August 2015 Monthly Favorites!

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August is always a fun month here in Minnesota with the Minnesota State Fair and the start of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. These activities mean Fall is coming. Fall is actually my favorite time of the year because of the gorgeous colors, pumpkin pie and apple crisp, and of course being able to wear Fall fashion such as: boots, scarfs, skinny jeans, etc. Although I don’t like what comes after that….Winter. Enough of my blabbing-let me share with you all my monthly favorites of this month!

Stila Got Inked Cushion Liner

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I have never been this excited or blown away by an eyeliner before. I also haven’t bought anything from Stila in a long time. These little pots of eyeliners are so unique- I have never seen anything like them before. These are pretty expensive so at first I decided to pass on them until I kept seeing YouTube videos with high raves and amazing swatches. The shade Smoky Quartz Ink kept catching my eye-it is a shimmery khaki-bronze type shade (yes, I know I am horrible at describing colors :/ ). I decided to pick it up at Ulta. I did not pick up the brush for this because I thought it was extremely over priced. I have some tarte eyeliner brushes that came free with some of their eyeliners-so I just use those brushes. It works just fine-naughty Stila for charging that much for a brush. It is pretty with the feather and all, but still 28 dollars. :0  Basically you dip your brush into the pot and draw it on your eye like any other eyeliner, but the crazy thing about these eyeliners is that it looks like you’re dipping your brush into an ink pad. It was super easy to use which is a big pro for me! It also lasts all day and comes off without any issues using makeup remover. I really want to try more colors from them, but I probably won’t because of the price tag. You can find more information regarding these liners on Stila’s website here.

Jessica Simpson Signature Eau de Parfum

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I was at Herbergers checking out all the perfumes and came across the Jessica Simpson one. I liked Jessica Simpson back when she first came out, but I’m not a crazy fan of hers or anything. I just really liked the scent of this perfume. It is nice and elegant smelling-if that makes sense. I also think the packaging is gorgeous with the feather detail. I was debating on getting a Marc Jacobs perfume, but I ended up getting this one. I just wasn’t really that excited about any of the Marc Jacobs scents at the time. I do have some rollerballs from him, but not any perfume bottles. This perfume has notes of citrus, floral, vanilla, and sandalwood. I am terrible at describing scents- so take a whiff if you’re ever in Ulta or another store that carries it.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

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Too Faced is one of my favorite brands! They’re always coming out with new and exciting eye shadow palettes-that is not good for the wallet of any makeup lover. This month I have been reaching for my Semi-Sweet palette. It has a lot of neutral shades that can create a variety of looks. I would say that my favorite row is the bottom one out of the palette. You can kind of tell which shades I use the most in the picture above. Rum Raisin is my favorite shade out of the whole palette. These shadows are pigmented and blend-able. They’re perfect for everyday use. Of course the best part is-it smells like chocolate!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop-Jaclyn Hill

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I have never tried a Becca highlighter until I got this one. They do have quite a few of these shimmering skin perfectors. This is the second Becca product that I have tried (I also have the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector). The main reason I got this highlighter is because of Jaclyn Hill. I love her YouTube videos! This is the highlighter that she created with Becca Cosmetics. I am in love with this highlighter because it gives such an amazing healthy glow to the skin. It blends into the skin like a dream. It also has a crazy amount of pigmentation. This highlighter can be worn on a multitude of skin tones which is what Jaclyn was striving for. It is the most expensive highlighter I own, but it was well worth it for the quality. This is a Limited Edition shade. It is also a Sephora exclusive. I had to get mine online at Sephora because it was always sold out in stores. So if you want it I recommend buying it before it is too late!

My Favorite Lip Combo- Mac Pet Me, Please Lipstick and Urban Decay Failbait

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This month I have been loving pairing this lipstick with this lip-gloss. The lipstick is my only Mac lipstick I own. Sadly, it was a Limited Edition shade. I mostly got it for the packaging and  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with Mac lipsticks. I hear that sometimes Mac comes out with the same lipsticks, but in different packaging. Not sure if that is true, but it is something that I have heard. This lipstick is very shimmery so I don’t usually like to wear it by itself, pairing it with the lip-gloss from Urban Decay tones the shimmery-ness down making it more wearable. I wouldn’t say that this lip combo lasts all day, but it is sure pretty.

