Huge Makeup Haul | Spring 2017

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Hello, everyone! Who’s ready for a huge makeup haul? I was on a “no-buy” for most of winter, but once spring rolled around, like my fashion, it was time to change up my makeup look. Grab a snack, because I might have gone a bit overboard…but in the best way!

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlight Palette: I typically do a lot of research on a palette before I buy it, but I really didn’t with this one. I had heard of it, and seen a few of Carli’s videos on YouTube, but had no plans to buy it. Then I saw it in Ulta and changed my mind quickly. I know she has since released a deluxe version of this palette, which includes a few more shadows and highlights, but if you’re after the original, Ulta is still carrying it. I know it is being discontinued, so once they are out of stock, they’ll be gone. If you love a natural makeup look and a palette that multitasks–this is for you. I can’t stop using it and it’s so affordable, you’d be crazy not to pick it up!

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Pixi by Petra x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: This has got to be one of my favorite skincare products at the moment. I’ve heard people all over YouTube talking about how great it is, so I ran out to Target to pick it up for myself. This will melt your makeup right off without stinging your eyes, and the cream cleanser leaves your skin feeling so hydrated. I can’t believe I ever took my makeup off without this!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon: I’ve had a deep love for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen from a young age, and their Elizabeth and James line is no exception. I’ve tried all the perfumes they make, and while I love them all, Nirvana Bourbon has won me over. It has a deep, musky sort of smell with a slight feminine edge. It’s simply amazing and I feel great every time I put it on.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea: I have loved this product for quite some time, but I typically use the rose scent. To read my full review, check out My Skincare Essentials post.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Medium and Tan: This has got to be the most popular concealer in the world right now. I don’t know a single beauty guru who isn’t using this. I, of course, had to test it for myself, and holy moly does it deliver! This concealer is extremely full coverage–I’ve even seen people use it as foundation. Ok…I have too…on super lazy days. It does crease slightly on me but not near as much as concealers I’ve used in the past. I can’t do my makeup without this.

L.A. Girl Cosmetics HD Pro Concealer in Orange Corrector: I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this drugstore concealer, and now I truly understand why. If you are looking to color correct dark spots or circles, this is your guy. They have a full color range and other color correctors too if you have different problem areas, but for me, nothing has helped disguise dark spots and scars like this. I apply Tarte Shape Tape right on top after blending it out and the finish is gorgeous. Such a drugstore gem.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoky Storm: I’d been watching Jackie Aina rave about these eye shadows on her channel for weeks before I finally broke down and bought one. While I don’t use glitter in my everyday makeup routine, this is so beautiful if you’re looking for something to glam up your eyes. There are a ton of beautiful shades, and they have serious staying power. I was wary about a liquid eyeshadow but these dry down completely.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted: Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing me fangirl over KathleenLight. Everyone? Ok, sorry. But not really. I first saw Kathleen use this eye shadow on her channel and I was obsessed with the look she created. So, of course, I had to pick this gem up. I typically use my finger to apply the gel and pat it over the lid. It’s not a thick, chunky glitter, it’s much more subdued. I think it adds a lot of romance to any eye look, and even though it’s pricey, I would totally repurchase it.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion and Midnight Cowboy: Have you ever hunted for buried treasure? No? Then you must not be looking for these eyeliners. These bad boys are elusive, and almost impossible to get ahold of in store or online–at least in the shades I want. So when I saw that Ulta had every shade in stock, I of course had to snatch a few up. I love these glitter liners so much! They are so fun and can be used so many different ways–as a liner, packed onto the lid as a glitter, or on the inner corner. They are the perfect night-out beauty product.

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e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls: I was seeing this highlighter all over YouTube and I figured for the price I had to give it a try. The rumors are true, you really do need to scratch the top layer of the powder off if you want it to really work. It’s a beautiful drugstore highlight, but my biggest problem with it is the that you have to technically damage the product to get it working. This is something that everyone seems to know about it, and yet e.l.f. doesn’t appear to be working to change it. Other than that, if you’re looking for an affordable glow, this is it.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights: I always walk past this UK drugstore brand whenever I’m in Ulta, but I’d never really taken the time to have a look. I decided on a highlighter 1) because I have an addiction, and 2) because I love a baked highlight. This did not disappoint. The color is absolutely beautiful and you can really build it up for a blinding glow. I would highly recommend this!

