January 1, 2017

New Years Resolutions 2017

I'm not really the type of person to set New Years Resolutions. It's not that there's anything wrong with them, but I find I can't keep them and end up feeling unaccomplished by my lack of adherence.

However, for the past year or maybe a little more, I have had one over-arching goal. It's something that I feel contributes to my happiness and makes life overall more enjoyable. This goal is to worry less.

Worrying runs in my family. My grandma worries, her grandma worried, and my mom most-definitely worries. I want to break this cycle.

I want to stop worrying about things out of my control. I want to stop having FOMO. I want to discontinue the thoughts: What is that person thinking? What is that person doing? Does it involve me? What am I doing? Why am I doing this?

Most of us have some degree of these worries, but I want to suffocate mine. I want to squander them in the dirt. It's an ongoing process and I've been working on it for what feels like forever.

It's good to be self-reflective, but I can be obsessive about it. Although some amount of worrying is healthy and keeps you on your toes, I want to live a free life with the ability to be spontaneous and just to do.

December 11, 2016

Most Used Brushes

I haven't always, and still sometimes don't, like to invest tons into my brushes, but I can appreciate the value of a brush and how much better it can make your makeup look. I don't own too extensive of a brush collection and get a lot of use out of the ones I do own. I definitely have a few favorites and recommendations. As you're soon to find out, I gravitate toward Sigma, Real Techniques, and Mac brushes, but I'm open to giving mostly anything a try. 

Real Techniques Blush Brush
I wouldn't have ever thought that a rather large oval brush would be good for blush, but the tapered end allows it to disperse, while the largeness of the brush blends out the blush. I never expected it, but I do use this brush a lot. 

Sigma F10
I also use this brush for blush. It's a little more of a traditional brush, but I have also used it for bronzer and highlighter. Really, it's just a good, standard, quality brush to have around. 

Sigma F80
This dense, flat top kabuki brush is phenomenal for foundation. It applies it evenly and easily. The thick, larger formation of the brush really smooths over foundation without leaving streaks or bare patches. 

Sigma P82
This is the best and the only brush I will ever use for concealer. It is a miniature version of their Round Brush and blends out concealer seamlessly without wiping it away. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This is another favorite foundation brush. It's smaller, but not a flat brush, and it's pretty dense. It applies and blends out foundation really nicely. 

Bare Minerals Hnady Buki
This is a little dense, circular brush and it's perfect for bronzer and contouring. It fits into the hollows of my cheekbones well. Overall, Bare Minerals makes really nice quality brushes for not too much money. 

Mars Brush
I'm not sure exactly how I acquired this brush or where it came along, but I do love it. I use it for everything: powder, bronzer, blush, and highlight. I don't know that I would spend the money on any full sized Nars brushes, but I do love and use this miniatures. 

For eyes, I tend to gravitate toward Mac, as I have slowly grown my collection. However, that doesn't mean I don't love and appreciate other brands and I have yet to try Sigma eye brushes, something I definitely aspire to give a try sometime soon.

Mac 224
Although there are other tapered blending brushes, I like the quality of the Mac one. In short, it is the perfect brush for blending.

Mac 217
Being the quintessential eye brush, I get so much use out of my Mac 217 that I actually own two. It's perfect for everything: sweeping across the lid, the crease, and highlighting. So far, nothing compares to this brush and it's certainly a must have.

Mac 239
This is not a necessary brush, but a very nice flat shader if you're willing to spend the money (it's not outrageously expensive). The Mac 239 applies shadows evenly and doesn't skimp on pigment.

Urban Decay Naked Original
The brushes that come with the Naked palettes are great quality and apply shadow nicely. I find myself using the flat shader from the original Naked palette most often for applying base and accent shadows.

Mac 266
This is a great the perfect angled brush for filling in your eyebrows. It also works well for eyeliner and lower lash line accents.

Tarte Eyeliner
This brush came with a taste gel liner that I purchased a while ago; however, I like the brush so well that I kept it around. It's double sided with a smudging brush on the other end, but I mostly find myself using this fine brush for gel liner and it's perfectly precise.

Do you have a favorite brush, one you cannot live without?

December 1, 2016

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review

left- nothing, right- Anastasia Dipbrow

As you can see, fixing up and filling in your brows really makes your makeup appear finished. It makes your eyes pop and your face a bit more flawless. Doing my brows really puts some pep in my step. I've tried numerous brow products, all pencils, powders, and clear or tinted gels, but never a pomade. These have always intrigued me and I've had my eyes on the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade for quite some time.

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade comes in a little jar, similar to that of a cream shadow. It is a similar texture, a creamy gel. I got the shade Medium Brown, which is exactly how it sounds. 

