Three EASY ways to wear PEACH!

Although peach is a universally flattering color, it can be intimidating trying to figure out how to wear it properly. For some reason, I stayed away from it for a long time!

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So today, I thought I’d share my favorite ways to wear this bright yet practical color! Let’s get started…

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Back in the wintertime I purchased the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. It has been a favorite in my collection since! Obviously, this palette contains several wearable peachy shades–from matte to subtle glitter. The key to pulling off peachy eyeshadow is placing it in one area of your lid such as the crease or outer corners. To tie a look together, I pair my peach shadow with a subtle golden or beige shade–the Sweet Peach Palette contains those as well. The majority of the shades are wearable and blend easily. Plus, it smells like juicy peach candy. YUM!

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I’m pretty sure the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is a staple in EVERY beauty junkie’s collection! It truly is universally flattering. This peachy-golden blush has the prettiest sheen to it without looking too chunky. My complexion is instantly warmed up! Milani has such great, high-quality products. I only wish it was sold in more places than CVS and the packaging was more durable. The plastic label on the top ALWAYS wants to pop out of place! Nonetheless, this blush is still worth the money. I’m on my third compact!

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At first glance, it looks like MAC CremeSheen Lipstick in Coral Bliss belongs in 1987–but don’t let the bold, coral-peach bullet scare you! This lipstick applies incredibly sheer, which makes it super-wearable. It might as well be a tinted balm! You can apply one coat for a subtle wash of color or apply a couple more for more intensity. Whatever the case, it’s goof-proof. The finish is smooth and pearly without being frosty.

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Coral Bliss isn’t very long lasting, but with the buttery formula, it is a cinch to reapply. I’m a big fan of MAC lipsticks, and this is one of my favorites. Such a unique yet practical color!

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I hope this post encourages you to buy some peachy makeup! Although it’s such a happy, springy shade, I believe peach can be worn all year. 🙂 Happy shopping!

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My top photo-styling tips

When I started my blog nearly four years ago, one of the factors I was most intimidated by was capturing photos for each post. After all, I am not a professional photographer! Through the years, I learned to make the best of my surroundings and became more confidant in my photography skills. That’s why I’m excited to learn about Light, a new company developing conveniently-sized cameras that produce high-quality photos with the ease of using a smartphone. Until that technology is common in all cameras, here are some simple tips on how I style photos for my blog!

Capturing Fashion 

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1. When I’m modeling an outfit, I shoot outside. My favorite time to shoot is mid-day, when it’s not too sunny and shadows are at a minimum. Plus, natural light allows my outfit to pop. I didn’t have to edit this photo; it was already balanced nicely!

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2. When I’m capturing an outfit indoors, I make sure to choose a neutral background. This background worked because it didn’t conflict with the outfit. Because gray is a neutral color, it isn’t too bright or dark. Once again, the outfit popped nicely against the gray, and was able to stand out!

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3. To add variety to photos, I use lower thirds. This is one of my favorite tips I learned in college! Instead of having my subject at the center of the frame, I position it to the side. That way, the subject doesn’t “cut off” the background. Lower thirds adds balance to a photo.

Capturing Makeup

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  1. If it’s too bright outside to capture a makeup look, I shoot in the car! I know it sounds silly, but I’ve captured some quality portraits perched in the passenger seat. The lighting is nearly perfect, and no dark shadows are around. All colors are able to stay true!

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2. If I’m including multiple objects in one shot, I use something to frame the photo. The dish is the focal point in this shot. It really ties the objects together instead of having them randomly placed. Framing the objects and having a pink-and-yellow color scheme easily composes this photo.

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3. When I don’t want to use an actual frame in my photo, I make sure there is a leading line present. The edge of my vanity serves as the leading line in this shot. To tie this photo together, I lined my products up to follow the edge of my vanity. I love how clean and crisp this shot is.

4. I also use filters from time to time to enhance my shots. In this photo I saturated and sharpened the colors so they looked more uniform. I’m all for using filters as long as they don’t completely alter my photos!

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I hope this post helps you out! Capturing the right shot can be intimidating, but there are really simple ways to improve your photos. You don’t have to be a professional to capture the world around you! All you need to do is work with your surroundings.

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Wedding Registry Survival Tips

Summer may be drawing to a close, but we are still in the midst of wedding season! To me, there is nothing more joyous than attending the wedding of a loved one. However, the most stressful part is figuring out the PERFECT gift to give.

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Zola is a nifty website that helps you build a registry and stay organized! So today, I’m going to share some of my DO’s, DON’Ts and other tips to navigating a wedding registry…and how to decide on the right wedding gift!

Q: Do I HAVE to purchase something off the registry? 
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It is a good place to start, but you don’t have to strictly buy from it! I like to use the registry as a reference point. Scope out the bride and groom’s taste, and then put your own spin on a gift if you have something more personal in mind.

Q: How much do I spend?
A: An ideal amount is $50 to $100. With that being said, spend however much you are comfortable with. There is no need to spend a TON of money.

Q: When should I give my gift?
A: If there is not a gift table at the reception, just give your gift to the bride or groom sometime BEFORE the wedding. After the ceremony, people are focused on celebrating!

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MORE tips for selecting the perfect wedding gift…

  1. DO be practical. In the past, I’ve gifted items that are practical yet decorative at the same time. Coasters are a good option; they keep a coffee table clean and give it flair!
  2. DO personalize. Personalization gives a gift that little extra something without being too extravagant! For example, a cozy blanket with the couple’s last name embroidered on it. Or, wine glasses with an embossed monogram is super chic yet practical.
  3. DON’T go big. Large gifts are hard to transport, especially if the couple is getting married a long way from home. A smaller, more personable gift does the trick without being clunky!
  4. DON’T stress! Remember, the bride and groom invited you to the wedding for your company, not your gift-giving ability! Stick to your budget, and use the registry as a guideline. A wedding gift should come from your heart and not damage your wallet.
  5.  Cash IS an option. If you don’t have time to pick up an actual gift, don’t panic; cash works too! Here’s an easy guide to help you:

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Hope these tips are able to relieve your stress! Wedding gift giving can get tricky, but at the end of the day, it IS the thought that counts.

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My favorite things | July 2017

This month has blown by–which means it’s time for another round of My Favorite Things! Here are the items that caught my eye in July.

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M A K E U P

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The Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette in Caramel Toffee has been in my collection for a year now. I’m still a rookie at contouring, so this palette is perfect for that! However, for the past couple weeks I’ve been using the highlighting shade as a setting powder, and been LOVING IT! Both powders are so buttery smooth that they feel like a cream. I use the light shade to set my foundation and concealer. It doesn’t look powdery or ashy.

This palette is such a great buy! Whether you want to use it for contouring or setting powder, you can’t go wrong. You get a lot of bang for your buck!

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I received this Maybelline Stay Matte Ink Color in Lover for free as part of my Splash VoxBox from Influenster. Lip stains have made a major comeback in the beauty world for the past few months, so I was excited to try.

This stain is NO JOKE!! I was skeptical of the staying power since this lip color has a gel-cream consistency. Let me tell you, Lover stays on nearly ALL DAY with minimal fading. This is also surprising since Lover is a mid-toned pink instead of a super-dramatic shade.

I strongly suggest giving this lip color a try. The formula is excellent: creamy and non-drying while still lasting! The wand has a pointed end so you can achieve a sharp line. It does smell chemically when you first apply, but the smell quickly dissipates. These lip stains are truly innovative. Can’t wait to try more shades!

S K I N C A R E

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I’m always on the lookout for my next favorite face mask, so I recently picked up the SkinFood Egg White Pore Hot Steam Pack from Ulta. To be in such a small tube, this little item sure does *pack* a punch!

The formula is charcoal gray and gritty, with a fresh, earthy scent. When applied to clean skin, this mask has a very slight warming sensation. It does a good job of unclogging pores, clearing up acne and it made my skin soft.

I have used this mask for a couple months now and the tube is just about half empty. I try to use it a couple times a week. For the price, you get a lot of product! I really think this mask is suitable for all skin types. It’s not too fancy and it gets the job done. I will repurchase!

B O O K S  W O R T H  R E A D I N G

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In my last blog post, I highlighted three novels that really compelled me lately: The Alice Network; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo; and And Again. 

