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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! 

     

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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

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November Favorites!

November has been a swell month! Full of makeup discoveries that are becoming holy grail level! I love sharing my monthly favorites because I hope you’re able to get a solid, trustworthy review and decide whether to buy or keep in your cart for later! 🙂 I included makeup, hair and a nail polish fav, so I hope you enjoy the variety this month! 

dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo, $24.

Ever since I began balayage-ing my hair, I’ve noticed the lighter I go, the brassier my hair looks. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan so the best way to combat the unwanted orange tones is a violet, toning shampoo to cool it down! The main problem with a lot of these products are that they can overly dry out your ends, making it super brittle! I read a lot of great reviews about this particular shampoo being super effective at toning down brassy tones for brunettes and blondes; and I must say, it really works! I wash my hair with this once a week to keep my lightened hair a neutral blonde color. Once I’ve evenly distributed it throughout, I make sure to leave it in for about 5 minutes to make sure it really does its job! I do find that when I rinse it all out, it’s pretty drying and my hair feels slightly stripped, so afterwards I’m always sure to follow up with a hair mask and I typically keep that on for about 5 minutes too!    
      

Wet Brush, $12.

To continue with the hair favorites category, I’ve been obsessed with the Wet Brush! I picked up the “Original” one because I have long hair, but it’s fine in texture. The main problem I face is that when I get out of the shower, my hair is super tangled and knotted regardless of the amount of conditioner I use. Before this brush, I would wince each time I had to comb out my wet hair, but now all the tangles disappear with zero pain! This thing has changed my hair’s life and I attribute my decrease in hair loss to this product as well! I always had an obscene amount of hair in my brushes (disgusting, I know) and now there’s hardly any in this brush! It works, it really works! Definitely try this out if you have been on the hunt for a new hairbrush! 

    

Laura Geller, Spackle Treatment Even-Tone Makeup Primer, $32.

I tried out a bunch of Laura Geller products this month and I’ve been loving all of them so much! Especially this makeup primer! I’ve always heard that her signature “Spackle” is loved by many! I wanted to try it because typically, I just wear a primer and powder foundation on a daily basis instead of a liquid foundation! This product is slightly tinted, but has the most beautiful luminescent glow. I’m so surprised that beauty bloggers and YouTuber’s don’t talk about this product more often! It looks gorgeous underneath any makeup and provides such a beautiful lit-from-within look to your skin, even if you don’t have time to put on makeup, you can slap some of this stuff on and look refreshed and glowy! Laura Geller has multiple types of “Spackle” so you are bound to find one that will address your personal skin needs! I love this Even-Tone one because it instantly neutralizes redness and fills in unsightly pores! 

    

Too Faced, Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, $30.

For the days when I do wear foundation, I’ve been using the Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder to set my entire face. I love that this product gives a fresh, airbrushed appearance to my skin and never looks cakey! I’ve also realized that it does not cause flashback in photography, which tends to always happen with other translucent powders! It’s also a very silky formula, making it perfect for my dry winter skin! Plus, I mean how cute is this packaging?! I love having a little pink compact on my makeup vanity! 

    

Urban Decay Eyeshadow, “Lounge”, $19. 

I’m a huge fan of duo chrome eyeshadows because they can look like two different colors based on the light shifting. Whenever I need an all-over eyeshadow color for a quick, night-out I look, this one is my go-to! Urban Decay eyeshadows are some of my favorite because they last for a long time and they’re so evenly pigmented, making their application error-proof! I love using this shade with a light, warm brown in the crease and a deep burgundy shade on the outer corner. 

   

Benefit Cosmetics, Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, $24.

I have talked about the Benefit Roller Lash mascara before because it’s just that amazing! I’ve rediscovered my love for it recently and I must say, if your eyelashes have trouble curling and staying curled, then you’ve gotta try this stuff! The formula is so good and it really works! I’ve been applying my Lancome eye primer underneath and I’m always getting asked if I have eyelash extensions so that combo seems to work great! Also I’m loving that it never flakes or transfers onto my eyelids or lower lash line like other mascaras do! 

