How I Organize My Makeup Collection!


I am a happy owner of the popular “Alex” drawer system from IKEA. This organizational unit is awesome at storing beauty products. The depth of the top five drawers are perfect for laying down eyeshadow palettes or stacking powders and single eyeshadows. The four bottom drawers are even deeper, making them perfect for storing bulky makeup bags or other larger beauty tools. Initially, I tried to organize my collection by designating a drawer to each type of makeup item. For example, my top drawer was only filled with eye products, my second drawer full of skincare, my third held all my foundations and powders, etc. This system lasted for about a year, until I realized that the inside of the drawers looked so messy and disorganized. I was burying products under more products and not properly evaluating what I already owned and needed to use. 
      

I began doing research on ways that other “Alex” drawer owners sorted the contents of their units. I saw that a lot of people recommend the “Linus” drawer system from The Container Store. I had never previously shopped there, but I was intrigued by the idea of a store being solely dedicated to organization. The “Linus” system looks like it’s designed for kitchen or desk drawers and allows you to configure the layout since they come in different sizes and shapes.

     

The “Linus” collection has two different categories of sizes; Shallow and Deep. I will list the different ones that I bought and my purposes for each one below! 

       

Deep

  • 4″ sq. – These are pretty small, so I just stored some small hair masks, think sample sized products in this. 
  • 4″ x 8″ – I used this for storing single eyeshadows and eye primers.
  • 4″ x 12″ – I stacked my single blushes (fits Tarte) and highlighters. You can fit three of these next to each other in one drawer. 
  • 6″ sq – I used this for storing my ColourPop liquid lipsticks, lippie sticks and NYX butter glosses. I reach for these every day, so I plan to keep this container on my vanity.     

    

Shallow

  • 3″ x 6″ – I put samples that come in little packages with online orders into this! 
  • 3″ x 12″ – I was able to fit my Too Faced small eyeshadow palettes into this. I also used this for bronzers as well!
  • 6″ x 12″ – I stacked my ColourPop single eyeshadows into this since it’s so narrow. It kept them from rolling around when I close the drawer, which was perfect! 

          
I would highly recommend the “Alex” drawer system if you are in the market for a storage unit that can blend in with the other furniture in your room. It really holds a lot when you break it down drawer-by-drawer, but it doesn’t take up that much space. The “Linus” collection from The Container Store is awesome to sort your items by category and understand visually what you have. Since they are acrylic, they’re super easy to clean as well! I can see these working great in a kitchen too since you can place the various sizes of containers together to fit in one large drawer. 

      

What are some ways that you’re able to manage your makeup collection?! I know there has to be some other creative ways to store and organize! I also want to know how you are able to rotate items through your collection, does anyone participate in Project Pan or do Shop My Collection posts? I would be very interested in reading and finding ways to actually use the makeup that I’ve purchased! I hope you had a very Happy Easter and thank you for reading! 

     

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What’s In My Bag?!


Am I the only one that likes reading these types of posts?! I can’t exactly explain why it’s so fascinating to find out what other women carry in their bags, but I wanted to show you what’s in mine! I recently bought the Rebecca Minkoff “Always On Regan” Tote from Nordstrom and it is seriously the best bag ever! Not only is it large enough to carry everything one could possibly need, but it has a lot of pockets and zippered areas on the interior for storage and added organization!       

    


Of course I have the standard items, like a wallet and sunglasses. I also carry my Erin Condren planner because I make daily to-do lists and love staying organized. I also make sure to keep my cute Kate Spade business card holder handy. I keep my keys on this little puff, which actually makes them super easy to find! One way I like to keep my bag from becoming a complete black hole is by dividing things into different categories. So for example, I have a makeup bag with only beauty products and then I have a hair/skincare bag to keep the other items separated. It may seem high-maintenance, but this way I always know where everything is. Picture never having to look for a hair tie again….it works! 

