Friday Night Makeup Look

One of the fun parts of date nights with my fiancé is the fun of getting ready. I enjoy sitting in front of my vanity and doing my makeup, it’s my “me time” that puts aside all the stresses of the day. I believe it’s necessary for anyone to set a few minutes aside a day for themselves. For me, it’s doing my makeup, or giving myself a manicure.

This is the soft neutral look I did for my date tonight with my beau.
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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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LUSH Skin Regimen Review

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I’ve searched high and low for years looking for the best skin care products for my very difficult and complex skin. I have very dry combination skin that has been treated by everything (Proactiv, SkinID, Murad, drugstore brands, etc.) with no improvement :(. I decided to try my luck with LUSH and I can’t believe how much better my skin is! I wasn’t planning a review this soon, but after a week of these products my skin has showed more improvement than the years of trial and error with the other brands.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face Scrub

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9.5/10– This life changing product isn’t just a scrub, it also doubles as my cleanser. Ocean Salt contains antibacterial lime and vodka to cleanse skin without using harsh synthetic chemicals, and with extra virgin coconut oil and avocado butter it hydrates my very dry areas. Plus, with fine and coarse sea salt added it gives an invigorating scrub that leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth :).

My only gripe is the price, for $19.95 you get the 4.2 ounce (small) pot, or for $34.95 you get 8.8 ounce (large) pot. This scrub is so wonderful though the price will not keep me from purchasing it again. Plus, a little scrub goes a very long way! I use a nickel sized amount and that’s enough for my face and neck.

LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Mask

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10/10– Normally masks dry my skin out leaving my face tight, or has very temporary benefits. BB Seaweed is so gentle I use it every morning! With finely ground almonds this mask works as a gentle scrub, and contains extra virgin olive oil for supple, soft skin. After using this mask for a week all my dry patches were gone, and my skin tone was more even. Did I mention it left my skin baby soft? Love this mask!

LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner

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9/10– This toner has been quite the miracle worker. Breath Of Fresh Air Toner contains seaweed extract, rose absolute, and aloe vera to repair damaged skin and balance skin tone. I got a mild sunburn on my face over the weekend, and this toner has been quite soothing! I love that its alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out my skin it just hydrates and prepares me for…

LUSH Vanishing Cream

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10/10– Oh my god this is the Holy Grail of moisturizers! I am always hesitant of facial moisturizers because they’re either too greasy (yuck!), or don’t do shit. I apply Vanishing Cream immediately after my toner and automatically my skin feels phenomenal. This moisturizer contains witch hazel which shrinks my pores (I’ve got some seriously large pores) almost to the point of invisibility and helps get rid of any blemishes. With added grape seed oil it leaves my skin so smooth and soft I literally have to refrain from touching my face.

Even though this moisturizer is priced at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce pot I will most definitely be purchasing this again! On the plus side, a small dip on the end of your finger is enough to moisturize your entire face and neck so this pot will last for months.

I recommend these products for anyone with very dry combination or oily/combination skin.

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A Lush Life Part Deux

Oh man do I love LUSH! I went to get a few bath bombs and treat myself, but the always amazing people at LUSH convince me to try new things and a girl just can’t say no. I ended up spending $100 there, but I have to keep telling myself “It’s your birthday.” On the plus side I am stocked for a few months on skin care so it was well worth it.

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Here’s what I got…

1. Rose Jam Bubbleroon (quite possibly the greatest scent ever!)

2. Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

3. Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (of course, and what my boyfriend calls the store cause he can’t remember the name haha)

4. Vanishing Cream Facial Moisturizer (this is where it got expensive at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce jar yipes!)

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5. Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

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6. BB Seaweed Face Mask

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7. Custom Colour Supplement (Jackie Oats + Light Yellow)

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The wonderful Becky at LUSH made a custom color sample jar for me to take home and try. If your curious as to what their Colour Supplements are, they’re an alternative to foundation. These can also double as a concealer :).

8. Breath Of Fresh Air Skin Toner

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Walmart & Target Haul

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This past weekend was my oldest nephew’s 4th birthday so I was on the hunt for an awesome gift. While I was out finding his birthday present I also picked up a few items for myself as well :). Every time I go to Walmart or Target I see more of the drugstore brand’s Summer 2012 line and its hard to say no haha. Also, after hitting pan (I couldn’t believe it!) on my favorite bronzer I had to find a replacement.

Here’s my weekend haul…

1. L’ORÉAL Colour Riche Colour Caresse Lipsticks in #172 Blushing Sequin and #176 Sunset Angora

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L to R; Blushing Sequin & Sunset Angora (without and with flash)

2. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

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3. Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell and Living Doll

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Swatches for bronzer and blushes…

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4. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Timbleberry, Big Daddy, Innocent, and Cream Pink

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My camera is not doing justice to the Cream Pink polish, its a cream fuschia with gold shimmer (its so gorgeous!).

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More Adventures In Discount Shopping!

After buying numerous beauty products from discount stores this past weekend I had to return to get more. At first it was just to purchase the other colors of philosophy’s lit from within healthy cream blush since I was adoring the “feel warm all over” shade :). Unfortunately (for my wallet), they also had some newer items and I was in makeup heaven!

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1. e.l.f. Flirty Eyelash Palette

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I want need to learn to apply false lashes. These were $2.50 and the pair with gems are adorable!

2. Revlon Colorstay Mineral Bronzer in Golden Bronze

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This sadly is way too light for me! When I swatched this I literally had to rub to get more color :(. I might give this to my sister cause she’s very fair.

3. Philosophy Lit From Within Healthy Cream Blushes in Feel Warm All Over & Look On The Bright Side

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No your eyes have not deceived you, I bought another Feel Warm All Over blush. They were out of Bare Your Soul and since I love this color why wouldn’t I buy another? Look On The Bright Side is a lovely cool pink color that is very similar to Make Up For Ever’s HD Cream Blush #04 Fresh Pink.

4. Calvin Klein Tempting Glance Eyeshadow in Bashful

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This baby was the most expensive out of all the items at $5.50! First off I didn’t even know Calvin Klein had a makeup line, but either way this eyeshadow is gorgeous for a highlighter.

5. Philosophy Travel Brush

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I died when I found this brush. Besides the fact that its pink (cute!) and soft leather, this brush is perfect for travel and the bristles are soft but firm making it a pretty good quality brush :).

What’s your best discount beauty find? Leave a comment!

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