    

Deborah Lippmann, Glitter Nail Color, “Happy Birthday”, $20.

I’ve been doing my own manicures recently and with the holidays approaching, it’s impossible to resist glitter. The “Happy Birthday” glitter polish by Deborah Lippmann is something special! I love that each shape of glitter is different and there’s lots of different colored sparkles, making it look like actual confetti on your nails! This polish is so fun and different than anything else I’ve ever seen, so I would highly recommend! 

    


Yves Saint Laurent, “Black Opium”, $90.

I wanted to mention the YSL “Black Opium” perfume because it’s seriously one of my favorites and something I always get compliments on when wearing! I would describe it as creamy vanilla, sweet scent that is perfect for day or night! It’s also very long lasting and doesn’t fade for at least 8 hours, which is pretty impressive! Plus the bottle is super luxurious and beautiful, so I give the packaging an A+!

    

Thank you for taking the time to read about all the products I’ve been loving during the month of November! Like always, please leave me a comment letting me know the products you’ve had on repeat all month long! I would love to know and try them out! 

    

Shop These Products! 

dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo, $24.
Wet Brush, $12.
Laura Geller, Spackle Treatment Even-Tone Makeup Primer, $32.
Too Faced, Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, $30.     

Urban Decay Eyeshadow, “Lounge”, $19. 

    

http://www.ulta.com/eyeshadow?productId=xlsImpprod4350375

Benefit Cosmetics, Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, $24.

     
Deborah Lippmann, Glitter Nail Color, “Happy Birthday”, $20.

     

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/deborah-lippmann-glitter-nail-color/3066339 

   
Yves Saint Laurent, “Black Opium”, $90.
   

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/yves-saint-laurent-black-opium-sparkle-eau-de-parfum-limited-edition/4462698?origin=category-personalizedsort

    

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Sephora VIB Haul! 


How can anyone resist a good 20% off Sephora sale?! I fell victim to this seasonal discount because some of these brands never go on sale and I just had to have these items, okay?! This is a great time to stock up on pricey skincare and repurchase those staples that you know you will use time and time again. Aside from the sheer thrill of new makeup, I always look forward to this promotion because Sephora usually brings out great seasonal value sets! As you will notice, I was able to get my greedy little paws on some great makeup, skincare and hair sets this year! I wanted to show you what I purchased, with a brief review on how that product has been performing for the brief week I have used it! Sometimes first impressions can tell a lot about a product, right?! I also wanted to help out if you’ve been eyeing some of these items for gifts and needed some help determining the overall value of these sets and whether or not buying individually is worth it!

    

Makeup

      

Urban Decay, All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Duo, $39.00.

       

This is an awesome deal because only purchasing one of these bottles will cost you $31.00! The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a holy-grail item for me because it will make your makeup last all day, keep it from smearing or transferring and fading. It also lays all of your powder products down flat, so you won’t have a cakey or overly matte appearance. One bottle will last you a few months, so you can’t go wrong with purchasing the set of two and having a back up! Love this stuff, especially at such a great price for the two full-size versions!

    
MAKE UP FOR EVER, Pro Light Fusion Highlighter, “2 Golden,” $39.00.

       

I have been lusting after this gorgeous highlighter for months! Laura Geller Gilded Honey is my favorite highlight of all time, but I would have to say this one is a close second! The pigment is gorgeous and it is definitely not chunky or glittery. The shine is a wet-look, glossy, smooth finish that compliments any skin type! I can see this product layering beautifully with a cream highlight underneath since it is so evenly pigmented. The color is a true champagne-gold, but it is light enough to be wearable for fair skin tones. It also lasts incredibly long on the skin, which is just another bonus!

     
Benefit Cosmetics, Sassy Lassie “Chick Picks” Beauty Bestsellers Kit, $39.00.

