The Best of Beauty 2014: Part 2 Eye-shadows, Eyeliners, and Mascara!

Yes, I know I am terribly late on this one. Work has been so busy that I just have a hard time finding time to blog and before I knew it, it was the middle of February. I still wanted to post this because well I share a lot of amazing products that are still available. This post will be part 2 and will include my favorite eye-shadows, eyeliners, and mascara. I will post the last part (Part 3) Tuesday. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 which is Face products. You can find that post here.  Well since February is almost half over….let’s get this party started.

EYESHADOWS

If you know me well, then you know that my favorite make-up item is eye-shadow. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of palettes. During the year 2014, I got to try out a lot of new palettes, shadows, and even try new brands.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar
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Love this palette! The colors and finishes in it are gorgeous! …and it smells like chocolate! 🙂 Something that I like about this palette is the array of shades can be used for an every day look or a night out look. Also, there are some shades in here that I like to use as liner. I tend to shy away from black eyeliner because I think it looks too harsh on me and one day I applied the fourth shade in from the top row (Black Forest Truffle) over it and loved the look. I also love how these shadows are pigmented and blend-able. Recently they came out with the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar palette and yes of course I had to pick that one up because I love this one so much. At least with the new one, they imprinted the names on the actual palette! I hate those loose sleeves with the names on it!

Sigma Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes
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I really love Sigma Beauty’s products. Not only do I like their brushes, but they also have some pretty amazing makeup too! Whenever I go to Mall of America I like to treat myself to something from Sigma Beauty! During the year 2014 they came out with 4 palettes with the same packaging and naughty me…got all 4. The first one I got was called Warm Neutrals. This is probably my favorite out of all 4 of them. It has a lot of neutral shadows with some pinky-rosey hues. If you’re curious about this palette you can check out my review here. The second palette I got is called Smoke Screen which has the  most amazing blue shade called Nebula. Basically this palette is a palette that takes the smokey eye and makes it a little more unique. You can find that review here. The third palette is called Brilliant & Spellbinding. This one has a lot of unique shades as well such as a gorgeous yellow called Spellbinding. I also really like the coral shade called Bloom. I feel like this palette is the perfect Spring palette. The last one is called Fall Softly and it includes a bunch of softer shadows. I haven’t gotten much use out of this one yet, but I do know that I love the shade Silver Tongued because of its iridescence, With that being said, I feel like the quality of the Sigma shadows formula has improved quite a bit since the palettes before these. The formula is pigmented, smooth, soft, and blend-able.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

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One day at Sephora I decided to go over to the Make Up For Ever counter and swatch some of their new shadows and I fell in love. They’re so pigmented! I’ve heard that it is because they’re 88% pigment, which is a lot compared to other brands. They’re are also easy to work with meaning very blend-able. Something that I am not a fan of is that they have a numbering system that it printed on the packaging and the actual pan itself, but not name. But, you can go online and apparently find the actual name of the shadow. These shadows come in 5 finishes: satin, iridescent, diamond, matte, and metallic. I plan to do a more in-depth review on these shadows hopefully soon.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

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This brand became the craze the year of 2014 and I can tell you why. These shadows are 5 dollars and they have amazing quality. These shadows are for someone that isn’t afraid of some shimmer or some color. Although, they did recently come out with a matte collection that looks more wearable. The texture of these shadows are quite amazing, but hard to describe. They’re so buttery soft. They almost have a wet feeling, but they aren’t wet. See, I told you it was hard to describe! I usually just use my fingers to apply these shadows just because it is so much easier than using a brush with the texture. Besides shadows, they also have lip sticks and lip liners. I also heard that they’re coming out with blushes, so that will be interesting.

EYELINERS

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On-Eye Pencil 

I really love my Urban Decay eyeliners because of how easy they apply. The formula is super smooth and very pigmented! My favorite shades are Uzi and Smog. I have tried other eyeliners, but nothing compares to these in my opinion. They also last a very long time on the eyes which is always a good thing!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Even though I’m not a big fan of black eyeliner on me, I still decided to try this out. The tip applicator is so easy to use compared to other liquid eyeliners. I like to apply that shadow from the Too Faced Chocolate bar that I talked about above over this to tone it down a little.

