affordable makeup for oily skin

Affordable Matte Skin: My Top 3 Drugstore Picks

Hey there, beauties!

I don’t know about you, but for me the struggle of the oily T-zone is real.  I always am on the lookout for products to reduce and prevent shine so I don’t end up looking like a disco ball by the end of the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having a glow to my skin, but without products that combat shine, I pass the point of glowing to instead blinding everyone around me with the powers of my radiating complexion… not to mention that having oily skin makes it extremely difficult for foundation to last longer than an hour without melting off of my face.  If you suffer similar oily skin probz or if you just enjoy that shine-free 90’s look, I hope that my top 3 drugstore picks will be your oily skin saviors (without breaking the bank)!

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In order to achieve a matte and poreless complexion, priming is a really helpful step to take. When I forget to prime my skin, I feel like I can visibly see the foundation disappearing into thin air within minutes of putting it on.  Recently, I discovered  No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base, which is absolutely AMAZING at taking away any trace of a fraction of shine.  When I first tried this out, I was terrified by the almost chemical scent that it has, but when applied, it is not strong or overpowering at all -in fact, I couldn’t even tell that it had a scent once it was on my face.  The second this primer touches your skin, it’s as if the shine and oils are literally zapped out of existence in front of your eyes.  I find that I need more to use more of this product than I do with the typical primer since it is so tacky and doesn’t spread a long ways.  The upside to that fact is the tackiness makes foundation stay.  It keeps my face shine-free and my foundation doesn’t move a centimeter.  I highly recommend this product if you’ve been wanting to try a mattifying primer.  I even believe that this product is better than Benefit’s Porefessional… that’s a high compliment coming from a girl who went through many, many tubes of it!  A huge plus is the price is just $12.99!IMG_2010 (2)

The next product I love for mattifying my foundation is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. This powder is definitely worth all of the rave that it has received.  At only $4.99, this product is sent from the heavens and is one of my favorite pressed powders I’ve ever tried -including high end options!  For me, powder is a must when it comes to makeup unless I want my makeup to vanish in an hour after applying it.  I highly recommend this powder as my life wouldn’t be complete without it!

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Lastly, e.l.f. High Definition Powder is another great option for your mattifying needs.  This loose powder comes in three shades: corrective, sheer, and shimmer.  The best part?  This product is only $6.00! *angels singing* I thought I was buying sheer when I made this purchase, but bought shimmer instead.  However, this mistake turned out to be a good one, because I think that this product is great!  It doesn’t leave my makeup looking cake-y and let’s me have a little more of a glow on those days where I want my skin to have some life to it.  It still keeps my makeup in place and takes away the shine on my T-zone, but gives me just the slightest bit of shimmer.  This powder is the perfect option if you want something to eliminate the potential oil slick that can happen on your face, but still give you just a tad bit of controlled glow.


Thanks so much for reading!  What affordable products help you stay matte?

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My Lash Stash | 5 Mascaras That Never Let Me Down

Hi there, beauties!

Mascara… One of the most important beauty items in existence, coming second only to brow pencils and their amazing “fleek” powers.  I love long, voluminous lashes and I feel naked when I don’t have mascara on.  Experimenting and trying out new formulas is one of my favorite things to do.  Anything that promises body and length -I’m all for it.

Over the years, I’ve had many hits and misses when it comes to mascara.  I’m pretty picky about the quality of black gel that coats my lashes and, most of the time, they tend to smudge on me.  My lashes like to lose their curl over the day, so I need mascaras that really keep those babies in place.  I’m pretty happy with my trusty stash of mascaras at the moment and I thought I would share them with you!

