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Best of 2016: Lipstick 

Bite Beauty Cava Matte Lip Creme Crayon, Too Faced Queen B Melted Matte Lipstick, ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix, Tarte Rogue The Lip Sculptor Lipstick and Lip Gloss, MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick, Smashbox Out Loud Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

I hope you’ve been enjoying your New Year! Here’s to hoping that 2017 is gentler yet still fierce. Because I think we can all agree that 2016 was a little rough around the edges. It wasn’t all bad though! We saw a lot of great releases, collaborations and more in the beauty community last year that blessed us with a lot of great products. I know I’m a little late to the party but there was no way I could truly kiss 2016 goodbye until I shared all of my favorite products with you. It’s only right!
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Fancie Faves

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette, Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, Tarte Rogue The Lip Sculptor Lipstick and Gloss, Becca Backlight Priming Filter, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, MAC Copper Face Compact

No matter how much new makeup I buy I always find myself reaching for some of the same products over and over again. Of course, I like to switch a few things up from time to time but when it comes to certain products I like to just stick to what works. Especially when I’ve got a busy schedule ahead of me. That’s why I ended up keeping the same handful of products in rotation last month. Nothing’s better than a quick everyday beat with your faves!
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Tarte’s Kissing Squad Lip Sculptor Quad is a Steal! 

Tarte Kissing Squad Lip Sculptor Squad Lipstick and Gloss Set Swatches on Dark Skin

Liquid lipsticks are life. True enough. But I can’t act like juicy, glossy poppin’ lips aren’t the move all year round! Most times, I do like to gravitate towards mattes throughout fall and winter but mattes can be a little drying. And when you’re talking to people nonstop for hours a day matte lips aren’t always ideal. They start to crack, peel and get all dry. Then before you know it, you’re lips are pretty much hanging off your face and you have no idea how bad it is until you pass a mirror. Tragic.
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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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Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Review

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Review

Is it just me or is it extremely hard to pack makeup and skincare? Most times when I pack for vacation, I bring an abundance of makeup and skincare products to cover my bases. No matter how much stuff I bring I always seem to leave something behind. Or forget about something completely. When I wash my face at home, I like to double cleanse with a cleansing oil and then a regular ol’ foaming cleanser afterwards to completely remove all of my makeup. Somehow, I almost always forget about double cleansing when I pack because I never remember to pack a travel cleansing oil. Ever.

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Blush for Days with the New Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette!

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

Is it just me or are holiday collections coming earlier and earlier every year? We haven’t even made it to Halloween yet and we’re already seeing new holiday palettes and sets. I’m not complaining. But dang! Can I go trick or treating and get through Thanksgiving first before these beauty brands are digging all in my pockets? Sheesh! I could have used a short break after Ulta’s enticing 21 Days of Beauty but it looks like that’s not happening since many brands, like Tarte, are already flashing their new holiday goodies in our faces.
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Urban Decay Gets Razor Sharp!

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Long-Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion and Retrograde

In life, there are certain things that some people are just better at than others. There are people who are great at sports. Or math and science. Or applying liquid liner. There’s a special set of skills you need for sports, math, science and liquid liner. I have none of them. Physically, I’m the laziest person you’ll ever meet. You’ll never see me kick a ball or run a mile. And math and science? Forget about it! I need a calculator and cheat sheet next to me at all times to be at least halfway decent. Liquid liner is no different. You’d think it’s not as complicated as sports, math or science but applying liquid liner is always a struggly situation for me.

There’s either too much product on the brush. Or not enough product on the felt tips so it streaks. Or my favorite (insert sarcasm) when I try to create a wing and it skips and drags or globs all over the place. Liquid liner is just the struggle for me! I like to use the felt tip ones, like Stila’s and Too Faced’s, for a quick swipe to help my falsies blend in but I can never quite master the regular ol’ brush ones.

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Fancie Faves

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It seems like summer just started and then bam! It’s September. Now we’re pushing into fall and getting ready to switch out our glossy bold lips for something a little more sexy. Like vampy mattes. I’m never ready for the colder weather but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love fall makeup. I love the sultry, smokey vibes and rich earth tones that come with fall. I love it just as much as I love the more fun releases we see in the summer. Even though I’m ready for fall makeup I know I’m going to have a hard time kissing some of my summer faves goodbye. Lucky for me, some of my recent faves can easily transition into fall. Which is a huge plus because I seriously fell in love with some new products in August that I’m not ready to let go at all.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit

“Fancie, you don’t need another highlighter for life. Don’t buy it!” Chile, if I had a dollar for every time I said this to myself I would have enough money to buy this Glow Kit and another one with money still left over. I just can’t control myself when it comes to highlighters! It seems that Anastasia Beverly Hills is well aware of my weakness (along with every other makeup junkie) because she just keeps cranking out these damn Glow Kits like they’re going out of style. You’d think after the first 2 versions we’ve had enough. But nope! Anastasia whipped up 3 more of them and I ended up buying 2 of them for good measure. Aka because they were shiny, new and cute so I needed them.

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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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