May Favorites!

Happy Sunday, everyone! May was such a great month for makeup. There were so many new releases that I’ll be posting soon. In the meantime, here are some of my personal favorites from the past month.

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  1. Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Face Palette. I recently posted a full review on this palette but I’m still crazy about it! The packaging, the blushes, the highlighters… Everything about it is A1. I highly recommend purchasing it.
  2. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Since I have super-dry skin, I’m a big fan of mixing a few drops of oil in with my moisturizers. It helps keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. At $72, this oil is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. This oil is also 100% pure, unrefined marula kernel oil and contains no chemicals or added fragrance, making it great for sensitive skin. It’s also high in antioxidants and Omegas 6 and 9 and is great for hydration and healing your skin.
  3. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini. I’ve talked about how awesome Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks are in the past, but I am really feeling this shade for summer. It’s a really nice warm nude that’s extremely flattering.
  4. Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color. I picked this up on a whim when I was at KMart a couple weeks ago and I am very impressed by the formula! It’s been hard for me to find a drugstore liquid lipstick that dries completely down, but this Jordana one is great. It applies smoothly and evenly and has comparable lasting power to my other liquid lipsticks. The shade I got, Strawberry Cheesecake, is a beautiful coral pink. At only $5 each, you can afford to stock up on all the shades!
  5. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. I have had this deluxe sample for a while but only recently decided to start using it. It’s become one of my favorite mascaras, possibly even a holy grail! It gives me the length and volume that I get some Too Faced’s Better Than Sex, but this wand keeps my lashes from looking clumpy. I am definitely going to be purchasing a full-size after I use this up.
  6. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing about these highlighters, but I am really impressed with the quality! I ended up purchasing this one on eBay for around $10 but it’s completely worth it to me. The formula is very creamy and pigmented, applies well and is very glowy! Crown of my Canopy, the darker shade, is of the same quality. If you can find these anywhere, I highly recommend getting them.

That wraps up this month’s favorites! What were some of yours? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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April Favorites!

Hello, everyone! Another month is in the books once again. I can’t believe it’s already May. 2016 is flying right by!

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This month I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try several new makeup and skincare products. While most of them were awesome, these are the few that were at the top of my list.

  1. Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo. I purchased this on a whim from Nordstrom. I wanted to try the TF Soleil Contouring Compact, but since it was sold out, I decided to order this instead. I was really wowed by the quality when I received it! The colors are sheer, but I was impressed by the even pigmentation and how easily I could achieve the perfect springtime glow using these colors. The pans are narrow, but I’ve found that when using my MAC 135 brush, I can apply just one color with ease. Or both, if I would choose.
  2. Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette. Like many people, I first heard of this product via Jaclyn Hill’s snapchat. Her highlight was so intense that I had to have this palette, especially after I saw the price! The palette is just under $15 for 4 highlighters—one cream and three powders. All four colors are very glowy and have an excellent formula. I love that the colors in this palette are all so different. It’s rare that you would get purple, yellow, AND gold highlighters all in one palette, but Sleek has done it. I received my palette in a little over a week, which I thought was relatively fast for international travel.
  3. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Where to begin with this amazing product! I first saw Drunk Elephant in my local Sephora several months ago. I was attracted by the packaging, but the high price tag gave me pause. Over the past few months, I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers talking about DE’s skincare line and raving about the quality. After hearing KathleenLights’ review of the Glycolic Night Serum, I knew I had to try it. Having super dry skin, exfoliation is essential because flaky skin is just not cute. Exfoliation is also important in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles, something I already have to deal with. I got some samples of this product and was really wowed by it. I noticed immediate improvements in the texture of my skin and a reduction of hyperpigmentation which has plagued me all my life. Although other AHAs have caused excess dryness, this DE serum actually made my skin feel more hydrated! Let me be the first to say that a $90 serum is not a necessity. It’s clearly a luxury item. For me, however, it’s important to listen to my skin and buy what works for it due to the sensitivity I have to deal with. This product is 1 ounce, which is standard. I only use it twice a week, though, so I expect it to last quite a while.
  4. Mario Badescue Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. I have had this sample bottle for a while but started using it more recently to add some additional hydration to my skincare routine. The spray contains aloe and rosewater, both of which nourish skin and help calm irritation. I have noticed an improvement in my skin since I started using it. It also works as an excellent substitute for MAC Fix+ when setting makeup! As you can see, I’m almost out so I’ll be purchasing a full-size bottle soon, which is only $7. What an amazing deal!
  5. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Everyone and their mother has been lusting after this palette since before it launched! I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it and have been in love ever since. The formula is great, the colors are amazing, and it smells amazing. This palette will be perfect for creating some warm looks for spring and summer. I hope Too Faced makes this palette permanent so everyone can get one! (P.S.: I included a Sweet Peach Palette in my latest Instagram giveaway. Go to my account to learn how to enter!)
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Crush. Crush is one of the new releases in the ABH liquid lipstick collection. I bought this a few weeks ago from my local Ulta when I was testing out the new shades. Crush is the perfect pinky nude lip for me. It applies smoothly and dries down to a transfer-free finish. I’ve dealt with some inconsistencies in the ABH formula in the past, but this one looks like a very solid product. I hope to buy more of the new colors soon!
  7. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Cream Bronzer. The Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer is one of Chanel’s most popular products. I bought this recently because I was still on the hunt for the perfect bronzer, but I think my search has finally ended! At $50, this product is pricey. But since you get a full ounce of product, this makes it a better deal than the Too Faced bronzer I discussed in my February favorites post, which weighs in at 0.35 ounces. I used my Wet N Wild Large Stippling brush to apply Soleil Tan and it went on seamlessly. It is pigmented but easy to control and very buildable. It adds the perfect amount of warmth to my complexion, making this a new staple in my routine and another great product for spring and summer.