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  • Covergirl Professional Start Waterproof Mascara – This mascara has the power to hold my lashes in place all day!  The brush separates them perfectly and gives me tons of length and volume.  It definitely lives up to its title of being waterproof, but is not such a pain to remove as Maybelline’s Rocket mascara, which is like dried cement and refuses to budge.  Covergirl’s on the other hand is a happy medium -it never smudges, but also is removable without having to rip all of my lashes out. Big thumbs up for this one!covergirl waterproof mascara
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – I absolutely LOVE the volume and length of this mascara.  However, when the tube is new, beware of how wet the formula is… it can get everywhere if you aren’t careful.  The first time I tested this out and applied it to my lashes, I happened to sneeze.  It was not pretty.  Eventually, I discovered that adding a light coat of waterproof mascara over top of Perversion makes it stay perfectly in place all day!  Now, Perversion with a coat of Covergirl’s Professional Start is my go-to lash combo.urban decay perversion mascara
  • Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara –  HOLY MOTHER OF CURL, this mascara lives up to its name!  What I love most about it is the terrifying, but glorious brush.  It may look scary, but NOTHING separates lashes and coats them so easily in just one swipe.  This mascara is perfect if you don’t like to spend an hour building up coats of mascara in the morning just to make it slightly noticeable.  It never clumps or loses curl.  My lashes look long and voluminous and stay in place all day with this lovely product.sephora outrageous curl mascara
  • Sephora Full Action Mascara – This mascara is what I reach for on those natural lash days.  It coats my lashes very lightly and never clumps up.  This one’s great if your looking for something that is not super noticeable.  It never smudges and always holds the curl in my lashes.  sephora full action mascara
  • Lancôme Définicils Mascara – This mascara is a rather recent one to my stash and I am so glad to own it!  I won it in a giveaway -Thank you, Savannah!- and it is now my current favorite!  It is incredible at defining my lashes and giving them tons of length.  It holds curl and stays in place all day.  The brush is perfect since I can tend to be a bit clumsy and blob mascara all over my eyelids when the brushes are bigger. *whoops*lancome definicils mascara

Thank you so much for reading!  What’s your favorite mascara?

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Marvelous Mauve | My Favorite Lip Color

Hello, lovelies!

How do you pronounce ‘mauve’? Mawv. Mohv. AGH. *pulls out hair* Who knows? Anyway, I think we can all agree that this shade is beautiful no matter what it sounds like! I am an avid fan of mauve lips.  I have an ever-growing collection of products which look exactly alike since I am always drawn to this shade! *whoops*  To me, mauve is a muted/dusty purple color, similar to a “Your Lips but Better” shade, except a bit darker.  I typically shy away from bold lips, so this color is perfect for me since it is so natural and adds just a bit of color.  I have a few favorite products in this shade that I am constantly reaching for this time a year, which I shall now share with you all!

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  1. Ofra Lip Pencil in Wine This lip liner is the perfect shade for fall.  It is a slightly deeper shade than my lips, but still looks very natural.  When I use this to lightly line the outer edge, it does not look like I am wearing any product at all, my lips just look naturally full.IMG_0690
  2. Buxom Lipstick in Hooligan  This shade is pretty much an exact match to liner I just mentioned, only in lipstick form.  I love to wear this during the fall!  It’s moisturizing and long-lasting.IMG_3369 (1)
  3. Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft I LOVE THIS LIPSTICK.  This shade is very popular.  It is constantly sold out and very hard to get your hands on! I used some of my points to get a little sample of this beautiful product since I can never find the full-sized one.  It is a matte lipstick with some major lasting power!  It does pretty well even when eating and drinking!  The shade is slightly lighter than the previous products mentioned and is an exact match to the natural color of my lips.  I normally shy away from such opaque lipsticks, but since this one is so natural, I love wearing it! It is not drying as most matte products are and it doesn’t settle into any fine lines.IMG_1592 (2)
  4. Buxom Gloss in Dolly  This gloss compliments with Hooligan very well, but also looks amazing on its own.  I wear this gloss constantly and love the glossy shine it adds to my lips.  IMG_3487

  5. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu This gloss is perfect for everyday wear.  I always find myself reaching for it since it is an easy, swipe-and-go product.  It is a bit lighter than all the other shades.  I love that this gloss has no shimmer in it and leaves my lips with a very natural shine.  If you’re looking for some high quality, affordable lipgloss, I highly recommend all of NYX’s Butter Glosses! IMG_7065
  6. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien I know, I talk about this lip pencil constantly on my blog… but for good reason!  This product is so beautiful and leaves your lips with a little bit of shimmer.  It goes with any makeup look and you definitely need it in your life.IMG_3606

Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite mauve lip products?  Also, how do you pronounce mauve?



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5 “Swipe and Go” Lip Products

Hello, lovelies!

