Haul and Review | New Drugstore Makeup

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Is it just me, or has this new year brought an OVERLOAD of new makeup products to the drugstore!? Every brand seems to have a ridiculous amount of new makeup out, and sadly for my wallet I was not immune to the hype.

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Probably one of the most exciting products to come out were CoverGirl’s new TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes. The one that I tried was the TruNaked Nudes, and even though this claims to be a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes…it definitely doesn’t hold a candle to those eyeshadows.

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The shimmery colors are okay, but when it comes down to it, the whole palette is extremely powdery and cheap, especially the matte shades. Even the shimmers – which look pretty good in the swatch – begin to disappear as they are blended out on the eyelid. At $12, I personally wouldn’t recommend it, especially if you have other neutral eyeshadows that are at all similar.

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The product I was MOST excited to try were the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid lip colors. The two colors that spoke the most to me were Berry Burst (left) and Rebel Red (right). When I first tried them on, I liked the colors, especially Berry Burst, and I was hoping they would dry down from their very shiny, mousse-y texture. But they didn’t dry down, and they didn’t even start looking matte until after eating and removing a lot of the product. I wore Berry Burst on a long work day and it was just too messy. I’m so sad these didn’t work out, because even though I love the colors, the formula is not what I wanted or expected.

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Two products I did love from the drugstore: the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in blonde and the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Eye Liner. More drugstore brands are trying to emulate the Anastasia Brow Wiz formula, and though I don’t quite love it as much as my NYX Micro Brow Pencil in taupe, the L’Oreal pencil is cool-toned, soft, and really good quality for the drugstore. The pencil is so soft I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I picked up the liquid liner on a whim since my other eyeliner was running out, and I really like it so far! It’s wet enough to draw an easy, dark line, but not so wet that it runs off the eyes.

And that’s all for now! But with all the new drugstore products coming out (I’m looking at you, Wet ‘n’ Wild and NYX) there will surely be a new haul and review in my future.

5 Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

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There are few things I enjoy more in this more than a good, classic red lip, and there’s no denying it’s the go-to lip look for the holiday season. I probably own more red lipsticks than any other color in my lip collection, but each is a bit different and suited for different types of lip looks, so I figured I’d share my favorites for future Christmas parties galore!

A true, brick red: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is currently my favorite red lipstick and what I wore to my office holiday party this weekend! It’s the only high-end lipstick I’ve included and completely worth the splurge if you want to indulge in a truly gorgeous matte red lip. This is on the slightly darker side but will suit all skin tones and go with basically anything you pair it with.

A classic, blue-toned red: This is my most-loved, most-worn red lipstick of all time. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot is the longest-wearing red lipstick I own – this sh*t does. not. move. It’s bold and beautiful, and at only $6 there’s no reason not to add this lipstick to your red lip collection.

A magenta red: This lipstick definitely falls between the dark pink and red  color spectrum, but the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow is soooo gorgeous and a different take on the classic Christmas red lip. Plus the blue tones will make your lips look super white!

A dark, raspberry red: Another bit of a different take on the red lip, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in #107 is a darker, berry-toned red that is a great middle ground between a red lip and a more vampy option. I find this color to be more wearable on the everyday, and think it’s worth looking into for another holiday option.

A bright, orange red: Orange-toned reds aren’t what I usually think of when it comes to Christmas, but Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast Purty Persimmon is a pretty and opaque lipstick for those who want something on the orange/coral side. These lipsticks are only $3 (!!!) and if you’ve been craving after MAC’s Lady Danger, I’ve heard this is a worthy dupe for 1/5th of the price.

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From left to right: Nars Cruella, CoverGirl Hot, Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Rimmel Kate Moss #107, Wet ‘n’ Wild Purty Persimmon.

The Best of 2015

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2015 is almost over and I’m sad to see this great year go. It was an amazing year for change and growth for me, but that’s a blog post yet to come. Today I’m here to round up some of the best stuff I loved this year, from beauty, pop culture, and more!

