April 2017 Favorites

Hello lovelies! It’s that time of month again. It’s time for monthly favorites! This month has been quite busy for me. I have been adjusting to a new routine and lifestyle. If you want to know more about that I’d be more than willing to do weekly or bi-weekly updates. Let me know in the comments below. Anyways, let’s jump into what I’ve been loving this last month. I have been loving the Real Techniques brushes. The first brush is the shader brush from the enhanced eye kit. I know this isn’t meant to be used for the crease, but for a quick one or two shadow look, I love this. I typically use this with soft brown from MAC(another favorite for the month) in the outer corner and in the crease for a quick look. Next, there is the setting brush. I love using this to set my concealer under my eyes, and also with highlighter on my cheek bones. The next brush is the expert face brush. I love the brush but haven’t quite figured out a way to use it for the best look. It works well for foundation and bronzer, but currently not the foundation I’m using. Last there is the stippling brush. I love, love, love using this for blush. This brush plus Nars Orgasm blush is an amazing combo. I am curious as how it would work with foundation and bronzer.

For my non-tool favorites, I have the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer. All I can say about this concealer is that it provides the perfect amount of coverage for me, it brightens, and it lasts all day. The Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer in Eden has been a game changer for me and my eye shadow. This has made my shadows stay on all day long and little to no creasing. The only time I notice there is creasing is if it has been an extremely long and hot day. Next up we have a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I have never used this mascara before this tube. I’ve had this in my stash for well over a year, and surprisingly it wasn’t expired. This gives a great lengthening effect and a tiny bit of volume. Going by the name I don’t think it lives up to it, but for an everyday mascara this is fantastic. The Nivea a kiss of mint and minerals is the never ending lip balm. I feel like I have been using this for over a year and there is still more product. The last beauty product is the MAC eye shadow in soft brown. This is the perfect shade to just throw in the crease and outer corner, a little mascara and out the door.

This last item is a makeup bag. It’s small and narrow that is perfect for putting your brushes in for traveling or on the go. I’m not sure where this bag is from because it came in a set that I got for Christmas three years ago.

That’s everything I’ve been loving during the month of April. I have been using all of these products just about every day during the past month. They have made my mornings so easy. What have you been loving? Is there anything new that I should test out. Let me know! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

March Favorites

Hello everybody! Today I’m sharing everything that I have been loving this month. There are some beauty and some randoms. Just like everyone else says, I can’t believe how quickly March has gone by. March has been a rather busy month, but such a good month. Let’s jump right in!

Beauty & Skincare

Aveeno skin relief gentle scent lotion- This lotion has saved my hands and even cuticles throughout the month and even all through the winter.

Benefit Porefessional- As you know this is part of my Project Pan. For some reason, this doesn’t work with the two different foundations that I’ve been using. However, I have found a use for it.I use just a tiny bit in my t-zone and anywhere that I have larger pores, and that’s it. It just smooths out my skin, and great for a quick 5 minute look.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm- I love this. It is nice and lasts quite long if you aren’t eating or drinking anything. I only have to re-apply twice in a day depending on how much I’ve been eating and drinking. This is also part of my winter project pan.

MAC shadow in Soft Brown- This shadow, I love the shadow as a crease color, or to blend out another color. I have recently been using just this in my crease only with primer and set that with translucent powder. Like I said before with the Porefessional, this shadow has been part of my quick 5 minute out the door look. If you want to see a post of my current 5 minute routine, let me know!

E.L.F. H.D. Undereye Setting Powder- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this powder! That’s all I have to say. It sets my concealer well, doesn’t crease and brightens up the under eye area.

MAC shadow in All That Glitters- This shadow is the perfect quick wash of color on the lids. Sometimes I use just this on my lids and go, or I’ll pair it with Soft Brown for a warm “smoky” look.

Other Favorites

My Fitness Pal- I downloaded this app to my phone, the free version. I use this app to log my food and my exercise. What I love about this app is that it shows nutrition information of what you eat, counts your steps, AND you can connect with friends for accountability.

My Gym- A few months ago I signed up at my local Planet Fitness. Mine is still relatively new. It opened about 3-4 years ago. It is clean and well lit, and every time I’m there a staff member is coming out of the locker room from cleaning it. Another thing that I love about it, is that everyone is in their own world. I was never big on going to the gym, I was actually scared to go. During the month of March, I started making it a priority to get to the gym. I’m starting out slow and doing 30 minutes on the treadmill at least 3 times a week.

