I love sweaters and its a good way to incorporate some fall/ winter clothes with warmer weather. I was even hot in the sweater but you need to embrace some type of seasonal clothing! Its not everyones cup of tea but its mine. 🙂

Reece Tip: If I’m wearing ankle boots with shorts I try to always go for a tan pair because I’m short and have thicker legs.  A black pair will make you look stalkier and will shorten your legs even more while a nude pair will elongate the leg. Sounds crazy but it works!

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Nordstrom Rack Sweater // UO shorts // Dolce Vita boots

I was on Melrose to go to the Revolve Beauty Pop up and the rainbow wall is on the same block as the shop. Melrose has great walls and its not even embarrassing to take pictures because everyone else is too! You may have to wait in line for a wall though. Seriously.

Btw, these pictures are all scattered through different places on Melrose!

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Alfred’s coffee makes one of the best almond milk lattes in LA I personally think.  Its a pain to get too but I have to go every time I’m in the area.

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I have been doing this blonde, grown out brown look for over a year now and I think I want to go back to brown!  I LOVE blonde but it destroys my hair. I want it to grow so I think going back to brown will give it a break because its wayyyy less maintenance.

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Sweets is good!

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This is a keeper, guys!  I have the Nicole Guerriero ABH one and I didn’t love it because I found it too glittery and it separated on my cheek and looked like chunky glitter.  This one is a much smoother formula and it sits really nicely on the skin. Anastasia must do different formulas for each glow kit.  I’ve heard of past ones being drier and chalkier textures.  We know that they do different formulas with eyeshadow palettes since the hype with Modern Renaissance did not match the madness with Subculture!  The glowkit is smooth, buttery and hella pigmented. When I say smooth I mean finely milled.  Like Becca highlighters or Fenty Beauty Mean Money and Hustla Baby. I love a finely milled highlighter so its a metallic sheen and glow on the skin, NOT glittery. I’m picky with that and this one is a yes!

I love the shades in this because they’re so different than any other highlighters I’ve tried before.  Marshmallow and gumdrop have a duo-chrome gold shift to them and it is so pretty and wearable. Duo chrome is usually purples and blues but this one is gold and definitely more wearable. These sit nicely on the skin and have pretty good staying power.

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I love Gumdrop on the C motion above the eyebrows and on my cheekbone. Then I take a smidge of marshmallow and place it on the highest points of my cheek for more pop.

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I got this for $24 on Cyber Monday.  ABH is have a 2 for $40 with glow kits on their website, currently. And it’s sold at Ulta which is having 20% off everything till Christmas!  This glowkit comes with 4 highlighters, they’re huge and all the shades are wearable.  What I’m getting at is the highlighters you get are well worth the $40.  And it’s SOOO worth the $24 or any other sale price you can currently get it at. This is a good find and would make a great gift!

WTF is dry conditioner?!

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Drybar Dry conditioner

We all know dry shampoo is an absolute must but dry conditioner?! Wtf is that?! And that is why I am here 🙂

– Dry conditioner is a powder, aerosol formula just like dry shampoo.  It simply makes your hair softer, smoother and easier to maintain.

– As someone who gets very tangled hair, I really gravitated towards this!  This made my hair softer and less tangled. Its really great for day 2 + hair!  Mine gets fuzzy, frizzy and a little crazy and this helps me to keep the day 2, volume, lived in hair look while making it smooth and tamed.

– This spray helps to mimic freshly, styled hair.  Its great for day 2, day 3, and day 4 if you really go for it! (I wish I could!)  It leaves your hair smooth, soft, glossy looking and never oily or greasy.

– Conditioner can make you think greasy but this product isn’t.  It also doesn’t go on your roots! Dry shampoo = roots.  Dry Conditioner = hair past ears.

– The Drybar one I got is the perfume version so it makes your hair smell amazing. Drybar has the best scents!  They also have a non perfume version.

I’m going to flat out say I don’t think this is an essential like dry shampoo. BUT if you want something to make your hair look freshly styled and feel softer / smoother… this will help you achieve that!  If you’re looking for a hair perfume this checks that box too. Would I buy it again? Not sure but I’m glad I have it!

 

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