Current Foundations I’m Using!

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Finding a good foundation can be such an adventure. When I find one that I like, I often want to try another kind when it’s finished. The foundations above are all of the ones I have at the moment.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer– I have two of these, one full-size and one deluxe sample. I take the deluxe sample on vacation because it’s such a great size. I love this foundation, and have reviewed it.

Make Up For Ever HD Stick Foundation– This is another foundation that I really like because it is so easy to apply, and it is fast to blend. I especially love it when I spray Smashbox Primer Water on the brush first.

Physicians Formula Organic wear®100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer™ SPF 40– I don’t wear this all the time, but it does what it says and stays during tough workouts. I’m not one who needs to wear makeup while I’m working out, but if I’m going out for a run I use this especially for the extra SPF.

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup– I have a deluxe sample of the shade Silk Ivory, and wow, I love this foundation! It’s so lightweight and easy to wear, but has nice coverage (medium). The consistency is fantastic and it is long-lasting on my skin. I will probably get a full-size bottle in the future once I use something up.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint– In the tiny jar there are several samples of the shade Groenland. This also has a really nice consistency as it is thin and lightweight. It is also very easy to apply. I don’t think I will be buying the full-size bottle of this in the future since it is expensive and there are products I like more.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation– This is a drugstore powder foundation and I have fallen in love with it. This is my second compact! I use this almost daily. I don’t wear a primer or a liquid foundation/BB cream underneath; I only wear the powder when I use this. I love it because it is FAST, flawless, and foolproof!

What are your favorite foundations? Do you have any recommendations?

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8 Perfumes I Want to Use Up!

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Wonderful perfume…as much as I like makeup, my perfume obsession is just as intense. When I love a fragrance I really love it, and I adore trying out new scents. Because of that, I have quite the perfume collection! Since I have a good idea of my absolute favorites, I want to use up some of what I have, even if I plan on repurchasing. Many of these are near empty to begin with, so it made sense to start with them.

Bath and Body Works Vineyard Champagne Kiss: I’m a sucker for a champagne note, and paired with citrus, that makes me even happier. I really love this body spray, but they take forEVER to use up. I’m going to work through this one by keeping it on my nightstand and using it before bed (yes, I am that person…I like to smell good at all times).

Bobbi Brown Beach: This is a favorite for me. There’s about 1/3 of this bottle left, and since I have one waiting in the wings, I would like to get through this one.

Nest Paradise: This is a nice scent; it has a bite of ginger and is balanced out by citrus. That said, I probably won’t repurchase it.

Ariana Grande Ari: The physical rollerball is one of the best I have used; I love how much product is dispensed from this. The scent is lovely; warm and sweet, but not heavy or sickening. I would probably repurchase this in the future with a good deal.

Nicki Minaj Minajesty: As you can see, I have no shame and if it smells good, I go with it. I LOVE this perfume. It has a delightfully juicy berries and lemon blend, creating a little bite. I have a bottle of this, so I would like to use up the mini rollerball.

Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis: Another juicy citrus fragrance that lasts all day long. I am almost done with this travel spray and will likely buy this in the full-size bottle this year.

Tocca Simone: Another favorite! This smells like sand and the beach, but doesn’t have that harsh jasmine note many beach fragrances have; instead, it is balanced with light frangipani.

Note Fragrances Honey Blossom: This is one of the most authentic honey scents I’ve tried. I like it, but am unsure if I’ll purchase anything larger than this little tester.

I’m not sure how long it will take for me to use these up, but I’m starting with the Nest rollerball!

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My First Pandora Bracelet: Disney Themed!

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Two weeks ago I was on my way to Disney World; unfortunately those vacations just fly by, don’t they? We were there for marathon weekend and I decided to splurge on something special while we were there: my first Pandora bracelet!

Now, let’s back up. 🙂 I didn’t know anything about Pandora bracelets beforehand, so I did a lot of research on my investment and what is needed to maintain a bracelet. There is a lot that goes into it, which I will save for another day.

Besides researching how to take care of a Pandora bracelet, I scoped out charms. I knew I wanted a Disney-themed bracelet because besides being a Disnerd, I thought it would be fun to get a new charm on each trip we take (at the moment we’re doing runDisney Coast-to-Coast races each year, so twice per year we’re headed to Disneyland or WDW).

pandora2There are different price points for the bracelet itself, but I ended up paying a little more to get one with the castle on the clasp. Yes, I am that dedicated. 😉 My bracelet is 8.3 inches (21 cm). I’m not sure how this will fit when it’s full, but you do want to start with something looser, because with the added charms, you lose space.

pandoraI purchased two charms while I was at Disney, and one online beforehand.

