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?!?

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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Day 21: What I would buy if I had $500-$1000 to spend on beauty products…

I saw this post idea from Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner and I decided that I would do this post too! She said that she would love for others to do this post as well, so here it goes! This probably isn’t helping my no buy, but I still wanted to share this post with you! If you haven’t checked out her blog make sure to do so. You can check it out here. Maybe someday I would win a shopping spree from Sephora or Ulta. Lol, big dreaming!

1) Alex Drawer Unity with 9 drawers from IKEA $119.00

I hate disorganization! I hate how I have my makeup stored now! This lovely beauty is very popular among the Youtubers and makeup enthusiasts. I would just love to have all my items stored in one space. I would use this for more than just makeup such as: nail polishes, skincare (Lush bath bombs), hair accessories, and much more. I’ve never been to an IKEA before. My brother and sister in law love IKEA and if they decide to go to the cities and ask me to go with, I WILL be picking this up.  Monica Geller from Friends would be so proud of this!

 

2) Urban Decay Electric Palette $49.99

This palette just has a lot of fun colors! I’ve seen the swatches of the colors and they look amazing! It is definitely not an everyday palette, but it would be a fun one to have. This palette would be perfect for those pop of color looks.

 

3) Meet Matt(e) Nude by The Balm $42

The Balm is one of my favorite brands. I do have a few The Balm palettes, but I actually don’t have this one. I got this palette during a 50% sale that they were having and I sent this palette to the UK for my box swap! I felt like Stephanie (Effie) really needed to try out this brand.

 

4) The Balm Powder to the People Brush in Crease, Love, & Happiness $24.50

I love this brush! I used to have this brush, but sadly Mirya got a hold of it! This is a reason why the IKEA drawer would be nice! I love the crease brush because it fits perfectly into my crease.

 

5) INSTAIN Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush by The Balm $22.00

I got a sample of this blush in a different color  in a Birchbox.  I was very impressed with the pigmentation and longevity. I really like the color that I posted down below called Argyle.

6) Ambient Lighting Palette by Hourglass from Sephora $58.00

I have heard so much about these powders! They have so many great reviews, but the price tag sure is large. It is cool that they came out with this combo palette.

 

7) Ambient Lighting Blush $35.00

I did see these at Sephora when I was at Mall of America. They felt amazing when I swatched them. I just couldn’t get over the price tag. But, that is Hourglass. I would have to re-swatch all the colors and decide which one I would get, but right now I am loving the look of Ethereal Glow with is a cool pink (shown in the photo below). Apparently these blushes are blended together with the powders described above making for a flawless face.

8) Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library by Bite Beauty $49.00

I really want to try something from Bite Beauty. Apparently this brand is all natural and made with food grade ingredients. They do this because apparently overtime we consume quite a bit of lip products! Coffee Break with Dani on YouTube just did a Bite Beauty haul and all the things she got were gorgeous!

9) Luminous Creme Lipstick by Bite Beauty $24.00 

I of course would love to try their lipsticks as well. I’m not sure on what color yet, but most likely neutral or pink. I would have to re-watch that video from Coffee Break with Dani because there was a color that she got that I absolutely loved. The color I posted below is Ballet Pink and I think it looks gorgeous!

10) Glamglow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment $69.00

These masks are super expensive, but receive a lot awesome reviews! I would get the hydrating treatment because I have dry skin. Although, I probably will never ever buy this because of the price tag, but it is still fun to look.

11) Sigma Beauty The Perfect Blend Kit $63.00

I would love to try this brush kit because I want blending brushes to make for easier application. I really love Sigma brushes so I would love to try this set.

 

12) Return of Sexy palette by Too Faced $49.99

This palette looks gorgeous! My sister in law just got this palette and she loves it! It has a lot of nice colors included. It also includes a eyeliner and a shadow insurance.

13) Makeup Geek Eyeshadows $5.99 each

I have heard so many amazing things about Makeup Geek shadows. A ton of people said that I need to try these shadows including an old roommate. I really want to try them and see what all the hype is about. They seem to be really affordable with being $5.99 each. There is an amazing range of colors! I am in love with this mermaid color. I posted a few more colors that I thought looked amazing! Photos found here.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Mermaid

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Wisteria

Wisteria

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Bada-Bing

Bada Bing

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Mercury

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 14) Lime Crime Fantasy Palette in Palette D’Antoninette $35.00

I have heard many amazing things about Lime Crime! I especially love the look of this palette. I love the bright pastel colors.

15) i-Divine Palettes by Sleek Makeup $11.99 each

I was really impressed with the Sleek palette that I got in my box swap. I of course lusted over the other palettes after I was so impressed with the Storm palette. Make sure to check out my review on that palette if you haven’t already. Pictures found on their website here. Pretty much all their palettes are amazing, but here are a few of my favorites!

Garden of Eden

i-Candy

Del Mar

Well I decided that I am going to stop at #15. I guess I’m not exactly sure what my total is, but I know that is is close. Obviously, I would never get all of this, but it was sure fun to share all the amazing products out there! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products!

I hope everybody had an amazing Easter! I worked during the weekend so I plan on getting together with my family next weekend for a Easter/April birthdays combo celebration!

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 20: Happy Easter and The Beauty Scenario Tag

Day 19: April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Day 18: Easter Goodies!

Day 17: My Niece Does my Makeup

Day 16: Wizard of Oz Collection by Julep

Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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