Beauty Products I Always Carry With Me

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

There are certain beauty products that I carry with me everyday. No matter what my look is for that day or where I'm going, these products are a lifesaver! 


To start with, I always carry my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, because you never know when you're going to need some extra coverage. To blend in the concealer I carry the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer brush. Then there is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation that I use to touch up throughout the day, which I use with the Zoeva 106 Powder brush. For lips, I carry MAC Soar Lip Pencil because it is the perfect my lips but better shade and can easily go with any lip shade. To sharpen it I carry the Sephora Collection Small Sharpener, because there's nothing worse then a dull lip pencil. I also carry my holy grail MAC Syrup Lipstick. Lastly, I always carry a lip balm with me and my favorite is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy.

What beauty items do you always carry with you?

Sephora Anti-Haul: aka What I'm Not Going to Buy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Today's post is going to be a bit different, because instead of me telling you about things I have bought from Sephora, I'm going to tell you what things I'm not going to buy with a Sephora Anti-Haul. The idea of an Anti-Haul came from Kimberly Clark on YouTube and when I first saw one of her Anti-Haul videos, I just thought it was such an ingenious idea. In this day and age, especially in the culture of America, society, brands, commercials, TV Shows, Movies, Celebrities, YouTubers, Bloggers, Instagramers, Internet Influencers, and so on market and hype up products to us at every second of the day. With as many makeup items I buy from a store, such as Sephora, there are way more things that I'm not going to buy, and I feel it's just as important for me to tell you why I'm not going to purchase something as when I tell you why I do purchase or love something. So without further ado, on to my very first Sephora Anti-Haul!


*Disclaimer: What is said about the items mentioned in this post are my own opinion. If you have bought or want to buy one of these items or something I dislike is something you like, that is ok. It is ok for us to have different opinions, this post is just meant for me to share with you my own opinion,  not tell you that you can't or shouldn't purchase or like something. We are allowed to have our own opinions, so please don't take anything I say personally. Thank you! 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection (#1, 7, 10)
I thought we would start with a collection I am passionately Anti-Hauling, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection. First of all, I love Too Faced as a brand and they make some amazing products that I use everyday or are holy grail beauty products to many people, but this is not a good collection and anyone you read or watch on YouTube that tells you differently is in my opinion lying, or at least stretching the truth. For starters, there is nothing unique about this collection other then the "peach" scent, which doesn't really smell like peaches, and then the "cute fun packaging" which is so childish. The highlighting palette is chalky with low pigmentation and the blush is a basic peachy pink shade that you could find anywhere or probably already have in your collection. The eyeshadow palette also isn't unique enough to have such rave reviews as it has. There are only a few peach shades and the rest are shades that you probably already own. But of course this collection is marketed in our face all the time and you almost feel brainwashed by Too Faced to buy it, (especially since I found out they are expanding their line... no please stop Too Faced), but I'm staying strong and I'm not going to buy this! 

Highlighter Palettes (#3, 4, 5, 6, 15)
Now let's discuss the excessive amount of highlighting palettes that have launched recently. I love a good highlighter as much as the next beauty guru, (I am very loyal to my Becca Champagne Pop because nothing will ever top it) but the amount highlighters being launched have kind of gotten out of control. Every single brand is launching their own highlighting palette and after awhile they all start to look the same. Let's start with the NARS Band De Sable Highlighting Palette. I don't really have a lot of bad things to say about this palette. The pigmentation and wear of these shades are good and are up to par with other NARS powder products, but the colors are just average peachy warm gold shades for $49. Then there's the Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette. Nothing about this palette makes me want to purchase it. The packaging is ok, but the shades are way too glittery. Highlighters are supposed to add a glow to your face not glitter. Next, the Smashbox Spotlight Palette which was a collaboration with YouTuber Casey Holmes. I love watching Casey videos and I have been a loyal viewer and supporter for many years, but I felt like this palette was just meh. It's just another average highlighting palette that I don't need in my life. Now let's talk about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. I am also such a fan of Nicole's videos and I almost bought this palette a few times. I watched a lot of videos about this palette, swatched it in store, and came so close to purchasing it, but the voice inside of my head kept screaming "Do I need this.. DO I NEED THIS!" (Any Shopaholic fans?) Needless to say, I did not purchase it and my wallet is happy. Lastly, the Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette. I love Huda Beauty's lashes, but like all the other highlighting palettes I've mentioned, nothing about this palette made me want to purchase it. The excessive highlighting palettes are just making me so bored and not inspiring me as an artist. Come on beauty brands, be different and stop following the crowd! 

Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette (#2)
It's become quite popular for beauty brands to team up with celebrities to "create" a product and so it was no surprise when Becca teamed up with Chrissy Teigen to create a face palette. Now, I don't have any doubt that Chrissy was involved in choosing the products and packaging design of this palette. The palette design and product shades are beautiful and I'm not going to lie, I almost bought this palette, but I stopped myself. After watching a few YouTube videos and swatching it in store, I realized this palette isn't universal. It's really aimed at people with Chrissy's complexion and skin tone. The shades are more pinky peach cool toned and a tad dark. They would look beautiful on someone with a more olive skin tone, but not on a fair skinned warm neutral toned person like myself. But my main reason why I'm not purchasing this palette is because around this time last year, Becca teamed up with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill to create a glow face palette, and the two palettes look almost identical. The shades of the products inside are slightly different and the product packagings are different colors, but the overall concepts are the same. I guess if you weren't able to get the Jaclyn Hill palette last year then Becca coming out with a similar palette this year is good news for you, but for all of us that already own the Jaclyn Hill palette its kind of a bust. I just hope this concept doesn't become a trend with Becca and they don't punch out a new palette every year that looks exactly the same but just with a different celebrities name on it. 

Eyeshadow Palettes (#8, 9, 12)
Brands are coming out with new eyeshadow palettes left and right, but recently they've all looked the same and uninspiring. NARS recently came out the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, which because it's a NARS palette it is good quality, but the shades in the palette just bored me. Then Too Faced came out with the Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, which is a combination of shades from their top selling palettes with a few new shades. Overall, a lot of the shades were a little too pink for me and then because I already own a few Too Faced Palettes I already own the shades I liked. Lastly, there's the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Eyeshadow Palette. I already own a few palettes that have similar shades in this palette but the thing that deterred me the most from this palette was that I really didn't like the top row of glitter shadows. 

Natasha Denona Palettes (#11, 13, 14, 16)
I'm going to state my opinion about the Natasha Denona Palettes very briefly. These palettes cost $239, $89, $169, and $129. I could NEVER justify purchasing any beauty product for that much money. No matter how beautiful these palettes are or how much I want one, I just can't morally do it. You don't need these palettes either. You'll feel bad or guilty for spending that much money and in the words of Kimberly Clark, "Don't need it, not going to buy it!" 

Wow that was a lot of negativity, I promise more positive posts will be coming in the future. I hope you enjoyed this Sephora Anti-Haul and if you liked this post I encourage you to check out Kimberly Clark's Anti-Haul YouTube series which I will link here

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Monday, May 8, 2017

Today I'm finally sharing with you all my Sephora VIB sale haul! Most the items I purchased were back ups of current favorites, but I did purchase a few new items I have been wanting to try. 


