2016 Favorites

2016 Favorites

Videos
I've finally got my favorites video up for 2016! I pared down my favorite makeup and skincare for the year. I could have added twice the number of products, but I wanted to show only what I used the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxx1Mz7bO2g   Products mentioned: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlight in Champagne Pop MAC Blush in Taupe Shape (for contour) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Milani Coming Up Roses Blush in Romantic Rose NYX Brow Pencils in Taupe and Ash Brown Urban Decay Primer Potion Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Viseart Dark Mattes Palette Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner…
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Recent Favorites + Meet My Dog!!

Videos
Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, but I've got a good reason. We adopted a dog! I'll show her off in the video, but here are some photos... As you can see, she's been having a pretty happy life with us so far! I have a Vine account I was using to post videos of the other cute animals in my family, but now Maya's taken over. Head over here for some short clips of maximum dorbs. My boyfriend and I are going to share Instagram duties, so we just started one for her here. Alright, back to the point of this post. I've been reaching for the same products over and over again recently, and I haven't done a favorites video in FOREVER, so I figured…
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Winter Favorites 2015

Winter Favorites 2015

Seasonal, Videos, Winter
Hey, guys! I just got back from a sunny and warm vacation, so I figured with spring about a week away (!!!), it’s a good time to talk about my winter favorites. You may have noticed that I haven’t been doing monthly favorites. I figured that until I can post videos and blog posts more often, it doesn’t really make sense to spend so much time planning, filming, editing, and writing for my favorites so often when I could be spending that time making more reviews and other helpful videos. So, I thought that sharing my favorites every three-ish months might be more time-effective, and hopefully less repetitive. Let me know what you think. http://youtu.be/DND2UDGnE0A So, jumping right into skincare: Winter is where good skin goes to die. I have…
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September Favorites 2014

September Favorites 2014

Videos
I had only a few favorites for September, but I just found myself reaching for the same things over and over again. Without further ado.... [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSa16APukVg&w=560&h=315] Here's a little more information about each of the products I talk about in the video (or just the TL;DR version for those who don't want to watch the whole video!): MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 - I couldn't find the contact lens case I was using to save the extra product that comes out of the pump (explanation in my review of this concealer), so I went for using the whole pump and using the excess to spot treat and prime my lids. Then I could go without foundation or BB cream! Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (sample) - Ever since I…
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August Favorites

August Favorites

Videos
Hello, everyone, and happy September! My August favorites are random and plentiful this month because of the move back to Pittsburgh for school right in the middle of the month. I know that I have been absent this past month as I adjust to graduate school, so thank you to those who are still here! These are my favorites this month: Makeup - Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette - MAC Blush Taupe Shape (contour) - Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak - Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - Mascara duo: Bobbi Brown Intensifying Longwearing Mascara + Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara - NARS Dolce Vita Set Skincare - MAC Fix+ - Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil - Stridex Maximum Strength Facial Pads Other - Target Goji Berry…
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April Favorites

April Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hey, everyone! Things have been crazy this month with my thesis wrapping up and my classes coming to an end. In about two weeks I'll be graduating from undergrad! So, in my craziness this month, I didn't have a very consistent beauty routine. In fact, all of my makeup has somehow ended up stuffed into three different makeup bags that I've been having to dig through every time I want to use anything. Yikes! In the next couple of weeks I'll be packing everything up and deciding what to take with me to my internship this summer, so that should all be fixed fairly soon. Anyway, I managed to grab these products out of my crazy makeup bag system this past month... Makeup Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation This foundation…
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March Favorites

March Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi everyone, March was a good month for me, mainly because it's actually starting to warm up here! I only have a few favorites this month. I kept it simple the past few weeks. I can't wait to see what you guys were loving this month, too! Garnier BB Creams - original and oily/combination skin formula I've been using these BB creams a lot this month for lighter coverage during those days I'm just going to class and back. I like both mixing them together and wearing them alone. I almost feel like I'm getting my normal skin back - the harsh winter made my skin so dry and flaky! Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara I've used this mascara a ton this month, and I think it will run out fairly…
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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Eyes, Face, Product reviews
Hi! As you may have seen in my birthday haul, I finally splurged on MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer to cover up my purple-toned under eye area. This concealer goes on very thin yet pigmented, so it doesn't take much to get full coverage. It seems to look best when I take a few minutes to use thin layers and blend it out.  This is definitely not a "throw on and go" kind of product! If I try and rush it, this can settle into fine lines or look cakey. So expect a learning curve with this product, but the extra time is worth it! My only real problem with this concealer is that the pump dispenses way too much product, and you have no control over how much comes out…
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Birthday Haul (I’m a Crazy Person)!

Birthday Haul (I’m a Crazy Person)!

Beauty hauls, Style, Style hauls
Hi, everyone! I got some things I've been lusting after (and then some) for my birthday, and I thought I'd share it with you guys. But I feel the need to start off with a warning: I went a little crazy. I never shop like this and probably won't buy too much more for a long time, so be prepared for a long post... Sephora Of course, I had to go to Sephora. I had some store credit from a return and decided to go against my natural instinct to save it up and splurge on something fun. I have two from the Rouge Volupte Shine line and really wanted to try the original Rouge Volupte line. I got #29 Rose Opera: The scent and feel of this lipstick is similar to…
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