Best Makeup of 2015

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This wasn’t a huge year of trying new makeup for me, but there were definitely some standout new products and products that were just new to me that became my staples throughout the year. Although it’s hard for me to justify spending money on yet another neutral eyeshadow palette, the Lorac Mega Pro 2 was an amazing investment and I don’t think I’ve used another eyeshadow palette since buying it. Another product I’ve used exclusively throughout the year since discovering the e.l.f. store near NYU is the e.l.f. Contour Palette. With 2015 being the year of sculpting and strobing, this contour palette is a steal among all the other high-end palettes out there. I’ve used up all of the yellow setting powder for under my eyes, and I’ve used this bronzer to contour every day. The highlight in this palette isn’t the best, but luckily for my birthday my sister got me the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector  in Champagne Pop. I know I’m the millionth person on the Internet to talk about this product, but it truly is a gorgeous highlighter, and the best way to get a highlight on fleek. I also decided to splurge and get the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, and honestly I don’t think I can go back to drugstore foundation after this – it’s just that good. My other drugstore staples this year were the new CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara, the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice, and the new NYX Micro Brow Pencil. I love CoverGirl mascaras, and this is the best drugstore mascara to come out this year, and the Maybelline lipstick was the perfect everyday color to get that Kylie Jenner lip look. As for the brow pencil, this is an exact dupe of the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but half the price, which is great for someone like me who has no eyebrows.

Best Pop Culture of 2015

2015 – for me – was undeniably the year for TV. Moreso than the movies that came out this year, so many TV shows left a lasting impression on me, and I’m dying to see them come back next year.

p10774004_b_v7_abUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was by far my favorite new comedy this year. I don’t what to say about it other than it’s pure delight, Peeno Noir is an iconic piece of American musical history, and I’ve sang the autotuned theme song more times than I can count (“It’s a miracle!”). The only thing I didn’t like about this show is how quickly it went by – as a Netflix original series there were 13 episodes, but at less than 30 minutes per episode I finished the first season more quickly than I’d like to admit…

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Speaking of Netflix original series, I was struggling to pick between the two Marvel shows that premiered this year, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but in terms of my emotional attachment to the show I have to go with Daredevil. I love Matt Murdock and Daredevil as a superhero, and every time I walked near Hell’s Kitchen in NYC this summer I couldn’t help but to think of my darling Matt Murdock. I’m so excited for this show to come back, and I hope he gets some screentime with my other favorite Marvel babes.

The_Jinx_(miniseries)_POSTERHas any nonfiction TV show had a more satisfying finale than The Jinx? This HBO series was incredible and kept me on my post-Serial high throughout the beginning of the year. The Jinx is a pop culture phenomenon that only comes around once, and I cannot shout its praises enough (you can read a more in-depth review of it here!). Seriously, anyone who is interested in true crime/documentary, this show is a must-see.

Oh, and even though this show is not new from this year, I have to say it: Game of Thrones. I don’t think any other form of media captivated me so much this year as that damn show.

Mad_Max_Fury_Road-429261909-largeI have to say that none of the movies I saw this year would make any sort of “top 10” list for me. Out of all that I saw, Trainwreck was my favorite comedy, but the movie that stuck with me the most was Mad Max: Fury Road. I went into Mad Max with low expectations, which were completely exceeded in this post-apocalyptic thriller. It’s full of badass female characters, harrowing action scenes, and it kept my heart racing throughout the entire thing. That being said, I anticipate seeing a bunch of year-end movies around the holidays, so my true favorite movie of 2015 may be yet to come.

Podcasts became a new love of mine in 2015, but since Serial Season 2’s premiere date is TBA (grrrr!), I’ve found many  other podcasts to listen to my commute and during my work day. One of my favorites is Radiolab, which very much satisfies my inner science nerd, and along the same lines is Love + Radio, which posted one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to called “The Living Room” (seriously, check it out). I also love Coffee With Chrachel, made by one of my favorite YouTubers and her boyfriend who just shoot the shit and talk to you like you’ve been friends your whole life. I would also recommend Lena Dunham and BuzzFeed’s podcast Women of the Hour, which I’ve discovered is just the right amount of Lena Dunham I want in my life.

My favorite book I read this year was S. by J.J. Abrams (full review here), but like the movies I read this year, I don’t think I read anything that really made one of my all-time favorites. Honorable mentions are The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

And that’s all, folks! I tried to think of another category, but this pretty much sums up everything that was the best of the best this year.

