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

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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

Skincare Routine

As we move into colder weather and away from constant humidity I find myself moisturizing more and moving away from my oil control products to ones that create a more dewy glow.

For the most part my skincare has the same amount of products in it, I just use lighter ones in the hotter months and more intensive ones when it’s colder.

As I have previously mentioned I start off by removing my makeup at night with my Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (Click here to read my product spotlight!). This gets every stitch of makeup off so my skin can be reading for cleansing.

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In the winter I like using a cream cleanser that’s just really gentle and leaves my face with a really clean feeling. My go-to is Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser ($38.00). It’s got a subtle calming scent and can be used on all skin types.

Next I grab my toner. I’ve used quite a few of these, some help with acne, some are for brightening but overall I like ones that calm redness. I use Neutrogena’s Alcohol Free Toner ($7.99), it helped balance out my skin, honestly, when I haven’t used it I notice a more uneven skin tone and the texture of my skin is more haphazard (oily in some places, dry in others).

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Before going to bed I grab a face oil or an intensive night cream and then I use my eye cream (which is actually just Eucerin’s Aquaphor healing ointment!). Aquaphor ($14.29) was suggested to me by one of my friend’s older sisters who does makeup freelance. She said it’s what all makeup artists tell their clients to get a really hydrated eye area, and I love it! I just keep a big tub next to my bed so I never forget.

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My favorite night oil is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil Concentrate ($46.00), I swear by this stuff when it gets colder and the air is super dry. It doesn’t give me any excess oil and brightens up my skin. Lastly, my night cream, which I’ve been using all throughout college and still use, it never fails to disappoint. Aveeno Positively Radiant Night Cream ($12.72), This cream makes my skin baby soft and actually helps control my oil.

I would love to hear any suggestions for great products to keep skin hydrated and glowing!

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

Product Spotlight: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balm

When this came out a year ago I was DYING to get my hands on it and try it out, I had used cleansing oils before and really like them but something about this just seemed easier to use and intriguing. However, because it was a little pricey – for a broke college student, I decided to wait to try it.

After purchasing it at the beginning of this summer I can say that it’s honestly as amazing as everyone says it is! Much like a cleansing oil in effectiveness but I have an easier time using it because it’s not slipping through my fingers when I transfer it to my face. The consistency freaked me out a little when I first started using it because its literally an equivalent to Crisco but it actually works beautifully.

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This product is easily an all in one essential that I would recommend to add to anyone’s skincare routine, it eliminates the need for cleaners! I have sensitive skin, that’s acne prone and my skin has never broken out from this product. I also tend to get oil build up and since using this have noticed my face isn’t as oily throughout the day – my skin has just responded so positively to this product I cannot think of using anything else to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin! It’s like every lazy girls dream! You just take a dab in your hand massage it on your eyes and face and bam – you’re done!

Click here to buy this amazing product – the reviews don’t lie!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

August Beauty Favs So Far

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I recently went a little crazy at the mall and got a bunch of new goodies for my summer makeup routine! After about a month of using all of them everyday these are my favorite for long-lasting makeup for your workday!

The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is AMAZING, I had heard a lot of hype about it and finally bought it, let me tell you it’s worth the price, my lashes double in length! I also picked up a few of the Bobbi Brown cream eye shadow sticks in the colors Dusty Mauve and Golden Pink, these swatched beautifully at the store and I just could resist! But now after wearing them for a while daily they really do last all day! And they blend amazingly. My foundation that is now the only foundation I can wear is work is the Estee Lauder Double Wear – this stuff really does last as long as it says it does. Through sweat, rain and a full 12 hour day it doesn’t even budge! I have literally even slept in it (which you really shouldn’t do) and I’ve woken up with it still looking pretty decent and not all over my pillow either – pretty amazing.

The next two are a powder bronzer from NYC and a powder foundation from Kiko that I use as a powder to set my makeup. The bronzer is just a perfect shade thats non-shimmery and isn’t muddy or orange looking. The Kiko mineral foundation was just a random buy when I needed powder and I love it! I can put it on over my foundation and it makes your skin look flawless, I am so happy to have found this product.

I am always looking for long-lasting makeup suggestions so if anyone has any feel free to leave comments!

Happy Reading!

Maura

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place MakeupBobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder – SunnyKIKO SOFT FOCUS COMPACT WET & DRY MINERAL FOUNDATION