June Favorites

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You know, using this pretty tray for this photo seemed like a really good idea at the time.  Now it looks like a few tiny products on a big AF tray. I’m too lazy to take another picture so this is what you get. Enjoy.

  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions
    • I did a review on this earlier this week and I love it.
    • I love the tubing formula and I know when I wear this mascara I don’t have to worry about flaking or smudging. It’s humid AF and I sweat and I don’t have time to be chasing my mascara down my face.
  • Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer
    • I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora, damn them and their tiny AF samples for $100. I digress.
    • This smells AMAZING and it makes the skin super smooth and blurred. I use it only in the areas where I have larger pores. I would buy the full size of this.
  • Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder
    • I always set my makeup with a powder which mattifies whatever foundation I have on. I can’t not set my makeup though. I need it to last and stay in place, but I don’t necessarily want that flat matte look.
    • Enter this powder. I use it with a fluffy brush to add some radiance back to my skin. It’s the perfect finishing step for your makeup.
    • I found mine at TJ Maxx for $12.99 so check your store.
  • Sonia Kashuk Marble Makeup Blender Sponge
    • I fell in love with this sponge a while ago, but then I became a beautyblender snob and would only use the actual beautyblender.
    • I’m back to this though. I love how huge it gets and how fast it blends out my foundation.
    • You can 2 for $7 and I highly recommend. It’s just as soft as the beautyblender in my humble opinion.
  • Makeup Geek Healing Lip Glaze in Pink Bubbly
    • I’ve been feeling more glossy lips here lately and this is one product I can’t stop reaching for.
    • It looks amazing on its own or paired on top of another lipstick. It adds shine and moisture, but it’s not tacky or sticky.
    • It’s $4.99 so get you one and thank me later.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude+ CoverGirl Exhibitionist 
    • I reviewed both of these this month (here and here). I like the Maybelline, but I like it better paired with a more volumizing mascara like the CoverGirl.
    • The CoverGirl is my new favorite drugstore mascara. I was blown away by this one. It’s so good on its own.

Fun Fact: I collect cups and water bottles like I collect makeup. I just love them and when I see a cute one, I can’t not buy it. I got the pink one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and the glitter one at TJ Maxx. They’re so cute and I’m obsessed.

I also got an upgrade for the Monthly Makeup Basket. The basket was overflowing so I needed something that would hold more, but not take up a ton of space. I found this tray at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It’s the Caboodles Acrylic Cosmetic Counter Tray. It’s PERFECT. It holds everything.

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Is this not the most gorgeous palette?! It makes my heart happy. I bought the empty palette from Makeup Geek and went through my single shadows to make my perfect, neutral palette. I can get any kind of look that I would want from these shades.

Top Row
–Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream (I just saw that is discontinued and I’m feeling some type of way about it)
Makeup Geek Mocha
Makeup Geek Starry Eyed

Middle Row
Anastasia Beverly Hills Warm Taupe
Anastasia Beverly Hills Vermeer
MAC Nylon

Bottom Row
Colour Pop Snake Eyes
Urban Decay Tease (I depotted mine)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Bone

