The Best Weightless Makeup

Hi friends!

I don’t know of anyone who likes piling on layers and layers of makeup in the morning. Who has time for that?You just have to get up and go. So today, I thought I would talk about some beauty items that are air-light and a cinch to apply; no heaviness here! Let’s get started…

F A C E

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Believe it or not, I have recently tried a new face primer! I’ve stuck with my Laura Geller Spackle so long that I didn’t need to try anything else. However, last week I bought the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer. (Whew, that’s a long name.) I must say that I’m loving it so far! The texture is different; it’s a cross between a cream and a balm. It soaks right into my face, like velvet. With that being said, it’s not greasy and doesn’t drag. It even fills in pores.

The No7 Airbrush Away Foundation is the perfect complement to the Soap & Glory Primer. This is the first “droplet” foundation I’ve ever used. As expected, it has an incredibly light texture; it’s not creamy, just straight liquid. If you’re looking for a light-coverage foundation, give this one a shot. You can build it up to the boldness you want. I use a nickel-sized amount. It blends in seamlessly with a brush–and yes, it looks airbrushed! To ensure it won’t move throughout the day, I set it with a little bit of powder. The finish is neither matte or glowy; this combo feels like my real skin!

C H E E K S

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If powder or even cream blush isn’t your thing, I would try the Glossier Cloud Paints. Much like the Airbrush Away Foundation, it has an air-light, liquid texture. The shade Puff is a simple light pink shade. It blends so seamlessly that it hardly requires effort. I like to layer it with a powder blush; it gives me that “lit from within” look. Plus, it has nice staying power too!

L A S H E S 

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I loooove trying out new mascaras. I’m faithful to a couple different ones, but I just can’t resist trying out whichever one is new on the market. Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara gives my lashes volume and curl.

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The texture of the mascara is unique; it has a creamy and whipped formula. As you can see, A LOT of product is dispensed on the brush and there is an ample amount of bristles. After about two or three coats, my lashes are lush and thick. It can look a bit clumpy, but I really don’t mind! It stays on all day and doesn’t flake. Plus, it smells faintly of coconut.

L I P S

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As I have mentioned several times before on my blog, the Nars PowerMatte Lip Pigment in Save The Queen is one of my favorite liquid lipsticks because it is TRULY weightless. The formula is so thin and breathable and comfortable. The tiny applicator is so precise, easily allowing me to get a sharp line. It doesn’t dry my lips out or get crusty. I do recommend that your lips are clean before applying so it doesn’t get all patchy. These PowerMatte Lip Pigments have such a unique formula; can’t wait to try more shades.

So there ya have it! I hope you all enjoyed this blog post. What are some of your favorite natural, barely-there beauty items?

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2017 BEAUTY FAVORITES | My must-haves…

Hi friends! 2018 may be here, but today I thought I’d do a post on the makeup I used the most in 2017. I have a vast makeup collection and love testing new products, but these are the items that held my interest. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get right to it!

B A S E

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First off, we have Laura Geller Spackle Under-Makeup Primer in Champagne. I have been a Spackle fan for almost SIX years now! To me, it is the perfect primer: it adds moisture, helps my makeup stay on, and is not the least bit greasy. The Champagne tint just adds a little extra glow without looking shiny. The formula goes on smoothly and doesn’t ball up on your skin. Spackle is perfect if you have combination to dry skin. I will continue to repurchase for years to come.

In 2017, I was obsessed with TWO drugstore foundations: Maybelline Matte+Poreless and L’Oreal Pro-Glow. The Maybelline foundation has a soft matte finish that isn’t drying and stays all day. It is an ideal foundation for daily use; the coverage is light-to-medium. Pro-Glow has more of a radiant, glowy finish that doesn’t slip on my skin or look greasy. I’m loving it during these frigid temperatures! I am a fan of mixing these two foundations together; they create a smooth, natural finish. These items have taught me that you don’t have to break the bank on a quality foundation!

I don’t wear concealer all the time, but when I do I reach for the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Light. This stuff is no joke! High coverage concealers are really trendy these days; most high-end beauty brands offer them. However, this one is sold at Walmart! I pop on a small amount to cover blemishes or brighten under my eyes. For a small price, you get a large amount of product. A little goes a long way.

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I feel like setting your makeup is one of the most overlooked steps in a beauty routine. It may seem unnecessary, but I truly think it makes a difference in the longevity of your makeup look. To set my foundation and concealer, I’ve been using the elf Tone Correcting Powder lately. It is effective and mess-free. Since it’s finely milled, it won’t make you look ashy!

Setting spray is even more important than powder. No matter your skin type, spray a generous amount of this stuff on, and you will look airbrushed. My two favorites of the year have been the Catrice Prime and Fine MultiTalent Fixing Spray and Kat Von D Makeup Setting Mist. 