Makeup

Benefit Galifornia Blush
How could I pass up purchasing this blush! Come on, it's a blush called Galifornia and I'm a California girl. Every California girl needs this pink blush with gold shimmer in their life.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer
I have been wanting to try this primer for so long and my first impression of this primer is beyond words. I've only been using it for a little over a week and I'm pretty impressed. I'll get back to you guys a little later with my final thoughts on this primer.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I conveniently ran out of my beloved Laura Mercier Translucent Powder right before the sale, so I purchased another because I just can't live without it. If you want to read more about my love for this powder, check out this post.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
NARS Radient Creamy Concealer is my holy grail, desert island, ride or die concealer. When I heard NARS was coming out with a new concealer, I just had to try it. So far I don't hate this concealer, but I don't love it. I think I just need more time to try it out and experiment with it before I make my final opinion.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is my favorite brow product. It's easy to use and is long lasting. I usually use the shades Medium Brown or Soft Brown, but I decided to give the shade Taupe a try. I thought it would be too light for my dark eyebrows, but it actually blends in well and matches my blonde hair perfectly.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer
Another product I conveniently ran out of right before the sale was my favorite primer for dry skin, the Make Up For Ever Nourishing primer. If you want to read more about this primer, check out this post.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I also picked up a back up of my favorite mascara, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, because my current one is going to dry out any day now. If you want to read more about why I can't live without this mascara, check out this post.

Skincare

Origins Bedtime Bests
Origins is my favorite skincare brand and this sampler pack is such a deal, I've bought two of them. It comes with a full size of my favorite night cream, a deluxe size of my favorite face mask, a deluxe size of Origins famous face wash, a deluxe size of their spot treatment, and a beautiful makeup bag.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
I feel like a broken record telling you guys how much I love this lip mask and can't live without it. If you want to read more about the Bite Agave Lip Mask, check out this post.

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
I restocked my favorite day moisturizer, the Belif Aqua Bomb. This moisturizer is perfect for my dehydrated combination skin. It keeps my skin moisturized throughout the day, but is also light enough to be worn under makeup.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy
The FAB Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is my favorite everyday lip balm. I go through so many of these! Probably about one a month, that I bought three during the sale.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
I have such dehydrated skin, that this serum saves my skin's life every day, so I stocked up on a new bottle before my old bottle runs out. I combine this serum with my daily moisturizer to keep my thirsty skin hydrated throughout the day.

Caudalie Grape Water
The Caudalie Grape Water has become such a staple in my life. It helps set my makeup in the morning and keeps my makeup looking fresh throughout the day. I keep a bottle with me in my purse, one at my work, and one at my makeup desk so I'm never without it. I'm just short of obsessed if you can't tell. If you want to read more about this magical spray, check out this post.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask
I've been wanting to try this mask for a long time! (If you don't believe me, check out this post.) I am a face mask junkie and this face mask has everything I'm looking for in a good face mask. It's said to be clarifying and hydrating at the same time. I've only used it once, and my grandma asked me if I was going to a Halloween party when she saw it on my face, but it seemed to work well. I'll keep you updated on my thoughts on this face mask.

Haircare

Alterna Bambo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protection Spray
I have very damaged hair due to dying it blonde for the past 12 years and going through a phase of straightening my already very straight hair in high school and part of college. I also use a lot heat on my hair from blowdrying and curling it every week. So having a good heat protectant is very important to me. I've been wanting give this heat protectant a try for a while because of it's really good reviews, so I'll let you know what I think of it soon.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry
The only reason why my hair has any texture and holds a curl when I curl my hair is because of this hair product. The Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray is the perfect combination of salt spray and mousse that gives my hair that perfectly textured volume my board straight hair needs.

Other

Huda Beauty Classic False Lashes in Giselle
I love the Huda Beauty Giselle lashes and I decided to pick up a pair because I have a few events coming up that I want my lashes to look their very best! If you want to read more about these lashes, check out this post.

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Sheets in Mulberry
I have combo skin, which means I do get oily from time to time, especially in the summer months, but I'm also a cheap person, so I usually combat my oily skin with Starbucks napkins or toilet seat covers. (Don't judge me you know you've been there.) Well, you should be happy to know, I finally decided to try some real blotting sheets, and my mind is blown! I've only used these a few time, most recently at Disneyland last weekend, but I think these are going to become a new staple in my beauty routine.


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Top 10 Picks to Buy During the Sephora Sale

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Twice a year Sephora gives us the greatest gift a beauty guru could ever ask for: BEAUTY SALE!
Here are my top 10 picks that I believe to be worth buying during the Sephora Sale. 