I hope that you enjoyed my August monthly favorites! I know it has been FOREVER since I’ve been posting on my blog. Life was super busy with my job. I am now at a better job that I can feel more like myself and I will have a little more time and motivation to blog. I still enjoy the makeup world and I’m ready to come back. Comment down below and let me know what your monthly favorites are! Also, what are your plans for the upcoming season?!?

Getting Back into Blogging and some Beauty Hauls

This year has been super busy for me that I have been very neglectful to my blog. My neglectfulness started once I started a new job last year. I was used to the hospital with doing 12 hour shifts and then I could work on blogging during my days off as needed. With having a full time job that involved a lot of computer charting, I just didn’t have motivation to come home and stare at a computer. That job just left me feeling defeated and I needed something new. I started a new job with all normal hours about 2 months ago! I am a nurse at a clinic now. Now, I feel like I am less stressed out and that I can get back into blogging little by little. I don’t want to go months at a time without a post ever again! So why not start out with showing you all my latest hauls. I got these items over the past 5 to 6 months or so. Some of them I got recently, but hey we don’t need to explain ourselves right?!?…we are all beauty lovers here.

Metamorphosis Quad by Coffee Break with Dani

Coffee Break with Dani is one of my most watched YouTubers. She has such a sweet bubbly personality in her videos. She got to team up with ColourPop Cosmetics and make this amazing quad of shadows. She put a ton of thought into the meaning and the shades of this quad. This is Limited Edition-so it won’t  be around forever. I plan on doing a review on ColourPop shadows sometime in the future.

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Too Faced Haul

Too Faced came out with a lot of new products recently. It feels like yesterday these products came out, but it has been a couple months already. I really wanted to try their new foundation Born This Way-I sadly got the wrong shade (note to self never buy foundation online). It looks too yellow on me, but I do like the formula. The palette is gorgeous! I will do a review on it coming up soon so stay tuned for that one! The kabuki brush had amazing reviews so I wanted to try it out. So far I am loving it! It is perfect for travel which makes sense since it is retractable. They also came out with new blushes. They’re so adorable with the heart shape and the cute bunnies inside. I will do a review on that blush as well.

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette and Eye Brush

Lately I have been really impressed by Kat Von D and her makeup line. I’ve heard rave reviews on this palette so I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. It has a nice array of neutral matte shades. Although, I sometimes like to add a shimmery ColourPop shadow on top when I use this palette because well…this girl loves her shimmer. I also got the eye brush which is super soft and perfect for travel.

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The Body Shop Body Butters

These are my holy grail body butters that I use for moisturizing my body. I got these during a trip to Mall of America. These are super moisturizing and smell amazing! I decided on a variety of them-I think I only have 2-3 left of these. Ignore my ugly carpet in the picture.

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Some Ulta Goodies!

Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands as well so I decided to pick up their new Smoky palette about a month and a half ago. I also got the Lorac Contour Pro Palette at that time as well. Recently, Too Faced came out the Star Dust Vegas Nay palette. This is my most recent purchase! This palette is simply gorgeous!

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Click the link below for a photo on Instagram of a few more items I got. I got the Stila mascara and primer, and an eyeliner. I also picked up some The Balm products from Kohls.

That concludes this huge makeup haul! Like I said this was over 5-6 months. Yes, it is still a lot, but that comes with the territory of being a makeup enthusiastic and beauty blogger. It feels good to be back to blogging! I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what recent beauty purchases you have made and if you have tried any of the products that I talked about in this post!

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Monthly Beauty Favorites: March 2015

This year has seriously been flying by, but that just means that here in Minnesota we’re closer to warmer weather! I can’t wait to wear summer dresses and sandals! A few weekends back I ditched my winter jacket because it was 60 degrees out! People were jacket-less and grilling in the middle of March. That was a weird feeling, but that is Minnesota for you. This month I found some new beauty loves and some re-discoveries! With that, I hope you enjoy my March monthly favorites!

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1) Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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This month I have been loving this matte palette from Tarte. This is a very wearable neutral all matte palette. It has 12 shades included; a row of cool tones, a row of warm tones, and a row of purple tones. I am quite surprised with how smooth and blend-able these shadows are. They’re very versatile shades as well. Not only do I like to use this palette alone, I also love pairing it with the Makeup Geek foiled eye-shadows; if I want to add a metallic finish to the matte look.