The Catrice spray is a great hidden gem at Ulta. To be packaged in a small bottle, a large amount of product is dispensed in a single spray. Only about three pushes covers my entire face! That being said, the spray is high quality and fine; I only wish it came in a bigger bottle. I am already on my third one!

When I first purchased the KVD Spray, I was skeptical. Was it really worth $26? I was alarmed at how fine the mist was when I first put it on my face. It felt like air! However, this spray does set my makeup beautifully. It takes just a few more sprays to cover my face. Plus, it is so refreshing and smells like cucumber! I think I will repurchase.

B R O N Z E  / B L U S H / H I G H L I G H T

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In my opinion, the Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer is the ABSOLUTE BEST BRONZER at the drugstore. It has the smoothest, most buttery texture that is impossible to mess up! I am on my third pan and will continue to repurchase. It is just so natural looking and wearable; not ashy, orange or muddy! Sure, it may be a tad expensive for the drugstore, but it is so worth it. I recommend it to everyone. Give it a try!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed has been by far my favorite blush I have purchased in a looong time. It may look boring in the pan, but it is the prettiest, most natural pink. It literally goes with any makeup look; dramatic, everyday, you name it. I cannot say enough good things about it! I absolutely LOVE exposed. If you are scared of blush, try this one. It looks good on every skin tone and is impossible to mess up. No shimmer or glitter; it brings out your natural flush!

The drugstore has really been stepping it up with highlighters. I bought a lot of them in the past year, but my favorite has been the Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Mine took one too many tumbles, but I have thoroughly been enjoying the gold and pink shades. They may be in powder form, but they apply quite creamy. The smooth texture makes it so, so easy to blend. I love to apply this to the tops of my cheekbones or inner corners. My face is instantly glowing, without tacky glitter. This palette may be on the bold side, but it’s still wearable if you use a light hand. I highly recommend.

E Y E S 

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I have had my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette for a year and a half now. Yet, it is still my most-used eyeshadow palette! To this day, I CANNOT get over just how gorgeous each shade is. Whether you want a natural, everyday look or something more sultry, you can achieve it with MR. My favorite shades are Love Letter, Antique Bronze and Red Ochre. The shimmery shades are just stunning! Plus, each shadow blends easily and is not patchy. You need to give this palette a chance!

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Eyeshadow primer is another vital product to your makeup routine. I have used the Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base so much in the past year. It has a little tint to it that covers imperfections. Most importantly, it improves the staying power of any shadow. This primer is around $4 at Ulta. Can’t beat that!

The bareMinerals Lash Domination Ink Liner is the best liquid eyeliner on the market, I kid you not! The formula is PERFECT: creamy, inky, pigmented and it stays on all day. The felt-tip is so fine and precise. It glides on with ease; I achieve a perfect cat-eye every time. I don’t mind that it costs a little extra; I will repurchase again and again.

I have gone through four or five of the Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara in the past year and a half. This product lengthens and volumes my lashes. The formula is creamy, ultra-black and not brittle. I love to try a lot of different mascaras, but this one will always be a staple!

L I P S

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Confession: I am a lip balm hoarder. I honestly have five or six on my night stand right now. But you know what? I use every single one of them. One of my favorites has been the Sol de Janiero Brazillian Kiss Lip Butter. Sold at Sephora, it reminds me of a way better version of the Eos Lip Balms. Remember those? This one is much more creamy and moisturizing. I love the chunky packaging and the warm, macadamia nut scent. This is a unique lip balm; I’ve even got my sister liking it too.

The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is one of the best lip glosses EVER EVER EVER. It has the prettiest, sheer rose-gold pigment, but the formula is what takes the cake for me. While most lip glosses merely sit on top of your lips and do nothing, this one is actually really nourishing. I’ve applied it to chapped lips before and this gloss brought them back to life. Gloss Bomb is such a perfect product. It looks good alone or on top of lipstick. I really hope that Rihanna releases more colors with this formula. It’s so good!!

For a more pigmented lip, I have loved the Nars PowerMatte Lip Pigment in Save the Queen. I would describe it as a rosy mauve shade. It is really nice and mid-toned, so it can be worn during any season! While most liquid lipsticks are drying, this one is not. The formula is really thin and breathable yet pigmented. I love the tiny, precise applicator. It is mess-free and easy to apply. I will definitely be buying more shades.

S C E N T

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Chloe Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite fragrance. To me,  this perfume is everything. It is the perfect balance of fresh and floral; the honey note even adds a bit of warmth. It is so light and not the least bit cloying. It can be worn during the day and/or at night. I love it! I have almost finished this bottle and got another one for Christmas. This will always be in my collection. It’s just so elegant, chic and comforting!

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After a novel of a blog post, I have finally finished talking about my favorite beauty items of 2017. If you have read on this long, thank you for sticking with me! What products have been staples for you this year? I’d love to know!

