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Fancie Faves

Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Laura Geller Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, Milani Golden Light Face and Eye Strobe Palette, Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette, Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlighting and Contour Palette, Fiona Stiles Miramar Invisible Loose Setting Powder

Now that we’ve got all of my January empties out of the way let’s move on to my faves, shall we? The plan was to get my faves and empties up together. But having a jam packed birthday weekend and then a crippling sinus infection the following week really threw me off. Way off. I’m talking mouth breathing for 4 days straight and putting my pants on backwards for an interview off. LOL!

Needless to say, January was a very long month but a lot of good came from it. Like ringing in the New Year and spending my birthday and Valentine’s Day with my amazing boyfriend. And trying a handful of new products that turned out to be the bomb.com. There’s nothing better than love and good makeup, right?

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!

Shimmering Blushes for Summer!

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, Sephora Hot Flush Colorful Blush, Milani Blossomtime Rose Blush, Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, Milani Bella Amore Baked Blush

For most people, blush isn’t the most necessary product for a complete makeup look. However, we all need a little blush to brighten, lift and add a nice touch of color to the face. Especially in the summer! Bronzers typically take center stage in the summer but it’s important to make sure you incorporate a little blush too to give you that naturally flushed rush of color that just screams color. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t always wear blush every time I wear makeup but I always feel sassier and more pulled together when my cheeks are topped with a nice blush that sets everything off. Like a nice shimmering blush that amplifies my highlight and makes me look sunkissed and rosy. That’s why I’ve put together this handy shimmering blush guide to help you perk up those cheeks this season. Let’s get started, shall we?


Fancie Faves

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette, Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder, Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder, Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

If I had to sum up April in one word it would probably be: haul. I hauled a lot of new stuff last month. Between Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty and all of the spring and summer collections seemingly dropping at once I just couldn’t help myself. April definitely ate up a lot of my coins! On the bright side, I got to try a lot of different new products that I ended up loving and getting a lot of use from. In fact, I discovered a few products that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live without again. So I’d say April was quite a success! Here’s a rundown on all of my favorite products last month:


Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara Review

Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara

Milani is my go to brand for a good affordable lipstick, gloss or liner but for some reason I’ve never really thought to try their mascaras. I was actually quite surprised when I visited their booth at Ipsy’s Generation Beauty LA and received the new Lash Trifecta Mascara instead of one of their dazzling lippies that we all know and love. I’m always up for trying new products from brands I love so I was curious to see if the Lash Trifecta Mascara would live up to Milani’s usual high quality standards. I’m pleased to report that it does!


5 Hydrating Primers for Dry Skin

5 Primers for Dry Skin

Tired of your foundation and concealer emphasizing your dry skin? Me too, girl! I’ve tried a ton of different foundations and concealers throughout the years and I’ve discovered that it’s not always the formula that needs a change. Sometimes it’s our approach, skin and technique that needs a little tweaking. Foundation and concealer has a tendency to emphasize dry skin putting the spotlight on flaky patches and fine lines rather than creating that smooth, flawless finish we crave. Now, there’s plenty of moisturizing foundations and concealers out there but if you’re anything like me you’ll quickly learn that they’re not without flaws either. Some moisturizing formulas tend to settle into fine lines and wrinkles as well as fade quickly, look greasy or just feel too rich–especially in the summer. That’s why I like to focus on correcting my dry skin with a solid skincare routine (which I’ll soon share!) and a good hydrating formula to ensure that my makeup applies and wears beautifully all day.


Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore Minimizing Face Primer Review

Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore Minimizing Face Primer

Finding a good foundation and concealer is important if you like a flawlessly beat face but so is finding a solid primer. Since I’ve been working in the beauty industry, I’ve learned that most women don’t understand the importance of using primer. From Bobbi Brown to Ulta, I hear a lot of complaints like, “My foundation just doesn’t last throughout the day without sliding off.” Or, “My skin is so dry that every foundation looks cakey and emphasizes my dryness.” Either way, my response is almost always, “Are you using a primer?” About 95% of the time the answer is no and to me that’s insane. Primer is super important guys!

A good primer not only helps to lock your foundation in place but it also helps address certain skin concerns like controlling oil, smoothing out flaky, dry skin and more. I used to think that primer wasn’t necessary when I first started wearing makeup but now I can’t live without it. I’ve sorta become a primer junkie because I’m addicted to the way they lend such a huge helping hand in applying my foundation and making it look flawless all day.


Brush Up on Your Technique with New Milani Brushes for Spring

New Milani Makeup Brush for Spring 2016

Milani has been changing the game this year with their new releases for spring and it seems like they’re just getting started! They’ve whipped up a new eyeshadow palette collection, lip oils and more this year including a new line of brushes that look mighty nice. The line includes a Foundation Brush, Powder/Bronzer Blush, Blush Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Crease Brush and Blending Brush to help create a full face look with ease. They’re a little pricey for drugstore brushes ($8 for eye brushes and $13-$16 for face) but I’m hoping that the quality makes them worth it and that the coupons and discount codes start rolling in soon. I love Milani but I can’t imagine paying that much for drugstore brand brushes. I guess ELF has spoiled me!

Will you be trying the new Milani makeup brushes this spring?

Fancie Faves

Fancie Faves: OPI Hello Kitty Collection, Becca Tobacco Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation, Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer Bronze, Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore Minimizing Face Primer, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, NYX Cinnamon Roll Intense Butter Gloss, Ardell 105 Glamour Lashes

Goodbye February and hello March! I’m so ready to shake these winter blues and jump head first into spring. Especially after all of the new spring releases and collections that have been popping up at Ulta lately. They make me super anxious! And also make me super broke LOL! I ended up buying a ton of new products last month from nail polish to tons of makeup because February was such an exciting month at Ulta. On the bright side, though, I ended up loving pretty much everything I bought so I’d say February was a pretty great month for me.


Winter Empties!

Winter Empties: Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, Milani 01 Moisturizing Almond Coco Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment, Vichy Purete Thermal 3-in-1 One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution

Buying new beauty products is easy but finishing them is hard. Really hard. There’s always something new and shiny around the corner touting to be the best thing since sliced bread and every now and then (or almost always) we give in to see if it’s truly worth the hype. It’s a vicious cycle, man. I’m definitely guilty of loving one thing and then leaving it by the wayside when a shiny new product comes along to take its place. However, there are times that I tend to stick with a product ’til the very end because it’s just too damn good to be replaced. Those, my friends, are what we call holy grail products. They make you wonder, “How the heck have I ever lived my life without this stuff?” I’ve actually discovered quite a few holy grail products this year that I’ve managed to finish up (or put a serious dent in) before spring that I’m dying to share with you lovelies. Let’s get started, shall we?