23 Years Ago…

I was recently going through old photo albums at my Mom’s house and came across a photo. This photo not only symbolizes my awkwardness, but also my awkwardness for photo ops hehe. This isn’t really beauty related, I just thought it was funny and shows even at age three I was just as awkward as I am now twenty three years later :).

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I wish I still had this awesome Ariel shirt.

Hope you lovely nerds are having a great weekend!

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The Makeup Nerd’s Spring Favorites

Can you believe it’s already June? I can’t! Seems like only yesterday I was starting at my new job, preparing for Christmas, and doing Winter progress reports. Now it’s June and its hot and quite humid here in Baltimore, I’m planning a wedding while working full time and kids are preparing for Kindergarten at school.

On the plus side, with my very little bit of spare time I’ve come across quite a few amazing products that I had to share with you guys!

Favorite Skincare Product
Image1. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil $46 USD

I was very hesitant about putting oil on my oily/combination skin, all I thought about was my face breaking out like a teenager. When I received a sample of this in a previous Sephora order I tested it out and it was so amazing I ordered the full size bottle. It turned my dry cheeks into baby soft skin with noticeably smaller pores and a natural glow to match!

2. Origins United State Balancing Tonic $20 USD

I was originally head over heels in love with Lush Cosmetics Breath Of Fresh Air toner but it hasn’t been as effective at balancing my skin lately so I tried Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic and it has done wonders for my skin! Not only does it give me that fresh, clean feeling like an astringent (without completely stripping my skin hello!) it also moisturizes.

 

Favorite Fragrances

Image1. Versace Yellow Diamond $69 USD

I love love loooooove this fragrance! It just smells like Spring and I’m always getting compliments on this fragrance when I wear it.

2. Diesel Loverdose $65 USD

Holy guacamole I swoon for this fragrance. It smells like licorice candy and vanilla which is unusual but it just smells so yummy and a perfect night fragrance!

 

Favorite Tinted Mositurizer & BB CreamImage1. NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska $42 USD

I’ve never been a big fan of tinted moisturizers because they do not give me enough coverage and make my skin breakout like crazy! With this tinted moisturizer though, it gives me a natural glow with a sheer coverage that is perfect for daytime and the Alaska shade fits my skin tone perfectly.

2. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin $12 USD

After hearing mixed reviews on the original formula of this BB cream I was in no hurry to buy it, but once Garnier came out with a BB cream for combination and oily skin I was excited. The color is slightly darker than my skin but now that it’s Summer and I’ve been outside more it’s not even an issue! This version of BB cream is pretty good, I get no breakouts from using it and I get no greasy feeling when I wear it. Coverage wise it’s pretty good it covers most of my acne scars and gives me a dewy natural finish.

3. Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme Compact in Vanilla Glow $39 USD

I’ve replaced my MUFE HD foundation with this amazing BB cream! Not only does it promise full coverage and trust me it does (my skin looks flawless when I wear this over a primer!), the Vanilla Glow shade is a dead on match for my skin. I absolutley love this BB cream!

 

Favorite ConcealerImage1. YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch 2 Luminous Ivory $40 USD

I don’t think I would classify this as a traditional concealer, its more of a highlighter but one things for sure this pen is uh-mazing! I use this as an under eye brightener and it instantly gives me that fresh eyed look which help with my dark circles.

2. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium Light

This concealer not only covers tattoos but dark circles, acne scars, anything! You name it this concealer works wonders. I thought medium light would be too dark but it’s pretty decent color match for my skin.

 

Favorite Setting PowderImage1. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil $15 – $30 USD

I already love the Primed & Poreless primer so this was a no brainer! It gives me an airbrushed finish and doesn’t give a white chalky layer over my makeup.

2. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder $34 USD

At first this powder was on its way back to Sephora but I didn’t realize all it needed was the right brush! This powder is very different from most setting powders I’ve tried, it has a different consistency and feel once applied to the skin. I use this powder so much I’ve already hit pan with it!

 

Favorite Bronzer & BlushImage1. Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer $30 USD

First of all, the pink leopard is too adorable! This blush/bronzer gives a very nice luminous glow to the cheekbones and look amazing on most skintones :).

2. NYX Stick Blush in Orchid $6 USD

One of my favorite drugstore blushes ever! Highly pigmented and blends effortlessly with my e.l.f. small stipple brush. I have these stick blushes in every color and they’re all amazing. I highyl recommend if you haven’t tried these you should!

