Sephora

Naked Smoky

I’m a self-confessed eyeshadow palette-addict.  I’m leaving for a wedding weekend trip tomorrow and am planning on packing at least three.  I’ve got so many new ones to share with you too!

This one is not-so-new.  Urban Decay Naked 2 was the first palette I got and I’ve been building my Naked collection ever since.  Smoky gave me pause, though.  I don’t often do very dramatic eyeshadow looks.  Naked has always provided super wearable shades, and frankly I was a bit intimidated by Naked Smoky.  I picked up Naked Smoky because it was on sale randomly at Sephora and I had a VIB Rouge discount.  It sat unused for a while because I never had an occasion to try it out.  Once I finally took the plunge, I found these shades to be incredibly wearable– even for day-looks!

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Too Faced: Grande Hotel Café

Too Faced has put out some beautiful limited edition Christmas sets and they’re just so hard to resist.  They make great gifts for make-up lovers, and the Grande Hotel Café has made a perfect edition to my holiday make-up rotation.

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The Grade Hotel Café opens to reveal three lightly scented palettes: Gingerbread Cookie, Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog Latte.  Seeing these individually, I could never have decided between them, but you get all three for $49– they even throw in a mini Better Than Sex Mascara!

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I’ve had so much fun creating subtle eyeshadow looks for the season, and I can’t wait to amp it up for holiday parties.

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Each palette includes 6 eyeshadows and one cheek color, which I’ve loved being able to reach for as a finishing touch!

These limited edition holiday sets definitely tug at me when I see them in stores, but I’m so pleased with this purchase!  Which holiday sets have made it to your wish list?

FebruaryGrams

It’s been a BUSY month, but I’ve been very, very happy.

Here’s the month in instagrams:

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[1] Started off the month by picked up my Mew code! [2] Tried out some new fitness gear in a snowstorm; had the best workout of my life. [3] Sephora Prudential reopened, and I took the opportunity to up my skincare game. [4] My cousin had a workout-themed birthday party!  More of that here! [5] My Valentine’s present– The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddess!  [6] Oops, a snapchat* cap for you… a triumphant return to running! [7] My miso soup addiction continues. [8] Peanut butter shake from Shake Shack is becoming an all-too-frequent treat. [9] A fun trip to Boston Public library to renew my library card!  More of that here!

 

Stay tuned for what I read last month!  I didn’t have as great of a month as January, but we knew that would happen, huh?  Hope March is already off to a great start for you guys!  I’ve got some fun stuff coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you!

 

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Post-Christmas Sephora Trip

Hello, hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you spent for the winter season.  Since I was such a good girl this year, Santa brought me some cold, hard cash.  I promptly took to Sephora to spend some of it.  Here’s what I got:

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We’re going clockwise from the 12-spot, which is actually the order I picked these things up!

[1] Tartelette In Bloom | I’ve been searching Sephora for the palette for weeks!  Turns out, all I needed to do was ask.  I never did pick up the original Tartelette palette, though the thought had crossed my mind.  When I saw this baby, however, I knew I needed it.  Tartelette offers all matte shades and this one has a nicer mix– even I need a little shimmer to complete my shadow.  I love the range of colors here and they’re all extremely wearable!

[2] Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita 2 | I’ve been eyeing this formulation for a long, long time.  I’ve had Vampira in my hand before, but never quite made it to checkout.  I covet Lolita, the most popular shade that is always, always sold out in stores.  Lolita 2 is a beautiful shade– a slightly spicy, rusty pink that I think is exactly what suits me.  There are a bunch of other shades I’m interested in, but it all starts here with Lolita 2!  If I find its predecessor, I’ll pick that up too.

[3] BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone | I’ve always thought that my damaged skin can’t handle a lot of highlight, but hey, the flaws are there and people are going to see them.  I’m embracing the world of highlight and contour and treating myself to this little compact of stardust.  After looking at it many times in stores, I knew I would eventually.  I went for the poured instead of the pressed and thought the Moonstone shade was my best match.

[4] Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate | I figured if I’m getting a gorgeous new highlight, I needed a new bronzer to go with it.  I’ve had my eyes on Milk Chocolate for a while, delighted that there’s not a hint of glitter to be found.  Matte bronzer is my best friend!  I was tempted to go with the Chocolate, but I’m a pale, pale girl in the winter, so I’m sticking to the Milk Chocolate until I get some actual sun.

So now that I’ve shared my post-Christmas Sephora haul, tell me: what did you get for Christmas?!

Beach Weekend Make-Up Bag

If you’ve been watching my weekend vlogs or following me on instagram, you know I’m packing and repacking a weekend back to head to my beach house in Rhode Island every weekend!  I’ve made a lot of progress these last few weeks on my overpacking problem, and my make-up bag is my next venture.  More often than not, I’m not wearing any make-up down there… but I can’t be caught completely without should I need some!  Here’s what I’ve got in my beach weekend make-up bag:

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I definitely don’t need my usual foundation for the beach community, but I do bring my Nars concealer should I have some trouble spots.  I’m using Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in place of my typical foundation, for a lighter face.  For powder, I take Bare Minerals Mineral Veil with it’s matching retractable brush– a space saver!

If you’re going to wear mascara to the beach, make sure it’s waterproof!  I don’t always, but I throw in my Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara in case I do.  I also bring my current favorite mascara, Benefit Roller Lash which is the one thing I always apply, even if I’m not wearing any other make-up.

If you’re going to be wearing eyeliner in the heat, you’d better prime those lids!  My Urban Decay Primer Potion has to come with me, because I love wearing eyeliner.  My Maybelline Unstoppable pencil and Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner and my make-up bag essentials.

My brows have needed a little work lately, so my Benefit Instant Brow pencil is a must-have.  I always bring my tweezers too– you just never know when a stray will pop up and need to be plucked!

Finally, I’ve been loving my Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster to even out any sun I’ve gotten at the beach that day.  My new Sephora pro bronzer brush has been it’s faithful companion.

This little Vera Bradley small cosmetic bag holds it all and is small enough to drop inside a larger bag or even my purse!

What are your make-up essentials for a beach weekend?