    


I thought it would be cool to see some of the makeup I like to always keep in my bag. You never know when you need a touch up so I like to bring mini versions of the essential products I use on a daily basis. For lips, I like to choose nude shades to keep things simple. This way I know that no matter what my eye look is, I’ll have something to match! I also choose a variety of finishes; matte, glossy, satin, etc. so I have variety depending on my mood. My current favorites are the Marc Jacobs “Primrose” lip liner, M.A.C “Velvet Teddy” lipstick, Buxom “White Russian” lipgloss, and Bare Minerals “XYZ” liquid lipstick. I keep a mini mascara just to freshen up my eye look throughout the day. I love the Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara because it will quickly add volume without looking clumpy. I always wear a nude eyeliner on my waterline to brighten the look of my eyes, my absolute favorite is the Tarte “Fake Awake.” For my face, I keep the NARS “Orgasm” blush, Benefit “Hoola” bronzer and Laura Geller baked foundation powder. These are all classic products that I love in their full size versions as well. I always keep a rollerball of perfume in my bag, right now I’m loving Prada “Candy” because it’s a really light, sweet scent that is perfect for Spring! 

   


In my other little bag, I keep other essential “skincare” types of products. I love the First Aid Beauty “Vitamin Hydrating Mist” to refresh my face midday. I have a mini-travel sized deodorant in case I forget to put it on when I leave the house, embarrassing, but true. I love Aquaphor for chapped lips because it instantly moisturizes and heals. It’s also great to wear underneath really drying liquid lipstick formulas. I keep a hair tie at all times for obvious reasons, I love the ribbon ties because they prevent the breakage that comes from the standard elastic ties. I love the Origins “Peace of Mind” peppermint essential oil to use whenever I have a headache or feel anxious. The L’Occitane hand cream is a holy grail product of mine! Trust me when I say it’s completely worth the money! 

     
I hope you enjoyed reading this post about what’s in my bag! I always want to be putting content out there that I would want to read, so I hope you found this as intriguing, as I find other bloggers post on what they carry around on a daily basis! What are your must-have products that you always have on hand? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! 

    

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Soft Spring Makeup Look!

It’s finally Spring and I could not be happier! It’s so refreshing to experience warm weather and I love seeing the sunlight at 6:00 pm! With that said, I’ve been going a little more natural with my makeup just because I want to look really fresh and dewy on a daily basis. I’m sharing an updated everyday makeup routine in case you’re like me and enjoy switching things up based on the seasons! I’m focusing on making my skin as flawless as possible, without looking heavy. Also you can see that I’m choosing natural colors on the eyes, with peach-tones for my blush and lip color!     


   

The first step in this routine is to apply a luminous primer all over my skin to give me a lit-from-within look. My absolute favorite one is the L’Oreal “Magic Lumi” because it evens out my skin tone and gives me a sheer glow, rather than a glittery or oily effect. Next, I apply my foundation and concealer with a damp beauty sponge, I’ve been loving the new pink one by L’Oreal, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand! I have been obsessed with the L’Oreal “Pro Glow” liquid foundation for giving my skin a luminous, natural finish. If you have oily skin, try their “Pro Matte” version, which is another one of my favorites. The Tarte “Shape Tape” concealer is one of my holy grail makeup products and definitely something you should invest in if you have dark circles! This product will not settle into fine lines and it has awesome, full coverage without ever looking heavy. I place my concealer in an upside down triangle underneath my eyes and I blend some additional dots on the center of my forehead and chin, just to even out the brightness. To keep the glowing look of the skin, but also control my oil, I set my entire face with the Too Faced “Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder.” This is an awesome translucent powder to set your makeup, without adding any additional coverage. Be careful not to add too many layers of this product, or you will end up with the unfortunate white flash back if you are using this powder during photography sessions! I also take the yellow shade from the Tarte “Tarteist” contour palette to set my under eyes and give them an extra layer of brightness! My favorite bronzer to use with this kind of look is the the Too Faced “Sweet Hearts Bronzer” in the shade, “Sweet Tea.” It is a neutral bronze color, so not too orange or too ashy. It has a radiant finish, which looks great in natural lighting! I love a super bright and shimmery highlight for this time of the year, so the Tarte highlight in “Stunner” has been my new obsession! This is by far the longest lasting highlight in my collection, it seriously stays on my cheeks for the entire day without fading! I’m so shocked by the pigmentation and blinding effect is gives my face. In the pan, it looks like it would be too dark for my medium skin tone, but once you apply it, you’ll see that it shows up beautifully! For blush, I used my new favorite Mally blush in the color, “Perfect Peach.” I think this is going to be so gorgeous once I have a deep, olive tan this summer. This is also very long lasting, which is an awesome added bonus! 