I love bright and bold lips, but they are not something that I want to wear every day.  I experiment with color on occasion (mostly for blogging purposes), but on a daily basis, I like to wear sheer and natural-looking products.  On top of being uncomfortable, opaque and heavy products are difficult to apply quickly when you need to head out the door.  I have found a few things that give my lips a very natural color and are easy to use.  I can throw them in my purse and reapply without using a mirror if I need to during the day and I won’t have to worry about looking like Miranda Sings.  Don’t get me wrong, she can definitely rock that look, but it’s just a bit too difficult for me to pull off. 😉

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  1. NYX Buttergloss in Tiramisu

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NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Who doesn’t love NYX Butter Glosses?  They’re amazing -especially for the price!  This is my favorite one out of the bunch.  It is a cool-toned pink that goes perfectly with any makeup look.  It has no shimmer and looks very natural.  Also, I love the name!

2. Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Glisten

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Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Glisten

Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint’s are basically a very glossy, tinted chapstick.  These tints are super moisturizing!  This shade has a natural shimmer to it and is the perfect everyday coral shade!

3. Buxom Full-Bodied Gloss in Dolly

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Buxom Lipgloss in Dolly

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I absolutely love Buxom’s lip glosses! They feel tingly when you first apply them since they do have a plumping effect.  This is a “You Lips But Better” shade that adds a nice shine to my lips!  I use this gloss constantly.  I always somehow end up with the travel-size bottles of this gloss and have been through many of them now!  Glosses are a hard product to use up, especially since I don’t use lip products often, so the fact that I’ve used up several bottles really says something for me!

4. Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

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Nars’ Satin Lip Pencils are some of the greatest creations on earth in my humble opinion. 😉  They are super easy to use, moisturizing, and beautiful.  This shade has a slight shimmer to it, which I think is stunning!

5. Bonne Bell Lip Tint in Brown Voyage

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Bonne Bell Lip Tint in Brown Voyage

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This lip tint is a very natural-looking product that is super moisturizing.  I don’t have to worry about looking like a clown if I have to swipe it on without a mirror, so it’s perfect to throw in my bag and take on the go!  Did I mention that it smells amazing?!

Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite “on-the-go” lip products?  I’d love to know!



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My Haircare Dream Team | Voluminous, Hydrated Hair

Hi there!

I have long, fine, extremely uncooperative hair.  It’s favorite styles are “tangled rat’s nest” and “floppy hair in my eyes”… that’s about it.   It won’t hold a curl and is difficult to do anything with.  You’ll usually find my hair straightened or in a (very) messy bun.  However, I’ve discovered a few products that have really amped up my hair game and make it much easier to deal with!  After using these lovely things, my hair looks voluminous, hydrated, and super shiny!  I find that after using my hair “dream team”, I don’t even need to use heat to style it since it already is so shiny and has absolutely no frizz!

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Lush’s H’suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

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This hair treatment is my favorite haircare product to ever exist… Don’t ask me to pronounce this for you, because I will most definitely butcher the name and it will come out as a blob of gibberish.  Nevertheless, this product is sent from the heavens above.  After using it, your hair will feel like it has been kissed by angels.  I use this mask about 1-2 times per week.  I apply it to my hair while it’s dry and let is set for 20-30 minutes.  After I shower, my hair literally feels as soft as a baby’s butt… no wait, softer.  Not to mention the absolutely amazing scent it has!  This hair treatment smells almost like eggnog, but 10x better (if that’s possible).

Lush’s website says: It’s our version of a fresh face mask for the hair, with softening and moisturizing mashed bananas, avocados and olive oil, shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar and fresh eggs. Treat dull, damaged and dry hair right; feed it H’suan Wen Hua and bring it back to life.

Lush’s Big Shampoo

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I really need help in the volume department, since my hair is so fine and has no body.  This shampoo fixes that problem for me! The grains of salt in this shampoo give my hair tons of volume and shine.  I love how this product soaps up and really cleans my locks!  To me, Summer is all about big, voluminous hair, so this product is very helpful during this time of year (or any season -voluminous hair never goes out of style;).

Lush’s website says: Over half the base of Big shampoo is made with sea salt, giving massive volume to hair in need of a boost. Sea salt is also full of minerals and de-greases hair, removing dead skin cells and dirt without stripping natural oils for a fresh, squeaky clean feeling. We balance the sea salt with seaweed infusion, extra virgin coconut oil and avocado butter for soft, nourished locks. Finally, fresh citrus juices are squeezed in for incredible shine. It’s no wonder this one is a best-seller!

Thanks so much for reading!  What products are in your “Haircare Dream Team”? 🙂



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The Perfect At-Home Spa / Pamper Night!

Hello, beauties!

Grab yourself a cup of tea, because today I will be showing you my all-time favorite products to have the best spa night ever!  I think it’s so important to pamper yourself and take time to relax.  These are the products I use to do just that!