May Favorites

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  • Monogram Gabby Tweed Handbag
    • Emily had this bag and I knew I had to have it. It’s pink and monogrammed and I can’t ask for much more than that.
  • NYX Lip Bag
    • I got this as a freebie with an Ulta order and it’s the perfect bag to hold all my lippies in my purse.
  • Makeup Brush Cleaning Bowl
    • I found this at TJ Maxx and it has been a game changer. It cleans my brushes so good and so fast.
  • It Cosmetics Confidence In a Gel Moisturizer
    • I am OBSESSED with this moisturizer. It’s perfect for the morning to wear under makeup. It’s so lightweight, yet super hydrating, and dries super fast.
  • Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen SPF 55
    • The break out free tag line sold me. I mix this with the It moisturizer each morning. It’s lightweight and dries quickly.
  • Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation
    • I did a full review on this here so I won’t ramble, but I love it.
  • It’s A 10 Miracle Blow Dry Styling Balm
    • My hair dresser used this when I got my hair done last and I could not buy it fast enough. It smells SO GOOD and it’s got a lot of benefits in one convenient product. I almost want to wash my hair more so I can use.
    • I don’t know jack about hair or hair products, but this is good and you need it.
  • Japonesque Brushes
    • I’ve found several brushes from this line at TJ Maxx for $4 or $5 and I freaking love them. They are such great quality, work well, and hold after multiple washes. Don’t sleep on the makeup section at TJ Maxx.
  • Fenty Gloss Bomb + Sephora Infinite Rose
    • Allison shared this lip combo, she had a different gloss, but it looked so pretty on here that I had to pick it up. I got it during the VIB Sale and while I usually don’t love nude lips, I’ve been wearing this combo non-stop.
  • Anastasia Dip Brow Gel
    • I have pretty full brows so I don’t have to spend much time filling them in every day, but they are very light. A quick swipe of this and a few strokes with a pencil at the front is all I need for bomb brows.
    • I got the mini and I think it will last a while.
  • Jeffree Star Magic Concealer
    • Again, I did a full review on this here so I won’t ramble, but I love it.
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer
    • I can’t stop reaching for this, full review here.
  • NARS Orgasm Blush
    • This a cult classic product and I’ve never owned it till recently. I got this during the VIB Sale and I am so glad I went with the jumbo size. It is such a gorgeous blush.
    • If I’m going for a lighter look, I’ll wear this alone, and it looks great alone, but it’s so pretty used as a topper as well.
  • Jeffree Star Magic Powder
    • And another product I did a full review on. I love it and you can read more here.
  • Nailene Nail Glue
    • Game changer if you love press on nails like me. It’s cheap and it’s the best glue that I’ve found.

lip combo
This is the nude lip combo I mentioned earlier. My watch band is another favorite. I really liked the silicone bands when I first got my Apple Watch, but now I don’t know if I can go back.

IMG_0631I’ve been in my office since October and I’m finally adding a little flair to my cube. Obvi, the Friday Night Lights sign is front and center. I love the garland/whatever that holds pictures because it’s much easier to switch out these photos than it would be if they were in frames. I have some personal photos of my babeis, duh, and some prints from two of my favorite Etsy shops. Check out Pamlico Paper and Scattered Grace Design. I’m sure you’ll find something you love, but if you need something more custom, they can do that too! They are both small, local businesses and the women behind them are so sweet!

April Favorites

This is the semi-lazy version of April favorites because I’m too lazy to gather all of my favorites and take an actual photo. You’re getting a product collage today, friends.

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  1. NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound–I got this a 100 point perk and used up the mini so quickly. I LOVE this formula and this shade lives in my purse. It’s the perfect every day neutral.
  2. Equate Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush–I’ve been trying different techniques with my all over setting powder. Even though I have dry skin, I always set with powder. I have to. Since my skin is dry, finding the right tool & powder combo can be difficult. I’ve been loving using this brush to really press the powder into my skin/foundation for a flawless look. I’m really impressed with quality for the price.
  3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder in Lavender–If you have fair skin and have trouble finding an under eye setting powder that brightens, look no further. Other than the price, I have nothing negative to say about this powder. I will gladly pay full price for this product though because it’s THAT good. It’s so finely milled, brightens, sets, and makes my under eye area looked blurred and flawless. Love, love, love this.
  4. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia + NARS Orgasm Lip Balm–I can’t stop wearing this lip combo. The shades pair really well and I love the hint of added shimmer that the balm adds.
  5. Morphe M443 Pointed Liner Brush–I go through phases with eyeliner and which kind I prefer. I’m back onto gel liner and this brush gives a perfect line effortlessly.
  6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer–This was a surprise half off deal during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty so I decided to give it a go. I have a lot of redness in my skin and had wondered about this product, but didn’t want to splurge since I hadn’t heard many reviews on it. I’m so glad I decided to get it. It really works! I can tell my skin isn’t as red and it’s super moisturizing which my dry skin needs. I hate to say goodbye to my beloved Hydro Boost, but I’m really seeing a difference with this product.
  7. Wet n Wild Gel Pout Lip Liners–I’ve never been one to splurge on high end lip liners and if you do, give these a try. I love this formula. It’s creamy, but not slippery and they are SO affordable. I have almost every shade.
  8. Kiss Salon Dip Kit–I picked this up because it was cheap and if it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out a whole lot. I ended up LOVING it. The powder is really fine so it doesn’t get really thick and impossible to file down. The other powder colors, base coat, activator, and top coat are all super affordable as well. If you’ve been interested in an at home dip kit, I highly recommend this one!
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The boys and I have been LOVING the warmer weather and have been spending lots of time outside. Y’all know I’m definitely more indoorsy, but I’ll do anything for those babies.
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I love these photo hanger thingys. I have one on my mantle in my room and recently added one to my cubicle at work. It’s a cute way to display photos and prints and it’s super easy to switch pictures in and out.

Other highlights from April
–I became an aunt to the sweetest little boy, Ethan James.
–I got a new tattoo.
–I survived a CrAzY, busy month at work.
–I celebrated my baby cousin’s first birthday.

 

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?

Dec Manis & Favorites

With all of the end of year posts, I ran out of days to post my monthly manicures and my monthly favorites separately. I like to post monthly things within the month and I didn’t want to spill over into January so a combo post it is.

KL Polish Celia :: OPI March In Uniform

KL Polish Matanzas :: KL Polish Mindy

KL Polish Gum Would Be Perfection :: KL Polish Virgo

KL Polish Ace & Das Esspensive XXV, OPI Envy the Adventure & Tinker, Thinker, Winker :: Glisten & Glow Little Black Dress 


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  • Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops Serum
    • I bought the mini version to try this and fell in love
    • I like to use this mixed in with my moisturizer for added glow and hydration.
    • It smells amazing and makes my skin so soft and plump.
  • Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints in Uncuffed and Uncensored
    • I got Uncuffed during one of the Sephora sales and fell in love with the formula so I immediately picked up Uncensored during the next sale.
    • Uncuffed is the perfect, every day neutral and Uncensored is a gorgeous, blue-toned red.
    • These are very longwearing and comfortable without being overly drying.
    • I also love the applicator shape. It’s very precise.
  • MAC Dazzle Shadow in Every Day Is Sunshine
    • I saw these on Christine‘s instastory and knew I had to have it.
    • I’ve been into liquid eye shadows recently because they look like you tried and you really did the least.
    • This is so pretty on it’s own or with a powder shadow on top.
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Lasting Passion
    • OBSESSED with this formula
    • Super comfortable, super matte, longwearing gorgeousness
    • Anytime I’ve wanted a red lip over the holidays, I’ve reached for this one
  • LOreal Hydra Perfecte Powder in Translucent
    • First of all, I love the scent.
    • Secondly, it’s a good product. It’s a great loose powder for dry skin. It doesn’t look cakey or cling to dry patches.
    • It’s my new favorite, go-to loose setting powder.
    • Downfall, you can only get it at Wal Mart. I haven’t found it in any other stores or online.
  • Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer
    • LRT made me do it. I love her. We could so be besties. If she says it’s good and to buy it, I listen. Life goal is to have her to my makeup.
    • I usually gravitate towards more matte bronzers, but I like the little bit of radiance this one gives.
  • Budha Girl Bangles
    • I’ve worn these nearly every single day since I got them.
    • These are weightless, soundless, and waterproof. The fact that they don’t make noise is a major thing. I work at a computer all day and I can’t stand hearing my bracelets bang and clang.
    • I got this set of 3 for $40 from Monkee’s of Virginia Beach. If you’re interested, shoot them a message on Instagram and they will hook you up. The girls are super nice and helpful and they ship for free and it’s fast.
  • All She Wrote Notes Life Motto Pen Set
    • I took one of Meghon’s hand lettering classes a few years and I just fell in love with her infectious, happy spirit.
    • Work hard. Stay sweet. Trust God. Love Deep –is her life motto and these pens were too cute to pass up!

swatches

Can’t stop, won’t stop wearing these bracelets

I think I found both of these on Facebook, regardless, they both made me think, reflect, and be extra grateful.

No better way to end the year than with the most beautiful, perfect lady on the planet that I love and adore.

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Thank you so much for reading and following along in 2018. I’m already prepping and planning for 2019 and I can’t wait to keep posting and sharing my love of all things beauty with y’all.