       

This is an AMAZING deal if you love Benefit products! You get a full-size Roller Lash mascara, which is an amazing product if you struggle to keep your eyelashes curled throughout the day. You also will get a full-size Porefessional Primer, which is great for filling in pores and creating a smooth canvas for your face makeup to adhere to. A full-size Ka-Brow eyebrow pomade that I recently mentioned in my October favorites as being a must-have product! You also get a smaller sized version of their beloved Hoola bronzer as well! So much value in such a little box! I think this is a great gift for anyone, whether they’re a makeup expert or a beginner!

     
stila, Stay All Day Lip Liner, “Marsala,” $20.00.

      

This lip liner is always talked about by beauty influencers, so I decided to give it a whirl! The color “Marsala” is unique to any other lip liners in my collection because it is a warm-toned, peachy-brown color, that I think will compliment those no-lipstick days where I just want to line my lips and throw a chapstick or clear gloss over it. I love that it is a roll-up liner and not a sharpening one, because lets face it, those are an absolute pain to constantly have to maintain a sharp point!

      

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick – Holiday Kiss Collection, “Lolita II,” $21.00.

        

I own the original cult favorite shade, “Lolita” in both the lipstick and liquid lipstick version! The shade “Lolita II” is a warm, peach color in a matte finish. The formula of these lipsticks are super long-wearing, creamy, but with a soft matte finish. They have that wonderful, yummy, vanilla scent like M.A.C lipsticks too! I love this limited edition holiday packaging, which is more glamorous than the standard black studded tubes. I would recommend this shade to anyone because I think it’s neutral enough for different undertones and can be worn with dramatic and natural makeup looks. 

         

MAKE UP FOR EVER, Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, “118 = Y325,” $43.00.

     

I have heard so many amazing reviews about the formulation of this product that I just had to try it while I could get a mini discount during this sale! It’s a satin finish that is perfect for dry skin types, aka me during these Winter months! I LOVE this product so much, I’ve been testing it out for the past week and it’s long-lasting, creamy, full-coverage and somehow still natural looking! It blends out beautifully with a brush or beauty blender. It will not emphasize pores or cling to texture and dry areas. I’m so glad they have an expansive shade selection with a color for anyone! Plus, it makes it easier to sort by undertones, for example the Y in my shade “118 = Y325” stands for yellow undertone; genius! 

Hair

   

Sephora Favorites, Hair Rescue Masks On The Go, $25.00.

  

I got this kit because I have always wanted to try high-end hair masks, but could never justify the price point! I am really excited to try all of these out because they are top-rated on the Sephora website and have received stellar reviews. Recently, I have been using a purple toning shampoo for my balayage hair, which unfortunately tends to dry out my ends more than usual! With that said, I can definitely see these sample products helping me out during the winter months!

  

Skincare

    

Origins, Origins Bestsellers, $45.00.

    
If you know me, you know I swear by all Origins skincare! I love every single one of these items in this kit, so I could not pass up on buying! If you are looking for a good skincare brand that is all natural, but also really works, then look no further! Their Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash is an awesome cleanser that is perfect for sensitive skin! The Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is great if you have enlarged pores or blackheads. This is one of those masks that will literally pull dirt out of your face, which is both intriguing and disgusting. This will be my first time trying the, By All Green Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, but I will surely keep you posted on whether or not it’s a winner! My holy-grail nighttime moisturizer is and always will be the High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream so I was so happy to see this in the kit! It smells like oranges and you will wake up with refreshed and hydrated skin! I love seeing a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin and I know this moisturizer has been the main reason it has improved over the last year! The GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer is a good day-time product that will hydrate and prime before makeup application. The GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is an “eh” product, I’ve never really been a huge fan, although some people swear by this eye cream! It’s definitely not bad, just doesn’t do a whole lot for my dark circles.

   
CLINIQUE, Pep-Start Eye Cream, $26.50.

  

I decided to purchase the full-size of this eye cream after receiving a sample from Sephora! If you wake up with puffy eyes and can’t seem to find a good moisturizing cream to help, then you should really try this! You only need a tiny bit and it will take down any swelling, while also smoothing out those pesky fine lines and dry areas. It also will not cause your concealer or any makeup you apply over it to crease or settle underneath your eye, which can be the case with other hydrating eye products. I would highly recommend this and could see myself continually repurchasing!