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
If you buy one thing from the Sephora sale, it must be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is simply amazing. It has a wide array of shimmer and matte shades ranging from neutrals, browns, reds, oranges, and pinks. My favorite shades are Buon Fresco, which is a matte dusty lilac, and Antique Bronzer, which is a warm dark bronze with a red undertone.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer
I have had my eye on this primer for a while now and have been patiently waiting for this sale to purchase it. (Well, my version of "patiently waiting" which basically means stalky Sephora on social media and checking my email constantly.) This primer is said to be hydrating and blur pores, which is the ideal primer for me.

Benefit Galifornia Blush
I love the Benefit Box Powders. They are such good quality powders and I am such a fan of the packaging. When Benefit announced last year that they were coming out with a new blush, I was so excited. Then I found out that it was a pink shade with gold shimmer named Galifornia... myself and the entire internet freaked out. The name and the packaging definitely enticed me, but it was the blush shade that sold me. It looks like the perfect blush shade for spring and summer.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner
Kat Von D makes some of the best liquid lipsticks on the market and she recently came out with an entire line of matching lip liners. These lip liners look stunning and I'm sure their quality will be just a fantastic as the rest of Kat Von D's makeup line.    

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
I love the Fresh Rose Face Mask and recently Fresh came out with an edition to their Rose line with the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. I just know this is going to be a popular product being sold during the sale. A hydrating toner is a must in any skincare regime, so I know this is a product that most skin types will be able to use. Also, the packaging of this product is beautiful. It has real rose petals floating in the bottle, so the packaging itself might just sell this toner. Besides the packaging, I'm sure with all Fresh skincare products this toner is going to be amazing and I really want to try it.

Origins Bedtime Bests
Origins is my favorite skincare brand. If I had to only use one skincare brand for the rest of my life, it would be Origins. This sampler pack is such a good deal, I've already purchased two of them. It comes with a full sized High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream, which is my favorite night cream. A deluxe size of the Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. A deluxe size of the Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, which is my favorite exfoliating face mask. A deluxe size of the Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel and a beautiful travel pouch.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
You already know my love for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. This is a cult favorite foundation that I believe everyone should try. The expensive price tag is gut wrenching, so get it on sale while you can!

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
This is probably my most repurchased item at Sephora. The Bite Agave Lip Mask is the best lip treatment I've ever tried. I use it every night and it moisturizes my lips better then anything I've ever tried before. If you suffer from dry lips and can't seem to find anything to sooth your dry soar lips, then you need to try the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate
Exfoliating is such an important step in any skincare routine, but it is so hard to find a good exfoliator that doesn't irritate the skin and gets the job done. I can't even tell you how many different exfoliators I have tried from drugstore to highend. I got a sample of the Kate Somerville Exfolikate and fell in love! After going through about 5 different samples, I finally decided to purchase the full size. It is a gentle exfoliant but so effective. This product has a cult following because it's simply the best exfoliator on the market, and it has a price tag that comes with that title. I would recommend purchasing the Kate Somerville Exfolikate during the Sephora sale.

Beauty Blender Pro
If you haven't used a Beauty Blender yet, you are truly missing out! This is the best beauty tool to use to apply your foundation. I have been using the original Beauty Blender for years, but then I decided to try the Pro version and the Pro version is far superior then the original. The two versions are exactly the same and cost the same, but this one shows less stains. I pick up a new Beauty Blender every Sephora sale because it's always a good idea to have a back up.

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March Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March is such a fun month for makeup because it's the month I start to transition out of my winter makeup routine and start to incorporate more spring makeup. Here are the products I have been loving all of March.