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife: This was my first Huda Beauty purchase and I’m so pleased with the product! First of all, the color is absolutely stunning, and the formula is so comfortable. I love that I can count on it to stay on my lips all day without drying them out. While it is a little on the pricey side, I would definitely purchase this again!

bareMinerals Gen Nude  Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Icon: I have wanted to try the Gen Nudes collection for ages! I’m a long time lover of bareMinerals and I was so excited to find out they created a liquid lipstick line. I got mine during the Ulta sale this year, so the colors were pretty picked through. Icon would not have been my first color choice, but I wanted to try the formula. I do love how lightweight it is, but I found that I had to reapply it multiple times. Maybe it’s because the color is fairly light on me, I’m not sure. I would consider trying a deeper shade, but sadly, these aren’t my favorite liquid lip.

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ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Aquarius, Finders Keepers, and Weho: I really love the formula of ColourPop’s lip glosses. It’s so hard to find a good gloss, especially one that isn’t sticky or gloppy. While I do own some of their sheer glosses, I prefer to use the cream formula. The color pay off is beautiful and I love to top my liquid lipsticks with them. Go get you some!

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ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip in Doozy and Zuma: I really appreciate that ColourPop turned the blotted lip formula into a liquid, but I can’t say I love it as much as the original. While I do love that it dries down matte, I think it has greater potential to get streaky. I do love the colors they have though, and I think I’ll embrace the “popsicle lip” once summer is in full swing.

ColourPop Blotted Lip in Drip and Candyfloss: These lipsticks have quickly become my most used lip products. I honestly wasn’t expecting much when I ordered them, but if ColourPop comes out with a new formula, I have to at least give it a try. These are so moisturizing on the lips! They aren’t transfer-proof, but for me that’s not a huge issue. The thing I love most about them is how buildable they are. You can go for the “blotted” look and apply a sheer layer or build it to full opacity. These are honestly my favorite ColourPop product ever. I said it! No going back now.

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Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Khlo$: As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of the Kardashians, so obviously I had to include some Kylie products. Especially when she collaborated with my favorite sister, Khloe. I really love the shade Khlo$ because it’s a nude that works on multiple skin tones–and that’s something I struggle with a lot. I would say that on my skin tone, it works best to use a liner, but I could get away with not using one if necessary. I really love Kylie’s matte formula. It does get a bit dry towards the end of the day, but not nearly as much as other products I’ve used.

Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Candy K and Damn Gina: This was my first time trying Kylie’s glosses. I know there have been issues in the past with the applicator brush fraying, but it looks like she has fixed the problem. My brushes were all great, and the product is AMAZING. The glosses are not sticky at all and go on very opaque. I would say they are a cream formula rather than sheer, and they feel so good on the lips. I seriously can’t get enough.

 

What makeup products are you loving this spring? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

February Boxycharm | 2017

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Hello, everybody! Today I’m talking about everything I got in my Boxycharm this month. Boxycharm was particularly generous this month–like, really generous– and I couldn’t be happier with what I got. Read on for more details about my February box!

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Crème Brulee & Bitten: I have wanted to get my hands on these very popular eyeshadows ever since I first heard KathleenLights talk about them. They are so pigmented and so easy to blend. And even better–they are affordable. There are so many colors to choose from on their website. Both of the shadows I received have a matte finish, but I would love to try out their shimmer shades as well. I couldn’t recommend these more!

Z Palette: I have always wanted a Z Palette, and let me tell you, I was very excited to see that Boxycharm teamed up with the company for this month’s box. Unfortunately, after the boxes were sent out this month, there was a bit of a controversy with Z Palette. Since then Boxycharm and Makeup Geek have released statements saying they do not stand by Z Palette, and neither do I. All I will say is that customer service is so important to me, and I choose not to support any brand that mistreats its customers.

Omnia by Royal & Langnickel Detail and Shader Brushes: I’ve talked about this brand before on my blog, and you know how I love it! I couldn’t believe Boxycharm added two brushes to the box this month. I really like the shader brush for packing shadow on my lids and the detail brush is perfect for the lower lash line and smudging out eyeliner. Plus, who can resist the metallic handles? Love.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator: I have seen this scrub reviewed so many times on YouTube, but I didn’t think I would ever get to try it myself. I will start by saying that this is a very expensive scrub. Is it worth it? Yes. It is amazing. My skin feels baby soft whenever I use this and it has such a lovely lemon scent. I do think there are scrubs out there that are just as great and that don’t cost $80 though. But for now…I’ll just be over here exfoliating my face until this tube runs out.

