The Glam Series – Eye Makeup Wish List

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This week in The Glam Series everyone is talking about their eye makeup routines.  Since I already posted here about my favorite eye makeup products, I thought I would just talk about some eye makeup products I am currently lusting after.

Eye Makeup Wish List

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I have been part of the Naked Cult Club for a few years now, and actually recently (well for my birthday – thanks Elana!!)  got a replacement since I ran out of all my “go-to” shades.  I wasn’t that impressed with the Naked 2 so didn’t have high hopes when I heard that they were coming out with a third member of the Naked family.  However, this palette is right up my alley!  I love all the shimmery rose-y shades!

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Benefit Watt’s Up

I received a small sample tube of this in my Sephora birthday gift.  I have always been a fan of brow bone highlight powder, but never used a cream based highlighter.  I found that this product did much more than just regular powder because you can use it on multiple areas of your face.  Nose, inner eye, cheek bones…it covers all the bases and lasts all day.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes

I’ve never really got into “fancy” mascara.  Everyone seems to be obsessed with Benefit “They’re Real” but I didn’t think it was any more special than my drugstore mascara (and almost 3 times the price!).  My mom got me this awesome “mascara variety pack” for christmas that had about 10 different mascara minis (some are actually full sized!) so I was excited to try out some new fancy brands before committing to a full size.  This one has been my favorite so far!  I really feel like it makes my lashes look longer, more defined, and full.  I plan on picking up a full size whenever I run out of all my minis!

Which new products are on your wish list?  Be sure to check out everyone else’s eye makeup routines over on Jordon’s blog!

PS Hope you like the new theme…I am slowly learning how to be more “blog-savvy”!

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The Glam Series – Face Time

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Hello!  I am finally almost recovered from the worst sickness of 2014 (fingers crossed).  I am excited to join back in to Jordon’s linkup this week to talk all about my face makeup routine!  Now bear with me…none of the items I am about to discuss are fancy or expensive but they work for me and have been longtime staples in my routine.  I have found that spending more moola on facial treatments has been more beneficial to me than breaking the bank on foundations which gives me more room to splurge on other items (ie fancy eye makeups and eyebrow kits).  But if you are looking for some amazing drugstore finds, you have come to the right place! 🙂

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Benefit Porefessional

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After applying my Nerium Day Cream (which I talked about last week), I then apply a layer of this magic to my face.  I have been blessed with larger pores (which I am hoping my beloved Nerium shrinks down) so when I received a sample of Porefessional in my Birchbox a few years ago I was very excited to see if it could assist with hiding my pores.  I was immediately sold based on the texture.  It felt like I was applying liquid silk to my face!  It is a somewhat nude color which blends into my skin tone that helps disguise the pores and also redness.  I feel like it acts like an warmup to the foundation.  Kind of like a wannabe concealer, but for all over not just certain spots.   I have since gone through multiple tubes.  The only downside is the price.  At $30 a pop, I can’t help but ration it.  I try to only use it when I know I am having a long day without time to touch up my makeup, or when I know I will be taking lots of pictures.  I am actually all out and planned on using my Birchbox points to cash in on a new tube…but they are on backorder!  If that doesn’t tell you this product is a winner, I don’t know what will! 🙂  If you have any other suggestions for a winner primer that is possibly cheaper, please let me know!

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

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Now, this isn’t really marketed as a foundation, but I have been using it as a foundation for about 3.5 years.  After applying my primer base, I slap on a layer of this “Healthy Skin Enhancer” by using foundation brush and I feel like it helps tone out my skin and leaves me a clean pallete to apply my blush and bronzer.  I really like this product because it acts as a moisturizer, foundation, and a sunscreen and doesn’t leave me feeling like I have a thick layer of makeup on my face.  I like the light clean feeling when it comes to base layer makeup.  I use shade #30, light to neutral and it has not strayed me wrong.  It is very light so I feel like I don’t have to worry about having a dreaded makeup line.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder

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Notice a trend?  I have had nothing but luck with the Neutrogena cosmetic line for the past few years, so I have been loyal.  After applying my “foundation” base in the form of the Healthy Skin Enhancer, I then apply it’s cousin, the Healthy Skin Pressed Powder with my kabuki brush.  I also use shade #30 in the pressed powder.  I like this powder because it helps prevent shine and makes me feel like my foundation layer is set.  It also helps serve as a touchup for shine throughout the day.  You can also see an alternative use to this powder in my eye makeup post last week.

