makeup & skincare


I try to go through my arsenal of things every once in a while in an attempt to force myself from sticking to one thing for too long. After recently moving back home from school, I wanted to throw away everything I knew I wouldn’t use, forcing me to pull out things I haven’t reached for in forever. These five items, in particular, were once forgotten ~but now have been found~

derma e Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid – I actually have a few bottles of this lying around because I have received it a few times in subscription boxes. I like face mists (? sprays? that sounds weird, right?) to prime and set my makeup but I would have never necessarily tried this one out if I hadn’t read the instructions. I thought this one might be too dewy but no! it is perfect. My makeup has been staying pretty much all day, even when I spend 8 hours running in circles at work. I’m already looking into buying a few back up bottles because I now know I cannot be without this.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush – I used to be so obsessed with this eyeshadow. It is so pretty but also slightly inconvenient when compared to palettes, especially when I’m in a rush (an amber rush –hah, get it?). Now that I’ve discovered it again, I’ve realized that this beautiful color is worth keeping nearby in case I’m in need of some sort of sparkle.


MAC Lipstick in Rebel – I used to literally keep this in my pocket. Luckily, now I do again. The color in the tube is a bit intimidating but I find it to be very pink in real life. In fact, I often think this isn’t nearly dark enough for me. But, because of that, it is easy to wear and slap on without too much effort. Plus, even once it fades, I find it leaves a nice pink tint, making it perfect for me when I know I have a long day ahead.



NARS Matte Multiple in Altai – This is actually a product I didn’t love when I first bought it. Initially, I was excited about it – I prefer cream products if I can find them, especially my bronzers. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t getting the finish I wanted with this product. Months later, I’ve dug it up and tried it again. I’ve gotten a lot more patient when it comes to doing my makeup and making it look the way I want it to look, which I think is the key with this product. I’m actually excited to check out a few more colors soon!


Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric Blue – I bought this a few months ago when I was having a bright eyeliner kick. Though I still don’t wear crazy eyeliner most days, I do appreciate it every once in a while, especially if I’m going to a concert or something exciting like that. Though I love the Stila eyeliners, I especially love this one because it is $7 and I won’t feel as bad if I don’t end up using the whole thing before it dries out!



Everyone knows Sephora has two bi-annual “sales” – the amazing November sale (20%!) as well as a spring sale that usually occurs sometime in April. Although I haven’t received any email about this sale yet (hopefully that changes by the time this post goes up!), this sale is surely around the corner. I typically try to save as many purchases as I can for these sales so I can save a bit. Because of this, there’s a ton I’m considering buying.

L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil – One of my 2015 “resolutions” (if you can call it that) was to be sure to moisturize as much as possible. I’m 22 but I’m already noticing that my skin is constantly changing. From oily one day to normal to dry, it is already becoming something I’m having to look after. I’ve been using lotions for the most part so far but my friend recently gave me a sample of this oil. The scent alone is to die for (almonds! so cozy) but the product itself is also wonderful. I’m especially looking forward to using it this summer when lotions and creams start to feel too heavy.

Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This is a new one! I’ve long been a fan of Shiseido sunscreens and, as much as I love them, this packaging alone is calling to me! I’m really good about making sure to apply SPF every morning but I definitely could never forget with this bright bottle sitting on my vanity!

Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner – I had the same reaction – a dry conditioner!? I first heard about this stuff when I was watching The Kitchy Kitchen and was instantly intrigued, especially because I’m constantly using dry shampoo. This is one of those products I’ll always wonder about until I try it so why not check it out when I can save a few bucks?

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream – As you can probably tell, I’m not all that concerned with makeup at the moment, but I have been running low on a ton of my skincare. I’m currently alternating between an Algenist eye cream and the Origins Ginzing one. Though I like them both, I’m looking for one that is targeted more towards someone who is just starting to worry about anti-aging, not necessarily trying to counteract it. After some research, I came upon this one and it seems perfect!

Commodity Gin Eau de Parfum – This is sort of my wildcard. I definitely don’t need new perfume but, for me and fragrance, I never say never. I’ve long been interested in the Commodity line so I was ecstatic to see they were going to be carried at Sephora. Although I’m not sure Gin will be the scent I necessarily love, I’m dying to check it out in person!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream – I love BareMinerals’ base products. I tested this out on my hand a few weeks ago and I loved it. They didn’t have my shade so I thought it was probably a sign to just wait this one out until the sale. I personally found this to be extremely light coverage (so I’m not sure it would be a favorite for everyone) but I think it would be perfect for long days at work when I want to feel put together but not overdone.

What are you looking forward to buying when the sale comes around? Do you know when the sale will be? Let me know if you’ve heard anything!

I used to not understand what make-up brushes were for. When I started wearing make-up, I used to put on BB cream with my hands (gross!) and after buying my first Naked palette, I continued using the Good Karma shadow brush that comes with it for all things eyeshadow (even though it has very tight bristles and doesn’t let one blend as well). It seems like a lifetime ago, but this was the world I lived in (unsanitary conditions!, didn’t understand blending!) before I got to know Real Techniques brushes.


The first time I encountered Real Techniques brushes at Ulta, I bought the Travel Essentials package. It came with a foundation brush, a multi-task brush, and domed shadow brush; best of all, it was on sale.

Then, I took advantage of a Cyber Monday sale and bought way too many brushes a month ago (somehow I told myself that saving $12 was worth it). I bought a blush brush, a powder brush, a stippling brush, a kabuki brush, and a lash/brown groomer.

While I continue to use the brushes I had pre-Real Techniques, I have really fallen in love with my new Real Techniques brushes. And even though I splurged and now own seven, I definitely have favorites.

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