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.

November 5, 2016

All About | Concealer

I've always been a big fan of just using concealer. It works perfectly for when you don't really have time to do your makeup.

I have owned the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer and have gone back and forth with it. Just recently, I began loving it again.  I have the shade light-medium and it suits my skin perfectly. It is a thick, very creamy concealer and works really well for under the eyes, but it also blends well to cover spots on the face. I'm not sure how it would work for other skin types, but it blends smoothly into my drier skin and leaves a nice satin finish.

One of my long-standing favorites is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I love it so much, I purchased a second shade. I have Honey and Custard, one warmer and one cooler. This concealer is more of a cream liquid. A little bit goes a very long way. I like blending this one out with my Sigma P60.

I have also fallen in love with the Bobbi Brown Concealer Duo. It's a cream that you can be a little bit more generous with. It's very pigmented and works well over large areas. I also like how the kit comes with a powder to set the concealer. It's a little bit expensive, but check out your local CCO (that's where I found mine for a much cheaper price).

Also from Bobbi Brown, I love their Corrector. I have the shade Bisque and it is a salmon toned concealer that works wonderfully as an undereye cover up. I wouldn't recommend using it anywhere else, but it applies smoothly under the eyes. On the days when I've gotten absolutely no sleep and my eyes are horrendously dark and blue, this is the only things that covers and corrects the problem. It also has a nice finish that doesn't attract attention to the under eye area.

Lastly, the most recent addition to my concealer rotation is the Glossier Stretch Concealer. It's a very thin, almost liquidy concealer, a different formula than anything else I own. It covers everything, but watch out because a little bit goes a long way and the product spreads out very quickly. I find that it works better on spots and redness on my face, rather than darkness under my eyes. But, overall it's a uniquely, great concealer.

November 2, 2016

Mac Lipstick Collection

Mac has hundreds of shades of lipstick and it can often be hard to choose which one to purchase. With so much variety and diversity in their whole collection, my little collection of seven lipsticks is just a small representation. (Some of the links on here are to embarrassingly old blog posts, but hey why not just embrace the progress that has taken place on this blog!)

(left to right) Mac Red, Viva Glam Nicki, Pink Pearl Pop, Flamingo, Creme Cup, Hue, Royal Ball
Mac Red has a satin finish and is more of a blue-based, berry red, but overall very appropriate to complete a look, especially for the upcoming holiday season.

Viva Glam Nicki is also a satin. It's a vibrant neon pink, more coral than blue. Perfect for Summertime or whenever you feel like rocking something a bit bolder. 

Pink Pearl Pop is a lighter, more wearable, but still vibrant hot pink. It has a lovely formula, being a cremesheen finish.

Flamingo is lustre finish and a flat out pinky coral, once again perfect for Spring and Summer. 

Creme Cup is a cremesheen finish in a pinky nude shade. It borders on mauve. I love wearing this as an everyday shade and it goes perfectly with almost any look.

My favorite shade is Hue, a glaze finish. It's a peachy nude that also goes with any look. I wear this shade very often and this is actually my second tube. 

Lastly, I have Royal Ball, a lustre from the Cinderella collection. It honestly just adds shine to your lips with a touch of very light pink. It leaves an almost frosted finish. 

All of the Mac lipsticks ($17) I've tried are smooth and creamy (keep in mind I've never tried a matte finish). The pigment often depends on the finish, so I definitely recommend watching before buying. Overall, I love the quality and variety of Mac Lipsticks. In addition to some other brands, I highly recommend trying a few of them out. What's next on my wishlist? Rebel and Twig are at the top of my list currently.

What are your favorite Mac Lipsticks? Do you have a wishlist?