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Milani Baked Blush

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Brace yourself…this may be the best drugstore find you will ever experience.  I picked this blush up on a whim.  Now mind you, I like the “dewy”/”sunkissed” look when it comes to makeup so I gravitate towards more shimmery  blush, eye makeup, and bronzers.  I was at Walgreens and I saw this blush and since Ulta had recently discontinued my current blush I figured I might as well branch out to something new and have never looked back!  I have always found that I liked the “baked” blush and bronzers because they incorporate different shades within the blush so it isn’t just one uniform color.  This blush has several shades of pink, bronze, and a natural that all blend together for the perfect blushy glow.  I have only used the Bellissimo Bronze shade, but depending on your skin tone there may be a better one for you.  Milani offers a total of 7 different blush shades!  It is only $8 so you can’t really lose if you are looking to branch out.  Beats paying $20-$30 at the department store counter!

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Physician’s Formula Custom Blush and Eye Shadow

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This was another random pick.  I was at Target one day and we all know what happens when you go to Target…you walk in for toothpaste and you leave with a shirt, shoes, workout top, and a few new makeup purchases.  Am I right?  Well this one fall day around my birthday, I was running out of of summer glow and also on my bronzer so I thought I would do some experimenting with a new shade of fake summer glow.  I liked the different colors of this compact and how the different colors could blend together to create a unique bronze color.  At first, I thought it was really dark, but then learned to just slowly blend from the top and then work to the bottom of the compact.  I have only used it as a bronzer due to the shade I purchased, but I think you could possibly look into a different shade and use it for both a blush and a bronzer.

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There you have it!  My face makeup routine in a nutshell…and all (except the Porefessional) can be found at your local drugstore or Target!  How’s that for keeping it simple!  I can’t wait to see what other products everyone is using!  Happy Thursday!

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The Glam Series Linkup – Skin Routine

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I am excited to participate in Jordan’s fun new linkup about favorite beauty products!  I am excited to discover some new tricks and products and also share with you some of my own.  The first week of this linkup is all about skin!

So growing up I felt like I always struggled with my skin.  It was never terrible but never flawless.  I have switched up my skin routine many many times, but I feel like I have settled into a pretty good routine now and have been pretty pleased with the results!  Introducing my skin routine BFFs!

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Clarisonic Plus

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Introducing the Clarisonic Plus!  I got this for my birthday a few years ago from my parents and it was one of those gifts that I didn’t ask for, but was a very pleasant surprise.  Mine didn’t come with all the stuff in the above photo, I just tried to find the one with the same pattern as mine because I think it’s pretty! 🙂  My mom had heard about how great these were and knew how I have always been sensitive about my skin and tried a bunch of products so thought I should give this a shot.  I was hooked from my first use!  It felt like I was getting a mini facial every time I washed my face!  I don’t use it every night (even though I should) but I can definitely tell the difference in my skin if I haven’t used my Clarisonic in a few days.  After a few weeks I remember getting compliments from friends asking what new product I had been using.  I have since got many friends on board the Clarisonic bandwagon including my mom and sister.  They both have the Mia variety and it seems to work the same.  The only difference is that mine has different speeds and beeps to let me know when to move to the next area of my face.

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple

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I received a sample of Philosophy Purity Made Simple in my Birchbox about two years ago and have been hooked ever since.  I love this cleanser because it is very gentle and mild and leaves my skin feeling soft.  I like it so much I buy it in the bulk 32 oz size!  I like that it includes the pump.  It lasts me for about a year and is a great investment.  My mom usually hooks me up w/ one every Christmas so I have a constant supply of my favorite cleanser! 🙂

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Nerium AD

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Have you heard of this stuff yet?  My friend Jenn starting selling Nerium back in November and when she told me about it, it was totally new to me.  Since then, I feel like I have been hearing more and more about it.  She told me about all of it’s benefits and encouraged me to check out all the before and after pictures online.  The pictures are crazy and I almost thought they were photoshopped because of the drastic changes I saw.  This product is all natural and was developed by accident when they were trying to create a topical cure for skin cancer…they realized it wasn’t a cure, but ended up being a game changer in skin care!  I also have always known Jenn to have super sensitive skin, so the fact that she was backing this product enough to sell it, made me very interested to try it.  She said it not only helps with anti-aging prevention (never too young to start!) but it also helps with overall tone and pore size (which I feel like I have always struggled with).  Jenn gave me a 7 day sample of both the day and night cream and after about 2 days, I was hooked and already asking how I could place my order.  The night cream smells a little “plant-like” but that is due to the fact that it is all natural and doesn’t contain any perfumes.  The day cream doesn’t have the same smell but I love how it makes my makeup go on smooth and almost acts like a primer.  It is a tad on the high end when it comes to price…but you get a discount if you sign up to have it on auto deliver (or as they call it, a “Preferred Customer”).  I signed up to get both the day and night cream on the monthly delivery and it is $120.  I do think that both the day and night bottles will last you longer than a month, so I am not sure how long I will keep getting it monthly, but it is much cheaper to get it this way than “a la carte” (about a $40 difference!).  But so far, my skin has never looked better!  It feels so smooth and I have noticed a significant difference in the size of my pores and I even noticed a wrinkle on my forehead has faded!  It caught me off guard one day because it wasn’t something I was overly concerned with so it was a nice surprise when I noticed it faded.  I joked with my friend Jenn about how I wish this stuff made fat disappear.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Just to provide some proof of the disappearing wrinkle:

