Affordable Makeup Haul!

Hi friends! It’s been a little bit since I’ve blogged. Life has just been so busy lately that I didn’t really have time to buy new makeup. Thankfully, I’ve picked up a few goodies in the last week or so that I wanna share! I haven’t had these items for too long, but nonetheless they’ve made an impression on me. Let’s get started…

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I am always so impressed with Milani makeup–especially their blushes. The peachy Luminso baked blush has been a staple in my collection for the past six years; so has Berry Amore. Last week, Vlogger KathleenLights was talking about the new Color Harmony Blush Palettes. She talks me in to buying everything (as does every Youtuber I watch) so obviously I rushed out to buy this item for myself. I purchased the shade Bronze Burst. 

Wowwowwow! The pigmentation in these blush palettes are no joke. As you can see, Bronze Burst is mauvey, rose-toned with a gold highlight shade. I like to lightly swirl a  brush in each of the blush powders, tap off the excess and apply it from the apples of my cheeks to my temples.

A little goes a long way; you can use a small amount of product and your cheeks will get a healthy, natural flush. And I love how a highlight shade is included in the palette; perfect for travel! I’ve noticed too that the packaging is way more durable than the baked blushes. I have already ordered another shade. Definitely recommend trying these! They may be priced a little steeper than traditional drugstore products, but this one is worth the money. I used to only buy prestige blushes, but Milani has proved that quality blushes do exist at the drugstore. {$13; drugstores}

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And now on to more highlighting goodness. Here we have Wet ‘N’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Golden Flower Crown. Let me just say that these highlighters in general are SO STUNNING! It blows me away how pretty they are, yet they cost $5. I first tried Precious Petals, which is a peachy-pink shade. This one has more of a golden peachiness to it. It’s just so pretty! You don’t even have to dampen your brush for that dewy, glowy effect.

If you can’t tell, I am so passionate about this highlighter! It’s the perfect consistency–not too powdery or chunky. Golden Flower Crown looks so good on the tops of cheekbones, as a brow highlight…wherever you want some extra glow and sheen. {$5; drugstores}

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Becca recently launched a hydrating powder that has been very popular in the beauty world. I’m always looking for dupes, so I decided to try the Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup in Light/Medium. 

This powder is really unique; it actually has a hydrating texture to the touch. I planned on using it as a setting powder, but it’s just a little heavy for that purpose. It also looked dusty on my skin. I think this powder would work better for someone with oily skin; it just didn’t wow me. I do love the concept and that there’s a cheaper option for a hydrating powder on the market, but I think I’ll be returning this! {14; ulta}

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Been on the hunt for a perfect pink lipstick? I’ve found the PERFECT color for you! The Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes in Almond Rose is so gorgeous! It’s not too mauvey, purple, or bright. The comfortable, creamy texture glides on so nicely and has satisfactory staying power without being drying.

Almond Rose gives your entire face that natural flush of color and brightness. I honestly think it would look great on all skin tones. If you want to add extra shine and dimension, just top it with your favorite gloss. Maybelline has THE BEST drugstore lipsticks! {$8; ulta}

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My Favorite Things | July 2018

We are in the thick of summer; I’ve been soaking up as many rays as possible before the temperature drops! Because of this, I haven’t worn a ton of makeup lately. So this month’s Favorite Things post is more focused on skincare, if y’all don’t mind. Let’s get started!

S E L F – C A R E

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I’ve been a fan of Garnier’s Micellar Water ever since it hit shelves a few years ago! I’m pretty much never without it. So when I heard there was an actual Micellar Foaming Cleanser, I knew I had to give it a try!

At first, I wasn’t blown away by this product for some reason. Maybe I was used to creamier lathers? I just wasn’t wowed. But the more I used this cleanser, I realized just how great it was! For one, it is ulta-simple; no fragrances or dyes, which is perfect for people with sensitive skin. It doesn’t leave your face feeling tight after cleansing, either. My face usually has two to three small breakouts a month, but I only broke out one time in July.

