Hello lovelies! I am sharing with you my favorites from over the course of 2016. I don’t have too many favorites, but they’re a good mix of things I’ve been using for years and some that while not necessarily brand new to the market are completely new to me. All of these products have changed my life and I try to use them as much as possible.
Foundation and Concealer:
- Maybelline Fit me! foundation Dewy + Smooth in 125 Nude Beige (my summer shade)
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer; great for my under eyes!
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage foundation in 125/Y315 Sand (summer shade, sample from Sephora, need to buy the full size and in my winter shade)
Powders and Tools:
- E.L.F. High Definition Powder in Sheer: used to set my concealer under my eyes
- Real Techniques Setting Brush: used with powder for my under eyes
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: used with liquid foundation that doesn’t work well with my Beauty Blender
- NARS Bronzer/Blush Duo in Laguna and Orgasm: my go to blush and bronzer
Eyes and Lips:
- Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown: great for quick run out the door days
- NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden: this truly keeps my eye shadow on all day!
- Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian: Can I just buy all of these?! I love this!
That’s all for my 2016 favorites. This year has been such an adventure and I can’t wait to see what will be in my favorites for 2017. Have a great day! See you in my next post!
Hi Ladies! So today I wasn’t planning on doing a haul post but I made a few small purchases over the course of the last month or so, and I thought why not share what I’ve gotten. I have used a couple of these items so far and immediately loved them! Plus I got a surprise early birthday gift, which I’ll save for last.
From the drugstore I got four lip products. I was on the hunt for the perfect lighter pinky brown nude, and a pinky nude lip liner. After looking around and researching a bit I went with the cult favorite Eastend Snob by Rimmel. I love it! For me, it is a my lips but pinker shade. On a low key day I’ll use this and a lip gloss. The next three I got were lipsticks from the Maybelline Colorsensational line, two from the purples collection and one from the red collection. From the red collection I got #615 Summer Sunset. It is a darker version of what I was looking for but I still loved the color in the bullet. The first from the purple collection is #420 Blissful Berry which is absolutely gorgeous! It is a great color for fall and can totally work when transitioning from winter to spring. In the tube it does look darker than what will actually come out on your lips but it is still a gorgeous purple berry shade. The second shade (spoiler alert: I love it!) #450 Mauve Mania is the shade that I’ve been looking for!! I’ve been pairing it with Rimmel’s Eastend Snob for a longer wearing look.
From Sephora, I made two different purchases. The first time I stopped into Sephora, I decided to walk in and see what was new and to see if I can find a great bright lipgloss. After roaming around the store and swatching different shades and brands, I settled on the Make Up For Ever Artist Flexi-Gloss. I had narrowed my choices down to two different pink shades. One that could be worn everyday and one that is definitely a statement. I went to pick up a Sephora brand eye mask, the pomegranate one, which I accidentally used before I took the photo, oops! I was talking to one of the lovely gals that worked there and another one stopped by to comment on the shades that I had swatched on my hand. They definitely convinced (not in the pushy you have to buy this way) to step out of my comfort zone and I went with the brighter shade in 209. It definitely compliments my fair skin tone and is definitely a statement color. Now that I’ve gone off track a bit back to the haul! The second purchase I just made online last week and got it in three days! Can I just say that I love how quickly I get my Sephora orders. I purchased the Sephora Favorites Ultimate Hair Essentials and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector by Jaclyn Hill in Champagne Pop. I’ve been a little bored with my hair products lately, and after cutting almost a foot off of my hair about 6 weeks ago I felt like I needed a change. The kit comes with 11 different “travel sized” products which most I can’t wait to try out and a couple I haven’t really heard about. When it comes to Champagne Pop, I just can’t wait to use it. When I saw a few of my favorite different YouTubers, all different skin tones, I felt like this could actually work for me. After I use it for awhile I will let you know how I like it. I also picked up my birthday gift the two Nars Lip Pencils (really excited about Cruella!) as well as another promotion of 12 samples of different hair care products and treatments (mostly oils and hair masks). I also chose to get the 3 free samples you get with every purchase. I definitely love making an order during the month of July because it feels like Christmas.
Now on to my surprise, early birthday gift. My birthday is at the end of July. I have been really busy the last week or two and getting everything done was a bit overwhelming. My mom and sister were going out of town for the weekend, and they just came back last night, but that left me with watching my sister’s dog and 2 cats that my brother left when he moved out. So the night before they left, my sister gave me my gift from her dog. Madden gave me the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I definitely have been wanting to get the palette but I’m more the type of person to wait after the hype dies down to really look into a product and decide if I need it and will actually use it or if I’m just going through a phase. This is also why I was a bit reluctant to get the Jaclyn Hill skin perfector and it is also a limited edition item. I did justify that with I only use a tiny bit at a time and it will last me forever. The things we say to ourselves when it comes to purchasing makeup.
I hope you enjoyed my little haul. What have you been eyeing drugstore or high end? Do you have any recommendations or want a review on any of these items? Let me know! I hope you all have a great week and see you in my next post!