My first charm is Snow White’s apple. I wish the sun had been out when I took these photos, because dull, winter, gray, bleak, depressing sky doesn’t really do the charms justice. Believe me when I say they are prettier in person than in stock photos or my photos. 🙂

The next one I chose is a murano glass charm from Jasmine’s collection. Jasmine isn’t my favorite princess, but I LOVE turquoise.

Finally, the last one is the Disneyland 60 charm, which is the one I ordered online (on sale, yay!). I was at Disneyland during the 60th anniversary celebration and wanted something “Disneyland 60” themed, but nothing caught my eye. Waiting paid off, because now I have this charm and am loving it!

The next additions I will make to the bracelet are clips to stabilize the band from the weight of the charms (which I never would have known about if not for researching and talking to someone working at Disney).

Of course, I’m already daydreaming about my non-Disney Pandora bracelet that will hopefully be a purchase in the near future, but for now I am really happy with this one. 🙂

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette Review

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I haven’t purchased anything from Too Faced since the Chocolate Bon Bons palette was released in 2015. The hype is so crazy around all of the peach items from Too Faced, and I didn’t break my neck trying to buy anything; however, I did pick up the Sweet Peach Glow palette since it was still available and I was interested.

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Let’s get the big disappointment out of the way: The lid doesn’t stay on the palette. When I received mine, the pin that holds the lids together wasn’t connected properly and it fell out. I couldn’t get it back in, so I have been using it very carefully and keeping a hair tie around it so it doesn’t open up. This seems to be a manufacturing issue, as I’ve seen others with the same issue. For a $42 palette, that shouldn’t be happening.

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The palette contains three items: a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Unfortunately, because of how light each shade is, those with deeper skin tones may not be able to get much use out of the blush and bronzer. If you’re very fair, this might be the palette you have been waiting for.

This product is not going to wow you in the pigmentation department. It truly is a product that creates “glow”: it is light and soft, and no way can you achieve any sort of clown makeup here! 🙂

That said, I really like this little palette!

peach1It isn’t dramatic, but if glow is what you want, that’s what you can achieve. Just before the holidays I was really sick and sooooo pale, and this palette is what I used to make sure I didn’t look half dead. It achieved exactly what I needed.

If you want a natural look, you might like this. If you need a more in-your-face-look-at-me makeup look, this will not do it for you.

Yes, it does smell like peaches, but it doesn’t linger if you’re sensitive to scents.

While I like this palette, I do think it is overpriced and over-hyped, especially since I received one that it is defective (it wasn’t worth exchanging because I ordered it online). If you’re thinking about it, try checking it out in person, because so far the reviews are hit and miss. I probably would not repurchase, but I will enjoy using it for now. 🙂

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January 2017 Boxycharm!

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The first Boxycharm of the year is here! I have said this before, but Boxycharm is my favorite beauty subscription out of all the ones I have tried. For $21 per month, you receive 5 full-size products. When I first heard about Boxycharm, I was skeptical; however, I’m really happy with the quality of items in this service. If you watch any beauty videos on YouTube you have probably heard this time and again, so I’ll move on. 😉

Here’s what’s in the January box!

So Susan Fan Brush– I always love getting a new brush, and I made use of this one right away. It blends well and distributes product effectively, plus it is nice and soft.

Pur Mineral Glow Bronzer– I have used this product in the past and already know it’s a beautiful bronzer. That said, I’m gifting this to my sister for her birthday. She loves bronzer more than anyone I know, and I already have a couple bronzers going that I love.

Gorge Konjac Sponge– Yay! I love konjac sponges, and just happened to toss the one I was using, because it was time. 🙂

English Laundry Pour Femme Rollerball– This is such a great size perfume to receive; however, the scent is just too rich and deep for me. I prefer lighter scents, but I have a friend who may love it, or I might gift it to my mom.

bc2I have saved the BEST product for last: the Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter, which comes with two shades: Rose Quartz and Chocolate Diamond. This made the whole box worth it for me! I wore it yesterday and it blended beautifully, plus it was still there when I removed my makeup 12 hours later.

I am always excited to see what sneak peeks Boxycharm will reveal next! Do you have any beauty subscription recommendations?

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