3. Buxom True Hue Blush in Luvitate & Mini Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti $39 USD

I got these in the Buxom Passport Collection Day Tripper Edition set from Sephora but took these out for my future Z palettes cause this blush and bronzer are amazing! The blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm blush and the bronzer is a light bronzer with shimmer and gives a nice sun kissed glow without any orange or streaking. Plus, the bronzer smells like coconuts!

 

Favorite EyeshadowImage1. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Moonspoon, Space Cowboy, and Stargazer $20

These eyeshadows are so damn pretty! I love glitter eyeshadows more than life itself so when I saw these I had to snag them up. To avoid fallout apply over eyeshadow primer with fingers, when I used my brush I got glitter all over my face.

 

Favorite Eyeliner & MascaraImage1. CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Very Black $7 USD

This is another drugstore product I would say works better than most high end brands. This lifts and seperates my lashes beautifully while adding tons of volume and no tarantula eyes yay!

2. Too Faced LashGasm Mascara $20 USD

I use this as my everyday mascara cause it gives me nice length and volume for everyday natural looks without flaking or smudging. If you couldn’t tell I love Too Faced products!

3. L’OREAL Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black $8.99 USD

Another drugstore mascara that works amazingly! It gives me fluffy lashes with volume and rich black color. Short and sweet…it’s amazing!

4. NYX The Curve Eyeliner $14.99 USD

Although this is recommended for beginners I still love how easy it is to apply and lasts all day. This eyeliner is great for when you want to do cat eye looks.

 

Favorite LippiesImage1. CoverGirl Jumbo Lip Balm in Berry Twist $8.99 USD

This balm is a dupe for Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry and at half the cost it’s well worth it. I love using this for a sheer wash of color on my lips and it keeps my lips soft for hours!

2. Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Balm in Chic $6 USD

Since jumbo lip balm sticks are very popular it’s not hard to find a drugstore brand that carries these. Hard Candy’s version is less of a balm and more of a lipstick in my opinion but the colors are beautiful and last a while. Chic is a nice nude pink for everyday looks and applies smoothly without drying.

3. NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie $4.99

I’m not a big fan of sticky lip gloss and this is far from the traditional lip gloss. It melts like butter on your lips and this color is a nice pink shade that compliments all skin tones.

4. NYX Lipstick in Thalia & Indian Pink $3.99 USD

These are nice drugstore lipsticks that do not dry or flake on lips but I do recommend using lip balm first to moisturize lips before applying these lippies. Thalia is a nice pink/beige color which is almost a dead on for my natural lip color and Indian Pink is a nice coral pink with shimmer for Summer.

Favorite BrushesImageImage1. Crown Brush C439 Deluxe Round Buffer $13.95 USD

I adore this brush! I’ve been using it for my NARS tinted moisturizer and it gives me a lovely airbrushed finish.

2. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush & Blush Brush $8.99 USD each

These brushes are pretty amazing. I love using the Expert Face Brush with my BB creams and liquid foundations and it always gives me a nice airbrushed flawless application. The blush brush is awesome for contouring and has very soft taklon bristles for a a nice natural application.

3. Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set $34.95 USD

These brushes are high quality and has almost every brush you’ll need! The face brushes are ultra soft and apply makeup effortlessly and the eye brushes are amazing at picking up color for any eye look you could imagine!

 

Favorite Makeup RemoverImage1. Boots No.7 Quick Thinking Wipes $6.99 USD

I’ve tried just about every makeup remover wipe and these are by far my favorite! They take off every spec of makeup and removes my mascara and eyeliner easily while moisturizing my skin!

 

Are my Spring favorites in your list of favorites as well? I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Summer weather!

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Favorites Of 2012

It’s well into January and February is approaching so I know this is very late post but I have finally had a weekend without plans since November (yay!). 2012 was a very eventful year for me personally as well as professionally, and most importantly the launch of this wonderful blog I have sadly been neglecting as of recent, but I am trying my best to get back into the swing of blogging, working and attempting to have a personal life :). I noticed a lot of my favorite beauty gurus and bloggers have been talking about their favorites of 2012 and I am all about lists so I went through my growing makeup kit and picked out a few products I couldn’t get enough of!

Starting off…

1. Favorite Primer – Too Faced Primed & Poreless

ImageI’ll be honest I don’t normally use a primer because I have tried many and have broken out every time so rather than sacrifice my skin I did without. I received a deluxe size sample of this primer with my Too Faced Love Sweet Love Collection, so I decided what the hell and gave it a shot and I am thrilled I had. Lovely nerds this is my holy grail of primers! I have been using this for a few months now and it is wonderful (such and understatement it’s phenomenal!). I’ve had no breakouts since using it, it makes my skin look airbrushed before I even put on my foundation!

