Whew, 2015 has flown by. Every year seems to pass quicker than the last, and sometimes I feel like I'm moving too slow for it. But alas, 2016 approaches and there is nothing we can do but to make it even better than these last 12 months. This was a year that I definitely began to switch up my makeup stash. I stopped focusing on covering up my skin with heavy foundation and powder, and started using skincare that would help me to look and feel my best without covering everything up. I'm so happy with the effect, and I can't wait to share these 10 amazing products.
1. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
After I reviewed it in March, this stuck around in my skincare routine. I use it every night with a round cotton pad to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. It does an excellent job of exfoliating, and I find that my skin is smooth and soft each time I use it. The only thing it has trouble removing is waterproof mascara, but everything else is a breeze. I really love how it cleans my skin, but doesn't dry it out like a regular cleanser would.
2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Cool & Creamy Face Wash
This is something I've loved since the summer (reviewed it in July). It has tea tree oil in it, which means it helps even out skin tone and lighten dark spots, as well as battles acne that's already formed or about to. Since using it, my skin has definitely evened out, and I've seen a decrease in the amount of pimples I get (except at that time of the month). This also doesn't make my skin feel too dry, but it reduces the amount of oil on my very oily skin.
3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Pretty much everyone who's tried this has raved about it, but I didn't give it a go until the summer. But it is, as everyone agrees, incredible. While the steep price tag ($29!) is off-putting, this concealer provides excellent coverage, especially for my dark circles, and is long lasting. It's even pretty moisturizing, so it doesn't emphasize the fact that I've been neglecting eye cream and have very dry under eyes.
4. Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige
I've stopped using eye primer all together because this cream shadow works just as well, possibly even better. It's super cheap, and one coat makes even my most intense eye shadow creations stay as long as I want them to. The color is a great neutral shade that works well under anything, and can even be worn on its own for a simple, polished effect.
5. Lorac Pro 2 Palette
This palette has been in my life for a little over a year now, but it was definitely the shadow that I used the most in 2015. I love how there are eight mattes and eight shimmers, each with incredible pigmentation and lasting power. Its got a highlight shade, tons of base colors, a medium crease shade, black, purple, blue, green, gray - the works. And, the packaging is super travel friendly and easy to store.
6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
While I only tried a mini size of this, it rocked my world for those few months that I used it. There was just something about it that was pretty unlike any other mascara I've tried. It was volumizing, lengthening, and separating, all while lasting all day but still being easy to remove. Magical.
7. Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
I debated including this because it is no longer available, but I realized that I love it so much for the formula, and two of the shades are available in the permanent collection, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure. The blushes are so soft and finely milled, and they show up beautifully on the cheeks, especially because each is swirled with Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powders. This creates a glowing and luminous effect that is unlike any other blush I've tried.
8. Becca Highlighter in Champagne Pop
This is a more recent purchase, but I've used it pretty much every day since buying it. I reviewed it back in September, and all my opinions still hold true. This creates a stunning champagne/golden highlight that can be worn subtly or more heavily. It's a very soft powder, but lasts all day and basically makes you look healthy and glowing.
9. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 08
I was unsure about this when I first started using it, especially because I bought it in the "Kylie Jenner lip craze". However, I find myself reaching for it all the time when wearing a bold eye. The shade is such a beautiful dark nude with just the right amount of pink and brown, but by no means takes away from the rest of the face. It's not quite matte, but has a tiny bit of gloss to it, but still sticks around for a good few hours without fading weirdly. I also love how it's moisturizing, because super dry matte lipsticks are basically the bane of my existence.
10. Mac Lipstick in Heroine
Lastly is a lipstick that's the complete opposite of the other, but still deserves just as much love. It's a bright purple shade that's tons of fun to wear in the spring and summer, or whenever you feel like being bold and outgoing. It's definitely one that needs a bit more confidence to rock, but once it's on, it won't move around and won't dry out your lips.
I'd like to say a sappy thanks to anyone who read my ramblings throughout this year, and I can't wait to create better content in the future.
What's your top favorite from 2015?
What's your top favorite from 2015?
