Category: High End Brands

Fancie Faves

MAC Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish, MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish, MAC Strip Me Down, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Mahogany, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Let’s take a quick break from all these incredibly tempting new fall and holiday collections. Shall we? I don’t know about you but my head is spinning from all the newness in the beauty world right now. It’s so overwhelming! Lately, I’ve been finding myself spending and spending on more and more makeup that I don’t need. But I love shiny new things so I can never quite help myself.

I’ve been trying to keep myself a little grounded a little bit by exploring some old goodies in my collection and showing lots of love to the newer stuff that I’ve been buying and it’s been helping. Somewhat. Last month, I found myself reaching for a few of the same products every time I did my makeup. Which is nice because I got a chance to really appreciate some products that deserved lots of love and attention.
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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part Two

Leaders 7 Wonders Amazonian Acari Anti-Pollution Mask, Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask, Befine Skincare, Josie Maran Argan Balm, Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser, Make Beauty Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover, Derma E Overnight Peel, Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

You didn’t think I forgot about showing you day 2 of Ipsy’s Gen Beauty NY? I wouldn’t do you like that, girl! It’s been a busy week trying to catch up on some much needed rest after spending the weekend in the city that never sleeps. But my tired body is finally coming around and recuperating from all the excitement Gen Beauty had to offer. The first day was pretty insane and incredibly overwhelming considering it was my only my second time going. Not to mention braving all those large crowds and massive brands on my own. Gen Beauty was still a magical experience though that may have initially left me drained but ultimately inspired.

You guys have no idea how much I’d love to spend every waking moment creating new content, looks and (in the future!) videos to share with my all time favorite people. There’s nothing in the world more inspiring and motivating than knowing that there’s other makeup junkies and divas who appreciate and can relate to my passion for beauty.

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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part One

Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Haul & Goodies

For the past week, I’ve been working on sharing my experience and goodies from Ipsy’s Generation Beauty New York but I’ve been so tired! Not just because I spent hours walking around mingling with other beauty bloggers and waiting in line to meet amazing brand reps. It’s mostly because I spent the majority of my weekend exploring New York (on foot ?) and partying with my best friends who are avid members of #teamnosleep on vacation. In between mixing and mingling at Gen Beauty, I was up until around 5 a.m. (or later) soaking in the city and partying with my favorite girls in the world. I had a blast! However, I’m still incredibly tired an entire week later. I could absolutely go for some hibernation right now. LOL!
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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty: Day 2 Haul

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush, Flowerchild Mineral Blush, Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured, Bare Minerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Dark to Deep

There’s been a lot of exciting things happening in the beauty community these days but the most epic has to be Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty event. It’s rare to catch a discount on Prestige brands of makeup and skincare from any retailer. But I think it’s especially hard to do at Ulta because 99% of their coupons exclude the higher end brands. However, Ulta makes it up to us twice a year by giving us some pretty steep discounts on certain brands and products during 21 Days of Beauty.

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Tint Your Eyes with Armani This Fall!

Giorgio Armani 12 Gold Ashes, 24 Nude Smoke, 21 Fur Smoke Eye Tint, Eccentrico Instant High Volume & Definiton Mascara

The eyes are the window to the soul. Whether they’re smokey, natural or winged, your eyes say a lot about you before you even speak. Most days, I like to bust out a quick wing to add a little flair and quick glimpse into my glittering soul. Sometimes, though, I love to go all out with eyeshadow to boost my creativity and express my style. I usually just pick up the eyeshadow palette pick of the day and get to blending but Influenster has given me a new way to play up my eyes–with liquid.

Liquid eyeshadows aren’t new to the makeup world but they haven’t become a huge hit just yet. It seems that this will change very soon as we’re starting to see more liquid eyeshadow formulas from brands like Maybelline and now Giorgio Armani. The Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are a new collection of liquid eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from beige to green in shimmer and matte finishes. Armani describes the formula as a long lasting tint with the smoothness of a cream that yields intense, vibrant eye looks. The Eye Tints have a very thin, lightweight formula that’s creamy but not too emollient so it doesn’t slide around much at all. Instead, it seems to offer a precise application that’s easy to blend with a pat of a finger or a synthetic brush.

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Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Review

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown is famous for her extensive foundation line and amazing Correctors and Concealers. But a flawless complexion isn’t the only thing she excels at. For years, Bobbi has quietly been killing the highlight game with her iconic Shimmer Bricks that can also be used as a shimmering eyeshadow palette. Before Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca hit the scene and brought strobing to life Bobbi Brown was chilling in the background making magic happen with her gorgeous Shimmer Bricks. It wasn’t until I became a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown that I discovered the beauty of Shimmer Bricks but it didn’t take me long to appreciate them at all. Bobbi’s Shimmer Bricks are highlight heaven!
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Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Review

Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is a must have for those early mornings when I just need a quick, intense liner to blend in my falsies and go. That’s it though. I just can’t get with using liquid liner to create my signature cat eye. After years of practice, I can make it happen but it takes a lot more effort and time. Liquid liner is just too messy, too hard to control and sometimes too streaky to give me that sharp, steady wing that fiercely slices through. Every time I try to do a wing with liquid liner, it ends up all over my lids and in the inner corner of my eyes as my hand lightly shakes with anticipation. So much stress!

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 26 Rose Libertin Lipstick

There’s a lot of things that can easily put a smile on my face and pink lipstick is pretty high up on the list. I can be in a really funky mood and then pull out one of my favorite pink lipsticks or buy a brand new one…..and bam! My mood is instantly lifted as if nothing ever happened. It’s one of the many reasons I love makeup. A little lipstick just makes me happy as a kid opening a box of crayons for the first time. That’s why I often to try to pull out a good pink lipstick every Wednesday to get me through those mid-week blues and carry me happily into the weekend.
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Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

A clear, healthy complexion is easy to achieve when you have the right tools on hand. There’s a lot that goes into keeping your complexion in tip top shape including drinking lots of water, eating nutrient rich food, moisturizing and keeping your skin clean. All of which are easier said than done. If I had a dollar for every time I said I was going to exercise and eat better I’d be a millionaire by now. I just can’t seem to give up my precious pizza and various other junk foods but I always try to put my best food forward when it comes to keep my skin hydrated and clean. Which is only half the battle but a darn good start when carbs are your best friends. Gotta start somewhere right?

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NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016

NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016

NARS is a classic brand with timeless products that still manage to look good season after season. Every now and then, though, NARS likes to get trendy with new products that are currently hot like liquid lipsticks and brow creams. However, NARS still takes the classic approach with wearable colors and their signature sleek black packaging that never goes out of style. The upcoming Audacious Collection for fall brings us that classic NARS feel that we love but with a little bit of trendiness to it with the new Brow Creams and liquid liners. I have a feeling that these new goodies for fall are going to be hot all year round!

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