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BEST READS OF 2017!

Hi friends! Today I thought I would end the year by talking about my favorite books of 2017. I read TONS of books this year; my bookshelves are piled so high I had to resort to my Kindle! I am a true and proud bookworm. I just love the idea of escaping for a while and being transported to a whole other time and place. Anyway, here are the FIVE books that really stuck with me in 2017!

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When I read The Girl On The Train last year, I got into a really big thriller kick; I had never really been interested in that genre before. In February, my aunt suggested I read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I was not disappointed!

The Good Girl is about a woman who gets abducted and the process of trying to find her. The novel is split into three points of view: Mia’s mother, her abductor, and the detective.

The story is engaging; I was hooked by the first chapter. Plus, the ending has a clever twist that isn’t cliche or confusing. I also loved that you don’t see the story through Mia’s eyes until the very end. If you’re looking for a good mystery/thriller, I highly recommend this novel!

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This blog post wouldn’t be complete without discussing a couple World War II reads. The first one that I absolutely LOVED was The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. If you love history, adventure and a bit of romance, you cannot pass this one up!

The story begins with 19-year-old Charlie. She is in Europe with her family, shortly after the end of WWII. Single and pregnant, she is basically disgraced by them. Charlie’s beloved cousin, Rose, went missing during the War, so Charlie is determined to find her. Soon, she meets a reclusive, haggard woman named Eve who needs closure of her own. The two set out on a quest to find Rose.

In addition to Charlie’s story, the novel jumps back in time to when Eve was young. During World War I, she served in The Alice Network, a top-secret spy ring. For a while, she was on top of her game–until she wasn’t. Her world comes crashing down, and she is scarred for life. Will Eve make peace with her past, some 40 years after her world exploded?

Not only is this a WONDERFUL historical fiction novel, but I love that it’s about two women making peace with their lives. It’s also neat that this novel was based upon a true story–The Alice Network was a real spy ring. The Alice Network is a true page-turner; you definitely want this one on your bookshelf!

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 We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter was my other favorite historical fiction novel of 2017. Just like The Alice Network, it is based upon a true story.

Lucky Ones is all about how a family of seven survived World War II. During the War, the whole family was spilt up across Europe. One of the children, Addy (who is based off of the author’s grandfather) resorts to Brazil to avoid getting captured.

The most remarkable part of this story is that all seven family members survived the War–and found their way back together, hence the title of this book. HAPPY TEARS! I could not imagine the horrors they faced. The book was difficult to read at times, but well worth it. At the end of the novel, the author gives a detailed description about how she got the idea to write her grandfather’s story, and how it took years and years for the novel to come to fruition.

We Were The Lucky Ones is a heart-wrenching yet triumphant story about how important it is to never lose hope or give up–no matter your circumstances. I think everyone could benefit from reading this novel.

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Last year, Karma Brown BLEW ME AWAY with her debut novel, Come Away With Me. In all honesty, I SILL have not stopped thinking about it. She has quickly become my favorite author, so naturally I read her newest novel this year, In This Moment. 

In her third novel, Brown sticks with her formula of telling a tear-jerker type story with a ray of hope at the end. Meg, a workaholic mother struggling to balance her busy life–accidentally strikes a teenage boy with her car while picking up her daughter from school. The boy is seriously injured, leaving Meg devastated.

Throughout the novel, Meg tries to cope with the whole situation. On top of that stress, she is reminded of the untimely death of her childhood best friend, which continues to haunt her decades later. History is seemingly repeating itself, and Meg is horrified.

In This Moment is all about how a busy woman rebuilds her life amid dealing with struggles. Brown’s fast-paced yet poignant novel kept me interested till the very end!

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And now, I’m ending this post with a lighter read: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Katie is just out of college, longing to live a glamorous life in London. She has a job there at a marketing firm. With each Instagram post, her life looks sparkly and eventful–yet it’s anything but.

One day, Katie is unrightfully fired from her job and is forced to move back to the countryside with her parents. It seems that Katie’s life is a mess. Her parents decide to start a “glamping” (glamorous camping, if you’re wondering) business and enlist Katie to help with marketing.

Katie eventually comes face to face with her nightmare boss at the camp–the woman who fired her. Through that, Katie quickly learns that money and power aren’t the real keys to happiness–no matter how fancy someone’s Instagram may appear. This novel is so timely in this day and age, don’t you think?

My Not So Perfect Life is so entertaining, filled with witty British humor and funny mishaps. Highly recommend!

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Sorry for the lengthy post–hopefully I’ve helped you find your next favorite read. Which books struck your fancy this year? I would love to know!!