2) Brilliant & Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette 

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I have had this palette for a little while now, but one day while doing my makeup I was in search of a coral shade. Be hold the amazing Brilliant and Spellbinding palette by Sigma Beauty. I also really love the yellow shade as well. This palette is very “Spring” feeling in my opinion with the pink, yellow, and coral shades. I really love the Sigma Beauty eyeshadow formula in these palettes. They’re very pigmented, blend-able, and smooth. They have four palettes like these all together. I am thinking about de-potting all 4 of these palettes into a z-palette.

3) Urban Decay 24/7 glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

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During my last trip to the cities I was looking for a bronze-brown eyeliner shade and ending up finding the shade Scorch. I have been using this shade quite a bit lately. It is a gorgeous shade that works well with neutral looks. I love the Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula and find it to be the best out of any that I have tried. I love how creamy and easy to apply they are.

4) Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha

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I really love my Nyx Jumbo pencils! They work really well as a base. I never use them on their own, but they could be if you wanted to. The shade Iced Mocha is a gorgeous shade and works well underneath any neutral look. I feel like these jumbo pencils help my eyeshadow last longer during the day. I still use Urban Decay’s original eyeshadow primer underneath.

5) Lush Cosmetics Honey Trap Lip Balm

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Recently I re-discovered this lip balm. I had it before and ended up losing it, so when I was at Mall of America’s Lush store I decided to replace it. This stuff is super moisturizing and smells like honey. 😀 I always use it before I go to bed and it keeps my lips moisturized and smooth. It is also made out of natural ingredients which is always a plus.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these products? Comment and let me know!

xoxo

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Monthly Beauty Favorites: February 2015

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With it now being March, that means Spring is near! 😀 Although, I am still in shock on how fast February went, I am totally ready for the snow and cold to go away! In February I found a lot of new products that made their way into my favorites! A lot of these are eye-shadows (surprise :P), which is my favorite of all makeup items! I hope that you enjoy!

MAKEUP

1) ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in I Heart This and Krinkle
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This month I have really been loving this duo! If you haven’t tried ColourPop shadows, then I suggest that you do because they’re nothing like anything I have used before. They have a very different texture that makes them amazing! I plan on doing a more detailed review of them, but this month I wanted to give some love to I Heart This and Krinkle. I Heart This is a cool-toned silvery taupe with multi-colored glitter according to ColourPop. Krinkle is a smoky blue loaded with silver and gold glitter in a metallic finish according to ColourPop. I feel that these compliment each other very well. I put I Heart This on the inner portion of the eyelid and Krinkle on the outer part of the eyelid. Gorgeous! These shadows are amazingly pigmented and shimmery so they’re perfect for a night out, but I wouldn’t be afraid to rock it during the day as well. These work best by using fingers instead of brushes for application. Recently, they also came out with matte shades and blushes!  ❤

2) Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows
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I decided to try some of the new Makeup Geek foiled shadows this month and they’re are absolutely amazing! They have so much pigmentation, it’s insane! They apply like a dream as well. I have three shades which include: Grandstand (medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish), Flame Thrower (True brightened warm copper with a foiled finish), and Jester (Bright mossy green with slight gold undertones and a foiled finish). The descriptions of the shades were found off Makeup Geek’s website and can be found here. They also are wallet friendly too at $9.99, which is a awesome price for the quality. These 3 shades make me want to try more of the shades! Maybe not so wallet friendly afterall….

3) Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow
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These were also in my 2014 Favorites, but at that time I didn’t have as many shades.  I have 15 shades and I have been using these shadows quite a bit this month! MUFE is making its way into one of my top 5 makeup brands! I have been so impressed with these shadows, that I kept going back for more which is why my Z-Palette is now filled with them. These shadows come in: matte, satin, diamond, metallic, and iridescent. I have a few diamond, a few iridescent, some satin, and a few metallic. Apparently, I did get any matte ones. :/ These shadows are said to be 88% pigment, which is why they have such amazing color pay off or pigmentation. These are blend-able and easy to work with. Also, they come in huge pans compared to other shadows. The price of them isn’t so bad if you buy 3 at a time. It is $21 for 1 shadow, $34 for 2 shades, and $44 for 3 shades. In order to get the discount you need to add the Mono, Duo, or Trio custom case to the order which is a dollar. If you don’t add the case to the cart then it is normal price of $21 per shadow. I put all mine into a Z-Palette instead. I do wish that they fit a little bit better in the large Z-Palette, but thats okay it still looks pretty. I have some neutral shades, but I also have a lot of fun colors as well! The last 3 shades on the right of the palette are the 3 shades I got at Mall of America. It reminds me of peacock feathers. I will do a more detailed review on these with swatches!

