Makeup Favorites

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Recently I’ve been changing up my makeup routine and trying to find staples that are always a go to. I am typically pretty adventurous with trying makeup, and so that’s led me to a big collection of things I love but I don’t really have a go-to routine so much.

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Base: I’m really trying not to wear as much makeup to work anymore, I like things that I can throw on my face quickly and head out – The It Cosmetics CC Cream¬†has become a favorite. It has SPF and is lightweight.

Concealer: I have a very blue under eye tone so I like to use two different concealers. I promise this takes no extra time! One is the Color Corrector concealer from Sephora. The other is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Those two together will have you looking fresh any day!

Heavy Duty Concealer: This is not an everyday thing, but if I wake up with a breakout I pull out the Dermablend Cover Creme. This stuff is life changing, seriously.powder

Powder: I love loose powder’s but lately I’ve been doing my makeup in the train so I like the Makeup Forever pressed powder. It works perfect for setting.

Bronzer: For Christmas I got the NARS Laguna Bronzer, I know this has been a favorite for a while but I had never tried it! Now that I have this is a must-have.nars eyeshadow.JPG

Shadow: I normally like to put a little bit of a shimmer shadow on and then use my bronzer to define my crease. The palette I love is the NARS Silk road. I literally use it everyday and always love the look.

Eyeliner: The liner I use now is the Rimmel Pencil Liner in black, I’ve been purchasing this off and on for years and I like how it looks less harsh than my liquid for everyday (Fav Liquid is Kat Von D Tattoo Liner).

Mascara: I use the combo of the L’oreal primer and then the L’oreal Voluminous Lashes in Carbon Black.

Final SealSetting Spray: Alright this is very important. I honestly recommend this product to everyone and you need it too if you’re working all day and want you’re makeup to stay on. It’s the Ben Nye Makeup Setting Spray. This has honestly changed my life.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to try any new products! Let me know what you think. ūüôā

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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Mix of texture

5 Foundations that ACTUALLY cover your acne

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I’ve had my fair share of acne struggles since I was 14 and had a minefield in between my eyebrows. Through many phases of trial and error I have found some really great foundations; high end and drugstore that really do cover those pesky bumps. I feel like any tips I have picked up along the way should be shared because honestly, pimples are just the worst.

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1.Est√©e Lauder Double Wear Stay‚ÄĎin‚ÄĎPlace Makeup¬†$38.00

2.Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup $12.99

3. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50 $38.00

4. Clinque Even Better Makeup SPF 15 $27.00

5. Kat Von D Lock-it Tatoo Foundation $35.00

My all time favorite is the¬†Est√©e¬†Lauder Makeup, it does not look caked on and when applied with a wet beauty blender it creates a flawless look, truly covering any redness or acne you may have. It also really does last all day, take it from someone who puts on her makeup at 7 am and doesn’t take it off until at least 7 pm.

Whats great about the It Cosmetics and Clinque foundations is that they have coverage as well as an SPF to help protect your skin. The Even Better foundation I have been wearing for years and has a great build-able coverage look, while still looking very natural. The It Cosmetics is a new discovery for me but a little bit will cover any mark you have on your face, who can complain about that?

Now, lets not forget about the Revlon Color Stay Whipped foundation. This was the first foundation I had ever tried and I’ve been repurchasing it ever since, it gives such a matte full coverage look and its half the price. I’ve had friends ask me why my skin looks so good while wearing this foundation! It’s definitely a staple in my collection. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend wearing it everyday would be that its pretty thick. That’s not to say that it feels heavy on the skin, but for me its more of a night out foundation or if I know I’ll need my makeup to hold up for 24 hours.

The Kat Von D foundation is very similar to the Revlon one in coverage and feel on the skin, however you will need way less, one pump of this pretty much covers my whole face and has great staying power.

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Beauty Wishlist

Beauty Wishlist

Face moisturizer
philosophy.com

Giorgio Armani moisturizing foundation
giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

Rose eyeshadow
bhcosmetics.com

Angled makeup brush
morphebrushes.com

Ciate Paint Polish
$15 – very.co.uk

Girls Gift Guide – Inspired by Black Friday DEALS

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For the beauty lover you should take a look at the Holiday value sets that are available at Sephora and Ulta. They’re always super cute and such great deals and are guaranteed to make any make-up lovers day. Sephora is doing free shipping on orders over 25 dollars and has amazing cyber deals from now till Monday.