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My Favorite Things | December 2017

Hi friends! It’s time for another Favorite Things post. I’ve been busy lately, so I ran out of time to post as often. Hopefully I’ll get better in the New Year! Nonetheless, thanks for stopping by. Here are the items that caught my eye during the month of December….

F A S H I O N

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I have been loving this American Eagle Floral Sweater. The color is unique; a rosy-mauve shade. The knit is really cozy and soft; not the least bit scratchy. Of course, my favorite part of this sweater is the floral embroidery on the sleeves—that trend has been really in this year! The overall fit is relaxed, so make sure you size down if you purchase!

B E A U T Y

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Ever since the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, I’ve been hooked on warm, rosy shadows. When I saw the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette, I knew I had to give it a try. I’ve only had it for a few days, but I am really enjoying it! As you can see, this palette is full of warm, mauvey tones.

As for the texture of these shadows, they aren’t as buttery as I was expecting. Rather, they are on the powdery side. That being said, they are easily buildable and blend like a dream! I get the most pigmentation out of the shimmery shades by applying with my fingertips.

If you have always been curious about trying the Huda Beauty palettes but aren’t willing to drop $60 on the regular sized palettes, I suggest giving this one (or any of the other minis) a try! $27 for nine shadows is a pretty good deal.

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If you’re looking for a good powder to set your foundation, I suggest the elf Tone Correcting Powder. It is very light and finely milled, so it doesn’t look ashy or dry. Plus, it has sturdy packaging and even a nice mirror. For a mere $3, you can’t beat this drugstore steal!

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I found Nucifera The Balm at Anthropologie a few weeks ago and received it as a Christmas gift. Turns out, this stuff is a true hidden gem. If you have dry skin, you need this in your life!

This balm is a blend of oils and butters. Obviously, the texture is very emollient. I apply this to my lips and hands each night–winter is hard on them! When I wake up, my skin is so soft.

This balm is more oily than a typical lotion or body butter, so I suggest being patient and letting it soak in. Like I said, I apply it overnight–if I tried to hold onto my walker after rubbing it in quickly, I’m pretty sure I’d end up on the floor!

This nifty little item is sure to become a staple on my bedside table. Use it wherever you need some moisture. Best of all, it smells so warm and comforting. Like peppermint and cinnamon. 🙂

T O  W A T C H

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Y’ALL. The new season of The Crown is so amazing! By far the best thing I’ve watched this month. I only have one episode left and I am dreading the end.

Last season, I feel like The Crown mostly focused on Elizabeth and the political side of things. It was interesting, but I have enjoyed this season even more. The supporting characters have a chance to develop; especially her sister, Margaret and Elizabeth’s husband, Philip. Each episode is so fascinating. I find myself researching the “real story” behind the storyline just to read more about each event. I know, I’m a history nerd!

Nonetheless, this show is worth watching.

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What beauty items or TV shows have you been loving this month? I would love to know!

 

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My MAC Lipstick Collection!

Happy Sunday, friends!

After a small break, I’m ready to get back to blogging. So today, I thought I’d share with you all my MAC Lipstick collection!

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I absolutely love MAC Lipsticks; they smell like sugar cookies and apply so easily. I only have five of them, but each shade is super-easy to wear. Let’s take a look!

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First off, we have Creme Cup–a very simple, light pink shade. Don’t worry; it’s not the least bit frosty! This lipstick has a creamy consistency and is buildable. My favorite way to wear Creme Cup is pairing it with the Jordana EasyLiner in Baby Berry. The liner itself is a berry-pink shade, and Creme Cup acts like a highlighter for your lips when applied on top of it. I cannot get enough of this combo; I highly recommend!

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Up next, we have Hug Me. I would describe it as a tawny, pinky-nude shade. Hug Me is so light and buttery that it feels like a balm when applied! Like Creme Cup, it has a sheer consistency that is easy to build. If you’re looking for a your-lips-but-better lipstick, I suggest giving Hug Me a go. It is so easy to apply (you don’t even need a mirror), and is universally flattering.

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Twig has been a staple in my collection for quite some time; I am on my second tube of this lipstick. I would describe Twig as a tawny rose shade. It’s not too red or too brown, just right there in the middle. It has a creamy, semi-matte texture that is more opaque than the two previous lipsticks I’ve mentioned. Since the consistency is a tad thicker, staying power is longer! Twig also looks especially nice in the colder months.

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Velvet Teddy is like a more pinky version of Twig; I would describe it as a tawny, dusty pink shade. Can you tell that I’m a fan of tawny, earthy-looking lipsticks?! Velvet Teddy is considered a fully-matte lipstick, but it is not uncomfortable at all. In fact, it does have a bit of a sheen, so it doesn’t feel drying. Like Twig, it has a creamy, opaque texture that goes on with one swipe and lasts nicely. If you’re looking for a good nude lipstick, I would try Velvet Teddy. It has that brownish undertone paired with a mid-toned pink, so it won’t wash you out!