ORGANIZATION

Z-Palettes
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February was the month of the Z-Palette re-discovery! I first decided I needed to get rid of the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box o’ Blushes set that has the Christmas packaging. First of all, it was the most annoying bulky packaging ever! Second of all, I don’t want Christmas packaging all year around. I literally couldn’t take it anymore so it got depotted! I didn’t even have a spare z-palette at that time so I borrowed my MUG shadows z-palette and housed my shadows somewhere else until my new z-palettes came! The medium one worked the best for the blushes, it has a little extra room, but it is way better than the original packaging. My Makeup Geek shadows got upgraded to a large z-palette. I also got a zebra Z-palette for my MUFE shadows that were described above. I am tempted to depot my Stila and Sigma palettes as well.

SKINCARE 

1) Ole Henriksen Nuture Me 
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The beginning of February my face was the driest that it has ever been. I wasn’t sure what to try, but the lady at Sephora recommended trying this Ole Henriksen Nuture Me moisturizer. She gave me a sample and I ended up being impressed and going back to Sephora and purchasing it. Nuture Me is a “smoothing creme cushions skin with nourishing vitamins” according to the label. This stuff really helped my skin come back from its dryness! I really love this stuff! It is spendy, but worth it! Also, a little goes a long way because of how moisturizing it is. It also smells amazing too! I would describe the scent as fruity, but the scent doesn’t really transfer to the face. This is also a cruelty free brand, which is a big pro for me!

2) Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel and Eye Makeup Remover
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I was looking for a new makeup remover that removes makeup without any troubles! I hate trying to get mascara off with not so good makeup removers. I also don’t really like oil-based makeup removers because I find them irritating to the eyes. I really enjoy this cleansing gel and makeup remover because it does 2 things at once. It removes all my makeup and cleanses my face in 1 step! It takes my makeup right off including mascara! It provides a deep clean to the skin without drying it out. The product itself is a nice gel that has a foaming action.

That concludes my February favorites! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? With that, I hope that everybody has an amazing March!

xoxo

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Beauty of Beauty 2014: Part 3 Lips, Brushes, Nails, and Body Butters

Here is part 3 of my Best of Beauty and it includes a lot of goodies such as: lipsticks, lipglosses, lip balms, nail polishes, and much more!

LIPS

Lipstick

Lush Fresh Handmade Colour Lipstick in Perspective

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I tend to not wear much lipsticks, because I am more of a lip-gloss junkie. But, I still wanted to include my favorite for this year! I also don’t go for bold lips which is why I went with a dusky rose shade. This is a very wear-able shade for me. The lipstick is very pigmented and very creamy. You can check out my review on it here.

Lip-Glosses & Lip Tints
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The Balm Read my Lips Lip Gloss in the shade Zaap!

I love this lipgloss! It’s creamy and pigmented! It is not sticky which is a big pro for me! It also smells amazing too! I love the shade Zaap as it gives color to the lips, but it is still wearable. It is also buildable so you can have it as sheer as you want or more opaque. I posted an Instagram picture below of me wearing the lip-gloss.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hypnotist

This lip-gloss is a very unique shade because it is a holographic violet peach. It looks pretty amazing in the tube, but on the lips it is more natural looking. It does give the lips a gorgeous shimmery look. I love the feel of this gloss on the lips because it is creamy and smooth. There is no stickiness!

Pacifica Lip Quench Lip Tint in Guava Berry

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This lip tint it an everyday product for me! This is a holy-grail lip product for me as well! I love that it is natural and cruelty free! These come in quite a few different colors and shades, but my favorite is Guava Berry. These give such a gorgeous natural tint to the lips. I did a full review on these and you can check that out here.

Lip Balms

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 

I always get super dry lips during the winter months. I am able to find a lot of moisturizing lip products, but a lot of them don’t last long. Well, I have good news for this product! This is not only moisturizing, but it lasts a long time on the lips. I feel like it actually helps the lips as well and makes them more softer instead of masking the dry lips like other products. I have the non-tinted one, but they do have quite a range of shades. The 2 things that I am not a fan about is that it get used up pretty fast and the price tag!