Zoeva Coco Blend Eyeshadow Palette
I received the Zoeva Coco Blend Eyeshadow Palette for Christmas and I didn't start using it a lot until March. I had always had my eye on this palette for a while because of it's different take on a neutral eyeshadow palette. The eye shadows in this palette are really impressive because of their unique color selection and high pigmentation. My favorite shades are Sweeter End, which is a creamy champagne with gold shimmer, Pure Ganache, which is a true gold with an orange undertone and gold shimmer, and Delicate Acidity, which is a purply grey taupe with a shimmer finish. If you're looking for a new eyeshadow palette that is a good price, I would definitely recommend you pick up this one.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dirty Mind & Do Me Baby
I just want to first start out by saying why can't NARS pick more appropriate names for their makeup products? Come on NARS, I hate when someone asks me what shade of a NARS product I'm wearing and I have to say something pretty inappropriate. Ok now that my rant is out of the way, let me tell you about the two lip products I pretty much wore all of March. The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are some of my favorite lip products. You all know my love for NARS CruellaThe first color I have been loving all month is the shade Dirty Mind, which is a dark bruised plum purple shade. The second color is in the shade Do Me Baby, (see what I mean about the inappropriate name choices) which is a chestnut rose shade. These lip pencils are nice pigmentation and because they are matte they last really well on the lips.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in Dusty Mauve
I thought the beauty community would freak out when Bite Beauty announced they were coming out with lip pencils, but the beauty community has been kind of quiet about them. I feel like no one has talked about them and I feel these new lip pencils deserve to be talked about. They remind me of the MAC lip pencils but a tad softer in texture. I purchased the shade Dusty Mauve which is true dusty mauve color. The lip pencil is pigmented, creamy, and long lasting on the lips. I really want to try more shades in the line, especially the dark shades. If you love Bite Beauty products as much as me or are looking to try a my lip liner, you must try the new Bite Beauty Lip Pencils.

Caudalie Grape Water
I suffered with such dry skin all throughout winter, I needed a hydrating spray to spray over my foundation and throughout the day to keep my skin from drying out and cracking. I've always heard such good things about the Caudalie Grape Water so I decided to give it a try and it completely saved my skin. I love this so much I bought the full size and it has become apart of my daily routine. What I love most about this spray is that it is so hydrating and has such a fine mist that it doesn't disrupt my makeup. If you have dry skin or just love face sprays as much as me, you need the Caudalie Grape Water.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer
Benefit recently came out with a light version of their iconic Hoola Bronzer, so I went to Ulta to see it in person and I was kind of disappointed. When I swatched the new bronzer next to the original bronzer I noticed it was very yellow with a hint of orange. As a fair skinned person I was completely ready to purchase it but instead I fell back in love with the original Hoola bronzer and I have been using it everyday since. The original Hoola bronzer is the perfect neutral tan bronze shade and will always be the superior Benefit bronzer.

Benefit Rockateur Blush
After breaking out my Benefit Hoola bronzer, I broke out my old favorite the Benefit Rockateur Blush and I forgot how much I love this blush. It truly is one of my favorite blushes and it is the perfect transition shade between winter and spring. This blush is a beautiful rose gold shade with a touch of shimmer. Rockateur probably has the best lasting power out of every blush I own. I'll put it on in the morning at 6:00am and it is still vivid when I get home from work at 5:00pm. If you haven't tried this blush yet, I would highly recommend it!

From Left to Right: NARS Dirty Mind, NARS Do Me Baby, Bite Beauty Dusty Mauve

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Winter Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Well, the winter season has come and gone, even though some days it still feels like it is around. Today I am sharing with you my beauty favorites that got me through the long winter months. 


Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate
I've been religiously using my NARS Laguna bronzer for a while now, but like anyone I get bored with my makeup easily and love to try something new. So I started looking for a new bronzer and it seems like everyone loves the Too Faced bronzers. I have pretty fair skin, especially during the winter, so I went with the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte bronzer and I fell in love with this bronzer the first time I used it. I now understand why there is so much hype around the Too Faced bronzers. This bronzer is the perfect shade for my skin tone. It is a light tan brown that has a neutral warm tone and blends really well into the skin. What I love the most is that I can build it up and it never looks blotchy or muddy on the skin. I would highly recommend this bronzer for all my fair skinned readers.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
You already know my love for the none other Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. This foundation is perfect for the winter months. It is a medium to full coverage foundation that is hydrating for my dry skin, but still lasts throughout the day and doesn't get broken down. I apply a single layer with a damp beauty blender all over my face and then I add a second layer in the center of my face around my nose, cheeks and chin where I have the most discoloration and where my foundation usually starts to fade first. I really enjoy the months that I am able to wear this foundation because it has such a beautiful finish, but now that we are heading into the warmer months I'll have to either mix it with a matter foundation or stopping wearing it at all because my combination skin gets really oily during the summer. Giorgio Armani actually just launched at matte version of this foundation so maybe I'll give it a try.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I really struggle when it comes to using face powders. I have combination skin, but during the winter my skin gets so dry and dehydrated that wearing face powder can make my makeup look cakey fast. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is such a cult favorite with a very intense following and has such high reviews, so I decided to give it a try. Why have I not been using this powder?! This powder sets my foundation so it lasts all day and doesn't look cakey. I apply it with a damp beauty blender to set my under eyes and then I dust it lightly on the rest of my face with a fluffy brush. If you are on the hunt for a new face powder, then myself and thousands of other people highly recommend the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer
I struggled with such dry and flakey skin during the beginning of winter. My skin would just drink up my moisturizer and then suck the life out of my foundation, so I needed to find a good face primer to be the barrier in-between my skin and my foundation. My usual Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer was not working well enough to keep my skin moisturized throughout the day. After doing some research, I decided to give the Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer a try and this primer became a life saver! It is like wearing a second layer of moisturizer under my foundation and keeps my skin from becoming dry and flaky. If you have dry skin or find that your face seems to eat up your foundation, then you must try this face primer.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation
Like I was saying earlier, I really struggle with face powders, especially during the winter. I have been using the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the morning to set my foundation and concealer, but I have been looking for a touch up powder to use throughout the day. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation has been getting such high reviews online, and since I love the liquid foundation I thought I would give the powder a try. This powder is so finely milled that is looks undetectable when I apply it, but it does such a good job taking away the shine on my face with out making my foundation look cakey. The only problem I have with this powder is the high price tag. Other then that, this is one of the best touch up powders I have ever tried.


I have fallen back in love with my MAC eyeshadow palette and I have been using two shades from this palette all winter. First, the shade Haux in the top left corner, which is a soft muted rosy brown with a satin finish. I have been loving to wear this shade in my crease to add a bit of color to my looks. The other shade I have been using a lot is the shade Patina in the middle, which is a taupe brown with golden pearl and a frost finish. This has been my go to shade to wear all over my lid on a day to day basis. I know there are so many different eyeshadow brands nowadays, but MAC eyeshadows will always be some of my favorite eyeshadows. Maybe in a different post in the future I will talk about my favorites and go over all of the shadows in my palette.  

If I had to pick a favorite eyeshadow stick, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock would be my pick. This eyeshadow stick is a dusty pink mauve color with lots of shimmer and glitter. It's the perfect way to add color to your lids without going overboard. I like to wear it all over my lids and pair it with the MAC eyeshadow in Haux in my crease for the perfect mauve eye look. I always get a lot of compliments on my eye look every time I wear this eyeshadow stick. 

Another eye shadow stick I have been loving this month is the Burberry Eye Colour Contour Smoke and Sculpt Pen in Dusty Rose. This eyeshadow stick is a dusty dark grey mauve with a purple undertone. It's a great alternative color for a smoky eye then the typical brown or black. I love to wear this color on it's own but my favorite way to wear it is to layer it with the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock for an extra pop of color.  