      


For the eyes, I really want to keep it super simple and as neutral as I can! I love my Too Faced “Natural Matte” palette because it’s so easy to create a simple look from the color selection, it’s a no-brainer makeup item. I set my entire eyelid with the shade, “Heaven” to help my other shadows blend effortlessly. I blend “Honey Butter” into the crease to give subtle dimension. I took “Strapless” just on the outer edge to give the look a little extra drama. I also blended this shade on my lower lash line for cohesiveness! My lid shade is the beautiful ColourPop eyeshadow in the shade, “Lovely” and may I just say, I could wear this color every day and be perfectly happy. It’s super pigmented and gives the eyes just enough sparkle! I did black winged liner, per usual and used my Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea So Fine” liner. Feel free to not do eyeliner, or use a brown color to make the eyes appear more natural. I used one of my new favorite drugstore mascaras, the Maybelline “Lash Sensational” is super nice! It really separates and volumizes like a high-end mascara would! For the lips, I used my brand new Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash” lipstick in the shade “Sunkissed,” which is probably my new favorite lipstick color and formula! These are so buttery and long lasting, perfect for spring and summer when your lips naturally feel more dry! I topped that off with all-time favorite nude gloss by Buxom in the shade “White Russian” to match the rest of my dewy makeup look! I didn’t include a photo, but I sprayed my entire face with the Urban Decay “All-Nighter” setting spray to lock my face into place and blend all the products with one another! 


   

Did you enjoy reading this post? Let me know in the comments below! I read and respond to every person and love interacting with you! I want to know your must-have makeup products for Spring 2017! Thank you for reading! 

     

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Classic Glam Beauty Favorites!


I’m a big supporter of natural, glowing makeup looks, but every now and then I have to go full glam with a smokey eye and/or classic red lips! Over the years, I’ve tried so many different products, some have worked great and I feel very Marilyn Monroe-esk, and unfortunately, others have had a circus clown effect. I wanted to share with you my all-time favorites, especially since these products can often be a hit or miss!      


My favorite eye shadow palette to achieve a beautiful, smokey eye look is the Makeup Forever Artist Palette Volume 1 – Nudes! This palette retails for $44, but is an overall value of $136! Makeup Forever eyeshadows are some of the best on the market! I find that they’re super buttery and richly pigmented, plus they last forever on the eyes! The colors in this palette are perfect if you want to create that traditional silver-taupe-black gradient that we often see in classic smokey eyes. I like the versatility that comes with this palette, allowing you to choose a sultry, bronze glam or even a bright-eyed, white and gold look! I highly recommend getting this product if you enjoy the colors shown in my swatches! These eyeshadows are so beautiful and definitely worth the money, especially when you save so much purchasing in palette form! 

     


I love red lipstick, but let’s be real…it is a very high maintenance color to wear. It bleeds, it fades unevenly, you may even face the dreaded ‘transfer onto your teeth’ effect. The following products have great longevity, minimal transfer and come in a variety of finishes, so whether you like glossy or matte lips, I got you covered! My first red lip favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Gloss in, “Scarlet Vinyl.” It is a super shiny, very opaque formula that gives your lips a lacquered look. It’s very moisturizing, so you can rest assured your lips won’t flake off into little red bits. For a lip gloss, this formula is very long lasting and will not fade throughout the night! Continuing with the glossy lips, the NYX Butter glosses are my absolute favorite of all time! I highly recommend these in any color! The shade, “Cherry Pie” is a very sheer, but super pretty whenever you just want a hint of red. I love wearing this product during the day when I can’t commit to the upkeep of a pigmented lip. These glosses are so creamy and feel like a balm on your lips, trust me you’ll want them in every color! The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Fiery” is a very matte, zero shine formula, which is beautiful if you want that retro red lip look. I love this shade in particular because it is more warm-toned, with a hint of orange, which I love for the summertime! This product wears for such a long time and will not transfer! The only downside is that it can feel a bit drying once you remove all your makeup, but try putting a Chapstick or lip primer underneath and you’ll be fine! The Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Rose Hip,” which is a vibrant red. These are my favorite matte lip products because they aren’t drying, but also aren’t shiny. These lip crayons have a perfect shape to outline and fill in your lips very precisely, which is important with a bold lip color! I own a few other colors in this range and I would highly recommend if you’re just starting out with makeup, they are fool-proof and come in so many beautiful shades! Lastly, I wanted to mention the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the color, “Red Square.” These are similar in shape to the Bite Beauty lip crayons, making the application process so ideal for lining the lips and then filling in! These feel creamy at first, but eventually set into a matte finish and become virtually transfer-proof! I always get compliments on this shade and I find it is very wearable because of the slight hint of brown in the formula, making it almost a brick-red color!