Glo-Minerals The Cherry Balm SPF 15 Moisture Treatment

When I use this lip balm, people think it is a glue stick or something, because of the size of this thing. But, I promise this product is amazing! What is not to love? It smells like Cherry! Yum! It also is super moisturizing and it lasts on the lips for a long time as well! Glo Minerals is also a more natural brand so they try to stay away from those icky ingredients!

Both of these lip balms have been helping my lips survive winter!

NAILS

Sally Hanson Miracle Gel Nail Polish
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I have found something that lasts on my fingernails for longer than 1 day! Alleluia! It doesn’t last as long as it promises, but I can get about 5 days to a week without it chipping. In reality that isn’t that great, but Julep, Essie, OPI, Formula X and all the other famous polishes chip honestly in less than 24 hours on my nails! This polish doesn’t need a lamp light, but it cures by natural light. It is a 2 step process: the polish and then the top coat. Easy as cake! I also love the brush! It is wider and coats the nails in only a few strokes! I have gotten quite a few polishes from the collection as you can see above!

Jamberry Nails!
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I accumulated quite the Jamberry nails over this year because #1 2014 was the year of learning about Jamberry nails and what they are, #2 I got invited to a million parties, #3 I had my own party. Jamberry nails are vinyl nail wraps applied with heat for those of who you haven’t heard of them. They take awhile to apply,  but once they’re applied, no waiting for nail polish to dry! 🙂 They also have an amazing array of designs and colors. They don’t chip! They last a long time as well!

BRUSHES & BRUSH CLEANER
Sigma Brushes & Glo-Minerals Brush Cleaner

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I love my Sigma brushes! My two favorites brushes of this year include the E71 and the E45. I always have a harder time with blending shadows in the crease and I love both these brushes for just that. They have both helped my makeup application quite a bit. The E45 is a smaller blending brush which I feel is a good size for my eye area. The E71 has a different shape, but I love to add the crease shade to my crease using this brush. I love using the Glo-Minerals brush cleaner for a quick clean. All you need is this spray and a kleenex or paper towel. It only takes 1-2 sprays and it disinfects the brush and removes the makeup off of the brush as well. I recently got a brush cleaner from Blvd Cosmetics that I have been using for a more intense clean. My first impression of that brush cleaner was two thumps up.

PERFUME

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream and Honey

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I love the Marc Jacobs packaging for his perfumes, but they’re so expensive! So instead I got some rollerballs of his. I got Daisy Dream and Honey. I love both of them! Daisy Dream is more of a clean scent and Honey is more of a fruity scent. I just think that they both really smell amazing! They also last pretty long compared to my other perfumes I own.

SKINCARE

The Body Shop Body Butters
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I started using The Body Shop in 2014 and I am glad I did because I love their body butters. My skin is very dry, especially during Winter. I can’t just use a lotion, I need a body butter during those months. The Body Shop has an amazing array of scent choices to pick from. They always come out with new scents and limited edition scents here and there. My favorite has to be the raspberry one, but I can only find that one online right now. I also really like the new Argan Oil one. That one has a more subtle scent. The strawberry one is divine as well. I am using the apple limited edition one from this past Christmas right now and love it! You get the point, The Body Shop has a ton of scents to choose from. I love how moisturizing these body butters are and they keep my skin moisturized for a long time!

That concludes my post for the Best of Beauty for 2014. Make sure to check out my 2 previous posts to find out what other goodies I loved during 2014. Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products! Once again, sorry that this post is so late! Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning of 2015!

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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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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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Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Palette Review

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What Sigma Beauty says about this palette, “The Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Eye Shadow Palette features 12 different shades and finishes with cool undertones, perfect that give the ability to transform your look from desk to dancing. Each shade is represented by sophisticated neutrals to bold brights offset by dark, dusty hues. Paraben-free.” More information found here

Price: $39.00

PACKAGING

The Smoke Screen palette comes with the same look and feel as the Warm Neutrals palette. It comes with an outer white sleeve that I already threw away. I don’t see a point in keeping it.

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Here is the back of the outer sleeve showing the colors shades, the ingredients, and amount of product included.

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The actual palette itself is nice and sturdy. I really like the sleek look of it. The Sigma logo makes it look nice and high quality. The palette does have a magnetic closure.

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This is what the back of the palette looks like. It shows the shades, amount of product, and that it was made in China.

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It comes with a nice sized mirror, but the mirror does not stay up by itself.

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Overall, I am quite impressed with the packaging. I do like that they went with the same packaging look as with the Warm Neutrals palette.