Cheers!

November Favorites

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Starbuck Unicorn Cup
EverythingEmilyAnn posted this cup and I immediately knew that I had to have it. I went to 3 Starbucks trying to find it and none of them had it. I put a plea on Instastories and one of my MC sisters came through. She found it and mailed it to me. I LOVE IT. I wash and use it every day. I wish I could find it online to link for you because you need it. Also, you should follow Emily, but you will want everything she posts so it’s an expensive follow 😉

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define + Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable
I love both of these alone and they’re even better together. The Rimmel is a tad too yellow and the MUR is more pink so together they make my perfect shade with the perfect coverage. I’ve been wearing this combo almost every day. I reviewed the Rimmel here and the MUR here.

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara
Y’all know Mascara Monday is a thing around so I test TONS of mascaras, but this is a major stand out. I got this free with an Ulta order and I love it. Review coming soon!

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
I got this in my November Boxycharm and I was ready to toss it in my giveaway bin. The color did not appeal to me and I thought it would look awful on me. I’m so glad I tried it on because I ended up loving it. It’s described as “fawn nude” and I don’t normally go for nude shades, but this one made the cut. The KVD liquid lipstick formula is one of my favorites.

Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains
I picked these up on a whim at TJ Maxx and now I don’t know that I can ever be without them. You mix them in with your cleanser for an extra good exfoliation. The granules are a little rigid so you don’t need much. I use this twice a week and I get a really good, but not stripped, scrub with this. My skin feels SO smooth after. I can see this bottle lasting me a really long time.

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I am in LOVE with my new life palette. I got this palette from Amazon for $20 and it is worth every cent. I don’t like having lots of palettes around, I prefer to get magnetic palettes and keep things together. I like that this one has a huge mirror and two magnetic compartments so I can keep my eye shadows and face products separate. I don’t travel much, but when I do, all I need is this palette. It’s got every shadow I need to create any look as well as a bronzer, setting powder, under eye powder, blush, contour powder, and highlighters. It fits perfectly in my palette holder and I reach for it every time I do my makeup.

And of course, my favorite Instagram pics of the month. How fabulous are my friends?! Squad goals for sure.

What have you been loving this month?

September Favorites

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Brush Cup
–I found this for $5 at Marhsalls and it just had to come with me.
–I still love my brush tower, seen here, but this was just something different to have on my vanity for now.

Scout Makeup Bag
–I got this for my birthday and I LOVE IT. It’s big enough to hold all of my makeup when I travel and that’s quite a statement as I usually have to pack 2 bags. It’s even big enough for Jaclyn Hill palette that’s huge.
–It’s got several pockets for storage and organization too.

Japonesque Brushes
–I found these on SUPER sale at Ulta so I bought a few. I need another brush like I need a hole in the head, but I just can’t help myself.
–The High Density Foundation brush makes blending out foundation a dream. I like it better than my F80!
–I’ve been using the Multitasker brush from this set for blush. You can use it for foundation, concealer, powder, anything, but I like a lot of blush and this is the perfect shape for packing it on in the right place.

Nail Swatch Sticks
–I have rather large nail polish collection, close to 200 polishes! Oops. I usually have it on a nail rack on the wall so I can see it all and easily pick a color. However, there’s no where in my current room for my big wall rack so I’m having to store it differently and I needed a better way to organize it so I can see what I have.
–I found this swatch sticks on Amazon and went to town. I’ve done my Essie, China Glaze, Glisten & Glow, and some miscellaneous polishes. My OPI collection is the biggest and what’s left to swatch.

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara
–There’s a full review here so I’m not going to go on about it, but it’s the one I’ve been reaching for the most this month.

Blue Light filtering Glasses
–If you work at computer all day, do yourself a favor and get these glasses. Your eyes will thank you!
–The brightness of screens, computer, tv, iPad, etc. were giving me a headache and making my eyes really tired.
–I have 2 screens and sit at a computer all day and these glasses have made a huge difference. Best $20ish I’ve spent in a long time.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner
–This is the best liquid liner I’ve ever tried.
–More coming soon!

images are from Instagram and are not my own