MASCARA

Glo-Miinerals Water Resistant Mascara

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I have a love-hate relationship with mascaras. Most of them I tend to not like. I do not understand the hype of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara at all. Lately this Glo-Minerals mascara is the only mascara that I have been using and I don’t see myself switching anytime soon. I love that this mascara is more natural. It doesn’t contain tars and other icky ingredients in it that most mascaras have in them (especially those drug-store ones). I also love the brush! I can use the brush vertical or horizontal to coat the lashes and guess what no clumps! Also, this mascara has the perfect wetness to it.  I hate those really wet formulas and also I am not a fan of those super dry formulas as well.

That concludes Part 2 of The Best of Beauty! Hope you enjoyed it even though it is extremely late! But, better late than never! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products!

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The Best of Beauty 2014: Part 1 Face Products

I figured that this blog post would be a perfect way for me to get back into blogging. I may have been MIA from WordPress for awhile, but my love for makeup and skincare did not disappear during those months. Sephora and Ulta continued to be dangerous for the beauty lover in me. I decided to include mostly makeup products, a few skincare products, nail polishes, and some fragrances as well. I also decided to break this up in 2 parts. That way there is not just one massively long post. Now sit back and grab the popcorn!

MAKEUP

1) Foundation

imageGoing through my 2014 beauty favorites for face products you might see that I really like the brand Tarte. My favorite foundation for this year is the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. They are considered to be more natural, so I feel more comfortable putting it all over my face. Tarte is know for being formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten. They’re also cruelty free! My skin is dry to normal with just some redness. With that being said, I don’t need a full coverage. I like a medium coverage foundation. I feel like this gives that to me, but if I wanted to I could build it up to a full coverage. I always try liquid foundations out of curiosity, but I end up always going back to this one. I love the brush that they make to go with the foundation because it fits in the opening perfectly and it gives a airbrushed finish. My color is in the shade fair-light neutral.

2) Primers

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Face

I used to use the Benefit primer, but switched to tarte’s clean slate poreless 12-hr perfecting primer. First of all my reason for switching was ingredients. This one is more natural. I also really like how it feels on the skin. It makes the skin super soft and helps the foundation talked about above go on flawlessly.

Eyes

I have tried a couple different eye-shadow primers from multiple different brands: Urban Decay, The Balm, Tarte, Lorac, and Nars. I always go back to my trusty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  This primer helps my eye-shadows last all day and be more vibrant looking. I really like the consistency of this product and I find it easy to use.

3) Powder
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I really love using bareMinerals Mineral Veil loose powder with the Tarte powder brush. The finishing powder helps the look come together and it prevents my concealer from creasing. This is a very finely milled powder. Something I like about this powder is that it has SPF of 25. Gotta protect the skin from the sun! I think that I am going to switch to the compact of this same powder instead because of the less mess. I feel like with any powder there is always a little mess. The tarte powder brush is super nice. It is really soft and very sturdy. I haven’t noticed it shedding any at all. It also washes up really nicely too.

4) Blushes
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I have a blush and a blush palette that I wanted to share with you! The first one is the Instain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush by The Balm in the shade Argyle. I love this blush because it is the perfect soft pink! The Balm blushes are super pigmented, blend-able, and cruelty free. I got this blush at Kohl’s (Kohl’s now carry The Balm 🙂 ) during the summer and have loved it since! This blush is just a super wearable color. My second favorite blush product is the Hourglass Ambient lighting Blush palette. This is something I got towards the end of the year, so I felt like I shouldn’t have included it! But, I love it so much, that I just didn’t feel right to leave it out. All through the year I read reviews or watched YouTube videos on this blush palette. But, what got me was the price tag! One day at MOA, I decided well might as well at least swatch them. They felt absolutely amazing! They’re the softest blushes I have ever felt. This palette comes with 3 different shades: Luminous flush, Incandescent Electra, and Mood Exposure. What makes this blush palette a favorite of mine is the ease of application. I’ve never used a blush that applies so nicely and blends so easily into the cheeks. It also gives the cheeks a nice beautiful glow.