This stuff is so amazing and I wholeheartedly will scream my love for this product from the rooftops :).

2. Favorite Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Marble

ImageNow I normally stick with the drugstore brands when it comes to my foundation but a co-worker of mine (who also loves makeup as much as me yay!) recommended I try MUFE’s HD foundation. I don’t have a Sephora close to where I live, so usually I order online, but I am always hesitant when it comes to ordering foundation, I lucked out though thanks to Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, such a lifesaver! This foundation has been replaced by my only other high end foundation (MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15) not only because I am constantly getting compliments on how great my skin looks, but it feels great on my skin. Most liquid foundations I’ve tried have felt greasy or like I’m wearing a mask but this stuff blends in with my skin wonderfully and photographs beautifully.

3. Favorite Setting Powder – Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Translucent Powder

ImageI feel no matter what I say about how amazing this product is it won’t do it justice. It give me this very natural looking glow that doesn’t look like I dipped my face in a bowl of glitter and doesn’t make my large pores visible, two things I’ve always seemed to come across with any powder that claims it will give you a natural “glow.” I will admit this didn’t give me a mood boosting effect, but the smell is quite lovely and I received a lot of compliments whenever I wear this :).

4. Favorite Bronzer & Blush – Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer & NARS Orgasm Blush

ImageI finally drank the Kool-Aid and bought the much coveted NARS Orgasm blush! I will admit the $28 price tag was a bit of a gut shot but at first but after testing it out and now wearing it almost every single day I am in love. It is such a great shade for my skin tone and the gold flecks in the blush don’t make my large pores visible, I was sold!

This bronzer was an awesome freebie with my Too Faced order mentioned earlier. It is only a sample size but I’ve had it since November and still have yet to run out! It’s perfect for this time of year for when you still want a hint of color without looking orange or overly bronzed. Once I run out of my sample I will most definitley be picking up the full size of this baby.

5. Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes – NYX Butt Naked Eyes, Too Faced Love Sweet Love, Urban Decay Naked Basics & Too Faced The Return Of Sexy

ImageOkay, so when I say this was the year of the eyeshadow palette for me that is such an understatement! In this year alone I purchased fifteen, that’s right fifteen different eye palettes. I had to tell my fiance to pinch me anytime I think about ordering another (I’ve ordered two more since and no pinches ha!) so when I say this was the year of the palette for me, I mean it. I narrowed it down to these four because they were the most used and that means they were my favorites of course! All of these offered amazing pigmentation with the colors, and were so soft almost creamy when applied. 

6. Favorite Eyeliner – Maybelline Line Stiletto (liquid) & Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black (pencil)

ImageI have yet to find a liquid liner from Maybelline I don’t adore but this is by far the best they’ve had! It creates very sharp lines and is easy to do tightlines or more bold cat eye looks with this liquid liner. Love it! Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes pencil is another holy grail product for me, it doesn’t drag like the majority of eye pencils do and gives a matte black finish that almost looks like a liquid liner. I love the smudger it comes with for when I do smokey eye looks (which is most of the time) and it lasts the whole work day (12 hours!).

7. Favorite Mascara – Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara

ImageHoly guacamole is this mascara amazing! I have long lashes but when I use this it looks like I have lash extensions and give me insane volume. I only recommend one, two coats top cause after that you will get serious tarantula eyelashes :).

8. Favorite Brushes – e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Tapered Brush & Sonia Kashuk Pointed Eyeliner Brush

ImageThese brushes are the bee knees :). I love e.l.f. they have so many wonderful items for a steal and these brushes are, in my opinion, their all stars when it comes to their studio line of brushes. They’re super soft, dense, affordable ($3 come on!) and dupes for the higher end brand of brushes. I’ve had zero shedding with these and after numerous washes have remained just as amazing since I bought them! Sonia Kashuk’s pointed liner brush is my go to anytime I use my gel or cream liner and gives a very precise line, I love this brush!

9. Favorite Brush Cleaner – e.l.f. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner

ImageIf you get like me and get lazy sometimes with brush cleaning this stuff is a lifesaver. I’m sure it gets very tedious to clean all of your brushes cause it certainly gets that way for me! This stuff is so simple and quick, spray the brush swirl off product. Bam! Done.

What were your favorites of 2012? Leave a comment!

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