August Favorites

August was a slow month for manicures (yesterday’s post) and favorites so I don’t have much to share. However, I REALLY love these few things and I’ve been using the crap out of them all month long.

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  • Secret Treasures PJs from Wal Mart
    • There are few things in life that bring me as much joy as pajamas, especially soft and cheap pjs. These from Wal Mart fit the bill. The set was around $12 and sadly I can’t find them online. All I know is the brand is Secret Treasures.
    • I got the short sleeve, v-neck shirt in a larger size and the ankle length pants in my usual size. I like to my pjs to be loose and flowy. The material is so lightweight and soft which is perfect for me because I’m hot natured AF.
    • Another good thing about this brand is you could mix and match. You get ankle length pants, long pants, shorts, bermuda shorts, a short sleeve top, a tank top, etc. Each piece was sold separately so you could mix and match. GENIUS.
  • Colour Pop Just A Tint Lip Tint in Chimichanga
    • I’ve been looking for a sheer red lip for what seems like ages. I love a bold, red lip, but sometimes I want the red look without having to worry about lip liner and reapplying.
    • These provides just enough color, is hydrating, and comfortable.
    • If you want a red lip, but aren’t ready to jump in with both feet, give this one a go!
  • CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer
    • I did a full review on this here so I won’t go into detail, but it’s good.
    • It’s full coverage, has a good shade range, and won’t break the bank.
  • elf Total Face Sponge
    • A few of the YouTubers I watch have been raving about this sponge so I picked it up to give it a try. I don’t know what it is that makes it so good or extra special, there are definitely comparable sponges at the drugstore already, but I haven’t stopped using this.
    • I usually do my foundation with a brush, but I’ve hardly touched my foundation brush this month. I’ve been using this for foundation, concealer, and powder.
    • If you want a cheaper alternative to the beautyblender, I highly recommend this one.

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I can’t quit with this lip combo. I usually don’t even like nude lips, but since I discovered this combo, I can’t stop wearing it. I use the Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny, then Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick, and top it off with Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. The lipstick and gloss are great on their own, but wearing them together is just pure perfection. The sunnies are Karen Walker Super Lunar sunnies in Crazy Tort & Gold if you care.

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Most Loved Nude Lips

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Up until the last few months, I NEVER wore nude lips. I love and live for bright lipstick. I thought I was too pale for nude lipstick so I always opted for something bright to add some color to my look. I still love my bright shades, but I’ve become obsessed with nudes of every shade and formula.

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Liners
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Whipped Caviar
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Tawny
NYX Lip Liner in Natural
It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better in Blushing Nudes

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Lipsticks
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #44 Nude Lavalliere
Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick in Taupe Seduction
–Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Kate* (limited edition)
Colour Pop Creme Lux Lipstick in Scorpio Moon
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in The Duchess*
MAC Lustre Lipstick in Syrup
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Nude
*These are both Kate Middleton inspired shades so obviously I had to get them and I will never get rid of them.

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Liquid Lipsticks
Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in Fancy
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncuffed
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Truth or Bare
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick in Swag
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Night Together

glosses

Lip Glosses
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish in Dolly
Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in 202 Nuit & Jour
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Vintage

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?

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


skin

CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

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.

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.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Set Review

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I got a tiny, little sample of the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound as a 100 point perk at Sephora and it was love at first swipe. The formula is just SO good.

The color glides on like a gloss, is pigmented like a lipstick, isn’t sticky like a gloss, or dry like a liquid lipstick. I say all that to say this, IT IS AMAZING. This formula may be my top favorite lipstick formula of life and that’s a big deal.

The only draw back is the price. NARS is not cheap and these lippies are no exception. A full size is $26. Ouch.  Thankfully, the NARS & Ulta folks put together a set of 6 minis so I could get a good shade variety with dropping major monies. This set was $45, but I had some points and a coupon and was able to get it much cheaper.

There are 2 problems with this set
1) It’s sold out
2) The colors in this set were limited edition and not available in a full size

However, you can buy a set of 2 minis for $16 at Ulta and the shades in those 2 kits are shades that are in this kit. The first set is Californiacation and Staying Alive and the second has Immoral and Burning Love.

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