THE EYE SHADOWS

This palette has an amazing array of colors and finishes. I do not have any other palettes quite like this. This palette is perfect for creating smokey eye looks. They also included some fun shades like the lavender shade and of course the amazing blue shade. Nobody says that smokey eyes can’t be fun! 😀 Each shadow is imprinted with Sigma Beauty which I think is cool, but over time that disappears.

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THE SWATCHES

Row 1  VEILED: shimmery peach OPULENT: frosty copper EMBER: frosty medium bronze- brown THUNDERHEAD: matte medium brown

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Row 2 MISTY: matte light lavender HAZE: matte light mauve-brown SVELTE: matte olive brown RAVE: shimmery brown with gold glitter

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Row 3 NEBULA: shimmery turquoise blue ATMOSPHERE: shimmery milk chocolate brown CINDERS: frosty slate-gun-metal ALMOST JET: charcoal-black

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FORMULA & MY THOUGHTS I love this palette because I find it to be very unique. It has quite a few different shades that I have never seen in other palettes. Some of my favorites shades include: nebula, opulent, svelte, and rave. Nebula is pretty amazing and I loved using it in my look down below. Also, I think that Svelte is super unique with its olive tones. The formula is just like the Warm Neutrals one. I feel like they have improved their formula quite a bit compared to some previous palettes of theirs. The shadows are very easy to work with. They’re very pigmented, blendable, and soft. They’re aren’t powdery which is nice, but some of the glittery shades have a little fall-out. Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to work with
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Unique and fun shades
  • Paraben free!

Cons

  • Price, although I don’t personally think it is all that bad compared to other palettes out on the market.
  • Mirror doesn’t stand up
  • Glittery shades have some fall-out
  • Not available in a lot of stores so hard to find unless purchasing online.

FOTDs

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With that, I hope that you enjoyed this post! Do you have this palette? What do you think of it? Comment and let me know if you enjoy my palette reviews and what palette review you would like to see next. Hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend!

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Kat Von D Monarch Eye Shadow Palette Review

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I blame YouTube and Kat Von D herself for me buying the butterfly eye shadow palette collection. Awhile back, Sephora’s YouTube channel had released a video of Kat Von D herself introducing her two new palettes. The two palettes from this collection are called Monarch and Chrysalis. If you have been following me, it may be no surprise to you that I love palettes. So I had to jump on the opportunity to purchase them. I first will be doing the Monarch palette review and then soon after I will be doing the Chrysalis review.

A SEPHORA OVERVIEW
All information down below in italics can be found on the Sephora site found here.

What it is: An alluring, warm-toned eyeshadow palette with a stunning composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks. 

What it does: From delicate to daring, experience a rebirth of color and explore endless eye looks with the Monarch Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring warm-toned shades in an ingenious arrangement that gives you the biggest basics and the most accent hues, now you’ll have the freedom to create your heart out without running out of the go-to colors. Relish in the luxurious texture of triple-milled powder, which picks up instantly and lays down with a one-sweep, full-coverage application. The patented Power Last™, long-wearing formula gives you buildable, from dawn-to-dusk drama, while an infusion of antioxidants including rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E all work to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected. 

What else you need to know: Inspired by the metamorphosis of the butterfly, Kat created this palette to give you endless ways to transform your eyes every day. The palette is decorated with original artwork derived from her love of butterflies—a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Follow Kat’s tutorials for tips and inspiration.

PACKAGING

Something about Kat Von D’s palettes are they all have amazing packaging!  With Kat Von D being an artist herself, she of course designs her own palettes covers. You can tell that she spends a lot of time perfecting each and every detail of her design. This palette cover is probably one of my favorites of the ones I have seen of her brand. I love butterflies! I even have a tattoo of a butterfly. I feel like a butterfly symbolizes freedom because it has the ability to fly wherever it wants to. Maybe, that sounds cheesy, but that is what my tattoo symbolizes to me. Anyway, the cover has a monarch butterfly on it as you can see in the photo below. The cover to this palette is so very her, especially since she added the skulls to the end of the butterfly wings. The back of the palette has a lot of detail in it as well because on each side of the names there is the same butterfly wings. This palette feels very sturdy and does have a magnetic closure. I know I heard a lot of people were upset that it wasn’t her usual tin packaging. Well, I actually like this cardboard type of packaging over her normal tin. The inside of the palette has a nice sized mirror which isn’t that important to me because I never use those mirrors. But, it would be nice for travel purposes.