I will definitely keep buying this Micellar Foaming Cleanser. If you are looking for something super-gentle, give this a shot. Plus, it’s at the drugstore. So handy! {$7; drugstores}

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My family and I just got back from the beach which was so fun as always! When it comes to sunscreen, sometimes I forget to cover my lips; I decided to get a fun balm so I’d remember to use it. I picked up Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm in Pineapple at Ulta and I’ve been in LOVE with it!

Not only is this balm protective; it smells like REAL, juicy pineapple. No joke. Tastes like it too. I had to reapply it all the time just because I enjoyed the taste so much. It reminded me of my younger days when I was obsessed with Lip Smackers and collected them all. I’m headed back to Ulta soon to get more. These are so yummy and protect lips well. {$4; Ulta and Target}

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From the time I was little, I have LOVED the ocean or basically any body of water. There’s nothing better than just swimming around and being free for a while! By the end of the day, the salt water made my lips feel a little dry and sting-y. To combat this problem, I started using the SkinFix 12-Hour Miracle Ointment. This stuff is so good!

Typical petroleum jelly just kind of sits on your skin and doesn’t really soak in. However, this ointment is different. It is packed with different oils and butters. Petroleum isn’t at the forefront of ingredients. You can use this basically anywhere. It made my lips feel so much better in a matter of minutes. Plus, there’s no fragrances or preservatives. It has become a nightstand staple for me. {$15; target}

A  G O O D  R E A D 

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I feel like Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate has been on the top of every magazine’s must-read list since last year. I finally got around to reading it, and it did not disappoint. If you’re ready for a poignant, thought-provoking read, look no further.

Yours is based upon true events. Back in the 1920s to the 1950s, there was a child trafficking ring in Memphis called the Tennessee Children’s Home. Georgia Tann and her assistants kidnapped poor children and newborns from their families, claiming that they were helping children find a better home by selling them to wealthy, upper-crust families. Sometimes, the parents would unknowingly sign their children over to “adoption” or they’d be kidnapped in broad daylight. How scary is that?

Anyway, this novel focuses around five siblings in the 1930’s who got kidnapped by the Tennessee Children’s home. The story also has a present-day storyline where a prosecutor is trying to piece together her aunt’s mysterious secret past.

Yours is only around 350 pages; I thought it would be a quick read. However, it is on the heavy, emotional side. I got so caught up in these poor children’s situations. So many emotions! It is just bizarre to me how something like this could actually happen. My attention was kept the entire time. Definitely worth the read.

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One Color, Three Looks | CORAL

These days, there are so many lip color formulas to fit your lifestyle. Whether I’m feeling a bold lip or a sheer, natural one, I always have a shade and formula for my mood. So today, I thought I’d share with you all my THREE favorite CORAL lip colors!

S T A I N

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I just mentioned this item in my last blog post, but I figured it was worth another shout out! I received the Clarins Water Lip Stain in Red Water for free as part of a recent Influenster Campaign. While the bold, red-coral color intimidated me at first, I have really grown to like it! Red Water has a traditional fluid formula. While it applies quite vividly at first, once the water-like texture soaks into lips, it gives you a popsicle-like stain. I recommend exfoliating your lips before application; otherwise, it can get streaky! Need extra moisture? Just top with lip balm. Red Water has the prettiest, retro-inspired color. {$28; ulta}

L I P S T I C K 

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Feeling adventurous? This next product isn’t for the faint of heart. When I first tried NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, I expected it to be a similar red-coral color–like Clarins Red Water. However, when I applied, it honestly looked traffic cone-orange on my lips! Oops. Thankfully, I made this bold, blood orange shade work for me!

