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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Beauty Wishlist

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This time of year a lot of new products are coming out or generating a lot of buzz that I just can’t wait to get my hands on.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita

I’ve never purchased anything but Charlotte Tilbury but I’ve heard so many great things about the line. I definitely have more than one product from her that I want but this eyeshadow palette just looks too beautiful to pass up.

Klorane Soothing and Relaxing Patches

I had a sample of these and they really do soothe like they say! Ive really been getting into eye patches and have to pick up more of these.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation Concealer

I saw Amelia Liana apply this on her youtube channel and it looked so flawless, need to try it! It also seems like a great two in one product to use on the go.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Also an Amelia Liana favorite, but I have been wanting a new liquid lipstick. The shade Soft Beige looks super pretty.

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Albeit Contour Kit

I just hit pan on my Kat Von D contour palette and that one was a little bit too dark for me. This one looks perfect! I love the peachy tones and the gold packaging is so cute.

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Artis Oval 7 Brush

These brushes have been on my wishlist for a while. But at $60 a brush, I haven’t been able to justify it. A girl can dream though!

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Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

I’ve been in a mascara rut lately, I can’t find out that I’ve liked since Too Faced Better than Sex – but that one was constantly flaking onto the skin below my eyes. After much research, I take my mascara very seriously, I think I’ve found the mascara my lashes need. Will let you know if I love it!

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Shape Tape Contour Concealer

This concealer is CONSTANTLY sold out, I’m not even entirely sure why it’s so special but I watched youtube Mallory Ervin apply it in a recent video and it looked amazing. Whenever I can get my hands on it, I’m going to pounce.

Let me know what your current beauty favorites are!

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Spring Break Essentials

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With Spring Break season in full affect, you can never have too many suggestions on what to bring to make your vacation go off without a hitch.

For me, I always over pack because I’m worried I won’t have enough outfits or I’ll need certain outfits for certain things¬†or a bathing suit will get ruined so I bring a few extra…let’s face it I just pack WAY too much.

So here are my essentials you need that will have you well prepared:

  1. A Multi-Purpose Cover Up – this is key, if you bring a cover up that can also be acceptable as a dress for lunch or dinner, your wardrobe can be set for that day and your packing is cut in half! This versatile black dress is from Revolve Clothing)

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  1. Makeup Bag full of¬†must haves – for me on vacation this would be a BB or CC cream (with sunscreen! – It Cosmetics CC Cream), Makeup Forever waterproof concealer, waterproof mascara (I love the L’oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara), a great waterproof gel liner ¬†(Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner) and a highlighter than can double as eye shadow, Que¬†Jacklyn Hill’s Champagne Pop.
  2. Beach Bag РI always use the Scout Bags at the beach because you want a durable bag that can withstand the sand and is waterproof, these are perfect and come in so many patterns.

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  1. Hat Рperfect for a cute photo opp and to shade you from the scorching sun!
  2. Reusable Water bottle – my Swell Water Bottle is just about glued to me in my everyday life and I definitely wouldn’t forget it on a vacation, it keeps your water cool in that hot sun all day long.

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  1. Hair Tamer – this is crucial to my beach outings, my hair will dry frizzy and crazy if I go for a swim in the ocean. I always bring these two products in my beach bag to tame my mane. (Johnson and Johnson No More Tangles, Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream)
  2. Day to Night flip flops (try TKEES and Sam Edelman)

tkees flip flops8. Reversible Swimsuit (Maaji Swimwear has amazing reversible bikinis that are great quality and so cute!)

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9.SUNSCREEN and/or tanning oil

10.Jean shorts (My favorites are American Eagle and Carmar Denim)

11. Your Favorite Sunnies – Of course!

And my number one tip for spring break – get a gel manicure before you go, your nails won’t get messed up from sand, ocean water or any other shenanigans that go on!

Have a great trip and Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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

My Favorite Youtubers

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First things first, I NEED to mention my favorite of all time, Amelia Liana. I literally look forward to her videos every week. First off her British accent makes her even more fun to listen to, and¬†honestly she is just my personal adviser and she doesn’t even know it. Her personal style is amazing and I love watching her haul videos to see where she gets her clothes from and how she styles¬†them. My favorite videos are her vlogs, not only does she have a fabulous life but her family and friends and super cute and fun.

I look to her for all my skincare and makeup recommendations because she honestly tries it all, and I’ve discovered most of my favorite products from her suggestions!¬†Link to her channel here.

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She’s also isn’t afraid to cross a line and share with you how she copes with personal women’s issues, which I love! Sometimes you just need to know how to cure your razorburn!

Tess Christine

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I’ve been watching Tess for two years now and she has really grown as a youtuber. She collaborates with her boyfriend who films her and they make really artsy well done Get the look videos, Outfit of the week ¬†and routine videos. She also films tutorials and tags herself, right from¬†her apartment.

I love her style and she uses a good mix of high end products and drug store products which I really like about her. I also just get the impression that she’s really down to earth and grateful for the opportunities she’s been given. Overall, she’s just super cute and¬†I can really relate to her life because we are the same age.¬†Click here to watch her videos!

Alex Garza

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Alex has some really great makeup tips and product recommendations which is mostly why I watch her channel. I also love her style videos because she definitely has a preppy style and I do like to mix that into my own closet from time to time.

I equally love her diet and fitness videos, she lost a lot of weight for her wedding and seeing her progress really makes its seem attainable. I love to see where she gets her clothes and accessories from! Check out her videos here.

Youtube is just a great place to get tips on everything beauty and fashion related! The videos can also be really funny on top of that depending on who you’re watching. My favorite sarcastic youtuber would hands down be Meghan Rienks, Click here to watch her videos.

Happy Reading!

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