That concludes my list of favorites for April! What were yours? Let me know in the comments below ❤

The best primers for dry skin for all budgets!

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Hey everyone! I hope you all had fabulous weekends and enjoyed the first day of Spring.

Primers can make or break how your foundation looks. They can give you a matte or dewy finish, color correct, blur pores, give luminosity, and many other effects. I have compiled a list of my favorite primers at four different price points. Since I have dry skin, these primers are all hydrating to keep flaky patches at bay.

Drugstore:

  • Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (Sensitive)—$5. This product was first hailed by NikkieTutorials as a miracle product that both hydrates and keeps your makeup on all day. It smells like man (think Old Spice), but I personally love that scent. I’ve found that this greatly improves the lasting power of my makeup and gives my skin that little boost of hydration that it needs. I’ve also found that this is able to be used with other primers without issue. Plus, you get over 3 ounces of product for $5-6, depending on where you buy it. That’s a spectacular deal for even the most budget-conscious makeup addict!
  • NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer—$16. This primer is a pretty spot-on dupe for the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Angel Veil is a great product if you’re looking for a smoothing primer to cover texture or acne scarring, that also feels light on the skin.

Mid-range:

  • Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter—$38. This primer lives up to the name. It is an excellent primer that gives your skin luminosity and a nice, dewy finish, while also blurring pores and any imperfections. This primer is perfect for when your skin is tired and you want it to look healthy and awake. It also smells amazing, like coconut!

High-end:

  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer—$52. This primer is one of my favorites. It costs a pretty penny, but its effects make it so worth it. It’s a very silicone-y primer, which means it flawlessly blurs large pores, fills in fine lines, and minimizes the appearance of any texture on the skin. It isn’t necessarily hydrating, but it doesn’t dry out my skin. The high level of silicones in the formula acts as a barrier to lock moisture into my skin. It smells similar to Guerlain products, like violets. To me, the smell is very luxurious. I can use this primer alone or apply it on my T-zone and cheeks over the Nivea Men’s Post-Shave Balm and it’s the perfect combination!

Do you guys have any primer recommendations for me? I’m always looking for new stuff to try out! Let me know in the comments below ❤

February Favorites

Hey everyone! It’s time for monthly favorites once again! This month is all about the makeup because I haven’t introduced any new skincare products into my routine!