Juice Beauty Organic Reflecting Gloss in Fig: I have received samples from this company in the past, but never from their makeup line. I really enjoy their face wash, and was expecting to really love this lipgloss. I wore this out on Valentine’s Day, and I’m pretty sure I took it of before I even went into the restaurant. The color is beautiful, and it has a great shine, but I could not get past the smell and the texture. I don’t like a sticky lipgloss, but I do prefer a crème finish, and this felt like water on the lips–not to mention the gritty texture the glitter gave it. I know some people who would really enjoy the lipgloss’s citrusy scent, but I’m very sensitive to smell and it was all I could smell..and taste. I won’t be repurchasing.

What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

January Boxycharm | 2017

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Hello, everybody! Today I’m talking about all the products I received in this month’s Boxycharm. This is honestly my favorite time of the month. I have been so happy with all the boxes I’ve received so far and still can’t believe the overall value of each box. If you’re interested in this subscription service, read on to see what I got!

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Adesse Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat: I’ve always been curious about matte nail polish. Typically, I use an ultra glossy topcoat on my nails, because I love shiny things. I gave this a try though and really liked the effect it gave. I think in the future I will use it for accent nails instead of all my fingernails, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray: I will start by saying that I am not a fan of dry shampoo. Not this brand or formula, just dry shampoo in general. I don’t think it’s really meant for people with curly hair. For starters, it requires you to brush the product through your hair–and if you know anything about curly hair, commandment number one is that you NEVER, under any circumstances, brush it. The product smells lovely though, and I’ve heard great things about it. I will be passing it on to a friend who can actually use and enjoy it.

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Crown Brush SS017 Deluxe Soft Highlight Fan: I have been hunting for a fan brush like this for quite some time now. I have a large fan brush that I use day to day, but I love how thin and lightweight this brush is. It really allows me to apply a soft, natural amount of highlight to my cheeks. I have also seen more and more YouTubers using similar brushes to apply their contour. I haven’t tried it yet, but this is the perfect brush to test it out.

Pür Cosmetics Chateau Cheek Stain Blush Tint and Brush Duo in Peach Bellini: Does anyone else find it strange that both of the blushes I received in Ipsy and Boxycharm this month are called Peach Bellini? What are the odds? Anyway, I am so into this particular Bellini–so much more than I thought I would be! I really am not a fan of cream products–aside from concealer–because I feel it causes my foundation to go patchy. This product, which comes with its own brush attached, applies so evenly to the skin though. You can apply a sheer amount or build it up for more pigmentation. I honestly expected to hate this product, but I’ve been using it every day. It has the most natural finish and who doesn’t love that?

Jessica Liebeskind Illuminating Face Highlighter Set in Rose Quartz/Chocolate Diamond: I received a highlighter from this brand in my November Boxycharm and have been loving it. So I was super excited to see that I would be receiving two more shades. I will say the packaging on this duo feels slightly cheaper than the single highlight I previously, but the product inside is still top notch. I can never have too many highlighters!

What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

My Eyeshadow Palette Collection

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Hello, everybody! After taking a day off to battle a terrible head cold, I’m back! Today, I’m talking about eyeshadow palettes. These are some of the most hyped palettes on the market, and I was suckered into buying all of them. Do I regret any of my purchases? Read on to find out! And grab yourself a cuppa–it’s a long one.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette: This palette just had a huge relaunch and you better believe I finally got my hands on it. I spent months praying to the peach gods that Jerrod Blandino would bring this sweet smelling palette back, and finally he did. It’s worth the hype. It just is. I mean, it smells like peaches. That should be enough for you. The colors are beautiful and blend so easily. This palette suites all eye colors and skin tones and it will be perfect this spring and summer. Don’t sleep on this one though! They go fast.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette: This has been talked about for years now. Everyone knows and loves this palette in the makeup world. It smells like chocolate, it’s the perfect warm toned, everyday palette. You can create so many different looks. It’s a must have in every makeup collection. Enough said.

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Palette: Yes, there is a theme here. Most of Too Face’s shadows do have a scent, and this palette smells like peanut butter. When I first saw this palette, I knew it would be a favorite of mine. It has the most gorgeous warm brown transition colors, and the most amazing rust red matte color I’ve ever seen. It’s everything I love in a palette. And it really is the perfect size for traveling. Above all, it’s so cute–how can you resist it?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: We all know how much hype this palette gets. Is it deserved? YES. Typically, I wouldn’t buy a palette with so many pink shades, but I try to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to makeup. And I’m so glad it did. These shadows are so so so buttery and pigmented. It’s in my top 5 most used palettes. You can create very bold or very simple looks with this, and I love having that versatility. I will say, if you’re into shimmer, you won’t find much here. The palette is primarily matte, but the few shimmers inside are outstanding. This one is a must, people.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario: I have been a fan of Mario Dedivanovic’s work for a few years now. Yes, he’s mostly know for his work with the Kardashians (who I also love unabashedly) but go and check out his Instagram–the guy is crazy talented. This palette is filled with beautiful, pigmented, and creamy shimmers, and the matte transitions are spectacular. Even cooler, each shadow is named after a woman or city that inspires Mario’s work. Coincidentally, my favorite color is “Kim.”

