My Daily Makeup: Matte and Peachy

Matte eyeshadows have become my life. It may be the fact that fine lines are showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I’m really into single-shadow looks in a matte formula. And with Spring right around the corner, I’ve felt the need to simplify my routine. Second only to not having to grunt my way into tights every time I wear a dress, changing my makeup routine is what I look forward to the most. And recently, I’ve been compelled to sweep on a matte shadow, slap on some mascara and call it done. I know this will be my go to Spring makeup.

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Red lipstick for Valentine’s Day? Here are my picks

No one needs an excuse for a great red lipstick. However, if you need an excuse- Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I own more red lipsticks than any one person should, and I love them all dearly. If you are looking for a great red lipstick for Valentine’s Day (or any day) here are some of my favorites:

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Product Empties and Reviews #2

It’s not easy to use a product until it’s gone. At least it’s not when you love all the nice smelling, shiny, pretty new things out in the world of beauty and makeup. I’m enabled to buy things when I read thorough reviews from my favorite bloggers who’ve taken the time to properly vet a product, so I’ve saved up a stash of things I’ve used to the end- some you can find in my first empties post, but surprisingly, there are several makeup bits in this one. If you are looking for my thoughts on a specific item, here is the list of things discussed in this post. Feel free to skip ahead.

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Let’s See What Happens- Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette

It’s been a while. Life happens. It’s only been recently that I felt ready to sit down with the camera and play with makeup. The recent purchase of this beautiful Stila palette didn’t hurt:
Stila Eyes Are the Window
I’ve had this palette on my Sephora wishlist for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger when I got a bit burned out on defining a crease, wearing liner, etc, and all I wanted to do with my makeup is wash a one-sweep shadow over my lids, sweep on mascara and go. Turns out, this palette is great for both of those options, and since I bought it in December, it’s all I’ve used.
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Five Great Orangey Red Lipsticks to Help Beat the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot. Face meltingly, makeup destroyingly hot. When it gets this gross outside, and the heat and humidity make sure I look like I’ve just come from a workout- no matter where I’ve been-  I have to rely on a pretty light makeup routine to keep my skin happy. When minimal eyeshadow and light foundation are a must, the best products in my makeup bag are my lipsticks.

I’m sure there’s some #science to back up my summer-makeup-theory: if I wear lipstick as bright as the sun, the heat deflects and keeps me cooler. Sound unlikely? Yea, but that’s what delusion is for.

Anyway, I love orangey lipsticks. The love really kicked into high gear when I found an old lip crayon for this tutorial, and realized how much I really dug wearing such a vibrant warm pop of color, especially now that my hair is lighter. Here are my five favorite orangey-red lipsticks to help beat the summer heat.

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Product Empties and Reviews #1

My favorite posts to read are always the ’empties’ posts. I’m really interested in the products people use to the end (not easy when you are a beauty/skincare addict) and I’m always fascinated to find out if they’d recommend or repurchase the product. I saved a drawer full of products I used up and thought I’d share with you more about them.

Since this post is epic, here is a list of the products I reviewed so you can skip ahead if you are only interested in a few:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara- Waterproof- Very Black

Most of it is skincare. Take a deep breath. Here we go…

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Vacation Treats- What I Bought in San Diego

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the remainder of the food bonanza that will be San Diego Part Two. I just need a bit of a lipstick break, ya know? I may or may not use vacation as an excuse to buy myself a few treats. In what can only be described as a convergence of the makeup universe, our hotel was a 4 min walk to an amazing mall that housed a gigantic Sephora and a standalone MAC store- both of which are 1+ hour drives from my house. A 4 minute walk? Had to be done. Multiple times.

Ultimately, I used restraint and only purchased things I’d really had my eye on. Otherwise, I would have had to sell an organ or take out a second mortgage because I would have run through both stores ‘Supermarket Sweep’ style (anyone else think that should HAPPEN? Imagine- a game show where we could fill our baskets with all the pretty things, even with one minute? The carnage.)

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My Evening Skincare Routine

I can talk forever about skincare. It matters a lot to me because my skin isn’t naturally great, and I work pretty hard to keep it in good shape. It’s taken me years and endless hours of research, blog reading, video watching, and sampling to get where I am now. Pull up a chair (who am I kidding, you’re probably already sitting) and make yourself comfortable. This is my evening skincare routine and it’s a doozy. Not the best topic for me to try and be concise. My skin is in the best shape it’s ever been, so without further ado, here are the how’s and why’s of my evening skincare routine:

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Soft Bronze Smokey Eye- Keeping Things Neutral

I own wayyyyy too many bronzey eye products. I have blue eyes, so I tend to hoard anything bronze, as it tends to be a flattering shade on us blue eyed gals. If I wear a smokey eye, I try to do it as soft and neutral as possible, because it’s the most flattering for me at this stage in my life. This look is perfectly acceptable for work, and could easily be intensified for an event.

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Obsessed with Blush- My Most Used Blushes

I have a blush problem. Actually, I have a face problem- as in, I only have one set of cheeks. I can’t wear the million blushes I own all at once, but I seem to keep collecting them anyway. I do love a gorgeous blush, and choosing the right one each day is a small moment of joy. I’ve narrowed it down to my faves, and these are the ones I reach for the most.

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