5) Bronzers/Highlighters
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To tell you the truth, I never really wear either bronzer or highlighter. I find it too complicating and time-consuming to worry about contouring. I did go to a Glo-Minerals makeup presentation sometime during this year and I picked up the Glo-Minerals Shimmer Brick in Luster. I love this! It gives such a natural glow to the skin. Glo-Minerals is a more natural brand as well. I find this way more easier to use and more natural looking than any bronzer.

6) Concealers
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I’m always on the hunt for the perfect concealer because those dark circles always make an appearance. I have 2 favorite concealers that I have been using this year. The first one is by Tarte and is called the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. I love the packaging of this concealer because it is easy to use and easy to travel with. I have the color medium. This concealer has a good amount of coverage and it doesn’t crease. It is very creamy and easy to blend. I usually just use my ring finger or a concealer brush. Sometimes I use my beauty blender. The second concealer is called Concealer Under Eye in natural by Glo-Minerals. This concealer comes with 2 shades. I mostly used the lightest shade of the 2 and I hit pan on it too! I loved the coverage it gave me. Its a creamy concealer that is easy to apply with a concealer brush. I do have to set both concealers with powder.

That concludes Part 1 of The Best of Beauty 2014. I hope that you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them! It feels good to be back to blogging! Hope to hear from you!

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Where Have I Been?

It is really hard to believe that it is already the beginning of January of 2015. I remember being young and wanting to be older, but now I want time to slow down a little bit. I have been absent from WordPress for quite some time now: 4 months to be exact. It wasn’t necessarily that I wanted to be. I wanted to get back into blogging and I had so many ideas running in my head of posts that I could do. I just lost my motivation to blog. To be honest I even debated on if I wanted to continue blogging. I was also super busy. A lot of things have been changing in my life. I started a new job which has kept me busy. I work 8 hour shifts now instead of 12 hour shifts and I work more hours which means less days off. Although, I am loving the no nights! I moved to a different town as well. Let’s just say life has been busy. So with that all being said, I really want to get back into blogging. I probably won’t be able to do it as much as I used to when I first started the blog, but I don’t want to go 4 months ever again. My 1 year Anniversary with WordPress came and went during my 4 months off.  I want to hear from you! What kind of posts would you like me to do!?!?!

Here are some pictures of the last 4 months…

Waiting for the drive in movie to start

Day 64 of #100happydays at the drive in with the family. Waiting for it to get dark and start.

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Just another picture of Mirya & I!

My shiba inu mirya and I.

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At the tallest peak in Central Minnesota

A nice Fall day with my nieces!

Here is a picture of my nieces and I during this past weekend! Such a gorgeous Fall day out!

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My nieces as Elsa and Anna!

Day 74 of #100happydays My nieces for Halloween dressed up as Elsa and Anna! Happy Halloween!!!

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Minnesota’s First Snow Fall!

My attempt at painting…

Day 76 of #100happydays my painting I did in my painting and wine class!

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About to go celebrate Thanksgiving with my family! Also wearing my new coat!

Mirya and I by the Christmas tree!

Of course I had to take a picture with mirya and the Christmas tree.

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My niece ice fishing…

Day 93 of #100happydays watching my niece ice fishing.

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My nieces and I by the Christmas tree!

I hope to hear from you all!

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Monthly Favorites: August 2014

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August went by way too fast! I can’t honestly believe it is September 1st today (or September 5th, when I post this). August was a busy month for me, especially with starting a new job. I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, so why not come back with a monthly favorites post!

BEAUTY FAVORITES

1) Lorac Pro 2 Palette
When I first saw that Lorac was coming out with a new palette I wasn’t quite sure on if I would want to pick it up or not. I do have the original palette which I do love, but I always forget about using that palette. Well with seeing reviews and some beauty blogger’s creations with this palette, I decided to pick it up with my 20% coupon. I really love the cool tone hues in it and of course the fun colors included. The packaging is the same as the original palette, except this one is gray. The palette is very thin and sleek with a magnetic closure and a mirror as well. The shadows are nice and soft, but powdery. So all you need is a light touch otherwise your palette will be a mess. But, that doesn’t bother me too much because I love how soft they are.