I'm a self-professed Star Wars nerd. I've loved the series ever since I was little, so you can only imagine how excited I was when I heard that Covergirl was releasing a Star Wars collection for the new movie. Some of the products are a bit out there for me, because they're based off of "space age" looks, but a few of the lipsticks grabbed my attention. The shade Dark Purple 50 looked particularly gorgeous to me, especially considering my recent want for a deep plum lip color. I also jumped at the chance to have some of the limited edition packaging.
|Photo: Morgan Winston|
The color is a dark, blue-toned purple that looks amazing with all sorts of skin tones. It's very pigmented and sticks around for a good few hours, but since it's not completely matte, it doesn't hang around all day. After the few hours, the color fades somewhat to look more pink. It is however, easy to apply and doesn't dry out my lips. I love how it looks paired with some liquid liner and a badass demeanor. It's definitely a bold shade, but it's so much fun to rock, and it's only $7.
Would you wear this shade?
Would you wear this shade?
It has once again been way too long since I've posted. I've had horrible writer's block, been at a loss for inspiration, and been way too busy - not to sound like I'm complaining. I truly do miss writing! Anyway, November has flown by (like every other month). It's very overwhelming how fast everything's going. Only one more month until 2016! Can you believe it? It's been an incredible year, and I can't wait to share favorites for all of 2015. But for now, what I've loved throughout November...
The obvious one...Nars One Shocking Moment Palette
I wrote a full post on this after buying it, and I have continued to use and love it during the whole month. It is very, very expensive, but I really do believe that it's worth it. This palette comes with a large bronzer in the shade Laguna, a contour and highlight shade in Paloma, and four blushes. Two shades, Robotic and Blasphemy, are limited edition, and the other two, Luster and Dolce Vita, are permanent shades. The powder is pigmented, but not to the point where you can apply too much. In addition, I love how Nars organized the shades and didn't leave any leftover space.
The rediscovery...Covergirl Supersizer Mascara
This is something I purchased a few months ago and didn't like, but recently pulled out and started to love. I've experienced this before with mascaras, and I think it's because the formula begins to dry out, and for some reason I just like that better. It's kind of weird, I know. But anyway, this mascara creates amazing length and volume and is super black. My favorite part is that it's not hard to remove at the end of the day.
The oldie but goodie...Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer
I have raved about this product many times before, but stopped using it months ago when I ran out and picked up a more mattifying primer for summer. Now, however, winter is upon us and I'm in need of something hydrating. This isn't the most life-changing product ever, but it's cheap, gives your skin extra moisture, and blurs out minor imperfections. I love how it makes my skin look alive instead of dull and pale.
The new find...Essie Nail Polish in Bahama Mama
I purchased a couple new polishes whilst home for Thanksgiving break, and this was one. It's such a beautiful reddish purple that's perfect for fall and winter. I especially love it because dark nail shades are my favorite no matter the season, and this is dark and opaque in one coat.
What have you loved this November?
What have you loved this November?
I, a broke college kid, spent $70 on some makeup the other day. No, I'm not crying. That's just my eyes sweating. I purchased the Nars Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Palette, which is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora. Yeah, this palette is way expensive. But I just love Nars so freaking much, I couldn't help myself. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to have it. Ridiculous. I know.
There are 4 blushes in this palette, 2 limited edition, Robotic and Blasphemy, and 2 from the regular collection, Luster and Dolce Vita. Above that the palette has a contour and highlight shade, Paloma, which is the same as their Contour Duo in Paloma. Best of all, this palette has a huge Laguna bronzer.
The packaging on this feels substantial and durable, and I love the cool tones of the picture on the front. Nars made a great use of space with the organization of the palette, and there's a huge mirror that can be very helpful for on the go.
The quality of each shade 100% lives up to Nars' standards. Each blush has loads of pigment, but are easy to blend out if you apply too much. They last a really long time on your face and never look patchy or weird, plus you only need to apply a tiny bit, so this could last you forever.