I recently received a sample of the Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara from Sephora as a point perk. I am very loyal to my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, (which I still love) but I'm a mascara junky who loves to try new mascara, and this mascara almost gave the Too Faced mascara a run for its money. The wand of this mascara is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara where it is an hourglass shape, but the difference is that this one is a bit thinner. The sample mascara blew me away so much that I decided to buy the full size. It separates my lashes well and gives the lashes lots of volume. If you tried the Too Faced mascara and didn't like it, then I would recommend trying the Stila Huge Extreme Lash mascara. 

I always buy the big mascara sampler pack from Sephora during the holiday season, and this year it came with a full sized YSL Babydoll Mascara. I gave it a try and I can see why a lot of people really like this mascara. I mainly use this for my lower lashes because the wand is super thin so it grabs all of my lower lashes. 

This was another product that I received as a sample from a Sephora point perk. I've never really used a mascara primer before, so I gave the Lancôme Cils Booster XL a try without having any expectations and I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved it. This mascara base adds plenty of volume and length to my lashes before I've even put on my mascara. I love the sample so much that I decided to purchase the full size. I don't think I'll be able to live without it now. 


Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Love Bite
I caved and bought a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.... and I'm so happy I did! There has been so much hype around the Kylie Jenner lip kits and there has also been some controversy. After months of debating in my head, I decided to form my own opinion about them and purchase a lip kit. I bought the Lip Kit in Love Bite which is a deep bruised plum mauve with a hint of brown. This liquid lipstick goes on thin but is really opaque and lasts well throughout the day. It also layers well for touch ups without getting too think or flakey. The hype behind the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits is not fake or just plain hype, its real and I plan on trying many more products from the line in the future.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Allison & Heathers
I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. I have two favorites that I have been wearing throughout the winter. First the limited edition shade in Allison which is a pinky brown shade that is a perfect neutral for winter. Then there is the shade Heathers which is a brownish oxblood that is the perfect vampy red brown shade to heighten any makeup look. I would recommend you to try to get your hands on the limited edition shade Allison as soon as possible because the shade is so unique and the perfect addition to any collection.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Mauve It & Raging Raisin
Maybelline is one of my favorite lipstick brands overall, and my absolute favorite lipstick brand from the drugstore. A couple months ago, Maybelline came out with a new lipstick formula called the Loaded Bolds. The formula is very similar to their Creamy Matte formula which I love. The shade I have been wearing the most throughout winter is Mauve It, which is a dusty plum mauve. The second shade is Raging Raisin, which is a deep burgundy with a brown undertone.

Sephora #24 Burnt Sienna & #14 Blackberry Sorbet
I love the Sephora lip creams and I was so happy to hear that they were expanding their collection a couple months ago. I purchased a few new colors, but I had a new favorite and an old favorite I wore throughout winter. The new favorite shade is Burnt Sienna, which is a warm toned neutral mauve with a reddish brown undertone. The old favorite shade is Blackberry Sorbet, which is a deeper berry shade with a purple undertone.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rapture
Urban Decay knows how to make lipsticks. Their Vice lipsticks line they launched last year are simply amazing. My go to lipstick shade during the winter when I wanted something easy to wear because my lips were dry or I was running out the door and needed a color that went with anything, I would grab the shade Rapture. It's a dusty rose shade that is a perfect neutral for the winter months.

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Lipstick
Bite Beauty has quickly become one of my favorite lip product brands and during the month of November they came out with the limited edition Mauvember lipstick which supports the Movember Foundation to support men's health. I love supporting a good cause and getting a beautiful lipstick out of it was a bonus. This lipstick is apart of their Amuse Bouche lipstick line. The formula is creamy but dries down to a more stain finish. The color is a true mauve shade, which if you can't tell is my favorite lipstick shade ever.

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Merry Disney Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I recently spent a few days in the happiest and merriest place on earth, Disneyland. The magical spirit that fills the air of Disneyland is even more magical during Christmas time. The entire park is decorated and it even feels like winter in southern California, especially at night when it snows on Main Street. If you ever get the chance to go to Disneyland during the holidays, I would highly recommend it!


Merry Disney Christmas Everyone! 
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