October Beauty Favorites

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For the first time in forever (*cue “Frozen” music*) I was able to try out some new beauty products! Finally having a part-time job and now full-time job (!!!) after being unemployed since graduation definitely meant I had to treat myself to some new goodies, and what I did buy did not disappoint.

My first fall lipstick purchase was the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in #107, which was definitely inspired by uber-blogger/vlogger Zoella who has raved about it for ages. It’s the perfect mid-tone mix of red and berry that is a great “beginner shade” to transition into fall. It’s a satin finish, and not the longest wearing, but it feels extremely comfortable on the lips and you aren’t worried it’s going to move around throughout the day.

I wandered in to an Ulta store at the beginning of the month, and fortunately for me – but unfortunately for my wallet – I found and bought the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2, and it’s all I’ve used since I bought it.  It has the perfect mix of matte and shimmer shades, my favorite of which are Forest, Goji, Prosecco, Soft Plum, and Olivine. The shades are super blendable and there’s enough variety for tons of different looks. This is the only Lorac Pro palette that I own, so I can’t say if this is better than the others, but I definitely recommend it for anyone who has been craving the well-deserved hype of the Lorac Pro formulas.

My favorite blush for the past several years has been the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, but sadly I hit major pan and the rest of the compact crumbled and began to fall apart. I looked to the drugstore for a similar replacement, and have been using the Milani Romantic Rose Blush nearly every day since. I wouldn’t say they’re exact dupes, but the color gives a similar natural flush to the cheeks with its dusty pink shade and matte finish. If a $28 Tarte blush isn’t in your budget, I definitely recommend picking up one of these Milani blushes instead.

I’ve been wanting to try Lush skincare for a while now but honestly I’ve always been overwhelmed at the options and not sure how natural skincare would work for me. The Mask of Magnaminty is a cult favorite, and now I know why! It smells like mint chocolate chip and leaves your skin feeling tingly, soft, and best of all clean. I have definitely noticed a difference in this mask reducing the severity of small acne spots I’ve had, and overall I think it’s a nice treat for your skin a few times a week.

Last but not least is my new body wash, the Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber Shower Gel. The scent of this is divine, a mixture of sweet and musky and perfect for the fall and winter, or as B&BW describes it, the Sensual Amber line has “The scent of lotus petals & golden amber surrounded by creamy sandalwood.” It’s amazing, and a must-have for those who want a cold-weather fragrance that isn’t too sickly sweet.

What have you been loving throughout October?

How to Organize a Small Makeup Collection

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Even though I didn’t make it one of my goals for 2015, I got sick of looking at the makeup all over my vanity (I mean, desk…) and the previous three-drawer storage I had just wasn’t cutting it. Luckily my desk, which is from IKEA, has a big drawer that is just tall enough to fit small baskets for makeup storage. I was using it roughly as a junk drawer before, and I decided to get some organizers and put the space to good use.

I was able to find the little bins at Target in the dollar section for $3 each. Each set came with one large bin, two rectangular bins, and three small square containers. All the containers interlock, just not very well. You get what you pay for. But for someone like me who has a small makeup collection (or what I consider to be small among beauty guru standards), this storage solution works perfect for me, and I can get past a little wiggle room between the containers.
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I organized each of my products by their corresponding sections. Foundations, concealers, powder, and face primer all went in one of the big bins, with bronzers and blushes beside them in one of the rectangular organizers. I put single eyeshadows and small eyeshadow palettes in three of the square containers. angle detail2

I used the majority of my rectangular organizers for longer items, which I also divided into sections. I put lip pencils and larger lip crayons and glosses together. Next to that are my everyday most used eye products: mascara, liquid and pencil eyeliner, an eyebrow pencil, and eyeshadow primer. The other bin with eye products are less used: shadow sticks, extra liquid liner, etc.

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Of course, the bin with the most products has to be my lipstick bin. In the future I want to get a proper lipstick holder, but for now my collection can all be contained and seen easily in one of this organizers. And luckily there’s still room for more!

