December Favorites

LIFESTYLE | January 27, 2016
Tagged: Beauty, Monthly Favorites

Long time, no post, eh?? Seeing as this is actually my first post of 2016 (oops), I'd like to wish everyone a happy new year and I hope the holiday season was good to you all! Between Christmas and my family vacation and school starting back up again, I lost track of time and blog posts, but hopefully I'm back for good. Being that last month was the biggest shopping month of the year, I seem to have found quite a few new gems that I just can't seem to get enough of. And now that I'm back from my little haitus, I just couldn't wait to share them!

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Man oh man, my love for this perfume started maybe...last summer?? Yeah, it's been forever. I'm not one to splurge on perfume for myself, but I've never been more keen on a scent before until I got a whiff of this baby. My mom graciously gifted me with this for Christmas and I was ecstatic. I won't even being to attempt to describe it, but the notes listed on Sephora's website are sicilian citron, bluebell, granny smith apple, jasmine sambac, bamboo, white rose, cedarwood, amber, and musk. So think that nice clean smell of a laundry room with a citrus-y, apple-y candle going and a little hint of a woodsy smell in the air. Yeah, I should leave that to the professionals. Anywho, I've obviously worn it everyday since I got it, but I do use it sparingly because I'm too afraid of being without it now haha.

Nyx Brow Mascara

Shade: Espresso

Ever since I started filling in my eyebrows, I've sworn by The Body Shop's brow pencil in dark brown. Unfortunately, the store closed down at my local mall, and I can only order it online now, which has become a pain. I was in Ulta trying to rack up my points for Platinum and ran across this gem. I was hesitant because the idea of filling in my eyebrows with a wand applicator had always seemed a bit off-putting to me, but I decided to give it a try anyway. And I'm so glad I did! I can't explain how easy and quick this makes my makeup routine go. And I can do a bit of a natural brow look, or I can go super strong. I'll definitely be keeping this around for a while.

Two Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder

I hit pan on my favorite Wet N' Wild powder a while back and was looking to try something new. I was feeling the urge to try a higher end powder because I've only ever tried drugstore, and the reviews on this powder from Too Faced were through the roof. Many times I do see a difference in higher end products verses more inexpensive drugstore options, but I always figured powder was powder, right? Like how can a $3 translucent powder be any different than a $30 one? But I digress because I saw an immediate difference the first time I used it. My pores were almost invisible and this doesn't crease under my eyes. And even though the finish is matte, it doesn't suck the life out of my skin either. It just subsides any oil on the T-zone, but will still allow any glowy foundation to show through. The only thing I'm upset about with this powder is the price tag. I do love it, but I don't feel as if any powder is worth $30, especially when I loved my $3 one so much. However, if you feeling like treating yourself to a fancy powder with nicer ingredients and nicer packaging, this is definitely the way to go!

NYX HD Blush

Shade: Taupe

Until recently, I always thought contouring and I were destined to be forever enemies. Like most foundations labeled "porcelain" are too dark for me, how am I supposed to wear something that's actually meant to look dark? I have no problem being pale, but I felt the need to be a little adventurous in my makeup routine and decided to give contouring a try just to bring some warmth to my face. I looked up so many "the pale girl's guide to contouring" blog posts but many were expensive and others seemed way too orange. I ran across a recommendation to try using a blush that was more ashy toned meant for darker skin tones and NYX's blush in Taupe was the perfect example of it. First off, it's super inexpensive and ridiculously pigmented. Like you go NYX. It's the perfect grey undertoned color to not make my face look muddy but just enough to give definition around my cheek bones and temples. Needless to say, contouring and I are now bffs.

Nyx Matte Lipstick

Shade: Euro Trash

My love for brownish pink toned nude lips continues with this one. I only bought it because I had a coupon and it was half off but it's worth way more than I even paid for it. I've worn it almost everyday since I bought it. I love how it wears so evenly. I don't have to worry about my lipstick coming off in the middle and remaining on the outline of my lips. It just leaves a nice stain that lasts all day. I will warn though, the packaging isn't the greatest so I'd avoid it for travel. But it's a great everyday neutral, because, ya know, the 7 I already had just wasn't enough.

Alice in Wonderland Socks

My feet are forever cold, even in the summer. So I wear socks pretty much 24/7, even too bed. Some of my favorite socks are from Hot Topic just because they're thin and so soft. Plus they come in the cutest themes. I already have Harry Potter and The Little Mermaid, so I figured I'd add to my collection with these from Alice in Wonderland. And I got the pack on sale for $3!

Stuck in Love

I'm not one for chick flicks but every now and then I get in the mood for a nice RomCom. I was getting ready to do some serious Christmas gift wrapping and decided to put this on in the background. And then I got way to interested in it and stopped wrapping presents. It's such a cute mavie but not super cliche. I was even almost to tears at one point. Almost. I'd seriously recommend it if you haven't stumbled across it yet.

Switched at Birth

Um so I used to be really into this show when it first aired a couple years ago, but then stopped watching it around the second season for who knows what reason. I decided to play it for background ambient noise more or less last month, and then caught myself staying up late to finish just one more episode. I got to where I couldn't wait to watch it. It's about two girls who were switched in a hospital the day they were born, and raised by completely opposite parents. One was brought up extremely rich, and the other poor on the bad side of town hundreds of miles away. The latter girl became sick at age 3 and ended up completely deaf. Now each of them attempt to become one interracial, deaf and hearing, rich and poor family. You just can't help but get so attached to each of the characters. Like I was ready to drop out of college and fly to Mexico to help fit young deaf children for hearing aids. Okay, maybe not that much, but I'm super interested in sign language now, and I'm determined to learn it. Sadly, I'm all caught up to the fourth season now (which is all on Netflick btw!), and I'll have to deal with these withdrawals until the fifth premieres in April.

Music

The Hills ― The Weeknd
Gibberish ― Max
Same Old Love ― Selena Gomez

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