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Lastly, we have Coral Bliss, a simple coral-peach shade. Don’t let the brightness fool you; Coral Bliss applies quite sheer! Like Hug Me, this lipstick has a very light texture so it feels like a tinted balm! For extra staying power, I suggest layering it with a coral lip liner. Whether you want just a wash of color or something more opaque, you can achieve both looks with Coral Bliss. This is such a great lipstick for spring or summer!

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From Top: Creme Cup, Hug Me, Twig, Velvet Teddy and Coral Bliss.

I hope this post has helped you make your next MAC purchase. What is your FAVORITE MAC Lipstick? I would love to know!!

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My Favorite Things | November 2017

Time for another Favorite Things post! Here are the items that caught my eye this month. Let’s get right to it…

B E A U T Y

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For the longest, I’ve been content using affordable Elf makeup brushes from the drugstore. They are super cheap and fantastic quality! However, I’ve always heard how It Cosmetics Brushes are basically the holy grail of makeup application tools. A couple months ago I decided to slightly splurge and buy the Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush #101 from Ulta. I’ve been obsessed ever since!

This foundation brush is such a wise investment. It applies my foundation seamlessly; it blends easily and doesn’t streak all over my face. This brush is sold at Ulta and is a bit cheaper than the regular It Makeup Brushes. Still, the quality is superb! The bristles are so soft and plush. I have washed it several times and it hasn’t shed yet. If you’re looking for a brush that applies foundation flawlessly and evenly, check out this one.

M U S I C 

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I’m always a little hesitant when a new Taylor Swift album drops. Each album is different from the last. Since her debut almost twelve years ago, she has gone from country to electro-pop. I have realized that that’s what’s so great about Taylor. Each album has a different vibe to it; no album has the exact same sound.

On her sixth album, reputation, we see a darker side of Taylor Swift. Over the past couple years, she has dealt with ongoing professional and personal scrutiny in the media. Reputation is her response to all of that scrutiny…and boy has she crafted some catchy songs! This album took a few listens to grow on me, but now I can’t get enough! My favorites are End Game, Delicate, Getaway Car and This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. 

Reputation has a very electronic, dark sound to it. But Taylor still showcases her superb songwriting ability. Another highlight from the album is New Years Day…it is reminiscent of the Red-era Taylor. No matter what sound she experiments with, Swift never strays from her true talent. Give Reputation a chance!

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Another highly anticipated album hit the shelves this month–Kelsea Ballerini’s sophomore effort, Unapologetically. Let me tell ya, there’s no sophomore slump here!

Every song on this album is good. Like the album cover, each song is lush and has an etherial vibe to it. Unapologetically starts off a bit somber, then blooms into happier, more whimsical tunes. My favorites are Miss Me More, Roses, I Hate Love Songs and Music. Such a catchy, relatable album.

Unapologetically may be more mature than her first album, but it is equally enjoyable. I just can’t believe that only four years ago she was helping me get dinner in our college cafeteria. I wish her all the best!

A  G O O D  R E A D 

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I’m always looking for ways to strengthen my faith. Jesus Calling has been a staple in my life for over five years now. I heard good things about 100 Days To Brave by Annie F. Downs so I decided to start reading it. We could all use some more bravery.

I’m a month in, and I’m really enjoying this devotional. Each entry consists of a Bible verse and a personal little story from the author about how faith has impacted her over the years. Then, she ends each passage with a challenge for the reader to complete.

Brave is a very simple and practical devotional.  I take my faith very seriously, but I constantly have to feed it to keep it strong. This book is the perfect supplement.

T O  W A T C H 

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OK…I’m a little late to the Riverdale party…but better late than never!

The storyline is fairly simple—the going’s-on within a tight-knit town–yet it is very compelling. It is a murder-mystery, drama and romance wrapped into one show. The ending of each episode is a cliffhanger that makes you want to watch the next one. If you’re looking for a good show to get lost in, I recommend Riverdale! I’m usually not a huge fan of teen dramas, but this one is great.

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What items have caught your eye in November? Any shows, books, movies or beauty items I should know about? Let me know!

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FALL Makeup Kit | 2017

Hi friends!

Today I thought I’d do a quick blog post about my favorite fall makeup. What I like most about the following products is that they aren’t too over-the-top-glam. You can create multiple looks, whether you are wearing this makeup day-to-day or to a holiday party.  Let’s get started!

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I have to say that the Maybelline City Mini Palette in Rooftop Bronzes is one of the best items EVER at the drugstore. I’ve said many times that drugstore eyeshadows normally don’t do anything for me; they are usually too powdery with not enough pigment. However, Rooftop Bronzes is a game-changer!

