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!!

Halloween Look

Hi all! Today I’m sharing with you the look that I created for Halloween this past weekend. I wore a flapper costume that I had purchased for a show that I was in a few years ago. So I went on YouTube to see if I can find a look that was fairly simple and quick at the same time. My inspiration behind this look was taken from Jaclyn Hill’s Old Hollywood Glam tutorial. I used what products I had on hand, and went to town hoping that I can do a good enough job.

Let’s start from the “bottom” up. Starting with Primer. After I cleansed and moisturized my face, I used the Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face, excluding the T-zone. In my T-zone I used Benefit’s Porefessional.

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FACE

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation- 110 Ivory

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- 15 Fair, on spots and blemishes

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer/Highlighter- 230 Fair/Light, under eyes

Nars Bronzer- Laguna

NYX Blush- Pinched

 

EYES/BROWS

Maybelline Color Tattoo- 70 Barely Branded

From the Naked 2- Foxy(lid), Tease(crease/outer v), Blackout(bottom lash line)

From the Naked Smoky- Thirteen(lid), Combust(crease/outer v), Whiskey(crease/bottom lash line)

Kat Von D Ink Liner- Trooper

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner- Perversion(water and tight line)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara- Black

Brows- Whiskey(Naked Smoky); Maybelline Brow Drama- Deep Brown

 

LIPS

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner- 02 Red Dynamite

Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet- 505 Burning Lava

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Sephora and Drugstore Haul

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Bridal Shower Makeup Look

Hi Gals! Today I’m taking you through what I wore on my face to a friend’s bridal shower over the weekend. Before I get into everything that I used I have to say that I have had the worst luck with everything technology related. First, it was the internet, then computer, issues with WordPress, things were deleted, and today my phone finally crapped out on me. So FINALLY, I’m getting this post up!

 

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The above photo is everything I used on my face. Part of my technology issues were things getting deleted, the rest of the photos for this post of course was among them. I will re-create the look in a future post so you can see everything in action and the completed look.

FACE:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 Creamy Natural

MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW20 (on spots and blemishes)

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light (under eyes)

Nars Bronzer in Laguna

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

EYES:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Braned

From the Naked 2 Palette

Foxy- all over lid up to brow

Tease- in the crease

Chopper- all over the lid

YDK- outer corner

Busted- lightly in the outer corner

Bootycall- in the inner corner

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

Rimmel Scandeleyes in 005 Nude (in the waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 01 Black

BROWS:

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown

LIPS:

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in 302 Kissability

I hope you enjoyed this post. I have a few things that I’m excited to share with you! What have you been wearing to a special occasion? Please share!

MOD: Blackhawks Parade and Rally

Hi gals! Today I thought I would share a little bit of my experience and the makeup I wore to the parade and rally a couple of days ago. Since I’ve been trying out a new foundation and mascara, I figured this would give me a really good idea how they will perform in high heat and humidity.

Long story short of me getting there…I was meeting up with a friend down there and after we both had some train troubles, I got there in plenty of time and waited for my friend. She ended up having a worse time getting there than I did. With that aside I managed to get down to the Art Institute and since it wasn’t too crowded there I stayed there. The crowd was intense but it wasn’t so out of control that police would have to intervene. Everyone was excited and pumped at the accomplishment of the Hawks. Now on to the products I used on my face for the day.

Not Pictured: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Not Pictured: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Face: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in Light Ivory 091, Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in Fair/Light 230, NARS blush in Orgasm

Eyes: All over the lid Bootycall and in the crease Tease from UD Naked2 Palette, Tightline Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx, Ulta Amped Lashes Volume & Defining Mascara(First Impression & Review coming soon!)

Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

 

I put my makeup on at about 8:15am. My goal was to check in during the parade, during the rally, during lunch/dinner and when I got home. I took a photo first thing after I put on my makeup but the photo came out horrible. After the train craziness in the morning the rest of the day didn’t go as planned either.

 

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This photo was taken at about 10:45am. I noticed some settling in my pores. The foundation was completely off of my forehead thanks to the heat and wearing a hat. After a couple of hours and considering the heat and humidity it didn’t look too bad.

After all of the celebrating, heat, humidity, and food.

After all of the celebrating, heat, humidity, and food.

At the end of the day: The aftermath when I came home and just wanted to go to sleep, but it was only 6:30pm. =( I took a quick look to see what my face looked like. The foundation completely settled into my pores, sweated off, or was kind of flaking off of my skin(it was weird).

As far as the rest of my makeup, it pretty much lasted all day, including the non-waterproof mascara. Of course the lip gloss wore off by the time I hit the museum. I grabbed a coffee at the train station, boy did I need it! My eyeshadow kind of disappeared a bit. I had a contact issue at some point and I was rubbing my eye. O well. Considering it was about 85 degrees out and the humidity was absolutely insane. I was happy I didn’t come home looking like a clown or like I got punched in the face.

If you want a more in depth review on the foundation, let me know. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks!