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!

Current Makeup Favorites

Y’all know I am addicted to buy and trying makeup. I’m always trying something new. Since that is the case, my favorites are always changing.

Today I’m sharing my current favorites/my every day makeup routine. I want to do this post again in December to see if my favorites have changed and what products have lasted the entire year

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Primers
Yes, I use 2 primers. I use one  for hydration and one to blur & fill pores.
First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer, $14-28
elf Blur Stick, $8

Foundations
If I’m not testing out something new, I usually reach for one of these two depending on what level of coverage I want.
–Full Coverage: Revlon Full Cover, $13.99
–Medium: Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable, $6.99 (full review here)

Concealer (yes, I forgot to show it)
Yes, I use 2 different concealers. The Tarte is too dark so I mix in the KVD.
Tarte Shape Tape, $27
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, $26

Powder
I recently ran out of my beloved RCMA so I ran to the drugstore to find a loose powder to use till I could reorder. I spray my sponge with MAC Fix+ and then go in with this. It gives a flawless finish and this matte powder looks great on my dry skin.
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder, $4.99

Blush, Bronzer, Highlight
Colour Pop Noodle, $8
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, $14.99
Colour Pop Flexitarian, $8
–Jeffree Star Eclipse (limited edition)

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Eye Shadow
I saw someone share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow I fell in love with the color. It’s stupid expensive, but it’s good. Only I would pair a $32 base with a $2 shadow.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Marie Antoinette, $32
Essence Eyeshadow Single in All I Need, $1.99

Eye Liner
Depending on the day, I use the Milani to tight line and then use the liquid OR I use the Milani to tight line and then smudge it along my lash line. I use brown liner because it’s not as harsh on my fair skin.
Milani Stay Put Eye Liner, $6.99
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $22

Mascara
I ALWAYS start with a primer. Full reviews coming on the Revlon and Maybelline.
LOreal Mascara Primer, $7.99
Revlon Volumazing, $8.99
Maybelline Total Temptation, $9.49

Brows
Maybelline Total Temptation, $7.99
ABH Clear Brow Gel, $22

Lips
Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint, $7.99
ABH Liquid Lipstick, $20
Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor, $4.49 (these are on sale at Ulta right now, RUN)

Setting Spray
–Essence Keep It! Makeup Fixing Spray, $4.99 (I got this at Ulta, but now I can’t find it to link)

 

My Favorite Brushes & Tools

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I have an addiction to makeup brushes. I have more than I will ever need, but also can’t stop buying them. I definitely believe that investing in good brushes is a good idea and I’ve found lots of good brushes that are VERY affordable. You don’t have to pay major bucks for quality brushes that will last you a life time.

My favorite brands are Real Techniques, eco tools, and Morphe.

You would think I would have cleaned my brushes and tools before I took these pics and did this post, BUT we all know I’m too lazy for that. I use my tools so you are seeing them dirty. Sue me. They only touch my face so we’re good.

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Sponges
eco tools Perfection Cushion Blender
eco tools Perfecting Blender Duo
Real Techniques Miracle Body Complexion Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
LOreal Infallible Foundation Blender

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Foundation
Real Techniques Flawless Face
Sigma F80
–Artis Oval Dupe (from Amazon)

Powder
eco tools Domed Bronzer
Real Techniques Powder

Bronzer
elf Beautifully Bare Blending
elf Selfie Ready Powder Blurring
Real Techniques Buffing (only comes in set)

Contour
Real Techniques Contour (only comes in the set)
Black Radiance Sculpting

Blush
Real Techniques Stipple
Real Techniques Sculpting
Morphe M523

Highighter
Morphe R36
Morphe R12
Morphe E20
Colour Pop Small Fluff Brush

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Blending
BH Cosmetics Blending
Wet n Wild Crease
Morphe E32

Crease
Morphe E17
Morphe M441

Lid
Wet n Wild Concealer
Morphe E14
Sonia Kashuk #203 (similar)

The Rest
–Outer V: Merle Norman Eyes #3
–Inner Corner/Brow Bone: Merle Norman Eyes #4, Real Techniques Accent
–Lower Lash Line: Morphe M431, elf Beautifully Bare Smudge Brush
–Liner: Merle Norman Eyes #5

I also wanted to share this brush tower that I got for Christmas. I LOVE it and it holds all of the brushes that I reach for regularly in one convenient place.

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Products I Love :: Pantone Color of the Year 2018

The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet.

I’ve long been a fan of purple lips and tip. Not all of these colors meet the “ultra violet” criteria, there are my favorite purple products, nonetheless.

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I forgot these 3…
Revlon HD Blossom
KL Polish Mozart
Glisten & Glow Smores & Sing-alongs

Pictures noted with a * were found on Google and are not my own.