The bronzer is one of my favorites (along with like, anyone else who's ever tried it), and I love how big of a pan it is. It's the perfect shade to give your face some dimension. I like applying this lightly to my temples, cheeks, and the bridge of my nose. The extra warmth is definitely needed for when my skin gets sickly pale in the winter.
I had never tried the contour/highlight shade before, but after a couple uses I'm really happy with them. The contour shade is fairly dark for me, but it blends down easily and really makes my cheekbones pop, especially with the compliment of the highlight shade. I do wish that the highlight was a little more yellow-toned, but I think the one they used is more universally flattering, and I still like the finish it gives. I use this to set my under-eye concealer, and the areas next to my nose, chin, and forehead. It gives a gorgeous, blurred effect to the skin.
As for the blushes, I really love mixing Blasphemy and Luster. Dolce Vita is a gorgeous berry which is perfect for the fall, and I'm hoping I'll get some use out of Robotic in the spring and summer. These all give such a beautiful flush to the cheeks and I can't wait to continue using them.
Overall I think the Steven Klein 'One Shocking Moment' palette is totally worth the hefty price tag. Regular blush from Nars is $30, bronzer is $40, and contour duos are $42. This combines the best of each, packages it up nicely, and throws in a mirror. It's the perfect travel palette for cheeks.
Would you buy this?
Would you buy this?
But like, are there really only two months left of 2015? October (just like every other month) went by unbelievably fast. I can't say I fell in love with too many things, so everything I've been talking about for the past few months are probably still in my list of favorites. As always, however, there are at least a few things that I can discuss.
The oldie but goodie...It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer
I used to use this religiously, but converted when I discovered the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. But recently, with my lack of sleep due to college, I've needed extra coverage. I really love how creamy and high coverage this is, and I love that it actually makes me look awake. My one issue with this is that it can get a little bunchy/emphasize lines and dryness, so make sure you've used a really hydrating eye cream underneath (my favorite is this one from Kiehl's).
The new find...Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Coconut Lotion
I recently discovered this stuff and completely fell in love with the scent. I even did a full review of it, and I never expected myself to love a lotion so much that I could actually write a whole post on it (you can read that here). But alas, this is a fantastic, non-sticky lotion that smells like a fresh coconut, and the scent lingers for a good few hours.
The blogger-inspired buy...Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
I showcased this in my Fall Beauty Bucketlist, and I've just been loving the shade. It's not as dark as I usually go for fall, but I think it suits me really well. The finish is very matte, so it sticks around all day, but still doesn't emphasize lines or dryness. I love how tiny it is because I can throw it in my purse and it hardly takes up any space.
The random one...Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I got this book a couple weeks ago and ended up reading it in about a day and a half. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors because she really understands the teenage/young adult voice without sounding cheesy. The story follows a girl in her freshman year of college, so that resonated with me, and it goes through her ups and downs with family, friends, and love. If you like anything along the lines of John Green, you have to read this.
What did you love in October?
What did you love in October?
|Photo: Morgan Winston|
Urban Outfitters tshirt // Aritzia button down // American Eagle jeans // Nordstrom BP boots
This is a men's tshirt and I am so in love with it. It's just the right amount of baggy and comfy, and I can roll the sleeves up if I'm not wearing anything over it. Plus, as you'll see, I'm really into tying shirts up at the moment, and it's the perfect length to do so. Btw, my lipstick is a mix of Rimmel 107, Mac Heroine, and Revlon Red Velvet.
Similar cardigan here, here, here // Similar tshirt here, here, here // Hollister Jeans // DSW Rain boots // Herschel Backpack
Like I said, I'm obsessed with tying up shirts as of late. I just love how it adds a slight bit of interest to a plain tee. Anyhow, this is my go-to for class when I don't feel like trying that hard, but I have enough energy to at least put some effort in.
This last outfit is for when I really just don't care. It's all about the comfy. I usually save this for when I've only gotten a few hours of sleep and my hair is greasy. I've also been really into baseball caps lately! They're a cool addition to a regular outfit and add a sporty aspect, which is pretty different for me.
What are you wearing this fall?