I like applying this product with a Mac 266. The brush is thin enough that it doesn't make the product appear too unnatural. Dipbrow stays on longer than any other brow product I've tried. It also stays in place, without smudging. 

Dipbrow is great if you would like a strong brow, but not optimal for a very natural look. I like it for special occasions (especially for the upcoming Holidays) or times when I want a bold, neat brow. It's probably not for everyone, but definitely comes in handy and I don't regret purchasing. It really completes a look and is overall a quality, luxurious product.

Have you ever tried anything similar? Do you have a favorite brow product?

November 23, 2016

Five Reasons Why | I Love the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, many things pop into my mind: good food, good company, giving thanks, and the parade. If watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't in your holiday tradition checklist, you should definitely consider adding it. It's on my, as well as many others, bucket list to watch the parade live, which I'm hoping to accomplish some time throughout college.

1.) It's a great family-style tradition. I always convince my dad to watch the parade with my, while my brother floats around the house and my mom cooks. Its a great bonding moment and something at least I look forward to every year. 

November 21, 2016

A 3-6 Cups of Coffee Kind of Gal

With Thanksgiving coming up, and finally some well-deserved time off of school, I thought I would take some time to reflect on my first semester of college, thus far.

Let's just say: I don't want it to ever end. I'm sure I may feel differently Senior year, but right now it is everything I have been hoping for.

The last three years, I've been looking at colleges and visiting colleges and thinking about what college will be like. I had no idea I would end up at the school I am at now (I switched schools mid June of 2016) and I had no idea it would be as wonderful as it is right now. I had no idea that I would have made a wonderful group of friends who is willing to laugh with me and zip me into dresses when my arms are not long enough. I had no idea I would be up until two in the morning most mornings and be sewing holes closed in my friend's roommate's leggings. I could never have imagined that all of my previous worries about college would float away.

I was that girl who thought about taking a gap year in July and who switched colleges completely in June. That girl who, despite the amount of planning she had done, had no clue if she actually wanted to go to college in Fall of 2016.

Now, home for Thaksgiving break, I sit in the coffee shop I spent much of my time in during high school. I drink the same drink and order the same food. I see the owners and the workers and we chat about my life and theirs.

So much, yet so little has changed. My friends and I go to the same diner for breakfast and I order the same Christmas drink at Starbucks. I am still wearing black and grey all the time, yet I am not the same person.

I have learned a lot since living on my own. Although my parents visit me often at college and deliver things I had left at home, I am not the same person I was when I used to forget things and have my mom deliver my homework or lunch in school.

I am surprisingly on top of things, not skipping classes and getting my homework done before my friends. Although I like to sleep in, I only do so when I don't have class.

So there's a little update on me. So much in my life has changed. One thing that has not changed and will never change is the amount of coffee I drink. No matter where my life takes me, I will always be a 3-6 cups a day kind of gal.

November 16, 2016

Skincare Routine

Skincare isn't always something I make time for, but when I do, it's so rewarding and I can truly tell the difference! Currently I'm loving the products that I'm using.

Makeup Remover
At the moment I'm using the Clinique Take the Day off Balm, which is such an easy way to remove any degree of makeup. I'm also using the Simple Micellar Water, which is better for less makeup or smaller, more concentrated areas. It's not at all irritating and removes makeup without any elbow grease. Plus, it's a great drugstore find. 

Cleanser doesn't really phase me. Of course I have ones I prefer, but, in reality, I'll try anything. I just got done using the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, so now I'm using Philosophy's Purity. It's a mild, non creamy cleanser that removes almost anything, dirt and makeup included. 

November 12, 2016

Everyday Makeup | Fall Gold Glow

When Fall comes I like to pull out shades like burgundy, bronze, and gold.

I started out by applying the Laura Mercier Silk Cream Moisturizing Foundation. The tiniest dot of this covers everything, but I don't like using it on my under eye area, so I also used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. To add some definition, I lightly applied Benefit's Hoola Bronzer and then for a bit of a glow, the Tarte Captivating Blush, a light peach shade to liven up my face, and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

On my eyes, I went for a very gold look. I started with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. Then, using the Lorac Pro Palette, which unfortunately doesn't get too much love, I started by applying Gold all over the lid and Garnet in the outer lid. I used Sable in the crease and a combination of White and Nude as a highlight. I then took Garnet and swept it on my outer lower lash line. Completing the eyes, I used the Maybelline The Falsies Mascara. On my brows, I also used the Lorac Pro Palette, filling them in with Taupe.

On my lips I used Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, a sheer, natural berry.

Combining a color palette that reminds me of Fall this look is perfect for the upcoming holidays.

November 7, 2016

Beauty and Life Edit | Fall

Fall and the holiday season is always my favorite time of year! With it comes a certain selection of products that bring a special sense to the season.