Each novel is in a different genre but equally enthralling. Whether you want to read about a top-secret spy ring fused with a quest to find a loved one, the life and times of a (fictional) Hollywood film siren, or a futuristic medical innovation, these novels do not disappoint!

F O O D  +  D R I N K 

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I know this favorite may be a little random/silly, but I have been OBSESSED with Lime La Croix for the past couple months.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve done my best to kick soda. I just felt like it was sugar overload for me. La Croix gives me that soda fix without being over-the-top sweet!

If you are hesitant about trying carbonated water, I suggest picking up Lime La Croix. It has the most flavor of the La Croix flavors I’ve tried, and tastes so refreshing and bubbly. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to jump on the bandwagon! What’s your favorite flavor?

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Hope you all enjoyed this post! What are your go-to skincare, beauty and book picks for July?

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THREE compelling novels worth reading

For the past month or so, I’ve read three very different but equally compelling novels. Reading is my favorite hobby; I just love the aspect of being transported to a different era!

Today, I thought I would share my thoughts on these three novels. Let’s get started!

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I’ve been a history nerd since the second grade, so it was no surprise when I decided to read The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. This novel begins in the late ’40s, shortly after WWII. Nineteen-year-old Charlie St. Clair is expecting, unmarried and disgraced by her parents. In addition to her unexpected pregnancy, something else is weighing on her mind–the fate of her beloved cousin, Rose, who she hasn’t heard from since the ’30s.

Meanwhile, we are taken further back in time to 1915. Eve Gardiner is a teenager who struggles with stammering. Although society looks at her as incompetent, she longs to make an impact on the world. Eve ultimately joins a top-secret spy ring, The Alice Network, which provides aide during World War I.

Charlie and Eve’s stories intertwine. The women meet early on in the novel, and Charlie talks Eve into taking her around Europe to seek closure for Rose. Now haggard and reclusive, Eve decides to take care of some unfinished business that has haunted her for some 30 years.

In short, The Alice Network is split into two time frames: 1915 as Eve is working with The Alice Network; and 1947, when Charlie is on a quest to find her cousin Rose.

Charlie and Eve are two different women from vastly different backgrounds. Yet they find that they have much more in common than not.

This novel gripped me from the first page to the very last! It has equal parts of action and adventure, with a dash of romance and suspense! At the end, I was truly on the edge of my seat!

If you are a lover of history or just love a good old page turner, I strongly suggest The Alice Network. It is probably one of my top favorites this year!

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Dominique Grant is an up-and-coming journalist, struggling to find her footing both professionally and personally after an abrupt split from her husband. Plus, she is unenthused with her job at a magazine.

One day, the tables quickly turn. Seventy-something Hollywood Icon Evelyn Hugo insists that Dominique author a feature about her in the magazine. Dominique feels unqualified, but nonetheless meets with Hugo for the interview.

Evelyn then reveals to Dominique that she wants her to write her life story; the magazine article was simply a ploy. Dominique reluctantly agrees.

Evelyn dives into detail about her decades-long life in Hollywood. The public perceived Hugo as a glamorous film siren with multiple marriages under her belt, but that was merely a facade.  There is much more to Evelyn’s story than money, dashing husbands and blockbuster films. The twist ending finally connects Dominique to Evelyn–it really threw me for a loop!

I quickly devoured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid during a beach trip a couple weeks ago. Evelyn Hugo is a complicated woman who longs to tell the public the truth about her life. I quickly turned the pages of this juicy novel like a tabloid magazine.

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And now, for a truly unique and thought-provoking novel-And Again by Jessica Chiarella. I’ve never read a book like this one.

And Again begins with four terminally ill patients waking up with brand-new, pristine bodies. They are part of a clinical trial for SUBlife, which is yet to be approved by the FDA. As innovative as their new bodies are, the four patients struggle to find themselves.

Hannah, a once talented artist, struggles to rekindle her zest for painting. David, a politician, still wrestles with his old habits. Linda can’t reconnect with her family after being paralyzed for eight years. Connie struggles to revive her acting career after being sidelined with an agressive illness.

And Again is all about how these individuals cope with their lives after receiving new bodies. Is having a second chance at life at all what its hyped up to be?

The chapters are short and sweet, which helps the alternating viewpoints tie together nicely. The characters are complex and interesting. Chiarella has a descriptive and engrossing writing style without being too wordy.