Everyone has weeks that just drag on and on and never seem to end. Believe me, I've been there. And I'm there now. It's a horrible feeling when things get progressively worse and worse, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And there are some practical things you can do to make each day just a tiny bit better, and maybe make the week go by faster.
- Break a sweat. I know it may seem like you don't have enough time, but squeezing in a short workout can do wonders. It doesn't have to be a lot. A mile run, a 10 minute yoga sequence, or a quick bike ride is enough to get your endorphins flowing and put a smile on your face. This will also help maintain your focus, so it'll be easier to concentrate on work.
- Indulge in some comfort food. Sometimes all you need is a piece of chocolate, a bowl of mac & cheese, or some ice cream (pictured: Chocolate Shoppe) to help yourself cope. Don't feel bad. It's important to give in to cravings once in a while, and if it's something that can make you feel better, go for it. Just don't catch yourself sitting on the couch surrounded by empty bags of chips and covered in Doritos dust.
- Make a list every morning. Simply writing down the tasks you need to complete that day can make everything seem less daunting. I've been doing this recently and I've found that it really helps me organize my life. It's also incredibly satisfying to cross things off, because it really makes you feel like you've accomplished something.
- Get enough sleep. When you've got a ton of work to do this may seem difficult, but it's crucial. Without an adequate amount of sleep, the quality of your work will decrease. Plus, you'll be less irritable if you've had enough shuteye, and therefore you'll be able to look at your day more optimistically. As I sit and write this at 1 in the morning, I realize I need to take my own advice.
- Give yourself breaks. No one can work for hours and hours on end without letting themselves have occasional time off. It's actually healthy to give yourself a few minutes of a break every 45 minutes to an hour. This will give your brain a chance to recalibrate, and your work will go by faster.
What do you do to get through a tough week?
There's a cute shop near campus called The Soap Opera, and I recently stopped in to get some birthday presents for my mom and sister. While walking through I caught a whiff of the most amazing coconut scent ever, and ended up coming home with the Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Coconut Lotion.
I had never seen this before, but after using it for a couple weeks I. Cannot. Stop. Everything about it is incredible. The texture of the lotion itself is great because it's not overly greasy, so after you apply it you can actually walk around and touch things without feeling slimy. Yet it still provides enough moisture, and I can definitely feel that my skin is soft and smooth after using it. This really helps me out because I find it such a chore to use lotion, but the fact that this feels so nice makes me look forward to putting it on.
The main reason why I love this, however, is because it smells like you grabbed a coconut off a tree, split it open, and rubbed it on your body. It's that good. I'm a huge fan of coconut scents regardless, but this is the best coconut-flavored product I've ever tried. And I've tried a lot. The scent on this one really sticks around, and my friends can always tell when I'm wearing it (in a good way).
I didn't really think that I had it in me to dedicate a whole post to a lotion, but thank you Mountain Ocean, you've proved me wrong. A bit random, I know, but if you love coconut, do yourself a favor and try this.
What's your favorite lotion?
What's your favorite lotion?
I, like everyone else in the world, cannot believe it's already October. 2015 is going by at an incredible speed. It's been a great year so far, and September was no exception. I haven't found a whole lot, but the things I have found I've been using every day.
The obvious one...Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne Pop.
Everyone and their mother have been going on about this product (including me, read my full review here). It undoubtedly deserves the praise it has been given, because it is drop dead gorgeous. I've been wearing it every day without fail because the golden-peach shade looks stunning with everything. Even on low-key, minimal makeup days I find myself reaching for this, because applied lightly it creates the perfect natural glow. Use a heavier hand and you've got yourself the perfect highlight for a special occasion or a night out.
The unexpected one...Clinique High Impact Mascara.
I'm a pretty big fan of bold mascaras, so when I first started using this I thought I didn't like it. While it separates fantastically and stays on all day, it doesn't give as much volume and length as I'm used to. But after a few months I've been reaching for it steadily, so I think that means I like how it looks.
The new find...Bite Matte Lip Crayon in Brandy.
