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.

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.

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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.

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)

 

May Favorites

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Free People Sunnies
These are dupe for a pair of Gucci sunnies that are $400 and these are $20. Jade shared them on her instastories and Windsor was kind enough to buy them for me for Mother’s Day.

Royal Wedding
Y’all know Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is my BFF and I am huge fan of the Royal Family. Naturally, I was STOKED about Harry & Meghan’s wedding. I was up and ready at 4:30 with my fascinator and tiara on to watch. I didn’t love nor hate her dress, I liked it, but I prefer Kate’s. I did LOVE her second dress though. She and Harry looked so in love and so happy all day. DON’T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOU CAN’T BE A PRINCESS. MEGHAN MARKLE IS PROOF THAT YOU CAN!

Ofra Highlighter in Pillow Talk
This highlighter is SO gorgeous and it’s buildable. If you apply it with a fluffy brush and a light hand, you get a little glow, but you can also build it up to be blinding. It’s pink toned and great for my fair skin.

Anastasia BH Liquid Lipstick in Party Pink
I snagged this at TJ Maxx for $8 and it’s my new go to pink. It’s SO bright, long lasting, and comfortable. I will be wearing it all summer.

Kate Spade Phone Cover
I got this on HauteLook for $20. Kate Spade just speaks to me and glitter is my favorite color so I had to have it. I have the iPhone 7 Plus in case you care.

Kate Spade Leopard Slip On Sneakers
Again, Kate Spade designs for me. I love almost everything she does and this shoe was just speaking to my soul on a spiritual level. Leopard print AND a bow?! Sign. Me. Up. I also got these on HauteLook for a FREAKING STEAL.

And, of course I have to share my favorite memes. These are screenshots from Instagram and not my own photos.

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If that ain’t my life

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Sadly, I am one of those people that is allergic to dogs. Thank god for allergy shots and medicine!

A to Z Beauty Favorites

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A: Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Shadows & Clear Brow Gel, Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial

B: Benefit Roller Lash, Becca First Light Priming Filter, Bare Minerals GenNude Liquid Lipstick, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Biolage Shampoo

C: Colour Pop (basically everything), China Glaze, CoverGirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation

D: Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick

E: elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil, ecotools Perfecting Blender, Essie Nail Polish

F: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer

G: Garnier Micellar Water, Glisten & Glow Nail Polish, GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask

H: Hourglass Lip Stylo

I: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

J: J. Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

K: Kopari Beauty Coconut Lip Glossy, Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, KL Polish, Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist

L: L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation, Lancome Matte Shakers, LOreal Mascara Primer, Lush Lip Scrub

M: MAC Lipsticks, Morphe Brushes, Maybelline Matte Ink & The Skinny Eyeliner, Makeup Geek Single Shadows

N: NARS Velvet Lip Glide, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

O: OPI Nail Polish, Ofra Pillow Talk Highlighter

P: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Philosophy Purity Clay Mask

Q: Q-Tips

R: Real Techniques Brushes, RCMA No Color Powder, Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color

S: Stila Glitter & Glow, Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, Sonia Kashuk Blender Sponge, Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

T: Tarte Shape Tape, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

U: Urban Decay Naked2 & Chill Makeup Setting Spray

V: Violet Voss Liquid Lipstick

W: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

X: (cheating!) Colour Pop X Kathleen Lights Lumiere, Morphe X Jaclyn Hill

Y: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick

Z: Z-Palette

Underrated Products

We all know the cult classics that are always talked about on YouTube and blogs, but there are so MANY products out there.

Here are so of my favorites that I think go unnoticed.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line
–I love every product from this line from the cleanser to the sunscreen.
–These products are easily accessible, affordable, smell good, and work so well.
–The most expensive product in the line is $20

Maybelline The Skinny Eye Liner
–I love this product for tight lining my upper lash line.
–It’s creamy enough that it glides on easily, but isn’t so creamy that it slides all over the place.

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation
–That’s a dang long name and all it is is a powder foundation.
–It’s my go to when I’m in a hurry. I can get full coverage with 2 light layers.

Makeup Geek Contour Powders
–No one talks about these and they are SO good and SO affordable.
–I personally think contour palettes are a bit of waste, especially for my very fair skin tone. You get 6 or more shades and you can only use a handful. For this reason, I prefer singles.
–My shade is  Break Up.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks
–I’ve tried close to 40 liquid lipsticks from all price points and these are by far my favorite.
–I’ve gotten rid of most of my other liquid lipsticks and gotten more shades in this line.
–I currently have 9 of them and I have my eye on a few more shades.

LOreal Mascara Primer
–If you’ve never used a mascara primer, I recommend trying one. More specifically, this one.
–It’s affordable and will make a huge difference

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil
–I usually don’t splurge on high end lip pencils and I got the ones I have half off so I really didn’t have to. I would, however, pay full price for these.
–They glide on so easily. I hate liners that tug!

CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation (not pictured)
–I LOVE this foundation for so many reasons–it’s cheap, it has a pump, there’s color that matches me, and I can get full coverage with 2 light layers.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipsticks (not pictured)
–I know I just said the Maybelline liquid lipsticks were my favorite, but these are a close second.
–I don’t do nude lipsticks, I prefer a light pink, and there is definitely a shade for everyone in this range.