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Urban Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette: This lovely palette was a recent purchase I made during the holiday season. It just so happened to be 50% off at Ulta (and we all know the Naked palettes are NEVER on sale), so I couldn’t resist. I typically use only warm toned shadows–I just think they suite my skin tone more. But lately, I’ve been wanting to experiment with cool tones to see what looks I can create. This palette is a must if you love a smoky eye. The colors are so beautiful and blend-able, I just can’t get enough. And BONUS–if you want to create a warmer look, you can do that with this palette too. Who doesn’t love versatility?

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette: This was indeed the first palette I ever purchased. The amount of research I did before settling on this palette is actually a bit embarrassing, but it’s still one of my favorites. If you love warm toned, bronzy shadows, this is the only palette you really need. You can create so many amazing looks with this. The only complaint I have is that on my darker skin, the transition shades are a bit ashy and cool toned looking. But if I had to do it over again, I’d still pick this palette every time.

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Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette: Originally, this palette really wasn’t on my radar. I had heard good things about it, but it just didn’t stand out to me. Eventually my cousin convinced me that it was life changing, so I picked one up for myself. If you’re looking for a matte palette, this one’s for you. There are a few shimmer shades–which are stunning–but the mattes are what really won me over. I love the nude mattes for setting down my eye primer, and the dark brown and black mattes for creating a smoky eyeliner look. It’s great for travel. It’s great all-around.

Tarte Limited-Edition Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette: I first laid eyes on this beauty at Sephora. I was with my cousins and I had just told them to not let me buy anything. But then we all saw this palette and suddenly I was handing the nice lady my Sephora membership card at the checkout counter. Basically, I have no willpower. This palette, however, has become a staple in my makeup collection, and I ended up traveling with it all summer. It has everything you need, matte and shimmer shadows, blush, bronzer, and the most blinding highlighter you have ever seen. I especially love how much the bronzer and blush suite my darker skin tone. It is limited-edition, but I believe Tarte recently restocked the palette, so get it while you can!

Tarte Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette: If I’m being honest, I first discovered this palette on Kim Kardashian’s Snap Chat. She was on vacation with the Insta-famous makeup artist Hrush Achemyan and was demo-ing the palette. When I saw the shades in the palette, I knew I had to get my hands on it. This is my go to palette when I travel–I love that you can create multiple looks and that it comes with a full size blush, which is the most beautiful coral you’ve ever seen. This is also the palette I use when I’m creating a simple daytime makeup look. It’s just amazing, go pick one up for yourself.

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Morphe KathleenLights Palette: As I mentioned in my Crazy for Nude Lips post, I’m obsessed with KathleenLights collaborations. Honestly, I can’t get enough. When she posted the first image of this palette on her Instagram, I know I had found my favorite palette EVER. And that’s saying something. The eyeshadows are super pigmented, apply seamlessly, and the colors are outstanding. She has everything you could ask for in a palette–cool tones, warm tones, transition colors, mattes, shimmers, even a pop of color. This is my ride or die palette for sure.

Studio Makeup  Cool Down Palette: I recently reviewed this palette in my November Boxycharm blog post. If you want to know more about it, clink the link!

Lorac Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette: This was my second palette ever, and I remember how hyped I was for it. In hindsight, it’s certainly not as amazing as palettes I’ve bought since, but it still holds a special place in my heart. My biggest issue with this palette is that the matte colors are too dark to use as a transition. Get too heavy handed and your smoky eye can turn into a black eye. However, the shimmer shades in this palette are beautiful and very pigmented. If you’re an all-gold-everything kind of person, this palette is for you.

Pixie by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette: I received this palette in my Birchbox back in the spring. I had looked at the palette a few times in Target, but wasn’t sure if I needed it or not. To be honest, I don’t find myself reaching for this very often–not because it’s not beautiful–it is–but mostly because it doesn’t have a lighter transition color. And if you know me, you know I love a good transition. But if you like a very basic eyeshadow look, this palette would be perfect for you. And you can’t beat the price!