This was an end of summer treat to myself. I included it in my Fall Beauty Bucketlist, and I can't wait to wear it obsessively these next few months. It checks off all the proper categories for a dark lipstick -- long lasting, highly pigmented, doesn't settle into lines, flattering shade, etc. The last cool thing about this is that all of Bite's products are made with natural and organic ingredients, so they're technically safe for you to consume, considering half of our lipstick ends up being eaten. Cool, right?
The oldie but goodie...Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
Man, I have not used this in years. I put it away in favor of applying foundation with my fingers, or just not wearing it in general. Recently, however, I tried using it to contour my cheeks and actually loved it. The shape fit really well on my face and helped create the perfect balance between applying color but not making it look like a stripe on my cheek. Kind of random, but I like it.
What was your favorite thing this September?
What was your favorite thing this September?
September 29, 2015 • Beauty, bucketlist, fall, Trend
|Photo: Morgan Winston|
Now we all know that I recently left for college, but that doesn't mean I have to stop loving makeup and all things beauty. My collection has diminished, but I think I have enough with me to create a kickin' fall menu. As always I'm taking a bit of the recent trends and mixing them with my own ideas, because lets be real here, seasonal trends never really change. Plus, putting your own personal spin on things always wins.
For my base, the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is everything. Over the summer I had a bit more confidence to just pop on some concealer and that was that, but now I'm not feeling so hot. This foundation gives the perfect coverage that's not overly heavy and crazy matte, yet hides everything that's making you feel like putting a bag over your head. It also lasts well throughout the day and doesn't have an enormous price tag.
Surprise, surprise, berry lips were spotted in the Fall fashion shows! Can you believe it? I'm still using most of the same shades as last year, like Revlon's Lip Butter in Red Velvet (perfect if you want a dark lip, but are afraid to go all out), Nars Audacious Lipstick in Audrey, Maybelline's Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet, and Rimmel's Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 (best budget option!), but the newbies are the Bite Matte Cream Lip Crayon in Brandy (pictured above) and the Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Cruella. These are both very matte and long lasting, albeit slightly drying. And if you're worried that you can't rock a bold lip - who cares? You can do whatever you want.
The lips are obviously the star of the show for me, but I need something on my eyes. The fall runways showcased a ton of graphic liner, which is a great compliment to a bold lip because it doesn't compete for attention, but still defines your eyes. My love affair with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is alive and well, so I will definitely be using it to experiment with some wings. I'm kind of a spazz, so we'll see how that works out.
To tie this look together I like using a neutral blush, like the Hourglass Blush in Mood Exposure or the Milani Blush in Romantic Rose. Using this type of plummy/beige shade adds a subtle definition to your cheeks, but doesn't take away from the lips or the eyes. I also like to take a tiny bit of the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter (read my review here) to the tops of my cheekbones. The glow it gives is incredible.
What's your go-to fall makeup?
What's your go-to fall makeup?
September 17, 2015 • bucketlist, fall, Inspire
I do love a good bucketlist. My life is a little different now that I'm at college, but I still have plenty of fun things I want to do this fall season. However, I'm still mourning over the fact that I can't burn candles in my dorm room.
- Football Games. College football games are so exciting and fun, especially when the weather turns cold. I can't wait to bundle up in my spirit gear and cheer on the team.
- Beanies. I LOVE beanies. They're such a cute addition to any fall or winter outfit, plus they can hide your greasy hair. I've pretty much been waiting all summer to wear them again.
- Moisturize. Ha. I suck at putting on lotion. Before it gets to the point where my skin is super dry in the winter, I'm going to get into the habit of moisturizing every night (or at least try).
- Apple Donuts. Now that I'm away from home, I don't get to have some of the food that's popular where I live. I grew up having one particular type of apple cinnamon donuts in the fall, and if my parents don't bring me any when they visit, I'm going to be a little disappointed.
- Baskin Robbins Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream. So random, so good. This is the perfect seasonal ice cream, and I need it in my life. Right now.
- Walk outside more. I'm already achieving this solely because I have to walk outside to get places on campus, but I really want to appreciate the outdoors more. Fall is such a beautiful time and I can't wait to see all the trees start to change.