In the small section of my drawer behind the containers I store my brush roll and extra makeup bags (mostly ipsy).
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Because my drawer isn’t big enough for all my everyday makeup essentials, I keep the rest on my desk. My brushes are in an old Typo pencil cup that I got on clearance, and the desk organizer is from Target. In it I keep setting spray, my daily moisturizer, makeup wipes, and of course, my eyeshadow palettes. Even though this takes up some room on my desk, it’s a lot less cluttered now that I’ve transitioned my makeup to its hiding place under the desk.

I hope I gave you some new year inspiration to clean out your cluttered makeup collection and potentially utilized unused space in your room. Even for a small makeup collection, it’s crazy how out-of-control the mess can become when I’m having too much fun playing with products.

Thanksgiving 21

In search of a cute, festive outfit that would allow for my two Thanksgiving meals, I headed to my favorite Forever 21 to find something inexpensive to wear.

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My shirt, pants, and necklace are all from Forever 21! For a semi-formal outfit, the whole thing set me back only about $55. The shoes are flats I’ve had for a while by Sam Edelman.
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I had a great day with both sides of my family. For my first meal, my family and I went to Capital Grille, and even though they had a full turkey dinner, I had to go with my carnivore side and gyet steak! After all, I knew I was going to have the full turkey dinner later on anyway.

Wendy and I shared a pumpkin cheesecake that was AMAZING, and overall it was a really lovely and fancy meal!

My sister, Hannah, and I!

My sister, Hannah, and I!

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After our restaurant-cooked meal, my sister and I headed over to my Mom’s family to enjoy a traditional home cooked Thanksgiving dinner! It was equally as delicious, even though at this point I had a substantial food baby growing.

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Hannah and our cousin Lily

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Mom and Hannah

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The three girls!

After a crazy couple of weeks at school, I was more than thankful to be home with my family. I got to see both sides of my family and I’m grateful I get a few more relaxing days at home before I have to head back to Tucson to finish up my second-to-last semester of college!

Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989. And as if several of her songs didn’t say enough – “that red lip, classic thing that you like,” “cherry lips, crystal skies,” and “red lips and rosy cheeks – her red lip, winged eyeliner look is iconic. Apparently she even goes jogging wearing eyeliner and red lipstick!

I looked up several red carpet images of Taylor to try to recreate her makeup look, which involves cool-toned shadow with shimmer on the bottom lash line and inner corners, strongly winged eyeliner, and of course, that classic red lip look.

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I started with the eyes after applying foundation, concealer, and powder. She always has a flawless, matte face, in order to make her eyes and lips pop. I also filled in my eyebrows with brow powder and set the with eyebrow gel to make them look more natural, as Taylor has very soft, natural looking brows. I used the Stila Eyes are the Window palette for this look, but any similar shades will work.

First, I put a matte taupe shade lightly in the crease as a transition color using a fluffy blending brush. I also used a pencil brush to bring that shade onto the lower lash line, bringing it about halfway.

Next I took a medium silver shimmer and put it on the outer 2/3 of the lid with a shadow brush, and blended that out as well.

For Taylor’s shimmery inner corners I used a light shimmery eyeshadow (Stila’s “Kitten” works perfect for this), concentrating it with small shadow brush in the inner corner and on the inner half of the lower lash line.

To deepen up the look, I mixed a black matte with the same silver shade I used all over the crease, using a pencil brush to define the outer corner and a blending brush to blend it all out.

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It wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift look without winged eyeliner! She loves to emphasize her eye shape with eyeliner, as I did here with the L’oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip liquid eyeliner. I usually start by drawing across my lashes first, and then defining the wing. Add mascara to the upper and lower lashes and you’re done!
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Another option to this look is to use a pair of half lashes or wispy lashes that are longer towards the outside of the eye, which Taylor is frequently wearing on the red carpet. You an also brighten the eyes with a white or skin-toned eye pencil in the lower water line.

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Taylor always looks like Snow White in her complexion. It rarely looks like she wears bronzer and usually just has a very faint flush to her cheeks. I used an extremely light hand and a duo fiber blush brush to sweep a peachy pink shade lightly along the cheekbones for just that hint of color.

Now onto the most important part: the red lips!