What I like most about Indie Flick is the formula. While it has a matte finish, it is creamy…perfect for smooth application. However, it’s not so creamy that it slides all over your lips. It does a good job of staying put. I have found that Indie Flick looks best when you apply several layers while blotting with a tissue between each one. That way, you build up a subtle, wearable wash of color while still having that creaminess. This shade works best for medium to deep skin tones. It is a highly pigmented affordable option! The packaging is sturdy too.  {$6; ulta}

L I P S T I C K {but basically a balm}

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Still feeling like a bright coral lip isn’t for you? Well, I have something that might change your mind. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Coral Bliss may be in bullet form, but it is an extremely wearable pink-coral balm. The texture is so light and creamy that it gives you the sheerest wash of color. I have to apply two to three coats to have it match my medium skin tone. You don’t even have to use a mirror! MAC’s lipsticks smell heavenly..like warm sugar cookies! {$18.50; most department stores}

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My Favorite Things | June 2018

It’s time for another Favorite Things post! As always, here are the items that caught my eye in the month of June. Let’s get right to it…

M A K E U P

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These two tubes may be small, but they have easily been my favorites this month. First, we have Clarins Water Lip Stain in Red Water. I actually received this FREE deluxe sample as part of my Influenster VoxBox. I’ve been gravitating toward nudes lately, so this was a nice change! Red Water is the perfect summer color; I would describe it as a retro, coral-red. I love to keep my makeup simple and neutral so my lips will pop! The texture is like a classic lip stain; fluid and water-like.

Red Water looks really bold when you first apply, but once it settles, it gives you that more natural “popsicle lips” stain. If you need extra moisture, just apply a clear balm on top. I’m a fan of the classic formula and color. {$28; Nordstrom}

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Glossier Boy Brow has been a staple among beauty vloggers for sometime now. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try this brow gel. I have the shade Brown. I love Boy Brow’s creamy, easy-to-use formula. Just the right amount of product dispenses on the spoolie, so it doesn’t go all over the place! Plus, boy brow isn’t too heavy or waxy. It keeps my bushy, unruly brows in place with ease! {$16; glossier.com}

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I first tried the Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-Cot In The Middle like two years ago. For some reason, it got lost in my makeup shuffle, and I didn’t use it for a long time. I picked it back up again this month, and forgot how much I LOVE this blush!

I would describe it as a warm apricot shade with slight gold shimmer. It practically doubles as a blush and highlighter! The formula is so finely milled that it doesn’t look chunky on my cheeks. It is highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way! This blush gives my skin just the right amount of glow. And, it basically costs next to nothing. {$3; drugstores}

T O  L I S T E N

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I have long been a fan of Brothers Osborne since their debut album, Pawn Shop, two years ago. Therefore, I was so excited when they released their follow-up effort, Port Saint Joe, back in April.

Brothers Osborne are still true to their country and southern rock roots. However, PSJ has more of a laid back, beachy vibe. Their lyrics are catchy and relatable and the melodies are soft yet maintain attitude. Key tracks? Slow Your Roll, I Don’t Remember Me, A Little Bit Trouble and While You Still Can. 

A  G O O D  R E A D

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As always, I eagerly awaited Novelist Karma Brown’s newest release this month, The Life Lucy Knew. Her debut novel, Come Away With Me, will always be my forever favorite, but Lucy comes in a close second. Really!

The Life Lucy Knew tells the story of a young woman, Lucy. She has everything going for her–a stable job, a doting boyfriend–until she hits her head on ice and ends up in a coma. When Lucy awakens, her memory is scattered and discombobulated. For instance, she is convinced she is still together with her ex-fiance, Daniel, even though they broke up four years ago.

The novel is all about how Lucy adjusts to her new life. Will she ever re-discover who she was before the accident? Or will she have to start clean? Karma Brown stitches the story together between present day and memories of Lucy’s past with her signature heartfelt depth.

I just love this author and recommend each of her books!

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Makeup I’ll Buy Again (and Again)

No matter how passionate of a beauty junkie you are, there are ALWAYS those few staples in your collection. A favorite foundation, lip gloss, or highlight that you’ll never be without! Today, I thought I’d share with you the makeup that I will buy again…and again. Let’s get started!

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It’s been a year or so since I first tried the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara. Most of you are aware that it is pretty much an exact dupe of the popular Too Faced BTS Mascara. I used Lash Paradise for about three months or so, then disposed of it when it was time. I ended up moving on to different mascaras, but made my way back to Lash Paradise recently!

LP is a wonderful drugstore mascara. I would say it focuses most on volume and curl. The wand is hourglass-shaped, which holds lots of creamy, black mascara. It applies evenly and builds quickly. I find that LP works best when it’s about two weeks old. I know that sounds weird! So, if you’re craving thick and curly lashes, give Lash Paradise a try. {10; drugstores}

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As you can see, Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is probably the most well-loved product in my entire makeup collection. No need to spend big bucks on a natural-looking bronzer; there’s one at the drugstore!

I can’t say enough good things about Butter Bronzer. Everything about it is just about perfect. Really! The texture is so smooth and seamless; not orange at all. It is impossible to over-apply, no matter how inexperienced you are in the bronzer department! The coconut-pineapple scent is strong, but dissipates once you put it on your face. I believe I’m on my fourth (or even fifth) Butter Bronzer. Give this fool-proof product a go. You won’t regret it! It’s worth every penny. {$15; drugstores}

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Another L’Oreal product for the win! I have been a fan of their Pro-Glow Foundation in Natural Buff for two years now. It’s everything I could want in a foundation. The texture is so light and gives me just the right amount of glow, without looking greasy! I set it with a little powder just to make sure it doesn’t slide or fade on me. It also mixes well with other foundations.

I love how travel-friendly the packaging is. I used to be a high-end foundation gal, but Pro-Glow really changed my tune. If you have dry or combo skin, definitely check out Pro-Glow! {$10; drugstores}

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My favorite fragrance of all time is Chloe Eau de Parfum. To me, it is the epitome of femininity (say that three times fast) and class. The perfect balance of floral and clean notes. A hint of honey at the end just really ties this perfume together nicely.

I am on my third bottle of Chloe so far! It is one of those timeless scents that is fitting–no matter your age. It has just the right amount of staying power; not cloying but also doesn’t go away in an hour. Plus, the bottle looks so chic on my vanity! {$75 for 1 oz.; sephora or ulta}

– H O N O R A B L E   M E N T I O N S –

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian 
Laura Gellar Spackle Face Primer

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Nude + Natural Lip Colors for SUMMER

I’ve mentioned on here countless times before that I used to be scared to wear a classic nude lip. I was convinced that that pale shade would completely wash me out. But through the last couple years, I learned that there are in fact DIFFERENT shades of “nude”, not just the classic one-dimensional beige shade.

I’ve done several posts like this one before, so I guess this is a bit of an update. So without further ado…today I’m sharing my FAVORITE nude and natural lip colors for summer! Let’s get started…

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Up first, we have the Too Faced Peach Kiss LongWear Lipstick in Sunday Funday. I’d describe this shade as a muted terra cotta peach. Very Unique! These lipsticks have a matte finish, but apply very smoothly. I’ve found that Sunday Funday pairs nicely with a classic smokey eye. It gives your lips that perfect nude without taking away from a dramatic eye look. Plus, Sunday Funday is a wearable, everyday shade. Best of all, it smells like homemade peach ice cream. Childhood nostalgia at its best! {$21; sephora exclusive}

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The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams pretty much started the liquid lipstick revolution. I remember purchasing my first tube four years ago. Every cosmetic brand came up with their own innovative version, so these got pushed to the back of my collection. However, I rediscovered their greatness a couple weeks ago by buying the shade London. This is your classic, beige-based nude with a hint of pink. The texture of London feels like whipped velvet. It applies evenly and isn’t the least bit patchy. The staying power isn’t impressive, but I recommend layering it with another lip color if you want to improve longevity. Sunday Funday is a great lipstick to pair with London. Needless to say, London is worth the purchase. If nothing else, you’ll love the subtle cake batter scent! {$7; ulta}

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And now, for my favorite drugstore lipstick! This is the Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match. Everything about this shade/product is absolute perfection! The shade is a classic mauve; not too pink or too purple. It’s that “your lips but better” shade. The texture is smooth and buttery without being too creamy; this allows satisfactory staying power. Best of all; it costs a mere $4. You just can’t beat it! I buy multiple tubes at a time. You HAVE to check this one out! {$4; ulta}

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Last but not least…Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian is the Mona Lisa of all lip glosses. It’s a classic, and will be for years to come. I never knew this nude-pink shade was so stunning until I tried it for myself. A year later, I’m on my second tube! It takes ANY lip color to the NEXT LEVEL and just makes your lips POP and look so full and pretty. The texture is perfect; so soft and shiny. It has a slight cooling sensation that isn’t distracting at all. If you don’t buy anything else from my recommendations, I encourage you to buy a tube of White Russian for yourself. It is universally flattering and worth the higher price. Go get it! {$20; Sephora or Ulta}

What is YOUR FAVORITE nude or natural lip color?? Let me know in the comments!

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My Favorite Things | May 2018

Hi friends! Just like that, it’s time for another Favorite Things post! I found lots of goodies during May, so we have a lot to cover. Let’s get started!

S E L F  –  C A R E

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I first fell in love with Origin’s Ginger Scent back in high school! It smells like heaven! In the past, I’ve tried their body wash and lotion. Here recently, I purchased the Ginger Gloss Smoothing Body Oil. Obviously, it has that same divine ginger scent. Not too sweet, not too spicy. The oil is very thin and moisturizing, not heavy or greasy! I like to spray it on my body and my hair for some shine. I just can’t get enough of this scent. So yummy! {$24; origins.com}

A friend of mine recently co-founded a natural skin care line called Bloom Naturals. They specialize in making skin care free of any nasty or questionable ingredients. I’ve tried a couple items so far, but my favorite is this Churn Down For What Body Butter in Orange Vanilla. This body butter is true to its name–it has a thick, balmy texture. My hands absorb it so quickly, and the orange vanilla scent is perfectly subtle without being cloying. It also doubles as a lip balm. If you’re looking for something to quench dry skin, this is it! P.S. Bloom Naturals is made locally here in Chattanooga! Check out their website to support local business. {$12; bloom-naturals.net}

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I’ve tried several drugstore dry shampoos, but my favorite is from Dove. Not too long ago, they came out with a new scent, Fresh Coconut. I am loving it! Fresh Coconut is a nice departure from the classic “fresh” dry shampoo scent. Plus, it has a hint of lime that adds a fun twist! This dry shampoo does a great job of soaking up oil and refreshing your hair. Definitely recommend! {$4; drugstores}

M A K E U P

Let me introduce you to your new favorite summer lip color! Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Berry Healthy is the prettiest pink berry shade. The formula is semi-matte and glides on lips so evenly. It is so air-light and breathable that it almost feels like nothing. Staying power is okay; it fades after a meal. But my favorite thing about Berry Healthy is once it dries down, a hint of coral comes out. I can’t wait to try more shades! {$7; drugstores}

T O  W A T C H

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I could go on and on about how much I LOVE the Netflix Original Series, Cable Girls. I watched it all in an entire week (and may or may not be watching it again)!

Cable Girls is a Spanish-speaking drama series. It follows a young woman, Alba (who is under the alias Lidia) as she begins working at a telephone company in the late 20s. Lidia is falsely accused of a crime and must work at the company to steal money for a con man who is blackmailing her. Long story short, she makes friends with all of her co-workers, who also have complicated lives of their own.

Although Cable Girls is set in the 20s, the music in the show is modern (and in English.) This may seem a little different, but actually makes the show more unique. Plus, the show deals with relevant issues such as women’s rights. It has everything you would want in a show…drama, suspense, a love triangle…need I say more? Just check it out!

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What have you discovered in the month of May? Any binge-worthy series I need to know about? I’d love to know!

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SUMMER Makeup Kit | 2018

The last thing you wanna wear during the summer are layers upon layers of makeup. So uncomfortable! Today, I thought I would share with you all the perfect makeup to wear this summer. All formulas are comfortable and easy to wear. Let’s get started!

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Wearing traditional foundation during warm temperatures is just about as comfortable as wearing Uggs on the beach! If you still want light to moderate coverage for your complexion without the foundation feel, I highly recommend the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream. 

I first had this product in my collection years ago, and I was head over heels for it! This stuff is truly magic in a pot. Great things come in small packages, for sure. When I apply this cream, I prep my skin with moisturizer and primer like usual. I use it solely as foundation. The texture is truly weightless and seamless. I recommend applying with your fingers; I have tried with a brush and it took a while to blend. That being said, I still have to try with a sponge…

To ensure this correcting cream stays in place, I set it with a little powder. I’m serious–you will NOT regret purchasing this product! It may seem a bit expensive, but one pot will carry you through the summer and beyond. I forgot how much I loved it! It truly looks like your natural skin–just perfected. {$32; Sephora or QVC}

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There’s nothing prettier in the summer than a soft, sunset-inspired eye look. Packing multiple eyeshadows for travel isn’t really ideal, is it? Luckily, the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is a one-stop shop; it has everything you could ever want in a palette!

The shimmering shades are absolutely stunning, and the matte ones are so versatile as well. The formula is powdery with quite a bit of kick-up, but each shadow blends so well; even the darker ones! Not one shadow is patchy. You can definitely achieve a simple, everyday look or a more dramatic look for a night out! Nonetheless, the Soft Glam Palette is a winner! Glad I have it in my collection. {$42; Sephora or Ulta}

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Within the past year or so I have become a highlighter hoarder. I just cannot help it! A good highlight just brings so much light and glowiness to my face. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter isn’t for the faint of heart, but is so stunning!

I would describe it as a beige-champagne color. It is on the shimmery side, but the particles are so fine that this highlight doesn’t look chunky or patchy on the tops of my cheekbones. The formula is powdery yet smooth; it doesn’t look heavy or greasy. If you wanna fake that sunkissed look, definitely pair this with your favorite bronzer. You will shine to the high heavens.  {$28; Sephora or Ulta}

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This lip combo has been EVERYTHING to me lately! There’s nothing more chic than a nude lip in the summer. One favorites is the Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Lipstick in Sunday Funday. This shade is just a classic, peachy nude. The formula is obviously matte, but it glides on smoothly and doesn’t dry my lips out. Plus, it smells like peach ice cream! I also love how elegant and high quality the packaging is. {$21; Sephora}

To add more dimension and shine, I layer Sunday Funday with the Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian. Again, WR is that classic pinky nude gloss you’ve always searched for. I’m on my second tube and will NEVER be without! {$20; Sephora or Ulta}

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What are some of your beauty must-haves for the summer? I’d love to know!

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Don’t Overlook Sephora Collection!

Today I thought I’d tell you about my favorite SEPHORA COLLECTION products! It may not be your first choice to look at when you hit Sephora, but it turns out the house brand has some really good stuff. Let’s get started!

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Up first, we have the Golden Hour Highlighting Powder in Dusk. I picked this up on a whim a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad I did! Dusk is the prettiest ballet pink shade. It may look shimmery in the pan, but the finish is a nice, even sheen. The texture is smooth and not ashy. You can wear it dry or use setting spray for a foiled effect. Either way, this works as a highlighter or eyeshadow. So pretty for summer! {$16}

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Sephora obviously carries an array of lipsticks–but would you believe one of the BEST ones costs just 8?! It’s true! The #LipStories line is no joke. Creamy, smooth, quality lipsticks. I have the shade Labyrinth City, a rusty rose shade. If you’re hesitant to try a red lip, I suggest trying this one. It’s not too bright and looks so natural.