   


I also wanted to recommend some extra products that aren’t absolute must-haves, but they may be solutions to some problems you could be having with red lipstick! The M.A.C and ColourPop lip primers will help prep your lips by filling in fine lines and lightly moisturizing before application! Now that I own these products and love them, I can never wear a liquid lipstick or a matte formula without a primer underneath! These will prevent cracking and uneven fading as well! I also would advise you to line your lips before putting on red lipstick! The thought of lipstick bleeding outside the edges is cringe-worthy to say the least, but by laying down a liner first, you can help seal in those lip lines and guard the product from reaching your chin, upper lip, etc! You can of course line with a red lip liner, but sometimes that can be a little scary because if you mess up…it’s not always the easiest color to blend out! For beginners, try using a regular nude shade until you have mastered the desired shape you want the lip line to be! 

       


Black eyeliners and classic glamorous makeup go hand-in-hand for me! I wanted to mention my favorites since I also use these in my everyday makeup routine as well! The Stila Smudge Stick’s are the best eyeliners to blend out and create a smoldering effect! I have the black one shown in the photo, but I own a lot of the other shades as well and love to blend them on the upper and lower lash lines for a faded, yet defined effect! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in the shade, “Trooper,” is a holy-grail makeup product in my collection! If you want to do winged eyeliner and find that your currently felt tip pen isn’t doing you justice, change to this immediately! It’s super precise and very black, plus it’ll last forever! The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in the shade, “Tuxedo” makes an amazing black base for your eyeshadows to lay on top of! If you really want your deeper, jewel-toned eyeshadows to pop, try layering them with a black eyeshadow base! These Caviar Sticks last so long on the eyelids and will not crease! The Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is liquid liner goals! This goes on so evenly pigmented and dark, I was so impressed the first time I tried it because I’ve always found other pot or liquid liners to be so dry or overly wet and messy, but this one is absolutely perfect! If you prefer drawing on your winged eyeliner with a brush, I would definitely recommend these Tarteist liners to you! 

    

Thank you for taking the time to read about my classic glam makeup favorites! Don’t feel compelled to wear a bold lip and a bold eye all at the same time, pick and choose different techniques from this post and make them your own! What are some of the products you grab whenever you want to create a timeless or retro makeup look? Let me know in the comments! 

    

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Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” Review and Swatches!


As someone that thrives off golden highlighter and warm-toned blush, I about fainted when I saw the new Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” in the shade “Perfect Peach!” For $35, you get a pigmented, beautiful blush and a dimensional, golden highlight shade! I haven’t been this excited over a new makeup product in awhile, so I would highly recommend trying it out! This is my first purchase from Mally Beauty and I am so beyond impressed! There is also a “Pretty Pink” set, if you prefer more mauve, true pink colored blushes and a champagne colored highlight!     


The formula of the blush and highlight is so soft and pigmented! The blush is actually very natural looking. You can easily layer it to look more intense or wear it more sheer for a “no-makeup” makeup look! I love this blush shade in, “Perfect Peach” and would totally purchase it in the full-size! I find that I have nothing like it in my current collection. The color is a very true warm, orange-peach color that has the smallest touch of pink. I would describe this product as having a satin-matte finish because it’s not completely flat once applied on the face, but also not shimmery at all. It lasts all day on my face without fading or changing color, which is a major plus! 

    

The highlight is in the shade, “Stardust” and I think it’s easily becoming my most reached for product! I use this whether I’m doing a full-glam or natural makeup look! It gives the very trendy and desired “wet-look” to the tops of my cheek bones. It’s a true gold highlight, but it’s brighter than Laura Geller “Gilded Honey” (my all time fav) or Becca “Champagne Pop.” I love how it doesn’t emphasize any texture on my face since it’s not glittery whatsoever. It also layers on top of cream highlights so perfectly, which is somewhat hard to find in a powder product! Just like the blush, this highlight also lasts for such a long time! I honestly get so many complements whenever I wear this product and everyone is always so surprised when I tell them it’s by Mally! 

   

I would highly recommend this duo to anyone that loves wearing blush and highlight! I think everyone should try this product out because it’s SO good! The quality is there and the price is right, so what do you have to lose?! It does come in two color options, but I have not tried out the “Pretty Pink” set. I’m definitely going to be purchasing to check for consistency in the line! What products do you love by Mally Beauty?! Have you tried out the “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” yet? What do you think?! Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! 

