March Favorites

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  • elf Mouth Off Lipstick Remover
    • I only use makeup wipes for swatches or to take off my lipstick so I won’t stain my wash clothes so bad. However, I hate using a entire makeup wipe just for my lips. Enter, elf to solve the problem.
  • Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
    • I saw Casey Holmes using this and I had to try it. It’s marble which I love and it gave me an excuse to go to Target, as if I needed one.
    • I LOVE this sponge. It’s gets really big when it’s wet and I can blend my foundation out in no time.
  • Biolage Color Last Shampoo
    • I got some highlights & low lights earlier this month so I had to get a shampoo that was for color treated hair. My stylist recommended this and I LOVE it. It smells so good. I need Biolage to come out with a perfume that smells like this shampoo.
    • I don’t normally spring for expensive shampoo, but I paid for color and I want to keep it looking good for as long as possible. I only wash my hair once a week so I think I can make this last. Plus, I got 2 bottles on sale!
  • elf Massaging Facial Cleanser 
    • I think Clarisonics are great, but my skin is very sensitive and I just couldn’t find a brush head that was gentle, yet effective. The Forero is SO pricey so I didn’t exactly want to take the plunge on another expensive facial tool.
    • Again, enter elf. This is $20 and I LOVE IT. My face feels so clean and it’s gentle, but effective. It takes a small, flat battery so you don’t have to charge which is great because I always forgot to charge my Clarisonic.
  • MAC Girl About Town 
    • I don’t know how I didn’t have this color in my collection yet, but I’m glad it’s here now.
    • It’s such a fun, bright pink, but it’s not as blinding as Candy Yum Yum.
  • BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
    • The Tarte Shape Tape in Fair is the slightest bit dark for me so adding in this white mixer makes the shade a better match and helps brighten too.
    • You’re supposed to highlight with a concealer a shade lighter, but when you wear the lightest shade, there is no other option than white. I’m glad more companies are throwing us pale girls a bone.
  • Isaac Mizrahi Bridgehampton Hobo
    • I wanted a new bag for the spring, but I couldn’t find one in a store or online that I really liked. Thankfully, my parents love QVC and I came across this one.
    • I love the color and the style. It’s big enough to hold all of my stuff, but it’s not so big that I can cram it full of everything and the kitchen sink.
  • elf Blur Stick
    • The Milk Makeup Blur Stick is loved by so many but it did nothing for me. This one was only $8 so I decided to give it a whirl.
    • IT ACTUALLY WORKS. It blurs my pores and they’re huge so that’s a big statement.
  • Lancome Matte Shaker
    • I got 2 samples of this and I will definitely be buying a full size when I run out of the samples.
    • I have red and a bright pink and they are perfect to wear under lipsticks. It’s a stain so as my lipstick rubs off, there is still color there. When I say stain, I mean stain. They are hard AF to remove, but I’m not complaining.
  • Jennifer Garner’s Oscar Dress 
    • She looked bomb in this color and this dress by Atelier Versace was so refreshing. She was my best dressed of the night.

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  • Oka B Taylor Jelly Flats–I had a coupon for DSW so I ended up getting these for $4.98 + shipping. Cute, cheap, and pink?! That’s all I needed to hear. They look great with MAC Pink Nouveau too.
  • Wine glass that says “I want to be where the people aren’t”–this was a gift from my BFF and I’d say she gets me
  • Earrings from Zia Boutique–A friend of mine opened this boutique last September and she has some super cute things, like these earrings. I LOVE them and I want to wear them every day.
  • Ulta gets me

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MY LIFE. Legit never related to something so much

Obviously, all of these photos aren’t mine. I made the collage on Polyvore with images from various places. The memes and tweets are from Instagram. They are not mine. 

1st Quarter Check In

Earlier this year, I wrote 2 posts that are year long “projects” so to speak. First up, an actual project pan and second, 18 Book I Want to Read in 2018.

It’s hard to believe were are already a quarter of way through 2018! Here’s a quick update on my projects.


Project Pan

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The top photo is the starting picture for reference.

  • I used up the Limelight and Tarte foundations.
  • I decided to get rid of the Colour Pop concealer & the Milani foundation. The CP concealer is too dark and the Milani foundation just doesn’t look good on my dry skin. However, Colour Pop is releasing new concealer shades and there are some super pale shade which are perfect for me. I will definitely be purchasing!
  • I haven’t hit pan on my Tarte blush, but I’ve used quite a bit as you can see.
  • I’ve made a good dent in the MAC Studio Fix powder.
  • I use the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer almost every day and I feel like I haven’t made much progress with it or the Colour Pop Lunch Money highlighter.

You can find my 18 Books in 18 post here.

Since that post I’ve read
The Wizard of Lies by Diana B. Henriques
My Story by Elizabeth Smart
I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson

So far I’ve read 5 books on the list and I’m currently reading And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick.

I keep adding books to my Kindle Wish List so I may read some different ones along the way, but I really want to get through these 18. Any others are just a bonus!


The next check in will be in June so stay tuned!

Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara

 

Description(ulta.com)
–Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara coats every lash to help strengthen and instantly plump the look of lashes.
–Key Benefits:
-Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and Keratin enriched formula.
-Keeps lashes healthy-looking.
-Makes lashes look beautifully silky, glossy, long and full.
-Boost of hydration and shine, no flaking, smudging & clumping.
-Lengthens, separates and defines for all-over volume
-Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested.
-Safe for contact lens wearers.

Price
–$8.99 @ Target, Ulta
–$9.99 @ Walgreens

Shade Range
–2 :: black and black/brown

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Pretty packaging, I love turquoise!
–Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested
–Gives good volume

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Can be clumpy

Final Verdict
I LOVE the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line so I had to have this as soon as it I saw it. Sadly, I don’t love this on its own. I pair with Benefit Roller Lash and it works much better. I usually use a couple of mascaras anyway so this isn’t an issue for me. However, I don’t know that I would repurchase it. I think it’s worth buying and trying though.

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I’m just wearing the Hydro Boost mascara in these pictures.

Foundation Friday: Anastasia Beverly Hill Stick Foundation

 

Description(ulta.com)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a highly-pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation with a natural matte finish. Ideal for combination to oily skintypes.

Price
$25 @ Ulta, Sephora, anastasiabeverlyhills.com, & Nordstrom for 0.32 oz

Shade Range
–26 shades
–3 contours
–1 highlighter

Pros
–Convenient packaging
–Shade range
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–There’s a shade that actually matches me, Alabaster
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–Not good for dry skin
–Don’t like how it sits on the skin
–Not kind to my large pores

Final Verdict
I gave this product a second change and I ended up returning it again. I used a facial oil and made it work, but I knew I wouldn’t reach for it. I love the convenience of a stick foundation and I would love to find one that was great for dry skin. I do want to get a contour shade in this product though.

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Before & After

Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
Tool: Sigma F80 brush
Powder: RCMA No Color with RT Sponge 

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Single Shadow Show Down

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When I first got into makeup, I was all about eye shadow. I couldn’t get enough palettes, singles, it didn’t matter, I just wanted more. Then I discovered my one true love, lipstick and eye shadow took a back seat. I prefer a bold lip in lieu of a smokey eye.

I have a couple of go-to palettes, but I love to create my own palettes with single eye shadows. The problem with palettes is there are always a few shades that you never touch. Creating your own eliminates that waste.

There are TONS of single eye shadow brands on the market, but I’ve picked 4 popular brands to dive into.

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Colour Pop
colourpop.com
–$4 for an individual pan, $5 for the compact for 0.053 oz
–142 shades (always adding and changing though)
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–3 finishes: matte, satin, metallic
–Palettes, custom palettes, and bundles available

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Anastasia Beverly Hills
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillards, anastasiabeverlyhills.com
–$12 for 0.5 oz :: 4 for $40 at several retailers
–112 shades
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–8 finishes: matte, duochrome, glitter, ultra matte, metallic, satin, shimmer, velvet
–Palettes, custom palettes, and bundles available

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MAC
maccosmetics.com, Pro stores
–$6 for pan 0.05 oz
–120 shades
–8 finishes: matte, frost, satin, veluxe pearl, velvet, matte2, lustre, VXPL
–Palettes and custom palettes available

Makeup Geek 
makeupgeek.com
–$6 for 0.064 oz
–129 shades
–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–3 finishes: matte, foiled, duochrome
–Palettes, custom palettes, and bundles available


Breakdown

  • Cheapest: Colour Pop
  • Easiest to access: Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Most expensive: Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Most color options: Colour Pop
  • Most finish options: MAC and Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Most product: Makeup Geek

Colour Pop and Anastasia BH are newer formulas for me and I’ve been enjoying both. Anastasia Vermeer is my new obsession. However, Makeup Geek is still my tried and true favorite. The shadows and shipping are both affordable and they are so pigmented and easy to blend. Plus, I love Marlena, the CEO of Makeup Geek.

Mask Monday: elf Pore Clearing Glitter Peel Off Mask

 

Description (elfcosmetics.com)
This shimmering black peel-off mask strips away dirt and oil to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and reveal soft, clear looking skin. Enriched with charcoal, witch hazel and lavender to reveal a more refined complexion.

Price
$8 for 2.47 oz @ elfcosmetics.com
Compared to Too Faced $42 & GlamGlow $59

Pros
–Affordable
–Cute & fun
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Cruelty free
–Good ingredients (for my skin at least)–>charcoal & witch hazel
–Leaves skin feeling SO smooth

Cons
–Very thick, can be hard to apply (I recommend using a brush)
–Online only? Not sure about this but I haven’t seen it in any stores near me

Final Verdict
I LOVE glitter so when glitter masks became a thing, I immediately wanted to try one. My excitement quickly faded when I saw the large price tag. Leave it to elf to rescue us with a cheaper option! I think it’s a fun, peel off mask that does what most peel off masks do. My skin feels so smooth after I use this mask. I don’t think it’s anything special or life changing, but it’s worth $8. I recommend it.

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