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette: I also reviewed this palette previously in my December Boxycharm blog post. If you want to know what I thought, click the link!

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

My Skincare Essentials

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Hello, everybody! Today, I’m talking all things skincare. Typically I’m the kind of person who finds a product that works and then uses it until the end of time. But recently, I’ve been battling some new skin issues and thought it might be time to change up my routine–and I think I’ve found the perfect balance of OG products and newcomers. So grab a cuppa and settle in, this is a long one.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: This is a product I’ve been using for close to 10 years. It was recommended to me years ago by a dermatologist and I absolutely love it. It’s not a thick formula, it has no fragrance and it can be used on the face or body. Typically the lotion lasts me about 5-6 months if I use it only on my face. I can’t imagine this NOT being a part of my nighttime routine. It’s just a must.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser: I would not be using this face wash if my mom had not generously gifted it to me. Is it expensive? Yes. It is worth the price? Absolutely. Philosophy is known for their quality products and this is a bestseller. It takes all my makeup residue off and leaves my face feeling extremely clean without drying it out. And if you grab the 32oz size like I have–it should last you a good long while.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion: This toner is a newer product. I picked it up in Ulta about a month ago and have been using it every night. I love how clean this makes my skin feel, and it does a great job of fighting blemishes. I will say that it does dry my skin out a bit, but that’s to be expected with most toners. Overall this toner has decreased how oily my skin gets and helps keep acne at bay. What’s better than that?

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Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen: I recently talked about this eye cream in my November Boxycharm post. Pop over to read my review and how I use this product!

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Original Formula Moisturizer for All Skin Types: Again, shout out to mom for another Philosophy product. This moisturizer is like nothing I’ve ever used. I tend to not use it daily, but instead when I want to really pamper my skin. It’s an incredibly lightweight formula that leaves your skin glowing and so so hydrated. There’s a reason this is a bestseller, people.

Giovanni Purifying Facial Mask: I love all things Giovanni, so when I saw this in the drug store, I had to try it out. This charcoal mask is from their D:tox System range, and lately, my skin has really needed a detox. Between the change in weather and all those holiday treats, things have been sketchy. I typically use this mask as a spot treatment and I find that it really does draw out impurities and shrinks blemishes quickly. Perfect for emergency blemish control!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum: I received this product in an Ipsy bag during the summer and have been trying to make my tiny sample last. I wasn’t familiar with this brand, but man does it work. I typically apply a small amount to a blemish before bed, but you can also apply it under your foundation in the morning. It’s powerful stuff.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 with Sunboost ATB: This was a Christmas gift I received last year and it is honestly the best facial sunscreen I’ve ever used. It’s a very thin formula, but it applies to the skin beautifully. My favorite way to use this is without makeup. The argan oil work as a highlighter of sorts and gives you a sort of lit from within look. It’s so so amazing–check it out.

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: This is another new product I picked up recently. I’ve heard so many YouTubers swear by this treatment and..well, I don’t really need much convincing past that. You apply the treatment to blemishes before bed, go to sleep, and wash any residue off in the morning. I will say, this is powerful. And when it says drying, it means it. I definitely find myself needing to moisturize more often. But honestly, it’s worth it if you can shrink a blemish overnight.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Another new product I picked up in Ulta, this facial spray can be used as a makeup primer, setting spray, or just a facial mist for hydration. I use it to set my makeup, and occasionally if I’m feeling extra dry. This leaves my makeup looking natural and slightly dewy. It’s such a reasonable price too. Go check it out!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: I’ve been gifted this product a few times, and I honestly love it. It does such a great job of exfoliating and smoothing out my skin. I also find it helps with texture and discoloration over time. I use this once a week, and let it sit on the skin for about 2 minutes before rinsing. If you have sensitive skin, there is a gentler version available.

Jojoba Oil: This is something I think everyone should have. Jojoba oil is so close to our natural skin and scalp oil, and it does a great job of moisturizing. I mix mine with my CeraVe lotion in the winter when I’m feeling especially dry. Use it on your scalp or mix it with your body lotion. It’s so multifunctional.

What are your skin care essentials? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

December Boxycharm | 2016

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Hello everybody! After a brief Christmas break, I’m back reviewing yet another beauty subscription box. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holiday (whichever one you celebrate) and is feeling refreshed and inspired. I know I am. What better Christmas gift is there than makeup? Nothing. There’s nothing better. This month’s Boxycharm was a hit for me. I’m still not sure how they only charge $21 per box, so I’m going to stick with my black magic theory.

