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

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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?

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?

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?

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.