Friday Favorites July 3

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EcoTools Konjac Pure Complexion Sponge – For months I’ve been dying to try a Konjac sponge, but kept passing it up because of the $18 price tag. Last week at Target I saw this one for $4.79 and thought I’d give it a try. The sponge is very rough when dry, but as soon as you get it wet and lather some face cleanser in there it is amazing! Normally I wash my face with my clairsonic when I want to exfoliate. If I opt for a wash rag or some other cloth my face gets irritated from daily washing. This sponge is really gentle, removes all the traces of make up that my make up remove leaves behind, and leaves my skin feeling soft. Apparently the sponges are said to last 1-3 months.

Garnier Beach Chic – I picked this up at CVS Pharmacy for roughly $5. I’ve always been a fan of Garnier’s beach texture products. In the summer months the humidity reeks havoc on my hair so adding a few spritz’s of this helps maintain some kind of style. It does not weight your hair down because it is very light. This is not typical hair spray so do not expect it to hold a style all day. The smell is also pretty pleasant.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ –  This can be purchased from MAC for $22. This is something useful in the summer time. If kept in the fridge, you can spritz some on your face as a refresher. It’s a great product, but you can find something that does the same thing for much cheaper. Check out this product by Evian for $12.

Sugar Lip Treatment with Sunscreen – I received this lip treatment as a sample. Although, it is a bit costly at $22.50, the product is worth every penny. My lips are chronically dry regardless of the season. I apply this first thing in the morning before my makeup and my lips stay moisturized throughout the day. Usually I apply the un-tinted color underneath lip-glosses for extra SPF. Of course you can find a similar product that is much cheaper, but I have yet to find a replacement that continues to moisturize my lips hours later.

Also, do NOT forget about this beauty launching on Wednesday July 8th!

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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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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 September 5

Guess what?!

Tomorrow is my birthday! Hopefully right now I’m still asleep spending the day relaxing. Tomorrow night we have reservations for a yummy dinner at Emeril’s Italian Table. The Eggplant Parm is amazing. Without further a due here are this week’s favs…

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1.) This Ulta Blender Sponge I learned applying make up by trial and error. My first tool of the trade was my fingers. Next, I graduated to those foamy sponges, and for awhile I just used the puff pads. I started wearing MAC liquid foundation and moved on up to a brush. Out of all of these methods, the brush provided the most smooth lasting coverage. UNTIL I tried this blender thingy. I saw it over and over again at Sephora and refused to pay $18 for it. On a trip to Ulta my husband I insisted I try it because it was only $5. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe what a different it makes with make up application.

2.) Target High Waist Flare Jeans Flares Flare jeans became popular while I was in junior high school and I’ve been a fan ever since. HOWEVER I don’t do low rise. My hips are large and any item of clothing that goes lower then my navel instantly creates a muffin top. I have a hard time finding jeans with my body type. I’ve been wearing a pair of Tilt jeans for like 5 years now that have fit me on again and off again. Right now, it’s an off again period. I gained a little weight (maybe 5lbs or so) and the jeans no longer fit as well as they should. When I saw these at target I had to try them on. I love the faded color and the fact that they are “high waist.”

I felt they were flattering, the high waist was perfect to cover up that little bit of extra bulge and they are a bit stretchy. Jean problem solved!

3.) Naked 2 Basics Palette Everyone is raving about this thing and yes, it is that awesome! I love that the colors are matte. I own both the Naked and Naked 3 palette an both have a lot of shimmery colors included. I work in an office and try to usually stay toned down. Plus, I’m lazy in the morning and don’t feel like going all out on my make up. If you like neutral matte colors, definitely pick this up!

4.) The Simpsons Powder Blush in Sideshow You. I grew up watching the Simpsons and love that MAC paid homage and came out with a special collection. The eye and lip colors were a little too bold for me so I opted on the coral blush. The packaging is adorable and the blush is beautiful. One of my favorite blushes is Orgasm by NARs but I find that to be too sparkly. Sideshow You reminds me of it but it is more matte. If you are a Simpson fan, definitely pick up something from this collection!

5.) NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in STRAWBERRY JAM Am I the last to know that Target now sells NYX products? I am pretty much at target every other day and have never noticed them before. I love love LOVE these lip creams. The colors are super sheer and not sticky. Strawberry Jam in particular leaves a pink neutral hue on your lips. It’s very subtle but pretty. I think these are about $4.50 each. Try one, seriously.

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Friday Favorites August 29

I can’t believe that August is already over! I’m still hating the weather as the temperature is still in the high 80’s and 90’s. Fall and Halloween cannot come soon enough! Art History class tied me up this past month, so I’ve been neglecting blogging. My September goal is to work out a schedule and stick to it. Anyway on to the fun stuff:

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1.) OPI Tickle my France-y This is probably the first OPI nail polish I’ve purchased in the last two years. I’ve been hung up on Essie because of their unique selection of colors. In the bottle this color, looks like a mix between nude and mauve. Once it is applied and dries, I’d describe it as a mauve/nude/lilac color. It’s perfect as an end of summer transition into fall color.

2.) Milani Lip Liner 03 Nude & Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color 902 C Bare It All I can’t take credit from this combination because I read about it somewhere online. It is comparable to the “Kylie Jenner Lip” darker nude shade. In the 90’s I already rocked this shade with the lip liner, so this is NOT a new thing to me! Anyway, for under $10 you can pick both of these up at a drug store. The color combo goes great with any skin tone.

3.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been reading this book! Thanks to school I do not get much free time to read. This book is a cross over between Xmen sprinkled with some Harry Potter. What first drew me to this book at Barnes and Nobles was the strange photographs inside the book. They include a girl levitating, one holding a fire ball, and a person with a mouth on the back of their head. It turns out most of these photographs are actually real! Of course some of them are doctored up, but it is still fascinating.

The story follows a young man who is grieving over the sudden death of his Grandfather. He grew up listening to his Grandfather’s stories about his life when he was younger. The tales were all very far fetched, so the young man assumes they are just fairy-tales. Once his Grandfather passes, he begins to have some strange experiences of his own.

Although I do not often read fiction, I found this book to be quite enjoyable. It is a fast read and appropriate for children as well. There is also a sequel that I will begin reading next.

4.) Kimono I love this. I do not actually own it, because I have no idea what I could pair it with. It’s too casual for work and when I’m not working I’m wearing pj’s. So, as much as I adore it, mostly like it woulf sit in the back of my closet.

5.) Batiste Dry Shampoo This stuff is amazing! I’ve tried high end dry shampoos before and hated them. Over the past several years I’ve gone from washing my hair daily to about 3 times per week.  In between washings I like to use this stuff as it is a light refresher. It does not cause a build up or leave a powdery residue. The best part is that it is super cheap!

 

REMINDER: MAC Cosmetics now has their Simpson line available for purchase on their website. As with all the special collections they are bound to sell out fast!

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