2017 Favorites (Cruelty-Free)

2017 Favorites (Cruelty-Free)

Favorites, Product reviews
What a year. I’m going to post my 2017 reflection and 2018 goals separately, but I’ll say right now that this year has been both challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I’m also happy to be spending my last night of 2017 at home making videos and writing instead of out partying. Woohoo! This year was an interesting year for me with makeup and skincare. I barely bought any makeup, instead doing one big purge in the middle of the year and another over the next couple days. I learned a lot about skincare and got quite a few products to try, but even then, I didn’t get all that much. This is the first year since I started to wear makeup that I spent so little. I feel…
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Updated Skincare Routine

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Videos
I got a video request a while ago to do an updated skincare routine, and I finally got it together! The video is a quick high-level of what I'm using in the morning and at night. I'll be spending this post giving a little more detail about all these products. https://youtu.be/I0NlolQCXz8 I had a lot of fun making this video, and I hope you enjoyed it! Now let's talk details... A.M. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera - I picked this up when I ran out of my Mario Badescu toner, and I'm really liking it so far. It doesn't irritate my skin, and it gets all the oil off my skin from sleeping. Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Fusion Treatment Toner - I had this sample…
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Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Hey, everyone! I've had a crazy time lately, just trying to get my last month of grad school (!!!) in order. Anyway, after my Clarisonic review last time, I got a couple of requests for a skincare routine. So, here's my current skincare routine, both morning and night! And yeah, I couldn't give up the opportunity to use that ugly screencap as my thumbnail photo for this video... and this post. Whoops! :D I am in no way saying that I've found the perfect products of life and that I'm set on this routine forever. This is just what I've been doing lately, and I've generally been very happy with it. It doesn't mean I'm not willing to take suggestions if you know of better products! I hope you find this…
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July Favorites

July Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi guys! You may have noticed my posts and videos slowing down a bit this past month, and that's due to my feeling ill for probably about half the month overall. But I've spent that time in bed planning out my posts for the rest of my time here in Virginia (only two weeks!?!), so hopefully I'll be back at it in full force this month! A lot of my favorites are combinations of things, so this looks like a lot of products, but once you group them up it's not too bad.   Garnier BB Cream Combo   I love the Garnier BB creams, and lately I've been loving the two different types (original and oily/combination) mixed together. I wrote a post about these last fall, so check that…
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May Favorites

May Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi, everyone! It's that time again... May was an important month this year. I finished up undergrad, graduated, visited Maryland for the first time, and moved to Virginia for the summer. This post is especially sentimental to me because my first monthly favorites post ever, one of my first blog posts, was last year's May favorites. It's amazing how much life can change in a year. It all sounds similar--ending a school year, packing up, moving somewhere far from school--but the circumstances are so different. It's been an amazing year writing this blog, and I hope it only continues to improve. I have a few things I'm trying to plan coming up, so hopefully you'll be seeing some new and exciting things here on the blog! Anyway, you're probably here…
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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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February Favorites

February Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer This concealer is form my February basket, and I used it nearly every day this month. It's very pigmented and blendable, so I was able to wear it even when I didn't wear foundation. ELF Blush and Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia (bronzer side) This duo was also in my February basket. The bronzer is great for contouring: it doesn't take much to show up on the skin, and it's not too orange. I used the blush as a highlight a few times, but I really enjoy the bronzer side of this duo more. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent  I bought this powder recently after hearing rave reviews about it. I like it, but I'm not as in love with it as…
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January Favorites

January Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Happy February, everyone! I love February... maybe because it's my birthday month or maybe because the weather might start to get a little warmer, but I'm always super excited when it's here. I didn't wear as much makeup this past month because it was so cold. My skin was going crazy and needed lots of moisturizer and a break from everything else. Anyway, onto the favorites. Maybelline Define-A-Brow I left my Anastasia Brow Wiz at home, so I had to find a new brow pencil to hold me over until I can get the other one back. I looked up some different ones and came across some good reviews for this one. It's just as easy to use as the Brow Wiz, and it lasts all day. I got the…
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Best in Beauty: 2013 Favorites

Best in Beauty: 2013 Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi everyone! I know it's a teeny bit late for this post, but I just got back to school where I could really take a look at my collection and pick out my favorites! I only started blogging in May, but looking over my old posts has helped me figure some of these out tremendously! Foundation Budget: Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation I reached for this foundation the most this year for days I needed a long-lasting formula I could trust and a non-shiny finish. This is an amazing foundation! High end: ???? I don't have any high-end foundation favorites... yet ;) Concealer Budget: Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm Stick This little stick has done pretty well for me this year. I really didn't like it when I first got it,…
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November Favorites

November Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi all, I didn't wear much makeup this past month, so I'll be talking mostly about non-cosmetic products this time. I have a bunch of new makeup I'm trying out this month, though, so next month's favorites will be back to the usual! As you can see from my new layout, I'm really excited for the holiday season this year ;) Tarte Blush Palette - I wore these blushes and bronzer every day that I wore makeup this month. I'm so glad I got this! I wrote a whole post about this blush palette, so I won't repeat here. ELF Lip Balm Tint - I was sick a lot this month, meaning I was often dehydrated and left with chapped lips. I love this lip balm because it works well and the…
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October Favorites

October Favorites

Favorites, Product reviews
Hi all, Now for my October favorites! This month was a bit confusing because the weather was all over the place, but luckily I found a few dependable products to get me through. https://flic.kr/p/pvTbG4 Face Makeup https://flic.kr/p/qszuWq https://flic.kr/p/qb5gru Revlon Colorstay Foundation I've needed a bit more coverage this month, and I'm glad I finally picked up this foundation! A little goes a long way with this foundation, and I feel like it gives a really nice, even coverage. I haven't even had problems with dry spots around my nose like I usually do with foundations, which is awesome. It dries very fast, so I've been dipping a q-tip in to get some product, closing the bottle, and then dabbing it on and buffing it in with a brush. That's been…
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