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Eye Combo | The Rule of Subtlety

I didn’t feature any eyeshadows that I’ve been wearing in my “What I’ve Been Wearing #1” post, and I have been wearing this combination a lot lately (truthfully, for the past three days!)

So, the two eyeshadows that I’ve been using are MAC’s “Soba” and theBalm’s Mary Loumanizer highlighter (breaking out of the box here…using it as eyeshadow).

Soba is the only MAC eyeshadow that I have, and (if I may say so myself) I am so glad that I picked this one. It is gold, but without being bold. That’s not really how I would describe it, but I just really wanted to have a “poet but I didn’t know it” kind of moment. Anyway, it’s a really pretty soft, yellow-y toned brown. The MAC website describes it as a “gold brown with gold shimmer”. It is also a satin finish. It looks really pretty and subtle as a crease color.

Second, I have been using theBalm’s Mary Loumanizer all over the lid. As you can see from the swatch above, it is a cross between a champagne and a gold. It’s shimmery, but not too shimmery. It’s pretty much my kind of color. It reminds me a bit of Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow (which I don’t have, but I may/may not have ordered it. It’s hard to tell).

There you have it! What kind of shadows do you wear a lot on a regular basis?



Shopping the Stash

I’ve seen quite a lot of posts like these, but maybe I shall rephrase this – shopping my MOM’S stash. Okay, let’s be honest, I may or may not have taken a few products from here uhuhmmm-stash-humhh. Just take a look below and I’m sure you’d do the same thing. Some things are mine, but some are hers. I’ll just specify below.

Chanel Tweed Blush
Did ya see that title? CHANEL! Yup, that’s what it said. I haven’t really used this yet, but from what I can tell by swatching and stuff, it is not pigmented at all. It is a little shimmery, maybe it would be better as a highlighter, but for now I’ll just keep it and lust over the packaging for a while.

MAC Peaches Blush
I feel like I hear every blogger, youtuber, pretty much everything I waste my time on, talk about this. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous blush. I used it today and so far I really like it. It is quite brightening, but I will keep you posted on how I get on. (Oh, this was my mom’s).

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Navajo
This is a bit white, but I feel like this could make a really pretty inner corner highlight. Again, I’ll tell you how I get on with this. I’m not a huge fan of really stark shadows, but maybe this one will be good.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Balm
I honestly think I just forgot about this. I just slapped it on right before I took these pictures and I know now that I will be getting a lot of use out of this. If you haven’t tried any of these lip balms – YOU GOT TO!

The Balm’s Mary Loumanizer
I got this in my Birchbox, I just haven’t really used this. The texture is really buttery and smooth and you can use this as a shadow as well. It looks a bit like Stila’s kitten, but we’ll see.

MAC  eyeshadow in Soba
I already love this, but I just haven’t worn it in a while. I’m definitely going to start wearing this again because it is just really pretty. I really (okay, I just said that) want to get some more MAC eyeshadows, but two more weeks baby, two more!

Well, that’s it! What are some products you haven’t worn in a while that you want to wear again?


October Favorites

Can you believe it’s nearly NOVEMBER!?!!? For some reason, my mind still thinks it’s September, but thank god it’s not because I don’t know if I could deal with another month of school. Anyway, I’ve got A LOT of favorites…just bear with me!
Philosophy Marshmallows for Toasting Shower Gel
I got this for Christmas last year, I just haven’t gotten around to using it until now. As you can see, it’s all gone but THIS SMELLS AMAZING! Think caramel, but with more butter, but with more sugar…okay, this just isn’t working. Unfortunately, I think it was limited edition, but maybe you can find it on Ebay or something.
Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme
I got this in September, but I have been loving it! I have a post coming up on it soon so I won’t say too much about it except it’s grrreeeatttt (okay – I’ve just seen too many Frosted Flake commercials).
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
Like I said, I’m trying to use this word less frequently, but I really am OBSESSED  with this body lotion/creme/butter/best stuff on earth. It’s super thick, but not really heavy. It makes my skin sooo soft and smooth. Plus, it smells amazing! One day I was putting this on after my shower and the hear kicked on in the house…and it actually smelled like chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. No. Joke.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I did a full post on this so check it out here! It works beautifully as a setting spray too. It solves any but of powdery-ness with the most natural looking addition.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime
I’m not a big hair person, but I may or may not have stolen this from my mom (surry), and I really like it. When you haven’t gotten your hair cut in over five months and it goes through as much damage as mine does…you need this. It works really well and conditions the ends of my hair beautifully!!!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer
I did a blog post on this so you can check that out here. Let me just say one thing – I hate lip gloss, but I love this one (and yes, that may be ironic, but it’s the truth).
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
I held back on this forever and I really shouldn’t be posting about it because I got it less than a week ago, but I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I think I may do a post on these soon.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I have used this to apply foundation nearly every day since I got it and I just can’t stop. Again…I did a post on it here.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Natural Beauty and Exposed
I really cannot get enough of these. The colors are so pretty, the formulation is ridiculously easy to work with, and they last a really long time. They have DEFINITELY  become my favorites and *just for emphasis*, I just cannot get enough! I did a post on each of these, and here is the one on Natural Beauty and here is the one on Exposed.

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold
I did a post on this here (what can I say – I’m a blogging machine), but that still doesn’t do it justice. It is perhaps the most gorgeous highlight I think I have ever used. Just check out the post because I need to cut it here or else we’ll be here all night talking about this product.

