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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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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Sweet Peach Makeup Look! 


If you read my previous post, you know I went peach crazy and ordered every item in the new Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection! Well, rather than only showing the swatches from my review post, I decided to also do a quick, little makeup look using all of the products I purchased! As you can guess, the look is very peachy, but I wanted to create a cohesive look that shows you how to make the pinky-orange tones wearable for day-to-day! Of course, you can totally make it your own! I think this would be gorgeous without eyeliner and brown mascara if you want a more natural, soft effect. You can also add false lashes and darken the outer corners a bit more to give a dramatic effect! Either way, I hope you really enjoy seeing how I put all of these products together for a pretty peach makeup look! 

  1. I first primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the shade “Eden.” I love this for canceling out the veins and redness in my eyelids, while also extending the wear of my eyeshadows. Next I applied “White Peach” from the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette all over my eyelid and up to the brow bone. I find that the rest of my shadows blend easier when I set down a neutral shade to take away the tackiness of the primer and provide a smooth canvas for the colors we place on top. 
  2. For my transitional shades, I took “Peaches ‘N Cream” on a fluffy brush throughout the entire crease area. Once I had that blended out, I added a bit of “Georgia” to soften the entire look, while giving more dimension. 
  3. So the next color I used, “Summer Yum” is an absolute game-changer and definitely my favorite shade in the entire palette. It’s a perfect warm, terracotta, chocolate brown. Ugh, it’s just really something special. So I picked up a more detailed blending brush and focused this color on the outer edges for a wide-eyed effect. This color would also be amazing as an all-over kid shade for an all-matte brown smokey eye! Ah! 
  4. I picked up “Bellini” next, which I would describe as a peachy-rose gold shade. This is perfect for highlighting the eyelid and providing the look with more dimension. I used a flat shader brush to press the color in and reduce any fallout from the shimmer. I also added the color “Nectar” into the corners of my eyes to help them look awake and sparkly! 
  5. To add further depth to the eyes, I took “Delectable,” which I would describe as a matte, deep plum shade on a small definer brush. I blended this onto my upper lash line and slightly into the crease. Typically, I use a matte black color for this step, but I actually really like how this shade worked with the whole look! 
  6. For the final step, I used the Kat Von D liquid liner and applied two coats of Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara! After looking at the photos from this pictorial, I really saw how crazy of an impact these steps make! Wow! Of course I did my standard winged eyeliner, but I think it would look equally awesome with just a regular like or no eyeliner at all! 

     


For the rest of my makeup, I used the Sweet Peach Glow palette for my bronzer, highlight and blush topper! I also used the Papa Don’t Peach blush, which I absolutely love! I predict this product becoming my new favorite! For my lips, I used the Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Balm in “Papa Don’t Peach” for a glossy look! I have been wearing this product nonstop and absolutely love the way it feels on my lips, so I’m excited to try the other colors in the range! Let me know if you like this makeup look! I want to know your favorite shades in this palette too! A lot of the colors are out of my comfort zone, but I believe that will continue to inspire me to get more creative with my makeup looks! Thank you so much for reading! 

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Too Faced “Sweet Peach” Collection Review and Swatches!


I nearly lost it whenever I saw sneak peeks of the new Too Faced “Sweet Peach” Collection on Instagram. Not only was I drawn to the adorable packaging, but I was also intrigued by the promise of the products smelling like fresh peaches! I decided to purchase each item in the collection to honestly test out the products and see if they really live up to their social media hype!       


The “Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette” was the item I wanted most! I am obsessed with bronzy, glowy skin so this seemed like the perfect little palette to achieve that look on a day-to-day basis! Once I swatched this palette, I was a little concerned about how sheer the shades appeared. I have a medium-olive skin tone, so I do feel like it’s more suited for lighter-fair skinned gals, but nonetheless it is a very gorgeous color selection. The highlight is a really unique, peachy-golden glow! It almost has a rose-gold effect whenever you apply it to your face. I loved how long lasting this highlight is! It’s definitely more of a glowy, wet-look shimmer, than a chunky glitter shade. The blush color in the palette is a very sheer, peachy-pink color that has a beautiful luminous glow! I really love this color because it looks super fresh and natural once you apply it! It’s the perfect every-day blush and I can see myself using this all the time! The bronzer is really light, but has a great natural undertone. I love that it wasn’t too orangey, but also didn’t look ashy or gray. I feel like this bronzer would be great to help blend out any contour color and add warmth to any makeup look! I will probably use this product on top of my regular bronzer to add a sheen and help blend out any harsh edges from contouring! 

