Friday Favorites Valentine’s Day Edition

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Tomorrow is a day that is dreaded by some and loved by many. The retail industry rakes in a boatload of money from candy, stuffed animals, and jewelry each year for V-day. Although it is over commercialized, I love Valentine’s Day. Not because I’m all squishy loving love, but I adore the combination of red and pink together. Everything from pizza to donuts can be bought in a heart shape. Can food get any cuter?

I complied a little list of a few of my favorite products for Valentine’s Day. Usually my Husband and I stay low key and go out on another night to avoid the crowds. I’m not really one to get all dressed up regardless. This year we decided to go to New York City for a few days next week and visit some museums and friends up there. I can’t wait! Anyway on the favs…

Essie Nail Polish in Play Date My new favorite Essie polish! Once applied this color is just as vibrant as it appears in the bottle. This pastel-ish purple is such a pretty color for the slowly approaching spring.

Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Very Berry This blush is bright and really pigmented. A little bit goes a long way for those of you who have paler complexions. Candy Glow and Peach Beach are two other color options. The Candy Glow color is probably better suited for pale skin tones while Peach Beach appears to have more of a shimmery bronze tone. This blush is pricey, but Too Faced products have not disappointed me yet! The packaging itself is adorable.

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Russian Red This is the classic movie star red lipstick. Generally I am not a lipstick person, but I was going for a pin up look when I got married and picked up this color after it was highly recommended to me. I paired it with some cheap Rimmel lip liner and it looked amazing.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume My all time favorite perfume, Euphoria is a light floral musk fragrance. The smell lasts all day, but is not overpowering. Next time you are out stop and try a sample of this! You have to smell it to understand my love for it!

I may be late to the party, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear MAC is releasing a Cinderella Collection!

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It is available starting February 26th on their website. I feel the packaging is a little bit plain, but I suppose it fits well with the product colors. I love the feminine earth tones and am specifically looking at purchasing the beauty powder and maybe a lipstick!

Have a Happy V-Day!

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Review Too Faced Sweethearts Blush

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Being so close to V-Day I was drawn by the cute heart shape of Too Faced Sweethearts Blush when I first saw it at Ulta. My Husband offered to buy it as a V-Day present and gave it to me early as long as I promised a blog review in return.  There are three individual colors in each blush. Too Faced offers three different shades to choose from, Something about Berry, Candy Glow, and Peach Beach. Something about Berry is a mixture of shimmery bright pinks, Candy Glow offers lighter pinks with peach tones, and Peach Beach looks like a shimmery bronzer. I chose to purchase Something About Berry because I wanted something very bright to contrast my super pale winter complexion.

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This is my first Too Faced blush purchase and I am happy to report the quality and pigment is exceptional!

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For the price tag, I was a little disappointed with the packaging. The blush is encased in cardboard, which I initially found difficult to pull off the lid. After a few uses the lid slid off easily. As long as the cardboard holds up, I can deal with the packaging. Something About Berry is incredibly vibrant and on my pale skin toner a little goes a long way! I’m glad I added this blush to my collection!

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Review Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime & Blur

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I’ve tried using primer several years ago for the first time and bought the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer for a whopping $36. It did smooth out my skin, but I didn’t really notice a difference with how long my makeup lasted. Since it didn’t really live up to it’s claims, I put it in the back of my makeup drawer and just forgot about it. Time to time I’d pull it out and try again, but clearly was never really satisfied with the results.

Flash forward to my everyday face post last week, I had mentioned that my blush does not stay put no matter what I do. Asa from Lace and Pearls Blog suggested I try out a primer. While browsing around the makeup section at the drug store, I saw this Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime and Blur. I picked up the Blur + Smooth version for a reasonable price of $6.99.

Fresh out of the tube, here is a photo of what it looks like.

20150205_070607I was surprised to find out that the consistency is a little bit runny and similar to a facial lotion. Once applied, the product actually feels like the Smashbox Primer. I’ve only had it for a few days, but I did notice a difference in the length of time my makeup lasted. My blush stays put and my foundation doesn’t soak into my skin by the end of the day.

I highly recommend this product as a cheap alternative to Smashbox!

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My Every Day Face

Happy Friday! I’m so behind on everything this week because my final project was due for the class I am currently taking. We were only given one week to work on it, so it has been tough! Thankfully it is all finished and I have a break this weekend to relax.

This week I’m going to do something a little different and show you all the make up that I use on a daily basis. One of my favorite things to read on other people’s blogs is the combination of products they use to put on their “every day face.” I like trying out new products and switching up my routine every once and awhile.

These are my every day products:

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Make Up Forever HD Powder

Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil

L’oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

L’oreal Voluminous Manga Mascara

MAC Mineralize Blush

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

My eyeshadow varies daily and my blush often does as well. Right now I’m looking for a blush that lasts ALL day. By lunch time mine has already worn off. Does using a cream blush and applying powder blush on top help it last? If you have any tips or product suggestions let me know!

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Have a lovely weekend!

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Friday Favorites January 21

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bareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow in Elegant Taupe – I received this cream shadow in an Ipsy bag several months ago. I know that  many people rave over bareMineral products but, none of their products stood out to me. This 5 in one shadow claims to provide 12 hours of wear, primer, brightening benefits, smoothing of fine lines, and sun protection. Does it live up to it’s claims? Definitely! It has great staying power and will last 8+ hours of work and through my work out afterwards. (I know, it’s bad but, sometimes I don’t take my makeup off before I work out!)

Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream – The incredibly bitter cold winter we are having has left my skin dry, especially my face. I was looking to add a moisturizing cleanser to my routine and this Murad one had great reviews. The product is supposed to be ultra moisturizing and renew dull, dry skin. After using it for two weeks my face does feel more moisturized. The best thing about this cleanser is that it is very gentle and light. A tiny amount goes a long way!

Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Brush & Shade + Light Contour Palette – I posted a quick review of the contour palette last week. (Click here to see the post) My lovely Husband bought me the brush to go along with the palette for Valentine’s Day and gave it to me early! I wanted the brush ever since I saw Kat’s post of the packaging on Instagram. The angle of the brush is perfect for contouring and the bristles are soft allowing the product to blend seamlessly. If you are looking to buy a quality contour brush, this is a great option!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Many of you have mentioned that this is a really great concealer that is very creamy and does not settle into fine facial lines. A lot of concealers I’ve tried seep into my tiny under eye lines and accentuate them! So far I’m loving this product. The consistency is creamy which, I believe keeps it from settling. It seems to last a lot longer then most concealers I’ve tried in the past. I wear glasses everyday so, some of my eye makeup does rub off. Thanks to everyone who recommended this!

Olay In-shower Body Lotion, Quench – I mistakenly bought this thinking it was body wash! It’s actually an in-shower body lotion that claims to infuse skin with moisture using the humidity of the shower to allow it to absorb more into your skin. The formula is exactly like regular lotion. It does not lather but, rinses off clean. I like to use this when I feel extra lazy and don’t want to take the time to put lotion on my skin. My only complaint is the powerful soapy smell.

Also, I just want to thank Nessa again from That Chic Fashion Blog for hand writing a sweet personal note for all of her favorite Bloggers in her #takebackwhatsyours campaign post! I admire each and everyone one of you who is participating. Thank you for sharing your personal obstacles and inspiring so many other people to do the same. I’m happy to be part of a community that is so supportive and encouraging!

Have a lovely weekend!

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