RECENT BEAUTY FAVES

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For the past few months, these products have been my everyday essentials. If I could choose only five makeup items from my collection, it would be these five. Seriously. They are all fantastic products that I will continue to purchase, so I figured I’d share my recommendations!

Lipstick: I’ve been obsessed with Tom Ford Spanish Pink for some time now. To me, it’s the perfect pinky nude color – great for everyday. It feels incredibly creamy on the lips and has great staying power. In the grand scheme of lipsticks, TF is pricy, but nothing else quite compares. I always find myself reaching for this shade.

Lipliner: This lipliner came in an infamous #KylieLipkit. Though the liquid lipstick is a great product (a tad drying like any liquid lip), I love this lipliner, which you can now buy individually. It’s super creamy, pigmented, and does. not. budge. Along with the aforementioned TF Spanish Pink, I wear Koko K lipliner on a daily basis. The specific color combo is perfect and I find that the respective formulas play well together.

Mascara: As someone not blessed with long, lush, natural lashes, I was always kind of let down by mascaras. My lashes never looked like the ads (duh, photoshop) and never gave me that movie-star look (duh, falsies). Though Chanel Le Volume isn’t photoshop or falsies, it’s pretty close. It lengthens while adding volume and manages to coat every single baby lash in the blackest black. It also doesn’t flake or smudge. Definitely my holy grail mascara.

Highlighter: A couple months ago, I was in the market for a new highlighter. Several beauty bloggers I watch on Youtube had raved about the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer, so I checked it out for myself. Y’all. This product is everything. It gives the most stunning glow that blends into the skin seamlessly without bringing attention to any texture. You can brush on a little for a natural look or build it up to a blinding highlight. I have it in 002 Pink Glow, but there are three other shades to suit your skin tone.

Brow Gel: I love a good, strong, Cara Delevingne brow, but good Lord I won’t spend another minute sketching away at them. Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted gel with little fibers that build volume. It keeps brow hairs in place while totally defining them. I’m pretty happy with my natural brow shape, so this product is ideal for me. I can just swipe it on and go.

Do you have any recent beauty faves? I’d love to hear them!

Emily

NEW YEAR, NEW LIP

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2016 so far! I took some time off from posting during the holidays, but I’m back with some great things planned for the blog this year. Today, I wanted to share two products I find myself reaching for more and more.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo: My best friend gave me this little miracle for Christmas, and I’ve been wearing both bright, bold colors on repeat. It is the creamiest formula that delivers the biggest color pay-off (so rich!). Online, they’re sold out of most colors (I think this item was prob a big stocking stuffer), but at my Sephora, they still have a lot left, and rumor has it they’re now just $10 in-store! I am LIVING for Pomegranate, the pinkier tint of this duo. It’s still just as much of a statement-maker as the red (Palomino), but a bit easier to wear for day. If you can’t find a duo for you, here are the full-sized versions in the same formula.

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone: This multi-purpose clear primer pencil is a game changer. It can be used to fill in fine lines/pores/whatever all over the face, but I use it for outlining my lips! It completely prevents lipstick from feathering or smudging, and keeps everything in place. You can even use it to “clean up” lipstick after applying, so if you have trouble coloring inside the lines, this is for you.

When I wear these products together, I have found lipliner becomes obsolete. So for around $30 total, you get two complete lip looks. That’s quite a deal considering just a lipstick can set you back like $36…why do I continue to hoard them then? Anyway! I definitely recommend these products, let me know if you’ve tried them!

Emily

PRODUCT REVIEW: ORIGINS BRUSH CLEANER

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HI! I’m back from my little Philly (and NYC, for a day) adventure. I had the best time exploring both cities with my boyfriend, Mike, but it’s always nice to be back home. Today, I’m reviewing Origins brush cleaner. My mom is almost obsessively clean, and would probably say dirty makeup brushes (/dirty cosmetics in general) are a cardinal sin. Though I grew up with this mentality, I put off washing my brushes. They lose their shape, never dry in a timely fashion, and it’s just kind of a chore. This product, however, makes it SO easy. Spritz some solution onto the brush and simply tissue off the makeup residue. My brushes, though not terribly dirty before, look brand new. They also feel incredibly soft and smell amazing. This is such a wonderful product for maintaining the integrity of your brushes, and I would most certainly recommend it to anyone looking to make this chore easier!

Maybe she’s born with it…

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…or maybe not! Welcome back ya’ll, I hope everyone is having a great week!  Today, I’m talking beauty. I definitely don’t claim to be a make-up expert, but these are my favorite, go-to products.  I LOVE Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, which, if you have dry skin, you should run out and buy right this minute. It’s moisturizing, SPF 15, and leaves a dewy, natural finish (If you tend to have more oily skin, try Lumiere Velvet). I put it on with this amazing MAC brush, which is second only to literal airbrushing. Under my eyes, I use Chanel Eclat Lumiere Face Pen, which brightens up dark circles. For bronzer, I use the littlest bit of Chanel Les Beiges, I find it adds a subtle, sunkissed glow. I recently purchased the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and I’m obsessed. Having fair skin, it’s really easy to look orange, but this palette is more beige, so the contour looks natural. It also comes with an angled brush which is a welcome bonus. As for eyes, Origins Eye Doctor is the best eye cream. It prevents wrinkles and de-puffs – can’t hate that!  This Chanel eyeliner is absolute perfection. It’s waterproof and truly stays on all day long. I use the color “ambre dore” which is a copper shade, ideal for my fellow blue-eyed girls. Try it on your lower waterline! On my lashes, I swear by Benefit’s They’re Real! After many trials and tribulations, this mascara is the closest thing you’ll find to false lashes. For brows, I love the Dior Powder Brow pencil. It’s very build-able, so I don’t have to worry about having Sharpie brows. Lastly, my all time favorite scent is Bvlgari Omnia Coral.  It has fruity and floral notes, but isn’t too heavy – perfect for everyday. Of course, I use a whole host of other lotions and potions, but these stand out from all the rest. I hope you have the chance to try some of these products!

Emily