        


I haven’t read a lot of reviews about the “Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss” so I was super curious to try this without any expectations! It is described as a “whipped peach oil with the shine of a glass and the moisture of a lip balm.” I love wearing regular lip gloss, but a lip gloss that feels like a balm sounds like absolute heaven! I have been wearing this product a lot over the past couple weeks and I am so impressed! The pigment is sheer, but that is what I was expecting based on the description! It’s very light weight and moisturizing, so you do feel like you’re wearing a lip treatment, rather than a traditional sticky gloss. I have mine in the shade, “Papa Don’t Peach,” which I would describe as a nude, peach shade with a brown undertone. I have worn this lip gloss alone and over top of lipsticks and find it looks beautiful either way! I can’t wait to try out the other shades!

       


The single blush in the collection is called, “Papa Don’t Peach” and is actually a reformulated version of one of their vintage blush shades. It is supposed to have a brightening effect, providing a youthful radiance to your cheeks! It is a true peach color that has more of a bronze undertone, than a traditional pink. I love this because it also helps this product look more natural and effortlessly blend into your bronzer! It does have slight gold shimmer throughout, but it blends out as more of a healthy sheen once applied and does not emphasize texture whatsoever. I think this would work really beautifully on many different skin tones, which is a major plus too! I am so excited to use this product in the summer to give my skin a sun kissed look! I also wanted to mention that this blush lasted over 10 hours on my skin, which I was pleasantly surprised about!

       


The eyeshadow palette was something I actually debated on purchasing. I have never been a huge fan of pink eyeshadows and upon first glance, it does appear to have many peach colors that have a red-pink undertone, rather than an orange (which I would’ve preferred). For the sake of this review, I did decide to order it and I’m definitely not disappointed or regretful! Are there shades I’ll use more than others? Yes. However, I do think I’m going to be incorporating a lot of these color’s into my every day makeup routine so I’m not too worried about it! The pigmentation on these eyeshadows is insane! The matte color’s are so rich and creamy, which is so rare to find in an eyeshadow palette these days! The shimmer shade’s are really evenly pigmented and have hardly any fallout! It’s such a fun bonus that you get to smell fresh peaches whenever you’re blending out your eyeshadow! I still love my Too Faced “Chocolate Bar” palette more because of the shade selection, however the “Sweet Peach” is quickly becoming one I reach for more and more!

      

    

After really putting these products to the test, I can truly say this collection is worth the hype. Each product is made of high quality pigments that blend beautifully on the eyes and face. Even the lip gloss stands out for being unique in formulation! I think based on your skin tone and just general preferences for makeup, you can pick and choose which items would work best for you! I am really excited to use these products during the summer months because they’re absolutely perfect for giving you a sun kissed, glowy look! Let me know which items from the Too Faced “Sweet Peach” collection that you are loving by leaving me a comment! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you had a very Happy New Year! 
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It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Palette Review!


Whenever I’m rushing out the door for work or attempting to pack lightly for a trip, I always turn to my multi-use, face palettes to consolidate the makeup application process! Reaching for a single palette in the morning helps me complete my every day makeup routine faster, so I’m always in the market for a good one! I recently came across the It Cosmetics “Je Ne Sais Quoi” face palette at Ulta and was instantly intrigued! First of all, it seemed to be worth the money since it only cost $42 and was valued at $80 worth of product. It Cosmetics is a prestigious brand with a reputation for being formulated with great skincare ingredients since the brand was developed with the help of plastic surgeons, so it’s hard to pass up whenever I can find it at an “on sale” price! Secondly, this has a face powder, bronzer, blush and highlight! That’s everything you need to finish off your face (and eyes) efficiently!        

   

Starting in the top left corner, we have the new “Bye Bye Pores Blush.” This product is supposed to add color to the face, without settling into fine lines or emphasizing unsightly pores. It’s a very fresh, matte pink color that instantly awakens the look of your skin and provides a healthy dose of color to your face. I love how long-wearing this product is as well! I noticed the color was still vibrant and opaque 12 hours after applying! 

         

To the right of the blush, is the translucent face powder, which happens to be their best selling and award-winning, “Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder.” I’ve never gotten the chance to try this product before this palette, but I had a “where have you been all my life” moment after applying! It’s so silky and definitely not chalky or drying, which are characteristics of many translucent powders! This is awesome for setting the under eye area after applying concealer, or using as an all over setting powder after liquid foundation! Either way, this powder seriously fills in any pores and will glide over any dry skin or textured areas on the face! 

         

Beneath the blush is the new “Sunshine in a Compact Matte Bronzer!” This product is meant to warm up your face and provide a subtle, bronzed glow to your entire complexion. This particular shade is a little light for my medium skin tone, but I think it would be perfect for anyone with a fair-to-light complexion! I will say this was a slight disappointment to me because it’s really not my kind of bronzer, but it is useable to blend out a contour or to quickly swipe on my eyes for some subtle definition. It is a very long lasting formula and blends beautifully on the skin, it’s just a really light color that you have to take time building up! 

    

Lastly, the new “Perfect Lighting Luminizer” is in the bottom right corner of the palette and is definitely my favorite thing about this! It’s such a beautiful, champagne-gold glow that lasts for such a long time! It’s very shiny, but subtle since it doesn’t have any glitter! This instantly makes your face look hydrated and glowy, which I love for the Winter months! I can see this working on so many skin tones, so I was very happy that this specific shade was chosen for the palette! 

     


I do think this product is worth the money and I would totally recommend it to friends and family! I think this is great if you’re interested in all-in-one palette that delivers on it’s claim to perfect the look of your skin and give a gorgeous glow! After using all of these products together, I can totally see the cohesiveness of selecting these shades for the palette. Each one blends seamlessly into the next; giving a soft, yet sculpted appearance to your face. You can totally use the bronzer and highlight shades as eyeshadows and shorten your makeup routine even more! I think this is great for travel and would make an awesome gift for a minimal makeup girl that wants all of her products in one compact! It Cosmetics is an awesome brand, so it’s a relief that their formula isn’t changed even though they’re in a palette form! 

     

What do you think of multi-purpose palettes? Do you like having all of your face products in one compact, or do you enjoy using multiple makeup items from different brands? Let me know in the comments section! Also let me know what your all-time favorite palettes are so I can try them out next! Thank you so much for reading! 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Gals!


I wanted to share a gift guide for anyone that stresses and struggles with finding the perfect gift for their sister, daughter, best friend, co-worker, etc! There’s always so much pressure to find the greatest possible present, so hopefully this helps alleviate a slight amount of holiday-induced nervousness! I wanted to find gifts in different price ranges and categories so you can find the exact present that whoever you’re shopping for would love and most importantly use!     


Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf, $48.

I cannot sing enough praises for this item! This scarf is a little pricey at 50 bucks, however I think it’s totally worth it since you can wear it in so many different ways! It’s so warm and soft, the material is also slightly stretchy so it will never feel tight and suffocating, as some scarfs tend to be! It also has a row of buttons, that you can easily snap on and off to create the different looks. If you unbutton the entire row, you can easily make it an infinity scarf! Button half the snaps for a handkerchief scarf look. You can also create a blanket, cardigan, shawl, and hood! I highly suggest checking out this YouTube video on the many ways to style the Vinyasa scarf! This would be the perfect present for an outdoors lover or someone that loves working out! 

     


Initial necklace, $60.

