Most Loved Nude Lips

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Up until the last few months, I NEVER wore nude lips. I love and live for bright lipstick. I thought I was too pale for nude lipstick so I always opted for something bright to add some color to my look. I still love my bright shades, but I’ve become obsessed with nudes of every shade and formula.

lipliners

Liners
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Whipped Caviar
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Tawny
NYX Lip Liner in Natural
It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better in Blushing Nudes

lipsticks

Lipsticks
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #44 Nude Lavalliere
Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick in Taupe Seduction
–Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Kate* (limited edition)
Colour Pop Creme Lux Lipstick in Scorpio Moon
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in The Duchess*
MAC Lustre Lipstick in Syrup
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Nude
*These are both Kate Middleton inspired shades so obviously I had to get them and I will never get rid of them.

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Liquid Lipsticks
Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in Fancy
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncuffed
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Truth or Bare
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick in Swag
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Night Together

glosses

Lip Glosses
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish in Dolly
Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in 202 Nuit & Jour
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Vintage

February Favorites

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Wild Fable Pink Sunglasses
–These are very Elton John-esque and extremely extra and this is exactly why I love them.
–My dad said they looked like a prop from a photo booth. *insert eye roll*
–They’re from Target, they’re cheap, and I love them. End of story.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Eyelash Serum
–I did a full review of this product earlier this week.
–You can read it here, but here’s the short version–>it works and I love it.

Highs & Lows Ring
–I’m pretty sure I came across this on Instagram and I knew I had to have it.
–I love the message behind it and I love wearing it every day as a reminder that God’s got this, whatever “this” turns out to be.
–The website has lots of other awesome products so check it out and use code “HDAWSON15” to save some money!
The link and code are affiliate links. You don’t have to use my code or link, but if you do, thanks!

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Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sun Light
Quick trip down memory lane: I didn’t start wearing bronzer until 2 or 3 years ago because there wasn’t a bronzer that truly worked for fair skin. They were all too dark or too orange and just not right. I didn’t even own a single bronzer until the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer came out 2016ish maybe. I now own 5. THANK YOU MAKEUP PEOPLE FOR HEARING OUR PLEAS.
I FREAKING love this bronzer. I’m almost willing to say it’s my most favorite ever. The tone and shade are perfect and a fair skin dream.
–It blends so easily and isn’t muddy or orange or too warm or too anything.
–It’s perfection and I haven’t stopped reaching for it all month.

Colour Pop Lux Lipstick in Cinderella
–Fun fact: Cinderella is my favorite princess and has been since I was a tiny tot and saw the movie for the first time. I believe this was foreshadowing to my shoe obsession.
–Cinderella is proof that one shoe can change your life. AMEN, SISTER.
–Naturally when two of my favorite things, lipstick and Cinderella, collided, I had to have it.
–NOT TO MENTION, the shade is my favorite shade of lipstick ever, a soft pink.
–This purchase was a no brainer and I have no regrets. This is the perfect, every day neutral for me.

Bobbi Brown Lux Lipstick in Uber Pink
–I found this at TJ Maxx for $12.
–The packaging is so heavy and pretty and luxurious and I just said YOLO and bought it.
–Do I have at least 4 other shades similar to this? Yes. However, no regrets here. I feel like a rich, elegant lady when I wear this and you really can’t put a price tag on that.

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Before you try to convince me that they are the same color, YOU’RE WRONG. Thank you, next.

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I don’t know how I’ve lived my monogram obsessed life up to this point without monogram stickers for my pens. I mean, how freaking cute?! Again, it’s extra, BUT no one will steal my pen from my desk and it’s adorable. No regrets. I want more. Every writing instrument I own (which is a lot) needs a monogram sticker.

What have you been loving this month?

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?

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


skin

CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

October Favorites

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These images are from Google (minus the Neutrogena one) and are not my own

You’re getting a product collage this month because I’m too lazy to take actual photos. #sorrynotsorry

I didn’t have a ton of favorites this month, but I rediscovered some old favs which is always good!

  • Love Life Again by Tracie Miles–I did a study on this book through Proverbs 31 and LOVED it. I’ve done several studies with them, but this just might be my favorite. I can’t recommend this book enough.
  • NYX Powder Puff Lippie in Moody–These lippies are so unique. It’s a powder formula that glides so smooth and hold ups pretty well. This shade is a little darker than a true nude, but not too dark. It’s perfect for fall.
  • Bare Minerals Invisible Bronzer in Fair/Light–YALL this is the most gorgeous bronzer for fair skin AND I found it at TJ Maxx for $8. I was going to repurchase the Butter Bronzer, but then I found this one and it was half the price. WINNING.
  • Lauren Akins Diff Sunnies–It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins so naturally I HAD to have these sunglasses when they were released. I love sunglasses and using them to accessorize and change up looks so I have several pairs and these kind of got buried. I brought them back out and I’ve been wearing them a ton this month. Sadly, these were limited edition so I don’t think you can get them anymore.
  • A New Day Rebecca Flats–These are $19.99 at Target and you need them. They come in other colors and they are so comfortable. I was worried they were going to give me blisters, but they didn’t. You need to size down in these. I got an 8 and I usually wear an 8.5, but I really think I could have gotten a 7.5.
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Product Line–Neutrogena expanded their Hydro Boost line and I am here.for.it. I love the skincare and they just released lotion and a body butter and I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. They smell amazing and are so moisturizing. You need one of everything.

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How flawless is my girl Kate?! We got to see the royals a lot this month and I was loving it. She is just perfect and I love her.