        

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Too Faced “Peanut Butter and Honey” Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches!


I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Palette and I was able to pick one up before it officially releases on March 1st! I wanted to review and swatch it for you guys to see if it truly lives up to all the hype it’s gotten on social media! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know some of my favorite and most used eyeshadow palettes are by Too Faced! The Peanut Butter and Jelly palette is still a product that I reach for on a weekly basis! I had very high standards when trying this one because each previous palette has always included rich, creamy eyeshadows that were evenly pigmented. Plus, I was super excited to smell this one in particular since I knew the scent was going to be honey, which is one of my absolute favorites!      


Just looking at the shades in this palette, I can tell it’ll be something I reach for all the time since it’s all warm, neutral shades. The majority of this palette is matte, with only a few shades being shimmery! I think there are some fun, unique shades in there, which help me feel inspired to step out of my comfort zone (ex. “Honey Buns,” the bright yellow) however, there are enough “safe” colors for me to create a wearable, every day makeup look! 

      


Once I started swatching these shadows, I did notice some inconsistency in the formula. Some of the shades are really buttery and pigmented, others are more dry feeling and require effort to build up the color. We will start the review of each individual shade with, “Creamed Honey,” which I would describe as a pearly, cream shade that is more sheer in pigmentation. I think this is a really easy all-over-the-lid color that you can wear on a daily basis. I will say that once I tried this shade on my eyelid, with a primer underneath, it showed up a lot brighter and allowed the sparkles to come through in a more noticeable way. “Peanut Butter” is one of my most favorite shades in the entire palette because it’s a matter, super warm, rich cocoa brown that is perfect for a transition shade in the crease or blown out all-over-the-lid. “Going Nuts” is a true dark brown that is neither cool nor warm. It is actually pretty unique and I love that it has copper colored glitter reflecting throughout! “Bee Sweet” is a pale pink color that is also matte. I don’t really love pick eyeshadow, so I’m not sure if I’ll reach for this color a lot, however it was very brightening on the skin and was creamy when swatched. The one shadow in the palette that I really didn’t like was, “Honey Brittle,” which is a matte peachy-orange color. It was so hard to get an even swatch of this shade and I literally had to dig with my finger to get any color payoff. I probably swiped this swatch 10 times to get that sheer wash of color that you see in the photo. Ugh, at least there’s only one disappointing color! I absolutely love the next shade, “Bees Knees” because it’s a stunning, shimmery copper color that’s going to look great with any of the shadows in the palette! It’s so beautiful and I can definitely see myself using this color on a daily basis! “Queen Bee” is probably the most metallic color in the palette and I would describe it as a frosty, pearl shade that is very neutral in undertone. I loved this color as a brow bone and inner corner highlight! I was really nervous to try “Honey Buns” because a bright yellow is just a tad bit intimidating! I used this color as a transition shade to blend out my crease and add some dimension to my look and it looked so good! It really warmed up the entire look and gave the look a unique touch! I actually really love this color and I’m excited to find new ways to use it in other makeup looks! Lastly, “Feeling Nutty” is my other absolute favorite color in this palette because it’s super creamy and matte. It’s a very warm-toned, peanut butter color and it is so pretty once applied to the eyes! I can see this being a stand out shade for me and this exceptional shadow helps me overlook that one dud color! Plus, it seriously smells like honey with a touch of peanut butter! 

        

I really think these eyeshadows live up to the quality and standard that proceeds Too Faced and I’m so happy I was able to get my hands on it before it sells out! I would recommend this palette to someone that loves working with warm colors and values richly pigmented, matte eyeshadows. I will say that this palette looked a lot better once it was on my eyes with a primer, so keep that in mind with the arm swatches! Leave me a comment below if you think I should do a post on my current favorite eyeshadow look using this palette! What new products are you excited to try?! Leave me a comment so I can put them to the test! Thank you so much for reading! 

    

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Nighttime Pamper Routine!


I have always wanted to be the type of girl that could make time for fun things like spa days and massages. However, the older I get, the harder it is to prioritize my schedule to include something that’s only meant to make me feel spoiled and special. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I like to have an at-home pamper night! I try my hardest to turn my mind off and unwind, while using products that make me feel like I’m in a fancy spa! 
        