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2) Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Another palette in my monthly favorites! Well…why not? I do love myself some eye-shadow palettes. Too Faced came out with a couple new palettes for the Fall collection, but I decided on this one. This palette is a Sephora exclusive, whereas the Country and Rock & Roll palettes are Ulta exculsives. There was just something about the colors in this palette that made me grab it off the shelf at Sephora. Too Faced is one of my favorite makeup brands, and I feel like this palette doesn’t disappoint. I do wish that Kitty Glitter was more pigmented, but in reality I think it completes the palette as a nice shimmer shade. I used the pink shades in the palette for a nice pink look and then added kitty glitter for some extra shimmer.  With Too Faced shadows once you get past the first layer the shades become more pigmented, especially with Kitty Glitter. In the picture below I am wearing Kitty Glitter to add some extra shimmer.

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3) Glo~Minerals Water Resistant Mascara
I have a love-hate relationship with mascara! I seem to be never satisfied with mascara and end up trying new ones all the time. I don’t understand the hype of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara or Benefit They’re Real mascara. I just hate the application process whether it be too wet, too dry, too clumpy, too sticky, etc. Also, it is hard to find a mascara that keeps my stick straight lashes curled. Also, I like to use more natural nourishing mascaras. A lot of the drug store mascaras and even a lot of the high end mascaras use tar in their formula. I hate the feeling of lashes not feeling like lashes after application. I don’t need my lashes to feel/look like a statue because I decided to coat some tar on them. That is not good for lashes! Sorry end of rant! My salon started carrying this Glo Minerals brand and she recommended that I try this mascara after hearing about my love-hate relationship with mascara. This mascara does not have tar in it so I was happy to hear that. The mascara brush is amazing and so easy to use! I can use the brush vertical and horizontally and coat the lashes. No clumps! No spidery looking lashes either. The formula has the perfect wetness needed. I hate those super wet formulas where it takes 10 millions years to dry! Not for me! Also, my lashes feel like lashes. I have been really impressed with this mascara. I am wearing this mascara in the picture above.

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4) Naked 3 Dual Ended Eyeliner Pencil
I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette quite a bit! I am always grabbing for it in my makeup collection. When I saw they had a dual sided 24/7 glide on eye pencil dedicated toward the Naked 3, I knew I needed to pick it up. It comes with the shades Darkside and Blackheart. I especially love the Blackheart shade because I love the red shimmer in it. Urban Decay’s eyeliner pencils are my favorite out of all the brands that I have tried. Sure, I have to sharpen them, but no big deal. I just love the creaminess of them and how easy they are to use. I am always grabbing for this eyeliner especially when I use my Naked 3.

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5) Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in Luster and Texture Brush
I also got this shimmer brick and brush at my local salon. I just wanted something that would give me a natural glow during the summer months. I was recommended by the Glo-Minerals rep to try this. I love it! I can just slightly dust it onto my cheeks and it gives me a healthy glow. It comes with 4 shades in the pan, but I just swirl all 4 shades together with the texture brush. This brush is super soft and it works really well with the application process. I have a Sigma brush like this, but I like this one quite a bit more. It is dense, but not too dense. With that being said, it picks up the perfect amount of product.

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6) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Rollerball
I have always wanted a full sized (meaning not a rollerball) Marc Jacobs perfume, but I always say no because of the price tag! I love the packaging on his perfumes! Every single one! Especially his newest ones: Daisy Dream, Honey, and Dot. This is my first rollerball from Marc Jacobs as well. I just loved this scent, but couldn’t reason spending the price tag for the full perfume right now. It is nice because I can take it with me because it is travel friendly. I can’t describe the scent very well, but it is very clean and floral smelling. Just go into Sephora or Ulta and see if you like it because everybody has different opinions. But, I quite like it. 🙂 Also, my cousin was here this weekend and she had a rollerball in Honey and omg…amazing! I think that may be the one I get when I get a full sized perfume because the packaging is ADORABLE!