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  1. Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I waited so long for Becca to release the powder version of Pearl! Pearl is a cool white highlight, just like the liquid version. It is perfect for fair-skinned girls. It’s a perfect highlight for me now since I am winter pale, but once spring and summer rolls around, I’ll be using it more to mix with other highlighters to give them more pop. It works amazing either way!
  2. Inglot eyeshadows. I picked up this 5-pan palette on my visit to NYC in October and I’ve been using it quite a bit in February! It works well for grungy eye looks similar to what you can create with Lime Crime’s Venus I palette, but the Inglot formula is to die for and you get so much product! I’m going to be purchasing some more Inglot shadows soon to build a 20-pan Venus/Sweet Peach palette and I am so excited for it.
  3. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I picked this up at Ulta a couple weeks ago and I am really impressed with it! Since I’m fair, it’s a bit of a struggle to find the right bronzer. Most of the time, they are too warm or too dark. Milk Chocolate Soleil, however, is really amazing. It smells slightly like chocolate, which I know a lot of people love, but I could take or leave that. It warms up my complexion without taking it to Oompa Loompa status and blends very well, which is what sells it for me.
  4. Chantecaille Future Skin foundation. Future Skin is one of the best foundations I have ever used. It was formulated for dry skin, so it’s really moisturizing and doesn’t emphasize my dry patches at all. I have issues with large pores and some fine lines, but when I wear this, it blurs my pores perfectly and I experience minimal creasing. At $78 a jar, it’s extremely pricey, but between the color match, the formula, and how it makes my skin look, I think it’s definitely worth it.
  5. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liquid Liner. I first heard about the Heavy Metal line from a NikkieTutorials video. I’d been wanting to dip my toe into the glitter world, but working with loose glitter and adhesive made me a little nervous. I bought Distortion, a shimmery white, to use for my New Years Eve makeup and I fell in love. It was a breeze to apply, it didn’t irritate my eyes, and it lasted all night. I bought Glam Rock and Midnight Cowboy to add to my collection, but I want the whole line! They are too good to pass up.
  6. Wet N Wild brushes. LAWD, these brushes! I am obsessed. I bought several when they first launched because I had to try them out, and they have absolutely exceeded my expectations. They are soooo soft, vegan, and blend product so well. And they cost between 99 cents and $2.99 each! You owe it to yourself to try these brushes because they are great quality, especially for the price.
  7. Kylie Cosmetics Koko K Lip Kit. Koko K is the perfect pinky nude on me. It’s pale without looking too pastel or frosty. Kylie also released a new formula when these launched, and it is even better than the original release. It’s pigmented, easy to work with, dries perfectly matte, and doesn’t crumble or fade unevenly. I am thoroughly impressed with Kylie Cosmetics’ products so far and I’m really looking forward to future releases!

These were my February favorites! What were yours? Let me know in the comments ❤

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January favorites!

Hey everyone! It’s monthly favorites time once again. I can’t believe 2016 is already moving this fast. It feels like I was just doing my 2015 favorites last week! My favorites this month are all across the board and contain a lot of new products.

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  1. O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Body. I first heard about this product from Jackie Aina’s snapchat. She posted a video showing how it easily sloughed off dead skin and I knew I had to have it. An 8-ounce bottle was under $20 on Amazon, so with Prime 2-Day shipping it was a great deal. It’s gives a similar effect as the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel, but the O.R.G. version is a sprayable liquid. The formula is very gentle. It doesn’t burn when it’s on your skin, it really gets rid of dead skin, and afterwards my face feels so soft!
  2. Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm. I bought this months and months ago, shortly after NikkieTutorials first mentioned using it as a primer on her channel. I used it here and there, but I didn’t really use it heavily until this month when I found that other primers weren’t hydrating enough. This product though; holy cow. It’s ultra-moisturizing and it gives my foundation excellent lasting power. This is an amazing quality primer, especially since a bottle costs less than $5.
  3. Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme. I mentioned this product in my Daytime Skincare Routine. It is an extremely rich occlusive that helps hold moisture into the skin. Because it’s extremely heavy, I use it primarily at night or to spot treat extra dry areas during the day. Since it’s been so cold lately, I’ve been using it over the reddest parts of my cheeks and on my chin to prevent the cold air and wind from destroying my face and it’s done an amazing job. This is a great product for those with dry, damaged skin.
  4. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. I received this sample bottle of All-Nighter in a Sephora order a few months ago. It’s a great setting spray. It keeps my makeup in place until I remove it. I haven’t had to deal with any transfer from my face products since I started using it. I will definitely be buying a full-size bottle when I use up the sample.
  5. Colourpop Telepathy Eyeshadow Single. This is a product from the latest Colourpop x KathleenLights collab. I used this eyeshadow in a look I posted recently and I am in love. The color is so unique; I don’t have another like it in my collection. The pigmentation is also amazing and the cream formula is really nice for the price.
  6. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub. There’s not much to say about this product other than it smells awesome, does a great job of removing dead skin from my lips, and is at a great price point. Before using this scrub, I was using one by Bite Beauty. Although it was nice, it didn’t exfoliate my lips as well as I would like. The scrub by Jeffree Star is simply better.
  7. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. I bought this on a whim and have fallen in love with it. It’s the first foundation that I’ve tried that doesn’t look cakey up close. It actually looks like skin! It’s lightweight and feels like there’s nothing on my face. The coverage is decent and buildable. I’ve experienced some settling into fine lines around my mouth while wearing it, but I’ve yet to find a foundation that I haven’t experienced that with. However, it definitely settles less than others that I’ve tried.