   

LAVANILA, Sport Luxe Deodorant, $16.00.

  

I’m not going to lie, $16 for a deodorant sounds kind of ridiculous, but that’s why I decided to purchase it while it was slightly discounted! I have had such horrible lucky with finding an aluminum-free deodorant that really works! So far, so good with this product, but I haven’t used it for long enough to know if it is truly worth the money! It’s so hard finding a great, all-natural deodorant for some reason, so if this one continues to impress me, I probably will repurchase!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the products I purchased during the VIB sale at Sephora! Let me know your favorite products that you picked up during the sale!

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My Favorite Fall Fashion Accesories!

My favorite way to stay up-to-date with ever-changing, seasonal fashion trends is by adding a few key accessories to my very basic wardrobe. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Fall accessories that I am loving this season! A couple of these exact items aren’t currently in stock, however I linked similar alternatives that are in the same price range! I find that just interchanging different accessories can give the same, plain outfit a totally different feel. For example, I feel like a big, blanket scarf is perfect for a festive daytime look, but just by swapping out the scarf for a trendy choker, you have a new, edgy vibe that works for nighttime looks as well! I think investing in a few key pieces each season can prevent you from overbuying multiple items that will eventually turn out to be trendy for a brief moment in time.


  
I feel like a floppy hat is a perfect way to play it safe, but also stay on-trend. You can’t go wrong with this neutral color either! Hats are great for hiding bad hair days or concealing unsightly roots. I personally love wearing this hat with two fishtail braided pigtails! I honestly think floppy hats are going to be around for the next couple years, I bought a black one last year and wore it all the time! I think hats in general are just huge for this Fall season, I have been eyeing a gray, suede baseball cap as I mindlessly browse the Nordstrom app and I am pretty sure I need it.

    
I absolutely love big, square scarfs! This one in particular has been my favorite because it has such a unique color combo that I am so drawn to! The square shape makes it perfect for folding into a triangle and wearing it like a blanket scarf! I highly recommend checking out Pinterest  here to see exactly what I’m talking about and how to tie it in this way! Geometric patterned scarves are everywhere this season, so I would definitely suggest investing in this trend! Not only will it keep you warm, but it will keep you very fashion forward, which is a win-win in my book.


These are my all-time, favorite boot! Not only are they leather AND water resistant, but they are truly the comfiest heeled boot that I own! I can wear these all day, walk five miles and still feel absolutely content. They are so padded and perfectly designed to not put tension on the arch of your foot. I think the suede tassel design is unique, but definitely on trend from what I’ve been seeing in handbags and shoes this season. I get compliments on these all time from everyone, regardless of age or style! They seem to be pretty universally adaptable to anyone’s wardrobe and I would highly recommend checking them out and at least trying them on in store! I am someone that values comfort above all things, so I can definitely attest to how worth it these babies are!


BaubleBar is one of my favorite online retailers to buy trendy, but well-made jewelry at a reasonable price! I have seen so many people rocking the famous ’90’s trend recently, but I never felt confident enough to take the plunge! Whenever I saw this particular choker, I thought it was so feminine and unique, that I had to try it out! I really love the quality of the necklace and find that the small tassel details and well-made closure, make it feel more luxurious than it cost! I receive so many compliments on this piece that it makes me want to start wearing chokers more often! BaubleBar has a simple, burgundy velvet choker that I have been adding and re-adding to my cart recently, so I will keep you updated on whether or not I purchase!

    
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorite fashion accessories for Fall! Please leave me a comment letting me know what you’ve been wearing on repeat this season!

Shop these items here! 

Phase 3 Whipstitch Wool Floppy Hat, $19.80.
Similar Style Here – Now on Sale! 
    

BP. Geo Pattern Square Scarf, $18.80.

Similar Style Here – Now on Sale!

    
PIKOLINOS ‘Andorra’ Water Resistant Boot, $199. Shop Here

    
BaubleBar Lariat Choker, $36. Shop Here

  

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