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!

faceMy face after my routine smiling because it’s Friday!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Ipsy December 2014 Bag Review

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NYX Butter Lip Balm ($4.99) From eye shadows to lip products I have never been disappointed with NYX cosmetics. The shade in my box was “lady fingers” it has a sheer pink tint and smells wonderful!  The lip balm goes on smoothly and is hydrating like the description says.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes ($20.00) I’ve tried several “higher end” mascara brands and feel that they are no better then the typical drug store mascara. In fact, I prefer drug store mascara. It’s cheap and I replace my mascara often. My favorite is still Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.

Fairy Dust Pixi by Petra ($10.00) This product is a powder pigment illuminator. I have several mac pigments and while I love them, I always get some of it everywhere when I open the jars. The advantage of this pigment is that it comes with a convenient small lip gloss type brush that screws into the tube. It’s pretty and shimmery, but not something I’d wear on a daily basis.

Coolway Boost Repair Mask ($29.95) This product is supposed to restore damaged and over-processed hair. When I first opened the tube it looked watery, so I initially thought it was hair gel until I read the back.The scent is also a bit off putting. I have not used this product yet, but basing it off of the reviews on Ipsy, I’m not sure I even want to. Many of the reviewers say it actually made their hair feel even more damaged after use.

Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush by Crown Brush ($6.99) I love that Ipsy sends brushes as I could always use more!For the price this brush is sturdy and appears it will last quite a while. The size of the crease brush is perfect. Over the past several months I’ve found different brands of cheap brushes are right up there with MAC and sigma brushes. In the future I’ll post a review of a few different “cheap” quality brushes.

If you are interested in a membership click the image below. Ipsy bags are $10.00/month. I was also a member of Birchbox for awhile, but have been more please with the products that Ipsy sends. It’s worth trying!

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Friday Favorites October 17th

I can’t believe there is ONLY two more weeks until Halloween! I wish the retail business would let us relish a bit more and enjoy the fall holiday rather then slowly put out their Christmas merchandise. I have a secret… I like to pretend I hate Christmas, but I really don’t. I love the decorations and THE FOOD. Hello stuffing! Anyway let’s talk about my favorite things this week.

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1.) L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara I’m not going to lie… I bought this mascara because the packaging is adorable! The package advertises a flexible brush but, I found it to be very flimsy. I don’t really clump on mascara, just one quick swipe for me and that’s all. While I am disappointed with the brush, this mascara is pretty spectacular. It lasts all day, is waterproof, and removes easily. As far as it making your lashes “manga” like and all full, I really don’t think that affect is possible. Regardless, I’m satisfied with this $8 purchase.

2.) boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel Lately I have been having an issue with small breakouts. I’ve been going through a lot of stress with school so, I am attributing it to that. I went out on a limb and bought this $26 cleanser because it had great reviews. It is supposed to help fight break outs. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks now and I LOVE it. Unlike other acne fighting washes this one is very light and gentle. Just a tiny bit is enough that will foam up and leave your skin feeling really clean. I’m replacing this with my typical purity cleanser for now.

3.) Real Techniques Stippling Brush Great brush I purchased at Ulta for $10. I often use this to apply my foundation. Eventually I am going to invest in a quality MAC brush, but for now this does the trick.

4.) Maybelline Porcelain Collection “Prima Pink” Eyeshadow Palette I bought this at Target a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it is a limited edition so I was unable to locate it for purchase online. The combination of colors result in a smokey purple look and with a decent primer it lasts all day. Personally purple shades are my favorite because I have dark eyes and I think that purple shades make them pop.

5.) HUE Super Control Top Opaque Tights It’s getting a bit too chilly to keep wearing regular panty hose. I’ve switched over to opaque tights. The problem is I haven’t been able to find colorful pairs that also have a control top. I ordered a grey pair of these on amazon for about the same cost as Macy’s. They had just enough “control” at the top (I was still able to breathe lol) and the color was really opaque! I plan to invest in a few more pairs in various colors.

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Friday Favorites August 22

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1.) John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush I purchased this as a replaced to my Conair Infiniti Pro Hot Air Spin Brush that was on the verge of dying. Drying my hair was not something that I did very often. If I wear my hair down I straighten it because it is very frizzy and wavy making me look like I should be in an 80’s hair band. I usually would just let it air dry and then use a straightener (I hate the word flat iron) to smooth it out. Then the whole blow out thing became popular and I saw this on Pinterest from Lauren Conrad’s website. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the actual tutorial on her site or Pinterest. Using a round brush and hair dryer at the same time was too difficult for me so, I figured I’d try out the Conair. This thing is definitely worth the investment! Not only is it a blow dryer, but with a push of a button it rotates itself. By sectioning my hair off and taking my time I am able to get a very smooth blow out looking. If it is done correctly, you will not need to use a straightener afterwards. I had the Conair for 3 years or so and used it on a regular basis. I could tell that it was going to die soon as it wasn’t as powerful with the spinning. The John Frieda brush does not rotate, but it is just as great as the Conair. With this one you have a little bit more control and because it is smaller its possible to get closer to the scalp.

2.) Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat Protection Spray This stuff is about $7 or $8 at Sally Beauty. It is the only heat protection spray that I’ve used for the past several years. Other sprays always left my hair feeling dry or too greasy. I tried several different high end brands and had no luck. I randomly picked this up one day to try and loved it. Out of everything I’ve tried I feel this one seems to offer the most protection, isn’t greasy, and leaves my hair feeling smooth.

3.) Apple Magic Trackpad I’ve had my eye on this thing for awhile. Since I have spent the last 15+ years on a computer most of the day, I developed wrist problems. Even with taking frequent breaks and doing some stretches I have wrist pain. This mouse only works with apple products, but unfortunately we use Dell computers at work. For school work I need to use a Mac so I purchased it anyway. It definitely is easier on my wrists, but a bit tricky to use as I have not gotten the hang of it yet.

4.) Urban Decay Perversion Mascara This month I had a really disappointing Ipsy box. This was the only product sample that I’ve used consistently since I received the box. I have a big issue with both mascara and eyeliner. My eyes are super sensitive, so I never really wear eyeliner. Otherwise my eyes get all watery and itchy. Certain mascaras have the same effect. My other issue that lies with mascara is the fact that I buy waterproof and it’s not waterproof. After a few hours I see little flakes or residue of mascara underneath my eyes and it appears I have a black eye. Anyway, this mascara is not irritating or clumpy. Once it is applied you can definitely notice a difference.

5.) Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Naked While on the search for the perfect bronzer for contouring I picked up this product. I have fair skin and many of the shades were too dark and made me look like I was dirty. This particular shade of bronzer is noticeable on my skin, but not dramatic. I don’t use the blush often because I prefer blushes that are coral colored. The compact would be convenient to travel with since it combines 3 products into one.