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PRICING AND SIZE

The price of this palette is $46.00 which is expensive, but most palettes from Sephora are around that price range. That is because it is more of a “prestige” brand. Also, remember that this is a Sephora only exclusive brand. You can either buy it in store or online. Also, with the always moving makeup industry this palette won’t be available for much longer. I assume she is working on her next palette by now. It is crazy that some makeup brands are already bringing out Fall 2014 collections! Aaaahhh…. slow down! It is still Summer!

On the back of the palette it says, “Keep your look ever-changing, highlight eyes with 3 textural bases and accentuate with 9 transformative colors.” According to Sephora the amount of shadows included are: 3 x 0.095 oz and 9 x 0.049 oz. Those are pretty nice sizes if you ask me. More information found here

THE SHADES
This palette comes with a bunch of different finishes and shades. This is a very warm toned palette with brown, gold, copper, and orange shades. This palette has shimmery, pearl, and matte finishes as well. Because of that, there is a multitude of looks that a person could come up with using this palette.  I am horrible at describing colors, so I am showing you the descriptions off of Sephora’s website for each of the shades. I would try and describe them, but I feel like the most important part of the review is the use and ease of the shadows.

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Textural Bases

  1. entomology: matte cream
  2. telopathy: pearl gold
  3. tiny death: glitter cream

Transformative Colors

  1. wrath: deep pearl orange
  2. papillo: pearl chocolate
  3. summerfly: glitter gold
  4. killing jar: pearl copper
  5. delaney: pearl silver
  6. vanish: matte taupe
  7. disintegration: pearl brown
  8. shadow box: matte chocolate
  9. deadhead: matte black

THE SWATCHES

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FORMULATION

What I love about eye shadow is each makeup brand has a different formulation for their shadows. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others as well. But, pricing doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Something that I noticed about the formula from this palette is that they’re super soft. Due to the softness, it makes them very powdery.  If you put too much on your brush the shadow will go everywhere. So what I recommend is a light hand. With that being said, I really do enjoy the formula. The shadows being powdery does not bother me at all because they’re soft and easy to work with. It does have some fall out so usually I do my foundation afterwards. But, the fallout isn’t terrible either. The shadows are super pigmented so only a little amount is needed. My favorite shades are the first 3 of the tranformative shadows: wrath, papillo, and summerfly. Using those shadows creates a gorgeous look! Another thing that I love about this palette is that it is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. That is a big time pro for me!  I think that this palette is perfect for Fall, but in all reality could be used all year around.

PROS

  • Gorgeous and unique packaging
  • Softness of shadows
  • Pigmentation
  • Only need a tiny amount so palette will last a long time
  • Size/amount of shadows included
  • Study palette with mirror included
  • Paraben, sulfate, and phthlate free
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Price
  • Powdery
  • Limited Edition
  • Only available through Sephora

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Overall, I highly recommend picking up this palette if you get the chance. This is such a fun warm toned palette and I have had a lot of fun creating looks using it. So far, I am quite impressed with Kat Von D’s makeup brand. Recently, I picked up one of her blushers so that review will be coming up soon. Comment down below if you have this palette or are thinking about picking it up. I love reading your comments!

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June 2014 Favorites!

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I can’t believe June is already over! Now that it is July, that means more than half of 2014 is over. Wow, life goes fast! That is why we should embrace each and every day! 🙂 It is now time for my monthly favorites! I had a lot of new found loves and some re-experienced loves this month.

SKINCARE & MAKEUP

1) Glo-Minerals The Cherry Balm

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My mom won this cherry chapstick at the Glo Minerals makeup presentation/class that my local salon put on. Lucky her! Since she loves it so much, I decided to pick one up for myself. I love love love love this stuff! It feels amazing on the lips. It smells like amazing cherries! It has helped my super dry lips quite a bit. This may be well on its way to becoming a holy grail! It is also natural and cruelty free! It is also quite a large tube compared to other chapsticks at 0.65 oz. Also, it is nice that it has SPF in it, especially during the summer months.

2) Naked 3

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I used this palette quite a bit this month because it went with a lot of my outfits. I just kept reaching for it over and over. This palette was in my monthly favorites a couple months back and it is back for another monthly favorites! I just love the colors. One of my favorite shades is Buzz which is the 5th shade in.

