January Favorites

This month’s favorites are SUPER random, but this is what I’ve been loving so I wanted to share anyway!

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Erin Condren Planner Folio
–I didn’t get an EC planner this year, but I love this planner folio aka planner holder.
–Of course, I went with the custom option because I wanted to put my dogs and other favorite things on it instead of a design, but there are lots of options.
–I don’t do the full own scrapbook planner with tons of stickers and fancy layouts, but I do use some stickers and this folio is great way to keep all of my stuff together.

J Crew Factory Suede Tassel Stretch Flats
–I got these on super sale and I am obsessed! I love the tassel and the pointed toe. The leopard is calf hair which I love and the tan is suede.
–I ordered the tan first and they were so comfy that I immediately ordered the leopard and black. I accidentally ordered the wrong size in the black and my correct size was sold out so I ended up giving those to my sister. ‘Twas a sad day.
–They are completely sold out, but there are a few sizes available in the leopard. Size up a half size!

Sephora Collection Dynamic Duo On The Go Face Brush
–My elf Massaging Facial Cleanser died and I’ve been too lazy/forgetful to get a battery. I saw this in Sephora and it was cute and travel friendly so I picked it up to try.
–The brush side isn’t too harsh and I love using the silicone side to really cleanse my pores.

Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
–This product is so good that it’s getting it’s own post here shortly, BUT in the meantime, just know this is a dry skin dream.

Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon
–I always use some kind of primer or cream base when I wear eye shadow. It helps the powder stick and extend wear and it also intensifies the color.
–I don’t love Constellation on its own, but it’s GORG paired with this BM shade.
–It’s been my go to look for eye shadow this month. It’s easy, takes no time, and packs a punch.
–I got the BM shadow at TJ Maxx for $4 or $5 and I can’t find it online to link, but if you see it, get it. It’s so pretty!

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
–When I first tried this, I didn’t like it. It pulled very orange/red toned on me.
–I got it in a gift set recently and gave it another try and now I really like it. The shade is a good match and I like the formula too.
–I have cheaper favorites so I’m not going to repurchase when I use this up, but it is a really good product.

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Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon=GORGEOUSNESS 
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I finally got a diploma frame, 5 years after graduating, and then I couldn’t find my diploma. Most of my stuff is in storage and I went through every box in my storage unit and couldn’t find it. I ordered a replacement and finally got it hung up in my office. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.
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My sister gave me these scripture cards for Christmas and it was one of my favorite gifts. I have them on my desk and flip to a new verse every day. I look forward to doing this every morning and starting my day with God’s word. I share them on Instastories and I’ve gotten several questions as to where to purchase them. You can get them on Amazon!
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I got these Adidas sneaks half off at Belk a few weeks ago and they’re cute and comfortable. I’ve been meeting a friend to walk at the park after we get off work and these don’t hurt my feet no matter how many miles we walk. Image via.

What have you been loving this month?

Foundation Friday: Powder Foundation Routine

Last week, I shared how I made my own powder foundation that is a perfect match for me. Now that I have a foundation that matches, I wanted to share my powder foundation routine. I usually reach for a liquid as I find them easier to blend out and less messy, but I do use powder foundation from time to time. If you missed the earlier post, you can read it here.

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Products

  1. PrimersWet n Wild Primer Water, Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Poreless Putty #extraAF
  2. CorrectorIt Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot
  3. ConcealerKylie Cosmetics in Pearl
  4. ContourAnastasia BH in Fawn, Catrice Prime & Fine in Ashy Radiance
  5. Undereye Setting Powder–Custom mix, more on that soon 😉
  6. FoundationCustom mix
  7. BronzerBare Minerals Invisible Bronze in Fair to Light
  8. BlushBecca Mineral in Flowerchild
  9. Highlightelf Jelly Highlighter in Bubbly, Anastasia BH Amrezy
  10. BrowsTarte Busy Gal Brows in Taupe, Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde, Anastasia BH Clear Brow Gel
  11. EyesEssence I Love Colour Intensifying Base, Colour Pop Twinkle
  12. LashesEssence Lash Primer, Benefit Roller Lash
  13. LipsMaybelline Touch of Spice
  14. Setting SpraysMAC Fix+, Kat Von D Lock It