Bath and Bodywork’s Lanikai Coconut candle smells like heaven and I have been obsessed with it recently!  It smells fresh, sweet and, somehow, reminds me of a really lovely conditioner.


Glamglow’s Thirstymud is perfect for rehydrating my dry skin and also smells like coconut, which happens to go perfectly with my candle!

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Glamglow’s Brightmud is absolutely AMAZING.  It works magic on the dark circle demons.

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Lush’s H’suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment makes my hair SO soft.  Also, it smells so incredibly good that I want to eat it.  All of it.

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Lush’s Dorothy Bubble Bar is my favorite for a relaxing bubble bath!  It smells amazing and looks so cute!  I love this so much I’ve included it in my Lush Favorites!


The Tree Hut Sugar Scrub in the Tropical Mango Scent is what heaven will smell like -I’m sure of it.  It makes my legs SO smooth and is the best sugar scrub I’ve ever used!  If we’re going to get technical here, it has the perfect sugar to oil ratio and almost a gel-like consistency that really gets off all the dead skin!

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LUSH’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub is perfect for getting all the dry skin off of my lips and it tastes great, too!

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The Body Shop’s Argan Radiance Oil adds some much needed moisture to my skin! It doesn’t have an overpowering scent and leaves my skin with a nice shine, but doesn’t feel greasy.  I love using this to give my skin a nice glow and it’s so easy to use since it’s in a spray bottle!


Thank you so much for reading!  What are your favorite pamper products?



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My Summer Essentials! | Beauty Products, Books, and More!

Hello, my beautiful people!

Long time no blog!  I am back now that the summer is here and I am really looking forward to blogging MUCH more often since it is something I really enjoy!  Also, I now have a camera so I will be posting many more pictures!  What better way to kick off the season of summer than a post with all of my necessities? Let’s get to it!

I will start this off with something that I have been LOVING for making memories with friends; my polaroid camera!  I seriously love this thing and I think polaroid pictures are absolutely adorable!  This camera is perfect for snapping the perfect picture on the beach and being super tumblr-y with your friends. 🙂 If you do not have one of these, you can have pictures printed in polaroid form and they will be super cute!  I really want to get a scrapbook to put all of the pictures in or come up with a DIY to hang them. If y’all would be interested in that kind of post, let me know!

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Some skincare products that I have been using are the Hawaii Passionfruit Kiss Body Scrub from Bath & Bodyworks, Amande Shower Oil from L’occitane, and Pink’s Surf Day Body Lotion.  Of course I need to fix those scaly legs for summertime, so I have been really enjoying this scrub.  It does the job and smells great!  This scrub is not super grainy so it does not work quite as well as some other scrubs, but I like that because it does not dry out my skin and I can actually use it all over my body to exfoliate instead of just my legs. The shower oil is sent from the heavens because it smells AMAZING and has 1,001 uses.  Okay maybe not that many, but it is quite useful.  It is a body wash and can be used as a shave cream (which it works wonderfully as) AND it is really hydrating… Also, did I mention it smells amazing?  It smells amazing.  The Surf Day Body Lotion makes me feel super summery when using it, which is essential for this post, so this product fits in here perfectly.  I think it is super hydrating, it dries pretty quickly on the skin and does not leave me feeling super oily, but most of all, I just really love the smell!  It’s summer in a bottle, people.  You probably need it.

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Some more products that are pretty amazing are the Red Plum and Freesia scented perfume from Victoria’s Secret’s pure Seduction line, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Face Lotion, and Jergen’s Natural Glow Body Lotion (the face lotion is great, too!).  I cannot explain to you the depth of my love for these products.  This is proven by the fact that this perfume was in one of my favorites from LAST summer…  hehe.  I still use it every. day. And I will always love the smell of it -it smells like perfection.   It is fresh and sweet, but not too sweet.  It just smells amazing and that is the only way to properly describe it.  I do not normally finish bottles of perfume that are THIS big, so I will feel very accomplished when this runs out!  Onto the lotion… where do I begin?  It’s THE best face lotion that I have ever used!  My skin has been unusually clear lately and I think it is largely in part to this product.  It does not clog my pores and it soaks into my skin quickly without making it shiny and it works AMAZINGLY under makeup without giving me a greasy face when I don’t wait long enough after using this to apply my foundation.  Even though it soaks in quickly, it does not leave my skin still feeling dry afterwards… it just feels perfect!  I love this stuff and cannot wait to try more Clinique skincare after how much I love this!  Lastly, the Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion is AHHH-MAZING for when you want to have a super natural and beautiful glow!  Let me tell you, if you use this stuff daily, your tan can really build up!  I found that after using it for about a week, my skin was DEFINITELY a few shades darker, but it still looked SO natural and the color didn’t look orange or streaky.  I think this is a much better option for me than fake tan, because it is so low maintenance, looks more natural, and it smells like summer! 🙂  The prize of the tan makes me more motivated to take care of my skin and actually moisturize when I am usually too lazy to bother.  heh.