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Speaking of the royals, my BFF went to London and was so kind as to take me to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She’s the best. I also gave her instructions, and no budgetary limitations, to get me ALL the souvenirs from their wedding. I went to London the summer after Will & Kate got married and I bought everything with their face on it. Clearly, I need to add Harry & Meghan memorabilia to my collection.

My life in 2 memes.

Mani Monday: Favorite Fall/Winter Nail Polishes

I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever shade of nail polish or lipstick that you want to, regardless of season. However, there are certain colors that I am more drawn to different times of the year.

Y’all know I share my Monthly Manis each month and nail polish is where my love of all things beauty started. My grandma got her nails done every 2 weeks and I went with her a lot. I remember going in the salon and seeing rows and rows of nail polish and LOVING it. I was exposed at a young age and clearly inherited the gene. When my grandma went into labor with my mom, she was sitting at the table painting her nails and she wouldn’t let my grandpa take her to the hospital until she was finished. Again, I got it honest.

Out of the 160ish (at last count) shades that I own, I managed to narrow it down to 36 shades across 5 color categories.

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Cool Tone Browns

Essie Merino Cool: Autumn mulberry
–Essie Hot Coco: Tawny sepia
China Glaze Dope Taupe: Soft greige
OPI How Great is Your Dane?: Cinnamon coffee
Glisten & Glow Dukeberry: Purple tone brown
KL Polish Point Zero: Cool toned grey brown

Greys
Grays

Essie Petal Pushers: Smokey stone rose
Essie Cashmere Bathrobe: True flannel grey
Glisten & Glow OG Snowman: Dusty, grayish blue
Essie Twill Seeker: Enchanting pewter with sage luster

Purples
Purples

Essie Turn N Pose: Dramatic, deep plum
Essie Sexy Divide: Bold deep purple with hints of shimmer
Essie No More Film: Creamy, seductive deep violet
KL Polish Mozart: Dusty purple
OPI Kerry Blossom: Plum

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Burgundy/Mauve/Red

–OPI We’ll Always Have Paris: Vampy, darkened plum
OPI What’s The Hatter With You?: Rich burgundy
–OPI Bastille My Heart: Deep burgundy with violet shimmer throughout
OPI Black Cherry Chutney: Dark black-red
Essie Touch Up: Softest mauve pink
Essie Bubbles Only: Classic burgundy creme
Essie Recessionista: Savvy brick red
Essie Shearling Darling: Rich, plush ebony red

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Burgundy/Mauve/Red

Milani Mauving Forward: Lighter mauve with purple undertones
KL Polish Zoey: Essential mauve
KL Polish Lumiere: Mauve pink
KL Polish Alyssa: Soft pink

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Navy/Blue/Teal

Essie After School Boy Blazer: Academy blue-black
Essie Bobbing for Baubles: Deepest darkest sapphire
Essie Surrounded By Studs: Bejeweled blue
China Glaze Jagged Little Teal: Deep teal blue
OPI Alpaca My Bags: Blue-green
OPI Less Is Norse: Dark ice blue
KL Polish Gumption: Dark navy blue
KL Polish Cozy In There?: Dusty blue with gray undertones


I thought about some others after I took these pics and I’m too lazy to go back and take pics and a few I don’t have in my collection any more. We’re going to call these honorable mentions
OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
OPI Russian Navy
Essie Wicked
Essie Smokin Hot
Essie Mochacino
OPI Miami Beet


My friend Meghan just shared her fall favorites here. We have a lot of similar favorites, but she mentioned a few that I don’t have in my collection and that needs to change ASAP.

August Favorites

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Glance Eyewear 56mm Exaggerated Square Sunglasses
–I have sunglasses obsession and the bigger the better. These were super cheap and huge so it was a given that I needed them.

Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil
–I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time and I found it half off so not time like the present. For starters, this stuff smells SO GOOD. I like it better than regular shave gel and it makes my legs so soft and smooth.

Colour Pop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Satin Lip in Rever
–This color just screams summertime to me. It’s such a fun, fiery red orange.
–I’m wearing it in this picture.

Hourglass Veil Powder
–I got a Sephora Gift Card for my birthday and I knew exactly what I wanted to buy, this powder. I’ve heard so many YouTubers RAVING about it, but I wasn’t ready to shell out $46 for the full size. The good thing is there is a trial size for $15, bad thing is I’m obsessed with it and I want the full size but $46 for powder REALLY hurts my feelings.

Real Techniques Brush Crush 306 Kabuki, 303 Contour, and 301 Foundation Brushes
–I was obsessed with these brushes as soon as they came out because glitter. However, I knew I didn’t need another brush. I have a ton and I consistently use the same ones. As luck would have it, Ulta put these on sale and I can’t resist a sale and glitter so now they are mine. They are beautiful, great quality, and I love them. I’ve washed them all and they held up well. Real Technique brushes are some of my favorites.
–If you can find them in your store, get them all and thank me later.

Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Liquid Lipstick in Melon Pop
–I saw Jessica Braun wearing this and I immediately knew that shade needed to be mine. It’s a GORGEOUS, bright, neon red and shockingly enough, I didn’t have anything like it in my collection. The formula is great and it’s cheap. I call that a win!

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I also found this brush pocket holder thing from Real Techniques on sale at Ulta. I keep the brushes I constantly reach for in this holder from byAlegory, but not all of them fit. Enter, this invention. It clings to the mirror and comes right off, no stickies or residue left behind. It’s genius.


And of course I have to share my favorite funnies from Instagram. These are screenshots and these photos are not mine.

 


I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month. Let me know in the comments!