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LIFESTYLE FAVORITES (Movies, Books, Games, and Food)

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1) The Amazing Spiderman 2
I ❤ Spiderman. This is honestly my favorite out of all the Spiderman movies (including the originals as well). I think that the cast did an amazing job. The story line kept my attention.

2) The Count of Monte Cristo 
This is not necessarily a monthly favorite, but my all time favorite movie. I just wanted to share it with you all because you NEED to watch it. It is a little slow in the beginning, but believe me it is amazing. There are many themes in the storyline: friendship, love, betrayal, and revenge.  This is based off of a book written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. Trust me, go watch it.

3) Aladdin 
Aladdin is a good childhood memory of mine. I always loved that movie. I still do! I may be 25, but there is always some room for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu, and of course Rajah in my life. Even before hearing that Robin Williams died, I had watched this a few days prior. Genie is one of my favorite characters in this movie. Robin Williams will be missed.

4) Mario Kart 8 
My niece recently came over and we had fun playing this game. I am a big Nintendo fan and one of my favorite games for any Nintendo game system has been Mario Kart. My niece had so much fun playing this game with me.

5) If I Stay Book and Movie
I started this book and was about halfway through it when my friend and I went to the movie. I finished the book afterwards. It was an easy read. Sure, the movie was a little predictable, but it was still a good movie.  Oh how I wish that I could play the cello like that because that was pretty amazing. This book makes a person think about life and how fast it can be changed. Well, it sure made me think about it. Every second in life is important and it is important not to take that for granted. Right now I am reading the second book, “Where She Went.”

6) Trader Joes Chocolate Covered Powerberries
Usually I hate dark chocolate, but in these I love it! They’re sweetened with natural fruit juices such as: acai, pomegranate, blueberry, and cranberry juices. Then they’re covered with smooth dark chocolate. All I can say is….yum!

7) Young & Hungry

I love love love love this show! It makes me laugh! I love those type of shows. This show is aired on ABC Family. The characters in it are awesome together and I just love it.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! Comment and let  me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned or if you watch any of the movies or shows I mention. Also, don’t forget to check out the movie “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Hope you all had a wonderful August and have a wonderful September.

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Where Have I Been?!?

I have only posted 2 posts this month! 😦 One of them was my 100 happy day posts, so really it has only been 1 post. Life sure has been busy here on my end of the world and well I just haven’t had much time for blogging. I recently switched jobs. I switched from being a hospital nurse to being a homecare and hospice nurse. It was really exciting to be offered this job! The hours are so much better! 🙂 No more 12 hour overnights! I just wanted to send you all a little message to let you know where I have been. I hope to start blogging again soon!

Brittany

100 Happy Days: Days 36-49

August has been busy! Crazy busy! I have only blogged so far once this month! I know, it is sad! I did not get a chance to post my #100happydays post the past 2 weeks, so I think it shall be about time. 🙂 I am in the process of doing the 100 Happy Days challenge on Instagram where I post a picture of something that makes me happy during that day. I am almost half way through! Time does go by fast! Hope you enjoy!

Day 36 of #100happydays my shiba inu Mirya about to take a nap on her new bed.
#shibainus #shibainu #lazymonday #pets #animals #animallovers
#petsofinstagram #dogs #dogsofinstagram #petbloggers #bloggers
#miryatheshibainu

Day 37 of #100happydays !! Finally a nail polish that doesn’t chip after a day! It cures by natural light instead of UV/LED. It was super easy to apply.
#sallyhansen #nails #thebeautydeputy #bbloggers #bblogger #bloggers #nailpolish

Day 38 of #100happydays Mac Cosmetics is coming out with a collection from The Simpsons inspired by Marge. Super excited for this collection!!! I grew up watching The Simpsons!
#bbloggers #bblogger #maccosmetics #thesimpsons #makeup #makeupcollections #beauty #thebeautydeputy

Day 39 of #100happydays These are amazing!!!! Naturally flavored vanilla and caramel soft cremes by #lancaster
#caramels #sweettooth #sweets #candy #ihaveasweettooth

Day 40 of #100happydays watching @essiebutton on YouTube makes me happy. She has such an amazing personality and I just love her #youtube channel. I would love to go shopping with this lady.
#bbloggers #makeup #thebeautydeputy #cosmetics #monthlyfavorites