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Alrighty, onto the next little group of products that I’ve put together!  I have been loving Mac’s Amber X 9 Eyeshadow Palette.  If you have been looking for a good palette for traveling that has everything you could possibly need and is super high quality… this is it.  It has every color I could need whilst traveling or any time really -gotta love those neutrals- and the pigmentation is great!  The size is perfect to throw in my little makeup bag and is a very convenient, versatile, and beautiful little palette all around. 🙂   Next in this little bundle of beauty goodness are these AMAZING nail polished from The Body Shop.  Where do I start with these?  Firstly, let’s just appreciate these beautiful colors for a moment.  (Shades: Peach Babe, Mint Cream, and Almond Kiss) *tears up*  Alright, so besides how much I love these summery and neutral colors, the long-lasting and SUPER pigmented quality of these is what really made me fall for them.  The formulation is the best out of any nail polish I have ever tried.  And that is saying something.  I have a stash of nail polishes.  Quite a large stash.  But none of them compare to these!  I swear, I could live off of them.  I am super lazy when it comes to painting my nails and if it takes more than one coat, chances are, I will smudge my nails as they drying or just not bother with a second coat at all and pray no one notices.   I never need to do more than one coat with these, they dry instantly, and have the pigmentation equivalent of at least two coats in most other nail polishes.  I recommend these so highly!  If you have been looking for some good polishes, my dear, you now have found them!  Lastly is something that is SO important for me in the summer… good eye makeup remover.  I don’t know about you, but I like my lashes to look good when I’m at the beach and I wear waterproof makeup a lot during this season.  Let’s just say I haven’t had the best experiences while removing waterproof mascara.  I have scratched my eyeball so many times by accident while trying to remove those stubborn piece of black clay that are glued to my eye sockets with their superhuman waterproof technology that refuses to budge.  I have lost count of the amount of times that this dangerous activity has caused me to injure myself, but NO MORE.  I have found an eye makeup remover that ACTUALLY removes waterproof mascara.  Is this real life?  Go ahead, pinch yourself, I was in shock for a while too.  Not only does this Bi-Facil eye makeup remover work AMAZINGLY on my waterproof mascara, I have also found another remover that I may like even more (I like it so much that I ran out of it and do not have a picture… whoops) – Clinique’s Eye Makeup Remover!  It’s like magic in a bottle.  My eyes will never be scratched by waxy lashes again and I will never have to get mascara sludge stuck under my nails after scraping the remnants of my mascara off of my eyes when the remover didn’t do its job!  HALLELUJAH.

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And lastly, OF COURSE I need to include a book in my essentials, because it is SUMMER.  I mean, what am I supposed to do at the beach? I have been loving the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and am on the second book of the series, called Siege and Storm; The first is Shadow and Bone. If you are into the Fantasy/Adventure-y/YA genres, you will probably LOVE these books!  I am obsessed. 🙂

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And here, my lovelies, we come to the end of my little (or maybe not so little, but let’s pretend) pile of things that i use constantly during this beautiful season of sunshine and happiness. I hope that you enjoyed this post and maybe found a few little products that will be helpful to you!  Thank you SO much for reading!  See you next time! ❤



My Current Favorites <3

~Hello, Lovelies!~

Today, I have come to show you all my favorite things I’ve been obsessing over for a while.  I haven’t done a favorites post in a while, so I thought that it was about time!  Let’s get to it!

First off, I will start with beauty/body products.  I have been LOVING the strawberry hand lotion form the body shop.  It immediately soaks in, which I love!  It smells like heaven and it keeps my hands from shriveling up and falling off in a flaky, dry mess during the winter months. I love it.