That’s it!That is what I’ve been loving this month.  What have you been loving this month? I can’t believe it is almost April! Have a great week! See you in my next post.

2016 Favorites

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.

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  • 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)

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  • 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

img_2365Eyes 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!

 

April Favorites!!

Hi lovelies! May is in full swing and the beginning of wedding season for me. April was just as busy for me. These items have been my go to, have to look presentable, and out the door in 10 minutes.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- bootycall all over the lid and tease in the crease. This palette makes it so easy for a quick every day eye look. When I’m in a rush I always grab this.

Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara- Even though I started using this early in April, this quickly became my favorite everyday mascara.

For more of a glam and night option, the Benefit They’re Real mascara has been a longtime favorite ever since I started using this a few years ago.

I have pretty full brows and don’t need much filling in. I prefer to have them “filled in” just a bit. The Maybelline Brow Drama has been perfect for me. I do a quick swipe on each brow and I’m ready to go.

On my lips, I’ve just  stuck with lip balm or nothing at all. My go to lip shade and product is the Buxom Full-On Lip Creme in White Russian.

My last favorite of the month, has been Essie’s Millionails nail treatment. Quite a few months ago, I had a terrible time with my nails breaking, chipping, and peeling. This has definitely helped strengthen my nails.

That’s all for my April favorites. I hope you enjoyed what I’ve been loving. Like I said, this last month has been crazy busy for me and I kept with things that I know and love, and will work. What have you all been loving? Have a great week!!

October Favorites

Welcome to my October favorites! October was a pretty busy month for me. I was very quick and simple with my routine. I have a few items that I want to share, that were easy to make myself feel a little more put together.

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You’ve seen me mention the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. It naturally evens out my skin tone, while it doesn’t always cover up blemishes or scars, I am happy with the coverage. It also doesn’t cake up or wear off throughout the day.

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My Nars duo with Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer, is by far my holy grail product. I have put quite a dent into Laguna, I’m about to hit pan. I am excited about that because I’ve never hit pan on anything before! Orgasm blush, I think looks great on everyone and for myself works for almost every occasion!

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Now this next product isn’t part of my everyday quick look, but it has quickly become almost a staple for when I want to bump up my look just a bit. I’m talking about the Becca higlighter by Jaclyn Hill in Champagne Pop. I’ve used it as a highlighter and as an eye shadow. It is just the perfect all around color and multi-use product.

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For a quick and easy lip option, I’m a big fan of lip glosses. I probably own more than one person needs to own all in a similar shade of a nude-ish pink. My two favorites this month are the NYX’s Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee, and Rimmel’s new Oh My Gloss! in 160 Stay My Rose. They are both very different. Creme Brulee is a creamy, lightly moisturizing and fairly opaque. I can easily put this on without a mirror and not worry about it ending up all over my face. The Rimmel, is still a newer product that I own. It is a on the sheer side, but I absolutely love this color!

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The last two products have been game changers for me. The first is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. While I have only used this a handful of times, I can tell that it definitely works. The biggest test with this was a friends wedding. My makeup looked almost perfect at the end of a long night of dancing. The second product is by Nailtiques. It is their oil therapy. It is a nail and cuticle oil. I’ll be the first to admit that I get lazy with putting lotion on my hands and taking care of my cuticles. With winter just around the corner, this has saved my nails and cuticles for the last year. Just after using it 2-3 times in one has transformed and improved my cuticles. This ranges between $9-$10, which for purchasing this well over a year ago, I think is a pretty good deal. I think If I were to use this a couple of times a day, everyday I would probably purchase two bottles a year. I don’t know about you but $20 a year for great and healthy cuticles is pretty darn good. An additional plus is that it smells great too!

Those are my October favorites. I hope that you enjoyed today’s post. What have you been loving? Please share!! Have a great weekend!!

August Favorites!

Today I am sharing with you my August favorites. These few items I have used constantly through out the month. For my birthday at the end of July, I received a Sephora gift card and I picked up a few items and haven’t put them down since!

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The Beauty Blender has by far been the greatest thing I picked up. I was previously using one that I got from Target. The Beauty Blender blows that one out of the water. I can’t believe I waited so long to get this. I apologize for it being dirty. I used it this morning totally forgetting I had to photograph it.

I don’t know about you girls, but liquid liner and winged out liner has always been difficult for me. I picked up the Kat Von D ink tattoo liner. I couldn’t be more impressed with it. It is a nice dark, matte black, and it stays all day!

The Revlon Nearly Naked foundation is something that I’ve talked about before on here, so I won’t go too in depth with it. It’s light and provides just enough coverage to smooth everything out.