I think this is a really great gift for someone that has a classic style and enjoys more minimalistic jewelry on a day-to-day basis. I have had this “A” necklace for years and still wear it almost every single day. It goes with every outfit and is always understated, but beautiful. I’ve seen different variations of this necklace, but the one that I own is from South Moon Under. It’s called the, “Nashelle A Initial Disc Necklace Charm” and then I also have the accompanying chain. I know Kate Spade makes a similar style as well! 

    

BaubleBar Earrings, $25. 

If you are shopping for someone that loves glitzy, statement jewelry, but you don’t want to spend a whole lot…then BaubleBar will become your new BFF! They make such sturdy, high quality pieces that are super affordable! Usually they have some sort of 15% off promotion running as well, so I always recommend shopping these items whenever you can get an extra discount! I love their statement earrings for a special occasion. 

          


Sephora Collection, “Breakups to Makeups” Makeup Bag, $26.

Not all makeup bags are created equally! This one in particular is so well made and designed, that I can fit all of my daily makeup items in it and have it lay flat in my purse! The inside has a durable lining that you can easily wipe down if a lipstick spontaneously decides to break free. Plus, the cute and catchy slogans that are on each makeup bag will make the gift receiver chuckle! It’s a win, win and not outrageously expensive for such a high quality travel item!

          


Kate Spade Phone Case, $40. 

Any phone case by any brand will do the trick, I just wanted to show off my new, cute leopard print one from Kate Spade! If you know the model of their phone, then you can totally pick out an adorable phone case for them based on their personality! Caseify and Sonix makes really unique and cute patterns that they will love! You can also pick up a portable charger or extra long charging cord if you know this person is a techie on the go! 

   

     

Notebook and Coffee Mug, $10.

I wanted to include some ideas that would work great as stocking stuffers too! I think giving a notebook is such an easy gift because who honestly couldn’t use some extra paper?! I love making lists and just writing ideas out, so I always keep an eye out for cute notebooks whenever I’m shopping at HomeGoods or Target. I think pairing this notebook with a coffee mug is a nice idea because it’s an extra little gift that maybe they’ll use while they’re drinking coffee and jotting down a to-do list in the morning, or sipping tea and journaling at night! You get where I’m going with this! This coffee mug is from Target and only $5! 

      

STOCKING STUFFERS


        

Fuzzy socks, $3-$5.

I mean they’re fuzzy socks, do you need more of an explanation?! They’re the perfect gift for anyone! Regardless of age or interest, I think we can all agree that the enjoyment of fuzzy socks can bring all women together in love and happiness. I picked up the two pairs in the photo from Nordstrom, but literally every store sells these so no worries in finding a suitable pair! 

    

Pop Figure, $12. 

These are cute, little versions of popular tv and movie characters that can be displayed on a desk or in someone’s room! I would get this for someone that’s a major fan of a particular series! I love Friends, so of course I had to get a Rachel! How cute is that Central Perk apron and coffee cup though?! You can find these in bookstores and on Amazon! 

      

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish, $12.

By far the best nail polishes ever! I will probably do an entire blog post reviewing these because they’re that amazing! They sell all of the classic OPI shades in this formula and also have limited edition colors as well! The one pictured is in the color, “Bubble Bath,” which is an awesome go-to nude, pink shade that I can see anyone loving! 

       

It’s Skin, “Cookie & Body Ice Cream,” $10.

For only 10 bucks, you can give someone the wonderful gift of smelling like cookie dough after they apply this creamy lotion! It not only looks like ice cream (sucker for cute packaging) but it’s also a great formula! Very lightweight and not greasy at all! The perfect little stocking stuffer for anyone! 

        

I hope this gift guide gave you some great ideas on what to get your mom, sis, daughter, BFF, anyone! Don’t let this holiday season be full of stress and worry, remember it’s not about the presents! I try to always give gifts that someone would truly use and also never buy for themselves! Comment your present recommendations below! Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas! 

   

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Lululemon scarf
    

Initial Necklace
    

BaubleBar Earrings
   

Makeup Bag
      

Coffee Mug

     

OPI Nail Polish