I have been COMPLETELY OBSESSED with The Body Shop’s nail polish.  I CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU THE PERFECTION OF THIS NAIL POLISH.  Usually red nail polishes have barely any color and take about 348 coats before you can actually see a hint of color, but THIS one restored my hope and trust in nail polish with its super-pigmented perfection.  I put one coat of this on my nails. One.  Are you dreaming? No. This is real life.  It’s a miracle.  I didn’t even use a clear coat over the top, because mine was old and it still hasn’t chipped at all.  I painted my nails two days ago and usually by this time, my nail polish is chipped all over.  It never stays on my nails.  But this does.  Now my nails will always be able to look fabulous with their flawless classic festiveness.  YAS.


Next, I have been using the BIG shampoo from Lush.  It’s amazing and really does what it sounds like it does.  It makes your hair big.  And fabulous.  😉  This makes my fine, straight hair actually have volume.  Again, a miracle.  Also it just looks really cool since it’s filled with huge chunks of sea salt.  It’s so fun to use and it smells super good, too!


This next item is something I have completely fallen in love with since day one of using it.  Tarte’s Light Camera Lashes mascara.  After one swipe of it’s glorious wand, I knew my lashes would never be the same.  They would be the most long, luscious lashes ever to exist forevermore.  And that is why you need this in your life.  This mascara makes my eyelashes look SO long and it NEVER EVER clumps.  EVER.


I have also been loving metallic temporary tattoos.   They are beautiful.  I love them.  I am obsessed with them.  They are so easy to put on and the glitter in the light even more than Edward Cullen.


Last is the thing that has been completely consuming my life.  A book.  A really, really, really, really, really, really good book.  A book that has been chopping all the feels that have ever existed in my heart into millions of tiny pieces and then blending them into a heavenly smoothie of bittersweet perfection.  “Shadow and Bone”.  Buy it.  Read it.  That’s all you really need to know. I am on the sequel now and I can barely put it down long enough to make frustrated whale noises.  I mean the plot twists!  *pulls out hair*  AGH! It is a fantasy YA trilogy.  The picture below is of the sequel and can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of its cover?  *slowly closes teary eyes*  Alright, moving on.


I really hope that you enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite things!  I know all of the pictures have a Christmas tree in the background, but I will hold onto the Christmas season for as long as possible and take down decorations as late as possible, because I will sob if I take them down now, so I’m not. *stands protectively in front of Christmas decorations*  I love you all and will see you soon in my next post!  🙂


My Fall Favorites | Must-Haves for Fall 2014

~Hello, Lovelies!~

I’m back today to show you all my must-haves and favorites for, in my opinion, the best season; Fall! I am in love with the leaves, crisp air, and holidays in this season.  I also love the anticipation of Christmas during Fall along with all of the delicious and warm Fall foods. So, now, let me show you my necessities during this cozy season!

Starting off with makeup, I have been loving a nice matte, brown-ish red lipstick, because I think it just screams Fall.  I received City Color’s Be Matte Lipstick in M7 Cappuccino in September’s Ipsy Bag and I was so excited!  A lip color like this is definitely necessary for Fall!


A simple trick I’ve been using to turn any lipstick matte and immediately more fall-like is by dabbing some translucent powder on top!  It’s SO simple and the, you won’t have to worry about going out and buying matte lipsticks if you don’t have any! Also, this prevents the lipstick from getting on your teeth and makes it last longer.


The next makeup product that I absolutely could NOT live without in Fall is Tarte’s Limited Edition Rainforest After Dark Palette! It has literally everything you could possibly want for your Fall makeup from beautiful gold eyeshadows to gorgeous Fall-y purples and those matte browns, which are a must have.  Also, it’s blush bronzer and highlighter and perfect and it’s so nice to have them all in one place.  It makes getting ready much easier when all the products I need are in the same palette!


Next, staying with the same beauty-product theme are some nail polishes I have been loving!   NYC’s Matte Topcoat can turn any nail into fabulous matte Fall-ness.  A classic red nail is a must-have and I been really enjoying Pacifica’s Red Red Wine when I want to feel really festive.  Lastly, this has been my go-to color for Fall, Essie’s Penny Talk, which is a sparkly gold/silver polish that only needs one coat and tries super quickly! I am obsessed with it, because I get very impatient sometimes, when it comes to my nails, but with this, it only takes me a few minutes and BAM! Nails are done!


