Amanda’s May Favorites

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This month has been a total whirlwind. I had a ton of things going on between my three trips AND graduation so it really felt like it flew by. I loved a ton of things this month but I decided to keep this pretty short – only the best of the best!

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette – I bought this on a bit of a whim. I’ve been using (and feeling okay about) the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a few months now. While I think it is great for many people, I really don’t need to fill in my eyebrows too much. I have very bushy straight eyebrows so they get lookin’ real crazy real fast if I put too much on them. After running out of my Brow Wiz right before I was supposed to head out on the first of my three trips this month, I decided I’d try out the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, mostly cause it was the most conveniently located inside of Sephora. The tip is much larger than the Brow Wiz, allowing me to quickly swipe on a bit of color rather than slowly fill in and, inevitably, go overboard. Kinda mad at myself for falling in love with a $32 brow pencil but, ya know, whatever makes you happy.

ColourPop Matte Eyeshadow in Bill – To be honest, I bought this because I was $5 from free shipping. I only planned on ordering lip products but I ended up going for this as well. And, as much as I’m loving the lip sticks and pencils I ordered, this eyeshadow has been the true standout for me. I am absolutely in love. I haven’t worn anything else on my eyes since I bought this. It is SO perfect for a simple every day kind of thing and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. It isn’t too bold but it is a really nice muted plum so it isn’t as boring as my usual brown/gold eyeshadows. It works really well as a base or on its own. Best of all: $5. I’m definitely gonna get my hands on more of these.

The Blend Fragrance Blending Mini Kit – Everyone knows I have a perfume problem. The Blend is doing nothing to help my problem. Each time I go to Sephora, I spend a good 30 minutes playing with all of The Blend rollerballs and deciding which combinations I love the most. Recently, they came out with this mini kit for $30 (versus their much larger, all-inclusive $150 kit). It has been really perfect for traveling, not only because you get 4 smaller sized rollerballs but also because there are endless scent combinations you can build. My favorite has been a combination of Amber Vanilla + Clean Musk – I can’t even bring myself to wear anything else, even though I’ve been back from vacation for about a week now.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara – I got a sample of this in my Birchbox this month. I’ve heard a ton of people say that this is their favorite all-natural mascara and I can definitely agree. It doesn’t leave my eyelashes looking flat after a few hours and it keeps possibly dangerous chemicals further away from my eyes. My only wish is that I could find a less expensive option but, for now, I think a few extra dollars is worth taking the safer option.

Quay Chelsea Girl Sunglasses – I bought these for two reasons: 1. I wanted a pair of sunglasses with mirrored lenses. 2. I wanted a less expensive (but good quality) option to wear when I go to concerts or outdoor events. I have really sensitive eyes and usually Forever21 sunglasses won’t cut it. These glasses ended up being so great that I’ve been reaching for them over some of my other pairs. I love them because they’re such a statement on their own (and sort of a distraction when I’m too tired to do my makeup).

HOLYCHILD – I’ve been so obsessed with HOLYCHILD this month, especially Happy With Me. It has become my go-to song for when I’m getting ready for my day. It is so fun and upbeat which is really different from my typical taste (aka only Brand New 24/7).

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