Though sometimes I became frustrated with each character for not being grateful for their new body, (I’d be praising the high Heavens!!!) I appreciate that the author made a point that being “perfect” doesn’t make life easy. I think that’s something we can all relate to!

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 Whether you are craving gripping  historical fiction or contemporary sci-fi, I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did. 🙂

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Summer SEPHORA Haul

Hi friends! Today I thought I would do a quick Sephora haul. I’ve visited several times during the past few months and found some real gems!

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Let’s get started…

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For the past couple years I’ve been content with my NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. More recently, I’ve tried the Milani spray, which is really good as well! I decided to take a chance on the Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist. I heard good reviews, so of course I had to try it for myself.

This spray is ULTRA FINE. The droplets are even smaller than the Milani Spray. It almost feels like with each pump you get at least half air. On the upside, it smells like cucumber-so refreshing! Most importantly, this setting spray prolongs my makeup nicely.

You do get a generous amount of spray for around $25, but I have to do several pumps to cover my whole face. This isn’t a bad product, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase.

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Makeup Sponges are all the rage! Gone are the days of the simple, triangle-shaped ones. This Sephora Collection The Perfectionist: Airbrush Sponge is truly a hidden gem at Sephora. It is basically two sponges in one: The wide end is for foundation; the smaller end blends under-eye concealer with ease.

This Airbrush Sponge is more on the dense side, but it still expands nicely–just not as much as the pink L’Oreal sponge. The durable material is so soft and cloth-like. I’ve washed this baby about five times and it has yet to tear! For $5, you can’t really beat that! This item is on sale on the Sephora website; I hope they don’t discontinue!

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A few weeks ago, I got this small size of Nars Blush in Orgasm with my Beauty Insider Points. I had the stick version of this blush a few years back, and I wasn’t a fan because it was too glittery for me. Nonetheless, I wanted to give the pressed version a try.

Shortly after I brought this home, I heard that Nars reformulated O by trading out the gold shimmer for more of a SHEEN. This was such a good move! This blush is much more finely milled without the chunky shimmer. It sits nicely on the skin without being too bold.

This trial size has quite a lot of product, so I won’t have to repurchase too soon! When I do, I will definitely consider. The new formulation is so flattering; the pinky-peach tone looks good on anyone, especially without the chunky gold shimmer.

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It wouldn’t be a proper Sephora haul without a lip product, so here we go! A couple weeks ago I picked up this Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss in XXL Nude and have been LOVING IT ever since.

I know the photograph is awkward, but XXL Nude reminds me of a warmer version of Buxom’s White Russian. It is a pinky-nude shade with a hint of caramel. The formula is slightly more opaque than White Russian. XXL Nude claims to have plumping benefits, but honestly I didn’t really notice much of a change. It does feel refreshing and has nice staying power. The pointed applicator is small and very precise!

XXL Nude is wearable for every day! It has that same sugar-cookie scent as the Buxom Glosses. If White Russian happens to be out of stock, I suggest giving this gloss a try. Both are almost identical down to the shade, formula and scent.

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Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! Sephora is one of my staples when I hit the mall. What is your favorite item to buy from there?

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Influenster #SplashVoxBox REVIEW

A few weeks ago, I joined an online community called Influenster. It is basically a website where you write reviews on all your favorite products–from makeup to cleaning products; even airlines and hotels. Since I’m a makeup junkie, I thought it would be fun to join Influenster just to share my thoughts on my favorite products.

Earlier this month, I was chosen to participate in Influenster’s #SplashVoxBox Campaign! I received six products for FREE to review.

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****These items were complementary, but the following thoughts are completely my own.****

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Mike and Ike Sour-Licious Zours satisfy my candy craving. These morsels are the perfect blend of sour and sweet! Each flavor is really tangy and tasty without being too intense. Plus, you don’t have to worry about stickiness with these candies. After about four or five candies, my sweet tooth is happy.

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Because I have fine hair, I wash my hair every other day. On the days I skip, I use dry shampoo to soak up dirt and oil. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo is really effective for a drugstore option. Normally, I reach for dry shampoos with a clean, fresh scent. This one is on the warm, sweet side! Although I was a little iffy about the scent at first, I grew to like it. It reminds me of Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath and Body Works.