I have been obsessed with gold rings for Fall!  Midi rings have also recently become a new love of mine and I just can’t get enough of them!  I purchased these at Charming Charlie’s and they were super inexpensive.  Also, if you were wondering, I got my nails shellacked (Is that how to spell it?… I don’t know, so let’s just call it a gel manicure) at a local nail salon and went for some colors similar to the polishes i just mentioned.


My everyday fall outfit would consist of a lot of burgundy and gold colors and some chunky sweaters and scarves.  My favorite chunky sweater is this tan/cream colored one, from Old Navy, where I also purchased the purple/burgundy shirt, which IS Fall.  I mean just look at it.  It is.  And while I was at old Navy, I also purchased the black, chunky infinity scarf… I love.  I love.  I love.

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Of course, I need to wear some shoes, too, so now I shall tell you what shoes you would see me wear literally every day.  They are just perfect.  They’re so versatile, they go with practically anything and they are so cute!  On the far left, are some converse, which were purchased in a grey, slightly green color from  Also, the next part of shoes which are black, slip-on Vans were purchased from the same website.  The last pair of shoes are some super cute brown leather boots with a buckle on the side, which I got from JC Penney’s last fall.  I’m pretty sure they’ll still have some similar ones if you are looking for any.  🙂

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Next, I have been listening to these songs to get me through the cold rain that makes me want to lay in bed all day and not get anything done.  Taylor Swift’s new CD, 1989, is perfection.   (I just might be listening to the CD right now, actually… hehe) I am obsessed with every song, because they make long drives in the car turn into dramatic music videos and dance parties, so I really recommend that you listen to it! AND it comes with some super cute polaroids that have lyrics written on them.  If that doesn’t sell you on it, I don’t know what will. 😉  I also am obsessed with Coldplay’s CD when I just want to listen to some nice, relaxing music.  I love every song!  They are all so beautiful and very calming! Again, nice to listen to in the car while rain is pounding on the windshield.

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Last but not least is THE most obvious favorite for Fall… a candle!  I have found the most perfect scent that completely captures Fall!… BBW’s Spiced Pumpkin Cider!  When I feel like really getting into the spirit of cozy Fall-ness, this is what I will light.  I REALLY need the larger size, because the small one isn’t going to last much longer and I might die when it runs out.  I purchased a cute little candle holder along with the candle, which is also super Fall-looking!  I love it!  It immediately makes any candle put into it look fancy!

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And with that, my Fall Fav’s have come to an end. 🙂  I hope that you all enjoyed them!  I love you all!  Thank you so much for reading!


My July Favorites!

~Hello again, Lovelies!~

Guess what time it is!… Monthly favorites time!! *shocked expression* How did it get here so fast? It’s already August! I know everyone says this every month, but July went exceptionally fast! I really don’t like August, because it’s like the Sunday of Summer… let’s just block that thought out of our minds for a moment, though. It’s too depressing.

Oh and here’s a mini announcement! I have finally figured out a schedule for my posts!  You’ll find another blog from me every Wednesday and Saturday! 

Alllright! Let’s start off with the Beauty Favorites:

securedownload-15securedownload-45I have been absolutely in love with the Sunkissed Bronzer, from Pop Beauty that I got in my July Ipsy bag.  It seems like it might be too shimmery, but actually, it has just the right amount of shimmer to make you look like a glowing goddess, without making you a shiny, hot mess. 


Speaking of products that make you into a glowing goddess, the Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighter does just that.  It is absolutely amazing and I have been loving it this month, while it makes me look all summery.  When it was still new, it had the cutest chandelier in the center of it, but that has been rubbed away after days of use… and I mean a LOT of days.  I’ve barely made a dent in this thing, even though I’ve been using it like crazy!  It will last me forever! (Which I am very happy about:)


Staying on the subject of products you use on your cheeks, let’s move onto the most amazing summer blush EVERRR; Coralista from Benefit.  I actually didn’t like this color very much when I was paler, but now that I have a tan, I am in love with it! It even has a slight shimmer to give you that summer glow!


Now, since it is summer and I have been swimming a lot, I have needed a waterproof mascara, so my lashes can still look fabulous, even at the beach! 😉  Rocket Waterproof Mascara from Maybelline has done just that!  It NEVER smudges and it gives my lashes length AND volume.  The non-waterproof version of this is my holy-grail mascara.  I am so glad to have a water-proof version for the summer, though!  However, it is very difficult to remove!  Like I said, it doesn’t smudge!