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Ignore the redness…I just got out of the shower in both pics and my face tends to get red from the hot water.  It is a small change but I think it’s pretty drastic for only using the product for 3o days.  I am excited to see how my skin improves with further use!  If you are interested in trying Nerium, you can use this link which takes you directly to my customer page which gives me a referral bonus! 🙂  Or, I encourage you to find someone you know that sells it and ask them to give you a 7 day trial.  I promise you will love it (and if you don’t they offer a money back guarantee)!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope I helped you discover some new products and I can’t wait to read the other link-up posts to discover everyone else’s favs!  Happy Thursday!

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Throwback Thursday – Eye Makeup Must Haves

I dubbed this a “Throwback Thursday” post because technically I posed it already when attempting to start a different blog.  So since this hasn’t been posted here I thought I would share! 🙂
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William Shakespeare said “the eyes are the window to your soul”…which means they deserve extra attention while getting ready!  Here are some of my go-to every day products as of lately:
1.  Urban Decay Eye Primer – I never put on my eye makeup without this stuff.  It really does make it your eye makeup last all day, and eliminates the dreaded crease!  The tube itself also lasts a really long time.  I purchased my tube of the “Greed” shade over 2 years ago and I am still squeezing out the last bits.  The “Greed” is a goldish color that looks pretty on its own if you are in a hurry or don’t want to wear a lot of makeup (confession – I have worn this while running a half marathon…I live in Dallas – this is standard practice!)  I actually was almost heartbroken last week when realizing that Ulta and Sephora no longer carry my beloved “Greed”…but I soon realized it was still available online, and 50% off!  Score!
2.  Urban Decay Naked Palette – Step 2 of my eye makeup routine keeps up Urban Decay theme.  This palette is worth every penny.  I have used it almost every day for just over 2 years!  I am more of a brown/gold/shimmery girl when it comes to eye shadow so this kit had a lot of shades I was drawn to.  My favorite shades are Toasted, Smog, Half Baked, Dark Horse, and Sin.  I am currently now out of 4/5 of those shades so it looks like I need to pick up a replacement asap!  I use Creep and Gunmetal if I am attempting a “smoky eye” look.
3.  Black Kohl Eyeliner – I only wear eye liner along the bottom lid line and I actually have no idea what brand of eyeliner I currently use.  I usually find one I like and use it for a year or so or whenever it gets too short!  Usually the ones described as a “kohl eyeliner” go on smoother than the regular cheap pencils.
4.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder – “What?  I thought this was an eye makeup post?” you are probably thinking.  Well this is a little trick I read about recently that will rock your world.  After applying my primer, eye shadow, and eye liner I run a small makeup brush into the same pressed powder I use all over my face and then brush it all over my lashes (top and bottom).  This is supposed to help help give the illusion of longer lashes since mascara will “grab on” to the ends better and look longer.  I think it makes a difference and try to do this if I have time and am feeling glamourous!
5.  L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara –  I discovered this gem about a year ago after asking a friend if she had lash extensions.  She told me no, and let me in on her drugstore treasure!  I tend to “Mascara Hop” and use different brands every day but this is my favorite.  It never seems to get clumpy and really makes each individual lash stand out.  I think that the powder trick in #4 works really well with this mascara.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes
 – This brow kit really finishes off my eye look.  It comes with eyebrow stencils, wax, 2 shades of powder (I use the blonde kit and usually mix the 2 shades together), and 2 shades of highlighter.  I don’t use the stencils as much as I did when I first got this kit, but they are a big help with making my brows look shaped when my brows are in need to a shape up.  I always feel extra put together when I finish my eye makeup look with the brow powder, but lately seem to only use it for a night out (gotta cut back somewhere when you are rushing out the door every morning!)There you have it!  Hope you found a new product to try out! 🙂