My first step in my pamper routine is to take a hot bath! This is essential because too often I just shower super quickly and forget to even take the time to unwind in a jacuzzi bath. I love using LUSH Bath Bombs because they smell amazing and make your water look really pretty! This one is the, “Butterbear” Bath Bomb and it smells incredible, just like cocoa powder! Next, I like to exfoliate my body with a sugar scrub! I love using the Tree Hut “Sugar Shea Scrub” from head-to-toe! It’s gentle enough to not irritate my sensitive skin, however it will remove all dead skin and any remaining self tanner that hasn’t faded off naturally! After I’ve shampooed and conditioned my hair, I like to apply a hair mask to give extra moisture and help repair any dry/damaged strands! Recently, I’ve been obsessed with the OUAI “Treatment Mask.” I just apply it on my clean, damp hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. My hair feels like absolute silk when I’m finished with it! Lastly, once I’m finished with the bath and completely dried off, I like to apply the Shea Moisture “100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” all over my body, like I would a regular lotion. I feel like I’ve seen a difference in my skin since I switched over to coconut oil from body creams! Not only does it feel more hydrated and healthy, but I’ve noticed it’s not as itchy and irritated, which would happen all the time after using artificially scented body butters. I definitely can’t use this product as a hair mask because it’s way too heavy and I look like a greased chicken the next day, but it makes an awesome all over the body moisturizer! 

          


Now that I have clean skin and I’m feeling super relaxed, it’s time for a face mask! My favorite one to apply is the award winning Fresh “Rose Face Mask” because it not only hydrates, but it also tones! I feel like it’s so hard to find a mask that does both! It’s all-natural and smells like fresh roses! Sometimes I feel like doing something fun and different so I’ll grab a sheet mask instead! I love the Tony Moly line of sheet masks because there is such variety available for all the different skin types out there! Plus, the packaging is absolutely adorable! After I’ve left my face mask on for about 20-30 minutes, I rinse that off and immediately apply my nightly skincare! I’ve been using my favorite Origins “High Potency Night-A-Mins” moisturizer for years and it is SO GOOD! I recommend this product to everyone, dry skin, combo, or oily skin; you just need it! I also always apply an eye cream, recently I’ve been loving the Tarte “Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment” because it’s incredibly hydrating and helps plump up the skin where I have fine lines! Now that I’m finished with my face, it’s time to treat my feet! If you are in need of a super hydrating and luxurious lotion for an at-home pedicure, then you must try the L’Occitane Foot Cream! It is incredible the difference that this makes, especially on my heels! I’ve been a fan of the hand cream for awhile now, but this product is a game changer! Of course, I can’t forget about my lips and every single night I apply Aquaphor to keep them moisturized! It doesn’t have a scent, which I love and I always wake up with hydrated lippies that are ready for lipstick application! 

    

Hopefully this post gave you some good ideas on the types of products to try out if you’re wanting to pamper yourself! I think it’s so important to take a break from all the craziness that happens in our every day lives and unwind! If you have products that relax you, please comment them on this post! I hope you have a wonderful week and I appreciate you taking the time to read! 

    

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January Favorites! 


Time to reveal my favorite products that I haven’t been able to put down this month! On a daily-basis, these are the items I reach for and automatically know will work with any makeup look! I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had something represented for face, eyes and lips this month. Also all of these products were new discoveries to me during the month! I hadn’t previously tried them or versions of them before, so it was awesome to have great first impressions of each item!       


Shoutout to my cousins for getting me the Anastasia Beverly Hills “Modern Renaissance” eyeshadow palette! I wanted this so bad, but constantly convinced myself I didn’t “need” it and had similar shades in my collection. However, once I swatched and applied these gorgeous shadows on my eyes, I realized how pigmented and special they are! The matte shades in this palette are super rich and buttery, very blendable and last all day on the eyes! The shimmery shades are really subtle and not overly glittery, which I personally love! You can definitely build them up to be more metallic by spraying your brush with M.A.C Fix Plus or another makeup setting mist! If you love warm toned eyeshadows and want a palette that will certainly inspire creativity, then I would pick this one up! I definitely want to use this for a Valentine’s Day makeup look, so let me know if you would like to see a blog post on that!