MAC eyeshadow in Soba
This is a gorgeous eyeshadow. It is a satin, so it just has the perfect, natural looking shimmer, the color works really well with my skin tone (which I would say is light), and, frankly, I just cannot get enough. If you haven’t seen this one, check it out.

| well, that’s it for October favorites. what have been some of your favorite products this month? |


I Did Too Much Shopping | Beauty Haul

Let’s be honest, the title pretty much explains it all. The good news, though, is that I’m pretty much all shopped out and have much more control over my…obsession now. Funny, my mom recently told me that I need to look at a thesaurus – especially for the word “obsessed”. Apparently it’s a bit too overused on the blog. Let’s get into it, shall we…

Caudalie Grape Water
Since j’adore the Caudale beauty elixr (I really just can’t stop) AND  I’m almost out of it, I decided to try this one since I’ve heard it’s quite similar. I haven’t decided quite how I feel about it yet, but I think I may do a comparison post soon. Oh, for price reference, this one’s $8 and is bigger than the $18 travel size. UMMM YEAH! HUGE difference!
Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter
I already love these and I wanted a more fall-ly lip color, so I figured why not. Well, I guess why not isn’t exactly the best reason….but, I really like it so far. Post coming soon!
MAC Soba Eyeshadow
For some reason, I have been really wanting some MAC eyeshadows lately. I bought this one on ebay for $10 and I have already been using it non-stop. Tell me if you would like to see a blog post on it.
Wet’n Wild Comfort Zone palette
I had to buy this for one of my upcoming shows, but I have actually heard a lot about both Wet’n Wild eyeshadows and this palette. I’ve only worn one of the once (the third one down on the left), but so far I really like it!
Tarte Blush in Natural Beauty
I already did a blog post on this, so I won’t say to much. You can check that out here, but to be completely honest…I just can’t stop wearing this!!!!
Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold
Again, I already did a blog post on this (here), but it is just GORGEOUSSSSSSS! I think this may be my favorite all time highlighter!
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I really cannot get enough of this brush! I use it everyday for foundation and concealer…but I’ve heard the buffing brush is even better! Maybe I’ll have to try that one….well, once I’m not broke. You can check out the blog post I did on this here.

what have been some of your purchases recently? is there anything I should add to my – ummmm – wishlist?


Autumn Makeup Edit for 2012

I know I’ve posted nearly a million wishlists and talked about all the products that I want to buy, but I wanted to take a moment and pinpoint the ones that I look forward to using A LOT this autumn. I love plums, browns, berries, and dusty rose colors for fall. First up, Revlon lip butter in Pink Truffle. It is the perfect pink-brown and looks natural yet makes a statement at the same time (okay, I really hope that makes sense). Anyway, I swatched it is this post, so check that out. Second, Clinique “almost lipstick” in Black Honey. I have raved about this product a lot. It is the perfect sheer, just bitten berry color. I also ADORE the Fresh Sugar lip balm in Honey. This is by far the most moisturizing lip product I have ever used and it is perfect when your lips are dying for a little TLC. It is a really pretty my-lips-but-better shade that pretty much suits everyone.

Onto things other than lip products…I recently bought the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed and I love it. It just looks so natural, yet sculpting on the cheeks. Not to mention is the perfect plumy-brown color. Note-for those of you who can understand my color descriptions, a round of applause goes to you. It means you are just as obsessive as I am. CONGRATS! Anyway, you can check out a swatch of it here because I did a whole post about it. Next is my new eyeshadow-Soba by MAC. I will be completely honest here, I have worn in for the past two weeks straight. I think it deserves its own review, so just keep a lookout for that. Lastly, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit. This is such a pretty natural cream shadow with just a hint of iridescence. It is super pretty-think a very wearable gold, but flesh color. Okay, now I’m just not making sense.

|What are some of your favorite fall products?|

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Beauty Wishlist

I have been really liking looking at wishlist posts recently, so I decided to do my own. Oh yeah! You know that spending ban I told you about? Well…it didn’t work out so well. But don’t worry! I’m not broke…yet that is. Instead, I have just put away a monthly budget. Anyway, here are (some *emphasis on SOME*) of the items on my wishlist.

New October Wishlist


1. Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub / 2. MAC 217 brush (the hyped up) / 3. Clarins eye quad /

4. Melvita Facial Gel /5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty / 6. Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose

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Get Glowing / Highlighter Comparison

With so many different kinds of highlighters out there, it’s hard to figure out which one to use. This post, a request, in fact, will show you the ropes on some of the industry’s most well known. I hope you enjoy and get glowing!
Highlighter Comparison

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl / a new purchase of mine, this peachy pink highlighter is one of the more natural ones. The liquid and gel like consistency makes it easy to blend and easy to use. I love the golden pink shimmer that this highlighter gives while still looking natural and not greasy. This color pretty much looks good on all skin tones.
MAC Soft and Gentle / a favorite of my best friend and fellow blogger, this highlighter is a soft golden cream shimmer that comes in powder form and is easily blend-able. It is also build-able and gives that nice “soft and gentle” glow.
NARS Albatross / this also powdered highlighter adds that nice natural glow without any other added color or effect. Not glittery or sparkly at all (as is the case for the other highlighters), although this one is white, it does not make you look ashy, but it still would look better on lighter skin tones.
*disclaimer: i have not tried any other highlighters except the Benefit one. I created this post through much research and personal opinions.