The Benefit They’re Real Mascara, I think will always be a favorite of mine. Building this up provides a fantastic glam look. However in the past month I’ve managed to learn how to accentuate my lashes while keeping it as natural looking as possible.

Maybelline Master Brow Drama, I have used so much on my easy natural days. I love the way it just plump up my brows just a tiny bit and overall look put together.

Yes, I have included my Tide To-Go stick. This thing has saved me on more than one occasion. I was out eating lunch with my friend, and I was wearing a brand new shirt. I had a major eating fail. Now while it doesn’t immediately remove the stain which is not the sole purpose of this product but when I finally got home and was able to wash my shirt there was no more stain! Such a lifesaver!

My last favorite for the month is Butter London’s nail polish in Champers. I love, love, love this color!! Every time I took it off to change my color I just kept putting it back on. I have easily worn this for the last four or five weeks straight!

I hope that you enjoyed my favorites. I know I put them up a little late. As many of you know, life happens and tends to get in the way of certain things. Have a fabulous rest of the week!

4th of July Favorites!!!

Hi gals! With 4th of July just around the corner, I though I’d share some of my favorite things. Food, fashion, beauty, and my favorite way to sit and watch the fireworks! There is something magical about 4th of July, but then again I feel that way any holiday that includes fireworks as part of the festivities.

I do want to first point out the reason why we celebrate this great day and not forget the history behind it. The short version of the history lesson is that on July 2, 1776 during the American Revolution. The United States of America was 13 colonies, whom declared independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. We now honor these 13 colonies with the 13 stripes on the United States of America flag. While our modern day celebrations of this holiday are along the lines of picnics, barbecues, fireworks, etc., it is a bit far off of the original festivities. Early on 13 gun shots in the morning and evenings were shot to celebrate the 13 colonies.

Now that we got our history lesson in for the day, on to the modern day favorites that we will be indulging in this weekend.

Fashion and Beauty

When it comes to my fashion and beauty for the days festivities, I like to keep it light and simple, and since I am in the Windy City, something that is easily adaptable for unsuspecting weather changes. I keep to jeans or jean shorts, and a tee for during the day, adding a light sweater or hoodie in the evening if necessary. Also if my activities for the day include lounging in a pool, then I will have my swimsuit, cover up and towel. Beauty wise I keep it real simple, sunscreen, a tiny bit of eyeliner and mascara and lip gloss. I want to look put together but to be honest in 90+ degree temperature nothing is going to be staying on your face.

 

Food and Beverages

I don’t know about you but when it comes to summer time barbecues and picnics, I’m always looking for to the food. Barbecue flavored anything is my favorite! Pulled pork, meatballs, ribs…yummmmm! Hot dogs, burgers, mac and cheese, fruit salad, and apple pie. I could probably list every single thing I’ve eaten ever during a 4th of July party but I will refrain from doing that. For those of you who are 21 and over, I really like having a 312, Blue Moon or a margarita. I’m not really into the whole hard liquor mixed beverage thing during outdoor parties. I would like to stress the one point of, staying hydrated. As someone that doesn’t always handle heat very well, I can’t say this enough. Drink water! Not only will it keep you hydrated, it is also good for your skin, organs; well you’re entire body really. If you don’t like just plain ol’ water, flavor it!. Keep in the red, white and blue theme and add, blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries. Another great and hydrating option is cucumber water. I know we have all heard the water lecture, but I really can’t stress it enough. The last non-alcoholic beverage option which is great is iced tea. Unsweetened, Sweetened, fruit flavored, it’s great, tasty and will also keep you hydrated as well. Here’s a little trivia for you. Did you know when you drink a caffeinated beverage or alcohol you need to drink 3 times the amount of water to ‘cancel’ it out to keep you probably hydrated?

The last but certainly not least, my most favorite thing about 4th of July….the fireworks! Fireworks have always been my favorite thing. It can be 100 degrees outside, drizzling, buggy, there is just something about fireworks that gives me a nostalgic feeling. I just can never get enough of watching fireworks. In the area where I live, if I stay home I can sit in my backyard with some sort of beverage in comfy clothes and just enjoy the magic. I suddenly have the urge to visit Disney right now. I’m leaving it at that because I can definitely  go on forever about Disney and their fireworks.

That is all for my Fourth of July favorites. What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are you staying in or going out with friends some where? Attending barbecues, picnics, or parties? Please share! I would love to hear about it.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July! See you all next week!