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.

August Favorites

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Glance Eyewear 56mm Exaggerated Square Sunglasses
–I have sunglasses obsession and the bigger the better. These were super cheap and huge so it was a given that I needed them.

Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil
–I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time and I found it half off so not time like the present. For starters, this stuff smells SO GOOD. I like it better than regular shave gel and it makes my legs so soft and smooth.

Colour Pop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Satin Lip in Rever
–This color just screams summertime to me. It’s such a fun, fiery red orange.
–I’m wearing it in this picture.

Hourglass Veil Powder
–I got a Sephora Gift Card for my birthday and I knew exactly what I wanted to buy, this powder. I’ve heard so many YouTubers RAVING about it, but I wasn’t ready to shell out $46 for the full size. The good thing is there is a trial size for $15, bad thing is I’m obsessed with it and I want the full size but $46 for powder REALLY hurts my feelings.

Real Techniques Brush Crush 306 Kabuki, 303 Contour, and 301 Foundation Brushes
–I was obsessed with these brushes as soon as they came out because glitter. However, I knew I didn’t need another brush. I have a ton and I consistently use the same ones. As luck would have it, Ulta put these on sale and I can’t resist a sale and glitter so now they are mine. They are beautiful, great quality, and I love them. I’ve washed them all and they held up well. Real Technique brushes are some of my favorites.
–If you can find them in your store, get them all and thank me later.

Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Liquid Lipstick in Melon Pop
–I saw Jessica Braun wearing this and I immediately knew that shade needed to be mine. It’s a GORGEOUS, bright, neon red and shockingly enough, I didn’t have anything like it in my collection. The formula is great and it’s cheap. I call that a win!

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I also found this brush pocket holder thing from Real Techniques on sale at Ulta. I keep the brushes I constantly reach for in this holder from byAlegory, but not all of them fit. Enter, this invention. It clings to the mirror and comes right off, no stickies or residue left behind. It’s genius.


And of course I have to share my favorite funnies from Instagram. These are screenshots and these photos are not mine.

 


I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this month. Let me know in the comments!

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.

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!