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Choose your favorite bold red lipstick and fill in your lips! My favorite – and the one I used here – is CoverGirl’s Hot Passion. I then went in with a concealer brush to clean up the edges and give it that effortless, glamorous touch that Taylor always has.

And there you have it! While it’s not an exact recreation or transformation, I personally love the combo of  a bold upper lash line with a barely-there lower lash, combined with the classic red lip. It’s not too crazy for every day (hell, if Taylor can wear it, why shouldn’t we?!) and totally cute for a special occasion.

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Now if Taylor could write a song about her secret to clear skin…I’d buy that album in a heartbeat!

Current Beauty Favorites

Long time, no blog! I apologize to the few followers of this blog for my absence – I’ve been getting over a nasty upper respiratory infection that was bound to take me down at some point this fall/winter, but luckily I am back and on the mend.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks

How many times can I mention this gorgeous lipsticks until I start to annoy myself? Maybelline just hit it out of the park with this formula that has a completely matte finish but doesn’t feel drying on the lips. In fact, they have a nice slip to them even as you where them throughout the day, and the more I wear them the more colors I want.

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The two I do have are Touch of Spice and Divine Wine. Both are perfect for fall, with Touch of Spice more of an everyday color and Divine Wine something to add drama to a simple eye look for night (not that that should restrict anyone from wearing this on the daily!). Touch of Spice is also that Kylie Jenner lip-alike that’s a throwback to the ’90s, and I love it.

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Deep Red and Berry Nail Polishes

I’ve been loving the dark nail look as we go into winter, and I’ve been wearing both OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane and Essie Bordeaux to achieve that look. Both formulas go on well, but OPI is more forgiving if you need to do multiple coats at once (Essie tends to bubble up if you don’t wait for the first coat to completely dry). In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is more blue-toned and berry in color, and Bordeaux is a deep, rich red.

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Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Soft Brown

I’ve seen mixed reviews on this product (mostly due to its applicator), but I personally like it, especially considering it’s the first brow gel I’ve ever actually used. Typically I fill in my brows with powder and an angled brush, but adding this as an extra step locks them in all day and gives more texture to the brow hairs, making them look like, well, eyebrows! The tip of the wand is really big for reasons I don’t understand, but if you use a light hand it’s easy to apply.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – Floral and Flirty Blush

What did I do before I had this dry shampoo in my life?! I freakin love this stuff, and after trying several cheaper drugstore dry shampoos that either would not brush out or left my scalp feeling like there was sand all over it, I am never going back from Batiste. This is the only scent I’ve tried, but it’s very light and I have no complaints. It’s easy to brush out and gives the hair texture without leaving it feeling gritty and gross. I like to use this to make my second or first-day hair look fresher and add volume, or I will put a generous amount through my hair and sleep on it overnight so it can soak up the oils from the day before (if I’m having a particularly dirty hair day).

ipsy October Glam Bag

IMG_4245_edited-1I came home from my mini vacation to find a wonderful pink package in the mail. Even though I’d never subscribed to the ipsy Glam Bags, I’ve seen enough YouTube reviews that I immediately knew what was inside that hot pink packaging. The subscription was an early Christmas present from my Dad (since he didn’t know when I’d actually get it since there was a waiting list), and I couldn’t be happier to get to try new products every month!

I love the little bag the products come in this month. It’s a cute, quilted teal and feels nice in your hands, and I intend to use it for bits and bobs in my purse.

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There were two mini skin care samples in the bag: Albertini’s Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask and the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. I’ve yet to try either of these products, but I love that ipsy included something with pumpkin for fall! I’m not sure how I will do with the cleanser since my skin is super finicky and I’ve been trying to stick to a regular cleansing routine, but I will definitely try both – especially the mask!

IMG_4252_edited-1How cute is this Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream?! I’m a huge fan of hand creams, since without them my hands look like cracked pavement in the winter. This one has a very light floral scent, and while it’s not as moisturizing as a L’Occitane hand cream (my favorite!), it gets the job done and will be useful to put in either my purse or backpack so I don’t have to switch my L’Occitane one between bags.