As you can see, this palette is stocked with golden, bronze and champagne shades. Each shadow is so smooth and buttery–even the ones with shimmer! No need to worry about patchiness; these glide on like a dream and stay all day (with the help of a little primer). Fallout is minimal, if any at all–yes, the shimmers don’t make a mess!

You can easily create a natural or smokey look with Rooftop Bronzes. It may be a small palette, but the quality is legit. I will have to check out the other palettes in this line!

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If you have dry or combination skin, a dewy foundation is a must for the colder months–the harsh weather can pull the radiance from your face. The L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Glow Foundation is one of my go-to products during fall and winter!

This foundation infuses my face with the perfect amount of glow without looking too shiny. I do set my face with powder after I apply this foundation though; it keeps the unwanted shine at bay!

I also love that it comes in a mess-free squeeze tube that is ideal for travel. The formula is light and breathable, while still being buildable. It doesn’t break me out–and I have acne-prone skin.

I have just purchased my third tube of this stuff. It is definitely a staple in my collection and a great option for drugstore foundation!

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I just mentioned the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed in my last blog post, but I LOVE it so much…I’m just going to talk about it again!

I know it doesn’t look like much in the pan, but Exposed is SO gorgeous on your cheeks. It gives you the perfect pink flush without being too bold, rosy or red. It looks like your natural flush, but slightly better…know what I mean?

I know $29 seems like a little much to spend on a pink blush, but I assure you that it is worth it! Exposed is fool-proof and it goes with practically every makeup look. Dramatic, everyday, red lips, nude lips, whatever!

Seriously, invest in this blush. You won’t regret it—I promise.

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Lastly, we have ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix in Daydream. I ordered this a couple months ago knowing that it would be perfect for fall! The packaging markets this lipstick as being a dark, nude pink. But in person, I would describe Daydream as a tawny rose shade with a brown undertone.

My favorite thing about Daydream is the incredible formula. This lip color is highly pigmented,; yet it applies with ease, like butter! Most of the time, bold lipsticks tend to drag and dry out the lips. But not this one.

Daydream is unique because it’s appropriate for fall, but it’s not “scary bold.” If you’re curious about trying a darker lip color, I suggest Daydream. It’s not too vampy or brown-toned; the perfect in-between shade!

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Hope you all enjoyed this post! Selecting the right fall makeup can be tricky, because you don’t want to go too overboard with bold lips or eyes. These products just help you ease into the trends. 🙂

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Understated but (REALLY) pretty makeup

I’m all for sporting a bold lip or eye look—especially in the fall! But we all have those days where we wanna go for a more natural look. So today, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite understated but pretty beauty items I’ve stumbled across in recent months. Let’s get started!

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For the last few weeks, Fenty Beauty has been all the rage at Sephora. Rihanna released a vast foundation line, glitzy highlighters and this lip gloss–the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. In the tube, this item looks like any standard gloss; caramel-toned with shimmer.

At first, I wasn’t really impressed by this gloss when I was browsing online. I honestly thought I’d be able to find something like it at the drugstore. However, a lot of YouTubers gave it a thumbs-up, so I decided to try it for myself.

This is probably my most favorite lip gloss I own! Although it looks glitzy in the tube, this lip luminizer glazes your lips with a subtle rose gold sheen. It’s not shimmery or glittery. The scent is divine; it smells like a cross between peaches and bubblegum. The doe-foot applicator is large and applies a generous amount of product to your lips; the packaging is ultra stylish.

Perhaps my favorite part of this lip gloss is the formula! While most lip glosses just sit on your lips, this one genuinely nourishes and hydrates.  Staying power isn’t great, but reapplication is a breeze. It makes your lips feel healthy and juicy! I really hope Rihanna comes out with more shades in the future. This is an awesome gloss–worth every bit of extra money.

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I’ve been enjoying wearing a Cat-Eye lately, but sometimes I don’t have time to be so meticulous and careful with my eyeliner. On those days, I slick on a brown crayon liner–this Mary Kay Eyeliner in MK Deep Brown. 

I LOVE this stuff! The formula is perfect. It doesn’t drag or pull on your lids, and it doesn’t crumble or smudge. This liner stays all day and is a cinch to apply. If applying eyeliner isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry; MK Deep Brown is fool-proof. The packaging is small and compact; ideal for travel! And you don’t even have to worry about a sharpener; simply twist to dispense more product.

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Wet ‘N’ Wild is known for their buttery, ultra-affordable eyeshadows. I had my eye on The Naked Truth Eyeshadow Palette for a long time; it took me forever to find it! Ultimately, I found it at the grocery store for $5. I later found out that it is still available on their website.

Talk about a hidden gem! This palette is awesome. A smokey eye is one of the most classic but intimidating looks to create. The Naked Truth makes it so easy to achieve! Each shadow has a buttery texture, but they are still powdery and easy to blend.

