July Favorites

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  • Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner by Wendy Blight book and study with Proverbs 31 OBS
    • Y’all, I can’t say enough good things about it. I highly recommend that everyone reads this. I promise it will strengthen your faith!
    • I go more in depth about this in my July Favorites video that will be up on my YouTube channel on Thursday.
  • Planner Organizer
    • My friend, Melissa, had this at one of our Bible Study discussions and I had to have it. I love the storage options it provides and I can keep all of my planner stuff in one place. It’s from Hobby Lobby and currently on sale!
  • Kindle
    • I had been reading my ebooks on my iPad which I like, but I didn’t like that I couldn’t read outside. Windsor loves to be outside so I’ll go sit on the deck or the balcony and read while he runs around and gets some fresh air and that just wasn’t possible with my iPad.
    • This Kindle has a back light so you can read whenever, wherever.
    • I used some credit card points so I got mine for super cheap, but it’s a really fair price in my opinion.
    • You can get my case here. I added the lipstick sticker. Obvi.
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil in Soft Brown
    • I had gotten away from using such skinny pencils because it can take a while to fill in my thick brows with just a tiny pencil. However, I wasn’t loving how my brows were looking with my current pencil and this was one of the few options my Dollar General had so I grabbed it.
    • I ended up LOVING it. It’s creamy and easy to apply and the shade is perfect for me. I will definitely repurchase this pencil.
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
    • Most people use this as an eye shadow base and it is a good one, but that’s not why it’s a favorite for me.
    • I can’t get foundation to stay on my chin or my chin for the life of me. Enter Nikkia Joy and this paint pot. Problem solved.
    • I apply this after primer, don’t apply foundation to my chin & nose, and apply concealer instead. I then bake that area and my makeup actually stays all day.
  • Clean & Clear Lemon Zesty Scrub
    • I bought the trial size of this to take on a trip and ended up loving it and I’ve since bought the full size.
    • It smells amazing and the scrub is very fine so it’s gentle enough to use daily, but effective at the same time.
  • Juvia’s Place The Tribe Volume III Highlighter
    • Y’ALL this might be the best highlighter and the end all be all of highlighters for me. I can’t stop wearing it.
    • It’s gorgeous, affordable, and did I mention gorgeous? AND IT’S ONLY $12
    • If you have fair skin, you need to try this!
  • Laura Geller Balance-N-Glow Illuminating Foundation in Porcelain
    • I set my makeup with a matte powder to lock everything in place and I prefer a matte look to a dewy look even though my skin is dry.
    • I don’t however, like a flat matte look. I like a little dimension and radiance/sheen.
    • I got this at TJ Maxx and I use it as the last step in my routine before setting spray to add some radiance and glow to my look.

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I got this coat rack for my birthday and I have it holding (almost) all of my bags. I love it! It was affordable, easy to assemble, and does the job. I had my bags in box under my bed, but it was such a chore to lug the box out when I wanted to change bags. Problem solved!

Again, be sure to check out my YouTube channel and let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments!

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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.

lipliners

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

lipsticks

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

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

Duped or Duped? Finishing Sprays

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MAC PREP+PRIMER FIX+ FINISHING MIST

Claims–Instant boost of hydration :: refresh & set makeup :: packed with vitamins & minerals :: moisturizes, soothe, and enhance complexion

Price (Full Size, 3.4 oz)–$27 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com
Price (Mini Size, 1.0)–$14 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com

Scent Selection–4 (original, coconut, rose, lavender)

Pros–Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested :: LOVE the original scent :: works with powder products to intensify color payoff :: settles powder look & fuses with skin for a more natural look :: good ingredients :: hydration for dry skin

Cons–Expensive :: Not cruelty free :: Mister/spray can be heavy sometimes :: accessibility

Final Thoughts–MAC Fix+ is the answer to almost all problems…dry skin, shadows that aren’t pigmented enough, powder that got cakey, a broken arm, etc. I’ts a must have for me and I product I use daily. I even keep a mini bottle in my desk drawer at work. I’ve gone through so many bottles of this and continue to repurchase it.


ESSENCE KEEP IT PERFECT! MAKEUP FIXING SPRAY

Claims–Acts as a protective layer & prolongs the wear of your makeup :: not sticky

Price–$4.99 at essencemakeup.com for 1.69 oz

Pros–Affordable :: small, compact bottle :: cruelty free :: vegan :: good mister :: settles powder :: works well with my dry skin :: perfect finishing step for makeup :: works with powder products to intensify color payoff

Cons–Availability/accessibility, online only!

Final Thoughts–This is the perfect last step to settle and set everything for a less powdery look. Great to use as a refresher throughout the day as well.


These products are total dupes. They have similar ingredients and do the same thing. The only major difference is the price, obviously. There’s just something about Fix+ that draws me in. I’ve used and repurchased both of these. The Essence is a great, budget friendly option, but if you want to splurge, give the MAC a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in either one.

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You see other dupes posts here and here.

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!

6 Month Project Pan & Reading Check In

If you aren’t familiar with what a Project Pan is or when/why I started, you should start with this post. I did a 3 month check up here should you care to follow this in sequential order.

I started with 8 products in January. So far, I’ve finished up 2 products and weeded out 2 products. Here’s the update on the 4 I have left…

MAC Studio Fix Powder
There is definitely more pan showing and that’s progress! I can/will definitely finish by the end of the year.

Colour Pop Lunch Money
I’m actually tossing this 😥 It’s old and has lost it’s vibrancy and pigmentation.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Again, more pan showing! This is the bronzer that never ends. I use it almost daily and there’s still so much left. This is really old and I should probably toss it, BUT it’s still working well and doesn’t smell weird so I’m going to keep trucking.

Tarte Paaarty Blush
I’m whittling down and so close to hitting pan. You can see how much I’ve used by the metal that’s exposed in the pan in the picture below.

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Y’all I have been slacking on my reading. I still have 13 book on this list to read and SO many others on my Kindle.

You can see the 18 books I want to read in 2018 list here.

So far I’ve read
1. Jersey Girl by Jaime Sullivan
2. Sisters First by Barbara Bush & Jenna Bush Hager
3. I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson
4. My Story by Elizabeth Smart
5. The Wizard of Lies by Diana B. Henriques
6. Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz

The first 5 are of my list of 18 and #6 was a Bible study I did, but that book is great and I highly recommend it. It definitely changed my perspective for the better!

I’ve got 6 months left to read 13 books, I can do it!

 

Fair Skin Friday: Concealers

The second installment of #FairSkinFriday is all about concealers and the ones that work best for fair skin. The first installment was about bronzers and you can read that here.

There is a shade match for me in all of the formulas I’m sharing below except the Makeup Revolution, but I just add a little white mixer and I’m good!

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