- Keep eating fruit. College eating is weird. And I always find it difficult to eat fruit in the fall and winter, because my favorite types aren't in season. But, as fruit is incredibly healthy, I must keep eating it. No excuses.
- Boots. Best of all, I'm so freakin' excited to start wearing boots again. I have a bit of an obsession, and I've tallied up that I have 6 different pairs of black boots. I don't know.
What's on your fall bucketlist?
September 9, 2015 • Beauty, Highlighter, Review, Trend
If you haven't heard that beauty guru Jaclyn Hill released a highlighter in collaboration with Becca and it's incredibly stunning and everyone's dying over it, you've probably been living under a rock. Basically, Jaclyn does beautiful tutorials complete with amazing contouring and highlighting. If you're ever looking for super glam inspiration, seriously, go watch her videos.
So, it's no surprise that she released a limited edition highlighter with Becca as part of their pressed highlighter collection. It's exclusive to Sephora, and literally impossible to find. I went to so many stores throughout a couple weeks and finally saw a whole display of them in the Sephora in Block 37. I think I did a little jump for joy/happy dance sequence when I found it.
The shade, 'Champagne Pop', is definitely just as beautiful as everyone says it is. It's warm and golden with peach undertones, and I find that it especially suits my olive-toned skin. In saying that, I think this could be a universally flattering shade because it's not overly warm and adds a natural, sunny glow. The cool thing is that you can apply the tiniest bit to the tops of your cheekbones and have a subtle glow, or you can add more for a glamorous night look. And this is great for a night out, because it really lasts.
The powder is very finely milled and buttery, and because of that it's soft and breaks easily. Guard this with your life! Jokes. But do be careful. At $38, this isn't your best bargain (although it is worth it), and the limited edition aspect makes it tricky to find another one. If you can find it, do yourself a favor and buy it. I mean, just look at how gorgeous that swatch is.
Did you manage to get your hands on this special Becca product?
Did you manage to get your hands on this special Becca product?
Here it is. The time I've been anticipating for about 4 years. If you've been around these pages for the past few months, you might've noticed me going on about how I leave for college soon and blah blah blah.
My whole life has been pretty constant, I guess as constant as anything can be in the constant state of change. I've lived in the same house, stayed in the same school district, driven the same roads, and seen the same people. There have been plenty of small changes, shifts, transitions -- but nothing like this. Before, I changed my room around, went from junior high to high school, nearly failed my driver's license test, and found new friends. The catch with all those changes was that something was different, but everything else was the same. But now, everything's new.
New room, new classes, new roads, new friends.
I want to say I look forward to the next stage of my life with an open heart and an open mind. I want to say I'm 100% excited for what lies ahead. I want to say I'm not afraid.
I want to curl up in bed and have my mom tell me everything will be okay.
I recently read something that told me it didn't matter what everyone else was doing, and to do things when I feel ready. One of those things included going to college. But do you really know when you're ready? Honestly, I don't feel prepared. But will I ever? I don't believe anyone's ever quite ready for a big change to happen. But it does, and you take it and run with it.
And really, what is being ready for something? Is it when you can let go of everything familiar and say, "I'm ready to step forward into the unknown."? To me, the lines between being ready and not are blurry. You can be ready and still be afraid. You can be afraid, but don't let that stop you.
I don't know how things are going to turn out. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with writing, as much as I want to. I don't know. But what I do know is this: change is scary. But change is necessary. Without change, life wouldn't be what it is. We would never have the opportunity to grow and expand. And lastly, if you think you're not ready for change, you probably are.
September 1, 2015 • Beauty, College, organization
I'm a self-prescribed makeup addict, and while I have plenty of space for my collection at home, college is another story. Narrowing my collection down is not easy. I am guilty of picking up a product I haven't worn in months (maybe even years) and saying "but what if...". NO. Just get rid of it, Cassie. You don't need a sparkly purple lipstick leftover from the dance team years. This post is long and chattery, just like my makeup collection (am I trying to be funny?).
I began by making a list of everything I use on a daily basis, and then added in products that I use when I'm going out/want to look extra nice. My every day list was primer, foundation, concealer, powder, liquid liner, mascara, blush, lipstick. To spice it up I added eyeshadow, pencil liner, bronzer, and highlighter.
