Thursday, June 25, 2015

042. | Current Beauty Obsessions, Vol. 3

Today, I'm sharing twelve products that I've been consistently using and loving for the past few months. I've done this twice before, and I think that this type of post is a fun way to share the best of the best beauty items in my current rotation. (Click here to read Volume 1click here to read Volume 2.) If I had to describe these products as a group, I'd say that they are products that helped me transition from spring beauty to summer beauty - a mix of cool toned light shades, warm bronze shades, and a couple of killer skin products. Read on to see what items I've been obsessing over!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

041.| theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

With warm weather comes tanned skin, and when I have a tan I always desire a bronzed, glowy makeup look. I was going through my makeup stash recently when I realized that I only have a few highlighters, compared to the dozens of blushes, lipsticks, and eyeshadows, among other things. I quickly began browsing for my perfect summer highlight and I settled on theBalm's Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter, a peachy-pink shimmer. Keep reading for photos and swatches!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

040. | Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

I recently did some mascara shopping when the Nordstrom "Buy Two, Get One Free" mascara sale was happening. The first mascara I picked up was the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. I had received a sample of this a while back, and I wore it for about a month straight before it dried out. I remember wanting to purchase the full size, but the hefty price tag stopped me. Once the Nordstrom sale came around, I knew I had to get this. Keep reading to learn more!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

039. | Five Longwearing Face Products for Summer

In the warmer months, having my makeup last and wear well throughout the day is my top beauty priority. For me, there is nothing worse than having streaky, patchy makeup running down my face. I've narrowed down five face products that hold up on my skin through heat, humidity, oil, and even sweat. Keep reading to achieve budgeproof summer makeup!

Monday, June 15, 2015

038. | MAC Midimauve [& Sunday brunch]

This week, I'll be trying a different style on a couple of my posts. In addition to reviewing a beauty product, I'll add a few lifestyle bits. So, today, I'm reviewing MAC Midimauve Lipstick, as well as sharing photos and details from my weekend brunch plans. Spoiler alert: Midimauve is one of my new top lipsticks, and brunch was delicious. Keep reading for more!

Friday, June 12, 2015

037. | theBalm Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream

theBalm is one of my favorite "under the radar" beauty brands. Every few months, their products are featured on Hautelook, a flash sale website, where items are discounted up to fifty percent. I normally pick up a few makeup pieces, but I recently branched out and purchased a skincare item. Keep reading to see how the Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream performs!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

036. | Summer Fashion Essential: The Express Portofino Shirt

Today, I'm breaking away from my normal beauty-centric posts and sharing one of my favorite fashion pieces for summer. The Express Portofino Shirt has quickly become one of the most worn items in my closet. I purchase the majority of my clothing from Express. I like that they have a large selection of classic pieces, with a few trendier items thrown into the lookbook each season. Plus, the clothing is high quality and reasonably priced. Keep reading for details and photos of the Portofino Shirt!

Monday, June 8, 2015

035. | Essie Summer Collection 2015

Summer is my favorite season for nail polish colors. I love wearing bright pinks, peaches, and corals on my fingers and toes. I don't purchase too much nail polish because it's nearly impossible for me to finish an entire bottle. Plus, I always gravitate towards the same types of colors, so I try not to have too much overlap in my nail polish collection. However, I broke my rule after spotting two shades in the Essie Summer Collection that were so bright and fun that I couldn't not bring them home with me. Keep reading for swatches!

Friday, June 5, 2015

034. | MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Vol. 1

In my mind, one can never have enough neutral eyeshadow. So whenever a new neutral palette hits the market, I'm always tempted to purchase. When I first saw the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Vol. 1, I knew I had to have it. The shades and tones included in the palette are exactly the types of colors I go for. It's no wonder MUFE dubbed this collection of shadows "Nudes You Need." I had not tried any MUFE shadows before, but I had read enough positive reviews of the line to have confidence in my purchase. I have had this palette for about a month, and it has quickly become one of my favorite items in my beauty collection. Keep reading for photos and swatches!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

033. | Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Cleansing waters broke into the mainstream American beauty scene about two years ago, and there has been much hype surrounding them ever since. Popular in European markets for decades, cleansing waters promise to gently remove makeup and cleanse the face in one simple step. I had always wanted to try a cleansing water, but not badly enough where I was willing to pay premium shipping rates to import the much-talked-about Bioderma from France. Finally, US based beauty brands started adding cleansing waters to their lines and I picked up the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water as soon as it hit the shelves. Keep reading to see if it lived up to the hype!

Monday, June 1, 2015

032. | MAC Lipstick Haul

Lipstick is my absolute favorite makeup product. While I try to keep my makeup stash to a relatively reasonable size, my lipstick collection is enormous and continues to grow. MAC is one of my favorite lipstick brands because of their wide range of colors and formulations. Recently, I picked up three new shades from the MAC counter. Keep reading for photos and swatches!