       


Too Faced produces my absolute favorite bronzers on the market, so I was super excited to finally try out their “Sweethearts Bronzer” in the shade, “Sweet Tea.” As you can see, it is split into a lighter and darker shade, but typically I just mix the two with a fluffy powder brush and dust it onto the places the sun would naturally hit my face! I have been loving it since the color isn’t too warm or too cool toned. It gives your skin a very radiant and natural glow, without being glittery, which can be hard to find in a bronzer! I seriously use this product every single day!

     


The L’Oreal “Magic Lumi” primer is a product that is constantly raved about on YouTube and other beauty blogs! When it was at its peak of popularity, I had super oily skin and the thought of using a radiant primer actually scared me. For whatever reason, my skin totally changed throughout the years and has become super dry and in need of moisture! Now that I am all about the dewy-skin products, I had to try this out! Once you apply it on your skin, it immediately gives you a pearly glow that is definitely not subtle. At first this made me nervous and I worried it could potentially emphasize pores or texture, but once I put foundation or powder on top, it looks actually turns out really beautiful! Make sure you put this on your shopping list if you have dry skin and want to give your face a natural glow! 

     


I picked up a cute, little holiday set from Laura Mercier that four featured miniature versions of her top rated “Caviar Sticks,” which are basically her signature cream eyeshadows! My favorite shade in the set is, “Rose Gold” because it’s super wearable and lasts all day long! Sometimes I use this product as an eyeshadow base, but mostly I just blend it on my eyelids with my finger and wear it alone! It is super quick and easy, plus I never have to worry about it creasing or fading throughout the day! I really want to try other Laura Mercier products because I’ve been so impressed with these and the translucent finishing powder, so let me know what items in her line are your favorite! 

      


Thankful for my cousins once again, because they gave me this NYX “Lip Lingerie” liquid lipstick in the shade, “Ruffle Trim.” I am so in love with this formula because it dries down super matte, but isn’t drying on the lips or uncomfortable in any way! This product does not settle into the lines on your lip and has such a lightweight, moussey texture! I love the shade selection too because they’re wearable on a day-to-day basis! They are also a really great price for a drugstore liquid lipstick! 

      


My first Charlotte Tilbury purchase is the famous, “Lip Cheat” in the shade “Iconic Nude.” This lip liner is seriously holy grail status because it does not fade or transfer. I love the look of fuller, more plump lips, but sometimes worry that lip liners may over exaggerate in a really unnatural way! If you start outlining at the corner of your top lip, you will give yourself a guide on how to enhance your lip line in a balanced way! Do the same on the bottom lip, by beginning on the corner and you will find it’s a lot easier to over line your lips in a subtle way! This shade is the perfect natural lip liner for my lip shade because it has a brown, neutral undertone, rather than pink or red. This helps give a natural looking shadow-effect whenever I layer a lipstick or lip gloss on top! 

    


Thanks for reading about the makeup I have been loving during the month of January! I really hope I helped you discover a product that maybe you were on the fence about before! Please let me know what new products have worked their way to the top of your favorites list this month! I love reading your suggestions and trying out makeup that other beauty lovers are enjoying! Have a wonderful week and thank you again for reading! 

    

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Too Faced “Chocolate Chip” Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches! 


Lately, I’ve been loving products that give me a natural makeup look on a day-to-day basis. Matte eyeshadows are an easy way to add depth and dimension to your eyes, without being too bold. I’ve tried so many matte eyeshadows from drugstore and high-end brands and let me tell ya; they’re not all created equally. Whenever you find a creamy and evenly pigmented matte shadow, you immediately buy because they are hard to find! Most are chalky and blend out patchy and uneven. That’s why I was thrilled to find the Too Faced “Chocolate Chip” Matte Eyeshadow Palette! It’s super small and compact, making it perfect for travel. However, it’s also packed with 11 different shades so you can be inspired to create multiple eye looks! Another major selling point is that it does indeed smell like chocolate, which is definitely the most delightful scent if you ask me!        


Too Faced eyeshadows are always super pigmented, but matte shades aren’t always the easiest to formulate. The ones in this palette are pretty great, for the most part! There are a few shades that are pretty dusty and have fallout when you blend them out, but I think that’s pretty common with soft eyeshadows. 


I do have some favorite eyeshadows in the palette that I can see myself using on a daily basis! “White Chocolate” is the best to set your entire eyelid and help the other colors blend out as you layer them on. I love “Creme Brulee” to buff into my crease for a natural transition shade! “Strawberry Bon Bon” is seriously the most pigmented and bright, light pink shade I’ve ever tried! This is gorgeous to wear all over the eyelid and I’m definitely planning on using it on Valentine’s Day! “Gilded Ganache” is a rich, olive-green, matte shade that is super unique! I really love wearing, “Candied Violet” all over my eyelid and noticed that it really makes my brown eye color pop! 