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette: When I saw that Boxycharm included another full size palette this month, I was ecstatic. However, upon further inspection, the palette really is just a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I love a good dupe, don’t get me wrong, but this dupe happens to cost $50. Only $5 less than the product it’s duping. And like a far amount of dupes, this palette is nothing like the quality of an Urban Decay palette. While the colors are beautiful, they are also chalky and have a ton of fall out. And the color pay off is not great, even when your brush has been wet. Needless to say, I’m not super impressed with the palette and wouldn’t recommend it.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Napa Valley: I have been lusting after the Ofra liquid lipsticks for months now. Drooling, if you will. I knew they were hyped up, but now I get why. The lipstick applied evenly and was completely opaque which, for a metallic AND a dark color like purple, is incredible. The product didn’t dry out my lips and it dried  matte. There was some color transfer, but that’s to be expected with a metallic. It’s not a color I would have ever picked for myself, but I love it.

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Butter London Ruby Murray Nail Lacquer: When I think “luxury nail polish,” I always think of Butter London. I love that Boxycharm included such a festive color in the box as well. I’m a sucker for dark, vampy reds during the holiday season. I also love that you don’t have to apply coat after coat to reach opacity. I would totally recommend this polish.

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener: This eye brightening pencil was not my first product from Thrive Causemetics. I had previously received an eyeliner in my Ipsy bag from the brand and fell in love. First things first, the packaging is to die for–I love the vibrant teal color. On top of that, all of their products are vegan. What’s not to love? I use this pencil on my waterline every day to reduce redness and brighten up. I also use it on my inner corners occasionally. I can’t get enough.

Beauty for Real Lip Revival Sugar Scrub: I’ve been in the market for a good lip scrub for awhile now. As much as I love my matte liquid lipsticks, they don’t always love me back. I use this scrub every morning before applying my lip balm and I find it makes my lipstick application sooo much better. And it tastes and smells like orange and cinnamon! I will definitely repurchase this product.

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What did you get in your Boxycharm this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

December Ipsy Bag | 2016

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There’s nothing more exciting than getting mail–especially around the holiday season. I was pumped when I opened my Ipsy package this month. First of all–can we talk about how cute the bag is this month? I love how fuzzy it is and that it was created to work as a makeup bag and an evening clutch–despite the fact that I would never be caught out on the town with a furry pink bag. It’s some people’s style, just not mine. Overall I was pleased with my loot this month. There were highs and lows, laughter and tears.

MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge: Don’t let the description fool you–this is nothing like the beloved Beauty Blender. I was so excited to receive this initially. My favorite black beauty sponge also came from Ipsy and I can’t live without it. This sponge however…well. The shape wasn’t my favorite, but I was willing to look past that. I wet my sponge and got to blending my concealer. Immediately I noticed that the sponge was soaking up all of my product and none of it was being spread across my face. If that wasn’t enough, the sponge was hard as a rock. Seriously, it was painful to use. Needless to say, it was tossed in the garbage shortly thereafter. RIP, imposter!

Privai Aqua Gel Masque: I love getting products from brands I’m not familiar with. This gel mask was no exception. According to the website, this mask can be left on for 10-15 minutes and then washed off, or left on to dry. I opted to wash mine off after 15 minutes. The mask does dry down completely, which I didn’t expect. I do think it made my skin softer though and will continue to use it once a week.

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The Balm Mad Lash Mascara: I can never get enough of sample size mascaras. They are perfect for travel and they keep me from ever having to commit to a full size mascara. I don’t wear false lashes, so I count on my mascara to take my lashes to the next level. This mascara does that and more. It gives fullness without clumping, length, and the pigmentation is the blackest black. I would definitely purchase this in the full size–despite my commitment issues.

Tarte Maracuja Oil: Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands. I had seen this oil a few times while browsing their site and was always curious, but never curious enough to pay full price for it. I’ve been applying the oil instead of lotion every night before bed for about a week now, and I think it does a great job of providing extra moisture, especially during the cold winter months.

mPrincess Mineral Eyeshadow in Melting Maple: This eyeshadow is probably my favorite product from this month’s bag. I’m a sucker for gold and glitter and this just does it for me. While I’m not a huge fan of loose powder when it comes to eyeshadow, I’ll make an excuse for this product. I applied this to my lid with a damp, flat brush and it did not disappoint. A friend even complimented it via FaceTime. It doesn’t get realer than that! I would be interested to try other products from this brand in the future.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