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!

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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

July Favorites

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Barrington St. Anne Tote from Zia Boutique
I got this tote for my birthday and I LOVE it. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but couldn’t decide exactly which one and I couldn’t justify the splurge. My friend, Zelle, owns Zia Boutique and carries this line. She ran a special deal on them right before my birthday so the timing was perfect. I highly recommend checking out Barrington totes and contacting Zia. They can get you any bag and combination that you want!

–Swell Pink Topaz 16-Ounce Insulated Traveler Bottle–
I got this during the Nordstrom sale and it is the perfect size. I have 2 bigger size bottles, but I wanted one I could toss in my purse or work bag that wouldn’t take up so much space. I’ve been trying to drink more water and I like my water REALLY cold and this keeps it cold for so long. This color is sold out, but I linked the same bottle in a different color.

–YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #44–
Each year for my birthday, I treat myself to a high end lipstick and this is the shade I chose to mark my 27th year. I don’t usually love nude lipsticks, but this one is so pretty. It’s very shiny and sheer. It gives just enough color, but isn’t too much or drying at all. I’ve been using almost every day. If you’re looking for a great, staple nude and wanting to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with this one.

–Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub–
I use a gentle exfoliator daily and it really helps keep my skin clear and clean. I love Neutrogena products and when I ran out of my Hydro Boost Scrub, I picked this one up to try. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and smooth without feeling stripped or dry. I also love the cooling effect.

Too Faced Hangover Rx Setting Spray
I wanted to try this as soon as it came out, but didn’t want to spend $32 on the full size in case I didn’t like it. I recently discovered they had a mini version so I grabbed it. It has the same coconut scent as the primer and it is so refreshing. I really like this and it helps my makeup settle and set. I got the primer and spray set during the Nordstrom sale for such a deal.

Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
I did a full review on this last week, you can view here, so I’m not going to go into much detail. Just know that it’s the best pore filling primer on the planet and it’s uber cheap. I can’t say enough good things about it.

beautyblender
This dang sponge. Y’all, I haven’t bought a beautyblender in years because I hate paying $20 for a freaking sponge. I’ve found several other beauty sponges that work just as well and are a fraction of the cost. My coworker brought me hers to see if I could get it really clean and I forgot how soft they were. I came home and ordered one and now I’m backto being hooked. UGH. Thank goodness there was a deal during the Nordstrom Sale and I was able to get a few more for less than the normal price. It’s a product I love to hate and hate to love.

–Apple Watch (Series 1) 42 mm–
I treated myself to an Apple watch for Christmas. I got the Series 1 38 mm and I loved it. I’ve gotten very attached and reliant on my Apple Watch. My coworker also got one and got the bigger size and I regretted getting the smaller one. My BFF told me she wanted to get one so I told her to get the bigger one, I’d pay the difference, and we’d switch. I love the bigger screen so much more.

NYX Moody + Buxom Dolly
I’ve been loving this lip combo this month. I’ve been on the liquid lipstick train for a while, but recently I’ve been loving glossy, shiny lips. These 2 pair so well together and give you the perfect, neutral lip.

Kendra Scott Megan Ring
I love that Kendra Scott gives you half off an item (in store) during your birthday month. I went in to get a pair of stud earrings, but this gem caught my eye as soon as I walked in the store and I had to have it. I LOVE turquoise and this is such a statement piece.

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Markers
I will never not get excited about school supplies. I love colored pens, markers, notebooks, and the like. Office Depot had this set of 24 Sharpies for $10. I had to have it and I regret nothing.

We got to see my people so many times this month which I loved! Are they not just the cutest family?! I love how in love Will & Kate are and how they look at each other. You can look at them and just tell they love each which warms my stone cold heart. The whole world is looking at them and they’re only looking at each other. It’s precious.

My favorite verse and Instagram for the month.

June Favorites

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Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette + Essence All I Need
I don’t wear eye shadow very often, but once I saw Jade share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow, I had to have it. I am in love with the shade! Since it’s a pretty penny, I want to be sure and use it and get my moneys worth. You could wear it alone, but I always put a powder shadow over a cream. $35 cream with a $2 powder, it’s called balance, friends.

Chanel Rouge Allure 91 Seduisante Lipstick
I went to NYC the last weekend in May for my BFFs wedding. I decided to pick this up at the airport to commemorate my trip. I love the idea of a memory being tied to a certain lipstick. For the past few years, I’ve bought myself a high end/luxury lipstick for my birthday. Each time I reach for that shade, I remember my birthday and different events from that year. Now, every time I reach for this GORGEOUS Chanel shade, I’ll remember my best friend’s wedding.

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Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
I got a sample of this at Target and fell in love with the scent. I don’t like the feeling of lotion because so many are so greasy and just sit on my skin rather than sink in. Fortunately, this one doesn’t do that. It absorbs quickly, hydrates, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, and it smells so. dang. good.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
I got this in my Target Beauty Box in May and even though I haven’t used it up yet, I already bought a back up. There was a gift set on sale that came with the scrub and the body butter and I couldn’t resist.

LOreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair & Protect Balm + Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
I only wash my hair once a week, usually on Sunday. I don’t use dry shampoo till about Thursday and if I have weekend plans, I will wash it on Friday or Saturday. I always get asked how I only wash my hair once a week. I’m very lucky and my hair just doesn’t get oily easily. The other trick is the aforementioned combo. I use this conditioning mask and leave it on about 20 minutes. I rinse it out and then use the Neutrogena shampoo. The mask/balm hydrates my hair and makes it soft and shiny and the Neutrogena gets any residue left behind from the mask and other hair products. Another bonus, they’re both at the drugstore and super affordable.