Day 41 of #100happydays Molly relaxing on the stairs.
#mollythecat #cat #catsofinstagram #kittens #petsofinstagram
#pets #animals #petbloggers #thehappypawfiles

Day 42 of #100happydays loved the caramel and vanilla ones so much I decided to try the vanilla and raspberry soft cremes as well.
#lancaster #raspberry #ihaveasweettooth #sweettooth #sweets

Day 43 of #100happydays My newest jamberry manicure in Skyline! Love this wrap! Love Jamberry nails because they last unlike nail polish! I am having a jamberry party because I love jamberry so much! Message me if you’re interested in ordering!
#bbloggers #bblogger #jamberry #jamberrynails #skyline #jbskyline #nailwraps #nails #jamberryparty

Day 43.5 of #100happydays Mirya went to the groomer today! Lesson learned as soon as she starts blowing her coat again bring her in to the groomer right away! First I tried taking care of it myself and used a furminator and she looked so patchy and not her pretty self. Anyway the groomer bathed her and used a powerful blow dryer and brushed her and now her coat looks gorgeous again. She even got a cute scarf! 🙂
#shibainus #shibainu #shibas #miryatheshibainu #petsofinstagram #pets
#animals #dogs #dogsofinstagram #agirlsbestfriend #dog

Day #43.75 (Lol I have a ton of happy photos from today) My westie Maddie got a haircut! Isn’t she adorable?!?
#maddiethewestie #westhighlandwhiteterrior #westie #petsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram
#dogs #animals #animallovers #thehappypawfiles #petbloggers #pets #agirlsbestfriend

Day 44 of #100happydays Look what movie I got! Will be staying up late tonight watching this! 🙂
#divergent #divergentmovie #movies

Day 45 of #100happydays My shiba inu and her howl bark. This video is of my dad teasing her and therefore she will howl at him. Thought it would be fun to post for all those unlucky people who have never heard a shiba bark. Isnt Maddie my westie just adorable!?! You can tell she wants to bark too! Silly dad! I missed my photo/video from yesterday so I’m doing 2 today instead.
#shibainus #shibainu #dogs #pets #petsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #miryatheshibainu
#maddiethewestie #westhighlandwhiteterrior #westie #animals #agirlsbestfriend

Day 46 of #100happydays Mail time! 🙂 I got my first ever Jamberry Stylebox and my Try the World box from Japan! Spoiler alert: Love them both! 🙂
#jamberry #jamberrynails #stylebox #nails #bbloggers
#thebeautydeputy #trytheworld #traveling #japan #iamsoexcited

Day 47 of #100happydays My niece Kate on the go-carts! She was super excited to be able to drive herself!
#enjoyinglife #ilovemynieces

Day 48 of #100happydays Playing Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U with my 6 year old niece! She loves it!
#nintendo #nintendowiiu #mariokart8 #videogames

Day 49 of #100happydays To all the people who know me, know that I am obsessed with pandas! I’ve loved panda bears ever since I was a little girl so when I saw Dani from #coffeebreakwithdani@coffeebreakwithdani wearing this scarf, I knew I had to get it! I got mine in green! I would have taken a picture of me wearing it but I just got off a 12 hour night shift so that picture will have to wait.
#pandas #panda #pandabear #pandascarf #scarf #bbloggers #fbloggers #fashion #falliscoming

That concludes this post! I hope that you enjoyed it! Comment and let me know what you thought!

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Monthly Favorites: July 2014

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Can it really be time for JULY of 2014 Favorites?!? Next month is August of 2014?!? Really?!! Didn’t we just celebrate News Years of maybe….2010 or 2007?!? I just want to slow down time because I am enjoying my summer and with it being August soon that means Fall is around the corner.

I have been loving quite a few things this month, but I decided on these 6 lovely products! Hope you enjoy!

1) INSTAIN Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Argyle
If you have been following me on Instagram you may have seen a photo of my haul from The Balm. I was visiting my cousin in South Dakota and we were at Kohls and my jaw dropped because I didn’t know that Kohls carried The Balm. I have only gotten The Balm products online so I was excited to be able to see them in person. I decided on this lovely blush (also got a nail polish and a lip-gloss) and I am glad that I decided to pick it up because it is a gorgeous light pink shade. The Balm blushes are super pigmented and blendable. Also, isn’t the packaging just amazing?

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2) tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation in light beige and airbuki bamboo powder foundation brush

I have been using this foundation since it came out. This was actually my first foundation that I ever bought. True story. I never wore foundation previous to that. But, then again I didn’t get into makeup until around age 21. But, as I am getting older my face has some redness. It covers my redness up without any issue and gives me a flawless finish. After using this for awhile, I decided that I wanted to try a liquid foundation…well because…I have never tried one before. I have used it for awhile and do like that one too. But, I just missed my powder foundation. I recently repurchased this foundation at a recent Ulta haul and have been loving it once again! The application is super easy, especially with the airbuki brush, which came out at the same time as the foundation. The brush fits perfectly in the foundation’s packaging. There is a mesh cover that I press my brush against to get the perfect amount of foundation on my brush. Also, when the foundation cover is on the product stays put instead of spilling all over due to its design. I also love tarte because they’re more natural and are cruelty free. My mom used to use Clinique’s foundation. I even got her to switch to this and she has noticed a huge difference with her oily skin. So yes, this foundation is both good for dry to oily skin, and of course normal skin.

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3) tarte colored clay CC primer in light

Dark circles have been known to be genetic, so I probably can never get them to go away fully. Thanks family! My alternating shifts don’t help matters either, so I am always trying to find the next big thing to help cover up those panda eyes. When I was at Ulta with my cousin, she recommended that I try this product. She stated that it helps her with her dark circles. I am really glad that I gave this product a go because I love it! I just apply this over my under-eyes and blend before adding any foundation. I also do add some concealer as well, but this primer has really helped cover up those unwanted dark circles. The product itself is very creamy and easy to blend into the skin. The only thing is that it was quite pricey, but tarte in itself is quite pricey.

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4) The Balm Read my Lips Lip Gloss in the shade Zaap!

Here is that lip-gloss that I got in my The Balm haul from Kohl’s. I am quite impressed with this lovely lip-gloss. It has to probably be one of my favorites I’ve ever tried. It is creamy, pigmented, but not sticky. It does need to be reapplied throughout the day, but that doesn’t bother me. I would rather have to reapply than to have it be sticky. The more sticky a lip gloss is, the more long lasting. This shade is gorgeous! It can be applied more sheer to the lips or it can be applied more opaque as well. This lip-gloss does have a pleasant fruity scent. I do like the packaging. I wish I had a picture of the outer box that it came in because The Balm has amazing packaging. Overall, I am quite impressed with this lip-gloss and want to try more colors from this collection.

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5) Sleek i-Divine Garden of Eden Palette 

I got this palette from Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner in our beauty swap. I have been really loving this Sleek palette this month because green is one of my favorite colors.  Purple is my all time favorite color and a few pinkish-purple shades are included in this palette as well. This palette is just gorgeous and it reminds me of nature and being outside. This palette comes with both shimmery and matte shades. I love the shimmery shades quite a bit. They’re super pigmented and blendable. I plan on doing a more detailed review coming soon!

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Here is an Instagram photo of a look that I created using this palette…

6) Sephora and Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

I saw this on clearance at Sephora recently. Once again, I blame Coffee Break with Dani on YouTube for this purchase because she raved about it. I can totally understand why. These are honestly the softest blushes I have ever had the chance of trying out. They’re amazingly pigmented, the swatches down below are just one swipe of the finger. They’re so buttery soft and just plain right amazing. I really enjoy the first shade, the third shade in the palette is pretty bold so I haven’t given that shade a chance quite yet. But, the first blush shade is GORGEOUS and it is a favorite of mine.

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Lancaster Vanilla and Caramel Soft Cremes

I recently saw these at Target and decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I decided to pick them up because they’re so delicious! They are super soft and just amazing! I recommend trying them if you’re a fan of caramels.

That concludes July’s monthly favorites! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these items. What did you think of the items I included in my favorites! Comment and let me know! I love hearing from you!

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