Here are my first favorites of 2016! What were yours for this month? Let me know in the comments.

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2015 Favorites!

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Hey everyone! I can’t believe 2015 has come to an end so quickly. This year has been a blast, full of ups and downs. But most importantly, 2015 was full of great makeup & skincare products! I have cultivated a list of my favorite products, the cream of the crop. These products have all changed how I have seen my makeup or skincare routine. All of them are HG status and I would never give them up!

So without further ado, let’s dive into my favorite products of 2015!

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I reviewed this product last month and I am still in love. It’s the perfect setting powder. No flashback, no cakiness, and it doesn’t dry out my skin.
  2. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks. Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks are, without a doubt, my favorite liquid lipsticks. His products are pigmented, easy to work with, and are comfortable to wear. I reviewed Dirty Money & Posh Spice earlier this year and will be making a post in 2016 about my entire Jeffree Star collection. If you haven’t tried these products yet, you should! They are amazing.
  3. TonyMoly I’m Real sheet masks. TonyMoly makes the best sheet masks! They’re ultra hydrating, soothing, and great for sensitive skin. I order all of mine from KollectionK and have tried most of the “flavors” and haven’t had a negative reaction to a single one!
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I recently reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (pictured above), but I own several of the ALPs and love them all. They each serve a different purpose, i.e. Mood Light is perfect as a subtle blush, Ethereal and Diffused Lights are both great to set undereye concealer or blur imperfections, the list goes on and on. The powders themselves are a bit on the pricey side, but you get so much product in a full-size that it will last you for ages!
  5. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. This mascara is a bit of a cult favorite in the makeup world, and for good reason. It’s great at adding volume to my lashes without making them clumpy and adds just the right amount of length.
  6. May Coop Raw Sauce. I discussed this essence briefly in my October Favorites post and my love for this product is still going strong! It does a fantastic job of keeping my dry skin hydrated all day and also helps subsequent products absorb into my skin better.
  7. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I only recently discovered this lip balm and it has very quickly become my favorite lip balm to use. It’s soooo hydrating, long lasting, and isn’t sticky at all. I could tell a difference in the texture and moisture in my lips after only a couple uses.

That pretty much wraps up my favorites for 2015! What were yours? Who else is looking forward to 2016 and the amazing products that it will bring? ❤

Favorite affordable products under $15!

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Hey everyone! Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Most makeup addicts, even those with high-end tastes, like to get the best bang for their buck. The last thing you want to do is spend money on a product that doesn’t perform as well as you would like.

On that note, I’ve compiled a list of my top products under $15. This is by no means a complete list, just my favorite products to give you a place to start!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.79) – I have tried a lot of wipes and these are by far the best! They do a fantastic job of removing makeup, even stubborn mascara. They’re also really gentle and non-irritating, which is great for those with sensitive eyes.

Morphe G29 Angled Liner Brush ($3.99) – Morphe’s brushes are pretty amazing quality, but I really love this angled brush! It’s stiff enough to get crisp wings from gel liner but is soft enough to not irritate the delicate skin on your eyelids.

Morphe M510 Highlighting Brush ($7.99) – This goat hair brush is perfect for laying down highlighter on your cheekbones evenly and smoothly! It’s amazing to get a goat hair brush of this quality for less than $10!

Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls ($10) – This product gives a really awesome, subtle highlight when applied. It’s not a BAM, in your face type of highlight, but this product is great for a natural-looking glow.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($6) – Colourpop, without a doubt, makes the best drugstore-priced liquid lipsticks. They are so pigmented, dry to a velvety matte finish, are transfer-proof, and come in a wide variety of colors. Other drugstore brands have started making their own liquid lipsticks in order to jump on the hype train, but none of them even come close to the quality of the Ultra Mattes.

Neutrogena Liquid Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99) – This is an even more gentle version of Neutrogena’s makeup wipes. It’s oil-free and doesn’t burn if it gets in your eyes. I think the liquid remover does an even better job of removing mascara, but that could just be a personal preference!

Jack Black Lip Balm ($7.50) – Jack Black’s lip balms are ultra moisturizing and leave lips feeling soothed and hydrated. There are several different flavors of the balms, each with a different purpose, so you can pick the one that is perfect for you!

Sephora Colorful Face Powder in Tranquil ($15) – This product is part of Sephora’s line of blushes, contouring, and highlighting powders. Tranquil is a very cool-toned gray that imitates the look of a shadow, which is what you want from a contour, perfectly. The powder is very finely milled and blends wonderfully onto the skin.

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser ($11.49) – I’ve tried a lot of cleansers and this one has cooperated with my skin the most! It’s light, gentle, and doesn’t contain any ingredients that cause breakouts (for me). My face feels clean and smooth after I use it, so this is a definite HG for me!

Colourpop Eyeshadows Singles ($5) – Colourpop’s eyeshadows are offered in a wide range of colors and finishes. For only $5 each, the cream formula is pretty awesome. It’s pigmented and applies and blends out smoothly. They can present a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never used cream shadows before, but once you get the hang of them, I think you will like them!

Well, there you have it, these are my favorites for under $15! What are yours? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Monthly Favorites – November

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Hello, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already time for the monthly favorites post again. I really enjoy doing them, though, because I love doing reviews and recommending products that will (hopefully) make you as happy as they have made me!

  1. Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. As you guys know, I have super dry, sensitive skin. Because of this, I have to be careful about what types of exfoliants I use. I used to use scrubs, which left my face really irritated and angry. When I first heard about chemical exfoliation, I was nervous to try it. In my mind, chemicals would be rougher than any scrub could be, right? Wrong. It did take me some trial and error to find the right AHA for me, but I love the Nip & Fab pads. They’re gentle, effective, and inexpensive. They have not only helped keep dry patches under control, but they’ve helped improve the texture of my face overall.
  2. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid. I just recently bought this, but I am extremely impressed. I’m not acne prone, but I have issues with clogged pores on my forehead, large pores on my cheeks, and noticeable sebaceous filaments on my nose. After using this only one time, I noticed a major improvement in all 3 of these problem areas! This product is marketed for all skin types, and I haven’t experienced any excess dryness since using it.
  3. Shark Sauce. I heard about Shark Sauce from /r/asianbeauty and was intrigued by it’s list of powerhouse ingredients: niacinimide, sea kelp extract, and hyaluronic acid, to name a few. This product was my first endeavor into DIY Skincare, and I have to say I’m a fan. This product is extremely hydrating and soothing. It also will improve PIH and acne and do so many other great things for your skin!
  4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow. I was fortunate enough to nab this product at my local Sephora a couple weeks ago, and it is definitely living up to the hype. It’s described as a “fawn nude,” which is exactly how it looks on my skintone. KVD’s formula very comfortable, long-wearing, and easy to layer, which is a rarity in liquid lipsticks. If you can get your hands on this, I definitely recommend it.
  5. Colourpop More Better. I’ve been a fan of Colourpop’s Ultra Mattes since the launch, but More Better is definitely my favorite shade (so far)! It’s described as a “deep violet wine” that reminds me of Stila Aria. It’s an amazing color that is flattering on so many different skintones. It’s perfect for holiday parties and is a really versatile color to wear.
  6. Real Techniques Sponge. I got my first Beauty Blender a few months ago, and although I like it, I don’t love it like I feel I should. The last time I was in Ulta, I bought the RT Sponge on a whim to try it out, and I am so impressed with its ability to blend out foundation. I get great, even coverage with it. The flat edge allows me to blend everything out quickly and seamlessly! I do wish the pointed end was a bit smaller, like the Beauty Blender, so it fit into tight spaces around my eyes and nose more easily, but I’m alright with using both sponges when doing my makeup to get the most flawless face I can!