IMG_4253_edited-1I got most excited about the Skone Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner when I saw it in the bag this month. I use black liquid eyeliner nearly every day, and I have already tried this one out the other morning. It’s extremely matte and black, but dries out quickly. I was able to revive it by swiping it on the back of my hand. That’s not necessarily a no-no for me, but the tip of the pen is too thick for everyday liquid or winged eyeliner. I tried twice to repair one of my wings that went awry, but it was hard with the thick, stick pen.

I don’t wear lip gloss that often, but the Starlooks Guilty Pleasure lip gloss looks and smells lovely. It’s a creamy neutral pink and I will have to try it out soon.

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I’m very happy with my first Glam Bag! I can see myself using all of these products at least once, especially the eyeliner and hand cream (and I may try the exfoliating mask tonight). I can’t wait until next month’s bag!

The Autumn Tag!

My roommate and fellow blogger Rose tagged me to the Autumn Tag! Even though “fall” doesn’t truly come to Arizona until Thanksgiving or Christmas (if we’re lucky), I like to pretend the weather is crisp, there are crunchy leaves on the ground, and the trees are changing colors from green to orange…if only!

Okay, we’re talking coffee – what’s your favorite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero, etc? 

Three words: Salted. Caramel. Mocha.

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I love the salted caramel mochas (both the hot and frappuccino versions) from Starbucks, and they’re definitely an indulgent treat for those groggy school mornings. I’m not as jazzed about the pumpkin spice lattes just because I have a major sweet tooth, but I love hot chai tea lattes as well. I also like the butter pecan coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts!

Accessories – what do you opt for, scarves, boots, gloves? 

Out of the three of these, I definitely go for boots the most. They’re the simplest thing you can change about your outfit to instantly change it to suit the season. I’m tired of a lot of my scarves right now (an excuse to go get some more, right?) and gloves are barely even necessary where I live, even in the dead of winter. These brown combat boots from Target are my favorites, and I’ve already broken them out for a few rainy days!

IMG_3700_edited-1Music – what’s your favorite music to listen to during autumn? 

I love those songs that seem to transport you to a different time and place, and I feel like now is the ideal time to listen to the folky instrumental songs that are too slow and nostalgic for the summer months. Here are a few songs that make my fall playlist:

“Eyes” – Rogue Wave

“To Build a Home” – The Cinematic Orchestra

“Without Words” – Ray LaMontagne

“Welcome Home” – Radical Face

“Furr” – Blitzen Trapper

“The Moon Song” – “Her” soundtrack

Perfume – what’s your favorite scent for this time of year? 

I don’t change up my perfume that often, as I tend to just choose between the few I already have all year long. I think Love Spell by Victoria’s Secret is a good one for all year long, but it’s slightly more musky which makes it perfect for fall.

Candles – what scents will you be burning this season? 

I’ve yet to make a fall candle run at Bath and Body Works, but I really need to! My absolute favorite scent during the fall from there is Fresh Balsam from BBW. It makes me feel like I’m in a place where the leaves are changing and it’s about to become Christmas time…yeah, I’m cheesy, I know. I love the fresher scents, and I want to get another Mahogany Teakwood and Eucalyptus Mint, too!

What do you love most about autumn?

I love all the new fashion and makeup looks that come with fall. It’s a time where people experiment more with their style since they can layer up more in the cooler weather. I’m not a huge fan of Halloween but I do love Thanksgiving, for the food and getting to see all my family.

Favorite makeup look?

Dark, berry lips, and deep, smokey eyes. I wish I could wear dark lipstick all year long because it works well with my pale skin. I basically recreated that look in this blog post if you’d like to check it out!

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My favorites right now are the new Maybelline creamy mattes, especially this one in Divine Wine. MAC’s Rebel is also amazing, and for a lighter option, Maybelline’s Color Whisper in Berry Ready.

What are you looking forward to most in autumn?

The cooler weather and Thanksgiving! The beginning of holiday season is always so nice and festive, and it feels like the latter third of the year is filled with fun holidays and family. Fall is also football season, so I’m excited to attend a few more UA football games and go home for my sister’s final football game with the marching band. I’m also going to her competition the day after in Flagstaff, so I’m excited to be in chilly weather with pine trees all around, and get a chance to see my friends who go to school there!