Best of 2015: Drugstore Lipsticks

Best of 2015 Drugstore Lipstick: Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick, MilanI Power Pink Color Statement Lipstick, Milani Matte Naked Color Statement Matte Lipstick, Milani Matte Beauty Color Statement Matte Lipstick, Maybelline Nude Nuance Color Sensational Matte Lipstick, NYX Stone High Voltage Lipstick

I spent a lot of time in the drugstore aisles last year so it’s no surprise that I picked up an insane amount of budget beauty lipsticks. Believe it or not, there’s some really impressive formulas and colors hidden in drugstore aisles–all for under $10. I enjoyed quite a few drugstore lipsticks in 2015 but most of my favorites seemed to come from Milani. Which is no surprise because their lippies are freaking amazing!

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Best of 2015: Foundation

Best of 2015 Foundation: Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, Bobbi Brown Golden Nude CC Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless, Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum

Ahh, foundation. We only have one face and yet we tend to hoard it anyway. It can really be hard to resist the urge to stock up on foundations when there’s so many great reasons to. Like changes in your skin tone in the summer and winter where you need darker or lighter shades. Or changes in your skin that cause you to switch to matte or moisturizing formulas. Or you’re just a makeup junkie who likes options and new things. I’m a little of all of the above so I have a foundation “wardrobe” as Bobbi Brown likes to call it but in 2015 I only reached for a handful of foundations.
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Best of 2015: High End Lipsticks

Best of 2015 High End Lipstick: Chanel 94 Exatique Rouge Allure Lipstick, Urban Decay 1993 Matte Revolution Lipstick, MAC Matte Royal Lipstick, Estee Lauder 430 Extrovert Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent 19 Le Fuchsia Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Kat Von D Poe Studded Kiss Lipstick, MAC Stone Lipstick, NARS Fanny Lipstick

Nothing ties together a look like a good lipstick! That’s why I’ve always been so lipstick obsessed because they can really transform a look. Last year, we saw a lot of new lipstick releases–some limited edition and some permanent. Of course, I’ve tried a ton of them over the course of 2015 but there were a handful that I almost had to surgically remove from my makeup bag because I just couldn’t stop wearing them after the testing phase was over.
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Best of 2015: Eyeshadow Palettes

Best of 2015 Eyeshadow Palettes: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Too Faced Stardust Palette by Vegas Nay, Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed a safe, cozy night because today is going to be jam packed with makeup porn and your heart needs to be ready. I branched out from my usual MAC and NARS this year and tried a lot of new brands as well as fell in love with a lot of different products. Last year was filled with fun collections, tempting new releases and limited edition goodies that made me proud (and poor) to be a makeup junkie. So before I kick off the new year with my first haul of 2016 I want to properly say goodbye to 2015 by giving shoutouts to all of the products that helped make it a beautiful year to remember.
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Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Now $39!

Urban Decay Vice4 Palette

After recently picking up the Gwen Stefani, Mega Pro Palette 2, Stardust and Tartelette palettes I told myself, “No more!” That’s it. Well until next year when I would allow myself to purchase the Tartelette in Bloom palette. But that’s besides the point. There was no way I was adding yet another eyeshadow palette to my collection this year. Or so I thought.
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NARS Despair Cheek Palette Swatches

NARS Fantascene Despair Cheek Palette

A lot of brands went all out with their holiday collections this year but I think NARS took the cake. The makeup genius teamed up with the high-profile fashion photographer, Steven Klein, to create a limited edition collection filled with beautiful sets, palettes and more. There were a lot of tempting pieces (I mean a lot) but I really had my eye on the Despair Cheek Palette.
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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Haul & Swatches

Jeffree Star I'm Royalty, Blow Pony Velour Liquid Lipstick

Ahh Instagram hype. It’ll make you do some crazy things. Like want more liquid lipsticks than you could ever need for 2 lifetimes. I literally have liquid lipsticks coming out of my ears but curiosity still got the best of me after seeing tons of Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick posts everywhere. Everyone seems to be obsessed with them. Everyone.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits Now Available Online!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit

Are you ready to glow? Good ’cause this is the perfect time of year to stock up! Winter seems to literally suck the life out of skin so we all could use a little extra help keeping our complexion radiant and dewy all year round. Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to understand our struggle so she whipped up even more highlighters to glow up those cheeks and eyes.

There’s 2 new Glow Kits that are now available online and they feature 4 shimmering highlighters–not to be confused with Illuminators. Judging by the swatches, these seem to be a completely different formula. A bit more soft and natural. If you’re into highlighting and could use 4 more in your collection I recommend checking out the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits. You can order them for $40 here.
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Laura Mercier Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio Review

Laura Mercier Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio

I’ve learned two important lessons this holiday season. First lesson, Sephora’s Holiday Reward Cards are really dangerous. I ended up getting almost everything that was on my list and I don’t even regret it. Second lesson, swatches can really be deceiving.

I knew well before the Holiday Reward Cards went out that I’d be using mine to finally order the beautiful Laura Mercier Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio. It’s a gorgeous cheek palette with sophisticated abstract animal print packaging and 3 of Laura Mercier’s favorite products to bring warmth and color to the face for the perfect sunny glow all year round.
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