That wraps up my November favorites! What were your favorites this month? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

Product Review – Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend. I can’t believe it’s already almost Thanksgiving. This month and year have flown by so fast!

A couple weeks ago, I was in Sephora returning a few things from my VIB Rouge Haul that didn’t work out for me. I’ve been on the hunt for a loose powder for a while, but had yet to find one that worked with my dry skin and didn’t cause flashback. After reading a slew of positive reviews and seeing Jaclyn Hill mention the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in her October Favorites video, I decided to give it a try.

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Omg, you guys. This powder is truly amazing. First of all, you get 1 ounce of powder for $37. The price is a bit steep, but 1 ounce of loose powder will last you for forever.

I have used this powder a few times now and have found that it has completely prevented undereye creasing without making my skin feel like it’s going to fall off. Since I have super dry skin, finding a good powder has been hard because some are just too drying for me to comfortably use.

One that’s too dry for me is the Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder. I got a 100 point deluxe sample of this with my VIB Rouge Sale haul and was really excited to try it. While it did a good job of setting my concealer, it sucked all the moisture out of my skin and made my face feel really uncomfortable after only about 30 minutes of wear. Needless to say, I won’t be trying it again, now that I have the holy grail that is Laura Mercier!

I’ve also done some test photos using flash, and there’s no ghostly white cast with this powder! It is undetectable. Basically, everyone needs this powder in their lives pronto.

Which powder is your holy grail? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

Monthly Favorites – October

Hey everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting lately. I moved into a new apartment (which is absolutely amazing) last weekend, so I have been busy getting settled!

My favorites this month are mostly skincare, but as you can see, there are a couple makeup favorites too! I’ve been spending the past few months trying to revamp and improve my skincare routine, and I think I’m starting to find some products that work well for me!

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  1. May Coop Raw Sauce. This product is relatively new to Sephora, having arrived with the surge of K Beauty products they’ve recently been pushing. Raw Sauce is an essence, which is meant to be applied to your face after cleansing/toning. It serves as an added layer of moisture (my dry skin loves that), and also helps subsequent products absorb better. This essence contains over 90% acer maple sap, which is great for adding hydration for your skin. Since I started using this product, I have noticed that my skin is softer, less red, and doesn’t feel tight throughout the day!
  2. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette. This palette was released a few weeks ago as a Sephora exclusive for the holidays. Since I bought and loved Champagne Pop, I decided I had to take the plunge on this as well! The palette offers Pearl, Champagne Pop, and Blushed Copper and it’s great for all skintones! The great thing is that you can mix the 3 shades to create even more shades to highlight with! You can read my full review of the palette here, but I wholeheartedly recommend this product! I have used it every time I’ve done my makeup since I got it.
  3. Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil. This product is definitely a splurge/luxury product, but it truly is worth the price. It’s so moisturizing, smells like roses, and makes my skin feel amazing. I can use it alone or mix a few drops into my moisturizer or foundation for a little extra oomph.
  4. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner. You guys. This toner. Omg. It’s my new HG! It’s made for those with Normal to Very Dry skin. Its milky consistency helps add moisture (see a pattern to my routine here?) and also soothes irritated skin and helps diminish redness. And it definitely works. I have noticed a huge change in my facial redness since I started using this toner. A little also goes a very long way, so this will definitely last a long time!
  5. Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo. This was also released a few weeks ago, and I immediately scooped it up because I love travel-sized products, I love liquid lipstick, and I love Lolita! It’s such a flattering color for so many skintones, but on me it’s a deep mauvey MLBB. Lolita II is a terracotta brick color that is also flattering and will work for so many different fotds! You can read my full review and see swatches here!

That wraps it up for my favorites this month! I hope you enjoyed my mini-reviews. What are your favorites for this month? Let me know in the comments! ❤