 

One website I always visit during Christmas-time is Baublebar.com. They have lots of trendy, well-made jewelry peices at great prices! This Crystal Mason ring is a hit right now at $32 and those drop earring are just gorgeous and perfect to dress up any outfit ($36). You can also get 20% with your first order!

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Crystal Mason Ring // Starfish Drop Earrings

If you know your girl likes designer handbags now is the time to get her one – I love the Tory Burch cross body bags, although they’re pricey that literally last years! Right now Tory Burch is giving 30% all orders over $250, which really isn’t hard to do with their prices. This super cute pink folder bag is $395.

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Tory Burch Handbag

Stocking Stuffers:

I love to get a few pairs of cozy socks in my stocking – I don’t know if I love socks or I just love to the cute designs and coziness of them. J crew offers many pairs with cute designs for around 16 dollars a pair – now 30% with the code HOLIDAY!

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J crew Patterned Socks

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

Maura xoxo

Daily Makeup Routine for the Office!

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Lorac Mega Prop Palette // Sephora Bronzer // Clinique Mineral Powder // NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer // Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm //NYX Powder Blush // Rimmel Fix and Perfect Base //Benefit thePOREfessional // Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup // NYX Eyeshadow Base // Beauty Blender

This makeup routine is pretty much what I’ve been doing everyday for the past year¬†– only really substituting out a few products. When you find products you love, especially ones that can last through the workday and still look great for drinks afterwards, you should stick with it. Some of these products I have been loyal to for even longer than the past year and have lasted me up to 3 years, which sells me on any product because it saves you money!

The mineral powder from Clinique is no longer sold loose (which is what I have – purchased 5 years ago) but it still comes in pressed form! Its a redness solution powder which is what makes me really love it, I don’t necessarily get acne per se, but I do have the occasional spot and when I finish my makeup with this powder it just adds the finishing touch to concealing the spot and keeps you matte all day long. The Sephora bronzer I’ve had for about 4 years and it hasn’t run out, I love it, it does have a little bit of shimmer so I use it sparingly. I love the color and it has a really creamy formulation, I own it in¬†the shade¬†Anguilla.

As far as primers go, I have used the POREfessional from Benefit for the past year and don’t think I can live without it in my makeup routine, it really is worth all the hype! It not only smooths out your skin but it absorbs any oil and leaves your skin baby soft. I pair it with the Rimmel primer to give my skin a little bit more moisture so it has a more dewy look throughout the day.

My foundation, the Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup (I know – it’s quite the name) has been a savior for my skin since I discovered it last summer. I was looking for a foundation to make my pores look smaller and also last all day without settling. I had also recently realized the wrinkles on my forehead and was looking for anything that could smooth out my skin! After researching and trying a bunch of samples I purchased this one, it’s only sold at Clinique counters and they don’t keep a lot in stock at a time. Personally, it seems that people just haven’t tried this out and that’s why they haven’t discovered its magical powers! It just has the ability to give me perfect skin without looking like I’m really wearing makeup, and that its EXACTLY what I want for an everyday foundation. For concealer I use the cult-favorite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade: Custard) , it’s so buttery and covers all my blemishes, I’m on the hunt for a cheaper alternative but as for now nothing compares. The best way I’ve found to blend my concealer and foundation is using a damp beauty blender, it gives you a flawless look!

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

For my eyes I go natural but still incorporating a little but of shimmer, because well, I just can’t resist. I use the LORAC Mega Pro Palette everyday for all my eye shadow needs. For a day at work I normally do just a little bit of champagne shimmer all over my lid and then a light brown in the crease. Then I use my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper aka Black, which is the ONLY liner I’ve found to last all day and never falter. I finish off my eyes with my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Lastly, I swipe on my Revlon Lacquer balm in Demure, the perfect everyday nude and i’m out the door!

Do you have any suggestions of products that last through the work day? Comment and tell me!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo