My Favorite Things | April 2021

There are sooo many summer beauty staples in this monthly favorites post. Let’s talk about them….

While lipstick may seem old fashioned with so many innovative formulas on the market, there is something so chic about wearing it! A shade I have been loving lately is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Toast Of New York. Though this rosy coral shade looks dark in the tube, it is actually universally flattering on the lips. It Toast Of NY instantly brightens my complexion.

Best of all, it reminds me of a summery version of one of my all-time favorite lipsticks, Got Peach from Too Faced. I am pretty sure that shade is discontinued now, so I’m super glad I found a dupe! Toast Of NY is both retro and fresh at the same time.

I’m a sucker for rosy-toned eyeshadows! So I was instantly drawn to the Natasha Denona Mini Zendo Palette. Each shadow is super buttery and bendable. My favorite shade is actually the middle gunmetal grey. It packs on the shimmer with no fallout. I apply with my fingertip to get the most pigment. If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear, travel-friendly palette, try this one. It is worth the money.

TikTok convinced me to buy the Jaclyn Cosmetics Highlighter in Iced, and I have zero regrets. This icy champagne shade is absolutely stunning. While it is on the more blinding side of the highlight spectrum, something about it also looks natural if you use a light hand. The formula is finely milled, so it sits on your skin smoothly instead of looking heavy and greasy. Also love wearing Iced on the inner corners of my eyes. The packaging is so luxurious; I’m a fan of the chunkiness of it. Has anyone else tried more shades from this range?

I usually stick to the same two or three fragrances…I love Chloe by Chloe and Amazing Grace by Philosophy this time of year! Lately, I’ve really been on the lookout for a beachy scent. I found just that with the Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette. This stuff is like a vacation in a bottle! It is the right balance of coconut with a light, powdery undertone. I think the powdery note keeps it from smelling like straight sunscreen…it adds some elegance. It also isn’t too strong or light; pretty good longevity. I will consider purchasing a full-sized bottle when finished with the purse spray!

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In case you missed it, check out my previous blog post, The Prettiest Sheer Makeup — for more of my favorite beauty items to use this time of year. 🙂

The Prettiest Sheer Makeup

I don’t know about you all, but wearing a little makeup everyday helps me feel like myself! However, some days I just don’t wanna do a “full face of makeup” look. Lately I’ve discovered several sheer formulas that are comfortable to wear while still maintaining quality and highlighting your natural beauty. Let’s take a look!

Fun fact: Laura Geller’s Spackle Primer was the first primer I ever used, back in 2012. Over the years I’ve tried several different primers, but always come back to this cooling gel-cream formula. I love the subtle sunkissed tint the Bronze Spackle gives my skin! It allows my makeup to really grip on and last all day long. It feels hydrating and nourishing; not the least bit sticky. You could definitely wear this alone on those “no makeup makeup” days or pair it with your favorite foundation/base. A little goes a long way, so this nifty tube will last a long time.

I KNOW I just mentioned the Wet ‘n’ Wild Tinted Hydrator in my previous blog post, but this magical product deserves another mention. This ultra-lightweight formula is like the most PERFECT cross between a tinted moisturizer and a hydrating foundation. I don’t even use a sponge or brush to blend; I simply smooth this on my skin with my fingertips. It gives my skin the most gorgeous, glass-like glow. My blush and highlighter sits atop this formula so nicely, and it also stays put all day. I suggest setting it with a bit of translucent powder. Seriously, this skin veil is like a natural-looking Instagram filter for your face. You need this in your collection! I have purchased my second bottle.

I’m usually a powder blush gal over cream blush. But this BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush in Magic Hour by Tower 28 has me changing my mind. Lately I’ve been gravitating towards natural, tawny blushes. Magic Hour has the perfect balance of bronze mixed with mauve-y rose. It truly gives you a natural, dewy flush with no shimmer or glitter, and most importantly no greasiness! The formula glides on smoothly without “skipping” or picking up foundation. I like to apply it by dabbing a densely packed blush brush in the cream, and blending it out with my fingertips. This is my new favorite cream blush formula. I will definitely be trying more shades.

You simply cannot go wrong with sheer pink lip gloss! The Maybelline Lifter Gloss in Moon is a ballet pink shade with the prettiest pearly finish. It makes my lips took hydrated and supple without any stickiness. It looks gorgeous alone or paired with any neutral-toned lipstick. Bonus–it smells like creamy, sweet cake batter! One of the finest, high-end feeling glosses at the drugstore. One of every shade, please! 🙂

My Favorite Things | March 2021

I’m just going to jump right in and say that I found *THE BEST* drugstore makeup in March that I have found in a while! I used to look forward to going to Sephora to find the most unique makeup gems, but the drugstore has REALLY stepped it up lately. Plus, I found my new favorite pair of shoes too. Let’s talk about it ALL!

Makeup

If you’re looking for a face base that looks like your skin but better, while also looking like an Instagram filter for your face, you NEED the Wet ‘n’ Wild Tinted Hydrator in your life! I have the shade Medium Tan.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to foundation/coverup; my skin breaks out if the formula contains oil. This stuff is great because it is truly the best of both worlds; it has the weightlessness of a tinted moisturizer, yet you can build it up to your desired coverage like a foundation. I simply use my fingers to apply; no brush or sponge needed. Your skin will feel so plump and radiant! I set with a tiny bit of translucent powder just to make sure it stays in place all day. I even have my mom using this stuff now! It’s so so good.

Sometimes blushes that look a little “blah” and plain in the pan give you the most natural, pretty flush! I found this to be the case with the elf Bite Size Face Duo in Lychee. This mid-toned pink blush has a peachy undertone. It’s the perfect blush for everyday. The formula is so creamy and easy to build; it has a seamless, airbrushed finish. The bronze highlighter complements the blush perfectly. Can you believe this duo is only $3?! I’m collecting them all!

Flower Beauty is probably my all-time favorite drugstore beauty brand. I only wish it was available in more stores and not just CVS. I’m happy to shop online, though; I’ve hardly ever been disappointed with anything I’ve bought from them. The Scribble Stick in Caramel is a new favorite of mine! Perfect for natural makeup days! This mid-toned brown crayon creates an easy, wearable smoky eye. It blends nicely; a cream-to-powder formula.

To Wear

Image Credit: Vans

I have been a fan of Vans for years. You just can’t beat the quality of their slip-on shoes. I usually opt for a solid pair, but I love the look of these Checkered Slip-Ons in Rose Dawn/White. The color instantly makes me feel happy. I know I will wear them constantly throughout spring and summer. I love that the muted rose shade isn’t too loud or bright, so it can pair with any outfit. I’m already eyeing another color!

My Favorite Things | February 2021

HOW is February almost over? This year is already flying by. It’s time for another Favorite Things post! These are the items that struck my fancy in February. Let’s get started…

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I’ve been on a palette kick lately! There’s just something so convenient about having your favorite eyeshadows in one place. For the past couple months, I’ve been a really big fan of the Colourpop That’s Taupe Palette. While I usually gravitate towards warmer hues like golds and bronzes, this taupe-based palette has been a nice change. I didn’t know my brown eyes could pop with such cool-toned colors. I really think these shadows would make any eye color stand out. Not one is patchy, and the shimmers even stay put all day. You can’t beat the quality and price!

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Clear lip gloss was probably everyone’s first makeup purchase. I remember buying Maybelline’s Lip Polish in fifth grade and thinking I was all that. I still remember its tacky, glossy goodness. While clear gloss seems very 2006, I have to say that the Essence Shine Shine Shine Gloss in Behind The Scenes deserves a spot in your makeup collection. Seriously! This gloss is so nourishing with the most stunning, glass-like shine. It makes any lipstick underneath really come alive. I love to pair it with Flower Beauty’s Spiced Petal Lipstick.

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I’ve never been much of a nail girl because I’m so hard on my hands! A manicure would chip on me the second I walked out of the salon. But these Dashing Diva Nail Stickers are a complete GAME CHANGER! I’ve bought two sets already. They last for at least two weeks without losing shine. Can you believe? Plus, they are so affordable. I will say that the patterned stickers have a harder time staying put than the solid ones. But you get plenty of spares. I love mixing and matching the different colors and patterns. You have got to try these. They just make you feel put together! Taking them off won’t kill your nail beds. That’s most important.

To Read

Kristin Hannah’s books are so heart-wrenchingly good! I’ve read several of her books: The Nightingale, True Colors and Winter Garden. Her Newest release, The Four Winds did not disappoint. Add this to your TBR pile now!

The novel follows Elsa and her family during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression in the 1930s. Elsa comes from a wealthy family, but is kicked out when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. Her family disowns her, and she builds a new life with her husband and kids. When Texas endures horrific dust storms, Elsa gets the courage to move her family to California, in search of a fresh start. However, it’s anything but easy.

It’s just amazing how resilient Elsa is in spite of facing struggle after struggle. She does everything to protect her family. Whenever I read a book about a historical event, I feel like I read it to pay my respects to those who went through a specific time, if that makes sense. This book provides gritty and raw insight about how hard life was during the Great Depression. You’ll be in awe. I couldn’t put it down!

To Listen

Image Credit: Big Machine Records

I’m a big fan of Carly Pearce’s latest CD, 29. Lately, country music is infused with pop sounds. But I love this album so much because of the traditional, 90s country vibe! Though it’s only seven tracks, each one is so good and so well-written. It has a nice mix of sassy and heartfelt songs. I only wish it was longer. I will definitely have to see her in concert one day. She seems like such a humble, sweet person.

Five Lip Colors I’ve Been Loving!

You can never have too many lip colors. It’s just a fact! Today I want to talk about five of them that have struck my fancy lately. Trust me…you NEED these!

They may be new to my makeup collection, but are here to stay. The best part? They are suitable for everyday wear.

Up first, we have the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip in Give A Fig. I’m usually not one to spend more than $20 on a lip product, but this one is so worth it. The formula is so whipped, creamy and light. Yet, it is so pigmented and gorgeous! I’d describe Give A Fig as a mid-toned pink with a slight coral undertone; like a slightly brighter version of your natural lip color. And, it really does brighten your complexion too. I bought this one on a whim, but I’m so glad I did. A+.

Fenty Beauty’s lip gloss formula is TO. DIE. FOR. There are a lot of (pretty good) dupes on the market, but there is nothing like the real thing. I received the Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer in Ruby Milk as part of a holiday set, and this one is my favorite shade out of the four. Ruby Milk is a sheer cherry red. It reminds me of when you eat a red freeze pop, and a stain is left behind on your lips. But in a natural way! It’s just the slightest little pop of color. The formula is nourishing and so, so comfortable. I look forward to applying it each time.

Speaking of Fenty Beauty, I also recently tried the Gloss Bomb Cream in Cookie Jar. It is the exact same moisturizing and glossy formula, but with more pigment and no shimmer. Although Cookie Jar looks like a straight chocolate brown shade in the tube, it’s more of a tawny rose-brown on my lips. So pretty. If you’re a fan of more natural, earthy-toned lip colors, you HAVE to try Cookie Jar!

Story time: about six years ago, one of my most favorite lipsticks was the Maybelline Superstay formula in Ceaseless Caramel. It was the most perfect, chestnut rose. I truly didn’t have anything like it. But, sadly, about four or so years ago that lipstick line was discontinued. I was oh so sad. Ever since then, I have searched and searched for a dupe of Ceaseless Caramel, but had no luck. UNTIL now! And it was an unexpected find, really: the Flower Beauty Petal Pout Cream Lipstick in Chestnut Kiss.

I absolutely adore this shade. Online, the color description is “chocolate brown” but it definitely has that rosy, brick-y undertone that I’ve been searching for. It also has just the slightest bit of sparkle in it, but you totally don’t see that when you apply. It has the prettiest satin-like finish; not too matte or shiny. I’m probably going to buy a couple more of these just to have backup. Flower Beauty rocks!

If you’re looking for a serious, repairing lip balm, you have got to try the Bite Beauty Agave+ Intensive Lip Mask. It is an all-time favorite right now. The consistency is so unique; it’s really thick and sticky. You think, “How can such a sticky formula make my lips so soft?” But it does! And you need the least little bit. A couple weeks ago, my lips were super flaky and dry. My trusty Carmex Lip Balm wasn’t even helping, and I had a sample of this stuff. My lips were healed in just ONE night. I ran to Sephora to get a full size. This stuff is worth the money!

Best MAKEUP I Discovered In 2020

While I spent most of 2020 in my comfiest tops and joggers, I made a point each day to apply makeup. I feel more like myself when I have my face on! As I selected these products, I noticed that each item is perfect for everyday wear. Without further ado, lets get started!

BLUSH

I really simplified my face makeup this year, ditching primer, foundation and concealer most days! After moisturizing my face, I applied my tried and true Maybelline City Bronzer in Medium, which I have used for the past couple years.

As far as blush goes, I discovered TWO new favorites in 2020–the Almay Healthy Hue Blush in Nearly Nude and elf Cosmetics Primer-Infused Blush in Always Rosy.

Nearly Nude is basically a perfect dupe for Mac’s Warm Soul, if you are a fan of that classic. It has the perfect balance of mauve and bronze tones. I love it so much because it instantly warms up my complexion. I even use it as an eyeshadow often! Love a good multi-tasker.

Always Rosy is your classic rosy-mauve shade. Though it looks dark in the pan, it applies quite sheer and is easy to build up. It has the most natural, airbrushed finish, giving me that rosy cheek look. These are truly a hidden gem at the drugstore and is reminiscent of one of my favorite high-end blushes, Buxom’s Dolly.

EYES

The Haus Laboratories Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder in Frozé Bronze is BY FAR my favorite makeup find of 2020! I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this! Nearly every time I wore it, I received complements. If you’re looking for a true one-stop shop eyeshadow, look no further than this GORGEOUS shade.

Froze Bronze is a warm bronze shade with a subtle hot pink shift. I know I just said hot pink, but trust me, it is not overbearing at all. This color combo is a match made in heaven. It instantly warms your eyes up, and it looks like you spent major time creating this look. But guess what? It literally takes a minute or less to apply and blend. I don’t even use brushes, just my fingertips. The pearly finish is everything, too. I’m obsessed! You need this in your collection.

In 2020, my brow grooming routine took a backseat with the lockdown and all. The CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Gel has saved me! If your brow hairs have a wild side, you need this super-simple gel. I have the shade Medium. It effortlessly combs down unruly hairs, while providing a little bit of tint. There are so many high-end brow gels out there, but this one does the trick for me.

I am very late to the Essence Lash Princess party. I just discovered this mascara in December, but I can tell you that now I will NEVER be without this stuff. If you’re looking for lots of length and everyday volume, head to the drugstore right now!

I can’t say enough good things about Lash Princess. I love the skinny, cone-shaped wand and the simple, creamy formula. My lashes are nothing to write home about, but this mascara makes them look super long and healthy with just two coats. It holds curl and volume all day long. I can’t believe it look me this long to discover such a gem!

LIPS

I actually purchased the NYX Lip Lingerie Gloss in Euro Trash by mistake, yet it has become one of my go-to glosses! This rosy, ballet-pink shade makes my lips look juicy and healthy. It even makes them softer. The high-shine formula isn’t sticky or gloopy, and is nicely pigmented too. The artificial foral-sweet scent is not needed, but I can look past that! If you’re looking for an everyday, comfortable, thow-in-your-purse gloss, Euro Trash is it.

If you’re more of a traditional lipstick gal, I have a STEAL for you. The Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Colors are VERY similar to the Marc Jacobs Lip Cremes. There, I said it. You have to try these!

I have two shades, Spiced Petal (a traditional brown-nude) and Autumn Rose (deep pinky-rose). They are amazing! They have smooth, gel-like formula with so much pigment. I can’t believe they are under $10. Plus, the packaging is chic and sturdy. Flower Beauty has so many great products!

The Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Shiny Lipsticks are the perfect lipstick-gloss-balm hybrid. Don’t be afraid of the frosty sheen–these make your lips look moisturized and healthy. I have the shades Retro Rose and Cookies N Cocoa. Both are two of my favorite lip products!

Retro Rose is a pink-tinged rose while Cookies N Cocoa is your classic brown-nude (not too brown, not too pink.) I’ve been wanting to try more shades. They give you the pigmentation of a lipstick without using a mirror, and the moisture of a gloss and balm. So perfect!

FRAGRANCE

This just in: You DON’T have to spend a ton of money for an elegant fragrance! I stumbled upon this gem in Anthropologie last summer and have been loving it ever since. The Outremer Vanille Eau De Toilette is roasted marshmallow mixed with vanilla perfection.

If you love fally, warm fragrances, you have to pick this one up. Though it is sweet and warm, it doesn’t have that sickly sweet, artificial food smell. I find this fragrance to be so comforting and yummy, and wear it year-round! This travel size has lasted me a long time and was only $10. Yep.

Best Books I Read In 2020!

Here it is! The blog post I look forward to writing every year. The BEST books I read in 2020! Traveling was basically a no-go this year, so reading is the next best thing, right? I have to say, I read so many good books that these are in no particular order, favorites wise. Hope this post helps you fill your bookshelf for 2021. Let’s get started!

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Starting things off with a good old-fashioned whodunit! The Guest List by Lucy Foley was one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. The premise is simple yet compelling; a posh wedding takes place on a remote Irish island, and someone turns up dead. But who? This novel is told from the POV of several wedding guests. Painful pasts are revealed; secrets are exposed. This one kept my attention till the very end.

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Pretty Things by Janelle Brown was another favorite this year. Nina is a skilled con-artist who uses the money she makes to pay for her mother’s cancer treatment. Desperate to pay for a new treatment, Nina sets her sites on robbing Stonehaven, the estate that belongs to one of Nina’s old high school flings, Benny.

While the heist seems straightforward, things soon become complicated. Benny’s spoiled older sister Vanessa happens to live at Stonehaven, looking for a fresh start. Nina longs for revenge after Vanessa’s family forbid her and Benny from seeing each other.

Much like The Guest List, secrets are exposed in Pretty Things. Is Vanessa completely unaware of Nina’s intention to rob the estate, or does she catch on? Great character development, along with plenty of twists and turns.

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If you’re looking for another novel rich with character development, I highly recommend The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. It follows Lakshmi, a young Indian woman who longs to make a name for herself in 1950s India.

As a talented henna artist, she rubs elbows with India’s elite. Lakshmi is confidant that she will soon get enough money to be free of her rocky, estranged marriage and start fresh. But that all changes when her 13-year-old sister shows up. Lakshmi didn’t even know she existed, and now she has to care for her.

Henna Artist doesn’t have a concrete plot, but I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and figuring what was going to happen to them. Lakshmi also grows a lot as a character, embracing the importance of family and learning that life isn’t all about just taking care of yourself.

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If fantasy or sci-fi is more your vibe, I recommend The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab. While it look me a good three and a half weeks or so to get through this hefty novel, it was so worth it!

Addie LaRue lives in a sleepy French town in the 1700s. She is about to marry a man she does not love, and longs for an adventurous life. Naively, the makes a deal with a devil, Luc, who grants her immortality, with a catch–no one is able to remember her.

The book switches back and forth between the 1700s and 2014, where Addie lives in New York and is navigating her life in a more present time, 300 years later. One day, she meets Henry, who can somehow remember her.

Addie lives through countless historical events. You keep wondering what’s going to happen to Addie and Henry–and how Luc becomes intertwined in their stories.

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Home Work by Julie Andrews was like chicken soup for my soul! I absolutely LOVED this book. It follows Julie’s career from Mary Poppins till the mid-1990s. When I read this book, I felt as if she was sitting at a table with me, telling me about her life over a cup of tea. She writes like she is talking to you, and I found that really comforting. Even if you aren’t super familiar with her career, this is still a great read.

Honorable Mentions

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

What has been YOUR most favorite book of the year?! I would love to know. Stay tuned for my 2020 Beauty Favorites coming SOON!

My Favorite Things | NOVEMBER 2020

This year, I’ve stumbled upon what have become some of my favorite books, shows and makeup. A few of those frontrunners are featured in this post! Keep reading to find out the items that struck my fancy this month.

Beauty


The Benefit Cosmetics Hervana Blush is definitely not a new favorite. In fact, I think it’s the first blush I ever owned. It is probably in one of my first blog posts on here. I’m a blush junkie, always finding a new shade or formula to try. Hervana would get pushed to the back of my makeup drawer, and months later I’d always rediscover just how pretty it is.

While it looks a little wild in the pan, the swirls of pink, coral, orchid, and a light shimmer gives your cheeks the prettiest, most natural flush. Sephora and Ulta no longer carry it, but I just repurchased (my THIRD pan) on the Benefit website. It’s been in my makeup collection since 2012, and it’s not going anywhere! Meet your go-to blush.


I think we can all agree that we are always on the hunt for the best mascara. While the L’Oreal Bambi Eye Mascara didn’t do much for me on its own, the wet, jet black formula works wonders as a mascara topper.

You all need to try the NYX On The Rise Liftscara with Bambi Eyes as a top coat! Get ready for thick, lush lashes. I think I’ve found my dream mascara combo. My lashes tend to be thin and wispy, but these two mascaras really help them curl and thicken. Highly highly recommend! If you want more of an everyday, defined look, Bambi Eyes can be worn alone.


As much as I wish I was blessed with long, abundant lashes, I just cannot bring myself to shell out a chunk of money for an expensive lash serum. But, good news! I found a solution at the drugstore. Lately I’ve been applying a super-thin layer of CeraVe Healing Ointment to my lashes at bedtime. Within a SINGLE use, I could tell that my lashes were conditioned and not as fragile looking. My mascara applied much smoother!

This ointment has become a nightstand staple. It has a light, hydrating texture without that thick, silicone feel. It almost feels like a whipped oil. I use it on my hands, lips and even my face when they need extra moisture. A must in these temps.

To Watch

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The Queen’s Gambit is by FAR one of the best shows I’ve ever watched! Only wish it wasn’t a limited series. It follows a young orphan, Beth Harmon. The janitor at her orphanage teaches her how to play chess as a kid, and she’s hooked.

Beth is soon adopted and sets out to become the best chess player in the world– which isn’t easy in such a male-dominated world. Through all of her hard work, Beth still grapples with substance abuse and a troubled childhood.

Though chess seems super complicated to me, I was sucked into this series. You root for Beth the entire time, and each character in this show is really well-written.

To Read

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If you’ve been looking for a book to totally get lost in, you have GOT to read The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab. It combines historical fiction, fantasy and romance. Though it look me a while to read this hefty novel, I’m glad I did!

Addie LaRue lives in a sleepy French town in the 1700s. She is about to marry a man she does not love, and longs for an adventurous life. Naively, the makes a deal with a devil, Luc, who grants her immortality, with a catch–no one is able to remember her.

The book switches back and forth between the 1700s and 2014, where Addie lives in New York and is navigating her life in a more present time, 300 years later. One day, she meets Henry, who can somehow remember her.

While it is not by any means a fast-paced story, I so enjoyed reading this book. The characters are also really well-written and thought out. Addie lives through countless historical events. You keep wondering what’s going to happen to Addie and Henry–and how Luc becomes intertwined in their stories.

My Favorite Things | SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER 2020

I am super pumped about this blog post! These few items I have really enjoyed the past couple months. Let’s not waste any time and dive in to my September + October favorites!

Makeup

I wrote about my Favorite Fall Lip Colors in my last blog post, but you still need that everyday nude pink that goes with everything. No doubt I have several nude pinks in my makeup collection, but Tik Tok talked me into trying the Maybelline Lifter Gloss in Stone, and I’m loving it!

Stone honestly feels like a high-end gloss! It is super-creamy; almost serum-like. The formula goes on sheer but builds up easily. Layer it with a lip liner for extra staying power! Your lips will feel so plump and nourished. Definitely going to try more shades.

In September, I found the eye shadow of my absolute DREAMS! If you’re looking for that one-stop shop type of shadow, you have to buy the Haus Laboratories Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder in Frozé Bronzé. Your life will CHANGE!