This palette doesn’t contain a black, so there is no way a smokey eye could look too severe. The ashy brown “Eyelid” shade is my favorite. It has a hint of silver in it. So pretty!

Whether you’re a smokey eye beginner or just looking for a steal, The Naked Truth is worth checking out.

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I have saved the BEST for last! Once again, YouTubers convinced me to purchase the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. (Then again, they are responsible for about 80% of my beauty purchases anyway, so…)

Exposed may look “meh” and uninteresting in the pan, but it is simply STUNNING dusted on the apples of your cheeks. It’s not too bright, peachy or rosy. Exposed is basically your natural flush with an air-light sheen finish.

I’ve had Exposed for a couple weeks and have worn it nearly EVERY day. Whether you are wearing a natural look or something more bold, Exposed pairs well with ANY look. Trust me! $29 may seem a little much for a nude, soft pink blush, but I assure you–it IS worth EVERY penny.

Sorry for all the capitalized words; I just feel really passionate about Exposed!

Staying power is awesome and you get a ton of product. Packaging is nice and sturdy. Exposed will be a staple in my collection for years to come. Can’t believe it took me so long to discover it!

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Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! I love stumbling upon naturally pretty makeup. You can wear it year-round. 🙂

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My Favorite Things | October 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since my last blog post. The last couple weeks have been busy. So today I thought I would talk about the items that struck my fancy in October. We have a lot of ground to over, so let’s get right to it!

F A S H I O N

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Embroidery has made a huge comeback in fashion. Remember when Ed Hardy was big like a decade ago with his tattoo-style embroidered designs? I couldn’t really get into the trend back then, but I sure am glad floral embroidery has come back into fashion.

I have already purchased several pieces that feature floral embroidery–including this top from American Eagle! The soft fabric is so comfortable and breathable. I also love the bell-shaped sleeves and the “criss cross” neck detail. The embroidered shoulders are both edgy and classic.

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Velvet is another trend that is coming back in a MAJOR way! In dresses, tops, leggings…even jewelry! This material is incredibly soft and plush, which is perfect for this chilly weather. I’m loving my crushed velvet leggings…they just add some glamour to any outfit, while being super comfortable too!

S K I N C A R E

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I used Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser in high school. My skin has had some breakouts lately, so I decided to revisit this cleanser once more. I have really been enjoying it!

The formula is thin and clear. When you work it into a lather, you feel a refreshing, cooling sensation. It’s really energizing! This cleanser has been keeping my face from being too oily; although, I’ve still been dealing with small breakouts–my skin is just having a “moment.” This cleanser helps them heal. I do recommend applying a light moisturizer after use; because it fights acne, my face does get a tad dry.

That being said, I still recommend this affordable and effective cleanser.

B E A U T Y

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I know, I know–I’m really late to the Batiste Dry Shampoo party! This is another effective, affordable product. I first purchased Batiste in the Original scent. It was clean and fresh; a tad lemony. I was so pleased with the results that I repurchased it in the Tropical scent.

Tropical is a coconut-y, beachy scent. Not too heavy or cloying! I will say that Batiste does have a heavy white cast, so make sure you spray around 12 inches away from your hair. Still, it is effective in refreshing my hair. Plus, the can is so cute!

If you would like to browse a wide selection of dry shampoos to find your ideal formula, Reviews.com has such a thorough list!

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I am a HUGE fan of the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, so I was SUPER excited when they came out with Butter Highlighters! I was transfixed when I saw them online; I knew I had to buy!

I purchased the shade Rose Gold. Obviously, it is a bronze, rose gold color. It has a heavy sheen to it, but it’s not the least bit chunky or glittery. The formula is incredibly creamy and buttery; almost a little oily. It reminds me of the ColourPop SuperShock Shadows and Highlighters, but even more buttery.

Rose Gold is almost like a blush and highlighter hybrid; just use it on the tops of cheekbones and brow bones. It has a light, tropical scent but doesn’t break me out. PF has really knocked it out of the park with these highlighters. Can’t wait to try more!

A  G O O D  R E A D

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You know me–I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction novel. This month I read The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor. It did not disappoint!

Letter begins in Austria at the start of World War II. Kristoff is a young orphan boy seeking an apprenticeship with a well-known stamp designer. Luckilly, Kristoff lands the spot and starts cultivating his craft; he doesn’t catch on easily at first. As time passes, Kristoff falls for his boss’s daughter, Elena, who wants to resist the Germans.

Meanwhile, the story shifts to the 1980s. Kate is in the midst of a divorce, desperate to find her footing. Her father has developed Alzheimer’s, prompting him to move into an assisted living facility.

Kate happens upon his vast stamp collection and wants to get it appraised. The appraiser, Benjamin, finds a rare and mysterious Edelweiss stamp. Long story short, both Kate and Benjamin become interested in finding out about the stamp, which launches them into an adventure.

The Lost Letter alternates between the 1930s and the 1980s. Does Kristoff decide to join forces with Elena and become part of the Resistance? How does a mere stamp tie both stories together? Stamps may seem like a bland subject, but I was absorbed throughout the whole novel. I definitely recommend this one!

M U S I C

Fall 2017 has been ON FIRE with album releases. Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Shania Twain, Niall Horan and Kelsea Ballerini have already or are set to release new music. The music lover in me has been rejoicing!

Thomas Rhett’s new album Life Changes has been one of my favorites the past couple months. What I like about TR is none of his songs sound the exact same; they each have their own little vibe and story. Yet, Life Changes is still cohesive!

My favorites are Craving You, Sixteen, Life Changes and When You Look Like That. But let’s be honest–the whole album is a clear winner. You can tell TR put so much effort in this album; it’s fun while still being personal and heartfelt.

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Ever since I heard Slow Hands this summer, I’ve been stoked for Niall Horan’s solo release, Flicker. It is filled with laid back, John Meyer-esque jams.

I have to say my all-time favorite song on the album is Seeing Blind featuring Maren Morris. If you have been following my blog for the past year or so, you know that I absolutely LOOOVE her! Niall and Maren’s voices blend together seamlessly!

I also love Paper Houses, Too Much To Ask and Flicker. I just think Niall is so talented (and a cutie pie!)

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That was quite a long post! If you have read this far, thanks so much for sticking with me. What items have caught your eye this month? Let me know!!

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Makeup I’ve Been LOVING // Fall 2017

Today I thought I would do a post on makeup I’ve really been LOVING this season. I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite mascara, highlighter, etc. and these next items have caught my attention. Let’s take a look!

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I’ve come across some super good mascaras in my day. But let’s face it, I can never be faithful to just one! Over the past couple weeks I saw a couple YouTubers use the new Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara. Naturally, I rushed to Ulta to get my own tube.

Don’t let the plain packaging fool you; this volumizing mascara is NO JOKE! The creamy, jet-black formula coats your lashes evenly. With just two coats, my flimsy, short lashes are transformed into a lush fringe. The wand is dense, but not in an annoying way. The bristles are soft, too.

This mascara lasts all day without flaking or weighing my lashes down. With that being said, it also washes off easily with makeup remover. Obviously, Monsieur Big costs more than drugstore mascara, but I truly think it is worth the extra money. If you’re looking for a good mascara for LOTS of volume, I suggest giving this one a shot.

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I have always been a fan of Nars lipsticks, so I was intrigued to try their new PowerMatte Lip Pigment in Save The Queen. This isn’t your typical liquid lipstick!

I would describe Save The Queen as a mauvey-pink shade with a slight purple undertone. It is the perfect pink for fall. The formula is light and fluid. It glides onto my lips so evenly! My favorite part about this product is the applicator. It is very fine and stiff, not spongy like typical applicators. The product doesn’t smudge everywhere on my lips; I’m able to get a precise, crisp line.

Save The Queen has nice staying power but DOES transfer as you eat a meal. With that being said, it is quite easy and fast to reapply, which is different for a liquid lipstick. The formula is comfortable and weightless. I suggest exfoliating your lips beforehand just to ensure the pigment doesn’t settle in lines!

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A classic Cat Eye is one of my favorite looks to wear. For the longest, I had a hard time finding a liquid eyeliner that I truly loved. Most formulas weren’t SUPER black, and faded throughout the day.

Luckily I stumbled upon the bareMinerals Lash Domination Ink Liner a few weeks ago and haven’t looked back. Friends, if you want a perfect Cat Eye, you NEED this liner! Trust me, it is worth the extra money.

The formula is intensely black and creamy. The salesperson that sold me this liner said it has a matte finish, but it is so opaque that it is a bit glossy at the same time. The secret to this liner is the ultra-fine felt tip. This makes achieving the Cat Eye a cinch!

It dries down fairly quickly, but I am still able to correct mistakes if needed. Just make sure you shake this liner before use so you get the full effect of the black pigment.

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Lastly, I have a drugstore pick. The Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Whoa. These highlighters are the REAL DEAL. If you’re looking for a BLINDING highlight that’s (super) affordable, look no further!

This palette comes with three shades: beige, light pink and gold. Although these are pressed powders, they are VERY creamy. They are heavy on the shimmer but still apply evenly. Just make sure to blend well and set with a setting spray to allow it to lay nicely on the skin.

Unfortunately ,this palette took a tumble just after I bought it, so the beige highlighter has a small crack. Still, this product is a win! I love to put it on the tops of my cheekbones and in my inner corners. Talk about an instant eight hours of sleep. 🙂

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Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! What makeup have YOU been loving lately? Let me know!

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