     


I would recommend this palette to anyone that enjoys wearing matte eyeshadows and wants to work with a neutral shade selection! I think it’s super easy and great for everyday use, but also a wonderful addition if you need matte colors to blend out your more dramatic looks! I think it’s reasonably priced at $26 for 11 high-end eyeshadows! Have you tried the Too Faced “White Chocolate Chip” palette? I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’m still curious to know if it’s good so let me know if you have it and love it! I feel like more and more brands are releasing matte eyeshadows, so what are your favorite palettes or single shades?! Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading! 

   

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Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2” Review and Swatches!


Glow, baby! Glow! I cannot get enough highlight in my life and I’m so tempted whenever I see my favorite makeup brands release new products to make my skin look lit from within! The new Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2” is seriously glow goals. I wanted to review this highlighting/strobing palette because these shades are truly some of the best I’ve ever used. I love how universal this product is too, it really can work for any skin tone! At $42 for 4 highlight shades, I think this palette is totally worth it since that’s only about $10 per highlight, which is on par with drugstore makeup brands! If you are a makeup artist and do a lot of bridal/special occasion makeup, I would highly recommend because of the variety in shades and long-wearing formula! These are so creamy and blendable and they will not cling to any dry patches or emphasize skin texture. They’re super shimmery, but not glittery! If you’re a fan of the lit-from-within, glossy highlight then you will really love this formula!        


The first shade is, “Daylight” which is described as a white gold! I love this color because it is so bright and has a gorgeous golden shimmer throughout. I find that this is pretty unique because many of my white-pearly colors have a silver or champagne shimmer, making them look a little cool-toned once applied to the face! I think this is perfect for fair skinned gals! I personally cannot wear this color because it’s too light, but I love mixing it with the second shade and placing it on the very tops of my cheekbones and under the brow bone! On its own, it makes an amazing inner corner highlight! 

      

The second shade is called, “Skylight” and this is a true light pearl shade with a silver/champagne micro-shimmer! Although this color is gorgeous, I typically do not grab for a cool-toned highlight on a daily basis! However, if I were to use gray eye shadows or a cool-toned pink blush, I would definitely use this shade in combination with one of the more golden colors in the palette! It’s amazing how evenly pigmented this color is and how bright it reflects in-person and in photography! 

      

Next, is my absolute favorite highlight and the color I cannot stop wearing, “Spotlight.” It is a true golden shade with champagne shimmer! I love this color so much because it compliments my medium-olive skin tone and gives me a gorgeous, noticeable glow! I basically bathe in this color since it’s so glossy! This is also the main color I mix with the two lighter shades to get a even brighter highlight that is borderline blinding. I would compare this color to Laura Geller “Gilded Honey” highlight, which is my all-time favorite product! 

     

Lastly, we have “Candlelight,” which is the perfect rose-gold, copper color! If you have tan to dark skin tones you will love this color! I’m so excited for this to be my go-to shade whenever I’m more tan in the summertime! I can picture this color melting beautifully into a peach blush or bronzer and giving the skin a healthy tan glow! 
     

If you are a highlight lover like me, then I would totally purchase this palette! It’s absolutely worth it since it’s made with awesome skincare ingredients like algae and marine flower to help smooth and soften skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Coconut and vitamin E to provide moisture and enhance skin elasticity! I love this because I always use great skincare products underneath my makeup, but it’s awesome to know that what I’m laying over top of that is also helping maintain my healthy skin! I’ve noticed that all of the Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea” products are super creamy and hydrating, which I especially love using in these drier, winter months! I really hope you enjoyed reading my review on the new Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2!” I have been using this product non-stop since I first bought it and I see no reason to slow down! I decided to post this now that Tarte’s website has this item back in stock after it’s been sold out for a few weeks! I would recommend getting your hands on it as soon as possible! 

     

I really want to try out some new drugstore makeup products for my next blog post, but I want to know which ones specifically you would like to see put to the test! Please leave me a comment below of a new, affordable makeup product that you’ve been dying to see used in a tutorial/first impressions post! There are so many new products that I just want to buy everything, so I would love any extra help narrowing down my shopping list! Thank you again for reading! 

    

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