When I first sprayed this dry shampoo, it had an earthy scent to it. Once that dissipated, I could really smell the vanilla! This formula does a nice job at soaking up oil. I suggest you hold the can several inches away from your hair to avoid a white cast. Also, let the product sit for a few minutes before blending it in to your hair.

This dry shampoo smells nice while still being effective! I’m glad I received this sample, and would repurchase with my own money.

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I’ve been into trying new face masks lately, so this Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask is right down my alley. This mask has a unique texture; almost like a creamy, cool putty. When I applied it to my clean face, I felt small granules exfoliating my skin.

It took about three to four minutes to dry. Once it did, the mask felt dry and chalky. If you have oily skin, this mask is worth trying! It exfoliates nicely and clarifies too. I’m not a huge fan of my face feeling chalky, but this wasn’t a bad product at all. It is effective, and a little goes a long way. I’m just a fan of creamy and moisturizing masks.

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Nature’s Origin Peppermint Essential Oil Roll-On is a nifty little product. I love how the oil is housed in a roll-on tube, because it is mess-free and easy for travel! The peppermint oil smells really comforting and refreshing.

I only wish the oil was more concentrated. Each time I apply it to the inside of my arm, the scent fades within minutes. With that being said, this oil moisturizes well without being greasy. Best of all, it helps me relax! Plus, this tube looks nice perched on my bedside table or vanity.

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Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Bon Bons is such a festive polish for summer. Recently, I wore it alone, and it had really nice staying power.

Bon Bons would also make a really fun top coat! I would layer it on top of a bright red polish for extra dimension.

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OK…I saved my most FAVORITE product in this VoxBox for last!

I’m just gonna go ahead and say– Go buy Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color right now! I received the shade Lover. Let me tell you, this product is one of the BEST lip stains at the drugstore!!

The texture is quite unique; it’s a cross between a liquid lipstick and stain. It has the creaminess of a liquid lipstick, but the staying power of a stain! When I applied, I found the texture to be comfortable. The pointed applicator allowed me to achieve a crisp line. Once the stain dries down, it does feel a bit tacky. However, I found this to not be problematic; I would rather my lips be a little sticky than bone-dry and cracked.

Lover is universally flattering; I would describe it as the perfect mid-toned pink! Not too bold or too pale. It stays on ALL DAY while barely fading! Truly amazing. I love that it’s an affordable product, too.

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

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My Favorite Things | JUNE 2017

Summer has gotten off to a pretty good start. I’ve spent nearly every weekend in the sunshine and enjoying the lake. As always, today I thought I would share with y’all the items that struck my fancy in the month of June.

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In addition to beauty, I have a book favorite as well as a playlist. Let’s get right to it!

B E A U T Y 

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For the past couple years, drugstore beauty brands have really stepped up their game. There are lots of dupes out there that closely compare to high-end products. One of them is this Maybelline MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold. Before this product, I never really found an INTENSE drugstore highlighter.

Well friends, Molten Gold fills that void–and fills it well! This creamy, champagne-gold highlighter is the real deal. It reminds me of Becca’s Champagne Pop on steroids. Molten Gold is definitely on the flashy side. I can see how it can be intimidating to wear, but all you have to do is use a light hand.

To apply, I use the RealTechniques Setting Brush. Its fine, synthetic bristles pick up product very nicely. Molten Gold looks so gorgeous on the tops of my cheekbones. I make sure to spend a little extra time blending so the highlighter adheres nicely to my skin instead of just sitting on top.

Molten Gold isn’t for the faint of heart–but if you’re searching for a daring but glam highlight, look no further. I really hope Maybelline comes out with more shades!

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I’ve used L’Oreal Shampoo for so long that I can’t remember what brand I used before this one. I’m currently on my third bottle of this EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo, and it has become my favorite.

Although I love my fine, wavy hair, it can be prone to dryness and frizz. This shampoo does a great job of keeping those issues at bay while not weighing my hair down one bit. It cleans nicely and provides just the right amount of moisture. Plus, it smells like coconut. Who doesn’t love that?!

Nonetheless, I will continue to buy this shampoo. It’s smooth and creamy, and doesn’t contain harsh salts. I just love everything about it!