3) Color Tattoos by Maybelline in Sunwashed Sky and Shimmering Sea

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These 2 color tattoos are my first and only color tattoos that I own. I saw them at Walgreen’s when I was shopping for my box swap. I picked the Shimmering Sea one up for her as well. I just think that the shades are very unique, especially the Shimmering Sea one. It is a greenish-gold shade. I think that it looks amazing under a neutral eye look and it helps give it a different look in the end. The Sunwashed Sky shade is gorgeous as well and more of a blue-purplish shade. Although, I would have to say the Shimmering Sea shade is my favorite out of the two.

4) Almond Hand & Nail Cream from The Body Shop

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I got this in my most recent haul from The Body Shop at the Mall of America. The Body Shop is very new to me, so I thought that I would try this cream out. So far I am loving it. The scent is nice and subtle. The formula is moisturizing. It is not greasy at all which is a big pro! Overall, I am quite impressed!

5) Glo Minerals Brush Cleaner

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I’ll be honest and tell you that I absolutely hate washing my makeup brushes! It is probably the most annoying and time consuming thing about makeup. I got this at my makeup presentation and I am glad I did. It is really nice to be able to quickly clean my makeup brushes. I still do a deep cleaning with soap and water, but I feel better now that I have included this in the health of my brushes. It does seem to clean them really well and it sanitizes the brushes as well because of the alcohol content in it.

6) No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara

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Target recently started carrying some Boots products and I decided to try out this No7 mascara. My eyelashes are straight and don’t like to curl. The wand does have a nice curve to it and surprisingly it does help them curl. It doesn’t necessarily stay curled all day, but I have not met a mascara that keeps my lashes curled all day. Something I love about this mascara is that my lashes feel like lashes and feel soft with it applied compared to it being hard and icky feeling.

FASHION

1) My yellow dress
This is the yellow dress that I wore to my friend’s wedding! I got it from JcPenney and I just think that it is a perfect summer dress.

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2) My 1960s outfit!
I was part of a collaboration, “Makeup Through the Ages.” I did my makeup look and fashion look for the 1960s. This was definately a monthly favorite because I had a lot of fun with this collaboration! If you haven’t checked out our collaboration, then I recommend that you do!

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LIFESTYLE FAVORITES

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1) Maleficent

I am a huge Disney fan! With that being said, I was super excited to see this movie! I thought that it was amazing and I also thought that Angelina Jolie was PERFECT for this role. I have a lot more respect for her after this role as an actress. I just loved the different take on the popular story compared to the usual Disney’s Sleeping Beauty story. Also, Maleficent had some amazing cheek bones in this movie. I know Angelina Jolie had to spend numerous hours in the makeup chair, but coming from a makeup enthusiast’s stand point: it was pretty amazing!

2) The Fault In Our Stars Movie and Book

Both the book and the movie are in my monthly favorites this month! I read a part of the book and then I saw the movie, then I finished the book. It is such a sad story, but very moving. I saw the movie twice in theaters (once with a friend and the other with my mum) and I cried both times. I knew a classmate from high school that died of cancer and it made me think a lot of him. He was way too young to die. Sometimes life is hard to understand why certain things happen to certain people, but nobody said life was easy.

3) Candy! 
Yes, I had to include this because I have been enjoying my candy from Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner! I would have to say my favorite is the Percy Pigs. There is just something about them that I love! I wish we had them in the USA, but that it okay because it is a nice little treat. My box of candy is shown in the photo above.

4) Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun
I got sunburned this month.  So using this feels very nice on my sunburned skin. I do like using the gel over the lotion because I think that it is more beneficial.

5) Walking the dogs!
It was nice to be able to walk the dogs this month! Finally we had some nice weather! Mirya and Maddie are both fans of going on walks.

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6) Feeding the ducks with my nieces!
I had a lot of fun going to the park and feeding the ducks! They had a lot of fun too!

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7) The Lego Movie
Having only brothers growing up, I saw quite a bit of Legos. So when the Lego Movie came out, I, of course wanted to see it. It brings back a lot of good childhood memories! Of course the theme song, “Everything is Awesome” gets stuck in my head everytime I see this movie.

8) Chasing Life
This is a new show that I started watching on ABC Family! So far I am loving it! It is about a 24 year old reporter who ends up getting cancer. It is only a few episodes in, but so far it has been really good. Instead of explaining it, just watch the preview that I posted below!

 

That concludes this monthly favorites post! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products or seen any of the movies/shows that I mentioned! Comment down below and let me know! I love hearing from you all!

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