Steps

  1. Prime–Spray Wet n Wild Primer Water :: apply Too Faced primer all over :: apply elf primer around the nose where my large pores are to blur and fill
  2. Correct, conceal, and set under eye concealer
  3. Creams–contour the nose with ABH Fawn, apply elf Jelly Highlighter to cheek bones
  4. Foundation–buff powder into skin (I use this brush), 2 light layers for light to medium coverage
  5. Blush, bronzer, highlight, and contour
  6. Brows
  7. Eyes
  8. Lashes
  9. Lips
  10. Setting spray

This looks like a lot of products and a lot of steps, but I can do this in less than 10 minutes. It’s my go-to when I’m running late or just want a more natural, light look.

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Before & After

I totally forgot to take my usual AM & PM pics! 

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elf and Wet n Wild released new products and had sales going on so I did a little shopping. I placed these orders after Christmas when they were having mega sales on top of their already affordable prices so I got a lot of bang for my buck! I placed my orders on the actual website, but you can find them at drugstores, Target, Wal Mart, etc.

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Stay tuned for a follow up post to see if I liked these products!

Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops

Claims
–Lit-from-within glow
–Even skin tone & texture
–Moisturizes for a full 48 hours

Price
–$19.99 at Ulta
–$17.99 at Target
–$23.99 at Walgreens
–$17.95 at Wal Mart
–$3.99 trial size available at Ulta

Pros
–Mini option available to try
–Non-comedogenic
–Paraben free
–Phthalate free
–Pretty packaging
–Multi-use product (can use alone or mixed with other products)
–Smells good
–Made my skin glow
–Easily accessible
–Affordable

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
This is my new skincare must have. I loved mixing this with my moisturizer for added hydration and glow. I dot my moisturizer on my face and then drop a few drops of this and rub it all in. It makes my skin SO soft and hydrated. I got the trial size initially, but have since purchased the full size. I don’t like to mix oils into my foundation or apply foundation on top of an oil so this is a good product to have on hand. It basically does the same thing, just in a different formula.

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I tried mixing this with the Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation. I love the coverage of this foundation, but it looks awful on my dry skin. Adding in the glow drops helped it look better, but it still didn’t look great. Improvement is good, but unfortunately this foundation is just a no go for me. The other foundations I use are more hydrating so I haven’t tried mixing it in with those as I don’t really need the added hydration.

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Mascara Recap 2018

If you’ve been following along for a little while, you know that Mascara Monday is a regular thing around here. I reviewed 18 mascaras last year, wow!

You can always see if I’ve reviewed a mascara by typing it in the search bar, but like the foundation post I did, I wanted one, concise place to have as a reference point. Also, I’m going to save them as a highlight on my Instagram, so you can check it out there as well.

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It Cosmetics Superhero
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Lancome Monsieur Big
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here 

Maybelline Total Temptation
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

LOreal Lash Paradise
–Length
–Volume
–No flaking or smudging
–Dries out quickly
–Clumpy
–NOPE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Total Tease
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Revlon Volumazing
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Flourish
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

CoverGirl Peacock Flare
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

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Catrice Glam & Doll
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

Benefit BADgal Bang
–Length
–Separation
–MAJOR FLAKING
–NOPE
–Full review here

Neutrogena Hydro Boost
–Length
–Volume
–Little clumpy
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

 

 

 

Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating

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Claims
–Long-wearing
–Won’t settle into pores and fine lines
–Won’t oxidize
–Transfer proof
–Buildable coverage
–Hydrates
–Natural matte finish

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E are ingredients which are great for my dry skin
–No parabens, phthalates, or fragrance
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Oil-free
–Shade range
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lightweight
–Packaging–>pump!

Cons
–Tacky finish, doesn’t set
–Not good on my dry skin, looked SO cakey with powder

Final Thoughts
This looked HORRIBLE on my dry skin. I think it might because I used powder to set it, but it felt so tacky so I had to. I can’t stand the feeling of a tacky foundation and I’m not waiting around for a foundation to set. My blush and bronzer would definitely not have blended over top had I not set it with powder. I got full coverage with 2 layers and I prefer full coverage so that was a positive. However, this was a total fail for me. I’m so glad I got a sample at Sephora to try before buying!

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full Face
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AM & PM

swatches

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