To be so creamy, the staying power is impressive! Just a tip–make sure you don’t get the packaging wet; the cap is cardboard, so it shrivels up. That being said, I can’t WAIT to try more shades. These lipsticks look mini, but a full-sized bullet is in each tube. {$8}

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The Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Slate is such a good, basic navy shade. If you want something different than a traditional black or brown liner, navy is the way to go! It actually makes the whites of your eyes look brighter. My favorite way to wear Slate is on top of black liquid liner. It adds an unexpected pop of color! The formula is smooth and doesn’t drag or skip on my lids. A great little hidden gem. {$12}

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Lastly we have the Beauty Amplifier Set & Refresh Spray. I really like this setting spray! It is ultra fine and doesn’t soak my face when I apply. This works as a finishing spray, or I use it to foil my highlighter or eyeshadows.  is an effective product. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle! {$16}

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My Favorite Things | April 2018

April flew by so quickly that I barely found time to blog. So sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to it! Anyway, it’s time for another Favorite Things post. Here are the {mostly beauty} items that caught my eye this month. Let’s get started!

B E A U T Y

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As you all may know, I have been a long time fan of the Laura Geller Spackle Primer for almost six years! I still love that one, but lately I’ve noticed that my pores around my nose have enlarged a bit, and my skin is just a tad more oily. So, I decided to switch things up and give the Touch In Sol No POREblem Primer a try.

If you have oily skin and enlarged pores, this is the primer for you! Although it has that silicone-y feel, it doesn’t drag or ball up on my skin. Rather, it has a smooth, lotion-y consistency. I’m really liking it. It doesn’t feel too powdery and isn’t greasy, either. I also like that it comes in a handy pump. I will continue to purchase this primer, even though I love my Spackle too! {$18; sephora}

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The thought of wearing a full-coverage foundation used to make me cringe. Who wants to wear a mask all the time? However, since I’ve started working, I’ve wanted a foundation that doesn’t budge or let me get oily throughout the day. My mom gave me the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme, and I’ve been loving it ever since!

For one, it doesn’t even have that heavy foundation feel; it feels more like a dense moisturizer when you put it on. To keep a natural looking complexion, I recommend only using one pump. A little goes a long way. I like to use my It Cosmetics Foundation Brush to blend it out, but you can use a damp beauty sponge for a more sheer finish.

This foundation is a true gem. The finish is natural; not too matte and not too glowy. It looks like your normal skin, just perfected! I don’t use this every day, but it’s great for when you have a long day at work or event to attend. {$37; qvc}

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This month, I accomplished something monumental. After years and years of being a true makeup junkie, I mastered fake eye lashes! I am still so proud of myself! I’ve always been fixated by them, finally putting my mind to it that I was going to learn how to slap falsies on with confidence. And I have! My favorite ones to use are the Ardell Glamour Lashes. As you can see, they are thick and full without looking costume-y.

A couple of tips: I recommend purchasing a brush-on adhesive. This keeps messes minimal. Start with your toughest eye so you can use most of your energy on it. That way, if you get frustrated, your easy eye is last. Hope that makes sense. And lastly, don’t close your eye when putting the lashes on! Look down instead. It sounds weird, but trust me–it makes application so much easier. {$8 for pack of 4; target or ulta}

T O  L I S T E N 

One of my earliest memories is listening to Elton John albums in my carseat as a small child! This past month, two cover albums of his songs hit shelves.

Restoration is made up of country covers, while Revamp is pop-centered. I have yet to listen to every single song, but let me tell ya, both albums are great. Each artist puts their own unique spin on a song without diminishing Elton’s style. My favorites are Maren Morris’ Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Lee Ann Womack’s Honky Cat, Little Big Town’s Rocket Man, Florence + The Machine’s Tiny Dancer and Sam Smith’s Daniel. If that cover doesn’t make you shed a tear, I don’t know what will!

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This post seems a little short, but I promise I’ll be back soon with more content. Life gets busy, you know? Nonetheless, thanks for reading!

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