It is the prettiest bronze shade with hot pink shift. The color combo sounds random, but it looks so gorgeous on my eyes. I don’t even pair it with anything else because it is perfect worn alone. The bronze isn’t too dark, and the pink shift isn’t too bright. The pearly formula blends so well.

To Read

GoodReads

The first Francine Rivers book I ever read was Redeeming Love in high school, nine years ago. A friend of mine let me borrow her Mark Of The Lion Series, and I finally got around to reading the first one, A Voice In The Wind. If you love historical fiction and the Ancient Rome time period, you’ve got to check this novel out.

It follows a young slave girl, Hadassah. She is sold into slavery after her family is killed by the Romans, back during Bible times. Hadassah begins to work for a wealthy aristocratic family. Though she is often mocked for her her Christian faith, she remains faithful to God and serves the wealthy (and often selfish) family with a willing and grateful heart.

Though it isn’t the quickest read, I was wrapped up in Hadassah’s journey and the day to day happenings. The setting and characters are well-written and vivid in this novel. I’m excited to start the next book!

To Watch

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2020 has been light on the travel for everyone, especially me! I needed to get my travel fix somehow, so I decided to watch Emily In Paris on Netflix. This little show was so breezy and fun to watch. The premise is simple: it follows a young American social media strategist as she ventures to Paris for work. There’s drama, comedy, fashion, cute guys…pretty much everything you need 😉 Highly recommend and can’t wait for season two!

To Drink

Mount Capra Mineral Whey is basically like a warm hug for your tummy. If you’re a fan of cozy drinks during fall (or any time of year) you have to try this stuff! Drinking something made from goat milk sounds strange, but I think this milky, frothy drink is DELICIOUS. It is filled with all sorts of nutrients and is lightly sweet. I treat it like an after-dinner drink. A new spin on hot chocolate!

Favorite Fall Lip Colors | 2020

After a busy few weeks, I’m so excited to be back on here writing about beauty items! To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of fall (I love me some warmth and sunshine and lake days) but one thing I do LOVE about the season is breaking out my favorite fall lip colors. I love browns, terracottas, berries…any deep, moody lip color. So, I’m sharing my top picks today!

I actually purchased the Revlon The Luscious Mattes Lipstick in Shameless this past spring. I loved the deep mauve shade, but thought it was more fitting for colder months. Nonetheless, I’ve really been enjoying it lately. Shameless also has this blush undertone that makes it super wearable and not too dramatic. The formula is whipped and smooth, almost like a solid mousse. Comfortable feel, unique color!

I’ve been writing about the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Inks on my blog for a couple years now, and I’m STILL not over how good this formula is! I’ve lost count over how many I have of these. Recently, I bought the shade Globetrotter, a true terracotta with a slight orange undertone. It’s not too dark or too bright. For a liquid lipstick, the formula is very comfortable and stays in place. I have to touch up my bottom lip after lunch, but otherwise it stays on all day. If you were a fan of KVD’s Lolita back in the day, definitely give Globetrotter a try too. It’s like Lolita’s more wearable sister. 😉

Sometimes, I’m just in the mood to wear a classic, 90s brown. But, I don’t want it to look glossy or drying. L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cowboy is the perfect color and formula. It is the perfect mid-tone chestnut brown. Like the Maybelline formula, it dries down well without cracking and stays in place. It almost has the slightest rosy undertone, so it doesn’t wash me out!

This lipstick right here is one of my all-time favorites! I look forward to wearing it every fall and winter. It’s the Too Faced Peach Kiss Longwear Moisture Matte Lipstick in Got Peach. It is the most perfect, peachy-pumpkin shade. Again, it’s not super bright or dramatic, just the perfect mid-tone color. I love the sturdy packaging–and, it smells like fresh peach ice cream! The formula is so creamy and smooth; so comfortable to wear.

If you really wanna make a statement, the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Blow is just for you! I love this true dark cherry shade. It looks so good worn alone with just a little bit of bronzer and mascara! The formula is super creamy; almost like a gel. I like to apply with a brush just to make sure it’s super precise! PS – It’s on Sale for 50% off right now!

Shameless, Globetrotter, Cowboy, Got Peach and Blow