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Julep Maven June | The Deep End

Hello June bugs! This month’s Julep Maven box is undoubtedly the best one I’ve ever gotten. I’ve got to be a year into my subscription at this point and I may be more in love than ever.

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I did another unboxing for you! Opening it up is fun because I never remember what I’ve gotten, and sometimes– like this time– I get surprises!

Now that I’ve had the products for a bit I was able to test and fall in love! Here are some more details for you:

  • Manda (Boho Glam) – sky blue with gold shimmer. This color reminds me of a mermaid! It’s got a brilliant but subtle shimmer.
  • Lillian (It Girl) – alabaster pink crème. This very light pink is so up my ally right now since I’m so interested in near-white shades!
  • Marcy (Bombshell) – prosecco silk (semi-matte opalescent). This gorgeous matte sparkle champagne is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The finish is unique, but undeniably lovely. All I can say is look for this in my next favorites post!

Gel Eye Glider eyeliner

These come in tons of shades but I picked Smoky Taupe Shimmer and Olive! They go on very smooth and wear well. I’m super happy with the colors I picked and would consider adding more of these to my collection!

Feels Like Velvet eyeshadow duo in Moonlight & Starlight

I did pick this duo for the name, but it also has the most beautiful and most versatile colors. Moonlight is a matte lilac grey and starlight is a white sand shimmer. These are very nice in texture, as the name would imply!

Long Weekend Eyeshadow Palette

An impulse purchase and a fabulous deal, this gorgeous palette holds 11 neutral shades with fun, summer names: Bask, Brunch, Catnap, Friday, Getaway, Bonfire, Lowtide, Monday, Saturday, Sunset, and Sunday. The packaging had me with strokes of watercolor blue, pink, and yellow. This is a nice substitute for an Urban Decay Naked Palette if you can get it discounted like a Maven!

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So that’s the scoop! And yes I’m obsessed with all of it. Click here for a free month of Julep – trust me, it’s worth it!

April Beauty Favorites

Hey guys!  It’s a little late, but here are my April beauty favorites!  There is a corresponding video on Youtube, but since I’m still an amateur, I wanted to give you a better look at each of the products I loved last month.  Be sure to check that out too!

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See ya, September!

I can’t believe it’s already October!  I think this month is going to be a great one for me.  I’m looking forward to autumn weather, Boston College football, more pumpkin-flavored goodies, and a trip to see one of my best friends in Philadelphia later in the month!  Though I took on September rather begrudgingly, when I look back, I think it was a great month too.  Let’s say goodbye now, shall we?

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[1] I’m cheating already ’cause this photo was taken in August… but it’s a September activity for Bostonians!  This is what I wore to help my friend move.  This adorable hoodie is from So So Happy!  [2]  Sangria was my drink of September!  Here I am drinking that with my friends Chelsea, Sarah, and Carissa at Sarah’s new place.   See?  More moving!  [3]  It’s definitely been an indian summer and I haven’t been able to wear any of the adorable fall sweaters and vests I’ve bought.  At least I found the opportunity to rock my camo jacket!  [4] The iPhone 6 came out!  I can’t have one until February, sadly.  Luckily, I’m friends with the IT guy at the office who was upgraded to the six for work purposes and let me play with it. [5]  I searched through my baby book to verify exactly what time I was born for astrological purposes, obviously.  I found this adorable picture of bb Nicole and her daddy.  [6] Hyrule Warriors came out!  I’ve been playing a lot, but not as much as I’d like to.  Hopefully I’ll get some more quality time with my Wii U soon.  [7]  My eyeliner game is so strong now, you guys.  This selfie is from a lovely walk down Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue– one of my favorite streets to walk down in any season!  [8]  What did I tell you about the Sangria?  This one is made from boxed wine and hard cider with cranberries, oranges, and apples!  [9]  After moving comes housewarming parties!  The aforementioned sangria is from my friend Julia’s.  Here I am with Jill and Julia celebrating her new digs!

Black Eyeliner & I are back together

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Good news, everyone: after a year or so hiatus, black eyeliner & I are officially back together!  Last time I talked about eyeliner, I listed all my favorites… and they were all in brown shades!  I thought I was too pale for black.  I dabble in sapphire and navy as well.  This summer I even tried out a fun cobalt.  Last weekend, on a whim, I decided that black just made more sense with what I was wearing.  At first when I put it on, I had instant regret.  I thought I looked like Kat Von D.  This, however, was more of a dramatic look.  By the end of the day of wear, I was completely in love with it.  I’ve worn it to work three times this past week in a more subtle, work-appropriate way, and I’m back on board.

Sorry for the Selfie Saturday, but I just really loved the look.  I’m wearing Sephora liquid eyeliner and yes, I am sock-bun famous.

This is not the first time I’ve abandoned a product, only to return back to it more in love than ever.  What beauty products have you broken up with, only to have a happy reunion?

 

5 Eyeliners

Last week, as my cousin and I headed South for my parents’ beach house, we stopped at Wrentham Outlets.  She needed some new sneakers, and because the prices are so good there, I picked up a pair too.  We also wanted to swing by Bare Minerals in search of their new liquid foundation.  Unfortunately, outlet stores do not carry it.  While we were there, we of course picked up a few other things.  I didn’t need eyeliner, but Buxom Insider Eyeliner caught my eye.  After trying it out, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase!  When I gave this glowing review to my cousin, she suggested I post about it.

Let that serve as the inspiration for this post: Nicole’s List of Essential Eyeliners.  And yes, I carry all of these in my make-up bag.

 

1. Buxom Insider Eyeliner in topaz

s1195478-main-LheroThis might be the best eyeliner I’ve ever worn.  It glides on smooth with strong pigmentation.  It’s really easy to control and my lines came out more even than ever.  Because I’m fair, you’ll notice I’ve chosen browns for all of my eyeliners.  This color, topaz, stands out in name from the coffee tones you’ll see below, but fits right in with the color family.  I especially loved that my water line lined just as easily and darkly as my lash line– no easy feat!  I’ll need some time with it before it can replace my go-to, but the long wear and no smudge results I’ve gotten so far have already impressed me.

 

2. Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in café

s1238609-main-gridThis gel liner was recommended to me by a friend back in the days when I only lined my water line.  With a small angle brush and this little pot, I gained the control to learn how to line my lash line.  I find that this is also the best method with which to wing my eyes.  When I go for a slightly more dramatic look, I like to do a simple pencil line plus the gel liner to thicken and wing.  This brown shade, called café, actually looks very dark when applied giving a pale girl like me the illusion that I’m wearing black liner without looking gothic!  I’m not sure if Sephora has this gem available anymore, in which case, somebody please recommend me a similar product!

 

3. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in espresso

maybelline-unstoppable-eyeliner-4This was probably my first eyeliner and I kept coming back to it, simply because it does it’s job.  I’m not really big on drug store products, but this is one I can’t live without.  It shows up well on my water line and a bit darker on my eyelid.  Before Buxom, this was my favorite pencil.  Now Maybelline is not exactly my favorite brand.  I don’t find them to be of very good quality, and I’ve more than once bought an Unstoppable liner that’s broken before or immediately after I’ve unpackaged it.  Still, this is an inexpensive product that requires no sharpening and, like I said, does its job.  Since the Buxon liner is still new to me, I can still safely call this espresso liner– a bit lighter than its Sephora competitors– my signature liner.

 

4. Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner in morning mocha

s1552025-main-LheroA step up from gel liner is this liquid liner.  I had to learn through gel plus brush, then pencil to be able to apply liquid liner and not draw all over my face, basically.  The first time I tried a liquid liner, I tried black and it was a rookie mistake.  I didn’t have the control to do liquid, nor the complexion to pull off such a harsh look.  I returned to liquid liner after gaining considerable eyeliner skill and now find myself quite happy with the drama liquid eyeliner conveys.  Winging your eye is quite simple with liquid liner, once you’re adept at using it.  This color, morning mocha, is an appropriately dark brown.  I feel that this can walk the line between an everyday look and a more dramatic look.

 

5. Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in café

s137281-main-LheroLooking for an alternative to my drug store standby, I bought this pencil having worn Le Stylo in noir. Liking the way it wore, I went ahead and purchased it in a more suitable shade for my skin tone.  Where I felt the noir was a strong look, the softer café tone didn’t pack the same punch.  With a little bit more effort, I could indeed achieve the look I desired, however, I found it was nearly impossible to get my waterline as dark as I wanted it.  This is a longer wearing pencil liner than the Maybelline.  It stays put better and doesn’t fade as much.  It is my least favorite on this list, and also the most expensive.  I keep it around as a back up, in case my Unstoppable pencil breaks.

 

So, there you have it: my tried and tested liners!  Since I’ve been so into make-up lately, I’m thinking of doing beauty-related posts more often– especially with the lull in summer TV!  Until next time, I’d love suggestions of liners to try out!