More waterproof products that I have been loving are these two eyeliners from Urban Decay in Yeyo and Bourbon.  They are perfect for summer, because like I said, they’re waterproof, so I don’t have to worry about smudging.  I like using the white one on my waterline and even blend some in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone on days where I don’t feel like using eyeshadow, but still want a little sum’n sum’n on my eyes.  I use the brown pencil to line my lash line and then, since it’s cream-based, I use a liner brush to wing it out and shape it.  I suck at applying eyeliner, so I really recommend these because they are really forgiving and they won’t smudge.


My absolute FAVORITE nail polish of all time is Playdate, by Essie, which I have been using a lot this month.  It’s almost a pastel color, but at the same time, it’s SO vibrant. (I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s the way it is)  It doesn’t need many coats and is really pigmented.  Also, it doesn’t chip for at least four-ish days.  It’s amazing.


Pink’s Sunkissed perfume has been what I’ve reached for pretty much every day this month when I wear perfume. (which is a lot)  It just smells SO. GOOD.  It’s a sweet/fresh scent that is hard to describe, but just take my word, it smells perfect. 🙂

Now, for the Books, Movies, and Music!


PERFECTION.  THAT IS WHAT THIS BOOK IS.  If I Stay is an amazing story about a teenage girl with an amazing life ahead of her.  Julliard, the perfect boyfriend, an amazing family… but it all changes when her family is hit on an icy road, by a speeding truck.  She comes out of her body and views the world and the people she loves that are left in it and is faced with the decision to stay or go, while either way, she is losing people she loves.  Her decision isn’t revealed until the VERY. END.  You will be hooked.  I finished this book in under 24 hours.  It’s now in my top ten reads.  You’ve gotta read this.  *whispers* pssst. Look out for my review on this book that will be up, next Saturday;)

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The song that has been on repeat no matter WHAT I’m doing is All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor.  It just makes me so happy, even if I’m in a bad mood. 🙂

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This might seem like a weird favorite, but seriously. THIS. SHOW. *motions with hands wildly* IT’S SO AMAZING!  I am addicted and have watched several episodes every day for quite a while, now.. *smiles guiltily* It is a cooking show with a twist, where you can bid and pay to sabotage the other contestants with the $25,000 you start out with.  You get to keep whatever money you have left at the end, if you win.  The sabotages could include having to use coffee filters instead of bowls, using a GIANT whisk in place of all cutting and stirring utensils, or having to balance an egg on a spoon, while you cook your dish. It is so addictive and fun to watch!  I am so happy my friend told me about this or I might never have seen it!

Onto the Food Favorites!


Mango liquorice might sound gross, but it tastes like it is sent from the heavens.  It doesn’t taste like liquorice at all, it just taste like soft, chewy mango pieces of goodness.  I am obsessed with anything mango flavored, so this is right up my ally. 🙂


Trident’s Tropical Twist gum is something I have been chewing EVERY. DAY… FOR MONTHS.  Again, it tastes like mango perfection and makes my breath smell all fruity and good. This might seem like a weird favorite and it’s technically not a food, but hey… I love it, so I’m putting it in this post. 🙂


This is a cup I’ve used almost every day since I got it… or technically, my Mom got it, but she’s a sharer;) It a double-lined cup, with a purple metallic lid and pretty, white flowers on the sides.  Also, it is a bright purple at the bottom, which fades back to clear towards the top, so it looks like you’re always drinking this amazing purple drink, when really, its just water. 🙂

Lastly, let’s talk about my Fashion Favorites.


I have been wearing this bathing suit a TON.  I got it from Macy’s and it’s just SO CUTE.  I don’t always feel comfortable just wearing a bikini, but it’s REALLY hard to find any other type of swimsuit.  I am really glad that I found this, because it fits perfectly and it soopah adorable and summery!


This is my favorite beach bag, at the moment!  It is a big, metallic bag from Pink.  I love the size, because I can fit a lot of stuff in it and it’s really cute, so… what else could ya want in a beach bag?  (nothing 😉


Something that I’ve been putting in that bag every time I’ve used it is this adorable beach towel, from Walmart!  It was a steal!  I am so happy my momma picked this up for me. 🙂  How cute is it? (very cute)  And I mean, just look at the size! (you can’t really tell, but it’s HUGE)  I hate it when beach towels are tiny!  Gurl, I need to be able to wrap myself in a towel until I become a burrito.  If I can’t do that, it doesn’t pass the test! 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing all of my favorites, this month!  I love you all!