Next I went through my collection by the categories from the list. I tried on all my foundations and concealers in order to pick the few best of the bunch, looked at all my eyeliners and took one or two of each color, etc. The overall idea is that you don't need 7 coral blushes, just one or two of the best. It's totally acceptable (for me at least) to have a lot of products, just as long as they all have different uses and are actually, well, used.
Here's how my collection goes. From 6 bases I narrowed it down to the L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation and the Rimmel Match Perfection. Concealers went from 6...to 5. Oops. But 2 of them are mini sizes! I know, I know, I just love concealing. So I have Benefit Erase Paste, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Revlon Color Stay Concealer, It Bye Bye Under Eye, and FAB Eye Duty. As for primer and powder, I usually only have one or two of each in rotation, so I'm sticking with the NYX Pore Filler and HD Setting Powder in Banana. I'm not a big bronzer girl, so the small pan of Nars Laguna in my One Night Stand Palette is enough. That also comes with 4 pink/berry blushes that I love and cherish. With that I added the Hourglass Blush palette (limited edition, sorry), because it adds two other pink/berry blush shades in addition to a neutral "no blush-blush" shade. I'm also bringing along the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter, because GOSH DARN it is just so beautiful and I went to so many different Sephoras in a 2 week time period just to find it.
Eyes and lips get a little tricky, because my focus is always on one or the other. I am a proud owner of all 3 Naked Palettes, but when it comes down to it, I really only use the first. I'll pull out the other two when I have a strong urge, but for the most part, it's all about #1. In addition to that, the Lorac Pro Palette 2 is one of my most used palettes, plus it has shades that are unique to that of Naked #1. I'm pretty much covered with those two palettes, but I decided to sneak in my Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. It's fairly similar to Naked #1, but there are shades in there that I use a ton, and it's nice to have a little variety. For single shadows I grabbed Mac's All That Glitters and Mulch, because they're my absolute favorite combination. Maybelline's Color Tattoos in Creamy Beige and Bad to the Bronze also found their way into my bag because they double as a primer and a shadow. As for liner, I'm very into the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner right now, so that's all I need for liquid. Pencils I'm taking are Urban Decay's Plushie, Rimmel's Deep Blue, Clinique's Intense Charcoal, Covergirl's Brown Blaze, and Makeup For Ever's Matte Black (this is about 2 inches long). Mascara is Covergirl The Supersizer and Clinique High Impact.
I have too many lip products, I know. Thinking about it, I mostly wear brown nudes and wine/berries, so I told myself I could take more of those. Rimmel 08, Maybelline Touch of Spice, Revlon Super Natural, NYX Tiramisu, and Revlon Pink Truffle are sufficient for nudes and Rimmel 107, Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (also covers a red lippie), Nars Audrey, Bite Brandy, Revlon Red Velvet, and Nars Cruella check the boxes for the deep shades. Other than that, I have a few randoms that I wear a ton, so Mac Heroine, Chanel Boy, Origins Snapdragon, Revlon Berry Smoothie, Maybelline Captivating Carnation, and Clinique Matte Beauty all made it. This is a nice combination of matte and creamy lipsticks, gloss, tinted balms, etc.
Lastly, I threw in the UD DeSlick Setting Spray, some eyelash curlers, and my most used brushes. This includes mostly Real Techniques. The Setting Brush, Powder Brush, Multi Tasker Brush, Expert Face Brush and Eye Shadow Blending Brush (no longer available). I also added the teeny tiny smudge brush from this Eco Tools set and this random Bare Minerals brush, plus the brushes from the Naked #2 and #3 palettes, because they're great for extensive eye shadow looks. Each brush serves a different purpose!
Yeah, this was difficult for me. I love my stuff. It's hard to part with it. But not impossible.
What would you bring with you for college?
What would you bring with you for college?
My life is a mess! I'm leaving for college in 3 days. It's difficult to explain just how I'm feeling, but I won't babble for too long -- I'll save that for a long, rambly post after I actually move in. As for the month of August, the main event besides doing daily runs to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target was my vacation to Montreal and Lake Placid. You can check out pictures here.