J E W E L R Y

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How cute are these BaubleBar Embellished Tassel Earrings from Target?

Tassel earrings are definitely a hot trend this year. They just add sophistication and fun to any outfit! You can pair them with a cocktail dress, or a top and jean skirt like I did.

As if you couldn’t find another reason to love Target, their jewelry selection has been ON POINT lately with so many funky and stylish earrings to choose from. Best of all, you don’t have to sacrifice your wallet. Can’t wait to pick out my next pair!

A  B O O K  WORTH READING

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Ever since I devoured Karma Brown’s Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make earlier this year, I counted the weeks until her third effort, In This Moment,  hit shelves.

Brown resumed her classic storytelling formula with Moment: The main character endures tragedy and finds a way to rise above….

Meg Pepper is picking up her teenage daughter from school one day when she carelessly waves a teenage boy across the street. Another car appears out of nowhere, accidentally hitting him. He is seriously injured.

Blaming herself, Meg is torn to shreds over this freak accident. She desperately tries to make amends with the boy’s family. Meanwhile, pain from her past comes creeping back  to haunt her as she remembers witnessing a similar traumatic event years earlier.

Moment details how she comes to terms with her pain, while trying to keep her hectic life–which is quickly unraveling–in tact.

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In This Moment didn’t blow me away as much as Brown’s previous novels. With that being said, I’m still a huge fan of her writing style. She tells Meg’s story in such a relatable way. Meg’s emotions are raw and believable–you’ll just want to give her a hug.

Although Moment lacks the poignant punch of Brown’s other books, it is still worth reading. Each character is well-developed along with the storyline.

I give In This Moment a B+, and am already anticipating Brown’s next release!

P L A Y L I S T

A small eternity has passed since I made a new Favorites Playlist. There are many things to be happy about music-wise!

For one, Shania Twain has made her comeback after a 15-year hiatus! Woohoo! Her new single, Life’s About To Get Good is a breath of fresh air. It has a STRONG 60’s vibe with a plucky banjo twist. Good is eclectic and joyful, just like Shania herself. She sings about overcoming pain–something that EVERYONE can relate to. I can’t wait to hear her new record!

Also, Niall Horan came out with a new single, Slow Hands. Horan departed from his One Direction pop roots for a more rustic, soulful sound–reminiscent of John Meyer.  This song has been on repeat for the past two weeks. Slow Hands is such a flirty and catchy summer song.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post!

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The BEST (really) cheap DRUGSTORE makeup

Today I’m going to talk about some of my FAVORITE drugstore beauty buys. It’s always a home run when I stumble upon cheap makeup that I end up really LOVING! Here are my thoughts…

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There are TONS of high-end makeup brushes out there with super-soft bristles that offer even coverage. For some reason, I have never been one who wants to drop major cash on makeup brushes. I have found that elf Makeup Brushes do the trick for me! And you know what? Pretty much all of them are under ten dollars! Their eye makeup brushes are the BEST. They apply my shadow like a dream and aren’t the least bit streaky!

I really love the Complexion Brush also. The handle has loosened a bit over time, but it has yet to break–and still works just fine. These brushes also wash very nicely and hardly (if ever) shed. If you’re looking for some (very) cheap but amazing quality makeup brushes, I strongly suggest checking out the Elf section at the drugstore.

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Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Love is probably one of the best affordable blushes out there. I would describe Satin Love as being a cross between a pink and rosey blush. This tawny shade flatters most skin tones, and brings out my natural flush. I wouldn’t say it’s completely matte; it doesn’t have a shimmery finish either. The satin finish has a soft sheen to it and blends into my cheeks nicely. At just $3 a pop, you can’t really go wrong. I’m looking forward to trying the other shade in this range.

As the name suggests, this blush feels slightly creamy and satin-like to the touch but goes on like a powder. It won’t leave you looking ashy or flat at all.

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For years, I have been faithful to my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I still love that stuff but as always I’m on the hunt for a bargain. Once again, Elf got my vote with their Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer. This $2 eyeshadow primer does its job perfectly. I smooth out a small amount on my eyelids before I apply my shadow. This creamy formula dries clear and seamlessly. I only wish it had some tint to it like Eden does. Still, this has been a staple in my collection lately.

I strongly recommend wearing primer no matter what shadow you’re rocking. It will make it last so much longer! There are some high-dollar primers out there, but if you’re tight on money or just love saving it, this primer does the trick!

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It’s really funny how closely the new L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara mirrors the iconic Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It has the same pearly pink tube, and even the wand is strikingly similar. After testing it out for a couple weeks now, I can honestly say that the dupe is pretty much as good as its high-end twin!

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Lash Paradise and BTS share a nearly identical hourglass-shaped wand. LP’s wand is a little bit smaller and more dense; the bristles are softer, too. I didn’t get quite as much length with Lash Paradise, but this mascara piles on volume like a champ. The formula is thick, but not as shiny as BTS.

All in all, Lash Paradise is a wonderful mascara! Like BTS, it gives major volume to your lashes and holds curl nicely too.  Except for a couple subtle differences, it is practically a dupe. Lash Paradise is just $10; a whopping $14 cheaper than BTS. Definitely a steal!

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I’m just gonna go all out and say that the Jordana EasyLiner in Baby Berry is my ALL-TIME favorite lip liner! This is the second time I’ve purchased, and I will never be without it in my collection.

Baby Berry is the prettiest pink shade. It’s not too bright or too nude, and has the most gorgeous pearly finish. I love to layer it under MAC Creme Cup Lipstick. Talk about a dream team.

Do yourself a favor and go pick up this lip liner! It costs around $2 at Walgreens. Yep, you read that right! The texture is creamy yet mattifying without being too dry. It’s just the PERFECT lip liner. I love it!!

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Hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Finding cheap beauty thrills at the drugstore are so fun! What has been your favorite beauty steal lately?

Let me know!

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Glossing through my lip gloss collection!

Today I thought I would do a simple post on the lip glosses that are currently in my beauty collection. I used to think lip gloss was a rather juvenile item, suitable for preteens coming into the world of makeup.

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But it turns out, some gloss formulas today are quite innovative and wearable! Let’s take a look at what I have:

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First off, we have Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian. If I were to recommend a lip gloss that every woman should have in her collection, it would be THIS one. White Russian is just that classic peachy-pink shade that is universally flattering. There’s no shimmer or glitter just creamy, smooth color. I love to layer it on top of a creamy matte lipstick for extra dimension. Or, it is incredibly easy to slick on and wear alone for a nude lip. The cool and refreshing plumping sensation is a bonus. White Russian will forever be a staple in my collection. You just can’t go wrong with this color!

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The Buxom lip glosses offer a plumping effect by a cooling sensation. Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Let’s Flamingle is a little bit different. Upon applying this cheery, coral-pink gloss, my lips start to buzz with a warming sensation. It feels like putting a bit of hot sauce or cinnamon on my lips. Although it’s not painful, the gloss does feel different and the plumping sensation for a good 20 minutes before dying down.

I really, really love the color, but I’m just not sure I would buy this plumping gloss again.  The warmth of it gets a little distracting after a while. It’s too bad, because I’m a fan of Too Faced. Has anyone tried their Peachy Lip Oils? I’m interested in trying those out!

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I bought this Rimmel London Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Non-Stop Glamour a few weeks ago as an impulse buy. Nonetheless, it was worth the five dollars. If you’re searching for a natural-looking gloss, this caramel-nude shade is just gorgeous. It is non-sticky and adds the prettiest bit of shimmer to your lips.

I do wish the staying power was stronger, but Non-Stop Glamour is no big deal to reapply. Once again, this gloss is beautiful on top of lipsticks or alone. It’s a nice little hidden gem at the drugstore.

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This Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss in Unreal is quite new to the market, so I decided to give it a try. Although I was unsure of it at first, I’m glad I purchased.

A lip lacquer is like the glossy version of a liquid lipstick. Because the consistency is more opaque than a traditional gloss, Unreal is on the tacky side. With that being said, I don’t really mind it because the staying power is quite impressive. Even as the glossiness faded, I was left with a pretty sheen a couple hours into wearing it. I would describe Unreal as being a tawny nude shade with a touch of mauve. I’m really curious to try more shades!

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Hope you all enjoyed this post! Glosses are ideal for when you want to wear a slight wash of color.

What is your favorite lip gloss? Let me know!

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