On the beauty side of things, I've perfected my base by using the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. It is, as the name suggests, incredibly matte. But it doesn't just start out that way, it stays matte the entire day. Somehow, L'oreal has mastered the art of making a matte foundation, but not a "mask foundation". I'm referring to the phenomena of foundations that, when applied, look as though you're wearing a mask. Skin should look like skin! I like how this looks realistic, but provides coverage.
To complete my base I've been topping the foundation with the NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana. I was wishy-washy with this product for a while, but I've decided it's a good one. Using the Real Techniques Setting Brush, I tap some of this under my eyes, on the apples of my cheeks and the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and on the center of my chin and forehead. It's not super pigmented, so it does a subtle version of the yellow-toned-setting-powder-highlighty-thing. Yes, that's a technical term. This minimizes shine AND doesn't make you look one dimensional. I'd say that's a win-win combination.
Another new purchase that has been on my mind for a while is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I used to be a big believer in liquid eyeliner on my upper lash line everyday. After I ran out of my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, I kinda got lazy with that routine. But now, I'm back. The Kat Von D liner goes on like a dream. It's smooth and thin, and doesn't do the thing where it dries out by the time you get to the end of your line. Ya know? The color is dark and dries matte, and it doesn't flake or mysteriously disappear by the end of the day. Finally, I was able to do winged liner! Proudest moment of my life.
The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful is an oldie but a goodie. My compact is broken, as you can see, but I still make it work. This shade is a muted peach with coral-y undertones. I love it for spring and summer, but really, it can look bomb whenever you want. Even better, it's not too pigmented, so you can never really apply too much. Top it with a golden highlighter (may I suggest the Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter?) and you're set.
I started wearing nail polish again, after a few month long "I'm too lazy to paint my nails" hiatus. The polish that got me out of my slump? OPI Got the Blues for Red. I do love my deep, dark nail shades, and this is no exception. It's a deep red with blue undertones that I can't wait to wear more in the fall, when people can't judge me for wearing dark nails. Check out the shade in my Montreal post.
Two of my fashion faves this month have been this denim jacket from Target and these adorable Steve Madden booties. You can see them both in action throughout my Montreal post, but here is my favorite outfit including both of them. No, the boots are not comfortable.
What did you love in August?
My family and I recently returned from a nice vacation to Montreal and Lake Placid. The latter is part of the Adirondacks state park in northern New York, and is beautiful for hiking, skiing, and boating, and was the location for both the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. I highly recommend Montreal, it's such a unique place because of the mix of French and Canadian cultures.
The first day we arrived in Montreal and set out to see the exterior of Notre Dame. We stopped for drinks and appetizers at Gaspar (don't worry - the drinking age is 18) and later made our way over to Schwartz's for dinner. It's a tiny deli that has amazing smoked meat (or corned beef) sandwiches.
Nordstrom Tshirt // F21 Shorts // Birkenstocks // Francesca's Sunglasses // OPI Got the Blues for Red // Mac Heroine Lipstick
The next morning we ate at Fairmount Bagels, the #1 bagel place in Montreal. After wandering around we stumbled upon Cafe Code Black and stopped for fresh squeezed lemonade and banana bread. That night we dressed up to go to Moishes for dinner and had some mouth watering twice-baked potatoes and onion strings.
Target Jean Jacket // Similar Skirt here or here // Similar Shirt here or here // Steve Madden Boots
On the third day we actually went inside Notre Dame, checked out the Canadiens Hall of Fame, and I rocked (not really) a double denim look because it was cold. That night was off to Old Montreal for dinner at Modavie and drinks at The 3 Brewers.
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Our final day in the city was spent hiking up Mount Royal to see some beautiful views.
The next few days in Lake Placid we hiked up Cobble Hill, took out paddle boats and kayaks, went rail biking, and stopped at Donelley's for ice cream. We also checked out Smoke Signals for dinner and had some bomb BBQ.
Have you visited either of these places?